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26th Apr '16 9:45:23 AM matteste
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-->'''Marisa:''' "Only death can cure that level of stupidity."
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* FoulFlower: Yuuka Kazami is a flower youkai... and one of the oldest and most powerful in a setting that includes PhysicalGods. Fandom nicknamed her the "Ultimate Sadistic Creature" and likes to show her inflicting DisproportionateRetribution on people who disturb her sunflower field.
13th Apr '16 12:06:13 AM matteste
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* ShoutOut: Many characters are {{Shout Out}}s to one thing or another. Full details on all of them on [[Characters/{{Touhou}} the character page]].
** Many, ''many'' references to ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', including a character named Alice.
** ZUN is an admitted fanboy of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' and as such there are ''lots'' of shout outs to that series. For example, Sakuya has several homages to Dio Brando, the overall BigBad of ''[=JoJo=]'', including her time-stop powers (specifically "The World", which is the name of Dio's [[FightingSpirit Stand]]) and knife-throwing skills. ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'' takes it a step further by giving her attack animations inspired by Dio's from the Capcom fighting game ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture''.
*** "She didn't even spill one drop of sake!" during the fight with Yuugi is an homage to Part 1 ''Phantom Blood'', where Hamon master Will A. Zeppeli has tests Johnathan's skills by having him fight a vampire while holding a glass of wine, instructing him not to spill a single drop.
*** Remilia asking Marisa "Do you remember how many times you've eaten bread?" is a line uttered by Dio in ''Phantom Blood'', as a ButForMeItWasTuesday speech after Zeppeli demands to know how many humans he's drained just to heal a minor scar.[[note]]Marisa does remember how many times she's eaten bread... thirteen times. She prefers Japanese food.[[/note]]
*** Marisa uses Jotaro Kujo's CatchPhrase "Yareyare da ze" (roughly translates as "Gimme a break" or "Good grief") after defeating Wriggle in Stage 1 of ''Imperishable Night''.
*** One of Kaguya's spellcards in ''Shoot The Bullet'' is the Red Stone of Aja, the PlotDevice from Part 2.
*** Many of the characters having [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway vague or seemingly useless abilities]] that [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower can be dangerous when used effectively]], which is also a recurring theme in ''[=JoJo=]''.
*** The name of the series itself may be a ''[=JoJo=]'' reference -- an alternate reading of the kanji in "Touhou" is "Higashikata", the surname of Part 4's protagonist, Josuke.
** Three different characters have references to the works of Creator/AgathaChristie.
** Stage 6 of ''UFO'' has rows of fairies that move in a zig-zag pattern and fire bullets straight downwards, as a reference to ''Space Invaders''.
** Nue, the Extra Stage boss of the above game, has a spell card that uses UsefulNotes/PlayStation buttons, and references [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nue the Nue of legend]].
** One strip in ''Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth'' contains a reference to the ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' series. Also, a certain weapon in the comic is labelled [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "HHG of Aunty Ock"]].
-->'''Akyu:''' ''(to Reisen)'' [[KillerRabbit Is it true that you decapitate your prey with your front teeth?]]
** In the same title, there's also a Shout Out to [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]].
** Makai in ''Mystic Square'' is basically one big ShoutOut to ''Literature/ParadiseLost''.
** In ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'', most times when you defeat an enemy, the game will call them a DEAD PARROT. [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Hmmm, I wonder what that could be a shout out to...]]
** A few of the bullet patterns seem directly inspired by patterns from other BulletHell games. [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Touhou_influences Look at this list and decide for yourself.]]
** There are references to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' in the fighting games, most notably ''Hisoutensoku''. If Reimu's ultimate spellcard "Fantasy Heaven" ("''Musou Tensei''" in Japanese, which happens to be a [[NamesTheSame homonym]] for Kenshiro's ultimate technique, "Unconscious Transmigration of Souls", also pronounced "''Musou Tensei''") is successfully activated in the third round of a match, the background music will change to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8-SrmzsrkE a mashup remix]] of Mystic Oriental Love Consultation and the Fatal KO theme from the ''Fist Of The North Star'' fighting games. Fitting because said spellcard is a guaranteed knock out unless [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCkhBwipem0 the opponent gets very lucky]] (no, it is NOT a OneHitKill).
*** [[ThePowerOfTheSun Utsuho Reiuji's]] [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/File:Utsuho_Similarities.png sprite animations greatly resemble those of Souther]].
*** [[AnimeChineseGirl Hong Meiling]] takes several moves from Yun of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fame, including his You Hou super and his lunge punch.
** From ''Hopeless Masquerade'':
*** Miko's powerbar image in ''Hopeless Masquerade'' is a [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/reaction-guys-gaijin-4koma modified gaijin 4koma]].
*** Nitori's Last Word is a homage to to [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Snake]]'s final smash in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''.
*** One of Ichirin's alternate color schemes resembles [[LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex Index's]] outfit.
*** All three of [[spoiler:Disguised Mamizou]]'s spell cards are references to ''Genpei Toumaden''[[note]]One is "Reimu" dropping Yin-yang orbs in the same manner as the Buddha enemy in that game. Another is "Byakuren" throwing animal likenesses as the Lute player enemy of the same game. The last one is a giant "Miko" waving her shaku in a similar way to the final boss' showing off before the last battle.[[/note]]
** From ''Double Dealing Character'':
*** Sukuna's second-to-last spellcard on Normal is called "[[Manga/AttackOnTitan Shingeki no Kobito]]".
*** Seija's pose. [[Creator/StudioShaft Shaft]] [[http://i.imgur.com/4dqAX.jpg head tilt]], anyone?
*** The plot of the game itself: [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena people (youkai) are given power by the resident of an upside-down floating castle to "start a revolution", but their benefactor's actual goals are far more selfish.]]
** The description for one of Eirin's spellcards refer to "the wheelchair man" and the song "Future Universe of Wheelchair", both being references to Creator/StephenHawking.

