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This page covers the third generation of characters, which debuts in the mobile game Starlight Orchestra.

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Yokohama: Seisō Academy (青奏学院高等学校)

    In General
The setting shared with all previous installments in the franchise, a private high school geared towards music education and said to house music fairies.
    Heroine | Yui Asahina (朝日奈唯) 
    Ginga Ichinose (一ノ瀬銀河)
Alright, our goal is to be the best orchestra in the world, nay, in the universe!
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
Instrument: Conducting, piano

  • Aloof Leader, Affable Subordinate: Affable Subordinate to Kazuma's Aloof Leader; he has a lower leadership position and is more outgoing, friendlier and closer to the performers.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: With how often he's the butt of jokes with his bumbling behavior, it can be easy to forget he's a skilled pianist and conductor.
  • Childhood Friends: He was close with the heroine when the latter was young, and they promised to build the greatest orchestra in the world. The main plot is kicked into motion when he reunites with her to make good on that promise.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: To further play up the polar contrast between him and Kazuma, they're designed as these. His hair is short, silver and curly, while Kazuma's is long, blond and straight.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Often dresses sloppily, but can become much more fetching when donning a white-tie suit and slicking back his hair for concerts.
  • Image Song: Make A Wish.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being bumbling and rather clownish, he's still a respected conductor and teacher to the rest of the orchestra who has their best interest in mind.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Sakuya, Tomoharu and Hayate: Starting Members from Seisō Academy, great increase of all stats.
    • With Takuto: After School Ramen Club, slight increase of all stats.
    • With Kazuma: That's Adulty, slight increase of all stats.
  • Theme Naming: He's named after the Silver General (銀) in Shōgi.
    Hayate Ryūzaki (竜崎疾風)
A shitty ragtag orchestra taking on international competitions? That's gotta be the unfunniest joke I've ever heard.
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita
Year, Department: 2nd, music department
Instrument: Viola

  • Defrosting Ice King: He starts out irritable and elitist, looking down on general education students especially the heroine and her and co.'s attempt to revive the Starlight Orchestra, but has lost this attitude after joining the orchestra himself.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He may be dismissive of the collapsed Starlight Orchestra at the beginning, but he firmly turns down joining Granz and their predatory ways.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has a head of flaming red hair to go with his hotheadedness.
  • Image Song: FACE IT!
  • The Proud Elite: He's deeply elitist and holds discriminatory views against general education students at the beginning, going so far as to prevent the heroine from trying out for the orchestra club, but he still has some measure of integrity and in the end joins the heroes.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Sakuya, Tomoharu and Ginga: Starting Members from Seisō Academy, great increase of all stats.
    • With Seiji: Former StaOke Members, increased impact on music department spectators.
  • Theme Naming: He's named after the Dragon King (竜) in Shōgi.
    Rei Kōsaka (香坂怜)
You're cute, concertmistress. I have no problem with that.
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara
Year, Department: 3rd, music department
Instrument: Tuba

  • Ambiguously Gay: Among a gaggle of girls trying out for the orchestra because of the cute boy members, she wants to get into it because she's interested in its concertmistress. From that point on she has suspiciously romantically coded interactions with her, which includes unabashed praises of her cuteness, happily confiding in her, and privately having tea with her.
  • Defector from Decadence: She formerly played for Granz until she became disillusioned with how stressful and demanding keeping up with them is, culminating in Kei's cruelly kicking her out for missing one practice to relieve stress. Once she joins Starlight, she finds it better and more enjoyable playing for them.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Her very first scene has her accidentally treat the heroine to this in a clip.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: A sweet, sisterly woman with cotton pink hair.
  • Set Bonus: With Ukiha: Elegant Tea Party, slight increase of Harmony.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The sole collectible female character in the game.
  • Theme Naming: She's named after the Lance (香) in Shōgi.
    Sakuya Kujō (九条朔夜)
Didn't I tell you I'll have nothing to do with music anymore?
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
Year, Department: 2nd, general education department
Instrument: Violin

