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過去作品紹介③

東方永夜抄
Imperishable Night.

Introduction of Previous Works 3

Imperishable Night

“今宵、狂いに狂いきった弾幕は、

そこのお嬢さんのトラウマになるよ”
満月の異変を敏感に察知した妖怪は、
人間を連れ出し、夜の幻想郷へと駆け出した。
あらゆる点で前作以上に充実した内容で
シリーズの評価を決定づけた名作。

"Tonight's insanity-filled danmaku will surely traumatize that young lady over there."

The youkai, sensitively aware of the full moon incident,
took some humans out and rushed through Gensokyo at night.
A masterpiece which determined the series's evaluation in all respects,
with more fulfilling content than the previous entry.

人間と妖怪が夜を止める――。 Humans and youkai have stopped the night――
「妖々夢」頒布からちょうど1年後の'05年夏、「永夜抄」の完成版が頒布された。この間、東方Projectにとって大きな変化がいくつも起こっていることは見逃せない。 In the summer of 2005, just one year after the distribution of Perfect Cherry Blossom, the full release of Imperishable Night was being handed out. It's hard to miss that many major changes had been made to the Touhou Project series during this time.
1つは、'04年1月に商業誌で連載開始の「東方香霖堂」。これを皮切りに'05年のマンガ「東方三月精」連載開始、書籍版「東方文花帖」の発売など、ゲームを超えたZUN氏の商業での活動が始まる。また、東方Projectの2次創作のみを扱う同人誌即売会「博麗神社例大祭」が'04年4月に開催された。初回は大田区産業プラザの大展示場の一部を借りての開催で、他のオンリー即売会と同時開催となるくらいの規模だったが、来場者数の多さに入れ替え制となった。そしてこの即売会で、黄昏フロンティアとの共同制作となる初めての作品「東方萃夢想」が発表される。前2作の反響が、どんどん大きなうねりとなってきたことの表れだ。 One of these changes is the release of Curiosities of Lotus Asia, which began serialization in a commercial magazine in January 2004. This would mark the beginning of ZUN's engagement with commercial materials beyond the games, with the both the serialization of Eastern and Little Nature Deity and the publication of Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red being in 2005. Also, a doujinshi convention known as "Reitaisai", which deals solely with the release of derivative works for Touhou Project, was held in April 2004. The first time, it was held by renting out a large part of an exhibition hall known as "Ota City Industrial Plaza PiO", and it was at a scale where it was held alongside other dedicated conventions running simultaneously. However, this system has since been changed due to there being such a large amount of visitors at the time. And with this convention came the announcement of Immaterial & Missing Power, which was the first entry to be produced in collaboration with Twilight Frontier. This was a sign that the influence brought by the previous two works had been gradually expanding.
システム面では更に弾幕の反復学習がしやすくなり、スペルカード単体のプラクティスモードが用意されるなどの充実が図られた。また、ゲームの深化以上に自機が2人チーム制になったことで世界観に深みが増し、受け手の中でキャラクターが膨らんだことで、ゲームをプレイしない層にもキャラの人気が拡がる大きな契機となった。 In terms of this game's system, the learning curve for new danmaku patterns had been lowered, and a practice mode dedicated to individual spellcards had been included as well. And beyond deepening the gameplay, the two-person team system established for the playable cast also expands upon the worldview and characters from the viewer's perspective, which served as an opportunity to spread the series to those who never played the games.
霊夢&紫

人間時自機:
霊夢
妖怪時自機:

Reimu & Yukari

Human Side:
Reimu

Youkai Side:
Yukari

魔理沙&アリス

人間時自機:
魔理沙
妖怪時自機:
アリス

Marisa & Alice

Human Side:
Marisa

Youkai Side:
Alice

咲夜&レミリア

人間時自機:
咲夜
妖怪時自機:
レミリア

Sakuya & Remilia

Human Side:
Sakuya

Youkai Side:
Remilia

妖夢&幽々子

人間時自機:
妖夢
妖怪時自機:
幽々子

Youmu & Yuyuko

Human Side:
Youmu

Youkai Side:
Yuyuko

Stage1

まずは肩慣らし。ショット・ボムともに通常速度だと人間、低速だと妖怪に切り替わることに慣れよう。あと本作は避弾時のボム入力受付時間も長いぞ。

Stage1
Let's start with warm-ups. To use both of the available shots and bombs, you must get used to swapping between the human character in unfocused mode and the youkai character in focused mode. Also, there's a long input window for bullet-clearing bombs.
リグル・ナイトバグ

