Chimata Tenkyuu

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(てん) (きゅう) () (また)
Chimata Tenkyuu
teŋkʲɯː tɕimata
Chimata Tenkyu
Chimata Tenkyuu
Chimata Tenkyuu in Unconnected Marketeers
The God of the Unowned
More Character Titles
Species

God

Abilities

Capable of letting one relinquish ownership

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works
"You foul barbarian... How long are you going to believe that you can use violence to hold dominion over objects? Possession of an object can only be controlled by the god of the markets. As long as they possess something, none can escape from the hands of God! The market has been opened! Let us return all things to nothing!"Chimata Tenkyuu (Unconnected Marketeers Stage 6)


Chimata Tenkyuu (天弓 千亦 Tenkyuu Chimata) is the God of special event marketplaces with the ability to let one relinquish ownership. She acts as the Stage 6 boss and secondary antagonist of Unconnected Marketeers.

General Information

Personality

In Unconnected Marketeers, Chimata appears to be polite but somewhat full of herself and dramatic, making bold claims such as humanity being "unable to survive" without her, [1] and immediately jumping to the conclusion that those who don't wish to trade must be criminals of some kind.

She seems to be singularly concerned with the rules and regulations governing marketplaces, and is highly irritated when they are broken. She accuses the protagonist of wanting to steal and monopolize the cards after she refuses to trade with her,[2] and detests those that place the pursuit of profit over the rituals and regulations she favours.

Abilities

Capable of letting one relinquish ownership

Chimata's ability is to allow others to relinquish ownership of an item. Without this ritual, a given object remains connected to the original owner, such is the case when someone loses, throws away, or gives away something. Only in a barter where both participants are willing to engage in an exchange of equitable value does a proper transfer of rights take place.

As her power is directly tied to the existence of physical marketplaces, it has been steadily diminishing due to the emergence of things like online trade in the Outside World, which prompted Chimata to find a way to establish her own marketplace in Gensokyo.

In Unconnected Marketeers, Megumu Iizunamaru abuses this ability to successfully transfer the special abilities of the residents of Gensokyo into Ability Cards, granting the wielder the powers of those depicted in the cards. [3] While this did help Chimata recover her strength, it also served to concentrate power and wealth into the hands of the tengu.

Character Design

Origin

Chimata may be based on ichigami (市神), or the gods of marketplaces in Japanese folklore. Rather than gods of money or economics, they were more akin to gods of physical marketplaces, or barter and trade. Ichigami were worshipped as the gods who protect the commercial activities and security of marketplaces. When traditional marketplaces went into decline in modern-day Japan, belief in ichigami also declined.

Specifically, she is the god of "special event" marketplaces (as opposed to something like a regular farmer's market), which in Unconnected Marketeers is signified by the lunar rainbow. Because of this, she may also be based on a long-forgotten medieval Japanese custom of holding markets when there's a rainbow. It was believed that the boundary between the human world and the world of Gods is beneath rainbows, so holding a market during a rainbow would please the Gods, because they temporarily receive everything that is being sold there.

Name

Her family name, Tenkyuu (天弓), is written with characters meaning "heaven" and "bow" (as in "bow and arrow"). It is written the same way as a literary and dialectal Chinese word for "rainbow".

Her given name, Chimata (千亦), is written with characters meaning "thousand" and "again". "Chimata" can also be written as , which means "the public", "streets" or "crossroads". It was likely chosen due to her status as a god of markets, which are public places where all sorts of people gather.

Design

Chimata's design very closely reflects her lunar rainbow powers, with her dress appearing to be a patchwork of multicoloured fabrics held together with golden buckles and zippers, resembling modernist stained glass, magenta boots with white bows, and the headband in her hair glowing with bright rainbow colours. She also wears a long white cape, white on one side, and a bright blue sky with scattered clouds on its inner lining. On her belt, she carries a coin purse.

Appearances

Games

Chimata's sprite in UM
Unconnected Marketeers

As an ichigami, Chimata is sustained by faith like any other type of god. The mere act of buying or selling does not generate faith for her; it has to be a ritualized exchange which honors the traditions of Japanese temporary special marketplaces. The lack of such events and the subsequent loss of faith greatly weakened Chimata.

