Garaiya Ogata

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尾形おがた 我来也がらいや
Garaiya Ogata
o̞ɡ̃a̠ta̠ ɡa̠ɾ̠a̠ija̠
Character Titles
Hero of the Masses
Species Human
Abilities Employing illusions to do work, etc.
Occupation Member of the Youkai Alliance; Leader of the Dragonfly Army
Location Dragonfly Castle
Music Themes
  • ヒーロー見参!! (BPoHC)

Garaiya Ogata (尾形 我来也, Ogata Garaiya) is the leader of the Dragonfly Army. They're also the master of Kaisen Azuma and Kujiru Kesa. Nearly all of the Dragonfly Army's soldiers are their shikigami.

General Information[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Garaiya is soft-spoken and polite. They're kind to both humans and youkai, and most of them respect their strength. They're mild-mannered and has never been seen to be overly angry, even when scolding their pets. Garaiya is also hopelessly idealistic and wants to find a ruler that would be a hero for Mugenri.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Employing illusions to do work

Garaiya is able to form shiki with many youkai, employing multiple shikigami to work for them at once.

Taoist magic & martial arts

Garaiya is a master of both Taoist magic and martial arts. It is implied that this is how they are able to control Kaisen and Kujiru. However, if they focus too much power on the two of them, their own skills are impaired.

Backstory[edit | edit source]

Since long ago, Garaiya wanted to find a suitable ruler for Mugenri, a hero. At first, they supported Taira no Fumikado with their plans to become the True Emperor, but after they became a rogue fugitive, they gave up on their plans. Shortly after, Fumikado's deceased servant, Taira no Chouki, wanted revenge on Fumikado so they trained under Garaiya's tutelage to become stronger.

Background Information[edit | edit source]

Origin[edit | edit source]

Garaiya is based on several characters in history and folklore, the Chinese bandit Wo Lai Ye (我來也), the Japanese folklore hero Jiraiya (自来也) and his future iteration who was also named Jiraiya (児雷也), but with different kanji. In addition, they were also based on the Toad Immortal (蝦蟇仙人, Gamasennin).

Wo Lai Ye (我來也) was a historical Chinese bandit from the Song Dynasty who would always write "I have come" on the walls of their victim's houses, and who was the basis of Jiraiya's character.

Wo Lai Ye then inspired the creation of the fictional novel titled The Tale of Jiraiya (自来也説話, Jiraiya Monogatari), published in 1806. The story features the titular Jiraiya (自来也), originally named Ogata Shumo Hiroyuki (尾形周馬寛行). In the story, Jiraiya was a gentleman thief who was known for riding and shapeshifting into toads, and the story revolves around his quest for vengeance against his father's murderer. This iteration of the character retained the quirk of writing "I have come" on the walls of their victim's houses. "The Tale of Jiraiya" then inspired the Japanese folktale The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya (児雷也豪傑物語, Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari), which Garaiya was most heavily based on. This iteration added the romance between Jiraiya and Tsunade (綱手), who could summon or transform into snails or slugs, and their fight against Orochimaru (大蛇丸), but forewent the thief aspect of his character. This may explain why slugs, as well as toads, are frequent around Garaiya.

The Toad Immortal (蝦蟇仙人, Gamasennin) was based on the Chinese Daoist Ge Xuan and Daoist immortal Liu Haichan, famous for being able to summon the Seia-jin (青蛙神), the basis for Kaisen Azuma, to perform magic. Which may explain the relationship between Kaisen and Garaiya. The Toad Immortal was also said to have taught sorcery to the legendary warrior and youkai Taira no Yoshikado (平良門), who is said to be Taira no Masakado's eldest son. A similar character shows up in the 17th century yomihon novel series "The Tale of Utou Yasutaka's Loyalty" (善知安方忠義伝) by Santō Kyōden, a 3000-year old toad spirit known as Nikushi-sen (肉芝仙) who teaches his magic to both Yoshikado and Takiyasha-hime (滝夜叉姫), the latter whom Taira no Chouki is based on. This may explain Garaiya's position as a mentor to both Taira no Fumikado and Chouki.

Name[edit | edit source]

Their full name is Garaiya Ogata (尾形 我来也). Their given name, Garaiya, is based on the Chinese reading of Wo Lai Ye (我來也), while their family name, Ogata, is based on Jiraiya's original name, Ogata Shumo Hiroyuki (尾形周馬弘行).

According to JynX, "Garaiya" is written as "我來也 (simplified: 我来也)" in Chinese[1], which was Jiraiya's original inspiration.

Design[edit | edit source]

They appear of short stature, with short, pale-brown hair and very light hazel eyes. A brass necklace with a red orb hangs around their neck. Their attire is similar to that of a kamishimo (), typically worn by samurai in the Edo period. They wear a forest-green, sleeveless robe with a brown and black obi, tied with a red rope. They wear a white shawl that also acts as a cape. Two curling branches extend from behind their shoulders, which are apparently from a sacred tree in a shrine somewhere, with paper streamers and what appear to be orange crystals. They wear red shoes that resemble wooden clogs, with dark grey garments underneath. They wield a kama-juumonji spear (鎌十文字槍) but with one of the blades turned around.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle[edit | edit source]

While Chouki was training under the tutelage of Garaiya, the Dragonfly Castle appeared before Chouki, which Garaiya took as an omen acknowledging them as the New Emperor. The idealistic Garaiya wanted for the emperor to be a “hero figure” to Mugenri, but unknown to them, Chouki actually had no interest in ruling. Knowing that Fumikado would eventually come to the castle and fight for the emperor’s title, Chouki waited for them inside the castle, with the intention to kill and have revenge on Fumikado.

