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    • Look, more images!

      1 hour ago

      CaButler

      So I've been playing quite a bit of Azur Lane, in between FGO and FEH, and it is a fun game.  It is a lot more active than those two titles and is a bit like a bullet hell game, but it's got some surprising depth to it.  And it's a game where you can truly go F2P, since one of the currencies you need to build ships can be gotten rather easily.


      But I've said that already, so I'll just say that I added some new images in the gallery featuring a couple of boat girls I've taken a liking to.


      As for screen shots, the RT website has been giving me some issues as of late, so I'll post some here in the journey entry to show off the designs.  Some may get a direct link as they're risque, but most are rather safe for work.


      Before we do that, in FEH news, I didn't get a single summer festival hero.  Just my luck, of course.  I've been doing okay in the tempest trials but haven't hit the new story content just yet, but I'll see about hitting that soon.  At this point I'm just saving up orbs for the next special banner coming soon.


      In FGO news, those exhibition matches have been kicking my ass, though some are easier than others.  The assassin exhibtion is rather easy as long as you're prepared for it, but it is a straight up battle of attrition.  The others are difficult in varying degrees, but I think the most difficult one for me, so far, was the Lancer node.  Stupid IK spell.  I've taken a look ahead at the next node.  It's Gil, but he's got over a million HP.  Better get Lancer happy for that one.


      And now, some of the ship girls I've collected in Azur Lane.


      1) The IJN Atago:

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      Yes, she is a sexy cat girl.  What other kind of design are you going to give a limited ship?  She, along with two others, are only available during the currently active event in AL at this time, and can only be gotten through production.


      Though given her line above, she seems the type to be very playful and teasing of the Commander.


      2) The HMS Prince of Wales

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      I get a bit of an Atoria vibe from her, with a little bit of an ego.  And of course she would have a sword even though she's a Battleship who's sole job is to shoot things from afar.


      3) The HMS Vampire.


      You do have to wonder what the Royal Navy was thinking naming a ship like that.  And of course, she gets a loli design.  It seems like a lot of Destroyers get a loli design.  I wonder why that's the case?


      She, along with the Prince of Wales, are also limited to this event, though they can be acquired in the event missions.


      4) The USS Cleveland


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      You know, she's got a nomad look to her.  You could say she's like a wandering knight.


      5) The HMS Hood


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      You may have noticed a bit of a trend when it comes to the countries ship girls and how they're designed.


      The Royal Navy tend to be a lot more elegant in their designs, with some, like the HMS Belfast, going with a maid look.  The Sakura ships (the IJN) tend to go with some weird school uniform motive, though that also shows up with some other ship girls, it seems more frequent with them.  The Eagles (the US Navy) tend to be dressed more in semi-revealing uniforms most of the time, though some, like the Portland class, have a rather unique set going for them.


      And that's all I got for now.  If you decide to give it a shot, give your friend code down below and I'll add you.  Who knows, you might enjoy it.


      EDIT: This video game out last night.  It's for FEH:



      I wonder if we're getting a banner for them now because Book 2 has ended?  Really, I should go complete the story mode now in anticipation for Book 3.


      EDIT2: I just discovered Azur Lane is getting an anime adaptation.



      That should be interesting, given that the Sakura Empire are cast as the antagonist for a good chunk of the early game.

    • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Episode Eleven

      4 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World, where just because you did something good doesn't mean the mission is finished yet.

      In our last episode, Subaru has recovered from his mauling by the demon dogs, only to find that they all placed a curse on him that will kill him in a half a day. And because of the vast number of curses, Beako can't break it, so the only other way to deal with it is to kill all the demon dogs that bit him. As this is a near impossible task, Subaru decides that it's better to just let himself reset. But this is when he learns that Rem herself went into the forest to go demon dog hunting, as payment for him protecting her life.

      Not keen on letting this go, Subaru goes into the forest with Ram, where he finds out that the twins are demons, and that Ram is hornless for some unexplained reason. This is why she relies so much on Rem, who still has a horn. This, however, has the problem of making her rather unreasonable to deal with, in that she sees everybody as the enemy who isn't Ram. With little choice, Ram tells Subaru that he needs to hit Rem's horn to bring this all to an end, and when it seems like he's able to impact it is where our cliffhanger happens. Will Subaru bring Rem back to her senses, or will he be suffering another reset? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins on the night of the red moon overlooking a rather ordinary village, but one that is lit up in the night. For you see, there is a bit of an issue today. To the demon clan, twins are taboo, so they're going to be killing these kids, for the pride of the village! Such is their custom! Their law! And in a basket we see two newborn girls who have no idea what's going on or what is about to happen. In the previous episode, it's mentioned that those of the demon race, or Oni, as they should be called, are born with two horns, but with twins, they're born with one a piece. And this is bad for... reasons. Hence the need to kill them! It makes perfect sense!

      -So the chief grows his own horns and prepares to bring death to the twins when one of them, one with blue hair, begins to cry. The red one is furious at her crying and activates her own power, forming a barrier around the two of them and blowing back the chief. He is shocked at what has transpired, calling the child... something, because we cut to our title card. Yup, no OP again this episode. It really is Violet Evergarden, all over again.

      -Some time has passed and the twins have grown up to maybe four or five. They seem to be wearing shrine priestess garb because that's the fashion these days, and we see that Ram is quite the prodigy in magic, unleashing a spell of wind on a nearby waterfall to help feed the local crops. The crowd that gathered to watch is amazed by her skill at such a young age, and with only one horn. Their compliments keep going but Rem seems rather hurt and resentful about the comments. At dinner, the parents praise Ram for her work and tell Rem to follow her sister's example and work hard. Though the father is confident that Rem will show them how amazing she is. After all, she is Ram's sister. So, no pressure or anything.

      -Later that night, Rem is at the waterfall and attempts to do magic herself, creating a torrent of water, but doesn't go anywhere near as far as Ram's. She seems disappointed by this, but Ram apparently followed her and told her sister not to worry about what other people say, just be herself. Despite these words, though, it becomes clear in the montage that Rem is a bit resentful of her sister's abilities, from her studies, to her magic, to the ability to cut wood with ease! Gah! What is she so perfect!? So, if she can't match Ram with magic, she'll find something else instead. Back home, we see mom and the twins cleaning the dishes, but that is when Rem makes a sudden decision.

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      -Yeah! That'll show them! Later, Ram is asking Rem what she's making, and after a moment, thinks a stir-fry with barbaro rabbit meat and nuts from the forest trees sounds like a good plan. Nuts? Seriously? You better make sure nobody in the family is allergic to that stuff. Ram offers to help, but little sister says it'll be fine, just leave it to her. And we see Rem hard at work, first collecting the nuts, then hunting for rabbit. But just like that, a thunderstorm comes, forcing her to return with what she has. But because we need some drama, the storm strikes a tree near Rem, sending her flying and the tree coming down on her while on fire, because it isn't dramatic enough unless something is on fire.

      -Luckily, Ram is there to watch over her sister, taking out the tree with ease. Of course, this means no rabbit and no nuts, so it's just steamed tatoes for everybody. At dinner the parents, glad that they're both okay, tell Rem that she isn't allowed to go into the forest anymore unless Ram is with her. Come on! A freak storm happened! It's not like she was attacked by bears or something. Because she doesn't want to see her sister unhappy, Ram changes the subject to the steamed tatoes and how they're really good. The parents take a bite and agree, complimenting Rem's cooking skills. See, Ram is a good sister.

      -Too bad it doesn't help Rem all that much, for later, she has a nightmare where, despite getting compliments from her parents, the chief and the rest of the villagers think Ram should have been the only one to come back. This in turn causes the parents to agree. In the dream, Rem runs away, crying alone, but despite this, there is a light, for the dream form of Ram appears to take hold of her sister's hand, to provide comfort in her time of need. Awakened by this action, Ram assures her sister that she is here with her, so she has nothing to worry about. D'aw, what an adorable moment!

      -As a result of this, Rem's way of thinking turns around. Now, instead of trying to match her sister, she decides to let Ram take care of things and she won't worry about it. She can just walk behind her and let things happen. But one night, on the red moon, something changes. Rem awakens alone, but there's a strange noise outside. She goes to investigate that EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE!? Why is there a fire? Why are people dying? And why are a bunch of hooded men trying to kill Rem!? Why did things go so wrong all of a sudden?

      -Fortunately, Ram is there to protect her little sister from the hooded men, happy to see that she is safe. However, she let her guard drop as one of the hooded men was able to strike the horn, cutting it off and taking away her power. Rem's reaction to this was... to smile!? This raises a lot of questions. We don't get to see the aftermath of the fight, but an injured Ram is held in the arms of some random person, and in a quick cut, we're at the Roswaal mansion. Looks like the twins got picked up by him. There are just so many questions here.

      -With Ram losing her power, Rem resolves herself to do the things that her sister could do. In a montage we see them doing work in the mansion, with Rem pushing herself harder and harder to be as good or better than Ram was. If this all sounds familiar, it's because Subaru went through a similar phase himself not too long ago. In this flashback Rem will continue to overdo everything, in order to atone for what she thought during that fiery night, when Ram's horn was broken. But how will she atone for this? She will risk her life to walk the path that Ram would have walked, the one she feels she took from her. Well, you didn't actually take anything away, but we know so little about what happened that there's nothing that could be said to comfort her. Basically, she needs to have a good cry, like Subaru did, and maybe she'll feel better. Though given all that resentment she built up, she might need a long time for that to happen.

      -In the present, Rem is being carried by Subaru and he and Ram are attempting to make their escape. Rem is a bit confused as to what is happening, but Ram and Subaru are happy to see her awake. After hiding in a nearby bush to hide from demon dogs, Rem wants to know why they didn't just leave her alone? Them showing it up makes it pointless, because she needed to do this on her own so no one else needs to get hurt anymore. Kind of late for that, Rem. As Subaru says, he and Ram are already torn to shreds, perhaps more than her. And his right shoulder has been dislocated, thanks to his air time, so complaining!

      -But this has the opposite effect on Rem. Because of their injuries, she feels she needs to take responsibility for them, but because they were injured, she feels just as useless as before, thinking that she hasn't changed, that she committed the same sin she did back then. She blames herself for hesitating on two occasions, one where Ram lost her horn, and the other where Subaru pushed her away from a horde of demon dogs. As a result, he nearly died, though he is still on the clock as we speak. Oh, right, it's become night time now. I wonder how long Subaru has left before those curses activate? Anyway, Subaru is shocked that Rem would do this alone, so there's only one thing he can do about this.



      -That's not a slap, Subaru! He begins to lay in on Rem, calling her dumb because her reasons are dumb. Ram points out that his wound on his forehead has reopened. Yes, he recognizes that he is dumb, but her sister is even dumber! So they're going to put their dumb heads together to come up with a plan that is less dumb than what they are doing now. This is his way of telling Rem that she should rely on them more instead of doing the dumb thing of going out in the forest alone to kill demon dogs, because that was a dumb plan. Except they first have to get past the dumb demon dogs that are blocking their dumb way! Dumb dogs!

      -Subaru asks Ram which way they should run to get outside the barrier. They need to go left at full speed, and with instant regret, asks what his plan is.



      -You've gotten a lot more suicidal as of late, Subaru. I don't think that's quite healthy. Rem would prefer he didn't do that, but don't worry, Subaru has a plan that goes beyond "running from the demon dogs and drawing their attention at the same time." But why would he go through all of this for her? As Subaru shoves Rem into Ram's arms, he gives her a straight answer.



      -...Wait, when did that happen? Was it when you went to the village in the first loop of this arc? Because if that was the case, that wasn't much of a date. But time to enact the plan. He pats Rem on the head, promising not to desert her, and they're off to the races. Ram hopes they meet up again, because it'd be terrible if he died now after he proved to be such a nice guy. As the opening track begins to play, Subaru runs into the evil puppy shaman of evil, only this time, the evil puppy isn't playing around anymore.



      -They grow up so fast. Subaru, however, stares down this grown puppy from hell with a planned trick up his sleeve. Meanwhile, Ram hasn't gotten very far as they can still see the impending battle behind them. Rem wants to go back and help but Ram refuses, because Subaru is doing this for them and they need to not make his actions in vain. Remembering all the moments they shared in this timeline, Rem calls out to Ram (Using Onee-Chan instead of Onee-Sama) and drags the two of them to the ground. She's the first to get up and calls for Subaru, but it turns out, Subaru actually did have a plan.



      -Geez, Subaru, how long were you holding it in? Actually, this is the spell, shamac, which surrounds him and the demon dogs in a thick, dark smoke that only he can see through. Under this cloud of darkness, he gets right to the Puppy Shaman and stabs him in the throat with his broken sword. Nice going, Subaru. Looks like the bocco fruit helped out a lot and thanks the kids, though he wished the bug wasn't in there, as well. Sadly, his death blow didn't connect and the puppy shaman is alive. Sadly, Subaru, you are not Reinhard, so you can't one shot these monsters like he can, but maybe a second shot will. He takes the sword from the Puppy Shaman's neck and tells him to bring it on! As he stands defiantly against his pending demise, the universe decides to give him a break this time around as fire reigns down from above, striking at all the demon dogs in the area, including the Puppy Shaman. Well, wasn't that a bit flashy, but there's nobody else who could be that flashy unless they were Roswaal.

      -Hi, Lord Roswaal! Great timing, as always, but how did you find them to begin with? Turns out, Emilia was responsible for this, saying that Subaru would use magic if he's cornered, so keep an eagle eye and he'll be found. She knows him so well despite only knowing him for about a week. Ram and Rem come by to apologize, but he says it's fine. In fact, they both did a fine job in his absence. And he will certainly show his gratitude for their actions. Raises for everybody!

      -Except for Subaru. Instead, his reward is to be tackled to the ground by Rem, so happy that he's still alive. And as much as he'd like to enjoy the moment, he is in so much pain from his injuries that he ends up passing out from them. When he comes to later, he looks over to see that Rem is by his side. He looks down to see that he's holding her hand and wonders if he did that, but actually, this was all Rem. She notes that he was in a lot of pain while he slept, so this was all she knew what to do, as this would have made her happiest in his place. Only if it was Ram instead of Subaru, that is.

      -Moving on from the happy moment, Subaru would like to know how it all ended while he was passed out from the pain. Thanks to Roswaal's timely arrival, all of the masbeasts were dealt with, so there's pretty much no chance that the curses will activate now. Hooray for living and not having another reset happen! After a moment, Rem bows her head and apologizes to him, but he'd rather she didn't do that. He notes that she isn't remotely calm or collected today, despite how she's like that the rest of the time. This is because Rem is filled with inferiority that she could never match her sister, no matter what she does. In her mind, she is her sister's replacement, and a far inferior one at that. She continues to blame herself for Ram losing her horn, how she shouldn't have been a twin, and so on. Subaru stares in shock, having nothing to say. When did this get serious all of a sudden?

      -Rem looks away for a moment and stifles her tears, asking Subaru to forget what he just heard. After a moment, Subaru decides to speak, commenting on how she keeps putting Ram on a pedestal and undermining herself, but he thinks Ram's situation wouldn't be any better if she were in Rem's position. After all, she's weaker than Rem, can't cook, slacks off on the job, and the most heinous crime of all, she says mean things! Rem attempts to defend her sister, saying that if she had her horn, it'd be different. But as Subaru points out, Ram doesn't have her horn, so he doesn't know that Ram. It seems like only Rem cares if she has a horn or not. Subaru lays it out for her. What Ram doesn't have, she does, so she should just accept that. After all, Rem is kind, hardworking, always does her best, and more importantly, her chest is bigger than big sister's! Yeah, I don't think Rem appreciates that kind of compliment, Subaru. It's a good thing she likes you, otherwise she might slap you for it.

      -Subaru goes on to explain that, if it wasn't for Rem, he'd be mauled to death by demon dogs, so thanks to her, he was saved. It's thanks to her, and to Ram, that he's still here now. Rem thinks that her "true" sister would have done more, and while Subaru won't deny it, but it was Rem who was there for him, not Ram. He thanks her for being there and saving his life. While she tries to put herself down, Subaru won't let her, as it's too sad. But then again, he hasn't heard the details on how Ram lost her horn, but he won't ask, as that's only for the twins and nobody else. But because he won't ask, he'll pretend he knows all about it, and suggests that Rem be the horn for Ram, and together, they can be a demon. Also, stop calling yourself a replacement, because you are not one. Only Subaru is allowed to put himself down, and only because he can play it off as a joke.

      -Rem still wants to, so Subaru tells her of a saying he has back home. "Demons laugh when you talk about next year." So she should laugh while they talk about the future, and while they talk, she should look forward to making up for all the time she's wasted looking back. They can start by talking about tomorrow. Why tomorrow? Well, for starters, she can talk about whether she'll make a Japanese or Western-style breakfast tomorrow, or whether she'll put on her right or left shoe first. This is something he does, which he knows is silly, but tells her that no matter how silly it is, she can talk about tomorrow because she has a tomorrow.

      -Looks like whatever Subaru is doing here is working. Rem says that she's still weak and will end up leaning on him, but what's wrong with that?



      -All of that is true. Except for scary-looking. He doesn't look scary-looking at all to me. But despite all of those flaws, Subaru says that he still lives his life, expecting others to take care of things for him. But the point he's making is that they can lean on each other as they move forward. They should talk and wrap their arms around each other's shoulders. After all, it's been a dream of his to talk about next year with a demon while they both laugh. Rem only has one way to reply to this statement.



