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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #156

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Characters: Sara, Luize, Shinki

I'm starting to get terrible about making and finishing new comics here. I'm obviously entering that phase webcomic-creators get into where they start updating less and less and then eventually abruptly stop.1 Who knows how far it'll go before I'm forced to work on Create.swf Adventures again.

Anyway! We get to see some of what the Mystic Square cast has been doing since Mystic Square. And how they reacted to Undefined Fantastic Object. The purpose of Luize in this comic was to determine how many different facial expressions I could use with closed eyes, and still have her effectively expressing emotions.

Romantic City is the location of Mystic Square's third stage. I base this on all the signs that said "Romantic" that were scattered around. I mean, there aren't actually any buildings in the game itself, there's just this semi-lengthy red brick road that zigzagged around with the occasional sign that said "Romantic" for no apparent reason; I just thought that Romantic City sounded like a better name (and location, for that matter) than something like Romantic Way, which might also have connotations which I didn't actually intend this time.

As you can probably tell, I had a bit of trouble coming up with the punchline, since my ideas.txt only mentioned the premise, which was that Sara was feeling depressed about the lack of gateways to other realms, and I didn't think it through any further than that.2

I have added makai-bg2a.png and makai-bg3.png to the assets list. Usual "I'd like it if you gave me credit" applies. Sara's tugged-collar-thing in panel 5 is just part of Ellen's outfit cropped and with the red part recolored, and also a poorly-drawn bit of cloth which is mostly obscured by Sara's hair, so yeah.

Transcript

  1. (Sara is lying down on a couch in Makai.)
    Sara: Sigh ....
  2. (Luize approaches.)
    Luize: Sara? Are you all right?
    Sara: (sitting up slightly) Oh, hi, Luize ... I dunno, I've kinda been feeling down in the dumps lately.
  3. (Sara sits up.)
    Sara: (getting off the couch) It's just ... I've really been feeling kind of aimless lately. I guarded the gateway to Makai for a few hundred years, but now ...
    Luize: ... Now gateways to other realities are forbidden in general, yeah.
    Sara: I feel like I've been *between* work for the past ten years.
  4. Luize: (frowning) This isn't some kind of clinical depression, is it?
    Sara: (smiling) Huh? Ah, no, no, it's not like that. I'm *functional* and all, I just feel like I don't have anything to *do*.
  5. (Luize starts pulling Sara away by her collar.)
    Luize: WELL THEN COME ON!
    Sara: Gwack!?
  6. (With Sara released, Luize hovers as they head away from the couch.)
    Luize: C'mon! Let's head to a restaurant in Romantic City! Or find what Yuki and Mai are doing! Or find some abandoned ruins and explore for all I care!
    Sara: (grinning uncontrollably) Hee hee ...
  7. (Luize lands and gestures expansively.)
    Luize: Who cares about some mean ol' human's decree!? Who cares about that ship that came to Hokkai last year from Gensokyo!? Who --
    Sara: (suddenly annoyed) Wait, what?
  8. (Sara glares darkly.)
    Luize: Huh? Uh ... I heard this rumor about a flying ship that appeared in hokkai, and, uh ... it came from a gateway to Gensokyo ...
    Sara: .....
  9. (In Pandemonium, Sara angrily advances on a confused-looking Shinki, with Luize right behind her.)
    Sara: MOTHERRRRR!!
    Luize: (aside) No seriously it wasn't her fault
    Shinki SFX: ? ?

1For instance, Megatokyo has been in this phase for most of its run, whereas Irregular Webcomic ran almost continuously every day for nearly nine years and has technically ended without slowing down its output.

2This is a common problem with my ideas-file; they include a basic premise, and leave it at that without any thought going into "And then what happens?" until I'm actually working on the comic.

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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Formica Archonis

> Though sometimes I found some strips hard to follow as I've only started on EotSD recently.

Oh, hey, someone who plays the games!:)

Though just as a side comment: You can play the games going forward and this particular strip will still not make much sense. (It will make more sense, though. Eventually.)

DiMastine

Tenshi in a cape: Mind mannered masochist from heaven she is Super Tenko
Ran: ...

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