Subterranean Animism

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東方地霊殿 (とうほうちれいでん)
Subterranean Animism
Subterranean Animism

Team Shanghai Alice


Team Shanghai Alice


Trial 0.01a: May 25, 2008
Trial 0.02a: June 29, 2008
Trial 0.02b: July 20, 2008
Full: August 16, 2008


Vertical Danmaku Shooting Game


Single-Player Story Mode


Windows 2000/XP

  • Pentium 1GHz
  • 397MB hard disk
  • Direct3D
  • DirectX 9
  • 32MB VRAM
  • DirectSound
  • 128MB RAM

東方地霊殿 ~ Subterranean Animism (Touhou Chireiden, "Eastern Palace of the Earth Spirits"), known as SA in English speaking community, is the eleventh official game in the Touhou series. The trial version was released at Reitaisai 5, and the full version debuted at Comiket 74.


Subterranean Animism features two playable characters (Reimu and Marisa), each with three weapon types representing a youkai assisting them from above ground. Collecting power items adds up to four "option" satellites around the character (or eight for the Marisa/Alice combination), which behave differently according to the character and weapon type. Power can be used to unleash a bomb, each with different behaviors, and some cause special gameplay effects to occur.

The scoring system is based on grazing, coupled with the collection of items dropped by enemies. As such, the player is urged to actively graze at every possible opportunity in order to increase the point item value. Grazing large amounts of bullets in little time is rewarded by the temporary effect of autocollecting all the freefalling items at their maximum value (identical to the point of collection effect, but without regard to the character's location on the screen), letting the player concentrate on avoiding bullets.


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ZUN has stated that the entire story was a result of his decision to use a partner system in this game, just like Imperishable Night. The partners for Reimu and Marisa both shows up again as the first choice.

Different from other games is that you can still get good endings when you finish the game on easy mode. Though, the extra stage only gets enabled after did a 1cc on normal mode.


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Suddenly a geyser erupted out of nowhere, which Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame took advantage of, even though a higher amount of earth spirits showed up. But others got worried, and wanted them to go down into the Underworld, with a device Yukari Yakumo made a device so they could stay even underground.

After passing the tsuchigumo Yamame Kurodani and the jealous bridge princess Parse Mizuhashi they heroine reaches to Former Capital. A place where now the oni live. Yuugi Hoshiguma challenges the heroine on a friendly battle, and then says the heroine should go to the Palace of the Earth Spirits. Here, Satori Komeiji is met. She is the owner of both Rin Kaenbyou (Orin) and Utsuho Reiuji (Okuu). Rin was the one who wanted the heroine to come down, to stop her friend as she became to powerful, and she eventually was stopped by the heroine.

But out of nowhere the sister of Satori, Koishi Komeiji wanted to go outside and went to the Moriya Shrine. The coincidence, the heroine also is visiting that place to talk with Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya. But instead, they fought because Koishi wanted to see if the person who defeated her sister was really that strong.


Just like the previous games, Subterranean Animism had 18 tracks, but only 17 can be heard in the music room. The 18th track, "Player's Score" (プレイヤーズスコア), is copied over from Mountain of Faith.

The title screen is just like any other title screen, an arrange of "Theme of Eastern Country" (テーマ・オブ・イースタンストーリー) from Akyu's Untouched Score vol.5 (幺樂団の歴史5). A recurring theme in the earlier stages of the game is that it is "cave-like", with lots of echo's.

Only Utsuho's theme, "Solar Sect of Mystic Wisdom ~ Nuclear Fusion" (霊知の太陽信仰 ~ Nuclear Fusion), had an arrangement in Touhou Hisoutensoku by U2 Akiyama.

Additional Information[edit]


  • While you're playing, if you look at the right side, you can see Reimu written in yellow and Marisa in green.
  • Most of the characters that the protagonist meets think she is talking to herself at first, because the protagonist's partner is not visible.

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