Touhou Community Thread | Immaterial and Missing Posts

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
The Touhou Project | ResetEra Community Thread

Artist's Pixiv Page

(Thanks to shockdude for the part 1 image, and both upandaway and LeleSocho for the original community thread!)

Welcome! This thread is here to talk about anything Touhou, whether it’s your experience with the main games, news, fan content, hamburgers, and MIDI trumpets.

But I know Touhou is about creepy porn/waifus and impossibly hard bullet curtains for masochists. That’s not for me!

Well, wait a second. When you hear “Touhou” on the internet, it's probably about the fanbase or fan content, and the characters are sometimes naked… and after that there are the ridiculous bullet-filled screenshots/videos that try their hardest to intimidate outsiders, but that's only the end if you want it to be! The image of Touhou in the eyes of passing observers is not even half of it. The games are really good, even if you aren’t very good at danmaku bullet hells, on Easy and Normal - those crazy Lunatic-difficulty videos are intimidating, but if you ever played games like Gradius III, Touhou isn’t in an entirely different universe. The art and story are PG-rated innocence, charm and fun, the music is great, and the gameplay is tight and arcadey and refined to the maximum degree year by year since 1995.

Beyond any fan material or ridiculous Lunatic 1cc runs, I think the games can stand on their own as a great franchise. It's a bit of a shame that on GAF ResetEra and most places, Touhou is only associated with porn and moe - the main series goes a long way back and it’s super fun and is worth the attention! This OP is here to hopefully present this subtler side of Touhou for the people who don’t know about it, or just satisfy the curiosity of whoever cares. Give it a try!

But I don’t know what Touhou is!

It’s a series of 2D Shooters (abbreviated STGs), all made by 1 person commonly called ZUN, from art, to music, to coding. Originally, the games were made with inspiration from DoDonPachi and Darius Gaiden, designing shooters around a greater number of bullets in beautiful patterns. All games have difficulty levels, the easier ones being more like old school shooters if you’d add some more bullets and make them slower, and the harder ones completely filling the screen with fireworks.

ZUN makes repeated comments that the Touhou games attempt to fight the persisting trend of STGs overly complicating themselves with options and features, opting to let players simply have fun dodging bullets. And true enough, the series remains fairly simple and consistent throughout.

The charming art, setting and dialogue, and captivating bullet patterns and music, caught on with the Japanese doujin scene and Touhou became the subject of trillions of fan works, including music, manga, games, videos, cosplays, conventions, tropes, graffiti on abandoned walls in Mexico, and every other man-created division of entertainment. Some of them retain the original innocence and charm of the original series and some of them don’t. It’s safe to say that there are as many types of Touhou fan entertainment as there are types of entertainment in general.

THE CHARACTERS

The Touhou Project series currently has very large number of characters. Due to the nature of the series, not all of these characters are terribly important (with most serving as filler characters) but as far as the official works go, these are the two to be aware of:

  • Reimu Hakurei
    The Shrine Maiden of Paradise


    The shrine maiden at the Hakurei Shrine and the main main character, and her job is exterminating or sealing off youkai, but with her easygoing attitude she ends up befriending whoever she defeats. She’s cheeky and really full of herself and youkai troll her endlessly. Solidly the most popular Touhou character (evidently). She and Marisa are BFFs.
    Her shot type is usually homing or high spread, and she’s pretty balanced overall, great for beginners in most games.


  • Marisa Kirisame
    The Ordinary Human Magician


    A human magician who lives in the Forest of Magic. It’s kind of a major point that she’s a “normal” human in the sense that she wasn’t born with crazy powers like Reimu, and isn’t a magician by species like Alice. She’s childishly condescending and obsessively likes to steal or gather interesting things for no reason (her signature laser Master Spark was copied/stolen from Yuuka).
    In the games, she’s always one of the fastest characters with high attack power and penetration but extremely small spread, so she’s usually used by more advanced players.

THE CREATOR

He’s called ZUN (actually Junya Ota), he likes to drink beer, his music has trumpets. His art is terrible in a good way. He made all the main games by himself! His circle is called Team Shanghai Alice and he’s the only member. He's collaborated with other circles and artists to produce other official works (like the fighting games and the print works).


Part 1: The Main Games

Artist's Pixiv Page

The games are generally divided into the Retro Era (1-5), Modern Era 1 (6-9), Modern Era 2 (10-13), and Modern Era 3 (14-Present)

The series follows Reimu, a shrine maiden in Gensokyo, as she cruelly beats youkai into submission for messing with her. Sometimes she just beats people for no reason, too, but the important part is that they always deserve it. Each game follows a different incident.. but that’s the gist of it. The stories are always fun and the dialogue is hilariously silly and charming. Whether you read up on it or get it through playing the game, it’s enjoyable. And you can buy them! Classic Era and up, there are plenty of places selling them here (+ on Amazon). They’re not too expensive, but obviously more expensive than they are in Japan. Almost all of the games have english patches.

UPDATE: As of mid-2019, almost all the games from Touhou 13 and onwards have been released on Steam (with only Touhou 14.5 not present on Steam). While there are un-offical translation patches, do note that the games primarily developed by ZUN (i.e. the shooter games) lack official translations themselves.

For any newbies: Scher had a short beginners' guide for the Touhou games back in the old thread. This MotK post is also a bit more comprehensive.

Retro Era

The Retro Era games were all made for a computer called NEC PC-9800/01 (or short PC-98), which means it's nigh impossible to find them, much less run them authentically. There are emulators to emulate the computer, provided the games (if you go that route, please use the emulator T98-NEXT, because it's the only one that can do the audio properly). The games have also been translated into English, so don't forget to download the English patch!

  • Touhou 1: Highly Responsive to Prayers (1996) Wiki / Video



    Technically finished in 1995 and released in 1996, it was only really made available alongside the second game in Comiket 52 (1997). Combined with the fact it’s a completely different game from the rest of the series, this game is easily forgotten or just never discussed with the others to begin with.

    The story follows Reimu as she looks for the culprit who wrecked her shrine, and the game plays a bit like Arkanoid. Notably it has the surprisingly good pixel art for the bosses, it’s hard as hell, the music is catchy, and.. it’s the start of everything. It’s a neat little game. And even though it’s really hard, the very very useful bombs lighten the pain significantly.


  • Touhou 2: The Story of Eastern Wonderland (1997) Wiki / Video



    It's generally regarded as the weakest "proper" (excluding HRtP) Touhou game, but it’s not bad overall. It introduces most of the ground the entire series stands on. Like with HRtP, you probably won’t see it mentioned anywhere ever again.

    In the game Reimu investigates the sudden increase of monsters in her shrine, fights Marisa (who then stays next to Reimu as pretty much the second main character), and re-fights Mima who appeared as a small boss in HRtP. And it introduces these lovable ghosts:




  • Touhou 3: The Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream (1997) Wiki / Video



    Once again a completely different game from the previous two! A versus shooter in the vein of Twinkle Star Sprites, PoDD features multiplayer, lots of characters and endings, and.. insane difficulty. The computer is a notorious cheater, the gameplay is unnecessarily complicated to an apathetic level, and the RNG decides who wins and dies. But even so, it’s a really fun shooter, especially in multiplayer.

    For the premise, many different ladies in Gensokyo independently discover a cave, and decide to fight among themselves for the right to investigate. The game is second only to HRtP in how the plot and characters are ignored by the fandom, so anything you see there will stay there.


  • Touhou 4: Lotus Land Story (1998) Wiki / Video



    Either this or Mystic Square are regarded by most people as the best Retro Era Touhous, and more often than not, this one edges the other out. It has really good music, almost as many gameplay foundations as SoEW (such as focus and grazing), it made score more competitive/relevant, and is pretty replayable. All in all, as dated as it is, it’s a good game. Also, this is the game with the original Bad Apple that was famously remixed here!

    As the story goes, youkai swarm the shrine area, and both Reimu and Marisa go off separately to give the culprit a lesson. Yuuka is introduced here and she appears later on too.


  • Touhou 5: Mystic Square (1998) Wiki / Video



    The final Touhou for the PC-98, and it's a pretty big send off. The gameplay is smoothed out, the stages and bosses are unique and fun, there’s a bunch of playable characters, and all-in-all it's the shiniest and sleekest Touhou for the PC-98, although it’s somewhat limited by the hardware. Like mentioned above, for most people it’s a close choice between this and LLS for the best PC-98 Touhou game, just for perspective.

