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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 7: Episodes 25-28
« on: June 22, 2017, 12:29:15 AM »
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.
As a fellow Aspergian, I am totally down for him also being on the spectrum. Might be a bit of why shipping him and Ascot (who I also headcanon as on the spectrum) came so easily to me after actually considering it. (That and the whole cute color-coded boyfriends with hats deal)

Also, everybody on Cephiro (except for Ascot, Caldina, and Lafarga, who did not appear) got a turn with the Idiot Ball in episode 28 for letting Hikaru actually leave the castle only accompanied by a guy half of them don't trust. Like, how was that not a horrible idea?

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 11: Episodes 41-44
« on: June 17, 2017, 06:41:56 AM »
Okay, I had an epic capslock rant on episode 44 because of that one scene that forever supplies me with salt, and I will now share this with you. Warning for language and rage, I'd put it under a spoiler tag if there was one.
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WHAT SORT OF PRE-LABOR LAWS FACTORY PRODUCED BULLSHIT IS THIS?! WHO THE FRIGGIN FUCKIN HELL THOUGHT THIS WAS OKAY?! WHO?!
WHY WOULD YOU MAKE ME HATE UMI LIKE THIS, WHY?! DID YOUR MOM NOT LOVE YOU ENOUGH AS A CHILD?! WELL NO WONDER SHE DIDN'T IF EVERYTHING YOU DID WAS AS SHIT-FOR-BRAINS AS THIS!
ASCOT JUST PUT HIMSELF OUT THERE LIKE HELL, HIS FRIENDS LOVE HER AND HE LOVES HER, AND HE'S NOT EVEN ASKING ANYTHING OF HER, HE JUST WANTS TO HELP, GODDAMMIT! LOOK AT HIS FACE, THAT IS THE FACE OF SOMEONE WHO KNOWS REJECTION IS A GOOD POSSIBILITY AND IS BRACING THEMSELF FOR IT! AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE UMI DO?
YOU HAVE HER FUCKING FAKE HIM OUT! YOU GIVE ASCOT ONE INSTANCE OF THE BLISS OF MUTUAL AFFECTION AND THEN SEND HIM CRASHING WHEN HE HEARS THE REST OF THAT MEALY-MOUTHED FAUXJECTION THAT DIDN'T EVEN GIVE HIM THE DIGNITY OF BEING SURE SHE HEARD HIM RIGHT!
OH, BUT I KNOW SHE UNDERSTOOD! UMI'S TOO PERCEPTIVE NOT TO GET IT! PEOPLE WHO SAW ASCOT FOR TEN SECONDS ON A VIEWSCREEN SAW THIS COMING, SHE HAD TO HAVE HAD SOME FORESIGHT AND THAT JUST MAKES IT WORSE! SHE FUCKING PLANNED THIS REACTION! UMI PLANNED TO IGNORE THE REAL SENTIMENT ENTIRELY AND JUST ACT LIKE HE WAS SAYING IT PLATONICALLY!
THAT'S HOW YOU REACT TO CONFESSIONS FROM KIDS! YOU DON'T TAKE IT SERIOUSLY BUT YOU DON'T EXPLICITLY REJECT THEM, EITHER! FUCKING HELL, DON'T TREAT ASCOT LIKE THAT! HE'S WORKED TOO DAMN HARD TO TURN HIMSELF AROUND, HE'S SAVED HER LIFE SEVERAL TIMES, THE LEAST SHE COULD DO IS NOT INEXPLICABLY ACT LIKE HE SOMEHOW CAN'T HANDLE A REJECTION WHEN SHE THOUGHT HE COULD HANDLE ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOME OF HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS' DEATHS BACK IN THE FIRST SEASON! GIVE HIM SOME FUCKING CREDIT, GODDAMMIT! LOVE HIM, HATE HIM, BUT DON'T YOU DARE FUCKING UNDERESTIMATE HIM!
MAYBE IF WE ACTUALLY GOT AN EMOTIONAL REACTION THAT WASN'T PATRONIZING MAKE-BELIEVE, IT WOULDN'T FEEL THAT WAY! MAYBE IF SHE ACTUALLY SEEMED TO FELT A BIT GUILTY ABOUT TURNING HIM DOWN DESPITE KNOWING IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, OR EVEN GOT A BIT UPSET BECAUSE "NOW IS NOT A GOOD TIME FOR THIS, ASCOT!" I'D RATHER HAVE AN EXPLICITLY BAD REACTION THAT COULD'VE BEEN RESOLVED WITH AN APOLOGY/EXPLANATION OF SORTS LATER THAN THIS WEAKSAUCE TRYING TO MASK A PILE OF BOTULISM BURRITO SHIT!
IF I CAN'T HAVE MY OTP, I JUST WANT TO BELIEVE THAT UMI ACTUALLY DESERVES THAT SELFLESS LOYALTY THAT ASCOT'S SHOWN HER IN THE SECOND SEASON! I BELIEVE IT IN THE MANGA, IS IT TOO FUCKING MUCH TO ASK TO BELIEVE IT IN THE ANIME? I BOUGHT EVERY VHS WAITING FOR THAT ORCHARD SCENE AND YOU SERVED ME A PLATE OF RADIATED SEWER RAT TESTICLES INSTEAD! FUCK YOU! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKK YOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUU!
... Wankers...
Now, after this, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, because we live in a world where some boys feel justified in killing a girl just because she didn't want to go out with him and I do not, in any little way, want to encourage that. In fact, after getting into a lot of feminist theory, I tried to revisit this scene, wondering if it would get better on rewatch with that in mind.

