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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #19

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Characters: Satori Komeiji, Midori Inaba, Kaguya Houraisan, Mika Sayomi Inaba, Chen, Rin "Orin" Kaenbyou, Ran Yakumo, Reimu Hakurei, Aya Shameimaru, Yuugi Hoshiguma, Sanae Kotiya, Fujiwara no Mokou, Utsuho Reiuji, Ruukoto, Wriggle Nightbug, Rinnosuke Morichika, Yukari Yakumo, Yamame Kurodani, Marisa Kirisame, Three Blasted Fairies, Remilia Scarlet

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: (random version)

Ruukoto appeared in the PC-98 Touhou game "Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream" in Reimu's ending, and was never heard from again. "FISSION HA!" is a parody of the Fusion Dance from Dragon Ball Z, natch.

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 I confess that there's no basis in canon to believe that Everyone Is Bi (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) beyond me thinking it's hot.

Yuugi's final spell card in the first demo of Subterranean Animism was the first one that really choked my computer's performance. This apparently happened to others, as well. It's almost disappointing that this was fixed for the final release. 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. 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.

Man ... 23 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: (random version)


  • (Mokou and Kaguya, standing in a hallway in the SDM.)
    Kaguya: Really? You're a lesbian, and not just bi like everyone else in Gensokyo?
    Mokou: Hey, you know me. I'm a flamer.
  • (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 ...
  • (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!
  • (Yuugi stands in the middle of a swarm of bullets as in her last spell card, partly engulfing Reimu and Marisa.)
    Narration-box: Tales from the first demo:
    Yuugi: Does Yuugi have to choke a CPU? I think Yuugi has to choke a CPU!
  • (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!
  • (In the Underground, Utsuho inserts a giant ball of light into a powered-down Ruukoto, with Orin watching on.)
    Orin: Yeah, I wonder who woulda just left a robot like this down here for us to find ... think you can reactivate her?
    Utsuho: Well, she's nuclear-powered, so it'll be a piece of cake. FISSION HA!
  • (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 ...
  • (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 "Thanks for actually asking this time."
  • (Closeup of Remilia with Light Yagami's smirk.)

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

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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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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