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Japanese Name: 玉村 たまお
Romanized Name: Tamamura Tamao
English Name: Tamara
First Appearance: Chapter 49 (Manga)
Episode 17 (Anime)
Affiliations: Asakura Family
Occupations: Shaman
Okami
Epithet: "Tammy" by Anna in the English anime
Japanese VA: Nana Mizuki
English VA: Veronica Taylor
Furyoku Level: 1.500
Guardian Ghosts
Japanese Name: Ponchi and Conchi
English Name: Ponchi and Konchi
Meaning: n/a
Type: Animal Spirits
Japanese Name: Dai Tengu
English Name: Tengu Goblin
Meaning: "Great Heavenly Dogs
Type: Kami Class

Tamamura Tamao (玉村 たまお, known in the English anime as Tamara), is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Shaman King.

AppearanceEdit

Tall for her age, Tamao is a pink eyed girl with short-cut pink hair. She is usually seen in a simple white shirt and black pants with planchette slung over shoulder and sketchbook in hand. While working at the Inn, she wears a pink kimono with a rose sash and an apron.

PersonalityEdit

Tamao is a shy girl who has a huge crush on Asakura Yoh, even though she knows that Yoh is engaged to Kyōyama Anna. Despite this, she states that her feelings for him are no less stronger. Initially, she is so shy that she uses her sketchbook and points to pictures in instead of speaking. But during the Shaman Fights, she steadily gains self-confidence through Anna's influence and fight Team "Hana-Gumi" and even try to protect the dying Marco Lasso from Anahol Pokki even though he was clearly stronger.

Following the conclusion of the Shaman Tournament, Tamao undergoes a drastic personality change followed by the stress of running the Funbari Onsen and taking care of Asakura Hana on her own. This coupled with the death of her teacher Asakura Mikihisa causes her to snap and she runs amok in West Tokyo for three years straight. By the time the Five Elemental Warriors gathers again she have returned to her senses and now reassemble Anna in both appearance and personality to the point where Hana mistakes her for Anna.[1] Her shyness is completely gone, having been replaced with an air of understated authority. Her ability to inspire fear is such as Hana refers to her as a 'monster'.

Years later, after Hana learns the truth about his parentage, she still takes care of him and is fiercely loyal to the Asakura Family. She panics when she learns that members of the Asakura Branch Family have arrived in town and after Asakura Luca and Asakura Yohane attack Hana, she retaliated by crushing the house of the Branch Family with Dai Tengu.[2]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Tamao's specialty is her use of a kokkuri board, which is similar to a Ouija board, in order to perform divinations. She is also an ascetic, like Mikihisa.

In her adult years she is the full-fledged Okami of Funbari Onsen and is well-versed in Japanese etiquette, Sado, Ikebana and Calligraphy. She have also become an accomplished songstress.[3]

SpiritsEdit

See More: Ponchi and Conchi | Dai Tengu

Her spirits are Conchi, a kitsune, and Ponchi, a tanuki, in the same way Mikihisa has a kitsune and a tanuki. However, even though they are Seirei-types they have still not completely given up on their ego and therefore, cannot completely evolve.

With the pair she can create two different Over Souls with her planchette. By using Conchi, she creates a crossbow that can shoot guided arrows while with Ponchi she creates a heart shaped shield that can expand at will.

After undergoing intense training under Asakura Yohken, Tamao inherits the ability to summon and control the Kami-class spirit Dai Tengu while using Harusame as a medium.

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

At the start of the series, Tamao is 10 years old. She was born on June 17th, 1988 and her blood type is A. Orphaned at a young age, she was found and brought to the Asakura family by Yoh's father, Asakura Mikihisa. He intended her to train under Asakura Yohmei to learn divination.

Shaman Fights First RoundEdit

Travel Through AmericaEdit

Shaman Fights Second RoundEdit

As Team "Hana-Gumi" confronts Redseb Munzer, Seyram Munzer and Kyōyama Anna Tamao and Tao Jun steps in to fights the three girls, allowing Anna and the children to reach the stadium in time for the next fight.

Invading the PlantsEdit

While Yoh and his friends was transported to the Continent of Mu, Tamao had an outdoor grill feast, with the Asakura Family, the Tao Family, the Usui Family and Hao's followers.

She later appears onboard the Soul Train together with the rest of Asakura Family.[4]

Funbari no UtaEdit

Epoch Tamao

Tamao as Okami of Funbari Onsen.

After the Shaman Tournament had ended, Tamao is left to bring up Asakura Hana and oversee the construction of Funbari Onsen while attending high school. During this time, both Yoh and Anna are away and Hana believes that Tamao is his real mother.[1] Under tremendous pressure, Mikihasa's death finally causes her to snap. She runs amok and dominates West Tokyo for 3 years straight with Harusame in hand. It is at this time that she gains the training to become an Okami and to obtain the Furyoku necessary to summon Dai Tengu.[3] According to Ichihara Ryuji, she together with Umemiya Ryunosuke became legendary thugs for uniting all the gangs in Nishitōkyō. During this time she also gained the nickname "Metal Sword" Tamao-San for wielding a real metal katana.[5]

Six years after the tournament, Tamao has graduated from high school and is preparing Funbari Onsen for its grand opening, as well as the reunion of the Elemental Warriors. At 19 years of age, Tamao's appearance and personality heavily resembles Anna; she has grown her hair out and wears a simple black dress reminiscent of Anna's. She is seen constantly carrying a meat cleaver, and has just released her first doujin album.

In her adult years she continues to take care of Hana, while also running the Funbari Onsen. At some point she visited Asakura Yohmei on his deathbed in Izumo, where he warned her of the arrival of Asakura Branch Family and tasked her to protect Hana from them. While Hana was at school she received news from Ponchi and Conchi that Asakura Luca and Asakura Yohane have arrived in town and that they later made contact with Hana, most likely with the intention of killing him. Later, while stuck in traffic with Ryu, she felt Hana and Yohane's furyoku clashing, realizing that they are too late. After finding Hana unharmed in the streets, she took Ryu's motorcycle and drove off on her own to investigate in Kyoto.[6] She then forcibly called for a truce with Asakura Yohkyo, but not before interrogating him and destroying his house.

Anime/Manga DifferenceEdit

In the anime, Tamao is not nearly as shy as her manga incarnation: She actually talks as opposed to drawing pictures and pointing, albeit with a noticeable stutter.

Tamao gets somewhat less character development in the anime, as her other oversoul, Angel-san, and her fight with Hana-Gumi are omitted entirely.

TriviaEdit

  • Anna once stated that Tamao would most likely have married Yoh if she were not there.
  • A running gag in the Japanese version of the anime features Tamao as the protagonist in a Mahou Shoujo type show titled "Kokkuri Angel Cupid Tamao", a show based on an Omake Chapter of the same name.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Shaman King Manga - Funbari no Uta Chapter 4
  2. Shaman King Manga - Flowers Chapter 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Mentalite Extras; File Nr. 373
  4. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 299
  5. Shaman King Manga - Flowers Chapter 12
  6. Shaman King Manga - Flowers Chapter 3

External LinksEdit

e v Funbari Onsen
Owner(s): Asakura Anna | Tamamura Tamao
Employee: Umemiya Ryunosuke | Hana-Gumi Waitresses
Shaman Team: Asakura Yoh | Umemiya Ryunosuke | Johann George Faust VIII
Abilities
Spirits: Amidamaru | Tokageroh | Eliza Faust | Frankensteiny
Related Articles
Groups: Team "Funbari Onsen"
Other: "Funbari no Uta" | Funbari Onsen

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