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 http://webchat.freenode.net/. Enter a nickname, then for the Channels field enter ##rabbitcube, and finally fill in the Captcha and hit Connect! We’ll be watching Sailor Moon Crystal and commenting there starting at 1:00 p.m. EST. We will then be watching MLP at 1:30. Those are both one hour earlier than normal.
After the chat, I’ll update this post with the log.
ETA: Chatlog after the cut!
[13:00] <@Sylocat> And this time I actually remember that the logo is Puss in Boots
[13:01] <@Sylocat> Ah yes… when we left off, Chibi-Usa had aged up (and was making out with her hypnotized dad)
[13:01] <@Sylocat> Ooh… it’s on
01[13:01] <Froborr> Oh for fuck’s sake…
01[13:01] <Froborr> Despite me preloading since just before we came into the chat, it just hung.
01[13:01] <Froborr> Can y’all wait for me at the end of the OP?
[13:01] <@Sylocat> Sure
[13:02] <Arrlaari> It looks like Crunchy gave me an ad break at the end of the OP
[13:02] <@Sylocat> I was lagging a few seconds behind anyway
[13:02] <Arrlaari> Should we pause before or after the ads?
[13:02] <@Sylocat> How about after
[13:02] <@Sylocat> It’ll make it easier to coordinate
01[13:02] <Froborr> Sounds good.
01[13:03] <Froborr> Sorry all.
[13:03] <@Sylocat> ‘s ok
01[13:04] <Froborr> Okay, I’m back to the OP….
[13:04] <@Sylocat> *checks reddit again while waiting* Still no MLP upload yet… hmm
01[13:05] <Froborr> I couldn’t tell, who was the third person to react to the change? It was Usagi, Ghost!Tuxedo, and…?
01[13:05] <Froborr> Mercury? Jupiter?
[13:05] <Arrlaari> I’m paused after the ads, which puts me at the start of the title card
[13:05] <Arrlaari> I don’t remember a third person – was it cutting back to Usagi?
[13:05] <@Sylocat> I didn’t notice who it was… was it Venus? She’s been the main second character this arc for some reason
01[13:05] <Froborr> I’ll say “click” when I hit thte end of the ads, which just started for me.
[13:06] <@Sylocat> Ok
01[13:06] <Froborr> They probably made her main second character to make up for her being the last introduced in the first arc.
01[13:06] <Froborr> BTW: deuteragonist. The term you’re looking for is deuteragonist.
[13:06] <Sylocat> I knew it started with a D
[13:07] <Arrlaari> Also: Takeuchi published “Sailor V” for a short time before Sailor Moon began. It was the protoype for Sailor Moon and starred the character who became Sailor Venus
[13:07] <Sylocat> I wondered if that was why
01[13:07] <Froborr> click
[13:07] <Sylocat> Saphir has Wiseman’s hands?
[13:07] <Sylocat> That’s… weird
[13:08] <Sylocat> Where’s Emeraude? Is she dead too? We haven’t seen her since Rubeus croaked, but I don’t remember her getting killed
01[13:09] <Froborr> That’s a good question.
[13:09] <Sylocat> I guess we’ll see…
[13:09] <Sylocat> Oh yikes, she’s doing it right in front of them
[13:09] <Sylocat> He is officially useless
[13:10] <Sylocat> I mean, he can’t even shake the brainwashing THEN?
[13:10] <Sylocat> Oh yikes
01[13:10] <Froborr> Whoa, she’s incest-kissing him right in front of them. That’s fucked up.
[13:10] <Sylocat> Usagi doesn’t comment on the incest factor?
[13:11] <Sylocat> I mean… what…
[13:11] <Sylocat> Oh yikes, is DEMANDE going to shake the brainwashing before Tuxedo Fedora does?
[13:11] <Sylocat> I guess that’s a nope
[13:12] <Sylocat> (like many things in this arc, that’s a NOPE)
[13:12] <Sylocat> …What’s the black crystal doing? I’ve lost track
01[13:12] <Froborr> I think it’s eating the planet?
[13:12] <Arrlaari> It’s consuming the planet in a vague way
[13:12] <Sylocat> Ah yes… like, sucking the life force out of it, presumably
01[13:12] <Froborr> So presmuably she just accelerated the destruction of the world by 50 percent?
[13:13] <Sylocat> Is that a reference to something?
