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{{nihongo|'''Junko'''|純狐|Junko}} is a [[divine spirit|sagacious spirit]] and sworn enemy of [[Lunarians]] who orchestrated the invasion to the [[Moon]] for the sole purpose of killing [[Chang'e]].
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{{nihongo|'''Junko'''|純狐|Junko}} is a [[divine spirit|sagacious spirit]] and sworn enemy of [[Lunarians]] who orchestrated the invasion to the [[Moon]] for the sole purpose of killing [[Jouga]].
  
 
==General Information==
 
==General Information==
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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|Bó 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|Bó 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 Project]]'' 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 [[Jouga]] 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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;''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom''
 
;''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom''
 
[[File:JunkoVFiS2.png|thumb|right|180px|Junko's appearance in Visionary Fairies in Shrine]]
 
[[File:JunkoVFiS2.png|thumb|right|180px|Junko's appearance in Visionary Fairies in Shrine]]
Junko plotted the invasion to the Moon in order to get revenge on [[Chang'e]]. She filled the Near Side of the Moon with fairies, and thus life, forcing the Lunarians to escape so she could use that moment to kill Chang'e. Knowing the Lunarians would likely flee to the [[Dream World]], she send [[Hecatia]] to trap them there. Over half a year the Lunarians took no action against her, causing a stagnation in Junko's plan and a steady appease of her anger, growing bored every time. It was at that time when the protagonist appears before her, clean of all impurity much to her surprise. Because her anger was already appeased, she saw no goal in continuing the invasion and admitted defeat before the battle.
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Junko plotted the invasion to the Moon in order to get revenge on [[Jouga]]. She filled the Near Side of the Moon with fairies, and thus life, forcing the Lunarians to escape so she could use that moment to kill Jouga. Knowing the Lunarians would likely flee to the [[Dream World]], she send [[Hecatia]] to trap them there. Over half a year the Lunarians took no action against her, causing a stagnation in Junko's plan and a steady appease of her anger, growing bored every time. It was at that time when the protagonist appears before her, clean of all impurity much to her surprise. Because her anger was already appeased, she saw no goal in continuing the invasion and admitted defeat before the battle.
 
===Literature===
 
===Literature===
 
;''Visionary Fairies in Shrine''
 
;''Visionary Fairies in Shrine''
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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 [[Sea of Tranquility]].
 
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 [[Sea of Tranquility]].
  
;[[Chang'e]]
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;[[Jouga]]
Junko has 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.
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Junko has a grudge against Jouga, because Jouga's husband was responsible for killing Junko's son. So, she plotted against the Lunar Capital and staged an invasion to get to Jouga.
  
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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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 Lunarians.<br>
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She had a deep grudge against [[Jouga]], 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>
 
but it seems that she calmed her rage against the sages by repeatedly attacking the [[Lunar Capital]].<br>
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Her existence is unknown to all but a select few of the Lunarians.<br>
 
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>
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It's unknown if Jouga 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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Jouga 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 [[Rabbit|moon rabbits]] and is extremely powerful, but she doesn't show herself publicly.<br>
 
She rules over the [[Rabbit|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>
 
She is also a criminal who drank the [[Hourai Elixir]].<br><br>
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turning the Moon itself into a planet with life on it.<br>
 
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>
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Then I'll seize that opportunity, and shoot Jouga 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>
 
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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純狐 (じゅんこ)
Junko
d͡ʑʲɯ̹̃ŋko̞
Junko
Species

Divine spirit

Abilities

Purify anything

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works

Junko (純狐 Junko) is a sagacious spirit and sworn enemy of Lunarians who orchestrated the invasion to the Moon for the sole purpose of killing Jouga.

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, transforming them into beings of pure lifeforce that would threaten the Lunar Capital. 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].

According to ZUN, Junko's power of purification is actually an ability to bring things back to their godly nature, before they had names, so it could be almost considered an ability to give birth to gods.[3] The nature of nameless objects and how giving names to gods makes them manifest only one of their aspects was previously described by Rinnosuke in Chapter 15 of Curiosities of Lotus Asia.

Species[edit]

Junko describes herself as a Sagacious Spirit (仙霊 Senrei), Reimu indicates that she is a more pure soul than a Lunarian or youkai[4] and ZUN mentions in his interview[3] that she is a type of divine spirit, however it's difficult to make a distinction between the two so at most, she's a Spirit.

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. According to her profile, she doesn't have an identity nor she desires to know what exactly she is.

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 Bó 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 Jouga 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 light-purple flame-like tails.

Junko's sprite in LoLK

Junko's Appearances[edit]

Games[edit]

Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
Junko's appearance in Visionary Fairies in Shrine

Junko plotted the invasion to the Moon in order to get revenge on Jouga. She filled the Near Side of the Moon with fairies, and thus life, forcing the Lunarians to escape so she could use that moment to kill Jouga. Knowing the Lunarians would likely flee to the Dream World, she send Hecatia to trap them there. Over half a year the Lunarians took no action against her, causing a stagnation in Junko's plan and a steady appease of her anger, growing bored every time. It was at that time when the protagonist appears before her, clean of all impurity much to her surprise. Because her anger was already appeased, she saw no goal in continuing the invasion and admitted defeat before the battle.

Literature[edit]

Visionary Fairies in Shrine

In chapter 2 she makes an appearance when Clownpiece talks about why wasn't she born in the Earth instead of Hell.
Again, in chapter 5, she's mentioned by Eirin because she didn't know Junko was working alongside a Goddess of Hell.

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 Sea of Tranquility.

Jouga

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

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. Her spell cards are designed "purely" to do just that rather than showing off various kinds of patterns. Most of her spell cards use circle danmaku shapes, which is significant as circles[5] are widely viewed as "pure shapes".

Her spell cards violate 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 featuring beautiful patterns, Junko's spell cards are not, due to the simplistic pattern designs.

Additional Information[edit]

  • Junko is the first Windows era character with an official profile that does not have a proper title. This is likely because she purified herself of identifying information. Koakuma and Daiyousei also do not have titles, but they also do not have official profiles.
    • She is also notable for being the first final boss in the Windows era to not have a last name.
  • 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]

  1. Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom/Story/Reimu's Scenario#Stage 6
  2. Clownpiece#Official Profiles - Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom - omake.txt
  3. 3.0 3.1 Strange Creators of Outer World/Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom interview with ZUN - Junko's section
  4. Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom - Reimu's Pointdevice/No Miss ending
  5. The kanji for circle () can also mean perfection, as an allude to a "flawless" shape.