The New Touhou Character Alternate Interpretation Compendium!:
The TCAI-Compendium was good, but there's always room for improvement. The aim is to make this thread a fun place for creative discussion and the discussion of creativity, as well as to create an easy starting point for any newcomers to the series to learn all they want to about the characters they are curious about. The modus operandi:
The appeal of Touhou lies in its nature as a series with great potential surrounded by one of the largest and most productive fandoms in the world. While canon exists, it is not nearly as rigid as in other works. The richness in potential invites fans to create their own visions of the world of Gensoukyou and its inhabitants – and this freedom is something our new thread will embrace. What this means is: Anyone reading this thread may formulate an essay, big or small, describing their view of a character. The form is entirely free. All it needs is a little summary/title of some sort that should be no longer than three lines at most. Think of it this way: If you were in charge of a big Touhou production, how would you do things, what would your vision be like? Nobody will complain and no canon will interfere with your image. Gensokyo is your oyster. Every character's profile will contain a regularly updated section for these Alternate Character Interpretations (ACIs), which will be displayed by their summary/title. In addition to that, this post will have its own section compiling the contributions of all who contributed. This way, creativity is not only encouraged, but readers can easily read up on a certain user's complete collection of ideas if their curiosity was piqued. In order to enhance informativeness, profiles will remain largely the same, but will also contain possibly interesting information about spell cards and songs. They'll strive to be concise and fun to read, but will also contain links to Touhou Wiki for anyone who wants to learn more.
- We're moving through the characters one step at a time. The beginning of a new discussion and end of the old one is marked by a new profile being posted.
- No one will shoot you for sharing your thoughts on a character who had already been discussed. Going off-topic for a bit is okay. The order is only there to ensure that the thread has some direction. But if you have more general thoughts to share, consider posting in the general thread instead.
- The next topic of discussion will be voted on at the end of the current one.
- Discussions should alternate between popular and less popular subjects. For this purpose, all characters, as well as many locations, are divded into a "tier list". Popular subjects make up the upper two tiers, less popular subjects and locales, the lower two. This is more of a guideline that is meant to ensure that everyone gets the coverage they deserve and the thread doesn't peter out in the end because only unpopular subjects are left to discuss.
- "Canon" is something that can be discussed freely. Please take care to differentiate between discussing what is canon, and discussing what is a good alternative interpretation.
- Be civil. Don't take arguments against your ideas to be affronts to your person. Don't act like people's ideas make them deserving of affronts. This is not a rule so much as just common sense.
- A freeform essay in which you may display your ideas of a certain character. If you see a character differently from canon, share it. If you have a strong idea of what a certain character is like, canon-like or not, share it. If you've created your own fanwork, or if you're playing with ideas for one, or if you just like to imagine what you'd do it like, share it. Even if you just have a crazy, off-the-wall idea for a different take on a character that you think is really cool, share it.
- The essay itself is freeform, but please give it a title or summary as well. A summary shouldn't be any longer than two lines. Less should be sufficient unless you're particularly ambitious.
- The essay will then be linked: 1) under your name at the bottom of this post, and 2) by its descriptive title in the character's profile.
- Alternate Character Interpretations should follow the flow of discussion. Posting ones for characters already discussed is fine. If you really want to write about one who hasn't been discussed yet, it's time to do some campaigning for votes.
Character's title in the game they are a boss in, if applicable
Character Name with link to the character's Touhou Wiki page
This Is A Character's Theme Song* Stage: "Stage Name"
bgm: This Is The Song Playing In The Stage* Spellcard Motif: a short description of the recurring motif in spell cards, with a wiki link to them
This Is A Signature Spell Card, The Rest Are Notable For Other Reasons, Probably For A Cool Name Write-up:
A little essay on all the basic things you might want to know about a character that is hopefully easy and entertaining to read. Relations:
- Characters somehow related to this one are listed here.
- You can bet that any of these will have been used as a reason for shipping, too.
A cleverly written summary of a user's ACI, which is no longer than three lines and totally grabs the attention of anyone who reads it. If they want to find out more, they can click the link.
– by This Troper
Tier List:Very Popular:
Eirin Yagokoro, Kanako Yasaka, Momiji Inubashiri, Nazrin, Nitori Kawashiro, Yuuka Kazami Less Popular:
Mima, Cpt. Minamitsu Murasa, Nue Houjuu, Shou Toramaru, Rinnosuke Fairy Tier
Hatate Himekaido, Ichirin Kumoi, Lily White/Black, Shinki, Tokiko, Yumemi Okazaki, all remaining PC-98 characters Stage Select
Eientei, Human Village, Makai, Netherworld, Youkai Mountain
Bhava-Agra Gensokyo Lunar Capital The Underground Scarlet Devil Mansion People:
Hieda no Akyuu Alice Margatroid Aya Shameimaru Byakuren Hijiri Chen Cirno Daiyousei Iku Nagae Hina Kagiyama Kaguya Houraisan Kasen Ibara Kisume Kogasa Tatara Koishi Komeiji Komachi Onozuka Kyouko Kasodani Letty Whiterock Lunasa, Lyrica and Merlin Prismriver Maribel and Renko Marisa Kirisame Marisa's hat Medicine Melancholy Hong Meiling Mystia Lorelei Parsee Mizuhashi Philosopher's Stone Ran Yakumo Reimu Hakurei Remilia Scarlet Reisen Udongein Inaba Rin Kaenbyou Satori Komeiji Suika Ibuki Suwako Moriya Tenshi Hinanawi Tewi Inaba Utsuho Reiuji Toyohime and Yorihime Watatsuki Wriggle Nightbug Yamame Kurodani Yukari Yakumo Yuugi Hoshiguma
User Contributions:Ace of Scarabs
Akyuu, Lunasa, Lyrica, Meiling, Merlin, Kyouko, Maribel and Renko, Meiling, Parsee, Prismriver Sisters, Scarlet Devil Mansion, Suwako, Utsuho, Wriggle Bocaj:
Akyuu, Alice, Cirno, Gensokyo, Kisume, Komachi, Marisa, Medicine, Meiling, Mystia 1, Mystia 2, Prismriver Sisters, Reimu, Reisen, Reisen II, Remilia, Suika, Tewi, Wriggle, Yamame Chagen 46
Aya, Chen, Gensokyo, Koishi, Komachi, Watatsuki Sisters, Philosopher's Stone, Prismriver Sisters, Reimu, Remilia, Satori, Tenshi, The Underground, Utsuho, Wriggle, Yukari Cynicmuffin
Parsee, Reimu, Suwako Durazno:
Alice, Chen, Gensokyo, Kyouko, Marisa, Mystia, Rin, Tengu Village, Yamame Dragonexx
Cirno, Suwako Enlong
Akyuu, Alice, Gensokyo, Kisume, Koishi, Letty, Parsee, Ran, Reimu, Satori 1, Satori 2, Suika, The Underground, Utsuho and Rin, Yamame, Yukari, Yuugi Flame Haze 17
Maribel and Renko hassanico:
Gensokyo, Reimu Horselesshorseman
Alice, Gensokyo, Iku, Kisume, Kogasa, Komachi, Kyouko, Medicine, Meiling, Mystia, Parsee, Prismriver Sisters, Rin, Satori, Scarlet Devil Mansion, Suika, Tenshi, Utsuho, Yuugi Hylarn
Gensokyo, Kasen, Koishi, Komachi, Marisa, Yukari JacktheSnowman
Suwako KH fujoshigirl 98
Alice, Medicine, Meiling Kyler Thatch
Chen, Ran and Yukari, Gensokyo, Hina, Meiling, Utsuho, Yamame Metaflare
Akyuu, Alice, Aya, Byakuren, Iku, Kisume, Meiling, Mystia, Prismriver Sisters, Suika, Tenshi, Yuugi [MODE]
Chen, Marisa, Yukari Otherarrow
Akyuu 1, Akyuu 2, Aya, Byakuren, Cirno, Scarlet Devil Mansion, Iku, Maribel & Renko, Maribel and Renko again, Meiling, Mystia, Prismriver Sisters, Remilia, Suwako, Tenshi, Watasuki Sisters, Wriggle, Yuugi Pulse
Akyuu, Alice, Aya, Bhava-Agra, Byakuren, Cirno, Daiyousei, Hina, Iku, Kisume, Kyouko, Meiling, Mystia, Parsee, Prismriver Sisters, Prismriver Sisters again, Reimu, Remilia 1, Remilia 2, Rin, Satori, Scarlet Devil Mansion, Suwako, Tenshi, Wriggle 1, Wriggle 2, Yuugi raigakuren
Cirno, Iku, Prismriver Sisters, Remilia, Suika Raz Fox
Aya, Chen, Gensokyo, Hina, Kasen, Koishi, Komachi, Lunar Capital, Reimu, Reisen, Rin, Tewi, Yukari Ruki Motomiya
Alice, Utsuho sorcerymon
Medicine Stark Maximum:
Marisa's hat Swasfews
Tewi and Reisen Tacitus
Alice, Cirno, Maribel and Renko 1, Maribel and Renko 2, Marisa, Meiling, Suwako, Tenshi, The Underground, Yuugi TARDISES
Parsee The Chubby Destroyer
Chen, Lunar Capital, Reimu, Tenshi, Utsuho, Yamame WORLD Tree
Gensokyo, Komachi, Reimu, Yukari Xion Ga Taosenai
Gensokyo, Reimu yarrunmace:
Alice, Aya, Byakuren, Chen, Daiyousei, Gensokyo, Hina, Kisume, Kogasa 1, Kogasa 2, Kogasa and Letty, Koishi, Letty, Letty again, Lunar Capital, Marisa, Marisa (abridged), Medicine, Meiling, Mystia, Parsee, Prismriver Sisters, Reimu, Reimu 2, Reisen, Reisen and Tewi, Rin, Satori, Scarlet Devil Mansion, Suika, Tenshi, Tewi, Utsuho, Wriggle, Yamame, Yukari, Yuugi 1, Yuugi 2 zealotglob
Write-up compilations:Eyes Unseeing by Fawriel
(recommended reading order)
This small world of ours
Hitori no Onigashima
Welcome to the Underground
A pair of strong hands
Heroes of a New Era Girls Going Solo by asterism
(proper reading order)
Girls work hard now and are preparing. Please watch warmly until it is ready.
edited 9th Mar '12 10:41:45 AM by Fawriel
Dark and mysterious:
Dark and light, rain and flora, night and love*
Warm and sweet:
Path and warmth, river and land, man and nature
Vast and beautiful:
Earth and sky, water and adventure, height and depth Themes:
Title themes: A Sacred Lot(HRtP)* , Record of the Sealing of an Oriental Demon ~ Pure Land Mandala(SoEW)* , A Dream Transcending Space Time(PoDD)* , Gensokyo ~ Lotus Land Story(LLS)* , Wondrous Romance ~ Mystic Square(MS)* , Scarlet Beyond a Crimson Dream(EoSD)* , Mystic Dream ~ Snow or Cherry Petal(PCB)* , Memory of Forgathering Dream(IaMP)* , Eternal Night Vignette ~ Eastern Night(IN)* , Kaeidzuka ~ Higan Retour(PoFV)* , Sealed Gods(MoF)* , Sky of Scarlet Perception(SWR), Awakening of Earth Spirits(SA)* , A Shadow in the Blue Sky(UFO)* , Did You See That Shadow?(Hisoutensoku)
Also possibly qualify: World of Empty Dreams(HRtP)* , Paradise ~ Deep Mountain(PCB)* , Broken Moon(IaMP)* , The Gensokyo the Gods Loved(MoF)* Write-up:
A round character does not exist in a vaccuum. Like any human being, they are shaped by their surroundings. Even beyond that, the same character can be shown in an entirely different light depending on the flavor of the setting itself. So, let's have a look at the setting of Touhou: Gensokyo. What is this place? Well, time for a quick history lesson. In the old times, the world was filled with youkai, gods and other such beings. These creatures have a very special connection to humans: Youkai cannot live without the fear of the people, while gods cannot live without their faith. As technological advances lightened up the darkness of the world, the fear faded away, and with it the need for faith. The creatures of fantasy and illusion were in danger of vanishing from the world forever. Thus, in 1884, a barrier was created around Gensokyo, a vast landlocked valley in Japan that was teeming with youkai. Only the descendents of a few brave warriors who would