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Saishuu Danshi Aidoru no Keikaku - The story

Saishuu Danshi Aidoru no Keikaku (SDAK)
最終男子アイドルの計画
(The Ultimate Boy Idol Project - TUBIP)

A major record label, OtoDise, decided to hold a competition on a national scale to find the “ultimate male idol”. Enrollment is open to anyone, aged between 14 and 22 years old, who can sing and dance (even not at a professional level), and generally nourishes a deep passion for music and the stage (of course, one of the basic requirements is also to be good-looking!).

After a first selection, 18 candidates were selected, split into 6 units of 3 members each. The allocation in units, whereas the guys had not know each others beforehand and/or had not already presented themselves as a trio, has been decided through a draw.

The 6 forged units will have to “battle” each other, performing a choreography over songs composed and interpreted by themselves, two units at a time and by turns, once a week for a total of 6 months. At the end of the sixth month, the unit which will be proclaimed as the winning one by the judges and the polling audience, gets a contract with the very label, possibly switchable for a prize of 1.000.000 yen each for every member of the unit.

Assisting the unit in their “musical adventure” is Sakigawa Kyouko (heroine of the game - the name is customizable), neo-graduate manager at her first job. Coordinating and “looking after” each of the three members may look like an easy task… But far from it! 
Will the young woman be able to bring fame to her unit, allowing it to overcome each of the “battles” during the scheduled 6 months of the show?

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Each of the guys will have his own personality and “statistics” accordingly to the ones below:

Personality: Energetic - Friendly - Volitive - Reserved - Ambitious

Statistics: (from 1 to 5 points) Creativity - Stage presence - Improvisation - Singing - Dance - Acting

spookyclairearchive  asked:

Dean would totally hang onto the trench coat though. Even if its tattered and dirty, Dean would wash it and keep it in the Impala. And on nights when it's chilly Dean pulls it out and gives it to Cas and says "You'll get a cold you're a human now, just wear it."

I DIDN’T EXPECT ALL THESE FEELINGS THANKS A LOT

And they sit in the car and listen to soft old rock and cas rests his head on dean’s shoulder and before he knows it he’s asleep uUu

Know the unit and the guys: Diamond Lamb's Nut

Diamond Lamb’s Nut (DLN)

Definition of the band: Sparkling, youthful, comforting.

The band’s name was chosen by Daiya, because the other two members weren’t just able to choose a name. Following Daiya’s peculiar habit (calling people by the English equivalent of their Japanese name), it’s based on the names of the 3 unit’s members: Diamond (Daiya in Japanese can also be an abbreviation of “diamond”), Lamb (from the first kanji of Yousuke, “You”, which means, precisely, “lamb”), Nut (the kanji of Minoru means “fruit”, with the particular acception of nut). Therefore “Diamond Lamb’s Nut”, to be abbreviated as DLN due to its length and somewhat tricky pronunciation for a Japanese speaker.

Differently from the two previously mentioned bands, only two of the members in this unit knew each other, but neither of them had decided to participate as a group. Their sound is very “innocent” and slow, almost like the pop ballad genre. Even their lyrics, in harmony with the melodies, are very calm and genuine. The classic songs that you would love to listen to relax or being comforted by (in Japan this is a proper “genre” called “Iyashi-kei” or “healing type”, and is used to describe things and, above all, people who are nice, selfless and kind-hearted, whose behavior is directed to comfort or support others).

(A song that could represent their style: Kosmos, Kosmos, Yukiho Hagiwara image song from The Idolm@ster <— the version linked is by the way the voice we imagine for Minoru~)
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Daiya Yoshida O'Donnell // ダイヤ · · 吉田 オドンネル

Age: 15
Attended school year/Obtained degree: He should attend the first year of High School but he’s already graduated.
Height: 159 cm
Weight: 48 kg
Measurements: 79-61-76
Blood type: B
Date of birth: May 5 (Taurus)
Personality: Energetic.
Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection) Sis, name+chan.
Hobbies: Collecting mecha’s action figures, eating, imitating Dangum’s deeds.
Hates: When action figures break, waiting to eat something.
Symbol Color: Golden Yellow.
Family: Father.

Statistics:
Creativity (5 of 5)
Stage presence (4 of 5)
Improvisation (5 of 5)
Singing (3 of 5)
Dance (3 of 5)
Recitation (2 of 5)

Frontman “in a theoretical way” of the DLN unit, composer of their music and, occasionally, even their lyrics. Daiya is the personification of purity, to the point that one could wonder if he comes from another planet! Unbelievably naive, from his behavior and appearance one would pass for someone at least 5 years younger than his real age. However, he compensates for his “thick-headedness” with a terrific musical talent. His ability is hereditary, as his father is the conductor of an orchestra, while his mother was an opera singer. Half-blood, he is for 2/4 American, ¼ Italian and only the remaining ¼ Japanese. This justifies his distinctly “western features” and the light color of eyes and hair. He refers to himself as “Mr.Diamond” and thus uses the third person.

His interests are rather childish and he loves to play with his model robots (he is a big fan of the mecha animated series called “Dangum”). Onstage he is energetic and breezy, it seems that being the center of attention doesn’t make him uncomfortable in the slightest. This is probably because, due to his childish nature, he has almost no sense of shame.

He’s easily impressionable and believes whatever he’s told. For this very reason, he’s often victim of spiteful people’s dirty tricks, obviously without realizing it, and on the contrary manges to have fun when a prank is played on him. The reason he wants to win (and joined in the first place) the contest is, (citing his own words) “to obtain so much gold to fuse the most powerful space robot capsule that has ever been created, in order to reach my mother who is in heaven”.

TRIVIA:

