Voiced by: Megumi HanChiari is a third year junior high school student who attends the prestigious Jewel Academy. She's straightforward, bright and always a positive thinker despite having a serious case of bad luck. She first meets Ruby at the Jewel Academy when she is opening the Jewelpet Cafe Happiness. She then decides to help her with the Cafe, serving as a waitress. Ruruka and Nene are her best friends and she has a crush on Kousuke.
Forms Magic Gems with Ruby (twice), Garnet, and Tata (jointly with Kousuke).
- Badass Normal
- Birds of a Feather: With Ruby.
- Blush Sticker
- Born Unlucky: She has infamous levels of bad luck, seemingly cursed to trip on everything in sight. She has unwavering faith in the luck rater for telling her what level of luck she can expect for the day, despite the fact that even on a good day, she remains dangerously unlucky.
- Broke the Rating Scale: In episode 6, her luck for the day is so bad that her luck rating device gives an error instead of a number.
- The Cheerleader: Occasionaly dresses the part to cheer for someone who needs it, no matter how inappropriate the context.
- The Chosen One: According to Megumina.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Pink.
- Cosmic Plaything: Holes for her to fall in spontaneously open and strange objects for her to trip on pop out constantly. Towards the end of the series it's revealed that Jewelina's little sister Megumina is responsible at least for the pits, with the purpose of making Chiari gather more Happiness.
- Crush Blush: She blushes whenever she sees Kousuke.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and eyes.
- The Ditherer: Spends most of the final arc deliberating whether she should snap Kosuke out of the Red Moon's influence, because he looks happier than she's ever seen him.
- Doom Magnet: There's one occasion where her bad luck extends to Nene and Ruruka, forcing them to fall through a hole with her. She has also exploited this in order to be alone with Kosuke on more than one occasion.
- Empowered Badass Normal: In episode 51, the Jewelpets give her their power so she can go rescue Ruby.
- The Ditz: Falls for Ruruka's claim that she can pull off her beehive, for example.
- Genki Girl
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: The Jewelpets' magic gives her white feathered wings in the last episode, contrasting Sanada's.
- The Heroine / The Heart
- Idiot Hero: The Ditz and the human protagonist for this season.
- The Klutz: Her defining characteristic. Tripping on stuff and falling into holes are Running Gags.
- Made of Iron: Whatever the depth of the pits she falls in, she's always okey-dokey when she reaches the bottom. She also never even sprains an ankle from the amount of times she trips on things.
- Meaningful Name: 'Tsukikage' technically means 'moonlight', though the isolated kanji are 'moon' and 'shadow'. On one hand, the small moon which emanates Happiness favors her, on the other, she's the biggest threat against the Red Moon, so she is both the small moon's light and the shadow that looms over the Red Moon.
- An in-universe explanation is given for 'Chiari'; it starts with 'ch', which also starts 'cheerleader', the idea being that Chiari should become a person who brought happiness to people. Chiari takes it to heart and dresses as a cheerleader when she wants to cheer someone up.
- Meido: Wears such an outfit while serving in the Cafe.
- No Sense of Direction: Gets lost on her way to the school building despite it being her third year in the school.
- The Pollyanna: She's relentlessly optimistic despite having a terrible amount of bad luck since she can remember.
- Plucky Girl: For all her bad luck, she's not one to get herself down easily. This characteristic of hers becomes important as it makes her resistant to the Red Moon's Unhappiness.
- Power Gives You Wings: In the last episode, thanks to the Jewelpets' spell.
- Shrinking Violet: When she's around Kosuke. She learns to face him straight hand in the later episodes.
- Supporting Protagonist: In one episode, she says that the "real" protagonist is Ruby.
- Supreme Chef: Becomes this from working in the Cafe.
Voiced by: Ikumi HayamaNene is Chiari's roommate and classmate in the Jewel Academy. She is the daughter of the Department Store King and has a posh but stern personality. She takes over a leadership role when things get out of hand for Chiari and her friends and also tries to manage some of her father's businesses despite being a student. Nene is a good cook. She has a crush on Mouri.
