Lulupapa is a character from the Kishin Douji Zenki series. She is a Guardian Goddess with pink fur, green eyes, a fluffy tail and two long ears on her head.
Lulupapa is one of Chiaki Enno's guardian deities. She acts as Chiaki's Guardian Goddess and amplifies her magical ability, as well as being Chiaki's perfect impersonation.
Because of her small size, Lulupapa is the only guardian deity who never fights any monsters. Despite this, her small size actually still makes Lulupapa very useful to Chiaki. Episode 33 of the anime features Lulupapa jumping through a hole in a barrier, which would be too small for anyone else to fit through. This way, Chiaki (who is in great danger at the time being) can send her out to get the others to help Chiaki.
Lulupapa is a very close to being an anime exclusive character, with the only exceptions being her appearing in the manga's devsketches sections and Tenchi Meidou's password menu. As for these appearances, the anime notable as being the only media, where she actively partakes in the plot.
Lulupapa is completely absent in all other games from the series and the OVA.
While Lulupapa doesn't make an appearance otherwise, she is replaced by an old dog called Lucky in the third chapter of Volume 9 of the manga, who starts out by acting in a similar way to Lulupapa from Episode 26 by stealing Chibi Zenki's food and running off with it.
Lucky also licks Zenki's face in affection and teases him, but unlike Lulupapa, he does this more in a way like seeing Zenki as a little pup that needs his care instead of being affectionate in a girl's way. Lulupapa's lick could be interpreted as her giving Zenki a little smooch, while this would make no sense for Lucky, who is a guy after all.
So this is pretty much where the similarities between Lulupapa and Lucky end as the latter also takes clues from Goki, though Lucky protects Chibi Zenki instead of Chiaki, even going as far as sacrificing himself. Unlike Goki, Lucky sadly can't revive himself and thus stays dead.
Unlike Lucky, Lulupapa never dies, which is because she never ends up in a situation that would put her life in danger.
Lulupapa is completely absent from the majority of the Kishin Douji Zenki games. This also goes for the ones, that take clues from the anime, which don't even mention her.
The only exception to this is Kishin Douji Zenki 3 - Tenchi Meidou, which features Lulupapa appearing in the game's password entry screen, where she is used as a very lively cursor for choosing the Hiragana, which the passwords are made up from.
It is currently unknown, if Lulupapa appears anywhere else ingame.
- In the original, Japanese version, Lulupapa shares her voice with Karuma.
Both of them are voiced by Yuri Amano.
The Ru(ru)papa and Ludola issue
- In the dubs and subs of the anime, Lulupapa's name is commonly mistransliterated as Rurupapa or Rupapa, despite the characters in the original, Japanese anime's audio tracks always pronouncing her name as Lulupapa.
- The anime outro mistakenly lists her name as Rupapa.
- A similar issue is known about Zenki's Rudra/Rudora move, which has the opposite issue, where it becomes Ludola in the dubs and subs, despite Zenki always yelling Rudora.
- Not only does Zenki yell Rudora in the original, Japanese anime's audio tracks of the anime and all games of the series (excluding Vajura Fight, where he can't use Rudra), but also in the original, Japanese manga's Furigana and Kanji writings
- In Japanese, Lulupapa's name is depicted via the Katakana writing of ルルパパ.
This section features Lulupapa's personality development. It starts from her introduction and shows that Lulupapa views Chiaki as a mother and is taught by her everyday actions, which at times may or may not result in quite awkward situations.
Episode 26 - Lulupapa's introduction
While Chiaki does like Lulupapa, she also does stop her when the little fuzzball goes to far, grabbing Lulupapa and telling her to get along with Zenki at the end of episode 26. This happens after Chiaki has decided, that after everything she has gone through with Zenki, she actually cares about him and has accepted as something akin to little brother.
The reason, why Lulupapa still keeps exerting Chiaki's previous emotional state is actually related to at least two reasons:
- First, Chiaki pretty much spoiled Lulupapa from the get-go by petting her all of the time, devoting all of her attention to the little fluff and even allowing her to eat Zenki's food without punishing Lulupapa for it.
- Second, as Chiaki likes to tease Zenki and pretty much bullies him herself, because of his deep grudge against the Ennos, Lulupapa has only been introduced to our world and sees Chiaki as some kind of mother figure, thus mimicing her behaviour like a little child or a pet would mimic ther parents' or master's behaviour.
