Gensokyo is the name of a mental hospital
...and all the fantasy elements and adventures are the collective
result of a bunch of fractured minds coping together. Each character's
individual quirks actually come from their neuroses:
Reimu and Marisa suffer from intense hallucinations, which is why most
of the world seems to be built around them. They're also paranoid,
leading to them picking fights whenever they think anything strange
Also, the two of them, along with Yuuka, were the very first patients
of the hospital. Because they didn't have much company, they started
to make some imaginary "friends" that they could fight with (well,
there was Yuuka, but the caretakers thought it was better not to let
them in contact with her. Not that they succeded, of course), along
with recurring character Mima who Marisa claimed was her teacher and
that Reimu could never defeat her (thus their rivalry). Eventually,
more patients ended up in the hospital, thus there was no need for any
imaginary friends when the girls finally had someone to interact
with(thus explaining why the PC 98-era is Retgone).
Yuka was a schizophrenic gardener who made friends with the flowers in
her garden, believing they could talk to her. She was sent away to
Gensokyo for brutalizing an unfortunate soul who accidentally ruined
her garden, killing several of her imaginary friends.
Rumia had always been a troubled child, but her insanity finally
reached a climax when one night, she crept out of bed and assassinated
both her parents. She has been found eating their bodies, calling
herself a "youkai".
It was January and -35 degrees Celsius outside when little Cirno's
abusive drunkard of a father kicked his simpleton of a daughter out of
the house with nothing but a dress to protect her from the biting
cold. Cirno wandered around, slowly freezing to death. By the time
someone helped her, it was too late. The cold had irreversibly
affected her nervous system, turning an already simple child into a
mental retard, as well as completely inuring her from any sensations
in her members. This lack of pain and feelings has led Cirno to
believe she has gained immunity to, and subsequently control over
frost, of which she is extremely proud.
Daiyousei a quiet, homeless, but (relatively) mentally well girl who
alerted child welfare when she found Cirno. She quietly comes and
goes, seeming to appear and disappear like a fairy to most of the the
inmates. The nurses allow these visits since Cirno is always happy to
Shinki was apparently a woman who was traumatized by witnessing or
being part of some occult ritual, or she herself conducted it.
Hong Meiling is narcoleptic and a recovering drug addict (see: giant
catfish), at a specialist hospital because the latter restricts
treatment for the former. She comes across as a doormat in the
fantasies of others because she's lucid enough to know that playing
along is best for everyone.
Sakuya is the one who initially insisted she be institutionalized for
her drug problems. Meiling jokingly says she thinks she can manipulate
time and throw knives because she always seems to teleport around and
start poking her mid-conversation, though she realizes she just fell
Alternatively, Sakuya was a batshit crazy knife nut serial killer, so
skilled she never left any traces after her murders, always getting
away, almost as if she could stop time. She would have gotten the
death penalty (or lifetime prison), but the attorney pleaded insanity.
And with that alternatively, Meiling was Sakuya's partner in crime and
got the pair caught when she fell asleep while on lookout. Despite the
risk, they pair are allowed to stay together since they keep each
other controllably calm, though they are kept a few rooms from
everyone else, not least because Meiling is a masochist to Sakuya's
Remilia comes from a family of nobles, but their fortune was lost. In
desperation, Remilia went insane, becoming a serial killer suffering
from a vampire complex, hiding in her decrepit mansion during the day.
She would kidnap and kill people to drink their blood until she was
finally stopped. She became good friends with Sakuya, who respects her
as being the more hardcore of the two. Her sister Flandre (something
with the genes of this family is just wrong, maybe it's all the
cosanguine marriages between nobles) suffers from psychosis, and gets
violently destructive when she suffers a psychotic break. She lives in
a more secure ward downstairs from the others for everyone's safety,
where Remilia regularly visits her.
Yukari is an old woman who suffered a stroke that severely damaged her
spatial perception - she thinks she can manipulate the borders between
places because she constantly misjudges where things are. Ran and Chen
are her daughter and granddaughter.
Youmu constantly has out-of-body experiences, leading to a delusion
that she has another, "ghost" half.
Yuyuko suffers from a neurological condition that makes her think
she's always starving. She has to be chained to a chair or she'd
bother everyone in a hysterical search for food, or if she could find
enough, eat herself to death. There's a cherry blossom tree outside
her window, and Youmu is her wardmate.
Yoshika may suffer from the same condition Yuyuko has except she is
bound to the wall of a room
Kanako suffers from a severe God complex, or more precisely a Wind God
complex. Suwako has an extremely weird combination, she has a God
complex, and she also thinks she is a frog, hopping around like one.
Sanae is Kanako's daughter, and visits her mother often. She plays
along with the patients' escapades, and, as of late, is becoming more
eager to play make-believe, especially now that she's compared it to
her comparatively dull reality. Her humans-first attitude is a
reflection of her annoyance with many of the other patients.
Utsuho Reiuji worked at a nuclear central until a catastrophic nuclear
accident happened and she was exposed to massive amounts of radiation,
deforming her foot, forcing the amputation of one of her arms and its
replacement by a prosthetic arm, and twisting her brain. Utsuho
believes that she has gained superpowers (oh, and that she's a bird).
She likes to wrap herself in a sanitary blanket like a cape, and make
up ludicrous plans to burn the asylum to the ground.
Alternatively, Satori is a patient with a form of autism from so far
into the deep end of the spectrum that she finds normal social
interaction impossible. Instead, she keeps pets, a cat (Orin) and a
raven that comes past every day because she feeds it (Utsuho). Since
she can think well enough to require stimulation (just being rather
sideways about it), she reads the facility's medical texts; since she
has a habit of diagnosing others with the same things the nurses say,
they all think she can read minds.
Aya was once a world famous journalist but one day had her cover blown
while following some highly illegal lines of investigation. The
ensuing storm saw her reputation and publishing history made a joke
practically overnight; since she lived for her job, this was enough to
make her completely snap. She was admitted for her mental wellbeing,
but since she's mostly harmless (running back and forth taking photos
for the big story she still believes she's chasing) she's allowed more
freedom to run around than the others, also making her think she;s
Parsee has an inferiority complex that she expresses through emotional
abuse, and often has to be isolated for the sake of the other
patients' well-being; this further cripples her self-worth.
Suika, Yuugi, and ZUN are patients of a nearby alcoholism recovery
center. ZUN is Aya's boyfriend, and visits her fairly often. He also
somehow manages to regularly smuggle beer and sake into his room,
where he has parties with the other two.
Byakuren is a nurse who tries to make things better for everyone, but
constant exposure to the patients causes her to fear for her own
Kaguya comes from a wealthy family, but social issues, autism, and her
NEET habits eventually led the her being committed for care. Since she
has such a rich family and good health care cover, she has her own
private nurse, Eirin. Eirin herself should be concerned only with
Kaguya's care, but her high qualifications are so useful she
occasionally helps out with other patients.
'Nue' is just the nickname of a girl with Multiple Personality
Disorder severe enough that, with her parents having abandoned her,
nobody can figure out which (if any) of the personalities is the
original. Each personality has it's own style of dress; while it
doesn't fool the nurses (and in fact helps them know 'who' they're
talking to), it's enough to make other patients think she's a
...and so on. Each new 'game' is a pecking order being established as
more patients are committed.
I challenge anyone to make a fanfic for this.