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Masayuki Hori
Masayuki Hori
Biographical Information
Kanji 堀 政行
Also Known as President (部長 buchō)

Hori-chan-senpai

Horoscope Sagittarius
Birthday November 28, 1993
Age 17-18
Class 3-C
Club Drama
Physical and Vital Statistics
Gender Male
Height 164 cm (5'4½)
Blood Type AB
Appearance
Anime Episode 3
Manga Volume 1, Chapter 5
Voice Actors
Japanese Voice Yūki Ono
English Voice Adam Noble

Masayuki Hori (堀 政行 Hori Masayuki) is the president of Roman Academy's drama club. Although he is very good at acting, his short height makes him unqualified for most lead roles and his skills make him stand out too much to play a side character. Therefore, he works behind the scenes painting sets and making props instead.

Hori also works as Nozaki's assistant, drawing backgrounds for Let's Fall in Love in exchange for Nozaki writing drama club scripts.

Appearance[]

Hori is a short young man with short brown hair that is usually styled up with wax. Naturally, his fringe gathers in the centre of his forehead. When asked by Kashima about his hairstyle, he stated that he prefers his hair spiked up since wearing his bangs down makes him look younger.

Hori's school uniform consists of a blue shirt which is tucked into dark navy blue trousers. He wears a navy blue tie that is usually placed in his pocket when working, but is taken out during school hours or when outside. He also leaves his top button undone with his sleeves being rolled up to his elbows.

During the summer festival, he wore a plain blue shirt which was tucked into dark green pants.

Personality[]

Hori is very diligent when it comes to the drama club and never slacks off during rehearsals. On the outside, he comes off as mature and polite; however, Hori has a short temper and is easily angered. This is shown through his violent conduct towards Kashima when she makes inappropriate comments or tries to skip club meetings. He typically uses physical force to get her to behave.

Hori also has a slightly childish side. He has drawn briefs as beta markers on Nozaki's manga, enthusiastically discussed the former with Sakura, and talked about raw octopus with Kashima in the hot springs. Hori often compares Kashima's face with others and says that she is the most handsome after all. This is shown through his comparison of Mikoshiba's face to that of Kashima.

When acting, Hori is very composed and supposedly speaks in a cool tone of voice, according to the Drama Club's members. He makes plays that aren't for the purpose of social criticism or to send a message; but rather, plays that students can easily enjoy. The plays he asks Nozaki to write for the club tend to have a princely character in them, and they tend to have romantic plots. Additionally, he is easily absorbed into plays when watching them, crying and laughing.

Skills[]

According to Nozaki and Sakura, Hori has a talent for drawing backgrounds due to his comprehensive understanding of perspective. He has given Nozaki a lesson on this, once.

He is also a very skilled actor, according to Kashima, Sakura, and much of the drama club. However, he prefers to be behind the scenes during his shows. Hori's carpentry skills are shown through the props he makes for the Drama Club. It is stated in the official fanbook that he has 'mastered the art of building stages'. Hori also has an excellent sense of spatial perception - the ability to note the size, shape, movement and orientation of objects in order to draw accurate buildings.

History[]

In elementary school, a female classmate gave Hori handmade chocolate that upset his stomach. Ever since then, he disliked handmade food. Despite claiming he won't eat anything handmade, he will still eat something handmade by someone he knows well. During the Valentines Day arc, Kashima secretly gave Hori handmade chocolates. The author stated that even if she did not do it secretly, Hori would have still eaten it.

According to Kashima, Hori is the person that brought her into the school with his superb acting. He had not known she was a girl, and apparently was surprised when he found out.

After Kashima joined the drama club, Hori quit being an actor, claiming that the club had found the perfect main male character. He started to help make props and direct plays for the drama club, and he found that it was more interesting than acting, which led to him specializing in that aspect.

Plot[]

Main Article: Masayuki Hori/Plot

Relationships[]

Yuu Kashima[]

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While Hori tends to be violent towards Kashima, particularly when she is disrupting the club activities, he appreciates her when she works hard and tries her best. They are very close with each other, and many students suspect that they have feelings for each other. Hori has been described as doting on Kashima like a "loving parent".

Kashima is loyal and fond of Hori. Kashima cares about Hori's aspirations and goes out of her way to fulfill them. During the course of the series, Kashima has mistaken Hori for wanting to be a princess in a play and thought he wanted to wear feminine attire, such as blouses and skirts. On these occasions, Kashima has tried her best to support Hori by giving him feminine clothes or reassuring him that they are friends; however, Hori reacted badly, thinking that Kashima was making fun of him.