Therefore, she accepted The Great Tengu Megumu Iizunamaru's offer to open a special event marketplace under the lunar rainbow. Using materials unearthed by Momoyo Himemushi that could mimic the abilities of others, Ability Cards were created that could be exchanged for currency under Megumu. The tengu would collect the profits, and the special marketplaces and ritualized exchange of cards would generate faith for Chimata. These rituals include special rules, which are why the protagonist can only buy one card per boss during Unconnected Marketeers, and why Mike Goutokuji refuses to give up all of her cards even when threatened.

However, a rift developed between the two. Megumu wanted to maximize profits, and viewed Chimata's rules as an impediment. For Chimata, these faith-generating traditions were non-negotiable. Thus, by the time of Unconnected Marketeers, the two are each planning to betray each other.

Spin-offs

100th Black Market

Chimata can be found where the events of Unconnected Marketeers left off. Her lunar rainbow nullifies the presence of the Black Markets. After testing Marisa's strength, she hands her the Blank Card and instructions to take down the perpetrator of the Black Markets.

Relationships

Megumu Iizunamaru

Megumu was Chimata's would-be business partner in the creation of the Ability Card marketplace. Their relationship had always been strained, as Megumu had sought to only use Chimata's powers to further the interests of tengu society, and had dissolved into outright hostilities by the end of the Ability Card Incident.

Tsukasa Kudamaki

Tsukasa is seemingly subordinate to Chimata, with Tsukasa addressing her politely. Tsukasa reports Megumu's betrayal to Chimata, but it appears likely that Tsukasa was playing both sides. Chimata seems to be somewhat aware of this, rudely dismissing Tsukasa from her service when she comes to realize Tsukasa's true motivations.

Minor Relationships

Momoyo Himemushi

The two were also partners, although not much is known about their relationship. Since Momoyo and Megumu Iizunamaru are friends and neither Chimata nor Momoyo mention the other, they don't seem to be close and may have a similarly strained relationship.

Nitori Kawashiro

Nitori is shown to have become something of a collaborator with Chimata during the events of 100th Black Market, with the pair working together to try and shut down the black market. Upon fighting Marisa Kirisame, Chimata sends her to go meet Nitori at Moriya Shrine, believing that she can help with the task.

Gallery

Spell Cards

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 12
「無主への供物」 "An Offering to the Ownerless" UM St. 6: E/N/H/L
「弾幕狂蒐家の妄執」 "Danmaku Hoarder's Obsession" UM St. 6: E/N/H/L
「バレットマーケット」 "Bullet Market" UM St. 6: E/N
「密度の高いバレットマーケット」 "High Density Bullet Market" UM St. 6: H
「弾幕自由市場」 "Danmaku Free Market" UM St. 6: L
「虹人環」 "Rainbow Ring of People" UM St. 6: E/N/H/L
「バレットドミニオン」 "Bullet Dominion" UM St. 6: E/N
「暴虐のバレットドミニオン」 "Tyrannical Bullet Dominion" UM St. 6: H
「無道のバレットドミニオン」 "Inhumane Bullet Dominion" UM St. 6: L
「弾幕のアジール」 "Asylum of Danmaku" UM St. 6: E/N/H/L
「正当なバレットマーケット」 "Legitimate Bullet Market" HBM End of Market
「闇市場のミシガンロール」 "Black Market Michigan Roll" HBM End of Market

Additional Information

  • Her pose in Unconnected Marketeers suggests a dollar sign, with her arms creating the S shape and her fingers approximating the vertical stroke.
  • Her silhouette can be seen on the cover of the game. Interestingly, there she holds her right hand clenched as a fist, while in the game she points upwards with her index finger.
  • Chimata's dialogue seems to refer the economic concept of the "Invisible Hand" introduced by Adam Smith.

Fandom

Official Profiles

Chimata Tenkyuu  ○6面ボス

  無主物の神

     天弓 千亦(てんきゅう ちまた)
  Tenkyu Chimata

  種族:神様
  能力:所有権を失わせる程度の能力

  人間にとって、物を手放すことは難しい。
  誰かにあげたとしても、その人からの頂き物という情報が残り続ける。
  ゴミ箱に捨てたとしても、山に不法投棄したとしても、誰が捨てたという情報が残り続ける。
  所有権を失うことは容易ではないのだ。

