Escaflowne Ep 8 and Sailor Moon Crystal ep 14 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

Apologies all. I still haven’t had time to watch last week’s Escaflowne, nor will I be able to make this week’s liveblog. Or, probably, next week’s. The first week in February is looking good, though.

How to participate in the liveblog chat:

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

Option 2: Go to Enter a nickname, then for the Channels field enter ##rabbitcube, and finally fill in the Captcha and hit Connect! We’ll be watching Vision of Escaflowne and commenting there starting at 2:00 p.m. EST. We will then be watching Sailor Moon Crystal at 2:30.

Finally got around to this, chatlog below the cut!

Escaflowne 8

01[10:38] <Froborr> Okay, episode 8!
01[10:38] <Froborr> OP is OP
01[10:39] <Froborr> Blah blah love drama blah, and then they flee.
01[10:40] <Froborr> Man, the sequences on Earth were totally the best part of Fushigi Yuugi.
01[10:40] <Froborr> Ah, dream sequence highlighting similarity of Allen to her crush back home.
01[10:41] <Froborr> It’s funny because the Tower card frequently shows a man and a woman being flung from the destruction of the tower in question, and they are usually assumed to be The Lovers.
01[10:42] <Froborr> Thank you for the recap, Merle. You are slightly less than completely useless.
01[10:42] <Froborr> Hitomi’s reaction to the rolly-polies is exactly how I feel about stuff like shrimp and crabs and everythign else that’s basically an ocean-going giant bug.
01[10:43] <Froborr> Um. If we can see where Merle’s tail connects, we are seeing WAY too far up her skirt.
01[10:44] <Froborr> Did we know Hitomi had a brother?
01[10:44] <Froborr> Anyway, she’s going to end up her own grandmother, isn’t she?
01[10:44] <Froborr> At least that’ll make her immune to the Brain Aliens, so there’s an upside.
01[10:46] <Froborr> Damn. That’s a lot of flying fortresses.
01[10:47] <Froborr> The juxtaposition of the fortresses with the fantasy setting feels very Avatar the Last Airbender.
01[10:48] <Froborr> Ah, so King McSleezy has given the empire permission to send their forces through his territory to attack Allen’s country, yes?
01[10:48] <Froborr> Oh look, another effeminate/gay-coded villain, that’s novel territory for this show.
01[10:48] <Froborr> (Barf)
01[10:50] <Froborr> Huh, so everything is powered by dead dragons?
01[10:50] <Froborr> I mean, basically everything in our society is powered by dead dinosaurs, so.
01[10:51] <Froborr> Why is a DUCHY ruled by a PRINCE? It should be ruled by a DUKE or DUCHESS, that’s how names WORK.
01[10:51] <Froborr> Oh FFS Allen, let her come along you jerk.
01[10:52] <Froborr> Damn, that must have been some kiss.
01[10:54] <Froborr> Gee, I wonder if that tail is a metaphor for something?
01[10:54] <Froborr> Well, that was quick.
01[10:55] <Froborr> Ah, of course, this is the Merle Proves She Isn’t Completely Useless episode.
01[10:55] <Froborr> Or possible Part One of Two.
01[10:56] <Froborr> Oh. Nope. Her assistance is purely accidental.
01[10:56] <Froborr> Also, um, wow, why did Van not do that BEFORE getting captured?
01[10:57] <Froborr> Those gus were really easy to beat once it came down to it, huh.
01[10:57] <Froborr> Escaflowne is about to absorb ALL THE ENERGIST, isn’t–
01[10:57] <Froborr> Nope. Just made it go splody and caused an earthquake.
01[10:57] <Froborr> WELL DONE VAN
01[10:58] <Froborr> WAY TO KILL EVERYONE
01[10:58] <Froborr> …why did he take his shirt off, exactly?
01[10:58] <Froborr> Oh. Right. Wings.
01[10:58] <Froborr> Love triangle confirmed. Blehhhh.
01[10:59] <Froborr> Wait.
01[10:59] <Froborr> Da FUCK!?
01[10:59] <Froborr> Man, at the rate he’s shedding feathers he’s not going to be able to fly soon.
01[10:59] <Froborr> Okay but silliness aside that was pretty decent, and I’m intrigued by the pager thing.

