This is Sanyo news! The warmth of summer has just arrived, the odd chill that was spring is now gone! We got some strange news for you rumor mongers though. It seems that there is a cherry blossom tree atop the Bubble. All attempts to have it taken down seem to have failed. For now it still seems to be under investigation.
Kaoru is a recent graduate of Wakaba High, hopelessly longing for a grander life than the one he was given. He’s blunt, aloof, clever, and disaffected with the world in general. Those with similar mindsets will get along with him no problem, though he isn’t the most talkative person in the world (unless you get him talking about something he’s particularly passionate about). His seemingly rude nature and rebellious attitude will probably put some people off, but he has a long history dealing with people who don’t like him.
Kaoru isn’t against the concept of friends, but the actual act of going up to others… socializing… smalltalk… it’s not the most appealing activity for him. It’s not a matter of “coming out of his shell”, since he tends to wear his heart on his sleeve. He’s not afraid to state his feelings, so if you like that kind of thing you’ll be hard pressed to find someone more honest than Kaoru. The emotional walls he puts up can be hard to push past, but Kaoru is nothing if not loyal to those he cares about.
Kaoru was an unpopular troublemaker in school. He wasn't smart or strong and was bullied frequently at Wakaba, and I'd imagine there are still several people who have it out for him. He isn't exactly easy to get along with, and his obvious disdain and disregard for authority gets him in trouble a lot.
Kaoru has no idea how romance works. He gets easily flustered and nervous when flirted with, because he honestly has no idea how to react in such situations. He never had a single boyfriend during his school years, most likely due to his outwardly distant attitude (the same reason he didn't have many friends). It's not that he doesn't want a boyfriend or anything, but opening up to anyone is difficult for him, especially considering his orientation. Kaoru isn't necessarily "out and proud" and is nervous at the prospect of others knowing his sexuality.