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Junko's power to purify anything, not to be confused with the [[Impurity|Lunarian and Shinto concept of purity]], refers to the [[wikipedia:Refining|refining of substances to remove impurities]], such as in the refinement of metals. She used this power on her own grudge, strengthening it such that she became the embodiment of her resentment as a [[divine spirit]], without even a need for an identity anymore, and on [[Clownpiece]] and other hell [[fairies]], tranforming them into beings of pure lifeforce that would threaten the [[Lunar Capital]].
 
Junko's power to purify anything, not to be confused with the [[Impurity|Lunarian and Shinto concept of purity]], refers to the [[wikipedia:Refining|refining of substances to remove impurities]], such as in the refinement of metals. She used this power on her own grudge, strengthening it such that she became the embodiment of her resentment as a [[divine spirit]], without even a need for an identity anymore, and on [[Clownpiece]] and other hell [[fairies]], tranforming them into beings of pure lifeforce that would threaten the [[Lunar Capital]].
 
Details such as the extent of this ability and how it works are currently unknown, but she also claims to be able to kill the heroines unconditionally if they didn't use [[Eirin]]'s drug and got hit at least once before facing Junko.<ref>[[Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom/Story/Reimu's Scenario#Stage 6]]</ref>.
 
Details such as the extent of this ability and how it works are currently unknown, but she also claims to be able to kill the heroines unconditionally if they didn't use [[Eirin]]'s drug and got hit at least once before facing Junko.<ref>[[Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom/Story/Reimu's Scenario#Stage 6]]</ref>.
 
  
 
The terms used to refer to Junko's ability, {{nihongo|''junka''|純化}} or {{nihongo|''junsui''|純粋}}, differs from the terms for the Shinto concept of {{nihongo|''kegare''|穢れ}} referred to as "[[impurity]]", and {{nihongo|''kiyome''|清め}}, its "purification". So, they can be understood to mean two different things. In fact, Junko refining the hell fairies into pure embodiments of life supercharged their capacity to spread ''impurity''<ref>[[Clownpiece#Official Profiles]] - Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom - omake.txt</ref>.
 
The terms used to refer to Junko's ability, {{nihongo|''junka''|純化}} or {{nihongo|''junsui''|純粋}}, differs from the terms for the Shinto concept of {{nihongo|''kegare''|穢れ}} referred to as "[[impurity]]", and {{nihongo|''kiyome''|清め}}, its "purification". So, they can be understood to mean two different things. In fact, Junko refining the hell fairies into pure embodiments of life supercharged their capacity to spread ''impurity''<ref>[[Clownpiece#Official Profiles]] - Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom - omake.txt</ref>.
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Junko may be based on {{nihongo|Chún Hú|纯狐}}, a Chinese legendary figure mentioned in the [[wikipedia:Zuo_Zhuan|''Zuǒ Zhuàn'']] historical narrative and [[wikipedia:Heavenly_Questions|''Tiānwèn'']] poems. Chún Hú, also known as {{nihongo|"Xuán Qī"|玄妻||lit. "dark lady"}}, was the wife of [[wikipedia:Xia dynasty|Xia Dynasty]] ruler Hòu Yì ({{nihongo|后羿}}). Yi usurped the previous ruler (Chún Hú's former husband) and married Chún Hú, having a child with her named {{nihongo|Bà Fēng|伯封}} who he later killed. Chún Hú then conspired with Yi's minister to kill him as revenge. This account seems to line up with statements about Junko's past from Reisen's ending in [[Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom]].
 
Junko may be based on {{nihongo|Chún Hú|纯狐}}, a Chinese legendary figure mentioned in the [[wikipedia:Zuo_Zhuan|''Zuǒ Zhuàn'']] historical narrative and [[wikipedia:Heavenly_Questions|''Tiānwèn'']] poems. Chún Hú, also known as {{nihongo|"Xuán Qī"|玄妻||lit. "dark lady"}}, was the wife of [[wikipedia:Xia dynasty|Xia Dynasty]] ruler Hòu Yì ({{nihongo|后羿}}). Yi usurped the previous ruler (Chún Hú's former husband) and married Chún Hú, having a child with her named {{nihongo|Bà Fēng|伯封}} who he later killed. Chún Hú then conspired with Yi's minister to kill him as revenge. This account seems to line up with statements about Junko's past from Reisen's ending in [[Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom]].
  
