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Alice Margatroid in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
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Magic, Handling dolls
Alice Margatroid (アリス・マーガトロイド Arisu Māgatoroido) is a doll-controlling magician who lives in her home in the Forest of Magic near the home of Marisa Kirisame. According to ZUN's comments in the Music Room of Perfect Cherry Blossom, Alice is kind of a special character in the Touhou Project.
- 1 General Information
- 2 Character Basis
- 3 Story
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Spell Cards
- 7 Additional Information
- 8 Fandom
- 9 Official Profiles
- 10 Official Sources
- 11 References
Alice made her first ever appearance of the fifth PC-98 Touhou Project game Mystic Square as the third stage boss and the Extra stage boss. Afterwards, with her canon completely remodelled, she appeared again as the third stage boss and midboss in the seventh work Perfect Cherry Blossom and as a playable character in Imperishable Night, along with being a playable partner in Subterranean Animism. She was a playable character in Immaterial and Missing Power and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and was the Final boss of Cirno's scenario in Touhou Hisoutensoku. Additionally, she was a target on Stage 3 of Shoot the Bullet and has made a background appearance in Hopeless Masquerade.
She is a pure all-purpose-type magician youkai who lives in a western-style house in the Forest of Magic without strengths and weaknesses in attributes, but she fundamentally fights in style of manipulating her self-made dolls. With a personality that is indifferent to other people, she is attached to magic, and is usually confident but is also timid in one aspect.
During the PC-98 canon, she lived in Makai calling herself "The Magician of Makai" and had a black book that's called the "Grimoire of Alice". Makai was created by Shinki, along with its residents. She was also a magician that can control dolls. She also created her own "Wonderland" in Makai. Within the Windows canon, Alice's book in her character portrait in Imperishable Night reveals that the writing possibly spells out "Grimoire". This is some evidence that the book is possibly the same Grimoire which Alice used in the Extra Stage. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, she said, "at last, former friend, we meet again. Have you only brought me your life as a gift?" which can be considered to be something carried over from PC-98 canon, and ZUN himself said that it was the third time that they have fought. However, according to ZUN, although the Alice of PC-98 and the present Alice are the same character for once, he also said that the PC-98 canon has been swept clean and that there is absolutely no connection in terms of story, thus leaving it unclear as to exactly how her canon would reflects this. Although it is unclear, this is all ZUN has said.
In the story of Immaterial and Missing Power, she was called "magic being" by Suika Ibuki, which could possibly be interpreted as "magician as a race". Magicians have studied "abandon food", but they still have to eat and sleep like humans. With regards to her sleeping, in Imperishable Night, she slept even earlier than the human Marisa. Is is unknown if she studied "abandon temper." Although this is something that is frequently misunderstood, magicians who were originally human become magician as a species when they study "abandon food" magic, regardless of whether or not she studied "abandon temper" magic. Because of this, there is a possibility that she has a lifespan just like humans like Reimu Hakurei and others.
In Mystic Square, Alice appears as a Makai resident and referring to Reimu as "human", implying that she is not one. However, in the Windows canon, Hieda no Akyuu reports that Alice was originally a human, and upon completion of some training, she became a magician, but since this is only according to Akyuu, this doesn't mean that it's completely certain; there was no mention of her having any connection to Makai. It has not been long since the day she has become a magician, and because of this, it seems like she still continues human habits like eating and sleeping that were originally not necessary. This was realized when in the "Aria of Forbidden Magic Team" route of Imperishable Night bad endings, she became sleepy.
According to Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, maybe since she was originally a human, even as a youkai, she has high understanding and friendship level to humans and presents a low danger level, and if someone gets lost in the Forest of Magic, she also gladly gives shelter upon arriving at her house. However, Alice's house is covered all over with dolls, and since she is not very eager for conversation, it seems like visitors immediately flee when there is something eerie. When she showed her hospitality was in Immaterial and Missing Power, when she led Sakuya Izayoi out of the forest, who had become lost. 