Forms Magic Gems with Sapphie (1st), Sango, Kaiya, and Amelie (jointly with Mouri). She has a good rapport with Sapphie since they're both intellectual.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Green.
- Cultured Badass: Oh yes. She is from a rich family, but it never stopped her for being so cool on job managing.
- Feminine Women Can Cook
- Growling Gut: Happens to her in episode 1. Ruruka thinks it's actually Chiari, but Nene confesses it's her while blushing from embarrassment.
- Innocently Insensitive: Casually refers to Chiari, Ruruka and others as commoners without meaning to offend them.
- Large Ham: Sometimes, but she is a quite a softie.
- The Leader: She's usually the one to make decisions regarding the Cafe, making her a Levelheaded type.
- Supporting Leader: The (human) protagonist is Chiari.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Implied in her flashback to when she started rooming with Chiari and Ruruka. That changed quickly.
- Non-Idle Rich: She uses her knowledge gained from her parents' business to help the Cafe.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When she whips out her fan and adopts a more assertive tone of voice, something decisive is about to happen.
- Proper Lady: She's polite and keeps to herself.
- The Smart Girl: Thanks to her knowledge of commerce. It allows her to bond with Sapphie.
Voiced by: Mai AizawaA close friend, roommate and classmate of Chiari and Nene. Always fashionable and yet full of life, she is very bright and active and loves food. She enjoys helping out Chiari and the others in managing the cafe.
Forms Magic Gems with Labra, Jasper, Rin, Lapis (jointly with the school nurse), and Angela (3rd time, jointly with Takumi).
- Action Girl
- Beehive Hairdo: Just look at that hair...
- Big Eater
- Chromatic Arrangement: Blue.
- Cool Big Sis: To Labra, after obtaining her Magic Gem.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's prone to teasing Chiari about her bad luck and crush on Kousuke, and makes snarky remarks when it comes to Labra.
- The Fashionista: Likes clothes.
- Felony Misdemeanor: The biggest issue Ruruka has with the EK Mens is not that they're trying to convert everyone in the school to Unhappiness, it's that when they signal EK with their hands, the K is reversed.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her alternate hairstyle, seen for example in episode 17. She also seems to adopt it permanently at the end of the series.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- The Lancer
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Nene.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Talks rough and has a lot of unfeminine mannerisms, but is a pretty downplayed tomboy overall, having no objection to wearing skirts and such.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Deathly afraid of ghosts as seen in episode 17.
Voiced by: Ai ShimizuMarie is in the second year of Jewel Academy's junior high school. Marie is snobbish and headstrong. She considers herself Chiari's rival. Her character arc is driven by her powerful desire to make a Magic Gem of her own.
- Aloof Ally: To Chiari and co. late in the show.
- Alpha Bitch: While she is obviously arrogant, has two girls at her beck-and-call, and thinks lowly of Chiari, she cannot actually openly be this to Chiari because she is a year above her (Japanese school culture is clear about the need to respect your upperclassman).
- Anti-Hero: She starts out only thinking of her goal of obtaining a Magic Gem. As the show goes on, we get more evidence of her honourable spirit, and she starts to care about others, in a very tsundere fashion.
- Be Yourself: Follows this philosophy, refusing to 'follow the crowd' in her own words. She also encouraged the outcast Nobara in this way when they first met, and her commitment to it is the reason the latter is so devoted to her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts nice to Jewelpets, but inside is demanding them to hurry up and give her a Magic Gem already.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Episode 10 when possessed by the Red Moon.
- Determinator: No matter how many times she fails or is humiliated, she never gives up searching for her Magic Gem. The Red Moon also has trouble turning her to unhappiness in episode 51.
- Everyone Has Standards: She knows stealing someone else's Magic Gem is meaningless and is horrified when the Red Moon makes her do it in episode 10. She also tries to have an actual relationship with Jewelpets instead of trying to force them to make a Magic Gem.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In the end, with the new school year, she is shown to have parted her bangs.
