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Yuyuko Saigyouji

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西行寺 (さいぎょうじ)  幽々子 (ゆゆこ)
Yuyuko Saigyouji
saigʲoːd͡ʑi jɯjɯko (♫)
Yuyuko Saigyouzi
Yuyuko Saigyouji
Yuyuko Saigyouji in Ten Desires
Dreaming Ghost
More Character Titles
Species

Ghost

Abilities

Manipulation of death, Manipulation of departed souls

Age

Dead/Immortal (Existed for at least 1000 years)

Occupation

Departed spirit princess

Location

Hakugyokurou

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works
Miscellaneous Works
Other

Yuyuko Saigyouji (西行寺 幽々子 Saigyouji Yuyuko) is the ghost "princess" head of Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld. She first appeared as the stage 6 boss in Perfect Cherry Blossom and appeared in several subsequent works as well.

General Information

Unlike many departed spirits, Yuyuko resembles a living human; a humanoid. She is very cheerful and friendly: Her playful, good-humored personality, otherworldly beauty, and courtesan charm can have a disarming effect. She often makes bizarre and apparently nonsensical remarks and sometimes seems to overlook the obvious, leading to her characterization as an airhead or a ditz. As an instance, in Bougetsushou, she toyed with Youmu Konpaku as a daily occurrence even with Ran Yakumo present.

However, at other times she will reveal an extremely cunning and perceptive side and will also sometimes display an extraordinary level of knowledge. For instance, in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she was the quickest one to identify the culprit as Tenshi Hinanawi when the incident was in the omen stage (Yukari Yakumo spoke of the dwindling of phantoms as Komachi Onozuka's negligence, but Yuyuko guessed correctly). Additionally, in Ten Desires, she obliquely informed the playable character about the location of the incident regarding the divine spirits. She is also known for her incredible appetite and seems to have a food-related metaphor for any situation: Yuyuko is truly "dead and loving it".

Ability

Manipulating death

This is the ability to, without exception and without permitting any resistance, end the life of any living being, whether it be human or youkai. Clearly and simply, it is an unusually and dreadfully powerful ability. Although this ability is what drove her to commit suicide and become a ghost, it seems that she hasn't forgotten this ability since then, and it seems that she can use this ability in a carefree manner (though she doesn't act carelessly in the usage of this ability). However, one might say whether she's able to end life only to the extent of fainting or she invites one to death gently is unclear. During her lifetime, the latter was true. Her Last Word "Saigyouji Flawless Nirvana" says to be the very incarnation of this ability.

Manipulating departed souls

This is the ability that enables her to manipulate ghosts and spirits, an ability she possessed even while she was alive. Although it's unclear what one is exactly able to accomplish with this ability, it seems to place Yuyuko on the role of the manager of the ghosts who stay for a while in the Netherworld. Because of this ability, she is able to let those from Hell stay eternally in the Netherworld.

Background Information

Name

Her full name is Yuyuko Saigyouji (西行寺 幽々子). Her surname Saigyouji (西行寺, lit. "West journey temple") comes from her motif as a daughter of the famous Japanese poet Saigyō Hōshi (西行 法師), who lived in the late Heian period and the early Kamakura period. He passed away in the Hirokawa Temple (弘川寺 Hirokawadera), which could be where the character ji () came from.

Her first name Yuyuko (幽々子) actually doesn't have much meaning but can be literally translated to "ghostly child" or "ghost ghost child". The -ko is a common suffix in Japanese that's used in female names which literally means "child". The iteration mark "", casually called a noma (ノマ), is used to indicate that the previous kanji should be repeated, thus her name's equivalent to "幽幽子". It's seen in the Japanese main title of Perfect Cherry Blossom (東方妖).

Design

Yuyuko's depiction in PMiSS.

In Perfect Cherry Blossom she has maroon eyes, short wavy pink hair and is surrounded by several small formless Phantoms. In all the games, she wears a light blue and white kimono with dark blue trim and white designs, and a blue mob cap on the front of which is a hitaikakushi with a red ghost insignia and a veil of the same color of the kimono behind her head. She uses dark shoes with blue ribbons attached. In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, her hair's slightly longer than normal and her veil's more white than blue.