  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Kei's Cain; they were adoptive brothers, but the latter has become overtly villainous and dismissive of the former.
  • Defector from Decadence: He too was a Granz player who quit once he realized Kei was too far gone.
  • The Eeyore: Generally pessimistic and unenthusiastic, and rarely smiles.
  • Image Song: QUIET CRESCENT.
  • Opposites Theme Naming: He's named after night as opposed to the heroine's day.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Tomoharu, Hayate and Ginga: Starting Members from Seisō Academy, great increase of all stats.
    • With Sōji: Blue Silence, slight increase of Melody.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: His first name contains the character for "night".
    Tomoharu Narumiya (成宮智治)
Hehe, it's great to be on an adventure out into the world with senpai. I think I might be able to find love.
Year, Department: 1st, general education department
Instrument: Cello

  • The Baby of the Bunch: Despite physically being the biggest in the main ensemble (taller than Ginga), he's the youngest as a 1st-year.
  • Batman Gambit: The little mishap before the orchestra's first concert is actually all his plan to get Hayate to join; he fully expected the violist they got to bail out at the last minute due to his cowardliness so Hayate will have to take his place.
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Sayuri's Cain; they are overtly at odds on how to go about in the music industry, with the latter's ruthless Corrupt Corporate Executive ways being one of the factors for his leaving his family.
  • The Charmer: Can be blatantly and shamelessly flirty.
  • Chick Magnet: His handsomeness causes girls to flock to him.
  • Defector from Decadence: He's from the family that owns the company Regal Records, but is against their brutal and heartless business practices, especially that of his sister, and is now on self-imposed exile and paying his own living expenses.
  • Genre Savvy: Due to his family background, he's very knowledgeable about the music industry and exposits important information on many occasions.
  • Hidden Depths: Is an easygoing, sweet guy most of the time, but has proven to be well-versed in the music industry and shown signs of being The Chessmaster – see Batman Gambit above.
  • Image Song: Awesome Blossom.
  • Instant Expert: When he plays for the orchestra for the first time, he's forgotten how to play the cello, but by the next chapter he's become competent.
  • Rich Sibling, Poor Sibling: Poor to Sayuri's Rich; while he comes from a rich family, he's left it and the company it runs to put himself through school and pay his own expenses.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He may be on self-imposed exile from his influential family, but he has used his ties to the music industry through said family to his and the orchestra's advantage.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Sakuya, Hayate and Ginga: Starting Members from Seisō Academy, great increase of all stats.
    • With Lynn and Ryūsei: Same Agency, medium increase of all stats.
  • Theme Naming: He's named after promotion (成) in Shōgi.
  • Younger Than They Look: Tall, hunky, handsome, deep-voiced, high school 1st year.

Mito: Jōyō Industrial High (常陽工業高等学校)

    In General
A public school rife with delinquents. Near the school is an abandoned bar called "Ouroboros" where the aforementioned delinquents hang out.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Apparently the student council under Seiji's lead were the one saving the school rather than its faculty.
  • Dustbin School: It's a fairly crappy school full of delinquents and had a bad reputation until Seiji stepped in as student council president to improve it.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Playable characters from this school are named after plants.
  • Japanese Delinquents: The school is so overrun with these it's implied it almost got shut down.
  • Leitmotif: Mack the Knife; Haydn's Symphony no. 101 in D major a.k.a. The Clock; Dies irae from Mozart's Requiem.
    Akira Kirigaya (桐ケ谷晃) 
Voiced by: Kishow Taniyama
Year, Department: 3rd, mechanical engineering department
Instrument: Trumpet

  • Brains and Brawn: Brawn to Seiji's Brains; even their departments reflect this.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has red hair and is a macho, rough-talking guy.
  • Floral Theme Naming: His last name contains the character for "paulownia tomentosa".
  • Image Song: GROOVY DAYS.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Seiji: Cat-and-Dog, increased impact on yankee spectators.
    • With Ryōsuke: Shutokō Racing Team, slight increase of all stats.
    Seiji Osakabe (刑部斉士) 
Voiced by: Kentaro Ito
Year, Department: 3rd, information technology department
Instrument: Trumpet


Hamamatsu: Sylph Academy of Arts (シルフ芸術アカデミー)

