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杖刀偶 (じょうとうぐう) 磨弓 (まゆみ)
Mayumi Joutouguu
ʑoːtoːɡɯː majɯmi
Mayumi Joutougu
Mayumi Joutouju
Haniwa Lance Corporal
More Character Titles
Species

Haniwa

Abilities

Directly turning her loyalty into strength

Occupation

Head of the Haniwa Army Corps

Location

Primate Spirit Garden

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
"That aura I feel from you... Could you be a wolf spirit? To think that a wolf would be smart enough to rely on a living human..."Mayumi Joutouguu (Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Stage 5.)

Mayumi Joutouguu (杖刀偶 磨弓 Joutouguu Mayumi) is the stage 5 boss and stage 6 midboss of Wily Beast and Weakest Creature. She is the head of the Haniwa Army Corps started by Keiki Haniyasushin.

General Information

Mayumi appears as the Stage 5 boss and Stage 6 midboss of Wily Beast and Weakest Creature.

She is Keiki's head subordinate and confidant who leads her idol army, protecting the Primate Spirit Garden from outside enemies such as the rival animal gangs.

Personality

Mayumi is an attentive soldier-type who looks out for the safety of those she's been assigned to protect, such as the human spirits. She has a keen eye around the premises she guards, as evidenced when she quickly noticed the protagonist and deduced the beast spirits' plan to use a living human against the haniwa, being quick to alert Keiki and the soldiers of the invasion of the Primate Spirit Garden during the events of Wily Beast and Weakest Creature. She seems to be fascinated with shows of strength as she becomes impressed and excited over the protagonist's ability to defeat her.

Abilities

Capable of directly turning her loyalty into strength

Mayumi can turn her loyalty into strength, which is evident in her tremendous power. However, even independent of this, she is described as an outstanding swordswoman, archer, and horsewoman.[1]

Backstory

Prior to the events of Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, the Haniwa Army Corps were able to clear the garden of animal spirits and create a protected home for the human spirits. However, they've replaced the workforce of human spirits entirely since they are very durable as crafted soldiers, being unable to grow sick or tired. Since the animal spirits lacked a physical body that they could do harm to the hollow soldiers with, the leaders of the gangs were forced to make a counter plan to defeat Keiki's haniwa. [1] Only after Mayumi and her soldiers were confronted by the animal spirit possessing the protagonist, a living human, was she defeated, allowing the animal spirits to pass through into the garden unprotected.

Character Design

Origin

Mayumi is based on funerary objects called haniwa, clay sculptures that were buried with the high-ranking dead in the Kofun era. Her pose seems to specifically evoke the haniwa warrior excavated in Ōta, which is among the National Treasures of Japan.

Modern scholars speculate them to have been for the religious purpose of protecting the deceased in the afterlife or maintaining a link between the living and the dead. The Nihon Shoki suggests haniwa were developed as a replacement for live sacrifices during the reign of emperor Suinin, who supposedly announced that "from this day forth, in tombs Haniwa must be stood, and no injury committed on any man." This story is considered purely fictional, and there's no proof of human sacrifice ever occurring during Kofun burials[2]. The early haniwa were simple cylinders with faces, similar to Mayumi's weapon, but with time more elaborate forms developed, representing houses, boats, animals, warriors, clergy and ordinary citizens. The majority of modern reconstructions of clothing worn in the Kofun period use these later detailed haniwa as a point of reference.

Name

Her surname Joutouguu is likely derived from Joutoujin (杖刀人), a term from the Inariyama sword inscription assumed to be a title or rank related to military affairs. The guu () in her name is the same character in doguu (土偶), which refers to clay figures sometimes incorrectly associated with haniwas despite different period of origin and purpose, and guuzou (偶像), which means "idol".

Her first name, Mayumi, is a real-life given name that means "polished bow" in this case. The first kanji "polish" () is related to a typical tool in the ancient ages "polished-stone tools" (磨製石器). On the other hand, "bow" or "arrow" () is what many haniwa hold in their arms, since they were buried in the tombs of authorities (古墳) in order to guard them.

The sound of her personal name "Mayumi" is derived from the voice actress "Mayumi Tanaka" (田中真). One of her roles is '"Hanimaru'" (はに丸), the main character of an educational TV program "O~i Hanimaru" (お〜いはに丸).[3]

Design

Mayumi has yellow eyes and blonde hair. Her hair is tied into buns held by a white cloth. her sidelocks are shaped like an ancient helmet's cheek pieces. She wears a tiny haniwa on her neck and wields a longer one, it is unknown if the long haniwa is a scabbard for a sword. Her clothes consist of a white shirt and pants under a yellow lamellar armor. Her armguards are purple and are secured with red ropes. Her boots are dark blue.

