Fanfic / Touhou Ibunshu
is a completed Fan Fiction
series by Tyler "usuallydead" Lovell. It is, as the name suggests, an adaptation of the Touhou
series (exclusively the Windows era, likely due to the PC-98 games being retconned out of existence
), covering The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
, Perfect Cherry Blossom
, Immaterial and Missing Power
, and Imperishable Night
, with several side-stories covering the intervening periods, as well as two flashbacks. Each of the main stories (except the Immaterial and Missing Power
adaptation, oddly enough) follow the general plot of the respective game, including the main threat, the characters that embark upon a quest to stop it, and the characters they encounter in a certain order, however the resemblance to the original plots mostly ends there.
The series is heavily Alternate Universe
, with some of the more drastic changes being the removal of universal flight, danmaku reduced to single-use spellcards, Reimu and Marisa having their Power Levels
dropped to bottom tier (Reimu has to borrow
spellcards from Marisa), and the fact that everyone is speaking English In-Universe
. Furthermore, many things are far darker than normal
, with youkai
that don't simply threaten to eat people
, what little combat there is being swift and brutal, and characters entirely willing to use any Story Breaker Powers
to their full extent. Regardless, earning a happy ending
is never impossible.
The writing is also excellent, and the characters are far from two-dimensional.Retelling of Oriental Stories
Other Touhou Writings
- The Reinterpretation of Scarlet Devil
Retelling of the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
- Redemption of Precarious Puppeteer
- Requiem Bibliophilic
- Resolute and Ghostly Gardener
- Remixed Cherry Blossom
Retelling of Perfect Cherry Blossom
- Recovery of Beloved Matriarch
- Repose and Inclusive Power
Retelling of Immaterial and Missing Power
- Remorse in Secession's Nobility
- Recalled Lunar Romance
- Recount and Full Moon Predecessor
- Reenactable Night
Retelling of Imperishable Night
Tropes for Touhou Ibunshu include:
- Alternate Universe Fic
- Anatomy of the Soul: Of all people, Meiling is revealed to be splintered in half, the Dumb Muscle, Blood Knight half, and her spiritual, disciplined half (who is much more serene).
- The Atoner: Yukari, after the disastrous events of Remixed Cherry Blossom and a vicious fight with Ran and Chen in Recovery of Beloved Matriarch, pledges herself to become a positive force for Gensokyo, helping the harvest following the extremely long winter and later helping in the quest to restore the moon in Reenactable Night. Mokou mocks her for this, saying she'll just become the same suicidal mess she was in a few centuries' time.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Cirno's Gunky, a towering snowman formed from the excess snow of the endless winter.
- Author Tract: One of the common criticisms against the story, though it's only really bad in a handful of places.
- Back from the Dead: Reimu, Marisa, Sakuya, and Yuyuko. Remilia and Flandre are also killed and come back, but remain undead.
- Badass Adorable: Chen. She's willing to go against Yukari of all people when she's poised to kill Ran.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Reimu realizes Suika wasn't exiled for stealing a bottle of sake. She was exiled for stealing an artifact of war.
- Book Dumb: Reisen acknowledging she should have paid more attention to her classes is a Running Gag.
- Butt Monkey: Chi- er, Hong Meiling, who can't seem to last a single scene without suffering grievous bodily harm of some sort. Definitely of the Iron Butt Monkey sub-trope.
- Cabin Fever: The main source of Yukari's psychological problems. It's not that Gensokyo is tiny by any stretch of the imagination, but being acutely aware of the barrier and being unable to ever cross it due to her very nature being a part of it played a big part in her descent to madness.
- Creepy Child: Flandre and Remilia initially. They get better.
- Compassionate Critic: The Phoenix. After being released from Mokou, he spends a few minutes giving advice to everyone before leaving.
- Curse Escape Clause: Eirin bases the spell holding Eientei hidden on the Impossible Request items, each associated with an impossible task. Naturally, the heroines approaching blow the ritual and the items to pieces, having each having completed each task through Character Development earlier in the storylines:
- The Swallow's Shell requires one to defeat your greatest love. Ran accomplished this by confronting a suicidal Yukari and through the rules of shikigami force her to see the consequences of her actions, commencing her healing journey and her Heel–Face Turn.
- The Dragon's Necklace requires one to overcome entropy. Yukari accomplished this when she stopped demanding a reason to live and resolving to become that reason herself, becoming The Atoner and becoming a true guardian for Gensokyo.
