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ETA: Chatlog below the cut!
[12:00] <Arrlaari> A Sanetoshi flashback!
[12:00] <@Sylocat> Yeah, we haven’t seen one from his POV
[12:01] <@Sylocat> So, we get the eggshell speech here
[12:01] <@Sylocat> Whoa
[12:02] <@Sylocat> Ah, so the penguin hat is Momoka after all?
01[12:02] <Froborr> Penguin HATS.
[12:02] <@Sylocat> Both of them!
[12:02] <Arrlaari> So Momoka was split into two hats, and Sanetoshi into the two rabbits
[12:02] <@Sylocat> And the rabbits are the two halves of Sanetoshi? Only he’s managed to gather both of his in one place so he can take a physical form… or something
[12:03] <Arrlaari> The “Penguindrum” the hat wanted must be the other hat
[12:03] <Arrlaari> Also: The Diary has, in the course of the story, also been split in half
[12:04] <@Sylocat> Ad
[12:04] <Arrlaari> ad
01[12:04] <Froborr> What the hell, ad?
01[12:04] <Froborr> But I did the thing!
01[12:04] <Froborr> Grr.
[12:04] <@Sylocat> Oh dear
01[12:04] <Froborr> You did not keep our devil’s bargain, Hulu!
[12:05] <@Sylocat> Was it the trivia game option?
01[12:05] <Froborr> Yeah.
01[12:05] <Froborr> Paused after ad, bt.
01[12:05] <Froborr> *btw
[12:05] <@Sylocat> Paused after ad
[12:06] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
[12:06] <@Sylocat> All right then..
[12:06] <@Sylocat> Click
[12:07] <@Sylocat> Ah, tension mounts
[12:08] <@Sylocat> Did he katakana-ize “metaphor?”
[12:09] <@Sylocat> Whoa
[12:09] <@Sylocat> Ah, he’s offering a Devil’s Bargain
[12:09] <@Sylocat> Oh, I thought he was going to offer to trade Masako’s life for Himari’s
01[12:09] <Froborr> Yeah, I did too.
01[12:10] <Froborr> But no, he’s just ddemonstrating that he can fulfill his side of the bargain.
[12:10] <@Sylocat> “Houdini?” Interesting choice of allegory
01[12:10] <Froborr> Escaping seemingly certain death, it fits.
[12:11] <@Sylocat> The snowflakes change shape as they go through the screen
[12:12] <@Sylocat> Awwww
[12:12] <@Sylocat> Ahahah
[12:13] <@Sylocat> “Next time.” That’s ominous
[12:14] <@Sylocat> What an entrance!
[12:14] <@Sylocat> Ad
[12:14] <Arrlaari> ad
01[12:14] <Froborr> Okay, THAT time I didn’t get an ad. WTF
01[12:14] <Froborr> Anyway, yeah, that was a hell of an entrance.
[12:15] <@Sylocat> Paused after ad
[12:15] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
[12:15] <@Sylocat> Click
[12:16] <@Sylocat> Shoma’s hair looked different in that shot. Was he supposed to look like someone else?
[12:17] <@Sylocat> Whoa
01[12:17] <Froborr> WTF WTF WTF
[12:18] <@Sylocat> I wondered what had happened to her
[12:19] <@Sylocat> That was Kanba’s voice? I thought it was Sanetoshi’s
01[12:19] <Froborr> Of course we’re back here.
[12:19] <@Sylocat> Where it all began
[12:20] <@Sylocat> Uh oh, that’s Masako’s penguin, isn’t it
[12:20] <@Sylocat> Or one of the rabbits
01[12:20] <Froborr> No, it’s a bear-bomb.
[12:20] <@Sylocat> OH SHIT
[12:21] <@Sylocat> It’s the exploding teddy bear!
[12:21] <@Sylocat> Whoa
[12:22] <@Sylocat> …What saved her?
[12:22] <@Sylocat> Ad
[12:22] <Arrlaari> ad
01[12:22] <Froborr> She is remarkably intact in that last shot for someone who just got bombed.
[12:22] <@Sylocat> Did someone, or something, intervene?
[12:23] <@Sylocat> Paused after ad
[12:23] <Arrlaari> paused after ad
[12:24] <@Sylocat> Click
[12:24] <@Sylocat> Oh shit
01[12:24] <Froborr> Oh, the diary is burning.
