Characters / Glass Mask
A young girl who loves watching dramas on TV and learns of her intense passion for acting, when she gets a minor role in a school play. Her passion inflamed, Maya chooses to become a professional actress under the tutelage of Tsukikage.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Hayami. All the time.
- Book Dumb: Her grades were average, if lower at times. She's not stupid, but lack of interest in things like math and similar makes it difficult for her to study.
- Came Back Strong: She got blacklisted as an actress, which meant the end of her career. While doing her best to become a professional again, she acquires skills in pantomime, rhythmic movement and entrancing the audience.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father is mentioned to have died when she was a child.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers from one after her mother has been found dead. Stops acting, refuses to eat and merely holds her mother's urn full of ashes for some time.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Maya thinks she's a good-for-nothing girl and the only thing she's actually good at is acting, though she thinks Ayumi is better than her in that, too.
- Instant Expert: Averted. She is considered a prodigy for having a great instinct, becoming the characters she plays and being able to recite a whole play after seeing it once. But her acting skills start out at amateur level, and she just needs to learn everything from pantomime to rhythmic movement. She fails terribly at imitating Ayumi's "Juliet" simply because of Ayumi's skill level being higher.
- Jumped at the Call: An acting theater, where she can learn for free as a scholarship-student? Maya jumps at the chance, including running away from home.
- Missing Mom: Her mother counts as this, when Maya learns that she left her old home and job due to illness and there's no trace of her. Eventually, her mother turns up... dead.
- Nice Girl: She's nice to everyone except Masumi Hayami.
- Oblivious to Love: She cares for Sakurakouji, but doesn't realize she's actually fallen in love with Shigeru, until someone else finally points it out to her. It takes her even longer to finally realize she loves Masumi.
- Parents as People: Her widowed and very stressed mother was very harsh with her words a lot and is one of the reasons why Maya thinks she's not very good at doing lots of things.
- Playing a Tree: Tsukikage eventually casts Maya as a doll in a play, to teach her to not steal the spotlight from everyone, something she inadvertently does.
- Plucky Girl: Once Maya has decided to do something, she will do it!
- Raised by Wolves: Her character, Jane, and her sister from The Forgotten Wilderness were raised by wolves, after having been abandoned in the forest as children. The place revolves around Jane being taught proper, human behavior again.
- The Runaway: She ran away from her home, after her mother refused to let her learn acting. Her mother eventually, grudgingly, lets her stay at Tsukikage's theater.
- Training from Hell: She gets hit and locked away a lot to improve her acting. One time in a freezing chamber cold enough to kill a person.
- Unknown Rival: Unbeknownst to her, Ayumi sees her as the rival and is surprised to learn of this.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She never learnt acting before the start of the story, but poses great talent which impresses many people long before she becomes a professional actress.
Voiced by: Haruko Kitahama (original TV series), Tomoko Munakata (2005 series)
Maya's mother. She works in a noodle restaurant, where her daughter helped out at times, too. Haru was against Maya learning to act and wanted to force her to come back home after she ran away, but eventually gave her okay to stay. Haru eventually falls ill with tuberculosis and ends up in a hospital, being taken care of, while being left in the dark of her daughter's success.
- Anger Born of Worry: She's harsh with her words, but overall means well. Her anger when she finds Maya at Tsukikage's theater stems from the fact that Maya ran away from home, in the middle of the night, with barely a note left behind.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Mother: Laughs at Maya being an actress and forbids her to attend acting classes. This leads to Maya becoming The Runaway.
- Ill Woman: Coughing, tuberculosis, all part of her character arc.
- I Have No Daughter: Disowns Maya when she refuses to return home.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Haru starts getting coughing fits, but it quickly turns into tuberculosis. It gets better, but a relapse occurs after she spends several hours walking in rain.
- The Lost Lenore: Her death was a major hit to her daughter.
- Rasputinian Death: Spends hours walking in the rain and getting drenched, leading to hypothermia, which causes her tuberculosis to have a relapse, she gets a fever, gets hit by a car and eventually succumbs to an internal hemorrhage from the preceding car-accident.
The daughter of a famous actress and director, Ayumi has everything in life and more. She's an amazing actress and wishes to surpass even her mother. Ayumi eventually catches Tsukikage's attention as a potential candidate for the inheritance of the Crimson Goddess.
- The Ace: And, despite what some people may think, she has worked herself to the bone to be one. Since childhood, she's been studying like crazy and spending hours practicing piano, her acting and anything else, just so people would stop thinking she's nothing but a child of celebrities that can get by on anything.
- Child Prodigy: Starts out at one and then grows into The Ace, and she hates being called as a prodigy.
- Foil: In contrast to Maya's method acting, Ayumi acts by practicing the scripts and actions instead of imagining herself as the character.
- Important Haircut: When she plays the prince and the pauper in the titular play, she cuts her hair short to look the part and as a way to show her determination to give it her all and change to become worthy of playing the Crimson Goddess.
- Lonely Rich Kid: As the rich daughter of two successful actors and is set on the path to follow in their footsteps, Ayumi has a lot of peers around telling her how great she is, but no real true friends. It's revealed later on that she was jealous of ordinary Maya Kitajima, not only because of her being naturally good at acting, but because she had true friends by her side encouraging her, while Ayumi had nothing but pressure to live up to her family's legacy, which made her feel alone.
- Nepotism: One of Ayumi's biggest goals is to avert it, winning her own stardom without the help of her parents and silencing critics that would say she can't do it on her own.
- The Ojou: She's a deconstructed version of the trope.
- Ojou Ringlets: Used to have them when she was younger, but they began to grow out as she got older and she became more of a friendly rival to Maya.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Ayumi feels this way towards Maya, going so far as to avenge Maya when Norie aka Suzuko frames Maya for a scandal and then steals Maya's roles.
- The Rival: Sees herself as this to Maya.
- Temporary Blindness: She gets hit by a falling spotlight during a practice session, the resulting blow leaving her eye-sight to be blurry for some time, with threat of permanent blindness. Ayumi keeps practicing, using her blurry vision to learn to act blindly on stage.
- Unusual Eyebrows: While most of the cast only gets lines as eyebrows, hers are thicker and detailed drawn.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Her parents are often very busy with their respective careers, which left Ayumi alone a lot as she grew up. But she doesn't resent them, knowing how important their careers are and it's quite obvious that they all love each other a lot.
The original Crimson Goddess and, despite having left the stage years ago, still a well-known actress. She left the stage after a spotlight fell and hit her face, badly burning half of it. She's looking for an actress who is remarkable and can take over her role as the Crimson Goddess.
- Career-Ending Injury: During a performance of the Crimson Goddess, a spotlight fell onto her face, burning half of it badly (or, in the OAV's causing her an unseen stab-like wound. She stopped going on stage ever since. She does go back on stage as Queen Dowager Haldora in The Two Princesses, a minor role.
- Downer Beginning: The '90s OAV series starts with the accident that took Tsukikage's acting career away.
- Hot for Teacher: She was in love with her acting-mentor and adoptive-father Ichiren Ozaki.
- Ill Woman: Apparently has heavy heart issues, which often require her to have surgery and remain bed-ridden for longer periods of time.
- Meaningful Name: Her first big role as an actress was the moon goddess Diana. Ichiren likely derived her stage-name from that: Tsukikage is written with the kanji for Moon and Shadow.
- Meaningful Rename: Her real name was Chizu, though when she entered the acting world, Ichiren suggested her stage-name of 'Chigusa Tsukikage'. She has gone by that name ever since.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers the right side of her face. For good reason, it hides the half of her face that was horribly burnt during an accident on stage.
- Rags to Riches: She used to be a poor thief girl named Chizu, but thanks to Ichiren taking her in, she got a decent home and ended up becoming a well-off, well-known actress. Due to the war going on and other events, she seems to have lost her wealth, though, since she asked Aoyagi for funding to open her theater school.
