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Sayonara no Hanataba / Re: Dreamwidth
« on: October 30, 2018, 12:04:59 PM »

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Himitsu no Kimochi / Re: How old do you think their siblings are?
« on: October 20, 2018, 11:29:05 PM »
See, I think Kuu couldn't be more than three years older than Fuu.

But I base this on the fact that if we take the birthdays as canon, the first series takes place in March, just after Umi's 14th birthday. (This is the only way they can all be four in second year of junior high.) My guess is this was the end of year field trip. (Not that we think CLAMP thought that through at all, because when do they ever?) So, if you add the vaguely estimated time for families to be worried about them, etcetera... It's probably been at least a month or three, so they would then be in third year of junior high, so if Kuu were four years older, she wouldn't still be in high school.

Yeah, no, that makes sense. I formed that headcanon before I knew anything about how the Japanese school year worked, so Kuu being four years older than Fuu seemed workable and hadn't really thought about it since. I think I'll probably just fudge it by giving Kuu a mid-April birthday, so she's roughly three and a half years older than Fuu.

I have yet to write a fic where I've worked any of the siblings into it in any meaningful way, so I've no set ages in mind.

Though the stuff at the start of season 2 is in the morning right? Fuu's about to head out and Umi is having breakfast. So I guess maybe Hikaru is just working out before changing to go to school? So idk what you'd make of her and Masaru not being in uniform. If I were to write her brother's I'd agree Kakeru's about two years older, I'd put Masaru only like 18 months older than him, like they're very close in age in my head. With Satoru in his early 20s?

I based my ages for Masaru and Satoru in large part on how old I think they look. Satoru looks like he's in his mid-to-late twenties at the beginning of the second arc, so that's why I put him as nine years older than Hikaru, especially since he doesn't really look different at the beginning of the epilogue.

As for Masaru, his appearance, at least to me, pretty clearly says that he's out of his teens, but he also looks at least a few years younger than Satoru, so that's why I put him as five years older than Hikaru (and therefore three years older than Kakeru). Plus, as far as I'm aware, Japanese colleges don't require uniforms, so I assumed that the reason he isn't in a uniform at the beginning of the second arc is because he's in college.

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The first chapter of the newest fic, Under a Mackerel Sky, has been posted.

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Himitsu no Kimochi / Re: How old do you think their siblings are?
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:35:37 PM »
I headcanon Kakeru as being 2 years older than Hikaru, Masaru as 5 years older than Hikaru, and Satoru as 9 years older than Hikaru.

Also, I headcanon Kuu as being 4 years older than Fuu.

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Anata Ga Oshiete Kureta / Re: a big miscellaneous AU dump?
« on: March 29, 2018, 01:20:29 AM »
Other AUs that I either never got around to mentioning or that have developed since my last post:

  • The Zagato-tells-the-girls-the-truth AU, where the truth about the Magic Knights' duty comes out during the fight with Zagato, the girls say "Hell no!" to the idea and talk Emeraude into changing things. MKR 2 still happens because the massive realignment Emeraude made in a single burst gave the external appearance of her having died. The girls were sent home during that massive burst and their return was caused by the combination of them wanting to make sure that things were working out okay and Emeraude wishing that she could talk to them again.

  • The Better Plan AU, where instead of setting himself up as the villain, Zagato tells the public that Emeraude has secluded herself to pray and meditate on the current disturbances and gets Clef on board with the idea of telling the Magic Knights the truth about their duty as soon as they arrive. The girls end up stuck in Cephiro for several years while helping to work out the problems of reforming the Pillar system. This one was the result of Down pointing out how much of a better plan (hence the name) that would have been on the chat.
  • The S2 Shadow Trio AU. During the anime rewatch last year, VKiera mentioned the idea of Umi and Fuu also having shadows like Nova. The idea latched onto me and refused to let go. It would also probably incorporate the idea Down mentioned during the rewatch of Sierra actually being Presea and pretending to be her own twin is her method of dealing with the trauma of having been buried alive.


I want to read all the things, yes please.

