Aunn Komano in Hidden Star in Four Seasons
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Locating Shintoism and Buddhism
|Print Works|"I've been protecting shrines and temples from simple enemies all the time until now.
It's, like, volunteer work?"
"Huh, I see. I hadn't noticed at all. I'm sorry." — Aunn Komano and Reimu Hakurei (Hidden Star in Four Seasons Stage 3)
Aunn Komano (高麗野 あうん Komano Aunn) is a komainu who guards places of religious worship.
Aunn appears as the Stage 3 Boss in Hidden Star in Four Seasons. She is a komainu youkai who guards places of religious worship. This includes the Hakurei Shrine, even though Reimu was unaware Aunn was protecting her shrine until Hidden Star in Four Seasons. Ironically, Reimu beats her up for intruding.
She is content with guarding sacred places, considering it a kind of "volunteer work".
Aunn has a very kind and simple personality. She holds no ill-intent against anyone or anything. Her nature as a komainu is that of a guardian. She loiters around Shrines and Temples and guards them without being asked. Aunn only shows her full power against something with ill intent, and even so, she is not very strong. She usually loses.
- Ability to locate Shintoism and Buddhism
She can track down temples and shrines to guard them. Besides this rather mundane ability, she also seems to have some instinct for evil, as she senses in the Four Seasons Incident that Cirno's power comes from someone with devious intentions. That being said, she can appear in two bodies at the same time, as in one of her Spellcards, which makes a reference to Komainu always being set up as pairs. This is also alluded to with the title of her song A pair of beasts (一対の神獣). However, according to their own statements in The Grimoire of Usami, both parts can only make the same movement at the same time, and in the long run, this power exhausts them greatly.
Prior to the events of Hidden Star in Four Seasons, Aunn was just a normal komainu statue. During the incident, she became a sentient youkai due to the magical energy coming out from the backdoor that Okina Matara placed on her. Even as a statue she was conscious of her surroundings, and she was able to see and recognize Reimu and other characters while in that state. Not only that, apparently she could see from the inside of various statues, as she explained how she was watching not only the Hakurei Shrine, but also other places.
Her full name is Aunn Komano (高麗野 あうん). The characters for Komano (高麗野) are spelled with ko (高) "tall, high", ma (麗) "lovely, beautiful, graceful", and no (野) "plains, field".
Komano (高麗野) is a reference to her species Komainu (高麗犬), as it shares the first two characters. Her last name can be roughly translated as "Korean/Goryeo plains".
The name Aunn (あうん) is representative of a traditional characteristic of komainu statues. Komainu generally come in pairs; one will have their mouth open, and the other closed. The open mouth is said to be pronouncing Sanskrit "a", and the closed one "un" – together forming the sound Aum / Om (ॐ), which is a syllable sacred in many religions including Buddhism and Hinduism, signifying the start and end of everything. The sound is transliterated in Japanese as A-un (阿吽).
Aunn has light skin, green eyes, and long seafoam-color hair. Her hair is multi-layered, the longest of which extends down past her waist into multiple points. A shorter shoulder-length layer lies beneath with inward curls, as do her bangs. She has a grey cylindrical horn on top of her head and grey horn-shaped ears. These have a magatama-shaped design where the large base is where her ears would be and curving upward and out, with an accented ridge running their length; the tip very slightly curves upward in the opposite direction. Her eyebrows, usually hidden underneath her bangs, are unusually round.
Aunn wears a red short-sleeved collared Kariyushi shirt with 3 round white buttons down the middle, one up top and two below. Her shirt is decorated with white cloud designs and the design forms a heart shape in the middle. She also wears white shorts with wide openings for her legs, adorned with bright red cloud designs and a thick, darker red trim on the bottom edge. She wears a pair of two-tooth geta that have red hanao. She also has a curly tail, not visible on her game portrait, but noticeable in her Wild and Horned Hermit and Lotus Eaters appearances.
- Hidden Star in Four Seasons
After being brought to life by Okina Matara's powers, Aunn begins to protect the Hakurei shrine. She unsuccessfully tries to drive away the characters she perceives as intruders - Cirno and Aya Shameimaru - but also those belonging to the shrine - Marisa Kirisame and Reimu Hakurei - attack her, since they don't know her. After the fight, she tries to give them clues, but does not know anything more specific about the incident.
- Wild and Horned Hermit
In chapter 42 of Wild and Horned Hermit, Aunn reassures Reimu and Kasen that the Four Seasons incident is over. The two question who she is, and Aunn cheerfully reminds them that she has been watching them for a long time. At the celebration of the end of the incident, Okina Matara reveals that she created Aunn from a komainu statue at the front of the shrine.
- Lotus Eaters
She repeatedly makes background appearances, but doesn't have an actual role besides that.
Aunn claimed to have been guarding the shrine at times when Reimu was gone. Reimu seemingly has no idea who Aunn is. In chapter 42 of Wild and Horned Hermit it is revealed that before the four seasons incident she was a simple komainu statue, but Aunn was still capable of seeing and sensing her surroundings. This explains why Aunn knew Reimu and the others, but no one knew about her.
While one-sided at the time, Aunn acted as if she'd known Marisa for quite some time when they first encountered each other. Like with Reimu, Marisa has no idea who Aunn is.
- Okina Matara (creator)
Okina is the one responsible for Aunn becoming a sentient youkai. This was caused by the magical energy coming out from one of Okina's doors on the back of a regular komainu statue.
Art Concept of Aunn in casual clothes in Wild and Horned Hermit
Art concept of Aunn in winter clothes in Wild and Horned Hermit
- Aunn Komano's theme
- Wild and Horned Hermit - Chapter 42
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