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* ShoutOut: Many characters are {{Shout Out}}s to one thing or another. Full details on all of them on [[Characters/{{Touhou}} the character page]].
** Many, ''many'' references to ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', including a character named Alice.
** ZUN is an admitted fanboy of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' and as such there are ''lots'' of shout outs to that series. For example, Sakuya has several homages to Dio Brando, the overall BigBad of ''[=JoJo=]'', including her time-stop powers (specifically "The World", which is the name of Dio's [[FightingSpirit Stand]]) and knife-throwing skills. ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'' takes it a step further by giving her attack animations inspired by Dio's from the Capcom fighting game ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture''.
*** "She didn't even spill one drop of sake!" during the fight with Yuugi is an homage to Part 1 ''Phantom Blood'', where Hamon master Will A. Zeppeli has tests Johnathan's skills by having him fight a vampire while holding a glass of wine, instructing him not to spill a single drop.
*** Remilia asking Marisa "Do you remember how many times you've eaten bread?" is a line uttered by Dio in ''Phantom Blood'', as a ButForMeItWasTuesday speech after Zeppeli demands to know how many humans he's drained just to heal a minor scar.[[note]]Marisa does remember how many times she's eaten bread... thirteen times. She prefers Japanese food.[[/note]]
*** Marisa uses Jotaro Kujo's CatchPhrase "Yareyare da ze" (roughly translates as "Gimme a break" or "Good grief") after defeating Wriggle in Stage 1 of ''Imperishable Night''.
*** One of Kaguya's spellcards in ''Shoot The Bullet'' is the Red Stone of Aja, the PlotDevice from Part 2.
*** Many of the characters having [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway vague or seemingly useless abilities]] that [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower can be dangerous when used effectively]], which is also a recurring theme in ''[=JoJo=]''.
*** The name of the series itself may be a ''[=JoJo=]'' reference -- an alternate reading of the kanji in "Touhou" is "Higashikata", the surname of Part 4's protagonist, Josuke.
** Three different characters have references to the works of Creator/AgathaChristie.
** Stage 6 of ''UFO'' has rows of fairies that move in a zig-zag pattern and fire bullets straight downwards, as a reference to ''Space Invaders''.
** Nue, the Extra Stage boss of the above game, has a spell card that uses UsefulNotes/PlayStation buttons, and references [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nue the Nue of legend]].
** One strip in ''Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth'' contains a reference to the ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' series. Also, a certain weapon in the comic is labelled [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "HHG of Aunty Ock"]].
-->'''Akyu:''' ''(to Reisen)'' [[KillerRabbit Is it true that you decapitate your prey with your front teeth?]]
** In the same title, there's also a Shout Out to [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]].
** Makai in ''Mystic Square'' is basically one big ShoutOut to ''Literature/ParadiseLost''.
** In ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'', most times when you defeat an enemy, the game will call them a DEAD PARROT. [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Hmmm, I wonder what that could be a shout out to...]]
** A few of the bullet patterns seem directly inspired by patterns from other BulletHell games. [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Touhou_influences Look at this list and decide for yourself.]]
** There are references to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' in the fighting games, most notably ''Hisoutensoku''. If Reimu's ultimate spellcard "Fantasy Heaven" ("''Musou Tensei''" in Japanese, which happens to be a [[NamesTheSame homonym]] for Kenshiro's ultimate technique, "Unconscious Transmigration of Souls", also pronounced "''Musou Tensei''") is successfully activated in the third round of a match, the background music will change to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8-SrmzsrkE a mashup remix]] of Mystic Oriental Love Consultation and the Fatal KO theme from the ''Fist Of The North Star'' fighting games. Fitting because said spellcard is a guaranteed knock out unless [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCkhBwipem0 the opponent gets very lucky]] (no, it is NOT a OneHitKill).
*** [[ThePowerOfTheSun Utsuho Reiuji's]] [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/File:Utsuho_Similarities.png sprite animations greatly resemble those of Souther]].
*** [[AnimeChineseGirl Hong Meiling]] takes several moves from Yun of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fame, including his You Hou super and his lunge punch.
** From ''Hopeless Masquerade'':
*** Miko's powerbar image in ''Hopeless Masquerade'' is a [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/reaction-guys-gaijin-4koma modified gaijin 4koma]].
*** Nitori's Last Word is a homage to to [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Snake]]'s final smash in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''.
*** One of Ichirin's alternate color schemes resembles [[LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex Index's]] outfit.
*** All three of [[spoiler:Disguised Mamizou]]'s spell cards are references to ''Genpei Toumaden''[[note]]One is "Reimu" dropping Yin-yang orbs in the same manner as the Buddha enemy in that game. Another is "Byakuren" throwing animal likenesses as the Lute player enemy of the same game. The last one is a giant "Miko" waving her shaku in a similar way to the final boss' showing off before the last battle.[[/note]]
** From ''Double Dealing Character'':
*** Sukuna's second-to-last spellcard on Normal is called "[[Manga/AttackOnTitan Shingeki no Kobito]]".
*** Seija's pose. [[Creator/StudioShaft Shaft]] [[http://i.imgur.com/4dqAX.jpg head tilt]], anyone?
*** The plot of the game itself: [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena people (youkai) are given power by the resident of an upside-down floating castle to "start a revolution", but their benefactor's actual goals are far more selfish.]]
** The description for one of Eirin's spellcards refer to "the wheelchair man" and the song "Future Universe of Wheelchair", both being references to Creator/StephenHawking.
10th Apr '16 8:14:28 AM Prime32
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[-Most characters and stories from this era have been retconned or otherwise ignored by the series' canon. Four characters from these games were re-introduced in the Windows era, but with significant changes from their past appearances.-]
* TH 01 ''Touhou Reiiden ~ Highly Responsive to Prayers'' (1997) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Strange Spirit Legend ~ Highly Responsive to Prayers''[[/labelnote]][[note]] Was made 95 but wasn't released to the public until 97.[[/note]]

