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Ordering Doujin CD’s (and other things)

Japan is wonderful country full of gifted individuals. With all that talented musicians that make their identities known there, sometimes various circumstances that I will hold my tongue back from speaking of for now can make it difficult for anyone outside of Japan to acquire their material goods. Doujinshi and Doujin related items are especially prone to this dilemma as they are not readily produced on the commercial level to big name labels.

What I’d like to cover in this post is explain how to order your favorite albums through a forwarding service. In this case, we will use Noppin. Before I do, however, I’d like to point out that mimmikutan has already written up an excellent guide for another service called i-tm4u.

And here it is

Before you start, useful links
Noppin
Akibaoo
Toranoana
D-Stage
Melonbooks

STEP 1: FINDING WHAT YOU WANT TO ORDER

Obviously the first thing that you want to do is figure out what you want to order. Each of the Doujin sites listed above have a search feature to help aid you in finding the page of the item you want. However, sometimes not having the proper search filter selected can prevent those who cannot read Japanese from successfully finding their items even though their search criteria is correct.

The search tags you want to keep in mind for albums are “同人” and “音楽” which translate into Doujin and Music.

While you can sometimes get away with finding your items while a different category is selected (like depicted in this screenshot); for maximum findage, try to keep the doujin and music tags active. From there, it’s simply typing in your search criteria into the search bar, such as “IRON ATTACK!”. Keep in mind that just because one variation of your search produces no results, another variation might yield you success. An example would be searching “モヒカンサンドバッグ” instead of “Mohican Sandbag” and vice versa. From my experience, I get the best success from searching for the actual album names.

STEP 2: USING NOPPIN TO ORDER YOUR ITEMS

Once you have the URL to the item or items you’d like to order, it’s time to set up a Noppin account (assuming you don’t have one). I’m not going to go over how to register an account with a website. Noppin is in all English, so it should be easy enough.
Once you have your account created and set up with your payment options (can be done later at checkout), click Shopping Service and then Contact Board


Once on the contact board, just fill out the fields with the information of the album(s) you wish to order.
You don’t have to sound like a top notch professional to get what you want, just provide the basic info. Mainly the URL and quantity.

Click “Preview Post” and if it looks good, proceed to post it.

Congratulations, You just “ordered” your item. Usually within 24 hours, A Noppin employee will reply with a quote for how much yen you need to pay for them to order the item. Noppin charges commission on top of the price of the CD so that they can (obviously) make money. At first it may seem kind of steep, especially if you are only ordering 1 item. I’d recommend waiting until you have 4-6 cds you want to order at the same time, that way the commission isn’t 50% of the price.

I don’t currently have a quote open, so I can’t show you a pictorial of the next step of accepting the quote and paying for it, but the whole process on Noppin is very fluid, you shouldn’t have any trouble. If for some reason you lose a link to it, click “Shopping quote list” on the left side of the screen. Once you pay, allow up to 24 hours and Noppin will order the item(s) for you (usually within a couple hours assuming it is within regular operating hours in Japan).

Now we wait 3-5 business days for our item(s) to arrive there. Tick-tock….ding!

Once your item has arrived at Noppin’s facility, you have some options. You can either request it be packed for shipment under “Storage Space” from the left menu, or continue ordering more items to be placed in the same shipment. Assuming you want it to be shipped, head over to Storage Space and request it be packed for shipment. Allow another 24-36 hours for them prepare your package.

When it’s ready to be shipped, your order will be moved to “Shipping Status”

Click the checkbox of your shipment and click “Shipping/Handling Charge”
After you pay this second time, allow yet another 24-36 hours for them to ship your package to you.

Woohoo good job! You’ve completed the process on ordering your doujin items via Noppin! Now just wait dat 4-6 business days for you to act like a Japanese schoolgirl when it arrives.

Hope I have been of some assistance, happy listening!


Fuck 3D

If there’s one thing I have disagreed with technologically in the past 5 years, it’s this whole 3D craze.

What’s the hook? Why the craze? What is it about a blade of grass or spec of dirt that looks as it should be that causes people to freak the freak out. Do they really think it adds some new dimension to their movie watching experience? I have to give it multiple chances, and I can not objectively say that it does.

