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

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi

The leader of the Unit "Valkyrie", that Nazuna was a member of until last year. One of the original five oddballs. He and Mika have continued with their activities since Nazuna left, but 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 under lives.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: He frequently obsessed over Nazuna during his past years, praising and trying to manipulate him without any consideration of 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.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While its not confirmed to be a fact to the character, in the Victorian Gacha story, Natsume speculates that Shu has Dissociative Identity Disorder due to his attachment to Madomoiselle, 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 doesnt recognize his friends.
  • 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 schools during their middle school years, 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 jerk obsessed with dolls and perfection. Kuro laments how he is unable to help him and fear how much his old friend has changed.
    • Break the Haughty: His defeat under Eichi's hand left him broken and rather mellow. The writer for the Marionette event storyline has stated on their twitter that Shu's 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 with 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Was confirmed as one of the original five oddballs.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kuro since they lived in the same neighborhood and had been in the same class and school since kindergarten and elementary.
  • Companion Cube: Carries around a doll named Mademoiselle. However, even though he's had her since forever, it's not 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 why Kuro is understably creeped out by it.
  • Control Freak: Very much so.
  • Cuteness Proximity: If he sees cute little boys. In the past-Valkyrie era he fawned over Nazuna and has acknowledges how cute the rest of the Ra*bits are. He has 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". Which implies that he finds Natsume to be a much bigger oddball than Kanata himself.
  • Fatal Flaw: His obsession with perfection is what eventually lead to Valkyrie's downfall and defeat under fine's hands.
  • First Love: Kuro's mother was apparently his first love, as a child.
  • Fragile Flower: When he was young he was very meek, prone to tears and was often protected by Kuro.
  • 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 uses her to speak for the most part, through his Ventriloquism.
  • Hey, You!: He calls Anzu as "girl" (小娘 komusume) instead of her name (unless he's using Mademoiselle). The Crossroad bonus chapter reveals he calls 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. And he is actually revealed to be quite hurt at Nazuna's departure from Valkyrie that he chose not to aid him directly by writing the aforementioned report to Anzu for Nazuna. This effectively ties up the loose ends between their now awkward relationship for the better. Not by much as their friendship will take time to return to the way it was, but it's still a progress.
  • 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 and not caring about his needs gives him a mark for being one, though thankfully, he seems to be quite 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 Girl: He used to be one, and still is to some extent. Though in his case now the isolation is partially intentional.
  • 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.
  • 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 so he can leave it for Mika to take once he 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 to Mika the stuffed toy he won at the arcade, since Shu knows that Mika has a love for cute things.
    • He has a very good friendship with Kuro shows that he's nice and even after he changed, still valued his friendship with Kuro. 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 falldown, 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 have 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 even has been actively trying to find Mika an apartment to live at after he graduates.
  • The Resenter: Towards Kuro for betraying him during the Five Oddballs Incident. Madara reveals in Revolutionary Live that he did sold out Shu for the sake of the school rebellion, so Shu's resentment is justified.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Croissants. Anzu takes advantage of this at one point when she buys the last croissant at 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 said in Break the Haughty, he can no longer dance as well as he used to, though this is a mild example that he still practiced in order to return to his prime state.

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

Voiced by: Jun Oosuka

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 about 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.


  • Animal Motifs: Crows.
  • 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.
  • 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 resembled her so much.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Has a love for cute things.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Shu. Thankfully Shu realizes this and makes an effort to balance out their relationship.
  • 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.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His name Mika is written in hiragana; that's 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. More likely, he's embarrassed because the syllables that make his name are each 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 about 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-hostile, as he's jealous of how close Kuro and Shu were. In fact, before they got to properly talk 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 in Nazuna's face that Nazuna's kindness is most likely fake and keeps calling him a traitor.
    • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Shu's blatant favoritism and continuous mistreatment during 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 deep down he is emotionally hurt, and he starts to express how much he is jealous of people around Shu, starting from Milky Way and Frozen Ice.
  • Expy: He is noted to be alike to Suzu Kuromori from Ensemble Girls, who was Anzu's best friend before she moved to Yumenosaki academy. Both are Shrinking Violets, have Mismatched Eyes, and they revered 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.
  • Foreshadowing: Mika meets Suzu in Milky Way, and tells Shu how "Maybe she’s my sister separated from birth?". The graduation episode of Ensemble Girls reveals that Suzu and Mika were siblings all along.
  • 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.
  • Height Angst: He is insecure about his height because he thinks Shu prefers shorter build. He even asks 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.
  • Feel No Pain: Not that he does not feel pain, but apparently he has high pain tolerance and low awareness about his condition. He is not even bothered when he pricks his finger with needle.
  • Freakiness Shame: How he sees his Mismatched Eyes.
  • 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 behaviors, including his fondness for stuffed animals and mixing onomatopoeias used by children in his speech. Shu behaving like Mika's parent figure 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 Trickster) as his enemies for the sake of Shu and Valkyrie, he's forcing it and feels regretful.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Another of Mika's trait he has a complex about, since people apparently 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 the hell". At a sight, 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 the Character Development leads him to embrace his individuality and become a more independent person, as well as reestablishing his relationship with Shu as 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 for 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, (see above), but he mentions a few times that strangers/people make him feel nervous, most likely because of his Mis Matched 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 cheap candies, more specifically, as he has said that he's not good with nicely-made sweets. He often carries them around, and a picture of candy is even included in his autograph.
  • The Un-Favourite : Used to be one during past-Valkyrie era, with Shu ignoring and belittling him for the cuter and doormat Nazuna.
  • 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 times.
  • 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 in 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 epilog, and they get an actual closure in the Starlight Event.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: After Halloween 2017, Mika became concerned over how much nicer Shu has been to him. He talks about how the Shu he's known is practically unrecognizable now, and that 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 she's very nice and suportive 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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