Takane Yamashiro in Unconnected Marketeers
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Manipulating forest qi
|Official Games|"Pretty lucky for me to have found someone with cards on 'em this quick." "Cards, eh...?
I guess you've been sniffing around for them after all.
These are too much for you puny little humans to handle!
Begone from our mountain!"
— Marisa Kirisame and Takane Yamashiro (Unconnected Marketeers Stage 2)
Takane Yamashiro (山城 たかね Yamashiro Takane) is a yamawaro living amongst her kind on Youkai Mountain as a leader-esque figure. She acts as the Stage 2 midboss and boss in Unconnected Marketeers, and a 6th Market boss and main antagonist in 100th Black Market.
She is described as the natural leader of the yamawaro since she's "slightly more polite" than other members of her society, making her better at negotiating with outsiders.
She appears to be quite guarded around humans, and protective of the yamawaro hideout in general. She does soften quite considerably when engaging in business, however.
Her ability is that of "manipulating forest qi" (気 (kanji), sometimes romanized as ch'i). The concept of qi is found in many east-asian cultures and traditional practices, and most notably Chinese philosophy. It's described as a "life force" which binds all things within nature together. The exact details of her ability are not exactly shown in Unconnected Marketeers, though one can speculate that being able to manipulate the "life force of the forest" would be advantageous to the mountain-dwelling yamawaro, especially given that she is their apparent leader.
Her full name is Takane Yamashiro (山城 たかね). Yamashiro (山城) is written with characters meaning "mountain" (山) and "castle" (城).
Takane is written in hiragana, but it can be interpreted as 高嶺 "high peak" and, possibly, 高値 "high price", playing into her businessperson motif.
Her name resembles that of Nitori Kawashiro (河城 にとり).
Takane wears green camo clothing with brown boots and has green wavy hair. She has many pockets along her upper arm and the hem of her dress. A large brown box is strapped onto her back using rope held together by a key in the front. In Unconnected Marketeers she also holds three cards. Her clothing is similar to Nitori Kawashiro's clothing.
Since all four protagonists of Unconnected Marketeers are humans, Takane attempts to shoo them off of Youkai Mountain by insisting humans can't handle the "power" of the cards. Once defeated, however, she seems amiable to bartering for the cards or information on where they might have come from, directing the protagonist to the Rainbow Dragon Cave.
Takane returns in 100th Black Market as a hidden boss in the 6th Market. After defeating Chimata Tenkyuu, it's revealed that Takane and her fellow yamawaro are responsible for running and maintaining the black market. Eventually Marisa Kirisame confronts and defeats her, though she ultimately agrees to let the black market continue for a little longer so she has a chance to collect the remaining cards.
The kappa and yamawaro are said to have a "healthy rivalry," with both of their respective niches and industrial pursuits being complementary to one another, despite their mutual teasing and jeering. They live in a balanced relationship where the technology of the kappa and the business sense of the yamawaro work well enough together for them to not escalate their rivalry into true hostilities.
During the events of Unconnected Marketeers, Takane mentions to Sanae Kochiya that the yamawaro had helped the Moriya Shrine set up their cable-car during the events of Wild and Horned Hermit, and generally considers the shrine to be allies of the yamawaro. However, she does appear to be suspicious of Sanae, coveting the cards and fearful of them being confiscated or misused by humans in general.
- The Yamawaro first appeared in a chapter of Wild and Horned Hermit. This is one of the few times the characters of a species was introduced in a mainline game after their species was already introduced.
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