Saturday, January 17, 2015

Escaflowne Ep 8 and Sailor Moon Crystal ep 14 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

Apologies all. I still haven't had time to watch last week's Escaflowne, nor will I be able to make this week's liveblog. Or, probably, next week's. The first week in February is looking good, though.

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. We will then be watching Sailor Moon Crystal at 2:30.


  1. [10:56] <@Sylocat> Okay... get ready, I guess
    [10:57] <@Sylocat> *sigh* dad said he'd be here at 5 'til
    [10:58] == mere_oblivion [-] has joined ##rabbitcube
    [10:58] <@Sylocat> Ah, speaking of
    [10:58] <mere_oblivion> Hey here hi there ho there
    [10:58] <@Sylocat> Little hi, little low, little hey, little ho, &c.
    [10:58] <Arrlaari> You are THREE minutes late and your son is very disappionted in you
    [10:58] <@Sylocat> Oh you
    [10:59] <@Sylocat> Okay, everyone got it cued up?
    [10:59] <Arrlaari> Yes
    [10:59] <mere_oblivion> "After all, am I a man or a mouse?" "Is that a trick question?"
    [10:59] <mere_oblivion> Yowza
    [10:59] <mere_oblivion> Three minutes late is an improvement fr me.
    [11:00] <@Sylocat> Clickity click
    [11:00] <@Sylocat> This opening, it's wonderful
    [11:00] <@Sylocat> (in case we haven't talked about that enough)
    [11:01] <@Sylocat> "Was it all just a dream? Or a vision?"
    [11:01] <@Sylocat> "Another side to Allen," that's putting it mildly
    [11:02] <@Sylocat> Speaking of dreams
    [11:02] <Arrlaari> Let's have a weird dream to remind us that Allen looks like her crush from earth
    [11:02] <@Sylocat> I'd forgotten about this sequence
    [11:03] <mere_oblivion> Me too--but then I've forgotten most of it, thankfully.
    [11:03] <@Sylocat> Poor Hitomi
    [11:03] <@Sylocat> Ah, the Tower card
    [11:03] <@Sylocat> Uh, Hitomi, that's clearly Van...
    [11:03] <@Sylocat> What are they roasting on those sticks?
    [11:04] <@Sylocat> MERLE...
    [11:04] <@Sylocat> Ah, they're giant bugs
    [11:04] <mere_oblivion> What else?!
    [11:04] <@Sylocat> Merle...
    [11:04] <@Sylocat> She really IS a cat, she's stealing everything and gnawing on it
    [11:05] <mere_oblivion> And passing judgment on everyone eelse.
    [11:05] <@Sylocat> (for the longest time, I thought "gnaw" was spelled "knaw." I don't know what that has to do with anything, but oh well)
    [11:05] <mere_oblivion> I gnow what you mean.
    [11:05] <@Sylocat> For a moment there, I thought Folken was going to show up
    [11:06] <@Sylocat> Van lost his parents, and as such has almost completed his prereq for Shonen Hero-dom
    [11:06] <@Sylocat> Awww
    [11:07] <mere_oblivion> really, are all such Heroes spose be orphans?
    [11:07] <@Sylocat> It's a fantasy anime, of course he is
    [11:07] <mere_oblivion> "Come with us?" Where else could she go?
    [11:08] <@Sylocat> That does seem an odd suggestion
    [11:08] <Arrlaari> "I may need your help someday" Or every day
    [11:08] <@Sylocat> Yeah, she's already saved his neck at least three times
    [11:08] <Arrlaari> You can't get through two episodes without her averting your death
    [11:08] <@Sylocat> Ah, those floating fortresses
    [11:08] <@Sylocat> I'd forgotten how different they all look from one another
    [11:09] <@Sylocat> Allen's in jail?
    [11:09] <mere_oblivion> That threw me for a loop, too.
    [11:10] <@Sylocat> Yeesh, there's a ton of them
    [11:10] <Arrlaari> So he's letting Zaibach hit that duchy because they had something to do with Marlene dying, I guess.
    [11:10] <@Sylocat> I think Marlene was married off to their duke
    [11:10] <Arrlaari> I guess this guy work for Zaibach
    [11:10] <@Sylocat> Ah, I'd forgot that most Energists are mined from the ground rather than gotten from dragon hearts
    [11:10] <Arrlaari> You can tell because he's a jerk to messengers

