Touhou 2: Story of Eastern Wonderland – World of Empty Dreams is Touhou Project’s second work, the first main Touhou game for Windows.
The Touhou series is a phenomenon in Japan and has many fans around the world. Touhou Project started out as a group of shoot’em up games and now includes 10 games, 12 dōjin games, music CDs, a manga and more. Touhou’s music evolves around Touhou’s fighting system themes. The songs may sound alike, but there are some noticeable differences between songs on the same theme.
Touhou 2: Story of Eastern Wonderland was first released at Comiket 52 on August 17, 1997 at Tokyo, Japan. The Touhou series creator, ZUN, worked on Touhou 2 completely by himself while he was still in college.
ZUN released Touhou 6: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil a month after Touhou 2’s release. It was the last main Touhou game of the 90s and is set in Gensokyo, a place ZUN has created where Touhou Project takes place.
Most Touhou fans consider Touhou 2 to be the hardest Touhou game of the series. The player must complete 9 stages and then fight one boss in each stage again to clear the game. But similar to other Touhou games, if players lose all their lives, they must restart Touhou 2 from the beginning.
Touhou 2 is not considered part of Touhou Project’s canon story by ZUN. He thinks Touhou 1-2 and Touhou 3-12 are in different stories even though there are many characters who originally appeared in Touhou 1 and Touhou 2 appear again in Touhou 3. Touhou 2 is unrelated to Touhou Project story-wise and Touhou 1 and Touhou 2 characters do not reappear in any Touhou project games afterwards. However, Touhou 2’s events were retold by ZUN in the manga, Strange and Bright Nature Deity (東方紅輝心) and Touhou 3’s story was related to Touhou 2 in Touhou 3: Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream.