As predicted, I am not going to be able to make this due to being at MAGFest. I will catch up by next weekend, though, I promise!
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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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My chatlog below the cut! Everyone else’s (much earlier) conversation is in the comments.
[14:15] <Froborr> Watching this in a crowded Uno’s during my lunch break.
[14:15] <Froborr> Their Wi-Fi is better than (or possibly just less crowded than) Starbucks’.
[14:16] <Froborr> They seem to interfere with IRC, though–but the use of a Web client seems to be circumventing that.
[14:16] <Froborr> (There is a similar problem about 4/5 of the time at LOC, which is why I so often miss these when I’m researching.)
[14:16] <Froborr> Feathers EVERYWHERE.
[14:17] <Froborr> (Not in the UNo’s, I’m talking about the show now.)
[14:18] <Froborr> The feather caused… flashbacks? That aren’t hers?
[14:18] <Froborr> Hmm, that’s probably her grandma.
[14:19] <Froborr> Predictably, Allen trying to force Millerna to stay behind has accomplished nothing but causing her to travel into a warzone alone, instead of surrounded by Allen’s allies.
[14:20] <Froborr> Bwa? We’re tying things to Atlantis now?
[14:21] <Froborr> …Huh. The wings aren’t always there.
[14:21] <Froborr> I guess that makes sense, it would’ve been really uncomfortable to fold them under his clothes.
[14:22] <Froborr> Oh mans, now I miss Balgus. He was cool.
[14:22] <Froborr> I wonder if that’s a mistransliteration of Vargas, they’d be basically indistinguishable in Japanese AFAIK.
[14:23] <Froborr> Ah, so the Draconians are a feared and hated minority and Van’s mother, but not father, was one.
[14:23] <Froborr> Well, at least that makes it fairly unlikely these are Hitomi’s grandmother’s memoires.
[14:24] <Froborr> Man, fate makes relationships so much easier. You just have to show up.
[14:25] <Froborr> Ouch, his mom teaching him to pass.
[14:26] <Froborr> Of COURSE his mother’s not really dead.
[14:27] <Froborr> She just better not turn out to be Hitomi’s grandma somehow, because that makes the ship-teasing extra gross.
[14:28] <Froborr> Interesting, is Escaflowne immune to fortunetelling? Can’t be, since Hitomi’s still works. Maybe fortunetellers interfere with one another? That would make sense.
[14:28] <Froborr> Are those SPACESHIPS?
[14:28] <Froborr> Oh, no, just flying mecha beneath the moons, it just looked for a moment like they were flying BETWEEN moons.
[14:29] <Froborr> All that quest XP Hitomi’s been sharing in is finally paying off. She learned See Invisible!
[14:30] <Froborr> Yes Van, give up your only advantage of being able to see.
[14:30] <Froborr> Oh, they’re not bothering with invisibility in the water. Okay, that’s actually pretty smart for a shonen hero.
[14:31] <Froborr> Allen to the rescue?
[14:31] <Froborr> Allen to the rescue.
[14:33] <Froborr> So Allen is clearly the Lancer/Rival, being better at fighting, much calmer, and more successful with the ladies. Hitomi is the Chick and Merle the Mascot.
[14:33] <Froborr> Shit, they nearly got Hitomi.
[14:33] <Froborr> Wait, is that damage to Allen’s mech or BLOOD?
[14:33] <Froborr> Because that’s a TON of blood if it’s blood.
[14:34] <Froborr> Um, aren’t the Freid ships likely to get wind of your plan FROM ALLEN, VAN, AND HITOMI?
[14:35] <Froborr> Huh, guess it was at least partially blood.
[14:35] <Froborr> Oh, Millerna’s going to turn out to be a healer, right?
[14:36] <Froborr> Ah, she’s a med student with no practical experience, but plenty of LOVE.
[14:36] <Froborr> But of course this series has both shonen AND shoujo elements, “no practical experience” and “love” are near-guarantees of success.
[14:36] <Froborr> Those are surprisingly modern-looking surgical gowns and masks.
[14:37] <Froborr> Welp, that was fun!
[14:37] <Froborr> I genuinely liked that one. I’m still not feeling the “must watch next episode,” but I’m starting to get invested in this.
[14:37] <Froborr> You can tell because I’m getting better at remembering character names.