Hibaru Kokutenshi

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旭天子こくてんし ヒバル
Hibaru Kokutenshi
ko̞kɯᵝtẽ̞nɕi çiβa̠ɾ̠ɯᵝ
Hibaru Kokutenshi
Character Titles
Cheerful Debt Collector
Information
Species Skylark youkai
Abilities Making a profit
Age Hundreds of years
Occupation Debt collector
Location Gappori
Music Themes
  • 二束三文マネービルダー (EMS)
  • 見切り千両、目玉万両 ~ MONEY GAME (BPoHC)
Appearances

Hibaru Kokutenshi (旭天子 ヒバル, Kokutenshi Hibaru) is a skylark-youkai that works for Gappori, a financing company, as a debt collector. They are very good at their job, but they are a bird-brain and bad at pressuring people for money. They are the fourth stage boss of Earthen Miraculous Sword, the second game of the Len'en Project.

General Information[edit]

Years ago, when there was a sun in Mugenri, Hibaru lent the sun some money. Day by day, the loan accumulated interest, swelling to huge proportions, but before Hibaru realized it the sun had disappeared from Mugenri. Hibaru has never forgotten the loan, and in order to collect the debt, they fly high up into the sky everyday, chirping towards the sun.

Despite their apparently easygoing personality, Hibaru is seemingly actually one of the strongest people in Mugenri. It is implied that they have somehow taken one eye from each of the Four Sacred Beasts as repayment for their debts, taking their power in the process[1], and that the Kirin is their next target.[2] However, they haven't gotten serious in a fight for hundreds of years, so they just forgot how to.[3]

Personality[edit]

A bird working as a debt collector, Hibaru is very professional at their job, but surprisingly, they're bad at lying and pressuring people. Perhaps due to living for a long time, Hibaru is rather old-fashioned. Also, it seems Hibaru is hated for their job and is considered to be a "rotten executive".

Abilities[edit]

Making a profit

Background Information[edit]

Origin[edit]

Hibaru is based on several Japanese folktales involving the skylark, which all involve the skylark lending someone else, a fellow bird, the sun or the heavens, some money or food, which is never returned to them. Hibaru is largely based on the version in which the skylark lent the sun some money, which the sun never returns, so the skylark finds time to chirp at the sky every day, asking for the money back, this story is nearly identical to Hibaru's backstory shown in their EMS official profile.

The "four eyes of the sacred beasts" mentioned in Hibaru's profile are likely referring to the Four Symbols in Chinese mythology, who are the Azure Dragon, the Vermilion Bird, the White Tiger and the Black Tortoise, viewed as the guardians of the four cardinal directions and are sometimes even treated as gods. It should be noted that the four sacred beasts of Mugenri are separate from those of the Outside World.[4]

Name[edit]

Their full name is Hibaru Kokutenshi (旭天子 ヒバル). Their given name Hibaru (ヒバル) means a "lark" or "skylark" (雲雀, Hibari, two types of birds), written in katakana. Their family name Kokutenshi (旭天子) literally means "morning sun emperor". It may be derived from koutenshi (告天子), an alternative word for skylark.

According to JynX, "Hibaru" is written as "雲雀流 (simplified: 云雀流)" in Chinese[5]. 雲雀 is Chinese for the "eurasian skylark", while means "river", "class (status-wise)" or "to flow".

Design[edit]

Hibaru has neck-length brown hair and light brown eyes. They're dressed as a typical salaryperson, wearing a white dress shirt with a red tie, a navy suit jacket, beige pants, and brown loafers. Their wings have patterns of four eyes of the sacred beasts. The suitcase they carry with them is their own that they chose according to their tastes.[6] It has a logo similar to the unique bullets used in the spell cards Retribution "Build Damage", Fruit "Self-Destruct Formation" and Repayment "System Aegis", which feature a stylized version of the kanji 金 (money). In their Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle appearance, they also hold a book that reads "Money[...]" (おかね[...]た), although the full text remains obscured.

Appearances[edit]

Earthen Miraculous Sword
Hibaru in EMS

In Earthen Miraculous Sword, Hibaru tries to advertise their company to the heroes and offers some loans, but they're rejected. They try to pressure them by challenging them, but they are defeated. In Kuroji Shitodo's scenario, Kuroji steals all of Hibaru's money.

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Hibaru returns as a possible Stage 4 Boss on the Neutral route in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. They went around to scout for potential customers to take a loan. Unfortunately, they encounter the playable teams and they insist to them to take loans/debts.

  • The Shrine Team get attacked to be forced to sign an IOU, but they fight back in retaliation, forcing Hibaru themself to sign it instead.
  • The New Emperor Team were convinced to take a debt, but Tsugumi Umatachi recognises them and challenges them to a fight as revenge for tricking them and leaving them to die long ago. The trio wins and Tsugumi declares the two of them even.
  • The Preschool Team get attacked by Hibaru in hopes that fighting Tenkai Zuifeng would allow them to remember how to fight seriously, but to no avail.
  • The Scoundrel Team attack Hibaru in order to take all the money they have with them. The trio defeats Hibaru, but they had no money on them that day.
  • Suzumi Kuzu discusses Hibaru's past, which they could not get out of anyone's memories, when they run into Hibaru. They challenge Hibaru to a duel to take their memories, defeating the youkai and moving on.

