çimekaidoː hatate (♫)
Hatate in Double Spoiler
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"The kappas were the ones who made my camera, y'know~
They can be kinda rude, but they're really good at high-tech stuff."
— Hatate Himekaidou (Double Spoiler Level 4)
Hatate Himekaidou (姫海棠 はたて Himekaidou Hatate) is the deuteragonist of Double Spoiler. She's a tengu reporter who produces the Kakashi Spirit News. Unlike her colleague Aya Shameimaru, she never goes outside for her newspaper research. Instead, she uses her ability called thoughtography (念写 nensha). After reading Aya's Bunbunmaru Newspaper, she decided to observe Aya's way of gathering for her articles. She first appeared in Double Spoiler and subsequently has only appeared in spin-off games.
Hatate is a perky, casual-speaking, fun-loving, crow tengu who greatly dislikes working. She is known as a shut-in who prefers to stay indoors, using thoughtography to collect information for her articles. She holds a strong discontent towards the rigid tengu caste system and greatly resents the workload placed upon her.
In contrast to her outward personality, her articles are very informative and thoughtful. She’s a nonconformist who writes from an innovative and progressive viewpoint. For instance, in Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia, Hatate wrote an article describing the technological benefits outsiders like Sumireko Usami could bring to Gensokyo.
- Spirit photography
Hatate's ability allows her to be aware of distant happenings. Her thoughtography is similar to telegnosis, with the addition of being able to take pictures with it. She takes pictures by inputting keywords into her camera, which brings up the associated photos. With this ability, Hatate can gather information and pictures without ever having to leave her room. This makes it a very convenient ability for journalism but because thoughtography relies on what has already been heard, the articles Hatate writes lack speed and freshness.
- Galapagos Phone
Hatate makes use of an old-fashioned mobile flip phone called a Galapagos Phone. Its main function is to take pictures as well as a conduit for her abilities.
Her full name is Hatate Himekaidou (姫海棠 はたて). The kanji for 姫海棠 (Himekaidou) mean "princess", "sea/beach" and "crabapple tree" respectively. Himekaidou itself is a kind of toringo crabapple. Hime kaidou also refers to a side-road, often taken by women or travelers who wanted to avoid thieves.
Hatate is shown to have brown eyes, and long brown hair in pigtails with purple ribbons. She wears a pinkish shirt with purple trim on the collar and a thin black tie, a black band around one arm, a purple tokin, a skirt in black/purple checker pattern with a floral pattern on the purple, a small brown pouch on her hip, thigh-high black socks (which are rolled down just below her knees), and pale purple-ish red geta sandals with purple straps. She carries a camera, looking like a modern cell phone, with a yellow/dark yellow checker pattern, a heart on it, and a brush hanging from it like a charm. Just like Aya, she is also shown to have pointed ears in her Double Spoiler artwork.
Hatate's clothes have a lot of purple color. The purple color symbolizes "mystic" or "royalty". "Mystic" might be associated with her spiritual powers. "Royalty" might refer to Himekaidou - princess. It may be also a reference to the deadly sin, "pride".
- Double Spoiler
In Double Spoiler, Hatate appeared as a Spoiler stage target (after the Extra stage), who confronts Aya, and has a picture-taking showdown with her, all the while debating the pros of her journalistic style and the cons of Aya's journalistic style, forcing Aya to take photos of her spell cards. Hatate has a unique way of danmaku, and that is taking her own photo's of Aya's hit box. If defeated, Hatate becomes the second playable character, having to re-visit all the cast characters and take photos of their spell cards Aya has already covered, hence the word "Double" in the game's title. The gameplay with Hatate is extremely similar to Aya's, with minor differences.
- Hopeless Masquerade
Hatate made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Myouren Temple and Genbu Ravine stage. She is seen standing on top of the temple in the former and on a pipe in the latter, taking photographs with her thoughtography camera.
- Impossible Spell Card
In Impossible Spell Card, Hatate (been one of the tengu mentioned by Mamizou Futatsuiwa) takes notice of minorities trying to capture the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, who also appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her on day 6. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge. She apparently writes up an article about this, which makes stronger humans and youkai try to capture Seija.
- Wild and Horned Hermit
- Foul Detective Satori
As of Double Spoiler, Hatate regards Aya as a rival newspaper writer and competitor.
Hatate appears to somewhat admire her colleague Momiji Inubashiri's senses of sight and smell and is rather impressed by her spell cards.
Hatate's chief is Tenma.
Megumu is the Chief of the Crow Tengu, which makes her Hatate's superior.
Cover of Double Spoiler, featuring Hatate's silhouette
Illustration of Hatate in Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia
Hatate from Who's Who of Humans & Youkai - Dusk Edition
- A silhouette of Hatate occupies the front of Double Spoiler's jewel case.
- Her thoughtography camera closely resembles a cell phone of some sort. It was apparently made by the kappa. It is possible that the kappa reverse-engineered something left behind by someone who was spirited away to Gensokyo.
- The articles on her in Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia imply that she is younger than Aya.
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