Megumu Iizunamaru

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飯綱丸 (いいずなまる) (めぐむ)
Megumu Iizunamaru
Megumu Iizunamaru
Megumu Iizunamaru in Unconnected Marketeers
Chief of the Crow Tengu
More Character Titles
Species

Great Tengu

Abilities

Capable of manipulating the starry sky

Music Themes

星降る天魔の山 (Unconnected Marketeers)

Appearances
Official Games

Megumu Iizunamaru (飯綱丸 龍 Iizunamaru Megumu) is the Stage 5 boss and primary antagonist of Unconnected Marketeers.

General Information[edit]

Personality[edit]

In Unconnected Marketeers, Megumu is initially polite yet cunningly deceitful, willing to set different factions against each other to achieve her goals. She lies through omission to the protagonist and convinces them to battle her former business partner, Chimata Tenkyuu, when Chimata eventually grows powerful enough to not require her assistance. She is singularly concerned with concentrating power into the hands of the tengu, and is obsessed with the pursuit of profit to that end.

Abilities[edit]

Capable of manipulating the starry sky

The exact meaning of this is unknown, her powers over the starry sky are seen in her in-game danmaku patterns in Unconnected Marketeers, as she mostly uses star-shaped bullets.

High ranking tengu

Being a great tengu, she can give orders to tengu of lower rank, and it's mentioned the great tengu's orders are "absolute." However, she is still not as highly-ranked as Tenma. According to her in-game profile, she can also give orders to other mountain-dwelling youkai as well, although some choose to disobey her as they are not so strictly bound to the hierarchy of tengu society.

Background Information[edit]

Origin[edit]

Megumu Iizunamaru is based on Iizuna Gongen, a god originated from Mt. Iizuna of Nagano Prefecture. The god is portrayed as a crow tengu and riding a white fox, alluding to Tsukasa Kudamaki. The god is associated with warfare, which shows Megumu's status as the chief of the crow tengu, and the practice of controlling pipe foxes. The god is also associated with a colony organism of fungus and bacteria called "Tengu's Barley Rice" (天狗の麦飯). The original name for this is 飯砂 (cooked rice sand) which is thought to be the origin of the word Iizuna. The name is also used in Megumu's Ability Card, "Great Tengu's Barley Rice" (大天狗の麦飯).

Name[edit]

Her given name, Megumu (龍), is an alternate reading of dragon (龍, ryū), and is the same dragon as seen in Kouryuudou (虹龍洞), or Rainbow Dragon Cave, the Japanese title of Unconnected Marketeers. It is also likely a pun on megumu (恵む), which means "to give money to." Given the name of the Rainbow Dragon Cave, and Momoyo Himemushi's stated ability to eat dragons, it's unclear what plot significance this has.

Her surname, Iizunamaru (飯綱丸), is a combination of fox spirit (飯綱, iizuna), and round (丸, maru). Maru (丸) in particular is typically seen in other names of tengu characters, such as Aya Shameimaru.

Design[edit]

Megumu wears a modern dark blue dress with white trim and belts, and a golden pauldron on her left shoulder with a large blue inset gemstone. She wears a black cape with white fur tufts lining the bottom, a blue tokin, and dark violet geta, all typical clothing choices for tengu. She also carries a tripod over her right shoulder used as a blunt weapon, as well as a test tube similar to the one carried by Tsukasa Kudamaki strapped to her belt. [1] She has blue hair and red eyes.

Story[edit]

Games[edit]

Unconnected Marketeers

In Unconnected Marketeers, Megumu forms an alliance with Chimata Tenkyuu for the purposes of distributing Ability Cards. It's described as a somewhat self-serving and one-sided alliance on Megumu's side, where Chimata was in a weakened state and required help to regain her divine power. Megumu had Chimata use her marketplace abilities to further her own goals, which was to introduce centralized currency into Gensokyo by backing it on the speculative value of the Ability Cards. Until Megumu's scheme was put into motion, the concept of currency having an inherent value or being centralized was not something that existed in Gensokyo,[2] and Megumu saw this as an opportunity to seize power for herself by distorting people's sense of value beyond the inherent value of labour.

At end of the Ability Card Incident in Unconnected Marketeers, she decides to willingly cease distribution of the tengu's currency due to losing her alliance with Chimata, but not without first attempting to manipulate the protagonist into defeating Chimata for her.

Relationships[edit]

Chimata Tenkyuu

In Unconnected Marketeers, Chimata was initially Megumu's business partner for the distribution of Ability Cards, to further the tengu's goal of introducing centralized currency into Gensokyo. They had strong ideological differences with how this new "Ability Card marketplace" ought to be run, with Chimata preferring a more ritualistic and regulated exchange of goods, and Megumu preferring a place with a few rules as possible, just so long as the tengu's interests could be served and furthered.

While Chimata entered into the "business arrangement" under duress and in a severely weakened state, she had always planned to gain enough power so that Megumu could no longer keep her under her thumb. By the end of the Ability Card Incident, their relationship had finally descended into outright hostilities when the protagonist arrived and ordered them to cease operations, and when Megumu had realized Chimata had rapidly recovered and become a threat to her plans.

Tsukasa Kudamaki

Tsukasa is an assistant and advisor to Megumu. However, her loyalty is doubtful, as she pits all sides off against each other for her own benefit. Megumu doesn't seem to be aware of this and is evidently concerned about her; as she forbids her to intervene in the fight with the protagonist, fearing that she might be injured.

Momoyo Himemushi

Megumu hired Momoyo to dig up gems in the Rainbow Dragon Cave. Momoyo doesn't seem terribly loyal to Megumu, however, and only mines for the "fun" of it. Ultimately, Momoyo doesn't seem to care if anyone steals gems from the cave so long as she gets a good fight out of it.

Minor Relationships[edit]

Aya Shameimaru

Megumu is the Chief of the Crow Tengu, which makes her Aya's superior. However, nothing is known about their personal relationship.

Hatate Himekaidou

Megumu is the Chief of the Crow Tengu, which makes her Hatate's superior. However, nothing is known about their personal relationship.

Tenma

Megumu's chief is Tenma.

Spell Cards[edit]

Additional Information[edit]

  • In the ending slides of Unconnected Marketeers it is shown that Megumu is very tall, even taller than Kanako while standing, although they're drawn on different heights.

Fandom[edit]

Official Profiles[edit]

Official Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ZUN (2021-07-17). "東方ステーション #27 東方虹龍洞特集" [Touhou Station #27: Touhou Kouryuudou Edition]. Mildon (Livestream) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-07-17. 「あれは鈍器、殴る」「カメラはついてない、三脚だけ」「大天狗は天狗より偉いから、三脚で殴る」CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  2. Chapter 36 of Curiosities of Lotus Asia