Misumaru Tamatsukuri

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玉造 (たまつくり)  魅須丸 (みすまる)
Misumaru Tamatsukuri
tamatsɯkɯɾi misɯmaɾɯ
Misumaru Tamatukuri
Misumaru Tamatsukuri
Misumaru Tamatsukuri in Unconnected Marketeers
Genuine Magatama-Producing Craftsman
More Character Titles
Species

God

Abilities

Making magatama

Occupation

Magatama crafter

Music Themes

神代鉱石 (Unconnected Marketeers)

Appearances
Official Games

"Splendid! To think that the Yin-Yang Orb that I crafted has been mastered to such a degree. It is an honor to the Tamatsukuri-be."

Misumaru Tamatsukuri (Unconnected Marketeers Stage 4.)

Misumaru Tamatsukuri (玉造 魅須丸 Tamatsukuri Misumaru) is a god who initially appeared as the Stage 4 boss in Unconnected Marketeers. She is also said to have crafted Reimu Hakurei's yin-yang orbs.

General Information[edit]

Personality[edit]

Misumaru has a stern, commanding presence, speaking formally and with authority. Despite her demeanor, her role in Unconnected Marketeers is that of a benefactor; she created the Hakurei yin-yang orbs, stops the protagonist from entering the anoxic depths of the Rainbow Dragon Cave, advises her where to find the mastermind of the incident, and finally helps her in the Extra stage by selling her a card before her battle with Momoyo Himemushi.

Abilities[edit]

She has the ability to craft various objects such as magatama from ancient minerals that hold divine power. In the world of Touhou Project, magatama have the power to copy and store parts of people's souls, including their abilities and memories. Misumaru is mainly shown using the power of her magatama to analyze information on people she encounters, as well as their thoughts.

According to her dialogue in Reimu Hakurei's main scenario and hidden ending in Unconnected Marketeers, she is also the one who crafted Reimu's Yin-Yang Orb from similar ancient materials.

Character Design[edit]

Origin[edit]

She is based on Tamanooya-no-Mikoto (玉祖命), one of the amatsukami from the Kojiki who took part in luring Amaterasu out of the cave she was hiding in by creating the Yasakani-no-magatama (八尺瓊勾玉). Tamanooya is also present later in the descent of Ninigi and conquest of the kunitsukami. He is the ancestral deity of the Tamatsukuri clan, who were associated with the production of jewelry, including magatama. Tamatsukuri is also the name of a Shinto shrine which enshrines Tamanooya. Other names of Tamanooya include Toyotama-no-kami (豊玉神) and Ame-no-akaru-tama-no-mikoto (天明玉命), both mentioned in the Nihon Shoki.

Name[edit]

In addition to the connection to the Tamatsukuri clan mentioned above, Tamatsukuri (玉造) also means jewel-maker.

In ancient times, misumaru, written 御統, referred to a chain or loop of threaded beads (often magatama), usually worn as a necklace.

Design[edit]

Misumaru has dark blonde, roughly shoulder-length hair that parts over her face and has reddish eyes. She wears a red top with white sleeves and a black ribbon around the waist and a yellow skirt. A few strands of hair left and right are tied together with a spherical ornament and she wears a similar ornament on her head. [1] She is barefoot.

Magatama are incorporated throughout her clothing, for example, a magatama-shaped green pattern on the skirt and a dark red on the top, and magatama in rainbow colors adorn the hem of her skirt, the ends of the shawl around her waist, and a chain that runs across her wear over the upper body.

Appearances[edit]

Misumaru's sprite in UM

Games[edit]

Unconnected Marketeers

The protagonist encounters Misumaru deep in the mine, where she warns that there is no oxygen further in the cave and that the protagonist should turn around or she will die. When the protagonist ignores this warning, Misumaru fights her. The protagonist wins the spell card battle, but is exhausted by it and finally notices the effects of the low oxygen. Misumaru sells the protagonist a card and advises her to leave the mine and seek the true culprit at the top of the mountain, which she does.

In Reimu's good ending, Misumaru explains to her that she had nothing to do with the incident and that she was in the mine for the same reason as Reimu: she was concerned about the mining of Izanagi objects and was there to investigate it.

Relationships[edit]

Reimu Hakurei

Although Reimu had not met her before the Ability Card Incident, she is responsible for creating the Hakurei Yin-Yang Orbs.

Momoyo Himemushi

Misumaru is very critical of the mining in the Youkai Mountain and sent the protagonist to defeat Momoyo Himemushi during Unconnected Marketeers

Minor Relationships[edit]

Hakurei God

Nothing is known about Misumaru's relationship with the Hakurei God, other than that she created the Yin-Yang Orb's that it is enshrined within.

Spell Cards[edit]

Additional Information[edit]

  • In Story of Eastern Wonderland, Mima says to Reimu "Only a blood member of the Hakurei Clan can use the Yin-Yang orbs"[2], though this may simply no longer be canon due to ZUN's continuity rule for Touhou.

Fandom[edit]

Official Profiles[edit]

Official Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ZUN (2021-07-17). "東方ステーション #27 東方虹龍洞特集" [Touhou Station #27: Touhou Kouryuudou Edition]. Mildon (Livestream) (in 日本語). Retrieved 2021-07-17. 「玉だよ。弾の神様、弾幕の神様?」
  2. Story of Eastern Wonderland - Main Scenario