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伊吹 (いぶき) 萃香 (すいか)
Suika Ibuki
iβɯᵝki sɯᵝika̠ (♫)
Suika Ibuki
Petite parade de nuit de cent démons
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Species

Oni

Abilities

Manipulation de la densité et de l'éparpillement

Location

Quelque part dans Gensokyo (Souvent vu autour de la Montagne des Yokais, le Paradis et le Sanctuaire Hakurei). Vivait avant dans l'Ancient City

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Appearances
Official Games
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Music CDs

Suika Ibuki (伊吹 萃香 Ibuki Suika) est le principal antagoniste de Immaterial and Missing Power. Elle est typique d'une oni qui aime boire et se battre. Tout comme le disent les contes, elle a deux cornes sur sa tête qui symbolisent son héritage oni, et assez de force physique pour lancer de gros rochers à elle seule.

Informations Générales[modifier]

Suika apparaît principalement dans les jeux spin-off de Touhou Project, tel que Immaterial and Missing Power et Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. Sa seule apparence dans un jeu principal apparaît comme un personnage de soutien pour Reimu Hakurei dans Subterranean Animism.

On ne sait pas exactement où elle vit actuellement. Dans beaucoup de fins de Immaterial and Missing Power, elle est montrée passer son temps au Hakurei Shrine, mais dans Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, il est dit qu'elle est principalement active autour de la Youkai Mountain, et lors de la visite lors des événements de Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, elle commente à quel point c'est nostalgique. Dans Strange and Bright Nature Deity elle est montrée faire des aller et retour entre Gensokyo et le pays d'oni dans le Underworld. Elle a été vue pour la dernière fois au bout de son parcours dans Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, ayant vaincu Tenshi Hinanawi dans la bataille et passer quelque temps après cela dans le Heaven.

Personalité[modifier]

Sa personnalité est joyeuse et assez enfantine, comme on peut s'y attendre de son apparence. En dépit de son extérieur enfantin, cependant, elle possède de grandes quantités de puissance brute. Elle aime boire et est souvent vu dans les jeux de combat saouls; elle prétend qu'elle boit du saké depuis quelques centaines d'années maintenant.[1]

Suika porte les traits de personnalité typiques de la plupart des oni, valoriser la force et le fair-play tout en méprisant la malhonnêteté et la lâcheté. Cependant, elle est apparemment un peu moins honnête qu'une oni typique. En outre, elle ne kidnappe pas les humains, qui est connu pour être le "lien de confiance le plus fort" entre oni et les humains. Cependant, elle est tout à fait honnête.[2]

Bien qu'elle soit une oni insouciante, elle une des plus puissante youkai de Gensokyo, elle peut être très observatrice. En outre, elle est perçue comme étant très critique envers les autres Immaterial and Missing Power, comme en appelant Alice Margatroid une lâche et racontant de Youmu Konpaku comment les gens se moquent d'elle.

Pouvoir et Puissance[modifier]

Suika, plus que la force anormale d'un oni, possède une super puissance. Aya Shameimaru, qui a probablement vu ou entendu parler de presque tous les youkai, une fois a référée Suika comme "simplement le plus puissant youkai de Gensokyo". Cela ne signifie pas qu'il n'y en a pas d'autres qui pourraient être à peu près égale à son pouvoir, mais elle est toujours considérée comme la plus forte / la plus puissante youkai du point de vue d'Aya. Bien sûr, cela peut être parce qu'elle est une tengu, qui étaient autrefois subordonnés à l'oni. Au moment de Silent Sinner in Blue, parmi les gens que Reimu Hakurei connais, il semble qu'elle avait la plus grande super-force, mais elle admet que Yuugi Hoshiguma peut être (physiquement) plus forte qu'elle.[3] Elle a dit un jour «dans mon essaim de pandémonium, dans le rassemblement d'oni, aucun simple humain ou youkai ne peut supporter!"

Manipulation de la densité et de l'éparpillement
Suika géante qui tente d'écraser Marisa Kirisame, comme illustré dans The Grimoire of Marisa.

