With reference to that previous post about shipping that’s going around, I think what’s kept me interested in Touhou is because there’s something for everyone that the fan community has produced:
- There are doujinshi for people who like to ship characters.
- There are doujinshi for people who couldn’t care less about shipping.
- There are doujinshi that portray Gensokyo as a place full of action, danger, or suspense.
- There are doujinshi that portray Gensokyo as a peaceful paradise.
- There are goofy comedy doujinshi like anything Dioxin makes.
- There are albums with rock, pop, trance, classical, jazz, chiptune, with and without vocals that most anyone with any preference in music can enjoy.
- There are games for people who enjoy the mechanics of the original Touhou games and want a greater challenge.
- There are games for people who would rather play a platformer, a hack-and-slash action game, a visual novel, an RPG, a strategy game, or a monster catching game.
Touhou is the prime example of a transmedia world as defined by Schell . Touhou is a world which can be seen through many different lenses, each with something different and interesting to say, each contributing their voice to the construction of a world. I doubt ZUN intended for this to happened, but I’m glad it did, because worlds like these are rare gems in our time when so much of media is one directional.
 Schell, J. The Art of Game Design; Elsevier: US, 2008.
Bad Apple!! merged with the themes of the character shown throughout the PV. (Piano)
wasting a bomb
losing a life
dying right before the extra boss
dying during a non-spellcard
Casual reminder that ZUN makes and sells his own beer now.
He calls his latest brew “Super Red the Nightless Castle”.
(And that is a picture of a signed coaster that he’ll be distributing along with his beer at an upcoming NicoNico conference)
Was touhou just a stepping stone to achieve his real dream
i guess touhous just cool cause everything is ambiguous and u can choose to relate to characters or not based on how you interpret them yeah
touhou’s personal appeal to me is that finally, there is a series that revolves around girls who can kick ass, and they’re not overly sexualized in the canon
(just watch out for the fanart)