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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #5

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Characters: Reisen II, Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Sakuya Izayoi, Remilia Scarlet, Watatsuki no Yorihime, Watatsuki no Toyohime, Eirin Yagokoro, Yukari Yakumo, Youmu Konpaku, Yuyuko Saigyouji

Before you send flames at me for spoiling the ending to Silent Sinner in Blue (an official Touhou manga written by ZUN and illustrated by Aki Eda): This was written ages before there was even any end in sight. I completely made this up. (Well, except for one or two details, but.)

Anyway ... I hadn't originally planned on it, but this comic had a bunch more changes in perspective than is usual ... a sort of more dynamic layout and stuff. Well, not dynamic per se, but, shifting camera perspectives more. I should experiment with that more often ...

Whee, eleven characters. I can't actually imagine using this many characters in one comic at any time in the future (note from future-Muffin: Boy was I wrong!). I can foresee reusing that panel setup with Youmu and Yuyuko making a little punchline-commentary, though.

Originally, I was going to try to come up with some sort of halfway-plausible chain of manipulation, taking the actual plot into condisderation, but then I decided it would be funnier if I just did whatever. (Bonus points: try to figure out who literally could not have manipulated who they say they did. Besides the Watatsuki sisters, who had no contact with anyone except Reisen II and a letter they recieved until Remilia's moon-rocket landed.)

As of August 2, I decided to remove panel 5, which ... wasn't really contributing anything helpful to the joke. As of August 8, I have added this page to the TVTropes article Thirty Xanatos Pileup (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), under "webcomics" (and subsequently moved it to the actual SSiB bit).

Mind you, the actual ending ...

Transcript

  1. (Reimu, Sakuya, Remilia, and a hatless Marisa stand arrayed against the Watatsuki sisters and Reisen II.)
    Toyohime: You seriously thought you could take over the moon? Hah! But don't worry, we'll leave you alive, since you're still manipulable!
    Caption Next To Marisa: Aki Eda refuses to draw Marisa's hat
  2. (Yukari comes up behind the Watatsukis; Reisen II reacts in alarm.)
    Yukari: Speaking of manipulation, it's about time I showed up and revealed that I've been manipulating you all! *I'm* the one who's been causing the unrest in the Lunar Capital, and I sent Remilia here!
  3. (Closeup of Yorihime and Yukari (against a sketchy pink background).)
    Yorihime: Oh, yeah? Well Toyohime and I tricked Eirin into manipulating you INTO MANIPULATING ME!
    Yukari: Oh, I'm sure you must feel *so* proud of yourself for thinking that!
  4. (Eirin appears behind Yukari.)
    Eirin: Fools! I've been secretly manipulating you all from behind the scenes in order to find out who the culprit was! Thanks for giving yourself away, Yukari!
    Toyohime: Oh, Eirin, still always acting like you're the one in control, I see!
    Reisen SFX: nervous steps back
  5. (Reimu meets Reisen II's eye; the conspirators react in alarm.)
    Reimu: Oh, hey, aren't you that youkai rabbit I brought to the shrine?
    Reisen II: H-huh? Me? Um, well ...
  6. Yorihime, Toyohime, Yukari, and Eirin: NO! MY WHOLE PLAN HAS BEEN RUINED!
  7. (Youmu and Yuyuko are hanging around in Hakugyokuro, sipping tea.)
    Youmu: So, uh ... who *was* behind it all, anyway?
    Yuyuko: Oh, I had it all figured out from the start.
    Yuyuko: They were just making it up as they went along.

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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