kawaɕiɽo nʲitoɽʲi (♫)
Nitori Kawashiro in Antinomy of Common Flowers
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Manipulation of water
Nitori Kawashiro (河城 にとり Kawashiro Nitori) is a somewhat shy Kappa who lives in Genbu Ravine on Youkai Mountain. She has the power to control water, and along with the other kappa she is very good with engineering and technology.
She first appeared as a stage 3 boss in Mountain of Faith and then became a playable partner with Marisa Kirisame in Subterranean Animism. She was later a Day 6 boss in Impossible Spell Card, and a playable character in Hopeless Masquerade and Urban Legend in Limbo. According to ZUN, there were also plans to make her a playable character in Touhou Hisoutensoku, but she was scrapped due to time constraints.
Nitori is a shy kappa by nature and if she is alone and sees a human, she'll run away, like in Mountain of Faith. She considers herself to be superior to humans and even other youkai and when she's by herself it's easy to see. However, when among her own circle of friends, she is quite cheerful. As a kappa, she is easily persuaded to leave you alone by a cucumber or two. However, she has a greedy side when it comes to running a stand and is quick to come up with plots to maximize profit.
- Manipulation of water
Her ability to manipulate water is inherent in the fact that she is a kappa, and has nothing to do with the myriad tools she uses. No one knows the true extent of this power, but she has been seen to use it to shoot water, create fountains, perform theatrical tricks and even summoning colossal tidal waves.
- Using tools
Akyuu makes a note that kappa, historically, have had an trait called tsuuhai (通背), which means their arms are connected inside their body and they can stretch one arm by retracting the other. However, it is said that they are actually just using tools to make it seem as though their arms stretch. In Wild and Horned Hermit chapter one, Reimu receives a "kappa's arm" that ends up being a mechanical arm. In Hopeless Masquerade, Nitori is also seen using several arm-like machines to attack.
As she is an engineer she is very interested in products made by the humans of the outside world. She takes such products apart and puts them back together in order to understand them. However, she has trouble creating magical tools of any sort. She is fond of selling her inventions and other things such as Fish as her story mode in Hopeless Masquerade details her attempts at running a stand before getting sucked into the battle.
Nitori possesses many small devices and objects and carries them all in her backpack.
Her full name is Nitori Kawashiro (河城 にとり). Kawashiro (河城) means "river(河) castle(城)". Nitori is in hiragana.
Her name might have originated from Ryuunosuke Akutagawa's novel Kappa the second chapter of which begins with the sentence 「そのうちにやっと気がついてみると、僕は仰向けに倒れたまま、大勢の河童にとり囲まれていました。」(Sono uchi ni yatto kigatsuite miru to, boku wa aomuke ni taoreta mama, oozei no kappa ni tori kakomarete imashita., "When at last I came 'round, I found myself lying on my back surrounded by a large number of kappa.") — from the translation by Seiichi Shiojiri.
Nitori has blue hair tied into twintails and blue eyes in Mountain of Faith. She wears a blue dress with lots of pockets around the hem of the skirt and her upper arm, and a dark aquamarine backpack with a golden key on the strap in front of her. She also wears a green hat with a white wispy symbol on it, blue wellington boots and carries a cattail. As an engineer she carries a lot of tools with her in the pockets.
When she first sees the heroine, she immediately runs away, but comes back and ambushes her. After the midboss fight, she says her "optical camouflage suit" broke, which confuses the heroine. Nitori mentions that the heroine is pretty strong and beat her even with the camouflage, then warns them that the mountain is dangerous for humans.
When Reimu and Nitori meet again, Nitori immediately begins to warn Reimu about how dangerous the mountain is again, but Reimu ignores the warning, telling Nitori that she is in her way and she wants to talk to the gods there. Nitori again warns her but Reimu does not listen. Nitori attacks Reimu as a last-ditch attempt to get her to turn back and leave the mountain, but Reimu defeats her in a duel. Nitori is shocked, but says that kappa and humans are sworn friends, and so tells all of the other kappa to let Reimu go up the mountain.
Much like in Reimu's scenario, Nitori shows up trying to test her optical camouflage suit -- which doesn't work. She is insistent, like in Reimu's scenario, that Marisa turn around and leave the mountain. Marisa quips about how if somebody tells you not to do something, you'll just want to do it more, and the two get into a duel. Nitori loses and says that human and kappa are sworn friends, leaving to tell the other kappa to let her through.
In the end the kappa accepted the new gods of the mountain.
During the events of Subterranean Animism, she is one of the kappa who hears from the God of the sky, Kanako Yasaka about the new power of nuclear fusion in the Underworld. However, they are unwilling to go there due to the oni living underground. Learning that Reimu is going underground to investigate, she convinces Marisa to explore there as well, since she doesn't seem to have anything better to do.
Presumably from hearing or seeing a wanted sign about the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, Nitori appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.
Nitori, ever a prospective entrepreneur, uses the Urban Legend Incident for profit, and travels across Gensokyo attempting to sell and buy Occult Balls, using an artificial Urban Legend. Because they cannot be exchanged without a fight between two persons holding them, she mostly ends up taking other people's Occult Balls without paying for them.
In Antinomy of Common Flowers, Nitori again seeks to profit from the incident by artificially reproducing it. She teams up with Hata no Kokoro and uses her power over emotions to aid in research. Nitori ends up creating a mask that can simulate Perfect Posession.
