Touhou Project Popularity Poll – 2011 Edition


Every year, the Japanese Touhou Wiki makes a Touhou Poll for all the Japanese fans. And every year they release the results of the poll before the Reitaisai festival. This year was no exception.

The results are out, and are kicking our asses.

Let’s take a look at the Character Rankings, yes?

Rankings Recommendations
Change 2011 2010 2009 Name Points Count Ratio
+0 1 1 1 Reimu 8175 1739 27.02%
+2 2 4 2 Sakuya 7246 1602 28.38%
+4 3 7 9 Yuuka 7192 1457 25.41%
+1 4 5 5 Remilia 6920 1375 24.80%
-2 5 3 3 Marisa 6750 1407 26.33%
-4 6 2 4 Sanae 6466 1458 29.11%
-1 7 6 8 Alice 6373 1427 28.85%
+0 8 8 13 Satori 6113 871 16.62%
+1 9 10 12 Flandre 5961 1052 21.43%
+8 10 18 11 Aya 5620 1144 25.56%
-2 11 9 7 Mokou 5349 1027 23.76%
-1 12 11 10 Yuyuko 5293 1172 28.44%
+0 13 13 15 Youmu 5201 1122 27.51%
-2 14 12 6 Yukari 5180 926 21.77%
+7 15 22 35 Koishi 4827 706 17.13%
-2 16 14 28 Utsuho 4736 687 16.97%
-1 17 16 14 Patchouli 4298 856 24.87%
+6 18 24 25 Nitori 4090 631 18.24%
-4 19 15 Byakuren 4001 447 12.58%
-1 20 19 19 Tenshi 3947 547 16.09%
-4 21 17 17 Suwako 3776 595 18.70%
-2 22 20 22 Meiling 3450 654 23.39%
+0 23 23 18 Cirno 3196 658 25.93%
+8 24 32 26 Reisen 3150 558 21.53%
+4 25 29 27 Hina 3107 529 20.52%
+5 26 31 21 Ran 3008 634 26.71%
-2 27 25 Nazrin 2886 318 12.38%
-1 28 27 20 Suika 2775 447 19.20%
-1 29 28 16 Iku 2738 341 14.23%
+0 30 30 23 Keine 2718 413 17.92%
+5 31 36 29 Momizi 2603 403 18.32%
+3 32 35 37 Parsee 2580 368 16.64%
+0 33 33 30 Kaguya 2578 472 22.41%
-13 34 21 Kogasa 2561 241 10.39%
-9 35 26 24 Sikieiki 2486 369 17.43%
+1 36 37 Shou 2399 377 18.64%
+1 37 38 38 Rumia 2373 471 24.76%
+3 38 41 Nue 2314 212 10.09%
-5 39 34 32 Kanako 2172 360 19.87%
+6 40 46 34 Orin 2021 263 14.96%
-2 41 39 31 Komachi 1939 296 18.02%
New 42 Hatate 1926 133 7.42%
-3 43 40 39 Mystia 1832 358 24.29%
-2 44 42 33 Eirin 1680 241 16.75%
+6 45 51 46 Renko 1639 205 14.30%
+0 46 46 49 Minoriko 1615 206 14.62%
+5 47 52 52 Daiyousei 1613 246 18.00%
+0 48 48 50 Shizuka 1576 210 15.37%
-4 49 45 40 Rinnosuke 1558 408 35.48%
-8 50 42 Murasa 1556 153 10.91%
-7 51 44 36 Chen 1545 246 18.94%
-2 52 50 41 Yuugi 1256 122 10.76%
-4 53 49 42 Lunasa 1246 216 20.97%
+0 54 54 43 Tewi 1239 165 15.36%
+0 55 55 44 Koakuma 1124 124 12.40%
-3 56 53 47 Letty 1063 171 19.17%
+3 57 60 Ichirin 1000 129 14.81%
+5 58 63 56 Yamame 996 131 15.14%
+0 59 59 53 Medicine 971 162 20.02%
+5 60 65 57 Luna Child 962 73 8.21%
-5 61 56 45 Mima 953 132 16.08%
New 62 Kasen 923 112 13.81%
-6 63 57 48 Wriggle 856 208 32.10%
-6 64 58 51 Hieda 839 119 16.53%
-3 65 62 59 Yumemi 816 83 11.32%
+0 66 66 63 Maribel 725 46 6.77%
-6 67 61 54 Shinki 685 50 7.87%
-4 68 64 64 Yorihime 610 68 12.55%
+2 69 71 65 Sunny Milk 533 52 10.81%
-1 70 69 62 Lily White 527 106 25.18%
+1 71 72 66 Tokiko 480 50 11.63%
+5 72 77 68 Star Sapphire 455 33 7.82%
-3 73 70 60 Merlin 442 52 13.33%
-6 74 68 55 Alice’s Dolls 438 29 7.09%
-8 75 67 58 Lyrica 428 60 16.30%
-4 76 72 61 Kisume 410 46 12.64%
-3 77 74 Unzan 311 10 3.32%
+0 78 78 67 Toyohime 274 49 21.78%
+0 79 79 72 Gengetsu 246 31 14.42%
-5 80 75 Thermonuclear Deity Hisoutensoku 175 6 3.55%
+1 81 82 75 Reisen II 168 15 9.80%
+3 82 85 76 Mai 162 17 11.72%
+0 83 83 71 Kana Anaberal 160 30 23.08%
+2 84 86 78 Yumeko 136 10 7.94%
-1 85 84 73 Elly 133 8 6.40%
-6 86 80 70 Youki Konpaku 130 6 4.84%
+2 86 88 77 Yuki 130 10 8.33%
-1 88 87 74 Furball 129 13 11.21%
-8 89 81 69 Chiyuri 121 9 8.04%
+0 90 90 95 Sariel 103 12 13.19%
-15 91 76 Unnamed Giant Catfish 96 4 4.35%
+0 92 92 80 Meira 79 9 12.86%
+1 93 94 90 Fairy (Maid, Sunflower etc) 78 7 9.86%
-5 94 89 UFOs 77 5 6.94%
+1 95 96 84 Kurumi 74 5 7.25%
-2 96 94 82 Kotohime 72 8 12.50%
+2 97 99 81 Ellen 71 12 20.34%
-1 98 97 86 Mugetsu 70 3 4.48%
-6 99 93 79 Layla Prismriver 69 7 11.29%
-9 100 91 83 100 Tsuchinoko 62 5 8.77%
+2 101 103 88 Konngara 57 8 16.33%
-4 102 98 89 Rikako Asakura 51 6 13.33%
+9 103 112 103 Elis 43 2 4.88%
+3 104 107 97 YuugenMagan 39 4 11.43%
+6 105 111 90 Luize 36 1 2.86%
New 106 Kappa 35 4 12.90%
+0 106 106 93 Orange 35 4 12.90%
+4 108 112 103 Sara 34 2 6.25%
-5 109 104 87 Rika 33 3 10.00%
-2 109 107 Mimi-chan 33 3 10.00%
-12 111 99 100 Sake Insect 30 2 7.14%
+11 112 123 Great Tengu 28 0 0.00%
+4 113 117 101 Shingoku 27 6 28.57%
-12 114 102 95 Ruukoto 26 4 18.18%
-10 115 105 85 Genji 25 0 0.00%
-1 116 115 101 Iwakasa 23 1 4.55%
-7 117 110 94 Eientei Rabbits 22 1 4.76%
-3 118 115 97 Crow 21 2 10.53%
New 118 Tanuki 21 0 0.00%
-19 118 99 108 Kikuri 21 2 10.53%
-7 121 114 Myouren 18 1 5.88%
-2 122 120 103 Konohana no Sakuyahime 17 1 6.25%
-14 123 109 Bishamonten 16 2 14.29%
-2 124 122 103 Moon Rabbit 14 1 7.69%
-6 125 119 97 Gatekeeper of the Lunar Capital 11 0 0.00%
-5 126 121 107 Large Toad 9 1 12.50%
-9 126 117 90 Ghost 9 1 12.50%
-4 128 124 Mizunoeno Urashimanoko 5 0 0.00%

Observations:
The only two new relevant characters that have been introduced since the 2010 poll last year (Hatate and Kasen) debut at 42 and 62. That’s better than Wriggle, Alice’s Dolls, Unzan and most of the PC-98 characteres few people give a damn about, like Shinki! I consider this great news, particularly for Hatate, who also manages to beat Mystia, Eirin, Rinnosuke, Murasa (TT__TT), Chen and Yuugi, among others.

