Yui Kotegawa

Yui Kotegawa TLRD Manga


Japanese 古手川 唯
Rōmaji Kotegawa Yui
Planet Earth
Age 15 (First year)
16 (Second year)
Birthday May 3
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Gender Female
Height 162cm
Weight 51kg
Blood Type B
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Personal Status
School Sainan High
Class 1-A (chapters 1-48)
2-A (chapters 49-present)
Education Currently attending Sainan High
Occupation High school student
Relatives Yuu Kotegawa (Brother)
Mother and Father (unnamed)
Marital Status Single
Unusual Features Hate shameless acts
First Appearance
Manga Debut Chapter 49
Anime Debut Episode 8
Seiyū Kaori Nazuka

Yui Kotegawa is a secondary female protagonist, who is in Rito's class throughout the second year. She is the head of the school disciplinary committee.

She is a high-strung girl, has a strong tsundere personality, and is very strict against improper behavior. Like most of the other girls in the series, she also becomes a love interest of Rito, although she is more reluctant to admit it to herself than most of them, due to her tsundere personality.


Yui has long black hair and dark brown eyes, she is often seen with an angry or unpleasant face. According to Mio Sawada, her measurements are B88-W59-H87.

Breast envy

Yui and Lala seen as "Perfect Beauties" by envious Haruna.

Yui sports nearly identical curvaceous figure like Lala and together they have some of the biggest busts on school. Because of that they are often idolized by other girls and their high attractivity make them seen as perfect beauties, which even make relatively normal sized girls, like Haruna, to feel inferior. Ironically, they both are mostly oblivious to their appearance.

However for Yui, her attractive body also often play against her prude and puritanical personality, when is used by Risa and others to mock her. Yui herself confirmed that she started wearing bras in middle school showing that she was an early bloomer.


―Yui's trademark word

Yui Kotegawa is a high-strung and uptight girl, she has little to no tolerance for anything perverted, students who bring personal items to school, misbehaving, or whatever she does not consider to be "acceptable behavior". Her opinions, quick temper, and habit of speaking her mind often results in her vocally reprimanding classmates. Yui quickly grows annoyed and disgusted by eccentricities and bizarre actions, especially with regards to Rito and Lala.

Unfortunately, almost every encounter with Rito usually ends up with her embarrassed, naked or fondled (sometimes all three combined), and although her nature prevents her from easing her behavior, she does slowly warm up to his usual antics. After Rito saves Yui from a group of delinquents, she develops feelings for him. Her inexperience with boys leaves her unable to understand her own feelings and continually denies them to herself.

When Rito usually asks what is wrong, she says the exact opposite of what she wants to say and then yells at him in some way (a typical Tsundere), she tends to blush every time someone mentions him and also thinks about him through something irrelevant like when Risa asked if she had anyone she likes or him complimenting on her yukata or even when seeing Riko. For some time now she has come to realize that she is in love with Rito, a fact she is annoyed about given her opinion of him. Deep down (despite being strongly against lewd things) she actually desires to do these things with him, one time during one of Rito's accidents she offered herself to him, on the condition that he would only ever do it with her (To-Love-Ru Darkness Chapter 4). This may also be a hint which shows her hypocrisy towards things she considered "shameless", or this is just a typical trait of those who are tsundere. She has been seen fantasizing about being together with him and Celine, as his wife and being pregnant with his child.

Eventually, Yui gained the ability to recognize Rito's trademark clumsiness that she witnesses whenever he trips, even when he is disguised as someone else.

Despite her seemingly cold and stern facade, Yui is in fact a generally kind and sweet person at heart.

She also really likes cats – owning cat based books, having tons of stuffed cat dolls which she decorates her room with along with other cat shaped things, shaping her Valentine chocolate into a cat's face, and even having a cat-themed floaty, something Rito seems to find cute about her. She would secretly go to pet stores to look at cats, she would get embarrassed if anyone were to find out about this.


To LOVE-Ru Darkness OVA 02 01min 36sec

In her childhood, Yui despised all boys because of how violent, insensitive and above all shameless they can be and stated that they caused her much hardship as a class rep in the 5th grade. She would try to protect girls from boys who would do these things to them, and because of this she thinks that any kind of love or romance is shameless since it meant being close with a boy. Her view of this changes slightly when she first met Rito. She saw him willingly saving a cat from a tree, the same cat she was unable to save and no other boy she asked even cared (although it was a few years later during a flashback that Yui remembered this event and Rito's being in it. Rito probably isn't aware that Yui was that same girl he met, it's unknown if he still remembers her). Yui had the impression that all boys are bad, but because of Rito's bravery and kind nature, her impression of this changes and realizes that not all boys are bad (but still finds most of them shameless, even Rito, but understands very much that it's not really his intentions).


Character What they call her What she calls them
Rito Yuuki Kotegawa Yuuki-kun
Lala Satalin Deviluke Yui Lala-san
Haruna Sairenji Kotegawa-san Sairenji-san
Mea Kurosaki Harenchi-senpai (Shameless-senpai) Kurosaki-san


Her name (唯 - Yui) means "only"


  • Yui has a cameo in Mayoi Neko Overrun! (Chapter 4, Page 33).
  • Like many other anime girls (and some guys), Yui entered Saimoe Contests.
  • Yui is arguably one of the most well-received and popular female characters of the cast. In one online poll of all the females, Yui came in first, with at least 50% more votes than the second place.
  • During a time when Yui got turned into a younger version by the Skunk of Youth, which was about 10 years old,, when Peke shrunk her clothes so they could fit, it revealed that Yui was able to wear bras at the young age.
  • A common gag is that some characters cannot remember her family name, calling her "Kokegawa" instead, presumably due to the fact that she is generally an unwilling participant in Lala's frequent schemes.
  • She's one of three girls who already taste Rito's "beast".