Theme of Eastern Story

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For other uses, see Theme of Eastern Story (disambiguation).

Theme of Eastern Story (テーマ・オブ・イースタンストーリー Tēma obu īsutansutōrī), named as such in Akyu's Untouched Score vol.5, is a song composed by ZUN which serves as the title screen theme in most Windows Touhou Project games. It's thought to be the main theme for the series itself due to the number of times it appears throughout the series. The first physical appearance of the melody appears in the intro sequence of Lotus Land Story, and would later be used in the extra stage theme of Shuusou Gyoku. Later on it appears in the title screen of almost every Windows game, as well as various other songs.

Do note all pieces of information in the "Game", "Use" and "Song Title" columns are clickable links.

PC-98[edit]

Game Use Song Title Appearances Presence
Lotus Land Story Intro Init Full song (nothing but)
Mystic Square Intro Init Full song (nothing but)

This track is not part of any official Touhou OST and can be heard here.
While "Theme of Eastern Story" appears on Akyu's Untouched Score vol.5, which is a collection of songs from Highly Responsive to Prayers, it was not actually composed for the game - it's a bonus track composed by ZUN just for the album.

Windows First Generation[edit]

Game Use Song Title Appearances Presence
Shuusou Gyoku Extra stage Silk Road Alice 0:04-0:09 & 2:00-2:06 Modified
Embodiment of Scarlet Devil Title theme A Dream More Scarlet than Red Full song Main melody
Embodiment of Scarlet Devil Ending theme An Eternity More Transient than Scarlet 0:00-0:29
0:29-0:52
Main melody
Side melody
Perfect Cherry Blossom Title theme Ghostly Dream ~ Snow or Cherry Petal 0:00-0:36 & 1:05-1:28
0:36-0:51
Main melody
Modified
Perfect Cherry Blossom Stage 6 Ultimate Truth 0:00-0:18 Modified
Perfect Cherry Blossom Ending theme Dream of a Spring Breeze 0:15-0:30 & 0:45-1:00 Main melody
Immaterial and Missing Power Feast theme Demystify Feast 2:04-2:06 Short-lived
Imperishable Night Title theme Eternal Night Vignette ~ Eastern Night Full song Main melody
Imperishable Night Stage 4 Retribution for the Eternal Night ~ Imperishable Night 0:04-0:36 Main melody
Imperishable Night Stage 6A boss Gensokyo Millennium ~ History of the Moon 0:13-0:22 & 1:26-1:36 Main melody
Imperishable Night Stage 6B boss Flight of the Bamboo Cutter ~ Lunatic Princess 0:16-0:28 & 2:25-2:37
1:24-1:26 (+5 other times)
Main melody
Modified
Imperishable Night Ending theme Evening Primrose 0:12-0:30 & 0:48-1:24
0:30-0:48
Main melody
Side melody
Phantasmagoria of Flower View Title theme Flower Reflecting Mound ~ Higan Retour Full song Main melody
Phantasmagoria of Flower View Pre-battle The Mound Where the Flowers Reflect 0:22-1:07 Main melody
Phantasmagoria of Flower View Pre-boss Mound of Shigan Full song Modified
Phantasmagoria of Flower View Boss Eastern Judgement in the Sixtieth Year ~ Fate of Sixty Years 0:00-0:36
1:02-1:38
2:04-2:18
2:29-2:42
2:42-3:19
Modified
Side melody
Shoot the Bullet Title theme Tengu's Notebook ~ Mysterious Note 0:03-1:27 Side melody
Shoot the Bullet Photo 3 Sleepless Night of the Eastern Country 0:52-0:53
1:28-1:30
Short-lived
Main melody

Windows Second Generation[edit]

Game Use Song Title Appearances Presence
Mountain of Faith Title theme Sealed Gods 0:20-0:41 Main melody
Mountain of Faith Ending theme Shrine at the Foot of the Mountain 0:40-0:42 & 1:22-1:24
0:52-0:54 (+3 other times)
Short-lived
Modified
Subterranean Animism Title theme Awakening of the Earth Spirits 0:01-1:16 Modified
Undefined Fantastic Object Title theme A Shadow in the Blue Sky 0:03-0:29
0:29-0:57
Side melody
Modified
Undefined Fantastic Object Ending theme Youkai Temple 0:00-0:12 & 0:21-0:36
0:41-0:48
Side melody
Modified
Hisoutensoku Title theme Did You See That Shadow? 0:00-0:08 Side melody
Double Spoiler Title theme Newshound 0:05-0:38 Main melody
Great Fairy Wars Title theme An Ice Fairy in Spring 0:00-0:05 & 0:32-0:56
0:10-0:12 (+7 other times)
Main melody
Short-lived
Great Fairy Wars Stage 1 The Refrain of the Lovely Great War 0:31-0:32
0:39-0:40
1:24-1:25
Short-lived
Great Fairy Wars Stage 3 A Midnight Fairy Dance 1:28-1:32 & 1:41-1:45 Main melody
Great Fairy Wars Ending theme An Ice Fairy in Spring - Still - 0:00-0:06 & 0:37-1:06
0:12-0:14 (+3 other times)
Main melody
Short-lived
Ten Desires Title theme Spirit of Avarice 0:33-1:00 Main melody
Ten Desires Ending theme A New Wind at the Shrine Full song Main melody
Hopeless Masquerade Intro theme This Dull World's Unchanging Pessimism Full song Side melody
Hopeless Masquerade Char. selection Performer Selection 0:01-1:12 Side melody
Hopeless Masquerade Post-battle Today's Front-Page Headline 0:00-0:04 Main melody

