Yuyuko Saigyouji

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西 (さい) (ぎょう) ()   () () ()
Yuyuko Saigyouji
saigʲoːd͡ʑi jɯjɯko (♫)
Yuyuko Saigyouzi
Yuyuko Saigyouji
Yuyuko Saigyouji in Ten Desires
Dreaming Ghost
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Species

Ghost

Abilities

Manipulation of death, Manipulation of departed souls

Age

Dead/Immortal (Presumed to have "died over 1000 years ago" according to PMiSS. Born sometime in the 12th century if the daughter of Saigyō Hōshi)

Occupation

Departed spirit princess

Location

Hakugyokurou

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
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"Just a little longer. A little longer and the Saigyou Ayakashi will be in full bloom..."Yuyuko Saigyouji (Perfect Cherry Blossom Stage 6.)


Yuyuko Saigyouji (西行寺 幽々子 Saigyouji Yuyuko) is the main antagonist of Perfect Cherry Blossom. She's the ghost "princess" head of Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld.

She first appeared as the Final Boss of Perfect Cherry Blossom, later becoming a playable character along with Youmu Konpaku (as a duo) in Imperishable Night and showing up as an expansion character in Immaterial and Missing Power, Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, and Touhou Hisoutensoku. She would eventually also appear as the Stage 1 boss in Ten Desires, and as a Day 4 boss in Impossible Spell Card.

Unlike many departed spirits, Yuyuko resembles a living human; a humanoid.

General Information

Personality

She is very cheerful and friendly. In fact, her playful, good-humored personality, otherworldly beauty, and courtesan charm can have a disarming effect. She often makes bizarre and apparently nonsensical remarks and sometimes seems to overlook the obvious, leading to her characterization as an airhead or a ditz. For instance, in Touhou Bougetsushou, she toyed with Youmu Konpaku as a daily occurrence even with Ran Yakumo present.

However, at other times she will reveal an extremely cunning and perceptive side and will also sometimes display an extraordinary level of knowledge. For instance, in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she was the quickest character to identify the culprit as Tenshi Hinanawi when the incident was in the omen stage (Yukari Yakumo spoke of the dwindling of phantoms as Komachi Onozuka's negligence, but Yuyuko guessed correctly). Additionally, in Ten Desires, she obliquely informed the playable character about the location of the incident regarding the divine spirits. She is also known for her incredible appetite.

Abilities

Manipulating death

This is the ability to, without exception and without permitting any resistance, end the life of any living being, whether it be human or youkai. The only kind of creatures immune from this are Hourai Immortals. Be aware that this does not mean that she can make any person die instantly, but rather that she can make it so that any person will die with absolutely certainty, regardless of if they wish to die or not. Clearly and simply, it is an unusually and dreadfully powerful ability. Although the fear and responsibility brought with this ability is what drove her to commit suicide and become a ghost, it seems that she hasn't forgotten this ability since then, and it seems that she can use this ability in a carefree manner (though she doesn't act carelessly in the usage of this ability). However, whether she's able to end life only to the extent of fainting, or if she invites one to death gently, is unclear. During her lifetime, the latter was true. Her Last Word "Saigyouji Parinirvana" is said to be the very incarnation of this ability.

Manipulating departed souls

This is the ability that enables her to manipulate ghosts and spirits, an ability she possessed even while she was alive. Although it's unclear what one is exactly able to accomplish with this ability, it seems to place Yuyuko on the role of the manager of the ghosts who stay for a while in the Netherworld. Because of this ability, she is able to let those from Hell stay eternally in the Netherworld.

Character Design

Name

Her full name is Yuyuko Saigyouji (西行寺 幽々子). Her surname Saigyouji (西行寺, lit. "West journey temple") comes from her motif as a daughter of the famous Japanese poet Saigyō Hōshi (西行 法師), who lived in the late Heian period and the early Kamakura period. He passed away in the Hirokawa Temple (弘川寺 Hirokawadera), which could be where the character ji () came from.

Her first name Yuyuko (幽々子) actually doesn't have much meaning but can be literally translated to "ghostly child" or "ghost ghost child". The -ko is a common suffix in Japanese that's used in female names which literally means "child". The iteration mark "", casually called a noma (ノマ), is used to indicate that the previous kanji should be repeated, thus her name's equivalent to "幽幽子". It's seen in the Japanese main title of Perfect Cherry Blossom (東方妖).

Design

Yuyuko's depiction in PMiSS.

