Hata no Kokoro

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(はたの) こころ[1]
Hata no Kokoro
hata no kokoɽo
Kokoro Hata
Hata no Kokoro
Hata no Kokoro in Antinomy of Common Flowers
The Expressive Poker Face
More Character Titles
Species

Menreiki

Abilities

Manipulating emotions

Age

Approximately 1300 years[2], recently sentient

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works
Music CDs
"Since I had to memorize emotions logically, I got good at reading the emotions of others."Hata no Kokoro (Antinomy of Common Flowers Stage 3)


Hata no Kokoro (秦 こころ) is the main antagonist of Hopeless Masquerade and a menreiki youkai. She relies on her masks to show her emotions to others, as her actual face is emotionless and can be likened to a poker face.

General Information

Kokoro first appeared as the Final Boss of Hopeless Masquerade, later appearing in Urban Legend in Limbo as a playable character.

Personality

Kokoro naturally has a quiet, child-like personality but also a love of the stage, and relies on her masks to properly communicate her emotions. These emotions can be said to be stored inside the masks, as when she lost the Mask of Hope, her behavior became erratic. Before that, though, she was very quiet and hardly let any emotion show. After the events of Hopeless Masquerade, she manages to stabilize her personality by developing a sense of self.

Abilities

Manipulating emotions

Each of the masks which make up Kokoro embodies powerful emotion, and will impress that emotion on the holder and those around them. When all 66 masks are together, their effects complement each other and are under Kokoro's full control. If an individual mask is separated from the group, it retains its properties, but Kokoro will lose the ability to feel that emotion completely. Losing her Mask of Hope caused Kokoro to become unstable and leech hope from her surroundings, until she was able to compensate by developing emotions separate from her masks'.

Possessions

Kokoro has a total of 66 masks, each depicting an individual emotion. During the events of Hopeless Masquerade, she is unable to express emotions without using these masks. Typically, she just uses the masks that represent joy, anger, pathos, and humor. These masks were created by Toyosatomimi no Miko, who later creates a replacement Mask of Hope modeled on her own face. The masks Kokoro uses at some point in Hopeless Masquerade and their most likely corresponding emotions:

In addition to this, Kokoro has a Naginata, which she uses a weapon.

Kokoro's original Mask of Hope is described by Koishi, who possesses it, as resembling a Jizo statue.[3]

Kokoro briefly uses a number of substitute Masks of Hope as part of her attempts to stabilise her emotions, including festival masks (which are not very effective), and a mask specially crafted by Miko herself (which is too effective, and would cause her to stop existing as a youkai).

Backstory

Hata no Kokoro is a menreiki, a type of tsukumogami, born from 66 masks used by Hata no Kawakatsu in the sixth century. The masks themselves all became tsukumogami, and eventually coalesced into the youkai Kokoro, and appeared in Gensokyo at some point.

Before the events of Hopeless Masquerade, she somehow lost her Mask of Hope. This caused the entire Human Village to start losing hope, and sparked the events that occur in the game. At first, she tried to balance the rest of the emotions of her masks, but losing just the one ended up driving her berserk.

Character Design

Origin

Hata no Kawakatsu is known as the father of Sarugaku theatre (a precursor to Noh), and is the centre of a legend which would connect him to Mononobe no Futo, Toyosatomimi no Miko, Myouren Temple, and perhaps even Moriya Shrine.

In the legend, as told in Zeami's Fūshikaden, Kawakatsu was found in a jar as a baby on a river near Oomiwa Shrine during the reign of Emperor Kinmei. He grew up to be a genius, so the court made him a minister and given the surname Hata. When the country was in turmoil, Prince Shoutoku ordered Kawakatsu to perform 66 plays following Shinto and Buddhist traditions, and had 66 masks made for this purpose. These plays became the first Kagura, from which Sarugaku was later derived.

After passing down the secret of his plays, Kawakatsu rode a boat and drifted out to the sea to uphold the tradition that non-human deities and Buddhas mustn't leave physical remains. He next came ashore in monstrous form, and haunted the surrounding area until he was enshrined by the local people as Great Rage Daimyoujin (大荒大明神 Taikou Daimyoujin), who was later regarded as an avatar of Bishamonten.