La capacité de Suika à manipuler la «densité» lui donne le pouvoir de contrôler la densité d'un objet donné; pour le dire simplement, l'assemblage et la dispersion. À mesure que la densité de l'objet augmente, il se réchauffe et, à mesure qu'il diminue, il se transforme en brume.[4] Pendant ses cartes de sorts et autres attaques, elle peut aussi créer de plus petites versions d'elle-même et se rendre géante. Elle peut également diminuer la densité de son propre corps pour devenir une brume, comme elle l'a fait pendant les événements de Immaterial and Missing Power, ce qui rend impossible de l'attaquer.[5] En faisant cela partout dans Gensokyo, elle peut effectivement garder un œil sur tout ce qui se passe. Elle peut également rassembler des choses sans forme, comme les âmes des gens, qui ont causé l'incident en premier lieu. Elle a également affecté la Lune comme reflété dans le ciel (la canopée) pour la faire exploser, puis prendre les fragments qui tombent et les transformer en brume ainsi,[1] mais les détails sont inconnus. Youmu Konpaku, après l'avoir frappé avec une de ses épées, a commentée que l'épée elle-même a réagi étrangement.[6]

Avec ce pouvoir, elle était capable d'assembler les pensées des gens et des yôkai, et faisait périodiquement la fête aux habitants de Gensokyo. De plus, avec ce pouvoir, elle est capable de se diviser en petits morceaux et de devenir un géant, et elle est également capable de se disperser dans l'atmosphère. En plus de cela, elle est capable de compresser son attaque et d'augmenter sa puissance, et est capable d'attirer l'adversaire dans quelque chose comme un trou noir, et de sucer la puissance de l'adversaire, de nulle part elle assemble des roches et de la santé. On peut le voir. On dirait qu'elle est capable de transformer une montagne en sable par ce pouvoir (selon Immaterial and Missing Power). Au cours de ses attaques mystérieuses sur le Myouren Temple dans Wild and Horned Hermit au chapitre 9, elle était capable de mettre KO en un coup sans être vu.

Dans son dernier sort du mode histoire de Immaterial and Missing Power, "Pandemonium" ou "A Million Oni Parade the Night," sa jauge de sortilège et sa jauge de santé se dispersent, rendant un modèle d'intervention système impensable pour sa méthode d'utilisation.

Possessions[modifier]

Suika a une gourde qu'elle appelle la gourde Ibuki, qui a été trempée dans l'extrait d'un sake bug, ce qui le rend capable de transformer l'eau en saké.[7] Pour l'empêcher de déborder, la gourde a un bouchon dessus, et elle ne peut pas verser plus que le contenu de la gourde en même temps.[8]

Histoire[modifier]

Avant d'apparaitre à Gensokyo, Suika vivait dans l'Underworld. Cependant, avant même cela, elle vivait apparemment sur la Youkai Mountain comme l'un des quatre "Devas de la Montagne", avec Yuugi Hoshiguma et deux autres. Puisque les oni étaient supérieurs aux autres résidents de la montagne, tels que le tengu et le kappa, ils se souviennent tous d'elle maintenant comme quelqu'un à respecter.[9]

Background Information[modifier]

Origine[modifier]

Suika est probablement basé sur Shuten-douji. Shuten-douji était un homme qui a véuci comme un half-youkai, avec une existence entre celle d'un humain et Yamata no Orochi, connu comme l'un des Three Great Evil Youkai of Japan (日本三大悪妖怪) durant Tamamo-no-Mae et le tengu de Emperor Sutoku. À la frontière préfectorale entre la préfecture de Gifu et la préfecture de Shiga, Mount Ibuki, qui était son lieu de naissance. De plus, dans le Otogizooshi Shuten-douji aurait été abandonné après sa naissance au pied du mont. Ibuki, et avoir été précédemment connu sous le nom 伊吹童子 (Ibuki-douji).

Mt. Ooe était une montagne qui s'étendait sur Fukuchiyama, Miyazu, et Yosano, Kyoto. C'était autrefois une mine très minée pour le cuivre, le nickel et le chrome. Il y a une légende où les susdits Shuten-douji et ses subalternes ont été exterminés, et en fait, 'complètement massacrés' ', et dans le centre-ville de Oe, près de Oe Station (Kitakinki Tango Railway), il y a beaucoup d'images associées, Onigawara, images mozaiques, et d'autres choses comme ça alignés. Une de ses spells cards Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, "Massacre complet sur le mont. Ooe" est probablement tirée de ça.

