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Kaguya Houraisan

Name:

蓬莱山 輝夜(ほうらいさん かぐや)

Kaguya Houraisan

Species:

Lunarian

Abilities:

Manipulation of eternity and temporality

Age:

Currently ageless, but has existed for at least 1200 years.

Occupation:

Unknown, currently in hiding, formerly a moon princess.

Location:

Eientei

Description:

  • Dark brown eyes, very long black hair. Wears a pink shirt with many white bows, and a long, dark burgundy skirt decorated in yellow with bamboo and flower shapes. Her 5 Impossible Requests are seen floating around her, probably waiting for her order to engage in a Spell Card attack.

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Kaguya was once the princess of the Lunarians, a race of people living on the Moon. She was exiled to Earth over a thousand years ago for the crime of using the forbidden Hourai Elixir to make herself immortal. Arriving on Earth in present-day Japan, she was found by a bamboo cutter and dwelt among the humans she had once despised. Though the Lunarians looked upon humans with contempt, Kaguya came to love her new home.

Unfortunately as stories of her supernatural beauty spread far and wide, she was harassed nonstop by suitors seeking her hand in marriage. In order to save herself from being forced to marry, she devised her Five Impossible Requests--any man who wished to take her as his wife would be required to find, retrieve and bring to her five legendary treasures to prove his worthiness. The requests were literally impossible, as no one had any idea how or where to find the treasures, and every man who tried came home empty-handed (one man nearly succeeded with a fake treasure, but Kaguya found him out). She was eventually befriended by the Emperor of Japan, who put a stop to the flood of suitors.

After years of exile, emissaries arrived from the Moon; Kaguya had been forgiven of her crime and it had been decided that she should return. Kaguya, however, had grown to love life on Earth and had no desire to return to the lunar capital. Enlisting the help of her friend Eirin, Kaguya escaped from the emissaries and fled to Gensokyo. Taking refuge in an ancient mansion called Eientei hidden deep within a secluded bamboo forest, the two Lunarians began a new exile.

During the events of Imperishable Night, Kaguya had been hidden in a secret pathway along with the true moon by Eirin to ensure any Lunarians sent to recover Reisen would not discover her. The heroines, however, did discover her, and challenged her to return the full moon to Gensokyo. After being defeated, Kaguya unleashed her power of eternity in an all-out bid to break the spell of the imperishable night cast by the heroines. Finally she relented and the true moon was recovered.

She now spends her days living in Eientei in a carefree manner, mostly keeping herself occupied by battling her longtime rival, Mokou. In addition to fighting Mokou herself she frequently sends Eirin and Reisen to hunt Mokou down, and also enlists the heroines for this task in the Extra stage. Although she seems haughty and treats those she considers weak or stupid with derision, if shown proper respect she can be quite pleasant and friendly to those she deems worthy. Her long isolation has made her lonely, and she enjoys telling stories to any guests she might receive.

Fun Facts

  • Kaguya, and the whole of Imperishable Night, is based on the traditional Japanese story "Kaguya-hime."
  • The characters for Kaguya mean "shining night", and Houraisan means "mountain of Hourai".
  • Houraisan is the name of a legendary mountain that floats above the sea. Its inhabitants were said to possess the elixir of immortality. It was also the destination of one of Kaguya-hime's impossible tasks.
  • A silhouette of Kaguya occupies the front of Imperishable Night's jewel case.
  • Kaguya is one of the very few Touhou characters with nothing on her head - no hat, ribbons, or non-human attributes.
  • A popular nickname for Kaguya among her fans in Japan is "Teruyo"--a mispronunciation of the kanji in her name.
  • Because she has spent most of her life hiding inside Eientei, Kaguya is often depicted in fanworks as a recluse or even a hikikomori who shuns outside interaction (this is not entirely accurate). In humorous works she is often portrayed as being a NEET or unemployed geek who sits at home and surfs the Internet all day (where she got the broadband connection is anyone's guess).
  • Kaguya's appearance closely resembles that of Hazuki, the cat-ear-wearing vampire girl from the anime Moon Phase. Because of this, Kaguya is often depicted with cat ears, either real or fake, on her head, even occasionally uttering lines from the anime's opening song, "Neko Mimi Mode". The cat-and-mouse dynamic between her and Mokou adds another layer to this depiction.
  • In more serious work Kaguya is often depicted as having been driven insane or mentally unhinged as a consequence of her long life and inability to permanently die. The name of her theme song, "Lunatic Princess", hints at this.
  • Kaguya and Mokou fight to the death every chance they get. Their relationship could be characterized as a constant "Tom and Jerry" back and forth battle, although given the extreme violence they unleash against each other and their mutual obsession for these daily duels, "Itchy and Scratchy" may be a better comparison.
  • Since she is generally acknowledged to be easier than Remilia or Yuyuko, Kaguya is considered to be rather weak for a final boss (although pretty much every boss in Imperishable Night is considered easier than those in earlier games, and continues are not allowed against Kaguya, unlike the previous two). As a result fanworks often depict her as being completely helpless and dependent on Eirin to survive, and her theme song's climactic passage has had the words "Eirin, Eirin, tasekute Eirin!" (Eirin, Eirin, help me Eirin!) set to it by the fans. However, Kaguya has a larger spellcard arsenal than either Remilia or Yuyuko and attacks confidently and without hesitation in the actual game.

