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Fanfic Recs: Touhou General Written
These are recommendations made by tropers for Touhou
fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here
. This section has fanfics focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.
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Alice's Glorious Homestead Defense
by X to the Zoltan
- Recommended by: Selryam, Jiven, Vrock8
- Synopsis: A look into Alice's mind and life when she has to put up with playing hostess to Marisa for a day.
by !ZA L5aj 48 Pg
, Thread 3
, Thread 4
(Keep following the threads for updates, or go to the /th/ board where this story resides).
Average Joe in Bullet Hell
- Recommended by Tropers: THP Anonymous
- Synopsis: —>"A Necromancer forces his way into Gensokyo, searching for a particular Lovecraftian tome. Necro Anon is rather different from most in his profession. He's trying to recover what a loved one lost and Gensokyo just might hold the key. Now only if he'd stop putting his foot in his mouth when talking to pretty nuns and terse shrinemaidens."
by Magnificent Sasquatch
Be Careful What You Wish For
- Recommended by Flash Of Sonic, Kerreb17, Nightmare Syndrom
- Synopsis: Follow the misadventures of a shameless semi-self-insert as he attempts to make heads or tails of this new crazy world and its even crazier inhabitants! There is fantabulous adventure to be had! (From author's fanfiction.net description)
- It has its own tropes page, here.
, by Vanishing Trooper
Being Meiling (Thread One)
- Recommended by: Redcynic, NachtRitter, nitewind, Blue Bird
- Crossover of the Familiar of Zero and Touhou Project.
- Synopsis: Louise wished for a powerful familiar. Yuka wanted a change in her life. Both will get what they want...just not in the way either of them expected. Currently on Season 2.
- Comments: A different and rather unique Familiar of Zero and Touhou Xover fic. Breaks away from canon and different from Gabriel Blessing's Hill of Sword, and still good. Strongly recommended.
, by Keymaster.
Between Life and Afterlife
- Recommended by: HatFancier
- Synopsis: A slice of life comedy (for the most part) starring the one and only Hong Meiling. Things start looking up after she manages to pull one over on a certain black-white witch, and it only escalates from there.
Boundless World of Danmaku
- Recommended by Selryam
- "Synopsis": A bright red higanbana was blooming at brink of the Sanzu River. /one-shot/
by Terrarian Creeper
Dolphin Rider Koishi
- Recommended by That Random Guy In the Corner
- Synopsis'': 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. As time continues, an old friend of his awakens her locked powers and loses control, instigating not only a war for Gensokyo itself, but the awakening of an ancient entity hell-bent on the destruction of all.
- Comes with a trope page!
Ephemeral Light of a Cherry Coloured Innocence
Exciting Investigation of Eastern Mysteries
- Recommended by Rising Tides
- Synopsis: From the author's summary: Being a shortlived human's not fun, especially when you're as shortlived as Akyuu. Being a youkai must be so much more fun! Or so this little Hieda thought...until an unlikely chain of events ends with her wish coming true. But there's no time to settle in. Gensokyo is in dire need of a new heroine and she's going to have to learn on the job. Watch Out, Gensokyo! It's Akyuu's turn! Personal Synopsis: A very empathic tale with a central theme that many touhou fans should be able to relate to - the wish to become a youkai and become a part of that wonderland that is Gensokyo. Thus was Hieda no Akyuu's wish when death finally came knocking on her door at the end of her most recent incarnation. However, Seiga had other plans for her, one that involved making Akyuu her personal undead Jiang-Shi servant. Her plan didn't account for one thing - the appearance of Satsuki Rin. Akyuu's wish was granted, but not quite in a way she could ever have imagined possible.
- Notes: Contains a lovely depiction of a zany cloud cuckoo lander Satsuki Rin as Akyuu's personal youkai mentor.
