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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Roamer » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:52 pm

Most. Smug. Seraphim. Expression. Ever.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Heywulf » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:22 pm

Seraphim is named as a conscience assigned to Piro. She's said that Big Mode is more 'expensive' to run. Someone may have decided the expense was worth it.

Seraphim has always been very aware of the effect of her appearance to Piro (and any other observers). She dresses fashionable & appropriate, and makes a statement with her appearance... which is attractive & restrained. This current costume statement is more a version of effective cos-play. In one sense, effective for being a very symbolic decorative occupant of a room in a love hotel. From her actions, it looks like this appearance is not for a seduction, but maybe a costume for an appropriate job that is an endorsement of the environment & circumstances. I'm reminded of the 'priestess-costumed' Kimiko rushing to rescue Miho within the trashed hospital. It's almost like a changing of the priestesses. Kimiko has to go off of one sort of priestess duty (to get her hero's reward) [life is now; you should get your reward now]. So, another priestess comes on duty, Powered-up and in priestess uniform. Almost acting like a self-confident guardian, or a powerful chaperone.

Seraphim's current costume is also another visual trope: Voluptuous angel, short-short translucent night-dress, barefoot, short wings, no halo, floating suspended near an artist... Here in this love hotel room, she takes on the traditional cartoon trope of An Artist's Muse.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by jkhartl » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:49 pm

Heywulf wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:22 pm
Seraphim is named as a conscience assigned to Piro. She's said that Big Mode is more 'expensive' to run. Someone may have decided the expense was worth it.

Seraphim has always been very aware of the effect of her appearance to Piro (and any other observers). She dresses fashionable & appropriate, and makes a statement with her appearance...
Hence the expense.
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Gerakis » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:35 pm

I've been reading this comic since forever, and this is certainly a pivotal milestone IMHO! I'm glad Piro made this choice. ☺ I personally never considered Miho a viable option, and not just because she messed with him in a video game, but because of her age. Isn't she still a high school student? I can't remember how old Piro is, but if he can afford to fly to Japan and stay there, he's gotta be old enough to know better than to mess around with high school kids.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Yl33 D4 N00b » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:02 pm

Surprised she's looking at his face when she talks to him... ;) Money sez all he does is wash her hair.... :roll:
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by GreyWolfe » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:18 pm

jkhartl wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:49 pm
Hence the expense.
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Liminaut » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:30 pm

Considering the cold water, just holding her and being a source of heat for Kimiko is going to be a huge help. She is shivering as it is. And also considering the cold water, they may or may not want to do anything afterwards. But still, this should be an incredible moment for them.

But I do hope they get to turn up the heat. :D

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Teddy-Werebear » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:51 pm

HUBAH HUBAH approved!

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Gran Kaiosama » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:58 am

They gonna havesex, they gonna have a moment of peace after all this huge madness, and im veeery happy about it... But
Miho... Crap, she gonna know...
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by GreyWolfe » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:44 am

Gran Kaiosama wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:58 am
They gonna havesex, they gonna have a moment of peace after all this huge madness, and im veeery happy about it... But
Miho... Crap, she gonna know...
She had her chance and abused it, at least twice.

They may have their time - one moment in the shower does not a relationship make - but this moment is for Piro and Kimiko.
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Roamer » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:15 am

GreyWolfe wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:44 am
Gran Kaiosama wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:58 am
They gonna havesex, they gonna have a moment of peace after all this huge madness, and im veeery happy about it... But
Miho... Crap, she gonna know...
She had her chance and abused it, at least twice.

They may have their time - one moment in the shower does not a relationship make - but this moment is for Piro and Kimiko.
In all fairness, Kimiko has done the abuse thing as well. People who care about each other forgive. Miho's reactions to Piro are one of the few things that convince me she's still human at all.

I hope they get to enjoy their moment in peace.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by cidjen » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:47 am

Roamer wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:15 am
GreyWolfe wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:44 am
Gran Kaiosama wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:58 am
They gonna havesex, they gonna have a moment of peace after all this huge madness, and im veeery happy about it... But
Miho... Crap, she gonna know...
She had her chance and abused it, at least twice.

They may have their time - one moment in the shower does not a relationship make - but this moment is for Piro and Kimiko.
In all fairness, Kimiko has done the abuse thing as well. People who care about each other forgive. Miho's reactions to Piro are one of the few things that convince me she's still human at all.

