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Character page for the members of the Spring Troupe of A3!.
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The Spring Troupe is one of the MANKAI Company's four theater units, specializing in traditional fairy-tales and fantasy plays. Their first play performed was Romeo and Julius. Their representative color is bright pink.


  • Family of Choice: Within the Mankai Company, the Spring Troupe embodies the trope the strongest. Episode 1 and Episode 5 stressed the idea of a found family for Sakuya Sakuma, Masami Usui, and Chikage Utsuki. Episode 8 and Harugaoka Quartet emphasizes this trope for Citron.
  • Image Song: "Spring has come!" in Part 1 and "Haru Desu Ne." in Part 2.
  • Shout-Out: Several of their plays are adaptations of several famous media such as Romeo and Julius, Alex In Wonderland, and The Wonderful Charlatan of Oz.
  • Significant Birth Date: They all have birthdays during the Northern Hemisphere’s spring (March-May).
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  • The Power of Friendship: Most of their plays center around male friendships. Discussed in A Clockwork Heart, as Tsuzuru worries if audiences will tire of his plays reusing the same theme.
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    Sakuya Sakuma 

Voiced by: Koudai Sakai (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)

"I'll give it my all!"
Age: 17 (Part 1), 18 (Part 2), 19 (Part 3)
Height: 167cm
Birthday: March 9
Blood Type: O
Occupation: Hanasaki High School student (Part 1), Part-timer (Part 2 & 3)
Hobbies: Reading scripts by the river
Image color: Pink
Motif flower: Cherry blossoms

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The leader of the revived Spring Troupe, Sakuya was once the only actor at the neglected Mankai Theater company. A cheerful and earnest high-schooler that loves theater. He has a difficult home-life, and applied to the Mankai Theater due to his desire to act and the dormitory facilities unique to the Mankai Theater. An unpolished gem, Sakuya has limitless potential as an actor.
  • Alliterative Name: Sakuma Sakuya.
  • Born Lucky: At least when gacha is concerned. One of the game's outside work skit has Itaru depend on Sakuya for gacha luck a lot.
    • In one of Sakuya's backstage, he manages to catch a legendary fish. Itaru asks him to spare some of his luck for gacha.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: "The Show Must Go On!" catchphrase he likes using is a quote from an actor from the Hyakka acting troupe. The catchphrase inspired Sakuya to get into acting.
  • Cherry Blossom Girl: Gender-flipped variant. Sakuya's motif flower is a cherry blossom, he belongs to Spring troupe, his troupe's image color is pink, he has amazing (gacha) luck, and he is overall is one of the sweetest and nicest characters in the game's cast.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Has matching hair and eyes.
  • The Cutie: Have you seen him?
  • Flower Motifs: Cherry blossoms symbolize the coming of spring therefore it is also associated with rejuvenation and new beginnings. Sakuya is the first member of the reborn Spring Troupe and heralds the revival of the Mankai Company. They also represent the fact that all good things must come to an end. Act 2 ended with this personal revelation and Act 3 of the main story is starting to explore the possibility that the Mankai Company will dissolve and separate in the future.
  • Genki Boy: Always cheerful and optimistic.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Sakuya" is commonly used for girls.
  • Image Song: "Akaikami no Cherry Blossom" and "My Dictionary". He also has the solo "Monologue", which plays during the staff credits after Act 10.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He's just that pure of a person. This is one of the reasons why Itaru depends on Sakuya for gacha.
  • Meaningful Name: Sakuya's name contains the kanji for "bloom", a common theme in the game.
  • Nice Guy: Unerringly sweet, considerate, and humble.
  • Older Than He Looks: Masumi refuses to believe that Sakuya is older than him, and Banri is surprised that they're the same age.
  • Parental Abandonment: Lost his parents at a young age.
  • Parental Neglect: Judging from the phone call to his new guardians to ask for permission to let Sakuya stay in the dorms, they aren't the most nurturing of people.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Masumi's blue.
  • Security Blanket: Whenever he feels down, he likes to look at the Romeo and Julius playbook because of the positive feelings attached to it.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Tries to act this way with Masumi.
  • Stepford Smiler: Even though he always acts cheerful and upbeat, before he joined Mankai Company, Sakuya had to deal with his rough home life and always felt alone.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Loves spaghetti Neapolitan.

