Silent Sinner in Blue/Volume 1

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東方儚月抄
Silent Sinner in Blue
Vol.1
Silent Sinner in Blue vol.1
Developer

ZUN /
Aki★Eda

Publisher

Comic Rex /
Ichijinsha (tankobon)

Released

April 9, 2008

Writers

ZUN

Illustrators

Aki★Eda

Comic artists

Aki★Eda

Pages

172

Chapters

8

Followed by

Silent Sinner in Blue Vol. 2

Comes with

Silent Sinner in Blue (CD)

ISBN

9784758060899

The first volume of Silent Sinner in Blue was released on April 9, 2008, and published by Ichijinsha during its serialization in the Comic Rex magazine. It covers the first 1/3 of the chapters of the series, and includes the prologue, as well. In addition, it was printed alongside a music CD by ZUN which contained three FM compositions to fit the theme of the story.

Summary[edit]

The first volume of Silent Sinner in Blue covers the very beginning until when Reimu Hakurei seems prepared to grant power to the space rocket.

It starts by introducing Reimu and Marisa Kirisame, and then depicts Reisen arriving on Earth for the first time. As the lunar rabbit makes her way to Eientei, Yukari Yakumo and her familiar Ran Yakumo propose an alliance with the residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion to invade the Moon and take what they can. They attempt to get Yuyuko Saigyouji to join, but she refuses. Through all this, Reimu is undergoing serious training at Yukari's behest. After a few months, Sakuya Izayoi reveals to Reimu the plan for their rocket, which will use the power of the gods to reach the Moon. Finally, Reysen returns to the moon and the two lunar princesses, Watatsuki no Toyohime and Watatsuki no Yorihime are introduced.

Chapters[edit]

SSiB Prologue (May 9, 2007)

Translated by Solamarle, edited by Arsen

Summary: Reimu and Marisa relax at the Hakurei Shrine and reminisce about the people they have encountered.

SSiB Chapter One: The Sage's Plan (June 8, 2007)

Translated by Solamarle and Tanin, edited by Arsen

Summary: The saga begins with Yukari dispatching some crow shikigami over a sea. She then heads to the Hakurei Shrine and tells Reimu to start training herself, which Reimu notes is strange (this event is referenced in Curiosities of Lotus Asia ch26). At Eientei, as the rabbits pound mochi, Eirin Yagokoro talks with Kaguya Houraisan about the latest rumor from the moon: a new force has appeared on the moon, removing the American flag and sending it back to Earth (where it was found by the Three Fairies of Light in Eastern and Little Nature Diety ch3). Eirin speculates this may be the start of another lunar war. Meanwhile, at the Hakurei Shrine, Reimu finishes her training for the day when a rabbit (Reysen) collapses at her feet. Back at the sea, Yukari continues her preparations, and Ran gives her a report on the actions of the various factions of Gensokyo.

SSiB Chapter Two: The Jewelled Rabbit's Letter (July 9, 2007)

Translated by Solamarle, edited by Arsen

Summary: The rabbit Reimu met in the previous chapter wakes up in the Hakurei Shrine. She notices her lunar veil is missing, and looks for it when Reimu comes in holding it. Though Reimu intended to keep the cloth for herself, the rabbit takes it back. Afterwards, Reimu treats the rabbit to snacks and tea. Reimu mentions after giving the rabbit her futon she went to see the doctor, Eirin Yagokoro. (Their meeting is described in the first chapter of Cage in Lunatic Runagate.) Because she gave her futon to the rabbit, Reimu didn't sleep that night, and thus proceeded to take a nap. The rabbit then leaves the shrine after hearing a mysterious voice calling to her. In the Bamboo Forest of the Lost, the rabbit meets with the source of the voice, Eirin. The rabbit asks Eirin to hide her after she ran away from the moon, and she tells Eirin a rumor that claims Eirin is behind the unrest on the moon. Completely uninterested in lunar affairs, Eirin senses the rabbit is still attached to the moon and refuses to take her in. However, she does give the rabbit a letter to Watatsuki no Toyohime and asks the rabbit to go back to the moon and give it to her. Back at the shrine, Marisa wakes Reimu up. Disappointed the rabbit has disappeared with the robe, Reimu tells Marisa about her encounter with the rabbit, who Reimu believes is actually a tanuki or kitsune. She then starts her training when she and Marisa observe a "rising shooting star" (which is actually the rabbit using the lunar veil to go back to the moon).

