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Kazuya Kagami never goes anywhere without the precious Sakura Obi his mother gave him. One day a beautiful, kimono-clad girl named Kiriha appeared before him. Kiriha naturally began to live with Kazuya in his room. Then there's Chisato, Kazuya's childhood friend with glasses and a ponytail, who meddles in his affairs. Soon there's also an overprotective older sister who seems to want to take baths with him. Jumble in a huge-chested miko, beautiful women, and hot girls, and Kazuya's happy, embarrassing, confusing life begins!

Tsugumomo is a manga written and illustrated by Yoshikazu Hamada. It has been running since 2007, and is published by Futabasha in a few of their magazines. It has been collected in 14 volumes. An anime adaptation was aired as part of the Spring 2017 Anime broadcasting season. It premiered on April 6, 2017, and can be legally viewed subbed on Crunchyroll here, and dubbed by FUNimation here. A crowdfunded OVA was completed in 2019, along with announcement for a second season. The second season premiered in April 2020.


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Tropes in Tsugumomo:

  • Action Mom: Kanaka Kagami was a skilled exorcist in her days.
  • Alliterative Name: Several, including our protagonist.
  • Archer Archetype: Yasuki the bow Tsukumogami
  • Attack Reflector: One of Mimane's abilities.
  • Art Evolution: Big time. The style of the manga looked pretty standard when it first came out, but as chapters when on backgrounds, characters, and especially the lewd scenes became more detailed.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: There are many instances of nudity and everyone is drawn with nipples, but genitalia are usually not drawn. In the anime adaptation, however, both nipples and genitals are least in the TV version. Fortunately, the Blu-ray version is completely uncensored in Japan.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Kazuya's Classmate Osamu, in two words: Flare Dragon.
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  • Big Eater: Kokuyou.
  • Blade on a Stick: Chikage the spear Tsukumogami.
  • Bleached Underpants: While the manga becomes borderline pornographic with a lot of questionable content being played for laughs and fanservice, the anime greatly tones down the NSFW content for a PG-13 rating — at least when it comes to the televised version.
  • Blood Knight: Kanaka was an Emotionless Girl until she found a Worthy Opponent, whereupon she would break into a Slasher Smile. Kazuya has inherited this tendency, to a lesser degree.
  • Body Horror: Madarai suffers from this after overusing the Puppet Sealing, and the agony is so much Ouhi agrees to give him a Mercy Kill.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Kazuya's dad punches a speech bubble in Ch.15!
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Kyouka the flute Tsukumogami urinates herself when Kazuya stops short of killing her in his Ascension state.
  • Brother–Sister Incest:
    • Kazuya's older sister Kazumi had non-sisterly feelings for him since they were children, enjoys bathing with him, and at many opportunities offers her body as a means of comforting him or "teaching him the joys of older women" (when Kazuya is Mistaken for Pedophile).
    • Arumi also has feelings for her brother Akito, but since both are Tsukumogami the trope is downplayed.
  • Buxom Is Better: What Shirou firmly believes.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Shirou Shiramine, Kazuya's friend, has confessed to over a hundred girls, and has been rejected every time.
  • Chick Magnet: Kazuya progressively gets more and more girls attracted to him throughout the story, both human and tsukumogami.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: When Akito (the scissor Tsukumogami) and Arumi (a crystal ball Tsukumogami) synchronize their thoughts with special amulets, they have this ability.
  • Combat Tentacles: Kiriha can generate up to eight multipurpose sheets of fabric she can use as tentacles.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kanaka not only utterly defeated the Mayoiga Tsukumogami, she severely injured Taguri and Yagokoro and even killed Kukuri and Kiriha.
  • Creature-Hunter Organization: Tsuzura Temple and other Shinto shrines train exorcists to fight against yokai.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • Kyouka. In an attempt to restore her low spirit power, she tries to emulate Kazuya’s spirit intercourse on her in the midst of Kazuya’s absence. Her thoughts of Kazuya fondling her and subsequent moaning can be heard throughout the house, much to her embarrassment.
