Ousama Game First Impressions (1): Plenty of death to go around

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I was surprised that this series added a pretty simple twist to standard setup to make things seem very different. There’s nothing particularly special about a class having to work together to survive a death game. But what happens if one of the students has gone through the game once already? It’s not a bad twist, but I’m honestly not sure it was handled well.

What does this change accomplish? Well, it adds an extra point of tension to the game. The class wants to know who is behind the Ousama Game, and they suddenly have a suspect who conveniently knows a little too much about the game. Plus, Nobuaki even admits that he’s the only survivor from the previous game, which is pretty suspicious. As such, I’m still not sure whether I liked the death of the “bully” character at the end of the episode, because it partially exonerates Nobuaki.

My biggest hope for the twist is that it lowers the learning curve for the game. The class naturally has to figure out this game, but having someone with experience should make that a simple question and answer session rather than a series of trial and error. Nobuaki can tell everyone what kind of orders to expect, how many come at a time, and what the progression of the game is.

I’m pretty sure his name isn’t “Tubasa”.

The main criticism I have for this episode is how…dumb the characters seem. I wonder if this is foreshadowing of the kinds of deaths we should expect to see in this series. For example, Natsuko’s friend claims to have some special knowledge that Natsuko is interested in Nobuaki, which is something that should have been incredibly obvious when Natsuko didn’t object to the kiss.

In another scene, Nobuaki says that his girlfriend is “very far away”, and then immediately asks Natsuko whether she believes in heaven. Maybe Natsuko was being polite, but that seemed pretty blatant to me.

Anyway, I think this series seems curious enough from this first episode. I’m interested enough to want to see where it goes. If I go by my standard rule, the first target is always the culprit, meaning it’s either Nobuaki (which would actually make for a pretty cool twist) or Natsuko.

And…protagonist desk: check.

Big Order Episode 9: All this talk about what’s real and what’s fake makes me wish this show wasn’t real

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I feel like I’m fine with the episode if it spends most of its time with people blaming Eiji. I’m going to pretend like I’m not watching softcore porn (which is becoming more hardcore by the minute).

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Uhh…dude? The guy with the dimension blade killed Kamimusubi while Eiji was standing right next to her and you’re just letting this girl stand out in the open on top of a rock where anyone could kill her? Yeah, nice job securing her.

Also, the fact that they’re drawing so much attention to the fact that they’ve successfully secured the priestesses means that this action will be ultimately meaningless.

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Wait…in what way does this mean he can’t have sex with Iyo right now? I mean…having sex with her now makes no sense, but this is not a valid reason to deny it. Heck…it’s not like it would waste much time (plus, I’m sure it would help out a lot with BD sales, am I right?).

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Gasp! The father in Eiji and Sena’s memories was fake? And everyone was surprised!

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Ugh…this guy’s voice…

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Ugh…they’re really forcing Rin to fall in love with Eiji? Screw this show, man…

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Wow…they really are blaming everything on Eiji.

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Okay, buddy…whatever you say. *has the crazy guy stopped talking yet?*

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Okay, I get that this is supposed to be some dramatic battle where Gennai tries to release Sena’s memories, but why is this battle even happening in the first place? We learned earlier that the wish that was made first should overwrite subsequent wishes, so it should be clear who the winner is. This scene only makes sense if its setting up some future scene where Eiji overwrites Gennai’s power.

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Yeah, dude…nice job securing her. See what I mean?

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I’m way too distracted by the distortion in Gennai’s face to pay attention to what he’s saying right now.

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This is supposed to be some sort of convoluted “escapism” message, and as someone who watches anime, I feel like I should be insulted.

Also, let me get this straight. Gennai’s proposition is that Eiji wishes for a world where he and Sena are happy, thus creating a universe in which this is true. However, the current Eiji would still only exist in his current world, meaning that he would just be ensuring that somewhere somehow there’s an Eiji who is living happily with a Sena. Who would be satisfied with this?

