|Voice Actor||Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese)|
Corey Hartzog (English)
Hatsushiba (初芝?) is a first year high school student in class 1-7. He and Tomoko meet when they are called to do portraits for missing the assignment during a previous class. He is in the manga club, as demonstrated in chapter 9. He later reappears in Chapter 122 and is shown to be in Tomoko's third year class.
Hatsushiba's past is unknown as he has only appeared briefly twice in the manga and once in the anime. He is introduced in chapter 9 as a first year student who happened to skip art class just like Tomoko. They are both called into the office to make up a portrait assignment. Ironically, he shows disinterest in completing the portrait despite being in the manga club, which requires him to draw. He only shows up after school to complete the portrait to avoid getting a bad mark. After this event, he is not seen again until the next year in chapter 46, where he runs into Tomoko and Kotomi at the library. He checks out some books and leaves quickly, without saying much to ether Kotomi or Tomoko.
Hatsushiba is a very apathetic individual. The times he has interacted with Tomoko, he has shown indifference and impatience toward her. This indifference is also shown toward Kotomi and even his art teacher. Additionally, this attitude seeps into other areas of his life, such as his art class and club activities. The only reason he shows up to do his after school portrait is to not get a bad mark. He does the bare minimum by drawing the easiest face he can and only looks at Tomoko to match the hair and a few other details. In his manga club, he again does only the bare minimum by drawing the easiest face he can when his club mate asks him to draw the background characters.
Hatsushiba is the only known high school student to be on the chubbier side. Aside from this, he has other distinguishing features such as his big nose, small eyes, and fuller face.
Season 1: Episode 2
Hatsushiba and Tomoko are considered mere acquaintances. He is rather indifferent toward her and even inconsiderate. He puts his club activities above Tomoko’s need to use him as a reference to finish her portrait. He also doesn’t go out of his way to be socially polite toward her, refusing to laugh when there was a slightly awkward exchange between them. His inconsiderateness extends into the next year as well where he brushes her off again claiming to be busy. On the other hand, Tomoko’s feelings toward him start off very negatively and then become more positive. Ironically, she sees him as someone who has no friends and plays video games all day. She is also disgusted by his heavier build and unfriendly demeanor. This all changes when she sees his portrait of her and she considers being friends with him. She even tries to speak to him when she sees him again the next year.
Kotomi and Hatsushiba are classmates during their second year. They only interact once, at the library where he is attempting to check out twice the maximum allowable books. At first, she is strict and adheres to the rules, making no exceptions for him, indicating that they are not friends. Kotomi only relents when she thinks that by being nice to him, it will make Tomoko suffer. Kotomi also thinks that Hatsushiba is ugly, thereby making him an invalid candidate as a possible romantic interest or even a friend. In turn, Hatsushiba probably shares the same mutual disinterest in Kotomi as shown when he does not show gratitude toward Kotomi for allowing him to borrow the extra books nor does he change his attitude when Kotomi shows friendliness toward him by calling him "Hatsushiba-kun."