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  • Yeah sorry when the spam filter gets overwhelmed it just cans anything with links that’s not from a registered user.

  • Another sad explanation is internalized self-hatred. When I was in Eating Disorder Mind as a teen, I definitely talked like that, even though I knew it was awful and degrading, as a kind of externalized self-harm. The shit we do to young women is tragic.

  • [Testicles crawled out of the black hole, grabbing hold of anyone that got it their paths.]

    This is incredible.

  • sorry sorry sorry. I am more tired than I thought it was ever possible to be tired, and this is super long on top of that.

    Last time, we checked in with the cast.

    We had a lot happen this route, and […]

    • Is he implying that only professional, full-time detectives ‘count’?

      I don’t think so. It feels fairly straightforward to me, as far as Dine goes: he emphasizes the importance of solving the crime via analytical methods rather than coincidence, hunches, culprit suddenly confessing or attempting to kill the detective (and thus revealing their identity) and other such devices.

      do not fuck your readers

      I think you meant, “Do not bring your readers to the hymeneal altar.”

    • 3. There must be no love interest. The business in hand is to bring a criminal to the bar of justice, not to bring a lovelorn couple to the hymeneal altar.

      This may be the most unappealing description of sex I’ve ever heard. Also it makes me 100% sure that Dine was not lucky with the ladies.

      I think he is just referring to marriage, Hymen being the Greek god of marriage. Though that actually makes it weirder. Maybe a century ago you couldn’t write about s.e.x. too casually, but surely “marriage” isn’t such a dirty word that you have to write about “hymeneal altar” instead?

       

      (spoiler alert for Mystery of the Yellow Room, I guess)

      SSVD #7, #17 and #18 feel like a fuck-you to The Mystery of the Yellow Room, maybe?

    • Heavy Rain pretty infamously broke the ‘detective cannot be the killer’ rule, and really suffered from it, since it was also a character the player got to play and heard his thoughts.

       

      Naturally the game had him teleporting about off-screen and with completely misleading thoughts because it was more or less a treatise on how NOT to write a detective story.

       

      “6. The detective novel must have a detective in it; and a detective is not a detective unless he detects. His function is to gather clues that will eventually lead to the person who did the dirty work in the first chapter; and if the detective does not reach his conclusion through an analysis of those clues, he has no more solved the problem than the schoolboy who gets his answer out of the back of the arithmetic.”

       

      Oh man the Dresden Files super fails this like all the time. It’s shameful.

       

      • Naturally the game had him teleporting about off-screen and with completely misleading thoughts because it was more or less a treatise on how NOT to write a detective story.

        I was super surprised when you found out who the murderer in Heavy Rain is, but considering it was because it was a fat old man with breathing difficulties who had spent most of the game seemingly legitimately unaware who the murderer was an honestly investigating the case, I don’t think that counts.

        Oh man the Dresden Files super fails this like all the time. It’s shameful.

        I wonder how many books its been since Harry legitimately accepted an actual case from a normal person beset with magical problems.

  • ‘Dollies’ is what I’m going to call all money from now on.

  • -Create gold
    -Artificial inflation crashes Japanese economy
    -???
    -Profit

  • It’s all done now!

    Also: squeeeeeeeeee

    The Ushiromiya Family

    Kinzo

    You know, now that I think about it, we actually didn’t see that much of Kinzo this route. He had that one good scene with Nanjo […]

    • While I still can’t really comment because everything I say will be spoilers, gonna comment anyway.
       
