Minamitsu Murasa

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村紗 (むらさ)  水蜜 (みなみつ)
Minamitsu Murasa
mɯɽasa mʲinamʲit͡sɯ (♫)
Minamitu Murasa
Minamitsu Murasa
Minamitsu Murasa in Undefined Fantastic Object
The Ghost Left From the Shipwreck Accident
More Character Titles
Nickname

Captain Murasa (ムラサ船長)

Species

Ship Phantom

Abilities

Causing shipwrecks

Age

Dead

Occupation

Captain

Location

Palanquin Ship/Myouren Temple, Misty Lake[1], The Wind God's Lake[1], Genbu Ravine[1], Sanzu River[1]

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Minamitsu Murasa (村紗 水蜜 Murasa Minamitsu) is the spirit of a young drowning victim who afterwards became a notorious threat due to her power to sink ships. She is currently the captain of the Palanquin Ship, searching for the fragments of the Flying Storage. She meets the heroine as she is completing the preparations to travel to Makai. Her unique weapons include the anchors she uses, as well as her ladle, which is apparently bottomless, according to an interview with ZUN and her spell card comments in Double Spoiler.

General Information[edit]

Minamitsu is a ghost who died long ago in a shipwreck. She first appeared as the Fourth stage boss of Undefined Fantastic Object. Because she was attached out in the sea, she couldn't cross the Sanzu River, so she stayed in Gensokyo.

Personality[edit]

While Minamitsu is a rather fearsome phantom, she is still kind-hearted with a bright personality. Mainly due to her ties with the Myouren Temple, she could empathize with humans and her victims, and thus chooses them more carefully. She also chats with the victims she capsizes.

Ability[edit]

Causing shipwrecks

Minamitsu possesses the ability to cause shipwrecks. Her ability appears to be odd compared to a regular ghost, which is because she drowned at sea a long time ago. Due to a certain attachment to the ocean she kept capsizing passing ships. Besides capsizing ships she could also drown anyone near water, which goes as far as drowning someone who bathe in hot spring water, or sat peacefully near a river's edge. This is also why she is seen around places with a lot of water. However, Gensokyo does not have any seas, so there does not seem to be much chance for it to play a major role.

Occupation[edit]

While she was alive she was the captain of a ship, but after she was drowned with it she did nothing but capsize other ships. When Byakuren Hijiri eventually arrived she was asked to steer her old ship, the eventual Palanquin Ship. Currently she is a follower of the Myouren Temple.

Possessions[edit]

She carries her own ladle, which she uses to flood the ships of her victims with water. In her early ghost years she used to ask for a ladle, though. She also carries an anchor which she uses in battle, but its significance aside from that is unknown.

Backstory[edit]

After her death, Minamitsu became a spirit, bound to the ocean due to her lingering attachment to the world. Because of her spite, she eventually became renowned far and wide for capsizing ships. Many feared her, and tried to think of ways to somehow restrict her actions, but it wasn't until the monk Byakuren Hijiri was asked to do something about it that the situation changed. Minamitsu, knowing how famous the monk was at the time, believed she would be able to extend her influence even farther by sinking her, as well, and perhaps even escape her connection to the ocean and attack humans on land.

However, when Byakuren did appear before her on the seas completely defenseless, Minamitsu sunk her ship easily, prompting the spirit to wonder why. Byakuren then reappeared on the surface atop a shining ship, which she had constructed using the ship Minamitsu had died on as a design. Moved by the monk's insight and her own sense of nostalgia, she accepted Byakuren's offer to captain the shining ship.

Eventually, after Byakuren was sealed away, Minamitsu was "buried" into the ground along with her ship. Having been long forgotten, Minamitsu and the rest of the youkai were pushed above ground in Gensokyo by a geyser - likely due to the events in Subterranean Animism - along with the palanquin ship and the fragments of the floating vault.

Character Design[edit]

Murasa, as illustrated in Symposium of Post-mysticism

Origin[edit]

She is a ship phantom (船幽霊 funa yuurei), the ghost of a girl who drowned at sea. These types of ghosts are famous in Japanese folklore for capsizing and sinking ships, which inspired her character background and spell cards. Her ladle goes with the folklore; the ghost would approach you and demand a ladle, and then you would save yourself by giving them a ladle with a hole in the bottom.

Name[edit]

Her full name is Minamitsu Murasa (村紗 水蜜 Murasa Minamitsu) Her given name "Minamitsu" (水蜜) is a word that usually refers to the type of peach suimitsu tou (水蜜桃) or the peach itself (literally, it means "water honey"). Her surname "Murasa" (村紗) is taken from the type of ship phantom called murasa (ムラサ) known in the Oki District, Shimane. Similar to Satori Komeiji and Nue Houjuu whose names also taken from their species' name, it's assumed that when she's referred by the name written in kanji, it's referring her by her own name, while using the name in katakata she is referred by her species.[2] She is more commonly known as "Captain Murasa".

Design[edit]

Minamitsu has short, black hair and a teal eyecolor. Her clothes are designed after a regular sailor's outfit, with a white shirt and skirt with blue lines. Around her neck she has a neckerchief. In some of her spell cards, she is seen with a green aura, most likely her ghost form. ZUN stated in an interview that the design for Minamitsu was the hardest to finish. He had much more sketches of Minamitsu with different hairstyles and haircolor in comparison to the other characters from Undefined Fantastic Object. He also couldn't decide whether a long or short skirt was better for Minamitsu. Fans got confused whether she wore a skirt or shorts, but art such as in Hopeless Masquerade proves to be a skirt.

Story[edit]

Games[edit]

Undefined Fantastic Object
Minamitsu's sprite in UFO

In Undefined Fantastic Object, Minamitsu meets the heroine as she is making preparations for the ship to go to Hokkai via Makai, where Byakuren Hijiri is being sealed. Along with Nazrin, Ichirin Kumoi, Unzan and Shou Toramaru, she is one of the youkai trying to unseal her. Unlike Ichirin, she learns that the heroine doesn't have any particular motive to help the group, and attacks in order to take the fragments of the treasure back. Though she loses out in the end, she had already placed the ship in auto-pilot, so it was too late for the heroine to escape.

Spin-offs[edit]

Double Spoiler
Murasa in HM

In Double Spoiler, Murasa appeared as a stage 5 target, where she uses a few spell cards and had Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou take photos of her and her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade

Murasa made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Palanquin Ship stage. She is seen standing on the ship with an anchor.

Relationships[edit]

Byakuren Hijiri

Minamitsu has a very strong relationship with Byakuren, as she is pretty much the youkai captain's savior. After reappearing in Gensokyo, she made a pledge that she would return the favor and rescue Byakuren this time.

Shou Toramaru, Ichirin Kumoi & Nazrin

She is a colleague of both Shou and Ichirin, though it's unknown exactly how or when they met.

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Additional Information[edit]

  • Her stage theme has a distinctive Windows XP balloon hint "pop" around 2:10, which probably got in the recording, as stated in ZUN's Twitter.
  • Like Aya Shameimaru in Mountain of Faith, Minamitsu Murasa doesn't seem to have a gimmick/variation based on the playable character (which is something usual in stage 4 bosses). Though, both have a timeout spell card on Normal, Hard and Lunatic.

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