    • While trapped in the medieval fantasy world, Kiriha happily masturbates while watching Kazuya get molested in a hotspring.
  • Depraved Bisexual:
    • Kiriha enjoys skinshipping Kazuya to the point of almost forcing herself on him. The flashback arc reveals that she was in a lesbian relationship with Kanaka — who she got these lecherous traits from — and Kukuri as well when Kanaka was her exorcist.
    • Kanaka certainly liked "skinshipping" Kiriha and Kukuri but ended up marrying a man, to their surprise and dismay.
  • Dirty Kid:
    • The flashback arc shows that even when she was a child, Kanako happily raped Kiriha under the pretence of skinship, and her perverse tendencies ran in the family: Kazumi would try to exploit her younger brother's naivite in order to try to have her way with him, and Kazuya in turn would unwittingly molest Kiriha and Kukuri.
    • Mimane the mirror Tsukumogami has a youthful appearance and personality, but is hypersexual and all too eager to get it on with anyone who expresses interest — even letting herself be used as a sex toy.
  • Dirty Old Man: Tanmen the bowl Tsukumogami and Yagokoro the Weather God.
  • Doom Magnet: Kazuya is a sort of catalyst for the malevolent tsukumogami to form.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Kazuya gets regularly beaten up by Kiriha and often less by other females. Other male characters fell victim to this trope such as Chisato smacking Shiro and Osamu or Sunao punching Kotetsu in the face.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female:
    • Even as a child, Kanako's version of skinship involved forcing herself on Kiriha and later Kukuri, though they eventually became mutual lovers. Kiriha eventually picked up on this bad habit and started doing it herself, explaining her treatment of Kazuya.
    • When trapped in a fantasy world trying to rescue Kazuya and Kiriha, Mimane, Shinobu, Kyouka, and Sosogu are enslaved by Dabada, who forces them to have sex with each other to please her patrons. While Shinobu reluctantly has sex with Kyouka, Mimane is all too eager to assault Sosogu.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male:
    • Kiriha is a Lovable Sex Maniac who frequently molests Kazuya, ignoring his protests.
    • In a side chapter, Kazuya is body-swapped with Kyouka, who is immediately overcome by libido and tries to rape him with the rationalization that she can do whatever she wants to her body, ignoring Kazuya's protests. When he reverses the body-swap, she's amazed by his level of self-control.
    • Arumi — jealous over seeing how well Akito is getting along with his new wielder — sends Mimane off to scan Akito's appearance so that she can use her as a sex-toy to vent her frustrations. The real Akito walks into the room, and Arumi pounces on him, forcibly strips him naked, and is horrified when Mimane walks in saying she couldn't find Akito anywhere.
  • Establishing Character Moment: A humorous one. The second thing Kokuyou does when she first appears is fill a restaurant table with empty plates.
  • Evil Counterpart: The two Azamis are this to Kiriha, being black obi Amasogi.
  • Extra Oredinary: Taguri's power is to control metals, especially money.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Taguri Kaneyama is usually seen like this, but she opens them on occasion.
  • Fighting a Shadow: When Kazuya, Kiriha and his friends enter a dream to stop a pillow Amasogi, they end up fighting their shadow selves. As Bakura indicates, losing to a shadow means being absorbed by it, with your personality replaced in the real world.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In one of the bonus chapters, Kazuya and Kyouka wake up with swapped bodies and she immediately tries to rape him, but he fights her off and undoes the swap by headbutting her.
  • Gag Boobs: Kokuyou the tengu, Kukuri's miko, has enormous breasts that are the butt of frequent jokes.
  • Gender Bender: Madarai is reincarnated as a little girl and left in the care of Taguri Kanayama as punishment for he did to the Mayoiga tsukumogami — though she maintains she was a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Kukuri maintains a petite appearance due to general lack of faith (and by extension, donations) from the surrounding cities.
  • Groin Attack: Kazuya is constantly attacked by Kiriha this way.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Ouna Oriobana is a human-tsukumogami hybrid.
