Characters found in BanG Dream!.
As a band
- Color-Coded Characters: The band is associated as a group with Pink.
- Kasumi: Red
- Arisa: Purple
- Tae: Blue
- Saaya: Yellow/Orange
- Rimi: Pink
- Image Song: Each of Poppin'Party's members gets their own, each one heavily incorporating their instrument:
- Kasumi has "Doki Doki Sing Out!"
- Arisa has "I-I Never Said Love!"
- Saaya has "A Distant Heartbeat"
- Tae has "Hanazono Electric Guitar!!"
- Rimi has "Chocolate Bass Recipe"
The lead vocalist and guitarist of Poppin'Party. An eternal optimist whose cheerfulness is as contagious as her love of music, she formed Poppin'Party in search of the "Star Beat" she heard while gazing at the stars as a young child.
- Anime Hair: The mobile game has a one-panel in-between comic that jokes about how her two hairbuns aren't affected at all by the rain, with Rimi musing on what sort of product she uses to keep it like that. Yukina even muses that she looks like a cat.
- Book Dumb: Not the sharpest tool in the shed.
- Childhood Friend: With Hagumi. Hagumi didn't recognize Kasumi until she undid her hair buns since she didn't have them when they were kids.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She'd mainly just be a very cheerful girl, if not for her tendency to seemingly actually believe some outrageous stuff. She tends to get very melodramatic during these moments, but it's oddly hard to tell if she's being serious or not. In a comic posted on the official Twitter, it's shown she's the only one among all the vocalists of the bands to share Kokoro's wavelength too, as the rest are pretty astounded or confused.
- The Cloudcuckoo Lander Was Right: She somehow figured out about Yukina's fondness for cats despite the latter desperately keeping it a secret from everyone except for Lisa as revealed in Kasumi's birthday line for Yukina.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The hyperactive and carefree foolish sibling to her younger sister Asuka's more subdued and serious responsible sibling.
- The Gadfly: Teases Arisa quite a bit, though sometimes it's hard to know if it's actual teasing or if she's being oblivious.
- Genki Girl: She's very energetic, fueled mostly by her (very strong) emotions, is nearly a case of No Indoor Voice.
- Infectious Enthusiasm: Her recruitment of three out of the other four members of PoPiPa can be mostly attributed to her happy-go-lucky, forward-thinking attitude about music and bands sweeping them away.
- Large Ham: She's pretty funny when she thinks she's losing Rimi or messing with (or being oblivious towards) Arisa, and in any other instances where she suddenly gets melodramatic.
- The Leader: She's the founder of Poppin' Party and the band's very own face.
- Odd Friendship: With the cold, stoic leader of Roselia, Yukina. Despite being as different as night and day, Yukina's considerably soft towards Kasumi and always complies whenever Kasumi wants to hang out.
- Senpai Kouhai: She has this relationship with Aya and Yukina, with Kasumi being the kouhai in both cases.
- Stepford Smiler: Whenever things go wrong for her in the anime, she tries to hide her pain. She alludes to this in her Image Song:These tears that I spill, I won't show to anyone.
Although there were tough times (let's sing!)
I don't want to give up yet (dreamin' now)
Keep on smiling! Keep on shining!
The keyboardist of Poppin'Party. An introvert who spends most of her time at home, where her family runs a pawnshop. Snarky and easily flustered, she claims that she was dragged into Poppin'Party against her will, but she doesn't seem to be in any hurry to leave.
- Ambiguously Gay: Some of her reactions towards Kasumi are pretty ambiguous. She's a pretty traditional dere-dere tsundere so it can be hard to tell whether she's just being very embarrassed or shy, or gay, or both.
- Butt-Monkey: Mostly around the girls of Poppin'Party, either due to their being oddballs or poking fun at her. While it's frequent, it's not in any extreme fashion, mostly friendly teasing.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often offers dry commentary on the antics of the others, particularly when it comes to Kasumi.
- Girlish Pigtails: She boasts some mid-height twintails, going hand in hand with the common tropes associated with Tsunderes.
- Grumpy Bear: She is usually of a sulky, irritable demeanor.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not that hard to set her off. How she managed to hold everything in until near the end of the Sakura Party event is a miracle to behold.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Most media that focus on PoPiPa's origin make this pretty obvious.
- Luminescent Blush: Frequently gets these, particularly in her Tsundere moments.
- No Respect Guy: Leading to her yelling a lot.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Subverted. She does laugh "ohohoho" at times, but it's always to save face when she's put into an anxious or awkward situation, never with the pompous flair that the trope mandates.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Arisa wears this with the winter uniform.
- Rage Breaking Point: She hits it in the Sakura Blooming Party event in Girls Band Party, trying to hold in her frustration at all the weirdness that her friends have (such as Kokoro's family having women in black suits as personal servants), and she finally explodes with anger when the topic of conversation turns to hosting a party in her basement without asking for her consent.
- Straight Man: Almost always towards Kasumi and Tae, but winds up so for Saaya too when she's joking around.
- Shrinking Violet: While she's usually yelling among friends, during the game's lives she tends to timidly but brightly respond to characters she doesn't know that well; one of the many indications of her actual nature beneath her typical attitude.
- Tsundere: Biiig time towards everyone, but especially Kasumi. She's much more dere. Her 1-star card in Girls Band Party even refers to her as the "Top Tsundere".
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Hilarious invoked and averted: Arisa tries to invoke this image around people she doesn't know well (notably in scenes where she's alone with the player character) but always ends up slipping back into her typical Tsundere attitude.
- This most extreme example of this has to be the Sakura Blooming Party event, where Eve, who's obsessed with Japanese culture, actually mentions this trope by name. Arisa then tries to act the part of a gentle Japanese young lady around the others through the whole party- which grows harder and harder as she tries to keep up with Kokoro's antics (and while Misaki keeps goading her to let her true feelings out).
- Zettai Ryouiki: Arisa is Grade A in her spring uniform, and with her pigtails and tsundere attitude, she's a rare Grade S.
The drummer of Poppin'Party. As the oldest of three children, she's a gentle and kindhearted person who acts as the older sister figure for her band. She cares deeply for her family and is often seen helping out at her parents' bakery. She played in a girls' band in middle school, but quit due to her worries over her mother's health. Regardless, Kasumi managed to reignite her love of music and convinced her to join the band with her family's blessing.
- Animals Hate Her: She tells Tomoe that she likes animals, but they don't like her back.
- Broken Bird: Saaya used to be part of a middle school band, but her overwhelming responsibilities to them, school, and her family stretched her so thin she was never able to properly perform with them. On top of that, bein stretched out so thin meant that, in her eyes, she was never able to make anyone happy in the end, so she quit the band in favor of prioritizing her family. Its this fear of disappointing everyone again and becoming a burden that makes her reluctant to join PoPiPa.
- Cool Big Sis: How she is towards her younger siblings, who definitely see her as this in turn.
- Humble Hero: Claims in the game to have taken a while to get back in the saddle with regards to drumming. Anyone who watched the anime will know that this was not the case at all.
- Only Sane Man: Shes the most down-to-earth and rational member of PoPiPa, but that doesnt stop her from letting loose and joining in on Kasumis antics.
- Promoted to Parent: Not entirely, given that her parents are still around, but she's becoming this due to her mother's health issues.
- The Reliable One: She takes this role for her family, the band, and sometimes even in school. Its deconstructed when she realizes that, if she skimps out on any of these important roles, everyone ends up getting hurt, so not only does she have to cut people off, but she also has to give up her own happiness to make sure everyone else is okay.
- Straight Man: A pretty easygoing but frequent one to anyone who's hyperactive or a bit out there, like Hagumi and Moca.
- Team Mom: The one among Poppin'Party, by virtue of being the most normal out of all of them and never dropping the big-sister behavior. Occasionally, she can function as this for Moca, too.
A guitarist of Poppin'Party. A music lover who lives with her parents and her 20 rabbits, one of whom she refers to as her "boyfriend." She is somewhat of an airhead who has a tendency to say bizarre or shocking things with a straight face. Although initially skeptical of the band due to Kasumi's naivete, watching the passion with which they performed convinced her of their potential.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Subverted. Early episodes build her up to fall in this archetype, what with the long, dark hair, pale skin, height, and the somber expressions she makes when the shot focus is on her. And then she starts talking
- Ambiguous Disorder: While she's probably just intended to be eccentric, her odd behaviour and sometimes flat expressions make her come across as somewhat autistic. Particularly so in one post-song scene where she says in a monotone "Yay, woo. Ummm...I'm super happy! Am I doing this right?" in a monotone, with Kasumi responding "You're still a bit stiff. You have to smile when you're happy, O-Tae!" or in one map conversation where she asks Saya if bread is soft before it's cooked because "Guitar strings are hard, so I thought it might be nice to touch something soft for a change."
- Birds of a Feather: She and Kasumi, despite one being perpetually calm and the other being a Genki Girl, are on the same odd wavelength whether it be about guitar or homework, much to Arisas chagrin.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: She has a lot of rabbits for pets, and one event in Girls Band Party has her trying to rescue a bunch of bunnies who escaped from the school's pet club.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Has her brain on her rabbits 25/8, and swerves into odd conversation topics a lot.
- Friendless Background: Shes shocked when Kasumi calls her a friend for the first time, apparently because shes never had anyone do that before.
- Friendly Enemy: Downplayed. Tae, as a staff member at SPACE whos seen the caliber of bands that qualify and get turned down, stands between Kasumi and her goal of performing at that stage, challenging Kasumi to make [her] tremble enough to change her mind about PoPiPas chances. The next day, shes eating lunch with them and even participating in the discussion on how to do just that. It goes to such a point that they succeed by having Tae play with them.
- Hypocritical Humor: When PoPiPa decide to stay at her house for a night, she introduces them to her rabbits, and her mom, who displays a hint of Taes own weirdness in her mannerisms. When Taes mother leaves the group to their business, Tae comments that her mom is a bit of an airhead.Arisa: Look whos talking!
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Tae just isnt that much of a people person to begin with. She only manages to befriend Kasumi (and Kasumis group by extension) by their shared interest in guitar.
- The Gadfly: It can be sort of hard to tell if she's being genuinely spacey or just messing with Arisa and Rimi, but in more than one in-game talk, she seems to have a habit of saying something outrageous to see their flustered reactions.
- In-Series Nickname: Kasumi starts calling her O-Tae while they slacks off on home economics projects. Not only does it stick, but it catches on.
- Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her hips, even when she's among the tallest in the cast.
- That Wasn't a Request: She "asks" for Chisato's help in catching some runaway rabbits on the loose during the "Runaway Rabbits" event after literally bumping into her by continually staring her down until Chisato caved in.
The bassist of Poppin'Party. A shy and reserved girl who wants to become a more confident person, she was inspired by Kasumi's overwhelming confidence to take a step toward becoming a bolder person. Her older sister, Yuri, is the lead vocalist of the band Glitter*Green. She has an intense love of chocolate and especially chocolate cornets.
- Big Sister Worship: Towards Yuri, her older sister. She started learning the bass because she wanted to play together with her.
