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Koishi Komeiji

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古明地 (こめいじ)  こいし
Koishi Komeiji
komeːd͡ʑi koiɕi (♫)
Koishi Komeiji
Koishi Komeiji in Hopeless Masquerade
The Closed Eyes of Love
More Character Titles
Species

Satori

Abilities

Manipulation of the Subconscious

Occupation

None

Location

Palace of the Earth Spirits, Myouren Temple

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works

Koishi Komeiji (古明地 こいし Komeiji Koishi) is Satori Komeiji's younger sister. To escape the fear and hatred which other beings feel towards the satori species, she attempted to destroy her mind-reading ability by closing her Third Eye. However, this had the side effect of sealing away her own conscious mind, causing her to lose all thoughts and motives; she could no longer be hated, but neither could she be loved, or even remembered by people who saw her.

General Information

Koishi first appeared as the extra stage boss of Subterranean Animism and later as a playable character of Hopeless Masquerade.

Koishi's presence cannot be "felt" by anyone unless she has entered their direct field of vision, and is forgotten as soon as she leaves it. In general, she doesn't have a personality. However, children enjoy her presence as one of an imaginary friend, whom they forget about once they grow up. However, as Satori's presence has been made known, even Koishi has begun to be recognized as of late.

Ability

Taking actions unconsciously

As her actions are controlled entirely by her subconscious, Koishi's presence cannot be noticed by other beings unless she allows it, even while standing in plain view because she's closed her mind, or her Third Eye. Likewise her older sister's ability to reading minds cannot read her mind and has no effect on her, as she does not technically have a mind to read; that's why she said, "my sister can't win against me." Even someone who manages to communicate with Koishi will forget about her after she leaves, unless they already knew of her as Satori's sister.

Some children are immune to this effect due to their still-developing minds, leading Koishi to become their "imaginary friend", though they will forget about her when they grow up.[1] Other than making others unable to perceive her existence, it also makes the act of doing so difficult to perceive. Practically, without being noticed by tengu or the other youkai, she climbed Youkai Mountain. Even the optical camouflage was spoiled.

The youkai satori, on whom she and her older sister are based, by the actions of the humans' unconscious, they saw painful experiences. Due to this it is also not known if this ability was spoken of cynically in the past. However, since she closed her third eye which can read minds, she became unable to read others' minds. As she said herself, "reading people's minds is depressing, there's nothing good about it."

Manipulation of the Subconscious

She can manipulate the subconsciousness of every living thing around her, allowing her to make them see everything she desires[2] [3] and make them confront their own weaknesses hidden inside their hearts, as seen in lot of her Spell Cards.

Occupation

Koishi currently resides at the Palace of the Earth Spirits, but she is also a laywoman in regards to the Myouren Temple as a recent convert to Buddhism, at Byakuren Hijiri's request.

Possessions

Koishi wanted to receive the blessing of Kanako Yasaka so she could give her own pets power like Satori's pets were given, so Koishi does apparently have pets. During and after the events of Hopeless Masquerade, Koishi now possesses the original Mask of Hope that once belonged to Hata no Kokoro before she lost it. Koishi found it while wandering around Gensokyo, and because of this, she temporarily obtained the emotion of hope.

Character Design

Name

Koishi Komeiji (古明地 こいし) is her full name. Her surname Komeiji (古明地, lit. "ancient-bright earth") is an actual Japanese surname, seen mainly in the Yamanashi prefecture. There are two common ways to interpret her given name Koishi, based on which kanji are used. The kanji in "恋思", though not a Japanese word as a compound, mean "will/thought of love." The second writing, "小石", means "little rock." This could be connected to her ability, indicating her lack of presence, as she is often compared to a little rock sitting on the side of the road in official texts.

The ending of Koishi's storyline in Hopeless Masquerade suggests the origin for the name of Koishi. "Once hope is lost no one will be able to see her (Koishi) again, just like a small rock (小石, pronounced koishi as well) on the roadside."

Design

In Subterranean Animism Koishi has wavy, greyish, short hair and dark green eyes, wears a black hat with a yellow ribbon around it. A closed, blue-purplish "third eye" is positioned over her heart, with cords wrapped around her torso and attached to each of her ankles. she wears an orange shirt with diamond-like blue buttons and dark green collar. The skirt is also green with a faint flowery pattern, but is lighter. Her socks are black. As of Hopeless Masquerade, she has grey-greenish hair and dark green eyes. Her "third eye" is also towards a purple colour.

Satori and Koishi's design may have been inspired by the 1939 painting by Kahlo titled "The Two Fridas". The subject is essentially two identical women (sisters/clones/twins...) with visible hearts and external arteries that seem to connect and wrap around their shoulders and arms, where one of them has a cut artery and a pair of scissors in hands (resembling Koishi, who has closed her third eye).

