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SWRS English Translation Is Go!

TH12.3 - SWRS English Translation Patch

The English translation for Touhou Hisoutensoku is complete! You can download it at this link, or head over to the new patches section for additional patch notes – check the tabs at the top of the page or click on this link to get there.

Be sure to patch the game to version 1.10; you can download the patch at Tasofro’s website – look for the download titled “東方非想天則 Update File Ver1.10″.

If you have both games but don’t have access to TH10.5 content from TH12.3, you’ll need to edit the configex123.ini file in the TH12.3 directory. Change the “path=” variable under [th105path] to the folder in which you have TH10.5 installed.

Big thanks as always go out to the patch team: Akira, TMN, Mefidex, Halbarad, and mauve!


  1. Kilgamayan
    April 18th, 2010 | 7:58 pm


  2. sibladeko
    April 18th, 2010 | 8:07 pm


  3. Kojiro
    April 18th, 2010 | 8:20 pm

    Sweetness~ 1 day after my birthday \o/ I’ll take it!

  4. Modhesh
    April 18th, 2010 | 8:21 pm

    all right! it’s time to play TH:H again!. XD
    Cirno – Daidarabochi!

  5. April 18th, 2010 | 8:30 pm

    Whoa… I didn’t think you guys were actually gonna do this.

  6. mauve
    April 18th, 2010 | 8:44 pm

    We’ve been doing it, it’s just taken awhile, that’s all.

    I’ll be monitoring this (and other) threads for awhile for bug reports, though I dunno if we’ll do anything about them.

    I think I fixed the Vista/7 install problems, but if they still happen, just make sure the installer can write to the Soku folder.

  7. April 18th, 2010 | 8:55 pm

    No install problems here except for the Windows theme reverting to a basic theme (fixable by restarting).

  8. mauve
    April 18th, 2010 | 9:02 pm

    …why would that happen. sigh.

  9. duocean
    April 18th, 2010 | 10:49 pm

    Ho ho thank you

  10. owari
    April 18th, 2010 | 11:03 pm

    quadruple thumbs up

  11. April 18th, 2010 | 11:34 pm

    Epic win, i could never read enough kanji to understand what they’re saying xD

  12. Uguu
    April 19th, 2010 | 12:18 am

    Thanks for the patch! Now i can understand the… story.

  13. ScrewBall
    April 19th, 2010 | 2:43 am

    Oh you have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this.
    I lurve you guys. <3
    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to retreat into my room for a couple… months. XD

  14. Yamisquall
    April 19th, 2010 | 3:09 am

    That’s odd… I can’t use the update to the 1.10 version… Is there anybody else who has the same problem?

  15. Spathi
    April 19th, 2010 | 3:29 am

    me too, the broken moonrunes don’t help either

  16. kkcwkoh
    April 19th, 2010 | 5:29 am

    *Thumbs Up* d=w=b
    Much thanks for translating this, awesome job there.

  17. Void
    April 19th, 2010 | 5:45 am

    Absolutely Wonderful!

  18. Yamisquall
    April 19th, 2010 | 6:07 am


    It works now. Run the update for 1.10 with Japanese settings.

  19. Aratta~♪
    April 19th, 2010 | 6:18 am

    1 word to describe this:


  20. Faggot~
    April 19th, 2010 | 7:20 am

    Thanks a ton translatorfags, much appreciated

  21. Randomness
    April 19th, 2010 | 7:41 am

    I can’t get the 1.03 or the 1.10 patch to work. It seems like its working, the installation bar fills up and everything, but the game is still version 1.02.

  22. VGK
    April 19th, 2010 | 8:07 am

    is this touhou toads

  23. Squeezel
    April 19th, 2010 | 8:38 am

    Dear jewsus, finnaly O-o

    I hope i can finnaly read the names of the charakters i play D:

  24. universalperson
    April 19th, 2010 | 8:57 am

    I can’t update to 1.10. I got appLocale working but whenever I try to install it I get an error message that I can’t copy that ends with the line:

    / : * ? |

    Can someone help?

  25. universalperson
    April 19th, 2010 | 9:02 am

    OH! Fixed it. I had the wrong path for the folder.

  26. mauve
    April 19th, 2010 | 9:32 am

    Tasofro’s patcher has some strange issues. Not our fault, really.

    Best I can say is make sure that there are no kanji in your folder name and it should work. It does install the files somewhere, so if it screws up see if you can find where it put them and copy them over to the main folder.

