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The New Touhou Character Alternate Interpretation Compendium!:

 1676 The Chubby Destroyer, Mon, 14th Mar '11 8:48:22 PM from Stage 1 Underground
OOPS
"Little Miss Spider", the same title I gave the sonnet.
I think I did something last night...
 1677 Tacitus, Mon, 14th Mar '11 9:49:15 PM from now and then and maybe Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
I’m quite in favor of the "Yamame as Spider-Man" characterization from the first Compendium. It’s a mistake to call her the underground’s Marisa or Reimu, though, since those two, while reactive forces, are passive, slacking off until danger shakes them into action.

Yamame’s different. Though a spider may play the patient hunter, waiting to pounce on the prey tangled in its web, beforehand the spider does quite a bit of work constructing said snare. Similarly, Yamame fashions a "web" of her own in the lonely subterranean passages and tunnels, a network of tripwires and contacts that alerts her when intruders venture into her territory. Kisume, of course, is one such sentry, what with the limited career options of a girl stuck in a bucket, to say nothing of her ability to instantaneously travel to any suitable container. We could also assume that Parsee acts as a rearguard, and may as well throw in Yuugi as another reserve, but Yamame is the force binding this web of allies together.

So Yamame patrols the underground, slinging her way through cave networks, checking in with her agents, and when danger threatens, entrapping and neutralizing it. Since the heroines making it all the way to the underground is a big deal, we can assume that Yamame has proven an able guardian, who can be forgiven for falling to Gensokyo’s mightiest.

As for why she does this, it’s the Spider-Man thing again. Yamame didn’t ask to be born a spider youkai with power over disease, but that’s what she is and it doesn’t make her mean. She likes her neighborhood and doesn’t want any troublemakers messing it up. And since she’s around and has the powers to do the job, she does the job. Who else is it going to be, anyway? Parsee’s stuck on her bridge, the Palace of the Earth Spirits crew is maintaining Hell, and the oni would rather get plastered than stand guard for hours at a time.

So Yamame’s like Marisa if Marisa was the victim of negative stereotypes (as opposed to her own bad reputation), and like Reimu if Reimu actively went on patrols and trained at youkai-busting. I put her in the “more heroic than the heroines” category, where she can have tea with Shinki.

Note that I haven’t actually looked at Yamame’s dialogue to see if anything she says supports this theory. I should probably fix that.

(reads)

So we've got "invites them to the big feast" x4, "mistakes protagonist and mission control for a ventriloquy act, " and "decides to 'play' with the interesting intruder." So... uh, obviously she was able to determine that the protagonist was not a villain and greeted them warmly, only to be drawn into that aura of belligerence that surrounds Incident-resolvers. It doesn't mean she's not a good guardian!

Also, remixes.
Current earworm: "True Ambivalence"
Been 24 hours since the last post, thereby meeting my criteria for suggesting that we move on
panic
 1679 Clarste, Tue, 15th Mar '11 10:17:53 PM Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Three Steps
I vote for TD stage 3 boss.

"Justice!"
I vote for TD stage 3 boss.

She doesn't seem like particularly fertile ground for alternate-interpretation, I must say.

 1681 Durazno, Tue, 15th Mar '11 10:29:59 PM from Academia Relationship Status: Robosexual
All business!
le sigh

Very well. The polls open once more. Remember that you're always free to write about characters who we've gone through, so we'll be glad to hear from anyone who wants to give Yamame more love.

 1682 Clarste, Tue, 15th Mar '11 10:31:49 PM Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Three Steps
She doesn't seem like particularly fertile ground for alternate-interpretation, I must say.

Where you see emptiness I see freedom.

I think we'd better start shipping her with Marisa already to stay ahead of the pack.

 1683 The Chubby Destroyer, Tue, 15th Mar '11 10:32:45 PM from Stage 1 Underground
OOPS
I am sad for the lack of love for the Spider Girl.

This voting system applies a tier system right so the lower tier is next? Then I vote for... Medicine Melancholy
I think I did something last night...
"Justice!"
Where you see emptiness I see freedom.

I think we'd better start shipping her with Marisa already to stay ahead of the pack.

