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Tomoe

巴衛

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Title
Familiar of Mikage Shrine
Debut
Manga: Chapter 001
Anime: Episode 1
Voice Actor
Japanese: Shinnosuke Tachibana
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Species: Fox Yokai
Eye Color: Yellow (manga)

Violet (anime)

Hair Color: White
Height: 179 cm
Occupation: Mikage Shrine Familiar
Home: Mikage Shrine
Relationships
God: Nanami Momozono
Love Interest: Nanami Momozono (In a relationship, possibly engaged)


Tomoe (巴衛) is a fox yokai, presently serving as first shinshi of Nanami Momozono in the manga series Kamisama Hajimemashita.

In chapter one we find that Tomoe has been abandoned by his former kami, Mikage, and left to care for the land god's crumbling shrine alone for the last twenty years. When a powerless young girl named Nanami turns up on the shrine's doorstep bearing the wayward kami's mark, Tomoe is furious. He refuses to become her familiar and vanishes, deciding instead to give himself over to a life of sloth, drink and debauchery. However, in the world "over yonder" things rarely go to plan, and through desperation and cleverness, Nanami succeeds in tricking Tomoe and binding him to her service. 

Tomoe's life before coming to Mikage shrine was violent and bloody. His early days as the companion of Akura-Ou, the demon king, were spent carving a path of death and destruction across the human and yokai world. Their rampage came to an abrupt end after Tomoe was attacked and critically wounded by the war god Ikusagami. However, some five hundred years later, the wild fox is still known and feared by every yokai he meets.

The specific events leading up to Mikage's binding of Tomoe remain unknown, but appear to be related to his equally-mysterious romantic history. Long ago, he fell deeply in love with a human girl and made a pact with a fallen god to live out his life as a human, dying when his beloved did. Something went wrong, as he did not become human, but was dying all the same when Mikage found him wandering in the woods. Thanks to Mikage erasing his memories, Tomoe himself remembers nothing of this area of his life. 

Personality

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Tomoe with ash blonde hair

Tomoe bears many of the traits one might expect from a fox yokai; he is handsome, cunning, sly and possessed of a certain allure that those he meets often find difficult to resist. He does not appear to be wholly unaware of his attractiveness, and is quite pragmatic about employing both his looks and his charms when it suits him.

As a wild fox he displayed a certain flamboyant streak, wearing his hair long and possessing a collection of elaborately colored and embroidered robes and kimonos. Here we see a stark contrast between the past and present Tomoe, as he now dresses much more somberly in shades of white, grey, dark blue and black, though he still will wear his flamboyant kimonos sometimes. In the past, he was mosly seen wearing a kimono with fire patterns as well as a haori.

One thing you might not expect is Tomoe's unusually strong sense of loyalty and honor. It was largely this that bound him to Akura-Ou, that kept him standing watch over Mikage's crumbling shrine for twenty lonely years, and that causes him to go above and beyond the call of duty as Nanami's familiar, even before he realizes his feelings for her.
Wild Tome

Tomoe, 500 years ago

His familiar binding seems to have tempered both his yokai powers and some of his more extreme tendencies. As a wild fox he exhibited a sort of grey morality in that he did not mind killing, so long as those he preyed on would or could fight back. He did on a few occasions object to the wholesale slaughter of innocents, such as children like Mizutama, but this is a very small credit to his name, as regardless of his objections he did nothing to stop it. Since becoming a familiar, his outlook has become something of a paradox; on one hand he still feels little patience for the weakness and frailty of creatures less powerful than himself, while at the same time he has grown gentler and more thoughtful, placing greater value on all forms of life and humanity in particular. Though he still remains some what blunt and ignorant as to situations that Nanami finds herself in with him.

His understanding of human emotions appears limited, as his remembered life has been confined exclusively to the land god's shrine. In the beginning he finds the concept of love human-centric and foolish, and it is a long time before he begins to understand the way his words and actions affect those around him. He is however able to learn and change, and has displayed attempts to modify his behavior in an endearing, almost childish manner.

Tomoe remains short-tempered, proud, and fiercely protective of those he cares about. No obstacle has proven too great to keep him from Nanami's side; he has fought gods and literally gone to hell and back for her sake.
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Tomoe as a familar

Abilities

It's not exaggerating to say that Tomoe is one of the most powerful yokai (and a god's familiar at the same time) among all. Tomoe's abilities are pretty vast, a fact which is reflected by the terrified respect he receive s from other yokai and by the envy ill-meaning gods have for Nanami, Tomoe's current master. As a fox yokai, he is capable to control fox fire on his own will, which is even being said that able to make a sea of fire. He can also transform other creatures, in addition to himself, through the use of enchanted leaves. However, as a familiar his Yokai powers seem to be weakened due to his bond to the shrine. 

