|Japanese Name||霧矢 あおい|
|Romanized Name||Kiriya Aoi|
|English Name||Aoi Kiriya|
|Age||13-14 (S1), 15 (S2)|
|Data Carddass Game||1st collection|
|Singing Voice||Fūri from STAR☆ANIS|
- "No matter what happens, we'll always be friends."
– Aoi Kiriya
Aoi and Ichigo have been best friends since they were young. Aoi first met Ichigo at a fair where she was dancing. She's well informed on the entertainment industry, especially on idols at the Starlight Academy, so Ichigo calls her “Idol Professor” (アイドル博士 Aidoru Hakase?). After they joined Starlight Academy, it was revealed that she got the best score out of around 1000 people in the Idol test for the entrance exam. At the end of Episode 2 became Mizuki Kanzaki's temporary manager after winning an audition against Ichigo.
Aoi has blue hair tied together as a ponytail on her left side with a light blue scrunchie. When her scrunchie is removed, she has long, somewhat wavy hair that reaches to the back of her shoulders. Her skin is white and she has light blue eyes. As a student of Starlight Academy, she wears a standardized school uniform.
Aoi is a calm and bright girl. She is very intelligent, well-known for her smarts and analyzing things. She is determined to do things right and sometimes she can be very serious just to accomplish it.
As a child, Aoi quickly became interested in idols as soon she discovered the excitement of it. Since then, she has dedicated herself to idolism and watched every performances and studied every idols. Due to her huge knowledge of idols, she is often called the "Idol Professor" or Aoi-sensei (あおい先生?) by several people. She seems to be quite lucky as she is seen throughout the series meeting several idols she is a fan of. In episode 14, she is more of the intellectual type than a sporty one.
Aoi makes sure to plan as much as she can. She's studied idols so long, she got used to doing her homework early. She has a perfection streak and usually has little to no trouble completing training.
Aoi is known for being a lot more mature than Ichigo and sometimes puts her on the right track. She also observes other idols before a performance to find out their weaknesses. While normally she seems confident and in good spirits, Aoi is afraid of the fact that she knows it's possible she and Ichigo wont both rise to stardom together as planned. Her favorite brand is Futuring Girl and her stage color is blue.
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.
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.
- 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 met.
- 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.
- She is the the third idol to have her second Premium card.
- She writes beautiful and regular letter, since she learned calligraphy when she was little.
- 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 seems to have very light blue hair.
- Her student number in the anime is 35151.
- She was a fan of Guppy when she was younger.
- When Aoi was young, she learned about playing piano, riding horses, writing calligraphy, and playing violin. She is the first character to learn musical instrument in her childhood, followed by Seira.
- It is unknown if she can still play them as she never revealed it.
- 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 Aoi likes leeks.
- Main article: Aoi Kiriya/Image gallery.