In Ten Desires, her hair's a paler shade of pink, her kimono's still a light pale blue and the ribbon around her waist, the one going down her kimono, and the bands and lacing on her arms and collar are black instead of white and blue. She now wears a transparent layer underneath, her mob cap lacks the veil it had in Perfect Cherry Blossom, Immaterial and Missing Power and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and her hitaikakushi's insignia has changed shape. Her black shoes doesn't have the usual blue ribbon now.

Throughout the games, the designs in her kimono change. In Perfect Cherry Blossom it has floral designs; in Immaterial and Missing Power, her designs are of butterflies and flowers; in Imperishable Night, the butterflies and flowers designs have been replaced with clouds and moon designs; and in Ten Desires, her designs are of ghosts.

The phantoms surrounding her sometimes carry an object. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, one of the phantoms around her carries a cherry blossom twig; in Imperishable Night, one carries a small blue lantern; and in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody onwards, they no longer carry anything.

In ZUN's E-mails, ZUN mentioned her and described she has a slightly tall height.

Yuyuko's Appearances

Perfect Cherry Blossom

Yuyuko is the final boss of Perfect Cherry Blossom. During its events, she made Youmu Konpaku find a way to make the Saigyou Ayakashi bloom to resurrect the corpse buried beneath it, apparently unaware that it was her own body. Forced to abandon her plan due to obstruction by Reimu and the gang, she resigned herself to continuing her existence as a ghost.

Imperishable Night
Ten Desires

Yuyuko made her appearance as the stage 1 boss of Ten Desires. Her in-game sprite was re-used from Perfect Cherry Blossom. The heroines come to the Netherworld believing that Yuyuko's the cause of the mass or divine spirits. Yuyuko insists that they duel if the heroine wants to know about the incident. After she's defeated, Yuyuko doesn't appear injured and explains what the spirits are. She also redirects the heroine to the Myouren Temple, the location where all the divine spirits are heading. With Youmu Konpaku's scenario however, she wishes to investigate, but isn't allowed out of the Netherworld unless she defeats Yuyuko.

Spin-offs

Immaterial and Missing Power
Shoot the Bullet

In Shoot the Bullet, Yuyuko is a target level 8, where she'll use spell cards when Aya Shameimaru take photos of her and her danmaku.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Touhou Hisoutensoku

If connecting SWR with Touhou Hisoutensoku, then Yuyuko can become a selectable character to play with, although she appears in no scenarios.

Hopeless Masquerade
Anigif of Yuyuko w/ Youmu in HM

Yuyuko appears as a background cameo in Hopeless Masquerade on the Divine Spirit Mausoleum stage. She is seen with Youmu Konpaku as she endlessly feeds her rice balls.

Impossible Spell Card

Presumably from hearing or seeing a wanted sign about the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, Yuyuko appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge. She is shown to be located at the Myouren Temple Cemetery.

Relationships

Youmu Konpaku

Youmu is Yuyuko's gardener, bodyguard and fencing instructor. Youmu is unquestioningly loyal to her master, though she has a hard time understanding Yuyuko's riddles.

Youki Konpaku

Youki is Youmu's predecessor, who taught Youmu all that she knows. He also knew the full story of Yuyuko's connection to the Saigyou Ayakashi even after Yuyuko herself had forgotten. Yuyuko found him harder to rely on than Youmu.

Yukari Yakumo

Yuyuko has been friends with Yukari since before her death, and is one of the few people who can see through her plans.

Minor Relationships

Saigyou Ayakashi (Youkai Tree in her Garden)

Refer to the Saigyou Ayakashi section

Lunasa, Lyrica, and Merlin Prismriver (Regular performers)

Spell Cards

Additional Information

Yuyuko's different color palettes from Touhou Hisoutensoku. The 2nd one corresponds to her second color palette in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, while the 3rd one corresponds to her Immaterial and Missing Power palette.

Fandom

Official Profiles

Official Sources