But it's a forced meme. ._.
This has gotten silly. Faw, when you log on again: I have put a bolded line on that thing I wrote. Take it in memory of me.
I will take it like a man.
It's not supposed to seem natural. Vampires are supernatural creatures. Love usually doesn't develop into giant death rays, so are you going to argue that Master Spark doesn't seem natural? Master Spark is magic. Vampires are magic. Neither of them are limited by the usual rules of biology and physics.
The Master Spark isn't strange. Which is a more fitting word than "unnatural" to use here, but I wanted to use "unnatural" to make a point. The Master Spark takes something that is thought of as very powerful, and uses it as energy, if you buy into the idea that it really is powered by magic. In that sense, it's just conversion of power, only that it doesn't work in a way we can understand. That's the thing. Magic powers certain processes without a plausible explanation as to why, but it still has to follow a certain framework before it starts seeming weird and arbitrary and unnatural. Byakuren becoming healthy and unnaturally strong makes sense to me, her "growing backwards", not as much. To put it like this, I can imagine her "gaining youth", but not "losing age". The former still seems like a forward progression, while the latter just completely goes against nature.
Well, I could definitely imagine a spell that is specifically designed to de-age a person, so Byakuren is not the best example, except I think it's implied that her youth is a consequence of becoming a youkai magician, rather than the result of a spell. Similarly, being children is part of Touhou vampires, but if it's just a natural part of their being, I cannot imagine it turning adults into children, because for something that's so natural for a whole species, it's just too unnatural to me.
Furthermore, there is a reason why they have to be children, and it's explicitly spelled out in Remilia's profile in Imperishable Night: that's the source of her immortality. "Creatures of her kind forfeit their growth and maturity in exchange for eternal life. In other words, she can live forever because she never grows up."
And that is not a good reason to me. I can buy that vampires stop aging, that they stop growing up, but not that grown-ups will return into not-grown-ups. Not aging anymore is a reasonable consequence of a certain sort of eternal life, but if you make the rule that they also have to turn back into children if they weren't already, it becomes an arbitrary rule with no purpose besides lolicon fanservice. If the purpose is supposed to be that it's a trade-off, then turning into a child is a pretty weak price to pay. It'd be more effective to pay with an arm or leg or with your health or whatever.
Point is, vampires are supernatural, but not extra
natural. They don't have to explain how
they work, but the ways they do work have to follow a certain intuitive framework to a certain extent or break my immersion.
Remilia ~ Immortal+ (Princess)
Yeah, the interaction between Remi and Flan was adorable. You have some good ideas in there. In particular the bit about Remilia and Flandre being "princesses". My only complaint is that the story seems to meander and is inconsistent in tone, but you explained that already.
By the way, what is my prize?