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ETA: Chatlog below the cut!
[13:06] <Sylocat> I’m still surprised the judges had the power to make Kureha forget Ginko
01[13:07] <Froborr> I’m not, since the judgment of others CAN cause someone to abandon/”forget” a relationship, convince themselves they never felt what they felt, etc.
[13:08] <Sylocat> Kureha didn’t seem the type to be affected by that, though… though of course, we ALL like to think we’re immune, so…
[13:08] <Arrlaari> Ad break
[13:08] <Sylocat> Paused
01[13:08] <Froborr> Ad
[13:09] <Sylocat> (thankfully I got the one-ad-at-the-beginning option… I wish that happened more often)
01[13:09] <Froborr> Movie tie-in ads are such a weird concept.
[13:09] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
[13:10] <Sylocat> Indeed…
01[13:10] <Froborr> Then again, car commercials are weird in general.
01[13:10] <Froborr> Paused after ad.
[13:10] <Sylocat> Click
01[13:11] <Froborr> Who drops TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS based on 30 seconds of heavily biased information?
[13:11] <Sylocat> I thought Ginko was some kind of bear princess? But they excluded her..
01[13:11] <Froborr> For killing her little brother, no?
[13:11] <Sylocat> Ah, good point
[13:12] <Arrlaari> Previous episode established that she’s an orphan who happens to have a crown. The other bear children didn’t recognize it
[13:12] <Arrlaari> It’s the other Bear who tried, repeatedly, to kill her little brother, but failed. Her brother ultimately died in an accident.
01[13:12] <Froborr> Oh.
01[13:12] <Froborr> This show is confusing.
[13:13] <Sylocat> I’d honestly forgotten that
[13:13] <Sylocat> (yet another reason I’m going to binge-watch this again as soon as we’re done)
01[13:13] <Froborr> Likewise.
[13:14] <Sylocat> Trippy
[13:14] <Arrlaari> ad
01[13:14] <Froborr> Legit terrifying.
01[13:14] <Froborr> ad
[13:15] <Sylocat> Paused at 6:45?
[13:16] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
[13:16] <Arrlaari> 6:42 for me
[13:17] <Sylocat> For a moment I thought those three mean girls were the Judges in disguise… the first one used a lot of the same phrases as the one who’s about “cool”
01[13:17] <Froborr> Paused at 6:42.
[13:17] <Sylocat> Click
[13:17] <Sylocat> Dang
01[13:17] <Froborr> Damn, they beat the crap out of her.
[13:19] <Sylocat> Wait, when did this trial take place? In the past?
01[13:19] <Froborr> “Lady Kumaria has been lost” interesting.
01[13:19] <Froborr> Yeah, I’m pretty sure this trial is taking place back when Ginko and Kureha were kids.
[13:19] <Sylocat> Ah, so the memory loss went back this far?
[13:20] <Sylocat> Dang, I’d assumed the memory loss was way more recent…
[13:20] <Sylocat> “Lone Wolfsbane.” I’d forgotten that pun
[13:21] <Sylocat> I wonder if it’s also a pun in the original Japanese
[13:22] <Sylocat> Apparently they haven’t actually made any progress building the Wall of Severance in however many years
01[13:22] <Froborr> Yeah, sounds like any number of large construction projects around here.
[13:22] <Sylocat> One of those odd touches of realism
[13:23] <Sylocat> Poor Lulu
[13:23] <Arrlaari> ad
01[13:23] <Froborr> ad
01[13:23] <Froborr> Poor any number of people in this series, tbh.
[13:23] <Sylocat> Paused at 12:44
01[13:23] <Froborr> It’s a bit of a character grinder.
[13:23] <Sylocat> True
[13:24] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
01[13:25] <Froborr> back
[13:25] <Sylocat> Click
[13:26] <Sylocat> Huh?
[13:26] <Sylocat> Wait, they actually voted on a sacrifice?
