After eight years since Phantasmagoria of a Flower View, Sakuya Izayoi returns as a playable character once more for the Touhou series. As seen on Zun’s blog, she is shown blasting her way once more with her barrage of knives.
The full story of what is to happen in Touhou 14 is yet to be unvieled, Zun had this to say about the story:
Which roughly translates to:
“Weapons of Reimu, Marisa, of Sakuya began moving on their own for some reason.
At the very same time, Youkai that should be quiet in the trenches arrived for the first time in a rebellion.
These girls, do they throw away their weapons or fight in hand to hand combat?”
Only speculation can be established at the moment, it’s almost certain Hakurei Reimu, Kirisame Marisa, and Izayoi Sakuya are all playable characters. The idea that their weapons being moving on their own is an interesting concept which only time will tell what ZUN means by this.
A little back-story about Sakuya Izayoi. She is the Chief Maid who serves Remilia Scarlet, the head of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. She first appeared as the fifth stage boss of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil and afterwards several times as a playable character. Sakuya is the only human living in the Scarlet Devil Mansion. She essentially takes the position of managing the Scarlet Devil Mansion. She uses humble keigo to her mistress Remilia Scarlet and friend Patchouli Knowledge, and uses less formal speech to other people.
She possesses an ability to manipulate time, so she is able to stop time. Furthermore, it also seems like she is able to change the speed of the flow of time. However, as it is difficult to reverse events that have already occurred, and since she is not able to return broken things to how they were originally even if she reversed time, in reality, it is not possible to reverse time. However, she is able to do things to the extent of moving things back to where they were originally. She is also able to tamper with space, which is very closely related to time
She possesses a great amount of silver throwing knives and is skilled at handling them, and with only her ability to manipulate time, she is skilled in conjuring knives from nowhere. According to ZUN, it seems like her throwing knife arm and her cooking arm are comparable, and therefore is skilled at cooking.