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Tenko is titled as the Ultimate Aikido Master (超高校級の「合気道家」chō kōkō kyū no “aikidō-ka” lit. Super High School Level Aikido Master). She is a practitioner of the martial art she created with her master, called "Neo-Aikido".
- Before Joining Danganronpa
Tenko attended Stone College Prep High School (亜巌大付属高校) during her high school days. However, it is unclear if this memory of her is a part of the fabrication made by Team Danganronpa or if it was genuine.
- Fabricated Past
After she successfully participated in the 53rd Killing Game, Tenko's memories and past were fabricated by Team Danganronpa as follows:
As a child, Tenko suffered from severe anger tantrums and over-activity to the point that her parents were worried that she might not be able to fit into the society. Not knowing how to handle her, they sent her to live in a temple to help discipline her mind.
However, it seemed that Tenko was trouble even for the priests, so they had to come up with something else. During her mental training at the temple, she called the head priest "Master" and respected him greatly, and thus he declared himself the Master of martial arts. The head priest and Tenko came up with the martial arts of "Neo-Aikido", an unusually aggressive form of Aikido, to channel Tenko's energy into a constant activity. Neo-Aikido helped Tenko and made her notably calmer, though she still remained very aggressive and overactive when compared to the norm. However, she also seemed to take the made-up martial arts a bit too seriously and dreamed of making it a national sport.
The Master also began to use Neo-Aikido as a way to develop Tenko's moral compass. As practitioners of Neo-Aikido, Tenko and her Master even used to wear masks and acted as "heroes of justice", helping people during day and night. This included things like carrying old woman's belongings, helping a child cross the street, catching thieves, punishing cheaters and sexual predators, and even helping girls who had tough break-ups.
In order to control her bad habits, the Master began to claim that various things would weaken her Neo-Aikido spirit and thus should be always avoided, such as being too excited about Christmas or Valentine's Day, eating more than three sweets a day, or failing to keep her environment clean. Because of his anti-romance stance, he also wanted her to not get close with boys and thus told her that interaction with them would weaken her. Tenko believed everything without question and took it all very seriously, and she had very little interaction with boys. She already had a dislike for men, seemingly due to all the sex offenders she had seen, but this turned into hatred as she begun to consider all men enemies that would drain her spirit and prevent her from mastering Neo-Aikido (though, she never realized that this should've logically included her Master as well). She believed that men shouldn't even touch her. Other bad influences from the Master included the belief that ex-boyfriends deserve severe physical punishments, and that you can even use unfair methods such as weapons or attacking before the match starts.
The Gofer Project
- Main article: The Gofer Project
Despite being chosen to participant, Tenko and the other fifteen participants had no intentions of going along with the plan, not wanting to abandon their loved ones. As a result, Tenko chose to forget about her Ultimate talent and decided to live as a normal high school student.
Around that time an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteorites were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of The Gofer Project, tried to stop it. As a result, the “Ultimate Hunt” started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students selected for the Gofer Project were hunted down.
The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students' deaths, calming down the Ultimate Hunt while providing protection to the students. The Gofer Project was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed by meteorites. Tenko and the others went to space in the massive ark, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles, and were put to a cold sleep for several decades.
Much later on in Chapter 5, after the remaining participants cleared the Death Road of Despair, Kokichi Oma lied about being the mastermind of the Killing Game and that he was the leader of the cult bent on stopping the Gofer Project. He also lied about being the one who let Monokuma enter the spaceship, which effectively forced Tenko and the others to participate in the Killing School Semester. All of this was done in order to get everyone to fall into so much despair that they would not continue the Killing Game.
However, the true Mastermind, in order to get the remaining survivors at the time to continue the Killing Game, decided to connect everyone's memories of The Gofer Project to the story of Hope's Peak Academy. As a result, the true Mastermind prepared a Flashback Light that tricked the remaining participants into thinking that everyone, including those that had died, was actually students of the rebuilt Hope's Peak Academy. They also remembered that the ones behind The Gofer Project were Makoto Naegi, the headmaster of the rebuilt Hopes Peak Academy, and the Future Foundation. This Flashback light also revealed that the cult bent on stopping The Gofer Project were actually the Remnants of Despair, and that Kokichi was their leader. This lie filled everyone with the determination needed to stop the despair they were faced with.
In the Mastermind's rush, they accidentally overlooked slight inconsistencies and plot holes when linking both stories together, such as "Ultimate Despair" only referring to Junko Enoshima, and that Class 78th was trapped by the Ultimate Despair when they had actually locked themselves within the school in order to shelter themselves from the tragedy outside.
While Tenko did remember about the Ultimate Hunt in Chapter 2 and hers and everyone else's funeral in Chapter 3 thanks to the Flashback Lights, she ultimately has no complete recollection of the event, as she was murdered before she actually received a complete memory about The Gofer Project by the Flashback Light in Chapter 5.
- Main article: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
IntroductionKaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara arrived. Just like everyone else, Tenko was confused and frightened about their current predicament. Once the Monokuma Kubs arrived in their Exisals, Tenko grew more and more frightened as they threatened to kill them in numerous gruesome ways. However, after realizing that they had gone off script, the Monokuma Kubs revealed themselves from within their Exisals and gave the sixteen participants their Ultimate wardrobe, and their first memory via the Flashback Light. Tenko and the other fifteen talentless students underwent the fabrication process, where all of their past memories and personalities were heavily fabricated. She also received the talent and title of Ultimate Aikido Master. All of this was done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all over the world. After the fabrication process was completed, Tenko and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as totally different people, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the Killing School Semester.
Tenko was later found in the dining hall by Kaede, the Ultimate Pianist and Shuichi, the Ultimate Detective. Tenko and introduced herself to the duo by letting out passionate "Hyaaaahhhhh!", much to their confusion. Tenko told them that she was yelling in order to "raise her spirit energy" before introducing herself as the Ultimate Aikido Master. When Kaede told her that she looked cute, Tenko became highly embarrassed, making various excuses as to why she isn't cute. Kaede disagreed, and asked Shuichi if he thought she was cute. He complied hesitantly, which instantly caused Tenko's expression to turn sour and explain that she detests being praised by "degenerate males". She then stated that if a "degenerate" ever tried to touch her, she would not hesitate to throw them across the room, with Kaede thinking to herself that that's a far bigger problem than just being uncomfortable around men.
