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The Touhou Project | ResetEra Community Thread

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(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!

Touhou, or the Touhou Project as it is officially known, is 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

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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 physically (the Touhou Wiki has a purchasing guide here!). They’re not too expensive, but obviously more expensive than they are in Japan. The games are also available on Steam now! As of late 2019, all games starting from Touhou 13 can be bought from there (except for Touhou 14.5). Fair warning: all of ZUN's shooters lack official translations (but almost all of the games have English patches)

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.


  • 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. It's worth mentioning that Alice, from the final PC-98 game, totally made her return in this game!


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

  • 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. It's worth mentioning that the antagonists of this game, which include Sanae, Reimu's occupational rival, end up indirectly causing all the other plots for the games in this era...


  • 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 and story is somewhat popular in the fandom, and for good reason; it's really neat!


  • 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.


  • 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.

    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.

    Available on Steam.


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




    Inspired by the likes of "I Wanna Be The Guy", Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom does away with conventional lives and instead uses checkpoints for its main mode, Pointdevice Mode. The difficulty is much higher than the typical shooter to compensate for this mechanic, and while a classic "Legacy Mode" is available, the game has not been re-balanced for those seeking a more classic experience.

    This game’s plot is kicked off when Gensokyo’s neighbouring otherworld, the Lunar Capital, is attacked by a mysterious third party. While it’s not the worst thing in the world (the Lunarians are kind of jerks) it becomes troublesome when Gensokyo starts to unwillingly involved... With the aid of Ultramarine Orb (i.e. the in-story reason for the new style of gameplay), the four heroines set out to settle things.

    Available on Steam.


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



    Hidden Star in Four Seasons is themed around Seasons (doi!). More seriously, gameplay revolves around collecting Season Items and "releasing" their power. The exact effect of these releases depends on which Sub-Season you've chosen.

    The Fairies (who embody nature) and the Seasons are all out of control, with Spring at Reimu’s Shrine, Winter near Marisa’s House etc. The protagonists, which include longtime favourites like Cirno (from Touhou 6) and Aya (Touhou 9), set out to find the cause of this incident. Though the plot is self-contained, the game itself has a fairly unique twist in its six stage and extra stage structure...

    Available on Steam.


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



    Wily Beast and Weakest Creature is like a mashup of PCB’s Cherry System, and UFO’s, uh, UFO system. You collect Spirit Items in the same way you’d collect UFOs. And collecting enough Items puts you into Roaring Mode (which works like Supernatural Border). The unique spin here is that you can temporarily power up your character depending on what Items you pick up. WBaWC also has achievements (fwiw) !

    Anyway, all is well in Gensokyo when Beast Spirits begin to pour in from Hell, warning of a plot to take over the surface world. Reimu, Marisa and Youmu decide to join up with three Beast Spirits (Otter, Wolf and Eagle) to curb this threat… but are things really as simple as they say?

    Demo currently available on Steam, courtesy of Toby Fox. (Yes, *that* Toby Fox.)
 
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Part 2: Side Games & Other Official Material

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THE SPIN-OFF TITLES

The Touhou Project also has several spin-offs that can be categorized as either shooters (with unique gameplay) or fighters. The shooter spin-offs are made by ZUN (like the main games), while the fighters are made collaboratively with a doujin circle calld Twilight Frontier (aka Tasogare Fronter, or "Tasofro").

Only some of the later spin-offs are currently available on Steam; ZUN has been releasing his games in reverse chronological order, while Tasofro seems to have their own release plans. So far, we've only seen Touhou 15.5 put onto Steam (though with an official English translation).


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



    Immaterial and Missing Power (IaMP for short) is the first spinoff (and first fighter collaboration) of the series that was developed at the same time as Touhou 8. It is a ground based fighting game that differentiates itself through its emphasis on projectiles and its "graze" mechanic (where you can bypass projectiles by dashing, airdashing etc.). (The official Touhou Wiki and Mizuumi Wiki have more in-depth info on the gameplay).

    The plot sees the cast of Touhou 6 and 7 investigating the source of the unnatural, never-ending cycle of feasts that takes the form of a strange mist.


