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    In General 
  • Dysfunctional Family: Used to be.
    • Quirky Household: As their Character Development goes on, their relationship becomes closer to this. They still retain a puppeteer-doll relationship, but only as a reminder of their close bond and dedication to the unit. It is even stated in Teddy Bear that their relationship resembles a close-knit family after the events of Halloween.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Suffers the most out of this after Eichi/fine's reign, being the top unit before them.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: They live together in Shu's house, but their relationship is closer to one of a parent and child than one of lovers.

Current Members

    Shu Itsuki
"It is unnecessary to heed the gazes of the vulgar folk, you know!"

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese), Shawn Gann (English)
Portrayed by: Taiki Yamazaki (stage play)

The leader of the Unit "Valkyrie" that Nazuna was a member of until his third year. One of the original five oddballs. He and Mika have continued with their activities since Nazuna left, albeit less frequently. As the captain of the handicraft club, he has dexterous and skillful fingers, and made the uniforms of their unit by himself.

He is an arrogant person who wants everything to go his way. Despite this, he does not like places with many people and is not very good at facing the crowds at lives.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He frequently obsessed over Nazuna during his past years, praising and trying to manipulate him without any consideration for his feelings. Nazuna was noticeably irked by such behavior and tried his best to express his annoyance (which ended in vain), at least during their first year at school if the story Dragon Fruit is any indication. Fortunately Shu stopped being one after Nazuna left Valkyrie; instead, he avoids him in fear of hurting him again.
  • Affectionate Nickname: In their younger days, Kuro called him Icchan.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While unconfirmed, in the Victorian Gacha story, Natsume speculates that Shu has Dissociative Identity Disorder due to his attachment to Mademoiselle, the persona he takes on when he uses her and how he loses it when he finds out she's missing, completely shutting down to the point where he doesn't recognize his friends.
  • The Atoner: He realized the way he treated fellow members of Valkyrie was wrong, and he wants to make amends for it by learning how to care for people in "the way of humans". His attitude towards Mika becomes much nicer and caring (albeit he shows slight Tsundere tendencies here and there), and he eventually apologizes to Nazuna in Starlight Festival.
  • Break the Cutie: He was bullied when he was younger for playing with dolls instead of playing rough like normal boys. While he had Kuro to support him, it is hinted in the Marionette's Memories event that the two had split up by the time Kuro and Shu went off to different middle schools, and when Kuro's mother, the one person who supported Shu's interest, passed away. The combination of both turned young Shu into a Control Freak Jerkass obsessed with dolls and perfection. Kuro laments how he is unable to help him and fears how much his old friend has changed.
  • Break the Haughty: His defeat at Eichi's hands left him broken. The writer for the Marionette event storyline has stated on their twitter that Shu only started talking through Mademoiselle after Valkyrie's loss. It affected Shu so badly that he developed a split personality from it and it manifested through the doll. And here's what he has to say about Mika's attempts at keeping Valkyrie altogether:
    Shu: … Sheesh. Ridiculous, is it not, young girl? That one is still convinced I am the strongest and perfect top idol. He still believes that I, who can no longer even dance as well as I want, am the Sovereign of Yumenosaki Academy.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: According to Mika in Magical Halloween, his first meeting with Shu was in a garbage dump and he gave him some cute (and female) clothes to wear. Then he acknowledges it's likely Shu doesn't even remember this meeting. And Shu indeed admits it.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kuro since they lived in the same neighborhood and had been in the same class and school since kindergarten and elementary. He considers Kuro's mom a second mother, as he said he was " jealous of their relationship", which hints at his desire to have a true mother, not a first love.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Is one of the original five oddballs.
  • Companion Cube: Carries around a doll named Mademoiselle. However, even though he's had her since forever, it wasn't until Eichi defeated him that he became utterly broken and eventually developed a split personality that manifests in Mademoiselle, which leads him to treat her like she is a separate human being. He's able to say what he truly feels only through her.
    • It's hinted in Milky Way that he may have modeled Mademoiselle after Kuro's mother. No wonder Kuro is understandably creeped out by it.
  • Control Freak: Very much so. His rather twisted idea of love in the past-Valkyrie era involved micromanaging Nazuna and Mika complete with puppet imagery, all because he believed loving them meant helping them achieve perfection no matter the cost.
