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(しゃ) (めい) (まる) (あや)
Aya Shameimaru
ɕʲa̠me̞ːma̠ɾ̠ɯᵝ a̠ja̠ (♫)
Aya Syameimaru

More Alternative Spellings
Aya Shameimaru
Aya Shameimaru in Hidden Star in Four Seasons
Traditional Reporter of Fantasy
More Character Titles
Species

Crow Tengu

Abilities

Manipulation of wind

Age

Over 1000 years. [1]

Occupation

Newspaper writer, reporter.

Location

Youkai Mountain

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works
Miscellaneous Works


"You don't seem related to the incident, so without further ado, allow me to blow you into the next week!"
Aya Shameimaru to Eternity Larva (Hidden Star in Four Seasons Stage 1)

Aya Shameimaru (射命丸文 Shameimaru Aya) is the main protagonist of Shoot the Bullet and Double Spoiler. She is Gensokyo's resident reporter, known for writing "slightly" exaggerated news articles about anything that happens in Gensokyo. She's very strong and is probably stronger than she shows since she sometimes "accidentally wins" battles while only meaning to cover a news story.

General Information

Aya first appeared in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red official book as the reporter of its articles and made her first game debut in Phantasmagoria of Flower View. She is the main protagonist of the spin-off games Shoot the Bullet and Double Spoiler where she fights against various characters while taking pictures of them. She appears again in the mainline games as the Stage 4 Boss in Mountain of Faith and as a playable partner with Reimu Hakurei in Subterranean Animism. She is also a playable character in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, made an appearance as a background character in Hopeless Masquerade and appeared as a Day 6 Boss in Impossible Spell Card. Hidden Star in Four Seasons reintroduces her as a playable character. Like in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, Aya appears as the main character in Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia, and once again fills the role of reporter for the articles of the book.

Personality

Aya is unrelenting when it comes to getting sensationalist news stories, and she frequently twists the truth in her writing to her own advantage. Although her stated policy is to report only the truth, she has often written blatant lies. When people like Yukari Yakumo or Hecatia Lapislazuli asked if she was becoming a conspiracy theorist after thinking too hard about what's behind the truth [2] or that all she does is choosing the truth that's most beneficial for her and try to dye the world in that color, [3] respectively; all she said was that Ms Yakumo was being evasive and that she only tells the truth. In the Epilogue of Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia, she explains that the main reason she cancelled the publication was because of the goddess's words about a person with the power to twist the truth between the Lunarians, and because she realized she had been with said person before. As a result, Aya declares that she decided to cancel the weekly publication to prevent the Lunarians from using them to their advantage.

However, Aya has shown a serious side as well. She can be thoughtful about the effect her stories will have on those who read them. She resents the rigid tengu caste system, as even though she works hard, she is unable to advance in rank due to being a crow tengu.

It is said that she will come politely asking interviews of humans and youkai alike if she sees them as worth writing an article about, but will forcefully drive away any who interfere. Hieda no Akyuu writes that she is generally the sort of youkai one does not wish to oppose, but if one somehow manages to cross her, her strength is practically unrivaled. [4]

Abilities

Manipulating wind

With this ability, Aya can cause wind of incredible strength whenever she pleases. Somehow, this also allows Aya to "listen" to the wind to collect rumors, aiding her in the journalism business. Many of her spell cards in the fighting games show this ability a lot. Her powers are among the top class in Gensokyo, and not many can challenge her with a real chance of winning. However, she doesn't like fighting much, nor does she show off her power a lot. This seems to be a common characteristic among Tengu.

Speed

While Tengu as a whole are known for their incredible speed that few can match, Aya prides herself of being "the fastest" in Gensokyo, and has been refered to as such by ZUN.[5] According to Marisa Kirisame not even Remilia Scarlet, who was apparently able to fly around the Moon in an extremely short amount of time, can compare to Aya's speed.[6] One of her spell cards shows some extent of her speed, but her actual limits are unknown.

