lol i’m not gonna lie rely a point i probably relate to yasu on quite a bit is that tendency to overthink things especially in regards to our personal reactions to things and how we want to respond to them that ends up in a lot of running around in circles seventh-guessing ourselves
sigma-klim said: Pretty much, like this is where the blatant marketing and alpha male tropes came in and there was? A better way to go about her feeling guilt and remorse without having her be splayed out as a vulnerable woman the Good Male Protag must console
yeah, i think too there’s something a little icky about the emphasis on alice’s feelings being “i was so scared and terrified!” as she breaks down crying; again to use k as a comparison when k’s actions were explained the emphasis was more on him feeling bitter and angry - not that fear isn’t a valid reason to do something but when it’s accompanied by what feels like a very gendered plea towards helplessness and vulnerability, ehhhh
it’s kind of an unfortunate inversion of what i like about akane that i tend to be a lot less receptive towards unless it’s done very carefully - akane played up the trope of helpless, emotional girl who ends up getting revealed to have a core of unrepentant steel inside of her; alice is overtly portrayed as a tough, authoritative woman, so it’s pretty “…” to see that turned on its head to reveal “no she was just so scared and fearful!”
sigma really hasn’t done anything this route or in the game in general to justify being the subject of alice’s breakdown either, so yeah, it feels liked a forced trope
@sigma-klim said: I still :/// at it every time tbh it felt so campy and dating sim-like
yeah my immediate reaction to the sudden blushing and tear-wiping by sigma was “uh what? oh please…?”
and then i sort of second-guessed myself about it because frankly i had been hoping for a while that alice’s contribution to the story didn’t come down to being clover’s friend and the coincidental victim of radical-6 amongst the group
and then i third-guessed myself because something about it doesn’t work for me? like let me put it this way, i often really like self-interested and self-driven characters, that’s why i love akane so much - but in vlr itself, we have k, for example, who’s also extremely self-serving and stabs people in the back, and he has reasons and depth for it, and he doesn’t get a sort of stereotypical sobbing breakdown about how bad he really feels about it and how sigma should just beat him up; he sticks with it even though he has his reasons, but the woman who does so has to, so to speak, and with flirty-moe overtones
but then i fourth-guess myself because i don’t want to say i think all characters (especially female characters) should just be stoic about things that are bothering them, but then i fifth-guess myself because i think the gender dynamics and the feeling of alice breaking down at sigma because he’s Male Protagonist and she must Tearfully Spill Her Guts At Him are leaving a sour taste in my mouth
so i’m not sure i guess especially since this like just happened
sigma bawwwwing when luna says his hand must have slipped
it’s okay guys it’s all my fault i am the evil witch here
I FEEL YOU I FEEL YOU SOOO HARD to be fair I like how he never like? Fully adheres to your choice. He’ll say things like “I don’t understand why I did that…” because he didn’t actually do it. You did.
i could deal with it in most cases because it usually led to a non-canon bad end or sigma had at least something like a reasonable justification for being cautious but in this case i’m just like… nooooooooooo ;_;
"perhaps i’d been possessed by some sort of evil spirit that had moved my finger to the "betray" button against my will…"
THAT BEING SAID WAY TO THROW ME UNDER THE BUS SIGMA
i was expecting my self-interested backstabbing son to be the source of that bad end and he didn’t betray my expectations per se but why is alice a zombie spectre now
and after that fit once quark’s condition gets violently worse tenmyouji stands around uselessly zoning out
"STOP SHAKING THE SICK CHILD"
"NO I MUST SAVE HIM"
"ISN’T ‘SAVE’ A LITTLE EXTREME THERE"
for one dio may have a point although it’s probably unintentional
tenmyouji r u ok
tenmyouji throws a fit about NO! I KNOW YOU’RE A MUMMY! IT WAS THE PUNCHLINE OF MY GAME! IT HAS TO BE TRUE!
alice shoves him off a building
luna shared my exact reaction of NO DON’T HURT THE CUTE INNOCENT SKUNK CABBAGE but then sigma without a hitch promised to replant them and i uguu’d a little
"LOOK UNDER THE FLOWER POT SIGMA"
"THAT’S NOT PAPRIKA IT’S A PEPPER SIGMA"
i’m gonna take a nap and just let luna solve this room sigma is done