ɾiɾiː ho̞ɰᵝa̠ito̞ (♫)
Sprite of Lily White in Hidden Star in Four Seasons.
More Character Titles
Announcing that spring has come
Herald of spring
Wherever spring is starting to arrive, unknown
Lily White (リリーホワイト Rirī Howaito) is a fairy that heralds the coming of spring. She first appeared as the 4th stage midboss of Perfect Cherry Blossom, then as a special generic enemy in Phantasmagoria of Flower View and a common midboss in Fairy Wars, each time announcing spring has arrived. She returned as the stage 3 midboss of Hidden Star in Four Seasons.
- Announcing that spring has come
Lily is able to announce that spring has come. Although it's unclear what this ability entails concretely, Gensokyo's residents are made to feel the actual feeling of spring's arrival which makes her very popular with florists. It seems like she is able to provide impetus for flowers and other plants to bloom. In chapter 8 of Strange and Bright Nature Deity, there was a depiction of the place she passed by instantly becaming spring.
She can still attack with said ability, but it's mostly due to excitement about the spring as she's not very aggressive. While it's advised not to stay around when she attacks, she has a good relation with humans. She doesn't seem willing to attack even if they catch her. Likewise, humans don't see her as a threat, but rather as a symbol of good luck.
In Perfect Cherry Blossom, Phantasmagoria of Flower View and Fairy Wars, Lily has green eyes, long blond hair and a pair of white feathered wings. In most stages, her hat and dress are white, with a red wave pattern outlining the edges.
A full portrait of Lily can be seen in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense. There, it's shown that she wears a caplet.
In the stage of Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu of Phantasmagoria of Flower View, her hat and dress are black, with a red wave pattern outlining the edges. The wave pattern is yellow in Fairy Wars.
In Hidden Star in Four Seasons, Lily's hat, capelet and sleeves are now plain white, lacking the red wave pattern seen before. The wave pattern on her skirt has been replaced by a pink cherry blossom design, and her skirt now has a pink trim on the bottom. Her wings are bright purple in color.
- Perfect Cherry Blossom
- Phantasmagoria of Flower View
During Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Lily reappears many times to announce spring, being a special type of general enemy. She'll randomly appear on the screen if a fight has gone on for a long time, appearing on both players' fields simultaneously. It seems her idea of announcing spring is via a dense cloud of danmaku thrown at the player at exactly the worst moment before she leaves, but at least she's trying to do her job the best she can think of. An EX Attacks appears if she's defeated and she will re-appear. Even ZUN says this is "annoying".
- Hidden Star in Four Seasons
Lily appears as a Stage 3 midboss in Hidden Star in Four Seasons
- Fairy Wars
- Hopeless Masquerade
Lily made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum, Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum and Youkai Tanuki Forest stage. On all stages, she is seen floating and cheering.
- Strange and Bright Nature Deity
In Strange and Bright Nature Deity, she's credited with the power to bring spring to an area the instant she passes by.
In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Lily White appeared in the stage of Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu wearing a black costume instead of her usual white. Fans thought of this as a potentially different character and named her "Lily Black". Later on however, ZUN stated in a Kare Radio livestream (August 21, 2010) that the fairies and Lily White in Eiki's stage in Phantasmagoria of Flower View are all simply cosplaying as the yama, and specifically states that there was never an individual "Lily Black" to start with. This falls in line with other cosplaying fairies throughout the series, such as rabbit fairies in Imperishable Night and frog hat fairies in Mountain of Faith. This black costume also reappeared in Fairy Wars.
In Chapter 9 of Silent Sinner in Blue, both Lily White and "Lily Black" appeared in the same image. As the chapter was released before the above livestream (February 9, 2008), it's likely that Aki★Eda didn't know that those two were meant to be the same characters, and ZUN perhaps didn't notice that particular appearance, or let it pass because it was too late to make changes.
- Beerko has been seen to also say "Spring has come!"
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