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- Wild and Horned Hermit
Nitori frequently appears in Wild and Horned Hermit, mostly with other kappas. She's commonly seen operating in business ventures to seek profit from current fads or events, running stalls selling goods or building structures with the other kappas. Her first appearance is as a cameo in the first chapter to illustrate a kappa losing its arm, but didn't get properly introduced until chapter 12.
In chapter 12, Nitori was amongst the kappa driven out of their hideout in Genbu Ravine due to the huge pillar of water created by kishin chief Suiki to attack Seiga Kaku. She expressed fears that the kappa may have angered Lord Suiryuu, but this fear was unfounded.
In chapter 22, Nitori was one of the kappas who searched for Manzairaku using sonar and searchlights. Perturbed by crowds gathering to watch the seal, she and the kappas moved it to the Abandon Pond and opens The Manzairaku Show there. simultaneously moving away the crowd and "making a killing" while at it. When Manzairaku becomes depressed, it was Nitori who asked Kasen for help. After being explained that the sea mammal requires saltwater and fish, Nitori and the kappas builds an artificial saltwater pool for it.
In chapter 25, seeing signs of an astronomy boom, Nitori builds a planetarium in the human village, she gave Reimu a VIP ticket to assuage the shrine maiden's fears of a youkai gathering.
In chapters 38 and 39, Nitori was one of the kappas who worked on the construction of the Moriya Shrine ropeway. She convinced Sanae to power the ropeway using geysers belonging to the shrine, exploiting that the geysers will quickly render the machines unusable, requiring monthly maintenance (and payments to the kappa). When the ropeway was delayed, she swears to Kasen that the kappa would never intentionally cause a breakdown on their creations to help their business.
- Forbidden Scrollery
In chapters 14 and 15, Nitori along with the other kappas were using an old shack close to the Human Village as a warehouse to keep their items because the Abandon Pond, their original warehouse, was completely frozen. To keep off the humans from approaching they used the "Seven Wonders" to conceal their identities and to guard the shack. After Reimu told them the humans already noticed something strange was going on, Nitori couldn't help but to find another place to store their items, the Forest Ghost Mansion Warehouse.
In chapters 28 and 29, Nitori and the kappas ordered a printed book from Suzunaan and was detected by Mamizou Futatsuiwa. Suspicious of their activities, Mamizou infiltrates the kappa's secret cucumber garden where they were growing cucumbers. After detecting and confronting Mamizou and explaining that the kappa started growing cucumbers using a book on selective breeding of cucumbers from the outside world, Nitori reveals that the book she ordered printed from Suzunaan was a manual on cucumber recipes and preservation methods and that the book itself can allow the holder to use magic on a cucumber to make cucumber dishes.
- Visionary Fairies in Shrine
In chapters 11 and 11.5 of Visionary Fairies in Shrine, Nitori and the kappas, due to their hideout being flooded, started a new business of "canyoning", where customers would be carried down the river currents, making use of the unusually strong river currents in the Genbu Ravine at the time along with the kappa's ability to manipulate water. After finding the three fairies, Nitori used them as guinea pigs to test the river courses. The canyoning business was a success and Nitori managed to convince Marisa Kirisame to try it out. However, after Clownpiece's torch caused a kappa's power to go out of control and throw an entire river into the sky in the shape of a dragon, the canyoning business was temporarily suspended due to safety concerns.
Obviously she is in a friendly relationship with the other kappa. With the other kappa they experiment and invent with new items. She is seen with the other kappa in Wild and Horned Hermit and Forbidden Scrollery. It should be noted that Kappa are not that great at group projects so it's not likely that she'd work with them.
Humans aren't aware of it, but she states kappa are friends with humans. Nitori in particular is too shy to be with a human when by herself. Even so, Symposium of Post-mysticism states that as a kappa, if a human gets too close she'll remove their shirikodama, and the human will die. She can even use her extending arms (tsuuhai) to grab a person's legs from a distance and drag them in. Because of the conflicting information, it's not really known just how much of an "ally" the kappa are to humans.
Nitori artwork from Mountain of Faith
Nitori artwork from Hopeless Masquerade
Nitori artwork from Urban Legend in Limbo
Nitori's different color palettes from Antinomy of Common Flowers, Urban Legend in Limbo, and Hopeless Masquerade, the last two were added in Antinomy of Common Flowers v1.10 (No propeller)
Nitori in Visionary Fairies in Shrine
Nitori's sigil in The Grimoire of Marisa
- Nitori's "Optical Camouflage" spell cards may refer to another aspect of kappa that Akutagawa writes about: "But what is most remarkable about kappa is that, unlike human beings, they change colors according to their surroundings."
- Her backpack resembles a tortoise shell, fitting for a kappa.
- Nitori is the only playable partner in Subterranean Animism who never appeared in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody; all the other partners, including Reimu's, did.
- Nitori's last word in Hopeless Masquerade partially resembles to Grenade Launcher, Solid Snake's Final Smash from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Also because of its name "Super Scope 3D", it may be possibly making a reference to the Super Scope and/or Twilight Frontier's fangame DynaMarisa 3D.
- One of alternate color palettes in the fighting games resembles Hong Meiling.
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