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Webcomic: Mini Mari
The Cute Witch just got cuter.
Marisa eats some strange mushroom and turns into a child. Whatever she does, she's just too cute to be angry with, even when she calls Yukari granny.

Oh, did we mention there are more mushrooms waiting..?
—Description of Mini Mari! image pool on Danbooru

Mini Mari! (ミニまりっ!) is a Touhou fan Yonkoma by Beni Shake (紅シャケ), a member of the doujin circle Honey Toast.

The comic follows the adventures of Touhou's token Cute Witch, Marisa Kirisame, after she eats a strange mushroom and reduced to a childish, Super-Deformed form. Reimu Hakurei at first objects to this sudden transformation, but soon grows to adore the newly-minature Marisa's sheer cuteness.

Koishi Komeiji joins the two as another main character, after she tried to catch Marisa with a Master Ball, only for the ball to bounce back and capture her, making her Marisa's and Reimu's pet instead of the other way around.

Mini Mari! can be read in its original Japanese on Pixiv here, and is translated into English on Danbooru (no link provided due to NSFW ads, so please look it up yourself).

The comic started in 2010 and is still going strong. Beni Shake has released a few compilation books, primarily at events like the bi-annual Comiket and the annual Reitaisai festival. The latest compilation, released at Comiket 84 in summer 2013, covers the comic from 2010 to 2012.

Mini Mari! provides examples of:

  • Art Evolution: Like other years-long comics, Beni Shake's art style has changed dramatically, becmoning more vibrant in later comics.
  • Berserk Button: Poor Yukari is repeatedly called "Grandma" by Marisa, though her reaction is usually a sort of breakdown than an angry reaction.
  • Cat Girl: Marisa has a phase as one when she eats a striped mushroom. It ends right as Reimu is having a Tsundere moment about her.
  • Catch Phrase: In earlier strips, Marisa has a tendency to blurt out "Eu?", which is similar in meaning to "Huh?" and "Eh?"
  • Characterization Marches On: Marisa has gone from being Little Miss Snarker (especially with Yukari) to a Cheerful Child.
  • Crossover: With Monster Hunter in one arc, where Reimu and Marisa go on a bunch of quests.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
  • Excited Show Title!: The official katakana reading of the title actually reads "Mini-Mari!"
  • Fanservice: In Persuasiveness, Marisa complains about a heat wave. Reimu's solution to her problem? Strip down to her sarashi and panties.
  • Fun Size:
    • Marisa, as implied by the title.
    • Lampshaded in the spinoff series Mini Mini, in which Reimu seems to be a bit annoyed at being reduced to the same mini size Marisa is:
      Marisa: "What's wrong with bein' little? It's cute!"
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Koishi tried to capture Marisa as a Cat Girl using a Master Ball. Reimu knocks it away (which is what happens in the actual games) and back at Koishi, causing Koishi to be captured by her own Master Ball.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Flandre Scarlet's initial reaction to meeting Marisa. Unlike darker, more common depictions of Flandre, this is less out of a desparate need for a companion and more simply because she finds the chibified Marisa to be absolutely adorable.
  • Recoil Boost: Marisa tries to use her signature Master Spark and gets blasted into the air.
    Marisa: "Euuuuuuuuuu~"
  • Ship Tease: As demonstrated here:
    Reimu: "Since she became small, [Marisa] won't go to sleep unless we're in the same bed, and somehow she tries to flirt with me."
  • Shout-Out: There are a few references to other games, particularly Touhoumon (and by extension, Pokémon) and Monster Hunter. In fact, Koishi came to live with Reimu and Marisa because a Master Ball she threw at Marisa bounced back ("Reimu blocked the ball! Don't be a thief!") and captured her.
  • Sleep Cute: Demonstrated here by Reimu and Marisa.
  • Super-Deformed: Aside from Marisa, the art style itself borders on this.

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