Subpages:Please put your theories about the PC-98 characters under the page for Touhou PC 98 Era, crossover theories under Touhou Crossovers, and predictions for future games under ZUN and move any ones you can from here to there. Theories about the cast of each game can go in these subpages:
Touhou 14.3 is based around catching Seija...But from Seija's perspective. My theory is that the whole reason that impossible spells, being temporarily unbanned when used against Seija, are being used is just to catch her. Her stolen items are incredibly unsafe, so considering that, it could be all out war on Seija because of this. Either that, or Seija really pissed everyone off.
Gensokyo is Reimu's childhood fantasyReimu really is the miko of her family's small, run-down shrine, but only in our world. With this comes an awful lot of free time and boredom around the shrine. In order to keep herself entertained, she thought up Gensokyo as a small child, as well as the characters, as something akin to imaginary friends in an imaginary setting. Perhaps influenced by real people and real events, Gensokyo, its residents, and the happenings that occur there are just as exaggerated and wacky as you might expect from the mind of a little girl with not much else to do. This would also explain the increase in complexity and refinement as the series has progressed - Reimu's grown up and thinks more clearly and in greater detail.
Satori and Koishi are the eye-heart-thingsAnd the bodies are just hosts Orin has brought them.
The Kappa are really Genre Savvy humans.They have the best accessible technology in Gensokyo; they're on friendly terms with most factions; and have the direct good diplomatic relations with a goddess. They were humans who realized that calling themselves "humans" is painting a bullseye. So they looked around, picked a species that wasn't in Gensokyo; put on bathing suits and called themselves "Kappa." And then they deliberately stayed out of causing direct incidents, but did trading and negotiation to profit.
The Moriya Shrine is for REAL on our side of the Fourth Wall.Kanako asked ZUN to place herself, Suwako, and Sanae into his series, in order to drum up more faith in OUR world. Yukari met her during a drinking session (see another WMG below concerning Yukari and ZUN's drinking friendship), and they agreed that it was a good idea. Now, while the Moriya Shrine gains fans in the game (benefitting ZUN), the real Shrine on our side of the fourth wall enjoys more pilgrimages and more faith (helping Kanako). Just as planned.
The Hakurei Shrine is for REAL on our side of the Fourth Wall.Same as above—only this is the origin of Touhou itself. Just replace the Moriya Shrine crew with Reimu and "faith" with "donations."
KirbyM is male.There are simply more male fans than female fans.
KirbyM is female.The "self-insert" character in the "Daily Flashes," Unnamed Character, is female.
KirbyM is a waffle-based robotic life form.KirbyM is quite obviously a robot, this has been proven by science.
The PC-98 characters are actually recovering from serious injuries.Fact: the purpose of the Spell Card rules is to allow duels without causing death or serious injury. Fact: the Spell Card rules were invented between Mystic Square and Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. One can easily conclude that, before the Spell Card rules were in place, the youkai of Gensokyo (who are extremely difficult to kill to begin with) were, in fact, seriously injured.
A bare head on a woman is considered indecent in Gensokyo.It probably isn't as bad as e.g. going topless, but it's still probably considered somewhat rude. This would explain why virtually every character in the series wears a hat, hair-ribbon, or something else on their head. The exceptions:
Youkai do not in fact eat humans.All that stuff about eating outsiders, and only outsiders? Propaganda and lies. Yukari wants Touhou to be popular outside the border, so the youkai can be strengthened by the belief of the fanbase, but she certainly doesn't want anyone going looking for the Hakurei Shrine and wandering into Gensokyo. Answer: imply that intruders will be eaten.
Youkai still eat humans.However, they're now considered a delicacy and the number of them eaten is very low. Perfect Memento mentions that Outsiders are eaten by youkai on sight or after they've lost interest on them. They may be fair game since it won't impact the resident human population. Also, they may have struck a deal where executed criminals are turned over to a youkai who wants to celebrate or something.
There are buses in Gensokyo.Cirno said that "there are no buses in Gensokyo." Do you wanna really trust an idiot's word?
Umbrellas are a sign of power in GensokyoYuka and Yukari always carry one around, and Remilia is often seen with one...See the pattern?
Aya is in so many games because she's recording all the events.Think: Aya is one of the major news sources to ZUN on Gensokyo, other than Yukari. She has to be at least marginally knowledgeable about the events to report on them with any accuracy... So she's there. Since she's not exactly the most unnoticeable thing in the world, anyone could see her and opens fire with a danmaku barrage at some point.
Maribel and Renko are direct "real-world" analogues to Marisa and Reimu, respectively.One's a flighty blonde with some sort of connection to magic, whose romanized name begins with "Mari." The other's a Japanese brunette with a certain interest in how her world works, and the hiragana of her name begins with "Re." The two are more or less inseperable, except when circumstance dictates. Which pair am I talking about?
Lunarians are genetically human.First of all: the Border Team's ending states that for the purposes of the ongoing "Youkai must kidnap humans; humans must exterminate youkai" conflict, the Lunarians (apart from Reisen, presumably) are considered half-human. If there wasn't any "humanity" to them, why would they need to bring it up? Second of all, Cage in Lunatic Runagate mentions that Lunarians originated on Earth, and throughout that and Silent Sinner in Blue, they all (except Kaguya) make much of the fact that they are more "pure" than the people of Earth.
Kisume is Wriggle's sister. Or at least a close relative.The hair color could easily be coincidental, but: They both have a reputation for kicking/bucketing Marisa in the face. Kisume's the midboss to Yamame, a spider youkai - and spiders love insects. And then there's the fact that Kisume hides in a bucket: she could be hiding pants (and/or a glowing ass) like Wriggle's.
A lot of characters can equal or outmatch Yukari's "Omnipotence".
Reimu is totally inept in fighting, and wins only through cheating.In the shooting games (where you can clearly see a spell-card based duel), Reimu has never, ever lost, for being able to rig the competition into her inevitable victory. However, in the fighters (where you clearly see that the combat is real), she hasn't won even a single battle in canon, and is the Rock bottom of the matchup table in SWR.
VIVIT is a Cyborg combined of Marisa and RuukotoIn order to live along with Alice, Marisa had to find a way, to live as long as her. And since of her easygoing and careless nature, she wasn't able to use the anti-aging spell Patchy and Alice used, since it needs far more discipline than Marisa has. So she went with her burglar-nature and stole Ruukoto from the Hakurei Shrine. Afterwards she needed someone competent to fuse her and Ruukoto together. So she went with Rinnosuke and Nitori, because Rinnosuke has a good quantity of spare parts and tools, and Nitori possesses the know-how to do so. But this was a mistake. Somehow Flandre got informed of this project and during a party at SDM she informed Keine how much this insults human life and how humanity could be artificially enslaved with that. Therefore Keine erased the Knowledge of Marisa, Rinnosuke and Nitori. Marisa was told that she was VIVIT, a robot maid and Rinnosuke was told he would be Erich, an engineer in robotics. That opened the doors for Flandre's Plan to disguise herself as Marisa to get free of the SDM basement. VIVIT's enhanced optics demasked Flan-Marisa and so in Seihou her memory comes back, and she is taking revenge on her, for stealing her life.
The Touhous are substantially less powerful than the games suggest.This is my oft-trumped WMG, so I might as well plant this mutha here for safekeeping. The idea is this: all the characters' assorted useless-sounding superpowers, with the handful of really unspeakably stupidly powerful ones, work just as described and no further up or down the power scale. Danmaku is in fact a separate magical skill used to solve problems or blow off steam in a violent-feeling but non-violent fashion; skill at danmaku is independent of one's innate mystic powers. The 'Soak is not merely a place for monsters and such to hang out, but a sort of nature reserve to keep those too weird to live and too rare to die from getting steamrolled by superstition or the march of progress, as well as segregating the truly terrifying from a world where they would do the most bad. It is fortunate that so far all the big nasties have consented to fight using the harmless-but-flashy danmaku style, because otherwise all sorts of planetary holocausts could've gone down by now—Reimu is a tough little bitch, but that can only take her so far against an uncontrolled threat.
Yuugi is at least as strong, if not stronger then Yukari.Let's do a refresher here. Stage placement does not equate power (e.g. Chen, the Stage 2 boss AND the Extra mid-boss, due to being separated from Ran in the former causing her power to drop; also see Keine who was only trying to keep you away from the Human Village). She is part of the same group as Suika (who is one of the strongest in Gensokyo, according to Aya). 'Four Devas of the Mountains.' And, we all know she was only playing with us her sake NOT EVEN A DROP! She is more mature then Suika, in age (probably), and power (probably), and as such should be as strong (if not stronger.) Combined with her power being 'Power to control supernatural phenomena', it could possibly be the most dangerous (or useless) power in Gensokyo.
