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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #144

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Characters: Prismriver Sisters, Minoriko Aki, Shizuha Aki, Yuyuko Saigyouji, Youmu Konpaku

So, I realized I haven't used the Prismriver Sisters at all before, so I thought it was about time. I also had "Aki sisters wake up in spring/summer" in my notes, so I thought I'd combine the two ideas!

According to their profiles, Merlin wants to make a "manic performance," Lunasa wants to make a "melancholy performance," and Lyrica wants to make an "illusionary performance." My mnemonic for their personalities is, this translates to Merlin being the hyperactive one, Lunasa's the smart one, and Lyrica is "medium" and helps Lunasa act as the straight man1 to Merlin when Lunasa isn't being the straight man to both of them, and also cheerfully snarky. As an aside, this is probably where I finally stop getting Merlin and Lyrica mixed up. Be a while before I get their instruments straight without having to look it up, though.

"A God That Misses People2 ~ Romantic Fall" (there's no "~" in the Wild Words font in create.swf) is the Stage 1 theme from Mountain of Faith, and thus essentially the theme of the Aki sisters; if there's any song that could wake them up in mid-summer when combined with supernatural forces, that'd be it.

Lyrica's crack in panel 4 refers to an infamous bug in PCB in which Merlin leaves formation during their final Spell Card and attacks separately, even in the conversation afterward and the score-screen. I've never seen it firsthand myself, and I don't know how to trigger it, but it is a bit wacky. It does not, however, seem to be related to the "Merupo" meme where Merlin's name is combined with "nurupo" (the Japanese contraction of "null pointer") and her face is depicted like this Shift-JIS emoticon: ξ・∀・) (That squiggle is supposed to be her hair.)

So, Lunasa's line in panel 1 was originally just a throwaway line for flavor and stuff. I hadn't actually been planning on using it to lead into the punch line. I hadn't planned the punch line, either. I never plan punch lines! Except when I do. I forget the point I was making? I might start another storyline next week. I'd have to plan that stuff.

Transcript

  1. (Lunasa Prismriver, Merlin Prismriver, and Lyrica Prismriver are hovering by a waterfall, with their respective instruments hovering in front of them.)
    Merlin: Okay, let's get ready for practice time!
    Lyrica: Tell me again why we're doing this right next to a waterfall?
    Lunasa: Yuyuko didn't want us to distract Youmu from summer cleaning, as if she thought that would actually happen.
  2. Merlin: Hey, c'mon, Lyrica, it's not like we have physical instruments that could get wet!
    Lyrica: I know, it's just ... Thinking about it just bugs me.
    Lunasa: We're not even that close to the water.
  3. Merlin: Well, anyway, how about we do that arrangement of "A God That Misses People: Romantic Fall"?
    Lyrica: Ah, yeah, that's a good one!
    Lunasa: (frowning) ... But it's the middle of summer.
  4. Merlin: (turning to Lunasa) It's still a good song, isn't it?
    Lyrica: Yeah, we'll be fine as long as Merlin, y'know, stays in formation ...
    Lunasa: (smirking) Yeah, I can't argue with that.
  5. (Merlin turns back to Lyrica.)
    Merlin: Excuse me, that does *not* sound like "never speaking of that again"!
    Lunasa: Let's just start playing, all right?
    Lyrica: Hee!
  6. (Wider view of all three of them launching musical notes (or possibly musical-note danmaku) in all directions.)
  7. (The sound reaches a small copse.)
  8. (The Aki sisters materialize in puffs of smoke.)
    Shizuha: Oof!
    Minoriko: Ow!
  9. Minoriko: (panicking) Aaa! It's our song!! Is it autumn yet!?
    Shizuha: (stumbling) Can't breathe ... too hot ... not enough Faith ...
  10. (Cut to Hakugyokurou; Yuyuko is standing with Youmu, who has a broom.)
    Yuyuko: So I'm blaming you for this, Youmu!
    Youmu: What!? Why!?
    Yuyuko: Well, if I hadn't sent the Prismriver Sisters away because of you ...
    Youmu: THAT IS LITERALLY THE STUPIDEST REASONING YOU'VE EVER USED!!

1Yes, I know, but you know what I mean.

2Which is a much less stupid-sounding translation than "The Gensokyo The Gods Loved."

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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