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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #41

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Characters: Reimu Hakurei, Sanae Kotiya, Cirno, Daiyousei, Mystia Lorelei, Wriggle Nightbug, Marisa Kirisame

Yes, I did just get Left 4 Dead, why do you ask?

"Team ⑨" (the collective term for "that ice fairy and her friends") tends to be variable, with no in-character explanation for its name and existence, but it generally consists of some of the stage 1 and 2 bosses and mid-bosses from the Windows games. Interestingly enough, if we bring Mountain of Faith into this equation, this includes Shizuha, Minoriko, and Hina, who are gods. I suppose they wouldn't have Kisume, Yamame, or Parsee, because the Underground is supposed to be a bit too dificult to get to/from. Um ... Anyway, I stuck with four because that's how many people are on the team in Left 4 Dead, and I chose Mystia, Wriggle, and Daiyousei more or less at random.

The whole "Reimu is a zombie" thing is a reference to her appearance in Mountain of Faith, in which her skin is a sickly yellowish color. ZUN's drawing skills seem to have taken a nosedive since Shoot the Bullet ... I think he secretly pines for the PC-98 days.1

An alternative idea for who the Witch (a type of "boss-Infected" from L4D which tears around one-hit-killing everyone and is really tough to take down) would be Flandre, although Marisa works better for our purposes here. The "Tank" (the other type of boss-Infected, a ridiculously muscular dude who runs around doing Hulk-like stuff) would probably be Rika in her flower-tank. I don't know who the other special-Infected would be ...

L4D's AI director, which controls when and where zombies spawn and the placement of boss-zombies, has a wicked sense of humor. It is always pulling wacky stunts like placing a Witch directly in your path so that you can't proceed without waking her up. Last night, this happened, um, about three times. One of which was almost blocking the Safe House in the third map of No Mercy.2

Note from future-Muffin (17 September 2009): Oh yeah, I have since become adept at walking right up to Witches and "crowning" them (there's an Achievement for killing a Witch in one shot without even startling them). Most of the time, I don't even need to shoot more than once. Heck, gimme a Witch over a Tank any day.3 The trick is to use a shotgun (either one), and make every pellet count.

Transcript

  1. (Reimu and Sanae are hanging around the Shrine.)
    Sanae: I think that ice fairy and her friends are playing some kind of make-believe game ...
    Reimu: Really? What kind of make believe?
  2. Sanae: Um, a "zombie apocalypse" thing.
    Reimu: (sagging) Oh gods ...
  3. Narration Box: Later ...
    (Reimu is sweeping the front of the Shrine, looking annoyed.)
    Cirno: (off-panel) There's one now!
  4. (Cirno, Daiyousei, Mystia, and Wriggle advance on Reimu; Cirno looks enthusiastic, and the rest are looking nervous.)
    Cirno: Let's get the zombie!
    SFX: nervous
    SFX: not sure about this
  5. (Reimu whacks them with her broom and gets out a paper seal; Team ⑨ flees in a panic.)
    Cirno: AAAAA!
  6. (Elsehwere in the forest; Cirno has a bandage on her forehead, and Daiyousei and Wriggle are looking annoyed.)
    Cirno: That didn't work out well ...
    Daiyousei: And you're surprised that that's the result of attacking the Shrine Maiden?
    Wriggle: Yeah ... seriously, Chilly, what were --
    Mystia: (looking off-panel) Uh ... guys ...
  7. (Marisa is wandering around through the forest; Team ⑨ speaks from off-panel.)
    Marisa: Dum de dum, looking for mushrooms ...
    Cirno: (cheerful) Uh-oh, a witch! We have to be careful not to startle her while we get to the safe house!
    Daiyousei: Do we really need to go that way?
    Wriggle: Well, uh, that *is* where the next safe point is ...
    Wriggle SFX: they decided beforehand on safe-house locations
  8. (They sneak *right* by Marisa, turning a sharp corner which is immediately behind Marisa (indicated by a red arrow).)
    Marisa: Dum de dum ...
  9. (Marisa happens to glance backward while Mystia is right behind her.)
    Marisa: ... de?
    Caption: Mystia has startled the witch!
  10. (The quartet flees, pursued by a Master Spark; Cirno and Wriggle are barely dodging it, while Daiyousei's head and Mystia's body are caught up in it.)
    Cirno: (terrified) I've decided I don't wanna play this game anymore!

1More evidence for this: He released a Silent Sinner in Blue music-album, and the three songs on it were in PC-98 chipset form.

2As an aside, there should be an Achievement for "wake up every Witch you run into," because I totally would've gotten it last night. (The fourth time was because one of the AI bots (I was playing singleplayer) randomly ran over and startled it or something. I didn't actually see when it happened.)

3You know someone has seriously messed something up when you're playing a horror game and you can seriously and unironically say, "I hope I run into a particular monster which the creators intended to be the scariest thing in the whole game, and I will do so without feeling a smidgen of fear as long as I know where it is!"

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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Anonymous

Poor Daiyousei XD Getting a face-full of MASUTAAA SUPAAAAAAAAAAAAAKU!!!

Kitsune Inari

It looks like a good team choice, anyway, these are three of the most common four ‚Ď®friends, the other one being Rumia.

Hmm, this makes five... Baka Sentai Go! XD

Kimiko Muffin

Rumia

Is that so~?

hideki101

My god, witches would be a terror if they had access to Master Spark. By the way, have you gotten L4D 2?

PriffyViole

Which one of them would be Francis?

SoF

Wriggle: I HATE being confused for a dude!

Houraiguy

I think maybe Youmu for the Hunter and Letty for the Boomer? :/

Beta-Maxis

SoF for the win. And since I consider my own comments a waste if they offer nothing to the table, what type of special infected is Reimu?