  • Cuteness Proximity: If he sees cute little boys. In the past-Valkyrie era he fawned over Nazuna and has acknowledged how cute the rest of Ra*bits are. He also started gushing when he saw Mitsuru in shorts, to a truly ridiculous extent. Even Mitsuru is annoyed to no end by it.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He regards Natsume, the last oddball to be revealed, as "That thing", implying that he finds Natsume to be a much bigger oddball than even Kanata.
  • Fatal Flaw: His obsession with perfection is what eventually lead to Valkyrie's downfall and defeat at fine's hands.
  • Gratuitous French: He'll pepper some French in his speech.
  • Hand Puppet: Or Hand Antique Doll, really. Shu goes almost everywhere carrying his antique doll he calls Mademoiselle and often uses her to speak through his Ventriloquism.
  • Hey, You!: He calls Anzu "girl" (小娘 komusume) instead of her name (unless he's using Mademoiselle). The Crossroad bonus chapter reveals he addresses all girls this way.
  • Hidden Depths: The epilogue of the Marionette's Memories event reveals that he wrote a report of Ra*bits performances for Anzu to see and later given to Nazuna. In addition, he is revealed to be quite hurt by Nazuna's departure from Valkyrie, choosing not to aid him directly by sending the aforementioned report through Anzu. This marks the beginning of a slow recovery for their awkward relationship.
  • It's Personal: He wants to defeat Eichi by himself due to what Eichi has done to him in the course of the "War". As such, he wasn't very happy with Trickstar and Anzu when they defeated Eichi instead, leaving him acting hostile to them for a while.
  • Jerkass: The fact that he recruited Nazuna simply for his looks without considering his needs gives him a mark for being one, though thankfully, he seems to be much less of a jerk now than he was before. What he has to say about Nazuna leaving Valkyrie is the kicker though.
    Shu: What a shame. You were one of my best masterpieces.
  • Lonely Doll Guy: He used to be one, and still is to some extent, though now the isolation is partially intentional.
  • Love at First Sight: He was smitten by Nazuna's beauty the first time he saw him, leading him to recruit Nazuna and form the original Valkyrie with him. Unfortunately, his love quickly became an unhealthy obsession that eventually contributed to their bitter split.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Magical Halloween, it's implied and later confirmed that he finally acknowledges and takes responsibility for Mika's unhealthy devotion towards him, realizing Mika would literally destroy himself for Shu's sake because all he's known is his mistreatment. Since then, he' s been trying to fix it.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He wears a Classy Cravat with his uniform instead of the standard necktie.
  • Not Good with People: His profile says that he does not like crowds, and he's not that much better with one person at a time. He talks through his doll to deal with this, when needed.
  • Parental Substitute: To Mika.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite being dismissive and haughty, Shu has his moments.
    • He may not be entirely nice towards him, but he does care for Mika. He lets Mika stay at his place and cooks for him because the boy is so thin, despite the fact Shu himself isn't interested in meals, and also takes up sewing jobs for Halloween to get funds for Mika's use after Shu graduates.
    • Despite his resentful and condescending attitude towards Anzu, Mademoiselle treats her with kindness. Considering that Mademoiselle expresses Shu's inner thoughts, that's saying something.
    • In Gunman, he considers giving Mika the stuffed toy he won at the arcade, since Shu knows that Mika has a love for cute things.
    • He had a very good friendship with Kuro and still valued their relationship even after he changed. Shu even has a Freudian Slip and calls him "Ryuu-kun" (his childhood pet name) behind his back.
    • Baking a croissant for Anzu as a return gift in the White Day event.
    • And despite their falling out, he does let Nazuna leave Valkyrie in the end.
    • In Teddy Bear, Mika mentions that Shu has been much kinder to him since the Halloween Live, trying to make small talk with him (when he originally found Mika's chatter irritating), trusting him with more sewing jobs, and smiling at him rather than scolding him for mistakes. He's even been actively trying to find Mika an apartment to live in after Shu graduates.
  • Prone to Tears: When he was young he was very meek and prone to tears and was often protected by Kuro.
  • The Resenter: Towards Kuro for betraying him during the Five Oddballs incident. Madara reveals in Revolutionary Live that Kuro did sell Shu out for the sake of the school rebellion, so Shu's resentment is justified.
  • Super Window Jump: The first time he saw Nazuna, he was so struck by his beauty that he jumped out of a window to talk to him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Croissants. Anzu takes advantage of this at one point when she buys the last croissant in the school store.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: According to Chizuru Yakumo (one of Anzu's friends from Ensemble Girls) in the light novel.
  • The Worf Effect: As mentioned in Break the Haughty, he can no longer dance as well as he used to, though this is a mild example tas at he still practised in order to return to his prime state.