Despite sharing a name, the Hou Yi of the Xia Dynasty was not necessarily the same one who married [[Chang'e]] and shot down the ten suns in legend. The conflation of various historical figures named "Hou Yi" has been the subject of at least one [http://www.nssd.org/articles/article_detail.aspx?id=24734556 contemporary academic paper]. Within the Touhou series, however, the disparate Hou Yis appear to be treated as a single person.
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Despite sharing a name, the Hou Yi of the Xia Dynasty was not necessarily the same one who married [[Chang'e]] and shot down the ten suns in legend. The conflation of various historical figures named "Hou Yi" has been the subject of at least one [http://www.nssd.org/articles/article_detail.aspx?id=24734556 contemporary academic paper]. Within the ''[[Touhou Project]]'' however, the disparate Hou Yis appear to be treated as a single person.
  
 
===Design===
 
===Design===
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;[[Clownpiece]]
 
;[[Clownpiece]]
Hecatia loaned Clownpiece to Junko to use as she wished. Clownpiece was purified into pure lifeforce and simply told to do what fairies do and play around near the [[Lunar Capital]], at the [[Moon#The Lunar Seas|Sea of Tranquility]].
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Hecatia loaned Clownpiece to Junko to use as she wished. Clownpiece was purified into pure lifeforce and simply told to do what fairies do and play around near the [[Lunar Capital]], at the [[Mare Tranquillitatis]].
  
 
;[[Chang'e]]
 
;[[Chang'e]]
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==Spell Cards==
 
==Spell Cards==
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Junko's [[spell card|spell cards]] contain some of the most simplistic patterns ever for a final boss of the ''[[Touhou Project]]''. She expresses her intention to kill the playable character, so her spell cards are designed "purely" to do just that rather than showing off various kinds of patterns; one example is her Extra Stage spell card ''"Simple Danmaku for Cornering a Trapped Rat"'', which is a simple pattern that has bullets shooting directly at the player. Most of her spell cards use circle danmaku shapes, as a [[wikipedia:Circle|circle]] is believed to represent something perfect without flails, in other words, a ''"pure shape"''.
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Her spell cards maybe proof that the development of ''[[Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom]]'' was rushed in order to reach its August release date, as they are considerably simple and lack proper patterns when compared to the spell cards of past final bosses, although it is likely done on purpose in order to emphasize her purity motif. It may also be a throwback to the [[danmaku|bullet hell]] of the [[PC-98]] era, as bullet hell back then have lesser patterns compared to the [[Windows]] era due to the spell card system being inexistant.
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Her spell cards controversially violates the spirit of the spell card rules. The rules have been described as "the most beautiful one wins", where most [[characters]] will have some form of spell card that's got beautiful patterns, but Junko's spell cards are not due to simplistic pattern designs. Also, the rules lists a law that states "Do not use meaningless attacks". She explicitly expressed her intention to kill her opponent rather than simply defeating them, which also goes against the rules; killing and bloodshed are the very reason that spell cards were created. Also, [[Reisen Udongein Inaba]] clarifies in ''[[Cage in Lunatic Runagate]]'' that "beautiful" in part means without dirty tricks, something that Junko occasionally does since some spell cards may involve micrododging.
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{{hidden begin|title = Spell Cards|titlestyle = background:palegreen; text-align:center;}}
 
{{hidden begin|title = Spell Cards|titlestyle = background:palegreen; text-align:center;}}
 
{{#lsth:List of Spell Cards/Touhou Project 3|[[Junko]]}}
 
{{#lsth:List of Spell Cards/Touhou Project 3|[[Junko]]}}
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*Junko is the first [[Windows]] era character with an official profile that doesn't have a proper title; this is likely due to the fact that she purified herself of identifying information. [[Koakuma]] and [[Daiyousei]] also do not have titles, but they also didn't have an official profile.
 
