Shion

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シオン
Shion
ɕiõ̞ɴ
Playable
Boss
Shion
Shion in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle as a team member.
Character Titles
An Individual Born from the Aggregate
Information
Species Chimera soul
Abilities Absorbing one's spirit and self
Age New-born, hasn't lived for very long
Location Senri Shrine
Music Themes
  • 縁から外れた名前 (RMI)
  • 百の命と一つの縁 ~ Chimera soul (BPoHC)
Appearances

Shion (シオン) is a chimera soul born from the soul-eater flower Harujion. They were officially adopted by the Senri Shrine.

General Information[edit]

Shion is the final boss of Reactivate Majestical Imperial and a playable character in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, as well as a possible final boss. Their origin involved the Harujion, a flower from the Outside World that rarely blooms in Mugenri. The few times it appears in Mugenri, only one flower blooms and it needs to absorb the vital energy from all living beings around it to be able to grow up. The flower can be used to create drugs, resurrect the dead or achieve immortality. To prevent this, it is the duty of someone from the Senri Shrine to lumber its sprout down.

Unfortunately, since the priest Tsurubami Senri was away on a mission to the Outside World and didn't warn Yabusame Houlen and Tsubakura Enraku about this, the Harujion bloomed once again without anyone to stop it. The place where the Harujion sprouted this time was the same place where Taira no Fumikado was planning to do their resurrection ceremony. Without Fumikado's knowledge, a great number of souls that they were collecting was absorbed by the flower. Then a great number of dead and alive beings from there were mixed generating a single personality. Even being a spirit, since it possessed much more vital energy than a normal creature, it also had a physical body, thus Shion was born.

Personality[edit]

Shion is a cheerful and energetic newborn youkai. They are very interested in souls and the aura of others, and judges people's personality based on that (for example, they see that Adagumo no Saragimaru has a green aura, making them straightforward and dutiful; while Kuroji Shitodo has a black disgusting aura). However, they can be surprisingly perceptive and because they are a composite of spirits, they have a vast amount of knowledge and experience, sense of values and preconceptions, purity and wickedness.

Abilities[edit]

Absorbing one's spirit and self

This is the ability that enables them to manipulate ghosts and spirits, an ability they possess because they were born from the Harujion, the flower that feeds from spirits. As shown in-game, Shion can absorb spirits and use them as a life source.

Soul-related abilities

Shion has a number of abilities related to the soul. For example, they can detect a soul's scent and color, through which they can learn about a person's personality and qualities[1]; and are able to tell when someone is lying. Shion also has three ghost-like entities called Id, Es and Superego, which aid them in battle. In addition, Shion can talk to the spirits they are composed of.[2]

Background Information[edit]

Origin[edit]

Their character may be a homage to Yuyuko Saigyouji - both are final bosses, have similar colour palettes, have carefree personalities and are tied to a spirit-consuming plant, which provoked a long winter. They're also both gluttonous and despite their ditzy tendencies, sometimes display an extraordinary level of knowledge.

Name[edit]

As they had no name upon birth, they go by their given nickname Shion (シオン). Since they were born from the Harujion, Yabusame Houlen derived their new name from it. They initially referred to themselves as simply "I", but eventually started referring to themselves in third-person as Shion.

According to JynX, "Shion" is written as "死宛" in Chinese[3], which is a phonetic translation of Shion. means "to die" or "inactive", while means "as if" or "crooked", and can act as a surname.

Design[edit]

Shion is short in height, shorter than Sukune Katano as shown in the endings, and has pink hair and eyes. They're barefooted and wear a sleeveless white haori.

According to JynX, the projections coming out of Shion's back are souls, and the fact that they take on the forms of insects and plants shows that Shion is more than an aggregate of human souls, but the souls of other creatures as well. While the projections vary from appearance to appearance, one constant is the purple hitaikakushi on their head, reflecting Shion's status as a living being born from the souls of the deceased. In their RMI appearance, they have a pair of butterfly wings, a cat's ear, a bunch of grapes on a vine, a human hand, and two types of flowers.

