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Diamond In The Rough Poster #2 by Spaztique

Directed by Spaztique
Written by Spaztique and ColonelDiamondback
Co-written by the Walfas Station Wagon
Runtime: 4 hours
(two 2-hour reels, split by a ten minute intermission)
Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of Gensokyo for violence, sexual content, some language, and mature themes.

Synopsis: In three months from entering the Illusionary Realm of Gensokyo, Brolli Diamondback will be killed by Tenshi Hinanawi in a cruel, humiliating, and tragic battle. Flash back to three months earlier and we find Brolli is yet another self-entitled teen lured there by the inter-dimensional border demon Yukari Yakumo. Brolli strives to become the most powerful being in the realm of Gensokyo, aided by the residents and four supernatural beasts, but Brolli is soon to find his quest for power will not only lead to his downfall, but the downfall of everyone he meets...

Notes: The following is a giant deconstruction of the typical Touhou self-insert fic: what would happen if you really dropped a selfish kid into Gensokyo? And what would happen if he did become the most powerful being there? And why would Yukari bring him there in the first place? Needless to say, the answers have generated tons of thought from all who have seen it, even when the film was being screened with scenes missing/with unfixed plot holes. Now, thanks to the Walfas/Touhou community as a whole for their co-writing and feedback, the full movie is ready. If you're going in blind, prepare yourself: you may never see self-insert "Gappy" fics the same way ever again...

TVTropes Page: Click here.

The Definitive Guide to DitR (production history, episode guides, and more): Click here.

Episode Playlist

Reel 1
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 12

Reel 2
Episode 13
Episode 14
Episode 15
Episode 16
Episode 17
Episode 18
Episode 19

Reel 3
Episode 20a
Episode 20b
Episode 20c/Epilogue

Leave your reviews of the whole movie here.
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WarSwan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I finished watching this a few hours ago. Now I can't een open create.swf or a Touhou game without getting a bit melancholic... Anyway, I liked this, but it's sad...
DonburiProject Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this made me realize who my true waifus were
mjengels Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Writer
WOW. Just finished watching this today over my lunch break.  Thank you to RandomNumbers5902672 for the suggestion to check it out.  I've been following for several months now and was glad to experience the ending of this epic piece at last.

I'm just stunned. That's really all I can say right now, aside from acknowledging you are truly a master of the storyteller's craft. Experiencing the horrific nature of Brolli's downfall and his chance at redemption goes far beyond Touhou and Waifas--it is a hauntingly compelling study and a stark revelation of the unadulterated and unabridged depravity of the human condition.  Anyone who doesn't understand primal human nature certainly will by the time they watch the bitter(sweet) end of this fantastic piece.  Well.  Done.  Sir.

I choked up seeing the quote from Proverbs at the very end.  Being Christian myself, I found it deeply, *deeply* convicting.  Indeed.  

EbonEther Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Any plans for sequel or after story after this? I wonder how these girls can easily move on after everything has happened to them.
fox187 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Could you help me with something right quick?  The TV Tropes pages mentions that there was an intermission sequence, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.  Could you drop me a link?
Spaztique Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In addition, here are some cut trivia I found in my archives...

Movie Trivia: (In a creepy font on a red background.) If Brolli dies, it's going to hurt everyone who cares for him. A lot of people care for Brolli. Brolli is going to die. I hope you're still rooting for his death.

Movie Trivia: (Creepy text again. Yukari stands against her gap background in the back, darkened.) Yukari is always watching you.

Movie Trivia: (Same as before.) Always. (Then, at the end of this frame, Yukari jumps from the dark background into the light foreground.)
Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Writer
Yeesh, and you call ME the writer of Doomy Tales of Macabre O_o;

I'm both impressed and kinda creeped out, Spaz. No wonder people had an existential crisis of their lives watching the intermissions alone.
Spaztique Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The intermission sequence is for the live event only, but I can provide a transcript...


Calm music playing.

Movie Trivia: There are over 8000 frames in Diamond In The Rough. Roughly 2000 of them go into the battle scenes.

A picture of Brolli surrounded by Marisa, Reimu, Reisen, and Aya. Only Brolli has a face. Superimposed over Aya's face is the word "Fame," over Reisen's is "Love," over Marisa's is "Adventure," and over Reimu is, "Safety."

Movie Trivia: The collective files for Diamond In The Rough (pictures, music, sounds, and notes) are 4 gigabytes in size, including some remixes made by Spaztique himself.

