Hmm…I don’t care what anyone says. I liked these past two episodes so far. ^_^
Well, what I liked most about the last one was the development of the friendship between Amu and Lulu and for this one…hmm, still not sure. Definitely not the animation because there were way too many parts that were inconsistent but um…hmm, I guess it’s a little bit of almost everything. Rima (ohoho, yes), Nana coming forward with the truth, Amu’s strong belief in others, the voice acting…
Ah, but it’s going to be a rather short post cuz I didn’t take as many screenshots (blame it on bad animation). I’ll try to get out as much text as possible though I wonder about that cuz it was just another stubborn back-and-forth between the good guys and the bad. Hmm, we’ll see.
Well, while I bet everyone was screaming at how much of a bitch Lulu was (or just ignoring all these episodes together :P), I thought her anger was very nicely portrayed. Hell, Lulu even told her mom to shut up. o.O
I mean, it’s not like I wasn’t going on about how she needed to be bitchslapped for treating a guest so rudely but Lulu is…lost. And she’s frustrated but she refuses to let anyone understand her because she thinks she so right that everyone else is just wrong. It’s not like we haven’t seen this before (and I don’t need to point out who, right?). Albeit, much differently and not at the same time but the thing is, when people get so confident in their own anger, it’s very difficult to stop them when you want them to at that moment. At this part, just to make it clear that I’m not backing Lulu up or anything, but she just needed some space to cool off. Even if it was temporarily and didn’t work like *snap* miracle or anything but dude, just let them vent out a bit, y’know? :/
Ah, but Lulu still needs to be slapped a hundred times in the face for treating Amu like this!
Amu~! *huggles and comforts*
Y’know, I sometimes wonder if there are fans out there who would say “You don’t need a friend like Lulu or feel sorry for her! She’s nasty and a bitch!” and seriously mean it. Like really, dead-straight mean it that they want Lulu cast off a cliff somewhere and couldn’t care less about what happens afterwards. Because she’s a filler, who’d care?
Well, yea, who would want some conceited bitch as a friend and it’s not like I haven’t thought this many times just watching Lulu’s behavior but we’re not Amu here. And in the end, Lulu is going to be Amu’s friend because Amu made the choice that she wanted to be Lulu’s friend. And she’s going to stay as Amu’s friend whether people like it or not. Meaning, she’s also going to stay around as Amu’s friend if Satelight’s going to keep her there. Capische?
Furthermore, I really don’t buy the excuse that Amu befriends everyone, including the ultra sucky ones, just because she is the mahou shoujo heroine. No, I really don’t buy that at all given how much I have really gone into Amu’s character.
Because unlike so many heroines before her who didn’t have more than an ounce of understanding for their enemies (all they did was vanquish monsters), Amu can somewhat relate to everybody when they feel a sense of loss. She sympathizes with them and that’s why she wants to help them. And I think because everybody’s so busy being angry at Lulu that they fail to really see this part of Amu. Sure, you don’t have to care about Lulu if you don’t want to but what about Amu? She cares, obviously. Are you just going to overlook what Amu’s thinking and feelings just because Lulu is an eyesore? (Unless you don’t care about Amu either then you suck and shouldn’t be here. :P)
For me, if I truly hated Lulu, I can still tolerate her filler existence just so I can see all this development in Amu’s character. How far she’s come in really believing in others and not giving up. True, Amu is a fictional character with traits that most of us will never relate to because we’re real and those traits are too good to be true but in all honesty, none of that matters to me. In fact, I think in real life we’re so overcome by our own bitterness that it just pushes us away from doing something not so much simple but what should be easier like what Amu does. So it’s not really out of our reach or anything…we just like holding onto grudges for some weird reason. :P
Ah, and I love how when Amu was the one who’s upset, her Charas can do the part of having faith in others for her. Because Amu is human as well so it’s reasonable why she isn’t just all happy happy genki genki right after a fight. Plus, the Charas’ role is to give support to their owners, whatever the circumstances may be. That’s why they’re called Guardian characters.