Rating a Touhou character's power according to his/her stage is stupid.This is made up from one thing: Sariel is the Final Boss of The Highly Responsive to Prayers, a Stage 20 Boss. If the power scaling goes up as expected (With EX-Bosses equaling Stage7 and Yukari equaling Stage8), she could singlehandedly destroy Gensokyo, the World and Chuck Norris.
Patchouli Knowledge is not an elemental witch, but a Warlock/DemonologistJustifies both her demonic assistant Koakuma, and what she's doing inside a Vampire's mansion (people dealing with demons have always been outcasted from society, Gensokyo is probably no exception, and merely living on her own as an outcast was not an option for her, due to her poor health, and the fact that she could get lynched. So Patchouli naturally went for those who could accept her as she is, who happened to be Vampires.)
Mokou and Kaguya symbolise the Sun and the Moon, respectively.I'm not sure whether this is really a Wild Mass Guess or whether I'm just stating the obvious, because it does seem pretty obvious to me. The unending rivalry between Kaguya and Mokou is a symbol of the cycle of the Sun and the Moon. Fiery phoenix girl Mokou is the sun while shadow Lunatic princess Kaguya is the moon. As the Sun drives the Moon away during the day, only to disappear leaving the sky to the Moon at night, so does Mokou kill Kaguya, only to get killed by her later on, ad infinitum.
Mokou was given the power of a Phoenix by an actual Phoenix.Popular fanon, putting it down here. Unless it's an mutant ability, immortality usually doesn't grant door prizes. At some point in her immortal life; Mokou met an everliving phoenix that either wanted to die or was touched by her existence such that it gave its power to her. This would have burnt a mortal to cinder; but Mokou was able to absorb it. Nevertheless, this bleached her hair white. Which is rather impressive; given that the description of Hourai Elixir is that it renders every physical aspect of someone Eternal.
Marisa's supposed insanity...Remember in Imperishable Night Marisa says she's immune to the full moon's madness effects because "she's already insane to begin with"? I think I might have discovered what she means... Marisa fuels her magic with "phantasmal mushrooms", right? Do you know what's a "magic mushroom" in real life? Marisa must probably consume a lot of those during her travels to keep her magic level high... Hence, she must be in a permanent state of... well... you know. Which is pretty much like temporary insanity. It's just a wonder how she manages to dodge all those bullets while being in such a state... Whoa man, I'm trippin' out man... WHOA! Shiny colors! Whoa man, that's really coo... OUCH! THEY HURT!
Reisen Udongein Inaba is actually a Lunarian, not a moon rabbit.But she somehow ended up in trouble with the Lunar authorities, so she disguised herself and changed her name so as to blend in with the moon rabbits. Unfortunately, the disguise worked a little too well, and she was drafted into the Lunarian army with the others. Eirin has already seen through it, of course, but keeps her around so she can have a human to test on. Plus, look at her ears in her portraits in Touhou 8 and 9. Those black dots look suspiciously like buttons or fasteners...note
"Half-Ghost" is actually a type of tsukumogami, except with ghosts instead of objects.Let's take a look at the existing tsukumogamis in Touhou (going by literal appearance instead of conceptual):
"Nue Houjuu" isn't her real name."Nue" is the name of her species, and the kanji for "Houjuu", as written, means "Sealed Beast," which is exactly what she was until immediately before the events of Undefined Fantastic Object. What do you think, boys and girls?
Despite how she seems to act, Reimu's turned into a Blood Knight.In both of her scenarios in Unidentified Fantastic Object, she acts like she's bigoted towards Youkai when she's talking to Byakuren, but we all know she's made friends with a good number of them. It's possible that she just wanted a good adrenaline rush, and thought that Byakuren would give her the challenge she needed, so she essentially trolled her into a conflict.
Reimu acts like a jerk to deliberately try and put distance between her and Youkai; as she's supposed to balance humanity and them. She is the Balance. (Yin Yang). She's failing, and is turning into a Youkai or possibly a Goddess/CelestialShe does view Yokai and humans equally; however, more yokai like her than humans do. She deliberately comes up with Super Dickery to try and distance them, but humans continue to avoid her, and the Yokai like her more and more (and she gains more and more of them as friends). Hijiri horrifies her because she sees this as her fate. Attempting to balance humans and yokai, but ultimately only have yokai as her friends and family. Not that this would be too cursed a fate, but it is a failure of her attempt at being Neutral.
Wriggle Nightbug was originally a boyGensokyo has some sort of Gender Bender-inducing field, and Wriggle wears pants because she only recently made the switch-over and hasn't adjusted. This also explains why there are so few males known of in Gensokyo — only those who can resist this effect remain male — the unconvincing Word of God that there are as many men, but they virtually never show up in-game just because is intended as a cover for this dark secret.
Gensokyo actually has a matriarchal society.There are only four known males in the land, with the rest being insignificant characters who apparently spend all their time at home. Of the male characters, two are servants for female characters. one has mysteriously vanished without a trace, and one runs a shop that, despite a prime location, is inexplicably devoid of customers except a few "nuisances." Obviously, the males Stay in the Kitchen because that's what society expects of them — similarly for the men (well, turtle and cloud) who are servants to female characters. Rinnosuke decided to defy convention and try to open his own business, and has been ostracized for it... except for a few girls who are just too weird to care. As for Youki... perhaps he decided to remove himself from a society that didn't value him. Perhaps something more sinister happened. Perhaps it's entirely unrelated. Whatever the reason, he's gone now.
Humans can extend their lives by becoming youkai.Perfect Memento states that a human who learns Shashoku magic, they become magicians. In Touhou, magicians are a subclass of youkai and enjoy the relatively longer lifespans other youkai do. If Marisa ever wanted to, she could learn this spell and extend her life.
Marisa is connected to Maribel Hearn and/or Yukari YakumoOn the drama CD "Dolls in Pseudo Paradise", the character described in the story attached to "Reincarnation" is considered to be Mima, and her daughter is then Marisa. But Mima looks nothing like Marisa. Then who could it be? Why not look at the two people with uncanny resemblances. Descent from the human half of the youkai of boundaries would explain some of Marisa's potential.
Powers have an inverse effect on usefulnessBy this of course, I mean that the more useful a power is by nature, the less potential it has. Consider Yuyuko's ability to inflict death. That's all it does. However, look at some of the more 'useless abilities.'
Reimu is the Goddess of the Hakurei Shrine.She even hints at it in Oriental Sacred Place. Specifically she's the Nameless, the Miko Goddess who was summoned by Watatsuki no Yorihime against Reimu. (Canon has shown you can summon a god against itself.) Reimu pretended to be puzzled on who that Miko was. She gets her Faith from the other side of the Barrier.
The Spellcard Rules are a Reality WarpAnyone in Gensokyo or neighboring realities like Makai must follow them when engaging in combat with someone. It doesn't even cross their minds not to. Even if they've never heard of Spellcards, they will be RetConed in.
In order to enter Gensokyo, Kanako and Suwako completely erased themselves (and Sanae) from Outside World existence.Even without faith, they would have existed in some non-corporeal form; at the very least through stories told by historians about what people used to believe. They may even have been able to have been "summonable" the way the Shinto Gods are in Silent Sinner in Blue. But they wanted to remain corporeal. So they took all the stories and records and memories that the Outer World had of them; and threw it into the Memory hole. Something that once existed in the Real World but then left a vacuum resulted in them appearing in Gensokyo; and not a single record of the Sky and Earth goddesses remain outside.
Eirin is genetically modifying Reisen.In Cage in Lunatic Runagate, Kaguya muses on how "Udonge"; Eirin's nickname for Reisen is also the name of a lunar plant that becomes jewelled when exposed to "impurity". (IE, Earth) She considers that Eirin is trying to see if Reisen can become something greater than what she was on the sterile moon.
The "Punishment Time" that takes several days of Reisen being unconcious is Eirin modifying Reisen's body so that it adapts to Earth. Normally, Lunarian's have a magical shield against "impurities" like disease and bacteria (No The War of the Worlds type Deus ex Machina, no.); but long-term exposure gets past the defenses. The immortals gained immunity to Earth diseases the hard way, but Reisen doesn't have that option.