- The Fire Rat's Skin requires one to cleanse the self's impurities. Alice accomplished this by acknowledging her feelings towards Marisa and stopping holding them back, after seeing her dead body in Mayohiga and the result of Wriggle's attack earlier.
- The Jeweled Branch requires one to surpass all value. Youmu accomplished this by loving and trusting Yuyuko, and respecting her wishes by following Reimu.
- Buddha's Stone Bowl requires one to rise from death. Reimu, Marisa and Sakuya all died in Remixed Cherry Blossom, and were revived in the same. Remilia, too, died when Reimu stabbed her with her broken gohei in Reinterpretation of Scarlet Devil, killing the mad beast she'd been. All were changed by the experience and sought to become better people after it.
- Dark Fic: They do manage to earn a happy ending for each of the games, and almost every villain is eventually redeemed by the Power of Friendship, but this Gensokyo is a far more dangerous and less pleasant place than canon Gensokyo, and there's implications that most of the low-to-medium level youkai are just monsters and we happen to be looking at the ones who aren't. The main characters are also powered way down so as to make the adventures legitimately dangerous.
- Daughter of a Whore: Mokou. However, she does get taken in and raised by the father.
- Deadly Prank: Tewi nearly causes the destruction of Eintei and the death of Reisen through a prank she pulls on Reisen.
- Death Seeker: Reisen, after confirming Eirin has her gun and knows how to use it, quietly asks the sage to kill her. Yukari (until Recovery of Beloved Matriarch) and Mokou. A lesser example is Letty Whiterock, who's exhausted by the endless winter and just wants to fade away into spring.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Both Rumia and Remilia in Reinterpretation of Scarlet Devil.
- Determinator: Sakuya goes through figurative hell over the course of Remixed Cherry Blossom, including trudging through miles and miles of snow with an untreated leg wound, dying in battle against Youmu, and facing down a monstrously corrupted Reimu. And after all that, she gets to meet Yukari.
- Driven to Suicide: Youmu and Reisen. Fortunately, they are saved by Yuyuko and Tewi, respectively.
- Also, shockingly, Yukari, leading to the events of Remixed Cherry Blossom.
- Easily Forgiven: Played with. Forgiveness is a key concept of the series, and antagonists are forgiven from murder to attempted destruction of Gensokyo... but at least part of that includes honest contrition and willingness to atone for past misdeeds.
- Remilia's scarlet mist in Reinterpretation of Scarlet Devil and Eirin's hiding of the moon in Reenactable Night were closer to crossings of the Godzilla Threshold than deliberately evil acts - the former wanted to disperse the explosive energy Flandre was collecting in her dungeon, the latter to deprive Mokou of the catalyst she needed to energize her Kashoyo army.
- Remilia in particular, being a massive ham and jerk to everyone, realizes how her poor treatment and understanding of her sister nearly ended in catastrophe. While the debacle ends with no deaths, Flandre ends an amnesiac, leaving a contrite Remilia to pick the pieces. Later on, she's likewise forced to acknowledge what a toxic influence she was to Sakuya from moment one and how her unwitting abuse has twisted her. It takes her a lot of effort to actually find how to be forgiven for it.
- Sakuya successfully murders both Reimu and Marisa... but she's also key to their resurrection and confronted Yukari afterwards. Reimu still doesn't fully forgive her until Sakuya shows she's genuinely trying to fight her darker impulses and tremendously ashamed of her past actions.
- Yukari is by far the most malevolent foe to be forgiven, having manipulated Youmu into stealing spring, grievously abusing her friendship with Yuyuko, and, well, trying to kill Gensokyo in a mad stab at freedom/suicide. After her breakdown, she starts by confessing her many misdeeds and repairing the damage wrought by the winter, fully aware that it's step one at best, with no illusions as to how long earning everyone's forgiveness may take. She also picks on Reimu's depression and loneliness and sends Suika in an honest attempt at easing it.
- Easter Egg: Remorse in Secession's Nobility's acronym, Reisen.
- The Fair Folk: Most fairies are like this.
- Fanservice: With the exceptions of Redemption of Precarious Puppeteer and Recalled Lunar Romance, someone ends up getting naked somehow. And even they had some brief moments of fanservice. Briefly lampshaded in the latter after a kiss scene.
"The patterns of romantic stories might expect our encounter that night to reach a romantic climax. Taking all our clothes off, feeling skin on skin, making sweet love on the lounge furniture. While that kind of scene happened many times afterwards, we got no further than a kiss this night."
