Sorry this is going up so late. Should be back on schedule starting tomorrow.
Also Saturday’s post has been updated with the Kill la Kill liveblog.
01[14:45] Okay, SMC queueing up and I’m past the pre-watching ad.
01[14:46] Also I learned that just because something looks like a red pepper flake doesn’t mean it isn’t a small, flat piece of Thai pepper, roughly 2-7 times as spicy.
01[14:47] (The Scoville scale is… not precise.)
[14:50] That’s rough, buddy
[14:51] (“That’s rough, buddy” is my favorite line in Avatar: the Last Airbender)
01[14:54] It’s good, but “I can’t believe the captain remembered my birthday!” is even better.
01[14:54] Less widely applicable, though.
[14:54] Froborr, after SMC will you have time to continue the conversation from last week, or will you have somewhere to be in short order?
01[14:54] Afraid not, sorry.
01[14:55] Next time?
[14:55] I suppose so
[14:55] Bad news: Hulu did not offer the ad-skip option this time.
01[14:55] I’ve got ads too.
[14:56] Crunchroll ads
[14:56] Alrighty then… lemme know when you hit them, &c.
[14:56] Which are both provided by and advertising for Crunchyroll
01[14:57] I’ve never understood that.
01[14:57] Why would you advertise your own service to people who are alrady using the service?
[14:57] I switched to Crunchy. Hopefully Arrlaari and I will be somewhat synchronized.
[14:57] They’re advertising the subscription
01[14:58] Oh, that sort of makes sense, I guess.
[14:58] Generally the overt feature profferred is access on mobile devices, but the implicit feature offer is no advertisements
[14:58] Also, higher resolution streams
[14:59] Whenever you are.
[15:00] So, judging from the episode title, here is where we meet Sailor Jupiter
[15:00] And the last bit of the last episode.
[15:00] Usagi zaps her back!
01[15:01] Annnd Usagi has another crush.
01[15:01] …Did she just steal her umbrella?
[15:01] Nope. Roses, not rabbits.
[15:01] No, they each have their own umbrella
[15:01] No, her umbrella was red
[15:01] Also, “smelled nice?” Really, Usagi?
[15:01] Speaking of roses, remember the brief close up on Mysterious New Girl’s earrings
01[15:02] Arrlaari, STOP.
01[15:02] DON’T TELL US WHAT IS IMPORTANT, THAT IS A SPOILER
[15:02] I like how in the opening credits, they distract her from staring at Tuxedo Jerk
[15:02] Ties in with the theme of not needing to be saved.
[15:03] Which is good
01[15:03] Me too.
[15:03] ad ended
[15:03] I’m done.
01[15:03] I’m still going.
01[15:03] I had a second ad.
01[15:04] You know, Tuxedo Fedora is a giant creeper, but Usagi going around sniffing people is a bit… uhh…
[15:04] Ah, that strange human emotion called love.
01[15:04] That is not how fittings work, Naru!
[15:05] Uh oh…
01[15:05] That is not how logic works, Naru!
[15:05] Pretty sure logic doesn’t enter into it.
[15:06] Of course not, they’re teenage girls taking about weddings (amirite guys)
01[15:06] Ah, I knew Buffy had to show up sooner or later.
[15:06] Hmm, Makoto’s a bit harsh in this one
[15:06] Makoto the Vampire Slayer? I’d watch it.
[15:07] Usagi the stalker
01[15:07] …Damn, Makoto.
[15:07] Ooh, Ninja Makoto
01[15:07] They weren’t kidding about the super-strength, I like her.
01[15:08] So she’s basically a cross between Sakaki and Chiyo-chan.
01[15:09] So Usagi’s just gonna eat part of her lunch without offering anything in return?
[15:09] Ooh, she’s the female equivalent of the broody dangerous loner
[15:09] No wonder Usagi is crushing on her
[15:09] Usagi offers self-esteem.
[15:10] Ami is jealous of her video game skills
01[15:10] Ami’s all, “No way, there’s only room for one video game prodigy in this town.”
[15:10] Ah, so Makoto has a crush
01[15:10] Oh, crap, I dunno.
[15:10] Please, Naru is Mako
[15:11] I thought it was Usagi.
01[15:11] I’m pretty sure I’m legally required to hate animated characters named Mako.
[15:11] Oh, Makoto was just giving the shy, awkward answer, rather than actually believing that
[15:12] Wait, what?
01[15:12] Yeah, that was kinda gross.
[15:12] Ew, some major social commentary on there
[15:12] I’m good.
01[15:12] I got a second ad again.
01[15:13] Why is David Tennant or a lookalike in an American show?
[15:13] We’re all getting two runs of a much shorter ad than Froborr is
01[15:13] Rei senses tingling!
[15:13] Ooh, Rei can detect the others?
[15:13] “No scientific proof” says the magical girl…
[15:13] “Scientific proof?” She’s a sailor scout
01[15:14] Sure, so there’s empirical evidence of magical girls.
01[15:14] That dosen’t mean there’s evidence of ghosts.
[15:14] Good point, Froborr
[15:14] Not a happy sound, that.
01[15:14] Evil mannequin is creepy.
[15:14] Now, if this were Buffy, the grooms abducted would already be dead, except for one recent one
01[15:15] Is this the first time the villains have targeted men?
[15:15] But this is Sailor Moon, so presumably they’re just being held in stasis
[15:15] Same rationale as the Matrix, I suppose.
01[15:15] Ah, she has a Past.
[15:15] Oh… I see
[15:16] This is… wow
[15:16] Oh no… is he going to rescue HER now?