- The Cutie: A shy but sweet-natured girl.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Played With. She enjoys reading horror novels, but dislikes horror novels.
- Homoerotic Dream: More like (technically unseen) daydream. She has really funny reactions around Kaoru. If nothing else in the game is text-text aside from Kaoru's existence, Rimi is text.
- Kansai Regional Accent: She's originally from the Kansai region, but she only reverts back to it whenever she's nervous.
- Luminescent Blush: She gets this a lot in the game whenever she's flustered, especially when it comes to Kaoru.
- Shrinking Violet: She's very soft-spoken and tends to just go along with what the rest of the band decides.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves chocolate, especially chocolate cornets. She has a chocolate fountain at home, it's implied in a clickable talk she's the one who's been buying up said sweets at Yamabuki Bakery, and in the anime, she and Yuri even make a song dedicated to her love for chocolate coronets.
As a band
An elite band with incredible talent and a fierce drive to reach the very top of the music world. They consist of Yukina on vocals, Sayo on guitar, Lisa on bass, Ako on drums and Rinko on keyboard. They view themselves as professionals who hold themselves and others to infamously high standards. Their style is powerful, gothic J-rock.
- The Ace: They are known for their high degree of technical skill and the strong standards they impose on themselves and each other.
- Breaking the Fellowship:
- Played for Drama in their band story, Yukina is offered a chance for her to perform in a concert and is conflicted with going alone for the Future World Fes or going as a band with Roselia. Almost considering it, even, tearing the band apart when confronted by Ako, who happened to be nearby when she hears the deal together with Rinko. It was thanks to Lisa that the band comes together again.
- Happens again during Roselia's 2nd band story "Neo-Aspect" albeit for completely different reasons. Yukina's frustration over Roselia's perceived failure of a performance during their opening act for the SMS event gets the best of her which leads to her angrily lashing out at her bandmates during rehearsals, one of which drives Ako to leave in tears in one of them, followed by both Rinko and Sayo snapping at Yukina for her behavior , leading her in turn to tearfully leave after realising what's been happening to the band, with Lisa unable to do anything to help this time. It takes all of them to think and realize just how much Roselia means to each one of them before they eventually reconcile before the end of their band story.
- Color-Coded Characters: The band is associated as a group with Blue.
- Yukina: Dark Purple/Grey
- Sayo: Turquoise
- Lisa: Burnt Sienna
- Ako: Magenta
- Rinko: White
- Does Not Like Spam: They each have one specific vegetable they particularly dislike. Yukina hates bitter melon, Sayo hates carrots, Lisa hates green smoothies, Ako hates green bell peppers, and Rinko hates celery.
- This is Played for Laughs in one of the 4-panel comics in the mobile game, where a cafe wants to make collaboration drinks with each band, based on something the members have in common. The only thing Roselias members actually have in common, in terms of personality, is a disliking of vegetables, leading to the conclusion that their drink would be a Green vegetable smoothie, containing bitter melon, bell pepper, carrots and celery, with the members stating Thats not a collaboration! Thats a secret anti-Roselia weapon!
- Flower Motifs: The band is named after a couple of flowers, and its symbol is a blue rose. Blue roses do not actually exist, so the color was chosen to represent overcoming impossibility.
- Girl Posse: Yukina and Sayo basically form one early on in Roselia's band story, as they're practically callously dismissive of Ako and seemingly surrounded by an ice fortress in how insurmountable their expectations are. They never stop being one per se, as can be seen in their rivalry with Ran and Tomoe in the main story.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Their stage wear consists of some very fancy Elegant Gothic Lolita dresses, all handmade by Rinko.
- Portmanteau: The band is named after the rose and the camelia.
- The Rival: Again, the Ojou duo, first towards each other, then while coming off as mean girls towards Ako, and then towards Ran and Tomoe in their interactions.
- Technician vs. Performer: They have this dynamic with all of the other bands, with Roselia as the "Technicians" who focus on clinical perfection and find they still don't understand the heart and joy of music. While three of the other bands were formed For Happiness (personal or shared) and Pastel*Palettes were manufactured for their image and were never expected to be good at their instruments, Roselia built themselves on sounding professional with their only goal being to be good enough to perform with the best of the best, and Yukina and Sayo, at the very least, are hostile to the idea of performing for fun alone.
The vocalist of Roselia. Her father was a band vocalist himself back in his heyday, and one of her major goals is to launch a successful career as a vocalist that would do him proud and encourage him to play one more time. She is also trying to get the band to Future World Fes, a music festival reserved only for the best bands in the world. Yukina is very serious about her music; she has next to nothing else on her mind and sternly encourages her bandmates to have the same mindset.
- The Ace: Even before she formed Roselia, she was already making headlines with her incredible singing talent, to the point of various talent agencies trying to scout her out (and her turning them all down). And putting even that aside, she's also musically talented enough to write down and compose songs all on her own with little to no help while accurately analysing her bandmates' (and other musicians outside her band) strengths and weaknesses and giving them pointers on how to further improve themselves from there.
- Adorkable: The cool stoic facade hides it well, but her secret love for cats and her general awkwardness in comical scenarios outside of anything music-related put her firmly in this territory.
- The Atoner: In Chapter 17 of the band's story, Yukina realizes that she was indeed acting solely in her self-interest and that she was only using the band to accomplish her goals without considering the rest of her band, and turns down the scout's offer in order to stay with Roselia even if it means having to get to Future World Fes the hard way.
- Blatant Lies: After a mix-up happens, Arisa, Moca, Kanon, and Tsugumi accidentally find out about Yukina's love for cats in the "Panicky Happy Valentine" event, a fact that only Lisa was in the know about before then. When Moca directly asks Yukina about it, Yukina quickly goes into denial, saying that she doesn't hate cats but doesn't particularly like them either...just after they caught her red-handed as she was about to hand some stray cats special Valentine food she made for them while talking to the cats in a sweet, cutesy manner unbefitting of her cool and aloof image.
- Broken Pedestal: Played for laughs in the "Panicky Happy Valentine" event where Arisa's image of Yukina being a cool and serious aloof beauty is shattered when she sees her being all cozy and hilariously gooey soft towards cats.
- Brutal Honesty: She's not afraid to tell bandmates and cooperating bands if their level of technique doesn't meet her standards.
- Character Development:
- Becomes a better and overall more caring leader to her bandmates especially after Chapter 17 of Roselia's band story. The event episodes show just how much she's grown since the group's founding.
- This is extended outside of Roselia as well. She starts opening up to other people and loosens up more, even helping out her classmates during Haneoka's Culture Festival in one of Lisa's card stories.
- While she lapses back to her old, negative behavior during the "Neo-Aspect" band story, it should be noted that her actions were brought about by her genuine frustration over her role as Roselia's leader as she believes that their failure of a performance during the SMS event was because of her weakness in leading them. It takes Kasumi and Sayo talking to her after much drama ensued for her to go back to the right direction again.
- Childhood Friend: With Lisa. Despite pushing her away due to her single-minded focus on music, there are many scenarios that prove Yukina still clearly cares for Lisa, especially after she slowly defrosts throughout the story.
- The Comically Serious: There are times when she'll say or do the most ridiculous of things without ever breaking from that stoic disposition of hers. Garupa Pico takes this trait of hers and dials it up to the extreme.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts as one to Kasumi despite not being related amusingly enough.
- Crippling Overspecialization: She's an extremely talented vocalist and musician, but her devotion to improving only her musical talents have left her somewhat poor in other areas out of it like mere housework and even simple ball games, though it's usually played for laughs.
- Cuteness Proximity: She's stern and even cold towards others on a regular basis, but that goes out the window whenever she encounters a cat.
- Daddy's Girl: Her main motivation throughout Roselia's band story is centered around how much she loves her father and wants to perform just for him to play the band again.
- Dare to Be Badass: Her spiel for Roselia's members, which sums up the band's determination to reach their goal of being the best quite nicely:Are you prepared to fully devote yourself for Roselia?
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts off as an icy cold girl at the very beginning of Roselia's Band Story, but the ice starts melting further down the longer she bonds with her bandmates from Roselia, to the point that by the time Kasumi meets her, she's noticeably a bit more mellow than how she first started as.
- Determinator: She's obstinate and single-minded in her goal to reach Future World Fes no matter what and devotes herself entirely to her singing career for it. This attitude is deconstructed however as we're shown the negative consequences her obsession towards reaching her end goal can have and the strain it puts on her relationships with her friends.
- Does Not Like Spam: Dislikes bitter food, especially bitter melon. In fact, she always makes sure to pour a boatload of sugar in her coffee first before drinking it to diminish the bitter flavor.
- Hair Decorations: The black butterfly hairpin she wears is almost an Iconic Item.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Not only does she show some deep insecurities over her role as Roselia's leader, she's also very aware that music is the only thing she's got going for her and that she's rather poor in other areas outside of it.
- Hime Cut: She used to sport this hairstyle back when she was child as revealed in an official 4koma. She no longer has it in the present day however.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: One episode of Garupa Pico has her reacting this way to a bunch of stray cats and Kasumi.
- It's All About Me: In Roselia's side story in the game, Yukina wants to perform on the main stage of Future World Fes and nearly falls into this trope when she gets an offer from a shady talent agent that would guarantee that she — just her, by the way, not the rest of the band — gets to perform there. Understandably, the rest of the band blasts her for actually considering this offer when they find out, feeling like they were only being used by her for her own goals.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's stern and aloof, but that doesn't mean she doesn't care about her bandmates at all. She shows concern and even praise to them whenever the need arises and can be sweet (in her own way) from time to time. It's best seen whenever she's alone with Lisa and Kasumi though.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: While she's typically a cool-toned Ojou, as soon as cats come into the picture, she becomes a puddle of goo, and might even secretly rival the game's many airheads in Cloudcuckoolanderness.
- Large Ham: During the "Kokoro's Eternal Halloween" event where she got a little too into character as a Queen of Darkness after some convincing from Ako."Come, Fallen Angel Ako! Let's head to new land to cover the world in darkness!"
- The Leader: She's the face and founder of Roselia. As she's the center of it all, all of its members gathered primarily because of her. Though it's not without its burdens as Yukina reveals that she has deep insecurities over her role as Roselia's leader despite the bravado she shows her bandmates.
- Luminescent Blush: Whenever she's flustered either due to embarrassment or because of cats.
- My Way or the Highway: She is not above telling bandmates to leave if she feels that they're not devoting themselves fully to the band. This on top of leaving her bandmates almost no time for anything that isn't related to working on their music means that Roselia is only for the most elite of high school musicians.
- Not So Above It All: Underneath all that ice and aloof demeanor is a girl with a secret air-headed side. Besides her sugary sweet fondness for cats (which she's very embarrassed about), Garupa Pico reveals that, together with Sayo, she's on the same wavelength with Kasumi at least when she was actually and genuinely impressed with the circus of a performance Poppin' Party put up in the previous episode (which involved, at the very least, Kasumi flying on stage and Tae bringing along her rabbits among their other zany insanities in that performance). Yukina's idea of a "revolutionary" outfit for Roselia in PICO in episode 3 should say it all.
