Perfect Cherry Blossom/Afterword

○東方妖々夢 ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom.
あとがき 上海アリス通信 vol.3
上海アリス幻樂団長 ZUN
Eastern Ghostly Dream ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom.
Afterword Shanghai Alice Correspondence vol. 3
Shanghai Alice Team Leader ZUN

 あと、強烈なネタバレのある方は、キャラ設定.txt に分離しました。

There's lots of spoilers here, so if you haven't finished the game, read it or don't.

Also, the REAL spoilers are all collected in character
intros.txt. So, the people who read that should either
have cleared the game, or not really care about the story.


0.Special Afterword Table of Contents
1. Special Afterword
2. Secret Music Comments
3. Extra Stage Story
■1.おまけのあとがき 1. Special Afterword


Nice to meet you, I'm ZUN. And for those of you I've already

met, nice to not be meeting you, I'm ZUN. We've come now to my 7th work.


 もっとサービス精神旺盛な作りにしても良かったのに、相変わらずの内容  ・・・。

PCB ... isn't a very smart game. A lot more people have started

playing my games, so it would have been nice to make something a lot more fanservicey, but in the end, it's just more of the same ...


 化が必須の高難易度モード、並の努力ではコンプリートさせる気など無い  スペルカード。

Even the enemies' attacks, the dizzying danmaku, the hard modes

where pattern recognition is indispensable to capturing, the spellcards that don't seem completable without lots of effort.


 みたいなユーザー在ってのゲームではなく、昔のゲームみたいに、開発者  の我侭で創ったものであって欲しいものです。遊ぶ側としても。

Of course, it's all on purpose (lol). Since it's a doujin game,

it's not like the games companies put out these days that are geared towards getting users, but it's more like the old days where the developer just did whatever he wanted. Even if people do end up playing it.


 ー)の利点だと思ってます。商業の縮小コピー版のつもりじゃ、私なら商  業ゲームを遊びます。

It's easier to express yourself when thinking about things you

like. I think this is an advantage on the side of doujin, or otherwise free, software. This is meant to be kind of like a limited-run commercial work, and I do enjoy playing commercial games.


 れ自体の難易度はかなり低めです。それでもクリアできない方、もしくは  STGを殆どやったことの無い方は、まずはイージーを遊ぶといい感じで  す。

So, the basic point of this game is to 1cc Normal, which

is relatively easy. But, for those of you who can't clear the game, or perhaps those of you who don't play STG that much, it might be nice to play easy mode.



This time, you get the good ending even if you 1cc Easy,

so you can finally get a good night's sleep (lol)


 その差が顕著かもしれません。実際、紅魔郷のEXTRAをクリアできた  人は、全体の何割くらいだったのでしょう? 気になるところです。

Different people all have different goals (or limits).

I suspect the differences are even more striking with respect to STG. I wonder what people have been able to clear EoSD's EXTRA in the past? I'm really curious.


 リアできる事でしょう。むしろ易しすぎるかもしれません。  (そういう人なら、このゲーム、ノーマル初プレイでノーコンティニュー   クリア出来た人も多そう・・・)

I suppose people who have cleared the extra stage on

earlier games will have no problem with this game. Maybe it's even too easy. (By the way, it seems there are a lot of people who have 1cc'ed Normal on their first try in this game...)



I hope that kind of person will continue to aim for a

higher level of difficulty, and a higher goal. If they do so, they ought to discover this game's true form (lol)



Fortunately, since it's so easy to distribute replays of

PC games, it's also possible to enjoy watching replays over the scent of freshly-brewed tea.


 を設定し、そこまで努力することです。目標以上の事は、もっとレベルの  高い人の努力の結晶を見て楽しむ。これも、STGならではの楽しみ方で  は無いでしょうか?

Everyone's best form of amusement, and their goals, are

all different; each person sets their own goals and works toward them. One can always enjoy watching the efforts towards their own goals of those who have attained a higher level than oneself. Isn't this also a fun thing about shooting games?

