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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #98

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Characters: Cirno, Utsuho Reiuji, Rin Satsuki

東方再想天則 〜 Rethinking the Natural Law (Touhou 12.3i) begins here. We apologize for the RETCON'D (mostly the changed stuff consisted of pacing, and also making Marisa's CODEC-call more accurate ...).

What, were you thinking I was going to make a different joke for the title? Anyway, this is basically my take on how any actual "romance" between Cirno and Utsuho would have to be: THE STRONGEST! If you thought "man, this is stupid" at any point, I have been successful. I've pretty much always been going to have the kiss end the way it did, too.

Hisou Tensoku and Rin return! Yeah (or to be more precise "YEAHHHH"), I didn't really have anything new to add. Or new music. Um, but, I've had the "fallout" joke in mind for a while now. Rin's comment about Cirno's wings in panel 22 is a reference to, well, compare Cirno's wings in UNL to her previous appearances.

Fun fact: in terms of saving identical images, MS Paint seems to get a smaller file-size when the images are mostly simple patterns with distinct transitions (i.e. the scenes on Hisou Tensoku's shoulder), whereas IrfanView and Photoshop have smaller file-sizes on images with patterns and gradients and not necessarily any flat colors at all (i.e. in the Core, any individual panel with an Aperture), and the PHP-generated images above seem to be about the same size as IrfanView's; re-saving them in MS Paint decreases the filesize of 98a.png (873 KB becomes 760 KB), but increases 98.png's filesize (from 1.16 MB to 1.21 MB). I don't imagine anyone will find this information particularly useful, I just thought I'd mention it.

Transcript

  1. (Cirno and Utsuho float in the reactor core, lips locked and both looking astonished.)
    Utsuho: Mmph!?
    Cirno: Mrmphle ...
  2. (Utsuho tries to right herself and they try to regain their composure, still kissing.)
    Utsuho: Mmp ... mm ... mmnymm?
    Cirno: Mmph.
  3. (Cirno loses her midair-balance, arm waving, as Utsuho leans forward into the kiss.)
    Utsuho: MMM!
    Cirno: MRRMRRMRRMRR--!!
    SFX: waggle waggle
  4. (They both abruptly separate.)
    SFX: GASP
  5. (They start to float downward.)
    Cirno: Th ... that was AWESOME!
    Utsuho: (hearts in her eyes) Mmm, yeah ... we should do that more often!
    Cirno: Kay!
  6. (After landing:)
    Utsuho: So, um, what brings you to the Underground?
    Cirno: Ummmm, I ... don't know!
  7. Cirno: (jumping up) Oh yeah! I was looking for the legendary youkai Daidarabotchi! Have you seen any giant-youkai thingies? I kinda lost track of it!
    Utsuho: Um, nope! What did it look like?
  8. (They both take off.)
    Cirno: I SHALL SHOW YOU!
  9. Narration box: One shortcut later ...
    (They arrive on the dark cratery surface-thingy.)
    Cirno: Okay, here we are on the sirface now! Let's look around so I can show you it!!
    Utsuho: Hooray!
  10. Cirno: (stopping) ... wait ... how can I show it to you if I ...
    Utsuho: Unyu?
  11. (The ground begins to shake. Cirno and Utsuho (still hovering) look down.)
    SFX: RUMBLE
    Cirno: Huh?
    Utsuho: Why's the ground shaking?
  12. (White explodeyness.)
    SFX: KER-SLAMUEL
  13. Text: ......
  14. (Darkness.)
    Utsuho: Th ... this isn't a Daidarabotchi ...
  15. (A giant robotic foot has landed, nearly on them. Cirno lies prone in front of it.)
    Utsuho: ... That things a mobile suit! IT'S A GUNDAM!
    Cirno: ow
  16. (Rin Satsuki stands on top of the shoulder-part of the Hisou Tensoku robot, at the bottom of a very long panel.)
  17. (Cirno and Utsuho fly over.)
    Cirno: (irate) Hey! You're that girl who told me to go underground!
    Utsuho: Huh?
    Rin: Oh, hello, powerful-fairy. Did you find what you were looking for?
  18. Cirno: You lied to me and said that Daidarabotchi was underground!
    Utsuho: What?
    Rin: No I didn't, I just said I thought you should *look* underground.
  19. Cirno: ... What?
    Rin: ... and, of course, that went completely over your head.
    Utsuho: I dunno what's going on, but you're somehow making my new girlfriend mad!
  20. (Utsuho darts forward and fires a miniature sun; Rin flies up to avoid it.)
    Utsuho: RAWR!
    Cirno: Yeah! Nuke her in the face!
    Rin: Ah!
  21. (Cirno fires a stream of ice-shards at Rin.)
    Cirno: I see icy icicles!
    Rin: Mmph ... okay, look ... was going underground entirely a bad thing?
  22. (Cirno and Utsuho pause their assault, regarding each other with something resembling love.)
    Cirno: Huh? Um ... no ...
    Utsuho: We really actually met each other and stuff ...
    SFX: gazing with something resembling love
    Rin: Right! Not how this originally turned out, and Cirno's wings haven't expanded yet for some reason, but --
  23. (An aperture opens up behind Cirno and yanks her in.)
    Cirno: WAUGH!
    SFX: ZUN
    Utsuho: (stumbling back) Unyu!?
    Rin: -- ah!? What does she think she's *doing*!?
  24. (The aperture closes. Utsuho points her Third Leg at Rin, who doesn't flinch.)
    SFX: BEOom
    Utsuho: Tell me what happened or I'll nuke you *more* in the face!!
    Rin: I advise against that course of action, Utsuho Reiuji ...
  25. (Closeup of Rin against a sketchy pink background, preparing to put on a pair of sunglasses.)
    Rin: It may ...
  26. (Rin puts the sunglasses on.)
    Rin: ... have fallout.
  27. (Wide view of Gensokyo. Hisou Tensoku's shadow is visible.)
    The Who: YEAHHHH!!!

