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Mike Goutokuji in Unconnected Marketeers
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Beckoning in money or customers
Mike is shrewd and cunning, immediately attempting to bargain with the protagonist for the cards being circulated in Gensokyo during the events of Unconnected Marketeers. She continues to push the cards on the protagonist even when she's defeated, apparently considering a successful sale a kind of victory in itself. She speaks in the style of a smooth-talking salesperson, reflecting her design as a maneki-neko (often called a "Lucky Cat"), which are considered good fortune for businesses in Japanese folklore.
She has the ability to invite money or people to do business. However, due to the fact that she was unable to train as a maneki-neko due to her backstory, her ability developed imperfectly and she can only invite one of the two - and the other will often be driven away.
Her surname, Goutokuji (豪徳寺), is taken directly from the real-world Goutoku-ji temple, which is said to be the birthplace of the maneki-neko.
Her given name, Mike (ミケ), is taken from mike-neko (三毛猫) (lit. "three-haired cat"), the Japanese word for 'calico cat'.
Her design is very reminiscent of maneki-neko, with the key difference being her calico colouration, present in her hair, fur, and clothing. She wears a collar and wrist bracelets with brass-coloured bells. In her left hand, she holds a koban coin, also typical of maneki-neko. In her Unconnected Marketeers portrait, she also has her right arm in the typical "beckoning" position of a maneki-neko.
According to her backstory in Unconnected Marketeers, she initially set out to become a proper maneki-neko of Goutoku-ji, a Buddhist temple in Tokyo. However, she was born as a calico cat, whereas maneki-neko traditionally have pure white fur. She was teased and jeered at by the other maneki-neko trainees ruthlessly, where they even went as far as attempting to bleach her fur white against her wishes. She angrily insisted that there was nothing wrong with being a calico maneki-neko, but was nonetheless cast out from the temple before her training was complete, leaving her unable to perform her duties as a maneki-neko effectively.
Feeling as though she had no place as a maneki-neko in the Outside World, she eventually traveled to the mountains and found her way to Gensokyo, where she's become content with her relatively care-free life in a land accepting of misfit youkai.
- Unconnected Marketeers
She appears as the Stage 1 boss of Unconnected Marketeers, attempting to sell cards to the protagonist. She also informs the protagonist that it's "against the rules" to take the cards by force, and they must be bartered for in some way.
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