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Komachi Onozuka

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小野塚 (おのづか)  小町 (こまち)
Komachi Onozuka
onozɯka komat͡ɕi (♫)
Komachi Onoduka
Komachi Onozuka
Komachi Onozuka in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Guide of the Sanzu River
More Character Titles
Species

Shinigami

Abilities

Manipulation of distance

Occupation

Carries dead spirits to the yama (Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu)

Location

Sanzu River, Hell

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works

Komachi Onozuka (小野塚 小町 Onozuka Komachi) is widely known in Gensokyo for being a slacker shinigami and a slow worker who is Eiki's subordinate. Her conversation topics often revolve around death, suicide, the afterlife, and other related horror, but considering the nature of her job, this is not unusual. In general, she's a rather carefree individual.

General Information

Komachi first appeared in Phantasmagoria of Flower View as a playable character and has had the same role again in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. She was also a target on the final stage of Shoot the Bullet and appeared in the background of Hopeless Masquerade.

Abilities

Manipulate distance

It is literally an ability to manipulate the space between her present location and the destination she's heading. She uses this ability to carry out her duty of ferrying the dead across the Sanzu River (although it is unknown whether other shinigami ferrymen also possess this power or not). This ability may be used to affect both literal distance (for example, changing the distance that exists between two points) and apparent distance (for example, making it seem like you never get any closer to (or farther away from) some point).

Although Komachi's own profile in Phantasmagoria of Flower View says that the width of the river changes depending on her mood (which is presumably dictating how she uses her power), it is also mentioned in parts of the game's dialog (especially between Eiki and Sakuya Izayoi) that the width of the river is at least partially dependent upon the actual ghost being ferried: "A river's width is the same as the breadth of the soul's history. How you lived decides the width of the river."

Possesions

Scythe

Komachi posesses a scythe, which aside from being a weapon, serves another, more subtle purpose. When the spirit of a recently deceased person arrives on the shores of the Sanzu, one of the first sights they behold is a figure carrying a large scythe. The spirit realizes, thanks to that tool, that they are looking at a shinigami--somehow, realizing that shinigami really do match their traditional image seems to reassure them, put them at ease, and come to terms with their fate more easily. [1]

Coins

A liberal use of coinage is the hallmark of Komachi's danmaku. This money comes from the spirits of the dead, who pay the shinigami a toll to ferry them across it into Higan. The money for this toll comes about due to the connections they had with others while they were alive. More specifically, the toll is the total sum of the money used by others for one's sake during one's lifetime.

Boat

The boat that Komachi uses (which she calls the Titanic[2]) to ferry souls is a special rowboat that can cross the Sanzu River, and is provided to her by Hell in order to carry out her duties. It is old and worn, but she is perhaps unable to procure a new one due to Hell's current poor financial situation. [3] Yet, a few cards of her in Touhou Hisoutensoku makes use of this boat on land.

Character Design

Komachi's portrait in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense

Name

Her full name is Komachi Onozuka (小野塚 小町). Komachi (小町) contains the characters that means "small" and "town," an uncommonly used term that is roughly equivalent to "the town beauty". Onozuka (小野塚) is written to contain the characters "small", "field", and "mound". Komachi's name is extremely similar to that of Ono no Komachi, a famous Heian-era waka poet, with the main difference being that the poet's name lacks the kanji zuka (). There is a famous legend regarding Ono no Komachi's grandfather, Ono no Takamura, which claimed that at night, he would descend into Hell via a well, and aid the Yama in passing judgement.

Design

In both Phantasmagoria of Flower View's and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody's official art, Komachi has red eyes, short pinkish red hair with two ponytails tied by two double hair beads. She wears a white dress underneath a blue vest, and has an obi with a large coin tied in the center. She also carries a scythe with a wispy ripple at the end of its blade.

Her alternative outfit in Phantasmagoria of Flower View is same as her usual outfit, except her hair beads are yellow, and her vest is green. Her alternative outfit in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody is same as her usual outfit, except her dress is red instead of blue, and she has pink hair.

Story

Games

Phantasmagoria of Flower View

When the "flower incident" first occurred, she wasn't particularly bothered or worried about it. Instead, she simply carried on at her usual pace, occasionally even running away from work at times. Because of this, the huge quantity of spirits that arrived on the banks of the River Sanzu were not brought across the river to stand before the Yama. This in turn led to flowers of every season blooming as they became possessed by these souls.

