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"I'll always be on your side. No matter what happens, I'll protect you, Tsukushi."
—Tsukasa Domyoji[src]

Tsukasa Domyoji (道明寺 司 (どうみょうじ つかさ) Dōmyōji Tsukasa) was the heir to Domyoji Group. He was the only son of Kaede and the younger brother of Tsubaki. Tsukasa was the leader of the F4, made up of his friends, Rui Hanazawa, Sojiro Nishikado, and Akira Mimasaka. He was a student at Eitoku Academy, where he met and fell in love with Tsukushi Makino.

Biography

Early life

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The F4 and Sakurako as children

Tsukasa was born into the wealthy Domyoji family as the heir to the conglomerate, Domyoji Group. His mother, Kaede Domyoji was an executive director in the company. He had a strained relationship with his mother, who was often away on business.[5]

He began attending Eitoku Academy in kindergarten with his childhood friends, Rui Hanazawa, Sojiro Nishikado, and Akira Mimasaka. In kindergarten, Sakurako Sanjo developed a crush on him, but he rejected her.[6] Tsukasa and his friends later became friends with Shizuka Todo.[7]

High school

By the time they started high school, Tsukasa, Sojiro, Akira, and Rui were known as the F4. Their parents paid "vast amounts of money" to Eitoku and the F4 were given "free reign" of the school. If someone angered Tsukasa, he would send them a red card. Often the other students would then bully that student.[5] Tsukasa was also known to lash out violently at students who stood up to him. In such cases, his parents would pay off their families to avoid court.[2]

Meeting Tsukushi

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Tsukasa and Tsukushi kiss

Tsukasa: "That's how the hearts of people are. They can easily be moved by the power of wealth. You also fall into that norm, commoner. Smile. You're ecstatic, right?"
Tsukushi: "Are you stupid? How can I smile?! Such a thing done by you, I'm not the slightest bit ecstatic about it! You cannot persuade everything in this world with just money. I will definitely not be defeated. Don't treat me like an average girl!"
Tsukushi after Tsukasa kidnaps her and gives her a makeover[src]

In October 2005, a girl, Sakurako, bumped into Tsukasa in the school's cafeteria. She accidentally spilled juice on his juice. Tsukasa became angry and threw his shirt at her, despite her offering to pay for it. Another student, Tsukushi Makino defended Sakurako, telling him that "it was [not] on purpose." Tsukasa had a red card placed in Tsukushi's locker the very next day. He later sent three students to assault her, which failed since Rui saved her. Tsukasa became increasingly irritated that Tsukushi had not quit school yet. He snapped, smashing her lunch and insulting her family. Tsukushi then punched him while yelling, "don't be so full of it!" She strikingly reminded him of his tough older sister, who used to hit him often.[5]

Tsukasa later kidnapped Tsukushi and brought her to his home, where he had his staff give her a makeover. He asked her to withdraw her "declaration of war" in exchange for him giving her whatever she wanted. She refused, telling him that "[he] cannot persuade everything in this world with just money." Later, Tsukasa spotted Tsukushi talking to Sakurako on their way home. He issued a red card to Sakurako in the morning. Tsukushi came to her rescue and accidentally spilled sauce on Tsukasa's shoe. He promised to leave the two girls alone if Tsukushi to licked it off. However, Rui interrupted so Tsukasa left. A day later, the F4 picked Shizuka up from the airport, before heading to her party. At the party, Tsukasa got into a fight with Rui. Tsukushi pushed Tsukasa and inadvertently kissed him.[8]

A few days after the kiss, Tsukasa offered Tsukushi a ride to school, but she refused. She ran away, so Tsukasa chased her. His sister, who happened to be passing by, stopped him with a swift punch. Tsubaki later advised him to be Tsukushi or she would "drift away". In the morning, Tsukasa was looking for Tsukushi, when he found her talking to Rui at the emergency exit. At the airport, Tsukasa, Sojiro, Akira, and Tsukushi said goodbye to Shizuka, who was returning to France. Rui arrived seconds later, announcing his plan to go after her. Before Rui left, he and Tsukasa made amends. Tsubaki went home not long after Rui. She gave him advice regarding love, which he misinterpreted. At school, Tsukasa asked Tsukushi on a date, but she did not understand what he meant.[7]

Growing close to Tsukushi

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Tsukasa does not believe Tsukushi at first

Tsukushi: "If you knew, then why'd you come?"
Tsukasa: "Isn't it obvious? It's because I love you."
— Tsukasa confesses his feelings to Tsukushi[src]