You raise a good point. If there's one thing that's important to me, it's making sure that I'm ahead of the shipping pack. (The shipping crate, one might say.)

 1685 Customer, Tue, 15th Mar '11 10:44:40 PM from Georgia Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
I vote for someone green or someone who drinks a lot. Although personally I'd vote for Meiling, who only partially fits that criteria.

[down]That works. My vote's for the flat-chested oni.

edited 15th Mar '11 10:59:56 PM by Customer

"Justice!"
You could go with Suika. She drinks a lot, and watermelons are green, so that sort of counts.

 1687 Kyler Thatch, Wed, 16th Mar '11 6:28:52 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
So sorry for being late, I always tell myself that I'll get around to it eventually. And now I have.

I'm also sorry that it's not elaborate or brilliant or insightful.

And sorry for apologizing so much. So very sorry.


Kurodani Yamame — Youkai Next Door

General rule of thumb about youkai is that you want to stay away from them whenever possible. As far as youkai go, though, if you do end up face-to-face with one in the middle of the night, you can do much worse than a certain ground spider called Kurodani Yamame. If the stories are to be believed, she might even be the kind to point the way out if you're a human hopelessly lost in the underground labyrinth of stone.

Be warned, however, that like all youkai, she is not to be taken lightly. A group of stupid brash novice exterminators made the mistake of trying to attack her in her cave. Emphasis on "trying". They'd not gotten near the ground spider before being afflicted by a terrible sickness that took two weeks for the healers to purge completely. They were lucky, I suppose, that the symptoms were far from fatal.

edited 16th Mar '11 6:30:03 AM by KylerThatch

And now it is your turn
Your turn to hear the stone, and then your turn to burn
 1688 Fawriel, Wed, 16th Mar '11 7:02:37 AM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
Always nice to see someone coming up with little stories in their interpretation.

I am sad for the lack of love for the Spider Girl.

This voting system applies a tier system right so the lower tier is next? Then I vote for... Medicine Melancholy
She actually got a bunch of discussion, all things considered. Unfortunately, I'm quite preoccupied with other things, so as much as I adore this character, I wasn't quite capable of keeping the discussion going.

Actually, she's a low-popularity character, so a highly popular one would be next.
SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
 1689 Ace Of Scarabs, Wed, 16th Mar '11 7:05:24 AM from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
I am now a shiny stone~
She's an orb-weaver, not a jumping spider, so it'd be odd to see her leap across whole sections of cave with just a few simple bounds.

Of course, there are other spiders to draw inspiration from, such as the Fishing Spider, which tosses webnets at its prey, or the Bolas Spider, which swings a bolas of webbing with a sticky weighted end.
 1690 Fawriel, Wed, 16th Mar '11 7:06:43 AM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
BOLAS

Holy crap that is BADASS!
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 1691 Ace Of Scarabs, Wed, 16th Mar '11 7:12:48 AM from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
I am now a shiny stone~
Next time a bucket goes sailing across a cavern to smack some fool upside their head, that was Yamame pulling it off with one of Kisume's old discarded buckets and a length of webbing.
"Justice!"
So Kisume is like a hermit crab, only with buckets instead of shells?

 1693 Ace Of Scarabs, Wed, 16th Mar '11 7:21:21 AM from Singapore Relationship Status: Drift compatible
I am now a shiny stone~
She fixes them most of the time, but she simply gets so many of them, that she built a fortress of buckets somewhere in the Underground.
 1694 Fluid, Wed, 16th Mar '11 8:54:15 AM from The Netherlands
Next time a bucket goes sailing across a cavern to smack some fool upside their head, that was Yamame pulling it off with one of Kisume's old discarded buckets and a length of webbing.

Thank you for making me laugh today with this mental image of a Bucket Punch.

 1695 Bocaj, Wed, 16th Mar '11 9:41:07 AM from Here Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Chaotic Lulzy
Does whatever a spider can

Welcome back, true believers! When we last left our hero, she was engaged in danmaku against the invading force of Miko(wo)Man! Who is this masked heroine, you ask? She's your friendly neighborhood Spider-Youkai!

