Wishing to compose a song for her idol, Hayato, to sing someday, Haruka enrolls into Saotome Academy. In the games, she's an Ordinary High-School Student who joins Saotome Academy to become a composer. In the anime, she's a sheltered girl who has lived all her life in the country and doesn't have experience in composing or playing music.
- Affectionate Nickname: In the anime, Ren calls her "Little Lamb" and later starts calling her "My Lady." Natsuki, Tomochika , and her grandmother also call her "Haru-chan." In Season 4, Van calls her "Ha-chan."
- Berserk Button: Messing with her is a great way to get any of the guys on their bad side.
- Country Mouse: Haruka lived in the country for most of her childhood and quickly becomes overwhelmed by the fast pace of the city when she first returns to one.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She does not appear in Shining Live, due to the game shifting greater focus to the two major idol groups.
- Determinator: In the games she can be very persistent if she wants; this is specially shown in routes with tsundere boys like Tokiya or Ranmaru.
- Dude Magnet: Even if she doesn't seem to notice it.
- Flanderization: Her anime counterpart is much more clumsy and clueless than her game version, where she doesn't seem to have any problems with composing or playing the piano.
- Flower in Her Hair: In episode 8 of the anime.
- Friendless Background: In the anime at least. In the games she doesn't seem to keep in contact with anyone in her life before she joined Saotome Academy.
- Goal in Life: She wants to write music for her idol, Hayato.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: If paired with Tokiya or Masato, her pink hair and cheerful disposition contrasts sharply with their dark blue hair and aloofness.
- The Heart: Of ST★RISH, especially emphasized in the anime.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: In the games, the player can change her name and nickname.
- Image Song: Gets one in the anime: "Maigo no Kokoro".
- The Ingenue: Ever in good faith, rarely up to the romantic tones swarming around. Quite naive to "the ways of the world".
- Naïve Newcomer: In the anime, unlike her classmates, Haruka knows next to nothing about the idol industry (due to living in the country and not having a TV) and doesn't recognize Shining Saotome and Ringo from their idol days.
- No Sense of Direction: Apparently. She got lost on her way to Hayato's concert and on more than one occasion after that (including the first episode of season 2). She also gets lost many times in the games.
- Oblivious to Love: In the anime and some routes of the games. Averted in some routes: in Repeat, she's the one who confesses to Tokiya.
- In the anime, she actually has to deal with a confession from Van, which subverts this trope a bit. What mainly subverts this is that she doesn't take Van's confession as being the typical Just Friends route due to how clear and precise he was being. Instead, she tells him that all she can think of is music.
- Parental Neglect: In the games her parents are never mentioned. In the anime she's raised by her grandmother, meaning they're either dead or very busy.
- Performance Anxiety: In the anime, she's afraid to play the piano in front of her class because the first time she was asked to, she couldn't read music and she felt horribly embarrassed. She suffers from it rather severely the second time she's asked to play, as well.
- At one point, it gets so bad that just trying to play ends up paralyzing her fingers.
- Plucky Girl: Despite her anxiety with performing and the rumors circulating about her, she tries her hardest to study and get better in order to achieve her goals. in the anime, she even manages to master reading sheet music in just a few days from sheer force of will.
- Raised by Grandparents: In the anime, she lived out in the country with her grandmother because of her poor health.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: To denote her kind personality.
- Shrinking Violet: In the anime, she really has trouble holding herself trouble when any boy comes on to her, let alone Ren.
- Soap Opera Disease: When she was younger, the exact causes and symptoms of which are unknown. We do know she used to at least have fainting spells.
- Stock Shoujo Heroine: In the anime she's a pretty straight example, being clumsy, shy, insecure and sheltered. In the game she's more self-assured and confident in her skills.
- Technicolour Eyes: Yellow with green pupils, leading to numerous Wild Mass Guessing as to how they turned out that way.
- This Is Your Song: In the games, she'll write a song for the guy whose route the player's following. In the anime, she composes a song for each guy and various songs for ST★RISH.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
- Saotome Academy & Shining Agency *
- Family members
- Hijirikawa family *
- Shinomiya family *
- Ichinose family *
- Jinguuji family *
- Kurusu family *
- Cecil's family *
- Saotome family *
- Kotobuki family *
- Kurosaki family *
- Kisaragi family *
- Ootori family *
- Sumeragi family *
- Hyuuga family *
Gekidan Shining Series
Theater Shining Series
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She possesses Haruka and treats everyone with a hostile attitude. She does this for Cecil to be able to sing better and bring out his potential.