      -Oh, look how cute she is when she smiles like that! And with a smile on her face, she lets out tears of joy, because things are finally looking up for Rem. Oh, that's the title for this episode, with the "m" colored in. But we're not at the credits yet. Sometime later, Roswaal asks Ram if she found the one who was controlling the mabeasts. Yes, she did, but the trail unfortunately went cold. It seems one of the children that Subaru and Rem brought back from the forest disappeared the next day. Was it the purple haired girl? Because I seem to recall she was noticeably absent when the kids were surrounding Subaru in the previous episode.

      -Roswaal is worried and wonders if this is going to lead to another battle for the throne. First the Bowel Hunter, then the masbeast masters. They sure have involved themselves with some bizarre characters. Like you're one to talk, Lord Roswaal. Ram says that, even so, he isn't the type to lose heart. Seems like he likes Ram's attitude, then has her come sit on his lap. He was unable to attend to her for a whole night and plans to make up for this. And this is why we have an HR department.

      -Though it looks like Roswaal is actually replenishing Ram's mana, as he taps on the spot where her horn was and causes it to glow. As he does this, he tells her that he'll be busy again for a time, and while it'll be hard on them, he'll be counting on the twins. Ram doesn't mind, since the night of the fiery night, her body has belonged to him. And here we see that Roswaal may have ulterior motives, for he says he must win this battle for the throne, no matter what it takes. All for the sake of his goal. For the day when he kills the dragon Because screw all those damn dragons!

      -Meanwhile, another night meeting is taking place. Emilia is berating Subaru for constantly getting hurt, pointing out that he first came to the mansion because he was injured. It's only been four days since! Well, it's not like he gets hurt because he wants to, since it seems like the universe has it in for him. And because of that, she's welcome to spoil him rotten. Emilia does not appreciate the joking, and it really hurt her to not go after them. Puck was doing his best to keep her from going. And who knows what would have happened if Roswaal didn't make it back. Still, she feels the need to thank him again, even though the first time around was to bring him to the mansion, so...

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      -Subaru gets embarrassed and tries to brush it off as nothing, but this doesn't make Emilia feel any better, since she knew he'd say that. She must do something to thank him. Don't worry, Subaru has a plan for that! They'll go on a date! Subaru explains what a date is to her, which is what he wants, as well as some of the places he'll show to her in the village, as well as the kids who are good friends with him. She agrees, and he's so excited, which is why he's her EMF, or "Emilia, major fairy", which makes even less sense. And our episode ends on the two of them smiling at one another. End episode.

      Hey, Subaru, good job on not dying this time around. Now things are looking up for you! You got the respect of your coworkers, who won't try to kill you anymore, and you finally got your date with Emilia! Nothing can go wrong now! Unless something goes horribly wrong, and knowing you're luck, it'll probably happen within the next hour or two.

      Still, one thing I noticed with this arc and the previous is that they were not exactly complete wins for Subaru. By that I mean the major threat involved is still around. Elsa was able to escape, though that will probably be Reinhard's problem when he finds random critters in his mailbox, and the purple haired girl was able to escape, assuming she was involved in controlling the demon dogs. And now we have Roswaal, who's planning to be a dragon slayer for some unknown reason.

      But hey, things are looking up! And hopefully, things will only get better for Subaru. I highly doubt that, but one can hope, right?

      With the second arc completed, we have some more answers, but a lot more questions. Why does Roswaal want to kill the dragon? What is with this battle for the throne he talks about? Will it be an actual battle with bloodshed? And what of Subaru's powers? Why do they prevent him from telling anybody about them? And the most important question of them all is, will Subaru and Emilia's date go off without a hitch? I think people are more curious about that one.

      And so, on Friday, we begin a new arc. Will these questions be answered, or will it be like Lost where the questions just keep piling on with no proper answers. We'll have to tune in and find out then.

      Until next time, remember, when you need to slap somebody for being dumb but can't use your hand, use your head instead. It'll hurt you more, but at least you'll get the point across.

    • re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Episode Ten

      5 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to the next exciting episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World, the show where even cute little puppies can be evil.

      In our last episode, Subaru, having had his meltdown the previous episode, is feeling better and now ready to tackle the one thing he's been dreading. Solving his first murder. And he gets on with that by visiting the village near the mansion, the one place he visited in the first two timelines shortly before his own death. He makes sure everybody touches him, even a little puppy that bites him, and returns to Beako, who confirms that he did have a curse on him, and the curse was coming from a wound on his hand.

      This means the entire village is in danger, but Roswaal had to leave due to pressing matters elsewhere. This left Subaru to try and deal with matters himself, and he does that by... speaking to the twins on the matter. See, look how reasonable he is! Ram believes him and because somebody has to stay to protect the mansion and Emilia, she sends Rem to go with him to investigate the village.

      Turns out, there is a problem. The kids have gone missing and the villagers are all up in arms about it. Subaru remembers the spot where the biting took place, and there is where we see evidence that the barrier protecting the town was broken. So Subaru and Rem get to looking for the kids, finding all but one in a clearing, where they started suffering from the effects of the curse. Subaru, however, isn't in the mood to leave one behind, so he goes on his own to find the missing child, leaving Rem to tend with the others for a time.

      Shortly, Subaru finds the final child, but it is a trap, one that he purposely springs. He does well for himself, killing a demon dog, but it turns out he's outnumbered and looking at another reset. That's when Rem arrives to help clean house and give them a window to escape, with the goal to return to the village and the protection of the barrier. They aren't able to make it, though, because evil puppy causes a mudslide that nearly kills Rem.

      Except Rem isn't as easily killed, since she's possibly a demon herself. Laughing like a woman possessed, she goes to town on the demon dogs, but due to her own single mindedness, is nearly caught off guard by a pack of demon dogs. Subaru, risking his life, pushes her away, allowing himself to get mauled by the dogs. Rem doesn't let the dogs get to him, though, but this is where we end the episode. Will Subaru suffer through another reset, despite all that he did? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins with darkness, but there is no hand this time. Through fuzzy eyes, the person awakens briefly to see Rem yelling at Beako about not giving up, but the sleeper falls back to sleep. Clearly it's too early in the morning to deal with all the yelling. Subaru, obviously our POV guy here, is going in and out of consciousness. But has he falls back to the void of unconsciousness once more, he hears Rem promising to save him. Hey, at least you got the affection up pretty high this time around.

      -When Subaru comes to, he looks up to see another ceiling, one unfamiliar to him. He really doesn't like being moved around in his sleep like this. He attempts to get up but that's when the pain suddenly spikes through his entire body. Yup, not dying hurts just as much as dying. He looks over and sees he has quite a number of scars on his arms, likely from the demon dogs he faced the previous night, but hey, it means he isn't dead and has another fun story to tell! And by fun, I mean very scary and totally terrifying.

      -Subaru takes a quick look at his surroundings only to find a sleeping Emilia by his bed. He believes she healed him yet again, adding another debt he owes to her. Puck, however, begs to differ. He says that he produced results equal to the effort invested, so it's unlike Emilia will think of it as a debt. She probably doesn't think the other times were debts, either, but she just never gets the chance to say anything. As for Subaru's effort, last night was a bit of a blur so he doesn't remember anything after being nommed by the demon dogs.

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      -Well, he is still in recovery mode, after all. But Puck feels the need to correct Subaru, so he gets all scary and accurately portray what the demon dogs did to him. You're such a good friend, Puck. You even scared Subaru with how scary those sound effects were. Though Rem was worse, but she's all good thanks to her demon transformation. By the time she carried him back to the village, all of her injures were gone. So she's like the Wolverine, only cuter. As for the kids and the curse, there's nothing to worry about there, for Betty and Puck took care of that. You know, I think this is deliberate in the translation, maybe. Subaru calls her Beako while everybody else calls her Betty. I'm sure that isn't confusing at all. Also, Puck gives mad respect for Subaru for being on the mark there.



      -Puck may like screwing with your occasionally, Subaru, but I think he honestly likes you. As for Emilia, she's been here all night to heal him, draining her resources right down to her odo, so they should let her sleep. And Subaru is going to let her do exactly that, because she deserves her rest. Also, she looks so darn cute sleeping like that.

      -After the opening, which should probably get it's own "how often it has been played" count, we return to Subaru, feeling better, leaving the shack he was in. Ram is there to greet him. As he was just about to ask about Rem, his stomach begins to growl. Not missing a beat, Ram gets her snark on about how he's just getting for food so soon after being that badly injured. He is such a dog! Like those dogs that tried to eat him last night. So, out of the kindness of her heart, she stuffs a vegetable in his mouth very suddenly, nearly killing him in the process. I want to know where she got that basket from, because she isn't holding it there. Is this part of her demon magic? As for the food, it was...



      -...Why is that freaking me out more than anything else I've seen in this show so far? Subaru asks how she can be proud of herself as if she did it when they both know she didn't, so she gives him another one to shut his trap. But she then drops her snarky attitude to genuinely thank Subaru for last night, telling him he did a good job. Even when being honest, she can't sound anything but snarky. Besides, was it anything he did that deserve thanks like that? She turns to the villagers, who are looking more than a little pissed off, and explains that if something had happened to those children, Roswaal would have been held accountable, since it is his land after all. We get a brief montage of her passing out that vegetable to the villagers, while also explaining that she repaired the barrier, so this sort of thing shouldn't happen again anytime soon. Wow, this gives those other timelines a new horrifying ending to them.

      -As for Subaru, he goes around to check on the kids from last night's attack, and they'll doing well, sleeping it all off. Maybe they'll just think it was all a bad dream. Then one of the parents does something to Subaru that truly horrifies him.



      -I guess appas have traumatized him that badly. After leaving from the horror, Subaru finds Beako nearby. He thanks her for breaking the curse on the kids, but she says that she only did it because Bubby asked her to. I'm sure that was the case. Besides, she has something more important to discuss. They have to move to a secluded spot where she can give her important business. What, is this a love confession? Nope, it's a prediction. In less than half a day, Subaru will die. Subaru looks shocked by this, but then gets deep in thought about what that might mean. Beako didn't expect this reaction, thinking he'd scream and cry.

      -Turns out, our boy got cursed when he took the blow for Rem last night, and as a result, they planted another curse deep inside of Subaru. Stupid dogs and their stupid curses. So why can't this one get removed? Simple put, there are too many curses in him, and as a result, it makes it too complex to remove. To explain how this works, Beako describes removing a curse as untying a knot, but with so many curses on him, it becomes a complex web of many threads, too tangled to undo. Well, Subaru can understand the high difficulty, but why half a day? That's when the mabeasts activate their spells, which is when they replenish their mana. Basically, this is a curse that drains a target's mana. Or as Beako puts it...



      -So despite the win, Subaru, another reset is incoming. Just another fun day in the life of the cosmic plaything. Subaru whines, but Beako is shocked by his expression. He isn't even scared of dying, and even given a timeframe, he still seems relatively calm. What kind of nerves of steel do you have, sir!? Subaru plays this off as confidence in Beako, though. I mean, why even bother telling him all this if he's just going to die. She isn't that mean... maybe. Beako demands to know how he's so confident that she isn't, with Subaru replying that he "feels" like he's known her four times longer than he really has. Clever, Subaru, very clever.

      -Beako just shakes her head at this man and his brazen attitude. But still, it is a fact that his chance to be saved is much lower now. How low? Well, as this is eating by means of a spell, so if the one that's eating dies, logics says the meal would be canceled. Basically, go kill the things trying to kill him and they won't kill him... maybe. Sounds simple, but the scars on his body suggest that there were quite a number placing a curse on him, so that makes things even more difficult. This is why Emilia is in the dark about the curses, because if you know if she did, she'd be razing the forest as we speak. But Subaru smiles at the thought that she'd go so far just for him.

      -Well, given how impossible this is, Subaru is just going to give up now and let the restart happen and... oh, right, flashback time to the conversation from before, and with one very important line. "I swear... I'll save you." So, maybe you've noticed that we've met all the mansion people so far... except for one. Where is Rem? This is the question Subaru asks Beako, despite already knowing the answer. While she doesn't say it outright, Beako makes it clear that Rem decided to go dog hunting. And to make things worse, Ram overheard the entire conversation. Did Rem really go into the forest alone?



      -Yup, she did, because she doesn't want anybody else to get hurt on her watch. Subaru is still wrapping his head around why somebody would do that for him, but Ram isn't in the mood for wasting time. She tries to run off to the forest, but he stops her. She isn't in the mood to be kind and warns Subaru off, but he tells her that if he's considered an ally, then she needs to listen to him! Does she know where Rem is? If she uses her clairvoyance, she will, since it allows her to see what the bugs and animals on her wavelength are seeing. Uh, I don't think that's a proper way of explaining her powers, since it makes it sound like Rem is a bug and animal, but Subaru sums it up as her security cameras. Well, if they can use that, fine, but is Ram the kind of maid that fights? What kind of inane question is that? The question that gives Subaru an opening to go with her. These time loops are really knocking a few screws loose in there.

      -But to answer the original question, Ram tells Subaru that she can't like Rem does in her demon form. Subaru points out that, being twins, they both should be demons, right? What a rude thing to say! Well, you see, unlike Rem, she's actually hornless, so she can really only use an extreme bit of wind magic, which she demonstrates right there. Yeah, just a tiny bit of wind magic. I'd hate to see what a full powered wind user would look like.

      -Beako points out that going after Rem would mean giving up on his life, but Subaru corrects her. Forming the habit of giving up because you're used to dying is dumb, for life is precious and you only get one! Unless you're Subaru who has a save point, so it's kind of moot for him! But still, they went through so much to save him, so he feels the need to repay them for it, even if he'll struggle pathetically while doing it. Time to go make a comeback, though he really shouldn't call it a comeback. Subaru keeps going on with his rant, telling Fate to bring it, but Ram and Beako don't seem so impressed with it. Geez, tough crowd.

      -Later, in the forest, we track Ram inside, who turns to yell at Subaru for being so slow. And to think, she was a little impressed by his heroic speech earlier, but now he's become nothing but baggage, but she's only thinking that to hide her disappointment. Subaru is feeling tired, is still recovering, and more importantly, didn't have Emilia see him off. Like she'd let you go off in the first place. Ram does point out that he hasn't said "I'm home", so the statement Emilia gave last night is still in effect. Besides, he got something else from somebody who isn't Emilia. A really cool looking sword, just to check another box in the "trapped in another world" list that will find a way to be flipped on it's head later.

      -Of course, we get a flashback to when Subaru received the sword, which was given to him by the villagers, since he's going to go kill some demon dogs. the kids he rescued arrive, begging him not to go. It's fine, he isn't going anywhere. As for the sword, it's a gift from the villagers as thanks. So the kids want to thank him, as well, with one slipping something in his pocket. He either knew that or discovered it later, but inside was a piece of candy and a pretty stone. Oh, and there was one more thing. A freaking bug! Which I will not post a screen cap of since I know people have issues with bugs and such. Because I'm that nice of a guy.

      -Subaru plots to give them all a good lecture, but Ram says it's proof that they admire him, though she wonders hat they see in a man like him. He explains that, in a child's eyes, his true, manly nature shines. But it wasn't just him they admire, for in the flashback, as Ram is fuming over this delay, one of the kids goes over to her and asks for her to bring back Rem. And you know, she just can't say no to those kids when they make a request like that. Damn those kids and figuring out her weakness!

      -Well, time to use that clairvoyance of hers. Ram tells Subaru to wait a moment as she begins searching the forest, reaching out to a hawk in the sky, as well as various other other creatures, including one that is looking at them now. Well, that isn't creepy at all, is it. She points this out to him just as a demon dog attacks. She dispatches it easily, but there's no time to rest as more are coming. Subaru draws his blade but it's pretty apparent that he wasn't needed. Speaking of, Ram would like to know why every individual loses their head when they see you? Subaru doesn't answer, and after a few seconds of hesitation, she thinks that maybe he seems to weak?



      -Apparently he's got the ladies all interested in him because he looks weak and they feel a need to protect him. That doesn't speak well for Subaru's confidence. During this walk, he decides to take a chance and asks Ram what this whole "hornless" thing means. We get what appears to be a quick flashback to something burning, with two young girls that looks like Ram and Rem, and then a horn flying off into the night. "Nope, nothing special" Ram says. Right, I'm sure we won't be coming back to this anytime soon.

      -Ram explains that it's another name for a foolish demon that lost its horn. She got into a bit if trouble and lost her only horn. Since then, she's relied on Rem for everything. Subaru realizes he kind of stepped into a minefield and apologizes, since it sounds like a serious problem for a race of demons. Ram doesn't think of it so badly. Things were different back then, but now, after losing her horn, there are things she's gained and lives she's saved, but Rem may not feel the same way. Apparently, those born in the demon race have two horns, but twins only have one horn each for some reason. And this is why twins are detested and is customary to dispose of them immediately after birth. What a fun tribe to be a part of .

      -As we see that Rem is about to bring the pain to more demon dogs, Ram says that, obviously, they were both allowed to live. She goes on to explain that a demon's horns awaken its demon instincts, allowing it to devour mana and heighten their combat ability. Think of it like a limit break, only more demonic. However, there's a price. If one becomes reckless, the recoil will leave one battered. Or in Rem's caste, completely bloodthirsty and mad with power. This is something Ram doesn't want to see happen to her. Big sister is just that worried over little sister, and even if she's better than her in every way, Ram will continue to worry for Rem, no matter what. What a happy go lucky bunch of snarky demon twins.

