Category Archives: Articles & Interviews

Touhou popularity poll 19 – BUTAOTOME-related stats

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It’s that time of the year again! The results of the 19th Touhou popularity poll have been released, so here are the usual music stats. 2022 edition2021 edition Here are the themes in the top 100 that don’t have a BUTAOTOME arrangement yet (excluding UDoALG tracks). Tracks with a * have an arrangement, but it’s instrumental/has other vocals. 29. Kourou ~… Read more »

Exploring the world of cover songs

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I’ve teased this type of post in the Best 5 review, and I need to write some more reviews (while working on an album review that will be published next month). Covers. A popular type of song that refers to when an artist records/plays their own take of a song by another artist. A lot of artists started their journey… Read more »

Comp’s music equipment [2013-2014]

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This is a series of blog posts Comp published on the old BUTAOTOME blog. It was something I wanted to translate for years, and well… better later than ever? Remember that these posts are from 2013-2014, so the equipment he is using now is probably different and better. You can read the original posts here. Do note that I’ve only… Read more »

Touhou popularity poll 18 – BUTAOTOME-related stats

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The results of the 18th Touhou popularity poll have been released, and while people are either congratulating Flandre or trashing her for her victory, here are some fun music stats. Last year’s stats are here. Here are the themes in the top 100 that don’t have a BUTAOTOME arrangement yet. Tracks with a * have an arrangement, but it’s instrumental/has… Read more »

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 »