Souta Taguchi (田口草太 Taguchi Souta), another friend of Ran's. He was in the soccer club with Ogawa until the third quarter of their sencod year. He understands Akira because of having had similar experiences in middle school. Because Kido and his friends helped him become less anti-social, he gives Sawa advice on how to help Akira accept her friendship. He later falls in love with Akira because of their similar personalities. Though she rejects cannot accept his feeling, they remain friends. In the comic, he is voiced by Hideki Nakanishi.