      -Subaru gets it and promises to bring Rem back, because now he has an idea! And if it is right, they're sure to come. He thinks that the demon dogs will be draw to this spot by his attempt to tell Ram about his time travel powers. You know, the ones that cause him great pain if he told anybody about it. So he attempts to tell her, and right on queue, the hand comes in for the pain. Ram reacts to the sudden change in the wind, and can smell approaching beasts. What did Subaru do and why does it seem like a bad thing that he did it? And they haven't found Rem yet, either! Subaru says it's fine, because of the witch's lingering scent on him. After all, Rem's goal is to hunt down all the mabeasts, and they'll be drawn to the scent and they'll come right for him. And with this happening, Rem will have no choice but to follow them towards him. What a brilliant plan! Too bad this can have the drawback of getting them killed before that can happen. Ram is not pleased with this, and as Subaru says he'll be relying on her, she promises to bring the pain to him much later on for this "brilliant plan".

      -Meanwhile, we see that Rem has gotten her murder on, but it isn't enough. That's when the rustling of leaves catches her attention. More things to kill! Excellent. We catch up with Subaru, who appears to be carrying a semi-unconscious Ram in his arm, like he's a football player going for the touchdown. He berates her for saying she can fight, and in her defense, she did, it's just that her strength didn't hold out as long as she thought it would. This is why you need to raise that constitution score of yours, Ram. During the run, Subaru makes a mistake and starts sliding down a steep cliff, but he uses his sword to slow and eventually stop their momentum. Except now they're above a rather steep drop, and given how Subaru is holding onto the sword in one hand and Ram in another, he ain't going anywhere. And then the sword breaks. Not even an episode. I think that's a record.

      -Luckily, Ram had enough strength for one more wind spell, allowing Subaru to land on his feet, and then to catch a falling demon maid. And that spell took a lot out of her as she's out like a light and bleeding from the nose. And to make things worse, they're surrounded by a bunch of demon dogs. And to make it worse than that, the evil puppy is there, looking over his potential kills.



      -Look at him, standing up there being all cute and Simba like! If Simba was evil and placed curses on everybody, that is. Luckily, Rem appears just in time! Yay Rem! Now she can start killing all those demon dogs and they can get back to the...

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      -...Subaru, I'm not feeling confident in this plan anymore. Looks like that demon mode isn't so easy to control. Subaru tries to get Rem to snap out of it, but another attack kind of makes that pointless. Fortunately, the demon dogs decides to attack her while she's distracted, but she just dances her death dance and kills all the demon dogs. Subaru, however, is smart and recognizes this is his chance to escape, so he gets right on that. However, he just can't ignore her fight as she starts taking a few hits, so he decides to come up with another brilliant plan! He attempts to tell Rem about his powers, which causes the failsafe to activate, and that makes everybody snap! You're going to get yourself killed doing that one of these days, Rem.

      -Oh, hey, Ram is awake! Great! She tells Subaru that the horn is making Rem a demon, so one good, solid hit should bring her back to normal. At least, she hopes it does. Subaru isn't feeling all that confident that he can get a good hit like that, but Ram tells him to muster his wisdom and courage and do something. Well, he does have another idea, but it'll make big sis Ram mad. Well, if it can get Rem back to her senses, she won't get mad. Promise to Ros-chii? Yes, she does. So his plan? Fling Ram right at Rem. You're just full of brilliant ideas today, aren't you, Subaru?

      -This works, though, because Rem reaches up to grab Ram from hitting the ground. This gives Subaru enough time to try and take out the horn... except he freaked out at the last second and missed. And through a strange chain of events, the ground explodes, as the Evil Puppy was using that to attack Rem all this time, sending him flying high into the air, right towards Rem. She reaches back for her weapon but can't actually reach it, so she stops her foot on the ground to make a crater because... reasons. Subaru realizes he has a second chance, though, and is going to make this one count! And as he comes down for the blow, we come to our title card, Fanatical Methods like a Demon, with "Methods" our colored in word. Cue credits!

      An episode with an OP and ED? What madness is this? But yeah, despite all Subaru this in the last episode, he's still on the clock with a potential death looming over his head. Rem, apparently feeling remorseful for this, goes out alone to try and fix the issue, only making it worse on Ram, who runs in and makes it worse for Subaru. Somewhere, the person who did all of this is laughing.

      I think this is also the longest we've gone without a Subaru death. From what I know of the series, it sounded to me like he was getting killed in pretty much every episode, but I'm glad to see that isn't the case here, though we are getting close to the halfway mark, so maybe they needed to get a few episodes in of him not dying.

      We learn more of the twins and why Ram isn't as good as Rem, and how the sisters see each other. Looks like they're both carrying remorse for some unknown incident in the past, and it has something to do with what's happening to Rem now. What would it all mean? And will Subaru be forced to reset himself yet again? Tune in on Sunday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when coming up with a brilliant plan, always make sure that said plan doesn't result in you getting surrounded by bloodthirsty demons without an actual plan to deal with them that isn't "rely on the other person to save the day".

    • Sorry for lack of updates

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      He says when he's been on freaking time with his WIW posts.  Because I force myself to do that, even when I'm sick.


      FYI, I'm sick.  It's a leg infection, and while not bad, I've had a history of it so more tests are going to be done there.  Hoo boy, this will be expensive.  Anyway, that isn't important right now.


      Anime wise, you all need to be watching Planet With.  It's quite possibly the best anime of the season and can easily be in the top five of the year.  It doesn't really do anything unique or attempts to reinvent the wheel or anything, but it does something I feel is quite important.  It is freaking fun!


      Also, episode 10 was the best episode of the year.  It takes every single good super robot trope, compresses it into one episode, and out comes the most awesome and hilarious and awesome episode to be made this season.  Seriously, go watch that show!


      Now, sometimes you may notice I'll post pictures of characters from this little fighting game called Blazblue, which features vampires, squirrel girls, cat girls, bouncy nurses, and ninjas with abs so rock hard you could cut steel on them.


      Anyway, somebody tries to explain the plot of the first game, Calamity Trigger.




      I think he came close.

    • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Episode Nine

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World, where the MC works himself to death to get all the endings.

      In our last episode, Subaru, having gone through another reset, works his ass off to make this that this timeline goes smoothly and not suffering from any potential workplace hazards like getting killed by coworkers because he wasn't trustworthy enough. He also keeps up with the time to stay close to Emilia, as well as learning that he does have a magical attribute, which is Shadow. It's rare, but doesn't have quite the fancy uses that the basic elements have. Still, small steps.

      During his first couple of days, Subaru runs himself ragged into the ground to keep both the twins and Emilia happy, but it becomes apparently that he was pushing himself too hard as he nearly collapses on the job. It takes an intervention from Emilia to get him to calm down and take it down a few notches, which includes brawling his eyes out over things nobody else would understand. But once that's settled, Subaru feels like a better person and knows to pace himself.

      Feeling like he's gotten a good relationship with the twins, Subaru now starts to work on how this mess got started. Mainly, his first death, which was having his mana drained. Beako explains how curses work, that there's no way to stop them when they're activated, but they can be prevented before that activation takes place. Another lead she provides is that curses require physical touch. Recalling his first timeline, Subaru remembers that, outside of the people in the mansion, the only people to touch him were in the village, when he went shopping with Rem, which explains her death in the previous timeline.

      With a plan, Subaru embarks to go to the village to find the shaman and prevent the curse from taking place. Though there is a bit of a snag this time. Ram, who has been growing close to Subaru, decides she will accompany him and Rem to the village. Will Subaru find and stop the shaman, allowing him to proceed from his save point, or will he need to give it one more go? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins with some dainty little feet walking across a ground as Subaru is giving instructions on how to do a proper exercise. The first pair of feet are joined by a second pair before we see Rem placing a barrel on the ground. Ram came over to check on them since break time is almost over, with Rem commenting on how lively it is. This is when Subaru finishes up with exercise with victory, which apparently got the entire village involved. Really, making the village happy about you? Well, I guess if the shaman hated you for some reason that would make sense. That's when an elder lady comes by and gives Subaru a rub on his ass.

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      -Honestly, I'm with her. Subaru has a nice ass. That's when an old man pats him on the shoulder and nods in approval. But as it turns out, this was part of his plan, to have everybody touch him! I ask why, but I think I can understand the reasoning. Get touched by everybody, then go to Beako and have it dispelled. It's a good plan, if risky. Ram decides to ask what this madness is and asks what game he's playing? Oh, it's radio calisthenics. It's something that everyone, young and old, can enjoy. This is its secret to many long years of success. Ram isn't interested, but the kids call him Ram-chi, both cold, mean, and scary. Ram assumes Subaru was involved, but decides to ask him straight out of this was his doing. More or less, but it was to spread the friendliness around! Well, Ram doesn't care, but what about Rem? The kids all call her Rem-rin, with one going "Rem-rin-rin".



      -Rem has no idea how to process that she turns to Ram for assistance, who says nothing to her. Instead, she asks Subaru if he enjoyed the village trip he wanted so much? Yup, it's all good, since he got everybody to touch him. Including this little kid who grabbed his coat to get his attention. She points towards the forest, signally that something is up there. Ram and Rem decide to let him have his way, which he's grateful for. What good senpais they are.

      -So what was so important? The meeting with the dog. You know, the one that bit Subaru last time and may have killed him with a disease. At least, that was the theory last time. The purple haired girl grabs her and brings her over to Subaru. He goes to pet her, but like before, she's very aggressive to him. He knows better this time and keeps his hands away, wanting to avoid being bitten again. It's a surprise, since she's usually so tame, getting the kids to ask what he did to her? I think we all know the real reason, but Subaru is depressed. If this has happened three time, then they're just incompatible. But suddenly, the puppy falls asleep, so Subaru takes his chance to pet her. Hooray for victories! He notices a bald spot on the puppy, but as he's about to check it out, Subaru is bitten for a third time. Better have Beako check on that to, if you can.

      -Subaru gets depressed when the kids mock him for getting bit. Poor Subaru. The kids seem to like him well enough, but non-magical creatures? They don't like him at all. Some time passes and they return to the mansion. Subaru, being made the pack mule, is happy to return after carrying the heavy barrel. And Rem made it look so easy, too. As the twins mockingly praise his good work, Roswaal appears, happy to see the three of them together. Subaru notices he's in formal clothing, and he is praised for his good eye. Indeed, he has a good eye for a lot of things. In battle, in household chores, in his detective skills, and for the ladies.

      -Roswaal explains that he's going to see someone who's a hassle to deal with in normal attire, so he has no choice but to wear dress clothes. I guess they're just embarrassed to see you in your typical clothes. And who can blame him, really. But yeah, he's going out as he's received a message that was a tad troublesome, so he's off to make the rounds outside. He doesn't expect to be home tonight, so the twins are put in charge. Oh, Subaru, things are going to suck for you. Though apparently, this timeline is really off the rails, because...



      -That is one worried look Subaru has. Before Roswaal leaves, though, he pats the young man on the shoulder and says that he's counting on him, too. I know I theorized a bleed in the timelines before, but is it entirely possible that Roswaal is aware of the time loops to some degree? And with that, he flies off like he's Superman. Now that's just showing off. Still, with this radical change, Subaru suspects that the early visit to the village made have triggered a new route. This also means that his strategy of acting as a decoy is working as planned. Wait, decoy? I thought you were just getting touched by everybody so you can be dispelled by Beako? When did you become a decoy?

      -Speaking of, Subaru goes to visit Beako, who notes that his face looks quite differently than it did half a day ago. Well, he's always had the same face, only it's less snotty than before. Still, the purpose of his visit is to check if he's been cursed. Beako is confused and asks what he's talking about, so Subaru repeated the line exactly like before.



      -Subaru really knows to get under your skin, doesn't he? Beako is incense by this! She only told him about the shamans half a day ago and he thinks that he's been... oh, looks like Beako senses a trace of a curse. Wait, so he really has been cursed? This seems to confirm his suspicion that one of the villagers was a shaman after all. So, can she figure out what the curse is? Well, not just from looking at it, but once it's been activated, chances are he'll die. But all he gets in response is a hard stare, something she wasn't expecting at all. She notes that he doesn't seem afraid to die, but Subaru corrects that. He's insanely scared of dying! Dying is painful, even if it results in a reset!

      -With this, Subaru resolves to get out of this fate, so Beako, can you please get rid of this curse for him, please? Blah, why would she have to save his life? Subaru was prepared for such a statement, so he came prepared to convince her. And what will Subaru use to convince Beako that saving his life is the best option?



      -Well, Emilia would be sad, but that would make Puck sad in response, so yes, this is technically a true statement. Beako doesn't seem convinced, but Subaru explains how the chain reaction would work, which is what I just said before. Emilia gets sad, then Puck gets sad. Forced with little choice, Beako will go along with his smooth talk this time. Well, he can be quite the charmer if he needs to be. But after this? They're done! Subaru agrees, never to bother Beako again unless he's in trouble, then he's going to go find her. So Beako gets to destroying the curse, stating that the spell is burned into him on the spot where the shaman touched, so that's their reference. Who wants to guess it was the butt squeeze?

      -Though this was part of Subaru's plan. He made sure that everybody touched him in a different spot. Yes, even the elder lady who copped a feel. As Beako works on destroying the curse, a black mist appears from Subaru. More specifically, it's coming from his hand, the place where he was bit by the puppy. Well, this is quite the shock. Beako then dispels the curse completely, so he'll be fine now. Except Subaru isn't fine. He's fuming with rage. The puppy was the shaman this entire time? This will not be! That puppy is going to get such a spanking!

      -Subaru finds the twins and explains the situation to them, saying that the puppy cursed everyone it bit. Wait, so when I said his first death had something to do to the puppy, I was actually right? But... but puppy! Puppies shouldn't be mean or curse people! That's what cats are for! This means that the villagers are in danger if they don't do something. The twins just stare at him, but Subaru isn't in the mood to explain any further. If they don't trust him, then they can come along, but they can't leave Emilia alone, so only one of the twins are allowed to come. Rem points out that he's just making up the rules, and given Roswaal's orders, there's no reason for either of them to go with him. Sure, that's true, but Subaru points out that there was another order given to him by Roswaal. Which was to take care of Emilia, but I suspect there may have been a second, secret order involved there.

      -After consideration, Ram decides to go along with this, but Rem will be the one to accompany Subaru, and she doesn't get a say in this at all. Of course, she'll confirm this with Beako and protect Emilia, as well as keeping an eye on "that." That? What's what? Rem objects, but before she can continue, Emilia comes down, asking if there was a problem, given all the loud voices she heard. Subaru says that something might be going on, but it's not something she needs to worry about. Emilia doesn't buy it, because he's got that look on his face. But he assures her that it's fine, that they were just wrapping up a dispute on a particular topic. Of course, she's upset that she can't stop him and knows it, too, but he goes on to say that it'd be a hindrance in several ways if she did.

      -With reluctance, Emilia sends Subaru on his way, but asks him not to do anything reckless or dangerous, not that he can promise that. And with that, she places her hand on his chest and asks the spirits to bless him. He's confused by the statement, but Emilia's response makes it quite clear what it is.



      -So I guess it's only a matter of time before these two become an official couple, right? And why is everybody sharpening their knives all of a sudden? With that, Subaru and Rem are off to the village to save it from disaster. When they arrive, they noticed something seems off. Rem asks a passing villager if something happened, and as it turns out, several of the village children have gone missing. As a result, all of the adults are looking for them. This timeline went so off the rails, who knows where this train is going. Subaru is worried that he's too late, but then remembers something important from earlier. He runs off in the direction of the fence, where the puppy was first encountered, followed by Rem and the Villager. Once there, we see that several lights are lit up on the trees, with one that isn't lit up at all. Rem recognizes this as the barrier being broken. Subaru asks what happens if the barrier is broken? Why, Mabeasts can cross the boundary. Wait, "mabeasts"? What loon gave them that name?

      -Mabeasts are apparently creatures of the witch's creation. They're the enemies of humanity and have magic powers. And they happen to live in the forest that the village happens to be next to. Who thought this was a good idea to begin with? Yeah, Subaru isn't a fan of that idea, but he sees tracks leading into the forest, which is where the kids went. Don't those kids know any better? Subaru tells the Villager to tell everybody, but that's only to get him out of the way. Subaru is going to do something reckless, which is to save those kids!

      -Rem is agains this idea for a number of reasons, mainly that this could be a ruse to divert attention from the mansion. Subaru isn't a big fan of leaving those kids, or the villagers, to die, but hey, if you're that cold, by all means, go back and tighten security. Instead, he's going to go with his reckless idea of saving the kids and tries to convince Rem to go with him. She's just so confused by his actions, though. Why should this village matter to him so much? I mean, it's just some random village filled with random people, right?

      -Wrong. Subaru goes in detail about all the people he met in this village. Like a young girl named Petra, who wants to make clothes in the capital when she grows up. Lucas wants to succeed the village's best woodcutter. Mildo wants to make a crown from the flowers in the fields, and give it to his mother. Meina is going to have a baby sister soon. And the brothers, Dyne and Cain, are always fighting over who'll marry Petra. To Subaru, these are not random villagers in a random village. These are people to him, and they do matter. He knows their names, faces, and their wants for the future. And more importantly...



      -And dammit, Subaru keeps his promises, and he make sure others keep theirs! Shaking with rage, which is something Rem notices, Subaru says he's going to do radio calisthenics with those kids again, so he's going to go into the forest filled with the mabeasts. Rem is won over by his declaration. Besides, she was ordered to keep an eye on him, so she's going. Subaru appreciates that and asks her to make sure he doesn't do anything shady. It's time to save those kids! Rem produces her mace from... somewhere, and Subaru gets a little worried. But she tells him it's fine. It's for protection.

      -In the forest, Rem takes point, and when they enter a clearing, she's able to smell that somebody is alive. She runs in the direction of the smell, exiting the forest and finding the kids out on some grassy knoll. They're alive, but very weak. That's when Subaru sees the bite marks on the kids and recognizes it as the curse. He asks Rem if she can undo it, but it's beyond her skill. If Ram was here, that would be a different story. For now, she's going to cast a healing spell to comfort them. Once they're calm, they'll carry them back. I imagine they'll have to do it two at a time, since there is only two of them, but I imagine when they meet up with the villagers they'll have more people.

