Characters appearing in the Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight franchise, including the anime, the stage plays, and the mobile game Re LIVE.
The 99th Class of Seisho Music Academy a.k.a., Seisho's Starlight Kukugumi
A prestigious performing arts school with a proud history of 100 years that fosters and nurtures talented individuals in all forms of revue. Seisho Music Academy is divided into two departments: the Actor Training Department, in which students are trained to be great stage actresses, and the Stage Production Department, in which students learn how to work behind the scenes to support the students of the former.
The franchise focuses on 9 students from the 99th class of Seisho, all of whom are aiming to be the one and only Top Star.
- The Ace: As Seisho is one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in Japan, they are all considered the creams of the crop in the world of theater by default as only a handful of 30 talented students are selected from entrance exams each year. Due to this, they're looked up to by the other schools who see them as rivals they need to surpass above all.
- Adaptational Badass: They're capable of more impressive feats in the anime than in the stage plays. Justified thanks to the anime's medium allowing them to fight much more creatively than real people could.
- Adaptational Jerkass: They're all comically ruder and more mean-spirited in the Shoujo Conte All Starlight chibi series as they not only bemoan and whine over having to go through the Auditions again, they also go out of their way to either ignore Elle or disregard her completely while she's in their presence and make it clear to her that they're only going through with what she's doing because she won't stop crying until they compete.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: They're much less aggressively vicious and brutally competitive towards each other in the anime compared to their stage play counterparts and are depicted as being very close friends right from the beginning.
- The Chosen Many: The first stage play and its print adaptation The Show Must Go On refers to them (sans Hikari, who had yet to transfer at that point) as the "Selected Group". note
- Coat Cape: They all wear red coats (except Hikari, whose coat is blue) with their stage combat outfits, though only on one shoulder.
- Cosmic Motifs: They are heavily associated with the stars. Hikari's hairclip given to her by Karen is in the shape of two stars, the play they all memorably cherish is entitled Starlight, and they all aim to shine brighter than the stars above by becoming the Top Star. Most of their songs are even themed towards stars.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Their duels in the Auditions against each other helped bring them closer together as friends. This is moreso in the first stage play, as unlike their anime counterparts, the girls weren't particularly friendly to each other prior to being pitted against one another in the Revues.
- Friendly Rivalry: In the anime and the stories that follow its continuity at least. The stage play, on the other hand, has them eventually develop into this after much trial and grief they go through in the Auditions. Before that, their rivalry was less than friendly.
- They also develop this with the other schools in Re LIVE.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Chapter 7 of Re LIVE's Main Story, the rest of the 99th were made to unwittingly completely forget Maya and everything associated with her after she seemingly disappears from existence, making Claudine and Nana the 99th's top and second best students respectively as well as Claire and Flora in their first performance of the Starlight play. Not only that, but another indicator that shows that something is clearly very wrong in Chapter 7 is the fact that Karen and Hikari weren't the chosen leads of Starlight for the 100th Seisho Festival, even though the end of the anime made it explicitly clear that they got the roles of Claire and Flora after winning the Auditions.
- Numerological Motif: The number "9". There are 9 of them, they're part of the 99th class in Seisho, and there are 9 main characters in the Starlight playnote . The main plot in the anime has all of them aiming to reach the top and become the Top Star by defeating each other in stage combat until only one is left to take the crown, tying in to the number "9" being at the apex of the single digits. Even the true purpose of the Auditions is also associated with the number 9 as the winner of the Auditions gets to have any of their wishes fulfilled by taking the defeated opponents' Shine from them and using that as fuel to ensure the winner's wish comes true even if reality has to be altered in the process.
- Shout-Out: Seisho is based on the real-life Takarazuka Music School, even having very similar uniforms.
- True Companions: They're close enough to be considered family at this point, having been together since their first year. The events of the story have them grow even closer than before, even including the newly transferred Hikari into their circle.
- Worthy Opponent: All the other schools technically see them as this, but this is especially true with the Edels from Siegfeld as the girls from the 99th Class of Seisho are the only students whose talents and skills they actually acknowledge as being on par with theirs. The other two schools, with the very small exception of some individuals like Shizuha and Fumi, on the other hand, are barely within their radar of interest as rivals. In the second stage play, the same holds true for the Seiran students.
"Atop a stage brimming with stardust, I am reborn,
Clad in the flowers of love that have so magnificently bloomed.
Student of the 99th Class, Karen Aijo!
Together, we will all do Starlight!"
- All-Loving Hero: Is friendly to everyone she meets right off the bat. And despite understanding the danger of the Elle Note, is the first to refuse Elle's request to destroy it, pointing out how that would be tantamount to crushing the real Elle's dreams and creative spirit.
- Big Damn Heroes: After Hikari is Pinned to the Wall by Junna, Karen is quick to jump to the former's aid.
- Book Dumb: Academics is not Karen's forte. She also needs to be corrected by Mahiru every time she mispronounces or jumbles some words every now and then.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Not to Kaoruko's extent, but it's heavily implied that her lack of dedication and general naiveté are keeping her from reaching her full potential as a stage girl. Once Hikari returns in her life, her determination to stand onstage together with Hikari reignites her passion to stand on top and she quickly improves after working even harder than before to do just that.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Downplayed. It's easy to miss because of the setting and because her more talented friends overshadow her, but you have to remember that since Seisho Music Academy is a prestigious performing arts school in Japan, only a select talented few can enter it, and Karen qualified. Though it can be attributed to hard work on her end, the fact that she was one of the top 30 entrance exam passers and was not the lowest of that 30 should say something about her despite her bad habits in class.
- Catchphrase: "Non non" when she is denying something.
- Childhood Friends: With Hikari, although they were separated for a long time when Hikari went to England.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: While she's not exactly the ideal role model herself, she's essentially Hikari's babysitter sometimes, though Mahiru ultimately does a better job at it than she does.
- Cool Crown: Aside of her hairclip, she wears a small one in her stage costume.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Her first battle with Junna. She ends on the receiving end in her fight with Maya.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Her reaction when Hikari seemingly turns on her during the final day of the auditions.
- Genki Girl: Karen is filled with energy and determination.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has her hair in the "two side up" variety, fitting for her energetic and idealistic nature.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Like Mahiru and Hikari, Karen has her own favorite cute stuffed animal she personally likes as seen in Re LIVE: Kanihaniwa, a stuffed crab mascot.
- The Heart: Her ultimate role in the 99th is this as she helps bring out the best in her classmates and encourages them to shine brilliantly on stage together in the most idealistic way possible. If she's down, everyone else can feel it in the atmosphere.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Uses a cutlass.
- Heroic BSoD: Suffers this in episode 11 for months after Hikari vanishes without a trace following the aftermath of the previous episode.
- Hidden Depths: She's surprisingly perceptive to small changes in her friends' movements and behaviors and has good enough deductive skills that gives her the potential to be a mystery-solving sleuth. This appropriately helps her out a lot in the "Detective Karen on the Case" event where she has to solve a mystery involving her missing umeboshi and she has to find the culprit who took it. Fitting, since she's set to play the Great Detective himself during Seisho's exchange program with Siegfeld.
- Idiot Hero: Her heart may be in the right place but she's definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed.
- Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: Subverted. She actually gets sick from a cold in the 4koma series though she's quick to recover from it at the end of the day.
- Important Hair Accessory: She wears a crown shaped hairclip that is melted in lava during her transformation. The hairclip is important to her since it was given to her by Hikari on the day they first saw Starlight being performed.
- Insult of Endearment: Hikari dubbed her "Bakaren" (a portmanteau of "baka" and "Karen") after she interferes with the former's audition with Junna. After Episode 2, Junna seems to have adopted the term with this trope in mind. The subtitles instead render it as "Dorkaren" (a portmanteau of "dork" and "Karen").
- Late for School: How she's introduced in the present day in the stage play version of the story, which got her and her class in deep trouble in the first part. While she isn't introduced in the same way in the anime (where she and Mahiru are the first ones to make it to the dance studio despite having to go back to get her hairclip), it's alluded to several times as one of her bad habits in class.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She's essentially this to Mahiru, who doesn't see herself as anything special and is only able to feel good about herself by looking after Karen.
- Nice Girl: Very. She loves and cares for her friends, and being the idealist that she is, would love the idea of being able to stand on stage with everyone together despite the competitive nature surrounding her career. The prequel manga even has her helping an old lady out on her way to her entrance exams at Seisho.
- The Nicknamer: She's the one who came up with the "Banana" nickname for Nana, and she also calls Junna "Jun-Jun".
- Not a Morning Person: Despite all her energy, she's very difficult to wake up in the mornings and hates morning practice.
- Oblivious to Love: She doesn't notice Mahiru's crush on her.
- Only Sane Man: Ironically, she, of all people, starts serving this role in Shoujo Conte All Starlight once the other schools show up in the mini series, being bewildered over the other students' antics.
- Prone to Tears: She's someone who's easily taken in by her feelings in the anime, so she gets emotional really quickly whenever something big happens. She immediately bawls when Kaoruko first announces that she plans on leaving Seisho to go home to Kyoto even before graduation during episode 6 (though she was merely bluffing) and continues to sob and cling on her to prevent Kaoruko from leaving the following day. She does this to Maya as well in Re LIVE, both out of relief and joy that her friend has returned to them all and out of remorse for completely forgetting about her after her disappearance even though there was mostly nothing Karen could've done about the latter due to the circumstances involved.
- Red Is Heroic: Her stage uniform has more red than the other girls'.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Hikari's Blue. She is an energetic Genki Girl, Hikari is a stoic Aloof Dark-Haired Girl.
- Spanner in the Works: One of two with the other being Hikari. Her participation in the auditions is one of the primary factors that set in motion the events that would throw off Nana's never-ending time loop and put it to a halt.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Umeboshi, according to her profile.
- Why Didn't I Think of That?: After Karen runs all over the school looking for Hikari, and disturbs the rest of her classmates in the process, Nana casually suggests calling Hikari by phone. Karen's immediate reaction reeks of this trope.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She was already in the road to a highly competitive career before she ended having to fight her classmates in the literal sense of the word. She still believes in being friends and working together with everyone, even when all the other girls believe only one person can be the Top Star.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Says this trope almost word per word to Mahiru during and after she defeats her in their revue duel together.
"The vow from that day slipped from a hand
Held confidently aloft, falling into the abyss.
Though it may end in tragedy,
I will once again ascend the stage of fate.
Student of the 99th Class, Hikari Kagura!
All this...is for the sake of Starlight!"
- Adaptational Badass: In the stage plays, she only ever uses her dagger as her weapon in the Revues. In the anime, she also has a rope attached to it which she uses to her advantage as well.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While Hikari's motivations and aloof personality stay mostly the same in the anime, Hikari treats Karen much less coldly compared to her stage play counterpart when they reunite for the first time in years and makes it more obvious that she does care for her childhood friend right from the start. She also doesn't taunt Junna during her audition against her unlike in the stage play version where she was being almost sadistic about doing it.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Besides being much colder, at least initially, Hikari in the stage play isn't as eccentric or even that stoic compared to anime Hikari, who comes across as a monotone oddball in her more comedic moments.
- Adorkable: During the times when she's more relaxed, she's this. The OVAs and Re LIVE mobile game highlight this trait of hers more especially since the auditions in the anime were finally done and she could afford to relax around others besides Karen more.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Comes across as this when she meets Karen for the first time since they were children, though it is hinted that her aloof nature is an act, which turns out to be half true. She really lost some of her emotions and her passion for the stage when she lost the auditions before, but she still has plenty left. She is playing up her aloofness to keep Karen away from those dangerous auditions.
- Anger Born of Worry: She gets increasingly angrier as Karen keeps participating in the auditions. She ends slapping Karen and running again after Karen is defeated by Maya.
- Broken Bird: The cold and aloof Hikari in the present day is a far cry from the cheerful and passionate little girl from Karen's childhood flashbacks. Losing the Auditions in England and having her Brilliance taken away as a consequence played a huge hand in her shift in attitude in the present day. She eventually recovers, but still retains her stoic personality.
- Brought Down to Badass: In her flashback from her former days in the Royal Academy of Theatrical Actors in England, she used to wield a sword for the Auditions and was even in the running to be the Top Star. After losing the Auditions there to her former school's ace, and with her passion for the stage taken away, her weapon got reduced in length to a dagger as did her skills. However, she can still hold her own well against her new classmates in Seisho in the Revues anyway despite this.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's a brilliant Stage Girl, but can be somewhat flighty and downright strange when she's not onstage performing. Junna even exasperatingly admits during the Valentine's event in Re LIVE that she's baffled a talented actress such as Hikari would lack so much common sense offstage.
- Childhood Friends: With Karen, although her moving to England means they were separated for years.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Don't let the aloofness fool you. Underneath that stoic facade she puts up, she's just as kooky and ditzy as Karen is: she's just better at hiding it.
- The Comically Serious: She keeps a completely straight and expressionless face even though some of the things she says or does can come off as hilariously weird, especially whenever Mr. White is involved. Her conversation with Maya in the latter's Susanowo unit's Bond Story quickly veered into a strange direction the moment Hikari mentions Mr. White with unironic fervent passion, much to Maya's utter confusion.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Hikari is not the least bit pleased that Karen jumped in to duel Junna after the latter pins her to a stage fixture with an arrow, as Karen interfered with an audition for the Starlight revue.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: She is the first to defeat Nana, who had gone undefeated in the auditions several times thanks to her "Groundhog Day" Loop.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After reconciling with Karen in episode 4, she slowly but surely begins to open up to her other classmates in Seisho besides her starting with Mahiru, though she really took her time to do so. Come Christmas, she even tries to be everyone's Santa Claus after learning that Seisho traditionally doesn't celebrate the occasion unlike her previous school as a kind sentiment to her classmates. In one event in Re LIVE, she grows close enough to Junna that the latter even insisted that she refer to her by first name, though Hikari declines out of embarrassment (she tries at least for her birthday greeting for Junna). She does promise that she will one day though, just not now.
- Deuteragonist: She's the second most important character in the story right after Karen.
- Didn't Think This Through: Karen points out that Hikari locking her in the shed to prevent her from losing would've made her lose anyways for not showing up. Hikari is baffled she didn't realize that.
- Dramatic Irony: Hikari pulls off a self-sacrificial scheme by winning the Auditions on the final day at the end of episode 10 to prevent Karen from having her Brilliance stolen from her and to protect her from experiencing the crippling depression that follows afterward, disappearing in the process. Unbeknownst to Hikari, her disappearance does exactly that to Karen.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: She admits that math isn't her strongest subject and would rather do without it.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She is shown to sleep with a stuffed bear named Mr. White, her favorite stuffed animal mascot, and bought a stuffed jellyfish during her escapade from school.
- Harmless Freezing: Gets frozen solid during the "Tragic Orion" event in Re LIVE when Akira launches her arrow at her unwittingly courtesy of Elle and Andrew's scheme to spice things up a little for the Rigel play featuring Karen, Hikari, and Akira.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Her very presence pretty much sealed the deal that Karen would join the auditions and her attempts to prevent Karen from participating in the auditions only serve to make the latter all the more determined to get to the bottom of them.
- Important Hair Accessory: Her sparkle shaped hairclips, which were a gift from Karen on the day they first saw Starlight being performed.
- Informed Ability: Since she's lived in England for most of her life before transferring to Seisho, she's expected to speak fluent English and her friends say so as well, but has yet to speak the language onscreen.
- New Transfer Student: Her arrival in Seisho kicks off the plot in both the anime and the stage play.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Wears a long-sleeved purple leotard instead of the regular white and black one worn by the other students outside of Maya and Claudine. Justified due to her being a new transfer student from the Royal Institute of Dramatic Arts from England, a school that's said to be more prestigious than Seisho, which all but states that she's more experienced in ballet compared to most of the class.
- Not So Above It All: In spite of her Aloof Dark-Haired Girl act, a Freeze-Frame Bonus in episode 3 reveals she sleeps with a stuffed animal. Then there is the fascination with jellyfishes she is shown to have in the following episode. At one point she is watching them in an aquarium with a group of children.
- Re LIVE and one of the OV As also reveal her love for a mascot character called Mr White.
- Not So Stoic: Despite acting aloof and unsociable, she frequently breaks her mask and expresses genuine emotion around Karen. Episode 8 expands on this aspect of her character, explaining that losing the auditions in England took away her drive to achieve her old dream. The Giraffe notes that it's unusual she even has that much emotion left, implying that the losers are expected to become fully melancholic and stoic.
- Ojou: Heavily implied. In the first stage play, Karen mentions that Hikari's father was a big shot at a certain large company and this lines up with how she's financially well-off enough to study in two prestigious performing arts schools, one of which was overseas.
- Poor Communication Kills: Her biggest flaw. Her refusal to talk to Karen leads the latter to follow her to the underground stage, and Hikari would rather tie Karen up and lock her in a shed over explaining herself.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Karen's Red. The irony is that once you get past her stoicism, you will see that Hikari has way worse temper than the energetic and idealist Karen.
- The Southpaw: With her cape correspondingly on the right side.
- Spanner in the Works: Her appearance and transfer to Seisho serve as the main catalysts to the events that would put an eventual stop to Nana's wish of a never-ending time loop to her time with the 99th Class.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: While she's rather stoic, if a little odd, she makes it clear from the very beginning that she cares for Karen a great deal and even slowly begins to open up to her newfound friends in Seisho.
- Took a Level in Cynic: There is a huge contrast between the cheerful Hikari from Karen's flashbacks and the present day Aloof Dark-Haired Girl. This is because her "shine" was taken from her when she lost the auditions in England, leaving her mostly apathetic even towards her childhood dream. However, meeting Karen again has clearly re-sparked her old dream of standing on stage with her friend, instead of standing alone after beating all other competitors like she (and everyone else) thought was the only way.
- Trash of the Titans: She almost never cleans up after herself in her room, much to poor Mahiru's distress.
- Unknown Rival: Mahiru resents her for being Childhood Friends with Karen, and becoming the focus of Karen's attention since her return. Hikari is oblivious to these feelings. How oblivious is she? In the first stage play, she genuinely mistook Mahiru's jealousy of her as acting on her part even though Mahiru herself was already telling her directly that it wasn't.
- Whip Sword: Hikari wields a downplayed example, a dagger tied to a rope, though she can also use the dagger on its own, its similar to a kusari-gama. The reason she only has a dagger compared to everone else's longer weapon is that almost all off her "shine" was lost in England. That she even has this much shine left is surprising to the Giraffe.
"The star of love which shines on the moon...
Now, gather that outpouring of light and send it to your heart!
Head of the 99th Class, Maya Tendo!
Tonight, I will show you the sparkle!"
- The Ace: She is the number one of her class, excelling in all areas of revue. She is the daughter of two stage actors and is described as being naturally talented at acting. However, it's later revealed that Nana has beaten her in every itiration of the "Groundhog Day" Loop so far, which would make Nana the true ace of the class.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Maya was more of an arrogant jerk in the stage play unlike her friendlier and gentler, though still aloof, anime counterpart.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Maya was hammy, very arrogant, and smugly treated her classmates as beneath her, a fact that she constantly rubbed in to them in the stage play unlike her characterization in the anime where her disposition is more stoic, composed (when not performing that is), and treats her classmates with sincere respect and kindness regardless of her position as the top of their class.
- Always Someone Better: To Claudine. Defeating her and taking her place as #1 forms the crux of Claudine's motivations as a Stage Girl.
- Animal Motifs: Birds, especially swans. Besides the obvious reference to the Swan Lake, it symbolizes her status as The Ace who is Lonely at the Top, as swan are seen as beautiful and majestic animals, and since they can fly they stay above land animals.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She once confronted Nana and told her she won't forgive her if she doesn't give it her all during performances. Once the Auditions began, Nana ends up taking this advice to heart alright...and proceeds to apply it by thoroughly defeating all her classmates, Maya included, in the Revues so she can win and have her wish of repeating their first performance of Starlight from their first year be fulfilled. Their class winds up being put in a time loop because of this.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed, but as someone who has reached the top by giving her best and defeating other girls who were also giving their best, she dislikes people who do not give all they have to achieve their dreams.
