Aoji Shitodo

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しとど 蒿雀あおじ
Aoji Shitodo
ɕito̞do̞ a̠o̞d͡ʑi
Aoji Shitodo
Character Titles
Weak-Willed Youngest Child
Information
Other Names Aoi (あおい), Aoki (あおき), Aoshi (アオシ), Aon (あおん), Aoni (あおに)
Species Human
Abilities Creating whirlpools
Birthday 4 January
Location Shitodo House
Music Themes
  • 攪拌する剛体金剛 ~ Let's Joke! (EE)
  • 青嵐 ~ Plastic Vortex (BPoHC)
Appearances

Aoji Shitodo (鵐 蒿雀, Shitodo Aoji) is the youngest of the Shitodo siblings. They are fairly shy and meek and often follow their siblings around.

General Information[edit]

Aoji is the second stage boss of Evanescent Existence and Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, the first and fourth game of the Len'en Project respectively. They are also a playable character in the latter game.

Personality[edit]

Aoji is shown as being gentle at heart, but also rather shy and withdrawn. They're friendly and respectful towards everyone, but they don't have a very proactive personality. As of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, they've become somewhat bolder - for example, taking after Kuroji and their money-making schemes, they're willing to extort money from the Preschool Team.[1]

Abilities[edit]

Aoji already had various magical abilities before being spirited away to Mugenri.[2], but awakened to the ability to create whirlpools via the Curtain of Awakening and to shoot bullets without danmaku weapons after entering Mugenri.[3]

Creating whirlpools

Aoji can create whirlpools out of liquids, gases and even solids should the need arise.

Summoning

Aoji is also capable of summoning various beasts. This could potentially be tied to some of their spell cards (such as "Leviathan"), but whether those actually invoke another being's power or are just simply themed after them is unknown. Summoned animals like Aoji because of their tasty soul.[3]

Background Information[edit]

Name[edit]

Their full name is Aoji Shitodo (鵐 蒿雀). Their given name Aoji (蒿雀) is a possible rendering of the Japanese word for the black-faced bunting, a kind of bird, in which Ao () is used to mean "blue/green", fitting their appearance and affinity for water. However, the kanji itself actually refers to the mugwort plant, as it refers to yomogi-iro (蓬色), "the colour of mugwort", the same colour the black-faced bunting is. Their family name Shitodo () is an archaic way to refer to meadow buntings in general.

There's a running gag where nobody seems to remember their name, save for Kuroji. Yabusame Houlen calls them Aoi (あおい) and Hooaka Shitodo calls them Aoki (あおき). They were even called Aon (あおん) and Aoni (あおに) by Tom C. Zemlja and NiLU respectively. Apparently this is an actual phenomenon, where even people like NiLU who knows how to pronounce Aoji's name will mispronounce it if not cafeful.[4]

Design[edit]

They have short wavy green hair and green eyes. They wear the characteristic Shitodo outfit: a black necktie and puffy shorts with a long, hooded, blue jacket. Their hood has a glowing triskelion in the front, which is significantly more visible in Aoji's Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle appearance.

Appearances[edit]

Aoji in EE
Evanescent Existence

Like everyone else, Aoji and their siblings are spirited away to Mugenri and end up at the Spacetime Whirpool.

While trapped in the whirlpool, they run into Tsurubami Senri disguised as Tsubakura Enraku. At first glance, they realize that Aoji is weak and is disappointed. Out of frustration, they ask Aoji to attack them, much to Aoji's confusion. After Aoji is defeated, the fake Tsubakura explains that whoever makes it to the goal first gets to leave this place.

After being defeated by Tsubakura, they run into Yabusame Houlen who messes up Aoji's name, even after being corrected. Aoji apologizes for having a tough name to remember and asks if Yabusame was spirited away as well. They then remember that everyone has been convinced that if they defeat Yabusame, they'll find a way to escape and get a prize. Reluctantly, they attack Yabusame, only to be defeated again. After that, Aoji gives Tsubakura's location. Eventually the Shitodo siblings reunite and set up in Mugenri.

Earthen Miraculous Sword

Aoji, along with Hooaka Shitodo, are only mentioned in the prologue. Apparently, the Shitodo siblings are having problems adjusting to Mugenri. Aoji, because of their shy personality, doesn't do anything and was expecting Kuroji to do all the work, much to the latter's chagrin. In order to advertise their family and have some funds, Kuroji decides to resolve the incident.

Aoji in BPoHC as a boss
Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Suzumi Kuzu barges into the Shitodo House and attacks the Shitodo siblings, resulting in Hooaka's arm being severed. With their ability to rewrite memories, the Shitodo siblings forget about the encounter, but for some reason they remember the words "The mirror of Heaven shall split". The siblings go to the Senri Shrine to treat Hooaka's injury and inform Yabusame and Tsubakura about the words. Since Saragimaru ran away from the Shitodo House to assist Yaorochi, Kuroji goes with Aoji and Hooaka to find more ways to gain easy money.

In all routes, Aoji and their siblings deal with a few youkai and some of their human aquitances, trying to steal valuable things in the process (such as the Harujion or Yaorochi's Tasouken). At the end of the Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle routes, Aoji and their siblings find out about the war sides and the motives of the Imperial Military and the Dragonfly Army, but Kuroji decides to stay out of it, stating that they only care about their own wellbeing doesn't care about what happens to Mugenri, while Aoji and Hooaka express their interest to return to the Outside World. In the end, they meet Suzumi again, forcing the Shitodo siblings to remember they were attacked by Suzumi earlier that day. Suzumi reveals their intention to make Tsubakura's life a living hell and after a hard fight, Suzumi erases their memories again (with Aoji being the only one who vaguely remembers).

