Keine Kamishirasawa

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(かみ) (しら) (さわ)   (けい) ()
Keine Kamishirasawa
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Keine Kamishirasawa
Keine Kamishirasawa in Imperishable Night
歴史喰いの半獣
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Species

Were-hakutaku

Abilities

In human form, can consume (hide) history. In hakutaku form, can create and change history.

Occupation

Schoolteacher; acts as guardian of the human village

Location

The Human Village

Music Themes
Appearances
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Print Works

Concept[edit]

Keine's "Ex" form

Name[edit]

The kanji characters for Keine translate loosely to "Wise sound" while Kamishirasawa literally means "Upper stream of a white valley." However, the Kamishirasawa kanji can be read as "ue hakutaku" or "uwa-hakutaku" and so likely a pun by ZUN when he named the "Were-Hakutaku" character. "Keine" is also a declensional form of the German word of negative article or negative determiner. Example: "Keine Gurken gibts im Kühlschrank" ("No cucumbers are in the refrigerator"). Although the two words are pronounced differently, Keine's name used in this manner may also be a reference to her ability to negate history.

Appearance[edit]

In her human form, Keine has brown eyes and long silver hair with blue highlights. She wears a hat that looks like some kind of building with a red ribbon on top and glyphs inscribed along its side. Her dress is dark blue with white short sleeves, and a red ribbon is tied to the bottom of the collar. In her hakutaku form she has red eyes, long silver hair with green highlights, and horns. Her left horn is decorated with a red ribbon. Her dress is dark green with white short sleeves, and a red ribbon is tied to the bottom of the collar.

Occupation[edit]

Keine is the owner and history teacher of the Human Village's school. The village children think her lessons are tough and boring. It doesn't help that the punishment her students will get for forgetting their homework is a headbutt, which is particularly painful on the night of the full moon.

Abilities[edit]

Keine can erase history while human and create history while a hakutaku. However, Akyuu notes that Keine's abilities are unable to change the contents of the Gensokyo Chronicles.

A common mistake about her abilities is people mistake the ability of hakutaku-Keine as to be able to erase a piece of history; however, her ability in her hakutaku form is to create it, and in humanoid form is to eat (or conceal) it, not to erase it.

Story[edit]

Imperishable Night

During Imperishable Night, Keine, being sensitive to the moon herself, sensed the strange events that were occurring. As a safeguard, she hid the Human Village's history, making it as if there had never been a village there to begin with, so that the inhabitants would be protected from any youkai. After being defeated, Keine pointed the heroines toward the ones responsible for the fake moon in the sky. Later, during the Extra Stage, Keine acted as guardian of Fujiwara no Mokou and attempts to stop the player from reaching and facing Mokou.

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Relationships[edit]

She is also a teacher and respected person in the Human Village.

Fujiwara no Mokou

She is friends with Fujiwara no Mokou.

Hieda no Akyuu

Her relationship with Akyuu is unknown, though it is presumed to be her fellow scholar.

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Trivia[edit]

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  • Keine seems to have a strong desire to protect humans and would probably be the safest person in Gensokyo for any human to be around.
  • Keine fits the description in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense of one who acquired therianthropy, rather than one who was born with it. Her transformation into a were-hakutaku is not a full body-transformation, which she points out to Yukari in Imperishable Night, whereas one who is born as a were-beast takes on a full body beast form during a full moon. If this is the case, it would mean Keine was once human but cursed to be a were-hakutaku.
  • Most of her spell cards are based on the history of the Emperor of Japan.
  • Keine is the only character in Imperishable Night to have 2 Last Word Spell Cards rather than 1.

Fandom[edit]

  • Some members of the Touhou community have jested that Keine's hat resembles a bento box or a house.
  • Since she has the ability to change history, some fans make jokes about her having relationships with characters that never came out in any of the games, such as Rin Satsuki.
  • As a teacher, she is commonly addressed by the respectful title of 「慧音先生」 or "Keine-sensei".
  • In some fan works, Keine is referred to as a cow (complete with milk jokes), due to her appearance in hakutaku form.
  • She also tends to be depicted with large breasts with the above as one of the reasons.
  • Etymology of CAVED!!!!
    • The word "horu" in Japanese means to dig, but another meaning of the word is to have anal sex or gay sex. Some fans thought that Keine would go crazy due to her metamorphosis from the light of a full moon and try to shove one of her horns into someone's anus. One day, some Touhou, or Cave (also famous their shooting games) fan translated a nonsense line, "caved caved! caved!! caved!!! caved!!!!", from English into Japanese in a machine translation site]. The result was "horaremashita. ochikomimashita! ochikomimashita!! ochikomimashita!!! horareta!!!!" (screwed. depressed! depressed!! depressed!!! screwed!!!!). This spread elsewhere because the translation was so silly. When some fans heard it, they associated "screwed" with EX-Keine's attacking others' rear ends. This was posted on 2ch and it became famous. When someone writes something that contains the phrase "horu," they would be summarily raped by EX-Keine. "Horu" got word filtered to "caved!!!!!!!!" in English translations, and so you get "I got CAVED by EX-Keine!!!!!!!!" But because that bad translation was fixed after some time, and because there were people who hated it, Caved!!!! has become less popular.

