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Music of Touhou Reiiden ~ Highly Responsive to Prayers

Darkslime August 22, 2010 User blog:Darkslime

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Touhou Project #1
Release Date: November 1996
Songs: 15 (1 unused)
Link Count: 71

The music from Highly Responsive to Prayers is largely hit-or-miss: while there are a few stand-out songs, most of them are pretty strange and hard to listen to while you’re playing the game. It was, after all, ZUN’s first time doing music for a game(of his own creation, of course), so it’s understandable. However, there are some arrangements that bring light to even the bad ones, and those that do justice to the good ones.

Explanation on different original versions: When ZUN made Touhou 5, he included the “Music Room Special”, which contained all tracks from the first four games along with the tracks from 5. However, he slightly arranged every track from Touhou Reiiden; and then he used that track as a base for another slight arrangement on Akyu’s Untouched Score Vol. 5. In addition, Touhou Kaikidan has an additional MP3-format arrange that ZUN composed in the void between the PC-98 era and the Windows era.




001 / A Sacred Lot

The title screen song. In other words, everything started from here. It’s not much to listen to, but the Banbra DX arrangement is fairly good.

Type N Y Artist Name Comment
Official N ZUN A Sacred Lot
Official N ZUN A Sacred Lot Touhou 5 Version "PMD Arrange"
Doujin N Sound Online Veyron Trois Bleu - Track 5, arr. Masayoshi Minoshima
Jisaku N Ji-o- A Sacred Lot Band Brothers DX Arrange




002 / Eien no Miko

One of the most famous songs from the PC-98 era – Reimu’s first theme song, translated to “Eternal Shrine Maiden”. It was the stage music for levels 1-4, as well as 16-19 on the Jigoku route. It’s a catchy tune that doesn’t take long to get stuck in your head(especially if you watch the whistled version). This song was also arranged for the Dolls in Pseudo Paradise album.

Type N Y Artist Name Comment
Official N ZUN Eien no Miko
Official N ZUN Eien no Miko Touhou 5 Version "Chotto Arrange"
Official N ZUN Eien no Miko Dolls in Pseudo Paradise Arrangement
Doujin N EastNewSound Kanade Ugate, Shinonome no Kanata e Lyrical Crimson - Track 5, arr. KOBATYU, vocals by Cryu
Doujin N Pizuya's Cell Bloody Flower Connection ETERNAL CIRCLE NINE - Track 5, arr/per. pizuya
Doujin N XL Project Introduction & After World ~the last hope~ - Tracks 1 and 2, arr. estha, vocals by mintea
MIDI N ANG Eien no Miko MIDI Arrange
Mimi-Copy N RYOJOKU-TYPE Eien no Miko Mimi-Copy
Mimi-Copy N Idzuna Eien no Miko Mimi-Copy (Dolls in Pseudo Paradise)
Piano N DMBN Eien no Miko Piano Easy Mode
Jisaku N Anias Eien no Miko Surround Sound Arrangement
Jisaku N Nama-pan Eien no Miko Whistled




003 / The Positive and Negative

Theme song of the stage 5 boss, Shingyoku. It’s not very good.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • Arrange “Tha Positive and Negative” (Uchigi)
  • Midi Arrange




004 / Highly Responsive to Prayers

A very odd sounding song; the theme of Makai levels 6 through 9. Touhou Reiiden has been compared to Breakout, but it’s got a different feeling all together, both in gameplay and in music.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • [ZUN] Touhou 5 Version (Honnori Arrange)
  • [Alstroemeria Records] The Brilliant Flowers – Track 2 “Highly Responsive to Prayers” (Masayoshi Minoshima feat. Haruka)




005 / Tōhō Kaikidan

Strange Oriental Discourse(or, Oriental Lesson) – the song ZUN professes to have been born just to make. As such, it was one of the two songs he made an extra MP3 arrangement for in that void between the PC-98 era and the Windows era(along with Reincarnation). It wasn’t originally made for Touhou Reiiden, but ZUN wanted to use it when he was first learning C. Anyway, it also happens to be where the Touhou OOO naming scheme for the games came from. This song was also arranged for Dolls in Pseudo Paradise.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • [ZUN] Touhou 5 Version (Sawayaka Arrange)
  • [ZUN] Dolls in Pseudo Paradise Arrange
  • Arrange “Touhou Raidendan” (mocchie)
  • Piano Easy Mode
  • Raideen-esque Arrange




