Kaoruko Usami (宇佐見 薫子, Usami Kaoruko) is Akihiko Usami's cousin from his mother's side.
After her initial appearance in season 2, episode 10 of the anime, she is seen again in season 3, episode 2.
Kaoruko is 19 years old in the manga, 20 in the anime adaption. At first, Kaoruko comes off as snobbish, ordering Misaki Takahashi like a servant when she first arrives at Akihiko's home. Upon discovering that Misaki is in fact a resident, she begins drilling him on his age and skills. She's not the least bit impressed by his manga hobby and blatantly calls him boring.
She reveals that she has been tricked by her father, being told that her parents had been in a fatal car accident, and rushed back to Japan from England only to find out that she was to be married to Haruhiko, Akihiko's older half-brother. In order to prevent the marriage, she insists that Akihiko marry her instead.
She is forward about what she wants, at one point griping about being tired of people always making decisions for her. She is much like Akihiko when it comes to getting her way, going so far as to bribe her cousin with several stuffed bears and even a rare robotic bear in order to get his permission to stay in his house. She doesn't truly want to marry Akihiko, only seeking his protection.
When she walks in on Akihiko and Misaki, she doesn't quite react to catching them in the act. Instead, she tells Akihiko to finish what he's doing so that they can finish talking. Being as blunt as she is, however, she blatantly asks Misaki if he's gay. As he struggles to answer her, she declares that she doesn't care and was only interested in Akihiko protecting her from the marriage.While releasing her pent up frustration about her controlling parents and the arranged marriage to a relative she doesn't even like, she reveals to Misaki that her dream is to be a pastry chef. She's very defensive about her dream, yelling at Misaki not to laugh at it. Despite her otherwise brazen attitude on most things, she is very traditional and reserved about certain etiquette such as casual touching. When Misaki tries to show her a picture on his phone of a castle he made out of cake, their fingers barely brush and she cries out for him not touch her.
When Haruhiko shows up, looking for Kaoruko, she's stunned by Misaki's readiness to help her. She later asks Misaki to recreate the castle cake with her, telling him that he should be thankful because she didn't do things she liked without a guy she liked.
Kaoruko is said to have the same taste in men as Akihiko, which proves to be true when she inadvertently tells Misaki that she likes him. She's terribly blunt and hardheaded. She'll do just about anything to get what she wants: from hiding, to bribing, to yelling someone's ear off.
Despite all this, she is put out by the idea that nobody cares about how she truly feels. She merely wants acceptance from her family, and is willing to go any length to achieve her dream.
She's very traditional in some areas (even though she's against arranged marriages, thinking it's outdated), so she reacts strongly against strange men touching her casually, although she likes the booty.
Kaoruko has straight black hair that reaches a bit longer past her shoulders. She's usually seen wearing something in her hair, and always wears a traditional Japanese kimono. Her eyes are dark grey and she is shorter than Misaki.
|Junjou Romantica characters|
Eri Aikawa • Ryuuichiro Isaka • Kaoru Asahina • Kyo Ijuuin • Ryou Shizukuishi • Haruhiko Usami • Kaoruko Usami • Fuyuhiko Usami • Mizuki Shiiba • Tanaka • Takahiro Takahashi • Keiichi Sumi • Shinosuke Todo • Risako Takatsuki • Tsumori