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  1. CountVonNumenor is one of the dedicated members of the Touhou Project Community. He usually comes up with a thread to start discussion of said project, covering almost everything in and out. He brings out good points, sources, and overall very interesting topics and has earned a lot of lads' respect. He is the one who has brought so much life to this place. He is very much the reason that the author began discussing alongside him in the forums of Moriya Shrine. [Contents] 1. Basic Info 2. The Arrival 3. Profile Info 3.1 Status Updates And Ranks 3.2 Signatures 4. Threads That Haven't Got Much Traction 5. Author's Notes Basic Info A DeviantArt and a pixiv one is open to view one's work. Often seen dishing out points from reddit and twitter by summarizing said ones with information that doesn't overwhelm the reader. Warhammer 40K fan whom is seems to be interested in Battletech. His known favorite characters in Touhou are Hieda no Akyu as well as Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanad; he is also seen writing thread with big font usually 16 in size to make ease in the readers' eyes back in March 2022; A Romanian lad who speaks like a gentleman in polite yet elegant manner. The Arrival On 2022 March 5th, he joined the Moriya Shrine site not to download games but to discuss about one of his favorite series, Touhou project. In that day, he wrote out a carefully thought out thread covering Curiosities about fashion in Gensokyo. It was a very strong start as he had caught attention of the regulars of the Moriya Shrine forum. It will be a special day for the said place from that day forwards. Profile Info Has currently made 35 threads and overall achieved 337 as of now. Won most days in the Moriya Shrine Forum; according to the about page he is likely born in 03/22/2002. Status Updates And Ranks Have achieved 9 badges and gained a total of 11 followers. Rank: Proficient (10/14). Infact, even having a large number of faith braking 310 and a massive views on profile hence, a lot of visitors. Signature Formerly had troubles changing his signature but after a while, it was finally done. Threads That Haven't Got Much Traction (Excluding some few ones) Retrospective 2021 : Bringing the points out in 2021 Touhou community about games, music and so on. Any opinion and ideas are welcomed on this thread. Still haven't spark any discussion to this day. (Edit: Another Member Of The Community has posted a reply on said thread making it officially that CountVonNumenor has no more abandoned threads.) What are your favorite Touhou M-1 Grand Prix skit(s)?: Although it had been his second post that didn't get any reply after a month, the author made a post there, it gained traction but slowed down ever since. One year into Touhou - How one fell down the rabbit hole: Truly a journey of one who had fallen into the rabbit hole Touhou; It is a very interesting trip to read through. Gensokyo Mystery Zone - Misty Lake - Moriya Shrine : It's a shame that it has ended so soon without much discussion as the potential for this thread to grow as big as the "Official Random Thread " (A bit of an understatement) and last but not definitely least, What do people from outside the community think about Touhou: A very worthwhile thread to start a discussion. (He was seen using two emojis) Author's Notes I really appreciate the lad, Numenor he's very much like a friend to anyone here, making the site brighten. If not for him I doubt that I would be here sooner or later but he might as well be bringing and motivating newcomers to the shrine. I'm very grateful to him for bringing life to this place. "Thank you from the bottom my of heart, brother." This page was last edited on 12 June 13:37, Current UTC.
    8 points
  2. It has been generally agreed in the past that participants are not required to review/rate their own submissions, and said ratings will not effect the final tally. It is entirely your choice either to do so or not, as you prefer. Personally, I appreciate seeing people express what they enjoy about their choices; there are entire genres of music I might never have found an appreciation for if not for others sharing their interest (for example, most forms of heavy electronic music, courtesy of Shionne), and I often learn as much and more from reading other reviews as I do from listening to the piece itself.
    6 points
  3. Halfway through. ROUND 5: 13: Unlucky Morpheus - Feast the Night Away Suika with a friend! Lyric video available in the Vault. 14: Yukari - Palace of the Earth Spirits Climactic Heartfelt Fancy! Video's a bit loud, so I recommend turning your volume down a bit before starting, and adjusting it as needed. 15: A-One - Moondust (DJ Command Remix) Eurobeat with progression! Remember to re-adjust volume from the previous feature.
    5 points
  4. I'm keeping it brief this time as I've been rather busy. Boho Youyoumu Area 4 A pretty upbeat chiptune arrangement which reminds me of early Sonic OST. The instruments in this are really well balanced so that nothing feels grating, but what I liked most was that this has some really cool counter melodies in it. It's a really nice listen that has plenty of deviation from the original theme while still being distinctly a Capital City of Flowers in the Sky remix. Also, I did have a listen to Ken's looped version for convenience. 7/10. Maple Dream Now this one is very interesting, it sounds not just like a chiptune remix but seems to have a lot of synthwave influence in there as well. It's much heavier sounding than the previous chiptune feature, and it also seems less conventional than what you'd usually expect of chiptune, which makes it pretty novel. I like the creative direction, it's very cool and I think it's well done, I just don't personally enjoy it as much as the other chiptune, so 6/10. MyonMyonMyonMyonMyonMyon! Myon of many indeed, this is a song I first heard 3 years ago so this is a bit of a trip down memory lane. Very chic and cute, and composed of a lot of repeating sounds that only slowly develop throughout the song, it has a vibe that I can just zone out to, which is something I like about a lot of Shibayan Records' songs. The vocals really support that, they sound so sweet and also really stick out, since they don't really match up with the background music or even the original source song. There's also just the fact that 3L has to be one of my favourite vocalists. 8/10, would myon again.
    5 points
  5. This is probably one of the least educated takes I've seen on this specific matter thus far. The main problem is that the reason that this type of character is prevalent is somehow framed as some Japan-exclusive psychological thing regarding femininity and underlying "dodgy pedophilia" (????) that's being manifested. If some underlying real-life attraction towards "cutesy and childlike" is what this is based on, then I'm afraid we'd be seeing it worldwide: (Even girls as young as 12 outclassed women above the age of 21) I don't mean to insult your compadre but I'd advise that they cool it with the armchair anthropology and psychoanalysis. Sexual attraction specifically is not at the root of every human interaction and creation. Probably for the same reasons western art went from this to this. Art doesn't evolve in a linear manner, and a variety of factors (ranging from different cultural inputs to even possibly very minor genetic structure differences) will influence said evolution. There's still art being made in Japan by Japanese people that isn't in the "anime style" and while I don't live in Japan I'd say it's a safe bet to assume it's just as well received among the general public, but just might not be as popular an export. It just sort of fits the medium, doesn't it? Simpler shapes, overly expressive faces, proportions that allow for very loose and dynamic movement etc. etc. Let's also not forget that one of the first popular serialized manga series (as well as among the first televised anime series) was Astro Boy. It began publishing not too long after the nuclear attacks on Japan during WW2, meant to (among other things) show the brilliant potential of positively harnessed nuclear power as well as mankind's need to be responsible with it. One would think that making Atom a sincere, innocent and cutesy character would make the readers more easily fond of him thus making it easier to interface with the story despite the tough subject matter. (There's probably a lot more things that play into this too and I'd hate to wrongly deliver information based on my surface level analysis, I'm no expert and I suggest anyone interested do their own research) Assuming we're talking exclusively about character designs intentionally made to be moe (and thus exlucing manga series like Lupin, Kaiji, HnK etc. etc. though moe is a very broad term and can even be applied to characters within those, just not in the way you might think), it's just that physical characteristics which humans find cute (if you look at Konrad Lorenz's categorization of cuteness in living things, you'll find that a lot of the attributes described there match up with what you're talking about) are the easiest ways to invoke affection. And having your readers/viewers/whatever feel affection towards your characters is the easiest way to proliferate any work of fiction, be it for monetary gain or otherwise (there are actually interesting studies on the commercialization of moe in Japan specifically). As for people hating it, give 'em another decade or two. Perhaps in a different time on an old message board there was a thread titled "Why the general hate for video games?"