  • Originally he had brown hair, but since he loved the color of his mother’s, he found out that using hydrogen peroxide and chamomile shampoo he would’ve be able to lighten them, almost ending losing all of his hair. Thus his father decided to let him regularly dye his hair blond, so that his child would stop undermining his own scalp.
  • He’s a real genius, his IQ is estimated to be over 150. If given an instrument, even if he has never played nor studied it before, he’ll manage to compose a melody in a short amount of time simply by ear. Discovering the dynamics of a computer system, in a short time he’s able to use its operating system. Nonetheless, it seems he is not able to carry out the most common everyday actions, such as tying shoelaces or peeling an apple. He also has a formidable memory.
  • Two of his favorite pastimes are to play pick-up sticks or creating buildings with matches, he’s truly good at it, able to set up real fortresses as tall as him, without ever dropping a single one and in a very short time (he has really quick hands). If the building crumbles by the hand of others, he gets a fit of blind rage for some minutes, and then simply goes back to building as if nothing ever happened.
  • He has a habit of screaming phrases in English or Italian, which on the moment doesn’t seem to have any connection with what is happening, but often prove to have serious implications on current events. It is not clear if it’s because Daiya has seering abilities, or whether is merely the result of an incredible (and unconscious) intuitive skill.
  • As stated previously, is a habit of Daiya to “translate” the name of the person they are speaking to in English. However, this is actually impossible or absurd, he is content with calling said person adding the suffix “-chan” after his name (even if they are men). He himself asks his friends to be called “Dai-chan”. When he doesn’t like someone he calls them by their surnames.
Appearance: To be added. ——————— Minoru Fujiwara // 藤原実 Age: 16 Attended school year/Obtained degree: Second year of High School. Height: 169 cm Weight: 56 kg Measurements: 80-69-77 Blood type: AB Date of birth: November 22 (Scorpio). Personality: Reserved. Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection) Manager-san, name+san. Hobbies: Stuffed animals, board games, drinking tea. Hates: Being surrounded by women. Symbol Color: Brown. Family: Mother. Statistics: Creativity (3 of 5) Stage presence (3 of 5) Improvisation (2 of 5) Singing (4 of 5) Dance (3 of 5) Recitation (2 of 5) Member of the DAL unit, he composes their lyrics and helps with the choreography. His shy and submissive personality, as well as the natural predisposition to household chores and hysterical cries, makes him appear not manly in the eyes of his crafty schoolmates. The fact that he’s naturally terrified by females (he chose his school counting on the fact that there were very few female teachers and pupils) and has nearly immediately developed an almost platonic admiration for Yamamoto Ban, does not help in this sense. However, Minoru never fails to quickly point out that he is not interested in men. He is the true leader of the unit and the one who keeps the band together, being able to conciliate the rather different natures of Daiya and Yousuke. He is a great intermediary and peacemaker, but takes always too personally what happens around him, often ending up blaming himself. Even when potentially in the right, he’ll eventually end up feeling responsible if someone tries to put on him a guilty trip about his “role” in the matter. He’s basically an insecure person but tries with all of his might to improve himself (and this goes especially for his gynophobia) but, as for now, with poor results. Precisely for this reason he decided to participate in the contest organized by Otodise. Conscious of his ability to write persuasive lyrics and being generally musically inclined, he decided to put himself to the test, but what will happen when he’ll have to face a horde of ferocious fangirls? TRIVIA:
  • Minoru loves sewing and cooking, and is pretty good at both. It’s he who designs the costumes for his band to wear on stage. He especially loves sewing plushes and his room is literally invaded by them. He began to sew at an early age, seeking for a companion to play with, as he was often alone.
  • His mother is a very famous model/showgirl, and for this reason they are pretty rich. He lives in a sort of villa furnished in a really kitschy way, with shocking pink and golden furniture, fur spotted and tabby carpets. Only his room is, fortunately, escaped the “massacre”.
  • He has a bevy of butlers ready to do anything for him. Surprisingly, all of them are cousins and Americans. They share the same last name, Smith, and when they are dressed in their formal attire and wear sunglasses, they look like they just came out of a sci-fi movie!
  • Minoru has always felt uncomfortable about his social status. He wants to be like the other boys and learn to fend for himself, but until he can’t solve his problems it will be quite difficult to do so.
  • In addition to having hysterics when something doesn’t go as it should, he is also terribly obsessed with hygiene and cleanliness. He always brings with him an antiseptic lotion to “purify himself” when he touches something “dirty.” When in the subway, he sniffs constantly a handkerchief soaked in cologne because he can’t stand the smell of sweat. Even at home, he polishes cutlery until they shine before starting to eat.
Appearance: To be added. —————– Takami Yousuke // 高见羊佑 Age: 16 Attended school year/Obtained degree: Second year of High School. Height: 171 cm Weight: 65 kg Measurements: 83-70-79 Blood type: B Date of birth: September 27th (Libra). Personality: Friendly. Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection)  Manager-san, name+san. Hobbies: Playing Monopoly. Hates: The rankings of the semester-end exams. Symbol Color: Dark green. Family: Father, mother, brother (his twin), sister. Statistics: Creativity (2 of 5) Stage presence (3 of 5) Improvisation (2 of 5) Singing (3 of 5) Dance (3 of 5) Recitation (3 of 5) Gentle, attractive, polite, he would seem the kind of guy that every mother would like as her son-in-law; too bad that, apart from affability and his good looks, Yousuke does not excel particularly in any field. His inability to focus and his awful memory doesn’t allow him to concentrate and get good results in school. As if that was not enough, a congenital awkwardness makes him a real duffer at sports, despite his efforts. Yousuke has always felt a deep but silent envy for his brother, confident and quick in his movements. It’s for this reason that he decided to enter the competition. He is in charge of the choreography in his unit, but often forgets himself the steps. Fortunately, the collaboration of Minoru and Daiya helps to stem what would otherwise be a real disaster. His charm lies in his “good guy” appearance, but he is often a bit detached and lost in thoughts. Probably this is due to the indomitable character of his twin, who gives him some concern. In fact, when it comes to Toranosuke he becomes incredibly short-tempered and foul-mouthed, almost another person. He’s not particularly patient. TRIVIA:
  • Among the many shortcomings of Yousuke, the most overt is certainly his complete lack of sense of direction. Perhaps because he’s often with his head in the clouds, not observing his surroundings and therefore not memorizing places, eventually getting lost.
  • He attends the same school of Minoru, the two are classmates and so they were in junior high. It’s a private academy, the classes are very hard and the teachers strict. Given its lack of aptitude towards study, the poor Yousuke must work hard to reach the sufficiency.
  • It is not clear from where the hatred between the two twins was born, but the cause would seem to date back to the times of elementary school…
  • Yousuke is not very lucky in love. He had several girls, but was never able to stay with them for more than a month because of the “intervention” of Toranosuke. Eventually, he decided to give up and wait for his brother to mature, find his way in life, or most probably, as he says “ending killed in a fight between thugs”, to be able to find his soul mate.
  • He was forbid to make coffee since when he slipped the tray with all the cups, squirting the others with the hot drink. It’s a miracle that he wasn’t sued for injuries back then.
Appearance: To be added. —————- Takami Toranosuke // 高见虎之助 Age: 16 Attended school year/Obtained degree: Second year of High School. Height: 173 cm Weight: 66 kg Measurements: 86-72-81 Blood type: B Date of birth: September 27th (Libra). Personality: Strong-willed. Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection) Buta-chan/Buta, you, name. Hobbies: “Breaking things,” “to be a living controversy,” to annoy his twin Yousuke. Hates: Yousuke’s existence. Symbol Color: Coral Red. Family: Father, mother, brother (twin), sister. Statistics: Creativity (4 of 5) Stage presence (4 of 5) Improvisation (5 of 5) Singing (3 of 5) Dance (4 of 5) Recitation (3 of 5) Yousuke’s twin brother. Being a perfect example of identical twins, they are practically peas in a pod - obviously this applies only to their physical appearance. Disrespectful, rebellious and aggressive, Toranosuke is the complete antithesis of his brother. Precisely because of this nature, his parents were inclined to take Yousuke into greater account, being more docile and obedient than him. This is why he started to develop over the years a tremendous hatred towards the other, to the point of wanting to steal what’s his or surpass him in every field. He came to find out that Yousuke had managed to pass the first stage of the selections, and decided to sneak in, posing as his twin. Every cloud has a silver lining, at least, since Toranosuke seems to be much more confident and breezy in the movements than his brother. On a closer inspection one would wonder if, in his own extreme way of course, he wasn’t trying to help his brother. In fact, not everything Toranosuke does is for the plain purpose of being annoying: he just find these malicious approaches to be much more direct and effective to make others understand something or to approach them. If you stop to talk to him for more than a minute (i.e. the time that he uses to play a trick or offend anyone in a more or less heavy way), it soon becomes clear that he is not a simple bully nor an idiot, on the contrary he is incredibly smart, introspective and a good observer. He seems to have a tendency to talk to himself, and loves to complain for hours about his brother, who he considers a total incompetent. The fact that he loves so much to talk to himself, regardless his confidence and lack of problems to interact with other people, raises the question if, in truth, he doesn’t feel lonely. He occasionally serves as the assistant choreographer and writer of the lyrics in DAL. He seems to have targeted a bit all of the members of his band (but this is probably just because it’s the unit of his brother), especially Minoru, whose latent homosexuality he says to be firmly convinced about, since as soon as he learned of his terror for women. TRIVIA:
  • He hasn’t attended the same college of Minoru and his brother, but a kind of reform school. Needless to say he is the worst of his course, as well as the leader of a gang, but he doesn’t seem to be attached to his role.
  • He “spices up” his speech with English phrases here and there. He has an excellent pronunciation and his language skills and vocabulary are better than those of the average Japanese. Obviously, he’s particularly strong with the slang and swearing.
  • He is convinced that Minoru is gay and that he and his brother are lovers. Eager to confirm his theory, he once pretended to be his twin and openly confessed to the other guy - with the only result of getting yelled at soundly by the both of them.
  • Contrary to his image, he is very good with computers (he is a sort of hacker), and the mathematical sciences. He always brings along a notebook full of absurd equations, which does not show to anyone and defends as if his life was depending of it.
  • His only weakness is coconut. He hates not only the fruit itself, but anything which has the same smell of it. His hatred is so exaggerated to border on true psychosis: he once went out with a girl who used to wear a coconut perfume and at the time to kiss her, the smell made him so much nauseated that he almost threw up on her.
  • He has the ‘habit’ to introduce himself to girls with “Hello, I’m Tora and my BEEP measure TOT cm”. If they already know his brother he goes with: "Hello, I’m Tora. You think that Yousuke and I look alike? Definitely not in our pants. As my BEEP is much bigger than his!“, rounding off with a laugh. Yousuke, of course, immediately hastens up to deny every single time.
  • He does not know who among them is the older. This is because at their birth they were so identical that even their mother wasn’t able to distinguish one from the other. Of course, Toranosuke is convinced that he is the older one, more than for a real reason, just because calling Yousuke "brother” would be too humiliating for him. But, if there is a clear advantage in it, is magically Yousuke to become the older between the two.
  • Since when he tried to provoke Akira, the brooms’ warehouse on the second floor of the agency has become his isolation cell.
Appearance: To be added. ———–
Know the unit and the guys: Adonis