    Masumi Usui 

Voiced by: Yusuke Shirai (Japanese), Eric Rolon (English)

"Boss me around. I'll do anything for you."
Age: 16 (Part 1), 17 (Part 2), 18 (Part 3)
Height: 175cm
Birthday: March 30
Blood Type: B
Occupation: Hanasaki High School student (Part 1 & 2), Fuyou University student (Part 3)
Hobbies: Listening to music (especially post-rock and progressive rock)
Image color: Violet
Motif flower: Violets

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A cold, aloof second-year at Hanasaki Academy who joins the Mankai Company after witnessing Izumi's street act. Masumi is a fast-learner with quick memorization skills which adds to his potential as an actor. Brusque with everyone else, Masumi is a love-stricken puppy in the presence with Izumi. Masumi is the son of a wealthy CEO, and is known to have little ambition in life besides monopolizing the director's attention.
  • The Ace: In comparison to Banri, Masumi picks up and understands a variety of things easily, but needs practice to become skilled at it (e.g. billiards, violin, cooking curry).
  • Attention Whore: Wants Izumi to look at him alone.
  • Character Development: From a moody, and sullen character that only cared about the director's attention to an actor that wants to become a better actor for acting's sake, and someone who views the troupe as his home, becoming more willing to open to others. His BRIGHT SPRING card states that Masumi understands love because of the Spring Troupe, and that he views the Spring Troupe as his family.
  • Commonality Connection: He and Tsumugi are both Raised by Grandparents and love their grandmas a lot, hence their friendship. This becomes important when Episode 5 comes, because the company needs to find Masumi's grandmother in order to convince him from leaving for America and Tsumugi is able to recall his grandmother's name, Hatsue.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Played for laughs. Whenever Izumi pays attention to the other guys. Hell, his petty jealousy can be directed to animals and even inanimate objects!
  • Everyone Has Standards: According to his Oz minichat, although he is very attracted to Izumi, he'd rather do everything in his power than using shortcuts such as magic to win her heart.
  • Flower Motif: Violets. Particularly purple violets, which show that the giver is preoccupied with thoughts of love concerning the receiver. And oh boy, does it fit this guy well.
  • Friendless Background: Implied to have been like this since child, at least elementary school ages.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Masumi often wear a headphones, usually or sometimes circling his neck, and he is a loner.
  • Image Song: "SICK SICK SICK", which talks about just how crazy he is for Izumi. It does have some dark subtext, taking into account his desperation to feel loved again, Masumi willing to change himself to a completely different person, and abandoning his real self. His second song is "Hatsukoi X".
  • Indifferent Beauty: Is attractive and has fangirls at school, but doesn't care about that all, finding them annoying.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Tying into his character development, his MANKAI Glitter card and the event Magicians' Pure Love has Masumi learn this. He grows to accept unrequited love. He still wants to win over Izumi, but also accepts that Izumi should be the one to choose whom she loves.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: He may not care in the surface but he was really bothered at the lonely home life he lived before joining Mankai Company.
  • Love at First Sight: He immediately falls for Izumi when he first watched her act.
  • Love Confession: Confesses to Izumi many times, but she doesn't take him seriously.
  • Odd Friendship: with Madoka after entering Fuyou University. It's an unexpected friendship.
  • Parental Neglect: His parents are often away on business, often leaving him alone by himself. Not that he cares.
  • Parents as People: A victim of it when Episode 5 comes running. His parents recently divorced with his father having custody of Masumi in the aftermath by the time Episode 5 occurred and not wanting Masumi to be alone, he had asked for Masumi to come to America with him. While well-meaning, his Parental Neglect on Masumi means that he didn't know about Masumi joining Mankai Company, so his son isn't as lonely as he used to feel and actually has another place to call home.
  • Precocious Crush: A bit older than most. He's sixteen and Izumi's probably in her twenties. Izumi treats it like this, but he would like her to ignore their age gap.
  • Raised by Grandparents: When his parents are away, it's his grandmother that took care of him. Until his father cut ties with her and have Masumi's visits with her limited. Masumi is really fond of her.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: There's no other person Masumi will go after other than Izumi. For crying out loud, he brings a 'yes/no' pillow with him during one of his events!
  • Sleepy Head: Is a heavy sleeper. Sakuya often has to drag him to school while he is walking drowsily.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Only shows the sugar to Izumi and his grandmother. But is slowly showing the sugar to the rest of Mankai company in his own way. He complains openly about taking care of Tangerine in Harugaoka Quartet, but still allows Tangerine to cling to him and vent out his worries.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Used to be. The constant Parental Neglect of his parents sans his grandmother made it hard for him to care about his parents and resulted in the Sugar-and-Ice Personality that he has in the present.
  • Yandere: A comical version. Has shades of this, claiming that he'll kill anyone who becomes Izumi's boyfriend. In Itaru's MANKAI Playback card, he even threatens Itaru with an arcade toy gun, saying that he wish the gun was real for even saying the word "like" around Izumi.

