Rin Saetsuki (さえつき りん)
Rin Saezuki (さえづき りん)
Rin Satsuki from the circle cut
Rin Satsuki (冴月麟 Satsuki Rin) was supposed to be the third playable character of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil who was cut during production but still managed to leave a trace in the game data. If you do a text search of the EoSD data files, you can find the name "冴月麟" near the other playable characters. Associated with her are the attack types 花符 (Flower Sign) and 風符 (Wind Sign). An alleged portrait of her (or an otherwise unknown character) appears on Team Shanghai Alice's circle cut in the Comiket when Embodiment of Scarlet Devil was first released. The Stage 1 midboss sprites of what looks much like the character in the portrait was found in the code, using a tool to rip graphics from the game.
Her name Rin (麟) stands for the mythological creature Kirin, prompting some to believe that she was supposed to be a personification of a kirin. This is supported by the fact that by the Japanese name order, her name is "Satsuki Rin." Official pronunciation and romanization are unknown. Her name "冴月 麟" is generally pronounced "Rin Satsuki (さつき りん)."
Other possibilities for reading her name includes 冴 as sae or kooru and 月 as getsu or gatsu. 麟 however, has only one reading rin.
If the girl depicted in the circle cut is Rin Satsuki, then Rin appears to wear a large ribbon on her hair with cherry hair pins and a dress-like blouse. She holds an erhu upside down. The colours are unknown because the circle cut is in monochrome.
- Based on a remark by Marisa in her Extra Stage, Rin is theorized to be a nurse, but this is pure speculation. However, in modern Japanese popular culture, the kirin is often conflated with the unicorn (cf. Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter), which has healing powers; this would suggest a connection between kirin and nurses.
- Different fan interpretations of her appearance exist in addition to the circle cut, such as this and this. More canonically faithful depictions (if we accept the circle cut as a canonical depiction of Rin) include this and this (the latter originally drawn by Nwbi at MoTK).
- However, most fans in relation to colour has her appearance with blond hair, a pink blouse with a red underdress ribbon, as well as haing socks that are a light pink in colour.
- Many fans suggest that Rin is a fan-made character since certain facets of her character (such as her appearance and colouring) were suggested by fans; in addition, the fact that she doesn't really have an official appearance in any Touhou Project work only helps to support this theory.
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