- Big Eater: She hides it well, but the girl has a big appetite. Best shown in 4-koma Starlight.
- Bully Magnet: She casually tells Hikari and Junna during the 2nd Starlight Special that there were plenty of times in the past where she experienced being harassed and antagonized by her fellow competitors after she won the lead role from them in auditions.
- The Comically Serious: She talks about how great potatoes are with the same expression she has while training.
- Establishing Character Moment: The way she enters the first episode by going straight to Position Zero not only handily establishes her as the top student in the class, but the way her announcing her name and number stops all of the multiple conversations happening in that scene shows how she's respected by her classmates... as well as isolated from them.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Maya actually met Elle in the real world once, but didn't connect her with the little girl she discussed plays with until she sees the event from Elle's perspective in Main Story 11.
- Friend to All Children: Despite being seemingly aloof and even distant towards her peers, she's much openly warmer and gentler towards children as seen in the Overture manga. Also seen in Main Story 11 when it recounts the day she ran into a young Elle in the real world.
- The Gadfly: Her interactions with Claudine sometimes shows shades of this in her, even borderline teasing the girl at times.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: And it's not just movies either, but also stories told in person.
- Graceful Loser: She accepts her loss against Karen and Hikari together in their dual revue in the 10th episode rather well and even respects them for it.
- Gratuitous English: Finishes her fights saying this. Amusingly, she didn't bother changing the eastern order of her name despite speaking in English.This is Tendo Maya.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she's aloof and can be somewhat harsh to her classmates especially when they're her opponents on stage in the Revues, she's nonetheless compassionate and even shows clear respect to them when they work hard to better themselves regardless of the skill gap between her and them.
- Lady of War: Not the only one, but the biggest one in the show so far.
- Last-Name Basis: Refers to everyone by surname with the "-san" honorific at the end though she'll occasionally call certain people by full name without the honorific anymore. Usually, it's Claudine she addresses this way.
- Lonely at the Top: Her status keeps her distant of her other classmates. She sees this trope as an inevitable part of being a Top Star.
- Ojou: Heavily implied based on her parents' respective careers in the theater industry.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: In their ballet lessons, all the other girls wear the same sleeveless white and black leotards except for Maya (who wears a blue one with elbow-length sleeves) and Claudine. Justified because she and Claudine are the most experienced ballet dancers, and in many real-life ballet schools, the more experienced students are allowed greater freedom in their choice of outfits compared to the younger girls.
- Not So Above It All: Despite usually emanating a dignified aura, she joins the rest of the group in their silly ruse to cover for Karen and Hikari when they miss the school curfew. The prequel manga also reveals that she is terrified of ghosts, which Claudine completely misses no matter how much she sees Maya freaking out in front of her (she assumes she's just that good of an actor).
- Not So Stoic: Hilariously vents out her frustrations of losing the lead role of Claire to Hikari in the hammiest way possible in the 2nd Starlight Special.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction when it hits her that Nana plans to reset the time after defeating her.
- Ret-Gone: Re LIVE's 7th chapter in the Main Story has Maya seemingly completely disappear from existence and in everyone's memories.
- Royal Rapier: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Ship Tease: Her and Claudine have a lot of tension like this between each other. Every time Maya dances with Claudine she spends the whole time smiling at her, regardless if anyone is around to see them. She also spends a good part of her fight with Karen praising Claudine's passion and drive (we know Maya is talking about Claudine due to the camera cutting to her while Maya is making her speech). She also blushes in the flashback to the previous production of the Starlight play when Claudine leans in to whisper in her ear.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She puts up an air of aloofness around her friends and classmates during rehearsals and performances, but shows her sweeter side more when she's out relaxing with them on her downtime.
- Talented, but Trained: In spite of her talents and her status as Seisho's most talented student, she never rests on her laurels and continues to train hard each day to improve her skills.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves baumkuchen so much that she can finish off entire plates of the thing when given to her. A special mini game in Re LIVE was even dedicated to her love for the thing!
- True Blue Femininity: She wears a royal blue leotard while the girls are practicing ballet.
- Terrible Artist: According to the 4-koma manga and an in character interview, the one subject she is bad at is art. Claudine claims her drawings look like something one would see in a fever dream. Re LIVE also reveals that she skips art classes because of this under the guise of being sick as an excuse.
- Weight Woe: One of the few things that can set off the usually unflappable Maya is implicitly telling or asking her if she's gained weight. When Claudine correctly guesses that she was on a diet in a Theater Story, she becomes uncharacteristically flustered from embarrassment and surprise at how Claudine somehow knew.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The prequel reveals that she's afraid of ghosts and all things horror-related.
- Worthy Opponent: To Claudine. Also to Akira Yukishiro in Re LIVE, her equally talented counterpart from Siegfeld Institute of Music. On Maya's end however, she considers everyone who practices hard to try to surpass her as this and makes no real exception on anyone as a result.
"Everyone has their own star of destiny.
Stars that shine, the morning star, stars that fall...
Though I may not yet see my own star, I gaze upward,
And on this day...I, Junna Hoshimi, student of the 99th Class,
Will take hold of a star of my own!"
- Adaptational Personality Change: She was much more eccentric in the stage play unlike her more straight-laced anime self.
- Affectionate Nickname: Karen starts calling her "Jun-Jun" after they've resolved their differences in their second Revue duel together in the anime. Likewise, Yuyuko also calls her "Jun-Jun-san" in Re LIVE.
- Archer Archetype: She uses a bow and arrows in battle, is a loner (at least at the start of the series) and a Combat Pragmatist, and acts a bit haughty towards Karen due to thinking she doesn't take the auditions seriously.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Forced to be the tsukkomi role between both Hikari and Maya being the boke as a result of both of them hamming it up in the 2nd Starlight Special OVA.
- Class Representative: She's the class rep for the 99th class, and she fits many aspects of the trope, being an intelligent girl who's usually concerned about the rules.
- Cold Sniper: Her battle tactic is to shoot her opponent from every possible angle.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses the props in the stage to get good positions to shoot or to hide herself.
- Damned by Faint Praise: The most everyone could say about the Bobotie dish Junna makes for her classmates in her chapter in Overture is half-hearted remarks that say that its flavor is "unique", which doesn't exactly make Junna any happy even by a tiny bit. Claudine's attempt at being polite about it sells it best though:
- Deadpan Snarker: Right up there with Futaba.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Karen defeats her fair and square in their rematch together in the anime, they end up becoming closer friends with each other.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: A big sore spot for her. She takes being pitied as a sign that people look down on her abilities as a Stage Girl.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Implied. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor but she chose to be a Stage Girl instead.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: As the prequel manga reveals, she's terrible at handling anything horror-related.
- Hammerspace: She never runs out of arrows and doesn't use a quiver or anything to keep them.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Trains herself to near-exhaustion, but finds that she still can't hold a candle to characters like Maya and Claudine, who possess natural talent for revue.
- Hurricane of Aphorisms: At the end of episode 9 in an attempt to cheer up Nana, who shows a surprising interest in all those quotes Junna knows. Subverted at the end when she decides to use her own words instead.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The crux of her determination to become the Top Star. She does not want to be just another face in the crowd, but a star that has its own shine.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Taken to absurd levels during her fight with Kaoruko: When both of them enter a Blade Lock, she fires an arrow upwards, which ricochets off the structural beams of the arena several times before hitting the latter's cloak.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a temperamental stickler for rules, it's clear that Junna cares for the well-being of her classmates as their class representative. She softens up considerably further after Karen defeats her a second time in their second revue duel together in Episode 2.
- Odd Friendship: With the stoic yet airheaded Hikari. Lampshaded by both Nana and Futaba, who both remark that they're a pair you don't usually see together during the Valentine's Day event in Re LIVE
- Only Sane Man:
- Plays this role in the second Starlight Special between Maya and Hikari. She's also this in general among the 99th whenever they all goof off.
- The poor girl also inevitably becomes this again when she's grouped together with Yuyuko, Mei Fan, and Lalafin for their song "Driving the Auriga" from the La Revue Éternelle album.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The only student with glasses and she is the class representative with top scores. She is also seen researching the Giraffe in episode 3.
- In Re Live she's even revealed to have several glasses for different occasions.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's spooked by anything horror-related, as revealed in the prequel manga.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.
"I adore the shining stage,
but...I love it even more when you shine.
In a duet that goes round and round,
I hope we can dance together, forever.
Student of the 99th Class, Mahiru Tsuyuzaki!
I was the one...who was always by your side."
- Adaptational Badass: She was initially much more reluctant to engage in stage combat against her classmates in the stage plays, an attitude that served her badly in both The Show Must Go On and in #2 Transition. She doesn't have this problem in the anime, as even when she faces off against Karen in her focus episode, she doesn't at all hesitate to attack her regardless of her feelings for her.
- Big Sister Instinct: For Shiori during the "Detective Karen on the Case" event in Re LIVE.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She is unable to talk about her massive crush on Karen or her dislike of Hikari.
- Carry a Big Stick: Wields a mace.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Before Hikari arrived, she served as this to Karen. Though even after Karen grows to be self-reliant and hardworking once Hikari transferred in, Mahiru is still arguably this towards her and Hikari whenever she has her irresponsible moments.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Hates when Karen gets closer to the other girls. Amusingly enough, in one scene of episode 2 she is literally clinging to Karen.
- Color Motif: Green. She's represented with the color green, and her Revue outfit is green. She is incredibly jealous of Hikari due to how close she is to Karen, and envy is commonly associated with green.
- Cool Big Sis:
- Her siblings back in Hokkaido definitely see her this way and it shows whenever her family is shown. At one point in Re LIVE, one of her younger sisters writes to her and tells her that she plans on enrolling to Seisho someday and Mahiru's first reaction to this was to fret over being seen as a good role model for her sister to follow.
- She extends this trait to Shiori in the "Detective Karen on the Case" event in Re LIVE after noticing how nervous the younger girl was during Siegfeld and Seisho's exchange program and willingly takes her in as her partner after Shiori becomes attached to her.
- She also invokes this trope for her role as Shrine Priestess Hifumi, the mature, responsible older sister of Ichie's character, Shrine Priestess Hitsuki.
- Country Mouse: She comes from a farming family in Hokkaido, and in her self-introduction in Re LIVE she mentions that she had trouble adjusting to city life at first.
- Covert Pervert: Episode 5 all but openly states her feelings for Karen aren't entirely pure. In order, she: Stuffs her face in Karen's pillow, stares at her used towel as if it was a treasure, and attempts to get an Indirect Kiss with her water bottle.
- Cowardly Lion: While normally shy, she becomes more vibrant and even bold when onstage and in the Auditions.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Invoked and Played With. Mahiru wants to slim down so she can better portray the Lean and Mean Professor Moriarty in "Holmes versus Lupin". It turns out that her concerns about not fitting into her Moriarty costume were caused by the bathroom scale malfunctioning, but Mahiru did lose some weight while under the mistaken impression that she had gotten heavier.
- Everyone Can See It: According to Kaoruko, everybody has noticed her feelings for Karen. Except Karen herself of course.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Is a huge fan of Suzudaru Cat and collects merchandise of the character whenever she can snag one.
- Girlish Pigtails: She has a pair of very small pigtails. In the anime, they'll sometimes move according to her mood.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She really doesn't like Hikari for being the center of Karen's attention.
- The Heart: Her classmates have all agreed that her calming presence can put people around her at ease. This is highlighted more whenever she's chosen as the lead role for productions like in the "Synchro Girls 1950" event.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Seisho Music Academy is such a prestigious school Mahiru appeared on TV just for being able to go there. And despite keeping up with her classmates there for a whole year, she still believes she doesn't compare to any of them. In her mind being Karen's sidekick/caretaker of sorts is the only thing she has because it allows her to be part of someone else's radiance. Ultimately it falls to Karen herself to remind Mahiru of how much she can do on her own, allowing her to finally find some "shine" in her reflection.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: She's the oldest of six siblings.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: The usually sweet and mild Mahiru has taken on nasty roles such as Don Salvatori's "business associate" in "Mafia Famiglia" and Professor Moriarty in "Holmes versus Lupin".
- Schoolgirl Lesbian: Has a massive crush on Karen. Unlike with some of the other relationships between the girls, neither the anime nor the stage play even try to keep it at subtext.
- Shrinking Violet: Unless she's on stage performing, she is incredibly shy.
- Stealth Insult: If you have Musketeer Mahiru with you in Re LIVE where she takes on the role of Porthos from The Three Musketeers for a play, she'll mention that she'll need to take cues from Kaoruko in order to better get into character. She'll then say in one of her card's exclusive lines that Porthos is the primary comic relief character in the original story, not so subtly implying that Kaoruko is this among her friends when combined with the above line and follows this up again in her card's second bond story by directly describing all of Porthos's negative character traits to Karen and telling her how these traits reminded her of Kaoruko...all while Kaoruko is within hearing distance in the room they were both in. Naturally, Kaoruko is less than amused by the comparison.Mahiru: (Porthos is) flamboyant, arrogant, and makes vicious remarks. He reminded me of Kaoruko-chan...
- Team Mom: Acts like a fussy mom at times to both Karen and Hikari. Hikari even calls her "Mamahiru" for this.
- Unknown Rival: Hikari is completely oblivious to her jealousy of her, though Mahiru at least gets to vent it out against her in the stage play...only for Hikari to chalk up her jealousy towards her as really good acting on Mahiru's part.
- Yandere: Played for Laughs. When she finally gets to vent her frustrations in a revue with Karen, she does it by using her mace as a baseball bat and Karen as the ball, all while smiling sweetly. It's all portrayed as pure slapstick.
"The fruit has become ripened and heavy upon the stage...
But it remains tender, and someone must protect it all!
Student of the 99th Class, Nana Daiba!
I will protect them!
Forever...Again and again!"
- The Ace: She's talented at dancing and singing, as well as theatre production and being a Supreme Chef to boot. She is arguably the true ace of her class, as she has beaten Maya repeatedly over several iterations of the same sequence of events in the Groundhog Day Loops she has set up.
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. She's shown to be very skilled in stage combat in both the stage play and the anime, but since she doesn't get to show off much in the stage play version of the events, it's never made clear if she's capable of going toe to toe with the best students of her class since she only got to fight Mahiru and Karen there (and she never even got to finish her duels with either of them due to circumstances). In the anime, not only is she officially the third best in her class just below Maya and Claudine, it also shows just how talented she can be when she isn't holding herself back. In every iteration of the multiple timeloops Nana's been in, Maya has NEVER once emerged victorious over her in the Auditions. And since being Top Star involved defeating the other girls to be number 1, it's heavily implied that Nana had also never been beaten by the rest of her classmates all the same. Even when she eventually lost her duels against Hikari and later Karen in the newest timeline, the first half of both fights consisted of her steamrolling them before they gained the right momentum and resolve to finally defeat her.
- Adaptation Expansion: Her desire to keep everyone together and fears of letting everyone go are expanded more in the anime. Because of this, she has a bigger role to play in the greater scheme of things in the anime's plot, with the reveal about her during episode 7 changing everything in the story. Meanwhile, while not quite irrelevant, Nana's role in the stage play isn't as big or as important by comparison.
- Affectionate Nickname:
- Frequently called "Banana" by her classmates, due to having a prominent banana motif; she often makes banana-flavored sweets for her friends, her pigtails are shaped like bunches of bananas, and her smartphone case is yellow and brown (a color combination often associated with bananas). It also comes from her full name (in eastern order) "Daiba Nana". If you split the family name you get "Dai Ba Nana", or "big banana". Episode 7 reveals it's Karen who came up with this nickname, positing out that Nana is like a banana in that she's sweet, tender, and "nourishes" the people around her.
- Karen has also called her "Bananice" (a portmanteau of "nice" and "banana") after receiving help from her in episode 4, which she seems to have warmed up to very quickly.
- Animal Motifs: Although attention is never specifically drawn to it the way it with her banana motif, Nana is associated with an animal: frogs. She owns many things with frog patterns, owns frogs plushies, and keeps her treasured photo of their class' first year performance of Starlight in a frog-shaped frame. Notably, a well-known pun in Japanese is that "frog" and "return" both sound the same when said outloudkaeru. This becomes very significant in light of The Reveal of Episode 7.
- Anime Hair: Her pigtails are shaped like bunches of bananas. Lampshaded in the 4-koma manga when Karen asks how she keeps it that way.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's genuinely kind and motherly, but can be utterly ruthless against her opponents in the Revues in both the anime and the first stage play. And that's not taking into account how she's more than capable of defeating Maya, her school's top student, multiple times in a never-ending loop she herself put the class in yet.
- Birds of a Feather: It's implied that part of the reason she quickly develops a sisterly relationship with Yuyuko in Re LIVE is that they shared similar lonely backgrounds with each other: having once been friendless girls in the past before they eventually went to high school and found the very people they would cherish the most in their lives.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's actually far and away the most talented member of the class. She simply doesn't have the drive Maya and Claudine have, and only puts it to use to ensure her timeloop can continue.
- Camera Fiend: She is frequently seen taking pictures of her classmates with her smartphone. This turns out to be symbolically crucial to her motives. She wants to keep the 99th class' Starlight a permanently frozen moment in time, akin to a picture capturing a single moment.
- The Chessmaster: It turns out that she's been controlling a "Groundhog Day" Loop for quite some time, and considers the eternally recurring Starlight to be "hers".
- Cool Big Sis: Serves as one to Yuyuko (both as herself and as the character she plays) during the "Shibahama ~Two Girls' Xmas Rakugo" event in Re LIVE.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While very warm and friendly, and generally unassuming, Nana ranks third on the audition ranking board, right under Maya and Claudine. In fact, she has defeated Maya and become Top Star in the auditions multiple times. When Maya disappears in chapter 7 of Re LIVE, Nana takes the other lead role in Starlight, co-starring alongside the now top-ranked Claudine.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While she still ultimately lost their duel in the end, Nana spent most of her fight effortlessly trashing Hikari around with barely any effort. If Hikari hadn't regained her resolve at the last minute, their duel would've been horrendously one-sided in Nana's favor.
- Does Not Like Spam: She admits that she can't handle spicy foods.
- Dual Wielding: She uses a katana and a wakizashi during the auditions, and is notably the only Seisho student to dual wield.
- Foreshadowing: Early in the series, Nana opts out of taking part in a starring role in the next production of Starlight, instead choosing to work with Class B in the support role. Similarly, she was bothered when the rest of the support class started to pitch Karen and Hikari as the two leads rather than Maya and Claudine. When you later learn that Nana had previously created a "Groundhog Day" Loop to repeat the same performance of Starlight before losing to Hikari, it becomes apparent that this earlier decision was her last ditch effort to try and "control" things from behind the scenes.
- Friendless Background: Before coming to Seisho. This caused her to value the time spent with her current class even more leading to her setting up the "Groundhog Day" Loop so she could stay with them forever. The Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Rondo・Rondo・Rondo recap movie's pamphlets explain why: her parents' jobs required her family to move around a lot, so since she never stayed in one school for too long, she was unable to form meaningful friendships with anyone until she entered Seisho.
- Girlish Pigtails: Hers are shaped like bananas, which only further enforces her banana motif.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's got blonde hair and is one of the nicest and most motherly characters in the cast.
- Huge Schoolgirl: She's the tallest member of the cast. Maya points out her height as one of the things that make her the perfect candidate for a "Top Star."
- I Am Not Left-Handed: She has a lot of potential and talent for the stage, but holds herself back most of the time because she just wasn't interested in becoming Top Star like Claudine and Maya are. Given the right motivation like in the Auditions however, and she can be fearsome once she stops holding herself back. Her skills are formidable enough to defeat Maya multiple times after all. She pulls this off during her Revue against Hikari in episode 8 by initially just using her katana to fight her in the first few minutes of their duel before eventually pulling out her wakizashi once she stops playing around.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her Friendless Background leads her to be overly attached to the rest of the class, making her want for them to stay that way forever.
