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Yamame Kurodani

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黒谷 (くろだに) ヤマメ
Yamame Kurodani
kɯɽodanʲi jamame (♫)
Yamame Kurodani
Yamame Kurodani in Subterranean Animism
The Bright Net in the Dark Cave
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Species

Tsuchigumo

Abilities

Manipulation of illness (mainly infectious disease)

Location

Underworld

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Yamame Kurodani (黒谷 ヤマメ Kurodani Yamame) is the Stage 1 boss in Subterranean Animism, inhabiting the entrance to the Underworld.

General Information

Yamame is a tsuchigumo – an earth spider – whose ability is the power to manipulate diseases. She generally prefers not to use it, though, and she has an outgoing nature and a love of fighting. Other youkai like her for her bright personality, but humans stay away because of her ability. In addition, as a tsuchigumo, she is well-suited for building construction due to her physical strength and that of their string. However, she can apparently be reasoned with.

Ability

Yamame can fire out spider-like webs, where in Double Spoiler, Aya Shameimaru commented that "tsuchigumo are quite skilled and strong, and particularly good with architecture".

manipulating illness (mainly infectious disease)

Yamame's ability is manipulation of illness and diseases, with a specialization in infectious ones. The amount of vruses and germs being quite strong, that they infect the atmosphere, and are highly lethal. It can be said to be a natural enemy to humans, who are based upon living in groups. However, with the sensibility of not unreasonably inflicting illness, she herself doesn't have that sort of intention of using it often at all; this is probably due to being tormented with the experience of having inflicted disease on attacking humans in the far past.

It is partially implied in Symposium of Post-mysticism that the main disease she manipulates is influenza, as the only identifiable common symptom is a high fever, and the symptoms themselves change from year to year. It is further implied by the footnote which says that the sickness is called different things each year and even given "types", such as Type A or Type B. As a side note, Eirin Yagokoro is apparently attempting to create a "miracle drug" to cure this specific disease.

Design

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Name

In an interview released in Cara☆Mel‎, ZUN mentioned that he figured her name was particularly "spiderish", maybe because spiders are all about their eyes (me, in Japanese). This means that another possible interpretation for her name would be "Yamame" or "八ま目", which roughly translates as "Eight Eyes". Also see Tsuchigumo.

The name "Kurodani" is written with characters that mean "black valley". Yamame may be written as "山女" (lit. mountain girl), which refers to a mythical demon in Japanese folklore.

Appearance

In Subterranean Animism's official art, Yamame has brown eyes and blonde hair tied up in a bun with a ribbon. She wears a black and brown dress that's poofy under the waist, some black shoes with white socks, and a yellow ribbon tied around her lower body. The number of buttons on her outfit adds up to the total amouth of eight eyes a spider has.

Story

Subterranean Animism

During the events of Subterranean Animism, she mistook the heroine as a youkai from the surface and attacked; she was defeated quickly.

Reimu complains about the conditions of the cave, where suddenly she hears Yukari's voice. Noticing Reimu's confusion, Yukari explains that she's talking through the yin-yang orbs. Yamame enters, and seems interested that a human has entered the cave. Yukari immediately tells Reimu to defeat Yamame. Yamame, confused by Reimu "talking to herself", attacks. After Yamame is defeated, Reimu wonders if she talks to herself too much.

Reimu complains about the conditions of the cave, and thinks she's hearing things when she hears Suika's voice. Suika explains that Yukari set up the yin-yang orbs for them to talk through. Yamame enters, and seems interested that a human entered the cave. While Suika rambles on about the orbs, Reimu tells her about Yamame's appearance, where Suika replies how it's "nostalgic". Yamame sees Reimu as suspicious, so she attacks. After she is defeated, Reimu figures out that Suika has fallen asleep.

Reimu complains about the conditions of the cave, and wonders if she's hearing things when she hears Aya's voice. Aya explains the yin-yang orbs allow them to communicate. Reimu figures that it's Yukari's doing. Yamame shows up, wondering where Aya's voice is coming from. Aya becomes excited, seeing that someone showed up. Yamame thinks Reimu is talking to herself. Reimu explains she's not ignoring her, and that she'll take out her anger against boredom on her. Yamame attacks. Upon defeat, Aya explains that Yamame was an earth spider.

Marisa wonders about the strange conditions of the cave, and upon hearing Alice's voice, denies that she hears it altogether. Marisa then realizes that she can use the dolls for communicating as well as attacking. Alice explains that Yukari made them. Yamame enters, curious about why Marisa came underground. Marisa explains that she never wanted to come underground because there were hot springs above ground. When Alice and Marisa begin to talk to each other again, Yamame thinks Marisa is talking to herself. Marisa says she mumbling about how to beat her. Yamame sees her as a threat, and attacks. After she is defeated, Marisa complains about defeating someone unrelated.

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Symposium of Post-mysticism

Byakuren Hijiri mentions that Yamame came to the surface at one point to try and enter the Myouren Temple, but the monk denied her entrance as Yamame's reasons were essentially because she thinks the worried people that come to the temple look delicious.

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Additional Information

Yamame, on the cover of the SA demo CD

Fandom

  • Because of Yamame being upside-down on the demo CD, it didn't take long for fan-art of her hanging upside down to come up. Fans were disappointed when she didn't do this in the actual game.
  • Because she's a spider youkai, pairings of her with Wriggle Nightbug are common (see also Relationshipping) because spiders eat bugs.
  • Since Kisume has no known relationships, but appears as a mid-boss in Yamame's stage, the two, sometimes along with Parsee and Yuugi are often depicted as knowing one another in fanworks.

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