Lotus Eaters

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東方酔蝶華 (とうほうすいちょうか)
ロータスイーター達の酔醒 (たちのすいせい)
Touhou Suichouka -Promo.jpg
Publisher

Kadokawa Shoten /
Comp Ace

Released

November 2019

Writers

ZUN

Illustrators

Mizutaki

Chapters

23

Touhou Suichouka - Rootasuiitaa-tachi no Suisei (東方酔蝶華 ~ ロータスイーター達の酔醒, Lit: "Touhou: Drunken Butterfly Flower - Sobering of Lotus-Eaters"), officially translated to English as The Lotus Eaters, Drunk and Sober, is an official Touhou manga series written by ZUN and illustrated by Mizutaki. It is serialized monthly in the Comp Ace magazine since November 2019, with 21 released chapters so far. It's also released for free with a month of delay on Kadokawa's ComicWalker, Nico Nico Seiga and Touhou Garakuta. An official English translation started publishing in July 2021 by Kadokawa.

Plot[edit]

In the Human Village lies the bar Geidontei, where the zashiki-warashi Miyoi Okunoda works as a poster girl and waitress. The series revolves around her and the various mysteries and incidents surrounding her. After hours there is a small youkai-only get-together called the Sanshoku Geidontei (蚕喰鯢呑亭) with Suika Ibuki, Aya Shameimaru and Mamizou Futatsuiwa.

Concept[edit]

Mizutaki have been creating Touhou doujinshi for many years before Lotus Eaters, with his work featured in Strange Creators of Outer World and Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia.

Name[edit]

Suichouka (酔蝶華) is spelled with characters meaning "drunk", "butterfly" and "flower", respectively. An antonym of the series' title Suichoka (風蝶草), which are flowers in the Cleome genus, also named Cleome Spider flower. Suisei (酔醒) contains the character for but drunk and sober, and means the instant sobering after getting drunk. Lotus-Eaters refers to the race of the same in Greek mythology, who mainly fed on intoxicating lotus plants and displayed apathetic behaviour. It's also an expression in English meaning roughly "daydreamer".

Press[edit]

The series was first revealed in the November 2019 issue of Comp Ace, released in in September 2019. The series would start serialization two months later in the January 2020 issue of the magazine.

In August 2020 they announced the release of the first volume, which would compile the first seven chapters of the series. [1] After its first release weak it was 93rd in the top 100 most bought books on Amazon. [2] The second volume was released in April 2021.

At the Crunchyroll Expo in 2021 Kadokawa announced that they would start publishing an official translation of the series, as part of their "Simulpub" initiative. [3] The official translations are distributed near simultaniously with the original Japanese version.

Characters[edit]

The list of characters is sorted by the order of appearance.

Character introductions
Character Image
The Forest of Magic's Moonshine (魔法の森の密造酒)
Marisa Kirisame
Chapter 1
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Guardian of the Sacred Sake (御神酒の守護者)
Reimu Hakurei
Chapter 1
LE Reimu.jpg
Shuten-Douji of the Gourd Pillow (瓢箪枕の酒呑童子)
Suika Ibuki
Chapter 1
LE Suika.jpg
The Poster Girl of Geidontei, The Fantasy Pub (夢幻酒場『鯢呑亭』の看板娘)
Miyoi Okunoda
Chapter 1
LE Miyoi.jpg
The Scarlet Devil Mansion's Kitchen Drinker (紅魔館のキッチンドリンカー)
Sakuya Izayoi
Chapter 1
LE Sakuya.jpg
Life & Death, Half & Half (生と死のハーフ&ハーフ)
Youmu Konpaku
Chapter 4
LE Youmu.jpg
The Bakedanuki's Deceitful Bottle (化け狸の誑かす酒徳利)
Mamizou Futatsuiwa
Chapter 6
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The Cocktail Party Where the Walls Have Ears (壁に耳ありカクテルパーティ)
Aya Shameimaru
Chapter 8
LE Aya.jpg
Death in the Afternoon (死神・イン・ジ・アフタヌーン)
Komachi Onodzuka
Chapter 11
LE Komachi.jpg
Mountain and Lake and Naturally Fermented Sake (山と湖と山廃仕込み)
Kanako Yasaka
Chapter 13
LE Kanako.jpg
No Additive Sake of the Wind and Miracles (風と奇跡の純米酒)
Sanae Kochiya
Chapter 13
LE Sanae.jpg
The Buddhist Priest Abstaining From Drink (不飲酒戒の僧侶)
Byakuren Hijiri
Chapter 16
LE Byakuren.jpg
Complete list

Speaking role
Cameo

Character Chapters
Ch.1 Ch.2 Ch.3 Ch.4 Ch.5 Ch.6 Ch.7 Ch.8 Ch.9 Ch.10 Ch.11 Ch.12 Ch.13 Ch.14 Ch.15 Ch.16 Ch.17 Ch.18 Ch.19 Ch.20 Ch.21
Miyoi Okunoda
Reimu Hakurei
Marisa Kirisame
Suika Ibuki
Sakuya Izayoi
Geidontei owner
Geidontei bearded regular
Geidontei bearded regular
Youmu Konpaku
Mamizou Futatsuiwa
Komachi Onoduka
Aya Shameimaru
Kanako Yasaka
Sanae Kochiya
Byakuren Hijiri
Yukari Yakumo
Aunn Komano
Yuyuko Saigyouji
Cirno
Remilia Scarlet
Alice Margatroid
Star Sapphire
Luna Child
Sunny Milk
Suspected Geidontei visitor
Minoriko Aki
Shizuha Aki
Momiji Inubashiri
Group of white wolf tengu
Daiyousei
Nitori Kawashiro
Unnamed kappa group
Unnamed fairies
Minamitsu Murasa
Ichirin Kumoi
Kyouko Kasodani
Nazrin
Shou Toramaru
Unzan

