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博麗 (はくれい)  霊夢 (れいむ)
Reimu Hakurei
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Reimu Hakurei
Prêtresse du paradis
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Espèce

Humain

Capacités

Capacité de flotter
Manipulation de l'aura
Pouvoirs de la Miko du Temple Hakurei

Occupation

Miko du Temple Hakurei

Localisation

Temple Hakurei

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Reimu Hakurei (博麗 霊夢 Hakurei Reimu) est la principale protagoniste de la série Touhou Project, ainsi que son amie Marisa Kirisame. En tant que miko du temple Hakurei, elle gère la Barrière Hakurei de Gensokyo et extermine les youkai qui posent problème.

Informations générales[modifier]

Personnalité[modifier]

Elle a une personnalité très simple, assez optimiste mais très curieuse, elle est également très susceptible, mais aide ceux qui en ont besoin avec grand plaisir. Selon Komachi, Reimu a un coeur innocent qui ne peut pas vraiment détester quiconque[2]. Bien qu'étant fainéante, elle accorde beaucoup d'importance à son travail, résultant en un comportement du type "Je frappe et je pose des questions après" envers les youkai qu'elle extermine. Elle est donc connue pour exterminer les youkai sans distinction les uns des autres, ne prêtant pas attention au danger qu'ils représentent. Un exemple est Tokiko, qui était en train de, selon Reimu et ses propres mots, "lire et faire des trucs".

Apparemment, cependant, elle aide les youkais en danger quand il y a intérêt derrière, par exemple, dans Silent Sinner in Blue, elle a gardé Reisen (Déguisée en lapin-youkai de la terre) chez elle en attendant qu'elle guérisse, lui donnant un futon et allant même jusqu'à prévenir à Eientei qu'une de leur résidente est chez elle en attentant qu'elle soit soignée. Elle a également bien traité Sukuna Shinmyoumaru après les événements de Double Dealing Character, celle-ci lui a offert un kimono en guise de remerciement. Etant donné sa taille, Reimu ne pouvait pas le porter et l'a mis sur le dos de sa tête en guise de ruban ou quelque chose comme cela.

Il est connu que Reimu traite tout le monde de la même façon, qu'ils soient humains, youkai ou des dieux, ne leur donnant pas particulièrement de respect ni de non-respect. Cette habitude lui a valu d'être amie avec les youkais qu'elle a combattu. Elle tient, cependant, les youkai à l'écart de son temple, étant donné que cela rend les choses plus difficiles d'attirer des humains dans son temple. A la fin de Symposium of Post-mysticism, quand Reimu va tout casser, Toyosatomimi no Miko note que même si Reimu veut exterminer les youkais, elle veut simplement instaurer la paix à Gensokyo.

Capacités[modifier]

Capable de "flotter"

Les habitants de Gensokyo savent presque tous voler, Reimu passe au dessus de ça; elle excelle dans l'art de flotter à travers la vie, à un tel niveau que certains la considèrent comme une hermit. Elle est capable d'un instinct et d'une chance surhumaine, résistant à peu près à toutes les situations; cependant, distraite, elle perd ses repères.[3] pendant de rares occasions, certaines personnes ayant vu Reimu esquiver une attaque ont dit "elle a esquivé comme si elle était faite d'air", alors que Reimu elle-même n'a pas vraiment compris comment l'attaque a pu la rater;[4] à un autre moment, Reimu a marché à travers une rivière sans être mouillée, en marchant sur les poissons qui nageaient sous ses pieds.[5] Cela fait que les techniques de Reimu sont extrêmement difficiles à copier, selon Marisa Kirisame, étant donné que Reimu elle-même a du mal à expliquer ce qu'elle fait. L'expression ultime de cette capacité est Fantasy Nature, qui permet à Reimu de flotter à travers la réalité et devenir impossible à attaquer; cela à été considéré trop puissant pour une spell card, avant que Marisa ne lui donne un autre nom et une limite de temps.[6]

Manipulation de l'aura

Il est dit dans le omake.txt (おまけ.txt) de Embodiment of Scarlet Devil que Reimu peut contrôler l'esprit naturel des choses vivantes, une capacité qui n'est pas listée sur aucune source après coup. Aucune manifestation de cette capacité n'a été montrée dans le canon.

Pouvoirs de la Miko Hakurei
Reimu invoque ses pouvoirs, Silent Sinner in Blue.

En tant que miko du Temple Hakurei, Reimu peut utiliser les Yin-Yang Orbs Hakurei et elle est entraînée à l'extermination de youkai ainsi que des devoirs de base comme faire des bénédictions. Reimu est également capable d'invoquer le dieu natif de Gensokyo dans son corps, mais elle n'est pas assez entraînée pour le faire d'une manière stable.

