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「今そこにある聖戦」 (Ima Soko ni Aru Seisen)
“The Crusade Happening Over There”

There’s gamer pride over maintaining one’s reputation and then there’s obsessive compulsive disorder. In Keima’s case, the line between the two blurs badly when’s he’s faced with the buggiest romantic simulation game ever and still tries to get through it. While it wasn’t quite Endless Eight, there was a lot of looping going on as well. For those with traumatizing memories of that Suzumiya Haruhi debacle, don’t worry, it was actually funny here. I will admit that I wasn’t foreseeing one of potentially several episodes centering around a heroine in one of Keima’s games though. It came as a bit of a pleasant surprise too, seeing as the ending sequence had me believing we’d only have four girls featured in this adaptation. With the pace the producers have been going at of roughly a heroine per episode, I’ve been scratching my head about how that pacing adds up episode-wise, so it was nice to have that put to rest with the introduction of Azuka Sora (Sakurai Tomo of Macross 7 fame). Of course, I didn’t really consider that until the episode ended, because I was too amused over seeing Keima’s pride as the “Otoshigami” be his own downfall. The idea of maintaining some sort of reputation online isn’t completely foreign to me except in my case I’ll think “screw it” before I’m weeping in tears about not being able to cover EVERY single anime series out there. Yeah, I said it! Screw it all! I got some Divine Rage for you right here if you’re wondering why series X isn’t being covered! *Rawr*

Anyway, I was a pretty avid gamer back in the day and would torture myself trying to beat ones with horrible game mechanics or were clearly “broken” in terms of difficulty, but playing a spaghetti code written one that would crash two out of three times on boot up and has a save feature that would do the same has to be the metaphoric equivalent of putting the “dic” in “ridiculous” up your own ass. Some may say there isn’t a clear line between undying persistence and absolute stupidity, to which I’ll retort is because when you’re in Keima’s shoes, the line is so damn far away it’s a freaken dot. And no, I don’t mean he’s sitting all cozy in his throne on the persistent side for those cheeky smart alecs out there. However, I will say that as someone who had a bit of an obsession with being a “completionist”, the sight of that lunch menu he was faced with when he tried to explore every single possible choice and got Elsie to map it out in a decision diagram put a whole new profound meaning in the saying, “Better you than me.” Like seriously, “Oh my GOD!!!” doesn’t even properly convey how completely absurd that is without a save function. I don’t even think the obligatory, “You got to be f**king kidding me”, covers how badly one is asking for it from behind by trying to tackle that list. It’s only one decision point in the path too, meaning each addition option increases the possible combinations exponentially. Oh this is a “Play Field Personal” alright, where the field is your butt and the playing comes from giving it to you from every angle. “Do I want to see your drawing you ask?” I’m going to have to go with the third option Sora, which is popping this Sony UMD failure of a format out and breaking it in half. It’s a broken Sony now!

To Keima’s credit (of which he deserves a ton with the way his stupid brute force method paid off), I’m surprised he was only taken to the point of tears once. Granted, there were some pretty close calls where he was about to break, but he managed to keep it together and bottle up the rage while showing Elsie how retarded the looping was. Crashing on boot up? Unfortunately there’s no bottling that up, as all the built up blood in his head would have popped multiple veins. In the end, Keima did manage to “save Sora” from being featured in a game that two guys probably coded in their basement overnight, and went through some pretty damn trying times only to encounter a never before seen but equally buggy screen. (Hurray!) He probably should have documented how he managed to beat the Crayon game from hell on its Wikipedia page just to prove he had done it though. No one would probably care, but at least it’s a testament to the suffering he endured. Personally, if I were to actually try to make it through this game, I would’ve dumped the ROM and tried hacking it. That would’ve been much better use waste of my time. The first thing to be taken out would have definitely been the stupid dodge ball mini game with repeating characters in the background for player “griefing” purposes. In any case, this episode was a prime example of beating one’s self up for the entertainment of others, and Keima delivered wonderfully in that regard. We all know the real “victim” in all this was Elsie. :)

(On a blogging note, I do wish I made time to cover the 30th anniversary Gunpla special.)


