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I will NOT be attending this chat due to Anime Boston. One of you please copypasta the log into the comments. Once I’ve had a chance to watch the episodes, I’ll update with my own comments.
ETA: Chatlog below the cut!
01[00:49] <Froborr> Okay, starting SMC Ep 19.
01[00:50] <Froborr> What I don’t get is how Usagi has a *child* from the 30th century as opposed to a decendent.
01[00:50] <Froborr> Artemis’ voice is still really distracting to me.
01[00:50] <Froborr> Oh, interesting, the villains’ hideout is the future?
01[00:52] <Froborr> In a sense this is the “idiot plot”–where the main obstacle is that someone who could help and has every reason to want to help for some reason chooses not to–but I think “is a horribly traumatized child” is a pretty legitimate excuse.
01[00:52] <Froborr> I still wish they’d used this artist’s cover of the original Sailor Moon OP instead of “Moon Pride.” I really like that cover.
01[00:52] <Froborr> Ah well.
01[00:53] <Froborr> Green-haired lady in the opening credits looks weird.
01[00:53] <Froborr> Her face is really long?
01[00:54] <Froborr> “So shut up Chibi-Usa, get in the Eva.”
01[00:54] <Froborr> “I mean, uh.”
01[00:54] <Froborr> Usagi’s outfit is cute.
01[00:55] <Froborr> Usagi, stop being jealous of an elementary schooler!
01[00:55] <Froborr> At least she realizes she’s being absurd?
01[00:55] <Froborr> WTF is he seeing?
01[00:56] <Froborr> …the show is implying sex, right?
01[00:56] <Froborr> It’s not just me?
01[00:57] <Froborr> Oh, I know this one! You need a Rose Signet ring to open it, right?
01[00:58] <Froborr> Gee, I wonder if the mysterious key from the future opens the mysterious door from the past?
01[00:58] <Froborr> Quit metagaming, Luna!
01[00:58] <Froborr> Yeah, they boned last night.
01[00:58] <Froborr> I do not approve of this, but at least everyone remaining is conscious.
01[00:59] <Froborr> “The last remaining taboo”?
01[00:59] <Froborr> So the people of the future are child-molesting incestuous cannibals? That’s… great.
01[01:01] <Froborr> “Chiral” and “Achiral” are good names for creepy twins–chirality is a chemistry term referring to the “handedness” of molecules. Two compounds can have the same components but different chirality, and will behave differently.
01[01:02] <Froborr> Ah, green-haired lady is Sailor Pluto.
01[01:02] <Froborr> And of course she’s initially hostile before they befriend her.
01[01:02] <Froborr> Understandably, given that she’s been demoted to Dwarf Sailor Pluto.
01[01:03] <Froborr> Chibi-Usa Bearhug Attack!
01[01:03] <Froborr> “Where have you been all this time” is a weird line for someone who exists outside of time and space.
01[01:05] <Froborr> Okay, given the themes of this show, Pluto being solitary is obviously going to be A Thing.
01[01:05] <Froborr> Man, future Tokyo got OWNED.
01[01:05] <Froborr> Must be a Wednesday.
01[01:07] <Froborr> Damn, Chibi-Usa was there alone long enough for people to start rotting?
01[01:07] <Froborr> And WTF was that weird distorty thing?
01[01:07] <Froborr> Oh, them.
01[01:07] <Froborr> “Boule Brothers”?
01[01:07] <Froborr> They fight with bread?
01[01:07] <Froborr> Yep, they’re chemistry-themed.
01[01:09] <Froborr> Getting help from your future self is cheating, Mamoru.
01[01:10] <Froborr> Well, they vaporized quickly.
01[01:10] <Froborr> And no they have access to the sealed Crystal Palace, which of course is what the enemy were waiting for since they can’t break the seal themselves.
01[01:10] <Froborr> Anime 101, that is.
01[01:11] <Froborr> Diana I’m assuming is the offspring of Artemis and Luna?
01[01:11] <Froborr> Yep.
01[01:12] <Froborr> So… they’re immortal I guess. Huh.
01[01:12] <Froborr> Well, at least they apparently have no friends outside each other, so the Scouts don’t have to worry about that.
01[01:12] <Froborr> “That” meaning the whole “outliving everyone you care about” thing.
01[01:13] <Froborr> Okay, time to start MLP.
01[01:14] <Froborr> Round table, check.
01[01:15] <Froborr> And now the castle turns into a giant robot.
01[01:15] <Froborr> …or generates a map of Equestria, sure.
01[01:16] <Froborr> Castle’s in the opening now. I didn’t notice any other differences.
01[01:17] <Froborr> So… the map tells them where the plot is?
01[01:17] <Froborr> Handy!
01[01:18] <Froborr> Nice shot of the train there. Motion toward the camera isn’t something they did a lot before, is it?
01[01:18] <Froborr> Spy Pinkie is the best.
01[01:19] <Froborr> Oh look, it’s a suburb.
