Yuuka Kazami

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Yuuka Kazami
ka̠za̠mi jɯᵝːka̠ (♫)
Yuka Kazami
Yuuka Kazami
Flower Master of the Four Seasons
More Character Titles
Species

Youkai

Abilities

Manipulation of flowers

Age

At least over 78,[1] implied to be very old.[2]

Location
Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works
Other
  • Kioh Gyoku (Playable Character, Possible Opponent)
"You know that we use the saying, 'make a beehive out of someone', when we want to mean 'completely screw someone up'. But a beehive has bees, and bees might attack in defense. That's why I'd like to say, 'make a sunflower out of someone'. A sunflower with all those seeds packed does look quite like a beehive, and you've got many shells shoved in too."Yuuka Kazami (Phantasmagoria of Flower View)

Yuuka Kazami (風見 幽香 Kazami Yuuka) is a long-lived youkai called the "Flower Master of the Four Seasons" whose main place of activity is the Garden of the Sun, a field completely covered in sunflowers. She loves seasonal flowers, so throughout the year she moves to the respective places where the flowers grow: spring flowers for spring, summer flowers for summer, autumn flowers for autumn and sometimes winter flowers for winter.

General Information

Yuuka made her first ever appearance in the fourth PC-98 Touhou Project game Lotus Land Story as both the fifth stage boss and the final boss. She then appeared as a playable character in Mystic Square. Afterwards, she reappeared as a playable character in the ninth work Phantasmagoria of Flower View. Additionally, she has made a guest appearance as an unlockable character in the Seihou Project's second game, Kioh Gyoku.

Yuuka is a caretaker of flowers of all seasons, likened to a force of nature holding tremendous power. She is presumed to be very old given her demeanor and knowledge of the causes behind the Great Barrier Incident of Sixty Years. Her main place of activity is the Garden of the Sun. She used to reside in Mugenkan, the mansion at the boundary between Gensokyo and the Fantasy World, guarded by two gatekeepers - Elly and possibly Kurumi.

Personality

Yuuka in HM

Yuuka is a troublesome and playful youkai. She holds strength in high regard and likes to look down on and toy with those weaker than her. She's sharp-witted and thoroughly enjoys rubbing people the wrong way through various methods, ranging from simply joking around with her opponent[3] to (falsely) claiming credit for causing an incident[4]. Her Perfect Memento in Strict Sense article states her threat level as "very high" and her human friendship level as the "worst". However, she also tends to visit the Human Village and comes off as fairly polite, in addition to often appearing at the Hakurei Shrine on peaceful terms (like in her Phantasmagoria of Flower View ending, for example), meaning this could possibly be an exaggeration.

Yuuka is shown to be rather dormant due to her age - in Lotus Land Story, rather than directly participating in the incident she caused, she simply goes to sleep as if ignoring it. In the Windows series, this is further reinforced - she doesn't move from the Garden of the Sun nearly at all, and thus usually doesn't actively seek opponents. However, there are exceptions to this when something catches her eye, as shown in her excursions in Mystic Square and Phantasmagoria of Flower View.

In Kioh Gyoku, ZUN referred to her as Youkai Moe in her profile. Various official materials follow similar suit with her smiling in a sunflower field in her Perfect Memento in Strict Sense's article, and her background appearance in Hopeless Masquerade has her sitting with a smile and waving.

Abilities

Strength

Yuuka is said to be impressively strong. She is stated to be one of the strongest youkai in the victinity of the Hakurei Shrine in Mystic Square.[5] Her Perfect Memento in Strict Sense article says that she sports extremely high power and physical abilities, which she uses to mercilessly eliminate any disturbances. She is also compared to a manifestation of nature, akin to a Fairy, albeit far stronger.[6] Out-of-universe, ZUN has also stated her to be a very strong boss.[7] Additionally, while this can hardly be considered a display of strength, she is not always shown to take damage after a battle when encountered as a boss in Phantasmagoria of Flower View - Mystia Lorelei and Cirno, rather than actually defeating her after technically "winning" in their own scenarios, escape from her instead. In Lyrica Prismriver's scenario, she is still shown unharmed, although Lyrica doesn't seem to escape and has a quite friendly conversation with her after the battle instead. Medicine and Komachi, however, apparently defeat her for good.

However, despite her strength, she appears to move quite slowly in all of her appearances - both as a boss, slowly drifting across the screen in Lotus Land Story, as well as when she's playable - her movement speed is the slowest of all characters. On the other hand, she can move quite fast when using her ability of turning into a ball of light.

