The Touhou M-1 Grand Prix
is a series of manzai
comedy fan vids
characters, it has been released at Reitaisai & Comiket by Yellow Zebra
It was founded
by Eiki Shiki
, and is run by Rinnosuke Morichika
plus different special guests
. Four to six pairs of challengers compete, whose skits are then judged by a guest panel
, with two finalists who face off to determine the winner. Being a comedy
series, this doesn't always happen.
A complete list of English subtitled videos is available is here and here
This series provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of the Autobacs M-1 Grand Prix.
- Art Evolution: From the third contest on, the entire competition is done by the same artist with consistent style.
- Boke & Tsukkomi Routine: with Touhou characters.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: many of those playing the boke
- Limited Animation: The third and fourth competitions feature traditionally animated characters with little to no movement, while from the fifth and onwards the animation is made using motion tweens.
- Only Six Faces: Starting from the seventh competition, all the female characters have identical facial features and expressions.
- Competition Freak: More than one competitor.
- Gratuitous English: "Judgey" every time judging starts. Plus at various times in the skits.
- Lost in Translation: Many of the puns have an accompanying Wall of Text from requiring a thorough explanation.
- Marshmallow Hell: Ran gives one to Chen during the 6th Grand Prix and Utsuho gives one to Rin also during the 6th.
- Musical Episode: A constantly interrupted example from Binary Drop in the 6th contest, though there is an edited version.
- Obasan: A skit between Kanako and her partner-goddess Suwako Moriya plays this up, with Suwako calling Kanako "baa-baa" ("grandma" or "old hag") several times during the routine. Kanako initially requests to be called onee-san, but eventually resorts to pointing out that she's younger than Suwako is.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Used often for comedic effect.
- Punch Clock Villain: Tewi does a meta-version of this in one skit
- The Remake: For Comiket 84 (August 2013), Yellow Zebra released a remake of the first contest, done by the same artist who had drawn everything from the third one on.
- Rule of Funny: The entire purpose of the series.
- Spooky Photographs: Parodied in the Were Phoenix skit of the 4th M-1 Grand Prix, where Keine teaches Mokou how to act in a funeral parlor. Mokou suddenly decides to take a picture of the recently deceased, but when she looks at the photo she took, she sees a picture of the Cute Ghost Girl of the PC-98 Touhou series, Mima!