- Not So Different: She and Ran view each other as rivals, but they both want to impress their fathers with music and have trouble expressing their emotions.
- Odd Friendship: You'd think that the serious, aloof, and no nonsense Yukina would be irritated at the cheerful, optimistic, and fun-loving Kasumi but she's actually genuinely fond of her and treats her rather kindly in casual conversations even compared to how she usually treats her bandmates post-defrosting.
- Proper Lady: Acts like this most of the time.
- Red Baron: Until she formed Roselia, she was known as the "Lone Wolf Songstress" due to rejecting any and all offers from talent agencies, instead choosing to work by herself.
- The Rival: Yukina and Afterglows Ran share this view towards each other, constantly trying to prove that theyre the best (which ironically pushes both bands to become even better), either despite having Yukina having more in common with Ran than with her own band mates, or because she has more in common with Ran. Many of their random conversations tend to end with one of them thinking Why do I feel like I just lost?
- Senpai Kouhai: Has this relationship with Kasumi who is her junior by one year. She gives her friendly advice when she needs it and genuinely praises her efforts when she gives a good performance. Kasumi's cat ear-like hairstyle might've helped endear her more to Yukina though.
- Serious Business: If it wasn't for her difficulty expressing emotions and her comical attachment to cats, her serious passion for music and singing would have made her the Bandori version of Walter Sobchak.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Looks graceful and elegant, and has a proper-seeming air around her, but aside from when she relaxes around friends, once she looks at a person and speaks, it's pretty evident she's the sort who'll cut through whatever obstacle in front of her until it's gone.
- The Stoic: Her deadpans are pretty good, and usually she's not even trying.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She can come off coldly at first, but when she warms up to someone she becomes pretty easygoing and even sweet during casual hangouts (but not during practice). She's also genuinely fond of Poppin' Party, especially of Kasumi, likely because despite their stark differences in styles, methods, and personalities, they have similar goals and attitudes in reaching them, something Yukina respects very well.
- Sweet Tooth: Not as pronounced as Sayo, but her hatred of bitter foods and preference towards sweets make her out as one.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Gradually throughout the main story and especially in Roselia's Band Stories.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Lisa's cookies. Specifically, her cookies alone.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She used to be a whole lot more cheerful in personality and was a much openly sweeter friend towards Lisa as a child, but her father's spiral into depression following his dream of entering Future World Fes getting crushed in spite of his great talent transformed her into the aloof, perfectionist ice queen she is in the present. She's slowly becoming the child she once was again the longer she bonds with Roselia however.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Her primary motivation for singing is to one day impress her father and get him to perform once again.
- What the Hell, Hero?: On the receiving end of it. Ako and Sayo both respectively felt betrayed with Yukina considering on going alone for the Future World Fes.
- When She Smiles: While normally stoic, she has one of the best and gentlest smiles in the cast. It's this side of her that Lisa wants to bring out more out of her in fact.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gives this speech to Lisa after Lisa voices out her doubts about her own role in the band as well as her perceived lack of talent compared to the rest in Lisa's 3* An Essential Existence card story after the Don't Leave Me Lisa! event."I thought your playing was good, that's why I let you join. Since I was the one who gave you the OK to join Roselia, you should have more faith in yourself...I'll say it again. In order for Roselia to become the best band, you're an essential piece...I may be the one leading Roselia, but I think you're the one who supports us the most. Rinko may have been the one to say that she felt more at ease with you around, but actually, everybody in Roselia feels the same way. Since there are a lot of things we can't do without you, if you're not there, we'd be in big trouble. Got it?"
The guitarist of Roselia. She is the older twin sister of Hina, who she has a jealous streak for, and desires to become a strong guitarist who won't simply be seen as the shadow of her sister. She shares Yukina's cutthroat mindset toward music, believing that anyone who won't put in the same amount of effort as them should just go home.
- Aloof Big Sister: Played with: rather than Sayo being the impressive older twin and having an aloof attitude toward her younger twin, its Hina whos effortlessly more impressive, which is precisely the reason Sayo acts cold towards her.
- Always Identical Twins: To Hina. She actually dislikes the baggage this trope comes with.
- Brutal Honesty: Like Yukina, she has no qualms telling band members, current and prospective, that they suck if that's how she honestly feels.
- Character Development: The Umbrella in the Autumn Rain event story deals with her trying to find her sound and realizing that shes bottling up her insecurities revolving around her guitar-playing and jealousy towards Hina, and by the end of the story, shes making an effort to be kinder to Hina. After this story, Sayo slowly becomes less bullheaded and more open, and she even attends a cooking class at Tsugumis cafe in hopes of trying to cater for Roselia in case Lisa isnt around.
- The Comically Serious: Not as much as Yukina, but it's there.
- Deadpan Snarker: After she and Hina accidentally come across each other in town and Hina asks if she wants to head back home together, she says "We might as well, after all, we live in the same house."
- The Determinator: Her use of language and stubbornness gives this impression. She says she "has no choice" but to improve her guitar-playing and "I won't lose!" at one point.
- Does Not Like Spam: Hates carrots with a passion.
- The Dragon: Acts as this to Yukina when she needs it, and does so unironically.
- Establishing Character Moment: In Roselia's band story, one of her earliest scenes (before she joins Roselia) has two of her bandmates threatening to quit because Sayo only ever criticizes them for not meeting her standards, which quickly demonstrates that anyone who's in the same band as her better keep the hell up or she'll have nothing but harsh words for them.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Downplayed in regards to Sayo's less-than-heroic attitude and status as a character, but she does love dogs, and they're one of the few things that can bring out the softer side of her. That saying, Garupa Pico shows that she has no problem with cats either.
- Ice Queen: Cold, serious, and has no time to waste on distractions, but when she does defrost, the sweet side of Sugar-and-Ice Personality is pretty obvious.
- Jerkass: She can most definitely come off as this in the main story and Roselias band story, even more so than Yukina, as she has nothing but harsh words towards her former band, the other members of Roselia, and the girls outside of the band. We eventually learn about her Hidden Depths and she slowly begins to make an effort to be a kinder person, averting this trope in the process.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What she ultimately turns out to be.
- She's bullheaded, but when she lets people in it's shown that she just wants the best for them. She's also shown to be going through her own, personal, conflicts inside.
- The Past Aspirations and Pastel Futures event shows that even though she may be jealous of Hina for picking up the guitar much faster than she does, Sayo really does look up to her and encourages Hina to not quit playing the guitar.
- Last-Name Basis: With nearly everyone except her sister Hina, Tomoe, and Tsugumi.
- Meaningful Name: Her name contains the Kanji for "Night", symbolizing how she is much more aloof and bull-headed than the sunny Nice Girl Hina.
- Not So Above It All: Notably, she's not entirely immune to urges to fool around, like when she pretends to be disinterested in a serving of french fries only to be caught eyeing it hungrily, or when Misaki catches her eating a giant puff of cotton candy by herself at a festival.
- The Perfectionist: Shes so particular about getting things perfectly right that not knowing what to do exactly basically forces her to stop in her tracks. In one case, she even brings a ruler to a baking class to measure the precise thickness of the dough.
- Perpetual Frowner: She smiles less than even Yukina, as while Yukina is simply stoic, Sayo is so serious she almost actively avoids any shows of emotion like that. When she does smile, it's either very subdued and subtle or underlined with a hint of smug confidence.
- Sibling Rivalry: She has a huge bone to pick with Hina, always talking shit to her and trying to not just be as successful as her in music, but outright better than her.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Hina. Their personalities differ like night and day.
- Serious Business: Sayo practices guitar as if its her life purpose, and she traces almost everything she does back to either furthering her mastery of the guitar, or improving Roselia as a band.
- Shared Family Quirks: She and Hina share the same favorite food: junk food. The difference is that Sayo is embarrassed about this fact and tries to hide it.
The bassist of Roselia. A childhood friend of Yukina, she stands in sharp contrast to her with her friendly and easygoing nature. She often acts as the mediator between Yukina and others, as well as the mediator between Roselia and the other bands. She follows gyaru fashion but has a secret love of knitting.
- Ambiguously Gay: Certain lines she says and some events she's in seem to imply that her affection for Yukina goes beyond just simple friendship on her end. The fact that she joined Roselia primarily for Yukina's sake after the latter grew cold towards her over the years also point her in this direction.
- Cat Smile: Her default expression thanks to the way her lips are designed.
- Childhood Friend: Yukina's. She looks out for her the most and shows a lot of concern over her despite the icy wall the latter has put up over the years.
- The Chick: She's very girly, the most sensible person in Roselia, and despite only joining the band to try and stay with Yukina after the latter has been brushing her off and refusing any fun activities or anything that doesn't have to do with making herself a successful musician, Lisa becomes the heart of the group keeping them together.
- Cool Big Sis: To most of the younger characters, who all come to her and see her as a reliable older sister figure.
- Cuteness Proximity: Whenever Yukina does or says something that's even remotely cute, she gets rather giddy internally.
- The Fashionista: Her love of fashion is one of defining characteristics. Her obvious interest in her appearance is why it's such a big deal when Yukina realizes Lisa has cut her long, well-maintained fingernails after joining the band, showing that she is truly giving her all into her place in Roselia.
- Gyaru Girl: Follows gyaru fashion and speaks with some of the typical slang. It's noted several times that her personality contrasts with the typical image of the gyaru subculture.
- The Heart: Overlapping with Team Mom, Lisa is the reason why Roselia is still stuck together, especially after chapter 14 of Roselia's band story.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She often sees herself as the least skilled member of Roselia compared to her bandmates and believes that she's holding the others back. Yukina disagrees however.
- Hidden Depths: Moca notes to herself at one point how her knitting stands in contrast with her "glamorous" street style fashion.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She embodies this on her own (the former is her inner self, the latter her outer self).
- Ms. Fanservice: Many of her cards in the game really love showing off her more feminine assets, to put it lightly.
- Nice Girl: Easily the kindest and most outwardly-happy of the cast, and she's there to help ease Ako and Rinko whenever they talk to Yukina and Sayo.
- Only Friend: Before Roselia was formed, she was this to Yukina, even back when they were still kids.
- Secret Keeper: Owing to her status as her childhood friend, she's initially the only one who knows about Yukina's wholesome love for cats and even knows exactly where she goes off to meet them, at least until, Arisa, Kanon, Moca, and Tsugumi find out in the Panicky Happy Valentine event.
- Supreme Chef: She's a great baker and whenever Yukina's mom isn't around to cook her meals for her, Lisa cooks for her in her stead.
- Team Mom: She's the one who calms and chides the girls in the band, which balances out Yukina and Sayo's bullheadedness to the point she's basically the reason the band came together. During one of the clickable talks in the game, Rinko muses to herself that Lisa reminds her of a mother...and of course, just up and accidentally calls her that, before stammering her way out of it as Lisa questions her, confused.
- This also get overlapped with the role of The Heart, as in the event "Don't Leave Me, Lisa!", when she is unable to take part in live practice, the other members feel lost and nervous in hours after Lisa's absence.