ED3 Sequence

ED3: 「たった一度の奇跡」 (Tatta Ichido no Kiseki) by 櫻井智 (Sakurai Tomo)
Watch the 3rd ED!: Download, Streaming ▼


October 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm
  • October 27, 2010 at 10:45 pmAutoHost

    haha is very epic funny on tis episode where they release the new game while the game is having a bug the most funny thing is where the company when down =D

  • October 27, 2010 at 10:56 pmVsin

    Wow, this is a total side-story (by Manga, this should be Kanon’s turn) and it’s executed really well. Sora didn’t even really exist in the chapter, and here she’s a full blown character. I don’t think they had a volleyball minigame, nor a visual representation of the repeated looping.

    For those that are wondering what this one part is like:

    • October 27, 2010 at 11:38 pmrunedot

      Well, in the manga, there was still a ‘filler’ chapter between Mio and Kanon.
      They just used a different ‘filler’ from a later chapter.
      I think the correct Ch6 would have been better, but eh.

      • October 28, 2010 at 1:15 amamado

        yeah, chapter 6 would have been better… we could have seen “the capturing god” in action

  • October 27, 2010 at 11:02 pmBluance

    As a gamer this episode made my stomach turn, the horror! and yet I am envious a 24 hour battery life hand held!

    • October 28, 2010 at 12:48 amTakaii

      I understand where Keima is coming from. I don’t know if I would take it to the extreme’s he would, but it kills me to know that there are different options available to me. Sadly, I’ve only played one visual novel, Clannad! I didn’t beat it, and haven’t been able to get it to run since.

      Still, with The world only god knows and ore no imouto, I feel the spark to play not necessarily a eroge, but just a visual novel..

      • October 28, 2010 at 1:36 amKiiragi

        Play Narcissu. It’s free, and it’s short. Great read, the voice actor will make you cry.

      • October 28, 2010 at 11:53 amTakaii

        Just started the download. Can’t wait :D

  • October 27, 2010 at 11:11 pmdietwarrior

    Strong PFP battery life.

    Gotta admire the perseverance but like Divine said, why not include the step-by-step walkthrough in the wiki? It is really hard to believe he went through all the torture only to prove to /himself/ that he is the eroge god…

  • October 27, 2010 at 11:19 pmFlamingYu

    I’m going to take my lunch now.

  • October 27, 2010 at 11:23 pmchaos42

    im a little surprised they pull this out so soon. I also wounder when they will get to catching more spirits-and seducing more girls. That is one of my favorite things is each episode he has to get another girl.

    • October 27, 2010 at 11:30 pmMrTerrorist

      Don’t worry, next episode is back to spirit capturing.

  • October 27, 2010 at 11:38 pmAnimeniac

    by computing the “n” possibilities, the result is

    invitation to eat (2 selection Y or N) > 30 (menu list) > invitation to show the painting (2 selection still, Y or N)that would result to about 240+ patterns… this doesn’t include the flag/event before the invitation to eat, and the flag/event before the previous event ahhh… can’t think of it anymore… assuming it follows the regular galge format: it would have 15000+ pattterns (computation done by estimates… a regular galge would have 70+ events for a single girl with 3 selections… professional? well don’t ask.)

  • October 27, 2010 at 11:49 pmGodKnows

    Boring episode.I am disappoint.I got tired of the looping gag about halfway in.Since I do have a basic idea of how these games work,coding wise,I knew that there was no point in Keima playing the game.Unless he somehow learns to read machine code and successfully modifies it with a decompiler,the chances of a game that fucked up having a reachable ending is too slim.Which also makes me scoff at the ending where he Show Spoiler ▼

    .It was just ridiculous although certainly possible.

