Shou in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
|Species||Sea Slug youkai|
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.
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.
- Inducing rain
As a slug youkai, they enjoy rain and water, but they themself are unable to make it rain. Because of that, 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.
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".
Their full name is Shou Amanomori (雨杏 宵). Their given name, Shou (宵), means "evening". Their family name, 雨杏 (Amanomori), contains the kanji 雨 (ama), meaning rain, and 杏 (mori), meaning apricot.
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 grey 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.
- Earthen Miraculous Sword
After Jun is defeated and humilliated 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.
- 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.