A friend of mine said this:

I genuinely feel bad that I know 100% I’ll end up getting a 3ds
probably soon
but as soon as I buy it I’m turning 3d mode off before I even turn it on
and I’m never flipping the switch back

Marketing ploys are no new thing. 3D is just the newest. Screw technology and it’s perpetuating scheme to rob ignorant people of their money. Could be used for more useful things.

I will never put on a pair of 3D glasses ever again.


Only a master of dexterity could rotate a T-Block in time…..but it’s done!

Well that certainly went quicker than expected.  The Lyrica playlist has been fully restored.  A huge thanks to all the youtubes who offered their assistance.  You guys kept me supplied; therefore I kept at work.  I  apologize for the massive spam I have probably incurred on your poor subscription box.  If it caused you to temporarily unsubscribe, it’s over now!  Now we can get on to the real music, EH?

Haha, see you guys soon.

ChaosAngel: Nice post Moomaria, and thanks for your titanic work. Quick update on the poltergeist list, all the music and images from the metal channel, from 0 to 100 videos is online.

Thanks for watching.


A Sincere Hello, Reporting for Duty, and Humble Request.

Howdy!  This is your new Lyrica, Moomaria, at your service.  Apologies for the somewhat late introduction, but I needed a little while to get nestled and for various events to unfold so that I could have more than a few sentences to type!

Firstly, I’d like to thank Chaos Angel and Emiya for allowing me to pick up the Lyrica playlist.  It is a great opportunity and honor that I will not take for granted.  An even bigger thanks yet goes to Myonbel for their diligent and hard work thus far; sharing many great arranges with the masses to enjoy.  Your time spent here has been appreciated by us all.  Your unique qualities and persona made you quite an interesting character.  No one can ever truly replace you.

I apologize for if, at any point, this seems like I’m rambling or not making any sense.  I’ve never really participated in blogging my entire life, so this is a first for me.
So a little bit about myself, eh?  Okay, here goes.

I’m a guy.  Let’s get that done with.  Got it?  Good.  I live in the United States (Virginia), I’m a slacking 10-year-plan college student/pharmacy technician/otaku/alien.  I like cheese.  I like walks on the beaches….. ok forget that noise.  I first stumbled across Touhou while playing World of Warcraft in 2006, when a friend and fellow guild-mate told me about MegaMari.  Seeing how literally 99% of my childhood was spent playing MegaMan, I was instantly interested in the so-called “hardest megaman clone ever”.  That would be it.  That was the trigger, the catalyst, the beginning of my addiction to Touhou.  I played the shit out of that game until I was 25-mushroom coding in my sleep.  I’m also a novice Let’s Play’er, so some of you may have stumbled across one of my MegaMari LP’s via my channel.  I began my LP adventures on Dailymotion, so that’s why some of the dates might seem a little off.  My interest in Touhou at that point diminished somewhat until I discovered Doujinstyle and, yep, you guessed it, Chaos Angel and his youtube playlist.  While I do enjoy playing Touhou games a great deal (I have 1cc’d everything on Lunatic), the music became my soul food.  You can’t really describe or explain fully what it is exactly about it that captivates you and keeps you addicted.  Maybe it’s the association across vast genres and circles.  The ability to say “Hey, I can actually be a valid critic and analyze this!”, because you actually have a control (the original themes) to base your critique off of.  Whatever it is, it’s had me hooked ever since.  I love pretty much any genre that I can groove to.  And while I am fronting up the Lyrica playlist, It doesn’t necessarily mean Electronic is the only thing I’m fond of.  Okay that was a bit redundant.  But yes, my subscribers prior to taking over the Lyrica reins can attest to my tastes, as I was uploading arranges before that.

Now, speaking of the Lyrica playlist.  The re-construction has been clipping at quite a fast pace so far, but as I eluded to earlier on video #161, I’ve now hit a snag.  JeanejeanTou has been gracious in providing us with the majority of information on the videos thus far, but has run out of the means required to continue providing said information.  Luckily, they have informed me of a way in which we can once again acquire that information.  I know many of you favorited or put many of Myonbel’s videos into your own playlist.  If you are one of those people, then we can finish this thing no sweat.  I’m just going to quote our friend here.

“Now here is a way so the viewers of Myonbel can help. If they kept a playlist/favorites of Myonbel’s original upload.

