Posted by: AceRailgun | November 28, 2011

Touhou Project

So if you have even the slightest knowledge of Japanese culture you should know about Touhou. I am not a rabid fanboy of the series but I can appreciate the brilliance of it and the gigantic fan base it has produced over the years.

Touhou is to the best of my knowledge a bullet hell game which I suck and have never finished. The games themselves don’t interest me greatly it’s the characters that have the appeal for me. There is probably over a hundred of them and I know and love about a dozen. The main reason I love the characters is because they all have unique stories, interesting character designs and there own music. Out of all the characters I know next to nothing about most of their stories as I have never played the games properly but I can say that I know Youmu Konpaku is a badass swordsman ghost who is afraid of ghost and Cirno is a baka.

The music

Touhou has some tryly amazing music which has become famous on the internet (Youtube) and some of those include:

Sakuya Izayoi – Flowering night

Marisa Kirisame – Love colored magic

Flandre Scarlet – U.N owen was her

Reimu Hakurei – Mystic oriental love consultation

Yoshika Miyako‎ – Rigid paradise

Remilia Scarlet – Septette for the dead princess

There is also some really good fan remixes and songs which you should check out on youtube, the animations that go with these are amazing. Well most of them.

Bad Apple - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzEUeWnV73U

Touhou Ouendan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kxYJu90aIE

Holy Water Festival - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weLNCHdeuOA

Cirno Math Class - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wFDWP5JwSM

Marasy Piano - http://www.youtube.com/user/marasy8#p/u/26/MPF6IXAE_1k

 

The Art

Touhou has a lot of support from very talented artists and here is some of my favourites. Links are safebooru so if you are at work or under 18 because you can look at these with the X rated stuff coming up. If you are over 18 however and at home alone then you could use Danbooru instead.

Sayori - http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=sayori

Archlich - http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=archlich

Hirosato - http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=hirosato

Takemori - http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=takemori_shintarou

Kaoru - http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=kaoru_%28artist%29

 

My favorite characters from Touhou are :

  1. Cirno
  2. Youmu Konpaku
  3. Reimu Hakurei
  4. Yoshika Miyako‎
  5. Flandre Scarlet

 

 


Responses

  1. I’d like to offer up my recommendations of Ichiju and S-Syogo, if you happen to be in the market for new artists.

    http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/index?tags=ogami_kazuki – Ichiju/Ogami Kazuki, as he’s apparently actually known.

    http://danbooru.donmai.us/post?tags=s-syogo – And S-Syogo.

    Expect NSFW stuff. Enjoy!

    • Seen ichiji before but not Syogo. Some nice art there thanks :)

      • No worries, glad to make the guy(s) more well known!

  2. The games are quite good and you should keep playing them. Play Mountain of faith. Also don’t forget the characters from UFO. that game is great. Also look up the characters on Touhou wiki and you can get their backgrounds there.

    • I’ve got the Touhou Wiki bookmarked :P Read it sometimes.

      I sucked at the games a lot. I think I got to the third stage of one of them once. Not sure which one it was now. I’m normally good at games too.

  3. I am a big fan of the series. Still desperate for an Anime version of it (fanmade stuff is fine, but better for an official one)

    Favorite characters
    1 Yukari
    2 Patchouli
    3 Komachi
    4 Yuyuko
    5 Yuuka

    • I’ve seen some of the fan made anime stuff and it’s good. Some nice picks there I don’t mind Yukari and Yuyuko.

      Are you a fan of the games or are you like me and just in it for the art and music.

      • I would say I am a fan of both. More so the music, but do care for the games. Xion, Detemori, Iron Attack are some of my favorite music circles bte ^^

  4. Hey Ace! I have been hearing about Tohou for quite a while now but I have not played any. I didn’t try any of the tohou games because I have no idea which I should go for first. There are too many and I can’t decide! Any suggestions?

    • My personal recommendations:

      Touhou 1 – Highly Responsive to Prayers

      Touhou 5 – Mystic Square

      Touhou 6 – Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil

      Touhou 8 – Imperishable Night

      Touhou 9.5 – Shoot the Bullet

      Touhou 10 – Mountain of Faith

      Touhou 12 – Undefined Fantastic Object

      Touhou 12.5 – Double Spoiler (StB’s sequel)

      Touhou 12.8 – Great Fairy Wars

      Touhou 13 – Ten Desires

      Those are the ones that bring something new to the table, barring the fighting games.

      • Personal favorite is Imperishable Night, by the way.

      • Thanks Myschi! I will try them out this week.

      • That’s easy. Like Mystia said all those are good places to start. It doesn’t really matter if you don’t start at the beginning either.


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