I've always liked the idea of the season 2 big bads being Nova plus a shadow of Umi and Fuu as well, and no Debonair. And if they had dropped the psycho lesbian trope they smothered Nova with. I'm not sure what they'd be up to without Deboniar around, so she might be necessary. It solves the issue for me of season two being a bit too Hikaru-centric for my tastes as well.

My own alternate season 2 has been nudging at me recently, where Emeraude dies and the spell to send the Knights home fails. Hikaru is left in Cephrio to watch it crumble and spends a rather large part of it  having a BSOD moment. Umi somehow ended up in Autozam with a bunch of Autozam's equivalent of child ravengers/scavengers. And I've decided Fuu is going to have to find her way back to Cephrio by country hopping and infiltrating into the royal court of either Farhen or Chizeta.

Oh and Autozam, while also prepping to invade Cephiro is also close to going to war with it's primary trade partner that is attempting to start a coup and reinstate the royal family there again. I'm terrible at writing politics though...

Hahah, oh man, I really will have to plan this one better than I did Ice and Snow or I'll never finish it. But it's on back burner for now anyways.

Yeah, the S2 Shadow Trio AU, as I envision it, very explicitly does not include Debonair. I'm not entirely sure what they'd be up to without her, either, but I'm sort of leaning towards them not really being solid enough to do much of anything before the girls return to Cephiro.

Regarding your alternate Season 2, I really love the idea of Fuu infiltrating the Chizetan royal court. Fuu and Tatra are just so similarly scary smart, ruthless, and manipulative, I think it would be really interesting to see the two of them working both with and against each other, maybe even at the same time.

And Hikaru is stuck in Cephiro? Oh, man, that's going to suck, not just for her, but for Clef, Presea, Ferio, Lafarga, and even Lantis, once they find out about her still being there. I mean, I'm sure that a large part of the reason that both the girls and the Cephirans handled the girls' return so well was that they'd had time to work through their feelings about things on their own.

Also, it's worth mentioning that the Innouva-as-the-S2-villain fic is going to be using the manga's concept of Pillar selection.

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Mokona no Yume / Re: Related Car Names
« on: March 28, 2018, 10:01:46 PM »
Ascot
Very likely named for Honda Ascot.

Related Cars:
  • Clio
  • Primo
  • Innouva (again, make of that what you will....)
  • Torneo

Well, I now know what I'm going to be naming Ascot's parents and his younger sibling in the magictech-and-political-intrigue AU.

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Mokona no Yume / Re: A Cephiran Calendar & Character Birthdays
« on: March 28, 2018, 06:07:32 PM »
I think I'm going to be adopting the calendar and most of the birthdays wholesale. (I say most of them because I've already established for my own headcanon when Eagle, Geo, and Zazu's birthdays are relative to each other and I don't want to change it.)

Also, you seem to have either included an extra bullet point or left out a character for the fifth month.

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Anata Ga Oshiete Kureta / Re: a big miscellaneous AU dump?
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:07:27 PM »
Other AUs that I either never got around to mentioning or that have developed since my last post:

  • A historical AU, where Hikaru has spent the last 8 or 10 years pretending to be a boy. This one spun out of a couple of full-front, head-and-shoulders shots of Hikaru in Episode 29 that made her look like a boy and caused me to want to write a fic where she disguised herself as a boy.
  • The Zagato-tells-the-girls-the-truth AU, where the truth about the Magic Knights' duty comes out during the fight with Zagato, the girls say "Hell no!" to the idea and talk Emeraude into changing things. MKR 2 still happens because the massive realignment Emeraude made in a single burst gave the external appearance of her having died. The girls were sent home during that massive burst and their return was caused by the combination of them wanting to make sure that things were working out okay and Emeraude wishing that she could talk to them again.
    Also, Zagato's massive sense of guilt and Emeraude's initial refusal to even consider letting him face any sort of punishment for his actions accidentally leads to BDSM.
  • The Better Plan AU, where instead of setting himself up as the villain, Zagato tells the public that Emeraude has secluded herself to pray and meditate on the current disturbances and gets Clef on board with the idea of telling the Magic Knights the truth about their duty as soon as they arrive. The girls end up stuck in Cephiro for several years while helping to work out the problems of reforming the Pillar system. This one was the result of Down pointing out how much of a better plan (hence the name) that would have been on the chat.
  • Innouva-as-the-S2-villain. The idea originated with MokonaLord, but I have my own ideas for it. It would also end up incorporating a long-standing anime "What If" idea of mine: What would have happened if Nova hadn't stolen Hikaru from the NSX at the end of Episode 29?
  • The S2 Shadow Trio AU. During the anime rewatch last year, VKiera mentioned the idea of Umi and Fuu also having shadows like Nova. The idea latched onto me and refused to let go. It would also probably incorporate the idea Down mentioned during the rewatch of Sierra actually being Presea and pretending to be her own twin is her method of dealing with the trauma of having been buried alive.

