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Shiho Kobayakawa

The main character and titular Private Actress, she is the hidden daughter of famous actress Sayuri Nagasawa and celebrated actor Masakazu Ogata. She wants to become an actress but is clearly aware of her difficult situation, so she becomes a Private Actress instead.


  • All-Loving Hero: Towards the ending, Shiho realizes that the reason she is so good at being a PA is that she comes to love every single client, allowing her to sympathize or empathize with them, as necessary, to fulfill any role they need her to play.
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  • Becoming the Mask: Several of Shiho's works involve her all but believing she's truly the person she pretends to be. In example, she develops some degree of real affection towards Sendou, the guy whose long-lost daughter she impersonates, to the point that her manager mistakenly believes she's falling in love with him and calls her out.
  • Body Double: Some of her assignments, like the one coming from Ill Girl Kyouko Itou.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The gentle girl to Naoya's brooding boy.
  • Clark Kenting: Sort of. All she has to do to disguise herself as an older woman and pose as Ruriko's new assistant is putting on a pair of glasses.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Thankfully downplayed. Shiho does feel jealousy when Tomoomi's work as a P.A involves going out with another girl, but most of the time she does her best to keep her jealousy on check.
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  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She often changes hairstyles according to the role she is playing.
  • Foil: to Kana/Satoka.
  • Guile Hero: She often acts like one. It's kind of mandatory considering her job.
  • Held Back in School: She ends up having to repeat a school year due to her numerous absences.
  • Heroic Bastard: Shiho was born from an affair between Sayuri and an already married veteran actor, Masakazu Ogata. Shiho is very aware of it, and this is one of the reasons why she didn't go into stardom from the very start: she doesn't want anyone to learn about her origins. This makes things super awkward when, in the second story, she is hired by none other than her half-brother Kyousuke, who is Locked Out of the Loop note , to pass as his girlfriend.
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  • Ill Girl: Subverted: Shiho is not sickly, but pretends to be so people won't suspect her when she takes time off school to work.
  • It's Personal: Several of her works have her getting emotionally involved with her clients and their motivations, specially if they have suffered painful losses in the past. Specially obvious in the cases related to her nanny Makiko, Mariko Soriarno, and Yuuichirou Minamoto — all of these people were deeply hurt and asked her to take up their cases, so Shiho works hard to do so.
  • I Will Wait for You: Tomoomi must take over his family's company, which will require him to be away from Shiho for years. Shiho promises not just to wait for him, but to become the best actress in Japan just like he will become the best executive.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Kana/Satoka's Dark.
  • Mama Bear: She is this to the child-star Konomi. Since the girl's dad/manager's girlfriend is more interested in dominating her career than in her well-being, Shiho decides to protect Konomi — which includes dealing a passionate performance to calm down a Konomi who's in a bad state, and then pulling a Diving Save to save her from being run over by a train.
  • Mis Matched Eyes: When impersonating a reincarnated Miyuki Sugiyama, Shiho must wear special contact lenses since the girl she's acting as had differently colored eyes. It turns out these pretty eyes are what caused her death, as her killer (with similar eyes) targeted her for them.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: When Shiho was a little girl, she was initially raised by her maternal grandmother. At some point they had a fight and Shiho threw a tantrum and ran from home to an arcade. That same day her granny had a heart attack, collapsed and ultimately died in the hospital.
  • Official Couple: With Tomoomi.
  • The Rival: To Kana/Satoka.
  • Secret Keeper: Her work involves to be one of these, helping her clients keep afloat lies for different reasons.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With her mother, at least before Sayuri's scarring. Lampshaded more than once in the story, but most spectacularly when a clearly drunk Ruriko sees Shiho's face:
    Ruriko: SAYURI?! Did you turn young again?!
  • Sympathetic Murderer: She once played one of these in the movie she and Kana/Satoka starred in. The trope is also lampshaded when the director comments on how Shiho makes the killer look so sad and woobie-ish that one wants to hug her despite her crimes.
  • Teen Genius: As an actress.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to her friend Chie's Tomboy. And the tomboy to Mariko's Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere: Type B as long as Tomoomi is involved.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She is this through and through. Justified in that her work as a P.A. made her discover and live far more kind of experiences than a girl her age normally would.

Tomoomi Hanemura

Shiho's boyfriend and fellow private actor, as well as the heir to his family's company. A snarky, world-weary young man who does his best to both help Shiho and snark at her.


Sayuri Nagasawa

Shiho's mother and a famous actress in-universe. She's both beautiful and talented, and kinda jaded by what she's witnessed.