  27. GregW17
    April 19th, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    If you’re using Tasofro’s patcher run with your system locale set in Japanese (dunno if AppLocale can help or not) or use mauve’s method. Unicode apps don’t transfer over that well between languages…

    That said, thanks for this release! No more struggling to read spell cards and stuff!

  28. TMN
    April 19th, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    Jumping in from cow RSS.
    spoiler: this game has no story (?)

  29. Whinette
    April 19th, 2010 | 12:38 pm

    Woot Neat! Thanks. =)

  30. Karmappi
    April 19th, 2010 | 12:39 pm

    Oh god.
    I guess I won’t be reading for the entrance exams this month either..

  31. Sukima
    April 19th, 2010 | 1:08 pm

    Profile names with Japanese characters become jumbled in the English version.

  32. mauve
    April 19th, 2010 | 1:28 pm

    Yup, this is an unfortunate side effect of changing fonts that would have required far too much work to fix, so Japanese profile names gets munged up. Sorry, gonna have to live with it.

  33. Nome
    April 19th, 2010 | 2:03 pm


  34. April 19th, 2010 | 2:58 pm



  35. TyrannoRexaur
    April 19th, 2010 | 4:26 pm

    Waoh, this is just awesome. I was really depressed today but this is now making the earth shake (translate: Making my humanity jump around)

  36. April 19th, 2010 | 4:33 pm

    [...] So them cool cats in the Touhou English-speaking community are up to their usual magic. All Touhou fans will be pleased to know they can actually play the game while understanding what exactly is going on. This patch comes courtesy of the chaps down at, and it can be downloaded from their blog post here. [...]

  37. DaiaX
    April 19th, 2010 | 11:55 pm

    WA! WO! WOOOOOO!!!! FTW!!!!!!

  38. udonge
    April 20th, 2010 | 12:55 am

    can anyone tell me how to patch the game from ver. 1.01 to the current one step by step so i can use the eng. patch. i tried myself, but it’s not working. my regional settings are in japanese. help please

  39. udonge
    April 20th, 2010 | 1:17 am

    nevermind, just like everyone else, i got it done with some determination.

    now, what are all the characters you can unlock. or if anyone has a save file……

  40. grgspunk
    April 20th, 2010 | 1:20 am


    When you’re selecting the folder location in the patch installation prompt, it always adds a “/th123″ in front of the folder address and messes up the address location. For example, if you choose “C:\Program Files”, it will show up in the patch’s address bar as “C:\Program Files\th123

    If you haven’t installed the game using the default folder address, you’ll need to delete the “\th123″ in the address bar after selecting the folder location.

  41. SWC
    April 20th, 2010 | 3:23 am

    What a cool little surprise waiting for me when i got home.
    Many thanks to the translators!

  42. Neko
    April 20th, 2010 | 8:41 am

    Thank you for your hard work.
    But it seems that I’ve found some bug. (or may be it just me..)

    When I reach the ending in story mode (at scene which there’s ending picture come along with text) the text was disappear.

    I’ve tried on Meiling and Sanae and got same result.

    Anyway overall was fine and thank you for all your hard work again.

  43. udonge
    April 20th, 2010 | 9:33 am

    thing is, i have the games, but they dont need to be installed. i still got the eng patch to work. how do i unlock more girls in story mode, do i need to beat sawako in the last fight while flying…..cuz she makes it pretty tough. i can use china, sanae, and cirno in story mode….that it. i want to unlock Reisen.

  44. udonge
    April 20th, 2010 | 10:01 am

    ok, ok. im sorry for buggin’ you guys for help, so im gonna help others who might have the same problem as i had. if you want all your swr girls in hisoutensoku, watch this youtube vid. this guy tells and shows you exactly what to do. i did it, and now all my girls are unlocked.

  45. mauve
    April 20th, 2010 | 12:39 pm

    Neko: I’m pretty sure that’s just you, the endings have been thoroughly tested. I do not know what would be causing that, sorry, though my first guess would be a font-related issue.

    udonge: There are only three story modes. 12.3 is a minor expansion, not a full-sized game. If you want to play other characters, it’s arcade, versus, or practice only.

  46. Mizuhebi
    April 20th, 2010 | 6:54 pm

    er…shouldnt this be english for UNL? or does this work for it too?

  47. OverGAR
    April 20th, 2010 | 7:51 pm

    Touhou 12.3 FTW!! thx for the patch!

