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The only picture of Tasuku Nandaba as shown in the anime

Naota's brother who lives in the United States and plays minor-league baseball. He is never shown in the anime except in a flashback as a silhouette and in a photo of Tasuku and his "American girlfriend".

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Tasuku Nandaba, (ナンダバ・タスク, Nandaba Tasuku) beginning of the series 17 (current age unknown), is Naota's older brother who moved to America to play baseball. Mamimi believes that, since Tasuku saved her from the fire at their old elementary school, he likes her and it is continually suggested that Naota serves as a sort of stand-in for his older brother (most explicitly by Mamimi's use of the same nickname for both). The actual depth of their initial relationship is unknown. In "FLCLimax", she seems to have lost hope in him, allowing the destruction of her mobile phone just seconds after looking at his number on a screen. In the first episode, Naota receives a postcard from Tasuku, revealing that he now has an American girlfriend.

Although he never actually appears on screen, he is very significant to the story-line. As the former star of the baseball team, Naota idolizes him, but he is afraid of not living up to his brother's legacy, and because of this he never swings the bat when at the plate.

There are examples of scenes in which Naota yells out "Tasuk--;" the Japanese audience, at first assuming that he will exclaim "Tasukete" (Help me!), may be surprised when he instead says "Tasuku," the name of his older brother. Naota says in the first episode that, for a moment, Haruko resembled Tasuku.

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