Warning! Contains spoilers for Chapter #118 of Oshi no Ko!
hit manga Oshi no Ko just introduced a new character, Tendouji, who could be Ruby’s original mother. With Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari’s manga nearing its end, introducing a brand new character this late might seem like a bad idea, but if this theory proves to be true, the presence of she will probably have an amazing impact on Ruby.
Chapter #118 of Oshi no Ko, translated by Felicia Sumali, emphasizes how obsessively Ruby has devoted herself to playing the present mother Ai in her upcoming film, which makes sense. considering that the film was intended as a trap to reveal or capture Ai’s killer. Ruby has been a huge fan of Ai in both her current and previous life as Sarina Tendouji, a terminally ill child who has found solace in Ai’s performances. Compared to Ruby’s current thinking, the chapter ends on a strangely innocuous note, with the manga introducing the film’s marketing director, a woman named Tendouji. However, connecting her name to Sarina’s reveals that this new character is likely Ruby’s mother from her previous life, opening up some interesting new story possibilities.
Oshi no Ko’s newest character is likely to be Ruby’s original mother
It’s also a welcome return to an interesting part of the story that often goes unnoticed. Although Aqua and Ruby are linked in past lives, the series almost never explores that aspect of their characters, which leads some fans to call their use of reincarnation. Oshi no Ko is a pointless gimmick. However, as the series explores this idea further, it can have a big impact, such as when Ruby’s discovery that her doctor has been murdered sets her on a dark path of revenge. The introduction of her original mother will hopefully strongly influence her personality.
If Ruby meets Tendouji, this might falter her steadfast determination to catch Ai’s killer at all costs. This can then push her down a brighter path, making her a good counterpoint to the darkness Aqua is sinking into (which causes him to destroy a famous ship in the final chapter of the series). Oshi no Ko). Even more interesting, since Aqua probably also knew Tendouji in her previous life as Sarina’s doctor, when the twins met her, their reactions could reveal their old identities to each other. This is the moment fans have been waiting for since the beginning of the series.
Tendouji’s intro makes the end of Oshi no Ko even better
However Tendouji’s introduction will influence the series, it will certainly be interesting to see another element connecting Aqua and Ruby’s past lives in the story. Here’s another example of how Oshi no Ko tied all of its open plot themes into the final film’s production. While it may be sad that Oshi no Ko coming to an end soon, it is setting its end to be an incredible arc that explores every aspect of the series in an exciting way.
Oshi no Ko Chapter 118 available to read on MangaPlus.