Shou Amanomori

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雨杏 宵あまのもり しょう
Shou Amanomori
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Shou Amanomori
Character Titles
Walking Lubricant
Information
Species Sea Slug youkai
Abilities Inducing rain
Location Unlost Woods
Music Themes
  • ずるべた海索麺 ~ Act_the_FOOL_HAHAHA (EMS)
  • アクト・ザ・フール ~ HAHAHA (BPoHC)
Appearances

Shou Amanomori (雨杏 宵, Amanomori Shou) is a childish slug youkai who is friends with Jun Amanomiya. Living in the Unlost Woods of Mugenri, they are the second stage boss of Earthen Miraculous Sword and Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, the second and fourth game of the Len'en Project respectively.

General Information[edit]

Shou was born in the area around the Gloomy Strait, but later moved to the Sanctuary, attracted by the lush greenery and clear water. As a sea slug youkai, they require water to survive and regularly intakes water to weather the drier climates of the Sanctuary during summer and winter.[1]

Personality[edit]

Their personality is somewhat childish, and they often throw tantrums in an attempt to make it rain. They often go around with Jun Amanomiya, because Jun is a rain youkai and Shou can induce their own ability on Jun as they please.

Because they are a slug youkai, they have many of the characteristics of a slug. If you throw salt on them, they'll get a little bigger, but then they'll die. The tracks they leave when walking around barefoot are slimy and purple. Despite that, they're still essentially a bug and are often regarded as such by other characters.

Abilities[edit]

Inducing rain

As a sea slug youkai, they enjoy rain and water, but they themself are unable to make it rain. However, they apparently successfully induce rain when they are bullied.[1] Because of this ability, they live near people who do have power over rain. Jun Amanomiya can cause rain even though they hate it, so it's implied that during those times, they're under Shou's ability.

Background Information[edit]

Origin[edit]

Shou is based on sea slugs, specifically, the sea hare (anaspidea). They are called amefurashi (雨虎/雨降) in Japanese, which translates to "rain tiger" or "rainfall", named so as it was believed that sea hares could bring rain, as referenced in Shou's ability. Their eggs are called umisoumen or umizoumen (海素麺), lit. sea soumen, due to their noodle-like appearance and were eaten in times of famine, although they are rarely eaten in Japan nowadays as they are not very delicious and food poisoning is common. Nowadays, umisoumen typically refers to red algae, which is a completely separate organism. Nevertheless, this was referenced in Shou's theme, "Slimy Umizoumen ~ Act the FOOL HAHAHA".

Name[edit]

Their full name is Shou Amanomori (雨杏 宵). Their given name, Shou (), means "evening". Their family name, 雨杏 (Amanomori), contains the kanji 雨 (ama), meaning rain, and 杏 (mori), meaning apricot.

Design[edit]

Shou is short in height and has short green hair. They dress in white and brown clothing, and their hat contains numerous slug-shaped ornaments. Their eyes are light brown in Earthen Miraculous Sword, but green in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, to which JynX states that "It's the difference between caramel flavor and basil flavor" as an excuse.[2]

Appearances[edit]

Earthen Miraculous Sword
Shou in EMS

After Jun is defeated and humiliated by the heroes, Shou vows to avenge their fallen friend and decides to ambush the heroes in the Unlost Woods.

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Shou's reason for attacking the protagonists varies in function of which team is selected.

Shou quickly faces the trio, asking them what kind of harm they have done to Jun again. Tsubakura claims they don't recall, but regardless, Shou attempts to avenge Jun, but is quickly defeated.

Shou tells the imperial trio how they have been told that if they defeat someone, they would be rewarded a slug slave. Fumikado tells them that they'll 'give them a hundred' only to get told by Iyozane they don't have that many at their disposition. Shou decides then to challenge the three in a fight so they can get their slug, only to get swiftly defeated.

Relationships[edit]

Jun Amanomiya

Jun Amanomiya, a rain youkai, is Shou's best friend. Shou stays close to them, because as a slug-youkai, they love rain. Everytime Jun gets attacked for no reason, Shou goes to take revenge on the attackers.

Kujiru Kesa

It's stated in Kujiru's official profile that they know Shou Amanomori. After discovering that Shou is a similar slug youkai as well, Kujiru was pleased and considered persuading them to join the Dragonfly Army due to needing an addition to their own work-field[3], sending them invitations and chasing them around despite Shou rejecting said invitations. Kujiru sometimes even manages to trick and manipulate Shou into doing their biding much to Shou's chagrin (with Kujiru being referred as a weirdo in Shou's official profile[4]).

