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    The FKG devs occasionally select plants with a relationship to the event theme. One thing that I found odd was that Formosan Cherry seemed to be a Chinese plant. I asked some Japanese friends if her plant was related to the event somehow. The result was interesting. I don't know where he sourced his info (Wiki is my guess), but it seems that Formosan Cherry, aka Kanhizakura, used to be called Ganjitsusakura (元日桜). Literally: New Year's Cherry Blossom. It was a plant imported into Japan from China. The New Year's theme is likely why she debuts in event 76.


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    @HydroKirby It's actually a Taiwanese plant, hence the name Formosan Cherry, since Taiwan was previous known as Formosa. But you can pretty much see then in Southen and Eastern part of China, and Vietnam. In Japan, you can find it in Ryukyu Islands of Japan and it is also a symbol of Nago in there.



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    Fun Fact:
    - Clover is White Clover's younger sister
    - Japanese Anemone is Bergamot Valley's Queen
    - Coleus is Japanese Anemone's Escorting Maid
    - Gajumaru is Japanese Anemone's Personal Sninobi


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    Hi!

    Maybe someone can confirm what really happen to the Queen of Banana Ocean? Apparently, "queen's funeral" is mention in the Banana Ocean description, which indicates that the Seat of the Queen of Banana Ocean at the current time is empty.



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    I put off posting this for a bit too long, but there's some background related to aqua shadows that was revealed in the latest aqua shadow stage featuring the Lotus Lake queens.
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    A fairytale exists in Lotus Lake about a sleeping princess who once protected Lotus Lake many years ago. She summoned many flowers knights from a mirror and defeated many pests this way. The sleeping princess still being alive is a closely guarded secret amongst the highest of Lotus Lake people. It is purported that the aqua shadows are in fact the "flower knights" that came from the sleeping princess' mirror.


    These aqua shadows seem to have a different mindset than the aqua shadows of the past. Almost like they are controlled by something more sinister. Worm Wood / Artemesia said that they are cursed to be degraded from a water shadows of knights / 水影の騎士 to aqua shadows / アクア・シャドウ.


    Sparaxis cornered a peculiar aqua shadow at the end of that chapter. She recognized this person as the avatar of the mastermind behind the aqua shadow incidents. She called this person (shown as aqua shadow Nazuna) the wiseperson Raeva. By her title, it is possible that Laeva was one of the supporters of the hero from 1,000 years ago. It is still unknown what her intentions are. The chapter ended with an endless rain covering Spring Garden which would allow aqua shadows to appear absolutely anywhere.

    This complicates terminology a bit because Ivy originally called them aqua shadows / アクア・シャドウ because they were water shadows of knights / 水影の騎士. Now, the two terms are different in that the former is evil and the latter is good, yet both translate to basically the same English. Kinda funny how Ivy's on-the-spot naming turned out to be official.


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    I'll post this here too, since it's a neat little background detail that isn't immediately obvious.



    So the nations in Spring Garden are thought to be based on seasons, with Blossom Hill, Banana Ocean, Bergamot Valley and Winter Rose standing in for spring, summer, autumn and winter, while Lily Wood is a central nation with no seasonal affinity (though "evergreens" has also been suggested for it). Lotus Lake is assumed to represent the wet season in this scheme, while Kodaibana prior to its destruction might have been the dry season country.

    There are also daily flower tweets made by the official Twitter account, which has been listing the birth flowers associated with each date for three years and counting (this isn't a FKG invention, such lists can be found on many hanakotoba websites and seem to be inspired by flowering times). It turns out that these two things are interlinked: If you categorize all knights by their nations and look at how their corresponding days are distributed, you find out that Blossom Hill, Banana Ocean, Bergamot Valley and Winter Rose knights are selectively assigned flowers with dates falling on spring, summer, autumn and winter.

    Since Chocolate Cosmos explicitly mentions being born in autumn because she's a cosmos, these dates may even be taken as the girls' own birthdays (if so, Chocosmos' would be October 27), though this is complicated by the fact that many flowers are given multiple days. In any case, I remain very impressed by the amount of attention that goes into this game's cast, especially given how large it is now.



    Here are some other things that you can see while messing around with the character lists. Lotus Lake is still going full speed ahead, now accounting for over 10% of all characters in the game, and you can also track Winter Rose and the crushing attribute's struggle to recover their dignity.


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    Interesting.

    I can understand the lower number of Winter Rose knights as there are lower variety for Winter type plants.
    As for the lower number of blunt type all I can guess is given the size of the knights vs the pests, a blunt weapon wouldn't be as effective on their exoskeleton. That or it's harder to think of a blunt weapon vs other types when trying to associate with the plants the knights are based on.



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    Looking at that Weapon type distribution chart I can see why I always seem to have more Slash characters all the time.



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    Since I'm posting this all over the place, might as well get it here too:



    This is a phylogenetic tree that shows the relationships between all flower knights currently in the game, with the exception of Ionocidium (who is an intergeneric hybrid and difficult to include). You may have noticed that character interactions in FKG often follow these relationships: Closely allied flowers, for example, tend to be friends (like Apple/Quince/Firethorn/Apricot, Bergenia/Beefsteak Geranium, Dipladenia/Plumeria, Vinca/Rosy Periwinkle, Delphinium/Ranunculus etc.), look up to one another (Cymbidium -> Dendrobium, Buttercup -> Flaccid Anemone, Rowan -> Peach, Strawberry -> Ume/Sakura, Liverwort -> Anemone/Christmas Rose), or have explicit familial ties (Ghost Weed/Poinsettia, Oncidium/Ionocidium, Tithonia/Helianthus, Rainlily/Zephyranthes, Sparaxis/iris twins).

    There's also an underlying effort to represent as many plant taxa as possible in the game, with new families and orders being added more frequently than would be expected from chance. This year, for example, saw the inclusion of pepper (Peperomia), phlox (Moss Phlox), smilax (China Root), leadwort (Statice), buckthorn (Ceanothus), elm (take a guess), fig (Gajumaru) and currant (Gooseberry) families, in addition to new members for less popular groups like the pickerelweeds, ice plants (Lithops) and honeysuckles (Abelia). The game also has a very strong love for the buttercup order, which is far smaller than true giants like grasses, orchids and daisies, but has an inordinate amount of representation (including a queen in Japanese Anemone). I don't know the reason and I'd be very interested in learning, is it just Anemone's popularity?



    There's also a circular version of the above tree here, which looks fancier but is harder to read. Lastly, I've prepared Japanese versions of these charts here and here (plus the "nations are assigned based on seasons and birthflower dates" chart here), in case overseas folks are interested in this kind of stuff (I actually tried to tweet these here and here, though I forgot Twitter's algorithms ensure new accounts' tweets never see the light of day, and my rudimentary-at-best Japanese probably doesn't help matters either).


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    Last edited by jdoe; 09-16-2018 at 12:19 AM. Reason: jeez, finally got it right

 

 

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