|Voice Actor:||Yūki Kaneko (JP)|
Kira Buckland (EN)
Gia Grace (young - EN)
Naoka Ueno (植野 直花, Ueno Naoka) is a character in the Koe no Katachi series.
Ueno has long, straight, dark hair that reaches to her middle back, long fringes that reach to her nose, black-purple eyes, and a pale complexion. She is normally seen in her school uniform: a traditional white and red sailor fuku uniform, along with a dark skirt and a tan school sweater. Ueno is also shown in her part time job uniform, in which she wears glasses and ties up her hair as well as her bangs, making her unrecognizable to those who search for her in her workplace.
Ueno is a rather blunt and straightforward person, being rude and frank to people she dislikes, especially to Nishimiya. Ueno, being the "traditional tsundere", has been shown to be somewhat dull and insensitive to many of the characters, although she admits to this. She is also known to be somewhat rash with her decisions and will resort to violence rather quickly, as shown in chapter 44 when Ueno assaults Shouko after her attempted suicide, which resulted in Ishida being injured.
She often shows remorse after these violent outbursts, and even admits to her actions, but is hesitant to change. Despite this, Ueno has shown a soft and sweet side toward the end of the manga, and can also become flustered relatively easily. It is also hinted more than once that she has a crush on Ishida, the main character and a childhood friend who assisted in the bullying of Shouko.
Toward the end of the manga, Ueno displays progress of changing her ways, attitude, and mindset toward others, and releases most of her tunnel vision views towards her friends and others around her. She later shows remorse for her earlier actions and apologizes to those such as Ishida, and attempts to with Shouko.
Ueno used to be one of Ishida's friends before she, along with the rest of the class, denied any part in Nishimiya's bullying. She seemingly has a crush on him as well, being reduced to tears after discovering that he and Nishimiya were friends and assuming they were going out together. After meeting him in the streets a few years after Ishida's isolation, she approached him wearing cat ears and tail and blandly offered him a coupon for the diner she worked at. They seem to be recreating their lost friendship slowly and steadily.
At first, Ueno was helpful and tried to talk with Nishimiya, up to the point where she apparently began to realize that she was slowing down the whole class and that they might lost he singing competition because of her (which, coincidentally, happened to be when Shouya started to bully her). She ended up developping a deep dislike towards Nishimiya and joined in as one of her main tormentors, although she denied it when asked about this.
Ueno and Miyoko became friends after Miyoko told off two girls for harshly criticized her drawings, stating that she'd "always admired her work". Their relationship had started off badly after Ueno called her a "hypocrite" for wanting to learn sign language, at which Miyoko stopped coming to school. When she started coming back is unknown.
Ueno and Nagatsuka met by mistake when he discovered in his cat pillow, that he and Ishida had received at a diner, a note destined for Ishida claiming that she'd "always liked him. Nagatsuka went to meet Ueno which ended disastrously with Ueno shaking him down for Ishida's email, Nagatsuka having falsely claimed that he was there to test if ueno was a good match with Ishida and stating that he wouldn't want to be with someone who judged people by their looks. Over time, their relationship seemed to have improved, even though Nagatsuka still feels some fear upon seeing her. However, they don't converse very often which leaves their relationship to question.