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Name:

紅 美鈴 (ほん めいりん) (♫)

Hong Meiling

Alternate spellings:

Hong Meirin, Hoan Meirin

Species:

Youkai

Abilities:

Control of "Qi", Chinese Martial Arts

Age:

Unknown

Occupation:

Gatekeeper and Gardener of the Scarlet Devil Mansion

Location:

Scarlet Devil Mansion

Description:

  • Aqua-colored eyes and long, scarlet hair that symbolizes both her name and the place that she's guarding. Her green beret and dress resemble traditional Chinese clothing. Her beret has a gold star on the front with the Traditional Chinese character "龍" that is read as "long" and means dragon.

Relationships:

Appearances:

Titles:

See Character Titles

Hong Meiling is a youkai, though it isn't currently known which specific category she actually belongs to. She guards the entrance to the Scarlet Devil Mansion along with her henchmen. She is known for her mastery of the martial arts, part of which can be seen from her movement which is performed with Shin-Kyaku (a move in Chinese martial arts).

During the events of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, she bravely fought against the intruding heroines but ultimately failed to complete her job.

In Touhou Hisoutensoku she saw a roaming giant that she was certain was an incarnation of a God of Calamity, "Taisui Xingjun". However those she warned didn't realize the seriousness of the dangerous situation they were facing. Thus it was up to Meiling alone to defend the Scarlet Devil Mansion and all of Gensokyo from this destructive deity.

Fun Facts

  • The character for Hong literally means "Scarlet" in Japanese and "Red" in Chinese, and Meiling means "Beautiful Bell". The latter part of her name, Meiling, is at least a common Chinese name. These characters can be read in Japanese as "Kurenai Misuzu", and you'll sometimes see her name mispronounced or miswritten that way.
  • However, she is more widely known as "China" (中国, pronounced Chuugoku), the one whose real name is never remembered. At first, it was just a minor fan-only thing, but after a while, even ZUN himself said that he doesn't deny calling her "China", so it's considered half-official at the moment.
  • It is known that in 2ch, there was a debate on how to read Meiling's name. One side said Hong Meiling, and the other said Kurenai Misuzu. The debate ended (sort of) when a user said "Why don't we just call her 'China', as her clothing seems to identify her the most." As a result, even after ZUN said "Hong Meiling" is the correct pronunciation in an interview, people kept on calling Meiling "China".
  • While that alone sounds quite miserable, that incident took her from being a barely remembered minor boss and made her famous as "the laughingstock of the Touhou series". She's gained quite a lot of popularity since then, recently managing to win the 2nd Touhou Saimoe tournament, besting both protagonists and an Extra Boss. If someone hadn't started calling her "Chuugoku", she would never have achieved such glory... Quite an interesting story.
  • Meiling's nickname is further ingrained into the minds of fans by her clothing, and also by the name of her stage BGM, "Shanghai Teahouse ~ Chinese Tea". Her stage theme tends to be more frequently remixed by fans than her boss theme, "Shanghai Alice of Meiji 17", to the point where "Chinese Tea" became her theme in Touhou Hisoutensoku.
  • A popular Flash animation called "My Name is Hong Meiling" spawned the meme "Sakuya-san, Sakuya-san, cleaning stop! Room cleaning stop!" (after which she gets stabbed in the forehead with a knife). It should be noted that the song in this video is actually sung to the tune of Kaguya's theme music. (The animation itself is a parody of a parody; the original featured two girls from the 1998 eroge White Album conducting an ill-fated piano lesson, with voiceovers provided by an increasingly hysterical man who winds up screaming "Mama-san, cooking stop! Dinner making stop!" in English. The original only-music track is composed by Tom Miyazaki, 宮崎吐夢.)
  • Sadly, despite reaching some level of recognition by becoming a playable character in Immaterial and Missing Power (albeit through a downloaded patch), Meiling was the only character not to have a storyline. She is almost universally considered a bottom tier character in the game as well, despite the fact that she has some of the most impressive combos in the game as shown in here. Whether this was by accident or if Tasofro was making fun of her is unknown...
  • She is commonly referred to as the "lazy guardian" of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, though whether this stems from her actual personality or from the nickname "China" is unknown. Many Japanese people complain about the reliability and quality of products manufactured in China. There are many fanfics that depict an enraged Sakuya behind a sleeping Meiling in front of the gates to the Mansion. The implication is that she has the "Chinese" quality of "Shinrai no Chuugoku" (信頼の中国, which translates to Reliable China), with much intended sarcasm.
  • Her relationship with Sakuya seems to be a popular topic for fan work, including comics, music and games. One running gag involves her being stabbed in the head by Sakuya's knives. This is usually due to her inability to keep unwanted visitors, such as Marisa, out of the mansion.
  • In the MUGEN community, Meiling is known for her "Chuugoku Satsu" attack, an obvious parody of both her nickname and Akuma of Street Fighter fame's signature attack.
  • As the result of her comedic scenario in Touhou Hisoutensoku, and the nature of one of her battles (with a rather simplified background image), fans have made numerous jokes regarding drug experimentation on Meiling's part.
  • Many of her lines in Touhou Hisoutensoku indicate that Meiling has boastful pride in China. "You're all not there yet! You're all children compared to 4000 years of history!" The script also reveals that she reads manga created by the tengu, compares Yuyuko to a jiangshi (Chinese vampire), and notes that Tenshi and the celestials read Chinese works (many of Tenshi's win quotes in SWR come from Chinese classics). This is how Chinese characters in Japanese manga and anime are almost always depicted - a pervasive stereotype of the alleged common traits and unmerited pride of Chinese people.
  • Meiling's win quote against Sakuya in Touhou Hisoutensoku implies that she feels she is merely letting Sakuya get away with abusing her because there has been no formal duel between the 2 of them (and probably also because Sakuya outranks her in the Scarlet Devil Mansion), and that if it were a formal match, she would (and could) have very easily taken the Chief Maid down. There is a degree of credibility to this particular opinion, as Meiling is never seen defending herself (or even attempting to do so , for that matter) against Sakuya's outbursts of violence, probably because she's already guilty of slacking off on her job.
  • Meiling and Remilia's win quotes against each other in Touhou Hisoutensoku regarding manga that Remilia let Meiling borrow suggests that their relationship is more friendly than abusive, and that they are just fighting for the fun of it. However, Meiling's win quote suggests that Remilia does not exactly approve of her borrowing the manga on a whim (especially not when she was supposed to be working as a gate guard). She also implies that Remilia gave her a slight telling-off for doing so, which is still a much friendlier response to what Sakuya would have otherwise done...
  • If Meiling loses to Youmu in Touhou Hisoutensoku, the latter will ask Meiling about the legendary Green Dragon Blade wielded by the famous Chinese general Guan Yu. However, it would be extremely unlikely for Meiling to wield that said blade because traditionally, women seldom use pole-mounted weapons in Chinese martial arts. A most likely weapon which Meiling would probably have learnt to wield would be either the jian, the dao, the gun, or the qiang. However, given her raw strength and aggressiveness, it would seem that Meiling's possible weapon of choice (should she have one) would be the dao, a weapon which focuses on aggressiveness, strength and speed.

