Mana grew up in Hoshimi City and attended both Hoshimi Middle School and Hoshimi Private High School. She became an idol during her time as a high school student and performed at the school festivals while being a student.
Mana ended up in a fatal accident on the way to the 14th NEXT VENUS Grand Prix final and underwent an emergency operation; she did not survive and died at the age of 19. She appears as an apparition that is only visible to Kohei Makino and later visible to Mei Hayasaka.
Mana had long black hair and cerulean eyes. She wore white feather earrings, a black choker with a jewel, white frilled cuffs, a black/white dress, and thigh high, high heel boots.
Mana was an idol who makes everyone around her smile just by being there. She was one of those rare beings who have a star quality that is out of reach, but at the same time has an unpretentious friendliness.
After her debut, she quickly gained popularity and became known as a "starry miracle". She was an idol with excellent singing and performance skills, and she had a remarkable passion for live performances.
Kotono is Mana's younger sister, who was in in middle school when Mana debuted as an idol. Kotono told their mother that she felt that the two sisters were drifting apart, so Mana invited Kotono to her next performance; this lead to a fight, with Kotono telling Mana that her career is causing problems for Kotono at school. It was Kotono who answered the phone call from the hospital, which is how she found out about Mana's death.
Kotono became an idol to reach the same level of popularity as Mana and she is aiming to reach the top of the VENUS program. Mana told Makino that she believes she can reach peace and stop appearing as a ghost once Kotono achieves her dream.
Mana and Makino attended the same high school and sat next to each other at the back of the classroom. They became friends when Mana asked Makino to join Hoshimi Production with her, where he became her manager until her death. Makino is one of the only people who can see Mana as a ghost, meaning she spends most of her time giving Makino advice and talking to him.
It is later revealed at the end of the series that she's in loved with him since high school and his feeling is mutual.
Within Hoshimi Production, Mana was closest with Haruko Saeki as they attended the same high school and were both soloists within the company. When she first joined, Haruko was the oldest girl in the company and became like an older sister to Mana. They were close since her debut. When competing in the NEXT VENUS Grand Prix, Haruko attended in the audience to support Mana.
After meeting Mei one evening, Mei says goodbye to Makino and "the girl". Once Mei joins Hoshimi Production, she tells Makino and Mana that she can in fact see Mana as the skill of seeing ghosts has been passed down in her family. Mana becomes excited that not only does she have another person apart from Makino to talk to, but it's also a girl who she can have discussions with.
Released: March 3, 2021
Released: November 15, 2020
Released: January 25, 2021
|So let's start from your private life, Mana-san. Do you usually eat breakfast?
Yes! I have to feel energized during the day, so I eat a lot.
It's fine. Dancing and singing takes up a lot of my energy, and I can digest it quickly.
It's probably apricot pudding~
I have to get ready for work properly! But it takes about 30 minutes, so I'm always asleep until the very last minute.
I guess my home, because my family is there. Ah, and at the office. I'm so close with everyone it's almost like I'm at home there too.
I like all the local places! I like the park on the hill, and the road where my old high school is, but I think the best spot is the beach.
Hehe, I have some good memories there.
I used to hang out with my sister often... but these days I sleep a lot and prepare for my next show!
My manager said "You've got no self-awareness; you're an idol, you know!" and got angry at me. Because of that, I'll at least bring a hat and some sunglasses.
I used to chat with my friends and run around with the boys. Oh, and I sung at the school festival once. This is bringing back memories.
The class were really supportive, so it was a huge success!
Well I was living a double life as a student and an idol... so you can probably guess what they looked like...
I've always liked to sing, but I was scouted at first. After I was approached, I thought hard about whether or not I could really do it, and what idol I wanted to be.
You must stand on stage and sing for your audience, no matter what it takes!
Hmm, I don't think about it too much. I'm always focusing on how I can put all my energy into my performances.
They're my source of energy. I'll sing wherever an audience will come see me!
If I had to choose, it would probably be singing.
I guess I would have gone to college like all my friends, but I'm glad I chose to become an idol.
It never occurred to me to become an idol, but I always loved singing, so I guess a part of me had the desire to become one somewhere along the line.
When my younger sister was crying so hard, I sung a popular song that made her stop crying straight away; it made me so happy. I remember that like it was yesterday.
I have had hard practice lessons every day, but I think the most important part was before my debut. I was handing out leaflets and singing on the streets with my manager all the time, trying to get the audience to watch my performances. I thought to myself that being an idol was really tough.
The scene in front of me was even better than I had imagined and I'm so glad I worked this hard to get to the place where I am today.
It is a place where we must not disappoint people's expectations. I'm always thinking that we have to make sure everyone in the audience goes home with a smile.
When my fans sing along to my songs with me, I feel so connected to them. And also the staff who have supported me along the way.
I try not to dwell on it too much, but there is someone. I think they're so cool and impressive.
I can't tell you that!
We only get to meet up occasionally now, but they're a friend from high school. When I'm with them, I don't have to worry and I can just be myself.
It would be when I had my debut. You only get to experience it once. I was also happy when I sang at a local festival that I had been attending with my sister since we were young.
I overworked myself once to the point I physically injured myself. I remember I couldn't sleep that entire day because I was so frustrated with how I caused trouble for the staff and the customers.
I'm looking forward to having a full day off soon, but I don't know what I'd even do on my day off. But I'll have to decide soon, otherwise I'll end up sleeping. I'll have a think about it later!
I'm a really deep sleeper, but my manager's phone still won't stop ringing in the mornings!
I'm excited to sing it in front of everyone! I asked my manager "So when is the first performance!?"
Just as it is. The song is a first step for me.
I'll choose "Look, it's light. Let's move up to the future. Let's run".
The lyrics of the song are positive, so they get me really excited when I sing it.
I don't have a particular genre in mind, but I've been watching idol TV shows with my sister for a long time, so I used to sing along to the songs in the shows.
I have somehow managed to make my biggest dream come true, haven't I? If I haven't already, good luck! You'll get there one day!".
Hehe, I can't tell.
I would want to tell everyone who supports me.
I want to be an idol who can make everyone who comes to see me feel amazing with my singing and dancing, during a performance!
If there is someone waiting for me, no matter how beaten or hurt I am, I would crawl on stage for them. And I'd sing with my entire heart and soul.
Thank you so much for the endless support. I want there to be more opportunities to meet you all and share the best moments with you guys! I'll continue to do my best to help you out!
- The name Mana means "hemp, flax" (麻) (ma) and "apple tree" (奈) (na).
- Mana's surname Nagase means "long" (長) (naga) and "swift current, rapids" (瀬) (se).
- Please refer to this character's Image Gallery.
- Mana Nagase Q+A on the LisAni website.