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I don't usually comment on these, but how in the world did you go an entire blog about a semi-disappointing game featuring robots and not use the pun:

"This game is less than meets the eyes."

For shame Mento!

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It's FANTASTIC people are in love with this game and its characters. I cannot deny the characters and their characterization in the story are totally enjoyable. For the most part, it's a partial return to form for Fire Emblem after the 3DS follies.

Nonetheless, this game is probably my note to walk away on the franchise. Maybe more on that another time, but either way, great blog!

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I tried watching this live when you played it, completely failed to understand even one minute of what-the-fuckery, and now I feel like I understand it even less. I am actually dumber for having consumed this much Hatoful Boyfriend content. Thank you, ZombiePie. Whatever hell you subjugate us all to next, may it end with you just hammering our heads into concrete.

Trust me, I have now played this storyline twice, and I don't think I entirely understand what it is trying to accomplish. That said, parts of this game remind me of your horror novels where shit hits the fan out of nowhere and there's no turning back.

Having watched you play this live, this game really does leave all of its weirdest fuckery behind this hidden, literal 5-hour-long route. At some point it just turns into Akira, and that's neat.

Does that make me Tetsuo? Aw, shit....

This seems to take it way farther, but would you put all of this ending in the same camp as Doki Doki Literature Club? They both skewer the genre in a weird way, but I’ve found it impossible to explain these games to casual gaming friends who don’t have a passing familiarity with typical dating visual novel games, so the subversion/deconstruction of the genre is lost on them.

So, there's a lot the differentiates Hatoful Boyfriend from Doki Doki Literature Club. For one, as you can see in ArbitraryWater's comment, the game's real reason for being is locked behind a 5-hour-long route you cannot access until after you play a normal-ass anime visual novel. Additionally, while I love Doki Doki Literature Club, I don't think that game is engaged in a hostile critique of a genre. It certainly subverts the genre it is working with, don't get me wrong. But in the end, it uses a genre that you would not expect to descend into madness to provide some of the most gripping and creepy moments I have seen in a modern video game. Finally, Hatoful Boyfriend doesn't stop being a visual novel.

I guess the best way to describe these sorts of games is to call them psychological thrillers, but that moniker has been basically run into the ground. Even I struggle to describe films that pro-actively attempt to deconstruct a genre. So, your guess is as good as mine.

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@flstyle said:

I'm going to wish you the best of luck and check out of these blogs, I don't need my fandom of XII validating but I don't need to read thousands of words shitting on it either.

So... I know this comment is old and wanted to respect it for sharing a perspective that does not mimic my own. That said, it's fucking WILD how much better this game gets in its final act. Holy crap, I think I'm actually starting to enjoy this game. And I don't just mean that I'm having fun playing the game, but, the characters and story all somewhat redeem themselves in the final two acts.

In the end, here's where I am: I think this game has one of the most significant mid-way turnarounds I have ever seen in a video game.

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@zombiepie: Gridman was a great show though :( Darling in the Franxx they only had a small hand in, mecha designs and stuff like that along with some parts of the first few episodes. Most of that show was A-1 Studios, I believe. I'd still say that show was solid until the last two episodes though.

I'm not a fan of Gridman. That show spends too much of its time faffing about and not moving the story forward. Also, the way Rikka, and most of the female characters in the show is shot to place extra emphasis on her butt or chest is gross.

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Look, I'm going to preface this long-winded diatribe by saying if you like Kill la Kill, you do you. If the flashy visuals or over-the-top character designs "speak to you" even at a superficial level, don't let my post in any way stop you from finding joy in this Sisyphean Torment we call "life." Again, you do you. Don't let a barely passable amateur blogger like myself disturb your chi.

What I can say, from the bottom of my heart, is Kill la Kill is one of the worst AAA budget animes I have ever seen my entire life. In fact, the show is one of many examples of Trigger not being able to graft their creative ideas to a full-fledged show. Kill la Kill's pacing is atrocious; it loses steam by its sixth episode; Ryuko Matoi is a bland and boring character; it never knows what it wants to be; everything about Ragyo Kiryuin in the story is gross; the late-season plot twist is dumb; the humor is totally out of place; there are entire episodes which are a waste of your goddamned time; it ends in a cavalcade of hot nonsense.

And the worst part is, most of the show feels less like a cohesive story and more a series of vignettes from Trigger's "playbook." When you stop and think about it, the show is creatively bankrupt. To illustrate, it has a tournament arc in the middle of its only season, because that's the only way Trigger could think of to pit Matoi against the student council. Kill la Kill's finale is so obviously their attempt at emulating the ending of Gurren Lagann it's laughable. Seriously, if Kill la Kill were a music artist, it would DJ Khaled. All it does is assemble a bunch of good ideas from other shows and applies a shiny coat of paint and filters so they cannot get sued.

It's a TRAVESTY this show won our community "Anime of the Year" award, something TWICE! And I didn't even talk about the internet zeitgeist when the show first came out, and everyone was saying it was "going to save anime." Yeah, about that. Last year, Trigger made the worst anime of 2018! YOU BOUGHT SNAKE OIL, YOU FOOLS!