In Perfect Cherry Blossom she has maroon eyes, short wavy pink hair, and is surrounded by several small formless Phantoms. In all of the games, she wears a light blue and white kimono with dark blue trim and white designs; a blue mob cap on the front of which is a hitaikakushi with a red ghost insignia; and a veil of the same color of the kimono behind her head. She wears dark shoes with blue ribbons attached. In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, her hair's slightly longer than normal, and her veil's more white than blue.

In Ten Desires, her hair's a paler shade of pink, her kimono's still a light pale blue, and the ribbon around her waist, the ribbon going down her kimono, and the bands and lacing on her arms and collar are black instead of white and blue. She now wears a transparent layer underneath, her mob cap lacks the veil it had in Perfect Cherry Blossom, Immaterial and Missing Power, and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody; and her hitaikakushi's insignia has changed shape. Her black shoes also lack the blue ribbons.

Throughout the games, the designs on her kimono change. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, it has floral designs; in Immaterial and Missing Power, the designs are of butterflies and flowers; in Imperishable Night, the butterflies and flowers design is replaced with a clouds and moon design; and in Ten Desires, the designs are of ghosts.

The phantoms surrounding her sometimes carry an object. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, one of the phantoms carries a cherry blossom twig; in Imperishable Night, one carries a small blue lantern; and in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody onwards, they no longer carry anything.

In ZUN's E-mails, ZUN described her as having a slightly tall height.

Story

Games

Perfect Cherry Blossom
Yuyuko's sprite in PCB & StB

Yuyuko is the final boss of Perfect Cherry Blossom. During its events, she made Youmu Konpaku find a way to make the Saigyou Ayakashi bloom to resurrect the corpse buried beneath it, apparently unaware that it was her own body. Forced to abandon her plan due to obstruction by Reimu and the gang, she resigned herself to continuing her existence as a ghost.

Imperishable Night
Yuyuko's back sprite in IN
Ten Desires
Yuyuko's sprite in TD & ISC

Yuyuko made her appearance as the stage 1 boss of Ten Desires. Her in-game sprite was re-used from Perfect Cherry Blossom with minor adjustments. The heroines come to the Netherworld believing that Yuyuko's the cause of the mass or divine spirits. Yuyuko insists that they duel if the heroine wants to know about the incident. After she's defeated, Yuyuko doesn't appear injured and explains what the spirits are. She also redirects the heroine to the Myouren Temple, the location where all the divine spirits are heading. With Youmu Konpaku's scenario however, she wishes to investigate, but isn't allowed out of the Netherworld unless she defeats Yuyuko.

Spin-offs

Immaterial and Missing Power
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Shoot the Bullet

In Shoot the Bullet, Yuyuko is a target on level 8, where she'll use spell cards when Aya Shameimaru takes photos of her and her danmaku.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
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Touhou Hisoutensoku

If connecting SWR with Touhou Hisoutensoku, then Yuyuko can become a selectable character to play with, although she appears in no scenarios.

Hopeless Masquerade
Anigif of Yuyuko w/ Youmu in HM

Yuyuko appears as a background cameo in Hopeless Masquerade on the Divine Spirit Mausoleum stage. She is seen with Youmu Konpaku as she endlessly feeds her rice balls.

Impossible Spell Card

Presumably from hearing or seeing a wanted sign about the mischief-making amanojaku Seija Kijin, Yuyuko appears to be one of the many youkai that tries to capture her. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge. She is shown to be located at the Myouren Temple Cemetery.

Literature

Silent Sinner in Blue

Ran Yakumo goes to the Netherworld to ask both Youmu and Yuyuko if they could keep an eye on Remilia and her rocket. Although she first refused to do so, Yuyuko tells Youmu that she was indeed vigilant about the vampire's actions and tasks her with telling the shrine maiden to use the power of gods as "fuel".

Afterwards, in chapter 16, Yuyuko and Youmu arrive at the spot Yukari indicated. There, Yuyuko explains to Youmu that what they see is the result of dissolving the boundary between the imaginary Moon and the real one, and they go through it. They find Yukari's umbrella there, which Yuyuko interprets as a hint to where they have to go.

Finally, Yukari opens another gap which takes them to the Lunar Capital. There, they sneak in, searching for some treasure until the next Lunar month, when Yukari could open another connection between the Moon and the Earth. They come back with a millennial sake, ending a successful 2nd Lunar War.

Foul Detective Satori

Yuyuko was put into a coma by Mizuchi Miyadeguchi who was possessing Marisa Kirisame and brought her sake. After waking up, Youmu, Rin Kaenbyou and Satori Komeji head out in order to find Marisa, discovering her at Alice Margatroid's house, who was also now in a coma. They subsequently tie her up for being a suspect and interrogate her.

