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|Abilities||Using magic (Specialized in light and heat magic)|
|Age||A child in PC-98 canon; about the same age as Reimu in Windows canon |
|Occupation||Magician, Kirisame Magic Shop owner, burglar, part-time youkai hunter|
|Location||The Kirisame household in the Forest of Magic|
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Marisa Kirisame (霧雨 魔理沙 Kirisame Marisa) is an ordinary human magician who specializes in light and heat magic and currently resides in the Forest of Magic. Her motto is "danmaku's all about firepower" and she has a compulsive mania for collecting things.
Using magic (Specialized in light and heat magic)
Marisa is a normal human with no innate abilities, but she has trained herself in magic, using exotic mushrooms as ingredients and her Mini-Hakkero as a power source. The majority of her spells rely on power over finesse, and are themed after stars and meteors. Despite her best spiritual affinity being with water, her preferences lead her to rely mostly on light and heat magic. As a result of her research, Marisa is also knowledgeable in explosives. Marisa is an Eastern magician who takes a Western approach to magic, the opposite of Patchouli Knowledge.
Many of Marisa's best-known spells are replicas of spells used by other characters which fit Marisa's tastes, though she has also experimented with them to create improved versions (eg. Master Spark -> Final Spark, Orreries Sun -> Orreries Solar System, and Non-directional Laser -> Starlight Typhoon).
Like most important characters Marisa can fly under her own power, but most of the time she uses a broom to go with her witch theme.
It isn't directly stated how Marisa makes a living. She does state in Strange and Bright Nature Deity Chapter 9 that she regularly goes to the Hakurei shrine to take away Reimu's youkai extermination jobs and Perfect Memento in Strict Sense implies it as well, making it a likely source of income. She's also shown a desire to sell her book The Grimoire of Marisa.  The Three Fairies of Light were her first customers to her shop, but Perfect Memento in Strict Sense implies she's had other customers since then, albeit not many. She's also a well-known thief, but is only stated to steal books, so she may not be the type to steal money.
Her surname Kirisame (霧雨, lit. "mist rain") means "drizzle" in Japanese. The kanji used in her given name "ma" (魔) is highly likely to come from the "ma" in mahou (魔法, "magic") and with ri (理) able to be interpreted as "logic/law/theory" (理 kotowari), it can be said that they deliver the idea of her being a magician/witch. In addition, the kanji 沙 (sa lit. "small sand") doesn't have an actual meaning but often used in Japanese given names to get the sound/look of "girlishness" (different kanji, but the same idea is used in Minamitsu Murasa's name too). Marisa is also a female given name with origins in the Romance languages, and if her name was based on this, then it's very likely to indicate the nature of Marisa being a mix character of both Eastern and Western culture.
In the Story of Eastern Wonderland's gameplay, her name was written as 魔梨沙, but in that game's attached text files and bad endings it was written as 魔理沙. Since then, her name is still written as 魔理沙, so 魔梨沙 was probably simply a typo.
Appearance in the PC-98 canon
In Story of Eastern Wonderland, Marisa is depicted as having red eyes and red hair, wearing in a purple witch's outfit with a white bow on her hat. However, her appearance quickly changes with Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream, where she has yellow eyes and blonde hair, which stay with her for the rest of the series. In Mystic Square, her outfit changes from purple to black, which also stays with her for the rest of the series, and her hat gains faint pink frills.
Appearance in the Windows canon
In Embodiment of Scarlet Devil onwards, she wears a faint pink apron on top of her clothes. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, she gains a faint pink shirt under her black clothing. Marisa's appearance changes slightly with each release, such as a change in her hat bow's colour, a change in her ribbon's colour tied to her braid or a change in hair style.
In most of the games, she carries a broom with her; according to her, it is essential for a magician.