    1. [11:11] <@Sylocat> No, no she doesn't have her father's permission
      [11:11] <@Sylocat> Oh, THAT trick
      [11:12] <@Sylocat> Ah... well, they ARE from dragon hearts, just from ones that died naturally
      [11:12] <mere_oblivion> "The last six women who did this were just trying to escape."
      [11:12] <@Sylocat> Ahahah... Space Mutiny
      [11:12] <@Sylocat> "Hide there?" Did they not see Escaflowne land?
      [11:13] <@Sylocat> Ah, "Prince Chid, his own grandson." Marlene WAS married to Freid's duke
      [11:13] <Arrlaari> They took Escaflowne for a dragon, and not a dragon robot
      [11:13] <Arrlaari> because they apparently weren't informed
      [11:13] <@Sylocat> (of course, that doesn't mean Freid DIDN'T have anything to do with Marlene dying)
      [11:13] <@Sylocat> Ah, I'd forgotten what Mole Man was up to
      [11:14] <Arrlaari> That was kind of a patronizing thing to do
      [11:14] <@Sylocat> Well, yes... Chivalry™, and all that
      [11:14] <@Sylocat> But at least the show seems aware of that
      [11:15] <@Sylocat> Eww
      [11:15] <@Sylocat> That stuff that leaks out when the Zaibach guymelefs get broken apart
      [11:15] <@Sylocat> (I mean, it's just the liquid metal from those extendable claws, but still)
      [11:16] <mere_oblivion> It is a tad disgusting.
      [11:16] <@Sylocat> Whoa... headbutt
      [11:16] <@Sylocat> A transformer Guymelef? That's awesome
      [11:17] <@Sylocat> Come on, Merle, save the day
      [11:17] <@Sylocat> He's a Parselmouth!
      [11:18] <@Sylocat> Wait, is she going to bite Hitomi, or squeeze her?
      [11:18] <mere_oblivion> Ha!
      [11:18] <@Sylocat> Ahah... a cell phone!
      [11:18] <@Sylocat> Ah... that answers that
      [11:18] <@Sylocat> Stymied by modern tech
      [11:18] <@Sylocat> WHOA!
      [11:18] <mere_oblivion> Technology keeps saving the day
      [11:18] <@Sylocat> Van is good!
      [11:19] <@Sylocat> And that was convenient
      [11:19] <@Sylocat> I do like that the fight scenes don't last too long... it gives time for character development
      [11:19] <@Sylocat> Whoa... what's this going to do...
      [11:19] <mere_oblivion> Perhaps one more result of cutting down to 26 eps?
      [11:19] <@Sylocat> Whoa
      [11:20] <@Sylocat> Is this the Warring Triad from FFVI or something?
      [11:20] <Arrlaari> Well, that's the mining operation sabotaged
      [11:20] <@Sylocat> "I see you managed to get your shirt off."
      [11:20] <Arrlaari> I was going to say, what was he planning to do
      [11:21] <@Sylocat> Wait... was that a dream too?
      [11:21] <@Sylocat> No, they're in that canyon
      [11:21] <Arrlaari> ????
      [11:21] <Arrlaari> How does she get service on another planet?
      [11:21] <@Sylocat> Aww, Amano
      [11:21] <@Sylocat> Magic
      [11:21] <mere_oblivion> Now, now, can't ask too many logical questions!
      [11:21] <@Sylocat> And of course, that's where we leave off
      [11:21] <mere_oblivion> Excellent ending.
      [11:22] <@Sylocat> (I just realized that "Allen" did save her after all, since Allen corresponds to Amano)
      [11:22] <Arrlaari> You might be spoiling something there
      [11:22] <mere_oblivion> Ahh. Well spotted!
      [11:22] <Arrlaari> Like, I don't know how literally that works
      [11:22] <@Sylocat> Nah, it's not a spoiler... he just sort of "represents" Amano, they're not really the same guy
      [11:23] <mere_oblivion> It's a fine distinction but an important one.
      [11:23] <@Sylocat> (of course, my saying THAT much might be a spoiler in itself)
      [11:24] <mere_oblivion> I don't think it is, but as I've said there's so much I don't remember.