Ability to manipulate flowers

Yuuka is capable of manipulating flowers - making them bloom, shifting the faces of sunflowers towards the sun, or making withered flowers bloom again. As implied in her title, she can use it for flowers of all seasons. This ability is considered to be more of a small addition to her physical abilities, but it can manifest in destructive ways - for example, she destroys the Hakurei Shrine using a giant flower in one of Lotus Land Story's endings.[8]

Turning into a ball of light, teleporting

In Lotus Land Story, Yuuka is shown to be capable of turning into a ball of light, allowing her to move at a speed much higher than usual. She also teleports around the screen in most Stage 6 attacks.

Cloning herself

In the same game, Yuuka is capable of splitting herself into two. The clone doesn't appear to be independent, as it uses the same patterns as Yuuka, firing them simultaneously with her.

Possessions

Parasol

Yuuka always has a parasol with her that's apparently the only flower in Gensokyo that never withers,[9] but it's unclear if it can turn into a flower, actually is a flower, or if this is a mere metaphor. According to Rinnosuke, it is a special parasol capable of cutting ultraviolet rays, as well as blocking both rain and danmaku.[6] Yuuka uses it to perform graceful attacks.

Character Design

Yuuka as illustrated in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.

Name

Her full name is Yuuka Kazami (風見 幽香). The characters for "Yuuka" (幽香) mean "dim scent" or "fragrance". "Kazami" (風見) literally means "wind watching" and is also the term for a weather vane. She had no surname in the PC-98 games and Kioh Gyoku.

Design

In Lotus Land Story's official art, Yuuka has green eyes and straight, waist-length hair which covers her right eye. In her first appearance at Stage 5, she wears light pink pajamas and a nightcap. She also carries a large pink pocket-watch with roman numerals. In the final stage, as well as in Mystic Square and Kioh Gyoku, Yuuka is wearing red plaid pants and a waistcoat of the same color and pattern over a plain white shirt with a yellow ribbon tied around the collar, in addition to carrying her signature parasol. Unusual among Touhou characters, Yuuka is not ornamented with any hair accessories or hats (her nightcap notwithstanding). In appearances after Lotus Land Story, her hair is wavy and cut to shoulder-length.

In Mystic Square, she is shown with a baton when she uses a bomb as a Ten Carat Torte reference.

As of Phantasmagoria of Flower View, she wears a red plaid skirt instead of plaid pants and, as in Kioh Gyoku, her eyes are red. Her Hopeless Masquerade sprite shows her wearing stockings in addition to this outfit.

Yuuka's illustration in Kioh Gyoku was done by ZUN himself and was used as the basis for her current design.[7] Unlike in other appearances, her cut-in boss attack image shows her to have four green and purple wings, and her boss sprite has six wings of light.

Yuuka's alternative outfit in Phantasmagoria of Flower View is the same as her normal outfit, except her dress is blue.

Appearances

PC-98

Lotus Land Story
Yuuka in LLS Stage 5
Yuuka in LLS Stage 6
Yuuka as she first appeared in LLS
Yuuka as a ball of light; left from st5 & right from st6

Yuuka was the one behind the events of Lotus Land Story, where she sent youkai to destroy the Hakurei Shrine because she had "spare time". Since she was suddenly challenged to fight, she showed up with a pink negligee and nightcap, accepting the challenge. Given how Reimu Hakurei started out at noon and Marisa Kirisame started out at night, it is unknown just at which hour the stage is meant to take place. She used sparkly bullets, as well as a giant laser, potentially being the inspiration for Marisa's Master Spark.

Afterwards, when she was defeated, she ran off, only to be pursued into the sixth stage by the heroine, where she showed up with the appearance similar to her Windows outfit. Not affected at all by her sudden wake-up and fight, she once again fought with her opponent. After the two long battles, she was finally exterminated.

Mystic Square

Her title was "Oriental Demon" (Orange, the first stage boss of Lotus Land Story, also has this title). There was an incident caused by Makai, and Yuuka had free time, so therefore she went to Makai to play.

Games

Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Yuuka's back sprite in PoFV
Yuuka's sprite in PoFV

Yuuka, being a Youkai that's been around for a long time, knew exactly what was happening when this incident started, but took time to realise it was 60 years ago the previous incident occurred. Of course being the youkai of flowers helped too, but unfortunately that also put her straight at the top of everyone's suspect list when they found her enjoying the flowers. She eventually encounters Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu and gets lectured for living too long and teasing others. Eventually, they fight to prove who's the strongest, with Yuuka winning.

Hopeless Masquerade

Yuuka appeared in the fighter Hopeless Masquerade as a background cameo on the Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum stage. She's seen quietly waving and smiling.

Literature

Silent Sinner in Blue

Yuuka was briefly shown in Chapter 9 of Silent Sinner in Blue, where she attended the party at the Scarlet Devil Mansion about the Moon Rocket.