The drummer of Roselia. An silly, energetic girl with a burning desire to be "cool," she was relentless in convincing the ever-so-strict Yukina to give her a chance to prove her talent. Her admiration for her cool older sister Tomoe (the drummer for Afterglow) as well as her love of online games have given her a certain flair for the overly dramatic.
- Ascended Fangirl: She gets to become her own idol's drummer after Yukina personally witnesses her skills firsthand.
- The Baby of the Bunch: As a middle schooler while everyone else is a high schooler, she is the youngest member of Roselia and the youngest band member in all five bands in Bang Dream!note .
- Big Sister Worship: She adores her sister Tomoe and is always in awe of her.
- Book Dumb: Cheerfully admits to Yukina in one area conversation that her grades aren't all that great.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Ako comes off as very silly and flighty due to her Chuunibyou talk and her obsession with being "cool," enough so that Yukina and Sayo don't even let her audition for Roselia at first- but her actual performance is enough to make them almost instantly change their minds. Her talent is even more impressive considering she's the youngest member of the cast.
- Cheerful Child: Very cheery and the youngest of the group.
- Childhood Friends: By proxy as Tomoe's younger sister: she's also known the Afterglow girls for almost as long as Tomoe did and is friends with all of them.
- Chuunibyou: Has a more realistic variant of this than most, as instead of seeming to assume that she is the character, she takes great joy in basically roleplaying being a Demon King and the like.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: While she's technically only a year younger than Tomoe and about two years younger than the oldest characters in the cast, most of the girls treat her like this.
- Gamer Chick: Has a huge love for games and bonds with Rinko through this.
- Hero Protagonist: Her initial role in Roselia's band story basically comes off like this, versus Yukina and Sayo's Girl Posse.
- Hero Worship: Towards Yukina, who she fangirls a lot to. She's the only person Ako admits is capable of being cooler than her sister, who she also admires. She idolizes her so much that even when Yukina's harsh towards her or even if Yukina becomes the center of conflict in the group, she never wavers in her admiration of her.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Her life's goal is to be "cool," and she looks up to her sister and people like Kaoru a lot because of how she perceives their coolness. Around Kaoru and several others, such as Yukina and Sayo, her commentary is very often "So cool!!"
- Older Than They Look: Despite only being two years younger than the other band members, Ako is very short and petite, and looks more like she's about 10 than 14-15. When depicted with her sister Tomoe (who is only a year older than Ako, but conversely has a very mature appearance for her age), the Udagawa sisters' age gap looks much larger than it actually is.
- Perky Goth: Her wardrobe consists almost entirely of blacks and reds, she accessorizes with chains and leather, and her Chuunibyou moments involve a lot of flowery talk about "the darkness" and such, yet she's one of the most chipper and upbeat characters in the cast, especially in contrast with her bandmates.
- Sibling Rivalry: A friendlier variety with Tomoe as fellow drummers aiming to be the best.
- The Team Wannabe: Ako gets brushed off constantly, being too young and immature for Yukina and Sayo to take seriously, and even once she's actually in the band, they keep deflating her.
The pianist/keyboardist of Roselia. An extremely shy girl who suffers from social anxiety, she nonetheless gets extremely passionate about topics that she cares about. She was originally friends with Ako through an online game they played, and through that connection decides to join Roselia.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She angrily snaps at Yukina for making Ako run away in tears during the "Neo-Aspect" band story event before running off in tears herself.
- Cute Bookworm: She loves books, and states in one of her lines that she loves all sorts of genres, from Young Adult lit to classics.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Stands out from the rest of the pianists from the other bands as, having a background as one, she retains her gracefulness when playing piano for the gothic rock-themed Roselia.
- Fashion Designer: She's in charge of designing and sewing the band's outfits.
- Gamer Chick: Averted, as she doesn't fit the image of a "gamer girl" at all. She's very fond of games though, and early on in Roselia's band story she actually mostly communicates with Ako through chat.
- Hero Worship: Like Ako, she holds a deep admiration towards Yukina after hearing her sing brilliantly on stage. She even admits to seeing her as her hero in her birthday line for her.
- Hidden Buxom: In the summer event, to the point where Lisa, Himari and Ako are impressed.
- In-Series Nickname: Ako calls her "Rin-rin".
- Not So Different: While it seems odd at first that her closest friend is the chipper Perky Goth Ako, a couple of lines reveal that Rinko is actually the one who gives Ako advice and feedback on her stranger Chuunibyou ramblings.
- Socially Awkward Hero: In an everyday way. She's deathly afraid of attention, and stammers whenever she speaks, but she toughs it out a lot regardless and is braver than she appears.
- Shrinking Violet: So shy that she nearly became a shut-in.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She believes in Yukina so much that in spite of Yukina's own perceived failings, personal insecurities, and moments of weakness, Rinko knows she can overcome them thanks to the strength and passionate determination she sees in Yukina, both traits she admires in her the most. This leads to Rinko becoming the one to primarily encourage Yukina during times when she's at her lowest, like that time Yukina felt she was unworthy to sing her father's song in the "A Song Unfinished" event.
As a band
A band formed by five childhood friends as a way to always stay together, their powerful bond comes through in their music. They consist of Ran on lead vocals and guitar, Moca on guitar, Himari on bass, Tomoe on drums and Tsugumi on keyboard. Their songs have a rebellious and emotional alt-rock style.
- Breaking the Fellowship: In the middle of Afterglow's story, Ran's internal conflicts about wanting to justify herself and her band to her father lead to a heated argument with Tomoe (the first real fight that the band has had) and along with Tsugumi's collapse leads the band to stop hanging out together for a little while. The next few chapters are devoted toward the other girls trying to figure out how to get Ran and Tomoe to apologize to each other and how to get Ran to open up to her friends.
- Childhood Friends: Many characters, including Afterglow themselves, often mention how they've been close-knit since childhood. They started their band up in middle school.
- Color-Coded Characters: The band is associated as a group with Red.
- Ran: Red
- Moca: Teal
- Tomoe: Maroon
- Himari: Light Red
- Tsugumi: Yellow
- Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Their band definitely has a rebellious feeling to it, fueled by...well, Ran's rebellion (towards her dad).
- Origins Episode: The "As the Evening Clears" event details how the girls came to form Afterglow three years ago.
- Primal Fear: During one event where they get locked in the school, four of the five bandmates are slowly overwhelmed by the fear of the schools seven wonders, except for Moca, who brings them up in the first place.
The Lead Singer and Guitarist of Afterglow. Aloof and serious on the outside, she often struggles to express her true feelings. However, she holds a deep love for her friends and family as well as a fiery passion for her band. Her being placed in a different class from the rest of her friends in middle school, and her resulting loneliness, was what ultimately led to the creation of Afterglow. Her family runs a century-old flower arranging school, and Ran's love for her band places her into conflict with her father.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She can confuse people who don't know her very well because of her apparent aloofness, but typically beneath that she's just very awkward, as shown with her clumsy attempts at befriending Yukina during their "talks." There's also an in-game in-between comic panel that pokes fun at the mature, cool feeling she and Tomoe give while hanging out together.
- Catchphrase: "Same as always." It's noted by the rest of Afterglow that this is actually praise, as it means she feels that everyone's done their best, as always.
- Emotionless Girl: While she is pretty down-to-earth, it's more of an affectation. Ran tries to maintain a veneer of being unaffected at all times, but she has a habit of losing her cool and occasionally becoming embarrassed.
- Hot-Blooded: In reality she's really passionate, and prickles at accusations towards Afterglow. She and Tomoe make a pretty good team in defending the band's honor whenever it's slighted.
- The Leader: She's at the heart of Afterglow. Concern over her emotional problems bring the group together like family more than once, and all of them are aware that despite Ran's cool attitude, she has a strong inner fire, so they tend to defer to her for major decisions.
- Mellow Fellow: In a kuudere way, but emphasis on "cool" instead of "ice" like in Sugar and Ice Personality. Moca and her get along pretty fine because of this, according to Afterglow.
- Multicolored Hair: Actually seems to work with her personality pretty well—it's mainly the black of an Aloof Dark-haired Girl, but she has a dyed red strip, which represents her fire.
- No Social Skills: Sort of. She's bad at (or perhaps too stubborn about) getting across her actual feelings, as is particularly evident during school, around Yukina. It can be seen in Afterglow's band story too, though her friends know her pretty well by now.
- Not So Different: She and Yukina view each other as rivals, but they both want to impress their fathers with music and are aloof.
- Not So Stoic: For someone whose aloof demeanor should probably make her more of a stoic, she gets fired up really easily.
- The Quiet One: A girl of few words, but she says something, it tends to count.
- Shrinking Violet: She was something of a shy crybaby as a child. She still has hints of her childish shyness in the present, but it's now well masked by her aloof and stoic demeanor.
- Not as temperamental as Arisa, but she still has the qualities of one, as shes very easy to fluster in spite of her aloof personality and tries to deny her embarassment whenever this happens.
- She's a pretty biiig one to Yukina especially. So much so that some of Ran's clumsy attempts to befriend and talk to Yukina at school can come off as hostile despite her genuinely good intentions, confusing Yukina in the process.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She only wants her father to appreciate her and what she does.
The Guitarist of Afterglow. An unflappable, sleepy-natured girl who seems to take life at her own pace, she often says exactly what's on her mind, whatever it may be. The members of Afterglow share a strong bond, but Moca's friendship with Ran is especially powerful, and she is the best at handling their aloof vocalist. Despite her easygoing and sly personality she can often be transparent with her worries.
- Ambiguously Gay: Beyond the Boyish Short Hair and her style of dress, Moca says things to Ran (specifically Ran) that would be interpreted as open flirting if not for her personality easily excusing it as her messing around. In one 4koma she gives Ran her number when she buys things from the convenience store Moca works at, only for Ran to remark that, obviously, she already has Mocas number.
- Big Eater: She loves the pastries at the Yamabuki bakery and keeps point cards to her favorite restaurants.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's rather lazy about most matters but when it comes to the things she's truly passionate about, namely her friends and the band, she gives her all. In one event Tsugumi tells Sayo that Moca is able to replay a melody after hearing it once.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Her passion outside of playing the guitar seems to be an intense investment "point card"-collecting, she's fallen asleep while standing, and in casual conversations, such as in the clickable talks, has a high tendency of speaking in non-sequitur.
- Foil: Moca's easygoing nature, her tendency to say anything that pops to mind, especially if she gets a chuckle out of it, and her ability to do whatever she wants without mind of the consequences helps her stand in stark contrast with Ran, who's emotionally reserved, very particular about her words, and suffers under the pressure of her family history to act against what she wants. Moca also has the well-acknowledged ability to "handle" Ran whenever she's being difficult, which helps draw out the emotions Ran tries to keep under wraps.
- The Gadfly: She's the one who has a tendency to tease or mess with the characters she encounters most, especially within her main circle of Afterglow, but drops it whenever Tomoe or someone scolds her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's rather transparent when it comes to worrying about people, and is shown to frequently do so over Ran. Although she teases Himari a lot, she also shows genuine interest in her ideas at times, too.