Among Shuten-douji's subordinates, among the especially powerful "big four," there was one oni by the name of "Hoshikuma-douji." This is where the name of Suika's ally from the big four, Yuugi Hoshiguma, comes from. Furthemore, according to the legend, Ibaraki-douji (on whom Kasen Ibaraki is based) was a subordinate or even lover of Shuten-douji. Within the Touhou setting, Kasen and Suika's relationship is as of yet unknown.

Name[modifier]

Her full name is Suika Ibuki (伊吹 萃香). Her first name Suika (萃香) is not a legitimate Japanese word, but literally it can be translated as "gathering fragrance". Incidentally, suika (スイカ/西瓜/水瓜) is the word for watermelon in the Japanese language (in common Japanese, the pitch accent for "watermelon" is flat. In order to distinguish, native speakers pronounce her name as "Su*[high] i*[high] ka*[low]"). Her last name Ibuki (伊吹) can mean Chinese Juniper in Japanese, but in her case, it's highly likely to be a reference to Mount Ibuki (伊吹山 Ibuki-yama) the place where Shuten-douji supposedly was born. In addition, Shuten (酒呑) means "alcohol drink".

Design[modifier]

Suika has two long straight oni horns on her head, decorated with ribbons. She wears a tattered pale pink blouse, a long purple and pink skirt, and three chain accessories tied to her belt. Her eyes are brown.

The three symbols are related to Gibon Sengai's Picture "Circle, Triangle, Square" (or Three Dimensions of Somatic Attunement). This picture is so esoteric that there are several interpretations on it, but the significane of the three diagrams would be mentioned by Rinnosuke Morichika in Chapter 22 of Curiosities of Lotus Asia.

Though fighting games sprites represent her with blonde/light brown hair, it must be considered as an error; Suika's real hair color actually being ginger (orange) according to Alphes' artworks and ZUN's artworks and sprites.

Suika's Appearances[modifier]

Games[modifier]

Immaterial and Missing Power

During the events of Immaterial and Missing Power, the people of Gensokyo were manipulated into having feasts repeatedly, one right after another, by Suika's ability to "gather" anything. She intended to draw all the other oni out of hiding with continuous, non-stop celebration. Her motive for this was the short spring in Perfect Cherry Blossom and the lower number of flower viewings that could be held because of it.

In most characters' scenarios, Suika was defeated and the number of feasts began to decrease. In Suika's scenario, she managed to defeat all of her major foes in a feast, but her plan failed anyway due to Reimu Hakurei's ability and her own short-comings as an oni.

Shoot the Bullet
Suika in StB, DS & ISC

In Shoot the Bullet, Aya Shameimaru encountered Suika on the Extra stage and took photos of her danmaku, being the first shoot 'em up game Suika appears in.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody

In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she notices that temperaments are being gathered from everyone into the sky, so she decides to climb up the Youkai Mountain to follow them. Once she reaches the heavens, she locates the perpetrator. Instead of trying to put an end to whatever plot was going on, Suika demands a living space in the heavens. She later gathers everyone to the heavens to attack Tenshi Hinanawi, although whether it was to punish the celestial or just to pass the time is unclear.

Subterranean Animism
Touhou Hisoutensoku

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

Double Spoiler
Suika with Yuugi in Hopeless Masquerade

In Double Spoiler, Suika appeared as a stage 6 target, where she uses a few spell cards and had Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou take photos of her and her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade

Suika made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Human Village stage. She is seen standing on a balcony of the tavern with Yuugi Hoshiguma, drinking beer.

Impossible Spell Card

After apparently reading the newspaper by the tengu about a mischief-making amanojaku, Suika becomes one of the many strong youkai and humans to try and stop Seija Kijin. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.

Literature[modifier]

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Suika, as illustrated in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red.
Suika with Aya Shameimaru in said fanbook.
Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red
Main article: Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red/Suika

Aya Shameimaru realizes that the Moon has exploded late one midwinter night and goes to interview the person responsible, Suika Ibuki. Suika is drunk, but she manages to tell Aya that she did it as a threat to all those who were partying, reminding them of onis by shattering the sky, a proof of their awesome strength by splitting the sky apart so easily to blow up the Moon.

