Griffon Enterprises is going to release the Ordinary Magician Kirisame Marisa ( 普通の魔法使い 霧雨魔理沙 ) from the doujin danmaku shooting game series “Touhou Project” ( 東方プロジェクト ) by the circle Team Shanghai Alice ( 上海アリス幻樂団 ). Will be released in August 2009. Around 205mm tall, 6,800 yen.

“…it’s not as if I stole anything. My life is overwhelmingly shorter than yours anyway, so can’t you just collect everything after my death? Until then, I’m just borrowing….” said Marisa. Marisa is a thief collector and always “borrowing” stuff from others. She is the secondary main character since Touhou 3. I don’t really like to use her in any Touhou games except Touhou 11 (7.5, 9.5, and 10.5 don’t count). She is really powerful but her attack range is too narrow. For those who’re new to Touhou game, I don’t recommand Marisa to you.

It’s unbelieveable! Griffon Enterprises is releasing the Touhou PVC figures!!! For those who don’t know, the creator of Touhou, ZUN, is a really nice guy. He let everybody free to sell any Touhou item without his permission, but can only sell them as limited quantity items in the doujin event (e.g. Comiket), doujin store (e.g. Toranoana), and online store. He strongly restricts any commercial sale of Touhou stuff. That’s why although Touhou is sooooo popular, you don’t see many Touhou items around. Since PVC figures are mass production items and Griffon Enterprises isn’t a doujin circle at all. I’m so supprised that ZUN gives Griffon permission to do so.

2:40am update: Now I know why, coz these Touhou figures are only available at selected stores. Check here

——Description from Wiki——

Marisa Kirisame (霧雨 魔理沙)

  • Species: Human
  • Ability: High-powered magic
  • Residence: Forest of Magic

Marisa is the secondary main character of Touhou games 3-12, although she makes her first appearance in the second game (Story of Eastern Wonderland) as an enemy. Marisa is a human magician who lives in a cluttered house in the Forest of Magic. She is friends with Reimu and visits her often, but otherwise is solitary and spends most of her time researching magic. She is also an avid collector stuffing her house with various items, and would go “borrowing” things from others without returning them. She is selfish, sometimes violent, and has a disagreeable manner. Underneath, though, she is honest and a hard worker. This makes it strange that she is friends with Reimu, whose powers are purely from talent while she had to work very hard to get her own to the same level. Her ability is high-level destructive magic. In the games, her attacks are characterized by stars and lasers. Consistent to her “borrowing”, many of her spells are lifted from other characters, such as her signature “Master Spark” which was originally Yuka’s, or her “Nondirectional Laser” attack, which was originally Patchouli’s attack.

Touhou doujin anime – A Summer Day’s Dream Part 2
You can watch Part 1 in the Reimu post

Official Team Shanghai Alice homepage

via Griffon Enterprise