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魂魄 (こんぱく)  妖夢 (ようむ)
Youmu Konpaku
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Youmu Kompaku
Youmu Konpaku
Youmu Konpaku in Ten Desires
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Half-human half-yuurei hybrid


Swordsmanship, concentration


Unknown, but less than 60 years old


Gardener, swordsmanship instructor



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Youmu Konpaku (魂魄 妖夢 Konpaku Youmu) is one of the stranger entities in Gensokyo, part-human and part-yuurei at the same time. Her two halves are not intermixed like one would expect from a cross-breed, but actually exist in physically separate bodies. Youmu has a straightforward and focused personality, which complements her swordsmanship abilities well. However, her personality conflicts with that of her master, Yuyuko Saigyouji, who is very whimsical and playful in nature. Still, she serves Yuyuko as best as she can, tending to the gardens in Hakugyokurou and following her orders.

Youmu commonly wields two blades at once, having studied some under her predecessor, Youki. The longer blade, called Roukanken (楼観剣, Lookout-Tower Sword), is said to be able to kill ten ghosts in one swipe; the shorter blade, Hakurouken (白楼剣, White Tower Sword), is able to cleave through a person's own confusion. However, not much is known about her particular style of swordsmanship, or her parents. What is known is that Youki, also a servant of Hakugyokurou, had begun training a very young Youmu when he suddenly disappeared one day, leaving her style incomplete (and presumably causing her to teach herself). No one currently knows his whereabouts.



The characters for Konpaku (魂魄) mean simply "soul", and Youmu (妖夢) something like "bewitching dream".

Although both Kon () and Paku () are "soul", their elements are different. Kon stands for a "mental" soul, which is separated from a body as soon as human dies and ascends to Heaven; Paku is a "physical" soul, which remains in the body a few days and goes back to the Earth. In this case, Kon is Youmu's ghostly half, and Paku is the human half. The entire Konpaku family is comprised of half-yuurei half-humans, as noted by Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.

The kanji that makes up Youmu (妖夢) are also part of the kanji for Perfect Cherry Blossom (東方妖々夢).

In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Youmu's name is written in Roman letters Japanese style, with her surname first, during pre-battle conversation with her, even though every other character in the game with a Japanese name has their name romanized western-style, with their first names first. This is one of several typographical inconsistencies in the game (another being the inconsistent spelling of Aya's name).


In Perfect Cherry Blossom, Youmu has short silver hair, bright red eyes. She wears a dark green and white dress with several ghost insignias along the edges and a ghost insignia as well on her breast pocket, and a black ribbon tied off-center in her hair. She carries the Roukanken; a long katana with a cherry blossom insignia and a flower attached to it, and the Hakurouken; a wakizashi (Short Japanese sword). Her ghostly half is a formless white yuurei (Although it is blue in Imperishable Night) as large as her human self.

In every later game, Youmu has slight design alterations such as white hair in Immaterial and Missing Power, eye color changes, and lighter green on her dress. It is also important to mention that in every game after Perfect Cherry Blossom, Youmu wears short sleeves.

As of Ten Desires, Youmu's appearance stays mostly the same, the only major change being her hair arranged in a messy style.


Perfect Cherry Blossom

During the events of Perfect Cherry Blossom, Youmu was ordered by Yuyuko to gather as much spring essence from Gensokyo as she could in order to get the entire cherry blossom garden, including the legendary Saigyou Ayakashi, to bloom perfectly. Youmu's efforts indirectly caused winter to continue unchecked in Gensokyo, prompting the player to find the source of the problem. Youmu tried to prevent the player from reaching Hakugyokurou, but was defeated. She also tried to stop the player's confrontation against Yuyuko, but was defeated again.

Imperishable Night

In Imperishable Night, she traveled to the world of the living with the intent to fix the moon--although Yuyuko was more interested in having a feasting tour with a "dragon dish" as the crowning attraction.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View

In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, she was minding her own business but kept encountering various people barging into Hakugyokurou suspecting her of being behind the flower incident. When she traveled to Gensokyo herself to behold the spectacle, she immediately noticed what was going on but thought nothing of it.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody

During the events of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she set off to investigate, concerned as to how and why someone was slaying ghosts. After a hint from Yukari, she found and defeated the culprit.


Yuyuko Saigyouji

Youmu's mistress, likely ever since Youmu was born. Youmu is completely loyal to her, but has trouble understanding her.