- I Will Wait for You: Word for word in #2 Transition to Hisame of Seiran General Art Institute, during a scene set in the present and during Hisame's flashback to their junior high days in the manga adaptation.
- Katanas Are Just Better: One of her swords is a katana, with the other being a wakizashi.
- Nice Girl: Nana's defining characteristics are her warmth and affection towards the other girls. In Episode 7 it's revealed that this kindness is what motivates her to keep her and the others frozen in a "Groundhog Day" Loop.
- Punny Name: When said out loud, her full name in Japanese order sounds like "dai banana (big banana)", hence her nickname of "Banana".
- Stating the Simple Solution: When Karen is panicking because Hikari disappeared, Nana asks is she tried to call her phone.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: In the 4-komas, Nana befriends a frog that Karen shows her. A later story has Nana getting help from a whole group of frogs to flashmob Futaba for her birthday.
- Stepford Smiler: She hides her loneliness underneath her kind smiles, something that was given more emphasis on the prequel manga back when the 99th class were still first years. The bond and genuine friendship she developed with her friends and classmates helps heal her from this loneliness, serving as her primary motivation for putting everyone in a time loop for an unknown amount of times because of how much she treasures her time with them.
- Supreme Chef: She knows a lot of recipes and her friends love her cooking, though a lot of the food she makes tends to be banana-flavored.
- Team Mom: She often cooks snacks for her friends and generally helps them and worries over them like a mother figure would. Episode 7 goes into this aspect of her personality more, specifically how she helps the other girls and how deeply she's impacted when two of her classmates drop out of the academy after not being able to keep up with the pressure. It's in fact her kind, motherly nature that leads her to keep the others trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop without them knowing. Nana states flat-out that she doesn't care about being the Top Star, she just wants to keep returning to the "bright" memories of the 99th performance over and over again because of how happy and carefree everyone was during that time...at the expense of never allowing anyone to move forward or grow.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Subverted. Despite being heavily associated with bananas and often making banana-flavored sweets, her favorite food is actually pork miso soup.
- Walking Spoiler: Big time after The Reveal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Keeps everyone trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop simply so they can all be happy.
"Everyone has an equal chance to shine...
So, through the dance of love,
I shall burn more passionately,
Soar on freedom's wings higher than anyone!
I am the second-ranked student of the 99th Class, Claudine Saijo!
C'est moi, la star! Translation "
- The Ace: She's second only to Maya when it comes to talent and is officially Seisho's second best student overall. Like her, she excels in all forms of revue and is considered to be a cut above the rest of her class barring Maya and to a certain extent, Nana.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: She lacks her stage play counterpart's snobby condescension towards the others in the anime. Thanks to that, her playful friendliness and her warm consideration towards the others are played up more.
- A Day in the Limelight: She's the protagonist of Re LIVE's 7th Main Story chapter, which follows her as she deals with being the first and only one among the 99th to notice that Maya had gone missing not just physically, but also in everyone's memories, leading her trying to find her and getting all of their friends to remember her.
- Always Second Best: Claudine's primary beef with Maya. No matter how hard Claudine tries, she always ends up short of being first place only for Maya to one up her every time.
- Always Someone Better: Claudine herself discusses how this trope applies to her. In her own words, she always thought she was "special" thanks to her career as a child actor, but when she entered Seisho Music Academy, she found someone who was even better than her in all areas: Maya.
- But Not Too Foreign: She has a Japanese father and a French mother.
- Child Prodigy: Was very well-known for her exceptional talent on the stage ever since she was a child.
- Cool Sword: Uses a longsword.
- Deadpan Snarker: On occasion. Usually it's Maya and Karen who get to bring out this side of her every now and then.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her very first line in the anime is teasing Karen while singing, showing her to be somewhat playfulbut when Maya enters the scene moments later she immediately becomes much less relaxed.
- Foreign-Language Tirade: After getting spooked by Karen who was looking for Hikari, she angrily lets loose entire sentences in French, when she usually only throws a few words.
- Former Child Star: Defied. She was a renowned gifted child actress when she was younger and continues to love being on the stage in the present day. While it's unclear just how active Claudine still is in the entertainment industry in her teenage years aside from studying in a prestigious performing arts school, she isn't in any way a troubled young adult whatsoever likely because her parents (especially her mother) were very supportive of her growing up.
- Full-Name Basis: Addresses and refers to Maya only by her full name.
- The Gadfly: She's fond of playfully teasing her classmates from time to time.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Zig-zagged. She's mostly okay with western and Gothic horror, but all bets are off when it comes to Japanese horror. She outright refuses to do Kimodameshi with her friends because of this.
- Gratuitous French: Being half-French, she occasionally throws some French words in her speech.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her hair is naturally blonde, and while her proud and competitive demeanor make you think otherwise, is actually caring in her own way to her friends. She helps Futaba out with her dance lessons without expecting anything in return and in the prequel manga, goes along with Kaoruko to buy candy for Futaba after realizing how Kaoruko is inexperienced in going out on her own.
- Hot-Blooded: When it comes to her rivalry with Maya. In fact, her feelings toward her rival are so strong that it ends up helping Claudine remember the disappeared Maya even after the latter had been effectively erased from everyone's memories in Re LIVE's 7th Chapter.
- In-Series Nickname: Some of her classmates call her Kuro which is a pun on her name written in katakana. Futaba also calls her "Kuro-ko" sometimes. Becomes a bit of a running gag when even underclassmen from different schools like Aruru and Yachiyo start getting in on the nickname and call her "Kuro-chan" and "Kuro-san" respectively even though they've literally just started to get to know her on two separate occasions, much to Claudine's consternation.Yachiyo: Then I'm with Kuro-san.Claudine: ...Being called that is a bit distracting.
- Mixed Ancestry: She's French from her mother's side and Japanese from her father's.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: She has a French given name and a Japanese family name, reflecting her heritage.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Pulls off an impressive one in her Cardinal Richelieu card in Re LIVE.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: When the girls have ballet classes, all the other girls wear the same basic sleeveless black leotard except for Maya and Claudine, who wears a short-sleeved pink one. Justified because they're the two most experienced ballerinas in the class and in many real-life ballet schools, the more skilled dancers are allowed greater freedom in their practice outfits as a sign of their greater experience.
- Ojou: Though it was only vaguely implied in most Revue Starlight-related media, the 4-koma Starlight gag manga confirms that Claudine comes from an affluent family and sees no problem making expensive purchases every now and then.
- Out of Focus: Subverted plot-wise, but she's the only one of the 99th to lack a Revue song she could call her own as her duel with Karen, unlike the others, was mostly relegated offscreen.
- Pink Means Feminine: Wears a pink leotard to the girls' ballet practice.
- Playing Against Type: In-Universe, Claudine tends to be cast as a hero or protagonist, like Flora in Starlight, Carabas in Puss in Boots, and the Prince in The Nutcracker. The trope is lampshaded when she has to play Richelieu in The Three Musketeers, and she contemplates while practicing her Evil Laugh that she used to always be cast as D'Artagnan. The 4-koma also shows her playing one of the oni in a production of Momotarō.
- Quit Your Whining: She angrily and sternly tells Ichie to stuff it during the "First Brilliance of the Year - Takamagahara Priestesses" event story after the latter kept telling herself that she's "just" Seisho's guest performer, all while constantly belittling her own abilities as an actress and hindering her performance as Hitsuki as a result.
- Second Place Is for Losers: Seems to have this mindset, as she is bitterly resentful towards Maya for being the lead in rankings, and seeks to usurp her position.
- Ship Tease: Her and Maya have a lot of tension like this between each other, her fixation on beating Maya only adds to it. And Claudine has photos of Maya on her tablet, to study her dancing of course, and she immediately keeps Karen from seeing she's looking at them when Karen takes her by surprise.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's implied to be well-off financially, had a fruitful career as a talented child actress when she was younger, and a conversation with Kaoruko in Re LIVE heavily implies that her mom is very doting towards her. Claudine also happens to be one of the more empathetic and kind students in the 99th Class so it's safe to say that she was raised right in spite of living in privilege almost her whole life.
- Sweet Tooth: Her favorite treats are macarons, there's her love for whatever sweet desserts Nana cooks up, and whenever she hangs out with Kaoruko outside practice, there's usually sweets involved in it.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Maya. Which is why when Maya loses against Karen in their dual Revue against her and Hikari, Claudine insists that it was she herself who lost, not Maya.
- Tritagonist: The closest thing to one in the series right after Karen and Hikari. Though she lacks an official Revue song of her ownnote , her personal conflict with and determination to surpass Maya as well as her relationship with her form the secondary plot to the show's main story and she gets the most amount of focus out of all the characters next to Karen and Hikari. Her being the main protagonist of Re LIVE's 7th chapter in the main story makes this explicit.
- Tsundere: To Maya. She's friendly with everyone else but is easily riled up and sometimes antagonistic towards Maya, and only Maya.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Maya. She's legitimately surprised to hear that both Kaoruko and Maya herself believe that she and Maya are close friends who get along really well in a conversation between the three in Re LIVE.
- Wistful Amnesia: Though Maya may have been effectively removed from everyone's memories in Chapter 7 of Re LIVE's Main Story after she mysteriously disappears, Claudine's feelings of fiery determination to defeat her fated rival remain, despite not knowing exactly who she wanted to surpass in the first place. This eventually ends up helping her fully remember Maya in spite of everyone's memories of her being wiped clean from their minds.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears a Type A with her school uniform.
"Yet I have found a straight path,
One that rises to the night sky!
Student of the 99th Class, Futaba Isurugi!
I will dash forth with fighting spirit!"
- An Axe to Grind: Her Weapon of Choice is a halberd.
- Beleaguered Assistant: She's basically Kaoruko's caretaker since childhood and has always been annoyed by how high maintenance Kaoruko can be.
- Berserk Button: Hates being called short as revealed in Re LIVE.
- Bifauxnen: Has short hair and a tomboy demeanor. Notably, despite the series being heavily inspired by the Takarazuka Revue, she's the only character who really fits the bill of an otokoyaku with her boyish looks and attitude. She's also much shorter than the typical bifauxnen character.
- Biker Babe: She takes Kaoruko to school with her motorbike.
- Boyish Short Hair: She has the shortest hair out of all the main characters, emphasizing her tomboyish attitude.
- Childhood Friends: With Kaoruko. In the manga she says they are like family.
- Childhood Friend Romance: It's very strongly implied in the prequel manga and the anime the two are together romantically. They are always seen together, Claudine is surprised in episode 3 that she wasn't with Kaoruko. Futaba even says in the anime Kaoruko is special to her.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She's been looking after Kaoruko since they were kids, and in present day she's often the one dragging her to class while she's drowsy.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a knack for taking jabs at others most of the time. Her primary targets of snark are usually Kaoruko and Karen.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her tongue's sharp, but she's very caring towards her friends and loved ones all the same.
- Lap Pillow: Gives a few of those to Kaoruko.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: With Kaoruko. The Tomboy Futaba is obviously the masculine side.
- Only Sane Man: Together with Junna, she's usually the first to dryly point out the eccentricities her classmates usually engage in and is the one who always puts Kaoruko back in line whenever she overindulges herself in her ego. Unlike Junna however, there are plenty of times where she'll join in with the rest in their silliness regardless of what she thinks.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's the shortest student in the 99th Class but is stated to be the best performer when it comes to theatrical fight scenes and is one of the most athletic girls in Seisho. Her weapon is even a giant axe in the Auditions, and it's definitely not light by any means. A Memoir in Re LIVE also shows that her height doesn't impede her fighting ability one bit, as she can easily match and take on much taller opponents like Rui with little difficulty even though Futaba should be at a disadvantage due to her shorter stature.
- Selective Obliviousness: She once pieces out that Maya keeps skipping art classes under the same excuse that she's not feeling well, but just chooses not to think about it too much.
- Super Strength: The second musical has several moments where Futaba carries or lifts Kaoruko (although, contrasting with their characters, Ikuta is taller than Itou). Re LIVE also touches on how Futaba's classmates perceive her strength: a My Theater conversation implies Nana brought Futaba into the kitchen as her assistant so Futaba would do the heavy lifting, and one of Karen's ideas when told that the prop nutcrackers used in the performance of The Nutcracker cannot open her walnuts is to ask Claudine if Futaba can.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Kaoruko's Girly Girl, with her short hair, sharp tongue and talent for physical activities contrasting with Kaoruko's status as a lady of a high-class family.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves kinako sweets.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sums up her role in episode 6. Through both actions and words, she calls out Kaoruko for being lazy, taking her support for granted, and childishly calling for attention instead of trying to better herself together with her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.
"There is a path we two have walked,
One that goes between song and dance...
Student of the 99th Class, Kaoruko Hanayagi!
I'll have you follow me till the very end!"
- Adaptational Heroism: In the first stage play's version of Kaoruko and Futaba's duel, Kaoruko actively baited Futaba into coming closer to her so she can cut off her clasp and take off her coat to win using fake tears and taking complete advantage of Futaba's kindness and love for her, a dirty stunt she pulls off successfully with little remorse. While she does something similar in the anime (see her I Surrender, Suckers entry below), Kaoruko doesn't go through with slashing Futaba's clasp off in the same way and actually wins her Revue duel against her fair and square this time. Plus, the tears she shed in the anime were at least partially sincere.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: As an addendum to the above, Kaoruko in the anime is significantly less egotistic and mean-spirited than her stage play version, as the anime plays up her noble and positive traits more while toning down some of her selfishness.
- Always Someone Better: To Tamao Tomoe, who feels that she can't match Kaoruko's natural talents with her own.
- Attention Whore: Loves being the center of attention every time, which is her motivation for wanting to be the lead in every play and the Top Star in general. Ironically, she's shy around people she doesn't know all too well when she isn't vying for their attention during performances.
- Berserk Button:
- Tamao unintentionally earns Kaoruko's ire the moment she told Kaoruko not to compete against Rinmeikan in their Revue against each other due to Tamao's fears of facing her and losing during their reunion at the beginning of Re LIVE's Main Story.
- After Chapter 7 of the Main Story, Andrew becomes a big one for her in general.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She generally seems to be more devious then she lets on. Like how she was teasing and stirring up Mahiru's jealousy over Hikari and Karen's relationship.
- Blade on a Stick: She uses a naginata.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Deconstructed Trope. She is a talented dancer, with the ranking shown at the end of episode 3 putting her as the fourth best in her class. But because she is too arrogant and lazy to give her all during practice, she is quickly left behind by her classmates.
- Butt-Monkey: Her ego makes her an easy target for unwanted comedic antics coming her way or for her friends to make fun of.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Platonic variety. She's always loath to admit that she actually cares for her friends out of embarrassment. This also extends to her treatment of Tamao, despite being seemingly antagonistic towards her every time they meet.
- Childhood Friends: Has this relationship with Futaba. It's also heavily implied she and Tamao were also childhood friends in the past, though their relationship has gone sour in the present.
- Childhood Friend Romance: It's very strongly implied in the prequel manga and the anime the two are together romantically. During the talk she has with Mahiru in episode 3 she even compares Mahiru's crush on Karen to herself and Futaba.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Kaoruko speaks rather harshly to Tamao, openly berating her in front of both their friends whenever she can, and spends almost the entirety of her interactions with the latter in the game generally being dismissive of her. This comes after Tamao unintentionally annoys her in their initial encounter. As it turns out though, Kaoruko wasn't being cold to her out of simple spite, but because she realized Tamao's extreme selflessness and naivety were hindering her own growth as a stage girl and that she was too afraid to take risks for her team. Kaoruko then took it upon herself to lecture her about this so she can improve herself after Rinmeikan loses to Seisho in their Revue together.
- Does Not Like Spam: She hates green onions so she dumps them on Futaba's plate whenever her dish has them in it.
- Disappointed in You: Her aloof and cold behavior towards Tamao at the beginning of Re LIVE in spite of their implied friendship with each other in the past is mostly rooted in her annoyance over the latter's overly selfless attitude hindering her growth as a Stage Girl (Tamao telling Kaoruko to drop out of the Auditions was just icing on the cake). While Kaoruko does care for and even considers Tamao as her legitimate rival, it's clear that she's disappointed at Tamao's inability to grow herself forward because she prioritizes the others over herself too much.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. Due to her natural talent at stage combat granting her an initial edge over several of her classmates, she thinks that she can simply use this and her reliance on Futaba to cruise along comfortably near the top of her class. It is her laziness and lack of interest in actually working to sharpen her skills that causes her to eventually be left in the dust of her otherwise less talented classmates, who actually put in the work to better themselves.
- Heir to the Dojo: She's the slated heiress to her family's Senka-ryuu traditional dance school.
- Hidden Depths: Though she's heavily associated with traditional Japanese arts, English is one of the subjects she proudly admits that she excels in.
- I Surrender, Suckers: During her duel with Futaba, she makes a big show of cutting off her own clasp, but only as a gambit to trick Futaba into getting into the range of her weapon. It fails only because her attack was purposely too shallow.
- It's All About Me: She loves being the center of attention and will throw a small tantrum if things don't go her way, as seen in her focus episode. She does mostly grow out of it however, after realizing how much she took Futaba for granted and taking Maya's words of wisdom to heart.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's arrogant, has a selfish streak, and is not above tattling on her friends just so she could get them in trouble, but ultimately does care for them deep down in her own way. Despite the verbal lashing she gives Andrew, particularly about the danger the Elle Note is putting them all in, she's visibly uncomfortable with the idea of destroying it when she realizes what that would mean for our Elle and Andrew, who are also products of its power.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Her Kyoto dialect is her trademark. This doesn't come through in the English dub, where she speaks with the same accent as everyone else.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Claudine once catches her being all sweet and affectionate towards a cat she's been secretly feeding at night in Watson Claudine's second Bond Story, much to Kaoruko's embarrassment.
- Lazy Bum: She'd rather not exert too much energy outside of rehearsals and dancing so she delegates most of the tasks she doesn't want to do to Futaba. Even walking to school from the dorms is too much for her even though it's literally just walking distance! Her main dislike according to her profile is even housework.
- Malicious Misnaming: She started the "Abominamole" nickname for Andrew. It seems to have stuck given the other girls from the other schools know of and use the nickname against him.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: With Futaba. Kaoruko, being a wealthy Ojou, is the feminine side.
- Naginata Are Feminine: She wields a naginata, tying into her image as a Yamato Nadeshiko.
- No Social Skills: The prequel manga reveals that due to her over-reliance of Futaba, she was unable to properly interact with her classmates on her own when she first arrived at school. She got better with time.
- Ojou: The prequel manga shows her family is quite wealthy with her not knowing what the names of low priced sweets were and waving around a credit card. She falls squarely into the bratty type, being arrogant, lazy and relying on Futaba to do everything for her while still being naive about working-class life.
- Picky Eater: Subtly implied to be one, dumping parts of her lunch she dislikes onto Futaba's plate.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: As shown in the prequel manga, her sheltered upbringing left her clueless when it comes to dealing with the real world. She even tried to buy off some kinako sweets from a kid with her black card instead of actual money. It's a running gag she doesn't know how to actually use a train on her own.
- The Rival: To Tamao Tomoe from Rinmeikan Girls School in Re LIVE, as they both trained under Kaoruko's grandmother and Tamao sees Kaoruko as the biggest obstacle she and her friends need to face to become Top Stars.
- Shrinking Violet: Before she eventually became comfortable around her friends besides Futaba, she was formerly this in her first year at Seisho, as revealed in the prequel manga.
- Sleepyhead: She is often seen on the verge of falling asleep.
- Spoiled Brat: Her primary behavior as a result of being raised in a wealthy household that fed her everything on a silver spoon whenever she asked of it. She tends to be rather self-centered and relies on Futaba to do everything for her.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Futaba's Tomboy, with her lady-like behavior contrasting with Futaba's short hair, sharp tongue and talent for physical activities.