*Junko is the first [[Windows]] era character with an official profile that doesn't have a proper title; this is likely due to the fact that she purified herself of identifying information. [[Koakuma]] and [[Daiyousei]] also do not have titles, but they also didn't have an official profile.
 
*A silhouette of Junko occupies the front of ''[[Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom]]'''s jewel case.
 
*A silhouette of Junko occupies the front of ''[[Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom]]'''s jewel case.
*Most of Junko's Spell cards use Circle Danmaku shapes, as a [[wikipedia:Circle|Circle]] is believed to represent something perfect without flails, in other words, a ''"Pure Shape"''.
 
*Junko's [[spell card|spell cards]] are sometime cited as proof that the game's development was rushed in order to reach its August release date, as they are considerably simple and lack proper patterns when compared to the spell cards of past final bosses.  This is likely done on purpose in order to emphasize her purity motif.  She expresses her intention to kill the playable character, so her spell cards are designed "purely" to do just that rather than showing off various kinds of patterns.  It may also be a throwback to the [[danmaku|bullet hell]] of the [[PC-98]] era, as bullet hell back then have lesser patterns compared to the [[Windows]] era due to the spell card system not being implemented yet.
 
  
 
==Fandom==
 
==Fandom==
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Junko<br><br>
 
Junko<br><br>
  
Species: Divine spirit<br>
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Species: [[Divine spirit]]<br>
 
Ability: Capable of purifying anything<br><br>
 
Ability: Capable of purifying anything<br><br>
  
A being who holds a deep resentment for the People of the Moon.<br>
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A being who holds a deep resentment for the [[Lunarians]].<br>
 
She herself is a spirit who has been purified by that resentment.<br>
 
She herself is a spirit who has been purified by that resentment.<br>
 
By now, she has no need even for information on what exactly she is.<br><br>
 
By now, she has no need even for information on what exactly she is.<br><br>
  
She had a deep grudge against Chang'e, one of the Moon's people.<br>
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She had a deep grudge against [[Chang'e]], one of the Lunarians.<br>
 
Details are included in one of the game's endings, so things will be kept brief here,<br>
 
Details are included in one of the game's endings, so things will be kept brief here,<br>
but it seems that she calmed her rage against the sages by repeatedly attacking the Lunar Capital.<br>
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but it seems that she calmed her rage against the sages by repeatedly attacking the [[Lunar Capital]].<br>
 
Her first grudge came about when her husband killed her child, but said grudge has already been purified<br>
 
Her first grudge came about when her husband killed her child, but said grudge has already been purified<br>
 
to the point where her anger stands on its own.<br><br>
 
to the point where her anger stands on its own.<br><br>
  
Her existence is unknown to all but a select few of the Moon's people.<br>
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Her existence is unknown to all but a select few of the Lunarians.<br>
 
It was hardly necessary for them to live in fear of her, after all.<br>
 
It was hardly necessary for them to live in fear of her, after all.<br>
 
It's unknown if Chang'e has full knowledge of who she is, but she's likely aware of her to some extent.<br><br>
 
It's unknown if Chang'e has full knowledge of who she is, but she's likely aware of her to some extent.<br><br>
  
Chang'e doesn't appear in the game itself, but she's a goddess of the moon imprisoned in the Lunar Capital.<br>
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Chang'e doesn't appear in the game itself, but she's a goddess of the Moon imprisoned in the Lunar Capital.<br>
She rules over the moon rabbits and is extremely powerful, but she doesn't show herself publicly.<br>
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She rules over the [[moon rabbits]] and is extremely powerful, but she doesn't show herself publicly.<br>
She is also a criminal who drank the Hourai Elixir.<br><br>
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She is also a criminal who drank the [[Hourai Elixir]].<br><br>
  
 
Junko's plan to attack the Lunar Capital was as follows.<br><br>
 
Junko's plan to attack the Lunar Capital was as follows.<br><br>
  
"I'll fill the near side of the moon with fairies whose life force I purified,<br>
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"I'll fill the Near Side of the Moon with [[fairy|fairies]] whose life force I purified,<br>
turning the moon itself into a planet with life on it.<br>
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turning the Moon itself into a planet with life on it.<br>
 
