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Suika Ibuki in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
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|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|
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- 1 General Information
- 2 Backstory
- 3 Character Design
- 4 Story
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Spell Cards
- 8 Additional Information
- 9 Fandom
- 10 Official Profiles
- 11 Official Sources
- 12 References
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in Missing Power, such as by calling Alice Margatroid a coward and telling Youmu Konpaku how people make fun of her.
- Manipulation of density and sparseness
Suika's ability to manipulate "density" gives her the power to control the density of any given object. As the object's density increases, it heats up, and as it decreases, it turns into a mist. 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. 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, 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.
Suika has a gourd that she calls the Ibuki Gourd, which contains a sake bug capable of turning water into sake. 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.
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.
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 (Ibuki-douji). Shuten-douji (酒呑童子) is the leader of the oni, that is told to live in Mt. Ooe (大江山 Ooe-yama). He is thought to be the most powerful oni ever existed and known to be one of Japan's Big Three Youkai (日本三大妖怪). Due to the similarity of their names, many fans believe she's based on Shuten-douji. 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).
- 萃香 (Suika - lit. gathering, fragrance)
- 酒呑 (Shuten - lit. alcohol, drink)
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 3 chain accessories tied to her belt. Her eyes are brown.
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.
- 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's ability and her own short-comings as an oni.
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- 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
- Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red
- Main article: Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red/Suika
Aya 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.
- Strange and Bright Nature Deity
In Chapter 17 and 18, Suika gives a jug with a sake bug in it to Reimu. 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 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 Ibara, 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.
Suika and Yuugi 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. It is unknown if they've seen each other after those events, either. 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.
Yukari was Suika's friend before the oni went underground. 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'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.
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 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.
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 might have known Suika before Suika went underground, 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.
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).
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.
Suika's sigil from Grimoire of Marisa.
Suika reforming from her mist form in Wild and Horned Hermit chapter 9.
- A silhouette of Suika occupies the front of Immaterial and Missing Power's jewel case.
- 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.
- In Immaterial and Missing Power Suika's final spellcard, "百万鬼夜行" (Romanized: "Hyakuman Ki Yakou", Meaning: "A Million Oni Parade the Night", cf. the 1776 Japanese work: "画図百鬼夜行", meaning: "The Illustrated Night Parade of A Hundred Demons"), is capable of completely erasing the HUD, leaving the player unable to know directly how much life/super meter either has.
- An alternate palette of her in Touhou Hisoutensoku makes her completely gold, a possible Guilty Gear/Blazblue reference. Another palette gives her a red ribbon and a dark blue dress, somewhat similar to Keine in appearance.
- Suika is the only character to appear as a boss in both Shoot the Bullet and Double Spoiler.
- According to the legend, Ibaraki-douji (Kasen's based oni) was a subordinate of Shuten-douji (Suika's assumed based oni). Some story even say that the two were lovers, but their relationship in the Touhou world is unknown.
- Suika is widely considered to be the flattest character in all of Touhou. Following this are things about her giving herself breasts or in some cases, STEALING them from others in fanart(). She has created a small meme in western circles due to a Morino Hon 4koma (), due to the last line she says in it; resulting in it coming up in other danbooru pictures and western fanworks in regards to other shapely characters.
- She's sometimes depicted as a "Moon Buster" due the fact that she made the Moon explode in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red .
- Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red - Suika article and interview.
- Immaterial and Missing Power - Suika ending.
- Perfect Memento in Strict Sense - Suika article.
- The Grimoire of Marisa - Suika's spell cards.
- Immaterial and Missing Power - Suika route, stage 3.
- Strange and Bright Nature Deity - Chapter 18.
- Immaterial and Missing Power - Yukari ending.
- Subterranean Animism - Marisa/Nitori route, stage 3.
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