Idols out of the 190+ characters from the Cinderella Girls mobile game, who have attained enough popularity to earn an Image Song Drama CD of their own. Many idols created for Cinderella Girls, began as simplistic cliché roles and one-dimensional personalities. However, through a combination of Bonus Material, Fan-Art, Fanon, Memetic Mutation, Popularity Power, Saved by the Fans, the Cinderella Girls Theater yonkoma, and popular anime trends, they evolve into more complex and detailed individuals. Once an idol reaches a threshold with these factors, Bandai Namco bestows her a voice actress and to extent, an entry into THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER series.
The first nine sets of these idols were periodically released in batches of five, and the 10th and 11th batches only features three, all the while balancing an equal number of Cute, Cool, and Passion idols as much as possible. There are also group albums, such as the jewelries! series (in which each album includes a single type theme song and five cover versions of popular songs sung by CM idols) and the MASTER SEASONS Series (a four seasons-themed album series in which each album includes a song with one representative of each type and a song with a trio of each type). Thus so far, 51 of 77 voiced idols have been officially given CINDERELLA MASTER albums.
Being the ones assigned with Cinderella Masters means that they get the bulk of the focus in the Cinderella Girls anime adaptation, with fourteen of them forming the core of the eponymous Cinderella Project, while others have recurring, if important, background roles as already-established idols.
The second season of the anime rounds off the rest of the Master Collection, with ten of them joining Mishiro's newly-established Project KRONE, or supporting members of the Cinderella Project, which indirectly opposes the former.
The following Cinderella Master idols below are listed in order of their official release number and divided by batches.
Go here for the rest of the voiced idols who haven't received their own CM solos.
Go here for the main character index of THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls.
Voiced by: Ayaka Fukuhara
A cool-headed, hard-working young woman who serves as a sort of Rattata for players who choose to begin the game with the Cool category. She is notable for being the very first of the idols introduced in the game to receive an S Rare card after she proved popular among players, and also the first to be announced to be getting a CD debut. Her rise in popularity and her being the first one to go from a tutorial idol to getting a CD debut has earned her quite a bit of popularity, becoming sort of the poster girl for the Cinderella Girls.
In the anime, she is initially dubious at the idea behind being an idol, but is eventually won over by Uzuki and the Producer. She ends up joining Uzuki and Mio in New Generations, the first idol unit given its debut among the girls of the Cinderella Project.
While a core member of the Cinderella Project, by the second season, she forms a new unit with Karen and Nao, "Triad Primus", as part of Mishiro's project KRONE, putting New Generations on hold. After realizing her culpability in causing Uzuki's depression and taking steps to rectify that, she returns to perform as part of a reformed New Generations once again.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Rin's hair in the games was a darker shade of brown. The anime zig-zags this, sometimes giving her black hair instead.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Tall (relative to her age), stoic, aloof and has long dark hair. She's friendlier and more open to others than most examples though.
- Case in point, she's a more sociable person than both Chihaya Kisaragi and Shizuka Mogami, her fellow representatives from the other games, despite her seemingly unfriendly appearance. She also smiles more in the beginning unlike those two who had to defrost first not just to their producers but also to their fellow idols. Helping her parents over the counter in their flower shop probably helped.
- Animal Motifs: Discussed in one 4koma with Rin, Mika, Uzuki and Chieri. They decide that Rin is cool like a cat.
- Butt-Monkey: Is usually the butt of all the teasing and embarrassing scenarios in the Drama CDs. She even lampshades it in one of the Magic Hour radio drama specials.Rin: [After sympathizing with Nao for being Karen's favorite chew toy] I know how you feel. Every unit has a designated prey...
- Calling Your Attacks: When using her Charge Attack in Granblue Fantasy.Rin: Iolite...BLUE!!
- The Cameo: Makes an appearance in the ending credits of the Idolm@ster movie, and is the only Cinderella Girl to do so.
- Canine Companion: One card depicts her with her yorkie Hanako, who she jokingly consults for advice from time to time.
- Character Tic: Tends to clutch her chest whenever she starts to feel something from a new experience in the anime.
- The Comically Serious
- Com Mons: The weakest card in the Cool type lineup, and the first idol that Cool producers add to their unit when beginning the game.
- Cover Version: Has covered the angela song Soukyuu in Cool Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Uzuki's S(mile)ING! in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 1.
- The Cynic: Downplayed and is a nicer example than most, but she tends to be pessimistic at times.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Her primary motivation for joining the Cinderella Project in the anime.
- Face of a Thug: Not of the dangerous variety, but she is self conscious that her default expression comes off as unfriendly.
- Flower in Her Hair:
- She wears a hair ribbon with a purple flower on it in one of her S Rare Card outfits (which also serves as her Triad Primus outfit in the anime), and in the One For All video game.
- She also wears a flower ribbon on her hair in her costume for the games Granblue Fantasy and Princess Connect.
- Flower Motifs: Most of her characterization in the anime is reliant on symbolism involving flowers. This is more prevalent in the first cour of the anime where her status there is arguably that of the series' main protagonist. note
- Foil: To Uzuki in the anime. She also serves as one to the more energetic Mio, but not to the same extent as Uzuki.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Is frequently seen listening to her mp3 player whenever she's alone in the anime and in subsequent artworks.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Her weapon as a guest player character in the mobile game Granblue Fantasy.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Hanako's presence says it all.
- Image Song: Never Say Never and AnemoneStar
- In-Series Nickname: Shiburin.
- Innocent Flower Girl: She's reserved, easily flustered when embarrassed, withdrawn and works at her parents' flower shop occasionally, with said flower shop being the house where she lives in. She's also knowledgeable enough about flowers to know the meanings behind them like the ones she gave Uzuki in episode 1 of the anime.
- It's All My Fault: Once she learns about Uzuki's depression, much like Mio she starts blaming herself for what's happening. In her case, she thinks that it's her decision to join KRONE as part of Triad Primus, and how it left her little time to spare for New Generations and Uzuki, that caused it all.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: She's revealed to be this, according to NO MAKE 4.
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Meaningful Name: Rin's Kanji 凛 means cold, a name that befits someone who represents the Cool Idol lineup. It also means dignified, which also makes for someone who represents the Cool Idol lineup. It can also be short for "Rindou", a blue flower known as the Clustered Gentian in English.
- The Namesake: She was crowned Cinderella Girl for 2014.
- Not So Above It All: Her cool, level headed demeanor is put to the test when she's stuck in the same room as Ranko, Kaede and Riina.
- She also pokes fun at Nao every once in a while to get a reaction from her.
- Only Sane Man: In the agency she joins in the Joker manga.
- Also in the anime where she usually puts up with the other girls' shenanigans.
- Opposites Attract: Non-romantic example with Uzuki.
- Perpetual Frowner: Her default expression, though she's more expressive than most.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The sole blue to Uzuki's and Mio's red.
- Refusal of the Call: Refused the Producer's offer of becoming an idol in the anime at first. The Producer's Armor-Piercing Question and Uzuki's enthusiasm convinced her though.
- Sole Survivor: Of Kaede's Gargle Blaster in the Cool Jewelries CD's drama segment.
- The Spock: To Uzuki's Kirk and Mio's McCoy.
- Stacy's Dad: While we never get to see his face even though he briefly appeared onscreen in the anime, Rin's dad is apparently attractive, if Uzuki's comment about him in one of the Magic Hour radio segments is anything.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Despite maintaining an air of calm aloofness most of the time, she's surprisingly prone to emotional outbursts. Best seen when she angrily screams at Uzuki for running away from her problems and when she emotionally bursts out in the next episode that she wants to perform with Uzuki and Mio together again as members of New Generations for the Christmas concert. She also cries on three separate occasions, two of which occurred on the same episode.
- Straight Man: On the Cinderella Radio show, where her co-hosts Uzuki and Mika tend to steer the discussion to bizarre places if left unchecked. She does, however, make an exception for Nao's interview.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's stoic, aloof, and may come off as unfriendly looking, but she's actually a very kind girl who's no stranger to being close and friendly towards others. In fact, it didn't take Uzuki much effort to befriend her, and Rin's smiles come around more frequently than most.
- Those Two Girls: Part of two separate three-girl circles: the New Generation trio with Mio and Uzuki, who are fellow idols she debuted with together, and the Triad Primus unit with Nao and Karen, who are her schoolmates in the anime (but close friends in the original game).
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate.
- What Is This Feeling?: As someone who initially feels a sort of emptiness from a lack of aspirations and interests in life, Rin is overwhelmed with a strong desire of want to seek passions that would, in the Producer's words, "open a new world to her," whenever she sees very aspirant people who are passionate enough with their dreams to pursue them. This inspired her decision to join the Cinderella Project in the anime when she saw how enthusiastic Uzuki was in pursuing her dreams and her joining Triad Primus with Nao and Karen, after seeing how dedicated they were in becoming idols, was a result of this too.
- When She Smiles
- Younger Than They Look: With her tall height and mature demeanor, you could be forgiven for believing she was someone who was over 15. Contrast Uzuki's Older Than They Look below.
Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi
A listless 17 year old idol in the Cute category and NEET who doesn't believe in work. Anzu has no particular interests other than playing games, anime, manga and sleeping. She only became an idol, because she believes she will be able to live the rest of her days off royalties.
In the anime, she is grouped with Kanako and Chieri, and together the three of them form the idol unit Candy Island.
- All Just a Dream: How her image song, Anzu no Uta, ends.Anzu: And that was the dream I saw
- Ascended Extra: The second CG girl to be added to One for All as DLC.
- The Barnum: She negotiates towards a person's natural sloth to be lazy with her, or guilt trips them into letting her do nothing.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied to be this in one of the Cinderella Girls manga adaptations. For all her laziness, her card is also considered top tier.
- Confirmed in Episode 9 of the anime, where she easily performs mental math on a physics problem. While hanging from a slide. All because she didn't want to lose and be forced to bungie jump as a penalty game.
- But Now I Must Go: Her fourth S Rare+ features her telling her fans she's going to graduate while crying. However, if you look closely, you can see eye drops in her hand. However, she got more cards after that, meaning that either her plan was discovered or that she started liking being an idol.
- Cassette Craze: She'll prerecord her singing to play it back again, in live concert, because she's too lazy to sing the refrain.Anzu: "Anzu calls it the Substitution Strategy!!"
- She is blatantly heard doing this on her cover of Dreaming Flowers Bud Rhapsody ~Souls Guidance~.
- Her verbal catch phrase is "I wanna go home!"
- She frequently wears a shirt that says: "If you work, you lose."
- Complaining about Complaining: She complains that it takes too much energy to complain.
- Cover Version: Lulu, the ED theme of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, in Cute Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Ranko's Dreaming Flowers Bud Rhapsody ~Souls Guidance~ in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 4.
- Character Development: Gleefully averted; even after evolving her card to Idol form her work ethic doesn't improve, she merely changes her get-out-of-work tactics from whining to trying to smooth-talk the Producer.
- Cry Cute: A recurring theme, due to being upset that she has to work.
- Cute Little Fangs: Sports these in her second SR card.
- Decoy Hiding Place: One of her methods to avoid work.
- Dismotivation: She'll do whatever it takes to avoid having to work, no matter how underhanded.
- Downloadable Content: Appears in One For All, along with her signature Anzu no Uta.
- Everyone Has Standards: After staff comments that she and Kozue look very similiar to each other. She try to start tricks Kozue into doing her own work. Only to realized that tricking an innocent girl who is almost half of her age may going a bit too far.
- Fakeout Escape: How she tries to avoid work on occasion.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She is never seen without her very old, ratty stuffed rabbit. It goes unsaid whether it has sentimental value to her or is just a convenient pillow.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: Is hinted to have this in Episode 9 of the anime, where she answers several quiz questions very quickly, including one on complex math/physics.
- Heavy Sleeper: Or at least fakes it to make people leave her alone.
- Image Song: Anzu no Uta (Anzu's Song) and Slow Life Fantasy. Reason why the former has such a mundane, uncreative title? You got it. She's too lazy to think one up.
- Insane Troll Logic: Anzu doesn't just hate work, she thinks it's a crime against humanity. She envisions utopia being a world where everyone eats junk food, watches anime, plays video games, and reads manga. However such luxuries require massive service industries and manufacturing infrastructures to make possible. Thus there would still be work.
- It's All About Me: She doesn't care if her laziness will cause problems for other Cinderella Girls, and will happily refuse to perform in concert or with her musical group. Fortunately she can be bribed with candy or tricked with the promise of royalty checks.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Anzu doesn't care that her laziness would cause trouble for the other idols, she does value her friendship with Kirari. She also cares very deeply for Chieri and Kanako and would help them out when the two are nervous.
- Despite her contrasting personality with Nana, she did appreciate Nana's leadership, calling her mother during Starlight Stage's Atashi Ponkotsu Android commus.
- La Résistance: The goal of her image song is to rally the masses into laziness and never do oppressive work again.
- Laborious Laziness: Averted. Anzu just ignores others and goes back to sleep.
- The Leader: As funny as it seems, Anzu is pretty much this to Candy Island. She's the one that tries to calm the nerves of Chieri and Kanako and also gives them advice.
- The Napoleon: Averted. She is proud of being so short, and believes that growing tall is wasted energy.
- NEET: What she was (and still tries to be) before becoming an idol.
- Not in My Contract: Does the minimum amount of expected work for an idol, and will immediately rebel if anyone attempts to do more.
- Oh, Crap!: Whenever she hears the Producer is looking for her, or returning from a business trip, because it means she has to work.
- Older Than They Look: She's often mistaken for an elementary school student. She's actually one day younger than Kirari.
- Only in It for the Money: Candy and video games will also work.
- Opposites Attract: With Kirari, the tall, extremely quirky and enthusiastic idol.
- Petite Pride: Very much so. Who wants to carry around all that extra weight? It's too much work!
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When she's had enough of people trying to get her to work.
- Shout-Out: Her song features sound effects from retro 70's and 80's games Namco produced, including the waka-waka.
- The Slacker: She often goes through work as little as possible. Can spend days without leaving a room if it's properly stocked with candy and electronic entertainment.
- Something Completely Different: Most iM@S Image Song are about falling or being in love with someone. Anzu's is the glory of being lazy... though it is a topic that she loves.
- Speak in Unison: The fans chanting her song's lyrics.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Does it on the Cute Jewelries Drama CD track.
- Sweet Tooth: Candy will override her laziness and love for video games, if only by a little. It has to be sweet candy; using sour candy will cause a Bribe Backfire.
- Third-Person Person
- Token Mini-Moe: She looks like a girl less than half her age. She ranks among the shortest and lightest of all known idols.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Candy. It's how others bribe her to get anything done.
- The Trickster: If she see an underhanded opportunity to get out of work or steal candy, she'll take it.
- Tsundere: While she'll take candy from almost anybody, she goes this way when teased how she prefers it most from the Producer. Anzu will immediately claim that he just happens to buy really sweet candy, and refuses to reveal the brand so she can buy it herself.
- Womanchild: She likes eating candy, and looks and acts like a child, even though she's barely an adult.
Voiced by: Yuka Ootsubo
A soft spoken, sweet girl of the Cute category with a passion for baking. Initially, she doesn't consider herself idol material because of her body image and low self esteem.
In the anime, Kanako is part of the idol unit Candy Island, alongside Anzu and Chieri. She is characterized by her love of sweets, and always seems to have homemade cookies ready to be shared with her co-workers in the Cinderella Project.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her most recent card illustrations have been featuring outfit like these, to show the confidence she's gained since losing weight as an idol. Has a tummy flat as a board.
- Beautiful All Along: Even before becoming an idol she had an attractive appearance.
- Big Eater: The main source of her Weight Woe.
- Buxom Is Better: Something pointed out by Sachiko on the Cute Jewelries 002 drama track. Kanako is so focused on her waistline, that she barely give any regard to her Fanservice ready chest. She ranks among the largest of Cute idols, and is certainly no lightweight when compared to the entire Cinderella Girls cast as a whole.
- Character Exaggeration: Got hit with this pretty hard in the anime. Most of Kanako's screentime and dialogue relates to food/sweets in some way.
- Com Mons: Her first card was a normal with fairly average stats, before she gained a large fan following.
- Cover Version: Fushigi na Peach Pie in Cute Jewelries 002.
- Later covers Miku's Onedari Shall We~? in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 4.
- Cry Cute: Her SR+ card.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Really good at making candies and sugary pastries.
- Flower in Her Hair: Fashion accessory she wears.
- Hair Decorations: Has a liking for them.
- Image Song: Chocolat Tiara and Okashi na Kuni no Okashiyasan
- Informed Flaw: That she's fat. Though usually depicted as considerably more filled-out than the others, Kanako's figure is rather standard in real life, particularly to those outside of Japan.
- Nice Girl
- Shrinking Violet: To a degree.
- Sweet Tooth: Because she's also a Big Eater, the calories keep racking up. Practically exaggerated in the anime, to the point that most of her screentime is offering snacks to everyone else.
- Tastes Like Friendship: Invokes this in Episode 2 of the anime, when she offers Uzuki, Mio, and Rin sweets upon first meeting them.
- Those Two Girls: With Chieri in the anime.
- Weight Woe: Has a complex about her weight, even though she's just a bit thicker than the other girls. As her card levels up she slowly loses weight (2 cm from the waist), making her torso slightly smaller in the accompanying artwork.
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
Kaede is a mature and mysterious idol belonging in the Cool category. She is very quiet, never saying more than necessary. Her hobbies are visiting and relaxing in onsen. She's also is a huge fan of lame puns.
While she is a constant background presence throughout the first season of Cinderella Girls, Kaede only gets some focus by the second season, what being the first candidate Mishiro singles out for Project KRONE. To the surprise of many, Kaede turns her down, setting an important precedent in the growing resistance among many of 346-Pro's idols to Mishiro's heavy-handed policies.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Yoi Otome.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Once shes had a few drinks, all her common sense goes out the window.
- Beauty Mark: Under her right eye.
- Beergasm: For the expensive or really tasty drinks.
- Beneath the Mask: There's no question Kaede is nice and supportive when sober, but don't let her innocent voice fool you: she's devious and manipulative when intoxicated.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: When intoxicated.
- Characterization Marches On: On her original Cinderella Master Drama CD, Kaede is characterized as a soft spoken woman who likes puns and alcohol drinks, but is highly reserved and refined. Some would even claim she was sorta boring or one-dimensional. Then came the Cool Jewelries Drama CD. Kaede was still characterized as a soft spoken, highly reserved and refined woman who likes puns and alcohol drinks... but gained a devious scheming nature when intoxicated. This modification has increased her fan popularity.
- Cover Version: Covered Yuki No Hana by Mika Nakashima in the Cool Jewelries 001 CD.
- Defector from Decadence: In the anime, she declines an offer from Mishiro to perform at a large venue in favor of a performance at the considerably smaller one where she debuted as an idol, in part due to the sentimentality associated with her debut stage.
- Foreshadowing: In the anime, she seems to have a history with the Producer.
- Gargle Blaster: When she makes one Hilarity Ensues.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Especially if the Producer is not around to stop her.
- Hot Spring Card
- Hurricane of Puns: If the Producer doesn't rein her in.
- I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!: Not violent about it, but she will push aside any notion to quit drinking.
- Image Song: Koi Kaze
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Fond of slipping these into her speech.
- Intoxication Ensues: When she encourages the teenage idols to drink with her. The drinking age in Japan is 20.
- Mysterious Woman
- The Namesake: She was crowned Cinderella Girl for 2017.
- The Nose Knows: She can instantly smell the difference between body wash and shampoo products.
- Older Than They Look: Most people can't believe she really is 25 years old.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: The beginning and end of Koi Kaze.
- Orchestral Version: Koi Kaze was recreated into a three movement orchestral for the Koi Kaze ~Sai~ album.