Yukari Yakumo

The friend of Youmu's mistress. Youmu respects her greatly and she helps Youmu with lessons and advice, but Youmu doesn't understand her, either. She also treats Yukari's servant, Ran Yakumo, with professional respect, even though Yuyuko says she doesn't have to.

Youki Konpaku

Youmu's master. Youmu considers his dissappearance just another one of his lessons.

Residents of Eientei

From Imperishable Night, Youmu is one of the few characters aware that they're from the Moon, and presumably keeping it a secret like the others.

Others in general

Youmu is acquainted with many other major characters (be it from their visits to the Netherworld or Youmu's own investigations), but generally not close to them personally. Being straight forward and earnest, Youmu tends to get picked on a lot.

Additional Information[edit]


Youmu's different color palettes from Hisoutensoku. The 2nd one corresponds to her second color palette in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, while the 3rd one corresponds to her Immaterial and Missing Power palette.
  • Because of Youmu's spellcard "200 Yojana in 1 Slash", she is said to be capable of striking at speeds most would consider physically impossible (200 yojana can be a distance anywhere from 1,320-3,000 kilometers or 825-1,875 statute miles in length). In order to cover that kind of distance in the split-second a typical sword slash takes to execute, she would have to be capable of moving at far beyond hypersonic speed, currently defined as Mach 5 and faster. Her slowest sword slashes have been calculated to move at speeds in excess of Mach 70 (70 times the speed of sound, or 53,200 mph/85,120 km/h at sea level), fast enough to circle the entire Earth at the Equator in less than half an hour, three times the speed required to orbit the Earth (about 17,500 mph or 28,000 km/h), for reference. One doujinshi (Touhou Kaidan Seven #3) went into far too much detail trying to work out the specifics of this, determining that her theoretical top speed was approximately one quarter of the speed of light...
  • Her theme song is titled "Hiroari Shoots A Strange Bird ~ Till When?", named after a story in which a warrior named Hiroari slays a youkai known as the Nue. This is a pun on the storyline. The "strange bird" is a Nue, also called the "Itsumaden", since it makes this cry near unmourned corpses, meaning "How long (will this corpse remain unattended)?"
    Judging from the story of Perfect Cherry Blossom, the heroine plays the role of Hiroari, Youmu is the Nue, and the corpse is probably Yuyuko Saigyouji. (See also Flandre Scarlet and Yukari Yakumo.)
  • Ironically enough, considering her species, Youmu is afraid of ghosts, as shown in Imperishable Night's Extra. After defeating Fujiwara no Mokou, Yuyuko pretends there is a ghost under a tree, earning a terrified shriek from Youmu. It is a wonder why she doesn't cower away from Yuyuko, whom herself is a ghost.
  • Youmu seems to have some knowledge of Chinese legend and history because of her particular win quote against Meiling, in which she asks why the latter does not wield a weapon, such as a green dragon blade. This can be a source of confusion, since many would imagine the legendary Green Dragon Crescent Blade wielded by the famous Chinese general Guan Yu, but women seldom use pole arms in Chinese martial arts. In Japan, the term has become a common misnomer for the liuyedao and other Chinese sabers. As Youmu admits she has only heard about them in stories, the use of her local, incorrect term is likely intentional.
  • There is a reference to Youmu in the game League of Legends. There is an item called "Youmu's Ghostblade" which fits with Youmu since it shares her name, she is a half ghost and uses a blade for her attacks.
  • There is now a second reference to Youmu in League of Legends. New champion Orianna and her "pet" ball is referencing Youmu and her ghost half.
  • In Touhou Hisoutensoku, one of Youmu's new Spell Cards resembles one of Grant's supers from Garou: Mark of the Wolves.
  • Due to artworks and her sprite in Hisoutensoku, Youmu may be ambidextrous.


