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Perfect Cherry Blossom

716 bytes added, 06:00, 11 November 2018
Adding in やうやう double meaning in a footnote, changes to the literal kanji translation pending by way of Discord Debate (TM)
| publisher1Cat = Team Shanghai Alice
| released = Trial+: December 30, 2002<br/>Trial: January 26, 2003<br/>Full: August 17, 2003
| convention =Comiket 64
| genre1 = Vertical Danmaku Shooting
| gameplay = Single-Player Story Mode
*SC-88Pro (if MIDI is selected)
*128MB RAM
{{nihongothtitle|Touhou |東方妖々夢 ~ Perfect Cherry BlossomYouyoumu|ruby=Mystical 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 '''Touhou Youyoumu ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom'youyou''contains a double meaning in reference to a line from a poem by [[wikipedia:Sei_Shōnagon|lit. Sei Shônagon]]-- "as the light gradually (''Eastern Ghostly Dreamyauyau'') 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]]''.
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. {{lang|ja|妖々}}, taken to mean "ghostlymystical", is possibly referring to the spirits overall theme of the Netherworldand its inhabitants, including [[Youmu Konpaku]] and [[Yuyuko Saigyouji]], the first of which contains the kanji {{lang|ja|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. Additionally, the word ''Ghastly'' is misspelled as ''Ghastry'' on the jewel case in what would be the Japanese pronunciation.
{{Main|/Story|l1=Story|/Translation|l2=Translation|/Characters|l2l3=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." <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.
''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' has 19 20 tracks in total, and is one of the largest soundtracks in the ''[[Touhou Project]]''. ZUN states in the Afterword afterword that he wanted to create music that was "intense, emotional, and a little exotic". Rather than adding an Oriental oriental spin to otherwise Westernwestern-sounding tunes, he instead started with an Oriental oriental feel as the base and tried to work in a Western western tone.
ZUN 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.
The characters in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' continue to be some of the most popular ones in the [[Touhou Project]]. Being the only stage in the series, the Phantasm stage makes inspiration to having difficult [[danmaku]] because of its uniqueness.
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]] says "masochistic maniacs actively enjoy dipping into", and that he described the game as "sort of resembles a firework display being sick", and as something "masochistic maniacs actively enjoy dipping into". ==English patches=={{thcrap|th07|}} * [[/English patch| Alternative English Static patch]]
==External links==
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