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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #19

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Characters: Reimu Hakurei, Aya Shameimaru, Satori Komeiji, Yukari Yakumo, Midori Inaba, Hong Meiling, Sanae Kotiya, Kaguya Houraisan, Ran Yakumo, Fujiwara no Mokou, Wriggle Nightbug, Koishi Komeiji, Yamame Kurodani, Rin "Orin" Kaenbyou, Utsuho Reiuji, Mika Sayomi Inaba, Chen, Rinnosuke Morichika, Ruukoto, Sakuya Izayoi, Three Whatever Fairies, Light Yagami

As you may have noticed, I'm experimenting with a new system for creating comics. It (a) takes up less hard drive space than making a whole image, (b) is easier to put together, (c) facilitates changing the logo for every comic if I wanted to do that, and (d) allows for randomness like this, which can even alter the comments themselves!1 (Eventually, I'm sure someone will figure out taking all the possibilities and showing them to everyone.) That's one of the things you can do with comics on the internet which you physically cannot do in a print comic — I've got shades of Scott McCloud all over again!

For the record, there's two possibilities for every panel except the one with Satori and the three fairies (which has four possibilities) and the "JUST AS PLANNED" one (which has twelve — now with updated Cirno, Eirin, and Flandre!). Permanent link to this version: http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=thcomic19&c=25c1ae86b (random version)

Ruukoto appeared in the PC-98 Touhou game "Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream" in Reimu's ending, and was never heard from again. Koishi is apparently ... overeager about acquiring new pets (she tries to make Reimu her pet when you play as Reimu-Aya). That said, I wonder if Satori is able to read Ruukoto's mind ...

The "ruined for marriage" bit is a Japanese cultural thing. I'm not entirely 100% certain of the specifics, but it's apparently really dishonorable for a female to have sexual relations before marriage, i.e. no man wants to marry a non-virgin. This is actually the panel that made me decide to go the "randomness" route, actually: I couldn't decide whether or not to include the "worried about it before" line as opposed to what's in the alternate version, so I picked both! (Also, if Kanako and Suwako or Remilia, Sakuya, and Marisa can get into the cast-list without having any lines or any appreciable effect on the "story," I see no reason why Ran and Chen can't be listed if they have lines but no appearance.)

Midori and Mika can speak, ha! When I came up with their "special abilities," I basically just put down the first and most down-to-earth things that entered my head. (As a result, Mika outdoes Rumia for "most useless power ever.") I guess the rabbits of Eientei are just doing some sort of pounding-rice-into-mochi party for some rabbit-festival or other ... I had to make my own rice-mallet-thing image, though.

Not much to say about the bit with Mokou and Kaguya. Except possibly that one of the reasons they're going to tutor Flandre is to teach her some restraint, and How Not To Accidentally Obliterate Your Friends.2 That fairy's, um, just another random fairy-maid that works in the SDM.

No, I'm not the first person who's gotten the idea that Orin looks like Hong Meiling, and there's only one other catgirl in Touhou. How exactly Sakuya thinks Meiling could have had a daughter with another female is a question best left to those with way too much time and creativity on their hands, like me. (Not like Sakuya apparently needs a reason to abuse Meiling, if the fandom's anything to go by ...) Oh, and this panel shows an entirely different scene in the alternate version.

The pairing of Reimu and Sanae was sort of decided on the spur of the moment with a sort of "sure, why not, what the hell" attitude, while I was considering "who to ship next" after I'd gotten done establishing Alice/Marisa (halfway-canonical) and Mokou/Kaguya (comically implausible). I figured Reimu would handle it with the same sort of lackadaisical attitude that she does everything else. Rinnosuke, of course, has the power to see the name and purpose of object but not how it's used, and when he examines items from the outside world, he's generally half-wrong (i.e. calling a computer a "shikigami"). I figure every time someone comes to Gensokyo from the outside world, he bombards them with questions.

A pairing of any description between Wriggle (insect) and Yamame (spider/bat) is, of course, much more obvious. And after experimenting with the color a bit, I kind of feel like purple is the only other color scheme for the underground that looks halfway-realistic. Except possibly gray. This panel shows an entirely different scene in its alternate, too.

I'm rather pleased with the effect I got with my "Temple of Earth Spirits" background. (Hooray for "stained glass" effect in Photoshop!) For those who don't know, depending on what character(s) you use, the Japanese word "satori" can either refer to the Buddhist concept of enlightenment, or a type of monster that can read minds (hence the joke). And ZUN, with what I'm increasingly convinced is a characteristic lack of foresight, created a satori named Satori. Yeah ...

