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Studio Daikokuten

    Yonagi Kei

A high school girl (16) who found herself alone to raise her two siblings after their mother's death. A scarily talented actress, but her peculiar way of acting hinders her chances of becoming one.

  • Action Girl: She's good at running & swimming, and once delivered a flying kick as an extra.
  • Actor/Role Confusion: A problem for Kei that prevented her from being an actor in the first place. With Sumiji's training and cemented by realizing how much of a problem she would bring at the Death Island audition, she gradually breaks free from it.
  • Adorkable: Despite her "cool beauty" appearance, Kei is quite naive, easily impressed, socially clumsy and prone to spew out weird things out of nowhere, which gives her a quirky and cute side you wouldn't suspect at first glance.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Kei fits this to a tee, with her long black hair and distant demeanor. She is a nice girl deep down, though.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Not a lot of things can make Kei angry outside of the set, but Sumiji calling her an amateur and telling her she can't act is a sure-fire way to rile her up.
    • She also loses her cool towards Hina when she dismisses Kei's celebrity friends for having everything in looks and talent, as Hina didn't know her friends at all.
  • Big Eater: During the Death Island arc she salivates on seeing a buffet of food and ate accordingly to her likes, although after her puking on set she stops this tendency.
  • Character Development: After meeting with Sumiji and meeting other people, she started to break free from using movie and acting to escape from reality and started to warm up to people and reality itself.
  • invokedCrosscast Role: Her performance as Campanella in the "Galactic Railroad" arc has her perform as a boy. She's taken aback before Nanao tells her that it isn't particularly uncommon in stage plays.
  • Empathic Environment: At the start her ability is strong enough to generate this to everybody, as during the Stars Recruitment Contest her acting is able to get people to envision there is a big hungry dog attacking them in the forest. After the end of the Galactic Railroad arc, her improvement in her expression enables her, in a example, to have everybody around her running from an unspecified threat.
  • Escapism: Kei admits that due to her mother's death leaving her and her siblings, she uses movies as a way to cope with the stressful situation and might have thought about wanting to leave it all behind to be in a world where everybody seems happy.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Kei sports several of those, one depicting a sort of frog that deploys its tongue… which could be mistaken for it puking. Funnily enough, said t-shirt appears after an incident where Kei vomits on set. Another one is a plain white t-shirt with the word "bland" printed on it − so the other actors on the team decide to sign it against her protests to celebrate the end of shooting.
  • Hand Puppet: What Kei uses to perform a puppet show before children and master the four basic facial expressions (joy, anger, pathos and humor), which she was struggling with. Even after that, she need time to perform these expressions without the puppets though.
  • Heroic BSoD: A minor one regarding being the only person who's told from Iwao himself that he's dying of cancer. Get worse as her mother also died of illness without any warning.
  • Honorary True Companion: To every other studio (especially Stars) due to being the only talent in Studio Daikokuten.
  • Improv: Kei is prone to going off-script. It causes conflict with many of her co-stars and directors.
  • Idiot Hair: Kei's long, askew strand of hair emphasizes her quirky and slightly naive character, while creating a contrast with her "cool beauty" appearance. It's a family trait too, as both her late mother and her siblings sport a similar one.
  • It's All My Fault: When Kei auditions for Death Island along with Akane, Takemitsu and Misaki, they're told to improvise a situation where they start to all kill each other within five minutes. While the other three do their best to follow the setup, Kei completely loses track of it and "succeeds" almost by accident. Akane blames her a great deal for almost throwing all of their efforts out the window… and so does Kei, who realizes that her unpredictable acting causes problems for the other actors.
  • Junior Counterpart: Her portrayal of Campanella reminds a stage critic of Hoshi Akira despite seeing her act for the first time. When Iwao compares Kei to her when she was young, Arisa respods that Kei is way more troublesome than she was.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Despite being one of the lead actress for the Rasetsunyo arc, she utterly has no ideas towards the behind the scenes sheningans before being shown to hr.
  • Lost in Character: While Kei's method acting allows her to create hyper-realistic performances (almost disturbingly so for those watching), this also often leads her to forgetting her surroundings and acting as if what's in the script were actually happening before her eyes. If the script tells her to passively watch her child being killed, she'll jump in front of the "killer" to prevent it. She even says that if Akane hadn't stopped her during the Death Island audition, she might have actually tried to kill someone for real.
  • Method Acting: In-Universe − Kei is utterly unable to act a scene unless she can vividly feel the same emotions as her character, so either she recalls those emotions from her past experiences, or she finds a way to recreate them indirectly.
  • Mood-Swinger: Her mood changes as fast as her thoughts. Like her happily playing with fireworks in one scene and then depressed talking about how short the life of a firework is in the next.
  • One Head Taller: In the high school arc, she makes a friend named Yoshioka, who's exactly one head shorter. This highlights their dynamic, as Kei has the role of the more experienced girl this time around and the shots often show how she towers over Yoshioka.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother died of illness and her father walked out of their family. Kei couldn't forgive him and even not touching the money he send to them despite their situation.
  • Rags to Riches: More a side effect than a goal per se, but the substantial revenue that comes with her acting jobs isn't unwelcome to Kei.
  • Secret Keeper: Kei becomes this, much to her dismay, when Iwao reveals to her that he's going to die soon, because the character she has to play (Campanella in Night on the Galactic Railroad) is a young boy who is dead and aware of it. Iwao then proceeds to tell her about his own experience to help her grasp the character.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: While Kei's classmates describe her as "emotionless" at school, and it takes a lot to faze her, she's actually pretty easy to talk to and can sometimes get excited like a child in front of something new.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Despite being in poverty, she grows up to be attractive to onlookers, making up for her total lack of sex appeal, which Araya pointed out to be a problem for her in the future. She's also taller than every other female character (save for Wakatsuki in the Death Island arc) at 168cm according to the official site, which makes her stand out all the more.
  • The Unsmile: Played for Laughs in the first chapter, when Rei asks her big sister to smile for a change. When the result is something rather creepy, Kei says that she's not used to using these muscles.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In-Universe, Kei takes advantage of this. When she has to act in a particularly violent scene, the shock makes her vomit for real, which isn't in the script… so she deliberately ducks to vomit offscreen and gets back up again to finish the scene as if nothing had happened.