      -Subaru laments his uselessness in this situation, but will keep watch for any trouble. That's when Petra wakes up and calls out to Subaru. He comforts her as best as he can, promising to take them home where they can say goodbye to the pain, but she warns him that one is still in... and she's out like a light. When Subaru looks at the kids again, he notices that the purple-haired girl with the braid isn't among them. He's off to be a hero, but Rem warns him that it's dangerous to go alone, and she has nothing to give him. Besides, if the mabeasts took her, it's already too late. Like that will stop Subaru from looking for her. Besides, Petra asked him to look for her, and that's something Subaru is going to respect, so if they're going to take something on, they need to take it all the way. Rem counters, saying that if he's too greedy, he'll take on more than he can carry back. Well, that's why Rem is with him, isn't it? She can be the vanguard of this mission and hopefully they won't get killed from this.

      -But Subaru is going to go find that kid. He tells Rem to follow him when the villagers show up, but she stops him from leaving. They don't know what threat their opponents resets, or when the villagers will arrive. If he goes off on his own, she may not be able to find him. He doesn't think that will be a problem, though, because she can pick up his scent. The foul odor that hangs on him, the witch's scent. Rem starts to ask how much he knows, but he interrupts her. No idea at all, because there's so much about this world he doesn't understand, so much that no matter how many times he starts over, he can't find the answer he's looking for. He releases himself from Rem's grasp, but turns around and does a pinky promise with her.



      -With this, Subaru knows there are a ton of things Rem wants to ask him, but at the same time, he has a ton of things he wants to ask her. So when this is all taken care of and there's no potential risk of dying, they can talk. Rem is like "What in the hell is wrong with this boy?" But Subaru makes it clear that he trusts her, so he'd appreciate it if she acts in a way that makes her trust him. That's a promise he's making now. Yeah, fine, it's a promise, but Rem will have may questions to ask, so he better be ready! Like where he learn to sew so well?

      -Rem soon sends him on the way, but tells Subaru not to do anything reckless, like a certain other silver-haired girl asked him not to. He says not t worry, for he's demonically inspired today! Rem is confused by him using "demonically", so Subaru explains that it's the demon version of divine inspiration. Why can't you just go with "I'm super motivated today" instead? Worse yet, it's his favorite phrase as of late. Subaru, I'm starting to think you have a lot more problems then your constant respawning.

      -So we follow Subaru into the forest, who is confident in his victory against the puppy, because it is a puppy and he is a tall, semi-muscular man! So there's no way he can lose, right? He picks up the scent of animals and begins following the trail until he finds what appears to be a pair of legs hiding behind a log. Subaru is suspicious of this, thinking that this is a trap, but then remembers that Emilia wouldn't hesitate in a situation like this! Well, that's because she has magical powers and you don't. But still, he goes on to set off the potential trap. Once he reaches the girl, he finds that she is alive but is on the edge. This is good, because it means they can heal her for now. The bad news is that he's in the middle of a forest filled with beasts that want to kill him because they can. So not so fun. A sudden noise makes Subaru react, and unfortunately for him, what appears isn't a puppy, but a large demon beast from hell. Subaru is not happy about this.



      -He's going to have a talk with his agent about this. Subaru goes through his options and sees that he has very little option but to fight. Well, alright, if that's what you want, you stupid dog, then bring it on! As Subaru wraps up his coat over his arm, the dog disappears into the shadows. Great, the dog happens to be a Predator. What else can go wrong? Subaru can hear the beast moving around, and quite suddenly, it attacks. Fortunately for Subaru, the creature is coming on his left side, where he wrapped up his arm. As the creature bites down on it, Subaru tells the creature of it's fatal mistake, and in a great feat of strength, lifts the demon dog above his head and slams it into a pointy tree branch on the log next to him. Damn, Subaru! That was actually pretty impressive. And hey, you won, right? That means he can take that title girl and...



      -...Subaru, given how this world has treated you since you came in, I think we should have expected this. Well, if this is how he's going to die, then he's going to die nobly. It'll be painful, but if it will save this child's life, then it will be worth it. So he tells those dogs to bring it, cause he'll take you all on! One dog accepts the challenge, leading the pack and goes right for Subaru's head... except something comes flying out from the side, beheading the creature. Hey, Subaru! Maybe you have psychic powers after all! Now we just need to get your a scarf to complete the set and...



      -What impeccable timing you have, Rem. Subaru begins to warn her about the other dogs, but she dispatches them with ease before he can finish his statement. Given how she crushed one of the demon dog's heads, he can't help but say that she's strong. Rem thinks that isn't a nice thing to say to a girl, even if it is a compliment. Subaru grabs the girl, but sees they're surrounded, so he asks Rem if she can, by chance, take them out in one shot? Probably not, as Rem says they're situation is dire. So if that's the case, time to get out of here! Subaru tells Rem where to attack, who causes a plume of smoke and dust to rise, blinding the demon dogs just long enough for him to escape with the girl. As they begin to give chase, Rem takes them out so to buy him with time. Still, she has her own problem of demon dogs, so instead of fighting, she takes flight. The better discretion of valor, they say.

      -Subaru has a problem, though. He doesn't know the way back. Rem tells him to go straight ahead. Once they cross the barrier, the battle will end, so run towards the bonfire. Subaru takes point, followed by Rem, and they're being chased by the demon dogs. They soon get to a point where they can see the village, but Subaru turns back to see that Rem is barely holding it together, injured in several spots from her fight with the demon dogs. What's worse is that the puppy from before, really pissed off, uses a spell to cause a mudslide on the path. Seeing this happen, Rem pushes Subaru and the girl off the path, only to take the blunt of the hit. She is flung high into the air and comes crashing down hard on the ground. Things aren't looking good for them, and it looks like Subaru will have another reset, but that's when Rem stands up. Damn, this girl is tough as they get. Suddenly, a purple light starts appearing from her forehead as her eyes begin to glow. Uh, what? Why does that look like a horn?

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      -Oh, and she's laughing like a woman possessed. Rem then starts getting her murder on, destroying the mabeasts with ease, and the way she's going on about it, Subaru is very, very concerned. She becomes focused on the Shaman Puppy, and she's smiling at the chance of slaughtering such evil, but that's when a group of demon dogs attempts to get the jump on her. Subaru sees the attack coming, so he reacts by returning the favor from before and pushes her out of the way, and gets himself mauled by the demon dogs. Yikes, that looks like a painful way to reset, doesn't it?

      -As Subaru screams in pain, Rem moves into action, killing one demon dog and driving the rest away. She pleads with him not to die, screaming it for the world to hear, which leads to our title card The Meaning of Courage. The world "Courage" is the colored in word this time around. Cue credits! And hey, we're actually getting a credit sequence this time! It feels like it's been a long while since we've seen this.

      Well, Subaru, you reap what you so, but hey, at least if you die this time, you'll have done so in protecting a person from possibly dying themselves. But... uh, what's with the horn that was growing on Rem's head? Is she also a mythical creature? And if she is one, does that mean Ram is, as well? Probably, and it would also explain Rem's crazy strength in this and previous episodes, as well.

      I think we've also seen Subaru's best qualities in this episode, as well. Sure, it had the purpose of helping to solve his first murder, but we also show that, when it comes down to it, he would go and help that village, even if it meant nothing to him. It's those bonds that he creates that drives him forward, and while it's painful to rebuild those bonds in new timelines, when they're able to stick, they are just that much more important.

      Though one has to wonder if Subaru is going to get a death here. If he does, he'll be better prepared for the next loop, but something tells me that this will be like the last fight with Elsa, where he'll be gravely injured but will survive. This is why we aren't doing a counter for the death count until we get onscreen confirmation of his death. Hopefully this will be the one he gets it right.

      And that's all we have for today. Will Subaru survive? Will his new forged bonds with Rem and Ram prevent them from wanting to kill him? And will Beako ever stop meaning mean to Subaru? Tune in on Friday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, beware of strange dogs with bald spots on their heads. That is a clue that they're actually evil shamans out to drain people of their mana and should be dealt with appropriately.

    • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Episode Eight

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World, the show that really puts a mental strain on the main character.

      In our last episode, Subaru, faking leaving the mansion, waits to find who the attacker would be, and as it turns out, it's actually Rem! Subaru is completely confused by this, thinking that they grew close to one another, but it seems that, in this time line, he only really grew close with Ram, and even then, only a little bit. As for Rem, she's looking to murder Subaru for a number of reasons, but more importantly, it's because he has a smell of the witch on him. You know, there are other ways to tell somebody they need a bath.

      But after his death, Subaru has finally cracked and given up. He sulks in pain, not from anything physical, but the fact that each reset wipes everybody's memories but his own, and the pain of that has become too great for him to bare. He has given up trying to correct this incident and only looks to protect himself. He asks Becky for assistance, and after a rough night, is protected on the day of his murder. Except a murder does happen. More specifically, it was Rem who died, and she died the same way he died the first time around, her mana was drained.

      Ram, furious, attacks Subaru in her grief, looking for answers, but he runs because he has none to give, despite a perfect alibi. He's able to escape the mansion and realizes that there is no escaping this. Realizing that his first death was unrelated to his recent deaths (as Rem was likely the cause of all of them), he knows that he must force a reset to start over and finish what he started. Though the only way to do that is to, of course, die, and despite needing to do so, he cannot overcome his programming of self-preservation that we all have.

      Sometime later, he has a talk with Becky, where he comes to an important realization of his own. Though the others have lost their memories, his memories, his feelings, of Ram, Rem, Emilia, and even Becky, still happened, even if everybody else forgot them. Realizing his, he declares his love to Ram, and by extension, Rem, and proceeds with the reset by throwing himself off the cliff. I honestly hope that was an instantaneous death.

      Will Subaru solve the mystery once and for all and bring an end to the loop? Let's tune in and find out.

      -We start things off rather weirdly where the screen is white, but there are flashes of color until the smoke arm from the last episode appears and reaches for the screen. Is this how it worked for Subaru before, when he reset everything? That the arm would drag him back to the save point? Oh, right, and this arm is the reason why he can't tell anybody about his power. As if anybody would believe him anyway.

      -After that, we return to the familiar looking ceiling, which Subaru finds more annoying than anything else. That's when he hears the snarky lines of two very familiar voices belonging to two very familiar looking maids.

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      -Wow, they really look like they want to bolt out of that room as quickly as possible. How bad is the smell now compared to previous time loops? Subaru stares at them for a moment, trying to get his brain to process what's happening now. He looks to be in anguish, which does cause the twin maids to worry, asking if there's an issue or if he has a chronic illness that's flaring up. Then, seemingly at random, Subaru takes the two by their hands, leaving them very confused.



      -Well, Rem looks confused. Ram looks annoyed, which is typical of her. But the reason Subaru took their hands is to try and remember a sensation he had in the last time loop. Previously, he had a very bad dream where Rem was hunting him down to murder, which apparently worried somebody enough to take hold of his hands to comfort him. Holding their hands like this, Subaru confirms that it was them that held his hand during that one rough night. His happy and clearly on the verge of tears, knowing he wasn't mistaken. The twins, however, are creeped out by this and quickly back away. Rem says he was mistaken, while Ram...



      -They only met in ten minutes and already Ram is bringing in the snark. Still, Subaru takes it rathe well, knowing what's to come. Good luck trying to get the loop to match up with one of the early ones, but hey, maybe you'll get lucky and get it right for this one. Still, he's satisfied for now, ready to take on this loop. The maids, however, look very worried.







      -...Okay, now you're just being rude. But Subaru laughs it off, apologizing for his actions, and puts out his hand, asking to be friends. the twins stare at the hand, then each other in confusion, but they don't have to stay in that awkward moment for long as Emilia comes in to check on Subaru, having heard the noise from the bed room. She's happy to see him doing well. Subaru immediately turns on the charm for the silver-haired mage, saying that all his worries from a second ago were blown away by her arrival. She was apparently the drug he needed for his heart. What a cheesy line. And it's lost on Emilia, but she's still happy to see him doing well. But with this morning, going better than the others, Subaru says it's time to get this started. Time to figure this out once and for all! After breakfast, that is.

      -We actually get an OP for this episode! I'm just as shocked as you are! When we return, we're right at the breakfast table for breakfast. And you thought I was joking about that. And what does Subaru ask for in this timeline? To be hired to work in the mansion. We don't get to stay for any Ram reaction, but I was really curious to see what it would be this time, and after a quick cut to black, we're off to the montage races. Under careful supervision, we see Subaru working on various tasks as he narrates his goals. He understands that there re two broad conditions he must clear if he wants to survive the week in Roswaal's mansion. First, to earn the trust of the staff here, because if he doesn't, he might find himself killed like the last couple of times. This not only goes for the twins, but for Roswaal, as well, who decided to go after him in the last loop because of Rem's death.

      -As for the second condition, he must defeat the shaman that attacks Roswaal's mansion. This one is admittedly more difficult, as he doesn't know who's doing the attack, only that somebody is. You might want to recruit Becky for that one, given how powerful she is. After the montage that includes the usual household chores, like cooking, cleaning, and laundry (you'd think they wouldn't have him do the women's laundry, but there you go), as well as possible sword practice with a broom. That or he was bored. After the montage, we see him collapse out in the yard, exhausted. Puck comments on him being a hard worker, but the work is never done, for Subaru still has to prepare dinner and clean the rooms. And there are a lot of rooms in the mansion, especially for so few people.

      -Oh, and that montage? It's his first day. Subaru is working hard and Puck compliments him on being so spirited. Of course, the reason he's so spirited is because of Emilia, who's working on being the best monarchy this country has ever had! But speaking of, Subaru asks Puck what kind of magic she uses. OH, she isn't really a magic user. As with her contract with him, Puck explains that she uses spirit arts. There's a difference? Luckily, Puck is there to explain it to us. Make sure to take notes, kids, this will be on the test.

      -In this world, magic-users cast magic with their own mana, who those who use spirit arts draw from mana in the atmosphere. Subaru, asking the question I asked earlier, wonders how they're different? Basically, it depends on whether you use a gate, which is something that allows mana to pass through your body. Through the gate, one draws mana in and expels it out. Subaru should have one as well, though this sounds more like "everybody as one" sort of deal. Puck offers to figure out his attribute, because he's a nice flying cat. As he tries to figure it out, he explains that magic-users are divided into four different attributes. Fire, water, wind, and earth. Then there is one who can use all of them, and that person is called the... wait, we aren't doing that here? Are you sure? But I had the whole thing all ready to go! Fine, fine.

      -After a moment, Puck has figured out Subaru's attribute. He's very anxious to know what it is, and excitedly asks if he's filled with fiery passion, the cool-guy, the gentle wind, or the reliable earth. And his attribute is...



      -And this is why you don't get hyped up over anything. And no, I'm not making any The Shadow jokes here. That can wait until later. Emilia, overhearing part of the conversation, says that the Shadow attribute is rather rare. Subaru is very confused. First, what does the Shadow do? And second, weren't there only four attributes? Well, the elemental stuff are just the basics. There's also shadow and light as additional elements. Okay, so that aside, is this some rare talent, like something only seen once in five thousand years? Man, you really want this to be an OP power, don't you? It doesn't seem like that's the case, though, as Emilia explains what Shadow magic does. He can obstruct na opponent's vision, block sound, slow movements, and things like that. So, basically, he can be The Shadow, except for the lack of psychic powers. And missing the swagger of Alec Baldwin.

      -One spell they thing Subaru can learn right now is the blinding spell. Puck offers to show him how it works. Subaru is very anxious to see it while Emilia tries to stop it. Unfortunately, Puck performs the spell, Shamac, and we see nothing but darkness. Well, purple clouds, that is. Subaru is apparently able to see himself, but then something happens in his mind that seems to scare him and starts getting into a panic. Puck brings him out of it just in time, but Emilia could see something was off. When asked, he passes it off as nothing, but goes on about how great the blindness spell is. Smooth transition, Subaru.

      -So, that means Subaru can use magic, right? Well, that will depend on his training. Puck offers to give him the beginners course, and he's all for it. You'd think he'd ask Emilia to be his teacher, but I imagine he was caught in the moment. Besides, maybe it'll turn out like that one loop where she offered to teach when Ram and Rem were too busy. After a fade, we're in the middle of the courtyard as Puck explains what he'll do. Basically, he'll act as a support for Subaru so that the magic will come from his own gate, but Emilia is there in case Subaru's magic goes out of control and explodes, but in case that does happen, she should step away so her clothes don't get messy. Wait, how bad would the explosion be? Is it "instant death?" bad? What kind of terrible magic is this!? So Emilia follows Puck's advice and gives Subaru some space. Though she is still a bit worried...



      -...Wow, that is going to be some explosion if that happens. Puck thinks Subaru will be fine and begins the instruction. First, he must visualize the flow of mana through his body. Then he expels a part of it, through his gate, out of your body. So Subaru begins to visual, first with a ball of light surrounded by darkness, but then the darkness feeds into the ball, making it grow bigger. Puck senses that something is off, but before he can do anything about it, Subaru explodes. Well, that was a fast loop, wasn't it?

      -Actually, the two of them are fine. Puck explains that Subaru has poor control over his gate, so he shouldn't try too hard. Subaru points out that it was Puck who said he would be fine. Damn your carefree nature, cat! We see Subaru resting up out of the sun as Puck explains that his gate hasn't been well-used. I can't imagine why that's the case. But this is what caused the explosion, it just came flowing out. Subaru attempts to move, but that ain't happening. Emilia explains that he used up all the mana in his body, so he shouldn't move. Maybe he can use this as a reason not to work anymore today, but that is certainly not on the plans!