I hope they get to enjoy their moment in peace.
Kimiko - abused something, maybe, but then made up for it pretty quickly (pretty much the next day).

Miho - still thought of the gone PxM OOG relationship as a nice little fantasy, two years over. She may surprise us still (or, you know, accept the offer from Ibara Senior and let him/Nntendo 'handle' her 'popularity' ?) but yeah, this intimate moment is for PxK and whatever they going to use it for, it's for them (whether it'll be this intimate as we think, I sort-of doubt, for his back injuries may not be severe, but seriously uncomfortable);

(edited Dom->Ibara Senior, thanks @NinjaDefenestrator!
but really, with Kimiko and Piro effectively being on Dom's payroll now, who says he can't make the offer to Miho either?
Remember Sega practically went bankrupt / was in very deep s**t back then in RL ;) )
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What if PxK actually.... become a real 2+1 family unit, thanks to what we're witnessing now :) The Lockart job would really come in handy for earning upkeep (and with two parents willing, child care is possible even when one has a high-profile career, just have your handlers accept it and go on; may be not exactly how it happens in, Japan but heck, Piro isn't Japanese... he can still be an artist and care for the young one at home; for starters even Megagamers flat would do as the home, if Largo moves in with Erika... ha, even Ping could maybe program herself for child care :) ).
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by NinjaDefenestrator » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:36 am

Dom was targeting Erika and Kimiko, not Miho. He wasn’t interested in “a tragic piece of leftover 3vil.” https://megatokyo.com/strip/1062

Junko’s father (working for Nintendo) is the one who seemed interested in monetizing Miho’s popularity now that her story might be changing. https://megatokyo.com/strip/1232

Pretty sure that last bit won’t go anywhere now that Miho’s story has been “paused,” rather than changed. Plus, y’know, Ibara’s an old drunk idiot and has probably forgotten all about Miho now that she’s respawned.

...or not. Now that could get interesting.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by NinjaDefenestrator » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:44 am

Rapierman wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:45 pm
Yanno, this would probably be the appropriate point to end the chapter...

...but what do I know? I'm just a reader.
I’m also just a (slightly obsessed) reader, but I’ve noticed that each story chapter leaves all the main/secondary storylines at a point that can be picked back up in a few hours or days. To reach that point, there are still a couple of loose ends to tie up before we move on. I’ve no idea how or if Fred will address them all, but here are my guesses (in no particular order):

- Yaku and Junpei will have to break the news of PxK to Miho at the ninja compound. Mugi might also chat with Junpei once they return to the hospital so they can figure out how to proceed from there, but that part might not be necessary. (hmm...if Miho stays with the ninjas for a while to get her bearings, that would give Mugi a good reason to run into Junpei more often)

- Yuki needs to report back to Yutaka that his mom’s okay, then go home to discover Zomzomeko because lord knows we need a comedic interlude.

- Ping should at minimum establish what the hell she’s planning to accomplish by impersonating Junko; presumably the negative consequences will be revealed in the next chapter. Not gonna lie, this one scares me.

- Not necessary, but could be nice: Erika and Largo already had their relationship development for the chapter, but it wouldn’t hurt to follow up on that (sorry, ‘Vis). Maybe show them in a quiet moment rather than making mayh3m, or possibly even touch on Erika’s connection to the comatose Moeko.

There might be more that I’ve forgotten about, but those are the main bits that I think could use a follow up.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by cidjen » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:18 am

:)
Plus what I see as a loose end(s) :

- the Little Polygon Bump in Endgames,

- Miho might have been ninja-edited from death for now, but for a permanent save I think, Lockart would have to change the story to give it better 'good' ending or make the 'bad' ending ... completely unremarkable so that no-one likes it any more - and how that plays out with Dom as he's financing it now

- what happens when Piro gets enough money to fly back to the States.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by darrin » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:28 pm

Looks like my belief Fred wouldn't take us into the shower was wrong. Can't say I'm unhappy about that though. :D

@Fred really nice ones of Kimiko here. Bit sexy but a bit innocent, nicely done. <thumbs up emoji>
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by HakuRyoku » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:34 pm