- Failure Is the Only Option: She never obtains a Magic Gem (not even at the end).
- Fighting from the Inside: She's the only character who actually tries to fight the Red Moon's unhappiness when it takes her over.
- Friendly Rival: Even after becoming closer to Chiari's gang, she still says that Chiari is not really someone she respects.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: She falls all over herself to please Jewelpets in her quest for a Magic Gem, while the rest of the characters form Magic Gems with some good timing, chemistry and well-chosen words. Though the show makes it clear that the reason she doesn't get a Gem IS because she's trying too hard.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When the Red Moon fires a beam of unhappiness in Chiari's direction in episode 51, she pushes her and her posse out of the way to take the attack. She then orders Chiari to go solve the crisis and not to worry about her.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Why she wants a Magic Gem.
- It's All About Me
- I Will Only Slow You Down: See Heroic Sacrifice.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she has a decidedly egocentric and elitist personality, she also has a certain sense of justice and is very distressed when Nobara is possessed by the Red Moon in episode 44.
- Large Ham
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Coupled with character development that shows her better points and an episode that shows her friendship with her Girl Posse is more meaningful than it appears, she also becomes much friendlier to Chiari and co. in the second half of the show.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Although she's not evil, just kind of a self-centered pest.
- Reverse Psychology: She attempts to use it on herself in episode 29 by declaring to the public that she's not interested in Magic Gems anymore and becoming an ascetic. It doesn't work.
- Spoiled Brat: Subversion, as she actually puts some effort into obtaining things she wants despite her haughty personality.
- Taking the Bullet: See Heroic Sacrifice.
- Tsundere: She's a classical one in the sense that she becomes less tsun and more dere as the show goes on.
- Unknown Rival: She sees Chiari as a rival, but Chiari doesn't acknowledge her partly because Marie's younger, partly because Chiari's just too friendly to antagonize anyone.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She, of all people, calls out the Cafe gang for fighting amongst themselves and making the Magic Gems lose their shine in episode 10.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.
Voiced by: Aya HiranoMarie's loyal friend and classmate. She's always praising Marie's qualities up to the heavens, and can even twist her less admirable moments into something wonderful. Despite this, she's more insightful than she looks like.
She forms Magic Gems with Luna, Io, and Alex.
- All of the Other Reindeer: When she was little, her classmates kept away from her because they thought she was a weirdo.
- Blinding Bangs: Part of her design. Thusly her eyes are never seen.
- Cat Smile: She's always sporting one.
- Friendless Background: She needed a dog to help her make friends for the first time as a child. Later it's revealed the first friend she made at school was Marie.
- Girlish Pigtails: Part of her design.
- Girl Posse: Of Marie. Though an unusual one in that they both genuinely value their friendship and they've been friends for years, as episode 44 shows.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Part of her design.
- Satellite Character: It's impossible to define her as a character without referring to Marie. Which makes it all the funnier that even she gets Magic Gems over Marie.
- Undying Loyalty: To Marie.
Voiced by: Nozomi SasakiAnother friend of Marie. Unlike Nobara, she doesn't fall all over herself to please Marie and is much more laid-back.
She forms Magic Gems with Charotte, and Aqua.
- Big Eater: She's always carrying snacks around and eating them.
- Girl Posse: Of Marie. Another unusual example, for different reasons than Nobara; she's very nice to everyone, even the people her Alpha Bitch disapproves of, and doesn't parrot Marie at all.
- In-Series Nickname: Much better known as Mu-chan.
- Nice Girl: Unprompted, she gives Chiari a chocolate bar in episode 16 after the latter falls flat on her face, even though they're not friends and she's part of Marie's circle.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't say much and is whisper-y when she does.
- Seen It All: Type 1. Nothing fazes her. Nothing.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: She doesn't appear in the first opening despite being on the same level as Nobara in terms of character importance.
- Social Circle Filler: Gets no development and almost no characterization. It seems like she just exists because just Marie and Nobara would make a rather thin group.
