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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 "PhantasmStage" stage that can be played only after cleaing clearing the Extra stageStage. [[ZUN ]] stated that the Extra stage 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 ''Perfect Cherry BlossomYouyoumu'', 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 ''Perfect Cherry BlossomNecro-Fantasy'' has 19 tracks excluding the on ''Staff Roll[[Ghostly Field Club]]'' song, all ''Doll Judgement'' on ''[[Changeability of them can be heard in the music room from the very first time you open the gameStrange Dream]]'', regardless of whether or not you and ''Necrofantasia'' on ''[[Magical Astronomy]]''. The fighting games have encountered them also featured various themes for characters originating in-this game.
ZUN states included an unused track in the Afterword that he wanted ''Ghostly Field Club'' titled ''Flower of Past Days ~ Fairy of Flower'', possibly meant for Stage 4. ZUN was originally going to create music that was "intensere-arrange [[Yuyuko Saigyouji]]'s theme ''Bloom Nobly, emotionalInk-Black Cherry Blossom ~ Border of Life'' for her theme in ''[[Ten Desires]]'', and but since she was only a little exotic". Rather than adding an Oriental spin to otherwise Western-sounding tunesStage 1 boss, he instead started with ended up creating an Oriental feel as the base and tried to work in a Western toneoriginal piece: ''Ghost Lead''.
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 ''Ghostly Eyes'' 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 ''過去の花 ~ Fairy of Flower'', possibly meant for Stage 4.
==Press==
A week after the game's official release, a 1.00a patch was released that fixed various bugs. On October 24, 2003, the final 1.00b patch was released with more bugfixes.
 
At the first [[Reitaisai]] on April 18, 2004, a score attack event was held 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 new song called ''Youkai Domination ~ Speed Fox!'' for it. This song would later be included in [[sound sepher]]'s first fan-made arrange album, ''[[Cradle -東方幻樂祀典-]]'', released at the following Comiket.
 
==Reception==
The characters in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' continue to be some of the most popular ones in the [[Touhou Project]].
 
Its unique Phantasm stage, not present in any other game in the series, particularly appeals to skillful [[danmaku]] fans. The Phantasm stage was shown on the British review show ''[[Wikipedia:Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe|Gameswipe]]'' as an example of a [[shoot 'em up]]. British comedian and satirist [[Wikipedia:Charlie Brooker|Charlie Brooker]] described the game as "a firework display being sick", and as something "masochistic maniacs actively enjoy dipping into".
 
==English patches==
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* [[/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 Perfect Cherry Blossom shot type comparison, archived Mefidex's TH07-TH11 + TH13 Shot/Bomb Analysis at Maidens of the Kaleidoscope] ==References=={{smallrefs}}
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