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Youmu Konpaku
kompakɯ joːmɯ (♫)
Youmu Kompaku
Youmu Konpaku
Half-Human Half-Phantom Gardener
More Character Titles
Species

Half-human half-phantom

Abilities

Handling sword techniques

Age

At least 30, implied closer to 50 (as of 2004)[1], less than 60 (as of 2005)[2]

Occupation

Gardener, swordsmanship instructor

Location

Hakugyokurou

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
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Miscellaneous Works

Miscellaneous Illustrations

"The things that cannot be cut by my Roukanken, forged by youkai... are next to none!"Youmu Konpaku (Perfect Cherry Blossom Stage 5.)

Youmu Konpaku (魂魄 妖夢 Konpaku Youmu) is a half-human half-phantom who lives at Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld as a gardener and swordplay instructor, who also serves for Yuyuko Saigyouji. She first appeared as the Stage 5 boss of Perfect Cherry Blossom, the seventh installment of the Touhou Project, and has since become a recurring playable character.

General Information

Youmu, as illustrated in the Grimoire of Marisa.

In Perfect Cherry Blossom, she gathered all of Gensokyo's spring at Yuyuko's instruction, which was the reason Gensokyo's winter did not end. In Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red and Chapter 13 of Curiosities of Lotus Asia, she took on the responsibility for collecting and returning the phantoms that wandered around Gensokyo as a result of the boundary of the Netherworld being thinned.

Personality

As she has a straightforward diligent personality, she is often manipulated by those around her (especially Yuyuko).[3][4] For this reason, she often fails at her task, but that does not mean that she has no real power, and she particularly excels at instantaneous force and concentration power.[5] In Immaterial and Missing Power, as literally stated by the shishou, "truth-slashing is something which you know", so she often performs tsujigiri-like moves, but Suika Ibuki pointed out that she does not think that Youmu understood her shishou's teachings.

She has strong sensitivity, and in the good ending of Imperishable Night, her human half was unable to resist the insanity-inducing effects of the true Moon, causing her to become "half-insane". Ironically enough, considering her species, she is afraid of ghost stories, dares, and darkness, but she is calm around phantoms since she is half phantom herself.[6] In Imperishable Night's Extra, after defeating Fujiwara no Mokou, Yuyuko pretends there is a ghost under a tree, earning a terrified shriek from Youmu. Much further on in Ten Desires, as a result of being mistaken as a hermit, she temporarily mistook herself as being a hermit.[7] Due to artworks and her sprite in the fighting spin-offs, Youmu may be ambidextrous.

Abilities

Handling Sword Techniques

Youmu is a swordswoman who dual-wields two special swords, Roukanken and Hakurouken. As a result of Youki's disappearance, Youmu's sword training is incomplete. However, despite her unfinished training, Youmu is extraordinarily skilled in swordsmanship, as she can consistently win spellcard duels which are meant to be long-ranged with just her skills. Youmu can perform a constant barrage of flying slashes as danmaku, and is also extremely fast which helps her close in on opponents and deliver a flurry of slashes faster than the eye can see.

Occupation

As a gardener in the service of the Saigyouji family and the bodyguard of Yuyuko Saigyouji, Youmu is a swordswoman of a two-sword school of swordplay.

According to the Saigyouji family, Youmu is the second generation to take her position, the former generation being Youki Konpaku. Youki was Youmu's swordplay instructor. Youmu is also Yuyuko's sword instructor, but she is fundamentally treated as a gardener.[3]

Possessions

Roukanken and Hakurouken

The katana carried from her left shoulder to her waist on the right side, is Roukanken (観楼剣, "watchtower sword"). It has been claimed to have been forged by youkai, and has the power to kill ten phantoms in one slice.[8] The shorter sword on her left waist is a wakizashi named Hakurouken (白楼剣, "blank tower sword"), which seems to be the heirloom of the Konpaku family, and can slice through people's confusion.[9]

Species

She belongs to the subspecies of phantoms called the "half-human half-phantoms" (半人半霊 "hannin hanrei" or "hanjin hanrei"). Half-human half-phantoms are the mixed-race of phantoms and humans (幽霊と人間のハーフ), which have a largish phantom accompanying them and a relativity long life span compared to humans. The phantom that always follows them is called the "half-phantom" (半霊[7]、半幽霊[3] hanrei, hanyuurei), and they are the other half of their body.[10] In Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, it was supposed that Youmu's human half manipulates the phantom half consciously. Youmu's human half has a lower body temperature compared to normal humans, and her phantom half's body temperature is not so cold compared to normal phantoms. In the Imperishable Night manual, it was written, "she has two kinds of body: human and phantom," showing Youmu to be "human" and the phantom to be "phantom."

Half-human half-phantoms are long-lived,[9][11] but in Seasonal Dream Vision, since it has still not been 60 years since the time she was born, in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, she was not very knowledgeable about the "flower incident that occurs once every 60 years."[12]

Character Design

Youmu's depiction in PMiSS

Name

Her full name is Youmu Konpaku (魂魄 妖夢). The characters for Konpaku (魂魄) means "soul" and Youmu (妖夢) probably means "ghostly dream" in the context regarding her characteristic. Bear in mind that the "n" is an "m" sound; this is because it flows more smoothly in Japanese when it's before a "p" sound.