    Tsuzuru Minagi 

Voiced by: Kōtarō Nishiyama (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)

"Good grief, seriously."
Age: 18 (Part 1), 19 (Part 2), 20 (Part 3)
Height: 180cm
Birthday: April 9
Blood Type: A
Occupation: Yosei University Student
Hobbies: Reading job magazines to find well-paying/interesting part-time jobs
Image color: Turquoise
Motif flower: Dandelions

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A first-year, Literature Major in university. As he comes from a poor family with lots of children, he decides to go find a theater with dorms in order to relieve some of the financial burden. He joins Mankai Company after hearing about the live-in accommodations and to pursue his dream of becoming a scriptwriter, but he also appreciates the stage as an actor, too.
  • One Degree of Separation: Tsuzuru and Tasuku worked different shifts in a gas station. Tsuzuru only connected the possibility after meeting Tasuku.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Acts like a big brother to Sakuya and Masumi, the two youngest in the spring troupe. It's probably because he has lots of brothers himself. Funnily enough, the older girls in Kazunari's grade feel this way about him.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The tsukkomi to Citron's boke. Lampshaded many times in the game.
  • Dissension Remorse: Tsuzuru and Kazunari had a verbal dispute before the event 'Operation: Campfire Bonds,' but both feel guilty and later apologize to each other. They even forgot what they were fighting about until the epilogue. Kazunari found a picture of high school Tsuzuru and wanted to show it everyone, but Tsuzuru found it too embarrassing and yelled at Kazunari who also got heated. Although, Kazunari later ended up showing everyone anyway which led to Tsuzuru comically giving up.
  • Forgets to Eat: And also forgetting to sleep whenever he works on the troupe's scripts. Heck, whenever he tries to finish the script, he's always pulling an all-nighter!
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible one to his brother, Tadoru.
  • The Everyman: So ordinary compared to the other members that Yuki gives him the nickname "Villager C." When he finds out that Taichi is also an older brother, he feels as if one of his defining traits is being taken away.
  • Image Song: "Dandelion no Akubi", and "The Storyteller".
  • Interclass Friendship: He was childhood friends with Mizuno, who came from a rich family. Both of them didn't care about that, but when Mizuno's parents found out, they forced him to break off the friendship.
  • In-Universe Nickname: "Tsuzurun" by Kazunari.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He comes from a family of ten, of which he's only the third eldest. Due to the fact that it's a household full of boys, he takes it upon himself to do the cooking and cleaning.
  • Only Sane Man: Though he's not even the oldest of the troupe, he's often the most likely to be embarrassed by the others' eccentricities.
  • Running Gag: Passing out after completing his scripts.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Kazunari's kouhai.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: A subverted example. A young Tsuzuru felt trapped by his peers that pegged him as a good soccer player as Meguru, but they would feel disappointed when they realized that was not the case. Tsuzuru began to practice with Meguru to become better, but later regarded soccer practice as their special bonding activity since Tadoru was uninterested in sports and Kaoru was born with a weak body.
  • Write What You Know: An In-Universe example; the first three scripts he writes for the Spring Troupe all center on the development of an Odd Friendship between two young men, which turns out to be the result of him subconsciously drawing on his memories of his friendship with Mizuno for inspiration.
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    Itaru Chigasaki 