Techniques de barrières

Reimu montre une grande aptitude à utiliser des barrières magiques (sans compter celles associées aux pouvoirs de miko Hakurei), probablement à cause de son travail de gérer la Grande Barrière Hakurei. Parmi ces techniques, certaines barrières explosent, poussent les ennemis (ou elle-même) ou agissent comme portails pour ses attaques. Reimu est capable de détruire les barrières et de les sceller d'une manière trop complexe pour Marisa[7][8] et Patchouli Knowledge[9]. Marisa appelle cela des techniques de triche.[10]

Occupation[modifier]

Reimu est la prêtresse du Temple Hakure, et un des principaux exterminateurs de Gensokyo. Elle, et d'autres proches caractérisent le temps passé au temple d'ennuyeux et dont il ne se passe rien. Elle est très sérieuse dans son travail, mais ne reçoit pas beaucoup de visiteurs à son temple. Il apparaît que exterminer des yokais est sa principale méthode pour gagner un petit salaire. Kanako Yasaka stipule que si elle avait plus de foi d'humains en elle, elle serait une déesse, mais en ce moment, elle agis comme une yokai.

Yukari Yakumo décrit le travail de Reimu, non comme étant exterminatrice, mais faisait la "balance entre les humains et les yokais", ce qui empêche les humains d'attaquer les yokais et inversement.[11]

Wild and Horned Hermit montre Reimu comme ayant toujours différentes idées pour gagner de l'argent, généralement, ses tentatives échouent, étant donné qu'elle n'a pas beaucoup de fidèles.

Possessions[modifier]

Dans la majorité des jeux Touhou, Reimu utilise les Orbes Yin-Yang durant ses combats. Dans Subterranean Animism, ils fonctionnent également comme des émetteurs vers la surface. Elle possède également un gohei, nommé parfois bâton de purification, originellement créé par Rinnosuke Morichika.

Elle possède également un grand nombre de ofuda, des talismans sacrés avec une propriété anti-youkai qu'elle utilise pour les combattre, les sceller, en les utilisant comme danmaku. Apparemment, elle peut également créer des barrières et des clones d'elle-même.[12] Comme les orbes Yin-Yang, elle les utilise dans la majorité -ci ce n'est dans tout- les jeux dans lesquels elle est apparue, comme des tirs normaux (souvent à tête chercheuse) ou des bullets pour ses spell cards. A côté de cela, elle utilise également des aiguilles qui sont généralement cachées dans ses manches.

Machineries[modifier]

Dans le canon PC_98, elle possède un robot nommé Ruukoto, qui lui a été donné par Yumemi Okazaki en guise de récompense pour l'avoir battue. Ruukoto n'a jamais été vue autre part que dans Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream.

Histoire générale[modifier]

Très peu de la vie de Reimu est connue avant son apparition pour la première fois dans un jeu. Sa mention la plus vieille dans la ligne timeline de Gensokyo est 4 à 5 ans avant le chapitre 22 de Curiosities of Lotus Asia, qui prend place en 2006. ZUN mentionne également dans les documents Shanghai Alice Correspondence qu'il y a eu une prêtresse Hakurei avant Reimu, en imaginant qu'il y en a eu d'autre avant.

Dans le chapitre 25 de Wild and Horned Hermit, avec le noir de la nuit qui approche, Reimu, énervée dit "Ne pense pas qu'ils vont être ici pour toi à jamais: les parents et la lumière du jour". Cette phrase peut signifier que Reimu a connu ses parents, mais qu'ils ne sont plus là et qu'elle ne veut pas trop y penser. Dans le chapitre 2 de Curiosities of Lotus Asia, Marisa dit "elle était une orpheline", même si le contexte de cette phrase pourrait bien signifier qu'elle était seulement lancée dans la foulée pour rire.

Design du personnage[modifier]

Reimu, telle que vue dans Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.

Origine[modifier]

Reimu Hakurei, en tant que Prêtresse dans Highly Reponsive to Prayers est basée sur le personnage de Sayo-chan, qui est la protagoniste de KiKi KaiKai.[13] Les Bakebake sont égalements basés sur ce jeu. En général, ZUN pensait que c'était une bonne idée d'inclure une Prêtresse dans un STG comparé aux autres jeux de ce type qui sont généralement futuristes.[citation needed]

Nom[modifier]

Le nom complet de Reimu est Reimu Hakurei (博麗 霊夢). Les caractères pour son nom de famille, Hakurei (博麗), signifient littéralement quelque chose dans le genre de "compagnon estimé". Le premier mot, Haku (), veut dire "large" ou "exposition", et Rei () signifie "aimable", "gracieux" ou "jolie". Son nom, Reimu (霊夢, lit. "esprit/âme de rêve"), est un mot japonais utilisé pour référence à une "révélation divine faite dans les rêves".

Dans l'ère PC_98, son nom était écrit avec une légère différence. 博麗 a été changé par 博麗, de Shuusou Gyoku. "" est une forme non-commune pour dire "", avec le même sens. Dans la communauté japonaise, "博麗靈夢" est utilisé pour se référer uniquement à la version de Reimu dans PC_98.

