Characters / Skip Beat!

A list of characters from the Skip Beat manga and anime series. Warning! Spoilers up to the The Lotus in the Mire arc may be uncovered.
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     Kyoko Mogami 

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Voices: Miki Nagasawa (Drama CD), Marina Inoue (Anime, Japanese), Caitlin Glass (Anime, English), portrayed by Ivy Chen in the live-action drama

Kyoko Mogami ran off to Tokyo with her childhood friend, Shou Fuwa, after graduating middleschool. She worked two part-time jobs to support their stay, eager and happy to take over the household while Shou worked on becoming a famous star. She's been in love with Shou for years, being utterly devoted to him, and believed their feelings to be mutual.

Upon learning that Shou never saw her as more than a free maid to take care of him, she vows revenge. Kyoko insists that she'll enter showbiz and become more famous than him, intent on having him kneel before her and begging for forgiveness.

Unable to enter LME through the regular auditions, the president created the Love Me section, and made her the first member. She finds it demeaning, but it does help her gain her first, permanent role as Bo the chicken in Kimagure Rock.

After several hurdles and tripping stones, Kyoko has begun to gain some fame as an actress. After leaving a strong impact as Mio in Dark Moon, she opened the path to new roles. She gained the role of Natsu in Box "R", was hired by Lory to act the role of Cain Heel's younger sister, Setsuka, and auditioned for the role of Momiji in The Lotus in the Mire.
  • Abusive Parents: Her mother was emotionally distant, leaving Kyoko's views on the relationship between parent-and-child very skewed. She didn't even care when Kyoko ran off to Tokyo with Shou.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The live-action drama keeps Kyoko's hair as her natural black, rather than having it cut and dyed into the chestnut-brown color in the manga and anime.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Cain Heel loves to do this to his little sister, Setsuka, as a sign of affection or non-verbal compliment. When Kyoko receives one in comfort by a director, she notes how different the two felt.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Her childhood was filled with this because the other girls were jealous over her close relationship with Shou.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Kyoko may or may not like Kanae in a romantic sense, but it's difficult to tell. Her intense emotions regarding their friendship may be because of Kanae being her first, female friend in her entire life, but she's certainly okay with being a large ham about it and giving baseless, anguished declarations of love.
  • Bad Liar
    • Played straight. Shou, Kanae, and Ren can tell when she's lying because she can't look at them.
    • Averted. As long as she puts an effort into using her acting skills, she can fool people.
  • Berserk Button: Anything having to do with Shou.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kyoko is absolutely terrifying when angered. The phrase 'She is a very scary kind of actress' has been coined when referring to her.
  • Big Damn Kiss: The short Guam arc has her receive one from Ren (as Corn).
  • Brainy Brunette: Most noticeable after bleaching her hair to chestnut-brown. She has always been smart and creative, due to believing that scoring perfect exams would gain her mother's approval. She initially skipped highschool to work and support Shou financially, but happily took the chance to attend highschool, when President Lory offered it.
  • Broken Bird: Abandoned by her mother at the ryoukan Shou's parents run, Kyoko was quickly taught to never let her real emotions show when facing customers, which is a mindset that she has continued to employ. And when she thought her feelings for Shou would result in a happy ending, he crashes her entire world by admitting that she was never more than a worthless, plain maid to him. Fortunately, Kyoko refused to fall into a deep hole, and chose to re-invent herself into a stronger person.
  • Butt-Monkey: Suffers this in the beginning of the series. Her devotion to Shou was abused and she had to leave the apartment they shared, her talent auditions went awry, and her first job as a Love Me member gained her minus points. Then there's also the (imagined) verbal abuse Ren gives her, and all of her attempts to humiliate Shou backfire spectacularly. Over time, though, she has gained some success and fame thanks to her tenacity, hard work, and talent for acting.
  • Chaste Hero: Chooses to be one after the bad experiences she went through with Shou.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: What she thought her relationship with Shou would result in. This ended when she learned that Shou only took her along to Tokyo to take care of him, and so he wouldn't end up having to marry her and inherit his parents' ryoukan.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Kyoko is prone to flights of fancy whenever she feels particularly emotional. Whenever she is happy or trying to lift her spirits, she daydreams of fairies. And if she is upset or angry, she pretends that her curse dolls are scolding her.
  • Cry into Chest: Whenever she was upset over her mother, Kyoko ran off into a forest to cry her heart out. One day, she met Corn there and cried into his chest. Years later, she does the same, though she mistook Ren for Corn.
  • Determinator: Displays amazing feats with her determination. Catching up to a moving taxi in a bicycle, sitting in seiza while having a sprained ankle, and undergoing weeks of stage combat training for a role audition are just some of the most noteworthy ones. Her entire reason for entering showbiz is her determination to get her revenge on Shou!
  • Disappeared Dad: Kyoko mentions that she doesn't have a father. Her father was a company spy who tricked her mother by getting close to her, then stealing vital evidence in an important case she was working on, and then disappeared into the night.
  • Dub Name Change: Kyoko turned into Gong Xi for the live-action drama.
  • Dude Magnet: Not as prominent of a magnet as Ren or Shou, but Kyoko does manage to gain the attention of men. Shou, Ren and Reino all have romantic feelings for her, and coworkers like Kijima or Hikaru find her attractive, when she displays a more mature aura.
  • Emotion Suppression
    • All negative emotions, like sadness, hatred or resentment, were locked away while she was living with Shou. She did display some fake hatred for Ren Tsuruga, simply because he was Shou's rival. She unleashes all of those emotions when Shou reveals his honest views on her.
    • After getting dropped by Shou and vowing revenge, Kyoko locked away any feelings of love or trust in other people. Part of her stint as a Love Me member is to regain those emotions, and her feelings of love begin to resurface as she begins to fall for Ren.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change
    • Kyoko had her hair in an unstylish cut that went past her shoulderblades. When Shou drops her and Kyoko vows to get her revenge on him, she gets her black hair cut to chinlength and dyed into a chestnut-brown color.
    • Mio in Dark Moon started off with a basic Hime cut that hid the facial scar rather well. When Kyoko figures out 'her' version of Mio, she ditches the wig and gets her short hair dyed back to black. Eventually, Kyoko went back to her chestnut-brown color and wore a black wig for Mio.
  • Expressive Mask: Kyoko is naturally expressive. When dressed up in the giant chicken suit of Bo for Kimagure Rock, she manages to be even more expressive with his beak.
  • Extreme Doormat: Used to be one for Shou and everyone else. She has decided to stop being one.
  • Fiery Redhead: She is strong, passionate, outgoing, and has become very outspoken. And is particularly determined when it comes to her growing career as an actress.
  • Friendless Background: She used to be shunned by classmates, particularly by the girls, because of her relationship with Shou. As the series progresses, she manages to make some real friends.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Kyoko knows no limits when it comes to achieving her goals!
