Escaflowne Ep 8 and Sailor Moon Crystal ep 14 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

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!

Option 2: Go to http://webchat.freenode.net/. Enter a nickname, then for the Channels field enter ##rabbitcube, and finally fill in the Captcha and hit Connect! We’ll be watching Vision of Escaflowne and commenting there starting at 2:00 p.m. EST. We will then be watching Sailor Moon Crystal at 2:30.

Finally got around to this, chatlog below the cut!

Escaflowne 8

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?

6 thoughts on “Escaflowne Ep 8 and Sailor Moon Crystal ep 14 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

  1. [10:56] < @Sylocat> Okay… get ready, I guess
    [10:57] < @Sylocat> *sigh* dad said he'd be here at 5 'til
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    [10:58] < @Sylocat> Ah, speaking of
    [10:58] Hey here hi there ho there
    [10:58] < @Sylocat> Little hi, little low, little hey, little ho, &c.
    [10:58] You are THREE minutes late and your son is very disappionted in you
    [10:58] < @Sylocat> Oh you
    [10:59] < @Sylocat> Okay, everyone got it cued up?
    [10:59]
    Yes
    [10:59] “After all, am I a man or a mouse?” “Is that a trick question?”
    [10:59]
    Yowza
    [10:59]
    Three minutes late is an improvement fr me.
    [11:00] < @Sylocat> Clickity click
    [11:00] < @Sylocat> This opening, it's wonderful
    [11:00] < @Sylocat> (in case we haven't talked about that enough)
    [11:01] < @Sylocat> “Was it all just a dream? Or a vision?”
    [11:01] < @Sylocat> “Another side to Allen,” that's putting it mildly
    [11:02] < @Sylocat> Speaking of dreams
    [11:02] Let's have a weird dream to remind us that Allen looks like her crush from earth
    [11:02] < @Sylocat> I'd forgotten about this sequence
    [11:03] Me too–but then I've forgotten most of it, thankfully.
    [11:03] < @Sylocat> Poor Hitomi
    [11:03] < @Sylocat> Ah, the Tower card
    [11:03] < @Sylocat> Uh, Hitomi, that's clearly Van…
    [11:03] < @Sylocat> What are they roasting on those sticks?
    [11:04] < @Sylocat> MERLE…
    [11:04] < @Sylocat> Ah, they're giant bugs
    [11:04]
    What else?!
    [11:04] < @Sylocat> Merle…
    [11:04] < @Sylocat> She really IS a cat, she's stealing everything and gnawing on it
    [11:05]
    And passing judgment on everyone eelse.
    [11:05] < @Sylocat> (for the longest time, I thought “gnaw” was spelled “knaw.” I don't know what that has to do with anything, but oh well)
    [11:05]
    I gnow what you mean.
    [11:05] < @Sylocat> For a moment there, I thought Folken was going to show up
    [11:06] < @Sylocat> Van lost his parents, and as such has almost completed his prereq for Shonen Hero-dom
    [11:06] < @Sylocat> Awww
    [11:07]
    really, are all such Heroes spose be orphans?
    [11:07] < @Sylocat> It's a fantasy anime, of course he is
    [11:07]
    “Come with us?” Where else could she go?
    [11:08] < @Sylocat> That does seem an odd suggestion
    [11:08] “I may need your help someday” Or every day
    [11:08] < @Sylocat> Yeah, she's already saved his neck at least three times
    [11:08]
    You can't get through two episodes without her averting your death
    [11:08] < @Sylocat> Ah, those floating fortresses
    [11:08] < @Sylocat> I'd forgotten how different they all look from one another
    [11:09] < @Sylocat> Allen's in jail?
    [11:09] That threw me for a loop, too.
    [11:10] < @Sylocat> Yeesh, there's a ton of them
    [11:10] So he's letting Zaibach hit that duchy because they had something to do with Marlene dying, I guess.
    [11:10] < @Sylocat> I think Marlene was married off to their duke
    [11:10]
    I guess this guy work for Zaibach
    [11:10] < @Sylocat> Ah, I'd forgot that most Energists are mined from the ground rather than gotten from dragon hearts
    [11:10]
    You can tell because he's a jerk to messengers