Also, the AU I mentioned in the post above this has since been dubbed the magictech-and-political-intrigue AU.

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Extremely belated, but the last two chapters of Let the Games Begin were posted around the end of January.

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Himitsu no Kimochi / Re: The OT3 Roles
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:10:47 AM »
Among Hikaru, Lantis, and Eagle, Lantis is always Person C, but I think that Eagle and Hikaru are equally likely to be Person A or Person B.

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 10: Episodes 37-40
« on: June 27, 2017, 09:54:16 PM »
Finally getting around to writing up my extended thoughts on these episodes, although I'm sure I'll be coming back to this post after rewatching the episodes again.

Episode 37
As amusing as it would have been to see Umi and Aska butting heads, the overall plot definitely works better with Fuu being the one captured by Fahren, since Umi never would have managed to get through to Aska about the limitations and unfairness of the Pillar system the way Fuu does. As a matter of fact, I rather doubt that Umi and Aska would have ever gotten to the point of having the conversation about why Aska wants to be the Pillar.

Ferio narrates the "Coming Next" segment on this episode. The funniest line is "Will I have a bigger role? I've gotten less airtime lately."


Episode 38
There is so much Hikaru/Presea subtext during the scene in Not!Presea's bedroom, especially with the song that's playing. I have to admit that it was probably this scene that made Hikaru/Presea my secondary Hikaru 'ship, 'cause even though I recognized the 'shippy undertones in the manga, they were nowhere near as strong as the ones in this scene.

I really have to agree with MokonaLord that the scene with Umi and Caldina in Ascot's room would have been a great scene for Ascot's confession.

Honest to God, I just cannot with the way Hikaru get swarmed by the birds as soon as Lantis gives his seal of approval.

I will never not be amused by how Eagle kills the moment that Hikaru and Lantis are having. It really seems like he has a sixth sense or something where the two of them are concerned. I mean, this is, what, the third or fourth time his arrival has interrupted a conversation between the two of them?

Caldina narrates the "Coming Next" segment on this episode. The funniest line is "How far has my relationship with Lafarga gone?" *giggle giggle giggle*


Episode 39
Eagle being willing to Umi as a shield against Hikaru at the end of the previous episode and the beginning of this one is a large part of why I feel that one aspect of my "What if Nova didn't kidnap Hikaru from the NSX at the end of Episode 29" AU is fully in character for him. (I say one aspect because it's not just what he is (or isn't) doing, it's also some assumptions Lantis is making based on how well he knows (or doesn't know) Eagle.)

It's a really good thing that the GTO isn't a Mashin, because if it was, Geo would have lost his right leg from the knee down when Hikaru attacked.

The music in the last... third? quarter? Not quite sure... of this episode keeps faking me out into thinking that the episode is almost over because it's too dramatic for the middle of an episode and keeps hitting the highest drama notes on good cliffhanger moments.

I really love the anime's conservation of character at the very beginning of the fight in the residential area, what with reusing not just Mira and her mother, but also the woman that Lantis saved back in Episode 23.

As much as the miscoloring of Lantis' sword amuses me, I honestly have to wonder how the hell that slipped past the entire animation team to make it into the episode.