Relationships

Youmu Konpaku

Youmu is Yuyuko's gardener, bodyguard and fencing instructor.[1][2][3] Youmu is unquestioningly loyal to her master, though she has a hard time understanding Yuyuko's riddles.

Youki Konpaku

Youki is Youmu's predecessor, who taught Youmu all that she knows. He also knew the full story of Yuyuko's connection to the Saigyou Ayakashi even after Yuyuko herself had forgotten. Yuyuko found him harder to rely on than Youmu.

Yukari Yakumo

Yuyuko has been friends with Yukari since before her death, and is one of the few people who can see through her plans.

Eiki Shiki

According to Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, Yuyuko was appointed her position by the yama, therefore it can be assumed that Eiki outranks her (Yuyuko also refers to Eiki as "Eiki-Sama" in Phantasmagoria of Flower View). Yuyuko knows Eiki personally, as Eiki dropped by to push her to teach Youmu more in Youmu's ending in Phantasmagoria of Flower View.

Minor Relationships

Saigyou Ayakashi (Youkai Tree in her Garden)

Her corpse was buried by an unknown person under the Saigyou Ayakashi after she committed suicide.

Lunasa, Lyrica, and Merlin Prismriver (Regular performers)

Gallery

Covers

Artworks

Sprites

Illustrations

Screenshots

Others

Skills

Skills
Name Translated Comments Games Usage
Total: 13
幽胡蝶 Ghostly Butterfly IaMP
SWR
236A/B/C
Default 214B/C
未生の光 Light of the Unborn IaMP
SWR
214A/B
Default 236B/C
悉皆彷徨 All Things Wandering IaMP
SWR
623A/B/C
Default 421B/C
胡蝶夢の舞 Dance of Dreaming Butterfly IaMP
SWR
412A/B
Default 623B/C
「対岸の誘い」 "Invitation from Nether Side" IN Familiar:「死蝶霊」Dead Butterfly Spirits
好死の霊 Spirits that Died Well SWR Alternate 214B/C
鳳蝶紋の槍 Lance of the Swallowtail Crest Related: Yuyuko's Butterfly Sign "Deadly Lance of the Swallowtail Butterfly Crest" (StB/SWR) SWR Alternate 236B/C
誘霊の甘蜜 Spirit-Luring Nectar SWR Alternate 421B/C
逆さ屏風 Reverse Screens SWR Alternate 623B/C
スフィアブルーム Sphere Bloom SWR Alternate 214B/C
死還の大地 Land of Death Soku Alternate 236B/C
センスオブエレガンス Sense of Elegance Soku Alternate 623B/C
故人のお届け物 Gifts to the Deceased Soku Alternate 421B/C