Voiced by: Shintarō Asanuma

"Haha, you can always count on me."
Age: 23 (Part 1), 24 (Part 2), 25 (Part 3)
Height: 178cm
Birthday: April 24
Blood Type: AB
Occupation: Office worker at a prestigious trading firm
Hobbies: Console games, computer games, mobile games
Image color: Rose red
Motif flower: Gerbera

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A salaryman at a trading company, Itaru has a charming and genteel demeanor that is a facade. A hardcore gaming otaku that is lazy, rude, and a self-proclaimed netizen. He joins the Mankai Company when Izumi spots him looking at a bulletin board to find a new place to live, and invites him on the condition that he gets his own room.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Plays an imperial court lady in the Inner Gardens event, and is complimented by Azami and Homare for his beauty. Although, Itaru says he slightly feels uncomfortable with the compliments since he looks similar to his sister in the getup and makeup.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He often zig-zags between living up to the Princely Young Man image he projects and being among the ruder members of the Spring Troupe.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor:
    There are many people who pay lots of money for things they cannot see. Like in-app purchases, for one.
  • Chuunibyou: An adult example. He thinks eyepatches are cool, likes saying anime-esque special attacks, and one of his first instincts after being casted as a villain in Oz is to make a grandiose anime antagonist speech to get in-character.
  • Closet Geek: Starts out as one, but after the rest of the troupe discover his video game addiction he stops trying to hide it. He does still keep his hobbies a secret from his coworkers, though.
  • Commonality Connection: He and Banri bond over games and having older overbearing sisters.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a very dry sense of humor, and often commentates on the wacky goings-on at the dorm.
  • Freudian Excuse: He initially wanted to leave Mankai Company back in Act 1 because of his lack of interest in acting... and also because ever since the fall out with Tonooka back in high school, he started doubting on people and prefer to keep his relationships with his co-workers at face value. He gets better though.
  • Geek Physique: Itaru has never been the sporty kind. Years of shutting himself in his room has made him easily winded. Acting-wise, it's one of his weaknesses, because action scenes require stamina. He was also one of the losers in the Walk with Me, Talk with Me event which was an endurance run.
  • Ill Boy: Subverted. During high school, he pretends to be a sickly student to his peers due to his lack of athleticism so he wouldn't get bullied. Until Tonooka finds out and lets slip.
  • Image Song: "Gamer's High", and "Real Luck".
  • Informed Attractiveness: Both in-verse and out-verse, Itaru is one of the many characters considered to be attractive, but his good looks are consistently brought up as an insult. Characters are shocked at how slovenly Itaru is in comparison to his appearance. During their coin earning chats, Yuki insults Itaru by claiming that his face is a wasted gift, and his only positive attribute.
  • In-Universe Nickname: "Itarun" by Kazunari.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Itaru's quite jaded, snarky and lazy, but he grows to be a loyal member of the company and knows how to act the part of a gentleman, such as when he takes Izumi out to a nice dinner in his 1st Year Anniversary backstage.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He plays mobile gacha games just like A3!, and often makes comments about waiting for his LP to charge and getting duds with his pulls.
  • Otaku: He's a hardcore gaming one, and a casual anime one. His ideal fantasies include: earning money without working so he can play games and having his own personal harem. He even requested a play by Tsuzuru to act his nerdy dreams out, but Tsuzuru was too disgusted to say anything.
  • Princely Young Man: Zigzagged. He has the looks and mannerisms of one, and Muku even thinks of him like one, but it's actually a persona to hide his real, rude gamer identity. Except that he really does act like a prince sometimes.
  • Private Tutor: Enough that he and Tsumugi's link skill when they are in the same team in-game had to do with this.
  • Proud Beauty: Deconstructed. Itaru knows he is attractive, and constructs his work persona around the stereotypical ikemen. He shows off his good looks only to appear vastly different from his actual personality and avoid social death, but could care less about his appearance and would rather eat junk food and play games until sunrise. According to his MANKAI playback card stories, his sister taught him to play multiple roles to capitalize upon his good looks and to hide his actual personality. His sister also recommended him to accept his current job because Itaru would utilize his looks fully.
  • Verbal Tic: After Mankai Company accepts his gamer identity with open arms, he will often speak in internet gamer lingo such as "KTKR"note  and "Otsuotsu" note . In the English localization, this gets translated into using modern Internet slang used within the English speaking community.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The Knights of The Round Table event reveals he used to be friends with Tonooka in high school, one of the staff members who helped develop Knights Of Round's video games. Tonooka let slip that Itaru was faking being sick to his peers and when Tonooka offered to let Itaru do the same, Itaru had enough and decided to cut his friendship with him, hurt by the act.