Design[modifier]

Reimu a une taille moyenne. Dans le canon PC_98, elle est montré ayant des cheveux et yeux violets, elle porte un ruban rouge sur le dos de sa tête avec des tubes sur ses tresses. De Story of Eastern Wonderland jusqu'à Mystic Square, elle porte les vêtements traditionnels d'une prêtresse de temple avec un hakama rouge au dessus de son kimono.

Cependant, son design le plus connu est celui de l'ère Windows. Elle a deux cheveux marrons-noirs qui varient de taille en fonction des jeux, et des yeux vers le marron et rouge dépendant encore du jeu, elle porte toujours un ruban rouge et des tubes, elle est encore dans son uniforme de prêtresse, mais a beaucoup moins de choses en commun avec l'uniforme traditionnel et les couleurs rouges/blanches. Cet uniforme consiste en une robe rouge (au lieu du traditionnel Hakama), un haut rouge avec un collier blanc, avec un ruban jaune (Ce ruban est rouge dans [[Embodiment of Scarlet Devil et Perfect Cherry Blossom, bleu dans Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Subterranean Animism, Hopeless Masquerade, Urban Legend in Limbo et Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom) et une pair de manches blanches détachées exposant ses aisselles. A cause de ses couleurs, elle est souvent appelée "Prêtresse Rouge-Blanche"[14]. Ses habits et son Bâton de purification viennent de Rinnosuke Morichika, mais on ne sais pas si il les a fait lui-même. Dans le chapitre 7 de Strange and Bright Nature Deity, elle utilise des baguettes de la main gauche, il a été dit qu'elle est gauchère (cette phrase a été supprimée par la suite), mais elle utilise un stylo de la main droite dans Subterranean Animism. Les fans spéculent que ce n'est pas une erreur de sprite, mais qu'elle est ambidextre ou qu'elle est habituée à écrire avec cette main.

Apparences de Reimu[modifier]

Reimu prend presque toujours le rôle de personnages jouables dans la majorité des jeux.

PC-98 Games[modifier]

Highly Responsive to Prayers

Un temple seul dans le far est : Le Temple Hakurei. Le puissant sceau a été déchiré, ce qui a fait apparaître des créatures bizarres. Maintenant, Reimu veut sa vengeance (ou par curiosité), armée de ses trésors, les Yin-Yang Orbs, elle pars affronter les youkais à l'intérieur. La porte va s'ouvrir vers Makai ou l'Enfer, dépendant de la route que le joueur choisi.

Story of Eastern Wonderland

Reimu is training intensely in the harsh extremities of a mountain (or taking it easy), but when she returns to the shrine, she finds it infested by youkai, ghosts and other non-human creatures. With her faithful turtle Genjii and her trusty Yin-Yang Orbs, she sets out to find the one who caused the trouble. Her journey leads her to Rika, the culprit, as well as Mima, who has broken the seal placed on her in Highly Responsive to Prayers, and desires the power of the Yin-Yang Orbs for herself. Reimu is victorious in battle and learns the truth behind the Yin-Yang Orbs.

Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream

Things have been peaceful lately so Reimu has time to kill. When some old ruins appear near the shrine, promising a reward for whoever can manage to make it inside, she decides to enter a sort of tournament to decide who'll go in. This is the first time Reimu appeared as a boss. Assuming she's the player character, she defeats all six opponents and makes it inside to confront Chiyuri Kitashirakawa and Yumemi Okazaki, who have come from the real world in search of proof of magic. As a reward for defeating her, Yumemi gives Reimu the housekeeping robot Ruukoto.

Lotus Land Story

Reimu mulls over on how quiet things have been, but soon enough, youkai and spirits start flooding out into Gensokyo again, putting her shrine in danger. She confronts a few, then realizes this must have been the work of something bigger, and decides to go straight to the source of the issue. She makes her way through to the Fantasy World, where she finally meets Yuuka Kazami and defeats her.

Mystic Square

A large outpour of demons are appearing throughout the land from Makai, and Reimu sets out to exterminate them. She reaches the creator of Makai itself, Shinki, and defeats her in battle. Afterwards, she learns that the youkai and demon overflow in Gensokyo is the fault of some kind of Makai travel agency. Shinki promises to do something about it, but the demons make their way back to the shrine anyway.

Windows Games[modifier]

Embodiment of the Scarlet Devil
Reimu's back sprite in EoSD
Reimu in the Scarlet Mist Incident

A scarlet mist covers the sky of Gensokyo. Reimu, who's annoyed by the mist, sets out to stop the incident. Her travels lead her to the Scarlet Devil Mansion, whose owner, Remilia Scarlet, has spread the mist to try and block out the sun's rays, as she is a vampire. After defeating her, Remilia soon comes to visit her at the shrine, but Reimu has to return to the mansion when an odd rain suddenly appears over it, in order to deal with Flandre Scarlet.