- Mellow Fellow: She's a pretty relaxed person—though when she does feel emotional, such as concern over something, it's very quickly obvious.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Himari "Hii-chan," and nicknames a few other girls.
- Sleepyhead: She sleeps on occasion during class and has even fallen asleep while standing up.
- Tomboy: Primarily due to her Boyish Short Hair and choices in clothes (hoodies and shorts).
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves bread, and her visiting the Yamabuki Bakery to get her daily fill led her to becoming friends with Saaya.
The Drummer of Afterglow. A reliable and mature girl who often works hard for the sake of others, she serves as the emotional bedrock of her band. She is often seen helping out around the shopping district and plays the taiko drums in the town festivals. She is the older sister of Ako, the drummer for Roselia, and is loving and supportive of her younger sister, if a bit bemused by her antics.
- Anger Born of Worry: Explodes at Ran for not opening up about her troubles to the rest of the band and telling them that it's none of their concern, causing Ran to angrily storm off. They both regret it immediately afterward.
- Big Sister Instinct: Despite seeming rough around the edges, she's very much a kind older sister who doesn't deride Ako's Chuunibyou hobbies, though she doesn't really understand it.
- Cool Big Sis: Pretty much idolized by her younger sister for her coolness, and the girls of the cast can always rely on her when the going gets tough.
- Even the Girls Want Her: In a way. In one in-game single-panel comic, Himari says something like "if you were a boy, I'd fall for you," and she smiles wryly and thinks to herself, "I hear that a lot."
- Fiery Redhead: She's the most emotionally open out of Afterglow, and as such, is the fastest to express strong emotions. Fittingly, her hair is a pinkish red.
- Hot-Blooded: She has quite a bellow, and pretty much jumps into the fray without a thought if she thinks someone she cares about is in danger or hurt. Sometimes having such an act/talk-first nature backfire on her, though.
- The Lad-ette: She talks in a pretty casual manner, and combined with her hot-blooded protective nature, she basically has the trope down in a G-rated way, and surrounded by girls rather than guys.
- The Lancer: Whenever Ran lets her emotions get the better of her, Tomoe tends to be the one to confront her about it first and most directly. She's also something of Afterglow's secondary leader, since she's mature, reliable, and takes action fastest.
- Younger Than They Look: Everyone always thinks she's one of the oldest (even the players!) but she's actually a first year. This is lampshaded in one of the single panel comics in-game. It's noticeable when she addresses people like Kaoru, calling them "-sempai."
The Bassist of Afterglow. A cheerful, ditzy girl who gets easily emotional. Wants to be cool like her bandmates, but seems more suited toward being cute. Although she's the band's coordinator, her suggestions often get her teased (with love) by her fellow members.
- Ambiguously Bi/Gay: She'll scream things like "I'll rest in your arms~" with heart eyes at Kaoru, but does seem to focus on the princeliness, and at one point says something like "If you were a boy, I'd fall for you" to Tomoe (to which Tomoe thinks 'I hear that a lot.') to the consternation of shippers.
- Authority in Name Only: She's supposed to be the Face of the Band and its leader, but Ran is the lead singer and the one they all defer to, mentioned in their band story. Out-of-universe with marketing, there's no question that the head of Afterglow is Ran.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets teased the most, and a lot of her ideas either come off odd or embarrassing to most of the Afterglow girls—but usually they adopt them in some manner, regardless. It even happens outside of Afterglow, but in either case Tomoe's around to defend her.
- Catch-Phrase: "Hey, hey, hoh!" She wants it to catch on, but her friends won't bite.
- Cleavage Window: A lot of her cards in the game subject her to this.
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: Even if Himari's supposed to be the leader of Afterglow, in practice, that's actually Ran, the lead singer.
- No Respect Guy: Tomoe and Tsugu try to be there for her, at least.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: She actually has a bit of this—while she likes cute clothes just as much, she's shown in some talks with Tomoe and others to think she can't pull off looking "cool" like her, but seems to want to.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Shes notably girlier compared to Moca and Tomoe.
- Weight Woe: She's concerned with her weight and is often teased about it by Moca.
The Pianist/Keyboardist of Afterglow. An earnest, hardworking girl, it was originally her idea for her and her friends to form a band. She doesn't view herself as unique or talented like her bandmates so she strives to make up for it with hard work, and despite her dim view of her own talent her optimism helps to keep the band afloat in tough times. Her family owns a cafe.
- Curtains Match the Window: Down the the point that she matches her every day casual wear in the same shade of chestnut.
- The Heart: She's sort of the little sister of Afterglow, and is the best at keeping them grounded and together because of her honest, cheerful attitude.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Views herself as the plainest and least talented member of the band, but instead of angsting about it she just works that much harder to make up the difference.
- Ill Girl: Gets sick and collapses from overworking halfway in Afterglow's band story.
- In-Series Nickname: Moca calls her Tsugu.
- Not So Different: One event has the cold Sayo, of Roselia, one of Afterglow's main rival group especially where their leaders are concerned, enter a sweets baking class in Tsugumi's family cafe. It turns out Sayo applied because she wanted to use the skills to help keep the mood up for Roselia practice sessions in case Lisa wasn't around. Tsugumi also discovers that she and Sayo both work incredibly hard in order to keep up with people they think they pale in comparison to, Tsugumi's being the rest of Afterglow and Sayo's being Hina, her genius sister.
- Plain Jane: She thinks this of herself due to her conventional style clashing with her punkish friends. This is Played for Laughs in a Garupa Pico episode where internet commenters fail to mention her while complimenting the band, which results in her trying to emulate Roselia's "cool" style (much to Ran's horror).
- Plucky Girl: While Tsugu being pretty normal compared to much of the cast is lightly poked fun at in-game, Tsugu's cheerfulness and a hardworking nature are some of her more defining qualities, but her trying to get by with the sheer determination of a Plucky Girl actually bites her.
As a band
A... unique band on a mission to bring smiles to the entire world. They consist of Kokoro on vocals, Kaoru on guitar, Hagumi on bass, Kanon on drums and Misaki (as the mascot bear Michelle) on DJ. Their gigs are mostly for younger audiences, but there's no denying the universal appeal of their cheer. Their style is happy and eccentric J-pop.
- Comic Trio: Kokoro, Kaoru and Hagumi. Misaki calls them "the three dummies" ("san-baka").
- Cloudcuckoolander: Big time. Misaki's the most together person in the band, and now she's stuck with wearing a weird-looking kigurumi bear outfit on-stage, every time. And three of her four bandmates are honestly convinced that she and Michelle are separate beings, no matter how much she tries to convince them otherwise.
- For Happiness: The band's stated goal is to spread smiles across the world.
- Color-Coded Characters: The band is associated as a group with yellow.
- Kokoro: Yellow
- Kanon: Cyan
- Kaoru: Purple
- Misaki/Michelle: Dark Blue/Fuschia
- Hagumi: Orange
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They consist of some of the more eccentric characters in the cast not even counting the bear suit. They have enough of a reputation as being this that Misaki initially avoids revealing that she's a member of the band.
The vocalist of Hello, Happy World!. Born into an obscenely wealthy family and possibly the most idealistic person in the universe, Kokoro founded the band with the goal of "making the whole world smile." Never seen without a huge smile on her face, her boundless optimism sometimes seems to border on lunacy. She easily get people caught up in her charisma, although her band often has to rely on its more grounded members to focus long enough to get anything done.
- All-Loving Hero: Kokoro sees herself as this, and she's earnest in her love of spreading happiness, but her refusal to hear or acknowledge the word "no" causes a lot of trouble, even if her pushing people forward can eventually help them out.
- Book Dumb: Somewhat inverted - she seems to find reading fun, but she can be a bit ditzy and too idealistic for her own good.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blond with bright yellow eyes, going along with her all-encompassing sunny personality.
- Fiction 500: Apparently, her family is so rich that she can book a cruise for herself and her four bandmates and have it ready by the evening, with her black-suited servants not batting an eye. In one card Episode, she also mentions having a private jet that she can have prepared just as quickly. In one event story, it's implied that Kokoro's parents have the clout to endanger the careers of teachers who upset her.
- Fun Personified: She acts as if she's hardwired to look for the most fun way to do anything at any given moment, like thinking a shopping mall is nice, but could definitely use a roller coaster.
- Dumb Blonde: Yes, she's blonde. And yes, she's not exactly the brightest bulb in the box.
- Genki Girl: Her practically-infinite youthful energy could power an entire village.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has bright blonde hair that matches her bright personality and her desire to make the world smile.
- Hidden Depths: Despite her Cloudcuckoolander personality, she seems to be able to read people perfectly. In one of her card episodes, she tells Misaki that Kaoru uses things like Shakespeare misquotes as a facade and is actually quite shy, that Hagumi actually prefers cute things but doesn't feel confident in her own femininity and so acts like a tomboy, and that Kanon is actually the bravest girl in the band for how hard she tries despite her constant anxiety... before affirming her belief that Michelle is a real member of the band.
- The Idealist: Her dream is to see the smile of the world. At one point Misaki interjects that maybe they should try to go for the smile of people in Japan first.
- Idiot Hero: Comes off like this, as despite her charismatic personality suited for leadership, without Misaki or Kanon around, not much would ever actually get done from the sound of some of the conversations she, Kaoru and Hagumi have with each other.
- It's All About Me: Although she always tries to make people happy, she has a tendency to not consider what they might be thinking, albeit unintentionally. A major part of Hello, Happy World!'s story is Kokoro learning that what makes her happy doesn't necessarily make other people happy.
- Knight Templar Parent: Implied in one event cutscene, where a teacher is about to scold Kokoro for being on the school roof at night, only to realize that if she were to upset her, the immensely wealthy Tsurumaki family could easily make her lose her teaching post.
- The Leader: Actually subverted in that while she's charismatic and draws people to her, it becomes apparent she wouldn't really get much done without Kanon and Misaki around, i.e., the two level-headed people in the group.
- Magnetic Hero: Unlike Roselia, who take a number of chapters in their band story to fully assemble, Poppin' Party, who had an entire season of an anime to work themselves into a group, and Pasupare, who are formed by a company but have trouble adjusting to and understanding each other, Kokoro very quickly sweeps all the Hello, Happy World! girls into her pace, to the point Misaki, who is very much against the idea and wary of her status and bubbly personality, is alarmed by how easily she'd gotten caught up in it.
- The Men in Black: Or rather, the Women In Black. Her family has a squad of women in sunglasses and black suits as personal servants.
- Non-Idle Rich: She's from an obscenely rich family, but she founded the band because she genuinely wants to make other people happy.
- Perpetual Smiler: She is always seen with a big, happy grin on her face and it's very rare to see her with anything but one.
- Spoiled Sweet: She comes from a rich family, who shows it with the impeccably big mansion they live in. And yet she's a happy-go-lucky girl who just wants to spread happiness to everyone. She'll use her wealth to give her friends a good time, whether it be providing them with instruments for the band, inviting them to her house for sakura viewing, or even taking them aboard a private full-fledged cruise.
- Ojou: She doesn't have the personality, but she's nonetheless very well-off, with bodyguards around and everything.
