|Nickname(s)||Tomomo (Tomo, Queen of Misfortune, Kacchan, Loudy)|
|Birthday||November 4th SC0111|
|Com Alias||Miss Goat|
|Eye Color||Pale Amber|
|Hair Color||Ashen Blond w/ Platinum blond streak|
|Agency||Morning Star Entertainment|
|Oshimen||Oshima Yuko the 9th|
Yokoyama Yui the 13.5th
|Desired Name||Oshima Yuko|
|Seiyuu||VA: Tange Sakura|
SA: Homoto Akina
- " Come on, everyone throw red roses on my way ! Who should you cheer ? (Public : Tomomo !) Yes ! Now, make room for the Great Empress of Roses, Tomone Kaoru ! "
– Kaoru's stage introduction catchphrase
Tomone Kaoru (
Kaoru is well-known for her overbearing vainglorious haughtiness, her close relationship with her amnesic childhood best friend Yahiru, and above all, her obsession succeeding Oshima Yuko.
She is known as Tomomo (ともも). Kaoru is also known by the nickname Queen of Misfortune by the general public because of her permanent misfortune.
Kaoru also began a soloist career and strives to become a talented actress.
Kaoru is a fair to light-skinned, average-sized girl. She has medium-length ashen blond hair that is almost always held in a high messy bun, secured by chopsticks. Strangely, it includes a rebellious platinum blonde strand of hair, probably coming from her mother. Her hair is naturally quite straight, but it can get pretty wavy under certain circumstances (like when she wakes up in the morning). Her eyes are pale orange-ish amber-coloured. Much like any 00 member, Kaoru has got heart-shaped light reflections, both on her eyes and hair.
Her appearance is notable for her slight scar on her cheek that she got while innocently trying to pet a stray cat. In her childhood, her best friend Yahiru gave her a lucky charm. Kaoru is always seen wearing this amulet on her wrist no matter what.
She typically adopts pompous, amused or annoyed facial expressions.
Tomomo is naturally confident about her looks. Having inherited the good fashion sense of her mother, she takes great care of her wardrobe and dress style. She is even picky about it, being always seen wearing trendy clothes. Her outfits often include modish shirts, jackets, skirts, high waist shorts, pleated waist cigarette trousers, jumpsuits, wedge sandals, small heel boots, little berets and even some jewelry. She likes jewels very much, but also thinks that wearing them too much on your body ruin their general beauty and rarity.
Tomomo constantly makes sure to wear brand clothes or clothes that she has sewn herself. There's systematically crimson colour somewhere on her outfit. In everyday casual life, she tends to prefer pants, leggings and shorts over skirts and dress because they give her that nice free feeling to move around and perform any move she wants to do.
On dance practices, she wears a scarlet haltered ruffled off-shoulder top, dark navy blue shorts held by purple laces and a pair of red and blue trainers.
She frequently put a bit of makeup on her face but is very careful about not putting a lot of it because she considers she doesn't need it to be gorgeous and doesn't see the point of putting makeup excessively. She's also fond of polishing her nails, as well as manicure.
In public, Kaoru generally does not make much effort to disguise herself and to blend in the crowd (she just wears sunglasses), for obvious reasons (she loves the fame and the exhilarating feeling that comes with being recognized on the streets).
Whereas it was not striking, Kaoru was starting to weight. She wasn't on a diet, but she lost weight because of the rigorous practicing she imposed on herself for a while. Fortunately, after the SC0126 SSK, she started to get healthy again.
Kaoru is openly conceited, ambitious and competitive, especially towards anyone who challenge her. Her imperious behavior tends to continually disconcert the people who meet her for the first time. She is a Kamidere, for better and for worse. This is demonstrated by her solid conviction of being undeniably perfect (and therefore 'the best of the best') at all levels, shamelessly showing a large ego that challenge the size of the Universe. She holds a great delusion of grandeur and believes herself superior to everyone else, firmly thinking that everyone should adore and admire her. She loves talking non-stop about her feats. Albeit, fellow members tend to don't take her behavior seriously.