- Sadist Teacher: She slaps her students with rolled-up scripts when they aren't doing something right, slams her fist into Maya's stomach to teach her how to properly breathe and speak for stage-acting, and locks her disciples away into a freezer, to make them learn how to properly act their roles.
The current vice-president of Daito. He's a cold, level-headed businessman who will do whatever he can to get Daito the rights to the Crimson Goddess play. He eventually eases up on things and learns to appreciate and love Maya's acting, becoming a huge, secret fan of hers.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Maya. Granted he provokes many fights on purpose.
- Anonymous Benefactor: As "Purple Rose"
- Arranged Marriage: His father pretty much forces Masumi to have an Omiai with Shiori.
- Baddie Flattery: Hayami to Maya and he usually means it, and she's usually surprised because she thinks he does, too.
- Happily Adopted: Averted. It seems like this at first with him being the heir of his adoptive father's successful buisness and living in luxury. Once we learn more about his past it is revealed that his life since his adoption was not happy at all.
- Defiant Captive: Stabbed one of his kidnappers and and escaped when he was only 10.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: He gives Maya medicine via mouth-to-mouth when she's asleep!
- Intimate Healing: Gives Maya some medicine via mouth-to-mouth and cuddled her, when she was wearing just his coat while drying her wet clothes.
- Married to the Job: States himself that he is this as one of the reasons why he isn't interested in marriage at first.
- Missing Mom: His mother died from injuries and weakness, after getting badly injured during a fire in the Hayami mansion.
- Momma's Boy: He absolutely loved his mother and was devoted to her.
- My Greatest Failure: He blames himself for Haru Kitajima's death, thinking his greed in prolonging their separation, and Haru's eventual departure from the hospital, was what led to her dying.
- Impossibly Cool Wealth: On a more realistic scale the most, but he DOES finance half of Maya's life and even renovates a theater for her without batting an eye.
- Revenge by Proxy: His adoptive-father Einosuke 'took' Masumi's mother away from him, when he told her to go inside the burning Hayami mansion and save the relics of the Crimson Goddess play, which caused her to get injured and eventually die. Masumi decides that he'll obtain the rights to the Crimson Goddess play... but only to keep it away from Einosuke and destroy it!
Part of the Ondine theater, Sakurakouji is a nice guy who quickly becomes friends with Maya. He has feelings for her and wants to date her, but tries his best to not force her too much. He is a talented actor, who got recognition and is one of the candidates to play the sculptor in the Crimson Goddess play.
- Entitled to Have You: Gets some shades of this towards Maya, especially when Shigeru appears.
- He's All Grown Up: Hayami mentions this when he meets Sakurakouji after several years have gone by, with him growing into a young man from the boy he used to be.
- Instant Expert: Averted. Sakurakouji has no experience in sculpting and went on a trip to various temples to look at sculptures, eventually finding one and asking the creator to please take him in as a disciple, so he can convincingly act and perform the skill required.
- Love Hurts: His unrequited feelings for Maya hurt him a lot, to the point that he eventually breaks contact with her. When they meet later on, his love for her is obviously still there.
- Nice Guy: He's such a sweet, gentle and kind person.
The Tsukikage Group
Four girls who have stuck with Tsukikage, after the theatre was closed down and wanted to remain with their teacher. Each have a few years worth of acting experience and begin to perform together with the Ikkakuju group a lot, starting with the A Stone's Smile
- Bifauxnen: Rei is usually mistaken to be a guy and often cast for male roles. She dislikes it, but seems to eventually accept it.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Rei got a lot of fangirls because she was mistaken as a boy. Even after they learn that Rei is a girl, the fans still love her.
- The Generic Guy: Taiko's a friendly character, but there's not a lot known about her.
- Girlish Pigtails: Sayaka usually keeps her hair in two low pigtails.
- The Runaway: Rei left her family, an apparently rich one, because they didn't want her to become an actress.
