The Shattered Sky/Characters

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Most of the characters in The Shattered Sky are original and non-existent in the Touhou Project. The following three are, however, officially part of the Touhou Project and are playable characters in The Shattered Sky, each with two different shot types. The stage 1 midboss and boss, Phantasm stage boss, and Heaven stage midboss are also official characters, while the stage 3 midbosses and boss originate from Mystical Power Plant. All other characters are the originals.

Reimu Hakurei
Shrine Maiden of Paradise

Reimu Hakurei
Playable Character

Reimu is the Shrine Maiden of the Hakurei Shrine at the eastern border of Gensokyo. She is very straightforward, optimistic, and curious. Even though she looks very friendly, it's easy to make her angry.


Marisa Kirisame
Ordinary Magician

Marisa Kirisame
Playable Character

Marisa Kirisame is just an ordinary magician. She lives in the magic forest and is specialized in light and heat magic. Her shots deal a lot of damage, but she isn't very careful when trying to solve incidents.


Sanae Kochiya
Newbie Goddess of the Mountain

Sanae Kochiya
Playable Character

Sanae migrated to Gensokyo from the outer world together with the Moriya Shrine. She is a distant descendant from Suwako Moriya and basically a small god herself. For the Moriya Shrine, she is something like a shrine maiden.


Cirno

チルノ ()
Cirno
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Cirno in The Shattered Sky
Mischievous Fairy of the Ice
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Species

Fairy

Abilities

Manipulating ice

Cirno (チルノ) is the stage 1 midboss. Keep in mind that while she is an official Touhou Project character, only information relating to her role in this fangame will be noted here.

Concept

Story

During the events of this game, Cirno serves no role other than to get in the heroine's way. She is quickly shot down.

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Reisen Udongein Inaba

鈴仙 (れいせん) 優曇華院 (うどんげいん) イナバ ()
Reisen Udongein Inaba
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Reisen Udongein Inaba in The Shattered Sky
Moon Rabbit on Earth
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Species

Moon rabbit

Abilities

Manipulating insanity

Music Themes

Lunatic Rabbit ~ Red Alert

Reisen Udongein Inaba (鈴仙・優曇華院・イナバ) is the stage 1 boss. Keep in mind that while she is an official Touhou Project character, only information relating to her role in this fangame will be noted here.

Concept

Story

Reisen calls upon the heroine to investigate the shadow above Eientei. When the heroine suggests that Reisen do it herself, Reisen challenges the heroine to a duel in order to change her mind.

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Sayuri Katsuki

火月 (かつき)  さゆり ()
Sayuri Katsuki
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Sayuri Katsuki in The Shattered Sky
Omnipresent Fire Spirit
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Species

Furaribi

Abilities

Starting fires

Music Themes

Fire Spirit of the Forest ~ First Ignition

Sayuri Katsuki (火月 さゆり Katsuki Sayuri) is the stage 2 midboss and boss, stage 5 midboss, and Extra stage midboss.

Concept

Name

Her given name Sayuri (さゆり) is a reference to a concubine of Sassa Narimasa. She was killed along with her 18 family members after she was suspected of infidelity, and is said to have become a vengeful spirit as a result. It is fabled that if one chants "Sayuri, Sayuri" at a riverbank late at night, the ghost of a woman's disembodied head with disheveled hair will appear.

Her surname Katsuki (火月) means "fiery moon".

Story

Sayuri is ultimately the instigator of the falling meteor incident. Prior to the events of the game, she trashed Soujouko's shrine, which provoked her to punish Gensokyo for its disrespect towards the gods. During the storyline, Sayuri crosses paths with the heroine multiple times, each time warning her not to get involved with the incident.

After the incident is resolved, Sayuri is met once again in the Extra stage. She claims innocence and attacks the heroine for her constant intrusion. Afterwards, she is said to have left Gensokyo via the weakened barrier.

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Kodama

木霊 (こだま)
Kodama
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The three types of Kodama in The Shattered Sky
Familiars of the Plum Tree
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Species

Kodama

The kodama (木霊) are the stage 3 midbosses and supporting bosses. They originate from the fangame Mystical Power Plant.

Concept

Kodama (木霊) is a generic term for tree spirits.

Story

The kodama serve a minor role in the game's storyline. The yellow (chrysanthemum) kodama alone attacks the heroine in her path, and joins the other two during some of An's spell cards.

