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'''{{lang|ja|東方花映塚}} ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View''' (romanized: ''Touhou Kaeizuka'', lit. ''Oriental Flower Viewing Mound'') is a [[danmaku]] vertical-scrolling shooter, and is the ninth official game in the [[Touhou]] series.
 
'''{{lang|ja|東方花映塚}} ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View''' (romanized: ''Touhou Kaeizuka'', lit. ''Oriental Flower Viewing Mound'') is a [[danmaku]] vertical-scrolling shooter, and is the ninth official game in the [[Touhou]] series.
  
It is a VS type game, unlike most of the previous Touhou games released so far, where two equally matched characters fight head to head. The game most resembles [[Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream]] from the [[PC-98]] series.
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== Gameplay ==
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{{Main|/Gameplay|l1=Gameplay|/Strategy|l2=Strategy|/Netplay|l3=Netplay|/Spell Cards|l4=Spell Cards}}
  
This game takes place in the mystical land of [[Gensokyo]]. Spring has arrived, but something is wrong. Flowers are blooming and the fairies are becoming active as usual, but the amount of flowers and fairies is unnatural; even non-spring flowers are blooming. Playing as one of 16 characters, you must battle your way through 9 stages to reach [[/Translation/Glossary|Muenzuka]] and uncover the truth behind the abnormal spring.
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Phantasmagoria of Flower View is a split-screen vertical [[danmaku]] [[shooting game]] where two characters engage in the normal Touhou-esque gameplay, while unleashing attacks and character-specific spell cards onto the other player. When a player gets hit enough times to lose all their hit points, they are defeated.
  
== Gameplay ==
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The game features a Story Mode, which pits the player against a series of nine opponents that get progressively harder, and a versus mode, which is a single match against either an AI opponent or a human opponent(or, two AI opponents). With the [[/Netplay|netplay patch]], multiplayer is also possible through LAN or over the Internet.
  
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== Concept ==
  
:{{Main|/Gameplay|l1=Gameplay}} (includes a more detailed description of the game and information on scoring)
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Phantasmagoria of Flower View was designed to be a game much along the same lines as [[Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream]], and, by extension, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twinkle_Star_Sprites Twinkle Star Sprites], where two players simultaneously engage in normal shmup-fashion gameplay but also must concentrate on attacking the other player.
  
Phantasmagoria of Flower View is a vertical [[danmaku]] [[shooting game]] where two characters engage in danmaku gameplay within individual and separate play areas (aka. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split-screen split-screen]). Upon meeting certain conditions, players are able to unleash a variety of character-specific Spell Attacks on their opponents in an attempt to whittle down their remaining health points.
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== Story ==
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{{Main|/Translation|l1=Translation|/Characters|l2=Characters}}
  
In Story Mode, the player will face 9 opponents. Phantasmagoria of Flower View also features a Match Play Mode where the player may face off against AI opponents or compete against other (human) players, as well as observe AI vs. AI matches. With the [[/Netplay|netplay patch]], multiplayer is also possible through LAN or over the Internet.
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This game takes place in the mystical land of [[Gensokyo]]. Spring has arrived, but something is wrong. Flowers are blooming and the fairies are becoming active as usual, but the amount of flowers and fairies is unnatural; even non-spring flowers are blooming. Playing as one of 16 characters, you must battle your way through 9 stages to reach [[/Translation/Glossary|Muenzuka]] and uncover the truth behind the abnormal spring.
  
== Story ==
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== Music ==
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{{Main|/Music|l1=Music}}
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Phantasmagoria of Flower View features 19 separate music tracks. However, a number of character-specific themes were simply brought over from other games. Youmu's theme ''Mystic Oriental Dream ~ Ancient Temple'', Reisen's theme ''Lunatic Eyes ~ Invisible Full Moon'', and the Prismriver sisters' theme ''Phantom Ensemble'' have all been lightly arranged for this game. In addition, Cirno's theme ''Lovestruck Tomboy'' and Mystia's theme ''Deaf to All but the Song'' have been rearranged into ''Adventure of the Lovestruck Tomboy'' and ''Deaf to All but the Song ~ Flower Mix'', respectively, in order to fit the theme of the game better.
  
:{{Main|/Translation|l1=Translation}} (includes the translated script)
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''Wind God Girl'', a song that was originally released in the [[Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red]] artbook, was included in this game in a shorter form, as ZUN considered the original to be too long for a game like this.
  
Spring has come and the flowers are blooming... Only this time far more than normal and even flowers from every season at once. Each heroine (most of them anyways) soon realize something odd is happening when they see the thick covering of flowers all over [[Gensokyo]]. The heroines head out in search of answers due to curiosity, duty, or boredom. Nearly all of the heroines start at the lake near [[Scarlet Devil Mansion]].
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''Higan Retour ~ Riverside View'' and ''White Flag of Usa Shrine'' were both rearranged for one of ZUN's CDs, [[Retrospective 53 minutes]].
  
