Thursday, March 10, 2016

HERO Chapter 21

Chapter 21 of HERO is now up! In this chapter, we discover the truth behind Kawajiri's "intuition"!

Thanks to Tambur for the typesetting and to Crump for the cleans. There will be a mahjong night this saturday at 3:00 PM PST on the IRC.

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"Too bad, so sad!"


So everyone's probably already heard of the mosquito, it's a sound that was popular among school-age kids a while back as a ringtone either to annoy classmates without the teacher knowing or to have a ringtone that the teacher wouldn't notice. Here's a link to a video with the sound, see if you're still young enough to hear it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKl_sTh0oHE

So this method of signaling probably came as a surprise to a lot of people. I think if you knew about the sound prior it would seem a lot cooler and more creative than if you didn't know about it, otherwise it might sound like some made-up magic. But believe me, it's a very real sound.

So what on earth is Hiroyuki doing breaking up his Chun single wait? Now all he can hope for is a direct hit, not even a tsumo will do it without a 3-dora hand! Is there some way to turn Kawajiri's signals against him? And does it have something to do with the "favor" he asked of Kishibe last chapter?!

16 comments:

  1. If I'm right, what Hiroyuki is waiting on would be...
    The red 5p. The tile was drawn with a darker hue.

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  2. One actually comes across mosquito sound quite often in gambling manga, probably due to convenience brought up.

    This actually makes me wonder how old Hiroyuki is? I know some older people can actually hear this sound as well, and is therefore not that reliable of cheating method as these stories would suggest (at least, someone in the Mahjong parlor full of people should notice loud annoying sound).

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    1. Hiro should be about 32 I think. I'm sure he was 29 at the funeral and then this is 3 years after that.

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    2. If it is only three years after the funeral than it is entirely possible that any of the East-West Battle might show up. Even Soga

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  3. Sometimes I forget that Hiro is supposed to be in his 30s.

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  4. After you catch up to this in like half a year, do you think you'll do more Washizu, or do you have another series in mind?

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  5. If it is a 7 Pair then all Hiro has to do is hold the single tile in his hand. The rules say you cant play with your hand face down. He just has to cover one tile

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    1. Collapse of the world, according to einstein's relativity laws, the pace will go slower and slower and we'll never reach the end of the arc.

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  7. I'm nearing 27 and I can hear it. Then again unless I was at that table I probably would though it's tinnitus or something else.

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    1. My problem with this is the sound is one singular sound. How does the machine have the ability to convey every single tile?

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    2. It's easy to come up with signals. You make a pattern for each of souzu, pinzu, manzu and honors and a pattern for each number. Then you just assign a number to each honor tile.

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    3. He's reading the tile on the ""gameboy"" screen his friend shows, there's an arrow pointing to it.

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    4. Anon 2 is correct, the sound is being used like morse code; beeps in a certain pattern mean a certain tile. Look at the sound effects and you can see that's the case; it's going eee eee eeeeeee, eee eee eeeeeee over and over to signal the chun, whereas it was going ee-eeeeee, ee-eeeee for the 1-pin.

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  8. It's worth mentioning that one of the players at the table is known only as 'the student', and the fact that he's a student has been referenced time and again. Presumably he can also hear the noise? Not sure if he's smart enough to figure in Hiro's counter-plan (and, as Kellel points out, covering a single wait is the best counter to this method) but you'd think it would come into play that he can hear it too.

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