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Perfect Memento in Strict Sense
Perfect Memento in Strict Sense
Developer Team Shanghai Alice
Publisher Ichijinsha
Released 2006
Genre Illustrated reference book

Perfect Memento in Strict Sense (東方求聞史紀, pronounced Touhou Gumon Shiki, meaning Desired Oral Histories of the East) is the Second Official Touhou Fanbook. Compared to the first, Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, it is quite serious in tone; focusing mainly on factual information about the world of Gensokyo.

Here we see Gensokyo from the perspective of the (almost) normal human Hieda no Akyu, a recorder of its history. Her descriptions show a quite different realm; one where things are described in terms of ‘threat levels’, and most Youkai are to be feared and avoided rather than laughed at. Nevertheless, it is revealed as a strange and wonderful place.

Perfect Memento comes with a CD containing three original music tracks plus some desktop wallpaper, and some shops also added a booklet drawn by Aki Eda and written by ZUN. In addition, one month before release, a manga based upon it called Memorizable Gensokyo, also by Aki Eda and ZUN, was published in the December 2006 issue of Comic REX magazine.


Fun Fact

The title "求聞史紀" and Akyuu's ability "求聞持" comes from a so-called mantra "虚空蔵求聞持法" (Kokuuzou Gumonji Hou), which is popular in Japan as part of Shingon Buddhism, brought into Japan by Kuukai, one of the most famous Japanese Buddhists. The prayer is for Akasagarbha (虚空蔵菩薩, Kokuuzou Bosatsu) to improve their memory retention. This suits Akyuu's ability to remember everything she sees. (a reference page)