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Tenshi Hinanawi

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比那名居 (ひななゐ)  天子 (てんし)
Tenshi Hinanawi
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Tenshi Hinanai
Tenshi Hinanawi
Tenshi Hinanawi in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Girl of the Sphere of Neither Perception nor Non-Perception
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Species

Celestial

Abilities

Manipulation of earth, identification of one's spirit (Sword of Hisou)

Occupation

Celestial

Location

Heaven

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Tenshi Hinanawi (比那名居 天子 Hinanawi Tenshi) is the "final" boss for most of the characters in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and the "Eldest Daughter" (総領娘 souryou musume) of the Hinanawi clan, as referred to by Iku Nagae, that resides in Heaven.

Character Basis

Name

Her full name is Tenshi Hinanawi (比那名居 天子). In Tenshi, it has ten (, "sky, heaven") and shi (, "child"), which is a common ending for girl's names, so the literal meaning of her first name is "The child of heaven". Incidentally, the word tenshi (天子) is used to refer to the monarch in both Japanese and Chinese language. Also, Tenshi can be interpreted as an "angel" (天使 tenshi) in Japanese, a likely reference to her being a Celestial in this case. Ten () is a kanji used in the Japanese title of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody (緋想).

The "wi" () in Hinanawi (比那名居) is a kana that is unused in Modern Japanese. In present day Japanese, her last name is pronounced "Hinanai". The nawi (名居) in her surname is old Japanese for "earth".

Before becoming a celestial, her first name was Chiko (地子, lit. "earth child").

Design

Tenshi has dark red eyes and long blue hair. She wears a white button-up blouse with a red bow at the collar, a blue dress with a light blue bow on the back and brown lace-up boots similar to that of Alice Margatroid's and carries an apron on her dress. The apron has a rainbow-patterned shard link around it, and wears a black hat decorated with two peaches and leaves.

Story

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody

Due to the boring life in Heaven of constant drinking and relaxation, Tenshi decides to cause a disaster by gathering the thought energy of everyone in Gensokyo in the form of scarlet clouds, threatening an earthquake. Her true intent is to resolve her boredom by attracting others to resolve the incident. This disruption causes a preliminary tremor, which wrecks Reimu Hakurei's shrine and causes several events to unfold from there. Eventually, Tenshi rebuilds Reimu's shrine. However, Yukari Yakumo becomes angry when she learns that Tenshi has built a Keystone into its foundation, and has the shrine destroyed and rebuilt once more so that she can seal it.[1] Eventually a groundbreaking ceremony is held in Heaven, attended by most of the game's playable characters.

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Relationships

Suika Ibuki

Suika travelled up to Heaven and beat up Tenshi to get some land. Iku mentions in her ending that Tenshi must have given 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 comments to Tenshi that she was supposed to file a report before warning everyone about the earthquake, but couldn't because all of the Hinanawi clan were away from their homes. This implies that one of her duties is to file reports to the Hinanawi clan when an earthquake is about to occur (note, however, that this doesn't mean she is subserviant to Tenshi's clan. Just that her job requires interacting with them). It is shown in her ending that she saw how spoiled and reckless the eldest child Tenshi was, and was never happy about it. Her win quote to Tenshi implies that Iku often complained to Tenshi about how mad her father was whenever Iku reported him. To Tenshi, however, Iku was just a messenger. Tenshi's unauthorized use of a keystone finally caused Iku to take action and punish Tenshi (and for Tenshi to learn her name), although having no authority over a member of the Hinanawi meant that all Iku could do in the long term was complain about it.

Her Father, Lord Nai

Iku mentions to Tenshi in a win quote that there's been repeated occassions where she's told Tenshi that her father was mad, and snaps that Tenshi should go report to him by herself for a change.

