Kaede has a tendency to compliment Tenko's looks, surprising her and causing her to blush. Due to her prejudice against boys, Tenko warns Kaede about Shuichi, even though there is no real reason for it.
When asked by Kaede why she adores Himiko Yumeno so much, Tenko blushes heavily, and confesses to the pianist that she admires performers. She tells Kaede of her dream to be a cute magical girl, but says she can't do magic, and she's not cute. Kaede, of course, tells Tenko she thinks she's cute, which flusters Tenko further. Kaede proceeds to compliment her smile, passion and body, which Tenko either refuses, or blushes at.
Nonetheless, Tenko seems to really like Kaede, and is heavily protective of her during the first trial.
Tenko doesn't believe that Kaede is the one who killed Rantarou Amami in the first case, even go far in risked her own life to prevent her from being executed along with Kaito Momota and Gonta Gokuhara. After Kaede requested her and the others to stop, she witnessed the execution and started crying afterward.
The two also share one event (along with Sakura) in Danganronpa V3's non-canon bonus mode, Ultimate Talent Development Plan. In one of the optional choices for the Sports Festival, Kaede can come to cheer on the girls playing volleyball. Tenko is grateful for this and concludes that girls are the best.
- “Oh, it's Kaede! Did you come to cheer us on!? Thank you so much... Girls are the best! Now, I'm really pumped up!”
- — Tenko's reaction to Kaede coming to cheer for her team, in Ultimate Talent Development Plan.
The ship sailed as a result of Kaede being one of a few people whom Tenko was actually nice to. The fact that Tenko claimed to have a thing for performers has also helped, as Kaede, being the Ultimate Pianist, is also a performer. While Tenko warning Kaede of Shuichi can annoy some fans, considering the kind of person Shuichi is, some still find it sweet of her to look out for her friend.
- Kaede Akamatsu/Tenko Chabashira tag on AO3
- Kaede Akamatsu & Tenko Chabashira tag on AO3
- Chabashira/Akamatsu tag on FanFiction.Net
- Kaede's relationship with Tenko on Danganronpa Wiki
- Tenko's relationship with Kaede on Danganronpa Wiki