Tamagami is a character from Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse.
Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit
- "The defense minister of Japan during God's Plan. He went missing after the Yamato Reactor, which was housed under the Ministry of Defense, went haywire."
- —Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Notes, entry - "Tamagami"
68 at the time of his disappearance, Tamagami was a former member of the JSDF before getting into politics. He became defense minister just before God's Plan happened, working with Country A to produce the Demonica and found the Counter-Demon Force, as well as perform inhumane experiments to summon the National Defense Divinities and create the Yamato Perpetual Reactor without consent from the government, which knew nothing of his secret operations.
He would later justify these experiments as they were carried out on death row inmates. However, at least one subject was said to be innocent, casting doubt upon Tamagami's rationale. The ex-minister would also invoke pressure from America, Russia and China to explain Japan's pressing need for the Reactor as an inexhaustible power source.
The Patriots and others who worked for him do not know when it happened, or if they were always his true thoughts, but he was revealed to have been/degraded into an insane ultra-nationalist trying to make Japan the ultimate superpower, rewriting history in his own mind to make Japan a victim and to justify his atrocities, with a massive xenophobic outlook that rejects everything except his idea of an Ideal Japan.
He disappeared when the Reactor was activated during God's Plan, but his brain was preserved and possessed the living medium of Izanami and the love of Hiroshi, Noa. Her body went into stasis until the events of Apocalypse; upon awakening and learning of Tokyo's state and the war between Lucifer and Merkabah, the deranged entity would interpret the city's situation as yet another invasion attempt by foreign influences and started gathering spirits, causing hordes of ghosts and undead to roam Tokyo.
He and his medium were defeated in the Challenge Quest Defeat the Ghosts by Nanashi; the Patriots destroyed the jar containing his brain after his defeat to atone for their mistakes. However, the massed spirits and the death of his medium ensured a portal to Yomotsu Hirasaka formed, allowing the release of Izanami in Where the Corpse Went.
His actions are a major reason for the events of Shin Megami Tensei IV and Apocalypse.