蟲を操る程度の能力を持つ。虫の妖怪。

Wriggle Nightbug
An insect youkai with the ability to manipulate other insects.
通りすがり倒される、まさに飛んで火に入る夏の虫。 A simple passerby who got shot down, she is truly a summer bug flying into a fire.
Stage2

本作では、あまり下手なプレイを続けてなんとかクリア、という状態だと良いエンディングを見られない。序盤だからこそしっかりとクリアしていきたい。

Stage2
In this work, you will be unable to get the good ending if you clear the game with a poor performance. That's why you've got to learn to properly clear the game during the earlier stages.
ミスティア・ローレライ

歌で人を狂わす程度の能力を持つ。鳥目ではない。

Mystia Lorelei
Has the ability to drive people mad with her songs. The songs themselves aren't what cause night-blindness.
人を鳥目にするのもミスティアの能力のひとつ。 Rather, the night-blindness is one of Mystia's own abilities.
Stage3

人里を守ろうとする慧音との戦い。どうみても主人公側が悪役である。ボスのスペルカードもそろそろ歯ごたえが出てくるので用心しながら進もう。

Stage3
Here, you battle against Keine, who's been trying to protect the Human Village. No matter how you look at it, the main character is the villain in this stage. The boss spellcards will get tougher from this point onward, so be careful.
上白沢慧音

歴史を食べる(倒す)程度の能力と、歴史を創る程度の能力を持つ、半獣半人。

Keine Kamishirasawa
A therianthrope with the ability to eat (destroy) and create history.
人間に友好的な慧音。里で寺子屋の先生をしている。 She's friendly to humans, and works as an elementary school teacher in the Human Village.
Stage4

竹林を通り抜けようとすると、ようやく異変に感づいたかに見える人間と出くわすことに。自機に誰を選んだかでボスが変わる、盛り上がり必須のステージだ。

Stage4
While flying through the Bamboo Forest, the two finally came across a human who had also noticed the incident. An excitingly climatic stage where the boss you fight depends on the team you play as.
魔理沙&アリス組、咲夜&レミリア組は紅いのと。 The Marisa and Alice team, and the Sakuya and Remilia team fight the Red One.
霊夢&紫組、妖夢&幽々子組は黒いのと戦うことに。 The Reimu and Yukari team, and the Youmu and Yuyuko team fight the Black One.
Stage5

竹林の奥にはぽつんと一軒の家屋があった。人の立ち入らない迷いの竹林の奥に暮らす“誰か”に怪しさを感じて中に入ると、どうも平衡感覚がおかしくなるような気がする。そして出てきたのは……妖怪兎と、兎的な妖怪だった。
本番ともいえる激しさは4面から既に始まっているが、5面も当然厳しいのでしっかり乗り切りたい。特に中ボス・てゐの通常弾幕は、慣れないうちは我慢せずにボムを撃った方が無難。一度ストーリーをクリアし、再度挑むと5面クリア時に選択肢が現れるぞ。

Stage5
There was an isolated house in the midst of the Bamboo Forest. The two went inside, having concerns of there being "someone" living within depths of the Bamboo Forest of the Lost, which was otherwise inaccessible to humans. However, their sense of balance began to feel strange as they did so. And what had emerged from within this house was...a youkai rabbit and a youkai-like rabbit.

One might argue that the game, and the true performance, started at Stage 4, but Stage 5 has its own share of challenges, so you'll want to be careful here as well. This is particularly true for Tewi's nonspells; For those without the endurance to bear them, it'd be safer to use some bombs until you're able to overcome them. If you play this stage again after clearing the game once, you'll be given a choice once you clear it.

