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Both characters are from different entries in the series. As such, they have never canonically interacted. However, they do share one event together in both Ultimate Talent Development Plan, and Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp. In both of their events, Tenko is shown to be caring and encouraging towards Mikan, often calling her a "wonderful girl." Mikan is shown to be appreciative of Tenko's praise, and exhibits a more positive tone as a result.
During their event in Ultimate Talent Development Plan, Tenko decides to go help Mikan, knowing that she's always busy. Once she arrives at the nurse's office, she finds Mikan, who has taken a hard fall. Tenko asks if she is okay, and Mikan responds by asking her for help. Tenko quickly comes to her aid and helps Mikan get back on her feet. Mikan then apologizes to Tenko for embarrassing herself in front of her, but Tenko tells her not to worry about it, as she was glad to be able to help her. Tenko then tells Mikan that helping girls in distress is a given, while referring to herself as the "hero of justice." When Mikan questions her about this, Tenko asks her to keep it a secret, but also says it's not a big deal for her to tell this to a wonderful girl like her. Mikan is surprised by the compliment, and Tenko assures her that she is always doing her part in the health committee and helps everyone. Mikan stutters and says nobody has ever said that to her before, and then asks Tenko if she can say it again. Tenko repeats herself, and Mikan blushes while giggling. Tenko then tells her that there are times where tears are necessary, but to please smile, as a girl's smile is the best reward for a hero of justice.
During their event in Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, Mikan asks the girls if she can join them in taking a bath, and Tenko welcomes her with open arms, once again calling her a "wonderful girl." Mikan is overjoyed, and begins making her way into the water, when she suddenly trips, and lands on top of Tenko, bringing her underwater. Mikan cries out that she'll move, and begs Tenko not to pull on her swimsuit's strings. After being helped by Sakura Ogami, Mikan apologizes to Tenko, and Tenko tells her that it's fine, and that she thinks of it as Mikan protecting her by using her body. Tenko then offers Mikan to join her and Sakura during their workout sessions to help improve her balance, and with encouragement from Himiko Yumeno, Mikan accepts.
Ultimate Talent Development Plan
- “Although, I'm sure it's no big deal to tell that to a wonderful girl like you, Mikan.”
- — Tenko calling Mikan a "wonderful girl."
- “Of course! You're always doing your part in the health committee and helping everyone!”
- — Tenko praising Mikan for her services in the health committee.
- “You're a wonderful girl, Mikan!”
- — Tenko calling Mikan a wonderful girl for the second time.
Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp
- “You're more than welcome of course, Mikan! You're a wonderful girl after all!”
- — Tenko welcoming Mikan to take a bath with the girls.
- “No, it's fine. I like to think of it as you shielding me from harm on top of me.”
- — Tenko forgiving Mikan for landing on her.
- “Mikan... If you're having trouble, how about joining us for some workout sessions?”
- — Tenko inviting Mikan to workout with her and Sakura.
The ship sailed as a result of the event between the characters in Ultimate Talent Development Plan. Fans love the way Tenko treated Mikan by calling her wonderful and making her smile. They also believe that Tenko would be able to help Mikan regain her self-confidence and stand up for herself. Although relatively small, the ship does have a dedicated following, and is somewhat popular for both characters, as well as one of the most popular cross-ships in the fandom. Ultimately however, the ship does lose in popularity to some of the characters' more popular shipping choices, most notably Band Aid for Mikan, and Tenmiko for Tenko.
- Both characters are 165 cm in height.
- Both characters died during the third chapter of their respective games. Tenko as one of two murder victims, and Mikan being executed as the Blackened.
- Tenko is voiced by Julie Ann Taylor, who also did the voice of Ibuki Mioda, a close friend of Mikan's, and one of her murder victims during the Killing School Trip.