As the first monster we met on the series, Koromo will always have a place in my heart. She was the final boss of last season and I must say she played her part marvelously. But, even if she was last season’s boss, Koromo still plays an important part in the continuing story – mostly as a measuring stick for other players. But, to have an accurate measuring stick, one must first understand Koromo and how her power work. This post will attempt to explain that.
Let’s begin with listing Koromo’s power.
1. Haitei Raoyue (to scoop up the reflected moon from the seabed)
Koromo’s signature move. This meant winning when you drew the last tile on the wall.
Personally, this is not really the scary part of Koromo’s power. Haitei is not a very good yaku to aim for considering that its slow as hell. Chances are other players will win before you complete it. But, this power become scary when you pair it with….
2. A Sea with no Bottom or better yet known as No-Tenpai Hell
Its a passive ability that prevents your opponent from reaching tenpai. This is scary because if you can’t reach tenpai you can not win. Besides, Koromo also pairs this with Haitei for maximum psychological damage. Just think, for the whole round Koromo’s opponents will be desperate to get into tenpai knowing that the longer they take is just insuring Koromo will win with Haitei. But, they can’t because of this ability and thus delicious suffering is prolonged.
3. Tenpai sensor
The lesser known ability of Koromo. Koromo can sense whether her opponents are in tenpai or not. To add insult to injury she can also sense the rough values of the hand. This essentially meant that you can’t ron Koromo normally. Unless she is distracted by something.
Beside this, an important mechanic of Koromo’s power is the moon. She is strongest when it is night and the moon is full. This is the main reason why she is Ryuumonbuchi’s captain since there is a chance that the captain match will happen at night if the matches take long.
Take note in an official match, Koromo has only played once at full power (meaning the moon is full and it is night) – it was at the Current Nagano Preternatural Finals against Saki, Yumi and Kana. No where else.
Not the last Prefecture Tournament wherein she dominated Kana.
Not in the National Tournament
Koromo is stupidly hax. But, at least there is a silver lining to this. Since Koromo is tied to the moon she’s not at full power all the time nor can she use all her abilities. For example: Her most potent power no-tenpai hell has a tight restriction. It only works when it is night and the moon is full. Evidence of this abound.
Just take look at the above screen shots. Meticulous Yumi who has Koromo’s official records did not find any evidence of this ability before. Kana who is planning to take down Koromo and played her last tourney has no idea. Both of them are completely flatfooted by Koromo’s no tenpai hell.
This implies Koromo never used no-tenpai hell in an official tournament. I’m pretty sure if Koromo used it; those who looked at the record will find some evidence – players not being able to reach tenpai is a glaring statistical anomaly.
It is also implied that Koromo doesn’t use haitei often. She can use it but as I’ve said it isn’t very effective without her no-tenpai hell. Most of the time, Koromo would just go for high scoring hands.
Despite this, Koromo is still a National Class Monster. She’ll cream you at less than half of her full power.
Take note from Achiga-hen:
She fought in half power. And Koromo still OWNS!