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Eika Ebisu in Wily Beast and Weakest Creature
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Soul of a stillborn child and god
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Eika Ebisu (戎 瓔花 Ebisu Eika) is the soul of a stillborn child and a god of fortune who resides at the riverbank of the Sanzu River, Sai no Kawara.
Her full name is Eika Ebisu (戎 瓔花). The character "戎" (Ebisu) is one of several used for Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, who presides over fishermen and luck. Ebisu was the first child of the creation gods Izanami and Izanagi, but was born without bones due to Izanami committing a transgression during the ritual of their union. Initially known as Hiruko (蛭子), meaning "leech child", the child was set adrift in a boat of reeds, and eventually grew to become Ebisu after washing ashore. "戎" is also used to refer to the Ebisu (or 'Emishi'), a former ethnic group of northern Japan with potential relation to the Ainu.
Eika (瓔花) is spelled with the characters ei (瓔)- an uncommon character meaning "necklace made of precious stones"- and ka (花), meaning "flower". "瓔" also visually resembles the characters "王" (meaning "king" or "ruler") and "嬰" (from 嬰児 / eiji, meaning "infant"), tying in to Eika's status as a "ruler" of infant ghosts. The character can also be read as you, notably seen in a spelling discrepancy in Wily Beast and Weakest Creature's demo release. Her name is read as "Eika" in the music room and her on-screen title graphic, and as "Youka" in the omake.txt and name graphic in the upper-left corner.
- Wily Beast and Weakest Creature
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