  • Haunted Heroine: She is haunted by a number of little grudge demons that embody her desire for vengeance and previously suppressed, negative feelings. Getting rid of them is part of her new life as a Love Me member and actress.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.
    • Almost falls into one when she realizes that she has fallen in love with Ren. Kyoko doesn't show it externally, as she's in the middle of acting a role, but her internal feelings are depicted as her being backed to the edge of a cliff, and prepared to jump off because she doesn't feel like she can deal with these feelings.
    • Falls into another one when her mother announces on TV that 'she has no child'. Kyoko falls into a deadened, emotional state and barely reacts to anyone or anything around her.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kyoko does nothing by halves!
  • I Have This Friend...: Kyoko plans to tell Kanae why she was so distracted during an audition, and says that it's a love story... then quickly alters it into being a love story about Amamiya, and not about herself.
  • Imagine Spot: Often falls into one when thinking about fairytales or what kind of friendship she wants with Kanae.
  • Innocence Lost: Her innocent view on love was crushed when Shou revealed that he only exploited her. However, Kyoko still thinks like a romance novel at times, and part of being a Love Me member means to regain those feelings.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Maria, initially based on a shared love for Voodoo dolls.
  • Laughing Mad: Her initial reaction when learning that she was being exploited by Shou.
  • Large Ham: Turns everything into an extravagant affair.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: People get this impression when she and Shou fight. They vehemently deny it.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Despite being a loveable heroine, she's also very bitter from the humiliation she has endured. Her mean streaks are many, and she is terrifying when angry.
  • Love Epiphany: Falls in love with Ren after the Katsuki rehearsal in Dark Moon. She initially denies the feelings because of her bad experiences, and only admits to them much, much later. Accepting them takes even longer.
  • Love Hurts: Her experience with Shou convinced Kyoko that love only invites emotional pain.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Believes this to be the case, as she recalls how foolish she previously was.
  • Love Martyr: Sacrificed everything for Shou and got nothing in return.
  • Magnetic Hero: Has a habit of turning her female rivals into good friends.
  • Man of a Thousand Faces: Nobody recognizes Kyoko when she steps into her roles, as they tend to make her look vastly different from her usual self. This mostly has to do with Kyoko's usual personality and appearance being the opposite of her roles, and she tends to stay in-character while being in costume.
  • Morality Pet: For Ren. She alone can snap him out of his catatonic state. This is also the reason for the creation of Setsuka Heel, for her to serve as one to Ren's personality as Cain Heel.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Peeling radishes or tossing a packet of salt — the more mundane, the more awesome!
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Was one in the beginning, though she remains painfully naive about other things.
  • Oblivious to Love
    • Played straight, as Kyoko is unable to notice romantic love and frequently misinterprets the intentions of her male suitors. She doesn't realize that Reino is actually attracted to her, and merely thinks he enjoys torturing her because he's a sadist, and misunderstood Kijima's intentions when he got her dressed up.
    • Subverted, as she does seem to realize that Ren might be attracted to her. She tends to cut him off and change the subject in an attempt to prevent him from telling her that.
  • Ocular Gushers: Happens when her imagination runs wild.
  • Only One Name: The live-action drama didn't translate her last name.
  • Plucky Girl: While she has her down moments, they never last for very long.
  • Psychic Powers: Those grudge demons of hers are not metaphorical. She can even use them as projectiles.
  • Seiza Squirm: Averted. Kyoko is perfectly capable of sitting in seiza for hours, and never letting on how her feet have fallen asleep or that she's otherwise uncomfortable. She even sat in seiza as Ruriko's substitute, despite having a sprained ankle at the time.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Whenever she gets into costume for her roles or dresses up for occassions.
  • Sherlock Scan: Kyoko knows Ren's measurements, down to a skeletal level! This allows her to create realistic voodoo dolls of him, and was what allowed her to instantly recognize that Cain Heel was Ren Tsuruga. This is also how she notices that Corn's structure was identical to Ren's in Guam. Corn gave her a fairy magic excuse, which she all too happily believed.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Different romanizations have spelled her given name Kyouko, Kyoko and Kyōko.
  • Stage Name: Her stage name is Kyoko, but written differently. Her real name is written in Katakana (キョーコ), while her stage name is written with in Kanji (京子) with 'Kyo' from 'Kyoto' (京都市) and 'Ko' from 'Kodomo' (子供), which fits since she is actually from Kyoto.
  • Stepford Smiler: Has been one since childhood. She made an effort to not cry in front of Shou, knowing that her crying made him upset and uncomfortable. And Shou's mother taught her to hide her true feelings when working in the ryoukan, so as to not upset the guests. She still shows traits of this, and has varying degrees of success with it - Kanae can tell when Kyoko is hiding something because of her overtly-happy, mask-like face.
  • Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: Has experienced all of them because her classmates hated her for being close to Shou. Her shoes have been hidden, her desk and gym clothes has been thrown out, she has been ignored and called an 'annoying bug' flying around, and she's had the memorial flowers placed onto her desk. She found these so bad and cliché that she cannot even get herself to use them as reference for any bullying scenes in Box "R".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kanae says that Kyoko resembles her mother very much, who quickly denies this. She corrects herself and says that Kyoko-playing-Natsu is similar to her.
  • Supreme Chef: Kyoko is an amazing cook, and this being one of the reasons Shou asked her to come along to Tokyo. And Lory officially hired her to cook authentic Kyoto cuisine for Kuu Hizuri.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Picked up English by living at and working in the ryoukan. She has no problems speaking to Kuu Hizuri or Cain Heel in fluent English, and it helps her while playing the roles of Kuon and Setsuka.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Still believes in magic and fairies, and thought of Shou as her Prince Charming to whisk her away to a happy ending. She doesn't believe the latter anymore, though. When she meets Corn again, who is actually Ren with his natural hair- and eyecolor, he keeps up the illusion of being a fairy, who is merely using Ren's physical form and voice to be in the human world.
  • Tsundere: Kyoko was an abrasive Tsun towards Ren, though this mostly stemmed from her fake hatred because he was Shou's rival. She tones this down over the course of the series.
  • Trauma Button: Bringing up her mother usually results in Kyoko's mood plummeting.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Craved her mother's approval and tried to earn it by getting perfect scores on tests. She later acted in similar ways to gain the approval of Shou's parents.
  • Willing Channeler: Her control over her grudge demons seems to work this way.
  • Woman Scorned: Shou scorning her kicks off the plot.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Played for drama. Kyoko had the inner strength and will to put up with a very lonely life while supporting Shou without complaining, but chose to put her inner strength to a different use when he drops her.
  • Yandere: Displays a minor version of this as Setsuka Heel, who isn't above shoving a woman to the ground because she got too close to her 'most important man', her older brother Cain.