Appearances[edit]

Shion in RMI
Reactivate Majestical Imperial

In Reactivate Majestical Imperial, because the Harujion flower sprouted in a grove next to Taira no Fumikado's resurrection ceremony, it absorbed all the spirits and because of the influence of the Mugenri Barrier, most of them were evil and vengeful spirits. Thus, a new youkai was born, and after developing a personality, they continue to recollects spirits for the Harujion to bloom, resulting in the long winter and the increasing number of ghosts.

Yabusame Houlen and Tsubakura Enraku reach the Withered Grove. They only find the Harujion, so Tsubakura asks aloud if someone else is there. When they receive no answer, they try to go away only to be stopped by Shion. Realizing that this is a newborn youkai, Yabusame names them Shion, based on the Harujion's name. Shion can sense people's minds by smelling them, and is particularly interested in Tsubakura because of their blank, neutral soul, wanting to consume it. Realizing that the Harujion was causing the long winter, the heroes fight Shion in a danmaku duel.

In the end, Yabusame and Tsubakura return to the Senri Shrine, bringing Shion with them, much to Jinbei's chagrin. Shion eats some of Tsubakura's soul (lifespan), but they don't care much about it and brushes off Jinbei's concerns.

Adagumo no Yaorochi and Sukune Katano reach the Withered Grove, where they find a tiny newborn youkai sleeping next to a mysterious big flower. They wake up upon sensing them and comments about the smell of their souls, but Sukune misunderstood it and gets offended. Yaorochi demands Shion to introduce themself, which they do, saying that they were born from the Harujion and the massive amount of spirits it consumed. Yaorochi and Sukune realize that this happened because Yabusame and Tsubakura were not told to uproot the Harujion, a task that Tsurubami Senri did while still in Mugenri. Shion expresses interest in eating Yaorochi's soul and they fight.

In the end, Yaorochi and Sukune return to the Senri Shrine, with Shion following them. Shion declares that they are interested in the essence of the shrine and stays there.

Kuroji Shitodo and Adagumo no Saragimaru reach the Withered Grove, where they find a sleeping Shion. They are discussing if to attack the sleeping youkai or not, but Shion wakes up anyway. Shion smells their souls and calls Saragimaru's hard-working and Kuroji's disgusting. Kuroji is more interested in the Harujion and decides to cut it in order to sell it for a large sum of money. Shion does not allow them to do that, and both fight.

In the end, Kuroji and Saragimaru return to the Senri Shrine, with Shion following them. Shion declares that they are interested in the essence of the shrine and stays there.

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
Shion as a playable character in BPoHC.

After the events of Reactivate Majestical Imperial, Shion was sealed into the Senri Shrine by Jinbei. Kuroji tells Tsubakura and Yabusame about some rumours of "The Heaven divides the mirror". Tsubakura mistakes the terms and believes it will rain sake, so they go with Yabusame on a quest to get free sake. Jinbei, sensing an incident, frees Shion from their seal in order to assist Tsubakura and Yabusame. Shion is more interested in consuming the souls of the opponents they came across, though.

Relationships[edit]

Tsubakura Enraku & Yabusame Houlen

Generally, Shion is on friendly terms with Tsubakura Enraku and Yabusame Houlen. Shion becomes very attached to Tsubakura, after noticing that they have a neutral soul and wants to consume it. Tsubakura dislikes Shion's clingy and childish attitude and considers them an annoyance, much like Yabusame. Yabusame was the one who gave them a name and both get along because they have a similar ditzy personality, although they still get annoyed at how Shion butts in their conversations and clinginess towards Tsubakura.

