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Player/"Anzu"

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Anime)

The New Transfer Student as well as the only female enrolled in Yumenosaki Academy's Producer Course. The player can choose to input whatever name they wish, though the default is Anzu. She does not appear in the manga version of Ensemble Stars!, but is featured in the novel, anime, and second adaptation of the manga.

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  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Displays a habit of patting people on the head, especially when trying to praise or console them. She seems to be fond of being on both the giving and the receiving side.
  • Animal Motifs: According to Eichi and Yuzuru, Anzu resembles a cat. It goes a bit further when Natsume's Affectionate Nickname for her is "Koneko-chan" (Little kitten, literally).
  • Bad Liar: In Agents, Mao notes she's bad at lying, despite looking stoic.
  • Blithe Spirit: Anzu has a tendency to rush into people's lives and change them for the better. This is the very reason Eichi agreed for her to become the school's producer; he figured that she would change the school's ways since his attempts to do so resulted in the Five Oddballs incident and him becoming The Dreaded.
    Arashi: Hmm, maybe this is when we’ll start to change. Transfer Student-chan has the persuasive power to change people for the better, after all.....♪
    • According to her friends from Kimisaki in Ensemble Girls!, she was this during the little time she was at the school and tried to change the school's ways. Actually a subversion, as her revolution failed and she was forced to transfer. Said incident was her Despair Event Horizon, with Anzu becoming a Extreme Doormat and some of her friends changing for the worse after she was gone.
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  • Boobs of Steel: Dark Night Halloween reveals her to be well-endowed under her blazer, on the CG where she's straddling Koga to the ground, no less.
  • Celibate Heroine: When asked if she gave anyone a romantic chocolate in Valentine, Anzu responds that she "loves everyone" and that she doesn't believe such relationship should happen between a producer and an idol. Hinata calls her out for using her "I love everyone" schtick to build a wall when there are people who clearly like her.
    • Akiomi's advice towards her in the Starmine event held later in the game, but chronologically happens before her conversation with Hinata, may play a part in her decision to be distant: he reminds that as a producer, her job is not to make friends with the idols, but to guide them, even using means that may make them hate her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In spite of her supposed status as Audience Surrogate, she's remarked to be my-paced and does a lot of things that surprise even the players. The most notable would be sneaking into the student council room or broadcasting room with a wall-camouflage ninja technique just because she can. Another would be her meowing like a cat after hearing Yuzuru say he's so busy he'd borrow a cat's hand.
    Yuzuru: You do some offbeat things sometimes, don't you, Anzu-san.
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  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To a certain extent, considering she is supposed to be everyone's Producer. It can be most obviously seen with her interactions with Leo, (giving him a notebook and pen so he doesn't write on walls, taking him to where's supposed to go while letting him letting him guess freely, etc.)
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Seen as this by most of the first years, as lampshaded by Hajime in the Tea Party gatcha sidestory. Mitsuru even addresses her as Sis ("Nee-chan" in Japanese), Tsukasa addresses her as "Onee-sama", and Tetora, in one of his Mini Events, gets embarrassed but happy if the player chooses to say she sees him as a little brother. Even Tori seems to see her as this once he warms up to her.
    • Since she's confirmed to have a little brother in the Normal course of Yumenosaki, she is literally a cool big sister. He doesn't seem to think so, though, as indicated by their gradual drifting apart.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Quite a bit of her dialogue choices in mini events have her thinking how cute the character she's speaking with is to herself, or saying it out loud. She seems to have this the most towards Ra*bits; she hugs Mitsuru for no reason, pats Nazuna's head despite the latter's seniority, and attempts to dress Hajime like a girl all because she finds them cute. Despite being known to be a fair producer, in Phantom Thieves vs Detectives, she blatantly chooses to assist the cute Ra*bits over Knights when prompted. She also has similar tendencies towards Shu's antique doll, Mademoiselle; when she gets to hold her, her interactions of choice are thinking about how cute Mademoiselle is and mentioning wanting to take her home.
    • She and Tori eventually become close enough that she spends most of her interactions with him in the Christmas' event Noel*The Angels' Starlight Festival hugging him, sometimes without any warning. When he pays it back by doing the same, she gets happy about it, because he's so cute.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Mini Events it depends on the player, since some of the optional lines are quite snarky; in actual Events it depends on whoever wrote it.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In the light novel. She joined the producer course mainly in desperation and didn't think of the details. What truly sets her to become a producer was Hokuto's words in regards of the true nature of Yumenosaki's idol system. And later hearing his request near the end of the first chapter of the main story, Hierarchy.
    But my soul trembles. The heat of his flame soaks into my heart.For the first time in a long while, I can confirm that I'm alive. Not just in a state of dying, or breathing, or getting by somehow – I'm alive.
  • Dude Magnet: Eventually, everyone gets a bit of Ship Tease with her, and it looks like she's mostly unaware of how she attracts the boys. And she's too haunted by her regrets and bad memories of Kimisaki to care.
