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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #25

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Characters: Wriggle Nightbug, Fujiwara no Mokou, Sanae Kotiya, Tenshi Hinanai, Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Kanako Yasaka, Kaguya Houraisan

The title is a literal translation of "hina nai tenshi" (雛 地震 天使), though it doesn't use the same characters as Tenshi Hinanai's actual name (比那名居 天子). The premise is loosely based on that of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, which is that Tenshi, a Celestial, got bored. She looked down on Gensokyo, and saw all these incidents that Reimu et al solved, and decided: hey, I want to start an incident, too!

I'm not quite sure if I was actually planning on having some definite explanation on Wriggle and Mokou's dialogue in panel 1. I guess my impression is that Mokou, who has been independent for the previous 1300 years, would fairly often feel smothered by Kaguya's affections.

Wriggle's line in panel 10 was basically the entire reason why I made this comic. I've had the idea for weeks if not months, but it wasn't until now that I actually had any other ideas of what to put in it.

I hope the pun in panel 12 wasn't too subtle that nobody gets it.1

"Momo" = peach; hence, "Momoko" is one of Tenshi's nicnames. So Yeah (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) ...

Transcript

  1. (Mokou and Wriggle in the forest.)
    Wriggle: Hey, what's up with wandering around here? Girlfriend trouble?
    Mokou: No, and mind your own business if you want to remain not on fire.
    Sanae: (off-panel) HELP!
  2. (Sanae enters in a panic.)
    Wriggle: Wha?
    Mokou: Huh?
    Sanae: Oh, you're that powerful human from the bamboo forest! You've got to help me! A Celestial knocked down the Moriya shrine!
  3. Mokou: Okay, that's on top of Youkai Mountain, right? I'm gonna give 'er what for.
    Sanae: Right! I'm going to panic, and then go get Reimu and the others!
    Wriggle: I'll come too!
  4. (Tenshi stands in the Moriya Shrine's yard.)
    Tenshi: All right! Now that I've knocked down the Moriya Shrine and knocked down the two goddesses, the people of Gensokyo will have no choice but to come and stop me!
  5. (Mokou and Wriggle arrive.)
    Mokou: Wriggle, I thought you meant you were going with Sanae.
    Wriggle: Er ... no, I meant with you.
    Tenshi: Ah, the first contestants!
  6. Tenshi: So, which of you is going to try to stop me first?
    Mokou: (obscured by Wriggle's dialogue) Well, I'm the tougher gal, so I'll just kick your ass and
    Wriggle: ME! I, Wriggle Nightbug, shall show you the true power of insects!
  7. Mokou: Uh ... Wriggle, she's a Celestial and a Final-Boss. You're just a stage 1 boss. She'll be way more powerful than you.
    Wriggle: Since when has that mattered in Spell Card duels!?
    Tenshi: (smirking) Heh ... this looks like it'll be fun!
  8. (Mokou and Tenshi battle in the sky; Tenshi zaps Mokou with pink lasers.)
    Tenshi: Ohohohoho! Your goose is cooked! Or possibly your phoenix!
    Mokou: AUGH!
  9. (Mokou plummets. A bug flies by.)
    Bug SFX: bzzzzzz
  10. (Wriggle flies up.)
    Wriggle: Yeesh ... never send a lesbian to do a bisexual crossdresser's job ...
    Tenshi: I just knocked down an Extra-Boss! What makes you think you'll do any better?
    Bug SFX: bzzzzzz
  11. (The bug lands on Tenshi's arm.)
    Wriggle: Two reasons. First: the mosquito carrying a poison devised by a spider-bat youkai I met, designed specifically to incapacitate youkai, such as Celestials.
    Tenshi: (blanching) erk
    Bug SFX: nom
  12. (Tenshi starts wobbling as the bug flies off.)
    Tenshi: Waughle ... I don't feel too ... oog ...
    Wriggle: Second: phoenix girls don't die.
    From-Below, Blue Spell Card: 「Resurrection」
    Bug SFX: bzzzzzz
  13. (Reimu and Marisa belatedly show up at the Moriya yard; Tenshi lies on the ground.)
    Reimu: Hey, no fair resolving this Incident before I could!
    Mokou: Yeah, yeah, whatever.
    Wriggle: (starry-yed) Yay, I helped resolve an Incident
    Tenshi: Waa ... I sowwies ... I won't start incidents anymore ...
  14. (Sanae and Kanako in front of the Moriya shrine.)
    Kanako: As you can see, the destroyed shrine was just an illusion; the real shrine was behind it. This is why you shouldn't panic.
    Sanae: (teary-eyed) I'm sorry, Miss Kanako ...
  15. (Mokou and Kaguya fly through the Bamboo Forest.)
    Kaguya: You should've taken her peach hat!
    Mokou: Um, why?
    Kaguya: Cuz then I could call you Momokou!

1As an aside, only a few people have gotten the pun in "Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red" on their own, either.

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.

15 Comments (auto-closed) (rss feed)

Twilight

yay! wriggle did something!!

as for the puns, I have to say...I don't get either of them, definitely not the one in panel 12 and not the one in the title of the whole comic unless you mean the combination of Touhou titles

Kimiko Muffin

Well, the title-pun is in Japanese, and I explained it in the annotations; the punchline is that momo = peach, so one of Tenshi's fan-nicnames is Momoko and yeahhhhh.

Twilight

umm.....I think you counted wrong. that's in panel 15.

Kimiko Muffin

Oh. Uh ... yeah, I guess it was too subtle. It's a vague reference to "Big Girls Don't Cry." :x

Tewi Inonymous

Celestials are youkai?

flurk

momokou.. *sniggers*

Kimiko Muffin

@Tewi Inonymous: Um ...

Watsonian answer (warning, TVTropes, etc): she was using "youkai" to mean "any supernatural non-human life form."

Doylist answer: I've gained a few more levels in "Touhou Lore" since creating this. :3

Man on the 3up

The title name is based off of the archive of Aya's interviews, right? I'm too lazy to double check :)

Kimiko Muffin

And the second fighting game. But no, that's the obvious pun. :)

Solarn

Does the non-obvious title pun have anything to do with the fact that scarlet is a shade of red?

Kimiko Muffin

No. :)

fweezel

I just got the title pun today while thinking of something unrelated at work. It's what's not in the name of the comic.

CapedLuigisYoshi

So... the pun is "Bohemian Rhapsody"?

...What am I missing here?

Kimiko Muffin

You are missing Queen, apparently. :P

Zemyla

You know, Tenshi was lying about not starting any more incidents. Just look at Catness.