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Touhou Nekokayou #143: Revisiting The Second-Oldest Question

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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #143

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Characters: Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Alice Margatroid

Another "talking" comic. To solve the talking-heads problem, I didn't want to just repeat the "random danmaku fighting" premise, and there's no way I'd be able to depict them riding a wagon or sled; I decided that this solution would be appropriate. I dunno, it's not quite as visually interesting, nor entirely in-character. Ah well, too late to change it now. The comic is also a bit shorter than usual; I haven't had as much energy, I haven't been sleeping that well lately. (And there was only so much I could do with the premise, anyway.)

And yeah, we all know what the official answer is. Also a bit of characterization marching on (Warning, link leads to TVTropes. Muffin will not be held responsible for hours of time lost as a result of following it.But see also this disclaimer) there; you'll notice that earlier on in the comic's run, Alice was a lot more like the derpy hyperactive lovestruck twerp she is in fanon. I've been having her behave more mature and serious lately, I suppose. (Speaking of which, look at what's currently the top Google result for "tsundere alice"!)

Transcript

  1. (Alice, Marisa, and Reimu are heading out from Alice's house. Shanghai hovers behind Alice.)
    Reimu: So ... Marisa, I have a question.
    Marisa: Yeah?
    Reimu: Well, we all know the *official* reason why you call your Spell Cards "Love Sign" and all that ...
  2. (They walk through the woods.)
    Reimu: ... but I *know* they had that name years before you knew you wanted to go out with Alice.
    Alice: Hey, yeah, now that you mention it ...
    Marisa: Oh, right!
  3. (A different part of the woods.)
    Marisa: Okay, so, the original reason was, I was gonna be an expert on love an' romance.
    Reimu: (spinning to face her) What.
  4. (They start walking towards the edge of the woods. Alice is giggling uncontrollably.)
    Marisa: Yeah ... Well, first, I came up with the name, and then decided it oughta mean somethin'.
    Reimu: Ah, that makes more sense.
    Marisa: Yeah! So I was gonna do a whole buncha research about it.
    Alice SFX: Hee!
  5. (Having left the forest, they are now in an open field.)
    Marisa: Problem is, there weren't all that many books on the subject I could use, even after Patchy's library showed up.
    Reimu: Aha.
    Marisa: An' so I had to put it on hold.
  6. (They pass through a different field.)
    Marisa: Gotta say, though, I thought it was pretty good. Too bad nobody ever asked me about it until, y'know, Alice did.
    Alice: Yeah ... they'd say "Why exactly did you call them 'Love Sign'?", and then ...
  7. (The group approaches a lakeside.)
    Marisa: ... and then I'd get to see the look on their face when I said "Oh, it's cuz I'm almost but not quite an expert on love and romance."
  8. (They stop, and Reimu turns gives Marisa a look.)
    Reimu: ....
    Alice: Marisa!
    Marisa: Yeah, exactly like that!

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.

11 Comments (auto-closed) (rss feed)

Bocaj

I'm sorta curious where they're walking to and why.

Cuddlefish

@Bocaj I'm sure they're just going on a stroll because the weather is nice.
Well, alright, the weather is the same as it always is.

...Is it strange that the first result for "tsundere alice" is a page about why tsundere Alice is a bad idea? In any case, congratulations.

Xaltwind

Is it just me, or does it feel like Reimu's a third wheel on this little stroll? She really should look for a partner herself and stop hanging around other happy couples. D:<

Spirit Tsunami

I guess I should just say congratulations on that Google result.

Rainy Daze

Ironic Google result, much? XD

More importantly, why did they all swap directions and positions halfway through?

Kimiko Muffin

@Xaltwind: Sanae was busy that day.

@Rainy Daze: The camera angle changed. ;P

Marbo

I have a friend like Marisa...minus the hat, being a girl... and the broom and the magic... okay so hes not like Marisa, But that is the exact reason he has for his schemes and Ideas

WingedCat

Typo in that there link. You linked to "deadlymariai", but the current top Google result is "deadlymariari".

Kimiko Muffin

Fixed, I am a derpface~

Person

I just noticed you didn't use Shanghai 2... Why is that? :3

Kimiko Muffin

Ever since Create.swf Adventures, I'm only using the revised version of Shanghai for Shanghai Margatroid.