She is usually a semi-final boss for most of the scenarios that are in the game. Unlike most other characters however, Komachi's scenario is as an Extra stage, where she starts with 0 extra lives and all fights are Deathmatches; both her and the opponent have half a health dot to start with.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody

In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Komachi is on her "free time" as she wonders about the sudden changes in weather until Youmu informs her that someone is killing ghosts in order to manipulate the temperaments. She begins her "work" at the Bamboo Forest of the Lost before she goes to investigate the Hakurei Shrine's condition, where Tenshi Hinanawi appears to keep her promise to Reimu Hakurei of rebuilding the Shrine. She calls out Tenshi's immortality as a sham and states her lifespan is already over before challenging her to a battle. Although Tenshi was defeated in the battle, Komachi is unable to send her to the Netherworld as she is simply a ferry guide shinigami rather than a reaper.

Hopeless Masquerade
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Komachi make a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Divine Spirit Mausoleum stage. She is seen sleeping.

Literature

Komachi appearance in Wild and Horned Hermit chapter 12
Wild and Horned Hermit

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Relationships

Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu

She is Eiki's subordinate and is often scolded for her laid-back lifestyle and work ethic.

Tenshi Hinanawi

Komachi may have a grudge against her for how she flaunts her status of celestial, which is undeserved. The extent isn't known as no other game or manga touch upon this besides Scarlet Weather Rhapsody.

Ibaraki Kasen

Their interactions when Komachi visits her are mildly antagonistic, but it doesn't stop Komachi from trying to give her advice or information such as the Kishin, who are really sent after those that live too long.

She is also seen chatting with the souls of the departed as she ferries them across the Sanzu River.

Spell Cards

Additional Information

  • The Last Word theme in Imperishable Night, Touhou Youkai Komachi (東方妖怪小町), contains the exact kanji (小町) for her name. This fact has been used in the titles of several Komachi doujins.
  • In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she mentions the idea of having a notebook that brought death to anyone whose name was written in it. This is an unsubtle reference to the titular possession of shinigami in the manga Death Note.
  • One of Komachi's win quotes in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody has her saying that her eyes allow her to see how long someone will live. She goes on to offer to trade her eye for half the person's remaining lifespan.[4] This is a blatant Death Note reference, and furthermore, it is directly contradicted in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, which states that there are shinigami in the Ministry of Right and Wrong whose specific job is measuring and calculating lifespans.

Fandom

Komachi is the type of character who is associated to spirits and death. She is sometimes used in fangames to farry the character over a river, mostly the River Sanzu.

Characteristics

Fanart tends to portray Komachi as being very large-chested perhaps based off the remark of her being "Tall and Imposing" in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense. Her art depiction in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody is remarkable for being one of the few characters with a visible bust. She is also shown in fanon to tease Eiki about the differences in bust size. As it's fanon Eiki in most of these cases, this usually ends painfully for her as she hits or pokes Komachi with her Rod of Remorse.

In fanon, Komachi's already considerable lazy/napping streak is exaggerated to often absurd levels, having her nap most of the day away and simply doing nothing at all, which again leads to Eiki lecturing her, or even punishing her to different extents.

Comparisons

Komachi is sometimes paired up with Yuugi Hoshiguma (powerful, shapely women) or Hong Meiling (strong, redhead, shapely, lazy). Up to Touhou Hisoutensoku's release, fans were looking forward to how the two would interact. Sadly all they got was some vs mode win lines.

Miscellaneous
  • Due to the use of Komachi's kanji in Last Word theme in Imperishable Night, the use of this has been used in the titles of several Komachi doujins.
  • Her ability to see people's lifespan is often joked.

Official Profiles

Official Sources

References

  1. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense: Perfect Memento in Strict Sense/Shinigami
  2. Phantasmagoria of Flower View: Phantasmagoria of Flower View/Story/Reimu's Scenario#Reimu vs. Komachi (Episode_8)
  3. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense: Perfect Memento in Strict Sense/Komachi Onozuka
  4. Phantasmagoria of Flower View: Phantasmagoria of Flower View/Story/Komachi's Script#Komachi_wins_someone