Man, so much wishful thinking here, all Piro is going to do is help Kimiko get the toner out of her hair... poor girl looks so lost. Has she never dyed her hair before? (I know -in comic- there is no evidence to suggest she has, but I retain the assertion that basic hair care is something she should know better. -and yes, I count washing a foreign object out of your hair as basic knowledge-)
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Roborat » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:21 pm

I like this page, no smexy times, just two close friends helping each other, such a cute page. Kinda wondering what Sera is up to, and a little suspicious why should would want a face cam, thinking of sending some risqué pics maybe, to mess with Asmodeus? Someone mentioned Kimi showing pain in panel 2, I am not so sure about that, it could just be she is cold, or maybe is wondering what the hell she is going to do with her hair. And she sure looks happy to see Piro in panel 5.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by paarfi » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:31 pm

Roborat wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:21 pm
Someone mentioned Kimi showing pain in panel 2, I am not so sure about that, it could just be she is cold, or maybe is wondering what the hell she is going to do with her hair. And she sure looks happy to see Piro in panel 5.
I think it's that she had given Piro an out and was afraid he might actually take it.
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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by DracMonster » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:38 pm

HakuRyoku wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:34 pm
Man, so much wishful thinking here, all Piro is going to do is help Kimiko get the toner out of her hair...
Are you being sarcastic or not? Seriously, I can't tell, I see so much rationalizing away of things on here.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by TarsTarkas » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:58 pm

Gerakis wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:35 pm
I personally never considered Miho a viable option, and not just because she messed with him in a video game, but because of her age. Isn't she still a high school student? I can't remember how old Piro is, but if he can afford to fly to Japan and stay there, he's gotta be old enough to know better than to mess around with high school kids.
If Miho's story is reality, then she is far far older than Piro. She is only in High School because it serves her purposes.

Even if her backstory is just a cardboard facade or window dressing, she still has died and been respawned so many times that it would be truly impossible to consider her a minor.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by iffy » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:12 pm

Right now the real thing appears to be playing another character that is interacting with what might be the head of the ninja family. Although it'll be interesting to see what happens when whatever Yaku's potentially crazy ideas might be touch down. Assuming she gets there and inside. It'll be curious, given what Tohya is. Who knows, it doesn't matter right now anyway probably. Hopefully it leads to true redemption, if that's the goal, if not, to at least the end to at least one story.

Big mode is mostly only expensive because how much the clothes cost.

The water is cold, hair doesn't like to clean in cold but heat is bad bad for toner, and he's finally gotten in there being what we'd expect and she's being herself as she cleans the toner out. The cold water isn't so uncomfortable any longer. You need some help? Yeah. Perfect time to leave off.

Maybe now that the story that seems to have been attempted to be put into motion so many times has apparently been, it's break time for all. Although why Asmodeus (given their past interactions), well I guess everyone's in a good mood.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by SpaceCobraJoe » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:44 pm

Gerakis wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:35 pm
I personally never considered Miho a viable option, and not just because she messed with him in a video game, but because of her age. Isn't she still a high school student?
It's been discussed here in the forums many times; Miho is older than she looks. I'm going with the theory that she is something like 300 years old, just pretending to be a high-school girl.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by NinjaDefenestrator » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:49 pm

@cidjen

Those are bigger issues, not loose ends that can be wrapped up to end a chapter. Megatokyo will be around for years to come, to deal with questions like the ones you’ve brought up.

I don’t see Piro leaving Japan anytime soon, anyway. Especially not if he does well at Lockart.

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Re: [1513] - "Play"

Post by Fujii Yakumo » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:01 pm

SpaceCobraJoe wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:44 pm
Gerakis wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:35 pm
I personally never considered Miho a viable option, and not just because she messed with him in a video game, but because of her age. Isn't she still a high school student?
It's been discussed here in the forums many times; Miho is older than she looks. I'm going with the theory that she is something like 300 years old, just pretending to be a high-school girl.
Assuming the backstory she related is true (and assuming the scenery that accompanies it is consistent with her story), then Miho was a young woman in her early twenties circa 1880, putting her birthdate somewhere around 1855-60. Which in turn means she's about 150 years old in the Megatokyo universe, assuming that it's still about 2002 there.... :)

So ..... no, Gerakis, it's Miho who's robbing the cradle, not Piro.

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