I’m pretty sure teenage romance stories are supposed to make you feel “oh, how cute!” instead of crushing loneliness and depression but here I am
If anyone wants to shame my friend for bad taste in “The Journey of Elaina” characters please go ahead. He thought Saya was annoying and I don’t think I can forgive that lmao
After how quiet the last two anime seasons were, it sure took me a while to check out 30+ shows. Compared to the past few years it sure seems like Iess iyashikei/cgdct/high-school-slice-of-life and more seinen/action/fantasy/saving-the-world-from-monsters. I don’t really mind but it is a different feel.
A Twitter user saw an ad for this neat, unassuming house for sale for less than $159,000.
It had a beautiful yard, so he made an app’t to see it. And, that’s when things got weird.
The living room was messy and tacky, but it had a nice spiral staircase, an open 2nd fl. balcony, and Mediterranean style.
But what was up with this mural of outer space?
And these 2 creepy homemade aliens?
Well, the space theme continued into the dining room. The mural made it look like you were in a spaceship that landed on the moon- see earth off in the distance?
Hmmm. This looks like the conference room in a space ship.
The kitchen is plain, but still has a few touches, as well as a “sealed” hatch door.
What, you say you like the beach? This house has you covered. The bedroom has a waterbed and that’s real sand on the floor.
The bathroom is a tropical rain forest.
This 2nd bedroom is beautifully staged in a hippie retro theme- notice the square bed- it must be a cardboard box.
Look, this spare room is a blank canvas- you can make it anything you like.
And, I don’t know what this is on the mezzanine.
The back of the house is nice, but it’s a little overgrown- the ivy is starting to cover some of the windows. It was sold for $152,500.
most people dont even get coffin ending, its just the dead end you get when you havent played safe ending. 999 can b weird, like i assume youre playing the rerelease but the original didnt have a flowchart at all so you had to go back to the beginning every time you wanted a new ending. it was a slog akdjskg but all you had to go on for whether you had all the endings was the icons on the save screen, and theres one for both coffin and true
Lmao the save system didn’t even work for me so that’s exactly what I did.
Thankfully you can skip but it still takes a while. I’d go shower or cook lunch while waiting for the longer dialogue scenes to skip through
As soon as I got the three bad endings I spent a while trying to get the coffin ending. Since you have to do a bunch of things right to gain Clover’s trust I figured the note ending would be similar and you’d need to pick all the right dialogue choices, but it’s actually a lot simpler lmao
also also the fuckin finaly puzzle in the rerelease is HORRIBLE ITS SO BAD. in the original you had to do sudoku. idek why they replaced it but th puzzle they came up with was GARBAGE. ive had to straight up just give all my friends the answer
Lol the hints finally helped me get the picture, but you only even get a hint if you flip the blue numbers on and off, and since there’s no reason to ever turn it off it took a while. I do think 999 does a pretty good job helping you out when you’re stuck most times, just not as much with that puzzle
Final (!) Zero Escape: 999 thoughts:
This is really short, just to say I’m kind of dumb and/or the game wasn’t very explicit about telling you to find a sixth ending. If not for @morpeko I’d probably have just stopped and come back to play VLR a week from now.
Also Akane died about ten times over in the time it took me to figure out the last puzzle. I’m not sure how I felt about future!Junpei/past!Akane basically having a telepathic phone call, but I really liked how psychic communication was treated up to that point.
Appare-Ranman confirmed for Zero Escape: 999 sequel???
Final (?) Zero Escape: 999 thoughts:
So really I’m just more confused than ever. The way the final ending went, I feel there’s absolutely no way the story can end here, but if there’s a “true” ending I have no idea how to go about it. Like, the whole story has been super interesting and atmospheric and fun, but also… what?
I was right when I guessed Ace was behind Snake’s (well, Fake Snake’s) murder, and I guessed some of the other plot points as well. But the game sets up other stuff that… just doesn’t get resolved. Like the Uranus keycard for the library on the bottom deck. Or that the “0″ bracelet is actually a “6″. Is June Zero? Does that make any kind of sense? Why is there some other guy with a “2″ bracelet?
The coffin ending, despite very few of the mysteries being resolved in it, is much happier than the note ending. Nobody’s dead (except the Ninth Man, and Fake Snake), in particular Clover is alive and hopeful, and the four people stuck inside have a shot at getting out too. In the note ending, Clover’s dead, Snake’s dead, Ace’s dead (well, no tears for that one), and really… it’s just trauma for everybody I guess.
The game reminds me a lot in concept of the more recent short flash game “no-one has to die.”, which I’m sure took inspiration from it. One difference is that the corporate executive character in it, while having suffering on his conscience just like Ace, is portrayed differently, as far from a total psychopath, and I kind of feel I prefer that. Then again, about half the characters in this story snap at one time or anything, which is probably more realistic for people stuck in a death game.
I’m definitely waiting a day or so to calm down before starting VLR, but if it doesn’t resolve any of the mysteries in this game I’m not sure how happy I’ll be about that. I wouldn’t mind being spoiled with a “y/n” on that point.
To be fair, some criticisms I heard of the endings for other Uchikoshi projects I’m familiar with (namely, Akanesasu Shoujo and Punch Line) are similar, that they leave a lot of stuff unresolved. The difference is that the latter two have such strong emotional payoffs that a little hand-waving here and there feels totally fine, at least for me. I feel like VLR probably will continue the story, though. At least, I want to trust in Uchikoshi.