Heck, given the concept of the multiverse, we actually have no way of knowing that this isn’t the case already. The only difference after this experiment is that we ensure it is the case…which is supposed to be comforting?

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Uhh…no. If the current world’s Eiji just ate a cracker and the other world’s Eiji just ate a steak, their bodies would have different atoms. Also, given what we know about the brain and how it changes state, this is just categorically false.

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I am totally okay with this.

Well…it’s almost done. I feel like this show was trying to make some deep philosophical argument, but…that’s not how you deliver an argument about “identity” and “reality”.

Big Order Episode 8: Just when I thought it couldn’t get more crazy…

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I refuse to believe this. Let’s say there’s someone who used an Order to plant the false memory of Gennai’s death into Sena’s brain. If my understanding of neuroscience is correct, her brain should have found an explanation for this rather than leaving this glaring inconsistency that allows her to realize it’s a fake memory. And even if I’m willing to believe that the brain doesn’t in fact do that, you expect me to believe Sena hasn’t noticed this inconsistency up to now?

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Wait…what? I mean…you’re the expert, but I say that pentagram looks nothing like the coil. Maybe you mean to say that this formation produces the same effect as the coil, but in a natural way, which is more acceptable…but how do you even know that?

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Even the translator has given up on this show…

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I believe that. Sounds easy!

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Sure, we needed to see this…filler in a 10-episode series.

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Anyone else have a hard time believing that in this world post-Great Destruction, the press works exactly the same way as it does in a regular world?

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You just came to the realization that your memory of your father’s death was altered, right? Why is it not a stretch to think that this memory is also altered? How can she be so certain that her memories of her father are correct?

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Aaaaaaand Sena goes back to be being the damsel in distress. She was almost useful.

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I’m not even paying attention to what these people are saying anymore…just wondering how Eiji isn’t dead from losing this much blood. Also, this series cuts off Eiji’s limbs like it’s Star Wars.

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One of these days, Eiji will use his power on his opponent instead of randomly punching like this…one of these days.

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And we’re still not going to explain to you why Hiiragi can heal Eiji after the battle is over, but couldn’t heal Kamimusubi.

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Whoa…wait…wha- I- uh- er- wha-?

Big Order Episode 7: It’s all so shocking!

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On the bright side, Eiji starts off the episode by not being a complete idiot. That’s a positive, right? Now we give Hiiragi the perfect opportunity to give some ridiculous reason why his power won’t work.

Also, I like how they just confirm Kamimusubi is dead from last week’s episode like it’s a side note.

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This…doesn’t really pass as dialogue. The way that they casually let this guy tell Eiji that he might not have caused the Great Destruction is actually frustrating.

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Interesting…usually research is a discovery of the mechanisms of reality, so I guess the reason Hiiragi’s wish involves rejecting reality involves hating his obsession with research?

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Using a coil to harness a new kind of energy? Where have I seen this before?

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The light! It’s like it’s coming from two different places!

Side note: Hiiragi mentions that after “some day”, Gennai’s personality changed. Was it after the creating of Daisy? Or was there some tragic event that led to the creation of Daisy?

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So…his wish was that the reality of Gennai was a lie? Fair enough.

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I would say that this Daisy timing was really convenient, but she proceeds to completely derail Eiji from his train of thought with Rin’s message, so it’s really just a distraction.

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Wait…how long has she been able to control light? You mean they could have made the very easy joke that the light beams were coming from her power? Come on, man! You had the perfect opportunity!

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I’m guessing this is forced irony from the writer…the one who controls light is useless without her vision. However, if you knew anything about how nearsightedness works, you’d know that it’s caused by light refracting incorrectly when it enters your eye so that it focuses on the wrong spot…you know, something that a person with the power to control light would probably be able to fix pretty easily. Just saying.

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The scene where the ribbons come out of her hair is dramatic and all, but it begs the question of why the ribbon wasn’t already untied from her first shot.

