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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #20

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Characters: Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Sakuya Izayoi, Yuyuko Saigyouji, Youmu Konpaku, Remilia Scarlet

To commemorate the fact that I've reached my twentieth comic, I decided to go all out and make the longest comic yet! (Not really, it just ended up that way.)

Yorihime doesn't quite have the same hairstyle as Reimu does in Perfect Cherry Blossom, but I figured, eh, good enough for create.swf ... I decided that Yuyuko's power to kill people with moé would be best depicted using her main portrait from Immaterial and Missing Power, thus resulting in the biggest panel in terms of filesize since panel 10 in Deus EX-Rumia (which is just over two-thirds the size of the new record-holder). I suppose if someone could give me a, y'know, a "cleaner" version ... or a large enough image with even more moé ...

The premise behind this one is: Yuyuko can kill anyone. Or at least, any human — it says "power to invoke death in mortals" on the box, and all the player characters in PCB are human, which is "mortal" enough for me (she tried to poison Eirin in Imperishable Night, thus indicating that her power alone doesn't work on youkai). If Yuyuko was really all that worked up about taking the heroines' spring-essence, she could've just said "Drop dead!" and they'd have to say "From how high?"

On the other hand, Yuyuko doesn't want to potentially destroy Gensokyo (Reimu having set up the spell card rules, whatever they are, specifically so that she could fight youkai without risking her life youkai could challenge the Hakurei shrine without endangering the Hakurei border, which basically ensures Gensokyo's continued existence), and is thus explaining all this to Youmu.1 Hey, I reused the Youmu/Yuyuko summation panel again, too!

I made a little sakura petal image, for those of you who want one. It'd be kinda nice if you gave credit for it and possibly let me know. (As an aside, Thefre really needs to make it so you can make danmaku from images. Panel 6 and 7 would have been a great deal less time-consuming to make.)

Transcript

  1. (Reimu, Marisa, and Sakuya confront Yuyuko at the mostly-blooming Saigyou Ayakashi.)
    Marisa: Give us back the Spring you stole!
    Yuyuko: Ah, but I only need a little bit more Spring-essence to make the Saigyou Ayakashi bloom! Then the body beneath it will be revived, and we can have a nice flower-viewing!
    Reimu: Well, I want to have a flower viewing at *my* shrine! Anyway, isn't it a bad idea to just unseal something if you don't know what it is!?
  2. Sakuya: But isn't that exactly how you got us into the Netherworld in the first place?
    Reimu: Oh, hush, that was different!
    Yuyuko: You're all even sillier than I am! But you did bring the last bit of Spring I needed ...
    Marisa: (floating closer to Yuyuko) So, I'm guessin' that means we're gonna hafta beat you up to take our Spring back?
  3. Yuyuko: (grinning demonically) Oh well ... I'm sorry, but if you're going to try to attack me, I'm afraid I'll have to go all out.
    Marisa: (brandishing mini-hakkero) Then we're gonna respond in kind, ze!
    Sakuya: (brandishing her knife) For Lady Scarlet!
    Reimu: (brandishing paper amulet) We've all fought worse things than a hungry ghost! Do your worst!
    Yuyuko: Then you leave me no choice ...
  4. (A closeup of just the most adorable picture of Yuyuko (image taken from IaMP))
    Yuyuko: ... I must exert my true power!
    Spell Card: Flowery Soul 「Death By Moé」
  5. (A distorted inverted-colors image of Marisa, Reimu, and Sakuya reacting in shock.)
  6. (Reimu, Marisa, and Sakuya plummet, as cherry petals fly up to Yuyuko.)
    Yuyuko: Yay! I got the last bit of Spring I needed!
  7. (Youmu arrives as the cherry petals float aroudn Yuyuko.)
    Yuyuko: Youmu, quick! Perform the spell so we can find out who it is who is sealed under the tree!
    Youmu: At once, Lady Yuyuko!
  8. (Youmu concentrates as a gigantic blast of pink light appears, originating where Yuyuko was floating.)
    SFX: ZUN
  9. (Yuyuko and the light vanish.)
    Youmu: .....
  10. Youmu: (nervous) Uh ... Miss Yuyuko?
  11. (Yuyuko (with brown hair instead of black hair, no hat, and no ghost-shapes) is lying on the ground at the foot of the tree.)
    Youmu: (startled) Wha!
    Living-Yuyuko: Um ... Youmu ... I think I've figured out who it was under the tree ...
  12. (A tearful Youmu works at the Hakurei Shrine dressed as Reimu, while Reimu's ghost (in pink robes like Pathcouli) hovers over her shoulder.)
    Ghost-Reimu: ... *exactly* why I set up the Spell-Card rules in the first place! Does your mistress even *know* what she's doing? She could've doomed Gensokyo!
    Reimu SFX: ghost
    Youmu SFX: tending the shrine because the Hakurei Border still needs to be maintained
  13. (Remilia and Yuyuko's ghost approach.)
    Ghost-Reimu: *Now* what!?
    Youmu: (startled) W-Wha!? Mistress, you're dead again!
    Yuyuko: (bashful) Ah, yeah, um, it happened like this ...
  14. (Remilia confronts Living-Yuyuko at the Saigyou Ayakashi.)
    Remilia: Die, monster! You don't belong in this world!
    Living-Yuyuko: It is not by my hand that I am once again given flesh! Youmu did it!
    Remilia: My name is Remilia Scarlet! You killed my maid! Prepare to die!
  15. (Closeup of Remilia biting Living-Yuyuko's neck.)
    Remilia: Om nom nom nom nom
    Living-Yuyuko: Kyan!
  16. (Back at the Shrine ...)
    Ghost-Reimu: Really?
    Remilia: No, she fell asleep under the fully-blooming Saigyou Ayakashi and it killed her.
    Yuyuko: (cheerfully bashful) Yeah!
    Remilia: (aside) Vampires don't go "om nom nom."
  17. (This is all being explained to Youmu by Yuyuko as they sip their tea outside Hakugyokurou.)
    Yuyuko: ... and that's why we can't fight the Hakurei Shrine except using danmaku.
    Youmu: Er, if you say so, mistress ...
    Youmu: (thought cloud) She anticipated her own goofy screwups ... sheesh ...

1As an aside, I was also toying with the notion of ending it on an "Okay, let's bring Reimu, Marisa, and Sakuya back to life, and pretend this never happened and that they defeated Yuyuko" note ...

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.

6 Comments (auto-closed) (rss feed)

Duran

The fact Remilia, a vampire says "Die Monster, You Don't belong in this world!" and such is a funny touch.

Sanketsu

I haven't lol'd this hard in AGES. You're awesome. Keep up the good work.

linkhyrule5

Why is the Dracula descendant making Castlevania-protagonist quotes? :p. Epic win.

Duran

She's most likely a CV fangirl and as such memorized all of SotN's lines.

Jamesbondkid2001

"Death By Moe" indeed. XD

Spirit Tsunami

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Man, this was a funny one. Remilia spouting off famous quotes is just priceless. "My name is Remilia Scarlet! You killed my maid! Prepare to die!"