  • Touhou 9.5: Shoot the Bullet (2005)



    Shoot the Bullet is the first spinoff shooter, is the second overall spinoff of the series, and is a very different game 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 "shoot" the bosses with an old-school camera (that even needs to be charged after every shot).

    To help you out, your camera has the ability to remove bullets it captures in its cross-hairs. The game also forgoes Touhou's typical six-stage structure. Aya, the tengu journalist extraordinaire introduced in Touhou 9, is the star of this game.


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



    Scarlet Weather Rhapsody (SWR) is the sequel to Immaterial and Missing Power. Despite using the same foundation as IaMP, as well as retaining most of that game's cast, SWR has a very different gameplay feel between its system changes, gameplay improvements and Weather system.

    The cast of IaMP, joined by newcomers from Touhou 8 and 9, are prompted to investigate events when bizarre weather events (including an earthquake that totally busts up Reimu's shrine) affect Gensokyo.


  • 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. It is the last "sequel" to Immaterial and Missing Power, as well as the last ground-based fighting game (so far).

    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)



    Sequel to the original photography spinoff. Double Spoiler adds an unlockable playable character (Hatate, Aya's journalistic rival) and features newer bosses from Touhou 10 onwards

    Available on Steam.


  • Touhou 12.8: Great Fairy Wars (2010)



    Great Fairy Wars is the game continuation of an event from the manga "Strange and Bright Nature Deity". The game is more like a traditional shooter than the photography games, but it's still very distinct overall, with unique mechanics like choosing boss routes, the motivation system and the ability to freeze bullets. Cirno, first introduced as that one fairy in Touhou 6, makes her spinoff debut in this game!

    Available on Steam.


  • Touhou 13.5: Hopeless Masquerade (2013)



    Hpeless Masquerade is the next fighter collaboration between ZUN and Tasofro. HM's system sees players fighting entirely in the air; both players are now tethered to a central axis and have the new ability to jump "down" (which is like jumping up, just downwards). Old mechanics like grazing and spellcards return, alongside newer systems like Skill Cards, Faith and the controversial Popularity System.

    The human villagers of Gensokyo seem to have lost hope due to the recent string of incidents. Sensing an opportunity to ease the minds of the villagers (... and also an opportunity to increase their own influence), the religious leaders begin engaging in flashy, public duels that become known as the Religious Wars.

    Due to the system revamp, only Reimu and Marisa were able to return in this game. Unsurprisingly, the game's cast comprises of the Buddhists (Touhou 12) and Taoists (Touhou 13). Some other stragglers from Touhou 10 and 11 also appear here.


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



    As implied by the game's title, Impossible Spell Card sees you fighting back against normally impossible attacks with the aid of cheat items. While there are some madmen that have actually beaten the game without them, playing with cheat items is expected and this fact makes ISC an approachable game for Touhou newcomers.

    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 normally impossible attacks from her would-be bounty hunters.

    This game is available on Steam.


  • Touhou 14.5: Urban Legend in Limbo (2014)



    Urban Legend in Limbo is the sequel fighter to Hopeless Masquerade. Gameplay now revolves around Occult Balls (which hold mysterious powers) and Urban Legends (which the characters now draw power from). These two phenomena are also the focus of this game's plot, as it is said that wishes may be granted if seven Occult Balls are gathered by one person.

    Kasen, previously a manga-only character, makes her game debut here. It's also worth mentioning that this game features art from one of the manga artists and musical contributions from various doujin circles. This game also has a Japan-only release on the PS4, complete with a console exclusive character, Reisen.


  • Touhou 15.5: Antinomy of Common Flowers (2018)



    Antinomy of Common Flowers's main gameplay additions to the aerial fighter formula is the tag ("Master" and "Slave") system. The Urban Legend subplot of ULiL continues as a new phenomena, Perfect Possession, and a new rumour of the "strongest duo" hit Gensokyo.

    The entire cast of Touhou 14.5, including the PS4 bonus character 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 has an official English translation).


