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Today, ZUN’s blog was updated, and it seems like he finally said OK to a Touhou animated series! Whether it is great or awful news, I still can’t decide. Anyways, I’m hoping this will not butcher the current Touhou fandom and fan franchise. The problem is, I still don’t know how well the games’ stories can be converted to anime format, so we will have to see it for ourselves. (see http://kourindou.exblog.jp/14643159/ for his blog entry)

Not much is know as of this point, but they will use some of the seiyuus from Maikaze’s previous anime project, and the Scarlet Devil Mansion will make appearance according to it. They said Reimu’s, Marisa’s and Remilia’s VAs are gonna be the same, namely:

  • Reimu Hakurei – Nakahara Mai
  • Marisa Kirisame – Sawashiro Miyuki
  • Remilia Scarlet – Tsuji Ayumi
  • So I thought the story would be probably about Embodiment of Scarlet Devil if they already have the seiyuu for Remilia, but then I’ve read Mima is making an appearance! Well it was also stated that the anime project will run for at least 4 seasons, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they told us the stories of various games.

    Also we can expect some remixes of the original themes, and I eagerly await them. ZUN mentioned Love Coloured Master Spark and Casket of the Stars have been rearranged by himself.

    As for its air-date, we only know that it will be coming out somewhere next year. I can hardly wait…

    PS: Happy April Fool’s day!

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    I finally got around listening to Innocent Key’s new album, Touhou Celeb. Like usually, these are quite happy-go-lucky vocal arranges, but I like Innocent Key for these anyways. Though I didn’t like all the tracks, let me write a bit about some of those I did. By the way, I love the cover!

    First track is Abunai Sisters, and if you’ve heard Touhou Sweets, you know what you should expect, just that this time it really is innocent. Love and Hug, Hug and Kisses was awesome. Remilia’s voice is beautiful, and Flan’s is extremely cute. Here’s the PV. I like Flandre’s little fan-service at 1:21.

    The other one which comes with PV is Track 13, Usa Biizu e Youkoso. Well, this one is not so innocent (so more Innocent Key-like). It’s basically a dark conspiracy to get some dirty money using Reisen and Mokou’s body. So there are all kinds of music from Eien-tei playing!

    And there are some more upbeat arranges I liked, Track 4 which is a Necrofantasia arrange, Track 6, an awesome Odenpa track, sung by miko(!), and I really liked Track 9’s Heian Alien bits.

    You can find the album here:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?zygjtmzozmh 

    (Credits to TetsuwanAtomFuu)

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    Not exactly a new video, but it makes me laugh every time I see it, so enjoy some hardcore Reimu!

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    This album totally surprised me, (in a level Kogasa yet have to master) turned out much better than expected. For starters, Track 1, the prologue totally blowed my mind. Awesome violin, and very good U.N. Owen arrange.  It’s one of the two non-vocal tracks (the other is Track 10, epilogue, which is a History of the Moon arrange).

    The other vocal tracks are quite awesome themselves, especially Track 3 (Doll Judgement) and Track 8 (Septette, though the album cover says U.N. Owen, but it’s not) was to my liking. All in all, one very pleasant surprise, definitely recommended.

    You can find the album here:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?mdzgmtjwdyy

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    I don’t know how many of you guys follow the Touhou M-1 Gran Prix series, but they worth checking out, for sure. Recently the latest (4th) Grand Prix manzai videos has been subbed too (kudos to Furienify).

    Here’s one of my favourites, Moriya Kero featuring Suwako and Kanako. It’s mostly Kanako singing random Ghibli songs but mostly failing horribly. Enjoy!

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    I was waiting for this release for quite a while, and it is just as awesome as I thought. Especially Heartcatch Paradise! Talking about creepy, I’d even learn that dance if I couldn’t imagine how idiotic I’d look doing it.

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    Another album I was looking forward to (though nowadays I’m a bit skeptic when IOSYS is involved), and it didn’t let me down! Or desert me! Okay I know that was a very unfunny pun.

    Now let’s see the tracklist.

