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{{Infobox Game
 
{{Infobox Game
 
| type          = official game
 
| type          = official game
| title        = {{ruby-ja|東方妖々夢|とうほうようようむ}}<br/>Perfect Cherry Blossom
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| titleN        = {{ruby-ja|東方妖々夢|とうほうようようむ}}
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| titleEn      = Perfect Cherry Blossom
 
| image        = [[File:th07cover.jpg|256px|Perfect Cherry Blossom]]
 
| image        = [[File:th07cover.jpg|256px|Perfect Cherry Blossom]]
 
| developer1    = [[Team Shanghai Alice]]
 
| developer1    = [[Team Shanghai Alice]]
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| publisher1Cat = Team Shanghai Alice
 
| publisher1Cat = Team Shanghai Alice
 
| released      = Trial+: December 30, 2002<br/>Trial: January 26, 2003<br/>Full: August 17, 2003
 
| released      = Trial+: December 30, 2002<br/>Trial: January 26, 2003<br/>Full: August 17, 2003
| convention    =
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| convention    = Comiket 64
 
| genre1        = Vertical Danmaku Shooting
 
| genre1        = Vertical Danmaku Shooting
 
| gameplay      = Single-Player Story Mode
 
| gameplay      = Single-Player Story Mode
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*16MB VRAM
 
*16MB VRAM
 
*DirectSound
 
*DirectSound
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*SC-88Pro (if MIDI is selected)
 
*128MB RAM
 
*128MB RAM
 
}}
 
}}
{{nihongo||東方妖々夢 ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom|'''Touhou Youyoumu ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom'''|lit. "''Eastern Ghostly Dream''"}} is a vertical-scrolling shooter, and is the seventh official game in the [[Touhou Project]].
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{{thtitle|Touhou |Youyoumu|ruby=Ghostly Dream<ref>Literally 妖 (spiritual, supernatural, ghostly, etc.), 々 (marker for repeating the previous kanji) 夢 (dream). As ZUN mentions in the [[Perfect_Cherry_Blossom/Story/Demo_Afterword|demo afterword]], the pronunciation ''youyou'' contains a double meaning in reference to a line from a poem by [[wikipedia:Sei_Shōnagon|Sei Shônagon]]-- "as the light gradually (ようよう ''youyou'') creeps over the hills"-- so the title can also be taken to mean "gradually-moving dream".</ref>| ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom|jp=東方妖々夢 ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom}} is a vertical-scrolling shooter, and is the seventh official game in the ''[[Touhou Project]]''.
  
 
==Gameplay==
 
==Gameplay==
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==Name and Concept==
 
==Name and Concept==
Following on the heels of ''[[Embodiment of Scarlet Devil]]'', ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' was created with the same goals in mind - high speed danmaku, patterned after somewhat abstract concepts. The theme this time around revolves around the [[Netherworld]], and the extra stages also deal a little bit with the Great Hakurei Border and the concept of a "spiriting away", though these are not discussed in very much detail, as the dialogue remains very light.
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Following on the heels of ''[[the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil]]'', ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' was created with the same goals in mind - high speed danmaku, patterned after somewhat abstract concepts. The theme this time around revolves around the [[Netherworld]], and the extra stages also deal a little bit with the [[Great Hakurei Border]] and the concept of a "spiriting away", though these are not discussed in very much detail, as the dialogue remains very light.
  
The name "youyoumu" implies some sort of mysterious dream. 妖々, taken to mean "ghastly", is possibly referring to the spirits of the Netherworld, including [[Youmu Konpaku]] and [[Yuyuko Saigyouji]], the first of which contains the kanji 妖 in her name. It can also be a reference to the [[Saigyou Ayakashi]], which also contains the character. "Perfect Cherry Blossom" is referring to Yuyuko's end goal to force the [[Saigyou Ayakashi]] to fully bloom by collecting the essence of springtime. Also, on the jewel case, the word ''Ghastly'' is misspelled as ''Ghastry'' in what would be the japanese pronounciation.
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The name "youyoumu" implies some sort of mysterious, ghostly dream. {{lang|ja|妖々}}, taken to mean "ghostly", is possibly referring to the overall theme of the Netherworld and its inhabitants, including [[Youmu Konpaku]] and [[Yuyuko Saigyouji]], the first of which contains the kanji {{lang|ja|}} in her name. It can also be a reference to the [[Saigyou Ayakashi]], which also contains the character. "Perfect Cherry Blossom" is referring to Yuyuko's end goal to force the [[Saigyou Ayakashi]] to fully bloom by collecting the essence of springtime. Additionally, the word ''Ghastly'' is misspelled as ''Ghastry'' on the jewel case in what would be the Japanese pronunciation.
  
