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Kudryavka Noumi
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Kanji 能美クドリャフカ


Rōmaji Noumi Kudoryafuka
Kudoryafuka Anatorievuna Sutorugatsukaya
Age 15/16 (In-Game Birthday)
Birthday June 12, 1991 (Taurus)
Gender Female
Height 145cm
Weight 37kg
Size 69 / 51 / 72
Occupation Student
Position Ninth Little Busters Member
Home Economics Club Member
Rocket Club Member (Kud Wafter)
Status Alive
Voice Actors
Japanese Naomi Wakabayashi
English Tiffany Grant
First Appearance
Visual Novel Little Busters!
Anime Episode 04 - We'll Make a Happy, Sunny Place

Kudryavka Noumi (能美 クドリャフカ, Nōmi Kudoryafuka)/Kudryavka Anatolyevna Strugatskaya (Кудрявка Анатольевна Стругацкая) is the ninth member of the Little Busters.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Out of all the girls of the entire Little Busters, Kud is the most unique girl with long flax colored hair with a small bat clip, blue eyes and she is the smallest girl of the entire group.

What makes Kud unique is her uniform. Unlike the other girls, she uses a white hat, a white cape with a bow when she is not in classes and white stockings.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Kudryavka, also known as "Kud" for short, is a girl who is a quarter Japanese and three-quarters Russian where her grandmother is Japanese and Ivan Strugatskaya (Kud's grandfather) was crazy about Japanese culture and per his influence on her, she came to know much about Japanese culture too, including the language. Despite having a poor handle on the English language, she was able to skip a year in school due to credits obtained through studying abroad. She is Riki's classmate and is in the newly formed home economics club due to an invitation of the head of the dormitory she lives at with the other characters. Kudryavka and the dormitory head are the only two members, and since the latter is often too busy, club activities are suspended and Kudryavka is the sole active member of a club on the verge of being disbanded. Before joining the home economics club, Kudryavka had been a member of the furniture club until it was disbanded.

Kudryavka has two dogs: a large female Siberian Husky named Strelka, and a small Schipperke named Belka. The hat and cloak that she wears were handmade. She spent most of her childhood traveling around the world, and her home country is a small, fictional southern island closer to the equator; this is the reason for her hat and cloak — She finds Japan cold due to her country's climate. Her favorite phrase is "Wafu!".

Kud's name is Russian, but her home country is actually the former Soviet republic Tebwa, wagering its future on its space program. Kud's mother is a key figure in that space program, and is also the image of perfection that Kud strives for, commanding great knowledge and expertise, including English. Kud herself, however, apparently has a difficult time with the Japanese educational system so she's far from that paragon of academic excellence. She also must contend with the teasing and isolation associated with being a foreigner with Japanese tastes and poor English. Riki, however, stands up for her through all of this.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

  • The name Kudryavka means "Little Curly" in Russian.
    • She is named after Laika (the Soviet Union dog), who is also known as Kudryavka; the first animal to enter space.
  • Kudryavka's middle name Anotelyevna comes from a Soviet-Union partisan, Zoya Anatolyevna Kosmodemyanskaya.
  • Kudryavka's surname Noumi means "ability, talent" (能) (nou) and "beautiful" (美) (mi).
    • Her surname Strugatskaya comes from Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
      • Both Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya and the Strugatsky brothers also have an asteroid named after them [1].

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kud has shared same voices in Japanese and English with Chernushka Strugaskaya (Kud's mother).
    • Tiffany Grant (Kud's English voice actress) has also voiced characters from previous Key anime series including:
  • Kud has her own spin off visual novel called Kud Wafter and she also has her own manga with the same name.
  • In Kud's route, there is an Easter Egg ending called "Muscle Sensation".
  • Kud's catchphrase wafu (わふ) is shown to be 和風 (Japanese Style) in the final chapter of the visual novel, refrain, as she shows Rin Natsume her caligraphy of kanji.
  • Like Komari Kamikita, Kud is one of the weakest members of the entire Little Busters team. However, in the battle sequence minigame, she can be a dangerous opponent because she can use her dogs; who can defeat any of her opponents in just one hit.
  • Kudryavka has many different nicknames where she is most often called:
    • Kud (クド)
      • However, Komari often calls her Kuu-chan (クーちゃん)
    • Masato Inohara and Haruka Saigusa call her Kuuko (クー公) or Kudoko (クド公)
    • Her family calls her Kunya (クーニャ)
    • Yuuki calls her Ryachika (リャーチカ рячка)
  • In Key's mobile online game; Key Collection; there is a mini-game called "Kud Jump" (クドジャンプ). In the game, Kud must avoid a horde of running and flying Haruka Saigusa by jumping over them.
  • In Kud Wafter, Kud and Riki have a daughter named Kaya Naoe.
  • Kud's favorite flower is Lilac, which is her birthday flower.
  • Kud slips out Russian in some situations(for example, if she gets hit by a baseball during the batting practice, she may say something like "болит голова"("my head hurts") or "болит живот"("my stomach hurts").

Character Gallery[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Good-o morning-u ebberi-wan, haba nice day!" - Kud trying to greet Riki Naoe in English (Episode 04)

References and Citations[edit | edit source]

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