Adonis

Definition of the band: Mysterious, elegant, sensual.

The band’s name was chosen by its frontman, Kanzaki Ryouta. It is inspired by a figure from classical mythology, that is the beautiful and virile young man who seduced Venus, the goddess of beauty, herself. The sound and the band’s lyrics are closest than the others’ to what a unit of male idols is supposed to be: joy to the eyes (and ears!) of the girls.

(Example of a song that could represent their style: Alice or Guilty by Jupiter from Idolm@ster2)
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Kanzaki Ryouta // 神崎凉太

Age: 20
Attended school year/Obtained degree: First year in the faculty of Arts and Philosophy.
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Measurements: 108-80-100
Blood type: B
Date of birth: May 25th (Gemini)
Personality: Ambitious
Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection) Mesuinu-chan (mesuinu is literally “female dog”), Pochi (a typical Japanese name for female dogs)/name.
Hobbies: Studying the Greek classics, sculpting his body, western sweets.
Hates: People who “aren’t able to stay in their place” (especially if women).
Symbol Color: Blue
Family: Father (deceased), mother, foster uncle (he has basically been his tutor since his father’s death).

Statistics:
Creativity (2 of 5)
Stage presence (5 of 5)
Improvisation (4 of 5)
Singing (3 of 5)
Dance (3 of 5)
Acting (4 of 5)

Frontman of the Adonis unit and writer of their lyrics. He recruited Satori and Takumi (to cite his own words: “picked them up from the street”) to present themselves as a trio in the contest. Actually, it’s pretty obvious that he isn’t crazy about dancing and neither the idea of becoming an idol seems to attract him all that much: he states continuously that he participated in the contest exclusively for the prize money, which is rather strange since he’s the only son of the late owner of the Kanzaki Banks and, as such, the only heir of all of his stocks.

On stage, he behaves in a gentle and mellifluous way, using a formal register and being always polite. But in real life, he’s a true tyrant, cynical and scornful towards everyone, including his teammates, which he treats as underlings and refers to as if they were pet. He never lets his true personality surface when he’s on stage, so his fans consider him a true knight and a gentleman. Because of his nature, he has quite some frictions with all of the members of the other units, especially Akira and Yasu. Provided with a monstrous ambition, to say the least, he would be willing to do anything to get what he wants. He doesn’t mind having to hurt someone’s feelings, or ending up being regarded as cruel and heartless (only in real life though; he would do anything to avoid his true nature to leak out on stage or getting revealed in any possible way).

His interest towards the members of his band depends solely on the success of his “mission”, or at least this is what it tends to look like. He doesn’t scruple to insult, threaten, and sometimes even hit them. Some have seen him clouding temporarily or shutting himself off, but no one never had the guts to tell this anybody. 

TRIVIA:

  • He loves western culture, particularly the classical Hellenistic’s art and architecture. He would like to study abroad, directly in the homeland of his beloved culture. Actually, his knowledge is rather negligent, so one could wonder whether he’s so into it just to put on airs. In the meantime, he collects more or less questionable models of Greek statues.
  • He cares a lot about his physical appearance and his muscles, but has a huge sweet tooth. Every now and then he treats himself with high-calorie snacks, and then (regretting it deeply) he does 50 push-ups in one go immediately after eating them, to burn up calories.
  • One would never guess it, but he has surprisingly a huge interest in airplanes and aviation (be it Japanese or international, especially the post- WWII one). His hero is the Red Baron. He knows every detail of the structure of a plane. Given his personality, it is not clear just where this peculiar interest may come from.
  • In private, he never calls the members of his band with their own names. Since he identifies Takumi as his “dog”, and Satori as his “cat”, he calls “Kuro” the first, and “Tama” the latter (both are typical names for dogs and cats in Japan).

Appearance: To be added.

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Nakamura Satori // 中村悟

Age: 18
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Third year of High School.
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 57 kg
Measurements: 81-66-77
Blood type: AB
Date of Birth: February 15 (Pisces)
Personality: Reserved.
Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection) Manager, name+san, name.
Hobbies: Collecting all kind of wigs, tap-dancing.
Hates: Traditional culture.
Symbol Color: Grey.
Family: Father.

