Ironically, why this matters now and where it started are essentially the same thing. Outside of Japan and their cool gameboy-cellphone internet adapter technology, the Eon Ticket was actually the first extra-game event, and it was needed to capture Latias or Latios in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. It’s a bit different from more modern events in that, as Chuggaaconroy proved in his Emerald LP, it can actually still be done today, albeit it’s a huge pain in the ass.
Things are about to get real. The final showdown is just around the corner. All questions will be answered soon! But first, a new witch joined the group, so they all have to go into the hot-springs and grope each other. I get that this has been a thing in anime since Outlaw Star and even earlier, but it used to just be “the fan service episode”. But this hot-springs thing has been a repeated scene throughout the series, and almost every episode has boobs just barely censored by the camera angle or steam. If it was at least erotic then I could just give the show an ecchi tag and enjoy it, but this is paint-by-numbers fan-service, and the only times when it’s not dull are when it’s just disturbing (Studio Arms, sexual exploitation of minors kind of disturbing).
For those unfamiliar with the show, I’ll give a brief recap of what I remember. Our protagonist, Ryouta, is a highly intelligent highschool student who has spent the last ten years angsting the believed death of his childhood friend, Kuroneko. One day, a new girl, who bears a striking resemblance to Kuroneko, both physically and in her name, Neko Kuroha, transfers into Ryouta’s class. Pretending this is somehow subtle, the writers wait a few episodes before revealing that Neko Kuroha is actually Kuroneko *insert super dramatic music here*; but, thanks to plot convenience, Ryouta is left ignorant, and he continues to angst about it. Neko herself is also unaware of her past, because amnesia is apparently still used ironically in stories that, I would just like to stress, actual writers were paid actual money to make. A lot has changed with Neko over the years, she has boobs and super powers, and is probably going to die. She, and her fellow “witch” friends who make up Ryouta’s harem anime must take pills not to die (presumably this will be replaced with “Press X” in the videogame adaptation), and the only place they can get these pills is from the same secret government organization that turned them into witches and now wants them dead (actual writers; actual money).
Bayonetta 2 was probably the biggest selling point for the WiiU for me, -that is, until it gets a proper …