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Chatlog under the cut!
Vision of Escaflowne
01[15:43] <@Froborr> I really like how this opening shows the characters as being very isolated, but also takes pains to visually connect them.
01[15:44] <@Froborr> So like we get a sense of Allen and Van looking at each other early on, but they’re never actually in frame together and their individual images are alone in large spaces.
01[15:44] <@Froborr> GEE I WONDER IF THIS CULTURE IS INDIA-FLAVORED
01[15:45] <@Froborr> THE FOREHEAD MARKINGS GAVE ME NO HINT
[15:45] <@Arrlaari> How old is Plaktu?
01[15:45] <@Froborr> I was just wondering the same thing–listening to him is TRADITION?
01[15:46] <@Froborr> I just reread Terry Pratchett’s Pyramids, so my thoughts went immediately to Dios.
01[15:47] <@Froborr> Well, time to find out if Hitomi is immune…
01[15:47] <@Froborr> Huh, guess not.
01[15:47] <@Froborr> No, she really didn’t say that…
01[15:48] <@Froborr> That’s… different.
[15:48] <@Arrlaari> The other prisoner, from Zaibach, did say that
01[15:49] <@Froborr> Oh yeah.
01[15:50] <@Froborr> I was about to ask who the giant armor due was.
01[15:50] <@Froborr> Then I remembered this show has mecha.
[15:50] <@Arrlaari> Huh, I like that they are going in this direction with the Doppelgangers
01[15:50] <@Froborr> Yeah.
01[15:51] <@Froborr> One thing I like about this era of anime in general is that they always tried to come up with good reasons WHY the minions followed the villain.
[15:51] <@Arrlaari> That looks like the stuff in Zaibach Guymelfs
01[15:52] <@Froborr> Um. Fuck, that’s not good.
01[15:52] <@Froborr> Oh great, good job antagonizing the only person on your side, Allen.
01[15:52] <@Froborr> Oh hey, Millerna knows CPR!
01[15:54] <@Froborr> And of course Van’s Shonen Hero Powers ™ save the day.
01[15:57] <@Froborr> Man, neither of us has much to say, huh?
[15:57] <@Arrlaari> I’m guessing the black hands are Dilandau’s gloves
01[15:57] <@Froborr> Reasonable.
01[15:58] <@Froborr> Hitomi was REALLY freaked out by that death, huh? She’s even more worried about stoppign this than that time she saw VAN die.
[15:58] <@Arrlaari> She just say his whole life, it’s natural that she would feel sympathetic to him
01[15:58] <@Froborr> Ture.
01[15:58] <@Froborr> *true
[15:59] <@Arrlaari> Well that prediction didn’t take long to come true
01[15:59] <@Froborr> Good call on the Guymelef goo.
01[16:00] <@Froborr> Ew.
[16:00] <@Arrlaari> It’s curious that Dilandau would be protective of his goons, when he himself treats them like trash
01[16:01] <@Froborr> Eh, it’s his childishness. They’re HIS, so he can treat them however he wants, but if someone else dmaages them that’s taking away soemthing that’s HIS.
01[16:01] <@Froborr> Escaflowne in flight mode looks really silly with a sword, but man, it fights well.
01[16:02] <@Froborr> Haha, no flight mode for you.
01[16:03] <@Froborr> So I’m guessing next two episodes are now the fight against the bad guy invasion.
[16:03] <@Arrlaari> It’s interesting that she seems to have felt the Doppelganger’s death as if it happened to her
01[16:03] <@Froborr> Then a recap, then the second half of the series.
01[16:04] <@Froborr> Well, they had a pretty intense metnal link thanks to her powers interacting with Plaktu’s and the doppelganger’s.
[16:04] <@Arrlaari> I feel kinda bad that I can’t remember Doppelganger’s name
01[16:04] <@Froborr> Me a little too, yeah.
01[16:05] <@Froborr> But then I struggle with character names in general, so, yeah.
01[16:05] <@Froborr> Any thoughts before moving on to SMC?
[16:06] <@Arrlaari> I’ll say that this show is doing a pretty good job of presenting believable antagonists
01[16:06] <@Froborr> To a degree, yeah.
