|Full Name||Ryuuen Chou|
|Birthdate||March 10 (Pisces)|
|Age||16-17 (Yukiyasha Den)|
18 (Anime and Suzaku Hi Den)
|Known Relatives||Korin (Little Sister) (Deceased)|
|Title||Celestial Warrior Suzaku, Nuriko|
|Created by||Yuu Watase|
|Voiced by||Sakamoto Chika (Anime)|
Takayama Minami (CD Book)
Minagawa Junko (Suzaku Ibun)
Nuriko (柳宿), birth name Ryuuen Chou (迢 柳娟 Chō Ryūen, Tiáo Liǔjuān), is a major character in Fushigi Yuugi, and the protagonist in her light novel Yukiyasha Den. She also makes peripheral appearances in the OVAs. She is the 3rd Celestial Warrior of Suzaku to appear, and the first one to die. She is introduced by his sister's name, Korin.
A tragic childhood accident snatched her away from her younger sister, and never recovering from the trauma and loss, she assumed herself to "become" her. Though it is common knowledge that she entered the Konan Palace harem for Korin, it was only in Yukiyasha Den where it was revealed that it was her unseverable bond with Byakuren that urged her to do so.
|“|| Korin..is that you?||”|
— Nuriko, Fushigi Yuugi Episode 33-34
Nuriko is a transgender woman with an androgynous face, dark purple-blue hair and exceptionally slanted hazel-gold eyes. Her hair has a lot of fringes and its length varies as the series progresses. It was first shown waist-length as means of pretending to be Korin, and waved slightly to give a more feminine ambiance. Throughout her journeys, everything was mostly shown tied in a braid to give her a more masculine look. The hair also comes to a point when it is completely cut [about chin-length]. In contrast to her dark hair, Nuriko has ultimately pale skin.
Due to her refined fashion tastes, she wears a wide variety of clothing all throughout the series. Despite her colossal super-strength she has a very nimble, agile body and she has a very small build for her age.
- "Because if you live your life worrying over losing what you have, then you've already lost it. You can't be happy when you're worrying like that--and you can't love to the fullest if you're guarding yourself, either. So, you just have to be strong, love as much as you can...and hope that, when the day comes that you lose something, you're strong enough to get through it."
- —Nuriko to Miaka
Nuriko exhibits a very mischievous character, at the same time enigmatic and happy-go-lucky. In the first episodes of her involvement in the storyline, Nuriko appears to be a flirty, spoiled and childish person. However, when they start to search for the warriors, she also shows a more serious side in order to fulfill her mission as a warrior, though the latter still remains.
Sporting a red symbol just below her collarbone, beating people up is Nuriko's specialty as her power consists in super strength. She also believes that people who hate each other are too weak to face the reality of life; her philosophy of love conquering everything channels into her remarkable source of courage.
Nuriko's passionate love for her friends gives her the strength and the courage to shove even the biggest obstacles out of their way. The object of her affections being Emperor Hotohori, Nuriko understands just how painful love is when your loved one doesn't return your feelings. Gradually, even the Priestess of Suzaku gains her promise of unconditional love. Through all her cheerfulness and eagerness to help, Nuriko lives a life of love and sacrifice.
Later, Nuriko reveals to Tamahome and Miaka that her cross-dressing act came from the unyielding pain of losing her younger sister, Korin. Nuriko is more considerable this time, and she opens herself to Tamahome, suggesting that they'll be brother and sister (to this gesture Tamahome agrees). Though she is quick to anger and immature jealousy, Nuriko shows her compassionate side in the series most of the time. Her honorable death not only increases her bonds with the warriors - but also strengthens Miaka's resolve to summon Suzaku at all costs.
Miaka seems to be more than a friend to her, possibly a sister or a prospect girlfriend - she even cuts her hair to be able to protect Miaka to the fullest. Despite the shock this sent to the warriors, Nuriko insists that her hair be cut off will be the value of losing her sister, and starting to live a life of her own.
- "It happened when I was only 10 years old I had a lil sister named Kourin, she followed me wherever I went we were exactly alike and everything about us the way we laugh the way we talk the way we look, we love each other so much. Kourin was the most special person in my life but then .."
When Nuriko was 11 and her sister Korin was 10, a terrible experience is introduced to her. An average day in the town square a speeding carriage came down the street and little Korin as caught in the path. Nuriko never recovered from the loss , and to make her live on, she began to dress like her sister, almost erasing her existence. Craving for Korin, Nuriko still considers losing her hair in replacement for her sister - when she does so in order to protect Miaka better.
Taking the name of her late sister and joining the imperial harem, is where Nuriko meets up with Miaka and the others to being the quest of a lifetime. There was a detailed story about little Korin and Nuriko in "The Prologue of Korin" which was published in the Perfect World Magazine. She tells the story on Episode 30 when they were shipwrecked.
- "Oh, would you please stop that. I'm only doing this so I can be together with my sister forever!"
- —Nuriko, being called a transvestite.
In her novel, Nuriko's story about Korin is the subject concentrated basically on, and she encounters a fellow transgender person, Tamatama, who teaches her the best ways to appear as cisgender to even the most expert of eyes at first pretending to be Korin.
While there, Nuriko is caught up in a legend about a beast named "Yukiyasha" from the mountains that descends in the snows and sacrifices a virgin. After meeting Byakuren, the chosen girl, Nuriko decides to prevent her from being sacrificed.
Nuriko takes up Byakuren's place, using her powers as a Celestial Warrior. This is her rite of passage, however, she struggles against the demon, Yukiyasha. But in the end, Byakuren sacrifices herself.
