|name = Tsubaki Sawabe
|imagewidth = 300
|name-kanji = 澤部 椿
|name-rōmaji = Sawabe Tsubaki
|age = 78
|occupation = Student/Softball player
|family = Grandmother (deceased),
Mother, Father |seiyū = Ayane Sakura |VA = Erica Mendez |manga = Chapter 1 |anime = Episode 1 |image = Tsubaki Sawabe.png |status = Alive|birthday = May 19 |gender = Cow
Tsubaki is a pretty girl, with chin length brown hair and brown eyes. Her hair is parted in the middle and is often protruding in many directions.
She is mostly seen wearing her school uniform which consists of a blue shirt, a gray blazer and plaid skirt, and a red and white neck tie.
However, during softball practices, she wears her sports uniform which consists of a dark pink high neck mid sleeve shirt, a white V collared shirt and matching knee length shorts with a belt holding it up. She also wears pink boots, a backward white cap with her hair tied in a ponytail. In addition, during her childhood, Tsubaki did not consistently wear the same outfit.
Tsubaki is very kind, always willing to help out her friends in their troubles. She can also be seen as overprotective of her female friends, as she was enraged when Watari dumped one of them. She is also adventurous, sometimes to the point of doing dangerous things. She is very outgoing. Despite her calm and kind nature, Tsubaki is easily angered and is not afraid to hit someone, sometimes to the point of being described as scary by some people. In her childhood, when Kousei was learning the piano and was never able to go out to play with her, she would often make things for him and reassured him when his mother threw out his pet cat. She is seen as very tomboyish, having short hair and being a fan of sports. Many of her classmates called her 'gorilla' because of her personality and looks, leading her into thinking like that herself. She was also thought of as oblivious to her own feelings, seen when she started to like Kousei, her best friend knew it all along and even dropped hints, such as the fact that she was always talking about him, worrying about him and watching out for him. Tsubaki was willing to carry Kousei on her back when he was injured, despite being hurt herself.
Tsubaki secretly likes Kousei but does not possess the courage to confess to him. She had a hard time realizing her own feelings. She tries to hide her real emotions with a smile but cries throughout the series because of emotional outbursts. She can also be seen as selfish because she worries that music will take Kousei from her. Despite this, Tsubaki is kind and caring. She cares about Kousei enough to pick a high school near his so she can still see him.
Tsubaki is a very athletic person. Since they were young and she would always invite Kousei to play with her outside. She would often convince him to do daring, sometimes even dangerous things which further developed her adventurous and outgoing personality. She is skilled in sports and is a very active member on her softball team in school. It is also seen that her mood can influence her skills, like when she's angry, she tends to play better and more violently, and when she's sad, she tends to miss more shots and lose her concentration.
In addition, while Tsubaki was seen as the person who always failed, she once got a B on a test described as 'hard' by all of the other students in her class.
"Tsubaki" means "Camellia". This flower symbolizes with transience and death.
Tsubaki is Kousei's childhood friend. She has always gone to his performances and cheered him on. Tsubaki would often invite Kousei to play outside but due to his practice time with his mother, Kousei could never participate. Being with Kousei for a long time, Tsubaki gradually took on the role as an "older sister". Kousei was that "hopeless little brother she had to take care of". She would often prepare gifts for Kousei and cheer him up when he was sad, such as when his mother abandoned his pet cat and he couldn't find him. Rather than being interested in music, Tsubaki was athletic. She is on the softball team in high school. She was also a member of the softball team in Middle School.
Kousei Arima: Tsubaki's best friend since childhood. The two are neighbors, and have an extremely close relationship. Since childhood, Tsubaki constantly worries about Kousei, saying that she simply feels the need to look out for him. Although she initially refers to Kousei as her "kid brother", she later realizes that she has feelings for him, and is heartbroken when she believes that he will be leaving her to pursue his dream of becoming a pianist. However, after Kaori's death, Tsubaki decides to stay by Kousei's side and follow him.
Watari Ryōta: Tsubaki's other best friend since childhood. They share a deep love for sports (Tsubaki plays softball while Watari plays soccer). Watari understands Tsubaki's feelings the most out of all her friends, having realized her true feelings for Kousei long before anyone else, including Tsubaki herself.
Nao Kashiwagi: Tsubaki's close friend and confidant, Nao is shown to be very observant with her, even noticing how she started dating Saitou as an excuse to hide her love for Kousei. Tsubaki tends to brush off Nao's remarks that she has to be honest with herself about her feelings, but is eventually forced to take Nao's advice.
Saitou: Tsubaki is depicted frequently communicating with "Saitou-senpai" as how she calls him through messaging and calling each other via phone. She uses her relationship with him to hide her feelings for Kousei, however, she actually did like Saitou to an extent.
Later on the anime, Tsubaki and Saitou broke up, Saitou being "too alike for a relationship".
(To Herself) "Everyone was stepping boldly one foot at a time...while cheering themselves up, while being provoked, while being supported, trying to advance. I was the only one not stepping forward. I wish time would stop. The only one whose time had stopped...was me. I want to advance. I want to step forward. I want my time to move."
(To Kousei) "You do too have a soul, Kousei. It's just that you're good at hiding it. So good, you can't even find it yourself. So I'm going to find it for you. So you won't lose your way, so you won't have regrets... I'll stay by your side forever. After all, I know everything there is to know about you."
(To Herself) "Even though I'm upset that I lost... Even though I'm depressed... Even though my ankle hurts and my eyes are stained with tears. I don't think I've ever felt worse. so why do the stars look so bright tonight? The scent of the music room in his hair. The sound of his slightly ragged breathing. His shoulder, warm and wet with tears. I am by his side. I wish we could live in this moment forever."
(To Herself) "I'm discovering all these different sides of myself that I never knew I had... Facing all these different sides of me. I guess that's also... What you call... being in love?"
(To Kousei) Who cares about music? Who cares about words? We have all the time that we've spent together. All those precious memories of all the little things.
|"The piano is you. If you touch it gently, it will smile. If you touch it with force, it will become enraged"|
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