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The Touhou Electronic Wind Instrument (a.k.a. Touhou EWI or even TEWI) is a series of animated videos created by artist/musician WINN where each video features one or more of the protagonists from the Touhou games playing a character or stage theme on the titular Electronic Wind Instrument. Many of the videos also feature a battle or event to coincide with the theme being played.

Oh, and the featured character in every video is wearing a School Swimsuit at some point.


    Videos in the Series 

Listed as "Song Name," Game Name - Video Star

  • 1. "Native Faith," Mountain of Faith - Suwako Moriya
  • 2. "Faith is for the Transient People," Mountain of Faith - Sanae Kochiya
  • 3. "The Youkai Mountain ~ Mysterious Mountain," Mountain of Faith - Aya Shameimaru
  • 4. "Higan Retour ~ Riverside View," Phantasmagoria of Flower View - Komachi Onozuka
  • 5. "Mystic Oriental Dream ~ Ancient Temple," Perfect Cherry Blossom - Youmu Konpaku
  • 6. "U.N. Owen Was Her?," Embodiment of Scarlet Devil - Flandre Scarlet
  • 7. "Reach for the Moon. Immortal Smoke," Imperishable Night - Fujiwara no Mokou
  • 8. "Voyage 1969," Imperishable Night - Eirin Yagokoro
  • EX. "Necrofantasia," Perfect Cherry Blossom - Yukari Yakumo and collaborator Tanukimono
  • ⑨. "Beloved Tomboyish Daughter," Embodiment of Scarlet Devil - Cirno
  • 10. "Septette for the Dead Princess," Perfect Cherry Blossom - Remilia Scarlet
  • 11. "Deaf to All But the Song," Imperishable Night - Mystia Lorelei
  • 12. "Candid Friend," Mountain of Faith - Nitori Kawashiro
  • 13. "Dark Side of Fate," Mountain of Faith - Hina Kagiyama
  • 14. "The Venerable Ancient Battlefield ~ Suwa Foughten Field," Mountain of Faith - Kanako Yasaka
  • 15. "Green-eyed Jealousy," Subterranean Animism - Parsee Mizuhashi
  • 16. "Plain Asia," Imperishable Night - Keine Kamishirasawa
  • 17. "A Flower-Studded Sake Dish on Mt. Ooe," Subterranean Animism - Yuugi Hoshiguma
  • 18. "Reincarnation," Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream - Mima
  • EX 2. "Vanishing Dream ~ Lost Dream," Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream - Kana Anaberal
    • "Satori Maiden ~ 3rd Eye," Subterranean Animism - Satori & Koishi Komeiji
  • 19. "Legendary Fish," Scarlet Weather Rhapsody - Iku Nagae
  • 20. "Demystify Feast," Immaterial and Missing Power - Yukari Yakumo
  • 21. "Innocent Treasures" (ZUN's theme) - Maribel Hearn
  • 22. "Fall of Fall ~ Autumnal Waterfall," Mountain of Faith - Momiji Inubashiri
  • 23. "Emotional Skyscraper ~ Cosmic Mind," Undefined Fantastic Object - Byakuren Hijiri
  • 24. "Stirring an Autumn Moon ~ Mooned Insect," Imperishable Night - Wriggle Nightbug
  • 25. "Swordsman of a Distant Star," Highly Responsive to Prayers - Konngara
  • 26. "Alice Maestra," Lotus Land Story - PC-98 Reimu Hakurei
  • 27. "Cinderella Cage ~ Kagome Kagome," Imperishable Night - Tewi Inaba
  • 28. "Lullaby of Deserted Hell," Subterranean Animism - Rin Kaenbyou
  • 29. "Legendary Illusion ~ Infinite Being," Mystic Square - Shinki
  • 30. "Shoutoku Legend ~ True Administrator," Ten Desires - Toyosatomimi no Miko
  • 31. "Kobito of the Shining Needle ~ Little Princess," Double Dealing Character - Shinmyoumaru Sukuna
  • 32. "Bamboo Forest of the Full Moon," Double Dealing Character - Kagerou Imaizumi
  • 33. "Pure Furies ~ Whereabouts of the Heart," Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom - Junko
  • 34. "Pandemonic Planet," Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom - Hecatia Lapislazuli
  • 35. "Tonight Stars an Easygoing Egoist(Live ver.) ~ Egoistic Flowers," Antinomy of Common Flowers - Jo'on and Shion Yorgami