In chapters 5-6 of Strange and Bright Nature Deity, the Three Fairies of Light accidentally arrived at her house, and Alice was hospitable to them, providing tea and cake. She seemed caring with the fairies. However, Sunny Milk attempted to lie to Alice, but accidentally blurted out the truth instead. Among her ramblings, she mentions that she's looking for a magician with a grimoire that "shines wonderfully with all the seven colors of the light". Alice does not deny this to be false and became very angry. It is possible this is the in-universe explanation for her title, "Seven-Colored Puppeteer".
The Japanese bullfinches (called uso (嘘), a homophone with "lies") saw through the aforementioned lie of the fairies, and as "birds that peck at all lies said until now," a large group of them came flying to the window, and as opposed to how the fairies were severely pecked at, Alice was saying, "ufufu... so, how does it taste?" while nonchalantly providing a cracker to the bird. Thus, it could be said that Alice does not tell lies.
She's attached to magic, but she is indifferent to other people. She doesn't perform the usual act of attacking humans, but she unexpectedly likes fights and upon challenged to battle, she gladly accepts. As she manipulates a great number of combat dolls, the fight is compelled to be highly outnumbered, making a difficult battle inevitable, but since she has her hands full with manipulating the dolls, that is her weakness.
She's an indoors type who was often alone, but in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, the range of her place of activities is "any kind of place" in Gensokyo, she performs her share of intermingling with the village, appearing in front of people in times of festivals to exhibit her skills with dolls. In each ending of Imperishable Night and Immaterial and Missing Power, she participated in banquets at the Hakurei Shrine. In addition to things like "the frog dolls being popular," there have also been expressions that indicate that her dolls are well-received in the village. She also said things that hinted that she sometimes visits the library of the Scarlet Devil Mansion.
Just like Marisa Kirisame, she has an obsession with collecting things, especially magic items. Although this is an area that could be thought of as an area of commonality between them, there has not been a single depiction that would suggest that she had anything stolen from Marisa.
Ability & Strength
In danmaku, unlike Marisa, She does not find it enjoyable to win battles with overwhelming power and is more interested in strategy, so she usually fights with power that is a little above that of the opponent and always holds back even if it means losing. It is because if she were defeated using her true strength, then there would be nothing left afterwards, which resembles Reimu Hakurei. It is unknown if this is fundamental to her personality, or if this is simply something she judged as an efficient strategy that her secret skills should not be shown.
Related to this, in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, among the 15 characters, she did not have a cost 5 spell card, which might be an example of not showing her true strength. However, in Touhou Hisoutensoku, a cost 5 spell card was added. In the first place, since in Imperishable Night, she had a Last Word just like other characters, which were supposed to exemplify each of the characters' full strength, it does not mean that she never displays her full strength (with an appropriate spell card) no matter what the situation. On the other hand, it could also be that her last word spell card The Phantom of the Grand Guignol was actually still going easy.
In Immaterial and Missing Power, she kept avoiding the really strong characters, not fighting those like Remilia Scarlet and Yuyuko Saigyouji, spending her efforts to get to Suika Ibuki. It is unclear what state of mind she had at that time to do such a thing. Incidentally, it was the same in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. Concerning this, she succeeded in her goal when she met Sakuya Izayoi, Patchouli Knowledge, and Youmu Konpaku, as she judged that it would a waste of effort to meet Remilia and Yuyuko, but she did engage in a battle with the powerful Yukari Yakumo. Additionally, she felt comfortable testing her Goliath Doll on Cirno in Touhou Hisoutensoku.
- Handling dolls
As her specialty is making dolls, she is also able to manipulate a great amount of dolls at the same time. This skilfulness is among the finest in Gensokyo. She is able to make her dolls move pretty much any way humans can, and other than that she can make multiple dolls perform different actions, sometimes making them cooperate and sometimes making them move completely asynchronously, such that to onlookers around her, it might not seem like she is manipulating them. Due to this, Marisa Kirisame commented that "she said that she controls all the dolls herself, but that sounds like a whopper". Also, the dolls are also able to manipulate other dolls, but it seems like she does it all by herself only when it comes to the task of creating the dolls. In chapter 5 of Strange and Bright Nature Deity, she gave a command to a doll orally, but at that time she was indoors while at the same time there were at least 12 dolls above the roof removing snow, and there were also some dolls inside the room cooking. At that time, the dolls have been portrayed as having emotion, in a cute way.