[13:27] <Sylocat> When is this taking place?
[13:27] <Sylocat> Is this ghost!Yurizono?
01[13:27] <Froborr> I’m so confused as to who any of these people are.
01[13:28] <Froborr> Is that Possessed!Ginko?
[13:28] <Sylocat> They’re the evil classmates, but when… is this going on “now?”
[13:28] <Sylocat> Yes, apparently so
[13:29] <Sylocat> “Let’s split up and cover more ground.”
[13:29] <Sylocat> Oh no
[13:29] <Sylocat> Oh, she did not just tear up the storybook
01[13:29] <Froborr> So this is where Kureha Hulks out, yes?
[13:30] <Sylocat> Dang, I thought the mean girls were going to join Kureha and Ginko against the judges for the final battle, but there’s no coming back from THAT
01[13:30] <Froborr> Oh interesting, cyborg Yurizono is losing power as Ginko rejects her possession.
[13:31] <Sylocat> So their weapon against Ginko draws its power from Ginko’s self-destructive misery?
[13:31] <Arrlaari> The Cyborg isn’t Yurizono, it’s the other bear Yurizono shot
[13:31] <Sylocat> It is?
[13:32] <Arrlaari> Yeah, that bear tried to kill Kureha because she was jealous of Yurizono’s interest in her
[13:32] <Sylocat> Ah, I thought I remembered Yurizono being black or dark gray
01[13:32] <Froborr> How have you managed to keep TRACK of all this, Arr?
[13:33] <Sylocat> Kureha’s trying to save her by driving her off
[13:33] <Sylocat> But it’s not working
[13:34] <Sylocat> Oh shit
[13:34] <Sylocat> LULU?!
[13:34] <Sylocat> No… not Lulu
01[13:34] <Froborr> Yes Lulu.
01[13:34] <Froborr> But how, didn’t she die LAST episode?
01[13:35] <Froborr> No, wait, she was just sent away.
[13:35] <Sylocat> No, she just changed back into a bear and had to flee because she spilled the beans
[13:35] <Sylocat> Dang
01[13:36] <Froborr> Damn, the way the music just cut off.
[13:36] <Sylocat> Oh shit, that’s the end?
[13:36] <Sylocat> How are they going to resolve THAT in one episode?
01[13:36] <Froborr> Yeah, I think this pretty much ensures the mean girls are the final antagonists. A bit disappointing.
[13:37] <Sylocat> But the Judges have already crossed into this world, they have to get taken down too at some point
[13:37] <Arrlaari> Post credit scene
01[13:38] <Froborr> Hmm.
01[13:38] <Froborr> Maybe the last episode will be some kind of trial, that could work to resolve it and make the judges the final obstacle.
[13:38] <Sylocat> It has to be the judges who are the final boss. That’s what it’s been building up to all along
[13:45] <Sylocat> Wait, their surname is Natsume?
[13:45] <Sylocat> Oh, it’s someone else
[13:45] <Sylocat> Red Oniichan is going to confront Marshmallow Sniper?
01[13:45] <Froborr> Yeah, this is the scene I accidentally watched last time, that spoiled much of the previous episode for me.
01[13:45] <Froborr> That door is astoundingly TARDIS-esque.
[13:45] <Sylocat> Ah right, I’d forgotten that
[13:47] <Sylocat> Ah, they’ve added the Dark Penguin to that shot in the opening credits
[13:47] <Arrlaari> ad
[13:47] <Sylocat> I wonder, have the credits shifted any other way?
01[13:47] <Froborr> Ads.
[13:47] <Sylocat> Ads
[13:47] <Arrlaari> Wasn’t the Dark Penguin always there?
[13:47] <Sylocat> I don’t remember it being there… I could be misremembering though
01[13:48] <Froborr> I think it was always there, but then again I saw these credits last week.