  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Shiho is around 16/17 at the start and Sayuri seems to be in her late 30's, so she probably had her either in her late teens or very early 20's.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sayuri gets heavily scarred after a terrible accident.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Ruriko's Dark.
  • Parents as People: Oh boy. Sayuri is a kind person, but not only she's in a difficult situation (unmarried mothers are heavily looked down in Japan) but she's clearly aware that she doesn't have the emotional maturity to raise Shiho either.
  • The Rival: To Ruriko Daichi, as an actress.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With her daughter, to the point that Shiho can easily makes herself pass as Sayuri when needed.

Masakazu Ogata

Shiho's father and a celebrated actor in-universe. A good person and vey talented, but with a massive flaw: his womanizing. He doesn't even know he has a daughter until late in the story.


  • Disappeared Dad: Shiho's. Sort of.
  • The Casanova: And he's married, at that!
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He doesn't even know he has a daughter until late in the story.
  • Parents as People: He has shades of this even after discovering about Shiho. He does what he can for her, and is very affectionate when they meet, but there's always the threat of the massive scandal that would come with his divorce...
  • Silver Fox: A man over 50 years old, who is still considered as very handsome.

Kana Juumonji

A mysterious girl that Shiho meets at some point in the story.


  • Alpha Bitch: She completely dominates a group of girls from a Boarding School for rich kids, to the point of making the girls accomplices and instruments to her crimes. She is also the teachers' darling and given leeways that the other students don't have, probably because one of her victims was a teacher.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Her motif, up to her name being written with the character for "cross".
  • Cute and Psycho: She is very beautiful. She is also a serial murderer.
  • Enfante Terrible: She had been killing people ever since she was a little girl. Her first victim was a girl who bullied her, but soon she began to murder others solely for standing in her way.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She's very beautiful and manipulative, so the trope takes place several times.
  • Foil: to Shiho.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Shiho's Light.
  • Perpetual Smiler: One of her most creepy traits.
  • The Rival: To Shiho.
  • Serial Killer: Starting from childhood, she has been eliminating everyone she thought was on her way. A little girl who bullied her, a teacher who was suspecting her, her rival in the drama club, another student who found out who she truly was, fellow actresses/actresses-in-training who could out-stage her...
  • Teen Genius: As an actress.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: She collapses mentally and goes through this after Shiho's punishment.
  • Walking Spoiler

Satoka Ryoudo aka the re-invented Kana Juumonji

Shiho's biggest rival in the second part of the series, an incredibly talented actress who is just a little younger than Shiho. She is Kana Juumonji, who has re-invented herself after spending time in a mental hospital and changing both her name and her appearance and is now hell-bent into climbing her way to the top, no matter who she has to harm or kill to do so.


Shiho's boss

Shiho's manager at the PA Office


Makiko Mori

Shiho's childhood caretaker, a kind woman who hides a very sad secret.


  • Cool Big Sis: Shiho sees her as such, ands calls her "Mori-neesan" ("Big Sis Mori")
  • The Mistress: She used to be this to a rich and corrupt politician, and a child was born from said relationship. When Shiho finds out, she decides to make herself pass as said child to keep an eye on him.
  • Parental Substitute: To Shiho, of who she was the nanny, since Sayuri cannot always take care of her due to her work and the need to hide that she's an unmarried mother.

Fuyuka Sakuragi

A girl who dies in odd circumstances, and whose demise kicks off the Boarding School two parter.


Miyako Kuni

One of the students at the Boarding School, and a friend of poor Fuyuka


  • Japanese Delinquents: Implied to be this, as she skips classes and doesn't care for the teachers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Harsh around the ages and all, she was the only one who offered Fuyuka some solace and tried to help Shiho gather info.

Maki Kouno and Mai Housaka

Kana Juumonji's lackeys in-school.


Naoya Koshiba

Shiho's first client and first love. A young man who has been through a very harsh life...


  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The brooding boy to Shiho's gentle girl.
  • First Love: Shiho's.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: He has a cute little puppy named Queen. She's taken away from him when his hemophilia gets worse and contracts AIDS, which really doesn't help with his issues. Shiho finds her, however, and brings her back to Naoya few before he dies.
  • Ill Girl: Both genderflipped and Played for Drama: He had hemophilia and then contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion; Shiho was hired by his mom to date Naoya so he'd recover of his massive and understandable depression over being lethally ill, but she fell for him for real. And since they briefly met the year before by accident, she already kinda had a thing for him.
  • Their First Time: For Naoya's last birthday, Shiho threw him a small party with their classmates. And once they were on his own, she put a ribbon on her head and sweetly told him "I'm your gift"...
  • The Lost Lenore: Shiho's. Lampshaded when she tells Tomoomi about him and finished by saying that even when she does sincerely love Tomoomi, she'll never forget Naoya.

Hiroki Matsumae

A young man with VERY bad luck, who steps into Shiho in the perfect moment...


