Apologies all. I still haven’t had time to watch last week’s Escaflowne, nor will I be able to make this week’s liveblog. Or, probably, next week’s. The first week in February is looking good, though.
How to participate in the liveblog chat:
Option 1: Whenever you watch the episode, comment on this post as you watch with whatever responses you feel like posting!
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Finally got around to this, chatlog below the cut!
01[10:38] <Froborr> Okay, episode 8!
01[10:38] <Froborr> OP is OP
01[10:39] <Froborr> Blah blah love drama blah, and then they flee.
01[10:40] <Froborr> Man, the sequences on Earth were totally the best part of Fushigi Yuugi.
01[10:40] <Froborr> Ah, dream sequence highlighting similarity of Allen to her crush back home.
01[10:41] <Froborr> It’s funny because the Tower card frequently shows a man and a woman being flung from the destruction of the tower in question, and they are usually assumed to be The Lovers.
01[10:42] <Froborr> Thank you for the recap, Merle. You are slightly less than completely useless.
01[10:42] <Froborr> Hitomi’s reaction to the rolly-polies is exactly how I feel about stuff like shrimp and crabs and everythign else that’s basically an ocean-going giant bug.
01[10:43] <Froborr> Um. If we can see where Merle’s tail connects, we are seeing WAY too far up her skirt.
01[10:44] <Froborr> Did we know Hitomi had a brother?
01[10:44] <Froborr> Anyway, she’s going to end up her own grandmother, isn’t she?
01[10:44] <Froborr> At least that’ll make her immune to the Brain Aliens, so there’s an upside.
01[10:46] <Froborr> Damn. That’s a lot of flying fortresses.
01[10:47] <Froborr> The juxtaposition of the fortresses with the fantasy setting feels very Avatar the Last Airbender.
01[10:48] <Froborr> Ah, so King McSleezy has given the empire permission to send their forces through his territory to attack Allen’s country, yes?
01[10:48] <Froborr> Oh look, another effeminate/gay-coded villain, that’s novel territory for this show.
01[10:48] <Froborr> (Barf)
01[10:50] <Froborr> Huh, so everything is powered by dead dragons?
01[10:50] <Froborr> I mean, basically everything in our society is powered by dead dinosaurs, so.
01[10:51] <Froborr> Why is a DUCHY ruled by a PRINCE? It should be ruled by a DUKE or DUCHESS, that’s how names WORK.
01[10:51] <Froborr> Oh FFS Allen, let her come along you jerk.
01[10:52] <Froborr> Damn, that must have been some kiss.
01[10:54] <Froborr> Gee, I wonder if that tail is a metaphor for something?
01[10:54] <Froborr> Well, that was quick.
01[10:55] <Froborr> Ah, of course, this is the Merle Proves She Isn’t Completely Useless episode.
01[10:55] <Froborr> Or possible Part One of Two.
01[10:56] <Froborr> Oh. Nope. Her assistance is purely accidental.
01[10:56] <Froborr> Also, um, wow, why did Van not do that BEFORE getting captured?
01[10:57] <Froborr> Those gus were really easy to beat once it came down to it, huh.
01[10:57] <Froborr> Escaflowne is about to absorb ALL THE ENERGIST, isn’t–
01[10:57] <Froborr> Nope. Just made it go splody and caused an earthquake.
01[10:57] <Froborr> WELL DONE VAN
01[10:58] <Froborr> WAY TO KILL EVERYONE
01[10:58] <Froborr> …why did he take his shirt off, exactly?
01[10:58] <Froborr> Oh. Right. Wings.
01[10:58] <Froborr> Love triangle confirmed. Blehhhh.
01[10:59] <Froborr> Wait.
01[10:59] <Froborr> HER PAGER CAN RECEIVE MESSAGES FROM EARTH?
01[10:59] <Froborr> Da FUCK!?
01[10:59] <Froborr> Man, at the rate he’s shedding feathers he’s not going to be able to fly soon.
01[10:59] <Froborr> Okay but silliness aside that was pretty decent, and I’m intrigued by the pager thing.
Sailor Moon Crystal 14
01[05:53] <Froborr> I quite like the Toei logo.