     Shoutaro 'Shou' Fuwa 
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"Each day my fame is increasing. I'm going to become someone completely out of the reach of an ordinary, insignificant person like you... If you want your so-called "revenge," join the business."

Voiced by Nobutoshi Canna (Drama CD), Mamoru Miyano (Anime, Japanese), Grant George (Anime, English)
Played by Lee Donghae in the live-action drama

Shou has dreamt of getting away from Kyoto and becoming a famous star for years. When he decided to head to Tokyo after middleschool and try his luck in showbiz, he asked Kyouko to come along. He knew she'd come along and would be willing to run the household and do the cooking.

Shou throws his real feelings in Kyouko's face, claiming he never saw her as anyone to love, but simply as a maid to take care of him. With Kyouko swearing revenge on him, he tells her that she'd have to become more famous than him if she ever had a chance of getting close to him again.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is blonde in the manga and anime, while the live-action drama went more for a golden-orange.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Shou was already very handsome, but Lee Donghae in the live-action drama kicks it up a notch.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Played straight with his behavior towards Kyouko and her willingness to still stand by him. Deconstructed, when she sees his true colors and what a negative effect he has had on her life.
  • Bishōnen: A total pretty boy. Unfortunately, his personality's the exact opposite.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He appears cool and loving towards his fans, and Kyouko, but he's an egotistical, selfish, emotionally immature brat.
  • Buxom Is Better: In his opinion, big breasts are much better.
  • Chick Magnet: Shou has always been popular with the girls, even dating back to kindergarten.
  • Child Marriage Veto: He knew his parents wanted him to marry Kyouko and take over the Ryoukan, but he never wanted to do either, hence why he ran off to Tokyo.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Acts like this towards Kyouko, when he realizes that he does have some feelings for her, after all.
  • Dub Name Change: The live-action drama changed Japanese Fuwa Shou into its Taiwanese translation of Bu Po Shang. And Shoutaro was turned into Shang Jie Yong.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Despises his full name of Shoutaro because he considers it old-fashioned and unsuitable for a pop-star career. Probably also influenced by the widespread awareness of the name's origin.
  • Forceful Kiss: Smacks a good one on Kyouko in Chapter 145.
  • Going Commando: Discussed. His stripperiffic outfit during his debut concert was made of sheer fabric and became less transparent around the pelvic area, leading to a hot debate on if he was actually wearing anything underneath.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Only after he sees Kyouko putting an effort in her appearance, and thus realizing how beautiful her adult self is, and getting the attention of other men, does he start to realize that he took her affection and understanding of him for granted and reacts in a very angry and jealous manner when he sees her around other men.
  • Has a Type: Shou prefers older women, since most younger ones act like crazy fangirls around him. He also has a liking for big breasts and slender legs.
    • This is also implied to be the reason why Sho becomes attracted to Kyoko after she swears revenge on him. Before, Kyoko acted just like a squeeing, doting fangirl which bored him and made him take her affection for granted. However, after beginning to hate him, she talks to him with a confident, more authoritative and arrogant tone, and treats him like the brat he really is. In short, she acts like an adult woman, which attracts him to the core.
  • Hidden Depths: He can be very sensible and empathetic when he wants to be. Whenever Kyouko cried over her mother as a child, he felt sorry for her, but felt too awkward to do anything but watch.
  • If I Can't Have You...: He begins to bully and insult Kyouko, since he thinks that her hating him at least means she's too busy doing that than to date anyone.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Only becomes attracted to Kyouko once she swears to get revenge on him, changing her unconditional devotion to him into intense hatred.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Ren interrupts him, under the excuse that he and Kyouko are needed back on set.
  • Idol Singer: His chosen career path, with an overlap of Visual Kei.
  • It's All About Me: He's extremely self-centered. One reason he didn't want to take over the Ryoukan is that the missus is the one that's more important in running it, which he wouldn't be okay with.
  • Jerkass/Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Jumps between the two. He's often very much a jerk, focusing on himself and barely leaving a thought to Kyouko or anyone else. His kindness shows more over time, especially during the Dark Moon arc when he's keen to protect Kyouko, but because of the bitter history between them, he snaps back when she verbally attacks him.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Constantly gets seen as this with Kyouko, which both vehemently deny.
  • Likes Older Women: Shou prefers older women, with the most prominent example being his manager Shouko.
  • Manchild: Shou really needs someone to take care of him, whether it's by choice or because he doesn't know it.
  • Mr. Fanservice: What fanservice isn't provided by Ren, Shou will step in for.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted. Shou tells Kyouko that she is the only one allowed to defeat him.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Added nothing to the household funds while living with Kyouko, with her working two part-time jobs to keep them in the apartment, in which Shou barely spent any time because he kept staying at his manager's. When Shouko had enough, she made him get an apartment one floor below where she lives, but he still sleeps in her apartment and spends his time there.
  • Really Gets Around: It's implied that he had quite a share of girlfriends back in Kyoto.
  • Shrinking Violet: Implied to have been one during his childhood. Despite several girls fawning over him, he only ever played with Kyouko and followed her around because she was the only one he knew on a personal level.
  • Spoiled Brat: He's the 'prince' of his parents' Ryoukan and has people take care of him since he was a child. First it was his parents, then it was Kyouko, and now it's Shouko.
  • Sweet Tooth: Absolutely loves pudding, which Kyouko says is one of the few things to make him feel better when agitated. Pretends to not care for it, though, as it wouldn't fit his 'cool image'.
  • The Vamp: Sexy, villainous, and very good at manipulating women.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His silver-haired appearance as the Demon in his PV. His regular personality already fits it.

     Ren Tsuruga 
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Japan's #1 Leading Man, Ren Tsuruga
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Voiced by Ken Narita (Drama CD), Katsuyuki Konishi (Anime, Japanese), Robbie Daymond (Anime, English)
Played by Choi Siwon in the live-action drama

Ren Tsuruga is the most popular man in the show business, being an amazing actor and senior member of LME. He's friendly towards any person he meets, yet portrays annoyance with Kyouko's initial reason for wanting to join the company.

He does warm up to her slowly, though his words are considered unkind and almost harsh at first. There seems to be more to Ren than first meets the eye, though...
  • The Ace: Incredibly good-looking, an amazing actor, he speaks multiple languages, and he's on good terms with everyone. And only two of those landed him the spot of Japan's Top Leading Man.
  • Almost Kiss: When having Kyouko over to help him improve his role as Katsuki, the events in his kitchen had him almost kiss Kyouko.
  • Berserk Button
    • Don't hurt Kyouko. And especially don't flirt with her.
    • Don't call him a cold-blooded murderer. It reminds him of Rick's girlfriend, who called him that and yelled at him that he should have died instead of Rick. Murasame learned a very painful lesson when he did.
    • In his past, he hated being mocked and bullied over his mixed ancestry. He doesn't care about that anymore.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ren is overall a very nice guy, polite and friendly to anyone he meets, but push his buttons and he'll show a death glare. He was also incredibly violent as Kuon Hizuri. His past was so scary that Reino doesn't want to be near him.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Gives one to Kyouko while in Guam.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Inverted, since his sparkling means that he's angry. The more he sparkles, the angier he is. And it's always coupled with an equally-sparkling smile.
  • Biseinen: He's incredibly handsome, but too mature to still count as a bishonen.
  • Broken Ace: Under his perfect persona, Ren Tsuruga is a psychological wreck.
  • But Not Too Foreign: He's one-quarter Japanese.
  • Chick Magnet: The number one man to have ladies fall at his feet, much to Shou's displeasure.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Ren is Kyouko's childhood-friend Corn, who stayed in Japan for a short time. The romance aspect doesn't start until later, when Kyouko and Ren fall for each other. However, they are unaware of the other's feelings.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Flashbacks to his youth before he became violent, show him to have been a bit of an airhead and weirdo at times. The traits are still there, but he's toned them down a lot.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: His growing jealousy of Shou and the effects he has on Kyouko makes Ren do things that he ends up hating himself for doing. This includes kissing Kyouko's cheek, which already was a change from his original intent to kiss her on the lips. This gets worse during the run with Kyouko as the Heel siblings. His issues with 'Kuon' resurfacing, coupled with his jealousy when Shou calls Kyouko while on this job, had him behave in a way that looked like he was going to force himself on her. He is working on changing this.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sometime after meeting Kyouko and returning to America, Kuon became rebellious and violent. He started beating up anyone that mocked him and his mixed background, enjoying causing them pain. When his friend Rick wanted to stop him from running out of control, he was hit by a car and died.
  • Death Glare: His default expression as Cain Heel.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Ren appears pretty aloof at first, but warms up to Kyouko over time. Once he realizes that she's his friend from childhood days, he becomes much more responsive to her.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Kyouko, who is too hurt from her experience with Shou to make things simpler.
  • Doting Parent: Both of his parents were so bad that he escaped from his home and birth-country, just to free himself from their excessive attention.
  • Dub Name Change: Japanese Tsuruga Ren was translated to the Taiwanese Dun He Lian.
  • Dye or Die: He dyed his naturally gold-blond hair black, not only to fit in better into Japanese society, but also to hide his mixed ancestry, and distinguish himself as far from 'Kuon' as possible.
  • Foreign Gesture: He gives Kyouko a kiss on the cheek, who proceeds to freak out about this and can't concentrate on her acting anymore. Ren calms her down by claiming that it's just a 'thank you' gesture he's picked up from dealing with foreign actors in the past, and to not worry about it.
  • Forgets to Eat: He has a terrible habit of eating very sparingly when he's busy with work, to the point that Yashiro and Kyouko have to force him to have dinner. After his bad nutritional habits caused him to get sick, he's become much better at eating regularly. Kyouko still demands to know his meals at times.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Played with. He and Kyouko both remember, but Kyouko doesn't know that Ren is Corn. When she sees him with his natural hair- and eyecolor, Kyouko does recognize Corn, but doesn't know that it's Ren.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Only applies to when he was a young child.
  • He's Got Legs: The length of his legs does not go uncommented.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: During filming for Dark Moon, Ren manages to avoid hitting a child that ran across the street on-set. Everyone remained uninjured, but the sound of screeching tires and screaming caused Ren to remember the car accident that killed Rick. All he does is sit in the car, not blinking and mentally present.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love
    • Ren has tried to tell Kyouko about his feelings for her a few times, but generally ends up interrupted by someone else. Or by Kyouko, who has a vague idea what he was about to say.
    • When he confesses as Corn to Kyouko, she brushes it off, stating that a romance between a human and a fairy is impossible.
  • Lady Killer In Love: Ren has had his share of girlfriends, but was always the one to get dumped because he didn't understand love. Now he's genuinely in love for the first time, with Kyouko.
  • Lethal Chef: He can't cook, which he must have inherited from his mother. When cooking omlet-rice, he massacres onions, and the dish ends up crunchy and blackened. And he says that it's one of his better attempts!
  • Like Father, Like Son: It doesn't look like it, but Ren does share some cooky traits with Kuu Hizuri.
  • Love Bubbles: His genuine smiles are accompanied by them.
  • Master Of The Mixed Messages: This inevitably leaves Kyouko confused, and under the impression that he despises her for a long time.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The watch he always wears on his right wrist. It's actually Rick's watch, stopped at the time the accident occured, and serves as a 'shackle' to Ren. A constant reminder that his past as Kuon resulted in Rick's death.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Majority of the fanservice can be attributed to him. Aside from being an actor, he also models, and chapters can cut away from Kyouko's story to show Ren in the middle of posing.
  • Nice Guy: Contrary to Kyouko's initial assumption of him, Ren is not a jerk. He's friendly and polite to everyone he meets, though some of his words can come across as cruel sometimes. His friendly demeanor attracts a lot of women, although his previous girlfriends always realized that he treats everyone that way, never giving them any more attention than others.
  • Oblivious to Love: He doesn't even realize his own feelings for Kyouko, until he gets asked if there's a girl that he especially likes. Later on, he doesn't realize that Kyouko has also fallen for him.
  • Omniglot: Ren speaks Japanese, English and Russian.
  • Secret Identity Identity: After years of acting a gentleman, it's hard to say how much of Ren's real personality as Kuon Hizuri remains, and how much is just a persona he created.
  • Shirtless Scene: Coupled with his status as the main-supply of fanservice. Several of his roles or modelling jobs involve him showing some of his chest.
  • Shower of Awkward: The first night he and Kyouko spent as the Heel siblings, Kyouko though that he had fallen asleep in the shower because he was taking so long, and ripped the shower curtain open.
  • Stage Name
    • Ren Tsuruga is actually a stage name. His real name is Kuon Hizuri.
    • When he decides to play the role of Black Jack for the movie Tragic Marker, he plays as a completely new 'actor' under the stage name of Cain Heel. And will be credited as Actor X, with plans to eventually reveal that Actor X/Cain Heel is Ren Tsuruga.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Granted, his black hair is dyed, but he otherwise fits the bill.
  • Technically a Smile: His 'Gentleman Smile' as Kyouko calls it, which generally appears in conjunction with his bishie sparkling. It's only there when he's angry or trying to hide something unpleasant, and can reduce Kyouko to ocular gushing.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: It's a major plot point in the Dark Moon arc for him, as it's the first time he has difficulty portraying a role because he doesn't understand the concept of love.
  • When He Smiles: His real smiles are beautiful to behold, to the point that Kyouko's demonic spirits perish to its exposure.

