Characters / Kaleido Star

Sora Naegino

Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (JP), Cynthia Martinez (EN)

The main protagonist of the series. Sora has dreamt of becoming part of the Kaleido Stage ever since her deceased parents took her to see a performance as a child. With her adoptive parents' hesitant approval she travels to the United States to audition. Although she can't make it to the audition, the owner Kalos becomes interested in her skills and lets her join the Stage after he has her perform in an actual show. Most of the cast are dissatisfied with Sora due to the special circumstances through which she joins, but they accept Sora due to her persistence and hard work along with her magnetic personality.

Layla Hamilton

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP), Sandra Krasa (EN)

An accomplished and seasoned, but arrogant and perfectionist performer of Kaleido Stage. At first rivals with Sora, Layla becomes friends with her. Layla has a strained relationship with her father, who attempts to force her to become an actress and is frequently trying to push her into doing so. However, Layla joined the Kaleido Stage due to her fondness for the Stage, as her mother has gone there during her youth.


Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Jay Hickman (EN)

The mysterious spirit of the Kaleido Stage. He appears to Sora shortly before she appears on the Kaleido Stage for the first time.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Cool Mask
  • Fairy Companion: A Deconstructed Trope. Sora thinks she has lost her mind when she starts seeing him, his advice isn't exactly flawless, and when Sora goes into borderline Wangst status she actually stops seeing him for a while.
  • Fortune Teller: In the first season, he reads the future by drawing a single tarot card. In the second season, he reveals the hidden workings of inter-character relationships, associating each character with a sign of the zodiac and stating how some signs are dimmer or brighter.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: A pervert who tries many times to see Sora, and sometimes her friends, naked (usually by suggesting that they should take a shower). Sora is quick to prevent Fool from peeking in any given situation by trapping him somewhere or rebuking him forcefully.
  • Invisible to Normals: He's invisible to everyone but those who are destined to do great things on the stage and/or whose heart is completely dedicated to the stage.

Mia Guillem

Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (JP), Nancy Novotny (EN)

A close friend of Sora's. Mia is passionate about writing the scripts for Kaleido Star's performances and she has a keen interest in introducing literature into Kaleido Star's acts.

Anna Heart

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Kira Vincent-Davis (EN)

Another good friend of Sora's. Anna is talented in many areas and frequently plays more serious parts. Anna truly wishes to perform comedy and usually tries to get Mia to write comedy into her parts.

Rosetta Passel

Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)

A world champion diabolo performer. After her first performance at Kaleido Stage, Kalos kicks her off the stage because her act was unsatisfying: he explains that despite being perfect in the technical field, she lacked passion at what she was doing, so everyone was bored by her act. Feeling this wasn't fair, Sora takes the girl under her wing, teaching her how to put audience enjoyment before technical perfection. In return, Rosetta teaches Sora diabolo, which Sora returns to when she needs help learning new acts. Later in the series, Rosetta returns to join the Kaleido Stage in a permanent way.

Marion Benigni

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Kim-Ly Nguyen (EN)

A young girl living near the Stage. Her father is a designer and engineer and works on the sets, but her mother Cynthia was a trampolinist who died due to an accident. In the second season Marion begins to perform with the group on the Children's Stage.


Voiced by: Etsuko Kozakura (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN)

A baby seal that Sora picked up one day. Unable to keep pets, Sora tries to hide him. However, the secret is revealed and instead of kicking him out, Marion's father builds a tank for him. He is capable of doing many tricks and sometimes seems more coordinated than Sora, creating comical performances that the attending children love.

Yuri Killian

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN)

An experienced performer who usually performs with Layla.

May Wong

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

A Chinese-American new recruit who challenges Sora's position. She became jealous of Sora because of the bond she formed with Layla.