    5 points
  6. I'm in complete agreement with my two compadres above, although I'm a bit miffed at Parsee for giving me the itch to buy more stuff on Buyee again - at least 300,000 yen's worth this time around (just got the 3rd consolidated box sent this morning in fact, and there's still some stuff left over for a 4th). At least I'm not spending it on overpriced units, am I right, just overpriced fumos instead. (#^_^#) Heh, seriously though, Touhou has to be the last bright spot in my life. I'm really not certain what would have happened to me if I hadn't discovered it because I was very close to calling it a day when I hit 40. In all honesty, I do not particularly care what some guy on YouTube thinks about the series since that is his take, not mine. There's always something to bring a smile to my face, plus the music simply instills the most emotion I have ever experienced from a series. Oh, that's before I even mention the fact the fangames are among the best I've ever played, and I've been a gamer for a very long time, believe me. (*_*)
    5 points
  7. For me, the final boss of WBaWC. Idk if "emotional" is really the right word but I love that right before the final boss fight you realise that you've been manipulated by the beast spirits the entire time and start to question whether you're even on the good side anymore. And then after fight... nothing is cleared up. And that's fantastic. You're just left sitting there wondering "did I just do something horribly wrong? Which side is even the good side? Are there any good sides?" Anyway, now off to go fight a horse I guess I also love the final boss fight of AoCF because satisfying Yukari big brain plays. And I guess Shion finally getting her moment to not just be an underling to her sister is cool.
    5 points
  8. As someone fairly passionate about fighting games this thread caught my eye. In terms of a Touhou fighter that would tickle my fancy (and is a good fighting game in general), I'd like to see some of the following: Back to the ground. No more flying fighters like HM, ULiL and AoCF. The old system of being on the ground by default, but having a lot of aerial mobility as well creates creates a much more engaging neutral game. The flight was fun because on one hand there's no high-committal jump arcs like in many other fighting games, but at the same time being in graze state comes with it's own disadvantages on top of having to manage your resources. The newer fighters don't have bad movement, but I don't like how they took what they had going on which was amazing and watered it down to a downward jump and a long airdash. More moves. One other thing I don't quite like how the recent fighters are handling is the amount of moves that characters have. While the amount of command normals is fine (tasofro plz bring back 3a QAQ), the significantly reduced number of special moves and spell cards only seems to contribute to less variety. For the specials, just bringing motions back should to the trick (Why'd they get rid of those again???) and for the spell cards... Different customization. The trademark Touhou fighter mechanic of deck-building which even the new fighters have has never missed the mark in my opinion. Now I know I've been singing my praises for Soku this whole time, and while I do think it provides an interesting dynamic (either you cycle through your hand very fast or you let your opponent know what you're about to try, especially if you're hovering a high-cost reversal), this one could definitely have changes made without negative impact: Spell Cards: Spells could, for example, be made independent of the rest of the deck. Pick like 3 at the start of the match (out of more than three total please), and roll with them. A one button super is fine, we don't need to go back to playing IaMP or anything, but I'd personally merge this with the Soku system of changing which card you're currently "holding", with the super button executing whichever one you're currently on. You can even have the more traditional meter system like in the new games, but the main point here is that being locked into one super per set offers less variety within the match itself and takes away a lot of potential conversions that you could otherwise get. Other Cards: These can share a deck of sorts. You make a loadout like in Soku (probably smaller to account for the now separate spell slots), but something like this could be in place during the round itself: Instead of having your "hand" be a meter substitute, you'll draw a card and after a bit receive a preview of the next one, but you can't draw that one yet. To draw your next card, you can choose to either use or "hold" the current one for later. You can hold like 2 cards or something before you're forced to discard one that you're holding if you want to hold your next one without using it immediately. I feel this complements the new Spell Card system while still maintaining what made the original system fun and dynamic. Skill Cards: In terms of Skill Cards in particular, the idea of upgrading/changing your specials mid-set is really interesting. However, and this is more of a balancing issue than anything, I always felt that having some characters rely on Skill Cards more than others is just not very good? For instance, in Soku, I don't think I've ever lost to an Aya that didn't upgrade either Graceful Dash or Wind Standing to a sufficient level. This issue has two possible solutions in my opinion: either make upgrading specials it's own thing (maybe add a separate button done in conjunction with the desired motion) and make the Skill Cards simply switch them around, or add a sort of stance switching method with the individual Skill Cards upgrading the corresponding moves. I'd like to hear if anyone has additional input on this. That's most of what I can think of off the top of my head. For the roster, maybe put Flandre, Cerberus Clipper from 17.5 looks like a good special move I guess.
    5 points
  9. Reimu - You cannot convince me she isn't a zombie in Touhou 10, why is her skin so yellow? Maybe the Hakurei God revived her for MoF. Speaking of the Hakurei God, Reimu, you should be more interested in said God, maybe that's why you're poor xd As for me, my fav is Alice Margatroid!
