"Gotta grab it…Grab my future with my own hands!!"
Ema Maeda

Ema Maeda (真枝 絵馬 Maeda Ema) is a timid 15 year old girl who has a knack for conspiracies and hopes to be accepted into Tokyo University one day to improve her life. For this reason she sought out the Hinata House for its legend of providing those who reside within it the ability to pass the university’s entrance exams.


Never having had a boyfriend, she lacks in self-confidence due to her skinny build, being “flat as a board”, possessing freckles and being short sighted to the point of needing glasses. Despite this, she is determined to make something of herself and sees attending Tokyo University as her salvation.


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After two days of searching for the Hinata dorms, Ema arrives at the dorms and, finding no-one to greet her, wanders the complex and takes a dip in the hot springs only to be mistaken as a boy, and by extension a peeping tom.
Attacked by various members of the dormitory until she manages to explain her situation, after which the girls find amusement in how similar her arrival was to Keitaro Urashima’s.

After getting a tour of the premises, Ema becomes intimidated by the stories of the other residents until she hears about Keitaro, who was once a student in her circumstance.
Later that night she sneaks a peek at Naru’s wedding gown and tries on the veil only to set off an anti-theft alarm. Scared of what the Hinata girls might do, Ema runs while still wearing the veil.
Almost run over by Keitaro, who has adopted Seta’s driving habits, he takes her to the Hinata beach to have a talk before returning to the dormitory to return the veil as the wedding ceremony commences. However, the plan to return the veil fails when Motoko hears them sneaking in the bushes and, believing them to be bandits, leads an all out attack upon them until Naru arrives to settle the commotion.
As the ceremony goes under way, Ema watches as Keitaro Urashima and Naru Narusegawa are wed and sees a glimmer of hope for her own future in the Hinata Dormitory.

Spoilers end here.

Character Design

Ema was specifically designed to be gawky, intentionally giving her a school uniform based on an old, out-of-fashion design and thin, weak-looking arms and legs; a “no frills, skinny girl with glasses”.

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Color: Pink/Blue
Men: Like Keitaro/-
School subject: Home economics/P.E.
Season: Spring/Summer
Animal: Chameleon/Puppies


  • Hobbies: taking baths
  • Specialty: not having boyfriend in 15 years.
  • She got really happy: being accepted as a tenant at Hinata-sou

Main Characters Kanako UrashimaKaolla SuKeitaro UrashimaMitsune "Kitsune" KonnoMotoko AoyamaMutsumi OtohimeNaru NarusegawaShinobu Maehara
Relatives Haruka UrashimaHina UrashimaJulia McDougalKeisuke UrashimaMei NarusegawaNatsumi OtohimeNoriyasu SetaSarah McDougalTsuruko AoyamaAmalla SuYoko UrashimaYasuharu MaeharaShinobu's MotherTsuruko's HusbandUncle
Minor Characters Adult SuAkiko TaichiLamba LuKentaro SakataKimiaki ShiraiMasayuki HaitaniEma MaedaHinata EldersKen AkamatsuLittle Match GirlMiracle Maid MotokoMizuho FujisawaMoeNittaNyamo NamoThe "Promise Girl"Sachiyo MatsumotoEmi IchikawaKikuko OnoueTakeshi KodairaSoujiro NatsukiVengeful Spirit
Groups Beauty and BladeFour Eyed Freak FestHarem Protection AgencyHinata House Liberation FrontThe Hinata ResidentsKaolla's BodyguardsThe Masked MaraudersMotoko Aoyama's Fan ClubMotoko Rescue and Return BrigadeNarusegawa FamilyNeo RoninzOtohime FamilyPuffy MushroomRonin StonesShinmei-ryuThugsUrashima Family
Animals/Pets CicadaGidgetHayateHot Springs TurtleKuroLeonMonkeysPochiShippuShiroTamago OnsenTanukiWhite Dog
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