Known in full as Touhou Niji Sousaku Doujin Anime: Musou Kakyou ~A Summer Day's Dream~, this series is a Fanime based off of the popular Touhou games. However, unlike most Fanime discussed here, this one has a significant difference: it was produced by the well-known doujin group MAIKAZE, who managed to gain a lot of notoriety with the project by roping in some verybig-name voice actresses to help out.It's springtime in Gensokyo, and Reimu is preparing for the annual feast. But something is amiss, as she soon finds out — the Hakurei Shrine's donation box has been stolen! And it's not just there, either; the Scarlet Devil Mansion and its library have been robbed as well. With the help of Marisa and Aya, can Reimu get to the bottom of this incident before the feast is ruined?The first episode was released at Comiket 75, on December 29th, 2008; a total of three episodes are planned, with the second episode being released at Comiket 82 on August 12th, 2012. It should be noted that the series was originally titled the Touhou Anime Project, but was changed to its current name after ZUN, the creator of the games, expressed concern over it being mistaken for an official product.The site for the series can be found here (in Japanese.).
All-Star Cast: See the Touhou Wiki entry for a complete list and links to their Anime News Network articles. Notably, Aki Toyosaki (as Suika) was the least well-known member of the cast at the time the first episode was released, about four months before her breakout role as Yui in K-On!.
This is more than likely the real reason for the delays—having to pay to use these big names probably isn't cheap as well has having having the time to do voice-work for a work like this.
Animation Bump: The second episode looks much better and is animated even smoother than the first episode.
Disproportionate Retribution: When Aya accidentally hits Patchouli with a book, she takes it out on Reimu, who was trying to interrogate her about her missing donation box, by busting out her Royal Flare spell card. Reimu doesn't really hold back when retaliating either.
Then there's Youmu's reaction to have her watermelon stolen. Reisen barely avoids getting skewered through the head!
Really, this is Gensokyo. Disproportionate retribution is the name of the game here.
Also Reisen when she's forced to use "Lunatic Red Eyes" against Youmu. Also crosses with Red Eyes, Take Warning, as can be guessed from the name.
Heavy Sleeper: Meiling, who doesn't even wake up and notice Aya is right in front of her taking pictures.
I Believe I Can Fly: It is Touhou after all. However, special mention must go to Aya. As a Tengu, she can be mistaken as a jet when seen from a distance.
Jerkass: Reimu. She goes to the SDM in order to unfairly accuse Patchouli of stealing her donation box, and completely expects her to continue their conversation when Patchy clearly just got struck by a heavy book to the face.
No Export for You: There are English subtitles, thanks in part to KirbyM. So, for all you English-speaking fans that want to support MAIKAZE and hopefully push the second and third episodes out of Development Hell... good luck with that. Almost none of the retailers who stock the first disc ship internationally.
Marisa finds Patchouli's supposedly lost book, but neither of them tell Remilia, Sakuya, and Reimu, who are discussing the incident.
Aya forgets to tell Tewi that the banquet was canceled.
Youmu never mentions to Reisen that the watermelon Tewi gave her was actually taken from Youmu.
Promoted Fanboy: KirbyM, better known as the creator of the popular Walfas fansite, was specifically asked to help with the official English subtitles for the DVD release.
Puni Plush: The character design has elements of this, which looks incongruous next to the lavishly detailed backgrounds.
Real Song Theme Tune: The opening theme is a shortened version of one of Maikaze's earlier tracks, which was part of an album they had released at the 5th Reitaisai event, 7 months before Comiket 75, when the first episode was released.