  • Youmu is often called "Myon" by fans, as she inexplicably asks Yuyuko why she is present at such a "myon" place in the Perfect Cherry Blossom extra back story. ("Myon-na" is a portmanteau of "hyon-na" (unexpected) and "myou-na" (strange).) Her yuurei half is also sometimes called Myon; it's also occasionally referred to as an "option" (like the ship accessories in Gradius), but this is less common.
  • It is generally accepted in fandom that Myon and Youmu are each able to sense what the other feels.
  • Her ghostly half is often treated in fanworks as "food" (usually eaten by Yuyuko). In Touhou Hisoutensoku this has gone farther; in her script, if she loses to Sanae, the latter asks her how "the marshmallow looking-like thing" tastes.
  • Fanworks occasionally depict Youmu as idolizing Sakuya, most likely because they are similar characters; they are stage 5 bosses who use bladed weapons, have silver hair, eyes that changed colors from red to blue, have power over time, serve a mistress, and reappear in stage 6 as a midboss. In these comics, Youmu addresses Sakuya as "Onee-sama", a title usually used to refer respectfully to an older sister or to an older woman one respects or admires. Though a very small amount of fandom can state they're related in some way in that they are actually like sisters...or not.(Though Yuyuko, Remilia, or Meiling tend to get very jealous in possible artworks)
  • Youmu frequently gets parodied crossing over with Jean-Pierre Polnareff of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (a fast-moving sword stand-user), much like Sakuya and Dio of the same series. This is even present in Touhou Hisoutensoku, where one of her alternate palettes turns her completely silver, a subtle reference to Silver Chariot, Jean-Pierre Polnareff's stand. One of her spell cards has her assault her opponent with multiple copies of herself, just like one of Polnareff's supers in the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure fighting game. Both Sakuya and Youmu can be seen in the style of "gold&silver" due to these palettes.

Spell Cards[edit]

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Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 40
幽鬼剣「妖童餓鬼の断食」 Ghost Sword "Fasting of the Young Preta" PCB St. 5: E/N
餓鬼剣「餓鬼道草紙」 Preta Sword "Scroll of the Preta Realm" PCB St. 5: H
餓王剣「餓鬼十王の報い」 Hungry King Sword "Ten Kings' Retribution on the Preta" PCB St. 5: L
獄界剣「二百由旬の一閃」 Hell Realm Sword "Two Hundred Yojana in One Slash" PCB
St. 5: E/N
獄炎剣「業風閃影陣」 Hell Fire Sword "Sudden Phantom Formation Slash of Karmic Wind" PCB St. 5: H
Hell God Sword "Sudden Divine Severing of Karmic Wind"
Third Card "Sudden Divine Severing of Karmic Wind"
St. 5: L
畜趣剣「無為無策の冥罰」 Animal Realm Sword "Karmic Punishment of the Idle and Unfocused" PCB St. 5: E/N
修羅剣「現世妄執」 Asura Sword "Obsession with the Present World" PCB St. 5: H/L
人界剣「悟入幻想」 Human Realm Sword "Fantasy of Entering Enlightenment" PCB
St. 5: E/N
人世剣「大悟顕晦」 Human Era Sword "Great Enlightenment Appearing and Disappearing" PCB St. 5: H
人神剣「俗諦常住」 Human God Sword "Constancy of the Conventional Truth" PCB St. 5: L
天上剣「天人の五衰」 Heaven Sword "Five Signs of the Dying Deva" PCB
St. 5: E/N
天界剣「七魄忌諱」 Deva Realm Sword "Displeasure of the Seven Hakus" PCB St. 5: H
天神剣「三魂七魄」 Heaven God Sword "Three Kons, Seven Hakus" PCB St. 5: L
六道剣「一念無量劫」 Six Realms Sword "A Single Thought and Infinite Kalpas" PCB
St. 6: E/N/H/L
人符「現世斬」 Human Sign "Slash of Present World" IaMP
人鬼「未来永劫斬」 Human Oni "Slash of the Eternal Future" IaMP
断命剣「冥想斬」 Life-Cutting Sword "Slash of Meditation" IaMP
断迷剣「迷津慈航斬」 Hesitation-Cutting Sword "Slash of Departure from Hesitation" IaMP
魂符「幽明の苦輪」 Soul Sign "Wheel of Pain of the Living and Dead" IaMP
魂魄「幽明求聞持聡明の法」 Konpaku "Dharma of Gumonji Wisdom of the Living and Dead" IaMP
符の壱「二重の苦輪」 First Card "Double Wheel of Pain" IaMP Story
符の弐「心眼迷想斬」 Second Card "Slash of Delusional Inner Eye" IaMP Story
奥義「西行春風斬」 Arcanum "Slash of Saigyou Spring Wind" IaMP Story
「待宵反射衛星斬」 "Matsuyoi-Reflecting Satellite Slash" IN
迷符「纏縛剣」 Hesitation Sign "Sword of Binding Desires" PoFV Use
迷符「半身大悟」 Hesitation Sign "Half-Body Disillusion" PoFV Use
人智剣「天女返し」 Human Knowledge Sword "Turning Angel Cut" StB
St. 6
妄執剣「修羅の血」 Obsession Sword "Blood of Asura" StB St. 6
天星剣「涅槃寂静の如し」 Celestial Star Sword "As the Silent Nirvana" StB
St. 6
四生剣「衆生無情の響き」 Four Births Sword "Echoes of the Inclemency of All Beings" StB St. 6
剣伎「桜花閃々」 Sword Skill "Cherry Blossom Flashing" SWR Use
断霊剣「成仏得脱斬」 Spirit-Cutting Sword "Slash of Ascension to Buddhahood" SWR Use
桜花剣「閃々散華」 Cherry Blossom Sword "Flashing Scattered Flowers" SWR Story
断想剣「草木成仏斬」 Thought-Cutting Sword "Slash of the Buddhahood of Flora" SWR Story
瞑斬「楼観から弾をも断つ心の眼」 Closed-Eye Slash "The Bullet-Cutting Spirit Eye from Roukan" SWR Story
転生剣「円心流転斬」 Reincarnation Sword "Slash of Circular Vicissitude" Soku Use
空観剣「六根清浄斬」 Voidness Sword "Slash Clearing the Six Senses" Soku
光符「冥府光芒一閃」 Light Sign "Light Flash of the Netherworld" ISC St. 7
彼岸剣「地獄極楽滅多斬り」 Higan Sword "Hacking Slashes of Hell and Paradise" ISC St. 7