Supporting Characters

LME

     Kanae Kotonami 

Kanae "Mouko" Kotonami

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Kanae Kotonami, Love-Me Section Member #2

Voiced by Risa Hayamizu (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck (English)

Kanae was part of the audition alongside Kyouko and impressed the jury, including president Takarada, with her acting ability. She failed the second round and became the second Love Me member, much to her displeasure.

Kanae is an amazing actress, able to take on vastly different roles. She works on various productions and preferring to act like she isn't a member of the Love Me section.
  • Affectionate Nickname: 'Mouko'-san from Kyouko, which she made up by Kanae's sound of annoyance and the Ko syllable that is often used for female names.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Kanae tries her hardest to project the image of a classy and professional actress, but loses her cool when she thinks people are looking down on her. And whenever Kyouko's around.
  • Death Glare: Gives a nasty ones to those who deserve it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts out as a loner and shuns Kyouko for her motives of wanting to become a star, and her attempts at friendship. She eventually warms up when she realizes that Kyouko is sincere about wanting to be friends.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kanae's the sole responsible member of her family.
  • Friendless Background: One of her similarities with Kyouko.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's a talented actress and frequently has roles in various productions, though she only appears when her story intersects with Kyouko's.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Everyone living in the Kotonami home.
    • The Kotonami parents
    • Eldest Kotonami daughter (24) and her 3 children
    • Eldest Kotonami son (22), his wife, and their 2 children
    • Second-Eldest Kotonami son (19), his wife, and their baby
    • Kanae (16), though she rarely visits
    • And 7 younger brothers and sisters
  • Not So Different: Noticing that she and Kyouko share many traits and have similar ways of thinking prompts Kanae to warm up to her. This is also why she reacted to strongly when she first saw Kyouko sewing. It reminded her of her housewife-role and taking care of her siblings in the Kotonami household, which she is desperately trying to not get associated with.
  • Parental Neglect: Her parents are on frequent honeymoons and trips.
  • Promotion to Parent: Her de-facto role in the Kotonami household. With her parents being rarely around, and her older siblings being foolish and being rather hands-off parents with their own children, Kanae has to take care of a lot of things. It doesn't help that she's the only one responsible with money, and she's stuck paying the bills for the entire family.
  • The Rival: The first one for Kyouko, though they become friends. She's also Erika Koenji's rival.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: Her ability to cry on-command was one of her selling-points as an actress.
  • Technician Vs Performer: Underscored in the first audition round, where Kanae did something the judges were expecting with great precision, while Kyouko did something unique.
  • Tsundere: Her behavior towards Kyouko can come across like this. At times, she feels superior for being Kyouko's 'first' friend and even giving Ren a smug look.
  • Verbal Tic: 'Mou', which she makes when annoyed or complaining, hence her nickname.

     Chiori Amamiya 
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Chiori Amamiya, Love-Me Section Member #3

Chiori Amamiya is an actress of the Soft Hat agency.
She's introduced as playing the role of Yumika in Box "R", a member of Natsu's bully clique. Chiori was reluctant to really act out Yumika because of her own dark past, but 'Natsu' pushed her to incorporate her past into her acting.

While she isn't part of LME itself, her agency and LME made a deal to have her join the Love Me Section, so Chiori could work on regaining her love for acting.
  • Beneath the Mask: She's friendly, but uses her 'toxic notebook' to write down her real feelings about people.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Chiori starts out as one, appearing as polite and patient with her co-stars and manager, but writes her honest, dark feelings of disgust and hatred into her notebook. Meeting Kyouko, and seeing that she was able to strip the image of 'the girl that played Mio' much more easily than Chiori did with her own stigma, caused some of her poisonous feelings leaking out. She pushes Kyouko down stairs, which leads to only minor injuries. But this gives Kyouko something as blackmail to force Chiori out of her shell.
  • Former Child Star: She was an actress in her childhood. Failing to get rid of the stigma as 'the girl who played Akari', she chose to change her name to start anew.
  • Girlish Pigtails: As Yumika. The director always intended Yumika to be the 'cute' type of girl in the group, and eventually suggests putting her hair into a loose one-sided ponytail, but Chiori refused because her scar would be visible. They compromised on giving Yumika to small pigtails.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Feels bitter towards Kyouko's fast rising in show business, whereas Chiori has been an actress for 4 years — 15 years, counting her time as a child actress — and feels that her efforts have barely paid off.
  • I Am Not Spock: In-Universe. As a child actress, her first big role was that of a little miss badass called Akari in The Scarlet Dice, but Chiori acted the role so well that she ended up being only known as 'the girl that played Akari'. The only jobs she got after The Scarlet Dice was for roles that were similarily dark as Akari, and she chose to restart her career as an actress under the name of Chiori Amamiya, just to escape the role.
  • Little Miss Badass: Her first big role as a child actress was her playing one called Akari.
  • Not So Different: Chiori's first big role was that of Akari, and she became well-known as 'the girl who played Akari'. Her fame was based around a single role and she was only offered roles for characters similar to Akari, leaving her to suffer from this stigma. She realizes that Kyouko's career is going a similar path — her first role was Mio and she became known as 'the girl who played Mio', but Kyouko was able to rather quickly shed the image of being no other character-type than Mio, much to Chiori's resentment.
  • The Resenter: Resents Kyouko for her quick success in showbiz and getting rid of her 'Mio' stigma, despite Chiori having failed to do the same thing herself and having to restart her career under a different name. Her resentment causes her to push Kyouko down a flight of stairs.
  • Scars Are Forever: She's self-conscious about hers. While working on the set for The Scarlet Dice, an on-stage fire got out of control and some burning debris fell on the back of Chiori's neck. She pushed through the injury to finish the scene, but she was left with a burn scar.
  • Stepford Smiler: Acts friendly, upbeat and even cute around most people, but is filled with loathing on the inside. Part of the reason she joins the Love Me section is to mellow out.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Joining the Love Me Section shows her as already mellowing out a little bit, being much friendlier towards Kyouko and even striking up a friendship with her. She even admits that her entries into her toxic notebook have relaxed.