    4 points
  10. Take me with as much salt you want. The thing is these new games, they aren't well received (By some lads) just like UM. I don't know why people dislike them going so far as calling them best or worse Touhou games. It seems that UFO shadow is behind this one.. Gameplay wise, some stages drags on and the new mechanic wipes the floor with those bosses. (According to the comments in here and this post: Is it only me or Touhou 17 is reaaally hard ? : touhou (reddit.com) taken 3 years ago) Also have this from a comment section replies of the extended title theme: I mean kind of have a point with the background but I'm not so sure about the second easiest game? It might as well be my skill issue. Truly, but the point is I haven't (can't) play extra so, I can't really support too much of the point here. Music? I can't seem to remember any of 'em nay, I take it back my vote is entirely on Staff Roll don't know why but the only theme that is on the mind of Touhou players is the exclusive stage 6 theme; Indeed, after researching, I assure it's always that one theme that is redeemable? I myself, like most of the themes in 17; no, music is subjective so expect a random review later in this post as this is one of the only things I can do without playing the game itself. (Aye, Mayumi's and the stage 6 one sounds quite similar to Undyne and Mettaton's themes.) Ending this chapter with lore: Right it's set in hell and what do we got? Another place that is not going to be mentioned again, presumably forgotten like *cough* *cough* the places from that one Pc era. Also, we got "gangs" who compete with each other for resources and territory; A yakuza connotation feeling if you will. And there comes the leaders who have got vague info much like the god of Hakurei. This might ended up upsetting the veteran lads. So, we done yet? Not yet actually since I've a headcannon for all of you: Imagine the beast World as one of the places in the 16 lesser hell known as "The Animal Abuser's Hell" and the beasts sprits are going to dominate those human souls who has abused said sprits. And we got the hell setting with Kutaka being one of the gatekeeper of that hell; here is oddly similar yokai chicken from a scroll of Nara. (Hell Scroll) Wiki got almost all the pages (Motly in Japanese: Hell Scroll (Nara National Museum) - Wikipedia) After a bit of digging I've found another lad that has the same theory as me but also with more points in this yet again three year old reddit thread: An unpopular opinion about Touhou 17 plot : touhou (reddit.com) In conclusion: This is not a bad game but it does leave a who is in the right after the events of 17. But at the end of the day, don't let others drag you down for liking a specific game as it will leave out the negativity. So, as yin and yang, fans will appreciate the older games and the news ones sooner or later when that day comes, we shall see our community rise once more to the surface.
    4 points
  11. Recently stumbled to this album from Studio Nenem https://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/靈異伝M01 All 16 of the arrangements are from th01 tracks. It's all instrumental tracks, the genre seems to be mix of Traditional and Modern. Ranging from Modern Orchestra, Swing, Chiptune and DnB, and even mix of Traditional and House. Crossfade for reference: https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm17621641
    4 points
  12. 10) Okay, this is the first of the tunes I chose, and for a twist of fate, I may never have even experienced it to cite to you all in the first place. It was pure chance that I came across TopNep's channel on YouTube while researching Japanese study aids, and an even bigger coincidence that he decided to speedrun Bouhou Youyoumu around the same time as well. (#^_^#) The game, which is great by the way, features a lot of wonderful pieces (I adore the remixed track for Chen's stage), yet this one stands out for me as the most emotional for sure. Capital City of Flowers in the Sky was also already one of my favourites due to its very prominent placing on the Heaven stage of Wandering Souls, long before I ever played PCB. It's such an uplifting track and only loses out to Onigashima in the Fairyland due to my love for Suika. (^_~) Ah, and Gou: I mentioned before on YouTube I didn't pick anything from the Scarlet Family games, but that I did choose something from one of Marokaka's other titles - this was it! In addition, the sole reason I haven't done a playthrough for this one is because I quit in dismay upon losing to Sakuya on the Extra stage while doing a speedrun for the game. I would have beaten the best time I've seen online by quite a margin simply by skipping a load of the grinding (level 16 instead of 20), but I carelessly forgot to buy the Koakuma item and bloody died because of it. Haven't been back to it since. (-_-) 8.5/10 11) Oh my god!! This sounds like it could have been produced on the Commodore 64 itself. It's so similar in tone to the sort of thing Ben Daglish & Matt Gray did for The Last Ninja games, it's uncanny... I've got to show it to my mate and see what he thinks. (*_*) As for tune itself, well I like it, what can I say. I'm not familiar with the original, but other than it getting a bit repetitive towards the end, I think it deserves a very high rating merely for its damn unique style alone. (^_^) 9/10 12) This is pleasant, very "fuwafuwa" like Myon, and indeed the sort of thing you can have on in the background and it won't disturb you in the slightest. Vocals are nice too and fit the track well. Not much more I can really say about it that hasn't already been said, other than excellent pick, CVN! (=^_^=) 8/10
    4 points
  13. Bonus: ARA - Bouhou Youyoumu - Level 4 (Captial City of Flowers in the Sky) I fixed the loop; harder than I expected, but nothing too exciting.
    4 points
  14. i decided to make a archive even though iirc Ken's saving everything on a big playlist this probably going to get tad long so imma probably split it although it seems i can't find first tournament thread/posts anywhere so tell me if anyone got any updates on that Tournament II Busker's picks: twinkle * twinkle - N.I.G.H.T.M.A.R.E (Nhato Remix) Cool&Create - Flying Marisa!! Hatsunetsumiko's - A Voiceless Poem Drunken Flower's picks: Sky dust Blue Diamond Blooming Season Ken's Picks: Idola Deus Star of Hope Arises in the Blue Sky Road to The Moon Garison's picks Having a Bad Dream Sealed Sword/Alice in Wonderland Dead link unfortunately... Blue Desire Jssf's Picks Song of The Mad Demon Dancing Doll Beyond That Door Shionne Imeris' Picks 4th Radiance Darkness Power Lost Technology
    4 points
  15. After coughing and building stress from school I've met suika in a fever dream of mine: I'll be back with more info later. Maybe I'm seeing things but I think I've a dream that I want to accomplish.
    4 points
  16. super cool to see fanart here, love all your artwork!! plus i thought i'd post some of my doodles lol
    4 points
  17. smh citations needed was not expecting the image aligned to the right like an actual wiki page and the table of contents with decimal points, that's when I realised the effort put into this.
    4 points
  18. Hello! I've been missing for a few days due to exams, but now I have a few free days back at home. What can I say on the topic? Well, I have been into Touhou for 1 and a half years already, and I don't feel tired of it. I always manage to find something interesting, no matter if it is official or fan-made. If you are interested on the topic of that video from TheOVJM, I actually have an entire thread in which I analyzed that entire video and came up with some comments in regards to the more important points. You are always welcome to join if curious. Honestly, I do not really know what to say about DDC. From I know and have seen, that game doesn't look so bad, and has some interesting characters (after all, Raiko is in my Top 10). But I guess I can see why people would dislike it due to changing the established "pace" of the previous games and how they were causally connected (MoF->SA->UFO->TD). In w away though, it reminds me of the first/classic Windows era, with each of the games being self-contained, although at the time ZUN had a clear vision about finishing the series with Touhou 8. I would honestly like to know for how long have you been part of the community? It is always nice to talk to people who have been part of it for a long while, especially as a relatively newcomer. Through what means was the Touhou community different back then? Like what was the level of discussion in the community, what were people thinking of both official and fanon materials, and through what ways have thigs changed if you compare 2022 Touhou fandom with its 2018 counterpart? If you are curious, here is an example of discussion from 9 years ago (found it thanks to our friend @Gou the frog)
    4 points
  19. I like the newer games, I've enjoyed how creative the recent gimmicks have been and they still offer a nice challenge, although I'm a bit annoyed with how newer characters just never make more than one appearance in the mainline games anymore (why was ten desires the last mainline game to feature a recurring character from a game made after MoF?). I haven't watched the decline of Touhou video since I don't have the attention span never got around to it, but I don't really agree with the idea that the series has been going downhill since HSiFS specifically. If anything, I think DDC was the real low point, since it was what established the trend towards games being entirely self-contained, it just looks like more of a problem recently since we haven't had any spinoffs made to carry the post-LoLK cast yet. Annoyingly, I don't think there's much of a chance that this trend will go away, but with the series tending to emphasize fun and creative gameplay gimmicks more ever since HSiFS (ability cards are pure perfection and you will not change my mind on this), I'm decently optimistic when it comes to future releases, even if they probably won't have what I'm looking for the most.
