The Touhou Project

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  1. Palamecia

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    Does anyone knows the Touhou Project (or simply called Touhou) ?

    I really,really like this game series. When I start talking about it, I can't stop. :p


    Let me do a little introduction for those who don't know what is Touhou:

    Basically, The Touhou Project is the term used for a series of shooting games (aka shmup) made by Team Shanghai Alice. There are at least 20 games in the series, with four of them being fighting games co-produced by Twilight Frontier.

    Each game contains (most of the time) at least 15 unique songs, new characters, new attack patterns for the enemies, and a brand new story. One impressive thing: Team Shanghai Alice is in fact a "team" made of... a single man. They call him "ZUN" (real name Jun'ya Ota). He was employed at Taito Corporation (which is now wholly owned by, guess who !... Square Enix !). When he makes his Touhou games, he program, compose the music, design the graphics, create interesting stories... all by himself. And he creates his games just for the pleasure of developing them, not for profit (he still makes small of profits by selling games at anime/doujin conventions). I highly admire this person. (^^)

    But what makes the games so special ? Well, first of all, the characters are always cute girls with special abilities (with only a couple of exception). The enemies are mostly composed of fairies and other girls with powers (they are the bosses usually). Also, the difficulty of these games is really high. They are challenging games, with very nice soundtracks.

    The diversity of characters is really impressive too. There are at least 149 known characters (for now). In this, you have shrine maidens, magicians, maids, scientists, engineers, devils, vampires, ghosts, half-ghosts, tengu, gods, rabbits, kappas, crows, and much more.

    But the most unique thing about Touhou: The fan-base. It's impossible to count the number of fan songs/albums, mangas and artworks have be made. There are hundreds of fan groups dedicated to the production of fan-made stuff. Every years, there are festivals and conferences just for the Touhou series. It is really popular at the Comiket, held twice a year in Japan (it's the world largest doujinshi fair !). The series is so prolific that the Guinness World Records named the Touhou Project the "worlds most prolific fan-made shooter series". (^^)


    For more infos, there is the official wiki.

    Some notable songs made by ZUN:
    Maiden's Capriccio: Youtube
    Reach of the Moon, Immortal Smoke: Youtube
    Necrofantasia: Youtube
    Flowering Night: Youtube
    Septette For A Dead Princess: Youtube
    U.N. Owen Was her? : Youtube
    Lunatic Princess: Youtube
    For those who like "retro music", Maple Wise, Infinite Being

    Here's an idea how the artworks changed over the years:
    --- Reimu Hakurei - Shrine Maiden - Main Character ---
    Touhou 01 - by ZUN - 1996: Link
    Touhou 06 - by ZUN - 2002: Link
    Touhou 14 - by ZUN - Upcoming: Link
    Touhou 13.5 - by Twilight Frontier - 2013: Link

    --- Marisa Kirisame - Magician - Main Character ---
    Touhou 03 - by ZUN - 1997: Link
    Touhou 14 - by ZUN - Upcoming: Link
    Touhou 13.5 - by Twilight Frontier - 2013: Link

    Bad Apple!!, a notable fan-made video, made of shadows of many characters from the series (video with over 4 millions viewers): Youtube
    The song the video is based on: Youtube

    If you want, I may post fan-music that I really like, I have tons of albums. Also I could post some play-though of the games (^^)

    I forgot to say that the games are easy to find on the Internet. They are hard to buy if you live outside Japan.
    For those who can afford them, this page might help: Link
     

    Last edited: Aug 6, 2013
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  2. mross614

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    Would it be possible to play any of these games? I found the wiki.
     

  3. Palamecia

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    Actually it's pretty difficult to get the games if you live outside of Japan because you will have to import them and pay a lot of fees. Also, they get out of stock quickly.

    Most people outside Japan download the games from various sources. ZUN (the creator of the series) didn't express any complain about sharing his games.
     

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    I've imported a couple Anime from Japan that had English subs. I assume that if I import one or two of the games the text would be purely in Japanese? I've been studying Japanese for awhile, I know Hiragana and Katakana pretty well but learning Kanji is a very time consuming endeavor. I'm no where near being able to read any Japanese literature/media. If the imports have some English text, to navigate menus, I wouldn't mind giving them a shot.
     

  5. Palamecia

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    All the games have unoffical translation patches, so do not worry about the language. The patches are avaialble here: Link
    If you want to import games, there are 4 main stores that sell physical copies of the games:
    Also this page may help: Link

    Just be careful because some of them are Music Albums :p
     

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    Touhou doujin music is da bes.
     

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    Time to post some fan-made music :D
    Warning: Japanese music incoming !
    Note: Name of album in parenthesis. I highly recommend to listen to the whole albums. Also, please note that some songs start "abruptly" because they can be seamless albums.

    From Alstroemeria Records // Genre: Mostly electronic with vocals
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    Lunatic Princess (Fragment Reactions) - Note: That voice.
    Unknown (KILLED DANCEHALL)
    Integration under the moon of codes (ABANDONNED DANCEHALL)
    Imperishable Night (Double Counterpoint)
    Dream Battle (of memories)
    Fire (or memories)

    From AniPix // Genre: Mostly electronic with vocals
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    Arc of Dream (Rectia)

    From Demetori // Genre: Mostly metal (he kicks [censored] !)
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    Nuclear Fusion (Nada Upasana Pundarika)
    Ascending Into Naught (Offering to The Sukhavati)
    Necrofantasia Remix (Il Mondo dove e finito il Tempo)
    Innumerable Eyes (Nada Upasana Pundarika)
    Innocent Treasures (Offering to The Sukhavati)
    World's End (Nada Upasana Pundarika)

    From DiGiTAL WiNG // Genre: Eurobeat, Techno, Electronic
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    PLAZMA Hazoly EUROBEAT Version (Frozen Traveler)

    From EastNewSound // Mostly electronic with vocals - Note: Very well known in the Touhou community
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    Lucent Wish (Lucent Wish)
    Lucid Dream (Sacred Factor)
    星霜輪廻~Repeat~ (Dione Aggregation)
    Run up shooting star (Definite Energy)
    理 ~Just dreamy~ (Auxiliary Brightness)
    盲想 (Blaze Out)
    Colorless Night (Blaze Out)
    紅凰優楼 (Blaze Out) - Note: That voice.