Spell Cards

Spellcards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 57
亡郷「亡我郷 -さまよえる魂-」 Dead Village "Death of One's Home -Wandering Soul-" PCB
GoM
St. 6: E
亡郷「亡我郷 -宿罪-」 Dead Village "Death of One's Home -Past Sin-" PCB St. 6: N
亡郷「亡我郷 -道無き道-」 Dead Village "Death of One's Home -Trackless Path-" PCB St. 6: H
亡郷「亡我郷 -自尽-」 Dead Village "Death of One's Home -Suicide-" PCB St. 6: L
亡舞「生者必滅の理 -眩惑-」 Deadly Dance "Law of Mortality -Bewilderment-" PCB
GoM
St. 6: E
亡舞「生者必滅の理 -死蝶-」 Deadly Dance "Law of Mortality -Dead Butterfly-" PCB St. 6: N
亡舞「生者必滅の理 -毒蛾-」 Deadly Dance "Law of Mortality -Poisonous Moth-" PCB St. 6: H
亡舞「生者必滅の理 -魔境-」 Deadly Dance "Law of Mortality -Demon World-" PCB St. 6: L
華霊「ゴーストバタフライ」 Flowery Soul "Ghost Butterfly" PCB St. 6: E
華霊「スワローテイルバタフライ」 Flowery Soul "Swallowtail Butterfly" PCB St. 6: N
華霊「ディープルーティドバタフライ」 Flowery Soul "Deep-Rooted Butterfly" PCB St. 6: H
華霊「バタフライディルージョン」 Flowery Soul "Butterfly Delusion" PCB St. 6: L
幽曲「リポジトリ・オブ・ヒロカワ -偽霊-」 Subtle Melody "Repository of Hirokawa -False Soul-" PCB
GoM
St. 6: E
幽曲「リポジトリ・オブ・ヒロカワ -亡霊-」 Subtle Melody "Repository of Hirokawa -Deceased Spirit-" PCB St. 6: N
幽曲「リポジトリ・オブ・ヒロカワ -幻霊-」 Subtle Melody "Repository of Hirokawa -Phantom Spirit-" PCB St. 6: H
幽曲「リポジトリ・オブ・ヒロカワ -神霊-」 Subtle Melody "Repository of Hirokawa -Divine Spirit-" PCB St. 6: L
桜符「完全なる墨染の桜 -封印-」 Cherry Blossom Sign "Perfect Ink-Black Cherry Blossom -Seal-" 墨染の桜: a cherry blossom of the legends of Saigyou Houshi. PCB St. 6: E
桜符「完全なる墨染の桜 -亡我-」 Cherry Blossom Sign "Perfect Ink-Black Cherry Blossom -Self-Loss-" PCB St. 6: N
桜符「完全なる墨染の桜 -春眠-」 Cherry Blossom Sign "Perfect Ink-Black Cherry Blossom -Spring Sleep-" PCB St. 6: H
桜符「完全なる墨染の桜 -開花-」 Cherry Blossom Sign "Perfect Ink-Black Cherry Blossom -Bloom-" PCB St. 6: L
「反魂蝶 -一分咲-」 "Resurrection Butterfly -10% Reflowering-" Related: "Resurrection Butterfly" PCB
GoM
St. 6: E
「反魂蝶 -参分咲-」 "Resurrection Butterfly -30% Reflowering-" PCB St. 6: N
「反魂蝶 -伍分咲-」 "Resurrection Butterfly -50% Reflowering-" PCB St. 6: H
「反魂蝶 -八分咲-」 "Resurrection Butterfly -80% Reflowering-" PCB St. 6: L
死符「ギャストリドリーム」 Death Sign "Ghastly Dream" IaMP
IN
SWR
Use
Use
Use
死蝶「華胥の永眠」 Deadly Butterfly "Eternal Sleep in Dreamland" IaMP
IN
SWR
GoM
Use
Use
Use
冥符「黄泉平坂行路」 Nether Sign "Path to Yomotsu-Hirasaka" IaMP
SWR
Use
Use
再迷「幻想郷の黄泉還り」 Lost Again "Gensokyo's Rise from Yomi" IaMP
SWR
Use
Use
霊符「无寿の夢」 Spirit Sign "Ageless Dream" IaMP
SWR
Use
Use
寿命「无寿国への約束手形」 Lifespan "Ticket to the Ageless Land" IaMP
SWR
Use
Use
符の壱「幽夢の胡蝶」 Sign I "Butterfly from a Ghostly Dream" IaMP Story
符の弐「白玉楼の垂れ彼岸」 Sign II "Weeping Higan Cherry of Hakugyokurou" IaMP Story
符の参「果てしなく昔の死地」 Sign III "Distantly Ancient Place of Death" IaMP Story
桜花「未練未酌宴」 Cherry Blossom "Feast of Lingering Regrets" IaMP Story
「紫(むらさき)の彼岸は遅れて輝く」 "The Purple Higan Shines Late" IaMP Story
「西行寺無余涅槃」 "Saigyouji Parinirvana" IN LW
幽雅「死出の誘蛾灯」 Ghostly Elegance "Light Trap of Passing Away" StB
SWR
GoM
St. 8
Use
蝶符「鳳蝶紋の死槍」 Butterfly Sign "Deadly Lance of the Swallowtail Butterfly Crest" StB
SWR
St. 8
Use
死符「酔人の生、死の夢幻」 Death Sign "Life of Drunk, Dream of Death" StB St. 8
「死蝶浮月」 "Death Butterfly, Floating Moon" StB St. 8
霊蝶「蝶の羽風生に暫く」 Spirit Butterfly "A Butterfly's Wingbeats, Brief in Life" SWR
SWR
Use
Story
幽符「冥界ミステリースポット」 Ghostly Sign "Netherworld Mystery Spot" SWR Story
宴会「死して全て大団円」 Banquet "All Things Come Full Circle in Death" SWR Story
「反魂蝶」 "Resurrection Butterfly" Soku Use
桜符「センスオブチェリーブロッサム」 Cherry Blossom Sign "Sense of Cherry Blossom" Soku Use
符牒「死蝶の舞」 Symbol "Dance of the Dead Butterflies" TD St. 1: E/N
符牒「死蝶の舞 - 桜花 -」 Symbol "Dance of the Dead Butterflies -Cherry Blossoms-" TD St. 1: H/L
幽蝶「ゴーストスポット」 Ghostly Butterfly "Ghost Spot" TD St. 1: E/N
幽蝶「ゴーストスポット - 桜花 -」 Ghostly Butterfly "Ghost Spot -Cherry Blossoms-" TD St. 1: H/L
冥符「常夜桜」 Nether Sign "Endless Evening Cherry Blossoms" TD St. 1: E/N/H/L
桜符「西行桜吹雪」 Cherry Blossom Sign "Saigyou Cherry Blossom Blizzard" TD St. 1: H/L
桜符「桜吹雪地獄」 Cherry Blossom Sign "Cherry Blossom Blizzard Hell" TD OV
蝶符「花蝶風月」 Butterfly Sign "Flower, Butterfly, Wind and Moon" ISC
GoU
St. 4
桜花「桜吹雪花小町」 Cherry Blossom "Lovely Cherry Blossom Blizzard" ISC
GoU
St. 4
妖花符「バタフライストーム閻魔笏」 Ghostly Flower Sign "Butterfly Storm Yama Shaku" Co-owner with Eiki VD Nightmare Monday - 1
風妖符「死蝶オンバシラ」 Wind Ghostly Sign "Dead Butterfly Onbashira" Co-owner with Kanako VD Nightmare Monday - 3
妖風符「土着蝶ストーム」 Ghostly Wind Sign "Native Butterfly Storm" Co-owner with Suwako VD Nightmare Monday - 5

