Characters: Glass Mask
The Character Sheet for Glass Mask!
Maya KitajimaA 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.
- Abusive Parents: While not an extreme case, her 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.
- 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.
- The Determinator: Once Maya has decided to do something, she will do it!
- Disappeared Dad: Her father is mentioned to have died when she was a child.
- Heroic BSOD: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 inadvertedly does.
- 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 Rival: Unbeknowst to her, Ayumi sees her as this and is surprised to learn of this.
- The Runaway: She ran away from her home, after her mother refused to let her learn acting. Her mother eventually, grudingly, lets her stay at Tsukikage's theater.
Haru KitajimaMaya'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.
- Ill Woman: Coughing, tuberculosis, all part of her character arc.
- 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 preceeding car-accident.
Ayumi HimekawaThe 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.
- 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.
- 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 praciting, using her blurry vision to learn to act blindly on stage.
- 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.
Chigusa TsukikageThe 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 off it badly. She stopped going on stage ever since. She does go back on stage as Queen Dowager Haldora in The Two Princesses, a minor role.
- 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, 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.
Masumi HayamiThe current vice-president of Daito. He's a cold, level-headed business man 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Yuu SakurakoujiPart 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.
Rei AokiOne of the students at the Tsukikage theater.
- Bifauxnen: She's usually mistaken to be a guy and is often cast for male roles. She dislike it, but seems to eventually accept it.
- Even the Girls Want Her: 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 Runaway: She 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.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Most of her fans thought she was 'in drag' when playing a female character. Her male roles, though, play this straight.
Sayaka MinazukiOne of the students at the Tsukikage theater.
- Girlish Pigtails: Usually keeps her hair in two, low pigtails.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She was portrayed as a bit of a sneaky bitch, especially towards Maya, at first. But after realizing what talent Maya has, she's become a good friend and lost some of her haughtyness.
Mina SaruwatariOne of the students at the Tsukikage theater.
- What Does She See in Him?: She 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.
Taiko KasugaOne of the students of the Tsukikage theater.
- The Generic Guy: She's a friendly character, but there's not a lot known about her.
The Ikkakuju GroupA 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.
- Beauty Mark: Keiko has one on the left side of her mouth.
- Bifauxnen: Keiko is a handsome woman, but often mistaken as a guy, similar to Rei.
- Kansai Regional Accent: They performed Romeo & Juliet with this accent. It was apparently hilarious.
- Perpetual Poverty: They barely have any money, so they try to save by foregoing things like taking busses or buying much for their plays, preferring to build a bit of scenery on their own.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Hajime played the queen of Amazons when they performed A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Shiori TakamiyaMasumi'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.
- 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 uncertainness' about Masumi's feelings up a lot later on.
Saeko MizukiMasumi'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.
Ichiren OosakiThe creator of the Crimson Goddess play. He was a well-known stage-director and took 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?
Eisuke HayamiMasumi'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.
- 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.
Hajime OnoderaA producer from the Ondine Theater and a friend of Masumi Hayami's. He uses deals and 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.
Ryuuzou KuronumaA 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 intergrated 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.
Emi TabuchiAn idol-singer. She 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.
Utako HimekawaA famous actress and former pupil of Tsukikage. She's also 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.
Mitsugu HimekawaAyumi'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.
- 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.
- Beautiful All Along: After moving her bangs and opening her braid, Norie is actually revealed to be a beauty.
- Blinding Bangs: Her hair covers her eyes and frames half her face.
- Fashion Dissonance: Her rolled-up socks, long skirt and unflattering long sweater are mentioned making her look like she came from the 1940s.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Ayumi proves to Norie what a worthless actress she is compared to Maya, Norie has this reaction for what she did to Maya.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Plays up her energetic, bubbly self a lot, when she's actually a coniving little manipulator.
- The Runaway: She ran away from home and took on a different name, because her family was against her acting. All faked.
- Youthful Freckles: Sports a few on her cheeks and nose. They're painted on.