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() (ぶき) (すい) ()
Suika Ibuki
ibɯkʲi sɯika (♫)
Suika Ibuki
Tiny Night Parade of One Hundred Demons
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Species

Oni

Abilities

Manipulation of density and sparseness

Location

Somewhere in Gensokyo (Commonly seen around Youkai Mountain, Heaven and the Hakurei Shrine). Used to live in Ancient City

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works
Music CDs

Suika Ibuki (伊吹 萃香 Ibuki Suika) is a typical oni that loves drinking and fighting. Just as the folktales say, she has two horns on her head that symbolize her oni heritage, and enough physical strength to throw large boulders single-handedly.

General Information

Suika chiefly appears in the spin-off game installments of the Touhou Project, such as Immaterial and Missing Power and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. Her only appearance in a main game is appearing as a support character for Reimu Hakurei in Subterranean Animism.

It is unknown exactly where she is living currently. In many endings of Immaterial and Missing Power, she is shown spending her time at the Hakurei Shrine, but in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, it says she is mainly active around the Youkai Mountain, and when visiting it during the events of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she comments on how nostalgic it feels. In Strange and Bright Nature Deity she is shown to be coming and going between Gensokyo and the country of oni in the Underworld. She was last seen at the end of her route in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, having defeated Tenshi Hinanawi in battle and spending some time after that in Heaven.

Personality

Her personality is jolly and quite childish, as you would expect from her appearance. Despite her childlike exterior, however, she possesses great amounts of raw power. She loves drinking and is frequently seen in the fighting games drunk; she claims she's been drinking sake for some hundreds of years now.[1]

Suika bears the typical personality traits of most oni, valuing strength and fair play while despising dishonesty and cowardice. However, she is apparently slightly less honest than a typical oni. In addition, she doesn't kidnap humans, which is known to be the "strongest bond of trust" between oni and humans. However, she is nonetheless quite honest.[2]

Though she is generally a happy-go-lucky oni, as one of the most powerful youkai in Gensokyo, she can be very observant. In addition, she is seen being very critical of others in Immaterial and Missing Power, such as by calling Alice Margatroid a coward and telling Youmu Konpaku how people make fun of her.

Ability & Strength

Suika, more than the abnormal strength of an oni, possesses super-strength. Aya Shameimaru, who has probably seen or heard of nearly every youkai by now, once referred to Suika as "simply the most powerful youkai in Gensokyo". That doesn't mean there aren't others that could be nearly equal to her power, but she is still thought of as the strongest/most powerful youkai in Aya's opinion. Of course, this may be because she is a tengu, who were once subordinate to the oni. At the time of Silent Sinner in Blue, among the people that Reimu Hakurei knows, it seems that she had the greatest super-strength. She once uttered "in my swarm of pandemonium, in the forgathering of oni, no mere human or youkai can withstand!"

Manipulation of density and sparseness
A giant Suika about to squash Marisa Kirisame, as illustrated in The Grimoire of Marisa.

Suika's ability to manipulate "density" gives her the power to control the density of any given object; to put it simply, assembly and dispersion. As the object's density increases, it heats up, and as it decreases, it turns into a mist.[3] During her spell cards and other attacks, she can also create smaller versions of herself and make herself giant. She can also decrease her own body's density to become a mist, as she did during the events of Immaterial and Missing Power, making it impossible to attack her.[4] By doing this all over Gensokyo, she can effectively keep an eye on everything going on. She can also gather things without shape, like people's souls, which caused the incident in the first place. She has also affected the Moon as reflected in sky (the canopy) to make it explode, then take the falling fragments and turn them into mist as well,[1] but the details as to how are unknown. Youmu Konpaku, after striking her with one of her swords, commented that the sword itself reacted strangely.[5]

With this power, she was able to assemble the thoughts of people and youkai, and made the residents of Gensokyo periodically have a party. Furthermore, with this power she is able to split up into small pieces and become a giant, and she is also able to disperse into the atmosphere. Other than that, she is able to compress her attack and increase her power, and is able to draw the opponent into something like a black hole, and sucking the opponent's power, out of nowhere she assembles rocks and health, and the way she throws it can be seen. It seems like she is able to turn a mountain into sand by this power (according to Immaterial and Missing Power). During her mystery attacks on Myouren Temple in Wild and Horned Hermit chapter 9, she was capable of one-hit knockouts without being seen.

Unbelievably, in her last spell in Immaterial and Missing Power's story mode, "Pandemonium" or "A Million Oni Parade the Night," her spell gauge and her health gauge disperse, making an unthinkable system-intervention model for its usage method.

