Bad Apple!!

by wfgodbold

Today’s selection is from Lotus Land Story, the fourth game in the Touhou Project series of doujin shoot’em ups. Unlike Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, which was a fighting game, Lotus Land Story is a true bullet-hell shoot’em up.

I came across these videos while bumming around various anime and game sites, and these remixes (or, in the second video’s case, arrangement) are widely considered to be some of the best Touhou Project music out there. The video accompanying the first remix is impressive:

But that wasn’t good enough for Japan; they had to go and take this video game music and rearrange it for traditional Japanese instruments (shakuhachi, shamisen, koto, and drums):

Sure, it’s no insane pop star vomiting rainbows and making you wish you were high, but still…

I love Japan.

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