Relationships[edit]

The Shitodo Family (Hoojiro, Kuroji & Hooaka)

Being the youngest of the siblings, Aoji is often left with menial tasks and chores by Hooaka and Kuroji. Being the weakest as well, Aoji occasionally feels insecure about whether they are a burden to their older siblings.[5]

Sukune Katano

Aoji is one of Sukune's patrons, purchasing Sukune's pottery for use at home.[6]

Additional Information[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 13
流波「クレントブラスト」 Current Wave "Current Blast" Flash bomb (BPoHC) EE
BPoHC
BPoHC
BotC
St. 2: E/N
St. 2: E/N
Use
Use
流衝「クレントブラストフル」 Current Rush "Current Blast Full" EE
BPoHC
St. 2: H/U
St. 2: H/U
曲牌「オクトスパイラル」 Curve Card "Octo Spiral" EE
BPoHC
St. 2: E/N
St. 2: E/N
歪牌「スパイラルクラーク」 Distortion Card "Spiral Krake"[a] EE
BPoHC
St. 2: H/U
St. 2: H/U
鵐牌「青風」 Shitodo Card "Blue Wind"[b] Bomb (BotC) EE
BotC
St. 2: E/N
Use
鵐牌「青嵐」 Shitodo Card "Blue Storm"[b] Bomb (BPoHC) EE
BPoHC
St. 2: H/U
Use
「リヴァイアサン」 "Leviathan"[c] EE St. 2: E/N/H/U
渦牌「プラスチックボルテックス」 Whirlpool Card "Plastic Vortex"[d] EE
BPoHC
St. 2: E/N
St. 2: E/N
旋牌「イースタンガーベッジパッテ」 Rotation Card "Eastern Garbage Patch"[d] EE
BPoHC
St. 2: H/U
St. 2: H/U
極上の魂 First-rate Soul BPoHC Upgrade
保険ボム Insurance Bomb BPoHC Upgrade
予約された命 Reserved Life BPoHC Upgrade
深きものからの加護 Protection by the Deep Ones BotC Inherent Trait

Notes[edit]

  1. A reference to the Kraken, the mythical cephalopod-like sea monster.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A reference to kazeaoshi (風青し) and aoarashi (青嵐), both which refers to "slightly strong winds that blow over where young leaves grow luxuriantly". They belong to a group of phrases used in traditional Japanese poetry to establish the season, called kigo (季語), here invoking the image of summer.
    In addition, 青嵐 is also rarely read as seiran, to mean "mountain air".
  3. A reference to the Biblical Book of Job, where Job witnesses what appears to be a giant creature breaching from the ocean, and names it "Leviathan".
  4. 4.0 4.1 A reference to the Great Pacific garbage patch, of which the Eastern Garbage Patch belongs to, it is also someimtes called the "Pacific trash vortex".

Official Profiles[edit]

Official profiles
 〇2面ボス  意志薄弱な末っ子

  鵐 蒿雀(しとど あおじ)
  Shitodo Aoji

  種族:ヒト
  能力:渦を巻く的な能力

  鵐一家の末っ子。
  気体や液体、なんなら固体中にも渦を巻くことができる。
  変な世界に来て何が起こっているのか全く分かっていない様子で、
  いつも通りのおどおどに拍車を掛けている。
  何か色々召喚してくる。

〇 Stage 2 Boss — Weak-Willed Youngest Child

Aoji Shitodo

Species: Human
Ability: Something like creating whirlpools

The youngest child of the house of Shitodo.
They can create whirlpools in liquids and gases, or even solids if necessary.
They came to this strange world without a clue as to what's going on,
so they're hesitantly going forth, like always.
They can summon forth various things.

意志薄弱な末っ子

鵐 蒿雀
Shitodo Aoji
●種族
ヒト
●能力
渦を巻く
      的な能力

鵐一家の末っ子。
他の黒いのや赤いのと共に今回は
なにやら企んでいる様子。

気体や液体、なんなら固体内に渦を巻けるらしいが、
それ以外にも召喚能力を持っているらしい。
どうも美味しい魂を持っているらしく、
霊獣や召喚獣に好かれているようだ。

无現里に来てからは弾幕兵器を使わなくても
弾が出るようになった。

Weak-Willed Youngest Child

Aoji Shitodo
●Species:
Human
◯Abilities:
Something like creating whirlpools

The youngest child of the house of Shitodo.
Together with their black and red siblings,
they seem to be up to something this time.

They can create whirlpools in gases, liquids, and even solids,
but it seems that they also have summoning abilities.
Since they have a very tasty soul,
they're well-liked by sacred animals and summoned beasts alike.

Since coming to Mugenri,
they've become able to shoot bullets even without a danmaku weapon.

  意志薄弱な末っ子

  鵐 蒿雀

  種族:ヒト
  能力:渦を巻く的な能力
  趣味:アクアリウム
  好きなもの:鳴門巻き ラーメン 対数螺旋
  嫌いなもの:タコ イカ 大きなもの
  推定誕生日:01/04

Weak-Willed Youngest Child

Aoji Shitodo

Species: Human
Ability: Something like creating whirlpools
Hobbies: Aquarium keeping
Likes: Narutomaki[a], ramen, logarithmic spirals.
Dislikes: Octopuses and squids, big things.
Estimated date of birth: January, 4.

Notes[edit]

  1. A type of Japanese fish cake famous for its spiral pattern meant to resemble the whirlpools in the Naruto Strait, a reference to Aoji's ability to create whirlpools.

Official Sources[edit]

Official sources

References[edit]

Aoji Shitodo - French Page