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31st Mar '16 4:47:53 PM zaphod77
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**** As for the moon, the true moon is completely blocked from being targeted by the false moon. The only way Yukari could do it was manipulation of the boundary between truth and lies, to turn a reflection of the false moon into a reflection of the real moon, and then targeting the real moon through the reflection, allowing a gap. Not even Yukari's power allows directly breaking through to the True Moon, though as we know she came up with a workaround. Plenty of other inhabitants could reach the FALSE moon easily enough, but why?
17th Feb '16 12:22:44 AM DanielLC
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*** Because Mystia is immature and childish. It's perfectly in-character for her to make hypocritical demands (and it's not that hypocritical, given that it's unlikely Gensokyo has detailed knowledge of biological classifications). I also remember reading a quote from ZUN (admittedly second-hand) that while most youkai look nearly or even entirely human, they are ''not'' human and should not be expected to think or act like humans at any given time. To a bird-youkai, eating a bird is terrible, and logic won't convince her otherwise.

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*** Because Mystia is immature and childish. It's perfectly in-character for her to make hypocritical demands (and it's not that hypocritical, given that it's unlikely Gensokyo has detailed knowledge of biological classifications). I also remember reading a quote from ZUN (admittedly second-hand) that while most youkai look nearly or even entirely human, they are ''not'' human and should not be expected to think or act like humans at any given time. To a bird-youkai, eating a bird is terrible, and logic won't convince her otherwise.otherwise.
*** But humans are the only ones who care about cannibalism. Sparrows don't naturally eat other birds, but they also don't eat eels. It's not a cannibalism thing. They're just not built to eat meat beyond insects. I wonder what Aya thinks about all this, given that crows eat carrion, and are perfectly willing to eat other crows.
6th Feb '16 7:31:48 AM Daefos
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*** She's a night sparrow, which I assume is related to sparrows, of the order Passeriformes. Chickens are of the order Galliformes. They are only related by both being in the class Aves (birds). Humans are in the class Mammalia (mammals). So she's no more related to chickens than humans are to other mammals. If humans don't mind eating other mammals, she shouldn't mind eating other birds. Also, giving people eels instead seems disrespectful to Wakasagihime, who is presumably related to wakasagi, and therefore a member of the class Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes), which is the same class as eels. Why does she think people should only avoid food in her class?

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*** She's a night sparrow, which I assume is related to sparrows, of the order Passeriformes. Chickens are of the order Galliformes. They are only related by both being in the class Aves (birds). Humans are in the class Mammalia (mammals). So she's no more related to chickens than humans are to other mammals. If humans don't mind eating other mammals, she shouldn't mind eating other birds. Also, giving people eels instead seems disrespectful to Wakasagihime, who is presumably related to wakasagi, and therefore a member of the class Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes), which is the same class as eels. Why does she think people should only avoid food in her class?class?
*** Because Mystia is immature and childish. It's perfectly in-character for her to make hypocritical demands (and it's not that hypocritical, given that it's unlikely Gensokyo has detailed knowledge of biological classifications). I also remember reading a quote from ZUN (admittedly second-hand) that while most youkai look nearly or even entirely human, they are ''not'' human and should not be expected to think or act like humans at any given time. To a bird-youkai, eating a bird is terrible, and logic won't convince her otherwise.
8th Jan '16 6:59:27 PM nombretomado
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** I think another part of the reason is that Gensokyo is a compelling setting in which to tell stories that don't need to be confined to the shmup game genre: a FantasyKitchenSink where AllMythsAreTrue, based on Japanese folklore. It's the same reason that made the world of ''SpiritedAway'', which resembles Gensokyo in many respects, interesting and deserving of more exploration than can fit into a movie.

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** I think another part of the reason is that Gensokyo is a compelling setting in which to tell stories that don't need to be confined to the shmup game genre: a FantasyKitchenSink where AllMythsAreTrue, based on Japanese folklore. It's the same reason that made the world of ''SpiritedAway'', ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', which resembles Gensokyo in many respects, interesting and deserving of more exploration than can fit into a movie.
22nd Dec '15 7:11:59 PM DanielLC
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*** Hungry lions aren't people. If a person needs to kill and eat another person to survive, it's still murder, as seen in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v_Dudley_and_Stephens R v Dudley and Stephens]. Also, lions who kill people are still killed, it's just not an execution.

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*** Hungry lions aren't people. If a person needs to kill and eat another person to survive, it's still murder, as seen in [https://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v_Dudley_and_Stephens R v Dudley and Stephens].Stephens]]. Also, lions who kill people are still killed, it's just not an execution.
22nd Dec '15 6:33:12 PM DanielLC
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***** But one of the Fairies of Light picked up Reimu's yin-yang orb with no negative repercussions. And it exploded Kasen's prosthetic arm. It doesn't seem to consider fairies to be youkai.


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*** Hungry lions aren't people. If a person needs to kill and eat another person to survive, it's still murder, as seen in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v_Dudley_and_Stephens R v Dudley and Stephens]. Also, lions who kill people are still killed, it's just not an execution.
16th Dec '15 4:25:04 AM Clarste
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** It's mentioned that even human hunters use muskets. Gensokyo was sealed off in the late 19th century, and while Japan was somewhat isolated for much of its history, they certainly had contact with guns by then. This isn't medieval stasis.
16th Dec '15 4:21:21 AM Clarste
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** Gensokyo is a specific place that Yukari created in Japan. It's not a magical hub of everything supernatural, or even unique (the Lunar Capital is said to be another place with the same nature). Given that plenty of youkai continue to live outside the barrier anyway, like Mamizou, then foreign mythical creatures either live modest lives in foreign lands or have created their own equivalents of Gensokyo elsewhere(maybe Atlantis or Avalaon or whatever). Basically, the world's a lot larger than what we see, and there's no reason to assume it's all uninteresting. The Barrier is simply a bubble that protect those inside from the effects of disbelief.
16th Dec '15 4:15:32 AM Clarste
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**** Yes, Hobgoblins and such are explicitly considered European youkai. The word just means "monster", basically.
16th Dec '15 4:13:27 AM Clarste
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** Danmaku (and therefore fighting, I guess) is considered girly, so most participants are girls. Most of the time, no one else is relevant so they don't show up in the stories. ZUN's given this answer in more than one interview.
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