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Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~Memories of Phantasm~ is a series of episodic fanime adaptations of the Touhou Project video game series made by Manpuku Jinja with music by Yuuhei Satellite.

Episode 1 "~The Spring Snow Incident~" note is an adaptation of Touhou Youyoumu ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom, and episodes 2, 3 and 4 "~The Red Mist Incident~" are an adaptation of Touhou Koumakyou ~ the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. Episodes 5 and 6 "~The Flower Incident~" are an adaptation of Touhou Kaeidzuka ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View focusing on Aya, and episode 7 "~The Mysterious Giant Youkai~" adapts Hisoutensoku featuring Cirno. Episodes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 "~The Imperishable Night Incident~" are an adaptation of Touhou Eiyashou ~ Imperishable Night. Episode 14 is the first of an adaptation of Touhou Fuujinroku ~ Mountain of Faith.


The episodes are released without voice acting: only music, sound effects and Japanese subtitles. They get fan-dubbed by amateur Japanese voice actors after their release.

Tropes for the videos as a whole:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Yukari's gaps are made much prettier than they are in canon. The eyes are now simply eye-like patterns, and there is no sign of the arms trying to claw their way out.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Aya and Sanae both appear far before the events of the games they debuted in.
  • Anachronic Order: The games adapted by the episodes aren't in their original order of release.
    • Episode 1 adapts Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil in the opening and Touhou 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom in the rest of the episode. It also has Sanae appearing at the end, even though Perfect Cherry Blossom takes place long before her debut in Mountain of Faith.
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    • Episodes 2-4 adapt Touhou 11: Subterranean Animism in their openings. Their Framing Device is set after Subterranean Animism, but the episodes are mostly flashbacks to Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. The Stinger of episode 4 sets up a Sequel Hook for Touhou 12: Undefined Fantastic Object.
    • Episodes 5-6 are based on Touhou 9: Phantasmagoria of Flower View. The Stinger of episode 6 sets up a Sequel Hook for Touhou 10: Mountain of Faith.
    • Episode 7 reuses the opening sequence of episode 1 and is based on Touhou 12.3: Hisoutensoku.
    • Episodes 8-13 are based on Touhou 8: Imperishable Night.
    • Episode 14 is based on Touhou 10: Mountain of Faith.
  • Bad Bedroom, Bad Life: Flandre's bedroom is full of destroyed furniture and toys (some of which were stabbed with knives) to indicate how being ignored for 495 years has affected her.
  • Bare Your Midriff: How Reimu's and Sanae's costumes are depicted.
  • Beam Spam: This fanime depicts danmaku combat in this way, in contrast to most others that use the Full-Contact Magic approach.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In episode 1, Reimu flies in just in time to save Marisa from Yuyuko's danmaku attack.
    • In episode 7, Daiyousei catches Cirno after she barely manages to dodge one of Okuu's attacks, and Suwako then stops Okuu from incinerating them both by whacking her in the head with her thrown hat.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The English Fan Translation starts out okay, but at one point it seems to gradually get clunkier and more awkward with each episode, before eventually devolving into this.
  • Blush Sticker: Many of the more childlike characters are given these.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Cirno, in every episode.
    • Aya doesn't get treated very well in episode 2. And even worse in 5 and 6.
    • Like with canon, Reisen. She gets her food stolen by Tewi in a Funny Background Event in episode 2 and gets poisoned by her in episode 5. Reisen was able to get Tewi back during the latter though.
  • Character Exaggeration: Reimu in canon is generally a case of Good Is Not Nice and Ms. Vice Girl, with this series ramping up her jerkish side to the point of Perpetual Frowner.
  • Cliffhanger: Any arc that has multiple parts has these until the final part.
  • Continuity Nod: One of the shots from the first opening sequence features Reimu smacking away Sakuya's knives with her gohei in a manner heavily reminiscent of the animation used when hitting her yin-yang orb in Highly Responsive to Prayers.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episodes 5-6 are Aya's day in the limelight, and episode 7 is Cirno's.
  • Demoted to Extra: Since the fanime is a Compressed Adaptation of the plots of the games, this usually happens to lower-level bosses.
    • In episode 1, Letty's fight against Marisa happens entirely offscreen, and the Prismriver Sisters simply let Marisa pass without fighting her. Sakuya only appears to tell Reimu to go deal with the incident, instead of taking a direct role in events like she does in the game.