    Citron 

Voiced by: Masashi Igarashi (Japanese), Ricco Fajardo (English)

"Japanese is so very hard... But no protein! Not to worry!"
Age: 22 (Part 1), 23 (Part 2), 24 (Part 3)
Height: 177cm
Birthday: May 15
Blood Type: O
Occupation: Foreign exchange student (?), International Minister of Arts and Culture
Hobbies: Traveling the world using online maps
Image color: Lime green
Motif flower: Jasmine

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A mysterious foreigner who joins the Mankai Company after seeing their street act. Citron is the moodmaker of the Spring Troupe due to his jocular nature helped by his many linguistic flubs and jokes at the expense of his country's cultural customs. He claimed to be a transfer student at first, but it's soon revealed that that's a lie, the actual reason that he's in Japan is still unknown. At times, it is said that he has a bearing of nobility...
  • Ambiguously Brown: Has darker skin, and his clothes look vaguely Middle Eastern. Episode 8 of the main story reveals he came from a kingdom in the Middle East named Zafra.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He was a prince and Guy was his attendant, but their relationship comes off as a downplayed example of this. Citron enjoys calling Guy names such as "dense", poking at his "on/off switch", and ordering him around even after he is no longer officially his attendant. Although, Guy doesn't really mind, and Citron still cares for him despite his antics and name-calling.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The boke to Tsuzuru's tsukkomi.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to his two brothers, Orange and Navel.
  • Cleavage Window: For his regular outfit only.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even aside from his freestyle grasp of the Japanese language, Citron has some strange ideas about most things that he assures the others is totally the norm back in his home country.
  • Cool Pet: Apparently owns leopards back home.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: By the end of Episode 8, Citron's father removed him and his two brothers from becoming an heir to the throne. Citron's punishment? He becomes the International Minister of Arts and Culture for the country.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Towards Guy. He often calls Guy useless and in Episode 8, goes as far as accusing him of a crime to prevent him from returning to Zahra. Citron does it because he knows that Guy came from Japan, and wanted him to regain his memories and especially emotions.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has darker skin with platinum-blonde hair.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: He's a talented violinist and the play Harugaoka Quartet was written for him to play this character trope as a lead. It was part of his upbringing, and he used to play the violin in official ceremonies for Zafra. His technically and emotionally sound play style is one of the points of admiration Tangerine has for his older brother.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Of course! After all, he was born and raised as a prince. He's likely to be fluent in multiple languages as well due to his background.
  • Family Theme Naming: His siblings are named after Citrus fruits. Navel is named after the Navel Oranges.
  • Funny Foreigner: Speaks and writes in odd Japanese. He tends to confuse similar sounding words, and has a hard time writing and reading kanji. Although by Act 2 and 3 of the main story, he's improved both his speaking and writing skills.