She is also extremely bold and over-confident; even hot-blooded; and does not hesitate to engage in heated debate with anyone, always defending her point, almost never thinking about dropping it like a hot potato. To her, few people are worthy of being in the presence of her 'splendor', unless you prove her misjudging you, which is mostly not an easy task since she is an extraordinarily headstrong person who does not easily change her mind. At the same time, she also can have a few wise words.
Thereby, as she feels she has always to be perfect, she is confident of being able to do everything on her own and refuses to admit when she needs help or let the others help her. She tries hard to maintain her proud, arrogant façade, and she assures everyone she is fine when she's clearly not. Needless to say, her pride is something difficult to mitigate.
As such, she obviously fancies, relishes being the center of attention and "supervising" others, much to their annoyance. Completely in love with the sound of her own voice, Tomomo comes off as a particularly out-spoken if not sharp-tongued teenager who enjoys giving her opinion and talking about her mind, absolutely not afraid telling people the hard truth; no matter how blunt her words can be, which can make her look quite antagonistic or downright insensitive. She is very straightforward about what she wants and will do 'whatever it takes' (at least that's what she claims) to get it. Besides, Tomomo is not exactly a patient person. When she wants something, she expects it to get it right now and here and she will spare no time to get it.
So to say, because of her near inability to be aware of the feelings of those around her: Kaoru has always been horrible at dealing with emotional matters. She is not good at expressing affection, solacing someone and such, which obviously does not help to build positive relationships with her pairs. In fact, her determination to maintain appearances keeps her from revealing any feelings of compassion. So, even when trying to show some benevolence, she cannot help but inevitably fall back into her vain, high and mighty demeanor.
On the other hand, her typical self-centered behavior is somewhat lightened when she is talking to people she regards as friends (such as Yahiru, Miko and Sasshi among others). She behaves generally more warmly around them and will not hesitate to defend them if she deems it necessary. Despite the fact she's not exactly honest about theses friendships, she treasures (and cares about) them a lot.
Furthermore, Tomomo is not the girl who is used to (and hates) losing. If she loses, expect her to find every possible excuse -even the most ludicrous ones- to justify her defeat. She is always set through thick and thin to reach her goal: triumph. She wasn't used to enjoying rivalry as in her eyes; no one had the right to pretend to be at her level, nor the right to share the same, high ambitions as her. However, she has grown to appreciate rivalry and challenging spirit, as evidenced by her recent interactions with Hikarin and Techi.
She hates being bored. She is constantly seeks out for entertainment.
Kaoru isn't fond of authority. As she views herself to be above everyone, she can behave in a rude way with anyone, including adults, Senpais, or anyone else representing a figure of authority. She can be unruly and hates to follow rules set up by adults that don't benefit her.
Similar to Miyoko, Kaoru also stands out by her 'bad-luck magnet' function. If a ball is lost, it will fall on her head. If there is a needle on the ground, Kaoru is the one who will walk on it. Her bad luck is such that it has sometimes earned her the nickname of "Queen of Misfortune". However, out of sheer pride, Tomomo fiercely denies this fact.
Nonetheless, under her bossy exterior, Kaoru is actually insecure, both a victim of a superiority and inferiority complex. She does not want to be better than anyone, she is afraid of being less than anyone. She is reluctant to admit that someone can be superior to her, but at the same time she is obsessed with that same thought. Because of her father's harmful influence, Kaoru has a skewed perception of what a healthy brand of self-confidence is. She feels like if she is not exceptional/the best and doesn't constantly promote herself as such, she would have no value anymore and everyone would loathe, and thus abandon her. That's what she fears the most. She has vigorous need to be seen as important and to be approved, claiming that she is a better idol than everyone else, and so shouldn't be seen/treated as anything less than the greatest by people. Ironically, although she does not realize it, it's precisely because of this "win-at-all-costs" mentality that her true friends with whom she shares everything can be counted on the fingers of one hand, her own uppity behavior giving a bad impression of her and putting off most of potential friends. In truth, Tomomo is mindful about, and respects the qualities of each of her fellow members, but her deep-seated God-complex prevents her from both admitting or showing it.
When it comes to her past, Kaoru acts very coldly. She can even get in a rage if she thinks anyone is talking rubbish about Winostar.
Other than her trademark self-importance, one of Kaoru's notable traits is that she seems to have a complete disinterest in romance and appears to have (most of the time) rather low esteem for men in general, thinking they are nothing but obstacles to her objectives, albeit this also could due to her father.