As of Ten Desires, her hat's bow is purple, she has a purple ribbon tied to the braid on the left side of her hair, her shoes are maroon coloured with small purple ribbons on them, and she has a red ribbon tied to her neck. In Hopeless Masquerade, she uses dark blue clothes instead of her normal black clothes, she now uses dark blue boots instead of dark shoes, her hat's bow is white and she doesn't have her usual braid on the left side of her hair.
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- Story of Eastern Wonderland
- Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream
Marisa followed Mima and found Reimu at some old ruins, which promise a fantastic prize for whoever enters. A battle with 6 others for the prize ensues!
- Lotus Land Story
Marisa senses a great magic power and wishes to make it hers. She heads towards to the lake without Reimu's knowledge, not letting anyone stand in her quest for power!
- Mystic Square
Marisa watches Reimu ram into a gate and decides to follow behind her, her primary motivation being boredom.
- Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil
While flying through the sky, Marisa notices she suddenly cannot see the lake. She swoops in to check out the situation.
- Perfect Cherry Blossom
During the May of a seemingly endless winter, cherry blossom petals land outside Marisa's house. She follows these petals in search of spring.
- Immaterial and Missing Power
A strange feast catches Marisa's attention, so she goes to look for clues.
- Imperishable Night
Alice is perturbed about the Moon, so she decides to bribe Marisa into coming along with her to find out who is responsible for the fake Moon.
- Phantasmagoria of Flower View
The flowers are blooming out of season, but this doesn't bother Marisa much at first. She simply wants to find out who's responsible for it and will be the first to know why.
- Mountain of Faith
Marisa sees that something is bothering Reimu and finds out that a rival shrine wants to take over. Marisa isn't going to sit back and let that happen, so if Reimu isn't going to do something about it, she certainly will!
- Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Marisa is unable to dry her laundry because of the constant drizzle. Deducing something is wrong, she sets out to find the perpetrator.
- Subterranean Animism
A geyser appears behind the Hakurei Shrine, and Reimu and Marisa are ecstatic about their newfound hot spring. The youkai, however, are less than pleased as Earth spirits begin to spew out of the geyser. Patchouli and Yukari suspect it was an attempt to lure youkai into the geyser and decide to send Marisa instead to investigate.
- Undefined Fantastic Object
Marisa notices a ship flying through the sky and hopes to be able to plunder it for its riches.
- Touhou Hisoutensoku
A humanoid giant is trampling about Gensokyo. A few residents have a few theories on what that could be...
Marisa is sitting in a hot spring when Cirno appears and asks her if she saw a Daidarabocchi. Marisa decides to give her a hard time and fights her.
Taisui Xingjun has come disguised as Marisa but Meiling sees through this ruse and takes him on!
- Fairy Wars
While Marisa is returning from a flower-viewing session, Cirno shows up and asks for a fight. Marisa doesn't take the request very seriously at first, but she decides to fight using her non-deadly lasers. Surprisingly, Cirno puts up a good fight and actually manages to defeat Marisa. Marisa just heads back home after the fight.
- Ten Desires
An influx of Divine Spirits will block the flower-viewing, so Marisa wants to be the first to solve it!
- Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red
Marisa is good friends with Reimu and often hangs out at the Hakurei Shrine.
In the PC-98 canon, Marisa is Mimi-chan's owner, and thinks Mimi is cute. She knows that Mimi-chan is a weapon from Yumemi Okazaki's world, but has no idea how to use her, and thus rides on Mimi. If she knew anything about how intercontinental ballistic missiles worked, she probably wouldn't be doing so.
After the events of Subterranean Animism in her scenarios with Nitori Kawashiro and Patchouli Knowledge, Marisa impressed Koishi enough with her strength that she is allowed to come and play at the Palace of Earth Spirits at any time. She may say she's a friend of Satori to get everyone down there to leave her alone, because all the underground youkai hate Satori. Although Marisa and Satori tend to put each other at unease at times, Marisa looks forward to being able to go underground whenever she wants to.
