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Tomoe Enjou
Casual | Original Design
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Japanese name: 臙条巴
Franchise: Kara no Kyoukai
Appears in: Paradox Spiral
Japanese VA: Tetsuya Kakihara
Hiromi Igarashi (Youth)
Character type: Human, Puppet
Gender: Male
Birthday: July 10
Hair color: Orange (Dyed)
Bloodline: N/A

"I wish this spiral was a paradox."
—Tomoe Enjou

Tomoe Enjou (臙条巴, Enjou Tomoe?) is a protagonist of the fifth chapter of Kara no Kyoukai.

ProfileEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • Young Tomoe
  • Tomoe "kills" his mother

His earliest and happiest memories was when his father gave a spare house key to Tomoe when he was younger and told him to protect his family. This happiness was short-lived as his father would later cause the death of someone in a drunk driving accident.

This incident caused his family's downfall and hatred from others. This resulted in his father to lose his job and struggle to find work, leading him to have drinking problems. His mother was forced to work full time in the super market to support the family as well. Tomoe also becomes frequently bullied at school, which forced him to quit the track and field team at his school. His family had to move several times due to harassment as rumours keep appearing about his father's incident until they moved into the Ogawa apartment complex.

Unbeknownst to the Enjou family, the Ogawa Apartment Complex had been designed by Souren Araya to cause people to go into depression leading them to become insane thus driving them to their deaths. One day, Tomoe came back from work. Ignoring his mother as she tries to greet him, he goes and sleeps in his room. Due to being fed up with their situation, his mother killed his father while he was drinking and she eventually kills Tomoe in his sleep. His mother committed suicide afterwards.

Souren Araya surgically removed his brain from his body for his experiments. The experiment involved controlling the brain that was still functioning and implant their thought processes into the replica puppets that Cornelius Alba provided. He created the Apartment Complex to create a cyclical loop in which the puppet residents would repeat their last day before death as a means to discover and access to the Spiral of Origin.

The continuous loop slowly caused each of the new Tomoe puppets to have dreams recollecting the original Tomoe's memory of his death. In October 1998, one of the puppets was able to escape from the loop by killing its respective mother and running away. Before leaving the spiral complex, Araya supposedly implanted an unconscious imprinting in this puppet to have an interest in Shiki Ryougi.[1]

AppearanceEdit

A youth in his late teens, his body has a small build with feminine features.[2] He would have been a beautiful youth boy had he maintained silence.[1] Tomoe's hair is distinctly an unnatural orange in color, and while originally it was treated as being dyed, this characteristic is glaringly overlooked in the film version. His clothing consists of a green parka jacket, blue jeans and a pair of yellow New Balance brand shoes.[1]  In his original design, he wore a blue jacket. 

PersonalityEdit

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Tomoe pictures himself as a professional sprinter

Tomoe is a head-strong individual that had grown disillusioned by his experiences. He was aggressive and lacked tolerance, so he frequently got into fights.[1] He had originally loved sport, as he was particularly fond of sprinting, but complications surrounding his family drastically changed his outlook on life. His family's reputation led him to being bullied at school. Due to this, Tomoe had grown to become more apathetic towards his loved ones, simply carrying out his daily routine with nary a care in the world surrounding him. After supposedly murdering his parents, Tomoe recognizes his guilty actions, going so far as even anticipating his cruel punishment. His interactions with Shiki demonstrates his tendency to adhere to societal norms, initially finding Shiki's habits to be rather odd.

Due to his father giving him a spare key in his childhood, he has developed an attachment for keys and locks; developing a principle under the notion of being protective of one's home. He has stated that he despises the notion of romance and love based on his bad experience with his past girlfriend. Tomoe would go on to become close friends with Shiki Ryougi, being able to talk about himself and his experiences to her unlike any other person he has ever met. It is hinted that his attachment to Shiki is caused by Tomoe's ability to relate to Shiki's continued impression of her SHIKI personality. He cares about this deep friendship enough that when he admitted his love for her, he disliked the idea of ruining such a relationship by simply labelling it under the notion of "love". While living under one roof with Shiki, he managed to keep himself cool because he loved her too much and he realized that some things are beautiful because they cannot be obtained.[3] While he claims that he is willing enough to die for Shiki, this lowered sense of self-worth is prompted by his feeling of hopelessness, due to having already "killed" his parents.

