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Tamao Tomoe (巴 珠緒, Tomoe Tamao) is a character in the Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight franchise, original to Re LIVE. She is a second-year student from the Performance Department at Rinmeikan Girls School.

Good-natured and kind to everyone, Tamao is imbued with traditional Japanese ideals. She strives daily to uphold the school's traditions and its precepts of Strength, Kindness, and Beauty. Her mother and grandmother both graduated from Rinmeikan Girls School, giving her a unique fondness for the school [2].

Revue Introduction[]

QLeft.png Eternal life is but a dream — a never-ending play is but an illusion.
Destiny fickly burns, edging itself on the stage.
Rinmeikan Performance Association — Tamao Tomoe! I will blossom until there's no life in me!
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QLeft.png 絶えぬ命は 常世に在らず 終わらぬ芝居も 夢幻のごとく
儚く燃えゆく さだめであれば 舞台に刻まん 刹那の瞬き
凛明館演劇同好会 巴珠緒 凛と咲きます 命果つまで!
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QLeft.png taenu inochi wa tokoyo ni arazu owaranu shibai mo mugen nogotoku
hakanaku moe yuku sadame de areba butai ni kizaman setsuna no matataki
Rinmeikan engeki dōkō-kai Tomoe Tamao rinto sakimasu inochi hatsu made!
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【Variations】

Appearance[]

Tamao has dark blue, waist-length, straight hair that has a blunt cut, as does her fringe, which is swept to the left. She accessorizes it by tying small sections of the front with red ribbons in the same tone of her school uniform's ribbon. She has purple eyes.

School Uniform
The Rinmeikan students wear a sailor-style uniform, described by Fumi as being quite retro. It consists of a waist-length black blouse has a white sailor collar decorated with a single black stripe, matching the cuffs of the bishop-style sleeves, and a chest flap in the same color of the uniform that is conversely decorated with a single white stripe. A red ribbon is worn as the traditional ornamental tie. The blouse is worn over a knife-pleated pinafore dress in black that is decorated with two golden buttons placed horizontally along its waist, making them visible through the front opening of the blouse. Tamao wears her uniform with solid black tights and black loafers.

Casual Outfit
Tamao's casual outfit consists of a slate blue checkered pinafore dress, under which she wears a white shirt with one-button cuffs and a puritan collar. She accessorizes it at her waist with a gold belt with a bow, and a gold necklace with an ornament. She wears dark tights with the outfit.

Practice Outfit
Her practice outfits consists of a pastel purple leotard dress with cap sleeves, under which she wears white tights.

Revue Outfit
Tamao's revue outfit consists of a mini kimono that fades from a lighter to a darker tone of rich purple. The collar has golden piping and a black lace han eri, and the sleeves and bottom hem have a gold band in an over-under pattern. The kimono has a front opening which shows a white skirt with box pleats and a gold band, underneath which she wears a black petticoat. She wears an imperial purple obi with golden piping on top and a bottom slit down the front, over which she wears a thick red ribbon which ties as a bow in the back and an obi-shime consisting of a gold chain with an obi-dome in the shape of a golden five-petal flower. She wears black over-the-knee boots resembling jika-tabi with a golden trim and heels, with bright red ribbons tied around the ankles and knees. Tamao wears a red spaulder with gold edges and red tassels, tied to her arm with a red ribbon and over her shoulder with a golden string, and a black cuirass with golden edges, tied to the back of her neck with a black ribbon.

Personality[]

Tamao has a mature, gentle, and caring personality. She works hard to shine on stage, and this dedication to her craft shows how stubborn she can be at times, especially when the situation calls for it. Tamao says that thanks to the friends she found in Rinmeikan, she has an easier time, and even has fun.

At the beginning, she tends to fuss over her friends, particularly towards Yuyuko. Tamao sometimes fixes her ribbon for her and reminds her not to overwork herself too late into the night. While she does fuss over Rui at times as well, Tamao is more inclined to ask help from her, such as in cooking, gardening, or stage-fighting.

In line with this, Tamao can be selfless to a fault, and so she tends to take on many responsibilities. She is usually adamant on finishing a task herself, to the point of exhaustion. Her friends express their concern over this, especially Ichie and Fumi, both of whom usually remind her to let them share the responsibility.

In some instances, Tamao can be sneaky if she wants to be. During their rehearsals for Rinmeikan's drama festival in their school story[3], Tamao practices two roles in secret. This is so that they won't have to sacrifice any of the original material in the script just because they are short an actor. After having been found out, Fumi joins the play so Tamao won't have to take on the two roles anymore.