Tenko would later gather with everyone else in the gymnasium after the Monokuma Kubs made their announcement. While some of the students were worried, Tenko had immediately taken a liking to Himiko Yumeno, the Ultimate Magician, seeming to believe in her real magic act. Tenko asked her what sort of training she does for her magic, but Himiko didn't reply because it was "too tiring". Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs and Monokuma, the Monokuma Kubs' father and the self-appointed headmaster of the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, arrived and announced that they would be participating in a Killing Game, much to almost everyone's shock and horror. With that, the Killing School Semester had officially begun.
Attempting the Death Road of Despair
After Monokuma officially started the Killing Game, Tenko read the rules on her Monopad. A majority of the group wasn't sure what to do after reading these rules and began to panic and argue. Thanks to Kaede's motivational argument, the panic died down and everyone seemed to become united. Afterwards, Gonta Gokuhara, the Ultimate Entomologist, then remembered that he found a manhole inside the boiler room behind the school building. Tenko along with everyone else immediately followed Gonta's lead, with a hope of finding a way out.
The First and Additional Motive
After the first motive and additional motives are presented, the First Blood Perk and the time limit, Tenko like almost everyone else, became increasingly concerned. However, she was determined not to let a killing happen. She also tried getting closer to Himiko, though she didn't seem to treat Tenko as anything more than an annoyance.
During the morning of the next day, Angie Yonaga, the Ultimate Artist, tried to convince Himiko to believe in Atua, much to Tenko's annoyance and jealousy. Himiko declined, saying that believing in Atua sounds like "too much of a pain". Tenko ecstatically said that Himiko should believe in Neo Aikido instead, but the magician stated that that was a pain as well.
On The ClockKaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut, asked Tenko to join his strategy meeting, thinking that since she was an expert fighter that she would be useful when it came to fighting Monokuma. She agreed, and so her, Kaito, Angie, Himiko, Gonta, Maki Harukawa, the Ultimate Child Caregiver, and Rantaro Amami, the Ultimate ???, headed down to the game room in the basement to conduct their strategy meeting. Not long after however, Rantaro excused himself to go to the restroom while actually going to investigate the library, knowing of the secret room thanks to his Survivor Perk Monopad. Tenko and Kaito would also leave the game room and join Kaede and Shuichi in storming the library, only to find the bookcase in the back of the room closing and Rantaro's corpse not far away from it. Tenko's scream alerted the remaining people in the game room and they came rushing in. As everyone pondered what was going on and whether or not the Killing Game had officially begun or ended, the body discovery announcement played and eventually everyone was in the library.
During the investigation, Tenko didn't search for clues but instead, followed and watched Angie, finding it suspicious that she could remain so cheerful during this life-threatening situation. When she explained this to Kaede and Shuichi, Tenko became annoyed with Shuichi after telling her that everyone needed to work together regardless of gender, warning him not to act high and mighty with her.
The First Class Trial
During the early stages of the Class Trial, Tenko didn't do anything notable or remarkable and simply went along with what everyone said. Later on during the trial, when everyone was split on whether or not to vote Shuichi as the culprit due to his silence about the camera intervals, Tenko was on the side that accused him, wanting to believe in Kaede, but also acknowledging that Shuichi is suspicious, stating that staying quiet for as long as he had is "classic degenerate male behavior".
After Shuichi was cleared of blame by Kaede and he accused her of being the culprit, wanting to carry on her wish, Tenko refused to believe it, saying that there's no way that's possible. Despite her and a couple other student's protests, Kaede was eventually proven to be the culprit. However, after finding out that the Ultimate Pianist only did what she did so that she could save everyone, Tenko didn't hold Kaede accountable at all and still viewed her as a friend.
Despite no one truly blaming Kaede for what happened, the rules still remained in effect and Monokuma and his Kubs were eager to get on with the punishment, but the students revolted in order to protect Kaede. The Monokuma Kubs brought out their Exisals in order to enforce their rules, but Tenko along with Kaito and Gonta did not waver, determined by the fact that if Kaede was willing to put her life on the line, then so would they. Despite their confidence, Kaede told them to stop and that she had prepared herself. She told everyone to live and escape this place, believing in everyone. Tenko could only reassure Kaede that she would keep her promise along with most of the other students before the Ultimate Pianist was dragged to her execution. Tenko could do nothing but cry, saying that Monokuma is horrible for killing her friend in such a brutal way.
Exploring the Rest of the Academy
The morning of the next day, Tenko along with everyone else would gather in the dining hall once again and have a normal, but forced the conversation to try and make themselves not think about the horrible events that transpired yesterday. When Shuichi arrived without his hat on in memory of his dear friend, Tenko angrily criticized both Kokichi and Kaito for being insensitive. Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs showed up and handed out four random items that the students could use to unlock more areas in the academy.
One of the areas that would become unlocked was the pool. Tenko, Shuichi, and K1-B0, the Ultimate Robot, were the first ones to investigate the area. Upon seeing the resort-like pool, Tenko became excited and stated that she had always dreamed of swimming in a pool like a famous celebrity, except for the fact that she didn't know how to swim. Angie eventually told everyone to meet in the gymnasium, seemingly failing in discovering anything about the conspicuous flashlight that she and Shuichi had discovered earlier. After everyone had gathered, Monokuma appeared and told everyone that it was a Flashback Light and that it had the ability to restore lost memories before leaving and letting the students decide what to do with it. Although everyone was skeptical at first, they eventually gave in and used it, allowing everyone, Tenko included, to remember that they had been on the run from the "Ultimate Hunt". Though they could not remember the exact details and circumstances behind it, just that they had been on the run.
The Motive Videos
During that same night, the Monokuma Kubs prepared the second motive, distributing various motive videos at random while the students slept. The next morning, Tenko joined everyone in the dining hall in order to discuss what to do with the motive videos. Despite Ryoma suggesting that they exchange them, wanting to see who could be the most important person in his life, everyone rejected the idea, afraid that it would cause another murder to happen, much to his annoyance. Once Tenko tried to goad Himiko into enjoying a tripe hot pot, wanting to get closer to her, Angie told her that she doesn't get it and that Himiko isn't hungry. Nevertheless, everyone has tripe hot pot for breakfast
The next morning, Tenko and everyone else gathered in the dining hall once again, only to notice that Angie and Himko were both praying to Atua, much to the Aikido Master's shock and jealousy. Angie stated that Himiko had abandoned reality to speak to Atua. Tenko accused her of brainwashing Himiko, only to correct her, saying that she had undone Himiko's brainwashing. Despite this, Tenko still urged Himiko to get ahold of herself, only for Angie to instill hers and Atua's authority into Himiko further by pulling her into a hug. Angie states that she understands Himiko and that she isn't scared, just sad, that she has no one to confide her anxieties to. She reassured Himiko that she wasn't alone and that a handsome god was watching over her. With that, Himiko didn't seem scared anymore and Angie praised Atua once again, much to Tenko's dismay.
