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 .
- 1 Revue Introduction
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Background
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Revues
- 7 Etymology
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
Destiny fickly burns, edging itself on the stage.
Rinmeikan Performance Association — Tamao Tomoe! I will blossom until there's no life in me!
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！
hakanaku moe yuku sa damedeareba butai ni kizaman setsuna no matataki
Rinmeikan engeki dōkō-kai Tomoe Tamao rinto sakimasu inochi hatsu made!
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.
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.
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.
Her practice outfits consists of a pastel purple leotard dress with cap sleeves, under which she wears white tights.
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.
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, 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. 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'.
Despite her passion for the stage, Tamao is not qualified enough to count as one of the best stage girls yet. She and the rest of her department were beaten by Siegfeld’s students in Main Story 2 - Rinmeikan's Determination.
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.
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 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.
Kaoruko is very willing to point out Tamao's weaknesses and criticizes her harshly. Tamao and Kaoruko are old acquaintances who studied under the same teacher sometime in the past. Their grandparents are also implied to have been close, and Tamao studied traditional dance under Kaoruko's grandmother.
They once performed on stage together, according to Futaba. Every new year, a contest is held to let the most talented dancers of the best schools in the country compete. Futaba further explains on a separate occasion that Kaoruko won each year, with Tamao always coming in second place.
Alongside Kaoruko, Futaba has performed with Tamao onstage in the past. However, unlike Kaoruko, Futaba is on friendlier terms with Tamao, accompanying Tamao to her family's restaurant for a meal and letting her ride on her motorcycle.
Fumi and Tamao are good friends, and Fumi is shown to be worried about Tamao on several occasions. The two trust each other deeply, with Tamao calling Fumi "her most trusted samurai". Fumi is the first person Tamao recruits to perform Rinmeiki with her despite knowing her for the least amount of time, since Fumi will keep her in check and be willing to say no.
Fumi says she is grateful for Tamao and cites Tamao's dedication to the stage as the reason she was able to become a Stage Girl again.
Despite her penchant for playing pranks, Ichie cares deeply about the rest of the girls, and Tamao is no exception. She can instantly tell when Tamao's upset and lightens her mood. Whenever Tamao overworks herself, Ichie reminds her to relax and take a break.
In preparations for their play with Kiryuin-sensei, Ichie helps Tamao get into her role by doing chores for her and treating her like a 'princess'. Sitting around and letting others do the work is apparently a challenge for Tamao.
Rui is Tamao's junior and one of her closest friends. They have known each other since junior high school, where they also performed together in the drama club. When Tamao moved to study at Rinmeikan, it was Rui who took over the club. They typically spend time together tending to the plants in the school garden or cooking. Tamao is oblivious to Rui's infatuation with her.
Although they only met at the start of the year, Tamao and Yuyuko share a close bond. They spend lots of time together, often drinking tea or lounging around together in the dorms. Tamao says she misses seeing Yuyuko's dog, Momoko. Similarly, Yuyuko has visited Tamao's family's restaurant along with the other girls.
- Rinmeikan VS Seisho
- Rinmeikan VS Siegfeld
- Rinmeikan VS Frontier (Presumed)
- 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).
- Tamao's favorite gift is flower seeds.
- Tamao's worst subject is English.
- Tamao can play the shamisen, although she claims she can only play at an amateur level .
- According to Ichie, Tamao practices 90s Japanese rap 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. It is translated as "Scattering of Petals" in the English localization of Re LIVE.
*For Stage Girl Live2D Models, please visit their respective card pages.
- From Rinmeikan Girls School Tamao Tomoe Climax Act
- Rinmeikan Girls School/School Story
- Momotaro Tamao Tomoe/Bond Story
- Reika Jinguji Tamao Tomoe
- Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight: Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 02: Rinmeikan's Determination
- Starry Diamond Chasing Sirius/Story
- Strength Futaba Isurugi/Bond Story
- Hanged Man Rui Akikaze/Bond Story
- Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight: Re LIVE/Story/Main Story 09: Downfall
- Yua Shinohara Ichie Otonashi/Bond Story
- Yamato Takeru Rui Akikaze
- Rinmeikan Girls School Tamao Tomoe My Theater dialogue
- Shōjo☆Conte All Starlight
- Blog: Shōjo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Re:LIVE Weapon commentary for each school