What is Touhou?
Touhou is a series of 2D bullet hell shoot-’em-up games. These games follow the shrine maiden Hakurei Reimu and magician Kirisame Marisa as they get pulled into the many incidents that occur in Gensokyo. Over twenty games have been released in the Touhou franchise, including several spin-offs, 2-d fighting games, and countless fan works. The enormous cast of lovable characters, fantastic setting, and beautiful music have inspired a huge community of fans to create doujin comics, CDs of music arrangements, video games, flash videos, radio dramas, a full-length anime, and yes – even card games.
To learn more about Touhou, check out the following sites:
- Touhou Project on Know Your Meme gives a good overview of the series
- Cracked.com has a short and amusing overview
- Or browse through the more academic Wikipedia article
- Go to the Touhou Wiki if you absolutely must know everything there is to about Touhou
- If you hate having free time, there’s always TV Tropes’s take on the series…
- and a very long list of memes spawned by the series.
To hear more of the beautiful music from Touhou and rearranged by fans, try searching YouTube for “Touhou Music”. To complete your Danmaku!! experience, put some on while playing!