  (にしては簡単すぎる? いやぁ、私が見切れる限界です(汗)) (Still, is it too easy? Well, I'm about at my limit ... )
  ―― 蓬莱の音は妖魔の眠りを妨げるか   ―― Do the sounds of Hourai disturb the sleep of spirits?

 激しく切なく、それでいてちょっとエキゾチックな曲を目指しました。  って、いつもそればっか。どっと疲れる位ハイテンポな曲ばっかで、物凄  く癒されません。まぁ、元々STGゲームは癒されません(笑)

By the way, what do you think of the music this time? I was

going for songs that were intense, emotional, and a little exotic. Well, I guess that's all I ever write. It's full of high tempo songs that can tire you out suddenly and don't have any sort of healing properties at all. Well, STG music has always been like that (lol)


 紅魔郷より、対象が1才くらい上の曲になっていると思います。私が一つ  歳を取ったし、紅魔郷を遊んだユーザーも、恐らく一つ以上は歳を取って  いるはずなので・・・。

I started composing thinking it would be great to have music

that had a super mature feel to it. I think the music has grown up about a year's worth compared to EoSD. I've gotten a year older, and the people who played EoSD have probably gotten at least a year older too, so...


 囲気が混じるのですが、今回は東洋風に徹しても、何処かしら異国風にな  っているような気がしてならない。

Even so, normally I make Western style music that still has

some Oriental elements in it, but this time I tried to make Oriental music that still somehow has Western-feeling elements in it.



Not being able to have things come out the way I want is a sure

sign I'm no professional (^^;

  和洋折衷、ということで・・・   Well, it's a blending of Eastern and Western, so...
  ―― その桜は二度と咲くことは無かった   ―― That cherry tree would never blossom again

 独自の用語でない為、ゲーム中では細かい説明が無い用語がある可能性が  あります。

So, PCB. Some of the contents might be hard to follow.

None of the terminology is specific to the game, so there's no real good explanation of a lot of things in the game itself.


 ればすぐに判るので問題は無いのですが、そうではなく、「見立て」とか  が多いため、「判らない人には、判らない事があるのかすら判らない」、  内容になっているかもしれません。

Still, if there are any terms you don't understand, you

can consult a dictionary or look around online, so I don't think there's much of a problem, but due to the choices I've made, it may be more of a case of "the people who don't know don't know what they don't know".


 すが、非常に抽象的であるため、殆ど理解されないかも知れない・・・  (もしかしたら、実は東方のユーザーは妄想力が高くて、色々分かり過ぎ   てしまうかも知れませんが(^^;)

Particularly, I chose to represent a lot of things (or

phenomena) with danmaku; since that's a fairly abstract way of doing things, it may be hard to understand... (On the other hand, Touhou users probably have very strong imaginations, so maybe they understood too much (^^; )



Well, the story itself is very simple, anyone can enjoy it.

(Whether they really understand the contents is something else.)

  ―― 弾幕結界 ~ Border of Shooting Games   ―― Danmaku Barrier ~ Border of Shooting Games


It took too long for me to get PCB out. I had lots

of support for the demo version, so it didn't take as long, but...


 測と結果が異なる事が余りない為、全て予定調和の上です。   それに比べて、音楽や絵は・・・(--;

The programming is the easiest part. Since there isn't

much question of aesthetics, the results usually don't differ from my predictions, so everything normally goes according to plan. Compared to that, the music and art are... (--;


 すね。妖々夢の90%はアルコールで出来ています(いつもそればっか)   東方のキャラがお酒を飲んでいる場面がありますが、未成年がお酒を飲  んで罰せられるのは、今の日本の法律があるからです。幻想郷では、特に  そういった法律のようなものはありませんので、問題ありません。  (現在の日本では、未成年の飲酒は法律によって禁じられています、   未成年の皆さんは真似しない様に・・・)

And that aside, now that I think of it, the alcohol level

really piled up a lot, too. PCB is about 90% alcohol (well, same as ever). There are scenes where the Touhou characters are drinking, but underage drinkers will be punished, since there are laws against that sort of thing in Japan these days. Since there are no such things in Gensokyo, it's not a problem. (Underage drinking is not permitted by law in modern Japan, so I hope my underage users will abstain...)


