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#441 gamria

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 07:28 AM

Chapter 93
 
I had a feeling the trickshot gun will come into play. As a reminder, it has 4 ammo types: Flash, Sound, Tear Gas and Capture Net
(Sound was translated as "Bang" by MangaStream, for some reason)
 
It's poetic for Nameless to be the one to fire the finishing blow.
Farewell Lewis. You were a great antagonist, but you had to go.
 
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Well then, time to see how many of my prior concerns will come into play:
  1. Emma and the injured Grand Valley kids will need more time to rest before the company can depart Goldy Pond for the Safehouse
  2. In the meantime, the remaining fighters will have to watch out for the rest of Bayon's servants
  3. By the time the company has reached the Safehouse, Emma and Ray will have received the "transmission" from Adam, and will set out for Lambda. Possibly with more party members too.

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 01:51 PM

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:15 AM

Chapter 94
 
Glad that Nameless and Lucas got their reunion, in relative peace.
Interesting that Lewis had met Sung Joo and Musica before.
 
I forgot to comment on this last chapter, but Ray's feelings on even losing both Norman and Emma is interesting to behold.
Keep in mind that this was the kid who was willing to die to keep the two of them alive. For him to inversely be the only one left alive while being unable to save either of them must be infuriating.
 
Can't say I didn't see this coming, what with the injured not fit to travel and Bayon's servants. But this is faster than I thought.
 
In some ways, the taste of this dilemma has a faint resemblance to mid-late game Gash Bell battles: the enemy is out of the competition, but they'll use whatever strength they have left to screw over the allies, resulting in incomplete victories.
 
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Well then, we have 3 possible routes from Goldy Pond to the Shelter:
 
(A) A 21 day roundabout route that is comparatively easier and safer (mentioned in Ch 60)
( B ) The 4 day route that Emma, Ray and Nameless originally used, which requires expert skills
( C ) A 1.5 day route that will probably require master skills
 
Of these, all of the non-combatants can only take (A). The other 2 will undoubtedly result in casualties.
 
Furthermore, while Ray can serve as a standalone guide for ( B ), Nameless is definitely necessary for one of (A) or ( C ).
While I would like to think a 2 team approach is possible (so that one team can reach the Shelter faster), it wouldn't be enough due to reasons explained below
 
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Combatants active:
  • Nameless
  • Lucas
  • Ray
  • Nigel
  • Violet
  • Adam
 
Combatants injured:
  • Emma (wounded by Lewis)
  • Oliver (wounded by Bayon)
  • Zack (wounded by Bayon)
  • Gillian (wounded by Bayon)
  • Pepe (wounded by Bayon and Lewis)
  • Sandy (wounded by Nous)
  • Sonia (wounded by Nous)
  • Paula (wounded by Nous)
 
So, how to deal with the 8 injured? It's either:
 
(i) Leave them behind at Goldy Pond and somehow find a way to return later with medical supplies, hoping they're still alive and free
(ii) Forcibly bring them along after applying first aid
 
With Emma among the wounded, there's no way they'll all be left behind. But if only Emma is brought along, she's going to be stigmatised as an author's pet for this act of favouritism for the rest of the story.
Yet, (ii) doesn't seem possible with any of the 3 routes. (A) takes too long, while ( B ) and ( C ) carry too much danger from wild demons.
 
How is this dilemma going to be resolved?

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 07:52 AM

Chapter 95
 
So in the end, the answer is a two team approach routes ( A ) and ( C ). For all the worries about the injured unlikely to survive a 3 week journey in the wilds, we're doing it anyway.
 
Are we sure Emma has the worst injuries though? Zack and Pepe looked like they have had it worse.
 
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Food for thought: for all of Ray and Nameless' insistence on upholding Emma's standard of "saving everyone", personally speaking, somehow it doesn't give a bad taste at all.
 