006 / Tenshi Densetsu

The theme of the stage 10 boss, “Angel’s Legend”. Depending on which route you take, it’s either YuugenMagan(the evil eyes) or Mima’s theme. The bosses start getting hard at this point, even if you’re playing Easy Mode. I greatly recommend the SD-80 arrangement.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • [ZUN] Akyu’s Untouched Score Version
  • Midi Arrange
  • SD-80 Arrange




007 / Oriental Magician

A nothing(?) song for Makai stages 11 through 14. Like the others, it was arranged for Touhou 5, then again for Akyu’s Untouched Score. It kind of hurts my ears. And no, this has nothing to do with Marisa.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • Arrange “abyss world” (heric)




008 / Haja no Kodachi

The Kodachi of Destruction; or, as ZUN calls it, Blade of Banishment. A song that fools you into thinking it’s going somewhere it’s not, and ends up being fairly boring. It’s the theme for Jigoku stages 11 through 14.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • [ZUN] Akyu’s Untouched Score Version




009 / Makyō

Or, “Magic Mirror” – in my opinion, one of the best songs from HRtP. It has two different version based on which route you’re on – Elis on the Makai route, or Kikuri on the Jigoku route. The Jigoku version is lower in pitch, but other than that… Anyway, the arrangements are all really nice, so you should give them a listen.

  • [ZUN] Original (Makai Version)
  • [ZUN] Jigoku Version (Makai Version)
  • [ZUN] Touhou 5 Version
  • Arrange “Devil Moon” (Lyude)
  • Band Brothers DX Arrange
  • Piano Easy Mode
  • SD-80 Arrange




010 / The Legend of KAGE

The final stages of the Makai route used this song. It’s actually kind of a cool song. It manages to convey the intensity of the unwritten state of things as you progress towards the final boss.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • [ZUN] Touhou 5 Version
  • [CYTOKINE] ±PM – Track 3 “The Legend of KAGE” (Linjin)
  • Piano Easy Mode




011 / Iza, Taore Yuku Sono Toki Made

My favorite song from this game, hands down – the final boss theme of Sariel, on the Makai route. In the sound test, it’s “Die to Pay your Sins”, while it’s fan-translation is “Now die, for the sins you have committed”. A more accurate translation would be “Now, and until the time you fall and die”. Anyway, go listen now.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • [ZUN] Touhou 5 Version
  • [Unlucky Morpheus] Jealousy – Track 6 “Makyou Datenroku Sariel” (yuki feat. Fuki)
  • Arrange “GooD Bye To YOU” (Loewy)
  • Arrange “Iza, Kudake Chiru Sono Toki Made” (mocchie)
  • Band Brothers DX Arrange
  • Piano Arrange
  • Piano Easy Mode
  • Pokemon Arrange
  • Ringtone
  • SD-80 Arrange




012 / Civilization of Magic / Shinaba Morotomo

A little-used song made solely for Sariel’s second form(it only lasted a few seconds). The original title of the song was Shinaba Morotomo, but in the Touhou 5 sound room, as well as Akyu’s Untouched Score, it was renamed to Civilization of Magic. It’s actually not bad.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • [ZUN] Touhou 5 Version
  • Mimi-Copy
  • Piano Easy Mode
  • SD-80 Arrange




013 / Seiyū Kenshi

The Jigoku route’s final boss(Konngara) theme song, which isn’t as good obviously. Most of the time comes up as “Swordsman of a Distant Star” or something. However, it was later renamed to Seiyū Tenshi (Angel).

  • [ZUN] Original
  • Piano Easy Mode
  • SD-80 Arrange




014 / Iris

The ending song, which closes the game out with more weird sounds as you watch Reimu sweeping after her adventure in hell ends.

  • [ZUN] Original




015 / Kaze no Jinja [Unused]

An unused song, Shrine of Wind. ZUN couldn’t really find a place for this in the game, but he threw it in the sound test anyway.

  • [ZUN] Original
  • Piano Easy Mode

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