    • October 28, 2010 at 12:13 amAnimeniac

      well the game doesnt hang so keima just simply goes on by predicting the selection through his godly experiences… well you said its slim but IT DOESNT ITS IMPOSSIBLE… we’re talking about keima here.. the capturing god…

    • October 28, 2010 at 12:50 amTakaii

      Keima’s level of OCD was amazing. Debugging code.. ughh

  • October 28, 2010 at 12:10 amIzaak

    The trailers confirmed the amount of girls a long time ago.
    Show Spoiler ▼

    • October 28, 2010 at 10:02 pmK.K.

      That’s for this season, anyways. Season 2 starts in April, 2011~

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 28, 2010 at 12:17 amTakaii

    I really, really want to go to Japan. Then, I want to become an English teacher in Japan. Following the years of rigorous study it would require to do that, I would promptly explain to all my students that most english speakers don’t speak like robots.
    Then I’d springboard into a career of becoming a seiyuu for only english speaking roles during anime.

    A guy can dream right?

    • October 28, 2010 at 2:43 amrunedot

      There are well established ways to become an English teacher in Japan.

      I’m not so sure a career in voice acting is wise though.
      It’s terrible pay, so you’d have to really really really really REALLY love the job.

      • October 28, 2010 at 3:08 amDivine

        I have some friends who have done the JET program. It’s probably the easiest way to get a working visa in Japan. The requirement is a Bachelor’s degree, which if you have, means they’re almost guaranteed to accept you and have a job waiting.

      • October 28, 2010 at 10:10 amTakaii

        I know all about the JET program, and I fully intend to apply for it when I get my Bachelors. But that’s such a far off dream .__.

      • October 28, 2010 at 8:46 pmder fur shur

        yea I think that’s what I’m gonna end up trying to do when I get out of college

      • October 30, 2010 at 8:45 pmLaN

        I checked the wikipedia and saw that Yuri Lowenthal was listed as one of the previous participants. That’s interesting and I did not know that.

    • October 28, 2010 at 11:10 amdiet otaku

      if you can find an eikawa that doesn’t contract you to work exclusively for them, you could teach english AND be an english-speaking VA.

  • October 28, 2010 at 12:25 amamado

    I wonder why they showed a pic of Show Spoiler ▼

    instead of kanon, who is the next girl, in the preview.

    I find it funny whenever keima changes his face every time in the manga and anime

  • October 28, 2010 at 12:48 amPao

    A filler, and yet not so much. o: Brilliant episode. If it were me trying to finish that kind of game I’d be just as persistent as Keima, but I’d probably be spewing profanities the whole time. :P

    • October 28, 2010 at 1:11 amamado

      its canon, you can read the manga to be sure, they just added more scenes to extend one chapter to one episode

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:50 amkarbd

    wish i could play like keima lol….

  • October 28, 2010 at 2:16 amKnowngni

    anyone noticed the oppai mouse pad?

  • October 28, 2010 at 4:40 amewok40k

    there were some bugged games in my life, but none on this level… btw, can he finish the game on one battery life? with no save option this is the marathon game, and I am not sure if he would get on time.

  • October 28, 2010 at 4:57 amZaku Fan

    Was there really any visual novel that was this bad? Most that i’ve seen are pretty simple stuff and don’t have any problems

  • October 28, 2010 at 5:41 amAlvord12

    Widoes 7 Ultimate :P

  • October 28, 2010 at 5:45 amkuro

    It’s “Elsi”, ‘Elsee”, “Elci”(however her name is suppose to be spelled as long as it sounds the same), not “Elise” :)

    • October 28, 2010 at 11:04 amDivine

      “Elsie” is actually the one I’ve decided to go with, so it felt more natural typing “Elise”. :\

      Thanks for the correction.

    • October 29, 2010 at 7:36 amMrTerrorist

      Have to break it to you but “Elsie” is actually the correct english spelling of her name.
      It’s even written on her character CD over here. http://kaminomi.jp/cd/index.html

  • October 28, 2010 at 6:09 amCroosboy シ

    Well i know how it feels to play games with loop+ no save game but in keima’s chase thats pretty insane. Game that has a old hag heroine drawing and saying cute line OMGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!. Well at least i can tolerate the upside down of the heroine and the choppy voice. it sometimes makes the player think why is the heroine like that or it might be that your pc/psp is to slow. I will really be angry if the ending was just some rubbish encrypted text with messy background. That will really piss me of after all the hard work you did and paid for the game.
    Overall i really like this chapter being improved by animation. i got to see all kinds of funny stuff.

