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Let me make this perfectly clear-- the art of Neo-Aikido is not used for murder! If I had to fight off a male, I'd throw him across the room!

–Tenko Chabashira, New Danganronpa V3 - Trial Version


Tenko Chabashira (茶柱 転子 Chabashira Tenko) is a student in Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and a participant of the New Killing School Life featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

Tenko is titled as the Ultimate Aikido Master[1] (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".[1]

History

Early Life

Tenko is a practitioner of the martial art she created with her master, called "Neo Aikido". She has an issue in the past where she started to hate men.[5] She attended Stone College Prep High School (亜巌大付属高校) during her high school days.

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Prior to the New Killing School Life

The Gopher Plan

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Part of the fake backstories created for Tenko and the other fifteen students was the Gopher Plan, which supposedly happened before the killing game started. It was initiated by the government after countless meteorites crashed into Earth. To try and preserve the last vestiges of mankind before the Earth's destruction, the government decided to select a number of excellent human beings, put them in a spaceship, and have them escape.

Tenko and fifteen other high school students were chosen to participate. Not wanting to abandon their loved ones, they attempted to escape from the plan.

Around that time, an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteor crashes were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of the Gopher Plan, they tried to stop it. As a result, the “Super High School Level Hunt” started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students were hunted down.

The Gopher Plan Fake Deaths

The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students' deaths, calming down the “Super High School Level Hunt” while providing protection to the students. The Gopher Plan was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed. Tenko and the others went to the space in a massive colony spaceship, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles.

Kokichi Oma, one of the participant of the plan, declared himself as a member of Junko Enoshima's Remnants of Despair who masterminded the Killing Game and let Monokuma entered the spaceship, effectively forcing Tenko and the others to participate in the Killing Game.

It should be noted that Tenko has no complete recollection of the event, as she was murdered before she actually received a complete memory about The Gopher Plan by the Remembering Light in Chapter 5.

The True Event

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In actuality, Tenko's memory about the Gopher Plan was a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa, a group of people who was responsible for Tenko and the other fifteen students kidnapping in order to make them participate in their famous reality show called Danganronpa, a series which tells the story about Killing Games. Tenko was asked to be a participant and she accepted it.

Students of Fabrication

Tenko and the other talentless fifteen students later undergo the fabrication process, where all of their past memory and personality were heavily fabricated. She also received the talent and title of Ultimate Aikido Master. All of this were done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all around the world. After the fabrication process done, Tenko and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as a whole different person, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the New Killing School Life.

New Killing School Life

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After Monokuma announce the beginning of New Killing School Life, Tenko followed Gonta Gokuhara to search for an exit in the secret tunnel under the boiler that he discovered while investigating the academy. However, no matter how many times they tried to escape, their attempt will always ended up in vain. Tenko who didn't want to stop trying and showed hostility toward Kokichi Oma who speak the truth about her classmates being tired eventually returned back to her dorm due to the impossible circumstances for her and the other to push forward, since Monokuma and his children revealed that the tunnel was actually a trap.

To save themselves from being executed since no one didn't obey Monokuma's order to kill each other in the last day of the time limit, Tenko and six other people planned a strategy meeting in the game room in school's basement. Before the strategy meeting, Tenko and Kaito Momota searching for Rantaro Amami who exited the room before. Along the way, they stumbled upon Kaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara who told them that they succeed in catching The Mastermind behind the Killing Game inside the library.

Kaede, Tenko, Kaito, and Shuichi running into the library

The three including Tenko immediately rushed their way inside, only to find Rantaro's corpse lying in front of a bookshelf. Tenko screamed in shock, terrified by his lifeless body. Later during the investigation, Tenko has his eye set on Angie Yonaga who wander alone, since the group agreed to not investigate the murder alone.

Protect Akamatsu

In the Class Trial, the group managed to point Kaede as the culprit, which Tenko couldn't believe. She, Kaito, and Gonta tried to prevent her from being dragged into her execution by facing the Exisals before they were stopped by Kaede. After watching her execution, Tenko cried, saying that Monokuma is a ruthless one for killing her friend in such a brutal way.

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The Summoning Ritual

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Spirit Summoning Ritual Preparation (2)

After discovering Angie's body along with several other students, Tenko offers to commune with Angie's spirit and find her killer by performing a ritual. Assisted by the other students, Tenko lies in a position similar to child's pose in the center of a circle 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.

Tenko Chabashira's death

The students turn off the lights in the room and sing together as Tenko prays and attempts to commune with Angie's spirit. However, Korekiyo stomps on a loose floorboard during the ritual, sending Tenko flying off the ground. Her neck is pierced by the kama above the cage, killing her instantly. The other students discover Tenko's corpse after the ritual, much to their shock and confusion. Himiko is shown sobbing upon the discovery of Tenko's corpse.

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Creation and Development

Name


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.

Alternate Fates


In New Danganronpa V3 - Trial Version, Tenko was inside the cafeteria along with Himiko Yumeno and Kaito Momota. She introduced herself to Kaede Akamatsu, 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, Himiko was having a tea with Tenko in the cafeteria. She gives her the lecture about the different 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.