Angie then passes on Atua's "divine message" to everyone else in the dining hall, saying that the academy suffers from the same sins as the outside world and that the only reason everyone is unhappy is because their greed is making them treat each other like adversaries. She proposes that everyone cast aside their greed and live within the academy in a peaceful harmony with divine purpose, turning the academy into "heaven on earth". She stated that if they do this, their desire to leave will vanish, and in turn, the killings will also cease. This proposal baffled nearly everyone but Himiko, who stated that Atua's divine messages are never wrong. With Angie's advice, her and Himiko decide to hold a magic show the next morning in order to get everyone to forget about their desire to leave before leaving the dining hall in order to begin the preparations. Because of these actions and everything that would transpire later, Angie would be the only girl that Tenko was not on good terms with.
Gonta's Insect Meet and GreetResearch Lab in order to get them to like bugs. In reality, Kokichi simply wanted to get everyone to watch their motive videos in order make the Killing Game "more interesting". Tenko would be among the first students that Gonta detained, saying that not even she was a match for his power. Not long after, Shuichi, Himiko, and Angie were also brought into Gonta's Research Lab, and the Insect Meet and Greet began. Everyone panicked as insects began to buzz about and wreck havoc. Tenko would attempt to save Himiko as she was being buried alive by the insects. In order to finally end this absurdity, K1-B0 used his recording function in order to convince Gonta that Kokichi had tricked him, much to the former's anger. With that, Tenko and everyone else barring Gonta and Kokichi took back their motive videos before immediately leaving Gonta's lab, then heading to bed.
The Amazing Himiko's Magic Show
The very next morning, Tenko attended Angie and Himiko's magic show along with everyone else from Gonta's Insect Meet and Great, bar Kokichi. Angie thanked Atua for being with them today, much to Tenko's chagrin, who stated that she should be thanking them first for even showing up. Ignoring Tenko's comment, Angie explained the details of Himiko's trick before the Ultimate Magician jumped into the tank, having only a single minute to escape the water tank before the tank would fill with piranha's. Angie closed the curtains, but everyone grew increasingly worried as the timer continued to count down and Himiko had yet to come out. Gonta couldn't take it anymore and stormed the stage, wanting to save Himiko before the piranhas would fill the tank, much to Angie's disappointment. Once the timer ran out, the piranha's dropped into the tank along with some other large object, though Himiko had yet to come out of the tank. Tenko begged Angie to open the curtains, a plea that she promptly responded to by revealing the tank, however, no one was prepared for what they were about to see. Ryoma Hoshi, the Ultimate Tennis Pro's lifeless, handcuffed body drifted within the tank, only having a couple seconds before the piranha's stripped the flesh from his bone, leaving nothing more than a skeleton, the handcuff's, and his belongings behind. With that, the second investigation had begun.
The Second Class Trial
As the Class Trial began, Angie was quick to suspect Himiko despite how close they had supposedly become. This outraged Tenko greatly, stating that if they were really friends that Angie should believe in Himiko. Angie countered this and stated that she's simply telling them what Atua is telling her and that they should be thankful lest he pours his holy wrath upon them all. Despite Himiko's commitment to her magic act, and everyone continuing to suspect her, Tenko proudly declared that no matter what, she would continue believing in Himiko until she took her final breath. This act of faith seemed to put Tenko and Himiko on somewhat good terms.
Later, when everyone was wondering just when Ryoma could have been killed after hearing Maki's testimony, Tenko was on the side saying that he was killed during nighttime. As the trial progressed, Shuichi was able to pin Kirumi Tojo, the Ultimate Maid, as the culprit of Ryoma's murder, much to Tenko's shock after Kirumi had taken care of everyone so well. After all the evidence was pinned on Kirumi and she admitted to her crime, Tenko cried once again, asking why did it have to be her. The Ultimate Maid wasn't sure how to respond to everyone asking her why she killed Ryoma, and so the Monokuma Kubs showed everyone her motive video, revealing that she was the de facto Prime Minister of all Japan and that her most important person was every citizen of the country. Kirumi refused to give up on life and made a mad, undignified run for it, but was executed nonetheless. Tenko was shocked at the horrifying way Kirumi was murdered, stating that they all had to stop the killings no matter what before leaving the trial grounds along with everyone.
Tenko's Research Lab
The next morning, at Kokichi's request after unveiling Maki's true talent the night prior, Tenko along with everyone else barring Maki paid a visit to the "Ultimate Child Caregiver's Research Lab" only to discover various weapons all throughout the lab, proving that Maki was, in fact, the Ultimate Assassin, not a child caregiver. Tenko said that she would help Gonta detain Maki if she became a threat to the group, but Shuichi countered by saying that it wasn't necessary to go that far as she hasn't tried to kill anybody. Tenko ignored Shuichi and proudly declared that a sneak attack was the way to go, which earned some confusion from Tsumugi Shirogane, the Ultimate Cosplayer, asking if that was what an Aikido Master should be saying. After the Monokuma Kubs showed up, usurped their father as headmaster, and passed out more items for the students to unlock new areas within the academy.
Later on, Tenko would gather with everyone else in the dining hall in order to inspect the new Flashback Light that Shuichi found. Upon using it, everyone remembered what seemed to be their own funeral, much to the student's confusion. Kaito reassured everyone that there's no way the funeral could be real considering they were all still here and alive. His small speech seemed to work, as everyone perked back up, enjoyed a small meal, then headed back to their dorms.
