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Touhou is a Japanese doujin game series that specializes in shoot 'em ups by sole Team Shanghai Alice member ZUN. It has a large fandom in both Eastern and Western countries.

Plot

The main setting of the Touhou series lies in a haunted, fantastic region of Japan called Gensokyo, land where is mainly inhabited by humans and youkai alike as is sealed away from the outside world by the Great Hakurei Barrier. Reimu Hakurei is the protagonist of the series, who lives at the Hakurei Shrine that lies on the said barrier. She, along with the secondary character Marisa Kirisame, set out to solve various incidents that happen throughout the land, mostly cause by youkai. With this, they're both youkai exterminators.

Ships

Femslash

AyaMomi - the ship between Aya Shameimaru and Momiji Inubashiri
DaiChiru - the ship between Cirno and Daiyousei
DoreSagu - the ship between Doremy Sweet and Sagume Kishin
FuraMari - the ship between Marisa Kirisame and Flandre Scarlet
HecaJun - the ship between Hecatia Lapislazuli and Junko
IkuTen - the ship between Iku Nagae and Tenshi Hinanawi
HijiMiko - the ship between Toyosatomimi no Miko and Byakuren Hijiri
KageWaka - the ship between Kagerou Imaizumi and Wakasagihime
KeneMoko - the ship between Fujiwara no Mokou and Keine Kamishirasawa
KoiFura - the ship between Koishi Komeiji and Flandre Scarlet
KoiKoko - the ship between Koishi Komeiji and Hata no Kokoro
KomaEiki - the ship between Komachi Onozuka and Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu
MariAri - the ship between Marisa Kirisame and Alice Margatroid
MeiSaku - the ship between Sakuya Izayoi and Hong Meiling
MimaRisa - the ship between Marisa Kirisame and Mima
MomiKage - the ship between Momiji Inubashiri and Kagerou Imaizumi
NazuShou - the ship between Nazrin and Shou Toramaru
NitoMari - the ship between Marisa Kirisame and Nitori Kawashiro
OrinKuu - the ship between Rin Kaenbyou and Utsuho Reiuji
PachuAri - the ship between Patchouli Knowledge and Alice Margatroid
PachuKoa - the ship between Patchouli Knowledge and Koakuma
PachuMari - the ship between Marisa Kirisame and Patchouli Knowledge
RanChen - the ship between Ran Yakumo and Chen
ReiAri - the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Alice Margatroid
ReiAya - the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Aya Shameimaru
ReiChiru - the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Cirno
ReiMari – the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame
ReiSana - the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Sanae Kochiya
ReiSaku - the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Sakuya Izayoi
ReiSuika - the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Suika Ibuki
RemiRei - the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Remilia Scarlet
RemiSaku - the ship between Remilia Scarlet and Sakuya Izayoi
RenMeri - the ship between Renko Usami and Maribel Hearn
SakuMari - the ship between Marisa Kirisame and Sakuya Izayoi
SakuAri - the ship between Sakuya Izayoi and Alice Margatroid
SakuFura - the ship between Sakuya Izayoi and Flandre Scarlet
SakuMyon - the ship between Sakuya Izayoi and Youmu Konpaku
SeiShin - the ship between Seija Kijin and Shinmyoumaru Sukuna
TeruMoko - the ship between Kaguya Houraisan and Fujiwara no Mokou
UdoJun - the ship between Reisen Udongein Inaba and Junko
UdoMyon - the ship between Reisen Udongein Inaba and Youmu Konpaku
YukaReimu - the ship between Reimu Hakurei and Yukari Yakumo
YukaYuyu - the ship between Yukari Yakumo and Yuyuko Saigyouji
YuuMari - the ship between Marisa Kirisame and Yuuka Kazami
YuuParu - the ship between Yuugi Hoshiguma and Parsee Mizuhashi
YuyuMyon - the ship between Yuyuko Saigyouji and Youmu Konpaku

Het

MariRin - the ship between Marisa Kirisame and Rinnosuke Morichika

Poly

AyaHataMomi - the ship between Aya Shameimaru, Hatate Himekaidou and Momiji Inubashiri
HecaJunPīsu - the ship between Hecatia Lapislazuli, Junko and Clownpiece
KanaSuwaSana - the ship between Kanako Yasaka, Suwako Moriya and Sanae Kochiya
RemiSakuFura - the ship between Remilia Scarlet, Sakuya Izayoi and Flandre Scarlet
ReiMariAri - the ship between Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame and Alice Margatroid
PachuMariAri - the ship between Marisa Kirisame, Alice Margatroid and Patchouli Knowledge

Family

Aki Sisters - the ship between Minoriko Aki and Shizuha Aki
Komeiji Family - the ship between Satori Komeiji, Rin Kaenbyou, Utsuho Reiuji and Koishi Komeiji
RemiFura - the ship between Remilia Scarlet and Flandre Scarlet
SatoKoi - the ship between Satori Komeiji and Koishi Komeiji
Yakumo Family - the ship between Chen, Ran Yakumo and Yukari Yakumo
Watatsuki Sisters - the ship between Watatsuki no Toyohime and Watatsuki no Yorihime

Friendship

Playable Command - the ship between Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Sakuya Izayoi, Youmu Konpaku and Sanae Kochiya (and aditionally Cirno, Reisen Udongein Inaba, and Aya Shameimaru)
Team 9 - the ship between Cirno, Rumia, Wriggle Nightbug and Mystia Lorelei (and additionally Daiyousei, Letty Whiterock, Chen and Tewi Inaba)

Fanon

Touhou Project is best known outside Japan for its prodigious amount of fanwork. While a typical Japanese fandom will have its fair share of doujinshi and written work, Touhou ups the ante with fan-made music arranges, fan-made video clips (often video clips of said remixes), fan-made games of various genres, and even two fan-made anime OVAs. Most of these products are released in Comiket, although fans outside of Japan can buy them via online shops. Touhou also had its own annual convention, Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai, usually held in March or April.

One of the most striking aspect of Touhou fandom is the wealth of music arranges. ZUN himself has released 11 soundtrack albums, and fan circles has created over two hundred arrange albums.

Fans outside Japan largely limited themselves to fanart and fan fiction, although fan arranges of Touhou music do surface from time to time in international forums.

Shipping

There are a vast number of ships for Touhou, especially and overwhelmingly femslash, due to the large cast of female characters in the games and enormous fanbase. Despite there's a big shipping fanbase, however, the canon works strictly adhere to non-romantic contexts. While ZUN has said he doesn't mind all the shipping the fandom does, he isn't interested in participating himself since he sees the characters as his kids.

ReiMari is the dominant ship in the fanbase —which ship has 11460+ illustrations tagged with its name on pixiv—, but there are many, many more. Touhou Wiki's Relationshipping page lists many of the well-known ships, along with their ship names on pixiv.

Fandom

FAN FICTION

Touhou Project on FanFiction.Net
Touhou tag on AO3

TUMBLR

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List

TOP 10 AO3 SHIPS
# portmanteau characters type
100 ReiMari Reimu Hakurei/Marisa Kirisame femslash
90 MariAri Marisa Kirisame/Alice Margatroid femslash
44 YukaReimu Reimu Hakurei/Yukari Yakumo slash

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