Gallery[edit]

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 17
生死「エロスタナトス」 Life and Death "Eros Thanatos"[a] RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N
St. 6: E/N
「生の本能、死の欲望」 "Instinct for Life, Desire for Death" RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: H/U
St. 6: H/U
「イド=エス」 "Id=Es"[b] RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N
St. 6: E/N
本能「スーパーエゴ」 Instinct "Super-ego"[c] RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: H/U
St. 6: H/U
霊子「アベェロンの野霊児」 Ghost Child "Feral Ghost of Aveyron"[d] Flash bomb RMI
BPoHC
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N
St.6: E/N
Use
霊素「ニア・ヴィクトール」 Bare Ghost "Near Victor"[d] RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: H/U
St. 6: H/U
吸魂「遠ざかる自我」 Soul Siphon "Fading Sense of Self" Bomb RMI
BPoHC
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N
St. 6: E/N
Use
呑命「薄くなる存在」 Life Engulfer "Vanishing Existence" RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: H/U
St. 6: H/U
咀嚼「マーガレット・マーラー」 Mastication "Margaret Mahler" Stacking card RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N/H/U
St 6. E/N/H/U
消化「エドワード・ソーンダイク」 Digestion "Edward Thorndike" RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N/H/U
St 6. E/N/H/U
吸収「ジャン・ピアジェ」 Absorption "Jean Piaget" RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N/H/U
St 6. E/N/H/U
混交「メラニー・クライン」 Incorporation "Melanie Klein" RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N/H/U
St 6. E/N/H/U
同化「アンナ・フロイト」 Assimilation "Anna Freud" RMI
BPoHC
St. 6: E/N/H/U
St 6. E/N/H/U
「モノクロム・霊」 "Monochrome Wraith"[e] BPoHC St 6. E/N/H/U
イドくん Id-kun BPoHC Upgrade
エスちゃん Es-chan BPoHC Upgrade
スーパーエゴさん Superego-san BPoHC Upgrade

Notes[edit]

  1. Eros and thanatos are the innate drive towards life and death, respectively, in psychoanalysis.
  2. The id is the base, instinctual part of the mind in psychoanalysis. "Es" is the German word for the id, or may also be read as "S", short for "super-ego", which is the learned "conscience" of the subconscious, opposing the id.
  3. The super-ego is the part of the subconscious mind in psychoanalysis that stems from cultural values and learned experiences, and serves as a conscience.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A reference to the alleged feral child Victor of Aveyron.
  5. A pun on Tsubakura's spell card "Monochrome Ray", as both spell cards are pronounced in the same way in Japanese.

Official Profiles[edit]

Official profiles
 ○6面ボス 総体から産まれし個体

  シオン
  Shion

  種族:キメラソウル
  能力:精神と自我を取り込む的な能力

  『ハルジオン』
  外界ではありふれたモノであるこの花は、无現里に一輪しか存在しない。
  数年に一度、不特定の場所に花を咲かせるのだが、
  その際に周辺の生物全てから成長に必要な生命力を吸収する。
  花を咲かせた『ハルジオン』は常軌を逸した生命力を持ち、
  それを原料に不老不死や死者蘇生の薬すらも作れると言われている。
  その為、その効力を悪用・乱用されないように毎回花が咲く前に、
  闡裡神社の者がその芽を伐採することになっていた。

  だが本来、多くの生命力を集めることによって成長する『ハルジオン』が
  今回芽を出した場所は奇しくも文門が復活の儀式を行う予定の場所であった。
  花の正体を知らずに文門達が集めた多くの霊魂は『ハルジオン』に吸収され、
  数多の生命と死霊が混ざり合い、ひとつの人格を作り出した。

  一個体の生物より圧倒的な生命力をもつため、
  霊魂でありながら実体を持つ。

  莫大な智識と経験、価値観と偏見、無垢と邪念、
  その他多くの相反するものを共有しており、
  初めの頃は形を成していなかったが、徐々にそれらは分離していき、
  善の部分は肉体を形成し、悪の部分は霊体を形成した。

  そうなると自然的にニュートラルな存在になるはずなのだが、
  无現里の結界の性質の為か、集まってくる霊魂達は
  少なくとも自分自身を"善"と断言できる者は多くなかった。
  その為、悪の部分が全体の大部分を占め、霊体部分の多くが
  肉体の内部に納まりきらず、体外に溢れ出ている。