Although in common perception, it would seem obvious for the dolls to be able talk, but there has been no public allusions related to the presence or absence of the dolls conversational ability. In some official material however, like Imperishable Night's Prologue and Strange and Bright Nature Deity chapter 5, Alice's dolls appear to be able to act and talk independently – someone adds in words in hiragana to Alice's words. In Marisa's B Ending in Subterranean Animism, it has been confirmed that the dolls do talk in katakana. Whether the dolls are talking due to manipulation by Alice or if half-automatic dolls are talking by themselves is a big mystery. However, according to her Perfect Memento in Strict Sense article, she hasn't yet succeeded in creating an independent doll, and a conversation between Marisa Kirisame and Rinnosuke Morichika in Curiosities of Lotus Asia chapter 16 suggests that Alice just controls the dolls and pretends they are alive for her own amusement and for showing off, but these talks were before the latter said game.
According to Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, her objective is to make a completely autonomous doll that have their own thoughts and move by their own volition. Currently, when Alice gives a command to her dolls, they move as if they were autonomous, but she has to periodically give commands to them, and moreover it seems like she has not have had enough training in order to achieve it. In Touhou Hisoutensoku, she unleashes a move called "Semi-Automaton|automaton". Because of that, it can be seen that the degree to which the ordinary Alice manipulates the dolls is clearly not all by herself. In order to perfect a completely autonomous doll, Alice does experiments, and the link to that with the "soul" is detailed.
However, according to her conversation with Youmu Konpaku, it was said that "the strings that attach the body and soul are the same as the ones that control dolls". If this is originally considered, then it could be asked, "isn't that which was put into the dolls Alice's own spirit?". It is not explained, for the dolls that she is experimenting with, if she needs to periodically give them magic power or if they are just fine without, and if they will move even if she does not give them any commands at all. However, in Touhou Hisoutensoku, Alice did say "it seems that it's more convenient to control the dolls myself than have dolls that think on their own".
Among Alice's famous skills, if the explanations of "Edo High-Explosive Pawn" and "Lemmings' Parade" are looked at, she also prepares her dolls for explosives. In Subterranean Animism, it seems that the dolls that she lent to Marisa Kirisame have been prepared with gunpowder, and due to this she objected to Marisa since they wouldn;t survive in the Hell of Blazing Fires. Certainly in the game, the dolls didn't randomly explode. Also, in Magic Sign "Artful Sacrifice" as well as the skills "Volatile Doll", "Doll Cremation" and so on, she is able to put in magic power into the dolls to make them explode. It's unclear what the relation or difference is between the dolls that use gunpowder and the dolls with magic power put into them. One Lemmings' Parade consumes an enormous number of dolls, and since all the dolls are hand-made by Alice, to ordinary people, it would seem that without reason she returns her hard work to waste in an instant. However, it could be questioned as to whether Alice really adopted such a bad technique for such efficiency, and there is also the consideration that the dolls could merely be creating a blast from their explosion without scattering and dispersing, so that they are able to be collected again.
- Phantom-seeing power
Other than manipulating dolls, it seems that Alice has high phantom-seeing power, and in Imperishable Night's extra stage, she saw through that Fujiwara no Mokou was not actually living. In Perfect Cherry Blossom's Afterword, it has been written that "something that can't die isn't really alive". In addition to Imperishable Night, she saw through Keine Kamishirasawa's true form and also saw the invisible light from the full moon.
Also, perhaps because of her high phantom-seeing power, or perhaps because her phantom-seeing power has increased, in Immaterial and Missing Power, she was taught how to recognize the previous life of Youmu's half-phantom, and mastered it.
Name and Origin
Her full name is Alice Margatroid (アリス・マーガトロイド), in which she had no surname during the PC-98. ZUN states in Mystic Square that he originally based her off the Alice from Megami Tensei. Also, she was called the "the girl of death". In addition, the Alice from Megami Tensei is, in turn, based off the main protagonist in Lewis Carroll's famous novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, to which the majority of enemies in Mystic Square's extra stage are card soldiers of the same type seen in the Walt Disney animated movie version of the novel. The title of the BGM used in that stage also directly translates to "Alice in Wonderland". When ZUN created the extra stage in Mystic Square, he decided to add a grimoire to her character design as a reference to a fighting game, Asura Blade: Sword of Dynasty, in which a necromancer named Alice carries one. Her name also carries an image of illusion.