Possessions

Suika has a gourd that she calls the Ibuki Gourd, which contains a sake bug capable of turning water into sake.[6] To prevent it from overflowing, the gourd has a stopper on it, and she can't pour out more than the gourd will hold at one time.[7]

Backstory

Before appearing in Gensokyo, Suika lived in the Underworld. However, before even that, she apparently lived on the Youkai Mountain as one of the four "Devas of the Mountain", along with Yuugi Hoshiguma and two others. Since the oni were superior to the other residents of the mountain, such as the tengu and kappa, they all still remember her even now as someone to be respected.[8]

Character Design

Origin

Suika is most likely based off of Shuten-douji. Shuten-douji was a man who lived a half-youkai existence, with an existence between that of a human and Yamata no Orochi, known as one of the Three Great Evil Youkai of Japan (日本三大悪妖怪) alongside Tamamo-no-Mae and the tengu form of Emperor Sutoku. In the prefectural border between Gifu Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture was Mount Ibuki, which was his birthplace. Furthermore, in the Otogizooshi Shuten-douji is said to have been abandoned after birth at the foot of Mt. Ibuki, and to have been previously been known as 伊吹童子 (Ibuki-douji).

Mt. Ooe was a mountain that extended over Fukuchiyama, Miyazu, and Yosano, Kyoto. It was once a mine heavily mined for copper, nickel, and chromium. There is a legend where the aforementioned Shuten-douji and his subordinates were exterminated, and in fact, completely massacred, and in the town centre of Oe, near the Oe Station (Kitakinki Tango Railway), there are many associated images, Onigawara, mozaic images, and other things like that lined up. One of her Scarlet Weather Rhapsody spell cards, "Complete Massacre on Mt. Ooe" probably comes from this.

Among Shuten-douji's subordinates, among the especially powerful "big four," there was one oni by the name of "Hoshikuma-douji." This is where the name of Suika's ally from the big four, Yuugi Hoshiguma, comes from. Furthemore, according to the legend, Ibaraki-douji (on whom Kasen Ibaraki is based) was a subordinate or even lover of Shuten-douji. Within the Touhou setting, Kasen and Suika's relationship is as of yet unknown.

Name

Her full name is Suika Ibuki (伊吹 萃香). Her first name Suika (萃香) is not a legitimate Japanese word, but literally it can be translated as "gathering fragrance". Incidentally, suika (スイカ/西瓜/水瓜) is the word for watermelon in the Japanese language (in common Japanese, the pitch accent for "watermelon" is flat. In order to distinguish, native speakers pronounce her name as "Su*[high] i*[high] ka*[low]"). Her last name Ibuki (伊吹) can mean Chinese Juniper in Japanese, but in her case, it's highly likely to be a reference to Shuten-douji. Futhermore, Shuten (酒呑) means "alcohol drink".

Design

Suika has two long straight oni horns on her head, decorated with ribbons. She wears a tattered pale pink blouse, a long purple and pink skirt, and three chain accessories tied to her belt. Her eyes are brown.

The three symbols are related to Gibon Sengai's Picture "Circle, Triangle, Square" (or Three Dimensions of Somatic Attunement). This picture is so esoteric that there are several interpretations on it, but the significane of the three diagrams would be mentioned by Rinnosuke Morichika in Chapter 22 of Curiosities of Lotus Asia.

Though fighting games sprites represent her with blonde/light brown hair, it must be considered as an error; Suika's real hair color actually being ginger (orange) according to Alphes' artworks and ZUN's artworks and sprites.

Story

Games

Immaterial and Missing Power

During the events of Immaterial and Missing Power, the people of Gensokyo were manipulated into having feasts repeatedly, one right after another, by Suika's ability to "gather" anything. She intended to draw all the other oni out of hiding with continuous, non-stop celebration. Her motive for this was the short spring in Perfect Cherry Blossom and the lower number of flower viewings that could be held because of it.

In most characters' scenarios, Suika was defeated and the number of feasts began to decrease. In Suika's scenario, she managed to defeat all of her major foes in a feast, but her plan failed anyway due to Reimu Hakurei's ability and her own short-comings as an oni.

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Shoot the Bullet

In Shoot the Bullet, Aya Shameimaru encountered Suika on the Extra stage and took photos of her danmaku, being the first shoot 'em up game Suika appears in.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody

In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she notices that temperaments are being gathered from everyone into the sky, so she decides to climb up the Youkai Mountain to follow them. Once she reaches the heavens, she locates the perpetrator. Instead of trying to put an end to whatever plot was going on, Suika demands a living space in the heavens. She later gathers everyone to the heavens to attack Tenshi Hinanawi, although whether it was to punish the celestial or just to pass the time is unclear.

