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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.

BackstoryEdit

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.

PersonalityEdit

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.

AppearanceEdit

Tier 1Edit

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".

Tier 2Edit

Her attire from Touhouvania (Koumajou Densetsu: Akeiro no Koukyoukyoku).

GameplayEdit

The gameplay of this character resembles the style of Urban Legend in Limbo and early Touhou fighting games from 2000s.

Vitality chartEdit

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 Level 10
900 950 1050 1200 1400 1650 1950 2300 2700 3150

Special CardsEdit

Move Execution Description
Youkai Buster Arcade Modifier (Air) Arcade Stick QCF + Arcade Button Punch 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 Arcade Modifier (Air) Arcade Stick QCB + Arcade Button Punch 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 Arcade Stick S + Arcade Button 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 Arcade Stick RS + Arcade Button Kick or Arcade Modifier AirArcade Stick QCF + Arcade Button Kick 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 Arcade Stick QCF + Arcade Button Kick 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 Arcade Stick QCB + Arcade Button Kick 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 Arcade Stick S + Arcade Button Punch 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

Active No. Execution
Active Assist Character 1 Arcade-Button-LPunch + Arcade-Button-LKick
Active Assist Character 2 Arcade-Button-MPunch + Arcade-Button-MKick
Active Assist Character 3 Arcade-Button-HPunch + Arcade-Button-HKick

Tag-Team-Only Assist AttacksEdit

Execution Move Type Angle
Alpha Mid-Air Ascension Kick Direct Upward
Beta Youkai Buster Shot Front
Gamma Quick-Witted Consecration Talismans Direct Front
Arcade Stick QCF + Arcade Button Punch x3 Spirit Sign "Fantasy Seal" Shot Front
Arcade Stick QCB + Arcade Button Punch x3 Treasure "Ying-Yang Asuka'i" Direct Front
Arcade Stick QCB + Arcade Button Kick x3 Divine Arts "Omnidirectional Dragon-Slaying Circle" Direct Tilt Down

Super CardsEdit

Move Execution Description
Spirit Sign "Fantasy Seal" Arcade Modifier (Air) Arcade Stick QCF + Arcade Button Punch x2 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" Arcade Modifier (Air) Arcade Stick QCB + Arcade Button Punch x2 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" Arcade Stick QCB + Arcade Button Kick x2 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.

Ultra CardEdit

Move Execution Description
*To Think There'd be a Shrine Maiden in That Gap!* Arcade Stick S + Arcade Button Punch x2 Reimu leaps and banishes her opponent into her gap, binds them with magic arrays inside it and deals a huge amount of damage.

GalleryEdit

Theme musicEdit

Dolls in Pseudo Paradise - Track 2 Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly ~ Red and White10:33

Dolls in Pseudo Paradise - Track 2 Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly ~ Red and White

TrailerEdit

TriviaEdit

  • 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.

See alsoEdit

Psonic X Touhou
Characters
Psonic
Touhou
Guests
Stages
Psonic
Touhou
Guests Floating IslandSuzaku CastleBattle ColosseumDragon TempleHall of LoveEaster IslandSunny BeachHanami AcademyHaunted ManorNorth Pole
Miscellaneous
Gameplay Life BarPower MeterTurnTime LimitTag TeamBlockGrabs and ThrowsComboCounterSpecial CardSuper CardUltra CardStageScoreTraining ModeTutorialHeroes and Servants Mode
Move lists PsonicTouhouGuests
Other Character rivalriesGensokyoMagic CodeOutside WorldPsonic X Touhou Zero

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