Although Byakuren and "Korin" have an antagonistic meeting, Byakuren falls in love with Nuriko and she has such a strong impression on the Celestial Warrior that she adopts her dream of meeting the Emperor and thanking him for a deed done long ago alongside her desire to live Korin's life for her.
Suzaku Hi Den/series
- "Call me Korin."
- —Nuriko to Houki
As seen in Hotohori's light novel Suzaku Hi Den, Nuriko has quite a role as Korin, becoming Houki's close friend when the poor but beautiful girl enters the palace harem. At first, she laughs at the thought of seeing Houki fall into her own clothes, but she sees through her and becomes a close friend. She asks to be called "Korin".
Nuriko, as "Korin", also tells Houki about her family and it is here where Nuriko reveals her birthplace and her being a daughter of a successful tailor in the capital city. However, despite their close relationship, she does not reveal her story. She gets angry when the palace fortune teller tells them that Houki will be the emperor's choice.
She also told Houki of the rumor that none of them will be chosen, but the Priestess of Suzaku who is yet to come. Korin also explains a harem girl's goal and job to attract the emperor and even teaches Houki some ways how to. In the middle of the novel, before Kutou invades, in the series, this is better known as the great war between Konan and Kutou. It is even before here when Nuriko leaves the harem to journey with Miaka.
When buildings and roofs fall upon Tamahome and Miaka, one of the royal maidens dig the heavy pieces out. She reveals her sign as a Suzaku warrior and kisses Tamahome.
After her being transgender is revealed by Miaka, she stops frequenting at the harem and starts to accompany Miaka and the warriors' search of the remaining. Particularly Nuriko doesn't serve that much significance in the plot as it flows, not even when Tamahome is poisoned by Kudoku. She develops a presence only until the ceremony fails, specifically when Taiitsukun bestows the warriors with gifts.
Main Article:Tragedies in Mt. Koku
- "Korin...is that you...?"
During the search for Genbu's Shinzaho, Nuriko tragically died while fighting Ashitare, one of the Seiryuu seven. After a few back-and-forth attacks, it looked like Nuriko had the upper hand. But, Ashitare lands a fatal hit when his claws pierce through Nuriko's chest. With the little strength she had left, Nuriko managed to break Ashitare's neck and lift the heavy boulder that was blocking the way to the Shinzaho. And after this impressive feat, she collapsed in the snow in front of the rest of the warriors, who were just a couple moments too late to help her. Her final moments were spent surrounded by her friends. They all cried openly, except Mitsukake. Miaka tries to leave in denial, but Tamahome tells her to look at Nuriko's body and takes her back to see her friend. Mitsukake honorably uses his holy water that Taiitsukun gave him to erase Nuriko's wounds, and she is put to rest within the snow, looking unharmed and full of bliss, with peace on her face. The ending theme used for this episode is Kaze no Uta- performed by Chika Sakamoto - Nuriko's Japanese voice actor, in honor of her noble death.
Nuriko has an elder, cowardly brother named Rouko who lives in their family house (appears in the 2nd OVA) . Rouko is a wimp and he always depends on other people and was always picked at. Nuriko also had a younger sister named Korin (who first and lastly appears in Tamahome and Miaka's imaginary dream wedding) who also died in an accident. Her parents are deceased.
In the 3rd OVA (Eikoden), Nuriko is reincarnated as a small girl named Ko Reishun, who is revealed to inherit the inhuman super-strength of her previous incarnation. It is also revealed that she has taken a liking to Shu Eian, Hotohori's reincarnation.
As a Suzaku warrior, Nuriko possesses inhuman super-strength, and this was shown during his anime debut by her lifting up the large pieces of rubble that Miaka and Tamahome were trapped underneath. The primary explanation of her ability is that she can lift objects that are more than several times her size with ease.
By the end of the first season, she is granted bracelets by Taiitsukun in which turn into armbands to increase her strength.
- "Stop, people are weak, aren’t they. They fight and hate each other. Stop,But only love will be able to cross the boundaries. Fate is pulling me; maybe it’s pulling me to where you are…"
- —Nuriko in Kaze no Uta
(Sakamoto Chika as TV series)
(Takayama Minami as CD Book)
- Renren Bojō
- (To Tamahome) Tama-baby!
- Miaka, you're stupid as ever!!!
- So then, I became a woman for the sake of love.
- Miaka, are you alright?
- Korin...is that...you?
- (Nuriko's last words) Idiot.....why...do you cry....so..easily?
- This is my house, alright.
- (About Rouko) I had a brother. He was much of a coward and always depended on others.
- Aww...that's so cold.
- (To Tamahome and Miaka) "I know it's hard right now but just try! There will be times like these when you'll just laugh about it later!"
- (Suzaku Hi Den) Call me Korin, not lady Korin.
- (Yukiyasha Den) So these senile old men weren't so dumb, after all...
- (To Eian) Come on! When will you snap out of it? Everyone needs you!
- Next to Chiriko, Nuriko is one of the shortest warriors, standing only on 5'5.
- Nuriko's famous "Shhh" gesture is a notable recurrence; it was shown on a manga back cover and on the cover of Suzaku Ibun and on numerous trading game cards.
- Nuriko is one of the three celestial warriors to be voiced by a female voice actor, the other being Chiriko and Miboshi.
- Nuriko is often the second choice when it comes to 'Favorite Warrior', slightly behind Tasuki and closely followed by Chichiri.
- Nuriko's hobbies include cross-dressing, fashion, and makeup.
- Hotohori's comment upon meeting Nuriko for the first time was "She's almost as beautiful as me."
|Members:||Tamahome· Hotohori · Nuriko· Tasuki · Chichiri · Mitsukake · Chiriko|