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  • Color Motif: Their unit costume has the color green prominent.
  • Multicolored Hair: All three members have a strand of hair that is highlighted. Tsumugi's is light blue, Sora's is green, and Natsume has white highlights.

     Natsume Sakasaki
"It’s best you be on your Guard. The better you hear, the easier it is to be caught by Magic."

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese), Derick Snow (English)

Sharp-tongued and perverse, he has fun taunting his opponents and companions alike with his eccentric behavior. As one of the former "five oddballs", he looks up to and idolizes his "oddball" seniors, especially Wataru Hibiki.

He is the leader of the unit Switch.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Instead of referring to Natsume by solely his first name, Kanata refers to Natsume either by "Nacchan" or "Magician-san". Natsume himself prefers the former.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of the oddballs, being the only one that is in their second year, and is doted on by Wataru and Rei, which embarasses him. The oddballs love him so much that they protected him to prevent him from being broken.
  • Becoming the Mask: While his interactions with Trickstar hint that he's manipulating Anzu (and Trickstar by extension) for the sake of avenging the Oddballs, his Sweet Words line reveal that he's starting to fall for Anzu for real.
    Fufufu, this is unexpected. It seems that I've becomed enamoured with the little kitten....I'm stumped.
  • Berserk Button: Nearly everything Tsumugi does seem to be this, but only adding the suffix -chan to his name made Natsume want to douse his face with sulfuric acid, even before he had any real ill will towards Tsumugi.
  • Big Brother Worship: He really admires the other oddballs, and refers to all of them using "nii-san", though he used to called Wataru "Master" instead and only started using "nii-san" after he left the oddballs for fine. It's also because of this very reason that he came to hate Tsumugi, since Tsumugi is a former member of fine, and even helped with the destruction of the oddballs, who are very precious to Natsume.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Natsume is smart in his own right (and even mentions that one could get more from reading a book than running around doing P.E.), but usually only goes to classes if he feels like it. It doesn't help that according to him, education is a type of brainwashing.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • He's usually very polite despite his strangeness, but what he says in "magic" speech tends to be a lot sharper than his usual conversation, such as when he unexpectedly calls Subaru a liar and mentions his father, leaving Subaru quite alarmed. There's also another of his side story with Anzu where he says that Anzu helps out Trickstar only out of pity and due to the grim situation the academy is in. He also mentioned that if she wanted to run away, then she can run while she still could. If you played Ensemble Girls, Natsume saying this will make more sense.
    • Tsumugi at one point notes that when Natsume doesn't use his Verbal Tic, what he says are his true feelings. Since he never uses it while talking in his "magic" language, it's fair to assume it is sort of a Brutal Honesty speech mode for him. In fact, when people don't seem to pick up on the harsh things he says in this, he infers that his magic did not get to them.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The last of the five Oddballs, and it's not hard to see why: Verbal Tics are nothing unusual for the Oddballs, but Natsume also has a "magic speech" that's written in a entirely different font; he seems to firmly believe in magic, wears a pentagram collar (and has placed several pentagrams all over the school, marking secret paths, because he thinks it's fun), and apparently sees other students as lab rats to be analyzed. His profile also notes he's rather sadistic.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed since it's one of the few instances he shows such an openly jealous behavior, but Natsume really doesn't take well when being left out of a sleepover between Subaru, Tsumugi and Sora, resulting in a lot of passive-aggression coming from him.
  • Lack of Empathy: He sees everyone as lab rats whom he can analyze by watching and talking. This is seen in his interactions with Subaru and Makoto and arguably Anzu (seen as he only approaches her after she's becomed succesful due to producing other units). The Oddballs are the only exception to him.
    • This comes to bite him in the ass in Night of the Pleaiades, after he finds out that Subaru, Tsumugi and Sora had a sleepover without him. Natsume is openly sulking about it, until Subaru tells him that his friendship with Tsumugi and Sora is superficial because he never openly shows that he cares for them and acts like he's above them. Natsume is not amused.
  • Magic Versus Science: He apparently combines both. While he does "experiments" with chemics and creates "bombs" (though they turn out to be ordinary food), Natsume considers science more of a pastime and a side research. What he really likes is alchemy and straight up sorcery, unlike Wataru, who according to him likes more fantastic types of magic.
  • Momma's Boy: His mother is a well-known fortune teller who he seems to respect. He does not accept any compliments or gratitude for her work, believing that those should be directed to her; it's implied that if he has any "Well Done, Son!" Guy tendencies, it's probably towards her. More to the point, at least in Magicians Assemble (which takes place before Switch's formation), he even distinctively calls her "my mommy".
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • When he finds out that Tsumugi told Wataru about his Old Shame as a crossdresser in Rosicrucian Story. And then Wataru tells Anzu. He goes from shocked, to flustered to a Tranquil Fury (and it's stated he gave Tsumugi a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown offscreen).
    • In Night of the Pleaiades he finds out that Subaru, Tsumugi and Sora had a sleepover without him, and he's not pleased about being left out. When Subaru tells him that's because he's always acting like he's above everyone, Natsume threatens to curse him.
    • In his Sweet Words line, he realizes he's start to fall for Anzu for real (See Becoming the Mask above). Even he lampshades it.
  • Old Shame: Everything related to having to cross dress as a girl when he was a child. As noted in Wholesome Crossdresser.
  • The Resenter: Towards Tsumugi for his participation in the War and by extension the Five Oddballs incident. Later stories reveal he's aware that Tsumugi was just an Unwitting Pawn to Eichi back then, but still treats him badly because his subservient attitude pisses him off.
  • Smug Smiler: His default expression.
  • The Tease: To Anzu, whom he calls "Little Kitten", and often makes passing jokes about dating her.
  • Unconventional Formatting: Sometimes the text in his dialogue box changes to a bizarre, hard to read font, which tells you when he's using his "magic".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: When he was a child, his parents made him dress up a like a girl for a performance related to their work, and in Tsumugi's parents old dance/idol academy. While he gained fame as a mysterious and talented little girl named "Natsume-chan", it now seems to be an old shame for him, and he refers to it as his "dark past".
  • Verbal Tic: While it doesn't translate well in English, he ends most of his sentences in Katakana. Because this usually happens when someone raises their intonation or volume, a common solution is to translate his tic as Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble. In his substory, Natsume explains that one of the reasons he does this is so that certain words that would be unnoticeable otherwise, can more easily enter into the listener's subconscious.