- Sadist Teacher: In-Training, thanks to Tsukikage's behavior. Rei is not above slapping Maya, if she drifts off during practice.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Sayaka originally was portrayed as being jealous of Maya getting attention and tried to take the role of Beth away from her in Little Women. Eventually recognized Maya's talent and became much kinder.
- What Does She See in Him?: Mina eventually falls in love with the leader of the Ikkakuju group. Everyone's surprised at the blossoming love, no idea why it's even starting.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Most of Rei's fans thought she was 'in drag' when playing a female character. Her male roles, though, play this straight.
The Ikkakuju Group
A group of actors and actresses that try their acting by using as little scenery as possible, having their group members act out as various inanimate objects to replace the scenery. They took second in best performance during the National Theater Performances. They help out and act alongside the Tsukikage theater off and on.
Masumi's Omiai-partner and eventual fiancée. She's a refined lady and belongs to the important Takamiya company. Shiori eventually realizes that Masumi loves Maya.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Shows this, after learning that Masumi loves Maya. She's rude and mean to Maya, blames her for things that she had no real part in and plays up the drama.
- Disposable FiancÚ: Averted. She clings very hard to Masumi and Hayami Senior is very intent on marrying the two.
- Fainting: Happens a few times, mostly the Anemic variety. Though, given her true colors, she might just be really good at acting this out at just the appropriate time.
- Hair Decorations: Shiori tends to wear some white hairclips, to hold her hair back.
- Ill Girl: Anemic since childhood and easily susceptible to fainting spells and getting colds.
- Obstructive Love Interest: Begins to play up her frail side and 'emotional uncertainty' about Masumi's feelings up a lot later on.
Masumi's secretary and takes over as Maya's manager, when Maya becomes an actress under contract of Daito. She's a no-nonesense woman who tends to keep a level head, even at the worst of times.
- Cool Shades: She is generally drawn wearing large, drooping tinted glasses.
- The Stoic: She doesn't show emotions in her facial expressions a lot, and what emotion she does show is not done very intenely.
- Not So Stoic: Though when pushed or honestly horrified, she does show you exactly what she feels. She looks shocked when learning that Maya's missing mother has turned up dead and yells at Masumi for indirectly being responsible for her death.
The creator of the Crimson Goddess play. He was a well-known stage-director and took Chizu aka the future Tsukikage in, when she was caught stealing from him. As Daito prevented Ichiren from getting any more plays or work to be done, he fell into a horrible depression and ended up committing suicide, leaving Tsukikage the rights to the Crimson Goddess play.
- Driven to Suicide: Unable to perform any more plays, getting any work done and his dream of staging the Crimson Goddess ruined, Ichiren hangs himself.
- Happily Married: He was happily married to his wife, and was even a father, but apparently lost the two of them during the second World War.
- Living Emotional Crutch: He was this to Tsukikage from childhood onward, though she didn't admit it until years later.
- Sadist Teacher: Where do you think Tsukikage got it from? He's described as having been very strict with his actors, which made it all the more special when he did praise someone.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His last name. Oozaki or Oosaki?
Masumi's adoptive father and the founder and current president of Daito Productions. He's been a fan of Tsukikage's for years and dreams of seeing her perform the Crimson Goddess again, intent on getting the playrights from her. Eisuke is stuck in a wheelchair most of the time, though he can be seen walking with a crutch and some other means of support. He begins to strike up an acquaintance with Maya, curious to see the Crimson Goddess candidate.
- Evil Is Sterile: The most 'evil' character of the cast, considering his behavior in the past. He was rendered sterile through illness decades ago.
- Jerkass: Ruined a lot of lives and drove at least one person to suicide. Even Masumi was treated horribly until he proved his usefulness.
- Retired Monster: Used a lot of "unorthodox methods", as he calls it, to become successful and while trying to gain the rights for The Crimson Goddess. He doesn't even show remorse upon causing a suicide.
- Secret Test of Character: When his siblings suggested he pick one of their children as his heir, he told them to get the pond cleaned of mud. They failed and he asked Masumi if he could do it, managing to get it clean by enlisting the help of the employees of the house.