Perfect Cherry Blossom
Reimu's back sprite in PCB
Reimu in the Spring Snow Incident

Even though it's May, spring shows no signs of coming, leaving the inhabitants of Gensokyo in a cold winter weather that only gets worse. Reimu, noticing cherry petals blowing from the Netherworld, decides to set out and stop the perpetrator from holding spring hostage. After making her way into the Netherworld, she comes to Hakugyokurou, where the ghost Yuyuko Saigyouji spends her time administrating the spirits of the dead. She was gathering the essence of spring to try and make the Saigyou Ayakashi bloom, but Reimu stops her before she completes it. Later on, Yuyuko asks Reimu to go deal with her friend Yukari Yakumo, as she's the one who has been weakening the boundary between Gensokyo and the Netherworld, and she does so, after fierce combat. Yukari then restores the strength of the boundary.

Imperishable Night
Reimu's back sprite in IN
Reimu's sprite in IN
Reimu in the Eternal Night Incident

Yukari isn't able to sleep and discovers the full moon is nowhere to be found; it has been replaced with a fake moon, and the night appears to have stopped. She convinces Reimu into investigating the cause with her. After dealing with a few youkai, and Marisa Kirisame in particular, who demands to know why they've created this eternal night, they reach Eientei, a house hidden in the Bamboo Forest of the Lost. Once there, they either confront Eirin Yagokoro or Kaguya Houraisan. Eirin explains that she actually sealed the Earth away from the Moon in order to prevent the Lunarians from taking Kaguya back. Kaguya, however, has tired of hiding, and so challenges Reimu and Yukari to complete her five impossible requests. Once they're defeated, they undo the seal (and thus "return" the real moon to Gensokyo). Afterwards, they all decide to have a moon viewing. Later on, Kaguya sends them into another part of the Bamboo Forest of the Lost as a "test of guts" - but her true intentions are revealed to be trying to annoy Fujiwara no Mokou, another immortal human, and her eternal rival.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Reimu's back sprite in PoFV

Reimu, who's usually easy-going, is disturbed by the amount of flowers blooming and, not to be the one who shrugs off her duties, goes on to search for answers. She fights through many opponents, including news reporter Aya Shameimaru, in search of the truth. Eventually she reaches Muenzuka, where the shinigami Komachi Onozuka, who appears to have been slacking off on her job to manage said spirits. Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu appears after Reimu beats Komachi up, and explains what's happening - an awful lot of spirits of the dead suddenly arrived from the Human World, and they're having trouble accomodating all of them. After a lecture, they do battle, and Reimu emerges victorious. The three of them have a flower viewing later on, where it's explained that as the spirits of the dead cross the Sanzu River, the flowers' blooming will settle down.

Mountain of Faith

Reimu's shrine has become a hotspot for youkai, so she doesn't get many human visitors to do patronage. She receives a foreboding threat from a mysterious human visitor, who demands that the Hakurei shrine be shut down and submit to another god. Reimu, always the optimist, decided to go to Youkai Mountain to face the goddess who's making these threats. She fights her way up to the Moriya Shrine and defeats its shrine maiden, Sanae Kochiya, as well as its resident god, Kanako Yasaka, thus saving her own shrine. Afterwards, Reimu summons everyone to the shrine to watch the autumn leaves, where she vouches for Sanae and Kanako and tells Nitori and Aya that they should invite them over for drinks sometime and generally get along. Sanae also tells Reimu that youkai are a good source of faith. A while later, Marisa brings Reimu the rumor that a second god is actually living at the Moriya Shrine, and she goes to check it out. She then meets Suwako Moriya and defeats her.

Subterranean Animism

A geyser appears behind Hakurei Shrine, and at first Reimu is happy, since its heat will alleviate the cold of winter. However, evil spirits begin emerging from the earth and loitering about Gensokyo. Reimu is sent to investigate with either Yukari Yakumo, Suika Ibuki, or Aya Shameimaru, depending on what shot type the player chooses. She communicates them throughout her trip via her Yin-Yang Orbs. She heads straight to the Underworld, and fights her way deeper and deeper until reaching the Palace of the Earth Spirits. There she meets Satori Komeiji, whose two pets apparently have something to do with it. Reimu defeats Rin Kaenbyou, then reaches Utsuho Reiuji, who, with her newfound powers, is maintaining the hellfire that heats the Underground, and is responsible for the geysers that let the evil spirits leak out. She defeats her as well, then returns to the surface. Rin starts frequenting the shrine, though mostly for food, and eventually they make the geyser behind the shrine into a hot spring. Utsuho later explains how she came to possess such power, and it seems to point straight towards Kanako and Suwako, so Reimu sets off for the Youkai Mountain again. When she gets to the shrine, however, she meets Koishi Komeiji, who was apparently also looking for who gave Utsuho those powers. Suwako comes out to meet them after they fight and explains it's all part of their "industrial revolution project".

Undefined Fantastic Object

When the treasure ship appears in the skies of Gensokyo, Reimu decides to go after it. She forces her way into it only to discover that there's no treasure inside. However, Minamitsu Murasa tells her they're headed to Makai to revive a "saint" of some sort. She follows them there and meets Byakuren Hijiri, a Buddhist monk that loves youkai and humans equally. That certainly won't do, so Reimu beats her up. She and Byakuren later fly around the skies on the ship, but afterwards the ship is landed and renovated into the Myouren Temple. A little later, she follows up on the strange light that was following her during the journey, and it turns out to be Nue Houjuu, a straggler from Byakuren's group. Reimu defeats her and persuades her to visit the temple.

