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Keine Kamishirasawa

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Half Beast of Knowledge and History

Stats

Element Type Chart

Koukan
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Koukan (a Touhou LW original) refers to a corona, an optical phenomenon where a circle of light surrounds the sun or moon due to diffraction. An apt temperament for Keine, who records history according to the cycles of the sun and moon. Keine is endowed with Earth Phase, with her acceptance and creation of history, and Sun Essence, as she strictly adheres to rules.

The encompassing and regenerative Earth Phase resists Fire Phase, because fire produces earth, but it is weak to Wood Phase, because wood parts earth.

The alluring and arrogant Sun Essence resists the diverse and uncooperative Star Essence, but it is weak to the cooperative and indecisive Moon Essence.
sun_neutral
Sun
moon_strong
Moon
fire_weak
Fire
water_neutral
Water
wood_strong
Wood
metal_neutral
Metal
earth_neutral
Earth
star_weak
Star

Character Shots

Keine Kamishirasawa's Spread Shot (a Touhou LW original). An attack that may reduce the lifespan of the target. In various mythologies throughout the world, there are many tales of people with unnaturally long life spans, which could indicate that the lifespan of humans has deteriorated since the age of myth. However, it is theorized that these historic legends were modified so certain people could seize or maintain power.
All
Lifespan Shortener
x6 Yang
All
Telomere Cut Bullet
x2 Yin 1
All
Ephemeralization Bullet
x2 Yang 2
All
Lifespan Reduction Bullet
x2 Yang 2
All
Anti-Immortal Bullet
x2 Yin 3
All
Anti-Longevity Bullet
x2 Yin 3
Keine Kamishirasawa's Focus Shot (a Touhou LW original). This attack portrays the three oldest gods in Japanese mythology. The creation of heaven and earth is detailed in the Kojiki, an ancient chronicle of Japanese myths. However, it is speculated that this part of the text was added generations after the chronicle was first compiled.
Solo
Ame no Minakanushi's Supremacy
x3 Yang
Solo
Takamimusubi's Heaven
x2 Yin 1
Solo
Kamimusubi's Earth
x2 Yin 1
Solo
History of Takamagahara
x2 Yang 2
Solo
History of the Three Creation Gods
x2 Yang 2
Solo
History of Kotomatsukami
x2 Yin 3

Character Spell Cards

Available
Available
Limit Break 1
Limit Break 2
Limit Break 3
Keine Kamishirasawa's Spell Card. This attack is based on the Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi―one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan. This sacred sword is also known as Kusanagi no Tsurugi, the grass-cutting sword, and it is a repository of the great god Amaterasu's divine spirit. According to legend, the sword was found in the body of Yamata no Orochi, the eight-headed serpent, by the god Susanoo when he cut off one of its tails.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Own Spirit Power 1 UP. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
Solo
Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi's Shimmer
x17 Yang
Solo
Regalia From Heaven
x4 Yin 1
Solo
Treasured Regalia
x3 Yin 1
Solo
Supreme Regalia
x3 Yin 1
Solo
Kusanagi no Tsurugi's Shimmer
x2 Yang 2
Solo
Sacred Regalia
x1 Yin 3
Keine Kamishirasawa's Spell Card. This attack recreates the radiance of the god, Amaterasu. She is the supreme deity in Japanese mythology and the goddess of the sun. Thus the light emitted in this attack is the light of the sun, meaning it is exceptionally bright!
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
All targets' Accuracy 2 level(s) DOWN (3 turns). [Additional effect +1 with success rate 20%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Shrine to Amaterasu
x9 Yang
All
Bronze Mirror's Shimmer
x3 Yin 1
All
Left Eye of Izanagi
x3 Yang 2
All
Wakahirume's Weaver
x2 Yin 3
All
Pervading Radiance
x2 Yin 3
All
Light That Illuminates the Earth
x2 Yin 3
Keine Kamishirasawa's Last Word. Lasers and bullets of light portraying the rising sun are unleashed in this attack. The earliest known usage of the term ''land of the rising sun'' was in a letter addressed to the Sui Emperor by Prince Shoutoku, where he referred to Empress Suiko, the sovereign of Wa (ancient Japan) as the sovereign of the land of the rising sun. Miko uses a Spell Card with a similar name.
*Pre- and Post- effects assume max level. Effects per level can be viewed here.
Pre-Attack Spell Card Effects
Party's Yang DEF 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Focus 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Post-Attack Spell Card Effects
None
All
Legendary Prince Shotoku
x18 Yang
All
Legendary Buddhist Regent
x6 Yang 1
All
Legendary Regent of Virtue
x5 Yang 2
All
Legendary Toyosatomimi
x5 Yang 2
All
Legendary Prince Umayado
x4 Yang 2
All
Legendary Kamitsumiyaou
x4 Yang 3

