Remains of Blazing Hell
Remains of Blazing Hell
Hell of Blazing Fires, Remains of Hell
The Blazing Fires in Subterranean Animism
The Remains of Blazing Hell (灼熱地獄跡 Shakunetsu Jigoku Ato), also known as the Hell of Blazing Fires (灼熱地獄 Shakunetsu Jigoku) and Remains of Hell (地獄跡地 Jigoku Atochi, lit. "Abandoned Site of Hell"), is thought to be in the deepest part of the Underworld, located below Former Hell and the Palace of the Earth Spirits.
The Remains of Blazing Hell was formerly a part of Former Hell where criminals were banished, it has recently been re-ignited because of the activation of the Nuclear Furnace directly below by Utsuho Reiuji. Rin Kaenbyou can be found here, carting corpses into the Furnace to keep it running. The place is very hot because it has a lot of magma, and it is invested with vengeful spirits. Since people stopped being condemned to the hellfires, the oni don't visit any more either, so this place has become the playground to such spirits and animals. It's said that if you die here, your corpse will be trapped here and you'll turn into a vengeful spirit, where you cannot make it to Heaven regardless of your innocence.
Before the events of Subterranean Animism, the Blazing Fires were apparently not as hot as it is now, because when Hell moved to a new location that in itself created Former Hell, the Blazing Fires started to cool down, thus becoming dark, and Satori Komeiji sealed it off with the Palace of the Earth Spirits. Thus, this became space for Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya to start a Mountain Industrial Revolution project, and Utsuho burned it up again after she swallowed the god Yatagarasu.
Blazing Fires' Appearances
- Subterranean Animism
The Remains of Blazing Hell was the source to the events of Subterranean Animism, causing the geysers and the vengeful spirits to roam above ground. It was the setting Stage 5 and first half of the Final Stage. After Reimu Hakurei or Marisa Kirisame defeated Satori Komeiji at the Palace of the Earth Spirits on Stage 2, they'll travel through The Blazing Fires, where they'll be attacked by a lot of vengeful spirits. They'll once again face Rin Kaenbyou in her cat here as a midboss, and after some roaming, Rin will re-appear and convert into human form. She will attempt to try and catch your the heroine's corpse with her zombie fairies, but fails. After she was defeated, she'll point the heroine towards the deepest part of the Blazing Fires. On Stage 6, the heroine will be flying over magma literally, where they'll be attacked by ravens and more vengeful spirits, and Rin will attack once more. The heroine will then fly upwards into the Nuclear Furnace and meet the Final Boss, Utsuho Reiuji.
- Double Spoiler
The Blazing Fires appears in Double Spoiler on stage 8, where Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou encounters Rin Kaenbyou and Utsuho Reiuji to try and take photos of their danmaku. Rin will appear in her cat form on scenes 1 and 7, and she'll also introduce zombie fairies on scenes 3 and 8. The previous stage is in Makai, whilst the next stage is at Palace of the Earth Spirits. There are 8 scenes total on this stage.
The Blazing Fires in stage 5 of Subterranean Animism
First occurrence of vengeful spirits (phantoms) as enemies, as seen in Subterranean Animism
The Blazing Fires as seen in Touhou Gouyoku Ibun
The Blazing Fires as seen in Touhou Gouyoku Ibun (Flooded)
- In the music comments of Subterranean Animism, ZUN refers to Reimu Hakurei flying over "lava", however the correct term for molten rock underground would be "magma".