In all routes, after Kujiru and Kaisen are defeated, they go back to Garaiya and tell them what happened. Garaiya and their pets (in animal forms) fight against the heroes in order to prevent them from reaching Chouki and the Dragonfly Castle, but are defeated easily, since Garaiya was weakened due to using most of their power to enhance Kujiru and Kaisen, along with powering the majority of the Dragonfly Army.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Kujiru Kesa & Kaisen Azuma

Kujiru Kesa and Kaisen Azuma are both Garaiya's pets and shikigami.

Taira no Chouki

After being discarded by Fumikado, Chouki trained under Garaiya and their shikigami, learning youkai arts and sword fighting. When the Dragonfly Castle welcomed Chouki, Garaiya resolved to serve them. Although Garaiya is the stronger one, they see promising qualities in Chouki.[2]


They adopted Clause after finding them and saved them from being homeless. Garaiya still finds Clause annoying like everyone else, despite having them work under them.[3]

Additional Information[edit | edit source]

  • According to Kaisen and Kujiru, Garaiya is actually younger than them, but the shikigami respect them nonetheless.
  • Garaiya has some similarities to Byakuren Hijiri from the Touhou Project. Both are kind, polite, loved by youkai, idealistic and have powers based on enhancement. They're also leaders of a group that opposes an imperial faction.
  • The kanji for "Garaiya" had not been revealed until 30 April 2021, where a teaser image from a FANBOX article for playable Garaiya in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle -Golden Chapter- showed that it is written in kanji as 我来也. Prior to this reveal, the name was written in katakana as ガライヤ in the original Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Spell Cards[edit | edit source]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 10
「追尾蛞蝓」 "Tracking Slugs" BPoHC
St. 4: E/N
式神「クジル」 Shikigami "Kujiru" BPoHC St. 4: H/U
「跳ねる蛙」 "Leaping Frogs" BPoHC St. 4: E/N
式神「海仙」 Shikigami "Kaisen" BPoHC St. 4: H/U
投槍「鎌十文字」 Throwing Spear "Kama-Juumonji"[a] BPoHC St. 4: E/N
廻槍「巻竜連鱗」 Spinning Spear "Winding Dragon's Linked Scales"[b] BPoHC St. 4: H/U
使牌「三位一体」 Servant Card "Trinitarian" BPoHC St. 4: E/N
式牌「至聖三者」 Shikigami Card "Holy Trinity" BPoHC St. 4: H
「トリニティパワー」 "Trinity Power" BPoHC St. 4: U
影の式 Shadow Shikigami BPoHC Upgrade

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Kama-juumonji (鎌十文字, lit. "scythe cross"): a type of cross-shaped spear with two scythe-shaped protrusions perpendicular to the blade.
  2. Possibly a reference to the juumonji (十文字) moves "winding spear" (巻槍) and "scales" () from the Hōzōin-ryū school of martial arts, which was founded specifically to teach the use of the juumonji spear.

Official Profiles[edit | edit source]


尾形 ガライヤ
Ogata Garaiya














Hero of the Masses

Garaiya Ogata
Something like employing illusions to do work; etc.

One of the leaders of a big faction attached to the Youkai Coalition.
It is said that they are the one closest to the New Emperor.

They excel in youkai magic, Taoist magic, martial arts, swordsmanship, etc,
and have many youkai in their employ.

However, as almost all of their spiritual power is used for controlling their shikigami,
they can't really display much fighting power normally.

The person sitting on the throne of the Dragonfly Castle right now is Garaiya's pupil.
Even if Garaiya is actually the more powerful one right now,
Garaiya sees promising qualities in them.
Furthermore, the Dragonfly Castle welcomed them,
so they resolved to put themself below that person.

Most of the youkai, etc. in the Dragonfly Army
were originally Garaiya's underlings.

Garaiya worships heroes, and in order to become a hero themself
had previously their sights set on the position of New Emperor.
Now, though, they're convinced that Chouki is the hero.

The wing-like objects on their back are the sacred tree of a shrine somewhere.
It's integrated into their body, and can freely change shape or be retracted.


A shikigami receives spiritual power from its master,
and can act using the accumulated spiritual power from them.

How much spiritual power they can save up and
what they can do with said accumulated power varies from shikigami to shikigami.
In Kujiru's case, 2 split bodies can store 2 bodies worth of spiritual power,
and 3 split bodies can store 3 bodies worth.
Since they can save up spiritual power like this,
they can virtually save an infinite amount.
(However, the master's spiritual power is naturally limited.)

The spiritual power that Kaisen alone can save up is many times
that of one Kujiru, and since they can use their own shikigami in turn,
they can more or less split themself up like Kujiru.
However, it takes much more time before a split self is made,
and the spiritual power efficiency is considerably low.

Since Kujiru's abilities are far more advanced in this regard,
they tend to be valued much more highly than Kaisen despite
being on a lower rank than Kaisen.

However, since a slight amount of their master's power
is constantly consumed to keep their shiki up and running.
Multiplying too much will overburden their master,
ultimately deactivating the shiki.

Official Sources[edit | edit source]

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