  • October 28, 2010 at 6:13 amoutcast

    “i’m collecting souls for you, You will help me right?, riiiiiight?!”
    And how she called him demon _|O|o
    Everytime i see that scarf by the way i think how it can turn into a transparant “bathing” suit :P

    • October 28, 2010 at 10:06 amewok40k

      Haha, lol @ Elsie calling him a demon…

  • October 28, 2010 at 7:02 amSeedStriker

    The alluding game is not other than 0verflow’s Summer Days, which not only was delayed “X” times, but when was released, it was totally buged, at the point that it needed a huge set of patches (one of them as big as 1.5 G’s!)

    I kinda understand Keima’s obsession of completing a game, no matter how flawed is, just because it’s the gamer’s pride in any kind of games (RPG’s, STG’s, Sims, etc.). In this particular case, because is a dating game. A good example of this could be finishing the latest incarnations of the Final Fantasy franchise (uber-crap games, by the way)

    • October 28, 2010 at 10:54 amBigFire

      Here’s the bloody details of Summer Days’s patches: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_Days#Patches . Oddly, ALL of the bugs featured in this episode came from that game.

      • October 29, 2010 at 1:15 pmZnail

        “patch 1.06 was unable to even apply itself.”
        That’s kind of pathetic you know :)

  • October 28, 2010 at 7:14 amwasabi

    I love this show oh so very much.

  • October 28, 2010 at 7:34 amjrj

    filler…. but why don’t I hate this filler?!?! :)
    I feel the paper I am writing now is kind of like this bugged game…
    write-criticism-ask for rewrite-write… it is a loop in real life… Grrrrrr…. :(
    that ending in the game was hilarious though… :)

  • October 28, 2010 at 7:50 amFlamingYu

    After re-watching, I thought Keima was gonna pull off GEASS in this scene.

  • October 28, 2010 at 9:13 amSpoilerMaker

  • October 28, 2010 at 10:08 amirony of life

    If I’m Keima I won’t bother with that game at the same disappointed with the game company who made it maybe they hired the likes of Tatsuhiro Sato and Kaoru Yamazaki from Welcome to the NHK.

    Keima probably have lots of PFP batteries beneath his uniform (similar to Meru Otanashi of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), since its a waste of time to let the viewers see how Keima replaces the battery, they didn’t bother to show it.

    • October 28, 2010 at 3:38 pmamado

      a bit spoiler: he carries 100 batteries at all times

  • October 28, 2010 at 11:15 amdiet otaku

    i just about cried when the wiki article said nobody believed keima. you’d think he of all people would think to take SOME kind of proof, even if it’s just a picture of that new screen.

  • October 28, 2010 at 11:36 amPhosphatide

    There was another filler chapter they skipped out on, which was interesting.

    Maybe they’re saving that for near the end.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:14 pmJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

    What the heck is “New Knows English” supposed to be?

    • October 29, 2010 at 1:20 pmZnail

      Obviously written by someone who doesn’t actually know English.
      Most likely direct translation word for word.
      The subject is often skipped in Japanese, so that explains why it’s missing.
      Probably meant to be something along the line of:

      New students learns English or Study English for new students.

      • October 29, 2010 at 2:43 pmZaku Fan

        Actually i believe it based off “Yan can cook”. New is a name in some asian countries

  • October 30, 2010 at 11:02 amskyhack

    Is that Nagi on the mousepad? She’s so …. BIG!

  • November 4, 2010 at 10:18 amritchan

    Why on earth didn’t he just patch the ISO himself I have no effing clue. Unless it really was spaghetti code, there was no way he could’ve gotten past that just by doing different choices – I remember Valkyria Chronicles 2 freezing my PSP when loading saves, but then loading them just fine after doing the exact same thing (there’s only one way to load a save). But hey, reality aside.