Gallery[edit]

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 13
海身「雨波貝ストリート」 Ocean Body "Ubagai Street"[a] EMS St. 2: E/N
貝載砲「青柳コロンビヤード」 Seashell Cannon "Green Willow Columbiad"[b] EMS St. 2: H/U
滑牌「雨だれ石を穿つ」 Mucus Card "Rain Drops Wear Away the Stone"[c] EMS
BPoHC
St. 2: E
St. 2: E/N
滑牌「雨垂れ石を穿つ」 Mucus Card "Raindrops Wear Away the Stone"[d] EMS St. 2: N
垂牌「雨垂れ石を穿てるのか?」 Dripping Card "Can Raindrops Wear Away the Stone?" EMS
BPoHC
St. 2: H
St. 2: H
ヌメ牌「雨垂れじゃ石は穿てない」 Slimy Card "Raindrops Can’t Wear Away Stones" EMS
BPoHC
St. 2: U
St. 2: U
発生「雨後の筍」 Occurance "Bamboo Shoots After the Rain"[e] EMS
BPoHC
St. 2: E/N
St. 2: E/N
筍争「畑から竹、藪から姫」 Bamboo Shoot Battle "Bamboo from the Field, Princess from the Grove"[f] EMS
BPoHC
St. 2: H/U
St. 2: H/U
呼声「雨を偽る者」 Calling Voice "One who Fakes the Rain" EMS St. 2: E/N
響声「雨乞小町」 Echoing Voice "Amagoi Komachi"[g] EMS St. 2: H/U
滑走「スラグクロスロード」 Slinking "Slug Crossroad" EMS
BPoHC
St. 2: E/N
St. 2: E/N
「ナメクジスクランブル」 "Slug Scramble" The Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle upgrade lacks quotation marks. EMS
BPoHC
BPoHC
St. 2: H
St. 2: H
Upgrade
「ナメナメスクランブルー」 "Slippery Scramble" EMS
BPoHC
St. 2: U
St. 2: U

Notes[edit]

  1. Ubagai is a type of clam.
  2. Columbiad is a kind of cannon that was often used by the American army for coastal defense during the 19th century.
  3. This is a Japanese expression which is equivalent to the English phrase "slow but steady wins the race". Fitting for a slug.
  4. The name of this card is almost identical to the Easy mode version, but the spelling is slightly different.
  5. A Japanese expression that refers to certain objects or phenomena showing up or occurring one after another, but is often misused to refer to the quick speed in which something grows or happens.
  6. A reference to the comedic Japanese kyōgen play "Bamboo Shoot" (竹の子), in which two owners of a field and a grove respectively fight over the bamboo shoots growing in the field. "Princess from the Grove" is specifically a reference to the tale of Kaguya-hime, specifically to how she was found as an infant inside a bamboo shoot.
  7. Amagoi Komachi (literally Pray for Rain Komachi) is a legend about the poet Ono no Komachi, in which she writes a poem that brings down rain.

Official Profiles[edit]

Official profiles
 〇2面ボス 歩く潤滑剤

  雨杏 宵(あまのもり しょう)
  Amanomori Shou

  種族:化け海虎(あめふらし)
  能力:雨を誘う的な能力

  雨と水を好む種族なのだが、自身は雨を降らせることが出来ない。
  その為、雨を司る力を持つ者の近くに居て、
  雨を降らすように駄々捏ねる姿がよく見られる。
  塩をかけると多少大きくなるけど、そのうち死ぬ。
  なんかナメクジっぽいなぁ。
  此処いらでは某雨降り妖怪とセットで出てくることが多い。

  素足で歩いた跡にはなんかヌメヌメした濃紫色のものが残るのだが、
  それを味噌汁に水と1:2の割合で入れると食材の香りが引き立ち、
  汁にとろみが増し、濃厚で味わい深いものになる(談:燕楽玄鳥)

〇 Stage 2 Boss — Walking Lubricant

Shou Amanomori

Species: Monster Sea Slug
Ability: Something like inducing rain

They're a species that enjoys rain and water, but they're unable to make it rain themself.
Because of that, they live near people who do have power over rain,
and you can often see them throwing a tantrum in an attempt to make it rain.
If you throw salt on them, they'll get a little bigger, but then they'll die.
They're really slug-like, huh.
They often go around with a certain rain youkai around here.

The tracks they leave when walking around barefoot are slimy and purple.
If you put that in with miso soup and water with a 1:2 ratio it'll bring out the soup's appetizing smell,
and the soup will become more viscous and rich in flavor. (Contributed by Tsubakura Enraku)

歩く潤滑剤

雨杏 宵
Amanomori Shou
●種族
化け海虎
●能力
雨を誘う
      的な能力

ナメクジみたいだがナメクジじゃない。
雨がないとなんか死にそうになるので、
雨を求めて色んな人に甘えるが、
主に「天宮 潤」に縋り付いている姿が見られる。

最近妙な奴に勧誘を受けて、
断っているのに追い掛け回されている。
けどそいつにエサで釣られて
いいように使われていたりもする。

Walking Lubricant

Shou Amanomori
●Species:
Monster Sea Slug
●Abilities:
Something like inducing rain

They're like a slug but not quite a slug.
They need rain to survive and
they depend on various others for it,
but they can often be seen clinging onto "Jun Amanomiya" in particular.

They've been receiving invitations from some weirdo lately,
and keep getting chased around despite turning them down.
They still take bait from the person inviting them sometimes,
though, and are manipulated into doing stuff in return.

Official Sources[edit]

Official sources

References[edit]