The Touhou M-1 Grand Prix is a series of CD/DVDs released by R-Note (formerly YELLOW ZEBRA) wherein the characters from Touhou perform animated manzai skits. The project is built around a mock manzai tournament, also hosted and judged by the characters from the series. There are currently 7 seasons of the M-1 Grand Prix.
The 7th Touhou M-1 Grand Prix was announced in October 2012. It was released at Comiket 83 on December 30th, 2012.
You can find translation efforts ongoing over at Youtube. dgreater1 translated most of the 1st and 2nd Grand Prix but stopped afterwards. Furienify and a few others subtitled the 3rd and the 4th Grand Prix. Railkill has subtitled the 6th Grand Prix, while bonnet12341 has also been subtitling the missing scenes of the 4th, 5th and 6th Grand Prix.
1st Touhou M-1 Grand Prix (Reitaisai 4)
Judges: Ran, Kaguya, Lily White, Shikieiki
Hosts: Rinnosuke, Aya
Prize: The Hourai Elixir
- Scarlet Mansion (Remilia/Flandre)
- The Scarlet Devil Mansion gets on fire. Flandre guides Remilia to rescue Sakuya.
- Yuyuko & Youmu (Yuyuko/Youmu)
- It is Yuyuko's birthday and Youmu asks what kind of present she would like.
- Kekkai Shoujo (Reimu/Yukari)
- Yukari confesses she knows everything about Reimu, except her full name.
- Witch Doll (Marisa/Alice)
- Alice wants to buy a new house near to Hakurei Shrine. Marisa teaches her how to "deal" with real estate sellers.
- Witch Doll (Marisa/Alice)
- Alice plans to get married in the future, but Marisa won't let her go that easily.
- Scarlet Mansion (Remilia/Flandre/Cirno) — WINNER
- Flandre lets Cirno join their team as a tsukkomi (straight man). Both Remilia and Flandre are unsatisfied with her performance.
2nd Touhou M-1 Grand Prix (Comiket 73)
Judges: Yukari, Flandre/Cirno, Komachi, Akyuu
Hosts: Rinnosuke, Keine
Prize: 100,000 Goku worth on Human Village Territory
- TewiReisen (Tewi/Reisen)
- Reisen wants to appear on TV commercials. Tewi distracts her to get some attention herself.
- PatchuMirin (Meiling/Patchouli)
- Meiling helps Patchouli confess her feelings for Marisa by doing physical exercise.
- Yakumo Chen (Chen/Ran)
- Ran runs a "Touhou Questions & Answers about everything" business. She trains Chen for the job.
- Hourai Teruyo (Kaguya/Eirin)
- Kaguya wants to get a job for the first time. Eirin helps her write a resumé.
- Hourai Teruyo (Kaguya/Eirin/Mokou)
- Mokou attacks Kaguya in the middle of their performance. Kaguya tricks Mokou into thinking she's a special guest for her own "TV show".
- Yakumo Chen (Chen/Ran) — WINNER
- It's hibernation time for Yukari. Ran teaches Chen how to defend their home from noisy people.
3rd Touhou M-1 Grand Prix (Comiket 75)
Judges: Yukari/Ran, Suika, Kanako, Suwako, Shikieiki/Komachi
Hosts: Rinnosuke, Eirin
Losers Bracket Studio: Keine
Prize: Becoming the Main Protagonists
Commercial Break: "Mystia's Grilled Lamprey" (Yuyuko/Youmu/Flandre/Mokou/Mystia)
- Yuyuko & Youmu (Yuyuko/Youmu) Judging
- Yuyuko & Youmu talk about different kinds of snacks, and Yuyuko's like for eating birds, just like Mystia's...
- Wind Girl (Aya/Momiji) Judging
- Aya doesn't want to become senile like her grandma. Momiji plays as Aya's grandma to represent a situation.
- TewiKourin (Tewi/Rinnosuke) Judging
- Tewi insinuates Rinnosuke's job at the store is really easy. Rinnosuke plays as a robber to show Tewi his job is harder than she thought.
- Witch Doll ("Marisa"/Alice) Judging + Loser Resurrection + "Burning Love" mini-manzai
- Marisa interviews Alice at her house. The manzai goes wrong with a shocking surprise.