In the past, the demon king Akura-Ou and he were close acquaintances; and it was said that Tomoe, the fox yokai was the only person Akura-Ou acknowledged as his comrade, in other words, equal to him in terms of power.

In the past, it is shown in chapter 92 that he uses swords as part of his fighting. It also was shown that he uses fox fire to turn yokai and humans into dust. He also uses enchanted leaves to transform into a child in chapter 84. It is not shown that he uses his claws all that much, but it was shown that he would use his claws, if necessary. In most instances though, he prefers using his sword over getting his hands dirty.

Another thing that Tomoe is very good at is his cooking skills, as mentioned by Nanami numerous times. However, Tomoe seems to find a way to use cooking as another weapon, as shown when he threatens to make Kurama and Mizuki into something to eat.


 *Foxfire: Tomoe mainly uses his foxfire to fight enemies. However, there are some instances when he has used this ability for other reasons, such as when he illuminated the pathway that led to the Mikage Shrine for the festival that was organized by Nanami.

  • Transformation: ​​Tomoe can change his appearance via the use of his enchanted leaves. An example of his transformation abilities is seen when he disguised himself as Nanami, and went to school in her place when she couldn't go due to a cold.
  • Hide demonic appearance: Tomoe can hide his demonic appearance without releasing his powers. Tomoe can also make other demons hide their appearance; he did this with Numano Himemiko, at the request of Nanami, so that she could once again meet the boy that she had fallen in love with.
  • Restoration: Tomoe's powers are used to maintain the beautiful appearance of the Mikage Shrine. Without his powers, the shrine would return to a run-down state (like it did when his body reverted back into that of a child after the god of wealth's lucky mallet was used on him by Princess Narukami). 

Appearance

Tomoe is a fox demon with a  beautiful youthful appearance which results in Nanami's classmates to swoon over him, much in the similar fashion as Kurama, making him very popular in school, though he seems somewhat unfazed to the attention, or simply doesn't realize it. His zoomorphic characteristics are displayed in his fox ears and tail. His hair is silver white, and his cat like eyes are violet (although sometimes you can see the color gold). He wears a prominently white yukata most of the time but also wears a school uniform when going to school or disguising himself as a human. In the manga, he wears much more luxurious kimonos than those in the anime.

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Tomoe,500 years ago

Past

Tomoe had long silvery-white hair and violet cat-like eyes. His skin was pale and he wore fancy kimonos. He is mostly seen wearing a kimono with fire patterns at the ends, in both anime and manga. 

Present

Tomoe retains his silvery white hair, though cut much shorter. However, it grows back to its previous length every time his familiar contract with Nanami is broken. He still has his cat-like eyes and still wears fancy kimonos but sometimes switches them for plainer ones.

History

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Past Tomoe

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Tomoe's past look

In the past, before his meeting with the previous Land God, Mikage, Tomoe and Akura-Ou massacred thousands of demons and humans only for the fun of it. However, due to this, he was targeted by the gods and was tracked down by Ikusagami. Tomoe was confident but, in the end, was fatally hurt. He ran away but due to his wounds was chased by humans. In desperation, jumped into the river and changed himself into a child, where Nanami found him whilst traveling in the past. Tomoe fell in love with Nanami after she'd saved him, but in an attempt to hide her traveling to the past, Tomoe only knows her as Yukiji, another girl who hated yokai. He made a contract with a fallen god, Kuromaro, to turn him into human so he could live as human with that girl to his death. The fallen god deceived him, he didn't turn into human and worst, the fallen god had marked him as his (in other words, tried to take his soul). Yet before his death coming, he met Mikage. Mikage purified him and made him forget about Yukiji, so that as long as Tomoe cannot recall that girl, his life will be saved.


