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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #131

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Characters: Marisa Kirisame, Reimu Hakurei, Just These Three Fairies, You Know?

Okay, I'm back. Create.swf Adventures was fun, but now my "how to make a comic" instincts have been mildly messed up. And they all have arms!

Anyway! I had the idea of Marisa opening by establishing the chronology as being almost but not quite exactly two years ago; which is to say, it has to have taken place between April 10 and April 13, 2009. That's Really All There Is To Say On The Matter.</reference secured> The title was originally going to be something like "Time Doesn't Fly" or "Time Crashlands," but that wasn't really what this was all about.

The "New Youkai Star" is a reference to an incident in Strange and Bright Nature Deity in which the Three Fairies ... interfere with a ceremony Reimu was performing that was meant to prevent the appearance of the Youkai Star, which would herald that the coming year would belong to youkai.

This comic took a page out of Bill Watterson's book; rather than having Calvin and Hobbes just standing there and being "talking heads" (notwithstanding that satirical example) when he wanted them to have a long-winded philosophical discussion, he had them engaging in some sort of action, like riding his wagon or sled, in order to be visually interesting and often display a counterpoint to whatever self-centered spiel Calvin's point was. Mind you, this is merely Reimu and Marisa bickering a bit, but the principle's the same, and I only came up with the punchline as I was typing the previous sentence.

I'm not sure why I'm still having Reimu harp on her night-vision problems; she hasn't ever mentioned it in canon since Imperishable Night, although admittedly she hasn't gone anywhere that was all that dark since then, except maybe in Subterranean Animism, but it never came up there, either, except Aya making an offhand reference when they face Yamame. This paragraph is becoming too long for what it was meant to discuss.

Actually, the punchline gave me the most trouble; I needed something with, y'know, actual punch, and that was obvious about what was going on without hitting people over the head with it. (I considered having Kana Anaberal show up, but I decided that would be too obscure.) I hereby deem this result "... ehh, good enough."

Transcript

  1. (Marisa and Reimu are in front of the Shrine, getting ready to take off.)
    Marisa: So, the guy who made "Problem Sleuth" just started on this other new comic called "Homestuck," and it's all flash now but I dunno how long he'll keep it up and stuff ...
    Reimu: This is one of your "computer" things, isn't it? Or ... "internet" ...? Whichever. Marisa, We're supposed to be dealing with that "New Youkai Star" right now.
  2. (They head out to the archway.)
    Marisa: C'mon, Reimu, computers're the new thing here, ze! You gotta have *some* interest!
    Reimu: Yeah, well, as far as I'm concerned, it's just another weird thing Yukari got from the Outside World.
  3. (They take to the skies.)
    Marisa: What, ya don't even like electricity 'n' stuff?
    Reimu: Well, okay, that's halfway useful in general, I guess ... and it's mostly Sanae who's been involved with it.
  4. (A fairy appears; it and Marisa smile at each other, but Reimu gets ready for a fight.)
    Marisa: What about CODEC?
    Reimu: Yeah, CODEC is actually useful, but YOU'RE the one who made it.
    Marisa: How 'bout internal heating? That one's totally Yukari's doin'.
    Reimu: Really?
    Marisa: Yeah.
  5. (Reimu and Marisa float back-to-back, surrounded on all sides by fairies, some of which are already throwing danmaku.)
    Marisa: An' artificial lighting?
    Reimu: Shaddap, I can see in the dark just fine! For real this time!
    Marisa: No, I mean, as a useful technology. Yukari's had to help with that.
    Reimu: Well, okay, but ...
  6. (Marisa fires a Master Spark, while Reimu starts launching amulets; the fairies are launching more danmaku.)
    Marisa: So what exactly is wrong with computers 'n' stuff?
    Reimu: Shut up, Marisa!
    Marisa: Hey, no need fer that, I'm honestly askin' ya.
  7. (More fairy-fighting, but they're mostly cleared away.)
    Reimu: Sorry, it's just not something I'm interested in, but you keep trying to push it on me.
    Marisa: Aw, jeez, I didn't mean to come off like that. Sorry 'bout that.
    Reimu: I mean, I get that you're all into it, but ...
  8. (They are confronted with the Three Fairies of Light, who immediately start spewing danmkau.)
    Reimu: Well, okay, then.
    Marisa: Yeah ... I mean, it's just that ... (aside) You can go ahead, by the way.
  9. (Reimu singelhandedly blasts the fairies with amulets and yin-yangs.)
    Marisa: It's just that ya gotta at least keep track of changes in th' world, or else, y'know ... uh ...
  10. (Reimu hovers triumphantly.)
    Reimu: ANOTHER INCIDENT RESOLVED WITH DANMAKU! ... I'm sorry, what were you saying?
    Marisa: (sweatdrop) Ah, nothin', never mind.

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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Wolf

@Chitose: This makes me question on should Reimu hire off people she has beaten up to become Shrine Maidens? I mean there's the Suika doujin series that proves it. Also, for some reason it seems that a few characters cosplay as her in fan pics, such as that were cow Kiene, and Cirno of course. I can see Kiene helping out on her times off, and well Cirno, to just keep things nice and cool.

In the end I'm sure she has never given the whole "Beat people up to make them your minion for your shrine" never really crossed her mind. It's probably because she's thinking of "What sort of danmaku patterens should I use to beat up... er I mean resolve any incidents in Gensokyo today?"

linkhyrule5

And Touhou :3 is BACK! Whoo!

Spirit Tsunami

Also, in case I forget to do so tomorrow (which I probably will), happy 4/13!

Eletale

"Another incident solved by danmaku!" Seems like that one really got into you, Muffin.

Dizzy H. Muffin

Nah, not really. I just wanted to mess around with, y'know, like Kana said.

Kenichi

There's a new model for you to use.

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