    In General
A sleek, state-of-the-art school owned by Regal Records and specialized in training idols.
  • Elaborate University High: The school is incredibly modern and sleek and fashionable, with fancy facilities dedicated to music education.
  • Idol Singer: Given the game's subject matter, more like Idol Instrumentalist, but other conventions of this trope still apply to the kind of musicians they produce.
  • Image Song: Twinkling Kiss.
  • Leitmotif: Golliwogg's Cakewalk, from Debussy's Children's Corner; Concerto no. 11 in D minor, RV 565, 4th movement from Vivaldi's L'estro armonico Op. 3; Badinerie from Bach's Suite no. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067.
  • Stellar Name: Playable characters from this school are named after astronomical terms, down to the idol unit called "Polaris".
    Lynn Yumihara (弓原凛)
Huh? You're insane. Don't lump me in with amateurs like you.
Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru
Year, Department: 1st, performing arts course
Instrument: Flute

  • Be Yourself: He wants to break the "cute" status quo expected of him and perform in a style he likes better, but encounters resistance from his friend and his higher-ups on the grounds that It Will Never Catch On, leading the latter to briefly consider kicking him out of Polaris. Luckily Ryūsei goes along with him in the end, and their "different" performance massively wins viewers over.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Off the stage and out of his idol persona, he's a sassy, entitled brat with no respect for those he considers lesser, even elders, and would gladly boss them around and offer acid-tongued remarks.
  • Determinator: He takes his career very seriously and works hard to establish his own style and overcome prejudices about idols in the music industry.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Neither Lynn nor Rin are considered masculine names in their respective languages.
  • Hidden Depths: Irritable as he is, he's genuinely dedicated to his music career to the point of overwork.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: On stage and while interacting with fans, he's charismatic, cute and accomodating, but outside of that he can be a pain to deal with.
  • The Prima Donna: A talented, hard-working idol instrumentalist who's arrogant, sassy and entitled off-hours.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Ryūsei's Blue, with a more upbeat personality and a design with more warm colors.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Ryūsei: Polaris, increased impact on female spectators.
    • With Ryūsei and Tomoharu: Same Agency, medium increase of all stats.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name should really be romanized as Rin.
  • Stellar Name: His surname contains the character for "bow", which means he's likely named after the Sagittarius constellation, which contains the center of the Milky Way.
    Ryūsei Haruna (榛名流星)
Orders are to be followed. What should I do?
Voiced by: Masamu Ono
Year, Department: 1st, performing arts course
Instrument: Clarinet

  • Big Eater: He shows no overt interest in food due to his monotone nature, but frequently orders a lot of food and eats as much.
  • Blind Obedience: He admits to being too used to following orders to truly think for himself, which puts him briefly at odds with Lynn who wants to perform out of the unit's status quo.
  • Emotionless Boy: So cold and deadpan is he that he's compared to a robot multiple times.
  • Photographic Memory: That he can recall in detail what food Lynn ate the day before is either proof of this or just more proof that he likes food.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Lynn's Red, with a much icier personality and a color scheme more focused on cool shades.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Young, pretty with short pale blue hair, stoic to the point of robotic, and painfully obedient.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Lynn: Polaris, increased impact on female spectators.
    • With Lynn and Tomoharu: Same Agency, medium increase of all stats.
  • The Slacker: Nowhere near as hard-working as Lynn; he has a Running Gag habit of claiming to be tired and urging to be let out of work sessions.
  • Stellar Name: Ryūsei means "shooting star".

Miyazaki: South Hyūga High (日向南高校)

    In General
A run-of-the-mill public school that doesn't offer music education.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Playable characters from this school are named after colors.
  • Leitmotif: Dvořák's Symphony no. 9 in E minor "From the New World"; Ride of the Valkyries, from Richard Wagner's Die Walküre; The Young Prince and Princess, from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: A case of this trope applied to an entire school, as there's emphasis on how normal this school and its students are, to the point of not having music education at all, not even extracurricular music clubs. Actual playable characters from this school however are anything but.
    Sōji Mikami (三上蒼司)
Like hell there's such things as miracles. This is so pointless.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio
Year, Department: 2nd, general education department
Instrument: French horn

