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This article lists references to the Touhou Project outside the Touhou universe. For the purpose of this page, something is only classified as a reference if the work in question otherwise has no relation to Touhou (i.e. it is not primarily about Touhou or its characters). References to both canon material and fandom memes (such as yukkuris) are included, whether official (i.e. sponsored by ZUN) or unofficial, and may appear in any medium - videogames, manga, anime, music, etc.

Do not include any media created by Amusement Makers or otherwise directly connected to the Touhou Project, such as the Seihou Project. People cosplaying as Touhou characters in real life should also not be included, as they are too numerous to list here.

Reference List

References (A-Z) Image

Genre: Website Origin: Japan

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Genre: TV program Origin: Franco-German

A report about the Touhou Project, with a few interviews.

A Super Mario Thing

Genre: Super Mario World romhack

Ayakashi: Ghost Guild

Original Language Name: あやかし陰陽録 Genre: Video game Origin: Sino-Japanese

The character "Red Eye" is similar in appearance, background and abilities to Reisen Udongein Inaba.

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Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe

Genre: TV programme Origin: United Kingdom

Special one-off show

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Genre: News Origin: United States

Viral News Report

  • They reviewed the shadow art video Bad Apple, but the reporter incorrectly states that a stop-motion video—that was also shown—was how the CG shadow art video was created. They also didn't state that it's Touhou-related.[1][2][3]
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Daily Life With a Monster Girl

Original Language Name: モンスター娘のいる日常 Genre: Manga Origin: Japan

Chapter 18

Chapter 25

  • After being brought in by the protagonists, a Dullahan named Lala eats food cooked by Miia and is knocked out, her head displays the original Yukkuri face while her soul escapes her mouth proclaiming "Take it easy in the afterlife!".
Ef-A Tale of Memories

Genre: Anime Origin: Japan

Episode 1

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Genre: Browser game Origin: United Kingdom


  • "Bullet Hell" is a fire-based move that inflicts full damage to one enemy and 1/3 damage to every other enemy. Then, Lance dishes out the one liner that confirms this reference.
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Genre: Sports Origin: United States

Sports journalism

  • In a segment criticizing the controversial and poorly-received boxing match between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, Keith Olbermann used a graphic with a drunk Suika Ibuki trying to operate a TV camera and the phrase "Footage is preparing. Please wait warmly!" [4], to mock the fight's technical difficulties. The image was originally drawn by DeviantArt user Daemoniken titled "Touhou Technical Difficulties", and was based on a similar "technical difficulties" graphic from The Simpsons.
Magic Pengel and Graffiti Kingdom

Original Language Name: ガラクタ名作劇場 ラクガキ王国、ラクガキ王国2 魔王城の戦い Genre: Video game Origin: Japan

Reimu Hakurei has a cameo appearance in Magic Pengel as a hidden boss, and a playable character in Graffiti Kingdom called "Flying Maiden" (ハクレイのミコ Hakurei no miko, lit. "Hakurei's shrine maiden). Also the debut of Reimu's famous Fantasy Seal was actually made in Magic Pengel. These are semi-official references since ZUN was involved in these games.

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Gakuen Game Neptune: Katsudou Diary

Genre: Manga (spinoff of the Hyperdimension Neptunia video game series) Origin: Japan

Chapter 1

  • While the cast are trying to come up with ideas for a video game, Neptune makes a number of unoriginal suggestions, including a Touhou clone.
Acadimension Neptunia.png

Original Language Name: ヒャッコ Genre: Manga Origin: Japan

Chapter 41 and Chapter 42

  • Throughout these chapters, there are a number of cosplayers who appear in the background. Many of them are dressed as Touhou characters.[5][6]
Hyper Princess Pitch

Genre: Video game Origin: Sweden

At the midway throughout stage 4 the player meets a miniboss named Frilly Hat Elf that floats around and shoots bullets at the player. Although there is no information about the character in the manual or in the credits, the creator of this game Daniel Remar has confirmed it in an email response[7].

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K-1 World MAX 2010 –70 kg World Championship Tournament Final

Genre: K-1 tournament final Origin: Japan

K-1 fighter Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima (長島☆自演乙☆雄一郎) has cosplayed in his matches as Reimu Hakurei, Eirin Yagokoro and Marisa Kirisame, with other Touhou cosplayers taking part in his introductions. He has also used the songs "Tsurupettan", "Help me, ERINNNNNN!!" and "Marisa Stole the Precious Thing" as entrance music.[8]

Last Scenario

Genre: Video game Origin: Netherlands

In a random town, there's a maid named Sakuya cleaning up an inn and a witch called Marisa selling spell cards.

League of Legends

Genre: Video game Origin: United States


  • Lux—the Lady of Luminosity—makes multiple references to Marisa Kirisame, detailed on the "fandom" page dedicated to Marisa.


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Little King's Story

Original Language Name: 王様物語 Genre: Video game Origin: Japan

Talk to anyone

Lord of Vermilion

Original Language Name: LORD of VERMILION Genre: Video game, arcade dual card game Origin: Japan

Reimu Hakurei and Yuyuko Saigyouji make an appearance in the game, with their cards' flavor text provided by ZUN.[9]

Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai!

Original Language Name: 真剣で私に恋しなさい! Genre: Anime Origin: Japan

Third Episode, Ninth Episode

  • During the third episode, starting at 10:37, Yamato Naoe is shown playing a Touhou-like game (complete with bullets, patterns, and spell cards).
  • During the ninth episode, starting at around 6:27, Yamato Naoe is again shown playing a Touhou-like game but on a hand-held game system.
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My Strange Addiction

Genre: Documentary Origin: United States

Episode I'm a Living Doll

  • (at 6:14) A fanart of Cirno was shown as an example of "anime" when Emily in the episode talks about her common interests.
Natsu no Arashi!