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An Yaezaki

八重咲 (やえざき)   (あん)
An Yaezaki
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An Yaezaki in The Shattered Sky
The Great Plum Tree that Towers Over the Garden
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Species

Kodama

Abilities

Sending off spring

Age

Over 1110 years old; likely around 1130 if not more

Music Themes

Sakura Radiance ~ Blooming Elegance

An Yaezaki (八重咲 杏 Yaezaki An) is the stage 3 boss. She originates from the fangame Mystical Power Plant.

Concept

An Yaezaki is based on the legend of the Tobiume (lit. "flying plum tree"). As explained in An's backstory (see below), the Tobiume was a plum tree beloved by Sugawara no Michizane. After his exile, the tree is said to have uprooted itself and flown to Dazaifu to meet him. A tree said to be the Tobiume is currently located in the Dazaifu Tenmanguu shrine. (Japanese Wikipedia link)

Story

In this game's canon, An re-enters Gensokyo via the weakened barrier and creates a garden near Eientei. She is attacked for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Mitsuha Kura

(くら)  水つ早 (みつは)
Mitsuha Kura
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Mitsuha Kura in The Shattered Sky
Melancholic Spirit of Rainy Skies
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Species

Ame-onna

Abilities

Bringing rainy weather wherever she goes

Mitsuha Kura (闇 水つ早 Kura Mitsuha) is the stage 4 midboss.

Concept

Name

Her full name Mitsuha Kura (闇 水つ早) is taken from the name of the water spirit Kuramitsuha (variably written 闇御津羽, 闇罔象, or 闇水つ早), born from the blood that dripped from the hilt of Izanagi's sword onto his fingers.

Story

Mitsuha crosses paths with the heroine in the sky, seeing her as a threat and attacking her begrudgingly. She is quickly shot down.

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Akami Kurotsuka

黒塚 (くろつか)  赤実 (あかみ)
Akami Kurotsuka
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Akami Kurotsuka in The Shattered Sky
Red Tongue that Casts a Black Shadow
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Species

Aka-shita

Abilities

Manipulating clouds, draining crops

Music Themes

Arcing Fault ~ Reaching the Flash Boundary

Akami Kurotsuka (黒塚 赤実 Kurotsuka Akami) is the stage 4 boss.

Concept

Name

Her given name Akami (赤実) means "red fruit", while the kanji 実 also refers to "truth".

Her surname Kurotsuka (黒塚) is a real Japanese surname meaning "black mound".

Story

Akami makes a dramatic entrance in an attempt to scare the heroine. She is accused of being the one casting the giant shadow, before the heroines notice a meteor overhead.

Besides posing as an obstacle, Akami has nothing to do with the incident.

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Ryouko

竜子 (りょうこ)
Ryouko
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Ryouko in The Shattered Sky
Bejewelled Child of Dragons
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Species

Dragon (embodiment of a meteor)

Abilities

Manipulating asteroids; breathing fire

Music Themes

Jewel of the Flashing Scales

Ryouko (竜子) is the stage 5 boss.

Concept

Name

The name Ryouko (竜子) literally means "dragon child".

Story

Ryouko is the embodiment of the meteor falling towards Gensokyo. After putting up a tough fight, she admits that she is unable to stop the meteor in its tracks, as it is being controlled by a more powerful entity.

Following the incident, Ryouko repurposes herself as a baker in the Human Village.

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Soujouko

僧正子 (そうじょうこ)
Soujouko
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Soujouko in The Shattered Sky
God of Tengu who Shattered the Sky
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Species

Great tengu

Abilities

Causing disasters

Music Themes
  • Cyclone of the Space Sky
  • Power of the Shattering Sky
  • Pieces of the Sky

Soujouko (僧正子) is the stage 6 boss.

Concept

Soujouko is based on Soujoubou, the fabled king of tengu.

Name

The name Soujouko (僧正子) is a combination of Soujoubou (僧正坊) and the common feminine suffix ko (子), which literally means "child".

Story

Soujouko is the main antagonist and the mastermind behind the falling meteor incident. She becomes enraged after Sayuri trashes her shrine, and devises a plan to destroy Gensokyo as a punishment for its inhabitants' disrespect towards the gods.

Following the incident, Soujouko is taken into therapy to prevent her from wreaking any more havoc.

