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乞骸きつがい セセ
Sese Kitsugai
kit͡sɯᵝɡ̃a̠i se̞se̞
Sese Kitsugai
Sese in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
Character Titles
A Corpse in Search of Themself
Information
Species Gashadokuro
Abilities Knowing the underground, conquering the above-ground
Music Themes
  • ムクロマンサー ~ 抜け殻の夢 (RMI)
  • 无現にて棲む者 (RMI)
  • ネクロマスタ (BPoHC)
Appearances

Sese Kitsugai (乞骸 セセ, Kitsugai Sese) is a gashadokuro that loves excavating underground. Their goal is to find their corpse from when they were alive in order to regain their true power.

General Information[edit]

Sese is the stage 1 boss, Extra Stage midboss and Stage Ex+α Boss of Reactivate Majestical Imperial and later re-appears as a possible stage 3 boss on the Neutral route of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. Sese uses their powers as a gashadokuro in order to search for their corpse. However, they have no memories of when they were alive and much less of their corpse's location. It's stated they are actually a great youkai who lost their power somehow and wants to find their bones in order to become strong once again.

Personality[edit]

Sese is a cheerful, happy youkai, but they get easily depressed when things don't go their way (which is very often); typically when they fail to find their corpse or get defeated by the heroes. They're very childish and speak in third-person. Sese is very determined to get stronger and, as of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, trains every day to beat the protagonists.[1]

Abilities[edit]

To know the underground

Their ability is to know what is underground and control it. In combat, they can throw bones at their enemy. While absorbing spirits, they become so powerful that their ability gets upgraded to that of conquering the above-ground. Each form has a different appearance.

Background Information[edit]

Origin[edit]

Sese is based on the legend of Takiyasha-hime. Following the death of Taira no Masakado, Tarou Mitsukuni confronted Masakado's daughter Takiyasha-hime in the ruins of the old Sōma palace, where she summoned a gashadokuro to attack him. This explains why Sese claims that they belong to royalty and has the same green hair as Fumikado.

Name[edit]

Their full name is Sese Kitsugai (乞骸 セセ, Kitsugai Sese). In their surname Kitsugai (乞骸), the first kanji means "beggar", whilst the second kanji means "bone", "body" or "corpse". "Sese" (セセ) isn't their real name; it was a nickname that they thought sounded pleasant. JynX was asked if their name has a special meaning, but he responded with "you can theorize away!".[2] As "Sese" is written in katakana, it might be from Latin, a word that could mean "self". Yabusame Houlen cannot remember Sese's name, so they call them "Boney" (ホネっ子, Honekko).

According to JynX, "Sese" is written as "讓讓 (simplified: 让让)" in Chinese[3], in which an individual character means "to allow", "to yield" or "by", while two put together has no inherent meaning.

Design[edit]

Sese has green eyes and green, shoulder length hair. They wear a skull on top of their head that's shown to be detachable. They dress in grey clothing and white bloomers, where their hat and gloves contain numerous bone-shaped ornaments. They're fairly short and are around the height of Sukune Katano and Shion.

When they absorb all the spirits the heroes had been collecting during Reactivate Majestical Imperial, Sese wears a gray and red dress with detached sleeves and spider lily motifs. In this form, the skull on their head becomes bigger and resembles more an actual gashadokuro. After the spirits left their body, Sese reverted back to their original form, but they grew a little and became much stronger.

On 17 August 2015, JynX stated that Sese is undeveloped. When asked why Sese is not at a large size as a gashadokuro would be, he expressed that Sese could be bigger if their "body is perfected", but said having them smaller is cuter.[4]

Appearances[edit]

Sese Kitsugai
Ex-Sese
Sese in RMI, with their Ex form
Reactivate Majestical Imperial

Sese's role is rather limited, and they're not connected to the plot in any way. While looking for their corpse, they caused trouble at the graveyard of the Human Village, so there's a bounty for their head. They aimlessly wander around the Shrine Road, hoping to find their corpse. Instead, they bump into (or rather, annoy) the heroes and end up being defeated.

They return after finding some parts of their skeleton next to the Harujion, the soul-eating flower. When the heroes defeat Tenkai Zuifeng, Sese absorbs all the spirits the heroes had been collecting and temporarily transforms back to their true self. With their new powers, they attack the heroes but are defeated for the third time. After that, the spirits left Sese's body because it lacked a cranium.[5]

Sese Kitsugai
Sese in BPoHC as a boss
Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Tenkai Zuifeng is worried about the upcoming war between the Dragonfly Army and the Imperials. They go to warn Yabusame and Tsubakura about it, but the two were already gone. On the way to the shrine, Tenkai encounters Sukune Katano and Sese, who were plotting revenge on Yabusame and Tsubakura, and now they want Tenkai to help them. The barrier builder finds themself dragged by the two youkai around Mugenri, as they find out more about the war and what caused it.

