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Perfect Memento: Afterword by ZUN

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Ah, hello, it's ZUN as usual.


Thank you very much for reading Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.


Even though this compendium of information was set in Gensokyo in name only, its contents cannot be enjoyed if one doesn't have a considerable knowledge of Touhou, but this is usually how it is.


Despite having that said, take away the Gensokyo Chronicles from Perfect Memento in Strict Sense and only the front cover and this afterword remains. Saying this know.


Now then, this time tales and stories were excluded as much as possible, and an objective rather than subjective point of view was the goal.


Additionally, those who have the most realistic perspectives on things are, as expected, the humans of Gensokyo, with their optimal levels of judgment and reasoning; for that reason, instead of myself, I had Akyu come forth.


I've said it so many times now, Gensokyo is idyllic and pastoral, and is a "peace at any price" kind of a world.


Accordingly, if lives become endangered by something, in most situations, there will be an arranged battle involving humans and youkai.


If danmaku were thought of as an abstraction of such battles, an understanding would emerge regarding the pointlessness of a great number of attacks, and when thinking about these games, new ideas would come easily.


The necessity of forceful additions of game characteristics would be no more, and the game will then feel as if it will become something great and successful.


Despite being a compendium on the games, this book does not touch on the games at all. This is because I want the things relating to the games to complete themselves within the games.


Practically speaking, things like the contents of this book itself, even though one plays the game, are still nothing but utterly unnecessary content.


To say this is originally a shooting game, or to say this is a work based on the worlds that great men of the past assembled together, is haughty talk.


Well then, with regards to the meaning of the information or what it's about within this book, that would be for the cause of bringing more happiness to Touhou outside of the games, thus such information is set in place.


It's not a miscellany, nor completed or conclusive with itself, this is a strange and mysterious book I guess.


Anyway, thank you to the illustrators -- Asai, Monoji Tsukuri, Aki Eda, TOKIAME, Yagi Shinba, and Yamai -- and Ichijinsha, who published this odd book.


And, lately, when considering why or how Akyu is the "9th Generation", I think maybe this monologue could instead be replaced by something interesting and amusing but...


Well, that's a different story.

博麗神主 ZUN

Kannushi of Hakurei Shrine ZUN

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