Yago Ametsukana

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天目津金あめつかな ヤゴ
Yago Ametsukana
a̠me̞t͡sɯᵝkã̠na̠ ja̠ɡ̃o̞
Yago
Yago in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
Character Titles
A Thousand Blades and a Thousand Arms
Information
Species God
Abilities Creating weapons
Music Themes
  • 道を打つ刃金 ~ Cyclops Tech (BPoHC)
Appearances

Yago Ametsukana (天目津金 ヤゴ, Ametsukana Yago) is a god able to forge any weapon and who supplied weaponry for both the Dragonfly Army and Devanagara during the war between both factions. Their ultimate wish is to create a weapon suitable for themself. They are the extra stage boss of the Haze route in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle.

General Information[edit]

Personality[edit]

Abilities[edit]

Creating weapons

They have the ability to create any kind of weapon, but only such weapon is completed when it finds a suitable owner for use. Presumably, the weapons that surround them in their portrait are those that they have created. In Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle they provided weapons for both factions, while remaining as a neutral party. Among their known creations are the Tasouken, Kunimitsu Ooya's Bankuruwase[1] and Taira no Fumikado's personal club[2].

Background Information[edit]

Origin[edit]

Yago is based on several deities and youkai, including the god Ame-no-Mahitotsu no Kami (天目一箇神 あめのまひとつのかみ), the goddess Kanayago no Kami (金屋子神 かなやごかみ) and the youkai Ippon-Datara (一本踏鞴 いっぽんだたら).

Ame-no-Mahitotsu no Kami, lit. "one-eyed god of the heavens", is a god of iron making and blacksmithing, who is also known as Ame-no-mahitotsu tsune no mikoto (天之麻比止都禰命) and Ame-no-kushimahitotsu no mikoto (天久斯麻比止都命), amongst many other names. They are also said to be who the hyottoko mask is based on, which Yago wears on their head.

Kanayago no Kami, lit. "child-god of the metalworker", is a goddess of blacksmithing worshipped in the Chūgoku region of Japan, who is said to have taught the people of a village in the Harima Province how to smith various metal objects, in response to their pleas for rain. She is sometimes depicted as a male god instead and is treated as the same god as Ame-no-mahitotsu no kami as well.

Ippon-Datara, lit. "one-legged bellows", is a youkai that has an eye on a thick trunk-like leg. It is said to be the corrupted form Ame-no-Mahitotsu no Kami. Like Ame-no-Mahitotsu no Kami, the reason they only have one eye is due to staring at the fire in their forges for a long time; while the reason they have only one leg is from working on the bellows for too long. Both of these were seen as common occupational diseases for blacksmiths, which are reflected in Yago's design, with one of their eye's being covered, and one of their legs altered due to it going bad from an occupational disease.

Name[edit]

Their full name is Yago Ametsukana (天目津金 ヤゴ). Their first name, Yago (ヤゴ), is the Japanese word for dragonfly larvae, nymphs or naiads, which is a reference to their support of the Taira clan's efforts to bring forth the true emperor and claim the Dragonfly Castle. According to JynX, "Yago" is written as "水蠆" in Chinese[3], which is the Chinese for dragonfly larvae, nymphs or naiads.

Design[edit]

Yago Ametsukana wears a short, red kimono with brown, black and white straps and a black dress with white stripes. They have a brown eye, the other is covered by a white cloth with light blue dots. They have brown hair and wear a red hyottoko mask. They are carrying a sheathed sword with gold decorations and various knives float around them. They also wear a knee pad and have some metal covering their calf. They wear 2 different shoes: one that is covered in metal and somewhat resembles a knight's footwear and a maroon-coloured shoe.

Appearances[edit]

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Yago supplied weapons to both sides of the war between the Imperial Military and the Dragonfly Army

Relationships[edit]

Taira no Fumikado

Yago was entrusted by Fumikado's grandfather to look out for them on their path towards becoming the New Emperor, giving them advice through "revelations".

Taira no Iwakado

Yago assisted Iwakado in hunting oni and beasts for building a new body for Taira no Masakado. Yago is a trusted friend of Iwakado, and was entrusted with looking out for Fumikado on their path towards becoming the New Emperor.

Souko Shirami

While they do not know each other on a personal level, as they are both gods, they know of each other's names and faces.

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 10
刃牌「斬赤竜」 Blade Card "Red Dragon Slaying" BPoHC St. Ex
曲剣「撓る刃」 Curved Sword "Flexible Blade" BPoHC St. Ex
蛇剣「ソウドバイパー」 Serpent Sword "Sword Viper"[a] BPoHC St. Ex
芸技「シルエットレンジ」 Trick Art "Silhouette Range" BPoHC St. Ex
剣弾「ケルビムと回る炎の剣」 Sword Shot "Cherubim and the Whirling Sword of Flame"[b] BPoHC St. Ex
「皮よりも薄く、爪よりも鋭く」 "Thinner than Skin, Sharper than Nails" BPoHC St. Ex
「幻薙ぎ」 "Illusion-Mowing Sword" BPoHC St. Ex
星剣「テラブレード」 Star Sword "Terra Blade" BPoHC St. Ex
「天目津金の槍」 "Spear of Ametsukana" BPoHC St. Ex
朱鷺剣「須賀利御太刀」 Crested Ibis Sword "Sugari no Ontachi"[c] BPoHC St. Ex
血漆の鞘 Blood-Varnished Scabbard BPoHC Upgrade

Notes[edit]

  1. May be a reference to the Cardfight Vanguard card Star-vader, Sword Viper.
  2. A reference to the story of Genesis in the Bible. After Adam and Eve are cast out of Eden, an angel wielding a flaming sword was sent to guard the entrance.
  3. Sugari no Ontachi is a sword which represents the regalia of Japan.

Additional Information[edit]

  • According to JynX, Yago's left foot looks the way it does as it was altered from their original foot after it had "gone bad" due to work-related reasons.[4]
  • The surname "Ametsukana" may not be Yago's actual name but the title of their position as a god, as indicated by the Preschool Team's Haze Extra Scenario, where Yago wanted to recruit Sukune as the next "Ametsukana".

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