    Kuroyama Sumiji

A 35 year old filmmaker and director of Studio Daikokuten, whose only affiliated actor ends up being Kei.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Sumiji might be a hot-blooded and idealistic guy whose recruiting methods can involve kidnapping a girl on her way to school, but he sure knows how to make Kei aware of her flaws and potential.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-Universe − before meeting Kei to develop her into making his masterpiece, he had never actively sought fame in Japan. However, he still has some sense that actors need to make a living.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-Universe, it's noted in the pilot and the real-fake Daikokuten website that he's much more popular overseas than in Japan.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: In the one-shot "Asagaya Geijutsu Koukou Eizou-ka e Youkoso", he's treated as an inspiring figure to Yuki (sort of) but will also routinely send insults and death threats at his students, and even tries to strangle Yuki after she pissed him off. It's all Played for Laughs but would probably get him fired very quickly in real life.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's good at fashion coordination when he dresses up Yonagi.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Due to Sumiji's fascination with Kei and his rather questionable methods for approaching her at first, Kei and her siblings casually come to the conclusion that this might be his motivation. It's all Played for Laughs, but she does give him a good punch when he casually abducts her in his van.
  • Signature Style: Specialized in documentary work.

    Hiiragi Yuki

Sumiji's diminutive assistant, apprentice filmmaker and only other employee before Kei joins them. She's 20 years old, but met with Sumiji back when she was 15.

  • Beleaguered Assistant: She does respect Sumiji as a director but clearly needs a break when it comes to his way of managing things.
  • Dark and Troubled Past : Downplayed; her mother frequently brought men home and would ask her to stay holed up in her room watching movies to avoid scaring those men off, making her develop a pretty sheltered personality.
  • Hero of Another Story: She is The Protagonist from the one-shot "Asagaya Geijutsu Koukou Eizou-ka e Youkoso", which tells of her meeting with Sumiji in film school.
  • Fangirl: For Araya.
  • Team Mom: For Kei and her siblings; she's actually more of a sisterly figure to Kei, but she frequently takes care of the kids in her absence.

Stars Agency

    Hoshi Arisa

Director of the Stars agency, who used to be an acting prodigy before quitting for unknown reasons. Unlike Sumiji, she doesn't think that Kei can, or even should become an actress.