And I think this is very meaningful in itself, especially in the case of a mahou shoujo heroine. The heroine is always off protecting everyone yet only a very few times do I ever get to see them angst for themselves
boohoohoo-ing over their crush doesn’t count cuz that’s just plain pathetic :P where her friends are not present to comfort her. Technically, the Charas are Amu’s friends but they are also an extension of herself as well. So it’s like the inner yet separate part of Amu telling the Amu that we’re seeing to not lose to her negative emotions. In a way, this shows that there is something that’s protecting and supporting Amu emotionally when she really needs it but at the same time, Amu is also able to do it by herself because the Charas are literally who she is.
It’s rather complex but I hope you understand what I mean. Just wanted to point out that the heroine isn’t just all invincible deus ex machina like how the past ones are and there is substance in this mahou shoujo because Charas exist.
…oi, that was confusing. @.@;
That’s my girl! *huggles* <3
I love it when you smile, especially right after you're depressed. Amu~, I'll never fall in love with anyone else but you! *HUGGLE~* x333
So Lulu’s mom turned the movie role down. Well, good for her, I say!
Honestly, I’m glad that her reason to move and stay in Japan wasn’t entirely because of Lulu and that there was also something in it for herself. Now that I think about it, that would be weird if you went through all that trouble just for your kid. Because you’d ask them if they wanted to move first, right? And Lulu is old enough to give her opinion so yea, I thought it was pretty nice that the parent retains some realistic…not really selfish but personal decisions in this case.
As for Lulu going back to France…to tell you the truth, as much as I wanted to her to hop on the next jet back to Paris when I was really annoyed with her, I always knew that wasn’t going to happen. Unless Satelight makes it so that Lulu decides for herself that she wants to return, Lulu’s here to stay in Japan. A huge amount of fans are going to be unhappy that they’ll have to see Lulu probably join the main cast (not sure about this yet since she attends a different school) but you know what? Suck it up and deal. There will be no Lulu getting the hell off the screen if she’s going to help Amu go up against Easter. She’s an extra tag-along if she does go up the Tower with them. And so what? If that happens, what are you going to do about it?
I don’t know how I react if I still hear complaints that “Lulu should gtfo so I can get my Amuto” or whatever (and how is that last one even relevant to each other? D/) after this but people, grow up. You don’t like it then good for you. Because you don’t can’t change what the studio makes the final say in anyway. xP
Not to mention, it will be so trivial that you’d be retarded to continue complaining. Lulu is a filler. Fillers are meant to be forgotten (unless they’re good fillers but that’s a different story)
And this is the part where I went “Lulu’s lost her marbles~♪” or something of the such.
She’s being a huge spoiled brat but I can’t help but laugh a little at how desperate she is. “No no no! Mama’s not happy even if she say she is because I say so and therefore, I have to be right because I know what’s the real problem here!” Sheesh, when girls go crazy about what they think, they go crazy alright. o.O;
I really can’t help but think how similar Lulu is to Utau on this very basic idea. Of course, not completely but it’s pretty alike. Though in Utau’s case, Utau was right about a few of things she said (i.e. ambiguity sometimes being a weakness) while Lulu is more of in denial. Then again, Utau was somewhat in denial, too. Cuz she denied her would-be selves to turn into something she wasn’t. Hmm…but that isn’t necessarily the same either, huh?
Or you can say Utau was also denying (or rather, not acknowledging) her own weaknesses (like hiding behind the illusion that winning and never losing meant you were strong) . And she did. She just didn’t realize she had them.
Well, either way…girls are CRAZY! And I know! …Because I am one! o.O;;;
I really thought that Yaya’s spiel on listing Lulu’s parents in with everything was just meant to kill screentime. I didn’t find it very humorous at all. -_-;
But I guess this makes up for it a little. Rima going “In any case, it’s Lulu” and her bluntness made me so happy. Rima~ <3
Well, he was asking for it. Really, even when it’s accidental, you’re so much like Ikuto. Not telling anyone about stuff that’s important. Silly kitty. :P
Aha~ And Rima’s “Okay, back to srs bsns” face made me squeal again. x333
I’ll take the time to say this now about how much my respect and love for Sayuri Yahagi has increase by…120 and still increasing percent! xDDD
Didn’t you hear it, too?! How Rima, despite being so calm (cuz she’s a Queen, of course ;D), sounded pretty mad? I’m sure it revolved completely around Amu. First, Amu slept over at another girl’s house and Rima is hardly ever just okay about other girls moving up Amu’s friendship ladder if she doesn’t approve of them first. Add the fact that…well, sleepovers are usually done with close friends, right? Rima’s known Amu for so long and she only got to visit Amu’s house once while Amu slept over at Lulu’s whom Amu met only a few times. Rima ish not happy.
