Griffon Enterprises is going to release the Traditional Fantastic Reporter ( 伝統の幻想ブン屋 ) Shameimaru Aya ( 射命丸 文 ) 1/8 PVC figure 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 October 2009. Around 240mm tall, 6,800 yen.
I’m not a big fan of Aya. I couldn’t find anything on her that trigger my MOE meter. But seems like she is very popular among other Touhou fans. And the creator of Touhou, ZUN, like her a lot too. Even since she made her first appearance in Touhou 9, she appeared in all the Touhou games as a playable character or a support character afterward. (Not sure about Touhou 12 , haven’t see her in the first 3 stages yet).
——Description from Touhou Wiki——
Aya Shameimaru is Gensokyo’s resident reporter, known for writing “slightly” exaggerated news articles about anything that happens in Gensokyo. She’s very strong and is probably stronger than she shows since she sometimes “accidentally wins” battles while only meaning to cover a news story.
During the events of Phantasmagoria of Flower View she sets out to cover what promises to be an interesting news story, apparently having had completely forgotten that the exact same event had occurred 60 years ago. Even though she was alive and around during the previous flower incident, perhaps her memory is clouded by the thousands of facts and rumors she hears every day.
When Aya was sent by the other Tengu to see who the intruder on Youkai Mountain was during Mountain of Faith she was surprised to see it was the heroine. Although Aya doesn’t want to fight the heroine, she prioritizes her bosses’ orders. She decides to “go easy” on the heroine and leads her to the new shrine, believing that the heroine could get rid of a large nuisance to the Tengu.
During the events of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody she goes around doing her job, and after an encounter with Reimu and Marisa she decides to infiltrate the Scarlet Devil Mansion to report on the Scarlet Devil and write an article about her. Remilia mentions something about the weather incident, and Aya goes back to the Youkai Mountain. There she meets an infuriated Reimu complaining about an earthquake destroying her shrine. In spite of the situation, Aya defeats her as an intruder.
【Touhou 9.5】 Shoot the Bullet Scene VS Yuyuko
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