- Pungeon Master
- The Quiet One: Her normal (sober) nature.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: The Koi Kaze ~Sai~ orchestral is widely considered as the superior rendition of an already god tier song. It has led the fandom to dubbing her the unofficial "Final Boss" of the Cinderella Girls franchise and compelled fans to propose she has unseated Chihaya Kisaragi as the greatest singer of the iM@S universe.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Her everyday speaking voice is soft and quiet. Her singing voice is powerful and resonant, making some fans consider her equal to Chihaya Kisaragi: the in-universe best singer of the 765 Pro Allstars. The anime gives a nod to this status, as she's portrayed as a flagship idol in the 346 Production's line up.
- Stealth Pun: If the Producer asks her to refrain from them.
- The Team: Part of the Yoi Otome unit in Starlight Stage with Nana Abe, Miyu Mifune, Sanae Katagiri and Shin Sato.
- Technicolor Eyes: Blue on the left and green on the right. While one might argue that this trope could be broadly applied to other idols, she is the only one in iM@S with heterochromia. Might signify Duality Motif, if one were to consider her entirely different persona when drunk.
- Unsuspectingly Soused: For those teenage idols who agree to go along with her drinking antics.
- Wine Is Classy: Is said to enjoy it quite a bit, also seen in her S Rare card.
Voiced by: Nozomi Yamamoto
The younger Jougasaki sister, Rika is a playful girl in the Passion category. She enjoys playing around and became an idol to be like her sister, Mika, who she admires quite a bit.
In the anime, Rika is eventually grouped with Kirari and Miria in the idol unit Dekoration (凸レーション ), and later as one of the kindergartners in Totokira Academy, with her bright personality complementing that of her two companions.
- Animal Motifs: Lions, as seen in her Rare+ and S Rare+ cards.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Can be this sometimes to Mika, but she really doesn't mean it most of the time.
- Beetle Maniac: Sadly, the same can't be said for Mika.
- Big Sister Worship: In the anime, Rika's reason for becoming an idol is to be just like Mika.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Cannot Spit It Out: In her image song, DOKIDOKI Rhythm.
- Character Exaggeration: Strangely enough, Rika's penchant for wanting to become sexier becomes this in the anime.
- Cover Version: LOVE & JOY in Passion Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Riina's Twilight Sky in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 5.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Defensive "What?": A series of them for her ad-lib challenge. Rika is so adamant about doing nothing wrong that she momentarily gets taken off the air, forced to give an appology afterwards, and redo the skit with a version Staff-san wrote.
- Epic Fail: Tries to lose weight in the OVA. Asks for dieting tips from Chieri. Chieri's advice comes from Kanako.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Gyaru Girl: She's into kogal fashion, much like her older sister Mika. It's likely that she's into it in order to be more like her sister.
- Hidden Depths: Its implied in the anime that at least part of the reason why she tries and acts more mature is because she doesn't want to be seen as just a kid by her classmates.
- Image Song: DOKIDOKI Rhythm and SUPERLOVE☆
- Innocent Innuendo: Her attempt at doing a mature, adult introduction in the Passion Jewelries Drama CD ends up being like this. Her idea of "playing with older men" includes activities such as karaoke and hide-and-seek.
- Man Bites Man: Occasionally threatens to bite you if you neglect her.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Attempts to disguise herself in an outing with the Producer and her sister in one Theater comic. However, her disguise is so gaudy and elaborate that it only draws attention to them.
- Say It with Hearts: Stars, actually ☆
- Sibling Rivalry
- V-Sign: Gives these in a majority of her cards, both idolized and not, including the one displayed above.
- Verbal Tic: A textual one; her sentences are always punctuated with a white star.
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida
An idol who dresses in the gothic lolita style almost exclusively, Ranko is a Chuunibyou, claiming to wield The Power and speaks in an Evil Overlord manner. Although she communicates in fantastical terms, her lines are always accompanied by an Inner Monologue translation to reveal what she really means, revealing that Ranko is just an ordinary girl with Shrinking Violet traits.
Unlike everyone else in the Cinderella Project anime, Ranko is debuted as a single act called Rosenburg Engelnote , but in the finale of the first season she temporarily takes Minami's place in Love Laika when the latter experiences a fever.
In the second season of Cinderella Project anime, Koume Shirasaka joins Ranko's unit, re-naming it to Rosenburg Alptraumnote .
- Adorkable: Goes with being a chuunibyou.
- Ascended Extra: The first CG girl to be included in One for All as DLC, making her the first CG to actually perform in a 2nd Vision game.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her first set of cards were defensive in nature, but ever since becoming a fan favorite, the vast majority of her new cards are pure offense.
- Best Friend: While far from antisocial or unfriendly, Ranko's Chuunibyou personality and language made it difficult for other idols to approach her. She found a kindred spirit in Asuka Ninomiya, who's elaborate imagination equals her own. The fandom greatly approved this Chuunibyou pairing, which culminated in a duet unit known as Dark Illuminate with their own signature song, Souyoku no Aria.
- The Cameo: Makes an appearance in The Idolm@ster: One For All as an optional Rival.
- Catchphrase: "Drown in the Darkness!" (alternatively, "Savor the Darkness!")
- Chuunibyou: As Mystic / Evil Eye Type.
- Cover Version: Tsuki No Shizuku in Cool Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Minami's Venus Syndrome in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 3.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Talks of demon worship, corrupting angels, and the supremacy of darkness. She's as pure and innocent as an idol can get. Her focus episode in the anime is about this as well, since she's unhappy with how her debut is planned to have a grim and gothic horror theme when she only wants to be seen as elegant and mysterious.
- Dark Magical Girl: She has delusions of being one of these.
- Demoted to Extra: This happens to her during the second season of the anime, as unlike the rest of the Cinderella Project units, she does not get a focus episode or do anything of consequence to the plot. Additionally, while all of the other Cinderella Project units each get a new image song for the second season, she simply features on Love Laika's song as an additional singer.
- Double Meaning: Her lines sound like gothic nonsense to others. For example she might exclaim, "savor the darkness," which is her way of saying, "good work". Cursing the "tyranny of the sun" (in the manner a vampire would), is her way of saying, "good morning".
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: She wears it for common house clothes.
- Evil Laugh: It's a high pitch, somewhat annoying cackle that goes, "nya, ha, ha, ha!" If you're familiar with Disgaea, then imagine a feminine version of Laharl's laugh.
- Falling Bass: All over the place in her song, since the guitar bassist is prominent during the song, but heard easiest when Ranko stops singing to pledge her "ware wo" oath, right before the electric guitar solo.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: To the point she'll hide in a corner or breakdown into tears. She's especially afraid of ghosts.
- This gets exemplified in her focus episode in the anime, where she has issues communicating that she likes gothic and darkness, but not horror. Unfortunately for her, one of her roommates is Koume. Later, this is exploited in Episode 26, where her fear allows her to give a genuinely horrified scream when shooting a scene in a horror movie with zombies advancing upon her.
- Gratuitous German: Her stage name in the anime is Rosenburg Engel.
- Gratuitous Iambic Pentameter: Her preferred method of communication, with lots of Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness thrown in for good measure.
- Gratuitous Italian: Dreaming Flowers Bud Rhapsody ~Souls Guidance~ and once in the "New Generations" manga.
- Image Song: Dreaming Flowers Bud Rhapsody ~Souls Guidance~
- As Rosenburg Engel, -Angel- Vengeful Sword: Melody of Light
- Inner Monologue: Because of her Double Meaning Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, this is how her comments are translated into understandable Japanese on the Drama CD.
- In-Series Nickname: Ranran.
- Large Ham: After listening to a few sentences, you'd think she was the supreme ruler of Hell or leader of a dark cult.
- Longing for Fictionland: The real Ranko is a Shrinking Violet with low self-esteem. The persona seen by her fans and friends is a fantasy constructed to conceal her insecurities. She hopes to ultimately forever bury her true personality. The Producer is aware of this and tries to prevent Ranko from completely erasing everything that she once was.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Certainly is one for her Producer.
- The Namesake: She was crowned Cinderella Girl for 2013.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: There are rare occasions when Ranko completely drops her chuunibyou persona and uses ordinary speech. These moments usually occur because the situation is so dire or important, she can't afford to have anyone misinterpret what has to be communicated. When the danger has passed, she plays off the event as allowing another angel to channel its voice through her body.
- Our Monsters Are Different: Her chuunibyou identity is a vampiric fallen angel with supremacy over Darkness and the Void. Her powers originate from an Eldritch Abomination to whom she is forever bound, and the Producer is that elder god's sealed mortal avatar.
- Perky Goth: Despite her image and speech, the translations of her lines reveal a sweet person beneath her vampiric exterior.
- The Sacred Darkness: How she generally describes the darkness.
- Secret Diary: Her sketchbooks, where she illustrates all her chuunibyou ideas and innermost thoughts. She sometimes lets the Producer look at them, but only if that sketchbook doesn't contain anything about her feelings for him.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Tends to speak in long, grandiose diatribes that were inspired by over the top demon lords from various Japanese fantasy anime and video games.
- Shrinking Violet: Her gothic persona is a front for this.
- The Team: Part of the "Dark Illuminate" alongside Asuka Ninomiya in Mobage and Starlight Stage.
- Terrible Artist: Seems to think of herself as one. Quickly gets embarrassed if someone sees her sketchbook, though it might have more to do with being a Secret Diary as well. While it varies from Yonkoma to Yonkoma, she's usually portrayed as talented at drawing.
- Translator Buddy: Not all Cinderella Girls can understand her, so someone will translate. Usually used as a means of Audience Surrogate. In the Anime, she has Miria and then Koume acts as her translator.
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori
A girl who really loves cats and likes to pretend she is one. Belonging in the Cute category, she is also the very first Rival Idol you encounter in the game.
In the anime, Miku is just as competitive with the other members of the Cinderella Project. In her case however, it's due to a sense of desperation, as she's afraid that she'll never get her own chance to shine.
She eventually does get to debut, as part of the idol unit "*" (literally the Asterisk symbol)... Despite this, she still has some misgivings left over, as she's grouped with rock-happy Riina. To say that their start was rocky was an understatement, to say the least.
- Animal-Eared Headband: She wears fake cat ears in most of her appearances. The anime reveals that she owns several pairs.
- Animal Motifs: She is known as the cat girl idol.
- Berserk Button: Being told to stop using her Verbal Tic for having fun.
- Buxom Is Better: Despite her proportions being on par with Miki in the original iDOLM@STER, this is averted in the anime. Instead, the focus seems to be on her butt...
- Butt-Monkey: Appears to be this in the anime thus far, with no one taking her rivalry with the NG trio seriously.
- Cat Girl: The role she constantly plays 24 hours a day. The only time she stops, is when Clark Kenting to avoid drawing a crowd.
- Cat Smile: Her default smile.
- Cover Version: Shippo no Kimochi in Cute Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Anastasia's You're stars shine on me in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 5.
- Cute Little Fangs: Typically she has a left tooth longer than the others, but sometimes it's on the right.
- Defeat Means Friendship: You get her cards by defeating her in the tutorial Live Battle.
- Does Not Like Spam: Ironically, she hates fish despite how much she loves pretending to be a cat.
- Faux Paw: When posing or introducing herself. Also does it while singing or when she's happy.
- Image Song: Onedari Shall We~? (Pleadingly, Shall We~?) and Nyan to Spectacle
- Kawaiiko: One of the best examples from the Cute category as she plays to her strengths. However, she doesn't really have any ulterior motives for playing up her cutesy act. She just likes to act like a cute cat.
- Only Sane One: In Absolute Nine's drama track, she tries to keep Kaede and Shiki's antics under control, while Yumi and Syuko simply play along.
- Signature Style: Jazz in Onedari Shall We~?. New Orleans melody, brass horns, saxophone soloist, and scat singing (neko style) just for starters. It noticeably differs from the other idols' Japanese Pop Music.
- Her cover of You're stars shine on me also contains the above mentioned traits.
- Significant Birth Date: Miku seems to think so. Her birthday is 2/22, which sounds similar to "nya nya nya" when said in Japanese.
- Take That!: A small one in the Joker CG manga. Part of Rookie Trainer's criticism of Rin, Mio and Uzuki is that they lack a gimmick, which she illustrates by pointing out Miku's catgirl act and Nana Abe's alien girl routine. Miku herself received this from Momoka due to her verbal tic.
- The Idiot from Osaka: Comes from Osaka, but doesn't really share any of the traits associated with the stereotype. Lampshaded by herself in her CD's radio segment.Miku: Ah, Miku doesn't speak any Kansai dialect! Don't ask me to be any tsukkomi or boke! Too bad nya!
- The Rival:
- Starts out as this in the mobile game, being the tutorial's first Rival Battle idol.
- In the anime, she reprises this role by voicing her discontent at the NG trio and challenging Mio to various "challenges" (which end up being games unrelated to idol training).
- In the second season, Miku declares Nana Abe her rival. Though, its out of respect and admiration.
- Take a Third Option: How she handles the "buu buu speaker" from ruining her fun during the Drama CD. She throws it in the trash... twice! Though severely muffled, it's possible to still hear it buzzing like crazy.
- The Unfavorite: Felt this way when the Producer was only focusing on Uzuki, Rin, and Mio in the anime. Averted when the Producer revealed that everyone's stage debuts were being done in sequential order.
- Third-Person Person: Always refers to herself as Miku.
- Verbal Tic: Nya. What else, nya?
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Riina Tada. The two were forced to work together in a unit despite bickering all the time.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In her school girl uniform.
Voiced by: Rei Matsuzaki
A hyperactive, tall Passion category idol. Kirari became one of the most popular Cinderella Girls immediately for her infectious energy and humorous quirks.
Always cheerful, in the anime Kirari is grouped with Rika and Miria in the idol unit Dekoration. She's also never far from fellow Cinderella Project member Anzu, and is always seen carrying the lazybones around, usually against her will.
Come the second season, Kirari joins Airi as the co-host of the idol-centric variety show "Totokira Academy". She's also paired up with Anzu in the segment Anki-ranking.
- Blithe Spirit: Delights in spreading her own brand of madness into ordinary life, or as she calls it, Kirarin Power☆
- Calling Your Attacks: Kirarin Beam!
- Cat Smile: Wears a perpetual one.
- Catchphrase: Quite a few, but mainly "Nyowa!", "Happy-Happy.", and "Puu-Puu."
- Cool Big Sis: She acts as one to Miria and Rika in the Passion Jewelries drama (along with Mika and Mio). She's also seen carrying Nina around on her back in the PV for Onegai Cinderella. She ascends to this in the anime proper, having formed the unit Dekoration with Miria and Rika.
- Cover Version: Gakuen Tengoku in Passion Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Anzu's Anzu no Uta in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 5.
- Cuteness Proximity: It's her hobby.
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails: Unlike most of the other idols with this hairstyle, she only has them when performing. When offstage she wears her hair down.
- Hidden Depths: It's often hinted that Kirari is insecure about her height and her manner of speaking, though it's finally elaborated in the anime and in supplementary materials. She initially had no intention to being an idol, not because she didn't want to, but because she thought she wasn't a cute fit for it. She's also hesitant about being the odd one out in her unit, Dekoration, given that she towers over Rika and Miria, the youngest idols in the group. She gets over her insecurities, but she often lampshades whenever she talks seriously, since she notes it's not like her to act that way.
- Huge Schoolgirl: She started at 182 cm, and grew to 183 in her plus form. By the time she got to the SR+ stage, she grew to a towering 185 cm. She claims she can grow even bigger with the love of her fans. She doesn't seem to fulfill the "insecure about her height" part of the trope at first glance, but there are hints towards it and it's further expanded upon in the anime.
- In Starlight Stage she claims her height makes her uncute and that it's why she wears such cute clothes.
- Image Song: Marshmallow☆Kiss and Nyowa Nyoworld☆
- Motor Mouth
- Large Ham: In every sense.
- The Leader: Of Dekoration, as revealed in Episode 10 of the anime.
- Opposites Attract: With Anzu. This is largely Ascended Fanon, since she's often portrayed in fanworks with a special attachment to Anzu due to their tiny slothful girl/huge hyperactive girl juxtaposition. This has since become canon in official supplementary comics. They even duet Onegai Cinderella in a CD that is otherwise separated by same-type trios and are frequently pictured together in the Onegai Cinderella PV. They also have cards that, when placed side-by-side, reveal they are two halves of a greater illustration. In the anime, they're often seen together as well.
- Pimped-Out Dress: The running theme among all of her idol outfits is to be very colorful, very accessorized and often with a donut glued to it somewhere, which a certain idol will droll over it.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud
- Third-Person Person
- Those Two Girls: Will sometimes take this role when paired with Anzu.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to pepper her speech with nonsense words in general, but the one she's most known for is nyowa☆
Voiced by: Haruka Yoshimura
The elder Jougasaki and fellow idol in the Passion category, Mika is a fan of the gal subculture. Like any older sister, she and Rika don't always see eye to eye, and squabble on occasion, but most of the time they get along just fine. Mika puts on an outward show of glamor and sex appeal, but is actually somewhat shy when it comes to expressing herself.
In the anime, Mika is already a successful idol and she helps Uzuki, Rin and Mio jumpstart their careers by letting them be backup dancers for one of her concerts. She also the "experienced" idol that the Cinderella Girls interact with regularly, due to her familial connection with Rika; because of this she is often on hand to dispense advice based on her own experiences.
In episode 17, she was force to drop her gal look and dress up in a more mature image. However, she was still able to convey her gal persona in the new look, making it her own.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit LiPPS.
- Animal Motifs: Discussed in one 4koma with her, Rin, Uzuki and Chieri. Mika is compared to a flamingo for being pink.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In Episode 10 of the anime, she gets angry at the Producer for losing Rika earlier. The Producer is able to calm her down, however, and eventually finds Rika. She also apologizes to the Producer afterwards.
- Big Sister Instinct: Mika really cares for her little sister, and serves as a bit of a role-model for her. Her experience as an older sister also shows itself frequently when it comes to interacting with idols younger than her for the Cinderella Radio segments; she's very good with kids.
- The anime exemplifies this in Episode 10 where Mika is noticeably pissed off and worried at the Producer for losing Rika in a big city.
- Coat Cape: In both her Rare+ and CD cover.
- Cool Big Sis: Apparent in the anime, as she offers the New Generations trio an opportunity to act as her backup dancers to help jumpstart their debut. Mio even refers to her as Mika-nee.
- Later in episode 10, she gives guidance to Rika and the other girls in their newly-formed unit, Dekoration.
- Cover Version: Nichiyoubi wa Damedame yo in Passion Jewelries 001.
- Hair Decorations: Her trademark ribbons.
- The Gadfly: In the Cinderella Radio segments. If the idol being interviewed isn't one prone to starting mayhem herself, Mika is usually the one to instigate something. Interestingly enough, she's just as prone to be teased as she is to tease others.
- Girlish Pigtails: Trades a single ponytail style for this in her idol form.
- Gyaru Girl: She's very much into kogal fashion. In the anime, she's forced to stop dressing in gal style clothes and wear more mature outfits, but she eventually manages to make the new look her own.
- Hidden Depths: Some of her in-game comments as well as her image song imply she's actually quite shy and innocent.
- Image Song: TOKIMEKI Escalate and NUDIE★
- Unlike the other image songs, the former is featured prominently in the anime, serving as the concert song in episode 3. Rika often references it in adoration, mimicking a performance in episode 4.
- Naughty Is Good
- Re-Cut: Her Cinderella Master interview. She actually passes her Adlib challenge with flying colors on her first attempt... then insists on a redo to spice it up a little, which she fails multiple times before getting into a shouting/buzzing match with Staff-san that causes the broadcast to be temporarily halted.