On the Top of the Board, things are WEIRD, man. Reimu gets 1st due to being Player 1, Sakuya is back on 2nd after dropping to 4th last year (Sanae beat her then), while Marisa drops from 3rd to 5th (WHOAH) and Sanae goes from 2nd to 6th (WHOAHx2). The biggest surprise? Yuuka taking 3rd place, after being 7th and 9th the previous years. The biggest surprise of the Top 10 is Aya, who jumped 8 places since last year and is now on the 10th. Other than that, the rest of the Top 10 contains the same characters in different positions (The Scarlet sisters ranking higher than in previous years), while 5th Grade Loli Satori holds on to 8th place somehow.

For the rest of the Top 50, the biggest popularity increases are Koishi (+7), Nitori (+6), Reisen (+8), Orin (+6) and Renko (+6). The biggest drops? Kogasa (-13!?), and Murasa (-8).

I got the character list from here. The rest of the data? Straight from the horse’s mouth.

And if you thought that table was HUGE, the Music one has OVER 9,000 (300) ENTRIES. I ain’t posting all. Expect an update to this post with the first 100 songs once I finish formatting the table, probably tomorrow. And after that? The fan questionnaire, which will probably yield some more interesting results.

EDIT (2/24/11): 100 songs out of 350. If your favorite is not here, chances are your tastes are WEIRD, dude.