Sailor Moon Crystal 14

01[05:53] <Froborr> I quite like the Toei logo.
01[05:53] <Froborr> Ah yes, the Silver Crystal did bloom last time, didn’t it?
01[05:53] <Froborr> So, I’m guessing new ultimate-until-the-next-arc form?
01[05:54] <Froborr> Okay, so the transition from Usagi FINALLY BEING THE BADASS EVERYONE TELLS ME SHE IS to the opening line of the song, “Moon Pride”? Pretty great.
01[05:55] <Froborr> I wonder if they’ll change the song for the second arc? If they do, I hope it’s as good.
01[05:55] <Froborr> And ad.
01[05:55] <Froborr> I deliberately turned ad block off for CrunchyRoll, because they’re legit and therefore deserve to stay in business.
01[05:56] <Froborr> Bleh, Sword Art Online looks completely terrible.
01[05:56] <Froborr> In fact, every show in this ad looks terrible. I think I just really dislike shounen, except for the occasional standout like FMA:B.
01[05:57] <Froborr> Ooh, show’s back with nice background music AND HOLY SHIT FRICKIN MOON LASERS
01[05:57] <Froborr> “Don’t think. Just prey.” So Tuxedo Fedora isn’t just a creeper, he’s a fundie?
01[05:58] <Froborr> Aw, she’s using the love of her dead friends.
01[05:59] <Froborr> …and the love of a bunch of girls for one another is making the big phallic tower grow. Lovely.
01[06:00] <Froborr> I really feel like “praying” isn’t quite the right word here. “Casting” more like.
01[06:01] <Froborr> Whoa, did she just use up her power? Wasn’t expecting that.
01[06:01] <Froborr> Guess now they have to all pray to bring it back?
01[06:01] <Froborr> Wait, is that Luna’s true form?
01[06:03] <Froborr> “Great, Usagi’s dead again. Might as well make out with her.”
01[06:04] <Froborr> Also, past-life romances are creepy, because it’s basically being possessed by a ghost and forced to fall in love. That’s fucked up.
01[06:04] <Froborr> Whoa, Earth got pretty trashed.
01[06:05] <Froborr> Usagi’s all “My harem, noooo!”
01[06:05] <Froborr> Blah blah power was in her all along
01[06:06] <Froborr> “Moon Stick” is another less-than-stellar translation.
01[06:06] <Froborr> Ad.
01[06:08] <Froborr> I guess “Moon Stick” is at least better than “the power was in you all along”–I don’t feel like Usagi’s earned that yet.
01[06:09] <Froborr> I do like that she’s of both worlds now? And I mean, reigning over a dead world isn’t exactly most people’s idea of a great life.
01[06:09] <Froborr> I guess probably if you’re a cat it is.
01[06:09] <Froborr> Okay, live with the one you love, sure, but ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD.
01[06:10] <Froborr> I missed this track.
01[06:11] <Froborr> This is a new remix, actually, isn’t it? I like it.
01[06:11] <Froborr> Her costume’s still the same, though, that’s disappointing given that they’re implying she’s gained the power to RAISE THE DEAD.
01[06:11] <Froborr> I *do* really unironically love that her greatest power is
01[06:12] <Froborr> Whoa.
01[06:12] <Froborr> I wasn’t expecting her to heal THE ENTIRE WORLD, that’s pretty epic.
01[06:12] <Froborr> Anyway, like I was saying, I unironically love that her greatest power is healing. Because it’s actually a MASSIVELY IMPORTANT THING, as her ability to fix all the damage the villain spent CENTURIES planning in, like, five seconds.
01[06:13] <Froborr> D’aw.
01[06:14] <Froborr> Whoa, Usagi has a dad?
01[06:14] <Froborr> Wait, we knew that, he’s creepy.
01[06:15] <Froborr> What’s up with Rei? Did she just get a glimpse of the next arc?
01[06:17] <Froborr> Well, dimensional vortexes are not a thing that happens every day.
01[06:18] <Froborr> That was one of the weirdest cliffhangers ever.
01[06:18] <Froborr> Is that, like, past Usagi?
01[06:18] <Froborr> Or an alternate universe Usagi?