Appearances

Mayumi's sprites with and without aura in WBaWC

Games

Wily Beast and Weakest Creature

The protagonist meets Mayumi as the boss of Stage 5 after Yachie Kicchou and before her creator Keiki Haniyasushin. Mayumi thinks that the protagonist is a human spirit and warns her about the animal spirits. When she realizes that the protagonist is an alive human, she is surprised and asks how she could survive here for so long. Before the protagonist can answer properly, she becomes possessed by the animal spirit and threatens Mayumi. As a result, the animal spirit attacks Mayumi rather than the other way around, partially so that the protagonist can enter the Primate Spirit Garden, but also possibly to take revenge for the one-sided battles with the Haniwa army.

In Marisa Kirisame's ending, Mayumi has a friendly chat with her and tells her about Keiki Haniyasushin.

Relationships

Keiki Haniyasushin

Keiki is Mayumi's creator and is truly revered by her. Mayumi speaks of her as "Keiki-sama," where the suffix -sama expresses high reverence, for example toward a deity, and praises her craft as well as her ability to give life to her creations.

Minor relationships

Yachie Kicchou

Mayumi knows Yachie and knows that she controls the Kiketsu. The two are direct opponents.

Gallery

Illustrations

Spell Cards

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 8
埴輪「弓兵埴輪」 Haniwa "Archer Haniwa" WBaWC St. 5: E/N
埴輪「熟練弓兵埴輪」 Haniwa "Skilled Archer Haniwa" WBaWC St. 5: H/L
埴輪「剣士埴輪」 Haniwa "Fencer Haniwa" WBaWC St. 5: E/N
埴輪「熟練剣士埴輪」 Haniwa "Skilled Fencer Haniwa" WBaWC St. 5: H/L
埴輪「騎馬兵埴輪」 Haniwa "Cavalry Haniwa" WBaWC St. 5: E/N
埴輪「熟練騎馬兵埴輪」 Haniwa "Skilled Cavalry Haniwa" WBaWC St. 5: H/L
埴輪「がらんどうの無尽兵団」 Haniwa "Hollow Inexhaustible Troops" WBaWC St. 5: E/N
埴輪「不敗の無尽兵団」 Haniwa "Undefeated Inexhaustible Troops" WBaWC St. 5: H/L

Additional Information

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Official Profiles

Mayumi Joutouguu  ○5面ボス

  埴輪兵長

  杖刀偶 磨弓(じょうとうぐう まゆみ)
  Joutougu Mayumi

  種族:埴輪
  能力:忠誠心がそのまま強さになる程度の能力

  袿姫が作った埴輪兵団の長。
  剣術、弓術、騎馬術全てに長けていて、技術は古くさいものの、
  単純な戦闘能力は極めて高い。

  壊されてもすぐに修復し、病気知らずで、休息も要らないため、
  動物霊、人間霊の仕事が、どんどんと効率の良い埴輪に置き換えられてしまうだろうと、予測されている。

  また、肉体を持たない畜生界の者達には、偶像とは言え実体を持っている埴輪達に手も足も出なかった。
  霊体の攻撃は、相手の霊体部分に対して影響を及ぼすものなので、がらんどうの偶像には殆ど効果が無かったのである。

  普段は霊長園を守っていたが、すでに畜生界には敵無しの状態で兵隊も無用の長物と化していた。
  そこに偶像を破壊できる生身の人間がやってきたのである。

Stage 5 Boss: Haniwa Lance Corporal

Mayumi Joutouguu

Species: Haniwa
Ability: Capable of directly turning her loyalty into strength

The head of the Haniwa Army Corps made by Keiki.
She's skilled in swordsmanship, archery, and equestrianism, and despite her old-fashioned technology, her pure combat prowess is extremely high.

It's been predicted that the workforce of human and animal spirits will be gradually replaced by the more efficient haniwa, because they can be immediately repaired after they've been destroyed, they can't get sick, and they don't need any rest.

Also, because none of the Animal Realm's residents have physical bodies, they quite literally couldn't lay a finger on any of the haniwa, who had physical forms of their own (even if said forms were just idols).
Since spiritual attacks could only affect spiritual bodies, these attacks had almost no effect on the hollow idols.

They usually protected the Primate Spirit Garden, but since they promptly eliminated every potential enemy in the Animal Realm, the soldiers became useless dead weight.
That was when a flesh-and-blood human who could destroy the idols arrived.

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