Mayumi Joutouguu

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杖刀偶 (じょうとうぐう) 磨弓 (まゆみ)
Mayumi Joutouguu
Mayumi Joutougu
Mayumi Joutouju
Haniwa Lance Corporal
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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

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 capability to defeat her.

Abilities[edit]

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, who is extremely capable.

Background Information[edit]

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, lacking the need for rest and unable to get sick. 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. 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.

Origin[edit]

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[1]. 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[edit]

Mayumi's full name is Mayumi Joutouguu.

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 (偶) 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" (磨) is related to a typical tool in the ancient ages "polished-stone tools" (磨製石器). On the other hand, "arrow" (弓) 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" (田中真弓). 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).[2]

Design[edit]

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.

Mayumi's Appearances[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Yachie Kicchou

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

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Additional Information[edit]

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