- The Stoic: Although she's not a cold person, just really relaxed.
- Sweet Tooth: All the food she's seen carrying around and eating are sweets, notably fugashi, her favorite.
- Tastes Like Friendship: The Magic Gems she creates come from her bonding with Jewelpets over food.
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: "Mu-chan. Just Mu-chan."
- Trademark Favorite Food: Fugashi, which is baked batter covered in brown sugar.
Voiced by: Yoshimasa HosoyaKousuke is a first year high school student in the Jewel Academy and the most popular of the four main boys. He's a nice guy with a cool demeanor. Is good with the guitar. Chiari has a crush on him, and he roots for her to succeed.
Forms Magic Gems with Kohaku, and Tata (jointly with Chiari).
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: His grandfather embarrasses him because of his womanizing tendencies, his crafted surfer persona and possibly bad singing.
- Badass Normal
- Book-Ends: The myth of his smile bringing girls happiness is talked about exactly twice - on the first and last episodes.
- Chick Magnet: He and the rest of the boys are immensely popular with girls.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His non-sequiturs involving food and useless trivia make him give off this vibe.
- The Comically Serious: You'd never expect such a serious-faced guy to give you non-sensical life advice based on food.
- Evil Laugh: Lets out one in episode 52, made memorable by the exchange immediately preceding it.
- Chiari: I came to bring back laughter into your heart!Kousuke: Fair enough. In that case, I will laugh for you, Chiari.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: He sprouts demonic wings in the second stage of his possession. In the last episode, they contrast with Chiari's feathered white wings.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Good luck trying to apply his advice to real life. But the characters apparently get something out of it.
- The Leader: Of the four boys.
- Love Interest: To Chiari.
- Nice Guy
- Obsessed with Food: He seems to always be thinking about food, and frequently uses food as metaphors for his outlook on life.
- One-Winged Angel: The Red Moon makes him fuse with a plant-thing in order to fight Chiari in the last episode.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The second stage of his possession by the Red Moon.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted.
- We Can Rule Together: Under the influence of the Red Moon, asks Chiari to join him in episode 46. Of course she refuses.
- When She Smiles: There's a legend on campus that if he graces a girl with a smile, she will experience happiness forever. As you may guess, he doesn't do this frequently.
- Word Salad Philosophy: He advises Takumi on his relationship with Angela by talking about nutrients. And with Kohaku it was "the corn that sticks to the bottom of the corn soup can". The meaning of his philosophizing is never explained.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: When everyone is apparently rid of Unhappiness in episode 51, it turns out he isn't yet. Sorry 'bout that, Chiari. Cue one more episode!
Voiced by: Jun FukuyamaOne of the four first year boys, Mouri excels in sports and athletics, and is a member of the school's archery club. He is rather goofy sometimes, though also very supportive of Kousuke.
Forms a Magic Gem with Tour, and Amelie (jointly with Nene).
- The Big Guy: The sportiest of the four boys.
- Camp Straight: What he becomes when he gets Red Mooned in episode 46, wearing a ridiculous, brightly colored outfit.
- Chick Magnet: See Kousuke's entry.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Mouri has a crush on the punk-looking girl who enters the Rock Cafe in episode 3. She's actually Nene in disguise, and Mouri keeps seeing the image of the punk girl in her, though he doesn't understand why.
- Lovable Jock: He's a member of the Academy's archery club. He's also frequently requested to help out at other sports' clubs.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Episode 19 is about him overcoming his fear of table tennis, caused by Kousuke making fake eyes out of the balls and pranking Mouri when they were little, making the balls Nightmare Fuel for him since he associates them with disembodied eyes. Tour advises him to pretend they are dango instead.
- William Telling: Pulls it off in episode 12 when Sango is kidnapped by the brainwashed Apel and he challenges anyone to shoot Sakuran's mochi off her head.
