|“|| It would be great if I got some more worshipers from this.
|~ Reimu's post-match victory quote|
Reimu Hakurei (博麗霊夢 Hakurei Reimu) is the first main character in Touhou series of fantasy-themed manic shoot 'em ups created by a single member of Team Shanghai Alice, ZUN. Reimu is the first core character to Psonic X Touhou, and is the first character from the series to appear and the next one is Marisa Kirisame.
Not much is known about Reimu's history prior to the events of the games. ZUN does mention in one of his Shanghai Alice Correspondence documents that there was a previous Hakurei Shrine Maiden, and it's generally assumed that there's a line of them.
With night's darkness fast approaching, an annoyed Reimu remarks, "Believe not they will be around for you always: parents and daylight". The quote was thought to imply that Reimu knew her parents, but they're gone and she's rather bitter about it. However, her line was modified from a haiku about the transient, changing nature of things, the original subjects being parents and more. This indicates it was not likely to be a reference to her own parents, after all.
Reimu is straightforward, optimistic, and a bit curious. She is quick to anger if offended, but just as quick to offer help to those in need. According to Komachi, Reimu has an innocent heart that can't truly hate anyone. While rather lazy in her free time, she is highly devoted to her duties as the Hakurei Shrine Maiden, resulting in a "shoot first and ask questions later" attitude to youkai extermination.
It's been stated that Reimu treats everyone the same, whether they're humans, youkai or gods, giving them no particular respect or disrespect. This habit has caused her to inadvertently befriend many youkai she defeats. While she tries to keep youkai away from her shrine, this is because it makes it harder to do her job rather than because she dislikes them. At the end of the symposium in Symposium of Post-mysticism, when Reimu goes to break it up, Miko notes that though Reimu says she wants to eliminate all the youkai, she actually just wants to attain a peace in Gensokyo that doesn't require violence, like the others present wish.
Reimu has brown-black hair which varies in length and style, though she still wears a red ribbon and matching tubes on her side-locks. She's still seen in her "miko uniform", but it now bears little in common with the standard uniform beyond the red-and-white color scheme. This uniform consists of a red skirt (rather than the standard hakama), a sleeveless red top with a white collar, tied with a blue ribbon, and a pair of white detached sleeves which expose her armpits and Sarashi. Due to the color scheme, she's occasionally called the "red-white miko".
Her attire from Touhouvania (Koumajou Densetsu: Akeiro no Koukyoukyoku).
The gameplay of this character resembles the style of Urban Legend in Limbo and early Touhou fighting games from 2000s.
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6||Level 7||Level 8||Level 9||Level 10|
|Youkai Buster||+||Reimu throws out a bundle of talismans that flies in a straight line. If she equips it to up, it shoots upward, and if she equips it to down, it shoots downward. It has good bullet speed and good damage, so it's a really all-around move that doesn't have much weakness except its consumption.|
|Quick-Witted Consecration Talismans||+||Reimu throws out several talismans, and creates a barrier using them as the corners. The barrier itself, being huge and strong, can be troublesome, but one fault is that the amulets forming the corners are weak points, and destroying them will simply erase the barrier.|
|Mid-Air Ascension Kick||+||Also known as a somersault, a quick kick upwards from a back flip. Kicking an opponent who's high in the air is easy. In this air battle, you can go down below the opponent, so it's an indispensable and aggressive move.|
|Dimensional Point Rift||+ or +||With the first input it places a marker with the second use you warp to the marker and assault with a dive kick. If the marker is in a low position, she'll warp from below to the sky above. She can make fun of her opponent with this movement that completely disregards the laws of physics.|
|Yin-Yang Shot||+||Reimu strongly throw a yin-yang orb that bounces off the floor and the ceiling. Its speed is slow, but when it passes through the barrier established with a strong forward shot, it'll accelerate and become a Super Yin-Yang Shot.|
|Frontal Defense Talisman||+||A frontal shot that fires amulets which then divide into small bullets and shoot forward over a wide area. They're weak after spreading out, but it can be an important move, since the quantity of them provides cover and she can use the time delay to launch additional attacks.|
|Floating Wall Jump||+||By making a foothold with a barrier in midair, Reimu can do a body-slam with a potentially irregular trajectory. By pressing any button, she can change the timing and trajectory of her second jump.|
Assist Input LegendEdit
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Tag-Team-Only Assist AttacksEdit
|Spirit Sign "Fantasy Seal"||+||Reimu moves within the Super Card system are declared with the first use, and when reused in the available time period it will activate. It's a disposable yet powerful special move. Fantasy Seal is a move that corners the opponent with rapid-fire powerful homing bullets, and is one of the signature moves of the Hakurei shrine maiden.|
|Treasure "Ying-Yang Asuka'i"||+||Reimu crushes the opponent with a huge yin-yang orb right in front of Reimu. With additional button inputs, she can fire the orb off. She can choose whether to fire in a left or right facing trajectory.|
|Divine Arts "Omnidirectional Dragon-Slaying Circle"||+||Reimu forms a great barrier to stop all who come hear her and attack with a wide scope with Reimu as the center. The ones who jump into this attack are, without fail, attacked back instead, but after the declaration, people will often aim to bring about a counterattack; however, the world doesn't work out that well.|
|*To Think There'd be a Shrine Maiden in That Gap!*||+||Reimu leaps and banishes her opponent into her gap, binds them with magic arrays inside it and deals a huge amount of damage.|
- Michelle Ruff, the voice actress of Reimu Hakurei, is known for her voice roles of Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach, Yuki Nagato and Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann.