|SideM Character Data|
-The passionate teacher who turns the stage into a podium with which to guide his pupils!-
"Passion and idols are what guide our pupils!"
SideM Idol File
Reasons for Becoming an Idol: To provide dreams for the students of our school, and cultivate the pursuit of knowledge within them.
Personal Motto: Everything has its place. This is the foundation of foundations, the root of roots.
Comments for the Future: My intention is not merely to become an idol――there's more to it. In my eyes, idols are nothing more than another means to make hopes come true. However, I mustn't slack off. In order to make those dreams a reality, I intend to remain diligent.
Comments about Unit Members: Maita-kun's disposition differs greatly from mine. I dare say he may be an extraterrestrial life form. I've known Yamashita-kun for quite a long time now, but we're not particularly close. However, I don't bother with troublesome thoughts, and I find it useless to worry.
GROWING STARS Biography
-From math teacher to idol!-
"I'll do my best. That's all."
Serious and analytical, Michio is the fervent leader of S.E.M, which includes his unit mates Rui and Jiro. As an ex-math teacher, he represents the "M" in S.E.M. His early dialogue may come across as somewhat discourteous due to his no-nonsense disposition. Initially, he found his idol costume questionable, and, upon approaching Producer in regard to the designer, he quickly retracted his inquiry, stating, "...No, you do not have to tell me. I am sure there is a reason for it. I must simply follow," recognizing that his larger purpose for being an idol cannot be trumped by a silly stage outfit. In a subsequent card line, he remarks, "Although I was initially puzzled upon receiving this costume, my attachment to it has grown. It is a curious thing—how people are adaptable in this way." Over time, he has come to accept his idol duties fully and with great zeal (and unintentional hilarity), and he has become an overtly friendly, approachable, and nurturing individual.
Michio's perfectionist nature often lends itself to many of his more comical situations. In one of his earliest events, DoReMiFa★Melody, he tells Producer that each night, before heading to bed, he would practice speaking in a falsetto with a stuffed pig puppet lent to him for the show. With his desire for perfection comes a need to seek an understanding of youth culture, hoping to better appeal to his target audience. He considers every opportunity to learn about such as an opportunity to conduct "research." However, the true extent of his knowledge varies from situation to situation. In a particular 1-koma, Michio notes his familiarity with an array of popular songs from the times he would go to karaoke with his younger sister. On the contrary, in the Halloween Carnival event, Rui prepped Michio to play the role of an alluring vampire, and, despite Rui having noticed Michio’s popularity with female attendees, Michio found his unscary nature to be a contradiction to his outfit and the carnival’s ambiance, quickly writing up a plan to improve his image for the following year's Halloween event. His perfectionist impulses may come off as a tad callous, but Michio cares very deeply for his colleagues. He has noted on various occasions the importance of Producer and his unit mates in helping him reach his idol ambitions, for perfection alone cannot suffice.
In regard to his work, Michio can be considered a fairly talented actor, having taken on roles much unlike himself, such as the nervous and subordinate Waku in GHOST SNIPERS, the terrifying Li Dao in BEST GAME, and the soft, mellow Rabin in Miracle Magic Wishacle♪Melody ~Miracle LIVE~. A majority of these roles are often that of the work's main antagonist, adding to his already notable 'gap'.
While he may technically be a former educator, Michio consistently utilizes his skills within the office setting. In general, he tackles any problem from a logical viewpoint, often organizing his ideas on white boards and drawing up graphs and other mathematical representations to aid him in coming to a solution or in simply presenting his ideas. (It is often Jiro who has to stop Michio from becoming too carried away in his drawn-out explanations and thorough exposé.) Michio is typically the first to take the lead in these situations and will often suggest the idols with which he is working to disperse and return with new findings and research of their own in relation to whatever upcoming work they may have. As expected, he also takes the time to tutor the school-age idols of the agency whenever they are in need.
Michio enjoys cleaning, testifying to his highly responsible, organized character. Even after nights of drinking with his unit mates, he still wakes up before the two to clean up whatever mess may have been left the night before.
Various in-game dialogue suggests Michio is close with his family, as he sometimes receives gifts from his parents from his hometown, and visits them during long vacations. His younger sister, when visiting her brother, requests he guides her around the cities.
As a teacher, Michio made various attempts to engage his students in their schooling—donning silly outfits while instructing and putting on puppet shows–but could not reach a solution for igniting their enthusiasm. That was until the day Jupiter performed during one of the school’s cultural festivals, and he witnessed the students’ interest peak. It was then he found his resolve: he would motivate the youth as an idol. Guiding students had always been his sole vow, and he believed idols were key to suitably devoting himself to and carrying out this responsibility. With S.E.M having failed their first 10 idol auditions, Michio came to the conclusion that what the three lacked in every previous audition was passion, and the three made a compelling appeal during their 11th audition using the unit’s iconic “Passion Pose” to finally pass.
Within the canon of LIVE ON ST@GE!'s Idol Memories, Michio accidentally bumps into Producer on his way home one evening. Realizing Producer is from a talent agency looking to scout idols, he introduces himself, explaining to Producer how he, Rui, and Jiro have already failed 10 auditions but were determined not to give up, to which Producer directs the three to an audition for the agency.
Recorded Solo Songs
|Recorded Solo Songs|
|Sa-yo-na-ra Summer Holiday||Hazama Michio Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM 2nd ANNIVERSARY SOLO COLLECTION|
|Learning Message||Solo Song||THE IDOLM@STER SideM ORIGIN@L PIECES 08|
|POKER FAITH||Hazama Michio Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM WakeMini! SOLO COLLECTION 03 INTELLIGENCE Ver.|
|√EVOLUTION||Hazama Michio Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM 5th ANNIVERSARY SOLO COLLECTION 03|
|ANYWHERE||Hazama Michio Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM PASSION@TE FORMATION -INTELLIGENCE-|
Recorded Group Songs
Trivia and Fan Culture
- At age 32, Michio is currently the oldest idol in the entire franchise.
- Many of Michio’s early SRs retained a theme of containing the prefix “Logical".
- In the Winter Sports Challengers! event, Michio mentions that his favorite angle/curve is the Witch of Agnesi.
- He shares the same birthday with Ayame Hamaguchi.
- Michio is part of an unofficial unit dubbed "Over30". It was briefly formed during the “315 Production, Big Karaoke Tournament” magazine chapter, which includes Minori Watanabe, Seiji Shingen, Jiro Yamashita, and Amehiko Kuzunoha. The "unit" has become big within fan culture, so much so that these idols became the main focus of the second chapter of GROWING STARS' main story, canonicalizing the unit under the name "Mengoku".