Character Ability

Capable of eating history
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Editing history is Keine Kamishirasawa's ability as a were-hakutaku. In her human form, she is capable of "eating" history, whereas in her hakutaku form, she is capable of "creating" history. This ability is most likely derived from how Chinese mythology portrays the hakutaku as an auspicious beast that appears before monarchs. Perhaps a monarch's power to edit the history books is reflected in this ability that instantly alters history with magic. Records and accounts transcribed into history books that stand the test of time are readily accepted as truth, regardless of their accuracy. Conversely, history books that may actually be true but do not withstand the test of time by either being burnt or expunged in some other manner are thus forgotten and no longer recognized as history. The people of subsequent generations have no other means of knowing what happened in the past, except through the history books that are still available to them, leaving them utterly oblivious to any records that have been erased. This is how the truth is edited. It appears that Keine uses her ability solely for humans. She carefully edits history in order to prevent the occurrence of needless conflicts and disputes. Also, since she only takes the form of a hakutaku when the moon is full, she does all her history editing on this single night each month. (She probably doesn't get much sleep.) While editing history, Keine can recall the truths that she once ate (hid) in her human form, and can edit them back into history if she so wishes. It is assumed that when Keine eats history, those who knew the details that were eaten by Keine pertaining to that particular moment in history forget those details. However, someone older who knew the same details from an earlier moment in history retains that knowledge. It may be possible for Keine to alter the memories and perceptions of specific people by eating different parts of history, which makes this ability an effective tool for protecting humans from youkai.
When using Boost, party's Yang DEF 1 level UP (1 turn).
When using Graze, own Focus 1 level UP (1 turn).

Character Skills

Lecture Lvl 10
CD 4
Own Focus 4 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Own Yang ATK 2 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
Knowledge is not just written into books and scrolls―it is also written into the minds of everyone who is taught.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Focus Level Up
Value 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
Rate 0 20 20 40 60 60 80 80 0 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Yang Attack Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2
Rate 0 20 40 40 60 80 80 0 0 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
Manuscript Lvl 10
CD 4
Party's Yang DEF 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's DMG from Fire enemy 40% DOWN (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
The only sure way to eternally preserve books and knowledge is to continuously make more copies.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yang Defense Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
Fire Damage from Enemy Down
Value 20 20 25 25 30 30 35 35 40 40
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
CD 5
Own Accuracy 3 level(s) UP (3 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Adds 2 layer(s) to own Barrier. [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Party's Yang DEF 2 level(s) UP (2 turns). [Additional effect +0 with success rate 0%.]
Info
It is said that pictures of hakutaku can ward off diseases and cleanse evil. Keine protects the Human Village unbeknownst to the dwellers living there.
Skill Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Accuracy Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3
Rate 0 30 60 80 0 20 40 60 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0
Adds Layer to Barrier
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 0 0 0 0 20 40 60 80 0
Add 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
Yang Defense Level Up
Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Rate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 0
Add 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
CD 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Character Characteristics

History Collector
When attacked, DMG from humans 35% DOWN. [Success rate 100%.]
Headbutt
After being attacked, own Yang DEF 1 level UP (3 turns). [Success rate 70%.]
Compiler
When turn starts, adds 1 layer to own Barrier. [Success rate 35%.]

Character Change Effect

Shield Link
When switching places with a rear-guard unit, adds 1 layer to other unit's Barrier.
When switching places with a front-guard unit, heals front-guard unit's Barrier Status.

