ルーパーズ ♾ Chapter 13 (Visual Novel Book Club)

Current chapter start date: October 14, 2022
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… what a chapter.

One question please

When the girls are talking around the portal, ヒルダ says the following about タイラ:

What does she mean with 3つ付く ?

Speculation (chapter spoilers)

This might be kinda obvious now but… my best guess at this point is that the little girl we’ve met in the intro chapter is ミア. As far as I remember, it’s not mentioned why she’s there, but she was definitely a patient and not a vistor. She’s sick. Probably with a terminal illness - if she escapes from the 時の渦 she’ll die. That’s why she refuses to go back.

There’s still something that doesn’t quite fit though, which is basically 探し女. If she’s indeed ミア, it’s a bit hard to imagine what exactly she’s regretful about. It’s hard to think at this point that she regrets not taking the portal at least. Is it about having brought the 時の渦 on them? That also seems unlikely seeing how they all seem to have escaped. Also, she seems to be looking for something…

Really looking forward to last remaining chapters!

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I’ll shamelessly admit that I didn’t know either and just decided to skip it, sorry :joy: .

That makes a lot of sense. It might actually be the reason she caused it in the first place so she could continue living. I’m also a bit confused myself about how 探し女 fits in all this. Perhaps it wasn’t on purpose and that’s why she regrets doing something, or maybe she miscalculated. She still hasn’t mentioned anything about knowing タイラ ever since that hint in a previous chapter. He doesn’t seem to remember her but I think she does remember him after all.

I’m sure next chapter will be an interesting one. Now the rest of them have to know about ミア staying back, and obviously they won’t give up on her. I’m just wondering what clever device will サイモン come up with. He did mention being interested in knowing how to trigger the phenomenon at will if I remember correctly. Perhaps through helping 探し女 and recreating how she did it we’ll retrigger the phenomenon.

This chapter was really nice, got me quite interested again. Not that I wasn’t interested, I was enjoying every week, but I do admit I’ve been wanting action and plot development for quite a while already :smile: . Still four chapters left, should be enough to hopefully give it a proper ending.

With all the info and theories we’ve talked about, my current guess is that interacting with 探し女 we’ll learn that ミア was indeed sick, and that she started the loop. Then we will help 探し女 with her search, whatever that is. I’m guessing that the last chapters will be us triggering the loop again, and then we go back and save ミア, in such a way that through some sort of magic related to the prologue’s fairy tale we’re able to “revert” or cure her sickness with the power of love and friendship :joy: . And then happy ending, everyone is back in the present, ミア is cured, and they continue to be friends doing treasure hunting. The end. Or, now that I think of it, hopefully not the complete opposite, you know. It’s my first VN, I’m naive okay D:

This time we’ll finally get to see カイ and クロ make an appearance, hopefully. I’m just wondering in which way will they be able to help, or what type of characters they are, personalities, abilities and so on.

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For the purposes of my expectations, while I work on catching up, can anyone who has finished this give me their general guess at how long it is? It’s fine if you don’t have character counts, maybe just how it felt relative to the prior chapter or something?

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Sure! I didn’t clear my HTML yet: it marks 6106 characters / 270 lines.

Should be quite accurate cause the hook has been perfect so far, but as always, I can’t really know for sure ^^ .

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Oh thank you, that’s easy! Assuming no disasters I’ll get caught up right before the next week starts :crossed_fingers:

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I was similarly confused, but I found someone else asking about exactly this on HiNative: What is the meaning of "バカが3つ付くくらいに素直で一途なんだ"? - Question about Japanese | HiNative

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I caught up, just in time! Sorry for being kind of unreliable, sick of it myself heh. At least I’ve kept things running :slightly_smiling_face: Thanks so much for the character count by the way, it was dead on. Often I leave room for a little estimation cause it might miss a line I don’t notice here or there, or purge some repeated characters, or etc, but no, I matched exactly.

Very much appreciate having this group cause this semi-obligation probably helped pull me back to learning Japanese after a total stress-induced break there and I’m getting back into it a bit now.

Given some of the estimates people were posting before about us having long chapters coming up, and the last two being pretty short, I’m thinking we might be in for some pretty lengthy ending ones?

Spoilers

Well I was missing the “ミア caused this,” which I guess I should have thought about given the circumstances, suspicious 探し女 and things like how ミア was, IIRC, trapped the longest of the group. That said, the general ideas about how illness pretty much match what I was saying last chapter! I think we’re all hovering around parts of the answer, probably just missing some other piece.