  • Touhou 16.5: Violet Detector (2018)



    A strange mishmash of Impossible Spell Card and the photography shooters, Violet Detector features a different protagonist and gameplay rules. While you "shoot" enemies, you will also actually shoot enemies and make use of abilities like teleportation and bullet cancelling.

    Sumireko, first introduced as the antagonist of Touhou 14.5, is the star of this game. This game follows her as she fights off attackers resembling our main characters while trapped in a nightmare. While the game's plot is ultimately very simple, it does reference a few subplots from previous works (mostly with Sumireko's own personal arc, which is spread over several works)

    This game is available on Steam.


  • Touhou 17.5: Gouyoku Ibun (2020)



    An upcoming spinoff game that... isn't a shooter or a fighter?! We still don't have much information about this game, but Touhou 17.5 is a new Tasofro game that's doing a lot of things differently. So far, we know Reimu is playable, Marisa, Kogasa and Yuugi are bosses and there are hints that the plot is going to tie into Touhou 17...

...And that's basically it for the official games (phew).


OTHER OFFICIAL WORKS

...But the official version of Touhou doesn't just end at the games! Besides the games, there are other official works. Some of these works are made solo, like the CD's, while other works are like the fighters; collaborative efforts between ZUN and other talented people. With the exception of the official books, these stories tend to star a new character or two (or three). But Reimu, Marisa and the other regulars are around too, so it's not a whole new world.

Now it needs to be said: these works aren't *essential* to enjoying the series. However, if you have even a bit of interest in any of these works; if you want more factoids about your favourite characters; even if you only want to navigate the fan stuff, I'd still recommend checking these works out.


Books
  • Touhou Kourindou ~ Curiosities of Lotus Asia



    Curiosities of Lotus Asia is a series of illustrated side-stories featuring one of the *only* named male characters in the series, Rinnosuke. Rinnosuke is half-youkai shopkeeper who has the ability to know the name and the purpose of any object... but none of its context. The series was originally serialized from 2004 to 2007 but recently returned in 2015 in the magazine, Strange Creator of Outside World with Sumireko 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 narrator.

    Some examples are Grimoire of Marisa focusing on spellcards and being viewed from Marisa's POV, or Alternative Facts being styled after a tabloid magazine courtesy of its journalistic author, 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

Current Series:
  • Touhou Chireikiden: Cheating Detective Satori (2019 - Current)



    A brand new series that will apparently be focused on mysteries, Cheating Detective Satori stars the titular mind-reading youkai from Touhou 11, Satori.

  • Touhou Suichouka ~ Drunkening and Sobering of the Lotus Eaters (2019 - Current)



    A series so new that we honestly don't know anything about it. All we can say is that there have been teases of Suika, from Touhou 7, and a new character with a snazzy whale hat.

Completed Series:
  • The Touhou Sangetsusei series (2005 - 2019)



    First starting in 2005, the Sangetsusei series is a multi-part series that follows harmless fairies as they get into hijinks. Though the series started with three manga original characters (Sunny Milk, Star Sapphire and Luna Child), the latest and most recent part also added Clownpiece (from Touhou 15) as fourth protagonist.


  • Touhou Bougetsushou (2007 - 2012)



    Touhou Bougetsushou is a cross media storyline about the characters introduced in Imperishable Night, beginning with the manga, Silent Sinner in Blue (2007-9), continuing in Cage in Lunatic Runagate (2009) 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 Reimu, Marisa and the residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion attempting to go to the Moon. Lunatic in Runagate is a gaiden work that runs parallel to the Moon plot. Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth is a comedic 4koma manga. The status of Inaba (in canon) is often debated due to ZUN's loose involvement in the work.


  • Touhou Ibarakasen ~ Wild and Horned Hermit (2010 - 2019)



    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 (2012 - 2017)



    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 book renter, Kosuzu recently gained the ability to read anything in any 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 (developed early in the first Modern Era of Touhou), the Music Collections are albums that feature remixes and original compositions by ZUN that are accompanied with short stories that are connected to the main series.

    Taking place outside of Gensokyo, and in the near 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. Though neither characters interact with the immediate cast of Touhou, there are characters in the present with unknown connections to both heroines (like Yukari and Sumireko).