Relationships[edit]

Tsurubami Senri and Tenkai Zuifeng

Hibaru mentions having a connection to Senri Shrine and Tsurubami. While the details of this relationship are unknown, Tenkai says they once attempted to kill Tsurubami.

Tsugumi Umatachi

Hibaru and Tsugumi knew each other in the past, possibly due to both of them having a connection to Senri Shrine. Tsugumi says Hibaru once tricked them and left them for dead.

Additional Information[edit]

  • The eyes of the Four Sacred Beasts have apparently recently become allergic to pollen.[3]

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 12
応報「ビルドダメージ」 Payoff "Build Damage" EMS St. 4: E/N
果実「自爆方陣」 Gain "Self-Destruct Formation" EMS St. 4: H
返済「システムイージス」 Repayment "System Aegis" EMS St. 4: U
受益「ピラミッドロンダー」 Receiving Benefits "Pyramid Launder" EMS
BPoHC
St. 4: E/N
St. 4: E/N
利得「有限連鎖講」 Profit "Finite Pyramid Scheme"[a] EMS
BPoHC
St. 4: H/U
St. 4: H/U
禊牌「マネーロンダリング」 Purification Card "Money Laundering" EMS
BPoHC
St. 4: E/N
St. 4: E/N
禊牌「決死返済」 Purification Card "Life or Death Repayment" EMS
BPoHC
St. 4: H/U
St. 4: H/U
包囲「取立て賛歌」 Encirclement "Debt Collection Eulogy" EMS
BPoHC
St. 4: E/N
St. 4: E/N
連盟「冥府への付き人」 Union "Members Going to Hell"[b] EMS
BPoHC
St. 4: H/U
St. 4: H/U
巨利「福利連鎖機構」 Huge Profit "Welfare Chain Organization"[c] EMS
BPoHC
St. 4: E/N
St. 4: E/N
暴利「ビルディングマネー」 Usury "Building Money" EMS
BPoHC
St. 4: H/U
St. 4: H/U
マネービル Money Bill BPoHC Upgrade

Notes[edit]

  1. Although this card references the concept of a pyramid scheme, the Japanese name is slightly different. Pyramid scheme is normally written mugenrensakou, literally "infinite chain association" but here it's spelled yuugenransakou, literally "finite chain association".
  2. This is a reference to the members of a pyramid scheme who end up in debt over joining the pyramid.
  3. Another slightly different version of the name for a pyramid scheme.

Official Profiles[edit]

Official profiles
 〇4面ボス 陽気な取立て屋

  旭天子 ヒバル(こくてんし ひばる)
  Kokutenshi Hibaru

  種族:雲雀
  能力:利を取る的な能力

  遠い昔、まだ太陽がこの地上にいました頃、
  ヒバルは太陽にお金を貸していた。
  その借金は日に日に利子によって膨れ上がっていったが、
  いつしか太陽は地上ではなく天高い場所にいますことになっていた。
 
  だがヒバルは太陽がどんなに偉く尊い存在になろうが
  その借金の事を忘れず、今でも取立ての為毎日のように
  天高く飛び上がり、太陽に向かって囀っている。
  その声が届くことは決してないとは知らずに。

  現在は无現里にある金融会社『がっぽ利』の取立て役を務めている。
  こうみえてもすんごい高齢。
  金と押しに弱いが、力と能力は強い、実は无現里内でもトップレベル。
  ただ、本気の出し方を数百年ごろ前からすっかり忘れてる、アホだから。

  羽についてる四聖獣の瞳たちが、
  最近になって花粉症デビューしたらしい。

〇 Stage 4 Boss — Cheerful Debt Collector

Hibaru Kokutenshi

Species: Skylark
Ability: Something like making a profit

Long ago, when the sun was still on the land,
Hibaru lent the sun some money.
Day by day, the loan accumulated interest, swelling to huge proportions,
but before they realized it, the sun had left the land and gone somewhere high up in the sky.

Yet no matter how important or admirable the sun would become,
Hibaru never forgot the loan and in order to collect the debt,
flies high up into the sky every day, chirping towards the sun.
It can't be said whether their voice ever actually reaches the sun or not.

The financing company in Mugenri now, "Gappori", is working on collecting debts.
Despite their appearance, Hibaru is actually incredibly old.
They're bad at pressuring people for money, but they have great strength and ability; they're really at the top level within Mugenri.
However, they totally forgot how to really get serious hundreds of years ago, since they're such a fool.

The four eyes of the sacred beasts on their wings,
have become allergic to pollen recently.

陽気な取立て屋

旭天子 ヒバル
Kokutenshi Hibaru
●種族
雲雀
●能力
利を取る
    的な能力

无現里にある金融会社『がっぽ利』の
取立て役をしている。

意外に長生きで、意外に古参。
闡裡神社とも何かしらの因縁を持っているらしい。

あまり戦闘をしていなかったので、
本気の出し方をすっかり忘れてる。

背中の四聖獣の瞳たちはスギ花粉にもやられたらしい。

Cheerful Debt Collector

Hibaru Kokutenshi
●Species:
Skylark
●Abilities:
Something like making a profit

Works as a debt collector at "Gappori",
a certain financing company in Mugenri.

Have lived a surprisingly long life, and is surprisingly an old-timer.
They seem to have some connection to the Senri Shrine.

Because they haven't fought in a long time,
they've completely forgotten how to fight seriously.

The eyes of the four sacred beasts on their back seem to be suffering from Japanese cedar pollen, too.

Official Sources[edit]

Official sources

References[edit]