    • Unwanted Harem: And then subverted. At first most of the boys in Yumenosaki don't like or care about Anzu but over time she eventually gains the affections of each of them one by one, with her hard work and constant reaching. Even with all the boys she encounters, she treats them equally, seeing herself as only their producer.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: In the novels at least, concerning her first year in her previous high school.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The graduation episode of Ensemble Girls (which happens one year after Ensemble Stars) shows that Anzu reconciles with her friends from Kimisaki and even resolves the differences with her brother. It's hinted she will continue working as a producer after graduation.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: While Anzu maintains a rather professional attitude about producing, even she isn't immune to moments of appreciating the other idols dressed up in flashy outfits. In Yuzuru's Vacation Live Producer Course, she can say that she's excited about the costumes, with Yuzuru noticing that she was staring at his exposed and very toned stomach while saying that.
  • Failure Knight: Her devotion to helping Trickstar is spawned from her failure to protect her friends in the Kimisaki rebellion.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: It seems she only started properly learning how to cook at the beginning of the game, but she grows good enough that Tetora even praises her knife skills to be up there with Kuro.
  • First-Name Basis: Due to her having no surname, every character calls her by first name plus suffix (or none) after they're out of calling her "transfer student". In the light novels, Anzu herself narrates while referring to the characters by their first names (plus "-san" or "-kun" depending on whether they're older or the same age/younger than her), but her dialogue choices and some lines from the characters in the game imply this isn't really the case when she's talking directly to them.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: In Test of Courage, Ritsu sneaks up on her, Izumi, and Yuta and she faints.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: While Anzu is the default name, the player is allowed to input whatever name they want.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Every time she's mentioned in Ensemble Girls!, things get serious.
  • In-Series Nickname: In the early days of Ensemble Girls! and before Ensemble Stars! was released, she is identified as "Angie"..
  • In the Hood: Her face will always be hidden if she ever appears in a card or CG. Sora's 4* scouting sub story reveals that Anzu's eyes are water-colored (blue, in other words), and a CG with Adonis in the "First Dream Tales" stories show Anzu with brown hair.
  • Like a God to Me: Specifically Hokuto and Shinobu would call her a "Goddess" to her face, with a completely straight look on them. One of Leo's produce courses implies it's actually a rather popular nickname for her in the school.
  • Mysterious Past: Besides being from an all-girls school and having a little brother who commutes to Yumenosaki's general course, little is revealed about her, perhaps to keep her as much of a clean slate the players can relate to as possible. There are, however, Hokuto's words in the main story about the suspicious nature of her transfer, her supposedly busy home circumstances in the strawberry picking scout or her claim of understanding Kaoru's worries in Gunman that imply her private life is more than the stories let on. The novels go further with the hints without being too revealing. If you believe her to be the same Anzu as Ensemble Girls!'s Anzu, though, these hints may make more sense, and it's likely the main scenario writer, Akira, meant them to serve as nods.
  • My Greatest Failure: She blames herself for the failed rebellion at Kimisaki according to the "Crosstalk" chapter. Not only the teachers encouraged the students to bully Anzu in order to force her to leave Kimisaki, she blames herself for leaving her friends behind after transferring. Which leads to....
    • My Greatest Second Chance: The Trickstar unit are this to her in a nutshell. Anzu wants to protect them and make them succesful no matter what as a sort of redemption from failing to help her friends at her old school (combined with Hokuto's plight). In the end everything she does as a producer is more out of a selfish desire to make up for leaving her friends at Kimisaki.
  • New Transfer Student: Her role.
  • Not Blood Siblings: According to the fourth novel, she and her little brother are not related. This in fact matches with the information that has been released much earlier in Ensemble Girls!: that the protagonist of Ensemble Girls! and his older sister, Anzu, are step siblings.
  • Not So Different:
    • To Rei. Both were the leaders of the opposing side of the rebellion at their respective schools, but in the end they lost their position, their friends and reputation as a result. And it affected them badly, with Anzu becoming silent and servile and Rei acting like an old man. Also, both Rei and Anzu have younger brothers who resent being stuck in their shadows.
    • To Shu. Both were broken emotionally after losing everything during a certain incident provoked by the student council president (Eichi and the Five Oddballs era for Shu, Reika and the time at her old school for Anzu). A Well-Intentioned Extremist willingly turned them on the student council, believing it was for the best (Tsumugi and Sakura). And their closest friends being socially-awkward students with heterochromia (Mika and Suzu). And in the end they haven't got over the trauma and choose to cope with it in an unhealthy way (Shu becoming more reclusive and Anzu becoming a workaholic). Though that said, Shu is arguably healing over the course of time while it took until about a year's time (roughly around the period of Ensemble Girls!) for Anzu to have some progress of recovery.