Born as Kurodani Yamame, she lived with her aunt and uncle after her parents had been exterminated by youkai hunters. She was talented with her webbing, a prodigy, and was expected to become an architect as the best and brightest Earth Spiders are known to do. However, she would secretly go and sing at oni bars for money as the masked idol Pretty Magical Masked Soldier Yamame-Chan. Pretty Magical Masked Soldier Yamame-Chan soon became known as the idol of the underground. She had a lovely singing voice and enjoyed it but feared disappointing her aunt and uncle.

However, one night when Yamame was singing, her Aunt Benihime came to pick Yamame up from the bar where she was "totally conducting an in-depth study of oni architecture." Right outside the bar, Aunt Benihime was mugged and Pi-chun'd by a youkai that had dine and dashed from the bar earlier. Yamame had been too busy singing as Pretty Magical Masked Soldier Yamame-Chan to stop her and felt the crush grip of irrational guilt plaguing her mind.  *

She quit singing as Pretty Magical Masked Soldier Yamame-Chan  *. She took up the mask she once used for singing and vowed that if the oni were too drunk to stop petty crime in the underground, then she would! She vowed that as long as she lived, no first stage boss would have to lose her aunt like she did!

She knew that criminals were a superstitious and cowardly lot so she dressed up as herself, a hated youkai, in order to strike fear into their hearts. She became Spider-Youkai!

Swinging above the Ancient City, dangling from the cave ceiling, she kept her steady gaze of justice and vigilantism trained on the city. When she saw a crime in progress, she would swing down and collar thieves as if they were some sort of small, flying insect. Like, gnats.

Early in her career, when she was full of heady righteousness and felt ready to take on the whole underground, she befriended the Tsurube-otoshi that hung throughout the underground and enlisted their help in spotting evil. The results of this were mixed but she came out of the experience a little smarter and with a steady friendship to one of the Tsurbue-otoshi, Kisume.

Her greatest triumph was discovering and revealing that a prominent non-oni brewery was using child labor and was watering down the sake. Alarmed, the oni establishment staggered into action and shut them down for violating alcohol quality regulations. Yuugi herself awarded Spider-Youkai the key to the city for her brave actions. The Bridge Princess promptly took back the key and returned to her bridge.

A more personal triumph was dueling five people of varying involvement before facing the mugger that Pi-chun'd her aunt. She captured every spell card.

The city has become a safer place under the watchful eye. She has been successful in reducing the minor crimes often ignored by the oni and even solved some larger Incidents in the underground, sometimes teaming up with notable underground figures.

One day, she had gone to visit Kisume and encountered an unfamiliar figure in red and white. And thats where the last issue ended, true believers!

We pick up now and... oh, Spider-Youkai has been defeated by Miko(wo)Man. Tune in next time for the crisis event spanning multiple titles: Maximum Reimu-age, 'nuff said!

edited 16th Mar '11 9:42:01 AM by Bocaj

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Ghosts' Poet
My vote is for Kisume
you'll then have a grave in the clouds where you won't lie too cramped
Now imagining Homestuck/Touhou crossover art with one of the trolls staring at Kisume in disgust (whereas she is simply grinning cheerfully and obliviously)
 
 1698 Bocaj, Wed, 16th Mar '11 11:38:32 AM from Here Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Chaotic Lulzy
Eventually, Yamame got bitten by a radioactive Utsuho. She didn't get any powers out of it but Satori gave Utusho a talking to anyway.
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 1699 Fawriel, Wed, 16th Mar '11 11:44:04 AM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
That was awesome, Bocaj.

Except for one thing.

You forgot her bolas.
SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH
 1700 Bocaj, Wed, 16th Mar '11 11:48:07 AM from Here Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Chaotic Lulzy
No I didn't. I didn't mention her Spider-Buggy or Spider-tracers either. Or impact webbing or the mysterious black goo  * costume that she found on the Moon the one time she went there.

When I say she crime fought you can assume that she used all of her equipment and skills, even the silly ones like the Spider-Buggy and the awesome ones like the Bucket Bolas.

I didn't want to retread old ground more than I already was by basically expanding on the thing I wrote for her last time.
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