|School||Ayanagi Gakuen High School Division|
|Department||Musical Department (Candidate)
Vocal Department (Previously)
|Class||1-A (Season 1)
|Manga||Chapter 0: Prologue|
|Anime||Season 1 Act 1|
Suwa Ayaka (Young Tengenji)
"Don't speak to me so familiarly, you boor." - Tengenji Kakeru
Tengenji has red eyes and short red hair. The only exception is his slightly longer bangs which are parted to the right.
In his school uniform, he wears his tie loose and blazer unbuttoned.
In his training attire, he wears a red v-neck t-shirt and underneath it, ties at his waist a black zip hoodie with white trims on the pockets and a white line that starts at his shoulders and goes all the way down the sleeves. He wears a pair of black pants which stop below his knee and a pair of black dancing shoes.
As he is constantly chased by reporters due to his status as an established Kabuki actor, he has to wear a disguise outside of school. Said disguise are glasses.
As a noble, Tengenji thinks highly of himself. He looks down on those who are lower than him in terms of status and ability. He would bluntly say if anything displeases him, thus making him a surprisingly honest person. However, he has another side where he whispers sweet nothings and coos over cats.
Tengenji, before entering Ayanagi Gakuen, was already a well established Kabuki actor. He has performed ever since he was a child.
At first, Tengenji's view on Hoshitani was that he was an amateur with no talent. He even asked Hoshitani to leave the Team Otori for the sake of its survival. However, Hoshitani refused him, saying that he had a dream and was serious about it as well.
Tengenji's view on Hoshitani changed after he finding out that Hoshitani and Nayuki had been searching for his cat throughout the entire night. In return, Tengenji gave tips to Hoshitani on how to improve. Touched, Hoshitani declared that Tengenji would be his friend despite the protest of the other.
During their first practice where they had to improvise, Tengenji acknowledges that Nayuki is pretty good for an ordinary person.
One morning, after seeing Hoshitani off for cleaning duties, Nayuki overhears something from Tengenji's room. Moving closer, he hears what he describes as "sweet nothings" and drops Hoshitani's lunch in shock, assuming that Tengenji was in his room with a woman. This led to Nayuki thinking that Tengenji was not trustworthy.
When Tengenji's cat goes missing, Nayuki assists Hoshitani throughout the entire night in order to find him. The next morning, he and Hoshitani are told by a frantic Tengenji that his cat had come back the night before and thanked the two for trying their hardest to help him. Nayuki then realizes that Tengenji was referring to his cat when he overheard him that morning and changes the subject before Hoshitani can fully explain the misunderstanding.
The two often bicker with each other due to conflicting views. However, they understand that they are teammates and will help each other out as seen from Tengenji defending Tsukigami during the fight. During Team Otori's first practice where they had to improvise, they both acknowledged the other's skills.
Tengenji first met Yuki and Tsumugi after they were asked by Nayuki to fix Team Otori's costumes for the Newcomers' Debut Performance. They originally got off to a rough start - Tengenji said that because of their bad personalities, the two of them would be cute if they didn't talk while Yuki and Tsumugi insulted him back and successfully made him apologize.
Later on, it appears that they are actually on good terms with one another. Tengenji is able to call Yuki to ask her to lend him her body and Yuki is able to understand that he is just asking her to bring the Nayuki family's secret recipe tea to the Ayanagi Festival. Later, he praises them for not being late and teasingly rubs their heads. They punch him in return.
Because of their confrontational personalities, the two frequently argue whenever they are together. It is usually Ugawa who starts a fight (by insulting Team Otori) and Tengenji who escalates it (by becoming physical).
The first time they fought was in Season 1 Act 4, when Ugawa insulted Tsukigami. Although Hoshitani stopped Tsukigami's punch and Sawatari attempted to defuse the situation, Tengenji couldn't forgive Ugawa for making a fool of his teammates. Both teams got involved as he put Sawatari in a chokehold and grabbed Ugawa's collar. It only ended because of Hiragi's intervention.
- His Zodiac sign is Leo.
- His room number is 205.
- His favorite animal is the cat.
- He likes cats so much that he calls them angels and secretly keeps a black cat named Tavian in his dorm room.
- Featured consistently in the second preview  and in his insert-song 'World of Flowers (天下の花 Tenka no Hana)' are images of cranes, chrysanthemums, cherry blossoms, and waves. Common to these symbols is the theme of "longevity" (cranes, chrysanthemums) and "the flow and ebb/transience of life" (cherry blossoms and waves).
- He has never eaten fast food before until Season 1 Act 5.
- In Season 1 Act 8, it is implied that as the young noble of the kabuki world, he is able to play female roles.
- In 'AYANAGI Animal Park Series', his animal motif is the cat.
- In 'AYANAGI April Fools Series', he is a concierge at Hotel Otori.
- In 'AYANAGI IF Series' post card set, he is a baseball player.
- In 'AYANAGI IF Series' featured on the inner cover of Season 1 Volume 2, he is a Mafia member and his weapon of choice is a pistol.