[[Reimu Hakurei|Reimu]] was alarmed when she noticed the flowers everywhere and quickly went out looking for answers, thinking that not only was it her duty but that if she didn't people might think she was neglectful. [[Marisa Kirisame|Marisa]] on the other hand noticed the oddness of the out of season flowers, but didn't seem to think too deeply into it at first. Instead she sets out to find who's behind it all simply because she wants to and, more importantly, so she can be the first to find out what's happening. [[Sakuya Izayoi|Sakuya]] also began searching for answers, but again more out of curiosity than from any sense of danger. [[Youmu Konpaku|Youmu]] looked for answers while admiring the scenery, but without any clue where to start all she could do was wander as well. What she did notice were the ghosts hanging around the flowers, which most of the other heroines paid no attention to. [[Reisen Udongein Inaba|Reisen]] didn't sense any need to be worried about the flowers, but checked them out anyways. While she was at it she also looked for [[Tewi Inaba|Tewi]] who had left without saying anything. Tewi was so excited about the flowers everywhere that she just forgot to say where she was going. [[Cirno]] at first appeared to be, basically, an idiot, but at closer look she actually realized not only that there was something strange about the flowers early on but also that a similar event happened 60 years ago before anyone else figured that part out (even characters that had been around 60 years ago). Maybe that has something to do with being a fairy, since all the fairies were becoming more active because of the flowers. She just doesn't seem to care about why it's happening, and instead chose to enjoy herself while she can between bumping into the other heroines. The only thing [[Prismriver Sisters|Lyrica]] is interested in is finding a good place for a solo performance and to find new sounds to use. Poor Lyrica just keeps bumping into weird people while looking for a place to play until she gets more and more lost. Like Lyrica, [[Mystia Lorelei|Mystia]] just wants to make music during the whole event, literally singing her way into every encounter. This time even Cirno makes Mystia look a bit "slow" in their encounter. [[Aya Shameimaru|Aya]] knows a big scoop when she sees one. With all the flowers blooming at once she was sure there'd be something newsworthy around, but what was even more interesting were all the ghosts showing up. Everyone was so focused on the flowers that hardly anyone even noticed those ghosts at first. [[Yuuka Kazami|Yuuka]], being a [[Youkai]] that's been around for a long time, knew exactly what was happening when this incident started. Of course being the youkai of flowers helped too, but unfortunately that also put her straight at the top of everyone's suspect list when they found her enjoying the flowers. Meanwhile [[Medicine Melancholy|Medicine]] had no interest in finding out what was happening, but rather used this opportunity to defeat whoever she came across with poisonous flowers.
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== Press ==
  
It didn't take long before the heroines ran into each other one after another. Each of them demanded answers from the others about what was going on, but few had any real information. Finally we got to [[Komachi Onozuka|Komachi]] who, as it turned out, is the primary cause for the event. Of course it's not like any of the heroines knew it, they just wandered anywhere they saw flowers blooming until they reached the Higanbana field where Komachi was. It seemed that Komachi was such a slacker that everyone in Gensokyo noticed the flowers except her. The flowers were being possessed by ghosts which were waiting to cross over to Higan and it was Komachi's job to get them there, a job she had neglected. 60 years ago (1945, the end of World War II) there had been another flower incident like this because of the sudden large number of ghosts needing to be ferried across to Higan. It can be assumed Komachi was slacking back then too.
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Phantasmagoria of Flower View was originally announced on April 1, 2005. A trial was soon released at Reitaisai 2 that May, and the web version of the trial was released the month after that. The full game was released at Comiket 68, three days after the release of Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red.
  
After a brief battle with her, [[Shikieiki Yamaxanadu|Shikieiki]] (the judge of the dead and Komachi's boss) showed up to give Komachi a scolding for slacking so much. However, before the heroine could leave, Shikieiki saw a perfect opportunity to lecture her on whatever various faults each heroine has, which somehow turned into a danmaku battle to prove the point.
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An unofficial patch that improved netplay compatibility was released afterwards, and an English patch version, as well as a modified version of the netplay tool Adonis, was released at a later date.
  
 
== Additional information ==
 
== Additional information ==
 
*[[/Characters|Characters]]
 
*[[/Strategy|Strategy]]
 
*[[/Music|Music]]
 
*[[/Spell Cards|Spell Cards]]
 
*[[/Miscellaneous|Miscellaneous]]
 
 
*[[/Frame Data|Frame Data]]
 
*[[/Frame Data|Frame Data]]
*[[/Netplay|Netplay]]
 
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
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'''Official'''
 
*[http://www16.big.or.jp/~zun/html/th09top.html Phantasmagoria of Flower View: Official Site]
 
*[http://www16.big.or.jp/~zun/html/th09top.html Phantasmagoria of Flower View: Official Site]
 