Thus, the Lunar Capital's residents will have no choice but to flee.<br>
 
Thus, the Lunar Capital's residents will have no choice but to flee.<br>
 
Then I'll seize that opportunity, and shoot Chang'e down as she's escaping."<br><br>
 
Then I'll seize that opportunity, and shoot Chang'e down as she's escaping."<br><br>
  
The Lunar Capital was first founded by people who migrated to the moon to escape the Earth's impurity (life force).<br>
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The Lunar Capital was first founded by people who migrated to the Moon to escape the Earth's impurity (life force).<br>
Junko was going to cause the same thing to happen on the moon.<br><br>
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Junko was going to cause the same thing to happen on the Moon.<br><br>
  
 
The plan went well.<br>
 
The plan went well.<br>
The Sea of Tranquility began to fill with life.<br>
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The [[Mare Tranquillitatis]] began to fill with life.<br>
It seemed that the fairies from Hell thought the moon to be a paradise.<br>
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It seemed that the fairies from [[Hell]] thought the Moon to be a paradise.<br>
 
That's how awful the environment in Hell must've been.<br><br>
 
That's how awful the environment in Hell must've been.<br><br>
  
The People of the Moon couldn't raise a finger against her 'Planet with Life' plan.<br><br>
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The Lunarians couldn't raise a finger against her 'Planet with Life' plan.<br><br>
  
 
However, Junko knew.<br>
 
However, Junko knew.<br>
The moon's people would hardly wait around near all that impurity, and would flee into the Dream World.<br>
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The Lunarians would hardly wait around near all that impurity, and would flee into the [[Dream World]].<br>
 
Anticipating this, she sent one of her friends over there as well.<br><br>
 
Anticipating this, she sent one of her friends over there as well.<br><br>
  
Just as she planned, but perhaps not quite as she expected, the moon's people showed no sign of action for over half a year.<br>
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Just as she planned, but perhaps not quite as she expected, the Lunarians showed no sign of action for over half a year.<br>
Junko was again at a loss as to how to attack the Capital. Both sides were locked in a stalemate.<br>
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Junko was again at a loss as to how to attack the Lunar Capital. Both sides were locked in a stalemate.<br>
 
As her anger gradually began to settle, she thought she might have to reconsider her course of action.<br><br>
 
As her anger gradually began to settle, she thought she might have to reconsider her course of action.<br><br>
  
It was then that a human, of all things, appeared before her.<br>
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It was then that a [[human]], of all things, appeared before her.<br>
 
Not just any human, but one whose impurity had been wiped clean away. Likely due to the effects of some drug.<br><br>
 
Not just any human, but one whose impurity had been wiped clean away. Likely due to the effects of some drug.<br><br>
  

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純狐 (じゅんこ)
Junko
d͡ʑʲɯᵝko̞
Junko
Species

Divine spirit

Abilities

Purify anything

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games

Junko (純狐) is a Divine spirit and sworn enemy of Lunarians, with the ability to purify anything.

General Information[edit]

Junko appeared as the Final Boss and Extra Boss helper in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom.

Abilities[edit]

Ability to purify anything

Junko's power to purify anything, not to be confused with the Lunarian and Shinto concept of purity, refers to the refining of substances to remove impurities, such as in the refinement of metals. She used this power on her own grudge, strengthening it such that she became the embodiment of her resentment as a divine spirit, without even a need for an identity anymore, and on Clownpiece and other hell fairies, tranforming them into beings of pure lifeforce that would threaten the Lunar Capital. Details such as the extent of this ability and how it works are currently unknown, but she also claims to be able to kill the heroines unconditionally if they didn't use Eirin's drug and got hit at least once before facing Junko.[1].

The terms used to refer to Junko's ability, junka (純化) or junsui (純粋), differs from the terms for the Shinto concept of kegare (穢れ) referred to as "impurity", and kiyome (清め), its "purification". So, they can be understood to mean two different things. In fact, Junko refining the hell fairies into pure embodiments of life supercharged their capacity to spread impurity[2].

