Monday, 15 July 2013

Danganronpa Case 01

In order to graduate, they must kill another student without being found out. That kind of pressure leads to the worst in people to target the weaker characters. All the characters were introduced in the first episode and judging them solely on appearance or personality will likely lead to suspecting the wrong character. Even weak people can become strong if they feel threatened and the stronger characters could turn out to be the gentlest of all of them.


A good mystery provides enough clues to work out the criminal without just handing you the answer. It's disappointing how easy the first mystery is, but I see this as an introduction to the game at the easiest difficulty. There are clues to push you away from the correct answer, but some clues hold more power than others. The debate should take all the clues into account before accusing anyone of the murder.



The first thing to note is the girls' bathrooms have locks whereas the boys' bathrooms do not. This immediately makes boys an easier target because the killer will only need to get past one locked door to be able to kill someone. It seems like Naegi wasn't the target since the nameplates were changed in order to make the room seem like it belonged to Maizono.



The next clues are the burnt shirt remnant and glass sphere fragments.The burnt shirt is covered in blood and unless someone is wearing the matching shirt, it is unlikely to lead to anything other than assuming the killer was disposing the evidence. It wouldn't be strange for them to have spare shirts so checking will probably not help either. The crystal ball belongs to Hagakure and being broken next to the burnt shirt is suspicious, but it isn't the most convincing clue.


The most important clue is Maizono's dying message. It reveals who is most likely the killer using the numbers 11037. Instead of just writing their name, it is written in numbers as to not seem too obvious. It was probably to prevent it being erased if the killer saw the numbers being written. All the evidence could be planted including the dying message, but these are the only clues that can be linked to someone in particular.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Free! First Impressions

I wasn't expecting much from this anime and after watching the first episode, it was pretty lacking in plot. It did well to introduce them as kids and then they had to grow up... I honestly didn't expect much as I'm not really a fan of sport or ecchi. I guess I'll watch it for cute boys doing cute things. I have watched other sport anime. Ro-Kyu-Bu! with loli basketball is a masterpiece.



I'm not a fan of ecchi series, whether it be fan service or man service, mainly because I'm not the target audience and I actually prefer to watch hentai for real "plot". I'd also prefer to watch a series full of cute moe characters whether it be K-On! or something similar with boys like Tsuritama, but that was more focused on embracing new experiences and growing. It's only a matter of time until they create a swimming club to eat cakes and drink tea.



I look forward to the introduction of the megane character and how his character will get along with the rest of the cast. For now, I like Nagisa and Makoto even if they did grow up.