Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality (Eternal life and Regeneration) , Acausality (Exists outside destiny), Regeneration (Low-Mid), Fate Manipulation (Outers can influence a person's destiny to an extent), Martial Arts, Forcefield Creation, Probability Manipulation (As long as there is a chance she will survive a situation, she always will, and projectiles fired at her will always miss their target. She will also survive any injury that isn't assuredly fatal)
Attack Potency: Wall level (Comparable to Yuichi Sakaki)
Speed: Supersonic ( Almost comparable to Yuichi Sakaki)
Durability: Wall level
Weaknesses: Her Sealed Room Game has limitations regarding the rules of death, she can’t set rules that mean unavoidable instant death. Her ability also needs a closed space in order to work and she cannot close the space hereself.
Outer: Outers are beings who exist outside destiny, are ageless, and undying as they are extremely lucky, as long as there is a chance that they can survive a situation, they always will.
Sealed Room Game: An ability which imposes rules on all sentient life within a closed space, it can even be rules such as if you move, you die, which cause her target's heart to stop.
Inviolable Domain: A protective field she uses to keep items necessary to the game from being destroyed, which includes the enclosed space, as well as herself.
Soul Reader: An ability which allows the user to be able to see people's positions in the world
"This is all just what I was told, so I don’t know all the details, but the point is, every person has their own world,” Tomomi said. “And while every person has their own world, the broad outlines are predetermined, and there are central figures who are like the personification of a given worldview. Those people are called Worldview Holders.”
“And they decide the rules of the world?” Yuichi asked. It all sounded pretty absurd to Yuichi. People like that would basically be called gods. “They aren’t necessarily doing it consciously,” Tomomi said. “But the worldviews of the people around the Holder are strongly influenced by the Holder’s own. As a result, the world around a Holder will cohere into one the Holder recognizes. Of course, there are a lot of Holders out there, which means you sometimes wind up with conflicting worldviews coming into contact. When that happens, it’s called a World Conflict, and the weaker world is integrated into the stronger one.”
“I know a fair bit.” Yuichi had heard a lot about worldviews and Worldview Holders from his classmate Tomomi. The idea was that everyone lived in their own world, and there were as many worlds as there were people. “Worldview” referred to the laws governing a given world.
While there were billions of worlds out there, they were fundamentally the same in most regards, which was why they could all come together to make a single, consistent world, despite minor differences.
But some worlds went far beyond “minor” differences. Those highly divergent worlds all had a central figure — that world’s personification — known as the Worldview Holder.
Aiko probably didn’t know any of this, but Yuichi decided he would explain after, and urged the girl too continue.
“That should speed things up,” Monika said. “I’m a Holder, too, and a slightly special one, because I’m aware of what I am. A Holder that becomes aware of its own nature can’t stay in their own world. They’re cast out. These special Holders are called Outers.”
“What do you mean, ‘cast out’?” Yuichi asked.
“There are a few different schools of thought in terms of how of worldviews are perceived, but I view them as stories,” she said. “If someone inside the story realizes they’re in a story, the story loses its metastructure and ceases to exist. So the world kicks anyone who becomes aware of the story out of the story. Out of their destiny. Or so it’s said.”
“Then the fact that I can’t use Soul Reader to see your label is...”
“Because I’m an Outer. Outers don’t have a role in any world.” There was venom in Monika’s voice as she said the words.
“It sounds like you really hate these Outer people...” Even though you’re one yourself, Yuichi thought.
“Yeah,” she said. “They’re rotten to the core. Hopelessly evil, and I’m afraid that I might turn out like that some day. That’s why... I want to go back to how things were. That’s how all this got started.”
“I don’t get it,” Yuichi said. “Why does existing outside of destiny make someone evil?”
From the way she was talking, they had originally all been human beings. It was hard to understand how you could go from that to “rotten to the core.”
“The minute an Outer is cast out of destiny, they become ageless and undying,” she said. “For example, how old do you think I am?”
“Ten or so?” Yuichi had pegged her as a fifth grader.
