Yamame Kurodani

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黒谷 (くろだに) ヤマメ
Yamame Kurodani
kɯɽodanʲi jamame (♫)
Yamame Kurodani
Yamame Kurodani in Touhou Gouyoku Ibun
The Bright Net in the Dark Cave
More Character Titles
Species

Tsuchigumo

Abilities

Manipulation of illness (mainly infectious disease)

Location

Underworld

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"I'll show you how great the power of the youkai who were banished underground is!"Yamame Kurodani (Subterranean Animism Stage 1)


Yamame Kurodani (黒谷 ヤマメ Kurodani Yamame) is the Stage 1 boss in Subterranean Animism, inhabiting the entrance to the Underworld.

General Information

Yamame is a tsuchigumo – an earth spider – with the ability to manipulate diseases. She first appeared as the Stage 1 boss in Subterranean Animism, then as a stage 3 target in Double Spoiler and as a background character in Hopeless Masquerade. She generally prefers not to use said ability, though, and she has an outgoing nature and a love of fighting.

Personality

Other youkai like her for her bright personality, but humans stay away because of her ability. Furthermore, she doesn't want to attack humans if she could avoid it. In addition, as a tsuchigumo, she is well-suited for building construction due to her physical strength and that of her string. However, she can apparently be reasoned with.

Abilities

Yamame can fire out spider-like webs, where in Double Spoiler, Aya Shameimaru commented that "tsuchigumo are quite skilled and strong, and particularly good with architecture".

Manipulating illness (mainly infectious disease)

Yamame's ability is manipulation of illness and diseases, with a specialization in infectious ones. The amount of viruses and germs being quite strong, that they infect the atmosphere, and are highly lethal. It can be said to be a natural enemy to humans, who are based upon living in groups. However, with the sensibility of not unreasonably inflicting illness, she herself doesn't have that sort of intention of using it often at all; this is probably due to being tormented with the experience of having inflicted disease on attacking humans in the far past.

It is partially implied in Symposium of Post-mysticism that the main disease she manipulates is influenza, as the only identifiable common symptom is a high fever, and the symptoms themselves change from year to year. It is further implied by the footnote which says that the sickness is called different things each year and even given "types", such as Type A or Type B. As a side note, Eirin Yagokoro is apparently attempting to create a "miracle drug" to cure this specific disease.

Character Design

Yamame Kurodani in SoPM

Name

In an interview released in Cara☆Mel‎, ZUN mentioned that he figured her name was particularly "spiderish", maybe because spiders are all about their eyes (me, in Japanese). This means that another possible interpretation for her name would be "Yamame" or "八ま目", which roughly translates as "Eight Eyes". Also see Tsuchigumo.

The name "Kurodani" is written with characters that mean "black valley". Yamame may be written as "山女" (lit. mountain girl), which refers to a mythical demon in Japanese folklore.

Design

In Subterranean Animism's official art, Yamame has brown eyes and blonde hair tied up in a bun with a ribbon. She wears a black and brown dress that's poofy under the waist, some black shoes with white socks, and a yellow ribbon tied around her lower body. The number of buttons on her outfit adds up to the total amouth of eight eyes a spider has. In her Touhou Gouyoku Ibun appearance, her sprite has what looks like four large, brown spider legs with yellow rings near the extremes, but her portrait art leaves it ambiguous as to whether they are spider legs, or just the loose strips of a ribbon that looks similar to spider legs.

Appearances

Games

Subterranean Animism
Yamame's sprite in SA

During the events of Subterranean Animism, she asks the heroine if she is in her way to the festival in the Underground. However, she attacks the player as she thinks the heroine is talking to herself or acting suspiciously, but she was defeated quickly.

Spin-offs

Yamame's sprite in GI
Double Spoiler
Yamame in HM

In Double Spoiler, Yamame used a few spell cards and had Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou taking photos of her and her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade

Yamame made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Palace of Earth Spirits stage. She is seen at the top of the screen upside-down.

Touhou Gouyoku Ibun

Yamame appears in Marisa Kirisame, Kanako Yasaka and Flandre Scarlet scenarios. In Marisa's, she appears thinking she had another prey to eat, just to see the magician attack her not knowing what exactly is going on. In Kanako's scenario, she attacks her because she wanted to eat a snake just to be beaten by the god; and in Flandre's she thinks the vampire is a kishin, something that annoyed Flandre and made attack her.

Literature

Symposium of Post-mysticism

Byakuren Hijiri mentions that Yamame came to the surface at one point to try and enter the Myouren Temple, but the monk denied her entrance as Yamame's reasons were essentially because she thinks the worried people that come to the temple look delicious.

Gallery

Artworks

Illustrations

Others

Spell Cards

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 10
罠符「キャプチャーウェブ」 Trap Sign "Capture Web" SA St. 1: E/N
蜘蛛「石窟の蜘蛛の巣」 Spider "Cave Spider's Nest" SA
GoM
St. 1: H/L
瘴符「フィルドミアズマ」 Miasma Sign "Filled Miasma" SA
GoM
St. 1: E/N
瘴気「原因不明の熱病」 Miasma "Unexplained Fever" SA St. 1: H/L
細綱「カンダタロープ」 Small Thread "Kandata's Rope" DS
GoU
St. 3
毒符「樺黄小町」 Poison Sign "Japanese Foliage Spider" DS St. 3
毒雨「アンサニタリーレイン」
毒水「アンサニタリーレイン」
Poison Rain "Unsanitary Rain"
Poison Water "Unsanitary Rain"
SFW (Demo)
SFW
Story
毒蜘蛛「ヴェノムウェブ」 Poison Spider "Venom Web" SFW Story
油水「オイルバーニングレイン」 Oily Water "Oil Burning Rain" SFW Story
血蜘蛛「インピュアブラッドリーウェブ」 Blood Spider "Impure Bloodly Web" SFW Story

Additional Information

Fandom

Official Profiles

Subterranean Animism - Character Settings.txt
Yamame Kurodani SA ○1面ボス 暗い洞窟の明るい網

  黒谷ヤマメ(くろだに やまめ)
  Kurodani Yamame

  種族:土蜘蛛
  能力:病気(主に感染症)を操る程度の能力

  旧都や洞窟の奥底で活動している妖怪。
  人間と戦う事に一切の抵抗感は無い。好戦的で性格は明るい。

  ただその能力から会う者全てに嫌がられる。しかし、本人は無闇に相手を病に冒したりはしない。よく話をしてみると明るく楽しい妖怪で、地下の妖怪達の人気者である。

Stage 1 boss The Bright Net in the Dark Cave

Yamame Kurodani

Species: Tsuchigumo
Ability: Manipulating illness (mainly infectious disease)

A youkai that lives primarily in abandoned cities and deep in caves.
She has no qualms about fighting humans. She has a bright, combative personality.

Her power makes everyone she meets hate her. However, she herself wouldn't inflict disease on someone without reason. She's a bright, fun-loving youkai if you get to know her, so she's popular among the youkai that live underground.

Official Sources

Official sources