Hooaka Shitodo

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しとど 頬赤ほおあか
Hooaka Shitodo
ɕito̞do̞ ho̞ːa̠ka̠
Hooaka Shitodo
Character Titles
Cool-Headed Hot-Heeled Thermal Runaway
Information
Species Magician
Abilities Controlling hot and cold
Birthday 7 April
Location Shitodo House
Music Themes
  • エア・マスター! 〜 Soul_Dualism (EE)
  • オーバーヒートダウン (BPoHC)
Appearances

Hooaka Shitodo (鵐 頬赤, Shitodo Hooaka) is the middle sibling of the Shitodo siblings, the others being Aoji Shitodo and Kuroji Shitodo. They have a carefree and eccentric personality. They are the fourth stage boss of Evanescent Existence, the first game of the Len'en Project, later returning as a playable character in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle.

General Information[edit]

Personality[edit]

Hooaka is a carefree person, whose personality changes depending on the mood of the situation. They are so carefree that they don't care much about Kuroji's amoral methods to gain money or bothering to remember Aoji's name.

According to Kuroji, they aren't very smart, but they are still a powerful magician, enough to be called the "Air Master" (エア・マスター, Ea Masuta), which is also their musical theme. According to JynX, they're called this due to having a reputation for being able to understand the mood in the air.

Abilities[edit]

Controlling hot and cold

Hooaka is a magician and can control certain elements, but apparently their strong point is heat magic. As shown in their spell cards, they can control hot and cold, resulting in steam and gas. They invoke certain kinds of magic by harnessing the mood of the situation, but with magic outside of that range, they can't read the mood and thus can't cast the spells.

Spreading Wings

Once Hooaka has sufficiently blended in with the world they are in, they are capable of spreading red and blue wings on their back. While it remains unclear what exact purpose they serve, they appear to allow them to use more of their power, with Hooaka saying that "they mean I'm fighting a little bit seriously".[1]

According to Hamee, Hooaka has two spirits and the strength of two people in one body, but what this means is unknown.

Background Information[edit]

Name[edit]

Their full name is Hooaka Shitodo (鵐 頬赤, Shitodo Hooaka). Their given name Hooaka (頬赤), which literally means "cheeks red", is the Japanese word for the chestnut-eared bunting, a kind of bird. Their family name Shitodo () is an archaic way to refer to meadow buntings in general.

Design[edit]

They have short wavy red hair and red eyes. They wear the characteristic Shitodo outfit: a black necktie with puffy shorts and a long, hooded, green jacket.
In their Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle appearance, their right arm, which had been cut off, is always hidden out of view and there are red and blue wings behind them, symbolising heat and cold respectively.

Appearances[edit]

Evanescent Existence
Hooaka in EE

Like everyone else, Hooaka and their siblings are spirited away to Mugenri and ends up in a forest.

While trapped in the forest, they run into Tsurubami Senri disguised as Tsubakura Enraku. By now, the fake Tsubakura is getting tired of fighting with all the people they spirited away, so they and Hooaka pass each other. However, the fake Tsubakura changes their mind and decides to fight against Hooaka, calling it "the sauce on top" of their own victory. Hooaka takes it literally and believes the fake Tsubakura is talking about a real sauce, so both engage in a nonsensical conversation about sauce. Hooaka notices at the last minute that the fake Tsubakura is looking for a fight, but realizes too late and gets defeated. After that, the fake Tsubakura comments that "the sauce was alright", prompting Hooaka to ask where the sauce is. Noticing that Hooaka took their words literally, the priest flies away.

After being defeated by Tsubakura, they run into Yabusame. They tell Yabusame that Tsubakura beat their little sibling Aoji Shitodo and some other people on the way to Mugenri. Without much left to do, the two fight and Hooaka is defeated again. Eventually the Shitodo siblings reunite and set up in Mugenri.

Earthen Miraculous Sword

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

Hooaka 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, Hooaka and their siblings deal with a few youkai and some of their human acquaintances, 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, Hooaka 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).

Additional Information[edit]

  • 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.[2]
  • When asked about whether the wing-like objects seen behind Hooaka in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle were related to them being a magician, JynX mentioned that they are not a magician strictly speaking, although it remains unclear what a magician is within Len'en in the first place.[3]
  • Hooaka, much like the rest of the outsiders from Evanescent Existence, has likely been to other dimensions prior to arriving at Mugenri, as Tsubakura points out that their wings have become able to be deployed a lot faster in Mugenri than in other worlds.[1]
  • Hooaka's spell card background seems to feature the plant myosotis scorpioides, commonly known as the "forget-me-not". Forget-me-not is referenced in their spell cards Cold Flower "Scorpion Grass" and Cold Flower "Forget-Me-Not".