 いほど平和でもあるのです。(妖怪は人間を喰いますが :-b)

Since there are no clear laws in that area, you might find

it a bit dangerous. However, it's also possible to have peace where there are not many laws. (Except for the part about youkai eating humans :-b )

  ―― 次回は   ―― Next time

 ろうか。   いつもこればっかでワンパターンだな。と言われると、ごもっともです、  としか言い様が無かったりします(^^;同じ物を創っているつもりですので。

I want to keep making the same types of work, but I wonder

how long the world will let me do that. I guess I can only do the same thing over and over. Come to think of it, that's exactly right, is what I suppose I have to say (^^; Since I intend to keep doing the same thing.



(Well, I think people who have been playing Touhou for a

long time realize that, but I wonder about those who have only been playing since EoSD...)


 延々と同じものを創りたい、って言うのが本音かもしれません。目先の斬  新さに踊らされる事なく、同じ事を続けていくことで、誰も見たことの無  い新しい世界に至る、と言う事もあるのです。急がば回れ、ですね。

Honestly, I wonder if I just want to keep making the same

thing over and over, replacing the story and game data, and making improvements over time. Maybe I could arrive at a new world by creating the same work and not being distracted by tomorrow's novelties. You know, more haste, less speed.

  なにはともあれ、宜しかったらこれからもよろしくお願いしますm(__)m Well, in any case, if you don't mind that I hope we'll

continue to get along well from here on m(__)m

■2.裏音楽コメント 2. Secret Music Comments


 Sounds are first recognized as songs when they're given a name.

 The nameless ones might just be coincidental mashes of sound.
 So, with that in mind, here are a few (extra) comments of mine.

 ♪1.妖々夢 ~ Snow or Cherry Petal


 ♪1. Ghostly Dream ~ Snow or Cherry Petal

It's the title screen music, so it's solemn.
Is it snow or cherry blossoms that fall over Gensokyo?
That's the meaning packed into this song title.

 ♪2.無何有の郷 ~ Deep Mountain


 ♪2. Paradise ~ Deep Mountain

In a word, deep in the mountains, away from the village (Laughs)



 ♪3. Crystallized Silver

An image of silver snow crystals.
Definitely not crystals of silver.



 ♪4. The Fantastic Tales from Tono

Places deep in the mountains of Japan make me think of old man Yanagita.
Is it an academic thing or an occult thing? Well, does it really matter?

 ♪5.ティアオイエツォン(withered leaf)


 ♪5. Diao Ye Zong (withered leaf)

Burnt orange. More of a fall thing than winter.
Personally, cats bring to mind images of autumn.
They don't like dealing with a harsh winter or summer, and even spring's freshness doesn't really suit them.
That sort of image.



 ♪6. The Doll Maker of Bucuresti

Alice has dolls from many different places.
I really wanted to write in some clay figures or terra cotta warriors.

 ♪7.人形裁判 ~ 人の形弄びし少女


 ♪7. Doll Judgement ~ The Girl who Played with People's Shapes

If you throw away a broken doll, say, in the forest, it makes you shiver a little.
That's probably because it's a doll in the shape of a person.
Even if you find a broken human in the forest, it doesn't make you shiver. That's just
disposing of a corpse, which is a lot easier to understand than disposing of a doll.



