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Strong-Willed Shadow

"This is unfair! Fighting me after I had already been weakened!"

An Artificial Human created by Tsubakura and Suzumi and trained to be an assassin. Only interested in fighting, they are cold and distant to everyone, but is very loyal to their creators. Their birthday is around November 22

  • Animal Motifs: Their name is written such that it could translate as "crow snake". It's similar to Suzumi's name, which has the characters meaning "sparrow" and "snake".
  • Boyish Short Hair: They have short brown hair.
  • Casting a Shadow: As implied by their title.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Their hair and eyes are the same brown color.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They manipulate shadows and is mostly dismissive towards everyone who's not Tsubakura or Suzumi.
  • Expy: Of Rumia. Both are stage 1 bosses who are capable of manipulating some sort of darkness, but both are relatively weak and incapable of fulfilling their duties. They even have similar spellcards.
  • Intangible Man: One of their abilities.
  • Leitmotif: "Melanin in Black ~ Colt Snake"
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In Brilliant pagoda or haze castle upon realizing that Tsubakura has adopted Shion and oficially "dumped them", they become upset and try to kill Shion.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A downplayed example, an assassin who's never succeeded in assassinating anyone
  • Stealth Pun: Kurohebi is an incompetent assassin named after crows. What do a lone crow and an assassin who doesn't kill have in common? Attempted murder.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: They have Tsubakura's ink-related abilities and Suzumi's brown hair.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Tsubakura their creator.

     Aoji Shitodo
Weak-Willed Youngest Child
Aoji Shitodo

"It's Aoji. I'm sorry, I have such a tough name to remember."

The youngest of the Shitodo trio. They have the ability to create whirlpools, can summon odd creatures from portals and has a shy, meek personality. Their birthday is around January 4.

  • Accidental Misnaming: A Running Gag in the series is that nobody, not even their own siblings, can pronounce their name correctly.
    Yabusame: Umm, err, you're "Aoi", right?
    Hooaka: As you thought...? Ah, so you met with Aoki.
  • Animal Motifs: Black-faced Bunting, a type of bird.
  • Color Motifs: Blue. Also doubles with a Meaningful Name.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Their hair and eyes are the same green color.
  • Elemental Baggage: Averted. Unlike their siblings, they can't create water by themself, only manipulate what's already there and make it into whirlpools. As a result they're near-powerless outside of water. They seems to have corrected this in Brilliant pagoda or haze castle.
  • Expy: Of Naruko Uzushima from Touhou fangame Marine Benefit. Both are stage 2 bosses who have an ability related to whirlpools.
  • Friend to All Living Things: According to Word of God. For example, according to A World That Isn't Fantasy, they're fond of squid and octopuses, and as such won't eat them.
  • In the Hood: To accentuate their shy personality.
  • Leitmotif: "Stirred Up Solid Diamond ~ Let's Joke!"
  • Making a Splash: Aoji can create whirlpools and everything related to water, like liquids and gases, or even solids.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They were already an average yet strong magician before being spirited away to Mugenri. It's revealed in Brilliant pagoda or haze castle that they gained the power to shoot water projectiles, thus making them powerful even outside of water.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At the same time, they also seem to have joined right in with their siblings' stealing and troublemaking.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Yes, their hair is a blueish green, but they have elements of this.
  • Shrinking Violet: Talks in a whispering voice and it's easily intimidated by their older siblings.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: In Brilliant pagoda or haze castle they get beaten to a pulp by Fumikado and Iyozane just for being related to Kuroji.
    Iyozane: The cause of our financial crisis...a certain devil's merciless assault...
    Fumikado: I must ask one more thing. Are you related to one Kuroji Shitodo...?
    Aoji: Ah yes, that's right.
    Iyozane: That's it. You're going down.
  • Willfully Weak: Their ability to manipulate whirlpools makes them extremely powerful underwater.

     Hooaka Shitodo
Cool-Headed Hot-Heeled Thermal Runaway
Hooaka Shitodo

"Okay, okay. Come at me then!"