- Wealthy Yacht Owner: A yacht? Psh. Her family owns a cruise. Which Kokoro can just casually book for herself and her friends and then set sail on on the same day. Said cruise features a casino, a gift shop, and a restaurant where the chefs will make anything asked of them.
The drummer for Hello, Happy World!. A shy girl who happened to be in the place for Kokoro to scout her against her wishes. She is easily flustered and quick to tears, but being in the band has made her a more cheerful and outgoing person, if only a little. As one of the more sensible members of Hello, Happy World!, she helps to ground the band in reality, although she is easily driven around by Kokoro's relentless pace.
- Catch-Phrase: Her distinct "fueee..." when she becomes flustered.
- Childhood Friends: She was one of Chisato's friends in childhood, and given the latter's career as a child actress, one of her very few real, close friends.
- The Confidant: Unwittingly for Misaki, because they're not really trying to keep her being Michelle a secret. The other three are just that spacey, despite Misaki giving it away pretty often.
- Cry Cute: In separate mall "talks" with Kaoru and Misaki, she basically starts crying in relief when they find her.
- Nervous Wreck: A part of her personality. Getting caught up in Hello Happy World's pace can leave her pretty flustered, too.
- No Sense of Direction: Many "talks" show that she gets lost very easily.
- Only Sane Man: Among Hello Happy World, she's the second-most responsible and more-or-less sensible, but her fretting and getting easily swept up dampens it, and unlike Misaki gets caught up daydreaming about things like jellyfish.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Kokoro bursts into Kanon's life and drags her out of her shell screaming, and while Kanon's terrified, she eventually starts becoming a little more outgoing now.
The guitarist for HHW. A theater performer, Kaoru is always engaging in verbal theatrics both on and off the theater stage, making fans (whom she dubs her "little kittens") swoon for her. It's not always clear how much Kaoru understands what she's saying, and whether or not she can actually "turn off" her theater persona. Despite her flamboyance, however, she's a surprisingly reliable friend and senpai to the others.
- Ambiguously Lesbian: She often wears masculine clothing, calls herself a prince, and often flirts with the other girls. What may not be immediately obvious to non-Japanese players is that Kaoru is an over the top parody of a 'tachi' lesbian (these being one half of what's called the 'tachineko' dynamic, prominent in the Tokyo lesbian dating scene). These being girls who, at least stereotypically, are bifauxnens with large harems of fangirls called neko (hence, the "kitten" bit) that they take care of and provide for.
- Attention Whore: Occasionally gets called out by Chisato about this. It's hard to tell if it's simply because she wants to be surrounded by adoring fangirls, or is genuinely spacey enough not to realize how bombastic she comes off, or if it's become a way of life for her to the point she doesn't notice one way or another. The way she calls girls "kittens" even when she's not trying to be flirtatious might point to the latter, but there are some bare hints that imply she's very aware of the downsides of her persona, such as when Misaki says something she's drinking doesn't fit her image, and she very quietly says "but I like this [kind of soup]."
- While it's ambiguous if she's bothered by it or not since she uses her same tone of voice as ever (if notably much calmer than the times when she goes very extra), in the talk wherein her fangirls feature, it's shown she can have trouble getting space to herself.
- Bifauxnen: Natch. She's the character among the girls who pretty much only wears nice suits outside school.
- Catch-Phrase: "Fleeting..."
- The Charmer: A female version of this, as she pretty much flirts or uses flirtatious language towards the girls who like being flirted with. An interesting case in that that Cloudcuckoolander language carries over in conversations as a friend, too.
- Chick Magnet: A lot of girls are drawn to her, in a heart eyes/fawning or in a more friendship-inclined way.
- Childhood Friends: With Chisato. They grew up in the acting business.
- Cold Ham: She's not overtly loud like Kasumi, but her theatrical prose and her grandiose gestures nonetheless give her a very flamboyant and larger-than-life presence.
- Cool Big Sis: She can pull this off rather well. In the Tomoe wedding card's unlockable story, she was basically this to Ako.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Kao-chan", Chisato's nickname for her from when they were Childhood Friends, is enough to turn her into a stuttering wreck.
- Establishing Character Moment: In HHW's band story, she's first seen in the middle of a theater performance, and is then asked afterwards by Kokoro to join. Then, in a unique CG, she gives Kokoro and Kanon (and the player) a hell of a first impression by taking Kokoro's hand, getting on one knee, and going into Purple Prose about how wonderful Kokoro is while sparkly roses line the CG, showing that her flashy, flamboyant theater persona isn't just confined to the stage.
- Even the Girls Want Her: More like especially. While not every girl in the cast fall for her looks and style and manner of speech, the ones that do fall hard, the main ones among the cast being Himari and Rimi — Rimi to the point she doesn't really make comprehensible sentences around her. Outside the cast, it's highly implied she has a lot of fangirls, with a clickable talk featuring them at one point.
- Hidden Depths: She's actually a very good upperclassmen and reliable friend in general, and when those around her are worried or scared, does her best to cheer them up and help them. In the wedding event it's even very vaguely implied that she might've upped her ridiculous speech to help Saaya relax.
- Large Ham: Veeeery much so in-universe. She gratuitously quotes (or misquotes) Shakespeare, and uses spacey, superfluous-sounding language pretty much constantly when she's playing it up, which is often. Frequently involves the word "fleeting" and the imagery of a prince (her) and princess(es), and her arms flying everywhere whenever she speaks in-game (that Ako even copies at one point). Interestingly, in more low-key, casual conversations and when she's by herself, she does tend to drop most of the hamminess, if not all of it.
- Nice Girl: Underneath all her flair for dramatics, there's a very kind personality.
- Performance Artist: A flamboyant actress who's really into the idea of Shakespeare and very flirty around girls. This gets her picked to play the role of a Phantom Thief aboard the Tsurumaki family's private cruise in a story event.
- Phantom Thief: One event has her playing the role of one while aboard the Tsurumaki family's cruise, pretending to kidnap Kanon to provide their bandmates with entertainment.
- Purple Prose: It would be easier to count the number of lines she has where she isn't hamming it up with her usual poetic way of talking.
- Senpai Kouhai: Looks out for others, and despite her seeming ditziness, some of the girls seem to be aware she can be relied on, or realize it at some point.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Kaoru's image is crafted entirely around this, being the "princely bifauxnen" common in yuri series since the 1970s.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: While she's not the only character in the game to wear boyish clothing, she's the one most likely to do it with the implication of "princely attire" or the like.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is afraid of heights.
Misaki Okusawa (Michelle)
The DJ for Hello, Happy World!. Misaki was roped into the band by Kokoro against her wishes. A bit socially awkward and rather blunt, she's also by far the most grounded member of the band, but even she can't always escape their tumultuous inertia. When she's on stage, she's dressed up as Michelle, a teddy bear mascot.
- Butt-Monkey: While she sometimes has it rough in Hello, Happy World! thanks to Kokoro's antics, it's nowhere near as bad as how she's treated in Garupa Pico (though she has a contender in Marina, who has it worse).
- Cassandra Truth: Every time she tells or even shows her bandmates that she is the one in the Michelle costume, everyone who isn't Kanon doesn't believe her. As far as they are concerned, Misaki is a friend of Michelle. At a certain point Misaki decides that it's too much trouble to explain her true identity to everyone.
- Cosplay: You'd think it'd be more of a mystery, but it's given away pretty quickly that the kigurumi Michelle is her. She's basically stuck with the costume.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She has it tough with a band like Hello, Happy World!, playing this to 3 people and all in all doing most of the actual band management.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most obvious in how dismissive she is in her lines during the game's lives, but there's plenty of that in her during her clickable talks, HHW's band story, and the main story.
- Goofy Suit: She only applied for a job that paid really well and had flexible hours without knowing too many details about it, only to end up in a mascot bear outfit in the shopping district, where she happened to run into Kokoro. When Misaki quits the job, both to escape Kokoro's band and because the mascot job sucks, Kokoro's suits buy the rights to the character to get her to keep wearing it.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Kokoro doesnt even realize that Misaki, as Michelle, is an actual member of the band, but Misaki is largely the reason Hello, Happy World! gets anywhere in the first place and doesnt accidentally cause any trouble, given whos at the helm. Shes even implied to have not known anything about DJ-ing before getting roped into the band, but quickly picks the real skills up for Michelle.
- No Social Skills: A bit—she can actually be a bit too blunt sometimes, and doesn't catch cues all the time.
- Not So Above It All: Despite her frequent protests about being in the band, as time goes on she finds herself more and more invested in their antics, such as cheering up Akari in their story mode.
- Only Sane Man: A lot of Hello Happy World's band [origin] story is told from her viewpoint more or less, possibly in part to keep said story from being swept away by the wackiness of Kokoro, Kaoru and Hagumi, though there's some hints that each of the three have Hidden Depths...
- Sore Loser: In the "Fresh Green Largo" event after she kept losing to Sayo, a beginner, at tennis, her own sport.
- Sour Supporter: She initially only sticks with the band because she can't find a good time to quit, and she mostly reacts to Kokoro's ideals with snark. As time goes on though, she becomes more and more invested in the band to the point where the Hello, My Happy World! event deals with Misaki realizing that she genuinely enjoys being a member of HaroHapi.
- Supporting Protagonist: A bunch of HHW's band story is from her perspective, but Kokoro is the band's leader and The Hero in it.
- The Un Favourite: The amount of times Kokoro forgets who she is (to the point Misaki has menu dialogue wondering if she will be remembered that day) can certainly give the impression that she's this for the group.
The bassist for Hello, Happy World!. Energetic and sporty, her passion for sports carries over into her passion for her band. Although she's a tomboy in her hobbies, she also loves cute things. She cheerfully acts without thinking at times and tends to be on the same wavelength as Kokoro and Kaoru. Her family runs a butcher shop famous for their croquettes.
- Boyish Short Hair: She has the shortest hair length out of the entire cast and is also one of the most tomboyish and athletic.
- Childhood Friend: With Kasumi. She didn't recognize Kasumi until she remove her cat ears.
- Curtains Match the Window: Not only that, but she likes to dress up in orange shades, too.
- Expy: She's very much a lookalike of and similar in her cheery personality and athleticism to Rin Hoshizora of Love Live!, which shares creators.
- Genki Girl: She's one of the more hyperactive characters in the cast, though she usually doesn't go too overboard with it. At one point in the main story she sends things crashing in the practice studio because she was trying to show off some cool moves.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Very in love with Michelle's design for its cute beariness (in her opinion).
- Passionate Sports Girl: Loves sports and physical activity in general, and is very excitable.
- Lovable Jock: She actually scares Kanon a lot whenever she convinces her into doing something sporty because of how hard she expects everyone else to be able to go at it, like her.
- Nervous Wreck: Contrary to appearances, even though it's subtler than Kanon's frequent fretting, she's actually the first to become anxious aside from her if things look as if they're going south, especially compared to Kokoro. It's made particularly apparent in Hello Happy's Phantom Thief event, when Kanon isn't present.