  • Chilly Reception: Even when meeting the Starlight Orchestra for the first time, he coldly dismisses them as "enemies" upon finding out they'll play for the people making him lose his job.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: His first name contains the character for "blue".
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: Cynic to Takuto's Idealist.
  • Erotic Eating: At one point, he gets melted ice cream on his hand and starts licking it, which gets the heroine's attention. This scene is a collectible still, meaning the player gets to see it in detail.
  • Gave Up Too Soon:
    • The amusement park he works part-time in is about to get bulldozed to build fancy compounds, but he doesn't express distress about losing his job or desire to save the place, and dismisses Takuto's feeling bad about it as clinging onto the past.
    • He was on the cusp of advancing on his music path when he accidentally crushed his friend's dream and he quit due to guilt.
  • Grumpy Bear: Generally jaded and cynical on top of his quietness, and can be a sourpuss to the heroes and even his friend.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Sleek black as opposed to Takuto's spiky blond.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Used to be a skillful and popular hornist destined to go to a music school and further his music career, but he ends up in a school with no music education of any kind.
  • Image Song: Backlight.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Used to be active and leader-like as a kid, and was a promising musician in middle school, but by high school he's become shy and a bitter cynic.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Cynical as he is, he's still passionate about music, still performs at the near-abandoned amusement park and content with entertaining what few spectators he has.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's he who indirectly caused Takuto's Career-Ending Injury. He gave up a music career and has developed crippling fear of going on stage out of guilt.
  • Performance Anxiety: Extremely afraid of formally performing on stage, as seen in his first times working with the Starlight Orchestra. This turns out to be due to guilt over destroying Takuto's dream.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In case it isn't obvious from their names, he's Blue to Takuto's Red, being much grumpier, quieter and less cheerful. In the past, it was the other way around.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Takuto: Childhood Friend Part-Timers, slight increase of all stats.
    • With Sakuya: Blue Silence, slight increase of Melody.
  • Shrinking Violet: Quiet, seldom smiles and has low confidence.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Melon bread.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If he hadn't brought in Takuto as a replacement for that middle school concert, the latter wouldn't have become permanently crippled and the former wouldn't have developed guilt-induced stage fright and given up pursuing music.
    Takuto Akabane (赤羽拓斗)
Best orchestra in the world? Ain't that cool or what!
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima
Year, Department: 2nd, general education department
Instrument: Trombone

  • Career-Ending Injury: He sustained a severely broken leg by accident, which put his basketball activities to an end and landed him in a difficult period. However, he eventually found a new method to get back into the sport, namely wheelchair basketball.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: His last name contains the character for "red".
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: Idealist to Sōji's Cynic.
  • Dream-Crushing Handicap: Double subverted, his dream doesn't get crushed as he still does sports, it's Sōji's due to guilt over causing it.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Spiky blond as opposed to Sōji's straight black.
  • Handicapped Badass: He may have a permanently handicapped leg, but that doesn't stop him from doing sports and being generally active.
  • Image Song: 2 THUMBS UP.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Sōji's Blue, being more cheerful and proactive. In the past, it was the other way around.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Sōji: Childhood Friend Part-Timers, slight increase of all stats.
    • With Ginga: After School Ramen Club, slight increase of all stats.

Okinawa: Nakijin High (今帰仁高等学校)

    In General
A school with a main and a separate campus. The number of students in the latter is dwindling due to students' moving to the main campus, and as of the story's beginning only has one student left.
    Otone Minami (南乙音)
Performing together is loadsa fun!
Voiced by: Kentaro Kumagai
Year, Department: 3rd, separate campus
Instrument: Bassoon

  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Both his parents are off somewhere for unknown reasons, leaving him to live alone with his grandmother.
  • Can't Tie His Tie: Clearly can't put the tie/cravat of his orchestra uniform on correctly and resorts to wearing it like a scarf.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He is incredibly lonely and has no close human friend, as he is the only student left on his campus and can't move because his grandmother can't. Suffice to say he is overjoyed when the Starlight Orchestra befriends him and invites him to play for them.
  • Image Song: Ha*Na*Ma*Ru.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has large, starkly blue eyes to emphasize his childish innocence.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite being the Token Mini-Moe of the orchestra, he's a 3rd-year, putting him in the older age group. Other characters are baffled when they learn this.
  • Manchild: He's a 3rd-year, but acts much younger.
  • Real Men Cook: He's a good cook and can prepare a delicious breakfast for an orchestra if he gets down to it.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Gen'ichirō: Odd Duo, slight increase of all stats.
    • With Hajime: Magic Language Appreciators' Association, slight increase of Rhythm.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The most child-like character in the game.