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Tsukiko Seida

星蛇 (せいだ)  月子 (つきこ)
Tsukiko Seida
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Tsukiko Seida in The Shattered Sky
Serpent that Slithers Through the Night Sky
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Species

Snake youkai

Abilities

Using astrological magic

Music Themes

Lingering Light - Magician's Conviction

Tsukiko Seida (星蛇 月子 Seida Tsukiko) is the Extra stage boss and Phantasm stage midboss.

Concept

While Tsukiko is stated to have no mythological inspiration, the concept of a stellar serpent coincides with the both the snake depicted in the Black Tortoise constellation, known alternatively in Japanese as Genbu (玄武), or "dark warrior", as well as the snake bearer Ophiuchus.

Name

Her given name Tsukiko (月子) literally means "moon child" while her surname Seida (星蛇) means "star snake".

Story

Tsukiko is one of the youkai that entered Gensokyo while the barrier was weakened. During the Extra story, she eagerly encourages the heroine to have a danmaku battle with her, as she has never done so using Gensokyo's spell card system. After being defeated, she suggests that the heroine meet her friend, who was exiled from Gensokyo a decade prior, the following midnight.

During the events of the Phantasm stage, Tsukiko makes a brief reappearance, eagerly asking for a rematch.

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Mima

魅魔 (みま)
Mima
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Mima in The Shattered Sky
Unforgotten Vengeful Spirit
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Species

Vengeful spirit

Abilities

Using dark magic

Music Themes

Void of Light ~ Magician's Requiem

Mima (魅魔) is the Phantasm stage boss. Keep in mind that while she is an official Touhou Project character, only information relating to her role in this fangame will be noted here.

Concept

Story

In this game's canon, Mima was banished from Gensokyo 10 years prior to the incident. However, she is able to return thanks to the weakened barrier. She challenges the heroine to a danmaku battle in order to demonstrate her power, but is ultimately defeated. She then explains to the heroine that, while re-entering Gensokyo, she caught a glimpse of an unknown world high in the sky over the barrier.

Mima is friends with Tsukiko Seida.

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Yukari Yakumo

八雲 (やくも)   (ゆかり)
Yukari Yakumo
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Yukari Yakumo in The Shattered Sky
Mysterious Gap Youkai
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Species

Youkai

Abilities

Manipulating boundaries

Yukari Yakumo (八雲 紫 Yakumo Yukari) is the Heaven stage midboss. Keep in mind that while she is an official Touhou Project character, only information relating to her role in this fangame will be noted here.

Concept

Story

Yukari meets the heroine before she crosses into the unknown world, proclaiming that her next opponent will surpass the confines of her comprehension.

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Suzuka Mikami

見神 (みかみ)  鈴鹿 (すずか)
Suzuka Mikami
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Suzuka Mikami in The Shattered Sky
Child who Bears the Likeness of God
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Species

Divine spirit

Abilities

Recreating her own dreams in reality; affecting the world through her dreams

Music Themes

Tenacity of the Youthful Divinity

Suzuka Mikami (見神 鈴鹿 Mikami Suzuka) is the Heaven stage boss.

Concept

Suzuka is loosely based on ZUN, the creator of the Touhou Project.

Name

Her given name Suzuka (鈴鹿) is a Japanese given name and toponym that comprises the kanji for "bell" and "deer".

Her surname Mikami (見神) means "beatific vision"; in other words, the direct visual perception of God.

Story

Suzuka is a juvenile divine spirit with the passive ability to affect the real world through her dreams, which are actually real-time projections of alternate worlds. She exists alone in a dimension normally inaccessible to anyone or anything else, but due to her dreams bringing her world closer to Gensokyo, the Hakurei barrier was weakened. This resulted in the boundaries between Gensokyo, the outside world, and Suzuka's world being blurred, allowing anyone with enough determination to travel between them.

Suzuka recognises the heroine from her dream and is taken aback, amazed at getting to meet one of her idols in the flesh. On the contrary, the heroine is determined to defeat and send off Suzuka in order to restore the boundary to its original state. Suzuka is determined to enter Gensokyo, and challenges the heroine to a long, final danmaku battle.

Upon defeat, Suzuka is reduced to tears. She is disheartened at being unable to enter Gensokyo, but now understands that it is for the better, and is satisfied with the turnout. Following this fateful encounter, she continues observing the heroine through her dreams.

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