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Yoshinori Kiyota (清田 良典 Kiyota Yoshinori?) is a background character and has been a classmate of Tomoko's since her first year in high school. Usually seen chatting with Okada and Nemoto, he appears to be popular in the class. 


He is a friend of Okada, Nemoto, and Suzuki. He serves as a background character in the anime and mostly thus far in the manga.


From what little is seen of Kiyota he appears friendly and outgoing and is always surrounded by students. He is very polite to Tomoko and is usually seen trying to get her to open up.


Kiyota has short spiky hair, and wears glasses with black-colored rectangular frames over his eyes. He wears the male student's standard uniform.

While his hair, as well as his eyes, are light beige in the manga and dark brown in the anime, TomoMote 10th Anniversary reveals that his natural hair color is black.


  • Season 1: Episodes 2, 5, 6, 10, 11

Manga: WataMote

(Strikethrough episodes or chapters indicate the character was mentioned but did not make a physical appearance)

Manga: TomoMote


Akane Okada and Hina Nemoto

Kiyota, Okada and Nemoto are close friends, and the three usually hang out in and after class. Regarding speculation as to his relationship with either girl, in Chapter 173 Hina directly asks Akane if she is dating Yoshinori. Akane denies that they are. Hina presses the subject by asking what she would do if he wanted to touch her breasts or have sex with her. Akane assures her that "Yoshi won't look at me like that."


  • The name Yoshinori means "good, virtuous, respectable" (良) (yoshi) and "rule, ceremony" (典) (nori).
  • Yoshinori's surname Kiyota means "clear, pure, clean" (清) (kiyo) and "field, rice paddy" (田) (ta).


  • Kiyota had a girlfriend who broke up with him right on New Year's Eve.

    Not Shown: Compassion

    Okada later teases the depressed Kiyota about this on the first school day after New Year vacation.
  • As of Chapter 97, Kiyota has no real goals in life and only wants to go to college so he can mess around for four years.
  • There is a Ikuhiro Kiyota who plays outfield for the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Memorable quotes

  • "I've got mad respect for you, you know? Next time I get the urge to eat here, I'm just gonna do it!" (in response to Tomoko eating by herself in the cafeteria)
  • "Ogii said there was someone in our class who wanted to be a voice actor. It's pretty cool to have dreams like that, don't you think? All I put down was that I want to get into college so I can mess around for four years. Makes me kinda jealous of people who have an actual goal in life."



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