Genjii (玄爺) is a turtle that lives at the Hakurei Shrine. His magical abilities have granted him a long life and the ability to fly, and as Reimu Hakurei cannot fly under her own power prior to Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, he is used as a platform for Reimu to fly on.
Name and Design
The kanji for Gen (玄) literally means 'Black' or 'Mysterious'. The kanji for Jii (爺) literally means 'Old Man' or 'Grandfather', which fits his appearange since he has the appearance of an old turtle with a grey beard. He is clearly much older than Reimu, and she often refers to him as "Gramps" in order to mock his age (and as a pun on his name).
After the PC-98
Genjii hasn't appeard in the Touhou Project since Mystic Square. However, ZUN mentioned in at least two interviews that Genjii is "probably living in the lake at the back of the shrine". In Strange and Bright Nature Deity Chapter 12, when Reimu and Marisa Kirisame were talking about "glowing moss", Reimu said it would be nice to transfer it to the pond in the back of the shrine and Marisa responds that she could make it grow there on the turtles' backs. It's possible that one of them is Genjii out of those turtles.
- Reimu Hakurei
- Yin-Yang Orb
Genjii has a lot of knowledge of the Yin-Yang Orb, but it's unknown how he knows such knowledge.
- Genjii only speaks in Story of Eastern Wonderland.
- Because of his ability to fly and speak he is probably a type of youkai, as animals that live very long usually turn into one.
- Although Reimu is able to fly independently, she is still shown in a number of fanworks to still be sitting on Genjii, presumably either to be a show off or to have "extra power". The most notable fanwork to feature this is Touhou Soccer Moushuuden.
||★ 亀 ・・・ 玄爺
A turtle who's lived a long life and gained many powers.
Reimu captured him one day during training and has worked him hard ever since.
He has the power to fly freely through the sky.