    Once again, demons and monsters flood out of a cave, prompting Reimu, Marisa, Mima and Yuuka to confront the one behind it all. Alice appears here first, too.


Modern Era 1

One innocent day in 2001, Touhou 6 - EoSD got released on Windows (finally!), and shortly after, all previous games stopped being sold. It was a serious reboot, with only 4 PC-98 characters appearing ever again, no more cheeky ghosts, an entirely separate canon, and much higher quality art, music and gameplay. This is where Touhou started growing to what it is today. As far as the grand majority of fans are concerned, Touhou started here and the previous games don’t exist. From here on, every game has tons and tons of characters that are everywhere in the fan content. You’ll recognize them all instantly if you look anywhere else Touhou-related.

Most people will tell you that games 6-7-8 are the "golden trilogy" of Touhou, introducing most of the popular characters, being everyone's favorite games in the series, with really good music and gameplay. You could say the combo of those 3 games one after another (and yearly, at that) is what made Touhou explode so big. These are the games to check out if you want to see a snapshot of what Touhou is, although for the most part, the whole series is consistent.

  • Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil (2002) Wiki / Video



    Even among the Windows games, it's a lot of people's favorite Touhou game. The extra stage boss music, U.N. Owen was Her, is one of the most popular Touhou tracks (on the western side, at least), with crazy remixes left and right. The patterns, music, dialogue, are all amazing, and it’s a really fun game. In terms of features, it introduces auto-collect and counter-bombing (bombing on death to avoid it), both really important features. It’s a great complete package all around, and there’s even a patch to make it slightly more up to date with the latter games.

    Reimu and Marisa set off to find the source of an annoying scarlet mist blocking the sun, and they arrive at a mansion where the mist comes from. All the characters introduced in this game are extremely popular in fanworks, even the generic boss characters. Remilia, Sakuya and Cirno also still consistently appearances in official works.


  • Touhou 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom (2003) Wiki / Video



    It's somewhere around being the most referenced Touhou game in general. The most gameplay videos, the most fan content, the most everything. It’s safe to say that it slightly edges out EoSD and IN in being everyone’s favorite, too. If you can only check out one Touhou game, make it this one. Score is really competitive, music is great with one of the largest OSTs in the series, the story and characters are iconic, the player choices are diverse, two extra stages, and the first instance of a Touhou game having a game-unique feature.. it’s all here! Also notably, the first Reitaisai (Touhou convention) happened in 2004 after the game’s release, with a score attack competition of the game’s extra stage, and things snowballed from here.

    Once again someone is causing trouble, this time stealing Spring from everywhere, so Reimu, Marisa and Sakuya set off with the intention of beating that someone’s butt. For a number of reasons, this game has a larger than average cast of characters. A lot of the characters are considered classic, with the most notable being Yukari, Yuyuko, Youmu and Alice (who was originally in Touhou 5)

  • Touhou 8: Imperishable Night (2004) Wiki / Video



    It might have a tiny tiny bit less of a following than EoSD and PCB, but it's still the most refined of the 3 of them, with the biggest and most diverse/unique player selection in the series, and is generally regarded as having the best gameplay in terms of stages and bosses. Plenty of people confidently swear by it as being the best Touhou game, bar none. There are two stages which have 2 versions, depending on how you play, so it’s really fun. Also introduced here is the Last Spell system which, in boss battles, is a no-risk, hard pattern for points and bonuses if you clear it, and for the player, it’s just a more powerful counter-bomb that uses two bombs instead of one.

    During the eve of the Harvest Moon Festival, someone replaced the moon with a fake moon! The youkai who noticed it team up with humans, stop time, and head to fix it before the festival is over. Like the previous games, the characters introduced here are fairly popular. Of note are the antagonists: Eirin, Reisen, Tewi and Kaguya (loosely based on Kaguya from the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter). Most of the group are former denizens of the Moon and reside in a place called Eientei. These characters are given focus in the Bougetsushou Saga (see Other Official Works), though as far as the games are concerned, Reisen (a former Lunar Rabbit), and Mokou (an immortal human who has been in a feud with Kaguya for hundreds of years). Both characters have appeared in the fighters, while only Reisen has appeared in the shooters as well.

  • Touhou 9: Phantasmagoria of Flower View (2005) Wiki / Video



    More multiplayer! In structure it's really similar to PoDD (the only other game in this style) , except.. even harder. You will live and die by the AI's whims. With all the enhancements of the Classic Era, and with tons of characters (a whopping 16, almost double of PoDD), it’s a fun game. Just like PoDD, the gameplay system is completely over the top complicated, but it’s a good game nonetheless. There’s also a patch to play this over LAN or over the internet.

    In what is the complete opposite of PCB, this time, there’s suddenly too much spring. Flowers bloom everywhere, and that’s really annoying, so everyone set off to see what’s going on. Yuuka makes the jump from PC-98 in this game, being the 4th and currently last character to do so. Shiki and Komachi appear here, as does Aya, the player character of the photography shooter spinoffs.


Modern Era 2

There were some notable changes from this point on. Starting here, bombs get critically changed, 1cc becomes doable to more people, and the game-specific features start to get a more involved. Some of the games are liked more than others, some more than the classic trilogy of games, and others less so. From Mountain of Faith onwards, there is a conscious effort to connect the games, and the plots of Touhou 11, 12 and 13 all are caused by each preceding game.

This arc is eventually resolved, partly through the official book, Symposium of Post-Mysticism (see Other Official Works), and partly through the spinoff fighting game, Touhou 13.5 (Hopeless Masquerade).

  • Touhou 10: Mountain of Faith (2007) Wiki / Video



    By consensus it is the easiest of the Windows games, and it’s a good entry game into the series. Bombs are completely spammable (as you can see in the video), and 1cc isn't really any harder than beating it with continues. It has some really cool spell cards and stages, so it's a fun game. If you’re not very good and are looking for a Touhou game you can 1cc, this would be your best bet.

    In the game, Reimu’s shrine declines in faith, and someone tells her she should close it down. She gets angry and flies off to a new shrine she believes is causing the trouble. The characters from that shrine (known as the Moriya Shrine) are popular among fans and are also noteworthy for their effect on the plots of the proceeding games. The most relevant character is Sanae, who is a rival shrine maiden to Reimu and has been playable in multiple shooters and spinoff. Nitori, a kappa who is playable in the recent fighters and is a recurring character in the print works, is also noteworthy


  • Touhou 11: Subterranean Animism (2008) Wiki / Video



    As far as consensus goes, this one is considered on par with 6-7-8. Great music and bosses (insane final boss), interesting player diversity, et cetera. One nice thing about it is that you can play through all stages and endings by playing on Easy, so it’s very accommodating. Also noteworthy, is that this game has a really important graze system for score - score is all about grazing. Grazing is this game’s soul. It makes for some very funny and intense 1cc runs on the internet.

    A suspicious geyser pops up, and with the help of Yukari, Reimu and Marisa go underground while communicating with their partner youkai. The setting/story is somewhat popular in the fandom, and for a good reason, it’s really neat. The game features a cast of youkai from the Underworld (a place where especially dangerous youkai are said to reside). Utsuho (aka Okuu) and Koishi, from the Palace of the Earth Spirits, are notable for appearing in different fighting game spinoffs.


  • Touhou 12: Undefined Fantastic Object (2009) Wiki / Video



    As Touhou gets older, modern games get more and more involved game-specific mechanics, and UFO has a pretty noticeable one. You collect combinations (in 3s) of UFO things to get various rewards for it, either letting the UFO absorb power or just shooting it down. It’s a fun mechanic, and the music and stages are not bad, but it’s mostly regarded as a weaker Touhou. Important to say, the old bombs come back for this game, which is a nice change. Also, bombs and lives are collected in pieces, and this trend is here to stay.

    A strange flying thing appears in the sky and either out of curiosity, to plunder it, or to beat the one responsible (who knows which, really!), Reimu, Marisa and Sanae launch at it. This game introduces the Myouren Temple youkai who represent the Buddhist side in Hopeless Masquerade. Touhou 12 in general also has some surprising callbacks to the PC-98 series.