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[-Most characters and stories from this era have been retconned or otherwise ignored by the series' canon. Four characters from these games were re-introduced in the Windows era, era[[note]]Protagonists Reimu and Marisa, along with Yuuka from ''Lotus Land Story'' and Alice from ''Mystic Square''[[/note]], but with significant changes from their past appearances.-]
* TH 01 ''Touhou Reiiden ~ Highly Responsive to Prayers'' (1997) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Strange Spirit Legend ~ Highly Responsive to Prayers''[[/labelnote]][[note]] Prayers''[[/labelnote]] [[note]] Was made 95 but wasn't released to the public until 97.[[/note]]



* TH 04 ''Touhou Gensokyo ~ Lotus Land Story'' (1998) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Fantasy Land ~ Lotus Land Story''[[/labelnote]]

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* TH 04 ''Touhou Gensokyo ~ Lotus Land Story'' (1998) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Fantasy Land ~ Lotus Land Story''[[/labelnote]]Story''[[/labelnote]] [[note]] "Gensokyo" here is merely a descriptive term; it did not become the actual name of the setting until the Windows era.[[/note]]



* TH 12.3 ''Touhou Hisoutensoku ~ Choudokyuu Ginyoru no Nazo wo Oe'' (2009) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Unperceiving of Natural Law ~ Chase the Enigma of the Gargantuan Guignol''[[/labelnote]] [[note]] Originally referred to as ''Unthinkable Natural Law'' by English-speaking fans, it was soon superseded by simply ''Hisoutensoku''. There are still people who refer to it as ''Unthinkable Natural Law''.[[/note]]

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* TH 12.3 ''Touhou Hisoutensoku ~ Choudokyuu Ginyoru no Nazo wo Oe'' (2009) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Unperceiving of Natural Law ~ Chase the Enigma of the Gargantuan Guignol''[[/labelnote]] [[note]] Originally referred to as ''Unthinkable Natural Law'' by English-speaking fans, it was soon superseded by simply ''Hisoutensoku''.''Hisoutensoku'' (or ''Soku'' for short). There are still people who refer to it as ''Unthinkable Natural Law''.[[/note]]



* ''The Grimoire of Marisa'' (2009) -- Marisa's [[DeadpanSnarker comments]] on characters' spell cards.

