Nao Ehime
Kanji 愛媛なお
Rōmaji Ehime Nao
Physical and Vital Information
Species Human
Gender Female
Age 10-11 (Season 1)
12 (Season 2)
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color Brown
Professional Statistics
Occupation Student Idol
Affiliation Paprika Private Academy
Personal Status
Anime Episode 01 - I Became an Idol!
Voice Actors
Japanese Yoshino Nanjou
Image Gallery

Nao Ehime (愛媛 なお Ehime Nao) is Laala Manaka's best friend at Paprika Private Academy.


Nao has long, ashy-brown hair that reaches her mid-back, and is usually pulled back with a white headband decorated with yellow flowers. Her eyes are hazel-colored. In Pripara, her hair brightens and grows in length, separating so far down into two, slightly curled pigtails. Her headband becomes turquoise and gains two star ornaments.


Nao is easygoing, friendly and caring. She tends to tease Laala or talk sternly with her every once in a while, but really cares about her. She has known about Idols and dreamt of becoming one, being the one who got Laala into them at first.


Nao is first shown as the easygoing best friend of Laala with much knowledge of idols. Unlike Laala, she had a true desire to become an idol some day. She surprised her by showing her the PriTicket she just received, but no sooner is it confiscated by Headmistress Gloria. This upset her but nothing came of it.

Over time she became a fan of Laala, but had no idea her best friend was also the idol she admired until Laala told her. Nao took the news harshly due to her jealousy over being unable to become an idol herself, but they soon make up after Nao realizes her own feelings and how much Laala wished to tell her but couldn't yet.

Later, Nao gets her PriTicket back and is able to enter PriPara.


  • Laala Manaka - Her best friend and neighbor. The two have been classmates ever since kindergarten. She admired her Idol form long before finding out it was actually Laala herself, but after they made up, Nao continued to support her best friend until she finally got her PriTicket back.


  • Nao was one of the first girls who had her PriTicket shown being snatched away by Headmistress Gloria Ookanada.
  • Judging by her PriTicket, Nao is a Pop type Idol.
  • Her seiyuu, Yoshino Nanjo, also voiced Eli Ayase, one of the main characters featured in the Love Live! franchise.
  • Nao is the first non-idol to receive a Friends Ticket.
  • Nao shares her birthday (November 20th) with Laala.
  • She is the second supporting character to have a CGI model, preceded by Cosmo and followed by Chanko.
    • Unlike Chanko and Cosmo however, Nao's model was only shown briefly during her and Laala's birthday performance, rather than actually performing.
  • Nao's PriPara coord is a slightly modified variation of the Fluffy Snow One Piece from Pretty Rhythm. 
  • Nao shares her given name with Midorikawa Nao/Cure March from Smile Pretty Cure!
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