Subterranean Animism

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Touhou Hisoutensoku

If connecting SWR with Touhou Hisoutensoku, then Suika can become a selectable character to play with, although she appears in no scenarios.

Double Spoiler
Suika with Yuugi in Hopeless Masquerade

In Double Spoiler, Suika appeared as a stage 6 target, where she uses a few spell cards and had Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou take photos of her and her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade

Suika made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Human Village stage. She is seen standing on a balcony of the tavern with Yuugi Hoshiguma, drinking beer.

Impossible Spell Card

After apparently reading the newspaper by the tengu about a mischief-making amanojaku, Suika becomes one of the many strong youkai and humans to try and stop Seija Kijin. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.

Literature

Suika, as illustrated in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red.
Suika with Aya Shameimaru in said fanbook.
Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red
Main article: Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red/Suika

Aya Shameimaru realizes that the Moon has exploded late one midwinter night and goes to interview the person responsible, Suika Ibuki. Suika is drunk, but she manages to tell Aya that she did it as a threat to all those who were partying, reminding them of onis by shattering the sky, a proof of their awesome strength by splitting the sky apart so easily to blow up the Moon.

During the follow interview, Suika challenges Aya to a drinking match even as she asks her for sake. Aya seems to accept and invites Suika to drink with her at a nearby food cart, with hilarious results as Suika talks about silencing the poor owner. Aya then mentions her surprise at Suika and the onis being back. Suika responds that she is the only one, and she's come back only for a while. She also tells Aya how sad she is that the tengu have lost most of their influence. Suika finishes by accusing the tengu of not showing their strength and Aya ends the discussion by inviting Suika to drink about gathering news for her.

Suika appearance in Wild and Horned Hermit chapter 9
Strange and Bright Nature Deity

In Chapter 17 and 18, Suika gives a jug with a sake bug in it to Reimu Hakurei. However, it's soon stolen by the Three Fairies of Light, who replace it with a fake. The real jug is later taken to Eientei for analysis, and when Suika returns to the shrine, they find that the jug no longer contains the bug. She is not particularly concerned at it, however, and proceeds to explain to Reimu and Marisa Kirisame what it does.

Wild and Horned Hermit

In the end of Chapter 9, Suika is revealed to be the culprit behind the strange attacks that have been happening lately, especially in and around the Myouren Temple. She eventually went to the shrine hoping to see Kasen Ibaraki, but she disappears before they meet. She reappears at the end of Chapter 16 for the same purpose, having received a tip from Yuugi Hoshiguma, and thinks to herself that Kasen doesn't need to keep hiding, and that she hasn't seen her in a long time.

Relationships

Yuugi Hoshiguma

Suika and Yuugi Hoshiguma were two of the four devas of the mountain, and are very good friends, although it's been a while since they've actually seen each other before Subterranean Animism. Of course, their reunion during that time was not in person, but instead Suika watching Yuugi through a TV screen and talking to her using Yukari's cell phone. Suika hopes the four of them can go mountain climbing again, some day. They've been seen hanging around together in the background of the Human Village of Hopeless Masquerade.

Yukari Yakumo

Yukari Yakumo was Suika's friend before the oni went to the Underworld. It is unknown how or when they became friends. Yukari cares about Suika, as her (hypothetical) Immaterial and Missing Power story has her stop Suika because she's worried that people will find Suika whom won't be as forgiving as Yukari is. Suika does favors for Yukari, such as rebuilding the Hakurei Shrine in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody or going along with her scheme in Subterranean Animism. The two play danmaku battles with each other, though it's been a while since the last one before Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. In Oriental Sacred Place Chapter 12, Yukari is with Suika at the Hakurei Shrine New Year's Festival.

Suika (an oni) does tend to get annoyed with Yukari's "dirty tricks", but doesn't go beyond snapping that they're dirty. Suika referred to Yukari's existence as fraudulent to Youmu Konpaku in Immaterial and Missing Power, and stated to Yukari that it was rare to see her "on this side of the world" in broad daylight in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. These may be simple figures of speech, or they may show that Suika knows many deeper things about Yukari.

Reimu Hakurei

Reimu Hakurei's honesty in Immaterial and Missing Power impressed the oni when they first met. The oni now drops by the shrine often. Reimu usually has Suika pick up garbage. Once Suika even gave Reimu a sake bug as a gift so they could drink quality sake together (unfortunately, a series of events resulted in the worm being lost). She has teamed up with Reimu to go along with Yukari's scheme in Subterranean Animism.