Statistics:
Creativity (3 of 5)
Stage presence (4 of 5)
Improvisation (3 of 5)
Singing (2 of 5)
Dance (5 of 5)
Acting (3 of 5)

The person in charge of the choreography of the band, unbelievably expressionless and apathetic. The only time when he seems to regain energy and vitality is when he’s on the dance floor. Otherwise, he’s mostly detached and phlegmatic.
He doesn't seem to be much interested about what happens around him. Not even criticisms or insults seem to touch him.

No one could tell precisely if his “blankness” is due to disgust, boredom or sadness. Probably it’s a mixture of the three. He’s usually quiet and expressing through monosyllables. Has a tendency to intervene with cynical jokes or talking nonsense in the most tense moments. Doesn't like to talk much about himself, and if he has to do it he’ll try to hijack the conversation in every possible way (all without ever getting upset, of course). He has an insight and emotional intelligence, as well as a sense of humor, really out of the way.

Satori was “hired” by Ryouta, who was looking for good-looking young men with whom to form a trio for the contest, and noticed him while tap-dancing in a host-club. Despite Ryouta’s “bullying” he never gets flustered nor rebels at all. It must be said, however, that between him and Takumi he is the one Ryouta seems to get along better with and respect the most.

TRIVIA:

  • Has a passion for hats and wigs, in all kind of colors and sizes. Among his most absurd wigs it’s included a fiery red one combed as a drill. Even if he says he collects hats, actually he only owns 10… and they are all identical.
  • His catchphrase is: “I don’t give a fuck.”
  • When he isn’t going wild tap-dancing, which he has an aptitude for, he simply hangs around the agency all the time, or lays sprawled on some bench. Ryouta, who usually poorly tolerates laziness in people around him, is remarkably patient and punishes him very rarely for these manifestations of sloth.
  • Although he’s not exactly a “concentration of testosterone”, apparently he is very popular and seems to be good at dealing with the fair sex. Too bad that him being so “hare-headed” could be a major obstacle in building a serious relationship.

Appearance: To be added.

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Wakaba Takumi // 若叶巧
 
Age: 17
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Second year of High School.
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Measurements: 94-74-87
Blood type: A
Date of Birth: March 29 (Aries)
Personality: Reserved
Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection) Manager-san, name+san.
Hobbies: Choral singing, playing the piano, kyuudou (Japanese martial art based on archery).
Hates: Disorder.
Symbol Color: Midnight Blue.
Family: Father, mother, paternal grandparents, older sister, older brother, younger brother.

Statistics:

Creativity (4 of 5)
Stage presence (3 of 5)
Improvisation (2 of 5)
Singing  (5 of 5)
Dance (2 of 5)
Acting (3 of 5)

Member of the Adonis unit, he is the composer of their music and a handyman at Ryouta’s service. Son of a showbiz promoter, Takumi has always been in touch with music since he was a child. He attended conservatory and a choral singing school, he’s a baritone. Out of all the guys in the competition, he’s probably the most focused (and almost exclusively) on singing, due also to his previous experience (although his voice would better suit opera than pop music).

Even if his father is a businessman, and was involved with the world of music, he has always warded off the idea of his son becoming the member of an idol group, preferring instead to direct him towards a career as an opera singer. For this reason, father and son have had quite a few disagreements and debates about his decision to enter the competition.

Takumi, who deeply respects his parent and would never go against his will, in the end decided to accept Ryouta’s request because he thought it could be a springboard to gain notoriety. But there’s another reason: the captivating charisma of the older boy has impressed Takumi, who, while trying to pass himself off as an icy and stoic man, actually has a very little self-esteem and tends to depend a lot on other people’s judgements.

Aware of this, Ryouta feels entitled to treat him as he wants.

TRIVIA:

  • His family owns several cats (letting them grow in the wild) and 3 dogs: a St. Bernard, Wagner, and a pair of Doberman, Brünnhilde and Siegfried. Wagner is about 14 years old, and was adopted when still a puppy, he has always been at Takumi’s side who is particularly fond of and treats him as a brother.
  • Unlike Satori, who prefers western culture (American one especially), Takumi is a big fan of traditional Japanese culture. In his high school he belongs to the kyuudou club and is regarded as a master of the tea ceremony.
  • He wears glasses, and is rather short-sighted. He is missing 4,00 diopters to/in/at the right eye and 3,45 at the left. Despite Ryouta jeers at Takumi, saying that those “birth control glasses” make him look ridiculous, he keeps avoiding contact lenses because he is terrified to insert any foreign body in his eye.
  • Without glasses, he’s as good as blind therefore tends to narrow his eyes, reducing them to slits. This - according to Ryouta and Satori - cuts 75% off his previously poor charm (rather than that, considered to be lower compared to theirs).
  • His ideal type of woman is, by his own admission, energetic, ambitious and “aggressive”. This is not very consistent with his traditional Japanese man’s image (since, as a rule, a true Japanese man should prefer the “Yamato Nadeshiko”, i.e. the classic “angel of the hearth”, kind, quiet and especially submissive!). However, when you consider how little his self-esteem is, his tastes in women are perfectly understandable.

Appearance: To be added.

Know the unit and the guys: HyakkiYakou

HyakkiYakou

Definition of the band: ghostly, mysterious, haunting.

The band’s name means “march of a hundred ghosts”, and refers to a paranormal phenomenon from the Japanese folklore, which should make it clear the kind of image that its members wanted to convey through their music and looks.

The use of the synthesizer, strings and also other kind of devices (like a saw played with a violin bow), helps to give evocative and disturbing feelings to the songs. The lyrics are generally related to the occult world or mystery, since Nanase was not really enthusiastic to the idea of ​​writing romantic ballads.

The sounds are very close to aristocratic rock and alternative metal. Obviously, as already mentioned, even the look of the components is quite intimidating: feathers, skulls, crosses and velvet galore!

(Examples of songs that would fit their style: some of the Ali Project’s, Sweets Time at Midnight by VocalBGM from Touhou)

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Madarame Tsukasa // 斑目司

Age: 18
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Third year of High School.
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 61 kg
Measurements: 92-70-86
Blood type: AB
Date of birth: August 8 (Leo).
Personality: Reserved.
Way to address to the manager (depending on the level of affection):  Manager-san, name+san/name.
Hobbies: Manufacturing voodoo dolls, baking cookies, telling horror stories.
Hates: Being surrounded by strangers.
Symbol Color: Black.
Family: Father (putative), younger brother (adoptive).

Statistics:

Creativity (2 of 5)
Stage presence (2 of 5)
Improvisation (2 of 5)
Singing (3 of 5)
Dance (3 of 5)
Acting (4 of 5)

Main voice and songwriter of the unit HyakkiYakou. Tsukasa is a seemingly shy and reserved guy - if not literally agoraphobic. While he secretly suffers of loneliness, he feels uncomfortable being around people, so is forced to stay on his own. However, once he gets to know the people around him, he immediately reveals to be very polite and friendly… even far too much at times (according to Shiki).