Original Language Name: 夏のあらし! Genre: Anime Origin: Japan

First Episode

Nendoroid Generation

Original Language Name: ねんどろいど じぇねれ~しょん Genre: PSP game Origin: Japan

Nendoroid Generation Reference.jpg
Pani Poni Dash!

Original Language Name: ぱにぽにだっしゅ Genre: Anime Origin: Japan


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Path of Exile

Genre: Video game Origin: New Zealand

Unique items

  • The item Infernal Mantle, which enhances fire damage and allows some of it to pierce defences, is designed to resemble Utsuho Reiuji's shirt and eye, while its name is a reference to her stage theme "Hellfire Mantle". Its description reads "Despair hums, softly, deadly, in the bones of my enemies. Eyes will burn, and souls will wither, as they bask in my radiance."
  • The item Mokou's Embrace, which provides bonuses when under the ignited status condition references Fujiwara no Mokou by name. In addition its description reads "Fire makes the perfect blossom in the endless night," referencing the titles of both Perfect Cherry Blossom and Imperishable Night.
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Ragnarok Online

Genre: Video game Origin: South Korea


Scott Pilgrim

Genre: Comic Origin: Canada

Vol 6

  • (Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour) On the Arcade Machine, the Kanji for Touhou (東方) can be seen. (The adjacent arcade machine sports the title of Fist of the North Star, or 北斗の拳.)
Scott Pilgrim Touhou Reference.png
Shinozaki-san Ki wo Ota Shika ni!

Original Language Name: 篠崎さん気をオタしかに! Genre: Manga Origin: Japan

Chapter 15

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

  • While the protagonists are on an "otaku pilgrimage" to Washinomiya Shrine, Hibari and Ayu are mentioned to be instead visiting the Suwa Grand Shrine, "the holy land of Hong Kong Project". Kaede also expresses surprise that real-life miko don't expose their armpits.

Chapter 35

  • One of the abilities Amy ascribes to Japanese maids is stopping time; Sakuya Izayoi is among the fictional maids shown in the background during her speech.
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Genre: Arcade game Origin: Japan

Space Station 13

Genre: Video game Origin: Open Source


  • Some versions of the game have a witch costume identical to Marisa Kirisame's, hat and broom included.
This is the Only Level 3

Genre: Browser game Origin: United States

  • Stage 15 is called "The Touhou Project."

Original Language Name: うみねこのなく頃に Genre: Video game / Anime / Manga Origin: Japan

Episode 2 of the visual novel / Episode 6 of the anime at 17:21 / Chapter 7 pages 16-23 of Umineko Episode 2 manga

  • Jessica, one of the protagonists, cosplays as Marisa Kirisame and sings Tsurupettan (a Touhou song that itself makes reference to the author's previous work, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni). Jessica herself, a young blonde girl using DAZE way of speaking, is inspired by Marisa.
    • The anime changes the song, but adds in background characters dressed as Reimu Hakurei on electric piano, Alice Margatroid on Drums, Sakuya Izayoi on Bass and Aya Shameimaru on Guitar.
    • This scene is made into an attack in the fighting game spin-off Ougon Musou Kyoku, where it allows Jessica to fire Marisa's signature Master Spark.
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Umineko Chiru

Original Language Name: うみねこのなく頃に散 Genre: Video game Origin: Japan

Episode 7 of the visual novel

  • Gaap, one the great demons, has the ability the create portals connecting two places which allow to transport humans and items. She was named by Lady Maria exactly for her ability to create "gaps" (すきま sukima).
  • Once upon a time Gaap discuses with young Beatrice the mystery novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. She wonders how culprit, the U.N.Owen, can commit murders without being noticed and if he/she is a witch. There Gaap makes a reference to Flandre Scarlet.
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World of Warcraft

Genre: Video game Origin: United States


  • A quest called "A Tiny Clever Commander" involves killing "Commander Nazrim," which is a reference to Nazrin and her music theme "A Tiny, Tiny, Clever Commander."[11]


  • Curtainfire family is a reference to various Touhou characters:
    • Marcy Curtainfire: Marisa Kirisame
    • Remma Curtainfire: Reimu Hakurei
    • Rinno Curtainfire: Rinnosuke Morichika
    • Sana Curtainfire: Sanae Kochiya[12]
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Genre: Video codec

Video codec tune option

  • There's hidden "tune" value in x264 video codec (free implementation of H.264) that changes codec's settings in the way that gives better quality if used for encoding replays from the Touhou Project games (or danmaku in general)[13].

(If you think you found a reference to Touhou, please add in alphabetical order by using this template.)

See Also


  1. CNN. "CNN on Bad Apple!!". CNN. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXRsnT2_mVI. 
  2. Alstroemeria Records (27 October 2009). "東方】Bad Apple!! PV【影絵】". あにら. http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8628149. 
  3. >"コマ撮り実験アニメ「6566/6566」【Bad Apple!! PV【影絵】アレンジ】". shige-ruuu. 28 October, 2010. http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm9519847. 
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIq9f3kW1cA&t=3man
  5. http://www.mangafox.com/manga/hyakko/v07/c041/1.html
  6. http://mangafox.me/manga/hyakko/v07/c042/1.html
  7. Talk:References to Touhou
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYS-MCYbIlY
  9. http://www.lordofv.com/collaboration/touhou.html
  10. http://nengene.channel.or.jp/
  11. http://www.wowhead.com/quest=26843
  12. http://www.wowhead.com/npc=49402/sana-curtainfire#comments
  13. http://git.videolan.org/?p=x264.git;a=blob;f=common/common.c;hb=bb9216dc319a39eb6f2a5508a98e36d6492ffa7e#l375