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The main character of the series, a 16-year-old girl who vows to get revenge on her ex-true-love by becoming more famous than him.
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (drama CD), Marina Inoue (anime) (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English). Played by Ivy Chen in the live-action.
- Abusive Parents: Her mother is emotionally distant and neglectful, uncaring even when her daughter runs away from home.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the live-action, her hair remains black instead of being dyed into chestnut-colored like the manga and anime.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Kyouko suffered this throughout her childhood because the other girls were jealous of her relationship with Shou.
- Berserk Button: Anything having to do with Shou makes her furious.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kyouko can be very scary when angered or just irritated, as the poor unfortunates who have seen her in that state can testify. The phrase "She is a very scary kind of actress" has become a Leit Motif for everyone who refers to her.
- Bi the Way: Debatable. Kyouko may or may not like Mouko in that way. She is certainly a Large Ham for whom a baseless Anguished Declaration of Love is not out of place, but the frequency and severity of some of her Mouko-induced spasms still leads some fans to wonder about her.
- Big Damn Kiss: In a recent arc, she and Ren (as Kuon/Corn) kissed on the lips...
- Brainy Brunette: Before she dyed her hair, she was a smart girl with brunette hair.
- Butt-Monkey: At first. Kyouko's devotion to Shou was abused, she had to leave their apartment, her talent auditions went awry and when she was placed in the Love Me section, she got minus points for her first assignments plus her (imagined) verbal abuse by Ren and all her attempts to humiliate Shou failing spectacularly. However, she slowly gains success and fame thanks to her tenacity, hard work, her talent for acting and a little help from Tsuruga and Mouko.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Kyoko is prone to flights of fancy whenever she feels particularly emotional. When happy, she daydreams about fairies and being in a fairy tale herself. When she's upset or angry, she often pretends that her curse dolls are scolding her.
- Cry into Chest: Whenever Kyouko was upset about her mother, she cried alone in the woods. One day she found Corn/Kuon and from then on cried her heart out into his chest. She still does it in the present. Only Corn appears as Ren.
- Determinator: When Kyoko sets her mind to it, she's capable of truly impressive feats of strength, stamina, speed, and persistence. Some examples include catching up to a moving car on a bicycle, walking and sitting sieza on a broken ankle, and undergoing weeks of stage combat training just to stand out during the auditions for a role she wanted.
- Disappeared Dad: She mentions that she doesn't have a father. It has been revealed that he tricked her mother, stole important evidence from a case she was working on and disappeared without ever knowing he had a child.
- Dub Name Change: Her name becomes "Gong Xi" in the live-action. Justified as the live-action is a Taiwanese drama, and Gong Xi is actually what "Kyoko" translated into Taiwanese.
- Only One Name: Her surname "Mogami" is never translated into Taiwanese and therefore she is only referred to as "Gong Xi" in the drama.
- Dumb Blonde: Invoked and deconstructed. Kyouko had dyed her hair blonde for her career. However, the director of the movie with Momiji the kunoichi, a Caustic Critic and super frosty Ice King, took offense to blonde-headed girls. He walked up to every blonde in the audition queue and patted them on the head. Then, he told every girl he patted on the head they were immediately disqualified without even giving them a chance to perform, and poor Kyouko got the shaft along with them. Kyouko took this personally and forced her way back into the auditions, demanding a challenge and angrily chewing out the director along with Mouko and resorting to extremes to land herself a place in the film in the hope he would be won over by Kyouko's moxie as proof she wasn't a bimbo.
- Emotion Suppression: She locked up any kind of hatred and resentment (except the fake one she showed towards Ren because he was Shou's rival) while she lived together with Shou. When he dumps her, she lets it all out and locks up any kind of romantic feelings inside her heart. Until she slowly fell in love with Ren, that is.
- Expressive Mask: Kyouko is naturally very expressive. Kyouko in a giant chicken suit somehow manages to be even more expressive.
- Extreme Doormat: At the beginning, when she used to live with Shou.
- Fiery Redhead: Kyouko is indeed strong, passionate (though not in a romantic sense), outgoing, usually outspoken. She is particularly determined with regards to her career.
- Friendless Background: At first, thanks to Shou, girls always hated her and she didn't seem to be particularly friendly with guys. Thankfully she starts getting real friendships as the story progresses.
- Go-Getter Girl: Kyouko will know no limits in achieving her goals.
- Important Haircut: The transformation from Shou's free servant to Shou's rival. Also what she does once she creates her first own character, "Mio".
- Innocence Lost: Apparently, her innocent view on love is crushed when Shou reveals he only exploited her. However, she still Thinks Like a Romance Novel and part of the reason for her staying in the Love Me section is to regain her feelings for love.
- Haunted Heroine: Kyouko is haunted by a number of little demons that embody her desire for vengeance. An important point of her new life is to get rid of these little monsters so she can fall in love again.
- Hot-Blooded: Kyouko does nothing by halves.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Maria.
- Laughing Mad: How she first reacts to hearing what Sho really thinks about her and when she's having an Imagine Spot thinking about finally getting her revenge on him (or anyone else that has slighted her) she generally ends up this way.