Story

Games

Subterranean Animism

During the main events of the main scenario, it's said that Koishi was around the whole time the heroine was in the Underworld, but they never noticed her. After the events of the main story in Subterranean Animism, Koishi heard that her sister and pets fought a human from above ground, and also heard about Utsuho Reiuji's new power. Desiring that kind of power for her own pets, she decided to go to Gensokyo to pray for divine blessings. Thanks to her subconscious ability, she managed to reach the Moriya Shrine atop of Youkai Mountain around the same time the Heroine decides to pay a visit to the Gods in the Mountain in the game's Extra Stage. Koishi provokes a fight, and is defeated. After this encounter, however, Koishi somewhat regretted having closed her third eye and became curious enough to want to start actually meeting people.

Hopeless Masquerade

Koishi tumbles across Hata no Kokoro's lost Mask of Hope and picks it up. This bit of hope added to her otherwise emotionless state allows her to gather popularity when she would otherwise be invisible. She ends up so attached to the mask (subconsciously) that she refuses to return it to Kokoro and ends up keeping it after the conclusion of the story.

Literature

Symposium of Post-mysticism

While talking about the underground youkai, Byakuren Hijiri becomes interested in Koishi, as she thinks her state of mind – one of emptiness – is quite close to enlightenment. At the monk's request, Koishi converted to the Buddhist faith.

Relationships

Satori Komeiji

Koishi's most important relationship is her older sister, Satori Komeiji. Despite Koishi closing her mind and seemingly whimsical wandering, as well as the fact that even Satori has trouble "seeing" her, Satori does worry about her.

Minor Characters

Reimu Hakurei & Marisa Kirisame

In Koishi's profile, it is said that she met a human at the Moriya Shrine at the top of the Youkai Mountain who made her regret closing her third eye and want to learn more about this human. Though it may seem like this was talking about Sanae Kochiya, once put in to context by the extra stage of Subterranean Animism, it is clear that the human it was talking about is either Reimu or Marisa.

Rin Kaenbyou & Utsuho Reiuji

Koishi is also acquainted with Satori's pets, which include Rin Kaenbyou and Utsuho Reiuji.

Byakuren Hijiri

Byakuren has an optimistic view of Koishi's condition, believing that she is close to enlightenment, and invited her to attend Myouren Temple from time to time. Koishi accepted.[4]

Hata no Kokoro

Considered a nemesis by Kokoro due to Koishi stealing the Mask of Hope.

Gallery

Spell Cards

Additional Information

  • Koishi's musical theme, Hartmann's Youkai Girl, may refer to Eduard von Hartmann (whose most famous work is entitled The Philosophy of the Unconscious) or Heinz Hartmann (as many of Koishi's spell cards seem to make references to ego psychology.) The track itself is also arranged so that it has symmetrical parts, making it sound remarkably similar to itself even when played reversed, possibly as a reference to the practice of backmasking.
  • Since many aspects of Koishi are references to psychology, there's a running joke that her "Embers of Love" spell card is a reference to the phallic obsession of Freudian psychology. For those that do not get the hint, look closely at the shape of the bullets. Of course if you think that, maybe Freud was right.
  • Koishi's design can also be referenced to all the bosses in Ibara, as both Koishi and the Rose sisters have white hair and has a lot of reference to roses (although roses in Ibara are point items instead of bullets)
  • If her and Satori's color schemes are inverted, they will both somewhat resemble each other.
  • Some fans believe that her name and her are references to Doraemon's gadgets Ishikoro Boushi (石ころぼうし, lit. "rock hat"), which by wearing, the user's existence faints out making him/her "unnoticeable", very similar to Koishi's ability.

Fandom

  • Koishi is occasionally drawn with some sort of connection to Flandre Scarlet, since both are extra-bosses who are the younger sisters of the owner of a mansion from the same game, as well as being explicitly noted as being stronger than their siblings and isolated from them.
  • Koishi in fanon is usually kooky, sometimes overly affectionate kooky (particularly to her sister), just zany, or an utterly unrepentant mind-rapist (most infamously so in the "Koishi Komeiji's Heart-Throbbing Adventure" video series).
  • Some jokes were made about the Hartmann in her theme title being the infamous drill sergeant of Full Metal Jacket fame.
  • Her ability to manipulate the sub-consciousness of those around her (masking herself and thus becoming essentially invisible) have been described as a Somebody Else's Problem Field.
  • Similar to Kahlo's painting mentioned above (The Two Fridas), some fan works display the cord(s) to her third eye being of having already been cut, while Satori's remains intact.

Official Profiles

Official Sources

References

  1. Symposium of Post-mysticism: Koishi Komeiji article - "A youkai invisible to adults, and only visible to certain children. However, even those who played with them in their childhood will completely forget that they existed once they grow up. Has anything like that ever happened to you? They are often referred to as 'imaginary friends'. Koishi is, no doubt, an imaginary friend."
  2. Subterranean Animism: Symbol "All Ancestors Standing Beside Your Bed" - "Koishi calls your ancestors to guide you to the next life."
  3. Double Spoiler: Embryo's Dream - "They say the human embryo dreams in the mother's womb. What a scoop! The dreams' contents are...microbes, fish, and dinosaurs...they say."
  4. Symposium of Post-mysticism: Part 4