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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #140

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Characters: Cirno, Utsuho Reiuji, Daiyousei, Rengeteki, Wriggle Nightbug

This one is intentionally relatively simple; no tricks or fancy backgrounds, just Team ⑨ hanging around and having good times together. And I have neither regrets nor shame for the title. Oh, hey, also, there's nine panels! That worked out nice.

Rengeteki is a midboss who appears in Lotus Land Story and Mystic Square; she doesn't even have a fanonical name, technically, although someone apparently tried to give her that name a while back. It didn't stick, though, since apparently only a few people were trying to do it and a few more picked it up. I've had "Rengeteki in Team 9" in my list of comic-ideas for a bit; it was one of those things I couldn't use because it wasn't a complete idea, and I didn't have anything to use it with. So here's a comic starring Team ⑨ ...

I also thought it would be funny to have Utsuho in Team ⑨, even setting aside the fact that she's going out with Cirno in Nekokayou-canon. I had to make her leave, though, because she was making things ... crowded.

I just couldn't get satisfied with Wriggle's line in panel 4, whether she1 should say "human Japanese women" or "Japanese human women." I eventually decided on the latter (obviously).

I got the punchline from a conversation on IRC, but there really is only one possible answer for the question of Cirno's apparent-age.2

Transcript

  1. Narration Box: Girls are hanging out ...
    (Team ⑨ is hanging around in the woods: Cirno, Utsuho, Wriggle, Rengeteki, and Daiyousei are there. Cirno, Rengeteki, and Daiyousei spend the entire comic hovering.)
    Cirno: Y'know, I was just thinking about how all youkai pretty much look like humans!
    Wriggle: Yeah?
    Daiyousei: I've noticed it too, now that you mention it ...
  2. Cirno: (waving her hands) Yeah, it's like ... not just fairies, but also, y'know, like hell-cats and fireflies and stuff! And they're all young and stuff!
    Rengeteki: Young? But ... I know *you're* more than 60 years old, Chilly ...
    Wriggle: I think she means we *look* like young humans, Renge.
  3. Cirno: Right! And --
    Utsuho: Unyu, sorry Cirno, but I have to head back to the reactor ...
    Cirno: Aww, okay. Bye!
    Rengeteki: Later, Okuu!
    Wriggle: It was fun hanging out!
  4. (Utsuho exits.)
    Cirno: But yeah, it's like ... Dai, you're sorta like ten, I guess ... and Okuu is seventeen or something ...
    Regeteki: Chen looks thirteen, doesn't she? And Mystia's ... sixteen, I think ...
    Wriggle: (to Rengeteki) It's hard to tell sometimes, some Japanese human women just look young, right?
  5. (Cirno gets a catlike smirk.)
    Cirno SFX: "pleased that she started a discussion" face
    Daiyousei: Yeah, Wriggle, I would've had you pegged for either a youthful eighteen, or a precocious fifteen.
    Wriggle: Haha!
  6. (Cirno begins to frown.)
    Rengeteki: (thinking too hard) And, uh, Okuu's owner's ... sister's ... girlfriend ...
    Daiyousei: You talking about Koishi's girlfriend Flandre?
    Rengeteki: Yeah, uh ... she's eleven. Except when ... she's ... seventeen.
    Cirno SFX: "Except now they aren't paying attention to me" face
  7. Cirno: (with a kind of stupid-looking smile) So, uh, how old do I look?
    Cirno SFX: "Complete failure to sound natural" face
    Rengeteki: Hm? I think you look ... maybe ten, or eleven ...
    Wriggle: I'd say closer to eight ...
    Daiyousei: (flying forward) Nahhh...
  8. (Closeup as Daiyousei flies up to Cirno.)
    Cirno: Yeah?
    Daiyousei: For *you*, Cirno, There's really only one possible answer for what age you look like.
  9. (Further closeup; Cirno has an anger-vein popping, and both of them glare darkly at each other behind cheerful smiles.)

1Have I mentioned that I keep having this momentary mental confusion about which gender I should use to refer to Touhou characters, even though I know you can count the number of males on one hand? I almost typed "he" there. This is also the first time I did this with Wriggle in particular, ironically.

2Comments to the effect of "I don't get it!" will be promptly deleted. Count the panels again~

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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KamuiK

Kimiko Muffin - This is also the first time I did this with Wriggle in particular, ironically.

Well, isnt Wriggle just cross-dressing boy?... Uh wait a sec...

bp3500

...
Wait, there were profile links? *looks directly under the comic*
wait, those were profile links?

Dizzy H. Muffin

Did you even move the mouse over them before? :P

Dizzy H. Muffin

No comic at the moment this week, due to being sick.

Formica Archonis

Awww, hope you're feeling better soon!

KamuiK

Get better soon.

bp3500

Actually, when you said "profile links" I thought they were going to be linked to the profiles on this site, not on touhouwiki.

Dizzy H. Muffin

I'm getting better~

@bp: So you didn't even move the mouse over them before~? ;)

bp3500

yeah, basically. and since I have no shame, I'm not afraid to point out my flaws.

To quote a random person who is a friend of my friend: "Time Rich and Shameless people are the best." I have both of these qualities. :)

Wymar

Having a massive headache myself, I can totally understand your lack of productivity.

Doing the thinky thing while ill, do not want.

DiMastine

I find your lack of charisma disturbing

I think we have a patient for Hina

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