  • Heroic RRoD: Ascension mode leaves its user unable to move for about a day.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Madarai ended up overusing the power of the Puppet Bindings which, while make him more powerful, he can't use any of their abilities at the same time, nor at full power. And the overuse ends up mutating him into a monstrosity.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: What the Mayoiga Tsukumogami believe, and not without reason, since all of them were mistreated by their owners in the past; and there's a faction in Tsuzura Temple that believes in enslaving the Tsukumogami and disposing of rebellious ones.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: The two Azami can be distinguished by their clothes: one wears a black kimono and the other wears a black schoolgirl uniform.
  • I Know Your True Name: Tsukumogamis are forced to obey any command given by their owner when using their true names, although it's useless if they can't hear it.
  • Immortal Immaturity:
    • Kiriha is introduced as a brash, lewd, obnoxious brat of a girl, though she does display the occasional moments of tenderness. She used to be prim and proper until Kanaka acquired her.
    • Despite trying her hardest to maintain the decorum expected of a goddess and generally being much more mature than Kiriha, Kukuri occasionally acts her apparent age.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Kokuyou is a 'does not comprehend nudity/sexual taboo' version, though she is pretty low-key about it.
  • Instant Expert: Downplayed version with Kazuya and Kyouka, the flute Tsukumogami. Kazuya doesn't know how to play the flute but as long as he provided Kyouka with enough power she can guide him into playing the right notes for her abilities.
  • Intimate Healing: In order to restore the Mayoiga Tsukumogamis' power, Kazuya is forced to strip naked and rub his body against theirs. Kyouka exploits this a few times when she really doesn't need to healed.
  • Kill the God: What the Mayoiga Tsukumogami did and have to do, since they need the stone shard of a God's body to continue the existence of their master-free home, less they return to being ordinary objects. After Miurahi is killed by Kanaka, the remaining Tsukumogami agree to help Kazuya in finding new homes and masters for them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The moment Kanaka is revived by Azami, things get really serious.
  • Little Miss Badass: Kukuri fends off the tsukumogami intent on killing her with ease, depowered as she was.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Kyouka the flute Tsukumogami's power.
  • Making a Splash: Kukuri's can create and control water, fitting as her status as a water goddess.
  • Mercy Kill: The official record is that Madarai chose exile after being defeated but it's very strongly implied that this is what happened given what happened after his fight with Kazuya.
  • Monster of the Week: At first the series consisted in Kazuya and his friends fighting Amasogi.
  • Motor Mouth: Mimane, the mirror Tsukumogami.
  • Oblivious to Love: While Kazuya isn't oblivious to Kiriha and Kukuri's affections, he completely misses Chisato or Sunao's feelings. Akito is also oblivious to Arumi's feelings for him.
  • Once an Episode: Someone getting stripped naked and getting groped. The author admits he really loves adding gratuitous fanservice in somewhere in the story in some fashion.
  • Overprotective Dad: Sunao's father clearly doesn't like her daughter handed away to marriage. Good thing her mother can mitigate him... with comical amount of violence.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Chisato's weapon of choice to punish Kazuya (and specially Shirou).
  • Physical God: Kokuri, Taguri and others are this.
  • Playing with Fire: Homura's power.
  • Polyamory:
    • Hinted multiple times to be an acceptable resolution to Kazuya's Unwanted Harem.
    • His mother Kanaka once had a three-way lesbian relationship with Kiriha and Kukuri, which left them both disappointed when she married Kazuya's father instead.
  • Porn with Plot: As a borderline hentai manga, Tsugumomo contains a lot of gratuitous sexual content intended as comedy, including some of the non-consentual kind. The author even admits he tries to have at least one naked female character per chapter, and his goal is to show all the female characters naked at least once.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Mimane is able to assume a person's appearance, which Arumi and Kyouka exploit to have sexy-time with Akito and Kazuya respectively without having to confess their feelings — though both are adamant about saving their virginity for the real deal. This backfires on Arumi when the real Akito walks into the room and she pounces on him and uses him as a sex toy.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Madarai cheats in the Tournament Arc by drugging and raping Ouna Oriobana to get her to reveal the location of the Maiyoiga tsukumogami, which he seals inside illegal puppet bands that enslave them and drain their lifeforce.