Additional Information

  • Excluding spin-off games, Yuyuko is the first, and currently only, character in the Touhou Project to first appear as a final boss, then later in another game as a Stage 1 boss.
  • ZUN originally wanted to arrange her theme from Perfect Cherry Blossom and implement it into Ten Desires, but he ended up choosing against it because Yuyuko is only a Stage 1 boss in the newer game; hence why she ended up with a unique theme.
  • She has the highest number of spell cards as a Stage 1 boss; even more so than the Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4 bosses in Ten Desires.
  • Her sixth palette in Touhou Hisoutensoku seems to resemble Hong Meiling, and there's another palette that resembles Ran Yakumo.
  • Assuming that Yuyuko is the daughter of Saigyō Hōshi, she and Fujiwara no Mokou are actually distant relatives, since Saigyō is a descendant of Mokou's supposed father Fujiwara no Fuhito.
  • Yuyuko's one of the few final bosses in the Touhou Project who, upon defeat, revives for a final spell card. Others are Eirin Yagokoro, Kaguya Houraisan, Tenshi Hinanawi, and Sumireko Usami.
  • The image file that contains all of the boss names (romanized) to display on the top-left during their battle in one of Perfect Cherry Blossom's demos has Yuyuko named Ayaka Saigyouji instead. The latest demo (ver0.11) has her named Yuyuka Saigyouji

Fandom

Official Profiles

Perfect Cherry Blossom -キャラ設定.txt
Yuyuko Saigyouji PCB

 ○幽冥楼閣の亡霊少女

西行寺 幽々子(さいぎょうじ・ゆゆこ)

ラスボス、伝統ある西行寺家のお嬢様、今は亡霊の姫である。
主に死を操る程度の能力を持つ。

その昔、幻想郷には一人の歌聖が居た。歌聖は自然を愛し死ぬまで旅してまわったという。自分の死期を悟ると、己の願い通り最も見事な桜の木の下で永遠の眠りについた。

それ以来その桜はますます見事に咲き誇り、多くの人を魅了し、多くの人が永遠の眠りについた。そうした死の魅力を持つ桜は、いつしか妖力を持つようになっていたのだ。


それから千年余り経った。

西行寺家にはいわく付きの妖怪桜「西行妖(さいぎょうあやかし)」がある。この桜は、幽々子がここに来てから、どんな春になっても、開花する事は無かったのだ。

ある日、幽々子はいつもの様に書見を楽しんでいると、書架から古い記録を発見した。それには、何時の物とも分らぬ記述で、

「富士見の娘、西行妖満開の時、幽明境を分かつ(死んだという事)、
 その魂、白玉楼中で安らむ様、西行妖の花を封印しこれを持って結
 界とする。願うなら、二度と苦しみを味わうことの無い様、永久に
 転生することを忘れ・・・」