A prominent aspect of their relationship is Hori's fondness of Kashima's face, shown by how he insists that Kashima is the most good-looking one, even compared to Mikoshiba. One example of this is when Kashima tries to get him to look at her legs, but Hori instead points out that her eyes look tired. This shows that he observes her face frequently and is able to immediately tell when something is different.

In Chapter 87, Hori realizes that Kashima is his ideal girl. In Chapter 112, he allegedly confesses his feelings to Kashima, but there is no significant change in their relationship.

Umetarou Nozaki[]

Nozaki was originally hired by Hori to create scripts for his drama club, and in exchange, Hori would draw backgrounds for his manga. They grew to be friends through their work. Hori usually confides in Nozaki and Sakura in his dealings with Kashima and the drama club. He also asks Nozaki alone for advice in drama club activities.

Chiyo Sakura[]

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Hori has a good relationship with Sakura. Both are aware of each other's status as assistant, and he knows about her crush on Nozaki, but doesn't do much to support the latter. He has asked Sakura to keep his involvement in the manga a secret from Kashima so she doesn't try to get involved and cause trouble for Nozaki. Sakura tends to be jealous of Hori because he gets to stay overnight at Nozaki's place to draw backgrounds, and occasionally asks him to teach her.

Hirotaka Wakamatsu[]

Hori knows that Wakamatsu is an assistant for Nozaki's manga. They tend to work together because they help during late nights. Later, he recognizes him as the character model for Waka from Let's Fall in Love. When he identifies Wakamatsu as Waka and Seo as Oze, he realizes that their real-life relationship also has romantic undertones. They sport a senpai-kouhai type of friendship and occasionally hang out.

Mikoto Mikoshiba[]

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Hori recognizes Mikoshiba as a close friend of Kashima and Nozaki, and as the character model for Mamiko from Let's Fall in Love; the latter association is so strong that he mistakenly addresses him as "Mami-koshiba". He genuinely believes that Mikoshiba has the potential to be a good actor for his looks and hard work, but never pursued it because of Mikoshiba's shyness. In chapter 121, Hori finds out that Mikoshiba draws the special effects, but Mikoshiba is still unaware of his position as the background artist.

Yuzuki Seo[]

Hori is not close to Yuzuki in any way. Seo would sometimes address him as "Hori-chan" in school, in which he'd remind her to call him "senpai". He considers her a normal but close friend of Kashima, a very close friend of Wakamatsu, and he recognizes her as the character model for Oze.

Etymology[]

  • The name Masayuki means "government" (政) (masa) and "row, line" (行) (yuki).
  • Masayuki's surname Hori means "moat, ditch, canal" (堀).

Trivia[]

  • Hori's birthday is on “Good Knee-High Socks” day, which is celebrated in Japan.
  • Hori lives with his father, mother, and younger brother who is also in high school.
  • In the 5th anniversary poll, Tsubaki mentioned that she has plans to include Hori's younger brother in the manga as 'a tall boy who wears glasses'.
  • Hori's hobbies are movie appreciation, watching plays, and travelling while he spends his holidays watching movies.
  • Hori is good at memorizing roads, spatial perception, and carpentry, while his weakness is how easily he becomes intoxicated by alcohol.
  • Hori's style of choice is the ordinary high school uniform.
  • Hori's best subjects are mathematics and physics while he doesn't do well in Classic Literature. Along with Kashima, his elective subject is Calligraphy.
  • Hori's favorite food is pork ramen. He dislikes homemade cooking made by amateurs, especially sweets.
  • Hori's ideal type of girl is a girl with nice legs.
  • After realizing that Mamiko's model was Mikoto Mikoshiba, Hori occasionally calls Mikoshiba 'Mami-koshiba' by accident.
  • According to the official fanbook, Hori ranked 2nd on the character popularity poll.
  • As of Chapter 72 of the manga, Hori and Mikoshiba are the only characters that do not know that the other is an assistant of Nozaki.
  • Other than Chiyo and Nozaki, Hori is the only character that is aware that Waka and Oze are modeled after Hirotaka Wakamatsu and Yuzuki Seo. However, Chiyo knows Ose is based off Seo.
  • Apparently, during Hori's third year of middle school, he had met Kashima at an unknown train station when he dropped something. At this point of time, he was still taller than her.

References[]

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