      -Subaru wills himself up, with Emilia telling him not to overdo it. Except he can't waste a single day. Emilia just sighs and helps out this lovable buffoon with something. She places an object in his mouth, and in a sing song voice, tells him to swallow. Which he does, and he reacts like he's a shounen protagonist for all of three seconds before he stops and asks what he just ate. The transition itself was funny, because you had the fiery background with him doing the yelling pose, but when he transitioned, he kept the pose but the background returned to normal.

      -So what was fed to Subaru? A bocco fruit. When it's eaten, the mana in your body activates, and your gate regains a little of its strength. Well, wasn't that sweet of her? Subaru recognizes the kind gesture and apologizes for causing her some trouble. But this isn't what Emilia wanted to hear. What did she want?



      -Emilia, you're too sweet for your own good. But more importantly, this is in-character for her, because she just wanted to help. And Subaru has fallen in love with Emilia all over again. I think I've lost count as to how many times that happened. Anyway, we jump to night and see Ram and Roswaal together, with him doing all the creepy touching. It doesn't seem like they have a pure "employer-employee" relationship, do they? But who knows, and I'm not going to start throwing around accusations until somebody in this show actually says something.

      -Right, anyway, Roswaal asks Ram what she thinks of Subaru? It's pretty much a repeat of the first scene, with Ram calling him incompetent, but when it counts, can be excessively quick-witted. Just backhand that compliment, why don't you? Though she does suggest that Roswaal will ned to keep an eye on him for a time. So, similar to the first time, with with some differences. We transition to Rem staring at Subaru as he cleans the bath, but not in a loving way, but more in a "What is the best way to be rid of this pest" way. Though Roswaal is already on the gun here, as he instructions Ram to tell her sister the usual warnings so she doesn't act rashly, like prison his food or attempt to murder him with her mace. Especially not on the grounds. It takes forever to get all the blood cleaned up.

      -With that, the first day ends, and wow, that was a long day. Subaru thinks he did pretty good on his first day and he believes that he won't have any issues with Ram and Rem if he keeps at it. The problem is how to deal with the shaman's attack. Luckily, he knows somebody who's good with magic spells and the like. Obviously, he goes to see Becky to know more about shaman magic. More specifically, how to avoid curses. Yeah, not happening. Once a curse is activated, there isn't any way to undo it. Not the answer he was hoping for.

      -Fortunately, Becky is there to provide hope. Before they're activated, curses are just simple spells, so she can easily undo them. That's fantastic! She can be hired to keep an eye on any possible spells and defuse them before they go off! Everything will be good and... oh, it seems like Becky caught the scent of the witch. Subaru mentions the one time Rem mentioned it, but that was in a different timeline. This does get him to ask an important question. Are witches related to shamans? Becky just gives him a stare that says "Where have you been all this time?" Not a look to get. But then her voice changes from the girlish one to a more mature one. Wow, she's in serious mode.

      -Becky says that, in this world, the world "witch" only refers to one person. Subaru recalls it from one of the fairy tale books he's read, the Jealous Witch. The name of that witch? Satella. And we're going back to the very first loop. So many questions there. As for Satella, long ago, she devoured the six witches who bore the names of the deadly sins and drained half the world dry. She's the worst of the worst. Yeah, I'd probably agree with that. I mean, what drove her to eat the other witches? By the way, I'm assuming that was literal, that she did actually eat the other witches. Did jealousy fuel her? But there is another theory with regards to the jealous witch. She was starved for love, which I'm pretty certain you can't eat, unless you were some sort of emotion eater.

      -Becky continues, giving other possible theories about Satella, that she doesn't understand human language, that her body never withers, weakens, or dies. She was, supposedly, sealed by the powers of a dragon, a hero, and a sage, but they were unable to destroy her flesh. Oh, and more importantly...



      -Subaru catches on quickly, recalling his very first meeting with Emilia, how she introduced herself as Satella. Of course, he didn't know at the time, but later, it would have been very dangerous to say that name out loud in public, given what we know. Subaru asks what would make someone steal the Jealous Witch's name? Well, maybe not steal, but borrow it? Becky suggests that said person has no fear of death. The person who would steal or borrow her name can be called nothing but insane. Subaru, after another flashes of memory, smiles, saying that if she was crazy, she wouldn't have to be involved in this royal selection mess. It took me a few readings to understand what that meant. It's entirely possible, in the first loop, Emilia didn't want to be involved in the process and wanted to do something to make her look crazy, so why not introduce yourself as the Jealous Witch? That'll do the job... and then they'd probably burn you at the stake, just to be sure. Wow, that went dark.

      -I came up with a possible theory here, based on what was said, and I'll share it, but I've come to realize that it's actually stupid, but should be mocked all the same. What if, in the very first loop, Emilia, in her dying moments, ended up setting off some spell that threw her physically into the past, which allowed her to become Satella and do all the terrible things she did because she was starved for love, and that love was for Subaru. Now, granted, at this time they only knew each other for a few hours, so we'll chalk it up to memory loss on Emilia, who only remembers her name being "Satella", and that Subaru was with her and all the good times they had. She might have misinterpreted them incorrectly and thinks they were lovers, and seeing how her lover died, wanted to prevent that from happening. Of course, she needed power for that, so she ate the other witches, drained half the world of its mana, and then cast the spell on Subaru, making sure that, if he dies, he loops back to a safe point to try and prevent the death. And thus, we have the origin of Subaru's powers. Again, its completely wrong, so please mock me for coming up with some random theory. And that's assuming Satella is the origin of Subaru's powers. For all we know, when he crossed over, the universe just gave him a random power and said "Yo, you can go back to a save point after you die, but you tell anybody and we'll make you feel the pain."

      -The next day, Subaru is full of energy and ready to bring victory to this day. Emilia, who is doing her thing, notes this, and of course, he heard her say it from a mile away and comes running over. Yup, even if he's ordered around and disciplined by the twins, he'll enjoy his servant's life to the fullest again! Too bad you're a one star rarity with a rather decent NP skill. Of course, Subaru attempts to be suave again, saying that, when the lifestyle tires him out, he'll come to rest his head in Emilia's lap and requests a reservation. Yeah, Subaru, I know you're into Emilia, just make sure you set proper boundaries, okay? Okay.

      -Still full of energy, Subaru comments on how Puck does look like a cat when he washes his face like that and starts petting him while rapidly asking questions about spirits. He's rather tired, complaining about how he feels dry. Emilia yawns, feeling tired as well. Subaru accuses them of staying up late at night, talking about who they like, which leads to him to confess who he likes, and that person is...



      -...Just take the wind out of his sails, why don't you? Also, I imagine Becky would have issues with that declaration. Subaru, in his typical overly dramatic phrasing, asks where he fits in with that love? Puck tells him that he has nowhere, for Emilia is head-over-heels for his charms. Sure, Subaru isn't a bad guy, but compared to the familiar cat, he's got nothing. He should just give up on Emilia and... and that's where she brings an end to the conversation. And yet, she was getting in on the fun, too. And with that little bit of play and flirting done, Subaru is off to his job so the twins don't get angry at him. After he leaves, Emilia looks concerned. When asked about it, she says she feels sort of uneasy. She can't really explain it, though. Puck understands that she's confused, as this has gotten to be a bit of a problem. Oh, Subaru, I think this is going to end in tears for you.

      -Speaking of tears, Subaru dropped a vase again. Again, in his dramatic pose and speech, he says it'll be fine, but Rem doesn't seem like it will be. Oh, and we're interjecting the conversation with Emilia. She asks what the problem is as we see Subaru cleaning up the mess he made. The problem? Subaru's mind is really mixed up, as his inside and outside are all confused. I see, Puck can't explain it, but he can sense Subaru is displaced in time. But would he know the possible origin of those powers? I guessed before but it still is a big mystery here. Anyway, Rem is going to get a replacement, but Subaru jumps in, saying he'll take care of it. Man, Rem is just so confused. Oh, and Puck continues from before. If Subaru keeps this up, he'll wear himself out before long. I don't know, it seems like Subaru has energy for days.

      -In any case, Subaru has replaced the vase and flowers, and man, doesn't it feel great to finish a job? Rem points out that this is work he created and took care of on his own. But then she gets suspicious. Where did he learn where the vases are kept? Eep! In an attempt to not look suspicious, he started looking suspicious! Rem starts to ask, mentioning her sister, with Subaru using it as a launching point. Yup, Ram totally told him! After all, she was confident that he'll break a vase eventually, so she told him where the extra vases are. I don't think Rem is quite convinced of that, though.



      -Call it a hunch, Subaru, but I don't think Rem believes you. But he doesn't give her a chance to finish as he recalls something he was asked to do by Ram, so off he goes to take care of it, getting nothing but a suspicious glare from Rem. Yeah, Subaru, I don't think your plan is working now. As for the job itself, we see him cutting vegetables with Ram, but he isn't feeling well. He shows off his knife technique to her, but then we get a sudden cut to...



      -...Subaru, I'm certain Puck is flattered and all, but what actually made you want to sew his likeness on something like that? I hope you didn't have to pay to use his likeness, as I imagine that comes with a heavy price tag. Anyway, he's showing this off to try to impress Rem, who doesn't seem that impressed at all. In narration, he continues to say that he feels sick as he starts sweeping up the floor. He sees Emilia and starts complimenting her, but he goes on, saying that he feels sick, but that he can't waste a second. He's got to make himself laugh, he's got to make them laugh, he must throw all his strength into his work and produce results, or else. Dude, you're going to die on your feet if you keep this up.

      -Ram shows up and immediately Subaru is all smiles. He totally wasn't slacking off, he just finished all his work. He suggests that they go take a break in her room and relax, because that isn't forward at all, but then we cut to Subaru in the bathroom, throwing up in the sink. Wow, they actually have running water here? That I didn't expect. He feels rather lame, but he can't spend any time whining! As he departs, we see Emilia standing outside of the door. When she calls out to him, he turns on the smile, but she's all professional this time. She wants to speak with him in private, but he plays up his usual, playful attitude, but Emilia doesn't have time for this. She needs to put a leash on this dog. She brings him into the room and tells him to sit on the floor. You know I was joking about the dog bit, right?

      -Subaru is confused at first, but when Emilia orders him again, he gets right to sitting on the floor. Or, to be more exact, kneeling. Emilia smiles, then kneels next to him. After a moment, she says that this is only this one time, grabs Subaru's head, and places it on her lap. She complains about the position at first as she adjusts herself, but Subaru is kind of confused. She's letting him use her lap? Hey! Don't say this so loudly! It's already embarrassing enough as it is. Also, you aren't allowed to look up. for that matter, just close your eyes. And she helps by covering up his eyes. No peeking allowed.

      -While happy about this, Subaru is confused about it. Did he do something worthy of such a reward? Emilia, however, sees right through him, telling him to drop the act, reminding him that he asked to use her lap when he's exhausted? We see her moving bits of hair out of the way of his forehead before rubbing his head. She says she can't do this all the time, what with being a king candidate, but today is special. Subaru says that it's only his second day, and if he's completely worn out, what kind of weakling is he? Nobody is certainly saying that, except maybe Ram, but you are driving yourself to the breaking point, or even beyond that, and Emilia can see that. And now that she has him in her grasp, she wants to know what's really going on. Sure, this may not be much, this this is all she can do for him. What a sweet girl she is.

      -From his voice, you can tell that Subaru just wants to let it all out there, but he's tried this once before and we saw what happened there. We can also hear the pain in his voice, as well, and how exhausted he seems. He tries to play it up as being okay, and that Emilia's concern will just make him fall in love with her all over again. But then she says the one thing that just opens up the flood gates for Subaru.



      -And just like that, a flood of emotions engulfs Subaru. His joy, his happiness, his pain, his sorrow, his loss. Oh, and his seven deaths so far. All of it just comes crashing down on him like a tidal wave. He starts crying, explaining all of his emotions, how it was all rough, trying, scary, and sad. He hurt so much, he though he'd die. He's tried so hard, becoming desperate to make everything right, and he's never tried so hard at anything in his life. But despite all of that, he loves this place, because it was so important to him, and he was so desperate to get it back, scared of losing it again. He didn't want those eyes looking at him like that again, and he hated himself so much for feeling that way. As he cries, Emilia stays there, to comfort him in his time of need, to help bring him back from the edge that he's already crossed once before, so that he can become the Subaru she knew he was from before. Huh, actually, that's weird how I wrote it like that. It almost seems to imply that Emilia knows about all those other loops, and clearly, she doesn't... right?

      -Time passes as day turns to night. Rem comes looking for Subaru, only to find him in Emilia's lap. Looks like he's getting the rest of the day off. Emilia makes a small joke about how he's such a bad boy for taking a day off on his second day. When he's feeling better, Rem can punish him for that. I'm sure Ram will be fully in for whatever punishment she has in mind. Though Rem might be falling for Subaru, because seeing him in this sleeping state makes her almost not want to punish him. So, with that, she'll go report to Ram that Subaru will be useless for today. As she leaves, Emilia stops her, telling the maid that Subaru is a good person. This ringing endorsement seems to resound to Rem, who wasn't expecting that. She says nothing, but instead, bows and leaves the room. What a cute moment.

      -Later, Subaru is crying that he cried all over the lap of the girl he loves, with all those tears and snot coming out. How embarrassing! Becky, who is forced to listen to just dribble, is not impressed and wants him out. Subaru is hurt by the comment from Beako... so, wait, are we going with Beako now? I know that's what Subaru is saying, but still, choose a phrase! Well, I've been calling her Becky all this time, might as well keep at it. Anyway, how can Becky not support him? Aren't they suppose to be tight? Becky questions what kind of relationship they... wait, what did you just call her?

      -Yup, Subaru called her "Beako", because he thinks pet names are indispensable in showing affection, so he's going to call her Beako from now on. This is the best proof he can give of his affection. Yeah, Beako isn't a fan, calling it an obtrusive display of goodwill. It's not just disgusting to her, it's revolting! Wow, so cold. But there's another reason he's here. He's backed into a corner and he wants to ask for her help with the curses he asked about. She reminds him that curses can't be undone when activated, but his request isn't about that, but to deactivate them. Can she detect curses before they're activated? Yup, she can totally do that. Subaru asks what is required, then. Well, there is one rule of casting curses that cannot be broken, and that requires physical contact with the curse's target. Well, that's useful to know, isn't it?

      -Subaru goes back to his first loop in the mansion, remembering that, aside from those in said mansion, he's only touched the villagers at the base of the mountain. He suspects that he was cursed in the village, which then activated that night, in the mansion, and then he died? Going with that, it would explain why Rem was the target last time, because Subaru wasn't involved at all in the trip. It looks like the pieces are finally starting to fall in place, and how, he has a lead. Beako, who was following the conversation but is probably just confused by his comments, reminds him that she was hopeful, so there's something he should say. Yup, there totally is something he can say.



      -...She said say it, Subaru, not pick her up like she's a cute child! Because Beako isn't! So much for sticking with Betty. He spins around with her in his arms, and she's had enough of that and casts a spell knocking him to the ground. Damn, girl, you almost killed him! Again! But with this lead, Subaru can start planning for his next move. As the sun rises, Subaru is renewed with energy to face this new day! Ram and Rem are there and comment that the lap pillow was involved. Wait, how did they know about that? Emilia comes down the stares to greet him, and while this is rather embarrassing, she asks if he's feeling okay? He takes a moment and a deep breath, but yeah, he's okay now. He then turns to her to apologize, but catches himself, and instead, he thanks her, doing exactly what she wants of him. D'aw, that's just too adorable.

      -Anyway, it's time to get started on the morning duties. Subaru preps himself, but before they begin, he has a favor to ask of them. The twins think he's going to ask for a lap pillow, but it's nothing like that! Besides, that sort of thing is only reserved for Emilia. No, he wants to go into the village which is at the base of the mountain. Is there anything they need to shop for? Well, they are low on seasonings, so Rem was going to go into the village tomorrow. Hey, why don't they go today instead? If they're running low , it never hurts to restock sooner! Rem thinks on it for a moment, but Ram seems to think that it is a good idea. She does need to go shopping and they don't have any urgent duties. More importantly, she can have Subaru carry the packages like the pack mule that he is. But Ram will be going with them on this trip. Why?

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      -I know Ram likes to tease and all, but did she seriously make herself a romantic rival to Emilia just now? In any case, Subaru doesn't have any issues, but he just hopes those flowers aren't poisonous. From the looks there, we can see Rem isn't too pleased while Ram in all smiles. Man, you can never tell with her. And this leads to our title card for the episode, I Cried, Cried My Lungs Out, and Stopped Crying. The second "Cried" is colored in this time. End of the episode.

      Hey, we don't get to add to the death counter this episode! Hooray for small victories! Subaru really worked himself to the bone to try to make this timeline perfect, but it became clear to Emilia and Puck that he was going to work himself to death. It got so bad that Emilia had to pull him aside just to provide some comfort for him, which ended up working quite a bit for him.

      Thinking on it now, I wonder if there is some sort of bleeding effect happening with these timelines, that everybody besides Subaru may end up feeling situations of deja vu when doing certain tasks. I know we call it going back to a save point and wiping the memories away, but I wonder if, being around Subaru, there's some sort of bleed over from what he's carrying with him. With the way some characters phrase certain wordings, it just seems like they know more than they let on. Perhaps they do, subconsciously, but otherwise are refreshed NPCs when a reload happens.