  • Boring, but Practical: Her motto for Stars is focusing on producing orthodox and on trend entertainment while cultivating actors with a priority of maintaining their mental state. Likely why she doesn't think Kei would be a good fit for her agency.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: In the past, when Akira obtained fame as a child actor at age 10, she shows him articles noting that some of his fame are related to her in order to make him quit acting quickly while at least retaining bittersweet memories before it is too late. This however backfired as Akira instead choose to keep acting.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Iwao comments that 20 years ago Arisa was almost identical to Kei in some way and he was partially involved in something that caused Arisa to have a pragmatic personality in the present.
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Her experiences in the industry ended up making her jaded towards it, but since she's been in the industry for so long she changed to working behind the scenes instead, attaining similar success in the field as well.
  • Ice Queen: She does not look friendly at first glance.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: After a business consultation with Iwao in the past, she passed by Araya and instantly tells him not to become an actor. Unbeknownst to her, before that Araya has no intentions of becoming an actor in the first place and the story between her & Iwao fascinates him to become one.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Despite the overwhelming praise for Kei during her participation of the Stars recruitment contest, Asira overruled everyone by choosing Sen as the winner because she feel Kei's acting is too dangerous and the entertainment industry (specifically, the directors) would destroy her.
  • Stage Mom: Hoshi Akira works under her. However, while Arisa has plans on how Akira would develop as an actor note , she admitted she doesn't have any expectations of him being spectacular. Not only that, chapter 42 reveals that she initially didn't want Akira to be an actor, because she doesn't think he can find happiness in that job. He's the one who wanted to make a name for himself, not as "Hoshi Arisa's son".
  • Villain Respect: Downplayed, Arisa is more pragmatic than villainous towards to Sumiji & Kei, as she's content with Kei's development from Sumiji's training and doesn't use her powers to stop Kei's progress at the start. After the end of the Galactic Railroad Arc, she's admits she's can't stop Kei from being an actress, warning her to be aware of the dark side of show biz and asks Sumiji to take care of her well being.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Averted, while she's famous and skilled to be considered a Living Legend in the past, when she quit acting she switches to management in the entertainment industry.

    Momoshiro Chiyoko

The most famous actress of the Stars agency, nicknamed "the angel" and cast for the lead role in the movie Death Island. She's rather impenetrable but quickly takes a liking to Kei.

  • Angel Unaware: In-Universe, she portrays herself as this and it is even her nickname. In the movie's announcement for Death Island, she jumps around a movie audience room like clouds without making the photographers capturing her face.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the filming of Death Island a typhoon is threatening the production, mainly the climax starring Yonagi & her. When the production crew tried to convince Tezuka & Yonagi to scrap the scene, she's the one to convince the crew to push through in order to quickly finish the shoot.
  • Childhood Friends: With Akira, as fellow child actors.
  • The Comically Serious: She can make jokes, but due to her seriousness (like telling Yonagi to protect her face while any other part is fair game or charging Yonagi to sign her shirt) people could interpret it as real until she explain it is one.
  • Consummate Professional: She is very strict in maintaining the professionalism of the crew and is willing to see the production to be done without any delays, which is why she and Kei doesn't think they could get along initially.
  • Don't Look at Me!: In her past, once she developed self-conscious, she starts to wonder how other people see her, making her scared of the outside world until Arisa scouted her.
  • Driven by Envy: Discussed by herself when she watch Kei's performance in the Galactic Railroad, pondering at she missed the chance to join Iwao's performance at least once.
  • Foil: Chiyoko acts as one to Kei. The latter's problem is that she blurs the line between fiction and reality and is genuine in all circumstances, while the former never immerses herself in fiction and constantly plays the role of the "perfect angel" for the audience, to the point it's hard to know when her smile is sincere or not.
  • Friend to Bugs: Unbeknownst to her fans she likes bugs, though she has her favorites.
  • Hidden Depths: She is aware that a made-up personality like her has a limited lifespan, so to develop further against the natural Yonagi she works with Amachi despite his reputation and the risk of being the representative of Stars competing against the actress whom Stars rejected and the actor who rejected Stars.
  • Stepford Smiler: Chiyoko always wears what she calls her "mask" to give off the image that her nickname (the Angel) suggests, as if she were constantly acting out a role even off-set.
  • Sweet Tooth: Averted; while her favorite foods are listed as whipped cream, biscuits and marshmallows in her profile, she actually likes sea cucumber and seaweed.

    Hoshi Akira

An actor from Stars and son of its stern director Hoshi Arisa. He's known for his role in the tokusatsu show Ultra Kamen.