Second, Rima is even more unhappy that Lulu the bitch kicked Amu out of her house after her secret has been found out. How rude! Rima will not let anyone treat Amu like that even if you were hiding illegal weapons in your bathtub!
…so yes, Rima being angry over Amu was the awesomest thing of this episode. *nodnod* 83
I really, really, really loved Amu’s determination and belief in Lulu here. I think it says a lot about how her past experiences have affected her. Especially the issue with Ikuto, which had the strongest impact. Because despite the fact that Lulu has always been so nasty at Amu and slapped away her offer of friendship, Amu already knows that Lulu isn’t like that. Even though they only interacted a few times, Amu knows Lulu is a good person deep down and that she must have a good reason for doing bad things.
How does this relate to her past case with Ikuto?
Simple. Ikuto has hurt Amu by hurting Tadase in front her and the trust that she should have kept in him went immediately down after that. But Amu already knew that Ikuto wasn’t a bad guy from the start and later realized he said those things so that he could protect them from Easter. That was pretty much the lesson that Amu learned. To have trust in the people you care about.
Though Kairi’s “betrayal” may parallel this on a better level, I use the Ikuto dilemma (lol, that sounds funny) because it really hit Amu more personally than any other thing she’s faced before. And the deeper the wound is, the stronger the immunity (should) be, right? Meaning, Lulu hurt Amu with her constant rejection to being friends with her and then this. But because Amu has been hurt by so many people before (not to mention, more seriously as well), Lulu is hardly going to be the last one she’s going to stop at. The fact that all this happened after Ikuto was kidnapped by Easter makes Amu even more protective of the ones who are being used by them. She’s already “lost” Ikuto to Easter. And on top of that, had hurt him as well. Her experience over that as well as regret really reinforces her current strength and determination on not to let the same thing happen over again.
This ties in with Tadase’s slight reaction very well (please tell me I wasn’t the only one who noticed).
Everyone was aware that Amu was on rather good terms with Lulu. And even when Lulu treated Amu in such a way, Amu still doesn’t give up. While Tadase, who has known Ikuto longer than Amu has known Lulu, didn’t pull through in believing like Amu did. And I think he feels a little ashamed about that. He claims that he wants to be stronger but now he realizes his personal grudge has been hindering himself from progressing all along.
It’s there alright. I can totally see it.
But while it’s all good that I keep getting these messages that Tadase is beginning to understand little by little where he went wrong, I’m also getting tired of seeing the same old thing being shown over and over again. Tadase gets a little sad and then brightens up and says “Yea! Let’s go save so-and-so!” I know it’s not really Satelight’s intention to do this as it isn’t the proper time for Tadase to reveal his family’s past with the Tsukiyomis
which should have been done 10 episodes ago! D:<, but I can’t help but this undermines any further development on his part.
