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After the chat, I will update this post with the log.
ETA: Chatlog below the cut!
[18:04] <@Sylocat> “Creepy?”
[18:04] <Arrlaari> This obviously benevolent power sure is creepy
[18:05] <mere_oblivion> So she’s a student at the Academy?
[18:05] <@Sylocat> So she doesn’t know she’s a planet, I guess
01[18:05] <Froborr> Hey, healing can be a really creepy power.
[18:05] <mere_oblivion> That’s a lot not to know about oneself. And yes, it can be.
[18:05] <Arrlaari> If she is a planet, not knowing it would be consistent with all the inner scouts
01[18:05] <Froborr> After all, it takes only a very slight shift in aim to target the dozen or so cancerous growths you have in your body at any given time.
[18:06] <@Sylocat> True
[18:06] <Arrlaari> ad
01[18:07] <Froborr> Or whatever nasty infection your immune system is currently handing without you noticing.
01[18:07] <Froborr> *handling
[18:07] <@Sylocat> Paused at end of credits
[18:07] <Arrlaari> Shortly after the first season of Korra wrapped it occured to me to suspect that the talent a waterbender needs to bloodbend is identical to the talent necessary to be a healer
[18:08] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
[18:08] <@Sylocat> Okay then…
[18:08] <@Sylocat> Click
[18:08] <@Sylocat> Yeesh, whatever she’s got, it’s bad
01[18:08] <Froborr> Okay, these scientists aren’t creepy at all.
[18:08] <@Sylocat> Gee, I wonder if THIS guy is evil
[18:09] <@Sylocat> Isn’t Kaori the one who was giving orders to the five evil girls last episode?
01[18:09] <Froborr> Hmm, current wild speculation, what Hotaru has is her healing power–she’s absorbing the damage to others.
01[18:09] <Froborr> Yeah, I think she is.
01[18:09] <Froborr> And interesting, Obviously Evil Guy is Hotaru’s dad.
01[18:10] <Froborr> …Or, what she has is an evil dad intentionally keeping her sick.
01[18:10] <Froborr> …Oh, his hand was just cold, not siphoning life force or anything.
[18:10] <mere_oblivion> Where can i get one of those amulets?
[18:10] <@Sylocat> And it hadn’t occurred to him to give her that until now
[18:10] <mere_oblivion> Right.
[18:10] <@Sylocat> Wait, the attacks are a recent development?
[18:11] <Arrlaari> I think it’s the severity that’s unprecedented?
[18:11] <mere_oblivion> I think that’s true, Arr.
[18:11] <Arrlaari> New scene: TRUST NO ONE ESPECIALLY IF THEY LOOK EXACTLY LIKE OUR TEAM
[18:11] <@Sylocat> Oh come on, they haven’t made the connection? They’re not even wearing masks!
[18:12] <Arrlaari> Let’s completely change the suspect to this completely unrelated pair of SUSPICIOUS CHARACTERS
01[18:12] <Froborr> I continue to assume that part of the transformation sequence is a significant change in facial features, we just can’t tell because everyone is drawn with the same face-shape anyway.
[18:13] <@Sylocat> There’s a surfeit of villains in this arc
[18:15] <@Sylocat> So he has a pentagram on his false eye
[18:16] <@Sylocat> IIRC, in the original anime, for the first who-knows-how-many-episodes of this arc we only saw Professor Tomoe in shadow, with his glasses shining out of the darkness
[18:16] <@Sylocat> Wait, so this is how she figures it out?
[18:17] <Arrlaari> Usagi is not fucking around this episode
[18:17] <Arrlaari> ad
01[18:17] <Froborr> Wow, Usagi actually got really close there.
01[18:19] <Froborr> Also: I am now FAIRLY SURE that they are looking for the three sacred treasures of Japan, and that for once the Silver Millennium Crystal isn’t one of them.
[18:19] <Arrlaari> Sylo: Remember Frob hasn’t seen the old anime, so be cagey about saying things about it
[18:20] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
01[18:20] <Froborr> Also I think I misremembered the name of the sword last time, it’s Kusanagi.
[18:20] <@Sylocat> Okay then…
[18:20] <@Sylocat> Click
[18:20] <@Sylocat> What in the name of sanity is she eating?
01[18:20] <Froborr> A very large and elaborate sundae, and I’m seriously jealous.