As in, you know how oftentimes in Manga/Anime you get the "nice" character who insists on protecting everyone in a heavily impractical situation in such a way that it comes across as irritating? The same thing is essentially happening here, but there's none of that irritating feeling at all.
 
I guess this just goes to show that we believe in Emma, our protagonist who has the strength to back her beliefs.
 
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But enough digression. Having Nameless take Emma back to the Shelter alone on the most dangerous pathway worries me. The prospect of Nameless sacrificing himself for Emma's sake, worthy cause it may be, that would actually irritate me.
 
On the other hand, the prospect of Emma carrying such a hypothetical burden of Nameless' sacrifice for the rest of the story ... I somewhat doubt it's actually going to happen.
 
Please don't tell me the return trip in itself will be its own arc.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 08:47 AM


But enough digression. Having Nameless take Emma back to the Shelter alone on the most dangerous pathway worries me. The prospect of Nameless sacrificing himself for Emma's sake, worthy cause it may be, that would actually irritate me.

 

There is another problem with that approach. If emma is still unconscious when he arrives he is in deep shit, because he comes back with a wounded emma and without ray, the other kids are very likely to misunderstand the situation. (I don't know if they would kill him, but it could be possible)


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Posted 18 July 2018 - 03:24 AM

There is another problem with that approach. If emma is still unconscious when he arrives he is in deep shit, because he comes back with a wounded emma and without ray, the other kids are very likely to misunderstand the situation. (I don't know if they would kill him, but it could be possible)

Yeah, lots of readers thought about this too, in conjunction with Gilda's "bring at least one of them back alive or self-destruct" ultimatum before they set out.

I shall argue thus.

 

No matter what, Emma will make it back into the Shelter, albeit injured. The Grace Field kids will treat her, and for her recovery alone, they will not blow up the Shelter.

 

As for probable suspicion towards Nameless, I wouldn't underestimate the Grace Field kids. With Don and Gilda at the helm, they should be open-minded enough to at least hear out what Nameless has to say before jumping to conclusion.

 

In which case, all he has to do is surrender his armaments and recount their escapade at Goldy Pond, and that Ray will be arriving with the Grand Valley kids in about 3 weeks time.

If that's not enough, he can just volunteer for house arrest. The kids are allowed to keep the self-destruct button with them.


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:51 AM

Chapter 96:

 

https://readms.net/r...land/096/5231/1

 

Yugo ja ne, Yuugo da!

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 04:49 PM

I'm kinda glad they resolved the return and recovery in one chapter.

 

Lewis' corpse was missing, so I guess we will see him again.



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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:43 AM

@Oben Got the reference. In fact, the same phrase popped in my mind too

Needs some correction though: it's "yuugou", then "yuugo". Might not mean much to the English eye, but it matters as far as Japanese goes

 

Chapter 96
 
For all the preceding drama about how the evacuation will take place, the authors sure skipped over most of the process.
While I didn't think much time needed to be spent on it, I also wouldn't have minded just one more chapter to flesh it out a teensy bit.
 
Where did Lewis' corpse go? I am not convinced that he's still alive, but did he get eaten or something?
 
Nice to meet you, Yugo.
 
Nice colour page too. This time it's all about reflecting on past times, nothing sinister whatsoever, but the choice of colours really help to reinforce it with a "warm" feeling to it.
Also, was that a proud smile from Ray? Proud of how much his dear sister Emma had accomplished?
 
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The ending editor note claims Emma's plan is some sort of "final plan", but I seriously doubt we're charging back into Grace Field straight away. They had set aside 2 years for preparation, and I'm pretty sure it's going to be just that, preparation.
 
It's just, now that they have the Master Pen that Minerva had left behind, they can aim for a more concrete rescue plan.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 07:17 AM

It has definitely something to do with the monkey.



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Posted 24 July 2018 - 09:49 PM

As the sadistic person I usually am, I am honestly happy nobody died on that arc. The development of the Nameless guy was a very good thing to see, well, Golden Pond arc was amazing since the start, a decent and interesting Villain, a different angle of the story...and well battle Royale.

