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[12:59] <@Sylocat> click
[13:00] <@Sylocat> I like this episode already
[13:00] <@Sylocat> Whoa!
[13:00] <@Sylocat> Mako has a spy network?
[13:00] <@Sylocat> Ah, he goes bishounen on her
[13:00] <Froborr> Wait, Mako... did something clever?
[13:00] <@Sylocat> It's super effective!
[13:01] <@Sylocat> Why are his nipples glowing?
[13:01] <Arrlaari> So this is the episode where Glowing Pink Nipples first appear
[13:01] <Arrlaari> Those are here to stay
[13:01] <@Sylocat> Like I said, I like this episode already
[13:01] <@Sylocat> I love that organization name
[13:02] <Mime> Bob's Burgers flashbacks. This can only be a good thing.
[13:04] <Mime> Commercial break--60 seconds.
[13:04] <@Sylocat> It started right after the credits?
[13:04] <Mime> Commercials? Yup.
[13:05] <Mime> And back.
[13:05] <Froborr> I wonder what the terrible dark secret of where life fibers come from is.
[13:05] <Arrlaari> I missed the call to pause. My bad, next time there's an ad let me know when it is so I can reset to it.
[13:05] <@Sylocat> Given that they feed on human blood...
[13:06] <Mime> Nudist silkworms.
[13:06] <@Sylocat> Shower scene, of course
[13:07] <@Sylocat> Ooh, flashback
[13:08] <@Sylocat> "Gang Leader Alliance Representative?"
[13:08] <Froborr> Dang, sassy drum majorette is sassy.
[13:08] <Arrlaari> Oh, there's a monkey image there.
[13:09] <@Sylocat> Wow... blunt end, no less
[13:09] <Froborr> That looked paiful.
[13:09] <@Sylocat> Ah, he joined her party after she beat him
[13:09] <@Sylocat> So, will he join Matoi's party after SHE beats him?
[13:10] <Mime> Yes, obviously the cup's handle is the deadliest part.
[13:10] <@Sylocat> Aww, she broke her favorite teacup?
[13:10] <@Sylocat> ...Whoa
[13:11] <@Sylocat> There's someone higher up than Satsuki? Is that what's implied?
[13:11] <Arrlaari> btw this music is Ragyo's leitmotif
[13:11] <Arrlaari> We've heard of her before
[13:11] <Arrlaari> Lance just found this awesome Dratini and he wants to battle!
[13:11] <Froborr> Yeah, in the episode where she took the uniform from the lab.
[13:11] <@Sylocat> Ah yes, forgot about that
[13:12] <Froborr> Okay, so the higher-up uniforms are straight-up mecha?
[13:12] <@Sylocat> Ooh, he used an illusion decoy?
[13:12] <Froborr> I never noticed the teeth on her skirt before, those are hilarious.
[13:12] <@Sylocat> Two can do that move
[13:13] <Arrlaari> So. That's a dude who turns his Gaze on Ryuko to empower his stick.
[13:13] <@Sylocat> Ah, so THAT's his weak spot
[13:14] <@Sylocat> Yeesh, this boss is tough
[13:14] <@Sylocat> AHAHAH
[13:14] <Arrlaari> After his Gaze is obstructed, Sageyama's stick becomes limp and ineffectual.
[13:15] <Froborr> ...yeah.
[13:15] <Arrlaari> The Freudian reading is explicit in the text.
[13:15] <@Sylocat> So, is he going to join Ryuko now?
[13:16] <@Sylocat> Ahahah.... "Iron" gets him high-graded
[13:17] <Froborr> Ragyo is Satsuki's mother!
[13:17] <Froborr> Did we know that?
[13:17] <@Sylocat> He wants a rematch already?
[13:17] <Froborr> Life Fiber blindfold, I'm guessing?
[13:18] <@Sylocat> Ooh, Ryuko's trying to psyche out Satsuki?
[13:18] <Froborr> ...no, just a mark 2.
[13:19] <Arrlaari> You were on the right track, but you didn't go far enough along it.
[13:19] <@Sylocat> Eww
[13:19] <@Sylocat> Ah, this is Phase 2 of the boss fight
[13:19] <@Sylocat> Where he loses his weak spot and you have to find another one
[13:20] <@Sylocat> Ah, he's got Zatoichi powers now
[13:20] <Froborr> Yeah, gimmicky first phase, slugfest second phase.
[13:20] <Arrlaari> That Dragonite cannot possibly exist.
[13:20] <@Sylocat> Yikes... she's lost some heavy HP there
[13:22] <@Sylocat> AHAHAH... he overloaded!
[13:22] <Froborr> Haaaaaaaaaaaaax
[13:22] <@Sylocat> It was one of those self-destroying bosses where you only have to outlast him
[13:22] <@Sylocat> Like the Lava Reef Zone boss, or the rematch with the Red Dragon in FFVI Advance
[13:23] <@Sylocat> "Behind?" He's in front of her
[13:23] <@Sylocat> Wait, does she have a soft spot?
[13:23] <@Sylocat> Wow
[13:24] <Froborr> That was actually a really good episode!
[13:24] <@Sylocat> Yeah... a lot of symbolism
[13:24] <Arrlaari> There's going to be a bunch like it
[13:24] <Arrlaari> But between that and this, a Mankanshoku family focus episode
[13:24] <Arrlaari> ~look forward to next week~
[13:24] <Froborr> Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
[13:24] <Froborr> Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
[13:25] <Froborr> Also, please refrain from posting spoilers like that in future?
[13:25] <@Sylocat> Will they get some actual character development, finally?
[13:25] <Arrlaari> Alright
[13:25] <@Sylocat> Hmm, judging from the preview, I'm almost optimistic
[13:26] <Froborr> Anyway, I like that in order to win, he had to sacrifice the ability to enjoy his prize.
[13:26] <@Sylocat> That's a pretty darn good metaphor
[13:26] <Froborr> Yep.
[13:27] <Arrlaari> It wasn't about the prize to begin with
[13:27] <Froborr> I know, but I still liked it.
[13:27] <Froborr> And I feel like this is the first episode where they're *actually* satirizing fanservice and the male gaze, instead of that being an excuse to revel in it.
[13:27] <@Sylocat> The metaphor still works
[13:29] <Arrlaari> Last week, when FoME was calling Sanegayama "sword monkey" I didn't remember that nickname was directly out of the show
[13:29] <Froborr> Also I am pretty sure I can now tell the difference between sword-monkey and bishie homeroom teach.
[13:30] <@Sylocat> Well, I must be off... got an early rehearsal today
[13:30] <Arrlaari> That paining of a monkey that briefly appeared in the flashback, I wonder if it's a famous classical work?
[13:30] <@Sylocat> Next week, I think, I'll be able to make it at the regular time
[13:31] <@Sylocat> G'day to y'all
[13:31] <Arrlaari> I wouldn't know how to check, but I suspect it's a depiction of Wukong.
[13:32] <Froborr> If you could get a clear image of it, you could use Reverse Image Search.
[13:33] <Froborr> Anyway, looks like we're dispersing, so, later all!
[13:34] <Arrlaari> Have a good afternoon