[13:48] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
01[13:49] <Froborr> paused after ad
[13:49] <Sylocat> Well, that was the least awful ad for a car I’ve ever seen
[13:49] <Sylocat> Paused after ad
[13:49] <Sylocat> Click
[13:49] <Sylocat> So he does know who she is?
01[13:50] <Froborr> I think he figured it out last episode, if not sooner.
[13:51] <Sylocat> Nice display wall there
[13:51] <Sylocat> That’d make a great arena for a final boss fight
01[13:52] <Froborr> Okay, where is “there”?
[13:52] <Sylocat> Wait, she did all this just to get back into his pants?
[13:52] <Sylocat> I thought she was just trying to teach him a lesson about womanizing
[13:52] <Sylocat> (though I suppose taking it out on the other girls was a crappy way to do that)
[13:53] <Sylocat> I have trouble reading those subtitles when they’re in front of that wall of TVs
[13:53] <Sylocat> There’s another hat? That’s not the same one
01[13:53] <Froborr> Wait, is that another penguin mask!?
[13:54] <Sylocat> What just happened?
[13:54] <Sylocat> A curse from 16 years ago? Is this suddenly Love Hina?
[13:54] <Sylocat> The penguin just laid a dumpling instead of an egg
[13:55] <Sylocat> “Threated?”
[13:55] <Sylocat> Oh, Ringo…
[13:56] <Sylocat> …Did he just almost talk her out of it?
01[13:56] <Froborr> I believe so. Almost, but not quite.
[13:57] <Sylocat> Ah, the subtitles are nice enough to remind us
[13:58] <Sylocat> Does it say how to collect it?
[13:58] <Sylocat> …It’s not seriously going to work
01[13:58] <Froborr> She’s making him drink coffee brewed with HER OWN SWEAT. That’s really gross.
[13:59] <Sylocat> Did she just turn him into a frog?
[13:59] <Sylocat> WHAT
[13:59] <Sylocat> It… worked?
[13:59] <Sylocat> Ad
01[13:59] <Froborr> Wait, it WORKED!?
01[13:59] <Froborr> Ad.
[13:59] <Arrlaari> ad
[13:59] <Sylocat> Of all the places for an ad break
01[13:59] <Froborr> Or is this another of her fantasy sequences?
[13:59] <Sylocat> I hope this is another of her fantasy sequences, but the art style didn’t even change
[14:00] <Sylocat> This is getting scary
[14:01] <Arrlaari> Ikuhara, eh?
[14:01] <Arrlaari> Paused after ad.
[14:01] <Sylocat> Paused after ad
01[14:01] <Froborr> Paused after ad.
[14:01] <Sylocat> Click
[14:02] <Sylocat> Whew, this is another of her fantasy sequences
[14:02] <Sylocat> (I hope the start of it was too)
[14:02] <Sylocat> Ahahah… yikes
01[14:03] <Froborr> *facepalm*
[14:03] <Sylocat> Please, snap out o this one soon…
[14:03] <Arrlaari> interrupted
[14:04] <Sylocat> That’s where they leave off?
[14:04] <Sylocat> Jeez
[14:04] <Sylocat> NOPE NOPE NOPE
[14:05] <Sylocat> Wait… she’s backing out? Even in her fantasy sequence?
[14:05] <Sylocat> Oh, it’s the Frog Prince
[14:05] <Sylocat> GAH
[14:05] <Sylocat> Again, NOPE
[14:06] <Sylocat> TABUKI SMASH
01[14:06] <Froborr> I… don’t think this is a fantasy sequence.
[14:07] <Sylocat> This has to be a dream… or is Yuri just THAT good at this stuff?
[14:07] <Sylocat> AHAHAH
[14:07] <Sylocat> Oh jeez
[14:07] <Sylocat> Ad
01[14:07] <Froborr> Ad.
[14:08] <Arrlaari> I had to go do something
[14:09] <Sylocat> So, if that wasn’t a dream, then Yuri is officially the most collected person on the face of the Earth
01[14:09] <Froborr> “Oh, he’s ribbiting, it must be that frog thing from the Internet again.”