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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CapedLuigisYoshi

Such an obvious setup... was Utsuho's attempted nuking of Rin morally- -brick'd-

Ahem. Well, at least we get to see more of the Hisou Tensoku background.

I am less confuzzled this time around, and now more concerned- Meimu hasn't appeared yet, despite still being the cause of this incident, so what? If her role isn't explained soon, either it'll come off as slightly rushed or Comic 100 will be even LARGER (or you'll make it work without too much hassle, but my concern ignores this).

What else... ah! Nice how the... whatever you call that shoutout to House... is at the end of the comic.

Kimiko Muffin

It's a shoutout to CSI, not House.

And I'm not going to end it on comic #100 this time. That was part of the whole problem.

CapedLuigisYoshi

...Whups, that's what I meant, CSI.

sRc

ah, okay, so you're not just tossing it entirely, you're just refactoring it so it flows better?

Kimiko Muffin

Righto~

sRc

awesome! *Influence gained with sRc*

now I will patiently await what the hell Rin means by "... and Cirno's wings haven't expanded yet for some reason..." o_O

Kimiko Muffin

Like it says in the commentary: compare her wings in her UNL character design with prevous versions. |3

sRc

oh, I missed that part of the commentary. I just always took that as a style difference between ZUN and alphes' style. the PFV character portrait has it around that size, and the PMiSS drawing is pretty close to the way alphes' is drawn

PMiller1

I see her Wing are Bigger and More them 6 icicle-shaped Wing.

SoF

Summer wings vs. Winter wings. They grow out, you see.

Facteur Rien

Cirno said:"I see icy icicles".
I say:"I rated raped reapers".

CapedLuigisYoshi

So your brain is too melted to put up a comic for this week?

(Now that I've posted this, the comic will likely go up within the next few hours, just so the universe can show me up again.)

On a more serious note: if you're not feeling up to comicking, take it easy for a while (not too much, though, we don't want to have to add Schedule Slip to the TV Tropes page).

Kimiko Muffin

I might actually just skip a week, so I can attach myself back to it, and yes, because I'm feeling blarghulous.

Zekana

CirnoxOkuu. So random and yet somehow works.

Tom_Atlus

Cold Fusion?

I just thought of a better name for this couple.

*ahem*

Cirnobyl

*BADUMP-TISH*

The Watcher

Hah, that's actually clever, Tom!

Kimiko Muffin

I've actually heard that one before. Twice -- once in this video where a mod of some war-videogame replacing stuff with Touhou characters, and once from the Another Dream story "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Cirnobyl." Utsuho wasn't involved, though.

Morgan

It occurred to me that this isn't the first time we've seen Cirno in a surprise liplock with someone, and the reaction wasn't nearly as dramatic...

Is Daiyousei just that bad a kisser? `.`;

I think what Rin said in panel 18 went over my head too. Even if she didn't technically lie it does feel like she was being deliberately deceptive, which makes me want to cheer Okuu on as she nukes Rin in the face...

"I see icy icicles!"

That pun... I think I'm in love.

(Okay, so I already thought that...)

Kimiko Muffin

Nah, Daiyousei's kiss just didn't last that long, and she was doing it out of "malice," so to speak, rather than accidentally holding it and mutually finding that it was awesome.

As for Rin: Cirno said "I'm looking for that giant thing." Rin said, "You should go search underground." She did not say "The giant thing is underground." It was still deceptive, yes, but she's helping to keep things close to the Canon timeline. And hey, the results ultimately weren't bad.

Morgan

Hmm. I guess I was thinking that'd be sort of counteracted by Daiyousei being a friend and Utsuho being someone she just met who was trying to blast her. But maybe not. *shrug* Well, it was really just a silly thought anyway.

Huh, I guess it wasn't flying over my head then. The way she went about it still bugs me, but I guess that might be as much backwash from me really not liking that part of the canon.