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Isako Toriumi
P3 Isako Toriumi Render
Also known as Maya (English handle)
Y-Ko (Japanese handle)
Japanese Name 鳥海 いさ子
Romaji Toriumi Isako
First Appearance Persona 3
Zodiac Cancer
Blood Type AB
Arcana The Hermit
Japanese VA Yuka Komatsu
"i dun even cry during romance movies but my eyes'll be red tonite... T_T remember let's think positive!"
—Maya, Persona 3

Isako Toriumi is a non-player character in Persona 3. She is a faculty member of Gekkoukan High School, and teaches Composition.

Appearances

Design

Toriumi has short light brown hair that reach to her neck, and dark gray eyes; she wears a white turtleneck-like collar shirt, a brown faculty work jacket, brown pants, and black high heel shoes.

Personality

"All right, Kenji, you'd better not be sleeping back there! You should be ashamed of yourself, taking a nap while I pour my heart into reading this poem! For that, you get another essay along with your regular assignment tonight! I'll expect a slice of cake when you turn it in, too!"
—Toriumi demanding an extra essay and cake from Kenji
Toriumi lecture

Ms. Toriumi teaching a class.

Toriumi is a laid back teacher who is often at odds with Mr. Ekoda, a classic literature teacher. She once made a "small error" in her gradebook and Ekoda got "all on her ass". Toriumi thinks Ekoda "thinks he's all that" because he teaches history. She also thinks Ms. Kanou is a "skanky hoe" and looks down on Kanou for stuffing her bra. She is good friends with Mrs. Terauchi during school days, even though she dislikes her for bragging with her husband all the times. Toriumi and Mrs. Terauchi occasionally play Mahjong together after work. Terauchi is only a novice at the game and Toriumi is teaching her Mahjong terminology, something which Terauchi is very excited about. However, from her descriptions of the games, it seems Toriumi is taking advantage of her inexperience and cheating to win. Supposedly, Toriumi has never lost a match.

She can be strict and serious at times, although she doesn't hide the fact that she must teach about authors who she isn't interested in. She comments she is sick of her job because she has "no time to party T_T", although she wants to keep it anyway. When her students behave incorrectly, she constantly stops them by bringing up the fact that she will suffer the consequences as their homeroom teacher. She is extremely fond of cake and she at one point tells a student that they need to bake her a cake to turn in with one of their assignments. Other teachers at Gekkoukan have mentioned they would bring her cake whenever they needed to talk with her so she'd be in a good mood. Although she loves nearly all cakes, she doesn't like Mont Blanc.

She is annoyed by her mother pressuring her to marry a man, and thinks the idea that woman can only be happy when they're "tied down" is sexist. Toriumi claims she likes teenage guys the best, meaning she is either an hebephile or ephebophile.

Toriumi drinks. At one point, she got drunk and passed out at Paulownia Mall. An older man called her a "drunk slut", and Toriumi told him to shut the fuck up in return. She is sorry for her class because they are underage to drink.[1]

Leetspeak

Torumi claims she is a master of leetspeak.

In her free time, Toriumi browses the Internet and plays video games online, especially MMORPGs. She also neglects grammar and punctuation online, makes many typos, and uses many emoticons - she claims it's an online habit and she is lazy. She uses expressions such as "lmaonade", "roflcopter", "1337", etc. Toriumi is an avid player of an old MMORPG (known as Innocent Sin Online in the English version), and comments that most players left for the new MMO "CoW" (a presumable reference to World of Warcraft). She is quite confident in her gaming skills, and is annoyed to learn the protagonist is a low level "nub". She is not a fan of grinding.

Profile

Persona 3

Ms. Toriumi is the home room teacher of Class 2-F in Persona 3. She is a language teacher for the junior class at Gekkoukan High School.

Social Link

Online

The Protagonist on his laptop.

The protagonist can form a Social Link (Hermit) with her after he receives a copy of the game from Junpei Iori. Unlike other Social Links, Ms. Toriumi is only available on Sundays and holidays. In addition, choosing to play the MMORPG uses up the entire day, not just the daylight portion.

Toriumi, using the handle Maya, convinces the protagonist to use the handle Tatsuya. "Maya" will also say "tell me if you find JOKER." "Maya" and "Tatsuya" talk through Toriumi's grievances at work, and she reveals that she has a crush on the protagonist, not knowing that he is one of her students. She is reluctant to follow up on it due to social taboos.

When Innocent Sin Online administration announces that the servers will all be shut down, she plans on sending her and the protagonist's chat logs to them in order to prevent them from shutting down the game.

Persona 3 Fes The Journey - Hermit Ending(Maya)05:21

Persona 3 Fes The Journey - Hermit Ending(Maya)

Toriumi discovers the truth about Tatsuya.

At the epilogue of the Social Link, the Protagonist can go into the school's faculty office to find Ms. Toriumi. The Protagonist drops his cell phone, which now has the background picture of Maya's message in the sand to Tatsuya. Ms. Toriumi picks it up and sees the picture, shocked and embarrassed to realize he is Tatsuya, and cries a little. She claims she will quit the school, leave and never come back, and then wishes she was dead. She does thank the protagonist for helping her turn her life around. However, even through her age, Ms. Toriumi finds it within herself to accept the Protagonist as the person she loves, and tries to ask him to dinner. However, she still storms out of the office after saying "Oh, to hell with this!", flustered and embarrassed. The tragic nature of their relationship is exemplified because the protagonist dies soon after.

Persona 3 Portable

If the player chooses to play as the female protagonist, the Hermit arcana Social Link is replaced by Saori Hasegawa in the Health/Library Committee. On the date when Junpei would normally give a copy of Innocent Sin Online to the protagonist, he instead ponders on getting back to the game himself after not playing for a while. A few of her problems that are revealed during her Social Link events for the male protagonist, such as her dislike of Mr. Ekoda, are still mentioned during one of the final Social Link events for Saori.

The player can also trigger the cellphone cutscene during the last parts of the game by completing the hermit social link and getting a quest from Elizabeth that concerns Mr. Ono.

Gallery

 
Mstoriumi
Artwork of Isako Toriumi
 
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Toriumi realizing the protagonist is her online boyfriend
 
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Toriumi realizing the protagonist is her online boyfriend
 
Torumi appears in P3M
Toriumi introducing Aigis in Persona 3 The Movie
 
Persona 3 manga Toriumi
Toriumi in the manga adaption

Trivia

  • In the original Japanese version of the game, Ms. Toriumi played Devil Busters Online, which was a reference to Megami Tensei II. The main characters are called Devil Busters and Toriumi used the handle Y-Ko (Y子), which was a reference to Yumiko Shirasagi, while the protagonist uses the handle N-Jima, which was a reference to Akemi Nakajima; Yumiko and Nakajima were the heroine and hero of Megami Tensei, respectively. The change was made due to Megami Tensei and Megami Tensei II not being available in North America and Europe.
    • In the localized English version, the MMORPG is Innocent Sin Online, a reference to the subtitle of Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Her online name, "Maya", is a reference to Maya Amano, as well as her line, "Let's think positive!" The protagonist's online name, "Tatsuya", is a reference to Tatsuya Suou.

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