Hata no Kokoro's appearance in Forbidden Scrollery

Name

Her full name is Hata no Kokoro, with Hata as the surname and Kokoro as the given name. Hata (the Japanese reading of Chinese surname Qin ) clan was an eminent Chinese immigrant clan mentioned in Nihon Shoki. It's also the surname of the masks' original user — Hata no Kawakatsu, who's said to be the reincarnation of First Emperor of Qin Dynasty in Zeami's Fuushika-den.

Her given name is written entirely in hiragana and means 'Heart' ( kokoro) in Japanese. is also in the Japanese title of the game about her: Hopeless Masquerade (心綺楼 shinkirou).

Design

Kokoro has waist-length pale pink hair, and blank eyes of the same colour. She wears a blue plaid blouse, adorned with buttons of various shapes (from top: red star, yellow circle, green triangle, and purple X). Her salmon-coloured skirt is pumpkin-shaped, and lined with holes in the shape of alternating smiling and frowning faces (both are the same pattern, flipped vertically). She always wears one of her 66 masks over some of her face.

Appearances

Games

Hopeless Masquerade

The story starts with Kokoro losing her mask of hope, causing the emotions embodied in her remaining masks to go berserk and begin draining the hope from the Human Village. This in turn leads the humans to latch onto religious leaders as sources of hope, as part of the "duelling fad".

Reimu Hakurei and the others participate in the religious popularity contest and are eventually guided by Mamizou Futatsuiwa to the Human Village at night, where Kokoro searches in vain for her lost mask. Most of the characters who try to stop her come up with their own solutions to her hopelessness, including Byakuren Hijiri teaching her Buddhism to control her own emotions and Toyosatomimi no Miko making her a replacement mask of hope, but none of them completely work.

Mamizou notices the contradictory actions Kokoro is taking and offers her own advice, which is to stop relying on the masks and discover her own, true emotions through meeting (and fighting) a variety of people. In the process of doing so she discovers her own anger at the religious leaders who are taking advantage of the situation, and Reimu, Byakuren, and Miko team up to stop her. Byakuren and Miko both claim that their solutions solved the problem, and Kokoro is invited to the Hakurei Shrine to perform Kagura as an offering to the gods.

Urban Legend in Limbo

The story begins with Kokoro imitating the Kuchisake-onna and asking various people if she was pretty, with those people trying to repel her by saying the word pomade, but it doesn't work with Kokoro saying that she is the "new and improved Kuchisake-onna" and attacks them. Nitori, one of the people she encounters, reminds her that she is a mask youkai and it's later revealed that one of Kokoro's masks was cracked.

Kokoro opts to get Miko to fix the mask, only for Mononobe no Futo to tell her that she was away at the shrine doing some important business. Futo then notices the occult balls that Kokoro possessed. She then wonders why Kokoro would be possessing occult balls as Miko was supposed to have collected them all. Futo then decides she'll take the balls from Kokoro and give them to Miko. After being defeated, Kokoro asks Futo is she was pretty before continuing her quest to find Miko. When Kokoro finally encounters her, Miko tells her that she was busy and cannot fix her mask at the moment. Miko notices the occult balls Kokoro had as well, and tries to defeat Kokoro for them, but fails. Kokoro then heads back to the human village to practice her Kuchisake-onna routine, and after finding out that the Kuchisake-onna attacks her victims regardless of whether they say she's pretty or not, decides to skip the question and attack right away. Afterwards, Sumireko Usami comes up to her and after Kokoro notices her foreign weapons and abilities, she feels the emotion of surprise for the first time in a while.

Antinomy of Common Flowers

In Antinomy of Common Flowers, Kokoro lends Nitori Kawashiro her power over emotions to aid in the reverse engineering of Perfect Posession.

Kokoro's Dream World self appears in Tenshi Hinanawi's scenario, very angry at the celestial's personality.

Literature

Forbidden Scrollery

Sometime during the ending of her Hopeless Masquerade route, Kokoro performs Noh at the Hakurei Shrine in an attempt to stabilise her emotions, hiding her identity as a youkai. While popular at first, audiences are unable to understand her "play", which turns out to be based on illustrations from an old tengu parody. Noticing this, Mamizou approaches Kokoro and helps write Shinkirou, a modernised comedy based on the events of the religious war.

