According to Reitaisai’s official website, Reitaisai 6 has been formally announced.
It will take place on the 8th of March, 2009, at the Tokyo Big Sight. Veterans of the fandom will probably find this odd, as Reitaisai is usually held in late May. Last year was the first year Reitaisai had been held at the Big Sight, and only one hall was booked, supposedly due to the existence of another conference in the other halls. Some speculate the move was made in order to ensure that all halls could be used for Reitaisai, as there were serious mobility and crowding issues last May.
Whether or not ZUN will have a demo of Touhou 12 (which currently remains completely unnamed) ready at R6 is currently up in the air. No official comment from ZUN or the organizers of Reitaisai have been made as to the true nature of the move. In any event, the gap gives artists and musicians more than 4 months’ time to produce more work before Comiket, significantly elongating the break period between Reitaisai and Comiket.
Unfortunately, another planned Touhou-only doujin convention, Gensokyo Hounousai, originally set to take place on March the 15th in Nagoya, has been cancelled due to Reitaisai’s new time.
We will be keeping track of any official news from ZUN or the organizers of the event, and we will announce any sort of demo for TH12 if one is to be unveiled at Reitaisai.