Official Profiles[edit]

Perfect Cherry Blossom - キャラ設定.txt[edit]

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Youmu Konpaku PCB  ○幽人の庭師

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく・ようむ)



  先代、魂魄 妖忌(こんぱく ようき)は、300年程庭師を務めたあ








Ghostly Gardener

Konpaku Youmu

Stage 5 boss, a being of half-human and half-yūrei. She's both the second gardener for the Saigyouji clan and the guardian of their mistress. Her ability is swordsmanship.

Youmu looks after the garden with two swords: Roukan-ken is a longer sword that has the power of killing ten ghosts; Hakurou-ken is a shorter one that can slash down the confusion of humans.

Youki Konpaku, the former gardener, had been the one for about 300 years, but suddenly became a hermit after having made a very young Youmu his successor. Youmu's ability of swordsmanship has still been in progress, so she needs daily practice. Though Youmu herself has no clue where her master is, she thinks of her master's absence as a lesson from him.

This time, following the order the mistress of Saigyouji gave her, she has gathered all of spring essences in Gensokyo to make Saigyou Ayakashi bloom fully.

Here in Hakugyokurou, there are so many cherry blossoms besides Saigyou Ayakashi, which has never bloomed. The former gardener said, "I've seen the fully-bloomed Saigyou Ayakashi before, but this might be the last time." At that time, Youmu had no idea what he meant and why the mistress of Saigyouji gave her such an order.

Youmu sweeps the garden of the Saigyouji family; it's about 200 yojanas long (The mistress exaggerates, of course). This garden has a large amount of cherry trees, where is a good site for residents all over the Netherworld. When spring comes, Youmu is very busy in sweeping. ^ 

This year isn't the exception, too. The ghosts are really thrilled by the wonderful cherry trees. Everyone said, "I'm happy to be a ghost!" On the other hand, Youmu, the half-human saw this raving scene and half-sympathised by saying: "I'm half happy to be a half yuurei!"

Now, all she should do is wait for the blooming of Saigyou Ayakashi.


Immaterial and Missing Power - 上海アリス通信.txt[edit]

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Youmu Konpaku IaMP  ○半分幻の庭師

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱくようむ)






Half-phantom Gardener

Konpaku Youmu

Species: Half-human Half-yuurei
Location: Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld
Ability: Fighting with her swords

A gardener who works in Hakugyokurou and lives there. She's half-human and half-yuurei, half-dead and half-alive, half-yuurei and half-reality, and altogether half-baked. Yet she has two swords.

She applies all her effort to anything and everything, but it hardly ever pays off. Compared to the quirky cast of characters that inhabits Gensokyo, her all too straightforward personality is very easy to understand.

She's very good at fighting arts for someone so half-baked. She's also quite good at magic for such a half-baked character, and actually has a good sense of balance between the two. Using the Roukanken and Hakurouken, which were said to be forged by youkai, she can cut through enemies and ghosts and bullets and people's worries. The things she can't cut through are next to none.

Roukanken (the longer one) has the power to kill ten ghosts in one slash. Hakurouken is said to be able to cut through people's confusion, but of course, both of them can also kill living humans.