  48. Lagunax
    April 21st, 2010 | 2:31 am

    Hi, I have a problem.
    I installed the update th123_update_110 with Applocale, in the th123 folder. My game path is:
    D:\To\Touhou Series\Games\Touhou 123 Unthinkable Natural Law\th123
    (it generates another th123 in the th123 folder), then the english patch but got the th123e error window “hisoutensoku is not patched!”. What can i do to solve this? Any help is welcomed.

  49. Digara
    April 21st, 2010 | 3:13 am

    Lagunax, simply copy and paste all the stuff into the same folder, make sure all the files are replaced with the larger versions. I did this and everything ran without a hitch, appreciate the effort this must’ve taken to do.

    *goes back to accusing Sanae of doing naughty things*

  50. udonge
    April 21st, 2010 | 7:39 am

    youtube has a lot of good ‘how to’ videos for patching and stuff. sometimes a visual aid is better than being told, especially if yur new to patching.

  51. Patoyo
    April 21st, 2010 | 2:13 pm

    Yeah!! We can understand Cirno storymode now! Thanks!
    BTW, my spam protection is 4+5

  52. dwab321
    April 21st, 2010 | 9:31 pm


  53. Lagunax
    April 22nd, 2010 | 2:53 am

    Thanks a lot Digara, that worked real good! I have just beaten lady Suwako a while ago.

    Really, that’s a great game (well … like all the touhou, hehe)

  54. April 22nd, 2010 | 4:13 pm

    Yatta~! Thanks for your work!

  55. April 22nd, 2010 | 4:17 pm

    Awesome~! Thanks so much~! Been looking forward to this alot~

  56. Xoverguy
    April 23rd, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Dang, I’ve been really waiting and hoping for this. Good Job to the translators.

    Although, I did find a syntax error. The word “broken” in the dialogs are misspelled as “brocken”. Secondly, regarding one of Patchouli’s spells: Emerald Megalopolis. Wasn’t it supposed to be named Emerald Megalith as per english version? I ask this since I understood this spell to be a fighter style mod of her spell from EOSD, or is it just me being picky on names? That, or they are two different spells entirely, LOL.

    But all in all, excellent job to everybody. I, for one appreciate the effort on part of all those who influenced in the creation of this patch. Thank You.

  57. mauve
    April 23rd, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    Brocken is correct. Google up Brocken Spectre. It’s an actual thing. It’s even covered in the translation notes.

    Emerald Megalopolis is also correct, if you look at the kana used for the spellcard(エメラルドメガロポリス, emerarudo megaroporisu), there is no confusion.

  58. Hoohaa
    April 24th, 2010 | 9:32 am

    Can anyone help me because when I try to play the english version it says to patch it to 1.10 and i got the update and ran through it but is says it still doesn’t work

  59. Dan
    April 25th, 2010 | 12:52 pm

    When you use the patch to update to 1.10, point to your game folder. After the update completes you will find a folder named th123 in the game folder. Copy the contents of the th123 folder into the game folder before running the English patch.

  60. April 25th, 2010 | 7:50 pm

    [...] can download the translation patch through this link, or read more about it at As always, plenty of thanks go out to the patch team: Akira, TMN, Mefidex, Halbarad, and [...]

  61. Chris
    April 25th, 2010 | 10:48 pm

    Something small. :)

    Yukari –> Skill –> Wings of the Chimera –> should say “carry” not “cary”.

  62. April 26th, 2010 | 12:26 am

    uhm anybody know where i can download this game free? XD

  63. mauve
    April 26th, 2010 | 3:18 pm

    Chris: Typo noted.

  64. Daniel
    April 27th, 2010 | 12:28 pm

    Is it supposed to be Tenshi Hinanawi or Tenshi Hinanai

  65. Daniel
    April 27th, 2010 | 12:34 pm

    And since there is this problem that I have in which I can’t use most of the characters’ spellcards, I don’t play UNL and play SWR instead, this will be of limited value since nobody cares to help.

  66. Cerxi
    April 27th, 2010 | 7:35 pm

    Daniel: What /exactly/ is the problem you are having? What doesn’t work. Be precise, please.

  67. José Eduardo
    May 1st, 2010 | 7:26 am

    I was waiting for it! Thanks! Your guys are the best!
    I use win7 and no problems till now.