- Troll: Big time. She does a lot of mischievous stuff to her friends in her spare time for her own amusement.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. She appears to be one on the surface with her skills in Japanese dancing, hailing from a traditional family and using a naginata during stage combat, but her personality doesn't fit the trope at all since she's actually arrogant, self-centered and lazy.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And she really does.
The Edels of Siegfeld Institute of Music
As part of the school's tradition, it rewards its most talented students with special privileges and bestows upon them the title of "Edel"Translation , which itself is divided into five different subtitles, classified by ranks, all of which are named after jewels.
Led by the current Frau Platin, Akira Yukishiro, these 5 genius actresses all aim to be the elite of the elite in the world of theater.
- The Ace: Like Seisho Music Academy, it's an elite school that houses geniuses who are talented in all areas of Revue. The 5 chosen students, collectively known as the "Edels" by their school acknowledging their talents and merits, participating in the Auditions in Re LIVE are considered to be the best of the best.
- The Beautiful Elite: The Edels are the top students of Siegfeld and all five girls are very good looking to say the least.
- Coat Cape: Like Seisho, they wear coats on their shoulders with their stage combat outfits, though they're worn properly on both shoulders and the coats themselves are far more elaborate.
- Elevator School: Shiori is in Siegfeld's middle school department, so at the very least it has middle school and high school divisions.
- Foil: To the 99th Class of Seisho Music Academy. Both groups are renowned students of prestigious all-girls performing arts schools in Japan and both even have annual productions of a special theatrical play that's unique to and traditionally performed in their academies. However, whereas the Seisho students view each other as equals despite acknowledging that Maya is their school's best student, the Edels see Akira as their "king",aka, a paragon who's unmatched in terms of talent, and is put on a pedestal by the younger Edels as well as the rest of the student body. The Edels are also composed of two second years and three underclassmen in their lineup, whereas the 99th Class of Seisho are all classmates in the same year.
- As the main pair of their school, Akira and Michiru also serve as this to Karen and Hikari, who are also childhood friends who made a promise to stand on stage together in a playground, right down to being inspired by a special play that's performed annually in their present schools. The main difference between them and the two main leads of Seisho however, is that instead of just wanting to be onstage together, Michiru makes an additional promise of becoming the best support Akira could ever have, so that the latter can become the best "king" and Frau Platin in Siegfeld's history. Akira and Michiru have also been together for a long time since their childhood, unlike Karen and Hikari, who were separated for years and have only recently reunited in high school.
- Gratuitous German: The name of their school, their collective name as a group, and their own designated titles are all in German.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Chapter 8 of the Main Story, Akira and Michiru were made to forget about the disappeared Yachiyo, Mei Fan, and Shiori in a stage where the three younger Edels didn't exist, paralleling what happened to Seisho when Maya mysteriously vanished in the previous chapter.
- Metallic Motifs: Their ranks are based on metal and precious gems. As Siegfeld's best student, Akira is given the rank of Frau Platin, the highest rank awarded to the student who is considered to be the #1 in Siegfeld.
- Origins Episode: The 8th Main Story, "The Dying King and the Four Knights", is one big flashback to Akira and Michiru's childhood, which reveals their motivations and ambitions as Stage Girls, as well as how Mei Fan got chosen as Frau Rubin some time prior to the game's plot.
- Platinum Makes Everything Shinier: For Siegfeld students, especially the Edels, the platinum is a symbol of their high standards and a representation of being above excellence. As stage girls who want to be the best of the best, they won't just settle for gold but for something even higher. This is reflected in both the Edels' stage lines as well as their song, Platinum Forte.The place we made it to is the dazzling stage
This is the position where royalty stands
Stronger than forte, more refined than elegante
Platinum lives in our hearts
- Ret-Gone: Just like Maya, the Korosu's antics cause Yachiyo, Mei Fan, and Shiori to seemingly disappear from existence in Chapter 8, and any memory associated with the three are similarly gone as well.
"The fire of life may last but a moment,
But pure platinum will shine forever.
The stage of men may last but a moment,
But the stage of the king lasts forever.
Frau Platin Akira Yukishiro!
The king shines his light on the hollow stage!"
- The Ace: She's Siegfeld Institute of Music's top student, and is a known genius considered head and shoulders above everyone in her school for her excellence on the stage. Not only that, she's also one of the very few people capable of pushing even Maya back in the Auditions. A Memoir and a later event reveal that she's an exceptionally talented figure skating champion too.
- Affectionate Nickname: In the past, Michiru used to call her "Akki" when they were younger.
- Animal Motifs: Lions. She's symbolically referred to as the Edels' "king", which is a position usually associated to lions; is prideful, domineering yet charismatic among her peers, and is ultimately considered formidable as a Stage Girl thanks to her overwhelming talents. Her lance's hilt is even shaped in the form of a golden lion. In one of Akira's Bond Stories, Mei Fan took note of this motif and deliberately picked a lion sticker to represent Akira because of this.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Shiori, who she has a soft spot for. While she usually puts on the veneer of being a strict senior to her, it's made very clear early on that she looks out for her the most out of everyone.
- Birds of a Feather: Unsurprisingly, with her fellow prodigy, Maya Tendo. After both got reprimanded by Kiryuuin-sensei in the "Arise All You Sons: Healing Hearts" event story, they both agree that getting yelled at like that was for the best and that they have much to learn and improve on from it and quickly bond from there, each giving the other tips and feedback to help with their performances. It's clear that the two rival aces have deep mutual respect for one another from this.
- Childhood Friends: With Michiru, which was confirmed in Re LIVE's Main Story Chapter 8.
- The Chooser of The One: While all Siegfeld students are freely welcomed to audition for the positions of Frau Rubin, Perle, and Jade, Akira, with some input from Michiru, has the final say on who gets to be chosen in the end.
- The Comically Serious: At times. Best shown in the Conte mini gag series.
- Contralto of Danger: She has a distinctly deeper voice compared to most of the cast and is one of the most formidable and talented Stage Girls in the entire franchise.
- Decomposite Character: She takes up the colder aspects of Maya's character from the original stage play: being the proud, domineering, ruthless, and downright condescending perfectionist ice queen she was in the beginning of the play.
- Expy: Of Yukina Minato from BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!, being the cold, aloof perfectionists who dominate everyone with their sheer talent in their craft and their overwhelmingly powerful attitudes.
- First-Name Basis: She addresses the Edels, and only the Edels, primarily by their first names. Everyone else gets referred to by surname without any honorific at the end. It's telling that Akira never calls Fumi by first name to her face despite Fumi being a former Edel herself.
- Graceful Loser: She's proud of her skills and is confident in the way she does things, but is quick to admit when someone else does something better. She just chalks these up as learning experiences and vows to do better next time.
- Heroes Love Dogs: She has a soft spot for dogs but prefers not to be open about it to anyone except maybe Michiru.
- Hopeless with Tech: She's a bit old-fashioned, so even something as simple as a small change in desktop settings can throw her off.
- Ice Queen: Though respected, her perfectionism onstage makes her downright cold and domineering towards others. Not helped at all by her very unfriendly attitude.
- Jerkass: She's cold and condescending towards students who don't meet her very high standards. And even if you do, she'll only treat you slightly less cold than the rest and would have nothing but harsh words in store for you if you can't keep up. To name a few instances, she talks down to Tamao in their Revue and the New Year's event, she dismisses Shiori catching a cold despite Mei Fan's objections, and was the one behind the cold response to Frontier's offer for them to watch their Captain Twins play (as Michiru and Shiori were open to the idea when they were asked later). There's also how she openly disparages and insults Fumi in front of Siegfeld's entire student body (which Fumi's younger sister Shiori is a part of, meaning she heard her school's top student lambast her older sister in front of everyone) in a speech calling for a new Frau Jade at the beginning of Siegfeld's School Story (though Fumi was no longer around to hear it). But as it turns out...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She genuinely wants to see her fellow Edels improve as Stage Girls and helps them do just that in spite of her cold demeanor. The "heart of gold" part of her shines best whenever she's around Shiori, who she has a soft spot for. An in-game monologue she has in Re LIVE also has her admit that while she's disappointed and somewhat hates Fumi for not living up to her skills and "running away" from the stage when she was still Frau Jade, she's also glad that Fumi returned to it and found her brilliance once again in Rinmeikan. Even after the revelations about Elle and the terrible power of the Elle Note, she stands with the other girls in refusing to destroy it, seeing all the books on the shelves around them as "full of stories [they] hadn't done yet."
- Jousting Lance: Her primary weapon in the Auditions.
- The Leader: As the school's official top student, she's effectively the head of the Edels and they all defer to her leadership.
- Lonely at the Top: She's isolated from the others not just because of her overwhelming talents, but because of her aloof and downright cold personality. Like Maya, she sees this as being an inevitable part of being the Top Star.
- My Greatest Failure: Despite her tough front, she sincerely admits that Fumi's sudden decision to quit as both an Edel and a student of Siegfeld was partly her fault and that she believes she failed her as her leader as she was unable to be there for her old friend during her troubled times when Fumi was still Frau Jade.
- Not So Above It All: She can be surprisingly goofy underneath that cold exterior of hers. For one thing, she can't work on a computer or any kind of tech to save her life. For another, she likes dogs enough that she even attempted to pet Belle to no avail and even tried to convince Mei Fan to have a dog sticker represent her in Mei Fan's self-made training sched instead of the lion sticker she prepared for her. And then there's her exclusive birthday item for 2019: a chili pepper mascot nuigurumi named Hot-kun...
- Perpetual Frowner: Almost never smiles. The few times she does, it's with a hint of smug confidence.
- Platinum Makes Everything Shinier: She has the rank of Frau Platin, the highest rank attained among the school's elite Edels, and her skills onstage back up her status. True to the trope name, her other duty as Frau Platin is to ensure that the other Edels shine even brighter than before every time they're onstage.
- Senpai Kouhai: She's the senpai who's looked up to by the younger Edels, especially by the middle school aged Shiori.
- The Southpaw: Wields her lance with her left hand only.
- Student Council President: Her position in Siegfeld due to her status as the top student there.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's frosty by default, but will occasionally show her more tender side to the Edels during her softer moments. This is more apparent whenever she's around Shiori and Michiru.
- Talented, but Trained: As a perfectionist, she doesn't let her pride in her own talents blind her to the reality that her abilities need hard work to supplement them until they're fully polished. She makes it a point to the rest of the Edels that just because they were all chosen for their talents doesn't mean that they should all be satisfied with just that without further practice.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She absolutely loves spicy food.
- Worthy Opponent: She has very high standards, and is quick to dismiss anyone who seemingly doesn't meet them. Anyone who does however is on her radar just as quickly, seen when she notices and comments on Karen's potential within seconds of meeting her in a Revue.
"What shines doesn't know shade.
What is pure doesn't know pain.
Hence my blue flame will shine on the throne of platinum
And illuminate the stage of the king.
Frau Saphir Michiru Otori!
Together with the king!"
- The Ace: Together with Akira, she's considered a genius in the world of the stage and is the only one in Siegfeld who's capable of keeping up with her.
- Affectionate Nickname: Akira used to call her "Micchi" in their childhood days.
- Animal Motifs: Squirrels. Like the rodent, Michiru is cute and small, but cunning, resourceful, and has good foresight to plan ahead and make preparations for the future. Squirrels are also known to be social creatures in tightly-knit communities, which reflects Michiru's friendly, sociable nature, and her status as the Edels' Team Mom.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As Akira's equal, she's not someone you should take lightly during the Auditions in spite of her friendly attitude.
- BFS: Her main weapon in the Auditions is a German greatsword. It's even bigger than she is!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. While not exactly malicious, her cheerful personality hides a very crafty and pragmatic individual underneath. Only Akira is privy to this side of her however, while Yachiyo has her suspicions.
- The Chessmaster: Michiru's supposed cheery disposition as Akira's second-in-command deliberately hides her true nature as a ruthless, albeit well-intentioned, manipulating schemer working behind the scenes to ensure that the Edels, particularly Akira, get to be the ones on top in the world of the performing arts. She uses her friendly charm to befriend and get close to the Stage Girls from the other schools to get intel out of them and uses that information for her own purposes (whether or not she'll use that information against them has yet to be seen), and plans simple yet effective events to get the results she wants out of the situation in front of her. As part of her childhood promise with Akira, she will accomplish her goals of putting the Edels at the helm no matter what dirty trick she has to resort to in her book.
- Childhood Friends: With Akira, a fact that was only heavily implied prior to Re LIVE's 8th Main Story Chapter, which confirms their relationship.
- Cool Big Sis: Serves as one to her underclassmen in Siegfeld.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She has the potential to be Siegfeld's Top Star together with Akira and her talents are said to be on par with hers, but keeps her true potential in wraps and only uses her skills when absolutely needed in favor of supporting and nurturing her fellow Edels' talents in the background in the guise of being another one of Akira's loyal fans.
- Foil: To Nana. Both are blondes, bright and cheery, are always looking after their friends' welfares like mothers, and possess enough talent that can potentially surpass their schools' official aces: Akira for Michiru, and Maya for Nana respectively, yet purposely hold back because they're satisfied with where they currently stand. But that's where their similarities stop. Michiru is the shortest among the Edels whereas Nana is the tallest of her classmates. While they're both chessmasters in their own right, their motivations for being one differ greatly: Michiru wants to see the Edels, Akira especially, grow and further improve to be the greatest Stage Girls they can be, while Nana actively tried to hinder her friends' growths via her wish to loop time from the moment they were all still first years due to a combination of not wanting to see her friends end up hurt from the pain of failing, and because of how much she cherishes her friends due to her lonely background. Whereas Michiru's friendly and sunny disposition is a partial facade, Nana's friendliness is genuine, although she's not above using a more ruthless demeanor when needed.
- Genki Girl: She puts on an air of cheeriness around herself to brighten up people's moods in lieu of the Edels' decidedly cold leader. It's because of this that she quickly bonds and becomes friends with the similarly cheery Karen, Ichie, and Lalafin.
- Hidden Depths: She's a big fan of powerful predatory animals and martial arts.
- Idiot Hair: Subverted; she has a noticeably large strand of hair that constantly sticks up, but she's no idiot, and she's actually very calculating and good at reading people plus she's essentially The Man Behind the Man for the Edels.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she can be bossy and even intimidating towards Akira, she genuinely does care for her and the rest of the Edels. Her childhood promise of making her the best Frau Platin in Siegfeld's history through her support was made with Akira's dream and well-being in mind.
- The Lancer: She's Akira's #2 and her most trusted confidant. Ironically, Akira's the one wielding the lance, not her.
- The Man Behind the Man: While Akira legitimately is the Edels' leader for all intents and purposes and does its functions as one, it's actually Michiru who calls the shots and pulls the strings in the background when it comes to making major decisions that affect the Edels themselves. She has the final say on a majority of Akira's decisions at certain points in specific events and Akira is submissive to her most of the time.
- Older Than They Look: It's easy to mistake her for a kid, especially since her peers are taller than her, but she's actually Akira's age and is in the same year as her, meaning the other three Siegfeld students, two of whom are in their first year and the last of which is in her third year in middle school, are younger than her.
- Only Friend: Prior to the game's plot, she's the only person who's willing to stick around Akira despite the latter's cold attitude and has no problem hanging out with her.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's one of the shortest characters in the franchise, but her talents are on par with Akira's, one of the very few people who can rival Maya on stage.
- Senpai Kouhai: The other senpai besides Akira towards the younger Edels.
- Team Mom: To the Edels. She cares for and looks after them and helps them further improve themselves as Stage Girls through her insight. It helps that she's more approachable and openly friendly compared to Akira.
- Trauma Button: The "Ice Skating Noblesse Oblige" event story reveals that figure skating, particularly, performing a fall, is one for her, thanks to a childhood incident where Akira was injured protecting her from crashing onto a wall when Michiru lost her balance trying to skate, which Michiru blames herself for. It made her completely quit figure skating after that and only comes back to it because she has to for an important performance where she's one of the lead roles. It's because of this that she continually has problems performing an important fall she has to do for a certain scene in spite of numerous practice. Thankfully, Akira helps her overcome it by the end of the event.
"The flower bud unfolds to show the path of platinum.
The letter drenched in tears.
Secretly depart on the jade road of dreams.
Frau Jade Shiori Yumeoji!
We shall conquer the king's summit together!"
- Adaptational Jerkass: Just like the Seisho girls, she's ruder and meaner than she actually is in canon in Shoujo Conte All Starlight.
- All Girls Like Ponies: She loves horses. One of her hobbies is horseback riding, and when she thinks about which character she would like to be in a Romance of the Three Kingdoms-based play, she picks Red Hare, Lu Bu's horse, over any of the human characters.
- The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest Revue Starlight character in the entire franchise before the 5-year-old Elle Nishino is revealed in Main Story 11, being only in her final year of middle school while everyone else is in high school.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Whenever she stops being timid, she's actually a force to be reckoned with when she performs confidently onstage. She manages to impress and take Claudine, Mahiru, and Karen by complete surprise with her stunning Irene Adler impression during their role call in the "Detective Karen on the Case" event story in Re LIVE.
- Big Sister Worship: She adored Fumi in the past and wanted to do nothing more than to be able to stand beside her on the stage together. When Fumi left Siegfeld without speaking a single word to her as to why, Shiori is left hurt and wondering over what had happened for Fumi to do so.
- Color Motif: Like Mahiru and her older sister Fumi, she's associated with the color green. Her revue outfit has shades of green in it, she's currently the holder of the Frau Jade position among the Edels, a title that's based on the jade which is a shade of green, and she was even formerly sickly for a while in the past. In a bit of a play on this however, she firmly does not hold any feelings of jealousy for any reason unlike Mahiru and Fumi towards her older sister in spite of her desires to surpass Fumi as the new Frau Jade and merely seeks to constantly improve herself under Akira's tutelage for the chance to see her again.
- Cool Sword: Wields a sabre in the Auditions.
- Covert Pervert: She gets incredibly excited at seeing Mei Fan and Yachiyo getting up close and romantic with each other while they're acting out their roles as Lu Bu and Diaochan (a well-known couple from their source material) respectively during Diaochan Yachiyo's 2nd Bond Episode.
- Determinator: Shiori's meek demeanor belies an iron-willed girl who absolutely refuses to back down from a challenge presented to her and will work ten times harder than before just to achieve her goals. Even her sickly body in the past wasn't enough to stop her from pursuing her dreams of becoming the Top Star.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: Being the youngest out of all the girls in the game makes everyone around her want to look after her, with some of the girls (particularly Tsukasa, Akira, Yachiyo, Mei Fan, and Mahiru) being doting towards her as a result.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's sweet, gentle, and polite towards everyone, and though Fumi's sudden departure from Siegfeld and avoidance of her obviously hurt her whenever she's brought up, Shiori nonetheless still worries over her well-being and wants to see her again.
- Ill Girl: She was very sickly when she was younger, to the point that she was unable to attend a lot of classes in the past due to this. The fact that she was able to overcome this and immediately do more than catch up with and surpass her classmates in skill and hard work is what makes her remarkable and more than qualified to be among the Edels in Siegfeld.
- It's All My Fault: She believes she has something to do with Fumi suddenly transferring out of Siegfeld due to Fumi refusing to explain why and Fumi's conscious efforts to distance herself from Shiori after it happened. Chapter 9 reveals that Shiori's suspicions over being at fault for Fumi leaving in the first place were right on the mark, though the actual reasons are a lot more complicated than she thinks.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name, "Shiori"(栞), means "bookmark", as in, she's the "bookmark" Fumi left behind in Siegfeld after the latter ran away from her responsibilities as the original Frau Jade. True to her name, as Fumi's successor, Shiori has to continue where Fumi left off while forging a new, different path for herself as a Stage Girl and as Frau Jade.
- Morality Pet: For Akira. Shiori's the one person the normally cold Akira is kind towards, so much that when Michiru noticed, she had to outright tell Akira to simmer the kindness down a little as she was starting to give Shiori preferential treatment over the other Edels.
- Nice Girl: While shy, she's a kind sweetheart to everyone she meets.