と書かれていた。
幽々子は、西行妖の封印を解き、花を満開にすることが出来れば何者かが復活すると考え、興味本位で春度を集めることにした。

本来、冥界に存在するものは殆ど霊体である。その為彼女は、冥界の西行妖の下に眠るとされる亡骸に疑問と興味を持ち、それでその封印を解こうと考えた。彼女は普段、人や妖怪を死に誘う事しか出来ない。その彼女が初めて死者を復活させようとしているのである。


庭師の妖夢の懸命の努力により西行妖以外の桜は満開になっていて、西行妖も花が開きかけていた。あと一押しというところで、元々狭い幻想郷の春はほぼ尽きてしまう。

そこに、僅かの春を持った人間が訪れるとは誰も予想してなかった。

そして、残りの春を手に入れるために闘うこととなる。



しかし幽々子は、普段の生活に安らみ過ぎた為か、はたまた、記録が余りに古い文献だった為か、文中にあった亡くなった娘というのが、自分の事だということに、最後まで気付かなかったのである。

元々、幽々子は死霊を操る程度の人間だった。それがいつしか、死に誘う程度の能力を持つ様になり、簡単に人を死に追いやる事が出来るようになっていった。彼女はその自分の能力を疎い自尽した。

亡霊になってからは、生前の事等すっかり忘れ、それはもう死に誘う事を楽しむようになっていたのだから世話も無い。

幽々子が転生も消滅もせずに楼中に留まっているのも、西行妖の封印があるためである。この結界が解けたとたん、止まっていた時間は止め処なく流れることになり、それは、再び幽々子の死に繋がる。自分を復活させることも白玉楼にいる自分の消滅にも繋がる為、復活は寸前で失敗するのは当然である。

やはり幽々子は死を操ることしか出来ないのだ。

唯一そのことを知る先代魂魄妖忌は、半分人間という性質上ゆっくり年を取り、妖夢に幽々子の事を伝えたつもりで消えた。

何時までも幽々子は、冥界のお姫様として、
死に絶えた西行寺家のお嬢様として暮すのである。

  幽々子が西行妖の開花を見ることは、決して無い。

Ghost Girl in the Netherworld Tower

Yuyuko Saigyouji

Final boss, formerly the mistress of old Saigyouji clan, currently the ghost princess.
Mainly she possesses the ability to manipulate death.

Long ago, there was a divinely talented poet in Gensokyo. He loved nature and spent most of his time traveling. When he became aware that the hour of his death drew near, he chose to begin his eternal rest under the most beautiful cherry tree he could find..

That cherry tree has grown even more beautiful since then, charming many people into resting in peace beneath its blossoms. The tree with the mortuary charm developed the powers of a youkai after a while.

A thousand years have passed.

In the garden of the Saigyouji clan, there exists a youkai cherry blossom with a story behind it; it is called the Saigyou Ayakashi. For as long as Yuyuko had been there, this cherry tree has never bloomed, even in spring.

One day, while browsing through the library as usual, Yuyuko found an old record. It looked so old that it was practically ageless; within it, the following was written...

"On the day the Saigyou Ayakashi had reached full bloom, the daughter of Fujimi crossed the boundary of life and death (in other words, passed away). So that her soul may rest in peace within Hakugyokurou, I shall seal the tree's blossoms and hereby fashion these limbs into a barrier. It is my hope that she will never again reincarnate, and thus never again have to suffer pain..."

Yuyuko had read that breaking the seal on the Saigyou Ayakashi, making it bloom fully, would cause a certain someone to be resurrected; she started gathering spring's essence out of curiosity.

Basically, those present in the Netherworld are mostly spirit beings. It is for that reason that she wondered about the corpse lying under the Saigyou Ayakashi with great interest, going as far as to consider breaking the seal. Normally, she can only invite humans and youkai to their death. Bringing life to something already dead would be a first.

Thanks to an all-out effort put forth by Youmu, the gardener, every cherry blossom bloomed perfectly; every cherry blossom except for the Saigyou Ayakashi, which still bordered on blooming. By that point, Gensokyo's spring had almost been completely drained.

No one would have imagined that a living human, bearing a tiny drop of spring, would visit.

A battle for that last remaining bit of spring ensued...


Perhaps it was because of her carefree afterlife, or maybe the record had aged beyond recognition, but Yuyuko ultimately failed to realize that the girl who was written about in the record... was herself.

In the beginning, Yuyuko only possessed the ability to manipulate departed souls. Unconsciously, that power grew stronger, that eventually she possessed the ability to invite others to death. Terrified by her own ability, she committed suicide.