The middle sibling of the Shitodo trio, who is a magician that specializes in reading the mood and magic that uses heat. They have an easygoing and lazy personality. Their birthday is around April 7.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Aoji calls them Aka.
  • All Your Powers Combined: They regularly combines elements to create new/unique attacks and spells.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, Suzumi ambushes the Shitodo house and almost kills Hooaka just to pass a cryptic message to Tsubakura. Hooaka gets a severed arm after the fight, which is quickly healed by Tsubakura.
  • Animal Motifs: Chesnut-eared bunting a type of bird.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Kuroji.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Apparently Hooaka not only drinks, but is addicted to liquid nitrogen. If their profile in A World That Isn't Fantasy is to be believed, they may also eat dry ice.
  • Book Dumb: According to Kuroji. When Kuroji starts with their plans to make a school for the people in the village, they decide that they and Aoji should be teachers while Hooaka can be the janitor.
    • Apparently, they do enjoy reading, though.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In Evanescent Existence, when Tsurubami fights against them, calling it "the sauce on top" of their victory. Hooaka takes it literally and believes they're talking about a real sauce.
    • Justified, since Hooaka mistook Tsurubami for Tsubakura, who's known for engaging in nonsensical conversations about food.
  • Color Motifs: Red. Also doubles with a Meaningful Name.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Their hair and eyes are the same red color.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially fond of giving their siblings a hard time, from teasing Kuroji about old to pretending not to remember Aoji's name.
  • Elemental Baggage: Averted. They can use certain kinds of magic by harnessing the mood of the situation, but with magic outside of that range they can't read the mood and thus can't cast the spells.
  • Elemental Powers: They use attacks of numerous elements, including Making a Splash and Playing with Fire.
  • Fish out of Water: According to Word of God, Hooaka still wants to go back to the Outside World and has not adjusted to Mugenri.
  • Leitmotif: "Air Master! ~ Soul Dualism"
  • Red Baron: They are called the Air Master, because they can harness the mood of the situation when they attack. Harnessing the mood when talking to someone is another thing...
  • The Slacker: They are very carefree and hate doing housework.
  • Split Personality: A few conversations in B Po HC suggest that they have a second soul that is part of why they're so powerful.
  • Stronger Sibling: The strongest of the Shitodo siblings in terms of raw firepower; Kuroji is stated by Word of God to be the better tactician, however.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They was already an average yet strong magician before being spirited away to Mugenri. They have become more powerful in Brilliant pagoda or haze castle complete with Power Gives You Wings.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, Hooaka goes along with Kuroji's insults. Must be because their power to "read the mood of the situation".
    • They also find it hilarious that Tsubakura was so upset after causing a nuclear blast,

     Kuroji Shitodo
Ambiguously Paper-thin Archeologist
Kuroji Shitodo

"I would have been fine if it had been just Tsubakura, but...Well, perhaps this is just a natural consequence..."