     Tsumugi Aoba
"I feel uneasy! It's scary when there's something I don't understand!"

Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Justin Briner (English)

Although he can be high-strung at times, he is usually gentle in his demeanor. He is interested in fortune telling and divination, and keeps a lucky item of the day as part of his daily routine. He serves as the library chairman and often receives harsh treatment by Natsume. A member of the unit Switch.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's even lampshaded (by Tsumugi himself no less) that he probably has some type of anxiety disorder.
  • The Atoner / It's All My Fault: The reason for his current relationship with Natsume. Tsumugi blames himself for his participation in the War and by extension the Five Oddballs incident. Tsumugi acts very meek and nice with Natsume, as a way to atone for said incident, but Natsume still resents him for it (even though he knows Tsumugi was just an Unwitting Pawn for Eichi) and treats him badly.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Due to the game being rather light, it's more "troubled" than full-on "dark", but it does stand out as far as family backgrounds in Ensemble Stars go: his parents were deceived by a fake religious cult, their dance/idol academy was closed at some point, his parents divorced and his mother remarried. He seems to be perfectly alright despite all of this, but Natsume doesn't fully buy it and notes that Tsumugi gave off a completely different impression in the past than the one he does now, implying that all of this at least had some effect on his personality.
  • Extreme Doormat: His main problem is that he often goes along with what people want. To the point of willingly helping Eichi with his plan to overthrow Yumenosaki in the past or letting himself be abused by Natsume. He's also constantly belittling himself. However, in his "Sweet Words" line to Anzu he actually tries to impress her and not belittle himself for once.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Tsumugi is a name often reserved for girls.
  • Good Luck Charm: He believes in its power and often uses it in his daily routine.
  • Happiness in Slavery: As part of being an Extreme Doormat.
    • Eichi accuses him of this. Tsumugi does his work dutifully and earnestly no matter what, even going to unnecessary lengths to do so. When he becomes fine's "organizer" of sorts despite Eichi being the one who's actually manipulating the strings from his own safe zone, Tsumugi says Eichi is doing the right thing, since if something goes wrong, Eichi can just throw Tsumugi to the wolves in his place; the thought of becoming The Scapegoat doesn't seem to really bother him.
    • Even now as part of Switch, he's still docile and has no problem following Natsume, who treats him terribly. Natsume, using his magic speech, theorizes that Tsumugi works this hard out of fear that people won't love him otherwise. Tsumugi himself doesn't confirm or deny this, since he doesn't seem to listen when Natsume mentions it.
  • Innocently Insensitive: His attitude when interacting with Natsume. Such as treating him like a child (even when Natsume has stated he resented being "the runt" of the Oddballs) and telling Wataru about his Old Shame as a crossdresser (even though Natsume told him many times not to tell anyone).
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest guys in the game so far: Tsumugi really cares a lot about his friends and would support them as much as he can. He also hates hurting others and would never try to do anything that would hurt anyone, even to someone like Natsume, who treats him harshly.
  • Parental Substitute: He actively tries to be this to Natsume, believing that the latter probably feels lonely for not spending enough time with his own mother, and even mentions that he loves Natsume as if he was his own child. Subverted because Natsume is getting none of it and resents him for his indirect participation in the downfall of the Five Oddballs.
  • The Pollyanna: A Deconstruction, and several characters lampshade it. His outlook on life is a bit too optimistic. For example: when Rei got him into bungee jumping off the roof, the only thing he said about it was that was the first time his life flashed before his eyes. Rei finds this attitude creepy, and wonders if Tsumugi has already been through so many bad times in life that there's nothing left of him to be hurt anymore. Tsumugi also gives a glimpse of how his mindset works when telling Natsume that while doesn't believe people can always make a comeback from terrible situations, they can still be happy at the bottom.

     Sora Harukawa
"That sound~ That’s the sound of tap water, okay~? Sora knows~ Sora can tell!"

Voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto (Japanese), Emily Fajardo (English)

A cheerful and "my pace" kind of character. Because he acts on intuition, his communication skills are a bit on the weak side. He has synesthesia, which gives him the ability to sense the color of sounds and odours. He idolizes Natsume and Tsumugi. A member of the unit Switch.

  • The Empath: Very downplayed, and is attributed to his synesthesia. He's not good in expressing it in words, but he can see/feel the colors from the emotions people truly feel.
  • Signature Laugh: His is any variation of "Haha Hihi Huhu Hehe Hoho" or "Ha Hi Hu He Ho".
  • Tastes Like Purple: He has synesthesia, which means he sees colors from sounds and smells.
  • Third-Person Person: He refers to himself while speaking.
  • Verbal Tic: Ends a lot of his sentences with "na~" or "na~?", which really doesn’t mean much other than sorta emphasizing what he said. This is sorta like trying to explain what “like” means when someone just randomly ‘like,’ just tosses it in there to hold out part of the sentence.


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