    From Foreground Eclipse // Genre: Heavy metal
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    Calm Eyes Fixed On Me, Screaming (Tears Will Become Melodies Tonight)

    From ShibayanRecords // Genre: Mostly electronic
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    シンデレラは魔法使い (ムソウマテリアライズ) - Note: THAT bass guitar. Funky :D
    Curse Mind (Mágico Catástrofe)
    Fall in the Dark (Mágico Catástrofe)
    花のいろは (ココロバイブレーション) - Note: I love this song.

    From SOUND HOLIC // Instrumental, Eurobeat
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    Drive my Life (SOUND HOLIC MEETS TOHO ~東方的紅蓮烈火弾~)

    From Studio "Syrup Comfiture" // Genre: Mostly electronic
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    アモリタチテカミトミユ (Where is Love)
    listen up (Love=ALL)

    From t=NODE // Genre: instrumental
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    Remind of You (CHANNEL†NODEⅡ ) - Note: Kinda sad

    From 文鳥Online。// Genre: electronic, pop
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    砕月~イノチ~ (Sugar+Strike)

    From ZYTOKINE // Techno, vocal
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    From Yuuhei Satellite // Genre: electronic, vocal
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    小悪魔りんご (手のひらピアニッシモ) - Note: I love this song :D




    I will update this post with more music ;)[/spoiler]
     

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    Shibayan and Yuuhei Satellite #1

    We should be friends.
     

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    Good stuff. I should definitely get back into Touhou soon. I dropped off after Mountain of Faith but i still keep up with the fangames.
     

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    For me:

    Highly Responsive to Prayers - Played it a couple of time, surprisingly difficult. I like the menu theme for some reason.
    Story of Eastern Wonderland - The stage 1 song <3
    Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream - I played it once. Didn't like it too much.
    Lotus Land Story - Two words: Bad Apple!! X)
    Mystic Square - It's the PC-98 game that I played the most. I love the song "Maple Wise". Reached Shinki once, got killed X)

    Embodiment of Scarlet Devil - My favorite official Touhou game, play it all the time. Cleared it on normal a few times.
    Perfect Cherry Blossom - Cleared it once on normal. The music is really good.
    Immaterial and Missing Power - I prefer Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
    Imperishable Night - Never cleared it. Music is also very good.
    Phantasmagoria of Flower View - Played it maybe twice. I don't like split-screen bullet hell >.<
    Shoot the Bullet - Never played it :O
    Mountain of Faith - I don't remember to have played it.
    Scarlet Weather Rhapsody - Favorite fighting Touhou game <3
    Subterranean Animism - I don't remember to have player it.
    Undefined Fantastic Object - Played it maybe twice. HARD.
    Touhou Hisoutensoku - Basically SWR but with new characters.
    Double Spoiler - Never played it.
    Fairy Wars - Never played it. Baka Baka !
    Ten Desires - Played it often. Never cleared it >.<
    Hopeless Masquerade - Never played it. Aerial fights... hmm....
    Double Dealing Character - Played the demo. Music is... meh.

    X)
     

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    Oh god, new EastNewSound and Alstroemeria Records !
    For some reason, I think they will release the albums on August 12, even if Comiket begins today if I remember right.
    One day, I'll go there !!! X)

    Also: new Touhou Game !! \(^.^)/

    I'll follow these threads like crazy:

    http://www.doujinstyle.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=6529

    http://www.doujinstyle.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=6407

    XD
     

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  13. Laychu

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    Whenever I see Touhou I will always think of this:
     

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    haha

    BAKA BAKA, BAKA BAKA [...]


    Neko Miko Reimu ai shiteru !


    O-overdrive, o-o-overdrive !


    SUCCESS !:


    XD
     

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    I remember my friend playing this flash game showing Cirno's mattthhh skiiillllss
     

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    Cirno, the strongest baka ! :3
     

  17. Sashenka

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    I used to play a lot of Touhou 09 in Networking class, I bought it when I went to Japan for a couple of months. It must still be laying around somewhere. I was not that bad but those games are hard. I considered myself a good SHMUP player before since I was basically only playing Ikaruga for 10 hours a day during classes. I still have to beat Touhou 09 on Difficult, then on Extra.

    Oh, and here one of my favorite track

     

  18. Laychu

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    Sadly I have never played any Touhou games, but I know so much about it since my best friend likes Touhou xD
     

  19. Palamecia

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    Ikaruga, probably one if not the best shmup ever made <3
    If you liked the "polarity switching" like in Ikaruga, I can suggest you eXceed 2nd - Vampire Rex. Same mechanic ;)
    And epic track, love it. :O

    If you want, I can give you a couple of links so you could try demos (or just the full games, outside Japan nearly everyone download them anyway). ;)
     

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    Is it English patched? I'll be able to emulate it when my new laptop arrives.
     

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