Phantasmagoria of Flower View 東方花映塚

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Even from pretty girl pics, you learn about culture, tech, language, linguistics, if observant. That pic is 小野塚 小町 (Komachi Onozuka), from bullet hell video game Phantasmagoria of Flower View 東方花映塚. There's cultural depth to the char's story.

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小野塚 小町 (Komachi Onozuka)

First notice the title Phantasmagoria of Flower View 東方花映塚. That's a lot linguistics and history to dig in. First note the word “Phantasmagoria”. (here's Wikipedia Phantasmagoria )

Then note the Chinese 東方花映塚 (literally: Oriental Flower Viewing/Show Mound), the char “塚”. Even if you Chinese, that char no unstand. It's ancient char but mostly used in Japanese today. It means burial mound. See

zhǒng = burial mound. cemetery. tomb.

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and Japan Wikipedia

also interesting is the character 映. In Chinese, it means projection, show, broadcast.

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but what is “Phantasmagoria of Flower View 東方花映塚”? it's a bullet hell video game. Note the fitting phrase “bullet hell”. That encompasses the history of video games, its evolution. Wikipedia Bullet hell

here's actual game play

東方花映塚HARD 初クリア(霊夢)リプレイ動画
Game play

here's a previous generation of the game

東方妖々夢 Phantasm ノーミスノーボムノー結界フルスペカ 霊夢B 60fps
bullet hell

you can clearly see what bullet hell means.

and here comes the #math. in a plane, with projectiles flying, what's the probability of sure death? i.e. at some point, no matter how skilled you are, there is no path to a empy area avoid death.

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小野塚 小町 (Komachi Onozuka)

now, the char 小野塚 小町. Her story in game is a funny variant of old China/Japan mythology.

supposed to ferry dead spirits across the Sanzu River, but her slacking off made the already abundant spirits reside in the flowers of Gensokyo, hence causing the massive blooming incident.

The Sanzu River (三途の川 Sanzu-no-kawa), or River of Three Crossings, is a Japanese Buddhist tradition and religious belief similar to the River Styx.

it's amazing how fans created pro level artwork of the game. I 1st learned about this game because a Chinese girl used her name in China forum.

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小野塚 小町 (Komachi Onozuka)

note that she's always holding a scythe. The myth is similar to western myth the Grim Reaper, Charon, river Styx. Also, the flower around her, isn't any, but Red Spider lily. for the story, see 王菲 《彼岸花》 (Flower of Paradise) 曼珠沙华的故事 王菲 《彼岸花》 (Flower of Paradise) 曼珠沙华的故事

The red flowers around her, is Flower of Paradise (Red Spider Lily). There's is a beautiful and sad legend about this flower. See: 王菲 ♪《彼岸花》 (Flower of Paradise) 曼珠沙华的故事 🎶.

The Video Game: Phantasmagoria of Flower View 東方花映塚

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“phantasmagoria of flower view” 《東方花映塚》

Phantasmagoria of Flower View, quote:

Touhou Kaeidzuka ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View. (東方花映塚 〜 Phantasmagoria of Flower View. lit. Oriental Flower Viewing Mound?) is the ninth official game in the Touhou Project scrolling shoot 'em up series. It is often abbreviated as PoFV in English speaking circles. Phantasmagoria of Flower View, like the third Touhou game Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream, differs from other games in the series in that two equally matched characters fight competitively instead of one player clearing stage bosses. In this regard, the gameplay most resembles Twinkle Star Sprites by ADK.

《東方花映塚 ~ Phantasmagoria of Flower View.》(日语:東方花映塚(とうほうかえいづか) 〜 Phantasmagoria of Flower View.)是由同人組織上海愛莉絲幻樂團所製作的彈幕射擊遊戲,是東方Project的第9彈。本作品標題的英文部分是參照東方Project第3作《東方夢時空 ~ Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream.》而來的,但兩作故事之間並無關連。

Note, this series of shooting games since 1996, is created by 1 single person 太田 順也. He did the coding, music, artwork, script (aka story). He has a twitter, at https://twitter.com/korindo

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