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Uendo Toneido
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For the original Uendo, see Uendo Toneido (former).

Uendo Toneido
Even if my performance isn't worth watching, I will certainly watch my words. I wouldn't want to say anything thoughtless and get arrested. After all, that'd be... a "raku-no-no"! Hee hee!

Uendo Toneido is the stage name given to a system of rakugo performers who were witnesses to the murder of their rakugo master, Taifu Toneido. The usual public-facing alter generally also goes by Uendo Toneido, while the other three are known as Patches "the jester", Kisegawa "the courtesan", and Owen.

Dissociative identity disorder and rakugo[]

Uendo was the second apprentice of Taifu Toneido, having been friends with both him and his first apprentice, Geiru Toneido, when he was young. At some point, he told them about his other alters. The system demonstrated great capabilities in rakugo, as each alter could perform as separate characters. Their skill earned them the rank futetsume and the right to the name "Uendo Toneido", which had previously been the name assumed by Geiru's late father, a renowned rakugo performer himself. In order to avoid attracting unwanted attention to the troupe, the true nature of Uendo's alters was kept a secret from the public.

In particular, Owen was concealed further, as unlike the others, he did not share their memories and would only surface if the others had been rendered unconscious. Because of this, Owen did not participate in rakugo performances with the others, and the other three had no knowledge of what he was like. According to Geiru, she and Taifu would often play with Owen when he did front. Uendo avoided consuming alcohol due to his body's sensitivity to it.

Uendo was eventually scheduled to inherit the name in a formal ceremony and performance. This was the final straw for Geiru, who secretly resented Taifu for not passing on the name "Uendo" to her, despite her being the senior apprentice, and she sought to take her revenge.

Witness to murder[]

Main article: Turnabout Storyteller
Athena Cykes
Owen... Who did you see?
Owen
That nice smell... I love the smell... of that perfume...
Owen witness

Owen witnessing the murder.

On the day of the ceremonial performance, Uendo visited Taifu's room in the afternoon. Although he refused an offering of sake, Uendo passed out after consuming a manju bun, not realizing it shared the same brand as the sake and was actually alcoholic. Owen surfaced and witnessed Geiru suffocating Taifu and his master retaliating against his attacker. Horrified at what he witnessed, Owen passed out from shock; although he didn't see the face of the culprit, he vaguely recognized the familiar scent of Geiru's perfume.

By the time the other alters regained consciousness, Taifu was dead. Observing the crime scene, they noticed that the victim's karuta cards spelled "OWEN 4TH", implicating Owen for the murder. Due to their lack of a shared memory with Owen, they began to panic at the possibility of Owen being the culprit and, on a split second decision, Kisegawa decided to rearrange them to "WHET NO4" and implicate Bucky Whet instead.

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Uendo watching as Taifu's body is taken away.

Following that, they proceeded to throw off the time of death by tampering with the crime scene. Uendo hauled Taifu's television to the door, which was capable of broadcasting ongoing performances from the neighboring stage. He went on to put on an atrocious performance of "Time Soba", instead of "Soba Glutton", like he was scheduled to, which was played back by the television. To Geiru and Simon Blackquill listening outside, it sounded as though Taifu was alive and practicing his routine. The horrible performance Uendo gave helped to make the ruse more convincing as there would not be any laughter from the audience.

Whet's trial[]

The next day, Uendo appeared in court to testify against Whet. During the trial, he initially tried to conceal having dissociative identity disorder, but Athena Cykes found that he was displaying emotional overload that switched between emotions in the same testimony on the Mood Matrix, giving the game away. Uendo admitted to tampering with the crime scene, but continued to hide Owen's existence out of fear that he would be implicated. Eventually, Cykes learned how to get Owen to come out, and got Uendo to eat an alcoholic manju bun to make it happen. However, it was quickly discovered that Owen was a shy, easily frightened five-year old, which immediately disqualified him as the killer.

Nonetheless, Owen was a critical witness. With the help of the Mood Matrix, Cykes was able to help Owen remember what had happened during the murder, allowing Geiru to be exposed as Taifu's killer. After the trial, the other alters came back and decided to work hard at their rakugo, and to create a rakugo story based around the murder of their Shisho, as a way to amend for tampering with the crime scene, and to provide training for Owen after learning more about the little alter.

Personality[]

Patches
I was promoted to "futatsume" yesterday, and received the stage name of "Uendo". The show was our way of celebrating my new name and middle rank standing! Hee!
Kisegawa
And then THAT happened... Haah...
Themanyfacesofbiffu

Clockwise from top left: Uendo, Patches, Owen, and Kisegawa

Uendo is relatively calm and always ready to perform; Patches is a jokester and is relatively happy; and Kisegawa is stern and sarcastic. All three have a penchant for incorporating puns and wordplay into their rakugo routines.[1][2][3] On the other hand, Owen is extremely shy and fearful. When scared, Owen covers himself with his kimono jacket. He had a good relationship with Taifu and Geiru Toneido and he likes the smell of Geiru's perfume.

