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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #60

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Characters: Marisa Kirisame, Alice Margatroid, Shinki, Kogasa Tatara, Sara, Reimu Hakurei, Old Reimu, Sanae Kotiya, Shanghai Margatroid, Carroll Kirisame

Because nothing says "60 years later" like the new generation. That's really the whole point of this week's comic. In any event, it fits that comic #60 would be a "Fate of 60 Years" comic, doesn't it?

Sara's presence in the panel 3 flashback suggests that the ban on travel between Gensokyo and Makai, placed during the events of Mystic Square, has been overturned. It's also evidently fairly close to "present times." I put Kogasa there just to show that either her "surprising people" ability is improving, or Sara is cute when she's easily surprised. Panel 3 also indicates that they get married fairly close to "present times."1

I was considering updating Old Reimu's hairstyle. The one she's got now is just too snazzy, though. I couldn't update to the new hairbow, either, it hovers above the Koakuma hair. Her danmaku is Clearly To Be Reckoned With, anyway.

So, yeah, I have now added more Original Characters. Much like the Lunarians are counted as "half-human" for the purposes of the "humans versus youkai" (as explained in one of the Imperishable Night endings), Independent Doll Shanghai counts as half an OC. Where Satsuki was the Reimu of the new generation, Carroll is the Marisa. I suppose that's it for now until I decide to introduce Marisa's dad or something2 (note from future-Muffin: y'know, like I did here). That said, I've noticed that none of my OCs since Mika and Midori have had enough screen time to get any clear characterization whatsoever.

The Shinki's Palace background and the vein-pop thingy needed to be recreated using older comics as reference (I just copied a corner of the Makai background and then stretched it horizontally). I seriously should have uplodaded more backgrounds, whee. "I'd kind of like it if you credited me if you want to use it" still applies, as usual.

Transcript

  1. (Alice and Marisa sit in front of their (Alice's) house.)
    Marisa: Ever have any regrets in your life?
    Alice: Well ...
  2. (Flashback superimposed over a sketchy pink background; Shinki and PC-98 Alice glare at each other.)
    Alice: I suppose I could've left Makai the first time on better terms with my mother than I did ... Of course, then I might not have stayed long enough to get to know you.
  3. (Different flashback, to a crowd consisting of Sara, Alice, Marisa, Reimu, and Sanae, with Kogasa jumping out and surprising Sara.)
    Alice: We've been living our lives to the fullest and making friends since we got married ... Certainly better than how I was doing before.
  4. (Different flashback; Old Reimu launches a gigantic swarm of danmaku and amulets at night.)
    Alice: Some of our old friends have been lost to time -- but Reimu's certainly keeping up with the best of us.
  5. (Back to the house.)
    Alice: So, I guess, all in all, I really don't have any regrets worth mentioning ...
    Marisa: Yeah ... talkin' 'bout it like that ...
  6. (Marisa puts her hands to her mouth, acting silly.)
    Marisa: Well, I guess I kinda regret not snaggin' more of the library's books before we made the agreement, but ...
    Alice: (sweatdrop) Ahahaha no.
  7. Marisa: Okay, seriously, though. I think we got it pretty good. Our life is ... well, frankly, it's pretty damn good, all around.
    Alice: (leaning against Marisa) Mmm ... yeah.
  8. Marisa: I mean, really! A comfy home, a great wife, all kinds of nice friends, and best of all, a couple of --
  9. (Shanghai and Carroll fly out of the house, causing their parents no end of annoyance.)
    Carroll: Mooooom, Shanghai's being herself!!
    Shanghai: Other-Mooom! Carroll's complaining about me!
    Marisa: Well, uh, okay, there have been unforeseen complications, but ...

1Faithful readers (and not quite so faithful ones), you may now begin speculating as to whether Marisa will become a youkai magician first, or whether she'll marry Alice before that.

2He'd be counted as a "full" OC because unlike Shanghai, he doesn't appear anywhere, he's just referred to, and it isn't even by name (as far as I know) beyond "Marisa's dad." At least Youki has a name.

