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[09:04] I like how she’s all “Was it real? Or just a vision?” when the series title says it’s a vision.
[09:05] Is she holding shoes or bread?
[09:06] “Objet d’drool?” Bravo (I’m guessing fan-) subbers.
[09:07] Oh look, a mystical pendant. Yep, it’s the 90s all right.
[09:08] Man, I hate when I’m trying to run and there’re ghost swordsmen and giant mecha on the track.
[09:08] (I’m kidding of course. I never run.)
[09:10] Hrm, video technical difficulties just as Hitomi wakes up.
[09:17] OK, think I got it working.
[09:19] ~Mysterious pendant~ inherited from her mother, AND it breaks the laws of physics.
[09:20] Okay, so Hitomi’s friend TOTALLY just cockblocked her, and now Hitomi owes her an apology for some reason?
[09:21] Whoa, big house.
[09:22] Ace of… serpents? You’ve got a weird Tarot deck, lady.
[09:23] Or you could just kiss, without the weird elaborate games..?
[09:24] And here comes ghost swordsman to cockblock her.
[09:24] It’s like the entire universe is trying to keep her from getting her mack on.
[09:25] Running into an armored guy at top speed seems like it would hurt.
[09:26] Interesting how Hitomi’s affected. Is she making this happen somehow?
[09:26] Oh, that dragon’s WEIRDLY animated. Can’t place what it is, but it’s a cool effect.
01[09:27] Really makes it feel otherworldly.
[09:27] Really makes it feel otherworldly.
[09:28] Okay, dude just coughed up blood, that’s pretty screwed for just the first episode.
[09:29] Okay, I like it’s sort of kite-like configuration, and the organ that glows when it breathes fire. This is a REALLY cool creature design.
[09:30] So she can straight-up see the future soemtimes. Of course.
[09:31] And it just evaporates? Convenient. Weird, but conventient.
[09:31] And of course sword dude is a jerkface. *sigh* The show probably wants me to ship them.
[09:32] On the one hand, it’s pretty reasonable that Hitomi would start crying, becvause she’s had one hell of a day. On the other… well, if she and sword dude had their genders swapped, I highly doubt Hito-dude would cry?
[09:33] And dragon-chunk just zapped them into, presumably, sword-dude’s world.
[09:33] Wait, what!?
[09:33] They’re on an invisible second moon?
[09:34] And now werewolves.
[09:34] Okay, so far I’m tentatively into this. The music is great…
[09:34] …he says, just as the embarassingly 90s end credits start.
[09:36] Okay, that aside, the music is great, the animation is good, althoguh I’m going to take a while to get past the giant Pinnochio noses, and it’s too early to judge anything else.