Although both kon () and paku () means "soul", their elements are different. Kon stands for a "mental" soul, which is separated from a body as soon as human dies and ascends to Heaven; paku is a "physical" soul, which remains in the body a few days and goes back to the Earth. In this case, kon is Youmu's ghostly half, and paku is the human half. The entire Konpaku family is comprised of half-phantom half-humans.[9]

The kanji that makes up Youmu (妖夢) are also part of the kanji for Perfect Cherry Blossom (東方 Touhou youyoumu).

In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Youmu's name is written in romaji, with her surname first, during pre-battle conversation with her, even though every other character in the game with a Japanese name has their name Romanized western-style, with their first names first. This is one of several typographical inconsistencies in the game (another being the inconsistent spelling of Aya Shameimaru's name).

Design

Youmu's phantom body acting in the same way as her human body in Curiosities of Lotus Asia

Youmu has short silver hair and blue eyes. Her eyes were red in Perfect Cherry Blossom and her last word portrait in Imperishable Night. Youmu's outfit generally consists of a aquamarine vest and skirt over a white undershirt with several ghost insignias along the edges of the skirt and one on the breast pocket of her vest. She wears a black bowtie and hairband with black ribbon tied off-center in her hair. She carries the Roukanken; a long katana with a large white tassel on the handle and the Hakurouken; a wakizashi (Short Japanese sword). Her ghostly half is a white phantom as large as her human self, sometimes referred to as myon by the fandom.

Youmu has slight design alterations in each of her appearances. Her hair became white and her eyes became blue in Immaterial and Missing Power. In Ten Desires, her hair becomes messier and her eyes are silver-colored. In Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, Her insignias are different and her phantom half gains a snake-like head. In all game appearances after Perfect Cherry Blossom, her sleeves are short.

Her swords has also changed in appearance, In Perfect Cherry Blossom, the Roukanken had a cherry blossom insignia and a flower attached to it, The insignia is missing in all later game appearance except Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. In Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, the Roukanken gains a standard katana handle with red light particles along the blade and the hakurouken has a blue handle and has small souls along its blade.

According to ZUN, her height is "fairly short."[13]

Appearances

Games

Perfect Cherry Blossom
Youmu's sprite in PCB

During the events of Perfect Cherry Blossom, Youmu was ordered by Yuyuko Saigyouji to gather as much spring essence from Gensokyo as she could in order to get the entire cherry blossom garden, including the legendary Saigyou Ayakashi, to bloom perfectly. Youmu's efforts indirectly caused winter to prolong in Gensokyo, prompting the player to hunt her down. Youmu tried to prevent the player from reaching Hakugyokurou, but was defeated. She also tried to stop the player's confrontation against Yuyuko, but was once again defeated.

In Reimu's scenario, Youmu attacks the player after Reimu makes fun of her and ignores her advice.

In Marisa's scenario, Marisa tells Youmu about her wishes to take advantage of the warm spring weather to assist with a cherry blossom party. Youmu then demands that Marisa give her the spring she gathered, but Marisa declines.

In Sakuya's scenario, Sakuya complains about the length of the journey and impatiently asks Youmu to give back the spring. This irritates Youmu and causes her to attack.

Imperishable Night
Youmu's back sprite in IN
Youmu's sprite in IN

In Imperishable Night, Youmu travels to the world of the living with the intent to solve the incident--although Yuyuko is more interested in having a feasting tour with a "dragon dish" as the crowning attraction.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Youmu's back sprite in PoFV

In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Youmu tries to mind her own business but continuously encounters various enemies barging into Hakugyokurou suspecting her as the flower incident culprit. When she travels to Gensokyo to investigate, she begins to form a conclusion but only realizes it fully when Aya Shameimaru points it out. Realizing that the incident was caused by an overabundance of spirits possessing the flowers, Youmu cut down some spirits to reduce their numbers a bit. This leads her into confrontation with Komachi Onozuka, who tells her she should not be cutting down spirits while in the world of the living because they haven't received judgement yet. Youmu protests that she's always allowed to kill phantoms while in the Netherworld, to which Komachi replies that phantoms in the Netherworld and phantoms above are two different things.

Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu hears about Komachi's confrontation with Youmu and comes to meet Youmu herself. She explains about the phantoms inhabiting the flowers, and that the problem will go away by itself and Youmu should leave it alone. She then goes further about how Youmu's activities in the world of the living are coming dangerously close to getting Youmu classified as living and thus subject to judgement, and decides to carry out a little judgement on Youmu beforehand.

