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A fangame of Live A Live created in RPG Maker, which replaces many of the characters with Touhou Project characters. However there are many other alterations, namely in the attacks characters have. Some chapters are similar to the original with minor changes, but some have received major changes to the main story and is distinct enough from Live A Live. Various characters from the original game also make cameos, such as the nameless challenger from the Wrestling ending instead being Masaru himself and the space mini-game now starring Cube in a series of block puzzles.

The game, along with a complete fan translation, can be found here


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  • Accidental Pervert: James accidentally confuses his left and right and winds up walking in on Ran while she's naked. He is quickly shot.
  • Adaptational Badass and Adaptational Intelligence: Cirno is...barely anything big in Gensokyo, despite her claims, and she's also a complete idiot. Here, she's apparently tough enough that Gungrey Jibalt, a human fighter who missed his chance against Masaru in Live A Live, considered her a Worthy Opponent to beat. And Makai apparently has a Replicant of her in the opposite element specifically to counter her. And she has just as good a heartfelt speech to Mima as everyone else (save Ponga and Shang, who can't speak words).
  • A.I. Breaker: Several bosses and enemies that are extremely tough to beat via conventional means can be defeated if you have 3 characters, with at least one of them having an area healing ability. Place one character in range of the enemy's strongest attack, which it will always use whenever a target is in range, place the healer out of range but next to them, and place the third character in a spot where they can do damage to the enemy. The enemy will continue to spam their super move, killing your decoy every turn, but your healer will keep reviving it, trapping the enemy in a loop while your attacker slowly whittles down his HP.
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  • The Atoner: Caesar, or rather, Streibough is this. After realizing that his actions ended up destroying his own world, he aids Mima in preventing the same thing from happening again. He fails.
  • Blank White Eyes: In the Return chapter, all those that were reanimated by telekinesis have these.
  • Breakable Weapons: Ran's Peacemaker in the Final Chapter. You want to break it in order to get her ultimate weapon.
  • Bonus Boss: There are quite a few. The most difficult of them being Blood Eater.
    • Ponga's is the nuclear-powered Warmech 0-C00. Naturally, it's a case of Rock Beats Laser if you beat it.
    • Hong Meiling's is Flandre Scarlet, though she comes off as a Puzzle Boss more than anything. You also need the Happiness Charm equipped on Kasen Ibara to even survive her first attack so you can start fighting her proper.
    • Youmu Konpaku's is Zigma, a weird frog... thing that appears in the lake, and the spirit of Youki Konpaku, who guards the cursed sword Murasame and fights Youmu to test her.
    • Mokou's is the Forgotten Chimera, which can be fought if the rabbit puzzle is solved and the hidden mansion in the bamboo forest is found. There's also Prototype Vlad, fought if you enter the 4 digit password and insert the right card in it's room.
    • Mima's chapter has The Minister.
    • The final chapter has a bunch:
      • Cirno's Dungeon is accessed simply by having Cirno in you party. It has the Three Fairies of Light and the Bonus Boss Burning Runo.
      • Fox's Dungeon is accessed simply by finding the spirit of Yukari. It has the Bonus Boss Anesthasia, who is fought if the seventh bell is ringing.
      • Mokou's Dungeon is accessed by finding the house in the forest. It has the Bonus Boss Mokou Fujinoir.
      • Shang's Dungeon can be accessed in the bamboo forest while Shang is in your party. It has the Bonus Boss Behemoth, only fought after you have Shang's Omoikane.
      • Hong Meiling's Dungeon Can be accessed at the Darkwing Bandit's Hideout. It has the Bonus Boss Happy Smile.
      • Youmu Konpaku's Dungeon is found in the prison's secret door. It has the Bonus Boss Omega, fought after completing the dungeon.
      • Yagokoro Daioh can be fought if enough is donated to the Moriya Shrine.
      • The Wizard is found randomly by not correcting the glitch in the terminal at the North Village.
      • Odio is found by trying to exit the final boss room.
      • The Minister/Gap Beast is fought at the end of the Gap Dungeon, which can be found at the Throne Room in Mahogiyo Castle after unlocking the gate at the Tower Of Demon.
  • Bonus Dungeon: Like the original game, the final chapter has quite a few.
  • Boss-Only Level: Cirno's chapter.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: Shang's Bonus Dungeon, which involves solving math equations. Also, there are no random encounters, unlike Cube's.
    • Another is the Wisdom Dungeon, where you have to answer 3 sets of 10 quiz questions, and have to answer enough questions correctly in each set to proceed without fighting a miniboss. The third asks for obscenely obscure answers, and you have to be either very knowledgeable, have a specialized guide, or be exceptionally lucky to get past. Thankfully, you only have to get 3 of 10 right.
