- "I just like what I like. I always thought it wasn't something you could control. It's impossible to lock those feelings inside you."
- —Yuki's take on love[src]
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- Yuki: "I think it's up to the two of them. It's not for other people to butt in."
- Akira: "It's okay if they're just messing around. But if it becomes serious, it might cause problems later. Do you understand?"
- Yuki: "I don't understand"
- — Yuki refuses to become involved with Tsukushi's and Tsukasa's relationship[src]
She was always there to listen to Tsukushi's problems regarding Eitoku and the F4. Because of Tsukushi's sense of justice, Yuki found it strange that Tsukushi "[could] live with their stupid behavior." She was disappointed that no one at Eitoku knew how nice Tsukushi really was. After Tsukushi got a red card from the F4, she talked to Yuki about a particular member, Rui Hanazawa. Yuki correctly guessed that Tsukushi had a crush on him. She then told Tsukushi about her boyfriend Nakatsuka, whom she had met on the street. Tsukushi later told Yuki about a party. Yuki encouraged her to go, hoping her Eitoku classmates would get to know the "real" her.
Tsukushi reported every detail of the party to Yuki, including her first kiss with Tsukasa Domyoji in front of her crush. Yuki advised her to confess her feelings to Rui soon. Tsukushi chose not to and saw him off at the airport, all of which she told Yuki. Tsukasa later asked Tsukushi on a date, but she spent most of the day with Yuki. At the last second, Tsukushi left to go see him. Akira Mimasaka and Sojiro Nishikado later visited Yuki's work and brought her to Sojiro's house to talk about Tsukushi. They were worried about Tsukasa's relationship with Tsukushi getting "serious". Yuki told them that "it [was] up to the two of them" and refused to interfere. When Tsukushi woke up in a hotel room, she swore to Yuki that "nothing happened."
Photos of Tsukushi in the hotel room were spread around school. After her shift, Yuki left to help her and Sojiro search for the culprit at a nightclub. Seeing Tsukushi so upset, Yuki wondered whether she had developed feelings for Tsukasa. When Tsukasa began acting like he and Tsukushi were dating, Yuki told that she just "jump into [his] arms with all [her] heart." Tsubaki Domyoji later proposed that Tsukushi and Tsukasa go on a double date with Yuki and her boyfriend. The two couples went to the zoo together. Nakatsuka soon began to annoy Tsukasa and they went their separate ways for a few hours. After meeting up again, Tsukasa punched Nakatsuka. Yuki had a feeling that Nakatsuka said something that offended Tsukasa.
Crush on Sojiro
- "The truth is, its bitterness is good. Knowing that, I began walking the path of tea. It's the same with love. A person matures after going through a painful, bitter love. Yuki-chan, this love experience you just had was necessary. You won't make the same mistake next time, alright?"
- —Sojiro's advice to Yuki[src]
Following the fight with Tsukasa, Nakatsuka stopped contacting Yuki. She still regularly continued to call him and send him messages. Meanwhile, Tsukushi was having her own relationship issues. She met with Yuki to tell her that she had chosen Rui, though Yuki said her reasons sounded like "pity". Yuki then asked Tsukushi to go with her to the place she first met Nakatsuka. He coincidentally arrived seconds later with a girl. Nakatsuka pretended to not know Yuki, so she ran away. Sojiro happened to see her and brought her to his house to have tea. He took her to get "revenge" on Nakatsuka. At a movie theater, Sojiro flirted with Nakatsuka's girl, before declaring his "favorite girl" was Yuki. This provided Yuki an opportunity to repeat Nakatsuka's words back at him.
A few days later, Sojiro called Yuki to ask about Tsukushi. She met him, Akira, and Rui at Sojiro's house to tell them about Tsukushi's father being laid off. Akira pointed out that she seemed happy about it. She admitted that she was actually pleased about Sojiro calling her, appearing to have developed a crush on him. The guys ignored her. Later, Yuki was working when a huge stock of her boss's sweets were returned. Sojiro helped by buying the returned sweets. At the Teen of Japan contest, Yuki cheered for Tsukushi. She placed second and a party was held for her afterwards. Yuki asked Sojiro if he was free on Christmas Eve. He agreed to call her, if he got some free time. That day, Yuki bumped into Sojiro. He ran away upon seeing her and she chased after him.
In February 2006, Yuki ran into Sojiro while he was talking to Sara Hinata. Once Sara left, Sojiro asked Yuki if a girl would ask a guy to meet her at six am to confess her love. Yuki told him that that made "no sense." Sojiro then decided not to meet Sara on Valentine's Day.
Third year begins
- "How can you say that? Do you know what it was like for her to wait a whole year for him? Do you know how hard it was for her to forget about him after he stopped calling her? And for you to say that there's nothing we can do about it...Tsukushi's feelings aren't something he can play with forever."