By then the viewers can right click the playlist/favorites page (where they can edit their list) and just right click the page and select View Page Source and viola. Use Ctrl+F to find the number (Ex. 123) and there is all the descriptions of the upload. Like Song Title, Original, Her (I’m positive she is a girl) wall of text, etc no picture though. Then the viewers will send a PM of the descriptions by of course copy and paste.”  Alternatively, I found you can also CTRL+F for “Myonbel”, and that would also lead you to relevent infos.

So basically, what I need is the information from video #81-156 (Final).  If you happened to favorite, like, or put any of said videos into a playlist, would you be so kind as to send me a PM on youtube @ moomar2 with the playlist # and the song information.  You can omit the personal wall of texts Myonbel wrote, we’re not too concerned about that.  And remember, we have the image and music packs as a reference, so I will use my deductive reasoning to determine what images go with what arrange.  However, if you feel the need to tell me that too, I would appreciate it, along with any other information you feel might be important.  And who knows, I’m a very accommodating and generous person; so there could possibly be some rewarding to those kind souls who help out.

Together we can finish this thing before Chaos can even upload 1 video!  I truly look forward to the good times I hope to have here and with all of you, the viewers.  Take care and god bless.

-Moo

Random Video


Changing sites, and gigant wall of updates.

It isn’t a common tradition of mine neither changing sites every morning or giving a headache to you because of the amount of times we have switched. But the site in witch were turned out to be quite complicated for both of us, ChaosAngel & Emiya, and over the time we preffered the site that we had here. So once again I beg you guys an apologize for switching a site again, but I promise you this will be the last time for quite a while.

This re-opening of this site came with a surprise too, and also a re-opening! for those who don’t know, there is a new cowboy in town who is going to handle the Techno/Electronic playlist (a.k.a Lyrica playlist). His name is Moomaria, and he is a very good friend (those who read those wall of text on the Lunasa playlist can recall him being mentioned on serval occations) and I can ensure you he is a trustworthy co-worker who is going to handle things a whole lot better than Myonbel did.

Yeah, talking about Myonbel…..I guess I owe everyone an apologize, first for not realizing the possibilities of leaving his account in his hands (there wasn’t actually I could do much, after all he had total control over it), and second for not considering how Myonbel could react against many of you. Last but not least, I apologize for not taking action before too, but I’m glad many of you decided to take the problems in their own hands, resolving the issue for the rest of the community. From the deepest of my heart, to all of them, you have my deepest thank you, and please excuse the lack of answering there has been on me in the past days.

Anyway, the fact is that you can be sure Moomaria is a great person, I can promise you that, and for a because an image speaks better than thousand words (or so they have told me) how about a video with music?:

About the past videos on Lyrica playlist, do not worry. I’m working on to see how are we going to re-upload them. I’m sure someone has already took action before us (Thanks a lot JenejeanTou, please excuse me for taking so long to notice your actions) and I hope he can help us with the rest of them. I say I hope, because I haven’t talk to him, but I’m going to send him a PM in the moment I finish with this post. I want to also thank a lot to everyone ( Thanks a lot to you too UNGunWasHim ) who were avid of techno and decided to continue with the task. I apreciate a lot people want to continue with whatever project I left, and I’m also glad people is whilling to share their music with others.

I just wanted to let know everyone that “The Poltergeist Mansion” isn’t a special spot reserved for someone special, neither none of us are being paid to do this. The only reason we are doing this is because we enjoy it, and the Poltergeist Mansion concept was only created in the need of a good and catchy name for this (or past) site. This concept lead me to name the playlist like the name of the 3 poltergeists from the Perfect Cherry Blossom game. Actually, back when I created the site, there wasn’t any Lyrica playlist, and I wasn’t planning to, but as soon I named Metal playlist as “Lunasa” and “Merlin”, everyone wondered “Who is Lyrica?”, and eventually the only mayor genre that was lacking on “our collection” was techno. One thing lead to another and so we found ourselves in this moment. The objective to tell everyone this, is that no matter what, everyone is on their right of sharing the music they want under the conditions they want, so there is no real privilege on being here. Remember the site (and therefore the name), was just a shelter in case someone got banned, and it did serve its objective. I would more than happy to give every channel an spot, and try to attract as many people to Touhou Music, but unfortunately I don’t have time to listen and recognize every channel I step on. Sharing isn’t privilege of anyone, and so it isn’t this site.

