— Miho Amakata to Iwatobi boys.
|Also known as|| Ama-chan (nicknamed by students)|
Marin-chan (model name)
|Height||165 cm (5'5")|
|Occupation|| Swimsuit Model (former)|
Classic Literature Teacher (currently)
|Affiliation|| Iwatobi High School|
Miho Amakata (天方 美帆 Amakata Miho) is one of the main supporting characters of anime series Free!. She is the classical literature teacher at Iwatobi High School and a homeroom teacher of Haruka and Makoto, as well as the supervisor of Iwatobi High School's Swim Club.
Miho has brown, shoulder-length, slightly wavy hair. It parts in the middle, so her bangs fall on both left and right side. She has brown eyes.
Miho often wears a white shirt with a neckline edged with blue fabric; she dons a loose green sweater over her shirt. Occasionally, she would attire in a white shirt with a neckline edged with pink fabric, loose pastel orange sweater. She consistently wears blue jeans and white shoes. She usually wears a necklace, as well.
She utters the words of great figures from the past, but usually, they make no sense or have nothing to do with the current conversation. Due to her personality, when she asks something of someone, they can't refuse. She's somewhat clumsy and seems to be slightly nervous when people ask her a question and watch her directly in the eye. Although her dream of becoming a swimwear designer did not come true, she's neither bitter nor sad, but she told herself that she'll never wear a swimsuit ever again. Miho indirectly describes herself old, although she isn't. She owns a pink car and likes girly stuff.
Miho's previous occupation before coming to Iwatobi High School as a new teacher was a swimsuit model and in the modeling world she was known as "Marin-chan". Due to unknown reasons, she quit her job and vowed "never to wear a swimsuit again". Little is known about her early life other than her job.
- Main article: Miho Amakata/Plot
- Main article: Miho Amakata/Relationships
Creation and Conception
"I, happily, was able to put a lot of my own preferences in her," Futoshi Nishiya, the animation director of Free! says, "however, utmost was that she feels like a teacher." Initially, Miho was supposed to have straight hair so she would appear a little immature, but that settled into her current look. Her character was determined quickly. Gou is the beauty, so the animators considered Amakata-sensei to be the cutie. However, they trimmed down points and trimmed down her character. "A good literature teacher would be able to quote suitable phrases,", Hiroko Utsumi, the director of Free! said, "so we thought it’d be cute if she wasn’t able to do it well."
- Miho's first name means beautiful sail and her last name means something like compass ("ama"=sky, "kata"=direction).
- Miho is the first known teacher in the series.
- Miho was voted Sexiest Anime Woman of 2013 by winning over Blue Rose from Tiger and Bunny with 22433 votes.