  しかし完全にそれが行える場所がある。
  人が唯一物を交換できる場所、それが市場だ。
  市場で売る事によって、完全に所有権を失うことが出来る。

  彼女はそれを司る神様である。

  最近は市場を介さないで物の売買を行う事が増え、結果所有権が氾濫している事を嘆いていた。

  飯綱丸から市場を開いて欲しいと持ちかけられたとき、このチャンスを逃す物かと、
  本来の市場のように、厳しい条件を付けて売買するのなら協力すると答えた。

  彼女は飯綱丸のビジネスに利用されている事ぐらい重々承知の上だった。
  ビジネスが成功する頃には、神様としての力も取り戻し、大天狗ごとき恐れるに足らずだと
  思っていたからである。


  最初の市場は、月に虹が架かったとき、山の頂上で開かれた。
  参加者は千亦、飯綱丸、管狐の典、大ムカデの百々世だけだった。

  初めての市場では、自らの能力を封じ込めたカードを売買した。
  彼女達は月虹の下、カードを交換しあった。
  目論見通り、カードに込められた複製の能力は、複製元の所有者から
  完全に切り離されて新たな所有者の能力の一部となった。
  その結果に、飯綱丸も百々世も大興奮したのである。

  その後は幾度となく市場が開かれ、山を中心にカードは広く流通した。
  カードの能力を使うには、ルールに則って購入しなければいけない。
  奪ったり捨てたり、拾ったり貰ったり、では駄目なのだ。

  それは、市場の神である千亦が力を得るためのルールだった。
  飯綱丸は市場をビジネスだと思っているが、千亦にとっては神の力を取り戻す為の祭事だったのだ。

  二人の軋轢が表に出始めた頃、全てを終わらす破壊者がやってくる。
  その破壊者は暴力で物を解決しようとする、いわゆる市場の破壊者『賊』と呼ばれた。


  奇しくも人間の『賊』がやってきたのは、最初の市場と同じ、月に虹が架かった夜だった。

Stage 6 Boss

God of the Unowned

Chimata Tenkyuu

Species: God
Ability: Capable of letting one relinquish ownership

For humans, letting go of things is difficult.
Even if you give it to someone, the information that it was a gift from you will remain.
Even if you throw it in the trash, or illegally dump it on a mountain, the information that someone left it there will remain.
Relinquishing ownership is no easy feat.

However, there exists a place where that act can be perfectly carried out.
The one place where people can exchange objects: the market.
By selling something at a market, you can completely give up possession of it.

She's a god who governs that act.

These days, the buying and selling of things has come to occur without a market's involvement much more often, and as a result, there is an utter glut of ownership rights. She lamented this fact.

When Iizunamaru came to her and asked her to open a marketplace, she knew there was no way she'd let this chance slip by.
She replied that she'd cooperate with her if, and only if, the transactions took place under strict conditions, like those of the original marketplaces.

She understood full well that Iizunamaru was taking advantage of her for a business endeavor.
She was fine with this, because she thought that once the endeavor succeeded, she'd have already regained her power as a god and would have nothing to fear from a mere Great Tengu.

The first market was held on the mountain's peak, as a rainbow encircled the moon.
The only participants were Chimata, Iizunamaru, Tsukasa the kuda-gitsune, and Momoyo the oomukade.

In that first market, they bought and sold cards with their own abilities sealed inside.
Beneath the lunar rainbow, the four of them exchanged cards back and forth.
Just as they'd planned, the replica abilities sealed in the cards completely detached
from their original owners, and became part of their new owners' abilities.
Both Iizunamaru and Momoyo were greatly excited by this result.

Many more markets were held after that, and the cards spread far and wide out from the mountain.
In order to use the cards' abilities, they had to be purchased according to the rules.
Stealing, discarding, picking up, or receiving them wouldn't work.

Those were the rules put in place so that Chimata, the market god, could obtain power.
Iizunamaru thought of the markets as pure business, but for Chimata, they were a ritual of worship for her to regain her divine strength.

When friction began to openly develop between the two of them, a force of destruction that would end it all arrived.
She called that force of destruction a "robber"-- the so-called destroyer of the market, who tried to solve things through violence.

Strangely enough, that human "robber" arrived on a night when a rainbow encircled the moon, just like their first market had.

Official Sources

Official sources
  • 2021/05/04 Unconnected Marketeers - omake.txt (profile, stage 6 dialogue, Reimu and Marisa's endings, Sanae and Sakuya's hidden endings)

References

  1. Unconnected Marketeers - ”Put another way, you're essentially alive right now because of me”
  2. Unconnected Marketeers - “I see… You're trying to monopolize the cards with no exchange of currency. So, you were a robber seeking to destroy the marketplace? I certainly can't let that slide. “
  3. Unconnected Marketeers - Chimata's Profile