Spell Cards[edit]

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Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 24
産霊「ファーストピラミッド」 Spiritual Birth "First Pyramid" IN St. 3: E/N/H/L
始符「エフェメラリティ137」 Origin Sign "Ephemerality 137" IN St. 3: N/H/L
野符「武烈クライシス」 Ambition Sign "Buretsu Crisis" IN St. 3: E
野符「将門クライシス」 Ambition Sign "Masakado Crisis" IN St. 3: N
野符「義満クライシス」 Ambition Sign "Yoshimitsu Crisis" IN St. 3: H
野符「GHQクライシス」 Ambition Sign "General Headquarters Crisis" IN St. 3: L
国符「三種の神器 剣」 Land Sign "Three Sacred Treasures - Sword" IN
GoM
St. 3: E
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国符「三種の神器 玉」 Land Sign "Three Sacred Treasures - Orb" IN
GoM
St. 3: N
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国符「三種の神器 鏡」 Land Sign "Three Sacred Treasures - Mirror" IN
GoM
St. 3: H
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国体「三種の神器 郷」 Land Scheme "Three Sacred Treasures - Country" IN St. 3: L
終符「幻想天皇」 Ending Sign "Phantasmal Emperor" IN St. 3: E/N
虚史「幻想郷伝説」 Pseudo-History "The Legend of Gensokyo" IN St. 3: H/L
未来「高天原」 Future "Gods' Realm" IN St. 3: N/H/L
旧史「旧秘境史 -オールドヒストリー-」 Past "Old History of an Untrodden Land -Old History-" IN St. Ex
転世「一条戻り橋」 Reincarnation "Ichijou Returning Bridge" IN
GoM
St. Ex
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新史「新幻想史 -ネクストヒストリー-」 Future "New History of Fantasy -Next History-" IN St. Ex
「日出ずる国の天子」 "Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun" IN Lw
「無何有浄化」 "Total Purification" IN Lw
光符「アマテラス」 Light Sign "Amaterasu" StB St. 3
包符「昭和の雨」 Shroud Sign "Rain of Showa" StB St. 3
葵符「水戸の光圀」 Hollyhock Sign "Mito no Mitsukuni" StB St. 3
倭符「邪馬台の国」 Japan Sign "Yamato Kingdom" StB St. 3
「20XX年 死後の旅」 "20XX: An Afterlife Odyssey" ISC St. 3
大火「江戸のフラワー」 Great Fire "Flower of Edo" ISC St. 3

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Official Profiles[edit]

Imperishable Night Demo - おまけ.txt[edit]

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Keine Kamishirasawa IN  ○上白沢 慧音(かみしらさわ けいね)


  三面ボス。半人半獣。
  歴史を食べる(隠す)程度の能力と、歴史を創る程度の能力を持つ。

  前者は人間の時で、後者は獣の時の能力である。
  普段は人間の姿だがその正体は、満月の時にあらゆる知識を持つといわれるハクタクに変身するワーハクタクであるが、満月が無くなって消化不良気味。

  常に人間の味方で、幻想郷を妖怪達の手から守っている。
  彼女に幻想郷の歴史で判らない事は一つも無い。

Keine Kamishirasawa

Stage 3 boss. Half human, half beast. Has the ability to eat (conceal) histories, or to create them.

The first of two abilities belongs to her human form, the last to her beast form. She's normally in her human form, but her true form is a were-hakutaku. She transforms into a hakutaku during the full moon, at which time all information is known to her. When the full moon disappears, she feels a little sick to her stomach.

Ever a friend of the humans, she protects them from Gensokyo's many youkai. There is not one thing about the history of Gensokyo that she does not know.

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Imperishable Night - キャラ設定.txt[edit]

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Keine Kamishirasawa IN ○3面ボス 歴史喰い

  上白沢 慧音(かみしらさわ けいね)

  Keine Kamishirasawa

  種族:ワーハクタク

  能力:歴史を食べる(隠す)程度の能力と、歴史を創る程度の能力。


  普段は人間だが、満月の夜には白沢(ハクタク)に変身するワーハクタクである。人間時は、歴史を喰う能力。白沢時は、幻想郷の全ての知識を持ち、歴史を創る程度の能力を持つ。


  今回の異変を見て、余りの強大な力を持つ相手だと思い、妖怪から人間を守るために、夜は人間の里を封鎖する事にした。


  歴史を喰う事で誰からも里を見えなくしたのである。


  本人は妖怪だが、人間が大好きで常に人間側に立っている。その能力も、人間の為になる事にしか使わない。

Stage 3 Boss, History Eater

Keine Kamishirasawa

Species: Were-hakutaku

Abilities: Able to eat (conceal) and create histories

Keine looks like an ordinary human most of the time, but she is actually a were-hakutaku who transforms into a hakutaku under the light of the full moon. In human form, she can only conceal histories, but in hakutaku form, she has full control over every aspect of Gensokyo's history and can create new histories at will.

When she first noticed an abnormality in the moon, she decided to seal a nearby Human Village during the night in order to protect it from youkai.

She devoured the village's history to make it invisible.

Although Keine is not human, she loves humans and always tries to help them. She only uses her ability when it would benefit humans.

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Official Sources[edit]

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