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Shuichi Shindou




18 (manga) 19 (anime)


April 16 1978 (manga) April 16 1981 (Anime)


Pink (Anime)
Reddish (OVA)


Purple (Anime)
Green/Brown (OVA)


165cm 5’5


51kg 112.4lbs

Blood Type


Shuichi Shindo (新堂 愁一 Shindō Shūichi) is the primary protagonist of the series. His ambition at the start of the series was to follow in the footsteps of Ryuichi Sakuma, lead singer of the band Nittle Grasper, by creating his own successful music band named Bad Luck.

Shuichi is voiced by Tomokazu Seki (Japanese) and Rich McNanna (English).


In the anime, Shuichi has short, pink hair. His eyes are violet. His face is structurally feminine, as are his eyes. Shuichi has a slim build, similar to that of a young boy. He tends to wear normal clothes, save for the outfits he wears during performances. Many people were upset on his change of appearance in the 2000 anime, many people argued he looked to young for his age.

In the manga, his appearance varies more, largely in part due to the change in art style as serialization progressed. His hair was shown anywhere between very short and long enough for a small ponytail, and the color was almost always particularly dark in contrast to the bright pink color used for the anime.


Shuichi has an innocent, energetic and hyper personality that is typical of the uke stereotype. This is amplified in the anime, where he frequently bursts into super deformed mode, a production choice which some find distracting, particularly when it occurs in the more serious scenes, but is in keeping with the manga, particularly later episodes. In the first few volumes of the manga, he is much more of a typical high school kid with dreams of being a rock star.

Despite his apparent immaturity, Shuichi shows determination and perseverance when he buckles down, and focuses on what he wants. This is evident in his zeal to get to the top of the charts with Bad Luck, and his concurrent aggressive pursuit of his love interest Eiri Yuki. He also tends to be melodramatic, easily breaking into tears or getting over-excited at critical moments. A good gauge of his over-emotional state can be seen when the quality of his singing is affected by the state of his relationship with Eiri.


Shuichi is a budding, young singer. The band he sings in he named Bad Luck, along with Hiroshi Nakano on guitar (a close friend and older brother figure), and Suguru Fujisaki on synthesizer, who joined the two early in the series (much to Shuichi's dismay at the start). In the manga, it's shown that Bad Luck began while Shuichi and Hiroshi were in high school.

Ever since he was a kid, Shuichi was a fan of Nittle Grasper and wanted to become just like its lead singer Ryuichi Sakuma. He later becomes the leader and vocalist of Bad Luck, which steadily gains prominence in the music world as the series progresses. In latter episodes Bad Luck is battling it out with Nittle Grasper and it seems that they will reach the top spot.

One day when he is walking through a park reading his lyrics of the song "Glaring Dream", a sudden breeze blows them away, where they are picked up by a mysterious man who dismisses them as "elementary-level", saying that Shuichi has zero talent and should just give up. Stung by the man's criticism, Shuichi becomes determined to make him apologize. Shortly after his friend Hiroshi Nakano helps him realize that he is attracted to the man in the park, Shuichi sees an interview on television that shows that the person in the park is in fact, the famous romance novelist Eiri Yuki. Initially, Yuki treats Shuichi coldly, but Shuichi perseveres through Yuki's icy demeanor and eventually the two begin a relationship. Shuichi's band also begins to rise in fame, and a major portion of the series focuses on his attempts to balance the demands of his job with his pursuit of Yuki's affections.


  • Besides Nittle Grasper, Shuichi is a fan of Yellow Magic Orchestra, T.M.Revolution, B'z, Electric Groove and B-2 Dept.
  • Shuichi's favorite food is strawberry Pocky.
  • Shuichi has a younger sister named Maiko, who is a huge fan of Eiri Yuki. She plays a large role in early volumes of the manga but doesn't show up in the animes outside of a brief appearance in the OVA.