Imperishable Night - Manual[edit]

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Youmu Konpaku IN  ○半人半霊 魂魄 妖夢(こんぱくようむ)





Half-human Half-phantom Konpaku Youmu

A being that is half a human and half a yuurei.
She's a half-human and half-yuurei in the Netherworld. Her ability is swordsmanship.
She attacks her enemy with Roukanken and Hakurouken. She has two kinds of body: human and phantom. This means she's an incompletely useful girl.
She's supposed to be the swordsmanship teacher of Yuyuko-sama, still, she's treated as a gardener so far.

She's so immature you can't help liking her because of her straightforward and pure character, yet she's always made fun by anybody for her nature.
The nature of residents in Gensokyo is beyond simplicity.

Main weapon is the swords, and her effort.

This time, she makes her trip with Yuyuko.
Focused movement is only available when she's alone.
It's hard to use because of her narrow range of attack and the unique movement of her soul figure.
When you use her Spell Card, you can't attack for a while.
Besides, her Spell Card is also hard to use...
By the way, you can return the soul figure back to Youmu by changing to Yuyuko.
This matter is absolutely important when using her.


Imperishable Night - キャラ設定.txt[edit]

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Youmu Konpaku IN  ○半人半霊

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)
  Youmu Konpaku




Half-human half-phantom

Youmu konpaku

Species: Comprised equally of human and yuurei
Abilities: Master of Swordsmanship

She's the gardener of Hakugyokurou (which is in the world past death), but originally she was a swordmanship teacher for Yuyuko.

Even she herself is not certain either she is alive or not, human or phantom. However, she slowly but surely grows older as time passes, so maybe she's alive. Konpaku's swords were designed primarily for use against ghosts and spiritual beings, but they still seem to work well against living beings.


Phantasmagoria of Flower View - Manual[edit]

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Youmu Konpaku PoFV  ○半人半霊の半人前  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)



Half-human Half-phantom and Half-baked Konpaku Youmu

Ms.Half-being, half-human and half-yuurei.
A gardener of Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld, whose ability is swordsmanship.
Originally, she's a swordsmanship teacher of her mistress.

Knowing that the flowers were in full bloom in Gensokyo, she came to see the scenery. Though she saw lots of ghosts hiding behind the flowers, she pretended not to see them.


Phantasmagoria of Flower View - キャラ設定.txt[edit]

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Youmu Konpaku PoFV  ○半人半霊の半人前

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)
  Konpaku Youmu




Half-human Half-phantom and Half-baked

Konpaku Youmu

Species: Both human and yuurei
Ability: Swordsmanship

A gardener of Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld.
Originally, she's the swordsmanship teacher of her mistress.

Knowing that flowers are in full bloom in Gensokyo, she came to watch the scenery. Though she saw lots of ghosts hidden behind the flowers, she pretended not to see them.


Scarlet Weather Rhapsody - chara.html[edit]

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Youmu Konpaku SWR  ○半分幻の庭師

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)


Half-phantom Gardener

Youmu Konpaku

Race: half human half yuurei
Occupation: gardener
Place of residence: Hakugyokurou, in the afterlife
Ability: the power to use sword techniques
Personality: doesn't pay too much attention to her own style.
Tries very hard, in many ways.
She's straightforward and often speaks her mind, but never whines about anything.


Ten Desires - omake.txt[edit]

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Youmu Konpaku TD  ○半人半霊の庭師

  魂魄 妖夢(こんぱく ようむ)
  Konpaku Youmu





Half-human half-phantom

Youmu konpaku

Species: Comprised equally of human and yuurei
Abilities: Master of Swordsmanship

She is both the gardener of Hakugyokurou (which is in the world past death) and the swordmanship teacher for Yuyuko.

She is always busy doing her chores as the gardener of the incredibly large Hakugyokurou garden. She's straightforward and always on her duty, but very easy to be deceived. Her life was quite peaceful as the ghosts wouldn't make much of a fuss these days.

Then there was a sudden appearance of a mysterious spirits - the divine spirits were beings that was composed of the desires of humans. Their existence is very transient, so they disappear quickly. But she went off to investigate hoping that there will be no more incidents relating to any kind of spirits in the future.


Official Sources[edit]

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[1]Yojana is a unit of the distance that ancient India's imperial army could move per day. 1 yojana equals about 10-15 km. In other words, the Saigyouji's garden is about 2,000-3,000 km. long... Is that so?)