- Say It with Hearts: Stars, actually ★
- Sexy Discretion Shot: Her S Rare+ card has her nameplate conveniently preventing an outright Panty Shot.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Happens in one of the supplementary comics when Rika teases her about going on dates with her producer.
- Sibling Rivalry
- Stripperiffic: All her outfits.
- The Tease: She actually notes in her Rare+ form that she wouldn't mind showing more skin, but going any further would be inviting a media circus.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit LiPPS in Starlight Stage, along with Kanade Hayami, Syuko Shiomi, Frederica Miyamoto, and Shiki Ichinose.
- Verbal Tic: Like Rika, her sentences are punctuated with a black star.
- Whip It Good: Her weapon in Granblue Fantasy.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has a pink variant.
Voiced by: Ayaka Ohashi
An extraordinarily ordinary Cute type idol. Like Rin, she served as a beginner card for Cute producers. Initially overlooked, she managed to become popular for being unpopular. As the numbers of the weak, unloved 2 Cost idols dwindled more and more with each of them getting upgraded forms, Uzuki became the underdog everyone rooted for until her fame grew so much even Bandai Namco noticed.
In the anime, Uzuki is one of the last members to join the Cinderella Project, and in doing so, finally gets the project off the ground. Together with Rin and Mio, she is part of the idol unit New Generations, (ironically) the first group of the project to be given its public debut.
Come the second season, however, it is her unit that becomes the most obvious victim of Mishiro's new policies. With Rin scouted for Project KRONE, and Mio pursuing a solo career, New Generations has become functionally defunct. Though she looks to improve herself as her friends in the Cinderella Project do, she isn't as happy about her friends' decisions as she lets on.
- Adorkable: She sometimes does passionate or awkward actions that makes her endearing.
- Animal Motifs: Discussed in one 4koma with her, Rin, Mika and Chieri, where it's decided that Uzuki is fluffy and kind like an alpaca. "Uzupaka" quickly became a minor meme.
- Bare Your Midriff: The outfit she wears in her S Rare+ card is the same one she has as a Normal+, with this addition.
- Be Yourself: The plot of one segment in Episode 26 revolves around her wanting to look more stylish for a recording session. After enlisting the other idols' help in trying on various outfits, she eventually decides that she likes her usual style the best.
- Beneath the Mask/Can't Catch Up: Episode 23 of the anime reveals that she is secretly insecure about her apparent lack of talents in contrast to Mio and Rin, as in her own words, her only apparent strong point is her smile, and she herself points out that anyone can do that. Her inner turmoil only accelerated following Mio and Rin pursuing interests outside of New Generations, leading her to fear being left behind, to the point she shut herself away from everyone else to train. When Mio and Rin confront her on this, she emotionally unravels after spilling it all.Uzuki: "The Producer said I had a nice smile... ...but ...but smiling... laughing... anyone can do that! There's nothing... I've got nothing..."
- Catchphrase: Ganbarimasu! ("I'll do my best!"). Lampshaded in episode 6 of the anime during a radio show, when Mio points out her constant use of it and Uzuki tries to say something different, but ends her sentence with "ganbarimasu" again.
- Com Mons
- Cover Version: Kimagure Romantic in Cute Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Miria's Romantic Now in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 1.
- Cry Cute: Happened in the Cute Jewelries drama when Anzu and Miku were fighting. Nana eventually stepped in to make them stop and apologize.
- The Ditz: She's noticeably more airheaded than the other Genki Girls of the series, particularly Mio. Especially prevalent in the anime.
- Downloadable Content: Appears in One For All, along with her image song, S(mile)ING!
- Dwindling Party: In the first episode of the anime. Before being recruited for the Cinderella Project, Uzuki was part of a talent school that originally had a large and bustling class of fellow idol hopefuls. Over time, the lively group got smaller and smaller as more of Uzuki's classmates gave up or moved on until she was the last remaining member of her class.
- Foil: To Rin in the anime.
- Girl Next Door
- Gullible Lemmings: Very easily influenced by Rookie Trainer's attempts at "character building" in the New Generations manga.
- The Heart: She is definitely the glue that hold New Generations together as a unit. In Episode 1, she helped the Producer to convince Rin to become an idol. In Episode 7, following Mio and Rin quitting the Cinderella Project, her smile and refusal to give up is what inspires the Producer to go after them and bring them back into the fold. This is explored again in Episode 23 after her absence at work causes Mio and Rin, and to a lesser extent, the rest of the Cinderella Project to start getting depressed because of it.
Producer (to Uzuki): "When we first met in the spring, you asked me why I chose you. I answered that it was your smile. Even if you asked me the same question right now, that's what I would answer. For your smile that is yours alone. Even if you don't have faith in yourself right now, I have faith in you. Without your smile, New Generations wouldn't... We would never have made it this far."
- Rin takes Uzuki's downward spiral the hardest because it was seeing Uzuki's brilliant smile in Episode 1 that convinced her to try to be an idol.
- The Producer lampshades and outright confirms this in Episode 24.
- Heroic BSoD: Uzuki slowly spirals into depression in the final third of the anime's second season, brought on by the combination of New Generations getting broken up (albeit temporarily) as Rin and Mio focus on different activities, and the growing doubts that she might not have the talent to keep up with her friends. She's so broken up about this that it eventually affects her work, and she's forced to take an extended leave of absence to try and "find herself". Unfortunately, this just makes things worse...
- Image Song: S(mile)ING! and Hanikami days
- Improvised Training: In the New Generations manga, she was recruited into her agency after being challenged along with Rin and Mio to accumulate 100 fans in one day. They failed, but the trainer who issued the challenge took them on anyway for giving it their best effort.
- In-Series Nickname: Shimamu.
- The Kirk: To Rin's Spock and Mio's McCoy
- Madness Mantra: Starting from Episode 19, her Catchphrase, "Ganbarimasu", becomes a variant of this, as she repeats it more and more frequently to mask her increasing descent into depression due to New Generations being split up by Mishiro. She eventually lampshades this at the end of Episode 22.
- The Namesake: She was crowned Cinderella Girl for 2016.
- Nice Girl: She mostly portrayed as a kind and understanding individual.
- Older Than They Look: She's 17. Doesn't look the part. Mio actually mistook her for being someone younger than her while Rin mistook her for being her age. Both of them are 15. Uzuki's child-like face, her slightly childish mannerisms, and her polite way of speaking don't exactly help her one bit. Contrast Rin's Younger Than They Look above.
- Only Sane Man: Part of the only sane trio with Mio Honda and Rin in her manga appearance.
- Out of Focus: Invoked for most of the anime, and kicks off her drama arc in the last few episodes of the second season.
- The Pollyanna
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red, along with Mio, to Rin's blue.
- Ridiculously Average Girl: She's described as the most normal individual of the entire idol lineup. Oddly enough, her defining trait. She's so average in fact that it's almost bizarre, counting such feats as consistently scoring right in the middle of her school's exam rankings, or always running around the middle of the pack in sporting events, or having never drawn any fortune but the average Good Luck over the course of 17 New Year's celebrations.
- In the official Cinderella Theater Comic, both Karen Hojo and Miku Jougasaki give Uzuki a Gal make over. While it does give her some character, they think she looks pretty just being plain.
- Unsurprisingly, this trait of Uzuki is used as a source of drama in the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime. Because of the fact that she's completely average, Uzuki feels that she doesn't have the talent to be able to stand on stage as an equal to her friends Rin, Mio, and the rest of the Cinderella Girls. After seeing all of them take a step forward as idols and shine brilliantly on stage as stars, her growing insecurity over her own abilities starts to wear away at her usual cheerfulness.
- Stepford Smiler: In the anime, of the depressed variety. She starts showing hints of this in Episode 19, where she is visibly unnerved with the idea of units being split up. Sure enough, after that happens to both Love Laika and New Generations as a result of Mishiro's actions, she continues down this path in the following episodes. It all comes to a head at the end of Episode 22, where it affects her work at a photo shoot to the point that the Producer has to tell her to go home early for the day.
- Mio speculates that Uzuki's time as the sole remaining student at the training school may have caused her to bottle up her feelings while appearing cheerful to everyone else. This ends up becoming the case.
- Her situation continues in Episode 23. While she initially attempts to place herself in a fresh and new situation by returning to her old training school to practice on her own, being isolated and without the emotional support of the other girls ends up ruining her attempt to turn herself around. She ends up faking cheerfulness whenever the Producer checks on her, and tries to keep up the facade when Rin and Mio visit.
- Underdogs Never Lose
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: For all her low self esteem, she is ultimately this in the eyes of the Producer (and her fellow idols). If the Producer did not see professional potential in Uzuki, he would have never selected her in the first place.
Voiced by: Minami Tsuda
An idol in the Cute category, Miho is a shy girl who gets nervous very easily and is prone to stuttering, but always does her best to improve as an idol and tries to grow into a more outgoing person.
While initially not part of the Cinderella Project, she is one of the idols brought by the Producer into its fold in the second season in the aftermath of Mishiro's new policies. She joins Uzuki in a brand-new unit created in the wake of the temporary break-up of New Generations.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade.
- Com Mons
- Cover Version: Tooku Tooku in Cute Jewelries 001.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: In one of the supplementary comics she even names her new teddy bear "Producer-kun" and sleeps with it. Cue some Does This Remind You of Anything? reactions later.
- Idiot Hair: It gives her a look that reminds people of a cherry.
- Image Song: Naked Romance and Sora to Kaze to Koi no Waltz
- Nice Girl
- Shrinking Violet
- Talking in Your Sleep: Not talking but instead "head banging to rock music," as shown in one of the supplementary comics.
- The Ingenue
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade in Starlight Stage, along with Mayu Sakuma, Karen Hojo, Riina Tada, and Chieri Ogata.
Voiced by: Ruriko Aoki
A Cool idol who advertises herself as a rock idol. Always wearing headphones and with a deep love for the culture she aims to become the very definition of a rock star. However, she lacks musical knowledge and experience with the genre, so she often comes across as a bit of a poser. Despite this, Riinas commitment to becoming her ideal rockin idol self is strong.
In the anime, Riina is one of the last idols of the Cinderella Project to be given a public debut, and is put together with Miku into the idol unit "*" (which was just a placeholder name, as the Producer couldn't think of one at that point). Due to their clashing personalities, this meant that things got off to a rocky start, though the two eventually made peace with the idea that they're going to be partners for the duration.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade.
- Air Guitar: She does this in one of her S Rare+ cards.
- Character Development: In more recent cards, she's started to come closer to the rock star image she loves; even learning to play guitar under Natsuki's tutelage.
- Com Mons
- Cover Version: Has covered the third Naruto OP, Kanashimi wo Yasashisa ni, in Cool Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Kirari's Marshmallow☆Kiss in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 4.
- Fangirl: Of rock idols.
- Girliness Upgrade: Though she doesn't consider them upgrades at first. She says she'd prefer a purely rock star aesthetic, but she can't help herself and gravitates towards more cutesy looks
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Subverted. She gives the impression of being a bit of a loner, but is actually quite friendly. She's always sporting headphones though.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Portrayed to be this with Natsuki Kimura, a Passion idol with a much more pronounced rocker image and a bit of a mentor figure to Riina.
- Iconic Outfit: A pair of headphones, though she seems to have a different set in each card.
- Image Song: Twilight Sky and Sparkling Girl
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Though she's very committed to the idea of becoming a rock and roll themed idol, she doesn't have as much knowledge or experience with rock music as she'd like other people to think. This has led fans to nickname her "Niwaka", meaning "poser".
- Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: Attempts it by trying to play guitar with her teeth, Jimi Hendrix-style...before she's even learned to play with her hands.
- The Rock Star: She wants to be this rather than an Idol Singer, but she eventually learns how to combine elements of both in order to create her own image.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade in Starlight Stage, along with Mayu Sakuma, Karen Hojo, Miho Kohinata, Riina Tada, and Chieri Ogata.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Can be considered the Girly Girl to Natsuki's Tomboy.
- She's the tomboy to Miku's girly in their unit, Asterisk.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Miku Maekawa. The two were forced to work together in a unit despite bickering all the time.
Voiced by: Hitomi Harada
The idol who won the first popularity contest held to determine who would gain the title of "Cinderella Girl." Airi is a bit of an airhead, getting confused easily, forgetting things and undressing in front of others without really understanding what's wrong about it.
Much like Kaede, Airi is a constant presence in the first season of the anime, co-hosting variety shows with Mizuki, but starts to interact directly with the Cinderella Girls in the wake of Mishiro's shake-up of 346-Pro's idol division. While she doesn't formally join the Cinderella Project, she does land a role in the Cinderella Girls-centric variety show "Totokira Academy" as its co-host.
- Character Exaggeration: Averted in the anime. Her stripping gimmick only shows up once, in an episode preview and off-screen, and she doesn't appear to be as airheaded as in the mobile game.
- Cover Version: PURE SNOW, the OP to Legend of Himiko, in Passion Jewelries 002.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- The Ditz: It takes her almost a full minute into her Drama CD interview before she realizes that it's not the rehearsal, it's the real thing.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her ad-lib situations are "reacting to a massage" and "giving a love-filled present to someone you like". She nails both on the first try, despite (or because of) the sexual implications.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Loves to bake.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Has a big purple stuffed donkey in her room, as seen in her SR card.
- Hair Decorations
- Image Song: Apple Pie Princess
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She has a habit of shedding clothes when she's hot, without regard for where she may be at the time. Combined with some Please Put Some Clothes On reactions. Oddly enough, she's allowed to strip throughout her radio interview until the end, where she almost removes her one-piece.
- Ms. Fanservice
- The Namesake: She was crowned Cinderella Girl for 2012.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Voiced by: Nao Touyama
Previously a newscaster, Mizuki decided instead to pursue the path of becoming an idol. She's nearing her 30's and is a bit self conscious about that, taking very good care of her appearance, and eagerly competing with her younger comrades.
In the anime, she co-hosts a variety show with Airi, and is frequently seen with other adult idols, like Kaede and Sanae.
- Actor Allusion: She was also an idol singer in another world...
- Be Yourself: Staff-san tries to tell her this during the Drama CD when she pretends to be a teenage girl or sexy temptress, because of her Christmas Cake fears. At one point, she even tries to steal Nana's "eternal seventeen alien" shtick... he wasn't amused.
- Catchphrase: "Wakaru wa," which roughly translates to "I understand" or "I know."
- Christmas Cake: Very insecure about her age and not having a boyfriend or husband.
- Com Mons
- Cool Big Sis: Could be considered this to some of the idols, for example, she taught Karin Domyoji how to speak more clearly and smoothly.
- Cover Version: Daitokai Koukyougaku in Cool Jewelries 002.
- Eyes of Gold
- Image Song: Angel Breeze and Dreaming of you
- Intrepid Reporter: Her previous job.
- News Broadcast: Her song's opening melody is similar to an early morning local news theme song. Especially from the 1980's era.
- Slumber Party: One of her Rare cards is part of the Pajama theme event, which included a comic of her bonding with the younger girls in the event at a slumber party.
- Team Mom: Her hobbies are cleaning and doing laundry, and even offers to clean up the Producer's room in one of her SR card comments.
- The Reliable One: She is very mature and hard working, and often tells the Producer that he can rely on her whenever he wants.
- Watching the Sunset: Does this with the Producer in her first SR card.
Voiced by: Sayuri Hara
Full of energy and very determined to become top idol, Mio is one of the first cards of the game, belonging in the Passion category. Being the last one of the three tutorial idols (the other ones being Rin and Uzuki) to get a CD debut, or another card to begin with, she took Uzuki's spot as the pitiable unpopular idol. Eventually she was announced to be the third of the "New Generations" girls, and got her long awaited CD debut.
In the anime, Mio is one of the last girls to join the Cinderella Project. Together with Mio and Rin, she becomes part of the idol unit New Generations.
In the second season, Mio becomes upset when Rin decides to be part of Project KRONE. However, after a talk with the Producer and starting a solo career, she understood what Rin felt and the two made up.
- The Atoner: Mio saw the Idol Festival as a way to atone for her unprofessional actions in New Generation's first mini concert.
- Com Mons
- Cover Version: Lovely in Passion Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Chieri's Kazeiro Melody in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 2.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Has this reaction in Episode 20 of the anime, after Rin tells her and Uzuki that she is joining Triad Primus because she experienced "something new" when singing with Nao and Karen and wishes to pursue it.Mio: "Shiburin... That 'something new', you can't do it with New Gen? You can't do it with us?"
- Eyes of Gold
- Genki Girl
- Hair Decorations: A headband in her N+ card, hair clips in her SR and another headband in her SR+ card.
- Image Song: Mitsuboshi☆☆★ and Step!
- It's All My Fault: Much like Rin, Mio realizes too late that her decision to go solo and become a stage actress might have played a part in Uzuki's depression in the latter half of the anime.
- Laugh Track: Makes a request for them during her Drama CD. She gets it.
- The Leader: Of New Generations in the anime.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Her song directly references the Idol types in Cinderella Girls — Cute, Cool, and Passion — while extolling the virtues of being a Passion type.
- The McCoy: To Uzuki's Kirk and Rin's Spock
- Middle Child Syndrome: Averted. Mio loves that she's the middle child as that makes her both a big sister and a little sister towards her brothers.
- The Nicknamer: She's the origin for Rin Shibuya being called "Shiburin" and Uzuki Shimamura being called "Shimamu". She also nicknames Ranko Kanzaki "Ranran".
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Uses one in the Ensemble manga to try sneaking to work without being detected by rabid fans. Rin and Uzuki recognize her immediately, pointing out that the three of them are still nobodies and have no rabid fans to hide from.
- Plucky Girl
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red, along with Uzuki, to Rin's blue.
- Shout-Out: In a JRPG parody event called Dice De Cinderella, Mio's outfit is that of the Performer job class from Bravely Default. Oddly, she wears the male version of the outfit used by Tiz and Ringabel.
- The Gunslinger: Her class in Granblue Fantasy.
- Underdogs Never Lose
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Plays around with it a the start of her Drama CD. The staff was not impressed.
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki
Akane is the very definition of hot-blooded. Always energetic and eager to improve, she loves two things in particular: watching rugby matches and tea. She can be pretty silly with her over-the-top energy, but shes determined to reach her goal of becoming top idol, with as much effort as its required.
- Cover Version: Nanda Kanda in Passion Jewelries 002.
- Genki Girl
- Hot-Blooded: In spades!
- Image Song: Nekketsu Otome A and Minagire! Bobobomber
- Large Ham
- Name's the Same: Hot-Blooded Akane Hino? Sure that's not Cure Sunny?
- No Indoor Voice: So loud she causes feedback in her mic during the Drama CD and asked to tone it down a bit.
- Oblivious to Love: In her R+ cards max affection line, she interprets her accelerated heartbeat when shes near the Producer as a cold.
- Plucky Girl
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tea. In her introduction she gets overexcited and exclaims her favorite food is tea. The Producer has to remind her tea is a drink and not food.
- Training from Hell: Mio takes part in Akane's training regimen in the Joker manga. It involves sprinting with a tire tied to your waist.
Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa
Miria is a young girl who really loves to talk. She can be pretty mature at times, calling the Producer "cute" and asking him to spend time with her on their days off. But when it comes down to it, she's just a curious little girl who dreams of being an idol.
In the Cinderella Girls anime, she joins Rika and Kirari in the idol unit Dekoration/凸レーション. She also joins Totokira Academy as one of its kindergartners.
It's also eventually revealed that Miria can apparently understand Ranko's chuunibyou speech, a fact that stuns the Producer and all the other members of the Cinderella Project.
In Starlight Stage, she joins LMBG, which stands for Little Marching Band Girls.
- Adorably Precocious Child: In some ways, she's more mature than Rika.
- Animal Motifs: In her first SR card, raccoon dogs.
- Cheerful Child
- Children Are Innocent: Acts as a foil to Rika, who is often clueless as to any innuendo that comes out of her mouth.