Relationships

Nanami Momozono

Nanami is Tomoe's master (the current God of Mikage Shrine). At first they didn't seem to have a good relationship, but as the story flows, Tomoe begins to open up to Nanami and vice-versa. He turned Nanami down when she confessed to him, yet at the further chapters, he shows clues that he has developed 'romantic' feelings toward his God. In more recent volumes he has admitted to himself that he likes Nanami while implying it to be romantic way and often wondered what attracted him to her. Although Tomoe was/is the second strongest Yokai in the demon world, he fears Nanami's anger, which mainly happens when he flirts with other girls, due to jealousy. And at some point when Nanami kicked both Tomoe and Mizuki (though he had nothing to do with it) to get some snacks, Tomoe happily stated that she was jealous, and that a "women's jealousy is a scary thing"

While traveling back to the past, Nanami saved Tomoe's injured past self from the villagers. Later in chapter 86 she fed him peach pills to heal his wounds and took care of him at night. But she hid from him her name and requested Futa to say it was Yukiji who saved him. Tomoe started to think of Nanami as Yukiji and pursued her. He thought about hurting/stopping her as Yukiji is getting married and going to belong to some other man. But Nanami's weak state left him shocked and he left her alone for the time being.

In chapter 91 Nanami decides to ride the palanquin instead of Yukiji and becomes the target of Akura-Ou. Tomoe initially thought about killing Nanami again as he blamed his unusual feelings on her but later saved her from Kirakaburi and took her with him. At first he was going to assault her, but he changed his mind when Nanami cried and begged him not to look at her. Tomoe hugged her instead and said he feels troubled when he sees her cry. Tomoe then decides to keep Nanami and forces her to stay with him. Nanami yells that she hated him for saying such things, surprising Tomoe. He tries to gather the willpower to kill her but fails, stung deeply by her words. He saves her from bandits and then desperately asks her to take back her words.

He continues to call her Yukiji, making Nanami believe that it probably wasn't her Tomoe fell in love with. Nanami still refusing to be his, Tomoe takes her to a sakura garden, making Nanami smile. Tomoe tells her to always smile like that and recalls when he first met her in the rundown hut one rainy day and bared her teeth at him, the time she had rescued him at the riverside and came at night to care for him. Finally, he admits he had fallen for her. Nanami cries with happiness knowing that Tomoe had fallen in love with her and not Yukiji and tells her that she is already his but will only be his wife in the future. Suddenly Nanami falls to the ground, her time for traveling in the past running out.  

In recent chapters, Tomoe has realized that the woman he fell in love in the past was never Yukiji, but really Nanami, who is actually the descended of Yukiji and her child. The two are now in a relationship, and are keeping their promises of the past, and now seem to be engaged. Now, it shows Nanami what's to try harder in her school because she does not want to hold Tomoe back. In Ch. 102 the two share a scene under a umbrella, which in Japan is the sigh of Ai Ai Gasa, "Love-Love Umbrella". In Ch. 103, it show that Tomoe does not want to hold back any more and wants to continue where they left off 500 years ago, (Or he was just really drunk and had no clue on what he was doing), which somewhat shock and scaried Nanami, but was saved by a protective Mizuki and an angry Mikage.

Akura-Ou

Akura-Ou was Tomoe's past comrade. However, because Tomoe admitted he was falling in love with a human girl and was going to become a human (no longer being a yokai), Akura-Ou got mad and then they split. 500 years later, Akura-Ou will tell Yatori, an ex-follower, that the reason why they split was because "That stinking fox went insane. He actually became enchanted with a human girl and saying he would no longer be a yokai and other nonsense" They referred to each other as "Brother." In the past, it was shown that Tomoe got easily mad at Akura-ou for stealing things that belonged to him (Like his clothes). When Tomoe begins to understand that he was falling in love, he meet back up with Akura-ou who comes to the hut he was staying with Yukiji, and confesses his feelings and his desire to become a human to stay by her side, resulting in Akura-ou's outrage, threatening him that if he became one then he would kill him off fast. Tomoe replies that he knows that because he was that type of person and that it couldn't be help if that happened, but hugs him and tells to to take care of himself and not to be too reckless. Akura-ou leaves and feels abandoned but just doesn't realize the extent of his loneliness.

Mikage

Mikage is Tomoe's previous master and the God who saved him from dying. Tomoe served him for 500 years and suddenly, Mikage went away and never came back (Once Mikage comes back to the shrine in chapter 79, he explains that for all the time he was gone, he was looking for a cure that could save Tomoe from the curse marks, but stated "That there are none to be found"). After Mikage erased Tomoe's memories of Yukiji, he took him under his "wing" and taught him the values of human life (since he lost his memory of ever being kind to a human, he turned back to the way he was before he fell in love with a human, which at that time was Yukiji)

Mizuki

Mizuki is Tomoe's fellow familiar of Land Shrine, his apprentice to be more precise. They often get into ridiculous mocking fights, yet deep inside they do care for each other in some way. In the beginning Mizuki is shown trying to get Nanami to hate Tomoe by telling her that "he was with the swamp women and that he really was pleased right now", although he was with the fake Nanami, that way Nanami would think of him as a better familiar than Tomoe. But as the story goes on, Mizuki eventually gives up on the idea, realizing that no matter what happens, Nanami will always love Tomoe.