“I’m actually sixteen. I could be going to the same high school you are right now. But I became an Outer in fifth grade, and I’ve looked like this ever since. The trash Outers have been alive for hundreds of years, without ever changing how they look.”
It was hard to believe, but it was true that Monika didn’t sound very much like a child right now.
“At first, all they do is angst about being cast out. But soon enough, they get bored, and try to impose themselves on stories. They use the abilities they get from their worldview to alter other people’s worlds. They’re trash that style themselves as gods. And to humans on the inside, maybe that’s what they are. Looking down on humanity from their ivory towers, playing games with destiny... Unreachable to humans on the inside.” There was a distaste in Monika’s words, suggesting that she didn’t want to turn out that way herself.
“What do you mean, ‘abilities’?” Yuichi asked. “They have psychic powers or something?”
Just existing outside of destiny didn’t seem to make them a threat, but if they had other abilities, that could be a problem.
“They have the power, you could say, to structure their worldviews... to reinforce them, I guess. For instance, my world was ‘A Hopelessly Romantic Little World.’ My worldview’s all about love. My ability is called ‘That First Spark,’ To put it simply, I can manipulate affection.”
“H-How do you use that?” Aiko, who had been previously been staring out into space, suddenly inquired.
“I don’t know if you’re getting your hopes up, but it’s just the power to make someone’s heart race, more or less. And it doesn’t work on people who already know each other. Only people who’ve just met.”
An example of outers can avoid death because they are outside destiny.
“But, you know, you didn’t have to go out of your way to save me. I am immortal, after all...” Monika seemed sulky despite him having saved her. “That’s what you claim, but I doubt you could survive a hit by something like that unscathed, right?” he asked.
“It’s not like that. Since I exist outside destiny, I’m unaffected by dramatic events like death,” she said. “In this case, the truck would have gone out of its way to miss me, or—”
They quickly arrived at the guidance room on the first floor. Makina went inside. Yuichi followed, and shut the door.
An instant later, a chill went up his spine.
Feeling a sudden change in the atmosphere, Yuichi spun to face Makina.
“Oh-ho... despite finding me suspicious, you walked right into my trap. Yet you also noticed the trap the minute it was sprung. How very interesting.” Makina sat deep in her chair and looked at Yuichi with intense interest.
Yuichi tried to open the door, but it wouldn’t budge. It was as if it had become part of the wall.
“Before you waste a lot of time struggling, let me tell you something,” she said. “You are trapped in this room. You can’t get out until you win the game. So for now, just come right over here, and we’ll have a little talk.”
Yuichi considered breaking down the door, but carelessly destroying school property would cause its own kind of trouble. He decided to do as Makina had said, and sat down across from her.
“What’s going on here?” he asked.
“The fact that you don’t know anything about my ability suggests you haven’t actually heard about me,” she said.
“Of course I don’t know your ability,” Yuichi replied. “I just assumed you were an Outer.”
“True. But when dealing with an Outer, you should always be on your guard,” she said. “For instance, I use an ability called ‘Sealed Room Game.’ It can be used in any closed space. In other words, all you had to do to prevent it was to not close the door.”
“I couldn’t have known that...” Yuichi responded, sulkily. How was he supposed to predict things like abilities and closed spaces?
“True. But had you collected information about Outers’ abilities in advance, you likely would have been able to foresee something. Let this be a learning experience.”
“But in that case, you could just have shut the door yourself,” he retorted.
“I wish it were that easy,” she said. “I cannot apply the ability to closed spaces that I myself have created, and while the ability is in use, I must remain within the space.”
Yuichi filed that information away, but it wouldn’t help him get out of the trap now that he was in it. “You said it was a game, right? So what are the rules?”
“You catch on quickly,” she said. “That’s good. It’s quite simple, really. Some time within the next thirty minutes, I will lie once, and only once. If you see through the lie, you win, and you’ll be able to leave the room. You’ll have only one chance to guess.”
Yuichi felt the atmosphere in the room change. Simply speaking the words had changed something. Words of power, perhaps?