    • In episode 3, Rumia flies right past Reimu and crashes into a tree, and Reimu quickly takes out Meiling in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • In episode 8, Wriggle and Mystia are both shown knocked out immediately after the title card.
    • In episode 14, the Aki Sisters, Hina, and Momiji barely even put up a fight against Reimu.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: All of the vocal or background music originates from the games. Some are less recognizable than others, such as Yukari's "Necrofantasia" written in a major scale in "The Red Mist Incident".
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Numerous, but special mention goes to Aya, who is featured prominently in episodes 1 through 4 despite making her debut several games after the ones those episodes cover.
  • Energy Ball: Reimu's Finishing Move "Fantasy Seal" involves crushing her opponents under a huge glowing yin-yang orb, which then explodes.
  • Fanservice:
    • The second opening features a few shots of nearly everyone in Gensokyo relaxing naked in a hot spring.
    • In episode 3, there's an extended sequence where Ran and Yukari are having a discussion while once again soaking in a hotspring.
    • Tewi's explanation of Kaguya's backstory in episode 9 is juxtaposed with a shot of the princess bathing.
  • Fight Unscene: Considering the fan-made nature of the series, this was inevitable. As a general rule, any boss character from stage 1 through 3 of their respective game that doesn't have their fight Adapted Out entirely will be this. Stage 4 and 5 bosses tend to fare better, but are not immune. This usually comes in the form of some kind of cut or a Battle Discretion Shot.
  • Fishing for Sole: Suwako pulls a geta out of a fishing hole in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene of Episode 2's intro. The fishing rod and geta are seen both equally fast near the Moriya Shrine's entrance at the beginning of the same.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • At the end of episode 1, Yuyuko can be seen dancing drunkenly in the background while Reimu and Marisa argue during the banquet.
    • In episode 2, Nitori doesn't just fold paper airplanes, she folds paper spaceships.
    • Quite a few things at the party in general, including Komachi being lectured by Eiki, or Tewi taking Reisen's portion of food.
    • While Yukari steals sake from Mokou using a gap in episode 3, Cirno can be seen shooting light out of her eyes.
    • Later, Mystia appears terrified of Yuyuko, probably fearing that she'll eat her, and Suwako's HAT appears red-faced and drunk for some reason.
    • Mystia's concern is not misplaced: In the next episode, Yuyuko's belly is stuffed (a reference to Manpuku Jinja's logo), and Mystia is nowhere to be seen.
  • Gainaxing: When characters with average or above sized breasts appear — such as Yuyuko, Yuugi, Aya or Sanae — you can expect them to bounce about if they as much as turn around. Also see World of Buxom.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Marisa is fond of this, having pointed at Reimu, Youmu, and Patchouli.
  • Grumpy Bear: Reimu's characterization in this series.
  • Hot-Blooded: Marisa, a Large Ham who is also prone to Badass Boasting.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: As is the standard for Touhou.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Sakuya is given these in this series. Especially noticeable in the trailer for the second episode of the Scarlet Devil story arc.
  • Instant Runes: The energy balls that are characteristic of danmaku are created through these in this series.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: The most famous Japanese fandubs were recorded by one actress, Pika Aizawa, performing voices for every single character.
    • Episode 1 has 9 different voices: Marisa, Reimu, Youmu, Yuyuko, Cirno, Sakuya, Remilia, Aya and Sanae.
    • Episode 2 adds 13 voices: Suwako, Kanako, Nitori, Alice, Daiyousei, Patchouli, Koakuma, Flandre, Satori, Rin, Utsuho, Yukari and Suika.
    • Episode 3 adds 4 voices: Ran, Chen, Rumia and Meiling.
    • Pika became unavailable to record fandubs for episodes after 3 (it's possible she may finally have gone pro), so further episodes are dubbed by other fans.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Marisa regards the breeze from Cirno's Icicle Fall attack as pleasantly cool for a hot summer's day rather than treating it like an actual threat.
    • Yukari's solution for not joining the Moriya Shrine party is to use her gaps to steal sake from it while she lounges in the hot spring.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The time and effort into making full-length episodes results in Manpuku Jinja's animations being music videos more than anime.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Marisa is much more enthusiastic about solving incidents than Reimu, who only reluctantly gets involved.
  • Scenery Porn: Backgrounds in these videos are among the most beautiful depictions of Gensokyo ever to appear in Touhou fanworks.

