Nanase Akatsuki (暁七瀬, Akatsuki Nanase) is a secondary character, antagonist, and protagonist in both Mamotte! Lollipop and Madotte! Mamotte! Lollipop.
Despite being male, Nanase prefers to dress in female clothing and identify as a female. This seems to generally be for attention from males, who find him to be very attractive as a female. Unlike Forte, who is constantly forced by Sun into cross-dressing, Nanase does so willingly and enjoys it very much. Despite this, some people can see through his disguise, like Zero.
Nanase isn't very modest, pointing out that he is cute, usually to Nina, who she says isn't as cute as he is. In addition to his lack of modesty, Nanase also appears to get very jealous when the spotlight is not on him. This is especially so when his partner Yakumo is enamored by a girl. Nanase has a tendency to become extremely jealous in these situations.
Since a young age Nanase was often thought to be a girl, even when wearing his regular clothing. He has always enjoyed the attention and adoration of onlookers who find him to be attractive. However, in the magic academy, when many of the male children were gawking over him, one student, Zero, pointed out that Nanase was actually a male. Upon finding this out, the males were appalled and no longer doted over Nanase. Because of this, Nanase holds a long and personal grudge against Zero, who doesn't seem to notice.
Nanase and her teammate Yakumo are part of the Magic Exam and after the Crystal Pearl. They track it down and deduce that it is inside Nina, who must have somehow ingested it. Nanase is prepared to use any means necessary to retrieve the Crystal Pearl, but Yakumo has developed a crush on Nina, much to Nanase's annoyance, who points out that he isn't even as cute as she is. Despite Yakumo's insistence that Nina remains unharmed, Nanase refuses to listen, and casts a spell on both Nina and Zero, causing them to switch bodies.
- Nanase's family name means "dawn", and his given name consists of the kanji for "seven" and "shallows".
- Nanase is the only character known to be gay, as is revealed in Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop.
- It is unclear whether or not Nanase is transgender or simply enjoys cross-dressing.