6 thoughts on “Escaflowne Ep 8 and Sailor Moon Crystal ep 14 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

  1. [10:56] < @Sylocat> Okay… get ready, I guess
    [10:57] < @Sylocat> *sigh* dad said he'd be here at 5 'til
    [10:58] == mere_oblivion [-] has joined ##rabbitcube
    [10:58] < @Sylocat> Ah, speaking of
    [10:58] Hey here hi there ho there
    [10:58] < @Sylocat> Little hi, little low, little hey, little ho, &c.
    [10:58] You are THREE minutes late and your son is very disappionted in you
    [10:58] < @Sylocat> Oh you
    [10:59] < @Sylocat> Okay, everyone got it cued up?
    [10:59] “After all, am I a man or a mouse?” “Is that a trick question?”
    Three minutes late is an improvement fr me.
    [11:00] < @Sylocat> Clickity click
    [11:00] < @Sylocat> This opening, it's wonderful
    [11:00] < @Sylocat> (in case we haven't talked about that enough)
    [11:01] < @Sylocat> “Was it all just a dream? Or a vision?”
    [11:01] < @Sylocat> “Another side to Allen,” that's putting it mildly
    [11:02] < @Sylocat> Speaking of dreams
    [11:02] Let's have a weird dream to remind us that Allen looks like her crush from earth
    [11:02] < @Sylocat> I'd forgotten about this sequence
    [11:03] Me too–but then I've forgotten most of it, thankfully.
    [11:03] < @Sylocat> Poor Hitomi
    [11:03] < @Sylocat> Ah, the Tower card
    [11:03] < @Sylocat> Uh, Hitomi, that's clearly Van…
    [11:03] < @Sylocat> What are they roasting on those sticks?
    [11:04] < @Sylocat> MERLE…
    [11:04] < @Sylocat> Ah, they're giant bugs
    What else?!
    [11:04] < @Sylocat> Merle…
    [11:04] < @Sylocat> She really IS a cat, she's stealing everything and gnawing on it
    And passing judgment on everyone eelse.
    [11:05] < @Sylocat> (for the longest time, I thought “gnaw” was spelled “knaw.” I don't know what that has to do with anything, but oh well)
    I gnow what you mean.
    [11:05] < @Sylocat> For a moment there, I thought Folken was going to show up
    [11:06] < @Sylocat> Van lost his parents, and as such has almost completed his prereq for Shonen Hero-dom
    [11:06] < @Sylocat> Awww
    really, are all such Heroes spose be orphans?
    [11:07] < @Sylocat> It's a fantasy anime, of course he is
    “Come with us?” Where else could she go?
    [11:08] < @Sylocat> That does seem an odd suggestion
    [11:08] “I may need your help someday” Or every day
    [11:08] < @Sylocat> Yeah, she's already saved his neck at least three times
    You can't get through two episodes without her averting your death
    [11:08] < @Sylocat> Ah, those floating fortresses
    [11:08] < @Sylocat> I'd forgotten how different they all look from one another
    [11:09] < @Sylocat> Allen's in jail?
    [11:09] That threw me for a loop, too.
    [11:10] < @Sylocat> Yeesh, there's a ton of them
    [11:10] So he's letting Zaibach hit that duchy because they had something to do with Marlene dying, I guess.
    [11:10] < @Sylocat> I think Marlene was married off to their duke
    I guess this guy work for Zaibach
    [11:10] < @Sylocat> Ah, I'd forgot that most Energists are mined from the ground rather than gotten from dragon hearts
    You can tell because he's a jerk to messengers