      Because the thing about Kinzo that keeps getting me is that I feel like he maps the most easily onto the Judge, and that we now have one route where he obviously lives and one where it’s not possible to explicitly confirm his death just feels even more judge-flaggy to me.
      Judge Flagg sounds like a villain for Judge Dredd. Certainly better than Judge Death, which is just silly.
      After getting a route that revolved around her, she was killed by the key right at the beginning. Poor Natsuhi.
      She just got to Golden Land early. It’s fine.
      The thing with her and Kanon appearing as ghosts was a bit weird, and I’m honestly not sure what to make of it. Was it functionally different than the metacommentary from Bea and Bat? Can we take it as something that actually literally happened? Does it even matter? This goddamn game.
      I approve of paragraphs like this.
      but she feels like an actual person, instead of a villain the way Rosa does.
      Rosa is without love.
      He likes that she’s meek and mild and easy to boss around, and while I don’t think he’s actively like, “Yeah, she’ll be easy to take advantage of,” I think there’s a lot of subtext that points to his having a very traditional view of relationships, one in which the ideal wife is completely subservient to the husband.
      Where did he even get that? It’s not remotely what he’s got at home. Does he wish it was?
      Also, Jooji sucks. Just in case we’ve forgotten.
      On one hand, she has the power of love which she uses to make shields, which is like the most feminine ability ever.
      I hadn’t even realized that and I’ve been raving about seacats for years. The implications are implicating (also spoilers).
      I continue to be irrationally suspicious of Kyrie and I have no clue what my deal is.
      She’s continuously nonsuspicious. Therefore she must be the murderer. It’s like Mystery101.
      that all he can think to do is get wasted and then submit to Beatrice.
      Do things count after he’s wasted? Is that even a valid question in a repeating loop story?
      I guess I come out feeling kind of divided on how we’re supposed to read the ending, with a slight lean toward insincerity, despite the postgame profile.
      Rosa was traumatized by a turducken at a tender age. It’s the single most overlooked thing in the series. Y’all need to give her some more slack.(yea I know it wasn’t exactly turducken, roll with it)
      Then again, if my intuition is to be skeptical, maybe that’s what I should be skeptical of?
      Surely the correct attitude for reading seacats. Maybe? It may not be. But it could be.
      I kind of liked Gohda this route?
      He’s the only person without deep seated exposure to Ushiromiyahood/Ushiromiyacity. It’s a given he’ll be the goodest guy around here. It’s something.
      She went from fearful and reactive to confident and assertive, and it was a really great trajectory to follow.
      Too bad it’s all for nothing and she’ll’ve forgotten all of it by next book. Unless there’s some big twist or turn in format, which we can’t rule out.
      Kumasawa
      WHAT IS HER DEAL
      She can do nothing. Said it so many times, c’mon now.
      I think the more just tale would be of pinning everything on Kinzo and freeing all the people he’s hurt so badly from his clutches
      No love for Kinzo in this post. At least he’s not Jooji, he’s got that going for him.
      Bernkastel
      Lambadelta
      Imagine I quoted each sentence individually and commented “lol” on all of them. This blogging is delivering.
      Also good job for not thinking it’s Satoko for some unfathomable reason (which, like 80% of cicada->seacats readers do). Well alrite, the reason is plenty fathomable, but still. (also I’ll never mention reading other way round and permanently suspecting Satoko of fishiness all the way to end because of it, cos why would I mention that?)

    • Speaking from personal experience, it’s really physically hard for a kid that age to do any of that and impossible to perform flawlessly

      She has magic, though.

    • -Create gold
      -Artificial inflation crashes Japanese economy
      -???
      -Profit

    • “You stand accused of tax fraud. How do you plead?”

      “Fictional.”

      Without love, the defendant can not be seen.

    • … Umineko takes place in 1986. That’s… pretty close to the bubble collapse.

    • Umineko takes place in 1986. That’s… pretty close to the bubble collapse.

      Act didn’t mention it but that was actually obliquely referenced last route. During the siblings’ business conversation they kept going on about how THE JAPANESE ECONOMY IS DOING SO GREAT, GUYS and SURELY THE DOUGH WILL NEVER EVER STOP COMING IN. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be dramatic irony.

    • Wouldn’t hard mode be playing Krauss?

    • Taxation is theft.

      • The income tax is unconstitutional.
        Only the Gold Standard can save the economy.
         

        • HOLD UP HOLD UP HOLD UP HOLD UP

          THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE FEDERAL INCOME TAX WAS EXPLICITLY CONFIRMED WITH THE 1913 RATIFICATION OF THE SIXTEENTH AMMENDMENT.

          YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE IT, AND CAN CERTAINLY ADVOCATE FOR THE AMMENDMENT OR THE INCOME TAX TO BE STRIKEN FROM LAW, BUT IT IS NOT A RED TRUTH TO CLAIM IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

          And this is coming from someone who believes taxies levied on the income of private citizens is (at least morally) theft. 

    • If he bought that gold very early into Obama’s presidency, within the first two years or so, he might’ve actually gotten a pretty gold return on investment, especially if he died and it was sold around 2012.

    • Actually, the modern constitution of Japan is, in its entirety, a 1946 ammendment to the Meiji Consitution under Article 73 of that document.