Angie's Student Council
Tenko gathered with everyone in the gymnasium the very next morning at the Monokuma Kubs request. The participants were presented with the third motive, the Necronomicon, and were told that they would be able to bring back someone who had died already as a transfer student. This motive baffled the students, saying that there's no way the dead could come back to life. However, Angie seemed to embrace the motive, saying the "corpses" so far may have just been very accurate imitations to make the real people seem dead. Some of the students argued that there's no way that's possible, but Gonta said that more letters were added to the rock in the courtyard, deducing that perhaps the four people who had died are actually alive and wrote that message. Angie praised Gonta and, like Himiko before him, pulled him into a hug. She instilled hers and Atua's authority into him by reassuring him that he's not alone and that Atua is like a gentle grandmother that always keeps him safe, effectively playing off of Gonta's desire for a motherly figure.
Angie then said that Gonta should join the Student Council, wanting to make Gonta feel needed. Tsumugi, and Himiko both requited this feeling. As a result, the Ultimate Entomologist did not hesitate for even a second if it meant he could be useful to everyone and joined Angie's group. Shuichi however, was confused as to what Angie meant by "student council", but K1-B0 replied by saying that Angie summoned himself, Himiko, Tenko, and Tsumugi last night in order to discuss how to eradicate the Killing Game. As a result, this group of students ended up forming the "Ultimate Academy Student Council" with Angie as their president. The "brainwashed" members listen to Angie completely and without question, stating that her will is Atua's will and as a result, she cannot be wrong. In reality, Angie was simply trying to take control of everybody and make them dependent on Atua. Angie took the Necronomicon and told everyone else to "leave it to the student council".
In reality, Tenko was never brainwashed by Angie. She simply pretended to be so that she could look after Himiko and keep her safe, as Tenko did not trust the Ultimate Artist. Despite this, Tenko continued to go along with the student council and was able to see that Angie trying to unify the group with her student council only ended up causing discord between the student council and the non-student council members, such as during that same night when the student council ridiculed Maki for being out at nighttime. The very next morning, the two split parties came into conflict yet again after finding out that the student council had blocked off the manhole in the boiler room with a large rock. Angie even goes as far as to destroy a Flashback Light from the Monokuma Kubs, wanting to quell any desire to leave no matter the cost.
The Summoning Ritual
Despite their extreme methods, Angie's student council had no malicious intent for the group as a whole, only wishing to stop another murder from happening by whatever means necessary. Despite this, it was obvious that Angie was going too far. That same night, when Maki and Shuichi met up to train, Tenko finally realized just how dangerous Angie had become and begged the duo to join her in stopping Angie from going through with the ritual. They complied and headed up to the Ultimate Artist's Research Lab, only to find that Angie had made wax effigies of the past four victims in preparations for the ritual within the Necronomicon. Tenko, Shuichi, and Maki tried to convince Angie, saying that there's no way any of them could still be alive and that no matter how hard you fake a death, it is impossible to fake a soul grasping and struggling for life. Angie seemed to comply considering the Ultimate Assassin, who specialized in murder, agreed with Shuichi on this. But this only made her think that the ritual must actually be able to bring the dead back to life. As a result, they ended up failing to convince Angie to not go through with the ritual, and the trio begrudgingly left her lab, only to run into Himiko outside. As it turns out, Angie already knew that Tenko had betrayed the student council, but seemingly didn't hold it against her. Tenko urged Himiko to get a hold of herself one last time, saying that if she couldn't even see that she had been brainwashed that she wasn't a real mage at all, which seemed to greatly irritate Himiko. Tenko didn't mind however and told her to get mad and express herself, but Shuichi stopped her. Tenko then realized what she had just said to Himiko and apologized for yelling at her.
Failing to convince Angie, Tenko, Shuichi, and Maki returned to the dorms, and the Ultimate Aikido Master couldn't believe that she said all those horrible things to her. She feared that Himiko would never want to talk to her again now, though both Shuichi and Maki felt that she was exaggerating. Tenko bid the duo a goodnight before returning to her own dorm room.
The next morning, Tenko, Shuichi, and Maki headed to Angie's lab to try and convince her once again. They discovered Himiko outside of her lab, claiming that Angie wouldn't come out no matter how many times she knocked on the door. This worried Shuichi greatly, but Kokichi overheard the situation and used his lock-picking skills to break into Angie's lab. Shuichi's worries are confirmed as Angie's corpse lies in the center of the four wax effigies in a pool of her own blood.
Everyone gathers in Angie's research lab following the body discovery announcement. All the student council members mourn her passing, wondering just how and why she was killed. Tenko meanwhile, was silent. She was never particularly fond of her, but she didn't wish death upon her. Korekiyo suggests that they perform a seance to commune with Angie's spirit, a suggestion that Tenko, Himiko, Kokichi, and K1-B0 agreed to, completely unaware that the Ultimate Anthropologist had sinister ulterior motives.
Shuichi would later replace K1-B0 for the seance due to the others wondering if a robot would really work for it, much to the Ultimate Robot's dismay. Korekiyo then says that they would need a spirit medium and that it would work best with a girl. Himiko offered to do it before Tenko offered instead, saying that Himiko wouldn't be able to say goodbye to Angie if she was the medium. Himiko was silent at this, but Tenko said one last thing before becoming the medium, that she should keep her chin up and live life facing forward and survive with everyone else. She tried to reassure Himiko that expressing her feelings is perfectly natural and that she would feel better if she did. With that, Himiko and Tenko seemed to be on good terms once again, neither aware that these would be Tenko's last words to Himiko due to not knowing the true nature of the seance.
Tenko lies in a position similar to child's pose in the center of a circle of salt inscribed with magical symbols. A cage, cloth, and statue are placed on top of her to complete the ritual. Unbeknownst to Tenko, Korekiyo hid a kama, a traditional Japanese weapon similar to a sickle, under the cloth covering the cage that would later be responsible for her death. The students then turn off the lights in the room and sing together as Tenko prays and attempts to commune with Angie's spirit. However, Korekiyo, using the magic circle to find his way to the loose floorboard he had prepared the night prior, stomps on it during the ritual, triggering a seesaw effect and sending Tenko flying off the ground. Her neck is pierced by the kama above the cage, killing her right before everyone's eyes while they were unaware of it. Korekiyo then makes his way back to his corner, acting as if nothing had happened, and finishing the song before asking if the "caged child" was Angie Yonaga. When no answer was given, everyone turned the lights back on in confusion and took away the cage, cloth, and statue, only to find Tenko lying in a pool of her own blood. Himiko, completely shocked, ran over to her and threw the cage off of her, screaming Tenko's name, but it was too late as she had already been killed. Himiko is far too shocked to say anything and everyone else aside from Korekiyo is dumbfounded as the second body discovery announcement plays.
