Shoot the Bullet is the ninth-and-a-half official game in the Touhou series. In Shoot the Bullet, you play as Aya Shameimaru as she photographs the bosses from various other Touhou games. No one ever reveals the reason for this photography, and the only reason she does not shoot the opponents is "not to be nice, but because she doesn't want her bullets in the picture." Many aspects of Shoot the Bullet are similar to more traditional shmups, so the skills learned by playing other Touhou games do transfer to a certain extent. However, game elements like the use of film-reloading and defensive shots require some technique over and above standard dodging and streaming skills.