      And as we can see, even though Subaru willed himself to the reset in the previous episode, we see that all those resets have taken their toll on him, While he wasn't physically in bad shape, mentally, he was well beyond his breaking point, but that one act of kindness from Emilia, who has been nothing but kind to him, helped recover his own mental state, allowing him to get the lead he needs on how he died the first time around, as well as how Rem died the last time.

      With this lead, Subaru will attempt to break the loop. But will he be able to find and stop the shaman, or will he need one more loop to get it all right? Tune in on Sunday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when your powers are shadow based and allows you to slow moments and blind people, you should make sure you get yourself a trench coat and cool scarf to become the Shadow.

    • Just a random update with nothing important

      2 weeks ago

      CaButler

      I've been watching a lot of Yu-gi-oh Abridged recently, thanks to a recent update with it, and I see they're going through the dreaded season 4.  Those poor people.


      Anyway, I ended up watching the Yami-Weevil fight, and they seemed to poke more fun on the Japanese side of the match than the English side.  Which made me rewatch the English dub of the fight.  Man, Dan was real snarky there.


      But that leads to this question.  Which did the scene better?  Angry, snarky Dub-Yami, or just plain angry Sub-Yami?


      Here are the scenes for context:





      In F2P games, I gotten more boat girls in Azur Lane, which have been posted in the gallery.  The game is rather generous with the in-game material to build the boat girls, so you don't have to pay anything to get it.  It's currently in the middle of an event, but it's rather light and nothing major.


      One thing I appreciate in this game that I didn't like in Girls Frontline is the skins.  In GFL, you had to roll a gacha for that, which could give you dorm stuff as well as costumes, but you needed to get tokens, an the game doesn't hand those out at all.  In AL, you can straight out purchase the skins you want using gems, the in-game currency, which is somewhat hard to get but not as bad.  I haven't gotten any yet, because I don't have the character for the one I do like, but at least that's an option.


      Nero Fest is making a return in Fate/Grand Order, which now includes a lottery system.  This will be a good break as this means I don't have to try rolling for any servants until this year's Halloween event, which will have Cleopatra.  I have plenty of good Assassins, but I'm rolling for her because I like the art style.  But later in the year, it'll be gacha hell given how pack it will be, unless the NA folks do a special Thanksgiving banner like they did last year.


      Fire Emblem Heroes is getting a story update later this week, corresponding with the voting gauntlet at the same time.  This includes heroes from FE: Genelogy, which is one of the FE games that never got a US release.  And, of course, it new story includes a dancer, because of course it does.  Oh, and speaking of heroes, it was last minute but I was able to get Hero King Marth from his banner.  It's about time he got his own legendary character, being the face of the franchise and all, but it makes me wonder who will get one next?  Chrom would be an easy pick, but I wouldn't be surprised if we saw Roy getting one.


      I picked up Dragon Quest XI yesterday.  I didn't get much into it since those games tend to take a while just to get anything done early on, but man, is it really, really pretty.  I named my MC Joseph, but was going to originally go for Bob.  Why Bob?  Why not?  But I changed my mind and went with Joseph at the end because at least it would sound semi-normal in a fantasy setting.  I've only completed the first dungeon so far so I know absolutely nothing else, but I'm a bit weirded out by the battle system, which seems to be going for a hybrid Turn-based Tales system.  I wonder why they went for that, and what benefit it'll have in battle?  I'll have to see as I play on.


      Of course, I can't go an entry without mentioning the stuff I'm selling.  Get somebody to buy something and you'll be supporting a good cause, which is the "Helping Cab to stop making stupid decisions" Foundation.


      Lastly, I put up some new images in the gallery for you to enjoy.


      Thanks for making it this far to the long entry.  And if you didn't and skipped to this part, you didn't really miss anything special except that you lost your chance at immortality.  Nope, it's too late, you can't go back for it now, it's already gone.

    • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Episode Seven

      2 weeks ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, where sometimes, we just need to force a restart in order to proceed with the timeline.

      In our last episode, Subaru has reset again after meeting another untimely, gory demise, and things were going so well, too! He had the promised date with Emilia, had the maids starting to like him, and he had a plan for his possible death. Now, however, he's decided to take things off the rails by asking to be a permanent guest instead of part of the help. This allows him the free time necessary to investigate who could have possibly killed him the second time around, since it was so different the first time.

      His investigation, however, comes up short, though he has learned a few things, like that it is possible to kill somebody by draining their mana, but only a select few know it, as well as learned more about the world itself, like how the country made a pact with a dragon, and the Jealous Witch. Still, realizing he won't get much inside, he decides to leave the mansion, only this was so he can get a good vantage point of the mansion itself to see who the attacker is. Unfortunately for him, the attacker was looking for him, hoping to kill him. And the attacker? Was Rem. And she's looking to kill him again this time.

      Oh, and I forgot to update the death counter:

      Subaru: 6
      Emilia: 1
      Felt: 1 (maybe another off screen)
      Rom: 2

      I might be updating that again later. So how will Subaru fend off against this blue-haired maid with a mace, or will he be forced to restart again? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our espied begins with Subaru confronting Rem, who has come after him for... reasons. I don't know, maybe she didn't like how he was getting close to Ram, or maybe he just ruined the flower bed one too many time. Take your pick. She tells him that, if he doesn't resist, she can make his death painless. Yeah, Subaru isn't interested in that. He's more interested to know why she's doing this? Though even in this life or death situation, he can't help but point out the absurdity of it all.

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      -Rem's answer? If somebody is suspicious, punish them. That is the rule of maids. In what world is that a rule? Subaru questions if Ram knows, but Rem plans to finish this before her sister sees anything. So it seems like Rem is doing this on her own accord. Subaru is a little hurt. Did she really trust him that little? Yes, she says. Well, that was rather blunt of her. He calls himself pathetic, but thinking back on it, all those looks she did give him seem to suggest that she was wary. As she's about to continue about her sister, Subaru, who's rather hurt, yells at her to shut up, then takes out his cell phone and gets really up close to her, flashing her with the camera light to blind her. With that done, he knocks her down and bolts. That was a smart play, Subaru, but don't you think that, maybe while she was distracted, to try and keep her down somehow? Sure, it'd look bad, but she will recover and may know how to hunt you down. Maybe.

      -Subaru books it through the forest and sees the sun is setting. Looks like he's running out of time. Suddenly, the air vibrates as he's hit from behind and falls to the ground. And the reason that he falls is because he's missing a leg at the moment. Yeah, Subaru, I think this is going to end in a reset. But that's when Rem appears to heal the wound. Well, that was nice of you to...





      -...Hey, Subaru? I know this isn't quite so ideal, and we aren't entirely certain how your powers work, but it might be a good idea to just stab yourself in the neck to force a restart, because this looks like it's going to get painful. Oh, damn, the knife is too far away. And he won't be able to crawl away for it because Rem goes right for it, saying that if he did stab her with it, he might have been made to flee farther. And that's just a disturbing image right there.



      -Subaru, my boy, this is going to end horribly for you. Rem gets right to the interrogation and asks if he is a member of a faction that supports Emilia's rival for the throne? Subaru begins to answer that his heart belongs to Emilia, but I don't think Rem believes it as she smacks him with her mace. Maybe the chain to avoid killing him. She asks the question again, like who hired him and under what conditions. Subaru, again, shows nothing but support for Emilia, which gets him another smack in the back, causing blood to fly in Rem's face. And the next question is...



      -Huh, I think that's a new one. Subaru is confused by it, but says that his family has been secular for generations and Rem yells at him for playing dumb. She doesn't believe a single thing he says because she can sense the witch's smell on him. Wait, witch? What witch? When did we meet a witch? Subaru is very confused and has nothing to say, so Rem continues, saying how much anger and rage she would feel every time he conversed with Ram. Someone associated with the one who has caused her sister so much agony, body encroaching on the place where they belong, she just can't bear it any longer! So, wait, it is about being jealous that Ram spends time with him? Talk about going to the extremes here.

      -Rem's next line cuts more deeply than any physical damage she can do. She says that Ram only pretends to care and act friendly with Subaru. This hits him right in the heart, because he honestly thought they had a friendship going, even if she was quite snarky to him. Hurt by this, he lays on his back and slowly raises up his hand. Apparently, he doesn't cut his hands anymore when peeling vegetables, and he can read and write now, even if it's just the simple stuff. He even kept his word and studied, being able to read those fairy tales thanks to those two. Rem is confused, but Subaru doesn't care about keeping the timelines straight anymore and says that he's talking about the things they gave him. This is stuff that Rem has no memory of, which just continues to break his heart.



      -The whole thing is just so painful to Subaru. In the timelines past, he's able to get along with, make friends, and form bonds with these people, only to have it all snatched away when he dies and resets, forcing him to restart all over again. And to be able to keep going, despite remembering all of those times, requires somebody with the will of steel. But even steel has it's breaking point, and Subaru is reaching his. Running purely on rage and adrenaline, Subaru sits up, demanding to know why they keep leaving him behind, demanding to know what he did to any of them, demanding to know what he's suppose to do? Why is he hated so much? But Rem has decided that she has had enough of this rant and cuts Subaru's throat, killing him. Though we linger on a bit for this, with Rem saying that her sister is too kind. A lot kinder than you, psycho murderer.

      -And with another death, we have another reset. And it goes about as well as you expect, for when Subaru turns to the maids, he screams in panic. Man, that is really going to confuse them for this timeline. We skip ahead to Emilia visiting him, who says that the maids were really worried about him suddenly screaming like that. Apparently they were unusually despondent and wondered if they were impolite. What, you mean that isn't a normal thing for them? But here, we can see that Emilia is really worried for him. He claims nothing happened between them, which is true, but she's still concerned. If something is wrong, he's welcome to talk to her about it. That be nice, except it seems like Subaru has given up, but suddenly, he remembers that he has at least one ally in this mansion. Well, two, if we include Puck, but Becky might be taking him away, so we just have Emilia to work with. I'm sure this will be fine.

      -Subaru realizes he's been struggling alone to change things, but now, he knows he can have help. He stares at Emilia, who is really concern about his well being, but he decides that now is the time to tell her everything. So he starts to explain how he's died several times now, but as he says that, the world comes to a stop. Uh... okay, did the world crash on him? There's nothing, not even the sound of wind or music playing, but we then get a bit of a close up of Emilia as she is engulfed by black smoke. It's not just her, either, but the entire room is being engulfed by this smoke. However, it soon begins to form into a vortex of sorts, forming in front of Subaru.



      -Yeah, that's not disturbing at all, is it? And while the world itself has stopped, including Subaru, he's still conscious about the whole thing, and soon, a black hand appears from the vortex and grabs hold of his heart. Subaru is freaking out, but can't move as this hand crushes his heart. But just as quickly, the world is back in motion, but Subaru is really feeling it. Everything seems to be fine, even his heart, but the fear is engraved into him. I think the message from this black vortex was loud and clear and he isn't going to push it.

      -In his fear, Subaru does the one thing I never thought he would do. He asks Emilia to have nothing to do with him. Uh, that was incredibly rude, Subaru. Yes, you can't tell her or anybody else about it, but maybe you could have found another way to work around it. Like maybe asking for a secret that only they know about, so when the reset happens, you can use it to prove that you're on their good side... maybe? But at this point, I think the trauma has really gotten to him. Later on, Roswaal comes to introduce himself to Subaru, then leaves. But our boy has other things on his mind. He suspects that, if he dies again, he might not be coming back. Of course, we don't know that, but I don't think Subaru is in a mood to test it.

      -Still, Subaru is feeling defeated, tired, and just seems to have stopped caring. That's when, in a sudden twist, Becky shows up. Apparently Emilia and Puck have asked her to check in on him, because they believe she did something to him when he first woke up. How dare they suggest that she would have anything to do with this creature! So she will go to check up on him, if only to show that she didn't do anything to him! Subaru understands that this is her way of apologizing and accepts it, but she doesn't like how she's being accused of apologizing! Why would she do that!? She's going to correct that notion, even if it means smacking him upside the head!

      -So Becky comes to take a smell, but not only is Subaru gloomy, but the smell is much heavier now, too. Okay, we get it, he hasn't had a bath in... well, two days, technically, but still, that's incredibly... wait. Wait a minute! Do you think that maybe Becky is smelling the witch on Subaru? Does that mean that, every time he resets, the scent is stronger on him? Is that why Rem went so hands on the last couple of times? And Becky just confirmed it for me, too. Subaru asks if it's the Jealous Witch, and of course she means that! What else would she mean? Still, why would he have the witch's smell on him? She doesn't know, or probably doesn't care to know, but regardless, as someone who receives special treatment from her, Subaru is a burden. Geez, even with a little sympathy she's just being so rude, you know?

      -Still, Subaru doesn't understand why he's getting special treatment form someone whose name and face he doesn't know. And if that's all he has to say, then Becky will take her leave. She'll tell Puck what he told her. Speaking of, since Becky is feeling so sorry for him, she could do him a favor, right? Yeah, she doesn't, but if she doesn't, then he's telling Puck what happened. And this is the right button to push.



      -So what favor does Subaru ask for? Protection. More specifically, to be protected until the day after the fifth morning. That's a bit of an unusual request to Becky, and as she doesn't want him to bring dissension into this mansion, given how important it is to her. He has no intention of doing that, he just wants to stop any sparks from flying. Becky can find it somewhat admirable, but it looks like she agrees to it. She takes hold of Subaru's hand and bounds herself to this contract, even if it's temporary. Subaru begins to cry tears of joy, even if it's because of a little girl. Becky takes offense to that.



      -Also, if Subaru tells Puck what Becky did, he'll regret it, she supposes! Subaru can't help but smile at her desperation to not have Puck hear anything bad about her. But still, he can rest easy knowing he'll be protected... right? Well, we get to see his dreams and they aren't the happy kind. Like when he sees angry, warpath Rem in his dreams.



      -Yeah, that's quite the face to have in somebody's dreams. Cute and terrifying all at once. Of course, Rem proceeds to murder Subaru in his dreams, but then something unusual happens. The dream is engulfed in a yellow light, and from what we can see in the real world, a set of glowing hands reaches out and grabs Subaru's, allowing him to calm down. Is this part of Becky's contract? Though I suspect she'd do just the bare minimum, and if that's the case, what happened here? Is it related to his powers somehow? Or maybe Emilia is reaching out to him? So many questions.

      -The next day, Becky kicks Subaru awake. It's the designated time, and Subaru can't help but think he's a reckless idiot for sleeping on the fourth day. He's also a bit confused because he's inside the forbidden archive, but she's going to keep her promise. Plus, that room of his is filled with his stench, so she'd rather not stay in there. While he's here, Subaru needs to observe proper manners, so don't touch anything that is forbidden, alright? Alright.

      -Subaru, deciding that now is as good a time as any, asks Becky if she held his hands while he was asleep? Nope, she didn't. And that's somehow more worrying than before. Subaru has more questions, but Becky has had enough of that. A book comes flying towards Subaru, who catches it with some rather impressive agility, as he's told to be quiet. Well, he's got nothing better to do, might as well read what he can. We get a time montage of Subaru and Becky in the library, with Subaru moving around and reading a bunch of books. After a while, Becky senses that she's being called and goes to leave. Subaru doesn't like that, but she assures him that he's safe in here. Well, unless somebody goes nuts and tries to open every door to find him, but who would be so obsessive as to do that?

      -Letting curiosity get the better of him, Subaru goes outside to see the sun rising. He's overjoyed by this, collapsing on his knees. Did he make it past the fourth night? That was easy, wasn't it? Suddenly, Emilia appears, wondering where he was all this time. Subaru is still processing what happened and is just blabbering on, saying they should go to the village together, as there's so much he wants to do and tell her. Except we have a small issue to deal with first. A scream comes from a nearby room, prompting him to take a look. There, we see Rem, in bed, as Ram cries in agony. Uh, that was a surprise. Does that mean there always has to be a death at this time if Subaru doesn't do anything?

      -Subaru walks over to the bed, shocked at what happened, but Ram, upset, yells at Subaru. He gets the message and starts to leave, but as he does, Roswaal tells him what happened. She died of weakness in her sleep, then adding that it was more of a curse than a spell. This catches Subaru by surprise. He thought it was Rem who used the curse on him in the first loop, so that means she isn't the shaman? Wait, where did you get that from? Was it from when she used magic to kill you the last time? That just came out of left field.

      -Roswaal asks Subaru if he knows what happened, since he's rather angry somebody killed his staff. Emilia urges him to say anything if he knows what happened. Oh, he wants to say so much, but he knows what happens if he told the whole story. Ram, however, isn't as patient and attacks Subaru with a glancing blow, meant to attract his attention. She demands an answer and goes for a proper attack, but Becky keeps her promises and blocks it. And it looks like she extended the contract conditions. So long as Subaru is in the mansion, she will protect him. Also, she's Subar's alibi and tells Roswaal as much. Roswaal isn't interested in that. Instead, since Becky is protecting Subaru, that must mean she's taken a liking to him. He starts producing magic in his hands, which prompts Becky to react in kind.



      -That's quite the remark. Also, I'm just sitting here and going "How the hell did this escalate so fast?" As those two are about to go to blows, Ram herself wants to know more, and if Subaru knows anything, he has to tell her so she can avenge Rem. And she's about ready to bring the pain, but Emilia steps in, choosing to trust in Subaru. And she begins to ruin that by saying "I'm sorry". And given how volatile the situation was, it all comes crashing down as the room itself explodes. Subaru was already out of the room when it happened, with Emilia choosing to chase after him. Ram, however, is all in revenge mode, promising to kill him. So Subaru ran from the mansion because it just all went to hell. And he was having so much fun, too!

