The story of Touhou must be thought of chiefly as the story of Reimu, not the story of the player's causation of Reimu's actions. Despite this the player, though not the essential within the game, maintains his belief in his own autonomy, his own central position as the dictating force of events: "I control Reimu." Thus when Reimu is presented with a bullet, the player thinks, "Whether Reimu does or does not run into the bullet, the result of the action is mine." That is to say, if Reimu hits it then it is indicative of a deeper cause within the player, e.g. he is shitty at video games. Yet this is a fantasy, and though the player is trapped within it the heart still recognizes the truth of the power of the Reimu-image. As a result, when Reimu runs into that bullet it is only a matter of time before the player, formerly thinking himself the cause of all things, screams at the Computer, throws his useless controller (indeed, a CON-troller!) at the wall, and curses Reimu for her decision to die rather than to graze the bullet. For it is Reimu herself who determines her own fate, and the rage of the player is the roar of the captive lion who has only now recognized his own cage. Gradually the player calms the angered lion by working feverishly to reestablish his prior fantasy. He mutters "it's only a game," and Reimu once again becomes merely a series of pixels existing only in relation to other pixels, incapable of action without the will of the player. The player, stuck in this fantasy of personal empowerment, never realizes that it is not he who controls Reimu but rather Reimu who controls him. It is only when the power of the image is recognized that the player can truly move with Reimu , as a partner and ally rather than as an opposing force or as a mere symptom of the status of the player. The Reimu-image, not the player, is the thing that is essential.
Reimu Hakurei, curious about the notion of Anatman (No-Self), said this to Remilia Scarlet: "By what name are you known?"
Remilia responded, "I am called Remilia, and my staff Sakuya Izayoi and Hong Meirin address me as such, but there is no Person to be found here."
Reimu said, "If, Remilia, there is no Person and no eternal Self to be found in you, than who is it that sucks blood? Who is it that defiles maids and masterminded the events of the Red Mist Disaster? From what you say it must be implied that there is no Remilia to commit all of these acts. You say, 'my staff Sakuya and Meirin address me as Remilia;' well, what is Remilia? Is Heaven's Punishment 'Star of David' Remilia?"
"No, it is not."
"Is Dark Sign 'Scarlet Netherworld' 'Remilia'?"
"Is Curse 'Curse of Vlad Tepes' 'Remilia'?"
"Is Scarlet Sign 'Scarlet Shoot' 'Remilia'?"
"Is 'Red Magic' 'Remilia'?"
"Perhaps all of these spell cards together combined make up 'Remilia'?"
"No, they do not."
"Then is it something other than these things that is 'Remilia'?"
"Well, miss, I cannot find any 'Remilia.' Who is this 'Remilia' whom I am talking to, who's curse on Gensokyo ended when I first defeated her? She does not exist! There is no Remilia!"
Then Remilia said, "Tell me, Reimu, how did you cross the front gate and reach Scarlet Devil Mansion to find the source of the mist? Surely you could not have reached me by walking!"
"I did not walk, I flew."
"In that case, tell me what is flying. Are the left and right arrow keys flying?"
"No, it is not."
"Are the Up and Down arrow keys flying?"
"Is the vertically-scrolling screen flying?"
"Are all of these things collected together flying?"
"No, they are not."
"Then is there something else that is flying?"
"Well, Remilia, I cannot find any flying! You have lied! You could not have possibly reached me because there was no way to get get though the mansion! There is no flying!"
Reimu Hakurei, after having heard this, replied, "Remilia, I did not lie. The word 'flying' comes into existence dependent on the left and right arrow keys, the Up and Down arrow keys, and on vertically-scrolling screen; it is a designation, a symbol, a name."
"Well said! You fully understand the nature of the flying. In the same way, the word 'Remilia' comes into existence dependent on the spell cards. It is a designation, a symbol, nothing but a name. In the final analysis, there is no Person to be found."
After this, Reimu beat the shit out of Remilia and finished the game in under 15 minutes.
