Mayaka Ibara (伊原 摩耶花 Ibara Mayaka ) is one of the four main characters of the Hyouka. She is a student of the Kamiyama High School belonging to class 2-C (1-? earlier), a volunteer librarian in school library and a member of both school's Classics Club and Manga Club.
Mayaka has been in the same class and school as Houtarou for nine years since their first grade in elementary school, while she and Houtarou 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, primarily due to Satoshi being a member.
Mayaka Ibara has a strong sense of responsibility 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.
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.
Revitalizing the Classics Club Edit
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 Edit
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.
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.
She is close friends with Eru and calls her by the nickname "Chi-chan".
Mayaka has known Houtarou 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 Houtarou's laid-back attitude and life-style. She seems to have trouble accepting the fact that Houtarou is able to solve mysteries and puzzles she herself couldn't.
Despite this, the two does care deeply for each other; her showing legitimate concern over his health and well being while Oreki in turn holding her feelings in high regard, even to the point of being confrontational to Satoshi during their Valentine's day case. The two tend to be harsh with each other due to their clashing personalities, but are nonetheless close friends who waste no time in ensuring the other's well being.
- "Oreki, you're strange!"
- "What an idiot."
- "Use your brain."
- "This is just sad, I'm running away to Fuku-chan."
- She's the shortest person among the Classics Club members.
- Her favorite manga is a A Corpse by Evening.
- During Kanya Festival, Mayaka cosplays characters from 3 different classic manga series.
- Mayaka loves manga and she also a talented manga artist.
- She calls Satoshi "Fuku-chan" and Chitanda "Chii-chan".
- Mayaka dislikes cheese for its scent and, for this reason, is unable to eat anything with cheese on it.