  • Rape as Comedy: The overwhelming majority of the manga's non-consensual sexual content is played for laughs or fanservice.
    • Even as a child, Kanaka had a twisted idea of what skinship was, and frequently forced herself onto Kiriha and Kukuri.
    • In one of his own dreams, Kazuya (in girl form) is raped by a perverse male version of himself, leaving him traumatized. It's played for laughs and fanservice.
    • In the Tournament Arc, Madarai uses an incense burner tsukumogami to drug and rape Ouna Oriobana twice, getting her to spill the location of the Maiyoiga tsukumogami and later on the strategy of the pro-Tsukumogami team.
    • When Kazuya is body-swapped with Kyouka, she takes a moment to admire how beautiful she is and then is overwhelmed by his enormous libido and tries to rape him, rationalizing that she can do whatever she wants to her own body.
  • Retraux: Intentionally or not, the visual style of the manga is made in the traditions of the comedic works of the 90's, which further gives it the atmosphere of the old harem series.
  • Running Gag: Kazuya regularly becomes a victim of embarrassing situations, because of which Osama increasingly suspects him of having a creepy pedophile inclinations. The fact that Kiriha and Kukuri appear prepubescent for the first half of the series doesn't help his case.
  • Screw Yourself:
    • When Kiriha, Kokuri, Kokuyou and Bakura enter one of Kazuya's dreams, Dream Kazuya doesn't find them appealing. Their solution is to bring in the real Kazuya into the dream as a girl, and Dream Kazuya is excited beyond measure and forces himself on her, with the experience traumatizing the real Kazuya.
    • Ouna Oriobana's child-sized manifestation is not opposed to having sex with her adult alternate self, and sexually punishes her for letting her guard down around Madarai.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Tadataka Tadata has the palindromic version.
  • Secretly-Gay Activity:
    • In the backstory, Kasumi Kagami was able to pull both Kiriha and Kukuri into a three-way lesbian relationship by disguising her activities as "skinship", as well as the standard training and bonding that a tsugumomo must do with their master. Eventually, all pretext ended in private and the three of them were in a very sexual lesbian relationship.
    • In the present, Psycho Lesbian and Comedic Lolicon Taguri Kanayama disguises her sexual activities with Kiriha and Kukuri as being part of a game of chance. Even when the stakes of the game involve things like licking, kissing or dressing in sexy outfits, she pretends that it's just harmless fun for the three girls. At one point, Kiriha even tries to help Kukuri and Kaguya cheat by claiming to Taguri that she needed help going to the bathroom—an offer to which Taguri immediately jumps up and drags Kiriha to the bathroom to "help her" with. (It ends up backfiring anyway, since Taguri had already set up backup rules to the game that stated no one was allowed to change the board or cards except herself.)
  • Shotgun Wedding: Sunao's mother attempts to force her to marry Kazuya after she loses her duel to him. Her father is vehemently against this, but his attempts to intervene end up hitting Sunao instead and result in his wife violently punishing him.
  • Skinship Grope: Kazuya's mother Kasumi used this as an excuse to rape Kiriha when they were paired together, and Kiriha in-turn used this as an excuse for her and Kasumi to rape Kukuri.
  • Sleep-Mode Size:
    • Kiriha starts off looking like a teenager, but after fighting Kukuri she expends so much power that she reverts to a prepubescent form. This doesn't stop her from molesting Kazuya and Kukuri, and she starts developing as she regains her power. When Kanaka was her master she looked like an adult, but de-aged to her teenage form — much to Kukuri's amusement — when Kazuya became her master.
