Sekibanki

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赤蛮奇 (せきばんき)
Sekibanki
sekʲibaŋkʲi
Sekibanki
The Rokurokubi Horror
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Species

Rokurokubi

Abilities

Making her head fly

Location

Human Village

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Sekibanki (赤蛮奇) is a rokurokubi living undercover as a human in the Human Village.

General Information

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.

Character Design

Origin

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 card Neck Sign "Close-Eye Shot"). ZUN also uses the term 'Dullahan' as a translation or close approximation of her species' name in English.

Name

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 (), is likely taken from hitouban (飛頭蛮), which is a Chinese youkai equivalent to the rokurokubi.

Design

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.

Story

Double Dealing Character

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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.

Spell Cards

Additional Information

  • 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.

Fandom

  • When Double Dealing Character was first announced, due to only seeing a small screenshot of Sekibanki where there was one of Sakuya Izayoi's knives next to her, some fans mistakenly speculated that she was either holding a large hammer or a sword.
  • After the demo was released, she has been the subject of two main jokes: one being her head getting used like a ball and another having her head be a Yukkuri.
  • Sekibanki is also compared to Nadia Fortune, Mami Tomoe and Celty, from Skullgirls, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Durarara!!, respectively due to obvious circumstances.

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