Kanade Tachibana

立華かなで (天使), Tenshi, Angel

Height: 160 cm
Weight: 36 kg
Age: 16 (Before Death)
Favorite Food: Mapo Tofu

Tenshi has a variety of self-defense skills at her disposal, which she calls "Guard Skills".

Hand Sonic: Calls forth a blade on one hand or both. The blades are capable of slicing through steel. Kanade has shown several variations to its form:[list][] Version 1: Regular shape, resembling a longsword. [] Version 2: A longer version than the previous, with a curved diamond shape on its tip. [] Version 3: Shaped like a traditional sai. [] Version 4: A variation which is shaped like a lotus flower with no edges other than, perhaps, its petals. Apparently more of a bludgeoning weapon than a slicing one. Tenshi admits to have created it in her attempt to make her weapon "cuter". [*] _Version 5:_Kanade's most recent variation of Hand Sonic. Is basically a pair of pincers secured on the arm by a blue gauntlet-like accessory. She created this version out of Otonashi's advice to make a more ruthless image.[/list] Distortion: Distorts the path of bullets or any other projectiles around or away from her body. Delay: Creates a sort of after-image for close range. It is effective in dodging melee attacks by confusing the enemy into attacking elsewhere. Harmonics: Makes a clone of herself which is identical to her except the clone has blood-red eyes. Clones created through this ability have their own consciousness and have all the abilities of the original - including Harmonics itself. This ability is apparently sightly glitched, as her clones were shown to rebel against her to the extent of almost killing her. Absorb: A "hidden ability" which acts as the reverse of Harmonics. It allows the reintegration of clones created through Harmonics into the original's body. This, however, poses some risks as Harmonics clones also possess their own consciousness. This ability is connected to Harmonics using a command called timewait, which is simply a wait command which delays the execution of this ability. This command was created by Yuri as method of dealing with the Harmonics clones. Overdrive: A passive ability that gives her superhuman strength. Howling: Emits powerful high-frequency, high-amplitude sound-waves from crossed Hand Sonic blades, meant to make an enemy faint. Created by one of the Harmonics clones. Angel Wings: Sprouts wings from her back that can be used to slow descent and let her survive drops such as jumping from the roof of a building. Purely decorational, as she could survive the drop easily to begin with. Energy Blast: This unnamed technique produces a blue explosion that is shot out of her back in a vaguely angel wing-shaped blast. It was stated to be as powerful as a bomb by Naoi, after it demolished a mass of Shadows.

Tenshi is the nickname the SSS gives her based on Yuri's belief that she must be a representative of god. Tenshi is one of the two main female characters of the anime. Her name means 'Angel', though she has stated she isn't one. The main plot of the anime revolves around her rivalry with Yuri, as Tenshi is believed to be the enemy of the Afterlife. She never admits her name as 'Angel.' Instead, she calls herself the Student Council President of the school, who oversees the process of the afterlife.

In Episode 3, the SSS breaks into her room and discovers that she is developing her Guard Skills in a similar manner to that of the SSS. This forces Yuri to contemplate the possibility of there being no God and Tenshi being an ordinary human. In Episode 5, due to the SSS sabotaging her tests, she is demoted from the position of Student Council President. Her name, Kanade, as described by Otonashi, literary means 'Playing Music'. In Episode 6, Otonashi claims that he could have been her friend if they had met one another in a different manner. Kanade, however, says that there could be no such person, and if there was, they would soon disappear, since anyone who befriends her would end up living an ordinary school life and eventually vanish. Thus, she is forced to be alone. In Episode 7, Tachibana is invited to join the battlefront for fishing. There, she manages to capture the monster of the lake with the help of the battlefront, and she also saves them in the process. The group then cooks the fish and serves it to the student body. Otonashi asks Tachibana if he can call her by her first name, and she eventually agrees, and also starts calling him "Yuzuru", his first name, like requested. At the end of the episode, Yuri arrives in a bad condition, and claims that Tenshi was the reason for her wounds. However, Otonashi says that Kanade was with them the whole time. Yuri then points to a shadowy figure on top of a building, and we see another Tenshi with red eyes. In episode 8, the other Tachibana starts attacking the Battlefront, so the original Tachibana Kanade attacks her, and both are hurt. Later on, Tachibana is placed in the infirmary and Yuri, along with Naoi, explain that Tenshi might have used the ability "Harmonics", and this caused her to copy herself into an aggressive Tenshi. So, Yuri hacks into Kanade's computer and adds the timewait skill, making it that whenever Kanade duplicates herself with the harmonics skill, the absorb skill will activate, and the copy will return to the original after 10 seconds. However, when Yuri, along with the other battlefront members, return to Kanade in the infirmary, Kanade had disappeared, leaving a mess. The theory that they had was either Yuri messed up the system and caused Tachibana to have a personality change, or somebody kidnapped her. After acquiring more information about her whereabouts, the battlefront discover that she is hiding deep within the end of Guild (the one that was destroyed in episode 2). The battlefront finds out that the harmonic copied another one, and the other one copied yet another one, and so on. This caused having around 10 - 20 aggressive Tenshi that attack the battlefront. The members sacrifice themselves for each Tenshi so that the other members can pass through, since there is no way to destroy these harmonics without ammo, which they didn't have. Finally, Yuri battles the last harmonic which uses a new skill known as "Howling". Luckily, Yuri had ear plugs and attacked the final harmonic Tenshi, and so it was defeated. Otonashi found Kanade and told her to use the Harmonics ability so that all the other Harmonics can return to her after 10 seconds. However, after she used the ability and another harmonic appeared, the harmonic stated that Kanade will suffer greatly since all of the harmonics (99 harmonics clones) will be absorbed by her. After 10 seconds, all the harmonics disappear and return to Kanade, and Tachibana could not handle it, so she started shouting and screaming for help. In episode 13, it is revealed that Kanade is, in fact, the person who received the donor heart of Otonashi from when he died. Her regret in life was her inability to thank the one who gave her the heart. After the credits, there is a short scene featuring what is assumed to be her and Otonashi possibly reuniting in the real world.