Strange Creators of Outer World/Who's Who of Humans & Youkai in Gensokyo/Yukari Yakumo, Ran Yakumo, and Chen

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幻想郷人妖名鑑
八雲藍
八雲紫

Who's Who of Humans & Youkai in Gensokyo
Ran Yakumo
Yukari Yakumo
Chen

八雲紫
種族
妖怪

Yukari Yakumo
Species
Youkai

活動範囲
あらゆる場所

Place of Activity
Anywhere

主な能力
境界を操る程度の能力

Special Abilities
Ability to Manipulate Boundaries

活動
結界の管理・維持

Activities
Barrier Management and Maintenance

八雲藍
種族
妖獣

Ran Yakumo
Species
Beast Youkai

活動範囲
幻想郷全般

Place of Activity
All of Gensokyo

主な能力
式神を使う程度の能力

Special Abilities
Ability to Use Shikigami

活動
紫の手伝い

Activities
Yukari's Assistant

(チェン)
種族
妖獣

Chen
Species
Beast Youkai

活動範囲
妖怪の山

Place of Activity
Youkai Mountain

主な能力
妖術を使う程度の能力

Special Abilities
Ability to Use Sorcery

活動
藍の手伝い

Activities
Ran's Assistant

妖怪の中の妖怪

A Youkai Among Youkai

八雲紫は「妖々夢」のおまけステージ「Extra」をクリアすると現れる「Phantasm」のボスだ。旧知の仲である幽々子の頼みを聞いて、幽々子が幻想郷から春を集めるために幽明の境界を緩めていたが、異変が落ち着いたので再度引き直すよう頼まれていた。だが寝てばかりだったので幻想郷が幽霊だらけになり、しびれを切らした霊夢に懲らしめられることとなる。なおPhantasmの名前を冠するステージは後にも先にも無い。

Yukari Yakumo is the boss of the Phantasm stage in "Perfect Cherry Blossom", which appears when you clear the bonus Extra stage. At the request of her old friend Yuyuko, she weakened the border of the Netherworld in order to allow Yuyuko to gather spring from Gensokyo. And once the incident was over, she was again asked to redraw it. However, since all she does is sleep, Gensokyo became infested with phantoms until Reimu had had enough and punished her. There has never been another stage given the title of Phantasm, before or since.

性格は胡散臭いの一言で、見た目だけは人間と変わらないが、行動原理はまるで異なり、何を考えているか常人には理解が難しい。昼間は寝て夜起きるので、大抵のことは式神に任せている。普段は博麗神社とは反対側に位置する、幻想郷の端に住んでいるらしいが、とにかく神出鬼没なのであまり住処などは意味がない情報といえる。あえて言えば幻想郷全域で活動しているのだが、紫に限ってはそうとも限らないのが恐ろしいところだ。

Her personality is, in a word, suspicious. And while she looks no different from a human, her behavior is quite unlike one and the average Joe would have difficulty understanding what she's thinking. Because she sleeps during the day and is active at night, she leaves most of her tasks to her shikigami. While her residence is usually placed on the other side of the Hakurei Shrine, seemingly right on the edge of Gensokyo, her tendency to appear and vanish like the wind makes such details meaningless. While you could say that her activities cover the whole of Gensoyko, the fact that Yukari isn't bound by even that is what's so terrifying about her.

境界を操る能力

Ability to Manipulate Boundaries

紫の能力は「境界を操る」こと。論理的にあらゆるものに干渉できる、強大すぎる能力だ。もちろんそんな能力を戦いに転用されればゲームが成立しなくなってしまうので、作中では紫もあくまでスペルカードルールの中で戦う。もっとも、そのルールの制定にすら一枚噛んでいるらしいのだが……。

Yukari's ability is the "manipulation of boundaries". It's a far-too-powerful ability that can, logically speaking, affect anything. Naturally, if she put this ability to its full use it wouldn't even be a game, so for the purposes of the narrative she fights within the spellcard rules. Then again, it seems she was involved in the creation of these rules in the first place, so...

古くから幻想郷に住んでいるだけでなく、外の世界と幻想郷とを分かつ博麗大結界の成立にもかかわっており、他の登場キャラとは一線を画した役割を担っている。ある意味で霊夢の対極にいる、妖怪の中でも際だった存在といえるだろう。

Not only has she been living in Gensokyo since ancient times, she was also involved in the establishment of the Great Hakurei Barrier that separates the outside world from Gensokyo, and bears the role of having drawn the line over which other characters have shown up in Gensokyo. In a certain sense she's the opposite of Reimu, and even among youkai is surely a prominent figure.