- MikoMiko Spark (Reimu/Marisa) Judging
- Reimu and Marisa get in a double date. Marisa is nervous about it.
Pre Finals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raEgRFPWkuI
- TewiKourin (Tewi/Rinnosuke)
- Tewi believes American rabbits are cooler than Japanese rabbits. She then decides to do an American-style manzai.
- MikoMiko Spark (Reimu/Marisa) — WINNER
- Reimu and Marisa discuss which of them is the coolest character.
Final Judging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPr2pDarlxg
4th Touhou M-1 Grand Prix (Comiket 77)
Judges: Ran, Remilia, Reimu, Parsee, Kaguya
Hosts: Rinnosuke, Sanae
Losers Bracket Studio: Eirin
Prize: 10,000 Goku worth on the Capital Moon
Commercial Break: Nitori's Radio controller (Nitori/Hina)
- Oni Goddess Girls (Suika/Yuugi) Judging
- Yuugi wants to compete in boxing. Suika announces her entrance.
- WerePhoenix (Mokou/Keine) Judging
- Mokou will assist a funeral. Keine teaches her the manners for such event.
- Satorin Okyuun (Utsuho/Satori) Judging
- Satori opens her own hot springs and wants some promotion. Okuu plays as a reporter and interviews Satori.
- MoriyaKero (Suwako/Kanako) Judging + Loser Resurrection
- Kanako claims she can "sing" any song. Suwako teaches her how to sing properly.
- Cat Stone (Koishi/Orin) Judging
- Satori is angry at Koishi. Koishi wants to make her feel better by becoming a TV star and performing a sword fight along with Orin.
Before Finals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAPe9NDH6x8
- Tokamak Club (Utsuho/Orin) — WINNER
- Okuu believes Satori doesn't like her anymore. Orin gives her advice on how to get Satori like her again.
- Satori Koishi (Satori/Koishi)
- Satori and Koishi make a skit contest. The one who messes it up will get a painful punishment...
Final Judging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss93Ou3jXhI
- KourinSpark (Rinnosuke/Marisa)
5th Touhou M-1 Grand Prix (Comiket 79)
Judges: Akyuu, Sakuya, Marisa, Komachi, Shikieiki
Hosts: Rinnosuke, Ran/"Chen"
Losers Bracket Studio: Sanae
Prize: 10,000 Kan
Commercial Break: Gensoukyo Ears Book (Aya/Hatate)
- Shou-chan Chuchu + Judging(Shou/Narzin)
- Shou teaches the audience the Gensokyo slang while Nazrin exemplifies the words.
- Shutter Girls + Judging (Aya/Hatate)
- Aya tests Hatate's knowledge about Gensokyo's facts.
- Myourensen + Judging (Byakuren/Murasa)
- Byakuren opens a bar in which both humans and youkai can drink together. Murasa is their first client.
- Spin Kappa (Nitori/Hina) Judge + Loser Resurrection
- Nitori tries to make Hina angry. She plays as an employee with very bad manners.
- TeiReisen (Tewi/"Reisen") TeiReisen (Railkill)Judging
- Tewi wants to start over in the Lunar Capital. Reisen scolds her and reminds her of the "Five Laws of Earth Rabbits". However, what Reisen says starts to sound suspicious.
- Myourensen (Byakuren/Murasa/Unzan)
- Murasa wants to confess her love for someone. She asks Byakuren an Unzan for help
- Spin Kappa (Nitori/Hina) — WINNER
- Nitori wants to be part of the technology era and she tries to make an account in a social site.
Final Judge + Ending: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKSyXwa6lC4
- Extra scene 1 (Talking Statues)
- Two talking statues haven't received any offers for years, so they're starving. Ran and Chen stop by to have lunch.
- Extra scene 2 (Flandre/Patchouli/Cirno)
- Flandre is hoping to participate in the next Grand Prix. She then decides to practice with Patchouli and Cirno, making Cirno mimic a manly voice.
- Extra scene 3 + Credits (Nue/Kogasa)
- Nue reflects about what she learnt at the end of the 5th Grand Prix. Her thoughts get interrupted with a surprise.
6th Touhou M-1 Grand Prix (Comiket 81)
Judges: Akyuu, Yukari, Lily White/Lily Black, Yorihime, Warai Uzume Mikoto
Hosts: Rinnosuke, Sakuya
Prize: Go-Reisho Document
- Scarlet Mansion(Remilia/Flandre) Judging — 5th Place
- The Scarlet Mansion gets on fire again. This time Remilia must rescue her little sister.
