Princess Principal 11 Reaction: Xanatos Gambit Pile-up

I was planning to make a review post for Episode 2 but seeing the newest episode made me change my mind. Not that it is bad; Episode 11 does a good job of setting up things up for the Finale. But, like the first part of a detective/mystery novel, I believe said episode cannot be judged on its merit until we see the solution/key to the mystery.

Until now, the cases are episodic; we are presented the problem, the clues and the solution within the same episode. This time though, what we have are problems and some of the clues – the resolution still lies next week unaired.

This does provide a unique opportunity to truly guess and not rely on hindsight. Lets see how much we’ll get right on the next episode!

For those who are reading this post, here is a simple legend:

Normal text= Fact or something that I believe is 100% true

Italic text = Speculation/Guesses/Wishful thinking 

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Recipe # 3 – Yukihira Style Chaliapin Steak Don

The thing I appreciate with Shokugeki no Soma is its recipes. It is nice to have a cooking manga wherein you can bring the creations back to life.  More than that, I love how cheap and easy most of the recipes are.

As this shokugeki will tell you, “You don’t need expensive ingredients to have a nice meal.” 

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Princess Principal Episode 1 – Ange, The Magnificent Liar

As of episode 10 there is only two episodes to come.

Unless, they massively flubbed the ending its safe  to say that  Princess Principal is the sleeper hit of this season.  Surprisingly, “Cute Girl James Bond Spy Action in Steampunk Alternate Past!London with bonus yuri-subtext,” is the anime that I didn’t know I have been missing.

The show took its cues from Haruhi and airing the episodes in anachronistic order. Since the episodes are mostly self-contained stories its not bad plotwise.  Astute viewers though who pay attention to the chronology may find themselves a bit spoiled at certain points.

Episode 1 itself is one of Princess Principal strongest cases and do a good job of establishing our protagonist so I don’t mind them using it as an opener.

In any case, let the analyzing begin. <Warning spoilers below until episode 10>

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Saki – Miyanaga Names, Irony, Themes and Playstyles

You could thank the existence of this post to Aaron who managed to spark my inspiration for Saki once again.

At this point, every one of the nuclear Miyanaga family has been named, which is a great time to look for symbolism and patterns again. ^^

I  also know that you guys were  probably tired of etymology post that amounts to “Saki” meaning “bloom” and Teru meaning “shine”. And if you didn’t know that,  the manga and the anime or my blog have probably beaten the fact in your head by now. Thus, instead of rehashing those we are going to talk about themes and irony.  How in some ways the names of the Miyanaga family may also display their personal challenges.

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Clannad VN – Miyazawa Yukine Route

While I’m waiting for the fast forward button on our favorite mahjong manga, I’m working through my steam backlog. Currently, I’m playing a famous visual novel – the one and only – Clannad!  I’m sure you’ve heard of it and its infamous ability to draw tears to your eyes.

There will be spoilers within this post, so kindly push the back button if you don’t want to be spoiled.

First stop, Miyazawa Yukine!

 

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Soul Gambler VN Review

*This is a spoiler free review. Also, short.

Soul Gambler is a visual novel done in a comic book style about an average guy who is living a boring life until he was offered the power to trade his soul for anything. You know the classic faustian bargain?

While not technically bad (no apparent plot holes and good foreshadowing actually), the storyline is too short to make an impact on me.  Netherless, I liked several concepts within it. Mostly, the fact that trading your soul doesn’t mean you’re automatically screwed – there are bad trades and good trades. Though, some trades regarding relationships were a bit iffy on consent if you look at it closely enough.

As for investment, it took me a little over an hour to get all achievements. And while its listed as 2.99 US dollar on steam, it goes on sale often enough for fifty cents. So for achievement hunters or steam card hunters, this game is worth it. For those who aren’t part of the that club, think of this as a one shot manga or short story that has a cool concept even if a bit rushed – one worth a look if you’re feeling bored enough.

 

Rewatching Saki Episode 1 – Miyanaga Siblings Introduction to Mahjong in Parallel Part III

Chapter 171 is up as well as the leaks for the next chapter. I think that I’ll be covering that in my next post since the two are interconnected. For now, since I’m already covering the first episode of Saki, I might as well continue it? This time with some actual mahjong analysis!

I would also like to give special thanks to Katreus for his mahjong expertise. Without him this post would have come out sometime next year?

….Or not at all.

…..Probably.  The writing muse is a fickle mistress.

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Hearthstone Puzzle Collection #1

Did Ritz miss an issue? I am wondering why there isn’t any news on the Saki front.

That said. I’ve have a “productive” gaming week. Mostly because my commute got longer and thus more time to play hearthstone while on the bus. So much so that I’ve reached my rank 5 target early. Usually, I reached that at the end of the month. So yey!

To celebrate, I’ve decided to put a little collection of hearthstone puzzle taken from various streamers and user posts. This ones are a bit on the easy side. ^^

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Emily is Away Review

Have you experienced a friendly relationship that seemed to be verging into something more?

Are you alive in the early 2000’s era of PC with its Window XP operating system and AOL messenger?

Then, this game might be for you.  Without spoiling anything, “Emily is Away” is about your relationship with Emily from senior year of high school to senior year of college; encapsulated by snippets of  back and forth online communication throughout the years.

The game itself is very short. It only took me less than an hour to finish. It can also be downloaded for free at steam or  here so the time/money commitment is low. And for completionist like me, getting every achievement on steam won’t even take you 20 minutes. (Here is a guide for that) Replayability is low though. In fact, for certain reasons that I will get into later, I think this game would be better served if you played it just ONCE.  

One thing is for sure while I cannot say I enjoyed this game, its still thought provoking all the same.

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Rewatching Saki Episode 1 – Miyanaga Siblings Introduction to Mahjong in Parallel Part II

To most of the fans’ joy, Teru’s flashback is continuing in the manga. The current chapter 170 is great at clarifying some new information and adding a few question marks.

Still, I think, I’m going to wait for a few more chapters before I comment on  it again. Instead, I would like to go back to the beginning tackling the first episode and looking for parallels there.

To those not up to date with the manga. Note that this is not a mere rewatch post. It has a few spoiler up to Chapter 170. 

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