Tropes for "The Spring Snow Incident" include:

  • Adaptation Distillation: "The Spring Snow Incident" is a short episode compared to the game, so the battles are shortened and some events are truncated.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Sakuya asks Reimu, "I wonder, if someone dies in the Netherworld, will she rest in peace?", leaving Reimu to consider if she would leave Marisa at Yuyuko's mercy because of her laziness.
  • Bizarrchitecture: How Mayohiga is depicted as Marisa chases Chen around in it.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Reimu... initially.
  • Call-Forward: Marisa's complaint about hearing youkai underestimating humans again refers to Patchouli's similar comment in the next episode.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The end credits for this episode display a motion comic with Super-Deformed versions of the cast when all later episodes (except episode 7) have their end credits display black-and-white artwork of stylized versions of characters relevant to the episode.
  • Graceful Loser: Yuyuko, just before Reimu defeats her with Fantasy Seal.
  • Gravity Screw: Marisa flies upward through the portal into the Netherworld, then hits what seems to be a ceiling until her POV inverts and she finds herself lying on the ground at the foot of the ridiculously long staircase.
  • Impossible Thief: How can you steal Spring?
  • It's All Upstairs from Here: The path to the Netherworld.
  • Ramming Always Works: Marisa overcomes Youmu's swordsmanship by ramming her with her broom.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: Yuyuko is the only character who doesn't have white reflections in her eyes. This is to emphasize that she's a ghost.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Reimu's apology to Marisa for not realizing that the cold weather was an incident. Fansubbers translate this line in a variety of ways.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Reimu gets this when she rescues Marisa from Yuyuko.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sakuya gives a very mild version to Reimu for not going out to deal with the incident.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Even though Yuyuko's plan to make the Saigyou Ayakashi blossom failed, at least it provided a distraction to allow Sanae to enter Gensokyo.

Tropes for "The Red Mist Incident, Part 1" include:

  • Big Fancy House: The Scarlet Devil Mansion is depicted here as looking exactly like the Château Frontenac with the Elizabeth Tower grafted onto it.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Utsuho, as she's seen partying at the Moriya shrine following the events of Subterranean Animism with her wings shrunken down and her third leg not present on her right arm.
  • The Cameo: Over 30 Touhou characters are visible at the Moriya shrine.
  • Cat Smile: Rin, of course, and Koakuma have one.
  • Creepy Child: Flandre, who asks Marisa to play with her because she always breaks her toys. To drive it even further home, she squeezes her teddy bear so hard that its head bursts.
  • Fangirl: What Koakuma is portrayed as towards Patchouli.
  • Framing Device: Marisa is retelling the events of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil to Sanae while everyone is partying at the Moriya shrine after Subterranean Animism.
  • Laughing Mad: Flandre when Marisa agrees to play with her.
  • Lip Lock: Fandubs make it quite noticeable that dialogue isn't paced alongside the animation. Cirno's rant after being brushed aside by Marisa, in particular, stands out for being rushed.
  • Little Miss Snarker: With the setting being post-Subterranean Animism, Nitori is in top form.
    • Laser-Guided Karma: Her remark about the Moriyas constantly causing incidents gets her punted through the roof by Kanako.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Flandre, naturally in the basement. This adaptation expands on it.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Flandre sleeps in a coffin that's placed on a bed—that is, if she were present.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Created as part of Remilia's plan.
  • Repeat Cut: As Marisa presents her mini-Hakkero to Patchouli.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • Cirno repeatedly boasts about her power to Marisa before Marisa flies to the Scarlet Devil Mansion, only to get ignored at every opportunity.
    • Patchouli plans on cutting Marisa's ego down to size after Marisa boasts that normal humans can use magic too and that she'll exterminate the lot of them by herself.
  • Something About a Rose: A rose motif frequently appears as decoration in the Scarlet Devil Mansion, including the lid of Flandre's coffin.
  • Spanner in the Works: Marisa proves to be a minor one to the Scarlet Devil Mansion crew, as she forces Patchouli out to subdue Flandre.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Reimu is apparently sharp enough to know when she's being spied on by Yukari, who wants to party with the rest, but isn't comfortable around Satori.