In the end, Youmu arrives back at the Netherworld. Yuyuko was also asked by Eiki to teach Youmu more about the nature of spirits. Unfortunately, Yuyuko Saigyouji ends up misinterpreting that she's supposed to teach Youmu in a general sense, and ends up teaching Youmu how to pour delicious tea. Eiki in her storyline ends up having to elaborate and clarify her lecture to Youmu when Eiki confronts her again. Youmu's sword works on spirits by severing hesitation, which is the equivalent of helping someone reach Nirvana, and Youmu is not qualified to judge such a thing. In her winquote to Eiki, Youmu apologizes for the trouble she's caused, and thanks Eiki while saying she now understands the nature of her sword.

Ten Desires

Youmu re-appears as a playable character in Ten Desires. She was baffled about the divine spirits, so she went out to investigate in the cemetery of the new Temple After defeating some youkais there and tricking Mononobe no Futo in thinking she was an hermit to leaving her pass through the mausoleum, she faces Toyosatomimi no Miko, who also thinks Youmu is an hermit and fights her thinking she is the final obstacle to her resurrection.

Wily Beast and Weakest Creature

Youmu appears once again as a playable character in Wily Beast and Weakest Creature. After hearing that animal spirits were attacking from Hell, she teamed up with a friendly animal spirit and ventured into Hell to investigate. After defeating some enemies and entering hell, she goes to the Animal Realm, when she meets Keiki Haniyasushin, who tells her that she was tricked by the spirit and that she is only making the animal realm a better place to the human spirits. After seeing that the spirit wanted to flee, Keiki attacks both.

Spin-offs

Immaterial and Missing Power
Shoot the Bullet
Youmu's sprite in StB

In Shoot the Bullet, Youmu is a target level 6, where she'll use spell cards when Aya Shameimaru take photos of her and her danmaku.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody

During the events of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she set off to investigate, concerned as to how and why someone was slaying spirits. After a hint from Yukari Yakumo, she found and defeated Tenshi Hinanawi.

Hopeless Masquerade
Anigif of Yuyuko w/ Youmu in HM

Youmu appears as a background cameo in Hopeless Masquerade on the Divine Spirit Mausoleum stage. She is seen with Yuyuko Saigyouji as she endlessly feeds her rice balls.

Impossible Spell Card

After apparently reading the newspaper by the tengu about a mischief-making amanojaku, she becomes one of the many strong youkai and humans to try and stop Seija Kijin. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.

100th Black Market

In 100th Black Market, Youmu appears as the one of the 4th market bosses. She has two ability cards dedicated to her, both pertaining to her half phantom.

Literature

Curiosities of Lotus Asia

Youmu travels out to Kourindou in search of the Soul Torch, an item given to her by Yuyuko that she had lost. Rinnosuke does in fact have it, and it turns out to be the reason for a large quantity of ghosts floating around the shop recently. Rinnosuke wasn't willing to part with it unless paid, however, so Youmu ended up shoveling the snow out of the front of the shop and off of the roof to pay for it.

Strange and Bright Nature Deity

In chapter 2 of Strange and Bright Nature Deity, She visits the Hakurei shrine to express concerns that Reimu and Marisa has been making toys out of ghosts but is ignored.

Oriental Sacred Place

Youmu appears in chapter 4 of Oriental Sacred Place. she gets placed alone in a test of courage, much to her horror. Despite trying to encourage herself by carrying her sword around, she ends up being frightened by almost everyone in the scaring side and gave up before seeing the Three Fairies of Light.

Silent Sinner in Blue

Youmu asks Yuyuko while they are seeing a cloudy harvest moon about Ran Yakumo's intentions, who exactly one lunar month before came to the Netherworld to ask them to look for the vampire and her team while they were trying to make the rocket. Although Yuyuko rejected the offert, she explains that day to Youmu that she was indeed observing the movements of the vampire and orders Youmu to tell the shrine maiden how to finish the vampire's rocket.
Youmu meets Reimu, Marisa and Sakuya in the Hakurei Shrine, who were talking about said fuel. Youmu suggests searching not in the sky, but thinking how ships and other travel methods work to find a way to make the rocket work. Thanks to that, Reimu realizes she needed to call Sumiyoshi (the voyages god).

Afterwards, after Yukari manipulated the border between the illusionary and the real Moon, Yuyuko and her follow her hints to reach the Lunar Capital. There, they search for a valuable object and they come back with a millennial sake.

Foul Detective Satori

Youmu discovers Yuyuko Saigyouji in a coma and is interrogated by Rin Kaenbyou on what happened. After Yuyuko woke up, it's revealed that she fell in to a coma after bringing the sake that Marisa Kirisame (who was being possessed by Mizuchi Miyadeguchi) brought her. Yuyuko, Youmu and Satori Komeji head out in order to find Marisa, discovering her in Alice Margatroid's house, who was also now in a coma. They tie Marisa up and interrogate her, threatening Marisa with her sword so that she won't try to move.

Relationships

Yuyuko Saigyouji

Youmu's mistress, ever since Youmu was born (stated by Youmu in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red). Youmu is completely loyal to her, but has trouble understanding her.

Youki Konpaku

Youmu was Youki's student, and also his successor as the gardener of Hakugyokurou. She believes that his disappearance is some kind of lesson from him.