The eldest of the Shitodo trio, who specializes in reversing things front and back. Kuroji is an honest, hard-working, honor student type but for some reason they and Tsubakura don’t seem to like each other. After being spirited away to Mugenri and forced to find a house and profit on their own, they work as a youkai exterminator; but eventually their greed and desire to be special and recognized force Kuroji to do more amoral things with each incident. Their birthday is around September 9.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Aoji calls them "Kuro".
    • Meanwhile, Hooaka calls them "Kuro-jii" (a pun combining Kuroji's name with the word for "old man")
  • Aloof Big Sister: To Hooaka and Aoji.
  • Animal Motifs: Grey bunting, a type of bird. Also, as a playable character, they attack with bird shaped machines that shoot lasers.
  • Anti-Hero: Quite a bit more unscrupulous than Yabusame and Tsubakura, but is more polite about it. They seem to legitimately like Saragimaru most of the time, although the feeling is almost never mutual.
  • The Barnum: An excellent example of the unprincipled type, having actually been described by everyone as a "lowly scoundrel". This gets really extreme as the series progresses, when Kuroji becomes more amoral and greedy. However, this is arguable, as their schemes tend to mostly be limited to quickly taking advantage of situations.
  • Berserk Button: Tsubakura. And don't dare to mention their Perpetual Poverty.
  • Big Little Sister: Kuroji is the shortest of the Shitodo siblings despite being the eldest.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards their younger siblings Hooaka and Aoji. And arguably towards Saragimaru too.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Their hair and eyes are the same black color.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quite willing to point out when they think someone is being stupid, especially with regards to the forwards.
  • Dual Boss: With Saragimaru in Reactivate Majestical Imperial.
  • Fish out of Water: They've had trouble adjusting to Mugenri, at first. Until they became The Barnum.
  • Flechette Storm: Their knives can fill the entire screen.
  • Greed: Always tries to earn or win as much money as possible, even it means more work and greater risk to their life.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: They're exterminating youkai in an attempt to advertise themself and ultimately make enough money to build a schoolhouse.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: According to Word of God, in the Outside World while Aoji and Hooaka were magicians and could control elements, Kuroji was a scholar without any talent or special powers. That's why after they gained New Powers as the Plot Demands, they have fully embraced Mugenri.
  • Improbable Age: To us, anyway. Kuroji is in their teens and has graduated from college and is a scholar of prehistory. However, this seems normal in their dimension.
  • Interface Screw: Depending on their spellcards, they will flip or turn the screen.
  • Jerkass: In canon, they beat up youkai in order to steal their money, bosses their siblings and Saragimaru around, fights and insults multiple characters because they annoyed them, and even picks fights with Tsubakura out of sheer annoyance.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yes, they are a disagreeable smartass who only cares about money, but they do it all for their younger siblings. Also, they care about Saragimaru in their own way. In Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle they even shown concern for Tsubakura after finding out that their life is not as perfect as Kuroji believed to be.
  • Irony: A World That Isn't Fantasy claims that they dislike history....despite specializing in it and liking archaeology. And the fact that all of their themes reference it.
  • Kick the Dog: Will do anything to gain easy money. Everything. From stealing Hibaru's money, stealing Fumikado's money, beating up Sese (because they have a bounty on their head), trying to steal Tsugumi's eggplant, trying to steal the Harujion, trying to steal Yaorochi's sword, trying to stop Tenkai from repairing the barrier (so that they can continue collecting souls to sell to Fumikado), offering to reveal Saragimaru's existence to Yaorochi in exchange for money...
  • Leitmotif: Their main theme is "End of History".
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Back in the Outside World, Aoji and Hooaka are mages, while Kuroji didn't have any special abilities at all.
  • The Napoleon: Surprisingly, they're the shortest of the Shitodo siblings, despite being the oldest. They even seem to have some Height Angst about it.
    Hooaka: Oh, Kuro-jii's full of secrets. Like how they wear shoes with secret heel inserts to make themself look taller.
  • Never My Fault: Their motivation to collect souls in Reactivate Majestical Imperial is because they saw an advertisement which requested souls in exchange for a large sum of money. They later realize that it wasn't advertisement but a letter from Fumikado to Iyozane in order to help them with the souls for their ritual. Kuroji's reaction? Sabotage Fumikado's ritual for "tricking" them.
  • Only in It for the Money: They only resolves incidents in order to get funds for their family.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Unlike Yabusame and Tsubakura, who live in the Senri Shrine, where everything is provided to them and they live comfortable, Kuroji has no economical support and lives in a shabby-looking cabin, though they have no problems providing for their family by stealing money.
    • By the time of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, Kuroji has already enough money to build the schoolhouse they wanted. But they continue to steal because of their Inferiority Superiority Complex issues.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Kuroji's story arcs seems to be focused on this, including Took a Level in Jerkass and several Kick the Dog moments.
  • Proud Scholar Race Girl: Kuroji comes off as a jerk to people to who don't get what they're talking about, or are obviously idiots.
  • The Rival: Self-declared rival of Tsubakura, who doesn't pay them much attention.
    "You always, always surpass me..."
  • Stealth Pun: Kuroji's hat has a different kanji on it in each game; all of them mean something like "thinking" or "contemplation". Guess you could say it's their thinking cap.
  • Sticky Fingers: Their constant stealing is a Overused Running Gag in the Len'en series.
  • Tsundere: Kinda jerk-ish, blunt and claims to have Lack of Empathy. But they also has their moments where they show genuine concern for their companions, especially their siblings and Saragimaru. And eventually Tsubakura.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: They tend to be disliked by others because of their arbitrary way of thinking. The closest thing Kuroji has as friends (Aoji, Hooaka and Saragimaru) openly dislike them. And Shion finds their soul disgusting.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To Tsubakura. Implied in Evanescent Existence but explicit in Reactivate Majestical Imperial.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: With each game. In Earthen Miraculous Sword, they only go to resolve the incident in order to gain money for their siblings. In Reactivate Majestical Imperial, they steal money from youkai. In Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, they stole from anyone they could (including Fumikado) in order to get the money they wanted. And succeeded.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Has become this with Saragimaru; they take shots at each other.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: They scold their siblings like crazy because they didn't do anything at all to improve their situation after moving to Mugenri. Justified, because Aoji is very dependent on their siblings and Hooaka simply didn't care.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Some dialogue in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle reveals that Kuroji has a superstitious phobia of mirrors, to the point where they won't allow one in their house.
    • Something of an Ironic Fear considering that reversing - "mirroring" - things is a common application of their ability.