Gallery[edit]

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 15
冷牌「時限式な昇華」 Cold Card "Timed Sublimation"[a] EE
BPoHC
St. 4: E/N
St. 4: E/N
冷牌「シューティングミスト」 Cold Card "Shooting Mist" EE
BPoHC
St. 4: H/U
St. 4: H/U
冷壁「ホワイトアウト」 Cold Wall "Whiteout"[b] The Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle upgrade is simply titled Whiteout (ホワイトアウト)
Upgraded Flash Bomb
EE
BPoHC
BPoHC
BPoHC
St. 4: E/N/H/U
St. 4: E/N/H/U
Upgrade
Use
冷華「勿忘草」 Sub-Zero Flower "Scorpion Grass"[c] EE St. 4: E/N
冷華「フォーゲットミーノット」 Sub-Zero Flower "Forget-Me-Not"[c] EE St. 4: H/U
冷熱「五月雨ボイラー」 Hot and Cold "Samidare Boiler"[d] EE
BotC
St. 4: E/N
Use
昇華「初春の霜柱」 Sublimation "Frost Needles in Early Spring" EE St. 4: H/U
噴火「水蒸気爆発」 Eruption "Steam-Blast Eruption" Bomb (BotC) EE
BPoHC
BotC
St. 4: E/N
St. 4: E/N
Use
村雨「放射冷却熱輻射弾」 Passing Shower "Radiative Heat and Cooling Shot" EE
BPoHC
St. 4: H/U
St. 4: H/U
「ヒートランス【極小】」 "Heat Lance [Minimum]" Bomb (BPoHC) BPoHC
BPoHC
St. 4: E/N
Use
魔槍「ブリューナク・ミニマム」 Demon Lance "Brionac Minimum"[e] BPoHC St. 4: H/U
「両極翼」 "Bipolar Wings" Flash bomb BPoHC Use
ダブルミーニング Double Meaning BPoHC Upgrade
オーラウィンド Aura Wind BPoHC Upgrade
双極 Bipolar BotC Inherent Trait

Notes[edit]

  1. Sublimation is the transition of a solid directly to a gas, without ever being in a liquid state.
  2. A whiteout is a weather condition in which the contours and landmarks in a snow-covered zone become almost indistinguishable.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The spell title reika (冷華), which literally means "cold flower", is also a pun on "sub-zero (temperature)" (零下), pronounced the same way. The more difficult versions of the card use the English phrase "forget-me-not" written in Katakana, whereas the easier versions of the card use the Japanese name of the flower, wasurenagusa (勿忘草).
  4. Samidare refers to an early summer rain, or something repetitive but not long-lasting, which may be a reference to the spell pattern.
  5. "Brionac" is the name of a magical spear owned by the deity Lugh of Irish mythology

Official Profiles[edit]

Official profiles
 ◯4面ボス  頭寒足熱で熱暴走

  鵐 頬赤(しとど ほおあか)
  Shitodo Hooaka

  種族:魔法使い
  能力:冷熱を司る的な能力

  鵐ファミリーの下から二番目。
  熱量を利用した魔法が得意な魔法使い。
  ある程度の魔法なら気分(ノリ)で使え、
  ある程度以上の魔法は空気を読んで使えない。
  話し相手によってテンションと気分の難易度を極端に変え、
  他人から見ると会話破綻しているように見えるが、
  当人達は意思疎通出来ているらしい。

◯ Stage 4 Boss — Cool-Headed Hot-Heeled Thermal Runaway

Hooaka Shitodo

Species: Magician
Ability: Something like controlling hot and cold

They're the second from the bottom in the Shitodo family.
They're a magician whose strong point is magic that uses heat.
They can use certain kinds of magic depending on the mood of the situation,
but they also make sure to read the atmosphere and thus can't cast magic higher than that range.
Depending on who's conversing with them, they change their level of excitement and the difficulty of the atmosphere dramatically.
Even if it looks like the conversation has deteriorated,
it seems like they actually come to a mutual understanding.

頭寒足熱で熱暴走

鵐 頬赤
Shitodo Hooaka
●種族
魔法使い
●能力
冷熱を司る
    的な能力

鵐ファミリーの赤い人。

蒿雀より上で黒巫鳥より下な半端もん。
熱量を利用した魔法を得意としており、
圧倒的な火力を持っているのだが、
まだ无現里に馴染めず、
完全に力を発揮できないでいる。

熱量を蓄えた羽を展開できるのだが、
无現里ではまだ小さいものしか作れない。

話し相手によってテンションが極端に違うが、
だいたいは気楽な奴。

Cool-Headed Hot-Heeled Thermal Runaway

Hooaka Shitodo
●Species:
Magician
●Abilities:
Something like controlling hot and cold

The red person of the Shitodo family.

A half-baked sort, above Aoji and below Kuroji.
Good at using magic that uses heat,
and holds an overwhelming amount of firepower.
They haven't fully blended in with Mugenri yet, though,
and can't display their full power.

They can spread open wings with heat energy stored within,
but they can still only make small ones in Mugenri.

Depending on who they're talking to, their excitement level can be radically different,
but they're mostly an easygoing fellow.

  頭寒足熱で熱暴走

  鵐 頬赤

  種族:魔法使い
  能力:冷熱を司る的な能力
  趣味:料理 キャンプ 読書 スポーツ
  好きなもの:バーベキュー カレー 液体窒素 ドライアイス
  嫌いなもの:ぬるいもの ややこしいこと
  推定誕生日:04/07

Cool-Headed Hot-Heeled Thermal Runaway

Hooaka Shitodo

Species: Magician
Ability: Something like controlling hot and cold
Hobbies: Cooking, camping, reading, sports.
Likes: Barbeque, curry, liquid nitrogen, dry ice.
Dislikes: Lukewarm things, complicated things.
Estimated date of birth: April, 7.

Official Sources[edit]

Official sources

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