- Large Ham: Oh, boy, Kyokou will turn anything into an extravagant affair. Even her minor reactions are over-the-top.
- Like an Old Married Couple: The way she and Shou keep fighting, people get this impression. Both vehemently deny it.
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Enforced. When she auditions for the part Momiji the kunoichi, Kyouko makes sure to be barefoot. This is partly because she trained for the part in a dojo with Kanae and she feels more in control of her footwork this way because she's done all her rehearsals while barefoot. It turned out to be a very smart move because it rendered her footsteps utterly silent to perform in just her bare feet, and Kanae had slipped across the gym floor in her stockings earlier trying to do a performance where her shoes needed to come off so she could move more gracefully. Later justified; she is wearing a pair of cumbersome designer boots outside of auditions for on the streets and they are bad for her agility, which became apparent when she returned for the next phase of the audition. As she stepped across the raised floor to the gymnasium, her boot caught the lip of the step and she fell flat on her face. Right away, she pulled off her boots and again went to her audition barefoot.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's our protagonist and she can be lovable, but she can be bitter, too, considering all of the humiliation she's suffered. Her mean streaks are many and when she gets angry she's TERRIFYING.
- Love Martyr: Before her breakup with Shou, she sacrificed everything for him and got nothing in return.
- Magnetic Hero: She has a habit of turning would-be female rivals into good friends.
- Man of a Thousand Faces: Be it an angel, Mio, Setsuka or Natsu, no one recognizes her because she looks completely different in each role. (Except Reino, but he has Psychic Powers.) Another reason why no one recognizes her is probably also because none of her roles are similar to Kyouko's usual personality and she even acts like them outside of the camera, when she is in costume.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Peeling radishes, putting a thumbtack in the wall, tossing a packet of salt – the more trivial the action, the more epic she'll make it.
- Naïve Everygirl: In the beginning. The first part still fits, though she's not an "everygirl" anymore.
- Oblivious to Love: Played straight and later subverted. Kyouko is no longer able to notice romantic love and frequently misinterprets the intentions of her male suitors. She doesn't realize that Reino is actually attracted to her, that Shou slowly falls in love with her, that Kijima dressed her up because he's interested in her and that Ren harbors feelings for her... at first. She eventually realizes that Ren might be attracted to her and cuts off any attempts of him to tell her that.
- Ocular Gushers: Occasionally happens when her imagination runs wild.
- Psychic Powers: Those little demons aren't metaphorical.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Whenever she gets into costume for a film shoot.
- Sherlock Scan: For some reason, Kyouko knows Ren's measurements. From the chin, to the placement of his eyes, his arms, his legs, his bones, etc. She can make Ren Tsuruga dolls for Maria that look exactly like a miniature version of Ren and she instantly recognized him when he appeared to her disguised as "Cain Heel". This also makes her think it's weird that Kuon/Corn looks exactly like Ren except for the eye and hair color, but Kuon manages to come up with a fairy excuse, which Kyouko naturally believes.
- Stepford Smiler: During her relationship with Shou, Kyouko made a concerted effort to never cry in front of him because she knew it upset him. When she worked in his family's ryokan she hid her feelings to not let the customers know she was upset. Which is one of the reasons why they wanted her to inherit the ryokan.
- Supreme Chef: She can cook and bake very well. It was one of the reasons Shou wanted her to come with him to Tokyo. Lory officially hired her to serve Kuu Hizuri to cook Kyoto cuisine for him.
- Surprisingly Good English: She picked up English by living and serving in a ryokan for half her life. She has no problem talking to Kuu and Ren in English and it helps her playing "Kuon" and "Setsuka Heel".
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Believes in magic and fairies, and thought Shou was her One True Love, who would become her Prince Charming and marry her. She doesn't believe in the latter anymore, but she still firmly believes in fairies. When Kyouko and "Corn" (Ren with his natural hair and eye color) meet again, he keeps the illusion that he is a fairy, who merely uses Ren's voice and takes his form. Of course, Kyouko instantly believes him.
- Tsundere: Type Tsun to Ren. Though it's partially because Shou made her a Woman Scorned by taking advantage of her kindness and because Ren was Sho's rival.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Kyouko was this towards her mother, and then later towards Shou’s parents.
- Willing Channeler: Kyoko's control of her grudge demons appears to work this way.
- Woman Scorned: What kicks off the plot for her.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: A played for drama version. She had the strength of will to put up with a shitty life to support Shou without complaining. After the break up, she put that inner iron to a different use.
- Yandere: A rare heroic version of this.
Shoutarou "Shou" Fuwa
Childhood friend and past love interest of Kyouko, and now the object of her quest for revenge.
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna (drama CD), Mamoru Miyano (anime) (Japanese), Grant George (English). Played by Lee Donghae◊ in the live-action.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: While he is blond in the manga/anime, his live-action hair is more golden-orange.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Shou is already very pretty, but his drama actor Lee Donghae◊ takes this Up to Eleven.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Shou starts out as a straight example, but is quickly deconstructed when Kyouko realizes what a negative effect he’s had on her life; prompting her revenge quest.
- Bishōnen: A total pretty boy. Too bad his personality is not as beautiful as he looks.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Shou appears cool and loving to his fans (and to Kyouko for a time), but he in fact is an egotistical, selfish, and emotionally immature brat.
