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"Thanks is nice, but money is better."


Full Name Sou Kishuku
Nicknames Tamahome, Tama
Birthdate June 28th (Cancer)
Constellation Demon
Age 17
Gender Male
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Known Relatives Miaka Yuki (Wife)
Hikari Sukunami (Son)
Father (Deceased)
Mother (Deceased in childbirth)
Chuei (Little Brother) (Deceased)
Shunkei (Little Brother) (Deceased)
Gyokuran (Little Sister) (Deceased)
Yuiren (Little Sister) (Deceased)
Additional Information
Beast God Suzaku
Title One of Seven Celestial Warrior
Rank Warrior
Occupation Warrior
School Coach (Eikoden)

Real World
Manga Chapter 1
Anime Episode 1
Created by Yuu Watase
Voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa (Anime)
Seki Toshishiko (CD Book)
Miyano Mamoru (Suzaku Ibun)

Tamahome (鬼宿), real name Kishuku Sou (琮 鬼宿 Sō Kishuku, or Cóng Guǐxiù), is the first Suzaku warrior Miaka meets and has the character "Ogre" on his forehead. He appears to be obsessed with money, but only wants to use it to support his family. Tamahome is a very single-minded individual for the most part. At first his drive is his family - they are all encompassing to his attitude to life and everything he does is for their benefit, even to the point of making himself appear something of a penny pincher to a confused Miaka and company to begin with. Despite his altruistic reasons for needing money, Tamahome is also very proud and he doesn't ever divulge why he needs the money or even tells Miaka and the others about his family at all.

Character Outline

"It hasn't changed, really. It's because I had found something more worth to me than money."
—Tamahome, to Tokaki

All throughout the series, Tamahome is portrayed as ultimately greedy for money due to his poor background. He is firm in this attitude of his, and he doesn't budge, not even when Miaka steps unto his life, though he once stated that Miaka means more to him than money. 

He appears to be comical and sneaky; particularly when he leaves Miaka alone at the first parts of the series, and very dog-type. But at truth, it is his emotional withdrawnment that hinders him from showing his true emotions. Tamahome is confident, proud and stuck-up. He fights dearly for what he cares about, and stops at nothing to protect them, and hence developing not only a rivalry but also an immovable hatred towards Nakago who threatens them all.



Tamahome's family

Tamahome is seventeen years old and the eldest son of a very large family. His mother died after giving birth to his youngest sister, Yuiren. He has two brothers(Zhong-Rong/Chuei and Chung-Jing/Shunkei), two sisters (Yu-Lun/Gyokuran and the aforementioned Jie-Lian/Yuiren) and a sick father (later healed by Mitsukake). However, they were killed by Suboshi when he mentally broke after the apparent death of his brother Amiboshi in a fight with Tamahome, and retaliated via slaughtering them in revenge.

Tamahome first sees Miaka as a little sister, and would gladly give his life for her. However, when she returns home for three months of time in the book he realizes that his love for her is actually of the romantic kind. Fortunately, he's not afraid to admit that. Unfortunately, everything in the world seems to want to stand between them. If it isn't Yui trying to win him over, it's Taiitsukun telling Miaka she can't touch any guys, or Nakago making Miaka think she's dirty, or Tokaki telling them Suzaku won't be able to keep them together... it's just one thing after another, but nothing can keep these two apart. Their love is strong enough to conquer anything, and, yeah, it even saves the world.

Tamahome isn't afraid to care about people, so he's fairly close to all the warriors, but he's usually a little sidetracked by Miaka. So he doesn't spend much time with anyone else. He has some interesting dynamics with Nuriko and Tasuki, as some of their light-hearted mannerisms mingle well with Tamahome's sense of humor.


He first appears in the Anime when Miaka and Yui were transported in the book, he then saved them from slave traders and demanded money. When they tell him they don't have money, he walks away stating that they were penny pinchers.

When Yui is transported back to the modern world Miaka thinks that Tamahome abducted her. Miaka then searches for him, gets into trouble and he saves Miaka from street thugs.They then walk along the streets


where and when they see the imperial procession nearby. Tamahome says that if you get one jewel off the crown of the emperor, the jewel will make you rich. Miaka then decides to get one to repay Tamahome, and she tripped and fell onto the emperor's palanquin, and the both of them were arrested. They were inside a dungeon but they manage to escape thanks to Miaka's gum, but were separated when Miaka wonders off in the direction of the smell of food. Miaka is then asked by the emperor, Hotohori, if she wants to be the priestess of Suzaku and have her wishes granted. Miaka agrees. Now they have to search for the remaining 6 of the warriors, so they gathered all the skilled warriors in the country. Miaka then shouted, "those who have characters on their bodies, please raise your hand!" None of them did so, and Miaka tries to annoy them and the soldiers rush after her, with Tamahome following. Miaka and Tamahome have a brief conversation under the fallen building in with Tamahome states that he will always protect Miaka. they are almost crushed, but a Celestial Warrior named Nuriko saves them and gives Tamahome a kiss. Nuriko tries to capture Tamahome but he eventually managed to escape, when Tamahome goes to the country to earn some money. Nuriko secretly follows. Tamahome then tries to sell the bubblegum given to him by Miaka on the day when they were in the dungeon. Some people debate this and suspect that it's fake but are soon proven otherwise. Then, a group of thugs corner him in an alleyway, stating he needed to pay a protection fee to do business in the area they try to bargain for Miaka and she takes it the wrong way tho Tamahome was staling for time with no intentions of selling her his true intention was to protect her. Miaka then confesses her feelings but Tamahome rejects them. Miaka falls down on a fever. Tamahome watches as Miaka rests on the palace, accompanied by Hotohori , who was furious at the thought why Miaka is sick. Suspecting that maybe Tamahome was the culprit, Tamahome simply says that he was just saving her from bandits.