Ten Desires

A large number of divine spirits appear, threatening the flower viewing, so it's up to Reimu to figure out what's causing it. She visits the Netherworld first; while Yuyuko Saigyouji isn't the culprit, she points the shrine maiden towards the Myouren Temple. After forcing her way to the graveyard, she discovers the spirits all flocking to the Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum. Once inside, she defeats the newly resurrected Mononobe no Futo and Toyosatomimi no Miko in battle. When she finds that the temple is bringing in a youkai from the outside world for war against Miko, she finds and defeats Mamizou Futatsuiwa.

Double Dealing Character
Reimu's back sprite in DDC

After discovering that previously docile youkai have become violent, Reimu learns from Yatsuhashi Tsukumo and Benben Tsukumo that a group of youkai are planning social upheaval. She travels to the Shining Needle Castle and defeats Seija Kijin, who remarks that her allies can become as strong as they want to if they ignore the consequences. After being led by Seija to the inner parts of the castle, she defeats the Miracle Mallet-wielding Shinmyoumaru Sukuna. Afterwards, a magical storm similar to the one caused by the Miracle Mallet rages and Reimu finds that the cause is the tsukumogami Raiko Horikawa, who had successfully changed her source of magic to that of the outside world. After beating Raiko, Reimu lets her go in exchange for not causing any problems in the future.

Spin-offs[modifier]

Immaterial and Missing Power
Reimu in the Night Parade of One Hundred Oni Every Four Days Incident

As Reimu makes preparations for an upcoming feast, both humans and youkai are drawn to the feast and are unable to stop partying. Reimu is suspicious of a strange mist that covers Gensokyo and goes to investigate. She roams around, beating up various characters she suspects to be the culprit. She cannot find them; but on the day of the feast, Suika Ibuki finally makes herself known, and Yukari Yakumo shows Reimu to her. Suika soons becomes attached to hanging out at the Hakurei Shrine.

Shoot the Bullet

Reimu doesn't actually appear in Shoot the Bullet, but instead in a "Special story" that was added to the afterword. It shows that she and Marisa Kirisame are talking about a notebook Marisa found.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody

The Hakurei Shrine is suddenly destroyed by an earthquake, but upon consulting with Marisa, Reimu finds out that no one else felt it, so there must be something odd going on. She goes around to various suspicious characters, including Komachi Onodzuka, who Reimu initially suspects. However, it's not her, so Reimu ends up making her way towards Heaven, where the celestials Iku Nagae and Tenshi Hinanawi reside. Tenshi reveals she started the incident simply because she was bored watching everyone else getting involved in incidents and wanted to start her own. She also claims she destroyed Reimu's shrine so Reimu would be motivated to resolve the incident; Reimu promptly resolves the incident by defeating Tenshi. Afterwards, Tenshi has a legion of celestials help rebuild her shrine.

Touhou Hisoutensoku

Reimu, not the main character, is only playable via selectable character to play with. In Sanae's scenario, Reimu fights Sanae in the Underground Geyser Center, but is defeated. Later on, she reads about Hisoutensoku later on in a newspaper in the ending. Also in Meiling's scenario, she doesn't actually appear here, to which is in fact a pseudo-Reimu who was sent by the Giant Catfish to assassinate Hong Meiling in her dreams, but was defeated.

Double Spoiler

In Double Spoiler, Reimu appeared as a stage Ex target, where she uses a few spell cards and had Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou take photos of her and her danmaku.

Fairy Wars

Reimu appeared in Fairy Wars as a cameo on the Route B1 ending. As Cirno and the Three Mischievous Fairies were terrorising Reimu when she's unaware of who's attacking her, she gets angry and shoots bullets omnidirectionally.

Hopeless Masquerade

Reimu represents Shintoism in the religious war between Shintoism, Buddhism, and Taoism. She finds that "hope" is being sapped from the village people by Hata no Kokoro and battles her to stop her.

Impossible Spell Card

After apparently reading the newspaper by the tengu about a mischief-making amanojaku, Reimu becomes one of the many strong youkai and humans to try and stop Seija Kijin, appearing on day 8. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.

Gold Rush

Reimu appears as the boss in the one-stage minigame Gold Rush. Extending from Impossible Spell Card, Seija Kijin somehow acquired the ultimate 10th "rule-breaking" item the Miracle Mallet (Real), which is capable of destroying danmaku, and decides to make use of it by robbing the Hakurei Shrine before its power runs out. Reimu uses three spell cards and non-spell cards on Seija before she's defeated.