Occupation

Aya runs the Bunbunmaru Newspaper, which is viewed by most humans and youkai in Gensokyo as a mildly popular gossip or tabloid paper. She has a shameless reporting style, tends to exaggerate events, and expresses her own personal opinions in her articles. As a result, many don't want to see themselves in her newspaper, and she is on less than good terms with some of the other characters. Still, she does have ethics, and is more interested in pursuing the truth (sometimes to a fault) than ruining other peoples' reputation for the sake of it.

Her depiction in Strange and Bright Nature Deity and Curiosities of Lotus Asia suggest that her newspaper isn't well received, and she is willing to jokingly trick Reimu into believing in a fictional type of ghost to boost its popularity.

Character Design

ZUN once commented that the gaming concept of Shoot the Bullet was around since the same time he created Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. As such a game required a camera-using character, Aya was created specifically to fit that purpose.

Name

Aya's appearance in BAiJR

Her full name is Aya Shameimaru (射命丸 文). The characters for Shameimaru (射命丸) literally means, in sequence, "to shoot (an arrow)" (or "to shine into/onto"), "command", "decree", "order" or "life" (or "hit/target" in the word meichuu meichuu (命中)), and "circle" (common name ending, usually seen in names of crafts and swords or similar weapons, and is also a very common suffix for the names of ships). Aya () means "text", "sentence" or "literature", and it's also the first character of "Bunkachou". The name Shameimaru (射命丸) is derived from Sha-Mail (Shamēru → Shameimaru), which is text messages with photos, very appropriate for a fast-traveling journalist who takes pictures.

Aya owns the Bunkachou (文花帖), a tengu notebook gathering innumerable photographs and handwritten notes. Bun (, also pronounced as aya) means "sentence, text", ka () means "flower", "blossom" (or "pretty", "cute thing" in a figurative sense) and chou () means "notebook": therefore Bunkachou literally means "notebook of flowering sentences": her record of interesting observations for Bunbunmaru Newspaper articles and pictures of beautiful danmaku or cute girls living in Gensokyo.

Design

Aya has red eyes and semi-long black hair. She wears a white blouse, black short skirt, and a tokin. She also wears Tengu geta on her feet in a lot of her depictions. From Phantasmagoria of Flower View to Scarlet Weather Rhapsody she can be seen holding a hauchiwa fan. In Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, Phantasmagoria of Flower View, and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Aya is shown holding a notebook and being accompanied by a crow. She was depicted with black wings for the first time in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red.

In Double Spoiler, Aya now carries a camera and wears an orange armband reading Shuzaichuu (「取材中」, lit. "collecting material/the scoop"). She is also notably depicted with pointed ears, compared to the normal-looking ears that were visible in her Mountain of Faith portrait. In Hidden Star in Four Seasons her skirt is based on Hanafuda October suit.

Appearances

Games

Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Aya's back sprite in PoFV
Aya's sprite in PoFV

During the events of Phantasmagoria of Flower View, she sets out to cover what promises to be an interesting news story, apparently having had completely forgotten that the exact same event had occurred 60 years ago. Even though she was alive and around during the previous flower incident, perhaps her memory is clouded by the thousands of facts and rumors she hears every day.

Mountain of Faith
Aya's sprite in MoF

When Aya was sent by the other Tengu to see who the intruder on Youkai Mountain was during Mountain of Faith she was surprised to see it was the heroine. Although Aya doesn't want to fight the heroine, she prioritizes her bosses' orders. She decides to "go easy" on the heroine and leads her to the new shrine, believing that the heroine could get rid of a large nuisance to the Tengu.

Subterranean Animism

During the events of Subterranean Animism, Aya assists Reimu using a device given to them by Yukari Yakumo to stay in contact between the surface and the underground to solve the incident regarding the earth spirit's sudden eruption from a newly formed geyser. Aya's secondary objective throughout the story is to gain exclusive scoops and interviews through Reimu's journey deeper in the underground.

Hidden Star in Four Seasons
Aya's back sprite in HSiFS

Aya goes off to investigate an incident regarding the abnormal weather in the different areas of Gensokyo to write an article asking anyone who appears if they know anything about the cause of it. She then comes to the realization that this incident might be more than meets the eye.

Unconnected Marketeers

She appears as a cameo in the bad endings in Unconnected Marketeers, creating an article mocking the protagonists for losing.

Spin-offs

Shoot the Bullet
Aya's back sprite in StB

Aya is the main protagonist and the only playable character in Shoot the Bullet. She sets out to take photographs of various Touhou bosses for reasons only she knows. Aya has three different speeds, and has a unite screen that can be used to take photos of danmaku, as well as cancelling bullets within the shot. She doesn't shoot bullets as she's no intention in defeating her opponents and that she doesn't want her own bullets in the photos.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody

During the events of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Aya goes around doing her job, and after an encounter with Reimu and Marisa she decides to infiltrate the Scarlet Devil Mansion to report on the Scarlet Devil and write an article about her. Remilia mentions something about the weather incident, and Aya goes back to the Youkai Mountain. There she meets an infuriated Reimu complaining about an earthquake destroying her shrine. In spite of the situation, Aya defeats her as an intruder.

Touhou Hisoutensoku

If connecting Scarlet Weather Rhapsody with Touhou Hisoutensoku, then Aya can become a selectable character to play with, although she appears in no scenarios.

Double Spoiler

Aya once again appears in Double Spoiler as a sequel to Shoot the Bullet, been the main protagonist and one of the two playable characters. She competes with Hatate Himekaidou for the best newspaper, who is the other playable character. She even appears as a Spoiler stage boss if the player is using Hatate.

Fairy Wars

Aya appeared as a cameo on the Route C1 ending of Fairy Wars. After Cirno defeated the Three Mischievous Fairies, she wanted to keep her status as the strongest by defeating a youkai. She finds Aya who can't be bothered to fight because she hasn't got time, but she suggested that she ought to fight a human first. It turns out to be Marisa Kirisame, to which this story extends onto the Extra stage.

Hopeless Masquerade
Aya in HM

Aya made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Myouren Temple and Genbu Ravine stage. She is seen standing on top of the temple in the former and on pipe in the latter, taking photographs. She also produces Bunbunmaru Newspapers that are shown after each fight.

Impossible Spell Card

In Impossible Spell Card, Aya (been one of the tengu mentioned by Mamizou Futatsuiwa) takes notice of minorities trying to capture the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, who also appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her on day 6. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge. She apparently writes up an article about this, which makes stronger humans and youkai try to capture Seija.

Literature

Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red

Aya appears as the main character, interviewing many other characters and asking them to give information about themselves, or about various events in which they were involved. She also writes about past incidents and notorious places in Gensokyo.

Silent Sinner in Blue

In chapter 20, Aya comes to the Hakurei Shrine to see if Reimu came back from the Moon to write an article, but it's not until months later that Reimu appears. After hearing about Reimu's experience in the Lunar Capital, she decides that it's not appropriate for an article, and decides to follow Reimu, and the residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion to the party they were going to do to see if she can write an article or not.

Oriental Sacred Place

In chapter 9, Aya writes about a mysterious floating city that appears above the ground, what got the interest of the Three Fairies and Reimu. While Reimu goes investigate, Marisa takes care of the shrine, encountering Aya. Marisa asks Aya explanations, to she responds saying that long time ago there was a sea there, where numerous fish and youkai would swim, until it got dryed out. Thanks to a landslide, part of the buried treasures were discovered, and between those there is a clam youkai which could its breath to show illusions to others, like the city. Reimu comes back after seeing the city disappeared, and Aya tricks her and the fairies saying it was an evil youkai's doing.

Strange and Bright Nature Deity

In chapter 19, Aya meets the Three Fairies of Light and they explain to her that they want to scare Reimu Hakurei. Aya explains that she could do it, and for that she lies to the shrine maiden saying that her newspapers' words are alive and that they need to be read or a tsukumogami could appear. After that, she uses her wind powers to blow the newspapers in the warehouse in front of Reimu to make her think they were really tsukumogamis. After that, Reimu becomes paranoid and even tells Marisa Kirisame to read the newspapers or otherwise they could transform, archiving what the fairies couldn't.

Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia

In this book, Aya attempts to write and publish a weekly periodical in the style of western "clickbait/outrage" political journalism. In it, she includes many overt and verbatim references to real-world political slogans and talking points associated with populism and nationalism, casting suspicion on or willfully misrepresenting the residents or visitors of Gensokyo she considers "immigrants" (those who live at Eientei, Hecatia Lapislazuli, and Sumireko Usami in particular), as well as chiding those responsible for maintaining "Gensokyo's isolation" (Reimu Hakurei and Yukari Yakumo in particular) as being inadequate in their positions. There are also some advertisements for local small businesses such as the Kirisame Magic Shop.

As she interviews many of the residents and visitors of Gensokyo with increasingly leading and accusatory questions, she is eventually cautioned by Hecatia Lapislazuli that spreading an ideology of isolationism and suspicion among Gensokyo's residents will only lead to Gensokyo's eventual decay and downfall, since the nature of Gensokyo is one that relies on forgotten youkai "immigrating" to Gensokyo. Aya decides, after some thought and remembering the goddess' warning about lunarians taking advantage of her, to come clean about the way she manipulated the facts of her interviews and articles, and to not publish that edition of her newspaper.

Forbidden Scrollery

Aya disguises as a human reporter inside the human village to snoop for articles to write in her newspaper. She approached Kosuzu Motoori to sell her newspapers at Suzunaan. Despite its popularity, Aya eventually stop the circulation of it at Suzunaan for unknown reasons. Instead of newspapers, she now publishes books at Suzunaan.

During a great storm, Aya and the other Tengu protected the human village from the worst of its effects. When Kosuzu was found missing, Reimu Hakurei confronted Aya about a possible kidnapping by the Tengu. Aya denied the accusation in spite of Reimu's divine revelation.

Foul Detective Satori

During the events of Foul Detective Satori, Aya is shown taking notes on the string of attacks taking place across Gensokyo caused by Mizuchi Miyadeguchi. She initially disregards the cause of the events in favor of spreading news about Reimu's inability to solve the incident, but is brought up to date on the cause of the incident after being attacked by Reimu under suspicion of bring possessed.

After the attack on Moriya Shrine, Aya teams up with the heroines to help them try and catch Mizuchi.

Lotus Eaters

Aya appears in Lotus Eaters as usual to find scoops for her articles. On one occasion, she published an article that ruined Reimu's alcohol business. Apart from her newspaper work, she is a regular of Sanshoku Geidontei. She uses this secret bar to socialize and gather information from the other youkai regulars.

Due to Tengu having been shown to be able drinkers, Aya was the first person seen overcoming Miyoi Okunoda's ability to induce hallucinations.

Relationships

Aya has presumably met most of the Windows-era characters at least once for Bunbunmaru News material.

Mamizou Futatsuiwa

Mamizou and Aya are shown as being quite underhanded with each other in a fiercely competitive rivalry, although they still find ways to call truces on occasion.

In Forbidden Scrollery, Mamizou and Aya compete in the sphere of social influence of the Human Village by pitting the tengu's "traditional" media against Mamizou's "social network" of tsukumogami.

In Lotus Eaters, they're seen setting aside their differences, at least temporarily, to work towards the greater good of protecting the Human Village from immediate danger.

Momiji Inubashiri

Wolf tengu co-worker living on Youkai Mountain. Whenever she meets her they get in a fight, so they don't get along very well. According to Aya, it seems like Momiji looks down on all crow tengu, but Hatate's comments suggest it's just something personal between Aya and Momiji.

Hatate Himekaidou

Fellow crow tengu and rival newspaper journalist. Despite their dislike of each other, they are willing to work together as seen in Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia and Foul Detective Satori.

Reimu Hakurei

Ally during the events of Subterranean Animism and potential source of interesting new articles. Aya constantly acts friendly around her much to Reimu's annoyance.

Kosuzu Motoori

Aya and Kosuzu have become business partners in the selling of the Bunbunmaru Newspaper for the Human Village.

Miyoi Okunoda

Aya wanted to expose Miyoi as a youkai for scoops. However, she ultimately decided not to, as Geidontei was too convenient for her. Like Suika and Mamizou before her, she becomes a customer of the newly established Sanshoku Geidontei.