Although she maintains her Kamidere personality onstage, she is significantly more bubbly and pleasant towards the audience.
However, after suffering several perceived attacks to her pride, Kaoru got frustrated and became even more bad-tempered than usual, making acerbic comebacks; especially during arguments. She spent most of her time practicing, believing she had slacken off far too much.
After winning the SC0126 SSK, Kaoru regained her smug self-confidence although she seems to be a bit more sensible to the things occurring around her.
Kaoru was born and raised in Winostar. She was granted a life of opulence. Indeed, her father is a prominent finance lawyer and advisor/consultant, head of Winostar leading law firm, whereas her mother is an esteemed great fashion designer, stylist and businesswoman, CEO of Diamant Noir, her own luxury brand that is known throughout the whole galaxy. That is, if you except her supernatural bad luck. She has always had bad luck and for example, when she tried to pet a stray cat, the latter scratched her violently. She also has always been a good student but didn't see the value of having good grades if she didn't know what she wanted to do as a job later.
Yet, her life was a completely different history on the emotional plan. She felt misunderstood and emotionally neglected by her parents who spent very little time with her, always being busy with their jobs.
Her father has a winner mentality, which he instilled to her in her early childhood. To put it bluntly, Tomomo was never given a healthy fatherly love. Since she was a child, her father always repeated to her that if she was not the best/less than perfect, she would have no value, whether in his eyes, or in anyone's eyes, and she wouldn't be worthy of love. This education heavily influenced Kaoru's mindset (and made her what she is today). This has put a lot of pressure on her, as she strived all the time to achieve absolute excellence in all areas in order to live up to her father's expectations and gain her parents' approval. So much so that she unconsciously started parroting him and his ideals and developed herself into a haughty, arrogant little girl who looked down at everyone. In spite of her young age, her face displayed a snobbish, stern look. Because of this attitude, she had few friends in her childhood, if no one, until meeting Yahiru.
Additionally, Winostar is a planet where robots and computers decide everything. Everybody is treated equally. Whether it's a matter of a right job, an appropriate meal, the right kind of study for someone... Due to this, Kaoru felt apathetic, without any free will. Kaoru felt as if she were suffocating, a chained bird. She didn't feel like she lived her life and was fed up of everything.
Kaoru didn't hate Entertainment, she just had never been interested in it and found it utterly pointless. To be more exact, she didn't care about it. That's why her little world totally changed when one day she made her first friend she met at school, Akagi Yahiru; who introduced her to the group AKB0048 (Entertainment was previously tolerated in Winostar, small concerts were even organized). For the first time, Kaoru felt like she was breathing, to live her life, she felt her heart beat with passion. She had finally found a meaning to her existence. They quickly got very close after this event.
When the two friends learned that the auditions were open, they jumped at the opportunity. Kaoru wanted to succeed Yuko and Yahiru wanted to succeed Yuihan. Nonetheless, at the time, Kaoru was below the minimum age (she was only 11 years old) and Yahiru wanted them to fulfill their dream together so she intended to wait until Kaoru turns 12 years old.
However, Winostar's government, seeing that more and more young girls were turning away from robotic advices in favor of following their passion, began to repress Entertainment severely, on the pretext that the government computer told them that Entertainment was harmful to the good development of people. The government did not want Winostar inhabitants to realize that they were manipulated and start a rebellion.
During a clandestine AKB concert, Yahiru was tragically killed by the DES while trying to protect Kaoru from a shot. While she was dying, Kaoru promised her to realize their dream by overcoming the obstacles that would prevent her from accomplishing their goal by becoming a Successor in order to offer hope to and illuminate the lives of others, as the 00 did with them. Thanks to this, her friend died serenely and Kaoru ran away from DES troups with tears in her eyes. Needless to say, she felt deeply guilty of what had happened to her only friend.
Kaoru was still 11 years old, so she had to wait 1 year. At age 12 and 13, Kaoru evidently tried to register for the 152nd and 153rd generation auditions, but Winostar's authorities heavily censored all the informations about them. These years of waiting have been extremely difficult and frustrating for Kaoru.