[14:09] <Sylocat> Paused after ad
[14:10] <Sylocat> I mean, what is Yuri’s deal? Is she in on Marshmallow Sniper’s plot or something? I doubt it
01[14:10] <Froborr> Back.
01[14:10] <Froborr> I think she’s just the most chill person on Earth.
[14:11] <Sylocat> Chill, that’s the term I was going for… I knew it started with a c
[14:11] <Sylocat> I mean, that is Kasumi Tendo meets Princess Celestia levels of chill
[14:11] <Sylocat> Arrlaari, status?
01[14:11] <Froborr> With possibly some Guinan thrown in on top, given the quality of her advice.
[14:12] <Arrlaari> I’m catching up
[14:13] <Arrlaari> Just hit the ad break
[14:14] <Sylocat> I just went and grabbed a snack
[14:14] <Arrlaari> I don’t recognize Kasumi Tendo
[14:14] <Sylocat> From Ranma 1/2… her whole joke is that nothing shook her
[14:14] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
[14:14] <Sylocat> Alright… click
[14:15] <Sylocat> Oh yikes
[14:16] <Sylocat> Uh, Himari, might want to step in there…
[14:16] <Sylocat> Wait, when did she…
[14:16] <Sylocat> I was about to jokingly suggest that Himari should put the hat on
01[14:16] <Froborr> Penguin!Himari has had enough of this shit.
[14:17] <Sylocat> Ah, so that’s what 16 years refers to
[14:17] <Sylocat> Oh, wait… was that also when their parents died?
01[14:17] <Froborr> “That accident”?
[14:18] <Sylocat> Huh?
[14:18] <Sylocat> What happened the day they were born?
01[14:19] <Froborr> Yeah, I was going to say, their parents can’t have died 16 years ago, Himari isn’t old enough.
[14:19] <Sylocat> Was it established in an earlier episode?
01[14:19] <Froborr> I don’t think so?
[14:19] <Sylocat> Yeah, besides, in the flashback when the parents died, the brothers were old enough to be fighting
[14:19] <Sylocat> They broke a mirror or something
[14:19] <Sylocat> So… next episode, we find out how they’re connected?
01[14:20] <Froborr> Also: I don’t think I knew the brothers were twins? I was assuming Redbro was older.
01[14:20] <Froborr> The visual for the next episode preview looks suspiciously like one of the Card Captor Sakura endings.
[14:24] <Arrlaari> Are we sure the parents died in that flashback?
[14:24] <Sylocat> I thought it was said that that’s when they died… they went out to replace a mirror, I think
[14:24] <Sylocat> I could be misremembering though
[14:25] <Arrlaari> I’m pretty sure there were two different flashbacks, one for the mom and the dad, in which they were each hit by a different mirror, and for the mom we saw her in the hospital afterwards
01[14:25] <Froborr> Yeah, I remember us all being wtf about BOTH parents getting killed by mirrors.
[14:25] <Sylocat> Ah… I’d forgotten that
[14:26] <Arrlaari> The mirror fell on the mother as Himari was mad about a thing not matching for the Triple H audition, and I am pretty sure she survived
[14:26] <Sylocat> Right, I remember now
01[14:26] <Froborr> Hmm, you’re right, she forgave her in the hospital.
[14:26] <Arrlaari> The mirror that hit their dad was being blown by a storm that Kanba ran out into
01[14:26] <Froborr> So we don’t know how the mother died.
01[14:28] <Froborr> So, any other thoughts before I post this up?
[14:28] <Sylocat> After next week when I go back and re-watch all of Yurikuma, I’ll re-catch up on Penguindrum right after
[14:29] <Sylocat> That’s it for me
[14:33] <Sylocat> So… see y’all next week then?
01[14:34] <Froborr> Yep. Later!