“What guarantee do I have?” he asked. “Even if I saw through the lie, you could just pretend I didn’t.”
“Seeing as you’ve only just met me, I doubt you’ll be willing to go on trust,” she said. “But the rules of ‘Sealed Room Game’ are absolute, and they apply to me as well. So once you recognize the lie, it will be impossible for me to pretend that you haven’t. I can change, add, or delete rules, but when I do, I must tell you. And of course, I wouldn’t do anything that would break the game. I’m only doing this because I like games, you see. To violate that spirit would miss the point entirely.”
“And if I win, I can leave?” he asked.
“More precisely, there are three conditions under which my power will be nullified. The first is if you meet the victory conditions for the game. The second is if I leave this room. The third is if I lose consciousness — via death, fainting, sleep, etc. Of course, you know the third would be difficult to achieve, don’t you? It’s extremely hard for outside forces to affect Outers. On top of that, I have an ability called ‘Inviolable Domain.’ It protects the people, locations, and items necessary for the game’s completion from unmerited violence. In other words, you cannot simply lash out and knock me unconscious.” Makina triumphantly crossed her legs and her arms, emphasizing her chest. She looked at Yuichi with inviting eyes and smiled lasciviously.
“I heard you guys were ageless and immortal. Is that true?” Yuichi asked. He had been told that Outers, freed from the destiny that all things must die, were effectively undying.
“Close, but not quite,” she said. “It’s not impossible for us to die. What it comes down to is that if there’s any chance for us to stay alive, we always will. In situations where there’s no choice but to die, we die, and methods have been formulated to drive us into such situations. Yes, it might be more accurate to say that Outers are extremely lucky.”
“I told you before that Worldview Holders known as Outers have abilities that let them to impose their worldviews on others, right?” Monika asked. “Her ability is ‘Sealed Room Game.’ She can impose rules on the people she locks up in her rooms.”
“How much can those rules make you do, though?” Yuichi asked. “I don’t think she did anything to me.”
Yuichi had been locked inside the student guidance room and made to play her game, but he didn’t remember feeling any sort of compulsion.
“It’s kind of like an irresistible hypnosis, I guess,” Monika said. “All sentient life inside the closed space must follow the rules. In extreme situations, it can even be things like, ‘If you move, you die.’”
“Then what can you even do against her?” Yuichi demanded. If she could make up rules like that, she could do literally anything.
“Well, she does them so she can enjoy the ‘game,’” Monika responded, “I doubt she’d find ‘if you move, you die’ very much fun. But it does basically leave you subject to her whims.”
“Which means if you get sealed inside, it’s over. What if you try to destroy the room?” Yuichi asked.
If the ability could only be used in a closed space, it seemed to Yuichi, destroying the room would be your best option to break out.
“Not possible,” said Monika. “She has another ability called ‘Inviolable Domain.’ It’s a protective field she uses to keep items necessary to the game from being destroyed, which includes the enclosed space, as well as herself. In other words, when she’s in her own world, she’s invincible.”
“That’s crazy...” Yuichi was stunned. If that was true, then there was no way to deal with Makina but to play along with her games.
Just as she was beginning to wonder if the earthquake was Kanako’s doing, too, she heard the sound of static coming over the speakers.
“I will now explain the game. I’ll only say this once, and I will not take questions. There are three basic rules:
“One, violence is prohibited.
“Two, If you lose your right to exist, you die. Check the back of your hand, please. You should see the Roman numeral III there. That represents your right to exist. When you begin the game, all players have three, and you each lose one every hour.
“Three, players can gamble these with each other in any way they wish. I guarantee that all debts will be paid.
“This ends the explanation. There are other rules, but you can learn them as you play. Now, let’s start the game.”
The announcement came without warning, then cut off just as abruptly, allowing no room for discussion.
“Is that... Miss Shikitani?” Aiko asked. She had recognized that blunt way of speaking.
Aiko looked at the back of her hand, and indeed, she did see a “III” hovering in the air above it. It was vaguely luminescent, like a hologram.
