what's wrong with aunn? she's a good pup
Short answer: I am a bitter angry old man.
Long answer: WaHH 42 spoilers are in this post and I can’t seem to add a Read More while responding for whatever reason, so there’s everyone’s warning.
Aunn debuted as a tryhard Kyouko and has done basically nothing to change that (if anything it’s gotten worse). Ever since the HSiFS demo I’ve been reasonably positive she exists purely to lampshade the idea of a universe as vast and expansive as Touhou and the question of “where the heck were these people all this time”. But all she had to do was nyanpose and suddenly she gets more attention than the other two demo characters combined, both of which I found substantially more interesting as characters even though I don’t particularly care about Eternity either. (Side note: a bit of extra bitterness is reserved for how Nemuno was pretty clearly intentionally designed to not be conventionally cute and yet the first thing the fandom did with her was do their best to cutify her anyway. At least Eternity got some quality “i am actually a god in disguise faking innocence and lack of intelligence for xyz hilarious reasons” content, though.)
The full game did basically nothing to change this, instead inadvertently giving Aunn a partner in attention-vacuuming crime (perhaps for Nemuno-ish reasons?). I mean, ZUN literally gave us Orange Yukari - an extra interesting addition to the cast given how WaHH has been expanding on the concept of Gensokyo’s sages - and people don’t care because they’re too busy petting the dog and getting rock hard for the statue. It’s eerily reminiscent of how giving Byakuren a motorcycle completely overshadowed the actually important stuff in ULiL that she had little/nothing meaningful to do with.
Then WaHH 42 comes along and manages the feat of both acknowledging, if not outright directly stating, that Aunn is completely unimportant and irrelevant to everything and inserting her all over the place anyway. Outside of the absolutely wonderful (and bizarrely direct and blunt) conversation between Kasen and Aya, they couldn’t keep the camera off of Aunn for more than, like, two or three panels. I spent the entire chapter after Aya/Kasen trying to reach into the screen and physically shove Aunn aside so I could see and listen to Okina more. I didn’t need a subtly comedic and unsubtly dramatic buildup to the revelation that Aunn’s not important and that Okina is the queen of SuperFortress OmegaSpiffy, I already knew that from HSiFS Stages 6 and Extra. (Perhaps the presentation *did* work out neatly for those that have not yet played or read up on those stages; my fiancée, God bless per infinite patience with me, pointed out that she, at least, had found it interesting since she had no idea what she was getting into with Okina.) She even got a special super-fancy title card! Not even Yukari got one of those in FS, hers was the same as everyone else’s and definitely didn’t take up a quarter of the page. And Okina more or less going “y’all better knock off your shit or I’ll reset reality and ‘forget’ to include you the second time around” is fascinating! Is she really capable of that? Is she really that capricious, or is she just yanking everyone’s chain and is actually mellow and good-humored? And what does this mean for the loose Discreet Youkai War for the Human Village thread FS left dangling? I want to know more about these things, not see Aunn show up on every page blocking other characters off and trying to be the focus like that Love Live meme face.
So yes, now that we’ve verified that Aunn is, indeed, unimportant to everything, I want her to go away accordingly. Shoo. Either have her make dialogueless background cameos whenever we see a major religious building or just don’t bother with her at all. I need more sages and more info on those sages. It keeps me aliiiiiiiiiive.
EDIT: I forgot to include that basically all of the reactions I’ve seen so far to WaHH 42 are “look at aunn! look at aunn!!” which is like do you even understand what you just read