Ranking
Change 2011 2010 2009 Name Points Appearances
+0 1 1 1 Septette for the Dead Princess 6770 TH06 TH07.5 TH10.5
+1 2 3 Emotional Skyscraper ~ Cosmic Mind 6344 TH12
-1 3 2 2 Bloom Nobly, Cherry Blossoms of Sumizome ~ Border of Life 5830 TH07 TH07.5 TH10.5
+0 4 4 3 U.N. Owen was her? 5777 TH06 Other
+0 5 5 5 Satori Maiden ~ 3rd Eye 4864 TH11
+1 6 7 10 Sun Worship of Gnosis ~ Nuclear Fusion 4503 TH11 TH12.3
-1 7 6 4 Necrofantasia 4202 TH07 Other
+4 8 12 12 The Gensokyo the Gods Loved 3972 TH10
-1 9 8 6 Native Faith 3661 TH10
-1 10 9 7 Reach for the Moon, Immortal Smoke 3639 TH08 Other
+3 11 14 17 Hartmann’s Youkai Girl 3503 TH11
+5 12 17 18 Broken Moon 3476 TH07.5 TH10.5
+0 13 13 13 Shanghai Teahouse ~ Chinese Tea 3434 TH06 TH12.3 Other
-4 14 10 11 Faith is For the Transient People 3280 TH10 TH12.3
-4 15 11 8 Ghostly Band ~ Phantom Ensemble 3154 TH07 TH09
+0 16 16 Heian Alien 2894 TH12
-2 17 15 14 The venerable Ancient Battlefield ~ Suwa Foughten Field 2626 TH10
+0 18 18 15 Gensokyo Millenium ~ History of the Moon 2539 TH08 Other
New 19 Magus Night 2484 TH12.8
+10 20 30 43 Last Remote 2332 TH11
+1 21 22 19 Flight of the Bamboo Cutter ~ Lunatic Princess 2323 TH08 Other
-2 22 20 9 Wind God Girl 2261 TH09 TH09.5 TH10.5 Other
+0 23 23 21 Fall of Fall ~ Autumnal Waterfall 2256 TH10
+26 24 50 34 The Youkai Mountain ~ Mysterious Mountain 2193 TH10 TH12.5
-1 25 24 22 Lunar Clock ~ Luna Dial 2171 TH06 TH07.5
-7 26 19 16 Love-Coloured Master Spark 2143 TH08 TH07.5 TH12.3 PC-98
+0 27 27 At the End of Spring 2124 TH12
-3 28 25 23 Dark Side of Fate 2069 TH10
New 29 Bell of Avici ~ Infinite Nightmare 1987 TH12.5
-1 30 29 28 Akutagawa Ryuunosuke’s Kappa ~ Candid Friend 1894 TH10
-10 31 21 Our Hisou Tensoku 1797 TH12.3
-4 32 28 20 Flowering Night 1747 TH09 TH10.5
+11 33 44 38 Lullaby of Deserted Hell 1617 TH11
+1 34 35 26 The Road of the Apotropaic God ~ Dark Road 1529 TH10
+2 35 37 44 Tomorrow will be Special, Yesterday was Not 1507 TH10 TH12.3
-10 36 26 60 The Grimoire of Alice 1499 TH12.3 PC-98
+2 37 39 62 Because Princess Inada is Scolding Me 1444 TH10
+11 38 49 35 Maiden’s Capriccio 1418 TH08 TH07.5 PC-98
-5 39 34 38 Beloved Tomboyish Girl 1404 TH06 TH09 TH12.3 Other
-4 40 36 26 Green-Eyed Jealousy 1391 TH11
-3 41 38 31 Doll Judgement ~ The Girl who played with People’s Shapes 1380 TH07 TH07.5 Other
-9 42 33 Interdimensional Voyage of a Ghostly Passenger Ship 1375 TH12
+8 43 51 49 Greenwich in the Sky 1370 Other
+4 44 48 36 Sleepless Night of the Eastern Country 1291 TH09.5 Other
-5 45 40 33 Border of Life 1277 TH07
-14 46 32 32 Reincarnation 1276 PC-98 Other
-6 47 41 The Tiger-Patterned Vaisravana 1272 TH12
-3 48 45 29 Locked Girl ~ The Girl’s Secret Room 1249 TH06 TH07.5 TH10.5 Other
+9 49 58 47 Calamity in Heaven ~ Wonderful Heaven 1236 TH10.5
-3 50 47 30 Plain Asia 1229 TH08
