Nue Houjuu

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(ほう) (じゅう)  ぬえ
Nue Houjuu
hoːd͡ʑɯː nɯe (♫)
Nue Houjuu
The Unidentified Fantastic Flying Girl
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Making objects unidentifiable


More than 800 Years old


Scaring people


Myouren Temple

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"Oh, I found the mysterious shining thing! Is this really an alien encounter?"
"What's an alien?"
Sanae Kochiya and Nue Houjuu (Undefined Fantastic Object Extra Stage.)

Nue Houjuu (封獣 ぬえ Houjuu Nue) is said to be one of the most mysterious and feared youkai in many years and has been defeated by humans many times. There are differing legends according to her appearance due to her concealed true form. At some point, she was sealed underground, but the events of Subterranean Animism caused her to resurface in Gensokyo during Undefined Fantastic Object.

General Information[edit]

Nue Houjuu first appeared in Undefined Fantastic Object as the midboss of Stages 4 and 6 hidden in a ball of light, and takes on her true form as the Extra stage boss. She later appeared as the Extra stage midboss of Ten Desires. Based on one of Reimu Hakurei's quotes in Touhou Hisoutensoku, as well as Chapter 12 of Oriental Sacred Place, she is currently living with Byakuren Hijiri in the Myouren Temple.


Nue is a mischievous girl who is sensitive about her true form. She enjoys playing pranks. Being over 800 years old, most people are younger than her. She usually treats them as such due to her nature as an ancient Youkai. After the events of the Extra Stage in Undefined Fantastic Object, she trains at the Myouren Temple. However, she is not well-acquainted with the other youkai, and has been seen near the edges of the property looking bored.


Making objects unidentifiable

Nue is able to conceal the true nature of other objects. She used this ability in Undefined Fantastic Object to conceal the nature of the fragments of the Flying Storehouse. An object that has lost its "identity" will appear to be a different thing depending on who observes it.

Concealing her true form

Nue can modify her appearance to some extent at will. She has been seen as a ball of light in Stage 4 and Stage 6 of Undefined Fantastic Object as well as in a humanoid form (which she considers her true form) during the Extra Stage of Undefined Fantastic Object.

Contact with the outside world

Nue is able to contact the outside world, which is evident from her relationship with Mamizou Futatsuiwa in Ten Desires.


Three-pronged Trident

Nue wields a trident that she carries wherever she goes. She uses it as a conduit for summoning Danmaku. It's possible that it can also be used for physical combat.

Character Design[edit]

Nue, as illustrated in Symposium of Post-mysticism


Her full name is Nue Houjuu (封獣 ぬえ). Like Satori, her first name is also the name of her species, nue. Nue's family name, Houjuu (封獣), literally translates to "sealed beast". "" might be in reference to Nue's imprisonment underground prior to the events of Undefined Fantastic Object.


Nue has short black hair and dark red eyes. She has three red metallic-looking wings on the right side of her back, and three blue arrow-shaped tails coming out from her left side. She carries a trident and has a snake on her right arm (which might be the Seed of Unknown Form), and she wears a black wristband on her left wrist. Her dress is black with blue and white trims in the middle, a red bow on the front, and a small, yin-yang tomoe design at the bottom corner of her dress. She wears black thigh-high stockings and red shoes with bows on them. In most official artworks, she is drawn with pointed ears.



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Undefined Fantastic Object
Nue's sprite in UFO
Sprite of Nue as a ball of light

During the events of Undefined Fantastic Object, she found out that Minamitsu Murasa and the other youkai sealed underground resurfaced and were planning something. Not knowing exactly what, she decided to play a prank by putting the Seed of Unknown Form in the fragments of Flying Storehouse, one of the elements needed to revive Byakuren Hijiri. The snakes contained in the seeds caused the fragments to scatter into the air; the characters initially believe that the geyser from Subterranean Animism was the cause. These fragments are the UFOs that the player encounters during the game.