Tadase says that not saying anything is just the same as running away from the problem, and therefore, being too weak to face up to it. Though the Tadase right now isn’t really turning a blind eye at the issue, he’s not getting anywhere by still keeping quiet about his past. Right now, he’s putting up a fake prince image in the light of other things but because I can see that, it pisses me off. I’m not so mad at Tadase but I’m just mad that I haven’t seen any significant changes for a while. Yes, I know this is filler and that I desperately want my plot back but I can’t be the only one who’s frustrated! Tell me I’m not, eh!? D8<
*sigh* …And again, Rima saves it for me for just being sooooo awesome! <3
"Even though you forgot her name?" Rima~, if you get anymore awesome, I'll have to inscribe your name on everything I see. XD
Aww, Yoru’s been punished enough. Ignore Kiseki and let the poor kitty down for a drink. ;3;
Ugh, the only person (or Chara) who is second to having a reset development to Lulu is Kiseki. He’s so goddamn annoying when he acts so self-righteous. I don’t care if that’s how his personality is. If Tadase can get development, why the hell can’t Kiseki in becoming a more mature leader like what he’s supposed to be instead of a spoiled midget in bloomers? -_-;
Oh, and I so loved Pepe for scolding him. “Shut up and listen to her story, dammit!” XD Sometimes I really think Pepe deserves more love than what we give her. She’s a baby but she can act pretty grown up, too. Actually…she is pretty grown up if you put her next to the other Charas (perhaps even second to Dia). At least her laidback, chillin’ attitude towards most things gave me that sense of vibe.
Ohh~ Nobody can hate Nana in this episode because:
1) She came to the greenhouse…with a snack! Now that’s politeness! ^^
2) She tells the partial truth about the motive behind Lulu’s actions, stands up for her owner and just says she really wants to be of help to Lulu because she loves her. Aww~! <3
3) Nana is finally unsure of what to do with Lulu now that they found out that her mom is happy as the way she is. At least she's confused in the right way.
Aww, Nana~ <3
I guess I’m okay with Dia coming out but I still don’t like it very much. I mean, yea, Dia is the most level-headed out of everyone but if the other Charas were given a chance in consoling Nana with her problem, that would have succeeded as well. They just had to try a little harder.
But Dia came out of her egg so what can you do? *shrug* :/
Yes, add on more to the Pepe awesomeness.
“It’s alright. Dia probably heard everything from inside her egg.”
Pepe! I’ve always known you were smart but why have I failed to mention it until now?! *GLOMPS!* x3
Well, at least I can say that Dia’s lines were fitting for her. She’s so wise that it still surprises me. But it makes me happy all the same cuz…that just means Amu will be even more great when she comes closer to that part, ne? :D
Oh, but going back to Nana, I think it’s very refreshing to see a Chara confused about herself while also being confused about her owner. Nana has been dragged into Lulu’s ?-egg scheme for so long that she also forgot what it was like to be a Chara. Which in this case is totally reasonable cuz Lulu was the one who rubbed Nana off the wrong way first. And I think because of that, there was nothing to hold Lulu back while Nana was doing what she should be doing, supporting her owner in what she wanted to do (and what always kept yelling for her to do, “Do what you want!”). Again, she didn’t know she was supporting Lulu in the wrong direction but we’ve been through this before. It’s nothing new.
Lulu was cute as a kid. :3
Well, we finally get to see how Nana was born. I’m thinking a lot of people went “But that doesn’t tell us anything!” so I’ll just go into a rant about how that is not true.
We were always wondering what the hell was Nana suppose to be but we never really considered the thought that Nana didn’t really have to be anything specific. Nana was born as an accumulation of every aspiration Lulu had when she was a child. But instead of being born into separate personalities, Nana was just one egg. Now I can explain for this. When you’re at toddler’s age, you’re not going to think “Oh, I should be more cool and collected” as seriously as you would when you’re at age 12, ok? At least not under the circumstances where you’re financially well-off.
More often, the realistic way of going about “who I want to be” when you’re a kid would take the form of something like a career. A firefighter, librarian, some type of job. Nana represents Lulu’s wish to be whatever she wanted to be with no limits. Become a person who can do many things. Ever heard the term “jack-of-all-trades”? Yea, that image came to my mind.
Also, at the time, personality traits have not developed in Nana because Lulu was still too young to really understand how to be individual. When Amu found her eggs in her bed, Amu was already going through peer pressure and social imaging. There’s the difference. The reason why Nana is everything-in-one is that she is more of a desire than an actual dream. Or rather, you can say a desire for many tangible dreams.
The reason why Amu has four Charas is because she wasn’t sure of what kind of person she wanted to be, not just the job she wanted in the future.