He doesn’t have much experience in the relational field and therefore tends to believe almost everything he is said and is a bit unwary. He has quite strange hobbies, at times almost disturbing, and being generally silent, he often goes unnoticed and scares his neighbor when the latter becomes aware of his presence.

He is very close to Shiki, whom he considers like a real little brother, especially considering that he was adopted by his (Shiki’s) family when he was fourteen. In fact he remained orphaned very young, and he lived up to that age in different foster homes, where he helped with the home economics and looking after the younger children, and indeed this ‘maternal predisposition’ is still embedded in him. In fact, he loves to cook, sew and clean around. He is also quite fearful and ceremonious, he is quick to apologize (loudly too) for any trifling matter. He also tends to get depressed and discouraged quite easily.

TRIVIA:

  • He doesn’t actually attend school but, like Shiki, has a private tutor who comes to teach him directly at home. He hasn’t decided what to study at university, because, unfortunately, there is not yet an occult or cryptozoology’s faculty.
  • Just like cats, he loves hot and narrow spots, and often when he feels sad he huddle up in a corner between the wall and the snacks and drinks vending machine.
  • Since he probably did not had many friends and suffered loneliness for a long time, is very keen to talk to himself and has a series of imaginary friends, whom he really believe they exist. Of course Shiki prevented him from talking about it in public.
  • He has a strange relationship with the colors to wear, so all of his wardrobe consists of whites, blacks, or shades of gray. At least he has no problem to match them together!
  • Just as Akira, he has a bad relationship with technology and mobile phones, except that in his case is worsened by the fact that he has no idea on how to use those. Furthermore, he hasn’t a great relationship with any kind of animal, since generally even the meekest ones snarls at or escapes from him… For this same reason, over the years he has developed a kind of phobia towards the bigger ones (such as horses) and the birds, although he can’t really help loving cats and dogs.

Appearance: To be added.

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Otonashi Shiki // 音无志贵

Age: 14
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Third year of middle school.
Height: 146 cm
Weight: 42 kg
Measurements: 71-55-70
Blood type: A
Date of birth: 31 October (Scorpio).
Personality: Reserved.
Way to address to the manager (depending on the level of affection): Manager-san, Lady+Surname.
Hobbies: Playing with his doll Jiang-xi.
Hates: People who are too noisy, Tsukasa’s theatricality.
Symbol Color: White.
Family: Father, older brother (adoptive).

Statistics:

Creativity (4 of 5)
Stage presence (4 of 5)
Improvisation (3 of 5)
Singing (3 of 5)
Dance (4 of 5)
Acting (5 of 5)

HyakkiYakkou’s composer and probably the true “mastermind” behind the band. Shiki is a pretty mysterious boy, certainly very mature for his age. He is Tsukasa’s (acquired) younger brother. He speaks in a very polished way and at a first glance he may seem a very young Daddy’s boy, haughty and snobbish, and in fact he is quite cheeky and has no problem to externalize what he thinks. Temperamentally he is the opposite of Tsukasa, speaking in public doesn’t cause him any trouble and he is able to relate properly with anyone, having an excellent ability to handle any kind of situation. It’s him who holds up the group and composes the lyrics and the music.

Closely tied to Tsukasa, he follows the latter step by step in everything he does, almost as if he was his guardian (which is ironic, since he is almost five years younger than him). He decided to follow him into this 'adventure’ since, for the first time, Tsukasa has shown initiative trying to participate in a competition to overcome his phobias and become bolder and popular.

Unlike his friend, Shiki is good at gaining very easily the esteem and confidence of those around him, even though his incredible precocity can initially leave people baffled. Sometimes it’s hard to consider him a mere fourteen years old boy, but he has his own insecurities, like all the guys of his age. After an accident, which took the life of his mother when he was still small, he experienced a trauma which, among other things, changed the color of his eyes making him heterocromic. His left eye is in fact, differently from the right one, of a golden unnatural color; furthermore it seems that he cannot see very well from that eye and is quite sensitive about it.

Although he is always at ease even among people unknown to him, he prefers to have its own spaces, and sometimes closes himself in his room to think and focus over things. When this happens, only a very few people are allowed to be near him. He prefers silence over noise and when things gets too chaotic, thanks to its volitional nature he is really quick to silence everyone and restore the order!

TRIVIA:

  • He has a real passion for gold: he loves being surrounded by objects in this league, from the most elegant to the most tacky (however, contrary to Ryouta he has a very mature and refined artistic taste). In fact, he wanted to get gold as his symbol color, but unfortunately it had already been 'snatched off’ from Daiya, so he made white do, considering that it is also one of the main colors of his wardrobe, and he wanted something that was “in contrast” with Tsukasa.
  • His father comes from a noble family, but decided at a relatively young age to pursue a career as director of a funeral home, so he kind of “sullied” the good name of his family (in Japan, jobs that have to do with death were - and still are - considered a prerogative of the lower social classes).
  • Just as Tsukasa, he nurtures an excessive love towards the occult. The doll he always carries with him, Jiang-xi, he has been sewn by Tsukasa under his commission. He never parts from it, and claims it is a powerful artifact that is used to “amplify luck”.
  • He owns an impressive intelligence, and his tutor keeps complimenting him with his father about it. With his skills, he might even get to graduate within a single year, but he prefers to continue sticking to the usual scholastic program followed by his peers.
  • Towards women he is always very kind, and refers to them as “Lady” or “Miss”, followed by their surname. That would be nice and tender, if it wasn’t that his manners are so mature that they destroy the air of innocence he emanates when addressing to them…

Appearance: To be added.

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Tanaka Nanase // 田中七瀬

Age: 17
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Second year of High School.
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Measurements: 92-74-89
Blood type: 0 (-)
Date of birth: July 7 (Cancer).
Personality: Strong-willed.
Way to address to the manager (depending on the level of affection): Manager, name.
Hobbies: Playing driving simulators with motorcycles.
Hates: Those who cannot mind their own business.
Symbol Color: Red copper.
Family: Grandfather (he is an orphan).

Statistics:

Creativity (3 of 5)
Stage presence (4 of 5)
Improvisation (3 of 5)
Singing (5 of 5)
Dance (5 of 5)
Recitation (3 of 5)

The choreographer of HyakkiYakkou, ended up in the group by extraction. He is a boy with almost ethereal features, it’s a shame that his character does not match up with his appearance.
In fact he is unsociable, introverted, and also misanthropic by nature.

He doesn’t seem to have a great faith in human beings generally speaking, and prefers to spend his time together with his motorcycle.
He interacts with the guys of the other units, if not with the components of its own unit, only in case of an emergency.

Apart from that, his dedication and perseverance are fearful, he is a true perfectionist and excels both in dance and singing. Because of its unfriendly attitude and his desire to excel, others tend to judge him as an ostentatious guy, so he doesn’t exactly enjoy the favors nor the esteem of Otodise’s boys.

