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Touhou Nekokayou: Scarlet Weather Archive in Japanese Red #138

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Characters: Remilia Scarlet, Sakuya Izayoi, Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Sanae Kochiya, Youmu Konpaku, Parsee Mizuhashi

Just a short non-continuity fourth-wall-breaking 4koma, because I've got Stuff To Do for the bulk of Sunday and I am feeling completely squished due to lack of sleep the previous night.

The thing is, there's no particularly logical reason why Sakuya would be jealous of the other "player characters," who are going off and doing dangerous things. In every canon Incident she's participated in (and also Catness), her primary motivation for getting involved with the Incident was that it was something which somehow affected the SDM, or Remilia ordered her to get involved and/or wanted some involvement of her own or to fool around.1 Well ... except in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, in which her profile states that she didn't think it was anything dangerous, and, by inference, didn't have anything better to do. It just feels like there's no point to portraying her as jealous.

Yeah, I know, fanon and memes don't have to be remotely sensible. It's just been bugging me for some reason. On the other hand, familiarity with the meme means that "nah, I don't mind it" can be the punchline in and of itself, so ...

Hmm. Parsee has been in both meta-4komas. I wonder if I should make that a thing, on the off chance that I decide to do any more of these.

Oh, and here's the table.

Transcript

  1. (Remilia sits at a table on a balcony of the Scarlet Devil Mansion.)
    Remilia: So, it seems the character roster for Touhou 13 has been out for a while ...
    Sakuya: Is that so, milady?
  2. (A row of official art from the playable cast of Ten Desires, against our old friend the sketchy pink background.)
    Remilia: (off-panel) Yes ... Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Sanae Kochiya, and Youmu Konpaku.
    Sakuya: Interesting, Milady ...
  3. (Back to the balcony.)
    Sakuya: It seems there's no demand for presence from the Scarlet Devil Mansion, then?
    Remilia: Evidently not ... Unless you *wanted* to be a playable character, perhaps?
  4. Sakuya: No, all that would happen is we'd end up getting behind on the cleaning again ...
    Remilia: Very good.
    Parsee: (popping up in the foreground and addressing the "camera") Right, so enough of *that* nonsense.

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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Bocaj

Parsee, now with the Power of Meta. Clearly it helps her become more jealous.

I agree with you on the issue of jealous Sakuya. Solving Incidents gets in the way of the cleaning and of her magic practice. One day she will pull a rabbit out of a hat and amaze Flandre and Remilia but annoy Reisen.

Cystral

I always imagined Sakuya going like " Oh incident. Poor Reimu must be busy... back to work!"

Kimiko Muffin

Precisely!

AJC

your jabs at the bad side of the touhou fandom are the best. keep it up.

TARDISES

Makes sense, I mean, who else is gonna clean the amnsion, the fairy maids?

HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA no. They're nothing but incompetent and therefore not suitable to do the work should Sakuya be absent.

Spirit Tsunami

Oh, man, Bocaj, you really made me laugh with that one.

gyppygirl2021

I officially love you for this comic.

TARDISES

I do suppose that should no alternative be avaliable, Remilia will at least make some attempt at doing the work... (Flandre + Koishi would count among alternatives)

Devilrose

As someone who really dislikes the meme side of the touhou fandom, particularly because of the way a character's personality tends to get greatly distorted or destroyed by them, I have to say...

You chose this one? Really? Harmless meta-humor over Sakuya getting jealous over seemingly being replaced by Sanae as part of the main cast? And you're attacking said meta-humor from an ic-perspective? AND you're having Parsee pop up just to attack people who might make such a joke? Harsh. Aren't there more worthwhile memes to attack?

Like how about the "Icicle Fall - Easy" meme? The joke is about 9 years old now (don't say it) and is easily WELL past its "best before" date. It's like people just forgot that Cirno has other spellcards or that it doesn't have a safe spot on any difficulty other than easy. Especially aggravating since you can't even BEAT EoSD on easy-mode. I think the only funny joke that's ever been done using that meme was in that one doujin where Satori ends up using it.

On another note, this webcomic attacking a meme seems a bit hypocritical if you ask me.

kwsn

@Muffin:

you do realize that you pretty much are going to have to represent yourself in universe as Parsee from now on :P

DiMastine

dont suggest that. someone will take a picture of his face and put it on Parsee then make us see it.

TARDISES

@devilrose
The icicle fall -easy- meme is based on something that actually IS in one of the main series games. And Muffin himself used to use it as a joke. (Even now, it's still used as part of a trap. What happens when the trap is triggered? CIRNO SMASH PUNY OPPONENT WITH GLACIER MALLET!)

kwsn

@Dimastine: You realize that you saying it like that only encourages it more? :P

CapedLuigisYoshi

Oddly, my favorite part of this is where the transcript says "our old friend the sketchy pink background".

Eletale

Sketchy pink background, is that you? It's been a while, pal.

On another note, it's okay for you not to want to be a playable character, Sakuya, but please at least kill Sanae.

Kimiko Muffin

<Sakuya> No.

Formica Archonis

And thus did Parsee maintain her tenuous lead over Hina in number of comic appearances.

TARDISES

Eletale: That's exactly what the meme was suggesting back at UFO! She won't even attempt to. Throwing knives in a spellcard duel is as far as she'll go, and even then it's somethign tehy both agree to.

stardf29

Alternate Sakuya thought process:

"Oh, incident. Good, that'll keep Marisa away from the library for a while... back to work!"

Geizt

Haha! Good point! Anything that keeps Marisa the hell away from the mansion has got to be good for Sakuya!

Wolf

Well since it doesn't invove any problems with the SDM then Sakuya might think of it as another day for the Shrine Maidens and the Ordinary Witch. Besides I don't think she wants to go through another ghost hunt again here.

In any case it's just another day at the SDM, but Parsee manages to obtain Meta Jellousy over people who want Sakuya as a playable character again.

Although if there's an incident thaty threatens the SDM somewhere down the line I'm sure she'll do something about it.

Grashbar

WELL, finally someone came up with this. I was getting tired of unhappy hour that the japanese came up with.

Eletale

I'm actually not that interested in Sakuya coming back as a playable character, but I really hate Sanae.

Kimiko Muffin

Good for you. :V

Wolf

@Eletale: Now what would go and make you hate Good Girl Sanae anyways? Yeah I know she's another Shrine Maiden, but she might be a backup incase Reimu can no longer handle the Barrier by herself. Although why Yukari let her and her shrine in only she knows why exactly.