    4 points
  20. Bro I will die a Touhou fan, there are a few works that inspire the heck out of me and the greater Touhou community is one of them. Hours and hours of incredible music, both official and fanmade, same with games in a myriad of styles. I might not always intensely celebrate it because I might be distracted with something else, but I'll definitely always love Touhou. ( I still hate Tsukasa though >:C ) I will say I do come across a fair bit of discourse in the community as well which definitely makes me sad, but I hope someday everyone can simply get along.
    4 points
  21. 1. PHOENIX Project - The Young Descendant of Tepes oh nice Phoenix Project, i dont understand why they are so underrated. Dark Phoenix is popular but why not Phoenix Project? they literally the same person (and extra). it does feel "foreboding" with the percussion and such even more with stage 6 themes always had those kind of feelings in them i do like the slow part also giving small breaks from the intensity 8/10 2. Akatsuki Records - Infinite ...Graduation? Gradation? Gradation makes more sense since Japanese often associate gradation with sky gradation, y'know.. Chimata. unless this song is about keine lmao. i finally found the word to describe akatsuki records, and that is: crowded. sometimes i feel there's too much going on. that's why i only liked their ballad. after much listening, some part of it actually grew into me but then another part come in and yeah maybe no 7/10 FUCK NOW MY RECOMMENDATION IS FILLED WITH STACK HELP bring baack my rare aarranges 3. Automata Girl - Cinnamon, Cinnamon!! ohman i was very very close to submitting this one, or at least another song from Automata Girl. glad someone else did it, or it was me all along? (i totally forgot what i submitted) Electro Swing is truly this decade genre, sweet evolution from it's popularity century ago. the voice is quite fitting for city girl vibe. talk about city vibe, that is mostly what the circle's style is. sad how this album never released, only this song managed to get out. the circle is quite short lived, the arranger died out due to burnout. guess he cant handle the exponentially increasing quality and demand of his work. 9/10
    4 points
  22. My feelings with touhou still haven't changed. I will always enjoy listening to the music, seeing more of the characters and talking to people about it. Even though I'm not a fan of gacha games, I think touhou will eventually get more of them. There are a lot of people discovering touhou through games like LostWord, but I don't think that's entirely a bad thing. I've met some who started with lostword but genuinely became interested in the series. There will always be people who spend ridiculous amounts to get the 'best' units purely for stats and nothing else. However, I'm seeing more care about the music and all the characters which is amazing!
    4 points
  23. Ever since I played Unconnected Marketeers I became enamored with Chimata. I'm a pretty emotional person, I feel like I can connect on some level with the stories of fictional media pretty often. I am not afraid to admit I cry sometimes listening to her theme, to me there's a lot of emotional stress and desperation in the music and I think about Chimata's story a lot. It's not the only thing like this for me in the Touhou series and I figure that probably a lot of people have their own experiences like this, with how wide Gensokyo is and the huge cast of people living within. It can be positive or negative (but positivity is rad!) but what are some Touhou moments that hit y'all with some strong feels?
    4 points
  24. D K ! DRUNKEN KONG ! HUH! He's the admin of the bunch You know him well He's finally back To show and tell His forum posts Can inspire in bursts If you read them You'll agree their worth! HUH!
    3 points
  25. (Tradition dictates a Star Wars reference, but I don't want to jinx it; doubles as a Mystic Square reference.) IT'S TIME! Announcing the eighth Moriya Shrine Remix Tournament! I think my previous explanation was pretty good, so I'm just going adjust it slighty: Enrollment will be open for approximately one week. Each participant shall submit three musical arrangements/remixes via Messages. The tournament itself shall consist of rounds of three remixes each, with each participant reviewing entries in their preferred manner of numbering system and commentary; rating of participant's own submissions is not discouraged, but will not affect the final score. Once all submissions have been featured and reviewed, the ratings shall be tallied to determine the "winner." Anyone and everyone is invited! If there are any questions, feel free to inquire! Referencing previous tournaments may be helpful for clarification, though they should not be taken as "standards;" the goal is to have fun and appreciate music. [Currently] Enrolled Participants: @buskerdog @Tenkko @Shionne Imeris @Drunken_Flower @Gou the frog @SasaMisa @CountVonNumenor
    3 points
  26. "Whose there? At such a time..." My attempt at some retro anime. Not quite authentic looking, but I think it's getting there!
    3 points
  27. I feel like I keep being super slow on these, and then see people's posts and realise that I'm actually not last... Feast the Night Away Hey, nice to see some Unlucky Morpheus representation! Double drunken vocal with a full on energetic opening. The mix of folk and hard rock is something I'm easily bought by, and I think that the flute brings out a traditional party feel that's very fitting for the Oni. I also like how Demystify Feast was thrown in there for some musical variety, just at the point it seemed it was about to become very simple and repetitive. The main focal point of this song, however, is clearly supposed to be the singing double act, and it's certainly a dynamic I dig. The upload quality of this video could really be better, but that's not going to effect my judgement. The arrange could have been more creative, but it has a solid instrumental, fun vocals, and rockin' energy; a song that appeals to simple pleasures. 6/10. Palace of the Earth Spirits Master Spark solves everything This is an interesting take on Heartfelt Fancy that I have interesting thoughts on. There's some nice ominous chords going on, setting a cool tone. Not the biggest fan of the main melody instrument especially right at the beginning, but things seems to even out and figure out how to blend together after a bit. What am I fan of is the weird echoey vibe noises, for lack of a better term, I love experimental ambient stuff like that. The arrange also seems increase in intensity throughout the loop, but it does so in a very subtle way that you don't really notice it happening. It also gets more of those echoey noises during the high point of the song so I dig. Strange to talk about, but kind of groovy. 6/10. Moondust It is no secret that I am a fan of the eurobeat. But despite eurobeat having been featured several times before on the remix tournament, both by me and other participants, I've never given one a 10. Why? Well, that's because for me, the golden standard for eurobeat is something like Moondust. A combination of that signature high-energy dance beat, emotional musical progression throughout the song, and meaningful lyrics make this an absolute treat. Funnily enough, this is actually a eurobeat cover of a song that is originally one of GET IN THE RING's ballads, and a song that has received numerous other covers by doujin circles. This takes the strongest parts of eurobeat and supplements it with the strengths of the original song, patching up the traditional weaknesses eurobeat has making for something truly sublime. 10/10. By the way, the other versions of this song are totally worth your time too. Maybe I'll make a post about them on musical discoveries after the tournament is over. And since everyone's been discussing about the vocalist, here's my take: I really like that this version is sung by a male because all the other versions of this song are sung by a female. It's different, and I like to hear that guys can sing the same lyrics as girls too : ) Also, it's kinda ironic that AXEL K. of all people sings this lol, since his past work is pretty much the definition of "eurobeat go brrrrr" @Shionne Imeris I know you're referring to Unlucky Morpheus, but I can only read UM as Unconnected Marketeers...