Minor Relationships

Tenma

Chief tengu of Youkai Mountain.

Megumu Iizunamaru

Megumu is the chief of the crow tengu, which makes her Aya's superior.

Gallery

Covers

Artworks

Sprites

Illustrations

Screenshots

Others

Skills

Skills
Name Translated Comments Games Usage
Total: 18
「補扇」 "Extra Fans" PoFV Charge attack
「天狗烈風弾」 "Tengu Gale Bullet" PoFV EX attack
疾風扇 Gust Fan SWR Default 236B/C
疾走風靡 Dashing Domination SWR Default 214B/C
天狗の立風露 Tengu's Mist Standing SWR Default 22B/C
暗夜の礫 Pelting in the Dark Night SWR Default 421B/C
烈風扇 Gale Fan SWR Alternate 236B/C
疾走優美 Dashing Grace SWR Alternate 214B/C
天狗のダウンバースト Tengu's Downburst SWR Alternate 22B/C
鎌風ベーリング Wind Sickle Veiling SWR Alternate 421B/C
天狗ナメシ Tengu Tree-Felling SWR Alternate 214B/C
天狗の太鼓 Tengu's Drumbeats SWR Alternate 22B/C
「深山颪」 "Deep Mountain's Fall Wind" Used remotely by Reimu SA Shot
「鴉の闇」 "Crow's Darkness" Used remotely by Reimu SA Bomb
楓扇風 Maple Fan's Wind Soku Alternate 236B/C
天狗礫 Tengu Gravel Soku Alternate 421B/C
クレイジーフォールウィンド Crazy Fall Wind Aided by Okina Matara's back doors; also used by Reimu, Marisa and Cirno HSiFS Fixed/Sub-type C
ヴァカンスの生命 Vitality on Vacation Aided by Okina Matara's back doors; also used by Reimu, Marisa and Cirno HSiFS Sub-type E

Spell Cards

Spell cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 29
風符「風神一扇」 Wind Sign "Wind God's Fan" PoFV Use
疾風「風神少女」 Gust "Wind God Girl" PoFV Use
岐符「天の八衢」 Crossroad Sign "Crossroads of Heaven" MoF
GoM
St. 4: E/N
岐符「サルタクロス」 Crossroad Sign "Saruta Cross" MoF St. 4: H/L
風神「風神木の葉隠れ」 Wind God "Wind God's Leaf-Veiling" MoF
GoM
St. 4: E/N
風神「天狗颪」 Wind God "Tengu's Fall Wind" MoF St. 4: H
風神「二百十日」 Wind God "Storm Day" MoF St. 4: L
「幻想風靡」 "Illusionary Dominance" MoF
SWR
SWR
DS
GoM
GoU
St. 4: N/H
Use
Story
St. Sp

「無双風神」 "Peerless Wind God" MoF St. 4: L
塞符「山神渡御」 Blockade Sign "Mountain God's Procession" MoF St. 4: E/N
塞符「天孫降臨」 Blockade Sign "Advent of the Divine Grandson" MoF St. 4: H
塞符「天上天下の照國」 Blockade Sign "Terukuni Shining Through Heaven and Earth" MoF St. 4: L
旋符「紅葉扇風」 Whirl Sign "Autumn Leaf Fan's Wind" SWR Use
竜巻「天孫降臨の道しるべ」 Tornado "Guidepost for the Advent of the Divine Grandson" SWR Use
逆風「人間禁制の道」 Headwind "Route Forbidden to Man" SWR Use
突符「天狗のマクロバースト」 Thrust Sign "Tengu's Macroburst" SWR Use
風符「天狗道の開風」 Wind Sign "Opening Wind of the Tengu Realm" SWR Use
魔獣「鎌鼬ベーリング」 Demon Beast "Sickle Weasel Veiling" SWR Use
突風「猿田彦の先導」 Squall "Sarutahiko's Guidance" SWR
SWR
Use
Story
旋符「飄妖扇」 Whirl Sign "Fluttering Fey Fan" SWR Story
旋風「鳥居つむじ風」 Whirlwind "Torii Whorl-Wind" SWR Story
風符「天狗報即日限」 Wind Sign "Tengu Newspaper Deadline Day" Soku Use
鴉符「暗夜のデイメア」 Crow Sign "Daymare in the Dark Night" Soku Use
取材「射命丸文の圧迫取材」 Reporting "Aya Shameimaru's Coercive Reporting" DS St. Sp
望遠「キャンディッドショット」 Telescoping "Candid Shot" DS St. Sp
速写「ファストショット」 Snapshot "Fast Shot" DS St. Sp
写真「激撮テングスクープ」 Photography "Quick-Shooting Tengu Scoop" ISC St. 6
「瞬撮ジャーナリスト」 "Instant Shot Journalist" ISC St. 6
風符「天狗突風雨」 Wind Sign "Tengu Rainstorm Gust" HSiFS Use