- Proper Lady: Her likes and hobbies include horseback riding and tea time, pointing her to this trope. Even her favorite foods, black tea and chiffon cake, are pretty fancy all on their own.
- Shrinking Violet: She's shy and softspoken compared to her peers.
- Sibling Rivalry: Wants to get out of Fumi's shadow in Siegfeld and surpass her as the new Frau Jade after her, though it's unclear if Fumi feels the same way towards her younger sister.
- Spot of Tea: Her favorite pastime is drinking tea during her breaks and she frequently brings a tea set with her to share with her friends for casual conversations.
- Stepford Smiler: Hides her loneliness and frustration over Fumi's sudden departure underneath her gentle smiles.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's basically a mini Fumi, though Shiori's larger, more innocent-looking eyes help set her apart from her sister.
- Stronger Sibling: Despite being more of a Shrinking Violet than Fumi, she's actually the more talented of the two, and Fumi's jealousy of her younger sister is part of the reason she stepped down as Frau Jade and transferred to Rinmeikan.
- Unknown Rival: She's unaware of Mei Fan's jealousy of her whenever Akira pays more attention to her than she does to Mei Fan. She was also similarly clueless over Fumi's jealousy of her in the past back when the latter was still Frau Jade, though she has her suspicions.
- You Remind Me of X: Seeing Shiori sick in bed reminds Mei Fan of her younger sisters back in China (particularly the times they got sick), causing Mei Fan's big sister instincts to kick into full gear towards Shiori as a result.
Liu Mei Fan
"O absolute ruler,
I have traveled a thousand miles and finally met you.
I have found my stage.
My ruby is hidden in the dragon's chest.
O noble platinum, I offer my life to you.
Frau Rubin Liu Mei Fan!
Ranshao ba jinqing re yan, wangdao dang dang! Translation "
- Anime Chinese Girl: She knows martial arts and has a prominent dragon motif going on with her, but otherwise mostly doesn't follow the stereotypes as she's very fluent in Japanese and was even annoyed when Yachiyo kept pestering her about putting her hair up in buns. She does invoke it in one of her units in the game, complete with quipao and the aforementioned hair buns however.
- Beauty Mark: Has one underneath her left eye.
- Berserk Button: Deception, according to her profile.
- Big Sister Instinct: When Shiori gets a fever during the "Siegfeld General Hospital" event in Re LIVE, Mei Fan's instincts as an older sister herself kick in and she spends an entire chapter in the event doting on the sick Shiori and caring for her needs, to the point of being too overbearing on the poor unsuspecting girl.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a serpent spear in the Auditions.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's jealous of the amount of attention Shiori gets from Akira every now and then.
- Foil: To Rui. They both joined their respective groups out of devotion to a certain person they admire and both have a best friend who loves riling them up for fun, but unlike the shy and self-deprecating Rui who usually ends up as a stammering mess when speaking to Tamao, Mei Fan is straightforward and boldly outspoken towards her object of admiration, Akira, being passionate and determined upfront about wanting to stand onstage together with her while refusing to take "no" for an answer. In another contrast to Rui, who's fine with just supporting Tamao, Mei Fan wants to surpass Akira eventually.
- Foreign Exchange Student: She's a Chinese student studying in Japan's prestigious Siegfeld Institute of Music.
- Fortune Teller: Her main hobby is fortune telling, but since only the bad fortunes she predicts come true, her friends nowadays avoid having their fortunes told by her.
- Hero Worship: Deeply admires Akira and aims to surpass her one day.
- Keigo: Her speech patterns in Japanese are consistently formal and polite in tone no matter who she speaks with, though she drops the honorifics whenever she addresses Yachiyo and Shiori.
- Otaku: She collects capsule toys and plays gacha games as her hobbies.
- Plucky Girl: Failure doesn't stop this girl; if anything, it only makes her even more resolute to succeed than ever before. As shown in her flashback chapter in Main Story 8, despite being repeatedly rejected by both Akira and Michiru when she voiced out her desire to be one of Akira's chosen Edels, Mei Fan was nonetheless determined to join them and continuously kept proving to them that she was worthy until she could earn Akira's approval. Her passionate persistence eventually won them over.
- Promoted Fangirl: Before she eventually earned the position of Frau Rubin, she was a massive Akira fangirl who went out of her way to study in Siegfeld and learn Japanese just to be able to stand on the same stage as her idol, Akira. She even used to call her "Akira-sama" before she toned the honorific down to just "-san".
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long enough to at least reach her waist.
- Running Gag: In the "Waltz with the Beautiful Beast" event, the Edels find themselves temporarily taking care of a lost chihuahua they dub Belle. Mei Fan soon becomes very attached to Belle, and Michiru remarks, "She's going to be bawling when it comes time to give it back to its owner." Not only does Mei Fan indeed cry when returning Belle, the mere mention of Belle in later conversations always makes her tear up.
- Serious Business: As a result of idolizing Akira, she takes being an Edel seriously and does not appreciate it if either Yachiyo or Shiori fail to uphold the ideals of being one. Best shown during Siegfeld and Seisho's exchange program in the "Detective Karen on the Case" event.
- Token Minority: While Claudine and Lalafin are both half-European, Mei Fan is the first, and so far, only, character in the franchise to be of pure Chinese descent in a cast full of Japanese girls.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She expresses disapproval and annoyance over Yachiyo's sly and lax behavior but otherwise gets along with her as a friend.
"Forever and ever, I have performed by myself.
Polished a lonesome pearl.
Beyond the borders of the stage, beyond the play.
That is where true platinum shines.
Frau Perle Yachiyo Tsuruhime!
This world is a stage. Even the king is a player!"
- All the Other Reindeer: Main Story 8 reveals that Yachiyo was isolated from most people in the past because of her imaginative roleplaying hobbies. Thanks to this, she used to always feel alone and unwelcome with others before becoming one of the Edels in Siegfeld in the present day.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's never made clear if she actually had an older sister named Chitose Tsuruhime or if she just made her up like her role of being a spy for an enigmatic board of directors after the reveal about her in Main Story 8.
- Bows Versus Crossbows: Her primary weapon in the Auditions is a crossbow. Fitting, considering her sneaky attitude and her status as one of the talented elite in Siegfeld, a contrast to the hardworking and straightforward Junna who wields a bow in combat.
- The Fashionista: She takes up sewing and dressmaking as a hobby because of this.
- The Gadfly: She's mischievous and loves teasing others around her.
- Hypocritical Humor: In Diaochan Yachiyo's first Bond Story, she vehemently denies being some sort of seductress like her character, Diaochan, to the player character. Unlock her second Bond Story, however, and she'll give Shiori and Mei Fan this memorable gem after they point out how much the skirt she wore as Diaochan exposed a lot of her skin:Aw, are you awestruck by my legs?
- The Mole: She was assigned by Siegfeld's board of directors to keep tabs on her fellow Edels. Subverted as she made all that up as part of a role play.
- Ms. Imagination: She daydreams a lot and frequently makes up roles for herself to play as such as being a spy for "The Board of Commissions". According to Akira, this makes her a worthy candidate to be the next Frau Platin once she steps down from the position.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While she doesn't really act stupid, she tends to be more lax, carefree, and playfully mischievous compared to her comparatively more rigid fellow Edels (though Michiru is a partial exception). Not only can she keep up with them just fine, Claudine astutely notes during the "Detective Karen on the Case" event that despite how she normally behaves, Yachiyo has a knack for watching everyone around her closely and is keenly observant towards the smallest changes in her companions' behaviors and actions, applying them to her performances if needed. She's also the only one who comes the closest to accurately guessing the true nature behind Akira and Michiru's dynamic as well as Michiru's underlying nature underneath the smiles.
- Only Sane Man: Serves as this ironically in Shoujo Conte All Starlight during the episodes that feature Siegfeld in it.
- Perpetual Smiler: Her default expression is a mischievous and sly smile, highlighting her shifty and playful personality.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her hair and image color is pink and she's likely the most feminine character of the cast.
- Quit Your Whining: She harshly rebukes Tsukasa during the "Arise All You Sons: Healing Hearts" event story for being incredibly half-hearted about her role as the main lead, Sachi, and wanting to step down from the play due to disagreeing with the play's general direction in the plot out of concern for how the disabled kids they were going to perform it to would react. This is also notably the first time Yachiyo has openly displayed genuine anger at someone, albeit one done out of a desire to help push Tsukasa out of her hesitation. As the end of the chapter shows, it worked.In that case, step down from the role immediately. Everyone did the audition because they wanted to play the lead and stand at Position Zero. The chosen cast members are facing the rehearsals knowing they could get yelled at. Everyone is prepared to get hurt for this performance! If you're not up for it, then don't stand on the stage!
- Senpai Kouhai: Like Akira, she dotes on Shiori quite a bit and has a soft spot for her as Shiori's senior.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She's not afraid to flaunt a little skin in some of the outfits that she makes and wears. She'll even tease you, the player character, for it in her birthday line for you:Oh my, if it isn't the star of the day! How about a coupon for a day with me as a birthday present?
- The Tease: Her main hobby besides sewing is her tendency to provoke and poke fun at others for her own amusement.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She may tease Mei Fan a lot and loves setting off her buttons but gets along well with her fine anyway.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has bright pink hair to match her color motif.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In both her school uniform and Revue outfit.
Rinmeikan Girls School
Participating in the Auditions are the four, eventually, five, students it houses who are well-known for their traditional style performances.
- Animal Motifs: They're thematically linked to butterflies, which are not only symbols of beauty and grace, but of change and rebirth. This motif comes into play in Main Story 9, where the girls need to cast away their old, weak selves and be "reborn" in order to perform the "Rinmeiki" to perfection as both a last ditch effort to save their Performance Department, and to preserve its memory to their school. Interestingly, their performance of "Rinmeiki" within the stage of Re LIVE had all of them dying one by one to the last girl. This also applies to how, in spite of Rinmeikan's Performance Department being closed down in the end despite everyone's efforts, it gets to be "reborn" and transformed into the Rinmeikan Performance Association instead.
- Beyond the Impossible: A Re LIVE normally only occurs when a play is in danger of being erased by the Korosu according to the design of Elle's stories. "Rinmeiki" however had already been forgotten, without the apparent interference of the Korosu. Somehow they manage to initiate a Re LIVE on their own, and though they are defeated by the Korosu, they manage to revive "Rinmeiki" regardless. This is so unprecedented that the normally knowledgeable Elle and Andrew are flabbergasted, and can only speculate on the nature of these events because the danger to the other plays actually came from the real Elle and her Elle Note. In this case, they had nothing to do with what happened to "Rinmeiki", and yet it was revived anyway.
- Flower Motifs: As a whole, they're primarily associated with the paulownia, or empress flowers, which have significant meaning in Japanese tradition and the cycle of life, a fitting motif for a once prestigious and culturally traditional school whose Performance Department is nearing the end of its days.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Their Revue outfits are styled in traditional Japanese fashion unlike all of the other schools' Western-style outfits, reflecting their school's focus on instilling Yamato Nadeshiko values and teaching traditional Japanese arts.
- Sailor Fuku: They have black sailor fuku as uniforms. They're the only school in the franchise so far to use sailor fuku, which represents their more traditional Japanese values.
- Saving the Orphanage: They participate in the Revue Auditions in the hopes of winning it to save their school's Performance Department from being dissolved. They don't quite succeed in saving the department, reforming it as the Rinmeikan Performance Association instead.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: As a school that leans more on the traditional Japanese arts, this is the standard ideal Rinmeikan's academe instills in its students. However, Tamao is the only one of the five main Rinmeikan girls who fits this trope and actively strives to do so.
"Eternal life is but a dream
A never-ending play is but an illusion.
Destiny fickly burns, edging itself on stage.
Rinmeikan Performance Association Tamao Tomoe!
I will blossom until there's no life in me!"
A good-natured and friendly yamato nadeshiko stage girl. She is proud of her school's precepts, "Strongly, Gracefully, and Beautifully", and keeps those words strong to her heart as she strives to fulfill them each day. Her grandmother and mother were also graduates of Rinmeikan. She is an old acquaintance of Kaoruko.
- 100% Adoration Rating: She's well-loved by her peers in Rinmeikan for her kindness and selflessness. Even the initially grouchy Fumi can't bring herself to be harsh towards her. Whenever Kaoruko would antagonize Tamao every time they encountered each other in Re LIVE's Main Story, the Rinmeikan girls would always unhesitatingly rush to Tamao's defense.
- The Ace: Played With. She's this among the Rinmeikan Performance Department students when it comes to Japanese theater arts, and they definitely see her as this among them especially in Rui's eyes. However, when compared to the likes of the other top students from the other schools like Maya, Akira, Shizuha, and even Koharu from the 2nd stage play who are all seen as talented geniuses known even outside their respective schools, Tamao is considered average in talent outside her specialized field and isn't as well known as they are. And even then, Kaoruko is said to be more naturally talented than Tamao is when it comes to Japanese traditional arts, especially in dancing.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
- She begs Kaoruko to drop out of the Auditions during their first meeting together in the game's first chapter due to Tamao's desperation in wanting to save Rinmeikan's Performance Department and fear of facing Kaoruko in the Revues, thinking that by facing her, someone she personally knows is extraordinarily talented, she and her friends' chances of winning against Seisho would end up slim. Kaoruko was ''not'' the least bit pleased to hear any of this from Tamao.
- She later prostrates herself in front of Ichie to ask for her help in performing the "Rinmeiki" with her during Main Story 9.
- Alliterative Name: Tamao Tomoe.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Played for Laughs in Shoujo Conte All Starlight. Don't call her unreliable, or she'll start pulling out that scary oni mask and chase you around with it!
- Caring Gardener: She's shown taking care of her own personal garden in one of the game's Memoirs.
- Childhood Friends: She's heavily implied to be this with Kaoruko as their grandmothers were acquaintances with each other and they were both directly taught by Kaoruko's grandmother in Japanese traditional dance in the past, though their relationship has currently soured out in the present. Being the nice girl that she is however, Tamao holds no grudges towards her and does try to reconcile with Kaoruko with varying degrees of success. Whether or not she was also Futaba's due to their common relationship with Kaoruko is unknown, though they're at least familiar with each other.
- Consummate Liar: When necessary, she can be effectively good at lying, as seen during Main Story 9 when she successfully convinces Ukaji-sensei, or at least, unbeknownst to any of them, her Korosu copy, that they weren't planning on performing the "Rinmeiki" after Ukaji-sensei spotted the new script Yuyuko wrote just recently.
- Extreme Doormat: Her extreme selflessness is both her biggest strength and her greatest weakness as a stage girl. She constantly helps her friends improve themselves at the cost of her own growth, something Kaoruko, and later, Fumi, call her out on.Kaoruko: You really are too much of a softie, huh? Worrying so much about others that you can't focus on what you're doing yourself. How about you actually make an effort and put everything on the line for a change?
- Foil: She's Kaoruko's. They both have the vibe of a yamato nadeshiko, but while Kaoruko doesn't have the personality to match her appearance or background, Tamao does. They're also both following in their grandmothers' footsteps, as they are also practitioners of Japanese traditional dance, but while Kaoruko was arrogant and has high confidence over her talents and herself, Tamao is humbler but self-deprecating in turn. Also, while Tamao is a hard worker in her craft unlike how Kaoruko started out as, she also feels that she lacks the natural talent Kaoruko possesses and feels inferior to her as a result. Her worst and least favorite subject, English, is even one of Kaoruko's best subjects in school.
- Generation Xerox: Her mother and grandmother were also students at Rinmeikan and she chose that school specifically to follow in their footsteps.
- Grew a Spine: Her character arc and development has her becoming more assertive as a Stage Girl and as the leader of the Rinmeikan Performance Department group. Her growing confidence fully blossoms in Main Story 9 when she fully takes on the reins of being the de facto leader of the Rinmeikan Stage Girls, resolving herself to preserve the memory of the Performance Department through the "Rinmeiki" no matter what it takes.
- Humble Hero: She's mentioned to be the best student Rinmeikan's Performance Department ever produced before Fumi arrived but while happy about others praising her, Tamao never revels in the attention given to her and remains humble throughout.
- Irony: For someone who's supposed to uphold the ideal image of a Yamato Nadeshiko, Tamao both dislikes and is terrible at Japanese calligraphy, something Kaoruko makes fun of her for in Shoujo Conte All Starlight.
- It's All My Fault: Every time she and her friends encounter failure, she's quick to blame herself for it, believing that she didn't do enough to prevent said failure from happening in the first place.
- Japanese Politeness: Downplayed; her speech patterns and mannerisms are generally very polite, which is fitting for someone who tries to uphold the image of a Yamato Nadeshiko. However, while still polite in some way, her speech patterns are a lot more casual and significantly less overtly formal when she's around her close friends in Rinmeikan, even forgoing the need to add any kind of honorific when addressing Ichie and Fumi.
- Katanas Are Just Better: She wields a tachi in the Auditions.
- The Leader: For the Rinmeikan Performance Department group.
- Nice Girl: One of the nicest in the series. She's always polite and unfailingly kind to everyone she meets.
- Oblivious to Love: She is completely clueless over Rui's big crush on her even though everyone else can see it.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears black tights with her uniform, fitting with the polite and ladylike image she strives to uphold.
- The Rival: She's Kaoruko's direct foil and counterpart in Rinmeikan, even having directly studied under the same traditional dance instructor, Kaoruko's grandmother. However, Tamao is afraid of facing Kaoruko in the Auditions since Kaoruko's talent far surpasses her own and that she risks losing her school's chances of saving their theater department if she ever dueled her.
- Senpai Kouhai: To Yuyuko and Rui, her two underclassmen.
- Supreme Chef: She cooks up amazing meals for her friends. Her family being owners of a famous Japanese restaurant might have something to do with it.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She has the looks, grace, and demeanour of one, and unlike Kaoruko, this extends to her personality as well.
"The fantastic stage I sought so hard is in danger!!
Now's the time for a comeback! It's now or never!
To a beautiful stage!
Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department Ichie Otonashi!
Listen to the sound of my soul!"
Tamao's best friend who is also in her second year in Rinmeikan like her. Energetic and cheerful, Ichie brightens up the mood with her positive and sunny disposition. She's always dreamt of becoming an idol singer since her junior high days and is confident with her singing and dancing as a result.
- Book Dumb: She always begs both Tamao and Fumi to help her in both her homework and exams. A Theater Story also reveals that she legitimately thought that soy milk is just regular cow's milk with soy beans added in them (thanks to her mom) before Tamao corrects her.
- Butt-Monkey: She's usually made fun of by her friends except for Tamao. Even her underclassmen can't help but tease her every now and then (unintentionally in Rui's case).
- Cheery Pink: Her Revue outfit is adorned in full pink and she's definitely a cheery person.
- Combat Hand Fan: She wields a fan in stage combat.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As she tells Tamao and Fumi in Main Story 9, her previous experiences under her old idol agency were not something she fondly looks back on. Despite her sour memories of her brief tenure as an idol, Ichie continues to dream of being one regardless.
- Genki Girl: A trait that Tamao admires in her. Her lively cheerfulness helps brighten up the mood around her friends.
- Idiot Hair: Has a big cowlick on her hair and she's certainly not one of the brightest bulbs out there either. That saying, she's more emotionally adept than most people would credit her for.
- Idol Singer: What she's always dreamed of being when she was younger. She even debuted as an idol in the past for a little while before entering Rinmeikan in high school. She later forms an idol group of sorts with Michiru and Lalafin under the name "Mirai Resume" during the "New Year's Omikuji" event story.
- Ironic Name: Her surname, Otonashi, literally means "soundless/without sound". Ichie is the most talkative and energetic of her friends and is far from being quiet.
- The Prankster: She's the most mischievous Rinmeikan girl and her friends have become wary over her tendency to pull off pranks.
