...What's the difference between the old thread and the new one?
What Duraz said. Mostly the same as the old one, except we have this thing where people can submit their own thoughts without having to worry about being "corrected" or anything like that, which apparently I suck at explaining.
In a couple months, Fawriel will bring back the original thread, re-title it Classic Touhou Character Alternate Interpretation Compendium and rake in the cash.
Also this. My nefariousness knows no bounds.
I think Hylarn and I do have a habit of citing facts at people (and each other) though.
I trust that you know the line between "this is canon, by the way" and "this is canon so stop saying other things", so don't worry too much about it.
There's no point in saying that, all people want to do is call other characterizations stupid anyway.
Please don't do this.
The average youkai are kedama. Who fly.
Huh, so they have an actual name. Well, I guess it's not more of an "actual name" than "fuzzy" in Japanese. But yes, that does support my idea that normal people would be capable enough to defeat the primitive, lesser youkai.
I think everyone is approaching the question from the wrong direction; clearly, the inherent ability to fly is a property of Gensokyo, not its inhabitants. You know, like if it had the Subjective Directional Gravity planar trait, only different.
Given how much it's a land of fantasy, that wouldn't surprise me.
We've never seen a normal human fly. Reimu is explicitly given that ability post PC-98 and the other humans all have generic enough magic to allow such a thing.
Yeah, it's worth pointing out that Reimu's "ability
to fly in the sky" is different from generic flight abilities, what with how it allows her to become virtually intangible.
The problem [with people who like dark interpretations of Touhou] is that [they're] grading society by life expectancy instead of resident satisfaction level.
See, I know where you're coming from. This is one of the difficulties in writing "darker" Touhou. It's an otherworldly place, things have an otherworldly beauty, youkai think in ways different from normal humans. But, the people reading your story are just normal humans.
If you try to write a story where life expectancy is not valued much by people, that's just one step away from the ideals of those "voluntary extinction" people who think the world would be better off without us humans. It might be true
, but you're gonna have a hard time making it appealing to people, who generally appreciate being alive. And while humans are perfectly capable of living happy lives even if they might die any day, the concept would be alien to anyone privileged enough to even be able to know what Touhou is.
Similar problem with writing youkai who act sufficiently "youkai-like". In Japanese folklore, kitsune are at a high stage of spiritual development and are super-intelligent and wise, to the point where their morality is beyond human grasp. They might do things that seem cruel, but in the grand scheme of things, is part of a wonderful natural order of some sort? Thing is, you could exposit stuff like that all you want, but readers would only see the cruelty, and even if you describe the kitsune as a beautiful creature, readers would recoil and think that they're beautiful... and cruel.
I think that's a big difference in how ZUN sees his characters and how the fans do. ZUN doesn't care to make them any more human than necessary, while most fans basically turn them into human with certain quirks.
Not saying that either of these is good or bad. In the grand scheme of things, it's both neutral.