Spell Cards

Additional Information

Tenshi's sigil from the Grimoire of Marisa
TenshiSwordofHisou.JPG

Miscellaneous

  • A silhouette of Tenshi occupies the front of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody's jewel case.
  • Her profile mentions "Oomura no Kami" and "Nai clan". In fact, there is the Nai Shrine (名居神社) in Nabari City, and the Oomura Shrine (大村神社) in Iga City, both in Mie Prefecture. The former shrine stands in Shimo-hinachi (下比奈知), and the latter has the Keystone and the Statue of Catfish as goshintai.
  • While Tenshi is called a Tennin (天人) many of the mythological references Tenshi makes are those of the Tenbu (天部, Deva in sanskrit) In Buddhism, Deva are humans that have achieved enlightenment and in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Tenshi mentions the five signs of death of a Deva. Deva's are also known to be mortal in Buddhism, living long lives, but still remaining part of the circle of life and death. This too, ties in with the events in Komachi's Scarlet Weather Rhapsody scenario. Considering earlier references by ZUN to the Tennin (such as several of Youmu's spell cards in PCB) both Tenbu and Tennin are the same in Gensokyo.
  • One of her color palettes in Touhou Hisoutensoku resembles Renko Usami.
  • Tenshi's weapons include innumerable danmaku keystones of various sizes and her shape-shifting sword Hisou no Tsurugi.
  • ZUN designed the official shirt for 2013 Anime Weekend Atlanta convention. Georgia is the peach state so it’s appropriate to have Tenshi on the shirt

Fanon

  • Tenshi's first name can also be read as "Tenko": when the fans were speculating about new characters on the Touhou Genso Board (東方幻想板)'s Sarlet Weather Rhapsody Strategy Chat and Mispost Thread No.21 (東方緋想天 攻略・雑談・誤爆スレ21) before the release of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, an anonymous poster jokingly uploaded an image that supposedly listed all the names of the characters including that of an unknown character, "Tenko Hisou" (緋想天子) in the middle. This name was too obvious; adding the most common Japanese suffix for girls' names, "-ko" (-子), after the Japanese main title "Hisouten" (緋想). The name was from then on adopted as a tentative name for the final boss, because such an obvious name sounded very funny. Surprisingly, it turned out that she has those same characters in her first name, "天子", but a different pronunciation, "Tenshi".
    • As a result of this, "Tenko" (specifically written in hiragana てんこ to refer to this usage) has become an extremely famous fan nickname - perhaps even more used then her real name - for her.
    • Incidentally, the file name of a jpg image in one of the blog post by Twilight Frontier was named "tenko.jpg".
    • In regard to the nickname Tenko, there's a famous Internet meme "Tenko aishiteru" (てんこあいしてる, English: "Tenko I love you")[2] known in the Japanese community. Simply used to express the passion to Tenshi.
  • Because of the reference of the keyword "uchouten" (有頂天, Bhavaagra), she often gets connected with the Buront-san (ブロントさん) meme[3]: A popular Final Fantasy XI meme known in the Japanese Internet community.
    • Due to the popularity of Buront-san meme in the Touhou fandom, an official reference was even made parodying the meme in one of her spell card in Hisoutensoku - Swordplay "Sword of Swagger" (剣技「気炎万丈の剣」)
  • Quite rarely, but in the Japanese community she is sometimes called by the nickname Bamiyan (バーミヤン): A common known Chinese restaurant that has a "peach" in its logo.[4]
  • Due to her apparent eagerness to be beaten up by the other characters in SWR's story mode (with dialogue lines such as "Yes, get angry! Because if you don't punish me, Gensokyo shall be no more!"), she has gained a reputation as a masochist (どM do-emu).
    • As a result, she often appears along with Yuuka Kazami in some fanworks.
    • This combined with her toughness has resulted in Tenshi having high defenses in various fan games.
  • That said, if Perfect Memento's article can be taken as a guide, Tenshi was a human and is now referred to as a Celestial, per the Character profile in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody.
  • In many fanworks she is depicted to be uneasy with Yukari and be hated by her. This is likely to be rooted from Yukari's dialogue in the last stage, where Yukari was unusually angry at Tenshi for building a shrine.
  • In many fanwork, Tenshi is referred/described/drew as flat chested, mostly due to the drawing in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody by alphes, which her breast were depicted considerably flat even though she looks to be in her mid-teen in the image. This might be due to her sometimes bratty nature.
    • In Labyrinth of Touhou, her stats reflect this as while she has the highest defenses (which she can buff), she has the least HP. This is in contrast with Komachi (infamously busty) who has the highest HP but the lowest defenses.
  • Along with Utsuho, Tenshi had received serious (absurd) criticism by some people due to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake by being associated with the earthquakes and the nuclear incident.
    • However, such criticism ceased shortly and fortunately, their reputation wasn't negatively affected that much.

Official Profiles

Official Sources

References

  1. Scarlet Weather Rhapsody - Yukari's Scenario
  2. Nicopedia - Tenko aishiteru (Japanese)
  3. Nicopedia - Buront-san (Japanese)
  4. Jump to its official Webpage to see the logo.