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Aoi Kiriya
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Aoi Kiriya

Japanese Name 霧矢 あおい
Romanized Name Kiriya Aoi
English Name Aoi Kiriya
Statistics
Age 13-14 (S1)
15-16 (S2)
Gender Female
Affiliation Starlight School
Occupation Idol
Student
Actress
Soleil
STAR☆ANIS (formerly)
Birthday January 31
Blood Type A
First Appearance
Data Carddass Game 1st collection
Anime Episode 1
Voice Actress/Actor
Seiyū Azusa Tadokoro
Singing Voice Fūri from STAR☆ANIS
"I'll be sure to help everyone else bloom... as myself."

– Aoi Kiriya

Aoi Kiriya (霧矢 あおい Kiriya Aoi?) is a student at Starlight Academy and Ichigo 's best friend. She was later put into a unit called Soleil (ソレイユ Soreiyu?) with Ichigo Hoshimiya and Ran Shibuki.

Bio

Aoi and Ichigo have been best friends since they were young. Aoi first met Ichigo at a festival where she was dancing. She's highly knowledgeable about idols and the entertainment industry. As a result, she is often referred to as the “Idol Professor” (アイドル博士 Aidoru Hakase?) or Aoi-sensei (あおい先生?). After the two joined Starlight Academy, it was revealed that Aoi got the best score out of around 1000 people on the test about past idols for the entrance exam. At the end of Episode 2, she became Mizuki Kanzaki's temporary manager after winning an audition against Ichigo.

Appearance

Aoi is a girl with pale skin and cobalt blue eyes. She has matching wavy cobalt blue hair which is normally styled into a side ponytail on and held with a light blue scrunchie. When her scrunchie is removed, her hair reaches a little past her shoulder. As a student of Starlight Academy, she wears the standardized school uniform.

Personality

Aoi is a calm and bright girl. She is very intelligent, possessing an encyclopedic knowledge and excellent analysis skills. She is determined to do things right and can sometimes be very serious when accomplishing it.

As a child, Aoi quickly became interested in idols after discovering the freedom and excitement of it, which was a strict contrast to the traditional arts she partook in. Since then, she has dedicated herself to idolism and has studied idols ever since. She appears to be quite lucky as she is seen throughout the series meeting several idols she is a fan of. 

Aoi makes sure to plan ahead and research as much as she can for an situation. She is hard-working and has a bit of a perfectionist streak.

Aoi is known for being a lot more mature than Ichigo and tends to keep her on the right track. While normally she seems confident and in good spirits, Aoi is afraid of the fact that she knows it's possible she and Ichigo won't both rise to stardom together as planned. Her favorite brand is Futuring Girl and her stage color is blue.

Plot

Becoming an Idol

Aoi is first introduced in Episode 1 when Ichigo tries to ask her for tickets to Mizuki's concert for her younger brother. She then comes over to Ichigo's house and gives Raichi (Ichigo's little brother), a scrapbook to replace the pictures Ichigo had spilled juice on. She explains that through a very distant connection she was able to get tickets so that they could all go. The next day, Aoi explains to Ichigo about Starlight Academy and how they're going to audition together to get in the school. After Ichigo agrees, they begin their special training to get into the academy. She successfully passes the entrance exams with Ichigo marking their start on the path to become an idol.

As an Idol

Aoi passes many auditions with Ichigo and Ran, and is also in the Naughty Detectives drama with Shion Kamiya. Later on, she auditioned for Tristar with Ichigo and Ran and made it to the final 3. In the end, Ran wins. Later, in Episode 37, she is put in a unit called Soleil with Ichigo. In the end of the episode, Ran had left Tristar to join Soleil with Aoi and Ichigo because it made her more happy.

Season 2

One year after Ichigo's departure to America, Aoi's new movie "Naughty Inspector" becomes popular and is a success. This leads Orihime to choose her as Starlight Academy's representative in a constellation battle between Starlight Academy and Dream Academy. Her opponent is Seira, a new idol from Dream Academy. Later on, she over hears the headmistress and Johnny talking. She is shocked when she hears that the headmistress will resign if she loses to Dream Academy. It was announced that Seira would be going first.

At her debut concert, Seira performs a new special appeal that no one has ever seen before: a constellation appeal. The pressure gets to Aoi when she hears that she must perform one and that Starlight will be in trouble if she doesn't. In the following episode, Ichigo returns to Japan after a year in America. Aoi is overjoyed that her best friend has returned. As Ichigo tells the girls about her adventures, Seira and Ki sees them and talks to them. Seira points out that she wants to see Ichigo do a constellation appeal. The girls are amazed that Ichigo wants do one without any thought. Aoi then announced that she wants Ichigo to be her replacement for Starlight's representative because she believes that with Ichigo performing, there's a better chance that they'll win.

Entering High School

Relationships

Ichigo is one of Aoi's best friend. They auditioned together and became idols together.

Etymology

Kiriya (霧矢?) Kiri (?) means fog and Ya (?) means arrow. It's considered that surname Kiriya takes from Hiromu Kiriya (霧矢大夢?) a top star of Takarazuka Revue.

Aoi (あおい?) is the Japanese name for hollyhock, but a part of the name, Ao (あお?), means blue. This is a reference to her theme color, blue. "Aoi" is also the adjectival form of "Ao."

Trivia

  • Her zodiac sign is Aquarius.
  • Her favorite food is sandwiches and she dislikes hot food because of her sensitive tongue.
  • Her special skill is to never forget an idol she's seen.
  • Her aura is composed of stars and snowflakes. In Episode 40, tiny purple, green, and blue stars are added to it. She is the first to have a major change in her aura, and is followed by her fellow unit members, Ran and Ichigo, in that order.
  • Her catchphrase is "Odayaka janai wa ne" (穏やかじゃないわね?), a phrase which has multiple meanings depending on the context, but literally means "This isn't normal/common." with Aoi's use of it.
  • Aoi has stated many times in the series that she is Ichigo's number one fan.
  • She is the the third idol to have her second Premium card.
  • She shares her singing voice with Seira Otoshiro.
  • Aoi is one of the few characters to have their hair color matching their theme/stage color. An exception to this is her Sunrise Coord from her unit Soleil, for the coord has an orange theme.
  • In the novel, Aoi's hair is appears to be lighter than in the anime and DCD game.
  • Her student number in the anime is 35151.
  • She was a fan of Guppy when she was younger.
  • When Aoi was young, she learned how to play the piano, ride horses, write calligraphy, and play the violin. This makes her the first known idol to have participated in the classics in her childhood.
    • Despite participating in these arts when she was younger, it hasn't been clarified if she can still perform them.
  • Aoi shares her not only her first name, but the first part of her surname with Aoi Kirisawa, a former top idol from the idol anime Kirarin Revolution.
  • It is revealed in Episode 6 that she likes leeks.
  • It is revealed that she was the runner-up in the Starlight Queen Cup won by Otome.

Gallery

Main article: Aoi Kiriya/Image gallery.

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