kaembʲoː ɽiɴ (♫)
Rin Kaenbyou in Subterranean Animism
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Carrying away corpses, controlling and communicating with spirits
Controller of spirits in the remnants of the Hell of Blazing Fires
- "If I kill you, human, my hellfire cart will get heavy~♪ Man, carrying off corpses is fun!"— Rin Kaenbyou to Reimu Hakurei (Subterranean Animism Stage 5.)
Rin has an energetic, positive personality; she prefers to be called Orin, since she doesn't like long names. She claims that while it is more fun to take on a pure cat form, she can't talk to humans that way - nor does it seem she can do her job, carting corpses away, which she seems to take great pleasure in. She appears to have challenged the main character in Subterranean Animism partly because she wanted their corpse, but also partly to test their strength to see if they would be able to stop Utsuho Reiuji for her, and appears to bear no ill will towards them for her defeat. Symposium of Post-mysticism states that she has no interest in killing humans herself to gain their corpses; she prefers to hunt for those on the verge of death, supposedly because it makes for more interesting conversation. If a corpse is properly buried, she'll lose interest.
- Carrying away corpses
Rin's official profile lists her ability as "carrying away corpses". As an ability that comes from her species, it is as it sounds like. The carried-away corpses burn as fuel for the Hell of Blazing Fires, although it is a mystery why the abandoned Hell of Blazing Fires needs to be fuelled in the first place. Incidentally, the spirits of the corpses carried away by kasha become onryou and become unable to achieve nirvana. She can also shift between cat form and human form at will. Hieda no Akyu states in Symposium of Post-mysticism that her corpse-carrying ability is not really a youkai-like one, but she is very good at it, using various tricks.
- Controlling and communicating with spirits
She is able to communicate with corpses and control all kinds of spirits; she appears to enjoy the conversations of the freshly dead, because they may not realize they're dead. In combat, she can briefly reanimate corpses so that they "act" like zombies.
However, prior to the events of Subterranean Animism, she displays the ability to drive vengeful spirits above-ground, which is what causes the heroines to dive underground in the first place. Symposium of Post-mysticism does not mention this.
Rin is a kasha living in the Palace of the Earth Spirits; her master is Satori Komeiji. Essentially, she lives day-to-day by stealing corpses from funerals to cart them to the former Hell of Blazing Fires. She will not kill humans herself, though she (quite efficiently) pursues humans that are close to death, hiding stolen corpses in her wheelbarrow using a straw mat, or just generally collecting corpses she happens to run across. Humans do not usually think that she would be carting corpses out in the open like she does, so she has a degree of freedom even in places with lots of people. In addition to maintaining the energy influx for the power source, she also controls vengeful spirits, at least in the vicinity.
Rin's only possession is her wheelbarrow, often referred to as "Orin's Cat Cart". It has no special properties, but Symposium of Post-mysticism describes it as the pushcart that has likely carried the most corpses in all of history.
When the Underground separated from Hell, becoming known as Former Hell, both Rin and Utsuho Reiuji became pets to Satori Komeiji. Her job is to cart corpses into the fires generating heat for the Underground. One day, she noticed that the flames were extremely strong - much stronger than usual - and, worried, forced evil spirits above-ground to try and signal youkai to come help. She did not tell Satori about the possibly gigantic power Utsuho had obtained, however, and decides to figure things out for herself.
Rin's concept is taken from the kasha, a type of youkai that appears during stormy weather to bring the bodies of sinners to Hell. They are said to be cats that have turned into youkai through various circumstances such as long life. Sometimes temples near places where kasha are said to live will hold two funerals for the dead: in the first, the coffin is filled with rocks so that the kasha won't disrupt the funeral to carry off the deceased. Rin is said to steal corpses from funerals while no one is looking.
Her full name is Rin Kaenbyou (火焔猫 燐 Kaenbyou Rin). The characters for Kaenbyou (火焔猫) literally mean "blazing cat". The one for Rin (燐) means "phosphorus". Rin is shown pushing a wheelbarrow, which is also known in Japanese as a Nekoguruma (猫車), which means "cat cart".
Rin has black cat ears and dark red eyes, with fiery red hair styled into twin braids and adorned by black ribbons at the top and bottom of the braids. She wears a black decorated dress with green frills. She's pushing a wheelbarrow in one hand and holding a vengeful spirit in the other. Surrounding her are several more of these spirits.
- Subterranean Animism
Rin's story in Subterranean Animism is similar no matter what player character you pick. she appears as the stage 4, 5 and 6 midboss, while appearing as the boss for stage 5. When a human arrives underground instead of a youkai like she was expecting, she challenges the heroine, wanting to take her corpse. However, she is defeated, and upon witnessing the heroine's strength, asks her to go deeper into the Hell of Blazing Fires in order to stop Utsuho Reiuji. During her boss battle, she is seen summoning Zombie Fairies and Vengeful spirits.
- Double Spoiler
In Double Spoiler, Rin appeared as a stage 8 boss and uses spell cards that involves Zombie Fairies when Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou take photos of her and her danmaku. When taking a picture of Rin in her cat form, the player is awarded the "Cat bonus", which gives a bonus of 666 points, the mark of the beast. This is somewhat fitting considering that Rin is located in Hell.
- Hopeless Masquerade
In her article in the Bunbunmaru Newspaper, Rin was brought in to the Myouren Temple by Byakuren Hijiri and the others to talk to the zombie guarding part of the cemetery, Yoshika Miyako. After explaining to them that the reanimated corpse doesn't want to hurt anyone, she takes a few other corpses as payment and returns to the Underground with them.
In addition, Byakuren mentions that Rin once came up from the Underworld because she wanted to join the temple. The monk turned her away as Rin really only wanted access to the vast amount of graves in the graveyard.
- Wild and Horned Hermit
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Satori is Rin and Utsuho's master. Apparently she keeps them as pets, but they have their own jobs to do, and are not seen together very often in the games or in books. Satori will often pet her fur whenever she sleeps besides her.
Utsuho is described as Rin's old friend from when the yama split Hell out of the Underground. She is on good enough terms with her to not tell Satori about the trouble she causes in Subterranean Animism.
In Foul Detective Satori, Chen and Rin appear to be very friendly and physically affectionate with each other, implying an amiable relationship between the two.
In Symposium of Post-mysticism, Rin is brought in to communicate with Yoshika, as her ability is being able to talk to corpses.
Rin's sigil from the Grimoire of Marisa
Rin's Former Hell Tourism ad from Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia
- Her name, Rin, shares pronunciation with 輪 ("wheel"), which might be in reference to her motifs of wheels and carts, as well as her species as a kasha.
- Rin may be one of the most persistent Touhou Project bosses, appearing as a midboss in three stages, and as a stage boss all in one game.
- Some of her attacks resemble attacks used by the second boss of Samidare from Project Blank, Anareta.
- In ancient Aztec culture, each household had a small red dog called the Techichi who was said to guide lost souls to the underworld, and would often be sacrificed along with its master. Strangely, Rin has red hair and performs a similar duty.
- Rin's dancing pose in Hopeless Masquerade may be a reference to how she dances in Twilight Frontier's Komeiji Satori no Jousou Kyouiku, where Rin, or Koishi Komeiji, will do a similar dance if she manages to get to a gift-box first.
- Strange Creators of Outer World - Subterranean Animism Cross Review: "Orin often hugs me, and her fur is so beautiful and cute! Whenever I notice her sleeping next to me, she's so warm and comfortable that I can't help but want to pet her." -Satori Komeiji
- Foul Detective Satori - Chapter 8