Houkago Saikoro Club Ep. 2 – Cockroach Poker Capers Games News

In the span of two episodes of Houkago Saikoro Club we’ve seen two nuggets of drama/conflict that will drive the anime. The first, and most compelling, other revolves around Mickey’s reticence to engage in social activities and how he will emerge from his shell. The second, and least thrilling point of the play, is when Tanoue, who has a crush on Aya, tries to get closer to her, but as a result Aya misinterprets his intentions.

That kind of drama gets me big eyes, even if it’s just to drum up some comedy. Having two decades of life experience may have been a factor in my inability to empathize, but it may not be entirely. My annoyance stems from the unusualness of Houkago Saikoro Club. Series like Gekkan Shjo Nozaki-kun do a great job with romantic misadventures and I often find myself in stitches. The factors that tilt it in Nozaki-kun’s favor are a strong cast of characters and the absurdity inherent in its premise.

On the other hand, the characters in Houkago Saikoro Club are mostly cardboard cutouts and its execution is pedestrian. They don’t have the personality or gravitas to be able to maintain the humour. Without the subject matter, it would almost be exhausting. I hope these romantic scenes don’t get in the way of gaming.

Midori is the best Saikoro club member

So if I think most characters have the consistency of mashed plant pulp, you can probably guess which one stands out to me the most. Midori is easily the character I identify with the most. Do I even need to count the ways I find him attractive? Well, let me do it anyway:

  1. He and I are obsessed with board games. Well, granted, low-hanging fruit because that’s the theme I’ve been looking at at the Saccharo Club in the beginning.
  2. He and I introduce the game to people who have never played the game before. Apart from this, we will also introduce a stream of new games for the masses.
  3. He and I take on the thankless task of being rules lecturers. That said, Mickey and Aya are very easy to work with, unlike some of the examples I’ve dealt with in the past. I wonder if they’ll ever joke about how tedious the rules interpretation process can be.
  4. He and I also carry games with us all the time. In this episode, we saw Midori break away from some of my favorite games like Hanabi and 6Numt! When Mickey and Aya asked him about possible gaming after school. Me? My coworkers were surprised to learn that I carry games in my car. Right now, I have Kingdomino, 6 Nimt!, and Fairy Tail in the trunk. You never know when a gaming opportunity comes along.
  5. Lastly, we’ll comment on game strategy while playing and blow other people’s minds on the depth of our gaming knowledge. I think Midori’s tone is a little more condescending than mine. Maybe because she was talking to Tanu.
I Houkago Saikoro Club's Midori .  like i play a lot of games too

So take a topic that I really like, pair it with a character I can really identify with, and you can see why I’d be on this show for a long time. This is a slightly more cheesy version of my experience with the gaming hobby.

Saikoro Club’s Game of the Week: Cockroach Poker

Talking about gaming, the show continues to use its game-of-the-week formula. That’s not a bad thing as both spectators and characters are going through getaway games and this week’s pick, Cockroach Poker (or Keckerlakenpoker) is a good one. Cockroach Poker is a fun bluff game (As these people can attestWhere you gossip and make outrageous claims. It’s so funny that it has effectively turned a coup in the hoax category for me.

And the anime acquits itself well when it comes to capturing the vibe of cockroach poker. At first, Midori’s instructions were brief and complete. Even if you’ve never heard of the game, watching this episode is enough for you to learn how to play. Second, Midori’s commentary as well as the actions of the players give an idea of ​​what it’s like to play.

I especially liked how Midori brings her knowledge of the metagame to this round of Cockroach Poker, correctly calling the passage of Tanou’s cards and recognizing certain characters when they are bluffing. The strategic aspects are also addressed when it comes to which card is a risky game. Overall, there’s a huge quirky factor to this game and I love the game itself and how Houkago Saikoro Club approaches it.

Deadly Cockroach Poker Scenario

What I’m saying is that Hawkago Sciorro Club is doing an excellent job at depicting the board game hobby. He’s done a good amount of research into the games and what it’s like to play them. So while I haven’t been obsessed with the characters from Beyond Midori and the romantic comedy bits are washing away, I’m still pretty excited about what this show is up to and I look forward to the next episode!

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