  • Act commented on the post, Boogiepop Phantom 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    There’s also a hardcover release of the first couple of novels in English in the next few months. It’s by Seven Seas, I think? So if you’ve ever wanted a really nice edition, now’s the time.

  • Not really any consistency, unfortunately. A smattering on older posts (which makes me think she was seeing if I wouldn’t notice because they were older) then a whole crop of very recent ones, possibly to see if I was still moderating comments post-diagnosis.

    Also, full disclosure, there’s no way to tell who’s actually doing it, I just assume…[Read more]

  • She definitely noticed, she sent me dozens of increasingly unhinged PMs about how I was the real evil for not letting her comment.

    I didn’t respond, assuming — rightly — that she’d eventually scream herself out, which she did, and she also seems to realize that I’m not going to let her through, so she gave up. She does seem to be reporting…[Read more]

  • Act commented on the post, Misc Discussion Post 1 month ago

    Has anyone around here played Mirror’s Edge? I have tried on three very separate occasions to play it, and on each I lasted about 45 minutes in my first play session before putting it down, and then never picking it up again. I never intend to quit playing altogether, and I’m always mildly entertained I guess, I just find it cannot hold my…[Read more]

  • I think it might minimize if you put it under a spoiler? TBH I don’t care but if other people find it distracting I’ll fool around and try to find a solution.

  • This is so cool! I like that you can see for some he took bits and pieces while for others he was clearly like, “Yes, this was exactly what I had in mind!”

    It’s interesting to see them contextualized because I think for mostof the oufits I wouldn’t have pegged them as lolita-style on my own — they fit so well and and naturally into the setting…[Read more]

  • RE: Shannon: I wonder that every time I see her full-body sprite. Do the other orphan-servants also have tattoos? Was it just a limitation of her costume design? Is it actually an important plot point? WHO KNOWS

  • OH SHIT I FORGOT TO UPDATE IT
    I have to go to work but I’ll fix it later!
    edit: it fix

  • IT HAS WORDS NOW

    Also, if you haven’t read Higurashi, GO DO IT YOU FOOL there are endgame spoilers in here.

    ANYWAY TIME FOR THE REAL PARTY

    Bea and Rika, go!

    Bea’s like you’re just a sore loser […]

    • OH SHIT I FORGOT TO UPDATE IT
      I have to go to work but I’ll fix it later!
      edit: it fix

    • Not much to say about this update, so have something I just something I remembered seeing:

    • My hovercraft is full of spoilers!!! Therefore I continue to say nothing. Except possibly lol.

       

      Also, y’all be very wary of commenting about things. We kept saying everything is spoilers at the start and, lo and behold, %80 of everything is still spoilers %20 of the way in. I love the blind flailing in the dark that’s going on in this post here. This is what I signed up for. Protip: Don’t ruin this.[/blogpolice]

    • RE: Shannon: I wonder that every time I see her full-body sprite. Do the other orphan-servants also have tattoos? Was it just a limitation of her costume design? Is it actually an important plot point? WHO KNOWS

    • I’m not sure Bat’s fate is worse than Rika’s. For one, Battler is here willingly. For another, the end result here isn’t the extermination of an entire town, it’s the murder of some jackass family on their private island.

      Rika wasn’t aware of the Hinamizawa disaster. For all she knew what was happening was that a friend of hers went crazy and then she died. That was the fate she was trying to fight. The whole town also dying was a consequence of her own death that she wasn’t really aware of.
      As for Battler’s fate not being so bad in comparison. The thing it is his family. Even if they are all a bunch of assholes, he still loves them. So that is why he suffers more than Rika, I guess (then again, Rika’s family also died, though she seemed to stop caring). I do agree that even with these consideration, Battler’s fate doesn’t seem particularly worse.

    • You never know! Rika was 9 in a very rual town. The local public educaiton is clearly not great, considering it was a single teacher teaching simultaneously kids of all ages. Maybe they never learned about Hiroshima because it would be too scary for the younger ones.

      (fixed, thanks)

    • I think the idea is that Maria inherited a reversal of Kinzo’s gift: where he is abnormally resistant to magic, she is abnormally open to magic.

    • This is so cool! I like that you can see for some he took bits and pieces while for others he was clearly like, “Yes, this was exactly what I had in mind!”