Yukari Yakumo

The friend of Youmu's mistress. Youmu respects her greatly and she helps Youmu with lessons and advice, but Youmu doesn't understand her, either. She also treats Yukari's servant, Ran Yakumo, with professional respect, even though Yuyuko says she doesn't have to.

Residents of Eientei

From Imperishable Night, Youmu is one of the few characters that is aware that three of the residents of Eientei are from the Moon, and presumably keeping it a secret like the others.

Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu

As a yama, Eiki is one of the superiors of Youmu's mistress, Yuyuko. Youmu is aware of the role of the yama and respects Eiki greatly, but hadn't met her in-person until Phantasmagoria of Flower View. In Youmu's ending, Eiki also asked Yuyuko to teach Youmu more about the nature of cutting down spirits. Eiki notes if Youmu loses to her in the story mode that Youmu would normally not go to Eiki for judging upon death.

Komachi Onozuka

Youmu and Komachi first met in Phantasmagoria of Flower View. As a ferryman under the yama, Komachi could also be considered a fellow employee of sorts with Youmu, although their lines of work do not cross very often. Youmu is aware of Komachi's position and respects her a lot, often thanking her for her work on ferrying the dead whenever the two meet. Komachi also tries to teach Youmu about how Youmu should not cut down ghosts too often, and sees Youmu as "an interesting fellow" in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody.

Others in general

Youmu is acquainted with many other major characters (be it from their visits to the Netherworld or Youmu's own investigations), but generally not close to them personally. Being straight forward and earnest, Youmu tends to get picked on a lot.

Gallery

Covers

Artworks

Sprites

Illustrations

Screenshots

Others

Skills

Skills
Name Translated Comments Games Usage
Total: 17
反射下界斬 Lower Realm Reflection Slash IaMP
SWR
236C
Default 236B/C
弦月斬 Crescent Moon Slash IaMP
SWR
623A
Default 623B/C
天界法輪斬 Heavenly Halo Slash IaMP 623B
生死流転斬 Transmigration Slash IaMP
SWR
214A/B
Default 214B/C
折伏無間 Preaching Avici IaMP
SWR
41236AB
Alternate 623B/C
「六道怪奇」 Bizarreness of Six Realms IN Familiar:「半幽霊」"Phantom Half"
「断迷剣」 "Hesitation-Cutting Sword" PoFV Charge attack
「未断の魂」 "Irresolute Soul" PoFV EX attack
憑坐の縛 Spirit Medium's Bind SWR Default 22B/C
結跏趺斬 Lotus Posture Slash SWR
TD
WBaWC
Alternate 236B/C
Focused (charge + release)
Focused (charge + release)
心抄斬 Heart Excerpt Slash SWR Alternate 214B/C
悪し魂 Wicked Soul SWR Alternate 22B/C
炯眼剣 Insightful Sword SWR Alternate 623B/C
奇び半身 Strange Half-Body SWR Alternate 22B/C
燐気斬 Phosphoric Slash Soku Alternate 236B/C
頭上花剪斬 Slashing a Flower Upon One's Head Soku Alternate 214B/C
剣気 Sword Aura TD
WBaWC
Unfocused
Unfocused