    Mika Kagehira
"Jus’ don’t stare too much at me, alright? I.. don’t like bein’ looked at too much, yanno~?"

Voiced by: Jun Oosuka (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)
Portrayed by: Hiroki Ino (stage play)

Being all alone as a first-year, he admires Shu because he called out to him. He is currently getting along with him in the handicraft club. He harbors complicated feelings towards Nazuna, who left their unit. He has an honest and gullible personality, but can easily become lonely and broody.

He likes cute and scary things, but has very few friends because he has difficulties finding people who share his interests. He has a complex about his girlish name and mismatched eyes.

  • Always Someone Better: How he feels towards Shu's acquaintances, especially Nazuna. He even believes he cannot be Shu's most important person no matter how hard he tries to.
  • Animal Motifs: Crows.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He stayed with Shu in Valkyrie simply because Shu takes him seriously. Even if he isn't entirely nice to Mika.
    • Also, the reason why he eventually warms up to Anzu, despite Shu ordering him to ignore her.
  • Connected All Along: Turns out he was Suzu Kuromori's brother all along. No wonder he resembles her so much.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Has a love for cute things.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Shu's blatant favoritism and continuous mistreatment during the past-Valkyrie era resulted in Mika's inferiority complex. At a glance he seems to brush off such remarks as if it does not hurt at all, but it turns out that he is emotionally hurt deep down, and he starts to express how jealous he is of people around Shu, starting from Milky Way and Frozen Ice.
  • Does Not Like Men: It's not that he doesn't like men, per se, but he's a bit scared of guys since he was apparently raised surrounded by girls. This is why he gets along very well with Arashi, and why he feels at ease talking with Anzu despite his anxiety. The reason he's in an all-boys school like Yumenosaki is because Shu invited him.
  • Expy: He is noted to be similar to Suzu Kuromori from Ensemble Girls, who was Anzu's best friend before she transferred to Yumenosaki academy. Both are Shrinking Violets, have Mismatched Eyes, and revere a close friend (Shu for Mika, Anzu for Suzu). This is probably the reason why Anzu often tries to reach out to Mika despite his attempts to brush her off.
    • Anzu also befriends him the same way, constantly trying to reach him until she earns his trust.
    • The graduation episode of Ensemble Girls reveals that Suzu and Mika are in fact, siblings. They were separated at birth and just found out after Suzu's graduation.
  • Feel No Pain: Not that he does not feel pain, but he has high pain tolerance and low awareness about his condition. He is not even bothered when he pricks his finger with a needle.
  • Foreshadowing: Mika meets Suzu in Milky Way, and tells Shu "Maybe she’s my sister separated from birth?". The graduation episode of Ensemble Girls reveals that Suzu and Mika were siblings all along.
  • Freakiness Shame: How he sees his Mismatched Eyes.
  • Friend to All Children: He's apparently a very popular idol with the children from his hometown, who saved their allowance and rode a train to Yumenosaki Academy (without any adult chaperones) just to see his performance during Halloween. Mika has them call their parents so that they don't worry.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His name Mika is written in hiragana which is commonly for girls. He's not the only one in the cast with a feminine-sounding name, but he's notable for having a small complex over it. Most likely, he's embarrassed because the syllables that make his name are synonymous with very common kanji used in girls' names (such as "beauty" and "fragrance/flower" respectively), making it even more feminine.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He's secretly annoyed by how Shu appreciates Nazuna, the Oddballs and Kuro more than him, who stayed by Shu's side the whole time. His interactions with Kuro are rather passive-aggressive, as he's jealous of how close Kuro and Shu were. In fact, before they got to properly talk to each other and hear each other's sides in the Starlight event, Mika notably urges Shu to talk to Nazuna, asks Shu if he wants to talk to Nazuna and also seems pleasant enough towards him, but when Shu's not around, the pleasantness is gone and he often says outright to Nazuna's face that Nazuna's kindness is most likely fake and keeps calling him a traitor.
  • Height Angst: He is insecure about his height because he thinks Shu prefers shorter builds. He even asks if would it be better if he does not grow.
  • It's Personal: He, similar to Shu, wanted to personally defeat Eichi himself, mostly out of loyalty to Shu. Hence, why he's similarly hostile to Anzu at first.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Mika comes from Osaka (or at least somewhere in the Kansai region) in Japan.