The end of this episode and the beginning of the next one seriously need a seizure warning for the flashing light.

Ascot narrates the "Coming Next" segment on this episode. There aren't any funny lines, just stupid shipping stuff.


Episode 40
I swear to fucking God, I absolutely HATE the way this episode opens. We already fucking SAW this scene, the animation team didn't have to give Hikaru post-cognition! And they go and fucking compound things by having Zagato flat out TELL Lantis that he's in love with Emeraude and giving Lantis a butchered version of CLEF'S lines from the manga!

Hikaru, you are such an adorable cinnamon roll, but seriously, you sweet, sweet summer child, what on earth makes you think that the pendant Lantis gave you is a WREATH?! Did you not even notice the actual wreath of lilies hanging on the wall in your room?

Ugh! Just... so much ugh! Why did anyone ever think that the entire business with Umi's skirt was worth including?

Honest to God, I really love the (relatively) subtle foreshadowing of who the Pillar candidates are going to be that occurs in this episode.

Lantis narrates the "Coming Next" segment on this episode. The entire segment is hilarious:

Lantis: I am Lantis.
*dead silence*
Primera: Lantis, what are you doing? If you don't say anything, the preview will be over!
*dead silence*
Lantis: *announces the title of the next episode* Watch it.
Primera: Who made Lantis do this?!

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 9: Episodes 33-36
« on: June 25, 2017, 06:55:38 PM »
Finally getting around to writing up my extended thoughts on these episodes, although I'm sure I'll be coming back to this post after rewatching the episodes again.

Episode 33
Ascot just about breaks my heart at the beginning of this episode with how frank he is with Caldina about how he feels about both Umi and his past actions. And then there's his desire to not regret anything anymore that he shares with the Magic Knights.

I really, really, REALLY FUCKING HATE the "Presea's sister" subplot in this season. It's just SO FUCKING STUPID! Nobody possibly could've known that the Magic Knights would return, so that shouldn't have even been a consideration in putting on the masquerade, and I find it incredibly hard to believe that Sierra would, at least at first, care enough about the person who killed Presea to want to ease his guilt over having done so.

Down suggested an AU where Sierra actually is Presea, who got mentally fucked up by being buried alive and pretending to be her own twin is how she copes with it, back during the rewatch chat for Episode 31 and the one exchange in this episode of "What is your real name?" "My name is Presea" really, really makes me want to write it, since it sounds so much like Sierra KNOWS, deep down inside, that she is Presea and is unwilling to make up a name to answer Clef's question.

And of course, the anime then had to go and compound the stupidity of the "Presea's sister" subplot by having both of them be in love with Clef.

I swear, pretty much the entire Nova and Debonair plotline only works because someone surgically attached the Idiot Ball to Hikaru. The case in point for this episode being that in the manga, Hikaru at least understood that the reason they didn't know why Zagato was doing what he did was because Clef didn't tell them. Hell, Clef outright acknowledges this when they return, both in the manga and in the anime.


Episode 34
The entire "reviving her sword" subplot for Hikaru is just so incredibly frustrating. It's not like she needed to be put through a forced willpower boost to be a viable Pillar candidate, given that she does just fine without one in the manga.

I really love how everyone wants to have no regrets this time around. It's just so understandable and one of the handful of things I actually like about this season is how it makes that explicit on the part of so many people.

Honest to God, the conversations in this episode between Umi and Selece and Fuu and Windam just leave me a WAFF-y puddle of goo on the floor. )The same is also true of the similar one between Hikaru and Rayearth in Episode 29, but to a much smaller extent.) I just cannot with how our girls address their Mashin as friends they'd like to get to know better.


Episode 34
Seriously?! Fucking SERIOUSLY?! It's the Umi episode and they couldn't be bothered to give us some Umi before focusing on Hikaru?!!

Honest to God, every time I watch this episode, I just about die laughing from all the snark.