Spell Cards

Spellcards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 41
幽鬼剣「妖童餓鬼の断食」 Ghost Sword "Fasting of the Young Preta" PCB St. 5: E/N
餓鬼剣「餓鬼道草紙」 Preta Sword "Scroll of the Preta Realm" PCB St. 5: H
餓王剣「餓鬼十王の報い」 Hungry King Sword "Ten Kings' Retribution on the Preta" PCB St. 5: L
獄界剣「二百由旬の一閃」 Hell Realm Sword "Two Hundred Yojana in One Slash" PCB
GoM
St. 5: E/N
獄炎剣「業風閃影陣」 Hell Fire Sword "Sudden Phantom Formation Slash of Karmic Wind" PCB St. 5: H
獄神剣「業風神閃斬」
符の参「業風神閃斬」
Hell God Sword "Sudden Divine Severing of Karmic Wind"
Sign III "Sudden Divine Severing of Karmic Wind"
PCB
IaMP
St. 5: L
Story
畜趣剣「無為無策の冥罰」 Animal Realm Sword "Karmic Punishment of the Idle and Unfocused" PCB St. 5: E/N
修羅剣「現世妄執」 Asura Sword "Obsession with the Present World" PCB St. 5: H/L
人界剣「悟入幻想」 Human Realm Sword "Fantasy of Entering Enlightenment" PCB
GoM
St. 5: E/N
人世剣「大悟顕晦」 Human Era Sword "Great Enlightenment Appearing and Disappearing" PCB St. 5: H
人神剣「俗諦常住」 Human God Sword "Constancy of the Conventional Truth" PCB St. 5: L
天上剣「天人の五衰」 Heaven Sword "Five Signs of the Dying Deva" PCB
GoM
St. 5: E/N
天界剣「七魄忌諱」 Deva Realm Sword "Displeasure of the Seven Hakus" PCB St. 5: H
天神剣「三魂七魄」 Heaven God Sword "Three Kons, Seven Hakus" PCB St. 5: L
六道剣「一念無量劫」 Six Realms Sword "A Single Thought and Infinite Kalpas" PCB
GoM
St. 6: E/N/H/L
人符「現世斬」 Human Sign "Slash of Present World" IaMP
IN
SWR
Use
Use
Use
人鬼「未来永劫斬」 Human Oni "Slash of the Eternal Future" IaMP
IN
SWR
Use
Use
Use
断命剣「冥想斬」 Life-Cutting Sword "Slash of Meditation" IaMP
SWR
Use
Use
断迷剣「迷津慈航斬」 Hesitation-Cutting Sword "Slash of Departure from Hesitation" IaMP
SWR
GoM
Use
Use
魂符「幽明の苦輪」 Soul Sign "Wheel of Pain of the Living and Dead" IaMP
SWR
Use
Use
魂魄「幽明求聞持聡明の法」 Konpaku "Dharma of Gumonji Wisdom of the Living and Dead" IaMP
SWR
Use
USe
符の壱「二重の苦輪」 Sign I "Double Wheel of Pain" IaMP Story
符の弐「心眼迷想斬」 Sign II "Slash of Delusional Inner Eye" IaMP Story
奥義「西行春風斬」 Arcanum "Slash of Saigyou Spring Wind" IaMP Story
「待宵反射衛星斬」 "Matsuyoi-Reflecting Satellite Slash" IN
GoM
LW
迷符「纏縛剣」 Hesitation Sign "Sword of Binding Desires" PoFV Use
迷符「半身大悟」 Hesitation Sign "Half-Body Disillusion" PoFV Use
人智剣「天女返し」 Human Knowledge Sword "Turning Angel Cut" StB
SWR
St. 6
Story
妄執剣「修羅の血」 Obsession Sword "Blood of Asura" StB St. 6
天星剣「涅槃寂静の如し」 Celestial Star Sword "As the Silent Nirvana" StB
GoM
St. 6
四生剣「衆生無情の響き」 Four Births Sword "Echoes of the Inclemency of All Beings" StB St. 6
剣伎「桜花閃々」 Sword Skill "Cherry Blossom Flashing" SWR Use
断霊剣「成仏得脱斬」 Spirit-Cutting Sword "Slash of Ascension to Buddhahood" SWR Use
桜花剣「閃々散華」 Cherry Blossom Sword "Flashing Scattered Flowers" SWR Story
断想剣「草木成仏斬」 Thought-Cutting Sword "Slash of the Buddhahood of Flora" SWR Story
瞑斬「楼観から弾をも断つ心の眼」 Closed-Eye Slash "The Bullet-Cutting Spirit Eye from Roukan" SWR Story
転生剣「円心流転斬」 Reincarnation Sword "Slash of Circular Vicissitude" Soku Use
空観剣「六根清浄斬」 Voidness Sword "Slash Clearing the Six Senses" Soku
TD
WBaWC
Use
Use
Use
光符「冥府光芒一閃」 Light Sign "Light Flash of the Netherworld" ISC St. 7
彼岸剣「地獄極楽滅多斬り」 Higan Sword "Hacking Slashes of Hell and Paradise" ISC St. 7
剣技「血振るいの魍魎」 Swordmanship "Mōryō Wiping Blood Off of their Blades" HBM 4th Market

Additional Information

Fandom

Official Profiles

Perfect Cherry Blossom - キャラ設定.txt
Youmu Konpaku PCB  ○幽人の庭師

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく・ようむ)

  5面のボス、幽霊と人間のハーフ。
  西行寺家の専属庭師二代目兼お嬢様の警護役である。
  主に剣術を扱う程度の能力を持つ。

  妖夢は、一振りで幽霊10匹分の殺傷力を持つ長刀「楼観剣(ろうか
  んけん)」と、人間の迷いを断ち斬る事が出来る短剣「白楼剣(はく
  ろうけん)」を使い、庭を手入れしている。


  先代、魂魄 妖忌(こんぱく ようき)は、300年程庭師を務めたあ
  る日頓悟し、まだ幼すぎる妖夢に後を継がせ幽居する。妖夢の剣術は
  まだ未熟であり、成熟までには日々の修行を欠かせない。師匠である
  はずの先代は行方をくらましてしまい、妖夢でもどこに居るのか知ら
  ない。これも教えなのだろうと彼女は思う。

  今回、西行寺お嬢様の命令により西行妖(さいぎょうあやかし)を満
  開にさせるため、幻想郷中の春を集めていた。

  ここ白玉楼には、西行妖の他にも桜が数多くあるが、毎年西行妖だけ
  は花を咲かせる事は無かった。先代は満開を見たことがあるそうだが、

  「それは凄い桜だったが、もう二度と咲くことは無いだろう。」と、

  言っていたのである。
  妖夢は、そのときはまだその意味も、西行寺お嬢様が命令を下した本
  当の理由も判らなかった。

  妖夢は、(もちろんお嬢様の誇張だが)幅200由旬にも及ぶと言わ
  れる西行寺家の庭を受け持っている。この庭には恐ろしい程の桜が備
  わっていて、冥界中の住人の花見の名所となっている。春になると、
  妖夢は後片付けに大忙しである。

  今年も例外ではなく、近年まれに見る見事な花模様に幽霊達も大感激。
  誰もが「幽霊やってて良かった」と言ったという。そんな姿に、半分
  人間の妖夢は「半分幽霊やってて半分良かった」と半分同調する。

  後は、西行妖の開花を待つのみであった。

Phantom-Human Gardener

Konpaku Youmu

Stage 5 boss, a being of half-human and half-phantom. She's both the second gardener for the Saigyouji clan and the guardian of their mistress. Mainly she posses the ability to handle sword techniques.