  • Alone in a Crowd: While he and Kei integrated well into Tenkyuu despite being newcomers for Iwao's last stage play, he felt left behind as he couldn't act as well as them (especially with his participation is caused by an accident). His past as an aspiring actor shows him feeling lonely in the entertainment industry due to lack of remarkable results, consciously shutting himself up when he's not improving himself.
  • Bishōnen : He is a well-known handsome actor, and seen as a typical "pretty boy" type.
  • Break the Cutie: At age 10 he realized his fame comes from his relation to Arisa over his skills, causing him to stay at his room for 3 days just to figure out how to improve his acting.
  • Character Development: During the titular play of the "Galactic Road" arc, when Akira encounters stage fright and decides to play it safe until he can master his role later, Kei as Campenella unconsciously ad-libs and asks him whether everybody will forgive him for sacrificing himself (as he plays a bit character who convinces himself that God has a plan in store for them after they die). This makes Akira realizes in the world of acting, there's no perfect response, prompting him to answer "Campanella" with his real feelings. It ended up making him more expressive than usual despite him turning his back to the audience.
  • Childhood Friends: With Chiyoko, as fellow child actors.
  • Determinator: His biggest gripe in his career in the acting world is that despite the reality showing him that he won't make it as an exemplary actor, he is too obsessed with acting and not willing to quit.
  • Deuteragonist : For the "Galactic Road" arc. While the story still resolves around Kei, the arc also fleshes out his characters, backstory, motivations and his growth as an actor.
  • Foil: For the "Galactic Road" arc, Akira serves as this to Kei when they both joined Iwao's production, starting off as the weakest links in the group. Kei lacks the emotional range and technical training Akira has, but is able to immerse herself in roles with infectious realness, while Akira is a well-trained child actor that Kei uses as a way to understand how to emote, but even he knew there is a lack of pizzazz in his performance.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Played with. While he worked hard enough to be nationally known, his acting skills are not as aspired to. In his chapter, he admits despite him vowing to make a name for himself, he ended up escaping over improving himself. This complex has gotten worse after he met Kei.
  • I Am Not Spock: In-Universe, Akira gets pretty annoyed when people (including Kei) call him "Ultra Kamen", a character he plays in a TV show.
  • Nepotism: Subverted when he joined Iwao's production, which is because of a potential scandal with Kei caused by Araya, so his mother Arisa needs an excuse to reduce the potential damage. Fortunately for her Iwao agrees to do it as a way to atone for contributing to her career ending, contrasting with her lack of faith towards Akira.
    • Also defied when it's revealed that Arisa was initially less than enthused at her son becoming an actor, and that Akira wants to make a name for himself to prove to people he's not just the son of Arisa.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: A trait that he has gripes with. At the start of the series, he's famous and likable enough to be well-known around Japan, but he doesn't have the acting ability to be aspired to.
  • Put on a Bus: For the Rasetsunyo arc he decided to travel overseas for an unknown project and inform Momoshiro he will come back when the play starts.
  • Ship Tease : In-Universe with Kei, when she's seen clinging to him with several journalists present, which triggers rumors of a relationship between them. Later he develops a fascination for her as an actress, but it's unknown yet if he holds romantic feelings. He even show some annoyed when Araya being too close to her.
  • Wingding Eyes: He's usually drawn with star shaped pupils or highlights, a trait he shares with his mother.

    Wakatsuki Sen 

An actress for Stars who won the latest Stars recruitment contest, due to Arisa personally chosen her over Kei despite everybody in the room openly praising Kei's skills at the last contest.

  • Action Girl: Her preferred movies are all about girls kicking butt, she also have some physical hobbies such as kickboxing and sword fighting (the latter which she applies during the Death Island arc)
  • The Bus Came Back: Joined Team B Momoshiro & Araya in the Rasetsunyo's arc.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Having a complex of winning over Kei, during the Death Island arc when Kei jumps from a cliff despite the scene should be made as a composite scene, she's willing to follow suit just to not lose against her.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: How she sees her victory over Kei at the contest, feeling undeserved to be recruited by Stars. Though for Arisa who is already determined not to choose Kei, compared to the other 2 when Kei starts her first reaction to Sumiji's elaboration of a feral dog she's the only other person to show a visible physical reaction (protecting an actress with her hands from the dog) before Kei completely takes over the scene.
  • Those Two Guys: She becomes close with fellow Stars actor Donoue Ryougo before the Death Island arc, though there's no Ship Tease between them for now.