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  2. [11:11] < @Sylocat> No, no she doesn't have her father's permission
    [11:11] < @Sylocat> Oh, THAT trick
    [11:12] < @Sylocat> Ah… well, they ARE from dragon hearts, just from ones that died naturally
    [11:12] “The last six women who did this were just trying to escape.”
    [11:12] < @Sylocat> Ahahah… Space Mutiny
    [11:12] < @Sylocat> “Hide there?” Did they not see Escaflowne land?
    [11:13] < @Sylocat> Ah, “Prince Chid, his own grandson.” Marlene WAS married to Freid's duke
    [11:13] They took Escaflowne for a dragon, and not a dragon robot
    [11:13]
    because they apparently weren't informed
    [11:13] < @Sylocat> (of course, that doesn't mean Freid DIDN'T have anything to do with Marlene dying)
    [11:13] < @Sylocat> Ah, I'd forgotten what Mole Man was up to
    [11:14]
    That was kind of a patronizing thing to do
    [11:14] < @Sylocat> Well, yes… Chivalry™, and all that
    [11:14] < @Sylocat> But at least the show seems aware of that
    [11:15] < @Sylocat> Eww
    [11:15] < @Sylocat> That stuff that leaks out when the Zaibach guymelefs get broken apart
    [11:15] < @Sylocat> (I mean, it's just the liquid metal from those extendable claws, but still)
    [11:16] It is a tad disgusting.
    [11:16] < @Sylocat> Whoa… headbutt
    [11:16] < @Sylocat> A transformer Guymelef? That's awesome
    [11:17] < @Sylocat> Come on, Merle, save the day
    [11:17] < @Sylocat> He's a Parselmouth!
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Wait, is she going to bite Hitomi, or squeeze her?
    [11:18]
    Ha!
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Ahah… a cell phone!
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Ah… that answers that
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Stymied by modern tech
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> WHOA!
    [11:18]
    Technology keeps saving the day
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Van is good!
    [11:19] < @Sylocat> And that was convenient
    [11:19] < @Sylocat> I do like that the fight scenes don't last too long… it gives time for character development
    [11:19] < @Sylocat> Whoa… what's this going to do…
    [11:19]
    Perhaps one more result of cutting down to 26 eps?
    [11:19] < @Sylocat> Whoa
    [11:20] < @Sylocat> Is this the Warring Triad from FFVI or something?
    [11:20] Well, that's the mining operation sabotaged
    [11:20] < @Sylocat> “I see you managed to get your shirt off.”
    [11:20]
    I was going to say, what was he planning to do
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> Wait… was that a dream too?
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> No, they're in that canyon
    [11:21]
    ????
    [11:21]
    How does she get service on another planet?
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> Aww, Amano
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> Magic
    [11:21] Now, now, can't ask too many logical questions!
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> And of course, that's where we leave off
    [11:21]
    Excellent ending.
    [11:22] < @Sylocat> (I just realized that “Allen” did save her after all, since Allen corresponds to Amano)
    [11:22] You might be spoiling something there
    [11:22] Ahh. Well spotted!
    [11:22] Like, I don't know how literally that works
    [11:22] < @Sylocat> Nah, it's not a spoiler… he just sort of “represents” Amano, they're not really the same guy
    [11:23] It's a fine distinction but an important one.
    [11:23] < @Sylocat> (of course, my saying THAT much might be a spoiler in itself)
    [11:24]
    I don't think it is, but as I've said there's so much I don't remember.

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  3. [11:25] So I think Vaan didn't kill that dude after he killed that dude's pet snake, which would make two Zaibach asshole officers who have an exaggurated grudge against him
    [11:25]
    but I guess it's possible snake guy died when the dig site collapsed
    [11:25]
    He had the design to appear in more than one episode though
    [11:25] He did indeed.
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    [11:26] Apologies, my internet picks the worst times to crap out
    [11:26]
    What was the last message of mine that everyone actually got?
    [11:26] “(of course, my saying that much might be a spoiler in itself”)
    [11:27] Ah, good… at least it let me know when my messages were no longer going through
    [11:27]
    Anyway… any final thoughts?
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    [11:28] I think it was a bit of a jerk move for Allen to not let the princess come with him
    [11:28] Yeah… fortunately, she didn't listen
    [11:28] And like, she's probably going to track him down anyway
    [11:28]
    So he's just making a big hassle for her
    [11:28] (I like that this show actually calls Allen out when he's being a “Chivalrous™” jerkwad)
    [11:29] Yes, very “you're just the little lady.” But she won't give into that.
    [11:29] I suspect the show is not going to correct this character flaw of Allen's because it's Chivalry and therefore not a problem
    [11:29] Well, as has been demonstrated at least twice now, it IS a problem
    [11:30] Again, I'm glad to say I can't recall if he overcomes it or not.
    [11:30] Like, Van was only saved because Hitomi ignored Allen's instructions and barged into the Floating Fortress anyway
    [11:30] Good point.
    [11:31]
    In most ways, Allen has much farther to go than Van.
    [11:31]
    Even though he's a much better fighter when they first meet.
    [11:32] Yep…
    [11:32] So . . . till next week . . . ?
    [11:33] Indeed… we're about to start the next SMC liveblog shortly, but I haven't gotten you up to speed on that one
    [11:34] Probly for the best, given how much we have to accomplish over here. But do tell me about it when next we meet (tomorrow?)
    [11:34] Well, Hitomi was willing to slap Vaan in his jerk face and yell at him
    [11:34]
    Nobody does that to Allen, yet
    [11:34] Right!
    [11:35] I think Hitomi did slap Allen at some point during Episode 5, but it was more of a playful I-told-you-so slap… I'd have to watch it again though

