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Natsume Tsuchimikado (土御門 夏目 Tsuchimikado Natsume?) is Harutora Tsuchimikado's estranged childhood friend, an onmyouji, and the heir to the main Tsuchimikado family. She was assumed to be the reincarnation of Yakou Tsuchimikado until Takiko Souma revealed that Harutora was the real reincarnation of Yakou.

Overview[]

While female, Natsume is widely known to be a male until her clothes ripped off while fighting Shaver; before that event, only Touji, Harutora, his parents, Takahiro, and Chizuru knew of her womanhood. She is an excellent onmyouji and is considered the best in the Onmyou Academy. She is one of the three people in the academy who can summon a defensive shikigami, with the others being Harutora and Kyouko. It is clear that she harbours feelings for Harutora and she cares deeply about her family and friends.

Appearance[]

Natsume in a male uniform and herself in a miko outfit.

Natsume has long hair reaching just below her shoulders and her bangs are parted to the left slightly. Her hair is a dark shade of purple (in the light novel it's often said her hair is black) and her eyes are a red wine color (in most covers for the light novels her eyes are colored a yellowish color but it is said that she has almond eyes). She is of an average height. Attire-wise, when she first reunited with Harutora she wore a white sun hat and matching dress, and has briefly wore the garb of a shrine maiden. When enrolled into Onmyou Academy she wore the male school uniform and has cut her hair short and has tied the ribbon Harutora won for her/Hokuto around her longer strands of hair. Several of Natsume's friends originally thought that she was a boy until her clothes were partly torn when fighting Shaver.

Personality[]

Natsume is a very shy and modest girl who gets easily jealous when Harutora is talking with/and or about other girls’s looks. Nevertheless, she is hot-headed at times. Mostly due to Harutora’s dense nature, often referring him as “Stupid-Tora.” She cares about Harutora and has had a crush on him since childhood, but can be stern and scary with him and her friends when needed. She also deeply cares about her family and will protect their reputation at all cost. She has been taking the burden of being the Tsuchimikado heir since birth. A fact she takes most seriously, feeling an obligation to perform her duty. To such an extent she views forging friendships with others as a distraction from her duty, despite this she has made close friends with a small sect of her classmates. She values her family’s traditions very highly, as she has disguised herself as a male due to the tradition of the heir seemingly if female, to dress as a boy when meeting other noble Onmyou clans. And going as far as to purposely deepen her voice to sound more masculine, which she is embarrassed by the whole charade.

Background[]

As the heir to the main family of Tsuchimikado, she had been bearing the burden of the family name since birth. To top that, she is presumed to be the reincarnation of their infamous ancestor Yakou, otherwise known as the King of the North Star. So, she holds a charisma and is an obvious object of envy in the eyes of other onmyojis. As a family tradition, she has to present herself as male in front of other onmyoji families. It is later revealed that she was adopted in the main family Tsuchimikado clan. When she and Harutora were born they exchanged their places in order to protect Harutora, she was sent to the main family and Harutora was sent to the branch family.

In volume 11, it is revealed by Yasuzumi that she was an abandoned child left at Wakasugi's doorstep not long after she was born and right after Yuuko Tsuchimikado's death after giving birth to Harutora. The Wakasugi mother and Yasuzumi felt that Natsume is Yuuko's reincarnation.

Story[]

Light Novel:

Revived in Volume 9 with the help of Harutora Tsuchimikado using Taizan Fukun Ritual.

Volume 14: Natsume's spirit became increasingly unstable. It is revealed that ritual was a fail because it summoned 2 souls (Natsume's and Hishamaru's). Hence, to save Natsume, Harutora Tsuchimikado send Natsume's spirit back to the past. It is presumed that Hishamaru is in fact the reincarnation of Natsume and served under Yakou Tsuchimikado.

Powers and Abilities[]

Knowledge[]

Natsume has a vast knowledge in onmyoudou. She was a very studious student in the Onmyou Academy. She had a rank of being one of the top students of her class in Onmyou Academy, with the other being Kyouko Kurahashi.

