The hero of the story, Nat is a walking contradiction of sorts – bold yet shy, intelligent yet stupid, crazy yet sane, a simple guy with a complicated mind. Having absorbed the languages of many different cultures, he tends to use random foreign words. Nat can be pretty moody too. It must be the artist within him. At times he’s all crazy and hyper, and hours later will be down in the dumps. By the time he finished college, he became more of a introspective, bitter cynic after years of post-high school experience. However, he’s still the same ol’ wacky nice guy inside.
Tamiko “Tammy” Komatsu
Nat’s BFF since college, Tammy has taken up the mantle of keeping him in check before he goes to crazy. She’s a groovy chick who stays mellow in the strangest situations that seem to pop up all the time in Nat’s world.
Jared is Nat’s best friend since elementary school. Compared to Nat, he tends to be more on the sarcastic and pessimistic side, but he always has his head on straight. He gets a bit annoyed at the way Nat acts at times, but they’re still the best of friends.
The Girl with the Wonderful Smile (AKA The Girl)
A mysterious and elusive girl who’s stolen Nat’s heart but always seems just out of his reach. Will he ever catch up to her? Will he finally learn her name? Stay tuned…
MK (The Monkey King)
Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, was once a legendary Chinese folk hero who would travel all over China with his homies, helping regular folks and playing pranks on stuffy gods and goddesses. Now he works in a Starbucks in the Land of the Golden Mountain (San Francisco), bitter and stripped of most of his powers, waiting to be let back into heaven. Someday…
Annie is a hardcore gamer. She’s been playing video games ever since she could hold a controller, and is now a full-fledged video game fan. She’s smart, self-confident, and a self-confessed cutie. However, her hardcore-gaming ways tend to repel many guys, a fact that frustrates her at times. Ultimately she doesn’t really care, though, because for now, she’s having the time of her life.
Annie’s best friend. Quiet, contemplative, and curious, he always knows the right thing to say, even if it’s not the right time to say it. Although he plays video games occasionally (he has a Playstation), he’d rather play basketball. Most of the time he doesn’t know what the heck is going on, so he is Annie’s unwilling “student” in the ways of the Hardcore Gamer.
Annie’s unofficial rival. Another girl gamer, she’s calm, cool, and collected compared to Annie’s in-your-face demeanor. She tends to be rather cynical and sarcastic at times. Compared to her superior fighting and adventure game skills, her gaming skills in other genres are slightly lacking. Grace has a crush on Jae and is not afraid to make this known, much to Jae’s annoyance. Her dad is Japanese and her mom is Chinese, so she knows some of each language and culture.
Kenny’s girlfriend and good friend of Annie. She’s cute, funny, optimistic, and is always there to lend a hand. Although she doesn’t mind being short, she hates short jokes. She is obsessed with Tare Panda, much to the dismay of Kenny. She’s an amateur skateboarder but is quickly mastering kick tricks. Ever since she got addicted to Tetris a while back, her puzzle gaming skillz are unmatched by few, even Annie herself.
Kenny is Annie and Jake’s friend from school. He’s cool, though a bit dense at times. He’s always there for his friends, although it may not seem like it times. He also plays drums for Jae’s band ’cause he’s the fastest and rockin-est drummer there is. He’s quite the animé fanatic and even does some cosplay.