As both characters are from two different entries in the series, they have never canonically interacted. However, they do share one interaction with each other in Ultimate Talent Development Plan.
In their event, 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. She then tells her 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 reassures 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.
- “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.
The ship sailed mainly as a result of the event between the characters in Ultimate Talent Development Plan. Fans of the ship 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.
While the ship does have a small following, it naturally loses in popularity to some of the more popular shipping choices for both characters. Namely Band Aid and Tenmiko. It is among the more popular cross-ships in the series, with over forty results on Archive of our Own.
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- Both characters are 165 cm in height.
- Tenko is voiced by Julie Ann Taylor, who also did the voice of Ibuki Mioda, a close friend of Mikan's.