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幽谷 (かそだに)  響子 (きょうこ)
Kyouko Kasodani
kasodanʲi kʲoːko (♫)
Kyouko Kasodani
Kyouko Kasodani in Ten Desires
Sutra Chanting Yamabiko
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Species

Yamabiko

Abilities

Reflection of sound

Occupation

Reciting Buddhist sutras from mountains

Location

Youkai Mountain[1], Myouren Temple[1]

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works

Kyouko Kasodani (幽谷 響子 Kasodani Kyouko) is yamabiko youkai that embodies mountain echoes and is able to reflect sound waves. She is a recent arrival to Myouren Temple; with mountain echoes no longer seen as a strange, inexplicable phenomenon, she decided to enter the Buddhist discipline. She now serves the Temple as a priest in-training, and is also responsible for cleaning duties and confronting trespassers.

General Information

Kyouko first appeared as the second stage midboss and boss in Ten Desires.

Personality

Kyouko is a cheerful, dutiful, and energetic girl who reminds the heroines of the rules before attacking them. Her ability to scream out her remarks cheerfully is perceived as either unnerving or unsurprising in Gensokyo. However, she is somewhat timid, and when she runs into a mountain climber she'll flee before shouting anything out. Sometimes she can be spotted mumbling sutras to herself, so despite her well-behaved appearance, she may be under some stress.

Ability

Shown in-game, she's able to produce a barrier capable of reflecting her own danmaku. The barriers themselves are harmless, but she can trap her bullets inside the field and increase the density of the danmaku, where unfortunately for her some bullets are directed away from the player. The reflexion itself alters the trajectory of bullets so that they lead to sudden and unexpected attacks. In her sprite's motion when she attacks, she places one hand close to her mouth as if she was about to shout.

Reflection of sound

This comes from her species as a Yamabiko, and is very compatible with reciting Buddhist sutras.

Occupation

Kyouko is currently a Buddhist priest-in-training at the Myouren Temple. Her current training is apparently to sweep the main gate every morning. She also recites sutras as the other priests do, but because she's inexperienced, it is loud and difficult to listen to. It may also be because she doesn't actually know what they mean – she's only repeating what she hears other priests say.

Her daily activities at the Myouren Temple, however, leave her quite bored, and as a result of her dissatisfaction with her training, she has formed a punk rock band with Mystia Lorelei called Choujuu Gigaku. Byakuren Hijiri is not pleased with this development, and in Symposium of Post-mysticism promises to punish Mystia for being a bad influence.

Character Design

Name

She is known as Kyouko Kasodani (幽谷 響子). The characters for Kasodani (幽谷) literally mean "Ghost Valley", and Kyouko (響子) means "resonance/echo child". Her name would appear to be a reference to her abilities as a yamabiko, since all of her attacks are based on reflective boundaries. The two kanji characters for her surname are separated from the two characters for her name, but if you put them all together minus the last kanji, you will get an alternative wording for "yamabiko" (幽谷響) - the name of her species, which is also written as やまびこ or 山彦. [2] [3]

Her surname was incorrectly written as "Kasoya" (another possible reading of 幽谷) in both the demo and the first release of Ten Desires, but this was later fixed in version 1.00b.

Design

In Ten Desires' official art, Kyouko has teal colored hair and eyes along with yamabiko ears. She wears a long pale pink shirt with teal flower-shaped buttons and a white dress below it with black trim. It is stated in Symposium of Post-mysticism that she has a short tail. She also carries a bamboo broom.

Story

Games

Ten Desires

During the events of Ten Desires, Kyouko welcomes every heroine that comes to the Myouren Temple with Danmaku in attempt to drive off the intruders. However, she is unsuccessful and allows them to investigate the graveyard behind the temple.

Impossible Spell Card

Presumably from hearing or seeing a wanted sign about the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, Kyouko appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.

Literature

Wild and Horned Hermit, Chapter 9

Kyouko was depicted as one of the youkai at the Myouren Temple that was attacked by a strange "black mist", later revealed to be Suika Ibuki.

Relationships

Among the others at the Myouren Temple, she is fond of Mamizou Futatsuiwa, whom she says will listen to any of her concerns. Other information is quite sparse, but it is assumed that she knows the others living at the temple.

Mystia Lorelei

Together with Mystia they have a band called "Choujuu Gigaku".

Gallery

Spell Cards

Additional Information

  • When Kyouko is ready to launch her next wave of attacks, her sprite is animated to make a shouting motion. Her ears vibrate extremely fast, almost like a blur.
  • Kyouko was featured on the official demo CD of Ten Desires.
  • Both of the sayings on her sprites, "gya-te-gya-te-" and "ze-mu-to-do-shu-" are from the latter part of the Japanese version of the Heart Sutra, a very common sutra in Mahāyāna Buddhism.

Fandom

  • Because of her ears, portraying her as a canine, with the addition of a tail and/or other dog attributes, is common. This is despite the fact that a Yamabiko is not a dog.
    • This has caused her to be sometimes paired with Momiji Inubashiri, another dog-ish youkai (Wolf Tengu to be exact).
  • She is sometimes paired with Yoshika Miyako due to both of them appearing in the demo version, though this became less common after the full version of Ten Desires was released, and again once her relationship with Mystia Lorelei was established.
  • A common gag is for characters to shout something crude while Kyouko is about, so that she'll be forced to repeat it. Sometimes Kyouko will even claim it's why she gave up on her old job as an echo.
  • Byakuren Hijiri is usually shown to be a motherly figure to her, often petting her head while it rests on Byakuren's lap.
  • She is sometimes shown with Kogasa Tatara, being types to like surprising people and modern "youkai moe's".
  • She is sometimes associated with Kyoko Otonashi from Maison Ikkoku, since they share the exact given name Kyouko (響子), and are often depicted holding bamboo brooms.

Official Profiles

Official Sources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Symposium of Post-mysticism: Kyouko
  2. wikipedia:Gazu Hyakki Yakō#First Volume - 陰
  3. Japanese Wikipedia on 山彦