     Lory Takarada 
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Voiced by Kouji Ishii (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)

Lory is the president and director of LME, the agency that Kyouko joins. He's well-known for being more than just eccentric and he loves to plan things big, avoiding no costs or extravagance in making things special.

Lory created the Love Me Section after encountering Kyouko, thinking that perhaps he could work on 'fixing' her skewed view on love. He considers love to be incredibly important, especially when it comes to working in the entertainment business.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Lory may be a very eccentric, rich idiot to those that don't know him well, but LME is the most successful talent agency there is, and why he's so well-respected by anyone that knows him beyond his initial image. He's also incredibly good at reading people, knowing exactly what the strength and weakness of his various talents — which is the main reason for creating the Love Me Section — and can read people well, in general. Just one look at Ren's expression towards Kyouko made him realize that Ren was in love.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Boy, is this guy a doozy! There's a reason most people call him eccentric, with his penchant for dressing up in extravagant costumes every other day, appropriate props included, playing and cuddling with a pet snake called Nanako-chan.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Lory is introduced by twirling onto stage in a mariachi costume, with a very embarrassed-looking employee stating his name. Yes, this guy is the Big Man of LME and a total weirdo.
  • Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have: While he's likely in his late 40s, maybe even in the 50s, and has a granddaughter, he's still quite pleasant to look at. And he can still hold a candle to younger men in terms of having a good body to show off.
  • Grandparents As People: When it comes to getting Maria to realize that her father really doesn't despise her for 'causing' her mother's death, Lory is just out of his element. He doesn't know how to get her to believe him, to the point that he turns to Kyouko to help him.
  • Large Ham: Lory does things big, and he really means big!
    • As shown with his introduction, a group of carnival dancers burst into the room with amazing hip-swinging moves, loud music and they form an alley for Lory to come twirling down in his mariachi costume, throwing his sombrero off and stating his name.
    • At the filming of Dark Moon, he pops up with an entire masquerade ball in tow, and sailing down the street on a parade float shaped like a pirate ship.
    • During the Heel Siblings phase, he's taken a liking to Ancient Egypt and dresses up like a pharaoh, complete with appropriately-dressed lackeys. And putting himself into a hollow Amon statue, so he can attend the Dark Moon celebratory party without stealing the spotlight.
  • Love Freak: Love is all that matters!
  • The Matchmaker: Lory loves playing matchmaker! One of the reasons he assigned Kyouko as 'Setsuka Heel' to Ren's working as 'Cain Heel' was to get the two of them together, and begin working on 'rehabilitating' Kyouko when it comes to being around men in a non-working environment.
  • Serious Business: Lory takes Otome Games very seriously. When he gets interrupted during a choice, he ends the conversation early by stating that he's dealing with a matter of 'life and death' at the moment.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Lory or Rory. According to Nakamura, he's named after the Lory bird and LME stands for Lory's Majestic Entertainment.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Lory is a bag of fun, though his fun can be a bit too much for some people. During the Christmas arc, he also served as a not-so-anonymous sponsor for the party Kyouko and Maria wanted to create.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Every day is some costume day for him.

     Maria Takarada 
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Voiced by Hiromi Konno (Japanese), Mela Lee (English)

Maria is Lory's granddaughter and the apple of his eye. She's a smart little girl, and having grown up in the world of show business gives her a keen eye for talent. But her sweet appearance belies a troubled past. That past causes her to act out when LME talents are set to practice "The Angel's Words," as the conflict of the play (a little girl whose family is struggling with the mother's death) hits too close to home for Maria. It's under these circumstances that Maria meets Kyoko for the first time, eventually seeing the older girl as a sister-figure when Kyoko helps her work through a great deal of emotional trauma.

Maria and Kyoko go on to spend time together as friends, bonding over their passion for the supernatural (voodoo paraphernalia is a favored topic for the two). Maria also has a crush on Ren Tsuruga.


  • Broken Bird: Despite being a child, she has quite some issues.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Prepare to endure her wrath if you want to get near Ren!
  • Creepy Child: Played for Laughs. Maria discusses vodoo with Kyouko, and she's mentioned to have a large collection of candles, incense, and dolls to curse people with. And she's a huge fan of gothic/horror aesthetics.
  • The Cutie: When she isn't creeping people out with her strange, ride-able, mechanical spiders or talking about voodoo, she's just downright sweet to the bone.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Maria's parents always worked overseas and she was left with her grandfather in Japan. While she tried to accept and live with her parents barely being around, she asked her mother to come to Japan and be there for her 5th birthday. The plane her mother was on ended up crashing, killing her, leaving Maria without a mother and a butt-load of guilt. Also, a very strained relationship with her father.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's working overseas and rarely ever comes to Japan.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's first seen as the child popping up before the auditions Kanae and Kyouko take to join LME. Maria becomes more important several volumes later.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Kyouko, bonding over mutual occult interest.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She doesn't seem to have any friends her age. She does attend school, but most of her free time is spent hanging out with her grandfather or Kyouko.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died in a plane crash... on her 5th birthday.
  • My Greatest Failure: She considers her selfish want of spending her birthday with her parents, that resulted in her mother's death, to be the worst thing she has done. This is also why she's so reluctant to invite her father to the party she and Kyouko are throwing, afraid that 'being selfish' would cause something to happen again.
  • Oneesama: Considers Kyouko as hers.
  • Parents as People: Her relationship with her father is strained. He spent her earlier years working overseas, and acted rather hurtful towards her when his wife died because he was too busy dealing with his own grief. While he's trying to keep in contact with his daughter, he's awkward around her because neither of them knows the other so well. Once Maria realizes through Kyouko's help that her father does love her, the two of them are working on improving things.
  • Precocious Crush: She has a huge crush on Ren, even dreaming of marrying him when she's older.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Left with her grandfather when her parents went to work overseas.
  • Significant Birth Date: December 24th, which also turned into her mother's death-date.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Maria is still very much a child and struggles with problems natural for a girl her age, but having grown up in the adult world of showbusiness, she's able to read the mood and understands more complex matters quickly.

     Yukihito Yashiro 
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Voiced by Masahito Kawanago (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

Yashiro is Ren's manager and one of the people closest to him, having been assigned his manager upon Ren heading to Japan to become an actor. Though even Yashiro doesn't know everything about Ren's past.

He takes a liking to Kyouko, to the point that he acts as her manager during Ren's absence during The Lotus in the Mire auditions. He actually hopes that Ren and Kyouko get together, even taking to teasing Ren about her a lot.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yashiro isn't above threatening Ren, when he feels that Ren is withholding something big from him. He takes Ren's cellphone hostage, threatening and holding it in his bare hand.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Often gives Ren advice or jokes with him, as the two are close. And Ren is quite open to him. Yashiro also begins to mentor Kyouko a little bit, giving her advice about things.
  • Bishōnen: Quite a handsome manager Ren's got there.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Whenever he talks on his cellphone or accepting a call, he always slips on a latex glove. Justified, as he would otherwise break the cellphone.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Displays this trait around Ren a lot.
  • Hidden Depths: His ringtone sounds like fairies dancing.
  • Keet: Yashiro gets hyperactive and loud when in his fangirl mode.
  • Last-Name Basis: Generally referred to as Yashiro-san.
  • Megane: Oval-shaped glasses. He's rarely seen without them.
  • Nice Guy: He's a pleasant person overall and friendly to his charges, although he does have a bad side one doesn't want to get on.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Ren and Kyouko very enthusiastically. He regularly keeps tabs on Kyouko's schedule to arrange Ren to meet her, and acts as her manager during Ren's absence.
  • Shirtless Scene: Played for laughs. Yashiro rushes out of the shower in nothing but a towel to answer his cellphone... and breaks the cellphone because he forgot to put his glove on.
  • Walking Techbane: If he holds a cellphone in his bare hand for more than ten seconds, it will break. He has used this to his advantage as a threat towards Ren, and has accidentally caused cellphone breakages when rushed.

     Other 

Takenori Sawara

He'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.

Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

Jelly Woods

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"They call me the 'witch' of the makeup world. So, true to my name, I'll change your life in five minutes."

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.