Tropes for "The Red Mist Incident, Part 2" include:

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Sakuya seems to be under the mindset that, with her time powers, she would be feared by the humans living in Gensokyo if she were to reveal them. Reimu is quick to point out that those sorts of powers are a dime a dozen in Gensokyo, however.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The fanservice provided by Yukari, Ran and Chen soaking in the hot spring is limited to this.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Marisa showing Flandre some pity and affection is all the latter needs to pull a Heel–Face Turn and team up with her against Remilia.
  • Cats Hate Water: Chen is very reluctant to get into the hot spring. And for good reason.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with Flandre confronting Remilia stating that she plans to defeat her if it means she can go outside.
  • Cool Big Sis: In this continuity, it's not Remilia who acts like this toward Flandre, but Marisa. Justified since in the original story, Remilia's take on the relationship between herself and Flandre isn't known, and Marisa being Flandre's friend is widely-accepted in fanon.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Reimu's "battle" with Meiling which basically has Meiling getting ready to fight, followed by Reimu just shooting a dense blast of danmaku which a few scenes later is revealed to have knocked her out and punched a hole through the gate behind her.
  • Did You Die?: Sanae tearfully asks Marisa this after the cliffhanger from the previous episode. Reimu provides the obligatory Lampshade Hanging about what a stupid question this is, but Yuyuko waves afterward, indicating a possible justification for the question.
  • Fight Unscene: Between Marisa vs. Patchouli and Reimu vs. Sakuya, few attacks are seen directly; even during Sakuya's attacks, animation doesn't go all out, as her time-stopping capabilities fill in.
  • Flaming Sword: Flandre's Laevatein, which she creates out of fire itself before confronting Remilia. This is consistent with the way Laevatein is described in The Grimoire of Marisa.
  • Flechette Storm: Sakuya creates a very dense field of knives in front of Reimu. Unfortunately for Sakuya, that's not actually Reimu she's targeting.
  • Implacable Man: After Sakuya falls into Reimu's trap, Reimu is absolutely ruthless in taking her down.
  • Mythology Gag: During the Sakuya fight Reimu uses the Infinite Dimensional Rift skill from Hisoutensoku in order to trap her.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Like in most fanworks, martial artist Meiling + giant laser danmaku = one very smokey gatekeeper and one very destroyed gate. The only difference from the status quo is that it's Reimu who fires the giant laser instead of Marisa, since the latter had already snuck into the mansion.
  • Ninja Log: Reimu creates an illusory duplicate of herself with her Paper Talismans and tricks Sakuya into stabbing it.
  • Oh, Crap!: Meiling's reaction to Reimu pretty much starting and ending their "fight" with an extremely fast blast of danmaku.
  • Slasher Smile: Remilia has one when she accepts Flandre's challenge at the end of the episode.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Flandre stays in one while trapped in the water sphere while Marisa and Patchouli fight.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Being able to stop time isn't helpful if you can't even move, Sakuya.

Tropes for "The Red Mist Incident, Part 3" include:

  • Adaptational Wimp: In the games, Flandre was the Stronger Sibling of the Scarlet Sisters. Here, she struggles to just keep up against Remilia and, while Remilia ends the fight with a hug, the older sister was clearly the victor by that point. Though it is shown at the end that she's much stronger in the present, the Trope still applies since she's shown to be merely fighting her sister on equal terms.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Remilia and Flandre in the second half of the episode. They challenge the heroines hand-in-hand, and after Reimu defeats them, they are found lying unconscious, hand-in-hand once again, with peaceful smiles on their faces.
  • Beam-O-War: No less than two instances. First, Remilia's Gungnir versus Flandre's Laevateinn, then Remilia's Gungnir versus Marisa's Master Spark.
  • Brick Joke: Nitori, who was kicked out of the shrine in Part 1, is seen in The Stinger of this episode stumbling upon Shou and Nazrin preparing to unseal Byakuren.
  • Cool Down Hug: Remilia gives Flandre one to stop Flandre's rebellion against her.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Sakuya is moved to tears that Remilia and Flandre having fights with each other is such a big improvement over their previous relationship.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: After finding out that Marisa basically provoked Flandre to attack Remilia, Reimu is only too happy to let Flandre take care of the incident by herself. Unfortunately, Remilia quickly pacifies Flandre, and the ensuing fight becomes a two-on-two battle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Marisa successfully incites Flandre to rebel against Remilia. After a short scuffle, however, Remilia embraces Flandre and apologizes for everything she did, mending their relationship, and adding a powerful adversary.
  • Theme Tune Extended: The opening theme for this episode is the second half of the piece used as the opening theme of "The Red Mist Incident Part 2".
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Reimu ends the battle against the Scarlet sisters with a giant Yin Yang Orb several times the size of the Scarlet Devil Mansion.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Flandre, but 495 years of being ignored has caused her to act out. She gets better.
  • We Can Rule Together: Remilia attempts to subdue Flandre's rebellion against her with this. It works, because Flan only wanted to go outside in the first place, and that was Remilia's goal at the outset.