    3 points
  28. 1. I'm really fond of UM but this song's either one of their much much older works or youtube compression/uploader source completely screwed it and quality is quite bad while technically it doesn't affect how good/bad song is (at least in first case where song is really old) i would rather listen it in better quality aside of that UM vocalist and guitarist as always doing great work 7/10 because quality 2. Heartfelt Fancy belongs to my top 4 themes and most likely it'll always be thus why it's arranges have an extra effect on me this one lies on the weaker side of those but it's still solid regardless and also doesn't wander off too far of the original track (subjective and depends on circumstances but still) 8/10 3. I was pretty sure it's going to be eurobeat even before i've read Ken's comment and only A-One was enough though Commander sometimes does really neat stuff (i usually don't dabble in euro too much despise it's fair similarities to trance and such) in most cases (music in general) i prefer female vocals over male ones but there are some exceptions that prove to really be amazing despise male vocals (5150, ICDD et cetera) 6.5/10
    3 points
  29. I have been talking so much about LostWord, yet I absolutely forgot about the existence of another game: Touhou Cannonball. That game literally shut down one day before I discovered Touhou, on the 14th of October 2020 (my earliest interaction with this series comes from the 15th of that month). A bit of a shame to be honest. I m adding it here in this thread because it also had a gacha system, so it fits the category. And also saw a video about the game for the first time, freshly released As I said in the opening of this comment, now that I think of it, this game shut down literally one day before I found Touhou (shut down on the 14th October 2020, while my first interaction with the series was on the 15th). I have only learnt about the existence of Cannonball a few month afterwards, and exactly when I was thinking "this looks interesting, maybe I should try it out", I saw the mention of it no longer being a thing. This was still like 5 month before LostWord was going to get a Global release, and all I was looking for was to play a Touhou game that is not bullet hell (as I am an utter disaster at those kind of games). I mean, this game even decided to animate its characters in the cutscenes and whenever they had a dialogue to say in main menu (I presume) thanks to Live 2D, while LostWord is literally a PowerPoint presentation whose only changing element per character are facial expressions.
    3 points
  30. ALRIGHTY! I played this game again just to see how it is in retrospective (hell, I just finished 1ccing it on easy), and I gotta say.. Not bad! While I did feel meh about it when it came out I'd be lying if I said stage 6 wasn't cool as shit. Yeah the danmaku may be a bit lackluster but holy hell, the background???? It's amazing! I still feel the same about it as I did 3 years ago. I like the music more, it's still not the best Touhou OST I listened to, but I do appreciate it more now. Also, I just adore the city/futuristic/cyber looking feel of stages 5 and 6. It could be just me, since I love that stuff, but hot damn it's some best stuff I've seen in a 2hu game. Overall it's honestly good. I don't really like the beast mechanic because it's similar to UFO, but hey, at least it's better here than in UFO. Also, No fuckin' way that this game is the second easiest lmfao, what? The easiest Touhou games IMO are like, 8 and 7 maybe? And also, patterns boring until stage 5??? Did this person see the Yachie patterns? They're more interesting than anything above stage 5.... Also yeah, the visibility in this game does suck, 16 had a similar problem. So yeah, in retrospective, it's a damn good 2hu. Not the best IMO, but still good. Also HANIPAGANDA GANDA HAHAHA HANIPA HANIPA HANIPANI MEGHAHDSKJHFKAUEIA HANIWA HANIYASUAHSFHAJKD
    3 points
  31. Okay, I'll take a double bite at the cherry to keep things moving along here. (=^_^=) Parsee - Totally jealous of how blue Cirno is. Nitori - Worst turtle costume ever! Suika Ibuki ETA: Funny story about Akyuu as well... I have a poster on my living room door with her, Yukari, Reimu, Marisa & Suika on it. For the longest time, I thought it was Shinmyoumaru because of how petite and young looking she's drawn, compared to how different she looked in Hack and Slash. (^_^;)
    3 points
  32. 13) I may not be as huge a fan of Broken Moon as I am Onigashima in the Fairyland, but even I recognise a good tune when I hear one. Making it sound as if the two oni themselves are singing it is also great. Love those Suika & Yuugi images as well, especially the second one there. Okay, my overall rating might be a little biased on account of these facts, yet it is what is it, I suppose. (^_^) 9/10 14) Ah, I wasn't expecting my third pick to come out quite so soon, but as it has, I had better tell you all why I rate it as the best tune in the game, not to mention the best remix of Heartfelt Fancy to boot:- Pure chance again that I happened to click on somebody's playthrough of Touhou Hack and Slash, which had him wandering around the cavern with Marisa on the 1st floor blasting everything with Master Spark on Hard difficulty. Now, at the time, back in late 2014, I wasn't that impressed with what I saw and for a while, I simply moved on and thought no more about it. A few months later though, I woke up one morning thinking about the tune on that section, which I didn't know by name despite it also appearing in Wandering Souls on the Underworld stage ("The Bridge People No Longer Cross"). Seriously, I didn't even know who the girl walking about on Floor 3 with all the iron golems was at this point - sorry about that Isaac! (^_^;) In any event, I located the video again, plus some others, and decided to give it a go myself after downloading it from this very site as it happens. To say I was instantly hooked is an understatement and it quickly took 2nd place on my list of favourite Touhou fangames after the aforementioned Wandering Souls. Imagine my surprise when getting to the 4th floor and realising it was indeed just like Diablo with multiple locations, as well as unlockable characters. Okay, it may seem obvious now that the game is based upon Subterranean Animism, with the Scarlet Devil Mansion and Moriya Shrine thrown in for good measure, but back then, I knew almost nothing about Touhou Project remember. (-_-) To cut a long story short, I played it to death in the years that followed; finished it with all 4 girls; on all 4 levels of difficulty; without a single death. Even found the original Japanese version and played that, on top of an earlier revision & demo version just to see what was changed. Longest play session was 2 months, an average of 12-16 hours a day, from New Years Eve when I got woken up by a bunch of drunks outside my window, right round until my birthday on February 28th. I have finished an entire run in just 10 days, however, and may well be the only person to ever 100% complete it no death/no restart. (*_*) I haven't played it quite that obsessively since... indeed, the playthrough on my YouTube channel is an average run on Normal difficulty with Reimu alone. My one regret was that I never got to tell Nijiiro Hitsuji just how much I adore his game because his site went away before my Japanese reached the level where I could formulate a meaningful response. I didn't get to play the next game he was working on either, which featured Youmu (I've still got the dinky rotating sprite he put up somewhere), although I did manage to download Touhou Explorer, which was also a ton of fun, not least from seeing where all the sprites for Hack and Slash came from originally. (^w^) With that out of the way (apologies for gushing on about the game so profusely and hijacking your thread somewhat, Ken, but