 ♪8. The Capital City of Flowers in the Sky

We don't notice it, but the heavens are full of gardens, cities, castles, and birds.
The truth is, the skies may be completely saturated, and we just don't know about it.
We shouldn't fly passenger planes through the sky so lightly. (← afraid of heights)

 ♪9.幽霊楽団 ~ Phantom Ensemble


 ♪9. Phantom Band ~ Phantom Ensemble

The phantom ensemble.
By the way, poltergeists and phantoms as we Japanese think of them are
a little different. They're the most pedestrian of the foreign spirits.
They can hold musical performances without using their hands or feet
or instruments, but they're not theremins.
And even though they can make sound without instruments, they use them.
As pointless as that is, it's absolutely wonderful. After all, phantoms
themselves are pointless in the first place.

 ♪10.東方妖々夢 ~ Ancient Temple


 ♪10. Eastern Ghostly Dream ~ Ancient Temple

An old temple.
All of a sudden, the atmosphere and pace change with this song.
This is the song that most directly expresses the feeling of this game, hence this title.

 ♪11.広有射怪鳥事 ~ Till When?

  Till When? はただのダジャレなので気にせず(汗)

 ♪11. Hiroari Shoots a Strange Bird ~ Till When?

Needless to say, Hiroari refers to the famous youkai bird hunter Oki no
Jirouzaemon Hiroari. The image of the song was that mysterious youkai,
hence the feel of the song.
"Till When?" is just a pun, pay it no mind (Sweats)



 ♪12. Ultimate Truth

Ultimate reality. That is, absolute truth.
Though, it's not that magnificent of a song...

 ♪13.幽雅に咲かせ、墨染の桜 ~ Border of Life


 ♪13. Bloom Nobly, Ink-Black Cherry Blossom ~ Border of Life

It's good that the Japanese title is easy to understand.
It's a very straightforward name.
There's nothing more to say.
Is this, too, the cherry tree's charm...?



 ♪14. Border of Life

The boundary between life and death.
For proof of life to be possible, there must be the dead.
So, there is no living thing that won't die. If something isn't
alive it can't die, and something that can't die isn't alive either.
I believe the true state of life is this unyielding state of limbo.



 ♪15. Spiritual Domination

Pronounced "youyoubakko".
When they first become youkai, all creatures enter a world where they do as they please.
In this world, even humans, lords of creation that they are, are trifling creatures.

 ♪16.少女幻葬 ~ Necro-Fantasy


 ♪16. A Maiden's Illusionary Funeral ~ Necro-Fantasy

Many ways to bury the dead have been devised according to different regions, climates, and religions.
There's cremation, interment, open burial, and now even consecration to space.
I think it would be fun to play a trick by leaving in my last will and testament instructions to perform an "illusionary funeral"
(please don't)

 ♪17.妖々跋扈 ~ Who done it?

  Whodunit フーダニットです。
  異国語に詳しくないためよく分かりませんが、Who did it? が正しい

 ♪17. Spiritual Domination ~ Who done it?

Or, whodunit.
I don't really know too much about foreign languages, but it seems
the proper usage is "Who did it?"
It turns out to be this character who shows up suddenly at the end,
which seems pretty unreasonable.


  Necro-Fantasia 死の幻想曲

 ♪18. Necrofantasia

Necro-Fantasia: a fantasia of death.
It sounds pretty hardcore.
You can't savor death while you're still alive.
Death is always illusory to the living.



 ♪19. Dream of a Spring Breeze

A spring breeze can't help but scatter the cherry blossoms.
Whether you're asleep or awake, can you find such a breeze unpleasant?

 ♪20.さくらさくら ~ Japanize Dream...


 ♪20. Sakura Sakura ~ Japanize Dream...

Among all of our well-known songs, I think Sakura Sakura is the most Japanese-style.
Something's been bothering me, though: is the song called "Sakura Sakura",
or just "Sakura"? Or is it something else entirely?
I just can't remember...

■3.エキストラストーリー 3. Extra Stage Story


  • From おまけ.txt, included with the game