Kuen Tarachino (鳕知乃九炎) is character from Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE. He is an exceptional drama director with a peculiar fashion sense. He carries a very strict demeanor, causing his production staff to fear him, and holds disdain for the current state of the entertainment and TV industry.
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Kuen Tarachino first enters the story when the still-inexperienced Tsubasa Oribe is cast as the lead of his new TV drama "Sneeze-Detective Maho" against his wishes. During the rehearsals for the first episode, he becomes frustrated with Tsubasa's amateurish performance. He forces Tsubasa to stay after rehearsals are over in order to drill instruction into her, however, it's at that time that he is overtaken by the Mirage Excellus, and he disappears into the Daitou Studio Idolasphere.
As Itsuki's party races in to recuse him, the Excellus-possessed Kuen stops the party on multiple occasions and challenges Tsubasa's acting skills. The trials he sets forth lead Tsubasa to grow as an actress, and when the party reaches the end of the dungeon, he challenges Tsubasa one last time, and she proves herself by pulling off a flawless performance as Maho.
Seeing Tsubasa's progress, Kuen realizes the harm that Excellus is wont to do, and drives him out of his body with Itsuki's help. After Excellus's defeat, he returns to work, foggy on the details that occurred in the Idolasphere, but films "Sneeze-Detective Maho." Happy with the results of Tsubasa's startling growth as an actress, he praises her as the future of Japanese entertainment.
During Ellie's second side story, she explains to Itsuki that the producers of her romance drama "Dandelion in Love" have hired Tarachino as the new show-runner. Tarachino wishes to take the show in a drastic new direction, however, changing the genre from high school romance to horror. Ellie's character Angel was to be a victim in the new direction, but after training in the Idolasphere inadvertently leads her to overcome fear rather than learn to express it, she manages to convince Tarachino to tweak his concept for the show's new direction. Tarachino turns "Dandelion in Love" into "Horror Hunter Angel," in which Angel hunts monsters that are stalking her fellow students.
Kuen later appears and presents Ellie with a new offer. He has an upcoming co-production between Japan and Hollywood, and wants to cast her as the lead in his new film, "Arrow of Destiny", which will start shooting in Hollywood at a later date. Ellie agrees and plans to work with Kuen on the film once the matter with the Mirages is resolved.
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Kuen Tarachino's name is based on wikipedia:Quentin Tarantino, a film director infamous for his perfectionism and filming habits, but reputation as an exemplary film maker.