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|Yamato Akitsuki (秋月 大和Akitsuki Yamato?)|
Yamato Akitsuki (秋月 大和Akitsuki Yamato?) is the main protagonist of the series. He moved from his home in rural Hiroshima to his aunt’s dormitory in Tokyo to change himself. While checking out his new high school, he sees a beautiful high jumper practicing and instantly falls in love with her. By chance she happens to be his next door neighbor, Suzuka Asahina.
Yamato is clumsy and has a carefree attitude, which often gets him into comprising situations. He has an almost spineless attitude when it comes to defending his position on a subject when confronted and his need to apologize constantly when he thinks he did something wrong makes him a generally weak-willed character. When the need arises, he can become focused and determined.
He is exceedingly clueless when it comes to girls and their feelings which to leads to many misunderstandings in general. Added the fact that Suzuka is not your typical girl and would be hard for anyone to read compounds the problems the two face together.
Although not the best in academics, he discovered a natural gift as a sprinter and later joined the track and field team to be closer to Suzuka. During his senior year of high school, he became a well-liked and respected track captain. Even though he did not achieve his goal of becoming first nationally during high school in the 100 meters, he was scouted and recommended to attend two universities: Touto University and Seijo University.
Yamato is capable of doing the "rocket start," an explosive starting technique that uses both legs to propel a person forward rather than relying on only one leg. Many people remark on this start as it is difficult and was also used by the top sprinter Kazuki Tsuda.
Aside from track, Yamato is also a proficient cook, being able to create his native Hiroshima dishes occasionally. He is an avid fan of the Hiroshima Carps and whenever he goes karoaking, he sings only their anthem which Yasanobu usually pokes fun at.
Initially, Yamato and Suzuka were not on good terms due to Suzuka finding Yamato in a compromising situation when they first met. However, after Yamato saves Suzuka in a sauna, they become friends. Over time, Yamato realizes he is in love with Suzuka and confesses to her in Chapter 12. He is rejected though and Suzuka begins to actively avoid him.
With the encouragement of Yuka Saotome, a fellow boarder, he vows to continue pursuing Suzuka. He joins the track team and quickly becomes one of the top sprinters on the team due to his natural talent and surprising dedication.
After being released from his promise with Saki and realizing that he was still in love with Asahina, he decided to try for acceptance to Seijo University. When he confessed to Suzuka that he wanted to restart their relationship, she stated that she did not because of the fear of getting hurt. Through patience, understanding, and persistence, they made up.
During Seijo University's track tryouts, Yamato performed poorly at the start of his race, but showed enough potential at the end for the Selection Committee to unanimously choose him for the scholarship. Pressured by Yasunobu, Yamato decided to take his relationship to the next level. Suzuka initially was against it, but Yamato sets her at ease and they take a step forward in the relationship. Three months later, he learns that Suzuka is pregnant.
He is troubled by the decision of her having an abortion and going to the University or keeping the baby and skipping school to work. He admitted to Suzuka that he wants her to keep the baby. After much discussion between the two they both decided to keep the baby and get married, and decided to drop out of the university.
It was revealed that they had a daughter named Fūka (風夏, "Breezy Summer" or alternately, "Summer Breeze").