Mai-HiME the RPG: Episode 9
Apologies to everyone who has been waiting for the next instalment of this RPG; it wasn’t that the project had died, but rather that I fell into a combination of being busy with other things and feeling little enthusiasm for this particular episode of the anime. I also wanted to put in an ambitious stealth section where the player had to dodge lasers, fight dogs and avoid guards, but I’m afraid that became something of an insurmountable hurdle for someone of my skill and so it had to be abandoned until the Director’s Cut edition.
The episode begins…I almost forgot to delete Kazuya from the classroom, but as you can see here, his desk is now empty.
Chie discusses the latest gossip, from main character dating to speculation over Akane and Kazuya’s disappearance. The simplicity of this tileset can be attributed to the fact that I made it myself.
Another home made tileset cobbled together from anime screencaps and RPG Maker defaults plays host to what is probably the most amusing scene in the episode.
I initially tried to make my own tileset for this scene as well, but when I cast my eye upon the disastrous result I resolved to stick with the defaults.
Away from the party, Natsuki starts to strip.
Hands up who didn’t see that coming.
Takeda gets knocked out, and Natsuki gets another party member.
Taking a boat out to an island reveals that the floating above lifeboat problem is still in evidence.
It’s far from perfect, but I quite like this map.
This facility was originally going to be home to the stealth events, but now it is just this one dull room.
Natsuki reveals that the reason for coming to her mother’s old office was to pick up a plush dog.
In the anime, the girls surrender themselves to police custody at this point, but since the episode has been rather dull up to now, I decided a little artistic licence was in order.
Not the greatest battle graphic, but it was that or a side view of him bending over.
Natsuki explains what happened in the anime version.
Even though I changed the plot, the end result of the girls getting stranded on a mountain road remains the same.
This one’s for the fanboys.
Next episode: Cooking Wars.