Byakuren is a magician, much like Marisa, although is much more experienced and has become a youkai while Marisa has yet to do so. Despite an initial disagreement and misunderstanding over the status of youkai and humans in the Marisa A ending of Undefined Fantastic Object, Byakuren liked Marisa's direct personality, and in thanks for Marisa's help in breaking the seal, instructed Minamitsu Murasa to take Marisa to and from Makai whenever Marisa wanted. She also told Marisa that, as a magician, she could come see Byakuren if she ever had any trouble. It is unknown if the Palanquin Ship's conversion into a temple affected the arrangement.
- Residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion
The residents of the mansion are fully aware of Marisa sneaking into the magic library, but generally look the other way, although various incidents and win quotes from the fighting games show they will sometimes fight Marisa in a duel if they actually catch her in the act. At other times, they'll simply leave her be, such as the mansion's private moon viewing party, or Marisa's endings in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, where Sakuya even plays along with her, either serving her food or helping to conceal her from Remilia Scarlet. It's hinted Remilia already knows Marisa's there too, though, and both are just using the opportunity to playfully insult Marisa as a rat.
- Marisa is one of the most frequent characters to appear in the Touhou Project series, only second to Reimu after the release of Fairy Wars.
- Marisa has six theme songs (excluding remixes), making her the character with the most theme songs.
- Including spin-off games and Shuusou Gyoku, Marisa has appeared as an EX boss two times more than any other EX boss.
- Marisa has appeared on the covers of Story of Eastern Wonderland, Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream, and Lotus Land Story.
- Unlike most of the Touhou characters, Marisa is known to speak in a distinct speech tone. The most typical and known example of this is the use of the sentence ending particle "ze" (ぜ). "Ze" used at the end of the verb stems, delivers "mannish" and "impoliteness" sound to the listener/reader, and because most girls don't speak in this manner normally, it has become a notable characteristic of her.
- Do note that while she does speak in a rather "manly" tone, she doesn't speak in a "rough" and "masculine" language, but in an "impolite/casual" and "boyish" one.
- According to Rinnosuke, Marisa was inspired to use star-themed magic after a meteor shower viewing party around 2001 to 2002. Marisa's strategy guide in Story of Eastern Wonderland's omake says her third attack uses star magic, although that is just one attack. However, by the time Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream takes place, many of her attacks use stars. Her apparent mentor Mima also had an astronomy theme in her attacks. Due to the PC-98/Windows canon split, there may be inconsistencies like this between them, although attempts could be made to fit them together (like saying that she trained under Mima after seeing the shooting stars).
- It is unknown how Marisa got her home in the Forest of Magic, but she tells Tenshi Hinanawi that her "house wasn't built for earthquakes", and says in her Scarlet Weather Rhapsody ending that if her house is destroyed, she can always build a new one. There doesn't seem to be anything particularly special about her house, and she was probably around when it was originally built. At the time of Curiosities of Lotus Asia Chapter 7, it was still new enough that Marisa referred to it as "my new house", at least in comparison to living with her parents.
- Marisa may be somewhat of a math genius; in Mountain of Faith she utters the line "I could recite all the digits in pi before I got there." However, considering that pi has a literally infinite number of digits which never end or repeat in any pattern (really, it's endless), it's likely just an expression to say "at this rate I'll never get there."
- Marisa holds the distinction of being one of the very few characters in any Touhou game who is known to have a living family. They've never been mentioned by name, or even within any of the game dialogues, but it is implied in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense she is the only daughter. Also according to 19th chapter of Curiosities of Lotus Asia, her father, at least, is alive and is living at the Human Village.
- In Imperishable Night, Marisa survives looking at the full moon, which should drive normal humans insane. When Alice asks if she is all right, she says that it's all right since she is insane to begin with. She might well be joking, since Reimu and Sakuya maintain their sanity looking at the full moon too. It could be that humans who are strong-willed enough can overcome that influence.
- In both Mountain of Faith and Subterranean Animism, Marisa lacks her signature bomb move, Master Spark. She regains her Master Spark as a bomb in the following game Undefined Fantastic Object.