Her surname Margatroid is derived from a real surname, Murgatroyd. It was also the name of the character Miss Murgatroyd from Agatha Christie's book A Murder is Announced and "Murgatroyd" was also a nickname for the vampire in Kim Newman's Anno Dracula. On a more interesting note, in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation was first broadcast on 9 August 1999, a girl name Alice Arnold was responsible for Miss Murgatroyd role. The middle dot (・) in the middle of her name is used in foreign names to show where the next word begins.
Alice was first seen in Mystic Square wearing a pink/white dress with a blue apron and a matching headband with a ribbon on the side. Her eyes were gold, her hair is blonde, and she wears white socks. In the Extra stage of the same game, she appears to be carrying a large black book that's called the "Grimoire of Alice".
In appearance, she has blonde hair and has pale skin, and at one glance she has the appearance of a doll (which is unusual among Touhou characters). Her height is "fairly tall", and the colour of her eyes changes with each work.
By the time she was next seen in Perfect Cherry Blossom, she had dark blue eyes and short blonde hair with what appears to be a red band in her hair. She wears a light blue dress with long white sleeves and a long pink ribbon going round her neck and another one round her waist. Also, she appears to be wearing socks and has a black book, possibly the same one from Mystic Square.
As it gets to Immaterial and Missing Power, her eyes were a very dark green and nearly black. Her book appears to be wrapped up in a red ribbon and there appears to have thin string going round her left arm. She is also seen wearing black boots. In Imperishable Night she has orange eyes and is shown to be wearing socks. In both Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and Touhou Hisoutensoku, her eyes are a lighter shade of green and she once again wears black boots.
- Mystic Square
Alice first appeared in Mystic Square. On stage three as the "Girl of Death", she showed up as a magician who looks quite young, who confronted the heroine invading into a town within Makai with the help of her living dolls (or fairies) while using a barrier. In fact, she was the first boss the heroine met after entering Makai.
On the Extra stage, she appeared as "Alice of the Land of Magic" and fought with five colours: red, blue, purple, yellow, and green, as well as having nine phases in her danmaku, with her sixth and ninth ones being the more notable among them.
- Dolls in Pseudo Paradise
Alice may be related to the story of Dolls in Pseudo Paradise. A big connection between the two involve how one of the honest men died from being "nailed to a tree" despite being inside, relating to Alice's article in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red about her nailing straw effigies to trees. Other connections include how the men stumble upon a "Western-style building deep within the forest" and how the culprit was a "beautiful blonde girl", both of which relate to Alice.
- Perfect Cherry Blossom
In Perfect Cherry Blossom, she did not have any special reason to fight the heorine, and it was only because she was there by chance that she became a magic opponent.
- Immaterial and Missing Power
- Imperishable Night
- Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
- Subterranean Animism
- Touhou Hisoutensoku
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In Touhou Hisoutensoku she creates a giant doll, called the Goliath Doll, and was experimenting it. Marisa Kirisame notices a figure in the Forest of Magic and tells Cirno about it. Alice is then and tests it in battle against Cirno, who thinks the giant doll is Daidarabotchi.
Marisa Kirisame is a fellow magician of the Forest of Magic. They were partners in Imperishable Night, and she was a supporting Marisa in Subterranean Animism. Within the PC-98 canon, Alice met Marisa and that they fought during the events of Mystic Square, but the dialogues leaves open that they may've known each other earlier than that. They also fought each other in Perfect Cherry Blossom. It isn't official that Marisa has ever stolen anything from Alice.
In Imperishable Night, they've teamed up as a "bad relationship" combination. At that time the reason why Alice called out Marisa with her voice for this reason (incident resolution), is that it's only because they've become used to it. In the bad ending, while Marisa worked over the secret measures of the lunarians, but since Alice, by her side, was tired she chose to sleep first. By the time of the events of Subterranean Animism, Alice sent Marisa to the Underworld saying that it was a "onsen-enjoyment game". Compared to the time of Imperishable Night they've had softer conversations, which can be seen as that their relationship has improved.