Additional Information

Fandom

Official Profiles

Aya Shameimaru BAiJR  ・本書オリジナル、幻想郷一の情報通?射命丸 文(しゃめいまる あや)が登場!!

  大人気キャラクター32人を、文の視点から徹底解剖!

  もちろん文章は原作者ZUN氏による書き下ろし!

Original to this book: The No.1 information specialist of the Gensokyo, Shameimaru Aya is here!

With Aya's original insight, the 32 hugely popular characters are taken apart and examined.

Of course, the text is written anew exclusively by the original creator, ZUN.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View - キャラ設定.txt
Aya Shameimaru PoFV  ○伝統の幻想ブン屋

  射命丸 文(しゃめいまる あや)
  Syameimaru Aya

  種族:鴉天狗
  能力:風を操る程度の能力

   鬼が幻想郷にいた、千年ほど前から住み着く天狗。
   元は鴉。風を操る程度の能力を持つ。
   性格は真面目で融通が利かない。強い者には礼儀正しく、弱い者には強気に出る。ただ、取材の相手となれば常に礼儀正しい。
   彼女の持つ力は、幻想郷の中でも最高クラスではあるが、決して力を見せびらかせようとはしない。これは、彼女に限らず天狗の特性でもある。

   普段は山に住み、風と同じ速度同じ向きに移動する。噂好きで、いつも情報を仕入れては、天狗仲間で情報交換する。交換するたびに情報は変化し、殆どの噂は大げさな物となっている。

   天狗の中でも彼女は幻想郷の女の子達の噂が好き。自分で観察したり、仲間から仕入れたりと新しい情報が入ってこない時などほとんど無い。ただ、どの情報も多分に嘘が混じっているものである。

   彼女は「文々。新聞」(ぶんぶんまるしんぶん)という不定期新聞を作り、天狗内で配っている。嘘だらけの新聞である。

   今回の様な異変が起きる事で、天狗達は大喜びである。こういう時は色んな新しい情報が入ってくるからであり、その情報を元に新聞が書けるからである。

Traditional Reporter of Fantasy


Aya Shameimaru

Species: Crow Tengu
Ability: Manipulating wind

A tengu who has been in Gensokyo for over 1000 years, when oni were still around.
Her origin is a crow. She has the ability to manipulate wind.
Her character is honest but not rigid. She is polite to strong people, and deals more firmly with weak people. However, she is always polite when conducting an interview.
Although her powers are among the top class in Gensokyo, she never uses them just to show off. This isn't only a characteristic of hers, but of tengu in general.

She usually lives on a mountain where the wind always moves at the same speed and the same direction. She loves gossip and is always gathering information exchanged with her fellow tengu. During any exchange, information is warped, and almost all of their stories end up exaggerated.

She is the biggest connoisseur of rumors about the girls of Gensokyo among the tengu. Through observing for herself and collecting information from colleagues, barely a moment passes when she isn't obtaining material. However, much of her material is mingled with rumor.

She writes up her non-periodical newspaper, Bunbunmaru Newspaper, and distributes it among the tengu. It's a newspaper chock-full of rumors.

As the current disaster started up, the tengu were overjoyed. There was much new material to be obtained, based on which they can write up their newspapers.