[18:21] <@Sylocat> Yeah, I gotta learn how to make that
[18:22] <@Sylocat> Wait, is Eudial supposed to be a doppelganger of Kaolinite? Because even for anime characters, they look way too much alike
[18:22] <Arrlaari> It looks like Eudial is being set up as mirroring Mars
01[18:23] <Froborr> Are… are they drunk?
01[18:23] <Froborr> They’re all blushing…
[18:23] <@Sylocat> Well what ELSE was Ami going to bring? Seriously
[18:23] <Arrlaari> A bad hunch is a reason to have backup
[18:24] <@Sylocat> Come on, sparring match!
[18:24] <@Sylocat> Oh, this is gonna be good
[18:25] <@Sylocat> She’s not down that easily
[18:25] <@Sylocat> …That was anticlimactic
[18:26] <@Sylocat> …The heck?
01[18:27] <Froborr> So on top of everything else, the school is a cult. Huh.
[18:27] <@Sylocat> And now for the transformation sequence that saves them several minutes’ worth of animation budget each episode
01[18:27] <Froborr> At least it’s probably only two of them this time.
[18:27] <mere_oblivion> It does seem a tad . . . unfair/tedious
[18:28] <mere_oblivion> But yes, only the two.
01[18:28] <Froborr> Are… are they fighting RPG protagonists?
[18:28] <Arrlaari> Eudial is looking for LV
[18:28] <@Sylocat> I love the amount of katakana that the subtitles have to translate word for word
[18:29] <@Sylocat> Whoa, they skippied the other transformation sequences?
[18:29] <Arrlaari> Usagi is not fucking around this episode
[18:29] <@Sylocat> Well, they didn’t skip the animation for the Heart Attack
[18:29] <mere_oblivion> That was thoughtful
01[18:29] <Froborr> Damn, first IDing Haruka and then going straight for the killshot?
01[18:29] <Froborr> You’re very right, Arr.
[18:30] <@Sylocat> “ruined?” Is that their softer term for dead?
[18:30] <@Sylocat> Whoa
[18:30] <Arrlaari> ad
[18:31] <@Sylocat> It’s just the credits after this
[18:31] <mere_oblivion> Whoa indeed
01[18:32] <Froborr> Well, Usagi’s harem has grown to include a genderqueer lesbian now.
01[18:32] <Froborr> Good for her!
[18:38] <@Sylocat> Ah that’s right, Rainbow Dash is actually sort of part of the Wonderbolts now
[18:39] <@Sylocat> (citation: Rarity Investigates)
[18:39] <@Sylocat> And now she’s getting stage fright?
[18:39] <@Sylocat> Oh. For about two seconds
01[18:41] <Froborr> Oh, “balm”! I thought she said “wing bomb,” I was very confused.
[18:41] <@Sylocat> “Dave Rapp?” He’s a new writer I think
[18:41] <mere_oblivion> Me too, Froborr.
01[18:41] <Froborr> I think so too, the name is not familiar.
[18:42] <@Sylocat> And disaster is about to ensue
[18:43] <@Sylocat> 5…4…3…2…1…
[18:43] <@Sylocat> Huh, I was expecting her to get blindsided when she crossed
01[18:43] <Froborr> Same here, but that’s more Looney Tunes than MLP, isn’t it?
[18:44] <@Sylocat> I’m surprised there haven’t been more references to General Firefly.
[18:44] <Arrlaari> Alarmingly specific reiteration of childhood stuff
[18:45] <mere_oblivion> Okay, so the blindsiding got postponed a bit.
[18:45] <@Sylocat> So, she’s gonna do another Sonic Rainboom before this episode is up
01[18:45] <Froborr> Pretty likely, yeah.
[18:46] <@Sylocat> I’m half expecting Lightning Dust to show up
[18:47] <@Sylocat> Hazing ritual?
01[18:47] <Froborr> That rule seems… counterproductive.
[18:47] <Arrlaari> It’s also common in sports
01[18:47] <Froborr> Giving the worst flier of the day extra work that WON’T improve their performance?
01[18:48] <Froborr> Wouldn’t it make more sense, if you’re going to punish the worst performer, to make them do extra drills in the performance?
[18:48] <Arrlaari> The theory is to leverage shame as a motivator, which is a common theory that I recall you don’t believe in
[18:49] <@Sylocat> What did she do to her mane?
