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Minami Iwasaki (岩崎 みなみ, Iwasaki Minami) is one of the main characters of Lucky Star. She is a schoolmate of Yutaka Kobayakawa and a childhood friend of Miyuki Takara. She is the stereotypical silent 'kuudere'.

Appearance and Personality[]

"Maybe you'll even be as tall as me someday..."
Minami Iwasaki

Minami has short, mint-green hair and her eyes are slightly slanted upward, giving them a 'sharp' appearance similar to that of Kagami's eyes. She is very slender and quite tall for her age, yet she is disappointed about her minimal breast size, which Konata frequently comments on. Due to her short hair and lean body structure, Minami has a tendency to look more androgynous than the other Lucky Star characters, a reason why Hiyori Tamura often makes her the "tachi" (male-like role in a yuri couple) of the Minami-Yutaka yuri model.

A very silent girl (usually speaking in as few words as possible) who is very impassive, Minami is often mistaken for being cold, but she is very kind at heart. However, many jokes arise when her seemingly "perfect and sleek" appearance is contradicted, such as when Miyuki's mother notices Minami teaching Cherry how to stand on her hind legs by mimicking the position herself; Minami often blushes heavily and stares at the floor in response to such teasing. With her overall first-impressions, she tends to be mistaken as the "modern-day tsundere" type.

She gets along with Miyuki, since they have similar tastes and lived in the same neighborhood; Minami has often been compared to being Miyuki's "little sister" due to Minami's clingy attraction to her neighbor from when they were younger. In fact, in the Manga Strip Far-sighted Minami ends up calling Miyuki "Onee-chan", an honorary term in Japanese used for when younger siblings are referring to their older sister.


Minami Iwasaki comes from a wealthy family which includes her mother, Honoka Iwasaki, and her father. She also lives across the street from Miyuki. She owns a dog named Cherry which she plays with most of the time and has a parasol in her yard.

Minami first saw Yutaka at the women's restroom feeling sick after taking the Ryoo High School entrance exam, and offered to take her to the nurse. She also lent her handkerchief to Yutaka. Both passed the exam and were grouped into the same first-year class, along with Hiyori Tamura and Patricia Martin.


Character song Vol. 6: Minami Iwasaki contains 2 songs sang by Minami's voice actor, Minori Chihara.

The songs are:

  • Damatto Yasumi Jikan (Silent Break Time)
  • Tōmei Ribon (Transparent Ribbon)


  • The name Minami is written in hiragana (みなみ), which has no special meaning. However, when written in kanji (美波, 南 or 美海), it could possibly mean:
    • 美波 - "beautiful" (美) (mi) and "wave, breaker" (波) (nami).
    • 南 - "south".
    • 美海 - "beautiful" (美) (mi) and "sea, ocean" (海) (nami).


  • Minami's Japanese Seiyū and English Voice Actor, Minori Chihara and Michelle Ruff, are the voices of Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (and the subsequent sequels, spin-offs, movies, and in image music pieces).
  • In episode 18 when Konata and her friends play the animal personality game, Yutaka says that Minami could be a hawk because of her coolness.
  • Apparently Minami can play the piano well (proof in Volume 6)
  • Minami is left-handed.