- Cool Big Sis: In the anime adaptation, Miria's career is beginning right on the heels of a new baby sister's birth. Initially, she has some The Unfavorite feelings because of how her parents seem to overlook her idol milestones in favor of the baby, but after striking up a friendship/big sister alliance with Mika, Miria resolves to become one of these.
- Cover Version: Hajimete no Chuu, the 4th and 6th OP of Kiteretsu Daihyakka, in Passion Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Kanako's Chocolat Tiara in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 3.
- The Cutie
- Constantly Curious:
- Her first R card's skill name is "Full of curiosity!!"
- At the start of her Drama CD, she was playing in the staff room and having all sorts of fun pressing buttons and seeing how the equipment worked.
- She's often asking Rika (and Mika by extension) questions about various idol activities.
- Generation Xerox: With her hair out of her usual pigtails, she could be mistaken for a clone of her mother.
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hidden Depths: In the anime, she starts to feel like The Unfavorite due to her new baby sibling.
- Image Song: Romantic Now and Watagumo
- Kawaiiko: In the CG radio comic broadcasted live, Mika and Uzuki certainly think so!
- Rhymes on a Dime: Romantic Now, which is notable since Japanese songs typically don't follow a rhyming scheme.
- Spelling Song: Actually "R-O-M-A-N-T-I-C Now".
- The Team: While she's not in the original LMBG unit, she's part of the group that sings the song Hi-Fi Days in Starlight Stage, along with Chie Sasaki, Momoka Sakurai, Nina Ichihara, and Kaoru Ryuzaki. She later received her R card in Mobage, titled "Marching Band", effectively putting her into the original LMBG unit. She plays a castanet. She is also one of the original members of the titular unit of the manga The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls U 149.
- Third-Person Person: Occasionally dips into this as part of her Cheerful Child self.
- Token Mini-Moe: The youngest member of Cinderella Project.
- Translator Buddy: In the anime, she's the only one who can perfectly understand Ranko's speech.
Voiced by: Marie Miyake
An eccentric part-timer maid of dubious age who claims to be an eternally 17 year old alien originating from Planet Usamin. She's very nice, determined and hardworking, traits which are often overlooked due to her other rather eccentric qualities.
Nana spends most of the first season of the anime as part of 346-Pro's in-house Idol Cafe, but gets additional focus in the second season. As a "gimmick" idol, she's one of those directly affected by Mishiro's policies, and nearly drops her happy "Usamin" persona entirely to focus on her singing. It takes a pep-talk from Miku to get her to stay the course, and realize that she's a whole lot happier in her bunnygirl-alien persona.
She informally joins the Cinderella Project, and becomes part of Asterisk along with Natsuki Kimura, turning it into a four-member unit called Asterisk and Natsunana.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Yoi Otome.
- Alien Invasion: Supposedly part of a Masquerade.
- All Elections Are Serious Business: Her mother seems to think so.
- Animal Motifs: Bunnies, of course. For anyone not getting the reference: usagi is Japanese for rabbit and mimi is Japanese for ears. Put them together and you get usamin.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Usamin are essentially humans with rabbit ears and magic powers.
- Bad Liar: She has a habit of not keeping track of the Usamin stories she tells, creating noticeable contradictions, or invents impossibly fanciful scenarios that even defy the imagination of children.
- Blatant Lies:
- Unlike Takane's case, Nana's claims of alienhood are presented unambiguously as an act. Many of her lines and comic appearances feature her clearly panicking and making things up as she goes along.
- Her age. It's pretty obvious she isn't seventeen.
- Butt-Monkey: The other Cinderella Girls constantly shoot holes in her alien fantasy, making her say more contradicting statements that only further embarrass her.
- Calling Your Attacks: Fires several special beam moves during her song.Nana Abe: "Heart wave! Moon wave!"
- Catchphrase: The sound she makes to communicate with Planet Usamin, "Piipii☆"
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's really devoted towards maintaining the alien and eternal seventeen persona.
- Cover Version: Aoi Usagi in Cute Jewelries 001.
- Demoted to Extra: In the anime, even more than the other idols outside the main 14. She doesn't even appear to be an idol anymore, just an eccentric waitress at 346 Production's cafe. Pretty egregious considering she was in second place in the 2014 election.
- However, supplementary materials reveals that Nana gets to appear on a radio talk show soon, implying she's getting back into the business. Minami congratulates her on this.
- The second season has her making or made her idol debut and she had a segment for Muscle Castle. She also joins the Cinderella Girls project.
- Fairytale Motifs: All her skill names mention fairytales in them.
- Friendly Rivalry: Because the two are idols who use Animal Motifs and wear animal ears, Miku considers Nana an inspiration to strive for and a rival.
- Gratuitous English: In Märchen Debut!.
- Hair Decorations: If it's not ribbons, it's rabbit ears. Or its both at the same time, like in her CD cover.
- Hidden Depths: While she is, or plays, quirky most of the time, she often has moments of maturity which she takes up responsibilities or softly deliver great advises on things like life and work, only to immediately get praised for maturity then realize that she had nearly blown her cover, cue more quirky antics.
- Human Aliens: Or so she claims to be. Unlike with Takane, where it's left ambiguous whether or not she's an alien, Nana definitely isn't.
- Image Song: Märchen Debut! and Märchen∞Metamorphose!
- In the Name of the Moon: Says words similar to the effect, due the Magical Girl qualities of her supposed Usamin abilities.
- Insane Troll Logic: In the omake explaining why she joined the Asterisk unit in the anime adaptation: Since Natsuki was joining up and adding a second dose of Rock (alongside Riina) for the sake of balance it was necessary that she join too and add a second dose of Cute Animal (alongside Miku's cats) thus forming the eclectic unit 'ROCK&CAT + Bunny!'
- Kinda Busy Here: Gets a call from her mother in the middle of her CD interview reminding her to vote. Meaning she's at least 20 years old, since that's the minimum voting age in Japannote .
- Large Ham: As she becomes more excited in describing her Usamin identity, she tends to make more elaborate tall tales with greater inconsistences.
- Little Bit Beastly: Aside from being a Magical Girl, the only physical difference Usamin have from ordinary humans are bunny ears.
- Magical Girl: Her stage gimmick and supposed Usamin form.
- Maintain the Lie: She could be considered a chuunibyou, but unlike Ranko, is terrible at role-playing her imaginary identity. In addition, whereas Ranko maintains her persona without needing others to play along, Nana practically demands that observers acknowledge hers.
- Meido: Her profession before becoming an idol. Even upon gaining global acclaim, she continues working as one at the 346 Production's maid cafe.
- Moon Rabbit: The moon supposedly has something to do with the Usamin.
- The Namesake: She was crowned Cinderella Girl for 2018.
- Older Than They Look: Her height and looks could pass for a 17-year-old, but what details we know about her personal life point to her being much older than 17. There is a Yonkoma in which several idols are discussing the curse of being a Christmas Cake to the younger idols. Nana has a noticeably guilty looking expression in the background.
- Her team in Starlight Stage, Yoi Otome, is otherwise composed of idols 25 and up and has a song that heavily resembles enka.
- Otaku: While not as obsessive as others, she loves anime and wants to be a professional voice actress.
- Really 17 Years Old: Inverted. She claims to be "eternally 17", but there are a lot of clues indicating that this isn't true and she's actually older.
- Righteous Rabbit: Nana has come to save the world from evil aliens, simply because its the right thing to do.
- Saying Too Much: Whenever she inadvertently slip phrases, memories, or comments that indicate she's older than seventeen.
- Seven Is Nana: This connection is said to have contributed to her winning the 7th Cinderella Girls election.
- Team Mom: During Starlight Stage's ''Atashi Ponkotsu Android'' commus. Lampsaded & Discussed by Anzu.Anzu: I get it. She isn't a leader.Uzuki: Uh? If she isn't a leader, what is it?Anzu: She's a mother!Uzuki: A-A mother....!?Anzu: She's overprotective, always on the move, aware of everyone, likes to take care of people.Anzu: That's neither a leader nor a maid!Anzu: That's a mom!!
- The Team: Part of the Yoi Otome unit in Starlight Stage with Kaede Takagaki, Miyu Mifune, Sanae Katagiri and Shin Sato.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Natsuki's tomboy.
- Transformation Sequence: "Fairy Tail Change!"
- Vague Age: Nana gets very flustered and defensive when her claims to eternal 17-year-old-hood are challenged, and though it isn't clear what her real age is, there are a lot of hints that she's much older than 17. In her School Uniform SR it's implied that she trotted out the "planet Usamin High School Uniform" because she got rid of her real one a long time ago.
- Womanchild: As all the age related tropes cited previously provide strong evidence.
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki
Minami is a 19 year old college student who loves to try out as many different things as possible, and being an idol was one of the things she wanted to give a try. She is in her college's lacrosse team and is very good at the sport, just like she's really good at most of the things she tries.
In the anime, she becomes grouped with Anastasia, and together, they form the unit Love Laika. Minami herself eventually becomes the overall leader of the Cinderella Project girls.
Come the second season however, her unit is another one that gets affected by Mishiro's shake-up of the idol division. With Anya scouted as a solo talent for Project KRONE, Love Laika becomes defunct until its reformation for the Winter Ball. Despite Anya worries, Minami supports Anya's decision to go solo. In the wake of this, she herself becomes a solo act under the Cinderella Girls banner, with Anya herself giving her support for Minami.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Einherjar.
- The Ace: Studies, sports, beauty pageants, idol work, Minami is really good at all of those.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Suffice to say that the Minami introduced in the Cinderella Girls anime isn't the same Minami that the mobile game fandom had gotten used to, who started out as an idol because she wanted to see if she would be as good at it as she already was in everything else. She eventually gets associated with binge-drinking "adult" idols like Kaede and Mizuki (and indeed, picks up many of their bad habits, including said binge-drinking and maybe smoking as well) and nurtures a "mature" and downright sultry idol persona, complete with a perverted sense of humor. None of this makes it to the anime.
- Beauty Contest: Took part in one.
- Brainy Brunette
- Covert Pervert: In the game and its fandom only. None of this appears in her anime incarnation.
- Cool Big Sis: Has the personality down, and an actual little brother to go with it.
- Especially in the anime where she is the oldest member of the Cinderella Project group.
- Cover Version: Has covered Amairo no Kami no Otome in Cool Jewelries 001.
- Later covers Mio's Mitsuboshi☆☆★ in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 2.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Daddy's Girl: Her "Papa" is rather protective of her.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In her first two non-idolized cards, she used a ponytail. From her idolized from onwards, however, she's worn her hair loose.
- French Maid Outfit: Wears one in one of her idolized S Rare cards, complete with a whip.
- Hair Decorations: Usually headbands.
- Heroic RRoD: In the anime — the stress and anxiety from becoming the leader of the Cinderella Girls eventually gets to her, and she experiences a fever just as the group's big performance arrives. She's utterly devastated because of this. As a result, Ranko is forced to take her place in Love Laika's segment.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Anastasia in the anime. The two are often seen together and even form a unit named "Love Laika".
- Image Song: Venus Syndrome and Voyage
- Japanese Ranguage: An unintentional negative one. In Venus Syndrome, she constantly repeats the word "Venus," which the Japanese commonly pronounce as "Benus" and it sounds a lot like... well... just say "Benus" aloud three times fast.
- The Leader: Grows into this role, and is acknowledged as such by the rest of the Cinderella Girls in the anime. She's also the center of the Einherjar unit in Starlight Stage.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the Einherjar unit in Starlight Stage, along with Fumika Sagisawa, Arisu Tachibana, Aiko Takamori, and Yumi Aiba.
- You Are in Command Now: During the training camp in episode 12 of the anime, Minami is made the coordinator of the training proper by the Producer, who had to return to the city for a few days. By the end of the episode, she becomes the official leader of the Cinderella Girls for their big group performance.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu
Sachiko is a playful young girl with astounding confidence, priding herself in being the cutest. She denies all her failures and even while falling down an airplane she will try to keep a confident face. She's kind of a sadist, getting a kick out of showing other people how superior she is to them.
- Alpha Bitch: What she strives to become.
- Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: After ninja-themed idol Ayame decides to take the stage in a stylish smoke bomb entrace befitting a ninja, Sachiko immediately tries to one-up her by declaring she will descend upon the stage from the sky; an entrance befitting an angel. The Producer signs her up for skydiving lessons. Much to her surprise.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts cute and adorable, especially to her fans, but friends and coworkers frequently see her twisted side.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Thinks it's happening during her Drama CD.
- Bokukko: Which is unusual in that she's very girly and feminine. Does not appear to be an act, given that she continues the speech pattern even when terrified or groveling for forgiveness.
- Born Lucky / Born Unlucky: Amazingly enough, she's both. On the one hand, Sachiko has the innate talent and natural beauty to become the best at what she enjoys. On the other hand, Sachiko has Laser-Guided Karma and a rather bad habit of provoking it.
- Break the Haughty: A popular subject in Sachiko fanart, takes place officially in her skydiving card. It also happens to her in manga skits and Drama CD. It's Ascended Fanon now.
- Butt-Monkey: Other idols often tend to brush off her claims of being the cutest.
- Cover Version: KISS Shite in Cute Jewelries 002.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Being surrounded by a bunch of housewives and declared the cutest little girl in the world as a child would prove to be the defining moment of her life. It finally comes true with the 2013 Cinderella Girl group song. She's the cutest girl in the unit, because she's the sole Cute category idol (the other four are Cool category). She won this position by literally being voted as cutest of the Cute idols.
- Everybody Must Get Stoned: In Syoko's story episode in Starlight Stage, Syoko wants everyone about to perform on stage with her channel their "inner Metal Sprit", by putting on make up and screaming out the things they feel unsatisfied about their lives. Sachiko refused at first fearing that it will ruin her image, she gleefully complied after eating a "honesty mushroom" from Syoko.
- What she screamed after eating the mushroom was asking for everyone including her parents, her friends, her fans and the producer to please love her more.
- It was revealed later that the "honesty mushroom" was nothing but an ordinary Eringi mushroom, and Sachiko was being herself all the time. The revelation caused Sachiko to immediately "go Syoko" from the embarrassment.
- Forgot I Couldn't Swim: The result of pestering the Producer into getting her a mermaid themed publicity event at the city pool. She then tries to secretly take swimming lessons, but the Producer gets her off the hook by arranging her to pose on giant floats.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: An interestingly averted case, Sachiko wants to play it straight and pose as a natural The Ace as she look down upon others, but it is evident in the cards that all her talents result from frequent and vigorous training from schoolwork to singing to idol posing, which all she intends to hide from others.
- The Asian fandom summarized that Sachiko is basically like a swan, elegantly floating upon surface, but frantically striving underneath.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: The standard skill for most of the girls in the game is to buff her own type, or debuff an opposing type. Sachiko's first S Rare was also the first card in the game to debuff its own kind, weakening enemy Cutes so that Sachiko could be the cutest.
- Image Song: To my darling...
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Her holier-than-thou attitude is masking an inferiority complex.
- It's All About Me: Gets upset if she isn't in the limelight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's been shown to be a 4.0 GPA student and will help other idols with their school work without asking anything in return. She's also very friendly with younger idols. All in all, while Sachiko has an ego Up to Eleven, she doesn't intentionally want permanent harm on others.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Oh so much. She never gets away with doing something devious.
- Meaningful Name: My Cute Self and the 142.. Sachiko, Koume, and Syoko are all 142 centimeters tall. The unit was originally planned to only be called The 142s for this reason, but Sachiko would never be satisfied without being the lead, thus she tagged the My Cute Self prefix. Koume and Syoko are generally Shrinking Violets, so they didn't object.
- In the anime she gets to form a different group with Sae Kobayakawa and Yuki Himekawa, under the name KBYD (Kawaii Boku to Yakyuu Dosu e, which roughly translates to "My Cute Self and Ye Baseball Team").
- Narcissist: Sachiko is a cute girl who knows she's cute, but still asks other people if she's cute, just so they know she's cute.
- One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others: An in-game event put her in a unit called "My Cute Self and the 142s." Cutesy girl Sachiko performing together with... Koume and Syoko. The amount of fan support for the trio has put it well on its way to Ascended Fanon.
- The Perfectionist: Towards school work, as hinted by her hobby.
- Pride: Thinks highly of herself. Most of her cards begin with the title: Self Proclaimed. Doesn't help that she's naturally gifted at being an idol.
- The Prima Donna: Considers herself to be the Producer's cutest idol.
- Psychotic Smirk: Has this expression on occasion.
- Sadist: Enjoys watching others fail to defeat her. It's very self-centered however: she doesn't want people to suffer for no reason or at the hands of others, just suffer because she is better at the task and they become aware of it.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In universe, she isn't a top tier idol yet, but nonetheless acts like it.
- Smug Smiler: Her default expression is a condescending smirk, which occasionally veers into a Psychotic Smirk.
- Spoiled Brat: Has the attitude of one.
- The Rival: Like Miku, she is one of the idols first encountered as rivals in jobs.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she has a team with Syoko and Koume in the mobile game and with Yuki and Sae in the anime. Starlight Stage combines both for the 5-girl unit version of Lunatic Show.
- The Tease: Official artwork has her playing with the edge of her dress, in a gesture that seems she will show what's under it... but you know will never happen. Then there is also her 2nd card.
- Tsundere: Type A. While Sachiko may speak rudely towards the Producer, to the point of treating him like a servant, in-game comments show hints she also has feelings for him. This becomes more clarified in her image song.
- Why Did It Have To Be Heights: The skydiving lessons mentioned above. She also doesn't know how to swim.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple variant here.
- Zettai Ryouiki
Voiced by: Yui Makino
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade.
- Bait-and-Switch: In episode 14 of the anime, Mayu has finally gone yandere for the Producer! Only it turns out to be another Producer he's a coworker with and not the one in charge of the Cinderella Project.
- Beautiful Dreamer: She regularly breaks into the Producer's home in the middle of the night to watch him sleep.
- Because Destiny Says So: The red string that ties her and the Producer together.
- Berserk Button: Trying to make her not talk about the Producer, which causes her to question why the Producer isn't reciprocating her feelings, triggering a Madness Mantra that the Producer needs to reciprocate her feelings.
- Career Versus Man: Originally had a successful photo modeling career. She gave it up and restarted anew, as a music idol, so she could be with the Producer.
- Chains of Love: A ribbon actually, but the same purpose nonetheless.
- Character Exaggeration: Zig-zagged in the anime. Her yandere traits don't show themselves except in her A Day in the Limelight episode in episode 14, but when they do show, it turns out she's completely smitten with... her producer, who is NOT the Producer we know.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She doesn't like how the Producer is popular with the other idols, constantly questioning if producing them is more fun.
- Cover Version: Dare Yori Suki Nano ni in Cute Jewelries 002.
- Crash-Into Hello: How you first meet her, as shown in Starlight Stage.
- Creepy Child: Whenever anyone asks what she does on her off time or what she thinks of the Producer.
- Creepy Monotone: Slips into them in the Yonkoma skits.
- Empty Eyes: She has them for the Producer. Played straight in the Rhythm Game as well.
- Failed a Spot Check: Played with. The majority of idols write off Mayu's personality as weird behavior, but the more savvy characters are aware she's slipped into dangerous territory. The Drama CD presents the Producer as entirely aware Mayu is Yandere, and quietly taken upon himself to correct her behavior.
- Glacier Waif: Her stats in the mobile game.
- Hair Decorations: Ribbons.
- Hairpin Lockpick: Silly Producer, locks are no match for Mayu.
- Hot Springs Episode: One of her S Rare cards. It also implies she sneaked into the male side of the bath to have alone time with the Producer.
- I Can See You: She likes the Producer to know she's always watching.