Urban Legend in Limbo

Reimu appears as a playable character in Urban Legend in Limbo. Reimu finds Marisa Kirisame at Kourindou and wanted her to taste some mushrooms for poison, but Marisa attacked her with occult power. Reimu was confused, seeing a bizarre ball of sort. She then met Kasen Ibaraki who seemed to know about the ball. She finds out that Reimu has an Occult Ball, to which she tries to take off her. After she was defeated, she warns that the ball is dangerous. Eventually that night, Reimu encounters a mysterious figure.

Literature[modifier]

Curiosities of Lotus Asia
Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red

Shortly after the events of Perfect Cherry Blossom, Aya Shameimaru attends a flower viewing at the Hakurei Shrine, where she meets Reimu, who's in a foul mood since no one wants to help her clean up after event. Aya plies her with sake and questions her about the incident, commenting in the article that "Reimu just seems to be a laid-back drunkard". In the follow-up interview, Reimu claims Aya's paper is full of lies and insists her account of the incident is true, though Aya still doesn't recognize Reimu's deeds.

Silent Sinner in Blue

Sometime not long after the events of Mountain of Faith, Reimu is recruited by the members of the Scarlet Devil Mansion to power their rocket to the moon. The group is defeated by the Watatsuki sisters, who keep Reimu on the moon for a short period of time to clear their names before returning her unharmed to Gensokyo. Unbeknownst to almost everyone involved, their voyage was simply one part of a complex ploy by Yukari to intimidate the residents of Eientei.

Eastern and Little Nature Deity, Strange and Bright Nature Deity, and Oriental Sacred Place
Symposium of Post-mysticism
Reimu in SoPm, with her shrine destroyed

In Symposium of Post-mysticism, Reimu appeared on part 6 of the symposium. It was stated that Reimu was hiding and hearing over the whole symposium, that was attended by Hieda no Akyuu, Marisa Kirisame, Kanako Yasaka, Byakuren Hijiri and Toyosatomimi no Miko. When she was revealed by Akyuu, Marisa noticed that she had an angry look on her face (although she seems to not be angry with Akyuu). That's because she's not happy with the discussion the group was having, believing that it's all nonsense. She slammed a pile of newspapers in front of them to prove how bad the youkai are and tells them to stop the symposium immediately. She was requested by the humans of the Human Village to stop this as they were aware – and felt uncomfortable – of "non-humans" discussing on changing the way of Gensokyo's life. The group were unhappy with her personality and her way of "fight-first, ask-later" attitude towards youkai, and can't even spend another minute finishing their sake.

There was also an article included, written by Aya Shameimaru, that involved Reimu's broken-down Hakurei Shrine during the events of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. It stated that it collapsed due to a localised earthquake and that the roof caved into the shrine. Aya found it suspicious that a celestial, that been Tenshi Hinanawi, came to help and re-build it.

Wild and Horned Hermit

Reimu finds her shrine frequented by a mysterious hermit going by the name of Kasen Ibaraki. Wild and Horned Hermit follows the various escapades and adventures of Reimu and her friends in concurrence to the timeline of the games. Reimu in WaHH is generally short-sighted and obsessed with making a profit.

Forbidden Scrollery

When book-lender Kosuzu Motoori of the Human Village begins dabbling with demon books, Reimu finds herself frequently having to sort out the incidents caused by the youkai that are released from them. In contrast to Wild and Horned Hermit, which is fairly lighthearted, Forbidden Scrollery depicts Reimu as a shrine maiden who struggles to maintain the image of a protector for the Human Village while maintaining the masquerade set in place by the youkai.

Seihou Project[modifier]

Reimu as she appears in Shuusou Gyoku.

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Shuusou Gyoku
Reimu sprite in SSG

Reimu has made a guest appearance as the second Extra stage boss of Seihou Project's first work Shuusou Gyoku, a danmaku game series by the junior doujin circle "Shunsatsu sare do?", where ZUN also contributed music and art to the game. It seems like ZUN put her in the game along with Marisa Kirisame. Her title was "Eternal Shrine Maiden" and her theme was "Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly ~ Ancients". To add to this, Yuuka Kazami made a guest appearances in the following work, Kioh Gyoku.

She seems to have no view towards the Seihou World; she doesn't know that there's no vegetation and has no thoughts about scientific machinery. After VIVIT defeated Marisa at the Hakurei Shrine in Gensokyo, Marisa was then thudded by Reimu for fighting at the Hakurei Shrine. Reimu attacked her with two purification rods before she could explain what she was doing. After Reimu lost, VIVIT told her that she was looking for the Holy Grail, causing Reimu to become confused and start asking questions.

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Although Reimu often shows up as the main character, she doesn't participate in mundane activities to the extent Marisa Kirisame does, limiting her familiarity with most of Gensokyo's population. Nevertheless, she has interacted with almost every other character that has ever made a physical appearance, with a few exceptions such as the Giant Catfish, Renko Usami, and Maribel Hearn.

Marisa Kirisame[modifier]

Reimu and Marisa, in Silent Sinner in Blue.