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Imperishable Night - キャラ設定.txt

Kaguya Houraisan

 ○最終ボス 永遠と須臾の罪人

  蓬莱山 輝夜(ほうらいさん かぐや)

  Kaguya Houraisan


  種族:月人

  能力:永遠と須臾を操る程度の能力


  カグヤは月の民の一族であり、月の姫として大切に育てられていた。

  その為、我侭し放題に育てられていたのだ。しかし、ある事件を気に

  カグヤの生活は大きく変わる。興味本位で永琳に、禁断の秘薬である

  蓬莱の薬を作らせてしまい、それに手を出してしまったのだ。


  その事はすぐにばれてしまい、カグヤは処刑された。


  だが、永遠の力を持ったカグヤは死んでもすぐに生まれ変わり、事実

  上死ぬ事は出来なかった。カグヤは罰として次の生は地上の賤しき民

  と暮らす様に命じられ地上に落とされた。間も無くして、一人の地上

  人に発見され、そこで輝夜という名前で暮らす事となった。


                ——


  輝夜は地上で生まれ、地上で生活をしている元月の民である。暫らく

  の間、何の不自由も無く生活が出来ていたのだが……。どんどんと人

  が寄って来るようになり、地上も生活しにくくなってきていた。


  数年後、晴れて輝夜の罪も償われ月に帰る時が来た。しかし、お世話

  になった地上人への恩と情、心のある地上での生活、どうしても帰り

  たくない。だが穢ない処もあり、生活しにくい部分もある。輝夜は思

  い悩んでいた。そんな時月からやってきた使者の中に見覚えのある姿

  を見た。永琳である。


  永琳は薬を作っておいて自分だけは無罪だった事もあり、輝夜に対し

  申し訳ない心でいっぱいだった。その気持ちは強く、輝夜の為なら何

  でもしてやらなければ、と考えていた。そして輝夜と一緒に地上で暮

  らすことを決めたのだ。


  永琳は月の使者を裏切り、輝夜を逃した。こうして、二人は人里離れ

  た山奥でひっそりと隠れて暮らす様になった。そう、そこは妖怪も出

  るような山奥で……。


                ——

  ——それから、本当に長い時間が経った。


  いつしか月から使者が訪れる事はなくなっていたし、二人はとっくに

  昔の事など忘れて平和に暮らしていたのだ。


  だが、そんな平和なある日、輝夜の記憶を呼び戻す出来事が起きる。


  幻想郷が人間界と遮断されてから、もうすぐ百年も経とうとしていた

  頃だった。輝夜はいつも通り誰とも会わずひっそりと暮らしていた。

  そんなある日、一匹の妖怪兎が輝夜の元に逃げ込んできたのだ。その

  兎は実は月の兎だといい、人間以外が住む幻想郷の噂を聞きつけ、な

  んとか入り込んできたという。その兎が言うには、「月に敵が攻め込

  んで来てもう生活出来なくなった、そいつらは月に自分達の旗を立て、

  自分達の物だと言って好き勝手やっている」、らしい。


  兎は月の民が戦っている中、仲間を見捨てて命からがら逃げてきたと

  いう事だった。


  輝夜は自分が月の人だと言う事を思い出した。


  人間が月に攻め入る?

