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Tsutomu Komano
Tsutomu Komano
Kanji

駒野勉

Rōmaji

Komano Tsutomu

Characteristics
Gender

Male

Age

16-18

Professional Status
Occupation

Student

Personal Status
Status

Alive

Karuta
Group

Mizusawa High School Karuta Club
Suihoku Karuta Society

Level

Class B

First Appearance
Manga Debut

Chapter 12

Anime Debut

Episode 7

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Tsubasa Yonaga

Image Gallery

Tsutomu Komano , also called Tsukue-kun (Desktomu), is member of the karuta club that Chihaya and Taichi created. At the time of his introduction, he had the second highest test scores, ranking right below Taichi.

Appearance

Tsutomu's appearance
Tsutomu has black hair and is shorter than an average boy his age. He always wears his rectangular glasses and has never taken them off.

Personality

Tsutomu is very quiet and anti-social. He enjoys studying, but hates school. Tsutomu is often tied to his desk, which is the reason why people call him "Tsukue-kun" (Desk). He feels that nothing is worth doing unless it makes you smarter.

Later on he uses his skills in studying to gather information about his team's opponents and develop strategies against them. He also shows empathy towards the first-year players, especially Tsukuba.

Relationships

Taichi Mashima

At first, Tsutomu resents Taichi for being the school's top student without really trying, while Tsutomu has to study hard and he's still in 2nd place. Taichi convinced Tsutomu to join the karuta club. As a friend he was concerned for Taichi when he was not the top student in school anymore.

Yusei Nishida

Nishida and Komano first met at the Mizusawa Karuta Club. Though they don't consider themselves as rivals, they go against each other sometimes. They think of themselves as starting members of the karuta team, and Tsutomu provides Nishida the all the information about his opponent he needs to win. They used to call each other by their nicknames, which they didn't like at first.

Kanade Oe

She and Desktomu went against each other for the class C individual tournament in Omi Jingu. She won, but both of them were promoted to Class C.

Later on it is revealed that he is in love with her.

History

He used to be taken advantage of by his classmates and letting them copy his work.

Synopsis

He is the second smartest student among all first years in Mizusawa High School after Taichi Mashima. So, Chihaya went to bribe and persuade him to join her club. But, he doesn't want to and would rather study. Chihaya drags him while he was holding onto a desk to her clubroom and tries to make him watch a karuta match with Taichi. Tsutomu challenges them to memorize the one hundred poems and flip them over in fifteen minutes. After the match is over, he goes back to the classroom with the desk. Taichi chases after him trying to persuade him to join. He tells him that after he wins a karuta match, it makes him happy. Taichi convinced him to join Mizusawa High School Karuta Club.

Official Matches Record

Opponents

Tournament

Results

Cards Differences

Important Event

Unknown
(Eikou University High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Lose

but the team win

(3-2)

Unknown

-

Unknown
(Shuryukan)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Lose

but the team win
(4-1)

-9 Cards

-

Unknown
(Hanasaki Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group B)

Lose

but the team win (3-2)

Unknown

Right after this match, Komano throws a tantrum and left. Taichi showed his leadership here.

Unknown
(Tomihara West High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Semi-final)

Forfeit

but the team win
(3-2)

-

Kanade went to Komano and said about how much the others had trained.

Takuma

(Hokuo Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Final)

Lose

but the team win (3-2)

-15 Cards

After the match, Hyoro told how he take pride over the trophy.

Unknown

(Takechi High)

High School Team National Championship
(Round 1)

Win

Unknown

-

Unknown
(Fujisaki High)

High School Team National Championship

(Round 2)

Lose

Unknown

-

Oe Kanade

Saitama Caruta Tournament

(Class D : Final)

Lose

-4 Cards

Both Komano and Kanade displayed their uniqueness in karuta style.

Suda

(Tomihara West High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Group Match)

Lose

but the team win

 (3-2)

-2 Cards

-

Toda

(Homei High)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Semi-Final)

Win

Unknown

-

Takuma

(Hokuo Academy)

High School Regional Tournament
(Tokyo : Final)

Lose

(2-3)

-1 Card

Luck-of-the-Draw

Even though Mizusawa lost, Mizusawa still become one of the representative for Tokyo region.

Tanimura

(First Akashi Girls’)

High School Team National Championship

(Semi-Final)

Win

(3-2)

+1 Card

Luck-of-the-Draw

Revealed about his own superstition based on his collected data.

Yamai Makoto

(Fujisaki High)

High School Team National Championship

(Final)

Lose

but the team win

(3-2)

Unknown

-

-

High School Individual National Championship

(Class-C)

Win

all the matches.

-

-

Karuta Style

Tsutomu is a member of Suihoku Karuta society, therefore, he play more of a defensive style karuta. He also likes to collect data of the opponents and try to use the data to his advantage.

Techniques & Talents

Counter Data Analysis

Using the data he collected from his opponent, he would then analyze and think a way to counter his opponent's play. Even though Tsutomu's counter and analyzing skill is not as good as Taichi's but it's proved to give his opponent a hard time.

Quotes

  • (To Taichi and Chihaya) - "If your memorization skills are so good, you should be able to play with the cards flipped over!" (on being asked to join the karuta club)
  • (on Makoto Yamai) - "This guy acts sort of feminine, but he plays like a man!"

Trivia

  • Tsutomu is left handed.
  • His nickname "Tsukue-kun" is a play on his real name "Tsutomu".
  • He is in Class B in the manga. Chapter 91 showed him as one of the Class C winners of the singles division of the National Tournament. By Chapter 95, Yusei Nishida is calling him "Newborn Class B-kun", while Komano himself is expressing a desire to reach Class A.
  • He likes Kana, as he mentioned in Chapter 120.[1] He confesses his love for her in Chapter 142.
  • His position in the Mizusawa Karuta Club is secretary.
  • His family runs a drugstore.[2]

References

  1. Chapter 120 Page 18
  2. Chapter 142 Page 25

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