01[05:53] <Froborr> Ah yes, the Silver Crystal did bloom last time, didn’t it?
01[05:53] <Froborr> So, I’m guessing new ultimate-until-the-next-arc form?
01[05:54] <Froborr> Okay, so the transition from Usagi FINALLY BEING THE BADASS EVERYONE TELLS ME SHE IS to the opening line of the song, “Moon Pride”? Pretty great.
01[05:55] <Froborr> I wonder if they’ll change the song for the second arc? If they do, I hope it’s as good.
01[05:55] <Froborr> And ad.
01[05:55] <Froborr> I deliberately turned ad block off for CrunchyRoll, because they’re legit and therefore deserve to stay in business.
01[05:56] <Froborr> Bleh, Sword Art Online looks completely terrible.
01[05:56] <Froborr> In fact, every show in this ad looks terrible. I think I just really dislike shounen, except for the occasional standout like FMA:B.
01[05:57] <Froborr> Ooh, show’s back with nice background music AND HOLY SHIT FRICKIN MOON LASERS
01[05:57] <Froborr> “Don’t think. Just prey.” So Tuxedo Fedora isn’t just a creeper, he’s a fundie?
01[05:58] <Froborr> Aw, she’s using the love of her dead friends.
01[05:59] <Froborr> …and the love of a bunch of girls for one another is making the big phallic tower grow. Lovely.
01[06:00] <Froborr> I really feel like “praying” isn’t quite the right word here. “Casting” more like.
01[06:01] <Froborr> Whoa, did she just use up her power? Wasn’t expecting that.
01[06:01] <Froborr> Guess now they have to all pray to bring it back?
01[06:01] <Froborr> Wait, is that Luna’s true form?
01[06:03] <Froborr> “Great, Usagi’s dead again. Might as well make out with her.”
01[06:03] <Froborr> YOU ARE SUCH A FUCKING CREEP MAMORU
01[06:04] <Froborr> Also, past-life romances are creepy, because it’s basically being possessed by a ghost and forced to fall in love. That’s fucked up.
01[06:04] <Froborr> Whoa, Earth got pretty trashed.
01[06:05] <Froborr> Usagi’s all “My harem, noooo!”
01[06:05] <Froborr> Blah blah power was in her all along
01[06:06] <Froborr> “Moon Stick” is another less-than-stellar translation.
01[06:06] <Froborr> Ad.
01[06:08] <Froborr> I guess “Moon Stick” is at least better than “the power was in you all along”–I don’t feel like Usagi’s earned that yet.
01[06:09] <Froborr> I do like that she’s of both worlds now? And I mean, reigning over a dead world isn’t exactly most people’s idea of a great life.
01[06:09] <Froborr> I guess probably if you’re a cat it is.
01[06:09] <Froborr> Okay, live with the one you love, sure, but ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD.
01[06:10] <Froborr> I missed this track.
01[06:11] <Froborr> This is a new remix, actually, isn’t it? I like it.
01[06:11] <Froborr> Her costume’s still the same, though, that’s disappointing given that they’re implying she’s gained the power to RAISE THE DEAD.
01[06:11] <Froborr> I *do* really unironically love that her greatest power is
01[06:12] <Froborr> Whoa.
01[06:12] <Froborr> I wasn’t expecting her to heal THE ENTIRE WORLD, that’s pretty epic.
01[06:12] <Froborr> Anyway, like I was saying, I unironically love that her greatest power is healing. Because it’s actually a MASSIVELY IMPORTANT THING, as her ability to fix all the damage the villain spent CENTURIES planning in, like, five seconds.
01[06:13] <Froborr> D’aw.
01[06:14] <Froborr> Whoa, Usagi has a dad?
01[06:14] <Froborr> Wait, we knew that, he’s creepy.
01[06:15] <Froborr> What’s up with Rei? Did she just get a glimpse of the next arc?
01[06:17] <Froborr> Well, dimensional vortexes are not a thing that happens every day.
01[06:17] <Froborr> WHY DOES THE TODDLER HAVE A GUN
01[06:18] <Froborr> That was one of the weirdest cliffhangers ever.
01[06:18] <Froborr> Is that, like, past Usagi?
01[06:18] <Froborr> Or an alternate universe Usagi?