- The Nicknamer: Nicknames several of her friends, such as "Kokoron," "Mii-kun," and "Kano-chan-senpai."
- Nice Girl:
- Shes very kindhearted, and halfway through HHWs band story, she does everything she can to try and make an injured girl happy again.
- Throughout the Tearful Smile Anchor event, she gets unhappy when thinking about the concept of winning and losing, as she just wants everyone to have fun equally.
- Tomboy: Kokoro says in one of her 3* cards' unlockable stories that while Hagumi likes cute things a lot, she's pretty tomboyish in other regards.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Inverted. One of her unlockable stories revealed that her parents had once fought to the point that her mom broke the family's tub. When her mom calmed down, she revealed that they were upset because they missed Hagumi being home more often.
- Also played straight in that as a result of that argument, her dad went out "for a run" and didn't come back for 3 days. And apparently, it wasn't even the first time he did so.
As a band
Originally formed as an "idol band" by a talent agency, these five girls resolved to be legitimate musicians and change the public perception of what an idol should be. They consist of Aya on lead vocals, Hina on guitar, Chisato on bass, Maya on drums and Eve on keyboard. Their style is, unsurprisingly, idol-inspired.
- Color-Coded Characters: The band is associated as a group with green.
- Aya: Pastel Pink
- Chisato: Pale Yellow
- Eve: Lilac
- Hina: Soft Cyan
- Maya: Mint Green
- Do Well, but Not Perfect: In their second concert, when they actually sing and play their instruments, the audience quickly confirms that they're legit when Aya sings a note off-key.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Their dresses look very intricate and sugary, making them look more like idols than a proper band.
- Robinsonade: The Pastel*Palettes! Deserted Island Idols event is this, with the members being sent to a deserted island for a TV special, completing challenges with the reward being a new song.
- Sugar Bowl: By far the most saccharine-looking of the five main bands, with cute dresses that will give your eyes a sugar overdose.
- That Syncing Feeling: Their first performance ends in disaster when one of the audio equipment has a malfunction, revealing that the music is all pre-recorded. However, this doesn't keep them down for long, and more than anything this gets the staff to finally get them to play their instruments and sing for real like they've always wanted to.
The Vocalist for Pastel*Palettes. A longtime fan of idols, she had been in training for three years, never having an opportunity for her big break until now. Cheerful and bubbly on the outside, she has an internal desire to be noticed and loved, and she can often freeze up under pressure. She somewhat acts as a senpai to Kasumi of Poppin'Party.
- Ascended Fangirl: Before she became an idol she was pretty in love with them herself.
- Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and pink irises.
- Determinator: She is very determined to achieve her dreams, no matter how futile they sound. She'll even risk a cold to sell tickets in the rain in spite of PasuPare's reputation as "Lip*Syncers". Even though Chisato sees Aya as going with inefficient or ineffective methods sometimes, Chisato admits that she's amazed by Aya's will of iron.
- Girlish Pigtails: Wears them only when she's performing lives, as she keeps her hair down in her "civilian form," so to speak. They seem to be a Shout-Out to the likes of Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica or possibly ChibiUsa from, of course, Sailor Moon.
- Girly Girl: Easily one of the most feminine girls in the franchise due to her pink Color Motif, frilly outfits, dream of becoming an idol, and tendency to cry easily.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Despite her overall cheery, nice demeanor, she seems to have a complex over the idea of "being noticed," and is even armed with knowledge in how to take selfie-like photos the perfect way.
- Nice Girl: Through and through.
- Passing the Torch: In a way: during the Past Aspirations & Pastel Futures event, Aya's own personal inspiration, Ayumi, center of the major idol group Marmalade, tells her that she saw herself in Aya when she saw Pastel*Palettes' debut, and, seeing her determination to becoming an idol, tells her to become the kind of idol they both idealize now that Marmalade has disbanded, effectively pulling this trope. Ayumi also teaches Aya a signature idol pose to try out for the stage to leave her something a bit more tangible.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Her hair is pastel pink and she earnestly want to be an idol that inspires people.
- Senpai Kouhai: Frets about being seen as a good one to Kasumi in an in-game talk.
- Tender Tears: Aya has a reputation to be quick to tears, especially when moved by acts of kindness.
The Bassist for Pastel*Palettes. A child actor and celebrity, she knows how the entertainment industry works and despite her polite demeanor, she can often be quite cynical compared to Aya's optimism. Although she didn't originally intend on being a "real" musician, she managed to get caught up in her band's new dream of changing the public perception of idols.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Polite and sweet exterior, cold and icy interior. One minute, she's having a polite conversation with her bandmates, the next minute she's outside the studio thinking to herself with some pretty scathing thoughts of them. She warms up to the group quickly enough though, and grows out of this, although her colder harshness towards aspects of the entertainment industry remain firmly in place.
- Childhood Friends:
- With Kaoru. Possibly related, unlike many girls who love it and others who go along with it, she really doesn't like the dramatic persona Kaoru has going nowadays. The event A Rose's Name in a Transient World has her admit to Maya that, despite her frustrations with Kaoru's dramatic person, she's still someone Chisato is comfortable dropping her constant professionalism around and just being her true self with.
- Also with the shy and jittery Kanon, who is coincidentally in the same band as Kaoru, something that worries Chisato to no end. Kanon's initial 3* story shows that Kanon was one of the first people in their middle school that treated Chisato as a person, not a famous figurehead.
- Deadpan Snarker: Around Kaoru.
- Foil: To Aya. Aya is very optimistic and believes that she can accomplish anything just by working really hard, while Chisato is cynical in contrast and, having been in show business for a while, feels that Hard Work Hardly Works and that the band's success owes more to their corporate superiors and connections than any one part of the band putting in their effort. It's not all bad, as even though Chisato criticizes Aya for being blind in her determination, she admits that it's what makes Aya special.
- Former Child Star: Mostly averted as she is still is popular and is still actively working in the entertainment industry. Her experiences in the entertainment industry have made her a rather cynical and distrustful person though.
- Genre Savvy: Chisato has been acting since she was old enough to walk, and there isn't a thing about the industries methods that gets past her. Whether she goes along with it or not depends on the situation, but she's not afraid to let her own management know she's seen straight through them.
- Identical Stranger: Though no one comments on it, she looks remarkably identical in appearance to Eve's friend from Finland, Hanne. That saying, Eve does mention in an official 4koma that they share some similarities in personality to some degree.
- Jerkass Realization: In the band story, she becomes angry at the staff members for praising her while ignoring the efforts of the other Pastel*Palettes members. It's implied that she realizes she was treating the others, particularly Aya, the same way and starts making an effort to grow closer to them.
- Pet the Dog: Although Chisato starts out being rude and condescending towards the other Pastel*Palettes members, she warms up to them quickly once she gets to know them and her kindness towards them becomes genuine. One occasion is in the band story: after seeing Aya keep trying to sell tickets to their second concert despite the heavy rain, she stops to help her, understanding that Aya is desperately trying her best.
- She's also genuinely kind towards Kanon, with Kanon being one of the few people she's sincerely sweet towards from the start. Because she sees Kanon as one of her only truly genuine friends.
- Precious Puppy: Episode 3 of Pastel Life reveals that she has a job at a local dog cafe, where she's made friends with a friendly dog named Leon.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the band's disaster of a debut Chisato quickly tries to ditch what she views as a sinking ship. She only stays because of the agency executives advising her that leaving would do even more damage to her reputation, as if she left the agency they wouldn't be able to protect her from the worst of the media's attacks.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She speaks very sweetly and is perfectly polite, but can drop it in an instant when annoyed by something. It's something of a survival instinct that comes with growing up in the very cut-throat world of entertainment and media. You can almost see the temperate drop in the room when she stops smiling.
- Stepford Smiler: Her smiles in public mask a cynical and cold girl underneath, though she's not all bad once you get to befriend her.
- Talented, but Trained: Chisato is a well respected star within the acting world, lauded for her talent. A few events show that her skill doesn't come naturally to her in the way it does to someone like Kaoru, or Hina. She researches, and works herself to the bone to prepare for a role, which goes a way to explaining her cynicism towards Aya's attitude that just "doing her best" will yield the results she wants. Chisato knows sometimes you have to go above and beyond that to get what you want.
- Tsundere: In an everyday context she tends to get along with people pretty well, although she can suddenly be very blunt. But she comes off as sort of an Ice Queen around Kaoru and her dramatic language.
The Keyboardist for for Pastel*Palettes. Half-Finnish and half-Japanese, she moved from Finland to Japan where she became a model under Pastel*Palettes' agency. She loves learning about Japanese culture and especially about bushido, using it as her explanation for everything. She has an energetic nature and gives everything her absolute best, from tea ceremony to kendo to flower arranging and especially to her band, making it easy to root for her.
- Barehanded Blade Block: She doesn't execute one herself, but does ask Aya to swing a sword at her to practice it.
- Catch-Phrase: "Bushido!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Somehow finds ways to trace everything in life to bushido and the samurai lifestyle.
- Cuddle Bug: Loves initiating hugs between the other members of the band, not to mention her "hugu hugu hugu~!" line that will sometimes play when she performs with a player using Chisato in game. It's implied that, having lived in Finland most of her life, she has a more relaxed sense of personal space than the other girls.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: You would think that someone interested in samurai and bushido would have a deep samurai-esque voice. You would be wrong.
- The Determinator: Over martial arts, it seems...
- Fashion Model: She was a model for the same agency that had her join Pastel*Palettes.
- Friendless Background: She didn't have a lot of friends when she first moved to Japan.
- Funny Foreigner: A lot of humor is derived from Eve's obsession with bushido, i.e. samurai code (and a Stealth Pun on a certain company's name) and various Japanese culture things. She's half-Finnish.
- Genki Girl: On the lighter scale. She's bright and easily enthused, but not hyper like Hagumi and Kokoro can be. When she tackles a task she gets pretty into it, though.
- Mellow Fellow: A cheery one, but one who still falls under this, which makes her Cloudcuckoolander commentary even funnier.
- Nice Girl: A very chipper gal, especially when learning something new about Japan. Her language is also very polite, but that might be related to learning it that way.
- Pinocchio Nose: According to Hanne, Eve's voice will crack if she is telling a lie.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Not so much in personality, but her interests- which include tea ceremony, kendo, flower arrangement, and watching Japanese period dramas- and her fixation on trying to follow the samurai code seem to imply that she's trying to invoke the image of a traditional Japanese young lady.
The Guitarist for for Pastel*Palette. She's also Sayo's younger twin sister. A natural genius who tends to become skilled at anything she tries with barely any effort. Because of this, Hina tends not to understand other people struggling where she succeeds, and can be rather blunt, but she always means well. Mellow and relaxed in nature in contrast to her twin's uptight and serious demeanor, she is distressed about the rift between them and wants to be a good younger sister to Sayo.
- The Ace: Hina is basically good at anything and everything she tries, including playing the guitar, which she cheerfully admits she picked up on a whim. To Sayo, who not only started playing guitar to be good at something that Hina had nothing to do with but practiced extremely hard to get as good as she is, this is a bit of a blow.
- Always Identical Twins: To Sayo. They go through quite a rift, though.