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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eidrag

New comics!! Is Caroll name's taken from Alice in Wonderland creator? Well that's the first thing crossed as soon as I saw Caroll name and Alice. I guess in 60 years, nothing is impossible.

Uh... yeah, nice new logo screen.

Twilight

actually, given that these panels really condense danmaku patterns, the one Reimu is using doesn't seem that hard, just two sets of spirals turning in opposite directions.

estragon

/ Modified by Dizzy H. Muffin:

@Twilight: Ah, yes, but it's a time-out card, and the spirals rotate in opposite directions at higher and higher speeds as the card progresses, making it so you have to switch between rapid left-right movement and dodging streams a la "Border of Wave and Particle."

...or something.

The kids' complaints about each other made me laugh out loud. I can imagine them waiting in the wings for a tender moment to develop so they can ruin it.

[MUFFINEDIT: Comment-links, comment-links~]

Dizzy H. Muffin

@eidrag: Yes, see Carroll's profile.

As for Old Reimu's danmaku, she's an EX-boss, and it's it's her first pattern (non-Spell Card).

kitsunehanyou09

Hmm...wouldn't Caroll be a bit older? 60 years right?

Dizzy H. Muffin

No, as it says in the profile, Carroll was born a few months after Satsuki was found, so she'd be about a year, year and a half younger than Satsuki.

Tesmy

Oh man...If you keep this up, Kimiko, your OCs are gonna take over the Scarlet Weather Archive! I would know, I clearly let OCs take up most of the action in Blood Colored Moon...Though you can only see 1 so far =/

Cassie

How can it be a proper Fate of 60 years without some amount of Shick Judge??

Dizzy H. Muffin

Proper?

THIS! IS! etc.

Cassie

Hahaha, whatever floats your PC. :3 I like how implemented the kids of Marisa and Alice into this fold. ^_^

Xan

Hehehe. Wonderful. I'm liking these 60 Years segments. You have mostly the same take I do, though I have Reimu ascending to godhood (I mean, look at it this way: Clear lack of an actual god, not counting Mima, at the Hakurei Shrine. Yukari's training of Reimu. Reimu going and meeting (and defeating, and befriending (well, kinda)) everyone of any importance in Gensokyo. Anyone else think it's possible this is some sort of longstanding Xanatos Gambit by Yukari and whatever was involved in the creation of Gensokyo on the Hakurei side of the equation to eventually enable one of the Hakurei to ascend to become Gensokyo's god?)

Dizzy H. Muffin

Heh, thanks ... I've got to start writing some actual prose-stories set around it, for that matter ...

LtSpitfire

Well, I've been reading this Xkomas for quite some time and I really enjoy them.

Keep it up with the awesome work!

Morgan

I find myself inordinately amused by "Shanghai's being herself!!"

Kavi

I have to agree with Morgan. "Shanghai's being herself" is a line I thought I'd never read. And it's hilarious.

Anyway, which story are you basing Alice's 'bad blood' with Shinki? I've only seen the two on the Touhou Wiki, and unless I'm just blind, it isn't expanded on here.

Dizzy H. Muffin

No stories in particular, I'm mostly basing it on the fact that Alice was a human teenage girl and Shinki is her mother. ;) But it's going to be expanded on in Perfect Square.

Which two stories were you referring to?

Suikama

[url=http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TimeSkip]60 years hu[/url]*USER WAS BANNED FOR LINKING TO THE FORBIDDENLAND*

Suikama

*USER WAS ALSO BANNED FOR FAILING AT HTML*

:(

Dizzy H. Muffin

It tells you what HTML you can use right above it :P

Suikama

*FINALLY; USER WAS BANNED FOR NOT READING THE OBVIOUS INSTRUCTIONS*

Dizzy H. Muffin

stop that

PriffyViole

Has anyone else noticed that the older Reimu looks strangely similar to Mokou?

Beta-Maxis

I swear I already asked this eons ago, but what friends lost to time? The only human those two know is Reimu and she's alive (I assume Akyu wasn't well-known to them)