+1 51 52 53 The Fantastic Legend of Tohno 1167 TH07
-6 52 46 40 Demystify Feast 1156 TH07.5 Other
-10 53 43 37 Touhou Judgement in the Sixtieth Year ~ Fate of Sixty Years 1145 TH09
+2 54 56 55 The Primal Scene of Japan the Girl Saw 1141 TH10
+9 55 64 54 Gensokyo, Past and Present ~ Flower Land 1104 TH09
-25 56 31 A Tiny, Tiny, Clever Commander 1081 TH12
-15 57 42 Captain Murasa 1025 TH12
-3 58 55 68 Dichromatic Lotus Butterfly 1024 Seihou TH12.3 Other
-5 59 54 24 Corpse Voyage ~ Be Of Good Cheer! 1021 TH11
+5 60 65 45 Shanghai Alice of Meiji 17 1005 TH06 Other
+1 61 62 65 Hiroari Shoots a Strange Bird ~ Till When? 999 TH07 TH07.5 TH10.5
-2 61 59 Beware the Umbrella Left There Forever 999 TH12
-2 63 61 56 The Doll Maker of Bucuresti 980 TH07 TH07.5 TH10.5
-4 64 60 25 A Flower-Studded Sake Dish on Mt. Ooe 940 TH11
+5 65 70 48 unatic Eyes ~ Invisible Full Moon 923 TH08 TH09 TH10.5
-9 66 57 41 Deaf to all but the Song 922 TH08 TH09
+0 67 67 57 Oriental Sky of Scarlet Perception 913 TH10.5
-2 68 66 52 A Maiden’s Illusionary Funeral ~ Necro-Fantasy 907 TH07 Other
-7 69 62 42 Cinderella Cage ~ Kagome-Kagome 898 TH08
+9 70 79 69 Nostalgic Blood of the East ~ Old World 890 TH08
+7 71 78 73 Alice in Wonderland 879 PC-98
-1 72 71 61 Vanishing Dream ~ Lost Dream 873 PC-98
+3 73 76 58 Mystic Oriental Dream ~ Ancient Temple 809 TH07 TH07.5 TH09 Other
-1 74 73 70 The Maid and the Pocket Watch of Blood 802 TH06 TH07.5
New 75 Great Fairy Wars ~ Fairy Wars 801 TH12.8
+1 76 77 59 Voyage 1969 797 TH08 Other
-9 77 68 50 Retrospective Kyoto 795 TH09.5 Other
-25 78 53 Unknown X ~ Unfound Adventure 790 TH12.3
+2 79 81 71 Onigashima in the Fairyland ~ Missing Power 782 TH07.5
+8 80 88 78 The Centennial Festival for Magical Girls 767 TH06
+2 81 83 66 Bhava-agra As Seen Through a Child’s Mind 766 TH10.5
+0 82 82 72 Night Comes and Falls ~ Evening Star 754 TH07.5 TH10.5 Other
-11 83 72 46 Higan Retour ~ Riverside View 748 TH09 TH10.5 Other
-15 84 69 UFO Romance in the Night Sky 739 TH12
-10 85 75 67 Touhou suimusou 729 TH07.5
+0 86 86 75 Ultimate Truth 705 TH07
New 87 The Mystery in Your Town 701 TH12.5
-9 88 79 The Eternal Steam Engine 682 TH12.3
+7 89 96 Fires of Houkai 664 TH12
-5 90 85 77 Crimson Tower ~ Eastern Dream… 659 TH06
+15 91 106 100 Hiroshige No.36 ~ Neo Super-Express 632 Other
-1 92 91 64 Walking the Streets of a Former Hell 615 TH11
+14 93 107 96 Lovely Mound of Cherry Blossoms ~ Japanese Flower 613 Seihou Other
-3 93 90 86 Kid’s Festival ~ Innocent Treasures 613 Other
+0 95 95 92 Girls’ Sealing Club 610 Other
+3 96 99 86 Faint Dream ~ Inanimate Dream 605 PC-98
-4 97 93 79 The capital city of flowers in the sky 599 TH07
-14 98 84 63 Vessel of Stars ~ Casket of Star 590 TH10.5 PC-98
-25 99 74 85 Bad Apple!! 586 PC-98
-11 100 89 82 Paradise ~ Deep Mountain 577 TH07

