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Tomoka Minato
Tomoka Avatar
Name in Japanese 湊 智花
Romaji Translation Minato Tomoka
Nickname/s Tomo
Mokkan
Shiny Gift
Voice Actor (Japanese) Kana Hanazawa
Personal Info
Gender Female
Birthday 9 September (Virgo)
Class 6-C
Class Job Flower Care
Team/s Keishin (Girls)
Number 4
Position Shooting Guard
Height 142cm (4'7")
Blood Type A
Media Appearances
Anime Debut Here Comes an Elementary School Student! Yay! Yay! Yay!


Tomoka Minato (湊 智花 Minato Tomoka?) (nicknamed Mokkan[1] or Tomo-chan[2] or just Tomo[3]) is the main heroine of the series, the captain of Keishin Girls Basketball Team and the only one who had played basketball before.

It does not take long for Subaru to find great potential in her, and thanks to her talent and dedication he decides to keep coaching them. She was not in Keishin Academy for long, in her previous school, she got obsessed with winning in basketball that she became isolated and was forced to transfer schools. In Keishin Academy, she found new friends and realized that winning is not everything. Despite the fact that she still loves basketball, Tomoka is not willing to play without having her friends by her side.

She lives in a large Japanese-style yard with her parents.

Character OverviewEdit

AppearanceEdit

Tomoka is a girl of average height with short dark pink hair with a side pony-tail and dark pink eyes. She has a mole under her right eye and is often seen in one of her school uniforms. She is most commonly seen wearing her school uniform, but when in public, she tends to wear a one-piece dress. She also owns a pink-spotted swimsuit.

PersonalityEdit

Tomoka is one of the more mature girls in the group, as she is confident, self-assured and caring of her peers. She is also shown to be respectful to her friends. It is hinted that she may have feelings for Subaru. In the OVA 'Tomoka no Ichigo Sundae' is shown that she is afraid of cockroaches. Of all the girls, Tomoka is the one who gets closest to Subaru and seems to be the one who likes him the most.

She becomes very shy and worked up when being placed near Subaru, either for her "convenient" or not. However, when she is drunk, she does not hesitate clinging on Subaru and does not let him go, and this indicates the girl's feeling to Subaru.

AbilitiesEdit

Tomoka is rather smart as she seems to be able to do her homework ok, but still an advance learner with Saki and Maho. She is also very proficient at basketball, something that even amazes Subaru, a good player in his own right. She is known for the color pink, just like Hinata Hakamada.

She possesses ball handling skills not usually expected from an elementary school student, as shown during her one-on-one match with Subaru. She can easily get past opposing players with her amazing speed and moves and can also throw the ball from very far away flawlessly in the basket.

Her playing style is known in modern-day basketball as the Point Forward, one who is capable of playing multiple positions depending on the situation. With ball handling responsibilities given over to Saki, Tomoka is now able to focus more on the role of shooter.

TriviaEdit

  • The word 智 in her name means "Wisdom", and the word 花 means "Flower" and thus, her name can be roughly translated as "Wise Flower".
  • In epilogue chapter of 13th volume of light novel, the reason of Tomoka's abnormally devotion and talent into playing basketball is explained: Tomoka once met Subaru when she was very young, and inspired by him, she fell for basketball. Similar scene is also featured in the end of episode 12 of Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS.
  • Due to her talent in basketball, Subaru nicknamed her "Shiny Gift" (シャイニー・ギフト Shainī Gifuto, lit. "Flowers, that bloom in the rain").
  • She has a strong affiliation with Pleiades, a star in Twenty-Eight Mansions. It is also the name of Subaru Hasegawa (Subaru is Japanese equivalent for Pleiades), the main character of the series.
  • Judging from the size and architecture of her home, it can be deduced that although not wealthy as Maho's, but Tomoka's family's economic condition is way above-average.

GalleryEdit

See Tomoka Minato/Gallery.

ReferencesEdit

  1. by Hinata at 5m40s and Maho at 15m10s in Episode 4
  2. by Saki at 15m40s in Episode 4
  3. 8m55s into Episode 7 by Saki

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