Roco Handa

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Roco Handa
Roco ML Profile.png
iM@S ML character data
Name: 伴田路子 (Handa Roco)
Voice actor: 中村温姫 (Nakamura Atsuki)
Age: 15
Height: 154 cm
Weight: 42 kg
Birthday: March 1st
Blood type: AB
Three sizes: 78-57-77
Hobbies: Making crafts
Skill: Walking with her eyes closed
Likes: Pigeons
Handedness: Right
Horoscope: Pisces
Hometown: Tokyo
ML Card Type: Visual
TD Card Type: Fairy
Image Color:     
Signature
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Roco Handa (伴田路子 Handa Roco) is one of the available idols in the mobile game THE iDOLM@STER: Million Live!. She is voiced by Atsuki Nakamura (中村温姫 Nakamura Atsuki).

Biographies

Million Live! Biography

"I was born to become an idol! Nice to meet you!"

Online Character Profile

Personality

Roco is a positive girl who believes that she was born to be an idol, and she dreams of becoming a great artist using her own art style. Like many artists, Roco has weird habits that are hard for others to understand. The most apparent one would be her way of speaking--Roco likes to fill her sentences with English words, sometimes to the point of being almost impossible to understand. She prefers to use them even if they're not that common in usual speech. She will quickly correct herself if she accidentally catches herself not using a loanword, even though her English skills are not that good and she still occasionally requires a dictionary. When she's really concentrated or surprised, she’ll speak in a normal way, suggesting that she's doing this on purpose.

Roco’s artist skill covers a really wide range; she can draw, sculpt, design, create her own clothes, and even build a stage set by herself. Although, like many artists, her creative sense is hard to understand for normal people. In fact, most of the time they don’t even have any idea what she has created. She also likes to act as soon as she has inspiration, regardless of place and time. She'll also redesign objects on the spur of the moment (or in her own words "roconize"), whether it’s a borrowed costume, a Drama’s set, or the office itself. Roco also likes to keep up with popular fashion, often changing her accessories from card to card. However, she always keeps her yellow headphones with her all the time and when she has to take them off, she gives them to the Producer while telling him not to lose them since they're important to her.

Although Roco always acts confident, deep down, she actually feels lonely, since her weird quirks and her hard-to-understand artistic sense often alienates her from the other idols. Roco is very happy when someone praises her art and she also shows her weak side to the Producer from time to time. Roco has been driven to tears before at the realization that she didn't actually have a best friend, and that for the longest time, her art was her only friend. Roco has claimed before that "To be an Artist is to be lonely".

Roco is shown to be a bit of a perfectionist, often resulting in all-nighters to complete her art. She often talks about her art to extreme lengths during MC's, despite the audience having no idea what she's talking about. However, through talking about her art, Roco's passion and happiness begins to show through, and is surprisingly a charm point of hers. Although, she does have to be cut off or else she could talk about her art forever.

During the ARRIVE event, it was implied that Roco used to be a victim of bullying in her school, especially when she mentioned that Kuroi's harassment towards her is actually nothing and she added that she's already used to it. This could be why Roco faced a hard time communicating with other idols, and prefer to speak through her art.

Million Live Lines

Greetings

"Mm... this tea...Roco adores— It's Roco's fa-favorite! Who brewed it?"

"Let Roco be part of that project, too!"

"Roco is aiming for a niche, but still many, fans!"

"Roco is going to concentrate really hard from now on, so remind me of the time now and then."

"Stop! Don't move, please! The cloth that's spread out on the floor is one of Roco's masterpieces, so don't step on it!"

"Producer, what do you think about Akishibuhara[notes 1] system and New Wave fashion?"

"Producer, why don't you add a beard to your fashion today? I think it suits you."

"Shouldn't you be thinking about your work-life balance today, Producer? Roco sure does."

Game Discography

THE iDOLM@STER: Million Live!