Parsee is part TenguShe has the same ears as Aya. This isn't a weird coincidence, but a sign of mixed ancestry on her part. When the Oni moved to hell a few of the Tengu decided to come with them. One of them fell in love with a Bridge Princess, and Parsee is the result. This even explains her weird name; Tengu have traditional Japanese names, and we don't know about Bridge Princesses. She has her father's family name and her mother gave her a name from her culture. While her species is given as 'Bridge Princess', that is simply the side she primarily took after.
Parsee is a former human/near human youkai, like Alice.Per the story of the Hashihime, her grudge against an unfaithful husband caused her to become a jealousy-ridden youkai. Her pointy ears are fakes, which she wears out of jealousy for the more unusual-looking youkai.
Meiling's reputation for sleeping on the job is Reimu's faultDuring the actual game Meiling is never actually caught sleeping. She proactively attacks you before you even get to the mansion and attacks you again at what is probably the front gate. Assuming Remilia did the vampire thing of being active mainly at night, Meiling's job would be to keep out intruders during the day when her mistress was most vulnerable. She would then sleep at night. After Reimu beat Remilia, Remilia starts taking an interest in things outside the mansion and becomes more active during the day. In both of Reimu's endings, Remilia goes to bug her at the shrine during daytime. With her mistress spending more time awake during the day, Meiling would have to stand guard at night as well as through the day; to guard her mistress while she slept and to guard the mansion when Remilia and sometimes Sakuya were absent. Meiling probably had to switch to that sleep system where you nap throughout the day to make up for not being able to get eight straight hours.
Mokou and Kaguya have a noble women's agreement to tone down their feud in front of friends and family.Even in the most vicious interpretation of their continuous killing of each other; Mokou never harms the mortals in Eientei. Kaguya tries to avoid Keine as well; but Keine tends to butt in anyways. Hence Kaguya getting other people to do it for her in the Trials of Guts.
Hatate Himekaidou will be one of the Touhou 13 Bosses.Because it happened to Aya, right?
The Master Spark is powered by shipping.This is why Marisa is paired up with so many people.
Reimu is not underaged!Time line recap
PC-98 and Windows have a 1 year gap from each other.
Gensokyo moves about as quickly as our real life. Which means during from Summer and Winter Comiket (And not Retisai) one year passes.
Reimu begins Touhou 1 as a twelve(12) year old. This is very evidant in TH2. Those two game passes, and she is now Thirteen. TH3 and TH4 pass, she is now Fourteen. TH5 passes, and there there is a one year timeskip.
Reimu is 15 and a half by this time. It is now Summer and EoSD takes place, and TH7 takes place. She is 16 by IaMP. Going to TH8 and TH9, TH9.5, she is now 17.
TH10, and TH11 pass, she is now 18.
TH12 comes out during the summer, and there wasn't a touhou game for 2009 Winter Comiket. Reimu is now 19.
When ZUN said Yuuka was "Youkai Moe~", he literally meant she's a sprouting youkai.
Star Sapphire = Kaguya Houraisan.First of all, they look exactly alike. You're probably thinking, "But Star Sapphire has wings!" Kaguya could have clip on wings, or Eirin has made a potion that can temporarily give wings to someone (most likely the former). Star Sapphire is also the only one of the Three Mischevious Fairys that isn't affected by the time of day. Neither is Kaguya. Both have resurective immortality. As for why they have different abilities, she could temporarily seal one of them while in each of her personas to prevent accidental ability discharge, or she could just choose not to use them. Also, we've never exactly seen Star's spellcards in action, so we don't know whether or not they are the same, and if they aren't, she could have two sets of spellcards. (This WMG has been brought to you by This Troper.)
Chen is the ultimate Big Bad of the series.Think about it. Ran(-shamaaaaaaaaa~) goes into nosebleeds and name-screaming whenever Chen is simply around her. People on Danbooru go "HNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG" over cute pictures of her. Chen's cuteness is simply a cover for her plot to take over not only Gensokyo, but the other side of the fourth wall!
The Gensokyo Barrier has sealed the Dreams from the Earth Alternate Universe it is connected to.A "world where children don't smile" and tender fruits are extinct; this is why Maribel's and Renko's world is a little colder and grayer than ours. Such feelings aren't completely gone, but they are harder to get to.
Keine has Yokai longevity.She refers to a Hakutaku as a "beast" but it's really another species of Yokai. That one-three days of the month she's in Hakutaku form; her body is "not eating" that period of time. She has aged up to this point because Immortality Begins at Twenty. This will manifest one of two ways:
There are two strongest non-god beings in the Windows continuity of Gensokyo: Koishi Komeiji, the extra boss of Subterranean Animism, and Fujiwara no Mokou, the extra boss of Imperishable Night.Although it has been said that Suika, Yukari, Yuka or even Cirno are the strongest in Gensokyo and it has been heavily implied that it could be one of the heroines (Reimu and Marisa, namely, but also Sanae and Sakuya), this, in fact, is false. Canonically, the extra bosses of Subterranean Animism and Imperishable Night are stronger than all of them. And here's why. (Just a note here: I'm taking the fact that every boss's power goes up by the same amount each stage; that is to say, Youmu is to Yuyuko what Shou is to Byakuren.) Let's start with Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil. Since Reimu and Marisa defeat everyone in that continuity, that places the two of them at the top of the metaphorical food chain in Gensokyo. Next is Perfect Cherry Blossom. Since Sakuya was a stage 5 boss in Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil and she defeats everyone—even Yukari!—in that game, that must mean that youkai like Yuyuko or Yukari are weaker than Sakuya and, therefore, weaker than Remilia Scarlet. Since Reimu and Marisa defeated Remilia, though, the two of them are still at the top. They also go on to defeat Suika in Immaterial and Missing Power, which rules her out of the running as well. Imperishable Night is where it gets a little weird. Since Reimu and Marisa are only stage 4 bosses in this game, that means that they are weaker than Reisen, Kaguya, Eirin and Mokou. Because every boss's power goes up by the same amount each stage, that means that Mokou is, canonically, the strongest up until this point. Since Mokou is never in any other games, though, we can't gauge her power level against other youkai. Phantasmagoria of Flower View is also somewhat weird. Weak bosses such as Cirno and Mystia can go through the story and defeat a shikigami and a judge of the dead (as well as Reimu and Marisa, which further debunks their status as the strongest characters). Reimu and Marisa hack their way through Mountain of Faith, which makes even goddesses Kanako and Suwako weaker than they are. The same goes for Iku and Tenshi from Scarlet Weather Rhapsody; since they're trumped by people we've ruled out like Yuyuko and Suika, they're out of the running. (A word on the next two games, Subterranean Animism and Unidentified Fantastic Object: they are widely regarded as the hardest games in the Windows continuity of Touhou; therefore, I will rule their characters' power levels as a bit higher than the rest of 'em.) Reimu and Marisa—stage 4 bosses from Imperishable Night—go to defeat every youkai underground, as well as Sanae Kochiya and Koishi Komeiji. Now, although Koishi is defeated by these stage 4 bosses, Sanae, Koishi's stage's midboss, goes on to beat the living shit out of UFO's bosses which, as stated above, is probably one of if not the hardest Windows Touhou games. Koishi, then, is stronger than even Nue, which makes her approximately around Mokou's power level, and high above youkai like Yukari or Suika. Granted, I know that anyone can win spell-card battles (trust me, attempting to 1cc UFO lunatic will teach that to you...), but Koishi and Mokou are just the two that are the "favorites to win", shall we say.
Kasen is/was an oni.She's the titular character of a manga titled Wild and Horned Hermit. Her personal title is 'One-Armed, Horned Hermit'. It's not much of a stretch to assume that she has horns. The only horned characters so far are oni. Also has a shackle on her left arm, which is also an aesthetic so far unique to oni. So, at some point she had a falling out with the oni (probably related to whatever cost her her right arm) and decided to live as the purest form of a human (or possibly being a hermit is the only way for youkai to be human). At this point she changed her name from Ibaraki Kasen to Ibara Kasen and broke off her horns (the remains of which are under those double buns).
Gensokyo is the name of a mental hospital...and all the fantasy elements and adventures are the collective result of a bunch of fractured minds coping together. Each character's individual quirks actually come from their neuroses:
Mokou and Kaguya were dummied out of Hisoutensoku because their planned movesets at the time made Gill look like a cakewalk.the way i pictured them is them acting like gill when KOed after triggering a certain card only they can resurrect several times (due to being able to have several cards) which would lead to a long and boring fight which is probably why they got dummied then cut out of the game because there wasn't a way to make this balanced.
The Hourai Elixir doesn't keep hair from graying.An illustration in the fourth chapter of Cage in Lunatic Runagate shows pre-Elixir Mokou with dark hair, but no explanation is given as to why it turned white. This is obviously due to a flaw in the Hourai Elixir: even if you drink it, your hair still grays as if you were aging normally! (Kaguya's hair kept its color thanks to another one of Eirin's drugs.)
Two females can have children in Gensokyo.The would explain why there can be a population of near entirely females, yet there isn't a huge population drop. This would result in more females, since they only have X chromosomes to give, their child would need to be a female. The men are few and far between because they still have a 50% chance of passing their X chromosome as well, and may well eventually die out.
Hakurei Shrine Maidens do not take vows of chastity.How else is Gensokyo going to survive when Reimu inevitably dies of old age?
Marisa is part (half?) Dutch.It's the simplest and most logical explanation for the name and hair color. Ignore the Youkai with similarly western names and blonde hair, they are stated to be thought impossible by the outside world.
Lily White/Black is a subspecies of fairy, not an individual.Thus, in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, when she comes back after getting shot down, it's actually a different one replacing her.
Youkai, perhaps even Gensoukyou as a whole, operates under a feudal system.Weaker beings offer their loyalty and service towards a more powerful individual in return for their protection and use of their residence. Sometimes (in the case of the Konpakus) even entire families devote themselves and their descendents to an individual. This is why so many petulant, self-obsessed control freaks manage to acquire devoted followers, as for youkai (and some humans, if Sakuya is any indication) nothing is more important than power. This is also what makes Satori and Byakuren so unusual, the servants of the latter retaining their loyalty even without her protection and the former commanding the loyalty of beings more powerful than her simply because of her kindness.
Marisa's father is actually her adopted father.Mima, during one of her usual attempts to make herself more powerful, was constructing a servant worthy of her majesty, but instead of a youkai she managed to create a human that simply possessed magical abilities. Instead of going to the trouble of destroying it she opted to dispose of it instead, and one day, with absolutely no-one noticing how it got there, a blonde-haired baby appeared in the Human Village. Mister Kirisame, long obsessed with the unusual and unexplained (and predictably a frequent customer of Kourindou), decided to adopt the baby and name her Marisa. For a while things went well, until Marisa began experiencing severe Power Incontinence. Fearing that she would be banished as a youkai imposter, he had Rinnosuke care for Marisa more and more frequently to hide her abilities from the Village residents, until Marisa eventually realises that she is a Magician. She wanted to explore her abilites while he wanted her to hide them, and subsequently Marisa ran away to live in the Forest of Magic. Mister Kirisame is still bitter over his beloved daughter leaving him and has mostly stricken her from his life, but part of him still yearns for those few happy years. Mima, meanwhile, thinks that her creation contains some potential after all and offers to train her, but after the ghost is on the receiving end of one too many beatings from Reimu Marisa decides she is too good for her and returns to her solitary training mixed with bouts of kleptomania, leading to the witch we know.
Kasen broke HellShe looked at the operating of the Hell of Blazing Fires and thought: "This much gratuitous suffering existing in the world is wrong. I shall do something about it!" Then she punched Hell so hard that it broke, and also her arm exploded, or something similar. Thus why the shinigami is mad at her, and why she is concerned with the leakage of evil spirits out of Hell, and why considers herself a 'great villain', but also feels people ought to be grateful to her.
Lily White / Lily Black is undergoing something similar to The Three Faces of Eve.Both "Lily White" and "Lily Black" are unstable personalities that are repressing a third personality locked deep within Lily's mind after a particularly traumatic experience.
The Danmaku rules work on the same principle as Magic's Golden Rule...That is, where the rules as written and a character's powers and objectives conflict, the character's intentions win out. This is why Phantasmagoria of Flower View has different gameplay - both characters in each clash see themselves as the aggressor, so they compete head-to-head (where the main games always have an aggressor (the PC) breaking ground and a defender who got in the way). This also explains why enemies "explode" in Double Spoiler and Shoot The Bullet: once Aya's got the photos she needs, she's "won", so the magic surrounding a danmaku duel forcibly ejects the "loser" from the area.
Komachi is making an example of ‘em!The reason why Komachi demands the deceased pay all their ‘money’ when crossing the Sanzu; the money represents all the people who miss them, by given away all the money the deceased loses their knowledge of those people and is freed from any lingering wish to remain with them on earth despite being dead. Those who cannot bring themselves to accept their need to leave their loved ones behind bring deep regrets with them across the river and their hesitation would surely be seen by the Yama, who would sentence them time in one of the lesser hells. So Komachi tosses them overboard to be eaten by the Sansu River’s monster fish as an example to the other watching spirits. This helps discourage the majority of deceased souls from withholding pay and thus preempts a certain amount of otherwise marginally good souls from being sent to hell.
Suwako wants Sanae to become a goddess.She is particularly insistent in UFO to have her defeat youkai, which arguably is the work of a shrine maiden... However, she could have been testing her abilities. In Hisoutensoku, she pretty much tells her that she's basically a god. And now in Ten Desires she seems to be looking to have the god spirits under her command.
Utsuho Reiuji will received alot of flak after the events of the March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake ...If the Dai-ichi nuclear power plant does become the next Chernobyl, there would be a huge chance real people would distance and disassociate themselves away from our beloved Utsuho. Why? Because of the power she personify. When that disaster happens, the least thing people would want to see is a simple minded hell raven powered by nuclear energy.
The players are the only ones that see cute girls.To everyone else, the various youkai look like, well, youkai. Reimu/Marisa/Sanae are excluded from society because they don't mind the appearances of the youkai, either because they are insane (Marisa), are used to it (Reimu) or are just going along with everything because they were placed on the top of the youkai mountain (Sanae).
Various theories on characters.
Yoshika Miyako is Meiling's dead sisterShe has Chinese origins (She's a Jiang-shi, or in other words, a chinese zombie), and that hat with a star.
Yoshika Miyako's stretch exercises are why there are "fast zombies" in movies lately.Just as Romero's works influenced the Jiangshi existence; Miyako choosing to believe she can change the nature of her very existence is having a reverse effect on said zombie legends in the outside world. (The very fact that Miyako is aware of outside trends is...interesting.)
Mokou has always had the ability to manipulate fireReimu has the ability to "float", and Sakuya can manipulate time and space, so there's a possibility that some humans can be born with an innate magical ability, albeit an extremely rare possibility outside of Gensokyo. Granted, fire being fire, she probably had little to no control over it besides causing things to spontaneously combust (including things she didn't want to burn) until she spent centuries learning to tame it. None of this contradicts the possibility that she might have encountered, and might have taken in power from the Phoenix, mind you (which would probably involve refining and amplifying both her fires, and her immortality).
There is a master manipulator behind every game since Phantasmagoria of Flower View.All the events of the games, starting with Mountain of Faith, have been canonically connected. Kanako provided Utsuho with the Yatagarasu, triggering Subterranean Animism. Orin's panicked geyser blast also freed the Palanquin ship, triggering Undefined Fantastic Object. The unsealing of Hokkai is no doubt the source of the spirits in Ten Desires. Wall of text time. This Troper thus theorises that there is a manipulator, seperate from and possibly undetected by Yukari, that has guided the whole thing. He gave Kanako the means to move the Moreya Shrine into Gensokyo, thus providing a cover for his own entrance into the same. By taking advantage of her love for science and industry, he not only provided her with the Yatagarasu, but he told her where and how to deliver it. Since he helped her before, she would be quite willing to repay him in this way. Now an easily-manipulated Hell Raven has immense power, enough to free the Palanquin ship. Her antics do the job... partly. He then convinces Orin that informing her master of Okuu's insanity is a bad idea, and has her blow open a geyser to attract outside help. This frees the Palanquin and its crew, which are the ones he needed all along. He may well have been in communication with them, and may have enabled their ship for flight. He had long ago obtained the Jeweled Pagoda, and planted it at Kourindou where Nazrin would find it. All this together, he now had the means to get into his ultimate destination, Makai. But! Things began to break down at the last minute. While he anticipated, indeed planned, the release of the Palanquin, he did not anticipate Nue's release. He had always accounted for Reimu and Marisa in his operations, but with Nue and her seeds of non-identification in play, the heroines felt more pressured than ever, and thus fought harder. They very nearly derailed his plans, forcing him to improvise. He intercepted Nue, and enlisted her help. Possibly via force. Nue then distracts the heroines via the Extra stage, while he slips into Hokkai. In now-unsealed Makai, he can enlist the help of old PC-98 bosses for whatever devious plans he may have. The spirits in Ten Desires? A side-affect of Hokkai's unsealing that may cause him even more touble down the line. Convoluted, yes, but after Silent Sinner in Blue, and Yukari's brilliant masterplay, I have no doubt that this is not only a logical possibility, but a workable one. If this, or anything like it, is accurate, then we have the perfect setup for a beautiful endgame storyline in a later game.
The "human" characters become more powerful during every interval between games.
Eirin is a giant troll and the Hourai Elixir turns you into a human-sized fairyThink about it. Both fairies and people who have taken the Elixir regenerate on death. Why bother figuring out human immortality when there is already an immortal species?
Like nearly all members of Myouren, Kyouko Kasodani has other non-religious reasons for joining.She was lonely and the fact that Byakuren is nice to her is the usual draw; but she also gets to follow her affinity all day long; echoing the sutras chanted in the shrine; and get praised for it.
The Yamata No Orochi exists somewhere in GensokyoZUN just hasn't introduced us to him yet. The fact that he is mentioned by Rinnosuke in Chapter 26 of Curiosities of Lotus Asia as "the great many-headed demon Yamata no Orochi," which further supports my theory.
The revival of the Ten Desires antagonists is a Moriya Shrine conspiracy.Supposedly they woke up because Byakuren's Buddhist temple was built on top of their mausoleum... but Kanako is the one who built Byakuren the temple, and Byakuren was cutting in on her market, so to speak. Conversely the Taoists don't seem to have any interest in converting youkai, so they're Reimu's problem to deal with.
Sanae knew about the above Moriya plan regarding the Buddhists and Taoists; and intentionally sabotaged it to prevent a Temple War.In her scenario; she doesn't have any reason to be there. She's mostly just wandering around. She doesn't even justify it as "Yokai Extermination" when Kyouko attacks her. She says she's just checking things out; wandering her way all the way to Miko. In actuality, she knew that her goddess wanted the two shrines to war with each other; and instead more or less peacefully (through spell card rules) suppressed the conflict before it could begin.
Lily White is in fact a love goddess.It's said that she announces spring. But, think about her name. It's Lily White. And white lily is a symbol of yuri. It can be a suggestion that she's able to bring love between Gensokyo's residents (the outbursts of spring she brings with herself can be explained by Power of Love).
Toyosatomimi no Miko's headphones aren't actually headphones.They're merely ear covers. Miko has the ability to hear people's desires, so she doesn't necessarily need to hear what people are saying as her powers allow her to discern their wishes anyway. The way she talks to Youmu, who lacks two of the ten desires, supports this fact as she ignores everything Youmu says, only going by the eight desires she senses from Youmu.
Soga no Tojiko is an immortal ghost.The shikaisen did work...just not for her physical body. Normally, ectoplasmic beings quickly processed by Shinigami and sent to an afterlife unless they're tied to something. (Yuyuko is binding the Saigyou Ayakashi.) Soga no Tojiko is...unprocessable. She is thus immune to shinigami or even Rin.
Elly is a Scythe Tsukumogami.Why else would she carry around what appears to be a horribly mutilated scythe? Even if the curve can be explained away by ZUN being unable to draw a straight line, why is it's blade sharpened the wrong way? It would also explain why she can boomerang it for no particular reason. If it's her real body, of course she can do odd things like that. Maybe her power involves telekinesis, sure, we can infer that from the floor tiles, but still. It may also explain how she blocks attacks with it. She's much more used to controlling her true body than her human disguise, right?
Kazami Yuuka and Lily White are friends.Yuuka loves flowers and can control them. Lily makes flowers bloom with her cheerfulness on the start of every spring. Considering their affinity towards flowers, it's not hard to make the connection between them.
Kaguya refusing the proposal for marriage by Mokou's father held greater consequences than ZUN lets on.All it says in Mokou's profile for the eighth game is that her father proposed to the supposed "commoner," Kaguya Houraisan, and was presented with an impossible request. Naturally, he failed the impossible request and Kaguya denied his proposal. Now, all we know beyond that was that Mokou is very angry with Kaguya and that's where the rivalry starts, but let's think about things for a second. It says in Mokou's profile that she wasn't usually allowed out of the house, implying that she was an unwanted child. Her father was an aristocrat, which means his life would have depended very heavily on what his fellows thought of him. When he found Kaguya and proposed to her, he thought she was a commoner. The fact that she demanded he complete an impossible request would have been insulting enough, but when he failed and she refused his offer that would have been the ultimate blow to his honour: being shot down by a commoner of all people. This sort of dishonour most likely wouldn't have gone over well with the man's fellow aristocrats, and his standard of living would have dropped fast. The fact that Mokou was already stated to be unwanted before he was dishonoured would mean that Mokou would have also been hit hard by this. Her father likely would take all his anger and sorrows out on her, which means Mokou could have and probably did suffer a lot of abuse as her father fell and hit rock bottom. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume that the man eventually committed suicide, his life in shambles, leaving Mokou alone. Who would Mokou have to blame for the abuse she received from her father and his eventual demise? Kaguya. She wouldn't have simply dishonoured Mokou's family, she would have completely destroyed her life.
Rin Satsuki was Yukari's sister and she was the one who killed MimaBecause of this, Yukari retgoned Rin Satsuki to prevent her from killing anyone else. However, this activated Rin's Manipulation of Revenge, which allowed her to be reincarnated as Meimu, and is secretly planning to take revenge on Yukari by killing Reimu. But she'll likely fail.
Keine's transformation into a hakutaku is extremely painful.Thus the apparent anger in her IN extra stage appearance. She's not only protecting Mokou; she's lashing out from physical torment.
Koishi, Flandre and Mokou represent three ways emotionally troubled people react to stress and grief.Flandre Scarlet pretty much deals with things in such an agressive way, like people would go for violence and anger to try to solve said problems. Fujiwara no Mokou is the victim of all this, some people blame everything and everybody and make themselves the victim even if the trouble they're struggle upon was caused by them in first place. Koishi Komeiji evades trouble and laughts at it, just like some troubled people that are in a profound denial and while they're through serious grief in the inside on the outside they want to look carefree and that they're happy all time and on their happy denial even being troublesome to others; all this in order to hide their grief rather than deal with it until find a solution.
Yukari, Sakuya, and Yuuka (and possibly other uber-powerful characters) have lived several times their lifespan.As we know from what Komachi said in SWR, Tenshi has lived several times her normal lifespan. Now, Yukari and Yuuka are stated to be some of Gensokyo's oldest yokai. They're also some of it's most powerful yokai. It's perfectly possible that yokai aren't immortal, just extraordinarily long lived. Yukari and Yuuka, like Tenshi, just fight off the Shinigami every time they come for her, and it may even be possible that Shikieiki has stopped sending shinigami after them because she knows they'll lose. This also might tie in to in Po FV, when Shikieiki told Yuuka she was 'a little too old': Shikieiki knew Yuuka was waaaaaay past her lifespan, but since her role was not to gather souls, she merely lectured Yuuka. For Sakuya, I believe it was stated somewhere that she's lived longer than most humans do. Rather than being ghouled like some WMG say, it's plausible that she's stronger than most Shinigami are. As for why Komachi only called out Tenshi? Only Tenshi was being all high and mighty about it, and it hit a pet peeve of Komachi's. She can tolerate people like Sakuya and Yuuka because they at least don't brag about it, it's not her job to deal with in since she's a ferrywoman shinigami anyways, and doing so would, plain and simple, just be more work.
Seiga killed Miyako no YoshikaYoshika's symposium profile indicates that she may have been murdered with poison, as she died at a young age with seemingly no visible wounds on her body. It's possible that Seiga found Yoshika too interesting and murdered her to keep her around as an undead servant.
Utsuho Reiuji is really Obfuscating Stupidity to troll peopleThe only hint that Utsuho is considered "dumb" is Orin calls her a bird brain (and an indirect comment from Word of God, but barring that). But Utsuho is a raven, and ravens are one of the smartest animals alive, it wouldn't really make a lot of sense that Utsuho is just flat out stupid.
Kanako wanting to modernize Gensoukyo is just a cover story for the real reason trying to.She and Suwako and Sanae are addicted to modern gaming and are suffering withdraw from it and thus the idea was to try to modernize gensoukyo so that they could at least play some games together.
Kosuzu Motoori has an extremely changed consciousness due to her hobby of reading Eldritch Tomes.The reason she hasn't turned into eyes and tentacles is her ability and that she's a resident of Gensokyo; Land of Illusion. However; even in the brightest depictions, consider; language isn't just translation. There's idioms, values, assumptions, etc. that are fundamentally different in each language. See Paradigms To understand completely a language (which her ability does) is to be able to comprehend and somewhat accept the paradigms and fundamental thought processes of the mind and culture that created said language. Overcoming the language barrier of a book of poetry, or even a simple instruction manual for a simple task; is to change one's Self. She's doing this with ancient youkai cultures that no longer exist, books turned into yokai, books that are the written souls of unmanifested youkai, field guides for Hell, magic grimoires; and the Necronomicon.
The reason why there are no males in the games......in spite what Word of God said that there are as many males than females in Gensokyo is because danmaku is too girly. "It appears various other rules were also considered, but as the beauty and volume of danmaku especially appealed to youkai and women, they aren't as popular." So a male youkai or human using danmaku has the same cultural bias than a man using a pink shirt or reading shojo mangas for our culture.
Flandre is Rumia... AND Nue.Because Flandrumia keeps getting mistaken for Nue. Those wings!
What happens to the inside of Gensokyo when the barrier goes down varies due to how the Hakurei Barrier is removed.For example, if Yukari just dissolves the barrier slowly to avoid mass destruction, she can gently tease Gensokyo over the boundary until it lands safely. If Reimu dies horribly and there are no Hakurei left to replace her (And all auxiliary personnel like Genjii, the Hakurei Orbs, possibly Marisa, possibly Sakuya, and definitely Yukari are either dead, broke, or unwilling and/or unable to help), the barrier turns off and Gensokyo impacts Japan with the force of a giant meteor from above, with cute pretty shows for the Lunarians watching from the moon. The barrier is drained of power extremely fast? Kablooey, Gensokyo goes pop and everything within gets hit by the wrath of the universe's plot hole. The barrier slowly loses power? Gensokyo safely plops down in Japan and the Hakurei Shrine is no longer a dual-existing location.
Miko will become Head Human Administrator; and it won't be what she's expecting.Akyuu and Keine will go, "Fine, you want to administrate? Have fun." and give her the next 20 years of work on road and building construction; overturned ox-cart hauling, actual community organization, and accounting. (the boring math part. Miko wouldn't embezzle.) She'll be a very busy mundane mayor; not Emperor.
Large portions of Gensokyo have ironically perfect counterpart characters or equipment.Flandre's short-term kill-them-all power is paired with Laetevinn's long-term magic. Remilia's long-term fate manipulation is paired with Gungnir's perfect-aim short-term. Youmu's peerless swordfighting, highly physical, is met with spirituality because she's half-ghost. Yukari's theme Necrofantasia to Border of Life, Yuyuko's theme. They're friends. ZUN is setting up a lot of connections here. Reimu's shrine-maidening to Marisa's MASTER-SPARK-THEM-ALL! Keine to hakutaku!Keine. Satori's opened eye to Koishi's closed. Byakuren's Buddhism to the Moyira Shrine's Shinto. Et cetera.
The reason to why everyone in Gensokyo can fly is due to Reimu's power.Well her power is to float and she is the cornerstone for Gensokyo it's safe to assume that her power affects everyone living in there. And by extension all in the Hakurei line inherits this power.
Gensokyo and Makai are locked in a cold war.Since the fall of Pandaemonium in Mystic Square, the two lands have been separated by a hostile no-man's-land. The lock-step formations of Makai's fairies in UFO's sixth stage are due to the strict militarization that now dominates the land. It is also the reason Captain Murasa sailed the Palanquin Ship into a relatively unpopulated sector of Makai. She was trying to help the player character by attracting as little attention as possible from Makai's army.
The soccer ball from Touhou Soccer is the container of the remaining Hourai ElixirKaguya had leftovers. Why else is that ball immune to anything and everything thrown at it, including 4 master sparks at once, Flandre, Gungnir, Patchouli/Alice/Marisa combo, the Hakurei Barrier, Shinki's hair, Eiki's judgement attack, Youmu's moon-destroying swords, thousands of explosions, beating through several people, and lots of other stuff? It regenerates instantly due to the Hourai Elixir.
The Soccer Ball is actually Reimu's Yin-Yang Orb painted over for the occasion. That's how it survives every city-razing blast it receives.Credit goes to Fenrirknight7 in the Youtube comments.
Eirin is behind EVERYTHING in the Touhou and Seihou seriesEirin is millions of years old. Who's to say she hasn't been manipulating everything? Everything from Kaguya-Hime to Gensokyo was part of her plan. Even Yukari. The Brain of the Moon planned ALL of it. For her own amusement, of course.
Reimu WAS a zombie, but she isn't now.PC-98 Reimu was Windows Reimu's mother. Shingyoku is the parents of PC-98 Reimu. Windows Reimu died, so Shingyoku, guarding the gate to Makai, just went inside and bribed Alice with free passage to resurrect Reimu. Unfortunately, Reimu is too special, so Alice had to sew doll components and resurrect her awkwardly. Shingyoku then called Yukari to boundaryhax Zombie!Reimu into a human over time.
The Necronomicon will become a Chekhov's Gun.
Kasen wants to become more human. Kosozu wants to be more youkai.Kasen became a hermit to escape the restrictions that Youkai have. Kosozu is getting more and more seduced by the Youkai side of the Force through her books and Mamizou. Even if they never change, they are the "eyes" in the Yin-Yang symbol; the part that resembles the other side.
Kogasa gets stronger when she successfully surprises somebody.She's said to feed on humans' surprise, yet she isn't showing any signs of starvation from her lack of success. So it's not so much like food to her as a power boost. Hence her being strong enough to be the Extra Stage midboss when...she surprises the player by being the the Extra Stage midboss.
Kasen is a Hermit because she genuinely wants Enlightenment.Whether she's an Oni or not; she wants understanding of humans and youkai. She doesn't seem interested in Hermit Longevity. Granted, if she is an Oni; she wouldn't need that anyways.
Kasen is not an Oni.She's a Kishin.
Youkai has Bizarre Sexual DimorphismMore specifically, female Youkai become Cute Monster Girls while the male ones look like the more traditional depiction. We have seen male Youkais in Genji and Unzan, who both are non-humanoid. In the mangas, especially Forbidden Scrollery, we also see more non-humanoid ones such as En en ra and the various Tsukumogamis. The tsukumogamis are particularly jarring since we have seen a humanoid one before, Kogasa, and the ones in the manga don't. Therefore, either Kogasa is not a tsukumogami, or the ones in the manga are males and we have Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism in this case.
Yuuka has just awakened her power to manipulate flowersHence why her ability is stated as useless in battle, because she hasn't fully mastered it yet. Forbidden Scrollery showed us with Kosuzu that some abilities awaken at certain times, not from birth. For Yuuka, this time is between the end of Mystic Square and her reappearance in Phantasmagoria of Flower View. This also explains why Yuuka has no association with flowers at all in PC-98 times, she has not awakened yet. Her love and knowledge of flowers are side-effects of her ability. Since Yuuka has just awakened her abilities after living for a very long time, we could say that she's a late BLOOMer.
Shinigami rely on a "mortality point" system that that rises and falls for people who are Enemies with Death.A kind of Equivalent Exchange; the servants of Yama have to follow dharma which isn't like human law. The path of the Hermit; if followed correctly; lowers these points through ritual, sutras, and doing what the shinigami tell you to do. Accumulate enough points; and a certain level of shinigami is allocated to collect you. Defeat this shinigami; and this resets your mortality points; or at least delays further collection until the next point tab is accrued. Accumulate a lot of points; and they send a Kishin. Just getting away from the Kishin is sufficient to offset the tally.
Yuyuko and Layla were friends of Maribel and RenkoThis is especially true if one accepts the theory that Maribel is Yukari and/or is the creator of Gensoukyou. Yuyuko and Layla were part of a Four Girl Ensemble with Maribel and Renko, but died in some sort of accident. If Gensoukyou is a dream world created by Maribel, it make sense that shades of two recently and prematurely deceased friends of hers would "live on" there.
Gensoukyou is a role playing gameMaribel is playing Marisa and Renko is playing Reimu. All the other playable characters are unnamed friends of theirs. Mima's player was the original GM, and her games correspond to the PC-98 games. The original GM left the group after the fifth story arc, which explains Mima's disappearance after the switch to the Windows era.
Marisa is trying to develop a controlled Elixir of Life.She doesn't want to become a Youkai Magician; and she doesn't want eternal life that can never be taken off like the Hourai Medicine. She wants to be able to lengthen her lifespan at will...and should she decide she's ready for the next life; be able to switch it off.
Reimu is behind everything in the game-to-game plot.Who has been in the series THE longest? Reimu! Who has appeared almost always a protagonist? Reimu! Whose shrine has no definite deity? Reimu! Suspicious!
The theme songs are some variant of the I Know Your True Name trope.What seems to be an excellent descriptor of the characters? Their theme song. Think: Very few of the characters are humans rather than youkai, and those that are humans and not partially something else are at least somewhat magical or otherwise special. Eastern wonderland is still a wonderland, and as such can operate on rules completely different from our own, such as the spellcard system. Considering how unpronounceable some names are intended to be, what's more hard to pronounce than an entire song which may or may not be describing enough of the essence to work, as emphasized by the spirit world versions, changes between games, etc. And this is without taking into account location themes, which usually do not fall under said trope, mostly being objects or collective thoughts. Woe to those who annoy the Prismriver Sisters, who could play your theme song and call you. Unless they're hovering out of view following around the protagonist playing theme music all the time.
The Prismriver Sisters are playing the music ingameWho has musical instruments and lives in Gensokyo? The Prismriver Sisters, of course. Plus, some of the music seems to consist heavily of violin, keyboard, and trumpet, the instruments used by the poltergeists. They're following around the protagonist and playing fitting music.
Renko is...Ran Yakumo! If Maribel eventually becomes Yukari, she's going to outlive her friend by a great margin. Eventually, she finds out about the art of summoning shikigamis, and, with Yuyuko's help, manages to bring Renko's spirit back as a shikigami, finally reuniting the two after hundreds of years. She also made her a Kitsune, for some reason. Maybe she has a thing for foxgirls? Renko's ability to determine her location and the current time from the moon and stars could actually be highly advanced mathematics, but she just hasn't figured it out yet; this would also give an excuse for her power not growing stronger: it has, but she's unable to use the full extent of it until she realises that it's actually the ability to perform complex calculations in her head at high speeds. She already has her own ability, putting her on a level above normal humans; if she was to be turned into a youkai, this would likely translate over as increased magical powers, possibly enough to summon her own shikigami. It could be argued that Chen was someone she met after Maribel was Trapped in the Past, who passed on at some point; she then summoned her friend's spirit as a shikigami like Maribel!Yukari did for her.
Reimu's only strapped for cash because......she relies on donations. If she were to actively invest in something, her ability to float would keep her in the black by preventing her to sink into the red. She'd at least break even on any investments, maybe even turn a profit, but she just doesn't make any.
If you put Seija next to Koishi, she'll short-circuit.Because the opposite of having no emotions or thoughts is having every emotion, all those conflicting emotions, and more thoughts than any brain can handle, at the same time.
The spellcard system was modified during Phantasmagoria of Flower View and is being modified regularly.The games before that had more progressively impressive bombs and stuff that you hoarded, while PoFV had you spamming them to drown the enemy with a clearing effect on your end. Mountain of Faith had completely different bombs focusing solely on the clearing. Considering the slight changes on even returning or blatantly stolen (BYAKUREN!) spellcards between games, the spellcard system is likely modifying itself to accomodate for rapidly shifting powers and people to make sure that everyone can still beat everyone.
Why hats are so popular in gensokyo.Because they are the only thing that can stop the lunarians fearsome gaze.
Renko Usami is secretly a lunar rabbit.Usami. Usagitl mimitl . And she can tell time just by looking at the moon. Most likely that hat is hiding her bunny ears.
Gensokyo won't last foreverGensokyo was never meant to be a permanent solution to the growing lack of belief in the fantastic in the outside world. Consider that canonically, the Hakurei Barrier has only existed since 1885. Now consider how relatively small an area Gensokyo is. It's in Japan, which is itself not a particularly large country. Gensokyo is probably only a few hundred square miles large, if that. The more long-lived residents of Gensokyo are already starting to get restless from the confinement, as shown by the fairly frequent incidents that Reimu has to deal with. Yukari planned this from the beginning, and has further plans for when Gensokyo can no longer stand as it is.
Renko is YuyukoFollowing the Maribel is Yukari theory, it's unlikely that Maribel would forget her one friend who shared her enthusiasm for Gensokyo before being plunged headfirst into it. It would be fairly simple for Yukari to meet Renko at some point after Maribel becomes Trapped in the Past, and send her back as well, perhaps with some advice to try and get adopted by a noble family. Plus, it would make so much sense for Maribel's best friend to also be Yukari's best friend. As for the difference between Renko and Yuyuko's powers, it could easily be a case of her power growing in an unexpected way, or perhaps Yukari messing around with them.
Mokou and Kaguya don't hate each otherSure, initially Mokou hated Kaguya's guts, but after centuries of catharsis from killing the object of your ire, even the strongest of hatreds will eventually fade. The only reason that they're still killing each other is out of a sense of tradition, and the only reason that Mokou claims to still hate Kaguya is so that people won't question why they're still doing it.
The girl on the cover of Dolls in Pseudo Paradise is that same girl mentioned in the story.Another thing is that she might be based on U.N. Owen and her power causes her to appear as a clown to her victims.
Reimu will not have to pay Komachi anything when the former dies somehow.Reimu's power is to float. The Sanzu river's main methods of barricading things include that nothing besides shinigami and their boats float on it. A few quotes from Patchouli winning on Yuyuko in the fighters imply that the dead gain the ability to use magic sometimes, which implies that magical humans would retain their powers. Reimu's power is to float. Therefore, she just floats over the river like she normally flies and Komachi is deprived of any payment from the Hakurei shrine maiden. While the Yama may get annoyed that Reimu attempted to ignore the system in place and send her to hell for any other sins she'd committed, it still gets Reimu across.
Marisa has eaten her own bullets on more than one occasion.Watatsuki no Yorihime ate part of a star bullet that was pretty much not moving and it was implied to taste sweet by her comment. Who says some of the less obviously weapon danmaku projectiles can't be an edible dessert in addition to a hail of bullets?
Some shinigami end up having to work two separate jobs in Hell's system.This is why Komachi seems to perform the lifespan-judging functions of shinigami at the Ministry of Right and Wrong (or at least know about this information to the point she's allowed to make claims about lifespans) and make so many Death Note references despite being a ferrywoman shinigami: She's actually performing both positions, though as she slacks off with ferrying sometimes it's unlikely she actually helps with very much calculation and just ends up moving around the physical paperwork for Eiki or something equally minor but helpful. This assumes her SWR win quotes are either not jokes or jokes that are based on things she would actually be in the know about.
The characters' hitboxes are their shirikodama.They seem to be at around the right place, and they definitely exist within Gensokyo...
Reimu really is an undead zombie.She's probably been dead for a while, but never noticed it. She likely died sometime around when she fought Yuyuko, but her soul just floated back into her body before anyone realised it. She took a turn for the worst around Mo F, but somehow found a cure for corpse rot without figuring out that she wasn't alive anymore. ...Of course, this means she can't actually die, and probably won't ever age.
Hina is monstrously powerful....Well, stage placement does not necessarily equate to power level, and Stage 2 bosses have been overpowered in context as well. Cirno IS the strongest fairy, Chen is the shikigami of the shikigami of boundary hax incarnate as youkai, and Mystia survived being eaten by a ghost whose power is to invoke death and control the dead and whatnot to reappear in Po FV.
All the Windows incidents have been caused by an energy called Dark Force.After Touhou 5, Mima combined the evil energy of Makai with that from her home of Hell to create a powerful corrupting force. She sent Marisa out into Gensokyo with the core of this energy to corrupt all the inhabitants. In the outside world, Remilia sensed a disturbance and came to Gensokyo to stop Marisa. Remilia attacked Mima and Marisa, killing Mima and stealing the Dark Force seed, but used it herself to attack Gensokyo. Reimu and Yukari stepped in to stop Remilia, and Yukari shattered the Dark Force seed while the two together established the spell card rules in case anyone found the seeds. And every time before every Windows game, someone has, and barely any of the seeds have been found.
Gensokyo feeds off human beliefs and fantasies in the outside world.No, it's not a creature of them, more in the sense of the Sacred Realm, which is said to change its appearance depending on who visits: It's a beautiful paradise to one of good heart, a nightmare land of death to one of evil heart. Which would explain not only the incredible beauty coexisting with terrible Nightmare Fuel, but also why there's no official overall layout of things geographically, and every fan game that feels the need to lay things out does so differently.