- Stalker with a Crush: He's been one for Tsukikage for over twenty years. He sent her gifts, they were returned and he eventually made it difficult to get Oosaki to stage any plays anymore, all to get Tsukikage to sign an exclusive contract with his productions and 'having' her and the Crimson Goddess.
- You Can Keep Her: Denies paying ransom and simply hangs up when Masumi is being kidnapped.
A producer from the Ondine Theater and a friend of Masumi Hayami's. He uses deals and any other means possible, in order to strike out competition for his theater, and helps Masumi in getting the rights for the Crimson Goddess. He is one of the potential producers for the staging of the Crimson Goddess.
- Jerkass: He mocks people, insults them and the less we say about what he does to achieve his goals, the better.
- Karma Houdini: Despite being a huge jerk who doesn't mind ruining a whole troupe, he never gets any retribution for it. His plays are very popular and he is apparently skilled enough to be a candidate for directing The Crimson Goddess.
A producer whose hot head and intense ideas have often gotten him into trouble with production companies. He searches for an actress who can portray the complex emotions of a girl that turns from wolf-raised-savage to a girl integrated into human society again. Kuronuma is one of the potential producers chosen for the Crimson Goddess.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can blow up and get into fights with people pretty fast, especially when it comes to his plays, which he's sensitive about.
- Henpecked Husband: His looks close to having a heart-attack when his wife calls the theater he's working at.
- Sadist Teacher: Kuronuma isn't above slapping his actors for doing things improperly. He also yells a lot, which has the unfortunate effect that a lot of actors can't work with him over a long period of time.
An idol-singer who starred in a movie where she plays a high school tennis player, who is told that she only has six months left to live.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Her acting is atrocious! Rei even comments that she thought this was the kind of acting one only ever reads about!
- Incurable Cough of Death: We're never told what illness her character is supposedly dying of.
A famous actress and former pupil of Tsukikage, and Ayumi's mother. Utako is an amazing actress and has wished for years to be able to play the Crimson Goddess some time.
- Beauty Inversion: People say Utako was made very plain compared to her usual appearance for her role as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker.
- Happily Married: To her husband Mitsugu. When Ayumi brings her the message that her father loves her a lot, she knows that and wants to return the message.
- Informed Ability: Averted. She gets praised all the time but during the Miracle Worker arc we see it is completley justified.
Ayumi's father and a famous producer. He often stays in apartments he rents in various cities, so he can commute from there to work when needed. He is a perfectionist, when it comes to his work.
- Doting Parent: He's known as Spartan director, but he immediatly softens up when Ayumi is around. The first time he shows up in the manga Ayumi mentions he bought a new white piano for her.
- Happily Married: To his wife Utako. He asks Ayumi to bring her mother a message about how much he loves her.
- Workaholic: Often works through days and nights to get things right, preferring to stay near his work, so he can cut down on the time it takes to commute. Sometimes, he even forgets to eat.
Norie Otobe (aka Suzuko Tashirou)
A bubbly, easily-excited girl that is one of Maya's fans. She started helping Maya at times and watches her perfomances. Norie's real name is actually Suzuko and she's waiting for an opportunity to throw Maya off her pedestal and steal her roles from her. She succeeds when Maya's mother dies and Norie manages to take the leading role of Shangri-La away from her, including her role in The Glittering Sky and others. Eventually, she's revealed to be a sub-par actress when Ayumi plays alongside her and wipes the floor with her.
A young actor, who played the villain role in The Glittering Sky
. He is Maya's first love and the two end up dating for some time. They are forced to break up, though, when Maya's scandal threatens to soil Shigeru's image
. He still regrest it, though.
- Big Bad: He plays the role of a man, who kidnaps Satoko (Maya's character) in The Glittering Sky, because her father is housing a foreign man that supposedly killed Shigeru's character's father.
- First Love: For Maya.
- Offscreen Breakup: He breaks up with Maya because his agency told him to, but we never see him do it.
- Nice Guy: Sweet, gentle, polite and teasing. Unless he's in-character.