Kurama

Kurama is a Tengu (Crow Goblin) from Kurama Mountain. They developed a lingering hatred for each other, mostly due to Tomoe's jealousy towards Kurama's ability to understand Nanami and her human emotions. Though in the end, they become friends, in a way. He is mostly seen giving Tomoe advice on Nanami's human feelings. In the Kurama Mountain arc, at the end Kurama gave Tomoe the advice to tell Nanami how he felt about her, saying that "a man's life is too short" and that he would never get any other chances. (Tomoe eventually tells Nanami "I like you too." but she was drunk when he told her that and thus she didn't pick up the words.)

Narukami

Narukami is the lightning god. After cursing Mikage and saying, "Stealing Tomoe away from me", it can be supposed that she had taken a liking to Tomoe. However, Tomoe makes it very obvious that he dislikes her.

Yukiji

Yukiji was Tomoe's past love. He would do anything for her; even go as far as massacring many in order to take the Dragon King's right eye (which was said will bring immortal life and great power) to save Yukiji who was dying due to her weak body and perhaps disease. He was even seen shedding tears over her death as he told Mikage about how much he still loved her and wished to be with her.

In Chapter 80, Tomoe's curse is awakened when he remembers his past love (and the only way he could remember this was if he fell in love with a human again, such as Nanami). In an attempt to save him, Nanami travels back into the past to find the fallen god with whom Tomoe made the contract, in hopes of finding the "Key" to breaking his curse. While in the past, Nanami discovers that Yukiji is merciless towards yokai and hates them. It turns out that Nanami is the person Tomoe fell for. However, trying not to interfere with Yukiji and Tomoe's past affair, she only visits him at night. When Tomoe asked Futa about the woman taking care of him, Futa lied for Nanami saying that the woman's name was "Yukiji." Tomoe starts to pursue the woman called Yukiji believing Yukiji is the one who saved him.

In chapter 91 Nanami replaced Yukiji in the palanquin and became a decoy in order to ensure Yukiji's safety and happiness. Because of that, Tomoe ended up taking Nanami away in chapter 92, as he remembers her as Yukiji.  After Tomoe takes Nanami back to the Lord's house, Yukiji sees their interaction and promise between the two, wondering who Nanami really was. After 8 years, Tomoe has kept his distance as he promised "Yukiji" and the real Yukiji is able to live a happy life with her husband along with her unborn baby. However, Akura-ou ruins it by destroying the mansion and killing her husband, but Tomoe arrives just in time to save and take Yukiji away, whom he still believes is the same girl, not realizing that Nanami and Yukiji are two different people. Yukiji though desperation for her child's safely stays with Tomoe, however will not allow him to be close to her, for her hate for demons still lingers. She keeps her eyes closed and doesn't look at him, fooling him into thinking that there was something wrong with her eyes. She only opens them when he his not around.

In recent chapters, Tomoe has realized that the woman he fell in love in the past was never Yukiji, but really Nanami and now seems shows his feelings for her a little more now.