That chapter was quite enjoyable! I’m with @rikaiwisdom, definitely more of a fan of when the plot picks up. It’s not really an aversion to slice of life or even Key style because I previously played and pretty much loved all of Summer Pockets, but I think what I’m landing on with this VN is that there is a solid core cast and interesting story at the heart of it, yet it’s lacking some of the charm of the really great examples of this style. Probably a solid “good but not great” kinda VN that I’d focus less on the negative aspects of if reading in a foreign language wasn’t making them take as long as they do sometimes, haha.

But by now we should definitely be strapped in for things to stay interesting and high stakes, I think. Can’t wait.

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Sounds great! So far what I found the most comfortable has been chapters around 10-12.000 characters. It’s long enough so it doesn’t feel too short, but also not too long so that in case you have a busy or lazy week it’s not hard to catch up. I guess it depends also on the level, I feel like it’s just right for me personally. That being said, this chapter got me so much into it that I read the last 5000 characters without even noticing the passage of time and left me wanting more :joy: . So if the hype is high and the difficulty isn’t too much, I don’t really mind longer chapters for future VNs because I’m really liking the medium. It’s just a matter of how effectively can the thing I’m reading hold my interest I guess.

It’s nice indeed :slight_smile: . This and the read/listen everyday threads are my daily motivation boost, pretty much what I look forward to and exclusively interact with at this point in WaniKani. So thanks again for organising it and I hope you’re feeling a bit better!

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I finished this chapter a little late but it is done now.

Spoilers

I think this was one of the better chapters so far. The previous theories from the last chapter that something was going to happen to ミア were right. It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the cast will take the news that ミア caused the time loop and how they’ll go about trying to save her.

I do wonder how the previous survivors time loop started. They said ミア caused this one but the previous survivors that were in a loop were quite a few years before their time? I am going to assume there is no way ミア could have had any relation with that one lol.

Good chapter though, I’m definitely looking forward to how this one ends.

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I wasn’t planning on finishing this chapter today, but I guess I should just plan on getting sucked in through the end…

minor thoughts

I know it was mostly me being a slow reader, but Tyler and Mia’s discussion at the end was starting to give me Namek flashbacks.

Aaaand when yall put it that way I’m getting Endless Eight flashbacks.

At this point I think it’s more of a design fault. As flat as they are there was just no way to make the side characters into completely faceless mobs (I mean that quite literally), but they also didn’t want to commit to the extra time and resources to expand the character development. It kind of forces the game into more of a story driven style than a character driven one. It’s not like an otome (galge?) where the routes bring an opportunity to focus on characters within a given plot. In last week’s thread AzusaChan made that nice comment about the nakige genre and Loopers feels like a relatively lean implementation of that now. The only characters that have gotten attention are the ones that are necessary to main plot, but as a consequence all of the interactions that aren’t in service to story are degraded. It’s almost like someone imposed a deadline/budget and this was the result.

One one hand I like getting things that are a bit streamlined, on the other the “what if” questions really eat away at me. It’s almost a shame to see these kind of interesting character illustrations (designs) get wasted like this. With the way it is now those characters are undeveloped so they either act like a template or feel out of character whenever they actually demonstrate having a character… feels bad man. Using this chapter as an example that bit where Simon, Joe, and Tyler get the comatose Loopers out of the hospital and start complimenting each other in a weird circlejerk just came off as weird to me. It’s like they didn’t have a way of making Joe fit in well, so they did that. It’s really unfortunate since it always feels like we have hints of this considerate person there, but it just gets buried in very template-y Joe moments. Simon’s gag didn’t come off as quite as bad to me because at least he’s gotten respectable screen time and demonstrated goofiness.

I’m pretty sure I said this before, but even adding just an extra chapter to explore miniature character arcs within the loop would have gone a long way to opening up those characters as well as giving room for more nuanced writing. I still like this game, but it’s in that weird gap where I’m just kind of mad because I feel like a little bit more something probably would have pushed it into a great game.

Edit: It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about it, but this has reminded me a lot about the sort of weird sekaikei genre.

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I was planning to read maybe half the chapter today but things got interesting and I ended up reading it surprisingly fast at 35 minutes. And the only reason I don’t continue is that I don’t have more time. As expected ミア wasn’t going back… I had no idea why but if she says she doesn’t exist ‘tomorrow’… I guess that illness at the begging of the game wasn’t curable. Still really curious how it fits with the initial tale and the 探し女.

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