Today I'd like to present to you: Touhou - Little Reimu
For those of you unfamiliar with the Touhou universe, I've included a short primer below.
This is a movie made from a series of 8 manga-style Touhou videos that tell the (unofficial) backstory of Reimu when she was young. It is by far the most amazing Touhou story I've personally come across, and every care was taken to make sure the resulting translation and typesetting matches the spirit of the original.
Since these were released over the course of several months on Nico, they do come with credits, but don't skip them because they contain story bits. I've taken all the videos and stitched them together to form a more or less cohesive movie a little under 2 hours long. You might initially be put off by the non-animation and the pacing of the story but I hope you can watch through to the end - it will be worth it, I promise.
So whether you're a longstanding Touhou fan or completely new to the series, I humbly offer this Mazui release for your enjoyment.
Touhou - Little Reimu
Brief Touhou primer
Touhou refers to a series of 2D scrolling shooter games. The Touhou universe has hundreds of characters, each with their own backstories and personalities, and has grown off the strength of the doujin community to become probably the largest fan-made universe there is. This movie is one such work.
Characters in Little Reimu
The miko (shrine maiden) of Hakurei Shrine, which overlooks the border between the real world and Gensoukyou, the spirit realm. She is one of the main characters in the Touhou games.
The second main character of Touhou and Reimu's friend. A magician who tends to get involved in whatever trouble Reimu runs into.
The youkai (spirit) of darkness. Eats humans.
The youkai of boundaries. Possibly the oldest and most powerful youkai in Gensoukyou. Her ability allows her to move around by breaking the boundaries of space.
A very powerful youkai who loves flowers. She does not hesitate to attack anyone who threatens her garden.
This story is called Little Reimu, so this must be...?