    • Due to expending so much of her power maintaining the protective barrier around the town while not receiving the requisite worship to maintain her powers, Kukuri relies on magic masks to maintain her adult form. When they're removed she reverts to a childlike form even younger-looking than Kiriha's, though as with Kiriha this doesn't preclude her from the manga's borderline hentai shenanigans.
    • Ouna Oriobana can manifest a child-sized version of herself, who is sterner and lewder than her, and doesn't hesitate to sexually punish and assault her other self for revealing the pro-Tsukumogami team's plans to Madarai.
  • Super Mode:
    • Ascension mode involves fusing with one's Tsukumogami, gaining an enormous boost in power signified by Mystical White Hair and a mark appearing on the user's forehead.
    • There is a second, darker version called Domination where the medium forcefully draws power out of the Tuskumogami rather than the normal Willing Channeler mechanic. Where normal Acension puts an extreme strain on the body of the exorcist, Domination puts an extreme strain on the true form of the Tsukumogami.
  • The Heartless: Amasogi are Tsukumogami born from peoples' negative emotions and desires and the best way to deal with them is making the person that created it to destroy it personally, otherwise the person will suffer from a curse backlash.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Urara and Sarara the Shoe Tsukumogami.
  • Time Master: Saori the Hourglass, Kazumi's Tsukumogami partner, although it only works on a certain area and affects everything equally.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Sunao at first was arrogant and bratty, but after losing against Kazuya, not only she apologizes for her past actions, but starts treating her Tsukumogami Kotetsu as a partner, although she's still a Tsundere.
  • Tournament Arc: One pops up not long after Kanaka reveals herself and Kazuya's sister traps her to buy him some time due to the splinter fraction of Tsuzura Temple trying to pull a coup and enslave the tsukumogami. Rather then go into all out war, it's agreed the two side will do one on one combat to decide who will run things.
  • Tsundere:
    • Despite the beatings Kiriha gives to Kazuya, she genuinely does care about him.
    • After developing feelings for Kazuya, Sunao is outwardly harsh but blushes and stammers when he's sweet towards her — best illustrated when they were pretending to have sex.
    • Though she vehemently tries to deny it, Oriobana can tell that Kyouka is slowly falling for Kazuya.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Sunao didn't think Kazuya was worthy of being a tsukumogami wielder and challenged him to combat. After some time training, not only did he get stronger in such a short time but developed a technique that trumped her own. Which ironically enough she would use later.
    • As Kukuri demostrated, just because she's weakened doesn't mean she's gonna be easy to kill, as the assassins from Mayoiga found out. None of them survive the encounter.
  • Unwanted Harem: Kazuya has to put up with majority of the girls molesting, perving out, and falling in love with him, more or less unwillingly. The ability to share Kazuya is hinted at multiple times by the girls, especially since some of them are bisexual. Their main point of contention mostly seems to be who will be the first to "deflower" him and share other intimate "firsts" with him. But beyond that, there's little attempt to hoard him for themselves.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Kiriha and Kukuri may bicker and fight almost all the time, but were once lovers and when push comes to shove they're stalwart allies.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Every Tsukumogami is affected by objects that restrict them in object mode, such as a mirror cover for Mimane, or a scissor case for Akito.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Mayoiga Tsukumogami only want to preserve their home where they aren't abused by humans, and the only way to do it is by killing a god and taking its stone shard.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 70. As if the events of the previous several chapters weren't major enough, chapter 70 hits the reader real hard as Kukuri and Kiriha are both swiftly killed by Kanaka. Also, Kazuya's sister is revealed to be an exorcist in her own right, with her own tsukumogami sidekick.
    • We find out later that Kazuya created Azami which from experimenting trying to make a tsukumogmai with curse power. Setting up a chain of events that lead to his mother being killed and taken over by her. Meaning they've been virtually fighting against a being of his own creation.
  • Willing Channeler: The basic mechanic behind Ascension. Requires a great deal of trust between both exorcist and Tsukumogami as the exorcist must allow themself to be possessed without their partner overwhelming their consciousness.
  • Youkai: Mainly of the tsukumogami variant.


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