Review: New Moon by DEMOUR402 and Yukkuri Balloon by Deep Slow
Spoilers/plot synopsis: on/off
Originally posted elsewhere in July 2008
So, New Moon is a doujin staring Reimu and Marisa. Note that this will probably be more than a bit confusing if you have spoilers turned off, because the ending forms the bulk of my criticisms.
Anyway, my verdict: dwama. And rather confused dwama at that ...
See, the premise is: REIMU IS DYING. It opens in medias res with Marisa kneeling and sobbing in front of a gravestone that says "Hakurei Family." Then it cuts back to when Marisa first discovers Reimu's illness. Things go downhill from there, really ...
The main problem is that it intersperses the "dwama" with jokes. Don't ask me why the hell I was drawn to reading it — maybe I'm trying to desensitize myself to this kind of thing (which won't work cuz I'm way too sensitive) — but if you're here for the soap operatics, I'm assuming the jokes would probably interfere with the full enjoyment. It's like ... you're in suspense about whether it will be funny or SERIOUS. It doesn't work as comedy relief, either, because it's fairly random and the jokes aren't all that good. You're not in the mindset either to expect or to appreciate jokes.
Apparently, it was written while one of the Touhuo games was in production (it doesn't say which, but it had to have been after Shoot the Bullet, which was named in the afterword, so probably Mountain of Faith), and there was "a rumor of a possible character reset." Uh, okay, that totally means that they're just going to kill off the existing main characters. I give it a ⑨ out of ... mmm, 20, since at least they tried.
Yukkuri Balloon is another Touhou doujin, this one based around the "Yukkuri Shiteitte ne!" meme. Plot: Marisa goes around, and finds that some people have been turned into yukkuris, and nobody except her notices. I'll just say this: if you're creeped out by the "yukkuris", this is a great horror story. If you don't mind them as much, it works just fine as parody of horror.
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