Relationships

Toyosatomimi no Miko

While she was still alive, Miko created the 66 masks which Kokoro was born from. Miko later makes Kokoro a new mask of hope to replace her lost one. However, Kokoro discarded this mask, as its stabilising effect was so powerful that it would eventually cause her to turn back into a set of inanimate objects. Her feelings towards Miko over this are unknown.

Mamizou Futatsuiwa

Mamizou keeps an eye on Kokoro during the events of Hopeless Masquerade and gives her some advice to help her develop her emotions. Afterwards she helps write Shinkirou for Kokoro to perform.

Koishi Komeiji

Kokoro considers Koishi her arch-enemy, for finding her old Mask of Hope and refusing to return it.

Gallery

Covers

Artworks

Sprites

Illustrations

Skills

Skills
Name Translated Comments Games Usage
Total: 8
吼怒の妖狐面 Roaring Youkai Fox Mask Buddhism-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
6C
6C
怒声の大蜘蛛面 Shouting Giant Spider Mask Buddhism-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
4C
4C
憂嘆の長壁面 Sighing Osakabe Mask Shinto-aligned
Not named in ULiL or AoCF
HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
Charged B attack
Charged B attack
憂心の鬼婆面 Melancholic Ogress Mask Shinto-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
5C
5C
歓喜の獅子面 Delighted Lion Mask Taoism-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
2C
2C
狂喜の火男面 Enraptured Hyottoko Mask Taoism-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
8C
8C
こころのルーレット Kokoro Roulette No alignment HM Equippable
美的カウンター Aesthetic Counter Aided by Occult Ball ULiL
AoCF
A+B with Occult Ball
A+B with Occult gauge

Spell Cards

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 12
怒面「怒れる忌狼の面」
怒符「怒れる忌狼の面」
Angry Mask "Mask of an Angry Hated Wolf"
Anger Sign "Mask of an Angry Hated Wolf"
HM
HM
ULiL
AoCF
Use
Story
Use
Use
憑依「喜怒哀楽ポゼッション」 Possession "Four Humors Possession" HM
ULiL
AoCF
Use
Use
Use
憂面「杞人地を憂う」 Melancholy Mask "The Man of Qi Worries about the Earth" HM
ULiL
AoCF
Use
Use
Use
「仮面喪心舞 暗黒能楽」 "Dance of the Empty-Hearted Masks: Noh of Darkness" HM Use-LW
憂符「憂き世は憂しの小車」 Melancholy Sign "The Melancholic World is a Melancholic Cart" HM Story
喜符「昂揚の神楽獅子」 Joy Sign "Invigorated Kagurajishi[4] HM Story
「モンキーポゼッション」 "Monkey Possession" HM Story
*これでもアタシ、キレイよね?* *I'm Still Pretty Like This, Right?[5]* ULiL
AoCF
Use-LW
Use-LW
*口裂けの感情* *Slit-Mouthed[5] Emotion* ULiL Story
水面符「ミズバクマスカレード」 Water Mask Sign "Water Bomb Masquerade" Co-owner with Nitori AoCF Story
面風符「喜怒哀楽風水術」 Mask Wind Sign "Four Humours' Feng Shui Art" Co-owner with Futo AoCF Story
面符「喜怒哀楽発狂マスカレード」 Mask Sign "Four Humours' Maddening Masquerade" Used by Kokoro's Dream World self AoCF Story

Additional Information

Fandom

Official Profiles

Hopeless Masquerade description in player selection
Hata no Kokoro HM  彼女はコロコロと感情を変える。

 その性格とは裏腹に本体は無表情だった。それが自我を保てない理由だという。
 そう指摘された彼女は、人間や、妖怪の表情を学ぶべく旅に出た。

 そう、学ぶ手段といったらアレしかない!

Around and around, she changes emotions.

In contrast to that personality, her actual face is emotionless. This is said to be the reason why she cannot maintain her self identity.
After receiving this diagnosis, she set out on a journey to learn facial expressions of humans and youkai.
Yes! Speaking of learning, it can only means that one thing!

