Aoji in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
|Other Names||Aoi (あおい), Aoki (あおき)|
|Abilities||Ability to create whirlpools|
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.
Aoji is described as being gentle at heart, but shy and meek, always following their older siblings around. Even if they don't agree with Kuroji's amoral methods to gain easy money, Aoji will help them nonetheless. They're friendly and respectful towards everyone, but also they don't have a very proactive personality. Because of their gentle personality, they're well-liked by sacred animals and summoned beasts alike.
Their older sibling, Kuroji, describes Aoji as someone who's straightforward, diligent and easily manipulated.
- Create whirlpools
Aoji can create whirlpools and everything related to water, like liquids and gases, or even solids. However, this makes them powerless outside of water. After being spirited away to Mugenri, they became capable of shooting bullets without danmaku weapons.
Their full name is Aoji Shitodo (鵐 蒿雀). Their given name, Aoji (蒿雀), is the Japanese word for the black-faced bunting, a kind of bird. Ao (蒿) is also the word for blue, fitting their appearance and affinity for water. Their family name, Shitodo (鵐), uses a kanji which is used in an alternative spelling of "black-faced bunting". There's a running gag where nobody seems to remember their name. Yabusame Houlen calls them Aoi (あおい) and Hooaka Shitodo calls them Aoki (あおき). Kuroji remembers it, though.
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.
- Evanescent Existence
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.
- 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).
- Their sudden disappearance to Mugenri along with the rest of the Evanescent Existence cast is known to have made a huge news story in the Outside World.