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01[14:00] Satsuki looks weird wearing Junketsu like a normal outfit.
01[14:01] I like her military-ish uniform better.
[14:01] “Ragyo Stadium.” So humble.
01[14:02] The way the characters’ outfits flip around in the OP reminds me of watching someone play a fighting game.
01[14:02] Like, swapping alts on the Character Select screen.
[14:05] And I’m back.
[14:05] Frakking Hulu.
[14:05] Ah, I got distracted and didn’t see that we were waiting for an ad
[14:06] I’m just after Mako’s speech.
[14:06] Where Senketsu reminds everyone that his opinion kind of matters.
01[14:06] Blah blah Ryuko blah Mako blah
01[14:06] Get back to the student council, they’re way more interesting and entertaining.
01[14:08] Wait, so now his crotch glows even when she has pants on?
01[14:08] *he has pants
[14:08] Oh, there are no pants.
[14:08] It’s really more of a belt than pants
01[14:08] Oh, I see now. Camera angle made it look like cargo pants.
[14:09] And now my favorite character in the show. And Satsuki.
01[14:09] Satoi is a pretty good butler in the Alfred vein, yeah.
[14:10] This reminds me of the comment about Matoi saying Satsuki is alone
01[14:10] Yeah, some of her minions really are very nearly friends/family.
[14:10] Rather objectively wrong at this point.
[14:10] She was, in fact, wrong about that, but it’s understandable that she would believe it.
01[14:11] Like Satoi and whatsername, band geek girl.
[14:11] I’m back.
[14:11] Remember that whenever Matoi has seen Satsuki treat one of the elite four as anything other than disposable tools, Ryuko has questioned it
[14:11] “are you going soft” or similar
[14:12] A friendship mediated by a strongly heirarchical power relationship isn’t something Matoi has experienced or understands.
01[14:13] Well, I mean, such a thing *is* inherently unstable and unsustainable.
[14:13] And art shift.
01[14:14] *eyeroll at the Obnoxious Family*
[14:14] At least they care.
01[14:15] Ah, so there’s our apocalypse.
[14:16] Last one, and shortest.
[14:17] And I’m back.
[14:18] The Revocs building always reminds me of Madoka’s witch form.
01[14:18] THAT’S what it is!
01[14:18] Thanks, that’s been bugging me.
[14:18] NP 🙂
01[14:22] DEATH TO ALL CUPS!
[14:22] Who’s going to sweep it up, I ask you?
[14:22] It’s like an Olympic opening ceremony.
[14:23] There are a number of traditions involving smashing ones cup after a toast
01[14:23] The fact that Mataro’s not in a uniform is going to be very significant, of course.
[14:23] And then Rahyo was Kefka.
01[14:23] Only question is whether that screws up Ragyo’s plans or Satsuki’s or both.
01[14:23] Are you suggesting Ragyo has ever not been Kefka?
01[14:25] “Have fun storming the castle!”
[14:26] Miracle Mako, ladies and gentlemen.
01[14:27] WHAT A TWEEST
01[14:27] That’s been obvious for like a dozen episodes…
[14:28] And the always-inapporpriate second ending credits.
01[14:28] Although I have to admit, I was expecting Satsuki to ask Ryuko to join her, rather than just backstab her mom and declare herself to be in rebellion.
01[14:29] I’m still counting this as satisfying my prediction that their team-up would happen this episode.
[14:29] Do you really think Ryuko would say yes?
01[14:30] I think, given her new knowledge of the Life Fiber thing and wanting to kill whatsername, the fashion designer, it’s quite possible she would.
[14:30] Anyway, I hear that smashing cups after drinking from them like Satsuki & the elite four did there is a thing traditionally done before going into a battle
01[14:31] I figured it was probably something like that.
01[14:31] But is declaring war on cups any sillier than declaring war on clothes?
[14:31] It depends on whether or not the cups are made out of aliens.
[14:32] To follow up on earlier, with Satsuki’s friendships being mediated by dominance
[14:33] It’s notable that her meetings with each of her elite four follow roughly this pattern: The future shittenou challenges her, she overwhelms the challenge, and then says “that was cool, you can hang out with me”
[14:33] At first, Jakuzure Nonon’s story looks like the exception, but if you think about it, Nonon was trying to patronize Satsuki
01[14:33] Well yeah, it’s the Defeat Means Friendship thing.
01[14:34] Very common way to form a gang in shonen.
01[14:34] What’s odd is that she maintains such a hierarchical structure and dominant position afterwards.
[14:35] The sandcastle was offered with these words: “because you’re my favorite” and the offer was couched in an ostentatious display of Nonon’s popularity among the other tiny children
[14:35] Says something about who Satsuki is, really. She needs to be at the forefront.
01[14:36] Sure, I can buy that as the same challenge/defeat structure.
01[14:38] So, any final thoughts before I post this up?
[14:38] You’ve mentioned before
[14:39] That people have told you that there is a point at which this show gets a lot better. I can’t speak for them, but they may have been referring to the end of this episode, and making a pun on the point of Satsuki’s sword.
01[14:40] Lol, no, I’m pretty sure the exact wording didn’t use the word “point.”
01[14:40] Still, though, if this is where that improvement happens, good, because I am definitely bored pretty much any time Satsuki’s offscreen.
[14:41] See you next week, then.
01[14:41] No, week after.
[14:41] Convention next weekend
[14:41] Ah, right. Thanks for the reminder.
01[14:41] Next week I’m at AUSA and can’t do it, yep.