    Despite the lack of direct connection to Touhou, these two characters still get their share of love in fan works.


  • Strange Creators of Outside World



    Started in 2015, SCoOW is an Official Touhou Project Magazine that's fully supervised by ZUN. Not everything in the magazine is official, but the parts that ZUN contributes (such as official interviews) absolutely are. While it's not officially released in English, dedicated fans have translated parts of these releases.

    Strange Creators is also home to some of official works, like the new Curiosities of Lotus Asia.
 
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Part 3: Fan Games & Other Fan Works

Art by Sumaki Shungo, for Touhou Project Tribute Arts

While canon Touhou is the vision of one man, Touhou is so much more when it comes to the fanwork side. For some context: Touhou has a ridiculously large fan following in Japan. No one, not even ZUN himself, knows precisely why *this* series, of all series, became such a mainstay of the Japanese doujin scene but it is, and has been for quite a while (some interesting Wikipedia statistics here).

To address the elephant in the room: yeah, some fans do take the series into NSFW directions. However, Touhou's proximity to that stuff is far overblown. Part of it is a misunderstanding of the term 'doujin' and Touhou’s status as a ‘doujin series’. It needs to be said: doujin does not mean porn. Tofugu has a great article on the term and topic but basically, ‘doujin’ is closer to is Japanese amateur works. “Amateur works” can include porn… but it doesn't refer to *only* that.

The other reason for Touhou’s reputation is all the porn that does exist... but singling out Touhou for this is dumb. *Every* series big enough to get have regular fan art has adult art, not just Touhou. The series isn't inherently skewed to towards NSFW content, it just has a lot of fan content period. And while that means, yes, there *is* lots of porn, the flip side is that there's a ridiculous amount of non-smut content too. Here's an actual stat if you're not convinced:

Wikipedia's Page on Doujinshi said:
The Touhou Project series for example, is known to be notable for the large amount of dōjinshi being produced for it that are not pornographic in nature. Some groups releasing adults-only themed materials during the annual Touhou only event Reitaisai in 2008 were only estimated at roughly 10%.

Anyway, while Touhou is hardly unique in having a big, active fanbase, Touhou is remarkable because: 1) it has been going strong for so long while remaining grassroots; and 2) it has a unique fan culture cultivated by ZUN's relaxed rules for his IP. Proof of the latter is present in Reitaisai, which is one (but not the only) Touhou-only doujin convention that has been running since 2004.

Suffice to say, the series' fan following has been around for a while, and that following has generated a wealth of quality fan works that are absolutely worth checking out.


FAN GAMES

While the topic of fan games are becoming more mainstream between Sega's willingness to work with fans and Nintendo being trigger happy to C&D them, Touhou has had, dare I say, "quite the fan game following for quite some time". While a lot of fan games neatly fall into the category of amusing parody, others skirt the line of being legitimately good homages (with a smaller number of games managing to be amazing AND original).

It's probably worth mentioning that you can actually, legitimately buy Touhou fangames! No, seriously! ZUN's guidelines always allowed other (doujin) devleopers to make and sell games with the Touhou IP, albeit with restrictions (this page has slightly outdated info on the topic). And ZUN has only continued to make fan games more accessible for fans and developers alike.


Fan Games Released Outside of Japan

Though there was an early attempt at bringing games outside of Japan in 2014 with Playism's release of Touhou 14, it was the "Play, Doujin!" initiative with MediaScape, back in 2015, that really kicked things off. First bringing games over for the PS4 and the Vita, Unties would eventually start to bring games over too...then in late 2017, ZUN gave his blessing for self-publishing on Steam! We're already starting to see the fruits of this decision with the release of the excellent fan game, Touhou Luna Nights, though more fantastic games are undoubtedly on the way as well.

Here are some of the fan games made available outside of Japan (via MediaScape, Unties and Steam)
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer / Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded

    Developed by AQUA STYLE
    Base Version: Vita, PS4, PC (Japan Only) / Reloaded: PS4, Switch, PC (via Steam)
    Genso Wanderer is part of the fan series Mystery Gensokyo (with GW itself originally known as Mystery Gensokyo 3); the game itself is a Touhou-styled take on dungeon crawlers like Shiren the Wanderer. As the third in a well-established fan series, this game can feel a little impenetrable at times (especially if you're still a newcomer to Touhou) but the game offers some really creative, addictive and difficult dungeoneering gameplay.

