Meiyuan is a minor character in Shadow Hearts; a travelling acupuncturist and Zhuzhen‘s business partner. He serves to power up the party’s weapons as well as widen hit area on the Judgment Ring. He also serves as the point where Yuri can switch party members.
Meiyuan 3D Render (Shadow Hearts)
Meiyuan Character Profile (Shadow Hearts)
In Shadow Hearts
Meiyuan is first encountered as “Traveller Meiyuan” in Zhaoyang Village. He is not important to the plot, but for a price he will perform acupuncture on a character. This allows them to either power up their weapon (which in turn reduces the hit area) or increase the hit area of the Judgment Ring.
Meiyuan seems to travel to all the locations that Zhuzhen visits, although never into any dangerous areas.
Meiyuan also delivers communications between Yuri and other characters – if Yuri speaks to Meiyuan in Rouen after The Float has been raised he will deliver a letter and a package from Qiuhua.
An expert acupuncturist. He raises weapon proficiency. Strange, but her is the master of this field. He likes good-looking men.
Meiyuan introducing himself to Yuri
Meiyuan takes his leave
Meiyuan offering Yuri Acupuncture
Meiyuan performing Acupuncture
Origin & Trivia Although Meiyuan is a Chinese name he dresses in a Japanese fashion. His nationality is never actually confirmed. However since he is Zhuzhen’s business partner it can be presumed he is Chinese. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing, and was invented in China. If the characters in Meiyuan’s name are separated to become “Mei Yuan” this is close to the Chinese translation of “US Dollar” The only male character to respond positively to Meiyuan’s acupuncture is Keith who is interested in acupuncture as a ritual. Meiyuan also offers Moxibustion which is a form of acupuncture that uses burning mugwort rather than or as well as needles.