    Tezuka Yukiji 

A film director working under Stars, who Yonagi joins his film production Death Island.

  • The Casanova: He likes beautiful women who are emotionally mature and of age, but is bad with them.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's once blacklisted from the industry for making a lead actress cry for rejecting one too many takes before being recruited by Stars.
  • Green Thumb: Likes raising houseplants as a hobby
  • Yes-Man: He became this after being recruited by Stars, for the reason mentioned in Dark and Troubled Past.

    Amachi Shin'ichi

A producer working under Stars, who develops a fascination with Yonagi after Iwao's funeral.

  • Manipulative Bastard: While everybody knows his shady behavior, after Yonagi's School Life Arc he manages to convince Arata (to improve his name recognition) and Chiyoko (to develop a new her) to star in his next play in order to rope in Yonagi.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He knows that his methods can be seen as shady by the industry, including his boss Arisa.


Death Island Co-Stars

    Yushima Akane

An actress (18) of the Kano Office that Kei met during the Death Island's auditions.

  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Her strongest asset in acting is her intensity, contrasting her usually nice persona.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: She quits high school in order to pursue acting, which is why she's furious at Kei during the auditions as she feels like Kei is fooling around.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the auditions she gets angry at Kei for ruining her's group play due to Kei taking over the set, but later warmed up to the at the filming when she seems Kei is actually improving on the teamwork aspect of filming

    Minamoto Masaki

An actor (17) affiliated with Kano Office, same as Akane Yushima.

  • The Smart Guy: During Yonagi's take over on the Death Island Auditions, he plays the rational character in the group, citing the knowledge of thir environment and calming Akane during the scene.

    Karasuyama Takemitsu

An actor (18) affiliated with Gekiza Theatrical Company.

  • The Bus Came Back: Join Team A Ougami & Kei in The Rasetsunyo Arc.
  • Large Ham: Very loud in person and aspires to be a Broadway actor in the future.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: He is initially reluctant to join The Rasetsunyo's production, but due to Iwao's death, one of his dreams being joining in Iwao's production, makes him realizes that life has a time limit and push through his reluctance.

    Kinashi Kanna 

An amateur actress (15) and member of Bunka High School's Drama Club.

  • Fangirl : to Kei, After seeing her acting when they acted together.

Tenkyu Theatrical Company

    Iwao Yuujirou

A stage director at the twilight of his career, who wants to go out with a bang with his adaptation of Night on the Galactic Railroad.

  • The Atoner: The reason for him establishing Tenkyuu, providing actors not seen as marketable or talented a chance to act, is because he has ended Arisa's career
  • Cool Old Guy: Mostly. He's perceptive and understanding when you get to know him, although he also has some Grumpy Old Man traits.
  • Determinator: Despite being in pain of pancreatic cancer, he held on until the first day of the stage play to train the actors.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He will whip the actors in shape by any means necessary and someone training under him would be granted a faster rate of improvement than by normal means.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Hoshi Arisa is willing to be in speaking terms with him years after he ended her career. But she has not forgotten the effects of the experiences that has done to her, utter criticizing him for hiding his illness and not being there for his final stage play.
  • Info Dump: When it comes to history, he would explain in really long details.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: As it turns out, he only has a few months left to live, hence why he told everyone that he would "retire" after Night on the Galactic Railroad. No one knows the truth except for Kei and Sumiji until the first day of the play starts.

    Myoujin Araya

A famous stage actor known both for his incredibly vivid performances and his rather… out there personality off stage. He's part of the Tenkyuu troupe, helmed the legendary Iwao Yuujirou.

  • Attention Whore: Partly why he becomes an actor in the first place is because he's wants to be the number one in Iwao's eyes after he heard about Arisa.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Just a glass of alcohol and his will collapse instantly.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Araya is a talented actor for sure, but outside of that he is rather… odd. He will routinely tell people that they "smell", seems rather unaware of basic human politeness, and generally acts rather emotionless.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Before he was scouted by Iwao and became an actor, he lost his parents and went through a period as a wanderer.
  • Ending Aversion: In-Universe towards the Night of the Galactic Railroad, as he felt the story can still continue as Giovanni is still alive.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: Araya constantly sports these, which somewhat emphasizes his impenetrable and "not quite all there" vibe.
  • Method Acting: In-Universe − Araya outright experiences the living conditions of his characters. That can include holing up in the mountains for a month and hunting bears. And he does kill one.
  • The Tease: In Yonagi's POV when she met Araya in person, his comments about her being as smelly as raw bear meat and his close proximity note  caused her to see it as harassment and made her cling to Akira, causing Akira to join Iwao's production by accident.