This Video Series Provides Examples Of The Following:

  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Many of the battle sequences showcase danmaku battles and patterns as wonderfully as the original games do.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Most songs have the EWI user accompanied by a second EWI or piano. Tewi's has Reisen join her while playing a trumpet.
  • Art Evolution: The first couple videos used a rather crude and simple art style, which was Super-Deformed and used Thick-Line Animation, but it became progressively better and more beautiful and elaborate later on.
  • Ascended Meme: Several popular Touhou memes made their way into the videos:
    • The "MAlice Cannon" glitch from Imperishable Night is used to defeat Mystia in her video.
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    • Yuugi balances her sake dish on her EWI and her "sake not even drop."
    • Byakuren earned Nazrin's trust by dangling a piece of cheese on a fish hook in front of her, referencing a popular flash game where Nazrin slowly succumbs to the temptation to bite at the cheese.
    • Yuyuko advances on Mystia, but is quickly defeated by the "Wriggle Kick!" from Imperishable Night.
  • Author Appeal: The School Swimsuit and School Sport Uniform: The main character is almost always in the swimsuit while an antagonist will likely be wearing the gym shirt and buruma. Yuugi is the main exception.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Yuyuko is often a source of comedy or part of a Funny Background Event but, in "Demystify Feast," she has a legitimately dangerous and terrifying presence courtesy of curbstomping both Sakuya and Patchouli combined.
  • Big Damn Hero:
    • Remilia saving Sakuya and Patchouli from Yuyuko's attack during "Demystify Feast."
    • Yuuka lending Mima a hand during the latter's battle with Shinki.
    • Tewi uses some sharks in a Flash Back during her video to cross a river, but spites them after their help, making the sharks really angry. Then Ookuninushi from the folk tale "The White Hare of Inaba" Explanation  shows up to save her.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: What Satori and Koishi were doing in the talent show before Yuugi's performance.
  • Bound and Gagged: Byakuren during her time sealed in Hokkai as depicted by her video.
  • The Cameo: Tanukimono in "Necrofantasia" as Yukari spirits him away to Gensokyo for a while.
  • The Cavalry: Aya arrives to assist Mystia when the latter is having trouble against Marisa.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Ookuninushi from "The White Hare of Inaba" saves Tewi just as she's about to be eaten by a shark. He also was the one who gave her a pink School Swimsuit.
  • Cliffhanger: Shinki's video ends with the battle against her at her final phase from the game rather than establishing a clear victor.
  • Clothing Damage: More often than not, if the main character doesn't start off in her School Swimsuit, her clothes will get ripped apart and leave her in one. The most notable example is in "Alice Maestra" as the numerous boss battles up to that point have caused Reimu to lose her miko robes.
  • Continuity Nod: As Yukari is taking Tanukimono around Gensokyo during "Necrofantasia," they pass by several characters and see the aftermaths of the events from earlier videos.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • "Deaf to All But the Song" ends with everyone in the video getting together for a round of drinks at Mystia's food stand.
    • Subverted in "Kobito of the Shining Needle ~ Little Princess." Reimu takes Shinmyoumaru home and keeps her tied up in a bug cage to keep her out of trouble.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The early videos have the girls in a more super-deformed style.
  • Fanservice: Usually seen at the start or end of a video.
  • Follow the Leader: In-Universe. Shinmyoumaru's video begins with her watching Miko's video and wanting to make one herself, but the EWI is too big. Fortunately, Seija has a solution.
  • Funny Background Event: Watching Yuugi bounce along to the beat when she's not actively playing during Konngara's solo in "Swordsman of a Distant Star."