- Image Song: Everyday Dream and My Sweet Honeymoon
- Improbable Weapon User: The long red ribbon she wears and carries everywhere. Fan-Art depicting her in Murder the Hypotenuse, often show it used for strangulation or having the Producer Bound and Gagged.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Others have noted that she's incredibly friendly and helpful whenever the Producer is not around. But as soon as he enters the room, she becomes an entire different person. It's implied she was an ordinary girl until she first met the Producer.
- Madness Mantra: "Do you like me? Do you like me? Do you like me?"
- Mask of Sanity: She maintains the illusion until the Producer is around.
- No Sense of Personal Space: When it comes to the Producer. Doesn't mind letting him see her in nothing but a bath towel.
- Not Good with Rejection: Begins slipping into Yandere mode whenever the Producer hesitates to respond that he romantically loves her. He usually responds by praising a particular aspect of her personality or positive trait she has... but has avoided from actually saying, "I love you."
- Please Don't Leave Me: Says it word for word.
- Red String of Fate: She carries a long red ribbon with her which invokes this trope.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: Openly admits on the air that she loves the Producer. Then wants him to do the same.
- Shout-Out: She literally says Future Diary during her Drama CD. Twice!!
- Single-Target Sexuality: The Producer. All she ever talks about on her Drama CD are the reasons why.
- Stalker Shrine: Her S Rare+ card illustration shows her surrounded by photos of the Producer, bottles of hospital medication, heart-shaped pillows, a pair of scissors thrust into one pillow, and the telltale expression of obsession. Her favorite possessions are photos of her and the Producer doing things together.
- Stalker with a Crush: Her S Rare card illustration shows that she broke into the Producer's car and hid in the backseat. She keeps track of the Producer using GPS and secretly takes daily photos of him.
- Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Being the official Yandere and all that.
- Stalking Is Love: Follows the Producer around everywhere.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Her anime incarnation is a master of these. She doesn't give off a noticeable presence others can immediately detect, can't be found unless she wants to be, and seems to have a supernatural way of appearing out of nowhere.
- Surprise Creepy: Her song has an upbeat tune about a girl in love... but the lyrics describe an unconditional obessive love that will never fade.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade in Starlight Stage, along with Karen Hojo, Miho Kohinata, Riina Tada, and Chieri Ogata.
- Third-Person Person: When Mayu stops referring to herself in third person, it means she's slipping into Cute and Psycho mode.
- In addition to the aforementioned tropes, like the other idols her Image Song Drama CD contains a series of radio skits that reveal the character's mindset and hobbies. Mayu spends the entire show obsessing over her love for the Producer, detailing the excessive extremes she adores the him, then eventually slipping into a Cute and Psycho mode from excitement. The Producer manages to calm her down before she goes Murder the Hypotenuse.
- One of Mayu's in-game comments has her noticing the Producer with a new necktie, suddenly volunteering to fix it, and then questioning if it was a gift from another woman... the implication being she could easily strangle him if that's the case.
- The anime visually depicts Maya's disturbing behavior when it comes to her Producer. She exhibits creepy stalker traits for tasks that are indirectly related to him, and goes Up to Eleven in his actual presence.
Voiced by: Chiyo Ousaki
An innocent, introverted girl fascinated by horrific death, violent gore, and the grim supernatural.
In the second season of Cinderella Project anime, Koume Shirasaka joins Ranko's unit, "Rosenburg Engel", re-naming it to Rosenburg Alptraumnote .
- A Bloody Mess: She wears a light sweater that appears to have thick ketchup stains on it... or maybe it's real. No one has the courage to ask her. Some fans believed it was just a design to her clothes, since another idol had the same style as hers.
- Ascended Extra: Not in the anime's first season proper, but she guest-stars in Rosenburg Engel's Magihour, serving as Ranko's Translator Buddy in place of Miria.
- At the end of Episode 21, it is announced that she would be joining Rosenburg Engel (renamed to Rosenburg Alptraum) for the concert in the next episode. They continue to pair up in episode 26 for a shoot.
- Cover Version: Metropolitan Museum in Cool Jewelries 002.
- Creepy Child: When she goes overboard with horror and gore.
- Creepy Children Singing: Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken, starts off with a chorus of them. Koume suddenly whispering a verse in the song also counts.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Imparts a subtle undead vibe.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Even at her creepiest, she never has ill intentions.
- Darker and Edgier: Because of her Nightmare Fetishist traits, the radio show on her Drama CD.
- Dramatic Ellipsis: Puts emphasis on her shy nature and unfamiliarity at holding conversations.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Enjoys dressing as such, which is the theme for her idol outfits.
- Everybody Must Get Stoned: See Hoshi Syoko's entry, when channeling the "Metal Spirit", Koume yelled that she can be as loud as anybody else when she wants to (but she was still yelling in a volume lower than other idols in the vicinity).
- Final Girl: Cast as this in a school-invaded-by-zombies flick during one Idol Produce event.
- Ghost Story: Can tell them for hours and enjoys hearing new ones. Hers tend to be of Urban Legends variety. She gives one during her Drama CD and scares the Zombie co-host.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: A regular feature on both her casual attire and idol outfits. This is likely played for both cuteness and creepiness given her status as a Creepy Child.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Doesn't say it aloud, but she's sincerely afraid of humans who are still alive. Only the Producer and her close friends in the production office are the exceptions. Fridge Horror if you consider that because she talks to ghosts and learns the horrible ways they were murdered, she has lost trust in the living.
- I Lied: Says this whenever she notices her murder stories or revelation about seeing ghosts are scaring someone too much. Though she likes frightening people, she doesn't like seeing others permanently traumatized. In reality she's probably not lying.
- I See Dead People: All the time, and likes to take photos of them. She also tries to tell this to the other idols, which creeps them out.
- Ill Girl: She has frail stamina, sensitive eyes, and sunburns easily.
- Image Song: Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken (Small Love Incident Behind Closed Doors) and Bloody Festa
- Inappropriate Hunger: When watching a horror movie.
- The Ingenue: Very innocent, even for her young age. This contrasts with her also being a Nightmare Fetishist.
- Innocent Inaccurate: Loves to describe gore, violence and murder in excessive detail. She's sincerely confused when people beg her to stop.
- Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: Knows a lot about things related to necromancy and the spirit world. It's often hinted that she's only repeating what some unseen entity is telling her.
- Kensington Gore: Though she'll use ordinary ketchup if without.
- Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: An interesting twist on the trope. When she watches horror movies, other people get traumatized, because of the haunting phenomena that follows her.
- Lightmare Fuel: iM@S is still a Sugar Bowl series, so Koume's details avoid becoming too gory. Most of her horror moments are played for humor.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: There's no solid proof that the strange events happening around her, are really paranormal.
- Nightmare Fetishist: So very, very much so.
- Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Likes to decorate the office as a haunted house, make food look like a murder victim, draw scary pictures, take photos of ghosts... the list is practically endless.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: There are times she honestly tries to avoid being creepy, but still scares surrounding idols. Not involving something related to ghosts or death is actually hard for her.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken, has it with lyrics spoken in an "evil chant" to go with it.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Maybe. She has a compuslive obsession with blood, finds sunlight painful, and spirits seem to obey her. The unusual practice of wearing sleeves concealing her hands, is something attributed to Kyonshi hiding their unnatural nails (aka the Jiangshi, often called Chinese vampires).
- Our Zombies Are Different: Zombie in the Drama CD. Really the Producer in a costume.
- Peek-a-Bangs: The mysterious and shy girl variety. Also a subtle nudge at Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl.
- The Quiet One: Has trouble dealing with the living. Even when she convinces herself she's accompanied with Zombie, she's even more softspoken than Chieri in her CD interview.
- Screaming Woman: Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken, during the interlude.
- Shrinking Violet: She gets nervous when interacting with people. Her Drama CD emphasizes it to epic levels. She's afraid of being in the radio booth without the Producer at her side, but keeps talking about the frightening supernatural things that make her happy and feel safe.
- Song Style Shift: Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken, becomes more creepy after the interlude when it suddenly changes key.
- Snowy Screen of Death: Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken, ends with an audio version of it.
- Spirit Advisor: Frequently holds conversations with ghosts.
- Subliminal Seduction: There's something being said in Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken, after the screaming interlude but it sounds unintelligible. When the segment is played backward it becomes, "Kii chatta? Kyou kara o tomodachi ne." The English translation would roughly be, "Hear that? It's a friend I met today."
- Tareme Eyes: Along with her Peek-a-Bangs, her eyes give her very sweet, innocent look.
- Trademark Favorite Food: While not exactly a food, she enjoys drowning things in ketchup and imagining it's blood.
- Translator Buddy: One of the few to understand Ranko's Chuuni speak.
- The Trickster: Likes to creep out the Producer. Sometimes she does a harmless prank on other idols.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Strongly averted. Her sincere innocence is the anchor that keeps her from crossing the line.
- Yandere: Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken lyrics equate love with the feeling of murder. Koume herself is not yandere though.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Wants it to happen because she thinks it would be so cute. It's on her S Rare+ Card, which is obviously a play and she is the main heroine.
Voiced by: Naomi Oozora
Chieri is a very shy girl without much confidence in herself, but she is also very hardworking and willing to do her best to change. She also seems to fear being abandoned by the Producer, often asking if he is going to leave her eventually.
In the anime, Chieri joins Anzu and Kanako in the idol unit Candy Island.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade.
- Actor Allusion: See Hidden Depths.
- Animal Motifs: Discussed in one 4koma with Uzuki, Rin, and Mika. Chieri is compared to a bunny for being small and cute.
- Comes up again in the bonus track for We're the Friends, where Nana takes Chieri and the New Generations trio to a maid cafe (after failing to find a place where Chieri could pet some real bunnies), and dresses them up as animal maids.
- Eventually ascended with the release of her Fluffy Bunny set. Chieri develops Cuteness Proximity for actual bunnies, while everyone else, especially Takumi in the animal set, develop Cuteness Proximity for her.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In the bonus track of Cute Jewelries 002, Chieri copies Sae's Kyoto-ben dialect, Ranko's "drown in the darkness", and Kirari's "nyowa~" and "Kirarin Beam~" (which she changes to "Chieri Beam~").
- Character Exaggeration: Subverted. Her dependency issues aren't focused on the Producer, but on the other idols like Kanako and Anzu instead.
- Cover Version: Humming ga Kikoeru, the 3rd OP of Chibi Maruko-chan.
- Later covers Rika's DOKIDOKI Rhythm in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 3.
- Cry Cute: She tries to mimic Miku's verbal tic, which results in breaking down. Still, she looks cute doing so.
- The Cutie
- Extreme Doormat
- Four-Leaf Clover: Collects them as her hobby. Also wears four-leaf clover accessories, and/or clothes with clovers in them. They're her trademark object, you could say. She recounts how, as a child, her mother is the one who told her that four-leaf clovers bring happiness. During a family outing, she spent so much time looking for one that she got separated from her parents. When they finally found her, she thought they'd be upset, but instead, they were just relieved to see her safe. Now, she collects them as a reminder of that happiness.
- The Generic Girl: Thinks she's this in Cute Jewelries 002. The other girls try to help her with finding another quality to add to her character besides being the "Clover Idol", resulting in the Borrowed Catchphrase section above.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hidden Depths: She's surprisingly adept at Taiko Drum Master, shown in episode 26 when she plays the first season's opening and gets a 300+ combo on Oni difficulty. Possibly doubles as a Mythology Gag, as she also received a card for a Taiko cross-promotion. This trait was apparently inspired by Naomi Oozora's hobby of playing said game.
- Image Song: Kazeiro Melody and cherry＊merry＊cherry
- Imagine the Audience Naked: Does a variant of this in Episode 9 of the anime, visualizing the audience as frogs during the quiz show to help herself overcome her Performance Anxiety.
- The Ingenue
- Nice Girl
- Parental Neglect: Part of why she became an idol in the first place was for her to be less lonely.
- Performance Anxiety: She's not too confident in front of an audience. In Episode 9 of the anime, she has to picture the audience as frogs to help her overcome her fear.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Due to the Parental Neglect mentioned above, she has a tendency to cling to the people she becomes close to.
- The Quiet One: To the point that she was repeatedly buzzered by Staff-san in order to speak up louder in her drama.
- Running Gag: She brings a four-leaf clover to her radio interview to motivate herself, but a leaf keeps falling off after every segment.
- Chieri doesn't appreciate others thinking that she eats clovers like a bunny.
- Shrinking Violet
- Stealth Pun: Her dress on her normal card is patterned with... wait for it... cherries.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade in Starlight Stage, along with Mayu Sakuma, Karen Hojo, Miho Kohinata, and Riina Tada.
- Those Two Girls: With Kanako in the anime.
- Tsundere: Not one herself, but had to ad-lib a tsundere confession in her drama, done to hilarious effect.
- When She Smiles: Even Mio thinks so during her brief interview in episode 4. Other idols also love to comment when she's happy.
- Why Did It Have To Be Heights: Comes up in Episode 9 of the anime, where the losing team has to perform a bungie jump. While everyone else (especially Sachiko) reacts appropriately, Chieri ends up fainting backstage from the shock.
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka
An aristocratic half-Russian who adores astronomy and celestial constellations. Upon earning second place in the 2013 Cinderella Girl Election, she was featured in an Image Song with the remaining top five winners. It eventually lead to her induction into the Cinderella Master collection.
In the anime, Anastasia is grouped with Minami, and together they make up the idol unit Love Laika. Come the second season, however, Anya is one of those scouted by Mishiro for Project KRONE. She eventually joins it, with support from Minami, and in the process renders Love Laika defunct until its reformation for the Winter Ball.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her papa's nickname for her is Anya, which often causes fans to associate her with cats. She also asks the Producer to call her as this.
- Be Yourself: The advice that Staff-san gives Anastasia in her drama track on how to be an idol, after she picks up several influences from her new idol friends that he doesn't agree with (Such as Kaede's lame puns, Ranko's catch phrase, and Miku's verbal tics).
- But Not Too Foreign: Her mother is Japanese.
- Cover Version: Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi o in Cool Jewelries 002.
- Later covers Rin's Never Say Never in 346Pro IDOL Selection vol. 2.
- Daddy's Girl: Absolutely adores her father.
- Didn't See That Coming: Her second place victory in the 2013 election. She was the only winner without an exclusive Image Song and did not have a preselected voice actress immediately scheduled. Moreover, she was devoid of a S Rare+ card in the mobile game (think final or ultimate evolution), which is an indication of Namco recognizing a Cinderella Girl becoming popular. Since winning the election, she has been awarded a S Rare+ card.
- Glorious Mother Russia: Proud of her Russian heritage. Except for the Cold War/Space Race stuff, she avoids the Soviet Union era, focusing on traditional and Imperial Russia. On Love Laika's Magic Hour special, she admits that the unit was named after the Soviet dog that went into space.
- Gratuitous Russian: Sprinkled throughout her sentences.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Minami in the anime. The two are often seen together and even form a unit named "Love Laika".
- Icy Blue Eyes: From her father's side of the bloodline.
- Image Song: You're stars shine on me and Takusan!
- As part of Project Krone in the anime, Nebula Sky
- The Ingenue: Perhaps because of the language barrier, she acts naïve about things and is occasionally literal minded. Japanese humor and cultural nuances also tend to confuse her, often resulting in Anastasia mimicking another idol's bad habits under the mistaken belief its ordinary behavior.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Her father is Russian, and she's more or less the official Russian idol.
- Mixed Ancestry: Half-Russian, half-Japanese.
- Only One Name: Despite being Russian nobility, the name of her family has not been revealed. There's a wild fanon theory she's from the House of Romanov.
- Poirot Speak: Peppers her dialog with Russian words. Common phrases, like "yes" and "hello", are always in Russian.
- The Rival: Another idol who made her first appearance as a boss battle.
- Stock Foreign Name: Anastasia is one of the most well known Russian names outside of Russia, because of controversial hoaxes that Princess Anastasia survived the Russian Revolution.
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Insanely so. Her voice actress has a college degree in Russian Studies and is fluent in the language. The VA is such a Russophile, she can mimic a native accent and was allowed to ad-lib Anastasia's lines whenever she liked.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Part of the Russian language.
- You No Take Candle: In the anime, Anastasia speaks in broken Japanese.
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaneko
A quiet, positive girl with a hobby for photography and a calming air. Aiko has such a calming presence, that people can actually spend hours relaxing with her, not realizing just how much time has actually passed.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Einherjar.
- Ascended Extra: In the anime, she hosts her own radio show and interviews prospective up-and-coming idols, like New Generations.
- Camera Fiend: Quite the shutterbug.
- Com Mons
- Cover Version: Ai wa Genki Desu. in Passion Jewelries 002.
- Flower Motif
- Friend to All Living Things: Highlighted during the Drama CD.
- Image Song: O Sanpo Camera and Aozora Relation
- Nice Girl
- Something Completely Different: Her Drama CD takes place in the local city park, rather than a soundroom. Staff-san follows her around like a Slice of Life episode.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the Einherjar unit in Starlight Stage, along with Minami Nitta, Fumika Sagisawa, Arisu Tachibana, and Yumi Aiba.
Voiced by: Satsumi Matsuda
A meek, lonely girl who spends most of her time cultivating mushrooms. Having grown up without friends, she treats mushroom plants as close companions. When on stage or excited, she turns into an entirely different person who's boisterous and decidedly Ax-Crazy.
Has an interesting Japanese otaku culture referece of calling people who are socially adept and live fufilling lives "riajyu(リア充)", which is mostly used by self-depreciating otakus who (usually jokingly) envy people who have a life outside of their own roon and the internet. Syoko seems to share that envy and expression despite not surfing the net often, suggesting such envy resulting from her loneness might be the source of her Ax-Crazy persona. However, when Syoko uses the phrase, it is usually in comedic situations.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: To lethal mushrooms. At worst they would cause a Mushroom Samba.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Suffers a case of quirky Dementia.
- Ascended Extra: Occasionally shown alongside Koume, but doesn't stick out as much. In season two, she's recruited by Mishiro of all people to start a band with Natsuki.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mushrooms. Words or syllables that sound like the name of a fungus will also do it.
- Ax-Crazy: Her alternate personality and nature when performing on stage.
- Badass Boast: "GO TO HELL!!!"
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She's more interested in keeping the Producer her friend, than her idol career.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: When traumatized or excited she quickly becomes Ax-Crazy.
- Catchphrase: "Because we're friends."
- Characterization Marches On: There is a Yonkoma featuring Syoko talking to a bed of mushrooms in a forest. She sadly tells them that she might not be seeing them for a long time — perhaps not at all — because she's found a new purpose in life (being an idol) and has human friends. The mushrooms suddenly blossom, as if approving she no longer needs them and wishing her the best. This strip is linked to a S Rare card illustration, that upgrades into a S Rare+ that shows Syoko performing on stage without being Ax-Crazy and remaining comfortable she's in her normal Extreme Doormat personality.
- Companion Cube: Her mushrooms.
- Cover Version: Kurenai in Passion Jewelries 002.
- Cute and Psycho: Syoko can slip in and out of her Ax-Crazy personality without warning. One moment she's talking about how cute mushrooms spores are, and the next she's screaming how everyone should burn in Hell. Her psychotic episodes tend to be Large Ham moments, so they're far more funny than terrifying.
- Death Metal: Obviously her musical specialty.
- Didn't See That Coming: Doesn't show any of the Ax-Crazy side at first, so it can be quite shocking to newcomers.
- Everybody Must Get Stoned: No substance usage, only suggestions. In the her story episode in Starlight Stage, Syoko wants every one about to perform on stage with her channel their "inner Metal Sprit", by putting on make up and screaming out the things they feel unsatisfied about their lives.
- said dissatisfaction of Syoko herself is her envy of socially adept youths, couples in particular.
- Extreme Doormat: Her dominant personality.
- Facial Markings: Usually in the shape of a five-point star.
