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Tengenji Kakeru
Name Tengenji Kakeru
Japanese 天花寺 翔
Vital Statistics
Gender Male
Height 175cm
Birthday 11 August
Blood type A
Family Father

Tavian (Pet)

Professional Statistics
Team Team Otori
School Ayanagi Gakuen High School Division
Department Musical Department (Candidate)

Vocal Department (Previously)

Class 1-A (Season 1)


First Appearance
Manga Chapter 0: Prologue
Anime Season 1 Act 1
Anime Hosoya Yoshimasa

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.

Tengenji in his school uniform.

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.

Tengenji wearing his glasses.

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 practicing and performing.

Tengenji, before entering Ayanagi Gakuen, was already a well established Kabuki actor. He has performed ever since he was a child.


Hoshitani finds out that Tavian is a important friend to Tengenji.

Hoshitani Yuta

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.

Nayuki Toru

Nayuki telling Tengenji about Hoshitani's extra practice.

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.

Tsukigami Kaito

Tsukigami arguing with Tengenji.

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 giving a rough pet to Yuuki and Tsumugi.

Nayuki Yuki & Tsumugi

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.

Ugawa Akira

Tengenji and Ugawa fighting.

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.


Tengenji's cat, Tavian.

  • His Zodiac sign is Leo.
  • His room number is 205.
  • His favorite animal is the cat.[1]
  • 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 [2] 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)[3].
  • 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."
  • Catchphrase:
    • "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

Title Appearance Notes
World of Flowers (天下の花 Tenka no Hana?) Season 1 Act 3


Angel Lost Season 1 Act 3

Season 1 Volume 2

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

☆2nd SHOW TIME 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

☆2nd SHOW TIME 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


Season 1

OVA 1–2

Season 2


Season 3



  1. The Japanese wikipedia page cites 'Season 2 Volume 1 BD.DVD Enclosed Booklet' as the source.
  2. PV #2
  3. Kimono Symbol Meanings