Eternal Senselessness with a "Chaotic" Alias who Manipulates Gravity at Will

"Now, shall we begin? Do you have the necessary "resolve"?...You powerless little bird!"

A delusional, eccentric person who like everyone else, was spirited away to the land of Mugenri. They decide to attack Yabusame and the fake Tsubakura after believing that the portal to the Senri Shrine is a star that will grant them power. Fails and is never heard of again until they return in "Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle", where they spend the neutral route hunting down Fumikado. Their birthday is around August 24.

  • Animal Motifs: Kingfisher, which is in their name twice. "Hisuimaru" can translate as kingfisher, and Halcyon is the genus the kingfisher family belongs to (as well as the name of a mythical bird).
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In "Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle". After being their usual insufferable, bombastic self in the regular teams’ scenarios, the Secret Team route occurs and Clause reveals that they know about Suzumi's Split Personality and how they can't kill anyone to avoid hurting the timeline. And then taunts them to their face about how inconvenient it must be that Suzumi can't kill them. Did we mention Clause is also immune to Suzumi’s abilities?
  • Cryptic Conversation: Tends to make confusingly vague remarks.
    "According to the "voice", the wish of the "chosen one" among us, would be granted should that person reach the goal."
  • Curtains Match the Window: Their hair and eyes are the same purple color.
  • Final Boss: Of Evanescent Existence. But they are not the Big Bad, just a Giant Space Flea Out Of Nowhere.
  • Gradual Grinder: Their boss fight in Evanescent Existence has shades of this, as much as can be had in a danmaku: their bullet patterns aren't necessarily complex for a stage six boss and are relatively slow to boot. This can easily cause a player to lose their focus and glide into one of the many, many bullets that are trailing around them.
  • Gravity Master: Well, "master" might be pushing it, but they fit the basic trope of manipulating gravity
    • Gravity Is Purple: Purple features heavily in their stage and spell motifs, plus they have purple hair and eyes.
  • Gravity Sucks: Their last spell-card definitively falls into this.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Implied. Although a tweet from JynX says their self-worth is comparable to Mt. Everest, their profile in A World That Isn't Fantasy lists "inferiority" as one of their dislikes. Combine that with their claims of being a misunderstood genius and alleged plan to take over Mugenri...well, it's understandable that being seen as annoying by virtually everyone might wear on a person.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Most of their pseudo-philosophical ramblings are this. For example, when they arrive to the portal that connects Mugenri, they believe it to be a star that will grant them power.
  • Insufferable Genius: More than Tsubakura and Kuroji. And they are actually a Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
  • Joke Character: They are particularly referred as an annoyance.
  • Leitmotif: "Empire Power ~ Eternal Force"
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Wilhelm von Clausewitz Halcyon HISUIMARU
  • Put on a Bus / The Bus Came Back: Disappears at the end of "Evanescent Existence", only to reprise their final boss role in "Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle"
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Annoys the heroes with their explanations.
    • Gets taken Up to Eleven in "Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle", where at one point they launch into a lecture that goes on for 6 text boxes, that amounts to "Don't interrupt me."
  • Rapunzel Hair: Their hair reaches their hips, that means it fits this trope.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Yabusame is not pleased to see them and even Tsurubami (disguised as Tsubakura) instantly dislikes them.
    Clause: Heh heh, now don't be in such a rush. Have you ever heard the saying "haste makes waste"?
    Yabusame: Alright, I get it, now shut up.
    Clause: By focusing too much on "haste", you will, over time, "waste" away your energy.
    Yabusame: Actually this is wasting both my time and energy.
    • Hits Running Gag proportions in "Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle", where Tenkai, Sukune, Sese, Iyozane, Tsugumi, and Shion all dislike Clause on sight (Fumikado is the one person who doesn't, because they're gullible enough to believe Clause's claims about their power). And then there's Suzumi who's just itching to murder them. Hell, even Garaiya thinks they're annoying!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted. Ever since their defeat in Evanescent Existence, they disappeared for two more games before finally reappearing in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle.