*[http://www16.big.or.jp/~zun/data/soft/th09_ver150a.lzh 1.50a Official Netplay Patch (BETA)]  
 
*[http://www16.big.or.jp/~zun/data/soft/th09_ver150a.lzh 1.50a Official Netplay Patch (BETA)]  
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'''Unofficial'''
 
*[http://coolier.sytes.net:8080/th_up2/src/th2_6586.zip Adonis Netplay file (Required for online play)]
 
*[http://coolier.sytes.net:8080/th_up2/src/th2_6586.zip Adonis Netplay file (Required for online play)]
 
*[http://crybaby-sakura.hp.infoseek.co.jp/toho/ Netkaei Releases]
 
*[http://crybaby-sakura.hp.infoseek.co.jp/toho/ Netkaei Releases]
 
*[http://www.shrinemaiden.org/forum/index.php?topic=158 English scoreboard]
 
*[http://www.shrinemaiden.org/forum/index.php?topic=158 English scoreboard]
 
*[http://www.touhou.net/patch/th09e_v1_1.zip English Patch]  (NOTE: Be sure to check the included readme, as you will need to manually move the provided "Cirno.ttf" font into your fonts folder after installing. Although the file requires the game to be patched to 1.50a, it includes Adonis and will prompt to install it for you if you do not have it already.)
 
*[http://www.touhou.net/patch/th09e_v1_1.zip English Patch]  (NOTE: Be sure to check the included readme, as you will need to manually move the provided "Cirno.ttf" font into your fonts folder after installing. Although the file requires the game to be patched to 1.50a, it includes Adonis and will prompt to install it for you if you do not have it already.)
 
  
 
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Revision as of 16:01, 7 May 2011

東方花映塚 (とうほうかえいづか)
Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Developer

Team Shanghai Alice

Publisher

Team Shanghai Alice

Released

Trial+: May 4, 2005

Trial: June 12, 2005

Full: August 14, 2005

Genre

Competitive Vertical Danmaku Shooting Game

Gameplay

Single-player Story Mode, Human vs. Human Match (Shared screen, LAN, Online), Human vs. Computer AI Match, Computer AI vs. Computer AI Match

Platforms

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

Requirements

Pentium 800MHz, 505MB hard disk, Direct3D, DirectX 8, 32MB VRAM, DirectSound, 128MB RAM

東方花映塚 ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View (romanized: Touhou Kaeizuka, lit. Oriental Flower Viewing Mound) is a danmaku vertical-scrolling shooter, and is the ninth official game in the Touhou series.

Gameplay[edit]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View is a split-screen vertical danmaku shooting game where two characters engage in the normal Touhou-esque gameplay, while unleashing attacks and character-specific spell cards onto the other player. When a player gets hit enough times to lose all their hit points, they are defeated.

The game features a Story Mode, which pits the player against a series of nine opponents that get progressively harder, and a versus mode, which is a single match against either an AI opponent or a human opponent(or, two AI opponents). With the netplay patch, multiplayer is also possible through LAN or over the Internet.

Concept[edit]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View was designed to be a game much along the same lines as Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream, and, by extension, Twinkle Star Sprites, where two players simultaneously engage in normal shmup-fashion gameplay but also must concentrate on attacking the other player.

Story[edit]

This game takes place in the mystical land of Gensokyo. Spring has arrived, but something is wrong. Flowers are blooming and the fairies are becoming active as usual, but the amount of flowers and fairies is unnatural; even non-spring flowers are blooming. Playing as one of 16 characters, you must battle your way through 9 stages to reach Muenzuka and uncover the truth behind the abnormal spring.

Music[edit]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View features 19 separate music tracks. However, a number of character-specific themes were simply brought over from other games. Youmu's theme Mystic Oriental Dream ~ Ancient Temple, Reisen's theme Lunatic Eyes ~ Invisible Full Moon, and the Prismriver sisters' theme Phantom Ensemble have all been lightly arranged for this game. In addition, Cirno's theme Lovestruck Tomboy and Mystia's theme Deaf to All but the Song have been rearranged into Adventure of the Lovestruck Tomboy and Deaf to All but the Song ~ Flower Mix, respectively, in order to fit the theme of the game better.

Wind God Girl, a song that was originally released in the Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red artbook, was included in this game in a shorter form, as ZUN considered the original to be too long for a game like this.

Higan Retour ~ Riverside View and White Flag of Usa Shrine were both rearranged for one of ZUN's CDs, Retrospective 53 minutes.

Press[edit]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View was originally announced on April 1, 2005. A trial was soon released at Reitaisai 2 that May, and the web version of the trial was released the month after that. The full game was released at Comiket 68, three days after the release of Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red.

An unofficial patch that improved netplay compatibility was released afterwards, and an English patch version, as well as a modified version of the netplay tool Adonis, was released at a later date.

Additional information[edit]

External Links[edit]

Official

Unofficial

ja:東方花映塚_〜_Phantasmagoria_of_Flower_View.