If I decided to assign Moomaria to this task, is because he has been a friend of mine for quite a while, and Emiya I could trust him with my life. I know their MSN accounts, and I already know their available times (since all of us live in different country). It didn’t noticed how important was the techno playlist to some people, till Myonbel closed his account. In this days I have been free, and I have dedicated to solve many issues, and as fast as I could before I return to my mathemathical/musical isolation. Moomaria is the best option for those who enjoy techno, and for me to ensure everything work the way it has to work. So please, I apologize to everyone who wants to join in this little project and I hope you understand that time does not allow me to talk with everyone whilling to do the job. By the way, if you are wondering why I asigned Myonbel to this task in the first place….well you are right, he didn’t fit with anything I described in the last paragraph, but lets just say that the assignment was a “Damage Control” ;)

About Lunasa playlist. As many of you have seen, I have been focused on uploading the first 100 videos, with occasional new (as in never uploaded on the channel before) content. This is/was because It consumes less time to do it, and its the perfect job to do it while I was busy on university. I’ll try to finish this week uploading up to the 100 video, and then I’ll upload new stuff from the past events I have missed up. Once I return, to my duties, I will continue re-uploading videos from the 101 to (I hope) 250. For those wondering about the files, “The Poltergeist List” is up to date, and I will start uploading the rar files from the first 100 videos. I hope that for video 100, I have many of the music uploaded (music from 0 to 20 is already online) and all the images too (images are going to be in 1 rar file, that will contain images from 0 to 100).

Last but not least, I created a facebook profile. There isn’t an strict objective about this, is just to let more people know about Touhou music, and because some people prefer to comment on that site. Also it makes wonders when you need to spread the news about something fast, so take it as a news updater. The full post will appear on this site, however to those who like facebook, I’ll update the profile everytime some post concerning something important (like this one) about the channels.

There isn’t much more to say, except once again thanking to all of you for being the supportive you are, and as usual thanking you for watching. The blog will continue it’s eternal construction, and while I still figure out a nice banner (the past doesn’t fit) I will try to keep update in here. It’s hard to read every comment, and so does the un-answered inbox I have been leaving since like 2 months, but I’m thinking calling someone (Not Myonbel I promise) who takes care of answering most of your questions and keep track of the suggestions, as well as modering (this aren’t forums I know) this site. While this task can be the most boring thing on the world (and tedious too), at least we could ensure a fast way of keeping things here un answered.

I curse time gods. I hate time limit. Oh Sakuya….why can’t you be real and stop time?

Thanks for watching.


A Nutcracking Christmas Tale

Woah the blog looks a bit sad… Especially since Christmas came and went and this blog went unattended.
Well, since Chaos is away (and I actually just came back) I’ll take care of the blog. Here’s a Christmas tale for you all!
Courtesy of 85centimeters (THANK YOU VERY MUCH!)

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<At the beginning I can imagine a little girl in her pajamas sitting on her bed. The room was bright and cozy; snow could be seen falling outside the window (it is nighttime). When she grew older she wanted to be a ventriloquist, her daddy was always making her laugh with his performances and she wanted to be just like him.>

He was sitting in a chair with his doll and giving a little performance before he tucked her away to bed (Kind of like reading a story to a child before you put them off to bed)~

“So what do you want for Christmas this year young lady?” Her dad inquired in a falsetto voice. He skillfully operated his Dolls mouth to mimic his voice.

The girl smiled at her Dads performance. She was holding her own Doll in her hands.

“I dont want anything for Christmas Mister” she replied with puckered lips as she directed her own doll. “All I want for Christmas is to be a great ventriloquist like my Daddy!”

“Hmm? Is that so little lady?” Her Dad asked with furrowed eyebrows.

“Yep!” The girl exclaimed. “I don’t want toys or candy or any of that other stuff!”

Her dad smiled and laughed in his normal voice.

“Well then, I guess Ill have to make sure to teach you well then little girl!”

“You’re going to teach me!? You promise dad?”

“Now, why would I lie?” He grinned widely, manipulating his doll to grin alongside with him.

They both laughed out loud

The scene fades away slowly, from the bright and warm laughing faces, another scene sets in.