01[16:07] <@Froborr> I still feel Dilandau is a bit cliche, and a homophobic cliche at that.
[16:07] <@Arrlaari> Even Dilandau is abusive in a believable way. It’s a bit of a reach that anyone would let him have the authority he does since it’s so obvious that he’s a hazard
[16:07] <@Arrlaari> And the veiled homophobic decision to make him vain and effeminate, yeah
01[16:08] <@Froborr> I don’t know that it’s so much a veiled homophobic decision as that they’re taking a villain type that was originally openly homophobic, but has slowly become more veiled as people forget its roots..
01[16:08] <@Froborr> Either way, yeah.
01[16:09] <@Froborr> But most of the villains we get to actually see and hear are pretty believably human, and like I said, I really like that we get a sense of how Folken has earned the loyalty people show him.
Sailor Moon Crystal
01[16:11] <@Froborr> LAST TIME, on Toddlers with Tiaras: handguns!
01[16:11] <@Froborr> …that was EVIL of Strange Tiny Person.
01[16:11] <@Froborr> I mean, less evil than shooting her would have been, but.
01[16:11] <@Froborr> Aw, I was hoping for new opening.
01[16:11] <@Froborr> Maybe the visuals change or it’s the second verse..?
01[16:11] <@Froborr> Not looking like it.
[16:11] <@Arrlaari> I like how they just immediately plunge us back into “Child holds up Usagi at gunpoint”
01[16:12] <@Froborr> Well, it would be mean to start with, like, Ami having a sandwich or something.
[16:12] <@Arrlaari> We might be in for a change to the bits with metallia et. al.
01[16:12] <@Froborr> Good prediction, you’re right!
[16:12] <@Arrlaari> Oh, and that character
01[16:13] <@Froborr> Ad.
01[16:13] <@Froborr> Were those new poses at the end, too?
[16:13] <@Arrlaari> I’m not sure, my attention was monopolised by new character that I recognize and can’t tell you about
01[16:13] <@Froborr> Yes, I did notice a sixth sailor scout.
01[16:13] <@Froborr> Who looks like she might be an adult?
01[16:14] <@Froborr> No spoilers!@
01[16:14] <@Froborr> bAck.
01[16:14] <@Froborr> “Infiltration”?
01[16:14] <@Froborr> Interesting.
01[16:15] <@Froborr> All these people with precious stone names are a bit weird after watching Steven Universe this morning.
[16:16] <@Arrlaari> Did the subtitled omit Rubeus’ name? I heard him say it but I don’t remember reading it just now.
01[16:16] <@Froborr> No, it did–Crimson Rubeus.
01[16:18] <@Froborr> So… alternate-universe Usagi?
01[16:18] <@Froborr> Kid from the future?
01[16:18] <@Froborr> I… what..?
01[16:18] <@Froborr> Evil hypnotic Doppleganger?
01[16:18] <@Froborr> So now she’s stealing our Usagi’s life, or trying to..?
01[16:18] <@Froborr> This is WEIRD.
01[16:19] <@Froborr> No, they still remember our Usagi?
01[16:19] <@Froborr> *head tilts*
01[16:19] <@Froborr> She has another Legendary Silver Crystal, so… time-traveler or alternate, presumably?
01[16:20] <@Froborr> Or it’s a replica, I guess, and not the real thing.
01[16:20] <@Froborr> You know, this is suspiciously similar to how Dawn shows up in Buffy.
01[16:21] <@Froborr> Evidence that Buffy is a magical girl show continues to mount.
01[16:21] <@Froborr> Also: LUNA CAN JUST MAKE THOSE!?
[16:21] <@Arrlaari> So in the old television series they dedicated a hole episode to Usagi’s family taking chibi-usa’s side in arguments between her and Usagi and it made me quit watching the dub
01[16:21] <@Froborr> Huh.
[16:21] <@Arrlaari> It looks like they just elided that here
01[16:22] <@Froborr> Ah, Usagi’s romantic rival has appeared.
01[16:23] <@Froborr> I mean, scoff at UFOs all you like, Rei, but you ARE the reincarnation of an alien, so.
