ZUN announced a new edition of the guidelines for secondary creations of Touhou Project. The following businesses are newly banned:
1. Sales of 2D animations (3D CGI works and slide shows with effects are excluded.)
2. Sales of games via Xbox 360 Indie Games
3. Sales of works via App Store and Android Market
4. Sales of works that exceed the range of dojin distribution (e.g. oversea download services)
5. Works of excessive sexual depictions and works that would slander a particular person, group or race that are extremely socially inappropriate.
As for the works which had been announced before the announcement of the new guidelines, ZUN left the decision up to the creators whether they will release their works.
It should be noted that the standard distribution of doujin works through channels such as Comiket or Reitaisai is pretty much unaffected. Anyone interested in selling commercial works involving Touhou must contact ZUN directly for permission.
I hope this will wake people up. Leave Touhou to rot as ZUN runs it into the ground. Like it or not, the fandom is what spurred the cult following it obtained and made it what is today. Despite that, ZUN treats his fans like crap.
ZUN has added some updates to questions on his Twitter account (posted here in chronological order).
“[Don't make] Excessive sexual depictions” basically means don’t run afoul of the law. Naturally, I’d like all creators to respect the laws of Japan.
I’ve never before authorized commercial porn before, and I’ve never really been that bothered by the contents of any doujin I’ve seen, so don’t worry. I just had to make the stipulation.
I’ve been asked this question a lot, but I’ve never been officially involved in an anime production before! And I’m not planning on it! Not like I have the time.
So, reports of the death of Touhou erodoujin are greatly exaggerated.
See, nothing to worry about. People freak out for so little these days.
"Forged in darkness with wheat harvested from Hell's half acre. Baked by Beelzabub; slathered with mayonnaise beaten from the evil eggs of dark chickens, force-fed to dogs by the hands of a one-eyed madman. Cheese boiled from the rancid utters of fanged cows. Layered with 666 separate meats from an animal which has maggots for blood."
The thing that made me wonder was the thing about overseas download and online sales. What exactly is that supposed to mean?
If all this really is isolated to the commercial sector, I have a feeling this might have at least *a little* to do with ufotable. Just a gut response, though.
Being 'limited to doujin range' is hazy. Some of the booksellers carry doujin circles and ship overseas, after all. If it does get applied to doujin in this case, then it would mean that only doujin sold at Comiket or Reitaisai, et al. is permitted?
Greenwell said: Agreed, although I do own a bunch of stuff that would now be considered "banned" by ZUN.
Unless you paid for it, i.e. it was commercially sold, or it's illegal depictions of the underage no you don't. He isn't banning doujin, just the SELLING of his intellectual property for PROFIT. Most of the people in this thread seem to be misunderstanding this very point. People can still make as much yuri as they like, but if they then ask for money for it, it's banned and, for that matter, illegal anyway.
ScrewBall said: Meh, the only thing that really worries me about this announcement is how it affects the Maikaze anime. Other than that, everything in there is fine.
I guess it means Maikaze has to give it away for free. And those seiyuu can't be cheap to hire... ; - ; *hopes Musou 2 will be released*