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Touhou Nekokayou #78: Catness, part 16

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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #78

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Characters: Yukari Yakumo, Iku Nagae, Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Sakuya Izayoi, Tenshi Hinanai, Cirno, Koishi Komeiji, Flandre Scarlet

Story begins here. Oh, wait, I can see the end again!

I forget who gave me the idea for the first two panels, but I decided that, of everyone who has been turned into a cat, Yukari is easily the one most likely to behave like that. Well ... maybe Yuyuko, but she's not here. There's also some contradiction between Iku's canonical personality (which I didn't clearly know about originally) and her personality in comic #7, so I'm sort of adopting a compromise.

Oh dear, I've done the "person A is running after person B, who suddenly comes to an abrupt halt, thus causing person A to crash into them" gag.

How to make a wall of stampeding cats:

  1. Spawn object "cat" and clusterize it.
  2. Set "scale" as appropriate for the situation (in this case, 60), set Spiral and RMod to 0, and shot-direction to "linear." Leave the rest at their default values.
  3. Set the "spread" to a number between 160 and 175.
  4. Repeat as many times as necessary, bunching them together more or less seamlessly.

It was fairly easy to then rearrange them randomly and change the spread to a different random value. On the other hand, this made it difficult to see where the edge of the panel was supposed to be, but thanks to how Cropper works, it wasn't that big a problem.

Here we have the explanation for why Sakuya has not been playable in any story-modes since Scarlet Weather Rhapsody: gotten tired of all that nonsense, even accounting for the effects of the catness. (Speaking of which, I forgot to move Marisa's tail to the other side in panel 6 ... um ... but, I figure, she's moving fast enough that it would still trail behind her, yeah!)

Um ... there's a crashing bug in Undefined Fantastic Object when the score hits 1 billion points.

And by the end, there are no more catgirls. BUT IT'S GONNA BE A LOT EASIER TO MAKE THESE FROM HERE OUT!! (I was up WAY past my bedtime making this ...)

Transcript

  1. (Yukari (child-sized and cat-eared) chases Iku through the woods at night.)
    Iku: Y-Yakumo, will you stop this nonsense right now!!
    Yukari: Nya!
  2. (They fly above the treeline.)
    Yukari: Mweeheeheehee ...
    Iku: I'M NOT A FREAKING SNACK! Must reach Youkai Mountain ...
  3. (Iku comes to a sudden alarmed halt, and Yukari crashes into her.)
    Iku: Urk --
    SFX: boomf
  4. (Cats start stampeding through the air towards them. Yukari gets an "augh what" look on her face as Iku flies away from them.)
    Iku: DAMMIT, ELDEST DAUGHTER, WHAT DID YOU DO THIS TIME!?
  5. (Reimu (cat-eared), Marisa (cat-eared), Sakuya, and Tenshi (with a Stone of the Celestials) fly through the sky, fleeing the cat stampede.)
    Sakuya: What the hell were you trying to do, you peach-brained maniac!?
    Tenshi: Um, the Stone of the Celestials gave me too much power ... I had to ground it through cat-danmaku, or nekomaku ...
  6. (Marisa sends a Master Spark into the swarm, turning some of them into point-items.)
    Sakuya: What!? How powerful *is* that thing!?
    Tenshi: Ummmm ... too powerful?
  7. (Below them, Cirno, Koishi (cat-eared, third eye open), and Flandre (cat-eared) also flee the cats.)
    Cirno: I hate cats forever!
    Koishi: Flan? Um ... I think now's the time to try breaking the Catness spell ...
    Flandre: Ah, right ...
  8. (Flandre stops, facing the oncoming stampede, her hand glowing.)
    Flandre: Um! SPELL ...
  9. (Monochrome image of Flandre, with the spell shattering.)
    Flandre: ... BREAK!
  10. (Back to normal-colors against a white background; the cats (and Flandre's ears and tail) turn into point items as the spell explodes.)
    SFX: KRAKOW
  11. (Back to the night view; Flandre is at the center of a vortex of point-items.)
    Bigger SFX: KRAKOW
  12. (Reimu, Marisa, Sakuya, Koishi, and Tenshi look on.)
    Marisa: What the ...!?
    Tenshi: Erk ... she's getting point-items from everywhere in Gensokyo ... and when she hits a billion ...
    Koishi: Uh-oh ...
  13. (Closeup of Marisa against a sketchy pink background.)
    Marisa: NO WAY! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
  14. (Error message of Undefined Fantastic Object crashing.)