式神を扱う能力

Ability to Operate Shikigami

式神を操ることも、紫の主な能力として挙げられる。外の世界で言うところのプログラミングのようなものらしく、式は主人の命令の通りのことをこなす。知能が高く、特に数字を扱うことに長けていて、計算や分析能力に優れている。その一方で応用力には難があるらしい。紫は普段寝ているので式神が代わりに行動しているが、その用事とは主に雑用のようだ。

The manipulation of shikigami could be considered another of Yukari's special abilities. Resembling the computer programming of the outside world, the shiki will carry out its master's order exactly as commanded. Her high intelligence, particularly with regard to manipulating numbers, makes her excel at calculations and analysis. However, there seems to be a flaw with their application. While she uses shikigami to cover for her sleep habits, they seem to be limited to odd jobs and errands.

複数の式神を使役する紫だが、常時こき使われている式神と言えば八雲藍だ。注意したいのは八雲藍とはあくまで式神のことであって、藍が憑依している妖獣・九尾の狐はまた別の妖怪だということ。ただ、本来の狐は全く表に出てこないので九尾の狐=八雲藍と考えてもそう問題は無い。

While she employs several shikigami, the one she makes the most use of is Ran Yakumo. Be careful though: Ran Yakumo is strictly the shikigami, and the nine-tailed fox youkai she is possessing is an entirely different being. However, since the original fox never shows on the surface at all, there's no problem in thinking of Ran Yakumo as a nine-tailed fox.

妖怪の式

A Youkai's Shiki

ここまででだいぶ説明してしまったが、八雲藍は紫の式神である。「妖々夢」のエキストラステージのボスで、寝ていた紫の代わりに結界を調べに白玉楼を訪れていたところ、主人公と出会って交戦に至った。藍が倒されたことで紫が興味を持ったのだから結果オーライかもしれない。もちろん藍にとってはたまったものではないだろうが。

That was a lot of explanation, but Ran Yakumo is Yukari's shikigami. As the Extra stage boss of "Perfect Cherry Blossom", she was visiting Hakugyokurou to investigate the boundary as a proxy for the sleeping Yukari, where she encountered the protagonists, which led to battle.

性格は温厚で、本体が狐ということもあってか油揚げが好き。基本的な行動原理が「紫の行動を遂行する」ことにあるので、襲われない限りは勝手に戦ったりもしない。ただ、主人である紫は藍に対して単に言いつけどおり命令を遂行すること以外を望んだりするので、難儀していることもある模様。

Her personality is gentle, and just like her fox body she loves fried tofu. Her fundamental behavioral principle is to "Execute Yukari's Programming", so as long as she is not attacked she won't start fights on her own or anything. However, her master Yukari would prefer to see her act beyond simply following the orders she's given, so they experience their share of difficulties.

藍くらい強力な式神となると、自分が式神であるにもかかわらず、式神を使役することができる。それが橙だ。

A shikigami as powerful as Ran can employ their own shikigami, despite being a shikigami themselves. That shikigami is Chen.

妖怪の式の式

A Youkai's Shiki's Shiki

藍が使役している式神が橙である。「妖々夢」2面ボスとして、マヨヒガにいたところを通りすがりの主人公に退治された。さまざまな妖術を使い、身体能力も高いが、藍のような高度な式神と違い、数字に強かったりはしないようだ。

Chen is a shikigami employed by Ran. The stage 2 boss of "Perfect Cherry Blossom", she was in Mayohiga when she was exterminated by passing protagonists. While she can use various sorceries and has excellent physical prowess, unlike a shikigami of Ran's level she seems to be bad with numbers and such.

藍と同様、橙もまた「化け猫に憑りついた式神」のことであり、とり憑かれている化け猫とは明確には別の存在だ。式神が憑いているときも素の状態の時も水に弱く、水をかぶると式神が外れてしまうという。

Like Ran, Chen is actually "the shikigami possessing a bakeneko", but in her case the possessed bakeneko is a clearly distinct being. As she is vulnerable to water both while possessed and in her original state, splashing water on her will dispel the shikigami.

Comment from ZUN

Comment from ZUN

紫は完全にメタ視点で会話ができるキャラが欲しかったから登場しました。「妖々夢」に限らず、話の全体に深みを持たせるために、もちろん「紅魔郷」の赤から始まって、『橙』が来て、いきなり飛んで間はどうしたんだって話ですが『藍』が来て、そのまま『紫』というふうに、少しずつ色を変えていくという作り方のキャラなんです。ストーリーともあまり関係ないですし。

I introduced Yukari because I wanted a character who could speak entirely from a meta perspective. The full story of her creation isn't limited to "Perfect Cherry Blossom" either. First, of course, I started with "Red" from "Embodiment of Scarlet Devil" , then Chen ("Orange") showed up, and then I skipped over a bunch and ended up on Ran ("Indigo"), before continuing on to Yukari ("Violet"). That's how I created characters simply by changing the color little by little. It doesn't really have much to do with the plot.