      It’s interesting to see them contextualized because I think for mostof the oufits I wouldn’t have pegged them as lolita-style on my own — they fit so well and and naturally into the setting that they don’t feel like costumes in the way a lot of lolita fashion does.

      • I was going to say that Kinzo was born in the wrong century and that if he was a teenager today he would heads deep into the lolita community (is that how you call it, it sounds weird). But apparently the movement started in the 60s! (it wasn’t called that, though)

        I guess Kinzo is still too old for it, but make you wonder if his family has any connection to it at all. Like, Rosa is president of design company. Maybe it is for they are her target market.

    • I think it might minimize if you put it under a spoiler? TBH I don’t care but if other people find it distracting I’ll fool around and try to find a solution.

      • Large images like this seem to mess up the “go to comment” function when you click in the sidebar. I think it is because it sometimes go to the comment before loading the image, which then shift the screen around.

      • Yes, but images in the post proper also mess with the function for the same reason, so those images are not a huge deal in context.

    • The Stakes design are a reference to Higurashi. It is the uniform of the moe café Angel Mort. Here picture:

      Angel Mort uniform

      Not that this remove his blame, of course. He is still the one who created the original design, after all. And although it is a somewhat amusing reference he could have jsut not.

    • I kinda misread you at first and thought you were proposing making Shannon more monstrous. Which would actually be amusing.
      Anyway, R07 is rather clearly inspired by Ars Goetia in his demonology, which makes it very disappointing that he didn’t draw on it for actual character designs. Depictions of demons in Ars Goetia are fucking amazing.
      Here’s Asmodeus, for example:

      (I would actually be OK with the current uniform for this character.)
      In general, I’m eternally frustrated with media depicting demons as, like, sexy succubae or bishie boy with horns or whatever when we could have this:

      And that’s one of the mild designs.

      • I kinda misread you at first and thought you were proposing making Shannon more monstrous. Which would actually be amusing.

        Or one of you could just actually comment on the giant fucking lizard tail that she’s been dragging around this entire time. Isn’t that monstrous enough?

  • Jesus fuck YouTube, I think the situation has earned me a more flattering thumbnail than that.

  • Also, because it can’t be said enough, fuck John Green

    • Jesus fuck YouTube, I think the situation has earned me a more flattering thumbnail than that.

    • Christ, Act. I hope you get well soon.

    • God, I hope you get better. I don’t know what to say, but I wish you the best.

    • Well, that’s never pleasant news, and I fully understand why you’re having a hard time processing it. I can’t comment from personal experience, but I know a few people who’ve gotten similar diagnoses and saw them struggle with it. Thank you for telling us, I know that can’t be easy.

      The good news, to the extent that there can be “good news”, is that it sounds like you’ve caught it early, and that means it’s very likely to be treatable. Try not to think of it like you’ve been given a death sentence, although I know the jerkbrain may not make that easy. (I’m sorry if this comes off badly, I’m not great at being supportive and the failure mode of that is often mansplaining.)

      I wish you the best of luck.

    • Well, shit. Hope you’ll be OK.

      Damn, such things always sound like empty platitudes to me… I hope you know that I admire your work and value you as a friend. You’re an amazing, insightful person, and you deserve the best out of life.

      Also, have a cat:

      This is Murmusha. He lives in the vicinity of our dacha and occasionally drops by to ask for food. Despite being a wild cat, someone has shaved his fur for the summer, and we don’t know who or why.

    • Well, fuck. That really sucks. I hope it gets treated successfully. I just want you to know that in the short amount of time I’ve been here, I felt like I was making a difference, even if most of it wasn’t on Dragon Quill or just handling comments in the comments section — this place of yours is a powerfully good thing. I know what you mean about the whole worthlessness thing. I’ve got a heap of mental stuff of my own, and emotionally recognizing that I’m a worthwhile person is a hard thing to do, so I’ll leave you with some positive notes for you to keep in mind:

      1. You do help people. You’ve helped me, specifically, to become a better person, all of you have. Meeting St Elmo’s Fire kicked off a chain reaction that I have not regretted since I came here. You’ve been a very good influence on me, and I really appreciate it.

      2. You’ve created a community of people who can get together and talk about how messed up the world is and not get yelled at for it. I don’t have that anywhere else, really, and it’s a really cool thing to have, to have made.

      3. Far from being racist, from what I’ve seen of you, you’re considerate and empathetic and want the best for people. If the world had more people like you, maybe I wouldn’t be quite so jaded.

