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Touhou Nekokayou #55 (4koma): Revealed the Conclusion

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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #55

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Characters: Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Alice Margatroid, Shanghai

Just a 4koma, cuz I got home late and feel overworked, whee.

I came up with this because I kept getting G Free ~ Final Dream stuck in my head. Awesome melody. Anyway, the plot of Concealed the Conclusion is basically as Marisa described it. Except that Gensokyo also comes back in the Extra and Phantasm stages. Well, okay, there's more to it than that, but ... Also, why the duck did they use a remix of the stage 1 theme from Mystic Square as the Phantasm boss-theme?

Meanwhile, I decided I couldn't resist using the MGS3 game-over screen like I did before.

I added Shanghai on 31 May 2009, because I'd completely forgotten she existed.

Transcript

  1. (Alice, Marisa, Reimu, and Shanghai at the Shrine, drinking tea. ... or ... Shanghai isn't drinking tea.)
    Marisa: ... I already told Alice about this, but I had a funky dream last night, ze.
    Reimu: Really? What was it about?
  2. (A sort of flashback to a semi-sepia-toned battle between Marisa and a white-clad Reimu. Superimposed over this is a Metal Gear Solid 3-style game over screen.)
    Marisa Narration: It was like, I was in a danmaku shooter where ... well, the plot was, you'd died, and I was runnin' around tryin' to figure out how to bring you back, ze.
    Text: REIMU IS DEAD
    Marisa Narration: Except it turned out that you and I were a coupla normal girls in the Outside World, and Gensokyo was just a shared dream we had in a coma, and we were wakin' up. An' that was in the *good* ending.
  3. (At the Shrine.)
    Reimu: Yikes. What was in the *bad* ending?
    Marisa: Uh, it was that I woke up and it was all just a dream.
  4. (Marisa suddenly realizes something; Reimu and Alice are not amused.)
    Marisa: ... wait a minute ...

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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Kimiko Muffin

Hmm. Good point about the spoiler tags; I'm sorry if I spoiled the game for you. I spoiler'd the Extra Stage text because rather than just being Another Character With More Danmaku Patterns Which Are Even Tougher, it's more plot which adds more to it.

-Anonymous- (the only person who called it a cop-out) was referring to the "all just a dream" trope in and of itself. The point of that was, "Whoops, sorry, none of this actually happened. All the percieved struggles, difficulties, triumphs, tragedies, and all that stuff — they weren't really real, they were all just figments of your imagination, and they weren't even ones you consciously generated either. Sound and fury signifying nothing, and all that." Or, to put it more briefly: "You know the entire plot that just happened? Never mind."

While it is true that it isn't reveled "after your biggest accomplishment" in Concealed the Conclusion, it's still the same thing since it's putting this into an established and fairly long series: none of Marisa and Reimu's accomplishments and adventures ever happened in this story.

That said, I suppose it was slightly more interesting to show things from the point of view of one of the figments of the dreamer's imagination (which doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but, y'know, it works as a halfway-decent conceit for a story's setup), as they discover that they didn't actually exist. However, they sort of copped out of that by then revealing that no, Marisa was actually another dreamer, sharing the dream with Reimu.

Duran

There's a reason why I call this game "Gainax does Touhou" since this would be something they'd do with it, down to the slap in the face endings.

Dyne

If I remember correctly, there's something in some conversations about how powerful characters like Flandre and Mokou have been losing their power the fastest and that's why they're relegated to stage 1 mid-bosses.

PMiller1

I may not play this game (nor anyother Touhou), I can tell is before MoF, What make you think (of that games was canon).

I did like all the Spell Card (also like it how Mima is using Marisa's Star-like Danmaku)

But Ending is off alright.

Kimiko Muffin

I can tell is before MoF, What make you think (of that games was canon).

I have no idea what you just said. :O

PMiller1

"I can tell is before MoF, Which make you think about (of that games was canon)." I ment.

This Fan Game is set before Mountain of Faith, right? If this was Canon, that would mean Sanae Kotiya is the NEW Dreamer and the old and new are now as One.

Just Think about.

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