  • Kiddie Kid: Despite being a high school student, he shows a lot of childish behavior, including his fondness for stuffed animals and mixing onomatopoeia used by children in his speech. Shu behaving like Mika's Parental Substitute also contributes to this impression.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Ultimately a deconstruction. Anyone can easily see that he's gullible and kind, but that makes him very hard to handle when he's upset like in Star Festival, where even Arashi has a hard time calming him down. Nazuna even points out it's his kind, simple nature that makes him unable to hold back his difficult negative feelings.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Part of Frozen Ice is in his perspective, where his thoughts and monologues admit that while he feels obligated to think of certain people (like Anzu and Trickstar) as his enemies for the sake of Shu and Valkyrie, he's forcing it and feels regretful.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Another of Mika's traits he has a complex about, since people have said mean things about them. He's still happy to have Anzu praise them, though.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Mika loves "scary things" as much as he loves cute things.
  • Parental Abandonment: He was abandoned at an orphanage by his birth parents, hence his issues with throwing things away, and being thrown away himself.
  • Satellite Character: Eventually subverted and deconstructed. Most of his motivations revolve around Shu, and many of his dialogues are about Shu's prowess as an artist and his determination to follow him "to the bottom of hell". At first glance, one might think that he wants to stay as an idol only for Shu's sake. But as the story progresses, the unhealthy side of his devotion comes into play, and Mika faces the reality that he is literally dying inside because of his compulsion to be useful to Shu. Fortunately, his Character Development leads him to embrace his individuality and become a more independent person, as well as reestablishing his relationship with Shu as a more equal one. In stories like Shooting Star Festival and Magical Halloween, Mika starts to develop his own goals and tastes such as his interest in festivals and his newfound wish to become an idol who can appeal to children. He also sheds his shyness and forced animosity towards certain individuals, and interacts with his classmates and underclassmen on good terms. The change in his 5-star line also reflects this; the previous line indicated how much he is devoted to Shu as his "doll", while the changed line shows how much he takes pride in his unit and himself as an idol.
  • Shadow Archetype: For his sister Suzu. Just like her, Mika was ostracized for his Mismatched Eyes and became obsessively devoted to a person who was nice to him. The difference is that Shu realized how much Mika had become unhealthily devoted to him and wanted to make him grow out of it (since Shu will graduate and leave him), while Anzu was forced to transfer and Suzu became a chuunibyou as a way to cope with her absence. Also, Suzu eventually formed bonds with other people while Mika only cared about Shu. In resume, Mika is what would have happened to Suzu if Anzu had stayed at her side.
  • Shrinking Violet: Partially due to being scared of men in an all-guys school, but he mentions a few times that strangers and people in general make him feel nervous, most likely because of his Mismatched Eyes.
  • Sweet Tooth: He seems to carry around candies everywhere. The type of sweet things he can eat seems to be limited, however, as he apparently can't consume "properly made sweets".
  • Trademark Favorite Food : Candies, or more specifically, cheap candies, as he has said that he's not good with nicely-made sweets. He often carries them around, and a doodle of candy is even included in his autograph.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Shu. Even when Shu mentions that Mika could just pick up a new identity and join a new unit, and not just live in the remains of what Valkyrie has become, Mika says he's fine with sinking even deeper as long as he's with Shu, and that he'll stay in Valkyrie till the end of time.
  • The Un-Favourite: Used to be one during the past-Valkyrie era, with Shu ignoring and belittling him in favour of the cuter doormat Nazuna.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Nazuna. Since Nazuna left Valkyrie for his own happiness and left Mika with a broken Shu after their defeat, this left him and Nazuna on bitter terms. Mika is hurt by this but still regards Nazuna fondly, still calling him "Nazuna-nii" like he used to when Nazuna was still in Valkyrie. The bitterness is eventually gone and their old friendship is rekindled as revealed in the Marionette's Memories event epilogue, and they get proper closure in the Starlight event.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: After the 2017 Halloween event, Mika becomes concerned over how much nicer Shu has been to him. He talks about how the Shu he knew is practically unrecognizable now, and how he's not scolding him as often anymore.
  • You Remind Me of X: When Anzu first meets him, she notes his uncanny resemblance to Suzu, her best friend at her old school, to the point where she's very nice and supportive of him and tries to befriend him even though he isn't nice to her at first (because Shu ordered him to).


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