Yet, even if he has a tendency to reply in a brazen way, he is not an arrogant person at all nor does he considers himself superior to others, at least apparently. He has an excellent sense of rhythm and also a quite versatile voice.

TRIVIA

  • He’s incredibly meticulous about his motorcycle, which he named Bianca. When he is not helping or working with the other two members of his unit, he can be found in Otodise’s garage polishing it.
  • He always wears collars. He owns different kinds, and it seems that he likes collecting them.
  • In addition to motorcycles and music, he seems to be interested in military history of the early twentieth century, and at times he and Ryouta “compete” over who is the most knowledgeable on the subject (being labeled as weirdos).
  • He is quite fluent in European languages and although his vocabulary is limited he has a good accent.
  • Usually he always wears leather jackets (with fluorescent colors), biker pants and long boots. Although they are all designer clothes, he has a poor sense regarding colors and some of his combinations may be a real eyesore.

Appearance: To be added.

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Know the unit and the guys: Denkachou

Denkachou

Definition of the band: Electronic, elegant, thrilling.

The music of this unit makes an extensive use of synthesizers and electronic instruments. The sounds are very “technoish”. The lyrics vary from romantic to provocative ones. Following Takeshi’s will, both lyrics and music would often fit well in a fighting game.
The name of the unit is a combination of characters that incarnate the dearest ‘images’ to each of its three components, namely:
“Den” (electricity - but in a compound can also be used to identify a person a bit odd -) is Takeshi’s, “Ka” (cherry blossom) Souji’s and “Chou” (butterfly) Towru’s.
The name of the unit also symbolically represents its spirit and sound (where the spirit of the cherry blossom represents the Japanese ethnicity, the butterfly a melancholic elegance and electricity would be technology).

(Examples of songs that would fit their image: almost all the Daft Punk and Depeche Mode’s discography).

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Urashima Souji // 浦岛総司

Age: 21
Attended school year/Obtained degree:University (Faculty of Medicine).
Height: 167 cm
Weight: 56 kg
Measurements: 80-68-78
Blood type: A
Date of Birth: December 13 (Sagittarius).
Personality: Reserved.
Way to address to the manager (depending on the level of affection): Manager-san/manager, name-san.
Hobby: Ikebana, studying medicine.
Hates: Superficial people, explosions and loud noises generally speaking (including fireworks and thunders).
Symbol Color: Purple.
Family: Father, mother, older brother.

Statistics:
Creativity (4 of 5)
Stage presence (2 of 5)
Improvisation (3 of 5)
Singing (4 of 5)
Dance (2 of 5)
Acting (4 of 5)

The shady lyricist of the unit Denkachou. Brilliant medical student, occasionally forced to entrust the creation of the lyrics to the other two members because of his academic commitments. Before attending the contest, he belonged to an “indie-rock” band along with two of his classmates and his girlfriend. He was the vocalist and played the bass too. After the breakup of the band, he said to himself that he would never sing or play again. However, after the casual meeting with Towru and his proposal to participate in the contest, he finally found the strength to change his mind.

He is rather shy, so he doesn’t immediately give confidence to his interlocutors. This, together with his noble and somewhat icy features, gives him a false air of haughtiness. With people who are close to him he is always extremely friendly and cooperative. He’s more apt to listen rather than speak, which makes him a very good observer. Takeshi and Towru have practically elected him their personal counselor/psychologist. The overall impression he gives to those who know him enough is of a settled, mature and sensible person. His considerable patience, optimistic attitude and open mind make him a good dispenser of advices.

TRIVIA:

  • The main problem with Souji are his hair. He seems to keep them longer due to a sense of guilt. Maybe he lost some kind of bet? No matter how much they stand right in front of his eyes, annoying him, he still persists not cutting them.
  • He is fascinated by cherry blossoms. When he wants to be a little on his own, he goes to visit the park or the garden within the agency.
  • While he is a person who tends to be serious and composed, if he meets someone whose behavior irritates him or he finds immature, he will likely tease this person in a not too veiled way.
  • Has a passion for cute stuffed animals, but prefers not to show it, even if he still does not consider it something to be ashamed of.
  • His older brother, Sou, is a lawyer and is openly gay. This is probably a reason for Souji’s open-mindedness. He feels a deep respect and admiration for his brother and his life choices.

Appearance: To be added.

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Maeda Towru // 真栄田 トール

Age: 20
Attended school year/Obtained degree: University/”Part-time student” (Arts faculty).
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Measurements: 98-75-94
Blood type: O
Date of birth: July 27 (Leo).
Personality: Ambitious.
Way to address to the manager (depending on the level of affection): Manager-chan, name-chan.
Hobbies: Composing lyrics, trying to learn to play any musical instrument he likes at the moment, playing DDR.
Hates: Things that “bring bad luck”.
Symbol Color: Fuchsia.
Family: Mother, sister.

Statistics:
Creativity (3 of 5)
Stage presence (4 of 5)
Improvisation (3 of 5)
Singing (2 of 5)
Dance (3 of 5)
Acting (4 of 5)

The choreographer of the unit. Those who claim that “fickleness is woman” should know Towru before repeating it. In fact, he is capriciousness and inconstancy personified. Likes to cultivate different interests but, unfortunately, every single one of them is always rather short-lived. The only one he has managed to be constant about so far, obtaining even good results, has been music.

He tends to be optimistic and loves to make friends with people (more or less disparate), sometimes even resulting rather annoying and intrusive - too bad that he does not seem to notice in the slightest. He knew Souji in a club, but judging from the details he knows about his private life (including things Souji himself would never speak of), one would think they know each other from a long time. Always due to his volatility, he alternates bursts of almost idiotic optimism to moments of high depression.

He has a cult of beauty and professes himself as a “hedonist” (it’s unknown if he knows what the term means). According to Souji, he is simply a self-centered person. Despite everything, it is likely that his attempts to be at the center of the attention is a way to mask his affective deficiencies… After all, no matter how much he loves to be noticed by others, he practically never talk about himself or his family…

TRIVIA:

  • The way he dresses, dresses up and poses, places him directly into the stereotype of the “charaotoko” (more or less the equivalent of a chav). But since he hates being labeled, periodically he changes his way to dress and the accessories… Unfortunately they basically remain pretty gaudy and garish.
  • He brags to be a Don Juan, but the truth is that all the women he makes a pass at (i.e. basically any woman who enters in his visual field), reject him badly. Apparently, this does not seem to dishearten him at all.
  • Like Ban (with whom he shares the exaggerated reactions), he is incredibly superstitious. Breaking a string or accidentally passing under a ladder is enough to make him panic immensely and let out a scream worthy of the Boys Choir…
  • In addition, he believes in astrology, and is convinced that no matters what he does he will be forgiven because “well, that’s what my horoscope was saying this morning”. ”What’s your sign?” is the first question he gives to his interlocutor, and if the latter is a sign that theoretically does not get along with his, he might even stop talking to him. The matter is different if the interlocutor is a female of course (for those he is always willing to make an exception… still keeping in mind the astrological aspect).
  • Despite he pretends to be constantly joking about everything, he’s almost always serious in everything he says and does. That’s why when people do not understand him he gets deeply hurt (but Towru hates to make it obvious).
  • Has a passion for butterflies, and any accessories shaped like this. The reason seems to lie in the fact that a figure very important to him, his older brother, was fascinated to those to the point of owning a real collection.
  • He is really attentive to his look and shape, because as a child he had issues and was the target of the school bullies because of his too clear complexion. He constantly promises himself to always be careful to not overdo when eating out, but always ends, peremptorily, eating like if there was no tomorrow when it comes to his favorite courses. Afterwards, he ends up complaining and forcing himself to do the most painful and unlikely muscular training in a vain attempt to amend to his ‘sin’.

