DEFINITELY NO MOE!
For the past few weeks I’ve been praising Akane for having a rather clever head on her shoulder. Well I’m going to have to take that back. I’m not sure what it was that caused her brain to fall out of her ear and walk into this stupidly obvious trap. Being called to a completely abandoned part of town and then splitting up is always a good idea when you’re in the police. You just sit here in the car Akane because clearly you wouldn’t be able to handle this totally obvious trap that has been set up.
Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on Akane. She was officially off duty so they weren’t following usual procedure. Besides, she was apparently up against the man with the most extraordinary predictive capabilities. Somehow he knew that calling Akane would mean she would bring along Kougami. He also knew that Kougami wouldn’t let dirt get on her pretty little feet and would go in alone. He also knew that Kougami would not notice that the voice manipulator had been used, despite the fact he instantly knew something was fishy when Spuuuuukie Buuuuuugie’s voice changed. And that was still a real person behind the mic, rather than stitching her sentences together in an audio editor.
The game was pretty friggen dumb too. Often these games feel like lazy narrative devices because they allow the author to make up his own rules as it suits his whims, but it’s fine so long as the rules of the game serve some sort of greater purpose. The purpose of having the hunter chase Kougami was because he wanted to experience the rush of victory over other humans by killing them. But what was the purpose of allowing Kougami an escape route? So the game could be an actual challenge, right? So Kougami would continue to strive to get away. Thing is, did you really need to artificially create such a thing? If this guy is so smart, does he really think that Kougami would go “oh shit, surrounded by black smelly lava, guess I’ll just allow myself to be shot”.
Where they put the hints was pretty friggen dumb too. The battery on top of one of the robot dogs, stuck on with some masking tape, was stupid as hell. Because it’s not like it’s ever going to fall off or get crushed by one of the traps. For that matter, if this is supposed to be about the thrill of the chase, what’s the point if Kougami is killed by a trap? Why don’t you just set up a trap in a homeless person’s village and then sit and wait if it’s all the same to you. And the antenna in the bra, for gods sake. They took off her bra and replaced it with another one? Clearly the deliberately replaced her bra with a non-matching one because these guys can really predict every little thing. I can imagine him furiously throwing the bra back at one of his henchmen saying “HOW DARE YOU, THIS BRA MATCHES HER KNICKERS! GET ANOTHER BRA RIGHT NOW!”