- Yakumo Chen (Ran/Chen) Judging — 3rd Place
- Chen goes to school. Ran has to scold her for getting bad influences from her classmates.
- Spin Kappa (Nitori & Hina) Judging — 2nd Place
- Nitori tries to make Hina angry again. This time by doing grafitti on her wall.
- MikoMiko Spark (Reimu & Marisa) Judging — 4th Place
- Reimu complains that worshipers don't come to her shrine. Marisa interviews her to raise her popularity on TV.
- Tokamak Club (Okuu & Orin) Judging — GRAND CHAMPION
- Utsuho wants to ask a human for marriage. Orin plays as her mother-in-law.
Comercial Break: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9ZG5Klvac (Hatate/Momiji/Aya)
Grand Champion Judging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMLeArTLFQE
- Tokamak Club (Okuu & Orin) Between Finals
- Okuu witnessed a murder next to her house. Orin interviews her about it.
- Binary Drop (Shikieiki & Komachi) — WINNER
- Shikieki decides to become a pop singer. Komachi is her accompanist.
Final judging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFk4jWyDpBk
Ending + Credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnhFKBM9qZ8
7th Touhou M-1 Grand Prix (Comiket 83)
Judges: Seiga/Yoshika, Orin, Reimu, Mamizou, Shikieiki
Hosts: Rinnosuke, Toyosatomimi no Miko
Losers Bracket Studio: Kyouko
Prize: 10 million Yen
- Gekidan Miko (Futo/Tojiko)
- Tojiko says that Futo is afraid of demon youkai. Futo denies it.
- Mystery Parasol (Kogasa/Nue)
- Nue teaches Kogasa how to direct and narrate horror movies. Kogasa wants to make it fun.
- Jealousy Star (Parsee/Yuugi)
- Parsee is trying to not use jealousy, but goes too far by saying "thank you" everytime. Yuugi shows her it isn't easy being not jealous by making her pretend to be attacked by a zombie.
- Yasaka Kanako (Kanako/Sanae)
- Kanako is running for president, but her oath of honor seems suspicious.
- Patchu Mirin (Meiling/Patchouli)
- Patchouli revealed she doesn't have asthma, but anemia. Meiling cheers her up with other characters when her anemia is in severe state.
- Jealousy Star (Parsee/Yuugi) — WINNER
- Parsee trains marine animals. Yuugi is a seal, but she is acting stubborn.
- Patchu Mirin (Meiling/Patchouli)
- Meiling does an anonymous interview with Patchouli, but Meiling goes too far by following everywhere she goes.
4th Touhou Grand Prix Commercial Break: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocdbdiRe53E
2nd Touhou M-1 Grand Prix
- Opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5RdFw8OsDY&list=PL1B7E9A36C0174A15
- Commercial Break: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-bMZioGmxw
- Final Judge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RohvNo-UjU
- Extra scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I8pO7vLSnI
3rd Touhou M-1 Grand Prix
- Bonus 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq7_C2VSVS4
- Bonus 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQOeNa9NSL0
7th Touhou M-1 Grand Prix
Full Unsubbed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qIHdhbiCN0
- Gekkidan Miko
- Mystery Parasol
- Jealousy Star
- Yasaka Kanako
- Patchu Mirin
- Jealousy Star Finals
- Patchu Mirin Finals
- Final Judging
- Hidden: ????? (Probably a behind the scenes interview judging by the voices)
- Rinnosuke is the only character who has appeared in all seasons, as a permanent host.
- Shikieiki Yamaxanadu is the founder of the Touhou M-1 Grand Prix and the director of judges.
- Ran is the only character who has appeared as a host, a judge, and in manzai.
- Marisa has done the most number of manzai: five. (not counting the one with the fake Marisa nor the bonus one with Rinnosuke)
- Marisa, Utsuho, and Orin are the only characters who have gotten into the finals twice.
- Tewi, Reimu and Marisa are the only characters who have appeared doing manzai in three different seasons.
- Even though she has appeared as both a host and a judge, Sakuya has possibly never done a manzai at all. This is not a coincidence, since she even states she is too busy doing her job as a maid. However, Shikieiki states this is because she didn't have a good partner (who that partner was remains unknown).