[12:24] <@Sylocat> The diary is flammable? Since when?
01[12:24] <Froborr> And Himari is somehow not dead
01[12:24] <Froborr> fuck
[12:25] <@Sylocat> Can you punch out a ghost? Asking for a friend
01[12:25] <Froborr> Yeah, I was thinking something similar
[12:25] <@Sylocat> I assumed he’d faked Kanba’s voice
[12:26] <Arrlaari> He doesn’t need to, Kanba is wrapped around his finger
[12:26] <@Sylocat> Oh, he shot Shoma with an amnesia marshmallow?
[12:26] <@Sylocat> Or just a stun round
[12:27] <Arrlaari> New ED
[12:27] <Arrlaari> I think more stuff in the ED
[12:29] <Sylocat_> Whoa, it’s not even a preview, it’s a genuine post-ED scene
[12:29] <Sylocat_> (or was that even the ED?)
[12:29] <Arrlaari> Ah, the box teased in the preview last time
[12:29] <Sylocat_> Is this another child-broiler flashback?
[12:30] <Sylocat_> Okay, preloading the final episode
[12:30] <Arrlaari> I expect the lyrics in the new ED song are significant enough to rewatch to read them
[12:30] <Sylocat_> Okay, now I got the trivia-game option
01[12:31] <Froborr> Likewise, so ad-free.
03[12:31] * Sylocat_ is now known as Sylocat
[12:31] <Sylocat> Allegedly
01[12:35] <Froborr> I like this juxtaposition, it’s placing the blame for things like Aum Shinrikyo squarely on systemic issues.
[12:35] <Sylocat> Trippy floral background
[12:36] <Sylocat> Aum Shinrikyo? Is that the Sarin attacks?
01[12:36] <Froborr> Yeah.
[12:36] <Sylocat> Yay, no ad
[12:37] <Arrlaari> no ad
01[12:37] <Froborr> Basically, “Maybe people wouldn’t crave apocalypse/revolution if the world were less shitty.”
01[12:38] <Froborr> “Smash the world’s shell,” eh?
[12:38] <Sylocat> Yeah, that has to be a deliberate callback
[12:39] <Sylocat> Oh… wow
[12:40] <Sylocat> So that’s why Momoka!Himari dresses in the Double-H outfit
[12:41] <Arrlaari> Transphormation sequence theme
[12:42] <Arrlaari> no ad
01[12:44] <Froborr> Um. Tissues used for what, exactly?
[12:45] <Sylocat> Whoa
[12:45] <Sylocat> The heck does this represent?
[12:46] <Arrlaari> Who here can guess what the magic words are?
[12:46] <Sylocat> I got nuthin’
[12:47] <Sylocat> So he just ripped out his own heart, or Soul Orb or something
[12:47] <Sylocat> What.
01[12:48] <Froborr> He shared the apple back when.
[12:48] <Sylocat> Oh
[12:48] <Arrlaari> I didn’t guess the words right
[12:48] <Sylocat> So THAT’S the charm?
[12:48] <Sylocat> What did you think the words were going to be?
[12:49] <Arrlaari> “I Love You”
01[12:49] <Froborr> Same thing, really.
[12:51] <Sylocat> So, he took the fire into himself, and…
[12:52] <Sylocat> …?
[12:53] <Sylocat> Is this tabuki talking?
[12:53] <Sylocat> Yep
01[12:53] <Froborr> Yeah.
[12:54] <Sylocat> …Uh… did they, like, vanish from reality or something?
[12:56] <Sylocat> Ah… I see
01[12:56] <Froborr> Almost.
[12:57] <Sylocat> Huh
01[12:57] <Froborr> …huh.
[12:57] <Sylocat> Is there a post-Ed scene?
[12:57] <Sylocat> Wait, what? Not even an ED?
01[12:57] <Froborr> Doesn’t look like it.
[12:57] <Sylocat> Uh… okay…
[12:58] <Sylocat> Hmm.
[12:58] <Sylocat> Well, that was far better than I was expecting…
01[13:01] <Froborr> What were you expecting?
[13:01] <Sylocat> I’m not sure what I was expecting
01[13:02] <Froborr> I see why my friend had to watch this a couple of times to figure out where all the plot threads ended up.