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* ''The Grimoire of Marisa'' (2009) -- Marisa's [[DeadpanSnarker comments]] on characters' spell cards. ZUN compares it to an in-universe LetsPlay.



* ''Touhou Gairai Ihen ~ Strange Creators of Outer World'' (2015 - Ongoing) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Tomes of External Origins ~ Strange Creators of Outer World''[[/labelnote]]

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* ''Touhou Gairai Ihen ~ Strange Creators of Outer World'' (2015 - Ongoing) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Tomes of External Origins ~ Strange Creators of Outer World''[[/labelnote]]
World''[[/labelnote]] -- Contains newcomer-friendly guides to the Touhou cast and setting, as well as a continuation of ''Curiosities of Lotus Asia'' (see above). Also has features dedicated to Touhou doujins, including interviews with famous circles and samples of their works.
2nd Apr '16 5:01:55 PM Oecchi
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* BerserkButton: The fandom has one in the question "What anime is this?" as well as when someone on [=YouTube=] claims that ''Touhou'' [[IncrediblyLamePun stole from]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssh71hePR8Q the McRoll.]] For the uninitiated, the [=McRoll=] is based on Flandre's theme, ''not'' the other way around. Western fandom is also beginning to detest old memes ([[HilariousInHindsight pads]], etc.).
** Similar to the [=McRoll=] question, some members of the fandom will get annoyed if you try to call Flandre's Theme "Death Waltz".
** May the Lord have mercy on you if you tell Reimu she has awful night vision.

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* BerserkButton: The fandom has one in the question "What anime is this?" as well as when someone on [=YouTube=] claims that ''Touhou'' [[IncrediblyLamePun stole from]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssh71hePR8Q the McRoll.]] For the uninitiated, the [=McRoll=] is based on Flandre's theme, ''not'' the other way around. Western fandom is also beginning to detest old memes ([[HilariousInHindsight pads]], etc.).
** Similar to the [=McRoll=] question, some members of the fandom will get annoyed if you try to call Flandre's Theme "Death Waltz".
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May the Lord have mercy on you if you tell Reimu she has awful night vision.
27th Mar '16 3:47:05 PM TheKaizerreich
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** This created the bizarre situation of people commenting on any given Touhou fanwork, especially a FanVid, asking "What anime is this?" despite there not being a ''Touhou'' anime (at least, no official one). This happened so often that "What anime is this" became a meme on its own.
27th Mar '16 9:42:57 AM matteste
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* TH 14.5 ''Touhou Shinhiroku ~ Urban Legend in Limbo'' (2015) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Record of Deep Mysteries ~ Urban Legend in Limbo''[[/labelnote]]

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* TH 14.5 ''Touhou Shinhiroku ~ Urban Legend in Limbo'' (2015) [[labelnote:Translation]]''Touhou Record of Deep Mysteries ~ Urban Legend in Limbo''[[/labelnote]]Limbo''[[/labelnote]] [[note]] The game is set for a PS4 port sometime in 2016 with some additional features and one new character added.[[/note]]
20th Mar '16 2:46:06 AM matteste
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* CentralTheme: Boundaries, both physical and metaphysical.

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* CentralTheme: Boundaries, both physical and metaphysical.metaphysical, as well as [[SchrodingersButterfly paradoxical dreams]].
19th Mar '16 10:49:13 PM rmctagg09
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* CentralTheme: Boundaries, both physical and metaphysical.
17th Mar '16 6:02:31 PM PincerAttack
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** Rarely occurs, since [[PacifistRun Timing Out is a victory condition]], but some spell cards have an extra phase that usually begins when 30 seconds remain on said card. [[RealityWarper Yukari's]] second-to-last card, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bTnLf1ju70 Boundary of Life and Death",]] [[FantasticNuke Utsuho's]] final card, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdtRhBxsPz8 Subterranean Sun",]] and [[MemeticMolester Gengetsu's]] [[FanNickname aptly nicknamed]] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS-o5nYe9pw Gengetsu Rape Time"]] all do this.

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** Rarely occurs, since [[PacifistRun Timing Out is a victory condition]], but some spell cards have an extra phase that usually begins when 30 seconds remain on said card. [[RealityWarper Yukari's]] second-to-last card, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bTnLf1ju70 Boundary of Life and Death",]] [[FantasticNuke Utsuho's]] final card, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdtRhBxsPz8 Subterranean Sun",]] and [[MemeticMolester [[NintendoHard Gengetsu's]] [[FanNickname aptly nicknamed]] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS-o5nYe9pw Gengetsu Rape Time"]] all do this.
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