Whenever Tamao is troubled over her roles, she starts cooking to clear her head[4]. Rui points out that Tamao takes very meticulous measurements of the ingredients.

Although she is smart and dependable, she is quite oblivious on the subject of 'love'. In addition, while she is graceful on the stage, Tamao can be clumsy off of it. During her spare time, Tamao loves cooking and taking care of the flowers in her school's garden. Her favorite gift is 'flower seeds'.

Background[]

Family[]

On several occasions, Tamao has brought up that her grandmother is her greatest influence. A few of the things she taught her are tea ceremony and flower arrangement.

Tamao's grandmother and mother were students at Rinmeikan Girl's School, and so she has always wanted to become a student there. When she was little, she watched a video of her grandmother performing on stage, and it inspired her to pursue a career as an actress. She says in one of her “my theatre” conversations that she's really happy she got to study at Rinmeikan.

Tamao's family runs Kappo Tomoye, a highly acclaimed kappo restaurant, which Tamao sometimes works at.[5] Tamao says her parents were often busy at work[6], so she usually felt lonely.

Education[]

At some point in the past, Tamao and Kaoruko have both studied dance together, possibly alongside Futaba as well. Apparently, they were under the instruction of the same dance teacher[7][8] some time ago, with whom both of them keep close contact.

Tamao attended the same junior high school as Rui, and they were in the drama club together.

Relationships[]

Kaoruko Hanayagi[]

Every new year, Tamao and Kaoruko would take part in a nationwide competition to determine the best dancer, where Kaoruko would always win and Tamao would always come in second.[9] Tamao also occasionally studied dance under Kaoruko's grandmother.[10] When the auditions first start, Tamao is so intimidated by Kaoruko's skills that she begs Kaoruko to drop out of the auditions.[11] Kaoruko's harsh refusal to drop out makes Tamao more determined to save the Rinmeikan Performance Department.[12] At the beginning of Performance Festival rehearsals, Tamao declares war on Kaoruko, which fuels both of them to work harder.[13]

Tamao views Kaoruko as a sheltered young lady, agreeing with Tsukasa's description of Kaoruko as "shy, but surprisingly doesn't hold back. She appears to be a free spirit, but pays close attention to her surroundings."[14] She admires Kaoruko's skills in dancing[15], but she may have felt frustrated always coming in second to her.[16] When talking to Kaoruko, Tamao shows a less demure, more antagonistic side to her, to the surprise of some.[17]

Fumi Yumeoji[]

Fumi and Tamao grow to trust each other deeply and work together closely, with Tamao calling Fumi "her most trusted samurai"[18] and comparing their bond to Faust and Mephistopheles's contract[19]. Fumi is the first person Tamao recruits to perform Rinmeiki with her despite knowing her for the least amount of time, since she trusts Fumi's strength and judgement.[20] While she suspects Fumi may have different motivations than her for reviving the Rinmeikan Performance Department, Tamao sees value in their shared losses and desires to get back on their feet, and she greatly respects Fumi's acting abilities.[21] Tamao often plays the role of mediator between Fumi and Ichie and helps Fumi calm down when Ichie annoys her.

Ichie Otonashi[]

Tamao balances out Ichie's rambunctiousness by being a voice of reason.[22] Even though they are in the same year, Tamao tries to look out for Ichie, such as when she picks Ichie to be the guest performer for "Takamagahara Priestesses" in order to help her act without restraints.[23] Although Ichie's antics can stress her out, she largely trusts Ichie, and Ichie's unique ideas often help Tamao get a better handle on her roles.[24][25]. Tamao admires Ichie's cheerfulness and takes note of how she's perceptive of other people's emotions.[26][27] Ichie's enthusiastic love and support of Tamao helps Tamao see past her loneliness and realize that her friends care about her a lot.[28]

Rui Akikaze[]

Tamao met Rui in junior high school and has considered her a good friend ever since then.[29] Inspired by Tamao, Rui joined their school's drama club. When Tamao moved to study at Rinmeikan, it was Rui who took over the club.[30] Since junior high, Tamao has worried that her expectations of Rui's acting limit Rui's growth and individuality as a stage girl.[31] As a result, Tamao hesitates to involve Rui in her plans, creating secrecy and a lack of proper communication between the two of them.[32] However, as Rui grows into herself as a stage girl. Tamao begins to worry less about inhibiting Rui's growth.[33] In the Revue of Salvation and Rebirth, Tamao recognizes Rui as someone who has changed and grown up.[34]

Tamao and Rui tend to get along with each other and work harmoniously. They typically spend time together tending to the plants in the school garden or cooking. However, since they are always looking out for the other, they put themselves in greater positions of vulnerability, weakening their strength both as individuals and as a duo.[35] Tamao thinks of Rui as "shy, but [...] a very strong person inside"[36] and acknowledges Rui's strength in stage fighting.[37] Rui's growth motivates Tamao to work hard and grow as well.[38] Even when Tamao is occupied with her own duties, she worries about Rui[39] and wants her to thrive as much as possible.[40] Tamao is seemingly oblivious to Rui's infatuation with her.