[13:03] <Sylocat> I still feel like, overall, this was the weakest of Ikuhara’s directorial works, but it was interesting
[13:03] <Arrlaari> I’m surprised the two hats didn’t come together
[13:04] <Arrlaari> In the penultimate episode they reveal why Mario also has a hat and then it’s not important
01[13:04] <Froborr> Yeah, that was a little odd.
[13:04] <Sylocat> I reiterate my complaint that there were far too many status quo shifts in the latter half of the series
[13:05] <Sylocat> Like, I felt like it was hard to get invested in characters when, 14 episodes into a 24-episode series, I found out that I’d had no idea what their goals or motives were
[13:08] <Sylocat> I liked the finale because, well, Ringo was finally relevant again, after she’d barely even been in the last third of the show…
01[13:08] <Froborr> Yeah, that was nice.
[13:09] <Sylocat> …and it finally became clear why Shoma was needed in the show (I’d been feeling like he could have been replaced with a houseplant without requiring major story changes)
01[13:11] <Froborr> lol
01[13:11] <Froborr> No, he was always the glue that held the other characters together…
[13:11] <Sylocat> Yeah, I know, but in the last episodes it seemed to be revealed like he’d been doing a pretty terrible job of that
01[13:12] <Froborr> True.
[13:12] <Sylocat> (by “last episodes” I mean the last few before the finale, not the finale)
[13:12] <Sylocat> And again, I felt like it was a bit late in the game to establish that
[13:14] <Arrlaari> He seemed to have a clear role as the brother with integrity who contrasts with the brother who will Do Anything
[13:16] <Sylocat> I’m looking forward to reading Digdri’s take on this
01[13:17] <Froborr> Likewise.
01[13:18] <Froborr> I’m honestly just not ready to comment on it. I need at least one rewatch, minimum.
[13:18] <Sylocat> Yeah…
[13:18] <Sylocat> Here’s one idea…
[13:19] <Sylocat> How about, at some point this coming week, we each re-watch the show if we get a chance, and then have a sort of round-table discussion in a comment thread next Saturday?
01[13:19] <Froborr> Yeah, there’s no way I can actually do a rewatch this month, I have too much stuff to prep for Anime Boston.
[13:19] <Sylocat> Ah. Good point
[13:22] <Sylocat> Hmm… first weekend in April, maybe?
01[13:22] <Froborr> Maybe. No guarantees, watching a whole series in a week is a bit fast.
[13:22] <Sylocat> (oh, and I’m hoping to re-recruit my dad to join us for the Psycho-Pass liveblogs)
01[13:22] <Froborr> Cool.
[13:22] <Sylocat> Well, at some point we can probably set that up
[13:23] <Sylocat> And wow I finally have to change the room topic
01[13:23] <Froborr> Yep. So, two Psycho-Pass eps next week?
[13:23] <Sylocat> I think so
03[13:24] * ChanServ sets mode: +o Sylocat
03[13:24] * Sylocat changes topic to ‘Welcome to Rabbit Cube! Current weekly liveblog(s): Psycho-Pass vol. 1’
[13:27] <@Sylocat> Well then…
01[13:28] <Froborr> Yep. Sorry, still mulling it over, I’ve basically got nothing.
[13:28] <@Sylocat> Mulling what over? The show?
01[13:29] <Froborr> Yeah.
[13:29] <@Sylocat> Yeah… this one’s gonna be a tricky one
[13:29] <Arrlaari> Explicit references to Night On the Galactic Railroad bookend Mawaru Penguindrum
[13:29] <Arrlaari> Maybe we should watch that
[13:30] <@Sylocat> Yeah, shall we add that to the candidates list for post- Psycho-Pass?
01[13:30] <Froborr> I mean, it’s a movie, isn’t it?
[13:31] <@Sylocat> It is?
[13:31] <@Sylocat> I honestly didn’t know that
01[13:31] <Froborr> A novel and a movie adaptation, I believe.
[13:31] <@Sylocat> Well, no rule against a movie day
01[13:32] <Froborr> Yeah, we could do that.
[13:33] <@Sylocat> So, tentatively schedule the second week in April for a Penguindrum revisit?
01[13:34] <Froborr> Very tentatively.
[13:34] <@Sylocat> All right then…