Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth

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東方儚月抄 ~ 月のイナバと地上の因幡
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth vol.1 Normal Edition
Developer

ZUN

Publisher

Manga 4-Koma Kings Palette /
Ichijinsha

Released

June 2007 - December 2012

Writers

Toshihira Arata

Illustrators

Toshihira Arata

Chapters

30

Touhou Bougetsushou ~ Tsuki no Inaba to Chijou no Inaba (東方儚月抄 ~ 月のイナバと地上の因幡, lit. "Ephemeral Moon Vignette from the East ~ Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth") is a series of comedic 4koma strips drawn by Toshihira Arata and serialized in Manga 4koma Kings Palette. Unlike other Touhou print works, ZUN is credited as "原案" (the base of setting and character design) instead of "原作" (scenario).

東方儚月抄 (Touhou Bougetsushou, "Eastern Ephemeral Moon Vignette") is a loosely interconnected storyline about the Lunarians that includes Silent Sinner in Blue, Cage in Lunatic Runagate, and Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth. Bougetsushou (儚月抄) can be translated as "Ephemeral Moon Vignette": compare with 東方永夜抄 ~ Imperishable Night (Touhou Eiyashou) which translates to "Eternal Night Vignette from the East". Note that in the title, "Inaba" (イナバ) (of the Moon) is written in katakana, but "Inaba" (因幡) (of the Earth) is written in kanji.

The illustration of the cover of premium version of the first volume shows Udonge laid on boiling water in the hot pot. This is a joke, as it's often mentioned, that Udonge is said to going to be eaten as rabbit nabe. On the other hand, that of premium version of the second volume shows Tewi sitting on a shark fin. This is also a joke concerning the White Rabbit of Inaba stepping on sharks in Kojiki.

Canonicity

Despite being considered an official Touhou work, the canonicity of this manga may be somewhat debatable, both due to its slightly over-the-top comedic gag nature, and due to ZUN reportedly being only loosely involved in its creation. Due to the fact that some character relationships, like the one between Fujiwara no Mokou and Kaguya Houraisan, can be gleaned from Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth, it's still a good (if unreliable) source by which to gauge their relationship. Several events in the comic were also referenced later in official works (the fast growing bamboo in Touhou Hisoutensoku's victory quotes, or Tewi Inaba's colored rabbits scam in Oriental Sacred Place, for example), although these could just be shout-outs.

Compilation Version

Complete Inaba Series

Compilation of all the chapter and extras.

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Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth Vol.1

東方儚月抄 ~ 月のイナバと地上の因幡
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth
vol.1 Normal Edition
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth vol.1 Normal Edition
Publisher

Ichijinsha

Released

August 22, 2009

Genre

Comic

Writers

ZUN

Illustrators

Toshihira Arata

Comic artists

Toshihira Arata

Chapters

16

Followed by

vol.2 Normal Edition

ISBN

9784758080354

東方儚月抄 ~ 月のイナバと地上の因幡
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth
vol.1 Premium Edition
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth vol.1 Premium Edition
Publisher

Ichijinsha

Released

August 21, 2009

Genre

Comic

Writers

ZUN

Illustrators

Toshihira Arata

Comic artists

Toshihira Arata

Chapters

16

Followed by

vol. 2 Premium Edition

ISBN

9784758080361

Inaba Chapter One

Translated by Solamarle, edited by Trefle

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Summary: Another typical day at Eientei.

Inaba Chapter Two

Translated by Pilpsie, edited by Trefle

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Summary: Summer days are hot, and everyone is finding ways to keep cool.

Inaba Chapter Three

Translated by Pilpsie, edited by Trefle

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Summary: Reisen Udongein Inaba and Tewi Inaba hang out at Kourindou to escape from the rain.

Inaba Chapter Four

Translated by Pilpsie, edited by Trefle

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Summary: Eientei is preparing for the viewing of the harvest moon.

