I (Don’t) Suck at Vayne – 1

67Verdict: don’t.
Sentence: defeat.
Reason: bad late-game engage + Kayle ult is still stupid.

Went up Vayne/Morgana against Draven/Nami. Destroyed them all game, even though Draven got a kill or two in the laning phase.  Although we didn’t win due to typical late-game shenanigans and Kayle ult saving Draven at 10% health, my play and mechanics were on point throughout the whole match, something I usually am never confident about. Vayne is my favorite champion in LoL by far, but her underpowered state in the meta (nerf Lucian already) combined with the unforgiving mechanical demands of her kit are a consistent source of frustration for me. I’ve lost countless games to misclicks and small things that matter very much when it comes to her. It was satisfying to see me manage to fight and beat Draven at his own game, thanks to a very good Morgana support who knew what she was doing.

Despite the loss, I really call this one a win for me personally.

Sword Art Online II – 1

Watching the second season of Sword Art Online, which appears to be precisely the same plot as the last one: someone’s killing people in a virtual MMO and Kirito has to find out what’s going on, eventually triumphing through his Mary Sue status or Indomitable Will that overrides the very function of computer code somehow. Blah. You’d think the manufacturers of this kind of VR gear would do extensive testing to ensure their devices cannot be used to kill people under any circumstances, especially after four thousand people were essentially massacred in precisely such an incident. Of course, the writers are careful to state that they’re not sure what’s happening and it could be some trick, but who cares? The result is the same, not that I’m actually expecting this show to maintain any sort of internal technological logic after the past season. LOL.

I think I only watch this show for the mindless entertainment value and banal curiosity, as there’s really nothing special to distinguish the series from any other anime. (No wonder it’s so popular.) On another note, I’ve always been exasperated that SAO, in typical Japanese fashion, has never capitalized on the admirable dedication that Kirito shows to Asuna despite being surrounded by an inexplicable harem of girls who are all functionally indistinguishable from each other. This is pretty much his only unique and redeeming character trait that I like him for. Instead, it takes the shallow, repressed Japanese route of showing two married people acting super secretive in public or something. After all the shit these two have been through, why haven’t they moved in with each other? Why aren’t they fucking like rabbits? Being young less-than-twenty somethings, I’m pretty sure that’s on both their minds.

Also, why is Kirito bringing a lightsaber to a hardcore exclusive, gun-based MMO and somehow making it work? Oh, right.