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 Vision of Escaflowne and commenting there starting at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Except I won't, because I'm hanging out with Viga and Linkara. If one of you who is there could post the chatlog in the comments here, I'd appreciate it; I'll update the post with my own comments once I've watched the thing.
Three gorram weeks later, it's finally done! Chatlog with myself under the cut.
01[19:56] <Froborr> Say what you will about this series, this opening continues to be spectacular and I *will* watch it every time.
01[19:57] <Froborr> This recap is exceedingly helpful, because I have COMPLETELY forgotten what was going on last time in the weeks since I watched it...
01[19:57] <Froborr> Okay, yeah, I remember, Van got manipualted into dueling so he can legally be kuilled and Palas can take his mech.
01[19:58] <Froborr> Of course he instead kicks everyone's ass.
01[19:58] <Froborr> Because only a named major villain can seriously challenge a hero, everyone knows that.
01[19:58] <Froborr> The reactions of the mercenaries getting slaughtered was very Slayers somehow.
01[19:59] <Froborr> Hitomi's surprised face is lolarious.
01[20:00] <Froborr> So wait, is the king just on their side now, or is this another attempt to maneuver themselves into control of Escaflowne.
01[20:01] <Froborr> Hitomi is about to get falling down drunk isn't she?
01[20:01] <Froborr> The older princess' earpieces make her look like a Vulcan.
01[20:02] <Froborr> I wonder if the Star Trek universe has Vulcan wannabes who wear fake ears and play logician?
01[20:03] <Froborr> I see Dilandau is in the giggly phase of Anime Supervillainy.
01[20:03] <Froborr> Of COURSE there are four generals. Also: Power Spot? Is this all going to turn out to be just one giant game of Archon?
01[20:04] <Froborr> (Obscure 80s video game reference ftw!)
01[20:05] <Froborr> So Mole Man sold Hitomi out, of course, and now she's going to get kidnapped into slavery, as you do when you fall into a fantasy world.
01[20:06] <Froborr> Allen continues to be a creeper, and Eries is aware of it.
01[20:07] <Froborr> The three of WHAT?
01[20:07] <Froborr> Oh. Okay. I guess dream-Tarot can have fish in it.
01[20:08] <Froborr> It's almost like Van is a shonen hero stuck in the wrong genre...
01[20:08] <Froborr> I really like the swords in this show, have I mentioned that.
01[20:09] <Froborr> Ah, and Millerna has an arranged marriage, paralleling the king's willingness to sell Hitomi off into slavery.
01[20:10] <Froborr> I do like that, thus far, the romantic lead and the heroic lead are two separate characters.
01[20:11] <Froborr> What the FUCK are those things on the ceilign!?
01[20:11] <Froborr> Wait, is Merle being... not entirely horrible?
01[20:11] <Froborr> Wait, no, she's still awful.
01[20:11] <Froborr> It's an entire clan of Nightcrawler!
01[20:12] <Froborr> Frog-people, I guess?
01[20:12] <Froborr> No, those eyes, they're chameleon-people.
01[20:13] <Froborr> ...Why does Escaflowne look completely different tonight?
01[20:13] <Froborr> Oh, right, disguising it.'
01[20:13] <Froborr> Ooh, "shadowgraph." I like it.
01[20:15] <Froborr> Man, Escaflowne is REALLY not designed for use in the water, is it?
01[20:15] <Froborr> It's not even watertight!
01[20:16] <Froborr> Oh great, now Hitomi gets a crush on Van, too, and love quadrangle bullshit begins.
01[20:16] <Froborr> Ah, they were Gecko-people.
01[20:17] <Froborr> Damn. If ONE Guymelef can do that to the CAPITAL of a major power, how the hell do kingdoms and empires even exist? They should be getting conquered or having civil wars every five minutes!
01[20:18] <Froborr> And off they go to protect the city. This feels very much like the end of Avatar the Last Airbender, "Kyoshi Island," except they left Allen behind... sure he'll be back soon.
01[20:19] <Froborr> And here to make up for the awesomeness of the opening is the terrible ending.