  • Touhou 13: Ten Desires (2011) Wiki / Video



    With lots of new characters and very diverse player choices, it’s more Touhou, and they say it’s a good one. The mechanic involves collecting Divine Spirits from fallen enemies, which grant points and the Trance Gauge, which is like a temporary boost.

    Lots of spirits show up, but something seems a bit off about them, so the heroines (including Reimu, Marisa, Sanae and Youmu) go looking for answers. This game specifically introduces the hermits who represent the Taoist side in Hopeless Masquerade. Mamizou, a tanuki from the modern world, also first appeared here. She is a major recurring character in Forbidden Scrollery and is also playable in the newer fighting games.

    Soon to be available on Steam.


Modern Era 3

The current Era of Touhou. This Era has continued the new tradition of connecting its games and has seen more cross-continuity than in the previous Era (e.g. one of the fighters saw a manga only character become playable). Yet compared to other series, Touhou is still very story-light and despite more inter-connectivity, the new games can still be enjoyed without prior knowledge.

This Era has also seen all kinds of Touhou Project games (official, spinoff and fanmade games) being released in more official capacities. Most relevant to this section are the Steam releases of ZUN's shooters. As of this edit, all Modern Era 3 mainline games have released on Steam, with Touhou 17 set to release there too.

  • Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character (2014) Wiki / Video



    The unique mechanic of DDC has to do with how many points you can collect with auto-collect, but for the most part, the game was purposefully kept simple in the face of danmaku games getting more and more complicated.

    Youkai start rebelling, things get crazy in chaos, and Reimu, Marisa or Sakuya take their weapons and march ahead to settle whatever’s happening. Both Seija (player character in the spinoff, Impossible Spellcard) and Shinmyoumaru (playable character in Urban Legend in Limbo) make their introduction here.

    Soon to be available on Steam.

  • Touhou 15: Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom (2015) Wiki / Video




    Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom has a very unique system in the form of the Pointdevice Mode. Inspired by the likes of "I Wanna Be The Guy", Pointdevice Mode does away with lives and continues and upon death, allows the player to continue from a checkpoint with a small reduction in power. The difficulty is much higher than your typical shooter to compensate for this mechanic, and while a classic "Legacy Mode" is available, the game has not been reb-alanced for those seeking a more classic experience.

    This game's plot revolves around a conflict involving the Lunar Capital. After being forced into the Dream World by a mysterious third party, the Lunarians start to invade Gensokyo. With the aid of the Ultramarine Orb Elixir (prepared by Eirin, a former Lunarian), Reimu, Marisa, Sanae and Reisen all go out to stop the ones responsible for the incident.

    The cast of this game is fairly popular for a modern game. Of note are Doremy, who appears in Touhou 15.5, and Clownpiece, a hell fairy who is a main character in the Visionary Fairies in Shrine manga.

    Available on Steam.

  • Touhou 16: Hidden Star in Four Seasons (2017) Wiki / Video



    Hidden Star in Four Seasons allows players to choose from four different characters, with one main shot type, and from there players can add a sub-Season that further affects how the character plays. While you can choose the default setups (i.e. Reimu's shot type, which is Spring themed, and her default sub-Season of Spring) you can mix these around and have Reimu with an Autumn sub-season, or Cirno (who is Summer themed) with a Winter sub-season. In order to "release" the power of these sub-Seasons, players need to gather Season Items.

    All around Gensokyo, the Seasons and Fairies (who embody nature) are all out of control, with Spring at Reimu's Shrine, Winter in the Forest where Marisa lives etc. The four protagonists, including Cirno and Aya, set out to find the cause of this incident. Without spoiling anything, the game has a unique twist on how the final stage and the extra stage play out.

    Available on Steam.

  • Touhou 17: Wily Beast and Weakest Creature (In-Development) Wiki / Video


    Wily Beast and Weakest Creature is set to release on Steam at some point. (WIP)

    Youmu returns as a playable character.

    Demo available on Steam, courtesy of Toby Fox (yes *that* Toby Fox).
 
Last edited:
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
Part 2: Side Games & Other Official Material

Artist's Pixiv Page

THE SPIN-OFF TITLES
The Touhou Project also has a number of spinoff titles alongside the main titles, and these can be split into fighting games or shooters but with very different gameplay. The shooter spinoffs are still made by ZUN and still retain his "signature" artstyle (with the exception of Touhou 12.8) while the fighters are all collaborations with Twillight Frontier (also known as Tasogare Frontier, or "Tasofro"). In these games, the story, writing, new characters and their themes are created by ZUN with the remaining work (including the art) being provided by Tasofro.

So far, Touhou 14.3, Touhou 15.5 and Touhou 16.5 have been released on Steam. Touhou 14.5 also had a PlayStation 4 release though it never released outside of Japan.

Modern Era 1
  • Touhou 7.5: Immaterial and Missing Power (2004)



    Developed alongside Imperishable Night, Immaterial and Missing Power (IaMP) is the first spinoff title and is a collaboration between ZUN and Twilight Frontier. Unlike the main series, IaMP is a fighting game with a heavy projectile focus and the unique ability to “graze” through projectiles by dashing or airdashing. Both the official Touhou Wiki and the Mizuumi Wiki have more in-depth explanations for the gameplay.

    The plot of this involves several characters from the previous games investigating the source of the strange, never-ending cycle of feasts that takes the form of a strange mist. The cast is comprised of characters from Touhou 6 and Touhou 7.


  • Touhou 9.5: Shoot the Bullet (2005)



    Shoot the Bullet is a very different game from the main shooters. While you are still expected to dodge the enemy's bullets, you do not have a normal shot to damage bosses. Instead you are armed with a camera (that needs to be charged after every shot) and you have to take photos of the boss to "win". To help you out, your camera has the ability to remove any bullets it captures in its crosshairs and the game also does away with the normal six stage structure. You play as Aya, the tengu photographer, who often appears in the manga and the official art books


Modern Era 2
  • Touhou 10.5: Scarlet Weather Rhapsody (2008)



    The second fighting game collaboration between ZUN and Twilight Frontier. Mostly following the same foundation as IaMP, SWR features a lot of improvements and refinements and a unique new Weather system for both gameplay and story reasons. Almost the entire cast of the previous game returns, with the addition of some characters from Touhou 8 and Touhou 9.

    The story begins when the characters begin to investigate the occurrences of events such as uncharacteristic weather in some locations and even the leveling of the Hakurei Shrine due to a mysterious earthquake.


  • Touhou 12.3: Hisoutensoku (2009)



    While the game is functionally an expansion pack for Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Hisoutensoku is a true sequel to SWR with new characters, gameplay changes and content. So far, it is the last fighting game based on IaMP (and also the last fighting game to be primarily ground-based)

    When a mysterious giant, with the seeming ability to appear and disappear at will, is sighted in Gensokyo, several characters set out to find the truth behind this mystery.


  • Touhou 12.5: Double Spoiler (2010)



    A sequel to the original photography shooter, Double Spoiler adds an unlockable playable character and features newer bosses since the release of Shoot the Bullet (9.5)


  • Touhou 12.8: Great Fairy Wars (2010)



    This game features fan favorite, Cirno, as a playable character. Great Fairy Wars is supposed to be the continuation of an event from the manga, Strange and Bright Nature Deity. The game features many unique mechanics such as freezing enemy bullets and motivation.


  • Touhou 13.5: Hopeless Masquerade (2013)



    A new fighting game collaboration with a fighting system reminiscent of Astra Superstars, Hopeless Masquerade takes place entirely within the air, with players able to jump up or down. The game retains old mechanics like grazing and spellcards, but also introduces newer mechanics like Skill cards, Faith, individual character mechanics and the controversial Popularity system.

    The humans of Gensokyo seem to have lost hope due to the recent string of incidents. The religious leaders of Gensokyo, believing that they can give the humans piece of mind (...and also increase their own influence as they do so), begin engaging in public flashy duels that become known as the Religious Wars. Due to its theme, the game features the Buddhist and Taoist factions from Touhou 12 and 13. Nitori from Touhou 10, Koishi from Touhou 11 and Mamizou from Touhou 13 are also playable.


