Escaflowne ep 3 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

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Option 1: Whenever you watch the episode, comment on this post as you watch with whatever responses you feel like posting!

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Chatlog below the cut!

01[22:55] Okay, FINALLY watching the episode.
01[22:57] Who is that?
01[22:58] Um, if Gaea is that close to Earth the stars shouldn’t be any different?
01[22:58] Unless this is thousands of years displaced in time.
01[22:58] Oh what the fuck
01[22:59] Oh hey, this guy is in the opening credits.
01[22:59] Allen?
01[22:59] His name is ALLEN?
01[22:59] That’s just… silly.
01[22:59] Oh, he looks just like Amano. Interesting.
01[23:00] Oh god it’s one of those stupid honor codes.
01[23:00] You’re out of your league, guy whose name I can’t remember.
01[23:01] So you have a duty to kill him if he draws, but you refuse to kill him?
01[23:01] Da fuck?
01[23:01] Oh, and here’s the effeminate sexually deviant villain. Because that wasn’t already played out in 199whatever.
01[23:02] I guess the dragon is the mech?
01[23:03] Destiny Prognostication Engine, seems fortunetelling is going to be a major theme if both teh evil emperor and the main character ahve it.
01[23:03] Atlantis AND tarot, wow this thing is going to leave no mystic BS unturned.
01[23:04] Wait, he’s leading THIS band? I’m starting to think maybe blondie isn’t a villain?
01[23:05] Oh right, Van, that’s his name.
01[23:07] Wow, that’s pretty hardcore, introduce all those characters, like annoying catgirl, and then immediately kill them off.
01[23:07] Because of course I’m certain that none of them escaped.
01[23:09] Of course Van gets himself in a fight.
01[23:09] …or not?
01[23:10] I guess yes, Hitomi does stand out more than he deos.
01[23:10] This came after FFVI right? Because Allen apparently is just straightforwardly Edgar…
01[23:11] Wait, what did Allen do to become his enemy?
01[23:12] Van is indeed correct about cards.
01[23:12] Okay, but maybe haunted doom cards can?
01[23:13] I really don’t knwo what to make of this thief character but I don’t like him.
01[23:18] Yeah, I have basically nothing to say about the mecha duel.
01[23:18] Was that a vision or an actual attack?
01[23:18] Guess I’ll find out tomorrow, because it’s time for crappy end credits!
01[23:19] …That episode was pretty meh, I hope this gets better because so far I don’t really see why it’s a classic?

0 thoughts on “Escaflowne ep 3 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

  1. Due to Froborr's unexplained absence, we watched another episode without him.
    [11:10] <@Sylocat> We'll let you know when the credits are over, Arrlaari
    [11:10] <@Sylocat> Click
    [11:10] Yeah, I'm ready to start when the credits are done
    [11:11] <@Sylocat> Credits over
    [11:11] Credits are over.
    [11:11] <@Sylocat> And the recap
    [11:11] got it
    [11:12] Death. A great change. And, you know, death.
    [11:12] <@Sylocat> Ah yes, those glasses
    [11:12] <@Sylocat> Ooh, navigating by stars… but can't he see the Mystic Moon in the sky? Or is it hidden by the trees?
    [11:12] <@Sylocat> Hitomi, it can't tell you where to go if you don't know where you want to go
    [11:13] Wouldn't death have been the card for last episode?
    [11:13] <@Sylocat> I'd forgotten about this guy
    Okay, if they are faking out there that's a gross thing
    [11:13] Hedwig to the rescue!
    [11:13] <@Sylocat> Aaaaaaaaaand here he is
    [11:14] <@Sylocat> Wizard of Oz-esque, kinda sorta
    [11:14] <@Sylocat> Ah yes, Chivalry™ and all the pointless carnage it leads to
    Ask your doctor if Chivalry is right for you.
    [11:15] Maybe instead of talking shit you could have pointed out the actual culprit
    [11:15] <@Sylocat> (I like how this series acknowledges Codes of Honor™ as pointless and destructive
    [11:15] <@Sylocat> “You don't charge aggressively enough,” again
    [11:15] <@Sylocat> Ah yes, and we meet our villains
    [11:16] <@Sylocat> (for those wondering why the invisible enemies were so pointlessly destructive? Their commander is basically Bishounen Kefka)
    [11:16] Slappy sounds like he's about fourteen.
    [11:16] <@Sylocat> Yes, we were SUPPOSED to think their battle tactics made no sense. That was intentional
    [11:17] <@Sylocat> Gee, does this remind you of anything
    [11:17] <@Sylocat> It even LOOKS like Vector in FFVI
    At least he has more impressive facial hair than Palpatine.
    [11:18] <@Sylocat> I assume “Destiny Prognostication Engine” sounds less clunky in the original Japanese
    [11:18] <@Sylocat> Yes, Dornkirk's whiskers are magnificent
    [11:18] <@Sylocat> And we meet Allen's entourage
    [11:19] <@Sylocat> The obligatory Sky Pirates from every steampunk fantasy series
    I don't suppose one of them is named Cid?
    [11:19] <@Sylocat> I'm not sure how many of their names we actually learn
    [11:19] <@Sylocat> Ahahah… they're calling him out on his cheesy lines
    [11:20] <@Sylocat> Ah, the macho posturing
    Van's pout is kind of hilarious.
    [11:20] <@Sylocat> Where IS Escaflowne, anyway?
    In the offscreen impoundment lot.

