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The Touhou M-1 Grand Prix 『東方M-1ぐらんぷり』 is a series of manzai comedy fan vids featuring Touhou characters, it has been released at various Reitaisai & Comiket conventions by R-note (formerly Yellow Zebra). The first two competitions had fan-made videos for the original audio plays, while the third and later competitions were animated by the artist tondex 『沌x』, and later two remakes of the first two competitions.

In-Universe the event 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


Touhou M-1 Grand Prix provides examples of:

  • Actually a Doombot: The Marisa that acts as Alice's partner in the third Grand Prix (as the team Witch Doll) turns out to be a doll-puppet created by her. Which is revealed near the end of their skit.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of the Autobacs M-1 Grand Prix.
  • Art Evolution: The first two contests were fan-animated. From the third contest on, the art was done by 『沌x』, starting with traditional then moving to flash animation.
  • Audience Participation: Whether they like it or not, when a performance gets out of hand.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Parodied in Bakusen Niang Niang's act.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The finals of the 4th grand prix is supposed to be between Satori Okyuun (Satori and Utsuho) and Cat Stone (Koishi and Orin). Then, right as the finals begin, the teams swap teammates and become Tokamak Club (Orin and Utsuho) and Komeiji Sisters (Koishi and Satori)
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  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Contestants occasionally crack jokes at the expense of the current judges.
  • Boke & Tsukkomi Routine: with Touhou characters.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Eiki never votes according to the scale. Typically she goes with black or white, but in later seasons her verdict becomes a Running Gag in itself, leading to judge scores like "236 points + Russia['s flag]"
  • Caustic Critic: While most of the judges are fairly mild in their commentary, Yuuka does not refrain from complaining about the lame jokes in Kourin Spark's performance.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: many of those playing the boke
  • Competition Freak: More than one competitor.
  • Corpsing: Happens quite frequently during skits.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Typically, the bokes do this very frequently, typically to get a rise of their respective partners.
  • Dark Horse Victory: The winner of 9th M1 Grand Prix is Choujuu Gigaku, who are not only in for their first time participation, their position as small-time youkai is noted several times as the reason why they're under the audience's radar. But from their first skit, it's clear the audience, the judges, and the MCs are blown away by the quality of their performance.
  • Four Point Scale: Every performance tends to receive scores in the 80-100 range. Subverted in the 9th Grand Prix, where Sukuna and Raiko can be very harsh in scoring.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: YuuTen (Yuuka and Tenshi) during the 9th devote half the skit to discussing Yuri and invoking a Crack Pairing to see whether the guys in the crowd actually get excited and are willing to prove it at a show of hands. In the end, it doesn't work... The (all-girl) judge panel seems to think so, though.note 
  • Glamour Failure: Whenever Nue shapeshifts, she retains her eye color, so anytime she transform into any characters without red eyes turns into this.
  • Gratuitous English: "Judgey" every time judging starts. Plus at various times in the skits.
  • 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.
  • Lost in Translation: Many of the puns have an accompanying Wall of Text from requiring a thorough explanation.
  • Ma'am Shock: 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.
  • 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.
  • Narm: In-universe, when Kogasa repeatedly tries to come up with a horror story. The scary moment always turns out to be funny.
    • Meiling "JAOOOOOOOOO" causes Patchouli to collapse with laughter.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Mercilessly parodied in Gekidan Miko. Tojiko apparently was a master swordman by holding and spinning two swords on her feet, while Futo gets so overly distracted trying to explain her power that she becomes her own straight man!
  • Only Six Faces: Starting from the seventh competition, all the female characters have identical facial features and expressions.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Used often for comedic effect.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Tewi does a meta-version of this in one skit
  • Rule of Funny: The entire purpose of the series.
  • Running Gag: The people that are supposed to the run the "Loser Resurrection Competitions" are always caught doing something weird that they weren't supposed to be doing, like having concerts (Wakasagihime), proselytizing (Sanae and Kyouko), leading a weird chant about Chen (Ran), or outright attacking the audience (Eirin and Keine).
  • Shipper on Deck: The Patchu Meilin sketch is all about Meiling trying to get Patchouli to confess her feelings for Marisa out loud.
  • Shocking Swerve: Parodied in Amanojaku's sketch from the 9th contest, twice. Not only was the whole skit a ploy to catch Seija (which worked), Nue revealed herself as Mamizou for no reason at all.
  • Spanner in the Works: During Hourai Teruyo's (Kaguya and Erin) skit for the finals, Mokou barges in and forces them to improvise her in.
  • 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 Mima!
  • The Remake: For Comiket 84 (August 2013), R-note released a remake of the first contest, done by the same artist who had drawn everything from the third one on. Comiket 86 (August 2014) saw a remake of the second contest, by the same artist as well.


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