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Perfect Cherry Blossom

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Adding in やうやう double meaning in a footnote, changes to the literal kanji translation pending by way of Discord Debate (TM)
{{Infobox Game
| type = official game
| title titleN = {{ruby-ja|東方妖々夢|とうほうようようむ}}<br/>''| titleEn = Perfect Cherry Blossom''
| image = [[File:th07cover.jpg|256px|Perfect Cherry Blossom]]
| developer1 = [[Team Shanghai Alice]]
| publisher1Cat = Team Shanghai Alice
| released = Trial+: December 30, 2002<br/>Trial: January 26, 2003<br/>Full: August 17, 2003
| convention =Comiket 64
| genre1 = Vertical Danmaku Shooting
| gameplay = Single-Player Story Mode
*16MB VRAM
*DirectSound
*SC-88Pro (if MIDI is selected)
*128MB RAM
}}
{{nihongothtitle|Touhou |東方妖々夢 ~ Perfect Cherry BlossomYouyoumu|ruby=Mystical Dream<ref>Literally 妖 (spiritual, supernatural, ghostly, etc.), 々 (marker for repeating the previous kanji) 夢 (dream). As ZUN mentions in the [[Perfect_Cherry_Blossom/Story/Demo_Afterword|demo afterword]], the pronunciation '''Touhou Youyoumu ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom'youyou''contains a double meaning in reference to a line from a poem by [[wikipedia:Sei_Shōnagon|lit. Sei Shônagon]]-- "as the light gradually (''Eastern Ghostly Dreamyauyau'') creeps over the hills"-- so the title can also be taken to mean "gradually-moving dream".</ref>| ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom|jp=東方妖々夢 ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom}} is a vertical-scrolling shooter, and is the seventh official game in the ''[[TouhouProject]] series''.
==Gameplay==
{{Main| /Gameplay|l1=Gameplay| /Strategy|l2=Strategy| /Spell Cards|l3=Spell Cards}}
''Perfect Cherry Blossom '' features three playable characters to choose from with , and each character has two different [[Spell Card]] types eachsets of skills. [[Reimu Hakurei]] can weave through the smallest gaps with ease, and her attacks deal low to decent damage, depending on which type you useis relatively balanced in all areas. [[Marisa Kirisame]] relies on her speed moves faster, and power to compensate for her thin attack area, but wields a considerable amount of poweruses more powerful attacks with less range. [[Sakuya Izayoi]] has wider moves slower, and more versatile uses weaker attacks than Reimu, but that can be hard to controlhit just about everything on the screen.
A major addition to ''Perfect Cherry Blossom '' is the "Cherry" scoring system. Almost every part of the game is linked with the "Cherry Meter": shooting Shooting enemies increases your Cherry pointsPoints, bombing or dying decreases your Cherry pointsPoints, and reaching 50,000+ Cherry points Points gives you a temporary shield. The Cherry Points eventually lead to a higher the Cherry Gauge, which increases the more points you receive from Point Items.
Other important changes are the appearance of your character's hitbox while you are focused, the properties of your attacks depending on whether you are focused or unfocused, and a helpful cursor along the bottom margin during a boss battle that shows the location of the boss.
 
This game is also unique in that it includes a "Phantasm Stage" that can be played only after clearing the Extra Stage. [[ZUN]] stated that the Extra Stage in this game was meant to be an "easy mode" version; perhaps Phantasm Stage was the original Extra Stage during development.<ref name="replies">[[ZUN's reply to messages on the former Gensou Bulletin Board 3]] ― "In ''Youyoumu'', is Phantasm the Hard version of Extra?" "It is the opposite. As you can see by Ran imitating Yukari's attacks, Extra is the Easy version of it. ^^;"</ref>
==Name and Concept==
Following on the heels of ''[[the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil]]'', ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' was created with the same goals in mind - high speed danmaku, patterned after somewhat abstract concepts. The theme this time around revolves around the [[Netherworld]], and the extra stages also deal a little bit with the [[Great Hakurei Border ]] and the concept of a "spiriting away", though these are not discussed in very much detail, as the dialogue remains very light.
The name "youyoumu" implies some sort of mysterious dream. {{lang|ja|妖々}}, taken to mean "ghostlymystical", is possibly referring to the spirits overall theme of the Netherworldand its inhabitants, including [[Youmu Konpaku]] and [[Yuyuko Saigyouji]], the first of which contains the kanji {{lang|ja|}} in her name. It can also be a reference to the [[Saigyou Ayakashi]], which also contains the character. "Perfect Cherry Blossom" is referring to Yuyuko's end goal to force the [[Saigyou Ayakashi]] to fully bloom by collecting the essence of springtime. Also, on the jewel caseAdditionally, the word ''Ghastly'' is misspelled as ''Ghastry'' on the jewel case in what would be the japanese pronounciationJapanese pronunciation.
== Story=={{Main|/Story|l1=Story|/Translation|l2=Translation|/Characters|l2l3=Characters}}<blockquote>"Dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! You have to believe it. Otherwise, you couldn't possibly explain the beauty of the cherry blossoms. I was restless, lately, because I couldn't believe in this beauty. But I have now finally understood: dead bodies are buried under the cherry trees! You have to believe it." <br/>-- [[Wikipedia:Motojirō Kajii|Motojirō Kajii]], opening of "Under the Cherry Trees"</blockquote>
Winter drags on past its expiration date in [[Gensokyo]], eventually prompting the three main characters - [[Reimu Hakurei]], [[Marisa Kirisame]], and [[Sakuya Izayoi]] - to investigate the cause. Their travels lead them into the [[Netherworld]], where they discover that certain people are attempting to gather the essence of spring for themselves, for some unknown cause.
==Music==
{{Main|/Music|l1=Music}}
''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' has 20 tracks in total, and is one of the largest soundtracks in the ''[[Touhou Project]]''. ZUN states in the afterword that he wanted to create music that was "intense, emotional, and a little exotic". Rather than adding an oriental spin to otherwise western-sounding tunes, he instead started with an oriental feel as the base and tried to work in a western tone.
 