- Self-Deprecation: She had trouble getting into her role as Hitsuki, the self-doubting younger priestess of Seisho's Takamagahara play, partly because Ichie couldn't fully understand her as a character, and mostly because Ichie kept belittling and downplaying her own acting skills with the excuse that she's "just" a guest performer for Seisho. A stern lecture from Claudine helps fix that however.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She gets into friendly fights with Fumi due to a clash of personalities between them.
"I fled the stage, my heart filled with envy.
I stand today on a stage in disarray.
I look back at my old days, and use that strength
To create a new stage that will last forever.
Rinmeikan Girls School Performance Department Fumi Yumeoji!
To a new life, to a new stage!"
- Aloof Big Sister: She moves out of Siegfeld for unknown reasons without telling her younger sister why and actively avoids her, even quickly changing the subject whenever Shiori is brought up during conversations. However, there's plenty of hints throughout event and card stories that show how much Fumi still cares and even longs for her younger sister, in spite of deliberately distancing herself from her.
- The Atoner: She left Siegfeld, nearly quit the stage, and cut off communication with her younger sister out of guilt for harboring envy and resentment towards her after learning Shiori was actually the more talented one between them. It's also implied that she feels guilty towards the rest of the Edels for both failing their high expectations as Frau Jade and for leaving them without telling them anything.
- Bandage Babe: Her Revue outfit has both her forearms covered in bandages, though it's only for aesthetics.
- Broken Ace: Her personal issues, bad experiences, and fall from grace as the previous Frau Jade are the primary reasons she was initially so reluctant to help out and join Tamao at the start of Rinmeikan's School Story despite her talents and vast experience on the stage.
- Broken Bird: She's first introduced in Rinmeikan's School Story as a bitter, moody, and jaded girl who wants nothing to do with the stage even though she originally came from Siegfeld, a prestigious performing arts school. Though given her past as implicitly detailed in Main Story 9, it's not hard to see why she ended up being this way in the first place. Just like Hikari, she eventually recovers, though as the Gemini Revue in the Starry Diamond Auditions reveals, the scars remained.
- Broken Pedestal: One of the reasons she left Siegfeld without telling Shiori anything is because she fears that she became this trope for her back when her failures as Frau Jade coupled with her jealousy of her younger sister continued to add up.
- Color Motif: Like Mahiru and her sister Shiori, she's associated with the color green. Her revue outfit is green, she was the former Frau Jade, a position that's named after the jade which is a shade of green, before she left Siegfeld for Rinmeikan, started out as jaded and disillusioned with the stage at the start of Rinmeikan's school story due to her prior experiences, and similarly to Mahiru, she was once filled with feelings of hateful jealousy against her more talented younger sister in the past, though thankfully, she's gotten over the worst of it in the present and has come to clearly regret it by the time Tamao befriends her.
- Cool Big Sis: For Rui, and to a certain extent, the rest of her friends in Rinmeikan. It's all but stated that she was also this to Shiori in the past but things have changed by the time Fumi left Siegfeld.
- Cruel to Be Kind: She angrily threatens Tamao during rehearsals in the "Sweet Days of Ryugu-jo" event that if Tamao doesn't get her act together for her role as Otohime in the "Urashima Taro" play they were performing, then she'll take the role from her instead. Tamao later acknowledges that Fumi was being harsh to her not out of malice on her end but because she sincerely believes that Tamao can perform better than that and that she needed that push from her to get her out of her funk.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The game makes it clear that something happened to her during her tenure as Frau Jade in Siegfeld that almost made her give up on performing entirely despite her love for the stage prior, all while she continues to keep her distance from her beloved younger sister without any explanation whatsoever. She confesses this part of her past to Tamao in Chapter 9 of the main story, albeit in the form of an allegorical story.
- Defector from Decadence: She was originally one of Siegfeld's elite Edels as Frau Jade, but for unknown reasons, left both the position and the school to study at Rinmeikan's General Education course. While she has yet to open up about what happened to make her leave Siegfeld back then, it was apparently bad enough it left her embittered about everything related to the theatre arts until Tamao and friends successfully convince her to return to the stage once again.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Since she originally hailed from the very draconian and cutthroat Siegfeld, she winds up being this to the decidedly less intense and inexperienced Rinmeikan girls when they asked for her help in overseeing their daily practice. For the entire duration of their rehearsal time, Fumi had nothing but sharp criticism and harsh rebukes for the performing arts students except for Tamao. It hilariously comes back with a vengeance during the White Day event in Re LIVE when she has to teach Ichie how to cook on her own for a surprise they plan on giving Tamao.
- Foil: Parallels are drawn between her and Seisho's Hikari and Mahiru:
- To Hikari: Both are talented transfer students who previously came from elite schools and whose presence essentially kickstart the plots their respective new schools are involved in (Hikari in both the anime and the first stage play, Fumi in Rinmeikan's School Story). They're both initially aloof and standoffish, but eventually warmed up to their new friends over time. They both lost their Brilliance for the stage during their respective backstories, but get them back with newfound resolve due to the involvement of their dearest friend (Karen for Hikari and Tamao for Fumi). They even have similar weapons for the Revues note . But despite their similarities, they also share a lot of significant differences as well. First off, their schools of choice. Fumi originally chose to be in Rinmeikan, a school that lost its prestige long ago, to study in its General Education course after losing her love for the stage before Tamao came to her. Hikari on the other hand still ended up transferring to another prestigious performing arts school (Seisho) to continue pursuing her dreams. While Fumi needed to have Tamao encourage her to stand onstage once again, all it took for Hikari to be motivated was the Giraffe mentioning that Karen might also participate in the Auditions and mostly came back by herself for her friend's sake. Fumi is constantly shown to be tight on her savings and tries not to rely on her parents much. Hikari meanwhile is heavily implied to be pretty well-off note and is sometimes dependent on either Mahiru or Karen to do simple tasks. Their reasons for losing their Brilliance are also pretty different: for Hikari, it was because she lost the Auditions and had her shine taken away as a consequence, while for Fumi, it was because she resented Shiori, which later became the cause of her multiple failures as the original Frau Jade, and the reason for her leaving Siegfeld.
- To Mahiru: Both are older sisters who are looked up to by their younger siblings, share the same green color motif, become attached to and admire a certain person who reached out to them in their time of need (Karen and Tamao for Mahiru and Fumi respectively) and are caring towards their peers, but while Mahiru is somewhat shy and low on self-confidence, at least in the beginning, Fumi was formerly smug and arrogant during her days as Frau Jade in Siegfeld. Mahiru eventually grows to become more self-confident in herself during her Revue against Karen in the anime while Fumi, in the past, experienced a series of several Break the Haughty moments due to her resentment of Shiori that led to her leaving Siegfeld. While they're both caring, Mahiru is openly so but Fumi chooses to hide it out of embarrassment. Their current relationships with Shiori also parallel each other: during the "Detective Karen's Case Files" event, Mahiru was nothing but warm and openly supportive of Shiori for the entire duration of their schools' exchange program and as a result, Shiori finds herself quickly attached to Mahiru and remains close to her. Meanwhile, Fumi is being deliberately distant with Shiori out of guilt, and the sisters haven't spoken to each other in a while. Fumi's cold treatment of her sister as well as her active avoidance of her have caused Shiori a lot of grief and pain during her absence. So it comes as no surprise that despite still clearly loving her, Shiori ends up understandably harboring budding feelings of angry frustration and resentment towards her older sister Fumi as revealed in Re LIVE Main Story Chapter 8 and the song "The Arbitration of Zeus" from the "La Revue Éternelle" album.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In her backstory, Shiori's talents began to overshadow her so much that rumors began spreading that her younger sister could easily surpass her one day despite Fumi being one of Siegfeld's elites as Frau Jade. She slowly built up plenty of resentment towards her younger sister over this which began to affect her performances onstage very badly. Her envy eventually reached boiling point when, in a moment of deep frustration, she wished that misfortune would befall Shiori, a thought that still horrifies her to this day and what really caused her decision to leave Siegfeld forever.
- Grumpy Bear: She's brusque and blunt, introducing herself to Tamao and the others as a moody loner when they tried to invite her to join their group.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being grumpy and aloof, she actually loves taking care of others to the point of excess though she fervently denies this often.
- Knife Nut: Wields a swordbreaker dagger in the Auditions.
- Minor Living Alone: Unlike the rest of the girls in the cast who reside in their respective schools' dormitories, Fumi lives alone in an apartment she rented near Rinmeikan.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her envy of Shiori once reached its peak, when, in a fit of frustration, she internally cursed her younger sister and wished that something bad would happen to her. While the exact wording Fumi used is intentionally vague, whatever she thought of against Shiori back then horrified her, and this prompted her to leave both her position as Frau Jade in Siegfeld and the stage almost entirely before meeting Tamao.
- My Greatest Failure: Her time as Frau Jade back when she was still a student in Siegfeld is this for her. Though as Chapter 9 of the Main Story implicitly reveals, her resentment towards Shiori in the past is what she considers her true greatest failure as it was from this that her long string of failures as an Edel began.
- New Transfer Student: Transfers from the prestigious Siegfeld Music Institute to the declining Rinmeikan Girls' Academy for unknown reasons. Like Hikari, her arrival helped set in motion the events that would lead the Rinmeikan students to participate in the mysterious new Auditions.
- The Resenter: When she was still the official holder of the Frau Jade title, towards Shiori when rumors abounded that Shiori's talents could potentially surpass even her. She regrets this out of shame however and is the very reason she maintains her distance towards her younger sister as a result.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's what Shiori would look like if she were older albeit without Fumi's slanted Tsurime Eyes.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She loves ponzu sauce. A LOT. To the point that Tamao seriously thought that without it, Fumi would actually die.
- Tsundere: She may be a grumpy hothead at times, but she'll always be more than happy to be a big help for others, though she'll be really quick to slip back to her tsun facade and deny it immediately out of embarrassment.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ichie, due to a clash of personalities. It's all in good fun though.
- We Used to Be Friends: With the Edels from Siegfeld after she left them to go to Rinmeikan.
"Drawn by a distant pearl, I rested my blade.
Distance awakens me. I draw my blade and run to you.
Rinmeikan Performance Department Rui Akikaze!
My life is on this stage!"
A first year in Rinmeikan. She deeply admired Tamao when she witnessed her acting skills firsthand during her middle school days and strives to follow her by taking up the challenge of being a stage girl as a result. She has extreme stage fright, but under Tamao's tutelage, she gradually improves to overcome it.
- BFS: Wields an odachi in the Auditions.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She tries, but the poor girl just can't bring herself to tell Tamao about her feelings for her.
- Covert Pervert: Her diary entries, the 4komas, and her dreams involving Tamao all but state that her feelings for her aren't exactly as pure as anyone thinks.
- Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Tamao is as clear as day to all her friends...except Tamao herself of course.
- Generation Xerox: Like Tamao, her grandmother had also once been a student in Rinmeikan in her younger days. Rui even wanted to play the lead role of Onikage during the "Tales of Onikurenai" event mostly because her grandmother had once played as Onikage herself and did the role brilliantly.
- Has a Type: Yuyuko claims Rui has a weakness for "kind girls with long black hair" which obviously perfectly fits Tamao's description...except that Mahiru also falls under the same profile, which gets brought up in Mahiru's Hifumi card's Bond Story, where Rui is gushing over Mahiru herself after watching Seisho's Takamagahara play featuring Mahiru and Ichie as the leads.
- Hero Worship: Towards Tamao, having admired her since she was in middle school and serving as Rui's inspiration to become a Stage Girl in spite of her stage fright and personal insecurities.
- Performance Anxiety: Is said to suffer from it but Tamao helps her overcome it slowly over time.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: The game doesn't hide the fact that she has a crush on Tamao.
- Shrinking Violet: By her own admission, she doesn't do well with strangers and has a hard time striking up conversations as a result.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Loves donuts.
- Undying Loyalty: She's fiercely devoted to Tamao.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yuyuko. Despite their bickering, they care a lot about each other and Rui feels at ease whenever she's around her.
"One—Feelings hidden within ourselves.
Two— The stage brought them together.
Three — For our future.
Four— I will show you the strength of traditional theater!
Rinmeikan Performance Department Yuyuko Tanaka!
I will put my life on the line!"
- Affectionate Nickname: Rui calls her "Yukko". Meanwhile, Mahiru gives her a different, but likewise equally affectionate nickname: "Yuyu-chan".
- Born in the Wrong Century: Her favorite pastime is listening to Rakugo performances, which high schoolers her age don't really do nowadays, and it's also been mentioned that Yuyuko gets along really well with grandmothers and elders because she can relate to them really well.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Subverted. Her sleepiness during the day makes her seem lazy, but that's only because she's more active at night. The reason she's always sleepy in the mornings? It's exhaustion from practicing and training herself to the bone every single night.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can't help but spew out sarcasm whenever her friends are making her exert more effort than usual in the morning. She's a bigger one around Rui especially whenever Tamao comes into the topic.
- Determined Defeatist: Honestly believes that their department closing down is inevitable and that there was nothing they could do to stop it because a lot of the factors that led to it being in danger of dissolving in the first place were simply out of their control. Regardless of her thoughts however, Yuyuko continues to follow her friends in competing in the Auditions in the hope of saving their department no matter what it takes.
- Friendless Background: Because her hobbies are very niche, Yuyuko had an extremely difficult time making friends with people her age in the past before entering high school since very few, if any, could relate to her love of Rakugo well. She admits to Nana that she's happy and grateful to her friends at Rinmeikan since not only were they the first close friends she's ever made, they also wholeheartedly accept her and her old-fashioned hobbies without question.
- The Night Owl: She's much more active at night than she is during the day time.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears a red hoodie over her school uniform.
- Not a Morning Person: As a result of being a night owl, she's usually more than groggy during the day.
- Sleepyhead: She's usually seen being drowsy and unmotivated during the daytime.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: Uses kunai as her weapons for the Auditions.
- Tears of Joy: Sheds these near the end of the "Shibahama - Two Girls' Xmas Rakugo -" event after her special Christmas Rakugo performance with Nana as she was able to successfully convey her feelings to her friends at Rinmeikan through it.
- Undying Loyalty: To her friends in Rinmeikan, particularly Tamao, for giving her a place she could truly belong to.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rui. Yuyuko teases her a lot to show her she cares.
Frontier School of Arts
With their emphasis on fun and lively performances, five of their best are out to participate in the Auditions to showcase their talents!
- All the Other Reindeer:
- Despite housing talented individuals within their campus, the school and its students are looked down upon by other performing arts schools with more traditional views because they are perceived as valuing style and flash over substance. This in turn leads everyone else to believe that Frontier doesn't take the performance arts seriously like the rest of the other schools do, leading to the school gaining a bad reputation as a result. Their school being relatively new doesn't help their case one bit.
- The 2nd year students of this group are this individually for different reasons:
- Lalafin's preference for going all out onstage with action scenes don't mesh well with plenty of the students in Frontier who prefer to keep their plays simple and lowkey. As a result, she kept getting kicked out of nearly all the groups she was planning to enter S-Con with as a result before Aruru and Misora recruit her later on.
- Tsukasa slacking off after her accident in the past coupled with her brushing people off gave her a bad rep among her classmates.
- Shizuha's talents unintentionally upstaged many of her seniors in the past during her first year by sweeping off nearly all the awards in S-Con, leading to a lot of resentful students making unsavory comments about her. Combined with the other students who want her on their teams for S-Con unintentionally remarking that they want her because having her is a sure win, this resulted in Shizuha disntancing herself from others as a result.
- Bare Your Midriff: Their "Captain Twins" outfits expose their navels.
- Cleavage Window: Their Revue outfit has a large cut right around and above the chest area unlike the other schools.
- Feather Motif: They have a prominent wing motif going on with them and their primary symbol as a school, seen on Frontier's emblem, is that of single golden wing, representing their school's culture of freedom and how they're more open to explore new frontiers on the stage.
- Foil: Their school is one to Rinmeikan Girls School. Whereas Rinmeikan is an age-old institution that strictly adheres to tradition and whose student population is dwindling under their Performance Department, Frontier is relatively new, freely encourages its students to be more innovative in their performances without having them stick to traditional views on the stage, and has a burgeoning number of students and applicants within its campus.
- For Happiness: Unlike the other schools whose motivations for joining the Auditions range from desperation in saving something they cherish (stopping Rinmeikan's Performance Department from being shut down for Rinmeikan), having something they all consider precious to be at stake in the Revues (the memories of the Starlight play for Seisho), or something as grandiose and proud as proving they're the best above all (Siegfeld), the Frontier girls compete in the Auditions merely to get people to watch their "Captain Twins" play. This makes them the only school who doesn't get to risk losing anything of value in the Auditions, win or lose. This is also their general motivation in doing plays under both Aruru's leadership and their school's teachings: getting people to smile while having fun performing for them onstage.Aruru: Have fun with your presentation! That's Frontier's policy!
- Pirate Girl: They all take on the roles of seafaring and adventurous pirates in "Captain Twins", their play for Frontier's annual S-Con event.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Justified for their "Captain Twins" card variants since the characters they play there are pirates.
"Sparkling bullets, loaded onto wings
And heading into the wilderness, looking for a free stage.
The spotlight is a goldrush, and with both hands,
Grab onto that BIG DREAM!
Stage Girl Aruru Otsuki!
Against the wind, to Frontier!"
- All-Loving Hero: Even more so than Karen. She's very eager to be friends with the other Stage Girls from the other schools even though they should be fierce rivals with Frontier at that point in the beginning of the Main Story, genuinely befriending the icy Akira and quickly becoming buddies with the Seisho Stage Girls with little to no apprehension whatsoever. In Main Story 10, she's even the only one of the Stage Girls to actively reach out to Elle and successfully befriend her because she wanted to let her experience her own stage as a Stage Girl like them, whereas the rest of them were either suspicious of or neutral towards her at best, and hostile to her at worst.
- Always Someone Better: Downplayed. Misora would often compare herself unfavorably to Aruru because of the latter's natural talent onstage, but doesn't resent her for it and instead, even admires her.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Not overall, but among each of the schools' representatives in official artworks, she is the only first year among them while everyone else is in their second year in high school.
- Beware the Nice Ones: It's extremely hard to get the chipper and friendly Aruru mad, but if you badmouth her friends in front of her, all bets are off. She actually snaps back at Andrew for doing so in Main Story 10, then proceeds to immediately take over a Re Live and renames it to just "LIVE", all in an effort to prove to Andrew that he was wrong about her friends and that they're genuine, and not "Self-proclaimed" as he claimed, Stage Girls.
- Beyond the Impossible:
- Aruru flat out hijacks a Re Live and turns it into an impromptu performance of "The Wizard of Oz". Becomes even more impressive after the "Elle Note" is revealed. Anything written in the notebook is brought to life in the world of the stage, so anyone involved ought to be acting out their part as written. Aruru being who she is, she somehow took control of the story regardless.
- She does it again during the Procyon Revue for Starry Diamond: together with Misora, she convinces both Ichie and Mahiru to put down their weapons and just share Position Zero together without having to fight, something they all agree on (though it took them a little longer to convince Mahiru), and all participants end up winning the revue without having to put up a fight like the Frontier duo wanted, a first for the series as a whole.
- Born Lucky: According to her. Her happy-go-lucky attitude and optimistic personality are both rooted in her personal belief that she's a very lucky girl.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She might be a wacky newbie in the performing arts, but Aruru has shown time and again that she can just as easily catch up to her more experienced peers with dedicated practice. Shoujo Conte All Starlight also shows that she can go toe-to-toe with Junna when it comes to memorizing and quoting lines from famous figures. In Main Story 10, having already heard the explanation from the Seisho girls, she stuns Elle and Andrew when summoned for a Re LIVE by beating the latter to the punch and quoting that explanation word for word.
- Childhood Friends: With Misora. They've been inseparable since they were kids and they're almost always seen together.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's so hyper and carefree that she tends to have the most outlandish of schemes almost every second. The wish she initially wanted granted if Frontier won the Audition was for Pteranodons to come back from extinction so they can watch her group's "Captain Twins" play.
