Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, but I was tired and sore from hard labor, and I’m still very sore. And poison ivy still sucks hard. Enough about that though, onto today’s post.
Perfect Cherry Blossom is the 7th game in the Touhou series and features the addition of a bunch more character I adore, and the return of some old favorites. In the game it is already May, yet the winter storms show no sign of stopping. The player can choose from either Hakurei Reimu, Marisa Kirisame, or Sakuya Izayoi, which I find absolutely amazing since she is one of my most favorite characters ever. The player must travel into Hakugyokurou, the underworld, to find and stop the source.
The game starts with Hakurei Reimu being sick of the never ending winter and sets off to find and punish the culprit. Marisa Kirisame sees a cherry blossom float down outside of her house and wonders if spring is happening elsewhere. Sakuya Izayoi is growing concerned of their diminishing winter supplies and seeks to end the winter before they run out completely.
The heroine starts off her journey by heading off into the snow-covered forests in search of clues. She battles the ice fairy Cirno and the winter spirit Letty Whiterock in the forest, and the nekomata Chen in the village of Mayohiga, without any progress in her search. Finally, after defeating Alice Margatroid and her dolls, the heroine finds a lead when she notices several cherry blossoms blowing around in the sky. The heroine follows the trail of cherry blossoms high above Gensokyo, breaking through the greetings of Lily White, eventually reaching a great magical boundary and the poltergeist musicians Prismriver Sisters. After silencing the Prismriver Sisters, the heroine crosses the boundary into the Netherworld.
After fighting off several ghosts, the heroine is confronted by human-ghost gardener Youmu Konpaku. Youmu explains that she had been stealing the essence of “spring” throughout Gensokyo in order to make the Saigyou Ayakashi, a youkai cherry tree, bloom perfectly with the rest of Hakugyokurou’s gardens, as per her master’s orders. The heroine defeats Youmu and hurries to Hakugyokurou to get Gensokyo’s spring back. Now at the end of a long journey, the heroine comes face to face with Yuyuko Saigyouji, the ghost princess of Hakugyokurou. Yuyuko reveals that she wanted to revive a certain soul that has been sealed within the Saigyou Ayakashi from before her existence. In order to break the seal, the youkai cherry blossom tree needed to bloom fully and completely. Yuyuko and the heroine wage a fierce battle, to get the last “spring” contained in the heroine needed for the Perfect Cherry Blossom, and to reclaim Gensokyo’s spring, respectively. After the heroine defeats Yuyuko, the Saigyou Ayakashi starts to lose its health. However the seal has been weakened from the near-complete bloom, and the sealed soul is temporarily unleashed. The soul is actually Yuyuko’s. The heroine dodges attack after attack until Yuyuko’s soul is finally sealed once more.
Note: Perfect Cherry Blossom has two bonus stages.
A few days later, Yuyuko asks the heroine for a favor. The magic boundary between Gensokyo and the Netherworld was weakened by Yukari Yakumo, one of Yuyuko’s friends, to make stealing Gensokyo’s spring easier. Yuyuko asks the heroine to find her friend, who would be preparing for the flower-viewing event during this time, and remind her to repair the boundary. As the heroine flies closer to her destination, Chen leaps out in front of the heroine, seemingly revitalized and much more powerful. The heroine manages to defeat Chen again, but this only serves to draw out an angry Ran Yakumo. It turns out that Chen was the shikigami of Ran, and Ran is intent on making the heroine pay. Ran reveals that she is also a shikigami, and that she will not let any troublemakers disturb her master. The heroine figures that defeating Ran will get the attention of Yuyuko’s friend, and after a fierce battle, Ran is defeated. Surprisingly, Ran’s master, Yukari, doesn’t appear, and Ran tells the heroine that she should try coming back at night, since her master sleeps less often during the night. After returning that night and defeating a weakened Ran again, Yukari emerges to greet the heroine. Yukari is quite surprised at the heroine’s ability and decides to continue where Ran left off. After a vicious fight, Yukari is defeated, and quickly uses her abilities to do the heroine’s request.
That concludes the tales of PCB, which introduced a lot of some of my favorite characters in the series. Tomorrow is Touhou 7.5, Immaterial and Missing Power.