  2. [11:21] <@Sylocat> “Zaibach,” what a perfect name
    [11:22] Imminent diplomatic incident?
    [11:22] <@Sylocat> Oh, he did not just go there
    [11:23] <@Sylocat> He's deliberately attempting to flush out Van, isn't he?
    [11:23] It looks like you are ahead of me
    [11:23] <@Sylocat> Oh wait, he's just a nutty teenager
    [11:23] And cover story is go.
    [11:23] <@Sylocat> And what a cover story it is
    Sitcom grade.
    [11:23] <@Sylocat> As Black Widow said in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, PDAs make people uncomfortable
    [11:24] <@Sylocat> “Your reputation precedes you.” Is this Lady and the Tramp?
    [11:24] <@Sylocat> And of course, she falls for her own cover story… for a while, anyway
    [11:25] The villain really dislikes PDA
    [11:25] <@Sylocat> Dilandau really is a teenager… he takes even the slightest embarrassment as something to start a war over
    [11:26] <@Sylocat> Trippyyyyyyyy
    [11:26] “You made an enemy of me”
    [11:26] <@Sylocat> GAH
    “by kissing someone in front of me that was so gross”
    [11:26] <@Sylocat> I wouldn't want to see his face that close to me
    [11:26] <@Sylocat> And we thought he was a one-off character
    [11:27] <@Sylocat> I forgot Allen's mecha was named Scheherezade
    [11:27] Scherazade? As in the storyteller from 1001 Arabian Nights?
    [11:27] <@Sylocat> Hitomi's luggage goes where she goes
    All it needs are a thousand legs and a bad attitude.
    [11:28] <@Sylocat> Of course, Van is an idiot too (but then, Van just saw his country get burned to the ground, so of course he's gonna be emotional)
    [11:28] <@Sylocat> Uh, Hitomi, Van is definitely not going to listen to Allen right now
    Well, there's no way this is going to end well.
    [11:29] <@Sylocat> And one of Dilandau's henchprettyboys is watching the whole thing from afar
    [11:29] <@Sylocat> Again, totally not phallic, that
    Oh, not at all. Now, for the penis fight.
    [11:30] <@Sylocat> I think we'd established that, Allen
    [11:30] <@Sylocat> Ah, I'd forgot, Allen's heard of Balgus too
    [11:30] <@Sylocat> (Balgus's badassitude is renowned everywhere)
    [11:30] SHOBU
    [11:31] <@Sylocat> Ah, he got in a shot after all
    [11:31] <@Sylocat> They really are mean with the cliffhangers
    [11:32] Seems Escaflowne boosts Hitomi's vaguely defined psychic abilities.
    [11:32] <@Sylocat> Well, Escaflowne's “heart” does look to be made of the same stuff as her pendant…
    I actually hadn't made that connection.
    Cliffhangers and next episode previews don't go well together.
    [11:33] I can't tell if that was a vision or the ambus
    [11:33] <@Sylocat> “Ambus?”
    [11:33] <@Sylocat> Oh… right
    It just ended for me btw

  3. [11:33] <@Sylocat> Ah… were we that far ahead of you?
    [11:34] <@Sylocat> Yikes…
    [11:34] <@Sylocat> Maybe you should grab a torrent after all
    [11:34] <@Sylocat> All right… any final thoughts, and who wants to copy-paste this to the comments at Froborr's blo?
    [11:34] <@Sylocat> blog
    [11:34] <@Sylocat> (I did it too!)
    [11:35] I have a text editor with good search-and-replace for dealing with <> characters
    [11:35] <@Sylocat> Alrighty then…
    [11:35] <@Sylocat> Thanks for coming, everyone… hope next week has fewer technical issues
    [11:35] Not much to add. They're still introducing the players and setting the stage.
    [11:35] Anyway, it was Not A Good Decision to imply sexual assault when the mole-man was trying to mug Hitomi for her pendant
    [11:36] <@Sylocat> Yeah… that looked way worse than it actually was
    [11:36] Agreed.
    [11:36] That's a decision the authors made, to make it look worse than it turned out to be. A bad decision.
    [11:37] <@Sylocat> I'm not sure it was deliberate… not that it matters
    It totally was, because Allen took it to be worse than it was when he saw them
    [11:37] <@Sylocat> Did he? The subtitles on my version were less clear on that
    [11:39] See you all next week.
    [11:39] “petty theivery not enough for you” he thinks it's not just a robbery. “taken to attacking helpless women” tells us what he thinks was going on.
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    [11:39] <@Sylocat> (of course, what Allen was doing looked just as bad to Van)
    [11:40] <@Sylocat> Well, petty thievery is different from mugging/banditry, but yeah, you're probably right

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