- Expy: Of Kokoro Tsurumaki from BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!, being the blonde, perpetually cheerful, and charismatic ball of energy who gets everyone around her to follow her lead in spite of, or probably because of, her eccentric personality. She's also reminiscent of Kasumi Touyama from the same franchise for being hyperactive girls who are plucky novices to their hobbies of interest.
- First-Name Basis: She refers to everyone by their given name, regardless of her closeness to them and whether or not they're actually older than her.
- Foil: To Nana. Both of them are dual wielders with blonde hair and big hearts, and cherish their friends' happiness. Where Nana has a careful, supportive, motherly disposition, Aruru is like the eager little sister who runs ahead and pulls everyone else along behind her. And where Nana was so afraid of losing her friends' happiness that she created a time loop, preserving their brilliance at the cost of stilting their growth, Aruru helped her friends attain their brilliance by helping them press forward and blossom as true Stage Girls.
- The Gadfly: Shows shades of this in Main Story 10 when she repeatedly calls Andrew 'Abominamole' while fully knowing how much he hated being called that whenever she introduces him to the rest of her friends in Frontier.
- Genki Girl: She can give even Karen a run for her money in the energy department. Her performances onstage become livelier as a result of her energetic portrayals.
- The Gunslinger: She uses twin pistols as her main weapons in the revues.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Though she has a penchant for carelessly running her mouth off every now and then, she's ultimately a friendly, fun-loving, kind girl.
- The Heart: She's the glue holding the Frontier group together, and fully embodies the ideals Frontier was meant to carry in the first place. She helps encourage her friends and knows exactly what to say to them to get them back on track whenever they feel down. Main Story 10 exemplifies why she's this trope to her friends firsthand.
- Innocently Insensitive: She has a bad tendency of accidentally insulting other people without really meaning to though it's played for laughs. At one point in the Main Story in Re LIVE, she unintentionally pisses off Futaba in their first encounter together by pressing her Berserk Button despite intending it to be a well-meaning compliment for her.
- Lethal Chef: Her cookies are terrible, and while Misora comments that some of the desserts she makes sometimes turn out amazing, most of the time...not so much.
- Magnetic Hero: Her charisma and go-getter attitude helped net her her new circle of friends in Frontier AND get the cast she needed for the "Captain Twins" play she wanted in just one go. It is also Aruru who draws Elle out of her shell and onto the stage as an active participant.
- Meaningful Name: Played With. As a whole, Aruru's given name doesn't really mean anything whatsoever and even Aruru herself lampshades that it's a strange name (but she loves it anyway). However, the first two characters of her first name, 「ある」( = aru), is a verb typically used to indicate that something "exists" or "is" in Japanese. This becomes meaningful throughout Main Story 10, where Aruru continuously repeats her namesake while proving to Andrew that her friends are not "Self-proclaimed Stage Girls" like he claimed they were.Misora, Lalafin, Tsukasa-chan, Shizuha-chan...They're not "nothing"! They are Stage Girls! They are! They are!
- OOC Is Serious Business: Aruru is always happy-go-lucky, and is never mean-spirited; the worst she gets is her Innocently Insensitive tendencies. So it comes as a bit of a shock when she actually shouts at Andrew for insulting her friends' skills as Stage Girls.
- Plucky Girl: She's a free-spirited optimist who doesn't let anything get her down and is cheerfully persistent when it comes to getting whatever she wants out of something or someone. This trait of hers becomes especially important in light of the 10th chapter of the Main Story.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: For a certain definition of rules, and under a questionable definition of authority. Aruru doesn't have much in the way of real power, but anything that would put limits on whatever stage she wants to create, be it rules, tradition, or a reality-warping notebook whose sole purpose is putting on the performances penned by its owner is something to be cheerfully ignored.
- Shizuha finds that being part of the judging committee, which usually dissuades other students, is not nearly good enough an excuse to keep Aruru from seeking her involvement.
- In Main Story 10, she flat out takes control of the entire Re Live and turns it into an impromptu Live performance of a version of "The Wizard of Oz" done by the Frontier girls, helping the others find their own brilliance in the process despite Andrew's assertion that they didn't have what it takes to be Stage Girls. Andrew even exclaims that she basically rewrote the entire definition of a Stage Girl.
- Misora notes that this has been a part of Aruru ever since she was young. In her first performance, she derailed a production of "The Wizard of Oz" hosted by Misora's family's theater troupe because she disagreed with the ending, not wanting the story to end with finding the Emerald City and going home. When Misora protested that that's not how "The Wizard of Oz" is supposed to go, Aruru cheerfully asserted that this was their stage, and that they could decided what happened. Though the rest of the play was an ad-libbed mess, Misora fondly recalls that she had never had so much fun performing before, and that this moment completely changed the way she saw the stage.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Dual wields two pistols for the Revue duels.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: On a roll with this to her friends in Frontier in Main Story 10:
- As Misora berates herself over prioritizing her energy towards her part-time jobs instead of being a Stage Girl in Main Story 10, Aruru turns her and Andrew's arguments around and tells both of them that Misora is a true Stage Girl through her experiences working part time as they helped Misora gain the necessary knowledge for stage operations and character development. To put the cherry on top to all this, Aruru then tells Misora how grateful she is to her for teaching her about the stage and how 'the stage is the future', saying that her love of discovering and experiencing new things were because of her.
- She refutes both Andrew and Lalafin's arguments about Lalafin's hero gimmick being stale and repetitive by saying it's through said repetitions that she's further sharpening and improving her craft each day.
- She completely breaks Tsukasa's Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond mindset by making her realize that deep down, she really wasn't satisfied with how things are and actually wants to be more than just being known as Shizuha's equal in Frontier with her desire to be in the center of the stage.
- She forcefully has Shizuha confront the fact that she actually wants to spread her wings further than how their school wants her to, and that it's okay if Aruru and the rest of their friends end up getting hurt from their efforts in trying to catch up to her because they'll keep up somehow.
"It's something that's always been with me,
So that's why I had lost track of it.
Carry it through with love to the depths of this heart!
Stage Girl Misora Kano!
Aiming for that sky, to Frontier!"
- Big Eater: She eats as much as she moves around, and since she gets dragged around by the hyperactive Aruru a lot, that's saying something.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Admits that she has this dynamic with Aruru, with her as the tsukkomi and Aruru as the boke.
- Blade on a Stick: She uses a spear for the Auditions.
- Childhood Friends: With Aruru. They come a long way back and have been inseparable best friends since.
- Circus Brat: Though not exactly a circus per se, her parents run a theater troupe and this served as her introduction to the performing arts at an early age.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: As her childhood friend, she's responsible for reining in Aruru's kookier tendencies. She even serves as a translator buddy for her when others don't get her train of logic sometimes.
- Fiery Redhead: She's passionate and energetic, and is second only to Lalafin in their group when it comes to being athletically-inclined.
- Generation Xerox: She studied in Frontier partly because she wanted to follow in her parents' footsteps of being a performer in a theater troupe. Her parents were initially apprehensive about her career choice however.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Believes she is the least talented stage girl among her friends and would oftentimes have thoughts about how lackluster she is compared to everyone in their group.
- The Lancer: Shares this role with Lalafin for Aruru. Bonus points for her Revue weapon being an actual spear.
- Oh, Crap!: Every time Aruru tries to bake something, this is her immediate response. One memoir even shows her dreading in the background while Aruru was making her infamous cookies in the kitchen.
- Only Sane Man: Zigzagged. While she's quick to question Aruru's antics every now and then she goes along with them anyway once they begin and that she herself is no stranger to quirky behavior every now and then.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: She's the literal middle child of five sisters.
- Middle Child Syndrome: She's the third-born of five sisters, having two older sisters and two younger sisters in the family. She's also heavily implied to be the only one of her sisters to willingly follow a career in the performance arts by her own choice, something her parents were initially apprehensive about despite running a theater troupe themselves.
- The Nose Knows: She gains a keener sense of smell after Aruru has her take up the role of Toto and uses it to track down the rest of their missing friends in Main Story 10.
- Workaholic: She works multiple part-time jobs alongside her duties as a student and a Stage Girl. Andrew and Misora herself view this as problematic as she seems to devote herself more to her jobs rather than exerting her energy wholeheartedly in her performances as a Stage Girl of Frontier, leading him to call her a "self-proclaimed Stage Girl".
"Chasing madly after a small admiration,
Catching the big stage with these hands!
Roar loudly, shine brightly Behold, my hero transformation!
Stage Girl Lalafin Nonomiya!
With love and courage, to Frontier!"
- Animal Motifs: Rabbits. She wears rabbit ear-shaped hair ties, is fleet-footed and hyperactive, and is even small to boot. She's even seen feeding and playing with them in one Memoir.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The name "Lalafin" is meant to give the impression of a Multi-Ethnic Name like Claudine's, but unlike Claudine, "Lalafin" isn't a real name in any language.
- Berserk Button: Like Futaba, she has a complex over her height, so she really dislikes being reminded that she's small for her age.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: She has an affinity for rabbits and/or bunnies. Her choice of accessories even reflects this. Small surprise that she's chosen to portray the Easter Bunny for the Easter event in the game.
- But Not Too Foreign: She's born to a Japanese father and a German mother.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She has a knack for being as imaginative and outlandish as Aruru is.
- Drop the Hammer: Her weapon for the Revue duels is a giant hammer.
- Foil: Andrew points out that Lalafin is one to Claudine. Both are former child actresses of half-European descent, but while Claudine randomly sprinkles in French in her speech, Lalafin doesn't do the same since she can't speak in German. They both have rosy memories of their childhood past, but unlike Claudine, who isn't hung up over her past glory and strives to move forward every day, Lalafin clings to her memories of playing the same hero character from her childhood and is satisfied with repeating the same performance over and over again. They also contrast each other height-wise: whereas Lalafin is one of the shortest characters in the cast, Claudine is right up there among the tallest.
- Former Child Star: Defied. Like Claudine, she's been starring in shows and modeling for agencies since she was still a child and lacks any of the problems that childhood stardom would bring and fully enjoys her career. A Theater Story shows that she's still active in the industry as she was called in as a model for a photo session recently.
- Genki Girl: She's always bright and cheerful.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hair is held together by, you guessed it, rabbit ear hair ties.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's every bit of a girly girl like everyone else is, but her main interests and hobbies (her love for Tokusatsu shows, superheroes, and sports) are mostly considered boyish. Her ideal version of Cinderella (in which Cinderella is more of an assertive main lead who doesn't need her prince) in a Frontier-centered event in Re LIVE reinforces this in spite of Lalafin genuinely loving the classic Cinderella story herself.
- Gratuitous German: Averted. Though she's Half-German, she admits that she can't speak the language itself and never peppers her speech with it unlike Claudine.
- In a Single Bound: She once jumped high enough to reach a high tree branch to hide an Easter Egg in her Easter Bunny card's first Bond Story, taking Shizuha by complete surprise. Note that not only is the much taller Shizuha unable to reach that very same tree branch, Lalafin does this twice in a span of a few minutes between both jumps without looking exhausted right after.
- Mixed Ancestry: She's German from her mother's side while she got her Japanese roots from her father's.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: Her given name is supposedly German while her surname is Japanese. Like Claudine, it reflects her heritage as a half-German, half-Japanese girl.
- Older Than They Look: Despite looking like a small child, she's actually a second year in high school and is Aruru and Misora's senior in school. Not only that, she's actually the oldest stage girl overall, being older than the next oldest, Futaba, by a few weeks. She's pretty annoyed when Misora mentions in an in-game comic panel that she reminds her of one of her younger sisters because of her appearance despite being older than her.
- Otaku: She's a big fan of Tokusatsu shows and anime.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite her size, she's physically strong and athletic. Her weapon of choice is even a giant hammer.
- Righteous Rabbit: Her favorite role and image that she loves to personally perform onstage is that of a masked tokusatsu-inspired bunny hero of justice named either "Rabbit Steel" or "Usafin", which is a testament for her love of the hero genre and her affinity with rabbits.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Milk. There might be a really good reason why that is...
"Heartbroken loneliness as I fall with broken feathers.
The neon lights invite the stage of bonds.
If 'now' and 'reality' are but a night's dream,
I'll carve my flight onto the stage.
Stage Girl Shizuha Kocho!
I spread my wings, to Frontier!"
- The Ace: She is the most talented student in Frontier and is the face of her school's Stage Expression Course. According to Nana, she was already renowned for her skills onstage during middle school even before she entered Frontier in high school.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Prince from Cinderella, whom she plays, is a vile villain in Frontier's version of the story in their play.
- The Chessmaster: During Frontier's School Story, it's implied that she deliberately recommended both Lalafin and Tsukasa to Aruru and Misora after her encounter with them not only because their skills and personalities perfectly match the roles in Aruru's "Captain Twins" script, but to also help give them the right group to work with after being rejected by others (in Lalafin's case), and to help them get back on their feet in the acting business after being in a funk for a while (in Tsukasa's case). It works. What threw her off a curve though is Aruru inviting her to join them too.
- Cool Big Sis: Her personality and tendency to look after her friends get her this reputation among the Frontier students. She's especially this to Aruru and Misora, her two juniors.
- Do Well, but Not Perfect: Though she's still widely recognized as Frontier's top student who's on par with the likes of Maya, Akira, and Claudine, she keeps holding her own talents back out of a combination of fear of hurting others who are trying their best to reach her level and pressure from her school's higher ups to not completely overshadow students from more influential backgrounds.
- Foil: Her general reluctance to overshadow other people's Brilliance with her own makes her one to Maya, her fellow top student from Seisho. Unlike Shizuha, Maya holds no compunction over defeating her classmates and taking their Brilliance in her ambition to be Top Star while Shizuha is afraid of hurting her competitors despite sharing the same dream of being Top Star herself. Whereas Maya is competitive in general, Shizuha is not and is instead motherly to nearly everyone around her. Even their reasons for being isolated in the beginning differ from one another: whereas Maya sees it as an inevitable part of being Top Star and willingly accepts it, Shizuha deliberately distances herself from others in a bid not to hurt others and herself anymore after what happened to her in her first year in Frontier.
- Gamer Chick: Surprisingly, Shizuha is one. To the point that she would line up early in the morning to get a pre-ordered video game and build her own PC. When asked, she explains her parents cultivated a love for gaming in her and keeps contact with them via the online games they play.
- Huge Schoolgirl: She's the tallest among the Frontier students and the second tallest stage girl in Re LIVE, being shorter than the tallest, Nana, by only a few inches.
- Lethal Chef: As a health junkie, she concocts health tonics, but the flavor is nothing to be desired. She can cook excellently otherwise though.
- Lonely at the Top: As she's Frontier's star student, numerous other students would always vouch to have her be an actress in their plays. Because of Shizuha's talents however, she would always end up overshadowing the others on stage leading other people to believe that the student plays she stars in are only good because she's in it. This leads to Shizuha distancing and openly avoiding herself from group plays and productions until she meets Aruru. This gets explored further in Main Story 10.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: The kind and motherly Shizuha is usually typecasted in villainous roles and characters to play as in most of her cards in Re LIVE, such as the Queen of Hearts, her dastardly Pirate Queen variant in "Captain Twins", and a more villainous interpretation of the Prince from Cinderella.
- Proper Lady: Her main demeanor. She incorporates this image even on the stage, resulting in her elegant performances.
- Sinister Scythe: Her weapon for the Auditions.
- Stepford Smiler: Main Story 10 reveals that she's inwardly frustrated that her school wouldn't allow her to spread her wings further than what she's capable of despite her talents and that she's afraid of overshadowing and hurting other people if she lets her true abilities stand out too much.
- Supreme Chef: Like Nana, as the resident "mother", she's an excellent chef, and her friends would always look forward to her cooking.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Was a victim of this in her first year as a result of her winning nearly all the awards from the previous year's S-Con, earning her the ire of the graduating third years from back then.
- Team Mom: She's doting towards others and looks out for both her classmates and underclassmen like a mother would a child.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Has the grace and elegant beauty of one, with her graceful performances and soft-spoken words emphasizing her demure personality.
"How do you create a play, you ask?
Let's learn it together from A, B, C!
To the CAST, the STAFF friends are FAMILY.
Let's hold hands and raise the curtains together!
Stage Girl Tsukasa Ebisu!
Hearts aflutter, to Frontier!"
- An Axe to Grind: Her weapon of choice in the Auditions is two battle axes.
- Big Sister Instinct: After the Siegfeld students harshly reject their invite to watch their "Captain Twins" play offscreen, she purposely left out her and her friends' names and school from their next invitation to Seisho out of fear that the Seisho girls would react the same way to protect Aruru and the others from another potential cold rejection and disappointment during the game's Main Story. Luckily for them, the Seisho girls warmly accept.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: After her accident, she started slacking off as a performer despite being rigorously strict and talented about it prior. Aruru persuading her to perform in her play under Shizuha's recommendation forces her to come back to the stage though.
- Career-Ending Injury: Her foot got injured during a performance for a play in the past, and the trauma of the incident made her reluctant and very unmotivated to join in on other productions by the time Aruru and the others meet her despite her talents. Aruru's persistence in seeking her out for a play she wants to do makes Tsukasa relent however.
- Cool Big Sis: Being the oldest at the time, she becomes one to the younger and shyer Rui and Shiori after the three got separated from each of their groups during the "New Year's Omikuji" event, gently encouraging the other two to break out of their shells and open up more.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Looks frivolous, but is actually one of the most talented students in Frontier and was even considered to be on par with Shizuha for a while before her accident happened.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two axes in stage combat.
- The Fashionista: Loves fashion and always looks trendy whenever she can.
- Friend to All Children: She's great with kids and her very first event story has her willingly volunteer to help out her old kindergarten teacher in a special Halloween program made for kids to enjoy.
- Gyaru Girl: She follows gyaru fashion and trends though she lacks the personality that accompanies it. She apparently only started it after she started to dorm, as a result of, and likely a rebellion against, her rigidly strict home life prior to entering Frontier.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Main Story 10 reveals that she had begun to see herself this way. Though being said to be as good as Shizuha felt great in the beginning, at some point she realized that only Frontier students really saw it that way, which causes her to question just how accurate the statement really is.
- Only Sane Man: A role she shares with Misora among the Frontier students.
- Ojou: She's heavily implied to come from a wealthy household, though she refuses to elaborate on it apart from admitting that her parents were really strict on her while growing up.
- Sweet Tooth: She frequents a sweets shop and hangs out there whenever she has free time.
- Team Mom: The second, stricter mom after Shizuha to her friends in Frontier.
Seiran General Art InstituteA school introduced in #2 Transition. Impressed by the performance of Starlight put on at the 100th Seisho Festival, they initiate an exchange program with the 99th class of Seisho, which is actually a front for their true intention: to claim Starlight for their own.
- The Ace: Each of the students excels in a particular field. Koharu is The Leader and talented at performing on stage, Suzu is athletic and takes part in some of #2's most intense action scenes, Hisame is a songstress with a powerful voice. They are also, according to Hisame, probably the only students at their school capable of performing Starlight.
- Alternate Character Reading: The school's name utilizes the kanji for "blue" and "storm". Claudine, for some reason, pronounces it as "Ao Arashi" despite hearing the correct reading of "Seiran" multiple times earlier on.
- Breakout Character: Because of their popularity, they get to have a spin-off stage play of their own in 2020 with an original story featuring them as the leads this time instead of the 99th Class of Seisho. They've also been confirmed to appear in Re LIVE as well.
- Clothing Reflects Personality: Koharu and Hisame are both neatly dressed, establishing them as well-mannered (one panel in the manga adaptation has Koharu fixing up Hisame's uniform). Suzu's uniform jacket is left open, her tie loose, and shirt not fully buttoned up, implying a comparative lack of regard for how she looks. Their teacher Yakumo-sensei is always seen wearing a long suit jacket.
- Color Motifs: Koharu is associated with red, Suzu with green, and Hisame with yellow. To a smaller extent, Yakumo-sensei is associated with blue.
