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Friday, April 28, 2017

Sonority Scouts - Hakurei Shrine's Musical Troopers / 2017 Edition


With the very last blog entry before the Golden Week hiatus being about the exclusive content that is featured in the promo Yellow Version builds being shipped at the yearly Hakurei Shrine Reitasai convention, it's time -once again- to wonder just what the other music series competitors will pull out for the returning danmaku-fueled event.

Reach us out after the jump!


Starting out in BanNam-related grounds, we know for a while that the Synchronica series is about to receive an early version of the same Cirno collaboration track, as noted from last month. Thing is, however, that the same people behind Synchronica's development seem oblivious to reference this on anything media-related at the moment for some reason, both from their patent websites and their Twitter account!

Thus, the only thing we can link to you for this occasion is the Synchronica public addition of a couple of Touhou Project arrangement tracks that have been out for the public since some weeks. They're already available for Taiko gaming in some way or another, too!

[UPDATE] - Synchronica people (finally) decided to officially acknowledge their Touhou promo load in tweet form (link)! As stated here (and by us in the past), the ⑨ Anniversary Edition of Cirno's Perfect Math Class is heading to this week-end's Nico Nico Chokaigi first.


Stepping outside the personal yard, we're back at referencing Taito's Groove Coaster series, back at it again for the creation of a new album for the third event in a row!

Just like for the Autumn Reitasai 2016 outing, several popular doujin artists and units have gathered around to make some brand new "Touhou Originals" for Groove Coaster, with most of them also being playable during the incoming Reitasai. This time around, the main theme is Stage 6 boss tracks, only featuring full instrumental arranges and little to no long versions, while both the former and current Groove Coaster series directors take their shot at a couple of tracks as well...

For more details in English about its tracklist, we humbly invite you to check out the Groove Coaster Reddit community!


Both Sega's maimai and Chunithm series have narrowed down some serious merchandising plans that span from the end of April all the way down to the Golden Week's end, which -being a Touhou Project-related affair this year- also means the selling of both old and new merchandise, including the single of their April Fools joke song of this year.

What's new for both series, however, is that fabled in-house Sega musician Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (光吉猛修) is appearing for this year's Reitasai in order to premiere his first Touhou arrangement, which will be playable in both the aforementioned music series on a later date. By attending the performance, it's also possible to bring home a recording of the song by bringing an empty CD-R to the event, on which the artist will imprint the song with a custom inscription for each copy!


Ending up on bemani's SOUND VOLTEX series, we come across the very same "play freely!" features that the other competitors are also bringing up, coupled with some early song previews for all the attenders to enjoy (including that certain ice fairy collab piece!) and some piece of merchandise related to the series in general.

Complementing this event are also a couple of timed campaigns, granting the unlock to eAmusement players of a couple of series cornerstone characters to be selectable as menu navigators: the returning Reimu Hakurei and the newcoming Marisa Kirisame.

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