0:42; The snowy landscape that we saw outside the window sets in It was no longer snowing though. The darkness of the night had settled in fully and fierce winds carried sheets of fine snow particle through the air as it howled. The girl suddenly comes running into view through the snow. Tears were streaming down her face and she shivered from the cold as she ran. The only thing she was carrying was her doll, which she grasped dearly.

Something had happened her dad was no longer with her anymore; he was dead. Murdered. No longer would he make her laugh with his performances.

All alone now, the girl trudged in solitude through the heavy snow. She gripped her doll tightly. Loneliness gripped her heart as the seemingly endless hours passed. She talked to her doll constantly about how lonely she was… about how painful it hurt. The doll would listen, but it would never talk back unless the girl made it. This only made her cry more. She wanted someone to talk to her; she wanted someone to answer her. The cold was eating away at her, from the inside and the out. She shivered as she walked aimlessly through the unforgiving land. The bright blue moon peered out from behind the clouds, laying silent witness to her suffering. The black clouds overhead drifted quickly, hiding the moon from view once again.

The biting cold had already claimed all feeling in her hands and feet. She couldn’t feel her face anymore and her teeth chattered as her body futilely tried to keep warm.

“I-Its so cold out here isn’t it?” She asked her doll. The doll stared back vacantly. It did not answer. The girl raised the doll to her numb face. “P-please answer me.” She wailed. “Talk to me!” But the doll could not talk back; it simply stared back into the girls tear stricken face. As the hours drew on, even the tears on the girls face begun to freeze.

The cold was too much. It brought her numb body down to her knees.

2:43; “H-He promised though” she murmured through frozen lips. She closed her eyes weakly, gripping her doll with frozen fingers. She fell down into the snow.
“Dad” Her voice was nothing but a whisper in the wind.

She finally succumbed to the freezing cold. Her body stopped shivering.

The girl was dead.

Her suffering had finally ended. But why? Why did she have to go through all of this in the first place?

A tear streaked down the dolls face, which was still wrapped tightly in the girls embrace. It was helpless to do anything but watch

3:09; The scene fades away again; the girls room sets back into place. The room was so warm and cozy The girl was smiling and laughing as she held the doll in her hands. The doll wasn’t able to show it, but it was also smiling inside. Her dad was motioning with his doll as he spoke with his silly accent. The girl was speaking back as she directed her own doll. They both smiled and laughed. How did this wonderland become wrenched out of existence? And why?

3:43; Suddenly the area around the girls body began glowing. The doll slowly floated out of the girls frozen arms. It floated into the air, stopping in the air before spreading its limbs out… It made a rattling sound as its body shook violently. The teeth in its mouth chattered as its mouth opened and shuddered. Its limbs writhed erratically as its gaping mouth screamed out silently Overhead the moon had emerged from the clouds. It continued to watch, bearing silent witness to the birth of the doll. The dolls lifeless eyes rolled back into its socket as the head fell forward.

4:16; The doll burst into life snapping its head back into the air, its eyes became animate as it fleshed out and settled back down onto the floor. The doll looked down upon its deceased owner. She had listened to her suffering unable to do anything at all. But now she could act. She vowed revenge upon the murderers. They would die.

And so Medicine Melancholy was born~

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Merry (late) Christmas to everyone! Thank you for everything, and Chaos, really, stop thanking me, you are the one that I should thank, you and everyone out there.

Enjoy the story, and don’t forget to thank 85centimeters, the Poltergeist’s (unofficial) story writer. Don’t hesitate to comment! This blog NEEDS your comments! It’s a bit dead…
(Yes I know, I have to continue the Emiya Express stories, as soon as I can, really!)


Our trip through ZUN’s wonderland… Act 2 – The Dazzling Moonlit Sea


A tiny comment regarding the song is present on the video, but other then that everything else is written here. So, without further ado, after clicking the HQ button let’s click “Play” and read the story along with the amazing music:

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Taking back from where we left off, the two girls find themselves currently in the mysterious train, conveniently named “Emiya Express”, they had just gotten aboard and currently find themselves in the cabin the mysterious man with white hair left them.

“Welcome to the Emiya express, I hope you enjoy your trip through what I called “ZUN’s wonderland”, I will be your guide and captain, my name? Hoho, such trivial things are not needed.”