Appearance

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Tenko has a fair skin tone, sharp green eyes and long black hair put into two long pigtails. Her hair is held by long white ribbons, a large green bow with a white floral pattern and she also wears a purple headband with a star-shaped adornment on the left side of her head. She wears a blue school uniform top that stops above her bellybutton, a frilly blue skirt, white socks with a blue stripe that end under the knee and zōri. She has a beauty mark under the left side of her mouth and she has a pink choker with a yellow bell.

Personality

Tenko is an incredibly noisy and generally cheerful person. She wears her emotions plainly and has a habit of yelling out in a loud voice to show her fighting spirit.[6] She also refers to herself in third person.[7]

Tenko can be slightly aggressive, sometimes quickly resorting to violence despite being the Ultimate Aikido Master, insisting that it's self-defense.[8] She takes pride in inventing the Neo Aikido along with her master and wishes to use her skills to protect other girls. 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 Gokuhara's incredible power, she had no match for him.

Due to some issue in the past, she feels strong hatred towards boys, to the point of referring to them as "awful boys" (lit. replacing part of the normal word for boys with the kanji for death). She seems to believe 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.

Tenko occasionally has a more panicky side, 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. She also gets very shy if a girl compliments her looks, blushing strongly and insisting that her looks definitely aren't good.

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This strong reaction might be partially due to the fact that she has been confirmed to have attraction towards girls. She also constantly tries to spend time with Himiko, even if the other girl isn't interested.
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Despite her loud and aggressive nature, she is polite to everyone, even boys, referring them with the formal suffix "-san". Her politeness is so powerful that it surpasses her hatred toward boys.

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In her love hotel event, it's shown that she can have much more respect for a boy who is a fellow Neo Aikido practitioner, to the point of developing feelings for him. She 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 Akamatsu from being executed, and her relationship with Himiko Yumeno.
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Talent

Ultimate Aikido Master

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Tenko's talent as the Super High School Level Aikido Master is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to that fact, it is unclear whether Tenko is a talented Aikido practitioner in the past.
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Tenko and her master has 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.

In other languages

Tenko's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

en-USUltimate Aikido Master
Title English Translation
日本語超高校級の「合気道家」 Super High School Level Aikido Master
‪中文(台灣)‬TBA TBA
FrançaisTBA TBA

Relationships

Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles:

Himiko Yumeno

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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. 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, Tenko 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 magician. Tenko also often attempts to convince Himiko to take up Neo Aikido, but she always declines, claiming to be too lazy. Nevertheless, she occasionally joins in Tenko's activities.

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. She later protected Himiko 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. When Himiko becomes good friends with Angie, Tenko becomes jealous.

In the end, 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 ending her life in Chapter 3. When Tenko is murdered, Himiko has a breakdown and remembers Tenko's advice about letting out her emotions instead of holding them in.

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 guilt 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.

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Angie Yonaga

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Tenko has a strange relationship with Angie since the start. Tenko who doesn't believe in God's help sees Angie as a weird person, as she is always happy during the killing game knowing that God is on her side.

Tenko later begins to dislike Angie and becomes jealous when Himiko decides to follow Angie's footsteps in worshipping her "handsome" God. 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, but failed when she got killed by Korekiyo.

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Gonta Gokuhara

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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's protector.

Tenko wondered how different Gonta is from any generic boys, for example, Gonta cries easily whenever one of his friend 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.

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Kirumi Tojo

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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. At first, Tenko didn't believe at Shuichi at first when he suspected Kirumi as the killer but accepted it then. She seems to be one of those people who encouraged Kirumi to run away from her execution.
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Korekiyo Shinguuji

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Tenko refers Korekiyo as a weird creep and doesn't like it whenever he tries to speak in a nasty way because of her hatred towards males. Even though she hates males so much, Korekiyo thought that she is one of the girls that fit to become one of his older sister's "friend" in the afterlife.
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Kaede Akamatsu

Kaede has a tendency to compliment Tenko's looks, surprising her and causing her to blush. Due to her prejudge against boys, Tenko warns Kaede about Shuichi, even though there is no any real reason for it.

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Tenko doesn't believe that Kaede is the one who kill Rantaro Amami in the first case, even go far in risked her 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 crying afterwards.
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K1-B0

Because Keebo lacks a gender identity and isn't a male despite his somewhat masculine form, Tenko doesn't treat him as harshly as the class' boys.

Shuichi Saihara

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During the Bonus Mode, at the love hotel, Tenko referred to Shuichi as her brother due to him being able to best her in a battle with his strength. She chooses 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.
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Quotes

New Danganronpa V3 - Trial Version (English)

  • "I'm not the culprit either! Only degenerate males would commit such an act of violence!" (Defending herself from being the culprit during the Class Trial)
  • "Let me make this perfectly clear-- the art of Neo-Aikido is not used for murder! If I had to fight off a male, I'd throw him across the room!" (Refuting being the culprit during the Class Trial)

List of Appearances

Trivia

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  • Tenko is one of the known LGBT+ individuals in the Danganronpa series. During her Second Free Time Event with Kaede, she mentions she's attracted Himiko specifically in a flustered manner, to which Kaede misunderstands as being attracted to her title as a "magician". Tenko also mentions she dreams about "magic users" and idols.[10]
  • In her official English profile, it's mentioned that compliments from women will "make her heart aflutter" while the same compliments from men will "could result in [them] getting thrown across the room".[1]


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