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01[14:00] <Froborr> Satsuki looks weird wearing Junketsu like a normal outfit.
01[14:01] <Froborr> I like her military-ish uniform better.
[14:01] <FoME> "Ragyo Stadium." So humble.
01[14:02] <Froborr> The way the characters' outfits flip around in the OP reminds me of watching someone play a fighting game.
01[14:02] <Froborr> Like, swapping alts on the Character Select screen.
[14:03] <FoME> Ad.
01[14:03] <Froborr> k
01[14:04] <Froborr> ?
[14:05] <FoME> And I'm back.
[14:05] <FoME> Frakking Hulu.
[14:05] <Arrlaari> Ah, I got distracted and didn't see that we were waiting for an ad
[14:06] <FoME> I'm just after Mako's speech.
[14:06] <FoME> Where Senketsu reminds everyone that his opinion kind of matters.
01[14:06] <Froborr> Blah blah Ryuko blah Mako blah
01[14:06] <Froborr> Get back to the student council, they're way more interesting and entertaining.
01[14:08] <Froborr> Wait, so now his crotch glows even when she has pants on?
01[14:08] <Froborr> *he has pants
[14:08] <FoME> Oh, there are no pants.
[14:08] <Arrlaari> It's really more of a belt than pants
01[14:08] <Froborr> Oh, I see now. Camera angle made it look like cargo pants.
[14:09] <FoME> And now my favorite character in the show. And Satsuki.
01[14:09] <Froborr> lol
01[14:09] <Froborr> Satoi is a pretty good butler in the Alfred vein, yeah.
[14:10] <FoME> Ad.
[14:10] <Arrlaari> This reminds me of the comment about Matoi saying Satsuki is alone
01[14:10] <Froborr> Yeah, some of her minions really are very nearly friends/family.
[14:10] <FoME> Rather objectively wrong at this point.
[14:10] <Arrlaari> She was, in fact, wrong about that, but it's understandable that she would believe it.
01[14:11] <Froborr> Like Satoi and whatsername, band geek girl.
[14:11] <FoME> Nonon
[14:11] <FoME> I'm back.
[14:11] <Arrlaari> Remember that whenever Matoi has seen Satsuki treat one of the elite four as anything other than disposable tools, Ryuko has questioned it
[14:11] <Arrlaari> "are you going soft" or similar
01[14:11] <Froborr> Point.
[14:12] <Arrlaari> A friendship mediated by a strongly heirarchical power relationship isn't something Matoi has experienced or understands.
01[14:13] <Froborr> Well, I mean, such a thing *is* inherently unstable and unsustainable.
[14:13] <FoME> And art shift.
01[14:14] <Froborr> *eyeroll at the Obnoxious Family*
[14:14] <FoME> At least they care.
01[14:15] <Froborr> Ah, so there's our apocalypse.
[14:16] <FoME> Ad.
[14:16] <FoME> Last one, and shortest.
[14:17] <FoME> And I'm back.
[14:18] <FoME> The Revocs building always reminds me of Madoka's witch form.
01[14:18] <Froborr> THAT'S what it is!
01[14:18] <Froborr> Thanks, that's been bugging me.
[14:18] <FoME> NP :)
01[14:22] <Froborr> DEATH TO ALL CUPS!
[14:22] <FoME> Who's going to sweep it up, I ask you?
[14:22] <FoME> It's like an Olympic opening ceremony.
[14:23] <Arrlaari> There are a number of traditions involving smashing ones cup after a toast
01[14:23] <Froborr> The fact that Mataro's not in a uniform is going to be very significant, of course.
[14:23] <FoME> And then Rahyo was Kefka.
01[14:23] <Froborr> Only question is whether that screws up Ragyo's plans or Satsuki's or both.
01[14:23] <Froborr> Are you suggesting Ragyo has ever not been Kefka?
[14:24] <FoME> Point.
01[14:25] <Froborr> "Have fun storming the castle!"
[14:26] <FoME> Miracle Mako, ladies and gentlemen.
01[14:27] <Froborr> WHAT A TWEEST
01[14:27] <Froborr> That's been obvious for like a dozen episodes...
[14:28] <FoME> And the always-inapporpriate second ending credits.
01[14:28] <Froborr> Although I have to admit, I was expecting Satsuki to ask Ryuko to join her, rather than just backstab her mom and declare herself to be in rebellion.
01[14:29] <Froborr> I'm still counting this as satisfying my prediction that their team-up would happen this episode.
[14:29] <FoME> Do you really think Ryuko would say yes?
01[14:30] <Froborr> I think, given her new knowledge of the Life Fiber thing and wanting to kill whatsername, the fashion designer, it's quite possible she would.
[14:30] <Arrlaari> Anyway, I hear that smashing cups after drinking from them like Satsuki & the elite four did there is a thing traditionally done before going into a battle
01[14:31] <Froborr> I figured it was probably something like that.
01[14:31] <Froborr> But is declaring war on cups any sillier than declaring war on clothes?
[14:31] <FoME> It depends on whether or not the cups are made out of aliens.
01[14:31] <Froborr> Point.
[14:32] <Arrlaari> To follow up on earlier, with Satsuki's friendships being mediated by dominance
[14:33] <Arrlaari> It's notable that her meetings with each of her elite four follow roughly this pattern: The future shittenou challenges her, she overwhelms the challenge, and then says "that was cool, you can hang out with me"
[14:33] <Arrlaari> At first, Jakuzure Nonon's story looks like the exception, but if you think about it, Nonon was trying to patronize Satsuki
01[14:33] <Froborr> Well yeah, it's the Defeat Means Friendship thing.
01[14:34] <Froborr> Very common way to form a gang in shonen.
01[14:34] <Froborr> What's odd is that she maintains such a hierarchical structure and dominant position afterwards.
[14:35] <Arrlaari> The sandcastle was offered with these words: "because you're my favorite" and the offer was couched in an ostentatious display of Nonon's popularity among the other tiny children
[14:35] <FoME> Says something about who Satsuki is, really. She needs to be at the forefront.
01[14:36] <Froborr> Sure, I can buy that as the same challenge/defeat structure.
01[14:38] <Froborr> So, any final thoughts before I post this up?
[14:38] <Arrlaari> You've mentioned before
[14:39] <Arrlaari> That people have told you that there is a point at which this show gets a lot better. I can't speak for them, but they may have been referring to the end of this episode, and making a pun on the point of Satsuki's sword.
01[14:40] <Froborr> Lol, no, I'm pretty sure the exact wording didn't use the word "point."
01[14:40] <Froborr> Still, though, if this is where that improvement happens, good, because I am definitely bored pretty much any time Satsuki's offscreen.
[14:41] <FoME> See you next week, then.
01[14:41] <Froborr> No, week after.
[14:41] <Arrlaari> Convention next weekend
[14:41] <FoME> Ah, right. Thanks for the reminder.
01[14:41] <Froborr> Next week I'm at AUSA and can't do it, yep.