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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 a rakugo performer who was a witness in the murder of his rakugo master, Taifu Toneido. He has dissociative identity disorder and has four total identities: Uendo, a rakugo performer, Patches, a jester, Kisegawa, a courtesan, and Owen, a five-year old child.

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 DID and introduced his alters to them. However, Uendo demonstrated great capabilities in rakugo, as he and the others could improve their performances when switching between characters. This level of skill earned him the right to the name "Uendo", 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, Uendo's disorder 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. According to Geiru, she and Taifu would often play with Owen when he did front. Uendo professed a weakness to alcohol, which he consistently avoided consuming.

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[]

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Athena Cykes
Owen... Who did you see?
Owen
That nice smell... I love the smell... of that perfume...

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. This caused Owen to surface, who 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 Uendo regained consciousness, he had switched back to his three more common alters, and 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.

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, he appeared in court to testify against Whet. During the trial, he initially tried to conceal having dissociative identity disorder, but Athena Cykes realized that he was displaying emotional overload that switched between emotions in the same testimony on the Mood Matrix. Cykes determined that this would only make sense if it was detecting multiple people with wildly divergent attitudes arguing with each other. Admitting the truth, Patches and Kisegawa introduced themselves. Uendo admitted to tampering with the crime scene, although all three insisted that they had not murdered Taifu, continuing to hide Owen's existence out of fear that Owen would be implicated. Eventually, Cykes proved that Owen existed and that he came out when the other personalities were otherwise unavailable, only to discover he was a shy, easily frightened five-year old, which immediately disqualified him; and by extension Uendo; as the killer.

However, he was a critical witness. With the help of the Mood Matrix, Cykes was able to help Owen remember what happened during the murder and that the presence of perfume Owen detected actually implicated Geiru before passing out.

Aftermath[]

Uendo, along with Kisegawa and Patches, eventually came back and decided to work hard at their rakugo, and to create a rakugo story based around the murder of his 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...

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

Uendo has dissociative identity disorder, with four different people living within their system. The identities don't seem to mind having to share the same body, even doing rakugo performances together. Owen exhibits dissociative amnesia to and from the other identities, while the other three are co-conscious, sharing the same memories and aware what the others are doing. Uendo, Patches, and Kisegawa switch to whoever is best suited for at the moment, with some involuntary switching occurring as well.

The three most commonly fronting alters are Uendo proper, Patches, 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] The three also share memories and switch control among themselves depending on the situation, based on which alter they feel is the most suitable.

The fourth, Owen, is five years old and extremely shy and fearful. Due to Owen not sharing the same memories with the other three — since he only appears when they are unconscious — they are not entirely sure what he is like and originally didn't have him be part of their rakugo performances. Cykes was eventually able to help Owen be more open, and the other three learned they should let Owen front more on a regular basis, such as letting him in their rakugo performances once they were told that Owen is harmless.

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[]

  • "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).
  • "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 autographed 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".

Development[]

Uendo's dissociative identity disorder is a loose adaptation of real-life dissociative identity disorder (DID). 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. Other differences between Uendo's and real-life clinical understanding of DID include:[4][5]

  • DID diagnosis criteria, as with any other psychiatric disorder, include "significant distress or impairment" in everyday life, manifesting as confusion, depression, and social/occupational impairments. When these are not found, especially if the subject "enjoys having the disorder", other diagnoses including feigning must be considered.
  • Another DID criterion is recurring memory gaps; an identity "frequently has little recall" of events happening when another identity surfaces, although some memories may be retained. This is consistent with Owen's case, but isn't found at all in Uendo-Patches-Kisegawa's case (they are co-conscious, always aware of what the others are doing, and share memories with each other).
  • People with DID are highly advised not to have alcohol as the substance can cause unwanted switching. While Owen does appear through the consumption of alcohol, this is the result of the other alters having very low tolerance to alcohol and being rendered unconscious.

Consequences of this include:

  • Uendo is the only witness to cause out-of-control emotions to change between statements during a Mood Matrix session, attributing to his DID.
  • Uendo's theme never has more than four instruments playing at the same time.

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.
  4. American Psychiatric Association. 2013. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5®).
  5. Boland, Verduin. 2022. Kaplan & Sadock's Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry.
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