Haha, I wish everything could be explained away with the answer "A wizard did it." I don't see the salamander analogy working here. That is actually working within the existing game mechanics. Guy takes damage, counter skill triggers. Sure, it may feel cheap, but it still is working within the current system. In this case, current hp is being reduced, but without triggering a counter skill. This makes absolutely no sense to me other than the fact that it's "magic" and somehow mystically evades the counter system. I'd be much more comfortable knowing that this is some quirk of programming rather than this being a function of how Alteil wants to run its counter system.