A few hours late, Tsukushi arrived at the designated spot. She offered to treat him to some tea, feeling bad about the situation. The elevator stalled, while they were on their way to a cafe. They were unable to find a safe way out of the elevator. Tsukasa soon developed a fever, so Tsukushi gave him medicine and lent him her jacket and scarf. They were woken by some construction workers in the morning. A photo of them was taken and later posted at Eitoku. The student body began thinking they were dating, which Tsukasa did not deny. That night, Tsukasa visited the Makino home. Tsukushi then brought him to a restaurant, where he asked if she liked Rui. Tsukasa was adamant that if she liked Rui that he would return her feelings.[9]

Photos of Tsukushi in bed with a guy were spread around school. Tsukasa believed that they photos were true, despite Tsukushi's pleadings. Later, Sakurako offered to help him learn what really happened between Tsukushi and that guy. Tsukasa was reluctant at first, but met with her later. They run into Sojiro and Tsukushi during their search. Tsukasa and Sakurako eventually find the hotel room. Thinking about Tsukushi with that guy, Tsukasa angrily left without realizing that Sakurako was trying to kiss him. Later that night, Sakurako called Tsukasa to inform him that she had kidnapped Tsukushi. In order to protect her, Tsukasa allowed himself to be beaten by Sakurako's thugs. Tsukasa confessed that he was in love with Tsukushi, when she asked him why he did not fight back.[6]

Rui returns

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Tsukasa kicks Rui out of the F4

"Don't worry. I don't have the wrong idea. I know I said we're dating in front of Rui, but you haven't said how you really felt about me. When I said I loved you, it was the truth. I'll wait until your heart can give me an honest reply."
—Tsukasa to Tsukushi[src]

When Rui returned from France, Tsukasa told him that he was dating Tsukushi. He began giving her gifts, including a cellphone and furniture. His mother later confronted him about his relationship with Tsukushi. She told him that she did not care it was "fling", which angered Tsukasa. He warned Tsukushi to call him "if things start[ed] getting strange." Later that night, Tsukushi asked him to go on a double date with Yuki Matsuoka and her boyfriend. He outright rejected the idea at first, but called her later to tell her he would go. The next day, Nakatsuka immediately began to annoy Tsukasa. It escalated until Tsukasa punched him for insulting Tsukushi. Tsukasa refused to explain what happened to Tsukushi, leading to a falling out.[10]

Soon after their fight, Tsukasa saw Tsukushi and Rui embracing. He kicked Rui out of the F4, upsetting Akira and Sojiro. Later, Tsukasa met Tsukushi outside her apartment. He promised to forgive her if she apologized. Tsukushi became angry and proceeded to go on a date with Rui. While following them on their date, Tsukasa was being tailed by Sakurako. Once Rui and Tsukushi stepped out of the restaurant, she and Tsukasa got into another fight. That night, Akira confronted Tsukasa about Rui, which he refused to talk about. Tsukasa later went out to see Rui with Akira and Sojiro. Rui goaded Tsukasa into punching him, leading to full-blown fight between he F4. Following the fight, the F4 forgive each other, having let out their frustrations. Tsukushi sent him an apology message that night.[11]

Teen of Japan contest

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Tsukasa and Tsukushi kiss

Tsukasa: "I know you're happy."
Tsukushi: "No way."
Tsukasa: "You liar. You're in love with me."
Tsukushi: "I am in love with you. You're stupid, selfish, and self-centered. I've fallen in love with..."
— Tsukushi confesses her feelings and Tsukasa hugs her[src]

Tsukasa asked Tsukushi to meet him on the roof of Domyoji Tower, but she failed to show up. He had planned to show her Saturn through a telescope. Tsukasa eventually learned from Sakurako about Tsukushi's dire financial situation and his mother's interference. He asked his sister to return to Japan. Nishida later called Tsukasa to tell him about Tsukushi confronting his mother. Tsukasa rushed over, but quickly left to find Tsukushi. They then sat down with Tsubaki, who told Tsukushi to enter the Teen of Japan (TOJ) contest. Tsukasa later asked the F4 to help train her for the competition. Tsukushi wished to quit, when her friends and family experienced more trouble from Tsukasa's mother. He convinced her to keep going and promised to protect her loved ones.[12]