Owen exhibits dissociative amnesia to and from the other alters, and only appears when the others are unconscious. The other three are co-conscious, sharing the same memories and awareness of each others' actions. Uendo, Patches, and Kisegawa normally switch to whoever is best suited for at the moment. With the help of Cykes, Owen learned to be more open, and the other three made an effort to let Owen front more on a regular basis, such as letting him participate in their rakugo performances.

Uendo is a fan of murder mysteries and often watches them on television. He also claims to have a sweet tooth and is extremely susceptible to the effects of alcohol, having passed out after consuming a single manju bun infused with a small amount of sake. Patches likes to fan himself and paper butterflies flutter above his fan. Kisegawa somehow uses her fan as a cigar.

Name[]

  • Japanese - Bifū Senpūtei (旋風亭 美風), Ippachi (一八), Kisegawa (喜瀬川), and Sadakichi Isoda (磯田 定吉):
    • "Bifū" (美風) means "beautiful wind" and is homonymous with the word 微風 meaning "breeze", fitting with his and Geiru Toneido's wind themed names.
    • "Senpū" (旋風) means "hurricane" and "Tei" is often part of a rakugo performer's title.
    • "Ippachi" (一八) and "Sadakichi" (定吉) are characters that appear in many rakugo stories while "Kisegawa" (喜瀬川) comes from "Omitate" (お見立て).
  • English - Uendo Toneido, Patches, Kisegawa, and Owen:
    • "Uendo" and "Toneido" come from "wind" and "tornado", respectively.
    • Uendo's name is written in Japanese as "登寧堂 羽演人" (Toneidō Uendo) on his fan autograph for Athena.
    • "Patches" is a reference to the archetypal jester's hat and Owen (4th) is an anagram of "Whet NO4".
    • "Owen" could derive from the famous 1939 detective fiction novel And Then There Were None written by Agatha Christie. In the book, there are two, mostly absent, characters whose names are shortened to "U.N. Owen," which can be read as a pun for "unknown".
  • French - Saikuro Torunado, Marotte, Kisegawa, and Zani:
    • In French, "Saikuro" was used as Uendo's name, which is a reference to "saikuron" (サイクロン), the japanese word for "cyclone". "Torunado" comes from "tornado", same as in english.
    • A "Marotte" (Patches' French name) is an old word for a puppet.
  • Chinese - Xuànfēngtíng Měifēng (旋風亭 美風), Yībā (一八), Xǐlàichuān (喜瀬川), and Jì Dìngjí (紀 定吉):
    • Owen's name was changed in Chinese to fit the anagram puzzle.
  • Korean - Senputei Bihu (센푸테이 비후), Itpachi (잇파치), Kisegawa (키세가와), and Uchite Sadakichi (우치테 사다키치):
    • Owen's name was changed in Korean to fit the anagram puzzle.

Development[]

Design[]

Uendo wears a yellow and orange kimono underneath a green haori with white frilly outlining and white fan symbols, and gray hakama. He has brown hair, which he wears in a ponytail in a knot with 3 fans as pins, as well as a lock of hair on his left side. He kneels on 7 orange cushions.

The position of Uendo's ponytail moves depending on the alter. Uendo's ponytail lies back behind his head. Patches' sticks straight up and hides the side curl, while the fans open when he's startled. Kisegawa's slants to the right side and exposes the curl. Owen's flops forward and lacks the 3 hair fans, giving the impression of a low fringe.

Kisegawa has visible lips, eyeliner, and pink eyeshadow. Patches keeps his eyes closed and perpetually blushes.

The alters also change seating positions: Uendo sits facing forward, Patches sits to the left, and Kisegawa sits to the right, and Owen's is the same as Uendo's but he also slouches.

DID comparisons to real life and other media[]

  • Within the game, the alters are improperly called "personalities," although it is recognized today that there are multiple distinct identities, not simply one person acting as different personalities.
  • Rapid switching and co-consciousness are not typical, but these characteristics tend to be commonly represented in depictions of systems in fiction. A violent alter responsible for the system's overall criminality is also a common trope; this is subverted in Owen's case as it turns out that he is not the killer, and would not even have been mentally capable of murder.

References[]

  1. Patches: Well done, Your Honor! Guess you can't judge a judge by his cover!
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Storyteller (in English). 2016.
  2. Uendo: The stiff cards were right there next to the stiff, you see.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Storyteller (in English). 2016.
  3. Kisegawa: Bucky used soba for the deed, all to get back the soba shop deed.
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice. Capcom. Episode: Turnabout Storyteller (in English). 2016.
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