She seems to have a love hate relationship of sorts with Marisa, with the two often insulting and fighting each other, yet teaming up on several occasions. For all the bickering the two go through, they seem to be close friends, as Alice once recommended Marisa's shop to the Three Fairies of Light when they needed some youkai extermination, and is comfortable enough with Marisa that in Imperishable Night's bad ending; when tired, she has no qualms with sleeping over at Marisa's house by Marisa's side.
Shanghai and Hourai are the two most well-known dolls (or types of doll) used by Alice. The Goliath Doll is another doll created by Alice, which appears to still be in the testing stages and is thought to be her strongest doll.
- Three Fairies of Light
in Strange and Bright Nature Deity, she provided help as inviting the Three Fairies of Light to her home and providing tea and cake. She told them, "if you got lost, then stay here until the snow goes away," brought some hot red tea, inquired if the room was cold, and also said "well, you should have gotten pretty cold walking outside, so you should just relax and warm up." However, afterwards, when Sunny Milk, in some random saying, said something which suggested of stealing the Grimoire, she became very angry.
Alice purchases the Butterfly Dream Pill from Eirin.
Alice's sigil in The Grimoire of Marisa.
- Alice appeared on the cover of Mystic Square with a cat.
- Alice appeared in the Music Room background of Perfect Cherry Blossom.
- Being known as the "Seven-Colored Puppeteer" or "Rainbow Puppeteer", Alice apparently believes in a correlation between color and power level. During her dialogue with Reimu Hakurei in Perfect Cherry Blossom, she asserts Reimu's powers are only equal to 28.5714% (or 2/7) of her own powers, due to Reimu's outfit only consisting of two colors. This appears to be a recurring theme in Perfect Cherry Blossom, as Yukari Yakumo, Ran Yakumo and Chen are all named after colors and have relative power levels equivalent to their colors' place on the visual spectrum. This, however, has not been referenced in recent games.
- Alice's alternate palette from Scarlet Weather Rhapsody resembles Hina-Ichigo, a doll from the manga series Rozen Maiden. In Touhou Hisoutensoku, she has palettes resembling the other Rozen Maiden dolls: Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, Suigintou, Shinku, Kanaria, and Kirakishou. Add the fact that, in Rozen Maiden, the aforementioned dolls are battling for the title of "Alice", the perfect doll.
- Alice is the only boss in the whole series who appears 3 times in a single stage: Twice as a midboss and the third as the actual boss of stage 3 in Perfect Cherry Blossom.
- Alice has been a recurring customer of Eirin's, coming to see her to buy a medicine she developed called the Butterfly Dream Pill. The medicine guarantees its imbiber to have pleasant dreams once they fall asleep, and was even featured in an article in Aya's newspaper. The reason for purchasing this medicine or even what kinds of dreams Alice is trying to have were never revealed, but instead are left purely to speculation. However, this might be a reference to "Alice in Wonderland", from which the concept of her character is derived.
- Yuki and Mai's second attack in Samidare looks very similar to Alice's second attack in the Extra Stage of Mystic Square.
Despite being mistreated often in fanworks (or perhaps because of it), Alice is one of the most popular characters in the Touhou Project. She may appear as an icon for the Touhou Project and has appeared in many fangames as an alternative-playable character or a boss, along with been on music albums, amine, illustrations.
- (see also: Relationshipping)
While the most obvious and common pairing for Alice is her Imperishable Night' and Subterranean Animism team-mate Kirisame Marisa, Alice has a tremendous amount of fan pairings and may sometimes seduce them, mostly with other popular characters like Reimu Hakurei, Patchouli Knowledge and Izayoi Sakuya (once summed up as "A Human-like Youkai and a Youkai-like Human"). She also has a surprisingly common pairing with Yuuka Kazami, who is usually shown teasing or tormenting Alice, probably due to their PC-98 appearance.
At the time when the video Marisa Stole the Precious Thing became popular as a Marisa and Alice pairing meme, many related videos were made, and among them were severe memes that tended toward perverted actions. Due to works like this, Alice is shown to have a crush on Marisa (but unable to express her feeling), to the extent that she'll put her life at risk to save Marisa's.