[13:13] <Sylocat> Come on, Pluto, get into the action
[13:15] <Sylocat> So here’s where the power of love saves the day
[13:15] <Sylocat> “practically,” he says
01[13:15] <Froborr> Annnd it hung again.
[13:15] <Sylocat> Okay… I’m paused at 11:16
[13:15] <Arrlaari> I guess Emseraude did die
[13:16] <Sylocat> Huh… I missed that
[13:16] <Arrlaari> I ran a little bit further, but I rewound and paused at 11:15, which is close enough
[13:17] <Sylocat> So, Demande wasn’t brainwashed after all
[13:17] <Sylocat> I didn’t see that coming
[13:18] <Sylocat> Lemme know when you’ve caught up
01[13:19] <Froborr> Clck!
01[13:19] <Froborr> Huh, he really wasn’t brainwashed.
[13:19] <Sylocat> Is he going to break Saphir’s mind-wiping too?
01[13:19] <Froborr> Holy shit, did he just kill Saphir?
01[13:20] <Froborr> Ad.
[13:20] <Sylocat> So Phantom merged with Nemesis itself or something?
01[13:20] <Froborr> That’s what the implication seems to be?
[13:20] <Sylocat> And hey, the ad break is in the correct place again.
01[13:20] <Froborr> Or he was a projection of it to begin with?
[13:21] <Arrlaari> I’m in the ad break
[13:21] <Sylocat> No, I think he started out in future Tokyo and was exiled to Nemesis after he was caught… or something
[13:21] <Sylocat> I’m not sure though
01[13:21] <Froborr> Presumably we will find out after the ad break.
[13:22] <Sylocat> Yeah… he’ll have a little monologue expositing his return
[13:22] <Arrlaari> Ad over.
01[13:22] <Froborr> My ads are over.
[13:22] <Sylocat> Click again then
[13:22] <Sylocat> Pluto’s going to save the day?
[13:23] <Sylocat> Ooh, but she’s going to let the villain of the next arc slip by when she does? Or something?
01[13:23] <Froborr> OMG BB Pluto!
[13:23] <Sylocat> D’awwww
[13:23] <Sylocat> She still had awesome hair even back then
[13:23] <Arrlaari> Hiding the third taboo, I guess because it’s important
[13:23] <Sylocat> Shades of Majora’s Mask here
01[13:24] <Froborr> Ooh, she’s going to break the third taboo.
01[13:24] <Froborr> I’m guessing it’s using time travel to be in two places aat once.
[13:24] <Sylocat> Eeyup, he’s Nemesis now
01[13:24] <Froborr> Okay, yeah, what sylo said.
[13:24] <Sylocat> Ah yes, they had some dialogue about “The Will of Nemesis” before, IIRC
[13:25] <Arrlaari> This is basically what Metallia was doing at the last final battle
01[13:25] <Froborr> Ooh, or they LOSE, and the third taboo is changing history.
[13:26] <Sylocat> Ah, so this is what turns Demande against them… not a surge of nobility, but petulant rage. I like it
[13:26] <Arrlaari> I don’t think it’s petulant to be mad when someone turns on and murders your comrades
[13:26] <Sylocat> Well, good point
[13:27] <Sylocat> Aww, Diana
[13:27] <Sylocat> Wait, Pluto knew this might happen?
01[13:28] <Froborr> Where are you getting that she knew?
[13:28] <Sylocat> The way Diana delivered the line “awoken”
01[13:28] <Froborr> D’aww, Diana.
[13:28] <Sylocat> Like Pluto would know what it meant
[13:28] <Sylocat> I could be misinterpreting that though
[13:28] <Sylocat> Yep, Pluto’s gonna save the day
[13:28] <Sylocat> Gods I love her design
01[13:28] <Froborr> Oh, I just thought it was referring to the fact that they all knew she had dormant power?
01[13:29] <Froborr> Which, I mean, was part of the whole “stuck as a child” thing, wasn’t it
[13:29] <Sylocat> You’re probably right
[13:29] <Arrlaari> Diana ended the sentence with “shimau” which is only used when something bad happens
[13:29] <Arrlaari> Small Lady awakening would, absent context, be good news
01[13:30] <Froborr> Interesting, Arr. Guess that was lost in translation.
[13:30] <Sylocat> That’s kind of hard to translate, I guess
[13:30] <Sylocat> Ah… this is a trick
[13:30] <Sylocat> Hah… this might actually work
01[13:31] <Froborr> Okay, “selfish, caring, needy, adorable” was like Leslie Knope complimenting Ann, that was really distracting.