- Femme Fatalons: Sometimes in a mismatched appearance to look chaotic.
- Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Leather, chains, and metal spikes.
- Friendless Background: Her Ax-Crazy personality and Imaginary Friend psychosis is the result of social isolation. It's alluded she been The Woobie for many years. This all changed upon a chance encounter with the Producer, who became her very first friend and then introduced her to the other idols of the production agency. She is very self-conscious to ensure she doesn't do anything that would upset the Producer and cause him to go away. He's always reassuring her it won't ever happen.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: The producer uses the buzzer to this effect multiple times in her radio interview to make Syoko settle down. Up until the ending segment, where she gets too hyped up and simply rants louder than the Producer's impotent buzzer mashing. The drama track of Passion Jewelries! 002 reveals that Syoko's Ax-Crazy persona will eventually wear herself out and go dormant again when whatever made her excited is removed. Airi and Aiko try various ways to keep Syoko from snapping; Akane on the other hand, keeps throwing gas (mushrooms?) on the fire.
- Girliness Upgrade: Two cards feature her on stage as an idol without the heavy metal getup. On both she's awkwardly onstage in a cutesy dress looking vaguely confused. One is part of a set that pairs her with Mirei Hayasaka and Nono Morikubo as the unit "Individuals".
- Hair Metal: Showcases elements of it.
- Harsh Vocals: In Dokutake Densetsu, an uncredited male background singer does this all over the place to augment Syoko.
- Hollywood Autism: Most of her habitual quirks and offhand laziness are best explained by her being this.
- The Hyena: She's tends to quietly giggle at her own words when in the Extreme Doormat persona. Another sign of her Cute and Psycho nature. When shifting into Ax-Crazy mode it morphs to a full Evil Laugh.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: She always seeks the Producer to reassure they're friends. She's shown attempting to make friends with some of her fellow idols in the supplementary comics as well. However, she tends to scare them off by mistake.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In her mind, mushrooms are sentient living creatures with feelings and personalities. They even speak to her. Syoko will still eat the mushrooms... sometimes after torturing them and listening to their pleas to be spared.
- Image Song: Dokutake Densetsu and PANDEMIC ALONE
- Large Ham: Everything she ends up saying.
- Laughing Mad: Various variations of "HYAHA!"
- Metal Scream: She uses it for normal speech, so it's only natural for her singing voice.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Her song has the highest level of any song in the entire iM@S franchise.
- Mood-Swinger: Confusion, excitement, or stress usually causes her personality switches.
- Mushroom Samba: Interpretations that believe the shrooms make her Cute and Psycho.
- No Indoor Voice: Screams out everything she says.
- Open the Iris: Has large and slightly dullish irises that evoke a subtle nudge towards her psychological imbalance. Somewhat similar to Dull Eyesof Unhappiness, but not quite as lifeless and still reflecting light.
- Power Trio: Becomes the Passion representative of both "My Cute Self and the 142s" (with Sachiko and Koume) and "Individuals" (with Mirei Hayasaka and Nono Morikubo).
- The Quiet One: Very timid for the most part. Likes to hide alone in dark spaces and talk to her mushrooms.
- Rockers Smash Guitars: One S Rare+ card showing her tearing apart a microphone while making a "Sign of the Devil" gesture towards the crowd.
- Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Given this is iM@S we're talking about.
- Shout-Out: Her idol persona draws inspiration from KISS. She wears metal tags with the Cinderella Girls logo written in the Metallica style.
- Shrinking Violet: When in the office she hides under the Producer's desk, though partly to keep her mushrooms away from too much light. Nono Morikubo is sometimes hiding under the desk next to it.
- The Slacker: Syoko isn't lazy in the classical sense, but outside of mushroom cultivation she has little self motivation or the initiative to do anything. She always moves at her own pace and is very laidback until her other persona kicks in. Syoko also repeatedly forgets daily things like combing her hair or changing clothes. That being said: she doesn't shy away from assignments and will give 110% effort when asked to do something.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The official Romanization of her name as shown on her cards is Syoko, though other places use its more common Romanization, Shoko.
- Split Personality: Her dominant personality is an Extreme Doormat. The second personality is an Ax-Crazy wild side. She exhibits additional personas through ventriloquism with her mushrooms.
- Theme Music Power-Up: In her Cinderella Radio interview, every time she slips into her stage persona is accompanied by a death metal guitar riff.
- Those Two Girls: With Koume in the anime. Both are also Ranko's roommates.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Finding a best friend in Koume Shirasaka. Though the pair tend to unsettle other idols with their extreme quirks, Syoko and Koume are completely at ease with each other's company and hobbies. Koume has begun teaching Syoko about horror movies, while Syoko has been showing Koume the joys of mushroom caretaking. To a lesser extent, Syoko also spends her off time with Sachiko Koshimizu, Mayu Sakuma, and Nono Morikubo.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Mushrooms.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Foul mouthed and talks like Japanese Delinquents, including the "rolled R" trait.
- Unkempt Beauty: She doesn't do anything with her hair.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Another sign she's falling or already fallen into insanity.
Voiced by: Eriko Matsui
Friends with Rin Shibuya and Karen Hojo. They went to the same middle school, and were reunited through their production agency. She tries to put on an outward veneer of aloof coolness, in part because she's very embarrassed by her somewhat nerdy tastes and love of the excessively cute and frilly.
Nao, much like her friend Karen, appear as part of the audience during the finale of the anime's first season. Nao's background was slightly tweaked for the second season of the Cinderella Girls — while she and Karen both attend the same school as Rin, they're not actually personally familiar with her. Eventually it is revealed that the two of them are also idols under 346-Pro, and had a debut single actually lined up... until, that is, Mishiro stepped into the picture.
She, along with Karen and Rin, are part of the cool-type core unit "Triad Primus". The anime made the unit a part of Project Krone.
- Adorkable: She become adorable when she got embarrassed, usually by Karen.
- Anime Otaku: She would never admit it to "normal" people, but one Starlight Stage loading screen shows her enthusiastically discussing a Magical Girl show with Hina and Chika.
- Bad Liar: Due to her habitual tendency towards Suspiciously Specific Denial.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Bland-Name Product: Her very first card's original outfit had her wearing a rock band t-shirt, "Nilvana".
- Cannot Spit It Out: She's terrible at honestly conveying her feelings in general, unable to admit to her love of cute idol outfits, the fun she has on stage, or her fondness for the Producer. She's also stubborn about expressing affection with her friends, such as trying to pass off her frequent visits when Karen is sick as "I just happened to be in the area!" Or claiming the extravagant gifts she brought along were just extras she had lying around.
- Caught in the Rain: Her S Rare card illustration.
- Cover Version: Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari, the 1st ED of Bakemonogatari.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Not as extreme as other idols, but she uses the style.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Her Normal and S Rare card illustrations.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Makes comments about wanting to look cute, wearing cute clothes, and making cute poses. She's a Cool Type idol.
- Image Song: 2nd SIDE and Neo Beautiful Pain
- Nurse with Good Intentions: Between her and Rin, Nao is the one who fusses over Karen more, occasionally to the point of annoyance.
- Oddly Visible Eyebrows
- One Steve Limit: There's the other (and not tsundere-ish) Nao, and yet another Nao in SideM.
- Retcon: The game portrays Nao and Karen as old friends of Rin, with the three of them knowing each other even before their idol debuts. The anime instead depicts a different backstory, where Nao and Karen are simply schoolmates of Rin who don't actually meet her until Episode 14.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Christmas Special card set.
- Status Buff: All her game cards feature it.
- Those Two Girls: Part of a regular three girl group along with Rin and Karen.
- Tsundere: Type A. She uses all the classical tsundere lines.Nao Kamiya: "It... it's not like I feel happy wearing them or anything!"
Voiced by: Mai Fuchigami
A sickly young woman who's friends with Nao and Rin. Despite her condition, she gets better and manages to become a true idol through producing.
See Nao's entry for Karen's changed background for the Cinderella Girls anime.
In the anime, her, along with Nao and Rin were chosen to form a new unit, Triad Primus, as part of Project Krone. While she didn't want to miss a chance to make her debut and really wanted to sing with Rin, Karen does feel she did wrong by asking Rin to consider joining Triad Primus.
In Starlight Stage, she took part in another unit named Masque:Rade.
- Bait-and-Switch: Her Drama CD interview starts normally at first, but she passes out shortly into it. The rest of the interview continues in her bedroom, with her mother occasionally peeking in to tease her about being alone with the Producer.
- Character Development: Because of her sickness, she had difficulty doing her studies and catching up to her friends's activities, making her cynical and fatalistic about her condition on her days before she become an idol. Even after scouted as an idol, she still had her bad personality and complained about lacking stamina for idol work in many of her earliest cards. Around the point of her New Year's S Rare she's built up her endurance, and the exercise of dance routines has improved her health. She also becomes far less irritable and more hopeful since she's not exhausted and uncomfortable after work anymore. Her Autumn SR Card later on comes complete with a 4koma in which Nao and Rin fuss over Karen, asking that she not push herself too hard. Karen responds by racing ahead of them both with Rin's dog, daring them to catch up.
- Cover Version: Hotarubi, the ED of Tales of Legendia, in Cool Jewelries 002.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: Featured as an S Rare+ card illustration.
- The Gadfly: She likes to tease other idols. Her target is usually Nao, but she sometimes tease other idols such as Mika in Starlight Stage main commu chapter 17 and Uzuki in Starlight Stage's STORY event commu.
- Girlish Pigtails: Subverted. Though she does have a trademark drill pigtails, she's famous for always changing her hair style for all of her cards.
- Grumpy Bear: Before she become an idol and during her early days as an idol. She got better through.
- Heroic BSoD: She was originally still a sickly person when she was scouted to be an idol; That she can still collapse and go back to the hospital. Though still anemic and prone to fever, after getting enough exercise and having her dream to become an idol fulfilled, her health has considerably improved and her illness completely gone, which shows that her poor mental condition was the reason preventing her full recovery. She even actually gave up on living life properly at one point prior to her scouting.
- Ill Girl: Whenever she gets sick, it's treated as something requiring serious attention. Especially by Nao and the Producer.
- Image Song: Hakka and Frozen Tears
- One Steve Limit: No, this is not the other Karen.
- Retcon: See "Retcon" under Nao's entry for more details.
- Soap Opera Disease: Not exactly stated what she suffers from, but it fits the symptoms of this as she missed a grade and spent more than half of her whole childhood in the hospital.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit Masque:Rade in Starlight Stage, along with Mayu Sakuma, Miho Kohinata, Riina Tada, and Chieri Ogata.
- Those Two Girls: Part of a regular three-girl group with Rin and Nao.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Fries.
Voiced by: Ricca Tachibana
A cultured and refined girl, raised on traditional Japanese values.
In the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime, it's revealed that she's part of an the idol unit KBYD along with Sachiko and Yuki.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her card's special abilities are tailored for maximum offense.
- Ascended Extra: In Episode 2 of the anime, she made a small appearance in an interview, alongside Miho.
- She gets a more prominent role in Episode 9, forming a team with Sachiko and Yuki.
- Cover Version: Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru in Cute Jewelries 002.
- Didn't See That Coming: Despite Momoka appearing in the animated PV for Onegai Cinderella, Sae was chosen for an Image Song CD in the sixth batch of Cinderella Master.
- Image Song: Hanakanzashi (Floral Hairpin) and Usubeni
- Keigo: She speaks rather formally using an archaic form of Kansai that isn't regularly used in modern Japan. The American equivalent would be like someone who speaks in the Shakespearean style.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Uses Kyoto-ben dialect.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Wears them as an everyday outfit.
- Meddling Parents: Both parents are very strict and the reason for her old fashion upbringing.
- Something Completely Different: Her interview is more like a Kyoto field trip.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Has what Americans call the Valley Girl accent... it sounds like she's always asking a question, even when making a non-inquiring statement. In linguistic terminology it's called an upward inflection.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: What seems to be her most obvious personality trait is actually a Zig-Zagging Trope. She's highly refined and very cultured, but tends to be mischievous and playful. Always a proper lady, but doesn't let that stop her from having fun or making passes at the Producer.
Voiced by: Eri Suzuki
An imaginative person who claims to possess various psychic abilities like telepathy and telekinesis. In reality she's just an ordinary girl who's naturally talented at stage magician tricks.
- Ascended Extra: Appears in a brief scene in Episode 5, alongside Shizuku Oikawa and Sanae Katagiri. Later, she shows up as a veteran idol in Episode 13. She later appears in Episode 25, performing at the Winter Ball.
- Badass Longcoat: A frequent aspect of her idol costumes, including her SSR model in Starlight Stage.
- Bare Your Midriff: Frequently wears outfits in this style.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Often presented as such.
- Catchphrase: When using her psychic abilities she closes her eyes tightly to concentrate and says, "Mu, mu, mu! Muuuu!"
- Cover Version: Joyful in Passion Jewelries 002.
- Didn't See That Coming: Despite Nina appearing in the animated PV for Onegai Cinderella, Yuko was chosen for an Image Song CD in the sixth batch Cinderella Masters.
- Funny Spoon: Likes to carry spoons. A lot of spoons, because her favorite psychic trick is spoon bending.
- Genki Girl: On the whole she's pretty cheerful.
- Go Look at the Distraction: So she can fake a psychic trick like bending spoons or moving an object.
- Hair Decorations: Usually a ribbon and always in a ponytail.
- Humans Are Psychic in the Future: Wholeheartedly believes in this idea.
- Image Song: Miracle Telepathy and Psychic! Party Night☆
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Sometimes unusual things really happen when she's practicing ESP. It could just be sheer coincidence or Yuko's dedicated training is actually working.
- She's part of the veteran group in the last episode of the anime, despite not being present in the first episode. Because of this, some viewers speculated that her ESP was what caused the blackout, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise since it gave time for Minami to recover for the group performance.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Whenever someone has lost something or gotten lost, she offers to use her clairvoyance for the solution. Things usually get worst if accepted.
- Mind over Matter: Practices bending spoons and moving small objects without touching them.
- Phony Psychic: How everyone sees her.
- Power Incontinence: Related to Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane mentioned previously. There are subtle hints Yuko has multiple psychic powers, but she remains completely oblivious to them. The more practice she puts into becoming psychic, the more she overlooks evidence of something unusual occurring.
- Psychic Powers: Claims to have them and her main stage gimmick.
- Real After All: Zig-Zagged. Whether there's a direct correlation between the following events, and/or if magic really could exist in the iM@S universe, however, is up to interpretation.
- In a CG Theater comic, Yuko is by herself trying to multiply a bird-shaped object with her psychic powers, giving up when it doesn't work. Syoko shortly after walks in and discovers her mushrooms underneath the desk have multiplied in size and number, much to her surprise.
- In Episode 25 of the anime, she attempts to bend a spoon with her psychic powers, only for the chair behind her, which Sachiko is sitting in, to inexplicably warp, dumping its unfortunate occupant to the floor.
- Red Is Heroic: Favorite color. Her idol costumes use it as the primary.
- Stage Magician: Dubious as her ESP claims are, she is an expert at stagecraft. While focused on being a psychic, a lot of her imagery is more akin to being an illusionist.
- Telepathy: Tries to read other people's minds or perform mind control on them.
- Toros y Flamenco: Her alternate Rare + card features a Flamenco dress during a Live tour in Spain.
Voiced by: M･A･O
An outwardly unimpressive and incredibly shy woman who enjoys reading books. She suffers from low self-esteem and overlooks her hidden physical beauty. After the Producer cultivates her musical talent, Fumika gains more self confidence while performing on stage, but quickly reverts to her submissive nature after the show.
In the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime, she is chosen for Mishiro's Project Krone, where she forms a mini-unit with Arisu.
In Starlight Stage, her mini-unit with Arisu carries over to Einherjar, where both are members of the unit.
- Beautiful All Along: Fumika pays little attention to her appearance, and will spend an entire day reading dozens of books in a single sitting. Despite this disinterest in beauty care, other idols have jealously commented she enjoys naturally smooth skin and has incredibly silky hair.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Currently one of the most powerful debuffers in the game.
- Blinding Bangs: Whenever she isn't performing on stage.
- Cover Version: Ookina Furudokei in Cool Jewelries 003.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: When not dressed as an idol.
- Cute Bookworm: Loves to read more than anything else.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She's not dedicated to the theme, but the lack of commitment to physical activities makes her pathetic at sports. Also tends to drops books, as she has a habit of stacking more than she can carry.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: They go away when she sings, read books, or talks to the Producer.
- Expy: Fanon has been portraying her as an older, sexier version of Shiori Shiomiya.
- When she was first revealed, she was compared by some to Homura Akemi due to her appearance, shy nature on her unidolized form, and her idolized outfit. However, these comparisons are less common now, and so does the Shiori comparisons.
- Extreme Doormat: Off stage she's so nondescript, most wouldn't even realize she's in the same room with them.
- Hair Decorations: Hair band.
- Hidden Buxom: Of course she's far from being the largest, but she wears baggy clothing hiding the assets she has. The artwork for her Image Song brings more attention to them, in case anyone did not notice them before, as she's using her bust to hold down pages of a music book.
- Image Song: Bright Blue.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Isn't considered a genius, but can easily answer trivia questions from all the books she reads.
- Messy Hair: Her hair is a tangled mess unless she's performing.
- Motor Mouth: Once coaxed out of shyness, she can be quite talkative, as Fumika tends to be very descriptive when discussing things. However her lack of social interaction occasionally results in saying too much out of excitement, thus causing her to be silent from embarrassment.
- Performance Anxiety: In Episode 22 of the anime, owing to a bad case of nerves, she crumbles under the pressure of performing for the first time at the fall concert. It's so bad she needed help from two staff members to walk.
- The Quiet One: Stays hidden in a corner, reads books, and generally avoids engaging in conversations.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Invoked when performing on stage. Most overlook her sexy appearance, as it tends to be hidden under thick clothing and unkempt hair.
- Shrinking Violet: Reclusive, submissive, and unsure of herself.
- Shutting Up Now: When realizing she said something embarrassing.
- Spooky Silent Library: Has been known to spend the night alone in a library. She isn't afraid of being in such a scenario... long as Koume Shirasaka isn't around.
- Tareme Eyes: They fit to her shyness really well.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: All but one of Fumika's cards in the original Cinderella Girls feature debuffing as their special ability. However her S Rare+ has Readings Are Off the Scale potential: there's a chance it will reduce an opposing idol's stat to zero. The main thing from keeping this card from being a Game-Breaker, is the stat it reduces is entirely random.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the Einherjar unit in Starlight Stage, along with Minami Nitta, Arisu Tachibana, Aiko Takamori, and Yumi Aiba.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: For the Producer. She becomes more and more interested in love stories after he wins her heart. The idea of using a Hot Librarian ploy has crossed her mind, but she's way too timid to ever attempt it.
- Unkempt Beauty: If it wasn't for the Producer she'd never try to pretty herself. Normally doesn't bother to wear makeup or comb her hair.
Voiced by: Morino Mako
A baseball fanatic from Miyazaki wishing to use her idol fame to support her favorite team.
- Ascended Extra: She's the only idol from the seventh batch to appear in the first season of the anime, serving as the "baseball" part of KBYD in Episode 9.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Her interview in the Master Collection Drama CD takes place during a baseball game. She constantly forgets/ignores Staff-san during the performance, occasionally making unidol-like comments against the opposing team and cheering whenever her team pushes forward.
- Baseball Episode: She's the baseball themed idol.
- Buxom Is Better: Played with and Subverted. Her bust size isn't really that striking compared to other top-heavy idols, but it's very well pronounced in her cards.
- The Cheerleader: Unlike their American counterparts, it's not unusual for Japanese pro-teams to have cheerleader squads.
- Complexity Addiction: Can't avoid making plans more complicated than they need to be.
