Escaflowne Episode 9 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

As predicted, I am not going to be able to make this due to being at MAGFest. I will catch up by next weekend, though, I promise!

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.

My chatlog below the cut! Everyone else’s (much earlier) conversation is in the comments.

[14:15] <Froborr> Watching this in a crowded Uno’s during my lunch break.

[14:15] <Froborr> Their Wi-Fi is better than (or possibly just less crowded than) Starbucks’.

[14:16] <Froborr> They seem to interfere with IRC, though–but the use of a Web client seems to be circumventing that.

[14:16] <Froborr> I checked the Terms of Use, there’s nothing in there saying you can’t use chat/IRC. I think it’s just bugginess.

[14:16] <Froborr> (There is a similar problem about 4/5 of the time at LOC, which is why I so often miss these when I’m researching.)

[14:16] <Froborr> Feathers EVERYWHERE.

[14:17] <Froborr> (Not in the UNo’s, I’m talking about the show now.)

[14:18] <Froborr> The feather caused… flashbacks? That aren’t hers?

[14:18] <Froborr> Hmm, that’s probably her grandma.

[14:19] <Froborr> Predictably, Allen trying to force Millerna to stay behind has accomplished nothing but causing her to travel into a warzone alone, instead of surrounded by Allen’s allies.

[14:20] <Froborr> Bwa? We’re tying things to Atlantis now?

[14:21] <Froborr> …Huh. The wings aren’t always there.

[14:21] <Froborr> I guess that makes sense, it would’ve been really uncomfortable to fold them under his clothes.

[14:22] <Froborr> Oh mans, now I miss Balgus. He was cool.

[14:22] <Froborr> I wonder if that’s a mistransliteration of Vargas, they’d be basically indistinguishable in Japanese AFAIK.

[14:23] <Froborr> Ah, so the Draconians are a feared and hated minority and Van’s mother, but not father, was one.

[14:23] <Froborr> Well, at least that makes it fairly unlikely these are Hitomi’s grandmother’s memoires.

[14:24] <Froborr> Man, fate makes relationships so much easier. You just have to show up.

[14:25] <Froborr> Ouch, his mom teaching him to pass.

[14:26] <Froborr> Of COURSE his mother’s not really dead.

[14:27] <Froborr> She just better not turn out to be Hitomi’s grandma somehow, because that makes the ship-teasing extra gross.

[14:28] <Froborr> Interesting, is Escaflowne immune to fortunetelling? Can’t be, since Hitomi’s still works. Maybe fortunetellers interfere with one another? That would make sense.

[14:28] <Froborr> Are those SPACESHIPS?

[14:28] <Froborr> Oh, no, just flying mecha beneath the moons, it just looked for a moment like they were flying BETWEEN moons.

[14:29] <Froborr> All that quest XP Hitomi’s been sharing in is finally paying off. She learned See Invisible!

[14:30] <Froborr> Yes Van, give up your only advantage of being able to see.

[14:30] <Froborr> Oh, they’re not bothering with invisibility in the water. Okay, that’s actually pretty smart for a shonen hero.

[14:31] <Froborr> Allen to the rescue?

[14:31] <Froborr> Allen to the rescue.

[14:33] <Froborr> So Allen is clearly the Lancer/Rival, being better at fighting, much calmer, and more successful with the ladies. Hitomi is the Chick and Merle the Mascot.

[14:33] <Froborr> Shit, they nearly got Hitomi.

[14:33] <Froborr> Wait, is that damage to Allen’s mech or BLOOD?

[14:33] <Froborr> Because that’s a TON of blood if it’s blood.

[14:34] <Froborr> Um, aren’t the Freid ships likely to get wind of your plan FROM ALLEN, VAN, AND HITOMI?

[14:35] <Froborr> Huh, guess it was at least partially blood.

[14:35] <Froborr> Oh, Millerna’s going to turn out to be a healer, right?

[14:36] <Froborr> Ah, she’s a med student with no practical experience, but plenty of LOVE.

[14:36] <Froborr> But of course this series has both shonen AND shoujo elements, “no practical experience” and “love” are near-guarantees of success.

[14:36] <Froborr> Those are surprisingly modern-looking surgical gowns and masks.

[14:37] <Froborr> Welp, that was fun!

[14:37] <Froborr> I genuinely liked that one. I’m still not feeling the “must watch next episode,” but I’m starting to get invested in this.

[14:37] <Froborr> You can tell because I’m getting better at remembering character names.

3 thoughts on “Escaflowne Episode 9 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

