Saturday, January 24, 2015

Escaflowne Episode 9 Liveblog Chat Thingy!

As predicted, I am not going to be able to make this due to being at MAGFest. I will catch up by next weekend, though, I promise!

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.


  1. PART I:

    [13:00] <@Sylocat: Click
    [13:00] <mere_oblivion: Click?
    [13:00] <mere_oblivion: click.
    [13:00] <@Sylocat: Ah, this opening
    [13:01] <mere_oblivion: I hope they kept this one awhile.
    [13:01] <@Sylocat: They kept it for the whole anime
    [13:01] <@Sylocat: (I know, what a strange concept!)
    [13:01] <@Sylocat: (one theme song for a complete anime?)
    [13:01] <@Sylocat: Ah yes, she's still torn up about Amano
    [13:01] <mere_oblivion: Cool! Any way to find it online (mp3)?
    [13:01] <@Sylocat: Even though Van is a literal angel
    [13:02] <@Sylocat: Well, for me, the opening is inseparable from the visuals
    [13:02] <@Sylocat: Ah, Merle is guarding his secret
    [13:02] <@Sylocat: Whoa, the feathers glow?
    [13:02] <@Sylocat: Ah, her powers let her see the memories attached to the feather, I'd forgotten that
    [13:02] <@Sylocat: Meanwhile, on Allen's ship...
    [13:03] <@Sylocat: "scare Zaibach?" How will that scare Zaibach?
    [13:03] <mere_oblivion: Shit! They're here half an hour early. I'll be back ASAP! (Again, Shit!)
    [13:03] <@Sylocat: dang
    [13:03] <@Sylocat: I'll hold down the fort
    [13:03] <@Sylocat: Of course Millerna's coming on her own
    [13:04] <@Sylocat: This show actually calls guys out when they're being Chivalrous™
    [13:04] <@Sylocat: Ah, and Mole Man's with her
    [13:04] <@Sylocat: (though of course it's her love for Allen that's driving her... but still)
    [13:05] <@Sylocat: Whoa, who is she hearing?
    [13:05] <@Sylocat: Aaaaand she's back in Fanelia
    [13:05] <@Sylocat: Ooh, this flashback
    [13:05] <@Sylocat: I'd forgotten this as well
    [13:06] <@Sylocat: Yeah, Van? Your wings were kind of underdeveloped back then...
    [13:06] <@Sylocat: Ah, a flashback to Balgus
    [13:06] <@Sylocat: That's quite a moustache on the king
    [13:07] <@Sylocat: Ah, right, Van's mother was a Siren/Angel thingy
    [13:07] <@Sylocat: ...In any other anime, Van's dad would have been killed right then
    [13:08] <@Sylocat: (so, is the moral here "mysterious beautiful women AREN'T all backstabbing succubi?" That's a refreshing change from most fantasy stories
    [13:09] <@Sylocat: Aww, this flashback is so sweet
    [13:09] <@Sylocat: Dang, this episode is good
    [13:10] <@Sylocat: D'awww
    [13:10] <@Sylocat: Ah, Van's father died BEFORE his mom? That's another novelty in this genre
    [13:11] <@Sylocat: Ooh... is Van's mother still alive? I can't remember
    [13:11] <@Sylocat: Or is she one of those ghosts from the opening credits and Hitomi will meet her in a vision? (I honestly can't remember)
    [13:11] <@Sylocat: Hitomi is offended at being compared to Merle
    [13:12] <@Sylocat: Ahaha... Evil Emperor Dornkirk wears curlers in his giant beard
    [13:12] <@Sylocat: And that's some impressive steampunk... thing
    [13:13] <@Sylocat: Oops, here comes Dilandau
    [13:13] <@Sylocat: How did Dilandau know where they... oh, was that Dornkirk seeing where he was going?
    [13:13] <@Sylocat: Come on, Hitomi, just scan for them like you did before
    [13:13] <@Sylocat: There she goes

    1. Part II:

      [13:14] <mere_oblivion: Back again and fresh as a daisy. And because i had the brain not to push pause, I should be right where UR. In the woods? "Van! Straight ahead!"
      [13:14] <@Sylocat: Is he going to block the fire jet with his sword? It's not even a magic sword
      [13:14] <@Sylocat: Wait, Dilandau is telling his men to try not to kill someone? He's mellowed out between episodes
      [13:15] <mere_oblivion: Dilandau'sa fine one to say Stop spouting nonsense!
      [13:15] <@Sylocat: Indeed
      [13:15] <@Sylocat: What is he... of course, they can't use their stealth cloaks in flight, and when they land, the water gives their positions away
      [13:15] <@Sylocat: But... Van, you're still outnumbered ten to one
      [13:16] <@Sylocat: Whoa, his sword melts and turns into a tentacle?
      [13:16] <@Sylocat: Uh, Folken, might want to hurry up...
      [13:16] <@Sylocat: AH! I'd forgotten how he got out of this one
      [13:17] <mere_oblivion: "This was meant to happen." As usual, pure bunk when a bad guy says it.
      [13:17] <@Sylocat: Allen to the rescue
      [13:17] <@Sylocat: Why not just go for the Energists? That's how you disable them
      [13:18] <@Sylocat: Ooh, some Pacific Rm action here
      [13:18] <@Sylocat: Oh shit
      [13:18] <@Sylocat: Allen took a claw for her
      [13:18] <@Sylocat: The plot thickens
      [13:18] <mere_oblivion: He DOES care.
      [13:19] <@Sylocat: Oh, a Freid convoy, I thought Folken had arrived
      [13:19] == Arrlaari [6bd696cc@gateway/web/freenode/ip.] has joined ##rabbitcube
      [13:19] <@Sylocat: It looks bad...
      [13:19] <@Sylocat: Ah yes, I think I remember how they save him...
      [13:19] <Arrlaari: Hey, I'm late, was up until 4am local time last night
      [13:19] <@Sylocat: Here she is
      [13:20] <@Sylocat: Dang
      [13:20] <Arrlaari: ah, you're already watching
      [13:20] <@Sylocat: Yeah... it's almost over
      [13:20] <mere_oblivion: Howdy, Arrlaari.
      [13:20] <mere_oblivion: Ah-ha, damsel rescues hunk-in-distress!
      [13:21] <@Sylocat: I do like how this inverts the usual gender-based tropes
      [13:21] <Arrlaari: Well, I guess I'll get to it later
      [13:21] == Arrlaari [6bd696cc@gateway/web/freenode/ip.] has quit [Client Quit]
      [13:21] <@Sylocat: And it's over now
      [13:22] <mere_oblivion: Great ending.
      [13:22] <@Sylocat: I was about to suggest that Arrlaari could start at 1:30 and I could start over and join him/her
      [13:22] <mere_oblivion: Hope we didn't hurt A's feelings by going ahead.
      [13:22] <@Sylocat: But oh well...
      [13:22] <@Sylocat: I'll copy-paste this

  2. I was 20 minutes late and still sleepy, so I went back to bed after I left the chat.
    - - - -
    I can't tell how much of that flash back was vision vs. Hitomi visualizing Vaan telling her stuff.

    Dilandau shouted one of the goons' names like he gave a fuck.

    Somehow mole guy makes encouraging Millerna to apply the learning she pursued of her own will to save her love's life sound like a shady deal. I guess it doesn't help that he sounds exactly like the Mephistopheles-alike in D-Gray Man.


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