Renko: “Hmph, what a weird guy”
Mary: “Haha… Well on the bright side the train is truly wondrous!”
Renko: “Yeah, no doubt about that, just check out this huge cabin that mister gave us.”

The two girls look around, the cabin, it truly was a luxurious and beautiful cabin. Like one you’d dream in staying in, only this one was free.

Renko: “Oh yeah, Mary, do you remember if it was written on the flier how long this journey is? We actually should be at university right now…”
Mary: “Now that you mention it…”
“Length of this journey? Hah! What a foolish question, ZUN’s wonderland is limitless!” Says a voice
Renko: “!! Wha-? Who-? Where are you?”
“My, my, calm down madam.”

The two girls look frantically around the room, searching for the origin of the voice who just spoke.

“Well, don’t bother you won’t find me”
Renko: “Wait, you’re the guy from earlier…”
Mary: “Are you using the train’s broadcast…? Won’t the whole train hear what you are saying?”
“Hoho, I wonder, maybe I’m talking directly with you girls? Anyways…” The man clears his throat “Lady’s and gentlemen, let us begin our marvelous trip through an unimaginable wonderland that none of you have ever dreamed of visiting. For starters I would advise you to take a look out of the window”

Along with the gentle flow of some classical music playing in the background the two girls can hear the splashing of waves from the outside. Renko quickly gets up and opens up the curtains. The two girls gasp in awe.
What they see truly is a beautiful sight. Sea, as far as the eye can see. The only fact that makes it seem even more beautiful is that it’s in the middle of the night.
Renko opens up the windows to get a better look. It was a tranquil night, a gentle breeze was blowing, Renko and Mary leaned out to get a better view, of course the train was not going at a considerably fast speed. From the back side of the train they could see a small train station which was getting smaller and smaller…
The sea at night truly is a beautiful sight.

Upon closing the windows Renko realizes something.

Renko: “Where are we exactly? This makes no sense, 20 minutes ago we were at Tokyo!”
Mary: “I wonder… That boundary seems to have taken us to quite a far place… And I never recall seeing such a beautiful sea there.”

Suddenly they hear a knock on the door *Knock, knock*. Mary opens the door and they see the mister from before in front of them.

“Hoho, I see you’ve already pulled open the curtains. Truly beautiful, is it not.”
Renko: “Wait a sec, if you are here then who’s-”
“Don’t worry, that’s all taken care of, I came here to inform you 2 that there are various services around the Express you might want to take a look at. Have you had your dinners yet by any chance?”
Mary: “Actually, no, we haven’t, and now that you mention it, I’m quite famished…”
“Excellent. Why don’t you go have a bite to eat? I must say our food is quite delicious.”
Renko: *sigh* “Heck, why not, might as well have fun since we’re all the way out here in some unknown place.”
“Down the hall, then take a right, you’ll see a slightly japanesque looking door, that’s what you’re looking for. Now if you excuse me, I’ve got some other matters to attend.”

The man rushes off. The two girls look at each other.

Mary: “He seems like a rather busy man, always off in a hurry”
Renko: “He’s a weirdo if you ask me. Well let’s go have something to eat, I could eat a whole horse!”

The two girls direct themselves down the hall and taking their first right they see two doors, to their right is a normal door with a “Staff Only” sign, to the left was a typical Japanese door. Next to the door was a big sign on which the words “Welcome to the Bamboo Cutter’s Restaurant” could be read.

The two girls can hear some slightly jazzy music coming from the interior……

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Note that the wondrous views that are viewable from the Emiya Express are not the work of some kaleidoscopic scenery, like in ZUN’s original CD:

“The left side of a blond-haired girl sitting against the running direction was a beautiful blue sea coast; the right side was awesome plain with no buildings and pine wood.”

“Hiroshige has large seats and runs very quickly, so it’s convenient…
But to me, it’s dull to see just a ‘fake’ scenery through Kaleido-screen.”

-ZUN, Translated by Toho wiki, from “Retrospective 53 Minutes: Story”

I think the kaleidoscopic windows are a very futuristic and interesting touch ZUN gave to the original, but what we are seeing are REAL wonders, not some fakes.

Thanks for reading, please do comment, tell me what you guys think, constructive criticism on maybe some ways I might be able to improve the story is welcome.