[13:31] <Sylocat> Yep, Tuxedo Fedora’s finally snapped out of it
[13:31] <Sylocat> Yeah, they’re both his, for about 5 seconds
[13:32] <Arrlaari> Demande has not thought this plan through
[13:32] <Sylocat> Whoa, he’s gonna make a paradox?
[13:32] <Sylocat> Oh… he knows full well it’ll destroy everything?
[13:32] <Sylocat> Ahahah… what a cliffhanger
01[13:32] <Froborr> Damn Blinovich LImitation Effect.
01[13:32] <Froborr> Nicely played, show.
01[13:32] <Froborr> That was a good one! Lots of reversals.
[13:33] <Sylocat> Indeed
[13:33] <Arrlaari> I like how Demande just suddenly grabs the two crystals and Black Lady is just ?????
01[13:33] <Froborr> Yep, that was fun.
[13:33] <Arrlaari> “Wait, that dude is still here?”
[13:34] <Sylocat> And Demande plans to destroy all of them, including himself? I mean, it makes sense since he now has nothing left
[13:35] <Arrlaari> I mean, I guess he would prefer to use the crystals to conquer but he’s apparently self-aware enough to know he can’t use the Silver Crystal the way Usagi can just by holding it
[13:35] <Sylocat> I was surprised he knew that much, I thought he was delusional enough to think he could actually wield the crystals
[13:35] <Arrlaari> Using them as a timey-wimey bomb is basically the only power he has access to
01[13:35] <Froborr> Yeah. It’s a combination between him effectively holding everyone hostage, and having nothing to lose so why not blow himself up.
01[13:36] <Froborr> I think losing his entire family/gang has finally woken him up. Somewhat, at least.
[13:36] <Sylocat> Or it’s just his one last desperate attempt to prove he’s powerful and can change the world
01[13:37] <Froborr> True.
[13:37] <Sylocat> But yeah… that works too
[13:37] <Sylocat> Hmm… still no MLP upload yet. And I need to be at rehearsal in 20 minutes
[13:37] <Sylocat> I guess I’ll post my own reactions to this week’s MLP in the comments thread
01[13:38] <Froborr> All right.
01[13:38] <Froborr> Arr, you want to reconvene in 20 minutes and see if there’s an upload yet?
[13:38] <Sylocat> See y’all
01[13:38] <Froborr> Later Sylo!
[13:38] <Arrlaari> At the turn of the hour, then?
01[13:38] <Froborr> Yep! See you then!
[13:39] <Arrlaari> See you then
01[14:00] <Froborr> Back.
01[14:00] <Froborr> https://youtu.be/i-BIbhW4iFM
01[14:00] <Froborr> It’s only 480p, but that’s the best I could find.
[14:01] <Arrlaari> It’s fine
[14:01] <Arrlaari> “Princess Spike” ok
[14:01] <Arrlaari> Loaded and paused
[14:01] <Arrlaari> Has Shining Armor ever been called a “Prince?”
01[14:01] <Froborr> Yeah, a Spike episode. Fuckety fuck on a fuck fucker.
01[14:01] <Froborr> Anyway.
01[14:01] <Froborr> Click.
01[14:02] <Froborr> A summit? Like, Ponyville has actual politics?
01[14:02] <Froborr> Er, Equestria I mean.
[14:02] <Arrlaari> Gryphonstone is a town in Equestria, and not it’s own state?
01[14:03] <Froborr> Apparently so.
[14:03] <Arrlaari> Good drawing and acting on sleep deprived Twilight
01[14:03] <Froborr> Yeah.
01[14:04] <Froborr> So we have YET ANOTHER “Spike feels underappreciated” thing. Blech.
01[14:04] <Froborr> Probably mixed with him eating the gem statue thing.
01[14:05] <Froborr> Oh man, I was awake for three straight days once.
01[14:05] <Froborr> It was freaky.
01[14:05] <Froborr> By the third day I was straight-up having hallucinations and delusions.
01[14:06] <Froborr> I still find something inherently hilarious about ponies playing polo.
[14:07] <Arrlaari> That pony should be wearing protective ear gear
01[14:08] <Froborr> He really should.
[14:08] <Arrlaari> Something is going to happen
[14:08] <Arrlaari> Possibly a lot of things
01[14:09] <Froborr> Spike starts issuing orders in her name?
