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Sekibanki in Double Dealing Character
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Making her head fly
Sekibanki is a Rokurokubi that dwells in the Human Village in disguise as a human. She first appeared as the Stage 2 Mid-Boss and Boss in Double Dealing Character, and then as a Day 2 Boss in Impossible Spell Card.
Sekibanki is described as being slighty prideful and with a cynical view of things. She became agggressive and somewhat youkai-like when affected by the Miracle Mallet, but it seems that she is normally recalcitrant towards both humans and youkai, and she doesn't get involved much with them.
- Making her head fly
As literally stated, Sekibanki can detach her head from her body and move it at will.
- Multiplying heads
Many of her spell cards involve creating clones of her head, to attack from different places at once. It's unknown if they are actual heads that can think on their own to some extent (Like Flandre's Taboo "Four of a Kind"), or just replicas resembling the original.
- Long neck
She has shown to be able to elongate her neck to great extent. This is especially notable in one of her spell cards.
Although she's referred to as a rokurokubi in-game, Sekibanki has a few different inspirations. In Japanese folklore, a rokurokubi is a youkai that can stretch its neck to great extents. There's also a type of youkai called a nukekubi, which can remove its head completely. Although it may seem like Sekibanki is based exclusively on the nukekubi, she still does have the elongated neck of a rokurokubi (best seen in her spell cards Flying Neck "Extreme Long Neck" and Flying Neck "Twin Rokuro Head"). ZUN also uses the term 'Dullahan' as a translation or close approximation of her species' name in English.
Sekibanki (赤蛮奇) is spelled with the characters for "red", "barbarian", and "anomaly". The characters are read using their on'yomi, or Chinese readings, unlike with most Touhou Project characters. The second character, ban (蛮), is likely taken from hitouban (飛頭蛮), which is a Chinese youkai equivalent to the rokurokubi.
Sekibanki has red hair and eyes. She wears a blue bow with red trimmings and a red and blue capelet that covers part of her face. She also wears a black and red long sleeved shirt, as well as a dark red skirt and red and black boots. When she's defeated, her portrait with a slash in her skirt show that she wears a white undershirt.
- Double Dealing Character
Sekibanki shows in front of Reimu, asking if she's there to exterminate her. At first, she doesn't recognize her opponent as the shrine maiden of Hakurei, and attacks her after claiming that humans have become too confident because the youkai have been calm for a while. After being defeated, she understands who her opponent was, and runs away.
Sekibanki shows in front of Marisa, and attacks her after saying that humans' insolence made youkai retaliate. After being defeated, she understands how strong Marisa is and runs away.
After Sekibanki shows up again, Marisa says that she was quite surprised of seeing her flying head. The youkai attacks again, trying to scare the magician with her ability, but gets defeated and mocked. Sekibanki complains about how fearless humans have become, but Marisa reassures her saying that she is just special.
Sekibanki attacks Sakuya trying to terrorize her, but the maid is far stronger than expected and defeats her.
Sekibanki shows herself, asking Sakuya if she's there to exterminate her. The maid says that she's pacifying all the rampaging youkai, but Sekibanki claims that it's too late and that the youkai conterattack has already begun. Sakuya defeats her, saying that noone except Reimu would hurt her if she behaves herself.
- Impossible Spell Card
Presumably from hearing or seeing a wanted sign about the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, Sekibanki appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.
- In folklore, nukekubi are said to have symbols on their neck where the head detaches, revealing their identity - which may explain Sekibanki's choice to wear a capelet to cover her neck.
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