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  1. "Doujin" has always seemed ambiguous to me. Some people use to mean just fanworks, other mean "indie". If you mean the latter, thus including the official works as well, then the handful of Slice-of-Life style official works or Silent Sinner in Blue would be good to start with. I personally don't read a lot of the Touhou fanfiction (unless you count the fangames), so if you mean that, I won't be much help. You can discuss music in this sub-forum, or the music section under Akyu's Studio. Spoilers aren't really much of a concern, the main stories are loosely connected, but not very focused on plot. The most you could be spoiled about is returning characters, which isn't really the biggest thing to worry about (unless there's something radically different about the most recent one, which I haven't played . . . )
  2. jssf1992

    New to touhou

    Well, these things happen, nothing to be ashamed of. But if you want me to lock it, I can do that for you. And indeed, welcome to the community. Clearly, we've got all sorts.
  3. Due to players leaving, I'm once again looking for players. Same as before, looking at Sunday nights, 7 PM Central U.S. Time
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    Short you say? At 24 pages of discussion, it's rather like a philosophical treatise. I won't complain though, I would love to see more in-depth discussion like that! I've got a lot of thoughts, and some difficulty sorting them all out, so I'm just going to start with those questions at the end of your discussion. (please note I've not been thorough in getting all of the reading or games, notable I haven't read Cage in Lunatic Runegate) "Are the Lunarians a plot device?" In a way. Certainly in Silent Sinner in Blue, their role is certainly serving a larger point, both to emphasize that Reimu's half-hearted aproach to improving herself leaves her weaker than she should be, and eventually for Yukari's plan to be shown. Still, there is some characterization there as well, mostly via their relationship with Eirin. "Was It Yukari’s fault for leading us to dislike them?" I would say no. In-story, Yukari set the stage for the confrontation in SSiB, but she didn't create the behavior that made some dislike them. Out of story, such as them being written that way to make Yukari look better, I think that's debatable. There's certainly something to them being written that way to make them the definite villains of that story, but as you pointed out, ZUN's written antagonists that people like before. In fact, a number of arrogant villains have fans (Remilia being one of them, ironically). "Was it all planned by ZUN to make them feel alien to us?" I do think so, to a degree. I think there is supposed to be some that we understand out of the Watasuki sisters, but the Lunarians and thier obsession with 'purity', perhaps so. Sadly, on this, there is a further degree of seperation than intended, as my knowledge of Shinto is almost useless. If so, then I think that is fine. "Are all these theories correct and connected?" Possibly? I haven't read everything, so I couldn't really give an educated response. One thought about the 'alien-ness' of the Lunarians, is that for the casual fans/readers in North/South America and Europe, Shinto would seem rather alien. Further, and more like to create ire, is that the Lunarians idea of purity would seem very wrong to us, as our ideas of spirituality are greatly influenced by the Abrahamic faiths and Greek philosophy, even for those that don't follow or study them. Purity is tied to virtue and lack of flaws in these philosophies, and the Lunarians' arrogance would disqualify them. Asian philosophy is (obviously) different, and purity has a different meaning, creating a disconnect that the Lunarians (or more the Watasuki sisters) take the brunt of.
  5. Not sure if being able to 1CC games is a requirement for being part of the fandom. If it is, I guess I'm in trouble.
  6. This keeps coming up, so I might as well give my two cents . . . which is still exactly the same from long before: First, yeah, it would be kind of cool to how Reimu would look in Smash, but honestly, I would see Reimu being way back in terms of possibilities. While Touhou may be decently well known in Japan, and have a small, but growing fanbase outside of it, there are a lot of other franchises and characters that are more popular/well known/in demand. The only reason I can think of for Reimu to be more likely is that I've gotten the (obviously very distant) impression that Zun is a chill guy and probably wouldn't ask for as much money as others would. Of course, I also say this with no grasp of Nintendo's business model, so . . . Second, an influx of new fans just really means more of everything. More newbies, more noobs, more creators, more haters, more artists, more trolls. There would be a disproportionate amount that would think ill of the series because "your character got in when it should have been my character", but that would (hopefully) pass. Sadly, I can tell you that there are already people out there who hate Touhou "because it's popular".
  7. This is both amazing and strange. But that is how the Touhou fandom is. Thankfully this is more on the amazing side.
  8. Interesting. I made a point of listening to a few and particularly your arrangement of Alice in Wonderland (one of my favorite pieces from the series). It's a rather different style than I usually hear of the usually somber piece, and was quite pleasant. Switching the melody between different instruments on occasion certainly got my attention, and was interesting to hear.
