Mamizou Futatsuiwa

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二ッ岩 (ふたついわ)  マミゾウ
Mamizou Futatsuiwa
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Hutatsuiwa Mamizou
Mamizou Futatsuiwa
Mamizou Futatsuiwa in Hopeless Masquerade
The Bake-danuki with Ten Transformations
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Species

Bake-danuki

Abilities

Disguising things and herself

Location

Myouren Temple, Forest of Magic[1]

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Mamizou Futatsuiwa (二ッ岩 マミゾウ Futatsuiwa Mamizou) is a Bake-danuki, first appearing in Ten Desires as the Extra Stage boss. She is an extremely strong monster tanuki, summoned by Nue Houjuu during the events of Ten Desires in order to act as the Myouren Temple's trump card against the newly-arrived residents of the Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum, particularly Toyosatomimi no Miko. She is able to morph both herself and other creatures into different forms.

General Information[edit]

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Personality[edit]

Mamizou, proud of her race's esteem, is good natured, albeit with a mischievous streak. She speaks the way an old lady might, and occasionally squints as if she was nearsighted. She isn't one to take a grudge, but as Marisa in her extra stage shows she has her limits of niceness. She does enjoy pulling pranks on humans and watching them be confused and flustered.

Despite being brought in as a 'trump card', she is noted to being friendly with humans, and has been seen taking on the form of a human while in the Human Village. Though she is seen in the Human Village often in human form, Symposium of Post-mysticism has stated that she does not make an effort to hide her tail, considering it a mark of her high status.

Ability[edit]

Ability to disguise herself

Mamizou is able to completely disguise herself save for her large tail and her ears, which appears to be a commonality among all bake-danuki. In order to get around this, she can shrink them or camouflage them, but if she is surprised or excited her ears and tail will twitch, making it a dead giveaway. Another give away would be her smell[2] Her disguising abilities gain power on nights of the full moon.

Ability to disguise other things

She is also able to disguise other objects. However, if there is no resemblance between the base object and the disguised one, it will probably be seen through immediately, especially in regard to creatures.

Occupation[edit]

Her role is to become a strong ally in the youkai forces. She did provide loans and other assistance to humans in her pre-Gensokyo days.

Character Design[edit]

Origin[edit]

Based on danzaburou danuki of Sado Island, one of the most famous tanuki in Japanese folklore, along with Hage Danuki of Yashima and Shibaemon Tanuki of Awaji Island. He was the boss of tanuki on Sado, who drove off the foxes from the island. [3] In another, Danzaburo was a money lender, who freely loaned money to the people. He was also said to be responsible for mirages at Futatsu-iwa, a rock formation in Aikawa, Sado. [4]

Name[edit]

Futatsuiwa (二ッ岩) literally translates to "two stones", perhaps a reference to the bake-danuki's inflatable testicles, but also a location in Sado where bake-danuki were prevalent. Mami (マミ) may have been a reference to mami (魔魅) which means "deceiving spirit" or mami () which means "badger" or "racoon dog".

Design[edit]

Mamizou has brown eyes and light-brown, shoulder length hair. She is featured with raccoon ears and a tail. On her head there lays a green leaf and she has glasses. She has a ecru shirt and her skirt is red-grey with some patterns on it. As with most bake-danuki from Japanese myths, Mamizou carries a bottle of sake and a booklet of promissory notes.

When visiting the Human Village she uses a human disguise, without her raccoon ears or tail. In this form she has long hair.

Story[edit]

Mamizou, Kyouko, and Kogasa at the Hakurei Shrine in Wild and Horned Hermit
Ten Desires

Mamizou is secretly called in by Nue Houjuu from the outside world to become a strong ally on the youkai side against Toyosatomimi no Miko and her faction. She arrives late however and Miko had already been defeated by the heroines. She later takes up residence at Myouren Temple.

In Reimu's story, Mamizou reveals that she crossed the sea of Sado in order to reach Gensokyo and criticizes Reimu for underestimating the vastness of the sea.

Mamizou sees through all of Marisa's lies. She also notes that her power is strong enough to be "within the top three" of the transforming tanuki in Japan.

Despite Sanae's mission to exterminate youkai, the two appear to have a friendly duel. Sanae, though, assumes that the bake-danuki is fairly old due to her language—many of the inflections and word choices used by older people in Japan resemble those used decades, even centuries, ago—and in this misunderstanding gives the youkai some encouragement. Mamizou tells her that her old language is merely a habit.

Mamizou tells Youmu that she came to give the youkai there some encouragement in their fight against Toyosatomimi no Miko. She offers to train Youmu, and after she is defeated, jokes that the half-ghost is worthy to be her apprentice. Mamizou does not appear to know about the Myouren Temple itself until Youmu explains, and finds the presence of both a youkai temple and a youkai-exterminating shrine (the Hakurei Shrine) in Gensokyo quite interesting. Mamizou invites her into the temple to rest and to talk about Sado.

Mamizou disguised as a human in Forbidden Scrollery
Wild and Horned Hermit, chapter 9

After a strange 'black mist' assails the residents of the Myouren Temple and others, Mamizou pays a visit to the Hakurei Shrine accompanied by Kogasa Tatara and Kyouko Kasodani, suspecting Reimu Hakurei as the culprit. However, Suika Ibuki soon reveals herself as the true attacker, and the three youkai appear to leave during the chaos.

Forbidden Scrollery, chapter 4 and 5

Relationships[edit]

Nue Houjuu

Nue Houjuu was the one to call Mamizou to Gensokyo, and they are described as being friends.

Byakuren Hijiri

She is currently living at Byakuren Hijiri's temple.

Hata no Kokoro

During the events of Hopeless Masquerade, at the end of Mamizou's storyline, she urged Kokoro to, through battle with other characters in the game, learn how to control her emotions and to "discover herself" instead of become a mere tsukumogami for Sarugaku masks.

Other residents of the Myouren Temple[edit]

Kyouko claims that Mamizou will listen to the problems and concerns of those living at the temple with open ears.

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Additional Information[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • She is the first female character in the Windows series to wear glasses. The first in the entire series is Rikako.
  • Whenever she launches an attack her leaf playfully flaps on top of her head.

Fanon[edit]

  • Because of her name, many fans depicted her in many situations that were similar to those experienced by Mami Tomoe from Puella Magi Madoka Magica due to its popularity.
  • Some fans depict her as Mamio, referencing Mario, who could wear a Tanooki suit in Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Since her profile says she dislikes foxes and may cause trouble with the foxes of Gensokyo, fans depict her as having an antagonistic relationship with the kitsune Ran Yakumo.
  • Bake-danuki are famous for having large testicles, and they are often depicted in art prominently. Since Mamizou is a female, many fans depict her with large breasts to compensate for that, aside from a few artists who have drawn Mamizou as a male.
  • There have been various fanart of her using her transformations to tease the original person, sometimes with an obvious chest difference (which often leads to breast envy in the original girl)
  • She has been shown to be an older sister figure to Nue and some other characters in fanart.

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