Mountain of Faith - キャラ設定.txt
Aya Shameimaru MoF ○4面ボス 里に最も近い天狗

  射命丸 文(しゃめいまる あや)

  Syameimaru Aya

  種族:鴉天狗
  能力:風を操る程度の能力

  妖怪の山の新聞記者。主に幻想郷の少女達のローカルニュースを新聞にする天狗である。

  今回は、白狼天狗から侵入者ありとの報告があった。こういう場合、普段は自警隊リーダーの大天狗の総指揮の元、白狼天狗が交渉、及び警備に当たる。

  しかし、何故か大天狗は報道機関である彼女を呼び出し交渉を命じた。
  彼女は首を傾げながら現場に向かうと、その疑問はすぐに氷解した。

  侵入者は、彼女がいつも新聞のネタにしている人間だったのである。

  つまり大天狗は、文が侵入者の事を一番理解していると判断して、目的は何なのか聞き出せると判断したのだ。


  彼女は手加減して戦った振りを見せ、わざと負けた。戦いもしないで山に入れてしまうと、彼女が人間と繋がっていると疑われる可能性があったからである。

  文は人間に屈した振りをして、最近現れた謎の神社に案内した。大天狗には『侵入者の目的は山から迷惑な来客があったとの事でしたので、天狗社会に矛先が向かないように、最近現れた謎の神社の様子を見に行かせました』と報告した。

  大天狗はその報告を聞き、ピンチをチャンスに変える働きをした文を褒めた。
  そして、下っ端である犬走に引き続き人間の監視を命令し、その謎の神様の様子も探る事にした。


  犬走の報告によると謎の神様は人間と戦闘になったが、遊んでいる様子であり、遊びを楽しんでいるようだった。性格は極めて明るく、頭脳は明晰。危険性は少なく、むしろ友好を築く事で、山の妖怪の生活はより良くなるのではないか、との報告であった。

  それから、天狗の頭領である天魔様と、山の神様の間で秘密の交渉が行われる事になった。
  何を話し合ったのかは公開される事はなかったが、結果はお互い山に住む者として友好関係を築く事になった、と知らされた。


  それ以来、天狗や河童は新しい神様を信仰するようになった。
  信仰といっても、一緒に宴会をする程度の事だったが。

Tengu Closest to the Village



Aya Shameimaru

Species: Crow Tengu
Ability: Manipulating wind

A news reporter on the Youkai Mountain. A tengu who typically writes local news stories about the girls of Gensokyo.

This time around, she got word from the white wolf tengu that an intruder had entered the mountain. Normally, the white wolf tengu are charged by the great tengu with patrolling the mountain, and conducting negotiations and defensive operations.

However, in this case, the great tengu decided to call on this member of the information media to conduct negotiations. Cocking her head to one side in doubt, she headed to the scene of the event, where her confusion was immediately dispelled.

The intruder was one of the girls she was always covering in her newspaper.

In other words, the great tengu understood that Aya had the most in-depth knowledge of the intruder, and had the best chance of being told outright what the intruder's aim was.


Aya went easy on the intruder, put on a show of vigorously defending herself, and purposefully lost. After all, if she let the intruder enter the mountain without putting up a fight, she would likely be suspected of being an accomplice to the humans.

Aya pretended to lose to the humans, and guided them to the mysterious shrine that had appeared recently. She reported to her superiors that the intruders had no business with the tengu society, but were instead interested in the troublesome, enigmatic shrine that had appeared of late.

The great tengu took in her report, and then commended Aya for turning around a potential threat into an opportunity.
They then ordered the underling Inubashiri to continue her observation of the humans, and go to investigate the shrine of the mysterious god.


According to Inubashiri's report, the mysterious god and the humans had waged battle, but it was truly a playful event where the two parties seemed to be enjoying themselves. Their respective personalities were bright, and their heads kept level. There was little, if any, real danger - rather, by pursuing a friendly relationship with the shrine, the youkai of the mountain might be better off in the end.

After that, the chief of the tengu, Lord Tenma, entered into secret negotiations with the mountain god.
The details of their discussions were not made public, but it was made known that they had agreed to share the mountain with each other and pursue friendly relations.