- Marisa often refers to herself as "just an ordinary witch". This is often her character title in the games (i.e. Imperishable Night). Deneb the witch of the Ogre Battle games refers to herself in a similar, yet opposite manner: "I am a witch, but not just an ordinary witch!" She appears to make a reference to this in Perfect Cherry Blossom's third stage, when questioning whether or not Alice is an ordinary human.
- In Touhou Hisoutensoku one of her alternative color palettes gives Marisa a blue outfit and red hair similar to her appearance in Story of Eastern Wonderland. Another alternate color resembles Ellen from Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream. There is also another palette that gives her a purple outfit and purple hair, somewhat resembling Patchouli.
- Excluding the fighting spin-offs, Double Spoiler, and Fairy Wars, Marisa's face has appeared on the icons for all of the Windows games so far. This includes Shoot the Bullet, in which she doesn't technically appear.
- Marisa was first seen using a wand in Story of Eastern Wonderland, Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream, and Lotus Land Story. She is not seen with a wand again until Undefined Fantastic Object, which is so far the only Windows game where she is seen with one.
- Marisa seems knowledgeable about species not native to Japan such as the beaver in Chapter 4 of Wild and Horned Hermit and the rafflesia in Chapter 14 of Oriental Sacred Place.
Despite her self-indulgent personality and lack of concern for others (or more likely because of these things), Marisa happens to be one of the most popular characters within fanbase, winning the Touhou popularity contests of 2004 and 2005.
- Popularity with females
Marisa has a large number of fan pairings. She has been paired with Reimu Hakurei, Alice Margatroid, Nitori Kawashiro, Flandre Scarlet, Sakuya Izayoi, Patchouli Knowledge, and Rinnosuke Morichika. Sometimes, she is the center of a harem or the cause for fights. Of course, there is nothing in the canon that would suggest this, and it has even caused some dislike for Marisa in the fanbase. Since in canon, things like "being an annoyance wherever she is" and "she does not like youkai who use magic" have been stated, there is also a tendency for her to be treated as an intrusion in fanon. However, it has also been stated that it is "enjoyable to be with her." (see also: Relationshipping)
At the time when the video Marisa Stole the Precious Thing became popular as a Marisa and Alice pairing meme, many related videos were made, and among them were severe memes that tended toward perverted actions. However, due to adverse reactions and the passage of time, this has somewhat decreased in popularity.
- Stealing anything, anywhere, anytime
Due to her burglary in canon, Marisa is depicted to be a thief in many fanworks. Aside from stealing books from the Scarlet Devil Mansion library, she would also steal Alice Margatroid's dolls, the Hakurei Shrine's offertory box, Kourindou's goods, the kappa's tools etc. Without waiting or turning back, she would use a wide Master Spark to blow apart the door, saying "I'll borrow till death ze!" while taking things away right from in front of the person, threatening violence when detected. While her burglary is canon, her being bothersome to this extreme is not. In Subterranean Animism, she backed down from the thought of doing house-searching when challenged by Satori Komeiji.
- Jojo's association
Because of Marisa's affinity with stars, fans sometimes parody her by crossing over with Jotaro Kujo of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, although to a much lesser extent than that of Sakuya or Youmu. This seems to be a result of Jotaro's stand being called "Star Platinum", along with ZUN's rather heavy amount of references to that series already. Marisa, in some works, even quotes Jotaro's catchphrase "Yare yare da ze".
- The "ZE~" description
Due to her popular use of "ze" (ぜ) in her speech style, many fans tend to depict it into their fanworks in various ways: Such as frequently or always adding "ze" at the end of her lines (which is very unnatural), putting "ze" in speech or notes where the speaker/writer is suppose to be unknown but obviously identifying herself as a joke, forcibly trying to put "ze" in her line even if it breaks the grammar (e.g. "nannandaze!?" [なんなんだぜ!?, "what is this!?"]. The ze cannot be put here to be grammarly correct), using "ze!" for a response "yes", writing the "ze" in a special manner: Like in all caps English alphabet "ZE" or with stars "ぜ☆", and so on.