Windows Third Generation[edit]

Game Use Song Title Appearances Presence
Double Dealing Character Title theme Mysterious Purification Rod 0:15-0:28
0:34-0:36
1:06-1:13 & 1:21-1:28
Modified
Short-lived
Main melody
Double Dealing Character Stage 3 Bamboo Forest of the Full Moon 0:46-1:16 & 1:48-2:18 Main melody
Double Dealing Character Stage 4 boss Illusionary Joururi 1:15-1:18 (+3 other times) Main melody
Double Dealing Character Stage 5 The Shining Needle Castle Sinking in the Air 0:01-0:37
1:55-1:56
Main melody
Short-lived
Double Dealing Character Ending theme Magical Power of the Mallet 0:55-1:22 Side melody
Double Dealing Character Staff Roll Mysterious, Mysterious Tools 0:14 & 0:28
0:48-0:59
Short-lived
Main melody
Impossible Spell Card Title theme Raise the Flag of Cheating 0:01-0:38 & 0:51-1:17 Main melody
Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom Title theme The Space Shrine Maiden Appears 0:12-0:38 & 2:19-2:20
0:38-1:04 & 1:30-1:54
Main melody
Side melody
Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom Stage 4 The Frozen Eternal Capital 0:46-1:09 & 2:08-2:31 Modified
Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom Stage 5 Faraway Voyage of 380,000 Kilometers 0:03-0:04 (+7 other times) Short-lived
Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom Stage 6 boss Pure Furies ~ Whereabouts of the Heart 2:13-2:17 (+3 other times) Side melody
Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom Ending theme The Moon as Seen from the Shrine 0:00-0:14 Main melody
Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom Staff Roll The Space Shrine Maiden Returns Home 0:00-0:25 & 0:50-0:51
0:51-1:16
Main melody
Side melody
Hidden Star in Four Seasons Title theme The Sky Where Cherry Blossoms Flutter Down 0:19-0:44
0:56-1:21
Side melody
Main melody
Hidden Star in Four Seasons Ending theme Unnatural Nature Full song Main melody
Violet Detector Wrong Week Lunatic Dreamer 0:42-0:45
1:24-1:45
Main melody
Heavily modified
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Title theme Silent Beast Spirits 0:23-0:35
0:35-1:00
Main melody
Modified
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Stage 2 Lost River 0:18-0:54
1:12-1:30
Side melody
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Stage 4 Unlocated Hell 2:08-2:10 & 2:13-2:15 (+3 other times) Heavily modified
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Stage 5 Beast Metropolis 0:06-0:08 Main melody
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Stage 6 Electric Heritage 1:21-1:33
1:33-1:56
Main melody
Side melody
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Stage 6 boss Entrusting this World to Idols ~ Idolatrize World 1:31-1:42 & 3:13-3:24
3:10-3:12
3:25-3:46
Main melody
Side melody
Wily Beast and Weakest Creature Ending theme The Animals' Rest Full song Modified

Music Albums[edit]

Album Index Song Title Appearances Presence
Changeability of Strange Dream #6 Retribution for the Eternal Night ~ Imperishable Night 0:04-0:37 & 1:34-2:07 Main melody
Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red #3 Flower Reflecting Mound ~ after Higan Retour 0:00-0:22 & 1:05-1:49
0:22-1:05
Modified
Main melody
Akyu's Untouched Score vol.5 Bonus Theme of Eastern Story Full song (nothing but)
Magical Astronomy #3 Sleepless Night of the Eastern Country 0:52-0:53
1:28-1:30
Short-lived
Main melody
Trojan Green Asteroid #5 Ame-no-Torifune Shrine 0:41-0:42 Short-lived
Neo-traditionalism of Japan #2 Led On by a Cow to Visit Zenkou Temple 0:11-0:31 Main melody
Neo-traditionalism of Japan #4 Eastern Judgement in the Sixtieth Year ~ Fate of Sixty Years 0:00-0:56
1:22-1:59
2:25-2:39
3:04-3:41
4:31-end
Modified
Side melody
Hopeless Masquerade OST #1 This Dull World's Unchanging Pessimism ~ Shinkirou Orchestra 0:00-0:41 Side melody
Dr. Latency's Freak Report #10 Pure Furies ~ Whereabouts of the Heart 2:11-2:16 (+3 other times)
3:32-3:33
Side melody
Short-lived
Dateless Bar "Old Adam" #1 "Old Adam" Bar 3:23-3:34 Heavily modified
Antinomy of Common Flowers OST #8 Yorimashi Between Dreams and Reality ~ Necro-Fantasia 0:04-0:06 Side melody

Other[edit]

On September 23, 2017, Touhou music aficionado Romantique Tp discovered that the in-game pause sound used since Perfect Cherry Blossom was, in fact, this melody played at a very fast speed (as seen in this tweet).