Modern Era 3
  • Touhou 14.3: Impossible Spell Card (2014)



    As suggested by the title of this game, Impossible Spell Card is a game where you must choose from several possible cheat items in order to overcome near impossible to defeat attacks. While this game does reward you for clearing the game without items, it’s not expected of you; the game can be cleared "normally" with cheat items. These cheat items and the structure of the game make it very approachable for newcomers to vertical shooters.

    Since the events of Touhou 14, Seija (the true mastermind of that game’s events) has been deemed a rebel. With a bounty on her head and all of the rules out the window, Seija has to survive unfair and impossible attacks from various characters that are after the bounty on her head.

    This game is available on Steam.


  • Touhou 14.5: Urban Legend in Limbo (2014)



    A tweaked continuation of the aerial fighting system in Hopeless Masquerade. The game actually has official contributions from other Circles for the character themes, features portrait art from one of the official manga's artists, and turns Kasen, originally a manga-only character, into a playable fighter.

    The game's plot revolves around two phenomenons; first, the sudden ability of people to manifest the powers of urban legends; and secondly, the mysterious appearance of the so-called Occult Balls, objects that are said to grant the wish of any if seven are gathered. Shinmyoumaru (Touhou 14), and Mokou and Reisen (Touhou 8) are new additions (though Reisen is for the Japan-only PS4 release of the game).

    Sumireko, the antagonist of this game, has appeared in other works such as Curiosities of Lotus Asia and Violet Detector. She seems to have a mysterious connection to the Sealing Club characters.

  • Touhou 15.5: Antimony of Common Flowers (2018)


    Antimony of Common Flowers adds a Master and Slave (tag) system to the aerial fighter formula. Continuing the urban legend subplot of Touhou 14.5, there's now a new phenomena known as "Perfect Possession" and also a rumor of a "strongest duo" within Gensokyo.

    The entire cast of Touhou 14.5, including PS4 exclusive Reisen, return for this game. Two veterans from the two older fighters, Yukari (Touhou 7.5) and Tenshi (Touhou 10.5) also reappear along with the newcomer Doremy (Touhou 15).

    This game is available on Steam. (And unlike the ZUN-made games, this has an official translation)


  • Touhou 16.5: Violet Detector (2018)



    A very unique take on the photography games, Violet Detector features a different protagonist and different gameplay rules. While the photography mechanic still exists, you also have other abilities such as teleportation, bullet cancelling and shooting like in the regular shmups.

    This game follows Sumireko in her nightmares as she fights off attackers resembling our main characters, which she does by snapping their bullet patterns. While the game's plot is ultimately very simple, it does reference a few subplots from previous works (such as the Dream World subplot from Touhou 15.5, and Sumireko's own personal arc which is spread over different works)

    This game is available on Steam.


OTHER OFFICIAL WORKS
Besides the official games, there are also a number of other official works set in the Touhou universe. Almost all of these side-works are written/created by ZUN in collaboration with other people, and they often feature characters uniquely created characters for that work. While these official works aren't recommended as an introduction to the series, they are great if you have an interest in the setting of Touhou at all.


Books
  • Touhou Kourindou ~ Curiosities of Lotus Asia



    Originally serialized from 2004 to 2007, Curiosities of Lotus Asia is a series of illustrated side stories featuring one of the only named male characters in the series, Rinnosuke Morichika. Rinnosuke is a half-youkai who has the ability to know the name and purpose of any object (but nothing else) and his shop, Kourindou, specializes in objects from the modern world. The series continued its serialization in 2015, in the magazine, Strange Creators of Outside World and features Sumireko, from Touhou 14.5, as a recurring character.


  • The Official Books



    The Official Books (Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, the Grimoire of Marisa, Symposium of Post-Mysticism and Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia) are all in-universe collections with their own specific style and narrator.

    Some examples include Grimoire of Marisa focusing on spellcards and being viewed from Marisa's POV, and Alternative Facts being styled after a tabloid magazine and featuring Aya. The official books mostly flesh out the canon versions of the setting and its characters, but they've sometimes inspired fan works and interpretations too.


Manga
  • The Touhou Sangetsusei series



    The Sangetsusei series, first started in 2005, initially followed the Three Fairies of Light (Sunny Milk, Star Sapphire and Luna Child). While it technically consists of four different series (click for series 1, series 2 and series 3), the first two series were affected more by outside factors.

    The recent fourth entry in the series, Visionary Fairies in Shrine, returned after series 3's completion in 2012 and features Clownpiece, from Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, as a main character with the other fairies.


  • Touhou Bougetsushou



    Touhou Bougetsushou is an interconnected storyline about the Lunarians introduced in Imperishable Night, beginning with the manga, Silent Sinner in Blue (2007-9), continued in Cage in Lunatic Runagate (2009, not a manga but still related) and completed with Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth (2007-2012).

    Silent Sinner in Blue is the most well-known of this series and sees the residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, along with our two main characters, attempting to go to the Moon. Lunatic in Runagate is a gaiden work providing further information on Silent Sinner in Blue. Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth is a comedic 4koma. The status of Inaba (in canon) is often debated due to ZUN's loose involvement in the work.

  • Touhou Ibarakasen ~ Wild and Horned Hermit



    Wild and Horned Hermit is currently the longest running of the manga series, starting in 2010. Illustrated by Aya Azuma, the series focuses on Kasen Ibara, a mysterious self-proclaimed hermit. The series features a general, almost detached, view of Gensokyo. A large number of characters have appeared in the series, though Reimu, Marisa, Nitori and Sanae (and sometimes Komachi) are the most common recurring characters. The series is a bit infamous for its portrayal of Reimu.

  • Touhou Suzunaan ~ Forbidden Scrollery



    Forbidden Scrollery was completed in 2017 after first beginning in 2012. Illustrated by Moe Harukawa, the series loosely focuses on Kosuzu Motoori. Originally just a normal human book renter, Kosuzu recently gained the ability to read anything regardless of language. Reimu and co. watch over her as she engages in the dangerous hobby of collecting youma books (supernatural books related to youkai).

    The series uniquely features Akyuu (from the official books) and Mamizou (from Touhou 13) as recurring characters. The manga is unique for its two-part chapter format and its mostly human perspective on Touhou's setting (with darker undertones compared to other series). This series is currently being made available in English by Yen Press.


Misc.
  • ZUN's Music Collection/The Sealing Club CD's



    With the exception of the first CD, which was developed very early into the first Modern Era of Touhou, the Music Collections are albums that feature remixes and original compositions by ZUN and are accompanied with short stories that are connected to the main series.

    Taking place in outside the main setting and in the future of Touhou, the CD's follow Maribel and Renko, two members of the Sealing Club. Maribel has the ability to see boundaries, and Renko has the ability to tell time and location from the stars. Despite the lack of direct connection to Touhou, these two characters also get their share of fan works with one Touhou fan anime, Sealed Esoteric History, featuring them.

  • Strange Creators of Outside World



    Started in 2015, SCoOW is an Official Touhou Project Magazine that's fully supervised by ZUN that features all information about the fandom, information about the official series and it also includes a continuation of Touhou Kourindou / Curiosities of Lotus Asia.
 
Last edited:
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
Part 3: Fan Games & Other Fan Works

Artist: Sumaki Shungo

FANGAMES
To put it bluntly, Touhou is often (jokingly or not) known for its mountains of adult art and doujinshi. While the label is not completely undeserved, it needs to be said that while there is a significant amount of adult-themed content, there's an even more significant amount of content that can be enjoyed safely. It's basically like any other major series; a series big enough to get regular fan art is also big enough to get adult fan art. The amount of adult art / fiction doesn't really outnumber the relatively safe stuff; the ratio isn't different, it's just the sheer quantity (and quality) of it that makes Touhou notable in that regard.

But to get back to the point: you can absolutely enjoy Touhou for perfectly wholesome reasons! Yeah, some fans take the series into NSFW directions, but the main series itself is a fairly tame modern fantasy series about shooting bullets at monsters and Gods, and most fans don't try to stray too far from that (though the amount of creative liberties taken will depend on the creator). Though you might need to dig a little deep to find the really good stuff...

