>To them: You and I are worlds apart. You don't know the characters as I do.
Holy shit, this. I'd like to emphasize this a bit.
I also kind of forced myself to get into Touhou. After hearing about it over and over from a friend I played with on Runescape, and being frustrated by his increasing absence due to the games, I've decided to begrudgingly try it. My first game was Imperishable Night, I think. I was surprised with just how difficult the games were, and the entire genre was completely new to me. The game seemed to be making fun of me for losing and even taunted me for playing on easy mode (which I though was insanely hard at the time). And I was getting my ass kicked by little girls to boot. There was no way I was going to let myself walk away from the game without beating it first. Before I knew it, I finally cleared Normal difficulty and unlocked the extra stage. I decided to challenge myself. "This'll be the last one. I'll beat this on Lunatic difficulty and be done with this game," I told myself, but by then I had a lot more fun than I'd like to have admitted.
Getting to Mokou was insane, and trying to beat her even moreso. She'll always hold a special place in my heart, being my first EX boss, from only beating Normal difficulty just twice, I don't think I'll ever experience that kind of leap of a learning curve and the effort I had to put into pushing through that. She's literally freaking immortal, and super cool to boot. Her theme rocks too.
I know I'm just rambling on now like a nerd, but what I'm trying to say is that what this guy says is entirely true. Now I'm hooked to Touhou and couldn't be happier. I never got to thank my friend for getting me into it, though...