He has messy, bright red hair and similarly colored eyes. He normally wears his uniform in a casual manner, which he doesn't wear too loose or too neatly.
Otoya is an energetic yet a gentle young man. He is nice to everyone no matter who they are and loves music more than anything. He's a kind, bubbly, and light spirited character.
Fifteen years ago, his mother supposedly died in a plane crash, resulting in him having to be brought in at an orphanage. Also, he has never "met" his father, who is in fact Shining Saotome. His adoptive mother, who is a Christian, also gave him a rosary that he keeps with him. It is later revealed that Otoya's mother is in fact alive and well, though suffering from amnesia.
In the fourth season of the anime, it was revealed that he was adopted by his maternal aunt after his mother's disappearance. However, his aunt had frail health and soon succumbed to her illness when Otoya was still young. This emotionally scarred Otoya who became scared that he would easily lose anyone or anything who were closest to him. He was eventually able to move forward from his past, until Eiichi brought them up for the sake of the duet project. This mentally broke Otoya who became convinced that he had been deceiving everyone by using his smiles to hide his emotional scars, and that ST☆RISH and Haruka would leave him should they learn the truth.
Haruka's classmate in A Class. He's a friendly and positive person who enjoys singing. He shares a room with Tokiya from Class S. In the anime, he stands up for Haruka when she was barred from taking the entrance exam due to being late. He enters the Academy partly because "singing seemed fun and interesting" but after meeting Haruka & hearing one of her songs, he falls in love with her caring, hard-working and "never-give-up" personality and starts to pursue becoming an idol seriously. He is somewhat intimidated by Tokiya since the beginning because of his "perfect singing".
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