A picture of Nitori, Patchouli, and Eirin, all without faces. Over Nitori's face are the words, "Free tech," over Patchouli's is "Free Books," and over Eirin's is "Free Medicine."

Movie Trivia: Reimu and Marisa have only been in *one* scene together in this whole movie so far!

Now, the characters have longer notes over their blank faces...

Sakuya: Are we people to you?
Sanae: Or are we a means to an end?

Chen: If you could get away with anything, why would you do it?
Ran: You’d do it because you want to feel something: happy, loved, safe, or something else…

Movie Trivia: The original Diamond In The Rough was going to be a one-hour response to Colonel Diamondback's videos. It has since changed into a four-hour response to virtually every Touhou self-insert fic.

Reimu: If somebody criticizes you, do you ever wonder why they’re saying these things? Or do you just take it as a personal attack?

Movie Trivia: Diamond In The Rough set out to destroy many Touhou self-insert fic cliches, but has instead bred new ones, such as Remilia drinking blood as payment, Yukari giving gappies guidebooks, and so on.

Movie Trivia: You cannot be original if you copy somebody else's ideas. That is called a "cliche." You're the reason this movie exists.

Darker music begins playing...

Marisa: Is it better to gain power to help people, or help people to gain power? Be honest. Which kind of person are you really?

Movie Trivia: Although Brolli has acted quite selfish, has hasn't really done any harm to Gensokyo in this movie. Why do you hate him so much? You're not perfect, either. (In the background are various acts of kindness Brolli has committed in Reel 1.)

Reisen: Do you love people who care for you selflessly? But is it easy for *you* to love selflessly?

Movie Trivia: According to a 2002 study, over 1.6 million children run away from home every year. 80% of runaway girls report sexual abuse. 43% of runaway boys report physical abuse. Half of both think their parents don't care about them.

Movie Trivia: Gappy fics romanticize running away.

Miko: You are not perfect. Why do you want to pretend to be? Do you think you’ll be liked, even though nobody is perfect?

Movie Trivia: (Picture of the actual Brolli.) Like many self-inserts, Brolli Diamondback is based on a real person. You have been rooting for the death of a real person.

Do you believe everything that everyone says to you without looking for the truth?

Movie Trivia: The only reason you're waiting four hours is to see a teenage boy die a cruel and tragic death for your entertainment.

Movie Trivia: You are watching a snuff film.

Tenshi: When we see someone we don’t like, why do we wish for their death? Why don’t we ever wish for their improvement or for them to change? And why are *you* exempt from your weaknesses? Your flaws? Your sins and vices? We judge others by their behaviors and ourselves by our motives. Do you let your motives justify your crimes?

Movie Trivia: In German, the word "schadenfreude" is used to describe the pleasure derived from somebody else's pain. The closest equivalent in English is sadism, which was originally defined as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

A calm arrange of "Night Falls - Evening Star" begins...

Movie Trivia: However, Sadistic Personality Disorder was removed from the DSM since clinicians unanimously agreed that only serious criminals like sex offenders and serial killers had this disorder, and when offered treatment, all patients refused, saying they were all perfectly fine, just like you...

Then, a normal-looking Yukari appears, staring at the camera on what was supposed to be a blank background…

Yukari: So, you want to see the dumb, selfish gappy die, don’t you? The good news is he will in the next two hours. The bad news will have to wait… But let me ask *you* a question: what is missing from your life? Go ahead. Type it in the chat to the right. *Long pause* Now tell me, why is it you don’t have this thing you are missing? What one thing could get you that missing thing? *pause* Chances are, you are missing a behavior or a key “thing.” Both are merely an excuse, and here is why… If changing your behavior would get you the thing you wanted, you’d *find* a way to change, no matter what. And if it’s a thing, you’d find a way to get that missing resource, no matter how long it took. But if you had a chance to get that thing missing from your life without having to face any conflict, would you take that offer? Be honest. Type it in the chat. If you could get what you wanted without effort, would you take that chance? *pause* If you said no, I hope you are not saying it just to spite me. I hope you put in the effort to get what you want. As for you people who said yes, do you think this object of desire will really make you happy? And why? More importantly, who said yes, but has been rooting against Brolli this entire time? What if I offered you the same trip to Gensokyo with the promise of what *you* wanted? Would *you* be different? Do you want powers? Do you want adventure? Do you want love? You can have powers in real life. You can have adventure in real life. You can have fame in real life. You can have love in real life. But only if you work for it. Is this why you want to go to Gensokyo? Because you don’t think you can get it in the real world? If that is what you truly believe, you will *never* get the thing you desire…

AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thank you for posting the intermission text…because I’ve wanted to reply to it for a while now.  I only regret that I didn’t linger on this thread a few more days.  I suspect I'll regret more if my tact has been lacking.

