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Honjō Kamatari
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Kanji 本条 鎌足
Alias "Great Scythe"
Gender Male to Female Transgender
Additional Information
Weapons Giant Kama
Occupation Juppongatana member (formerly)
Spy
Affiliation Juppongatana (formerly)
Meiji Government
Story Facts
Anime Debut Episode 44
Seiyu Junko Takeuchi
Voice Actor Melodee Spevack

Honjō Kamatari was a member of the Juppongatana, an organization under Shishio Makoto's orders.

Personality Edit

A transgender woman, she is a member of the Juppongatana and takes pride in her feminine appearance, at one point reprimanding Henya for throwing bombs at them since it could hurt her skin. She also is somewhat flirtatious, flirting with Yahiko whom she called cute and stating he could be like her with practice. She has a rivalry with Yumi over who would win Shishio's love, though it would seem that deep down Kamata ri understood she could never compete. She is a happy easy going young girl, often smiling and fawning over Shishio but in battle becomes more serious, talking with a deeper harsher tone and utilizing her strength to the fullest. Honjo is very prideful both about her abilities and skills. She refers to herself as serious all the time, although this, in conjuction with her crossdressing, is a pretext to hide her unrequited love for Shishio; knowing that Soujiro was and always will be stronger than her. As a result, Kamatari ensures she follows Shishio's orders through while putting all her love and care into these orders. Her loyalty is so extreme that she attempted suicide when she lost to Kaoru and Misao since she didn't want to face Shishio with the loss.

AppearanceEdit

Kamatari looks like a woman to the degree that she throws Makimachi Misao off completely when Kamatari reveals that she was born biologically a man. In the manga, she lifts her kimono to reveal a huge bladder. Kamatari loves Shishio Makoto deeply, but knows thats he will never be loved like her rival Komagata Yumi (because Kamatari isn't a biological woman at all) nor will she ever become as talented as Seta Sōjirō, who serves as Shishio's right hand man.

Kamatari uses a very heavy scythe-like weapon, a reaper, with a chain ball on the end of the weapon; this is called Ogama. Kaoru estimated that the weapon weighed at least 50 Kan (30 kilograms or 78 pounds). She practices Honjō-ryū, her own style of martial arts. Three of her special techniques are seen in the series, two of which are named after Benten, the only female of the Buddhist Seven Lucky Gods: Midare Benten (Disheveled Benten) is when the scythe is whipped over her head, and the chain forms a sphere, therefore creating both an offensive and defensive attack. Benten Mawashi (Unwrapping Benten) makes use of her broken scythe by twirling the blade and chain rapidly like the blade of a helicopter. The third was unnamed but is an offensive move used by swinging the iron ball at the end into the opponent if the scythe can not be used. In the battle at the Aoiya, Kaoru defeats Kamatari with her Tsuka no Gedan: Hiza Hishigi after Misao helps to destroy her weapon with her kunai. Kamatari tries to commit suicide with a pin afterwards, but Misao hits her, preventing her from driving it into her neck. As Kamatari recovers from her injuries, Sawagejō Chō convinces Kamatari that Shishio wanted for Kamatari to live so that the world would know of the work done by Shishio's faction; Chō in fact made up the story so that Kamatari would not kill herself. Kamatari becomes a spy afterwards for the Meiji government.

Creation and conception Edit

There were a lot of options to create the character Kamatari. It all started with a play on words: in Japanese, okama is slang for homosexual and scythe is kama. Then, the character's image. First, it was supposed to be male-appearing on the surface, but it would act like a woman or the exact opposite, erotic and seductive, but manly on the inside. Watsuki also has stated that he credits Oda Eiichiro (creator of One Piece) for Kamatari's creation. 

The visual model for the face is Ikari Yui from Evangelion, with only some small changes, like the hair and forehead. The body was influenced by Hsien-ko (Rei-Rei) from Darkstalkers (Vampire Hunter).

In Live Action filmEdit

She is portrayed by Hiroko Yashiki in the sequels to the Rurouni Kenshin live action film.

TechniquesEdit

Voiced
Japanese Junko Takeuchi
English Sonja S. Fox

Kamatari's scythe actually exists, although the blade was made a bit bigger than it's supposed to be. This scythe is called Ogama and Kamatari uses her own style called Honjo-Ryu. Honjo-Ryu has two different techniques: the first is Midare Benten, wherein she spins the scythe causing the chain and the ball to form a sphere around her body to destroy anything that comes into contact and to block anything that tries to attack her body; The second is Benten Mawashi and can only be done when Kamatari's weapon is broken: using the steel forked tip of the handle, Kamatari spins the blade and chain rapidly as an attack.

GalleryEdit

AppearancesEdit

We can find Kamatari:

  • Episodes: 44, 45, 48, 49, 51, 52, 54 and 61
  • Volumes: 15 and 17

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