One year later, despite Winostar's best censorship efforts, informations about the 154th generation auditions reached some of Winostar's population, as well as Kaoru who wanted to take this opportunity at any price.
Of course, her parents; especially her father- categorically refused that their daughter participate to the auditions, but Kaoru disobey them and decided to run away anyway, more determined than ever to do everything to make the wish of her friend and she become reality.
In this state of mind, she auditioned with the song she saw as a perfect description of herself: NO WAY MAN. She succeeded to pass both rounds.
After many adventures, along with Yuuna, Marian, Miyako, Elise, Griselda and Haruki, Kaoru officially joined the AKB0048 154th generation. She debuted with Genzai wa Fantasy janai, but she didn't get to center it, which annoyed her a bit.
On the first day of school at Infinity Academy, Kaoru had a slight crush on Ryuu, but she quickly realized that their relationship was impossible. She also officially named her new rival : Hatsune Hikari.
During October, she attended the succession of one of her Senpai, which made her wonder how her own succession concert would be.
Kaoru also discovered that Yahiru - her childhood best friend; survived and became Yuihan, which brought her a lot of joy. She got much more closer to Yuihan after this event.
In November, one of her Senpai, whom she considered one of her main rivals, succeeded, and Kaoru wondered again: Would she change if she became a Successor? It was a prospect that both excited her and frightened her, not that she would admit it. Akarin and Hikarin were also chosen to be her buddies, although she insisted she did not need them.
In December, at Koreastar, she met the graduated member Ashley, along with Ryuu, and witnessed the epic scene where Miyagi punched Erika's big brother Justin. It has been announced that she will be one of the Centers of the next year upcoming single: Masshiro na Mirai wo Irodzukeru. Kaoru took a lot of pride in that. Especially since she fell in love with her first centered song: Arrival.
The rest of the end of the year went off without too much trouble.
At the beginning of the year, two girls joined the 154.5 generation: Chibana Miko and Aiwara Kurumi. Although Kaoru was suspicious of them at first, she soon grew to like Miko. She despises Kurumi, though.
Kaoru participated in Jyanken Taikai for the first time. She was somewhat disappointed to be ranked "just" at the 3rd position, even if this rank was enough to be one of front girls of the single. Just before Kaetai Mirai was released, her generation fellow member Miyako became Minegishi Minami the 7th, leaving the rest of the girls. This frustrated Kaoru, who always thought she would be the first girl of her generation to become a Successor. Following this, a Team Shuffle took place and Kaoru was promoted to Team K, the same Team as Hikarin.
On April 14, Kaoru released her first solo single 「LET IT BURN」, and of course, she took a lot of pride in it.
However, she fell from the top, discovering that she wasn't be the one who center Sekiranun no Geijutsu. She expected to center songs as much as possible. Her pride has taken a hit, as in her eyes, being Center means unquestionably being the best. She wondered if she had slacken off too much. She wondered if she had become imperfect. - Not to mention that her friendship with Miko got damaged. Deeply afraid of theses possibilities, she began to train much more than allowed, to the point of making several sleepless nights. Of course, she keeps it secret from everyone and nobody suspects it because externally, Kaoru still seems like her usual overconfident herself, inwardly secretly doubting herself.
While Miyagi was comatose, Kaoru felt concerned albeit Miyagi was not exactly her favorite person. Although she didn't voice it, she was also worried about Honoka's mental health and sympathized with her, having experienced such a situation after Yahiru's "death" a few years earlier. Even though things seemed to be went bad, luckily everything worked out and MiyaMiya became Successors. Kaoru was secretly relieved during their Succession concert, but she concealed this by claiming to be offended by Jurina's Yuko prank.
After the start of Sousenkyou Senbatsu, even if the Internet is not her cup of tea, Kaoru made the decision to be more active on her SNS account, in order to communicate more with her fans. By discovering that she was ranked 1rd in the Preliminary Results, Kaoru's self-esteem stabilized. She has even boasted about it, affirming it was predictable, although in deep down she remains wary.
- Joined the 154th Generation of Trainees (SC0125, July 25th)
- Promoted to Team K (SC0126, January 25th)
Tomomo is obviously one to boast about her skills.
