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(いばら) () () (せん)

Kasen Ibaraki




Her dress was designed to give the impression of a long-time taoist, while also including motifs of an oni.


The name "Ibaraki" suggests a rose-and-thorn pattern. Though I personally don't notice any rose-like aestheticism coming from her.


Nevertheless, her chest bandages sometimes get touched upon, though she never does that with chain on her arm. Actually, what do Reimu and co. think about that? They probably think it's a sore spot for her or something, so they simply don't bring it up.


Aya Azuma


When coming up with Kasen's design before serialization, I was given permission to include the floral decoration on her chest based on my suggestions (the type of flower wasn't specified due to things like the Flower Language, etc.)


I could talk about Kasen forever, so I'll just leave it at that...I'm very happy to have been a part of her story for so long.

Character Data

Character Data
Species: Hermit
Place of Activity: Youkai Mountain, Hakurei Shrine
Main Abilities: Ability to guide animals

Spell Cards

Spell Cards
Dragon Sign "Dragon's Growl"
Wrap Sign "Prosthetic Arm Proteus"


First appearing as the protagonist of the manga "Wild and Horned Hermit" (published by Ichijinsha), Kasen is a hermit who lives on Youkai Mountain. She is an earnestly compassionate, emotionally vulnerable person, and a rare type of hermit who takes the side of humans. The story unfolds as Kasen, concerned about Reimu's laziness when no incidents are occurring, makes frequent visits to the Hakurei Shrine.


As a hermit, she possesses many abilities, but it's not clear as to whether her ability to communicate with animals is her own ability, or if it was derived from her status as a hermit. Many hermits live within an otherworld of their own making (i.e, Senkai). This includes Kasen's manor on Youkai Mountain, but it seems that a special procedure is required to enter it. Also, because she's a hermit, she's destined to be attacked by envoys of Hell on a regular basis, but in Wild and Horned Hermit, instead of such envoys coming for her, Kasen is often seen interacting with shinigami such as Komachi Onozuka. In terms of the games, she first appeared in "Urban Legend in Limbo", then in "Antinomy of Common Flowers", where she can be controlled as a playable character, and also has her own Spellcards.


Although it seems complicated, "Kasen" is her given name, and "Ibarakasen" is her hermit name. She is mainly addressed via the latter by other people such as Reimu and Marisa.