    Sanzaka Nanao

23 year old stage actress, also a member of Tenkyuu, who was picked up by Iwao at a young age. She has a rather blunt character.

  • Five Stages of Grief: After learning that Iwao is dying, she goes through denial, depression and acceptance within just a couple of hours. The depression phase strikes her so soon before her stage entrance that Kame considers replacing her if she doesn't get back on her feet. In the end, the acceptance comes when Kei talks to her, showing an almost surreal composure.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: When Nanao removes her glasses and unties her hair, she turns out to be quite the beauty. Kame suspects that she deliberately tries to pass as homely, though she objects to that.
  • Throw It In!: In-Universe. Before her scene in Galactic Railroad, she pours water on herself to hide her tears and uses the wetness to mention she has drowned before arriving on the galactic train (her character died on the Titanic).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Constantly bickering and snarking back-and-forth with Kametarou.
  • Youthful Freckles: Supposedly they're here gives her a "homely" vibe (especially when we see her as a child).

    Aota Kametarou

22 year old stage actor and member of Tenkyuu.

  • Butt-Monkey: When a bad thing happens in Tenkyuu, like Iwao getting mad, he will be the one on the receiving end. This benefits him when playing as Zanelli, as a lame character who feels no shame and doesn't care about his reputation.
  • Megane: One character design trait he has in common with Nanao, reinforcing their connection.
  • In Series Nick Name: His shortened named, Kame.
  • The Tease: He like to teases Akira about his relationship with Kei.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: with Nanao.

Rasetsunyo Co-Stars

     Ougami Riku

An actor who was affiliated with Stars Agency but then left it when he was 16 years old and went overseas for his acting career.

     Asano Ichiko

20-year-old actress of the Office Berry Agency. She's a friend of Yuki from the film section of Asagaya Arts School, where they were taught by Sumiji.

  • Beauty Mark: She has two prominent ones on her left cheek, that may or may not be natural.
  • Former Child Star: Downplayed. She starred in a TV drama back in her teenage years (which made her want to also make films), but unlike most examples she seems to be doing fine.

    Yamanoue Hanako

30-year-old director and writer. She is the original author of the "Princess Iron Fan" stage play.

  • Beauty Mark: She has a prominent ones on her mouth.
  • Meaningful Name: Lampshaded by Kei herself − they first meet at the top of a mountain, and "yama no ue" means exactly that.


    Yonagi Rei and Rui
Left: Rei, Right: Rui

Kei's twin sister and brother, which she raises alone. They often call her out and can be surprisingly sharp for their age.

  • Morality Chain: When discussing about Kei's siblings, she admitted that while she's not happy being in a situation of raising her siblings alone, they are the reason why Kei is able to retain part of her sanity from being too immersed in a world of movies until her meeting with Sumiji.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Downplayed. They do behave like kids, but also have plenty of witty comments and snarky remarks to offer. They also have to be a little more mature than average kids, considering their family's situation.
  • Women Are Wiser: Again, it's rather downplayed, but Rei does seem to be the more observant and down-to-earth of the two, with Rui being more emotional and enthusiastic overall. It's notably shown in a Christmas omake, where Kei wants to disguise herself as Santa to surprise the kids − Rei busts her immediately and tells her she doesn't need to do that, while Rui asks for an Ultra Kamen goodie.

    Yoshioka Arata

Kei's classmate and member of cinema club.

    Asahi Hina

Ghost member in the cinema club (she only uses the club room as a lounge), and quite hostile to Kei, whom she sees as a spoiled and haughty celebrity.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: Gives one to Yonagi when Yonagi and Arata are trying to recruit her in helping them. About knowing the names of her & Arata despite being classmates for a while.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: She has unusually pronounced eyelids under her eyes, but it's aparently natural. It gives her a slightly apathetic air.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While her is definitely hostile towards Kei due to not really knowing her, she does has a point that Kei has some ulterior motives in joining their cinema club (mainly using them as a way in order to get back to pro acting).

    Hanai Ryouma

Ghost member in the cinema club like Hina, he only uses the club room as a lounge.


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