Tropes for "The Flower Incident, Part 1" include:

Tropes for "The Flower Incident, Part 2" include:

  • The Bore: Eiki is so infamous for giving long-winded lectures that she transcends this trope to become The Dreaded.
  • Gag Boobs: Komachi accidentally hits Eiki in the face with her breasts when she stands up, causing Eiki to stumble out of Mystia's food cart.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The look everyone gets when Eiki is about to lecture them.
    • Aya's photo captures the moment of comprehension Marisa has when she realizes that she just accidentally punched the Yama in the face.
  • Right Behind Me: Youmu and Komachi complain about working under Yuyuko and Eiki respectively until the latter appears right behind them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Marisa and Suika try to avoid Eiki's lecture, Marisa via broom and Suika fading into mist. It's Reimu's attempt to hold them in place that leads to the Oh, Crap! moment.
  • Sequel Hook: The Stinger shows Kanako and Suwako plotting against the Hakurei Shrine, leading into the beginning of Mountain of Faith.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Eiki's lecture to Aya, Youmu, and Komachi uses what appear to be Donald Duck sound effects as it goes on for hours.

Tropes for "The Mysterious Giant Youkai" include:

  • Adaptational Heroism: While she wasn't evil in Hisoutensoku, Alice helps Daiyousei track down Cirno rather than using Cirno as a test subject for the Goliath Doll.
  • Adapted Out:
    • While Meliing's and Sanae's stories are alluded to, they don't actually happen in this adaptation.
    • Cirno doesn't fight Sanae, Marisa, and Alice like she does in Hisoutensoku.
  • The Cameo:
    • Byakuren, Nazrin, and Shou can be seen at the Youkai Mountain stall.
    • Alice's Goliath Doll shows up at the end of the episode.
  • Credits Montage: The end credits play over a montage of all of Cirno's appearances in the previous episodes.
  • It's Probably Nothing: Koishi suggests this to Satori when she wonders to herself if Utsuho was the best pick to guard Former Hell. Little does Satori know that as she speaks Utsuho is attempting to melt Cirno.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Alice helps Daiyousei and Cirno look for the kappa's advertising balloon in order to distract them from realizing that the giant shadow Cirno saw at the beginning of the episode was the Goliath Doll Alice had been experimenting on.
  • Running Gag: Cirno managing to accidently freeze Daiyousei while attacking.
  • Snot Bubble: Meiling has one when she sleeps standing up at her post. (The shape of the bubble looks vaguely like the Giant Catfish, which she's canonically dreaming about.)
  • Wingding Eyes: Suwako's hat gets swirly eyes after being thrown at Okuu to save Cirno and Daiyousei.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: As in the game, Sanae gets very excited when she believes the advertising balloon is a Humongous Mecha.

Tropes for "The Imperishable Night Incident, Part 1" include:

  • Adaptation Distillation: The story focuses primarily on the Border Team and Magic team, with Remilia, Sakuya, Youmu, and Yuyuko only making cameos.
  • Adapted Out: Keine's battle doesn't happen in this version of the tale, even though she shows up.
  • Enchanted Forest: Alice mentions that according to legend, if you get lost in the Bamboo Forest of the Lost, you'll never come out.
  • Enemy Mine: Reimu and Yukari team up to solve the Imperishable Night incident despite being enemies.
  • "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Marisa ends up revealing Eientei completely by accident when she hits it with her Master Spark while trying to hit Reimu.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Reimu and Marisa end up fighting because Reimu isn't honest about why she's working with Yukari, leading Marisa to believe that they're responsible for the incident, and Yukari decides to let Marisa believe that.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: At the end of the episode, Reisen shows up with a Slasher Smile and her trademark glowing red eyes.