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Chatlog below the cut!
<@Sylocat> Oops, scratch that… click
<@Sylocat> Mad Max?
<Froborr> I was about to ask, why is there a Fist of the North Star character here?
<Arrlaari> I did not remember that guy has a name
<FoME> Don’t worry. We’re beyond the Thunderdrome.
<@Sylocat> I both like and dislike this guy already
<@Sylocat> What is THAT?
<@Sylocat> Oh yikes… you do NOT mess with these guys’ flower arrangements
<@Sylocat> Piranha plants!
<@Sylocat> Or the Pottsylvania Creeper
<FoME> Yes, those are sewing machine guns.
<@Sylocat> Wow! This boss got nerfed
<Froborr> Interesting, so there’s someone else collecting XP thread.
<@Sylocat> I didn’t know it was multiplayer
<Froborr> As an aside, I’ve always wanted a superhero whose power is JRPG-style XP acquisition and leveling.
<@Sylocat> So, Scott Pilgrim would join The Avengers?
<FoME> Ad pause, please.
<FoME> And that’s a rather frightening proposition.
<@Sylocat> Yes, yes it is
<FoME> And we’re good.
<@Sylocat> (though he becomes considerably less horrible by the end, which is the whole point)
<@Sylocat> Whoa! We jump right into a hostage situation!
<Froborr> Well, end of the comic. The movie botches his character development horribly.
<@Sylocat> Oh my goodness, the Biology Club boss is a half-and-half!
<FoME> I wish my school had a Mad Science Club.
<@Sylocat> Oh yikes, her own outfit is fashion-policing her
<Froborr> I’m reminded of that one QI episode with the running gag about “avoid fatty and spicy foods.”
<Froborr> Is Mako dead?
<Froborr> That’s probably too much to hope for, isn’t it.
<Arrlaari> Combat acupuncture
<@Sylocat> They wouldn’t kill her off this early, it’s not GoT
<@Sylocat> Ah, combat acupuncture!
<FoME> Brace yourselves. Mohawks are coming.
<@Sylocat> Is there an actual Pervert Club?
<FoME> I wouldn’t be surprised.
<Froborr> At this point, I suspect it’ll turn out to be the game’s Developer’s Room.
<FoME> Ad pause, please.
<@Sylocat> Well… this has been an interesting level so far
<Froborr> Okay, wait, we’ve seen teh guy in the bar before. He’s one of the three guys I can’t tell apart.
<@Sylocat> Is he the teacher guy?
<FoME> He’s the homeroom teacher/compulsive stripper/exposition guy.
<Froborr> Wait, those ARE the same guy?
<@Sylocat> Ah yes, the Tutorial guy
<Froborr> But they’re different from the one guy in Satsuki’s inner circle that looks just like them, yes?
<@Sylocat> The path that we of WHAT?!
<Froborr> Okay, so the rebellion against the fashion-powered tyrants are called “Nudist Beach”? That’s kind of awesome.
<@Sylocat> This just keeps on going
<FoME> Darn cutscenes.
<@Sylocat> This anime says “people and clothing aren’t enemies” and makes it sound deep
<@Sylocat> Also it’s an anime where the term “naked Nudist” isn’t redundant
<Froborr> I dunno about people, but clothing is definitely one of MY enemies.
<Froborr> So she got fashion-policed and now she’s not eating. Is this a Very Special Episode?
<@Sylocat> Is he naked?
<Froborr> And now they’re looking at Mad Max’s Pokedex entry.
<Froborr> That guy in the foreground!
<Froborr> Is he the same person as the Exposition Guy?
<@Sylocat> At some point, we’ve got to establish how to tell them apart
<Arrlaari> The Elite Four exposition guy is not the Nudist Beach exposition guy
<FoME> Ad break, please.
<Arrlaari> Elite Four exposition is younger and always wears a jacket that covers the lower half of his face
<Froborr> No, not him, the other guy.
<Froborr> With the spikier blue hair.
<@Sylocat> Ah, so THAT’s how you tell them apart
<Arrlaari> The butler?
<FoME> Sword Monkey?
<Arrlaari> Sword Monkey doesn’t have blue hair
<@Sylocat> Which of the Elite Four does?
<Arrlaari> The info guy
<@Sylocat> The train moves, not the station
<@Sylocat> And he’s back
<@Sylocat> I hope she’s been level grinding…
<@Sylocat> Uh oh, she’s out of the groove
<FoME> Judging by her nerves, she hasn’t.
