Misumaru Tamatsukuri

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Misumaru Tamatsukuri
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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
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

Personality

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

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

Origin

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

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

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

Misumaru's sprite in UM

Games

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

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

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

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 5
玉符「虹龍陰陽玉」 Orb Sign "Rainbow Dragon Yin-Yang Orbs" UM St. 4: E/N/H
玉符「陰陽神玉」 Orb Sign "Yin-Yang Divine Orbs" UM St. 4: L
玉将「クイーンオブインヤンスフィア」 Jeweled General "Queen of Yin-Yang Sphere" UM St. 4: E/N
女王珠「虹の扉の向こうに」 Queenly Gem "Beyond the Rainbow Door" UM St. 4: H/L
「陰陽サフォケイション」 "Yin-Yang Suffocation" UM St. 4: E/N/H/L

Additional Information

  • 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

Official Profiles

Misumaru Tamatsukuri  ○4面ボス

  本物の勾玉制作職人

     玉造 魅須丸(たまつくり みすまる)
  Tamatsukuri Misumaru

  種族:神様
  能力:勾玉を作る程度の能力

  古の鉱物から勾玉を作り出す神様。
  勾玉は生き物の魂を込める事が出来るマジックアイテムである。
  僅かだが、能力や気質、記憶までもコピーして収めることが出来るのである。
  勾玉の力を使えば、能力をコピーしたり、相手の情報を読み取ったりする事は容易い。

  虹龍洞で採掘されている龍珠は勾玉を作るのに向いている鉱物だ。
  大天狗が山に穴を開けまくって掘り出していると知り、彼女は慌てて現地調査に来ていた。
  龍珠が悪の手に渡ると危険だからである。更に言うと、山の環境破壊も気になっていた。
  欲望のままに山を切り崩し、資源が尽きると共にうち捨てられた鉱山跡を沢山見てきたからだ。

  虹龍洞は複雑に入り組んでいて、全貌はようと知れなかった。
  調査中に、人間が乗り込んできた。
  勾玉の力を使って目的を調べると、どうやらアビリティカードの調査をしているらしい。
  この先は人間が入れる場所ではないと追い返した。

  彼女は虹龍洞の調査を続けた。
  奥にいたのは山を掘り続ける危険な妖怪、大ムカデだった……。

Stage 4 Boss

Genuine Master Artisan of Magatama

Misumaru Tamatsukuri

Species: God
Ability: Capable of making magatama

A god who produces magatama from ancient minerals.
Magatama are magic items that can contain the souls of living things inside of them.
While only to a slight extent, they can copy and store people's abilities, temperaments, and even memories.
By using the power of a magatama, it's easy to do things like copy abilities, read information from a subject, and so on.

The Dragon Gems being excavated in the Rainbow Dragon Cave are minerals that are well-suited to being made into magatama.
She learned that a Great Tengu was boring tons of holes in the mountain to excavate them, and hurriedly set out ot investigate the site.
This was because it'd be dangerous for the Dragon Gems to fall into the hands of evil. On top of that, she was concerned about the mountain's environmental destruction.
She had, after all, seen countless old mines that had been carved out of mountains due to sheer greed, then tossed aside when their resources ran out.

The Rainbow Dragon Cave's structure was labyrinthine, with its full layout still unknown.
While she was investigating, a human came and delved inside.
Upon using her magatama's power to see what their motive was, it appeared that they were investigating the Ability Cards.
She turned them away, telling them that the caverns beyond were no place for humans to enter.

After that, she continued investigating the Rainbow Dragon Cave.
In its far reaches, she found a dangerous youkai that was continually digging away at the mountain: a giant centipede...

Official Sources

Official sources

References

  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