Before I start talking about Touhou, I’d like to tell you that my website http://fyrtorn.netii.net finally looks like something ! So please keep an eye on it, because it’ll grow bigger and bigger !
Touhou isn’t only about these shoot-em-up games. This world gets bigger and bigger as the community revolving around it slowly grows… So this time, I’ll tell you about Touhou M-1 Grand Prix.
Touhou M-1 Grand Prix is a series of Touhou animations featuring an imaginary Manzai contest in Gensokyo. What is a Manzai ? Wikipedia says this :
Manzai (漫才?) is a traditional style of stand-up comedy in Japanese culture, which usually involves two performers (manzaishi) —a straight man(tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags.
So… You have guessed it, it’s a series of funny Touhou-related videos, where a pair of girls try to make the audience laughs. They even invented grades and a notation system for it !
As far as I know, 5 different contests have occurred so far, as the video got released during each year’s Reisaitai (a giant japanese anime convention). Translations are very incomplete though, so a lot of stand-ups are not available in english…
Here are my favourite ones :
- Yuyuko & Youmu. Yuyuko is just such a unique character, making this pair pretty good at Manzai !
- Myourensen. Byakuren loves mice !
- Spin Kappa. Hina is trying to scold someone !
- Shutter girls. Try your knowledge of Gensokyo… or not.
- Satori & Koishi. The video is awesome at its end !
- Koishi & Okuu. Koishi’s randomness makes her pretty good as a manzai character as well !
- And of course Touhou’s heros, Reimu and Marisa.