kamʲiɕiɽasawa keːne (♫)
Keine Kamishirasawa in Imperishable Night
More Character Titles
Eating history (as a human)
Schoolteacher at Hieda Temple School; acts as guardian of the human village
The Human Village
- "I've been waiting. You've got some guts, challenging me on the night of the full moon. I won't let you lay one finger on that human!"— Keine Kamishirasawa (Imperishable Night Extra Stage)
Keine Kamishirasawa (上白沢 慧音 Kamishirasawa Keine) is a were-hakutaku who acts as the guardian of the Human Village. During the events of Imperishable Night, she uses her abilities to conceal the Human Village from the heroines. She shows herself again in the extra stage on the night of the true full moon, having assumed her hakutaku form.
Keine is loyal to her duties to the Human Village, both as a schoolteacher and as its guardian. As a proper teacher, she doesn't like people who are discourteous, but other than that, she is generally friendly towards humans - except, perhaps, for when she has assumed her hakutaku form.
- Eating and creating history
Keine possesses a different ability for each of her forms. In human form, she can "eat" history, as she did in the events of Imperishable Night. Though it is stated as "eating", it is clear that she is only concealing history from outside viewers. In her hakutaku form, however, she is able to create history; she is also apparently aware of the entire history of Gensokyo in this state, according to her official profile.
Prior to the events of Imperishable Night, Keine, being sensitive to the (full) moon herself, had felt the strange events that had taken place. As a guardian of the village, she had concealed its history to protect the inhabitants from youkai, making it seem like no village existed there in the first place. After being defeated, Keine redirected the heroines to the real culprit responsible for the false moon in the sky. Later, during the Extra Stage, Keine acts as Fujiwara no Mokou's guardian trying to prevent the player from reaching and facing Mokou.
Keine is based on hakutaku, a mythical creature depicted as a white ox with an elderly man's head and multiple eyes, sometimes described as a minor god, originally appearing in one of the myths about emperor Huang Di. Hakutaku could talk and purportedlly visited the greatest and most auspicious of rulers. According to the myth, the hakutaku explained that there were 11,520 youkai in the world, and how to deal with them. The emperor set all that knowledge down in an encyclopedia of youkai, known as the Bai Ze Tu (白泽图); tradition considers this work to be lost. In Japan, the hakutaku is also seen as a ward against disease.
The kanji for Keine translate loosely to "wise sound" while Kamishirasawa literally means "upper white swamp". The kanji for "white swamp" are the same used to spell hakutaku.
In her human form, Keine has brown eyes and long silver hair with blue highlights. She wears a hat that looks like some kind of building with a red ribbon on top and glyphs inscribed along its side. Her dress is dark blue with white short sleeves, and a red ribbon is tied to the bottom of the collar. In her hakutaku form she has red eyes, long silver hair with green highlights, and horns. Her left horn is decorated with a red ribbon. Her dress is dark green with white short sleeves, and a red ribbon is tied to the bottom of the collar.
- Imperishable Night
During Imperishable Night, Keine, being sensitive to the moon herself, sensed the strange events that were occurring. As a safeguard, she hid the Human Village's history, making it as if there had never been a village there to begin with, so that the inhabitants would be protected from any sort of powerful youkai. After being defeated, Keine pointed the heroines toward the ones responsible for the fake moon in the sky. Later, during the Extra Stage, Keine acted as guardian of Fujiwara no Mokou and attempted to stop the player from reaching and facing Mokou.
- Shoot the Bullet
- Hopeless Masquerade
Keine made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Human Village stage. She is seen sitting with Fujiwara no Mokou and clapping her hands as though she's entertained by the fights.
- Impossible Spell Card
Presumably from hearing or seeing a wanted sign about the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, Keine appears to be one of the many humans and youkai that tries to capture her on day 3. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.
Keine comments on an alleged "secret society" that is trying to unveil the secrets of the origins of Gensokyo, saying that it's not what humans should be spending their time thinking about; instead, they should be passing down what is happening now as history to their descendants. Some time later, after opening a history school, she notes in her interview with Aya that it isn't very popular. She also comments on Reimu's ineptitude as a shrine maiden in retaining the balance between youkai and humans, and says that she has pretty much taken her place in that role - that is, of being inclined towards humans, rather than youkai.
Keine is friends with Mokou, she worries about Mokou's health, visits her and they are often seen together in various images in the Touhou games.
According to Akyuu, Keine has a connection to the Hieda family.
Keine doesn't really think Reimu is doing her job, by being inclined towards being friends with youkai rather than to serving humans.
Illustration of Keine in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red
Keine in Cage in Lunatic Runagate
Keine from Who's Who of Humans & Youkai - Dusk Edition
Keine's sigil from Grimoire of Marisa
- Keine seems to have a strong desire to protect humans and would probably be the safest person in Gensokyo for any human to be around.
- When she becomes a Hakutaku, her clothes change color and she seems to grow a tail.
- Keine fits the description in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense of one who acquired therianthropy, rather than one who was born with it. Her transformation into a were-hakutaku is not a full body-transformation, which she points out to Yukari in Imperishable Night, whereas one who is born as a were-beast takes on a full body beast form during a full moon. If this is the case, it would mean Keine was once human but cursed to be a were-hakutaku.
- Most of her spell cards are based on the history of the Emperor of Japan.
- Keine is the only character in Imperishable Night to have 2 Last Word Spell Cards rather than 1.
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