  そんな馬鹿な事があるわけが無い。

  半信半疑だったが、その兎は嘘を付いている様には見えなかった。

  とにかく可哀相な兎、——名はレイセンと言う、を家に置く事にした。


  ——さらにその出来事から数十年経った。


  輝夜と永琳、鈴仙の三人は、また退屈な日々を送っていた。
  ここに居ると誰でものんきで平和的になってしまう。まさに楽園の様
  な処だった。


  そんなある満月の夜、月の兎同士が使うという兎の波動を鈴仙が受信

  した。これは、どんなに離れていてもその大きな耳で会話が出来ると

  いう月の兎の特殊能力である。

  その内容は以下の様なものだった。


  「賤しき地上人は月の魔力を搾取し、月に基地を作ると言い出した。

   我々月の民は、人間とどうにか共存の方向で協議していたが、

   もう限界である。


   我々月の民は、地上人に最後の全面戦争を仕掛ける事にした。

   今の状況では、戦力は我々の方が若干不利に見える。敵の近代兵器

   は我々の想像をはるかに越えていたのだ。

   だが臆する事は無い、我々月の民には何千年も生きてきた知恵と誇

   りがある。負けるはずが無い。


   レイセン、もうすぐ月は戦場となる。

   誇り高き我々と一緒に戦ってくれないだろうか。

   そして、一緒に居ると思われる地上人に伝えてくれ。

   次の満月の夜にレイセンを迎えに行く。

   抵抗しても無駄だ。」、と。


  鈴仙はそろそろ月に帰らなければいけないと、輝夜達に伝えた。だが

  一緒に住んでいる輝夜達も、地上人ではなく月の民だったのだ。


  ——輝夜の記憶がよみがえる。

    罪を犯す前の月での生活を。

    賤しき地上人と暮らしていた頃を。

    自分を迎えに来た月の使者を殺害し、隠れて暮らしてきた事を。


  輝夜は永琳と相談し、鈴仙を月に返さない事に決めた。使者を殺して

  しまっては、また場所を変え、隠れ住す必要が出てしまう。だが、も

  う身を隠して暮らす事に飽きたのだ。何とか月の使者を追っ払い、か

  つ堂々と地上で暮らす事が出来ないのかと、永琳に相談した。


  永琳は輝夜の相談が言い終わるかどうか、という位で瞬時にこう返答

  した。


  「ならば地上から満月を無くせば良い。

   さすれば、月と地上は行き来できなくなる。

   地上から見える満月は、月と地上を行き来する唯一の鍵なのだ。

   だから、満月の夜にしか使者は訪れない。

   その鍵を壊せば……、

   地上は、大きな密室になる。」


  と。


  輝夜達は、本物の満月を隠し、地上人が見る空に浮かぶ月を偽物の月

  とすり替え、そしてほんの少しだけ、欠けさせたのである。


  これで、地上と月を行き来する事は不可能になった。


  ただ、唯一の誤算は、満月の力に頼っていたはずの妖怪達の力が、こ

  れほどまで強い物だとは思わなかった事である。


  結局、人間と妖怪の力によってこの術は破れてしまったが、そもそも

  幻想郷は閉ざされた空間。元々、月からも入ってくる事は出来なかっ

  たと言う事を知った。


  今は輝夜達は隠れて暮らすのをやめ、普通に永遠亭で暮らしている。


  月?

  月が結局どうなったのかは、地上に這いつくばって暮らす民である

  輝夜達には知る由もなかった。

Last Boss, The Eternal Moon Princess

Kaguya Houraisan

Species: Lunarian

Ability: Manipulation of eternity and temporality

Kaguya was born in the royal house of the moon and was treated with utmost care as a princess. Because of that, she grew very selfish... But one scandal changed her life. She had Eirin make the Hourai Elixir - a forbidden medicine - out of self-interest and consumed it.

The crime was soon discovered and Kaguya was executed for it.

But Kaguya has the ability to control eternity, so she reincarnated immediately after each execution and wouldn't die permanently. Instead of killing her repeatedly, she was exiled to Earth and forced to live among filthy humans as punishment. Soon afterward, she was found by an old human male, and began life as Kaguya-hime...

——

Kaguya is a former Lunarian who was expelled from the moon. She enjoyed her life on Earth for a while without problems, but as rumours of her beauty spread far and wide, she started to feel bad about it.

A few years later, she was allowed to return to the moon, but she really didn't want to. She had become attached to people who she were living with and preferred life on Earth, which was far more emotional than the life she had on the moon. Even so, Earth was a bit filthy and life on Earth had its share of problems. She was torn between Earth and the moon... It was then that she found a familiar face among the emissaries from the moon. It was Eirin.

