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Manabu Maejima
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Kanji 前島 学
Romaji Maejima Manabu
Personal Information
Born 1983
Age 15
Gender Male
Height 161 cm/5' 3½"
Eye Color Gray
Hair Color Black
Occupation High School Student
Family Unknown
Vital Information
Affiliation Kendo Club Member
Status Alive (Anime)
Deceased (Manga, Novel)
First appearance
Manga Chapter 8
Anime "Rough Sketch"
Voice Actors
Japanese Keisuke Koumoto
English Unknown

Manabu Maejima (前島 学, Maejima Manabu) is a student of 9th Grade Class 3 in 1998 in Yomiyama North Middle School. He's also a member of the Kendo club.


Manabu is a boy of well below average height and a somewhat dark complexion. He has black hair that is divided in the middle with several drooping locks and gray eyes.

He is only seen in the standard male uniform, with the gakuran slightly unbuttoned.

In the novel, Kouichi Sakakibara specifically describes him as being a "baby-faced warrior."


Manabu was one of the students who went on the class trip to the shrine, hoping to break the curse. He was present when Izumi Akazawa demanded Mei Misaki apologize to the class, but like most of his peers did not weigh in on the situation.

In "Makeup," when Kouichi Sakakibara walked towards the dining hall, Manabu grabbed his leg, begged for help, and told Kouichi of the fire in the dining room. Covered in blood, Manabu had encountered Keiko Numata and just barely managed to escape her crazed onslaught. Kouichi helped him get to safety but was worried when the dining room exploded, afraid he might have left Manabu to die. Later in the episode, Kouichi speculates that Takako Sugiura had stabbed him. However, Takako comes up at that instant, saying "It wasn't me. Probably that old crone."

In "Stand By Oneself," however, he is one of the few students who gets out of the lodge, briefly shown in the rear of Tatsuji Chibiki's car, and survived and in the Yomiyama Hospital recovering from his stab wounds and visited by Yukito Tsuji, Yuuya Mochizuki, Noboru Saruta, Kouichi, Matsuko Arita, and Daisuke Wakui.


  • He sits in class in the first rows of seats, second column of desks from the window. On his left hand is seated Izumi Akazawa, to his right is seated Yukari Sakuragi and behind him is seated Junta Nakao.
  • He is ranked A in Another characters ranking.
  • His home address is 9-12 Seitencho Yomiyama City.
  • In the original novel and manga Manabu dies, being one of the "Deaths of August;" he was murdered by Keiko Numata in the novel, and died in the fire at the Inn in the manga. He is one of the few characters from the novel whose status improves, as he survived the anime.
  • Is the only known character belonging to the kendo club member in Yomiyama North Middle School.
  • His height is 161 cm/5' 3½", making him the shortest male student in Class 3-3.
  • His first name, Manabu, means "to learn."
  • When Takako appears in the inn's main hall, she's covered in blood, a lot of which doesn't appear to be hers. As Manabu and the lodge manager were the only other persons who'd been attacked at that point, it's possible it's his blood she's covered in, suggesting the two were both attacked by Keiko at the same time. However, as Manabu has already been stabbed before Takako screamed so it's very unlikely they were at the same place at the same time. And Takako specifically denied stabbing him. Odds suggest that he had crossed paths with Keiko as she left the dining room after setting it on fire.


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