Fan Fic: Fantasy Kaleidoscope
Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~Memories of Phantasm~
is a series of episodic fanime
adaptations of the Touhou video game
series. Episode 1 "~The Spring Snow Incident~
is an adaptation of Perfect Cherry Blossom
, Episodes 2
"~The Red Mist Incident~" are an adaptation of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
, plus two other
trailers have been animated. Made by Manpuku Jinja
with music by Yuuhei Satellite
The episodes are released without voice acting, only music, sound effects and Japanese subtitles, but have since been fan-dubbed.
Tropes for the videos as a whole:
- Anachronic Order: The games adapted by the episodes aren't in their original order of release.
- Episode 1 adapts Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil in the opening* and Touhou 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom in the rest of the episode. It also has Sanae appearing at the end, even though Perfect Cherry Blossom takes place long before her debut in Mountain of Faith.
- Episodes 2-4 adapt Touhou 11: Subterranean Animism in their openings. Their Framing Device is set after Subterranean Animism, but the episodes are mostly flashbacks to Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
- The first of the unused trailers/openings is based on Touhou 9: Phantasmagoria of Flower View.
- The second unused trailer is based on Touhou 8: Imperishable Night.
- Animation Bump: For a fanime, Manpuku Jinja does not cut corners in animation nor the quality of art used in animation. This series has backgrounds comparable in quality to those of Musou Kakyou: A Summer Day's Dream, with more detailed character designs by Lunamoon.
- Bare Your Midriff: How Reimu's and Sanae's costumes are depicted.
- Beam Spam: This fanime depicts danmaku combat in this way, in contrast to most others that use the Full-Contact Magic approach.
- Blush Sticker: Many of the more childlike characters are given these.
- Butt Monkey: Cirno.
- Aya doesn't get treated very well in episode 2.
- Cliffhanger: Episodes 2 and 3 end with these.
- Demoted to Extra: Since the fanime is a Compressed Adaptation of the plots of the games, this usually happens to lower-level bosses.
- In episode 1, Letty's fight against Marisa happens entirely offscreen, and the Prismriver Sisters simply let Marisa pass without fighting her. Sakuya only appears to tell Reimu to go deal with the incident, instead of taking a direct role in events like she does in the game.
- In episode 3, Rumia flies right past Reimu and crashes into a tree, and Reimu quickly takes out Meiling with a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Energy Ball: Reimu's Finishing Move "Fantasy Seal" involves crushing her opponents under a huge glowing yin-yang orb, which then explodes.
- Fishing for Sole: Suwako pulls a geta out of a fishing hole in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene of Episode 2's intro. The fishing rod and geta are seen both equally fast at the beginning of the same.
- Gainaxing: When characters with average or above sized breasts appear — such as Yuyuko, Yuugi, Aya or Sanae — you can expect them to bounce about if they as much as turn around.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Marisa is fond of this, having pointed at Reimu, Youmu, and Patchouli.
- Grumpy Bear: Reimu's characterization in this series.
- Hot-Blooded: Marisa, a Large Ham who is also prone to Badass Boasting.
- I Believe I Can Fly: As is the standard for Touhou.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Sakuya is given these in this series. Especially noticeable in the trailer for the second episode of the Scarlet Devil series.
- Instant Runes: The energy balls that are characteristic of danmaku are created through these in this series.
- Mundane Utility:
- Marisa regards the breeze from Cirno's Icicle Fall attack as pleasantly cool for a hot summer's day rather than treating it like an actual threat.
- Yukari's solution for not joining the Moriya Shrine party is to use her gaps to steal sake from it while she lounges in the hot spring.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The time and effort into making full-length episodes results in Manpuku Jinja's animations being music videos more than anime.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Marisa and Reimu.
- Scenery Porn
- Shout-Out: The names of the episodes reference American films.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Yukari is fond of doing this.
- The Stinger:
- After the end credits of Episode 1, Sanae appears in Gensokyo thanks to Yukari.
- In Episode 4's epilogue, Nitori discovers Shou and Nazrin preparing to unseal Byakuren, leading into the Undefined Fantastic Object storyline.
- Stock Footage: All of the EoSD-derived fight scenes and shots of other Gensokyo residents reacting to the scarlet mist that appeared in the opening sequence of Episode 1 were incorporated into Episodes 2-4.
- Supporting Protagonist: While Reimu is still the focus of the PVs and is the one who solves the incidents in the end, the episodes themselves tend to focus more on Marisa and the incidents are usually witnessed from her point of view.