01[15:16] There is so much psychosexual stuff going on in this episode I can barely even start to unpack it.
[15:16] No, you’re not dreaming. Your stalker knows your secret identity.
01[15:17] Yes, Usagi, go with the strange man at your window, that’s not a COMPLETELY TERRIBLE IDEA.
[15:17] Usagi thinks she’s dreaming, I think
01[15:17] No seriously, the stuff going on here with gender roles and sexual anxieties is ridiculously warped.
[15:17] Which does itself carry some disturbing
[15:17] Holy shit…
[15:18] This is horror-movie-caliber stuff
[15:18] “Loving words?” The mannequin skipped straight past the loving words
01[15:19] Yeah, no coincidence the one scout for whom we have evidence of past romantic/sexual experience is the one playing the victim.
[15:19] Wow… that’s an OP attack right there
[15:19] Is sylocat ahead of us?
[15:19] Am I? I’m on 17:15 right now
01[15:19] No, he’s behind us.
[15:19] Where’s everyone else?
01[15:19] But only by about 10 seconds or so.
[15:20] Ah. The fire. Well, the petals are kind of flammable.
[15:20] Ah… only 6 seconds behind
[15:20] Ooh, a Heroic BSOD
[15:21] “We all have someone we’re destined to be with?”
01[15:21] “I believe in love, which is why I’m collecting the Sailor Scouts as my personal harem!”
[15:21] So, I take it they’re setting up the Naru/Nephlite romance arc? (don’t answer that)
[15:21] She didn’t even need prompting.
[15:21] Wait, how did she know what to say?
01[15:22] Ooh, lightning effects are nice.
[15:22] She DOES have a Past
[15:22] Huh. That’s a new one.
[15:23] Wait, she can immobilize him with a Flower Hurricane?
01[15:23] Wow, okay, so we know who the DPS character is.
[15:23] Eeyup… now all we need is the Tank
[15:23] Ooh, can Tuxedo Jerk be the Tank?
[15:24] Jupiter and Thunder and Courage. Quite the portfolio.
01[15:24] Huh, just noticed Ami’s costume is sleeveless.
[15:25] It’s the end of the episode, though, so it’s okay
[15:25] Thought as much.
01[15:25] She’s presumably got Wood as well, given Flower Hurricane and the fact that that’s the element associated with Jupiter in Chinese alchemy.
[15:25] So, yeah… some very weird sexual undertones in this one
01[15:26] But switching off because I’m not bothering with the ending credits of suck.
[15:26] Yeah, the ending credits are horrible
01[15:27] So, the way I’m choosing to read this is that the sexually predatory women were actually illusions, created by a man to further his scheme.
[15:27] Uh oh… next episode looks like bad news
[15:27] I agree… and to be fair, there is some definite textual evidence for that reading
01[15:27] They thus acted out the typical horror movie scenario of targeting the sexually active girl (or closest thing there is to one, the girl willing to express a sexuality).
[15:28] And then at least one man ensnared by that illusion became a sexually predatory puppet of that scheme
[15:28] Ooh, good point
01[15:28] And keep in mind that Nephrite is an alien presence, not a real human man.
[15:28] Sounds better than the “Nephlite the cynical pimp” reading, that’s for sure.
[15:29] It might even have been intentional
[15:29] Also, Tuxedo Mask notices trouble and his go-to solution is “get Sailor Moon to come and fix it”
01[15:30] I think there’s even more evidence for it, too: it’s only when Makoto’s willingness to express her sexuality is validated by another woman that she gains the strength to break free of the puppet-of-the-patriarchy holding her.
[15:30] Tuxedo Mask is Princess Celestia. Usagi is Twilight Sparkle. It all makes snese.
01[15:30] True, although Tuxedo Ass remains a problematic figure given his stalker-like behavior and outright sexual assault last episode.
[15:30] Heh… suddenly I have hope for this show
[15:30] Celestia did way more than Tuxedo Mask
[15:30] Not sense, mind you. Snese.
[15:30] Yeah… don’t compare Tuxedo Fedora to Celestia
[15:31] My apologies.
[15:31] TBH so far this Tuxedo Mask is even more passive than the famously useless old anime Tuxedo Mask
01[15:31] Lol, that’s pretty funny Arrlaari.
[15:31] I prefer him passive to having to swoop in every episode to rescue her
01[15:31] Yeah, that would definitly be worse, I have to say.
[15:32] Old anime Tux had a once-per-encounter interrupt that he used pretty regularly. This guy just watches from the shadows
[15:32] Maybe I’m remembering it wrong, but in the old anime, didn’t he have to swoop in basically every episode? I remember that rose landing on the battlefield being a recurring icon
[15:32] No, that was part of the episode formula.
[15:33] Even when he’d been brainwashed and was evil.
[15:33] Which is to say, no, you’re not misremembering it.
[15:33] (or, a “bad boy,” as some fans termed it)
01[15:33] So, I’ve got to jet, but, final thoughts?
[15:33] I’ve noticed something, but explaining it would be a massive spoiler.
[15:33] I assume we’ve all seen Nostalgia Chick’s “list of 10 hottest animated guys (as voted by viewers)?”
01[15:34] Hold onto it until it’s no longer spoiler-y then?
[15:34] I haven’t heard of Nostalgia Chick
[15:34] Will do.
01[15:34] Sylocat: It seems likely that I would have, but I have no recollection of doing so.
[15:34] I do look forward to reading it once it’s no longer a spoiler, FoME, don’t worry
01[15:34] Arrlaari: You need to watch Nostalgia Chick, she’s great.
[15:34] Hang on, I’ll link it
[15:35] It says a lot about how our society socializes young women