- Cover Version: Perseus in Passion Jewelries 003.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: Her first voiced S Rare card. Her dream wedding also apparently takes place at a baseball game.
- Genki Girl: Incredibly cheerful... especially when alcohol is involved.
- Gratuitous English: In her 1st debut song, especially in the part where she is cheering.Yuki: "P-A-S-S-I-O-N, passion! H-O-M-E-R-U-N, home run!"
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She can get a bit rowdy while watching the game.
- Image Song: Kimochi yo ne - Itoushou!.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Her favorite in-universe baseball team is the Miyazaki Cats.
- Modesty Shorts: Illustration on S Rare+ card.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: One instance where she pretends to not know her team's mascot is just a guy in a cat suit as a gag on Mirei Hayasaka.
- Older Than They Look
- One Steve Limit: Not to be confused with the other Yuuki, which has the double "U".
- Passionate Sports Girl: For baseball.
Voiced by: Asami Takano
Born and raised in Paris, she visits her father's native country in hopes of learning more about herself.
In the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime, she is chosen for Mishiro's Project Krone.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit LiPPS.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese from her father's side.
- Cat Smile: Played with. Much like Kirari, Frederica has this in most of her cards, but by default she has a very sharp, very round smile.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Portrayed as having an unusual mindset, sometimes due to her inexperience with Japanese culture.
- In the anime, she behaves much more normally. In the anime's side material, we find out that Mishiro specifically told her to tone her usual behavior down.
- Cover Version: Ultra Relax, the second opening of Kodomo no Omocha, in Cute Jewelries 003.
- Ear Worm: Invoked. She makes up a song using her name as lyrics while cooking in the Yonkoma; other idols found themselves singing along to it, with mixed reactions.
- The Fashionista: It's her hobby.
- Gratuitous French: Averted. She claims to have never learned French. She still uses names of random foreign food as leader comments though.
- Hair Decorations: All of the hair pieces in her idol costumes use the same heart-shaped clip, except in her Yukata Rare, where she wears a flower instead.
- Image Song: Ki-Ma-Gu-Re☆Cafe au lait! and Frederica, Neko Yameru yo
- Mixed Ancestry: Half French from her mother's side.
- Multiethnic Name: Her family name is Japanese, but her given name decidedly isn't (despite being half French, "Frederica" is a Germanic name; the correct French version of this name is "Frédérique").
- Pink Is Feminine: All of her idols outfits since her first Valentine's S Rare contain pink.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit LiPPS in Starlight Stage, along with Kanade Hayami, Syuko Shiomi, Mika Jougasaki, and Shiki Ichinose.
- Those Two Girls: Is rarely seen without Shiki.
- Valentine's Day Episodes: Her birthday is this.
Voiced by: Yuko Iida
An incredibly flirtatious woman who isn't afraid to say what's on her mind. Tends to have an obsession with lips and kissing.
In the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime, she is chosen for Mishiro's Project Krone.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit LiPPS.
- Anywhere but Their Lips: What she usually settles for with the Producer, though she prefers the real thing.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Theme to the illustration of an S Rare+. It shows her in a torn dress, messy hair, and fallen to the floor of a flooded ruin... as if she was an angel fallen from Heaven, yet still beautiful as ever.
- Cover Version: Kanade by Sukima Switch, earlier used as the ending song of One Week Friends, in Cool Jewelries 003.
- Erotic Eating: How she eats a pomegranate in front a mirror on her S Rare card illustration.
- Good Bad Girl: Quite aware of her own sexiness and tries to leverage it on the Producer.
- Hidden Buxom: While she's pretty much a Male Gaze herself, she's actually quiet a top-heavy herself, on par with the likes of Miku, Kako, Mizuki and even Airi. It's not as well-pronounced as the previous examples, however.
- Hint Dropping: At her highest levels of affection, she talks about giving the Producer something much greater than a kiss.
- Image Song: Hotel Moonside.
- Indirect Kiss: Tries to steal or give them with the Producer.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Though she doesn't specifically speak about sex, her constant innuendo with kissing is an allusion for it. Has mild degrees of Anything That Moves, as she relentlessly hits on Staff-san during her Drama CD. However the ending to the same skit reveals she might have never been kissed before, let alone been in a sexual relationship.
- Male Gaze: Asks the Producer to have his eyes on her entire body.
- She evokes this from the females too, as Rika, Miria, and Koume find her to be even sexier than Minami.
- Motivational Kiss: Wants one from the Producer before the start of a concert.
- Sacred First Kiss: It's alluded at the end of her Master Collection Drama CD skit, that Kanade has never actually kissed a guy before.
- Smooch of Victory: Wants one from the Producer after the end of a concert.
- Something Completely Different: The music takes more cues from Electro Dance Music than it does standard Japanese Pop Music.
- Spit-Trail Kiss: With the pomegranate.
- The Tease: Basically all the time.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit LiPPS in Starlight Stage, along with Syuko Shiomi, Mika Jougasaki, Frederica Miyamoto, and Shiki Ichinose.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has blue hair.
- Younger Than They Look: Her mature looks make people confuse her with an office lady. She's still in High School.
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno
A child with a fondness for animals of all types, to the point that she wears Kiguruminote almost exclusively.
In the anime, she's one of the gimmick idols doing variety shows, and becomes one of the students in Totokira Academy.
In Starlight Stage, she joins LMBG, which stands for Little Marching Band Girls.
- Animal Motifs: She doesn't stick to a particular animal and whenever she changes costumes, her personality changes to match. She might go from a sweet, gentle little kid in lamb costume, to a wolf costume complete with a more aggressive persona.
- Cover Version: Ningen tte Ii na in Passion Jewelries 003.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared in the PV for Onegai Cinderella alongside Momoka Sakurai (who were both unvoiced at the time of the PV's release), but didn't receive her CD until the seventh batch of releases.
- She finally gets some screentime in episode 16.
- Eastern Zodiac: In her first card (released for New Year 2012), she switched from a rabbit costume to a dragon costume. 2011 was Year of the Rabbit, while 2012 was Year of the Dragon.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Her S Rare+ penguin suit.
- Flip Personality: Personality changes to accommodate the type of animal costume she's wearing.
- Friend to All Living Things: Loves all animals. Even the icky ones.
- Goofy Suit: Her animal costumes are designed to look cute and adorable.
- Hates Being Alone: Her commu in Starlight Stage explains that she mostly alone in her home because her parents business and most people only approached her when she wearing her animal costume.When asked by the producer to wear other clothes for the talking seasonNina: But, me not wearing a Kigurumi isn't interesting.Nina: People will just leave.
- Herbivores Are Friendly: How she role-plays an herbivore.
- Image Song: Minna no Kimochi
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Her S Rare panda suit.
- Parental Neglect: One of the reason why she's Hates Being Alone.
- The Team: While she's not in the original LMBG unit, she's part of the group that sings the song Hi-Fi Days in Starlight Stage, along with Chie Sasaki, Momoka Sakurai, Kaoru Ryuzaki, and Miria Akagi. She later received her SR card in Mobage, titled "One Two☆Marching", effectively putting her into the original LMBG unit. She plays a violin. She is also one of the original members of the titular unit of the manga The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls U 149.
- Token Mini-Moe: At age 9 with a February birthday, she's the youngest idol in the entire lineup.
Voiced by: Amina Satou
A studious young girl who despises her Western inspired first name (Alice).
In the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime, she is chosen for Mishiro's Project Krone, where she forms a mini-unit with Fumika.
In Starlight Stage, her mini-unit with Fumika carries over to Einherjar, where both are members of the unit.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Acts like she's a serious, logical adult, and yet she is still 12 years old. Probably the reason why she is a Butt-Monkey.
- Alice Allusion: Arisu herself does not fit the trope, but the imagery is invoked on her CD cover.
- Amateur Sleuth: Likes a good mystery.
- Ascended Extra: Won a special poll that let fans choose the next girl they wanted voiced.
- Berserk Button: While usually calm, constantly mock or treat her like a kid can get her worked up. In The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls U 149, it's take sometime before she open up to producer due to him unknowingly treat her like a kid in the beginning.
- Butt-Monkey: Often teased for acting too seriously.
- Cover Version: Kimi ni Todoke from the anime of the same name in Cool Jewelries 003.
- Cuteness Proximity: Rika and Miria behaved this way around her in the omake for Episode 22 of the anime, to her chagrin.
- Embarrassing First Name: She's not very fond of her given name.
- First-Name Basis: She usually prefers to be on a Last-Name Basis with everyone, but when her affection is high enough, she allows the Producer this privilege.
- In Episode 22 of the anime, after Fumika recovers from a bad case of nerves during the concert, a relieved Arisu also tells her to call her by her first name.
- In chapter 4 of Starlight Stage's Near to You event commu, because Arisu is glad to become friends with Momoka, Arisu tells Momoka to call her by her first name.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Momoka Sakurai in Starlight Stage. This is obviously evident in the Near to You event commu, where in the prologue Arisu and Momoka smack-talk on who's becoming a better leader for the event (which Sanae took the role eventually). In Chapter 1 of the event commu, Sanae brought the duo into competitive lessons. Compared to Momoka, according to Sanae, Arisu is kind of big-headed, but she is good when she understands the theory behind things (as in being logical). Chapter 4 of the commu brings further friendship of these two, in which Arisu finally asks Momoka to call her by her first name because Arisu is happy that they've become friends. Hey, they even have a toast to celebrate their friendship!
- Gamer Chick: Likes games that offer intellectual challenge, such as puzzles and strategy. Not just limited to consoles or handhelds either. While devoted to them, she's nowhere near as addicted or hardcore as Anzu or Sana.
- Image Song: in fact
- Last-Name Basis: Prefers everyone call her by her last name.
- Strawberry Shorthand: She loves strawberries so much. One of her cards in Mobage is named "Strawberry Challenge/Smile". You can see the strawberry imagery as a background on her CD cover.
- The Comically Serious: Just like Rin, however due to her age she ends up being teased.
- The Team: She's the sixth member of the original Little Marching Band Girls (LMBG) unit. She plays a recorder. She is also one of the original members of the titular unit of the manga The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls U 149.
- In Starlight Stage, she's instead part of the Einherjar unit, along with Minami Nitta, Fumika Sagisawa, Aiko Takamori, and Yumi Aiba.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: She definitely feels this way about her name, especially since using non-native names for Japanese girls is not considered socially normal.
- Workaholic: Tends to deeply research and study assigned tasks. Her interest in mystery novels makes her overanalyse things.
Voiced by: Azumi Waki
Former police officer who quit the force to become an idol. She is very flirtatious to the Producer and uses a lot of police terminology when talking.
In the anime, she makes minor cameo appearances in the unit called Sexy Guilty, with Yuko Hori and Shizuku Oikawa. She also appears with Aki Yamato in the finale (probably) as the unit Gattling☆Beans.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Yoi Otome.
- Bare Your Midriff: Favored feature on her idol costumes.
- Big Breast Pride: In the upper tier for bust size, which is further enhanced because she's rather short. She wears outfits emphasizing her cleavage and flaunts how she's "dangerous" in a swimsuit during a Yonkoma.
- The Cameo: Appears in episode 5 of the anime, along with Shizuku Oikawa and Yuko Hori.
- Later appears in episode 15, scolding Kaede along with Mizuki.
- Career Versus Man: Quit being a cop and became an idol, largely because the Producer convinced her.
- Casual Kink: Wants to put the Producer in handcuffs, lock him up, and do an interrogation.
- Christmas Cake: Gets upset if reminded of it.
- Cool Big Sis: Wants to be seen as such and called Onee-sama.
- Cover Version: Kibun Soukai in Passion Jewelries 003.
- Double Entendre: Whenever she talks about getting arrested or being punished.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Drinks her liquor straight out of the bottle.
- Image Song: Can't Stop!
- The Napoleon: Shorter than idols half her age.
- Older Than They Look: Due to being so short.
- The Team: Part of the Yoi Otome unit in Starlight Stage with Kaede Takagaki, Miyu Mifune, Nana Abe and Shin Sato.
- The Tease: Quite a lot. Plays with the Kinky Cuffs sexual fantasy.
- Unexpected Character: While not unpopular, she makes her debut at a time when Yumi Aiba and Takumi Mukai were the top-ranked Passions in the most recent election. Due to her occasional cameos in the anime, she's not as unexpected as some of the other entries on the list.
Voiced by: Kotomi Aihara
A bizarre girl who's obsessed with science, especially Chemistry. Before working as an idol, she was enrolled in an American university, got tired of it and returned to Japan, where she joined high school.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit LiPPS and an unnamed group with Syuko Shiomi, Kaede Takagaki, Miku Maekawa and Yumi Aiba.
- Absent-Minded Professor: She is a very intelligent girl and has an unusual way of thinking.
- Cat Smile: She wears a permanent one.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Has an unusual way of thinking.
- Cover Version: ''Onna no Ko wa Dare Demo'' in Cute Jewelries 003.
- Establishing Character Moment: She sniffed the producer on street while he's running a film shoot and became convinced that he was the perfect specimen for her "experiment", she then immediately asked the producer to make her an idol too within seconds after knowing what the producer does.
- For Science!: Rather than being scouted by Producer, she chose him as part of one of her experiments. She became an idol for this reason.
- Girlish Pigtails: Gains two small ones in idol form.
- Hair Decorations: Her small pigtails are usually kept with ribbons.
- Hidden Depths:
- While usually has unusual thoughts, she can be philosophical when she wants to be, which can be seen in Starlight Stage main commu episode 33.
- From here to here, she could see the subtext of Yumi, Syuko and Miku's actions in Starlight Stage's Tsubomi event commus. The only member that she couldn't see through is Kaede.
- Image Song: Himitsu no Toilette and PROUST EFFECT
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Wears one above her idol outfits in her Normal+ card and CD cover.
- Mad Scientist: She embodies this trope.
- Messy Hair: Even in idol form, her hair looks messy and uncombed.
- Perverted Sniffing: She pulled this on Producer and his smell convinced her that he was the right one for the experiment.
- Smells Sexy: It's implied she uses pheromones to attract fans.
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Her English is very smooth and accurate compared to her colleagues. Makes sense since she used to live and study in America before quitting university and return to Japan.
- The Nose Knows: Shiki's defining quirk. She is fixated on sniffing things. Her sense of smell might be more sensitive than normal.
- On the in-universe radioshow Magic Hour SP 11, Shiki mentioned that the remaining aroma in the studio already filled her with happiness before the show even begins. When questioned why did she think so, Shiki only said that the identity of the host and guest of last week's show is a hint. Magic Hour SP 10 was hosted by Aiba Yumi and the guest was Aiko Takamori, they are both flower loving idols and used flower scented products liberally through out the show. So Shiki picked up the remaining scent after a whole week, that's quite a keen nose.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit LiPPS in Starlight Stage, along with Kanade Hayami, Syuko Shiomi, Mika Jougasaki, and Frederica Miyamoto.
- Like mentioned above, she also part of an unnamed group with Syuko Shiomi, Kaede Takagaki, Miku Maekawa and Yumi Aiba.
- Those Two Girls: Often seen with Frederica.
- Unkempt Beauty: For example, her hair is a bit messy.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Shiki's father is a famous scholar in chemical research who frequently travels worldwide for work and thus spends little time with Shiki. Although Shiki doesn't speak much about him, her loneliness shows when she does. The producer comforts her by saying that at least with Shiki's advert photos taken and now on the streets, her father can see her from anywhere in the world.
- As for Shiki's mother, Shiki refuses so say anything at all, leaving an uncomfortable space for speculation in the fanbase. However appearently Shiki still loves her, one of lines in Shiki's Tsubomi card hints that when Shiki is pondering about the concept of "hope", the first thing that came to her mind is a vague wish about her mother.
Voiced by: Ru Thing
A headstrong young woman kicked out of her home after an argument with her parents, the Producer recruits Syuko from her old job waiting tables.
In the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime, she is chosen for Mishiro's Project Krone.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit LiPPS.
- Animal Motifs: Thanks to one of her SR+ foxes. More specifically a Kitsune
- Big Eater: She's usually seen snacking in her base form cards.
- Calling the Old Man Out: The apparent source of her homelessness.
- Cover Version: Reset, the credits song of Ōkami in Cool Jewelries 003.
- Didn't See That Coming: Winning the 2015 Cinderella Girl election. She did not have a voice prior to winning the election, which has usually been dominated by voiced characters prior.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Likely a result of her 'hobby' of donating blood in order to scrounge up money to live on.
- Image Song: Ao no Ichibanboshi
- The Namesake: She was crowned Cinderella Girl for 2015, by surprise.
- Perpetual Poverty
- Pretty Freeloader: She initially stays in the office; averted in later cards when her career is off the ground.
- Super Drowning Skills: Claims to have these, but Sachiko is skeptical.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit LiPPS in Starlight Stage, along with Kanade Hayami, Mika Jougasaki, Frederica Miyamoto, and Shiki Ichinose.
Voiced by: Haruka Terui
A elegant young lady, who acts very mature for her age.
In the anime, she debuts in Totokira Academy.
In Starlight Stage, she joins LMBG, which stands for Little Marching Band Girls.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Acts (and speaks) like a proper mature lady. She insists on being treated as a lady... but uses the very childish honorific -chama when addressing the Producer.
- Because of this, fans often called her "Momoka-chama" or simply "Chama".
- Cover Version: Momoiro Kataomoi in Cute Jewelries 003.
- Christmas Card: Her first appearance is this, alongside Yuzu and Miyu, in the first Christmas event; the Producer met her before Christmas.
- Demoted to Extra: Halfway through the anime and two batches of CD releases later, she still hadn't made her voiced debut. Sae Kobayakawa appeared to have replaced her for the time being, and even in the seventh batch of CD releases, she was overlooked for Frederica Miyamoto instead, unlike Nina, who DID get her debut. Finally averted as of the 8th batch.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Along with Nina Ichihara, she was featured in the 2nd Anniversary PV despite not having a voice, but...
- She finally makes a voiced cameo in episode 17, and receives her CD debut almost a year after her PV appearance.
- Expy: Either she looks like a small Miki, Flandre Scarlet, or Syaro Kirima.
- Flower in Her Hair: Expect roses in her hair.
- Flower Motifs: Almost of her idol outfits have a roses theme to them. Her first SSR card in Starlight Stage is named "Rose Fleur".
- Friendly Rivalry: With Arisu Tachibana in Starlight Stage. Compared to Arisu, Sanae says that Momoka learned things a lot faster, because she lived her life copying adults around her. In chapter 4 of the "Near to You" event commu, Momoka considers Arisu not as a Worthy Opponent, but as a mutual friend with the same goal of bettering themselves in their youth. See "Friendly Rivalry" under Arisu's entry for more details.Sanae: Good good! What a beautiful rivalry... an epitome of youth.
- Hair Decorations: Ribbons when wearing street clothes.
- Hair of Gold
- Heroines Love Dogs: One S Rare card, Rose-Colored Bride, has two costumed dogs.
- Image Song: La Vie en Rose
- The Ojou: A Proper Lady type? Check. Wealthy? Check. Has butlers? Check. Drinks tea? Check. She means it.
- Becoming Ojou-chama is kinda hard for Momoka, sacrificing her time to enjoy her "childish" life as the other kids do for things like tea time and stuff (though she had it again, seen in Hi-Fi Days commu, sort of). On Magic Hour SP 17, she said when she grows up as an actual adult, she wanted to ride a bicycle and go as far as she can.. because her parents won't let her ride a bike for safety reasons.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her outfits tend to frilly and colorful, but they are not Elegant Gothic Lolita.
- Sleep Cute: Three occurences, one cute sleeping face. She tries to stay awake all night.. but eventually fallen asleep instead, seen on two Yonkoma chapters (#305 and #1029) and episode 13 of Theater Anime's second season.