- Chick Magnet: Even as far back as kindergarten, Shou was very popular with the girls, to the point where they bullied Kyouko out of jealousy.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He acts like one towards Kyoko after recognizing some feelings for her burrowed deep inside him.
- Dub Name Change: His name becomes "Bu Po Shang" in the Taiwanese drama, a literal translation of "Fuwa Shou". Also, his real name Shoutaro is translated to "Shang Jie Yong".
- Embarrassing First Name: Shou's real name is Shoutaro, which he considers old-fashioned and unsuitable for his pop star career. Probably also influenced by the widespread awareness of the origins.
- Forceful Kiss: Chapter 145.
- Has a Type: He Likes Older Women like Shoko and "Miruki", mostly because younger ones act like crazy fangirls who annoy him. Also prefers women with big boobs and slender legs.
- Hidden Depths: He actually can be very sensible and empathetic when he wants to. Whenever Kyouko became sad because of her mother, he felt sorry for her, but couldn't do anything but watch.
- If I Can't Have You...: No, he doesn't try to kill Kyouko, but he intentionally bullies and insults her when he can't have her. He's okay with Kyouko hating him, so long as she doesn't date anyone else, like Ren or Reino.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: He only becomes attracted to Kyouko after she dumps him and swears to get revenge on him.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: Courtesy of Ren, just as Shou was about to tell Kyouko that he loves her.
- Idol Singer: Sho's chosen career path — overlaps with Visual Kei, as his performances are full of provocative, over-the-top costuming.
- It's All About Me: To an extreme.
- Jerkass: He jumps between this and Jerk with a Heart of Gold but remains more of a jerk. His kindness is shown in the Dark Moon arc toward Kyoko but because she constantly attacks him when he really is trying to be nice to her, he ends up lashing back and goes back to being a jerk.
- Manchild: Whether by choice or not, he really needs someone to take care of him.
- Shrinking Violet: Implied to be one in his childhood, as while there were many girls fawning over him, he only played with Kyoko and followed her because she was the only one he knew in a personal level.
- The Vamp: Sexy, villainous, and very good at manipulating women, even his vengeful ex.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Once dresses up as a silver-haired demon. Needless to say, it fits his personality well.
The most popular man in the show business, a talented actor, and a senior member of the talent agency that Kyouko joins. There's more to it than he appears to be, however...
Voiced by: Ken Narita (drama CD), Katsuyuki Konishi (anime) (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (English). Played by Choi Siwon◊ in the live-action.
- Almost Kiss: The incident in Ren's kitchen in the Dark Moon arc made a lot of fangirls squee.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt Kyouko. Or flirt with her.
- Don't call him a cold-blooded murderer. It reminds him of Rick's girlfriend, who essentially told Kuon that he killed Rick and that it should have been Kuon who died.
- In the past, Kuon really hated being made fun of because of his mixed ancestry. He doesn't care about this anymore.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ren is a Nice Guy, but if you push his buttons, he will show a Death Glare. He used to be very violent in the past as Kuon Hizuri. His past was so scary that Reino, who was Psychic Powers, doesn't want to stay near Ren anymore.
- The Big Damn Kiss: In the recent arc, Kuon asked Kyouko to kiss him on the lips... and she did it...
- Bishie Sparkle: Subverted and inverted, since Ren only sparkles when he's angry. Conversely, during scenes where you'd expect the sparkles to appear, he favors the Love Bubbles.
- Biseinen: He's pretty, make no mistake, but he's a little too big and mature to qualify as a straight bishonen.
- Broken Ace: Ren is a bit of a psychological wreck underneath his perfect public persona.
- But Not Too Foreign: He is only one quarter Japanese.
- Chick Magnet: The number 1 Chick Magnet in all of Japan, much to Shou's displeasure.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: With a bit of Insane Troll Logic. Most apparent in his youth, but the traits are still there.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Between meeting Kyouko and coming back to Japan under his new identity, Kuon became rebellious and started beating people up who mocked him and his mixed background. When his friend, Rick, tried to stop him from running out of control, he was fatally hit in a car accident and died.
- Defrosting Ice King: He appears very aloof at first, but warms up to Kyouko in time, especially when he realizes that she is his childhood friend.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Kyouko, who is sadly Oblivious to Love.
- Doting Parent: To the point he just has to escape from his home, and even his birth country, to free himself from the excess of attention.
- Dub Name Change: His name become "Dun He Lian" in the Taiwanese drama, a literal translation of "Tsuruga Ren".
- Forgets to Eat: To the point that Yashiro and Kyouko regularly have to force him to have dinner.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: To Kyouko. He remembers, she doesn’t - or more accurately, she doesn't realize it was him. She does instantly recognize him though when his natural hair and eye color are visible.
- He's Got Legs: The ridiculous length of his legs does not go uncommented upon.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: He tried to tell Kyouko how he feels about her several times, but is interrupted by someone else every time. (Sometimes by Kyouko herself, who had a vague idea of what he was about to say.) He tells her directly as Kuon that he loves her, but she just brushes it off, saying it's not possible between a human and a fairy.