Marisa: Is it better to gain power to help people, or help people to gain power? Be honest. Which kind of person are you really?”

Helping people to gain power worked for Byakuren in the end, didn’t it?

Movie Trivia: Although Brolli has acted quite selfish, has hasn't really done any harm to Gensokyo in this movie. Why do you hate him so much? You're not perfect, either.”

I, and just about everyone watching DitR, am also not as thoughtless as he was.  This isn’t hindsight bias; we don’t forget everything we’ve learned the moment we’re not being scolded.

Why do you talk down to us so much?  You're not perfect, either.

Miko: You are not perfect. Why do you want to pretend to be? Do you think you’ll be liked, even though nobody is perfect?”

Miko, you’re the last person I want to read that from.

Movie Trivia: (Picture of the actual Brolli.) Like many self-inserts, Brolli Diamondback is based on a real person. You have been rooting for the death of a real person.”

No. I. Haven’t.  I can distinguish the creator (who actually *listens* to criticism, and seems like a pretty cool guy regardless) from the DitR character, as well as distinguishing the DitR Brolli from the new-and-improved character.

Also, I didn’t want to necessarily see him die, just get punished or redeemed.

Movie Trivia: The only reason you're waiting four hours is to see a teenage boy die a cruel and tragic death for your entertainment.

Movie Trivia: You are watching a snuff film.

What does that say about the person who *made* the snuff film?  You said this was a real person getting killed.  Isn’t he supposed to be your friend?

As for his death, see above reply.

Movie Trivia: In German, the word "schadenfreude" is used to describe the pleasure derived from somebody else's pain. The closest equivalent in English is sadism, which was originally defined as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Movie Trivia: However, Sadistic Personality Disorder was removed from the DSM since clinicians unanimously agreed that only serious criminals like sex offenders and serial killers had this disorder, and when offered treatment, all patients refused, saying they were all perfectly fine, just like you...”

I’ll see your “schadenfreude” and raise you “sanctimonious;” taking the moral high ground to talk down to people.  People will disregard good advice if it’s given condescendingly, even if the adviser genuinely wants to help.  This is why nobody listens to Eiki or Kasen.

Here’s hoping I won’t need to be informed of “hypocrisy.”

(I’m reminded of a study where library patrons prioritize friendliness over accuracy from the reference desk.  I unfortunately don’t remember the article name so I can’t cite it.  I will do so as soon as I find out.)

Reimu: If somebody criticizes you, do you ever wonder why they’re saying these things? Or do you just take it as a personal attack?”

There’s a world of difference between “your fic sucks, here’s why” or "you don't apply yourself enough" and “you’re no different from sex offenders and serial killers because you want to see a lethally stupid entitlement bitch get punished.”

It may not have been a personal attack at *me* but it was at the entire stream audience.

* * *

I suspect that the intermission was dark humor that I’ve taken too seriously.  I have been told more than once, including recently, that I'm too defensive.  Regardless, I was put off and feel the need to express my feelings on the matter.  I eagerly and nervously anticipate your replies.

One last bit, mostly for anyone reading this…

“Would *you* be different?”

Answered in fill here:…
I read your list and it reminds me of the Evil Overlord List. However, those kind of things are mostly as bunch of sayings people compile, but for practical purposes it's complicated because if you build a character based on this list, you'll end up risking creating a character who is smarter than the author.

And "smart" not in the sense of "more intelligent", but in the sense that "knows the story better than the author". See, it would be easy to create an quantuum-computer AI villain that has all possible iterations of the Evil Overlord List programmed, it should occupy like 10Mb, but he'll have to fail at some point because the author will end up forgetting that the villain was prepared for that, because the brain of the author cannot process it everything everytime, so he'll end up forgetting something - those are mostly the origins of acidental plot holes. With a savvy-gappy list, it would go the same way.
AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2014
I'm a bit confused by your second paragraph since you seem to be talking about an author writing herself into a corner with a super-savvy villain.

I’ll admit that when I was writing the Gappy List (let’s call it that) that I was thinking “I just *know* I’ll break some of these rules” and “yeah, that one requires more foresight than common sense.”  However, the point I was trying to make is that Brolli’s mistakes were *easily* preventable with just the *slightest* bit of critical thinking and willingness to listen.