Official "Play, Doujin!" Titles
Started in 2015, "Play, Doujin!" is a platform for officially releasing doujin titles. The initiative has seen a number of Touhou fangames released on console and handhelds, including PlayStation 4, Vita and now the Nintendo Switch. The platform has even been used to release spinoff fighter, Urban Legend in Limbo, onto the PS4, though that (and certain Play Doujin titles) have remained Japanese exclusive. Touhou Wiki has the biggest list of all the titles released so far, though since it's not up to date, it's better to rely on the official English site along with other sources (like Gematsu).

  • Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet

    Developed by CUBETYPE
    PS4
    A fighter / shmup hybrid in the style of the Senkou no Ronde games, Genso Rondo is a Touhou styled take on the gameplay. The game plays interestingly enough, though an esoteric tutorial, inconsistent AI and a lack of content and modes (not unfamiliar to fans of fighters) are cited as common problems. The developers of this title have also released Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle for PS4, Vita and Switch.

  • Touhou Genso Wanderer / Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded

    Developed by AQUA STYLE
    Base Version: Vita, PS4, PC (Japan Only) / Reloaded: PS4, Switch, PC (via Steam)
    This was originally from a fan series known as Mystery Gensokyo (specifically the game, "Mystery Gensokyo 3"). Genso Wanderer is a Touhou-themed take on dungeon crawlers most similar to Shiren the Wanderer. While I've used the base version of Genso Wanderer for the picture here, it's strongly recommended to get Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded if you can, as it includes the DLC from the base version of the game alongside all-new content.

    The developers of this title have also released Touhou Double Focus, which is a 2D Metroidvania starring Aya and Momiji from Touhou 10.

  • Touhou Azure Reflections

    Developed by souvenir circ.
    Switch, PS4
    This was originally known as "Uniting Barrage Action" before its Play Doujin release. Touhou Azure Reflections is a horizontal shmup where you play as Reimu, Marisa or Cirno. Aside from not being a vertical shooter, the game is (relatively) more forgiving with its stun and lifebar systems. Azure Reflections aso features quite a few unlockables and customization, though the overall game is notably rather short

  • Touhou Sky Arena: Matsuri Climax

    Developed by Area Zero
    Vita (Base version) / PS4, Switch (Matsuri Climax)
    Sky Arena is a 3D flying fighter with more emphasis on multi character battles and arenas. The game is notable for its large soundtrack (which includes tracks from Yuuhei Satellite and A-ONE) as well its steep difficulty and learning curve. Fair warning, the game also has more blatant fanservice than previous games (and while it's partially because of the nature of the game, it's ultimately still a deliberate design choice).


Steam Titles
ZUN gave his blessing for fan games to be directly released on to Steam in late 2017. For now, some existing Touhou fan games have made their way to Steam though completely new games have begun to be developed for release on Steam. (Click on each game's pic for a link to their respective Steam page)

  • Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity

    Developed by Ankake Spa
    PS4, Steam
    A 3D RPG taking inspiration from Ys, Scarlet Curiosity allows you to play as either Remilia or Sakuya. This title is actually a Play Doujin release but it is easily available to buy from Steam. (Genso Wanderer: Reloaded, from the Play Doujin section, was also made available on Steam).

  • Touhou Makuka Sai ~ Fantastic Danmaku Festival

    Developed by StarX
    PC (Original Release, Steam (Current Release)
    A well made fan shooter with Touhou characters and remixed music featuring the cast of Touhou 6 (including Patchouli as a playable character). Its harsh difficulty and insistence on stream patterns makes it a lot more niche than the main games, but boy, is it beautiful to look at.

    This was a free game circa the old community thread, but is now available on Steam.

  • Touhou Luna Nights

    Developed by Team Ladybug
    Steam
    Now out of Early Access, Luna Nights is a 2D Metroidvania game (with absolutely awesome pixel art) featuring Sakuya as a playable character. Not surprising from its choice of player character, the game has several time manipulation mechanics. There are also other Touhou inspired mechanics (like the graze system from the Touhou fighter spinoffs). This game has its own OT (thanks to SiG for their hard work!)

  • NitorInc: Touhou Microgames

    Developed by NitorInc. Collab
    Steam, Early Access
    An in-development collaborative title, NitorInc is a microgame collection. If you've ever played the WarioWare titles, you'll be familiar with this

  • The Disappearing of Gensokyo

    Developed by MyACG Studio
    Steam
    A top down ARPG with bullet hell elements, multiple playable characters, and an excellent soundtrack by doujin circle Yuuhei Satellite (also known for providing music for one of the fan-anime series). Disappearing of Gensokyo is a pretty solid title despite some notable flaws (like the balancing of its higher difficulty, and its Chinese to English translation)

Other Doujin Titles

For the rest of the games, the Touhou Wiki has a size-able section that categorizes by genre, and there are a number of other sites that can also help to discover games. For these "non-Play, Doujin!" titles, there's no official way to buy them outside of Japan, though sites like Akiba-Hobby or eBay have some.

While there are a lot of Touhou parodies / homages to other games (including, but not limited to, Super Mario, Megaman, Castlevania and even games like Age of Empires and Tecmo's Captain Tsubasa games), there have been unique gameplay experiences created using Touhou characters as well.

RPG's
Genius of Sappheiros
A traditional RPG that many in the western side consider one of the best Touhou fan games. This is actually a Play Doujin title though that version has not seen a release outside of Japan, unofrtunately.

Labyrinth of Touhou (and its sequel)
Labyrinth of Touhou is an old school dungeon crawl RPG that has punishing gameplay, a surprising level of complexity to its battle system and a lot of content with its updated rerelease. Despite the need for an English patch, the game is considered one of the better Touhou fangames though it's not for everyone, a sequel does exist in Labyrinth of Touhou 2. LoT 2 is far more forgiving and features many quality of life improvements that might be better to check out if LoT1 is a bit much.

Touhou Puppet Dance Performance
Properly known as Gensou Ningyou Enbu. Touhou Puppet Dance Performance is a spiritual successor to the Pokemon hack often referred to as TouhouMon, now built on a new engine with new mechanics.

Touhou Mother
Also known as Touhoubound. It’s a MOTHER-like game with Touhou, and you can download it online (it’s not a rom hack or anything, so no issues there). It stars Reimu and there’s a lot of references to both Touhou (PC-98 and Windows) and MOTHER/Earthbound. There is an English version here (along with a link to a sequel in progress), and it’s highly recommended to fans of both series.


Shooters
Shoot Shoot Nitori
A game made by Twillight Frontier (yes, the developers behind the fighter spinoffs have also made Touhou fan games!), Shoot Shoot Nitori can be described as a horizontal shooter with the trappings of the Katamari series. While you begin the game with modestly enough, you can very quickly build up an absurd arsenal of weapons (and you can lose them just as quickly with a single hit). Shoot Shoot Nitori has a more recent version called Shoot Shoot Nitori The Golden.

Ido's Danmakufu Shooters
Ido's shooters (consisting of The Last Comer, Mystical Power Plant, Riverbed Soul Saver and Tri Focuser ~ Outisde the Traditional World, and more), are all very well made, sequential games made with Danmakufu (Danmakufu being a free engine used to make Touhou style shooters). All of the titles have fairly good music by Wanwan, fairly interesting plots that wouldn't be too out of place in an official title and the first game in the series, Last Comer, has Touhou-ified Jesus. Yes, seriously.

Book of Star Mythology
Originally started as a collaborative Touhou style album, Book of Star Mythology is a danmakufu game that takes some inspiration from Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom. The people involved with this game, including Raichu (White Names Spoiled Past) and Milka Oyasu (the writer that worked on the previously mentioned ido shooters) have previous titles worth looking into.

Concealed the Conclusion
Initially released as a Danmakufu script, Concealed the Conclusion is a fan shooter known, surprisingly enough, for its story. Despite this being a bit of an old title (this game released during the first Windows era of Touhou), the game is still considered a classic.

Len'En Project
While it's basically its own series, it is worth mentioning the Len'En Project shmups by Jynx. These titles have a lot of overlapping fans with Touhou, partially due to Jynx's work on unofficial PC98 Touhou remakes, and partially due to the stylistic inspiration Len'En takes from Touhou. All of the games so far are available for free. They are also brutally difficult compared to the Touhou series.