Reimu's best friend is likely Marisa Kirisame, who spends a lot of her time at the shrine. They're there together the majority of the time in various print works, prologues, and extra stage prologues, hanging out together and discussing or attending the latest events in Gensokyo. Reimu has known Marisa since Story of Eastern Wonderland, where Mima had Marisa fight Reimu. Their friendship may have started soon after that, as in all of the bad endings, Marisa decides she needs to train more, and drags Reimu along to train with her, much to Reimu's chagrin.

Yukari Yakumo[modifier]

Despite her antagonistic personality, Yukari Yakumo mentors Reimu by pushing her to increase her spiritual powers, such as learning how to invoke the gods in Silent Sinner in Blue. She also occasionally seeks Reimu's assistance in resolving incidents in Imperishable Night and Subterranean Animism.

Rinnosuke Morichika[modifier]

Reimu is familiar with Rinnosuke Morichika, a shopkeeper who owns Kourindou, who she sometimes visits to hang out or for wares (and sometimes shoplifts). She apparently has a large unpaid tab for requested items and services, but denies it since Rinnosuke "never accepts money" (which he denies being the case). Rinnosuke was also the one that originally prepared her purification rod for her use.

Sanae Kochiya[modifier]

Despite being the priestess of a rival shrine, Sanae Kochiya is on friendly terms with Reimu and appears frequently in Wild and Horned Hermit alongside Reimu and Marisa. She came on a bit strongly when she and Reimu first met, but she really thought she was helping the Hakurei Shrine out by attempting to get it to switch gods to Kanako Yasaka. After Mountain of Faith, Sanae offered to help Reimu as a fellow shrine maiden to gather faith for the shrine, and she appears to have been friends with Reimu since then. Nonetheless, the two have no qualms about antagonizing the other at times, though these quarrels are usually resolved by the next time they meet.

Genjii[modifier]

In the PC-98 canon, Reimu used a turtle as a means for flight until the end of Mystic Square; that turtle was Genjii. Reimu calls him "gramps".

Three Fairies of Light[modifier]

Reimu is often the target of pranks by the Three Fairies of Light, and Reimu tends to exterminate them on sight whenever she catches them (unless Marisa's escorting them). As of Oriental Sacred Place, the three fairies moved into a tree near the Hakurei Shrine and become Reimu's neighbors, increasing the amount of pranks even more. Reimu aims to evict the fairies, but cannot find their treehouse, which is actually located on the Hakurei Border. Eventually, in an attempt to befriend Reimu so she'll no longer threaten them, the three fairies challenge her to a battle, reasoning that Reimu tends to befriend many youkai after fighting them. After an intense battle, Reimu finally defeats the fairies (instantly), and points out that their line of reasoning is utterly ridiculous. Despite this, Marisa finds that Reimu befriended the fairies after all, and as of the end of Oriental Sacred Place, the fairies now happily openly spend time at the shrine while helping Reimu out with various chores.

Byakuren Hijiri[modifier]

Reimu views Byakuren Hijiri and the Myouren Temple as a rival of sorts to herself and the Hakurei Shrine. In Ten Desires, Toyosatomimi no Miko points out that Reimu is friendly towards Byakuren. Although Reimu says they're religious rivals, she doesn't seem to deny it. In one of her Undefined Fantastic Object endings, Reimu is depressed at how quickly Byakuren's temple is picking up followers compared to her own shrine. By the time of Strange and Bright Nature Deity, Reimu is angry at the temple for stealing away her shrine's followers (ignoring that her shrine never had (m)any followers in the first place), but Byakuren seems unaware of this.

Kasen Ibaraki[modifier]

Kasen Ibaraki is a regular at the shrine and acts as a mentor (and sometimes guardian) of Reimu, whom she fears is too concerned with worldly desires.

Kosuzu Motoori[modifier]

Kosuzu Motoori, the daughter of the book-lender in the Human Village, has a great deal of respect for Reimu. She is convinced that no harm will come to her from dealing with the youma books, because she is sure that Reimu will come save her if anything happens.

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The Hakurei God

Reimu knows next to nothing about the god dwelling in her shrine, making her unable to provide it with faith despite her efforts. Byakuren stated in one of the endings for Undefined Fantastic Object that the god is mad due to this.

Ruukoto

In the PC-98 canon, she obtains a robotic maid named Ruukoto as a servant at the end of Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream though no reference has been made to it since.

Mima

In the PC-98 canon, Mima is an Akuryou who haunts the surroundings of the Hakurei Shrine, after many confrontations and being resealed by Reimu, she decides to spend her days making fun of the shrine maiden.

Suika Ibuki

Suika Ibuki, who often freeloads her shrine after the events of Immaterial and Missing Power is also is her ally during Subterranean Animism. Reimu saw Suika's presence as a nuisance at first, but never really bothered with driving her away.

Aya Shameimaru

Aya Shameimaru, the tengu reporter was also her ally during the events of Subterranean Animism.