  • Hello, Nurse!: Junko at the end of "Pure Furies ~ Whereabouts of the Heart."
  • Heroic Second Wind: Sakuya during her battle with Kagerou in "Bamboo Forest of the Full Moon."
  • Instant Expert: Cirno is bonked on the head by a stray EWI, picks it up, and is immediately able to play her own theme after a few test notes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Parsee doesn't want to play with Kisume and Yamame when they invite her, but quickly fights for them after finding them defeated by Reimu.
  • Late to the Party: Played for Laughs both times.
    • In "Demystify Feast," Meiling wakes up to realize she overslept and missed the events of the battles in the video.
    • In Byakuren's, Kogasa leaps out from behind Myouren's grave to surprise Byakuren long after Byakuren had already left.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!:
    • Yukari's expression in Eirin's video changes from looking like she's asleep while flying to this.
    • Jo'on does this when she hands the EWI over to Shion so the former can fight Yukari seriously during "Tonight Stars an Easygoing Egoist(Live ver.) ~ Egoistic Flowers."
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Komachi at the end of her video as she realizes Shikieiki's stick is swinging down on her.
    • Utsuho when she almost pulls Satori's changing curtain back too early.
    • Both Reimu and Marisa when Yuuka's Double Spark knocks both of them out as their battle was interrupting her sleep.
    • Mima during her battle with Shinki and the latter unleashes more and more shots at her.
    • Reimu during her battle with Sukuna and the latter uses her hammer to make Reimu grow larger, almost to the point of a Wardrobe Malfunction.
  • Recursive Canon: Sukuna's video "Kobito of the Shining Needle ~ Little Princess" starts with Sukuna watching Miko's video "Shoutoku Legend ~ True Administrator" on Nico Nico Douga, which inspires her to try playing an EWI too.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The first thing that Parsee sees when she encounters Reimu in "Green-eyed Jealousy."
  • School Sport Uniform: While the protagonist(s) will almost always be wearing a School Swimsuit, the antagonist(s) frequently will be in a School Sport Uniform as contrast.
  • School Swimsuit: Each protagonist wears one at some point during her video, either from the start or later. Subverted by Yuugi, who wears a School Sport Uniform instead, then double-subverted in Konngara's video, where she wears the School Sport Uniform shirt over a School Swimsuit.
  • Shout-Out:
    • During Iku's, she collects several Gradius power-ups while shooting enemies down.
    • When Marisa is taking aim at Reimu during "Alice Maestra," a Mass Effect-style targeting screen appears.
    • During Rin's, she passes by several characters who died during their original works including Nei, Aerith Gainsborough, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, and more.
    • "Fall of Fall ~ Autumnal Waterfall" starts with a picture of Momiji from below, while she's wearing a Striker Unit.
    • "Cinderella Cage ~ Kagome Kagome" has Tewi do what seems to be Ranka Lee's "Kira Pose". It isn't however; it's actually a reference to the Visual Novel series Jiburiru the Devil Angel Note .
  • So Last Season: In Kanako's, Suwako readies her iron rings to throw at Kanako, prompting a flashback to Kanako defeating Suwako by causing her rings to rust. Back in the present, Kanako tries to make them rust again, only to reveal they're now made of stainless steel and break through Kanako's attack, allowing Suwako to win the rematch.
  • Tear Jerker: In-Universe. The Myouren group's collective recollections over their meetings with Byakuren and the kindness she showed them drive each (except Nazrin) to a single tear. Byakuren herself gets teary-eyed over their loyalty.
  • Undying Loyalty: Byakuren's crew are all youkai to whom she showed great kindness in the past, which made them swear by this trope, and in her video we get to see what she did for them. Byakuren is then shown to be moved to tears by this.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Almost always Grade A when a performer is wearing thighhighs with her swimsuit.


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