Narai Tanabe (田邊 名来 Tanabe Narai) is a minor character in the Hibike! Euphonium series. He is a third-year student who plays percussion and he also served as percussion section leader.
Narai has short ruffled forest-green hair that is swept to the left side and light lime eyes.
He is usually seen with a standard Kitauji High School uniform for boys.
Little is known about Narai's personality, but he seems to be a good percussion section leader who is very enthusiastic and passionate when it comes to playing percussion in the band.
Narai is particularly close with Masahiro Hashimoto, even bursting into tears when the latter announced he was leaving the students at the end of the summer.
- The name Narai means "name, noted, distinguished, reputation" (名) (na) and "coming/come, due, next, since, cause, become" (来) (rai).
- Narai's surname Tanabe means "field, rice paddy" (田) (ta) and "edge, margin, side, border" (邊) (nabe).
- Narai's nickname among his friends is "Knuckle."
- Narai has the most lines out of all the background band members.
|Kitauji High School Concert Band during Kumiko Oumae's first year|
|Note: Section leaders are shown in bold text
1Rejoined the band
2Left the band
3Also in charge of the Tuba and Double Bass sections