Monthly Archives: August 2013

Introduction to Touhou 26: Kaguya

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“She’s a rare items collector. She gets happy showing people her collection. They’re all things I’ve never seen or heard about, I’m jealous.” – Marisa Kirisame

Kaguya Houraisan is a princess of unearthly beauty; appropriate considering she comes from the Moon. I covered the basics of Kaguya’s transgressions in last week’s Eirin article, but I’ll recap briefly. For the crime consuming the Hourai Elixir of perfect immortality, the Lunarian authorities attempted to execute Kaguya, which is pretty stupid if you think about it since that would mean the punishment for being indestructible is death. Once the Moonrace, or rather once the Lunarians realized that particular glitch in their justice system, they settled for banishing Kaguya to the surface of the Earth to live out her innumerable years in the company of barbaric and impure humans.
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The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 37: Ninja Scroll

This week’s topic is Ninja Scroll, the movie with bee men, exploding rats, outrageously large chins, and snakes erupting out of every orifice. Though it comes from the 90’s, this film carries on the 80’s spirit as only Yoshiaki Kawajiri could conceive.

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The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 36: Cleopatra – Queen of Sex

This episode’s subject is one of Osamu Tezuka’s strangest endeavors, Cleopatra: Queen of Sex. The second film in the same Animerama trilogy that produced Belladonna of Sadness, this anime was released in the United States with a self-imposed X-rating. Despite the title and this rating, however, Cleopatra is no anime Caligula and in lieu of obscenity, possesses a baffling combination of comedy, sci-fi, experimental visuals, and other incongruous elements that makes for an unforgettable watch.
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Apologies for the audio quality. The issue causing the irregularities has been fixed in the upcoming episodes.

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Introduction to Touhou 25: Eirin

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“Sakuya, she’s the villain. You can tell with one glance at that villainous face.” – Remilia Scarlet

Eirin Yagokoro is a Lunarian residing in the mansion of Eientei and is the de facto leader of its residents. Eirin is quite easily the most mysterious figure of Eientei and perhaps the most enigmatic entity in all of Touhou aside from Yukari and Mima. In fact, Eirin isn’t even her true name, as Lunarian names are unpronounceable to Earth-dwellers.

Before she took refuge in Gensokyo, Eirin was a prominent figure on the Moon and led the armed forces among other duties. She co-founded the Lunar Capital with Lord Tsukuyomi, the supreme ruler of the Lunarians, after he deemed the Earth too impure for his people to continue living on. Theoretically, this makes Eirin the oldest character in all of Touhou and ZUN once stated her age as millions of years old. As amusing as the idea of Eirin running around with dinosaurs is, one must be wary of this number as ZUN was quite drunk when he gave that figure.
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The Nine Hells of Anime Episode 35: Minami-ke Okaeri (Season 3)

In its third season, Minami-ke Okaeri attempts to return to its roots and recapture the charm of the first show. Can its strategic use of serial killer smiles and unexpected musicals redeem this once-promising slice of life anime or will it fall to the wayside like the catastrophic second season?

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Introduction to Touhou 24: Reisen

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Don’t you see that you’ve already fallen into this moon rabbit’s trap?
Left, right, up and down…
Your sense of direction has already gone insane.
Though you’re trying to fly straight ahead, you’re floating around aimlessly.
Now, gaze into my eyes, and become more insane still!

Reisen Udongein Inaba is a Moon Rabbit in service of the Lunarians living in the hidden mansion of Eientei.

Reisen was a soldier in the Lunar War between the Lunarians and the humans of the Outside World. The war began in 1969 with the Apollo 11 landing and has continued with each successive human invasion of the Moon. While no pitched battles took place, the incursions and retaliatory sabotage of human spacecraft were considered a grave enough threat for the situation to be called a war. Reisen deserted the Lunarian army at some point and fled to Gensokyo where she found the exiles Eirin and Kaguya. In exchange for protection, Reisen offered her services and became their servant/guard.

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