“Do you know why flowers can be a symbol of death as well as happiness? That’s because they’re the same as humans. Souls gather, flowers bloom, and when souls leave, flowers scatter. “
Sometimes they see, amidst the senseless landscapes of their dreams, a lake of blood. From the sanguine depths emerges a woman with green hair and eyes as deep and red as the water around her. Her smile masks her insatiable bloodlust and unimaginable cruelty and she begins to stride towards them, each step leaving an eviscerated corpse in its wake. She reaches out, but before she can touch them, they awake with a scream and the sense of relief that it was all a dream. Little do they know the nightmare has become reality.
Originally from the fourth Touhou game, Lotus Land Story, Yuuka received a minor wardrobe alteration and a significant personality change upon her reintroduction in Phantasmagoria of Flower View. Much like Alice, the Yuuka of PC-98 and the Yuuka of the Windows games are completely different beasts and there are two conflicting stories regarding Yuuka as a result of the divide. Continue reading →
The crew has found yet another hole to dig themselves into as they attempt to unravel Type-Moon’s Fate/Stay Night. Bouncing from the TV series to the 2010 reproduction to Unlimited Blade Works and even Fate/Zero, no stone is left unturned. Though our podcast’s own Lancer-class servant Zaburai could not attend, he’ll be with us in spirit.
“She gets bigger, usually when she’s drunk at parties. Except she’s always drunk.” – Marisa Kirisame
Once feared as the most powerful race of supernatural beings, the Oni of Gensokyo had long since been broken through human trickery. They now dwell underground in a self-imposed exile along with the deadly youkai that have likewise failed to find acceptance elsewhere. There is, however one exception, an Oni who returned above ground of her own volition . . . Continue reading →
Host enthusiasm hits an all-time low with this wacky zany magical girl parody as its record low joke success rate pushes the limits of our patience and sanity. Despite the countless laughs lost that day, we keep on long enough to explain why this anime failed where its sister show Excel Saga did not.
Now we come to my personal favorite Touhou soundtrack. While Embodiment of Scarlet Devil has provided us with powerful character pieces that persist even today and Perfect Cherry Blossom’s haunting and otherworldly atmosphere likewise left their mark on the series, I will argue that Imperishable Night is the absolute high point of the series’ music. Imperishable Night possesses memorable stage themes, a comparatively consistent level of quality, and a synthesis of Windows and PC-98 styles to create an experience that none of the following games could even come close to matching save for the possible exception of Subterranean Animism.
Title Theme: Imperishable Night ~ Eastern Night
While the core of the title theme is the same across games, there’s always some twist tied to the specific game’s concept. In this case, there’s a sense of vastness that give the sense of the boundless night sky, which will return in later stage songs.
Stage 1 Theme: Illusionary Night ~ Ghostly Eyes
The night is the domain of nonhuman creatures and with the endless night in place, the youkai are out in force. Right from the start, there’s an immediate sense of danger as if monsters lurk just out of sight, waiting for the slightest sign of hesitation. This track’s threatening tone stands in contrast to the more adventurous opening stage themes from Embodiment or Perfect Cherry Blossom. Continue reading →
This very strange follow-up to the previously reviewed Kite contains space food, Obelisk the Tormentor, absurd amounts of ice cream, and ditzy moe heroines. In other words, all the things that make it an appropriate follow-up to a gritty and grim noir drama.