  1. PART I:

    [13:00] < @Sylocat: Click
    [13:00] [13:00] [13:00] < @Sylocat: Ah, this opening
    [13:01] [13:01] < @Sylocat: They kept it for the whole anime
    [13:01] < @Sylocat: (I know, what a strange concept!)
    [13:01] < @Sylocat: (one theme song for a complete anime?)
    [13:01] < @Sylocat: Ah yes, she's still torn up about Amano
    [13:01] [13:01] < @Sylocat: Even though Van is a literal angel
    [13:02] < @Sylocat: Well, for me, the opening is inseparable from the visuals
    [13:02] < @Sylocat: Ah, Merle is guarding his secret
    [13:02] < @Sylocat: Whoa, the feathers glow?
    [13:02] < @Sylocat: Ah, her powers let her see the memories attached to the feather, I'd forgotten that
    [13:02] < @Sylocat: Meanwhile, on Allen's ship...
    [13:03] < @Sylocat: "scare Zaibach?" How will that scare Zaibach?
    [13:03] [13:03] < @Sylocat: dang
    [13:03] < @Sylocat: I'll hold down the fort
    [13:03] < @Sylocat: Of course Millerna's coming on her own
    [13:04] < @Sylocat: This show actually calls guys out when they're being Chivalrous™
    [13:04] < @Sylocat: Ah, and Mole Man's with her
    [13:04] < @Sylocat: (though of course it's her love for Allen that's driving her... but still)
    [13:05] < @Sylocat: Whoa, who is she hearing?
    [13:05] < @Sylocat: Aaaaand she's back in Fanelia
    [13:05] < @Sylocat: Ooh, this flashback
    [13:05] < @Sylocat: I'd forgotten this as well
    [13:06] < @Sylocat: Yeah, Van? Your wings were kind of underdeveloped back then...
    [13:06] < @Sylocat: Ah, a flashback to Balgus
    [13:06] < @Sylocat: That's quite a moustache on the king
    [13:07] < @Sylocat: Ah, right, Van's mother was a Siren/Angel thingy
    [13:07] < @Sylocat: ...In any other anime, Van's dad would have been killed right then
    [13:08] < @Sylocat: (so, is the moral here "mysterious beautiful women AREN'T all backstabbing succubi?" That's a refreshing change from most fantasy stories
    [13:09] < @Sylocat: Aww, this flashback is so sweet
    [13:09] < @Sylocat: Dang, this episode is good
    [13:10] < @Sylocat: D'awww
    [13:10] < @Sylocat: Ah, Van's father died BEFORE his mom? That's another novelty in this genre
    [13:11] < @Sylocat: Ooh... is Van's mother still alive? I can't remember
    [13:11] < @Sylocat: Or is she one of those ghosts from the opening credits and Hitomi will meet her in a vision? (I honestly can't remember)
    [13:11] < @Sylocat: Hitomi is offended at being compared to Merle
    [13:12] < @Sylocat: Ahaha... Evil Emperor Dornkirk wears curlers in his giant beard
    [13:12] < @Sylocat: And that's some impressive steampunk... thing
    [13:13] < @Sylocat: Oops, here comes Dilandau
    [13:13] < @Sylocat: How did Dilandau know where they... oh, was that Dornkirk seeing where he was going?
    [13:13] < @Sylocat: Come on, Hitomi, just scan for them like you did before
    [13:13] < @Sylocat: There she goes


  2. Part II:

    [13:14] [13:14] < @Sylocat: Is he going to block the fire jet with his sword? It's not even a magic sword
    [13:14] < @Sylocat: Wait, Dilandau is telling his men to try not to kill someone? He's mellowed out between episodes
    [13:15] [13:15] < @Sylocat: Indeed
    [13:15] < @Sylocat: What is he... of course, they can't use their stealth cloaks in flight, and when they land, the water gives their positions away
    [13:15] < @Sylocat: But... Van, you're still outnumbered ten to one
    [13:16] < @Sylocat: Whoa, his sword melts and turns into a tentacle?
    [13:16] < @Sylocat: Uh, Folken, might want to hurry up...
    [13:16] < @Sylocat: AH! I'd forgotten how he got out of this one
    [13:17] [13:17] < @Sylocat: Allen to the rescue
    [13:17] < @Sylocat: Why not just go for the Energists? That's how you disable them
    [13:18] < @Sylocat: Ooh, some Pacific Rm action here
    [13:18] < @Sylocat: Oh shit
    [13:18] < @Sylocat: Allen took a claw for her
    [13:18] < @Sylocat: The plot thickens
    [13:18] [13:19] < @Sylocat: Oh, a Freid convoy, I thought Folken had arrived
    [13:19] == Arrlaari [6bd696cc@gateway/web/freenode/ip.] has joined ##rabbitcube
    [13:19] < @Sylocat: It looks bad...
    [13:19] < @Sylocat: Ah yes, I think I remember how they save him...
    [13:19] [13:19] < @Sylocat: Here she is
    [13:20] < @Sylocat: Dang
    [13:20] [13:20] < @Sylocat: Yeah... it's almost over
    [13:20] [13:20] [13:21] < @Sylocat: I do like how this inverts the usual gender-based tropes
    [13:21] [13:21] == Arrlaari [6bd696cc@gateway/web/freenode/ip.] has quit [Client Quit]
    [13:21] < @Sylocat: And it's over now
    [13:22] [13:22] < @Sylocat: I was about to suggest that Arrlaari could start at 1:30 and I could start over and join him/her
    [13:22] [13:22] < @Sylocat: But oh well...
    [13:22] < @Sylocat: I'll copy-paste this


  3. I was 20 minutes late and still sleepy, so I went back to bed after I left the chat.
    – – – –
    I can't tell how much of that flash back was vision vs. Hitomi visualizing Vaan telling her stuff.

    Dilandau shouted one of the goons' names like he gave a fuck.

    Somehow mole guy makes encouraging Millerna to apply the learning she pursued of her own will to save her love's life sound like a shady deal. I guess it doesn't help that he sounds exactly like the Mephistopheles-alike in D-Gray Man.


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