 

I can't wait for the next arc, I don't care if the end is getting close, as I keep enjoying this manga like this.



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Posted 25 July 2018 - 03:44 AM

Indeed, with the way the events played out, I'm fine that no casualties were incurred during the main operation.

 

While I had already heard that the scope of the story will be small, likely comparable to that of Assassination Classroom, I would be ticked if we're already going into the end. Preparing for the end is fine, but not the end already.

 

There's Lambda and Norman, the Seven Walls, possible confrontation against Peter, and we haven't even addressed the last Goodwill Ridge premium farm.

Still got a ways before the end.


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Posted 31 July 2018 - 07:00 AM

Chapter 97
 
As forecasted, Emma does not intend to charge back into Grace Field straight away.
But to make another Promise? That's simply outrageous. I mean, what bargaining power do they even have right now?
 
To no surprise, Emma has set another lofty goal. But I'm fine with that, since the series actually takes steps to plan and implement them in probable and realistic fashion.
 
Looks like Lambda will be in the itenary, one way or another.
And I would like to hear what this undisclosed 2nd Promise was. Musica had previously mentioned it in passing thought as well.
 
The last scene was pretty creepy.
Looks like a confrontation with Peter Ratri will come sooner than expected.

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 12:26 AM

https://mangadex.org/chapter/422405
Nice job double agent Andrew.

Yes, Andrew is the ally, you can see him tapping, aka, Morse Code.

Though that demon at the end...

I'm going to assume it the pair that helped the kids? Cause he do want the kids to stay alive so he can go hunt.

How did Yuugo not know of this door?

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 12:54 PM

I'm still not 100% sold on the idea that Andrew is a double agent just because of the tapping. It could just be put there to throw us off. After all, he's tapping while he's talking on the phone to Peter. The only real explanation for that is that the communication device is in his pocket and he's doing it during another phone call so they can't trace the signal to him while there's already one there. It would make sense going along with his mentioning of electromagnetic interference. However, it makes it appear that the person in the cloak is the one communicating with the kids because his words go along with the message they received. Then they show the cloaked figure in a different location as Andrew while he's talking about someone helping them, so I don't believe they are one and the same. Their boots look different as well. That would imply that the cloaked figure is the one helping the kids and Andrew really is Peter's lackey. 

 

What I find more interesting is how Adam stopped saying Norman's number and started saying Emma's. One of the kids even notices the change. It's just a matter of time before Emma and Ray put two and two together and the Lambda infiltration becomes Operation Rescue Norman. Or would them not knowing he's alive be better to give them a shock when they see him there? Either way, I hope they don't get bogged down in the shelter for very long.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 04:31 AM

Chapter 98
 
While I did mentally note how Peter ordered his men to "search the area", and that the Shelter will be discovered at some point, I really didn't think they'll come for them so soon.
 
Let the kids have some peace for just a bit longer, Posuka-sensei and Kaiu-sensei
 
Thank goodness that Minerva prepared so much failsafe, what with the dummy Shelters and passwords.
 
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Next, note the flashback at the start, taking place in Dec 2031
Given that Minerva's final recording was on Mar 2031, that would mean that the execution took place 9 months after he went on the run
 
Krone's acquisition of a Pen was proof enough that some of his allies are still alive, but to think that they went out of their way to help plant fake trails to a dummy Shelter... I would very much like to meet them.
 
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I can't help but feel it hazardous for the kids to stay in this Shelter, I'm so paranoid that the pursuers will discover the place.
While the way Adam stopped repeating Norman's number did tick me off a bit, I'm fine with holding off a prospective Norman recovery trip while more immediate matters are happening
 
Also not convinced that Andrew is one of Minerva's allies

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 06:26 PM

https://mangadex.org/chapter/432523/1



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Posted 21 August 2018 - 08:19 AM

Chapter 99
 
With the enemy starting to wander into their territory, I can't believe we're advancing the Seven Walls part of their master plan at such a time.
 
