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Oreki, you're strange!


  Mayaka Ibara ( 伊原 摩耶花, Ibara Mayaka ) is one of the four main characters of Hyouka, of which all are students at Kamiyama High School and members of the mystery solving Classics Club. She is strict with others and herself. 

Biography

Mayaka has been in the same class and school as Hōtarō for nine years[1] since their first grade in elementary school, while she and Hōtarō attended the same middle and high school as Satoshi. As of now Mayaka is a member of the Manga Club, a volunteer librarian for the Library Club on Fridays, and the Classics Club, of which she joined in May[1], primarily due to Satoshi being a member.

General Information

Personality

Mayaka Ibara has a strong sense of responsibility[1] and even nitpicky with herself and others, and consequently fairly irascible. Though she can be impulsive, stubborn and rudely frank, Ibara is very capable of being nice. She generally, unless annoyed, is very pleasant and kind to the people around her. Her more pleasant demeanor is shown through such habits as giving nicknames to her friends like Chitanda, whom she calls "Chii-chan".

She is also very fond and possessive of manga and their artists, as she is a manga artist herself. She also likes foreign mysteries.[1]

Appearance

Ibara is a fairly short and small framed girl, standing at 148 cm (4'10"), and weighing 48 kg (106 lbs). She has most of her short sepia-brown colored hair cut just below her ears with her bangs cut above her eyebrows. Ibara's hair is generally styled in a way that fans out near the bottom, though on occasion she wears it up in small pigtails. Mayaka's eyes are fanango-pink and sparkle whenever she reads manga. Ibara is principally seen in the Kamiyama High School uniform. When not in her school uniform, she dresses in a rather "casual chic" style. She also does cosplay of classic manga characters.

Plot

Revitalizing the Classics Club

Although Mayaka is friends with Houtarou, she was not initially interested in joining the Classics Club, which was only recently repopulated by him and schoolmate Eru Chitanda. During that time, Mayaka is active as an assistant on Kamiyama High School's own library. Mayaka's interest was only piqued after finding out that Houtarou is trying to solve a mystery case. After being lured in by Houtarou's achievement in learning the truth behind the "ghost" in the school's Music Room, Mayaka began joining Houtarou and Eru, as well as Satoshi Fukube, in club activities.

Mayaka helped mostly in the Hyouka anthology case by brainstorming with Satoshi, Eru and Houtarou.

The Hoshigaya Cup Endeavor

During an unspecified time between Spring of that year and the Hoshigaya Cup, Mayaka decided to quit from the Manga Research Club, a decision that was respected by the Classics Club because of their knowledge of her unstable relationship with its members.

Relationships

Satoshi Fukube

Mayaka has had a crush on Satoshi since middle school, however, he always brushed her feelings aside with a joke. She is oblivious to the fact that Satoshi actually reciprocates her feelings, but is hesitant to act upon them. Due to this, she restrains her emotions and hides her feelings for him. Nevertheless Mayaka calls him by the nickname "Fuku-Chan". At the start of the second year, Mayaka finally received an answer from Satoshi and the two started dating since then.

Eru Chitanda

She is close friends with Eru and calls her by the nickname "Chi-chan".

Hōtarō Oreki

She has known Hōtarō since middle school where they were known as Kaburaya Middle School's best couple, much to the disgust and annoyance of both of them and she usually talks to him in a sarcastic manner, for she dislikes Hōtarō's laid-back attitude and life-style. She seems to have trouble accepting the fact that Hōtarō is able to solve mysteries and puzzles she herself couldn't. Despite this, the two do care for each other, as she was worried in episode 18 when Oreki wanted to do something and thought he had a cold, telling him to bundle up and get better (she legitimately thought he was ill). Oreki in turn got mad for her sake when Satoshi stole her valentine chocolate for him so he could avoid answering her love confession. The two tend to be harsh with each other due to their clashing personalities, but are good friends deep down.


Quotes

  • "Oreki, you're strange!"
  • "What an idiot."
  • "I'm not angry!"
  • "Use your brain."
  • "Why do you have this, Chii-chan?"
  • "This is just sad, I'm running away to Fuku-chan."

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery: Mayaka Ibara


Trivia

  • She's the smallest person among the group.
  • Her favorite manga is "A Corpse by Evening".
  • During Kanya Fest, Mayaka cosplays characters from 3 different classic manga series.
    1. Frolbericheri from There Were Eleven
    2. Akko from Himitsu no Akko-chan
    3. Senri Mariko from Rainbow Parakeet
  • Mayaka is a exceptionally talented manga artist, and is creating her own manga. 
  • She calls Satoshi "Fuku-chan" and Chitanda "Chii-chan".
  • She was born on May the 24th (fans rumor).
  • Mayaka dislikes cheese for its scent and, for this reason, is unable to eat anything with cheese on it.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Official Light Novel website character description. Retrieved 23/06/2014.


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Main Characters
Hōtarō Oreki | Eru Chitanda | Satoshi Fukube | Mayaka Ibara
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Fuyumi Irisu | Masashi TōgaitoJirō Tanabe | Muneyoshi Kugayama | Kaho Jūmonji | Ayako Kouchi | Shōko Yuasa | Kurako Eba | Jun'ya Nakajō | Tomohiro Haba | Misaki Sawakiguchi | Takeo Kaitou | Midori Yamanishi | Mamiko Senoue | Takeo Katsuta | Yuri Kounosu | Koreyuki Tani | Ariyoshi | Iizuka | Henmi | Matsushiro | Nakayama | Mayu Hongō | Yasukuni Yoshino
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Tomoe Oreki | Jun Sekitani | Yōko Itoigawa | Masakiyo Ogi | Haruna Anjō | Rie Zenna | Kayo Zenna

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