Embodiment of Scarlet Devil/Spell Cards/Stage 3

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Midboss Spell Card[edit]

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Spell Card 08
華符「芳華絢爛」(Hanafu "Houka kenran")
Flower Sign "Gorgeous Sweet Flower" [1]
Owner
Hong Meiling
Stage 3 — Easy/Normal
Spell Card Pattern Description
Meiling makes an expanding flower pattern with yellow crystal shard-like bullets at a random starting point, as she shoots slow rings of red shard-like bullets aimed at the player.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
The blooming of a five-petal flower.
Pluck it to receive a wonderful extra life.
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Spell Card 09
華符「セラギネラ9」(Hanafu "Seraginera kyuu")
Flower Sign "Selaginella 9" [2] [3]
Owner
Hong Meiling
Stage 3 — Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
The base is similar to the previous spell card, but meiling starts lower, the yellow bullets redirect themselves twice to form a simpler pattern, and the red aimed rings are much faster.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
The blooming of a six-petal flower.
This flower is a thorny one, so be careful.

Boss Spell Cards[edit]

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Spell Card 10
虹符「彩虹の風鈴」(Nijifu "Saikou no fuurin")
Rainbow Sign "Colorful Rainbow Wind Chime" [4]
Owner
Hong Meiling
Stage 3 — Easy/Normal/Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Meiling shoots a complex spinning pattern from herself, which can be dodged simply by tapping left and right at similar times in every instance of the spell. She starts at the top of the screen and goes down to about the center of the screen at a medium speed.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
A dazzling rainbow swirl of bullets.
An extra swirl appears in higher difficulties to keep things interesting.
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Spell Card 11
幻符「華想夢葛」(Genfu "Kasou yumekazura")
Illusion Sign "Imaginary Flower Yumekazura" [5] [6]
Owner
Hong Meiling
Stage 3 — Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Meiling spawns bullets from a flower-like shape around her in a way that seems to be aimed towards the player, and the individual bullets go in random directions.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
A magic pentagram scatter shot.
Her movements and this bullet pattern makes her difficult to track down.
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Spell Card 12
彩符「彩雨」[7](Saifu "Saiu")
Colorful Sign "Colorful Rain"
Owner
Hong Meiling
Stage 3 — Easy/Normal
Spell Card Pattern Description
Meiling shoots rainbow shard bullets in random directions, that then fall below her. Slowly, she then makes bullets in a curved trajectory appear.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
A light shower of colorful shards.
Half will curve straight down, while the other half will curve randomly.
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Spell Card 13
彩符「彩光乱舞」(Saifu "Saikou ranbu")
Colorful Sign "Vivid Chaotic Dance"
Owner
Hong Meiling
Stage 3 — Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Similar to the previous spell, but Meiling produces bullets in a spiral around her that go downwards in organized lanes, replacing the falling bullets from the prior spell card.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
A heavy shower of colorful shards.
Actually less chaotic than the last one. It has more bullets though.
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Spell Card 14
彩符「極彩颱風」(Saifu "Gokusai taifuu")
Colorful Sign "Dazzling Color Typhoon"
Owner
Hong Meiling
Stage 3 — Normal/Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Meiling forms a pattern that looks like a flower around her, and the bullets that come out curve in random directions all over the screen.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
A swirling hurricane of colorful shards.
All bullets curve in different directions. A true hurricane.

Notes[edit]

  1. refers to both flowers and China. The spell card's name, pronounced "Houka Kenran", is pun on the expression "gouka kenran" (豪華絢爛, luxurious and gorgeous).
  2. Selaginella: an evergreen moss-like plant. This spell card's name is a reference to the manga "Selaginella 9" by artist Missile Kakurai (加倉井ミサイル).
  3. The name may also be a meta-joke given that this spell card is the ninth spell card in the game.
  4. In Chinese, 虹 (hong) can also refer to a type of dragon. Meiling has the kanji for dragon (龍) written on the star on her hat.
  5. 夢葛 (yumekazura) is a medicinal herb referenced in the rakugo story 葛根湯医者 (Kakkonto Doctor). Kakkonto is a traditional Japanese medicine that is made with the kudzu (葛 kuzu) plant.
  6. The look of the danmaku in the spell card may be inspired by the real life 青葛 (aotsuzura) plant (also known as Cocculus trilobus) that has small, blue fruiting bodies. These plants are also used in medicine.
  7. 彩雨 is a poetic term used to describe rain that is pouring on flowers.
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