So it seems King's Game
changed how Nobuaki's first game ended from the manga. In the manga
he and Chiemi manage to beat the King's hypnotic suggestion by believing really hard they were going to survive
Chiemi dies anyway due to the leg wound she'd suffered earlier
Chiemi outright sacrifices herself so Nobu can survive and the two never figure out any way of thwarting the game
. I hope the change was because they're saving up the big reveal for the second game when Nobuaki can defeat the King once and for all, and it does fix the plot-hole of why Nobuaki wouldn't tell any of his classmates if he knew a way of cheating the game.
While the show has somewhat improved since the whole "race" plot began, there were still plenty of things that made no sense this week. First,
somehow counts as Nobuaki obeying his order (apparently the show thinks someone killing themselves while you try to stop them is the same as literally killing them?). Second, Nobuaki's characterization is completely inconsistent. If he wants to sacrifice himself for his classmates so much, then why did he choose to
drag them into a new king's game rather then just accepting his punishment
? Granted, the class probably would've been screwed anyway since Natsuko already chose to continue the game, but he had no way of knowing that...
Honestly, I'm not sure why I'm even watching the show at this point. As cheesy and bad as the plot and characters are, the premise is morbidly compelling... It's basically the anime version of B-movie shlock.
--------------------Evil flower of Pure Illusion... we're going to pluck you out!