01[14:09] <Froborr> That’s my guess.
01[14:09] <Froborr> And then of course gets carried away with that.
[14:09] <Arrlaari> Spike is going to resort to lying when she should be directing them to any of the other real princesses
01[14:09] <Froborr> Okay, sleepy Twilight is the best.
[14:10] <Arrlaari> Maybe Spike will just quote her directly
01[14:12] <Froborr> *sigh*
01[14:12] <Froborr> And here we go.
01[14:12] <Froborr> Thsi is a cute montage at least.
[14:12] <Arrlaari> At least they’re montaging it
01[14:15] <Froborr> *additional sighing*
[14:16] <Arrlaari> Was therejust a snap cut?
01[14:16] <Froborr> Yeah, that was REALLY weird.
01[14:16] <Froborr> Based on the timing I think the file just cut around a commercial weirdly.
[14:17] <Arrlaari> I feel like my video jumped over the first part of Cadence confronting Spike
01[14:17] <Froborr> Likewise.
01[14:18] <Froborr> Also notable: the chain reaction of disaster was all caused by things Spike did to create quiet, NOT the the things he did while taking Twilight’s authority.
[14:18] <Arrlaari> Another obvious jump
01[14:18] <Froborr> Yeah, this file is junk.
01[14:18] <Froborr> Dammit.
01[14:18] <Froborr> Pause and hold on.
[14:20] <Arrlaari> The weird part is, Spike could just as easily have invoked Cadence’s authority for all the noise prevention
[14:20] <Arrlaari> And that would have been perfectly honest
[14:20] <Arrlaari> And when people came to see Twilight, bounce them to Cadence
01[14:21] <Froborr> Yeah, he could have, but of course he wanted to make the calls himself.
[14:21] <Arrlaari> It looks like the writers didn’t realize Spike had that option and think that they put him on the spot
[14:22] <Arrlaari> Like, I’m not expecting Twilight to be like “Why not just honestly tell them that you were acting on Cadence’s authority”
01[14:23] <Froborr> True.
01[14:23] <Froborr> Anyway, I found another file that doesn’t have the jumps, but quality is a bit lower.
01[14:23] <Froborr> https://youtu.be/uzb1dtSRsRA
01[14:23] <Froborr> Jump to 14:00 and watch from there?
01[14:24] <Froborr> Lemme know when you’re ready.
[14:24] <Arrlaari> Ready
01[14:24] <Froborr> Click
01[14:25] <Froborr> Looks like we only missed a few seconds on the first jump.
[14:25] <Arrlaari> That makes sense
[14:26] <Arrlaari> I wasn’t even sure that we had missed anything
[14:26] <Arrlaari> Until the second jump confirmed my suspicion
01[14:26] <Froborr> Likewise.
01[14:26] <Froborr> Spike, where are you trying to throw that water TO?
[14:27] <Arrlaari> I wonder if Spike can eat the crystals Cadence can make with her magic
01[14:27] <Froborr> Also: I’m not clear on why they called those “dragonsneeze trees” when “dragonsbane” is already a thing.
[14:29] <Arrlaari> Well, maybe there’s another tree that’s worse for Dragons and that’s the Dragonsbane plant
01[14:29] <Froborr> Point.
01[14:30] <Froborr> Oh wow, yeah, that second jump was a couple of minutes.
01[14:31] <Froborr> I wonder how much they had to pay Griffonstone to get them to donate a gem.
01[14:32] <Froborr> Er, “donate”
01[14:32] <Froborr> Meh.
[14:32] <Arrlaari> Focusing on only one of Spike’s mistakes like the other didn’t happen, and the one that’s ignored is the one that actually caused the disaster
01[14:33] <Froborr> Eeyup.
01[14:33] <Froborr> Plus it’s ground that we’ve trod with Spike again, and again, and again, AND AGAIN.
01[14:33] <Froborr> Not to mention the cliche “liar revealed” climax and “here we go again” ending.
01[14:34] <Froborr> This was just… not a good episode.
[14:35] <Arrlaari> There was good work in the episode
[14:36] <Arrlaari> but it was built on a weak foundation
01[14:36] <Froborr> Yeah, basically.
[14:36] <Arrlaari> Like, at least they montaged away most of the awkward lying
01[14:36] <Froborr> True.
01[14:37] <Froborr> And the Manehattan and Whinnieappolis ponies were cute.