Appearance: To be added.

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Nagisa Takeshi // 渚健史

Age: 17
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Third year of High School.
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Measurements: 81-68-76
Blood type: A
Date of Birth: September 2 (Virgo).
Personality: Strong-willed.
Way to address to the manager (depending on the level of affection): Manager-san/manager, name + san.
Hobbies: Programming and playing video games, voice acting, surfing th net ad especially Waku Waku Douga, “sentai” telefilms.
Hates: Having to show in public, shopping.
Symbol Color: Silver.
Family: Mother, father (the parents are living separately), younger brother.

Statistics:
Creativity (4 of 5)
Stage presence (4 of 5)
Improvisation (3 of 5)
Singing (5 of 5)
Dance (2 of 5)
Acting (3 of 5)

The main vocalist of Denkachou and occasionally their songwriter. He brought up a good reputation as a “singer” on the famous Waku Waku Douga, a social network where you can share amateurish videos and songs. Has a powerful voice that can reach very high notes, and is also particularly versatile. However, if on the internet he is confident, sociable and funny, in real life he is basically the opposite. Shy and quiet, he spends most of his time locked up at home programming or playing video games. He decided to participate in the contest pushed by his mother and younger brother, in fact initially he wasn’t really willing to give it a try. Despite it all, he is starting this competition benefited by the discreet fanbase he built up by publishing his “singing labors”.

He has ended up with Towru and Souji by extraction, but as character and personality he fits quite well with the two, since they manage to bring out his funny and purposeful side. He also has a soft and apprehensive side, and with women he can be very kind and chivalrous. The truth is that the main reason why he didn’t want to participate in the auditions for an idol show, was that is that he doesn’t think to be beautiful enough for it. In fact, in all of his videos (and on the audition and onstage too) he wears a mask and is disguised as a tokusatsu (action shows with heroes wearing costumes and sci-fi elements) hero when of course in such contests the outward appearance is one of the main points…
Nonetheless, now that he’s in the game, he will try to prove that talent is something that exists apart from one’s appearance!

TRIVIA:

  • The nickname by which he became famous on Wakuwaku Douga is an anagram of his name, “Shitake”, to which he added “man”, to create a name that recalls that of a super hero. “Shitake” in Japanese is also the name of a kind of mushrooms quite exquisite, and appetizing to Takeshi. In fact, Shitakeman’s emblem consists in a funny stylized red mushroom. Furthermore, given that the Shitake are well-known agents against cholesterol and free radicals, one of Shitakeman’s “battle cries” is: “I’m here to free you from sugar and diabetes!”.
  • Only a few people have seen his true face since, even if off-stage he does not goes around with his mask on, he still constantly wears a sweatshirt with his hoodie pulled down over his forehead, an anti-flu mask up to his nose and a pair of sunglasses with very thick lenses. Once Towru has tried to remove them, only to discover that… he wears another pair of sunglasses below.
  • His younger brother, named Takashi, shares his love for music, and plays the drums. He’s the typical “charismatic drummer”, has an athletic body and a beautiful appearance (in fact he constantly changes girlfriend). Takeshi is secretly envious of him, but the affection binding the two brothers is too strong to let envy prevail.
  • In addition to singing, he also enjoys to voice act and one of his dreams, as well as a singer, would be to become a voice actor. At the moment he works as a programmer, though.
  • He seems to have a strong preference towards “loli” characters, at least in the 2D world. Of course, that doesn’t mean he disdains mature women.

Appearance: To be added.

Know the unit and the guys: BA-KA!

BA-KA!

Definition of the band: Youthful, carefree, hot-blooded

The unit’s name combines the first syllables of the names of each of its three members, in order of age: BA (Ba-n), A (A-kira), KA (Ka-ppei). The word “baka” in Japanese means “stupid”, which is the image that the band members want to give of themselves: young, carefree, greatly enjoying their lives and craving for fun, without taking themselves too seriously. The sound and the band’s lyrics are mostly aimed at young males, in particular high schoolers or unemployed ones, who harbor uncertainties towards their future. They create pieces which prompt one’s motivation and enhance self-esteem.

(Examples of songs that remind of their style: Samurai Blue by ZZ)

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Kobayashi Akira// 古林明

Age: 19
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Graduated with a High School Diploma.
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Measurements: 90-76-89
Blood type: O
Date of birth: August 1st (Leo).
Personality: Friendly.
Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection) Manager-san, name+san, name/you.
Hobbies: Soccer, cooking, charity.
Hates: Cutting-edge technology, things that are too expensive.
Symbol Color: Red.
Family: Father, mother, two younger sisters, maternal grandmother.

Statistics:
Creativity (3 of 5)
Stage presence (5 of 5)
Improvisation (2 of 5)
Singing (3 of 5)
Dance (3 of 5)
Acting (3 of 5)

Frontman of the unit and author of their lyrics. It was him who encouraged his two friends, Ban and Kappei, to participate to OtoDise’s contest as a trio named BA-KA!. Naturally positive and optimistic, he has an extreme habit to act like a sort of brotherly figure to anyone, thus he always tends to be collaborative and joke around with the members of the other rival units as well. He can’t stand injustices and bullying. During high school, he was famous for fighting against the bullies and thugs who threatened the students, armed with a trailer’s chain. His nickname was “Hikaru no Akira” (“The shining Akira” - the name ‘Akira’ in Japanese is written with the kanji of ‘light’), and he was feared not only by delinquents, but from regular students too, afraid of his inflexible and sometimes violent ways.

He was particularly strong in composition, and had more or less decent votes in the other subjects. He dreamed to become a children’s writer, and had sworn to himself that he could have seriously tried to if he would have been able to pass the frightful entrance exam to Todai (the most famous and prestigious university in Tokyo), which unfortunately didn’t happen. Besides his passion for writing, he also harbored a passion for soccer (which he shared with Kappei), unfortunately both seem to have been “turned off”, by his own admission, immediately after graduation.

An easy-going person, easily loved by the people around him. He considers his friends as his family, and he would be ready to sacrifice everything for their sake. He generally tends to put others’ needs before his own, which is certainly a remarkable value… But in the long run, couldn’t it end up backfiring him? Endowed with phenomenal stage presence and energy, he is able to engage the public and to sweep it away with his enthusiasm.