  • The Cameo: A good majority of the original Live A Live's cast. Some, like Darth and Sundown, are only mentioned if you examine the right locations, however.
    • Same as the original game, there's Watanabe and his son in at least one scenaro.
    • Two of the Bonus Bosses are a War Mech and the Ultimate Chimera (Orin Edition).
      • In an earlier build (or scenario), the Ultimate Kimmeru (basically a Chimera with Yukkuri Aya for a head).
      • Let's just say that the Final Chapter has quite a few of them, some with very specific parameters to even encounter them.
  • But Thou Must!: Unlike Oboromaru (even though it does result in failure), Youmu does not have the option of abandoning her mission and will turn back if you try.
  • Cap: Averted. Even if your HP exceeds 999 (e.g. Level 22 Cirno), while it will loop back to a low number in battle, her HP is actually that number + 999.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Meiling's old shifu is Yun Jou.
  • Damsel in Distress: Yuuka's role in Fantasy chapter 2 onward is this. Ironic, considering she's an Expy of Hash.
  • Darker and Edgier: Fantasy chapter is even darker and longer than the Middle Ages Chapter.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Yukari starts the war and blames Makai for it, in order to cement her rule over Gensokyo and make humanity worship youkai again.
  • Doomed Hometown: A mere day after Ponga rescued Kuu, the Draygion sets fire to the Kedama tribe. Most of its members do manage to survive, but the chief exiles Ponga, Kuu, and Bibi as a result.
  • Dream Land: If you don't start with Mokou in the Final Chapter, your party has to enter one of these to wake and recruit her. It covers her guilt of being unable to save Kaguya in her story.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Unlike Live A Live, one of the main goals in the game is to save Mima from her own despair and fury. The ending is also quite different from Live A Live in that most of the people that died in particular chapters (Sanae, Kaguya, Reimu, etc) end up coming back to life and are alive in the future. Even Marisa comes back even though she ends up receiving a well deserved ass-kicking from Meiling for her troubles.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Ray Jihad apologises to someone called Julietta before he dies.
  • Foregone Conclusion: If you had played Live A Live before, you knew what's going to happen at the end of Fantasy Chapter.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Much like Cube's skillset, Shang's skillset too has its own name when you spell out the first letters of each skill: SYMPATHY, which is an aspect of HUMANISM.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Losing to Qwack in your solo battle against him as Ponga will crash the game.
  • High-Altitude Battle: In a technical sense, the battle against the Draygion is this since Qwack leads the rest of the crows to serve as the battlefield platform for our heroes (especially since Ponga is a Kedama and can't fly).
  • Gratuitous Rape: It’s never stated outright that what the soldiers do to Yuka is rape, but it still counts because there is very little else that could have happened. She is already at the villains’ mercy and isn’t even in the party anymore, so it has no bearing on the plot, and it would have made more sense had she been killed outright because Chaos Rage includes her body as part of itself, just like Marisa and Reimu, who died, and Mima, who is controlling it. Considering that something like this would never happen in a canon game, it was pretty clearly added solely for shock value to drive home the point that Yukari is evil.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Memory Dungeon reveals that the Minister in the Fantasy Chapter was behind most of Yukari's actions and even Yumemi's attack on Mima and Reimu. If it weren't for Mima becoming Rage, he likely would've taken over Gensokyo.
  • Joke Item: The Happiness Charm you get from beating Tewi Inaba raises no stats. But it's essential for surviving Bonus Boss Flandre Scarlet's Crash counterattack.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Due to this game being a Touhou fangame. In fact, the only male playable character are Ponga, Bibi, Qwack, James, Hayate, and Caesar. This is still many times more male characters than exist in canon.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: In the Netherworld Chapter, sparing all enemies will give Youmu the Murasame. Unlike the original, killing all of them awards the Muramasa.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Like the original, every hero in the final has one...but some have multiple.
  • Interspecies Romance: In the Wild Chapter with Ponga (a Kedama) and Kuu (a crow).
  • Let's Play: A non-video version starting right here.
  • Magic Feather: Kasen's "training" she provides for Hong Meiling were just a sham and she didn't actually expect her to become stronger with them. Her getting stronger was all Meiling's own doing.
  • Motive Rant: Yukari gives one during her boss fight, which serves to deconstruct the series itself—namely that since youkai represent primitive humans’ fear of the unknown, humans are no longer deferential to them now that they have science. And she hates it.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Ray Jihad's vampire force pilot robot suits to protect from sunlight.
    • One of his Hired Guns, Qiu Jin Lee, is a cowboy gunslinger vampire.
  • No Campaign for the Wicked: Unlike the prequel, Mima, who succeeds Odio as Rage doesn't have her version of the final chapter.
  • One-Hit Kill: If any of the controlled corpses catches Shang, game over. Granted, they are wielding electric swords used for defense against extra terrestrials.