Kyoto: Takagamine High (鷹峯高等学校)

    In General
A tradition-rich all-boy school in Takagamine that originated as a shijuku (Edo period private school), mostly attended by children of prestigious families.

Those not having finished Kyoto arc beware massive spoilers in specific character folders.

  • Animal Theme Naming: Prominent characters from this school are named after animals.
  • Elaborate University High: Milder than other examples, but it's still a nice, famed, prestigious private school with cool uniforms and attended by rich kids. That it's also a One-Gender School doesn't help.
  • Good Old Ways: Much emphasis is placed on how steeped in tradition it is, from the fact it dates back to the Edo period to its uniform that incorporates kimono elements.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Averted; despite being in Kyoto and the stereotypical hannari dialect is brought up, no prominent character from this school speaks in Kyoto accent.
  • Leitmotif: Rachmaninoff's Symphony no. 2, 3rd movement; Grand March, from Wagner's Tannhäuser; Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in G minor, RV 495, 3rd movement.
  • One-Gender School: It's an all-boy school.
    Gen'ichirō Washigami (鷲上源一郎)
Your sound is… beautiful.
Voiced by: Yūya Uchida
Year, Department: 2nd, general education department
Instrument: Oboe

  • Animal Theme Naming: His last name contains the character for "eagle".
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Why he's so devoted to Ukiha and the Mikado family; Ukiha accepted him into the house while he was too young to study under them and was left sitting outside the gate in thick snow.
  • Blind Obedience: To him, what Ukiha says is law.
  • Country Mouse: He's not a Kyoto native, but has hailed from Aomori to study music, which is why he has trouble showing the heroine around like Ukiha asks him to.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He's devoted to Ukiha to a fault for many years out of gratitude for extending kindness, so when the latter breaks to him the news he's joining Regal Records, slaps him when he tries to stop him and revokes his status as student of the Mikado family, he doesn't take this well.
  • Face of a Thug: Is a decent guy, but is effective at scaring people with his huge build and near-perpetual steely face and gaze.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite being the tallest character in the game at an impressive 193cm, he's actually a lot nicer than his intimidating looks suggest.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Servant Boy to Ukiha's Mistress; loyal to his ladylike master to a fault and often follows him around.
  • One Head Taller: Than Ukiha; he's 193cm while Ukiha is 175cm.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Ukiha's Sensitive Guy.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Ukiha: Crimson Master-Servant, slight increase of all stats.
    • With Otone: Odd Duo, slight increase of all stats.
  • Statuesque Stunner: So incredibly tall he slightly exceeds the screen, but is no less attractive than anyone else.
  • Undying Loyalty: Works for the Mikado family and is especially loyal to "Ukiha-sama", obeying him without question no matter how much he orders him around. Even as the family is disgraced, he still stays with them, and even as Ukiha betrays him, he still insists on following him.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite being huge, well-built and having a deep voice, he's a 2nd year and younger than Ukiha.
    Ukiha Mikado (御門浮葉)
The human world is fleeting, this family too has lost its glory and is duly awaiting its demise… and I'm fine with that.
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno
Year, Department: 3rd, general education department
Instrument: Clarinet