- For the 'Star-Myu Halloween Party in 池袋P'PARCO' event, he dressed up as a demon.
- The second track in Season 2 Volume 1 Special Drama CD is titled after his name 'Tengenji Kakeru'.
- Based on Season 1 Volume 2 Special Drama CD:
- He and Tsukigami had to tutor Kuga and Hoshitani, respectively, as the latter two failed and had to retake the midterm exams.
- When he was in primary school, his dad dressed him up in a girl's kimono and makeup for a party as a joke. He described himself at that time as, in his own words, the prettiest, cutest little girl ever. However, he ate the photo of him in the attire.
- He had never hung out with people his age until he met Team Otori's members.
- Based on Star-Myu Q&A Volume 1:
- People's first impression of him is 'genius'.
- He is confident in himself.
- He doesn't believe he has a weakness but if he were to say one, it would be being surrounded by boors.
- He is usually called 'Waka' (the young son of someone of high social standing), 'Young Noble', or 'Tengenji-sama'.
- He usually travels by car.
- In his report card, 'genius' and 'no grades to worry about.' are usually written. Sometimes, so is 'lack of cooperation' but he couldn't care less.
- He cannot forgive people if they say that he is the same level as a boor.
- The first thing he does in the morning is change Tavian's drinking water. (He denies he has Tavian in the interview.)
- He doesn't believe that he has one bad thing about himself.
- His favourite place is his own room. He feels that the dorm rooms are too small.
- To deal with his stress, he would say it out on the spot. He does not keep stress within himself.
- He wants to play with his cat at home.
- He is good at all subjects.
- His food is Japanese food.
- Between sleep and meals, he won't give an answer as he believes he should not put up with that in the first place.
- He has no favourite type of girl.
- His favourite drink is the Tengenji family's home-brewed coffee.
- The way he uses his hands is different when it's for work.
- His favourite weather is clear days.
- Last words: "Now that I've been admitted, Ayanagi Gakuen is my world. To all of you, do not worry about me."
- "Yabosuke" (野暮助 (やぼすけ) You boor.?)
- Meaning of Tengenji's name:
- 天 (Ten) : heavens, sky, imperial
- 花 (Gen) : flower
- 寺 (Ji) : temple
- 翔 (Kakeru) : to soar, fly
List of Songs
See also: Team Otori's List of Songs
|World of Flowers (天下の花 Tenka no Hana?)||Season 1 Act 3||Solo|
|Angel Lost||Season 1 Act 3||Solo|
|Seishun COUNTDOWN ～Tengenji Solo Ver.～ (星瞬COUNTDOWN ～天花寺ソロVer.～ Seishun COUNTDOWN ～Tengenji Soro Ver.～?)||☆SHOW TIME 12☆||Solo|
|Hanamichi ∞ Go All Out!! (花道 ∞ Go All Out!! Hanamichi ∞ Go All Out!!?)||Season 2 Act 4||with Hoshitani Yuta, Nayuki Toru, Kuga Shu, Toraishi Izumi and Ugawa Akira|
|Gift ～Curtain Call～ (Gift ～カーテンコール～ Gift ～Kātenkōru～?)||Season 2 Act 12||with all cast members|
|DEAR DREAM!||OVA 3||with Hoshitani Yuta and Kuga Shu|
|High School Star Musical -On Stage- (高校星歌劇 -オンステージ- Koukou Hoshi Kageki -On Sutēji-?)||Season 3 Act 12
☆3rd SHOW TIME 12☆
|with team Hoshitani|
|We are Ayanagi Academy's Kao Council ～NEXT STAGE～ ( 我ら、綾薙学園華桜会～NEXT STAGE～ Warera, Ayanagi Gakuen Kao Kai ～NEXT STAGE～?)||Season 3 Act 12
☆3rd SHOW TIME 12☆
|with team 2nd Years|
|Team Otori||Hoshitani Yuta • Nayuki Toru • Tsukigami Kaito • Tengenji Kakeru • Kuga Shu|
|Team Hiragi||Tatsumi Rui • Sawatari Eigo • Ugawa Akira • Toraishi Izumi • Inumine Seishiro|
|Team Akatsuki||Isshiki Kanade • Jumonji Ryosuke • Yurino Mayu • Chigira Wataru • Manjome Koji|
|Team Sazanami||Kitahara Ren • Nanjo Koki • Nakakouji Haruma • Toudou Hajime • Kozai Yuharu|
|Team Yuzuriha||Ageha Riku • Hachiya So • Koumoto Tetsuya • Keihi Rei • Arisaka Kazuomi|
|New Kao Council||Shiki Toma • Fuyusawa Ryo • Kasugano Shion • Irinatsu Masashi • Chiaki Takafumi|
|Kao Council||Otori Itsuki • Hiragi Tsubasa • Akatsuki Kyoji • Yuzuriha Christian Lion • Sazanami Sakuya|
|Ancient||Tsukigami Haruto • Uozumi Asaki • Saotome Ritsu • Futaba Taiga|
|Other Characters||Nayuki Yuki • Nayuki Tsumugi • Tavian • Hiragi Sougen|