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  4. [11:42] Okay then… click
    [11:42]
    Ooh, the crystal flower
    [11:42] Oh she'll give you that power
    [11:43]
    The activated silver crystal looks like an onion that's been prepared in a certain way
    [11:43] Well, that was an overelaborate speech
    [11:43] I forget what it's called, but they cut it open so that it looks like it's blooming and fry it.
    [11:43] It does kind of… like an artichoke
    [11:43]
    as well
    [11:44]
    Her “By the power of” speech is done, right?
    [11:45] That's an interesting translation for the title
    [11:45] Oh jeez, there's MORE of it?
    [11:45] Was Mamoru doing the Conan babe pose just now?
    [11:45] Ah… it's done
    [11:45]
    Heheh… I hope so
    [11:46]
    Their magic pens aren't being blown away by the wind
    [11:46] Oh, there's four dots on the gubbin on that sword
    [11:46]
    One for each of the planetary guardians, I guess
    [11:46] Luna's okay… because of course they weren't going to kill the kitten
    [11:47]
    Okay, we get it, the hearts of all their friends are magically with them, &c.
    [11:48] *praying cat.gif*
    [11:48] Paper Mario lampshaded that
    [11:48]
    “craving for?” Queen Metalia can't grammar
    [11:48]
    (and yes, it's just a subtitle thing, I know)
    [11:49]
    That was entirely too easy
    [11:49] Metallia has spent a lot of time narrating what was happening to her during the past couple of episodes
    [11:49] Wait, that ornament in her bow just shattered?
    [11:49]
    Is that, like, her Soul Gem or something?
    [11:49]
    Did it overload?
    [11:49]
    Wait, who is THAT?
    [11:49]
    Who was that with the black wavy hair?
    [11:49] I actually don't recognize that
    [11:49] Was that LUNA? Luna had a human form?
    [11:49] Was that supposed to be a Luna gijinka?
    [11:50] That's weird
    [11:50]
    Whoa, the Moon Kingdom is getting rebuilt?
    [11:50]
    Or is this just a vision?
    [11:50] Was it a dream? Or a vision?
    [11:50] ahahah… good point
    [11:51] He's doing that thing he does
    [11:51] Eeyup
    [11:52]
    Wait, he can do that?
    [11:53]
    Was it established that he could do this?
    [11:53] Not before now
    [11:53]
    but he is the Prince of Earth
    [11:53] I mean, it's not like it's something that's actually useful in battle, but…
    [11:53] so basically Sailor Earth
    [11:53] Oh come on, just pray and get your powers back
    [11:53]
    “Moon stick?” That's the technical term?
    [11:54] They aren't even translating it, Luna is saying Moon Stick
    [11:54] Ah, in katakana?
    [11:54]
    I didn't hear that
    [11:54] The actress' pronounciation is reasonably good, actually
    [11:55]
    Actually, Usagi just did “Moon Castle” pretty well, and there's an L in that.
    [11:55]
    “You're the new Queen of this empty kingdom on the moon”
    [11:55] Yeah, it would seem a little weird to rule over an empty realm
    [11:56]
    We're barely halfway through the episode. Does the next season's villain get introduced now?

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  5. [11:56] New gear!
    [11:56] Ah, a new toy line!
    [11:57]
    Was the Crystal that small before?
    [11:57]
    Ooh, I like the new transformation sequence
    [11:58]
    Is the new costume the same?
    [11:58]
    I don't remember those three hair-claw things beneath the baubles
    [11:58] Yeah I think that's the one new thing
    [11:59]
    This show respects the fact that the healer is the most important member of the RPG party
    [11:59] Yes, yes it does
    [11:59]
    Aww
    [12:00]
    And they all get their powers back too, I assume
    [12:00] They are not leaving a lot of time for the Petite Etrangere
    [12:01] Well, presumably the new season's villain will arrive at the very end for a cliffhanger
    [12:02]
    I always did wonder when magical girls found time to do their homework
    [12:02] In the old anime the sailor scouts had a study group. I wonder if we'll see that.
    [12:02] Oh jeez, tell me the Rock Knights aren't back too
    [12:02]
    Whew… fortunately that was just the new villain
    [12:03]
    The handkerchief, I'd forgotten that
    [12:03]
    Wha?
    [12:03]
    Oh jeez
    [12:04]
    It's HER
    [12:04]
    I'd forgotten about her
    [12:04]
    She's in the manga too
    [12:04]
    AHAHAH… she has a gun
    [12:04]
    Is she wearing lipstick?
    [12:05] Real talk: She is the reason I stopped watching the dub of the old anime
    [12:05] I still haven't seen the sub of the old anime
    [12:06] When I watched the fansubs I mooched off my sister, I got to the specific episode where she made me quit and it was as bad as I remembered
    [12:06] Yeesh
    [12:06] What I didn't remember is that it was just that one episode
    [12:07] Well… that's fortunate
    [12:08]
    Okay, we're in for quite a ride this coming season
    [12:09] Anyway, if Froborr was here I'd tell him to go and watch the last three episodes of the first season
    [12:09] The first season of the original anime?
    [12:10] Yeah
    [12:10]
    Or the whole thing but there's 46 episodes so he probably doesn't have that kind of time

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  6. Remind me to /op all of you next week before we start. IRC puts everyone’s name in brackets, so the comment section here thinks they’re HTML tags unless they also have an @ in front of them.

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