01[01:20] <Froborr> Actually, what this really looks like is a 19th century factory town.
01[01:20] <Froborr> Oh noes, buffering!
01[01:20] <Froborr> Going to pause for a bi.
01[01:20] <Froborr> *bit
01[01:40] <Froborr> Okay, it’s buffered to about the halfway mark.
01[01:40] <Froborr> Resuming.
01[01:42] <Froborr> Getting a real cult feel.
01[01:42] <Froborr> Hmm, “Starlight Glimmer” is the same naming pattern as Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer.
01[01:42] <Froborr> So is this another “failed Twilight” like Sunset Shimmer?
01[01:43] <Froborr> Oh great, they’re a capitalist’s misunderstanding of egalitarian conceptions of justice.
01[01:45] <Froborr> Alternatively, it’s the 1950s white middle class conception of utopia, which is to say I was right the first time and it’s a suburb.
01[01:47] <Froborr> Yes yes, Starlight Shimmer is evil.
01[01:48] <Froborr> Yeah, this is a capitalist’s view of communism.
01[01:48] <Froborr> Way to rehash a conflict that ended 30 years ago, show.
01[01:49] <Froborr> Oh my god.
01[01:50] <Froborr> They’re conformist, can’t understand how people could be friends with different opinions, deeply in denial, aggressive proselytizers, think they’re a utopian community, and eat only muffins?
01[01:50] <Froborr> THEY’RE BRONIES
01[01:51] <Froborr> Pinkie vs. The Muffins
01[01:51] <Froborr> The epic battle of our time.
01[01:54] <Froborr> One of them was empty–blank flank?
01[01:54] <Froborr> No, actually several are empty.
01[01:54] <Froborr> Sage Meadowbrook’s Nine Enchanted Items, eh?
01[01:54] <Froborr> Season-long plot, huh.
01[01:55] <Froborr> Um… wow, that staff is pretty powerful to take Twilight out so easily.
01[01:56] <Froborr> Yeah, pretty meh on this so far.
01[01:56] <Froborr> Villain isn’t particularly interesting–nobody in the history of ever has actually had a motivation remotely resembling this?
01[01:58] <Froborr> Although you know what else the–well, Equalists, for lack of a better term?–remind me of? An essay I’ve seen a couple of times arguing that 4chan is good because anonymity erases diversity and accountability.
01[01:58] <Froborr> Seriously.
01[01:58] <Froborr> Wow, that’s straight-up standard cult/brainwashing technique.
01[01:58] <Froborr> Except that they imprisoned the six together instead of separately.
01[01:59] <Froborr> Ah, they’ve lost their ability.
01[01:59] <Froborr> “Eastern unicorns”?
01[02:00] <Froborr> Woo, Fluttershy to the rescue!
01[02:01] <Froborr> Pinkie’s innate… Pinkie-ness bumping up against the equal sign is interesting.
01[02:02] <Froborr> *gasp*
01[02:02] <Froborr> THey’re finally criticizing the Friendship Is Mandatory thing!
01[02:02] <Froborr> YES!
01[02:03] <Froborr> Ooo, good move on Starlight Glimmer’s part.
01[02:03] <Froborr> Getting people to break their morals for the group is another standard cult technique, by the way.
01[02:04] <Froborr> It increases their dependence on the group, since they come to feel outsiders won’t accept them after what they’ve done.
01[02:05] <Froborr> That line of Pinkie’s might be her funniest ever.
01[02:05] <Froborr> Lol, “Laughs don’t come in barrels.”
01[02:06] <Froborr> Of course there’s no better demonstration of Starlight Glimmer’s hypocrisy than the fact that her house stands alone and apart from everyone else’s.
01[02:07] <Froborr> Ah, yes, of course she still has a cutie mark, and one that marks her as a failed/lesser Twilight, given the stars and swirls.
01[02:11] <Froborr> Is double diamond Patrick Warburton?
01[02:11] <Froborr> He sounds a little like him, but not quite.
01[02:12] <Froborr> Hmm, so is it going to be the six of them with no cutie marks–
01[02:12] <Froborr> No, it’s the whole village with cuie marks.
01[02:13] <Froborr> Of course, because the Mane Six are teachers and leaders now, not actors.
01[02:13] <Froborr> Actors meaning people who take action, not people who act like in plays.
01[02:14] <Froborr> I like the balloon pony, he’s cool.
01[02:16] <Froborr> Twilight gives a pretty powerful speech about the importance of diversity, I like it.
01[02:17] <Froborr> Friendship Isn’t Mandatory, It’s Okay to Disagree with Your Friends, Diversity Adds Strength to Community… this is such an awesome set of lessons.
01[02:18] <Froborr> All right.
01[02:18] <Froborr> First half was pretty meh, but it picked up both energy and some much-needed themes in the second half.
01[02:18] <Froborr> I liked it.
01[02:19] <Froborr> Far from the strongest premiere, that’s still unquestionably Season 2’s, but at least not as bad as Season 3’s.