Miaka is seriously ill, so Hotohori comes to the hard decision to send her home, using Taiitsukun a great mage. Hotohori tells Miaka of this, asking her to come back once she's well again. Outside, Nuriko accuses Tamahome of being jealous of Hotohori, telling him to apologize to Miaka so that Hotohori will be free for Nuriko. They set off to go to Taiitsukun, with a tense feeling between Miaka and Tamahome. That night, Nuriko tells Miaka to bathe in the spring near where they are camped. Nuriko tells Tamahome to go to the spring, saying Miaka asked him out there. Miaka undresses to bathe and her leg is caught by something she screams and Tamahome comes running, the thing that caught her leg was just a log. during the silence they both apologize. Tamahome is very embarrassed by Miaka's appearance. Tamahome leaves and Nuriko reveals herself. Miaka hugs Nuriko and Nuriko's top falls off enough to reveal she's a man. The next day, Hotohori and Miaka have a heart-to-heart discussion, which makes Tamahome and Nuriko jealous.

Episode 52

After they defeated Nakago, Miaka used her last wish to put the world back to normal instead wishing to be with Tamahome in her world. Miaka was deeply sad and was able to read Tamahome's letter for her. Tamahome embraced and kissed Miaka so hard as he disappeared.

Later on, Miaka passed in her exam. Keisuke and Tetsuya introduced her to Tamahome who was there to find her. Miaka was surprised and couldn't help but cry.


Tamahome and Miaka have been living in Miaka's world. They visited the grave of the priestess of Genbu while Tamahome heard something in his head. It was the priestess of Genbu who was asking for help. Then Tamahome was pulled back into the book again.

See OVA 1


Tamahome, as a child was bullied and picked at because of the demon symbol on his forehead. Tokaki , a Byakko Celestial warrior who was
Young Tamahome

The young Tamahome.

kicked out of his house because of his lecherous nature was traveling and saw that Tamahome was a Celestial Warrior. Tokaki then trained him so that he could protect his priestess someday.


Tamahome is reborn in the real world as Taka Sukunami by the Seven Jewels. In the end of the OVA 1, a glimpse of Tamahome who has their wedding ring (Miaka dropped the ring back to the book in the end of the OVA) and serves as a waiter in the restaurant where Miaka and Yui is.


Tamahome New Powers

Tamahome releases his Chi.

Tamahome is an adept martial artist trained by Tokaki, a very powerful member of the Byakko Seven; therefore he does not wield any weapon. When he is emotionally motivated, he can increase his battle skills with his chi, and can also channel his chi into energy blasts. Though it was apparently not shown during the series or in any of the installations, he is also an experienced swordsman.

Despite his prowess as a martial artist, Tamahome also displays wielding two various weaponry when he was brainwashed by Nakago by using one of his earrings. He first wields a single nunchaku when he severely hits Miaka's left arm during their encounter as well as knocking Miaka's ribbon to make the right half of her unadorned ox-horns let loose. He also uses in battle against Tasuki until Chichiri uses his power to return them back to Konan as the chains from his nunchaku finally breaks. Later, he wields a sword given to Hotohori when they battle each other in a sword duel to display his swordsmanship which Hotohori protects Miaka from being killed by him due to his brainwashed state.

Character Songs

(Midorikawa Hikaru as TV series)

  • Ai to Iu Na no Tatakai ni...
  • Soshite, Yami no Saki ni
  • Meccha HAJIkete GATTSU Tobashite (with Hotohori, Tasuki and Chichiri)

(Seki Toshihiko as CD Book)

  • Kimi o Mamoritai
  • Kimi ni Tadoru Michi
  • Eien no Hikari
  • Hoshi no Neiro (with Miaka)
  • Chiisana Tegami (with Miaka)
  • Ashiato ni Hiraku Hana (with Tasuki)
  • Subete ni Wo Ai Ni (with Miaka)


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  • Tamahome's name is pronounced "Ta-ma-ho-me" but without any particular emphasis on any syllables.
  • Tamahome can often be found counting his money, and will obsess over a single lost coin. the only thing that can distract him from money is Miaka... and even then only briefly.
  • In the anime and manga, it is showned that his love for Miaka is very strong. So strong that he endure Miaka's poisonous food and eating it. Even though his face turn blue.
  • In the English dub his father is voiced over by Colin Baker.


"But even if we are separated for now, I still believe. That someday, surely, I will meet you again. No, that I will find you again. I promise you. No matter how my appearance may change... and it takes thousands or ten thousands of years... No matter which world you're in, I will come to you again. Somehow, I know I'll reach you. And when I do, I will once again say to you... Wo Ai Ni."
—Tamahome to Miaka


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