Joe Tazuna (田綱(タヅナ) (ジョウ), Tazuna Joe?) is one of the 20 chosen to participate in the Death Game. He is a second-year high school student and best friends with Sara Chidouin.


Joe is an average high school boy with messy, brown hair. On his left side, he wears a yellow hair-clip that resembles a lightning bolt. He wears multiple gold piercings on his left ear, but keeps his right ear hidden behind his hair.

Unlike Sara, who wears her school uniform properly, Joe seems to prefer a casual, looser style. He wears his blue school blazer unbuttoned, with his sleeves rolled up past his elbows. His shirt is unbuttoned at the collar, but buttoned the rest of the way down. Like Sara, he wears a green checkered tie. He also wears brown pants, presumably befitting of Sonobeno's dress code.

Additionally, Joe sports three gold bracelets on his right arm, a longer cord with a dog bone at the end on his left, and a small dog key-chain in his right breast pocket.

Like the other participants, he wears a collar device upon being brought into the Death Game.


Joe is an extremely upbeat, excitable, considerate and loyal person. He is easily embarrassed when others misinterpret him and is sensitive to how people perceive his appearance. Like Sara, Joe puts in all his efforts to help the group succeed in the puzzles. He consistently convinces the group to believe in Sara and her abilities and generally places most of his trust to her. Though he is described as gaudy by Reko Yabusame and has a small habit of saying the wrong things at the wrong time, Joe is genuinely kind-hearted and sensitive to others' feelings.

Although not academically one of the smartest in the group, he does provide occasional insight, such as his suggestion of a traitor among the participants. Despite that, Joe wants to find and believe in the good in others, even as he has his own doubts. 



The Death Game

Me and Sara are high school classmates. Sara was being harassed by a stalker, so I went home with her that day. Then there was an incident, so I called the police, but… I heard Sara screaming, so I ran upstairs. And there stood that damn stalker! [...] So, I worked up all my courage to punch the guy. ‘Course, I’m awful at fighting, so… Since I don’t remember winning, I’m guessing I lost. That’s why… I know that stalker is the culprit in this case.
— Joe's self-introduction



Joe is deeply appreciative of Sara's friendship with him. Joe dislikes having her worry over him and puts on a brave face for her even when he has worries. Joe loves and cherishes Sara and is quick to act and do anything in his power to save her. While reluctant and torn over what "winning" the Main Game would mean, he was willing to go through with it up until Sara exposed his true role.


Person What they call Joe What Joe calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Sara Joe ジョー, Joe? Sara サラ, Sara?
Joe (self) オレ, Ore?
Keiji ジョーくん, Joe-kun? ケイジさん, Keiji-san?
おまわりさん, Omawarisan?
Shin ジョーくん, Joe-kun? Sou ソウさん, Sou-san?
Gin ジョー兄ちゃん, Joe nii-chan? Gin ギン, Gin?
Kanna ジョーさん, Joe-san? カンナ, Kanna?
Q-taro Joe ジョー, Joe? Q-taro Qタロウさん, Q-taro san?
Reko チャラ男, Charaou?, lit. "Gaudy guy" レコさん, Reko-san?
Alice N/A N/A アリスさん, Arisu-san?
ゴンベエさん, Gonbē-san?
Mishima ジョーくん, Joe-kun? Mishima ミシマ先生, Mishima-sensei?
Nao ジョーくん, Joe-kun? ナオさん, Nao-san?
Kai ジョーくん, Joe-kun? カイさん, Kai-san?

Person What they call Joe What Joe calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Miley ジョーくん, Joe-kun?
ジョー, Joe?
田綱 丈くん, Tazuna Jou-kun?
ホエミー, Hoemi?
Ranger 田綱 丈, Tazuna Jou? N/A N/A
Safalin ジョーくん, Joe-kun?
タヅナ ジョウ, Tazuna Joe?
Gashu N/A N/A N/A N/A

Person What they call Joe What Joe calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Ryoko Joe ジョーくん, Joe-kun?[2] Ryoko リョーコちゃん, Ryoko-chan?[2]


  • His age is not officially given, but he is in the same school, and school year/grade as Sara. Due to his birthday being July 26, he is likely two months younger than Sara. The Japanese school year begins around April 1st and ends around March 31st of the following year. Sara's birthday is May 18, and she is officially 17 years old during the story. She is also, officially, in her 2nd year of high school. Thus, she turned 17 not long after her 2nd year of high school began, and Joe two months later.[3]
  • Joe had a buzz cut in middle school. (Crew cut in the English translation.)
  • The dog keychain Joe wears was given to him by Sara, which Ryoko won at an arcade.
  • His likes are listed as dogs and sports in his character profile.[1]
  • The kanji that makes up his first name is , Jou?, lit. "length; height".
Shocked joe

Joe shocked: (A doner kebab... in one bite...!?)

  • In the original Japanese, when Joe is talking about his date to Sara, following the conversation, the one who ate the doner kebab was Ryoko. Likely the confusion in the translation is due to Japanese lacking pronouns in this conversation.

Joe: She's such a good girl! I'm moved!
 Sara: Cute, right?
 Joe: So cute!!
 Joe: Like today, [she] ate a doner kebab in one bite! [She's] such a glutton huh~!
 Sara: A doner kebab...
 Sara: Wait... You went on a date!?



ve Characters
Participants Sara ChidouinJoe TazunaKeiji ShinogiShin TsukimiKanna KizuchiGin IbushiQ-taro BurgerbergReko YabusameAlice YabusameKazumi MishimaNao EgokoroKai Satou
First Trial victims Kugie KizuchiMegumi SasaharaHinako MishukuNaomichi KurumadaShunsuke HayasakaAnzu KinashiMai TsurugiRanmaru Kageyama
Floor Masters Sue MileyRio RangerTia SafalinGashu Satou
Other Sou HiyoriMr. ChidouinMrs. ChidouinRyoko Hirose


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