- Lady Killer In Love: In the past, he'd change girlfriends like socks, although he always got dumped because he did not understand love, but now he's genuinely in love for the first time, with Kyouko.
- Lethal Chef: He can't cook. At all.
- Like Father, Like Son: It initially doesn't look like it, but Ren/Kuon possesses the same Insane Troll Logic as Kuu.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Something that inevitably leaves Kyouko confused.
- Memento MacGuffin: Rick's watch that he always wears, a constant reminder of his former life as Kuon, which ended with Rick's death.
- Morality Pet: Kyouko is his. She snaps him out of his depression several times.
- Mr. Fanservice: Ren is a male model after all. A number of chapters suddenly cut away from Kyoko's story to show Ren in the middle of a modeling job.
- Nice Guy: Despite Kyouko initially assuming him as a Jerkass, he's nice to everyone who just comes off as cruel sometimes, when he actually wants to help her.
- Oblivious to Love: Isn't aware of his feelings for Kyouko at first when Yashiro points it out. When "Bo" (Kyouko) asks him whether there is a girl he likes, he realizes it. Later on, he doesn't realize that Kyouko also likes him.
- Omniglot: Speaks Japanese, English and Russian.
- Secret Identity Identity: It's hard to say, after years of acting a gentleman, how much of Ren's real personality as Kuon Hizuri remained in him, and how much is just a persona he created.
- Technically a Smile: Ren’s "lying gentlemanly smile," which can reduce Kyouko to a puddle of Ocular Gushers.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Becomes a major plot point in the Dark Moon act, where he has difficulty with a role for the first time in years because he doesn't really understand the concept of love.
- When He Smiles: His real smiles are too divine for mortal eyes... Kyouko's little demons die instantly if they are exposed to those smiles.
Kanae "Mouko" Kotonami
Kyouko's rival-turned-best-friend and the second person to join the "Love Me" team.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Mouko-san".
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Kanae tries her hardest to project the image of a classy and professional actress, but she loses her cool when she thinks people are looking down on her. And whenever Kyoko is around.
- Death Glare: She can give a really nasty one to people who deserve it.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts out as a loner who looks down on Kyoko's motives for wanting to be a star and actively rejects Kyoko's clumsy attempts at friendship, but she eventually warms up once she realizes that Kyoko is sincere about wanting to be friends.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Since she is the Only Sane Man in her family she is obviously the Responsible Sibling, which means that she takes care of her older siblings' children and also said older siblings.
- Friendless Background: One of her similarities with Kyouko.
- Hero of Another Story: She's a talented actress who's getting roles of her own and developing as an actress just like Kyoko, but because we're following Kyoko's story, we only see Kanae every now and then when her story intersects with Kyoko's.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Kanae is part of a huge multi-generational family. Everyone living at the Kotonami home includes:
- The Kotonami parents
- The eldest Kotonami sister (24) and her 3 children
- The eldest Kotonami son (22), his wife, and their 2 children
- The second eldest Kotonami son (19), his wife, and their baby
- Moko (16), but only when she visits (which is sparingly)
- Moko's 7 younger brothers and sisters
- Not So Different: Noticing that she and Kyouko share many traits and have a similar way of thinking prompts her to warm up to her.
- Promotion to Parent: Her de-facto role in her family because her parents are prone to Hands-Off Parenting and her older siblings have their own families to care for (and are also Hands-Off Parents anyway). It doesn't help that she's the only one in the family who is at all responsible when it comes to money and she's stuck paying the bills for her entire family.
- The Rival: At first towards Kyouko, but they later become good friends. She has always being Erika Kouenji's rival.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: Her ability to cry on-command was one of her original selling-points as an actress.
- Technician vs. Performer: Underscored in their first interaction, where during tryouts Kanae would do something the judges were expecting with great precision, while Kyouko would do something original and unique.
- Verbal Tic: "Mou", hence her nickname.
The eccentric director of LME, the agency that Kyouko joins.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may seem like an eccentric rich idiot to the unaware, but there’s a good reason why LME is THE most successful talent agency there is and why he’s so well respected by pretty much anyone that knows him beyond his image. He can also read people like open books, being well aware of the strengths and weaknesses of all his talents (this being the main reason he created LoveMe to begin with); and in particular, he was well aware of Ren’s lacking skills for love acting and also realized he had fallen for Kyoko after just one look at his expression towards her.
- Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have: He seems to be in his forties at most... But he already has a granddaughter.
- Large Ham: Lory himself does not act in any productions, but that doesn't stop him from taking full advantage of LME's costume department. He has a habit of showing up to the most mundane events (like rehearsals and film shoots) in elaborate costumes, oftentimes with accompaniment.
- His first appearance is him wearing what appears to be a mariachi costume, in a single spotlight, at the center of a troupe of carnival dancers. This was all choreographed so that he could make a good first impression on a bunch of newcomers auditioning for his agency.
- Other notable examples include showing up the the filming of Dark Moon with an entire masquerade ball in tow, and sailing down the street on a parade float shaped like a pirate ship◊.
- Love Freak: LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS!
- UnlimitedWardrobe: Every day is a costume party for Lory.
