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Yamame Kurodani in Subterranean Animism
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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.
As a tsuchigumo (earth spider), her ability is the power to manipulate diseases, though she generally prefers not to. She enjoys fighting, and is well-liked for her bright personality among other youkai, but humans tend to be repulsed by her ability. Earth spiders are, in addition, well-suited for architecture, due to their own physical strength and that of their string.
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.
- 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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