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"I've been doing some thinking after everything that went down. When Emiri left, I was sad, sure. But on top of that, I felt... really dumb. Did I really love Emiri, or did I just love the idea of dating a teacher. I thought about it a lot. ...... But I couldn't figure it out. What I did figure out is... you're a true friend."
—Kenji Tomochika to the protagonist, revised in Persona 3 Reload

Kenji Tomochika is a non-player character from Persona 3.

Appearances[]

Design[]

Kenji has short brown hair and dark brown eyes (grey eyes in Persona 3 The Movie). He wears the standard school uniform of Gekkoukan High, and on the Sundays or when spending his free time with the protagonist, he wears a yellow jacket with a white shirt underneath and a black v-shirt over the top, green camouflage pants and white shoes.

Personality[]

Kenji comes off as a seemingly regular male student, but he continues to note throughout the story he is only interested in older women. He has a friendly attitude, eager to talk about himself to whoever listens to him, namely the protagonist and Kazushi. Later in his social link when he mistakenly believes he asked out his teacher Emiri Kanou, he would start to refer to her by her first name like a partner. He would continue to latch onto what she tells him and find ways to romanticize their tutoring lessons. He suddenly starts to talk about taking his future seriously, even going as far as being ready to move away from his home to marry her. He lacks a self-awareness, but later upon self reflection thoughtfully points out "Did I really love Emiri, or did I just love the idea of dating a teacher?"

As reference to the Magician Arcana, at first Kenji speaks like he's figured everything out, but after experiencing heartbreak when he realizes his plans for the future are illegitimate and impossible, he begins to speak incoherently, but Kenji has a better understanding of what is truly important in life and what he truly needs to become an experienced person, valuing his friendship with the protagonist above all.

Profile[]

Persona 3[]

Main article: Social Link/Kenji Tomochika

The first Social Link the protagonist cultivates. Wanting to have made a friend with the protagonist, he tells him about his interest in older women and his crush on one of his teachers, Emiri Kanou, an idea which apparently came to him from watching an anime. He brings the protagonist with him on his journey of love.

For the better part of conversations with Kenji, he will be lost in his own world, thinking that he has actually established a relationship with his teacher: although the truth itself was not outright revealed, Kenji would become disconnected with reality in general, such as when he'd inappropriately declare he'd marry Ms. Kanou. Even then, Kenji was absolutely serious about his future and took serious consideration for it, even going as far as thinking that his normal school life will be over and he'll never be able to spend time with the protagonist again.

Later, Kenji panics when this relationship is exposed, and starts to worry when Ms. Kanou won't return his calls after rumors spread that she was being forcibly transferred to Kyushu. In reality, Ms. Kanou was making the trip of her own free will, soon to be married to her actual fiancé. In Persona 3 Reload, it is explained Ms. Kanou only accepted to tutor Kenji for her own track record, but realized that Kenji took it the wrong way, and she would transfer because of the rumors.

Realizing that his love was one-sided from the very beginning, Kenji blames himself for being an idiot. Even then, he would get depressed and cry in defeat as if he really did have certainty in his future with Emiry, pulling it together because of the protagonist's support. Apparently he's gotten over it quickly.

Later, he would reflect on the events, and would realize he doesn't actually know why he was sad about Emiri: in the end, he's moved on quickly, and has appreciated the fact he's made friends with the protagonist in the end.

In one particular Special Event (Cultural Day Clean-Up) he and the protagonist put on an impromptu Manzai comedy show for their peers, with him insisting on becoming the Boke (funny guy) and the protagonist playing the Tsukkomi (straight man). If his Social Link had been reversed prior, the scene will still happen as normal and the relationship will automatically be mended afterwards. He appears to be friends with Kazushi Miyamoto, whom he sometimes pokes fun at because of his being a total square and a sports freak. He also seems to get along with Junpei as well, and it's hinted that he may be somewhat attracted to Yukari despite saying he prefers older women in general.

If spoken to in the ending on March 3rd, Kenji will talk to the protagonist about having checked out the teachers, excited that three women will join the school, while complaining that their current teachers are all underwhelming. He'll also reveal he has a little sister 2 years younger than him who will enroll in the academy: he's embarrassed of being seen with her especially if she'd want to tour her around, and wishes he had an older sister.

Portable[]

If the player chooses to play as the female protagonist, the Social Link character for the Magician Arcana will be replaced by Junpei Iori. As Kenji is acquainted with Junpei and Rio Iwasaki, he will still play a minor part in the Chariot and Magician Arcana Social Link events in the female protagonist's route.

Persona 3 (Manga)[]

Kenji makes a brief appearance in Junpei's ghost stories series, Believe it or Don't. He was referred to as "K". Another cameo of Kenji occurs when he appears playing a card game with Yukari, Junpei and Ryoji. They bet that whoever loses the match must strip naked for a magazine article in front of a train station in Kyoto.

Persona 3 The Movie[]

Spring of Birth[]

In the movie, Kenji is first seen in Game Panic getting along and have a little conversation with Makoto. However, this conversation gets cut short and he started playing an arcade game with Junpei instead. During the end of the mid-exams, he and Kazushi comforted Junpei after he failed the mid-exam. 

Midsummer Knight's Dream[]

He along with Kazushi appear briefly at school in hallway during the summer.

Winter of Rebirth[]

Kenji is briefly seen with Kazushi, witnessing Nyx's arrival.