During the follow interview, Suika challenges Aya to a drinking match even as she asks her for sake. Aya seems to accept and invites Suika to drink with her at a nearby food cart, with hilarious results as Suika talks about silencing the poor owner. Aya then mentions her surprise at Suika and the onis being back. Suika responds that she is the only one, and she's come back only for a while. She also tells Aya how sad she is that the tengu have lost most of their influence. Suika finishes by accusing the tengu of not showing their strength and Aya ends the discussion by inviting Suika to drink about gathering news for her.

Suika appearance in Wild and Horned Hermit chapter 9
Strange and Bright Nature Deity

In Chapter 17 and 18, Suika gives a jug with a sake bug in it to Reimu Hakurei. However, it's soon stolen by the Three Fairies of Light, who replace it with a fake. The real jug is later taken to Eientei for analysis, and when Suika returns to the shrine, they find that the jug no longer contains the bug. She is not particularly concerned at it, however, and proceeds to explain to Reimu and Marisa Kirisame what it does.

Wild and Horned Hermit

In the end of Chapter 9, Suika is revealed to be the culprit behind the strange attacks that have been happening lately, especially in and around the Myouren Temple. She eventually went to the shrine hoping to see Kasen Ibaraki, but she disappears before they meet. She reappears at the end of Chapter 16 for the same purpose, having received a tip from Yuugi Hoshiguma, and thinks to herself that Kasen doesn't need to keep hiding, and that she hasn't seen her in a long time.

Relationships[modifier]

Yuugi Hoshiguma[modifier]

Suika and Yuugi Hoshiguma were two of the four devas of the mountain, and are very good friends, although it's been a while since they've actually seen each other before Subterranean Animism. Of course, their reunion during that time was not in person, but instead Suika watching Yuugi through a TV screen and talking to her using Yukari's cell phone. Suika hopes the four of them can go mountain climbing again, some day. They've been seen hanging around together in the background of the Human Village of Hopeless Masquerade.

Yukari Yakumo[modifier]

Yukari Yakumo was Suika's friend before the oni went to the Underworld. It is unknown how or when they became friends. Yukari cares about Suika, as her (hypothetical) Immaterial and Missing Power story has her stop Suika because she's worried that people will find Suika whom won't be as forgiving as Yukari is. Suika does favors for Yukari, such as rebuilding the Hakurei Shrine in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody or going along with her scheme in Subterranean Animism. The two play danmaku battles with each other, though it's been a while since the last one before Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. In Oriental Sacred Place Chapter 12, Yukari is with Suika at the Hakurei Shrine New Year's Festival.

Suika (an oni) does tend to get annoyed with Yukari's "dirty tricks", but doesn't go beyond snapping that they're dirty. Suika referred to Yukari's existence as fraudulent to Youmu Konpaku in Immaterial and Missing Power, and stated to Yukari that it was rare to see her "on this side of the world" in broad daylight in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. These may be simple figures of speech, or they may show that Suika knows many deeper things about Yukari.

Reimu Hakurei[modifier]

Reimu Hakurei's honesty in Immaterial and Missing Power impressed the oni when they first met. The oni now drops by the shrine often. Reimu usually has Suika pick up garbage. Once Suika even gave Reimu a sake bug as a gift so they could drink quality sake together (unfortunately, a series of events resulted in the worm being lost). She has teamed up with Reimu to go along with Yukari's scheme in Subterranean Animism.

Minor relationships[modifier]

Tenshi Hinanawi

Suika travelled up to Heaven and beat up Tenshi to get some land. Iku mentions in her ending that Tenshi must have gave it to her without consulting any of the other celestials about the matter. Since then, Suika played at least one prank on Tenshi by gathering up many others to come fight her. Tenshi initially figured that it'd be okay because Suika will get bored and leave heaven soon, but by the time the final story (Tenshi's) in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody ends. Suika's still up there, causing Tenshi to worry about just how long the oni plans on staying.

Iku Nagae

Iku first encounters Suika when Suika is climbing to Heaven to see someone, where she tested Suika before allowing Suika to move on. Suika won, surprising Iku with her power. Iku later runs into Suika while searching for Tenshi Hinanawi to file a report on earthquakes. The oni requests Iku play with her for a bit and fights Iku in a duel. Iku is extremely confused why the oni is still in Heaven, but had to get back to her job. Eventually, after a long string of being attacked by various residents of Gensokyo for no reason whatsoever and an infuriating meeting with Tenshi, the poor exhausted oarfish arrives back in heaven and runs into the oni again. Suika's story of Tenshi giving her land gets the oarfish even more exasperated at the celestial, and Suika cheerfully comforts her and pours her a drink, encouraging Iku to vent her complaints to the oni. It is unknown if they became friends after that or not.