    Get Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded if you can, as it includes the DLC from the base version of the game AND all-new content... but don't fret if you get the base version. You can totally import your save to Reloaded if you already have it. The developers of this title have also released the short, 2D Metroidvania game, "Touhou Double Focus" for PS4 and Vita.

  • Azure Reflections

    Developed by souvenir circ.
    Switch, PS4, Steam
    This game is an updated port of fan game, "Maihana Soumakyou: Uniting Barrage Action" published by Unties. Azure Reflections is a fan remake of Touhou 6, but with horizontal shoot em up gameplay and extra characters not originally present in that game. The game has a bit of a learning curve, with some gameplay quirks, but overall it's a pretty decent, casual friendly fan-remake of Touhou 6.

  • Touhou Luna Nights

    Developed by Team Ladybug
    Steam
    The most prolific fan game so far, Luna Nights is a 2D Metroidvania game (with absolutely awesome pixel art) featuring time-stopping maid, Sakuya. Not surprising from its choice of character, the game has several time manipulation systems along with other Touhou-style mechanics (like the graze system from the Touhou fighters. This game has its own OT (thanks to SiG for their hard work!)

  • 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 now has a sequel (also on Steam!)

  • NitorInc: Touhou Microgames

    Developed by NitorInc. Collab
    Steam (Early Access)
    NitorInc is a WarioWare style game with various Touhou styled microgames. While it's still very much a work in progress, it's worth mentioning as the game is a collaborative community effort being developed by the Western fandom.

This is very, very far from all of the fan games currently out there. Also of note are: Scarlet Curiosity, Takkoman ~Kousetzu World~ and Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet. Some good resources for keeping up with these games are: Play, Doujin's official site, the Touhou Wiki's page on Play, Doujin and Gematsu's Touhou Tag


Other Games

While it's still early days for Steam, the traditional scene for Touhou fan games has been going strong for a very long time and has even had its own exciting developments like... mobile Touhou games?! With professionally animated openings?!


(Yeah, these are a thing now. Aside from Touhou Cannonball, which had input from ZUN, there's another one coming soon)

Anyway... as mentioned before, a fair amount of fan games are parodies of series including, but not limited to: Super Mario, Megaman, Pokemon, Age of Empires and even... Earth Defense Force?! But some are really worthy games in their own right and have even grown to become full fledged series like Koumajou Densetsu (aka Touhouvania) and the Fantasy Maiden Wars series (aka Touhou Super Robot Wars).

Here's a quick list showing the spread of genres you can expect from Touhou fan games.
  • Genius of Sappheiros

    Developed by Strawberry Bose
    A traditional RPG that many in the western side consider one of the best Touhou fan games. This was actually ported to the PlayStation Vita via the "Play, Doujin" initiative but alas; the Vita release did not make its way outside of Japan.

  • The Labyrinth of Touhou series

    Developed by Nise Eikoku Shinshidan
    Labyrinth of Touhou 1 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. Though it's not for everyone, an improved and more forgiving sequel does exist in Labyrinth of Touhou 2.

  • Shoot Shoot Nitori: The Golden

    Developed by Twilight 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. You begin modestly enough and can quickly build up an absurd arsenal of weapons... but you can lose all your weapons just as fast!

  • Concealed the Conclusion

    Developed by danmaq
    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 and only stars characters from then), the game is still considered a classic.

  • Marisa & Alice's Trap Tower (and Marisa & Alice 2)

    Developed by Desunoya
    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.