  • Hidden Depths: He's well-versed in gaming culture, and it's one of the areas where he can fluently communicate his thoughts in Japanese. He's also a fluent English speaker judging by the event HOLIDAY PARK CARNIVAL. In Scarlet Mirror, Itaru even says that Citron's high-spec, therefore he likely has many hidden talents he has yet displayed.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Citron wants nothing to do with the throne of Zafra which has restricted and dictated every aspect of his life. Being raised as throne ascendant, Citron was to remain within his palace, and interact with a small pool of appropriate people. Said group included his antagonistic younger brothers, Navel and Orange which reinforced Citron's dislike of his role as the heir. If Citron was not born a prince, he could have traveled the world, and would have a normal, loving relationship with his family.
  • Image Song: "Citron no Tadashii Nihongo Koza?", and "A-I-U-E-Ookina Citron JAPAN".
  • In-Universe Nickname: "Ronron" by Kazunari, "Prince" by Azuma and Muku.
  • King Incognito: It's implied that he has some sort of noble background. He's one of the possible heirs of the kingdom in Zahra.
  • Mysterious Past: We know that he may have been a noble before, but that's it. This is elaborated in Episode 8 of the main story, he was the eldest of four in the royal family, being born from the king's concubines. He was also the most voted by the citizens of the country to be one who will become king for being The Wise Prince, but that put him in conflict with two of his younger brothers in the matter of succession. When the day of his coronation was decided, Citron chose to leave the country to avoid any conflict with his brothers.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Citron is one of the theater company's biggest goofballs, but he can be genuinely insightful and charming when the time calls for it. When acting as the crown prince of Zafra, he is actually very eloquent and knows how to put up a detached front when dealing with matters of the court.
  • Poor Communication Kills: His father at least pointed out that had Citron spoke up about the conflict he had with Orange and Navel, none of the mess in the latter part of Episode 8 would have happened... but if he did, Citron might not have joined Mankai Company.
  • Prince Charming: He is very good around women, and is popular among the neighborhood aunties for his chivalrous "ladies first" treatment. He even kisses Izumi's hand in a display of loyalty and affection, surprising and flustering Izumi. Later in Episode 8, it's revealed that he is a runaway prince from Zafra.
  • Put on a Bus: For a portion of Episode 8, he left Japan to return home. It doesn't last long though.
  • The Runaway: Citron left the country, not wanting to feud with his brothers and live his own life. Unfortunately, Guy found him and he was forced to return home.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Claims he has these. Until Episode 8 when it's revealed that Guy had been looking for him since he ran away from Zafra in order to get Citron to return home for the crowning ceremony.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Afraid of pig's feet, of all things, in a backstage story.
  • World Tour: He was supposed to be on one of these, but stayed in Japan because he fell in love with it and the Mankai Company. He wanted it to be his last act of defiance before the crowning ceremony.

    Chikage Utsuki 

Voiced by: Wataru Hatano

"...I'd watch it if I were you. You seem like you would be the first to go down in battle."
Age: 26 (Part 2), 27 (Part 3)
Height: 183cm
Birthday: April 13
Blood Type: A
Occupation: Office worker at a prestigious trading company
Hobbies: Putting together spices
Image color: Sky blue
Motif flower: Lily of the valley