- Theme Tune Cameo: All of the music, sung or as soundtracks, originate from the games. Some are less recognizable than others, such as Yukari's "Necrofantasia" written in a major scale in "The Red Mist Incident".
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Marisa and Reimu.
- Woman of a Thousand Voices: The Japanese fandubs are recorded by one actress, Pika Aizawa, performing voices for every single character.
- Episode 1 has 9 different voices: Marisa, Reimu, Youmu, Yuyuko, Cirno, Sakuya, Remilia, Aya and Sanae.
- Episode 2 adds 13 voices: Suwako, Kanako, Nitori, Alice, Daiyousei, Patchouli, Koakuma, Flandre, Satori, Rin, Utsuho, Yukari and Suika.
- Episode 3 adds 4 voices: Ran, Chen, Rumia and Meiling.
Tropes for "The Spring Snow Incident" include:
- Adaptation Distillation: "The Spring Snow Incident" is a short episode compared to the game, so the battles are shortened and some events are truncated.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Sakuya asks Reimu, "I wonder, if someone dies in the Netherworld, will she rest in peace?", leaving Reimu to consider if she would leave Marisa at Yuyuko's expense because of her laziness.
- Big Damn Heroes: Reimu and Marisa save Spring, the season. In a more direct application of this trope, Reimu flies in just in time to save Marisa from Yuyuko's danmaku attack.
- Bizarrchitecture: How Mayohiga is depicted as Marisa chases Chen around in it.
- Bystander Syndrome: Reimu... initially.
- Call Forward: Marisa's complaint about hearing youkai underestimating humans again refers to Patchouli's similar comment in the next episode.
- Empty Eyes: Although Yuyuko has pupils and shading in her irises, she's the only character who doesn't have white reflections in her eyes. This is probably to emphasize that she's a ghost.
- Graceful Loser: Yuyuko, just before Reimu defeats her with Fantasy Seal.
- Gravity Screw: Marisa flies upward through the portal into the Netherworld, then hits what seems to be a ceiling until her POV inverts and she finds herself lying on the ground at the foot of the ridiculously long staircase.
- Impossible Thief: How can you steal Spring?
- It's All Upstairs from Here: The path to the Netherworld.
- Ramming Always Works: Marisa overcomes Youmu's swordsmanship by ramming her with her broom.
- Sarcasm Mode: Reimu's apology to Marisa for not realizing that the cold weather was an incident. Fansubbers translate this line in a variety of ways.
- Shout-Out: Marisa says "Yare yare da ze"note when she sees the Netherworld's giant staircase. Probably not coincidental considering Marisa's "-da ze" Verbal Tic is itself inspired by Jojo.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Reimu gets this when she rescues Marisa from Yuyuko.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sakuya gives a very mild version to Reimu for not going out to deal with the incident.
- Xanatos Gambit: Even though Yuyuko's plan to make the Saigyou Ayakashi blossom failed, at least it provided a distraction to allow Sanae to enter Gensokyo.
Tropes for "The Red Mist Incident Part 1" include:
- Big Fancy House: The Scarlet Devil Mansion is depicted here as looking exactly like the Château Frontenac with the Elizabeth Tower grafted onto it.
- Brought Down to Normal: Utsuho, as she's seen partying at the Moriya shrine following the events of Subterranean Animism with her wings shrunken down and her third leg not present on her right arm.
- The Cameo: Over 30 Touhou characters are visible at the Moriya shrine.
- Cat Smile: Rin, of course, and Koakuma have one.
- Creepy Child: Flandre, who asks Marisa to play with her because she always breaks her toys. To drive it even further home, she squeezes her teddy bear so hard that its head bursts.
- Fangirl: What Koakuma is portrayed as towards Patchouli.
- Framing Device: Marisa is retelling the events of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil to Sanae while everyone is partying at the Moriya shrine after Subterranean Animism.
- Funny Background Event: Nitori doesn't just fold paper airplanes, she folds paper spaceships.
- Quite a few things at the party in general, including Komachi being lectured by Eiki, or Tewi taking Reisen's portion of food.
- Laughing Mad: Flandre when Marisa agrees to play with her.
- Lip Lock: Fandubs make it quite noticeable that dialogue isn't paced alongside the animation. Cirno's rant after being brushed aside by Marisa, in particular, stands out for being rushed.
- Little Miss Snarker: With the setting being post-Subterranean Animism, Nitori is in top form.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Her remark about the Moriyas constantly causing incidents gets her punted through the roof by Kanako.