For now, not knowing if the story has a real “ending”, let’s say… 8.5/10. I really liked certain characters (Seven, Clover, Lotus), the puzzles themselves are really well-done, and I was very emotionally involved in the story. My only criticism other than the ending is the confusing way saved games are handled, but that might be normal for 2009.
i feel weird sometimes hearing about how miserable middle and high school apparently were for most people on the internet, and weirder still when i hear encouragement that things get better and adulthood is super chill and stuff.
since, well… i was reasonably content in high school and by far at my most depressed post-college. i saw everyone around me coming out of their shell and getting more comfortable with themselves, while i didn’t even know how to do that. it took me until well into my twenties to learn things most people learn as teenagers.
when i was low-key suicidal from 21-23, a good part of it was that i’d
seen my own life just get worse and worse for half a decade, right when it was “supposed” to be getting better. if all i had to look forward to was more of the same, why even bother? i used to be pretty certain i wouldn’t live to 40. stuff like that.
i’m not saying that bad experiences in adolescence can’t only lead to persistent trauma, but sometimes i wonder if i’d be happier now if i’d actually been sad and angry and lonely when i was a kid. i know it’s dumb. i think i just wanted someone to acknowledge that my problems were real, back then.
More Zero Escape: 999 thoughts (still not complete):
I’ve now reached four out of five endings; in the most recent one, Santa awakens his inner yakuza and threatens everyone with a gold-plated gun. (That sentence would make for one hell of a premise for a B movie).
What follows is a lot of probably nonsense speculation by me.
Honestly this ending just brought up even more questions. I managed to talk Clover down, but didn’t really learn anything new, since it’s heavily implied in the other endings that Clover, Santa, and Snake were all part of the experiment on the ship. And the talk with Ace about ALLICE also only confirmed what I already guessed.
Santa’s behavior is really weird. I don’t understand his motivations, since after all, he’d be getting through one of the number 9 doors no matter what. But he turns down one chance to escape (there has to be a reason June specifically brings it up) and then turns down an offer by Seven (love that man) to stay behind, in favor of… what?
I kind of want to still believe in him, and even maybe think he’s doing what he can to save everybody. Since, well - he MIGHT have thought about the Ninth Man’s bracelet, but he definitely does NOT know about the dead ship captain and the  bracelet (which Clover probably pinched, even in this ending); meanwhile, he very well might have guessed that Snake isn’t dead, since they were part of the same experiment and he might have known about Snake’s arm just like Clover did. His refusal to leave Seven alone might be because he thinks Seven couldn’t escape even if he does find Snake. And maybe there’s some reason he can’t explain what he knows? He is brooding by the  door at one point. Actually, he broods so much that that, more than anything, is what makes me think it’s impossible that he’s in league with Zero. Or maybe Zero is good. Who freaking knows.
It feels like a weird place to end the story, too; Junpei isn’t dead, there’s plenty of reason to hope that he, Clover, and Seven can still get out and solve even more mysteries, but the story just… ends. I was under the impression that VLR was about a totally different cast of characters. So I guess that’s just the “wrong” end, but not a “bad” end? I have no clue how to even start at finding the fifth ending. Well, I’m still really enjoying this game, even if Akanesasu Shoujo is still my favorite Uchikoshi project.
It does feel weird that it’s 2020 and I’m finally getting around to this. My friend said he played some of it ten years ago!
Zero Escape: 999 thoughts (not complete yet):
Progress: I’ve found three bad endings, and assuming the “flow” diagram isn’t misleading you, there are two endings left, which I assume are good or at least neutral.
I like the atmosphere a lot, of course. I mean, this is seven years after I got into Danganronpa, and nothing about my love of claustrophobic, confusingly laid-out buildings has changed.
Virtually all the characters have at least some sense of humor, and it isn’t jarring. It’s nice to see little things like, for example, Seven laughs a lot early on in the story but becomes pretty much dead serious as he starts regaining his memories. Even Junpei, though honestly his jokes are kind of lame. At least the other characters agree :P
I pretty much said to myself the first time through the introduction scene “okay, Santa, Seven, and Lotus are gonna be cool, and idk if I trust the rest of these guys”. So far, jury’s out on Santa but the other two are great.
I feel weird trying to speculate and guess what’s going on midway, since it’s near guaranteed there’s going to be some narrative-changing twist, like, idk, half the characters are all just meat puppets of the other half, or Zero is actually Clover’s pet cat, or something. But at the moment, Ace is very suspicious to me. The game hasn’t explicitly mentioned it, but someone could have gone back to where the Ninth Man died, grabbed the bracelet, and then used that to try to escape - and Ace would fit both with Snake’s murder (since 1+2+9 = ) and with someone stealing Lotus’s bracelet in a couple of the bad endings (since 1+8+9=). His altruistic “sacrifice” serves to delay the rest of the group from going through the number 3 door. He also asks Lotus to go off with him for vague reasons in the axe ending. But in the submarine ending, he’s among the dead. So who knows. There’s also the dumb math-based theory that the Ninth Man is Zero, since 9 is 0 mod 9.
My laptop is a brat, so I’ve struggled to get through multiple playthroughs for that reason as well, and at one point I just lost all my save data - I doubt that affects the ability to get to the “good” endings, but well. Next time I feel up to playing I’ll be trying very hard to convince a cute anime girl not to murder me with an axe. Not even the first VN I’ve done that in.
Mountains are calling us 🙌🏼
P.S. can you spot a tiny person?
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