- —Yuki after Sojiro tells her that Tsukasa still likes Tsukushi[src]
Yuki and Tsukushi attended a middle school reunion in December 2006. There they met Junpei Oribe, who suggested that Tsukushi should become a lawyer. Yuki agreed, which lead Tsukushi to decide to enter law school. Later, Yuki went with Tsukushi to wish Sojiro a happy new year. At work, Tsukushi told Yuki about Tsukasa's fiancée Shigeru Okawahara. Shigeru then visited the store, and invited Tsukushi and Yuki to go shopping. She bought them bracelets after seeing the girls looking at them earlier. Yuki and Tsukushi were not sure what to think of her since she was not a "bad person". The next day, Yuki ran into Sojiro and Akira while they were attempting to get Shigeru to give up on Tsukasa. Yuki and the guys then met with Tsukushi. Sojiro encouraged her to fight for Tsukasa, which Yuki thanked him for afterwards.
The following day, Yuki told her boss about Sojiro not answering her calls. Sachiyo called Akira, who told her that Sojiro was coming to his house tomorrow. Yuki asked Tsukushi to go with her. Sojiro left as soon as he saw Yuki. Not one to be discouraged, Yuki went after him. They went to a cafe, but the conversation was stilted. Yuki then decided to join a tea ceremony club in order to understand Sojiro better. Yuki later visited Tsukushi at the hospital when she collapsed due to exhaustion. Sojiro, Akira, and Rui also stopped by. Yuki walked out with Sojiro, who told her that Tsukasa still had feelings for Tsukushi. She called this "unfair", to which he responded that "there is no logic in love." After Tsukushi got out of the hospital, Yuki's new friend Sara helped her find an apartment.
Tsukushi later told Yuki and their boss about Rui's love confession. Their boss encouraged her to figure out who she cared for most. Tsukushi then told them that she wished for Tsukasa to happy with Shigeru. Later, she asked Tsukushi if anything new had happened with Rui. Yuki advised her that she "should [not] leave things the way they are." The next day, Tsukushi told Yuki about what happened to Tsukasa in New York as well as Rui attempting to kiss her. Yuki then suggested that Tsukushi should confess her feelings to Tsukasa on Valentine's Day. The day before Valentine's, Akira and Sojiro visited Yuki's club. She noticed that Sara disappeared when Sojiro arrived. He himself left after Yuki mentioned Sara's name. After this, Yuki mentioned to Tsukushi about the possibility of Sara being Sojiro's first love.
On Valentine's Day, Sojiro let Yuki into his house to ask about Sara. Yuki revealed that Sara had quit the club. She then asked Sojiro if Sara was the girl who asked to meet him on Valentine's Day in 2006. Sojiro confirmed this, before telling her his past with Sara. The next day, Yuki gave him Sara's cup, which she had left behind. Yuki felt guilty for interfering with Sojiro and Sara. She then began searching for the building that Sara had wanted Sojiro to see. After searching for over a week, Yuki finally found the building. She then asked Tsukushi to tell Sojiro to meet her later. He arrived just in time. They rushed to the roof, where a billboard that read "I love you, Jiro" was visible. Sojiro thanked Yuki for what she did afterwards.
Later, Tsukushi called Yuki to tell her about Shigeru going into Tsukasa's room. Yuki told her that she should do something so Shigeru would not get "more attached" to him. After Tsukasa's mother found out about him and Tsukushi dating, she stayed with Yuki for a few days. Yuki's parents were effected by Domyoji Group's collapse. Tsukushi felt responsible and left Tokyo. A few days later, Tsukushi was living in a small village. Yuki called her and Tsukushi gave an update on Tsukasa, who was suffering from memory loss. Later, Yuki went on a skiing trip with Tsukushi and the F4. Tsukushi went missing, after Umi Nakajima had told her that Yuki was out in the blizzard. Thankfully, Tsukasa saved her and regained his memories. Several days later, Yuki went to Eitoku's prom, where Tsukasa proposed to Tsukushi. Yuki loudly congratulated her.
By early 2011, Yuki and Tsukushi were still working at Wagashi Sengoku. After Tsukasa announced his and Tsukushi's wedding, she and Okami-san gave an interview to a morning television show which upset Tsukushi. Yuki later apologized to her, saying "we were just so happy to talk about you." She attended Tsukushi's wedding that spring. A year later, Yuki went to Sojiro's book signing. He promptly ran away from her, which was the third time he had done so.
Like Tsukushi, Yuki had a cute face, but was not overly beautiful. Her facial features were soft and understated, including her dark brown eyes. Yuki's hair was long and straight, though she later curls it. She always wore her hair up while working. Outside of work, she styled her hair in a variety of ways, including braided pigtails and half-up with a side bun. Her wardrobe consisted of cute, casual clothing besides her work and school uniform.
Personality and traits
Yuki was a cheerful, hardworking, and determined person with a stubborn side that annoyed Sojiro. She was a loyal, compassionate friend, who was always there for Tsukushi. After developing a crush on Sojiro, Yuki's personality changed a bit. She became nicer and less obstinate. Yuki also chased after Sojiro blindly, not realizing that her presence sometimes bothered him.
Behind the scenes
- See also: Category:Yuki Matsuoka portrayals
- Yuki is portrayed by Aki Nishihara in Hana Yori Dango (2005), Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007), and Hana Yori Dango Final (2008).
- Marin Saida (
彩田 真鈴) and Rika Inoue ( 井上 里花) play younger versions of Yuki in episode one.
- A running gag in the series was Sojiro running away from Yuki and her chasing after him. Yuki acknowledges this when she says "that's the third time" at the end of the film.
- Unlike in the manga, Yuki wears a school uniform to her public high school.
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