Upgrade Costs

Rank Coins Materials
0 -> 1 1000
1 -> 2 2,000
2 -> 3 5,000
3 -> 4 10,000
4 -> 5 15,000

Character Analysis

Keine Kamishirasawa was released on September 9th, 2021 in Creators of Fiction(?) & Fact.

Keine Kamishirasawa is a character first introduced to us in Touhou 8: Imperishable Night. Keine's species is specified to us as a "Were-Hakutaku" or a human that can also turn into a hakutaku. On a day-to-day basis, Keine lives and works as a schoolteacher at a human village and also acts as the village's guardian, defending it from any oncoming threats. In her human form, Keine has the unique ability to "consume" history. In simpler terms, this power is simply the concealing of history from outside viewers. In her hakutaku form, which is revealed under the light of a full moon, Keine is able to create history in opposition to her human ability and she is also aware of the entire history of Gensokyo in this state. In Touhou LostWord, Keine plays a role fit for a Human Village defender, placing herself comfortably in A Tier.

For farming, Keine's Last Word deals plenty of damage on turn one, on the likes of other farmers such as Yuyuko Saigyouji or Ran Yakumo. Watch out for the abundance of Sun on it however, as she can run into some problems against Sun resistant enemies as a result. 

For harder fights, Keine is most known for the high amounts of Yang DEF up she provides using her second skill, Manuscript giving the entire party 2 Levels of Yang DEF UP for 2 turns, and her third skill Auspicious Omen giving the entire party another 2 Levels of Yang DEF UP for 2 turns. In addition, her Character Ability provides the whole party 1 Level of Yang DEF UP for 1 turn every time she boosts. On surface level, this may look a little weak because it doesn't do anything for damage but that isn't exactly correct. The added Yang DEF is useful for the defense it provides Keine and her teammates but it also meshes well with Hard. This essentially means that, for attackers who are Yang focused and have Hard scaling, Keine is effectively increasing the end result of her damage with their buff, making Keine a potent Hard attacker support. Her All targeting Last Word, Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun, also possesses 50% Hard and 100% Hard on the first and second + sixth bullets respectively, alongside Gensokyo Killer on bullets three, four, and five. While she would still require some external Yang ATK support to make the most use of this attack, she still matches the likes of Ran Yakumo without any support.

Keine also makes for a alright Sun and Metal Breaker, possessing 2 overall Sun Breaks and 2 Metal Breaks, which only adds to her usefulness. You can also squeeze out an additional 4 Sun Breaks from her Last Word, if you're willing to use it for that purpose. However, no unit is without its faults. The issue with Keine's main utility is that, while still helpful and abundantly desirable, Hard attackers will usually have some sort of DEF support fitted into their kit already which can nullify Keine's overall helpfulness to an extent. In addition, the lack of breaks on her Spell Cards can cause her to fall flat if that is being used as her main utility. Regardless, Keine is an excellent unit that is sure to make an impact on your party.

Here are the relevant scalings for Keine:

1st Spell:
Hard: 0%/60%/60%/0%/60%/70%

2nd Spell:
Hard: 0%/70%/80%/0%/80%/0%

Last Word:
Hard: 50%/100%/0%/0%/0%/100%

Story Card Recommendations

Spell Card

Keine will want Yang ATK up primarily, though any Spirit P support does help for breaks if you're using her for that, albeit her not being the best for it.

Last Word

You can't beat the Laser Bullet power and Yang ATK support that Ordinary Magician gives for Keine.

Character Skill Level Up Recommendations

It is important that you first prioritize Auspicious Omen, as it the buffs it provides and added Barriers is very useful to Keine's purpose. Secondly, Manuscript is your next priority, as this adds two more levels of party-wide Yang DEF to her arsenal. Lastly, Lecture is useful to supporting Keine's overall damage and the focus helps makes use of her high amounts of DEF.

Character Strengths

+Rather high damage All targeting Last Word that can farm
+Extremely high levels of Yang DEF UP support

Character Weaknesses

-Fairly modest top end for damage without Yang ATK support
-Low Focus UP for a tank.
-Element access is below average, unless willing to use Last Word for Breaking.