 
==Story==
 
==Story==
{{Main|/Story|l1=Story|/Characters|l2=Characters}}
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{{Main|/Story|l1=Story|/Translation|l2=Translation|/Characters|l3=Characters}}
<blockquote>"Dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! You have to believe it. Otherwise, you couldn't possibly explain the beauty of the cherry blossoms. I was restless, lately, because I couldn't believe in this beauty. But I have now finally understood: dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! You have to believe it." -- [[Wikipedia:Motojirō Kajii|Motojirō Kajii]], opening of "Under the Cherry Trees"</blockquote>
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<blockquote>"Dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! You have to believe it. Otherwise, you couldn't possibly explain the beauty of the cherry blossoms. I was restless, lately, because I couldn't believe in this beauty. But I have now finally understood: dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! You have to believe it."<br/>-- [[Wikipedia:Motojirō Kajii|Motojirō Kajii]], opening of "Under the Cherry Trees"</blockquote>
  
Winter drags on past its expiration date in [[Gensokyo]], eventually prompting the three main characters--Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, and Sakuya Izayoi--to investigate the cause. Their travels lead them into the Netherworld, where they discover that certain people are attempting to gather the essence of spring for themselves, for some unknown cause.
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Winter drags on past its expiration date in [[Gensokyo]], eventually prompting the three main characters Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, and Sakuya Izayoi to investigate the cause. Their travels lead them into the Netherworld, where they discover that certain people are attempting to gather the essence of spring for themselves, for some unknown cause.
  
 
==Music==
 
==Music==
 
{{Main|/Music|l1=Music}}
 
{{Main|/Music|l1=Music}}
''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' has 19 tracks in total, and is one of the largest soundtracks in the series.
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''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' has 20 tracks in total, and is one of the largest soundtracks in the ''[[Touhou Project]]''. ZUN states in the afterword that he wanted to create music that was "intense, emotional, and a little exotic". Rather than adding an oriental spin to otherwise western-sounding tunes, he instead started with an oriental feel as the base and tried to work in a western tone.
  
ZUN states in the Afterword that he wanted to create music that was "intense, emotional, and a little exotic". Rather than adding an Oriental spin to otherwise Western-sounding tunes, he instead started with an Oriental feel as the base and tried to work in a Western tone.
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ZUN has re-arranged some of the songs on various [[music CDs]], such as ''Eastern Ghostly Dream'' and ''Necro-Fantasy'' on ''[[Ghostly Field Club]]'', ''Doll Judgement'' on ''[[Changeability of Strange Dream]]'', and ''Necrofantasia'' on ''[[Magical Astronomy]]''. The fighting games have also featured various themes for characters originating in this game.
  
The music remains extremely popular among fans, with many tunes being re-arranged on fan-made CDs. ZUN himself has re-arranged some of the songs on various music CDs, such as ''Eastern Mystical Dream'' and ''Necro-Fantasy'' on ''[[Ghostly Field Club]]'', ''Doll Judgement'' on ''[[Changeability of Strange Dream]]'', and ''Necrofantasia'' on ''[[Magical Astronomy]]''. The fighting games have also featured various themes for characters originating in this game.
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ZUN included an unused track in ''Ghostly Field Club'' titled ''Flower of Past Days ~ Fairy of Flower'', possibly meant for Stage 4. ZUN was originally going to re-arrange [[Yuyuko Saigyouji]]'s theme ''Bloom Nobly, Ink-Black Cherry Blossom ~ Border of Life'' for her theme in ''[[Ten Desires]]'', but since she was only a Stage 1 boss, he ended up creating an original piece: ''Ghost Lead''.
  
ZUN included an unused track in ''Ghostly Field Club'' titled ''Flower of Past Days ~ Fairy of Flower'', possibly meant for Stage 4.
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The music remains extremely popular among fans, with many tunes being re-arranged on fan-made CDs.
  
 
==Press==
 
==Press==
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A week after the game's official release, a 1.00a patch was released that fixed various bugs. On October 24, 2003, the final 1.00b patch was released with more bugfixes.
 