Yuyuko Tanaka[]

Tamao and Yuyuko consider each other allies.[41] Tamao often worries about Yuyuko's improper behavior and sleeping habits.[42] Like with Rui, Tamao worries about pressuring Yuyuko into helping her, which can manifest itself in Tamao withholding information from her, such as when she did not tell Yuyuko about her plan to perform Rinmeiki.[31] Tamao acknowledges Yuyuko's dedication to Rinmeikan[43] and sees her as a peer who she can go to for advice[44] Tamao likes to hear Yuyuko talk about her interests[45] and eagerly praises Yuyuko's talents despite Yuyuko's embarrassment[46].

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Etymology[]

  • The name Tamao means "bead, pearl" (珠) (tama) and "thread" (緒) (o).
  • Tamao's surname Tomoe (巴) is a swirl symbol used in Japanese mon (emblems).

Trivia[]

  • Tamao's favorite gift is flower seeds.
  • Tamao's worst subject is English[47].
  • Tamao can play the shamisen, although she claims she can only play at an amateur level [48]. She was also taught how to play the koto by her grandmother.[49]
  • Tamao tends to the flower gardens at Rinmeikan Girls School.[50]
  • According to Ichie, Tamao practices 90s Japanese rap[51] whenever they sing karaoke.
  • Tamao's weapon is presumably a tachi in a shirasaya (wooden storage scabbard). As opposed to its descendant the katana, the tachi was usually worn with the edge facing down on the samurai's waist, instead of the edge facing up. The tachi also features a longer blade than the katana (27-31 in vs 23 in) and more curvature. Swords stored in shirasaya are usually for storage only and not meant to be used in battle, as they lack a guard or grip.
    • Tamao's weapon is named 咲散花 (sazanka). This has no direct meaning on its own, but is likely a play on words combining 咲花 (sakika) "blooming flowers" and 散花 (sanka) "scattering flowers". It is also pronounced the same way as the sasanqua camellia flower (山茶花, sazanka), which symbolizes overcoming challenges and single-mindedness in Japan[52]. It is translated as "Scattering of Petals" in the English localization of Re LIVE.
  • Tamao's Rebirth Emblem bears heavy resemblance to the 5-3 Paulownia, the most common type of Paulownia Seal. The Paulownia Seals are the emblems of the Japanese government.

Gallery[]

Stage Cards[]

Memoirs[]


Outfits[]

*For Stage Girl Live2D Models, please visit their respective card pages.

Stamps[]

Emblem[]

References[]