    • To Mao. In the main story, they share similarly delicate positions; Anzu being the New Transfer Student who assists Trickstar without officially being exclusive to them on paper, while Mao is Trickstar on paper but also the student council, stuck between the two. Personality-wise, they're also both Workaholic meddlers who aren't used to being spoiled. In a course in Band Ensemble, Ritsu notes of how Anzu is actually alike to Mao that they like to give others a helping hand and likely overwork themselves that they get tired.
    • Eichi also thinks this about himself and her, as he expresses in Gunman, though he doesn't elaborate which parts he considers similar.
  • One-Gender School: She came from an all-girls school, then transfers to an all-boys school (to which she is the first female student).
  • One of the Boys: In Quarrel Festival, Souma expresses his old-fashioned concern over Anzu gradually losing her femininity from staying in the all-boys school that is Yumenosaki.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: In Hero Show, she takes a paper fan out of nowhere to hit a sickly Chiaki with when the latter refuses to rest. Again mysteriously takes one out to use against Tetora in his course in the Opera event.
    • It also reappears in Chiaki's cat searching sub stories, and it seems she has no qualms whatsoever about hitting him with it considering his reactions.
    • She also wacks Madara with one when he almost discloses her hiding place in Wisteria of Purple May with his yelling.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She wears what seems like pink cardigan under her blazer, and both the raincoat she lent Hajime and the pen she lent Leo in their respective sub stories were pink. It may be her favorite color.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Dons this during the winter, according to Midori's course in Christmas Live.
  • Punny Name: Her name can be taken as an abbreviation of the Japanese pronunciation of the game's title (Ansanburu Sutaazu -> Anzu). It should be noted this applies with Ensemble Girls! Japanese pronunciation as well, and that her name has existed for much longer there.
  • Rebel Leader: Sort of, as she's appointed as Trickstar's leader at a point in the main story, and the common students seem to believe she's the figurehead to the rebellion and that it's thanks to her Trickstar can win. Regardless, Anzu will be the first to deny this.
  • She's Got Legs: And how! Any card that has her full appearance (except for her face at least) will show more attention to her legs.
  • Shrinking Violet: In the novels following the main story. She doesn't talk so much and sometimes, as she is about to speak, someone interrupts. Players who played Ensemble Girls! would have recognized that this is in part of the trauma of the failed rebellion she had taken part and also a leader of. While the games show that she is still in good terms with her old friends, the aftermath itself is likely traumatizing her enough that it's only by the summer of the Yumenosaki curriculum that she had grown to open up with the students.
  • Silent Snarker: Since she doesn't talk in the game, most of her snark moments seem to be a variation of just her staring in disapproval.
  • Smurfette Principle: Not only is she the only female student in the Producer course, she's also the only female student in the whole school.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: People tend to not notice when she comes or goes. Or when she has disappeared while they were busy talking.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: Checks off all the boxes. (seeming) Ordinary High-School Student who gets pulled into the cast's drama? Check. Hardworking and feminine? Check. The Heart of the heroes' side? Check that. Has the attention of some of the most attractive boys in the setting despite her flaws and insecurities? Triple check.
  • The Stoic: According to the other characters, her expressions tend to be subdued... though at the same time, they also note how easy it is to tell what she's thinking from her face.
    • Not So Stoic: She's more expressive during her narrations in the light novel. Also, she breaks down crying after meeting Chizuru again in the "Crosstalk" sidestory.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's very sweet towards the first years (who also admire her in return), open towards the second years, but can prove to be amusingly cold to some third years, especially Kaoru. There's also Shinobu, who gets subjected to both extremes.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Usually just on the side, making costumes or managing the concert while the boys take the spotlight of the story.
  • The Quiet One: Her justifications for being a silent protagonist. This eventually helped her because her silent outset in the beginning caused Eichi to not consider her in part of helping Trickstar in the main story.
  • Team Mom: Several boys have remarked she's like everyone's mom. Ritsu even vouches her as Knights' mom in his course in The King's Horseback Ride.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: A good number of the costumes seen in the game are her work.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Played for Laughs in Tomoya's side story. Tomoya thought Anzu was a boy at first, forced to cross-dress by Wataru... until he touched her chest. He is understandably flustered.
  • Workaholic: She takes her job seriously and gets visibly restless when she has nothing to do. When asked what she wants for White Day, she answers "work". Natsume will also explicitly call her this if you opt to answer "while working" when he asks during what time she has fun.
  • Yes-Man: Downplayed, especially since you, as the player, can refuse some of the boys' requests. However, Anzu will usually comply to what they say and do what they suggest, even if she doesn't know them that well: being brought by the twins to the Light Music Clubroom in the second chapter of the Main Story and then analyzed and told what to do by Rei without so much as complaining, when she was in the middle of a school tour with Trickstar minutes before is a big example of this. It's enough that according to Subaru and as seen in the substory with both him and Natsume, she'll freeze if given two different commands at the same time.
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