<Froborr> So why DID he let her transform?
<FoME> Too far away to stop it?
<@Sylocat> What the heck?
<@Sylocat> Oh, they’re all temporarily joining her party because they’re mad at this guy
<@Sylocat> Ahah, unrest amongst the Elite Four
<FoME> And spool grenades.
<@Sylocat> The heck…
<Froborr> Okay, I’ll admit, this sequence with the band and all the quick shots of the battle is pretty funny.
<@Sylocat> In-universe background music!
<@Sylocat> “Betrayed by clothing.”
<@Sylocat> This show is just too awesome
<Froborr> Killed in the pursuit of experimental fashion.
<@Sylocat> Nooooo! Senketsu!
<@Sylocat> Wha… she’s got Pinkie Powers!
<FoME> She’s one of two Pinkies in this show.
<FoME> We haven’t seen the other yet.
<@Sylocat> Her only friends were in her head. Gee, I wonder why…
<@Sylocat> Why does Mako have a nosebleed? I missed it
<Arrlaari> Also note that Mako has a small nose bleed
<FoME> She did fall face-first.
<@Sylocat> He’s fazed by talking clothing? Does he think he’s in a different anime?
<FoME> Normally only Ryuko can hear Senketsu.
<@Sylocat> I love how the bad guys are helping her out for purely selfish reasons
<Froborr> Okay, I like the drum majorette Elite Four.
<@Sylocat> “Anti-Uniform Guerilla”
<@Sylocat> Is Jakuzure the Elite Four drummer girl?
<@Sylocat> Thought so
<FoME> My Little Kamui: Life Fibers are Magic
<Froborr> “Coming apart at the seams”
<Froborr> Get it?
<Froborr> Because CLOTHING
<@Sylocat> Was that a deliberate pun?
<@Sylocat> Or just a subtitle thing?
<Arrlaari> Well, the subtitlers did it on purpose
<@Sylocat> I love the closingsong
<FoME> The little nubs along Ryuko’s iris always fascinate me.
<Arrlaari> I think we still haven’t cleared up who Froborr was talking about, the guy with the “spikier blue hair”
<FoME> It’s like her eyes are little gears.
<Froborr> That guy!
<Froborr> The one prominent in the next episode preview!
<FoME> Yeah, that’s… well, I think you got his name.
<Arrlaari> His hair isn’t blue though
<Froborr> What color is it? It looks blue to me.
<FoME> It’s more an ocean green.
<Froborr> …but… oceans ARE blue… :/
<FoME> But yeah, it’s definitely the bluer end of green.
<Arrlaari> Okay, I’m back at that scene, and the lighting did turn his hair blue
<Froborr> And I don’t think we’ve ever seen him outside that room, so.
<@Sylocat> Well, I should get going… I’m rehearsing one play, and teching a performance of another
<Arrlaari> He was outside in the first couple episodes
<FoME> Bye, Sylo.
<Arrlaari> He’s the athletic club chairman, so he was boxing club guy’s boss
<Froborr> Bye, Sylo.
<@Sylocat> Looking forward to the EqG post, even though I loved the movie and you didn’t
<FoME> And Tennis Girl’s.
<@Sylocat> See ya round… this was fun
<Froborr> Yeah, my ability to remember past events in this show is limited. Everything is so frenetic that little stands out enough to register.
<Froborr> And yep!
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<Froborr> See you all next week!
<FoME> What did you think of this one?
<Arrlaari> tbh, I remember the first two episodes I did a lot of stop-and-rewind
<Froborr> I liked it better than 1, 2, or 4. Not as much as 3.
<Froborr> I could follow what was going on, there was little of the annoying “ostensibly funny thing happens, followed immediately by character screaming that said ostensibly funny thing happened,” and I like the design and attitude of the drum majoriette.
<Froborr> Anyone have any thoughts before I copypasta?
<FoME> Not really. Glad you liked this one.
<Froborr> Okay, copypastaing.
<Arrlaari> I look forward to seeing you respond to Sanageyama’s focus episode
<Froborr> What’s a Sanageyama?
<Arrlaari> He’s the dude you were asking about earlier
<FoME> I call him Sword Monkey.
<Arrlaari> Uzu Sanageyama, athletic club chairman and kendo club guy