      -During his escape, Subaru runs through the place where he died the last time around. And that's when he comes to realize, that if he died, maybe he can be saved from this whole situation? Oh, hey, he's thinking of using his power again. Granted, it'll probably be painful as hell, but still, if it can resolve the situation, then maybe it can work. He's fought and struggled to reach this point, but if he lets this go, will it have been worth it to survive? And it looks like Subaru's answer is "nope", because he found himself a cliff to jump off of. And what's at the bottom of that cliff?



      -...Hey, Subaru? I don't think this is a good idea anymore. Though he is concerned about what would happen if he dies again. He attempts to make the leap, but as he hasn't quite reached the point of no return in his mind, his body kicks into preservation mode and prevents him from doing it. Stupid body, going against orders like that! He laments his own failure and collapses on this cliff face. Time passes, and apparently Becky, no worse for wear, has found him. He's confused by this and asks why, but she reminds him of the contract they entered into, which was to protect him until the fifth morning. He points this out, but she decides to do a little rules lawyering, saying that no time limit was discussed. Wow, maybe she's not that bad after all.

      -Becky tells Subaru that clinging to hope only serves his own convenience, and what was lost can't be reclaimed, adding that he'll have no more chances to explain himself to Ram, since he threw it away by running. No matter which is lost, those sisters won't ever be complete again. But he cared about them and wanted to protect him, but because of the reset, Becky asks what does he know about them? No matter which is lost, they won't be restored to what they were. I know she doesn't know, but why does it seem like she's hinting that she knows about Subaru's condition?

      -Subaru recognizes what Becky is saying, that he was being selfish by not knowing anything. With that, Becky reaches out her hand and tells him that he needs to die where she can't see him, or she'll have bad dreams. She she's going to help him escape this domain. Seriously, does she or doesn't she know? Gah! All of theses too subtle hints that may or may not be there! As he takes Becky's hand, he recalls the sensation of his hands being held that one time. More specifically, that both of his hands were held. In what maybe a memory, he sees Ram and Rem there, holding his hands. Perhaps, if they couldn't bear to see him suffer and held both of his hands... if that was the kind of people they are, how can he leave them like that? Well, true, if you do have the ability to go back and correct those mistakes, would you do it? Granted, it'd be quite painful, but that's still an option.

      -Recalling Ram's hate filled words, as well as her screams of anguish, it seems that Subaru has reached a decision. He admits to being the type to drift towards whichever path was easiest, then berates himself for thinking about something pretty stupid. First recalling the tale he told Ram, as well as Rem's happy smile from another timeline. He continues to recall those happy times with them, lamenting on how he was able to save his own life. Yup, he saved his life this time, and what's wrong with taking the path that's easiest, the will let him live longer? Looks like he's made a decision, but whatever it is, it might not matter soon, because Ram has found him and she is pissed!

      -Becky takes position to defend Subaru, since the contract is still in place, but Ram reminds her that they aren't in the forbidden library, but in a forest, so will she be able to protect Subaru from her? And because the station is too serious for him...



      -Well, that was rather rude, Subaru. After pulling on Becky's hair, she gets royally pissed off and asks if he really wants to die? No, obviously not. He's fine with dying just once, at the end of a long life. He then walks towards Ram, asking if he's ready to accept his fate? He wouldn't exactly call it that. If anything, he's made up his mind. He bows to her and apologizes for the grief he's caused them for being such a loser. So maybe he knows something about Rem after all? Nope, not a thing. Frankly, there's too much he doesn't know, but now he's decided to learn more about the things he didn't know. Yes, I'm sure that made sense to somebody somewhere. Not to Ram, though. What can he do by learning anything now, given that Rem is dead? If only you knew, Ram.

      -Subaru won't make any cool statements about what he'll be able to do, since this is what happened in a timeline where he couldn't do anything, and he knows better than anyone that his words aren't convincing in the least. But he does remember the parts of them that they've forgotten. Ram, angry and confused, asks what he could possibly know about the two of them? Yes, that is true, he doesn't know anything that's really important, but neither does she. And what does she not know?

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      -...Is now really the time for a love confession? Ram is stunned shocked by Subaru's words, and just like that, he makes a run for the cliff. Becky makes an attempt to stop him, but he continues to run, remembering all the time she spent with his friends, like the twin maids, Emilia, Puck and Becky. Not Roswaal, though, because that guy was creepy! With that, he makes his leap towards the rocks, promising to save them all. And after we hear the rather violent fall, we get our title card, Natsuki Subaru's Restart. The "Re" in "restart" is highlighted in yellow. End episode.

      Time for an updated date count. I'm only going to include the deaths we see onscreen, but we can always speculate what happened during the intervening time.

      Subaru: 8
      Emilia: 1
      Felt: 1
      Rom: 2
      Rem: 1

      We're approaching double digits for Subaru here. And here's what we know so far. For at least two of the last three deaths, Rem was the one who killed him. Why? Well, she was suspicious of him, but I think it's just outright jealousy. Though she suspected that he was part of a "witch cult" that is trying to keep Emilia from taking the throne. I wonder why she would think that?

      We also know why Subaru can't tell anybody about his powers. Some scary hand will appear to crush his heart and kill him, possibly forcing a restart. It is unusual for there to be such a restriction, so why not tell anybody? Though now we have a reason why Subaru has to keep this a secret. However, there is still the question of how much other parties know about this power. Becky seems to hint that she does know, or at least, suspects something, but she never says it outright, probably because of those same restrictions.

      This is also the episode we see that the burden of all those resets have finally taken their toll. And it's not due to the painful deaths, but the fact that everybody loses their memories when Subaru resets. That's what hurts him the most, and it finally pushed him to the point where he just gave up on trying to do anything. Except it somehow made things worse and caused things to go to hell rather badly.

      Still, Subaru has renewed his resolve, but the question is, how is he going to do it this time? We knew that Rem had it in for Subaru in the previous time lines (including the one he may have been poisoned), but with his interactions with the maids being get to a minimum, this may indicate that somebody will be targeting the people in the mansion. But who? And will Subaru be able to stop it without getting himself killed? Tune in on Friday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, whenever you meet somebody suspicious, always attempt to punish them. That's the rule of maids, after all.

    • I don't know if anybody is interested, but...

      2 weeks ago

      CaButler

      I just put up the entire PS3 Final Fantasy XIII trilogy up on my eBay page.  That includes the first game and the collector's edition of the second and third games.  The third will be the most expensive as a result, but I'm offering a deal.  You buy all three and I take ten percent off the entire order.


      Oh, and any RT folks interested?  Reply to this post and give me your RT name in the message and I'll take on an additional twenty percent off.


      If you're not, pass it along to people who may be interested.


      Tomorrow is another Re:ZERO episode.  And hopefully I won't have to work on it all night, either.

    • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Episode Six

      2 weeks ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to the next exciting episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World, the show that uses time travel to try to come up with creative ways to kill off it's main character.

      In our last episode, without realizing it, Subaru ended up resetting back to a save point after the best day ever! Shocked by this horrible situation, he makes it a point to recreate the previous timeline as much as possible, mostly to get to the goal of actually getting that date with Emilia. However, despite his best attempts, it's Ram, the pink haired older sister maid, who takes things off the rails by putting things on the fast track. But what would cause her to do such a thing?

      It even goes to his nightly activities, as well. Ram helps Subaru with his reading and writing, in case Subaru needs to go to the village without either of them to pick up groceries or other items. So for the next few nights, he is tutored by Ram. But despite all of this, some incidents stay on track, like the visit to the village, which results in a little dog biting his hand again, which we didn't see the last time but know it happened last time.

      Well, on the final night, Subaru gets tutored by Emilia, making him very nervous, but despite all of that and bungling up a number of lines, he's still able to secure a date with Emilia the next day, Hooray for progress! Though knowing he died in his sleep, Subaru makes it a point to stay awake and be prepared for his eventual murderer. He almost falls asleep, but quickly starts throwing up all over the place as he appears to have been poisoned. But by who? It doesn't matter as he goes searching for help, but he runs into some person we don't see, who was carrying a heavy object and then proceeds to murder Subaru in the hallway in a rather gory fashion by crushing his head. Fun times.

      Now that Subaru knows how he died originally, how will he prevent it from happening again? And who was his mysterious murderer in the second loop? And will he find a way to secure the date with Emilia in this coming loop? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins with Subaru waking up rather violently from his left arm. Also, I think Crunchyroll updated it's player, because it doesn't look or act like Flash. What took them so long? But enough of that, Subaru grips his left arm, which is there now, thanks to the reset. He quickly gets over the shock but then looks up to see that both Ram and Rem are huddled together, shaking in fear. He quickly apologizes to them, but remembers that they don't remember him, so he eases their tension the only way he knows how.

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      -Sorry, Subaru, but I don't think you're a woman's man. Going over the top with his apology, he announces that he will now start over! This seems to work in easing the tension, but on a completely unrelated note, do you ladies happen to know the day and time? It's just that, you know, last night was totally insane and one can easily lose track of time from nearly getting killed so often. Yes, let's go with that.

      -After the op, Subaru recaps what he knows so far. Currently, he's on his third first day in the Roswaal mansion. Wow, these subtitles look so much nicer than before. Right, sorry, moving on. Anyway, recaps! Subaru felt a terrible chill the last time, so he wonders if he died in his sleep the first time due to physical weakness? Well, poison is also on the table, but I'm putting money on the dog being the culprit the first time around. The second time, however, there was an attacker. But if he was murdered in the mansion, does that mean others are targets, too? He wonders if its related to Emilia and the royal selection, but even if he did know that, he wouldn't have any proof to explain it or avoid it. Oh, and the reason we didn't see the attacker? Subaru couldn't see them, and the anime really wants to make sure we keep that a mystery.

      -During this time, you may have noticed that Becky was in the corner of the screen, dancing around in a little circle. This is because she is not dance, but Subaru is walking around her, thinking about what has happened. She's rather irritated by that and tells him to stop or be blown away. He apologizes, but says that walking in circles also turns the gears in his head. Hey, that works for some people. Don't ask me how, though. Besides, they're tight, right? Yeah, Becky would like to know where Subaru gets this kind of idea from. They've only met twice, after all. You know, I can't help but think that Subaru actually enjoys playing these kinds of games on people, even if it means violently dying to make it happen.

      -Still, Subaru stays and suggests that Becky serve him some tea to help him relax. Man, you can be a real jerk sometimes, Subaru. She refuses, so he gets up close and doesn't say anything, which irritates her even more. Oh, actually, he's looking at the book she's reading and he's curious about it. She gives a sarcastic remark about how to get rid of bugs, but Subaru takes it literally. Becky has had enough of this and tells him to leave. More to the point, his hands have stopped shaking, so he can mask his fear now. Subaru is shocked she could tell, but she just finds it vexing to be treated as a mere convenience. She's so mean, and yet, Subaru feels like he can count on her help later. She then shoos him out. And in three... two... one...



      -It is rather amazing how dense you can be, Subaru. And Becky has had enough of that and kicks him out with a gust of wind... that sends him out of a second story window and into the garden below. Becky, I know you don't like him, but he is a guest and you could have killed him! Good thing that flower bed was there to break his fall. Emilia goes to check on him, which is all he needs to heal. Except...



      -Subaru reacts how you think he does and tries to get himself cleaned off, but I don't know how the three second rule works here. Emilia smiles, saying that this kind of thing is actually lucky. Well, it did save his life, after all, so I think that does count. She soon awakens Puck to ask him to wash off Subaru. He agrees by... trapping him in a vortex of water. Hey, whatever works, right? Though that's the second time a creature of great magical power tried to kill him. After a short recovery period, he complains about it, accusing Puck of enjoying it.



      -Seems legit. Subaru, isn't though, and soon enough he and Puck are doing some play fighting. Emilia laughs quite hard at this scene, which gets them to stop long enough to let them continue their act, with Subaru addressing Puck as "Father", who won't give him his daughter that easily. Emilia begs them to stop, but for them, it's all good. When she smiles, she just lights up the room. Though Puck may be just a tiny bit bias here. Subaru agrees, stealing my line in the process. My lawyers will be contacting him soon about that.

      -And we're back to the whole "tan" conversation, though Subaru actually gives an answer. He says it's a pet name, like how Puck calls Emilia "Lia." It's an expression of affection that shows people's closeness. Yeah, Emilia has issues with that, because she doesn't remember ever getting so close to him. Poor guy. He recognizes that things reset, but in his heart he remembers how things went in all those other loops. Really, if you think about it, it is rather soul crushing, isn't it? To lose so much experience because of your death, reseting everybody's memories in the process. It makes each of those moments more precious and more heartbreaking when they're lost.

      -But Subaru, who does recognize this, even if he's subconscious about it, tells her to think of it as an advance on their relationship. He changes things up a bit by saying he wants them to get close enough to call each other by pet names. Emilia has no idea how to react to that and has to think on it for a moment before agreeing to it. Subaru wasn't expecting that response, but Emilia gets rather embarrassed and asks him to not look at her. Subaru would probably comment more if it wasn't for the fact that he got a positive response. And here he was, building up for another shot. Puck, what do you think this means?

      -Well, Puck keeps it simple. Emilia doesn't have many friends, so she craves things like nicknames, which makes her easy to please. Subaru is divided on this, but I think he likes this. However, all good times must come to an end as the maid twins arrive, with Rem calling Subaru a drowned rat while Ram class him a dirty, old washrag. Subaru, however, counters the first insult. Yeah, he's a rat, what of it? Ha! You're insults won't work on him now! Anyway, they're here because Roswaal has returned. And here goes round three.

      -We don't bother much with the meeting since it's more or less a repeat of before, so we just here Subaru narrate on what he's deduced so far. ON the fourth night, someone will attack. He'd like it if he could tell that person they were the target, but it'd be difficult to explain where he got the information from, so they may think he's the assassin. If only he knew the attacker's physique, it might be a different story. All we know about them so far is that they have a lot of power behind them, since they easily disarmed and crushed Subaru's head. That might not mean much in terms of physicality, but it also does potentially limit who the attacker could be. So for now, he'll use these next four days to gather information and learn who the attacker is. And in order for him to do that, he's going to ask for his reward, which is to be hired by... no, wait, he wants to live here as a house guest, to eat and sleep all he wants! Looks like Subaru is taking this thing off the rails early. Ram responds... by yawning. A third different reaction. Does she know? It seems unusual, though, as everybody is staring at her. That much out of character, eh?

      -After the meal, Subaru walks around, trying to figure out his next step. He'll try some indirect question first. Outside, he spots Rem fixing the spot he fell earlier. He rushes out to apologize for that, but Rem responds by bowing and walking away. Well, that didn't work, did it? So the next step is to random search the place, which includes the dining room, his employee quarters, and the dressing room. Nothing out of the ordinary here. He suddenly hear's the sounds of a chain moving, causing Subaru to panic. But it's just Roswaal, who is keeping his interest of Subaru in this loop. But if Roswaal knows about the looping, is he having Subaru killed to invoke some reaction?

      -In his room, Subaru has gone over a list of his two deaths. The first being some sort of weakness causing him to die in his sleep. The second is related to the sound of chains, but he has Roswaal listed, but as misleading. Unfortunately, it's not getting him anywhere close to the truth. Luckily, he is able to get a break in the form of Ram bringing him some tea. He appreciates it and asks if she wants to drink with him. She politely declines and leaves. He tells her that she can be friendlier with her, but she doesn't answer. Instead, she just bows and leaves. I think you might have limited yourself quite a bit with your break in the loop, Subaru. He brushes it off as it being the first day, but let's be honest, you're a guest, and the help has to be nice to the guest. They'll just talk bad about you behind your back when you aren't listening, as the help always does.

      -The next day, Subaru decides that he needs some help, so he goes to Becky to try and get some answers. Mainly, if there is any magic that weakens and kills someone, as if putting them to sleep? Yes, there is. Not what I was expecting, but apparently it isn't magic so much as a curse. And there are man such things among the spells that shamans specialize in. She brings out a book to show as an example, explaining that shamans are a subclass of magic and spirit-arts users, originating in the norther nation of Gusteco. But they're all quite useless and not to be taken seriously. For a powerhouse like you, maybe, but this is Subaru we're talking about here.

      -That said, there is an easier method than a curse. And what Becky says next is chilling and seems to drop a major bombshell. That other method?



      -Well, either this is a hell of a red-herring, or Becky knows and is finally letting Subaru know that she knows. Turns out, however, it's a red herring, as Becky shows him what she meant. The mana drain from before the start of the loop? That can actually kill a person. Becky explains that mana is also one's very life force, and if you continually suck it out, one could die of weakness. So not only is poison and disease on the table, but also death of mana drain. This just gets more fun by the minute, doesn't it? Subaru thinks Becky is the one to kill him, but she apologizes, as she's a bit busy with tending the library. She just doesn't have enough time to murder every idiot that walks in without knocking.

      -So then Subaru asks a good follow up question. Can anyone do the manga-sucking curse? Looks like the answer is no. Only she and Puck can do such a spell. Despite his power, Roswaal couldn't perform such a spell. This makes it a rare spell, which means it's an unlikely cause of death from the first loop. He asks her not to take too much, especially from him, as he's low on blood and could die in a heartbeat. She agrees, for his crushed organs were easy to fix, but replacing blood was a different matter. From the way it sounded, it seemed like she was the one who healed his wounds, and he doesn't like it if somebody stole Emilia's credit for healing him! Except his fantasy is shattered with the next statement.



      -But wasn't Rom fatally injured, or was he just not as bad? Becky says that Emilia and Puck were able to stabilize Subaru, but she healed his wounds. Subaru rolls to disbelieve, which apparently pisses Becky off enough to blow him out of the room, right into another flower bed. I think she was actually trying to kill you this time. Emilia is there, once more, to ask if he's alright. Well, at least he'd find out if he was in heaven or not with that smiling face looking down at him.

