kɯɽodanʲi jamame (♫)
Yamame Kurodani in Touhou Gouyoku Ibun
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Manipulation of illness (mainly infectious disease)
"I'll show you how great the power of the youkai who were banished underground is!"
- — Yamame Kurodani (Subterranean Animism Stage 1)
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Subterranean Animism
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.
- Double Spoiler
- Hopeless Masquerade
- 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.
- 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.
Artwork in Subterranean Animism
Yamame from Who's Who of Humans & Youkai - Dusk Edition
Yamame's sigil as seen in The Grimoire of Marisa.
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