I’m typing this the week after Sakuracon 2023, listening to my newly-acquired Touhou PC-98 soundtrack CD’s. For those that don’t know, Sakuracon is a very-large-scale ACG (anime, comics, and games) convention held in Seattle every year. This year was my first year attending. I don’t quite remember why I didn’t attend last year, but it probably came down to me just finding out too late. This post serves as a diary of how I spent the three days and my favorite moments of the con.
Another new Touhou game, another ranking of the OSTs. Lower Tier 15. Stage 2 - The Cliff Hidden in Deep Green Not very memorable, in my opinion. Probably because the stage is so short. 14. Stage 2 Boss Takane - Banditry Technology Not very memorable, but not bad either. 13. Title - A Rainbow Spanning Gensokyo Very long phrases in this one. I don’t like it as much as Touhou 17’s title theme, though.
In today’s post, I’ll be giving my personal ranking of the Touhou CD’s, as well as highlight a few of my favorites from each one. What Are the Touhou CD’s? Even if you’re familiar with the Touhou Project, you might not know that besides the mainline video games, ZUN also directs the creation of various manga series and spinoff games. Additionally, every few years he releases music CD’s. These CD’s are composed of remixes of game tracks as well as original tracks that I suspect are tracks that were experimental or rejected, never making it into one of his mainline games.
yeashie and Crested both posted fangame thoughts for 2019 so I thought I’d join in on the fun as well. I don’t think my opinions are deep enough to assign scores to these games, so I’ll just stick with a relative ranking. Demos You could treat this as a “which games am I most excited for” ranking. 1st place: Abyss Soul Lotus (Demo 2) Cleared?: Lunatic This is cheating since ASL came out last year, but my hype for this game just keeps getting stronger and stronger.
Touhou 17 Wily Beast and Weakest Character came out yesterday night, and oh boy it was a solid great out of game. I only cleared normal due to an arm injury so I’ll refrain from commenting on the gameplay too much, but the music I have enough listens throughout today to form a ranking. Without further ado, here we go. EDIT December 4: More changes Move stage 4 up more Move stage 5 up EDIT August 17: After some more listening, I’ve made the following changes:
Just wanted to proudly announce that my first ever translation work has been released! I helped translate the Phantasm stage dialogue for the very well known fangame Fantastic Danmaku Festival 2, as well as the music room comments from Chinese to English. This marks the first time my work has actually made it into a game, and it’s such a big one too! I love the Touhou community with all my heart, and hopefully this is just the first of many contributions I can make to it!