     Tsurubami Senri
Inexplicable Hakama
Tsurubami Senri

"Oh my~ You're so strong~ Even more so than I thought."

A human priest from Mugenri, they run the Senri Shrine. They;re the highest authority in Mugenri and together with their friend Tenkai, they performed youkai extermination and maintained peace on the land.

During Evanescent Existence they take Tsubakura’s appearance in order to get a fight with the real one and Yabusame and force them to replace them as the protector of Mugenri for a while.

  • The Ace: Tsurubami is considered the most powerful entity of Mugenri and everyone is afraid of them.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Their fighting style relies on summoning ink projectiles and make use of others's powers.
  • Animal Motifs: Crane, another type of bird.
  • Anti-Hero: In Evanescent Existence, Tsurubami has shades of being a minor, Classical Anti-Hero, reflecting a mysterious past and questionable decisions. Later games reveal Tsurubami to be a Pragmatic Hero, dealing with problems by manipulating others to act to resolve things for themself. And let's not remember their plan to spirit away outsiders and impersonating Tsubakura....
  • Bash Brothers: With Tenkai, when they used to be the original heroes of Mugenri.
  • Belated Backstory: Most of the important parts of their personal history aren't revealed until Reactivate Majestical Imperial, months after Tsurubami has gone to the Outside World.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tsurubami is extremely powerful. And while they're usually a very friendly and carefree person, anyone who's ever seen them truly angry was terrified at the sight. Just ask poor Xeno-a.
  • Big Bad: Of Evanescent Existence.
  • Blood Knight: Their backstory seems to imply so. As the priest, they oppressed the humans and youkai of Mugenri and they are treated as a Red Baron of sorts.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being an expert in extermination youkai, they lack anything in the way of common sense.
  • Childhood Friends: With Tenkai.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Difficult to tell how much is Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Cunning Linguist: In their scenario with Tsubakura, they are able to speak Japanese, English, French, German, and then Latin and Swedish, of all languages.
    Hai, oui, ja, that's right!
    Quis es tu? Vem är du?
  • Curtains Match the Window: Their hair and eyes are the same black color.
  • The Dreaded: Tsurubami is despised and feared around Mugenri for being a ruthless youkai exterminator who ruled over human and youkai.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: However, as Tenkai points out, once Tsurubami is gone everything starts going to hell. The outsider humans don't care much about protecting Mugenri, but only look for their own interests. Youkai start causing more mischief and even the Imperial family and the Dragonflies army go to war! Maybe Tsurubami should have never have left after all.....
  • Easy Impersonation: Subverted with Tsurubami in Evanescent Existence, who doesn't look or act much like Tsubakura at all. Because of Tsubakura's aloof personality, only Yabusame notices the change.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tsubakura, though the "evil" part is debatable. They both have the power to manipulate ink, and have a cunning personality. Also like Tsubakura they have reputation issues among their own people.
  • Expy: Of Yukari Yakumo. Both are carefree and manipulative and are one of the strongest characters in their respective series. Though Tsurubami seems flaky and unreliable most of the time, when the safety or security of Mugenri is at stake, they won't hesitate to get involved, even if it means using others to do the work for them. They could easily be either a villain or a hero, depending on their whims.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They are one of the good guys and the protector of Mugenri but they are also a huge jerk and is rather inconsiderate, and is said to be oppressing the youkai.
  • Hates Being Alone: A World That Isn't Fantasy lists "solitude" as one of their dislikes.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: They lead a militant faction, and it appears that they were oppressing the people of this world to some extent. Therefore, the youkai who were targeted were scared of them, and hid away during the day.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Their ofuda.
  • Interface Screw: Their spellcard "Bird's Eye "Pitch-black Eye" reduces the player's field of view.
  • Jerkass: Forces Tsubakura and Yabusame to replace them for a while as the protector of Mugenri without asking their opinion.
  • Leitmotif: "Eternal Dance Engine ~ Shall We Dance!!"
  • Manipulative Bastard: The whole plot of Evanescent Existence is their fault, spiriting away humans to a Crapsack World in order to test who'll be their sucessor.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Can pull this off with ink projectiles and talismans.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Lazy and insensitive, but ultimately a good person who's devoted to their job.
  • No-Sell: Like all Extra bosses, they're unaffected by bombs.

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