Unnamed kitsune & Unnamed kuda-gitsune

In Wild and Horned Hermit Chapter 8, The Unnamed kitsune offered to help Reimu gain worshipers after being caught disguised as Marisa during a party at Hakurei Shrine. She was, however, deceiving Reimu by letting her use the powers of her kuda-gitsune. Using her ability, they gathered worshipers. Kasen Ibaraki discovered that these fox youkai had been consuming Reimu's willpower and wealth as payment for their help. However, they managed to walk away from the Hakurei Shrine with all her wealth.

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  • Reimu is the most frequent character to appear in the Touhou Project games, with Marisa Kirisame coming second. Reimu appears in every Touhou game, two times more than Marisa, who didn't appear in Highly Responsive to Prayers and the minigame Gold Rush.
  • Reimu appears on the cover of all five PC-98 games.
  • Reimu seems to be scared before and after the boss battle with the Five Magic Stones, making this the only ever time that Reimu was scared and/or afraid of a boss before and after the battle.
  • Most of her theme from Lotus Land Story sounds similar to Elis and Kikuri's theme from Highly Responsive to Prayers, "Magic Mirror".
  • It was originally stated that she lives alone at the shrine, but other rarely seen characters (Mima and SinGyoku) are known to stay there or near there as well. Even then, Reimu claims that most youkai visitors are nuisances, and she'd prefer to be left alone. Marisa Kirisame seems to be one of the few who she wouldn't drive away.
  • Watatsuki no Yorihime from Silent Sinner in Blue – along with VIVIT from the Seihou Project – are thought to be the only ever known characters to have defeated Reimu. However, Yorihime's victory was from a manga, and VIVIT's victory was from a separate series.
  • In Imperishable Night, Reimu is the only one whose partner doesn't mention the danger of the full moon.
  • Reimu's ultimate technique Fantasy Nature (夢想天生 musou tensei, "innate fantasy gained at birth") is homophonous with the ultimate technique of the Hokuto Shinken school in Fist of the North Star, Musou Tensei (無想転生 musou tensei, "nil-thought rebirth"), and has much the same effect.
    • In Touhou Hisoutensoku, if you activate Fantasy Nature successfully in a 3rd round, a remix of "Eastern Mystical Love Consultation" will play which resembles Ai wo Torimodose, the opening theme of the Fist of the North Star anime (an instrumental version of which usually plays whenever Kenshiro is about to win a fight).
  • In Touhou Hisoutensoku, one of her alternative palettes looks similar to VIVIT. Also, one of her palettes seems to be another maid homage, Ruukoto, or possibly Sanae Kochiya's colours. The palette also seems to resemble Mima from Highly Responsive to Prayers. Her white/light gray palette seems to resemble Toki from Hokuto no Ken and possibly somewhat similar to her white outfit from the fangame Concealed the Conclusion.
  • When playing Yukari's story mode in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Reimu breaks down in tears in the ending after Yukari defeats Tenshi and reduces the Hakurei Shrine to rubble for the second time, with Sakuya and Youmu looking on helplessly (although Suika offers to help rebuild it). This marks the first and only time where she's seen crying in a storyline scenario.
  • The shrine maiden at the end of Dolls in Pseudo Paradise is probably Reimu. She has Reimu's title, "Shrine Maiden of Paradise" (and her personality), and according to Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red's Music Column, the shrine maiden in the song that accompanies the ending section is Reimu (so basically, this shrine maiden has Reimu's song and title). However, only the shrine maiden at the end is referred to as the shrine maiden of paradise. Thus it's possible that the shrine maiden seen in the first half of the story is a different person altogether.
  • A "13th Shrine Maiden" signs off the Gensokyo Record in Perfect Cherry Blossom's prologue. ZUN has stated in an e-mail that the Gensokyo Record is unreliable (for one thing, the writing style of each section shows it was written by a different person each time), thus "there's a high possibility that Reimu isn't the 13th Hakurei shrine maiden." (technically, this also means there's no proof that the person who wrote that section of the record is a shrine maiden at all).
  • It' is shown in Oriental Sacred Place that the shrine sometimes gets various donations (including wine) from unknown sources (implied to be from the outside world, as the Hakurei Shrine lies on the border) and Yukari is shown in Oriental Sacred Place to sneak yen donations into the offering box when Reimu isn't looking.
  • Although Reimu has successfully resolved the incidents in each major Touhou game, it is possible that her win rate throughout the actual events of the games wasn't 100%. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense states that Reimu likes to request rematches until she finally wins. In game terms, Reimu apparently has had to use a few continues every once in a while, but she still manages to get a good ending.
    • In Hidden Star in Four Seasons, Reimu does not defeat Okina Matara at stage 6 initially, being led into a trap leading to her defeat. She challenges Okina to a rematch in the Extra Stage and, after devising a countermeasure, defeats her.
  • VIVIT made reference to Reimu in both Kioh Gyoku and Samidare, believing she met her – when talking to Yuuka Kazami – in the former, and referring to her as "red-white" in the latter.
  • In Wild and Horned Hermit chapter 46, Reimu experiences a near-death experience because of food poisoning.
    • It is also revealed, in the same chapter, that she has trouble of taking care of herself.

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