After becoming a ghost, she thoroughly forgot everything about the time she was alive, and started to enjoy being able to invoke death.

The reason Yuyuko can neither reincarnate nor vanish is because of the seal on the Saigyou Ayakashi. Once the boundary is breached, the time that was frozen will continue to flow, resulting in her death again. Reviving the corpse will destroy Yuyuko's ghost, so it's no wonder that the near-success of the revival ended in inevitable failure.

After all, Yuyuko is not able to manipulate anything but death.

The only person who knew the whole story, Youki Konpaku, grew slowly older due to the nature of half-humans, and disappeared with the belief that Youmu could inherit the truth about Yuyuko.

For all time, Yuyuko will remain as the princess of Netherworld and mistress of long-dead Saigyouji clan.

She shall never bear witness to the blooming of the Saigyou Ayakashi.
Immaterial and Missing Power - 上海アリス通信.txt
Yuyuko Saigyouji IaMP  ○天衣無縫の亡霊

  西行寺 幽々子(さいぎょうじゆゆこ)

  種族:亡霊
  住処:冥界にある白玉楼
  能力:死を操る程度の能力

   あの世で成仏もせずのほほんと暮らす亡霊少女。いつ死んだのか、昔過ぎてもう思い出せない。成仏できないのは顕界に未練がある為か。

   性格は何を考えているのか判らなく、かなり困った行動を取る。真面目な性格の妖夢は、このお嬢様に振り回されっぱなしである。でも実は幻想郷の外のこの国を心から愛する愛国者である。

   生前も没後も体術の心得は余り無く、亡霊らしくふわふわしている。
  動きも全体的にしなやかに動き、曲線が多い。何を考えているのか判らないつかみ所が無い攻撃は、気が付いたらいつの間にかやられていると感じてしまう。

Ghost of Flawless Immaculate Beauty

Saigyouji Yuyuko

Species: Ghost
Location: Hakugyokurou in the Netherworld
Ability: Manipulating death

A cheerful ghost maiden who won't go to Heaven and lives in the Netherworld. She can't remember when she died, because she's been dead for a long time. The reason why she can't rest in peace is that she must have left her regret in the human world.

She's so carefree that she often acts tricky. Because of this, the straightforward Youmu is always troubled by this princess. But to tell the truth, she loves this nation outside of Gensokyo from the bottom of her heart.

She's not good at physical attacks before and after death. Like other ghosts, she's always floating. She moves smoothly like a curve. You'll find yourself being defeated all of a sudden since her attack is too mysterious.

Yuyuko Saigyouji IN  ○華胥の亡霊   西行寺 幽々子

  冥界にすむ亡霊少女。
  死を操る程度の能力を持つ。死んでから随分経つ。
  幻想郷では死ぬと妙に陽気になる事が多い気がするのは何故だろう。
  彼女も陽気な亡霊である。
  しかも、天然なのかわざとなのか判らないような、惚けた性格をしている。
  彼女の場合、亡くなる時に何か大切な物を置いて来てしまったのでは無かろうか。

  武器は幻の蝶。とりあえず辺りかまわず発射。

    備考
    今回は妖夢と組む。
    高速移動は単独使用時のみの性能である。
    使いやすいワイドショットである。前方はほぼ
    全てをカバーする。
    ただ、威力面では劣る部分もあるため、その
    時は妖夢に切り替えてしまうといいかも。
    何にも考えていない、と言う人に。

Dreaming Ghost, Yuyuko Saigyouji

She exists in the Netherworld as a ghost maiden.
She can manipulate death, and she has been existing as a ghost since ancient times.
It is said that experiencing death in Gensokyo is strangely cheerful in many cases.
And she is also a cheerful ghost, too.
Moreover, she is an airhead. Nobody knows whether she is usually like this or she just pretends to be.
When she passed away, she may have forgotten one important thing.

Her favorite weapon is the Phantom Butterflies. She uses it as an indiscriminate attack, because she doesn't consider the situation at hand at all.

