新保弘 (Shinbo Hiromu)
|Height:||180cm (5'9"ft Approx.)|
|Volume 1, Chapter 3|
|Episode 1: Chi Awakens|
Hiromu Shinbo (新保弘 , Shinbo Hiromu) spelled "Shimbo" in the Tokyopop English manga, is Hideki's best friend and is also studying at Seki Prep School.
Shinbo is cheery, yet laid-back guy. He is in no way shy or bashful. He's quick to help others when in need and usually carries a smile on his face.
In the anime, Shinbo lives in the same apartment complex as Hideki and is his next-door neighbour. Shinbo is usually the first person Hideki turns to for help with persocoms.
Shortly after beginning school he becomes romantically involved with his teacher, Takako Shimizu. He later elopes with her and convinces her to marry him.
Hiromu later gives Sumomo to Hideki as Takako is still hesitant about living with persocoms.