Hopefully helping to illustrate my point is the super-short, bare-bones version of every possible don't-be-stupid list:

Avoid danger.
Prepare for what I can’t avoid.
Be aware of what my situation is when I’m not prepared.
fox187 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
That works.  Thanks for taking the time to post that for me.
Spectrum9001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
While I watched DitR I couldn't help but smile and enjoy it. While I can't help but feel original content added to another story is often looked down in many ways (Especially self-insert OCs), this story was a sigh of relief that it can still be done, and people won't rip it apart for not being canon enough. I loved this series, and I'm happier others like it as well. I hope more writers embrace this side of fanfiction.
AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Spaztique, you refer to Yukari as the "border *demon*."  I've also heard her referred to as such in the let's play of Tenjou no Tempest so now I'm wondering if "demon" means something different in the East then it does in the West.
Ultima-the-RedWyrm Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Yōkai is considered an odd word to translate in English terms. Translations may include the terms such as Ghost, Spirit, Phantom, Apparition, and even Demon. I personally think Yōkai can be compared to the Fay of European Mythology. Essentially, when we refer to her as Border Demon, it is essentially a Wooseyism of Yōkai of Boundaries.
AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
In my mind, I've localized "youkai" (I use the spelling in Touhou here) as "monster" given how much of a catch-all term it is and how similar their etymologies are.  The word "monster" originally described unnatural beings signifying something wrong.  The word now (in the West) means (informally) any unnatural or unusual being that may also be dangerous and/or superpowered [1].  For "youkai," the Touhou Wiki gives,"mysterious calamity" [2], and Wikipedia says "The word yōkai is made up of the kanji or "bewitching; attractive; calamity" and "apparition; mystery; suspicious" [3], making it more similar to the Western "monster." 

For example, human magicians who extend their lives indefinitely ("become immortal" would be the Western term used but "immortal" has a more specific meaning in Touhou it seems) are called "youkai magicians."  In the West, we'd hardly think of Patchouli, Alice, and *especially* Byakuren as demonic.  For “demon” we think of malevolent beings from an afterlife world, with the more powerful ones becoming demigods.  Calling magicians demonic smacks of medieval Europe believing that sorcerers made pacts with the Devil for their powers.  

Then again, the humans of Gensokyo seem notably superstitious (especially a certain chronicler lacking academic rigor.  Even satirists, *especially* political ones, cite sources now and again).  Getting back to your interpretation of “youkai,”  the human village seems to have an appeasement/distrust attitude toward youkai similar to how Europeans referred to fey (however you spell it) by euphemisms (“the fair folk,” “the kindly ones,” etc.) lest they incur their wrath.

Touhou does have one example conflating “youkai” with “demon” in the “youma books,” or “demon books,” mentioned in Forbidden Scrollery [4].  The word “youma” most immediately directs to both the monster-of-the-week of Sailor Moon (at least the Internet remembers Sailor Moon…) and the definition of “monster” [5].  However, youma books can be about anything: books by youkai, books about youkai, or even grimoires.  Then again, Yukari’s looking quite sinister at her writing desk…

Monster [1]

Youkai: [2], [3]

Youma book: [4]…

Youma: [5]…

I hope you'll forgive my crudeness but DA markup is not user-friendly.
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Zer0beat Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truthfully, I owed it to myself to finish what got me into making walfas works, since I stopped around halfway months ago, maybe even a year now.

I watched the last half of it tonight.

It's not the main character's actions that trouble me, being a satire of author avatars. It's more of the Touhou characters. Like Yukari being outright malicious rather than mischievous, a lot of other characters feel bitter much of the time. As I mentioned before, the work was meant to be a wake up call for touhou fic writers, and I think it does a good job of that, but it also induces a sort of apathy in me. I don't think this kind of work is for me.

Even understanding the context behind the creation of this work, even understanding the context behind each characters. I just felt so empty watching this because the whole point was that no one was a hero, and everyone had some underlying motive behind each of their actions. It just felt so political and foreign in Gensokyo, but perhaps that's the result of reading between the lines. I'm all for the act interpreting written Touhou material, but I guess this way just isn't for me. Spaztique's serious works don't really resonate with me (even if it's what he's most known for now...), I guess I just prefer his comedic stuff more...

But feelings are feelings.

