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What is Touhou Project?

 

Touhou characters
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Touhou Project is a doujin game developed by ZUN and Twilight Frontier. The premise takes places in a fictional world called “Gensokyo”. Gensokyo revolves around humans, yokai and other entities living in that world. But there is a barrier between them to keep them from harming each other. There are two main characters  such as Marisa and Reimu. Reimu is a shrine maiden and Marisa known as a witch. Both Reimu and Marisa investigate what is going on in Gensokyo. In Touhou Project, two main protagonists meets other species of characters. Notable ones is Remila (vampire), Hong Meling (bodyguard), Sakuya (maid) and many more. The series has predominately all female cast and some male characters as well. Touhou Project started in 1997 and all development is a one man project. Zun create character design, music and coding of these games.

 

 

Shoot the Bullet Touhou 95 Stage 10
Image by Twilight Frontier

 

 

It started in PC-98 era before making it way to PC. Touhou was originally bullet-hell game than transition to fighting genre. Later expands to racing, platformers and rogue-like video game genre. I first got expose to Touhou Project in my Mugen days, when creators started to release them. Afterwards started researching the game as a whole and it was the first doujin game I played. Next doujin games was Big Bang Beat, Eternal Fighter Zero and Melty Blood. I can still remember the website “Dojinstyle” where you can download these types of games. Twilight Frontier was involved in Eternal Fighter Zero and Higurashi Daybreak. That’s was pretty much it on how I got exposure to the series. Later on, I want to a Touhou panel at Anime USA to learn more about it.

 

 

Touhou Games

The series has alot of games such as “Shoot the Bullet”, “Scarlet Weather Rhapsody” and “Urban Legend in Limbo”.   There are some fangame as well such as MegaMari (Megaman clone) and Super Mari Land (Super Mario clone). Other companies started to take Touhou licenses and ported to next gen consoles. There is Gensou Skydrift on the PS4 and PC. Tohou Last World is a tun-based strategy gacha game for IOS and Android. Touhou Lunar Night which feature Sakuya, the game is on Switch, Xbox One and PC. There might be other fangame on your favorite consoles like PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC. I have tried SWR and Urban Legend In Limbo, love the designs along with card-based spell system. In Touhou fighting games, you can air dash like Arcana Heart and melee attacks. There are different level of spells each character can do. When a character activates a spell card, they player is invincible. You have to keep throwing spell to knock them out. That’s what set apart about this game.

 

9convert.com - Touhou 145  Urban Legend in Limbo  gameplay
Image by Twilight Frontier

 

 

Each character have unique skill on the flow of battle. There is different arc types of characters with variety movesets. Overall, there is alot of games to choose from and anime fans will enjoy them. One of the fighting games appeared in Frosty Faultings 2022 which people still play it.  The community is very small but dedicated of the project. There is internet meme, anime (sort of) and cosplay for the series.  I am not a huge fan of the series but couple of weeks. There was a Vtuber who uses Sanae as their avatar playing retro games. I am happy to see that player of Touhou Project and it’s still alive still this day,  Remember doing my college days of being a otaku hearing about it.

 

 

Closing

ZUN did a amazing job with this game and celebrated it doing overseas. Good job to him on making a one man project possible. Back in the middle 2000s, I was fascinated with this project but left it alone. I wanted to talk about the series but never got around to do so. In 2022, the idea on talking about Touhou Project has been resurfaced. I can’t believe it’s been that along and this series sell well than Attack on Titan. Love Attack on Titan btw, but final season part 2 is coming out soon. I think Attack on Titan manga ended and it’s been a ride indeed. Back on topic, people still love the series and hoping for more. If you’re a fan of Unimeko When they Cry, there is a school festival when someone cosplaying as Marisa and other Touhou characters.

 

Umineko anime -  Touhou reference
Image by Studio Deen

 

 

Lets see if series is still growing in the near future. Let me know what you think of Touhou series as a whole. Comment down below or reply on social media page, if you like to. If you want more news on the blog. Follow me on social media or discord server it’s optional. I might stream some Touhou games on my Anjim Plays Live or Twitch channel, if you want to follow or check it out. Thanks for reading my blogpost and taking your time to do so. Support this blog whatever you can by viewing, donating and sharing. See you on the next blogpost by your truly.

 

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