Fanfic: 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
, Episode 2 "~The Red Mist Incident~
" is an adaptation of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
, while 3
remain trailers. 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.
- Episode 2 adapts Touhou 11: Subterranean Animism in the opening. Its Framing Device is set after Subterranean Animism, but most of the episode is Part 1 of a flashback to Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
- Episode 3's trailer/opening is based on Touhou 9: Phantasmagoria of Flower View and the episode will continue Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
- Episode 4's trailer/opening is based on Touhou 8: Imperishable Night and is expected to be the conclusion of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
- 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 Touhou Musou Kakyou's, with more detailed character designs by Lunamoon.
- Bare Your Midriff: How Reimu's and Sanae's costumes are depicted.
- Beam Spam: This fanime uses this style of combat 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.
- Development Hell: It takes Manpuku Jinja two years to produce each 16-minute episode.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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 speaking parts: Marisa, Reimu, Youmu, Yuyuko, Cirno, Sakuya, Remilia, Aya and Sanae.
- Episode 2 has 20 speaking parts: Marisa, Reimu, Aya, Sanae, Suwako, Kanako, Nitori, Alice, Cirno, Daiyousei, Sakuya, Remilia, Patchouli, Koakuma, Flandre, Satori, Rin, Utsuho, Yukari and Suika.
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.
- Demoted to Extra: Letty, whose fight against Marisa happens entirely offscreen, and the Prismriver Sisters, who simply let Marisa pass without fighting her.
- Sakuya even more so, due to only appearing to tell Reimu to go deal with the incident, instead of taking a direct role in events like she does in the game.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Stinger: Sanae appears in the epilogue thanks to Yukari.
- 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" 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.
- 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.
- 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.