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Touhou Nekokayou #117 (4koma): The Fastest Rematch

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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #117

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Characters: Youmu Konpaku, Aya Shameimaru, Hatate Himekaidou, Sakuya Izayoi, Remilia Scarlet, Tenshi Hinanai, Marisa Kirisame, Reimu Hakurei, Sanae Kotiya, Suika Ibuki, Lily White, Kanako Yasaka

I kind of need to prune my ideas-file for better concepts (or at least ones which don't involve the same set of characters; I've got like three SA-cast-related ideas and two 60-years ones). And/or not wait until 1 AM to suddenly realize that I'm supposed to be making a comic for tonight, then get distracted for almost two hours.

It's been 99 comics, almost a year and a half, and almost a world's worth of skills gained since the first "I'm The Fastest", and I still depicted Suika drinking from her gourd exactly the same way: by having her at the bottom of the panel so you can only see her mouth and part of the gourd, and your mind fills in the rest. Also I'm starting to make a move towards depicting Alice closer to the way she is in canon (she still loves Marisa, but she'll be ... a bit more of "the guy who tries to be serious in the comedy routine" and more badass in certain situations); you may have also noticed her hairstyle. But, uh, to answer her question, I dunno why I thought so many people would show up at either race, myself.

I had to make an entire Photoshop-file of panel 3, just so I could put a pink stripe on the sleeve on Lily's raised arm. (And would you have even noticed it one way or another if I hadn't said anything here?) Fortunately, on my new computer, this was much less of a chore than it would have been on my old laptop ...

Transcript

  1. (Hatate, Aya, and Youmu in front of the Hakurei Shrine. Others are milling about.)
    Hatate: So, the rules and terms of the rematch will be the same, except that you're going from Hakurei to Moriya? (aside) Also Sakuya won't interfere.
    Youmu: Right! I'll slash the donation box before Aya gets there ...
    Aya: And I'll photograph the intact donation box!
  2. (Reimu, Marisa, Sanae, Alice, and Suika are in front of the Shrine.)
    Reimu: So, are you sure you're okay with this? I mean ... Youmu attacking your donation box?
    Sanae: Um ... I don't think we have anything to worry about ...
    Alice: (aside) Why *are* these races so popular?
    Marisa: (aside) Beats me!
  3. (Youmu and Aya take off as Lily White sends them off; the background is just speedlines.)
    Reimu: (off-panel) Really? Why?
    Sanae: (off-panel) Well, uh ...
    Lily: GO!
  4. (They both come to an abrupt panicked halt with Kanako looming above them against a sketchy pink background.)
    SFX: DOUBLE MIDAIR SKID!

All Touhou characters are © Team Shanghai Alice and/or ZUN; create.swf is ⑨ KirbyM with help from Thefre. "Sakura petals" brush in main/4koma logo was made by Kisara Girl. "Falling leaves" brush in 60-Years logo came with Photoshop.

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Zemyla

You'd think one of them would go around. Especially Aya, who is used to avoiding people who want to do her bodily harm.

Duran

You'd also think Aya would expect Kanako to come up when the Moriya shrine is involved.

Hunter 1

Or Suwako for that matter, since last time I checked, the Moriya Shrine was named after her...

Keroko

@Zemlya: I think Aya realizes that 'avoiding bodily harm' in this case means 'double midair skit stat'

Gods tend to get nasty when their shrine is involved.

Digara

@Hunter1

Yes the shrine was Suwako's but long ago during the founding of Japan, Kanako defeated her armies by making thier weapons rust. Suwako surrendered control of her land and shrine peacefully and Kanako has been the god in charge ever since.

Enlong

I just still don't understand why Swako was chosen as MoF's EXboss if Kanako is supposed to be stronger than her. But anyway; Alice as the straight man should make for some interesting stuff.

Y'know, I actually just recently read a doujin (a different one from the one mentioned in the comments for the first race) that also involved a race between Aya and Youmu and Reisen for the purposes of testing 200 Yojana. Seems to be a popular idea...

Dizzy H. Muffin

@Enlong: Kanako isn't necessarily more powerful than Suwako: she defeated her using a trick, not pure might. And I'm partial to the idea that Suwako got to EX-boss levels by, unlike Kanako, not throwing her might around at every opportunity, and just biding her time until she actually needed it.

But power-levels discussions get nowhere fast, so we're not going to do that kind of thing.

Duran

I mentioned Kanako as she's the very serious one about shrine matters while Suwako is more laid back. Suwako is much more trickier than Kanako in terms of personality.

CapedLuigisYoshi

Another sequel comic, huh? What's next, a callback to "Girlfriends Fooling Around And Stuff"?

John Evans

Suika: "If it ain' broke don' fish it!" *hic*

I believe the term you're looking for with regards to Alice is "straight man".

Dizzy H. Muffin

I know, it's just that it's kind of awkward terminology without that context established, since she's neither a man nor straight. |3

Mingnon

BOX BLOCKER!

...I had to.

Kitsune Inari

You can still use the term tsukkomi for her.

Nate

"the guy who tries to be serious in the comedy routine" I see what you did there.

Duran

Chances are Yukari bet on "An act of god interrupting the race"

Zemyla

@Duran: I'd even lay money about Kanako hearing from a little bird that the donation box would be attacked.

Bocaj

@Zemyla: Wait, how would Mystia have found out about the race in advance?

Nefarious Gateguard

@Kimiko

Or maybe "she" is.

Plooooot twist.

Atmos Blitzer

I'm still wondering if Youmu is really that short.

@CapedLuigisYoshi: Since the 118th comic is one foot in front of us, maybe a callback to "Internet Search" is in order...

OneSS

The next news article:
Youkai of Boundaries claims to have "won" race participant again by betting that she wouldn't come within 5m of the box.
ZUN still unavailable for comment.

Shinku Tsuki

The two tengu reporters finaly got some "comments" from Zun:
Aya:...so, uh...what do you think about the race?
Zun:...Do I have to think anything about it?
Hatate:Pushy translation: Who do you think that is the fastest?
Zun:..Yo-..Youm... *Aya takes photos of Zun doing some undefinied fantastic stuff(UFS XD)* ...Aya.