Ayako Kouchi (河内 亜也子 Kōchi Ayako) is a second-year student of the Kamiyama High School and a member of the school's Manga Club.
Although she is overall friendly, Ayako is also frequently sarcastic and is quite smug at times.
Ayako is roughly the same height as Chitanda. Her hair is short, slightly spiked and a "coffie" brown color. Her eyes are teal in color. Aside from cosplaying, Ayako is only seen in her Kamiyama High School uniform.
She argues that there's no point in writing manga reviews, and opinions defer from reader to reader. Mayaka disagrees, and tells her about a manga sold at the previous year's culture festival called "A Corpse by Evening". Ayako claims to have never heard of it, and Mayaka says she'll bring it the next day. Mayaka is unable to find the manga, but Ayako doesn't seem to be upset anymore, and just asks Mayaka to help with making posters. While Mayaka is being picked on by the other Manga Club members, Ayako tells them to stop while scowling at them. When Mayaka brought "A Corpse by Evening" that she borrowed from Houtarou to her, it was revealed that she read it before but doesn't want to admit it is truly a masterpiece by not reading it till the end because it was written by her friend, Haruna who was never interested in manga and yet she was able to make a masterpiece which make her who is a manga enthusiast and author feel inferior to her talent. So, she put the manga in the deepest part of her closet so that she could say there is no such things as masterpieces. After she left, Mayaka saw Ayako's drawing in the metal fence nearby which is similar to a drawing in a manga titled "Body Talk" which Mayaka claimed previously to be on a lower level than "A Corpse by Evening". And from that, Mayaka realized that Ayako was the author of "Body Talk" and she cried once she realized and understand Ayako's feelings..
They're close friends, judging how they call each other by their first names and how much Shōko trusts her.
They were friends before Haruna's transfer.
- During the Kanya Festival, she cosplayed two characters from SNK videogames, namely Nakoruru from the Samurai Shodown and King from the The King of Fighters.
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