Shuuto and Yuuto Tanabe And Satoru

Two handsome twin brothers with completely different viewpoints. Shuuto is a male model, Yuuto is an every man, and Shuuto hires Shiho to help Yuuto with his love troubles. Or so it seems.


  • Mr. Fanservice: Shuuto is an incredibly handsome and charismatic male model.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Older twin brother Shuuto is hot, self-assured and seemingly perfect. Younger twin brother Yuuto is just as handsome, but is an awkward Shrinking Violet. They're actually the same person. See Split Personality.
  • Split Personality: As a child, Yuuto Tanabe was sexually abused by his uncle and Parental Substitute. As a result, he created a personality named "Shuuto" that dealt with extreme anger issues coming from the abuse, and under his influence he burned his uncle's house and killed him. From then on, "Shuuto" and the original Yuuto co-existed more or less in peace, and Shuuto aka the now dominant personality shaped himself into a famous Mr. Fanservice — until Yuuto took control back and fell in love with Girl Next Door Kana (not Juumonji, another), causing "Shuuto" to snap, fully take over and try hiring Shiho to get Yuuto's would-be girlfriend away. And then it turns out there's a third personality, "Satoru", who has been lying dormant underneath the two, but wants to get this mess resolved...
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yuuto lost it and developed two alternate personalities after being hideously abused.

Ruriko Daichi

Sayuri Nagasawa's long-time rival in the acting world. A beautiful woman with a sharp tongue, a taste for liquor, and a very cynical view of life.


Johannes aka Masaomi Hanemura

A powerful and popular Fortune Teller, and very handsome to boot. Also Tomoomi's nephew.


Misaki Touno

A popular actress with deep, deep issues.


  • Bath Suicide
  • Despair Event Horizon: Misaki was driven into madness and suicide by Satoka, with everyone else believing she had broken down over failing to correctly nail an incredibly difficult role that was originally destined to Sayuri.
  • Sacrificial Lamb

Konomi Yushiro

A child-star whom Shiho met through her work as a P.A.


  • Bratty Half-Pint: At the beginning.
  • Lonely Rich Kid
  • Missing Mom: Konomi's mother died when she was little and she misses her terribly. It's not helped by her dad being about to marry her manager, which Konomi cannot accept. It turns out she actually left to the USA and Konomi's dad told her she had died to spare her trauma. And then it turns out she died while in the USA.
  • Sailor Fuku: She wears one in her first apparition.
  • Spoiled Brat: She seems to be this at first. It turns out she's more depressed and moody and misses her mom, rather than actually bratty; later, she's more cheerful and relaxed.

Ookada

The manager and only friend of Satoka, Shiho's rival


Mariko Soriano

A beautiful half-Filipina aspirant actress, who Shiho takes under her wing.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Has the looks, but is actually kind of a Shrinking Violet.
  • Birds of a Feather: Mariko and Shiho bond over their dreams and their similar family troubles.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: What Shiho does in Mariko's name after she's injured by Satoka, telling her distant father what happened and urging him to take care of her now that she truly needs him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars - Two-Faced: What happens to Mariko, when she gets acid thrown into her face right before the audition by a jealous Satoka's orders. We directly get to see this happen, and later Mariko is the hospital with the left half of her body wrapped in bandages. (Sayuri says her injuries can be treated well, however, and she and Mariko's father arrange for her to get the best medical care possible.)
  • Heroic Bastard: Mariko's Japanese dad, Akihiro Yamagata, is a married man as well as a rich entrepreneur. She thinks he doesn't acknowledge her, aside of sending her and her mom money, because he's scared of having his reputation smeared.
  • Japanese Writing System: In the original non-translated manga, Mariko's lines are written in katakana to indicate that she has a shaky grasp on the Japanese language.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute: In her first scene, Mariko is being harassed by some guys who think she's a Street Walker. Shiho bails her out.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She is half-Japanese (dad) and half-Filipina (mom), and has come to Japan all the way from the Philippines.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Mariko has just arrived to Japan when she appears in the story, so Shiho has to give her quite the pointers and then takes her under her wing.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She and Shiho, to a degree.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Shiho's tomboy.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Mariko comes to Japan not just to start her acting career, but to meet the Japanese father who doesn't answer her calls or replies to her letters. She believes that, since Yamagata's company is very influential in Japanese media, she'll be able to meet him or at least will have him watch her perform on-stage. Too bad, Yamagata is actually Satoka's sponsor, and not to mention he's known for sponsoring young actresses in general; Satoka feels so threatened by the presence of Mariko and by her bond to Shiho that she immediately puts Mariko in her hit list....

Yuuichirou Minamoto

Another private actor, and Misaki's vengeful boyfriend


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