Oriental Sacred Place

Yuuka makes a brief cameo on chapter 18 of Oriental Sacred Place, where Sunny Milk makes a reference as to how Reimu Hakurei exterminates youkai, but they don't actually get "exterminated". She appears with many other youkai.

Wild and Horned Hermit

Yuuka was at the flower viewing during Chapter 16 of Wild and Horned Hermit. It appears that she drank from the "Ibaraki Box of a Hundred Medicines" and thus gained the personality of an oni for a while. In Chapter 23, she is seen at the shrine with other youkai, while Reimu is doing fortune-telling for them.

Forbidden Scrollery

Yuuka was briefly shown on Chapter 10 Forbidden Scrollery, attending the Noh play performed by Hata no Kokoro at the Hakurei Shrine. She appears to be interacting with Reimu and Seiga Kaku.

Seihou Games

Yuuka as she appears in Kioh Gyoku.
Note: This section is part of the Seihou Project by the Doujin circle "Shunsatsu sare do?".
Kioh Gyoku
Yuuka in KOG

Yuuka appeared in Seihou Project's second work Kioh Gyoku, a danmaku game by the junior doujin circle "Shunsatsu sare do?", to which ZUN contributed music and art. Her title was "Beauty of the Twilight" and her theme was "Lovely Mound of Cherry Blossoms ~ Flower of Japan". To add to this, Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame made guest appearances in the previous work, Shuusou Gyoku.

Like the other playable characters, Yuuka has no story mode. She was one of the few who fought without a spaceship, along with VIVIT and Muse (although Erich wasn't using a spaceship, but a high-performance mecha). As she came from another world, no one recognized her. She was merely referred to as "foreign" by Milia, who also boasted about her speed. VIVIT remarks that she feels familiar, referring to her encounter with Reimu and Marisa in Shuusou Gyoku. Gates said that Yuuka's fighting style was completely different and that he wanted her data, and Marie thought the battle between her and Yuuka was "eccentric". The last boss, Muse, felt a "different divinity" in Yuuka.

Relationships

Reimu and Marisa

It appears that Yuuka has known Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame before the events of Phantasmagoria of Flower View through meeting them during Lotus Land Story. She describes Marisa as "grown up quite a bit" and tells Reimu that she's "still being a poor shrine maiden".

Yuuka was the one who sent youkai to destroy the Hakurei Shrine during Lotus Land Story. Marisa sees her as a "strange fellow".

Minor Relationships

Elly

In PC-98, Yuuka seems to have some kind of relationship with Elly, since she's the gatekeeper of Mugenkan.

Gallery

Artworks

Illustrations

Skills

Skills
Name Translated Comments Games Usage
Total: 2
「フラワーシューティング」 "Flower Shooting" PoFV Charge attack
「幻想春花」 "Fantastic Spring Flowers" PoFV EX attack

Spell Cards

Spell cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 2
花符「幻想郷の開花」 Flower Sign "Blossoming of Gensokyo" PoFV Use
幻想「花鳥風月、嘯風弄月」 Fantasy "The Beauties of Nature" PoFV Use

Additional Information

  • In Mystic Square, Yuuka's player sprite is the only one outlined in blue. In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, the outline is gone.
  • Yuuka, along with the Prismriver Sisters and Mystia Lorelei, is the only spell card-using character from the first generation of Windows games not to appear in Shoot the Bullet.
  • Yuuka is also the only pre-Undefined Fantastic Object character to not have an article in The Grimoire of Marisa.
  • Her attacks in Phantasmagoria of Flower View comparatively resemble attacks from Kioh Gyoku, where her shot and bomb was similar, her attack range was wide, and the shape and form of her danmaku had the theme of flowers.
  • Her bad ending in Mystic Square has her breaking the fourth wall and kindly telling the player to rest, then try clearing the game again.
  • If the Seihou Project canon were ever linked with the Touhou Project canon, Yuuka would be the only known Touhou character to have actually destroyed multiple, physical spaceships and aircrafts. UFOs appear in Undefined Fantastic Object where Reimu, Marisa and Sanae Kochiya appear to take them down, although these were fake because they were actually Seeds of Unknown Form.

Fandom

Official Profiles

Mystic Square - 怪綺談.TXT
Th05Yuuka.png      幽香(ゆうか)         ・・ 妖怪さん


   神社の周りにすむ、数いる妖怪さんの中では最強クラスの妖怪さんなのだが、いつもなにを考えてるのか分からない性格は、そういったカリスマのかけらもない妖怪にしている。
   ただ実際は、かなり頭もきれるようではあるのだが・・・

Yuuka         Youkai

One of the strongest youkai living around Hakurei Shrine, but her personality is such that one can never tell what she's thinking, so she's a very uncharismatic youkai.
However, she actually seems to be quite sharp-witted...

