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I won’t be here today, so if one of you could copy-pasta the chatlog into the comments I’d much appreciate. Remember the comments field likes to eat angle brackets, so Sylocat please set Op on everyone, or failing that whoever copypastas should do a search-replace of <@ for < before putting in the comments field.
I’ll update this with my own comments when I watch the episode.
ETA 3/20: Finally watched it! Chatlog (just me–everyone else is in the comments) below the cut!
01[21:39] <Froborr> Okay, seeing as it’s liveblog day tomorrow, I figure I’d better get off my butt and watch the next ep of Escaflowne.
01[21:39] <Froborr> Last time… something something and then catgirls I think?
01[21:40] <Froborr> Okay… who is this guy?
01[21:40] <Froborr> Whatsisface’s father?
01[21:40] <Froborr> And… kimono and pinwheel.
01[21:40] <Froborr> Oooooookayyy…
01[21:42] <Froborr> That guy, that’s who I mean by whatsisface!
01[21:42] <Froborr> Not!Setzer!
01[21:42] <Froborr> Dryden, that’s it.
01[21:42] <Froborr> Wait, no, it’s Allen’s father, Dryden’s just got his journals or something.
01[21:43] <Froborr> Wait, so it’s simultaneously Atlantis AND Asgard?
01[21:44] <Froborr> We’re getting out-of-sequence unmarked flashbacks, aren’t we?
01[21:46] <Froborr> Great, now Dryden and Allen are playing the “whose daddy is worse game.”
01[21:46] <Froborr> Meanwhile, on Earth…
01[21:46] <Froborr> Hitomi’s friends are more worried about her being missing than her mom is. Great.
01[21:46] <Froborr> Oh no, her mom is just being psychic and/or stoic.
01[21:48] <Froborr> So there IS someone else who
01[21:48] <Froborr> Wait.]
01[21:48] <Froborr> Was that the freking EMPEROR?
01[21:48] <Froborr> Ah, the girl with the pinwheel.
01[21:48] <Froborr> Was Hitomi’s grandma, not the Emperor.
01[21:48] <Froborr> Thoguh that would be oen heck of a plot twist!
01[21:49] <Froborr> And like most “psychics,” Hitomi has a great talent for seeing visions of things she already knows.
01[21:50] <Froborr> Allen’s dad is Hitomi’s granddad, isn’t he?
01[21:51] <Froborr> That’s where this is headed.
01[21:51] <Froborr> Though it implies that either Allen is WAY older than he looks, or time flows differently in the two worlds.
01[21:51] <Froborr> Or they’re not happening at the same time at all.
01[21:52] <Froborr> Yes, Folken is “ill” with two catgirls.
01[21:52] <Froborr> Oh, Dilandau is the one that’s ill. Sorry, ambiguous wording.
01[21:52] <Froborr> “Fate alteration?” That sounds ominous.
01[21:53] <Froborr> Or the EMPEROR is Hitomi’s granddad! Dun dun dun!
01[21:55] <Froborr> Yeah, Allen, because a man who abandons his family is SO MUCH WORSE than somebody who, uh, sleeps with someone else’s wife and then ignores his illegitimate son… oh wait…
01[21:56] <Froborr> Oh, right, and now Van sees them holding each other because turbulence and Love Triangle Bullshit ™ ensues.
01[21:57] <Froborr> And Dryden’s all, “Meh, whatever” about it, I did enjoy that touch.
01[21:58] <Froborr> On the one hand, i’m really glad the catgirl fad ended. On the other, it was basically replaced by moe, which is 10 billion times worse.
01[21:59] <Froborr> Oh no, the budget ran out!
01[21:59] <Froborr> Still-frame voiceovers GO!
01[21:59] <Froborr> And then Stuff Happens.
01[21:59] <Froborr> Oh, of COURSE Atlantis is another world.
01[22:00] <Froborr> Is it on Earth, I wonder? Or somewhere else?
01[22:00] <Froborr> Anyway, yeah, pretty decent expo-dump ep.