- Tags: Action-Adventure, Drama, Comedy
by Nathan Huss
A Fairy's Tale
- Recommended by 71TheRoman
- Crossover with: The Melancholyof Haruhi Suzumiya
- Synopsis: The SOS Brigade makes a field trip to a remote Shinto shrine said to be haunted by mysterious spirits. Upon arrival, they discover too late the shrine has been abandoned, and Haruhi nearly blows a fuse at the seemingly wasted time until the bizarre disappearance of Koizumi grabs everyone’s attention. Add to this two college students suddenly showing up, talking about a dream world called “Gensokyo”…
by Princess Tepes (another writter name of U. N. Owen)
Fantasy Of Utter Ridiculousness
- Recommended by Megaolix
- Synopsis: A completed Choose Your Own Adventure Pre-Gensokyo story at the Scarlet Devil Mansion with some interesting characterization. A Fairy's Tale follows a fairy maid in the Scarlet Devil Mansion who's normal day leads to a fateful encounter that changes her life forever. The narration starts off somewhat simple as to reflect the development of the character. Starting off nameless, she eventually gets a name and over time there is a paradigm shift as she learns and develops, breaking down simple views that we see in the beginning as she learns more about the world and the others in the Mansion.
, by Curtis Wildcat
- Recommended by: RN 452
- Crossover with: Megas XLR
- Synopsis: "Not long after the Glorft's attempt to smash the Moon into the Earth, a mishap involving the Lunarians drops Coop and the others into Gensokyo. Buckle up, people; it's going to be a weird trip." And talk about weird!
Flandre's Playtime with Her Sister
- Recommended by THPAnonymous
- Synopsis: —>"Poor little rabbit. Made a deal she shouldn't have, for people that really didn't deserve it. Poor, stupid little rabbit. Made a deal and didn't think of herself. Didn't think of her kin. Poor, naive little rabbit. Three favors owed, for three lives traded. For a life thrice, a poor little rabbit must repay in kind. Poor little rabbit." - Introduction Reisen made a bargain with an mysterious group to help Eirin complete the Hourai Elixer. Three Favors done, Three Favors owed, and her contractors are cashing in by having her assassinate three targets in Gensokyo. You control Reisen's actions, make sure she succeeds.
Flight of the Steel Butterfly
- Recommended by RN 452
- Synopsis: "Remilia never plays with her little sister, who lives alone in the cellar of their mansion. Sakuya tries to fix this..."
- Recommended by Blue Bird
- Synopsys: Brett is a middle schooler who gets gapped to Gensokyo by Yukari, but this is not his story: this is the story of his sister, Sara. Desperate to save her lazy brother, Sara travels all the way to the Japanese wonderland of Gensokyo, forgetting that she might not be so perfect herself...
- Comments: An atypical take on the usual gapped into the Gensokyo formula. It shows what happens back on the outside world when someone gets gapped into Gensokyo. The sister aren't fully free of faults herself, but is still much, much better than many Gappies. Not that she's one herself.
Game of Touhou
- Recommended by Big B, 71TheRoman, SpiriTsunami
- Synopsis:Ibuki Suika is a permanent guest at the Hakurei Shrine, but does Reimu know exactly what Suika does when she's not around? Or even when she IS around? Join Suika on her misadventures as she uh... she uh... Hic! What was I doing again...?
by Duwee Davis II
- Recommended by RN 452, BlueBird, Feng Lengshun
- Synopsis: The Touhou cast as one has never seen them before. Honor and justice, peace and prosperity, freedom and glory, chaos and strife, and a mere reunion with a lost sister... all these ambitions and more lie in the land of Noros. However, the only way to make these ambitions reality is to play the Game. The Game of Deceit, Treachery, and most of all, the Game of Thrones.
- An amazing story, with a high amount of tension that makes you want to just keep reading it and hope it update fast. Fortunately, it does. Although there are certain canon characters that are deliberately made to be different, it has used all of them very nicely. Though there are OCs, all of them are interesting, which is quite an achievement. Very much recommendable. — Feng Lengshun
- Recommended by Chronopolize
- Synopsis: Having been unwillingly transported to Gensokyo, our warrior-bard Viking weaves both his weapons and his words as he embarks on an great quest seeking his revenge against Yukari.
- Note: Here is the full Chapter List.
The Girl in the Cave
- ''Recommended by: Minni128
- Sypnosis:[...] Yukari fell ill after a battle but was treated but the damage to her body was so great, that she didn't survive the last of the treatment and Ran, grief-stricken and alone, fell ill and passed away, leaving Chen alone.
and its sequel The Girl and the Oni
The Gold, Blue, and Red-White
- Recommended by Timeskipper
- Synopsis: Parsee's best friend was the dripping water, and she hated it.
Human of the Other Side
- Recommended by Cirno
- Synopsis: An "origin story" of Gensoukyou - why it was separated from the rest of the world and by whom.
Imperfect Cherry Blossom
- Recommended by kiriakoen
- Synopsis: A normal male human arrives to Gensokyo. At the beggining, it seems like a regular self-insert, but avoids being a Marty Stu by being almost automatically hated by everyone. Plus, he's really unlucky and tends to snark a lot, making him likeable. He manages to get their trust with time, but still behaves like a jerk. After some chapters, it starts getting influences from Shin Megami Tensei.
- Recommended by mysterykcad
- Crossover with: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Synopsis: During the events of Snow Mountain Syndrome, Kyon is spirited away to Gensokyo, and ends up getting wrapped up in the events of Perfect Cherry Blossom. Due to a number of factors, including manipulations by the Sky Canopy Dominion and getting a late start, the events of the Spring Snow Incident are much more serious than in the game. A second story arc is currently in progress in which Kyon and Nagato find themselves in Gensokyo for the events of Imperishable Night.
- Comments: While the premise is simple, the author does an excellent job intertwining the two worlds. While most of the focus is on Gensokyo's cast, the story is told from Kyon's perspective, with a fair amount of Original Flavor. The cast of Gensokyo are multidimensional, and their interactions with Kyon are realistic and entertaining. There also seems to be a Myth Arc developing around the Sky Canopy Dominion's interference with events in Gensokyo. Thankfully, unlike the other Haruhi/Touhou crossover fic on this page, this story is updated fairly regularly.
by Taker Foxx
I Negative Bullet
- Recommended by Makuta9999, Extraintrovert, Guy You Met Online, Zudak, Jiven, Rena The Archmage, RN 452
- Synopsis: It's the first day of spring, and Cirno and her friends are once again up to no good! But after stealing a strange box from Marisa's house, they soon find themselves over their heads as they discover some things are meant to remain locked up.
- Has it's own page.
by Sorrowful Reincarnation
Kingdom Hearts of an Eastern Wonderland
- Recommended by Patcheresu
- Synopsis: Awaking without memories,neither of who he is or what he is, a youkai tries to find his lost past in the land he awoke in. Doomed to be a walking enigma, he roams Gensokyo for his past, present, future and purpose...
by Frost Matrix
The Last Stand of Cirno the Valiant
- Recommended by Naal2
- Crossover with: Kingdom Hearts
- Synopsis: Kids do their best now and are preparing. Please watch warmly until it is ready. The boundaries of light and darkness are in disarray. A hero and a miko are the ones who will open the door.
by U.N. Owen
Mind the Gap
- Recommended by Echo 13
- Synopsis: Cirno has grown powerful- enough to make the other residents of Gensokyo wish her gone. Exiled, she makes a last stand to save the few allies she has left.
by Chibi Chen
A New World
- Recommended by Calamity2007
- Synopsis: "Written as a bet between me and the Walfas station wagon. What happens when a normal mechanical technician gets sent to Gensokyo, without being gaped in? Finished, and being made into a feature length Walfas film by the creator of Diamond In The Rough, Spaztique!" -Chibi Chen's description of the fic
- Notes: Written as response to the depressing Deconstruction fic, Diamond In The Rough, this fic, written by Chibi Chen who went seeing Dit R blind and didn't know much about Touhou, is a Reconstruction of the type of fics labeled Gappy Sue fics, where an outsider is transported to Gensokyo. Instead of treating Gensokyo like he is on holiday and gaining power, like many Gappy Sues, the main character, Isaac, is mostly just interested in getting back home, or at least living a quiet life if he can't. When Chibi Chen asked Spaztique to read it, he actually really enjoyed it and decided to adapt it after Dit R
by Iced Fairy
No Such Thing As Fairy Tales
- Recommended by mysterykcad, Sakura Rurouni
- Synopsis: Set 300 or 500 years (the author says 500 years, but all in-story references say 300) after the events of the main Touhou games, time has changed Gensokyo for the worse. The boundaries within Gensokyo have become more difficult to cross, as has the Hakurei border. In addition, the Lunarians have been growing tense due to human colonization of the false moon.
A Scarlet-Stained Memoir
by U. N. Owen
Full chapter list
, Q&A thread
made after the end (contains much information not in the story, including the meat of the epilogue). Threads do not contains links to each other.