On the day of the TOJ, Tsukasa was kidnapped by his mother and brought to her office. His mother proposed a bargain. If Tsukushi lost, Tsukasa would go study business in New York for three years and she would give Tsukushi's family and friends "their lives back". Tsukasa agreed and went to the contest to cheer on Tsukushi. When she lost, Tsukasa quietly left and began packing at home. He called Tsukushi to set a date for the next day. He actually sent Rui to meet her and give her a necklace. At the airport, Tsukasa's mother stopped the plane when she noticed Tsukushi running beside it. Tsukasa went to speak with her and Tsukushi finally confessed to being in love with him. They hugged and kissed. Tsukasa then left for New York and opened Tsukushi's present on the plane.[13]

College

Tsukasa began attending a college in New York to study business.[2] Not long after arriving, Tsukasa said some careless comments about his mother at a party. His statements made the future of Domyoji Group look "insecure". First, the company's stocks fell, followed by massive lay-offs. Tsukasa's friend Ken Uchida, who he regarded as a "big brother", was laid-off. Ken's gradually life fell apart. He eventually asked Tsukasa's mother for a new job, which she denied. Ken then took his life by jumping from a building. Tsukasa was too late to save him. After this experience, Tsukasa felt responsible for Domyoji Group's employees and "desperately tried to abandon his feelings for [Tsukushi]."[14]

Return to Japan

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Tsukasa and Tsukushi talk in New York

"I'm responsible for the lives of millions of people. I'm gonna become the head of a huge corporation. The meaning and reality of this is what I'm now confronted with. You guys should sorta know what I mean."
—Tsukasa tells his friends about his new responsibility[src]

In December 2006, Tsukushi visited New York to see Tsukasa. They happened to run into each other on the streets. Tsukasa behaved oddly around her, before receiving a call from work. He then wished her a safe trip back home and left. The next day, Sojiro, Akira, and Rui met with Tsukasa. He was extremely moody with them and began arguing with Sojiro. Tsukasa ended up punching Sojiro, when he called her a "cocky jerk". Later that day, Tsukushi found him at his school. She asked him several times about why he was mad at her, though he never answered. Tsukasa eventually just walked away. A day later, Tsukasa's friends met up with him to make up. He only revealed to them that "there [was] no longer anything between [him] and [Tsukushi]." Later, Tsukasa's mother ordered him to return to Japan for his birthday in late January.[2]

At Tsukasa's birthday party, his mother announced his engagement to Shigeru Okawahara in front of Tsukushi, whom she had invited. Tsukasa attempted to explain the situation to Tsukushi. He tried to grab her hand to go someplace else, though he accidentally grabbed Shigeru's. It took him several blocks to realize his mistake. The two argued and Shigeru jumped his back and bit his ear. Tsukasa threw her off and walked away. The next day, he went to Eitoku to see his friends. Shigeru happened to be there. He told her that their engagement was a "joke". She instead declared her intention to make him fall in love with her. Tsukasa later explained to his friends that he would not marry Shigeru even if was beneficial to Domyoji Group.[15]

Engagement to Shigeru

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Tsukasa and Shigeru

Tsukasa: "I'm trying to think of a way that will ensure our company's future without having to marry you."
Shigeru: "You're not going to find such an easy way out."
— Tsukasa does not wish to marry Shigeru[src]

Tsukasa received a call from Tsukushi, asking him to meet her at Yebisu Garden Place. He invited Shigeru to meet them there to show her that she was "nothing compared to Makino." His plan failed since Tsukushi stood him up after seeing Shigeru kiss him. The next day, Tsukasa demanded Tsukushi apologize for making him wait, but she refused. Tsukasa later ran into Shigeru and attempted to get away from her. He became irritated when she mentioned "[their] destiny", telling her that their engagement was for business reasons. Later, Tsukasa met Tsukushi at Akira's house. He was unable to clear up the misunderstanding. After discussing Domyoji Group's future with his mother, Tsukasa asked Shigeru to be his girlfriend and promised that he would try to like her. At a dinner with Shigeru's parents, Nishida informed him about Tsukushi being hospitalized.[16]

He ran to the hospital to see Tsukushi, but left when he saw that Rui was there. The next day, Tsukasa tried to ask Rui about Tsukushi. Shigeru interrupted by calling at that moment. He then left to take Shigeru on a date, which he had promised to do after ruining the dinner with parents. Throughout the date, Tsukasa appeared to be thinking about something else. They had dinner at hotel and Shigeru booked a room. While she was taking a shower, Tsukasa began thinking about Tsukushi and left. Outside her house, Tsukasa suddenly had a flashback of Ken and decided not to go in. The following morning, Tsukasa learned that Tsukushi's dad had been laid off. He suspected his mother, though she denied any involvement. Tsukasa then bought the apartment complex that Tsukushi had moved into.[17]