Yuichi also checked his hand. “Shikitani’s ability? But I thought she could only use it in enclosed spaces...”
Aiko remembered him explaining about that in Tomomi’s restaurant.
“What ability? Does that have something to do with these numbers appearing?” Mutsuko asked, and Yuichi explained: Makina’s abilities included “Sealed Room Game,” which let her set the rules in an enclosed space, and “Inviolable Domain,” which protected the objects necessary to keep the game going.
After hearing the explanation, Mutsuko tried bopping Yuichi with her fists in a mock tantrum, but they never reached his head. They just deflected and slipped off of him, like he was made out of rubber.
Next, Mutsuko lightly rapped her own head. This time, it hit. There seemed to be nothing preventing someone from touching oneself.
“So ‘Inviolable Domain’ forbids violence against others, I guess,” said Mutsuko. “I wonder if I could commit suicide? Or poison people?”
“Don’t even speculate,” Yuichi said. “We’re not gonna go along with that creep’s game.”
To check for himself, Yuichi reached for Mutsuko’s face, and his hand slipped off this time, too.
“I have an ability that lends itself to the creation of these games, but it doesn’t work on enclosed spaces I create myself,” the sorceress went on. “I need someone else to create them for me. It’s quite troublesome, and makes it hard to set up fields of any decent size. The most participants I’ve ever had in a game before was a few dozen.”
“What are you...” It made no sense to her. Making people kill each other? Enclosed spaces? Abilities? Games? The words jumbled together in Kanako’s mind, never fully parsing.
Makina creating new rules for her game and this shows how dangerous she can be with rules she creates.
“It’s lucky for me that Kanako Orihara didn’t die, but what are you people doing here?” Makina asked. “You should be playing the game inside the school with the others.”
“If you didn’t want us here, you should have forbidden it with some special rule,” Yuichi said.
“You’re right, I should have done that,” Makina agreed. “Even if I assigned it now, it wouldn’t apply retroactively, so it wouldn’t get you out of the castle. But I can do this.”
She stepped into the Black Tower, then turned back to Yuichi and the others, and spoke her words of power.
“I’m adding new rules. Anyone who leaves the hallway linking the Black and White Towers will die. The exception is Kanako Orihara. If she leaves, she will merely lose consciousness and be immobilized until the game ends.”
Makina was just stating a few rules, but that by itself seemed to change the air around them. Yuichi’s instincts were telling him that her words had become reality. “That’s a pretty roundabout method,” said Yuichi. “Why don’t you just say ‘everyone dies’?”
Makina seemed to enjoy listening to the sound of her own voice, so Yuichi was hoping he could get her to talk a little more about her game. At least, if she did, he could buy a little time.
“I can’t imagine how buying time will help you, so I’ll explain,” she said. “My power has limitations regarding rules of death. I can’t set rules that mean unavoidable instant death. And the reason I made Kanako Orihara an exception is that if she dies, the school isekai will disappear. Is that what you wanted to hear?”
“So you could make it happen with the right combination of rules,” he said. Even if instant death was forbidden, there were easy ways around that. Having limitations on the rules was no reason not to just kill them.
“It’s true that I could do it, if I wanted to set rules just to kill you,” she said. “That’s not my style, though. I much prefer situations where a game that could be solved with some consideration is bulled through thoughtlessly, until at the very end, the participants realize how they should have done it, and die in despair. Or one where people could solve the game easily if they all worked together, but they betray each other one after another and end up destroying each other... that sort of thing. If I want to see that, the games have to be winnable.”
“That’s no reason not to kill us, though,” he said. “Besides, we can’t take part in the game if we’re trapped here.”
“I was instructed not to interfere with you, Yuichi Sakaki,” she said. “So I can’t just kill you. Of course, you’re still participants in the game, so you’ll die in a few hours either way.” Makina’s expression was bored now; she seemed to be getting tired of answering Yuichi’s questions.
Then, something completely unforeseen happened.
Natsuki Takeuchi was in the Black Tower.
Yuichi noticed her first, and just as he did, the battle began. Makina noticed her next, and when she did, the battle ended.
