Not many game series have managed to span across two decades, sure the PC98 era wasn’t extremely popular in its time, but since the dawn of the Windows era the following has grown exponentially.
Throughout the Touhou games you are presented with a large selection of characters each with their own miniscule backstory and soundtrack. With that small amount of information you can then build upon each character’s personality and history and shape it to how you want. Very few things are restricted by the lore and even then you can choose to ignore what you don’t want. It’s for this very reason that many Touhou fans say they despise other Touhou fans as they’re not true fans. Well, by all regards this just further emphasises just how Touhou can be perceived in many forms.
“ZUN traded his artistic talent so he could compose awesome music”
Not only that but Touhou sports a huge collection of music, with most bosses having their own theme as well as each stage. That huge collection is then complimented by the huge amount of fan music available for Touhou. I myself have over 47 thousand tracks spanning in excess of 300GB.
The insurmountable collection of images and stories wrote for Touhou is just an amazing bonus to any fan. I could probably spend a long time detailing each and every single thing I love, but I feel this shall do for now. An’ with that, this ends the 30 Day Touhou challenge!
The free-spirited Oni, Suika Ibuki of cause!
What more could you want, wondering around the land of illusions perpetually enjoying yourself with a gourd of sake at hand. To laze around the Hakurei shrine or even venture forth into heaven itself on a bit of a whim is irresistible. It’s merely bonus points for being ridiculously powerful and having the ability to manipulate your own density and sparseness to be that of mist or even a giant!
The Flower Master of the Four Seasons, Kazami Yuuka!
I don’t quite know what I find so appealing about Yuuka’s costume, perhaps it’s the tartan or those huge military-esque boots she wears, but I like it.
Saying that, I’m not fond of her PC-98 pyjamas.
Bring back PC98!
Actually, I’m not going to say that a certain character needs to become a boss in the next game. ZUN creates new characters for the majority of his games with only one of two former characters popping up in each game. Although I wouldn’t mind seeing Mima in Windows canon~
Another playable character huh? In Touhou for the most part the playable characters are generally seen as the main cast, and even then those who do pop up as playable occasionally need a storey that ties into the incident. With that in mind I can only think of a few characters.
Kazami Yuuka – Yuuka was playable back in Mystic Square for the PC98 era and Phantasmagoria of Flower View. In PoFV I generally don’t see it as a major game as it seemed like an experiment into split screen co-op gameplay as there’s quite a lot of playable characters for that game.
Alice Margatroid – Alice is included numerous times throughout the Touhou series, but she’s only a playable character in the fighting games.
Yakumo Yukari – The gap ha… I mean the Youkai of boundaries. Although come to think of it, a game where you play as Ran would probably suit better as Yukari could command Ran from behind the scenes without bothering to leave home, which sounds more likely. Actually I quite like that idea, Yakumo Ran it is! A true boundary team!
Quite frankly, none.
To be honest pretty much every single fan pairing is loosely based upon characters interacting with each other or having a friendship with each other. It’s not surprising that this happens as it’s not just Touhou who get fan pairings made from friendship. Take Marisa and Alice for example there’s no dialogue to implicate they’re a couple, but rather their mutual interest in magic has developed into a friendship. Remilia and Sakuya, well it’s a master/servant relation… I could go on…
Have a picture of Reimu instead, I know you’ll like it~