Sprite of Momiji Inubashiri in Double Spoiler
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Patrolling and guarding Youkai Mountain
Momiji Inubashiri (犬走 椛 Inubashiri Momiji) is a hakurou tengu whose duty is to patrol the Youkai Mountain. She has a telegnosis ability to see a thousand ri ahead. Her good sense of smell and sight are helpful for this duty. Momiji does not have an official game portrait, only a sprite from Mountain of Faith and Double Spoiler. But she does have some appearances in print works.
Her full name is Momiji Inubashiri (犬走 椛). Inubashiri (犬走 literally means "dog(犬) running(走)". It can also refer to the dirt path outside of castle ramparts used for patrols. Momiji (椛) is one of several Japanese names for maple trees. It can also mean "birch". But maple would make more sense as she has a maple leaf depicted on her shield.
Momiji only has a small sprite both used in Mountain of Faith and Double Spoiler so an accurate description is not possible. But from the sprite we see that she wears a white, long-sleeved shirt and a large black skirt with red flame-like designs reaching up from the bottom of the skirt, and that it has a white layer below her skirt. She has short light silver hair and wears a red Tokin. She holds a large scimitar-like sword and a white, round shield with a red maple leaf print on it.
In a later appearance in Oriental Sacred Place it is seen she has detached sleeves and wolf ears.
- Mountain of Faith
When the heroine finally reached Youkai Mountain during Mountain of Faith, Momiji attempted to stop her at the waterfall. Although Momiji was unsuccessful, it seems she did fulfill her duty of reporting the intruder's presence back to the other tengu with record speed as a reinforcement tengu named Aya Shameimaru had arrived by the end of the same stage to investigate what was going on.
Later, Momiji observed the final battles between the heroine and the newly appeared shrine and its god, apparently without being noticed by any of them.
When she meets Aya they often get into fights with each other. According to Aya, Momiji looks down on her and the other crow tengu. Hatate, however, implies that this is only a personal feud between Momiji and Aya.
She is very loyal to the chief of the tengu, Lord Tenma.
- Momiji's wolf-like appearance may be a reference to the Tiangou, a Chinese version of a tengu that is described to be more dog-like.
- One thousand ri ahead is approximately 3927 km or 2440 mi.
- Because Momiji is a white wolf tengu, even though some early fanworks showed her looking indistinguishable from a human, it has become common to depict her with a wolf's ears and tail. Her eyes are often shown to be red, to fit in with the colors of her costume. She is also drawn in fan art wearing an outfit with long sleeves that are detached from the rest of her shirt, such as the sleeves that Reimu and Sanae wear.
- This is official to an extent as she is depicted with detached sleeves and wolf ears in the first chapter of Oriental Sacred Place (see right).
- It has been common for fans to call her 「もみじもみもみ」 or "MomijiMomiMomi". Some fans have said "もみじは彼女のモミを必要とする" or "Momiji needs her Momi".
- Since her profile (see below) says "she has a very cooperative personality and executes her duties faithfully", most fan works depict her as acting like a loyal, affectionate puppy.
- Her profile says she plays Dai Shogi (大将棋, "large chess"), a game similar to chess, with the kappa. Because of that, some fans think that she personally knows Nitori while taking a break from her job.
- There is a fan version of Momiji called a Mofuji (もふじ) which depicts Momiji as a puffball with Momiji-like features. See the search at safebooru for examples.
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|狗符「レイビーズバイト」||Dog Sign "Rabies Bite"||DS||St. 4|
|山窩「エクスペリーズカナン」||Mountain Nomad "Expellee's Canaan"||DS||St. 4|
|牙符「咀嚼玩味」||Fang Sign "Chewing Satisfaction"||ISC||St. 6|
- Mountain of Faith - キャラ説明.txt
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| ○４面中ボス 下っ端哨戒天狗
犬走 椛（いぬばしり もみじ）
|Stage 4 Midboss The Petty Patrol Tengu|
Species: White Wolf Tengu
A tengu that patrols the Youkai Mountain. Thanks to her superior senses of sight and smell, she can detect any intruder in an instant. When she discovers intruders she attempts to intimidate them with simple attacks, and reports those who aren't immediately bested to the great tengu lord.
Her forces are usually lying in wait behind the waterfall. She has a very cooperative personality and executes her duties faithfully. This is unusual for youkai, but not uncommon in tengu society.
However, she usually has a lot of free time, as the Youkai Mountain doesn't receive many intruders. While awaiting orders, she enjoys playing a rather time-consuming game called Dai shogi with the nearby kappa.
It's hard for the especially long-lived youkai to find good ways to pass the time.
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- 2007/08/17 Mountain of Faith - キャラ説明.txt (official profile)
- 2009/05/26 Oriental Sacred Place - Chapter 1
- 2010/03/14 Double Spoiler - Stage 4 Spell Card comments
- 2011/03/28 Wild and Horned Hermit - Chapter 5