Category Archives: Articles & Interviews

Genso Mosh Pit vol.1 (May 2013)

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Today I bring you a piece of history! GENSO MOSH PIT was a Touhou music magazine published in 2013. It featured exclusive interviews, reviews, live reports, and more. The first issue had some BUTAOTOME contents, namely a long interview with the members (made during their Magical Gambler tour) and a report of their live at Gifu on April 6th, 2013…. Read more »

Daily Bibibi – “Your past or future self may need this story” [16/03/2022]

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Original post In this month’s Bibibi article, Ranko talks about Diary of Different Countries (違国日記 Ikoku Nikki) by Tomoko Yamashita. Hello. I’m Ranko, the BUTAOTOME vocalist. This is a series of articles where I introduce my favorite manga and anime in whatever way I like, and sometimes I write a production diary. Today’s topic… …is “Diary of Different Countries” by… Read more »

“The Distance Between Language and Thought” (ReiMari story)

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Original title: 言語と思考の距離 (Gengo to Shikou no Kyori)Artwork from the book by Ane (sorry for the potato pic, but this is the best I can do since I don’t have a scanner…) Happy birthday to me! This is a Reimu and Marisa story written by Ranko. It was published in November 2014, as an extra for the book “Hakurei Reimu… Read more »

Design of Touhou Doujin CD 2 (August 2016)

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This is a book by the doujin group chromatic-noise (色雑音研究室) published in August 2016. It features reviews of several Touhou albums (focusing on the design part) and interviews with the artists. Here I bring you a translation of the Kouseki Radio review and Ane’s interview! You can still buy this book on BOOTH. About BUTAOTOME is a four members circle:… Read more »

Daily Bibibi – “Deformities” and “monsters” are very different!? [15/02/2022]

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Original post In this month’s Bibibi post, Ranko talks about Kazuo Umezu’s Scary Book Series! Violet’s note: this post comes later than usual because I was reading horror manga, and I wanted to include some buy links for the featured books. Kazuo Umezu is the grandmaster of the horror manga genre, and his works influenced the universally-acclaimed Junji Ito. Not… Read more »

Daily Bibibi – Hyakumannin no Heikou Hifuu’s production notes [14/01/2022]

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Original post In this month’s Bibibi article, Ranko talks about how she writes lyrics and records vocals, with some behind-the-scenes tidbits about Hyakumannin no Heikou Hifuu! I’m Ranko, the BUTAOTOME vocalist.This is a series of articles where I introduce my favorite manga and anime in whatever way I like, and sometimes I write a production diary. Happy New Year, everyone.I… Read more »

Daily Bibibi – What is the appeal of Ryoko Yamagishi’s masterpiece “Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi”? [13/12/2021]

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Original post In December’s Bibibi column, Ranko talks about Ryoko Yamagishi and her manga about Prince Shoutoku! I’m Ranko, the BUTAOTOME vocalist. This series of articles is about the things I like and how I like them. …but you know, from this point on, it’s going to be “a series of articles and sometimes a production diary about my favorite… Read more »

Daily Bibibi – Jason has a sense of heroism and fairness!? [02/11/2021]

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Original post In her monthly Bibibi post, Ranko talks about the Friday the 13th movie series and its main villain, Jason! I’m Ranko, the BUTAOTOME vocalist.This series of articles is about the things I like and how I like them. Halloween is over, but I’d like to talk about a Halloween-related theme. Have you ever heard of a horror movie… Read more »

Daily Bibibi – A fluffy-feathered t-rex with a mysterious “friend”… [14/10/2021]

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Original post In this month’s Bibibi article, Ranko talks about stuffed animals! I’m Ranko, the BUTAOTOME vocalist. This series of articles is about the things I like and how I like them. First of all, I’d like to report that Universal Studios Japan is currently holding a limited time Gegege no Kitaro attraction~~~~!!!! (great joy) (ultra celebration) It’s called “Gegege… Read more »

Touhou popularity poll 17 – BUTAOTOME-related stats

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Updated on January 17, 2022. The results for the 17th Touhou popularity poll have been released yesterday. You can read here its results here (Japanese) or here (English). Between this and that, I decided to do some stats related to the music. Here is a list of themes in the top 100 that don’t have a BUTAOTOME arrangement yet. Tracks… Read more »