A week after the game's official release, a 1.00a patch was released that fixed various bugs. On October 24, 2003, the final 1.00b patch was released with more bugfixes.
  
At the first [[Reitaisai]] on April 18, 2004, a score attack event was held where competitors would aim for the highest score on the Phantasm Stage. The stage and dialogue differed slightly from the original, and ZUN composed a new song called ''Youkai Domination ~ Speed Fox!'' for it. This song would later be included in [[sound sepher]]'s first arrange album, ''[[Cradle -東方幻樂祀典-]]'', released at the following Comiket.
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At the first [[Reitaisai]] on April 18, 2004, a score attack event was held where competitors would aim for the highest score on the Phantasm Stage. The stage and dialogue differed slightly from the original, and ZUN composed a new song called ''Youkai Domination ~ Speed Fox!'' for it. This song would later be included in [[sound sepher]]'s first fan-made arrange album, ''[[Cradle -東方幻樂祀典-]]'', released at the following Comiket.
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==Reception==
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The characters in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' continue to be some of the most popular ones in the [[Touhou Project]].
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Its unique Phantasm stage, not present in any other game in the series, particularly appeals to skillful [[danmaku]] fans.  The Phantasm stage was shown on the British review show ''[[Wikipedia:Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe|Gameswipe]]'' as an example of a [[shoot 'em up]]. British comedian and satirist [[Wikipedia:Charlie Brooker|Charlie Brooker]] described the game as "a firework display being sick", and as something "masochistic maniacs actively enjoy dipping into".
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==Gallery==
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<gallery perrow="7">
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File:Th07backcover.jpg|Back Cover.
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File:Th07disc.jpg|Game CD featuring [[Youmu]].
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File:Touhou07 jewel.jpg|Trial Disc Case.
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</gallery>
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==English patches==
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{{thcrap|th07|http://www.mediafire.com/download/dici1ays7qrasrm/th07_%28thpatch-en%29.zip}}
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* [[/English patch|  Alternative English Static patch]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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Latest revision as of 07:51, 26 February 2019

東方妖々夢 (とうほうようようむ)
Perfect Cherry Blossom
Perfect Cherry Blossom
Developer

Team Shanghai Alice

Publisher

Team Shanghai Alice

Released

Trial+: December 30, 2002
Trial: January 26, 2003
Full: August 17, 2003 (Comiket 64)

Genre

Vertical Danmaku Shooting Game

Gameplay

Single-Player Story Mode

Platforms

Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP

Requirements
  • Pentium 500MHz
  • 500MB hard disk
  • Direct3D
  • DirectX 8
  • 16MB VRAM
  • DirectSound
  • SC-88Pro (if MIDI is selected)
  • 128MB RAM

Touhou Youyoumu (Ghostly Dream[1]) ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom (東方妖々夢 ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom) is a vertical-scrolling shooter, and is the seventh official game in the Touhou Project.

Gameplay[edit]

Perfect Cherry Blossom features three playable characters to choose from, and each character has two different sets of skills. Reimu Hakurei is relatively balanced in all areas. Marisa Kirisame moves faster, and uses more powerful attacks with less range. Sakuya Izayoi moves slower, and uses weaker attacks that can hit just about everything on the screen.

A major addition to Perfect Cherry Blossom is the "Cherry" scoring system. Shooting enemies increases your Cherry Points, bombing or dying decreases your Cherry Points, and reaching 50,000 Cherry Points gives you a temporary shield. Cherry Points eventually lead to a higher Cherry Gauge, which increases the points you receive from Point Items.

Other important changes are the appearance of your character's hitbox while you are focused, the properties of your attacks depending on whether you are focused or unfocused, and a helpful cursor along the bottom margin during a boss battle that shows the location of the boss.

This game is also unique in that it includes a "Phantasm Stage" that can be played only after clearing the Extra Stage. ZUN stated that the Extra Stage in this game was meant to be an "easy mode" version; perhaps Phantasm Stage was the original Extra Stage during development.[2]

Name and Concept[edit]

Following on the heels of the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, Perfect Cherry Blossom was created with the same goals in mind - high speed danmaku, patterned after somewhat abstract concepts. The theme this time around revolves around the Netherworld, and the extra stages also deal a little bit with the Great Hakurei Border and the concept of a "spiriting away", though these are not discussed in very much detail, as the dialogue remains very light.