- Similarly, many fans in the English community put "ze" or "da ze" in the end of her line too, even if it's grammatically incorrect and doesn't make any sense in English.
- Although she speaks in a boyish tone, she's never seen to use ore - a masculine first-person pronoun commonly used by male in Japanese. In regard to this, some fans who aren't careful with canon details make Marisa to use ore in their fanworks and end up getting criticized.
- Because the use of ze in her speech is a bit unordinary - ze is mostly used in a context to express one's will to act (similar to "let's" English), and using it in other cases sound somewhat unnatural, perhaps "phony" or "showy" - some fans take this as she's intentionally "acting", paradoxically seeing a "girlish" expression underneath it.
- Lux Crownguard reference
In the Western multiplayer game League of Legends, there is a character named Lux Crownguard who has a number of possible references to Marisa. She has an ultimate spell called "Final Spark". In the lore of the game, Lux is also known to have copied and used the spell "Dark Binding" from Morgana, another character in the game. She also has a skin that resembles a cross between Mima and Marisa. In one of her voice over lines she states "Light mage? I'm just an ordinary mage", which may also be a reference. Additionally, her designer, Shurelia, is known to be a Touhou fan.
- Handsomeness: Since she has a manly speaking style, she is typically fitted into the male role, and is sometimes depicted as handsome in a male form. One extreme example of Marisa being masculine would be the muscular Cho Marisa (超魔理沙).
- Super Marisa: Because of her love of mushrooms and the similarity in names, she has been compared to Mario from the Super Mario series. There are fanworks of Marisa putting on overalls, having hats with an "M" written on it and breaking blocks with her head.
- Black-white: As Reimu is often referred to as red-white or "the red-white", fans frequently call Marisa black-white or white-black in parallel.
- Jessica Ushiromiya's cosplay: In the visual novel Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, Jessica Ushiromiya performs in a concert dressed as Marisa. In episode 6 of the anime, her friends are also shown, dressed as Sakuya, Aya and Alice.
- Additionally, in the fighting game spinoff, Ougon Musou Kyoku, Jessica's "Meta Super" has her shoot a beam similar to the Master Spark while wearing her Marisa costume.
- TOUHOU HIJACK LOL: Marisa is the character pictured in the original "Touhou Hijack" image, a 4chan meme involving disrupting discussion in a thread by announcing a "hijack" with this image and then posting large amounts of Touhou fan-art.
- ufufu...: Marisa's laugh "Ufu, ufu, ufufufufufufufu..." (うふ、うふ、うふふふふふふふ) from Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream is a well-known laugh that Marisa has been portrayed to say all the time. This is usually used on her appearance with red hair from the PC-98 game Story of Eastern Wonderland.
- Jealous of Reimu: In more serious fanworks, Marisa is often depicted as being secretly jealous of Reimu, frustrated that the miko wastes her full potential by not training and still manages to be stronger than Marisa herself, who needed to train heavily to have any power at all.
- Possible speaking style origin: Since Chiyuri Kitashirakawa was one possible source of Marisa's speaking style (as mentioned earlier), there is a theory that Marisa fully picked it up from Chiyuri.
- Lotus Land Story: Manual — "She is very intelligent, and is looking for power, but is still a child." "She looks much more like a child than Reimu (though Reimu also looks like a child) but their ages are very close."
- Immaterial and Missing Power/Story/Patchouli's Script#Patchouli beats Marisa
- The Grimoire of Marisa: Foreword — "Well, if it doesn't, I'll just name it something grandiose like the Illusion Danmaku Artifact Encyclopedia and palm it off to a library for a high price, so it'd be OK either way..."
- Touhou Hisoutensoku: Marisa's Script — "Speaking of which, I wrote a book too! It's bad of me to keep borrowing books, so I'll put my book here at the library this time! How much will you pay for it?"
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