[16:24] <@Arrlaari> … are they suggesting that new villain is just murdering people at random?
01[16:24] <@Froborr> …that does seem to be implied, yes.
[16:24] <@Arrlaari> Yeah I guess they are
01[16:24] <@Froborr> Ad.
01[16:24] <@Froborr> You know what I hate?
[16:24] <@Arrlaari> Seeing the same had consecutively?
01[16:25] <@Froborr> How ads are always recorded at a ridiculously high volume compared to shows.
[16:25] <@Arrlaari> Characters named Mako?
01[16:25] <@Froborr> That too, but it hasn’t been ahppening today.
[16:25] <@Arrlaari> I really wish I had thought of that for my first answer
01[16:25] <@Froborr> lol
01[16:25] <@Froborr> Back
01[16:26] <@Froborr> You don’t trust her “completely” yet!?
01[16:26] <@Froborr> You shouldn’t trust her AT ALL!
01[16:28] <@Froborr> “Sisters”?
01[16:28] <@Froborr> Is this a
[16:28] <@Arrlaari> Catholic school
01[16:28] <@Froborr> Yes, it is. A Catholic school
01[16:28] <@Froborr> CORRUPTED BY EVIL
01[16:28] <@Froborr> HOLY SHIT THEY SET A NUN ON FIRE
01[16:29] <@Froborr> What the FUCK episode
01[16:29] <@Froborr> This is WAY harsher than the first arc.
[16:30] <@Arrlaari> That reminds me of an interesting historical fact: When Japan’s boarders were closed, Christianity was simultaneously outlawed and several were burned at the stake in Nagasaki
01[16:31] <@Froborr> Yep. The Church was (correctly, btw, since it did that literally everywhere else it went) seen as a foreign influence that threatened to destroy the indigenous Japanese culture and religion.
01[16:31] <@Froborr> I mean, don’t get me wrong, setting people on fire is way overboard
01[16:31] <@Froborr> Okay, those are TOTALLY greys.
01[16:31] <@Froborr> This plotline is FREAKING WIERD.
01[16:32] <@Froborr> Wow, the show is really showing its Sentai roots, though.
[16:32] <@Arrlaari> Youngest and most XTREME
01[16:32] <@Froborr> lol yeah
01[16:32] <@Froborr> Very 90s.
01[16:33] <@Froborr> “I will burn yoru fire away with my flames”
[16:33] <@Arrlaari> Burning Mandala was indeed in the 90’s cartoon as Mars’ season 2 move
[16:33] <@Arrlaari> That wasn’t in the old cartoon
[16:34] <@Arrlaari> The bit where Tuxedo Mask actually intercepted an attack instead of just throwing a rose out
[16:34] <@Arrlaari> Haha they are still calling it Halation
01[16:35] <@Froborr> Ah, of course she has Holy, this is the show where the white mage is the main character.
[16:35] <@Arrlaari> Wow did they just kill Koan in the first episode she appears in?
01[16:35] <@Froborr> Certainly looks like it, yeah.
01[16:36] <@Froborr> I like Usagi as a white mage. She has debuff removal, cure spells, revive, and now Holy.
01[16:36] <@Froborr> Ending credits look the same.
[16:37] <@Arrlaari> I was wondering if they would go with the manga’s decision to kill her or the show’s decision to have Mars talk her into defecting from the black moon and become a civilian on earth. I wasn’t expecting to find out so quick..
01[16:37] <@Froborr> Man.
01[16:37] <@Froborr> This was a pretty good first episode for the arc.
01[16:37] <@Froborr> But FREAKING WEIRD.
01[16:37] <@Froborr> And also SUPER VIOLENCE.
[16:37] <@Arrlaari> She didn’t set any nuns on fire in the 90s show
01[16:37] <@Froborr> I am not used to having this much PEOPLE BURNING TO DEATH in a magical girl show.
01[16:38] <@Froborr> Or a sentai show, for that matter, which like I was saying this episode at least clearly was as well.
01[16:39] <@Froborr> So, final thoughts before I put this up?
[16:39] <@Arrlaari> I have nothing to say that isn’t a spoiler