Fandom/Phantasmagoria of Flower View
This sub-article lists unofficial content associated to characters that originally appeared in Phantasmagoria of Flower View.
- Due to Aya including photos of various characters in her news articles, some fan comics portray her as having a habit of taking embarrassing or risqué photos as well. Thus she is sometimes a joke character who's shown as a pervert.
- Although Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red described Aya having black wings, you cannot see them in various portraits such as Shoot the Bullet and Double Spoiler. This led to confusion in many fan works, as many artists took liberties on this subject. Various theories have been made regarding the wings, and the most commonly accepted explanation is that Aya can magically hide her wings when they are in the way.
- In Mountain of Faith, Aya was seen to say "Ayayayaya" (あやややや), which has become her catchphrase.
- Because ZUN has been seen wearing this, he has been compared to Aya due to the similarity of their clothes. Aya has also been referred to as "ZUN's girlfriend" because of her recurring appearance in the games.
- Some works of fan art depict her alongside a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird high-altitude, trisonic photo-reconnaissance airplane. Both are black birds, carry cameras, and are known for their speed.
- Because her surname appears to have the English word "Shame" or "Sham", many Western fans use this to target Aya, seeing that she appears to be shameless about anything she reports. Her surname is also sometimes spelt "Shamelessmaru".
- There was a rather nasty western fan uproar over Aya appearing in Mountain of Faith, with various insulting remarks made against her. The reasons for this were: general fan outrage at the changes made in the game (Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame only, no "Master Spark"), Aya getting her own game (Shoot the Bullet), choosing to ignore the underlying facts behind it (The concept predates Aya's creation and was a quick project to go with Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red). These days the incident is seen in a negative light and fan opinion of Aya is higher compared to then.
- She is associated with Alice Margatroid in fanworks for obvious reasons.
- Fans have given the tiny doll the name "Su-san" (すさん).
- The term Konparo (コンパロ) is associated with her, due to her having said "Konparo konparo, poison gathers" in her ending in Phantasmagoria of Flower View. Konparo is an incorrectly abbreviated romanization of convalloside, a poison found in lily-of-the-valley flowers. (It should have been Konbaro or Konvaro instead)
- Though a playable character and opponent in one of the Touhou Project games, she tends to end up behind most Touhou Windows characters in popularity polls, and like Shizuha Aki and Minoriko Aki has become somewhat notable for her relative unpopularity.
- She is sometimes depicted with Yuuka Kazami in fanworks because they are both related to flowers.
- Fanart commonly depicts Medicine with doll joints.
Fanart tends to portray Komachi as being very large-chested perhaps based off the remark of her being "Tall and Imposing" in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense. Her art depiction in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody is remarkable for being one of the few characters with a visible bust. She is also shown in fanon to tease Eiki about the differences in bust size. As it's fanon Eiki in most of these cases, this usually ends painfully for her as she hits or pokes Komachi with her Rod of Remorse.
In fanon, Komachi's already considerable lazy/napping streak is exaggerated to often absurd levels, having her nap most of the day away and simply doing nothing at all, which again leads to Eiki lecturing her, or even punishing her to different extents.
To a lesser extent, she appears as an older sister figure for characters such as Cirno, likely based off of her victory quote against her.
Komachi is sometimes paired up with Yuugi Hoshiguma (powerful, shapely women) or Hong Meiling (strong, redhead, shapely, lazy). Up to Touhou Hisoutensoku's release, fans were looking forward to how the two would interact. Sadly all they got was some vs mode win lines.
- Due to the use of Komachi's kanji in Last Word theme in Imperishable Night, the use of this has been used in the titles of several Komachi doujins.
- Her ability to see people's lifespan is often joked.
- Occasionally, in some fanworks, her name (title) is shortened and interpreted as Yamada (山田). Yamada is a very common Japanese family name, the Japanese equivalent of being called, for example, "Smith" in English or "Pérez" in Spanish. Because this name is consisted of simply kanji (both are the most basic kanji where the grade-schoolers start to learn) with bland meanings (literally it means "mountain rice-field"), so using it to a considerably noble character like her sounds quite phony in Japanese.
- Though "Yamaxanadu" is her title, it is often mistaken for her last name. This can result in jokes making fun of the excessive length of her name.
- Many fans call her Eiki-sama (映姫様) using the honorific title, and also Ēki-sama (えーき様) – the more casual version of it.
- Many Japanese Touhou fans tend to mistype her first name Eiki (映姫) as (映季, also pronounced "Eiki"). This is because the reading of "ki" in 姫 is rarely used so the IME commonly converts it into the latter one. This was also the case in Hopeless Masquerade.
- Eiki is the usual choice in fanworks where the plot requires a judge, for obvious reasons.
- In fan art she is sometimes depicted as short or even a baby compared to Komachi, but she's actually almost as tall.
- She is also very often depicted as an elementary child in many of the fanworks, which could be due to her drawings in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense and The Grimoire of Marisa.
- A possible reason behind "Loli Yama" is to artificially create extra contrast with Komachi and play up the breast envy angle. Or maybe it has something to do with Bleach's Rangiku Matsumoto and her short boss.
- As an extension of this, she is often depicted as aggressive against other people with "larger breasts", to the point of even arbitrarily sending them to Hell.
- Some fan artists portray Eiki as being envious of Komachi's bust size in particular, though sending Komachi to Hell usually isn't an option.
- It's quite common for fan artists to draw Eiki with magnificent legs, and she is highly popular with devotees of zettai ryouiki or "absolute territory", a fashion involving short skirts and thigh-high stockings that leave only a highly specific and measurable section of a girl's bare thighs visible between the tops of the stockings and the skirt. Canonically, her fashion is to wear very short, frilly socks, leaving her legs mostly bare skin.
- Because of her job and Komachi's attitude, she is usually seen striking Komachi with the Rod of Remorse for being a slacker. However, amusingly enough, fans have also speculated that this could be just a tsundere attitude toward her Shinigami.
- A lot of fanworks portray Eiki as a bit of a short-tempered grouch who will sentence people to hell for any arbitrary reason, but this conflicts with her personality in Phantasmagoria of Flower View where she's stern, but patient and is constantly smiling even when having to reveal someone's shortcomings. In fact, she spends a lot of time lecturing people on their shortcomings and sins for the sole purpose of getting them to repent before they have to be judged. In her opinion, "Hell does not exist to punish sinners. Hell exists to ensure that no-one sins."
- Some of the fanworks portray Eiki with Satori Komeiji, since they are indirectly connected by their occupation; Eiki belongs to the Ministry of Right and Wrong which used to govern the Formal Hell where now Satori has taken its role. And also because they have the ability/item to read people's minds.
- At the conclusion of ZUN's "A Beautiful Flower Blooming Violet Every Sixty Years", Yukari Yakumo uses the phrase "cannot defy/oppose them" (あの方には逆らえない) when referring to Eiki, and her and Yuyuko leave before she arrives. While most explanations for this center around Eiki being hard to deal with and annoying along with being the judge of Gensokyo, some fans have interpreted this to mean that Eiki would not be able to be defeated by them.