- Foil: To Seisho. Where the first stage play was about the Seisho students becoming Fire-Forged Friends, the Seiran students' introductory scene is of them exchanging banter, showing their closeness. The bond between Koharu, Suzu, and Hisame is also the reason why Yakumo-sensei thinks they are ill-suited to do Starlight: because none of them wants to deprive either of her friends of a lead role.
- Like Maya, top of the 99th class, Koharu is the top student from Seiran. Yet the ways they interact with Claudine, the other participant of the Shunrai revue, are completely different — Maya and Claudine's preexisting rivalry, plus Maya becoming a Fake Defector, results in heightened antagonism between them; Koharu gains Claudine's respect in Shunrai and her Dropping the Bombshell during the Nijiiro sequence sparks off the reconciliation between Claudine and Maya.
- Koharu is also a foil to Junna: they both serve as Class Representative for their class, and are placed high among their peers for their level of performance. Junna took up theater against her parents' wishes, while Koharu has been honing her craft since childhood; Junna works hard to make up for her lack of natural talent, while Koharu is known as a genius yet continues to work hard to improve.
- In middle school, Suzu admired Mahiru, similar to how Mahiru admires Karen in high school. But where Mahiru eventually lost confidence in herself and came to see Karen as her Living Emotional Crutch, Suzu's admiration of Mahiru grew over time, and it spurred her on to catch up.
- Hisame's forceful attitude during her initial scenes contrasts against Nana's generally personable demeanor. While they both feel guilt towards each other, Nana eventually manages to move on from their troubled history, and that allows her to overcome Hisame, who still has hangups over it.
- Ink-Suit Actor: An unusual case in that the Seiran characters appeared onstage in live action first, and unlike the Seishou characters, without illustrations cast on viewing screens to show the audience their designs in 2D. Their appearances in official and fan-created artwork were therefore based on their respective actresses.
- New Old Flame: Koharu is the only character from Seiran to not have some sort of past involvement with her Seishou counterpart. Suzu and Hisame were former schoolmates of Mahiru and Nana respectively, while Yakumo-sensei was Souda-sensei's junior as a Seishou student who fought the Korosu alongside Souda-sensei. In the present day, Mahiru and Suzu both posit that Mahiru had wanted to forget about Suzu, and Nana is unsettled by Hisame's presence reminding her of her Friendless Background.
- The Ace: Her reputation as Seiran's top student precedes her. The audience soon sees from "Aoi Arashi" that she fully deserves the reputation.
- Cooperation Gambit: Maya ropes Koharu into one, first hinted at during a scene showing them meeting up prior to the revues of Transition.
- Ditzy Genius: Famed genius, able to recognize a Shakespeare quote unprompted, a good hand with a blade, and socially awkward to an extreme. Fan-created works have taken this ditziness even further thanks to Nanaki's soft-spoken and somewhat dorky self off-stage, such as an oft-repeated anecdote of her holding a rice ball in one hand, chocolate cornet in the other, then happily eating both at the same time without seeing any issue with doing so.
- Emotionless Girl: Her former classmates accused her of this behind her back. Koharu does actually feel emotion, but she refrains from expressing it.
- No Social Skills: The first scene Koharu appears in has her grumbling at Hisame and Suzu, her best friends, for being too noisy. When guesting on Radio Starlight, Nanaki also mentioned that although Koharu meant to properly make her greetings when introduced to the Seishou students, she inadvertently let slip the topic of the Starlight performance at the recent Seishou Festival, then Suzu and Hisame went on from there, resulting in Junna feeling as if they were ignoring her.
- The Power of Friendship: Suzu and Hisame understand Koharu in a way that none of her other peers ever would, which is likely what stopped her from ending up a Broken Ace in high school.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Isolation from those around her whenever she spoke her mind led to Koharu's preference to minimize interaction with other people. Her education was such that she was not to feel bad for people being unable to do the things she could, and it was a matter of fact she was able to do those things.
- Talented, but Trained: Implied with her lines in "Aoi Arashi".If the difference is in the amount of effortAll I need to do is surpass that.
- Unknown Rival: To Maya — who was so absorbed in her visualization exercise for Koharu's presence to register, despite Koharu sitting right next to her — in middle school. Koharu is an unusual case because while she has taken note of Maya since the time she first saw her, and they share common goals, neither is particularly invested in any competition between them and more focus is given to the other themes of their respective storylines.
- Boisterous Bruiser: The first thing Suzu does when reunited with Mahiru is to dash right across the room towards her. Flashbacks show that Suzu was always excitable and bubbly even in middle school.
- Determinator: In middle school, she overworked herself in her attempts to improve and reach Mahiru's level, to the point where it took a visible toll on her. Her lines in "Aoi Arashi" show that two years later, with the "competition" between them unresolved, Suzu remains fixated on making her dream come true... whatever it takes.
- Protectorate: Mahiru's.Mahiru: I won't let you be hurt again!
- Taught by Experience: Suzu's fighting style includes acrobatic moves such as somersaults, as expected of a cheerleader's skill set. The way she rotates her sword in her hands is also reminiscent of how Mahiru spins her mace like she would a baton.
- Alliterative Name: Hisame Honami.
- Emotional Bruiser: The initial run of #2 Transition and the corresponding scene in the manga adaptation implied Hisame was so moved by the 99th class' performance of Starlight that it brought her to tears. However, chapter 6 of the adaptation, which delves into Hisame's backstory and was Kadoyama's reference for her more anguished portrayal of Hisame in #2 revival, shows that it was also brought on by Hisame seeing how Nana's friends from the 99th class were there to perform together with her when she had "abandoned" Nana to go onstage alone in the past.If I did not tell myself you resented me, I could not even be able to stand before you.
- Meaningful Name: Hisame's name is literally "ice rain". The title of her revue with Nana and Junna, Hatsuyuki, harks back to the winter when she and Nana parted ways. "Shiro no Sekai", a number performed by all three Seiran students but most fitting to Hisame's characterization, includes lines such as "freeze my heart over". However, it is also an Ironic Name because Hisame's personality, for all that she tries, is far from icy.
- Shoo the Dog: Hisame's real reason for leaving Nana was that she thought she was holding Nana back. Nana refuses to have any of it, though, and still hopes to someday take the stage together with Hisame.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Hisame's strength lies in singing, and her distinctive voice was what made Nana take notice of her even before they first met. But standing out in a choir, she points out, is not a good thing when the emphasis is on harmony. The other choir members telling Hisame that her voice and Nana's are not harmonizing well, which she already knew yet refused to admit, coupled with her realization that Nana's singing has an "individuality" she lacks, prompted Hisame to quit the show she was working on with Nana. Ironically, unbeknownst to Hisame, Nana would later temper her own ambition and hide the true extent of her ability at Seishou.
A mysterious talking giraffe that oversees the Starlight revue auditions.
- All-Powerful Bystander: He can grant any kind of wish desired by victorious Stage Girls in the Auditions at the cost of the brilliance and motivation of those who've lost up to, and including looping time for an unknown amount of repetitions but never directly intervenes in any of the girls' Revues as he prefers to be a spectator to their duels. The most he does is subtly manipulate them into taking certain actions to move things forward so he can get to see the kind of performances he wants to see, but that's it. When the Korosu show up and become a problem in Re LIVE, he merely sits back and does nothing, preferring that Elle handle the situation this time.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's not clear what his motives actually are, but given that the auditions drain the motivation of those who don't come out on top, he's probably not an ally.
- Ascended Extra: In the live plays, only his voice is heard and a silhouette of him is seen, only showing up at the end of the first stage play to speak to Headmaster Souda in private without doing much as Souda-sensei is the primary overseer of the Auditions in the play. In the anime, he's given Souda-sensei's role, and gets to directly interact with the girls this time around and even physically appear.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Does this in the finale, encouraging the viewer to become Starlights audience.
- The Comically Serious: While he has his moments in the anime series, he fully becomes this in the Shoujo Conte All Starlight gag anime.
- Composite Character: He takes up Headmaster Souda's place and role from the original stage play in the anime, where he serves as the primary initiator and overseer of the revue auditions in her stead.
- Demoted to Extra: He appears much less frequently in the mobile game than he did in the anime. He shows up more in Shoujo Conte All Starlight anime more at least.
- Manipulative Bastard: He essentially kickstarts the end of Nana's timelooping wish after having grown bored of the repeat Revues by getting her to parrot his words of wishing for "an unpredictable stage". This eventually leads the Giraffe to arrange for Hikari's arrival in Seisho Academy, ensuring Karen's involvement in the Auditions and the rest is history.
- In Re LIVE, it's also very heavily implied that he was responsible for giving Elle's mother the Elle Note Elle would eventually use to unwittingly write stories that would change reality to her whims, making him indirectly responsible for the events of the mobile game despite his minimal presence there.
- No Name Given: He is merely known as "The Giraffe" and nothing more.
- Nonstandard Character Design: In a series otherwise full of human girls with fairly typical anime designs, the presence of a realistically-drawn talking giraffe and the Mood Whiplash that accompanies his scenes and plot involvement is rather jarring.
- Not So Different: Claims this to the audience. After all, if you're still watching, you don't want to see the story end either.
- Reality Warper: Is at least powerful enough to put everyone in a "Groundhog Day" Loop on Nana's request.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives Karen a downplayed version of this trope, stating that a girl who can't wake up on her own and is fine with not being the lead isn't good enough for the auditions.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite not appearing as frequently as he did in the anime, the implication that he both created and gave Elle's mother the "Elle Note" Elle Nishino uses makes him indirectly responsible for the events in the mobile game's main plot.
- Talking Animal: A particularly ironic example, as giraffes are (incorrectly) known to not make sounds.
- Verbal Tic: "Wakarimasu" (understood).
- The Voice: He doesn't physically appear in the stage play version but he is heard as he's still a big presence there. The most we see of him is an outline of himself but that's it.
- Affectionate Nickname: Is given the nickname "Ellelle" by Aruru after the girls learn the truth about her to distinguish her from her real self in conversation, as having to make the distinction between "Re Live Elle" and "real Elle" was starting to get confusing. The others quickly pick adopt its use as well.
- Author Avatar: In-Universe example. Our Elle is actually one for the real Elle, made with the power of the "Elle Note" to act on her behalf in her stories and view them through her eyes. The two share experiences to some extent, but cannot actually communicate, which means our Elle is unable to tell her real self how much danger she's putting other people in, and because the real Elle only vaguely remembers she sees through our Elle's eyes she is unlikely to learn the truth herself.
- Ambiguously Human: She appears like an ordinary young woman, but due to her being in cahoots with the Giraffe and Andrew, her involvement with the fantastic aspects of the Auditions, her ability to summon the Stage Girls any time she pleases, as well as her tendency to come and go whenever she likes via magic, it's deliberately left unclear if she's actually human in nature or not. The fact that she's actually a 5-year-old girl in the real world just raises more questions.
- Beneath the Mask: Behind her stage persona is a desperately lonely little girl who loves plays with all her heart.
- Butt-Monkey: In Shoujo Conte All Starlight, she's either mocked or ignored by the Seisho girls for forcing them to go through another round of Auditions again, and they make it clear to her that they're sick of it.
- Didn't Think This Through: Elle's request for the girls to destroy the Elle Note. While its abilities can be dangerous, its effects are lifted after the story is completed, making the note's destruction a disproportionate response to something that's not a problem if handled correctly. It was mainly a problem because Elle and Andrew didn't tell enough people when it happened, which trapped the players onstage when they couldn't complete the stories by themselves. Maya attributes this to Elle's youth, as children are more prone to panic and to rushing into decisions, and gently tells her that it's just a matter of making sure her playmates can go home at the end of the day.
- Expy: Of the equally enigmatic Headmaster Souda from the original stage play, taking up her role of being the secondary overseer and primary initiator of the Auditions after The Giraffe.
- Foreshadowing: Elle's true identity has been hinted on in specific occasions:
- Andrew dotes on her like a loving parent would a child. He treats her that way because Elle really is a child in the real world and that he's her stuffed animal given life in a dream-like world.
- When Claudine and the other Seisho girls press her for answers on what exactly was happening in Main Story 7, she cries out to Andrew for help since even she can't explain it properly. She acts exactly as a kid would when they're cornered and pressured into answering something they don't know.
- In Main Story 10, when Andrew conjures up a Frontier School of Arts pamphlet to prove a point about their school, Elle is overwhelmed by the amount of kanji written there, prompting Andrew to read it for her. In Japan, kids don't learn kanji until they've entered first grade, when they're around six years old, so Elle's reaction towards the pamphlet is a hint that she's younger or around that age.
- She reacts to Aruru's ideas about her "LIVE" in Main Story 10 with child-like wonder.
- Aruru observes and outright says that Elle has the same shiny eyes as they did when they were younger.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts one, anyway. Our Elle puts herself at risk when she asks the girls to take the Elle Note from her real self and destroy it, in spite of what that might mean for her and Andrew as creations of its power. They refuse. Also Deconstructed, as the girls realized that the Re LIV Es weren't actually that dangerous if they were handled correctly, which would have made this a Senseless Sacrifice if they had gone through with it.
- The Host: She is the presiding emcee in the onstage revues in Re LIVE alongside The Giraffe who stayed more in the sidelines.
- Morality Pet: The sharp-tongued Andrew is only ever really kind to her and only her.
- Ms. Exposition: Is the one in charge of explaining the things the Stage Girls need to know about the circumstances and events happening in Re LIVE.
- Obliviously Evil: The real Elle is just a lonely little girl with an active imagination and a notebook that, for all she knows, shows her what she writes there in her dreams, which she can't quite remember in detail after waking. Andrew and our Elle have learned better, but can't communicate with her and so she goes on not understanding the full ramifications of her actions.
- Older Alter Ego: Her appearance as a young woman in the Auditions is essentially this to the 5-year-old Elle Nishino, as a result of the younger Elle's wish of wanting to see plays all by herself without the need for adult supervision.
- Only One Name: If she even has a surname, she's not telling. It's Nishino.
- One Steve Limit: Hilariously, Re LIVE Elle is on the receiving end of this by her real self; Aruru starts finding it difficult to distinguish the two in conversation and so gives Re LIVE Elle the nickname "Ellelle" to make things easier. It catches on very quickly with the other girls.
- Protectorate: To Andrew.
- Reality Warper: The real Elle's "Elle Note". Anything written in this notebook will happen for real, up to and including performing a Ret-Gone on plays and people, and is the true force behind the events of the game's story.
- Ret-Gone: The five-year old Elle unwittingly performs this whenever she uses the "Erasure" plot point and variations thereof in her Elle Note; anyone and anything involved in such performances ceases to exist outside of it. Andrew and Elle consider it such a dangerous ability that they ask the cast to destroy the notebook despite what that might mean for the two of them. It's pointed out however that it's temporary, only lasting while the Re Live in question is ongoing; finishing the story restores things to normal. The real danger was that not enough people knew what was happening, which ran the risk of a performance never ending when those involved were unable to complete the story.
- The Stoic: Is always calm and unemotive, though there would sometimes be moments where she'll put her guard down and let her true feelings loose. She's more expressive in the Shoujo Conte All Starlight gag series though, to comedic effect.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: After her secret is out and the other girls assure her that they have no problems with the circumstances surrounding the Elle Note and vow to be there for her, she readily greets the others with a smile whenever they meet, be it during a Re Live or in the real world.
- Story-Breaker Power: The real Elle's "Elle Note" allows her to unwittingly bend reality to her wishes based on whatever she writes there. See Reality Warper for a fraction of what her special notebook is capable of.
- When She Smiles: Gives a heartfelt one at the conclusion of Main Story 10, moved as she was by the Frontier girls' performance.
- Younger Than They Look: Her true form in the real world is that of a 5 year old girl named Elle Nishino. While our Elle has a relatively mature disposition and insight, the mask sometimes slips when she's flustered and emotional.
A strange kigurumi mole character and Re LIVE's official mascot. He serves as the shopkeeper in the game.
- Ambiguously Human: Whether or not there's someone actually inside the mole suit or if Andrew is something similar to the Giraffe is anyone's guess. He's actually a stuffed animal toy cherished by Elle in the real world.
- Berserk Button:
- Making fun of his looks is this for him. He also doesn't take it well when Kaoruko, and later, Futaba, calls him an "Abominamole".
- Main Story 9 reveals that he has a more serious berserk button in the form of calling Elle a liar, or just generally insulting her for that matter. When Tamao confronts Elle and calls her as such at the beginning of Main Story 9, Andrew quickly goes to Elle's defense and delivers a very scathing tirade against Tamao, which leaves her shaken before Elle had to tell him to stop.
- Butt-Monkey: None of the Stage Girls seem to treat him with much respect. It's a running gag in the game that they keep calling him Abominamole despite his dislike of the nickname.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Getting called "Abominamole" so much through the Main Story has more or less permanently taped down his berserk button after Main Story 11; his knee-jerk reaction has become so strong that the next time he is greeted by Mahiru during the Miku collab, he reflexively shouts that he's not an "Abominamole" before realizing that Mahiru had actually addressed him by name.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in the very beginning of Re LIVE as the game's shopkeeper, but doesn't become relevant in the plot nor is he formally introduced to the girls until the 7th Main Story chapter. He also shows up in a CG still and Memoir in "The Waltz of the Beautiful Beast" event albeit with his back turned,◊ which was released some months before Main Story 7.
- Et Tu, Brute?: When Elle starts finding the "Abominamole" nickname to be funny.
- Hate Sink: As most of the characters are meant to be sympathetic, and as the giraffe is too mysterious and appears too infrequently to serve as a consistent villain, Andrew draws all of the ire with his Jerkass personality.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In Main Story 10, getting introduced to the Frontier girls repeatedly as the Abominamole causes him to jump the gun when Tsukasa and then Shizuha rejoin the party, which gets them to refer to him by it too.
- Jerkass: Simply put, while he can be somewhat cordial towards the Stage Girls from time to time, Elle is the only one he's truly nice to.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Though he can get incredibly rude about it, the points he makes when talking down to the cast have factual basis, and they often find themselves unable to argue.
- As stated above, he calls out Tamao for just hoping that someone or something would save Rinmeikan's Performing Arts Department rather than make the main effort herself. It's brutally stated, but it also sums up the heart of the matter, and having it laid out so clearly does help Tamao figure out what to do going forward once she gets her feelings together.
- He points out how Frontier's practices don't quite live up to the sweeping aims it uses to draw in applicants, dismissing it as just a business. Aruru finds herself unable to argue on that front, but snaps at him when he similarly dismisses her friends' skills as Stage Girls.
- Malicious Misnaming: Calls Kaoruko "Kyoto Woman" as an insult when referring to her.
- Mr. Exposition: If Elle isn't in any position to explain stuff to the Stage Girls then he does it in her stead.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Normally he doesn't take being called "Abominamole" lying down, especially from Kaoruko. When Kaoruko gives him a verbal lashing about the danger the Elle Note is putting them all in, he just meekly admits they're right to be upset.
- Papa Wolf: He acts fatherly towards Elle and is very protective of her. He admits that even if there is a way to tell the real Elle to stop writing in the Elle Note, he might not be able to bring himself to do it, as seeing the girls perform the stories she writes puts a smile on the otherwise lonely and melancholy little Elle's face.
- Series Mascot: For Re LIVE.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: He squabbles with Kaoruko a lot, and Kaoruko specifically.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While he wasn't exactly pleasant to the other schools' Stage Girls prior, he's worse in Main Story 10 where he's outright condescending and contemptuous towards the Frontier Stage Girls except for Aruru and spends most of the story disparaging each of them for their perceived failings as Stage Girls, something Aruru doesn't take too kindly to.
- Ugly Cute: An In-Universe inversion. Despite Andrew's cutesy mascot appearance, many of the girls seem to be revolted by him. Mahiru and Hikari are both outright offended when Futaba remarks that Andrew reminds her of Suzudaru Cat and Mr. White respectively based on his appearance.Hikari and Mahiru: Don't you compare them to that thing.Futaba: I'm sorry...
- Verbal Tic: He ends his sentences with "doryuu~"note .