SSiB Chapter Three: The Scarlet Rocket (August 9, 2007)

Translated by Solamarle, edited by Arsen

Summary: One month after the first chapter, the inhabitants of the Scarlet Devil Mansion reminisce on Ran's visit, where she asked them to help Yukari infiltrate the Lunar Capital and steal its technology. Remilia Scarlet refused, and now plans instead to build a rocket and reach the Lunar Capital herself before Yukari's trip. Lacking reference materials on rockets from the Outside World, Patchouli Knowledge sends Sakuya to buy some from Kourindou. She returns with books on the Apollo programme (plentiful due to "lunar landing hoax" conspiracy theories), leading Patchouli to believe that the critical component of space travel is building the rocket in three stages. It's revealed in this chapter that hundreds of years ago Yukari invaded the moon with an army of youkai (the "Lunar War" previously mentioned), but was defeated and forced to flee.

SSiB Chapter Four: Our Old Friend, The Rainy Moon (September 8, 2007)

Translated by Solamarle, edited by Arsen

Summary: Another month later, Yuyuko Saigyouji and Youmu Konpaku sat down to watch the harvest moon while eating dumplings, but the moon is hidden by rain. At the Scarlet Devil Mansion, the rocket is about 70% complete but Patchouli is having trouble creating rocket fuel. Sakuya travels to the Hakurei Shrine to asks Reimu to lend them the power of the gods. It's revealed that after visiting the Scarlet Devil Mansion, Ran asked Yuyuko to keep an eye on them, since if they reached the Moon first then the Lunarians would defeat them and be on alert for Yukari; Yuyuko refused, considering it too unlikely. Back in the present, Yuyuko says that Ran didn't seem to understand what Yukari really wanted her to do. Youmu tells Yuyuko that she's been spying on the Mansion herself and reveals their progress - Yuyuko is surprised but oddly pleased, and gives Youmu a message for Reimu. She explains that Yukari must have started training Reimu in channeling the gods so that the rocket would succeed...

SSiB Chapter Five: The Sumiyoshi Project (October 9, 2007)

Translated by Solamarle, edited by Arsen

Summary: The events of Mountain of Faith are mentioned to have taken place in the time since the story began. The SDM's rocket has been remodelled, and now resembles a house with three cylindrical floors stacked crudely on top of each other. Sakuya arrives at the Hakurei Shrine and tells Reimu that their rocket requires a three-staged cylindrical magic power as propellant. Reimu is baffled as to how she can help until Youmu arrives, saying that since a rocket is basically a ship, the fuel could be something related to sailing. Reimu then realises that she could power the rocket by chanelling Sumiyoshi, the three-part god of voyages. The chapter ends with one of Yukari's crows watching Patchouli as she declares that "Project Sumiyoshi" is sure to succeed.

SSiB Chapter Six: The Three-God Moon Rocket (November 9, 2007)

Translated by Solamarle, edited by Arsen

Summary: Reimu practices invoking Sumiyoshi, while explaining some of the nature of Shinto gods to Marisa. Patchouli makes the finishing touches to the rocket, including "borrowing some style from the shrine" by placing ofuda and shinenawa on the upper portion. Yukari receives her crow's report and mentions that neither her power nor a rocket from the Outside World could easily reach the Lunar Capital, but since it's a Gensokyo-like realm, then a rocket from Gensokyo might have a chance. One of her crows is seen flying towards the Lunar Capital, but dies as its surroundings blur and become the airless Near Side of the Moon (this scene is also shown on Chapter 3 of Cage in Lunatic Runagate).

SSiB Chapter Seven: The Princesses of The Moon (December 8, 2007)

Translated by Solamarle, edited by Arsen

Summary: The moon rabbit from the beginning of the story rushes through the streets of the Lunar Capital to meet the Watatsuki sisters, but is denied an audience by the gateguards of the Lunar Capital. Watatsuki no Toyohime, however, arrives at the gates and tells the guards to let her through. The sisters are happy to receive Eirin's letter, and explain that while officially their former teacher is a criminal they must capture, they don't think she did anything wrong and have no interest in hunting her down. They then "punish" the rabbit for abandoning her mochi-pounding duties by adopting her as their pet, naming her "Reysen" after their old pet. As they start to read the letter, something in it shocks them.