Youmu looks after the garden with two swords: Roukan-ken, a long sword that has the power of killing ten phantoms in a single strike, and Hakurou-ken, a short one that can slash down the confusion of humans.

Youki Konpaku, the former gardener, had been the one for about 300 years, but suddenly became a hermit after having made a very young Youmu his successor. Youmu's ability of swordsmanship has still been in progress, so she needs daily practice. Though Youmu herself has no clue where her master is, she thinks of her master's absence as a lesson from him.

This time, following the order the mistress of Saigyouji gave her, she has gathered all of spring essences in Gensokyo to make Saigyou Ayakashi bloom fully.

Here in Hakugyokurou, there are so many cherry blossoms besides Saigyou Ayakashi, which has never bloomed. The former gardener said, "I've seen the fully-bloomed Saigyou Ayakashi before, but this might be the last time." At that time, Youmu had no idea what he meant and why the mistress of Saigyouji gave her such an order.

Youmu sweeps the garden of the Saigyouji family; it's said to be about 200 yojanas long (The mistress exaggerates, of course).[14] This garden has a terrifyingly large amount of cherry trees, where they are attractions for residents all over the Netherworld. When spring comes, Youmu is very busy in sweeping.

This year isn't the exception, too. The phantoms are really thrilled by the wonderful cherry trees. Everyone said, "I'm happy to be a phantom!" On the other hand, Youmu, the half-human saw this raving scene and half-sympathised by saying: "I'm half happy to be a half phantom!"

Now, all she should do is wait for the blooming of Saigyou Ayakashi.

Immaterial and Missing Power - 上海アリス通信.txt
Youmu Konpaku IaMP  ○生命の二刀流

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱくようむ)

  種族:人間と幽霊のハーフ
  住処:冥界にある白玉楼
  能力:剣術を使う程度の能力

   白玉楼で住み込みで働く庭師。半分人間で半分幽霊、半分生きていて半分死んでいる、半分実在していて半分幻という半人前。でも剣は二本。

   性格は何事にも一所懸命だが、それが報われることが少ない。癖のある連中が多すぎる幻想郷では、真っ直ぐ過ぎてからかわれやすい性格でもある。

   体術は半人前ながらも非常に優れている。妖術も半人前ながら優れており、実はバランスが取れている。妖怪が鍛えたという楼観剣と白楼剣を操り、敵だろうが霊だろうが弾幕だろうが人の悩みだろうが斬ることが出来る。斬れない物は少ししかない。

   楼観剣(長い方)は一振りで幽霊10匹分の殺傷力を持つ。白楼剣は、人間の迷いを斬る事が出来ると言われているが、勿論、両方とも生身の人間を斬ることも出来る。

Dual-Wielder of Lives

Konpaku Youmu

Species: Half-human half-phantom
Location: Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld
Ability: Handling sword techniques

A gardener who works in Hakugyokurou and lives there. She's half-human and half-phantom, half-dead and half-alive, half-phantom and half-reality, and altogether half-baked. Yet she has two swords.

She applies all her effort to anything and everything, but it hardly ever pays off. Compared to the quirky cast of characters that inhabits Gensokyo, her all too straightforward personality makes her easy to tease.

She's very good at fighting arts for someone so half-baked. She's also quite good at magic for such a half-baked character, and actually has a good sense of balance between the two. Using the Roukanken and Hakurouken, which were said to be forged by youkai, she can cut through enemies and spirits and bullets and people's worries. The things she can't cut through are next to none.

Roukanken (the longer one) has the power to kill ten phantoms in one slash. Hakurouken is said to be able to cut through people's confusion, but of course, both of them can also kill living humans.

Youmu Konpaku IN  ○半人半霊 魂魄 妖夢(こんぱくようむ)

  人間と幽霊のハーフ。
  冥界に住む半人半霊。剣術を扱う程度の能力を持つ。
  楼観剣と白楼剣を使う二刀流。体も人間と幽霊の二つを持つ中途半端に便利な少女。
  幽々子様の剣の指南役のはずだが、取り合えず庭師扱いを受ける毎日。
  性格は幼さゆえストレートで判りやすく、憎めない。ただ、その為からかわれる事が多い。
  幻想郷の周りの人間は一癖も二癖もある奴らばかりなのだ。