    2. [11:25] <Arrlaari> So I think Vaan didn't kill that dude after he killed that dude's pet snake, which would make two Zaibach asshole officers who have an exaggurated grudge against him
      [11:25] <Arrlaari> but I guess it's possible snake guy died when the dig site collapsed
      [11:25] <Arrlaari> He had the design to appear in more than one episode though
      [11:25] <mere_oblivion> He did indeed.
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      [11:26] <Sylocat_> Apologies, my internet picks the worst times to crap out
      [11:26] <Sylocat_> What was the last message of mine that everyone actually got?
      [11:26] <mere_oblivion> "(of course, my saying that much might be a spoiler in itself")
      [11:27] <Sylocat_> Ah, good... at least it let me know when my messages were no longer going through
      [11:27] <Sylocat_> Anyway... any final thoughts?
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      [11:28] <Arrlaari> I think it was a bit of a jerk move for Allen to not let the princess come with him
      [11:28] <Sylocat_> Yeah... fortunately, she didn't listen
      [11:28] <Arrlaari> And like, she's probably going to track him down anyway
      [11:28] <Arrlaari> So he's just making a big hassle for her
      [11:28] <Sylocat_> (I like that this show actually calls Allen out when he's being a "Chivalrous™" jerkwad)
      [11:29] <mere_oblivion> Yes, very "you're just the little lady." But she won't give into that.
      [11:29] <Arrlaari> I suspect the show is not going to correct this character flaw of Allen's because it's Chivalry and therefore not a problem
      [11:29] <Sylocat_> Well, as has been demonstrated at least twice now, it IS a problem
      [11:30] <mere_oblivion> Again, I'm glad to say I can't recall if he overcomes it or not.
      [11:30] <Sylocat_> Like, Van was only saved because Hitomi ignored Allen's instructions and barged into the Floating Fortress anyway
      [11:30] <mere_oblivion> Good point.
      [11:31] <mere_oblivion> In most ways, Allen has much farther to go than Van.
      [11:31] <mere_oblivion> Even though he's a much better fighter when they first meet.
      [11:32] <Sylocat_> Yep...
      [11:32] <mere_oblivion> So . . . till next week . . . ?
      [11:33] <Sylocat_> Indeed... we're about to start the next SMC liveblog shortly, but I haven't gotten you up to speed on that one
      [11:34] <mere_oblivion> Probly for the best, given how much we have to accomplish over here. But do tell me about it when next we meet (tomorrow?)
      [11:34] <Arrlaari> Well, Hitomi was willing to slap Vaan in his jerk face and yell at him
      [11:34] <Arrlaari> Nobody does that to Allen, yet
      [11:34] <mere_oblivion> Right!
      [11:35] <Sylocat_> I think Hitomi did slap Allen at some point during Episode 5, but it was more of a playful I-told-you-so slap... I'd have to watch it again though

  2. [11:42] <Sylocat_> Okay then... click
    [11:42] <Sylocat_> Ooh, the crystal flower
    [11:42] <Arrlaari> Oh she'll give you that power
    [11:43] <Arrlaari> The activated silver crystal looks like an onion that's been prepared in a certain way
    [11:43] <Sylocat_> Well, that was an overelaborate speech
    [11:43] <Arrlaari> I forget what it's called, but they cut it open so that it looks like it's blooming and fry it.
    [11:43] <Sylocat_> It does kind of... like an artichoke
    [11:43] <Sylocat_> as well
    [11:44] <Sylocat_> Her "By the power of" speech is done, right?
    [11:45] <Arrlaari> That's an interesting translation for the title
    [11:45] <Sylocat_> Oh jeez, there's MORE of it?
    [11:45] <Arrlaari> Was Mamoru doing the Conan babe pose just now?
    [11:45] <Sylocat_> Ah... it's done
    [11:45] <Sylocat_> Heheh... I hope so
    [11:46] <Sylocat_> Their magic pens aren't being blown away by the wind
    [11:46] <Arrlaari> Oh, there's four dots on the gubbin on that sword
    [11:46] <Arrlaari> One for each of the planetary guardians, I guess
    [11:46] <Sylocat_> Luna's okay... because of course they weren't going to kill the kitten
    [11:47] <Sylocat_> Okay, we get it, the hearts of all their friends are magically with them, &c.
    [11:48] <Arrlaari> *praying cat.gif*
    [11:48] <Sylocat_> Paper Mario lampshaded that
    [11:48] <Sylocat_> "craving for?" Queen Metalia can't grammar
    [11:48] <Sylocat_> (and yes, it's just a subtitle thing, I know)
    [11:49] <Sylocat_> That was entirely too easy
    [11:49] <Arrlaari> Metallia has spent a lot of time narrating what was happening to her during the past couple of episodes
    [11:49] <Sylocat_> Wait, that ornament in her bow just shattered?
    [11:49] <Sylocat_> Is that, like, her Soul Gem or something?
    [11:49] <Sylocat_> Did it overload?
    [11:49] <Sylocat_> Wait, who is THAT?
    [11:49] <Sylocat_> Who was that with the black wavy hair?
    [11:49] <Arrlaari> I actually don't recognize that
    [11:49] <Sylocat_> Was that LUNA? Luna had a human form?
    [11:49] <Arrlaari> Was that supposed to be a Luna gijinka?
    [11:50] <Sylocat_> That's weird
    [11:50] <Sylocat_> Whoa, the Moon Kingdom is getting rebuilt?
    [11:50] <Sylocat_> Or is this just a vision?
    [11:50] <Arrlaari> Was it a dream? Or a vision?
    [11:50] <Sylocat_> ahahah... good point
    [11:51] <Arrlaari> He's doing that thing he does
    [11:51] <Sylocat_> Eeyup
    [11:52] <Sylocat_> Wait, he can do that?
    [11:53] <Sylocat_> Was it established that he could do this?
    [11:53] <Arrlaari> Not before now
    [11:53] <Arrlaari> but he is the Prince of Earth
    [11:53] <Sylocat_> I mean, it's not like it's something that's actually useful in battle, but...
    [11:53] <Arrlaari> so basically Sailor Earth
    [11:53] <Sylocat_> Oh come on, just pray and get your powers back
    [11:53] <Sylocat_> "Moon stick?" That's the technical term?
    [11:54] <Arrlaari> They aren't even translating it, Luna is saying Moon Stick
    [11:54] <Sylocat_> Ah, in katakana?
    [11:54] <Sylocat_> I didn't hear that
    [11:54] <Arrlaari> The actress' pronounciation is reasonably good, actually
    [11:55] <Arrlaari> Actually, Usagi just did "Moon Castle" pretty well, and there's an L in that.
    [11:55] <Arrlaari> "You're the new Queen of this empty kingdom on the moon"
    [11:55] <Sylocat_> Yeah, it would seem a little weird to rule over an empty realm
    [11:56] <Sylocat_> We're barely halfway through the episode. Does the next season's villain get introduced now?