I don't often get to talk about the aspects of Touhou that I enjoy with people whom I know give a damn), it was a no-brainer for me to choose this particular piece as my favourite. Same as with anything relating to Satori in general, the sheer melancholy contained within it suits my sensibilities right down to the ground. Yeah, the original is nice and the one in Adventures of Scarlet Curiosity is really awesome too, yet this one gets me in the feels every time. Not going to give it a 10 because that's just silly, but it's damn near that as far as I'm concerned. (#^_^#) 9.5/10 15) Hmm, I assumed this one was going to be some kind of ballad to begin with, and then it totally changed, except not in an entirely unpleasant fashion. Those English subtitles leave a lot to be desired though (parts of the song aren't even translated), not that it's any worse than what I've come to expect from Western translations of songs and it in no way detracts from the material itself. Unsure I agree with the single Japanese comment on YouTube either, which says it would have been better with a female vocalist: interested to see what you guys think there. Also, who's the character in the image? I don't recognise her! (I thought it might be Keine without her hat). Well, regardless, I'm going to give it a very good rating overall. (^_~) 8.5/10
    3 points
  33. I remember being dissapointed when it came out. I was excited when I saw that the game will take place in Hell, and that it will overall have a darker feel. I immediately downloaded the trial on the day it came out and when I played it it was just.... meh? Idk why, it's like it was forgetabble. I didn't really like the music, and the only song I really listen to now from WBaWC is the stage 6 theme. Nowadays, I just have a neutral opinion on it, it's okay. ALSOOOOOoo When WBaWC got announced, a lot of fake leaks started popping around, with this song being one of 'em https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm34985779 I remember being so damn disapointed when I realized that it's fake lmfao, it's sounds better than the real title theme imo.
    3 points
  34. sorry for the late reply i've been quite busy in past few days 10: ARA - Area 4 (Capital City of Flowers in the Sky) eyy i've played this game, the soundtracks are actually bops the tempo is faster than what i usually expect from Capital City of Flowers in the Sky, still works, i still feel the ambient in it. 7/10 11: Kommisar - Maple Dream eyy Kommisar, been a while since i heard that name. and an 8-bit arrange, while it still count in chiptune, it has whole different feel yeah? tbh i feel the opening is quite bland, idk why, everything seems in check but i just doesn't feel like it. the main part is amazing tho wait what happened in 3:05? the transition feels a bit sudden. hmm yeah i prefer the earlier parts. 7.5/10 why sudden increase in chiptune 12: Shibayan Records - MyonMyonMyonMyonMyonMyon! the 6 myon sorry but i hafta give you a bit of rarity penalty, i highly doubt any 2hu enthusiast haven't heard about this iconic song. hmmmmm idk what to comment i feel like since everyone knows about this song, everyone share the same feeling. it's also quite obvious. yeah it's a bop 3Love Shibayan but despite how many times i heard this arrange i can't point out where the original is??? is it because me not really liking youmu theme?? 8/10
    3 points
  35. Hey again Count! I'm not sure on a lot of reasons why people dislike this game, but WBWC is still one of my favourites. I thought that using animal spirits and having a roaring mode was fun. It was nice playing as Youmu again as well. Even if some didn't like the gameplay, everything else is great! The direction of the story was interesting and the cast is unique. Yachie, Saki and Mayumi stand out to me a lot and I love hearing their themes often.
    3 points
  36. Aye, now first all of this kind of thing is inevitable for every series and Touhou just appears to be just the perfect one. I myself haven't witness the "incident' of the people joining it from questionable material alone but not most of them I say since they are many work to be exposed to. Most of what I've seen known it from the fanworks, and maybe 50? 60% from said material. That's my point of view anyways. I believe it's somewhat in balance so, back to your topic, Horny Fans... Yeah, seems about right with a cast this big you'd be foolish to think there aren't any said fans. So far, after reading how japan handle things in earlier posts, I got some points from it: Japan doesn't really care how much horny material there it and it's a hit to have those. It's vastly different from the west and have a different view opposed to it. Their very origin are quite... Erotic indeed so, the more the merrier just like those wired period when everyone joins in the boat and does.... stuff. To top it off *Religion* So, that slides? Well, to brought a point of my own I bring you the perspective of me, a Burmese. (I don't know how this will relate) We've never really cared about those thing but later it was all shot down to ground and the freedom of speech vanished into thin air. Odd, but seems like it's in the middle. Aye, I'll save a history lesson for a thread. Aye, but I do have a question why does the more 'exposed' clothed character ie. Kanako is not too lewd but the reverse happen for the tightly ones, it appears to have the same effect. (It might already mentioned in earlier thread like months ago)
    3 points
  37. This requires more context. Yukari stole the sake not for trolling but to frighten eirin since she believed that her and kaguya were above the rules set in gensokyo regarding yokai and humans. The entire plot of silent sinner in blue is summed up as "yukari really wanted to establish the pecking order to eirin" that includes the war, tricking remilia into getting involved (which she caught on to but went with it) the entire group getting their asses kicked by the watasushi sisters. All of it was a plot to get lunarian sake to give to eirin which causes her to absolutely lose it in cage of the runagate
    3 points
  38. 7. dBu Music - Unhuman Variations there's a lot of variations yeah it sounds ok, the mixing and arrangement is nice, it's just i have mixed feeling with combining 8-bit and hi-res(?) sounds, it feels out of place i usually prefer 8-bits or it's variations to be faithful to it's own genre. eh it's decent, still enjoyable 6.9/10 8. Komeji Records - Youmu at the End this one has quite a few to comment about proof DAW cant do everything, at least not as easy as everyone thinks. it does sound digital lmao, unlike electro or any digital based genre, orchestral is supposed to be realistic. there's a saying in digital art community; "Imperfections is digital perfection" there's not enough dynamism happening with the orchestration, everything sounds perfectly arranged, the instrument velocity is constant in repeating melodies and so on, you get what i mean. 2:55 i thought it was ended, that transition ant feel right. the pacing totaally suggest it's ending, i don't understand what it's trying to convey with bringing it back up. 5:16 wait again, that's definitely another track. does submitting a whole album in tourney counts as one song? 4/10? i feel that's too low but then also didnt enjoy this track as much, 4.5/10 i hope she (komeiji records) doesn't smite me or anything, i've seen her in few discord servers. eh 2013 track, she definitely gotten better overtime 9. ZYTOKINE - The Illness Approaching You - Edelritter Remix why sussy came twice in the first three rounds 2:05 everyone seems having issue with that part, yeah, me neither don't understand what's that for. everything else sounds nice except whatever that thing was. if only the remixer had slightly more self control. 6/10
    3 points