The Third Class Trial
Himiko was increasingly more agitated during this trial that she had been in any of the previous trials due to losing two people who considered her a friend and never being able to properly requite those feelings to Tenko. When Kokichi stated that Tenko's death was meaningless and that they had to solve the mystery behind Angie's murder, Himiko snapped at him for making light of her "friend's" death. Kaito reassured Himiko that they would uncover Tenko's death and that he won't let anyone say that her death didn't matter.
As they continued to discuss the cause of Tenko's death, Maki speculated that she could have killed herself, but Himiko denied it, choosing to believe in Tenko's final words. Shuichi decided to believe in Tenko as well and lied by saying that she had died instantly, giving her no time to get rid of the weapon used to kill her, a lie that Maki acknowledged. The group continued to discuss Tenko's murder until eventually, Shuichi was able to pin Korekiyo as her killer. After some arguing, Korekiyo acknowledges the claim, saying that Tenko's death ultimately didn't matter because the true culprit that they needed to search for was the culprit behind Angie's murder, much to Himiko's annoyance. However, Korekiyo was unaware that the clues left behind in Angie's murder, the piece of bloody duct tape and the dried blood on the loose floorboard in the seance room would be key pieces of evidence linking both murders together and as a result, pinning him as the culprit of both murders, not just Tenko's.
Following the trial's conclusion, Korekiyo revealed himself to be a serial killer whose goal was to grant his deceased sister one-hundred female friends in the afterlife and that he was very close to that number. He claimed that every girl in the school barring Miu Iruma, the Ultimate Inventor, and Maki had the potential to become "friends" for his sister. Korekiyo stated that Tenko's earnest and pure heart made her the perfect candidate to send to his sister and wondered how Himiko couldn't have liked her. Himiko however, could not accept this explanation, angrily asking why Tenko and Angie had to die for something so unfair. Korekiyo replied that there is no such thing as a death that can be accepted and wondered how they all would live a life that faced death before being dragged to his execution.
Creation and Development
Her first name kanji 転子 tenko , means "rolling child". This is a reference to her talent, as Aikido includes rolling in its techniques. Her last name kanji, 茶柱 Chabashira (lit. "tea pillar"), is a figurative term referring to a how, when drinking green tea made with chopped tea stalks (see Kukicha), a few thin stems can go through the kettle into the drinker's cup and float around near the surface of the liquid. Chabashira specifically is when one such stalk ends up floating completely upright - an uncommon occurrence that is considered a lucky omen.
In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version), Tenko was inside the cafeteria along with Himiko and Kaito. She introduced herself to Kaede, who thinks that Tenko is cute, automatically making her blush and feeling embarrassed. However, when Kaede asked confirmation from Makoto Naegi, Tenko doesn't need his answer, showing her dislike towards men.
During the incident of Yasuhiro Hagakure's murder, Tenko was having a tea with Himiko in the cafeteria. Tenko attentively listens to Himiko's lecture about the difference between magic and witchcraft and stated that during that time there were always only two of them. However, Tenko noticed a male entered the kitchen but didn't have time to put a closer attention since Himiko's lecture intensified and doesn't let her to have a free time until the body discovery announcement was broadcasted by Monokuma.
Tenko has a fair skin tone, warm green eyes and long dark-brown hair put into two long, loose braids. Her hair is tied by long white ribbons, a large green pinwheel bow with a white floral pattern and she also wears a purple, alice headband with a star-shaped adornment on the left side of her head. A beauty mark is located right under her mouth.
Her uniform is otherwise just a regular double-breasted, blue sailor uniform, but it's considered rare for 2 layers of frills. It is described as "fashion disaster that shows off the light-heartedness of a sportsy girl mixed with the harmonious Japanese essence" by Kazutaka Kodaka, and it is stated that Tenko added the frills by her own hand to make the design more attractive to girls. She also wears waraji, believing the stereotype that all martial artists wear them. She wears white, knee-high socks as well. She also has a pink choker with a yellow bell.
Tenko's body is quite fit and has notable abs due to her intense Neo Aikido training and superhero activities by night, and of course only girls are allowed to touch it.
Tenko is an incredibly noisy and generally cheerful person. She wears her emotions on her sleeve and has the habit of yelling out in a loud voice to show her fighting spirit. She suffers from overactivity and anger issues and directs her energy into her Neo Aikido. Even still, she claims that she is much calmer when compared to her childhood. She has also described herself as being "not very good at thinking" and appears quite gullible and very impulsive, using her emotions over logic. She refers to herself in the third person in the Japanese version.
As a Neo Aikido practitioner, Tenko takes pride in facing the opponent from the front, and she courageously tries to confront the Exisals. Indeed, despite being an Aikido practitioner, Tenko can be very aggressive and quickly resorts to violence, insisting that it's self-defense. She takes pride in inventing the Neo Aikido along with her Master and throughout the game, she will constantly threaten guys or Monokuma with her deadly Neo Aikido techniques, saying that it is very powerful. However, she admits that compared to Gonta's incredible power, she had no match for him. She has also admitted that she actually has very low tolerance to pain and is terrified of the idea of torture. She also occasionally has a panicky side in other situations, as she seems to panic in a Class Trial if she is suspected to be the culprit, and overall tends to react strongly in humorous ways. In the demo version, when Kaede talks to her after the murder, she immediately panics as she assumes she is being suspected.
Due to past experiences and her Master's irresponsible teachings and anti-romance stance, she feels a strong hatred towards boys, to the point of referring to them as "degenerate males" ( replacing part of the normal word for boys with the kanji for death in the original japanese) and openly stating all men should perish. She believes that interaction with boys will drain her Neo-Aikido spirit, and thus considers them her enemies. Due to her misandristic outlook, she makes up stories about how bad boys are in her head, such as that boys are much more likely to do negative and deceiving things than girls, like always being the first to lie and always shifting the blame right away. She dislikes boys so much that even the nice things they do can cause her to react very negatively. For example, she doesn't like boys praising her. If a boy compliments her looks, her expression will die in an instant. She also never allows a boy to touch her, throwing him reflexively if they even attempt to try. Her dislike of boys is portrayed as a very emotional and irrational opinion, as there are moments when a boy acts sensible and Tenko feels like agreeing with them, but then refuses solely because they are a boy. However, since there isn't much any actual reasoning behind her dislike for men, there are also moments when she seems to completely forget her hatred for a moment and she is shown to comfort boys such as Shuichi during moments of distress, doing other acts of kindness for them, and at rare moments, being able to admit that a boy can be a good person. Despite her hatred of men, she is capable of respecting them, like Gonta who is very sincere and deeply cares about his classmates, though she is always surprised and confused by genuinely good boys. Tenko has also implied that she hasn't spent much time with boys in the past, likely because of her master.