- Fantastic Racism: Far more obvious than the original, and far more justified. Much of Recount and Full Moon Predecessor is about this, Keine fearing that if she were to reveal her half-hakutaku nature she would be driven away from her home. She is thus quite astonished when no one particularly cares (mostly because people know her well enough that they fully trust her to make every effort to support humanity).
- Godzilla Threshold: The Scarlet Mist and the Imperishable Night.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: When defending Eientei, Yukari uses her gaps to pull through as many defenders as she can (Suika, Meiling, Patchouli and Flandre) to aid.
- Grey and Gray Morality: With the exception of Yuyuko, it's difficult to place any single character as being purely good or evil. Reimu, Marisa, and Suika come closest to the "good" portion of the spectrum, and Yukari and Mokou closest on the "evil" side.
- Happily Married: Eirin and Kaguya are very much this. Nearly two thousand years and counting.
- Human Aliens: The Lunarians. Unlike the humans, they have Magitek, naturally white hair being a common trait, and their magic is less elemental and more based on time and space. Sakuya is one of them.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: A variation. Sakuya, raised by Remilia (if never vampirized), develops some hate for her due to her less-than-ideal upbringing and the horrible things she had to do to provide for Flandre, and things come to an angry discussion during Reenactable Night. They manage to work it out with some effort with their Character Development.
- Heavy Sleeper: As per canon, Yukari. Ran shamefully admits the lengths she went to wake her up during the Scarlet Mist Incident, including pitching her over a cliff. It didn't work.
- Hidden Depths: Sakuya hates Reimu and Marisa well into Remixed Cherry Blossom, apparently simply because they beat her. Actually, when they defeated Remilia and Flandre, they triggered their Character Development, indirectly making them better people. Sakuya, who had lived her entire life under Remilia's delusions of grandeur, was devastated to know everything she thought she knew about her mistress and the house she served was a lie.
- Identity Amnesia: Flandre. While it breaks Remilia's heart, she comes out far saner and stable enough that she no longer needs to be sealed in the Mansion's cellars.
- Innocent Prodigy: Akyu. A reincarnation of a woman who dedicated her life to recording the history of Gensokyo. What prevents her from being Wise Beyond Their Years is that, despite her intelligence and power, she still carries many childish traits.
- Intertwined Fingers: Alice and Marisa.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: Repose and Inclusive Power consists mainly of this.
- Killed Off for Real: Apparently, Rumia, Wriggle, Mystia, and most shockingly, Mokou.
- Knife Nut: Sakuya, just like the original, except that here someone capable of stopping time and hurling a knife at your face before you even blink is every bit as intimidating as she can be.
- Large Ham: Per canon, Remilia. Unlike canon, though, this comes back to bite her. Hard.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Eirin and Kaguya through Reisen's eyes, before realizing that for all intents and purposes, they are an old married couple.
- Madwoman in the Attic: Flandre, oh so very much. At least at first.
- Magitek: The Lunarians.
- Manipulative Bastard: Yukari. Some things never change.
- Marshmallow Hell: A running gag in Resolute And Ghostly Gardner is Youmu expieriencing this. By the end, she finally figures out a way to be able to breathe like this.
- Medieval Stasis: Technology has hardly gone past the "feudal Japan" stage. Granted, the magic is so great that inventing machines would be uneccessary. (They even have magical lightbulbs!) Additionally, Gensokyo's denizens have adapted to the English language. English is referred to as "the new language", while Japanese is referred to as "the old language".
- Regarding the language issue, there's something odd at work there. When Sanae came through the Boundary into Gensokyo, the transition exchanged all of her knowledge of the Japanese language for the English language. She could remember Kanako's name, but not what her gohei was called or precisely what honorific she used to refer to her father.
- Mood Whiplash: Chapter Seven of Remixed Cherry Blossom has Sakuya brutally murdering Reimu and Marisa. The following chapter, we get to see Shanghai and Alice.
- Moses in the Bullrushes: Sakuya is a Lunarian.
- Motor Mouth: Shanghai
- Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted (or Inverted, depending on how seriously you take Les Yay) by Eirin and Kaguya, who are both very much in love with each other and about as over 50 as you can possibly get.
- Non-Indicative Name: Repose and Inclusive Power, while interesting, has nothing to do with the fighting game Immaterial and Missing Power, with the exception of the cast of characters and the Mugen Shubin, instead being about Reimu's Journey to the Center of the Mind.
- Poor Communication Kills: Remilia's poor phrasing of her gripes with religion nearly spells doom for Gensokyo.
- The Power of Love: All jokes about Marisa's Master Spark aside, a lot of the conflicts in the stories are resolved through love, forgiveness, trust, et cetera. The most common guilty party of this is Yuyuko and Reimu, though Reimu does have a harder time forgiving certain people.
- On the flipside, perhaps half of the conflicts in the stories are started or enabled because some characters made poor decisions in the name of love. This generally goes to show that the perpetrators aren't evil, simply misguided or afraid.
- Really 700 Years Old: Many characters, but most of all Flandre, who as with the original can't even pretend to be mature.
- Restraining Bolt: Laevateinn for Flandre. Yukari had it pretty much handed to Flan to avoid a reprise of Reinterpretation of Scarlet Devil . And even with it she's still a terror to fight.
- Shout-Out: Several Touhou memes sneak there way into the story, subtly enough that if you didn't know the meme you wouldn't notice anything was unusual.
- Smug Snake: Alice Margatroid and Patchoulli Knowledge.
- Song Fic: On occasion, a character will sing a song from the games with lyrics added to them. They are generally relevant to the character singing or the plot. Perhaps the most amusing one being Suika's song of a hero marching forth to defeat an oni, only for his head to be immediately lopped off.
- Spin-Off: Ibunshu has two stories that aren't part of the main continuity. Erroneous Paradisial Inception is the story of how Sanae and the Moriya Shrine got to Gensokyo, told from the point of view of Sanae, who basically has crap piled all over her until she breaks down (then pulls herself together and starts kicking ass). The other story, Sakurei, is a Porn Without Plot between Sakuya and Reimu.
- Summon Bigger Fish: After the heroines beat Cirno and her giant snowman, the infuriate fairy, smarting from both the previous defeat and an unpaid "debt" of Reimu's (she promised to let Cirno freeze her in order to get quick access to the Scarlet Devil Mansion), gets Letty Whiterock to deal with the humans.
- Stylistic Suck: Requim Biblioliphic is written by Patchoulli and as a result, smothered in Purple Prose. Tyler admitted in one of his blog entries that on of his favorite parts was trying to find how much Purple Prose he could shove into the text.
- Tempting Fate: In Remorse in Secession's Nobility, after Eirin explains the cornerstone behind Eientei's defenses to Reisen, she just has to say:
Eirin: The ritual can be undone only by technicality. It’s effectively impenetrable.
- Even more amusing is the fact that the reader can easily and immediately identify several ways in which certain characters can tear apart Eirin's ritual.
- Title Drop: Not the title of the story however, but the title of the game on which the particular story is based.
- Tsundere: Discussed by Yukari about Reimu.
“Oh my,” she said. “It’s not like I want to hold onto you, stupid Boundary youkai. I’m just afraid of heights, is all!” She glanced at Ran. “What was the word for that again?”
- And of course, poor Alice, as shown by a nightmare she had after Remixed Cherry Blossom.
"Here lies Marisa Kirisame. Why did it hurt so bad when I thought she was dead? I don't care that much, I swear I don't."
- Villainous Breakdown: Yukari's starts when she's confronted by Yuyuko and Youmu, and devolves into savagery when Ran returns. However, she collapses, sobbing, when confronted by Chen.
- Water Source Tampering: Yukari killed Yuyuko's parents by tossing a dead fairy into the waterhole.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Flandre. Remilia's casual conversation about God frightened her to the point she thought blowing up Gensokyo was preferable than to live under His yoke.
- Wham Episode: Chapters 7 and 15 of Remixed Cherry Blossom.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: The greatest issue for Yukari and Mokou, which has driven them to commit acts of villainy in the past. Kaguya and Eirin are not entirely immune, though their relationship with each other apparently serves as a buffer against the worst of it. Indeed, since Mokou herself sometimes acknowledges that Eirin didn't mean to kill her thieving father, and that she has herself to blame for drinking the Hourai Elixir, Mokou's chronic animosity towards them may be about envy for their relationship as much as it is about wanting an outlet for her immortality angst.
- The differences between the two come to a head in the climax of Reenactable Night, where Phoenix presents an opportunity for the Hourai immortals to die. Eirin and Kaguya decide to remain immortal together, and Mokou chooses death.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Remilia, Flandre, Mokou and Yukari are varying flavours of "death to everyone" due to a long life (or unlife, in the case of the former two) of despair.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Rumia uses against Reimu.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The Kashoyo. Mokou's been making them for ages, but she's been learning how to make more and more of them, and it seems the spillover are now appearing more and more often in random parts of Gensokyo instead of attacking Eientei.