Urotsuki's default sprite
Prowl (Possibly from part of Japanese verb うろつき回る, to wander, to roam)
Urotsuki (うろつき) is the protagonist of Yume 2kki. She was implemented on July 8, 2007. Prior to that, an unnamed male character was the protagonist, who now takes the role of an NPC in the Bleak Future event.
Urotsuki wears a purple plaid shirt with long sleeves and what appears to be a short white skirt, long black stockings, and brown shoes.
She has short, light-brown or blonde hair, with longer strands coming down from either side. Like Madotsuki (the protagonist from Yume Nikki), her eyes always seem closed. Urotsuki's age is ambiguous; this is due to various contradictory factors pertaining to a possible age from the game's overall landscape and underlying themes since the authors who contributed and are contributing to Yume 2kki all want to portray different things.
Her sprite maintains the typical head-to-body chibi ratio similar to Madotsuki and many other Yume Nikki fangame protagonists.
Like Madotsuki, Urotsuki comes across as a hikikomori, refusing to leave her room; If you interact with the door, she'll shake her head in a number of ways. Her room is noticeably larger and more furnished than Madotsuki's, consisting of a TV, a game console, and a computer. The view from her balcony shows a pair of peculiarly shaped mountains surrounded by a large forest, suggesting that she lives somewhere quite rural.
Unlike Madotsuki, Urotsuki's dreamscape has a relatively lighter atmosphere. While it does contain darker areas, the majority of them are of a more neutral nature -- e.g. Geometry World, Realistic Beach, Highway, etc. Despite this, Urotsuki may have somewhat sociopathic tendencies or a strong interest in violence. When the player encounters Aoshiru, for example, her first impulse is to use the Chainsaw and kill them -- the player is not given a choice.
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There is little to no information about Urotsuki and her relationships with other characters, but it seems she knows (or knew) many people due to the large amount of humanoid characters in the game. There has been no hint of any relatives in the game.
- All theories are merely speculation. The interpretation of game elements, Urotsuki's identity, and Yume 2kki itself is entirely up to the player; they may not necessarily reflect the development team's creative intentions or the summative viewpoint towards the game's elements. Furthermore, they are catalogued for documentation purposes; as such, they are presented in a neutral manner and will contain spoilers. To that end, please approach any and all discussion with utmost respect.
There are many theories people have come up with about her, such as she possibly suffers from manic-depressive syndrome (bipolar disorder) or another personality disorder. Different portrayals of her in the game show that it is likely she changes personalities quickly toward other beings.
Some speculate that Urotsuki was neglected as a child. The fact that the Child effect is rather hard to get implies this. Another event that may prove that is the child event at the Underwater Amusement Park, where Urotsuki is shown to be alone while other people pass by, and the light is focused on her. It is possible that the spotlight on Urotsuki represents her feeling closed in and lost. Another piece of evidence that may prove this is a girl similar in appearance to Urotsuki in the Christmas World: If you notice, her shirt and skirt colors are inverted. She sits on the bed in the house all alone. Her room is also bigger than Madotsuki's. It is possible that she has rich parents, but is neglected by them.
Unlike Yume Nikki and other fangames such as .flow, there are two effects for Urotsuki that allow her to change genders (Boy and School Boy). Although there are multiple bathrooms in the game, Urotsuki only uses them with the Boy effect equipped, one of which granting you a wallpaper upon doing so. There is additional evidence of this when interacting with the NPC Seishonen who also appears to have transgender tendencies as he has a female form. If you approach him in the boy effect he will be attracted to you. This possibly shows that Seishonen prefers to be in his female form as to Urostuki who may prefer to be identified as male or prefer if she were a boy. However, this could all be viewed as evidence that Urotsuki simply has tomboyish tendencies as she does have a feminine side as evidenced by her Maiko, Twintails and Red Riding Hood effects as well as some of her stereotypical feminine interactions with other characters and events, but the theory still stands nonetheless.
What is thought to be a dream is reality, and vice versa. Urotsuki's wallpapers and TV in her "dream world" do not change, but in "reality" she gains them by interacting with certain things in her "dreams." The wallpapers in her dreams are memories from reality. In reality, she is from an odd kind of universe where death is considered sleep, and creatures come back. Reproduction is unneeded, since the world expands at select points in time. Urotsuki has some interest in morbid creatures and objects, and has strange wallpapers and dreams of suicide at a certain point, and tends to look closely at disturbing things and murders (or rather, puts to sleep) of other beings.
Ending ? also supports this theory. This ending shows Urotsuki jumping from the balcony, then a puddle of blood. Since this "death" simply "wakes" Urotsuki up, it falls in line with the concept of death in the real world being likened to sleep.
There is an ending that gives a hint about this. Urotsuki only gets out of her apartment in her dreams. This might suggest that she ran away from her home and parents and is afraid of what may happen if she were to return home again (taking into account the vivid escape-like nature of her dreams). It is like she wanted to build her own world with her own rules. As you can see in Ending #2, after she leaves behind some things related to her dreams, which she considered to make her powerful (effects) and comes to understand her mistakes, she tries to make up for it by going back home.
Just a Doll
There is a theory that Urotsuki is not a real person at all, but is just a doll owned by a child. There is evidence to this theory in the Ending #3 where Urotsuki is seen in a crane machine as a stuffed toy. A school girl wins her in the crane game and is shown sleeping in her bed at home with the Urotsuki doll by her side on the floor. It is both possible that the girl who owns the doll has simply imagined the whole story of Yume 2kki herself with the doll being an inspiration or that Urotsuki as the doll is the one having the dreams of being an actual person.
Most of the Dreams are Not Hers
Unlike Yume Nikki, most of Urotsuki's dreams don't shed any light on an overarching story. They're all random with absolutely nothing to do with each other. This is because they aren't originally hers. Unlike Madotsuki and most fangame protagonists, Urotsuki only lucid dreams for fun, not as a coping mechanism for trauma, and isn't actually a shut-in/hikikomori, which is backed up by all the endings in which she goes outside. As such, the only dreams that are hers are the ones in the Nexus; the rest are other people's dreams, all part of an entire dream world. This is paralleled by the fact that Yume 2kki is developed by many different artists and developers. Most of the NPCs are just other dreamers using effects, and a lot are there for the same reason as Urotsuki - to have fun.
- The Beret Sisters are the daughters of a train conductor.
- Seishonen is Poniko's brother.
- Odorika is a dancer who uses her effects to create even more interesting dances in the dream world.
- Kamen Eshi is a professional artist.
- Aoshiru is a boy with a terminal illness.
- The boy in the cap from the Glitch Ending is connected to Urotsuki in the real world, either as a friend, a relative, or a lover.
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- In an earlier version of the game, specifically 0.036, numerous scrapped designs for Urotsuki could be seen on display in the Library.