Inaba Chapter Five

Translated by Tetrominon, edited by Trefle

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Summary: Kaguya Houraisan decides to venture outside of Eientei. Aya Shameimaru writes the trip up in her paper.

Inaba Chapter Six

Translated by Tetrominon, edited by Trefle

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Summary: Reisen wonders if Eirin Yagokoro will ease up with "punishment time".

Inaba Chapter Seven

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Eirin catches a cold, and everyone else tends to her health.

Inaba Chapter Eight

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: The New Year has arrived, and the Eientei crew tell each other their aspirations for the upcoming year.

Inaba Chapter Nine

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Everyone at Eientei is invited to a party at the Scarlet Devil Mansion. (This is the same party where the SDM crew shows off their rocket in Silent Sinner in Blue.)

Inaba Chapter Ten

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Reisen goes to the Human Village to sell medicine and meets Keine Kamishirasawa and Akyuu Hieda.

Inaba Chapter Eleven

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Fujiwara no Mokou decides to have another duel with Kaguya.

Inaba Chapter Twelve

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: The Eientei crew decide to go out fishing.

Inaba Chapter Thirteen

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Reisen and Tewi try to fix a leaking roof when Suwako Moriya appears at Eientei.

Inaba Chapter Fourteen

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Reisen, Tewi, and Eirin have some fun at stalls near the Sanzu River.

Inaba Chapter Fifteen

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Everyone at Eientei tries to avoid bug bites.

Inaba Chapter Sixteen

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Reisen and Tewi head into the Forest of Magic to get some mushrooms for Eirin.

Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth Vol.2

東方儚月抄 ~ 月のイナバと地上の因幡
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth
vol.2 Normal Edition
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth vol.2 Normal Edition
Publisher

Ichijinsha

Released

July 22, 2010

Genre

Comic

Writers

ZUN

Illustrators

Toshihira Arata

Comic artists

Toshihira Arata

Chapters

17

ISBN

9784758080743

東方儚月抄 ~ 月のイナバと地上の因幡
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth
vol.2 Premium Edition
Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth vol.2 Premium Edition
Publisher

Ichijinsha

Released

July 22, 2010

Genre

Comic

Writers

ZUN

Illustrators

Toshihira Arata

Comic artists

Toshihira Arata

Chapters

17

ISBN

9784758080750

Inaba Chapter Seventeen

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Kaguya has gained a little weight and everyone helps to get her into shape.

Inaba Chapter Eighteen

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Reisen follows Mokou to find out why she has a grudge against Kaguya.

Inaba Chapter Nineteen

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Eientei undergoes spring cleaning.

Inaba Chapter Twenty

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: The rabbits at Eientei organize a workers' strike.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-One

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Snow falls on Eientei; Reisen and Tewi have fun in the wintry outdoors.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-Two

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Eirin asks Reisen to get a book from Patchouli Knowledge's library.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-Three

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: After hearing about a "sea" appearing in the Scarlet Devil Mansion, Kaguya decides she wants to have her own sea.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-Four

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Kaguya goes missing and everyone else looks for her.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-Five

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Rei'sen, Watatsuki no Yorihime, and Watatsuki no Toyohime come down to Eientei.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-Six

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Yorihime and Toyohime reveal why they came down to Earth in Gensokyo. Yorihime also decides to have a training session with both Reisens.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-Seven

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Rei'sen, Yorihime, and Toyohime decide to take their leave, though Toyohime tries to take a souvenir.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-Eight

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Kaguya has some fun playing the guitar.

Inaba Chapter Twenty-nine

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: The rabbits are preparing for the second Lunar Exhibition.

Inaba Chapter Thirty

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: The Lunar Exhibition has passed, but Reisen doesn't remember any of it.

Inaba C72 Special

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Eientei decides to make flowing noodles.

Inaba C74 Special

Translated by Nietz, edited by Rukaroa

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Summary: Eientei prepares for summertime.

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