Voiced by: Miyuki SawashiroAnother of the four high school boys, Taira is the hearthrob of the Jewel Academy. A first year high school student who has cute looks, he is well known as the "Eternal Pretty Boy".
Forms Magic Gems with Flora, Opal (jointly with Master), and Yuku.
- The Bartender: In episode 20.
- Be Yourself: His character arc is about him coming to terms with his love of Jewelpets and to not be embarrassed by it.
- The Chick: In the sense that he's the prettiest of the four boys.
- Chick Magnet: See Kousuke's entry.
- Creepy Crossdresser: When brainwashed by the Red Moon starting in episode 46.
- Cuteness Proximity: Both on the receiving (fangirls and boys) and giving (Jewelpets) ends.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": He insists that people call him Roger instead of Izumi. Only Master (and Flora, badly pronounced) call him that.
- Dub Name Change: In Portugal, his nickname Roger was changed to Mister for whatever reason.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Mouri claims that his cuteness attracts even guys.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- Gender-Blender Name: Izumi is a very girly name, so he prefers being called Taira or his nickname.
- In-Series Nickname: Roger, picked by himself.
- Older Than They Look: He's so cute that he ends up looking younger than his classmates. He's also pretty short.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: He likes sweet stuff fine, but really wants to pretend he doesn't because of the stigma; see the scene where he forces himself to drink more and more of Master's super-bitter drink.
- Tsundere: He acts this way towards Flora, since he believes it gives him an unmanly image to like Jewelpets.
Voiced by: Ryohei KimuraAnother of the four high school boys. He entered the Academy as an honor student. He is very bright and gentle. He excels at chess, being a national top player and champion.
Forms three Magic Gems with Angela (the last one jointly with Ruruka).
- Cannot Spit It Out: Can't admit he wants to pet the real Angela. Of course, this is solved by the end of episode 7.
- Chick Magnet: See Kousuke's entry.
- Cuteness Proximity: Towards Angela.
- Escapism: He started playing video games because being the best student put a lot of pressure on him.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
- Going Cold Turkey: For his important chess game in episode 27, he decides to swear off petting Angela until he wins it. So he becomes depressed and starts seeing Angela everywhere. Kousuke tells him not to deny himself, so Takumi gives up on it and brings Angela to the game, where he pets her to relax in tense moments.
- Interspecies Romance: Angela has a crush on him; it's ambiguous whether he returns it.
- Just One More Level: He plays his video game compulsively to the point where his grades become worse.
- Love Epiphany: He spends episode 7 realizing and trying to deny his feelings for Angela.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His favourite video game is one where the gameplay consists entirely of petting a virtual Angela.
- Second Place Is for Losers: Falling from first to second best student in the Jewel Academy is treated like a tragedy by his fans.
- The Smart Guy: The academically accomplished one within the four boys.
- Smart People Play Chess: He's Jewel Academy's prodigy and is in the school's chess club, and is a national chess champion.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's very kind, but keeps an icy facade to hide his insecurities.
- When She Smiles: Apparently he doesn't smile a whole lot, and much of Angela's quest in episode 7 is to get him to smile at her and pet her.
Voiced by: Chinatsu AkasakiRyouko is the head of the school newspaper. She's driven by wanting to make people feel happy when they read her articles.
She forms a Magic Gem with Rossa, who she encourages to work more for her own sake instead of others'.
- Meganekko: Never seen without her glasses.
- One-Shot Character: Appears in only one episode.
- School Newspaper News Hound: She helps the gang in the elections episode so she can have something interesting to write about. That said, she's much more honourable than Junko of Jewelpet Sunshine.
Voiced by: Ayaka SaitouMachiko is in Chiari's class. She's an aspiring mangaka who doesn't talk much to her classmates because she's distracted drawing or thinking up plots.
Forms Magic Gems with Labra (the second one, which also completes the first stage of the Jewel Box), and King.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Her first appearance is when Garnet is going around asking if someone wants to make a Magic Gem with her, in episode 5. Machiko ignores her. In episode 21, it turns out that Labra had been steadily working on(/with) her for a long time to get a Magic Gem.
