Theme of Eastern Story
- 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 ZUN Soft intro sequence of Lotus Land Story and Mystic Square, 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.
|Lotus Land Story||Intro||Init||Full song||(nothing but)|
|Mystic Square||Intro||Init||Full song||(nothing but)|
While the full version of "Theme of Eastern Story" appears as a bonus track on Akyu's Untouched Score vol.5, which is a collection of songs from Highly Responsive to Prayers, the song was not actually made for the game - ZUN explicitly calls it a new addition in the album's postscript. A part of the theme made its first appearance in 1998, but it's unknown just when it was actually composed (or if there even was a full rendition of it prior to Akyu's Untouched Score that ZUN referenced for its appearances).
Windows First Generation
Windows Second Generation
Windows Third Generation
- 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).
- ZUN composed a track for the 8bit Music Power collection called Mysterious Shrine and features Theme of Eastern Story as its main theme.