I hope that other Touhou fic writers will heed this work's message, rather than blindly emulate this work (to an incorrect end) because it was successful. I sincerely hope it did get it's message across and that we can see children (because that's what most of these writers physically are I'd imagine) understand responsibilities and repercussions. On the other hand, some of them are innocent children that simply don't know any better. True, I can't say anything since I've never actually come across this kind of fic...

I appreciate what Spaztique has done, even if I don't read anything on Otherwise, I cannot appreciate works set in this kind of tone; it's too much for me. It was so, so bleak, and some part of me doesn't understand where all of these tears are coming from.

Most of all, I want, because of this work, for Touhou writers and fic creators to pursue the work that they truly desire, rather than follow the coattails of this work. Maybe the tone might be similar, that's okay, but how YOU handle it is what will separate it from Spaztique's work, and that's what's important, because even though we've countless inspirations, we still have our own style in its wake.

I'm ashamed I couldn't offer any sort of words for DitR's work like anyone else, but other than that, it seems the words I've offered could not be used or incorporated. Perhaps it's for the best, as my conflicting views would have ruined the tone of the work.

As an aside, I can't help but note that I laughed whenever Marisa said "Normal Incidents."

Lastly, allow me to congratulate you on completing this gigantic work of fiction.
"Like Yukari being outright malicious rather than mischievous, a lot of other characters feel bitter much of the time." Agreed,Blue and Orange morality be damned, Yukari is just morally bankrupt in DitR.
Spaztique Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though this review is post-production, I still appreciate it and can use it to expand my views on Touhou/Touhou fic writing.

I actually enjoyed this. In fact, you pretty much nailed it on the head in regards to the political/morally grey tone and how one key idea isn't to repeat previous fanfics (and I especially want to emphasize not to repeat even the things I did in this story: DitR has bred some of its own cliches so far). In fact, I've been getting a few reviews where people began asking why they even liked Touhou in the first place. It's rather interesting you mention laughing at Marisa's mention of "Normal Incidents", because that's part of the point of DitR: Touhou's not supposed to be this high-stakes end-of-the-world political/romantic thing many fanfic writers want to create. Sure, epics like those can be done well, but the best works really are the comedies/adventure-type stories.

It's kind of like Funny Games, in a way, only less malicious. Funny Games was a deconstructive parody of torture porn movies where the two killers talk to the camera and make bets with the audience if the characters will survive. Rather than make the deaths violent or gruesome, they're slow, drawn out, and actually quite dull. When one of the characters finally does kill one of the killers, the other pulls out a remote and rewinds the film to stop it from happening, then casually tosses her off a boat in the next scene before sailing to the next victims' house. It repeated many of the old cliches of torture porn movies, but done to such a realistic extent that it switches from the entertaining horror into an uncomfortable disgust. Director Michael Hanake said it's one of those convention-breaking films that's supposed to get you notice the true horrors of real violence, and that if you "enjoyed" the film, then he failed to convey the message.

When it comes to DitR, I'm all for both sides of the tone argument: those who get immersed in the dark tone usually reflect on what they would do if they were in Brolli's/the Gappies' shoes, while those who are repelled by the dark tone ask, "Are dark Touhou stories necessarily a good thing?" Either way, I'm interested in hearing people's reactions.

Again, thanks for that review. I'm likely to quote it if somebody brings up the tone, if that's okay.
Zer0beat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By all means, I'm fine with it.

Ah, another thing I forgot to mention that particularly stood out to me was the creative use of stock props to create seemingly new backgrounds. Making a feature length production really showed off your ability to manipulate environments.
Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Writer
Oh man, I agree with you so much here. Don't get me wrong, I still think DitR is a wonderfully-written story with an important message. But yeah, I also think that the portrayal of Gensokyo-ians as bitter and fickle, and Yukari as rather malevolent rather than mysteriously/playfully/blue-and-orange-ish benevolent don't really sit well with how I view Gensokyo either. That may have been the point - it was always kinda whimsical and fun during the 'normal incidents' we call the Touhou games, but when it's introduced to something truly evil it has to force itself to different realms, as well as show the Gappies just WHY they cannot be selfish to people around them and treat places like their personal playground, but eh, I don't think Brolli was QUITE the catalyst that could push Gensokyo to such dark realms. And if imitators try to copy DitR for its dark tone and Anti-Gappy sentiments, then that would be quite regrettable.