  39. Unhuman Variations This started out as chiptune with some non-chiptine subtly hidden in there, but before long it turned out that actually this piece was not intending to be subtle about its instrumental diversity at all. The unique mixture of instruments makes for something very novel, and the piece has this rising intensity throughout it, yet somehow manages to keep everything coherent. I wish it did deviate from the original tune a bit more, there is that one section with the piano where things feel a little more remixed which I very much appreciated, that moment was entertaining, although it only lasted a short time. For 6 minutes, I felt there could have been more going on in there... uh, melody-wise I mean, not instrumentally. Still, colour me impressed. 6/10, loved the novelty of the sound in this one but wished that the original theme was implemented in a more creative way. Youmu at the End A rather intense orchestral arrangement. We got a foreboding build up, we got drums, and... that's about it. It has Youmu's stage theme, her boss theme, and the PCB credits theme, but despite that it feels like I'm listening to the same thing the whole way through, and it's all incredible linear in terms of being directly based on those original songs. The most interesting part was probably the transition from the first theme to the second. The transition of second to third wasn't so good. For 7 minutes and 3 source songs, it just feels like nothing changes in the whole song. Normally I really like orchestral but this needed more. 4/10. The Illness Approaching You - Edelritter Remix This has a good opening but things get way too hectic later on. The vocals are beautiful and it's got a very climactic feel to it, but starting at 2 minutes it just becomes way too rough on the ears, honestly I don't get the appeal. Well at least it ends eventually, and from 3.15 onwards is actually fantastic, but the part before it is egregious and that makes this very hard to rate overall... 6/10, honestly I'd like to give it higher but I just can't with that bit from the middle.
    3 points
  40. My perception is that the hate for anime has nothing to do with the artstyle and everything to do with over-the-top voice acting, ridiculous stories and odd manner of speaking (even for Japanese people, anime characters do not talk normally). At least that's always been the way I've seen it, as me and my friends have made "anime bad" jokes in jest before. And I mean it makes sense, because those characteristics are very easy to parody and ridicule, with how unique they are to anything else. That, and anime fans who try to embody those characteristics way too seriously, I mean just look at the "I have the power of god AND anime on my side!" meme, the thing that makes it funny has nothing to do with how the characters from said medium are drawn and everything to do with some kid trying way too hard to act like an anime character. The thing that makes anime hated is not the art form itself but the tropes associated with it, particularly shonen anime. Since shonen is an especially popular genre of anime outside of Japan, most people who aren't knowledgeable of anime are going to assume that all anime has tropes like what shonen has. A lot of stigma surrounding anime can also come from the association with hentai, since many anime (including you guessed it, shonen) do have a lot of sexualisation, but it all depends on the type of show. For every anime with risqué character designs and innuendos there are just as many where the tone of the story would make such a thing incomprehensible. For the record, I'm not much of an anime watcher. Do I hate anime? Well given what I've just written and what forum I'm even writing this on, no obviously I don't. But all that being said... I have heard of some animes before that made me go "who wrote this??? The only thing this seems good for is laughing at how absurd it is". Not an expert on the anime industry, but I do wonder if it might be oversaturated with a certain amount of crap content? But at the same time people who don't care for anime aren't going to hear about that, so it's probably not relevant to the conversation. So in summary: -People don't like OTT -It can be horny, and people like to exaggerate that and immediately draw a parallel to hentai -There's also just the general overlap with geek and nerd culture. Just because video games are borderline mainstream now doesn't mean other forms of geek culture are also accepted by everyone People who dislike Japanese pop culture in general are probably just people who use anime as their basis for all of their assumptions about Japan.
    3 points
  41. Caution: dumb and bloated text below. I tried my best to write it and don't know English much. Sorry if it's not easy to understand. It's just a few words about human psychology actually. Human kind always founds something to hate at usually it is something different from the original culture or group attributes. All of this is not new: In almost every Goethe's fiction works, in even ancient text from Greece you can find exactly same hate or oppression (actually you will find whole bunch of modern things in old books like "New generation is wrong and dumber because they don't doing [insert word]", "Anyone who don't know what is [insert word] is a fool", "If you like [insert word] - you are degenerate", etc.). Just topics and entities changes for thousands years. It both local and global phenomenon. Hate to anime or Japanese notable culture will simply fall of with time and will be displaced with hate to something else. Now even Warhammer have it's own anime. People will get used to it, hating "all Japanese" will be not in trend, or all of those who was caught in motion just grew up and next generations will have something else in mind to make fun of. People will always find an enemy in their head and will group up against it. It happened countless times in all cultures from just local tribes to planet-wide socium and will happen to what you described too.
    3 points
  42. Lunatic Vengeance I'm not on the best terms with Rolling Contact's music, but I thought that this remix incorporated Pure Furies fairly well. As usual I'm not a fan of so much voice samples, but I like the sections that are more so just focused on the tune of Pure Furies. I genuinely think there's a lot of interesting instrumentation in this and although I said I don't like samples it's also not the worst use of them I've ever heard. The part in the middle, about 2:20, is probably the highlight for me. It could be better, but I've heard much more disappointing songs before. 5/10. Myon Rag Fever A simple but effective combination of instruments that create quite a character. Cute, bouncy rhythm curtesy of piano and c o w b e l l. The guitar is tuned quite oddly and sounds quite similar to something in the original Mystic Temple, it contrasts a lot with the instruments around it and makes an effective lead instrument. The best part is when it slows down and then is followed by the main melody picking up the pace again for an exciting finale; all the changes in speed in this and the quirky rhythms make for a very endearing song! Too bad it's only 2 minutes, but then again, maybe that's what gives it it's charm? The definition of "short but sweet", have a 7/10. Nostalgic Blood of the East ~ Old World This struck me as very ghostly sounding, yet upbeat. It's kind of reminiscent of something from Ghostly Field Club, isn't it? I like the changes of rhythm made to the main melody, and the percussion is pretty funky too. Combined with the instrumentation it makes for something energetic, yet otherworldly. I can tell this is game OST, and while I can't speak about the nature of the game in question, this reminds me a bit of the soundtracks from the Mario and Luigi RPG games. Unfortunately the only problem with it is that the music loop is a bit rough. I rather like this, have a respectable 6/10.