Etymology[]

  • The name Kenji means "healthy, strong" (健) (ken) and "two" (二) (ji).
  • Kenji's surname Tomochika means "friend, companion, pal" (友) (tomo) and "near, early, akin, tantamount" (近) (chika).

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In Other Languages[]

Language Title
Flag of the United States English Kenji Tomochika
Flag of Japan Japanese 友近 健二 (Tomochika Kenji)
Flag of South Korea Korean 토모치카 켄지 (Tomochika Kenji)


Characters
Playable Male protagonist - Female protagonist - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki - Metis
Social Link Kenji Tomochika - Hidetoshi Odagiri - Bunkichi and Mitsuko - Kazushi Miyamoto - Chihiro Fushimi - Isako Toriumi - Keisuke Hiraga - Yuko Nishiwaki - Maiko Oohashi - Pharos - Bebe - President Tanaka - Mutatsu - Mamoru Hayase - Nozomi Suemitsu - Akinari Kamiki - Rio Iwasaki - Saori Hasegawa - Ryoji Mochizuki
Major Igor - Elizabeth - Theodore - Shuji Ikutsuki - Officer Kurosawa - Takaya Sakaki - Jin Shirato - Chidori Yoshino - Takeharu Kirijo - Kouetsu Kirijo - Eiichiro Takeba - Natsuki Moriyama - Nyx - Erebus - Margaret
Minor Maki - Kiyoshi Sakuma - Mr. Edogawa - Mr. Ekoda - Mr. Miyahara - Ms. Ounishi - Mrs. Terauchi - Kikuno Saikawa - Yuu Kimijima - Souta Aizawa - Kyouka Sayama
Cameo Yukiko Amagi - Noriko Kashiwagi - Man Drinking Alone
Location
Port Island Gekkoukan High School - Paulownia Mall - Iwatodai Station - Port Island Station - Naganaki Shrine - Dorm - Moonlight Bridge - Velvet Room
Tartarus Blocks: Thebel - Arqa - Yabbashah - Tziah - Harabah - Adamah - Monad Depths
Abyss of Time Malebolge - Cocytus - Caina - Antenora - Ptolomea - Judecca - Empyrean
Other Kyoto - Great Seal
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (JP / US / FES / Portable) - Bonus CD - Burn My Dread -Reincarnation- - Spring of Birth OST - Midsummer Knight's Dream OST - Falling Down OST - Winter Of Rebirth OST - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Burn My Dread" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Want To Be Close" - "When the Moon Reaches for the Stars" - "Iwatodai Dorm" - "Mass Destruction" - "Color Your Night" - "Deep Breath Deep Breath" - "The Meaning of Armbands" - "Deep Mentality" - "It's Going Down Now" - "Changing Seasons" - "Current Net Price Tanaka" - "Battle Hymn of the Soul" - "Kimi no Kioku" - "P3 FES" - "Mass Destruction -P3fes version-" - "Heartful Cry" - "Brand New Days" - "Soul Phrase" - "A Way of Life" - "Time" - "Wiping All Out" - "More Than One Heart" - "Fate is In Our Hands" - "One Single Word" - "One Hand, One Heartbeat" - "One Determination" - "Sound of the Beast" - "Storm for a Butterfly" - "Light in Starless Sky" - "My Testimony" - "Self Redemption" - "Full Moon Full Life"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate) - Persona user - Shadow - Wild Card - Evoker - Attack Properties - Tactics - All-out Attack - Shuffle Time - Dark Hour - Moon Phase System - Full Moon Operations - SEES - Kirijo Group - Nanjo Group - Strega - Artificial Persona user - Suppressants - Apathy Syndrome - The Fall - Death - Who's Who - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Plume of Dusk
P3RE: Shift - Theurgy - Combat Characteristics
Lists Arcana - Personas (P3 - FES - P - R) - Shadows - Bosses (P3 - FES) - Skills - Items (Heart Items / Vending Machines) - Status Effects - Elizabeth's Requests - Activities - Calendar - Trophies (Portable / Reload) - Steam Profile Items - Patches and Updates
School Life Daily Life - Seasons - Social Link - Social Stats - Yen - Class - Studying - Movie Theater - Bed - Part-time Jobs - Shrine - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Crane Machine - Chagall Café - School Club - Cooking - Walking Koromaru - Linked Episode - Computer - Refrigerator - Gardening - Books - DVDs - Studying - Fortune Telling
Other Media
Games FES - Portable - Reload - Dancing in Moonlight
Productions The Movie - The Movie: Escape from the Dark Hour - the Weird Masquerade: -Ao no Kakusei- / -Gunjou no Meikyuu- / -Souen no Kesshou- / -Ai no Seiyaku- / -Hekikuu no Kanata e- - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best-
Drama CDs A Certain Day of Summer - Daylight / Moonlight - Character Drama CD Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 / Vol. 3 / Vol. 4 / Vol. 5 - New Moon / Full Moon - Portable Vol. 1 / Vol. 2
Publications Manga - Shadow Cry - Memento Mori - Owari no Kakera - Alternative Heart - Velvet Blue - Persona Magazine - Dear Girls Comic Anthology - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Tartarus Theater - Persona VS - Persona 3 Reload: Beginnings
Mobile Games The Night Before - Persona Ain Soph - Social - Escape - Illust Puzzle - Broken Shadow - Aegis: The First Mission - Qix - Chaining Soul - Em
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019- 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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