  2. [11:11] < @Sylocat> No, no she doesn't have her father's permission
    [11:11] < @Sylocat> Oh, THAT trick
    [11:12] < @Sylocat> Ah… well, they ARE from dragon hearts, just from ones that died naturally
    [11:12] “The last six women who did this were just trying to escape.”
    [11:12] < @Sylocat> Ahahah… Space Mutiny
    [11:12] < @Sylocat> “Hide there?” Did they not see Escaflowne land?
    [11:13] < @Sylocat> Ah, “Prince Chid, his own grandson.” Marlene WAS married to Freid's duke
    [11:13] They took Escaflowne for a dragon, and not a dragon robot
    because they apparently weren't informed
    [11:13] < @Sylocat> (of course, that doesn't mean Freid DIDN'T have anything to do with Marlene dying)
    [11:13] < @Sylocat> Ah, I'd forgotten what Mole Man was up to
    That was kind of a patronizing thing to do
    [11:14] < @Sylocat> Well, yes… Chivalry™, and all that
    [11:14] < @Sylocat> But at least the show seems aware of that
    [11:15] < @Sylocat> Eww
    [11:15] < @Sylocat> That stuff that leaks out when the Zaibach guymelefs get broken apart
    [11:15] < @Sylocat> (I mean, it's just the liquid metal from those extendable claws, but still)
    [11:16] It is a tad disgusting.
    [11:16] < @Sylocat> Whoa… headbutt
    [11:16] < @Sylocat> A transformer Guymelef? That's awesome
    [11:17] < @Sylocat> Come on, Merle, save the day
    [11:17] < @Sylocat> He's a Parselmouth!
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Wait, is she going to bite Hitomi, or squeeze her?
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Ahah… a cell phone!
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Ah… that answers that
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Stymied by modern tech
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> WHOA!
    Technology keeps saving the day
    [11:18] < @Sylocat> Van is good!
    [11:19] < @Sylocat> And that was convenient
    [11:19] < @Sylocat> I do like that the fight scenes don't last too long… it gives time for character development
    [11:19] < @Sylocat> Whoa… what's this going to do…
    Perhaps one more result of cutting down to 26 eps?
    [11:19] < @Sylocat> Whoa
    [11:20] < @Sylocat> Is this the Warring Triad from FFVI or something?
    [11:20] Well, that's the mining operation sabotaged
    [11:20] < @Sylocat> “I see you managed to get your shirt off.”
    I was going to say, what was he planning to do
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> Wait… was that a dream too?
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> No, they're in that canyon
    How does she get service on another planet?
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> Aww, Amano
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> Magic
    [11:21] Now, now, can't ask too many logical questions!
    [11:21] < @Sylocat> And of course, that's where we leave off
    Excellent ending.
    [11:22] < @Sylocat> (I just realized that “Allen” did save her after all, since Allen corresponds to Amano)
    [11:22] You might be spoiling something there
    [11:22] Ahh. Well spotted!
    [11:22] Like, I don't know how literally that works
    [11:22] < @Sylocat> Nah, it's not a spoiler… he just sort of “represents” Amano, they're not really the same guy
    [11:23] It's a fine distinction but an important one.
    [11:23] < @Sylocat> (of course, my saying THAT much might be a spoiler in itself)
    I don't think it is, but as I've said there's so much I don't remember.


  3. [11:25] So I think Vaan didn't kill that dude after he killed that dude's pet snake, which would make two Zaibach asshole officers who have an exaggurated grudge against him
    but I guess it's possible snake guy died when the dig site collapsed
    He had the design to appear in more than one episode though
    [11:25] He did indeed.
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    [11:26] Apologies, my internet picks the worst times to crap out
    What was the last message of mine that everyone actually got?
    [11:26] “(of course, my saying that much might be a spoiler in itself”)
    [11:27] Ah, good… at least it let me know when my messages were no longer going through
    Anyway… any final thoughts?
    [11:27] == Sylocat [-] has quit [Ping timeout: 246 seconds]
    [11:28] I think it was a bit of a jerk move for Allen to not let the princess come with him
    [11:28] Yeah… fortunately, she didn't listen
    [11:28] And like, she's probably going to track him down anyway
    So he's just making a big hassle for her
    [11:28] (I like that this show actually calls Allen out when he's being a “Chivalrous™” jerkwad)
    [11:29] Yes, very “you're just the little lady.” But she won't give into that.
    [11:29] I suspect the show is not going to correct this character flaw of Allen's because it's Chivalry and therefore not a problem
    [11:29] Well, as has been demonstrated at least twice now, it IS a problem
    [11:30] Again, I'm glad to say I can't recall if he overcomes it or not.
    [11:30] Like, Van was only saved because Hitomi ignored Allen's instructions and barged into the Floating Fortress anyway
    [11:30] Good point.
    In most ways, Allen has much farther to go than Van.
    Even though he's a much better fighter when they first meet.
    [11:32] Yep…
    [11:32] So . . . till next week . . . ?
    [11:33] Indeed… we're about to start the next SMC liveblog shortly, but I haven't gotten you up to speed on that one
    [11:34] Probly for the best, given how much we have to accomplish over here. But do tell me about it when next we meet (tomorrow?)
    [11:34] Well, Hitomi was willing to slap Vaan in his jerk face and yell at him
    Nobody does that to Allen, yet
    [11:34] Right!
    [11:35] I think Hitomi did slap Allen at some point during Episode 5, but it was more of a playful I-told-you-so slap… I'd have to watch it again though