It didn't. It still felt unforgivably obnoxious, it still didn't feel like a real reaction Umi would have unless she thought she was dealing with a child. If this had happened much earlier in the season, while she was still getting used to the whole sudden growth spurt deal, that might be a bit more excusable, but at this point, after we've confirmed that he really has changed for the better and seen him pretty much take a bullet for her, that seems like a slap in the face to Ascot's character development. (Also, if they wanted to imply that her problem was still seeing Ascot as a kid, they shouldn't have made her love interest the 745 year-old in a ten year's body. Tarta would've served much better in that regard)

But seriously, Umi didn't need a reason to not feel the same about Ascot. Not feeling it is enough, and neither myself or Ascot would want Umi to pretend to like him romantically if she doesn't. (Of course, being a fictional character in a series with various canons, whether she does or could like him is totally up to interpretation) And actually, several of the other elements in this subplot show that this idea had good potential, between Ascot just being refreshingly okay with Umi not liking him the same/still thinking she's awesome/still heading out to save her life regardless and Caldina's own reactions to her little brother falling in love and then getting his heart broken. Like, I can forgive a lot of bad things happening to my faves if I feel like it's part of a good story. So much of this anime just felt like pieces of a good story that they tried to sew together with bacon because the deadline was near and they were drunk and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 5: Episodes 17-20
« on: June 17, 2017, 04:41:25 AM »
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Of course I'm in agreement that Innouva would've made a better season two main villain than Debonair. Also, if they knew he was staying around a little longer, maybe Ascot, Caldina, and Lafarga could've had their big character moments at the shrines where it had more Impact and Meaning overall instead of them having to change things around to fit Innouva in the schedule.

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I've said it before, I'll say it again: On a scale of Alcyone to Ascot, how well do you cope with unrequited love?

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On not mentioning Innouva, yes, I think this instance can be possibly be explained with my one of my favorite pet peeves with the anime, them not really thinking their changes to the plot lines/characters through. This can be considered almost an inevitable problem when trying to rush out an anime adaptation before the manga's finished. Or it might just be that they're pretty sure Innouva's dead now (well, providing they recognized that beast as Innouva, I can't remember off the top of my head whether they did or not).

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Why could they not make Emeraude's Mashin a centaur like it was in the manga? *cries*

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 4: Episodes 13-16
« on: May 04, 2017, 01:51:26 AM »
Episode 13
This episode was seriously dragged down by not having the fight occur in the Sky Shrine, although the bit near the end where Umi says Caldina has to be okay because Ascot is willing to defend her with his life helps to redeem it somewhat.
A few more scenes like this could've helped redeem the direction they took in the second season. Just, you know, Umi showing that she really does care about Ascot, even if it's all platonic rather than romantic, and not just when he happens to save her life (and no, the beginning of episode 44 does not count, it will never count!).

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 3: Episodes 9-12
« on: April 19, 2017, 02:10:39 AM »
It's not about whether or not Ascot deserved it, cause yeah, I totally agree he did. It's just that in the manga scenario, that slap could legitimately be considered an act of self defense, but in the anime scenario, it wouldn't be. The difference is whether or not there was an immediate threat to her or her friends' lives at the time.

Of course, that only really matters if we're to bring some of our own world's laws and understanding of self defense into this fictional setting, and it's not like Ascot would be trying to sue her for it or anything. The only reason I even found it worth mentioning is, again, it's a scene of someone slapping another person that's clearly smaller and physically weaker than them and we're expected to take the side of the one doing the slapping. It was handled just fine in the manga, there was no need to shift the circumstances, but they did, and Umi ends up a little less awesome as a result.

It's like, I don't mind changes to the original, I just want those changes to be for the sake of making things better or more interesting. At the very least, changes shouldn't harm the essence of the story that's being told, unless said story is such crap that changing the essence is the only way to make it any good.

But, anyway, back to the first episode in this set. Ascot learns valuable life lessons about not taking drugs offered by strange women trapped in waterfalls. Not even if they say they can help your friends. Umi accepts that she'll have to save Cephiro before she can see her girlfriend Captain again. And Mokona just let themselves be frozen just for funsies, I guess.

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Honto no Shiawase / Re: Fancasting!
« on: April 18, 2017, 02:51:00 PM »
BTW, take this thread as seriously or not as you like. A chat discussion had us casting Angelina Jolie as Zagato, Lantis, and Alcyone, Nick Offerman as Clef, and Dwayne Johnson as Mokona. Don't lie, you'd totally go to see that in theatres.