During stages 4 and 6, she hides her true form in a ball of light and observes the heroine collecting the storehouse fragments. She decides to secretly follow her, hindering her progress with bullet patterns and aiding her with power items and extra lives. Once she realizes what the plan of the other youkai is, she figures that the resurrection of Hijiri would benefit her and settles on helping the heroine. She appears in the Extra Stage in her true form during the heroine's investigation of the Seed of Unknown Form.

After Sanae B's scenario, it is implied that she and Sanae Kochiya have their picture taken by Aya Shameimaru.

Ten Desires

Nue Houjuu calls her "trump card" Mamizou Futatsuiwa from the outside world to defeat Toyosatomimi no Miko, though she is defeated by the heroine prematurely. Mamizou eventually encounters the heroine and is defeated.

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Nue in HM
Double Spoiler

In Double Spoiler, Nue appears as a Stage 12 target, where she uses spell cards against Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou as they photograph her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade

Nue makes a background cameo in Hopeless Masquerade on the Palanquin Ship stage. She is seen floating behind the ship.


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Symposium of Post-mysticism
Forbidden Scrollery

In chapter 31 of Forbidden Scrollery, Nue is revealed to be the one who spread the rumor of a bull-headed monster that tells a story that would make its listener die of fright, wishing to turn it into an urban legend. She explained to Mamizou Futatsuiwa that she got the idea after seeing other members of the Myouren Temple use urban legends and wanted to join in on the fun. Due to the rumor causing a fear of the unknowable, Nue can benefit from a world of terror without lifting a finger. With the help of Mamizou's tanuki transforming into bull monsters, more and more villagers came to believe in the story until Reimu Hakurei spreads a flier claiming the bull-headed monster to be Gozu-Tennoh the bull-headed emperor and that the deadly story was a misunderstanding. In the end, though the rumor didn't develop quite as planned, Nue is still satisfied as something unknowable has still taken hold of the human villagers.


Minamitsu Murasa & Ichirin Kumoi

Nue appears to have known Minamitsu Murasa and Ichirin Kumoi before the events of Undefined Fantastic Object.

Byakuren Hijiri

Nue currently resides at Byakuren Hijiri's temple near the Human Village, because Byakuren was too nice to ostracize her.

Mamizou Futatsuiwa

Mamizou Futatsuiwa is Nue's friend. Nue summons her during Ten Desires to defeat Toyosatomimi no Miko.



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Additional Information[edit]

  • Similar to Kogasa Tatara, she tends to scare off people by using the fear of the unknown, or the fear of her true form.
  • A number of Nue's danmaku have various references:
    • They're heavily reminiscent of other characters', such as Flandre, Yukari, Rumia, and Hina. Specifically, they tend to act as combinations of spell cards, often using one element from one, and one from another.
    • The spell card "Danmaku X from a Wandering Star" in Double Spoiler has danmaku in shapes resembling that of the PlayStation's button logos (×, ○, ∆ and □).
    • In Kyoto, the streets are laid out in grid-like pattern. Her spell card "Nightmare of Heiankyou" refers to this.
    • Nue's first non-spell card attack resembles Vivit's (Erich's daughter) first attack in her second form in Shuusou Gyoku.
  • Nue is the only Extra Stage boss to appear as a midboss in multiple stages. Ran Yakumo is also an Extra Stage boss who has been a midboss, albeit only for one stage.
  • Nue's appearance as a ball of light on stages 4 and 6 is similar to the stage 2 midboss of Mystic Square. Yuuka also turned into a ball of light during her battle in Lotus Land Story. However, she bears more similarity to the Mysterious Orb in Lotus Land Story. Their appearances are identical, and both drop items when leaving the screen, each ending with an extra life.
  • Nue has the tag "Heian" on her song and a some of her spell cards. Heian may be referring to the Heian period (794 AD–1185 AD) of Japanese history (traditionally depicted as a Golden Age in Japanese History) and/or to a former capital city of Japan (794 AD–1868 AD), "Heian-Kyo" (平安京), which is now the city of Kyoto. Her age of approximately 800 years also places her origins at the end of or during the Heian period.
  • Nue is the first Extra stage boss in the Windows series to have not met the final boss prior to the beginning of the game.
  • Nue is the first character to appear as a boss in the Extra stage of two different Touhou Project games.


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