鈴仙・優曇華院・イナバ

狂気を操る程度の能力の持ち主。元は月の兎。

Reisen Udongein Inaba
A former moon rabbit with the ability to manipulate insanity.
難易度Normalでも、道中の弾の量はかなりのもの、てゐの通常弾はけっこうイヤらしい。ボムるのが無難。 Even when playing on Normal difficulty, there is a considerable amount of bullets during the stage section, and Tewi's nonspells seem to be quite unpleasant, so bombing is the safer option here.
鈴仙のほうが素直な弾筋をしている……気がする。 Reisen, on the other hand, has more straightforward bullet patterns...or so it would seem.
弾が消えているときは当たり判定は無いぞ。 Once she makes her bullets disappear, their collision detection disappears with them.
Stage6-A

いつものボスステージ。初回だけはどうやっても永琳と戦うことになる。身動きのとりづらい弾幕が特徴的だが、逆に言えば動きすぎなければ良い。

Stage6-A
The boss stage goes on as usual. For first-time playthroughs, you'll fight Eirin regardless of your performance. This stage is characterized by bullet patterns that become difficult if you move around too much, but on the other hand, it becomes easier to dodge them if you keep movement to a minimum.
八意永琳

あらゆる薬を作る程度の能力の持ち主。輝夜の教育係。

Eirin Yagokoro
Kaguya's educator, who has the ability to make all kinds of medicine.
本気を出せば輝夜よりも強いらしいが……? Could she be stronger than Kaguya if she chose to get serious....?
Stage6-B

一度永琳を倒し、2回目以降の挑戦でようやく挑める輝夜。1~5面までのプレイが微妙だと、勝ったとしても残念なエンディングになるので注意だ。

Stage6-B
Once you finally defeat Eirin, you'll be able to challenge Kaguya in the second round. If you don't play well through the first five stages, you'll end up with a disappointing ending even if you win this battle, so be careful.
蓬莱山輝夜

永遠と須臾を操る程度の能力を持つ。不死人。

Kaguya Houraisan
An immortal with the ability to manipulate eternity and the instantaneous.
屋敷・永遠亭からほとんど出ないで暮らしていた輝夜。 Kaguya had been living within her residence, Eientei, almost entirely without leaving.
EXStage

満月の夜の異変が終わり、また次の満月の夜が来た。「肝試しをしないか」と持ちかけてくる輝夜。何かある、そう思いながらも、それぞれパートナーとともに夜の竹林を訪れる事になる。そこには、輝夜以外のもう一人の「不死人」が待ち受けていたのだった……。
再び迷いの竹林を舞台にした高速ステージ。満月にアテられた妖精たちの激しい攻撃を潜り抜け、ボスまでたどり着こう。道中でしっかりアイテムを取っていけば、残機もかなり増えている筈。何度も繰り返してしっかりパターンを覚えたいところ。

EXStage
The incident on the night of the full moon had ended, and by the next night, the true full moon had shown its face.
"How about a test of courage?", Kaguya asked.

Something was certainly going on, but nevertheless, each of them had visited the Bamboo Forest each night alongside their partners. There was another immortal besides Kaguya waiting for them within the forest. A high-speed stage once again set in the Bamboo Forest. On this full moon, you must overcome the fierce attacks of the fairies and reach the boss. If you gather enough items along the way, the amount of lives on hand should have increased significantly. You'll want to continuously replay the stage in order to fully memorize each of the patterns.

藤原妹紅

老いる事も死ぬ事も無い程度の能力の持ち主。不死人。

Fujiwara no Mokou
An immortal with the ability to never age or die.
3面のボス、慧音の本気モード。今回は獣人側だ。 Keine has made her return since Stage 3, and she's gotten serious. This time, she appears in her beast form.
どこかで聞いた感じのスペルカードが多いぞ。 You hear that there are plenty more spellcards somewhere else...
ラストの弾幕は圧巻の弾の量。練習あるのみだ。 The Last Word spellcards have the most astonishing amount of bullets in the game. Practice makes perfect!