The last panel speaks for itself. Except that Light there made me rewrite the "list of characters" code.

Man ... 24 different characters. With a total of 33, counting all the random (and mutually-exclusive) possibilities. When I break my record number of characters, I smithereen it.

Permanent link to this version of this comic: http://dizzy.pestermom.com/?p=thcomic19&c=25c1ae86b (random version)

Transcript

  • (Yukari and Aya snuggling on Yukari's futon, though it appears to be less-voluntary on Aya's part.)
    Yukari: Mmm, you were just delicious, Aya-chan!
    AyA: (tears in her eyes) Auuu ... I lost the race, and now I'll never be able to marry!Yukari: Aww, c'mon, were you even worried about that before!?Chen: (off-panel) Um, what's going on, Ran-sama?
    Ran: (off-panel) Um ... uh ... I'll tell you when you're older, Chen ...
  • (Mika and Midori are pounding rice in the Bamboo Forest, surrounded by other rabbits.)
    Mika: Y'know, Midori, I think the best part of having your flavor manipulation is, it doesn't matter if we make the mochi really badly!Midori: And with you manipulating the breezes in the bamboo, we can have a marginally nicer atmosphere!
  • (Yamame hangs from the ceiling somewhere in the Underground, confronting a terrified-looking Wriggle.)
    Yamame: Yay! Another younger-looking insect-ish youkai!
    Wriggle: Um ... I ... just got lost down here ...
  • (Utsuho and Orin lead Ruukoto through the Underground, encountering Satori and Koishi.)
    Ruukoto: (sweatdrop) And you you're both ... pets?
    Orin: Yeah, we belong to Mistress Satori
    Koishi: (starry-eyed) Wow, a robot! She'll be able to do so much more housework than my other pets!
    Satori: Hey, no fair! My pet found her first!
  • (Rinnosuke at the Moriya shrine, badgering a nervous Sanae, with Reimu standing angrily behind him.)Rinnosuke: Ah, so the devices known as computers are not precisely a form of shikigami as I had previously surmized!?Sanae: Well ... um ...
    Reimu: Hey, I'm supposed to be going out with her, like, twenty minutes ago!
  • (The Three Fairies run into Satori in the Palace of Earth Spirits, looking fearful.)
    Star Sapphire: Wha -- she read my mind!
    Sunny Milk: And that eye-heart -- she must be ...
    Satori: Yes -- I am a Satori. Now, just what do you three think you're doing here, hmm?
    Luna Child: Um ... uh ...Satori: And no wiseguy remarks like "We're seeking enlightenment."
  • (Sakuya stands on the path to the SDM, brandishing a knife at Meiling (red hair in braids), with a nervous-looking Chen (cat-ears) and a cheerful-looking Orin (red hair in braids plus cat-ears) behind her.)
    Sakuya: IS THIS A FAMILIAL RESEMBLANCE I SEE?
    Meiling: Wha ... b ... uh ... this ... I didn't do anything!!
  • (Mokou and Kaguya walk through the Scarlet Devil Mansion, led by a fairy-maid going "This way please ...")
    Mokou: So, why are *we* going to be Flandre's tutors and teach her about self-restraint, again?
    Kaguya: Well, since we can walk away from getting disintegrated, we're the only ones who can come back for a second go if she goes nuts ...
    Kaguya: (aside) And no one else wanted to drink the Hourai Elixir just so Flan could safely blow them up ...
  • (Closeup of Light Yagami, holding the Death Note and wearing a helicopter headset.)
    Text: JUST AS PLANNED!

1If you don't know exactly what I'm talking about, hit refresh.

2And food. She's a vampire, after all. It does her no good at all to annihilate them without leaving even a drop of blood.

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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manonthe3up

I just noticed the different tags for the Three Mischievous Faries:

Three Mischievous Faries
Three Crazy Faries
Three Whatever Faries
Three Goddamn Faries
Three Nutty Faries
Three Blasted Faries
Three Sane Faries
Three Gosh-Darned Fairies
Three Fricking Fairies

Please say I didn't miss any, you clever bastard...

Kimiko Muffin

You didn't. ;3

A chicken passeth by

Damn you. The tag for them actually changes. And the comic strip order randomizes too. Genius. ^_^

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