In the Hakurei shrine warehouse the not so helpful, klutzy, Ibuki Suika and shrine maiden Hakurei Reimu are the only ones working on the preparations for the upcoming festival. Suika is then sent off to do the shopping, when Reimu notices the disappearance of the shrine's donation box. Journalist Shameimaru Aya who suddenly shows up, suggests the box may indeed have been stolen - strangely enough since it is always empty. Aya goes into detective mode, quickly summoning mage Kirisame Marisa, who is supposed to help find the missing box. As it turns out many other things have mysteriously disappeared the night before. Much work still lies ahead of Reimu... and who or what is the shadowy figure among the trees near the shrine?
First off, I have to say. I love Touhou. I do. Too bad there isn't anything in the way of anime for it besides two OVA's, both of which I have watched many times over. This is one of them. There's nothing in the way of a story besides the fact that Reimu's donation box has gone missing along with other items from various people in Gensokyo. It's a bit contrived, but, then again, it's Touhou. You have barely anything on which to base it besides the characters. I'd call it an indie OVA. I don't know from where it came, or how many people worked on it, but it sure as hell isn't an entire studio. The animation, from how many people, I assume, worked on it is great, though Reimu's face near the beggining could've used some work. Unlike the other OVA which had to be fan-dubbed (in Japanese), this one came with it, and it works. It works well. It does its job. Characters have been the focus point in Touhou. We're given the ones from EoSD as well as Suika and Aya, but that's it. EoSD contains some of my favourite characters. Besides Reimu, Marisa, and Aya, the others are seen for a certain period of time and then dissapear. Suika does this. Meirin, whom I don't really care for, does this. Patchouli is involved with one fight near the end, and we're given about two scenes with Remilia and Sakuya. I'm not complaining, but something feels missing. Maybe the fact that it's a one episode OVA. I'd really love to see a full series of this.
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