  68. Demonwor
    May 1st, 2010 | 4:56 pm

    The time of awsomeness has come

  69. Kero Kero
    May 2nd, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    I still cannot get the game, I cannot figure out how to get a working version of the previous patches. I deleted my a long time ago and I regret it now.
    Is there a working version of th1.10?

  70. Rengeteki
    May 7th, 2010 | 8:21 pm

    Wah! I got the patch, so I was at the setup, but when I was at the part where I needed to select the folder 12.3 was in, it wouldn’t allow me to continue! @_@ I don’t know why it won’t let me.

  71. mauve
    May 7th, 2010 | 10:34 pm

    Please make sure th123.exe and th123a.dat exist in the destination folder. If you have renamed them, it won’t work.

  72. Benny
    May 13th, 2010 | 2:58 am

    IF anyone wants to play over hamachi join rooms SDTouhou or UNL netplay both rooms passwords are touhou.

  73. kei
    May 16th, 2010 | 4:50 am

    High security alert!!!

    You are not permitted to download the file “SokuEnglishTranslation-v1_0.exe”.

    URL =

    i cant download it..

  74. dafunky1
    May 20th, 2010 | 8:38 pm


    i used to have that problem
    wat u have 2 do is you need to fight the character in vs mode first, then use them

  75. hippopo
    May 20th, 2010 | 11:44 pm

    Thanks to all the hackers and translators for this awesome patch!

    There seems to be some minor problems with the translation of some phrases:
    Reimu’s spell card “Ying-Yang Sanctifier Orb” should be “Yin-Yang …”.
    Patchouli’s skill card “Force Lasher” should be “Fall Slasher” (Fall = Autumn). If it was “Force Lasher”, it should have been written as “フォース ラッシャー” instead of “フォールス ラッシャー” in original Japanese version.
    Marisa’s spell card “Magical Research …”(魔廃…) may be mistranslated. “廃” is short for “廃棄物”, which means “litter” or “waste”, and the kanji which means “research” is “発”. The same goes for Marisa’s skill card “マジカル産廃再利用ボム”.
    Suwako’s spell card “2 bows, 2 Claps, 1 Bow”, the first letter of “bow” is not capitalized.

    I hope these problems will be fixed in future version. Again thanks to all the localizers.

  76. Guy
    June 10th, 2010 | 11:54 am

    HELP! Mine’s dosen’t work but i’ve installed V1.10!

  77. Hadamo
    June 23rd, 2010 | 5:17 pm

    Thank you
    It’s my first time on this page and i’m already enjoying it immeasurably!

  78. ⑨TailedJackal
    June 28th, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    Translator guys, I love this! Thanks!

  79. e
    July 6th, 2010 | 6:39 am

    The English Patch works perfectly, as does the V1.10 update (when I start the game up, the title bar says “Touhou Hisentoku V1.10″)

    But it doesn’t clear up this problem: Every time I beat Reimu as Sanae in story mode, the game crashes after the post fight dialogue. I don’t know how to fix that. When I start story mode, Sanae is the only playable character. Is that natural?

  80. menroko
    October 17th, 2010 | 10:40 am

    hey i don’t know why, but the patch doesn’t work even though i have the the v1.10 update.
    anyone can help please?

  81. Morgan
    October 18th, 2010 | 9:16 pm

    Um, i’m having some problems… ( But good job anyways:) im not exacly sure on what to do to patch/put the game in english :( i have a Japanese version of this game then a download the patch from the site,my orginal japanese game does not go english and the new installed game says “Has not been patched.” the version of the game that is installed after you run the patch give me a runtime error can ANYBODY help me plese i like being able to play as cirno but with all being in Japanese it’s kind of a drag :(

    Thanks in Advance

  82. Cassa
    November 16th, 2010 | 3:40 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  83. Cassa
    November 16th, 2010 | 3:41 pm


  84. Burning Snow
    November 18th, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    I got the update and the english patch, and it seemed to be working fine untill the graphics broke on Cirno’s 4th stage. The enemy was invisible, and all text and the HUD was flickering.

  85. Sonny
    January 11th, 2011 | 8:17 pm

    Gah! Everythings working just dandy for me but the SOUND EFFECTS. (In 10.5 and 12.3)

    Now, I should easily solved but I checked the Options and the SE is to the max.
    I tried googling for answers but it seems those who also asked the question are remained unanswered.

    Someone help a guy out?