I mentioned this in the rewatch chat, but I'd never actually really thought about the reason for Chizeta not being able to expand into the cone shaped areas on either side before Amboato raised the question during her liveblog of this episode on Tumblr. And it is so much more satisfying to have an actual reason instead of simply being like "Eh, whatever."

Aska is just so utterly ridiculous that it is adorable.


Episode 36
I LOVE how Fuu manipulates Aska into accepting the archery match here simply by being her usual polite and humble self. Like, we all know that she's really, really good at archery, but she's not one to brag about her skill, so she understates it and that makes Aska accept the proposed match. I really have to agree with MokonaLord that Fuu has amazing villain potential.

I will never not love Ascot's epic arrival as the cavalry for Umi and how Umi decks one of the djinn right after Ascot's arrival. I also love how much more careful of his friends Ascot is this time around.

Aska's choice of targets for the archery match is utterly glorious, although they probably did have a small role in her losing the match.

Aska getting jealous over Sang Yung crushing on Fuu is just so adorable.

Fuu's degree of understatement in declaring her win will never cease to amuse me. I mean, honestly, given the actual amounts, saying "It seems I got a few more than you" is rather like saying "I'm bleeding a little bit" when one of your arteries has been cut open.

It is so in-character for Aska to fail to honor the deal she made with Fuu even though Fuu won.

I am completely convinced that it's Fuu's wind magic that lets her shoot in such a way that she's able to tear the clothing without injuring the person wearing it.

Not!Presea narrates the "Coming Next" segment on this episode. The funniest line is "We've gotten a lot of questions about my name. Watch the show 'til the end and you'll find out."

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 8: Episodes 29-32
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:16:33 PM »
Finally getting around to writing up my extended thoughts on these episodes, although I'm sure I'll be coming back to this post after rewatching the episodes again.

Episode 29
Between the moment when Hikaru wakes up on the NSX and the moment when Zazu leads her out of the room, there are several full-front, head-and-shoulders shots of her that make her look a lot like a boy and that is giving me AU ideas.

I really love how Hikaru instantly goes on alert and readies herself to fight when she sees Eagle. It just feels so right - like, she was willing to just go with the flow when she didn't really know what was going on, but seeing the guy she was essentially just fighting causes her "fight or flight" reflex to kick in. And of course, then Eagle goes and upends her expectations by being kind and gentle with her.

I swear to fucking God, I want to shoot whoever decided that in this season of the anime, Umi and Fuu could not be allowed to have a conversation with each other that didn't revolve around Hikaru. I mean, it's not like the two of them don't have anything else they could talk to each other about. But noooooooooooooo, the viewers can't ever be allowed to ~possibly~ run the chance of forgetting that Hikaru fucking exists! It's the same damn problem that the Bechdel test measures, just centered on Hikaru instead of a guy.

How Eagle and Lantis are described as meeting here in the anime has long been adopted as my headcanon for how they met in the manga as well, although some comments made during the rewatch chat for this episode have caused me to at least alter the circumstances to the match having ended up a draw, since it did always feel just a little odd for Lantis to have won, even with a lucky shot, when Eagle's had his whole life to learn to pilot a mecha and Lantis had only had a few months at the most.

Exploring what might have happened if Nova hadn't kidnapped Hikaru right in the middle of Lantis and Eagle's fight is definitely the oldest of my anime AU ideas and I'm really going to have to write it someday, especially since it seems like it would fit quite well into the "Innouva as the Season 2 villain" AU.


Episode 30
Of course this episode starts out by handing Hikaru the Idiot Ball again, because that's the only possible explanation for why she thinks it's a ~good idea~ to try to talk to someone who has just expressed a desire to kill her and is now attacking her. And the same is true for why she didn't fucking TALK TO SOMEONE about her dreams after this.

And then the episode has to go and throw the Idiot Ball to Umi and Fuu as well, because they for damn sure should have asked Hikaru about her dreams later, given Debonair's comment about being the one who appeared in Hikaru's dreams.


Episode 31
I seriously believe that Aska would likely devote herself to her studies somewhat better if Sang Yung wasn't always around to bail her out when she doesn't know something she's supposed to.

Caldina is just so utterly outrageous with her comments and suggestions that I can't help but laugh.

Tatra is just such a troll and has so much fun winding Tarta up that it is glorious.


Episode 32
I think that what I love best about this episode is that Hikaru is barely focused on at all, which is so rare in this season.

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Anata Ga Oshiete Kureta / Re: a big miscellaneous AU dump?
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:22:47 PM »
I had a... modern-ish? urban fantasy? Not quite sure how to categorize it... AU appear pretty close to fully formed in my head the other day. It has some definite influences from Del's Anarchistic AU, but is very much its own beast.

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 7: Episodes 25-28
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:44:13 PM »
Finally getting around to writing up my extended thoughts on these episodes, although I'm sure I'll be coming back to this post after rewatching the episodes again.

Episode 25
Primera is just so incredibly vain. I can't imagine how her prettiness could have any effect on her ability to sense things and yet she somehow thinks it's necessary to mention how pretty she is during the discussion about the monster Alcyone is standing on.

Zazu is such a Mashin fanboy. I mean, seriously, he literally climbs Geo so that HE can be the one to make the report and thereby gush about the Mashin to Eagle. And actually, now I'm wondering if he might have Asperger's. Because I have it and although I'd never climb someone to create one, I will take any chance I get to gush about whichever of my fandom obsessions I've been thinking about most recently.


Episode 26
Aska is just so adorably ridiculous in her overconfidence and dramaticness. And she's at least as much of a Mashin fangirl as Zazu is a Mashin fanboy (since I will always remember that in the manga she somehow thought is was possible to have a Mashin sleep on/in her bed like a puppy).

I'm really quite amused by how annoyed Aska gets over the Magic Knights constantly dodging her attacks. I mean, what the hell else should they have done? No one sane is just going to sit there and meekly take an attack if they have another option.

For as obsessed with Lantis as she is, Primera sure seems to do a bad job of keeping track of him if she's only just noticing that he's gone. I mean, he must have left when the Dome showed up at the latest, so it's been a while.


Episode 27
Given that Hikaru refers to the room the girls are having tea in as their room in this episode, I really have to wonder where the hell Umi and Fuu sleep. Given how shittily the rest of the season treats them, it would not be at all surprising to learn that they have to sleep on the floor.

Okay, who handed Hikaru the Idiot Ball? Because seriously, there is absolutely NO other reason - not a SINGLE FUCKING ONE - for her to not have TOLD PEOPLE about her dreams once she sees the crown room and recognizes it as the place from her dreams.

And the Proof of the Pillar is such a FUCKING STUPID concept! Needing to have the strength of will to create a Road from Earth back to Cephiro makes SO MUCH MORE sense as a method of Pillar selection. And don't even get me started on how the animators couldn't be bothered to make sure that the circlet in the crown room actually matches the one Emeraude wears.

Then there's the whole "only three objects can open this door" shit. I can understand how Lantis got away with taking the sword out of Cephiro, given that he seems to have left without telling anyone, but is there a back-up plan for if all of the objects get destroyed (like Zagato's chest plate was) or are unavailable for some reason? For that matter, are there rules about who gets to possess the objects? I know that the distribution we're aware of suggests that the Master Mage, the High Priest, and the Captain of the Pillar's Guard are the possessors of the objects, but if that was the case, then Lantis should have left the sword behind when he left Cephiro, since he wasn't the Captain of the Pillar's Guard after he left.


Episode 28
I will never not be amused by Umi's "I'm totally not pacing, I must have teleported over to here" bit in this episode. It's just such a great bit of humor.

I really, really love how calm and unruffled Lantis is when Eagle starts shooting, just standing there coolly confident that he won't be hit. And I KNOW I'm going to be coming back to this episode after I've rewatched it again, because I have a bunch of one-to-three word comments in the rewatch chat that I KNOW went with moments in the fight that I had further thoughts on, but I can remember what either the moments or the thoughts are.

One of these days, I'm really going to have to make my own screencaps of this episode, since it contains the only look we ever get at how Lantis stores his sword behind him.

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