INTRODUCTION: Welcome to Diamond in the Rough, a self-demonstration and mockery of everything wrong with Touhou fanfics. Before you begin, please read the following warnings: -This story always gets a very, VERY polarized reaction: you're either going to love it or hate it. Chances are, you're here because of one of two reasons: you were linked this and somebody told you, "It's the most brilliant mockery of self-insert fics I've ever seen!," or you were linked this and somebody told you, "This is the smuggest, self-satisfied pretentious crap I've ever seen!" Sadly, this has already colored your perception of what you're expecting from both DitR and me, the writer. Remember: I wrote this *as a fan of Touhou Project*. I understand I'm not the "god of Touhou": that's Zun's job. I only wrote this because I wanted to entertain and educate people (that, and pull the rug out from under fanfiction writers). If you can accept I can be wrong about things, and that although I try to stick to vanilla Touhou, I tend to use a lot of headcanon stuff, then you will likely enjoy this story. -Naturally, this story has violence, sex, language, and all the mature stuff. However, what I really want to warn you about is that this story has something worse: it's going to make you uncomfortable as hell. I wrote it to drive the audience up a wall: characters will make deliberately dumb and self-destructive decisions, characters will miss their chance for salvation, and you will question what's really canon and what I'm just making up, just to screw with you. All of these are deliberate: you can read up on my writing choices in my guide "The Definitive Guide to Diamond In The Rough," but beware spoilers. -This is a LONG movie: 4 hours long. When I do live streams, there are two intermissions between the first, second, and third reels. This is basically the length of two movies. I wouldn't recommend watching the whole thing during a particularly busy time: watch an episode at a time, or wait until a long break before knocking the whole thing out.
BACKGROUND: The original purpose was to make a weekly series pointing out everything wrong with ColonelDiamondback's Marty Stu OC, but then it evolved into a monster of a movie/series.
SYNOPSIS: Brolli Diamondback is an ordinary high school student who gets offered the chance by border youkai Yukari Yakumo to go to Gensokyo, typical of many Touhou Wish Fulfillment fanfics. But why would an ancient and all-powerful youkai be interested in these kids? Who would want to go to Gensokyo and why? And what will the residents think once he starts rising to power? The answers are far, FAR more sinister than you think.
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About Ao Usagi Tribute Show (Great Job!): Ao Usagi makes surreal artwork, ranging from Safe For Work to Not Safe For Work, as well as Touhou comics which are equally surreal. For April Fools Day, I thought it would be fun to adapt one of Ao Usagi's April Fool comics. Surprised by how easy it was to make compared to my normal series, Five Dangerous Months At The Hinata Inn, I decided I'd try to adapt about 95% of Ao Usagi's comics.
The finished sketches reminded me very much of either Monty Python or Tim and Eric, but having previously done comics in the Python format, seamlessly transitioning from one sketch to the next, the comics felt too disjointed and more akin to Tim and Eric's loose "now that the sketch is over, here's another totally random one" style, I decided to frame these around a Tim And Eric-esque presentation, hence the opening and closing credits/themes. Besides, as Rule 9 of the internet explains, there will always be a Touhou crossover of *something*: no exceptions.