Hakurouken and Roukanken can cut outside of reality.How else could Youmu counter the hax-tier Fantasy Heaven with Voidness Sword "Slash Clearing The Six Senses"? Being able to cut out of reality and reach where Reimu floats out to, of course!
There used to be a Hakurei order much like the Jedi Order. In the PC-98 days, Reimu was the equivalent of a Padawan or Knight, and was promoted to Knight or Master as a reward for her skill and bravery in the five PC-98 incidents. Then most of them were killed in the Vampire Incident, perhaps in a similar manner to the Jedi Purge. When this run of incidents stops, Reimu will found a New Hakurei Order. For one thing, it would explain Reimu's Frilly Upgrade.
As a reference to Komachi's win quote, Marisa will at some point say "I'm dying" in a Touhou material that comes out in 10 years from the events of Touhou 9She will actually be in no peril whatsoever, but it will still happen. Because why not, it's Gensokyo.
There is a Dark Side Cave under Youkai Mountain.Hina used to be one of the cave's dark gods. Then, when Marisa was rampaging around as a Dark Force (see a previous WMG), the Aki sisters fled to near the cave to escape her notice by masking their Light side aura. Once Marisa became peaceful, the mountain became strong with both sides of the Force, attracting youkai like Nitori, Momiji and Aya... and, eventually, the Moriyans. But the Moriyans scared away the Aki sisters with their immense power, and the power of the Dark Side Cave began to seep out again, and then Nitori gradually Took a Level in Jerkass, Aya became perverted and her friendship with Momiji fell apart, Sanae began her Descent Into Madness, and Kanako though up a bird-brained scheme to gather faith.
Sariel and 'angels' like her are a Makai defensive gridIt explains the two angels in spheres in one attack phase and the background spheres in the opener, along with the star motifs of Mystic Square stage 2. The hole opened up into Makai by Reimu whacking Sariel in the chest and neck area with the Hakurei orb and multiple exorcisms is where Sara was defending, and the similar name is because Shinki didn't feel like being original about names that day. The gate into the fractal cave before Yuugen Magaan was the original entry in the mountains by the Hakurei shrine, probably closed after Reimu blasted her way in, and Yuugen Magaan was an advanced defensive system for that specific opening in the angel-star grid. They didn't show up in UFO because they were scrapped after Mystic Square by Shinki when she blew up much of Makai, because the Palanquin hopped dimensions directly and thus didn't use a gate, because Hokkai being so heavily sealed meant it didn't need to be defended that much or uses a unique defense like the Shinki-winged fairies, or some combination of the above.
The brief invulnerability period when bosses enter is because of stage fairiesSince fairies respawn, there's no need to hold back against them. Since some of the bosses are quite capable of dying of extreme extermination violence, there's entry invuln to keep them safe.
The bloodthirsty ying-yang orb is actually relatively harmlessAll it wants is to see what blood tastes like, the killing people and being bloodthirsty is incidental to that. If Seija threw it into Remilia's emergency blood storage it would happily start absorbing blood for whatever.
The Tasofro games take place earlier than their slots among the ZUN games.The first three include no characters from the immediately previous ZUN game, and the last was released well after the ZUN game that preceded it and tied more into the story arc that game was part of than the next ZUN game, which was released closer to it and was not part of that arc.
The Tasofro games are a separate continuity intertwined with the ZUN games.They merge whenever a fighting game occurs.
Wakasagihime and Kagerou are in Impossible Spell Card because they're looking for payback.Because of Seija, they got beat up by Reimu, Marisa and Sakuya. They decided to take some kind of revenge on the one they hold responsible for making them go crazy in the first place.
Impossible spell cards are legal when they're not truly impossible due to the opponent's non-bomb abilities.Some of the photography games levels and other spinoffs have cards that are only impossible if you don't use bullet cancellation or similar not-just-shooting tactics. Considering Aya does not appear to be breaking any laws when she's going out to photograph people and neither are her opponents, we can assume this is a legitimate form of danmaku battle. If you have good clearance abilities or something else keeping you from being walled, the opponent is free to use practically solid walls. Seija merits these cards for having her stolen/dangerous items.
Tewi's ability isn't to give people luck, but rather solace.It's stated in her article in Bohemian Archive that she can give anyone who meets her a little happiness. It's possible that when people are more happy/ content, they work more efficiently, bringing in more fortune, and thus over time, the humans associated Tewi with fortune and luck altogether. Tewi, being who she is, didn't exactly object to this potentially useful belief.
In the Touhou universe, maid is a species and profession, like magician.ZUN referred to maids as mythical creatures. Maids are a type of youkai, presumably one that like regular maids are paid to clean houses and be a servant. Sakuya is one of these, and has youkai longevity, thus explaining the lack of clarity about her actual age and origins.
Seija turned her power against the Spell Card System itself.Impossible Spell Card is the result of this. The Spell Card System itself is omnipresent throughout Gensokyo and the neighboring realities. Entities use the spell card rules even if they're not aware of them; and winning or losing the contests is Defeat Means Friendship as a result of the system.
Renko Usami is a men's rights activist.That fedora(-like hat).
Maribel and Renko's world is actually from a distant past.In her chapter in Cage of Lunatic Runagate, Watatsuki no Toyohime mentioned having observed lives coming out of the sea, implying she and the Lunarians existed before humans. However, it is also implied that Lunarians were originally humans, creating a paradox. However, what if, they were humans from the past? Their world was so technologically advanced that every mystery of the world has been solved, and even the supernatural can be explained by science. Because they have known everything, the humans forgot their fear and became arrogant and careless. Through this, an Apocalypse How ranging from Class 3 to Class 5 happened, destroying their civilization. There were survivors, however. These survivors, horrified of the apocalypse, seeks a pure land freed from death and impurity: The Moon. They traveled to the moon and built a pure, deathless civilization there. We know them as the Lunarians. Among these was Eirin Yagokoro. The apocalypse didn't end all life, however. Some species survived, and continued to live and evolve, effectvely resetting the world. Humans once again rise to sapience and started civilization again. The Lunarians weren't the only survivors. There were other group of people that refused to go to the moon, and instead stayed on Earth. Knowing that the lack of fear of the unknown was what brought the old world's destruction, they turned themselves into the 'unknowns' themselves, and kept the humans from finding out the secrets of the 'unknown'. They were then called gods, demons, monsters, youkai, etc. Yet, human civilization keeps advancing. Realizing humans would soon know of the 'unknowns' at that rate, one of them, erected a barrier to keep the unknowns as unknowns. The land inside the barrier, where humans keep fearing the unknown, is acting as a failsafe in case that the humans outside repeat the mistake and destroyed the world again. The one who came up with this was Maribel Hearn, now adopting the name of Yukari Yakumo.
The Seihou world is the PC-98 era's future.The future. Somehow.
The Touhou WMG page will get a second page.This page is already on the Overly Long Pages list.
Youmu's swords cannot become tsukumogami via the Miracle Mallet's side effects, or at all.Roukanken was forged by youkai and can apparently kill spirits. Hakurouken can only be wielded (at least in any degree of usefulness that would count as use) by the Konpaku family. And that is why Youmu did not even bother investigating during Double-Dealing Character, since it did not concern her weapons. Alternatively, Hakugyoukurou was simply not affected by the incident, or it was quite severely and Youmu was busy clearing out rampaging youkai trying to invade the Netherworld. While Sanae's paper-on-a-stick didn't have enough of a personality from use to go tsukumogami, Youmu's signature weapons are ancestral and are probably old enough to go tsukumogami in general if malevolently discarded.
Seija succeeded.Seija's goal in Double Dealing Character was to turn the world upside-down... and after she was defeated, she was NOT forgiven and befriended. Furthermore, Impossible Spell Card is the first game in the series that doesn't have "Touhou" in its title, the Spell Card rules are thrown into the wind during the game, the player is put into the shoes of the villain this time around and, at the end of the game, the villain arguably wins... Whether she was aware of it or not, whether the world was flipped upside-down the way she wanted it or not, Seija still did succeed in turning the world upside-down... Primarily for us... Again...
The reason for Gensokyou being bound to Reimu's bloodline.My guess is that the great barrier needs energy to continue to work and it has to get it's fuel from somewhere. That fuel I belive is the shrine maiden. Namely it feeds on her life energy and that would of course mean that it's energy supply would be cut short if she where to die. And as a result of this I also belive that every shrine maiden also suffer from a shortened life span meaning they will most likley have to continue the bloodline as early as possible in order to ensure that the barrier doesn't run out of fuel. It is simply a case of The Needsof The Many outweigh the needs of the few.