Minor relationships

Tenshi Hinanawi

Suika travelled up to Heaven and beat up Tenshi to get some land. Iku mentions in her ending that Tenshi must have gave it to her without consulting any of the other celestials about the matter. Since then, Suika played at least one prank on Tenshi by gathering up many others to come fight her. Tenshi initially figured that it'd be okay because Suika will get bored and leave heaven soon, but by the time the final story (Tenshi's) in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody ends. Suika's still up there, causing Tenshi to worry about just how long the oni plans on staying.

Iku Nagae

Iku first encounters Suika when Suika is climbing to Heaven to see someone, where she tested Suika before allowing Suika to move on. Suika won, surprising Iku with her power. Iku later runs into Suika while searching for Tenshi Hinanawi to file a report on earthquakes. The oni requests Iku play with her for a bit and fights Iku in a duel. Iku is extremely confused why the oni is still in Heaven, but had to get back to her job. Eventually, after a long string of being attacked by various residents of Gensokyo for no reason whatsoever and an infuriating meeting with Tenshi, the poor exhausted oarfish arrives back in heaven and runs into the oni again. Suika's story of Tenshi giving her land gets the oarfish even more exasperated at the celestial, and Suika cheerfully comforts her and pours her a drink, encouraging Iku to vent her complaints to the oni. It is unknown if they became friends after that or not.

Patchouli Knowledge

After the events of Immaterial and Missing Power, Patchouli seems to have developed a bit of an obsession with taking down the oni, although the feeling isn't mutual. She now has the Scarlet Devil Mansion host Setsubun (basically an anti-oni festival) every year, despite how none of the other residents like it (the fried beans burn the mistress, and the fairy maids hate cleaning up afterwards). Suika has taken note of this and in retaliation to the first festival, destroyed the moon as a display of her own power (actually only an image of the moon, by shattering the heavens to do it). It is unknown if residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion noticed.

In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Patchouli goes right past Tenshi Hinanawi (the real culprit, quite confused) to attack Suika, instead. Patchouli has no books on the oni, but dialogue shows she knew what oni were before meeting Suika. Her wariness towards oni subconsciously existed before that, as it is revealed in Sakuya's ending that despite claiming she didn't know about oni, Patchouli knew an oni caused the feast, revealing a subconscious knowledge on the matter. Prior to that, every once in a while, Patchouli would order coffee made from good beans instead of the usual red tea. Sakuya did not know why, but after discovering this subconscious trait, she finally understood. Oni are weak to fried beans. Patchouli only consciously realized she was supposed to use fried beans, specifically, for the coffee in her own ending, but by then, she's also realized it'd be better off used as danmaku. It is unclear if she realized that she subconsciously drank coffee all along as a preventative measure to oni. It is unknown why Patchouli developed this wariness towards the oni.

Yuyuko Saigyouji

Yuyuko might have known Suika before Suika went to the Underworld, as she describes the mist in Immaterial and Missing Power to Patchouli Knowledge as nostalgic in Patchouli's story, even though she isn't sure what it is. When Yuyuko meets Suika in her own story, she disappointingly says that she had hoped to find a good memory but ended up finding a little demon instead, and the two proceed to insult each other very harshly. Although the double-speak and metaphors aren't completely clear, this could imply that Yuyuko knew Suika from long ago, and the two did not get along.

Yamame Kurodani, Parsee Mizuhashi, Satori Komeji, Rin Kaenbyou, Utsuho Reiuji, and Koishi Komeiji

These are various denizens of the Underworld that Suika got to see in Subterranean Animism. Of the six, Suika has never met Yamame, Rin, or Utsuho personally (or at least gotten to know them personally), but is familiar with their species. She knows Parsee, but to her, Parsee is just some lowly youkai that guards a bridge. She knows Satori, but like everyone else, stays away from her because she dislikes having her mind read. She also knows Satori's sister Koishi, to whom she is a bit warmer, inviting her to come play the next time Koishi goes above ground. She believes Koishi's ability to read the subconscious compensates for Satori's weakness in a fight, indicating she may have gotten into battles or duels with the sisters before (probably playful, but maybe not).

Kasen Ibaraki

Their relationship is yet not revealed, but because Kasen was undoubtedly trying to avoid Suika as possible in the Wild and Horned Hermit, their connection should not be light. However, she later finds out about her from Yuugi but decides to leave it alone as she's curious on what Kasen's scheming.

Gallery

Spell Cards

Additional Information

Fandom

Official Profiles

Official Sources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red - Suika article and interview.
  2. Immaterial and Missing Power - Suika ending.
  3. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense - Suika article.
  4. The Grimoire of Marisa - Suika's spell cards.
  5. Immaterial and Missing Power - Suika route, stage 3.
  6. Strange and Bright Nature Deity - Chapter 18.
  7. Immaterial and Missing Power - Yukari ending.
  8. Subterranean Animism - Marisa/Nitori route, stage 3.