  4. [11:42] Okay then… click
    Ooh, the crystal flower
    [11:42] Oh she'll give you that power
    The activated silver crystal looks like an onion that's been prepared in a certain way
    [11:43] Well, that was an overelaborate speech
    [11:43] I forget what it's called, but they cut it open so that it looks like it's blooming and fry it.
    [11:43] It does kind of… like an artichoke
    as well
    Her “By the power of” speech is done, right?
    [11:45] That's an interesting translation for the title
    [11:45] Oh jeez, there's MORE of it?
    [11:45] Was Mamoru doing the Conan babe pose just now?
    [11:45] Ah… it's done
    Heheh… I hope so
    Their magic pens aren't being blown away by the wind
    [11:46] Oh, there's four dots on the gubbin on that sword
    One for each of the planetary guardians, I guess
    [11:46] Luna's okay… because of course they weren't going to kill the kitten
    Okay, we get it, the hearts of all their friends are magically with them, &c.
    [11:48] *praying cat.gif*
    [11:48] Paper Mario lampshaded that
    “craving for?” Queen Metalia can't grammar
    (and yes, it's just a subtitle thing, I know)
    That was entirely too easy
    [11:49] Metallia has spent a lot of time narrating what was happening to her during the past couple of episodes
    [11:49] Wait, that ornament in her bow just shattered?
    Is that, like, her Soul Gem or something?
    Did it overload?
    Wait, who is THAT?
    Who was that with the black wavy hair?
    [11:49] I actually don't recognize that
    [11:49] Was that LUNA? Luna had a human form?
    [11:49] Was that supposed to be a Luna gijinka?
    [11:50] That's weird
    Whoa, the Moon Kingdom is getting rebuilt?
    Or is this just a vision?
    [11:50] Was it a dream? Or a vision?
    [11:50] ahahah… good point
    [11:51] He's doing that thing he does
    [11:51] Eeyup
    Wait, he can do that?
    Was it established that he could do this?
    [11:53] Not before now
    but he is the Prince of Earth
    [11:53] I mean, it's not like it's something that's actually useful in battle, but…
    [11:53] so basically Sailor Earth
    [11:53] Oh come on, just pray and get your powers back
    “Moon stick?” That's the technical term?
    [11:54] They aren't even translating it, Luna is saying Moon Stick
    [11:54] Ah, in katakana?
    I didn't hear that
    [11:54] The actress' pronounciation is reasonably good, actually
    Actually, Usagi just did “Moon Castle” pretty well, and there's an L in that.
    “You're the new Queen of this empty kingdom on the moon”
    [11:55] Yeah, it would seem a little weird to rule over an empty realm
    We're barely halfway through the episode. Does the next season's villain get introduced now?


  5. [11:56] New gear!
    [11:56] Ah, a new toy line!
    Was the Crystal that small before?
    Ooh, I like the new transformation sequence
    Is the new costume the same?
    I don't remember those three hair-claw things beneath the baubles
    [11:58] Yeah I think that's the one new thing
    This show respects the fact that the healer is the most important member of the RPG party
    [11:59] Yes, yes it does
    And they all get their powers back too, I assume
    [12:00] They are not leaving a lot of time for the Petite Etrangere
    [12:01] Well, presumably the new season's villain will arrive at the very end for a cliffhanger
    I always did wonder when magical girls found time to do their homework
    [12:02] In the old anime the sailor scouts had a study group. I wonder if we'll see that.
    [12:02] Oh jeez, tell me the Rock Knights aren't back too
    Whew… fortunately that was just the new villain
    The handkerchief, I'd forgotten that
    Oh jeez
    It's HER
    I'd forgotten about her
    She's in the manga too
    AHAHAH… she has a gun
    Is she wearing lipstick?
    [12:05] Real talk: She is the reason I stopped watching the dub of the old anime
    [12:05] I still haven't seen the sub of the old anime
    [12:06] When I watched the fansubs I mooched off my sister, I got to the specific episode where she made me quit and it was as bad as I remembered
    [12:06] Yeesh
    [12:06] What I didn't remember is that it was just that one episode
    [12:07] Well… that's fortunate
    Okay, we're in for quite a ride this coming season
    [12:09] Anyway, if Froborr was here I'd tell him to go and watch the last three episodes of the first season
    [12:09] The first season of the original anime?
    [12:10] Yeah
    Or the whole thing but there's 46 episodes so he probably doesn't have that kind of time


  6. Remind me to /op all of you next week before we start. IRC puts everyone’s name in brackets, so the comment section here thinks they’re HTML tags unless they also have an @ in front of them.


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