Contrasting her hatred towards boys, Tenko likes other girls much more. This also includes trans girls who have had gender reassignment surgery, supported by the fact she wants to shake Shuichi's hand but begs him to have gender reassignment surgery so she is able to do so. During dangerous situations, she recklessly rushes to protect all the girls, and only them. She also gets very shy and humorously humble if a girl compliments her looks, blushing strongly and insisting that her looks definitely aren't good, and gives excuses such as her face getting all wrinkled every time she drinks from a straw and her eyelids turning inside out whenever she washes her face with a towel. While often assumed to be very tomboyish due to her love for martial arts, she is in fact quite feminine, possessing great love for idols, fashion, and cute things. She apparently tries to be fashionable and more attractive to girls with some of her clothing, but she is instead described as a "fashion disaster". She appears attracted to girls, often having dreams about idols, and dreaming of becoming a "pampered celebrity" herself. With her love for small and cute things, Himiko is her obvious favorite, and she often admires, wishes to accompany and fusses over her, which annoys the magician. Even though she repeatedly accuses boys of being perverted, she herself is occasionally shown to be a bit perverted while thinking about Himiko, though she claims that her feelings for her are only pure and nothing like the way males think. However, Tenko is also shown to act embarrassed and panicky if Himiko points out her possible attraction to girls, and she seems to be shy about telling Himiko about it.
As she is so impulsive and reckless, Tenko occasionally doesn't notice other people's feelings and does what she wants instead. However, seemingly as a part of her Neo Aikido skills, she has a unique ability to read the emotions of those she throws. Whenever she does this, she correctly reads the other person's feelings and can give them right kind of advice as a result. Even when she doesn't throw others, she is occasionally shown to have a calmer moment when she is able to console and guide others, and show sympathy even towards boys. Notably, she is shown to get increasingly worried about Himiko, who keeps her real emotions hidden inside and even begins to ignore reality after Angie's "brainwashing". As the complete opposite of that, Tenko believes that expressing your feelings is completely natural and you shouldn't feel ashamed of them, whether it's crying, laughing, or anger. She is disturbed by Angie, who uses her faith as means to escape reality and doesn't confront her true feelings.
Despite her loud and aggressive nature, she is polite to everyone, even boys, referring them with the formal suffix "-san" (original Japanese release only). Her politeness is so powerful that it surpasses her hatred toward boys. She also accepts boys to be practitioners of Neo-Aikido out of necessity, though she isn't fond of the idea and just considers them "tolerable". However, after spending time with Shuichi, she begins to believe that Neo-Aikido can in a way "purify" degenerate males and make them good people like her master. In her Love Suite event, it's shown that she can even develop feelings for a boy if they are a fellow Neo-Aikido practitioner, though it's also indicated that this ideal person must also be very skilled in Neo-Aikido, noble and not the type who constantly thinks about sex. She considers any Neo-Aikido practitioners her comrades with a bond thicker than blood, and is also very loyal to anyone she considers her best friend or a role model. This is seen in the way she risked her life in order to prevent Kaede from being executed, and her relationship with Himiko.
Ultimate Aikido Master
|“|| Aikido is not about competing for fun to see each other's strengths and weaknesses. By working together and using techniques that make full use of your mind, body, and breath... ...you can measure your physical and mental growth. That is the true purpose of Aikido. You do not compete for superiority in Aikido. In fact, in Aikido you do not compete at all. Aikido is not a martial art for inflicting harm, but a way to improve yourself!
Tenko and her master developed a new style of Aikido named the Neo-Aikido. Different from the original teaching of Aikido, the Neo-Aikido that Tenko invented is more aggressive and has many offensive techniques. Tenko even believes that the only true way of training for Neo-Aikido is actual battle. However, in reality, Neo-Aikido was only invented in order to control Tenko's over-activity and anger issues when she was a child. Through the Neo-Aikido training, Tenko learned about mental fortitude through its moves. She is also able to read and understand her training partner's emotion.
Mentioned in the non-canon bonus mode, Ultimate Talent Development Plan/Tenko Chabashira, despite her talent, Tenko lacks refinement and does whatever she wants with her body. She possesses many other traits that seem to indicate she isn't a very fitting martial arts practitioner, like impulsiveness, low tolerance for pain and disregard for fair rules. This could be because it may not be her real skill.
In other languages
Tenko's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
|Ultimate Aikido Master|
|超高校級の「合気道家」||Super High School Level Aikido Master|
|Aïkidoka Ultime||Ultimate Aikido Practitioner|
|超高中級的合氣道家||Super High School Level Aikido Master|
|超高中级的合气道家||Super High School Level Aikido Master|
Tenko is shown to be very interested in Himiko since the first chapter. She constantly tries to get Himiko's attention and spend time with her, sometimes quite obviously trying to flirt with her, like telling her she can rest her head on her lap or offering to give her a massage. She described Himiko as "small and cute", and occasionally even drools whenever she seems to think about something suggestive concerning Himiko.
Himiko tends to get overwhelmed by this and is often annoyed by Tenko, telling her to stop and wishing to be left alone. Despite this, Tenko persistently admires Himiko and promises to always be on her side whenever, and wherever. Notably, she is the only other student who seems to genuinely believe in Himiko's magic and just like her she keeps insisting that she is a real mage instead of a magician. Tenko also often attempts to convince Himiko to take up Neo Aikido, but she always declines, claiming to be too lazy.
Tenko is very protective of Himiko and was usually the one to save her from incidents, like when she was attacked by bugs. In Chapter 2, she also tried to convince Himiko not to perform her dangerous trick. During the second trial, when Angie accused Himiko of being the culprit, Tenko protected her from all the suspicion towards her, saying that she will believe in Himiko no matter what and doesn't think she is a person capable of taking the others' lives. Tenko is also very protective of Himiko and was usually the one to save her from incidents, like when she was attacked by bugs in Gonta's Insect Meet and Great. Thanks to this act, Himiko began to warm up to Tenko a little bit, as she later joined Tenko in her activities in the dojo. After sparring with her and Shuichi, Tenko told Himiko that she was able to read her emotions, so she gave her some valuable advice. Though, Himiko got angry due to being thrown and threatened to turn Tenko into an ugly frog.