Hopeless Masquerade - キャラ設定とエキストラストーリー.txt
Hata no Kokoro HM ○表情豊かなポーカーフェイス

  秦 こころ(はたのこころ)

  種族:面霊気
  能力:感情を操る程度の能力

   猿楽の祖 秦河勝(はたのかわかつ)が使っていたお面が時を経て
   妖怪化した者。
   お面ごとに感情が決まっていて、そのお面を被ると感情が変化する。
   感情は、近くに居る者にも影響を及ぼす。

   お面の数は六十六。

   それぞれに全て感情が割り当てられているが、流石に多いので普段は
   喜怒哀楽の面くらいしか使用しない。


   今回はゲーム中のストーリーで細かく語られているので全ては語らないが、
   事件の発端は「希望の面」が失われたことから始まる。
   何故失われたかは不明(恐らくただの過失)だが、その影響が刹那的な
   お祭り騒ぎを生んだ。

   本来の彼女はそれぞれの感情がバランスを取り合い安定しているが、
   面が一つでも失われると感情本来の力が干渉し合い、暴走してしまう。

   実は、安定していると殆ど感情を表に出さない。何事にも興味を示さず、
   お面が必要とされる時以外はただひっそりと付喪神をしている。
   その為、暴走しているときの方が人間くさいという者もいる。

The Expressive Poker Face

Hata no Kokoro

Species: Menreiki
Ability: Ability to manipulate emotion

A youkai created, after a long time had passed, from the masks used
by the father of Sarugaku performance, Hata no Kawakatsu.
Each mask depicts an emotion, and putting on a mask will change one's emotions.
Those emotions influence those around the wearer, as well.

She has a total of sixty-six masks.

Each and every mask has an emotion assigned to it, but since there are quite too many,
she normally only uses the masks for the four emotions of joy, anger, pathos, and humor.


Because her story is discussed in detail in-game this time, not all of it will be discussed here,
but the incident began with her "Mask of Hope" being lost.
The reason why it was lost is unknown (probably just an accident), but its influence
is what caused the sudden rioting.

Originally, she stabilized herself by having each emotion hold their balance with each other,
but losing just one mask caused her emotions' original powers to interfere with each other, and she went berserk.

In fact, when she's stabilized, she hardly lets any emotions show. She shows interest in nothing,
and aside from when her masks are required, she just quietly acts as a tsukumogami.
Because of that, some say that when she goes berserk, she seems more human-like.

Hata no Kokoro ULiL 戦慄せよ!悪夢の能面女

秦こころ

オカルト名 「口裂け女」

必殺技を使うたびに感情モードが切り替わり
射撃などの性能が目まぐるしく変化する情緒不安定キャラ

オカルトアタックの「美的カウンター」は、1ラウンド
1回限り攻撃してきた相手へカウンターを決める万能当身技
一度成功させると以後は霊気の刃物を飛ばす射撃攻撃に
切り替わる

Shiver! The Noh Mask Woman of Nightmares

Hata no Kokoro

Occult Name "Kuchisake-Onna"

As she uses her finishing move, she switches modes; she’s an emotionally unstable character whose projectile performance and such go through dramatic changes.

Her Occult Attack, "Aesthetic Counter", is an all-purpose body-blow technique that grants 1 counter to the opponent when they’ve been attacked at least once per round.

Once successful, it changes to a shooting attack that fires aura blades.

Hata no Kokoro AoCF 能面で感情的な面霊気

秦こころ

「大変です
 この人の感情が読めません」

あらゆる感情を操る面霊気

感情を操る彼女の力は思わぬところで異変と繋がっていた
そこを見込まれスカウトされた彼女は憑依バトルに明け暮れる

自身の感情を変化させることでスタイルが変化する
感情を制する者が戦闘を制するテクニカルキャラ

Expressionless and Emotional Menreiki

Hata no Kokoro

"This isn't good!
I can't read this person's emotions at all."

A menreiki who can manipulate any emotion.

Her power to control emotions was linked to the incident in an unexpected way.
Having been scouted out for this reason, she devotes herself to fighting in the possession battles.

A technical character who can change her fighting style by changing her emotions.
Those who master control of her emotions will master control of the battle.

Official Sources

Official sources

See Also

References

  1. According to the in-game script, this is how it is represented. The "の" is actually a part of the furigana that make up the "秦" kanji.
  2. She is the mask set that was used by Hata no Kawakatsu who is believed to have lived approximately during the sixth century.
  3. From Koishi's Scenario, Stage 7
  4. A type of religious lion dance
  5. 5.0 5.1 A reference to a modern youkai called the kuchiske-onna.