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|Cinderella Girls Character Data|
Wakaba Kusakabe (Japanese: 日下部若葉 Kusakabe Wakaba) is one of the characters available in THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls and THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage. She was added on December 31, 2011. 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|
"I'm Wakaba Kusakabe. I'm often mistaken as a junior high school student... But I'm already 20 years old? I want to be an idol and have everyone treat me as one. I'll do my be-est~."
Wakaba is a young woman who is always mistaken for a middle school student due to her youthful appearance. She's a legal adult, but has the physical appearance of a young teenager which is made to look even younger when she wears pigtails. She doesn't let it get her down too much, however, since she is generally an easygoing and calm person.
She was originally scouted by the Producer after getting lost in the city. He, as many others do, mistakes her as a child. She’s grown to become used to this, despite the fact it can be upsetting for her at times, as she often felt like people were making fun of her by calling her cute and perceiving her as childish. She often still gets upset when people treat her like a kid as she feels it's demeaning. She faces a personal struggle with this, because Wakaba actually very much enjoys wearing cute clothes and likes cute things in general, but she worries enjoying these things make her seem like even more of a child. While becoming an idol has helped, somewhat, as she does genuinely believe now the compliments about her being cute are genuine, she admits she likely won’t ever get over her complex regarding her height and looks.
Children seem to be naturally attached to her; in her idol work she's close to most if not all of the child idols in the production, and it's been stated and shown in comics she has a large fanbase consisting of children. While she hates being treated like a child, Wakaba is not above using her babyface to her benefit, often getting annoying door-to-door salesmen to leave her alone by saying her mom isn't home.
In the tie-in Cinderella Girls Theater skits, Wakaba is always misunderstood to be a younger age than she is. Often times it leads to misunderstandings which require her to explain her age, such as when she's driving a car, which makes Kate believe minors could drive in Japan. Because of her looks, she was invited to join the “Little Marching Band Girls” unit as an adult member. She took the role of monitor eagerly after the younger girls continued to call her “big sister” and reliable. Wakaba has her driver’s license and seems to like looking at cars. She doesn’t like black coffee.
|Originally posted 09/16/2020. Translation source.|
|Wakaba: It's time for DereMail! Today, I will be answering your question you sent in.|
|Question: Wakaba-chan, you drink a lot of milk, but what food do you think goes well with milk?|
|Wakaba: There are so many of them so I'm torn... Cakes, donuts, chocolate... Squishy ones are good too. #DereMail|
|Wakaba: Having chocolate in your mouth and drinking some milk or dunking the cookie into the milk before eating it... Ah, I just couldn't stop myself.|
|Question: What do you think an "adult" is?|
|Wakaba: I think an "adult" is someone who has their act together, is responsible and reliable. #DereMail|
|Fumika: Regardless of height and age, I feel that it's all about the heart.|
|Wakaba: I hope that I'll become someone like that. But it would make me even happier if I'll be able to grow taller too.|
|Wakaba: Oh, I got too absorbed with that! That will be all for today. Thank you for all those wonderful questions.|
11/10/2021 - 11/16/2021
Trivia and Fan Culture
- Wakaba's name literally translates to "young leaf", hence her appearance.
- She is friends with Miyo Harada, due to their shared car-related hobby.
- She has a relatively childish palate, as she doesn't like bitter things (black coffee) or spicy things.
- Wakaba loves animals, as shown in her SSR1 and expresses an excitement whenever her jobs include working with them.
- She can make cocktails, but she has a low alcohol tolerance.
- She also likes hanging out with other idols at the same age as her, including but not limited to Yoko Saito, Misato Manaka, and Chiaki Kurokawa.
- She shares the same birthday with Toru Asakura.
|Cinderella Post Images|
|August 10th, 2018 at 1:08 P.M.||November 11th, 2018 at 3:14 P.M.||July 7th, 2020 at 8:13 P.M.|
|August 18th, 2021 at 3:17 P.M.||April 27th, 2022 at 12:00 P.M.|
|Starlight Stage Models|
[Big World of Little Me] SSR
|Starlight Stage Renders|
[Big World of Little Me]
Countdown Art for Starlight Stage's 7th Anniversary.