TRIVIA:

  • He has a very peculiar relationship with technology. It is not clear how, but he always ends up destroying or causing the latest model of a mobile phone to explode, thus he uses an older one. Lately, it broke because of the wear, and he had to wait two months before being able to find an old model similar to that one. During that time, he made Kappei do the telephone exchange (to the utmost chagrin and irritation of the latter). For the same reason, he does not use computers (even though he knows how to use them).
  • Apparently, he’s obsessed with the phrase “a man’s romantic dream”. Since he claims to be a romantic guy, whatever awakens the romance within him is labeled as such, from the most serious to the… most silly (for example, a carton of papaya and mango flavored milk).
  • Other than his parents, he lives with his two younger sisters, Akemi (16) and Akari (9). He is particularly concerned about Akemi: pretty, sassy and with a thing for fashion; as to be called a “shisukon” (someone who’s infatuated with his sister) by Ban and Kappei.
  • Although he has buried his “chain-arm” lot of time ago, without his recognition symbol he felt quite “empty”. Therefore, as “graduation present” Kappei and Ban got him a pendant shaped as a chain, which he never parts from.

Appearance (click to go the the larger version of the image):

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Yamamoto Ban // 山本晩

Age: 21
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Junior High School (he withdrew almost right before obtaining the diploma).
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Measurements: 104-82-98
Blood type: B
Date of birth: September 19th (Virgo)
Personality: Strong-willed
Way to address to the manager: (depending on the level of affection) Manager-san, Manager, name.
Hobbies: Singing, karaoke, shaking drinks.
Hates: To go around shopping, public transportation arriving late.
Symbol Color: Orange
Family: Father, mother, sister, brother, nephew.

Statistics:
Creativity (3 of 5)
Stage presence (5 of 5)
Improvisation (2 of 5)
Singing (3 of 5)
Dance (5 of 5)
Acting (2 of 5)

Member of the BA-KA! unit, he’s the one in charge of choreography.
Native of Osaka, in the past he was a thug feared and revered by all the schools in his neighborhood as Yamamoto “Chimney” Ban, as he was able to smoke up to 3 cigarettes at the same time. Armed with a crowbar, he used to terrify the students after school, extorting their money or valuables. He was brought back on track by Akira, who defeated him in a one on one fight. Since then, however, he never quit smoking, even though in a more moderate way, to respect Akira’s will. He doesn’t seem to have stopped doing so even now that he is supposed to become a full-fledged idol, and it seems he smokes secretly in the agency’s bathrooms.

Unlike Kappei and Akira, he prefers baseball to soccer, claiming that it is the only true national sport of Japan. When tv is broadcasting one of the matches of the Osaka’s Buffaloes, he is practically immovable from his couch. Although he has the attitudes and interests of a thug, deep down he’s a really nice guy whose shrewdness isn’t surely a strong point of his.
He loves to perform break dancing and hip-hop generally speaking.
His wild and rebellious charm seems to attract even the boys…

TRIVIA:

  • Despite he boasts around of being a true playboy, all of his girlfriends did not last more than a week. The reason? “I cannot go out with you, there is a match tonight.” He’s way too selfish! The “longevity” of his relationships is a constant element in Kappei and Akira’s jokes.
  • He lives with his parents, but has a sister, Kimiko, 12 years older than him, who is married and lives in Osaka. He’s also uncle of the little Osamu, 6 years old, his self-proclaimed biggest fan.
  • The reason why Ban began to smoke and live as a thug was, basically, his difficulty to fit in. Born and raised in Osaka, he had serious problems to get to familiarize with Tokyo, far more chaotic and rigid regarding interpersonal relationships, for this same reason he had to repeat a couple of school years. His classmates often mocked him because of his accent, which is why the boy still tries to conceal it, with all of his efforts, succeeding fairly well. When he loses his cool, however, his “Kansai soul” starts to burn again and he begins to swear in his original dialect, to the astonishment (and at times disgust) of those around him.
  • He’s a big fan of the idol Hiyorin (which, by the way, is native of Kyoto). Other than her he loves art films, especially the Japanese fifites’ ones. Is also a fan of Toshiro Mifune, and sometimes he organizes marathons of his and Akira Kurosawa’s movies to which Akira and Kappei are forced to participate against their will.

Appearance (click to go the the larger version of the image):

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Watanabe Kappei // 渡辺勝平

Age: 17
Attended school year/Obtained degree: Third year of high school.
Height: 162 cm
Weight: 54 kg
Measurements: 80-68-78
Blood type: A
Date of birth: November 30 (Sagittarius)
Personality: Energetic.
Way to address to the manager: Manager, name+san.
Hobbies: Soccer, babysitting, prank phone calls.
Hates: Being unprepared for a test.
Symbol Color: Green.
Family: Father, mother.

Statistics:
Creativity (3 of 5)
Stage presence (4 of 5)
Improvisation (4 of 5)
Singing (5 of 5)
Dance (2 of 5)
Acting (4 of 5)

Member of the BA-KA! unit, deals with the composition of the music. Belongs to a poor family, but he never let his social position dishearten him and has always done his best to excel in every field. Thanks to his constant effort, he managed to get a scholarship for one of the most prestigious colleges in Tokyo. However, he preferred to enroll in the same high school attended by Ban and Akira, his childhood friends, because of its extra-curricular activities focused on cheering squad group (Ouendan). He has always loved soccer, but had been forced to give up on his passion at the end of middle school because of his rather frail body. Therefore he decided to become a “cheerer” to support his friends during matches, rediscovering his passion for rhythm and music. When he was little, in fact, he had studied music theory and respiration in a conservatory.

Kappei is a sunny and breezy guy, mischievous at times, but good-hearted nonetheless. He always states clearly what he’s thinkng and likes to pursue all the way his goals. Similarly to Akira, he adores challenges, which rather than depressing him, stimulate him to do his best. If the situation is too favorable, conversely, he gets bored quickly becoming a quitter.
Despite the economical condition of his family is not a rosy one, he always has a smile on his face and is a great optimist.

Out of all three, it seems that he’s the one who desires to win the contest the most, though the idea of participating in the contest wasn’t originally his, mostly because he isn’t confident enough in his singing ability. Once they passed the audition though, he quickly found the will to set his heart on it and he won’t give up for any reason at all!

TRIVIA:

  • He knows Akira since he was 5 years old, because they are neighbors. Initially they could not stand each other, because Kappei was bossy and selfish, and didn’t wanted to share his toys with anyone. When Akira understood the reason behind his behavior, he began to be kinder with him and eventually they became good friends. As they grew up, fearing that Kappei’s small build could make him the target of the bullies at school, Akira vowed to himself to become a sort of hero of justice, pointlessly though since Kappei is perfectly capable of defending himself.
  • Although he doesn’t seem to care about it or consider it a handicap, Kappei is not entirely satisfied about his “build”, and he’d love to be a little taller and well-built (in fact he secretly envies Ban).
  • His father is a milkman, so at home there’s always a lot of milk. It’s pretty much Kappei’s favorite food but, precisely because despite the huge amount of calcium he assumes he keeps being small, he avoids letting it be known.

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