- Always Someone Better: What Sayo hates about Hina and cause the eventual rift of the twins. Hina is good at so many things that Sayo felt inferior to her.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Sayo certainly sees her as this.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Her instant mastery of skills is mostly attributed to her ability to understand how to do things by seeing it done by someone with that skill already. Case in point, to practice an acting role where she has to cry, she asks Aya to start crying so she can watch and try it herself.
- Brutal Honesty: While Hina is a kind girl at heart she's noted for being a little blunt, particularly in delicate situations.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hina is hyperactive, a little lacking in tact, and describes things with words like boppin, zappin, and shooby dooby, but shes such a brilliant learner that she manages to rival Sayo, who was personally picked by Yukina, in guitar skills despite a gap of years in practice, and is known by her peers to be immediately good at anything she tries.
- The Idealist: She's more of a world half-full sort of person.
- Innocently Insensitive: Hina's almost supernatural ability to excel at basically anything she tries leads to this- it's not that she's a cruel person, she just genuinely doesn't understand how other people aren't immediately good at new things, let alone why they struggle to improve when they continuously make the same mistakes. Because she's never really had to deal with this, she can't empathize, leading to her often say rude things.
- Meaningful Name: Her name contains the Kanji for "Day", symbolizing how she is much more brighter and cheerful than her sister.
- Mellow Fellow: While she can get excitable at times, overall she's a pretty chill person who isn't quick to anger.
- Nice Girl: Despite her Brutal Honesty Hina is actually pretty friendly, and unlike many of the more serious characters in the cast, she finds the many Cloudcuckoolanders' ideas really fun and interesting. Then again, she does have a bit of their tendencies, though not as much as say, Eve or Kaoru or Moca.
- Tomboy: In terms of her off-stage casual dress style and some of her hobbies, if not in archetypal personality. She's the tomboy to her friend Lisa's Girly Girl, for example, and several of Pastel*Palettes' girls.
- Shared Family Quirks: She and Sayo have the same favorite food: junk food.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Sayo. Their personalities differs like night and day.
The Drummer for Pastel*Palettes. Originally a studio musician for the agency who was filling in while they searched for a drummer, her chemistry with the girls and her hidden beauty led to Chisato formally asking her to join Pastel*Palettes as a full member. She is a huge music geek and talks for hours when the subject turns to music equipment.
- Adorkable: While she's clearly a bit socially awkward, her distinct laugh and nerdy flights of fancy about music equipment come off as more endearing than anything. Judging by the comments of some audience members during Pastel*Palettes' second concert, she seems to be seen as this In-Universe as well.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It may be Hina who's blunt and brutal, but Maya fits many more of the traits of autistic people: she's very dedicated, fixates on sound equipment and can talk about it for ages, doesn't care much for her appearance, says things that the image-minded Chisato tries to drum out of her (like her Signature Laugh and Verbal Tic), is awkward around people, and even pressure-stims by stuffing herself behind the speakers or under the couch.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Just seeing Maya with her glasses off convinces Chisato of her potential as an idol, and Maya takes them off when performing.
- Hollywood Homely: In Universe example. Feels Chisato thinking about how she doesn't really go deep into taking care of her hair, skin, eyebags, etc., and it basically ticks off almost everything — but then again, Chisato was the one who recruited her.
- Lovable Nerd: She's a huge nerd for music and audio production.
- No Social Skills: She can be kind of awkward, and her laughter during lives is pretty exuberant.
- Otaku: Specifically, for music equipment.
- Shorttank: As a nice, nervous and nerdy person, she doesn't fit the attitude, but everything else, from casual wardrobe to tomboyishness.
- Signature Laugh: A self-conscious "huhehe."
As a bandA band featured in the anime. It is made up of third years and Rimi's older sister Yuri is a member.
- Non-Player Character: They do have a few songs in Girls Band Party and appear in a few event cutscenes with voices and character models, but you can't recruit any of their members into your roster.
- Put on a Bus: They have not appeared in the second season of the anime despite appearing in the first.Justified since season two takes place in the new school year and they have graduated and are presumably attending college. Yuri specifically is attending college overseas.
Rimi's older sister and the guitar vocalist of Glitter*Green.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts as this to Rimi and the rest of Poppin' Party.
The drummer of Glitter*Green and an inventory worker at Edogawa Gakki.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Poppin' Party initially think she's shy until she starts tackle hugging them.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Cuteness Proximity: Hinako is particularly prone to this when she sees girls that she considers "cute."
- Glomp: Her reaction to seeing cute girls.
- The Quiet One: Rii gets her to act like this in order to keep the band's image.
The bassist of Glitter*Green and a salesperson at Edogawa Gakki.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Hinako.
- Companion Cube: She carries around a plush demon named Debeko. Tae loves it.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type B.
- Clark Kenting: Kasumi, Saya, and Arisa don't realize she's the keyboardist of Glitter*Green until she takes off her glasses.
- Motherly Side Plait: Wears her hair in this style while at school.
- Odd Friendship: With Arisa. They met at a ramen shop at some point and became food acquaintances. It takes the rest of Arisa's band by surprise.
- Student Council President: In the anime, Nanana is this for Hanasakigawa Girls' Academy.
As a band
They consist of LAYER on bass/vocals, MASKING on drums, CHU2 on DJ, PAREO on keyboard, and Asahi Rokka on guitar. Their original songs blend hard rock with electronica.
- The Nameless: Initially introduced by their stage names. Currently, only Rokka's name is known while CHU2 has introduced herself with her stage name.
- Fangirl: Of Poppin' Party.
- Meganekko: She's a cute girl wearing glasses.
- Motherly Side Plait: She has her haired styled in one of these.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She could rival Kanon in shyness.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Tied with PAREO for being the youngest character in the series.
- Berserk Button: Takes music very seriously and is liable to go into fits of rage if she sees talent going to waste.
- Idiot Hair: She has one on her head, but she's is not an idiot.
- Surprisingly Good English: As she had spent some time aboard in an international school, she speaks perfect English. Although it can come off as Gratuitous English at times when attempting to emphasize a point she's making.
- Teen Genius: Despite being 14, she is a first year in high school due to having excellent grades.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Proclaims she will destroy Roselia after Yukina rejected her offer to become the band's producer.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Enjoys stick jerky out of a wine glass.
- Fangirl: For Pastel*Palettes. Also for CHU2, whom she gleefully addresses with "-sama."
- Genki Girl: Easily the most excitable member of RAS.
- Multicolored Hair: Has pink and teal hair normally, but dyes it black and white for lives.
- The Baby of the Bunch: While the same age as CHU2, Pareo is still a middle school student
- Bruiser Witha Soft Center: Despite her tough appearance and persona, MASKING enjoys reading manga and baking cakes.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Blonde hair and gold eyes.
- Japanese Delinquents: Earned a reputation as such due to her natural blonde hair, choice of fashion, and aggressive live performances that earned her the nickname of "Mad Dog."
- Alternate Continuity: They are in a continuity separate from that of the six other bands, thus eschewing the probability of Argonavis interacting with them.
- Darker and Edgier: About as dark as you can actually get in this franchise. The band members are college students and they're dealing with a bit more heavier issues such as trying to save a family business or finding a new dream after the original one doesn't pan out.
- The One Guy: A group example; of the seven bands that are part of the series, they're the only one to comprise male members.
The lead vocalist of Argonavis. He's a first year law student who dreamed of performing, but was too meek to actually do so. He was discovered by Yuuto while singing alone in a karaoke room.
The guitarist of Argonavis. Though he is studying literature, he yearns to pursue his passion in music and be part of a successful band.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's stuck in the shadow of his successful older brothers and decided to form Argonavis to prove himself to his family.
The bassist of Argonavis. He is also a literature student and tries to be realistic about the band's potential in contrast to Yuuto's positivity. His brother was also in a band and was the one who taught him how to play.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Rimi. While the two of them learned to play bass from their older siblings in bands, Rimi adores her older sister while Wataru has his older brother on the top of his dislike column.
The drummer of Argonavis. He is a first year business student looking for a way to rebuild his family's dairy farm, which is sunk in debt. He ends up joining Argonavis in order to earn money.
The keyboardist of Argonavis. He is a political economy student who originally wanted to be a baseball player. He was unfortunately injured before the high school national tournament and was forced to give up on that dream.
- Broken Ace: He excelled at everything he tried, but he became apathetic after the baseball incident. It's only when he joins Argonavis that he begins to put effort in his work again.
One of the staff at the live house CiRCLE. In Girls Band Party, she is trying to get five bands together for a multi-band event with your help.
- Ascended Extra: In GBP she seldom appears after the first few Main Story chapters and is entirely off-screen in event and band stories, but BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!☆PICO gives her a good deal more screentime.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor poor Marina gets involved in a lot of scenarios where she comically gets hurt or injured in Garupa Pico thanks to the girls' antics.
- Chewing the Scenery: In PICO's first episode, she introduces the five main bands with some very dramatic flair.
- A Day in the Limelight: A much more downplayed example, however the CiRCLING event does give her some additonal focus alongside the event stars, Poppin Party. Namely, we find out that she used to be in a band herself when she was younger, and that she now works in a live house hoping to encourage other bands to follow their dreams and succeed where her band failed.
- Token Adult: Marina is the only major adult character in a cast of high school girls (and one middle schooler).
Yukina's fatherA vocalist for a band back in his youth, he is the primary inspiration for Yukina as a vocalist. Yukina is trying to launch her own successful career in order to convince him to play one last time.
- Biseinen: He is surprisingly handsome for a dad, as shown in the "A Song Unfinished" event in Girls Band Party.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Like Yukina, he was very serious about his music back in his prime.
- No Name Given: His given name is never told.
- So Proud of You: At the end of the "A Song Unfinished" event story, he leaves a congratulatory letter backstage for Yukina that confirms that he was there to see Roselia cover the song he sent to Yukina.
Ran's fatherThe head of a family-run flower arrangement school who expects his daughter Ran to pass the torch. He sees her band career as an impediment to their legacy, and as such the two often butt heads in the household.
- Foil: To Yukina's father. While Yukina's father is supportive of his daughters musical ambitions, Ran's father sees his daughter's band as a hindrance to his plans for her to inherit the school.
- No Name Given: His given name is never told.
- Passing the Torch: What he's trying to get Ran to do, much to her dismay.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's not trying to be cruel to his daughter, but instead believes that Ran's just going through a phase. When Ran convinces him to watch Afterglow perform at an event, he decides that Ran really is serious about her band and allows her to continue with it.
AkariAn elementary schooler and Hagumi's friend. After her legs are injured in a car accident she falls into a deep depression, and Hello, Happy World! make it their mission to make her smile again.
- Troubled Child: Ever since her accident Akari has been depressed and hasn't opened up to anyone. She also rejects every attempt that Hello, Happy World! make to get her to smile and tells them to leave her alone.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: To a certain extent regarding Akari's injuries. Akari's injuries are not that serious and have already begun to heal, but she's so afraid that she won't be able to walk that she refuses to do her physical therapy... which may actually cause her to lose the use of her legs.