  86. _kAtWiN_
    January 19th, 2011 | 10:38 pm

    my GFW eng patch doesn’t work! it always stop in ”’..’….
    what folder should i put it in?

  87. Adam
    February 11th, 2011 | 6:51 pm

    how come i can’t download it? I tried downloading and all is good until i have to choose a folder to install it into…help?

  88. James
    April 27th, 2011 | 2:23 am

    Adam, click on the folder containing all the files for the game, then press ‘next’ and you should be good to go.

    My problem is with the main 1.10 patch: I know this isn’t the right place, but it’s still related, as I need it to make the English patch work. And no matter which folder I tell it to patch, it get about 2/3rds of the way through and then encounters an error, which I can’t read because it’s all in mojibake. Can someone give me a little help?

  89. James
    April 27th, 2011 | 2:28 am

    Oh, one other thing: It wasn’t nearly this bitchy when I installed UFO 1.00b. I don’t know what the difference is…

  90. thebrotherofmokou95
    May 7th, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    WHOA! My computer security system identified the english version as MALWARE! I had it removed as a safety precaution, so I can easily apply yht patch again, but can someone explain this to me?

  91. thebrotherofmokou95
    May 7th, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    Ok, well, I think I’m screwed now, because I basically wiped everything clean, re-downloaded the game, the version 1.10 patch and the english patch. The ver. 1.10 patch works fine and dandy, but the english patch won’t work and keeps saying
    “Error opening file for writing
    C:\Unthinkable Natural Law\th123.exe”
    (I just called the file i put it in that)
    It comes up with a retry, abort and ignore option, and no matter how many times I try, It won’t work. Please help.

  92. elnirvana
    May 18th, 2011 | 7:58 pm

    thx so much!!

  93. yyaaaaaa
    May 30th, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    guys help, I have the scarlet weather rahpsody but I cant load the characters from it, I tried to edit the configex file as said but I still couldn’t done ,can someone explain it more detailed ?? pleeeeaaasseee ^^

  94. Adam
    July 6th, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    I tried putting it In the folder where all of the files i dled were (th123 which was under program files/tasfro (something like that). What am i supposed to do / what am i doing wrong?

  95. sunny
    September 30th, 2011 | 12:17 am

    If you use 1.10a patch, translation will not install. Try this:

  96. Azuko
    October 2nd, 2011 | 9:15 am

    lolz I was wondering what was wrong, Thanks Sunny

  97. ThatMan
    October 3rd, 2011 | 7:36 am

    I installed the game and patched it to the latest version but for some reason the english patch cant find the game installed and whenever i try opening the game as it is it gives me the th123.exe has encountered an error and needs to close please help

  98. minato-chan
    October 4th, 2011 | 8:43 pm

    When will the updated patch

  99. warmaster21
    October 10th, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    Thanks sunny, you are a god send.

  100. Tetrisblock
    February 20th, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Unable to download the English patch, it just says that the page isn’t found D:

  101. allen walker
    April 26th, 2012 | 5:52 am

    Same, not found tooo……..

  102. August 11th, 2012 | 6:54 pm

    When I run the english patch and it gets to the point where I have to select the destination folder it won’t let me continue or browse for a folder. I read the comments above and apparently I needed to have th123a.dat in my destination file, but when I downloaded the patch I never got it. Fix PLease?

  103. August 11th, 2012 | 11:42 pm

    I suspect that the Translation won’t download because I don’t have the th123 files in my destination file. When I download the 1.10 patch it stops installing the files 2/3 of the way through and displays an error which I can’t read because it’s in mojibake. I didn’t know it was an error until I saw someone who had the same problem. Why am I having this error?

  104. August 17th, 2012 | 12:17 am

    This probably isn’t the place where I should ask for help, seeing as nobody is answering. Is there a forum or anyplace I should go to get my question answered?

  105. Gabriel
    January 30th, 2013 | 7:10 pm

    I cant seem to do it i really need help if anyone can help me send me directions at PLEASE I WANNA PLAY THIS GAME SO FLIPPING BAD DX

  106. Painiac
    February 15th, 2013 | 7:21 am

    I know it’s way too late, I’m writing this just in case someone gets the same problem as Sonny. Namely, SFX bug, where everything sounds fine, but not sound effects.

    I had it while having headphones plugged in. Unplug those, and voila, SFX works. If you really want to use headphones, then you have to check headphones settings.

  107. Luis
    April 3rd, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Great :D

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