- Recommended by Brickman, Chronopolize
- Synopsis: An ordinary peasant farmer stumbles not just into Gensokyo, but to the gates of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. The mistress invites travelers in and offers hospitality, but once inside it's not easy to leave. Can such an ordinary man hope to uncover the mansion's mysteries? Can he even survive them long enough?
- Notes: Contains three original characters including the Audience Surrogate main character. Of the other two, one feels fairly at home in Gensokyo and the other seems to be written to be as jarringly unfitting for Gensokyo as possible (for good reason).
The Shrine of Gensokyo
series by wrathie.
- Recommended by slain, totlmstr
- Composed of three parts:
- Synopsis: Reimu has left Gensokyo, leaving behind her memories. Now, as an adult, she must return, and not only face off with her own past, but the consequences of leaving the youkai and humans of Gensokyo without the Hakurei maiden for so long.
by Luminous Beginnings
- Recommended by Rising Tides
- Synopsis: From the author's summary: Multiple expositional monologues from various Touhou and Seihou Characters. Semi One-Shot Series, with Alternate Character Interpretation and playing loose and fast with canon. Personal Summary: A lovely tale told from the viewpoint of various touhou characters, exploring very original and highly emotive interpretations of the various characters, all while very subtly following the journey of one unnamed human whose passing interactions with the various citizens of Gensokyo and its surrounding realms sparks seemingly-small yet far-reaching changes in those he meets.
- Notes: So good it has even spawned a sequel.
- Tags: Drama
Touhou Doujin Dawitsus folly
- Recommended by Nightmare Syndrom
- Synopsis: Actual Summary: A newcomer arrives at Gensokyo after a great battle. Damaged, with low reserves of power, he tries to find his place within this strange, new world he has been introduced to.
by Duwee Davis II
Touhou Hearts: Yukari's Ploy
- Recommended by Patcheresu
- Synopsis: Flandre's Laevateinn has been stolen! A mysterious pair of newcomers seem to be to blame- and Reimu naturally is picking up the pieces. But, there's something unique about one of the newcomers... A fanfic conversion of my hand-drawn doujin.
- It has its own trope page, here.
- Recommended by Naal2
- Crossover with: Kingdom Hearts
- Synopsis: Sora, Donald and Goofy have arrived in Gensokyo, a mysterious world suffering from a Heartless infestation. There's just one problem - Everyone believes that Sora is responsible! How will the Keyblade Master survive in a world full of hostile demi-gods?
by Usually Dead
- Recommended by Kalle, Rena The Archmage, Extraintrovert, Selryam
- Synopsis: A collection of stories, including retellings of the games (from tEoSD to IaMP) and side-stories, told from differing points of view as the writer slowly exposes the reader to an Alternate Universe Gensoukyou.
- It has its own tropes page, here.
Unparalleled Ayakashi Incident
- Recommended by Makuta9999, Kerreb17
- Synopsis: A selfish experiment works only too well and Aya and Satori find themselves surrounded by those that cannot die. Can they solve this incident on their own before losing their minds?
- Recomended by Bstarman
- Synopsis: A centuries-old evil is stirring, and Yukari is worried about the poison it's beginning to spread. When a teenager with no memory is thrust onto the front lines, how will he fight it?
by Logan not here
The White Rose of Chireiden
- Recommended by Selryam and Two Gun Angel
- Synopsis: Sakuya and Murasa discover they have a common love of the fine and well-aged. "Even if that sounds a little gushy for me, I hear ya, Izayoi."
, by Sakura Rurouni
A Wizard Is You
- Recommended by the Nolrai.
- Synopsis: The Ancient City being recast as an rebellious former client state of Makai. It tells the story of Makai's failed attempt at reconquest and the after affects.
- Recommended by: Shockz, Jiven, Shinji117
- Synopsis: "One morning you abruptly appear in Gensokyo, 357 feet above the ground, along with half of a flaming airship, the better part of a clock tower, three wyverns, four giant eagles and a gigantic red dragon." So begins A Wizard Is You, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story featuring a high-level Dungeons & Dragons wizard with far more spells than common sense as its protagonist. Thankfully(?), he's landed in one of the few places in the Planes where the average resident has even less common sense than him, and he ends up making fast friends with a local were-hakutaku and her ice fairy student. Now, if only he could figure out how the hell to get home...