    (Like Genius of Sappheiros, MariAri received a Japan-only Play Doujin release)

  • Touhou Rhythm Carnival! Kurenai

    Developed by Focas Lens
    It's Touhou X Rhythm Heaven! Touhou Rhythm Carnival features many rhythm based mini-games, set to remixed versions of Touhou 6's tracks, and starring the cast of EOSD (with Aya, who serves as the game's "protagonist")

  • Touhou Soccer Moushuuden


    Touhou Soccer is a sport/RPG hybrid based on Tecmo's "Captain Tsubasa" games that is infamous for its over-the-top animations. While it's another older fan game that lacks newer fan favourites, it does make good use of all the characters from the time (which includes the PC-98 characters, as well as characters from ZUN's other series: Seihou). Make sure to look up the very comprehensive online guide, it's quite a hard game!

Unfortunately, I don't think I can devote more time without making this OP even longer than it already is... so here's a chart of all the games I can't talk about, but are worth checking out:

ROW 1: Chaos of Black Dragon, Hollow Song of Birds, Book of Star Mythology, Avant-Garde Discerning Paralleler
ROW 2: Koumajou Densetsu (Touhouvania), MegaMari, Takkoman -Kousetzu World-, Bouhou Youyoumu
ROW 3: Puppet Dance Performance (Touhoumon), Fantasy Maiden Wars, Labyrinth of Touhou 2, Touhou Mother
ROW 4: Age of Ethanols, Shin Gyakuten Touhou (Touhou Ace Attorney), PatchCon, Touhou Dodgeball Club

(Other sites have more in-depth lists, such as the Touhou Wiki, which sorts games by category. For most of these titles, there's no official way to buy them outside of Japan, though sites like Akiba-Hobby or eBay have some.)

This barely scratches the surface when it comes to fan games, and doesn't include all of the modded stuff related to Touhou (which include Mario World hacks, Pokemon hacks, MUGEN characters who you might recognize from SaltyBets etc.)

As a final note, there really are a lot of fan games, 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!)


FAN MUSIC

While fan music in most series amounts to "people occasionally doing covers and remixes of popular tracks" Touhou's fan music scene is on another level. The sheer quantity and quality of remixes is a good reason to get into the 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 though it has been updated a few times now. It features fanmade music as well some official CD's.


OTHER TYPES OF FAN WORKS

(DISCLAIMER: It probably doesn't need to be said, but the description of "PG-rated innocence, charm and fun" really doesn't apply to Touhou fan works. Not all fan works are raunchy, edgy or only "for adults" at all, but as wading through fan content likely entails browsing sites like Pixiv or Nico Nico which can get very NSFW at times... yeah. Consider this an official warning. )

Fan Comics (and Fan Art)
Of all categories of fan work, fan comics (aka doujinshi) are probably the most voluminous. Though YMMV on the level of anime schlock you can handle, there are works that go beyond the typical cliche stuff and manage explore some really unique concepts and themes with the setting and characters of Gensokyo.

Specific Recommendations
Soga no Tojiko will not Talk / Carcharias
A historical series featuring the antagonists from Ten Desires before their arrival in Gensokyo

Omoito / Morino Hon
A series featuring Marisa, her witch friend Alice, and her suddenly sentient 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 the oni 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: they do beautiful, wholesome "kids book" style doujinshi works

Bomber Grape: a mysterious creator that we're *pretty sure* is just the creator of "Daily Lives of High School Boys" writing under a pseudonym. Bomber Grape's doujinshi tend to be absurdist comedies filled with randomness and non-sequitrs. Their works can get quite NSFW, even if nothing explicit is ever shown off.

Tohonifun/Chado: they do a lot of works that are light on plot but are heavy on action. If there's a battle to be had between a pairing, Chado's probably got it covered (and if they haven't, there are plenty of authors too like Imizu).

Yakumi Sarai: aka that one guy who keeps doing really creepy Touhou doujinshi. Their works can be quite refreshing as they draw on the intrinsic creepiness of certain aspects of Touhou that other fan works tend to ignore. On the other hand, yeah their stuff gets pretty creepy...

Setz: A Finnish artist that... doesn't do much Touhou fan art anymore, but still has a lot of classic, wholesome comic strips featuring Touhou characters.

Memefo: A Mexican artist.

Fan Animations

Compared to doujinshi, there's a lot more amateur level videos lying around because wouldn't ya know it, animating is hard! Yet despite the lower floor, there's arguably higher highs when it comes to animation. Some of Touhou's most famous fan works are actually animated works! Take this video for instance.



