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(あき)   (みのり) ()
Minoriko Aki
akʲi mʲinoɽʲiko (♫)
Minoriko Aki
Minoriko Aki in Mountain of Faith
Symbol of Abundance and Plenty
More Character Titles
Species

Harvest goddess

Abilities

Controlling abundant harvest

Location

Near Youkai Mountain, Human Village[1]

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"I'm just one amongst the multitudes of gods.
There are many more here just like me."
Minoriko Aki (Mountain of Faith Stage 1)

Minoriko Aki (秋 穣子 Aki Minoriko) is the goddess of abundant harvest in Gensokyo. Along with Shizuha, her older sister, they control the autumn season. She visits the Human Village to give humans a good harvest, and she also runs a sweet potato stand.

General Information

Her first appearance was in Mountain of Faith as a stage 1 boss. Minoriko is one of the myriad gods. She appears during the autumn season in various places in Gensokyo to bless or curse the humans' crops.

Personality

Minoriko is simplistic and cheerful. For a goddess, she isn't very dignified, however. She also has a superiority complex with regards to Shizuha, and together they become depressed when winter comes. In her dialogue with Reimu she said that gods put lots of time into themselves. That is why she wears freshly-harvested sweet potato smelling perfume.

Occupation

Minoriko is a harvest goddess. However, it appears that she's lesser-known, as there are many other, more famous harvest gods. Because of this, she's considered a "wild" or "feral" goddess who has great difficulty acquiring any faith at all. It is for this reason that she is nearly indistinguishable from a regular youkai. Compared to her sister, Shizuha, she is having more difficult time, since harvest gods and goddesses are particularly plentiful. However, she appreciates the smaller workload, and despite not having many shrines dedicated to her, she still gets enough faith from individual people. She regularly attends the humans' yearly harvest festival to bless their crops.

Abilities

Controlling abundant harvest

Her ability is to control the autumn harvest. Thus, she can either bring about a plentiful harvest or destroy crops altogether. Apparently she works hard to cultivate the crops one at a time, and this power is limited to just plants that bear in the autumn. She's called to the Human Village as a special guest at the harvest festival every year. If she is not called for before the harvest, she is not able to guarantee an abundant harvest, but that's not her problem, and she would not point it out.

From the view of the residents of Gensokyo, the ability to make crops have an abundant harvest is a god-like power, and at looking at how she is called to the harvest festival every year, it can be considered that among gods, she considerably close and intimate to humans.

Character Design

Minoriko as depicted in Symposium of Post-mysticism

Name

Minoriko Aki (秋 穣子) is her name. The character for Aki () means "Autumn" or "Fall". Minoriko (穣子) can be split into minori () what could mean "Bountiful", "Harvest" or "Seed-spreading" and ko () what could mean "child". "Minori" could also possibly refer to 実り which means "ripening" or "harvest."

In her official profile of Mountain of Faith, her name in Japanese was misspelled as Aki Minoruko ().

Design

Minoriko's Mountain of Faith portrait shows her having red eyes and blond hair. She wears a yellow blouse with poofy sleeves and a red dress which goes about halfway up her chest and has black straps over the shoulders. Over the dress there is a red apron which has a wheat pattern at the bottom, and her red hat has a cluster of blue grapes on the front. She doesn't have any footwear.

The Japanese term for "scarecrow" (かかし kakashi), came from kagashi, which means "smeller". This may explain why Minoriko talks about her smell in Reimu's scenario.

Appearances

Games

Mountain of Faith
Minoriko's sprite in MoF

Minoriko fights Reimu or Marisa in Mountain of Faith near the Youkai Mountain.

Minoriko is afraid to be eaten by Reimu in their dialogue, as Reimu smells something tasty. Minoriko says the smell comes from her perfume made of freshly-harvested sweet potatoes. She is still afraid of getting eaten by Reimu when the fight starts, and gets defeated.

Marisa says she could use some practice, and then Minoriko shows up. Minoriko says that the youkai in the Youkai Mountain are much different from those Marisa has already met and that she should be afraid of them, but Marisa isn't. Then Minoriko starts to fight, but is easily defeated by Marisa.

Spin-offs

Double Spoiler

In Double Spoiler, Minoriko was Aya's practice partner, but she got annoyed and started to attack Aya. She appeared as a stage 1 target, where she uses a few spell cards and had Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou take photos of her and her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade
Minoriko in HM

Minoriko made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Genbu Ravine and Youkai Tanuki Forest stage. She is seen with her sister Shizuha Aki cheering.

100th Black Market

In 100th Black Market, Minoriko appears as the one of the 1st market bosses. Her ability card, a platter of food, can be acquired.

Relationships

Shizuha Aki

Shizuha is her older sister. Together they control the season of fall.

Minor Relationships

Aya Shameimaru

She helped Aya for practicing photo shooting in Double Spoiler. Eventually she got annoyed and attacked.

People from the Human Village

Every year she is called by the villagers for the harvest festival. She guarantees them an abundant harvest.

Gallery

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Others

Spell Cards

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 7
秋符「オータムスカイ」 Autumn Sign "Autumn Sky" MoF St. 1: E/N
秋符「秋の空と乙女の心」 Autumn Sign "The Autumn Sky and a Maiden's Heart" MoF
GoM
St. 1: H/L
豊符「オヲトシハーベスター」 Plenty Sign "Owotoshi Harvester" MoF St. 1: E/N
豊作「穀物神の約束」 Bumper Crop "Promise of the Wheat God" MoF
GoM
St. 1: H/L
実符「ウォームカラーハーヴェスト」 Fruit Sign "Warm Colour Harvest" DS St. 1
焼芋「スイートポテトルーム」 Baked Sweet Potato "Sweet Potato Room" DS
GoU
St. 1
秋符「五穀豊穣波」 Autumn Sign "Bumper Crop Waves" HBM 1st Market

Additional Information

  • It makes very much sense for Minoriko to be the younger sister who is the goddess of the harvest as the harvest comes after the changing of the leaves in the season.
  • Minoriko appeared on the cover of the demo CD of Mountain of Faith.
  • Minoriko got a small reference in Sanae's part of the Ten Desires prologue.[2]

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Official Profiles

Mountain of Faith - キャラ設定.txt
Minoriko Aki MoF ○1面ボス 豊かさと稔りの象徴

  秋 稔子(あき みのりこ)
  Aki Minoriko

  種族:豊穣の神
  能力:豊穣を司る程度の能力

  1面中ボスの静葉の妹である。普段は姉妹で幻想郷の秋を司っている。
  彼女は毎年、里で行われる収穫祭に特別ゲストとしてお呼ばれされて
  いる。収穫前に呼ばれないと、豊作は約束できないのだが、まぁそん
  な事はどうでも良いかと、彼女も指摘しない。

  いつも果物や農作物の甘い香りを漂わせ、静かな姉に対して優越感に
  浸っている。
  冬が来ると暗くなる

Stage 1 Boss Symbol of Abundance and Plenty


Minoriko Aki

Species: Harvest Goddess
Abilities: Governing abundant harvest

The first stage boss, and Shizuha's younger sister. Normally, they rule over autumn as sisters. She's called to the village as a special guest at the harvest festival every year. If she is not called for before the harvest, she is not able to guarantee an abundant harvest, but that's not her problem, and she would not point it out.

She's always surrounded by a sweet scent of fruits and other harvest items, and has something of a superiority complex with regards to her older sister. When winter comes, she becomes sorrowful.

Official Sources

Official sources

References

  1. Symposium of Post-mysticism - Minoriko Aki
  2. Ten Desires: Prologue — "For example, prayers for a great harvest, or protection from misfortune..."