Notes
She teams up with Youmu Konpaku in this title.
Normal speed only applies when she is used as a solo character.
Her missile's wide shot is easy to use, it can attack in almost all angles, if an enemy doesn't appear from behind.
However, it's inferior in destructive power. If you want something stronger, let's consider changing to Youmu.
Recommended for players who don't consider at all.
Imperishable Night - キャラ設定.txt
Yuyuko Saigyouji IN  ○華胥の亡霊

  西行寺 幽々子(さいぎょうじ ゆゆこ)
  Yuyuko Saigyouzi

  種族:亡霊
  能力:死を操る程度の能力

  冥界に住む、亡霊お嬢様。
  霊体らしく、ちょっと地に足の着かない行動を取るので大迷惑。
  でも足はある。

  亡霊は死んだ人間の霊である。幽々子は特に何にも考えていない様に見えるが、誰も否定しない。好き勝手し放題だが、その死の能力は好き勝手使わないので、人間や妖怪に退治される事も無い。でも、心の奥底で幽々子に対し恐怖心を抱いている者も少なくない。

Dreaming Ghost

Yuyuko Saigyouji

Species: Ghost
Ability: Manipulating death

Yuyuko is a ghost princess who lives in the Netherworld. Like typical ghosts, she is quite the opposite of what humans call "down-to-earth", and her whims distract Youmu all the time. Unlike typical ghosts, her form has legs and feet.

She is a ghost—the form of humans after death. There is no doubt that Yuyuko "lives" a whimsical life, but she doesn't unleash her ability lightly, so neither humans nor youkai have a reason to attack her. Still, many beings across the land fear her within their hearts.

Yuyuko Saigyouji SWR  ○天衣無縫の亡霊

  西行寺 幽々子(さいぎょうじ ゆゆこ)


  種族:亡霊

  職業:お嬢様

  住家:あの世に存在する白玉楼

  能力:死を操る程度の能力

  性格:惚けているが、余裕のある落ち着いた物腰

The Ghost of Flawless Immaculate Beauty

Yuyuko Saigyouji


Race: Ghost

Occupation: Lady

Residence: Hakugyokurou, in the afterlife

Ability: Manipulating death

Personality: an airhead, but has an incredibly calm demeanor.

Yuyuko 西行寺 幽々子(さいぎょうじ ゆゆこ)
亡霊/死を操る程度の能力

千年以上も亡霊のまま冥界に留まっている西行寺家のお
嬢様。非常にのんきな性格で独特の間を持っており、つね
に呆けているのか深淵な思慮があるのか区別がつかず会
話の真意をはかりづらい。
他人の死を操るだけでなく、死んだ後の幽霊も操ることが
出来ることから、閻魔様から幽霊の管理を命じられている
らしい。

Yuyuko Saigyouji
Ability to manipulate ghosts/death

A young lady-like ghost, Saigyouji has remained a ghost for more than a thousand years in the
Netherworld. She has between a unique and a very easy-going personality. She
is either always profound or thoughtful as it is difficult to have a conversation that does not have discretion with a spirit.
Not only can she manipulate the death of others, there's also a possible fact that she can
manipulate ghosts after they die, and she seems to have been ordered by the Yama to manage
the ghosts.

Ten Desires - キャラ設定とエキストラストーリー.txt
Yuyuko Saigyouji TD  ○1面ボス 戸惑わない亡霊

  西行寺 幽々子(さいぎょうじ ゆゆこ)
  Saigyouzi Yuyuko

  種族:亡霊
  能力:死を操る程度の能力

  冥界のお嬢様で妖夢のご主人様。
  神霊には大した関心も無いが、何やら神霊が向いている方向に少し興味があった。
  その先は新しく出来たばっかのお寺、命蓮寺だった。欲を殺す修行をしている輩が、欲の塊である神霊だなんて……。
  とてもお寺の仕業だとは思えない。

  そう考えていた時だった。

  人間が自分の元に神霊の調査に来たのだ。その人間を見て、自分が出るまでもないと安心して彼女は花見を続ける事にした。

1st stage boss - Enlightened Ghost


Yuyuko Saigyouji

Species: Ghost
Ability: Manipulating death

Yuyuko is a ghost princess who lives in the Netherworld, and is Youmu's mistress. She doesn't have too much of an interest in divine spirits, but the direction in which the divine spirits are headed intrigued her a little. This direction was Myouren Temple, a temple that was just recently constructed. It was a place for those who want to meditate to suppress their inner desires, but for divine spirits, which are the essence of desires, to congregate there... It surely didn't seem like the conduct of a typical temple.

And it happened when she was thinking about that.

Some humans were intruding her properties to investigate about divine spirits. After seeing them, she was relaxed that there was no need for her to do anything, and decided to continue with her flower viewing.

Official Sources

Official sources

See Also

References

  1. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense - Youmu Konpaku
  2. Imperishable Night - Youmu's Profile and Manual
  3. Phantasmagoria of Flower View Youmu's Profile and Manual