Lory's young granddaughter who befriends Kyouko. She likes all things related to the occult.
- Broken Bird: Despite being only a child, Maria has some issues.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Anyone who makes a pass at Ren had better be prepared to endure Maria's wrath.
- Creepy Child: Played for laughs — Maria can often be found contemplating Hollywood Voodoo with Kyoko; it's mentioned that she has a large selection of candles, incense, and dolls available for cursing people; and and she seems to be a fan of the gothic/ horror aesthetic.
- Expy: She shares the same name of a certain girl who is obsessed with magic and loves Beatrice. Then again, since this Maria came first, it could be the other way around.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Kyouko, who she bonds with over their mutual occult interest.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Maria doesn't seem to have friends her age. She attends school, but most of her free time is spent hanging out with her grandfather Lory, or with Kyoko, or at the LME offices.
- Missing Mom: Her mother, who was a famous model, died in a plane accident. Maria feels guilty because she had asked her mother to come visit her for her birthday.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Downplayed. See Creepy Child.
- Oneesama: Considers Kyouko to be her "Onee-sama".
- Precocious Crush: She really likes Ren.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She is very much still a child and struggles with problems natural to a girl of her age, but having grown up in an adult world, she is able to read the mood and understands more complex matters very quickly.
Ren's manager and one of the people closest to him. He supports the idea of Ren and Kyouko getting together. For some odd reason electronics break down when he touches them for more than ten seconds.
- Big Brother Mentor: He is one of the people closest to Ren, so he gives him advice and jokes with him. Ren is quite open with him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes, particularly around Ren.
- Keet: Not small or colorful, but indeed hyperactive and regularly loud when in fangirl mode.
- Meganekko: Well, for a given value of "-ko", anyway.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Ren/Kyoko very enthusiastically. He regularly keeps tabs on Kyoko's schedule to arrange for Ren to meet her, and in Ren's absence even acts as her manager.
- Walking Techbane: If he holds a cell phone in his bare hands for more than ten seconds, it will break. He's even used this to his advantage, to try and get information out of Ren.
Takenori SawaraHe's a part of LME. and was "tormented" by Kyouko into getting her into an audition. He's actually very supportive, despite Kyoko's penchant for tripping her own idol career up.
A beautician and hairdresser in Lory's employ. In the world of cosmetics she is known as "The Witch" for her incredible power to transform the image of anyone who sits in her chair. Skilled at makeup, costuming, hair care, and wig maintenance. She even has a "portable" makeup and costuming studio in her van. She is the one responsible for transforming Ren Tsuruga into Cain Heel for his role in Tragic Marker, and for transforming Kyoko in Setsuka Heel. Only close friends are allowed to call her by her real name, "Ten". Jelly Woods is her business name. She is aware that Ren is not a native Japanese, but she doesn't seem to know that he is the son of Hizuri Kuu.
- Affectionate Nick Name: Kyouko calls her "Muse." Jelly would prefer that Kyoko call her something a little more restrained, but she's flattered nonetheless.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She doesn't like it when Ren calls her "Miss Woods."
- In Series Nick Name: She is called "The Witch" in the cosmetics world.
- Older Than She Looks: She is in her thirties yet she looks like a teenager.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: She says that Lory is her boyfriend, and calls him "darling." He doesn't deny it but he hasn't confirmed it either.
A young director who's trying desperately to get out of his father's shadow. He decides to do it by filming Dark Moon, a remake of a classic Tsukigomori from 20 years ago. Tsukigomori just happens to be one of his father's most beloved and well-known works. He casts Kyouko as "Mio" after Asami Haruki shows him the PV she directed.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Whereas most of the men in the series are drawn with narrower, brooding eyes, Ogata has very large sparkly ones. He's also got a very feminine haircut, with a blunt fringe and longer framing layers similar to a Hime Cut. The author even refers to him as Mr. Princess on one occasion.
- Fragile Flower: Prone to panicking over even small setbacks. He once even fainted during an interview because he couldn't handle an Armor-Piercing Question.
- Generation Xerox: To the point that he's somewhat disturbed by it."I respected my father, and always thought I wanted to become like him, so I was happy in the beginning, but... 'Your likes are the same.' 'Your hobbies are the same.' 'Your artistic style is the same.' When it seemed like I was always being told that I was imitating my father, I became disturbed."
- I Am Not My Father: He intentionally changed his name to not get compared to his father frequently. To disprove that his father is Always Someone Better, he decides to remake Tsukigomori.
- Important Haircut: Oddly enough, he falls under this trope despite not being the one who got the haircut. When Kyouko got her hair cut as part of her reimagining of Mio, the impact of her new take on an old character was so forceful that it cured Ogata's Fragile Flower tendencies, ignited his drive to succeed, and woke up his creativity and confidence.
- Ocular Gushers: Even though he is seen crying far fewer times than Kyoko, in the anime his total tear output very likely rivals her own what with him having created two different raging seas with his tears!.
- Platonic Life Partners: Refers to Haruki as his best friend.
- Shed the Family Name: Hiroaki had used his family name "Date" on all other projects, but changed it to "Ogata" before he started work on Dark Moon in order to distance himself from his father's legacy. Not that it's a secret that they're related.