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To me, this scene is everything that’s wrong with this episode. You have Iyo, who can see the future, and her only appearance in this entire operation is just to tell the audience that Hiiragi will lose.

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Guess what? All of your planning was pointless!

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Aaaaand betrayed.

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Everything you know is a lie! Well, the opening animation did seem to suggest Sena had a larger role to play in all of this, so I’m not all too surprised. The “good girl” demeanor is a bit weird, though.

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, let’s make Rin spell it out.

So what am I supposed to take away from this episode? Sena’s not actually dying? She’s the real reason Kamimusubi is dead? Is it because she wanted to continue to use her impending death against Eiji? I mean, I think Sena becomes a lot more interesting of a character if she has no Order because it would mean that she’s the protagonist this story actually needed.

Big Order Episode 3: …What? Huh?

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Oh hey…I remember this from the first episode.

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I wonder who will get the focus in this week’s episode. Also…is she pregnant? That would certainly explain why Eiji’s power aimed low last week…maybe the power was aiming for the baby. Still, the great destruction event happen ten years prior to the series starting, so either that would have to mean the baby’s born or the power was given after the incident.

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Surely there’s a time limit for this, right? It’s not like Fran can keep her frozen forever. Also, does he have to stay near her? If so, he’s pointless to the plot. If not, his power is a bit ridiculous…

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…why exactly is that the case? Because the Order in charge is a powerful asset? Because the area holds a lot of influence in the world? Because it’s the most difficult to dominate?

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Remember that thing Daisy said about lowering the range of your ability? That would be why.

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I’m gonna go with “if the king doesn’t lead, how can he expect his subordinates to follow?” or whatever the quote is.

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I noticed this!

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Hopefully this is a strategy. If it were me, I would think that pretending like you’re being forced to help Eiji against your will would make it harder for people to attack you.

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Kill the hostages to make them prove they’re not actually being controlled by Eiji? That actually works…

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I mean…I get what he’s trying to do here by convincing the prime minister that he’s the one in control, but doesn’t this fall apart when someone sees one of these people alive? Also, I feel a bit insulted that the series tries so hard to explain it to us.

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I get that Rin is here because she’s the only one Eiji can actually kill, but I have a more important question. Eiji ordered her never to leave his domain and she was just locked up in a cell in a different part of the building. Wasn’t she out of his domain at that point? Why would she use a close-range weapon and willingly walk back into his domain where his order to never harm him or his sister takes hold? Or is it more like Eiji’s domain follows Rin wherever she is?

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I hate these flashes of chess pieces. They’re basically shoving it in our faces of “oh ho ho! look at this amazing strategy!”. Seriously, why can’t people be more subtle?

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Well, this is helpful. Still, it does beg a question. Iyo activates her power when she shows up in front of Eiji, meaning she didn’t know she would get them out safely before she reached them. That sounds like a stupid thing to do especially since she could have carried the piece of paper she uses to read the warnings at any time.

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Maybe if you were more successful, he might actually care.

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Uhh…what? So much for my earlier theory…

Also, this conversation makes no sense. At the end of it, it sounded like Eiji promises not to touch the ribbon, but the way Iyo explains herself makes it sound like she’ll lose her powers if Eiji touches any part of her.

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Bobble Rin!

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Well, this doesn’t make sense. Eiji’s allowed to dominate bullets and guns without dominating the wielder, so why would this be any different? Does the Order actually create the Rock God out of nothing or is it just a bunch of rocks held together by the Order? If it’s the former, then that wish is very specific…

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The chosen one! Seriously, what is going on?

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*facepalm* Really? That was pretty anticlimactic.

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…what? I’m so confused right now. Also, she’s useless now, right? She just has no powers?

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Huh? Wha? I- wha?

…I’m so confused.

Some of you are going to tell me “but Marth, don’t be silly! Obviously, her ribbon symbolizes bunny ears and rabbits are the symbol of fertility, so clearly that would explain everything you just watched in the second half of the episode.” I’m very aware of all of this and I still have no idea what I just watched.