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A mysterious man who appears in the Winter Troupe's second and third stage play stories. Chikage is Itaru's senior at work, and expresses an interest in joining the Spring Troupe as an actor when the opportunity is presented to him by Itaru. He is a competent actor, but lacks emotional range and an understanding of character relationships due to his own walls imposed around himself. In addition to his closed off nature, he has an unknown connection with Hisoka's forgotten past.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He first appeared during Winter's second play in the game. In the anime, he appeared at Episode 5 (which is Spring's first play) as Itaru's colleague.
  • Animal Motifs: One of Chikage's overt weaknesses is that he cannot handle animals, however he chooses to associate himself with rabbits. His blogger identity has a rabbit as his mascot and he appears as a rabbit in an April Fools special. According to his quote in the Bunny Baptism card, rabbits are prey animals with excellent instincts meant for survival reflecting Chikage's own nature. However, given Chikage's reputation at avoiding the truth, he may just think they're cute.
  • The Atoner: Chikage almost ran from the troupe after he realized shame of his actions and his own shoddy performance on the opening night of The Wonderful Charlatan of Oz, but the encouragement from Sakuya led him to stay to right his wrongs.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He is friendly towards everybody in Mankai, to hide the fact that he is in there for Revenge. Later on, he goes as far as kidnapping Izumi as an attempt to destroy the company. He gets better.
  • Chick Magnet: His popularity in his workplace causes him frustration due to his discomfort with women.
  • Consummate Liar: Habitually lies. Played With that he usually admitted when he lies and that some of his lies are the truth. He even says that "Truth is a weakness" in Episode 5 itself.
  • Does Not Like Women: Played with, he can be cordial to them, but prefers it if they don't touch him at all. By the end of Episode 5 though, he had considerably warmed up to Izumi. He joked that he does not see Izumi as woman, so he's fine with her.
  • Easily Forgiven: The company was suspicious of Chikage's intentions, and knew that he kidnapped Izumi, but Izumi choose to lie to cover Chikage's mistake. The director is a known bad actor who cannot lie convincingly, therefore the company knows that it is an act of kindness to forgive and accept Chikage.
  • Floral Motifs: Lilies of the valley are attractive flowers, but are highly poisonous. Chikage presents himself as a kind-hearted man, but is a trained cold-blood spy. After he warms up to the company, he still carries a poisonous tongue and continues his penchant for lying.
  • Friendship Trinket: In the past August, Hisoka, and Chikage wore the same rings to symbolize their bond. Chikage is the only one that still wears his ring.
  • Heel Realization: When a non-amnesiac Hisoka revealed that August intentionally swapped a poisonous drug with an amnesiac drug, and attempted to prove it by taking Chikage's vial, Chikage shattered the vial by slapping it out of Hisoka's hand out of fear. Chikage is initially in disbelief: torn between believing his old friend, and his own anger until the shattered vial revealed a neutral-smelling drug as opposed to the sweet-smelling poison. After he learned the truth, Chikage realized that his revenge-driven plot had pushed an old friend away, and began his first steps to atone.
  • Image Song: "Petenshi no Yuutsu" and "SEEDS".
  • Mukokuseki: Wherever Chikage and Hisoka were originally from, it's not Japan, but both can pass as Japanese.
  • Mysterious Past: And how. His past is related to Hisoka's, but that's all that we know. It's later revealed that he's a spy in an organization along with Hisoka, and was one of his closest friends along with August. Named April, he and August found a vagrant living on the streets. April objected to August adopting the homeless man into the organization, but later became close friends with him, the was given the name December. The three of them enjoyed a relationship akin to a family filled with lively banter in spite of their difficult work. December and April were given their Japanese names for an infiltration mission: Chikage Utsuki and Hisoka Mikage. Chikage's post involved being assigned his current job as a salaryman. The mission went awry, and August died but not before protecting December. The organization covered the death of August as an act of betrayal by December leading to April/Chikage's plot of revenge. However, this only what has been revealed. His family and the circumstances that led to entering the spy organization are unknown.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: His lack of a sweet tooth in contrast to Hisoka, and August was/is still made fun of. Woe is Chikage every Valentine's Day where his popularity leads to him receiving armfuls of chocolates.
  • Revenge: He initially joined Mankai company out of revenge for Hisoka, whom he believed to be the reason why August, their friend, died until Hisoka reveals what really happened to August.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Sakuya confided in Chikage that the loss of his biological parents, and constant shuffling around various biological relatives left him without a place he could truly call home. Chikage realizes that losing August was a similar experience of bereavement, and starts to put effort in becoming friendlier with the other theater members after the conversation.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Itaru refers to him as his senpai.
  • Significant Birth Date: His birthday is in April, which is his code name in the spy organization he’s a part of.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Curry, or anything spicy in general. He loves curry a lot that he made a blog mainly about curry reviews under the alias Chikausa, which Izumi follows.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He is unnerved by cats, and tries to avoid them. However, according to Misumi cats like him and enjoying chasing him around thinking that his avoidance is merely playful tag.
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