Strange Creators of Outer World/Who's Who of Humans & Youkai in Gensokyo/Hong Meiling

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幻想郷人妖名鑑
(ホン) (メイ) (リン)

Who's Who of Humans & Youkai in Gensokyo
Hong Meiling

種族
妖怪

Species
Youkai

活動範囲
紅魔館

Place of Activity
Scarlet Devil Mansion

主な能力
気を使う程度の能力

Special Abilities
Ability to Manipulate Qi

門番

Gatekeeper

「紅魔館」ステージ3面のボスにして、紅魔館の門番が紅美鈴だ。吸血鬼レミリアとともに紅魔館に住んでおり、普段は館の門番として働いている。むやみに侵入しようとする輩を撃退するのが仕事だが、「紅魔郷」に登場の際は館に侵入しようとする不審者(※霊夢ら)に倒された。

The stage 3 boss of "Embodiment of Scarlet Devil" is the gatekeeper of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, Hong Meiling. Residing in the mansion along with the vampire Remilia, she normally works as a gatekeeper. Her job is to repel any reckless fool who tries to enter the mansion, but during her first appearance in "Embodiment of Scarlet Devil" she was soundly beaten by certain individuals attempting to break into the mansion (*Reimu and Marisa).

一見して人間と変わらないが、美鈴はれっきとした妖怪である。だが、魑魅魍魎の類がよく用いる(と思われがちな)謎の術や能力は、あまり使わない。彼女の「気を使う程度の能力」(※気を遣う、ではない)とは、いわゆる武術の達人が習得する「気功」を操る能力ということだ。その力は主に武術や体術に用いられており、幻想郷には珍しいゴリゴリの肉体派と言える。まあ彼女の主人であるレミリアも肉体派と言えばそうなのだが。

Although at first glance she looks no different from a human, Meiling is a full-fledged youkai. However, she doesn't really make use any of the mysterious spells or abilities that such beings often use (or so we're led to believe). Her "ability to use qi" (*not shoot qi) is the ability to control what's known as "Qigong", which is learned by expert martial artists. As this power is chiefly used in martial arts, you could say she is unusually physically oriented for Gensokyo. On the other hand, you could also say her master Remilia is the physical type too.

人間味のある道化

彼女の仕事は門番だが、目に入る者全てを排除するような性格はしていない。むしろ通りすがりの人間でも気さくに会話ができる、紅魔館でも数少ない相手と言えるだろう。悲しいかな立ち位置的にもゲーム的にも、あまり大した役所がないが、むしろそこが美味しいキャラでもある。そんな美鈴が主役キャラの一人を張っているのが黄昏フロンティアとのコラボ作品の一つ、「東方非想天則」だ。「東方緋想天」のおまけとして作られたが、単体でも遊べる。きっと、いつもとは違った雰囲気の(それでもある意味ではいつも通りの)ストーリーを楽しんでもらえることだろう。

Her job is to be a gatekeeper, but she doesn't have the personality to throw out everyone she sees. In fact, she's able to have friendly conversations with passing humans, probably because she's unable to do so with most of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. As you can feel sorry for her, both in terms of her position and in the game, then despite the fact that she doesn't have much of a role, or maybe because of that fact, she is quite an appealing character. In fact, she was made into one of the main characters in "Hisoutensoku", a collaborative work with Tasogare Frontier. Even though it was made as an expansion to "Scarlet Weather Rhapsody", it can also be played stand-alone. I'm sure you could enjoy her different-from-usual (although in some sense that's par for the course) storyline.


Comment from ZUN

Comment from ZUN

「紅魔郷」は西洋風な部分が多いので、西洋で吸血鬼以外の代表的なモンスターと言えばドラゴンもいますけど、ドラゴンは東洋にもいるので、その部分は真ん中のステージの美鈴……の帽子に任せて、とりあえず龍って書いておいて。いろいろな意外性を考えた結果、洋館を守ってるのが中華風のキャラっていうだけで面白いかなと思い、こんなキャラになりました。

"Embodiment of Scarlet Devil" has a lot of Western themed parts, and when you think of Western monsters other than vampires, you think dragons. But dragons are also Oriental, so I took that thought and put it right at the midpoint of the game, in Meiling...'s hat. Which has "dragon" written on it. As a result of thinking about all sorts of ways to be unexpected, I came up with the idea that just having something Chinese guarding a Western mansion might be interesting, and that's where Meiling came from.