Embodiment of Scarlet Devil/Spell Cards/Stage 6

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Midboss Spell Card

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Spell Card 41
奇術「エターナルミーク」(Kijutsu "Etaanaru miiku")
Conjuring "Eternal Meek" [1]
Owner
Sakuya Izayoi
Stage 6 — Normal/Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Sakuya stays still in the middle while she shoots blue bullets from herself in all directions at random. There is a small safe area to her right side where no bullets will hit.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
A high-speed barrage of random bullets.
Sakuya has run out of time and tricks. This is pure desperation.

Boss Spell Cards

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Spell Card 42
天罰「スターオブダビデ」(Tenbatsu "Sutaa obu Dabide")
Heaven's Punishment "Star of David" [2]
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Normal
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia forms an intricate red laser pattern from herself, where each joint in the lasers will shoot large blue bullets. Peripheral joints will shoot in random directions, while the ones closer to the middle will shoot five patterns made of a small circle, and a larger circle around it, in a star shape.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
An array of angled lasers and bullet explosions.
Anywhere a laser bends, an explosion will occur.
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Spell Card 43
冥符「紅色の冥界」(Meifu "Akairo no meikai")
Nether Sign "Scarlet Netherworld" [3]
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Normal
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia will shoot rings of bullets that fall downwards, forming lanes. Meanwhile, she will shoot bullets in a circle around herself, which will then make a pattern similar to Meiling's "Selaginella 9". All the bullets in this spell card leave a confusing red afterimage.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
A mesmerizing shower of scarlet red rain.
A world of eternal darkness would be any vampire's dream.
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Spell Card 44
呪詛「ブラド・ツェペシュの呪い」(Juso "Burado Tsepeshu no noroi")
Curse "Curse of Vlad Tepes" [4] [5]
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Normal
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia will shoot a circle of knives that curve, leaving trails of medium sized red bullets behind in a spiral direction. When the knives go out of the screen, the red bullets will then go in the direction they were shot at when they were left there, creating the illusion of a pivot moving the entire pattern towards a general direction.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
An undulating display of blood-dripping daggers.
She invokes the name of the infamous Impaler. Is she related?
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Spell Card 45
紅符「スカーレットシュート」(Koufu "Sukaaretto shuuto")
Scarlet Sign "Scarlet Shoot"
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Normal
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia shoots two 5-way shots of fast, large red bullets aimed at the player, each followed by a trail of smaller bullets, then three large bullets directly at the player. She will then shoot two 5-way shots at a faster rate than before, and repeat the pattern.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
Aimed cannon blasts of scarlet shot power.
Remember to get out of the way and watch for lingering traces.
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Spell Card 46
「レッドマジック」("Reddo majikku")
"Red Magic" [6]
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Normal
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia shoots large purple bullets that bounce on the walls and leave trails of red bullets behind. These red bullets will behave similarly to the ones in "Curse of Vlad Tepes", bending around a pivot. Remilia can receive damage for this spell card before she declares its name.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
The purest reflective blood-red magic.
How beautiful this moon looks, under the crimson air...
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Spell Card 47
神罰「幼きデーモンロード」(Shinbatsu "Osanaki deemon roodo")
God's Punishment "Young Demon Lord" [7]
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia shoots lasers from herself in a circle. The she will interchange the position of wide spaces with a six pointed star and narrower spaces relative to herself each wave. She then shoots angled lines of large yellow bullets opposite of slightly smaller blue bullets, crossing the other.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
An array of angled lasers and bubble waves.
Can we really call her a young demon lord? She's over 500...
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Spell Card 48
獄符「千本の針の山」(Gokufu "Senbon no hari no yama")
Hell Sign "Mountain of a Thousand Needles" [8]
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia shoots circles in organized lanes of shard-like bullets, then forms circles of knives around her, similarly to "Scarlet Netherworld". The shards will bounce off of walls, while the knives will go in angled lanes that may converge.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
A reflective wave of scarlet knives and needles.
One thousand needles? That's really too little to call a mountain.
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Spell Card 49
神術「吸血鬼幻想」(Shinjutsu "Kyuuketsuki gensou")
Divine Art "Vampire Illusion" [9]
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia shoots six fast, large bullets aimed around the player, which leave red bullet trails behind. They will form small clumps at the top and spread at the bottom, then the red bullets will bend in a similar way to "Curse of Vlad Tepes".
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
The quickshot spread of blood-dripping orbs.
It's weird how these blood droplets behave. A vampire's power?
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Spell Card 50
紅符「スカーレットマイスタ」(Koufu "Sukaaretto maisuta")
Scarlet Sign "Scarlet Meister" [10]
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
Remilia will shoot a stream of large bullets aimed at the player, then create a pattern that spins to the right, and stops before it reaches its origin point, then she will do the same, spinning to the left instead, and take a short rest. Each large bullet is followed by a trail of smaller bullets, similarly to "Scarlet Shoot", and Remilia will move whenever her shot is spinning.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
Rapid-fire cannon blasts of scarlet shot power.
Mixing power and speed so carelessly... You're too cruel, Remilia.
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Spell Card 51
「紅色の幻想郷」("Akairo no Gensoukyou")
"Scarlet Gensokyo"
Owner
Remilia Scarlet
Stage 6 — Hard/Lunatic
Spell Card Pattern Description
This spell card has 4 patterns it cycles through before repeating itself:
  • Remilia opens by shooting large purple bullets that leave a trail of red bullets behind. The purple bullets are very close together, and the red bullets will individually take a random direction after a while.
  • She then shoots a circle of large bullets that leave trails, spinning slightly to the left. The bullets left by this wave behave like those in "Curse of Vlad Tepes" or "Red Magic".
  • Forms a circle of trail-leaving bullets that spins slightly to the right. The trails will do the same as in the first wave.
  • Repeats the second wave.
Editor's ZUN-style Comment
The purest undulating blood-red magic.
Seriously, the moon is way too big. Is it going to crash?