- Madwoman in the Basement: Flandre, naturally. This adaptation expands on it.
- An Odd Place to Sleep: Flandre sleeps in a coffin that's placed on a bed—that is, if she were present.
- Red Sky, Take Warning: Created as part of Remilia's plan.
- Repeat Cut: As Marisa presents her mini-Hakkero to Patchouli.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Cirno repeatedly boasts about her power to Marisa before Marisa flies to the Scarlet Devil Mansion, only to get ignored at every opportunity.
- Patchouli plans on cutting Marisa's ego down to size after Marisa boasts that normal humans can use magic too and that she'll exterminate the lot of them by herself.
- Something About a Rose: A rose motif frequently appears as decoration in the Scarlet Devil Mansion, including the lid of Flandre's coffin.
- Spanner in the Works: Marisa proves to be a minor one to the Scarlet Devil Mansion crew, as she forces Patchouli out to subdue Flandre.
- Stalker Without a Crush: Reimu is apparently sharp enough to know when she's being spied on by Yukari, who wants to party with the rest, but isn't comfortable around Satori.
Tropes for "The Red Mist Incident Part 2" include:
- All of the Other Reindeer: Sakuya seems to be under the mindset that, with her time powers, she would be feared by the humans living in Gensokyo if she were to reveal them. Reimu is quick to point out that those sorts of powers are a dime a dozen in Gensokyo, however.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: The fanservice provided by Yukari, Ran and Chen soaking in the hot spring is limited to this.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Marisa showing Flandre some pity and affection is all the latter needs to pull a Heel-Face Turn and team up with her against Remilia.
- Cats Hate Water: Chen is very reluctant to get into the hot spring. And for good reason.
- Cool Big Sis: In this continuity, it's not Remilia who acts like this toward Flandre, but Marisa. Justified since in the original story, Remilia's take on the relationship between herself and Flandre isn't known, and Marisa being Flandre's friend is widely-accepted in fanon.
- Did You Die?: Sanae tearfully asks Marisa this after the cliffhanger from the previous episode. Reimu provides the obligatory Lampshade Hanging about what a stupid question this is.
- Fight Unscene: Between Marisa vs. Patchouli and Reimu vs. Sakuya, few attacks are seen directly; even during Sakuya's attacks, animation doesn't go all out, as her time-stopping capabilities fill in.
- Flaming Sword: Flandre's Laevatein, which she creates out of fire itself before confronting Remilia. This is consistent with the way Laevatein is described in The Grimoire of Marisa.
- Flechette Storm: Sakuya creates a very dense field of knives◊ in front of Reimu. Unfortunately for Sakuya, that's not actually Reimu she's targeting.
- Implacable Man: After Sakuya falls into Reimu's trap, Reimu is absolutely ruthless in taking her down.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Like in most fanworks, martial artist Meiling + giant laser danmaku = one very smokey gatekeeper and one very destroyed gate. The only difference from the status quo is that it's Reimu who fires the giant laser instead of Marisa, since the latter had already snuck into the mansion.
- Ninja Log: Reimu creates an illusory duplicate of herself with her Paper Talismans and tricks Sakuya into stabbing it.
- Slasher Smile: REMILIA.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Flandre stays in one while trapped in the water sphere while Marisa and Patchouli fight.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Being able to stop time isn't helpful if you can't even move, Sakuya.
Tropes for "The Red Mist Incident Part 3" include:
- Beam-O-War: No less than two instances. First, Remilia's Gungnir versus Flandre's Laevateinn, then Remilia's Gungnir versus Marisa's Master Spark.
- Brick Joke: Nitori, who was kicked out of the shrine in Part 1, is seen in The Stinger of this episode stumbling upon Shou and Nazrin preparing to unseal Byakuren.
- Let's You and Him Fight: After finding out that Marisa basically provoked Flandre to attack Remilia, Reimu is only too happy to let Flandre take care of the incident by herself. Unfortunately, Remilia quickly pacifies Flandre, and the ensuing fight becomes a two-on-two battle.
- Theme Tune Extended: The opening theme for this episode is the second half of the piece used as the opening theme of "The Red Mist Incident Part 2".
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Reimu ends the battle against the Scarlet sisters with a GIANT Yin Yang Orb.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Flandre, but 495 years of being ignored has caused her to act out.
- We Can Rule Together: Remilia's way to subdue Flandre's rebellion against her is basically this.