Background Information[edit]

Name[edit]

Her known name is Junko (純狐), which is spelled with the characters for jun (, lit. "pure, clean") and ko (, "Fox"). Her name meaning "pure fox" fits with the seven tail-like flames behind her and her ability to purify anything.

Origin[edit]

Junko may be based on Chún Hú (纯狐), a Chinese legendary figure mentioned in the Zuǒ Zhuàn historical narrative and Tiānwèn poems. Chún Hú, also known as "Xuán Qī" (玄妻, lit. "dark lady"), was the wife of Xia Dynasty ruler Hòu Yì (后羿). Yi usurped the previous ruler (Chún Hú's former husband) and married Chún Hú, having a child with her named Bà Fēng (伯封) who he later killed. Chún Hú then conspired with Yi's minister to kill him as revenge. This account seems to line up with statements about Junko's past from Reisen's ending in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom.

Despite sharing a name, the Hou Yi of the Xia Dynasty was not necessarily the same one who married Chang'e and shot down the ten suns in legend. The conflation of various historical figures named "Hou Yi" has been the subject of at least one contemporary academic paper. Within the Touhou Project however, the disparate Hou Yis appear to be treated as a single person.

Design[edit]

Junko wears a Chinese outfit of a red and yellow tabard with a red sash over a wide-sleeved black dress and a black Phoenix crown. She has long, blonde hair and red eyes. Behind her are seven purple tails of energy.

Junko's Appearances[edit]

Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
Junko's sprite in LoLK

Relationships[edit]

Hecatia Lapislazuli

Junko and Hecatia are friends. Because Hecatia sympathized with Junko, she accompanied her in her plot against the Lunar Capital, lending Junko her powers, as well as fairies like Clownpiece.

Clownpiece

Hecatia loaned Clownpiece to Junko to use as she wished. Clownpiece was purified into pure lifeforce and simply told to do what fairies do and play around near the Lunar Capital, at the Mare Tranquillitatis.

Chang'e

Junko had a grudge against Chang'e, because Chang'e's husband was responsible for killing Junko's son. So, she plotted against the Lunar Capital and staged an invasion to get to Chang'e.

Gallery[edit]

Spell Cards[edit]

Junko's spell cards contain some of the most simplistic patterns ever for a final boss of the Touhou Project. She expresses her intention to kill the playable character, so her spell cards are designed "purely" to do just that rather than showing off various kinds of patterns; one example is her Extra Stage spell card "Simple Danmaku for Cornering a Trapped Rat", which is a simple pattern that has bullets shooting directly at the player. Most of her spell cards use circle danmaku shapes, as a circle is believed to represent something perfect without flails, in other words, a "pure shape".

Her spell cards maybe proof that the development of Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom was rushed in order to reach its August release date, as they are considerably simple and lack proper patterns when compared to the spell cards of past final bosses, although it is likely done on purpose in order to emphasize her purity motif. It may also be a throwback to the bullet hell of the PC-98 era, as bullet hell back then have lesser patterns compared to the Windows era due to the spell card system being inexistant.

Her spell cards controversially violates the spirit of the spell card rules. The rules have been described as "the most beautiful one wins", where most characters will have some form of spell card that's got beautiful patterns, but Junko's spell cards are not due to simplistic pattern designs. Also, the rules lists a law that states "Do not use meaningless attacks". She explicitly expressed her intention to kill her opponent rather than simply defeating them, which also goes against the rules; killing and bloodshed are the very reason that spell cards were created. Also, Reisen Udongein Inaba clarifies in Cage in Lunatic Runagate that "beautiful" in part means without dirty tricks, something that Junko occasionally does since some spell cards may involve micrododging.

Additional Information[edit]

  • Junko is the first Windows era character with an official profile that doesn't have a proper title; this is likely due to the fact that she purified herself of identifying information. Koakuma and Daiyousei also do not have titles, but they also didn't have an official profile.
  • A silhouette of Junko occupies the front of Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom's jewel case.

Fandom[edit]

Official Profiles[edit]

Official Sources[edit]

References[edit]