Chapters[edit]

Chapter title Initial release date Volume release
第1話 酒飲みは宵越しの記憶を持たない ≪前編≫
Chapter 1: A Drunken Evening Leaves No Memories (Part 1)
November 26, 2019 Volume 1
August 26, 2020
第2話 酒飲みは宵越しの記憶を持たない ≪中編≫
Chapter 2: A Drunken Evening Leaves No Memories (Part 2)
December 26, 2019
第3話 酒飲みは宵越しの記憶を持たない ≪後編≫
Chapter 3: A Drunken Evening Leaves No Memories (Part 3)
January 24, 2020
第4話 驕れる者は赤毛の猿をも掴む ≪前編≫
Chapter 4: The Haughty Grab Even the Red Ape (Part 1)
February 26, 2020
第5話 驕れる者は赤毛の猿をも掴む ≪後編≫
Chapter 5: The Haughty Grab Even the Red Ape (Part 2)
March 26, 2020
第6話 酒のないところに妖怪立たず ≪前編≫
Chapter 6: No Youkai Stands in a Place Without Sake (Part 1)
April 25, 2020
第7話 酒のないところに妖怪立たず ≪後編≫
Chapter 7: No Youkai Stands in a Place Without Sake (Part 2)
May 25, 2020
第8話 徳利に口あり鍋に耳あり ≪前編≫
Chapter 8: Bottles Have Mouths, Pots Have Ears (Part 1)
June 25, 2020 Volume 2
April 26, 2021
第9話 徳利に口あり鍋に耳あり ≪中編≫
Chapter 9: Bottles Have Mouths, Pots Have Ears (Part 2)
July 26, 2020
第10話 徳利に口あり鍋に耳あり ≪後編≫
Chapter 10: Bottles Have Mouths, Pots Have Ears (Part 3)
August 26, 2020
第11話 罪を憎んで客を憎まず ≪前編≫
Chapter 11: Love the Customer, Hate the Sin (Part 1)
September 26, 2020
第12話 罪を憎んで客を憎まず ≪後編≫
Chapter 12: Love the Customer, Hate the Sin (Part 2)
October 26, 2020
第13話 酒は鬼の美禄 ≪前編≫
Chapter 13: Sake is an Oni's Wages (Part 1)
November 26, 2020
第14話 酒は鬼の美禄 ≪中編≫
Chapter 14: Sake is an Oni's Wages (Part 2)
January 26, 2021
第15話 酒は鬼の美禄 ≪後編≫
Chapter 15: Sake is an Oni's Wages (Part 3)
February 26, 2021
第16話 葷酒山門に入るを許さず ≪前編≫
Chapter 16: Alcohol is Forbidden in the Temple (Part 1)
March 26, 2021 Volume 3
October 26, 2021
第17話 葷酒山門に入るを許さず ≪後編≫
Chapter 17: Alcohol is Forbidden in the Temple (Part 2)
April 26, 2021
第18話 酔い醒めの水は甘露の味 ≪前編≫
Chapter 18: Water With a Hangover is as Sweet as Nectar (Part 1)
May 26, 2021
第19話 酔い醒めの水は甘露の味 ≪後編≫
Chapter 19: Water With a Hangover is as Sweet as Nectar (Part 2)
June 26, 2021
第20話 瓶の中の蛙 ≪前編≫
Chapter 20: Frog in a Bottle (Part 1)
July 26, 2021
第21話 瓶の中の蛙 ≪中編≫
Chapter 21: Frog in a Bottle (Part 2)
August 26, 2021
第22話 瓶の中の蛙 ≪後編≫
Chapter 22: Frog in a Bottle (Part 3)
September 26, 2021
第23話 有為転変は妖怪の習い ≪前編≫
Chapter 23: Change is the Way of Youkai (Part 1)
October 26, 2021

Trivia[edit]

  • Mamizou's introduction box was empty in the initial release of Chapter 6. This was later fixed in the compiled Volume 1.

Read online[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "「東方」3作品「酔蝶華」「反則探偵さとり」「死神はきょうも舟を漕ぐ」が発売" [Start release of three Touhou Project titles: "Suichouka", "Hansoku tantei satori", and "Shinigami wa kyou mo fune wo kogu"]. ナタリー (in 日本語). コミック. 2020-08-26. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  2. "「アマゾンで売れたコミック」トップ100冊…3位「進撃の巨人」、2位「鬼滅の刃」気になる1位は?【8月最終週】" ["Amazon's Most Sold Comics" Top 100, 3: "Shingeki no Kyojin", 2: Kimetsu no Yaiba", and the most favourite?]. animeanime.jp (in 日本語). 2021-09-03. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  3. "Kadokawa Announces "Simulpub" of English Manga". CBR. 2021-08-07. Retrieved 2021-08-31.