This stylish but unassuming fan animation, that is based on a separate fan remix that is super famous in its own right, i's currently sitting at 24 million views (as of this post). This is not the only version of this animation, with many parodies (featuring other series), reconstructions and even an English cover sung by Cristina Vee having similar amounts of views.

Musical videos like Cirno's Perfect Math Class and Marisa Stole the Precious Thing are other famous examples, though reducing animation to *just* musical videos really understates the variety of works. There are motion comics, pixel animations, 3D animations, hell there are even fan anime series! Click below for more examples:

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). Some examples:

More uniquely, the Touhou series actually has, read it carefully, three, three fan made anime series currently releasing episodes, with others seemingly in the works. The production values for all series is generally good (save for episode 1 of A Summer Day's Dream) and each anime has it's own distinct approach:

  • Memories of Phantasm is an an action-focused series that adapts the plots of the games. Episodes actually release with everything (music, sfx, subtitles etc.) but voice acting though fans have stepped up to dub episodes. (Also: fair warning, but this series has the most sexualization of the three animated series. One of the openings does depict a hot springs segment that's definitely not safe for work. So yeah. Just a heads up.)

  • A Summer Day's Dream features the classic games' cast in an original, mystery story. This was produced by Maikaze, who are normally known for their music. The work originally gained attention for its use of professional voice actors.

  • Sealed Esoteric History mostly stars the protagonists of the Sealing Club CD's but features vignettes featuring classic characters. This was produced by Kyoto Fantasy Troupe, which is actually a Chinese
Other projects that seem to be in-development include Touhou Hakureisou (a comedic, non-serious AU approach to Touhou) and Meteors of Triple Dimension (based on the PC98/Retro Titles).

Also while it's not an anime like the other series, there is the long running long-running Touhou M-1 Grand Prix series. Despite the minimal animation, it's the longest running animated series and features pairs of Touhou characters doing comedy skits.


Then there is the MMD category (MMD short for Miku Miku Dance). Despite the name, the program is used for more than just dancing videos and the fact that there are free, crowdsourced 3D models of practically every Touhou character is probably what makes it so popular. Due to its ease of use, there are a lot of low quality videos flying around (usually taking the form of parodies or MMD's-that-are-really-just-comics) but there are some seriously solid MMD animations and series as well... though you might need to know Japanese to really appreciate this category.

Unfortunately, our English-only options are mostly limited to YT channels like TouhouSubs (who used to curate and translate MMD videos for English viewers) and English creators Spotty Len and Harpoonneet. If you do know Japanese, though, there's plenty of videos on the Japanese part of YouTube as well as on Nicovideo. Some recommendations are:


Beyond that, there are all sorts of other animations that, while not so neatly categorized, are still very much worth checking out.


A Conclusion

If you've managed to get to the end of this three post long OP, then congratulations! While I would like to say "that's it", that's not entirely true. What has been covered here is just barely scratching the surface of the series (both the official works and the fan works). Despite that, if anything, whether it's the main games, the side materials or the fan side of things, if any of it manages to pique your interest, you shouldn't be worried by the breadth of content.

Because 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~


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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 :/
 

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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.
 
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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)
 

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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
 

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I will try to come up with something, but coming up with something clever is hard.
 
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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.
 

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Legacy of Lunatic Forum
Swallowstone Naturalis Historia
Bohemian Archive in Purple
Undefined Fantastic OP
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Bunbunmaru Thread

I dunno, I actually like CRQ's suggestion.
 

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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 )
 
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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.
 

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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.
 

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I actually dig that suggestion Narumi posted too. Sounds like a real Touhou-ish title to me.
 

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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.
 

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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!
 
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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?
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Narumi

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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)
 
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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.
 

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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.
 

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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!
 
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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.
 

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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...
 

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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
 

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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)
 
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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
 

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shockdude

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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

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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
 

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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.
 

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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

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In terms of fan made shooter, there is also Marine Benefit and Book of Star Mythology.
 

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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

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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
 
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