Dark Moon

     Hiroaki Ogata/Date 

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Voiced by Yoshinori Fujita (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)

Ogata is the director for Dark Moon, a remake of the Tsukigomori drama that aired 20 years ago. When he saw Kyouko in the PV of Shou Fuwa's video in her angel role, he decided that she would be perfect for the role of Mio.

He turns out to be the son of Hirotaka Date, the man who directed Tsukigomori, and decided to shed the Date family name to distinguish himself. His reason for remaking the drama that was seen as his father's most well-known masterpieces was to prove that he was not only different, but also better than his father.
  • Always Someone Better: His father was the better one, mostly because he was the one that did things 'first'. And since Ogata was very similar to his father, his having the similar ideas or views ended up making his works seem inferior.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: During an interview about Dark Moon, one reporter asked if it was true that he was the son of Tsukigomori's director. It triggered him into a catatonic state, before fainting.
  • Character Development: The beginning of Dark Moon's production has him appear as very meek and timid, still too worried to take bold steps and fail at surpassing his father. When he sees Kyoko's version of Mio, the impact it has on him is so strong that he immediately steps things up, becomes determined to have Dark Moon succeed as a more-viewed drama than Tsukigomori was, and has his creativity and confidence awaken.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kyouko initially mistook him for a woman, partly because of his appearance and partly because of his very soft voice. Compared to most other men in the series, Ogata is also drawn with eyes that tend to appear on female faces.
  • Fragile Flower: He is prone to panicking over minor things and gets very emotional about things, but he does work on improving this aspect of his.
  • Generation Xerox: He's somewhat disturbed about their similarities.
    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 are 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 last name from Date into Ogata, so the assocation with his father would stop. He also chose to remake Tsukigomori to prove that he could do something better than his father.
  • Nice Guy: He's a sweet guy, albeit a little meek and timid.
  • Ocular Gushers: His crying in the manga isn't too bad, but the anime increased this, to the point of having created two raging seas of tears.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Refers to Haruki as his best friend.
  • Shed the Family Name: Used his family name Date on his other projects, but changed it to Ogata before starting work on Dark Moon to distance himself from his father's legacy. Though their relation is a well-known secret.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: His tears during his speech for the finale of Dark Moon depicted them as crystals coming from his eyes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He gets regularly mistaken for his father, Hirotaka Date. Not just in terms of appearance, but even his voice has become similar to his. He isn't happy about this.
  • Trauma Button: Bringing up his relation to his father or that he cannot surpass him. When Iizuka snaps the latter at him for not being forceful about Kyoko changing Mio's haircut, Ogata slumps to the ground and falls into a catatonic state. Ren manages to snap him out of it through just one, small sentence.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Ogata is desperately trying to find an identity that isn't a shallow clone of his father.

     Other 

Hiroko Iizuka

Voiced by Mari Yokoo (Japanese), Erin Fitzgerald (English)

Twenty years ago, Hiroko played the role of 'Mio' in Tsukigomori. She returned in Dark Moon to play the mother of Mio and Misao. She was very harsh on Kyouko, believing that she couldn't possibly do justice to the role of Mio. Once Kyouko displayed her own version of Mio, Hiroko conceded that hers improved on the original.
  • Abusive Parents: She plays an emotionally neglectful mother to Mio in Dark Moon, while favoring her older daughter, Misao.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hairstyle as Mio had her cover majority of the scarred part of her face. Hiroko admits that this kept her from acting out the full, negative force that Mio had.
  • Star-Making Role: In-Universe. She became famous for playing Mio in Tsukigomori and has it listed at the very top of her acting roles, to the point that she says that 'Mio' is practically her second name.

Itsumi Momose

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Voiced by Hitomi Nabatame

Itsumi is a popular, young actress and was cast to play the heroine 'Mizuki' in Dark Moon. She acted out an important scene with Ren when he was portraying his version of Katsuki that he had created. While the two act opposing roles, she becomes friends with Kyouko.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: It's implied that she might have developed feelings for Ren during the major scene she and 'Katsuki' played, proving again that Ren is a 'co-star killer'.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts this way towards Kyouko after befriending her.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Played with. Two co-actresses are annoyed at Kyouko's closeness with Ren, despite Itsumi being his fiancée in Dark Moon. Itsumi calmly tells them that their relationship in the series does not mean they would, or have to, end up romantically interested in each other.
  • Nice Girl: Once she actually speaks in her appearances, she proves to be absolutely sweet, and proves to care much for her friend.
  • The Speechless: Played with. Itsumi can speak, it's just that her first few appearances had her speech bubbles be nothing but '...' or reactionary things.
  • The Rival: Considers Ren to be one when it comes to acting.
  • Worthy Opponent
    • Considers Kyouko to be one, to the surprise of some. Despite Kyouko being an amateur actor, Itsumi says her creation of Mio and acting is very professional. And her Mio is so convincing that it allows Itsumi to act out a better Mizuki.
    • Sees Ren as one, especially after the Katsuki scene. She was frustrated to see how he made her act, and act in a way that she wouldn't have been able to achieve on her own. It motivates her to improve her acting even more.

Others

     Shoko Aki 

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Voiced by Natsuki Rio (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

Shouko is Shou's manager. He spent majority of his time living in her apartment, despite still sharing one with Kyouko. Once Shou dumped her, he began to fully live with Shouko. She did force him to finally get his own apartment, one floor below hers. Not that this has stopped him from staying at her place a lot.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Shouko's not only his manager, but she's also taken over the role of Shou's caretaker from Kyoko, with the addition of having to put up with his constant flirting. She's responsible for keeping him in line and make sure his public image is protected.
  • Buxom Is Better: Shou definitely prefers her big bosom.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts as one to Shou and Kyoko.
  • Hidden Depths: She actually wanted to be an actress herself in college. Once she realized that she didn't have the talent to get far, she gave up on that dream and chose to produce people that do have the talent.
  • Nice Girl: Contrary to Shou, Shouko is usually polite and professional to everyone they work with. And despite seeing Kyoko's demonic outburst when Shou dropped her, she is always kind and courteous towards Kyoko.
  • Only Sane Manager: She often tries to keep Shou and Kyoko from meeting, or him from seeing anything about her on TV. She's rarely successful.
  • Shipper on Deck: She actually ships Shou and Kyoko.

     Erika Koenji 

Erika Koenji

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Erika is a childhood classmate of Kanae. During elementary and middleschool, she's made it her mission to keep Kanae from acting any important roles in school productions and was successful. Except for one time when a popularity vote resulted in Kanae being chosen for the lead instead.

She initially appears as one of the candidates auditioning for the Culala drink commercial, ready to use her family's name to easily gain the upper hand. Erika considers herself to be Kanae's rival.

She appears again for the The Lotus in the Mire arc, having been the original choice for Momiji. However, she got into an accident and they had to hold re-auditions.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Kyoko is about to be thrown off a third-story balcony by Kimiko and her manager, Erika and her bodyguards have already stationed a camera crew all around, filming her attempt. Erika stops Kimiko from pulling it through, saving Kyoko, and humiliating Kimiko with the incriminating footage.
  • Break the Haughty: Erika was pushed into traffic by an infuriated Kimiko Morizumi, and was dragged along by a car for a while. She awoke quickly from a resulting coma, and her physical injuries aren't too bad, either. However, she's badly traumatized and cannot walk.
  • Foil: To Kimiko Morizumi. Both are spoiled, rich young women that have had a very easy life, and have relied on family connections or money to gain themselves roles and fame. Difference is that Erika received a verbal smackdown from Kanae and chose to stop relying on others and managing to achieve things on her own.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wears them in her initial appearance, fitting with her spoiled, bratty attitude.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kanae gave her one, demanding to know if Erika ever once bothered to gain a role in anything without the usage of her family name, her father's money and influence, or by throwing a tantrum. Erika took those words to heart and chose to prove to Kanae that she can gain roles based on her acting skills alone.
  • Rich Bitch: Throws her father's money and name around when she doesn't get what she wants, and expect everyone to follow her orders when she gives them.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: If money doesn't sway the staff, she drops the name of the Koenji Group. Lately, though, she has avoided doing this, and even auditioned under a different family name.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Her main strategy when gaining roles in showbiz. She uses her father's money to bribe directors or other producing staff to giving her a role, citing that it would be a great opportunity for getting an easy sponsor.
  • Seriously Scruffy: Her hair is disheveled when she appears again. It's shorter and wavier, showing her with a dark expression, clearly still too busy festering about her hatred for Kimiko's underhanded tactic.
  • Spoiled Brat: Erika is used to getting what she wants, and if she doesn't get it easily, she gets it by throwing money or her father's name around. She was willing to injury Kanae to force her to lose the spot in the commerical. This trait of hers has lessened.