keep their menace in check make up the human population in this land. Since the erection of the barrier, the dynamic between the two parties has changed. Youkai are the natural enemies of man, but they need man to continue living. Out of sheer necessity, harmony was born: Humans and youkai live in constant conflict, but the conflict is almost entirely a facade to retain the natural order. Danmaku duels are non-fatal, human abductions are a game, and on rare occasions, monsters shop in the human village and humans are invited into the halls of devils for a cup of tea. To try to establish a truly canon view of Gensokyo is almost futile, as the most reliable source of information is the perfectly subjective view of Hieda no Akyuu that she has written down in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense. Most fans will accept the summary given above, but like any other aspect of the series, the setting is malleable. Even in canon, the feeling given by the setting is hard to pinpoint. A comment ZUN made for Story of Eastern Wonderland's first stage theme summarizes it rather well:
"This game ... even though the story is a joke, the music is so serious, and the enemies are so hard. I like that kind of mismatch."
In newer games, the plots have actually become fairly dark, but the presentation remains light-hearted and doesn't take itself seriously. It's quite clear that ZUN primarily considers Gensokyo to be the setting of a series of videogames, and it's clearly written to facilitate this. Perhaps the most obvious proof of this is the nature of fairies in Gensokyo: They are defined as being mischievous nature spirits who like to get in the way of people, die painlessly and quickly resurrect with no ill effects, and like to gather around particularly powerful creatures. In other words, the perfect mooks. Between this presentation that is both serious and silly and the identity of Gensokyo as a place of beauty filled with monsters... is it a silly place? A beautiful one? A fearsome one? Is life adventurous, terrible, whimsical? The answer is: Yes. All of it. Relevant links:
- Perfect Memento in Strict Sense (including descriptions of particular areas)
- Monologue (Hieda no Akyuu musing about Gensokyo)
- Spell card rules
Gensokyo, the land where you could ship an astronaut with a bunny girl and have it make some amount of sense.
-by Bocaj Gensokyo is not a paradise because of youkai tea parties or magical fun, but because it allows humans to be humans and youkai to be youkai.
-by Clarste Bringing the Strange Closer
-by Durazno A land of otherworldly beauty and perfect strangeness. A land alive and evolving. Gensokyo, a land of dreams – good and bad.
-by Fawriel Only a dream
-by Higanbana Integrating the opposed
-by Hylarn Gensokyo: like real life, only different
-by Kyler Thatch Gensokyo ~ Fairy Tale World
-by Raz Fox Eastern Wonderland
-by WORLD Tree Where do you go when you've got no place to go?
-by Xion Ga Taosenai Views of Gensokyo
edited 8th May '11 1:25:38 PM by Fawriel
edited 4th Dec '10 1:56:48 PM by Enlong
edited 4th Dec '10 2:24:10 PM by Enlong
edited 4th Dec '10 2:43:22 PM by Fawriel
edited 4th Dec '10 4:49:01 PM by Enlong
edited 4th Dec '10 7:36:06 PM by Clarste