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Yuugi Hoshiguma

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星熊 (ほしぐま)  勇儀 (ゆうぎ)
Yuugi Hoshiguma
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Yugi Hoshiguma
Yuugi Hoshiguma
The So-Called Unexplainable Phenomenon
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Species

Oni

Abilities

Wielding unexplainable phenomena

Occupation

None

Location

Ancient City

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Yuugi Hoshiguma (星熊 勇儀 Hoshiguma Yuugi) is an oni currently living in the Ancient City, which is in the Underworld. She has an unexplainable ability. She was once one of the Big Four of the Mountain, along with Suika Ibuki, and she lives alongside many other oni that were forced below ground.

General Information

Yuugi first appears as the stage 3 boss and midboss of Subterranean Animism, which is quite suprising for an oni, and was a target on stage 6 of Double Spoiler. She made a cameo appearance as one of the many background characters in Hopeless Masquerade, but made an appearace in Marisa Kirisame's ending.

Personality

Yuugi is very a very firm and straightforward oni. She likes those who are strong and brave, and has no mercy for the weak and cowardly.

Ability

The ability to wield unexplainable phenomena

Anomalies, strength, disorder, and spirits (怪力乱神 kai-ryoku-ran-shin) is a metaphor for unexplainable phenomena that originates from the Analects of Confucius, where one of his disciples said "the Master never talked of anomalies, strength, disorder, or spirits." (子不語怪力亂神 shifugo-kairiki-ranshin) Furthermore, Yuugi's title is "the so-called unexplainable phenomenon".

More accurately, Confucius did not talk about unnatural things (strangeness (怪異), mysterious powers (courage (勇力)), things contrary to reason ({{nihongo|devious rebellion|悖乱}, and strange things related to god (fierce god (鬼神). In other words, "strangeness" (), "courage" (), "devious rebellion" (), and "fierce god" () are why "怪力乱神" is referred to as "anomalies, strength, disorder, and spirits." It's appropriately unclear what exactly this ability allows Yuugi to do, since the ability itself is a metaphor for things that cannot be explained.

Her very name, "Yuugi" (), might've come from the courage () that's represented as "strength" in "anomalies, strength, disorder, and spirits."

Occupation

Yuugi spends her time in Former Hell, fraternizing with the other oni, engaging in frequent drinking contests and generally having a rowdy time.

Possessions

Yuugi carries a sake dish called the "Hoshiguma Dish". It raises the quality of any sake poured into it. Kasen Ibaraki later uses this to transform some of her own sake for a party at the Hakurei Shrine. The dish itself is considered a masterwork of the oni.

Background Information

Illustration of Yuugi in Symposium of Post-mysticism

Name

Yuugi Hoshiguma (星熊 勇儀) is her full name. The characters of Hoshiguma (星熊) mean "star" () and "bear" (). The characters in Yuugi (勇儀) mean "bravery" () and "ritual" (). As said in the Ability's section, "Yuugi" could've come from courage ().

In the legend of Shuten Douji, a particularly vicious oni who lived atop Mt. Ooeyama, one of Shuten Douji's four strongman demons was named Hoshiguma Douji. This may or may not be related to Yuugi's concept.

Design

Yuugi has long, straight blonde hair, red eyes, and a single red horn coming out of her forehead. She wears a white, short-sleeved shirt with red trim at the cuffs, neck, and bottom and a dark blue semi-transparent skirt with red highlights and trim. Her wrists and ankles are manacled, with short, broken chains attached to the manacles. In the same interview as mentioned above, the interviewer mentions that her clothes look kind of like a gym uniform and that it'd be easy to do exercises in them. Following that, ZUN also said that Yuugi's skirt actually was semi-transparent.[1]

In Hopeless Masquerade, Yuugi can be seen wearing a Kimono outfit with a busty chest. This dress was first use in the unofficial promotional flyer for Subterranean Animism by alphes, who's known to draw characters with a large chest. Suika also wears a similar outfit, but without the similar measurements.

Backstory

Yuugi was one of the many youkai and oni who moved into the Underworld in Hell when Gensokyo first became isolated from the Outside World. She and the others didn't wish to be chained to the rules that were set up, and decided to move down there. Though a non-aggression pact had apparently been negotiated, Yuugi realized that she wasn't enjoying spending time with humans, so she took up residence in Former Hell to be with kindred spirits. They built their own society and lived there, in isolation, for a really long time.

Yuugi's Appearances

Subterranean Animism

When the heroine arrives at the Ancient City in Stage 3 of Subterranean Animism, Yuugi rushes out to meet her. After Yuugi's initial attack is repelled, she promises to lead the heroine to the Palace of the Earth Spirits in exchange for giving her a good fight.

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Double Spoiler

In Double Spoiler, Yuugi used a few spell cards and had Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou taking photos of her and her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade

Yuugi is one of the frequents to the battles going on above-ground. In Marisa Kirisame's ending, she comes back the day after the incident is resolved, and sounds somewhat disappointed that the battles are over.

Relationships

Suika Ibuki

Yuugi is old friends with Suika, and presumably with the other two Big Four of the Mountain.

Kasen Ibaraki

Kasen describes Yuugi as an acquaintance of hers in Wild and Horned Hermit when she used the oni's sake dish to make her own sake better.

Gallery

Spell Cards

Additional Information

  • Like other oni, Yuugi is ridiculously strong and, in turn, likes strong people. She also enjoys drinking heavily and raising a ruckus.
  • Yuugi Hoshiguma is thus far the only boss who stays around after her mid-boss defeat and remains in front of the player throughout the end of the stage, unless you count Mystia Lorelei, who begins the end-of-stage battle immediately after the mid-boss fight.
  • The JoJo that was talked about in the interview, is Jonathan Joestar, whom at one point has to defeat an undead adversary while being tasked by his master William Anthonio Zeppeli to do so while holding a glass of wine, and to not spill a single drop. Marking Yuugi as yet another with a JoJo counterpart in ZUN's mind.
  • According to an interview in Cara☆Mel‎ for Cage in Lunatic Runagate 7, ZUN said the theme behind Yuugi was to make an energetic, oni-like oni, since there would be lots of oni in hell.[1]

Fandom

  • For some reason, she is commonly called "sister" (姐さん nee-san or ane-san) by fans. It may be related to how she comes off as a big sister figure to many other smaller characters in fanworks.
  • There was once a post on the Touhou Imageboard explaining why one can't judge characters's power levels from how powerful they are in game. The whole post was quite humorous because of its fairly bad grammar and typos, but the most amusing and memorable line was "SA : Yuugi only playing around woth[sic] you, her sake NOT EVEN DROP". This became a meme among Western fans.
  • Yuugi is frequently portrayed as having a large bust size due to an unofficial promotional flyer by alphes before the release of Subterranean Animism. Ironically, the rest of alphes's official art isn't anywhere as shapely as that picture. The trend may have been inspired by the desire for contrast with Suika Ibuki or, later on, Parsee Mizuhashi... that or the desire for a powerful/shapely Oni.
  • Yuugi is frequently paired in fan works with Parsee despite there being no official indication that they've even met.
  • Fans often depict her in a gym outfit that swaps her skirt for school gym shorts.
  • Another common depiction of her is as an extremely muscular woman, which is in tune with her great physical strength, or to some extend, having a masculine form.

Official Profiles

Official Sources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Interview on Subterranean Animism with Cara☆Mel‎ (Nico Nico Video link)