Natsuki had moved up behind Makina silently to strike her with her scalpel. It was a flawless surprise attack. Makina didn’t see the attack coming, and should have been ripped to pieces, helplessly.
But Natsuki’s scalpel missed.
The attack that had been aimed at her neck slid off in a random direction. Despite her shock, Natsuki tried to regain her initiative, but Makina struck out with a back kick, hitting her in the solar plexus and sending her flying. Natsuki bounced off the wall of the tower, and then lay still.
“Takeuchi!” Yuichi shouted.
It had been only one kick. It would require a more powerful attack than that to kill her, but it was enough to send her into a heap on the floor. “Oops, I let my guard down,” Makina said. “I didn’t realize there were more of you. It’s true that under the rule I just added, you’d be safe coming in through a route other than the hallway. Still, violence means nothing in the face of ‘Inviolable Domain.’”
“Where did that kick come from?” Yuichi demanded. It didn’t seem like the kind of move a teacher would be capable of.
“I study martial arts to amuse myself,” said Makina. “I don’t take it particularly seriously, but I have lived for a very long time. I’d say I’ve reached master level by now. By the way, I can bypass ‘Inviolable Domain’ myself, which is the reason I could hit her.”
Her words heaped despair on top of despair. If he left the hall, he would die. His enemy was protected by an invincible force field, she was a martial arts expert, and she could add new rules whenever she wanted to.
This passage talks about how she manipulated destiny.
“How upsetting. You make it sound like you think you could have done something,” Makina objected, seeming offended by his words. “Kanako Orihara. This has all been set in stone since before you were born. Your mother’s personality came as the result of my manipulations, as was the fact that you were born a girl, and the way your mother treated you. I’m the one who made you like isekai stories, and the one who made you decide to become a writer. And of course, I made your debut as an author possible. Do you really think that a little nothing like you could have ever been published without my hand guiding the way? What I’m saying is that you are who you are as the result of my continuous manipulation of your destiny.” Makina said it all as if she were bragging. “Why... why me?” Kanako stumbled. “Why my...”
“Don’t get the wrong idea,” Makina said carelessly. “It’s true that I manipulated your destiny, and things turned out this way as a result. I’m sure it sounds like I’m boasting of my skill. But as you know, destiny is not always cooperative. Things never go exactly as you plan them. That’s why I do this same exact thing whenever I have the chance to. It’s mere coincidence that you turned out this way, yet I want appreciation for the effort I put in to guide you to it. Still, I don’t want you to just look at the result and think that you’re special. This is fully the result of a lot of hard work, and it’s frustrating to hear people claim otherwise. That’s all that I’m saying.”
“Yuichi Sakaki! If you move from that spot, you will die!” she commanded, setting a new rule for her closed space. In a typical death game thriller, ridiculous rules were enforced onto the participants, but they were neutral and impartial. The story wouldn’t work if they weren’t; there was nothing interesting about a story where the rules kept changing on the fly.
But in Makina’s case, such principles were self-imposed. She only employed them for her own amusement, which meant that if she felt like it, she could always change the rules at any time.
Some more info about how outers can survive attacks.
Makina was like a deer in the headlights. Yet, she remembered, she still had one final sanctuary.
Inviolable Domain, her protective barrier. Yuichi had already acknowledged its existence, so he shouldn’t be able to break through it now. Makina’s confidence returned. This series of irregular events had almost caused her to lose her cool. But Makina was an Outer, a being who existed outside of destiny. She was not bound by a natural lifespan; if there was ever any chance for her to survive, no matter how slight, she would.
A passage explains the power of world views come from certainty.
“Now, as for why your abilities didn’t work?” Ende asked. “It’s simple. You ended up thinking, ‘This might not work,’ didn’t you? The moment Yuichi Sakaki revived himself, your worldview was shaken. It was then consumed by his own. That’s how worldviews work. Strength comes from certainty. When certainty wavers, your worldview becomes open to distortion.”
“Ah... I see,” Makina said. “Even though I’m an Outer, I become just another character in a story...”
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT