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Fushimi Tamamo, a transfer student from Kyoto. Hobbies: Collecting acorns, nuts, and pretty stones. Talent: Fortune telling. She looks just like any other high school girl... or so 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 Tamamo-chan's a Fox! (O-Inari JK Tamamo-chan!, or 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, published in Monthly Comics REX.

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Released in English by Seven Seas Entertainment.


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  • 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.
  • The Alcoholic: Downplayed; a recurring observation in the series is that Tenko drinks a lot.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Some of her classmates have noticed that Tamamo seems to act more like a dog than a fox.
  • 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 have been playing pranks on her all day, she states she would love to be friends with them in total honesty.
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  • Asleep, Not Meditating: During a field trip to a Zen monastery Tamamo falls asleep almost immediately after getting in position to meditate. The nun supervising the session applies the traditional "Zen stick" to a few of the students.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In one scene a group of students are praying to the 1-3 Shrine (aka Tamamo’s desk). One student asks to be ‘showered in riches’. He is immediately hit in the head by said ‘riches’.
  • Beach Episode: Chapters 14-15 see Tamamo, Mikki and Nakki head to the beach, with Reiko-sensei as chaperone.
  • 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).
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The rather tall Kagachi is the "big guy" to her "boss" Mitarai.
  • Birthday Buddies: Mikki and Nakki share their birthday.
  • Boisterous Weakling: At one point, Mitarai talks a big game about how she'll take on Tenko, then quickly excuses herself. A footnote for the page notes that while she puts up a bold front, she's actually a bit of a wuss.
  • Book Dumb: Tamamo's exceptionally capable... except when it comes to studying and school-related matters.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Osaki; according to Tamamo, just the smell of liquor gets her drunk.
  • Chekhov's Gag: At the start of chapter 15 we get an instance of random people praying to Tamamo as a gag, one of whom prays for rain for their field. The end of chapter 15 ends the beach trip with a sudden bout of rain, prompting Mikki to remark that guy just haaad to wish for rain for his fields, didn't he?
  • 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.
  • Covert Pervert: The Public Morals Committee girl is a wee bit too excited about giving Kagachi tights and admiring her legs in the process.
  • Crossover Cosmology: Tamamo works at a cafe for visiting gods from foreign lands, and at the end of volume 4 Anpu shows up as a foreign exchange student, spending much of volume 5 trying to recruit Tamamo into her pantheon.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Osaki, Tamamo's younger sister, is prone to tripping and bumping into things whenever she moves around.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Osaki, which is surprising given her Shrinking Violet nature. She gets flustered/angry when other girls flirt with Motoki, one the few boy students that are aware of Osaki and her two sisters' true forms. Sadly, Motoki is unaware of this crush.
  • Cuddle Bug: Anpu likes to greet (most) everyone with a hug, she's measuring them for mummification.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kagachi was a pet weasel who got left behind when her owners moved house, and was found by Mitarai, who took her in as her underling.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Tenko pins Miura-sensei's photo to her archery targets.
  • Demonic Possession: Neutral version. Because of Nakki's potential as a shrine maiden, Inari Okami hijacks her body for Tamamo's parent/child meeting, 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.
  • Embarrassing Relative Teacher: Tenko gets a job as a teacher in volume 2, and almost immediately starts singling out her little sister for the hard questions.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Public Morals Committee girl, whose actual name hasn't been given.
  • Excited Show Title!: In both Japanese, O-Inari JK Tamamo-chan!, and English, Tamamo-chan’s a Fox!.
  • Face of a Thug: With her dark skeleton-themed hoodie, tall lanky build, ever present borderline Slasher Smile, shifty eyes constantly shadowed by said hoodie and bangs, and her constant chuckling to herself, Kagachi's probably the most physically intimidating girl in school. She even manages to get the strict Public Morals Committee girl to back off by simply staring at her and laughing quietly. While early on, it's implied that she's not as averse to making new friends as Mitarai, later chapters establish her as rather kind-hearted, friendly, and eager to make new friends. Her growing friendship with Tamamo and Osaki have her open up more to the rest of the school, though she clearly still considers Mitarai her Best Friend.
  • Family Theme Naming: For Tamamo and her sisters, it's Religious and Mythological Theme Naming, with all of them having names relating to fox spirits.
    • Tamamo is all but outright said to be named for Tamamo-no-Mae.
    • Tenko is a tenko, here a virtuous nine-tailed fox that's lived for over a thousand years and has slowly lost their tails until only four are left, who possesses strong divine powers and has achieved deification.
    • Osaki is named for osaki, evil fox spirits.
  • First-Name Basis: Tamamo eventually concludes she's close enough to Kagachi and Mitarai to address them by affectionate diminuitives of their first names (Muu-chan for Kagachi, from Muuko, and Ma-chan for Mitarai, from Mami). While Kagachi doesn't mind it, Mitarai keeps telling the oblivious Tamamo to stop calling her that.
  • 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 or her sisters, and a note at the bottom commenting on the comic.
  • 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.
    • In chapter 63, Mikki notes there're a lot of supernatural beings around the school, and Nakki wonders if there might be more they don't know about, setting up for Anpu's arrival at the end.
  • 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: Tamamo and her sisters' glamours only work on adults, or adults at heart. But much to the photography students' frustration, this is not the case with photos of them. Photographs all show them to be beautiful young women with no hint of their true nature. Kagachi and Mitarai have stronger disguises, however, the various traditional Japanese methods of seeing through a glamour (smearing one's eyebrow with saliva, looking through a hand-sign called "fox's window"...) are effective.
  • God Job: Tamamo and her sisters are just divine messengers, but Anpu is a full-blown goddess, and she tries to convince Tamamo to join her pantheon. She refuses.
  • Grail in the Garbage: When Tamamo's friends are looking for things to sell at a flea market Tenko brings out a bunch of lost national treasures and magical artifacts including the kotenmyo hiragumo that she considers worthless, while hanging onto some cowrie shells and acorns.
  • 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.
  • The Hyena: Kagachi is often chuckling to herself when she doesn't have anything to say. May overlap with Mirthless Laughter at times since she even does it when she's clearly embarrassed.
  • Interspecies Romance: Regardless of them being immortal bipedal fox spirits, any boys that see past their illusions have no issue declaring how attractive the three sisters are. Especially Tenko when she shows up to be a teacher in Tamamo's school. A boy even tells her up-front that he is in love with her and asks for a relationship with her. Tenko is flattered by that declaration but turns it down due to them being a teacher and a student... for now.
    • Osaki became smitten with one of the boys in volume two when she went shopping. She was in a hurry until she almost tripped but Motoki, the baseball jock, saved her. She still has a crush on him in volume five when Motoki sold his old glove to her. Osaki admires his scent and becomes jealous when Anpu came into the picture asking for his assistances. By the way, Motoki is oblivious to her feelings towards him.
  • 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. Unless ancient methods of seeing past illusions are utlilized.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mitarai is bad-tempered and kind of an asshole, but she can be kind.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Tenko's Volume 1 profile notes she speaks in the Kyoto dialect (which falls under Kansai's).
  • 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.
  • Living Statue: Tamamo and her sisters are the fox statues outside Inari's shrine in Kyoto, they occasionally revert to statue form in class, and can talk to other statues.
  • 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.
  • Love at First Sight: In one scene a group of students are praying to the 1-3 Shrine (aka Tamamo’s desk). One is a boy praying for a girlfriend. Another is a girl praying for a boyfriend. After the prayer, they look up, see each other, and blush.
  • 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.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Played straight for Mitarai:
    • While foxes, weasels and raccoons all stick to their territories, among the shifters only Mitarai is particularly invested in her turf.
    • Mitarai always washes her food, which has the expected results when she washes cotton candy.
    • Raccoons are known to take in orphans and raise them alongside their own young, reflected in Mitarai's propensity to consider taking in lost or orphaned animals and children.
  • Mystical White Hair: Tamamo and her sisters all have silver hair.
  • New Transfer Student: Tamamo introduces herself as a transfer student from Kyoto.
  • Offerings to the Gods: Tamamo's classmates would stick coins in her locker or leave snacks on her desk and then pray for favors in the early chapters, before they started to realize they should Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • 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.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Tenko has a Fire Rat's robe, known for being impervious to fire, which originally comes from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
  • Pun-Based Title:
    • The "JK" in O-Inari JK Tamamo-chan! is typically taken to mean joshikousei, or high school girl. The Alt Text of an early page states, however, that the "JK" stands for jitsu wa kitsune, or "actually a fox".
    • In chapter 19, there is an equivalent spin-off pun for her younger sister Osaki as O-Inari JC Osaki-chan! where the "JC" means either joshichuugakusei for middle school girl or jitsu wa choroi, or "actually a pushover".
  • Rascally Raccoon: Mitarai is initially identified as a tanuki because of the pattern on her tail and her rivalry with Tamamo, but closer examination of her tail shows her to actually be a raccoon. A footnote indicates that imported raccoons were popular pets for a while, but many were abandoned and became pests.
  • 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.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Tamamo and her sisters are somewhere in the range of centuries old, with a footnote in chapter 22 commenting Tenko has two thousand years of firsthand experience to impart, and Nakki in chapter 60 and a footnote in chapter 62 saying Tamamo's over a thousand years old.
  • 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, Miura-sensei, nearly always steals or tries stealing Tamamo's food, and suffers "mysterious stomachaches" as a result.
    • 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, not get her a nice enough present, or get her something without the necessary equipment.
  • 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.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Tamamo and Osaki can't change their clothes as part of their disguise (aside from their underwear), but Tenko can.
  • Shapeshifting Trickster: Tamamo and Osaki aren't much into the traditional kitsune trickster role, but Tenko is fond of light-hearted pranks, while Kagachi and Mitarai are a bit more actively malicious.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Tamamo, Tenko and Osaki are all completely clueless about their human disguises not being perfect.
  • Shout-Out: Nakki getting fox ears has Mikki speculating Tamamo infected her with the T(amamo)-virus.
  • 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.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Kagachi towers over just about every other girl at school, and the other students find her attractive too, with the Public Morals Committee girl admiring her legs and another girl telling her she should be a model for the Sewing Club.
  • 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.
  • Wacky Homeroom: Tamamo's class in her second year, as it features Tamamo herself, Nakki, Mikki, Kagachi, Mitarai, Anpu, and Tenko as the assistant homeroom teacher.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change!: Tamamo is prone to causing good fortune around her, particularly if someone prays or makes offerings to her. If someone gets her mad, however, they find themselves afflicted with misfortune.

Alternative Title(s): High School Inari Tamamo Chan, O Inari JK Tamamo Chan

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