|Cinderella Girls Character Data|
Ako Tsuchiya (Japanese: 土屋亜子 Tsuchiya Ako) is one of the characters available in THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls and THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage. She is currently unvoiced.
|Event||Prelim Rank||Final Rank|
|1st Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|2nd Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|3rd Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|4th Anniversary Voice Idol Audition||Unranked||Unranked|
|4th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|5th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|6th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|7th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|8th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|9th Cinderella Girl General Election||Not applicable||Unranked|
|10th Cinderella Girl General Election||Not applicable||Unranked|
"Ah, hey hey! I'm Ako Tsuchiya! My goal is to get rich quick, so let's do it, P-chan! C'mon, by the three of us! We'll go on a big boat together, so let's do our best!"
THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS Profile Quote
"Thanks for the patronage! My name is Ako Tsuchiya, 15 years old! I'll enliven my unit with a bang~♪ My selling point is quick tapping on the calculator!"
Ako is the Passion representative of the New Wave trio. Her motivation for becoming an idol is to strike it rich and live a life of luxury with her best friends, Sakura Muramatsu and Izumi Ohishi. The trio is very close and is almost never seen without the other members. Ako’s idol stage clothes always coordinate with Izumi and Sakura’s, and her cards are set up to work best with the other New Wave members. She wears glasses, has a beauty mark on her left cheek, and always has multicolored clips to keep her bangs in place.
Ako first met the Producer during her audition; which both Izumi and Sakura also attended. During it, she boldly exclaims how her main reason is becoming rich so she can live a life of luxury with her best friends. Izumi and Sakura are both accepted to be idols and join the production; Ako, however, is rejected. After the audition, she chases after the Producer. While he believes he's already heard her reason, she says that there is a deeper reason for why she wants to be idols with her friends, she just can't say it yet. She tells the Producer that while she may not have any special talents, that just means she'll work harder than anyone else, and after some convincing, she's accepted to be an idol alongside her best friends.
Ako was, originally, the one who encouraged (or even somewhat forced, in her own words) Sakura and Izumi to audition and become idols. She admits at the beginning it was only about making money for her and her friends, and that it was probably fair she was originally rejected. Over time, she's come to realize that- while she still enjoys thinking about money- there are more important things in the world, and that being an idol, and in particular being an idol with her best friends, is something special than money can't buy. While she does enjoy the payments she gets from being an idol, Ako wants to find something even more important with her friends.
Ako is from Shizuoka, but she speaks in a Kansai dialect often because her parents are actually from that area of Japan. She seems to be somewhat self-conscious about her accent as it can give her some trouble with things like intonation and worried it might affect her singing. It is later elaborated on that Ako only lives with her mother now, and it's implied her father has passed away- she says she doesn't have many memories of him.
Ako is a distinct, somewhat eccentric, but loyal personality. It seems like she sometimes doesn't always think through what she says, as her audition shows. Whenever she's got a wad of cash or some nice jewelry she gets very wrapped up at the moment and gets very excited. This excitement is often accompanied by a bold laugh of "Fuhihi!". She's very attached to Sakura and Izumi; one of her ways of relieving anxiety is stroking Sakura's head (or counting money) and she admits she is likely the most easily lonely out of the three of them. While she’s excitable, she's not careless and is very hardworking when it comes to being an idol, always putting in as much effort as she can, keeping the promise she originally made to the Producer. While she struggles in areas like acting, she’s good at other things like planning.
In the tie in the Cinderella Girls Theater skits, Ako is a friendly girl who loves money and jewelry. Most of her idol adventures include her looking for prices or wondering about financial gain. She is closer to Sakura, due to their childlike behavior. She doesn't seem to have much faith in her luck and is very surprised when she wins a lottery prize of getting to go on a date with the Producer over a high-class barbecue. When her two friends try to convince her of what parts of her character to flesh out when going solo, she realizes that she is viewed primarily as loving money. She is happy to learn that her tendency to drop funny lines is noticed and laughs with her friends as Sakura imitates Mirei Hayasaka.
|Originally posted 11/21/2021. Translation source.|
|Ako: Hello! Tsuchiya Ako here! You all have been sending quite a lot of letters!|
|Ako: Which is why, I'm going to be generous with the answers too! Can't afford myself to be left behind by Sakura~!|
|Question: Please what your recommended way to economize, Ako-chan!|
|Ako: “Economize on what you're about to buy”! When planning to buy something, you put some money to the piggy bank. #DereMail|
|Ako: The more you put, the heavier it gets and the more your heart feels fulfilled! Aah, that feels so nice~.|
|Question: When you're told “You can only spend up to XXX Yen for snacks!”, do you really try to spend it down up to the very possible yen?|
|Ako: Sure am! That shows what Ako-chan is really made of! Even going as much too many different stores! Really makes my brain and legs working full time! #DereMail|
|Ako: Even when my friends ask me! Whether it is matching with what I got or having some to trade with. The possibilities are just endless!|
|Question: Are you trying to get rich quick? Or are you the type to save little by little?|
|Ako: Fufufu I'm both! Is there even someone who could decided just one between them? #DereMail|
|Ako: There are so many ways to save money! I really don't think that it's that bad to be greedy!|
|Question: Could you tell me what are the foods to eat while in Osaka?|
|Ako: There are so many delicious foods in Osaka! There's takoyaki, kushikatsu--- hold on, who are you assuming from Osaka!! #DereMail|
|Ako: And there you have it, a large heaping of answers! And it's free! Be sure to mail in some more, okay~!|
|Ako: The next one is definitely the brains of our group, although I wonder if she'll be giving some brainy answers... Whops, didn't mean to slip that preview.|
Trivia and Fan Culture
- Ako is in an idol unit with Izumi Ohishi and Sakura Muramatsu called New Wave. They go to the same school and are canonically friends with each other.
- Whenever she sees a new costume, she has a habit of wondering how much it cost.
- She almost got into virtual currency at one point, but Tsukasa stopped her.
- She does not take her glasses off for lives in contrast with other idols in the production, and gets upset whenever the Producer tries to convince her to take them off.
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|Cinderella Post Images|
|May 20th, 2018 at 3:37 P.M.||January 29th, 2019 at 7:34 P.M.||March 21st, 2020 at 4:08 P.M.|
|April 24th, 2021 at 7:10 P.M.||November 13th, 2021 at 2:18 P.M.||December 20th, 2022 at 1:42 P.M.|
|Starlight Stage Renders|
|[New Wave Sulfur]||[Golden Journey]|
|Starlight Stage SSR Cameos|
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|[Peach Wave]+||[Navy Wave]+||[Mission☆Complete]|
|[New Wave Birthday]||[New Wave Birthday]+|
|June 2015 Talk Battle Show Sprites|
Countdown Art for Starlight Stage's 7th Anniversary.
Ako's profile in POPLINKS (Shining Wave).
Ako's profile in POPLINKS (Celestella Unison).