  • Animal Theme Naming: He's likely named after the Graphium doson (common jay) butterfly (mikado ageha), which belongs to the Papilionidae (swallowtail) family known for short adult life expectancy.
  • Broken Bird: He's easily the most tragic character in the game; he's on the receiving end of a massive family disaster and has no choice but to let his family's future and his pursuit of music come to an end eventually in order to preserve dignity. He comes out of all this having developed a fatalistic attitude and Stepford Smiler behavior. It only takes Taiga's accusing him of being a coward to topple him over to the dark side completely.
  • The Charmer: He can be pretty flirty and adept at sweet-talking; the first thing he does when meeting heroine for the first time is lending her his kimono jacket and generally acting like he's flirting with her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Watched his father's career go down spectacularly and his family name get tainted forever, then said father died and he lives with the consequences.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father Izumi has died.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In Kyoto arc's Sudden Downer Ending, after performing with the Starlight Orchestra, he privately announces to Gen'ichirō he's finally taken up on Taiga's offer and joining his agency, essentially betraying the people he's been good friends with, his most devoted follower and his previous resolve. He even twists the knife further by denouncing Starlight as "not fully matured", slaps Gen'ichirō for stopping him, and revokes his student status.
  • Fallen Prince: Mikado family was once a big influential clan in the music world, then famous musician Izumi got into a plagiarism controversy and was chased out of the industry. The family is disgraced, all its students save one lost, and his son ends up inheriting that bad name and heading a fading shadow of the clan's former self.
  • Famous Ancestor: Izumi Mikado, his late father, was a famous musician who had lots of students and graced the news. Some Starlight Orchestra members have heard of both him and his son.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Animal Theme Naming aside, his first name is deliberately feminine to go with his equally feminine personality.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Has purple hair and eyes to emphasize his ladylike nature.
  • Keigo: Speaks to everyone but Gen'ichirō politely.
  • Kimono Fanservice: Wears a richly patterned haori over his school uniform and a sheer purple one over casual clothing.
  • Meaningful Name: As explained above, he's named after a species of butterfly with short-lived adults, alluding to his life philosophy and the reality of his family.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Mistress to Gen'ichirō's Servant Boy as a sensual and mysterious male Ojou with total control of the latter.
  • Princely Young Man: He is current head of a (failing) clan, lives in a big fancy house, has a bunch of servants and is generally cultured and elegant in behavior. Taiga even calls him a botchan.
  • Real Men Cook: Being a Kansai native, he's skilled at making takoyaki.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Gen'ichirō's Manly Man.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Gen'ichirō: Crimson Master-Servant, slight increase of all stats.
    • With Rei: Elegant Tea Party, slight increase of Harmony.
  • Spoiled Sweet: A nice guy overall, but is still a rich kid who likes ordering his personal assistant around a little too much.
  • Stepford Smiler: He gets hit the hardest by his family's disaster brought about by his father and has a rather depressing outlook on life as a result, but thinly masks all this with a perpetual smile and courteousness.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Figs.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A Kyoto native with feminine looks and gentle mannerism who is characterized to symbolize traditional Japaneseness, and firmly resolves that he'd rather let his family go down than give in to Taiga's repeated requests to enlist him in a predatory orchestra.

Sapporo: Lazarus Academy (ラザルス学院高等学校)

    In General
A prestigious private school with a ridiculously high entry score, thus only attended by stellar students.
  • Animal Theme Naming: Playable characters from this school are named after fish, extended to the band name Neon Fish.
    Hajime Sasazuka (笹塚創)
Your music is empty. No matter how hard you try, nothing will come of it.
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa
Year, Department: 3rd
Instrument: Contrabass

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Brilliant, hard-working, passionate in his pursuit of music, but neglects school woork often and leaves his kitchen in horrid hygiene.
  • Animal Theme Naming: As a member of Neon Fish, his name is fish-related; he's likely named after bamboo gall, known as 笹魚 sasauo, "bamboo fish", in Japanese.
  • Brutal Honesty: He doesn't hesitate to harshly criticize musicians he thinks don't play good enough.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Loser to Ryōsuke's Cool Kid; despite being in the same band and working in the same nightclub, he's clearly not as popular as his friend.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Ryōsuke: Neon Fish, slight increase of all stats.
    • With Otone: Magic Language Appreciators' Association, slight increase of Rhythm.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Ryōsuke's Red, being less outgoing and more stoic.
  • Skipping School: Despite being a stellar student even by his school's standards, he often gets so engrossed in music work he forgets to go to school.
  • The Stoic: Generally deadpan and doesn't display many emotions.
  • Stoic Spectacles: A cold, nerdy guy of few words, with glasses to emphasize this.
    Ryōsuke Nishina (仁科諒介)
Look, stop thinking too hard and just have fun.
Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura
Year, Department: 3rd
Instrument: Violin

  • Animal Theme Naming: As a member of Neon Fish, his name is fish-related; he's likely named after the tilapia, as his last name shares the first character with the Thai Chinese name for this fish (仁魚).
  • The Charmer: Handsome, friendly, with a propensity for smooth-talking and flirting. He's built a reputation at school as this.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Cool Kid to Hajime's Loser; in contrary to his reserved friend, he's an outgoing Big Man on Campus.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Hajime's Blue, being warmer and more social.
  • Set Bonus:
    • With Hajime: Neon Fish, slight increase of all stats.
    • With Akira: Shutokō Racing Team, slight increase of all stats.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being a high schooler, a big deal is made of how adult-like and professional he is.


