Fan Fic: Boundless World Of Danmaku
The Fan Fiction Boundless World of Danmaku
is written by Terry N. Muse
and hosted on FanFiction.net. It was published in early September 2013 as an Adventure/Fantasy Touhou
fanfic. Like most others, it begins with the usual system of unfortunately gapped OCs, but expands into a wider plot as the story continues.
Following Darius Loyhrs
, who finds himself forced into Gensokyo
against his will by Yukari
to distract and escape from an angered Reimu
, he ultimately decides to stay. During his initial visit, Reimu discovers an incident and brings him along, starting his adventures. It starts out similarly to most other Touhou fan fiction, but quickly breaks the mold and expands into a fresh new story as it progresses.
Find it here
, or read the sequel over here
Boundless World of Danmaku contains examples of:
- Ancestral Weapon: The Loyhrs family's Sword of Solace is this.
- Anchors Away: Murasa throws these arounds, both as melee and as Epic Flails.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: Absolutely anywhere and everywhere. Even if not, it's usually Orchestral Bombing instead (Ominous Latin Chanting included).
- Badass: While some of them may be subjective, the Immortal Assassin Ehud is quite tough to argue when he debuts in the sequel. All of his scenes read like clips from the latest James Bond movie. Hell, he's even the resident Hero Killer of the story!
- Badass Longcoat: There are a lot of these. Darius wears a black one, Damion wears a white one, Aile puts on a blue one when she fights Darius, and it seems to be standard garb for the recently introduced Hunters.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Goukei uses this against Byakuren during their fight in chapter 26.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: Darius and Marisa have one during chapter 34.
- Black Swords Are Better: A shinigami in the story uses a black scythe as his choice weapon.
- Blow You Away: Wildcard's sword has this power tied to it.
- Boss Subtitles: Sometimes parodied, but played straight for the most part.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In chapter 4, chapter 14, and chapter 30! Almost each time, Yukari ( and later on, Karin) appears to lampshade it.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Which makes Darius' fight with Goukei so much better when you realize just how drunk he must be.
- Casting a Shadow: This power is one half of Darius' standard moveset, with Light 'em Up being the other half. Damion uses these powers as well.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Dear lord, yes. The first handful of chapters follow the typical "Gappy Sue", Monster of the Week-style layout. Then the halfway mark rolls around, and things suddenly start going downhill. They don't get much better.
- Continuity Creep: It initially looks like a typical Mary Sue/Marty Stu fic. At second glance, however...
- Charles Atlas Superpower: "Ehud" has no powers per se, but definitely a heavy-duty Badass Normal.
- Cool Sword: Dominic Loyhrs was obsessed with these.
- Cool Plane: The sequel features one of these as a centerpiece and combat arena.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Reimu does this to SEVEN people in chapter 17, one of them being Yuuka!
- Dark Is Not Evil: Zig-zagged. At first, Darius wears a black longcoat and develops the powers of both Light 'em Up and Casting a Shadow, while preferring the latter over the former. When the sequel rolls around, Darius gets a Face-Heel Turn... but still uses the same powers. As if that's not enough, its implied that he might be coming around later on.
- Deal with the Devil: Near the very end, Wildcard offers one to Darius, who promptly denies it. It is also revealed that he would die if he refused. A brief sight of What You Are in the Dark makes him accept.
- The Ditz: Astoundingly, inverted with Cirno.
- Double Weapon: Goukei's two-sided scythe is this, with blades on both ends. Granted, the blades can be retracted, but...
- Downer Ending: And how! Both Darius and Goukei make Face Heel Turns, Karin is heavily implied to be dead after releasing the dragons into Gensokyo, Reimu and co. repel Wildcard by the skin of their teeth, and Darius' Deal with the Devil backfires spectacularly. Ouch.
- Dream Land: So far, Darius, Karin, and Goukei have all been shown to have one.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Goukei actually appears in chapter 11, but isn't named until chapter 25. Yukari even lampshades this.
- Embarrassing Last Name: Darius feels this way about his last name.
- Eldritch Location: Yukari's Gap Dimensions. In particular, the Border Catacombs are heavily implied to be this, with a heavy dose of Mind Screw thrown into the mix.
- Enforced Cold War: Beginning at chapter 38, in which Karin intercepts the protagonists but refuses to fight them in broad daylight. Lampshaded by her, too.
- Gratuitous Japanese: While Japanese honorifics are used throughout the story, typical English honorifics are used instead when the main characters travel abroad and are explicitly stated to be using English. Similarly, the language barrier is a fair problem for the sequel protagonist, who can't speak Japanese.
- Gravity Sucks: According to the resident Gravity Master Karin.
- Green Thumb: Yuuka has one.
- Hellfire: Appears as a part of Goukei's moveset.
- Medusa: Another recurring theme for Goukei.
- Mind Hive: Alexa's analysis of Yukari turns out to be this. Later on, Karin evolves into this as well. Both wind up using Voice of the Legion.
- Mysterious Backer: Wildcard is this to Goukei.
- Mysterious Stranger: One of them keeps following around Yukari. When Karin makes her hostile takeover, the stranger starts following her instead.
- Mythical Motifs: Everywhere. Wildcard is geared around Tarot Motifs and Biblical Motifs, whereas Gensokyo get Dragons Up the Yin Yang and similar.
- Nice Hat: Darius gets one eventually. It's actually Marisa's hat.
- No Gravity for You: Karin loves using this to mess with heads.
- Noodle Implements: In chapter 40, Darius reminds Karin of his last attempt to cook with a Frying Pan of Doom, bacon, butter, and, of all things, fireworks.
- Ominous Floating Castle: One of these is built for Darius' incident, along with a Floating Continent.
- Opera Gloves: Goukei lampshades it when Wildcard shows up in them.
- Out-Gambitted: Darius' ancestors found themselves doing this to each other during their Duel to the Death.
- Perp Sweating: Lampshaded by Damion in chapter 41 when this happens to Darius.
- The Power of the Sun: Darius taps into this for some of his spells. Interestingly, he hasn't used Lunacy yet.
- Professional Gambler: Wildcard, considering the cash and frequency of her games.
- Power of the Void: Darius' new power in the sequel.
- Psychopomp: Death gods in general are explained by Goukei to be this, featuring ferrymen, grim reapers, and shinigami.
- Punch Spin Gape: During chapter 35, Darius and Marisa take turns at doing this to each other.
- Rage Quit: Goukei, whenever he loses to Wildcard in particular style. This happens many times between them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Yukari uses this, although her eyes turn violet. Karin begins doing this as well. Played straight with Damion.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Many examples crop up.
- The author himself and his "personal Muse", who are respectively red and blue.
- The blue Darius and the red Damion (relative to each other).
- Officers Natasha (red) and Natalie (blue). They also double as Sibling Yin-Yang.
- The calm, collected Ehud and brash, hotheaded Goukei.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: The Weapon of Choice for Darius.
- Rogue Protagonist: Darius, the... protagonist.
- Say My Name: Cirno and Reimu in the fourth chapter. Massive ham was involved, yes.
- Sinister Scythe: Traditional shinigami weaponry, or so Goukei says.
- Shout-Out: An actually staggering amount to boot.
- Spit Take: The reaction of Marisa and Mima to Yuuka's alliance with the humans.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Goukei has these.
- Super Weight Scale: The characters are arranged on one in the author's notes of chapter 33.
- Tarot Motifs: Used by Wildcard. The author toys with the Minor Arcana, though he does dabble with Major as well.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: Karin's favourite use of her power.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: After his Deal with the Devil with Wildcard, Darius used both halves of his power to cancel each other out, gaining access to the Power of the Void instead.