|“||Otori-san is taking it slow.||”|
|Full Name||Otori Kaede|
|School||Itan Private High School|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 64|
Kaede has long black hair with bangs that covers her forehead. She is seen with a low ponytail and a bow at the end. Kaede has an ahoge sticking out on the top of her head and frame hairs that cover the sides of her face, bundled with hair ties at the ends. She is most often seen in the female school uniform; she wears it with knee-high socks.
Kaede first appeared in Volume 5 when she served as the only indicated member of the Festival Committee, and was tasked with running an errand to restock materials for its preparation. She asked Shouko to accompany her, and tellingly, Onemine Nene quickly volunteered to go along as well. It soon became clear that Kaede is slow in manner in every way--she walks very slowly, she speaks with a drawl, and she seems absent and daydreamy. She is known to disappear if she is unsupervised for even a moment.
Despite her odd behavior but likely because of her kind and carefree demeanor, Shouko opens up to her relatively easily. Kaede lightly tells Shouko how she wanted to be friends with her after seeing Shouko, Hitohito, and Najimi's friendly relationship, showing her distant but kind and mildly observant personality. She promptly gets distracted from the exchange by a chainsaw (she didn't know what it was).
She can pass hours or days on end without noticing by watching a continuous motion, like an oil timer (Chapter 88) or a fireplace recording (Chapter 94).
- Her name, Otori (
尾 鶏Otori?), means ladylike or gentle and quiet.
- Her mother shares her tendency to wander and get lost, as seen in Chapter 186 and Chapter 241.
- Kaede has on multiple occasions been seen holding hands with Onemine. In Chapter 292, it was revealed that Nene holds her hand to prevent instances of her sudden vanishing.