The Harujion in the Withered Grove
More Character Titles
|Youkai daisy flower
|Absorbing vital energy, Resurrecting the dead
|Unknown, but is known to be very old.
Backstory[edit | edit source]
The few times the Harujion appears in Mugenri, only one flower blooms and it needs to absorb the vital energy from all living beings around it to do so. The flower can be used to create drugs, resurrect the dead, and potentially reach immortality. To avoid this, the Senri priest is supposed to cut it down before it can finish blooming.
Background Information[edit | edit source]
Origin[edit | edit source]
The Harujion is based on the real-life daisy plant of the same Japanese name, the Philadelphia fleabane. The plant is native to North America and is considered an invasive weed in Japan, which is paralleled by the Len'en Harujion appearing when a Philadelphia fleabane plant "invades" Mugenri from the Outside World.
In Japan, the Philadelphia fleabane is also known as the "poverty plant" (貧乏草 binbousou), a name likely originating from the fact that they were not found in the well-maintained gardens of wealthy families. This later evolved into the myth that breaking one's stem or picking the flower causes misfortune. These associations and superstitions, combined with its identity as an invasive weed, likely inspired the Len'en Harujion's own associations with misfortune, such as its requiring to absorb all life around it to grow.
Name[edit | edit source]
The name "Harujion" is the Japanese name for Philadelphia fleabane.
Design[edit | edit source]
The Harujion was originally a typical purple daisy flower that was dangerous for Mugenri, which grows to become larger as it absorbs spirits. After absorbing the souls from Fumikado's ritual, the Harujion became corrupted and its form resembled a black silhouette. It's described as a "flower that looks like a child's ink scribble on a white canvas".
It appears to be based on the Saigyou Ayakashi, as both are a type of youkai plant that can absorb a kind of energy that's dangerous for humans. They both also appear in the spell card background of a final boss and were referenced in their official profile. Thus, it can also be inferred that Shion is based on Yuyuko Saigyouji.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Reactivate Majestical Imperial
During the events of Reactivate Majestical Imperial, the heroes were not told about the Harujion, so it blooms once again without anyone to stop it. The place where the Harujion sprouts is where Taira no Fumikado was planning to do their resurrection ceremony. Without Fumikado's knowledge, the Harujion absorbs a great amount of the souls they were collecting. Then, it births a new being, Shion, from this conglomerate of souls and vital energy, a spirit with enough power to sustain a physical body. The newborn youkai was challenged to a danmaku battle by the heroes and defeated. In the end, Shion is officially adopted by Yabusame and Tsubakura.
- Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
The Harujion still remains in the Withered Grove as of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, and appears in the background again if stage 6:1 is visited. According to JynX, it is withering as a result of Shion drawing power from it, and has been left standing because it's unlikely a second Harujion will bloom.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- Shion (Avatar)
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