- Something Completely Different: Her Mezase! Cinderella No.1 interview isn't an interview at all, but rather, running shopping errands with Producer.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's from a wealthy upbringing, not unlike Iori in the 765PRO games. As her interview proves, she's relatively out of touch with how common folks live, but is open to trying out new things.
- The Team: While she's not in the original LMBG unit, she's part of the group that sings the song Hi-Fi Days in Starlight Stage, along with Chie Sasaki, Nina Ichihara, Kaoru Ryuzaki, and Miria Akagi. Unlike Miria and Nina, who are officially part of the original LMBG in Mobage later on, Momoka is the only member of Starlight Stage's LMBG that has not received her LMBG card (R or SR) in Mobage. It's unknown what instrument is she going to play. She is also one of the original members of the titular unit of the manga The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls U 149.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to end her sentences with "desu wa", because she is a lady, desu wa!
Frederica: Ojou-sama, Andre has not forgotten!Shiki: Thats right, thats right! noteMomoka: Silence, really now. *sigh*
- In the prologue of Starlight Stage's "Ashita Mata Aeru yo ne" event commu, Shiki and Frederica, impersonating The Ojou archetype, poke fun on Momoka's proper lady speech, with Shiki takes the double dip with making fun of her verbal tic.
Voiced by: Nanami Yamashita
A playful, laid back and informal girl who marches to the beat of her own drum.
Was chosen for Mishiro's Project Krone in the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of an expanded New Generations unit, along with Haruna Kamijo.
- The Cameo: Appears in episode 10 of the anime, along with Rina Fujimoto.
- Cover Version: Star Loveration in Passion Jewelries 003.
- Expy: Her overall appearance, attitude and fixation with a trademark food item tends to draw comparisons to Miki.
- Hair of Gold
- Hot Springs Episode
- Indirect Kiss: Teases the Producer about it when offering him a lick of her lollipop.
- Image Song: Radio Happy
- Sweet Tooth: Initially her love of candy was played up as her primary quirk; it faded into a minor trait as her character developed.
- The Tease
- Those Two Girls: Became besties with Chinatsu Aikawa after befriending her at the game's first New Year's event.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Lollipops.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Opposites Attract
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: One of her stages of evolution leading up to a swimsuit S Rare features her wearing Chinatsu's glasses.
Voiced by: Shino Shimoji
A karate champion who seeks to expand her horizons by becoming an idol.
- The Cameo: Appears in episode 10 with Yukari Mizumoto and Noriko Shiina.
- Cover Version: Guts da ze!! in Cute Jewelries 003.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs
- Expy: To Azusa. They even share the same last name.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Heir to the Dojo: Team Captain and Ranking National Champion.
- I Know Karate: Her character quirk when off stage.
- Image Song: Koiiro Energy (Love Colored Energy)
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Standing at 149 cm (4"10), she's rather short for her age. That doesn't stop her from being an expert in karate and is able to throw a dart so fast it broke the dartboard
- The Team: Part of the "Yellow Mellow" alongside Yukari and Noriko in Mobage and Starlight Stage.
- Those Two Girls: As listed above, she's this with Yukari and Noriko Shiina. Noriko affectionately refers to them as Yuka-Yuka.
- Warrior Poet: Karate is a major aspect of her life, but she wants to be a master of dance and song.
Voiced by: Shiki Aoki
- Best Friend: While far from antisocial or unfriendly, Asuka's Chuunibyou personality and mannerism made it difficult for other idols to approach her. She found a kindred spirit in Kanzaki Ranko, who's elaborate imagination equals her own. The fandom greatly approved this Chuunibyou pairing, which culminated in a duet unit known as Dark Illuminate with their own signature song, Souyoku no Aria.
- The Cameo: Appears on a poster in the first episode of the anime, and later appears with Koume during Ranko's live in the last episode.
- Cover Version: Skyclad no Kansokusha, the PC opening for Steins;Gate in Cool Jewelries 003.
- Chuunibyou: As Subcultural / Hipster Type, specifically imagining herself as The Philosopher.
- Girlish Pigtails: Appears to have four of them.
- Image Song: Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology (Ontology of the Resonant World)
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Her belt-driven idol attire looks like it could have been designed by Tetsuya Nomura. Even her normal attire's jacket features a double-slider zipper!
- Multicolored Hair: Played with. She uses hair extensions to create this effect
- Perky Goth: Largely assumed to be one due to her attire.
- The Philosopher: What her Chuunibyou personality is. In Starlight Stage main commu chapter 43note even titled Cogito ergo sum (Latin for "I think, therefore I am").
- Teens Are Monsters: Self-aware of the stereotype. She even asks the Producer to cut her some slack if she's unpleasant at times because she's dealing with puberty.
- The Team: Part of the "Dark Illuminate" alongside Ranko Kanzaki in Mobage and Starlight Stage.
- Too Many Belts: The outfit of her Rare + card.
- The Rival: Starts out an enemy to your production until she eventually joins you.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: As Chuunibyou Philosopher, she often speaking with very long words.
Voiced by: Juri Kimura
A home gardener who seeks to become a flower themed idol.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Einherjar.
- Cover Version: Koko ni Shika Sakanai Hana in Passion Jewelries 003.
- Flower in Her Hair: Always has one when doing stage work.
- Garden Garment: Costumes always have a flower theme. Newer cards are getting more elaborate with it.
- Image Song: lilac time
- Innocent Flower Girl: Her overall character design.
- Perpetual Smiler: Every single card she has, with exception to the New Year cards, has her smiling in them.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the Einherjar unit in Starlight Stage, along with Minami Nitta, Fumika Sagisawa, Arisu Tachibana, and Aiko Takamori.
- While never referred as a unit, she work with Syuko Shiomi, Kaede Takagaki, Miku Maekawa, and Shiki Ichinose in Starlight Stage's Tsubomi commus.
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki
A gentle teen who makes a perfect housewife.
- Berserk Button: Do not disrespect cleaning. She means it. Shiki found the the hard way once Kyoko "kindly and respecfully" explained about cleaning after pressing it in Starlight Stage's Ashita Mata Aeru yo ne event commus.
- Break Them by Talking: What the Ashita Mata Aeru yo ne event commus comically imply to what Kyoko did to Shiki once she pressed Kyoko's Berserk Button.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In her "The Seven Mysteries of Sacred Slipper Academy" S Rare+, she looks more menacing than she usually does... although she doesn't cross yandere territory. This might be a case of playing against type
- See Berserk Button above
- Cover Version: Mamotte Agetai in Cute Jewelries 003.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Feminine Women Can Cook
- Girly Skirt Twirl: In her Rare+.
- Hair Decorations: She always uses a ribbon to tie her side ponytail.
- Image Song: Koi no Hamburg (Hamburg of Love)
- Nice Girl: Her biggest trait. She's sweet and gentle, with the perk of being good at housework.
- Perpetual Smiler: Except in her "The Seven Mysteries of Sacred Slipper Academy" S Rare+.
- The Cameo: Appears with the rest of Pink Check School in the finale of the anime. She was still unvoiced, however. She later does get a voice actress for her Cinderella Master debut.
Voiced by: Yuki Nakashima
A former child model that decides to start anew as an idol.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Boyish Short Hair
- Curtains Match the Window
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Wants people to stop using her because of her height, and to notice her other abilities.
- Image Song: Oikaze Running
- Informed Flaw: Her height. In a country where grown women can be 150cm tall, being 164cm tall with room to go isn't good in Yuuhi's eyes. She thinks it was the only reason she was a model in the first place.
- One Steve Limit: Yes, there's another Yuki (the baseball idol), but without the double "U".
- Pink Is Feminine: 5 of her 6 outfits are pink.
- Stripperiffic: All idol outfits except her S Rare.
- Those Two Girls: With Yasuha, another child prodigy.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Looks boyish and mature due to her height, but she actually likes pink and cute outfits, and became an idol to be able to wear them.
Voiced by: Haruka Chisuga
Horror movie and death metal fanatic.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Enjin.
- Bare Your Midriff: Common to her idol costumes.
- Cool Big Sis: Due to similar interests, is one to Koume Shirasaka.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Wears them as necklaces or earrings.
- Death Metal: Favored style of music.
- Demoted to Extra: Her card and horror theme predates Koume's by a month, but the younger idol proved vastly more popular with fans and left Ryo forgotten. Bandai Namco tried rekindling focus on her with a new card set and 4-koma skit that reinforced her association with Koume, but had little success.
- Somehow averted when she finally received her Cinderella Master debut.
- Gag Boobs: What she has become in the FanArt arena. That being said, she is indeed busty.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Averted. Actually bored by a lot of them.
- Image Song: One Life
- Nightmare Fetishist: Not as extreme as Koume, but enjoys horror.
- Not So Stoic: She isn't immune to fear like Koume and can be scared by ghosts.
- One Steve Limit: There is also an idol named Ryo from the other sides of the franchise...
- Satellite Character: What she has essentially become to Koume.
- The Team: As mentioned above, she's part of the unit Enjin in Starlight Stage, along with Takumi Mukai, Rina Fujimoto, Aki Yamato, and Natsuki Kimura.
Voiced by: Yuuki Takada
A teenager who goes out of her way to help strangers, speaking and acting as if she's more than just an ordinary person.
- Divine Date: Any of the romantic interactions between her and the Producer.
- God in Human Form:
- Might be a good luck kami (Japanese nature spirit), that the Producer interested into becoming an idol. When first encountered she was wearing outdated attire and spoke as if being worshiped was something she enjoyed. If divine she's likely be Benzaiten. In addition to luck and music, the goddess has command over coastlines, lakes, and rivers. Several of Yoshino's card illustrations show her having an affinity for water. Furthermore Mount Benzaiten is located in Kagoshima, the same region Yoshino claims as her birthplace: some Japanese legends claim mountains were the birth marks of deities.
- A digital mural in Shinjuku station featuring chibi versions of the idols marching across the screen, shows Ranko performing one of her trademark chuunibyou poses during the parade. Yoshino repeats the exact same pose shortly afterwards, except hers has a magical flash appear. It gets Ranko's attention, who claps happily at the performance and follows Yoshino in stunned awe.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: She was immediately interested in the Producer's proposal to become an idol, upon realizing an idol's fans are like a flock of worshippers.
- Good Luck Charm: Her mere presence can resolve problems or make lost objects suddenly easy to find.
- Hair Decorations: Always wearing a bow ribbon atop her head.
- Image Song: Inori no Hana
- The Ingenue: Straightforward, honest, and pure as the cleanest snow.
- Miko: Attire worn on her S Rare+ card illustration. Her profession before becoming an idol, if she's not a goddess.
- Mundane Wish: If she's really a luck deity, then the Producer might have unknowingly wasted his wish for her to become an idol, instead of something wondrous for himself. However such a selfless wish might have endeared him to her.
- Mystical Waif: Tends to act as if she's more in tune with her surroundings than humanly possible. She can find lost objects without fail, sense the presence of people trying to hide, and read surface thoughts.
- Nice Girl: Does everything she can to help others.
- Shrines and Temples: Enjoys visiting them. Also seen Dancing On The Roof of one, in what appears to be a religious festival, on her S Rare+.
- Verbal Tic: Often ends her sentences with "deshite~", deshite~.
Voiced by: Saya Aizawa
A young girl from Toyama, who doubts of her physical looks and believes she looks angry always.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She introduces herself to the Producer by saying that she cant become an idol because she doesnt look cute.
- Curtains Matchthe Window.
- Expy: Because of her forehead, many fans consider her a physical clone of Iori Minase.
- Hair Decorations: She usually wears ribbons in her idol form.
- Image Song: Rakuen
- Face of a Thug: She believes that she always looks angry.
- Forehead of Doom: Just like Iori.
Voiced by: Sayaka Harada
A beautiful yet apparently lonely woman the Producer encounters on Christmas.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Yoi Otome.
- Alliterative Name
- Bare Your Midriff: In her Animal Park and '12 Christmas idol costumes.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she falls for the Producer.
- Canine Companion: Had a Golden Retriever in her childhood. Its death is one of the causes she became a Shrinking Violet.
- Christmas Card: Her first appearance is this, alongside Momoka and Yuzu, in the first Christmas event; the Producer encountered her during Christmas, as stated above.
- Christmas Cake: She's the oldest of the idols featured in the Christmas Event she debuted in. Fanon suspects her behaviour is due to being widowed.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied to be the cause of her shy and sad nature.
- Happy Holidays Dress: Her idol form in this event is a pink dress with red lace, imitating gift wrapping.
- Image Song: Last Kiss
- Shrinking Violet
- The Team: Part of the Yoi Otome unit in Starlight Stage with Kaede Takagaki, Nana Abe, Sanae Katagiri and Shin Sato.
- When She Smiles: She has troubles doing so, but she looks beautiful when she does.
Voiced by: Miharu Hanai
A slightly rebellious girl with interests and hobbies more fitting someone born in 1950's Japan.
- Dragon Lady: She's dressed like Yakuza on her initial Rare + card.
- The '50s: Enka was Japan's most popular style of music in this decade and an idol costume emulates such a singer's. The music is still played in modern Japan, but it's considered outdated like Jazz and Big Band for Americans.
- Flower in Her Hair: When wearing an idol costume.
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Image Song: Onna no Michi wa Hoshi no Michi
- Japanese Delinquents
- Mafia Princess: Has an entourage of suited bodyguards with her in her New Year's S Rare. They also appear in Yonkoma skits and address her as "Mistress."
- Older Than They Look: Due to her old fashion music style and idol costumes.
- Sarashi: Wears it on her initial Rare + card.
- Smart People Play Chess: Shogi is the Japanese equivalent of chess.
- Tattooed Crook: Rare female example and of the temporary tattoo type.
- Younger Than They Look: Strangely enough, her singing voice of Onna no Michi wa Hoshi no Michi make her sounds like an older Enka singer.
Voiced by: Satomi Amano
Born under an unlucky star, she is a girl who suffers from endless bad luck and misfortune.
- Apologises a Lot: Quite aware of her negative karma, and worries she's responsible for all the bad things that happen around her.
- Born Unlucky: Her overall theme.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: A side effect of having so much bad luck.
- Determinator: No matter how bad things become, she always hopes it will get better. Her special skill in the mobile game is literally called, Never Give Up.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The only thing she's good at, requires a lot of work and dedication to maintain.
- Good Luck Charm: She buys quite a lot of them. More importantly, the Producer is this for her as well.
- Guilt Complex: Thinks her bad luck can impact nearby people.
- Image Song: Tani no Soko de Saku Hana wa
- It's All My Fault: Apologises for the misfortune others have in her presence.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: She's cast as an Ax-Crazy Dragon to Natalia in a Sword-And-Sorcery themed fantasy movie, and appears to revel in role.
- The Jinx: Sometimes interpreted as such.
- The Pollyanna: She tries so hard to be one. Things have gotten a lot better since meeting the Producer.
- Shrinking Violet
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: Understandably, she tends to cry from time to time.
- Stepford Smiler: As hinted by her hobbies and general lot in life.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Everything in life seems to be rigged against her, except being an idol. In that she's been very successful, and believes the Producer is the greatest lucky charm she'll ever find.
- When She Smiles: Her true smile, as seen on the variant artwork of several card illustrations. She closes her eyes with a content expression.
Voiced by: Karin Takahashi
Full of negativity and terrified of everything in the world, she is halfhearted about her decision to become an idol.
- Animal Motifs: Squirrel, as she believes that it was the animal that most suited her due to its solitude and hiding abilities.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Has tried to confess her feelings to the Producer, but always gets cold feet.
- Catchphrase: "Though I'd rather ________."
- The blank is filled in with something safe and opposite of what she's doing. For example: be at home, hide under the bed, avoid crowds, etc.
- She often say "Muri" ("Impossible"), as part of her cynical mindset.
- Character Development: Not as you'd expect. At first, she feels like her whole personality needs to be fixed, but she slowly starts to show what little she can do.
- The Cynic: A walking fountain of negativity.
- Damage-Increasing Debuff: Her S Rare+ card has an incredibly powerful effect on opposing idols. Easily one of the deadliest in this area.
- Declaration of Protection / You Are Not Alone: What she likes to hear from the Producer.
- Emo: She doesn't wear the black makeup, but she certainly has the attitude.
- Eyes Always Averted: Even in Starlight Stage, she will not look at the camera during a Live. This has been changed in her recent cards, where she persuades herself that she is not technically staring back at her fans because they are looking at her costume.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: All the time.
- Hidden Depths: No one would expected that she had experience with baking and working with sweets.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Desperately so. The strength she finds to be an idol, stems from this for the Producer.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: If only she could find the courage.
- Image Song: Mori no Kuni Kara
- Loners Are Freaks: She is too afraid to interact with people, and feels flawed because of it.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Finding friendship with several idols. She becomes close with fellow social outcasts, Syoko Hoshi and Koume Shirasaka. Mirei Hayasaka always tries to lend her support whenever Nono becomes too afraid of something, and Mayu Sakuma likes to timeshare Nono's hiding spot because it's under the Producer's desk... although Nono is understandably a bit wary of Mayu.
- Lovable Coward: She's so miserable, you can't help but want to give her a hug.
- Meaningful Name: No! No!
- Nature Lover: She feels confortable in the forest ("mori" in Japanese) and occasionally compares her surroundings to it.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction to most things.
- Power Trio: Becomes the Cool representative of a unit with Mirei Hayasaka and Syoko Hoshi.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tries to invoke it on her idol career, but stops herself when panicking about all the bad things that could happen if she quits. Plus the Producer is always there to comfort her enough to keep going.
- Shrinking Violet: Hides under tables or inside closets. When she trusts the Producer, she specifically hides under his desk for protection.
- Sliding Scale of Gameplay and Story Integration: Her personality is so negative, she's literally about bringing down an opponent than building herself up.
- Stone Wall: Her Rare+ card. Has high defense and debuffs the opponent's attack value.
- Tears of Fear: If she isn't crying, she looks like she's about to.
- Third-Person Person: She alternates between talking in first person and calling herself "Morikubo".
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Subverted. For awhile it seemed comics revealed a Nono was becoming more outgoing and confident, though she kept the Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. Then a Yonkoma featuring her in a squirrel costume, revealed she's REALLY putting a lot of effort in faking to become normal.
- Wingding Eyes: She has spiral eyes when she's pushing herself.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: What the Producer is always trying to tell her.
Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori
A quirky girl with a cute personality who likes making her own idol costumes.
In Starlight Stage, she's part of the unit Yoi Otome.
- Cheap Costume: Her outfits are indeed cute, but if you look closer, you can notice some details are held together with tape.
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails: Two of them.
- Hair Decorations: Always uses one or two of them to keep her pigtails in place.
- Heart Beatdown: She literally throws hearts to the audience in two of her cards.
- Marilyn Maneuver: In the S Rare+ pictured.
- Image Song: Sugar Heart☆Revolution
- In-Series Nickname: Likes being called "Sweetie" and "Sugar Heart".
- Older Than They Look: An extreme case, similar to Wakaba Kusakabe in the Cute group. Shin is 26, but she looks like a teenager. This is mostly explained because her cute outfit choices make her look younger.
- Pink Is Feminine: All of her handmade outfits contain a bigger or lesser amount of pink.
- The Team: Part of the Yoi Otome unit in Starlight Stage with Kaede Takagaki, Miyu Mifune, Sanae Katagiri and Nana Abe.
- Third-Person Person: While she doesn't do this all the time, she'll use "Heart" as a pronoun fairly often, no doubt to be cutesier.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: She often refers to herself as "Sugar Heart" - her surname means "sugar" and her first name "heart." She loves to point out her cuteness and sweetness.
- Weight Woe: Her listed weight and three sizes, both left unspecified, imply this. Funnily enough, Starlight Stage initially listed her weight as 0kg, likely because of limited space.