Pursuing Tsukushi again

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Tsukasa embraces Tsukushi

Tsukasa: "I've learned something very important from Susumu. He made me remember the feelings that I had totally forgotten about this past year. Makino, I must be in love with you. I can't imagine being with any other girl."
Tsukushi: "Why are you saying such selfish things?"
Tsukasa: "I was born selfish. You might think I'm a jerk, but I'm still in love with you"
— Tsukasa confesses his feelings to Tsukushi again[src]

At Tsukushi's apartment, Tsukasa told her about how worried he was for her when she was in the hospital. She then revealed about Rui kissing her, when Tsukasa pressed her. Tsukasa confronted Rui about it the next day, leading to a physical fight. Rui yelled at him to "stop acting like her boyfriend". In a fit of anger, Tsukasa began to demolish the cafeteria. On his way home, Tsukasa ran into Tsukushi's brother Susumu, who proceeded to talk about meeting his first love earlier. Tsukasa promised to help him confess to the girl. He also recruits Sojiro's and Akira's help. After Susumu wrote a love letter, Tsukasa gave him some last bits of encouragement. Later, Susumu told him that he was rejected. Tsukasa comforted him by saying "you tried your best". That night, inspired by Susumu's struggle, Tsukasa told Tsukushi that he could not "imagine being with any other girl" but her.[18]

The following night, Tsukasa hugged Tsukushi and attempted to confess his feelings again. His hand ended up on her boob, leading her to flip him over her shoulder. This action caused the floor of Tsukushi's apartment to collapse. Tsukasa later called his sister to ask for help in starting over with Tsukushi. Her solution was to invite Tsukushi to stay at the Domyojis mansion. Later that night, Tsukasa met with Shigeru, intending to end things with her. However, he lose his nerve when she said that "[she] might just die" if he did. At Eitoku, Tsukasa told Sojiro and Akira that he was serious about being with Tsukushi again. The next day, Tsukushi returned the necklace to Tsukasa, telling him that they cannot be happy "if [they] end up hurting everyone else." Tsukasa threw the necklace in the river, screaming "I don't want anyone but you."[14]

Tsukushi approached Tsukasa the following morning to ask him if she could work there as a maid. Tsukasa was completely opposed to the idea at first. He conceded, when Tama suggested that she could be his personal maid. Later, Akira asked Tsukasa if he had seen Sojiro lately, while Tsukushi's friend Yuki had also disappeared. Tsukasa and Tsukushi searched for her for two nights, eventually finding her near Tokyo Tower thanks to a tip from Akira. Yuki then told them that she was looking for a certain building Sojiro's first love, Sara Hinata, had wanted to show him. The next day, Tsukasa had a heart-to-heart conversation with Sojiro, who had just returned from seeing Sara. Tsukasa told him about Yuki finding the building and she wanted to meet him there later.[19]

Dating Tsukushi again

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Shigeru calls off the engagement

"Please give up on Makino! I know I've caused her a lot of pain. I know I've been acting cocky around you, saying how Makino didn't mean anything to me. I've said that you can do whatever you want with her, but... But, in the end, Makino is the girl who was meant for me. I beg you. Please give up on Makino."
—Tsukasa begs Rui to give up on Tsukushi[src]

The next night, Shigeru visited Tsukasa's bedroom, saying that she wanted to spend the night. He then said "I have something to tell you" and she refused to listen at first. Finally, he was able to say that he loved Tsukushi and therefore could not be with her. Tsukasa met with Rui the following day. He begged Rui to give up on pursuing Tsukushi. Rui agreed and the two friends were on good terms again. Meanwhile, Tsukasa's mother returned to Japan to discuss the merger with Shigeru's parents. Tsukasa planned to officially end his and Shigeru's engagement. Shigeru suddenly declared "I [want to] call off this wedding" and asked her father to continue with the merger. She later apologized to Tsukasa "for getting in between [him] and Tsukushi."[20]

Tsukasa's mother discovered that he was dating Tsukushi again. He later told his mother that he wanted to "create a whole new Domyoji Group along with [Tsukushi]". Tsukasa then went on a date with Tsukushi. His credit cards were all declined at a restaurant. They then ran into Nishida, who was just fired by Kaede. Following Domyoji Group's failed merger with Okawahara Corporation, Tsukasa was disinherited. He was staying at Rui's house, when he told him about his plan to "start a whole new life with [Tsukushi]". Tsukasa went to see Tsukushi, finding her outside his house in the rain. She asked him to break up, which he took to be a joke at first. It slowly dawned on him that she was serious.[21]

