So last week didn’t go well. Not the episode itself rather the post. So I’m going to give this another shot since wasting time and effort chasing after the impossible is one of my specialties.
So this week there was games, and more games. As it would in real life playing these games, no one comes out of it really good.
The first part is devoted to playing a Monster Hunter clone, which is one of those adventure RPGs that I never actually play in real life. Though I was impressed by Sena’s total commitment to hitting the level cap in the space of a few days. I usually get that feeling very rarely like once a year when Football Manager is released (FM 2012 out in 1 week). The bags under the eyes develop in the early hours of the morning but you can always go one more turn or match in my case.
Kodaka’s character choice in the game was interesting in my case. I personally never create anything resembling myself in a game because it’s a fantasy after all. I can’t run across vast landscapes hunting monsters, play in the NBA or convince people to do my bidding in a post-apocalyptic world, so I make ideal versions of people. Surely I’m not the only one who does this?
Then there was also the player killing between Yozora and Sena. While it wouldn’t seem realistic for that to be included in co-op play, I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same myself. As one of the worst FPS players known to man, I usually have to resort to means other than trying to kill the intended target to find some enjoyment out of that kind of game.
Finally for that part was Kodaka’s attempt to seem normal to 2 classmates who also played the game. It went about as well as a certain writer’s personal experience as calm in the head suddenly turned into generic failing protagonist when trying to socialize.
The second half of the episode was devoted to a Tokimemo clone and it was inspired bringing in Kawasumi Ayako to voice Fujibayashi Akari. I mentioned in an earlier post that while not terribly realistic, dating sims have to have some sort of foundation in real life to have a modicum of appeal to potential buyers. Unsurprisingly, the 2 girls absolutely fail when they objectify one girl and call the one who is actually friendly to them a bitch.
The interesting part of all of this comes at the end when Sena had clearly spent way too much time clearing all of the stories. The irony is that when she dealt with the game like she would in real life, she absolutely failed. When she plays it like a game trying to complete routes like mad then she succeeds in finding out about all of the characters.
So onto the next episode and the mysterious figure stalking Kodaka at the end of the episode. I already know who it is, but what the hell, a socially inept trap character who looks up to someone socially inept because they seem manly is exactly what’s needed.