|Name in Japanese||来栖 加奈子|
|Romaji Translation||Kurusu Kanako|
|Debut (Anime)||Episode 04|
|Debut (Light Novel)||Volume 02 (Chapter 01)|
|Debut (Manga)||Volume 02 (chapter 04)|
|Appears in||Light Novel, Manga, Anime|
|Voice Actor (Japanese)||Yukari Tamura|
|Family|| Kanata Kurusu|
She is voiced by Yukari Tamura.
Kanako is a 14-year-old girl with dyed red hair (real hair color black) set in twin tails tied with yellow ribbons. She also has an ahoge ("stupid hair"). She appears somewhat young for her age, and bears a startling resemblance to Kirino's favorite anime character, Meruru.
She is 148 cm (4'10") and weighs 39 kg.
Kanako is able to pose with a stuck-up attitude, but her real self can be very sweet and kind.
Nevertheless, when she likes someone, she is able to banter with them in good spirits, as seen when she happily gets along with Kyousuke when he is posing as a manager.
She enters a lot of idol auditions and is a talented singer, and is able to memorize a song after hearing it only once; her dream is to become an idol. Since she goes to karaoke places frequently, she is capable of remembering any song she's heard at least once perfectly. On stage, she has a great deal of professionalism; despite hating the fact she was dressed up as an anime character, she got into the role and amazed the audience with her singing.
She generally finds anime childish and otaku's disgusting, though she is on one occasion tricked into cosplaying as Kirino's favorite anime character, Meruru, for a contest and wins. Despite winning the contest she is disgusted of what she had gone through, but likes the idea of being praised and the event even helps her career.
Though she finds the otaku hobby disgusting, she's willing to get along with otaku's and doesn't seem to have much of a problem with them as she stayed friends with Kyousuke and Kirino. She also seemed pretty accepting of the idea of Kyousuke going out with his sister, only being disappointed that he wasn't available.
Kanako also tends to prove people wrong. When Kyousuke rejected her confession at the Meruru cosplaying event, she vowed to pursue her career as an idol to make Kyousuke regret his decision. In the PSP game, on her route she was persistent in proving her worth to Kyousuke despite competition between her, Ayase and Kuroneko and disapproval of Daisuke.
Kanako, like Ayase, is a part-time fashion model for a particular magazine. Kanako and Ayase are often seen together, with Ayase usually acting as the straight man, hitting Kanako when she says something stupid. During one instance when Ayase became desperate in giving a peace offering to Kirino after a fight broke up between the two friends, Kanako becomes Ayase's unlikely accomplice, forced to wear the costume of Stardust Witch Meruru and becoming a participant in a Meruru cosplay contest. Although disgusted by what she did, her victory in the cosplay competition nonetheless launched Kanako's career as an idol singing for various Stardust Witch Meruru events.
As her career began to blossom, she started forming a bigger circle of friends: Kyousuke Kousaka, who once pretended to be her manager in one of her events, and Bridget Evans, whose first encounter with Kanako was a catastrophic one, eventually became friends with her. Ayase also continues to support Kanako in her own way.
Eventually, Kanako slowly developed feelings for Kyousuke in their many interactions together. She also motivated herself to mend her frayed ties with her parents by learning how to cook, and take care of Ayase's referral to Manami Tamura. Nonetheless, she was rejected by Kyousuke over his younger sister Kirino during one of her public performances. Although heartbroken by this rejection, Kanako vows to work hard for her career.
Kanako has a good relationship with Kirino. Kanako met Kirino through modeling, and then started hanging out with her at school. Soon they grew pretty close, and can be considered one of Kirino's main non-otaku friends. Even after she finds out about Kirino's hobby, she was still willing to be friends with her and didn't seem to have a problem with her, though she did consider Kirino gross. She thought that because she was Kirino's friend, it was okay to confess to Kyousuke even though Kirino was against it.
Ayase is one of Kanako's school friends, and they seem to get along together, though Ayase does occasionally punish Kanako. Ayase was the one who introduced Kanako to Manami. Ayase seems to deeply care for Kanako.
Although at first, she thought of him as a typical boy the first time they met, it wasn't until when he was posing as her manager that she started to like him. She considers him her first fan, and has made a point of reserving the first place for him should she ever get a fan club.
Although she started to learn how to cook in an attempt to help thaw the relationship between her parents and herself, she brought her cooking to Kyousuke to test out it out. Although it was bad to eat, he still finished it all, which impressed Kanako. She got jealous when she saw Kyousuke eating food made by other girls and got into an argument with Kuroneko over it. She eventually confesses to Kyousuke, though she ultimately gets rejected.
Ayase referred Manami to Kanako as a cooking instructor because Kanako felt that she could mend her relationship with her parents if she learned how to cook. She respects Manami and calls her 'shishō'. While she respects Manami, she at the same time considers her to be a 'granny' and views her as a rival for Kyousuke. Even still, they trust each other and speak to each other about their feelings and how they plan on making Kyousuke theirs and their views on other matters.
Kanako's relationship with her parents was so bad to the point that she ran away from home and lived with her sister. After her father becomes hospitalized, she hopes to repair her relationship by cooking in hopes of pleasing her parents.
Kanata is Kanako's older sister. Not much is known about their relationship, but when Kanako ran away from home, Kanata took her in. Considering they live together, they probably get along well. Kanako's relationship with Kanata was probably one of the reasons why Kanako was one of the few people who wasn't an otaku that was able to accept Kirino's hobbies without any trouble.