    1. [11:56] <Arrlaari> New gear!
      [11:56] <Sylocat_> Ah, a new toy line!
      [11:57] <Sylocat_> Was the Crystal that small before?
      [11:57] <Sylocat_> Ooh, I like the new transformation sequence
      [11:58] <Sylocat_> Is the new costume the same?
      [11:58] <Sylocat_> I don't remember those three hair-claw things beneath the baubles
      [11:58] <Arrlaari> Yeah I think that's the one new thing
      [11:59] <Arrlaari> This show respects the fact that the healer is the most important member of the RPG party
      [11:59] <Sylocat_> Yes, yes it does
      [11:59] <Sylocat_> Aww
      [12:00] <Sylocat_> And they all get their powers back too, I assume
      [12:00] <Arrlaari> They are not leaving a lot of time for the Petite Etrangere
      [12:01] <Sylocat_> Well, presumably the new season's villain will arrive at the very end for a cliffhanger
      [12:02] <Sylocat_> I always did wonder when magical girls found time to do their homework
      [12:02] <Arrlaari> In the old anime the sailor scouts had a study group. I wonder if we'll see that.
      [12:02] <Sylocat_> Oh jeez, tell me the Rock Knights aren't back too
      [12:02] <Sylocat_> Whew... fortunately that was just the new villain
      [12:03] <Sylocat_> The handkerchief, I'd forgotten that
      [12:03] <Sylocat_> Wha?
      [12:03] <Sylocat_> Oh jeez
      [12:04] <Sylocat_> It's HER
      [12:04] <Sylocat_> I'd forgotten about her
      [12:04] <Sylocat_> She's in the manga too
      [12:04] <Sylocat_> AHAHAH... she has a gun
      [12:04] <Sylocat_> Is she wearing lipstick?
      [12:05] <Arrlaari> Real talk: She is the reason I stopped watching the dub of the old anime
      [12:05] <Sylocat_> I still haven't seen the sub of the old anime
      [12:06] <Arrlaari> When I watched the fansubs I mooched off my sister, I got to the specific episode where she made me quit and it was as bad as I remembered
      [12:06] <Sylocat_> Yeesh
      [12:06] <Arrlaari> What I didn't remember is that it was just that one episode
      [12:07] <Sylocat_> Well... that's fortunate
      [12:08] <Sylocat_> Okay, we're in for quite a ride this coming season
      [12:09] <Arrlaari> Anyway, if Froborr was here I'd tell him to go and watch the last three episodes of the first season
      [12:09] <Sylocat_> The first season of the original anime?
      [12:10] <Arrlaari> Yeah
      [12:10] <Arrlaari> Or the whole thing but there's 46 episodes so he probably doesn't have that kind of time


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