Tokyo: Kakyō Academy (花響学園高等学校)

    In General
A ridiculously awesome music academy with connections to the top brasses in the music industry.
  • Fiction 500: As described below, this school has way too lavish facilities that blow all the other prestigious music academies on this page right out of the water.
  • Elaborate University High: So ridiculously fancy that it doesn't even look like a school or any kind of educational institution and more like a royal castle.
  • Leitmotif: Brahms's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, 3rd movement; Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 in C minor, 1st movement; Promenade from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
  • Rock Theme Naming: Prominent characters from this school plus associated St. Cecil Girls' Academy are named after jewelry.
    Eiichi Tatsumi (巽瑛一)
I wish Kei-sama the best of luck. This is what you want, after all.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura
Year, Department: 3rd, music department
Instrument: Cello

  • Rock Theme Naming: The first character of his first name means "crystal" or "beautiful gemstone".
  • Token Good Teammate: Kei and Taiga are openly villainous, while the worst thing he does is merely being on their team.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's Kei's personal servant and displays this for him.
    Kei Tsukishiro (月城慧)
I will singlehandedly lead Granz to glory.
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano
Year, Department: 2nd, music department
Instrument: Violin

  • Almighty Janitor: He's just a concertmaster, a musician like everybody else, but he's shown to be able to kick other musicians out of his orchestra with no consequences.
  • Alpha Bitch: People don't call him a "tyrant" for nothing; he's an elite, influential and popular musician in an elite and predatory orchestra who has an equally unpleasant attitude to match. He's shown to be very arrogant and overtly dismissive and ruthless towards people he considers lesser, like musicians from other orchestras and even his own orchestra, as Rei can attest.
  • Big Bad: He is concertmaster of Starlight's rival orchestra and the most prominent villainous character.
  • Cain and Abel: Cain to adoptive brother Sakuya's Abel, extending to him the same antagonistic attitude he gives everyone else.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Seen praying at a chapel before the concert concluding Tokyo arc.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Ukiha; both are princely young men from big families, born of famous people in the music world, and having loyal servants following them around, but Kei is a lot less nice to everyone around and believes in his absolute authority, while Ukiha is somewhat defeatist and believes in his family's ultimate demise.
  • Insufferable Genius: A talented and famous violinist who's arrogant and elitist as hell, and believes he and his orchestra are undisputed "rulers".
  • Mean Boss: He can be a giant bitch even to his own orchestra, as seen when he brutally boots Rei off for missing a single practice.
  • Never Say That Again: Don't bring up the name Ittoku Nogi in conversation with him. That's the name of Granz's deceased former manager plus his and Sakuya's former mentor, whom he had to fire from the orchestra in order to move it forward.
  • Princely Young Man: His good looks, his gaudy uniform and his status give off this impression.
  • Rock Theme Naming: He's likely named after the moonstone, as his surname shares the first character with the name of this stone.
  • Royal Brat: Son of the person with the most power in the orchestra world, concertmaster of the biggest orchestra in the country, and an elitist and antagonistic jackass.
  • Villain in a White Suit: His concert uniform is white.

    Taiga Dōmoto (堂本大我) 
Year, Department: 2nd, general education department (Takagamine)
Instrument: Bassoon

    Kazuma Shinomori (篠森和真) 
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya

    Mashiro Seto (瀬戸真白) 
Voiced by: KENN

  • Secret Character: Appears when the player unlocks and plays Hard mode, after which he becomes a permanent shopkeeper in the Shop menu.
  • Walking Spoiler: For being a Secret Character who permanently changes a game feature after appearance.
    Ruri Aikawa (相川瑠璃) 
    Sango Koga (古賀珊瑚) 
    Sayuri Narumiya (成宮小百合) 
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: She's an executive at Regal Records with a cold and ruthless approach to doing her business.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Arguably the real Big Bad if not for her limited screen time – she is an executive at the company that owns the rival orchestra and causes the biggest problems in the series.

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