Well excuuuuuuse me, for being a drunk, polish normalfag with a calling, whose self-taught (yes, self-taught. No schools, no courses, only my own fucking self and no outside help. Suck it, fags!) english is nothing compared to that of britfags or amerifags (though this one is a disputable matter). I update rarely because I enjoy my time outside or doing other things than writing all day long for a bunch of shut-ins, craving for touhou fanfiction. Fuck you.
-- That's what I would write if I actually gave half a damn. And because I don't, let me open up this little bastard (tequila~) instead, and drink it up. To your health, Anon, you know I love you.
By QUALITY, he meant that any plot you attempt sucks ass. TS 1 was fun, not good, not full of plot, but fun. Everything after that sucked because you attempted to add a plot, which you have no idea how to make for anything other than a gender-bended outside world, where Renko and Maribel are men.
A conversation between Reisen Udongein Inaba and Tewi Inaba
Tewi: How have you been? Are you getting along with her?
Reisen: Her? Oh, Kaguya. It's been thousand years since she hid inside Eientei. She's still the same, she never gets any visitors.
Reisen: As a necessity, I gave her a story to tell a few days ago. She doesn't seem to have taken it to heart or told it to anyone. I wonder if she has any friends?
Tewi: She seems to have a poor personality for making friends, doesn't she?
Reisen: Have you ever heard the story of the "Hedgehog's Dilemma"?
Tewi: Of course. Hedgehogs want to warm each other during the winter, but the closer they get, the more they harm each other due to the thorns. Central metaphor for this story that gets characters personalities wrong and all that.
Reisen: What? Uh, okay. Just LORD over me with the fact that you are 1000 years older then me. Listen, maybe I didn't do as much of that "book learning" as you did, but I've done pretty well, don't you think? Eirin's apprentice and all that. I mean, it helps that we're lunar exiles and "Kaguya's pet" was the most extensive qualification she was able to find. I mean, shit, that one girl with the blonde hair wasn't even in any games, I heard she was just in a manga...
Tewi: Jesus fucking CHRIST, what in the name of God are you talking about you loopy bitch?
Reisen: Well I was going to talk about the Hedgehog's Dilemma, but you just HAD to get all douchey about it.
Tewi: Okay. Enlighten me. What is the Hedgehog's Dilemma?
Reisen: The Hedgehog's Dilemma is when you see a monitor with the speed shoes, and you have to decide whether you want to take it because running really fast is totally awesome, but if you take it then you will be running too fast to see what's in front of you and you run the risk of slamming into some spiny enemy and losing all your rings, thus making it much more difficult to get into the bonus stages to collect the hidden Chaos Emeralds.
Reisen: There's more, too. The Hedgehog has many dilemmas. For instance, do the special stages really matter? They're just frustrating attempts to show off the Megadrive's prowess at doing psuedo-scaling and completely break up the flow of the games. Do you want to just skip the dumbassed special stages and get a slightly worse ending, or do you want to collect them all and bother with a whole lot of extra lame horseshit just to see Sonic give you the thumbs up at the end?
Tewi: That's not even a God-damned dilemma. That's just the stupid conceits of sixteen-bit game design! What the hell does this have to do with Kaguya?!
Reisen: Ooh, I thought you were Ms. Smarty-pants. It's METAPHOR. It's got LAYERS. Maybe you should FREE YOUR MIND a bit and come along on my FANTASTIC JOURNEY INTO THE METACONSCIOUSNESS and then maybe you wouldn't be such a stupid bitch.
Reisen: Anyway, you've also got to think about whether to bring Tails along. I mean, if you do the special stages, he'll sometimes screw you up. However, if you have a second controller, you can use him to take you to higher platforms than you could get to normally. You could use Tails solo, of course, but he can't get super-abilities unless you're playing Sonic & Knuckles. It's all a tradeoff, y'know?
Tewi: I'm leaving now.
Reisen: But I haven't even got into Knuckles' jumping abilities...
After this, Tewi beat the shit out of Reisen and finished a story that's an attempt to get more Reimu pics before it got anything else wrong.