- Shipper on Deck: He seems to ship Kyouko x Ren... Though he is confused by Kyouko and Shou's interactions.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: Whenever he cries, his tears seem to sparkle. Ogata's tears during his thank-you speech to the cast and crew at the Dark Moon wrap party are even rendered as a waterfall of little sparkles under his eyes.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's regularly mistaken for his father, director Hirotaka Date. He's not very happy about this.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Hiroaki is struggling to find an identity that doesn't just appear to be a shallow clone of his father's.
Hiroko IizukaThe actress who played "Mio" in the original Tsukigomori, and is now playing Mio's mother in Dark Moon. At first she is against Kyouko playing the part, as she felt that she wouldn't be able to do justice to the character who made her famous.
- Star-Making Role: In universe this was the case for her when she played Mio in Tsukigomori 20 years ago, to the point that she even says that "Mio" is like her second name.
Itsumi MomoseItsumi is a popular young actress, who is casted to play the role of '"Mizuki'", the heroine, in Dark Moon. She and Kyouko become friends.
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese)
- All Love Is Unrequited: She seems to have developed feelings for Ren, more exactly after he finally mastered his characterization of Katsuki, proving once again that Ren is really "a co-star killer".
- Cool Big Sis: After she befriends Kyouko, she acts this way towards her.
- The Rival: At first seems to see Ren as a rival in a sort of "Worthy Opponent way".
- Worthy Opponent: She considers Ren and later Kyouko to be this. Her reasoning is because even though Kyouko is an amateur actress her characterization of Mio is at a professional level, making it acting as Mizuki with her quite fluid and its always according to what the director expects and they don't have to retake scenes.
Supporting Characters - Others
Shoko AkiShou's manager. Shou had been living mainly at her apartment for some time when he ditched Kyoko. He now rents the apartment one floor above Shoko in the same building, but lives out of her guest bedroom.
- Beleaguered Assistant: On top of being his manager, she's taken over Kyoko's job as Shou's caretaker (albeit one who has to put up with his constant flirtations). She's responsible for keeping the incredibly immature Shou in line, as well as protecting his public image.
- Buxom Is Better: Shou certainly seems to think so.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts this way with both Shou and Kyouko.
- Nice Girl: Despite Shou's awful attitude, Shoko is usually polite and professional to everyone they work with. And even after seeing Kyoko's demonic outburst when Shou dumped her, she is always kind and courteous to Kyoko.
- Liz Lemon Job: Most of her page-time is spent trying to keep Shou and Kyoko from bumping into each other. She is rarely successful.
- Shipper on Deck: While Yashiro ships Kyoko/Ren, Shoko ships Shou/Kyoko.
Erika KoenjiThe childhood classmate of Kanae Kotonami, who made it her mission to keep Kanae from being able to act all throughout elementary and middle school. She believes herself to be Kanae's rival.
- Break the Haughty: What seems to have happened after Kimiko Morizumi allegedly pushed Erika into the path of oncoming traffic for "stealing" the role of Momiji. Erika ended up getting dragged by a car and was in a coma for several days afterwards. Although her physical injuries weren't too severe, she's so psychologically traumatized by the event that she's unable to walk.
- Rich Bitch: She throws her father's money around when she doesn't get what she wants, and expects everyone she meets to fall in line when she barks orders.
- Rock Theme Naming: The three mooks that Erika keeps around are nicknamed Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby, and each has an earring that corresponds to the gemstone they're named after. The author affectionately calls them "The Jewel Squad." Erika has plans to add Ren Tsuruga to her Jewel Squad as Diamond, her favorite stone.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Erika's modus operandi - she tries to bribe the director of the soft drink commercial to get the acting role that Kanae and Kyoko were auditioning for.Erika: No. 1, Erika Koenji! My hobbies are horseback riding and traveling overseas. I'm good at elegant classical ballet, as you can see, which I dance like a pro!Top Manager of Kaindo Dorinko: Koenji! You're—Erika: The daughter of the head of the Koenji Group? My dream has always been to become a star and represent Japan. I have the confidence to become one! If you use me, the Koenji Group will do everything in our power to make this new product a hit!
- Spoiled Brat: She's so used to getting what she wants by throwing money at it that when Kanae gets the role they both auditioned for, Erika is willing to put Kanae in the hospital to get her out of the way.
Haruki AsamiHaruki is Shou's producer at Akatoki Agency (Queen Records). She gives Kyouko a role in one of Sho's P Vs. She is good friends with Hiroaki Ogata.
- Affectionate Nickname: Shou calls her "Miruki"/Milky, most likely he got the nickname mixing "Mi" from Asami and the "Ruki" from Haruki.
- Buxom Is Better: Kyoko knows that Sho's taste in women leans towards those with "mature" figures, and she's not surprised when she sees him flirting with Haruki (a woman whom Kyoko describes as "oozing pheromones").
- Gender-Blender Name: Haruki is considered a masculine name.
- Meganekko: Haruki wears large oval glasses.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Ogata. When Ogata has a breakdown after a promotional event for Dark Moon draws attention to his connection with his father, Haruki shows up to the hospital to make sure he's okay and thanks Kyoko for staying by his side.
