Doremy Sweet in Antinomy of Common Flowers
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Eating and creating dreams
Dream World manager
Doremy's ability is to eat and create dreams. Eating dreams is much like just taking dreams, or stopping them, and possibly includes removing said dreams from memory completely. She is also able to create or craft dreams, which can be done by either moving the character from one dream to another or simply just forming a new dream for the character. She can also enter dreams herself. As someone who manages the dream world, she has a wide knowledge of dreams and can observe anyone's dream inside the dream world. As such, she can also gain knowledge of a character through their dreams alone. She is regarded by Reisen as the most dangerous youkai in the dream world.
Doremy is able to freely go between multiple worlds including Gensokyo, the Moon and Lunar Capital, as well as the Outside World. She also has the ability to clone herself and keep track of experiences and knowledge from each clone. In Antinomy of Common Flowers, she also showed that she could possess certain characters without the use of the perfect possession incident.
Although Doremy introduces herself as the "Ruler of Dreams" to a lot of characters, ZUN has commented that while it sounds amazing, it doesn't really mean much since even if someone reaches the top in a dream, it's still just a dream.
Her full name is Doremy Sweet (ドレミー・スイート), which implies a western origin. "Doremy" is phonetically similar to "dreamy", and together with her last name, which in itself is a real surname, is a reference to the English expression "sweet dreams". (The dot (・) in the middle of her name is used in foreign names to show where the next word begins, as Japanese doesn't normally use spaces.)
Her name is a reference to the Sanjou route on the Ikoma Cable Line, a group of funicular routes in Nara, Japan, operated by Kintetsu Railway. The route's two cable cars are named "Do-Re-Mi (ドレミ)", which is decorated like an organ, and "Sweet (スイート)", which is decorated like a cake. Coincidentally the same company also operates a second funicular route in Osaka, the Nishi-Shigi Cable Line, which serves Mount Shigi. Mount Shigi was the site of the major backstory events of both Toyosatomimi no Miko and Mononobe no Futo, and Byakuren Hijiri and the Myouren Temple (based on the real-life Chougo-sonshi Buddhist temple).
Doremy has dark blue eyes and hair, and possesses a white tail with a black tuft of fur at the tip. Her outfit consists of a black and white dress, which is covered in black and white orbs of various sizes. She wears a red nightcap, and white socks. In her left hand is a blue book with the letter D printed on the cover, and in her right is a blob of some pink material later confirmed to actually be a dream soul from Wild and Horned Hermit. Her damaged portrait after the battle reveals that she has long hair underneath the nightcap.
In Antinomy of Common Flowers, her nightcap is noticeably longer, reaching her legs. Instead of the black top of her dress, she instead wears a black capelet. The rim of her hat, capelet, and dress now has a white stitch like pattern. Her book has an added bookmark shaped like her tail.
- Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
About half a year before the arrival of the protagonists, Doremy was directed by Sagume Kishin to recreate the Lunar Capital in the dream world. The purpose was to discretely redirect all people heading to the Lunar Capital, to the Capital within the dream world instead in order to hide the true Lunar Capital on the moon. However, Doremy viewed this as troublesome and had no intention to always follow through.
When the protagonists arrived about 6 months later, Doremy saw this as an opportunity as a little payback and thus, after giving a small warning, sent them to where they really wanted, the true Lunar Capital. Doremy later returns in the extra stage in an I told you so manner in regards to the warnings she had given to the protagonists.
- Antinomy of Common Flowers
The "Perfect Possession" phenomenon is affecting the Dream World and some of its inhabitants are expelled into the real world because of it. Doremy decides to oversee the situation and split herself to keep an eye on different dream dwellers in the real world.
- Violet Detector
Doremy is observing Dream Sumireko Usami as she struggles in the Dream World against the dream dwellers that keep attacking her.
- Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia
Aya Shameimaru investigates ominous occurrences where people are reporting having common dreams after using Doremy's "Sweet Sleep Pillow". These dreams apparently were all about this same figure, Doremy, asking questions about the quality of the pillow in a sort of survey within their dreams. The pillow itself is said to have become very popular among humans as well as fairies. The pillows themselves have frills along the edges and are covered with Malayan (Asian) tapirs wearing hats similar to Doremy's.
While speaking to Reimu, Doremy spoke with direct recognition unlike her conversation with the rest of the protagonists during the events of Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
Doremy's pillow ad from Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia
Doremy's portrait from Antinomy of Common Flowers
Doremy's pre-battle portrait from Antinomy of Common Flowers
Doremy's different color palettes from Antinomy of Common Flowers, the last two were added in v1.10
- The design of her outfit may be a reference to the body of the Malayan (Asian) tapir, which shares the name baku with the youkai in folklore. The Malayan tapir has a black upper body, white lower body, and trunk, which might be represented in Doremy's dichromatic dress and long hat, respectively.
- Strange Creators of Outer World: Antinomy of Common Flowers Interview with ZUN and Iruka Unabara - ZUN: Being the ruler of dreams sounds amazing, but it's really not all that much. Even if you work super hard to reach the top in a dream, it's still just a dream. It's not a big deal, and you don't picture baku as particularly strong youkai anyway. They just can't escape the image of the real animal. And, well, Doremy's a baku.
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