    3 points
  43. Yes, that is am absolutely correct point. I really feel like most of the characters from Touhou 14 onwards have been sort of misused, and barely got any screen time outside the debut game. Some would excuse Touhou 17 and 18 for example as being "still new games" and that we need to give them time. However, I miss any form of getting these characters a bit more attention. For me, the easies way to integrate as many of them as possible would be either a third Gensokyo Chronicle encyclopedia (Symposium of Post-mysticism stops at Touhou 13, and from there one we have had no such book; if you gonna mention Who's Who of Youkai and Humans in Gensokyo, the Everlasting edition came up in 2020, and that is pretty much it in terms of many characters from DDC onwards) or a new Bohemian Archive/Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia articles book to continue (I think that one stopped at LoLK if I remember correctly).
    3 points
  44. Got myself with 3 very cool songs recently, but now I am in the awkward situation of not being able to find the images used (dead IDs or just old content the artists may have deleted). Anyway, one song I have found thanks to a connection to the remix tournament: A Modern Girl Walks the Street. Circle: 全自動少女 (Automata Girl) The other things I have found are from UNDEAD CORPORATION. How did it take me so long to find them as a music group? Even if I got ever so remotely into their songs, there are quite some good ones (and some with little surprises) Embraced by the Flame - first of all, nice to see an arrangement in English. so I can finally sing along. It is rock, so bonus points. Last but not least, congrats to this song for actually making it into a mainstream western meme ("Mr Incredible becomes Ascended"), even if most would not even notice where those few seconds of song came from. Yogoto no Yami no Okusoko de Alright, I really love this one. Apparently, it is power metal or something (I am not very used to the classifications), but to me, it generally falls under the "rock" umbrella. Despite the song being in Japanese, it has quite the pretty vocals thanks to Merami. As reading the lyrics (the linked video will have English and Spanish lyrics as subtitle), it created a slight, yet very pleasant feeling of anxiety, which very much fits the theme of the song - an encounter with Rumia at night. I think the absolute hook for me was the instrumental. From the very start, the vocals + guitar got my curiosity, then THAT DRUM, that goddamn drum absolutely got me in. Also, does anyone know what sort of drums are those? they sound a little different from anything I am used to, but I love them so much.
    3 points
  45. I still love Touhou. Touhou, for me, has always been a source of joy. A few months ago, I was feeling pretty scared and anxious about, idk, something I guess, and Touhou managed to calm me down and improve my mood several times. Touhou music in general makes me feel relaxed, and even playing the games sometimes relaxes me if im playing stages 1 through 3. Ever since I first saw Touhou in 2016 it was always fun to explore about it. And yeah, I do think it is on a decline a bit (although I adore UM), but I'll still love the series no matter what. I love the games, the characters, music, lore. It all just makes me so happy.
    3 points
  46. First thing I got to say is damn we have a lot of participants this time. Alright, I'm ready! The Young Descendant of Tepes Already opening with a banger, I'm loving the driving power in this, and is that a bit of whimsicalness I can hear subtly in the background? At first I thought it was a flute, but now I'm pretty sure it's a piano. Between the power guitar, the groovy beep-boop organ and a hint of calmer instruments, I'm reminded a lot of Fight On from FF7, and that's certainly not a bad thing (seriously, does this not sound a bit it in places?). The break and change of tone at 1 minute is unexpected, but nice. The first time they switched the tone like that I thought it was good, but later on, is sort of just feels like the chords changed to something they weren't exactly going for? But you know it still sounds good. Oh, by the way it may have taken me way to long to notice it was Remilia's stage theme and not her boss theme lol, but it's a plus to hear her stage theme arranged for once. Random sidenote: the bats look so happy. 7/10 Mugen no guradeishon RANDOM STACK VOCALS GO!! Obligatory Stack feature is obligatory. Well... yep, this is Stack alright. The arrangement of Immemorial Marketeers is pretty banging, I particularly like that break bit at 2.20, very experimental sounds at that point, followed by Stack almost becoming an opera singer lol. I also like Stack's more melodic singing during the lower energy sections, gotta slow down and appreciate calm Stack a bit. Overall not the most creative Akatsuki Records song I've ever heard although there were some sections I liked quite a lot. Pretty gooood, I'll go with 6/10. Cinnamon, Cinnamon!! It's time to S W I N G ! Straight from the beginning, the bass in this is top tier. I also like that slightly gritty filter her voice is going through at the beginning, sounds cool but doesn't overstay its welcome. And speaking of the vocalist, damn the way she rolls her R's! Suddenly J-ASMR, sure why not. I really like that background Xylophone(? assumed), it sets a sort of playful but confident tone, and then of course you've got that trumpet for added force on the main chorus, goes really well with the singing and helps create this kind of sassy attitude in the song. I will say that this is one of those songs where I can't really hear the original inspiration, but hey at least there's that one sections which is obviously Wonderful Heaven. Anyway, this is certified groovy and has lots of personality. 8/10. Only the first round and I'm already having a lot of fun reading everyone else's comments. Am I the last to rate this round? Ah, I think we're still waiting for Von's ratings (no pressure). Heh, reminds me of the time there was a posting spree in a thread with several people online at once. I've only ever seen that once. (It was in musical discoveries, of course)
    3 points
  47. Not really sure if "emotional" is the right word for either of these, but I have two main ones. First of all, the beginning of the Eirin fight in IN, there's not much to how I feel about it but having the main characters and the player both come to that "oh shit, we've been tricked" realization and still trying to fight her off anyway is just a generally cool moment in my opinion. Secondly, Stage 6 in UFO, the music combined with the slow reveal of the location creates a very "calm before the storm" feeling, which is aided by the fact that the stage itself isn't actually that hard, especially when contrasted with the pure chaos that Stage 5 and the Shou fight were. Most Touhou games do a good job at this, but UFO's final stage in particular has a very "last save point in an RPG before the final boss" vibe to it, which I really enjoy.
    3 points
  48. This was an unplanned thread, but I decided to go with it nonetheless due to an experience encountered mere minutes ago. Sometimes, there are moments when I simply hate the Danbooru art approval system. You need an entire commission to check a single image, and if they do not give a verdict in 3 days, the image is deleted because it was not approved/nobody had the time to review it. Which is an extremely flawed system, because I have seen a lot of awesome art that was deleted for that reason. Is this a general problem with image hosting websites, or it is more/most proeminent with Danbooru? What is the people simply did not have the time to review it? Knowing how much art (and sometimes how much trash - sorry to say it) Danbooru inspectors have to go through daily, is it possible for an image to actually be brought back if someone actually thinks to go back through the post(s) and actually review them? Meanwhile, this is the Danbooru policy in terms of deleted content: Yeah, I am very sure none of the 3 examples I have shown was good enough to pass the quality check. Right...
    3 points
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