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Tamamo Fushimi is a transfer student from Kyoto. She likes collecting acorns, fruits, and pretty stones. Her specialty is divination. By all accounts, she looks just like an ordinary high school student. ...at least, that's what she thinks.
—From the first page of the manga
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Tamamo Fushimi has just transferred from Kyoto. Like many high school girls, she goes to school, studies, hangs out with her friends, and has hobbies she enjoys. Unlike many high school girls, however, Tamamo is a divine messenger, a white fox from the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto who has taken on human form because she was curious about high school life.

What Tamamo fails to realize is that she isn't very good at taking on human form. She fools adults and cameras all right, but her classmates can see her true nature plain as day. Fortunately they're happy to pretend they don't notice and Tamamo remains oblivious, even as her classmates regularly leave her offerings in her shoe locker and greet her with prayers or as she turns into a statue when frightened.

Such is the story of O-Inari JK Tamamo-chan! (High School Inari Tamamo-chan!) by Yuuki Ray, a Yonkoma about Tamamo's life in school and her friends' efforts to keep her secret from being revealed.

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O-Inari JK Tamamo-chan! contains examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: Nakki's a bit touchy about being flat-chested.
  • Academic Athlete: Nakki is the best between herself, Tamamo, and Mikki at academics. She's also a naturally gifted athlete, as she's shown outperforming Tamamo at multiple sports with minimal effort. She declines to join any athletic clubs, however, because, gifted though she is, she can never remember the actual rules of any sport.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Tamamo loves people equally and wants to be friends with everyone in her school. She doesn't hold much of a grudge against most people. Even when a weasel girl and raccoon girl had been playing pranks on her all day, she states she would love to be friends with them in total honestly.
  • Beach Episode: Chapters 14-15.
  • Beast Man: Leaving aside Tamamo and her sisters, in their true forms, Kagachi is a humanoid weasel, Mitarai is a humanoid raccoon, and Anpu is a humanoid canine (probably a jackal, given she's based on Anubis).
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  • Class Representative: Tamamo runs for class president at the start of her second year, and wins the vote; unfortunately, no-one with failing marks can be class president, disqualifying her.
  • Demonic Possession: Neutral version. Nakki's partial transformation into a divine messenger kitsune in chapters 54-55 allows Inari Okami to hijack her body for Tamamo's parent/child meeting shortly afterwards, presenting herself as Tamamo's mother, which's helped by the fact that in possession, Okami looks like an adult fusion of herself and Nakki.
  • Drunken Master: Osaki's clumsiness seems to vanish when she's drunk, as demonstrated when she's serving as a waitress in a cafe without any issue while drunk on the fumes of the liquor being served.
  • Eldritch Location: Tamamo's current home is located deep in a grove, but the house itself exists in a separate space that can only be reached if guided to it.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Public Morals Committee girl, whose actual name hasn't been given.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Tamamo finds all sorts of modern day objects, from trains and bicycles to Tokyo Tower, to be utterly amazing and worth pointing out.
  • Footnote Fever: Most pages have a note at the side with info on something relating to that comic, some of which are from Tamamo herself.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Anpu, who joins Tamamo's second year class from Egypt in chapter 63.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Kagachi and Mitarai's presence in the school is hinted at in chapters 23 and 25.
    • Tenko mentions she is a regular at the cafe Tamamo works at in chapter 57 which hints at the supernatural aspect of the place.
  • Fox Folk: The fox spirits' humanoid forms resemble humanoid foxes to those who can see past the illusion.
  • Friendless Background: The Public Morals Committee girl doesn't have any friends, and she's a bit tsundere about wanting some.
  • Glamour Failure: Much to the photography students' frustration, this is not the case with photos of Tamamo or her sisters. Photographs all show them to be beautiful young women with no hint of their true nature. However, the various traditional Japanese methods of seeing through a glamour are effective.
  • Hime Cut: Tamamo's baseline hairstyle, possibly representing her being a divine messenger and/or a Fish out of Temporal Water. Her sisters don't have the full cut, with Tenko not having straight bangs and Osaki having short hair and Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Invisible to Adults: With the exception of Reiko-sensei, every adult Tamamo encounters sees her as a human with silver hair and red eyeliner. On the flip side, the only student who doesn't see Tamamo as a fox is the Public Morals Committee girl. Meanwhile, Kagachi and Mitarai normally appear human to everyone, being better shapeshifters than Tamamo and her sisters.
  • Kitsune: Tamamo and her sisters are divine messenger fox spirits of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Occasionally someone will anger either Tamamo or Inari Okami, and the person will suffer some backlash for their wrongful actions. A frequently occurring example is the girls' homeroom teacher becoming seriously ill after taking some of Tamamo's food or otherwise upsetting her.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: A benign version in a cafe Tamamo works at in chapters 56 and 57. Her friends come and visit her, have a nice meal, and watch as many customers come in ordering foreign foods. When Nakki returns to collect her forgotten bus pass she finds the shop's true form is a small shrine. The cafe was one for the gods.
  • Meaningful Echo: Anpu in chapter 63 introduces herself very similarly to Tamamo in chapter 2, missing out her list of interests.
  • Miko: Nakki has the potential to be a shrine maiden, delivering the words of the gods. Early on, Inari Okami visits her bed to tell her to look out for Tamamo.
  • Mystical White Hair: Tamamo and her sisters all have silver hair.
  • New Transfer Student: Tamamo introduces herself as a transfer student from Kyoto.
  • Open Secret: Tamamo's nature as an Inari is pretty much common knowledge to the students at Tamamo's school. However, none of them advertise this fact and let Tamamo think she's getting away with fooling them. Similarly, Kagachi and Mitarai's true natures become open secrets among the student body after Tamamo's class sees their confrontation with her.
  • Pun-Based Title: The "JK" in O-Inari JK Tamamo-chan! is typically taken to mean joshikousei, or high school girl. The title/Alt Text of an early page states, however, that the "JK" stands for jitsu wa kitsune, or "actually a fox".
  • Real-Place Background: The major locations in the series, like Tamamo's house, her school, the alleys, etc., are all real places in Tokyo, as are many of the places the cast visit.
  • Reveal Shot: The final page of chapter 63, revealing Anpu's face as she introduces herself (she's shown from the back on the chapter's title page, but her identity isn't revealed).
  • Running Gag:
    • The homeroom teacher nearly always steals or tries stealing Tamamo's food.
    • The Photography Club continue many times to get pictures or video of Tamamo but fail.
    • Tamamo turning into statue form when shocked or scared, and her friends ignoring it to keep up their charade.
    • When Tamamo goes on trips, Inari Okami will ask for some gift from the trip. And Tamamo will either forget or not get her a nice enough present.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper:
    • Since Tamamo's being able to go to school depends on no one finding out her identity, the people who do know, which is the entire student body minus the Public Morals Committee girl, don't let on that they know her secret.
    • When Tamamo's elder sister takes her place because Tamamo's sick, she believes she was a flawless impersonation of her sister, not realizing the classmates see through her illusion too.
    • When Tamamo's class moves up to their second year, Tamamo's fan club makes a point of ensuring all the incoming first years know to keep quiet about her being a fox.
  • Sensei-chan: Reiko-sensei is the only teacher who can see Tamamo as a fox. Nakki suspects it's because she's childish at heart. Indeed, Reiko would love nothing more than to snuggle up with Tamamo's fluffy tail.
  • Shrinking Violet: Osaki's like this initially, but when she gets to know someone she gets more comfortable around them.
  • Sick Episode: Tamamo's off ill with a cold in chapters 10-11, so Tenko takes her place at school.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Tamamo falls asleep in her first period class on her first day of school. During this time she talks in her sleep about how she was granted permission to pose as human and go to school by Inari Okami, but that she would be punished if her true nature became widely known. Her classmates, upon hearing this, all decide they can't let her know she isn't fooling them.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: Tamamo mistakes Mitarai for a tanuki, but she's actually a shapeshifted raccoon. The students figure it out after identifying Mitarai's tail.

Alternative Title(s): High School Inari Tamamo Chan

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