Kagerou Imaizumi

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今泉 (いまいずみ) 影狼 (かげろう)
Kagerou Imaizumi
imaizɯmʲi kageɽoː
Kagerou
The Bamboo Forest's Loup-Garou
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Species

Werewolf

Abilities

Can transform into a wolf on the night of the full moon

Location

Bamboo Forest of the Lost

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Kagerou Imaizumi (今泉 影狼 Imaizumi Kagerou) is a werewolf who lives in the Bamboo Forest of the Lost.

General Information

Kagerou is said to have a calmer demeanor than one would expect from a werewolf. Like Keine Kamishirasawa and her were-hakutaku transformation, Kagerou acquires some characteristics of a wolf during a full moon, but she also has the ability to turn into an actual wolf (as demonstrated during her spell cards). To be exact, she is a were-Honshu wolf. Honshu wolf is a species of wolf that has gone extinct in the outside world.

Character Design

Name

Her first name Kagerou (影狼) literally means "Shadow Wolf". It is also homophonous to the word Kagerou (陽炎), which means the shimmering of hot air, which refers to Honshu wolf's state of extinction. Her surname, Imaizumi (今泉) is a reference to the Japanese zoologist Yoshinori Imaizumi (今泉吉典), who first researched Honshu wolf. It's spelled with the characters for "now" and "spring".

Design

Kagerou has dark auburn hair and red eyes. She has two wolf ears. She wears a dress which is based on the design of the Hanafuda card for Pampas Grass and the Full Moon. The red on the dress represents the red sky, the white represents the moon, and the black trim with a hash pattern at the bottom represents the hill of pampas grass. At the neck of her dress is a red amulet. She has long, red nails. There also appears to be black fur poking out from under her sleeves. As shown in Wild and Horned Hermit, she seems to keep the same appearance, including her animal ears, even without the full moon.[1]

Story

Double Dealing Character
Kagerou's sprite in DDC
Kagerou's wolf form sprite in DDC

When the Miracle Mallet's power floods into Gensokyo, Kagerou becomes aggressive and attacks the heroine as they fly through the Bamboo Forest of the Lost. After the incident is resolved, she calms back down.

Impossible Spell Card

Presumably from hearing or seeing a wanted sign about the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, Kagerou appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge, and forces Seija to make use of different tools.

Relationships

Wakasagihime

Kagerou knows Wakasagihime thanks to the grassroots youkai network, where she seems to know Wakasagihime's general personality. Kagerou stated that she once tried to eat Wakasagihime by mistake.[2]

Spell Cards

Additional Information

  • She's the first werewolf in a remotely traditional sense to appear in the series.
    • And interestingly enough she has a serious dislike of how hairy she'd get on a full moon, making her normally far less aggressive than most werewolves.

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