[18:49] <Arrlaari> So she’s cycling through impressions of each of her friends
[18:50] <Arrlaari> trying to get a different nickname based on each
[18:50] <@Sylocat> I love hearing Ashleigh Ball doing a deliberately-terrible Ashleigh Ball impression
[18:50] <@Sylocat> It’s like on Orphan Black when one clone has to pretend to be another clone
01[18:51] <Froborr> Yeah, that was pretty impressive how she made Rainbow Dash pretending to be Applejack sound nothing like Applejack while also sounding like Applejack.
01[18:52] <Froborr> My brain went to a rather older reference, the episode of Buffy with Willow’s vampire doppleganger.
[18:52] <@Sylocat> …Have we ever seen Spitfire out of costume before?
[18:52] <Arrlaari> I expect that the resolution of this episode is going to be Rainbow Dash just telling the team what the problem is
[18:52] <@Sylocat> Aww, she has a picture of her friends inside her locker
01[18:52] <Froborr> Aw, she had a group shot of the main six in her lcoker door.
01[18:53] <Froborr> lol
[18:53] <@Sylocat> Jinx
[18:53] <mere_oblivion> Damn, I recall that episode very fondly, Froborr. Didn’t she come on to herself and later tell Buffy “I think I’m kinda gay”?
01[18:53] <Froborr> Yep, it was the first real bit of foreshadowing for that.
[18:54] <@Sylocat> Edward G. Robinson also did that, in “The Whole Town’s Talking.”
[18:54] <@Sylocat> Not the gayness, the playing two characters who have to pretend to be one another
[18:54] <mere_oblivion> Right. An amazing performance, even for EGR.
[18:55] <@Sylocat> Even Scootaloo knows this plan is terrible? Yeesh
[18:56] <@Sylocat> Whoa
[18:57] <@Sylocat> She gets tons of applause for this, I assume
[18:59] <Arrlaari> I really expected Dash to tell them about the childhood incident and how it was fucking her up
[18:59] <@Sylocat> Huh
01[19:00] <Froborr> Hrrm.
01[19:00] <Froborr> Not sure how I felt about that one.
01[19:00] <Froborr> I’m with Arr, I was really expecting that to be the resolution.
[19:00] <@Sylocat> Yeah, I was too
[19:01] <@Sylocat> Maybe they thought it would be a retread of her earlier challenges?
01[19:02] <Froborr> Hmm, maybe.
[19:03] <mere_oblivion> Thanks, guys. See you all next week!
01[19:03] <Froborr> Next week!
[19:04] <@Sylocat> I mean, I appreciate that this arc is actually progressing, rather than having her flunk out so she can have to try out for them all over again
[19:05] <Arrlaari> I figured that “Clipper” was also a nickname based on a rookie mistake, but I didn’t make the inference that revealing that would be the resolution
01[19:05] <Froborr> I thought “Oh, these nicknames are actually affectionate!” would be PART of the resolution.
[19:06] <@Sylocat> I thought they were.
01[19:06] <Froborr> Like, they reveal that, and then Dash responds, “Yeah, but mine really hurts because it WASN’T affectionate when I was a kid,” and they give her a knew one.
01[19:06] <Froborr> I mean as opposed to it being the entirety of the resolution.
[19:06] <@Sylocat> Oh, that’s what you meant
[19:16] <Arrlaari> I agree with your thoughts about the MLP ep, I was going to go back and try to see if there was any Sailor Moon thoughts since we moved on pretty quick
01[19:18] <Froborr> Cool, lemme know if you do.
[19:22] <Arrlaari> It looks like no-one commented when Haruka chided them for presuming that women can’t compete with men on equal footing
01[19:22] <Froborr> Yeah, that was a nice moment but I couldn’t find much to say about it except how very 90s it was.
[19:23] <Arrlaari> Well competitive sports is still gender segregated today
01[19:24] <Froborr> True.
01[19:25] <Froborr> And you have stuff like the U.S. women’s soccer team getting paid a quarter what the men’s team does even though by every conceivable measure they’re both better and bring in more revenue.
01[19:25] <Froborr> What I meant was more that Usagi’s line that provoked Haruka’s response felt very 90s.
[19:31] <Arrlaari> It’s also amusing that Haruka’s line is a response to an insult: They presume she’s a man but actually she’s a woman who was doing the thing they’re saying she couldn’t do when they interrupted her
01[19:38] <Froborr> Haha, true.