Tomomo is more than comfortable singing and dancing, although she has a clear preference for singing. More precisely, her greatest asset is that she has excellent voice control and can switch from a weak tone to a powerful one easily. Her voice is great enough for her to start a solo career shortly after joining 00. She is also fine with live singing. She has some facilities to learn and memorize a song and choreography in a decent way. Plus, Kaoru knows a few Flamenco movements she taught by herself.
She is athletic and in excellent physical condition. She is far from being harmless and experiences a series of self-defense movements that she combines with the use of Micsaber. Indeed, she has practiced fencing for five years and is very skilled at swordsmanship, whether in offensive or defensive movements, albeit she is habitually more offensive-oriented. She's a nimble fencer too, being able to execute several acrobatic prowess, even while dueling. Unsurprisingly, she's not above taunting her opponents. According to her, she won Winostar Junior Fencing Tournament five consecutive times. Recently, she began to learn Micsabers dual-wielding. She's quickly improving, although she has yet to master it completely.
Tomomo is not particularly good at shooting. She has some good reflexes but that's it.
She is quite competent at the LAS. She assimilated the basics naturally. Unfortunately, her deep disgust for the robots prevents her from using this gift to its full potential.
She is a very bad liar. What makes her a horrible actress, as she is incapable of acting like another person and sooner or later, her true personality will manifest itself. Kaoru tries to make efforts to improve, and has more ease to acting in horror Drama or a character with a personality similar to her own. Thanks to some persistence, Kaoru has grown to appreciate acting, albeit it still happens her to forget she is acting, which can be quite problematic during the shoot.
She is a pseudo-harpist who can occasionally begin to play harp to relax. Strange fact : she doesn't like when you look at her when she does (except Yahiru) and prefers to be alone.
Tomomo is a talented seamstress and fashion designer/stylist, for it is one of the only things she learned from her mother by watching her working. Because of this, she has a good sense of fashion.
- Aiwara Kurumi - Fellow Kenkyuusei. Tomomo has developed an aversion for Kurumi as she thought she had a bad influence on Miko. Although recently, the tensions between them seem to have eased somewhat, but they still aren't on the best terms.
- Aozora Kokone - Senpai.
- Asahina Miru - Senpai.
- Eguchi Aimi the 4th - Senpai. Tomomo has a mixed opinion on Aimi. She doesn't dislike her, but she remains perplexed about the reason for such politeness. Nevertheless, Tomomo was sincerely happy when she became Aimi. Tomomo is also disturbed that Aimi can figure out her actions and words as easily when they are not that close, but started to somewhat appreciate it.
- Hikami Yumeko - Senpai.
- Ikeda Itsuki - Senpai.
- Itano Tomorin - Senpai.
- Itou Haruki - Fellow Kenkyuusei.
- Makori Ririka - Senpai. Tomomo does not show it, but she actually sometimes enjoys when someone openly defies her (self-proclaimed) unequalled superiority.
- Masaki Amarie - Senpai.
- Minegeshi Minami the 7th - Member of the same generation. Kaoru is upset that Mii-chan is the first girl who became a Successor in their generation.
- MoYoung Marian - Fellow Kenyuusei. Kaoru thinks she is strange. She doesn't really understand the reason behind her loyalty for Elise. Naturally having a "Leader" spirit and loving to show-off, Kaoru had a hard time accepting that Marian was the first to center a song in their generation. But she quickly pulled herself together and told herself that she would be next time. Since the Accident, Kaoru is slightly uncomfortable around Marian.
- Nakahara Monica - Senpai.
- Taiyamoto Akano - Senpai.
- Takahashi Minami the 7th - Senpai. Kaoru seems to respect Takamina as a Leader.
The least one can say is that her relationship with her parents is very complicated for the most.
- Akagi Yahiru - Kaoru's only, and best childhood friend. They have not always been, for Kaoru believed that Yahiru was stupid and engaged in futile hobbies, at least at their first meeting. All her prejudices disappeared instantly when she first attended a concert of 00. They became very close, to the point that she was like a sister to Kaoru. Kaoru knew that Yahiru had a family and lived with them, but she was never able to meet them. After her death, Kaoru felt very sad and did everything to become a Kenkyuusei to honor her promise.