While initially brash in his reactions towards Mikiya, he grows to respect him. He later understands Shiki's attachment to him, remarking that people like Shiki and himself truly need someone like Mikiya to keep them sane.

Tomoe's personality relates to his Origin "worthlessness". He doesn't value himself and intially he was willingly to die for Shiki's sake. Upon remembering his past memories with his family, he empathizes with his family and their situation. Finally gaining self-respect, Tomoe finds his resolve to fight for himself and his love for his family. When Araya reveals the true nature of the current Tomoe Enjou's identity and the supposed fabrication of his attachment for Shiki, Tomoe strives to believe that his feelings are true. In his final moments, he expresses his empathy for his family's situation as well as sympathizing their deaths caused by Araya, until finally remarking the legitimacy of his existence.

DevelopmentEdit

Unlike the other chapters, Chapter Five isn't about Shiki and Mikiya but rather the story about Tomoe and Araya.[4] Takashi Takeuchi believes that Tomoe is a relatable character to the viewers and this aspect sets Chapter Five apart from the others.[4] Kinoko Nasu believes Tetsuya Kakihara (Voice actor of Tomoe) voice is just a bit higher in quality than the rest of the cast. Because of that, he was able to give the impression that Tomoe wasn't like the characters in the other chapters. He was like a brand-new entity in the Garden of sinners world who made his first appearance in Chapter Five.

Maaya Sakamoto (Voice Actress of Shiki Ryougi) claims that Tomoe is one of her favourite character and she was looking forward on his portrayal in the animated feature.[4] Kajiura Yuki the soundtrack composer for the theatre version of Kara no Kyoukai claims Tomoe to be her favourite character. Because of this, the theme song of the fifth chapter "Sprinter" performed by Kalafina has become a work that sings of Tomoe's story.

RoleEdit

Kara no KyoukaiEdit

Chapter 5: Paradox SpiralEdit

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Tomoe staying at Shiki's apartment

In the middle of October 1998, Tomoe kills his parents, having succumbed to his fears brought on by his nightmares of him and his father's death at the hands of his mother. Running away from home, he gets chased and attacked by bullies from his old school until he was saved by Shiki Ryougi. He asked her to hide him at her place as he claims to be a murderer, upon which Shiki remarks that she is the same thus agreeing to let him stay in her apartment room.

Shiki and Tomoe would go on to have a cyclical routine in which Tomoe goes outside by day, awaiting the news of his parents' murder while Shiki goes outside for her nightly strolls. Tomoe develops a close friendship with Shiki, talking to her about his past experiences. While Tomoe stayed over Shiki, he ate Häagen-Dazs ice cream for his meals.[5] At some point, Tomoe sees Shiki walking by outside noticing that she is being followed by a strange-looking foreigner (later revealed to be Cornelius Alba). The foreigner maliciously stares back at him, and within the next moment, mysteriously vanishes before Tomoe's eyes.

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Shiki playfully threatens to kill Tomoe

Returning back to Shiki's apartment Tomoe expresses his worry for Shiki's safety. Shiki's insistence in asking for Tomoe's reason for being so anxious causes Tomoe to confess his love for her (although Shiki only reacted by laughing at the notion). In the next moment, Shiki playfully threatens him to die for his love of her, in which Tomoe declares his consent, admiting that he has nothing left having already killed his parents. Shiki dismisses his desire to die by her hand remarking that Tomoe should re-discover his true home. As Shiki goes out for one of her nightly strolls, Tomoe decides to stop staying in her apartment. Tomoe continues to wait for the news about the murder of his parents, but a lack of any report causes him to grow more paranoid. During this point, he recognizes his mother in a crowd, shocked at the revelation that she is possibly alive.