  9. I might qualify, given how long I've been here, but given my introversion, I might be more of an observer than a participant. Though, I'm also a psychologist, so I would like to think my observations would be worth something. That said, I'll mention this to Cirno and other staff on Discord, as they might be interested and be better interviewees.
  10. Given how it's turnbased and how the turns work, play-by-post works just fine. So long as you can get on and post at least once a day, you'll be fine.
  11. It's Halloween time, so maybe we can play a game fitting the season. Arkham Horror, or rather the fan reskin, Gensokyo Horror. For those who haven't heard of it, Arkham Horror is a board game based on Lovecraft's work, players picking characters, collecting items, fighting monsters, and maybe going crazy. And according to rule 9 of the internet, everything crosses over with Touhou, giving us Gensokyo Horror, with Touhou characters and locations. The game is on the complicated side, but I've played and run it a couple of times online (by play-by-post), and it'll work. If there is interest, I'll be posting a lot of reference links here, but for now, pretty much anything you'ld need can be found on wikis. That said, here's the rulebook: https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/ffg_content/Arkham_Horror/Support/Arkham_Horror_Rules_Lo-Res.pdf
  12. I'm certainly curious. Platformers aren't my thing as much as fighters are (and I loved SWR/UNL), but I've played a fair few and it wouldn't stop me from trying this.
  13. I actually do casually listen to battle themes, and the better pieces of the TPW soundtrack are some I return to on occasion. (TPW is also among my favorite fangames). U.N. Owen does have a lot of remixs, and everyone's got a favorite. I like that one for going in such a different direction that the usual (and is fairly pleasant besides) Kitsune's Workshop is amazing. A lot of good arrangements, especially if you like the large orchestral style.
  14. Okay, I've done all the calculations and can tell you guys everything. Sort of. First, everyone highest rated pick: Buskerdog: Oriental memory of forgathering Dream SmugWakasagihime: Crazy back-up dancers Drunken Flower: Photoshop CS Rantos: Shout It Loud! Oriental Forgathering Dream, Unconscious Requiem and Shout it Loud! all receieved a 10/10 (not included the one who picked them). The highest rated song is a tie between Oriental Memory of Forgathering Dream and Shout It Loud!, both with an average 8/10. Rantos was the participant with the highest average between all thier picks, the average being 7.5/10! My personal favorites were Oriental memory of forgather dream (the original is such a classic to me) and Miss Divine (taking a few things I don't normally listen to and making it very good) And while I couldn't during the actual game, this is what I would have picked:
  15. Alright, time for the last set. First, Hartman's Youkai Girl with a little more strangeness. Second, an arrangement of True Administrator with a little english vocals And last but not least, Vanishing Dream ~ Lost Dream
  16. Glad you like it. This will probably be something I do on a semi-regular basis, as it's a lot of fun for me as well.
  17. It happens man, just try and keep on top of it.
  18. It's been a long time to not find ten minutes to sit down . . . but, yeah, moving on. First a rare english vocal song for A pair of Divine Beasts. Next up is Shout it Loud!!! even though shouting is Kyouko's thing it's Mysta's theme. Finally, an intense remix of Luna Dial.
  19. Alright, time for set two! First, a remaster of Sleeping Terror: Then, uh . . . it's called Hotter, Hotter. I don't know anything else about it. (Got a cool picture of Yuuka though) And finally, 'New World' a vocal arrangement of Necrofantasia:
  20. I wouldn't count scores of your own picks, but it's up to you if you want to say if it's yours or not.
  21. While rating by numbers is arbitrary, I can compile them into a percentage at the end so we can see who has the rated song and best average, so that would be preferable. (added this to the OP as well)
  22. Alright, we're ready to start, and we'll start with these three. First, a vocal arrangement of Oriental Memory: Second, a Jazz/big band medley from Touhou 14 (not sure what is going on though): Third, a medley of Shanghai Teahouse, Wind God Girl, and Tomboy in Love:
  23. Belated, but I may as well say, I rather liked all of these. The standout, though, is definitely Miracles aren't called miracles for nothing. I don't hear arrangements of Capital City of Flowers enough, but I always enjoy them. This was certainly a good one.
  24. I guess this is what we've got. I need music picks from Rantos and Drunken Flower, and we can start.
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