Magic[]

Onmyoudo: Natsume ranks among the most skilled onmyoujis in Tokyo, to the extent that no one in the academy can best her in sheer skill. Even while having technically dropped out, it is mentioned she would most likely be able to rival a professional exorcist. Jin Ohtomo had mentioned that she can even do what would be impossible for a professional exorcist, but battling one of the Twelve Divine Generals would be a bit too much for her.

Living Spirit: After her death and resurrection, Natsume is now considered a Living Spirit while being bound to Hokuto. Much like Touji, she possesses the ability to access more of Hokuto's powers, but the power isn't infinite and if it runs out, she dies.

  • First Seal: Purge - After she releases the first seal, her spiritual power increases explosively. An astonishing high-level yin aura pours from Natsume's entire body.

Spells[]

Shikigami[]

  • Hokuto: is a Gohou type familiar, a rare true dragon spirit that served the Main Tsuchimikado Family for a long time. When Natsume died during the event of volume 8 and 9, Harutora revived her by anchoring her soul with this dragon spirit. It is the main trump card of the Tsuchimikados. 
  • Yukikaze: A horse spirit that Natsume frequently uses to travel long distance, and this horse can run across the sky with impressive speed. 
  • Hekireki: A high-level defensive shikigami of Natsume's own creation. A special shikigami that followed its master's instructions and released several preset magics. It hadn't originally been Natsume's shikigami. It was a defensive shikigami that had been specially lent to her from an extraordinary former exorcist - who was currently acting as Natsume's master

Relationships[]

Harutora Tsuchimikado[]

Ever since they were childhood friends, Natsume developed feelings for Harutora and tries to get as close as possible to him. This was proven by her creating a girl shikigami which she controlled from a distance with her mind, called Hokuto. After Hokuto was destroyed, she kept the ribbon Hokuto earned and used it to tie her hair. She often gets upset when people tease her. She later confessed to Harutora when she was dying.

Kyouko Kurahashi[]

From the beginning itself, Kyoko thought that Natsume was the boy she met during her childhood and the one who made a promise to her but later on it is revealed that it was Harutora. When she meets Natsume "again" at the Onmyo Academy, she starts to have feelings for "him". When it is revealed that Natsume is a girl, Kyoko calls her a liar and believed that Natsume did not seem her worthy enough to know her secret. They later make up by apologizing to each other and also acknowledge that they would face each other fair and square when it comes to gaining Harutora's attention.

Tenma Momoe[]

Tenma is one of the first people to notice Natsume and her change of attitude while defending Harutora and Touji from Kyoko.

Suzuka Dairenji[]

Suzuka and Natsume are rivals when it comes to Harutora's love.

Kon[]

Kon and Natsume are rivals when it comes to make Harutora work hard, but they team up when they are jealous when Harutora compliments the other or any other girl. f

Touji Ato[]

Touji was the first one to instantly recognize that Hokuto was a shikigami and not a human. He initially gives advice to Natsume about confessing to Harutora which is always declined but is accepted during her death. Harutora starts to doubt that Touji and Natsume may know each other at the beginning.

Etymology[]

Nomenclature

  • The name Natsume means "summer" (夏) (natsu) and "eye, ogle" (目) (me).
    • Part of the name me (目) can mean different things, which are (eye, eyeball, eyesight, sight, vision, look, stare, glance, an experience, viewpoint, stitch, texture, weave, ordinal number suffix, somewhat, -ish)
  • Natsume's surname Tsuchimikado means "soil, earth" (土) (tsuchi), "honorable" (御) (mika) and "gate" (門) (do), which literally means "earth emperor" altogether.

Trivia[]

  • Natsume's favorite food is soba.
  • In the Drama CD, Natsume herself admitted that she is bad at cooking.
  • Natsume uses the masculine and informal Japanese pronoun 'boku' to refer to herself during the early episodes of the series because she needed to pretend that she is a boy, then later switched to a more formal pronoun 'watashi' that is can be used by both men and women.

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