- The SA cast is the one with the most number of winners: four (Utsuho, Rin, Parsee and Yuugi). Satori and Koishi also got into the finals once.
- Also, the IN cast is the one with the most number of losers: six of them have participated, three have got into the finals, none of them have won.
- All the characters from UFO appeared in the 5th Grand Prix.
- In the 5th Grand Prix, Nue transforms in various characters: Reisen midway the Tewireisen manzai (you can tell by the different colors of her ears and you can see her sillhouette when Tewi attacks her); Murasa that apppears during Nitori and Hina's manzai (you can see the different colour of the skarf); Chen during the last judgings.
- All the characters from Ten Desires appeared in the 7th Grand Prix.
- Mima is the only character from the PC-98 era who has made a cameo.
- Tenshi and Iku are the only characters from the Windows era who have yet made an appearance.
- It seems Lunarian people have some interest in Utsuho: During the 4th Grand Prix, Kaguya wanted Okuu to become her servant, but this was stopped by Satori; and during the 6th, Yorihime wanted to train Okuu's skills in manzai as the boke role. However, Okuu unconsciously rejected her offer, as the bird-brain she is.
- Nitori, Hina, and Tewi are the only characters that have done a manzai in two consecutive seasons.
- The 7th M-1 Grand Prix is the very first season which doesn't feature any member of the Yakumo family (Yukari/Ran/Chen).
- SpinKappa and Okuu are the only winners of a Grand Prix that haven't appeared as judges or hosts yet.
- Since the 1st Grand Prix, Lily White has been known for being speechless, communicating only with the chirping sound she makes in PoFV. Nitori invented a voice translator for her; however, it is boldly shown the voice used for the translator is actually Hatsune Miku.
- "Burning Love" (Rumia and Wriggle) are probably the most persevering couple, since they have appeared at the losers studio in all seasons. They even did a short manzai in the 3rd Grand Prix.
- All characters who have won a Grand Prix, except Reimu, Marisa and Yuugi, have done it in their first appearance doing a manzai.
Warai no Uzume no Mikoto
Warai no Uzume no Mikoto, one of the judges for the 6th Grand Prix, is an original character, which is probably why her face is censored. She is the goddess of laughter and comedy, and she might be based in Ame no Uzume no Mikoto, just adding "Warai" to her name which means "laughter".
She has won several Lunarian M-1 Grand Prix, and she is also a judge for the preliminary rounds of the "Kingdom of Gods M-1 Grand Prix". She is seen in the credits roll of the 6th Grand Prix next to her couple, who is a man probably based on Sarutahiko Okami, Ame no Uzume's husband.
The Go-Reisho Document is a book written by the goddess of laughter herself. Whoever reads this book will gain as much skills for comedy as the gods.
Warning: Several spoilers below
During Kekkai Shoujou's judging in the 1st Grand Prix, Yukari asks Ran to get a human for her. At the end, Ran kidnaps Marisa for Yukari.
In the extra scene of the 2nd Grand Prix, Marisa reappears in front of Reimu. Marisa tells Reimu that she was able to steal the Go-Reisho Document, and that way, they would win the next Grand Prix easily.
Marisa officially comes back as Reimu's partner in the 3rd Grand Prix, however, Alice had used a fake doll Marisa as a replacement. When Alice sees the real Marisa coming, she explains herself saying that everyone had thought Marisa had been eaten by Yukari.
In the 6th Grand Prix, Warai Uzume, the goddess of laughter, appears as a judge, next to Yorihime and Yukari. The prize for this Grand Prix would be the Go-Reisho Document, which was won by Tokamak Club, but happened to be fake as Shikieiki's stated in an intermission. Then, Yorihime explained what really happened, just before Yukari fled:
Marisa exchanged the actual Go-Reisho Document for a fake one, the one that was used as the prize for the 6th Grand Prix. When Yukari kidnapped Marisa, she kept the actual Go-Reisho Document, erasing Marisa's memories. However, while nobody was at Yukari's house, Komachi had gone to get back the actual Document.
Shikieiki and Komachi, together as Binary Drop, then had to defend their property over the actual Go-Reisho Document in a final round against Tokamak Club, which they won with an unanimous decision by the judges.