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Yamame Kurodani in Subterranean Animism
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|Abilities||Manipulation of illness (mainly infectious disease)|
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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 underground.
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.
Yamame's ability is manipulation of illness and diseases, with a specialization in infectious ones. 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.
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), and pointed out that the number of buttons on her outfit added up to give her the proper number of eyes for a spider. 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.
In Subterranean Animism's official art, Yamame has Brown eyes, 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.
- Subterranean Animism
During the events of Subterranean Animism, she mistook the heroine as a youkai from the surface and attacked; she was defeated quickly.
- 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.
- Subterranean Animism's demo CD featured Yamame on the cover (upside down).
- 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). Spiders eat bugs, right?
- 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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