Memory loss

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Tsukushi and Tsukasa after he proposed

"We were locked up in a place where we couldn't get out. And then I caught a cold. I was out of strength. If I remember correctly, someone forced me to take some medicine and kept me warm. And we spent the whole night together. The person I was with at that time was the first girl I ever fell in love with."
—Tsukasa finally remembers Tsukushi[src]

Walking around Tokyo, Tsukasa happened to see Ken, who confessed that he faked his death by Kaede's request. Realizing how his mother had manipulated him, he decided to have nothing more to do with Domyoji Group. He then went to go see Tsukushi. At the fishing village, Tsukasa was hurt while trying to protect Susumu. He was hospitalized for his injuries and remained unconscious for several days. Upon waking up, Tsukasa failed to recognize Tsukushi. His doctor told him that he was suffering from memory loss. Tsukushi continued to visit him regularly, though he treated her coldly since she was like a stranger to him. Later, another patient Umi Nakajima began spending a lot of time with Tsukasa. Later, Tsukasa ate some cookies, which he believed Umi had made. He remembered the taste and thought Umi was the person he had forgot.[22]

After Tsukasa was released from the hospital, Umi continued visiting him often. When Tsukushi visited, she started crying and threw a necklace at him. Tsukasa could not figure out why she cried. Tsukasa later went on a skiing trip with his friends. Umi tagged along too, though Tsukasa had not invited her. She gave him a box of cookies. Upon tasting them, Tsukasa realized that she had lied to him. That night, he heard that Tsukushi was out in the blizzard. He found her lying in the snow and carried her to a cabin. The situation stimulated Tsukasa's memories of Tsukushi. Afterwards, his mother reinstated him as heir and he went to New York to renew the merger talks with Okawahara Corp. Tsukasa returned to Japan for Tsukushi's prom, where he proposed to her. Once she accepted, all of their friends congratulated them.[23]

Physical appearance

The F4, which stands for "Flower 4", were all considered good-looking, including Tsukasa. Perhaps his most memorable trait with his curly, black hair. His face was round and symmetrical, complimenting his dark eyes. He wore mostly solid-colored clothing, often paired with a jacket.

Personality and traits

"He's changed. By having feelings for her, Tsukasa has truly become an adult. Tsukasa, who never had a problem beating up others, has regained his human soul because of his love for Tsukushi."
Tsubaki tells their mother about how Tsukasa has changed[src]

Tsukasa was naive in regards to romance and people in general. Born into privilege, Tsukasa knew little of how normal people lived. He became selfish from typically getting everything he wanted. Tsukasa had somewhat of a sister complex as he spent most of his adolescence with Tsubaki. She would often hit or kick him in order to keep him in line. Tsukushi punching him reminded him of his sister. He became interested since she was the only girl to stand up to him. His romantic advances, however, were clumsy and not well thought out.

Early in his life, he had tendency to resort to violence. He was a skilled fighter and often started fights randomly, including on the street and at nightclubs. This trait gradually lessened due to Tsukushi's influence, though he continued to have a bad temper. Another feature was his propensity to confuse words or take them literally.

Behind the scenes

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Appearances

References

  1. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/cast02.html (Japanese)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Episode 1, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  3. Assuming Tsukasa turned 18 in January 2006, he would have been born in 1988 about eleven months before Tsukushi.
  4. Hana Yori Dango Final
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Episode 1, Hana Yori Dango
  6. 6.0 6.1 Episode 5, Hana Yori Dango
  7. 7.0 7.1 Episode 3, Hana Yori Dango
  8. Episode 2, Hana Yori Dango
  9. Episode 4, Hana Yori Dango
  10. Episode 6, Hana Yori Dango
  11. Episode 7, Hana Yori Dango
  12. Episode 8, Hana Yori Dango
  13. Episode 9, Hana Yori Dango
  14. 14.0 14.1 Episode 6, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  15. Episode 2, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  16. Episode 3, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  17. Episode 4, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  18. Episode 5, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  19. Episode 7, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  20. Episode 8, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  21. Episode 9, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  22. Episode 10, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  23. Episode 11, Hana Yori Dango Returns
  24. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1758578 (Japanese)