      -With the new information gathered, Subaru now thinks that curse and chains are linked together, but that's all he has. He then thinks about the last time this happened, and should things remain, he'll die in this loop and somehow figure it all out for the fourth loop. He'd rather not do that, which is why he asked Puck to keep an eye on Emilia for him. In a flashback, Puck is asked this and he agrees, mainly because he was always going to do that, but he can tell that Subaru is concerned for Emilia, and for Puck, that makes him an alright guy. His concern is tomorrow, because of what will happen on the fourth day, but his thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of Ram. He hides his notes to show the ones of him studying, which shocks the pink-haired maid. How rude! And to a guest, as well! Ram counters that he's just a freeloader calling himself a guest, which is how she perceives it. Rude, but probably what Subaru wants.

      -And it looks like Ram has taken up Subaru's offer to drink with him, as she takes a cup for herself and sits on the bed while he complains about the taste. Subaru can't help but comment how she's slacking off in front of a guest like that, but she smiles and counters that he said she could be more friendly towards him. And it looks like she's taking him up on that offer. Huh, I wonder why this isn't that popular of a pairing? They seem to hit it off rather well. But that's a discussion for later, if we get to that. And I imagine that will be an interesting time.

      -Anyway, how's the studying going? It's all good. Subaru can read simple fairy tales now. What he finds interesting is how the morals in these tales slightly differ from the ones he knows of. It's like cross-cultural communication! Or maybe, just maybe, some things remain the same, no matter what universe you're in. Though this does get him to think about importing a few fairy tales from his homeland, like "The Red Ogre Who Cried." This has Ram's attention, which Subaru notices, she he decides to give the tale.

      -Once upon a time, there lived a red ogre and a blue ogre. They were very good friends. The red ogre wanted to be friends with the people of the village, but because he is an ogre, people were too scared to get close to him. The Blue Ogre couldn't stand to see his friend suffer, so he decided a plan to help him. The Blue Ogre will cause a ruckus in the village, so the Red Ogre will come to stop him. And the villagers will be sure to trust you. And the plan worked, allowing the Red Ogre to befriend the humans. However, as time passed, something began to worry him. His friend, the Blue Ogre, couldn't visit him any longer. Ram, typically good at the poker face, reacts to this part. Curious.

      -Anyway, the Red Ogre went to the Blue Ogre's house, but found that the door was tightly shut and a letter affixed to it. The letter told Red Ogre to have fun with his human friends. If he continues to hang around with him, they may think he's a bad ogre, too. So Blue Ogre decided to go on a journey, but promises to never forget him. The Red Ogre read the letter in silence, over and over again. He soon began to cry in sadness. The end. Not bad, but your narration style could use some work, Subaru.

      -Ram thinks it's a sad story, which Subaru agrees with. But he also thinks its a sweet story, too. Ram thinks all of the characters in it are just stupid. It's probably how the story was told, but Subaru isn't denying it. It's why he loves and hates the story. He finds the Blue Ogre's self-sacrifice to be appealing, but agrees it's stupid because he gets nothing in return. He's the type that wants to be rewarded for his effort, even if said efforts get him killed. As for Ram, she doesn't disagree with his thoughts on the Blue Ogre, but thinks that the Red Ogre is behind help. He dragged his friend into his own desires, and as a result, he lost nothing. Only the Blue Ogre lost anything. Well, I don't think that's necessary true. The Red Ogre lost a very important friend, despite getting more friends from the human village. But I can see how this looks bad for the Blue Ogre, who is blue because he is sad.

      -Subaru asks Ram what she thinks the two ogres should have done? Well, to start, if the Red Ogre truly wanted to befriend humans, he should have broken off his horns and gone to them. This is something he should have done before the Blue Ogre couldn't bear to watch anymore. Subaru thinks that is a rather extreme opinion, which leads to her asking which ogre he would be friends with? The Red Ogre, the one who is selfish, or the Blue Ogre, who basks in stupid self-sacrifice? Subaru's answer shocks Ram, because we're all about shocking people today.

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      -Ram, however, calls it a foolish answer. If Subaru wants to befriend both, then he must be the indecisive, adulterous type. That's a harsh way of reading this. He'll regret it one day. Putting aside his homeland's fairy tales, what kind of impression did their stories leave on him? Well, the one that interested him the most is the one about the dragon, then one at the end, which is about a witch. With this, he finally understands where the "Dragon's Kingdom of Lugunica" comes from. Probably something to do with gold.

      -Apparently, it's said that the royal family signed a covenant with a dragon, so it's more like a folk tale than a fairy tale to Subaru. Ram says that part is true, and the noble dragon still protects this nation from far away, beyond a great waterfall. And it will continue to do this until the contract with the royal family is fulfilled. Subaru recall that the royal family had died out, which leads to a scary question. No one knows what the dragon wants, and in the nation's current situation, only the gods know, nor will they know what the dragon does until he does it. Probably something about an overdue payment because he needs more money to play the stock market.

      -With that fun little thought in mind, Subaru wants to talk more about the witch story, but Ram doesn't want to. For that matter, she's stayed too long already. She collects the tea set, bows, and will return when dinner is ready. Before departing, Ram tells Subaru not to tell the story to Rem, because she wouldn't like that story at all. Yeah, given the colors used, I imagine Rem would think of herself as the blue ogre and wouldn't like that at all.

      -Alone with his thoughts, Subaru lays on the bed and begins to read about the witch one more. She was a scary, terrifying witch, and to even speak her name was terrifying. She was soon given a name befitting her status, the Jealous Witch. And only a young person she failed to kill, leaving a scar on their forehead, can stop her. ...No, we aren't doing that kind of story? Something about being sued? But it's a classic! Fine, fine.

      -The next day, Subaru is leaving the mansion for the capital. Emilia says they should call a car for him, but he says it's fine. One day, when he's kind of strong, smart, and rich who is worthy of her, he'll take her away on a white horse. Emilia, however, is in doting mother mode, making sure he has everything he needs for the trip. So much for his parting words. Roswaal shakes his hand, telling him not to lose the gift he gave him, as he added something equivalent to their three days' worth of memories together. Basically, he got money to keep his mouth shut, which he understands. He swears this upon the dragon, but that just takes away the purpose of his evil schemes. Besides, swearing to the dragon is the highest form of promise, so don't forget it!

      -Subaru then turns to the maids, thanking them for all of their help. Especially Rem and her great food. As for Ram, he has to think of something nice for her, so he comes up with "good at cleaning toilets, right?" And they get right to mocking his lack of skill in flattery. You seriously do suck at this, Subaru. Still, he thanks them, which gets him a smile from the twins. They really warmed up to him, didn't they?

      -Outside, Emilia is escorting Subaru to the gate. Before he leaves, she tells him that, if he needs anything to come and visit. That sounds like a brilliant idea! And with that, he leaves, but as soon as he's far away from the mansion, he walks into the first, getting himself a high look over the mansion. Looks like he can see Emilia's room from this angle, as well. Subaru, you perv, you! Peeking on the girl you like this way. That's just terrible.

      -Actually, Subaru's plan is to wait for something to happen and stop it. He takes out the cutting knife he used in the past two loops as he sits and waits. He really doesn't want to die, nor does he want them to die, as well. He'd like to have one loop end well and not in so much pain. Of course, only he remembers, but he'd rather not remember such painful things.

      -As the sun begins to set, Subaru recalls another major change in this loop. He didn't go shopping for Rem this time. Which means no interaction with the kids, which means no bite from the dog. I guess if he doesn't start throwing up than we know that is the cause of his first death. As the credits play, Subaru gets himself to focus. Suddenly, he is attacked by a ball and chain, which he's able to easily dodge by jumping off the cliff. Don't worry, he tied a rope around himself, but man, that sudden stop must have hurt! This is why you need bungie cords, Subaru.

      -With this attack, Subaru now knows this is where the sound of chains came from. He continues to run, only to find himself in a dead end. Damn these accursed cliff walls! So he decides to make his stand, taking off his jacket and facing the potential attacker. When the attack happens, Subaru is able to use his jacket to capture and redirect the blow, allowing it to be pinned against the cliff wall. He grabs hold of the chain and pulls, forcing the attacker to reveal themselves. And the person who reveals themselves is... Rem!? And she was hoping to finish this off without incident too. And we end our episode on a major cliffhanger.

      If we keep the poison theory in mind, then it's entirely possible that Rem, the only person who actually does the cooking, may have poisoned Subaru the first time around. But why would she do that? And then we have the second and third loops, where she seems to be gunning for Subaru? What would possess her to do something like that? Weren't they getting along in this previous loops?

      All these questions will hopefully be answered when we continue this arc on Sunday.

      Until next time, remember, when you need to think of a something, always walk around in circles around a loli. It'll get those gears going.

  • Comments (1727)

    • zogman1

      2 weeks ago

      I commented on some of your images.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 weeks ago

        I saw. 

      • zogman1

        2 weeks ago

        Good.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 weeks ago

      congrats on the Illya, dude.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 weeks ago

        Guess you saw in my support list. Yeah, I used more SQ than I would have liked, but I didn’t purchase any, so that’s a plus. 

      • ConnieEdogawa

        3 weeks ago

        meanwhile, I HAVE spent money on quartz and all I've gotten is 2 more Nursery Rhymes, putting her to NP5, my first Medea Lily, my 7th Astolfo, my first Jeanne, and 3 of the 5* CE, at least 4 of the 4*, and at least 6 of the 3* (I have to go back and double check), and, just as a bonus, my 4th copy of the Limited Zero Over CE and the last copy of Golden Millennium Tree I needed to MLB it.

    • zogman1

      1 month ago

      I put words on your images.

    • zogman1

      2 months ago

      I commented on your images.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 months ago

        Yay!

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 months ago

      Cut smash brothers from the roster

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 months ago

        Huh.  So many to cut.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 months ago

        When I did it. I cut: Luigi, bowser rosalina,bowser jr diddy, gamer and watch, gannondawrf, toon link, Robin, duck hunt, dedede, meta knight, lucario, jilly puff, greninja, rob, villager, olimar, wii fit, charizard, shulk, dr mario, dark pit, lucina, roy, ryu, corrin and the mii's. 


        My mind set was: if you were in the first smash game you stay and Luigi, dr mario, dark pit, lucina lucario,meta knight can be skins for characters with special conditions can be picked from the roster as a skin.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 months ago

      I found this. who keeps making these DdCOEJ9VAAAGWDC.png

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 months ago

        I have no idea.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      4 months ago

      do you have this one? Db3BJDAV4AA0AHT.jpg

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 months ago

        I've seen it on the artist's twitter, but I haven't uploaded it.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      9 months ago

      barnes and noble is having a buy 2 get 1 free on manga. Just letting you know

    • zogman1

      10 months ago

      You should really finish Nights of Azure 1.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      11 months ago

      hey remember that nycc17 journal i put up? I think the site deleted it. Can you check? I dont see it anywhere

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        11 months ago

        Nope, didn't see it.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      did you get a notification for this?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        I did. 

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        Notifications seem to be working for you now then. Good.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

      73167f51d1d76f3c6bd6681536cf397f9cfc44e2


      Happy Warm Fuzzy Fuzzes Day!

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you, Princess of Mars.  Long may your reign be.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      I just found out Shantae and Compa (and Croire) have the same VA.


      Edit: wow she's voiced a lot of stuff I've played.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        She's also playing Velvet in the new Tales game.


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        Yep.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      Look what I found: https://youtu.be/71lLnE8gJnU

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        You only just now found this?


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        The other day, yes. YouTube doesn't really like me.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

      HAPPY FU DAY~!  confetti_ball

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thanks.  It's the best time of the year.

    • Kevinet496

      1 year ago

      Congrats on the feature, man. It was about time.  donut

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thanks.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Happy FU!

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you.

    • indiart28 RTX 2017 Guardian

      1 year ago

      Congratulations for unlocking the Achievement: "Featured User!" Enjoy your 100 gamerscores!


        whiskey geoff jack ryan gavin michael jeremy tower

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you.  I will spend it wisely.


        Mostly on booze.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      I think the RT site deleted your comments from my images

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        They have been rolling back on stuff.

    • Blood_XIII

      1 year ago

      So I just started Forza Horizon 3, and it gave me a free SUV and since I'm actually online for once it popped up with suggested community decals. I picked one that looked cool and upon further inspection realized it was something you would appreciate.


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      Tn1QXet.png

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        There be some creative people online.  But they screwed up the arm placement.  The hand cannon is on the wrong arm!

      • Blood_XIII

        1 year ago

        @CaButler Well to be fair the decal is mirrored on the other side, so they likely put it there first and then just mirror-copied it to the right side of the car as opposed to placing the decal itself

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      wait why did trying to load page 2 of your images lead me to your journal entries???

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Don't know.  The site has been doing it for a while.


        And if you post something, make sure to tag me.  I won't see it otherwise.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        ...you know you gave me a great idea


        If I post images most likely I'll shove them all in journal entries. because I know the journal entries get notifications.

    • iMacOfDeath

      1 year ago

      You still participating in ISML voting?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Has that been going on for a while?  If so, I kind of forgot all about it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        1 year ago

        Since the spring, look for it every monday, wednesday, and friday.

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      Are your notifications working?

      • solblade44

        2 years ago

        Not him but I was going to ask the same thing. I'm not getting any either.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        They appear to be working now.

      • zogman1

        2 years ago

        indeed.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        @HOWtwoROCK


        Cute.

    • grenou

      2 years ago

      Congrats on your Fail making it into today's video!



      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Awesome. I submitted that months ago. I wonder if there are any others there? Thanks for point this out.

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      I still need to watch the Fate series.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I guess you're looking at @HOWtwoROCK post from below.

      • zogman1

        2 years ago

        Yep, but I didn't want to whatever the term is now a 1 month old conversation.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Remember when these characters were trying to kill each other?


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      tumblr_o4bqcicVBh1r3z16po1_540.gif

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Well, bitches want the D.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        You know I would watch a romantic comedy with these characters

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Got norton back and shantae is fine now.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Norton likes half naked half genies.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      Did you have this? Figure you could use it as a holiday profile pic or something.

      jKcX27w.png

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I did not have a Tales holiday image, so thanks.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        You're welcome.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Your fail made it into fails of the week

      yay

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I know. I saw. I made Geoff laugh. It was awesome.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        I know right

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Just gonna dump this here tumblr_nzmqzzbChv1sojsjno2_540.jpg

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Already have, but thanks anyway.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      2 years ago

      apparently, now mangaconda is shutting down, too.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I completely forgot about them, to be honest.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        2 years ago

        really? it's only been a couple weeks, and they're who picked up translating hayate.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      2 years ago

      good news!

      https://mangaconda.wordpress.com/

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Yay

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Ah I noticed you have shante up there

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Yes. I posted up an image that I had done as a commission. Take a look at it and give it a good look over.

        Also, I never got notification of a comment here.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      2 years ago

      so, for days now my "users I follow" feed has been empty, and I assumed it was just because of another stupid update that they'd fix sooner or later.

      what f**king idiot thought automatically having us unfollow everyone was a good idea?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      deleted the picture that freaked you out. Sorry, didn't think it would hit you so hard

    • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

      3 years ago

      I upload new and interesting facts everyday in my series:

      "Fact of The Day"

      Hope to see you there!

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      Hey Ca, do you get a notification when I make a comment post?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      I was watching Fate Stay night unlimited blade works (Tv show). Why the fuck wouldn't archer just use his phantasm on the little german girl who had Bezerker?

    • zogman1

      3 years ago

      you didn't get a notification about any of my image comments, did you?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        I don't think I have, no.

    • zogman1

      3 years ago

      you didn't get a notification about any of my image comments, did you?

      • zogman1

        3 years ago

        This wasn't a double post originally O_o

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      When you vote in ISML, be sure to also nominate the spring seasonals.

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      ISML is back.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 years ago

      I saw an image posted by you on my feed of a pink haired girl on the beach, but when I clicked to view it, it was gone. could I get a link to it?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        You're welcome.

        I wasn't certain about how safe it was initially, but I think I'll be putting it up again later.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        3 years ago

        thank you.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Try here.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        She was a blonde, actually. I'll see what I can do about it.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      Is Dog Days a good show for kids?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        I call it a kiddie show, but there are a few fanservice scenes featuring female nudity.

        You can't see anything, but it's there.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      3 years ago

      Here, I think you might like this. It's another work by Sharkbro.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        No problem, I was just looking over some of his other stuff and looking for familiar faces.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        I think I already have that in the Odin Sphere folder. I'll have to check. If not, thanks for the find.

    • dragon55128 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crazy_texan

      3 years ago

      well%2Bthen.JPG
      this happened smiley13.gif

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Go nuts.

      • dragon55128 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crazy_texan

        3 years ago

        lol I figured you would like me to share this smiley13.gif

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        C.C. appreciates a fine ass.

        Kallen likes them curvy up top.

        They both win.

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      Hey Ca, you watching the second season of Knights of Sidniona?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        No. I though I'd wait for Netflix to stream it, if they get the license.

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      Was it you who posted that super cute comic about Bell as a Rabbit?

      • iMacOfDeath

        3 years ago

        Damn, been trying to find it.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        I don't think so.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      Is this tame? pbs.twimg.com/media/CBnINtOUAAAmA_V.png

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

        ok

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Dear God no. That can result in you getting banned.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

        Okay now delte the first comment

      • HOWtwoROCK

        3 years ago

        I see

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Borderline, and in my opinion, on the wrong side of the line.

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