Observations:
The Top 10 is not surprising anyone. The only considerable change from last year’s is “The Gensokyo The Gods Loved”, from “Mountain of Faith”, which managed to nab a place in the Top 10, as Sanae’s theme from the same game, “Faith is for the Transient People” drops out of the Top 10. Looking at previous years’ trends, two other songs threaten to break into the Top 10: “Hartmann’s Youkai Girl” and “Broken Moon” (w00t), possibly knocking down either “Native Faith” or “Reach for the Moon, Immortal Smoke” (“Necrofantasia” leaving the Top 10 wouldn’t be too surprising either).

Out of all the new songs debuting in last years’ games, 4 of them managed to wriggle their way into the Top 100: From Great Fairy Wars, on a much deserved 19th, the new theme of Marisa Kirisame, “Magus Night”, and on 75th the Fairies’ final boss battle theme, “Great Fairy Wars ~ Fairy Wars”; from Double Spoiler, “Bell of Avici ~ Infinite Nightmare” on 29th, and “The Mystery in Your Town” on 87th.

The Biggest Top 100 gains are as follows: “The Youkai Mountain ~ Mysterious Mountain” went from 50th to 24th, quite possible due to Double Spoiler’s release; “Lullaby of Deserted Hell” raised 11 positions to 33rd, which was also the gain “Maiden’s Capriccio” obtained from last year’s 49 into a 38th; unexplainably, two non-Touhou Game songs managed to have similarly big gains: “Hiroshige No.36 ~ Neo Super-Express” from “Retrospective 53 Minutes” on the 91st, and “Lovely Mound of Cherry Blossoms ~ Japanese Flower”, Yuuka’s theme from Kioh Gyoku rearranged in “Dolls in Pseudo Paradise”.

And the Biggest Most Unfortunate Top 100 Falls are: With -25 positions, “A Tiny, Tiny, Clever Commander”, “Unknown X ~ Unfound Adventure”, and (Feign surprise!) “Bad Apple!!”, which now sit uncomfortably at 56th, 78th and 99th, respectively. Other significant drops include “Reincarnation” (46th), “Captain Murasa” (57th), and “Vessel of Stars ~ Casket of Star” (98th).

So, all in all, few surprises there, so far. Next year might be more interesting, if ZUN finally releases some new game without fractions.

And now, it’s time to check the other questionnaire… But first a word from our–END OF FILE