- Determinator: Works steadfastly on her manga no matter how many times editor Labra slams it, to the point of losing sleep.
- Girlish Pigtails: How she wears her hair.
- Loners Are Freaks: Gives this impression to King.
- Morality Pet: Plays this role to King in episode 43, when he turns into a delinquent (courtesy of the Red Moon) and she's the only one convinced he's a good guy at heart.
- The Quiet One: She doesn't talk much since she's always distracted thinking about manga.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark pink hair.
Voiced by: Ai KayanoChiari and co.'s homeroom teacher. She's a lively, emotional woman who's easily moved by a whole lot of things. She's well-loved by her students. She has a penchant for flowers and bonds with Sapphie over them.
Forms Magic Gems with Sapphie (2nd time), Titana, and Prase.
- All-Loving Hero: She has unwavering faith in the goodness of people and she always tries to bring happiness to others with everything she does. Even when certain events disappoint her, she'll try to talk them over instead of moping or getting mad.
- Catchphrase: "I'm so moved!" or some variation. She uses the word "moved" a lot, at any rate.
- Cool Teacher: Very kind and approachable.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde and positive.
- Large Ham: "I'm so moved!" (cries)
- Metaphorgotten: "I'm so moved, I could fly through SPAAAAAAACE!... I can't actually fly, of course."
- Nice Girl
- Prone to Tears: Mind you, most of the time it's Tears of Joy.
- Team Mom: She's very concerned with her students.
Voiced by: Koji YusaApel is the vice-principal of the Jewel Academy. He fancies himself a guardian angel of his students who watches over the collection of the Magic Gems, but he's considered irrelevant by everyone, even Jewelina. Has a swan-shaped pedalo called Queen Swanigo which he adores.
Forms a Magic Gem with Rald.
- Aerith and Bob: In a universe awash wih Japanese names, there's this Apel dude. It's never explained, either.
- Biseinen: Intentionally drawn as femininely attractive and with a lean figure.
- Cool Boat: Queen Swanigo II, which is motorized and can fly.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Blame it on his hair; it's always on a ponytail over his shoulder, making him look very delicate on top of his lean figure. It gets even worse when his hair is down; it's quite long.
- It's All About Me: To illustrate, in his first focus episode (12), there's a short recap of all the Magic Gems obtained so far, and he retcons himself into the events.
- Large Ham: He's VERY dramatic.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Is attractive and has hair that goes down his back.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Queen Swanigo II.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's under the impression that he's super-popular among the students and that he's an altruist who does nothing but take care of the academy, when in truth he does little more than talk himself up and spend all day boating.
- Tsundere: Exhibits this towards Rald.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: The girl Kohaku believed had helped him before was really Apel who had lost his hair tie. Kohaku is miffed.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's a light greyish-blue shade.
Voiced by: Yoji UedaThis guy is the owner of the Rock Cafe, popular with the boys of Jewel Academy. He's quiet and contemplative, and looks like he was plucked straight out of the Woodstock festival. Do not confuse him with the Master from Sunshine.
Forms a Magic Gem with Opal (jointly with Taira).
- The Bartender: Runs a bar and listens to the problems of his costumers, mainly Taira.
- Cool Shades: Never seen without his sunglasses.
- Gratuitous English: Mainly speaks like this, but he can speak Japanese.
- Mentor Archetype: Out of the four boys, he's closest to Taira; he often gives him advice on life, and entrusts his Cafe to him when he gets sick, even allowing him to come up with new recipees.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks rather like Robert Plant.
- Non-Standard Character Design: His lines are plentier and thicker, his colors are more subdued and the shading more pronounced.
- The Quiet One: Like the good bartender he is, he listens more than he speaks. When he speaks, it's almost always monosyllabical bursts of English.
- Stylistic Suck: His animation is extremely limited; he only has one pose, be it standing, sitting or lying down. He has only one facial expression. Sometimes he'll give a thumbs-up, but that's about it.