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One day, when exploring Gensokyo in her dreams, Sumireko finds herself seeing the faintest outline of a ghostly catfish in the pond near the Hakurei Shrine. At first thinking it just to be spirit or haunt, during subsequent visits it subliminally draws more and more of her attention, and when asked about by Reimu, the latter denies noticing anything.

In the real world, whenever Sumireko find herself near certain areas that seemingly hold no meaning, she can feel the creature's presence; eventually, she discerns that one thing all these areas have in common is that they contain the ichthys, the sign of the fish, either through graffiti, jewellery and intentional sculpts, bumper-stickers, or phenomena that just so happen to resemble it, which especially sparks her curiosity as it means the fish is able to maintain a kind of presence in the Outside World, prompting her to try and communicate with it during her next visit.

When she does so, it asks of her to preform a ritual to free it. She does, and it's revealed to be a an apparent catfish majuu, one that is interested in her goal of proving the existence of youkai to the masses. This youkai proves to have several abilities including water manipulation, the ability to perceive travel through several dimensions including the mind, and the ability to "see" out of any fish symbol in the world.

Naturally, an incident is started as the fish and Sumireko begin to gather youkai in order to prepare for "a most lovely show" "that will supposedly grab the attention of every human in the world. This peculiar gathering of youkai remains mstly low-key until Marisa stumbles on it for an unrelated reason and nudges Reimu to check it out, only to be joined by an Okina who is treating the situation with a far greater amount of gravity then either think is warranted and a Yukari who is treating it with less brevity but is tagging along to humor herself.

After plowing through the standard lineup, Okina/Yukari confront the fish directly, and to the former's horror in particular, learn that it's an ancient, powerful ex-servant of Taisui Xingjun that the sages originally sealed because he wanted to use "selective breeding" in order to slowly transform humans into subservient, superstitious cowards that would be simple for youkai to feed on and treat like lifestock, more then the human village, using their fear to expand youkai's influence until an invasion of the Outside World could commence, with intentions to use social media and other human innovations against them to teach an ironic aesop against the reliance of technology, the technology that it felt caused them to stop fearing youkai and was responsible for setting up the border to begin with, using discoveries in genetic engineering to refine the process in order to make his theoretical "youkai-friendly humans" even more pathetic. Yukari finds this distasteful, in spite of not really disagreeing with its other points, but the Fish's intentions to replace her as the head of Gensokyo and eventually rule the world as the savior of youkai (hence its adoption of the sign of the fish) turn her against it.

The heroines and sages uncover that the Fish was gathering youkai so it could use its dimensional abilities to send them out and begin mass-abductions without caring to make it subtle, both to spread fear in the Outside and to start gathering stock for "changelings" that it would send to the Outside to begin the replacement process, until it was superstitious enough to support more direct incursions. After its defeat and extermination, Sumireko learns that maybe there's a good reason that Gensokyo and the Outside World don't intermix too much.

A sub-theme of the game is surveillance. Not only does the sign of the fish feature heavily in stage designs and enemy motifs, but new characters include a Mokumokuren and a Nurikabe, and Yukari muses that she could probably match the Fish in surveillance ability, but isn't sure that she "wants" to. Playable characters would be Reimu and Marisa tag-teaming with either Yukari or Okina, each character having three different modes.

Fish is the final boss and revolves around a gimmick that warps its projectiles across the stage while hitting separate-spawning water pool danmaku, but has a larger hitbox then average like Evil Eye Sigma. Sumireko is the EX boss, fueled with forbidden knowledge by having the spirit of the fish embedded in her mind in the "true" ending that exterminates it for good.



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