  武器は真剣。必死という意味もあるかも知れない。

    備考
    今回は幽々子と組む。
    低速移動は単独使用時のみの性能で
    ある。
    狭い攻撃範囲と癖のある使い魔の
    攻撃で、使いこなすのが難しい。
    スペルカードも使用すると自キャラの
    制御が不可能になる。
    スペルカードも使い難いという……。

    ちなみに半幽霊の位置は、妖怪切り
    替えを行うと自分の位置に補正する
    事が出来る。
    使いこなすには超重要である。

Half-Human Half-Phantom Konpaku Youmu

A being that is half a human and half a phantom.
She's a half-human and half-phantom in the Netherworld. She possesses the ability to handle sword techniques.
She attacks her enemy with Roukanken and Hakurouken. She is a useful girl whose body has two half kinds: human and phantom.
She's supposed to be the swordsmanship teacher of Yuyuko-sama, still, she has to do the work of a gardener first every day.

She's so immature you can't help liking her because of her straightforward and pure character, yet she's always made fun by anybody for her nature.
The nature of residents in Gensokyo is beyond simplicity.

Her weapon is serious manners, which may reaches a sense of desperation.

Notes:
This time, she makes her trip with Yuyuko.
Focused movement is only available when she's alone.
It's difficult to master her because of her narrow range of attack and the unique movement of her soul figure.
When you use her Spell Card, you can't move.
Besides, her Spell Card is also hard to use...
By the way, you can return the soul figure back to Youmu by changing to Yuyuko.
Mastering her is absolutely important when using her.
Imperishable Night - キャラ設定.txt
Youmu Konpaku IN  ○半人半霊

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)
  Youmu Konpaku

  種族:人間と幽霊のハーフ
  能力:剣術を扱う程度の能力

  冥界にある白玉楼の庭師。
  本来はお嬢様の剣の指南役である。

  生きているのか死んでいるのか、人間なのかそうじゃないのか、本人にも判らない。でも人より寿命が長いが、死は訪れるらしいので、やはり生きているのかも知れない。魂魄の剣は主に霊体向きの剣ではあるが、生きている者も斬れる。

Half-Human Half-Phantom


Youmu konpaku

Species: Half-human half-phantom
Abilities: Handling sword techniques

She's the gardener of Hakugyokurou, which is in the world past death, but actually she is a swordmanship teacher for Yuyuko.

Even she herself is not certain whether she is alive or not, or whether she is considered a human. Even though she has longer life expectancy than human's, it seems that she can experience death, so maybe she is alive. Konpaku's swords were designed primarily for use against spiritual beings, but they still seem to work well against living beings.

Youmu Konpaku PoFV  ○半人半霊の半人前  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)

  人間と幽霊のハーフさん。
  冥界にある白玉楼の庭師。剣術を扱う程度の能力を持つ。
  本来はお嬢様の剣の指南役である。

   幻想郷は花でいっぱいであることを知り、ちょっと様子を見に出てきた。花に隠れて幽霊も多くなっていることに気付いたが、取りあえず見て見ぬふりをしていた。

Half-Human Half-Phantom and Half-Baked Konpaku Youmu

Miss half-human half-phantom.
A gardener of Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld. She possesses the ability to handle sword techniques.
Originally, she's a swordsmanship teacher of her mistress.

Knowing that the flowers were in full bloom in Gensokyo, she came to see the scenery. Though she saw lots of phantoms hiding behind the flowers, she pretended not to see them.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View - キャラ設定.txt
Youmu Konpaku PoFV  ○半人半霊の半人前

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)
  Konpaku Youmu

  種族:人間と幽霊のハーフ
  能力:剣術を扱う程度の能力

   冥界にある白玉楼の庭師。
   本来はお嬢様の剣の指南役である。

   幻想郷は花でいっぱいであることを知り、ちょっと様子を見に出てきた。花に隠れて幽霊も多くなっていることに気付いたが、取りあえず見て見ぬふりをしていた。

Half-Human Half-Phantom and Half-Baked


Konpaku Youmu

Species: Half-human half-phantom
Ability: Handling sword techniques

A gardener of Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld.
Originally, she's the swordsmanship teacher of her mistress.

Knowing that flowers are in full bloom in Gensokyo, she came to watch the scenery. Though she saw lots of phantoms hidden behind the flowers, she pretended not to see them.

Youmu Konpaku SWR  ○半分幻の庭師

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)

  種族:人間と幽霊のハーフ
  職業:庭師
  住家:あの世に存在する白玉楼
  能力:剣術を使う程度の能力
  性格:自分のスタイルを気にしない。
      色々な事に一生懸命。
      はっきりと自分をさらけ出す
      が、我侭は言わない。

Half-fantasy Gardener

Youmu Konpaku

Race: Half-human half-phantom
Occupation: Gardener
Place of residence: Hakugyokurou, in the afterlife
Ability: Handling sword techniques
Personality: Doesn't pay too much attention to her own style.
Tries very hard, in many ways.
She's straightforward and often speaks her mind, but never whines about anything.

Youmu 魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)
幽霊/剣術を扱う程度の能力

西行寺に仕える庭師兼、剣術指南役。幽霊と人間の親を
持つ半人半霊で、人間の姿の脇に常に大き目の幽霊が付
いているのが特徴。半分が幽霊だから、寿命も非常に長
い。
二刀流の達人で、一振りで幽霊10匹分の殺傷力を持つ楼
観剣と、人間の迷いを断ち切ることが出来る白楼剣をも
つ。もちろん、両方とも普通に斬ることも出来る。

Youmu Kompaku

phantom/handling sword techniques
A gardener and a sword technique teacher under Saigyouji.
Having a phantom and a human as her parents, she is half-human half-spirit characterized by a large phantom always at the side of the human figure.
Due to being half-phantom, she has a very long lifespan.
A master of dual wielding, she owns Roukanken which can kill 10 phantoms in a single strike, and Hakurouken that can cut off confusion in humans.
Of course, both can also kill normally.

Ten Desires - キャラ設定とエキストラストーリー.txt
Youmu Konpaku TD  ○半人半霊の庭師

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)
  Konpaku Youmu

  種族:人間と幽霊のハーフ
  能力:剣術を扱う程度の能力

  冥界の庭師兼、西行寺幽々子の剣の指南役。

  白玉楼のもの凄く広い庭の整備を担っている為、毎日の業務が大変。
  素直で真面目だが、騙されやすい。最近は幽霊騒ぎが落ち着き始めて
  少し平和ボケしている。

  突如として現れた奇妙な霊、神霊は人間の欲の具現した物であった。
  その存在は希薄ですぐに消えてしまう物だったが、これ以上霊関係で
  騒ぎが起きて欲しくない彼女は調査に出かけた。

Half-Human Half-Phantom Gardener

Youmu Konpaku

Species: Half-human half-phantom
Abilities: Capable of handling sword techniques

The gardener of the Netherworld, and Yuyuko Saigyouji's swordsmanship teacher.

She is always busy doing her chores as the gardener of the incredibly large Hakugyokurou garden. She's straightforward and always on her duty, but very easy to deceive. The phantoms haven't been making much of a fuss these days, so she's somewhat peace-addled.

The bizarre spirits that suddenly appeared-- "divine spirits"-- were beings composed of the desires of humans. Their existence was transient, so they disappeared quickly, but she went off to investigate hoping that there will be no more incidents relating to any kind of spirits in the future.

Youmu Konpaku WBaWC  ○半人半霊の二刀剣士

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)
  Konpaku Youmu

  種族:人間と幽霊のハーフ
  能力:剣術を扱う程度の能力

  冥界の庭師。少し抜けている。

  動物霊が地獄から攻め込んできたという報告を受け、彼女が調査に乗り出した。
  貪欲な動物霊達は、地上全ての肉体、霊体を喰らい尽くそうとしていた。
  このまま放って置いては、地上は弱肉強食の地獄となってしまうだろう。
  一体誰が地獄の動物霊達を送り込んでいるのか、そしてそれは何の為か、
  地獄に行って確かめるしか術は無かった。

Half-Human Half-Phantom Gardener

Youmu Konpaku

Species: Half-human half-phantom
Abilities: Capable of handling sword techniques

The gardener of the Netherworld. A bit scatterbrained.

She received a report that beast spirits were invading from Hell, and set out to investigate.
The covetous beast spirits planned to devour every last body on the surface world, both physical and spiritual alike.
If left alone, they would turn the surface world into a hellish world where the strong feast upon the weak.
Who was sending Hell's beast spirits out to attack? Why were they doing it?
The only way to know was to venture into Hell and find out.

Official Sources

Official sources

See Also

References

  1. Immaterial and Missing Power versus script
  2. A Beautiful Flower Blooming Violet Every Sixty Years
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Imperishable Night: Manual
  4. Immaterial and Missing Power: Shanghai Alice Communications.txt
  5. Shanghai Alice Correspondence Three Fairies Version/Volume 7
  6. Imperishable Night omake.txt, Strange and Bright Nature Deity chapter 2, Oriental Sacred Place chapters 3-4, Cage in Lunatic Runagate chapter 7
  7. 7.0 7.1 Youmu's Parallel Ending in Ten Desires
  8. Perfect Cherry Blossom - 5th stage's dialog, "Shanghai Alice Correspondence Vol.5" in Immaterial and Missing Power, Perfect Memento in Strict Sense pp.22-24。
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Perfect Memento in Strict Sense: Youmu
  10. According to the ZUN's comment in the 2nd THWiki Popularity Poll (「第2回東方シリーズ人気投票」(2003年9月開催)キャラ部門・魂魄妖夢 におけるZUNの投稿)
  11. Imperishable Night: Character setting.txt
  12. Seasonal Dream Vision/A Beautiful Flower Blooming Violet Every Sixty Years
  13. ZUN's E-mails
  14. Yojana (योजन ) is a unit of the distance that was used in ancient India. The exact length of the unit was not defined, but it's said that 1 yojana equals about 10-15 kilometers. In other words, if you taken Yuyuko's word as it is, then the Saigyouji's garden is supposed to be about 2,000-3,000 kilometers long.