It would be great if, when casting seriously, if a character's culture is defined, you try to stick to actors/actresses from that culture, though. So, at least partially Japanese actresses for the Magic Knights and their families, Indian for Chizeta (I make an exception for Caldina because Nicki Minaj is too perfect a fit to cast otherwise), and Chinese for Fahren.

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 3: Episodes 9-12
« on: April 17, 2017, 03:32:28 PM »
First off, title of the first episode. 'The Magic Knights' Greatest Crisis.' Like, really? Calling the laundry monster their greatest crisis would make about as much sense.

Now, something I brought up in the chat and thought I'd touch more upon here: The Slap Scene, and how some of the anime changes end up making it less justifiable.

This is a scene depicting what appears to be a teenager (Umi) smacking what appears to be a child (Ascot), and we're supposed to be taking Umi's side. If both of them looked like teenagers or Ascot appeared older, you could get away with a lot more in this regard, but since physically speaking, the power differential seems to be in Umi's favor, we need extra justification. In order for this to work, we need to believe that one, Ascot really deserved it, and two, that there was no other way to resolve this.

For the first, yeah, Ascot totally deserved it. You won't find me arguing that he did nothing wrong, cause quite frankly, he did a shit-ton wrong and others ended up suffering because of it. As for the second, well, here's where we get into manga vs. anime territory.

In the manga, when Umi slaps him, they're in the middle of fighting. One of his friends has Hikaru and Fuu, he's joking about playing with them like dolls, Umi's probably starting to wear out by now, and Ascot probably has more creatures he can call to his aid if need be. The odds are totally in his favor, so Umi is totally justified in doing whatever it takes to get this lil shit to stop. She could kill him at this point and it'd be fair game, kid or not.
In the anime, not so much. By the time she slaps him, he's already let Hikaru and Fuu go, and he's not attacking them. Still blaming them for everything, sure, but by now, things have de-escalated to talking. Deserved or not, slapping him was unnecessary.

So, yeah, those are my thoughts for now.

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Honto no Shiawase / Fancasting!
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:33:04 AM »
Didn't see this topic anywhere, so I'll just make this one. In a live-action adaption of Magic Knight Rayearth, who would you cast?

For Ascot, I would use a time machine to get a younger Eddie Redmayne. Just ten to fifteen years back, perhaps. He tends to be cast a lot younger than he actually is, anyway.

And for Caldina, I believe several of us on tumblr have decided she should be played by Nicki Minaj.

This one speaks for itself, really.

How would you cast the others? Or do you have other people in mind for Ascot or Caldina? Remember, time machines are allowed!

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 1: Episodes 1-4
« on: April 15, 2017, 05:50:47 PM »
The anime kinda has a bad habit of trying to fix what ain't broken, but something I think could've actually used fixing was Presea dancing about in the Native American headdress while fantasizing about punishing the Magic Knights/Mokona. Just a tad racist, you know?

That being said, given that the United States hasn't exactly been a model of respectful depictions of Native American culture, and given that this was back in the nineties before you could just google everything, I hardly blame CLAMP for being a bit culturally insensitive in one instance towards a people-group they probably only knew about from old cartoons.

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Yami no Yume / Re: What made your day today?
« on: April 11, 2017, 03:43:35 PM »
I've got meds again!

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Dakishimechau! / Re: 2018 Meet-Up
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:39:47 PM »
Would anyone be interested in trying to meet-up next year?
I would, but that depends very much on whether I've managed to get some semblance of a life back together by then.
More likely to make it if it's a US meetup, but that goes without saying.

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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 1: Episodes 1-4
« on: April 08, 2017, 11:07:27 PM »
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'why doesn't Ferio just believe he doesn't have popcorn feet?'
I think this line deserves to be the defining quote for the first week's rewatch. Ridiculous yet true.

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Anata Ga Oshiete Kureta / Re: Obscure car names reference post!
« on: April 08, 2017, 12:12:39 PM »
Ranker Car List

I've been going through a bunch of these looking for a few names. I'd compile a real list of some of the good ones, but I'm doing just about everything from my phone until I can get a new laptop battery, so that's a little difficult. Just two to add for now.

Terraza
Java

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Sure, Umi'll freak out over inconvenience, but if you hurt one of her friends, she will pretty much raise herself from the dead out of sheer nerve just to show you what's what.


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Yasashiku Dakasete / Re: 2017 Week 1: Episodes 1-4
« on: April 02, 2017, 05:22:32 AM »
And so it begins.

Very little mention of Ascot in these episodes, but I know he'll be featured heavily the next two weeks, so all is well. For now.

So, how much fun can we have making fun of stone!Clef?
You know, I'd like to think that one day Ferio commissions a statue of Clef just to see his reaction. Whatever the Cephiran equivalent of pigeons is, Clef probably never wants to see one ever again. Good thing he still has wi-fi, otherwise I'd imagine being stuck like that getting old really fast. Well, it only took 745 years, but now he's finally found the time to get caught up on Netflix. Silver linings!

And we've got our "eggs that will one day hatch into Magic Knights" (you can use metaphors, we get it). Such naive babies! If they had any idea what would happen, they probably would've all agreed with Umi's course of action (or lack thereof).

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