I really didn't think that Don and Gilda would ever get called on a mission, and both at the same time, simply because I didn't think the remaining 11 Grace Field kids would be alright if they're left to the care of the other inhabitants.
 
This ought to be fun though. I was right that the next excursion will include more party members.
 
Departure date is March 10
 
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Since B06-32 is south-east of Grace Field, D528-143 will be to the north-west, and very far at that.
Some numbers:
  • The initial trip from 00-00 (Grace Field) to B06-23 required 6 days via underground roundabout detour
  • B06-23 to A08-63 took 4 days at a cautious pace on a direct route, and ~1.5 days at an adult's sprint
In the second instance, 14 "blocks" on the Y-axis required 4 days, or 3.5 blocks per day.
So from B06-23 to D528-143 would approximate to about 152 days ((6 + 528) / 3.5). That number will need to be doubled to 304 days to account for the return trip, and that's before we even think about the X-axis.
 
I hope I'm wrong about these numbers, or the authors will let them have some means to travel faster, because I don't know how I feel if this party will be separated from their family for close to 10 months. It just worsens the dread that something bad happens at the Shelter while they're gone.
 
Also, since Lambda is somewhere in the west as well, I wonder if we'll go there. Even if it's unlikely, if they're going that far into the west, it feels like a waste if they never pay the place a visit. Especially if we're sticking to a 2 year limit

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 09:31 AM

I loved Chapter 100. We see what Phil is up to :) My man holding up strong. And then they get a visit by Andrew. Either because Phil's Mama reported his behavior as strange or because he actually is an ally of the Cattle Kids.


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 08:05 AM

Chapter 100
 
...what a way to commemorate 100 chapters into the story, by reminding us of the depressing nature of this manga
 
I did not expect to get a glimpse into how Phil and the rest of Emma's family are doing, but it is welcome.
 
Here I thought that since all of their siblings that're left behind are under 6 years old, we will not be seeing anyone from Grace Field get shipped out.
Nope: the siblings got split up, and we're treated to seeing their new siblings get shipped out instead. Such twisted humour from the authors.
 
If there's any consolation, Phil will only have to be this agonised for just 2 years, instead of Ray's 12.
 
I can't believe Andrew visited Grace Field himself, and is seeking out the children of Plantation 3.
That being said, I'm sure that Phil will succeed in feigning ignorance and protecting himself. My reasoning: he has to remain alive to act as Emma's agent when they finally execute the Grace Field liberation.
 
(Still assuming Andrew is enemy for now)
 
While we're on this topic, now that all their siblings are split across the other 4 Plantations, Emma and co. will definitely have to save the entire farm, if only because the lives of their siblings are at stake.
 
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Yeah, the Grace Field kids are simply monsters.
You know, I felt like there was a missed opportunity for Zack and Violet to talk about what life was like back at Grand Valley. Like, did they also use the same testing system as at Grace Field to measure their intellectual maturity?
 
Lastly, I can't believe we're at Cuvitidala already. 
(The mirrored writing for the location on the map in Ch 99 ends with a "c", so I think MangaStream's translation of "Cuvitidala" is more accurate)
 
I mean, I'm glad that it didn't take 152 days as per my estimate, but for a place as distant as D528-143, you would think they'd invest at least 2 or 3 chapters just to emphasise the length of the journey into an unknown land.
 
Well then, we should get to see the Seven Walls next chapter
 
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P.S. Thinking on it, is it noteworthy that Andrew didn't even bother to put on a smile and act happy in front of the children? I mean, shouldn't he do that to ensure that the facade for the kids isn't broken?
 
Also, what if his tapping is actually something more akin to Lunge's finger tapping from Monster, in that it's his habit for helping to organise information in his head?

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