Since then, the tengu and the kappa came to have faith in their new god.
Though, it was really more of an agreement to all celebrate together than a matter of faith.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody - おまけ.txt
Aya Shameimaru SWR  ○伝統の幻想ブン屋

  射命丸 文(しゃめいまるあや)

  種族:天狗(鴉)
  住家:妖怪の山
  能力:風を操る程度の能力

   むしろ、動くことがその物が風と言ったところ。
   風に乗って飛び、風の声を聴き、自在に風を起こす。

   風の噂を掴む事も得意。

 性格:頭脳明晰、人前では丁寧な態度を見せる。非好戦的。

   彼女の思考能力は非常に高く、それが真実かどうかはともかく、人の何倍ものスピードで考えを巡らす。
   何を考えているのか予想することは非常に困難。その上、表面上は相手のレベルに合わせてくるため、一緒にいる誰もが居心地の悪い気分になる。

   戦うことは余り好きではないが、喧嘩を売って歩いている。ただ元々敵う相手ではないのでその喧嘩を買う者は少なく、泣き寝入りするばかりである。

Traditional Reporter of Fantasy

Aya Shameimaru

Race: tengu (crow)
Place of residence: the Youkai Mountain
Ability: Manipulating wind

Or, perhaps it would be better to say her movement is the wind.
She rides the wind, listens to the wind, and can cause wind whenever she pleases.

She's also good at collecting the wind's rumors.

Personality: very intelligent, and courteous towards others. Non-combative.

Her mental faculties are extremely sharp, and turns thoughts about in her head much more quickly than humans.
It's very difficult to tell what she's thinking. On top of that, she changes her mannerisms to match whoever she's with, so nobody feels entirely comfortable around her.

She doesn't particularly like to fight, but she tends to pick fights a lot. However, not many can really challenge her, so few take her up on it, and she has to just let them be.

Subterranean Animism - キャラ設定.txt
 ○伝統の幻想ブン屋

  射命丸 文(しゃめいまる あや)
  Shameimaru Aya

  種族:天狗
  能力:風を操る程度の能力

  山に住んでいる天狗で新聞記者。

  山の神様と河童が何か不穏な行動を取っていたので潜入取材していたら、謎が地底世界に繋がった。

  これを取材して記事にすれば部数増大のチャンスと踏んで、霊夢を利用した。
  天狗にとって地底に入る事は避けたかったからである。

Traditional Reporter of Fantasy


Aya Shameimaru

Species: tengu
Ability: Manipulating wind

A tengu reporter who lives on the mountain.

She heard that the kappa and the gods of the mountain were up to something, so she went off to report on it, it turned out that the mystery was connected to the underground world.

She figured she could greatly increase her circulation if she wrote a story about it, so she used Reimu to investigate.
As a tengu, she wanted to avoid actually going underground.

Hidden Star in Four Seasons trial - omake.txt
Aya HSiFS  ○紅葉を散らす天狗

  射命丸 文
  Shameimaru Aya

  種族:天狗
  能力:風を操る程度の能力

  天狗の新聞記者。

  あちこちを取材しているので、いち早く気候の異常に気が付いた。
  ただの冷夏や猛暑ではないが、全てにおいて原因が隠されている。
  その異常さに人為的なものを見たが、果たしてその勘は当たっているのだろうか。

The Tengu who Scatters Autumn Leaves

Aya Shameimaru

Species: Tengu
Ability: Capable of manipulating wind

A tengu newspaper reporter.

She's been doing news reporting in various places, so she clued in to the strange weather right away.
These clearly aren't your average cool summers or heat waves, but in every case, the cause is concealed.
She perceived something artificial about this abnormalcy-- but will that intuition prove true in the end?

Official Sources

Official sources

See Also

References

  1. Phantasmagoria of Flower View キャラ設定.txt - "A tengu who has been in Gensokyo for over 1000 years, when oni were still around."
  2. Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia - '"The outsider's free travel threatens youkai's existence and disturbs public order. However, could it be that this crisis was calculated?" Article
  3. Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia - Hecatia Lapislazuli's article
  4. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense - Aya's Article
  5. Chara☆Mel/Mountain of Faith interview with ZUN
  6. Silent Sinner in Blue - Chapter 16