Kioh Gyoku - ZUN「創曲幻想」.txt
Yuuka  ■3.妖怪萌え


  さてさて、関係ないですが(ありますが)1キャラだけ絵柄<が違う幽香と言うキャラは、実は昔私が創っていたSTG
  の東方幻想郷のラスボスであり、東方怪綺談のプレイヤーキャラの一人です。
  妖怪です。ええ。妖怪萌え~。
  全然東洋風っぽくないのは、妖怪だからです。ええ。
  妖怪萌。

  ちなみに、レベル1溜打ちの萌風を10人中10人は「もえかぜ」と読むだろうなぁ、と思いつつ。




  妖怪出ないかなぁ。うちの部屋とか、仕事場とかに。
  巫女さんでも可。

  ちなみに幽香は、怪綺談エキストラEDのあと、予定通り
  究極の魔法と言う物を拾得しました。それが何なのかは
  作者も知りません。

  きっと萌える物に違いあるまい。萌ぇ~。

3. Youkai Moe


Now then, with absolutely no relation (well, some relation) the only character with a slightly different feel, Yuuka, is actually the last boss I made a long time ago for the STG Touhou Lotus Land Story, and is a playable character of Touhou Mystic Square.
A youkai. Yes. Youkai moe~.
The reason she doesn't feel oriental at all is because she's a Youkai. Yes. Youkai moe.

By the way, I think that 10 out of 10 people would read the level 1 barrage 萌風 as "moekaze"




Wonder if a Youkai would come out. Like in my room, or my workplace.
A shrine maiden is fine too.

Also, after Mystic Square's extra ending, as planned, Yuuka received the ultimate magic. The author himself doesn't know exactly what it is.

It's definitely something moe. Moe~.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View - キャラ設定.txt
Yuuka Kazami ○四季のフラワーマスター

  風見 幽香(かざみ ゆうか)
  Kazami Yuuka

  種族:妖怪
  能力:花を操る程度の能力

   幻想郷に住む妖怪。花を操る程度の能力を持つ。
   季節の花が大好きで、春は春の花、夏には夏の花、秋には秋の花、冬には少ないながらも冬の花を、一年中花が咲いているところを目指して移動する。

   今回、花でいっぱいになってしまった幻想郷を見て彼女は、驚く事もなく事態を理解していた。
  理解した上でずっとこのままだったら幸せなのに、と思っていた。

   異変はいつかは必ず解決されてしまう。彼女はつかの間のこの異変を楽しむことにした。六十年に一度の異変、楽しまないと勿体ない。

   これといって目的意識も無く、花を楽しみつつ寝たり起きたりを繰り返している。

Flower Master of the Four Seasons

Kazami Yuuka

Species: Youkai
Ability: Manipulating flowers

A youkai that lives in Gensokyo. She has the ability to manipulate flowers.
She loves seasonal flowers, so throughout the year she moves to the respective places where the flowers grow: spring flowers for spring, summer flowers for summer, autumn flowers for autumn, and although there aren't many, winter flowers for winter.

This time, as she witnessed Gensokyo being overtaken by flowers, she wasn't surprised at all and very well understood the situation. Although she understood it, she thought that it'd be paradise if it was always this way.

The outbreak must eventually be resolved. She decided that she would enjoy this outbreak while she can. It'd be a waste to not enjoy this once-every-sixty-years outbreak.

Without a destination in mind, she enjoyed the flowers as she slept and awoke, as her pattern continued.

Official Sources

Official sources

References

  1. Phantasmagoria of Flower View Yuuka's Scenario VS Reimu - "What are you talking about? I'm talking about an event that happened decades ago, you know? Way before you were even born. Ah, that's right, that was sixty years ago. Aah... ... I see, it's almost that time again... Sixty years, huh. It's coming around again.." - The events of Phantasmagoria of Flower View occured in 2005, subtracting 60 years from that equals 1945.
  2. Phantasmagoria of Flower View Yuuka's Scenario VS Eiki - "Living is that much of a sin." "That's right, you've lived a little too long." "If you continue living on like this, nothing good will come of it." - Eiki lectured Yuuka for simply living too long.
  3. Lotus Land Story/Story/Marisa's Scenario#Final Stage
  4. Phantasmagoria of Flower View/Story/Yuuka's Scenario#Yuuka vs. Aya (Episode 7)
  5. Mystic Square/Translation/Manual
  6. 6.0 6.1 Perfect Memento in Strict Sense - Yuuka Kazami
  7. 7.0 7.1 Strange Creators of Outer World/Who's Who of Humans & Youkai in Gensokyo/Yuuka Kazami
  8. Lotus Land Story - Bad Ending (ReimuB)
  9. Phantasmagoria of Flower View - vs. Tewi.