The name "youyoumu" implies some sort of mysterious, ghostly dream. 妖々, taken to mean "ghostly", is possibly referring to the overall theme of the Netherworld and its inhabitants, including Youmu Konpaku and Yuyuko Saigyouji, the first of which contains the kanji in her name. It can also be a reference to the Saigyou Ayakashi, which also contains the character. "Perfect Cherry Blossom" is referring to Yuyuko's end goal to force the Saigyou Ayakashi to fully bloom by collecting the essence of springtime. Additionally, the word Ghastly is misspelled as Ghastry on the jewel case in what would be the Japanese pronunciation.

Story[edit]

"Dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! You have to believe it. Otherwise, you couldn't possibly explain the beauty of the cherry blossoms. I was restless, lately, because I couldn't believe in this beauty. But I have now finally understood: dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! You have to believe it."
-- Motojirō Kajii, opening of "Under the Cherry Trees"

Winter drags on past its expiration date in Gensokyo, eventually prompting the three main characters – Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, and Sakuya Izayoi – to investigate the cause. Their travels lead them into the Netherworld, where they discover that certain people are attempting to gather the essence of spring for themselves, for some unknown cause.

Music[edit]

Perfect Cherry Blossom has 20 tracks in total, and is one of the largest soundtracks in the Touhou Project. ZUN states in the afterword that he wanted to create music that was "intense, emotional, and a little exotic". Rather than adding an oriental spin to otherwise western-sounding tunes, he instead started with an oriental feel as the base and tried to work in a western tone.

ZUN has re-arranged some of the songs on various music CDs, such as Eastern Ghostly Dream and Necro-Fantasy on Ghostly Field Club, Doll Judgement on Changeability of Strange Dream, and Necrofantasia on Magical Astronomy. The fighting games have also featured various themes for characters originating in this game.

ZUN included an unused track in Ghostly Field Club titled Flower of Past Days ~ Fairy of Flower, possibly meant for Stage 4. ZUN was originally going to re-arrange Yuyuko Saigyouji's theme Bloom Nobly, Ink-Black Cherry Blossom ~ Border of Life for her theme in Ten Desires, but since she was only a Stage 1 boss, he ended up creating an original piece: Ghost Lead.

The music remains extremely popular among fans, with many tunes being re-arranged on fan-made CDs.

Press[edit]

A demo version of Perfect Cherry Blossom was released on December 30th in 2002, at the 63rd Comiket. The game later had another demo with only the MIDI soundtrack released on the internet on January 26th 2003. The full version was later released at the 64th Comiket, on August 17th 2003, and it first hit shelves of various doujin stores on September 7.

A week after the game's official release, a 1.00a patch was released that fixed various bugs. On October 24, 2003, the final 1.00b patch was released with more bugfixes.

At the first Reitaisai on April 18, 2004, a score attack event was held where competitors would aim for the highest score on the Phantasm Stage. The stage and dialogue differed slightly from the original, and ZUN composed a new song called Youkai Domination ~ Speed Fox! for it. This song would later be included in sound sepher's first fan-made arrange album, Cradle -東方幻樂祀典-, released at the following Comiket.

Reception[edit]

The characters in Perfect Cherry Blossom continue to be some of the most popular ones in the Touhou Project.

Its unique Phantasm stage, not present in any other game in the series, particularly appeals to skillful danmaku fans. The Phantasm stage was shown on the British review show Gameswipe as an example of a shoot 'em up. British comedian and satirist Charlie Brooker described the game as "a firework display being sick", and as something "masochistic maniacs actively enjoy dipping into".

Gallery[edit]

English patches[edit]

Touhou Community Reliant Automatic Patcher / THCRAP

These patches are a community translation based on Touhou Wiki and the English Touhou Patch Center Portal.
Visit the thpatch game page to find the specific patch contents for Perfect Cherry Blossom.


External links[edit]

Official[edit]

Unofficial[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Literally 妖 (spiritual, supernatural, ghostly, etc.), 々 (marker for repeating the previous kanji) 夢 (dream). As ZUN mentions in the demo afterword, the pronunciation youyou contains a double meaning in reference to a line from a poem by Sei Shônagon-- "as the light gradually (ようよう youyou) creeps over the hills"-- so the title can also be taken to mean "gradually-moving dream".
  2. ZUN's reply to messages on the former Gensou Bulletin Board 3 ― "In Youyoumu, is Phantasm the Hard version of Extra?" "It is the opposite. As you can see by Ran imitating Yukari's attacks, Extra is the Easy version of it. ^^;"