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.

25 Comments (auto-closed) (rss feed)

ChaosBladeDC

Panel 9 is Epic Win.

Morgan

Should have moved down below the auto-collect line...

Digara

I know bugs aren't a laughing matter but I couldn't help myself, I larfed.

KirbyM

NO CATS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS ONLINE COMIC, RIGHT? RIGHT?!?

Kimiko Muffin

@Morgan: Wouldn't have helped, you always auto-collect no matter where you are after beating a spell card.

@KirbyM: Oh, calm down, they were only a weird sort of danmaku to begin with :P

Morgan

Never tell me the facts!

I wouldn't have actually thought of it as being a spell card as such. And almost never beat spell cards to be familiar with that behavior.

Looking closer at Marisa in panel 6, I think that's actually a pretty good effect. It sort of gives the impression that she's just twisting around to fire off a Master Spark behind her without stopping or slowing down.

Draykon

And the moral of the story is: If you're going to turn everyone in Gensokyo into catgirls, make sure to define Score as an unsigned long long int.

Nimmy

Cirno: "I hate cats forever!"

Sums things up nicely I think. XD

Pyrus

Flandre's crashed Gensokyo! Someone call Keine quick!

Asator

NO WAY, THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE
*crash*
...never mind, I guess it is possible.

Yet another reason why there shouldn't have been so many point items in the game.

Tewi Inonymous

No, it's impossible. Hence the crash.

Sooooooo is this the end muffins? Will i have to go to a new place to get my daily dose of lolis with lasers?

Arlekin

At least it didn't ended like Concealed the Conclusion... right?

Kimiko Muffin

@Tewi Inonymous: Don't be silly, I've still got a bunch more ideas I want to use.

You'll just have to wait until Thursday to see the next one ... ;)

Tewi Inonymous

I do believe my name contractually obliges me to be silly sir!

Kimiko Muffin

Hey, I'm the one who GAVE it to you! I can take it away just as easily! ;P

Tewi Inonymous

Which is exactly what i was saying, you gave me this name that obliges me to be silly. ;)

In conclusion, don't take my name muffins.

SoF

Keine, er Zun has fixed the 1 billion crash bug with a new UFO patch.

*breathless announcer voice* How will the "Sometime Later" Principle adjust for this? *dramatic music*

SoF

Aaand ninja-ed on the gensokyo.org article. Muffin, do you never sleep?

Kimiko Muffin

Easy: this happens before UFO. It's always been set before UFO. :3

As for when I sleep: I sleep between around 4-ish EST and around noon-ish. :3

(also, please to be closing HTML tags properly)

that guy over there

Dang, ZUN fixed the crashing bug.
Now what will you do?

RozenMariku

That guy- Really? :O

...HOORAY :D (Though, I never really did get 1 billion.)

Xan

I can't read the damn thing. It pops in for a sec, then replaces itself with a broken image. WTF?

E-mouse

... okay that punchline was genius. I was laughing and applauding for like half a minute.

Morgan

I just now noticed that when Flandre breaks the spell, there's point items where here ears and tail were... ^o^

Beta-Maxis

Ok, one, I remember you writing about knowing when you hit it big. Seeing as KirbyM commented on your comic, this is a clear sign you have. Second, I hate cats forever was hilarious. And might put a strain on her and Okuu's future relationship as Okuu's best friend is a cat. Last, is Yukari actually planning to EAT Iku or is she just being silly?