  楽天観、厭世観、主観的意見、客観的意見、唯物論、唯心論、
  定説、異説、逆説、等々・・・数多の価値観を持つ声が内から聞こえ、
  シオンの思考のコンサートホールは、
  さながら工事現場のような雑音と騒音に支配されていた。

  だが、それらの声の多くが共通して奏でる旋律がある。
  『世界は悪意に満ちている』
  シオンの中の霊魂・・・人間であれ、動物であれ、植物であれ、
  その中の多くがそう嘆いている。

  そしてその主張は間違いではないと、シオンは思っている。

  なぜなら、世界の縮図である自分の存在自体が、
  悪意そのものなのだから。

〇 Stage 6 Boss — An Individual Born from the Aggregate

Shion

Species: Chimera soul
Ability: Something like absorbing one's spirit and self

"Harujion", the Philadelphia fleabane.
This flower is a type of plant found everywhere outside the barrier, but only a single one of it exists in Mugenri.
This flower blooms only one time in a random place once every several years,
but it needs to absorb the vital energy from all of the living beings around it in order to bloom.
The flower bloomed from the "Harujion" has an aberrant kind of vital energy,
and it is said that if you use this flower can be used as a raw material to create drugs to resurrect fallen ones or to obtain immortality.
To prevent someone from misusing this flower or using it for malicious purposes,
someone from the Senri Shrine always chops its sprout down before it blooms.

However, the "Harujion", which grows by absorbing large amounts of vital energy,
miraculously happened to sprout at the same place where Fumikado was planning to do their resurrection ceremony.
Fumikado's gang, ignorant of what the flower was, had the great number of souls they collected absorbed by the flower.
Then the great number of dead souls and living beings were mixed together, generating a single personality.

As it had much more vital energy than a normal creature,
it had a physical body despite being a soul.

This being had a vast amount of knowledge and experience,
senses of values and preconceptions, and both innocence and wickedness.
In its first moments, it didn't have a fixed shape, but, bit by bit, it started to split itself,
where the "good" side of them created their flesh while the "bad" side gave shape to their spirit.

With that, it should have naturally become a kind of neutral existence.
However, due to the nature of the Mugenri Barrier, the majority of the gathered souls were, at the very least, unable to firmly assert themselves as "good".
Thus the bad section of them occupied most of their entire existence,
and a great portion of their spiritually bad part was able to dominate their flesh and started to overflow from their body.

Optimism, pessimism, subjective opinions, objective opinions, materialism, idealism,
common theories, controversial theories, paradoxes and a many other values were talking in Shion's head.
The concert hall that is Shion's thought
was dominated by noises like those from a construction site.

However, a good number of these voices were playing the same melody in unison,
that "The world is full of malice."
The souls within Shion, whether humans, animals or plants...
Many of them grieved this fact.

Therefore, Shion had no doubt about that claim.

After all, their own body, a miniature copy of the world,
is malice itself.

総体から産まれし個体

シオン
Shion
●種族
キメラソウル
●能力
精神と自我を取り込む
    的な能力

闡裡神社に住み着く生物(?)

燕楽玄鳥の魂を主食にしつつ、
他にも様々な生物の精神と生命を取り込んで生きている。

以前の異変で誕生したのだが、
ほっとくと廃人を大量生産してしまうため、
今では闡裡神社で保護と管理をされている。

神社からなかなか出られずに、暇を持て余してる。

普段から玄鳥の魂をエサにしているからか、
玄鳥の力のほんの一部を使える。

An Individual Born from the Aggregate

Shion
●Species:
Chimera soul
●Abilities:
Something like absorbing one's spirit and self

A living(?) being who's settled down in the Senri Shrine.

The staple food that they live off of is Tsubakura Enraku's soul,
but they also capture the minds and life force of various other organisms along the way.

They were born during a previous incident,
but because they'd leave a massive trail of comatose victims in their wake if left alone,
they're now being protected (and kept custody of) in the Senri Shrine.

They can't get out of the shrine very easily, and have way too much free time.

Perhaps because they're always nibbling on Tsubakura's soul,
they can use a tiny portion of Tsubakura's power.

Official Sources[edit]

Official sources

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