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Touhou Nekokayou #12: Retelling of Scarlet Devil: Stage 5: Clean Your Clock

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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #12

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Characters: Hong Meiling, Reimu Hakurei, Sakuya Izayoi, Marisa Kirisame

Story begins here.

This is the first comic which started out using the single-image format, instead of making each panel its own separate file. As an aside: While Scott McCloud's wild predictions about the Infinite Canvas were kinda cool, they were pretty much dashed by things like "usability" and "load times."

That hasn't stopped me from completely ignoring anything resembling limitations on panel-length, though.1 This is the longest one so far, and that's after some editing-work. I also did some editing to the vertical size of the panels, on the grounds that I was really wasting space there sometimes ...

Yes, the dialogue in that panel is pretty much exactly taken from Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, though I suppose it makes even less sense in this context than it did in the game itself. (Er, I was going by the translation patch for EoSD, by the way. There's a few differences here and there.)

Oh yes — the reason I had Hong Meiling getting thrown across the first panel by Reimu's attack is because I felt I should at least acknowledge the question she's raising there. (Actual explanation: I got lazy.)

... the Touhou wiki has an article on maids. It states that ZUN (the creator of Touhou) has referred to maids as "a 'mythical being' that all of us have heard about, but have never seen." Both of which are more awesome than the sum of their parts.

Transcript

  1. (Meiling is being thrown upside-down through the SDM's hallway.)
    Meiling: Why couldn't my bullets get photoshopped in tooooooo!?
  2. (Reimu floats into the panel.)
    Reimu: K, hmm, where did Ma--
  3. (She narrowy dodges five knives.)
    Reimu: Waa!
    SFX: tak tak tak tak tak
  4. (Sakuya hovers before her, brandishing a knife; the others vanish.)
    SFX: disappear!
    Sakuya: You're getting in the *way* of the *cleaning*.
    Reimu: You!
  5. (Reimu floats higher.)
    Reimu: (goofily) ... aren't the one in charge here, are you?
    Sakuya: (sweatdrop) Um ... no.
  6. Reimu: Well, whatever! You must be the ones spreading the red mist around! Why are you doing it!?
    Sakuya: Oh, yes, it's because sunlight bothers the Mistress. She likes it in the dark.
  7. Reimu: Well, I don't! It's causing all kinds of stuff! I want you to stop it now!
    Reimu SFX: isn't actually seriously aware of what the problems are
    Sakuya: Tell her that yourself. On the other hand, I can't allow the mistress to face danger.
  8. (Sakuya stops time, cutting off Reimu, as a spell card image of Sakuya appears.)
    Reimu: Then I'll have to stop you! I'll start by
    Red Spell Card: Illusion World 「ZA WARUDO」
  9. (Dozens of knives appear pointed at Reimu's timestopped form.)
    SFX: TAKTAKTAKTAKTAKTAKTAKTAKTAK
  10. (Time resumes.)
    Reimu: beating yOH GODS!!
  11. (Reimu barely dodges the knives.)
    Reimu: Grazegrazegrazegrazegrazegr azegrazegrazegrazegrazegraze grazegrazegrazegrazegrazegr asdfghjklzxcvbnmqw
    Sakuya: By the way, I can stop time. I could just walk over and stab you in the back if I wanted.
  12. (Reimu then barely dodges a master spark from off-panel which hits Sakuya's body.)
    Reimu: Wha!
    Sakuya: Augh!
    Blue Spell Card: Love Sign 「Master Spark」
  13. (Marisa enters.)
    Reimu: There you are! Where have you been!?
    Marisa: Library, duh. Who's this?
    Sakuya: So it's two on one, eh? Who's *this*, shrine-maiden? Your love doll?
  14. (Closeup of Sakuya and Marisa against a sketchy pink background.)
    Marisa: More like maintenance staff.
    Sakuya: What the hell are you talking about? This isn't primary school.
    Marisa: Are you saying love dolls belong in junior high?
    Text: Actual dialogue in EoSD. I am not making this up.
  15. Reimu: Guys, we're starting to push mid-teens as far as number of panels goes ...
    Marisa: So what? It's not like page-size is an issue ... though, yeah, I get what you're saying ...
    Sakuya: Does that mean you two are going to leave quietly?
  16. (They hit Sakuya with both a bunch of barriers with light-beams and a master spark.)
    Reimu: Nope!
    Marisa: Nah.
    Blue Spell Card: Dream Sign 「Evil-Sealing Circle」
    Blue Spell Card: Love Sign 「Master Spark」

1And, of course, some of the later, longer comics have ended up causing some problems with some people due to large filesizes ...

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.

3 Comments (auto-closed) (rss feed)

Morgan

Now I'm going to wonder what was updated on this and 14... o.O

Kimiko Muffin

I added the "story begins here" links.

flurk

this one is brilliant!