Tag Archive: Xanatos;Deception

Been 3 weeks since my last posting of one of these. I’m going to try to forge a structure with this post for the ones to follow and I’ll try to do more of these more often as my life permits.

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Here’s the post I promised about the continuation of Xanatos;Deception. This time I’d like to get more into detail about the “main” character of the series. As anyone that has followed my Xanatos series knows, the main male is always a John. Xanatos;Possibility had a John Smith, Xanatos;Rebellion had a John Titor, and Xanatos;Deception has a John Rolfe. I try to always use an existing name of John within these stories and have succeed thus far. Smith references the name given to any average man in English-speaking countries. Titor is about the supposed time traveler that appeared on the internet over a decade ago. And Rolfe is the English explorer that married Pocahontas.

Getting into the heart of the story. 1st’s Fate is, at its core, a love story. The main character is John Rolfe, later known as 1st, and the main female is 7th, later known as Karenn. Anyone who has read my 2nd’s Reflection article may see the semblance in the numerical names here. Well that is to show that the main characters of the nine-arcs of Deception have numerical names. I don’t want to delve too much into the global story of the arcs, so I’ll try to keep focus on 1st’s Fate.

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Saki Afterword

Mahjong isn’t exactly my idea of a fun game to watch, much less competetive mahjong (which is Mahjong intensified lol). Unlike Crossgame, which featured baseball a sport I actually knew a bit about. I was mostly in the dark when beginning my marathon of Saki. Sure I knew about the game and little things here and there, but the ruleset and scoring have confused me from time to time (Though I’m sure if someone who actually plays it regularly would explain more of the rules to me, it wouldn’t seem that way).

As you guys may have guessed, Saki is an anime about Mahjong. My first boardgame anime must have been Hikaru no Go, which convinced me that board game animes can be entertaining, so Saki wasn’t an afterthought. The series itself had been sitting on my watch list for a long time coming (as is most series) and I was in one of my meloncholic moods when I decided to watch it, as usual.

Per tradition, the wiki description on the plot for Saki reads:

Saki Miyanaga, a high school first-year student, hates mahjong because her family would always force her to play it and punish her regardless of the outcome of the game. Due to this, she learned how to keep her score at zero, neither winning nor losing, a skill said to be more difficult than actually consistently winning. However, her friend Kyōtarō from middle school, completely unaware of such circumstances, convinces her to visit the school’s small mahjong club upon entering into high school. After the club discovers her ability, they recruit her permanently and convince her to win instead of breaking even. She easily does so with her skill and discovers a new love for mahjong. This leads the team to enter the prefecture’s high school mahjong tournament with the goal of reaching the national high school competition.

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Hello again! Today I’m doing another one of these The World posts, the topic is a bit different than normal. Yes it’s another story arc, but this time around the idea is still very much concept.

Xanatos;Deception is the 3rd in the Xanatos series (Possibility and Rebellion being the first two) and it tells the story of a John something, the something being, I haven’t thought of the last name yet. Possibility and Rebellion were easier in that they dealt with a John Smith and John Titor respectively. This post however isn’t involving John’s story, it involves a character I will refer to as 2nd (john = 1st). 2nd is currently a placeholder, but for now she is a girl and her story is in the Realm of Reflection (hence the story titled as 2nd’s Reflection). Each of these “worlds” is a plain that houses one of the nine pieces of Liselotte Corvina’s soul. Liselotte, in short, was an ancient witch of great power that sought to destroy the order of The World. She was defeated when Senne, her cousin and person whom she loved, joined with 8 others to seal her for eternity. The price they paid however, was to gain a faux immortality and to become trapped in their own realms.

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