After the spirits abandon their body in Reactivate Majestical Imperial, Sese gains a new form, which is a composite of their old form and their empowered form. They are still obsessed with finding ways to become stronger in order to become a great youkai. It also seems that they took Yaorochi's words to heart and is training to become stronger.

In all routes, it's revealed that Tsurubami and Tenkai were either feared, hated or respected due to being the dictators of Mugenri and their immense power. Sese doesn't understand much about what's going on and just attacks anyone in order to become stronger. At the end of the Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle routes, Sukune and Sese don't care much about the war between the Dragonfly Army and the Imperials. In the end, they meet Suzumi Kuzu, the one responsible for the words about the "The mirror of Heaven shall split" in order to lure Tsubakura. Suzumi reveals their intention to make Tsubakura's life a living hell and after a hard fight, Suzumi erases their memories again (with Tenkai being the only one who vaguely remembers).

Gallery[edit]

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 17
投骨「ホネブーメラン」 Thrown Bone "Bone Boomerang" RMI St. 1: E/N
廻殻「骸ヲ弄ブ骨」 Spinning Husk "Bones Played With by a Corpse" RMI St. 1: H/U
骸牌「ムクロハート」 Corpse Card "Cadaver Heart" Flash bomb (BPoHC) RMI
BPoHC
BPoHC
St. 1: E/N
St. 3: E/N
兇牌「ネクロとムクロ」 Wicked Card "Carcass & Cadaver"[a] RMI
BPoHC
St. 1: H/U
St. 3: H/U
「まだらリブロース」 "Blotchy Ribulose" RMI St. 1: E/N
「生死肉骨」 "Life and Death, Flesh and Bone"[b] RMI St. 1: H
「死ヲ生カシテ骨ニ肉ス」 "Bring Life from Death, Put Flesh Upon Bone"[c] RMI St. 1: U
墜骨「大骨回転ボーン」 Falling Bones "Giant Rotary Bone" RMI St. Ex
投骨「ホネブーメラン・H」 Thrown Bone "Bone Boomerang H." RMI St. Ex
「がしゃドクロの胸の内」 "Within the Gasha-dokuro's Chest" RMI St. Ex
刺骨「アバラブレイバー」 Piercing Bone "Rib Braver" [d] RMI St. Ex+α
輪唱「骨切り賛歌」 Circular Canon "Bone-Cutting Eulogy" RMI St. Ex+α
惨死「骨串刺しの刑」 Cruel Death "Punishment of Bone Skewers" Upgraded flash bomb (BPoHC) RMI
BPoHC
St. Ex+α
Upgrade/Use
髄砲「ボーンバスター」 Marrow Cannon "Bone Buster" Bomb (BPoHC) RMI
BPoHC
BPoHC
St. Ex+α
St. 3: H/U
Use
骸牌「ネクロポーテンス」 Corpse Card "Necropotence" [e] Upgrade (BPoHC) RMI
BPoHC
BPoHC
St. Ex+α
St. 3: H/U
Upgrade
骨砲「ボーンスパーク」 Bone Cannon "Bone Spark" BPoHC St. 3: E/N
骨牌「スーサイドネクロ」 Bone Card "Suicide Necro"[f] BPoHC St. 3: E/N
きゅ~~しゅ~~!! Absooooooorptiooooooooon!! BPoHC Upgrade

Notes[edit]

  1. Originally a pun on "necro" and "mukuro" (corpse), which rhyme in Japanese. The alliteration of "carcass" and "cadaver" is an attempt to approximate this.
  2. 生死肉骨: a four-kanji idiom, referring to the act of saving someone from a dire predicament.
  3. The extended phrase that "生死肉骨" is condensed from.
  4. Reference to Braver (sometimes Brave Slash), Cloud's Limit Break from Final Fantasy VII.
  5. Possibly a reference to a Magic: The Gathering card of the same name.
  6. Possibly a reference to a Magic: The Gathering deck, used in Japan, of the same name, containing the card "Necropotence".

Additional Information[edit]

  • They may be the most persistent Len'en Project bosses, appearing as a midboss in two stages, and as a stage boss twice in one game.
  • They're the second character that has a more powerful form for the Extra Stage, besides Lumen Celeritas.
  • Sese has the lowest number of spell cards as an extra stage boss, having only 5 spell cards.
  • Sese is the only recurring Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle boss to have new sprites rather than reusing the ones from their first appearance.

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