Eirin felt very sorry for Kaguya because she wasn't punished even though she was the one who made the elixir. Her desire for redemption was so strong that she was ready to do anything for Kaguya, so she decided to live on Earth with Kaguya.

Eirin betrayed the other emissaries and helped Kaguya escape. The two of them began to live in desolate place. It was so desolate that it was haunted by youkai...

——

A long, long time has passed since then.

The moon was no longer sending emissaries to fetch them; they had forgotten about the past and were living in peace.

One day, an event took place that made them recall the past.

It had almost been a century since Gensokyo was sealed. They were living quietly without meeting anyone. On that day, a rabbit ran into their home. She claimed to be a rabbit from the moon who had come because she heard rumours about Gensokyo, a place where non-humans live. She then said, "Humans are invading the moon and it's becoming nearly impossible for people of the Moon to live there. These humans stuck a flag on the moon and is acting like the moon belongs to them".

The rabbit had escaped from the front line of a war, leaving her allies behind...

Kaguya remembered that she, too, was a Lunarian long ago.

Humans were invading the moon?

That's ridiculous...

But the rabbit seemed to be telling the truth.

Anyway, they decided to allow that poor rabbit - Reisen - to live with them.

A few decades have passed since then.

Kaguya, Eirin and Reisen were enjoying their peaceful life.

Gensokyo makes everyone easy-going and peaceful... It really was like a paradise.

On one night of a full moon, Reisen received a transmission from other surviving moon rabbits. (Moon rabbits have some kind of telepathic ability and can communicate across great distances.)

It said:

"These filthy humans are exploiting the power of the moon and trying to build a base here. We've been urging them co-exist peacefully with us, but they never listen. We're up against a wall. We've decided to declare a final war against them.
"The tide of war is currently slightly in their favour... Their modern weaponry is far better than we expected. But don't worry, we have the wisdom and pride of our millennia of history... We will never lose.
"Dear Reisen, a war will be starting soon. Please come back and fight at our side.
"Also, please tell the humans you're living with... That we're coming to take you back with us on the next full moon. Refusal is not an option."

Reisen told them that she needed to return to the moon, but... Kaguya and Eirin were part of the Lunarian race as well.

Kaguya remembered her past.

A past of innocence.
A life of living with humans.
A memory of murdering emissaries and going into hiding.

Kaguya had a discussion with Eirin, then decided to defend Reisen from the moon's emissaries. But if they kill the emissaries, they'll have to go into hiding for a long time again. If only there was a way to make it impossible for the emissaries to reach them, then they would never have to hide again.

Just as Kaguya was about to finish speaking, Eirin presented her solution.

"If we remove the full moon from Earth, then the path between Earth and the Moon will be closed. A full moon from Earth is what makes it possible for them to come here. That's why the Lunarians only visit on nights with a full moon. If we corrupt that full moon... Earth will become a large, sealed chamber."


Thus, they hid the true moon from Earth, replacing it with a fake moon that will never be full.

It was no longer possible to travel between Earth and the Moon.

Their only mistake was underestimating the power of Gensokyo's natives, who rely on the power of the moon...

In the end, humans and youkai succeeded in dispelling the fake moon. But that wasn't a problem... Gensokyo was already sealed by the Hakurei border, so the Lunarians wouldn't have been able to enter Gensokyo to begin with.

Kaguya, Eirin and Reisen have come out of hiding and are living freely in Eientei.

So, what was the outcome of the Moon War?

That didn't matter to Kaguya anymore; Gensokyo is now her home...


Book Synopsis

Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red

Main article: Article and Interview: Kaguya

Not translated yet.

Perfect Memento in Strict Sense

Main article: Perfect Memento: Kaguya Houraisan
  • Kaguya is considered the princess of Eientei.
  • Eientei is a mysterious mansion with lots of rabbits.
  • Its existence only became known when Eirin started selling medicine.
  • Recently Eientei has begin to host public events, though.
  • Kaguya is refined at conversation, and will tell old stories to those who will listen.
  • The power to manipulate eternity is essentially the power to prevent change. It is similar to stopping time.
  • It is thought that the existence of Eientei was concealed by this power of eternity.
  • The power to manipulate the instant (or rather, extremely short time durations) allows Kaguya to do things almost instantaneously.
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