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I'll tell you what I think, Asano. I think that was friggin' awesome! Ken Mendel's only thread was an escape attempt where he tried to swim away from the island. The terrorists, having surrounded the entire island with patrol boats, give chase. And what follows is one of the most intense and horrifying scenes in V1 for violence. Not content to simply have him get shot up, not even to let him be crushed by one of the larger ships, Asano goes whole-hog and essentially liquifies him in the propellers of the boat that ran him over. No detail is spared, and the actions of the terrorists provide a lot of humanity to the folks keeping these kids prisoner, as even they're horrified and disgusted by what just happened in front of them. It's a violent cautionary tale that holds nothing back, and lets all the other handlers know just what is at stake if they try to do something similar.wrote:[and so ends Ken. Along one of my longest posts. And either most or second most graphic death, not sure...probably most. What do you all think? >>;]
This is pretty minimal even by V1 standards. We also learn Tayli was molested as a child but has repressed the memories. This is not dealt with particularly sensitively, but rather as an afterthought. That said, profiles tend to have pretty little to do with how good or bad characters actually are, especially in earlier versions, so let's get into Tayli's story.wrote:The three healthy Vreeland children [including Tayli] all excel in a wide area of talents, all smart and athletic as well as congenial... although Tayli will admit she cannot sing. ... Tayli is well liked by her peers because she has a genuine practice of being kind to everyone she meets.
I actually think that's pretty adorable in its way.wrote:OOC: This is sort of like the cover of the second manga!
Basically yeah, everyone's fighting for their lives, and rather than constantly complaining every time a gun is drawn, people should expect it and live with it.wrote:"And hey, you know...give the girl a break, I'm sure that you probably point a gun at the majority of the people that you run into on this island too, otherwise, well, you'd be dead. We're all fighting for our lives here, none of us gets to leave unless everyone else is dead, so yeah, we're all going to try and avoid getting ourselves dead. You may have had enough of people pointing a gun at you, but damnit, it's going to happen again, stop pretending it isn't."
Fortunately for her, he finds her ability to dodge his bullets amusing, and so he gives her his revolver with a single round, offering her an ultimatum: kill someone with it, and she'll get her gear back. As he leaves, he imparts us with this shocking revelation, one that alters the very nature of how I'd perceived Peri up until now:wrote:"Take whatever she has and then shoot her in the face" he said with a sigh
It all suddenly makes sense.wrote:"The Names Peri..BloodBoy to some"