But as is now, I'm not seeing that, which is good! Most people (most, anyway) seem to understand the true message of this movie, the very reason the Gappy formula was destroyed in the first place. Gensokyo is no different from the Real World. Only *you* are responsible for your own happiness. It's not what you have, but who you *are* that matters in the long run. DitR isn't speaking about Gensokyo, it's speaking about how life's meanings and principles are universal, in our world, or a fantasy Kitchen Sink like Gensokyo, and in the end what matters to us. Again, I still think DitR portrays the Touhou cast a little too dark, but otherwise, it makes the point clear and I love it for that.

Like you said, if fanfic writers, Touhou or not, come away from watching this movie writing their OWN stories with their OWN meaning, but learning the deeper stuff that DitR was trying to say about Touhou, Gappies and Life, then we're going to see plenty of wonderful stories in this little community, and that will be something I hope to see :D, I really went on a tangent there, didn't I.
Phantomminion Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
You know what's strange. I actually came up with a character from how much I wanted Yukari to get her comeuppance. I thought of some spirit made from all the hatred and curses she gained from essentially causing all of it. Maybe like an Arai (Greek goddess of curses).
JEFFERoW2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Also this moment
JEFFERoW2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
The 2 years I've watched this, Its wreath it.
FarseerArya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
truely epic story. can't help wonder how the world develops as a result of the story.
Ethan-Rivers Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2014
It's been a long time coming, Spaz.
I'm so proud of you for your dedication to a task this monumental.
And I'm really lucky to have been there from the start. =w=
WarFalcon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit on a popsicle!  Congratulations!
HeartfulRemi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Congratulations on finally finishing this amazing movie! Seriously, it's better than most of the crap hollywood puts out these days. Someone really needs to compile this into a full movie.
MissIceBlue Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Congratulations for completing the movie. It was a wild ride that made me cry.
Kigurou-Enkou Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Writer
Many many congratulations, Spaztique! A wonderful movie has been finished and completed! And WHAT a movie it is.

Y'all did well, and y'all managed to deliver such a great, meaningful story :D Jorb well done!
Rougealienpirate Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
skullkid3 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Just finished watching the latest episodes, and my God that ending did not disappoint. This was a brilliant series, Spaz, and I've thorougly enjoyed watching it! (And rewatching it, even, when I was waiting for the newer episodes. :P)
Tsunarmy2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Where is yukari's comeuppance you said that yukari would be exposed and have her comeuppance at the hands of those who loved brolli.!

You have no heart.
Frankly, if Yukari had her comeuppance in this work, the message would be downplayed. Did the party had their comeuppance in 1984? Did the society had their comeuppance in Brave New World? No, and if they had, the message of their books would be lost if they had their comeuppance. The meaning of DiTR would be completely lost if Yukari had her comeuppance, so I'm pretty much satisfied that Yukari didn't have her comeuppance.
Spaztique Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was a tough call there. Stories are like puzzles: when you put all the pieces in place, some may or may not fit.

On one hand, a blatant "the incident resolvers get back at Yukari" scene would disrupt the fatalistic tone of the ending, but on the other hand, she couldn't have 100% won. The compromise we made was this: Yukari's plan to tip the balance failed, and there's a great chance Brolli actually managed to outsmart Yukari by choosing to die while fighting Tenshi (perhaps she picked a kid with too much self-awareness). Instead of getting centuries of incidents from Brolli, she only got a few years at most. Rather than having Gensokyo battle the outsiders like Yukari hoped for, the outsiders are now utterly benign: they cannot gain power, and everyone is too scared to get involved. The turn of events worked out a little too well, if that makes any sense. Fan theories are also welcome.

I'm thinking of doing a DitR: After Story series about the events leading up to Hopeless Masquerade, and Yukari's story will be elaborated on, if that helps.
Reimu-and-Cirno Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
It was bound to happen.  Gap in enough kids and soon enough things won't go according to plan.  Actually, if you think about it, it's amazing things went so well for Yukari up to this point.  Her plan was way too convoluted.  It relied on too many people acting in a specific way.  Even if she was outsmarted, Yukari got off easy.
Tsunarmy2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Ideas and views on how you see the Touhou Project franchise have made me very angry.

I'm commenting on any of your works for a week.

also I'll talk to you about some theories i have after I have calmed down after a week has gone by.
HikaruBaskerville-0 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's probably that the way the ideas came out kinda affected the Existance of the "comeuppance". U know how u have an idea, but after putting in one coming before it makes u rethink the idea o3o
Unknownfalling Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations on finishing it!
Tynorg-Six Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's finally complete, and I must say... what an ending.
I'm not going to spoil anything.
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