Chieri Sono

園 智恵理, Cherry

Age: 13 Birthday: December 8, 34th Year of the Star Calendar Height: 161 cm Favorite foods: chocolate bars, Russian tea Quote: "Dreams into reality, light into song." The daughter of a corporate CEO who introduces Nagisa and her friends to AKB when they are younger, and four years later runs away from her father to audition for AKB. Initially, Chieri displays a cool and serious personality, but later becomes more outgoing and friendly. She is very dedicated and passionate about AKB, and never hesitates to put herself at risk for the sake of her friends. Chieri is the first understudy to be accompanied by a Kirara, a small creature that glows whenever it detects the presence of idol radiance, though at first only seems to glow when Nagisa is with her, making Chieri feel inferior to Nagisa until the kirara finally glows for her alone in the last episode of the first season. Yuuko Oshima sees Chieri as a rival for the Center Nova position, and after the New General Election, in which Chieri ranks 6th, Nagisa considers her a rival as well. She is nicknamed Cherry by her fans, and Haruna Kojima begins to call her that as well. In episode 13 of AKB0048 Next Stage:

Chieri becomes Center Nova after stopping a DES soldier with her song.

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