"Miyashita! I am Miyashita!" Miyashita in Episode 6
Miyashita (宮下 Miyashita) is a good friend of Miku Sugisaki and Yuki Yoshioka. She views herself as the most "normal" student in class 6-3, although her overly desperate (and failed) attempts at befriending Hitoha have her peers believing otherwise.
She is the tallest student in the class - something about which she is a little self-conscious - and rather filled out compared to the other girls. Her hair is light brown, just like her eyes, and tied up at the back of her head with a hair clip. Her bangs are swept off to one side with two distinctive hair pins keeping them in place, and two shoulder length strands hang off just in front of her ears. Miyashita often wears a jacket over a shirt, complete with mini skirt. Nobody recognizes her when she removes her hair pins.
Personality and InterestsEdit
Miyashita is one of the more mature and logical students in class 6-3. She is normally laid back and, consequently, is often overshadowed by the more boisterous personalities of her classmates. She plays the role of the tsukkomi - the straight man - in most situations, making retorts and comments to the absurd actions of her classmates, usually Sugisaki and Mitsuba. In fact, she seems to play this role deliberately, as seen in Chapter 70 when she insists that everyone in the class is weird but her. Despite her "under-the-radar" approach, she can just as easily make a fool of herself as anyone else in 6-3. Her downfalls are her self-consciousness and her insecurities (mainly about her height, her lack of presence, how she is perceived by others, and Hitoha ignoring her friendship advances) and that causes her to overreact to small situations, which leads to her becoming very awkward and/or desperate, then ultimately making a fool of herself. She also "can't read the air" and sometimes has difficultly picking up on social cues.
When not making a joke of herself, Miyashita has good intentions that often go wrong and end up offending the other party. She very often says exactly the wrong thing to someone without realizing what was wrong about it, though it's obvious to everyone else. For this reason, most of her peers, including her friends, consider her to be at least a little annoying. She also frequently tries to act as the voice of reason to stop a misunderstanding before it gets out of hand, although she is always ignored. Despite her own faults, she will not hesitate to laugh at others when they are caught in an embarrassing moment.
Miyashita is fairly tomboyish, especially compared to her friends. She has a sporty style which matches her hobby, which is basketball. Her team is the Kamohashi Orions, the district team of which she is the captain. She considers basketball to be one of the things she's best at, particularly defense; she claims that she is known as the "Demon of Defense" on her team. Despite enjoying basketball so much, she has been shown to become complacent at times and neglect practicing, causing her skill to slip.
Miyashita's tomboyishness also comes with a certain lack of femininity on her part. Though Miyashita does not see it this way at all, preferring to think that she is just straight-talking and practical, her friend Sugisaki would say - and has said - that she lacks certain feminine graces. She has habits that most girls would consider immodest, such as sitting with her legs open when wearing a skirt. She often rebuffs such concerns by saying that if there are only girls around, then it doesn't matter how she acts.
Miyashita and Yoshioka are best friends. Yoshioka refers to her affectionately as "Miya-chan," and she is the closest to Miyashita of everyone in class 6-3. Miyashita is very protective of Yoshioka, and when they were younger, she used to defend her from the boys who bullied her. She often comforts Yoshioka when she's in distress.
Miyashita is friends with Miku and has been since at least the beginning of grade school. Their personalities sometimes clash and they often find that they have little in common. Miku seems to think that Miyashita is somewhat annoying. Despite this, the two still hang out frequently, along with Yoshioka (and Matsuoka in the manga).
Miyashita was initially scared of Hitoha until she became curious about her anti-social attitude enough for her to want to learn more about her. She tries to be friends with Hitoha, but always fails. Hitoha thinks she is a pervert and dislikes her. Hitoha, like many others, often forgets the end of her name, getting "Miya--" right without being able to remember the rest, which is one of Miyashita's pet peeves. In fact, it's possible that Hitoha knows this and only pretends to forget her name.
Despite an early appearance playing the musical chairs in Chapter 1 and small appearances in a few chapters, she appears officially in Chapter 36, along with Miku and Yoshioka. She appears as a secondary character without much participation until Chapter 81, in which she tries to befriend Hitoha.
Due to her "normal" attitude, she is very forgettable, even to her friends. Miyashita tries to be friends with Hitoha, to the point of trying to get into Hitoha's safe place (Yabe's desk), pretending to also love the Gachi Rangers and getting jealous after overhearing a rumor that Hitoha might have a crush on someone.
She makes brief appearances since Episode 1, and later appears as a secondary character but she makes her debut in Episode 12, in which she tries to befriend Hitoha. Misunderstanding Hitoha's fear of heights, Miyashita wonders if she hates her for being weird like everyone else in the class and tries to befriend her. To do it, she learns about her Gachi Rangers fandom from Mitsuba. However, Miyashita inadvertently puts Hitoha in a tight situation where she is forced to reveal her Gachi Rangers belt to the class, becoming surprised to find that they are all fans, except for Miyashita. Hitoha becomes angered at Miyashita after she says that she likes the Gachi Green, when in reality there is no Gachi Green.
- She has stated that her blood-type is O, her Zodiac sign is Cancer.
- She is the tallest of the girls in the Class 6-3.
- A running gag is that no one remembers her name or recognizes her when she removes her hairpins.
- She often ends sentences with ぞ (zo), which is a boyish ending particle. She also frequently ends sentences with そよ (soyo). In the manga, a white star (☆) sometimes punctuates her sentences. All of these things are associated with her doing or saying something annoying.
- In a readers poll celebrating 300 issues of Mitsudomoe, she came in 3rd place (knocking Futaba to 4th!).