A young actress/model who goes to the same school as Kyouko. She works at the same agency as Shou (Akatoki Agency). Since she is in love with him she is delighted to be cast as one of the angels in his promotional video.
- Affectionate Nickname: Shou changes "Mimo" for "Pochi" (a common dog's name) and creates: "Pochiri". Though this might be because she comes when she's called and does whatever he asks her to do, rather than out of any form of affection...
- Buxom Is Better: In a side note, the author mentions that Mimori's bust is in the E-cup range. Kyoko also tells Mimori that Sho prefers "girls like her" in reference to Mimori's more "developed" figure, and Sho notes that her angel costume makes her chest look good. To top it off, Mimori's most famous for being a gravure idol.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Shou. She is really jealous of his relationship with Kyouko and resents their closeness.
- Fanservice Model: Although she's in the same high school class as Kyoko (and presumably 16 or 17 years old), Mimori Nanokura is a gravure idol as well as an actress.
- Hime Cut: Mimori's haircut features bluntly cut bangs, while the rest of her hair is long and straight.
- One Sided Rivalry: Mimori is convinced that Kyoko only took the Prisoner promotional video job so that Kyoko could flirt with Sho. Even after Kyoko tells Mimori she's not interested in him, Mimori declares Kyoko to be her rival in love. When it's revealed that Kyoko and Sho have known each other since childhood, Mimori becomes even more jealous and angry with Kyoko, refusing to work with the other girl despite Kyoko's repeated insistence that she and Sho have no romantic entanglements.
Frontman of the band Vie Ghoul, Shou look-alike, and creepy stalker/ would-be rapist.
- Corrupt the Cutie: What he wants to do to Kyouko.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even Reino is creeped out by all the bad vibes stored in Kyoko's Corn stone.
- Femme Fatalons: Has the male equivalent.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Sort of; he only gets interested in Kyouko when he sees her grudge-demons and witnesses her using them to beat up Sho.
- In-Series Nickname: Kyoko calls his "Beagle," due to her difficulty pronouncing "Vie Ghoul." She starts to use more and more canine-related insults to put him down later on.
- An Odd Place to Sleep: He appears to sleep in a coffin filled with flowers.
- Psychic Powers: Reino displays a variety of psychic powers throughout the series. The author stated that in creating him, she needed a character that Kyoko would be afraid of — Kyoko has quasi-spiritual powers, so Reino is a spirit medium. So far he's displayed abilities including:
- I See Dead People: His bandmates in Vie Ghoul mention that Reino is often in contact with the spirits of the deceased. He also has the ability to interact with Kyoko's grudge demons, because they're "the spirit of a living person."
- Psychic Radar: Was able to track down Kyoko while she was filming on location in Karuizawa, even despite her attempts to throw him off her trail and hide from him.
- Psychometry: Allows him to discern that Kyoko's "Corn" stone was a gift to her. He can also tell that the original owner imbued it with an immense quantity of "negative emotions" and "violent energy." He's able to read all this information even after Kyoko has had the stone for a decade.
- Touch Telepathy: Reino is able to determine a lot about Ren's past from a few seconds of contact. Including the fact that Ren is the previous owner of Kyoko's "Corn" stone and thus the one responsible for the massive amount of "violent" and "negative" energy that the stone has absorbed — so much negative energy that Reino appears to be avoiding future encounters with Ren.
- Stalker With a Crush: Initially he wanted to use Kyoko to get to Sho, but now that he's seen her dark side it seems he's got a full blown crush on her.
- The Vamp: Even Vamp-ier than Shou.
- Visual Kei: Vie Ghouls' style is flashy and over-the-top, even when they're not on stage. They are copying Sho Fuwa after all.
Kuu Hizuri / Shuuhei HouzuFamous Japanese actor who starred in the original Tsukigomori as "Katsuki". Ren's father.
- Adorkable: His Doting Parent aspects can be very endearing.
- Always Someone Better: To Ren. Which is why Ren wanted the role of Katsuki.
- Big Eater: A meal for 50 people gone in an hour.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-American.
- Doting Parent: At one point, his gushing over his son's many virtues takes the form of a speech bubble full of sparkles. No words, just sparkles.
- Happily Married: Despite the stress and heartbreak of having their son leave without so much as saying goodbye and creating an alternate persona to live under in Japan, Kuu and his wife Juliena still have a loving relationship. Not that they haven't had their rough patches: Juliena refused to speak to him for six months after the incident. But they've moved past their difficulties and are able to rely on each other for emotional support.
- Jerkass Façade: When Kyouko first meets him. He does it, because he was told that would make Ren confront him.
- Like a Son to Me: Even after Kyouko's assignment to impersonate Kuu's son is finished, he invites her to continue calling him "Father."
- Parental Substitute: To Kyouko.
- Real Men Cook: He's a Supreme Chef, unlike his son. He didn't actually need to hire Kyoko as a cook.
- That Man Is Dead: He used a business name "Shuuhei Hozu" to perform, but as he started to get more and more famous, he chose to go back to his real name. But since he considered his alias an important part of himself and couldn't part with it just like that... He decided to give a REAL funeral for it.