- Senbatsu Sousenkyo SC0126 - 1st (Kami 7) (Prelims 1st)
薫 ("Kaoru") can be translated as fragrance, or fragrant. Although it's a gender-neutral name, Kaoru absolutely hates being called by her given name because it sounds too "masculine" for her taste, and will ignore or scold anyone calling her by her first name.
Because of her first name, she is often confused with a boy. She greatly prefers to be called by her surname or her nickname.
智 ("Tomo") can be translated as smart, intellect, wisdom, friend while 峰 ("Ne") means peak. Combined together, it could mean peak of intellect.
Due to the fact that Kaoru absolutely despises her first name and that calling by her last name sounded too "formal", Yahiru was the first one to suggest nicknaming her Tomomo (ともも), which she sometimes shortened to Tomo (とも).
Loudy is the nickname that Ryuu gave her, a direct reference to her loud and boastful personality. Kaoru secretly likes it.
Kacchan (かっちゃん) is a nickname created by Honoka, the 00s' official Nicknamer, that Kaoru had a hard time accepting, however she tolerated it if was accompanied by her first nickname. After Honoka defeated her at the Jyanken, Kaoru finally accepted the nickname.
- " " - Kaoru's Stage Introduction Catchphrase.
- " " - Kaoru's Catchphrase.
- "Mirai's Succession concert. " - Kaoru explaining her theory about the Succession phenomenon at
- Favourite Old Era Songs : Blue Rose, NO WAY MAN
- Favourite New Era Song : Arrival
- Audition Song : NO WAY MAN
- Non 00 Related Favourite Songs : The Only Sunlight (Elza Forte/Aizawa Risa), LION ((G)I-DLE)
- Favourite Colours : Crimson and Golden
- Penlight Colour : Crimson
- Favourite Word : Victory (勝利)
- Favourite Drinks: Lemonade, Sweet Sunrise
- Favourite Foods : Coffee Éclair, Tomato basil
- She always manages to have some Éclairs at hand.
- Favourite Animals : Lions, Frogs
- Favourite Flower : Red roses
- Favourite Seasons : Summer, Spring
- Mottos: "From where I’m sitting, I am the centre of the Universe." "I don't care what you think unless it is about me."
- Charm Point : Her haughty smile
- Special Skill : Boasting
- Hobbies : Singing, practicing fencing and self-defense, drawing fashion sketches, graphic design and sewing clothes, debating, playing the harp
- She knows how to play the harp, even though, to her it is just a hobby.
- She commonly refers herself as "Kono Watashi" (この 私).
- Kaoru has her own Kirara. It takes the shape of a crimson, flaming fleuret.
- Kaoru speaks fluently the three official languages of Winostar : Japanese, French and English.
- She has a habit of saying words in French when she is in an intense mood.
- She tends to uses nicknames only when she is annoyed by someone or when she "appreciates" someone.
- She is a closet fan of Hunger Games and Let It Glow, a parody based on Let It Go.
- Mostly because of her father's influence, she is a bit narcissistic and has proved potentially afflicted by Borderline Personality Disorder, describing a simple rustle of wind as a "flop of applause." And Yahiru's death only aggravated her sanity because she thought she became alone again and felt guilty. Nonetheless, after meeting her friend now Yui and having won the SC0126 SSK, she overall seems to be more stable.
- Kaoru is also afflicted by Ailurophobia, she considers cats as evil creatures. This is actually because she had a very bad unlucky experience with one of the them who left her that scar as a 'souvenir'.
- Kaoru hates robots. This is due to her past.
- Although she is not fond of the Internet, Kaoru has newly decided to become more active on her social media as it is a way to be closer to her fans.
- When Kaoru will be older, in order to "rescue" Winostar she intends to become a Revolutionary Leader.
- She shares her voice actress with Saber Red alias Nero, a Servant of the Fate franchise who has many similarities with Tomomo :
- They are both arrogant but really kind-hearted towards their loved ones and wish them happiness.
- They are both very gifted swordswomen.
- They love the crimson color.
- They love red roses which symbolize their passion.
- They adore an "art" which requires to be on stage, acting for one of them, idoling for the other.
- And finally, their hairstyle is a bun.
- Some theories would like Tomomo to be also the female counterpart of Bakugou Katsuki, a main character of the anime and manga Boku no Hero Academia.