      4. I don’t know you well, so this all might come off as a bit off, and if it does, sorry. But it looks like you’ve got a good number of people here who’ve got your back. A ways back you said to let you guys know if I needed anything (a gesture that I really appreciate, by the way), so let me return it. I don’t think I can offer much other than positive vibes, but let me know if you need to vent or whatever. I’m pretty good at that, at least, but again, I’ve only been here for a few months, so I hope that positive vibes or what have you will do.

      5. You’re awesome! You made a cool blog with a cool name with cool people in it. That’s something I would never have done. Keep being awesome for a long, long time still.

      • I actually found this site through Farla’s Hunger Games reviews, but Act’s Fate review… it was fascinating to see someone go from “no Rin don’t date the sexy ghost man” to “Archer deserves a hug at all times he is a good boy” in the Year of Our Lord 2015. It’s kinda what got me back into Fate, honestly. It’d been so long since I’d actually interacted with the original game, and now… Well, now I’m preparing a summoning ritual to properly channel my desires into obtaining a bikini-clad fox-girl armed with a parasol despite my limited resources in a video game.

        So… there’s that.

    • *puts digital hand on your shoulder* Friend. Like the others, I care about you and want the best for you. I’ve always expected good things from you and will continue to do so, even if I can’t read them because I’m an outsider on Umineko-related things. 

      When you said “I don’t have a good segway out of this,” I had the absurd thought that you’d suddenly get all chipper and end like some Youtube personality with the whole “Like, Subscribe, Comment” spiel. But no, you continued to be a real person, and one I like. 

    • Wow, that’s awful news, even if you were kind of expecting it. I hope your treatment goes well and you can get back to normal life as soon as possible.

      For what it’s worth, it’s been a privilege knowing you, and I hope we’ll get to hang out for many years to come. Thanks for introducing me to some great novels, for hilarious commentary on some not-so-great novels, and for sharing your thoughts with all of us. You’ve always been a good friend to me, and my life has definitely been better for having you in it.

    • I am sorry for you and hope you’ll get better.

    • I hope things go as smoothly as possible, Act. It’s horrible and unfair you have to deal with this at all. I’m glad to have known you so far, and I’d like that to keep being true as long as possible.

    • Oh geez, I just saw this now. I’m glad you caught it early and I hope everything goes alright.

    • No, Act, thank YOU for everything; I hope I’ve given back at least a fraction of what I got here and that it may, in some way, bring or have brought you joy. For what it’s worth, my wife and I can understand what you’re going through, and we both have faith everything will work out alright. Cheers, and love!

    • I’m really sorry to hear that and I hope that you get better soon. Probably doesn’t mean much coming from me when we’ve hardly interacted, but still, staying silent didn’t feel right…

    • I’m sorry to hear what you’re going through and I hope everything goes well medically.

      This blog you’ve helped create and run is a really wonderful place, a model of civility and analysis, that’s always been there for me when I need a bit of sanity or biting critique in my day, and I really appreciate everything you’ve done to make the blog what it is. You’re so insightful, sharp-witted, and funny, and the voice you bring in your commentaries is moving and unique. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve poured into this website, and everything you will continue to do!

    • OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO I’m so sorry Allie! I hope everything goes very smoothly and speedily and you can be like “lol remember when I had cancer?” years and years down the road.

      I LOVE YOU AND YOU’RE PERFECT.

    • I’m just a lurker but I read your Fault in Our Stars commentary years ago. (I had read the book before reading your commentary.) One thing that gets my goat a lot is that it’s often people who like something that review it, and it was super refreshing to see someone give honest and explained critique about something, and seeing yours was like reading the book with new eyes. You don’t dress up what you say with apologies, you don’t obfuscate them in inaccessible language that for some reason seems to be really popular for litcrit, and that really sold it to me.

      The other thing is a not very flattering to me, but all the sexist and wtfery moments in that book were seen as very normal in the community I grew up in (it was a pretty popular book), and while I had some niggling feeling that it was wrong in a theoretical kind of way, I had no way to express that in words when everyone around me shrugged it off as normal. And like, didn’t bother teaching in schools because old books no contemporary issues like feminism go wax poetry on destiny. Reading you analyzing Green straight up was like learning critical thinking that everyone else seemed to tiptoe around.

      So, thanks. It got me thinking.

  • If your fandom is Hitler it makes perfect sense!

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