Notes

  1. Meek: could refer to the name of a knife made by MOKI (a Japanese knife maker), as well as the behavior of an "obedient" maid like Sakuya.
  2. The Star of David is a six-pointed star (hexagram) and a widely-used symbol of Judaism. Its use in Judaism originates in 14th-century depictions of the Seal of Solomon, which is a hexagram commonly associated with magic circles, alchemy and demon summoning.
  3. 冥界 (Meikai, lit. "dark world") can refer to a wide variety of underworlds and afterlife realms from various religions, such as Yomi in Shinto, Higan or Narakas in Buddhism, and so on. This ties into the general concept of vampires as undead or demonic beings, as does the Hard/Lunatic version of this card (see below).
    (Though the Touhou series has its own Netherworld, it is not directly based on any particular mythology and is predated by this card.)
  4. Vlad Ţepeș Dracula: a Romanian prince and inspiration for the fictional vampire, Dracula. Also referenced by the title of the Stage 6 theme, "The Young Descendant of Tepes".
  5. This spell's name could be a reference to the English title of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (which would be rendered as "ドラキュラの呪い" in Japanese).
  6. A reference to the OS "Red Magic" from the novel Everything Becomes F: The Perfect Insider. For more info see Sakuya's spell cards.
  7. Refers to Remilia's status as the mistress of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, as well as the common depiction of vampires as high-ranking undead that can command lesser demons. As with the Normal version of this card, it may also tie in with the hexagram seal of King Solomon, said to have given him the power to commune with devils.
  8. Impalement on mountains of sharp spikes is included among the many punishments in Buddhist Hells. These mountains of spikes are used as a general symbol of Hell in Japanese culture. Additionally, Vlad Tepes was known to have executed many of his political and religious enemies via exceedingly cruel methods; his favorite method was impalement, earning him the title "Vlad the Impaler".
  9. 吸血鬼幻想: a reference to Suehiro Tanemura's book of the same name.
  10. Meister: German for "master".
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