  1. From Rinmeikan Girls School Tamao Tomoe Climax Act
  2. https://www.en.revuestarlight-relive.com/character/tamao/
  3. Rinmeikan Girls School/School Story
  4. Momotaro Tamao Tomoe/Bond Story
  5. Theater Story "Don't Be So Open!" Yuyuko: By the way, you know how Tamao-senpai's parents run a Japanese restaurant? And she wears an apron when she helps them out.
  6. Reika Jinguji Tamao Tomoe
  7. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 02: Rinmeikan's Determination
  8. Starry Diamond Chasing Sirius/Story
  9. Hanged Man Rui Akikaze/Bond Story 2
  10. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 01: A New Audition Part 4 Kaoruko: My teacher occasionally teaches Japanese dance classes at Rinmeikan. Kaoruko: We got know each other in passing.
  11. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 01: A New Audition Part 4
  12. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 02: Rinmeikan's Determination Part 3
  13. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 13: Curtain Rises - The Journey Begins Part 4
  14. Reika Jinguji Tamao Tomoe/Bond Story Tamao: The more I try to portray that sheltered young lady side, the more the role turns into Hanayagi-san. Tsukasa: Now that you mention it, Reika is similar to Hanayagi-san. She's shy, but surprisingly doesn't hold back. She appears to be a free spirit, but pays close attention to her surroundings. Tamao: ...! Exactly. You know Hanayagi-san well.
  15. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 02: Rinmeikan's Determination#Part 4 Futaba: Tomoe likes your dancing, you know, Kaoruko.
  16. Hanged Man Rui Akikaze/Bond Story#Part 2 Futaba: Tomoe at the time must've been extremely frustrated. But she would always congratulate Kaoruko with a kind smile.
  17. Starry Diamond Chasing Sirius/Story#Part 2 Tamao: Heh heh. I'm only joking. Kaoruko: Ngh...! Futaba: Didn't know you were like this...
  18. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 09: Downfall
  19. Death Tamao Tomoe/Bond Story 2 Tamao: That's right. In order to revive Rinmeikan's Performance Department... Just like Faust who makes a pact with Mephistopheles...
  20. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 09: Downfall Part 2-1
  21. Death Tamao Tomoe/Bond Story 2
  22. Arise All You Sons - Healing Hearts/Story Part 1
  23. First Brilliance of the Year - Takamagahara Priestesses/Story Part 6
  24. Yua Shinohara Ichie Otonashi/Bond Story 2
  25. Princess Kaguya Tamao Tomoe/Bond Story 2
  26. Tamao Tomoe/Quotes | Home Screen | Rehearsal Outfit
  27. Tamao Tomoe/Quotes | Home Screen | Princess Kaguya From the original description, Prince Ishitsukuri is a considerate person who pays attention to details... Heh heh, that's just like Ichie.
  28. Purehearted White Day Recipe/Story Part 6
  29. Tamao Tomoe/Quotes | Home Screen | Revue Outfit Rui-chan and I went to the same junior high school together. We've been good friends since then... Heh heh.
  30. Yamato Takeru Rui Akikaze
  31. 31.0 31.1 Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 09: Downfall Part 3-2 Ichie: Oh, but what about Rui and Yuyuko...? Tamao: ...... Tamao: I don't think we should ask them to join us. Tamao: They would end up accepting even if it might not be in their best interest.
  32. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 09: Downfall
  33. Yamato Takeru Rui Akikaze/Bond Story 2
  34. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 17: Stage Before Dawn#Chapter 13 Tamao: To think you're the one coaching me on my role... Tamao: You've really become so cheeky...Rui-chan. I mean..."Rui".
  35. Starry Diamond Chasing Sirius/Story Part 5
  36. Tamao Tomoe/Quotes | My Theater | Revue Outfit
  37. Momotaro Tamao Tomoe/Bond Story 2 Tamao: Heh heh. Momotaro and his comrades win in the play but if this were reality, even if we were to attack all at once, we'd be no match for Rui-chan.
  38. Tamao's 2021 Birthday Line for Rui
  39. Strength Futaba Isurugi/Bond Story 1 Futaba: I thought she seemed troubled over rehearsing by herself. Maybe I was overstepping. Tamao: No, I'm grateful. Tamao: I feel bad for not being able to help Rui-chan, but I have my hands full with my own performance...
  40. Tamao Tomoe/Quotes | My Theater | Death Rui-chan can play her own role now... I'm sure her soul must be beautiful.
  41. Little Red Riding Hood Yuyuko Tanaka/Bond Story 2 Tamao: It's true that we're senior and junior as Rinmeikan students, but we're partners in the Performance Association. That is closer to friends, no? Tamao: Well... I think it might be more fitting to say allies.
  42. Tamao Tomoe/Quotes | Home Screen | School Uniform I wonder if Yuyuko-chan's behaving in class. She's probably asleep, knowing her...
  43. Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 09: Downfall Part 4-2 Tamao: I heard you loud and clear, Yuyuko-chan.
  44. Juliet Yuyuko Tanaka/Bond Story#Chapter 2
  45. Little Red Riding Hood Yuyuko Tanaka/Bond Story 1 Tamao: (It's rare for Yuyuko-chan to talk about herself so I'm kind of happy about this.)
  46. Little Red Riding Hood Yuyuko Tanaka/Bond Story 2
  47. Rinmeikan Girls School Tamao Tomoe My Theater dialogue
  48. https://revuestarlight.fandom.com/wiki/Yuyuko_Tanaka/Theater_Story#Have%20Compassion!
  49. Tamao Tomoe/Quotes My Theater Initial Keyboard
    • This reminds me of when my grandma taught me how to play the koto.
  50. A Green Thumb's Delight
  51. Shōjo☆Conte All Starlight
  52. Blog: Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re:LIVE Weapon commentary for each school
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