The Jewel Squad

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Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, respectively.

Three bodyguards and butlers to Erika, who follow her around everywhere. They worship the ground she walks on and often go along with her plans.
  • Call-Back: When they first encounter Kyouko, the three of them react horrified at her simple appearance that lacks makeup, is wearing clothes that have clearly been worn before, and uses the same type of handbag every day. They redo this charade when they see Kyouko again during Erika's reapparance. Done on purpose by them, as Erika heading over to Kyouko was the first time she showed any sign of life again after the accident.
  • Expressive Hair: Sapphire's long ponytail does react to his emotions, like turning into a lightning-shape when shocked.
  • Hidden Depths: After Erika gets into an accident, they show that they actually do care for her, showing concern when she isn't reacting to things and trying to help her in their own, slightly weird way.
  • In-Series Nickname: They are referred to as the Jewel Squad.
  • Rock Theme Naming: They are nicknamed after the jeweled earring they wear, being Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby. Erika wants to add Ren Tsuruga to her squad and give him Diamond, her favorite gemstone, but Maria had something to say about that.
  • Their Greatest Failure: They consider Erika getting into an accident, and them not being around to keep her safe because she's been insisting on keeping her status as a Koenji a secret, forbidding them from following her to auditions, to be their worst undoing.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Ruby has a special ability in speaking in falsetto, and has dressed up as Erika.

     Haruki Asami 

Haruki 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.

Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu (Japanese), Kate Higgins (credited as Kate Davis) (English)

  • 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.

     Mimori Nanokura 
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Voiced by Youko Honda (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English)

Mimori is a young actress and model that goes to the same highschool as Kyoko. She's part of Akatoki Agency, the same one as Shou, and has a huge crush on him. As such, she is delighted when she gets cast as the angel that falls in love with the demon in his Prisoner PV.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Shou calls her Pochiri, mixing Pochi — a common name for dogs — and the last syllable of her name. Though he calls her that because she comes when he calls and does his bidding, which reminds him of a very eager-to-please dog than anything born out of affection.
  • Buxom Is Better: Shou does like her large breast size, which Nakamura mentioned in a side-note to be in the E-Cup range.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Shou. She's absolutely jealous of his relationship with Kyoko and resents their closeness.
  • Death Glare: Gives a really nasty one to Kyoko, when she returns to school after having been absent for a long time because of various work projects.
  • Fanservice Model: Her main occupation is being a Gravure Idol, despite being in the same year as Kyoko, making her 16 or 17 years old.
  • Hidden Buxom: The clothes she wore initially did a really good job at making her breasts look much smaller than they are. When she dons her angel costume, the full range of her bosom is shown, much to Shou's delight.
  • Hime Cut: Bluntly cut bangs, with the rest being long and straight.
  • One Sided Rivalry: Mimori sees Kyoko as her romantic rival, being convinced that she took the role in the Prisoner PV to get close to Shou, although Kyoko tells her that was never her idea. She gets worse when it turns out that Kyoko and Shou are childhood friends, and she refuses to work with Kyoko on the PV, despite Kyoko making it abundantly clear that she and Shou have no romantic feelings for each other.
  • Third-Person Person: Mimori refers to herself as Mimori, part of her 'cute' image.
  • You Remind Me of X: Mimori cooking for Shou and craving his attention reminds Kyoko of how she acted around him, when she still loved him. Kyoko never tells Mimori this, but does reprimand Shou for not treating Mimori better than he had her.

    Kimiko Morizumi 

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Kimiko Morizumi is an actress. She's introduced as being one of the candidates auditioning for Momiji in Lotus in the Mire, though her original goal was to act as Chidori. Her previous role was in Purple Down II, where she worked alongside Ren Tsuruga.

Kimiko has several relatives working in the entertainment industry, and will gladly use those connections to easily obtain roles. Learning that she did have to go through auditions and try to work for a role in Lotus in the Mire annoyed her a lot.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She'll act like a sweet and friendly girl towards her superiors, but is quite nasty under her exterior. She's a spoiled brat and will snap at her relatives for not helping her gain roles more easily.
  • Foil: To Erika Koenji. She's just as much of a spoiled brat like her, and both use their family's connections or money to gain roles and fame. However, Erika has learned to not rely on this anymore and works on obtaining roles through actual work and proving of her skills, while Kimiko keeps going down the route of using any bratty way she can think of to get a role.
  • Hime Cut: For the sake of auditioning in Lotus in the Mire, she dyed her light hair to black and had it cut in a way resembling this style. Justified, as she knows that the producer prefers authenticity and having black hair for a Japanese historical drama is more fitting.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Kimiko withdraws from auditions, stating that she thinks the other person's acting is beyond her abilities and would be a better pick. After a short time of laying low, she strikes back. Kimiko pushed Erika into the street when the latter got the role of Momiji originally, and tried to throw Kyouko off a balcony after the second audition.
  • In-Series Nickname: People have taken to calling her Niko-chan as a nasty indicator of her true personality.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Kimiko will act cute and friendly, but stab anyone in the back for getting her way. She isn't above watching other candidates auditioning or pretending to be sorry when she's caught doing something wrong. And that's just her acting in a professional environment. She'll also get closer to famous co-actors at her current job, then boast on her blog about how they've become friends.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: If any relative of hers is on the staff of a production, she'll use her connections to get a role. She's done this previously for Purple Down II, and planned to do it for Lotus in the Mire, too, since her uncle was the director.
  • Spoiled Brat: Kimiko's a decent actress, but the only reason she's gotten majority of her roles had to do with her familial connections. If she wants a role, she'll bug whatever relative is working on the production to give it to her, and anything getting in her way will result in her whining and yelling at her relative for not doing more.

     Hiou Uesugi 

A child actor and a co-star of Kanae's. The son of famous actors, he initially wants to ruin Kanae's career after she accidentally threw him. He eventually gets to know her and her family better and warms up to her.

His grandfather, Kotetsu, is famous for teaching actors stage combat and historical Japanese etiquette.
  • Berserk Button: Don't treat him like a child. Or more exactly, like a young child. Since Kanae does not treat him this way and more like an equal actor, she gains his respect and he quickly develops feelings for her.
  • Master Actor: In Kanae's opinion. She is deeply moved by his acting and will trash anyone who dares suggesting that Hiou only gets his roles because of connections.
  • Older Than They Look: Most people would guess he is something like six to eight years old. He is actually eleven.
  • Precocious Crush: He has a very obvious one on Kanae. Kyouko definitely knows and Kanae may know, but if she does, she openly denies it.
  • Spoiled Brat: Treat him like a child? He'll threaten to get you fired. He mellows out quickly.
  • Tsundere: Towards Kanae at first. He openly shows disdain to her, but he interprets ambiguous phrases from her in a romantic way and is happy (and even smiles) when he realizes that she cares about him.

     Reino 
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Reino is the lead-singer of the visual kei group Vie Ghoul, who began to copy Shou Fuwa in various ways, including stealing his songs and kicking him off the top of the charts.

