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Though he’s rugged-looking, he is good at sewing and handles making costumes. He is caring, manly, and overprotective of his little sister. With a powerful yet gentle singing voice, his performances are rough and brilliant.

A member of Rhythm Link’s AKATSUKI.

Ensemble Stars! Introduction

Kuro looks scary and has immense physical strength, but treasures precision and order. He's earnest and sincere at heart. His family is very important to him. He's been taking care of his younger sister ever since they lost their mother, and he somewhat developed a strong caring for his sister.

He entered the academy because of his sister, too, the reason being he wanted to look cool in front of her. He's good at sewing and can create all sorts of things, ranging from stuff like embroidery on long jackets worn by delinquents to frilly dresses. A member of the unit AKATSUKI.


Appearance

Kuro is a very tall young man with a good build. He has short, spiky bright red hair that is brushed back from the front, with one lock of hair left gracing his forehead. He has very light yellow-green narrow eyes. He wears two black stud earrings, two golden rings on his right ear, and one on his left.

Ensemble Stars! Appearance

Kuro is a very tall young man with a good build. He has short, spiky bright red hair that is brushed back from the front, with one lock of hair left gracing his forehead. He has very light yellow-green, narrow eyes. He wears the school uniform with his white shirt unbuttoned completely and a black shirt underneath. He wears a gold necklace with a gold ring on it, and a silvery metal chain on his hip. He wears two black stud earrings, two golden rings on his right ear, and one on his left.

On stage, Kuro wears AKATSUKI's uniform, which is reminiscent of traditional Japanese clothes. It includes a one-sleeved fur trimmed red and white kimono with a yellow striped sleeve. The top right side of the kimono has a decorated collar and looks like a red shirt with a yellow and black sleeve buttoned back. The outfit includes a black obi tied to the side, with red cords hanging from it. The bottom part of the kimono is red with white paint splotches, and he wears black fitted pants underneath. He wears high black boots with red laces. He also wears white athletic tape on his wrists and a black sleeve with gold trimming that goes up his forearm. He can occasionally be seen holding a purple tinted fan.


Personality

Kuro seems scary at first due to his looks and furrowed eyebrows, but he is a kind person who struggles to show it physically. He wants to protect others so they don't suffer as he did in the past. Though he used to look like he's in a bad temper often, his expressions became more loose as the year went on.

He has a big heart and tries to help those who trust him, and while he can be kind, he will not hesitate to call out his fellow unitmates or friends in case what they're doing is hurting others or is wrong. Due to this he is prone to be overly blunt. He tries to avoid serious confrontation after an event in his past.

In conclusion, he is a straightforward and caring person who's trying to free himself from guilt and help his fellow idols reach their dreams by becoming a shield for them.

Etymology

The character for "Ku" (紅) in Kuro's first name means "crimson," which resonates with his red hair. The character can also be found in AKATSUKI's name, which literally means "crimson moon." Kuro's last name consists of two characters which mean "demon/ogre" (鬼) and "dragon" (龍), befitting of his intimidating appearance and his animal motif. As he is close with Tetora Nagumo, who has "tiger" (虎) in his name, it is likely that Kuro's "dragon" is a reference to the tiger and dragon in Buddhism. In addition, their respective cards in The Four Beasts of Fistfighting reflect this.

Trivia

  • Kuro's autograph consists of his full name, rendered in kanji.
  • His hair colour, red with black streaks, matches Tetora Nagumo.
  • He and Rinne Amagi are the tallest characters in the game.
  • He is strong enough to lift a grown man and throw him a good distance. He's done this to Keito in Quarrel Festival, so that Keito would land on the mikoshi that was surrounded by the crowd. He was even able to lift up Madara in Shinsengumi, who is one of the tallest characters in the cast.
  • It is likely his solo song, Crimson Soul, is a reference to his name. As stated in Etymology, Kuro's first name contains "crimson" (紅). In Chinese, the "Ki" (鬼) in his last name could mean "the spirit of a dead man, a name, a ghost, a spectre" before the introduction of Buddhism,[1] a less malignant meaning than its modern one. In other words, "Soul" in the song's name could refer to the "Ki" in his last name.
  • Kuro is prone to motion sickness, which may explain his dislike of vehicles.[2]
  • Sora described his color as "Warm and fluffy[3]".

Voice Actor Comment

"When I first saw the character Kuro Kiryu, I was struck not only by his appearance, which goes without saying, but also by his catchphrase. 'A domestic delinquent'--as I was wondering about how to portray a delinquent with a domestic side to him, I looked at his specialty column and saw 'Fighting, embroidery,' and I thought, indeed, he's a very domestic guy. Plus he's a delinquent. He's also a straightforward guy at heart, as well as the captain of the Karate Club... What a nice guy! So I put all of my efforts into bringing out the spirit of this character! I hope you will enjoy Ensemble Stars, a game where many such charming characters will make their appearance." (Enstars!)

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Story IndexIdol Story Birthday Story  Appeal Talk Minitalk

Sub Story Management Story Mini Event Intimate Event Greeting Event Produce Course

AKATSUKI Keito Hasumi Kuro Kiryu Souma Kanzaki
Characters
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fine Eichi Tenshouin · Wataru Hibiki · Tori Himemiya · Yuzuru Fushimi
Trickstar Hokuto Hidaka · Subaru Akehoshi · Makoto Yuuki · Mao Isara
RYUSEITAI Chiaki Morisawa · Kanata Shinkai · Tetora Nagumo · Midori Takamine · Shinobu Sengoku
ALKALOID Hiiro Amagi · Aira Shiratori · Mayoi Ayase · Tatsumi Kazehaya
Eden Nagisa Ran · Hiyori Tomoe · Ibara Saegusa · Jun Sazanami
Valkyrie Shu Itsuki · Mika Kagehira
2wink Hinata Aoi · Yuta Aoi
Crazy:B Rinne Amagi · HiMERU · Kohaku Oukawa · Niki Shiina
UNDEAD Rei Sakuma · Kaoru Hakaze · Koga Oogami · Adonis Otogari
Ra*bits Tomoya Mashiro · Nazuna Nito · Mitsuru Tenma · Hajime Shino
AKATSUKI Keito Hasumi · Kuro Kiryu · Souma Kanzaki
Knights Tsukasa Suou · Leo Tsukinaga · Izumi Sena · Ritsu Sakuma · Arashi Narukami
Switch Natsume Sakasaki · Tsumugi Aoba · Sora Harukawa
MaM Madara Mikejima
Double Face Madara Mikejima · Kohaku Oukawa
Others Anzu · Jin Sagami · Akiomi Kunugi · Seiya Hidaka · Gatekeeper
Supporting Characters Pets · Mademoiselle · Bishoujo Idol · NewDi President · Mr. Writer · GFK · Godfather
Collaborations Hello Kitty · Yume100 · Welcome to the Ballroom · Merc Storia · Last Period · Yowamushi Pedal · King of Prism

Sources

  1. Dr. L. Wieger, S. J. (1965). Chinese Characters: Their Origin, Etymology, History, Classification and Signification : a Thorough Study from Chinese Documents.
  2. Submarine - Prologue
  3. Cats and the Camellia Train - Chapter 11
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