Official Profiles

Embodiment of Scarlet Devil - おまけ.txt

Hong Meiling

 ○華人小娘

  紅 美鈴(ホン・メイリン)


  能力:気を使う程度の能力


  3面ボスです。中国人風の妖怪です。


  カラフルで民族っぽい衣装です。彼女は紅魔館の門番で、湖外からや

  ってくる侵入者を積極的に排除しています。

  これといった特別なキャラではないのですが、ここで初めて、ストー

  リーに関係あるものになっていきます。

  といってもお嬢様の存在を言うだけですが。

Chinese Girl

Hong Meiling

Ability: Control of Chi

Stage 3 boss. A Chinese-looking youkai.

Her clothing is colorful and somewhat traditional. She is the gatekeeper of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and prevents intruders from beyond the lake from reaching the mansion. She is by no means a special character, but she is the first character that has something to do with the main story. Even if that something happens to be merely mentioning the Mistress.




Immaterial and Missing Power - 上海アリス通信.txt

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Touhou Hisoutensoku

MeirinHS

  ○

  紅 美鈴

  いつも騒がしい紅魔館。その日も例外なく騒がしかった。
門番である彼女は、紅魔館の主であるレミリア・スカーレットに
何やら報告していたが、 主は軽く聞き流していた。

彼女は漠然とした不安を感じていた。
朝方、山の麓に巨大な人影を見たのである。
そして、生ぬるい霧をまき散らし、消えてしまった。

アレは一体何だったのか。
大鵬の様な大きな影、吐き出された禍々しい霧、彼女は確信していた。

アレは凶事の顕形「太歳星君(たいさいせいくん)」の影である。


ついに幻想郷の全妖怪が
手を取り合って戦わないといけない凶神が現れたのだと、
紅魔館の主に報告していたのだ。

勿論それは聞き入れられなかった。

彼女は思っていた。
退屈な毎日を少し楽しくする為に、わざと誇張しましたけどね、と。

Chinese Girl, Hong Meiling

The always noisy Scarlet Devil Mansion. That day, it was as noisy as ever. Its gate guard had reported something to the mansion's master, Remilia Scarlet, but the master had loftily ignored her.

The girl felt a vague sense of uneasiness. That morning, she had seen a giant figure. Then, it dissolved into a lazy mist and disappeared.

Just what was that? A big shadow like a roc, and a sinister mist being produced. She was certain.

It was the shadow of the Buddha of Misfortune, "Taisuei Shengjun."

She reported to the master of the mansion that an evil god that all youkai must join forces and fight against had finally appeared in Gensokyo.

Naturally, nobody listened to her.

The girl thought. In order to break up the everyday boredom with a little fun, she had intentionally exaggerated a bit.


Book Synopsis

Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red

Main article: Article and Interview: Meiling

One day, a mysterious crop circle appears in the gardens of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, causing widespread speculation, rumors and gossip around the Mansion. Meiling, who was responsible for taking care of the garden, claims not to be the culprit, but admits that she's been tasked by Remilia to restore the garden to its original state now that her mistress has become bored with the crop circle pattern. During her interview with Aya, she notes she is quite worried, as she has no idea how to change the flowers back. Questioned about the crop circle's origins, Meiling vehemently denies falling asleep, so Aya goes on to talk about aliens...

Perfect Memento in Strict Sense

PMiSS meiling
Main article: Perfect Memento: Hong Meirin
  • Meiling works as a gate guard at the Scarlet Devil Mansion.
  • She is a well-rounded youkai, skilled in martial arts rather than focusing on a single power.
  • Although this means she isn't very powerful among youkai, she has no weak points.
  • She is unusually human-like and will chat with humans while on the job.
  • If you don't try to get through her gate, she will rarely attack you.
  • She performs Tai Chi Chuan daily, and has a nap at noon.
  • The best way to exterminate her is straightforwardly, in a formal match.
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