Patchouli Knowledge

After the events of Immaterial and Missing Power, Patchouli seems to have developed a bit of an obsession with taking down the oni, although the feeling isn't mutual. She now has the Scarlet Devil Mansion host Setsubun (basically an anti-oni festival) every year, despite how none of the other residents like it (the fried beans burn the mistress, and the fairy maids hate cleaning up afterwards). Suika has taken note of this and in retaliation to the first festival, destroyed the moon as a display of her own power (actually only an image of the moon, by shattering the heavens to do it). It is unknown if residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion noticed.

In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Patchouli goes right past Tenshi Hinanawi (the real culprit, quite confused) to attack Suika, instead. Patchouli has no books on the oni, but dialogue shows she knew what oni were before meeting Suika. Her wariness towards oni subconsciously existed before that, as it is revealed in Sakuya's ending that despite claiming she didn't know about oni, Patchouli knew an oni caused the feast, revealing a subconscious knowledge on the matter. Prior to that, every once in a while, Patchouli would order coffee made from good beans instead of the usual red tea. Sakuya did not know why, but after discovering this subconscious trait, she finally understood. Oni are weak to fried beans. Patchouli only consciously realized she was supposed to use fried beans, specifically, for the coffee in her own ending, but by then, she's also realized it'd be better off used as danmaku. It is unclear if she realized that she subconsciously drank coffee all along as a preventative measure to oni. It is unknown why Patchouli developed this wariness towards the oni.

Yuyuko Saigyouji

Yuyuko might have known Suika before Suika went to the Underworld, as she describes the mist in Immaterial and Missing Power to Patchouli Knowledge as nostalgic in Patchouli's story, even though she isn't sure what it is. When Yuyuko meets Suika in her own story, she disappointingly says that she had hoped to find a good memory but ended up finding a little demon instead, and the two proceed to insult each other very harshly. Although the double-speak and metaphors aren't completely clear, this could imply that Yuyuko knew Suika from long ago, and the two did not get along.

Yamame Kurodani, Parsee Mizuhashi, Satori Komeji, Rin Kaenbyou, Utsuho Reiuji, and Koishi Komeiji

These are various denizens of the Underworld that Suika got to see in Subterranean Animism. Of the six, Suika has never met Yamame, Rin, or Utsuho personally (or at least gotten to know them personally), but is familiar with their species. She knows Parsee, but to her, Parsee is just some lowly youkai that guards a bridge. She knows Satori, but like everyone else, stays away from her because she dislikes having her mind read. She also knows Satori's sister Koishi, to whom she is a bit warmer, inviting her to come play the next time Koishi goes above ground. She believes Koishi's ability to read the subconscious compensates for Satori's weakness in a fight, indicating she may have gotten into battles or duels with the sisters before (probably playful, but maybe not).

Kasen Ibaraki

Their relationship is yet not revealed, but because Kasen was undoubtedly trying to avoid Suika as possible in the Wild and Horned Hermit, their connection should not be light. However, she later finds out about her from Yuugi but decides to leave it alone as she's curious on what Kasen's scheming.

Gallery[modifier]

Skills[modifier]

Spell Cards[modifier]

Additional Information[modifier]

Fandom[modifier]

Official Profiles[modifier]

Official Sources[modifier]

References[modifier]

  1. 1,0 et 1,1 Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red - Suika article and interview.
  2. Immaterial and Missing Power - Suika ending.
  3. Symposium of Post-mysticism - 'Selon le compatriote Oni Suika Ibuki', "Elle est plus faible que moi dans les pouvoirs magiques, mais pourrait être plus fort que moi physiquement."
  4. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense - Suika article.
  5. The Grimoire of Marisa - Suika's spell cards.
  6. Immaterial and Missing Power - Suika route, stage 3.
  7. Strange and Bright Nature Deity - Chapter 18.
  8. Immaterial and Missing Power - Yukari ending.
  9. Subterranean Animism - Marisa/Nitori route, stage 3.