- Keep in mind that even halfway through the anime, Chiaki still hasn't asked Zenki why he acts like this and keeps thinking that he's grumpy. This is because Chiaki is still too immature and thus lacks the empathy to understand Zenki's feelings. While she does have empathy, it's still too little to have her empathize with Zenki.
Thus, Lulupapa starts out as a blank piece of paper and gets turned into a spoiled bully by Chiaki. While this very likely wasn't intended by Chiaki, it just happened.
So when Chiaki stops Lulupapa at the end of the episode, she teaches Lulupapa that she has to calm down at some point, notice her own mistakes and go on with life.
Episode 31 - Lulupapa accepts Zenki
While later episodes still feature Lulupapa acting funny at times, episode 31 has Lulupapa showing her affection to Chibi Zenki by jumping onto his left shoulder and licking his face. This confuses him and makes him think that Lulupapa just wants to tease him, when the happy expression on her face tells quite the opposite. This leads to Zenki trying to make Lulupapa leave while she sees this as a game and thinks that Zenki is playing with her, avoiding his kicks by flying around him with a smile on her face.
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This section features Lulupapa's appearances in the anime.
While it is still very unfinished, it gives a general view of her character and her actions.
Chiaki gets into a fight with Chibi Zenki, as usual, but the fight escalates too much and Chibi Zenki runs of. Meanwhile, Chiaki decides to read some books in her room, as she thinks to herself that it's only one of Zenki's usual rants and that he will eventually calm down. While reading, she practices some magic and ends up summoning Lulupapa. When Zenki comes back and has another argument with Chiaki, Chiaki says that she has a new Guardian Deity (Lulupapa) and doesn't need Zenki anymore. Chiaki then throws the Bracelet of Protection at Zenki, who gets so annoyed that he runs off with it.
When Chiaki walks through Shikigami-chou with Lulupapa on her shoulder, she can't but think about all the battles she fought together with Zenki. When she sees Zenki's statue being prepared for the parade by Jukai and Kuribayashi, her heart opens up again.
Later on Chiaki, Jukai, Kuribayashi and Lulupapa reappear on a carnival float topped with two statues showing Chiaki and Zenki standing proud together. When Chiaki deeply wishes for Zenki to come back, the Bracelet of Protection regains its powers. Chibi Zenki, who was shopping with Saki, immediately gets teleported to Chiaki's side, leaving Saki shocked and Chiaki positively surprised.
While Lulupapa starts growling at Zenki, Chiaki is just glad he's there and hugs him, exclaiming: "Yippee, it's Zenki!"
Lulupapa doesn't relax though. She's startled and keeps growling. When she starts biting at Zenki, she's quickly interrupted by Chiaki, who grabs the little fuzzball and says: "Come on Lulupapa, you two have to get along from now on."
The episode starts out with Chiaki and Lulupapa arriving at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere. At first, Chiaki is confused where she should go, but then the scene cuts to her walking through Shikigami-chou's forest with Lulupapa on her shoulder. Chiaki enjoys nature and comments on it.
After awhile, they reach the Enno Shrine. The next scene shows Akira, Chiaki, Lulupapa and Saki sitting in front of the shrine, eating pastries, while Chibi Zenki sleeps in the hallway.
Saki then tells Chiaki to get hold of herself and bring someone the pastries and the Enno family's best regards. Chiaki is very uncertain how she should deal with the situation.
Akira then asks Chiaki whom they are talking about. Chiaki tells him that they are talking about her uncle Fujiwara, who works as a glass worker. Chiaki is very scared of her relative, telling Akira how gloomy Fujiwara is.
This confuses the poor boy, leaving him with a funny expression. Saki then clears up things by telling Chiaki that she last met her uncle when she was a little girl. She tells Akira, Chiaki and Lulupapa that Fujiwara lives alone and that things are pretty rough for him. She encourages Chiaki to give her uncle a chance.
The scene shifts to Chibi Zenki, who teases Chiaki, by telling her that it serves her right and how she shouldn't come back, which she anwers by calling Zenki a jerk.
Chiaki and Lulupapa can then be seen walking through a meadow. They soon enter a bamboo forest and end up at Fujiwara's house.
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Introduction (Episode 26)
Lulupapa's affection (Episode 31)
Lulupapa rescues Chiaki (Episode 33)