Trivia

  • In the manga, Tomoe is seen wearing fancy kimonos with butterfly patterns, but in the anime, he is seen wearing regular kimonos (some of which are adorned with flower patterns). 
  • Tomoe is actually over 628 years old.  
  • Tomoe is one of the shortest male characters in the show, but thanks to his fox ears he looks a lot taller than he really is
  • In the manga, Tomoe's eyes are portrayed as being yellowish or even a green in color, but in the anime and some of the covers of the manga, his eyes are a purple color
  • According to Akura-Ou, Tomoe has a fox habit of hiding his precious things. This could explain why Tomoe is always trying to hide Nanami away from others, males included.
  • Tomoe is a rare female Japanese name that means "friend and blessing". It's also a Japanese abstract shape (a swirl) that resembles a comma or the usual form of magatama. The symbol is quite similar to the Yin-Yang symbol for balance and it is made up of interlocked flames resembling tadpoles. 
  • Tomoe has a fear of Nanami leaving just like Mikage. 
  • In the manga, Tomoe refers to Nanami as his "Master" but in the anime version, he refers to her as either his "Lady" or "Mistress"
  • Tomoe seems to have a fascination with hair. In the manga we see him kiss Yukiji's hair while holding her. He buys Nanami a hairpin even though she rarely puts her hair up, and then finds a reason to use it later (showing that he is good at hair styling). He plays with young-Nanami's hair in the 12 Zodiac arc. In the anime, Episode 6, Tomoe plays with her bangs after checking her temperature. In the manga, we also see him getting his hair cut (after he is changed back to normal from his chibi self). In chapter 92 Tomoe holds Nanami while patting her head, touching her hair.
  • Long haired Tomoe looks much more mature than short haired Tomoe. 
  • Tomoe's favorite food is sasamochi. He came to like it because originally Nanami fed it to him when he was injured in past arc although he had no recollection of it in present.
  • When Tomoe took an interest in Yukiji for the first time, it was actually Nanami who was in Yukiji's body. Later even when he fell for Nanami he still thought of her as Yukiji due to Nanami not showing her face.
  • In the manga, he had 3 types of hairstyles, one similar to Kirihito's current hairstyle, a bob cut and his long hair, however in the anime, Tomoe was only seen having the latter two.
  • Tomoe never fell in love with Yukiji. The woman he fell in love with was Nanami - who was disguised as Yukiji. Tomoe described the things he loved about Yukiji to Kuromaro, all of which were about Nanami or things she had done when in his presence. 

Quotes

(To Nanami) "I won't fall in love with a human girl."

(To Mikage) "I still love her. I love her the most in the world.  I was willing to do anything, as long as i could stay by her side for life. . . "

(To Nanami in Yukiji's body) "Now cry for me, Human."

(To Nanami) "Idiot. Promising things without consideration is one of your faults."

(To Nanami) "Why are giving your hopes up for a girl who will fly away if blown? Kurama is a yokai. If that girl finds out that she was brought together with a yokai, there will be no thanks to be given."

(To Dragon King) "It's been awhile hasn't, Dragon King? You've got some nerve showing your face in front of Nanami."

(To Dragon King) "What are you, crazy? She might be an Earth Deity, but she is weak and helpless."

"One mustn't touch her so readily with bloodied hands like mine."

(To Nanami) "What's wrong with me touching a human girl? Haven't I always said that.. Including YOU, human girls are out of the question."

(About Nanami) "Why do I still feel drawn to her?... What is that girl to me?"

"Nanami is an idiot."

(About Nanami) "Really, what aspect attracts me to this young girl?"

(To a sleeping-drunk Nanami) "I like you too."

(To little Nanami) "Let's run, hm? From the pedophile..." (Referring to Mizuki)

(To Little Nanami) "This is the only moment you will ever be alone. Later on, you will become a lively person causing headaches as shrine-god"

(To Little Nanami) "Don't blame bad luck on men, rather, on the wrong way of seeing things. Surely it's possible, to let you be happy. For example if it were me... whatever you want, it's yours"

(To little Nanami after she asks him if he really liked her) " Of course I do... So, marry me?"

(To Human Girl) "Don't touch me, Human!"

(Thinking about sasamochi) "Who wants to eat that?"

(To Futa) "Where is the woman who brought this sasamochi? The woman who brought me here."

(About Nanami/Yukiji) "She is going to become another man's property."

(About Humans) "Humans are very weak; they break easily. If they are broken, that means that everything is over."

(About Nanami/Yukiji) "Why should I hand you over to someone else...?  Why don't I just stop it forever? And end this game. . . Everything will be over."

(Thinking about Nanami/Yukiji) "Where is that woman? It's not even morning, where is she going? No matter what, I shall play with you. Woman...You are the one I like. With your blood and flesh. Let me enjoy to the fullest."

(Thinking about Nanami/Yukiji after he saved her from a snake) "I planned to play with you . . . But I don't want you to die."

(About Nanami/Yukiji) "Surely next time, I will kill you with my own hands."

(To Nanami/Yukiji after saving her from Kirakaburi) "I finally caught you. Now, how should I end your life?"

(To Nanami/Yukiji while holding her) "...Don't...cry like that. When you cry, I become insane."

(To Nanami/Yukiji) "I won't hand you over to Akura-ou. I have decided to keep you."

(About Nanami/Yukiji) "To be stung by that one word...what is this feeling...what is she? That girl...?!"

(To Nanami/Yukiji) "Then...say that you don't hate me..."

(to Nanami/Yukiji) "You are lovelier than anything."

(To Nanami/Yukiji) "I have fallen in love with you"

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