ZUN has re-arranged some of the songs on various [[music CDs]], such as ''Eastern Mystical Dream'' and ''Necro-Fantasy'' on ''[[Ghostly Field Club]]'', ''Doll Judgement'' on ''[[Changeability of Strange Dream]]'', and ''Necrofantasia'' on ''[[Magical Astronomy]]''. The fighting games have also featured various themes for characters originating in this game.
 
ZUN included an unused track in ''Ghostly Field Club'' titled ''Flower of Past Days ~ Fairy of Flower'', possibly meant for Stage 4. ZUN was originally going to re-arrange [[Yuyuko Saigyouji]]'s theme ''Bloom Nobly, Ink-Black Cherry Blossom ~ Border of Life'' for her theme in ''[[Ten Desires]]'', but since she was only a Stage 1 boss, he ended up creating an original piece: ''Ghost Lead''.
 
The music remains extremely popular among fans, with many tunes being re-arranged on fan-made CDs.
 
==Press==
A demo version of ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' was released on December 30th in 2002, at the 63rd Comiket. The game later had another demo with only the MIDI soundtrack released on the internet on January 26th 2003. The full version was later released at the 64th Comiket, on August 17th 2003, and it first hit shelves of various doujin stores on September 7.
''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' has 19 tracks excluding A week after the game''Staff Roll'' songs official release, a 1.00a patch was released that fixed various bugs. On October 24, 2003, all of them can be heard in the music room from the very first time you open the game, regardless of whether or not you have encountered them in-gamefinal 1.00b patch was released with more bugfixes.
ZUN states in At the Afterword that he wanted to create music that first [[Reitaisai]] on April 18, 2004, a score attack event was "intense, emotionalheld where competitors would aim for the highest score on the Phantasm Stage. The stage and dialogue differed slightly from the original, and ZUN composed a little exotic"new song called ''Youkai Domination ~ Speed Fox!'' for it. Rather than adding an Oriental spin to otherwise WesternThis song would later be included in [[sound sepher]]'s first fan-sounding tunesmade arrange album, he instead started with an Oriental feel as ''[[Cradle -東方幻樂祀典-]]'', released at the base and tried to work in a Western tonefollowing Comiket.
==Reception==The music remains extremely popular among fans, with many tunes being re-arranged on fan-made CDs. ZUN himself has re-arranged some of the songs on various music CDs, such as characters in ''Ghostly EyesPerfect Cherry Blossom'' and ''Necro-Fantasy'' on [[Ghostly Field Club]], ''Doll Judgement'' on [[Changeability continue to be some of Strange Dream]], and ''Necrofantasia'' on the most popular ones in the [[Magical AstronomyTouhou Project]]. The fighting games have also featured various themes for characters originating in this game.
ZUN included an unused track Its unique Phantasm stage, not present in any other game in Ghostly Field Club titled the series, particularly appeals to skillful [[danmaku]] fans. The Phantasm stage was shown on the British review show ''過去の花 ~ Fairy [[Wikipedia:Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe|Gameswipe]]'' as an example of Flower'a [[shoot 'em up]]. British comedian and satirist [[Wikipedia:Charlie Brooker|Charlie Brooker]] described the game as "a firework display being sick", possibly meant for Stage 4and as something "masochistic maniacs actively enjoy dipping into".
==PressEnglish patches==A demo version of ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' was released on December 30th in 2002, at the 63rd Comiket{{thcrap|th07|http://www. The game later had another demo with only the MIDI soundtrack released on the internet on January 26th 2003, to be later released at the 64th Comiket, on August 17th 2003mediafire.com/download/dici1ays7qrasrm/th07_%28thpatch-en%29.zip}} * [[/English patch| Alternative English Static patch]]
==External links==
===Unofficial===
*[http://score.royalflare.net/th07/ Perfect Cherry Blossom scoreboards at royalflare]*[http://www.shrinemaiden.org/forum/index.php?topic=156 Perfect Cherry Blossom scoreboard scoreboards at Maidens of the Kaleidoscope]*[http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?t=33919 47495 Perfect Cherry Blossom scoreboard scoreboards at shmups.system11.org]*[http://www.shrinemaiden.org/forum/index.php?topic=181 Mefidex's TH07-TH11 + TH13 Shot/Bomb Analysis at Maidens of the Kaleidoscope]
*[[/English patch|English patch]] ==Additional informationReferences==*[http://www.shrinemaiden.org/forum/index.php?topic=181 Perfect Cherry Blossom shot type comparison]{{smallrefs}}
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