Casual Friday: Darwin’s Game Ep. 2 and a pair of dense scientists in love

It’s Friday, so I don’t want to work too hard. I’ll just say a few words before heading out tonight for dinner.

  • So first up, I did watch the latest episode of Darwin’s Game. Honestly, it’s just as boring as the last, so it looks like I won’t have much to watch on future Fridays if this keeps up. But that’s okay, ’cause I should probably take a day off just to chill. My problem when I blog is that I feel this weird compulsion to put up a post every single day. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe I feel like if I don’t keep up the momentum, I’ll get lazy and stop writing. Yeah, I’m like that. I can get gung-ho super fast, but I can also get complacent pretty easily.
  • But let’s get back to Darwin’s Game. What we get is again a bunch of boring ass rules. When Shuka said she wanted to start a family with Kaname, what she really meant was that they should form a clan. In other words, this was a roundabout way to introduce yet another game mechanic.
  • As they hang out, she tells him about how one may use their points. You can spend your points to buy a shelter, which may prevent you from entering a match. You can also trade your points for real life money. Yawn.
  • The number one rule of Fight Club Darwin’s Game is you do not talk about Fight Club Darwin’s Game! Seriously, don’t do it. Especially don’t stare at the game on your phone while you’re out in public, which is exactly what our brilliant hero does.

  • As a result he gets roped into a match with some dude I don’t give a shit about. The match ends soon enough, because everyone is quickly thrown into a treasure hunt event where lots of people are probably going to die. But death carries little to no emotional weight.
  • Case in point, some random girl challenges that yakuza dude that we saw last week. She promptly meets her end right before the credits roll. What was my reaction? A simple shrug. Therein lies the true problem with Darwin’s Game: considering how life and death is on the line, the story is utterly devoid of any emotion. Even Kaname looks as though he’s gotten over the shock of being unwillingly thrust into such a sadistic exercise. Anger, fear, desperation, hopelessness — these are all powerful emotions that should be present in Darwin’s Game, and yet they’re nowhere to be found.
  • Speaking of shitty mobile games, I tried a few popular ones on a whim. Thank god for wifi, because a bunch of these games require like a 2-gig download just for high quality assets or whatever. Yeesh.
  • I didn’t get very far with Fire Emblem Heroes. It’s just not very engaging.
  • It’s also amusing that some of these games would crash just because developer options are enabled. That’s silly. I couldn’t even try Fate/Grand Order because of this silly problem. I can understand an app not working properly if I had enabled a setting like “Do not keep activities,” but USB debugging? C’mon.

  • Let’s move on. I watched a single episode of Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei shitemita, but there are three up. I don’t got time to watch all three episodes right now. I probably will watch this show from start to finish, but… honestly, it isn’t something that I will write about week in and week out. It’s just humorous fluff. It’s like the anime equivalent of, I dunno, eating McDonald’s french fries. I think it’s delicious. I like eating it. At the same time, however, I’m under no delusion that McDonald’s french fries have any substance to them. I wouldn’t call it good food just because I like it. That’s not how it works. I like spam too, but it’s not good food either. Basically, I feel the same way about this anime.
  • I like the romantic nonsense between the two main characters. It’s amusing that Ayame’s ponytail bounces whenever her heart goes dokidoki. But there’s nothing here to talk about. There’s nothing here to dive into. It is what it is. I don’t think it’s a good anime even though I enjoy it.
  • And that’s about it for today’s shows. There was a second episode of that asteroid anime, but I had already decided a week ago that I wouldn’t bother watching another second of that show.
  • There is also some Railgun thing. I’ve never watched a single second of that series. All I know about Railgun is that there’s some girl who has electric powers. Yeah, that’s it. And I’m not going to jump in now.
  • I did watch four episodes of the latest My Hero Academia season, so eight more to go before the new one drops tomorrow. I have some thoughts already, but I’ll hold off for now. Hopefully, I can get to those eight episodes after dinner tonight, but I might rather just zombie out on the couch and play games.

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