Platformers
Marisa & Alice's Trap Tower (and Marisa & Alice 2)
MariAri, or Marisa & Alice, is infamous for its incredible difficulty in the post-game stages. It’s a game in the style of Mario & Wario (where you click with a cursor on blocks to manipulate the world around a fragile, auto-walking character). There is also a MariAri 2 (explanatory video) and Fantasy Explorer Nitroid, a very good puzzle platformer from the same team. All three titles have English patches. MariAri is a Japan-only Play Doujin release

MegaMari
Another game by Twillight Frontier, MegaMari is a Megaman-type game starring Marisa and Alice. To protect her books from Marisa who steals them indiscriminately, Patchouli sets up a fortress with guards. Marisa takes on the challenge to heroically steal more books. It’s completely playable in Japanese, but there is an English patch.

Takkoman ~Kousetzu World~
I wasn’t sure if to include this one, but for how silly it is, it’s still very good and fun. That said, it’s extremely silly and weird. It’s a Mega Man Zero style game to its core, has a good amount of content, and the difficulty is satisfactory. There’s no English patch but it’s also not necessary at all.

Koumajou Densetsu (aka Touhouvania) series
I haven't played these titles myself, but the Koumajou Densetsu titles are rather famous fangames in the same vein as the Castlevania series (but with some Touhou-esque flourishes). The artist of these games, Banpai Akira, is also fairy popular for their illustrations.


Other
Touhou Rhythm Carnival! Kurenai
A Touhou game not too dissimilar to the Rhythm Heaven games, Touhou Rhythm Carnival features many rhythm based mini-games, set to remixes of Touhou 6's famous tracks, and featuring the cast of that game (with the addition of Aya, who is the "protagonist" of the game).

Touhou Soccer Moushuuden
Touhou Soccer is a sport/RPG hybrid based on Tecmo's Captain Tsubasa games. Infamous for its over-the-top shot animations, Touhou Soccer is a surprisingly fun game even for non-soccer fans. While the game lacks newer fan favorites, it does make good use of the Classic, PC-98 and Seihou characters. It can be quite difficult at times, so make sure to look up the very comprehensive online guide.

As a final note, there really are a lot of fangames, and the selection here is just a very limited one, so don't be content with just these recommendations (and feel free to give your impressions and recommendations for other games in this thread!)


MUSIC

The Touhou Project already is a fairly heavy series if you're here for the music from the official music... and trying to keep up with all of the fan made remixes on top of that is absolute lunacy! The sheer quantity and quality of remixes is a good reason to get into Touhou music, but if you need a better explained reason to do so, then Yuunarii's video on the topic is worth checking out. This short list below can also show you a bit of the breadth that comes with Touhou remixes:

Different Styles of Touhou Music By Song

Eternal Shrine Maiden (from Touhou 1)

Necrofantasia (from Touhou 7)

Flowering Night (from Touhou 9)

Emotional Skyscraper ~ Cosmic Mind (from Touhou 12)

Pierrot of the Star-Spangled Banner (from Touhou 16)

Different Styles of Touhou Music by Artists / Circles
Demetori (Rock), Melodic Taste (Orchestral), DDBY (Instrumental), Wanwan (ZUN-styled compositions), Kuroneko Lounge's "House Set of..." series, BusiedGem (Synthesia tutorials / piano arrangements of main game music), and also Xi-on, and SOUND HOLIC and Tutti Sound etc.)

In terms of legally supporting / purchasing fanmade music: https://touhou-music.jp/ was recently opened up. The selection is a bit limited, and it's unclear if this selection will grow in the future, but this works. It features fanmade music and some official CD's (from the spinoff fighters and the Sealing Club series of CD's)


OTHER TYPES OF FANWORKS
(This section is going to very brief since this is a Gaming side OT, but know that what's listed here is barely scratching the surface)

Fan Comics (and Fan Art)
Doujinshi / fan comics are probably the most voluminous of all fan works. As mentioned before, there is not an insignificant amount of decent doujinshi alongside the adult ones and because this is Touhou we're talking about, there's all sorts of genres and character-centered works.

Specific Series/One-Shots
Soga no Tojiko will not Talk / Carcharias
A historical series featuring the taoists from Ten Desires before their arrival in Gensokyo

Omoito / Morino Hon
A series featuring the three witches and Alice's Doll, Hourai

The Immortal Who Saw The Death of The Universe / Alison
A short series featuring Mokou, Kaguya and Eirin in the long, far future of the Earth

Touhou Adventure / Pageratta
A fun adventure series featuring a number of characters from the Classic Era

Miko Miko Suika / Haniwa's Store
A slice of life series featuring Suika at the Hakurei Shrine

Two Scarlet Sacraments Under The Starry Sky / FLIPFLOPs
An adaptation of Touhou 6 from the perspective of Reimu. Features some yuri elements

Specific Artists/Circles
Karaagetarou (*Wholesome*, Slice of Life, Adventure)
Tako (Comedy)
Tohonifun/Chado (Action)
Yakumi Sarai (Drama)
Setz (4-koma, *Wholesome*)
Imizu (Action)
Bombergrape (Comedy/NSFW)
Warugaki (Action/Comedy)
Terajin (*Wholesome*)
Vivit Gray (Yuri)
Millet Soup (Yuri)
Yoruny, Memefo

Fan Animations
Likewise, there are a lot of different types of works that would fit under the label of fan animation.

This section will be a bit more in-depth since a very large and varied number of works fit under the label of animation. To continue the theme of music, there are a lot of musical promotional videos (PV's) with some of the more famous fanworks (such as IOSYS' flash videos) fitting into this category.

More uniquely, the Touhou series actually has, read it carefully, three, three fan made anime series currently releasing episodes, with others are seemingly in the works. All three series have their own distinct approach, and save for the first episode of one series (A Summer Day's Dream) they all have reasonably good production values. Memories of Phantasm tries to adapt the games and is the most action-focused series; A Summer Day's Dream features the classic games' cast in an original story; and Sealed Esoteric History features the protagonists of the Sealing Club CD's.

Some other projects seem to include Touhou Hakureisou (a comedic, non-serious AU approach to Touhou) and Meteors of Triple Dimension (based on the PC98/Retro Titles). There is also the long-running Touhou M-1 Grand Prix series, which is a comedy skit series with hour long episodes but minimal animation.

MMD's (short for Miku Miku Dance) are another large category of animated works. Despite the name of the program, all different types of impressive works have been created with the program from dramas to action works. Unfortunately, your options are quite limited if you're an English only viewer even though English YT channels like TouhouSubs, Spotty Len and Harpoonneet exist (though if you know Japanese, Nicovideo has plenty more works).

Beyond that, there are all sorts of other animations that, while not so neatly categorized, are still very much worth checking out like the famous Bad Apple!! animation, the mixed media series Osana Reimu, action gifs from specific artists etc. but those will be saved for the actual list of recommendations.

Musical PV's
The Homework Never Ends, You May Know Dream, Disunified Field Theory of Magic, Miracle Hinacle, The Subterranean Prominence, Blazing Heart, All Mankind's Hisoutensoku (slight NSFW warning), Infinite World

Fanmade Anime Series
Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~ Memories of Phantasm
Musou Kakyou: A Summer Day's Dream
Hifuu Club Activity Record ~ The Sealed Esoteric History
Touhou Hakureisou *new*

MMD's
Burning Meiling, Curse, The Chimaera Wing, Red Alert!!!, Eat a Persimmon, Legend of the Flower Master, Super Dreadnought Youkai Warhead, Touhou Kazoo, Monday Enters Gensokyo, Another Day in Marisa's Danmaku
ゼン's uploads (nicovideo; these can be understood without knowing Japanese), ValveP W.T.M (likewise, though TouhouSubs also has a few of their videos)

Other Animations
Bad Apple!!, Touhou M-1 Grand Prix series (see Touhou Wiki page), MinusT's 3D Animations, God Doesn't Play Dice, Touhou Suspense series, Remilia's Dangerous Gungnir (also available in MMD form), Ah-Negitorow's action gifs (I recommend Youmu vs Yoshika), Osana Reimu


A Conclusion
If you've managed to get to the end of this three post long OP, then congratulations! (If you just skipped to the bottom without toggling any of the spoiler boxes, well, no kudos to you..!) While I would like to say "that's it", that's not entirely true as what we've covered here is just barely scratching the surface of the series (both the official works and the fanworks). With that said, if anything, from the main games, to the side materials to the fan works, if any of these sound interesting to you, don't be intimidated by the volume of material.