Tomoe returns to Shiki's apartment explaining how he saw that his mother was somehow alive. With hopes of uncovering the truth behind this mystery, Shiki and Tomoe went to the Ogawa Apartment Complex to investigate. When they arrived at Tomoe's apartment in room 405, they enter without ringing the doorbell, finding that his parents were alive as they witness a reenactment of his family's last moments, including his own. Shiki recognizes that the apartment complex already had some abnormalities. They venture on to find Tomoe and his parent's corpses in apartment room 410 where they were already dead since half a year ago. They would encounter reanimated corpses of the aparment's residents, in which Shiki was able to destroy them in combat. Araya Souren reveals himself before them explaining the true nature of his plans, including the construction of the Ogawa Apartment Complex, and the continuous cycle of life and death in which the puppet imitations of the residents are undergoing. Shiki fights Araya but is easily overpowered.

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Tomoe visits his old house

When Shiki is captured,Tomoe flees back to her apartment in fear. Later on, Mikiya arrives at Shiki's apartment, thereby meeting Tomoe. Initially Tomoe wishes to recklessly confront Araya but Mikiya's persuasion leads them to visit Tomoe's old house. Tomoe reflects on his past memories and the sad nature of his family's past circumstances that led them to their state. Having re-discovered his love for his family, they both decide to go save Shiki. They both separate as Tomoe plans to bring Shiki's knife and katana to her.

Tomoe discovers Araya's workshop in the underground parking lot beneath the Ogawa Apartment Complex. Tomoe stumbles upon multiple jars containing the brains of the apartment residents, including his own. As his arm falls off to reveal multiple gears inside, he finally deduces that he is merely an artificial puppet of the original Tomoe Enjou. He is confronted by Araya, who tells him of his origin as a puppet. Araya tells him that he supposedly let him escape as he planned to use Tomoe to lure Shiki out. Araya claims that Tomoe's love for Shiki is merely fabricated and that he simply imprinted such a desire in Tomoe's mind. Tomoe affirms his belief of his feelings being real despite his existence as a copy of the original Tomoe Enjou. Nonetheless, he considers the possibility that everything about his current identity is truly fabricated, thus defiantly thanking Araya for granting him such a chance of realization in his life. Araya taunts to Tomoe to confront him as Tomoe heads for the elevator. Inside the elevator, Tomoe drops Shiki's katana, opting to use her knife instead.

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Araya kills Tomoe

Exiting the elevator on the tenth floor, Tomoe finds Araya standing before him. He confirms his determination to kill Araya for his sake and his parents' death, claiming that they weren't sinful enough to die in such a cruel way. He charges head-on but Araya uses his bounded field to stall him. Tomoe's limbs are slowly torn away as he manages to stab Araya in the chest. He is eventually killed by Araya's power, commanding Tomoe's body to cease existence. Tomoe's body dissolves into dust, shedding a tear as he expresses his final words.

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Shiki encounters Tomoe in her dream before bidding farewell

Due to having left behind her katana, which has the ability to break barriers, inside the Ogawa Apartment's elevator, Shiki is able to easily break free upon finally gaining consciousness, and confront and outmatch Araya in battle. After Araya's defeat at the hands of Shiki, Touko expresses that his downfall was caused by Tomoe's love for his family as well as his breaking out of the cycle created by Araya.

During her sleep, Shiki has a mysterious dream in which she encounters Tomoe one last time inside a diner. As they both enjoy their time in the diner, the two are suddenly called away, finally bidding each other farewell.

AbilitiesEdit

Having joined a track and field team in one of his schools, Tomoe is very athletic and most notably a fast runner, due to his fondness for sprint running. Having participated in many track and field events, not once was Tomoe ever beaten in any of the sprinting competitions that he had joined. Despite being chased by bullies, he was able to easily outrun them until he was cornered in a dead-end. He's somewhat capable of holding his own in one-on-one streetfights albeit less experienced when fighting against a group. He doesn't possess any special abilites however the origin that he has is "worthlessness".

ReferencesEdit

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