In Imperishable Night's character settings.txt, since it said "she spends most of her time alone"; it's easy to link it with the image that she surrounds herself with moving dolls, "distracting her loneliness with dolls." In derivative works this has sometimes been taken to the extreme, and she is sometimes portrayed as left out or bullied by other characters. Likewise in fanworks, because of her perceived cold exterior and cowardly true persona, she is frequently depicted as a down-on-her-luck tsundere, where in other cases, she's been depicted as a yandere, to which extent her personality becomes very complex for others to understand.
On other fanworks however, she can be shown to have an antagonistic personality, going to the extent of getting her hands bloody and killing other characters, filled with horror. However, she may just show to have hatred to others and to only be with herselve (and sometimes Marisa).
- Connection with the PC-98
The Japanese nickname (and Pixiv tag) for the PC-98 version of Alice is "Lolice" (ロリス) due to the fact that she appears much younger in Mystic Square, which has become very common amongst the Japanese community. Comparisons are common between the PC-98 and Windows versions of Alice, often shown next to each other, or that the modern Alice may summon Lolice as a familiar in battle.
Because of Shinki's dialog in Mystic Square where she mentions that everything in Makai is her creation, it is thought that Alice is Shinki's daughter (although this definition would also extend to the other Makai residents). However, there's been no further mention of this since then, and Alice was once a human who became a youkai magician. It is unknown whether this is a retroactive change of continuity, merely a mistake by Hieda no Akyuu, or if fans were mistaken from the beginning when thinking Alice was Shinki's daughter. Since there has yet to be any official statement by ZUN, this is merely speculation.
However, the modern Alice would be showin to go "re-visit" Makai or for Shinki to enter Gensokyo to visit Alice, commonly shown as a mother-daughter relationship. There are many illustrations and videos that pays a tribute with having a nostalgic feeling to Alice remembering the times of the PC-98, mainly remixed with both the Grimoire of Alice and Doll Judgment ~ The Girl who Played with People's Shapes.
- Usage of Dolls
Alice is often portrayed as having an obsession for dolls. In some doujin works, she is often depicted making or playing with dolls. It is also widely assumed that she makes dolls of other characters for fun (such as putting on a puppet show with them). This might be somewhat official, as she has at least made dolls representing the Three Fairies of Light and used those to mock them in Strange and Bright Nature Deity. She has also used them, in some doujin, like voodoo dolls in a more sadistic manner.
Her dolls may also act independent and have the ability to talk without Alice's occurrence, in which she'll use them as slave, which is somewhat official. She use them in battle and may be surrounded in nothing but her dolls. There's one instance with the Fan-made character Maybell, who is an independent doll that's often shown to be her friend. She'll get angry with Marisa if she attempts to steal any of her doll.
- Alice is also known to be associated ("coupled") with Mobile Suit Gundam's Zaku II model in some fan works. The established coupling name is "Zaku-Alice is my justice" (ザクアリが俺のジャスティス zaku ari ga ore no zyasutisu). It became popular in a Touhou comic on pixiv drawn by Kopo (コーポ).
- There has also been some comparisons between Alice and the Ex-S Gundam or S Gundam, mainly the colors, its ALICE system (with the final goal having it pilot a suit on its own), and its incoms (which offer all-range attacks). There is some fanart highlighting this. The relation appears to be incidental (The Mystic Square]] debuted in 1988, some time before ZUN started on the Touhou Project).
- Perfect Memento in Strict Sense: Alice Margatroid
- Immaterial and Missing Power - character profile
- Immaterial and Missing Power - Sakuya's Scenario
- Imperishable Night: キャラ設定.txt
- Immaterial and Missing Power - Match mode win quote (Alice beats Patchouli)
- Perfect Cherry Blossom - Character Settings.txt
- Immaterial and Missing Power - Alice's Scenario
- Mystic Square: omake.txt
- Meiji University talkshow "Dawn of Touhou"
- ZUN's E-mails
- Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red: Eirin Yagokoro
- The first Zaku-Alice manga on pixiv by Kopo (needs pixiv account to view. Japanese).
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