Despite what I've said, even canon Touhou is fairly lax and the main point is less that "there is more Touhou content than anyone can deal with" and more that there is more to Touhou than just the moe and smut, and there is more than enough SFW content to accommodate people looking for a fun, modern fantasy series.

Regardless of whether you've now got an interest in this series or not, please have a good day and remember to take it easy~

(And as always, here's a link to the full picture and artist's account)
 
Last edited:
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
Hey ibyea! I'm glad I'm not the only TouhouGAF member to have gotten in so far

I'm still working on the OT so I won't be posting a lot right now. There's just so many shiny new options (we can actually change typeface and size now!) that I'm starting to feel a little inadequate for the job lol

Anyway welcome! Also do you have any suggestions for the thread title? I still haven't come up with something clever :/
 

CRQ

Member
Oct 25, 2017
151
Touhou friends, we meet again!

I'm Captain Rage Quit from the old place. I like to think of this as the separation between PC-98 and Windows canon lol. How about "Boundary Between Age and Era"? Maybe a little too on the nose there.
 
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
Oh hey CRQ. Yeah I also thought maybe going HRtP > EoSD/Modern Era could be another angle

I wouldn't mind "Boundary Between Age and Era" (just because the current thing I picked is awful/was meant to be placeholder)
 

CRQ

Member
Oct 25, 2017
151
Actually, I also like the idea of making a play off one of the modern game titles, if only because I really liked Highly Responsive to Posts
 

ibyea

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,654
I will try to come up with something, but coming up with something clever is hard.
 
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
After double checking, it seems that
-LeleSocho actually also seems to no longer be on GAF (even though they haven't been banned)
-Upandaway actually seemed to have done the work on the old OT (LeleSocho just seems to have posted it)

Luckily it seems like Upandaway might be coming here, judging from their last post. I guess I'll just have to wait and work on the other bits for now. I sure hope they let me reuse most of the old OT. Tbh, I only planned on using the old one and then updating with info about the spinoffs, newer titles and the new Play.Doujin titles. And also a section on other official works. I don't think I could actually do a whole OT from scratch, unfortunately.
 

ibyea

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,654
Legacy of Lunatic Forum
Swallowstone Naturalis Historia
Bohemian Archive in Purple
Undefined Fantastic OP
Changeability of Strange Threads
Bunbunmaru Thread

I dunno, I actually like CRQ's suggestion.
 

ibyea

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,654

Narumi

Member
Oct 25, 2017
253
I wish there was an english translation of it. Oh well.
Touhou Kourindou is usually translated over at the wiki.

And it's usually the most important part of the magazine. The manga and stuff can be enjoyed with relatively little knowledge of Japanese. For me, I'm just happy that my local Kinokuniya supplies them at a not-horrible-at-all price.

And for the OT, I'd suggest Boys and Girls of a Scientific Era. (From 科学世紀の少年少女 )
 
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
Hi everyone!

Also we might as well get a new OP done, Lele's old OP had a few errors (classifying Ten Desires as Windows 3 era for instance).

Let's start with some info!

Cover for the next Strange Creators is released!

Coming out this 31st

GoodSmile also announced a Reisen nendroid.

https://twitter.com/gsc_kahotan/status/919367225538174982
I don't have any experience in building OT's. Unless someone wants to make one from complete scratch, I think it'd be better to just correct the errors and update the older OP.
 

ibyea

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,654
Touhou Kourindou is usually translated over at the wiki.

And it's usually the most important part of the magazine. The manga and stuff can be enjoyed with relatively little knowledge of Japanese. For me, I'm just happy that my local Kinokuniya supplies them at a not-horrible-at-all price.

And for the OT, I'd suggest Boys and Girls of a Scientific Era. (From 科学世紀の少年少女 )
I really like this title suggestion.
 

CRQ

Member
Oct 25, 2017
151
I actually dig that suggestion Narumi posted too. Sounds like a real Touhou-ish title to me.
 

Sölf

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,134
Germany
Ah, my favorite bullet hell where I am bad at. <3

I think I completely missed that a new game was released. The last I played was with Clownpiece.
 

Narumi

Member
Oct 25, 2017
253
Hidden Star in Four Seasons introduced some very important characters to the overall lore. I suggest reading up on them. Matara Okina especially can be linked to several other characters. (Miko, Kokoro, Yukari, Kasen, etc).

Also the songs are great, get back into the series!
 
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
Alright, I think I've got the first part of the OT done (though we still have to wait for Upandaway)

I don't mind PM'ing a mod to have the title changed. Are you guys all okay with this or should we wait for some of the others first?
 

NoirSuede

Member
Oct 25, 2017
209
I've heard a ton about Touhou throughout the years of hanging out with the anime and Vocaloid community, and while I know that their soundtracks are very influential to a lot of composers and that every single fan art of Touhou looks better than official art I don't really know anything about the games themselves. So, which game should I start first?
 

Narumi

Member
Oct 25, 2017
253
I've heard a ton about Touhou throughout the years of hanging out with the anime and Vocaloid community, and while I know that their soundtracks are very influential to a lot of composers and that every single fan art of Touhou looks better than official art I don't really know anything about the games themselves. So, which game should I start first?
Controversial answer, but for mechanics alone, go with Impossible Spell Card (Touhou 14.3) to practice on refining your dodging and shooting. Upon death you immediately get to try the spell card again so it's good for practice. Otherwise generally you can start with Touhou 15 ~ Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, its checkpoint system (absent in other games) makes for a much more tolerable experience. Storywise, if you're familiar with bullet hell and stuff, start with Touhou 6 ~ Embodiment of Scarlet Devil and work your way up. The earlier games (PC-98 games) are optional since the series had a soft-reboot of sorts with Touhou 6.

Or you can be like me and just buy the games to display proudly with your figurines (I'm garbage). Personally, the lore and official manga/light novels are brilliant enough to stay a fan. If you need a guide on Touhou lore, I'd be happy to provide good starting points and character bios.
 

ibyea

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,654
I've heard a ton about Touhou throughout the years of hanging out with the anime and Vocaloid community, and while I know that their soundtracks are very influential to a lot of composers and that every single fan art of Touhou looks better than official art I don't really know anything about the games themselves. So, which game should I start first?
Ten Desires, mainly because it has the easiest bullet patterns. It is the game I personally learned the bullet hell basics starting out. Hidden Stars in Four Season has the release mechanics that will allow you to get out of tight situations very easily, but in exchange the latter three stages are really tough. Imperishable Night give you a ton of resources, and it has the most fun mechanics.
 
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
I've heard a ton about Touhou throughout the years of hanging out with the anime and Vocaloid community, and while I know that their soundtracks are very influential to a lot of composers and that every single fan art of Touhou looks better than official art I don't really know anything about the games themselves. So, which game should I start first?
I personally started with Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil and I think it's a good starting point. The gameplay is very solid (though lacking in later refinements), the cast and music of the game are still very popular with fans and while Touhou has never been a super sequential series, EoSD is intentionally designed to be a clean break from the first five games, so it's quite easy to jump into.

After thinking about it, if you're a complete newbie to shmups, Narumi's recommendation might be a little better. While I did technically start with EoSD, I actually got my first clear with ISC.
 
Last edited:

ibyea

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,654
Controversial answer, but for mechanics alone, go with Impossible Spell Card (Touhou 14.3) to practice on refining your dodging and shooting. Upon death you immediately get to try the spell card again so it's good for practice. Otherwise generally you can start with Touhou 15 ~ Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, its checkpoint system (absent in other games) makes for a much more tolerable experience. Storywise, if you're familiar with bullet hell and stuff, start with Touhou 6 ~ Embodiment of Scarlet Devil and work your way up. The earlier games (PC-98 games) are optional since the series had a soft-reboot of sorts with Touhou 6.

Or you can be like me and just buy the games to display proudly with your figurines (I'm garbage). Personally, the lore and official manga/light novels are brilliant enough to stay a fan. If you need a guide on Touhou lore, I'd be happy to provide good starting points and character bios.
Impossible Spell Cards is actually a really good answer.