Leon Oswald

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Mike MacRae (EN)

A very famous trapeze performer who arrives in the second season. He comes off as arrogant, refusing to perform with Sora, because she is not skilled enough for him. He tries to terminate his own contract very early on, but after seeing Sora and May Wong fight on stage, he decides to remain in hopes that one of them can become his true partner.
  • Bishōnen
  • Broken Ace: On one hand, he's famous, skilled and handsome. On the other, he's an arrogant Jerkass who practically tortures his potential partners to see their worth and is still traumatized by his beloved sister's death.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Horribly losing his Morality Pet sister Sophie drove him over the edge and very close to the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Freudian Excuse: He looks and acts like a perfectionist, cruel, ice-cold Jerkass who practically tortures his potential partners to see their worth, but is later revealed to be deeply traumatised by the tragic death of his sister and partner Sophie, who went through exactly the same Training from Hell he subjects his partners to - and actually was successful, therefore both May Wong and Sora Naegino have to struggle hard to get his trust.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He still blames himself for his sister's death.
  • Jerkass: Initially.
  • Kick the Dog: No matter what you think of May, not even she deserves to have Leon deliberately dropping her on-stage and causing her to get seriously injured. It's also mentioned that May is not the first one he's done this to, and his actions have crippled one of his former partners and killed another.
  • The Lancer
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Compare the Jerk Ass Leon from the second season beginning to the much less constipated one from the last episodes.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • White Hair, Black Heart

Kenneth "Ken" Robbins

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), John Swasey (EN)

The stage manager for Kaleido. He used to want to perform onstage when he was young, but claims to have a weak heart and decided that it was best to be backstage. He has a huge crush on Sora, something she's completely unaware of.

Sarah Dupont

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

The main singer of Kaleido Stage, as well as the building manager for the dorms where everyone lives. Many want Sarah to sign on a record label because she is so gifted in singing, but she stays true to Kaleido Stage. She is an avid fan of martial arts, and frequently proposes bizarre alternative methods to help Sora achieve her objectives.
  • Career Versus Man: She dreamt of becoming a world-famous singer, but after Kalos' Career-Ending Injury, she decided to become Kaleido Stage's singer so she could stay near him despite Kalos' protests.
  • The Chick
  • Idol Singer: She sings on the KS stage, and it's mentioned she's been offered CD contracts many times but has refused all of them.
  • Team Mom

Kalos Eido

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Rick Burford (EN)

The head manager and boss of the entire Kaleido Stage. He gives Sora many helpful pieces of advice throughout the anime. He also maintains high expectations of everyone he encounters.
  • The Atoner: For something he didn't do.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: In one episode, when Kalos felt as if Sarah should pursue her own dream, he tells her to leave with their old friend Andy since she's "no longer needed", leaving her in tears. His plan is ruined when Sora intervenes and forces him to confess his true feelings.
  • Career-Ending Injury: He used to be a Stage Magician, but he injured his fingers and now can't perform magic tricks.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead
  • Engineered Public Confession: In order to let Sarah know how he truly feels, Sora goes to Kalos' office and teases him to reveal his true feelings. In the meantime, the others bring Sarah to the stage, and she listens to Kalos's words via Sora's hidden microphone.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Invoked by Sora when she sees a photo of his younger self (alongside a teen!Sarah and their companion Andy) and can't believe the baby-faced youth in the picture is him.
  • Mentor Archetype
  • My Greatest Failure: Has blamed himself for more than 10 years for the death of Yuri's dad.
  • Self-Made Man: He started as a self-taught Stage Magician who performed in the streets. 20 years later he's the owner of the world-famous Kaleido Stage.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor
  • Team Dad
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He believes himself to be such, since he asked Aaron if he truly was up to performing the very dangerous Fantastic Maneouver... a few hours before Aaron failed to do it and died, which is the reason why Yuri is pissed off at him enough to try buying out the Stage as revenge.

Jerry, aka Mr. Policeman

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), James Reed Faulkner (EN)

A tall, muscled African-American policeman and Sora's self-proclaimed "1# fan".

Mr. Kenneth

Voiced by: Mitsuo Senda (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)

An elderly man and representative for the Stage's stockholders. He is often portrayed as a producer, seemingly giving him executive powers often rivaling or superseding that of Kalos. He has great experience in show business and often aids Sora.

Sophie Oswald

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Jessica Boone (EN)

Leon's deceased little sister.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Very sweet and kind, could never ever say a bad word about anyone.
  • Fangirl: Of Yuri.
  • Look Both Ways: How she died. Yuri tricked Sophie into being late for her and Leon's audition for a very important contest, and when she was running towards the stage with less than five minutes to spare... she carelessly crossed the street without glancing around and got fatally hit by a truck.
  • Morality Pet: To Leon.
  • Plucky Girl: She was as strongwilled as she was gentle.
  • Posthumous Character

Cathy Taylor

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Shannon Emerick (EN)

The writer and director of "Salome In Vegas", an off-Broadway stage-play.