    Titles and vocals: 

    01
    star river - Asana
     
    02
    MILLION HIT PHANTASIA -   Fujiwara Marina, Yun
     
    03
    midnight lightning bolt - Takahashi Nana
     
    04
    世紀末ダウジング伝説 - Hirabuki Yuuko
     
    05
    one-sided love - ℃iel
     
    06
    天狗アイドル撮影会 ~Shoot the Dog Ear!! in 4F 小会議室 -
    Nomiya Ayumi
     
    07
    ORANGE Express → 西ら-89b - Yun
     
    08
    紫雨UNITED まさかのアリス突撃編 - Ayu, Izabel, Iwasugi Natsu
     
    09
    この同人ゴロ!有明から出て行け!- Fujiwara Marina, Yun,
     Izabel, Iwasugi Natsu, Ayu, Yamamoto Momiji, Abe Kokoro
     
    10
    あのころの君と - Yamamoto Momiji, Ichinose Ruru
     
    11
    夢が終わるまでに - Witch
     
    12
    The Crystallized Ocean - Asana

    Originals:

    01. Touhou Seirensen / Emotional Skyscraper ~ Cosmic Mind
    02. Touhou Youyoumu / Necrofantasia
    03. Touhou Youyoumu / Diao ye zong (Withered Leaf)
          Touhou Youyoumu / Charming Domination
    04. Touhou Seirensen / A Tiny, Tiny, Clever Commander
          Touhou Seirensen / At the End of Spring
    05. Touhou Youyoumu / Ghostly Band ~ Phantom Ensemble
    06. Touhou Bunkachou / Wind God Girl
    07. Touhou Youyoumu / Diao ye zong (Withered Leaf)
    08. Touhou Koumakyou / Locked Girl ~ The Girl's Secret Room
          Touhou Youyoumu / Doll Judgment
          Touhou Eiyashou / Love-coloured Master Spark
    09. Touhou Koumakyou / Locked Girl ~ The Girl's Secret Room
          Touhou Youyoumu / Doll Judgment
          Touhou Youyoumu / Ultimate Truth
          Touhou Eiyashou / Love-coloured Master Spark
          Touhou Fuujinroku / The Venerable Ancient Battlefield
    10. Touhou Youyoumu / Bloom nobly, cherry blossoms of Sumizome
    11. Touhou Koumakyou / Apparitions Stalk the Night
          Touhou Koumakyou / Beloved Tomboyish Girl
          Touhou Eiyashou / Stirring an Autumn Moon ~ Mooned Insect
          Touhou Fuujinroku / Because Princess Inada Is Scolding Me
          Touhou Chireiden / The Sealed-Away Youkai ~ Lost Place
    12. Touhou Youyoumu / Paradise ~ Deep Mountain
          Touhou Youyoumu / Crystallized Silver

     

    The first track is a generic Cosmic mind vocal track, done right. Not as good as Sound Online’s Hydrangea for example, but still good. The high pitched sound effects worked quite well.

    Second track is a strange IOSYS-ish Necrofantasia, something about genius Yukari, money and stuff. It was fun listening to it once, but not particularly good.

    As for the third track, I usually like Takahashi Nana’s style with her engrish, but this time I didn’t like it much. And the same could be said about track four, I’m a sucker for Nazrin’s theme (and stage theme), but this was just no-like.

    Fifth is a Phantom Ensemble vocal track, which is rare by itself, and it comes with Ciel vocal! Also, it’s very nicely done. I enjoyed this track back and fourth.

    Sixth track. Easy going and fun Wind God Girl, IOSYS is good at making these. And as I mentioned earlier, I can’t resist Aya’s themes, not nowadays, much thanks to Double Spoiler.

    I really don’t have much good to say about seventh track.

    Eight is Touhou rap style again, this time girls being the singers! I loved it for some unknown reason, though generally I’m not for rap.

    Ninth is more like a Drama CD track with some vocal moments, which I enjoyed, but definitely not a track to put in my playlist.

    Tenth track was pretty avarage, the pitch was a bit too high for this track in my opinion.

    Now there’s track eleven. I love it, I love all of the original tracks, and Apparitions stalk the night and Lost place are pretty rare. Guitar was badass, I loved Witch’s voice (though I haven’t heard her name before, but looking forward to her songs in the future), and it was an amazing crossfade altogether. Thank you IOSYS.

    Finally the last track was good for an epilogue, but I have to admit I didn’t like it much.

    So Touhou Crystallized Ocean was a very enjoyable album, with some very high quality tracks this time. Highly recommended. If I’d have to give it a score it would be somewhere between 9 and 10, leaning toward the latter.

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