During the bonus event in Chapter 3, when the girls are in the pool's locker room and Himiko was very self-conscious about her small chest, Tenko gave her a big self-esteem boost by stating that beauty matters more than size and assures her that she is well-shaped.
Tenko later became jealous and worried when Himiko decided to follow Angie's footsteps in worshipping her "handsome" God. She asked Himiko if she's into handsome types and why she doesn't go for Tenko instead. Himiko then asked Tenko if she swings that way, slightly shocking Tenko who then turns embarrassed and nervously tries to explain it's not like that. In Chapter 3, Tenko even joined the Student Council led by Angie only so she could be close with Himiko and protect her. However, they get into an argument after Tenko outrightly tried to ask Himiko to leave the council, with Tenko even telling her she isn't a real mage for being so easily persuaded by Angie. Himiko refused as she used the council to cope with the Killing Game situation, though it also causes her to shut in her feelings. However, the argument notably affected Himiko, and Tenko, in turn, felt very guilty for yelling at Himiko and decided to apologize.
During the beginning of the seance to communicate with Angie's spirit, Tenko fulfilled her role as a protector for Himiko, as she was the one who told Himiko to stay back and voluntarily made herself as the medium, ultimately saving Himiko's life due to Korekiyo's trap and ending her own in Chapter 3. Just before her death, she gave Himiko advice about being open about her emotions, and the two made up with Himiko seemingly developing a much more positive view of Tenko than before. When Tenko was murdered, Himiko had a breakdown and she tried to act according to Tenko's example in the future, causing her to develop as a person. Her development is also helped by Kokichi's harsh words during the trial, as he calls her out for her hypocritical behavior, as she didn't show any care towards Tenko before her death. Himiko felt guilty because of this, wishing she could have thanked Tenko and overall be nicer towards her.
During her second Free Time Event with Kaede, Tenko is directly confirmed to have romantic feelings for Himiko and attraction towards magic-users and idols in general, apparently having a tendency to dream about them. She shyly explains she doesn't feel guilty about it or anything but asks Kaede not to tell Himiko about it. However, Kaede fails to understand what she even means by being attracted to Himiko.
During the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, when Shuichi talks to Tenko in order to spend time with her, she repeatedly mutters Himiko's name while blushing and wonders why she is so cute. She then calls her perfect and her ideal girl, and she and Shuichi then spend time talking about how cute Himiko is. Tenko has also referred to Himiko as her soulmate and said that they will be like an "old married couple" after getting past their argument.
Tenko has a strange relationship with Angie since the start and Angie is the only girl she isn't that fond of. Tenko who doesn't believe in Atua's help sees Angie as a weird person, as she is always happy during the killing game knowing that Atua is on her side. When Angie answers Himiko's questions about Atua, Tenko is immediately suspicious of brainwashing.
Tenko later began to dislike Angie and became jealous when Himiko decided to follow Angie's footsteps in worshipping her "handsome" Atua. In Chapter 3, Tenko even joined the Student Council led by Angie only so she could be close with Himiko. She betrayed Angie and the Student Council in the end when she guided Shuichi and Maki to the Student Council's exclusive study research.
However, Tenko was devastated to find Angie dead and tried to resurrect Angie with the others by performing a ritual to reveal the killer. However, she failed when she got killed by Korekiyo.
Tenko is extremely defensive of every girl that Shuichi came near in the beginning. She even told Kaede to watch out, since she thought Shuichi must be spending time with her just to harass her. Tenko believes that every boy has perverted fantasies running through their heads, including Shuichi. Even going far as to say his timid and quiet nature is probably a coverup for how dangerous he really is.
Tenko is unsurprisingly harsh to Shuichi at the start, being a "typical degenerate male." Although she's able to stand his presence, Tenko made numerous attempts to intimidate Shuichi into going away, such as growling and hissing. This only confused him, and she got angry that he won't go away, and accuses him of only hanging around her so he could get rid of her, "so [he] can sexually harass the other girls." She eventually got so worked up that when Shuichi attempted to calm her down, she shrieked and flipped him because he touched her. She only continues to flip him a few more times until he passed out.
It is implied she does, however, feel guilty for hurting people severely, male or not, since she begrudgingly carried Shuichi back to his room after he blacked out.
In her second Free Time Event, she did apologize for making Shuichi black out, but accused him of having a fetish for being thrown around since he came back to talk with her. Tenko insisted she's as calm as calm can be, and told Shuichi of her training rules, like how touching boys will have her never master Aikido, which he's shocked by.
Even if Tenko is cold to him for being a boy, she did gradually manage to trust him more often, telling him that Neo Aikido would accept him for being a male, and she has a semblance of care for the detective. After flipping him, she recognized that he didn't have a lot of confidence, knowing he doubted himself a lot. She knew he lacks self-esteem, so he doubted his true strength. She tells him Neo-Aikido is good for lifting doubt, before proceeding to flip Himiko as well.
Shuichi recognized how gullible Tenko can be, and is concerned about her because of that. He's even the one who points out Tenko's master is a male as well, which managed to blow her mind. He noticed how low her spirit is because of this revelation, and wondered if she'll be okay.
Tenko thanked Shuichi for helping her realizing the truth, and confessed she was grown to trust him to a larger extent nearly on par as she did with her master. She told him that even if he's a boy, she saw him as a good person and proceeded to beg Shuichi to stop being a boy so she could shake his hand, which he vehemently refuses to do so.
Whether it be because she spotted Maki with him or not, Tenko also seemed to rely on Shuichi enough to ask him and Maki to help her convince Angie to stop the ritual in Chapter 3.
During the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, at the Love Suite, Tenko referred to Shuichi as her brother due to him being able to best her in a battle with his strength. She chose to see him as more than a simple blood relative due to him taking the path of Neo Aikido along with her. She organized the mock battle and bet so that whoever lost would be at the mercy of the others command, allowing them to do what they wanted. She plucked up the courage to state the reason why she made such a bet was because she liked Shuichi, revealing her feelings for him and wishing to engage in a relationship. She stated that the offer still stood for him to do whatever he wanted with her if he felt like it.