Song Discography

Recorded Solo Songs
Song Classification CD
ART NEEDS HEART BEATS Image Song THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE! M@STER SPARKLE 04
fruity love Roco Solo Remix THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER SOLO COLLECTION Vol.03 Visual Edition
Gekiteki! Muteki! Koi Shitai! Roco Solo Remix THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER SOLO COLLECTION 06 Fairy Stars
IMPRESSION→LOCOMOTION! Image Song ‪THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER PERFORMANCE 12‬
STANDING ALIVE Roco Solo Remix THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER SOLO COLLECTION Vol.04 Sunshine Theater
STEREOPHONIC ISOTONIC Image Song THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER HARMONY 10
Recorded Group Songs
Song CD Sung With
Brand New Theater! THE IDOLM@STER MILLION THE@TER GENERATION 01 Brand New Theater! 765 MILLIONSTARS
THE IDOLM@STER MILLION THE@TER GENERATION 02 Fairy Stars Fairy Stars
THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE! M@STER SPARKLE 08 765 MILLIONSTARS
DIAMOND DAYS THE IDOLM@STER THE@TER ACTIVITIES 01 Yuriko Nanao, Tomoka Tenkubashi, Serika Hakozaki, and Arisa Matsuda
Dreaming! THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER DREAMERS 05 Hinata Kinoshita, Takane Shijou, Fuka Toyokawa, Akane Nonohara, Ami Futami, Azusa Miura, Rio Momose, Nao Yokoyama, and Arisa Matsuda
THE IDOLM@STER MILLION THE@TER GENERATION 01 Brand New Theater! 765 MILLIONSTARS
fruity love THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER DREAMERS 05 Akane Nonohara
Gekiteki! Muteki! Koi Shitai! THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER FORWARD 01 Sunshine Rhythm Elena Shimabara and Iku Nakatani
Kokoro ga Kaeru Basho ‪THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER PERFORMANCE 12‬ Yukiho Hagiwara, Momoko Suou, and Chizuru Nikaido
Souzou wa Hajimari no Kaze o Tsurete THE IDOLM@STER THE@TER ACTIVITIES 01 Yuriko Nanao, Tomoka Tenkubashi, Serika Hakozaki, and Arisa Matsuda
STANDING ALIVE THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER HARMONY 10 ARRIVE
Sun Rhythm Orchestra♪ THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER FORWARD 01 Sunshine Rhythm Sunshine Rhythm
Thank You! THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER PERFORMANCE 01『Thank You!』 765 MILLIONSTARS
THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER PERFORMANCE 01『Thank You!』 765THEATER ALLSTARS
Welcome!! THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER HARMONY 10 ARRIVE
THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER DREAMERS 01 Dreaming! 765 MILLIONSTARS

Trivia and Fan Culture

Trivia

  • Roco refers to herself as Roco, written in katakana characters.
  • Roco is often paired with Subaru, most likely because Subaru likes to drag Roco to play outside despite her protest. She's also paired with Akane as they are both eccentric, confident idols with more comedic traits.
  • Roco has a few nicknames, most notably Koro-chan, initially given to her by Chizuru, because Roco's loud personality reminded her of a dog. Another popular nickname for Roco is "Croquette".
  • Roco's original spelling was supposed to be Loco. The reason it changed to Roco is when the VA came up with Roco's signature, she wrongly spelled "Roco" there.

Fan Culture

  • While Roco always refers to herself as "Roco" and it’s also written on her card name and profile, some fans like to think that her name is actually Michiko Handa. This comes from the “spring music festival” event where Takane calls Roco by her full name (伴田路子) and Roco replies with “Please don’t call Roco by her real name. Real name, not full name, real name." Couple that with the fact that her given name can be read as Michiko, a fan theory was born.

Character Gallery

THE iDOLM@STER: Million Live! Cards

THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days Cards

References

Notes

  1. Akishibuhara refers a fusion of the cultures of Akihabara, Shibuya and Harajuku. It seems ART NEEDS HEART BEATS is a song in that style.