The 東方Project (Touhou Project/Project Shrine Maiden) is a series of doujin danmaku games featuring an all-female cast and is set deeply in Japanese Folklore. Most of the games are made by the one man Team Shanghai Alice with several fighting games being co-produced with another doujin circle, Twilight Frontier, as well as many multitudes of spinoff doujin games. Doujin is a term used to described a small and noncommercial company or development team. Danmaku is a type of shooting game which means "curtain fire". They are similar to vertical-scrolling shooting games, however, they focus more on weaving through complex and beautiful patterns, each with a very high density of bullets.
The setting for Touhou takes place in the illusionary land of Gensokyo, located somewhere in rural Japan with the tone of pre-industrial era Shinto culture. A boundary surrounds and separates this land from the real world, our world, which is said to be far in the future. Most stories of the games are compromised of an incident caused by a Youkai, prompting the Player Characters to go out and solve the incident. The Touhou Project is known for its huge cast of well-developed characters, deep fantasy lore and folklore references, complex and entertaining gameplay, incredible music, and prolific legacy. It has been the dominant fandom in Japan for many years and has a large following globally. Fanworks are broad and vast covering everything from art, music, stories, games, conventions/cosplay, fan made anime, 3D animations and so much more.
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