Kaede has a tendency to compliment Tenko's looks, surprising her and causing her to blush. Due to her prejudice against boys, Tenko warns Kaede about Shuichi, even though there is no real reason for it.
When asked by Kaede why she adores Himiko so much, Tenko blushes heavily, and confesses to the pianist that she admires performers. She tells Kaede of her dream to be a cute magical girl, but says she can't do magic, and she's not cute. Kaede, of course, tells Tenko she thinks she's cute, which flusters Tenko further. Kaede proceeds to compliment her smile, passion and body, which Tenko either refuses, or blushes at.
Nonetheless, Tenko seems to really like Kaede, and is heavily protective of her during the first trial.
Tenko didn't believe that Kaede is the one who killed Rantaro, even went far in risked her own life to prevent her from being executed along with Kaito and Gonta. After Kaede requested her and the others to stop, she witnessed the execution and started crying afterward.
Despite Tenko's hatred toward boys, she often has the same way of thinking with Gonta as both of them always wanted to protect their friends from dangers. While Tenko openly declared that she will only protect girls, Gonta volunteered himself as the boys' protector.
Tenko wondered how different Gonta is from any generic boys, for example, Gonta cries easily whenever one of his friends is dead and he wasn't able to protect them. Tenko, who also follows him to cry asked him why a man like him was able to cry so easily.
Tenko treats Kirumi as a friend and seems to trust her as well because of her talent. Tenko felt relaxed when Kirumi gave Tenko a massage on her back and took quite care of her which Tenko felt pleased. However, Tenko also tends to be more demanding of Kirumi than other students, giving her complicated requests such as a tripe hot pot for breakfast and asking for her help with a celebrity-style vacation. At first, Tenko didn't believe at Shuichi at first when he suspected Kirumi as the killer but accepted it then. She was one of the people who encouraged Kirumi to run away from her execution.
Tenko refers to Korekiyo as a weird creep and doesn't like it whenever he tries to speak in a creepy way because of her hatred towards males.
Even though she hates males so much, Korekiyo thought that Tenko is fit to become his older sister's "friend" in the afterlife. He was touched by her willingness to protect Himiko by joining Angie's Student Council and later offering to be part of the ritual in Himiko's place.
It's also possible that with her wariness towards men, Korekiyo believed she would keep other men away from his sister.
At first, Tenko appeared to consider K1-B0 a degenerate male, but later asked him whether he is a boy or a girl. With him being neither a boy or a girl, Tenko considered K1-B0 "barely passable", not treating him as harshly as boys, but neither being as nice towards him as she is towards girls. K1-B0 is unsure whether or not this should be considered robophobia.
Tenko later asked him to join her, Himiko and Angie to relax and be pretense celebrities while being pampered by Kirumi. However, K1-B0 doesn't really understand how it works, especially the parasol which doesn't really seem to have any actual purpose. Tenko then a bit meanly answers him that a robot like him wouldn't understand what it means to feel like a celebrity.
Unsurprisingly, Tenko strongly dislikes Kokichi, who has many traits she considers typical "degenerate male" behavior, most notably lying, and tends to refer to him as a "little degenerate" in a mocking manner. Kokichi does not seem to interact with Tenko much. This is possibly intentional from his part, since Tenko is very quick to violence and has threatened him multiple times, which is something Kokichi often wishes to avoid. Furthermore, Tenko isn't very smart, which is a trait Kokichi isn't very interested in if he doesn't find it useful.
Tenko especially dislikes Kokichi due to his habit of bullying Himiko. Before the trial in Chapter 2, she seems to assume that Kokichi might like Himiko, since she believes in the old belief that boys tease the girls they like. Kokichi answers with a slightly surprised and innocent "huh!? how'd you know?!", and then appears relaxed as he tells her they should focus on the class trial and talk about it later. Like in most situations, it's unclear to the others how serious he was, but he was likely attempting to mess with Tenko and Himiko's feelings.
During the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, Kokichi tries to prank Shuichi a few times—when Shuichi brings up something suggestive in a few situations, Kokichi claims that he should ask Tenko since she is actually just being a tsundere and would be a good stripper, which would obviously end very badly for Shuichi.
Free Time Events & Bonus Mode Guides
The links below are full transcripts and indepth guides for Tenko Chabashira's relationship routes in Free Time Events, Love Across the Universe: Dangan Salmon Team, Ultimate Talent Development Plan, and Hotel Kumasutra including her MonoMono Machine Present preferences and most effective dialogue options.
|Free Time Events||Love Across|
List of Appearances
- It's implied that she can have romantic feelings for a person regardless of gender.
- In the official art book, it is stated that Tenko added the frills to her uniform by her own hand to make the design more attractive to girls, and that girls only are allowed to touch her abs.
- During Chapter 2, Tenko is jealous when Himiko appears attracted to Angie's "handsome" god, asking her why she doesn't go for Tenko instead. Himiko then directly asks her if she swings that way, shocking Tenko and causing her to embarrassingly claim it's not like that.
- For details about the non-canon Hotel Kumasutra Love Suite Event with Shuichi, please see [relationship section].
- In the original Japanese, Tenko and Angie speak in the third person. Other characters with the same quirk within the series are Ibuki Mioda, Monaca Towa, and Gonta Gokuhara.
- She loves tripe hot pot, which gives her energy very quickly after consumed.
- She is shown to have unusually developed sense of taste and sensitivity to food's texture. Because of this, Tsumugi Shirogane asks her if she has a God's Tongue.
- She does not know how to swim, as mentioned by her in Chapter 2 when she arrives to the pool with K1-B0 and Shuichi. In the bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, she asks Aoi to teach her how to swim and it is mentioned she greatly improved her swimming thanks to Aoi.
- Tenko's Research Lab seems to make some references to the Tekken franchise:
- The symbols on the banner in the back seem to resemble the symbol used to represent the series' fictional organisation known as the Mishima Zaibatsu.
- The multiple training dummies seen around the lab as well as the large one in the back also have a strikingly similar appearance to a playable character in the series, Mokujin.
- In the prologue illustration with all the students, Tenko is missing her left hand.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Tenko the 8th most popular Danganronpa V3 student.
- Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki from April 27th, 2017 to May 22nd, 2017 held two popularity polls, one that was voted electronically and the other via post cards. Tenko was voted the 12th most popular student in the electronic poll, and 6th through post cards.