He becomes obsessed with Kyouko, when he notices the sheer amount of dark energy she can portray. He begins stalking to her, terrifying her, and going so far as to try to rape her.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: He sleeps in a sleeping bag, inside of a coffin filled with flowers.
  • Attempted Rape: Heavily implied to have been his intent when holding Kyouko in the forest, beginning to strip her clothes. However, she managed to throw him off and then Shou came along, too.
  • Beauty Mark: Below his right eye.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: What he plans to do with Kyouko.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's terrified of the bad vibes stores inside the Corn stone, to the poin that he can barely hold it for very long.
  • Femme Fatalons: Part of his design and visual kei attire.
  • Hostage Situation: He demands Kyouko make him Valentine's Day chocolate and kidnaps one of her grudge demons, to ensure that she will do so.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Follows Kyouko around, until he confronts her in a forest near a shooting location.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Reino only became interested in Kyouko when he saw her grudge demons, using them to beat up Shou. He also expresses that he's absolutely in love with her version of Mio, whom he considered delightfully terrifying.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kyouko calls him Beagle because she has difficulty saying Vie Ghoul. She even starts to use more and more dog-related insults at him.
  • Psychic Powers
    • I See Dead People: His bandmates mention that Reino is often in contact with the spirits of the deceased. Reino also has the ability to interact with Kyouko's grudge demons, as they are the 'spirit of a living person'.
    • Psychic Radar: Able to track down Kyouko while she was on-set in Karuizawa, despite her attempts at throwing him off or hiding from him.
    • Psychometry: He can read objects through mere touch, including noticing that the Corn stone Kyouko has was a gift, and that the original owner's emotions imprinted upon it are much worse than anything Kyouko's grudge can bring forth.
    • Touch Telepathy: Able to learn a lot about Ren's dark past from a few seconds of contact. Including the fact that he is the previous owner of the Corn stone, and the one responsible for having it absorb so much violent and negative energy. His past is so bad that Reino would prefer to avoid any future encounters with Ren.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He originally planned to take Kyouko from Shou, as part of Vie Ghoul's plan to take everything that belonged to Shou. But when he saw her dark side, he became infatuated with her.
  • The Vamp: Even worse than Shou.
  • Visual Kei: Vie Ghoul's style is very flashy, even when not on stage. They are purposefully copying Shou Fuwa's style, after all.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is an unnaturally light, silver color, but his personality is so bad that it terrifies Kyouko's grudge demons!

     Kuu Hizuri / Shuuhei Houzu 

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Kuu Hizuri is an incredibly famous, Japanese actor that eventually moved to America and became a Hollywood star. He played Katsuki in the original Tsukigomori drama, and is the father of Kuon Hizuri.

Kuu officially hires Kyoko as a cook for his stay in Japan, but actually plans to gain access to Ren Tsuruga through her. His plan is to be a complete brute to her, making her cry, and thus force Ren to confront Kuu.

He can't keep the plan up for very long and begins to bond with Kyoko very fast, giving her advice on her acting and generally being kind. Kuu also has her act out the role of his son to help her learn how to create a character role.
  • Adorkable: His aspects as a doting parent, and his love for eating good food are quite endearing.
  • Always Someone Better: Ren considers him to be the better one. This is why Ren wanted the role of Katsuki in Dark Moon, to prove that he could create a better Katsuki than Kuu.
  • Big Eater: He can eat a meal for 50 people within an hour.
  • Cool Shades: Wears tinted glasses at the airport and on-set at times.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Kuu is half-American.
  • Doting Parent: He absolutely adores his son and idolizes him. While he was supposed to give Kyoko only one word to describe his son to her, he ended up talking and gushing about his amazing son. To the point that his speech bubble devolves into nothing but sparkles.
  • Drama Queen: Not Kuu... for the most part. His wife can be quite melodramatic about things.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Kuu tends to flick foreheads when annoyed, especially with his son(s). And they prove to be quite painful. Gives one to Kyoko for thinking that, after finishing acting his son, their familial bond will be gone. When he's about to do one to Ren, he instinctively slaps his hand over his forehead to protect himself.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Initially presents himself as a complete jerk to Kyoko, as part of his plan to get to Ren through her, but he can't keep the facade up for very long. He quickly becomes an acting mentor to her, and even a father figure.
  • Happily Married: Kuu and his wife are still in a loving relationship, despite having had their share of heartbreak and stress, mostly in the form of Kuon leaving them without saying any goodbye , living under the created persona of Ren Tsuruga in Japan, and having not contacted them once. Julie even refused to speak to Kuu for six months after their son left. However, they have moved past this difficulty and are an emotional support to each other.
  • Hot Dad: Even if Kuu is in his 40s, he still looks very attractive, and can hold a candle to his equally handsome son.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Pulled one off when he first met Kyoko, although he felt bad about it. He only did so because Lory said by treating Kyoko badly, Ren would definitely come confront him.
  • Like a Son to Me: He quickly forms this type of relationship with Kyoko, even having her act the role of his son for a day as part of acting training. Kuu does tell her that, just because she stopped playing his son, their bond is still there.
  • Parental Substitute: Becomes one to Kyoko, even letting her keep calling him 'father'.
  • Real Men Cook: He cooks quite a lot, actually, and didn't need to hire Kyoko as a cook.
  • Stage Name: Began his career under the name Shuuhei Houzu.
  • Supreme Chef: His cooking is amazing... unlike his wife and son, who fall into the lethal department.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Kuu started to become more and more famous, he chose to drop the stage name of Shuuhei Houzu and continued to work under his real name. However, he considered the alias to be an important part of him, so he decided to hold a funeral for his stage name, which was attended by 50.000 people.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Kuu tells his son that Julie only has 3 months left to live... and his son quickly retaliates that that's actually a pretty decent number of days to claim to have left, fully aware that his mother loves pulling this stunt for drama. She's perfectly fine, just incredibly frustrated over not having had any contact with her son in years.

     Saena Mogami 
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Saena works as a lawyer at the Viride General Law Offices under Kenichi Katagiri. Her relationship to her daughter is strained, and the two have become estranged over the years. Throughout Kyouko's childhood, she would leave her with the Fuwa family, when she had to travel for business. When Kyouko was 6 years old, Saena left her in their care and never returned.
  • Abusive Parent: Her behavior towards Kyouko was emotionally abusive and distant, which she eventually admits.
  • Adorkable: Her younger self. Intent on proving herself valuable at work, while being sweet and naive in personal relations. When her boyfriend dropped by to bring her some supper, Saena freaked out because she was wearing a worn-out, sloppy sweatsuit.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Saena kept to herself and focused more on her work than her personal relations, even when she was fresh out of law school and working in Askam. Now that she's older and more jaded, she displays an even less friendly face.
  • Angry Eyebrows: The owner of an impressive set of eyebrows. They are often referred to as the mighty Mogami River because of how deep the creases can get.
  • Brainy Brunette: Saena was top of her class in her first year of law school, and proceeded to keep that position, even graduating at the top of her class.
  • Education Mama: Kyouko believed that the only way Saena would praise is if she were to obtain perfect scores on her exams. Part of the reason Kyouko's an overachiever is because Saena scolded her for lower grades.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Discussed. Saena didn't know she was pregnant for quite some time, and the legal time-limit for an abortion was getting close. While she wasn't sure whether she wanted or didn't want to abort, along with the stressful situation she was in, the time-limit passed and Saena had no other choice but to give birth.
  • Idiot Ball: Saena took copies — and eventually the original disks — of important, confidential information about her current case home, despite knowing that it was forbidden.
  • Married to the Job: After her blunder of putting her boss' career in jeopardy, Saena swore off having any more romantic relationships. She focuses on her job, and nothing else.
  • My Greatest Failure: She took disks with crucial case-information home. Which gave her boyfriend perfect access to them, allowing him to steal some data and render her case unwinnable for her firm, and disgraced her boss' reputation and almost cost him his career.
  • No Social Skills: Saena has a tendency to frown a lot when interacting with other people, even thinking on how to respond to someone would lead to a heavy frown. People often wondered why she was so angry all the time. Years later, she still has this problem.
  • Not So Different: After Saene tells Kyouko about her failure, and why she's so distant to her, Kyouko mentions that she, too, was once a complete fool and taken advantage of because she had been in love.
  • Parents as People: Her main reason for being emotionally distant and abusive in the past. Saena saw Kyouko as an embodiment of how her foolish actions caused her to destroy an important case, as well as her boss' reputation and promising career. A constant reminder, which made Saena feel that she was incapable of feeling like she could really love her daughter. Leaving Kyouko with the Fuwas was what she considered the closest to doing something good for her.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Her boyfriend slipped her some sleeping pills once. Saena initially believes it wasn't that, but that her continued fatigue just peaked that evening. He did slip her pills, so he could start working on stealing the data.
  • Stress Vomit: After her blunder, Saena collapsed and began to vomit from the stress it caused. She later learned it was this and morning sickness.
  • Was It All a Lie?: When she begins to wonder if her boyfriend was a company spy, only set out to steal data from her, Saena wonders if the entire relationship was made up. Even wondering if their initial meeting was a set up.

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