I really disagree with Touhou 15. Yes, it has checkpoints, but starting from stage 3, the game gets really rough. You lose 0.01 power every time, and after 50 losses, which can easily happen on normal, it really makes a difference. And there are too many moments, starting with some of stage 3's enemy placement, that can be maddeningly difficult. I guess it depends on how you manage your bombs, but having two of them left for the final spellcard is pretty much mandatory unless you are really good.
 
Last edited:

Narumi

Member
Oct 25, 2017
253
OP, it's Doujin works, not Doujinshi works. Doujinshi refers to fan made books.

And I'm sure you don't want a list of all those. (I'm happy to provide several reading material though)
 
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
Thanks for the correction, I still get confused over how to use the term properly

I'm not going to be updating or working on the OP for the next few hours (since I'll be asleep, and as soon as I'm up, I'll be busy with other obligations). If you're all fine with the new title, feel free to PM a mod for a title change.
 

CRQ

Member
Oct 25, 2017
151
Just throwing in my two cents and suggesting either Perfect Cherry Blossom or Mountain of Faith as two good places to start playing Touhou, I found both to be somewhat easy relative to other games in the series and also I just really like the OST for MoF.

I actually got decent at dodging from playing a bunch of Phantasmagoria of Flower View, maybe I should give ISC a shot too.
 

Kilic95

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,477
Chireiden
Hello. Was locked out of my account since this morning, but I'm glad to see the new community thread was built so quickly. Great job Evilisk!

I mostly lurked in the last community thread, and didn't participate much. I hope to do it more often this time around!

And hopefully more users will also join in!
 
Oct 26, 2017
328
Hi! Old poster mostly lurker here. I recently got back into Touhou after a con had some deals on them. Mostly hopping at random in the past I decided I should to go in order starting with The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil (I wanna save the PC98 ones when I actually own one). It feels really weird without the QoL improvements but its still really fun. I've gotten really rusty.
 

Theorymon

Member
Oct 25, 2017
885
Hello! I never really posted in the old thread, but I actually like Touhou games a lot for their gameplay and music. I want to pick up 16 later, but my 3ds breaking blew up my gaming budget sadly, so I'm gonna have to wait for a bit.

I only really played the main bullet hell games as well, wonder if I should get into some fan games, hmmm...
 

rpmurphy

Member
Oct 25, 2017
212
Georgia
Hiya, only a casual player of Touhou games, but love the music to play in Jubeat, Groove Coaster, etc. And Touhou Eurobeat. I'm putting this on my watch list. :D
 

paprika

Member
Oct 25, 2017
160
man it's been so long since I've been seriously into Touhou, last I played UFO was still new and even then I only played a lot of 6-8. I need to catch up

heard there was a new fighter coming out, might be fun to play that also. played a lot of Hisoutensoku with friends back then though I always sucked at it (and fighting games in general)
 
OP
OP
Evilisk

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,198
To all the lurkers/new posters, welcome! Sorry about the mess in the OP :/

Update: I got approval from LeleSocho as long as I give upandaway credit so I'll be posting the updated parts of the OT when I get back home.

Does anyone have any recommendations for the fanwork part of the OP? Games, musical circles, artists would be all fine. With the latter, mostly SFW stuff. It doesn't need to be all PG stuff, I even plan recommending Warugaki with a light warning. But it'd be good to have more SFW rec's here than NSFW ones. Also, the main intent is to show a good variety of works, so different genres not already covered would be welcome
 

Kilic95

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,477
Chireiden

shockdude

Member
Oct 26, 2017
681
Finally avatar'd up. Great to see you all.

I think we can come up with an original title using "Era" as a basis. Imo "Boys and Girls of a Scientific Era" is a good starting point for a thread title (props for being a ZUN song title), but it shouldn't be the title verbatim.
"Touhou Community Thread: Dreams of Fantasy in a Scientific Era" or something, I dunno.

For fanworks you gotta put in Demetori for music and 0minusT for animation.
 

CRQ

Member
Oct 25, 2017
151
Guys I love touhou and I love you all

but I can't get Faith is for the Transient People out of my head, send help
 

Crayolan

Member
Oct 25, 2017
4,762
Does anyone have any recommendations for the fanwork part of the OP? Games, musical circles, artists would be all fine. With the latter, mostly SFW stuff. It doesn't need to be all PG stuff, I even plan recommending Warugaki with a light warning. But it'd be good to have more SFW rec's here than NSFW ones. Also, the main intent is to show a good variety of works, so different genres not already covered would be welcome
Touhou Rhythm Carnival Scarlet is a pretty good Rhythm Heaven/Touhou cross-over. At the very least it shows the diversity present in fan games.
 

shockdude

Member
Oct 26, 2017
681

Narumi

Member
Oct 25, 2017
253
For animation there's:
  • Memories of Phantasm (A loose adaptation of the games' plot, featuring some fanservice)
  • Summer Day Dream (Original story, Slice of Life)
  • Hifuu Club Esoteric Record (Original story, a bit more on the serious side)
Personally I really liked Hifuu Club Esoteric Record but the rest are great as well. Summer Day Dream and Hifuu Club Esoteric Record also feature professional seiyuu voicing assorted characters. HanaKana is Maribel Hearn and it's great.

Also, for general fanvideos, you can't go wrong with Touhou M-1 Grand Prix. Translations are scattered throughout, but the series is pretty funny.

There's a ton of doujinshi I could recommend but there's not easily available and even if they are they're only in Japanese. Here's a few that have English translations somewhere in the web:
  • Soga No Tojiko Cannot Speak by carcharias (A brilliant backstory starring one of the most underlooked characters in the series, sadly in hiatus)
  • Vector Spectacle by Hokuto Scichil (A cute Seija x Shinmyoumaru story, ongoing)
  • Omoito by Morino Hon (A book about Hourai. Pretty good stuff. Ended)
I'll add more as I can think of them. And I don't wanna be recommending music, cause I'd be here all day. But here're some artists whose stuff I liked that haven't been mentioned yet.
  • TUMENECO
    • In particular, the Genmu album by them (a collab between several other music artists)
  • GET IN THE RING
  • Shinra-Bansho
    • In particular, Doppel, The Dream of Alice That Day, and On That Day I Looked Up To The Sky. All Touhou musicals roughly 40 minutes long. Great stuff.
 

ibyea

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,654
In terms of fan made shooter, there is also Marine Benefit and Book of Star Mythology.
 

Neapolitan

Member
Oct 25, 2017
340
Indonesia
Bad player of Touhou here, nice to meet you guys!

To all the lurkers/new posters, welcome! Sorry about the mess in the OP :/

Update: I got approval from LeleSocho as long as I give upandaway credit so I'll be posting the updated parts of the OT when I get back home.

Does anyone have any recommendations for the fanwork part of the OP? Games, musical circles, artists would be all fine. With the latter, mostly SFW stuff. It doesn't need to be all PG stuff, I even plan recommending Warugaki with a light warning. But it'd be good to have more SFW rec's here than NSFW ones. Also, the main intent is to show a good variety of works, so different genres not already covered would be welcome
I haven't followed the doujin scene since circa 2012, but there are two aauthors that I still remember to this day.

  • Gensoukoumuten. He has a knack for a making a cohesive world build, and what better way to do that than tons of crossover? Seriously, the one title starring kid-Rumia has Moomins in it and it doesn't feel out of place. There is also that one shoujo-flavored chapter starringPatchouli and a friggin' OC, and I'm totally sold on the romance I still remember it 5 years later.
  • Karaagetarou. Very unique art-style, and the sotry can feels like Childred books at time. The Chirei de books about the Komeiji sister and thir familiar is very good. Go check that out.
There are a lot of good doujinshi back in the day, but the names escape me. I'll add it when I remember.
 

Kilic95

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,477
Chireiden
Guys I love touhou and I love you all

but I can't get Faith is for the Transient People out of my head, send help
Gensou Shoujo Taisen version of her theme is too good :X

Also, Captain, you really went out with a bang on the last forum. I loved your final post.

Oh, and Evilisk, your Oni Miko avatar was way cooler. Seiga sucks. Sorry :X
 
Last edited: