, Complete Darkness
- evil, but not really
- pretty haughty, however
- Marisa (uncertain)
- Reimu (uncertain)
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome with me the "spirit who leaves fate to the dream of eternity", Mima, the definitive PC-98 era character.
Before the advent of Touhou
on the PC with Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
, 5 games were made for a computer system called "PC-98" available only in Japan. The new system saw a reboot of the series canon. The main character Reimu was kept, but arguably changed. Marisa survived the switch, but was changed even more. Other characters followed one by one, but the fandom is divided over how valid the old canon remains in the new series, whether callbacks to aspects of the old series are just references, or indicate a true connection to it.
Of all the aspects of the old series, Mima is the one whose return is quite definitely the most anticipated. Starting out as a humble boss in the very first game, Highly Responsive to Prayers
, she became the first final boss of a now traditional Touhou
danmaku shoot-em-up in Story of Eastern Wonderland
, in which she swore revenge on Reimu and the entirety of humankind, starting by making monsters overrun the shrine. After being defeated, she settled down and started more-or-less harmlessly haunting the area around the Hakurei shrine.
Mima, whose name translates into "charming demon", is described as an evil ghost. Yet, her evilness has all but faded away into a state that might be recognizably the demeanor of an evil ghost, but is practically harmless ľ and she denies being the ghost of a dead person, calling herself simply a soul.
What's perhaps even more mysterious than what Mima is, is the question of who she is to Marisa. In their first appearance, Marisa was Mima's minion. In the new canon, Mima has yet to even be mentioned, but spellcards of hers can be found in Marisa's repertoire. Between that and certain pieces of dialogue, fans generally agree that Mima has taught Marisa all or at least some of what she knows about magic... while some fans even believe in the idea that the two are mother and daughter. And even Mima's relationship with Reimu raises some questions...
A character about whom everything and nothing is known, Mima is truly as nebulous as her ghostly tail.
Lady was tough to write about! Mostly because I knew pretty much jack shit. I think I even saw her being called the de facto god of the Hakurei shrine, but I decided not to include that idea after not finding anything for it during my research.
Oh yeah, and Mima isn't only in Touhou Soccer
, she's a ridiculously overpowered badass in a crowd of ridiculously overpowered badasses in Touhou Soccer
. I mean DAMN.