An actress who is part of the cast of Box "R", she plays the role of one of "Yumika," a member of Natsu's clique. Chiori's dark past made her reluctant to act out the part of Yumika in full until Kyoko pushed her to incorporate her past into her acting.
- Beneath the Mask: Keeps a diary where she writes down her genuine feelings about people.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Chiori started out as one. While she acted polite and patient with her co-stars and her manager, inside she was seething with rage, and she wrote down all her true thoughts and feelings in a "poisonous notebook" to keep a handle on them. Meeting Kyoko pushed her over the edge, and some of that poison began to leak out into the real world — in a fit of anger and resentment, she pushed Kyoko down the stairs. Kyoko survived the fall with only minor injuries, but she used the incident as blackmail to get Chiori to break out of her shell a little.
- Former Child Star: Even changed her name to avoid being only known as "the girl who played Akari".
- Girlish Pigtails: As Yumika — the director wanted her to have a "cute" hairstyle, but Chiori had a minor outburst when the stylist went to put her hair in full-on twintails because she didn't want anyone to see the scar on the back of her neck. They compromised by giving her smaller half-pigtails.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Feels bitter towards Kyoko's fast rising in show business. Since she's been in the same business for four years, Chiori feels like her efforts hardly paid off.
- I Am Not Spock: Overlaps with Type Cast — her first big role was of a Little Miss Badass named "Akari" in a production called The Scarlet Dice. Unfortunately, Chiori acted the role too well and ended up Type Cast as "the girl who played Akari." The only job offers she got after The Scarlet Dice were for similarly dark roles, to the point that she had to drop her stage name and totally restart her career as an actress to escape from the role.
- Little Miss Badass: Her role as "Akari" in The Scarlet Dice appears to have been this.
- The Resenter: Chiori felt an immense amount of resentment towards Kyoko for Kyoko's success in show business. Chiori had been a successful child actress, but she was Type Cast as a "scary little girl" and had to drop her stage name and completely reboot her career to escape from under that shadow. She returned to acting four years ago, but she's still not back on the same level of fame she was at as a child actress. Kyoko, in contrast, is a total newcomer to the business who managed to land a staring role in one of the most talked about dramas of the year (Dark Moon) and a regular job on another TV show. It's this resentment that causes Chiori to push Kyoko down a flight of stairs.
- Scars Are Forever: While working on the set of The Scarlet Dice, an on-stage fire got out of control and a piece of burning debris fell and hit the young Chiori. She pushed through the injury to finish filming the scene, but the incident left a nasty burn scar on the back of her neck. She's still self conscious about it.
- Type Cast: Overlaps with I Am Not Spock — Chiori was once a child actress of amazing skill, but a very dark role as Akari in The Scarlet Dice left her with a reputation as a child actress that could play scary little girls very well, and not much else.
Kyouko's estranged mother. Saena works as a lawyer at Viride General Law Offices under Kenichi Katagiri. Throughout Kyoko's childhood, she would often leave Kyoko with the Fuwa family while she was away on business. When Kyoko was six years old, Saena left her in the care of the Fuwa family and never returned.
- Abusive Parent: Her behavior towards Kyouko was emotionally abusive, which is something that Saena eventually admits.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Even when she was fresh out of law school and working for Kenichi Katagiri, Saena kept to herself and focused on her work over personal relations. Now that she's older and a lot more jaded, she presents an even less friendly facade.
- Angry Eyebrows: The owner of a truly impressive set of angry brows, Saena's are often referred to as "the mighty Mogami river" due to how deep the crease can get.
- Brainy Brunette: Saena graduated at the top of her class in law school.
- Education Mama: Kyoko was convinced that the only way Saena would praise her is if she got 100% scores on all her tests. Part of the reason Kyoko is such an overachiever in the present is because Saena pushed her to do well in school.
- Married to the Job: After she screwed up and put her beloved boss' career in jeopardy, she solely focused on work and didn't have any relationships anymore. Not even with her own daughter, who was a constant reminder of her failure.
- Parents as People: In a flashback, it's revealed that Saena was a young, promising, uptight (if somewhat emotionally stunted and naive) attorney in a major firm handling a very important case. Her boyfriend at the time was the opposite: a kind, easygoing man who had failed the bar examination multiple times. He turned out to be a corporate spy who ended up taking key pieces of evidence left to Saena for review after befriending her, seducing her and drugging her. The lost evidence cost her boss's firm to lose the case. Saena became pregnant with her boyfriend's child, Kyoko. In midst of the depression that ensued from her personal shame and feelings of failure, she missed the cut-off point for a legal abortion and in any case was emotionally conflicted about having an abortion. Her career was saved thanks to a senior partner and one of her coworkers, who formed an independent firm and invited her to join. Saena did eventually become a very successful and well-respected attorney, if considered somewhat cold and unapproachable by most. The image of Saena as an extremely cold and inattentive mother as seen through Kyoko's eyes was thus explained, though not excused, by Saena's personal fear of being unable to love a child without reservation, lingering resentment over her lost career and personal betrayal, and the stress she likely experienced while being a small firm attorney starting over again.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She and her daughter look really similar, particularly when Kyouko performs as "Natsu".