    • Some enemies in later chapters have attacks that will wipe away your health bar or invoke an instant-death effect. Example being James' Head Strike or Headshot. Although sometimes they don't trigger the Death effect and simply deal light damage. But when they are triggered there is no number of damage shown, and only the text DEATH is displayed. Certain player skills can do this as well, including Cirno's Absolute Zero, Ran's Headshot (lifted straight from James) and Youmu's Splitting Slash.
    • One particular move is similar to this. The move Solar Beam is used by Yuuka and Mima as the Final Boss once she absorbed her hits all targets and always lowers the health to 1 HP. Much more annoying to deal with Mima as she can act twice in a single turn and essentially oneshot with ease.
    • One particular example is the Upsilon in later stages, with its Circle Move. Upon hitting the player, they will be removed from the battlefield and considered dead for the rest of the battle. Particularly annoying since there's no way to defend against it. It's even more annoying in the hands of Bonus Boss cousin, Omega.
  • Retcon: To fit the Theme Naming, Cindelman (Livingstill in the remake's translation) is renamed “Cindel Reje”, with “Cindelman” just being a nickname.
  • Rival Turned Evil: In the Fantasy chapter, Marisa pulls what Streibough did - she faked her death and tricked the heroes into killing an important figure, which causes the entirety of Gensokyo to turn on them. All because of her jealousy against Reimu, as well as feeling she's not getting the recognition she deserves.
  • Secret Character: Hayate in the Heaven and Earth Chapter.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Reisen, who doesn't trust Magicoms ever since the Lunar War Magicom uprising; as a result, she flips when similar things to the war happen aboard the Momento Mori.
  • Shout-Out:
    • There are Velociprey and Yian Kut-Ku as random encounters in the Wild Chapter.
    • Entering one storeroom in the Netherworld chapter gets you ambushed by three kunoichi whose speeches, hair colors, and even surnames are reminiscent of Miku, Luka, and Rin.
      • One Mook's name in the same chapter happens to be named Johnny as does his descendants.
    • Many References to Alkaiser with Mokou, even her facing her Evil Counterpart in a one on one battle like Alkaiser against Metal Black III.
    • In the Hourai chapter, some of the enemies you get to fight in the Random Encounters look suspiciously like Girida-O tanks and later the mech units from MS5.
    • Alice only wanted to make friends...
    • The Behemoth's HP is 2001, the same number referencing 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is weak to bullets, the same weapon type that Darth used against it in the original game.
    • The Patchouli Robo from Hourai chapter is from another Touhou fangame, Mega Mari.
    • An NPC is South Village in the Final Chapter is all but a reference to the gunsmith in Cave Story. bring a Peacemaker with cracks in it and he'll give you the Desert Eagle, Ran's ultimate weapon.
    • Half of the Fantasy Chapter is a shout out to Tactics Ogre.
  • Spaghetti Western: Ran's chapter.
  • Stealth Sequel: If the player happens to play Ponga’s or Youmu’s chapters first, they’d be forgiven for thinking this is just Live A Live with the Touhou girls instead. Playing any other chapter, on the other hand, reveals many gameplay differences from the inspiration, and characters from Live A Live quickly become plot-important instead of cameos, making it clear that this is a fan sequel, culminating in Makai being Lucrece after Odio destroyed it!
  • Sudden Gameplay Change: Like with the original, each chapter works differently from each other. However, each chapter is also not quite exactly like the original version. Sometimes this is just minor changes, such as character attacks and different maps, but some chapters twist around how you beat them, with the Wild West, Near Future, and Distant Future chapters being among the biggest.
  • Take That!: A much more playful version happens in regards to Cube using the game console to fight the main computer. Reisen berates you for coming up with such a dumb plan if you try to do the same.
  • Theme Naming: Rage is this game's Odio. This, we have Draygion (pronounce the "g" as a soft "g"), Ray Jihad, Jirou Gurei, Rei Jenova, Gungrey Jibalt, Cindle Reje, and REI-IJI.
  • This Is My Name on Foreign: The Japanese translation of “Eightclouds”? Yakumo.
  • Unintentionally Unwinnable: If your party doesn't equip any anti-stone equipment, don't have any in your Goods and, and you accidentally save at the final room, the game becomes this, since the Final Boss's second form has a attack that petrifies you for an automatic loss. If you try to go back, you have to beat a very tough Bonus Boss who, guess what, also have a petrify move.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: Apparently, the Lunarians have such a weapon in the moon that could wipe out almost all of Gensokyo's inhabitants. And that is why the world is what it is in the Final Chapter.
  • Wham Line: In the Fantasy chapter, the demons of Makai were believed to be the ones that instigated the war. Until an encounter with Yumeko says her the line, "What do you mean? You started the war!"