Canon refers to certain individuals who own official status of a certain work. In the Len'en Project, games produced with only JynX's involvement are considered to be official canon for the Len'enverse, since JynX is apparently the sole determinant of canon in the Len'en Project. This article should give a clear description of what is canon and what isn't.
Statements by JynX
- Main article: Category:Interviews and Statements
JynX has had numerous interviews with the Western fanbase to answer people's questions amongst the Len'en Project, and will occasionally answer questions given to them on Twitter. While these statements should be considered canon at the time they are made, they may not be final and may be contradicted by later games or other interviews.
Canonicity with Touhou
The Len'en Project is derived from the Touhou Project. As such, even though this is the case, the Len'en Project has its own characters, settings and locations, thus having its own canonicity and not being a fangame of Touhou. This might be easily mistaken in the fanbase though due to similarities. However, there is an Outside World in both projects, and when JynX was asked if both Outside Worlds are the same, they could not give a definite answer due to canon issues when it comes to games they did not create, and thus said to "leave it to your imagination."
However, JynX is known to also create Touhou content. This content in relation to Touhou should be completely non-canon as it is unofficial content JynX is making.
As Touhou is known to mostly have female characters, the Len'en Project instead has characters with an ambiguous gender. Some might look female, some might look male, some might look androgynous, but there is no canon information to prove or disprove anything, so it is up to the player's interpretation to decide. As such, this wiki uses gender-neutral words.
Multiple playable routes
When games have multiple playable characters advancing through the same stages, the question of which characters did what to resolve the incident becomes ambiguous. References in the dialogue and afterwords suggest that indeed all player characters set out to solve each game's incident. How it works is that every timeline from every player scenario is canon, most of which happen simultaneously.
In Evanescent Existence, the scenarios are fixed into one storyline. It is set that Tsurubami Senri's scenario (disguised as Tsubakura Enraku) first went on the game's journey, then Yabusame Houlen followed after in their scenario. Then, the real Tsubakura fought Tsurubami in the Extra at the Senri Shrine, then Yabusame fought Tsurubami in the Mugenri Barrier afterwards.
Earthen Miraculous Sword, Reactivate Majestical Imperial and Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle are the games with multiple timelines. In RMI's case, each team goes to resolve the incident in "what if" scenarios (only one team actually solved it, but which one of the teams is unknown, due to Suzumi manipulating history) BPoHC has way more timeline scenarios due to it being a "pick your adventure"-type of game, as well as Suzumi doing an excessive amount of timeline shenanigans (the game's war, however, ended in a draw).
Bad Endings are non-canon throughout the series.
The fourth wall is an imaginary boundary between any fictional work and its audience. When a character within the work is speaking directly to the audience or is aware that they're just a character in a fictional work means that they're "breaking the fourth wall".
In the Len'en Project, there have been instances of the fourth wall been broken. They should be considered non-canon to the work itself.
- Almost all endings of each game, which either congratulates the player for beating the game or tells them that they need to improve their gameplay.
- The tutorial of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle has Yabusame Houlen going to a parallel Mugenri and meeting a parallel Tsubakura Enraku. They summarise the game to the player on how the gameplay works.
Material that may be found on the Internet that involves memes, jokes or other interesting details on the Len'en Project should definitely be non-canon. Fans may have theories based on canon material, and rarely such theories have been confirmed to either be true or false.
For encyclopaedic information on the Len'en Project, online wikis' main objective is to provide the fanbase with detailed information on the work itself. However, since they're secondary sources written by fans of the project, information may not be 100% reliable. Additionally for the western community, this would be due to the accuracy a translation needs to be in order for it to be reliable.
Fanworks that would be based on the Len'en Project, most of which would consist of art, anime, music, games, etc., are also completely non-canon.