So I’ll have to correct myself a little on the definition of a “would-be self”. Your naritai jibun is largely affected by the situation you’re in when your eggs appear before you. That will also determine if your Chara will simply be a representation of what you aspire to be when you grow up or of what you want to see change in your current self. A dream vs a wish. That’s the difference. Get it?
They are the same in that they are goals we set for ourselves but a dream is something we aim for attaining later on in our lives while a wish can be granted at any time in the present if it’s capable of being granted. And of course, a Chara can be both as well because the whole existence of Charas is pretty complex as it is. Therefore, we can’t just limit a Chara to being one thing and we can’t criticize Nana just because we don’t have any idea what she’s suppose to be. Nana is suppose to be many things that Lulu wants to be. A wish for many dreams. And that’s all. It doesn’t have to be narrowed down.
Too bad for Nana that Lulu has imposed self-restrictions on herself just like I thought she did. It’s funny because I always thought that being able to do all those activities she listed would make you more refined as a lady. It certainly isn’t pointless or childish in anyway to enjoy yourself. And here is Lulu, stuffed up inside the house and “studying” to become a stiff. Pfft.
No wonder why she fails at being a lady, too. You can’t just gain worldly knowledge from reading books and “helping around the house”. :P
Ok, this is not racial or anything are Japanese kids really so easily attracted to trinkets that can “grant your wish”? D/
I’ve seen this so many times and just can’t help but face palm at how…oh, I dunno, gullible (I guess?) they are on good luck charms. That or just desperate. -_-;
Stop copying my X-eggs! D<
And you don't even turn into anything evilly cute at all. You just become a bigger egg. Boring! xP
Ok, how the effin’ hell did she get up there in the first place?! D8/<
I liked this scene because Rima yelling at Amu to “Get your act together!” was f*ckin’ awesome as hell, yo! 8D
YES! I love it when I see Amu so determined and when the animation is actually not crappy at the same time! XDDDD Now if she were a little older and this were shounen, I would release one of my apocalyptic squeals (why yes, I have many, lol).
Ok, I don’t get it. You spent like 40 seconds on Yaya blabbering about Lulu’s parents but not enough time to spare for ending the transformation sequences properly?! You didn’t even have to draw anything new! *MAD* D8<
And just more Rima awesomeness. “Amu, we’ll hold them off. You do what you have to do!”
God, why is Rima PWN!-ING everyone in the quotes department today? <333
That’s all. :D
Random block people doing Bala-Balance routines are random.
But Rima’s face is priceless.
Oho~ If you can’t make Rima laugh, then you’re gonna get it. Comedy is no joke, bitches! >xD
I honestly thought Rima’s lines were more impressive than her attacks, which was the same as always. No flashy moves or anything. But it’s fine because Rima saying “Go and do some proper practice” so QUEEN-ly and formally is enough to make me scream with joy.
I find it kinda nice that even though Nana’s standing on the opposite of the good side, she’s not technically with Lulu at the moment either. I mean, she is but not really. Add the fact that she’s defending Lulu while standing right next to her made me think it was very sweet. Nana is protecting Lulu but she also doesn’t want Lulu to continue what she’s doing. She’s in a pinch at what to do but she makes it clear that she’s always going to stand right by Lulu.
OMG YES! No new Chara-nari for Amu then! xD;
And here’s the part where Amu makes complete sense and Lulu is just going off about what she thinks.
I like Amu’s speech, too, because in no way has Amu ever claimed to understand anyone like so many has accused her of if she really didn’t understand what they had gone through at all. What Amu is using to try to get through the people she has to save is what she’s seeing right before her own eyes at this very moment. She is not full of shallow, goody goody peptalk. She’s just extremely concerned when the person right before her is turning into something she knows they’re not suppose to be.
And taking a step further with Lulu’s mom, Amu even understands her better than Lulu does. To Lulu, for her mother to shine meant that her mother had to be an internationally-acclaimed actress. To Amu, it doesn’t really take a lot to shine as long as you’re happy with who you are right now. Add onto it that Lulu’s mom was even more happy with just being with Lulu. I think that was what really brought everything crashing back from hysteria for Lulu.
Yes, I do believe that Lulu also realizes what she’s done wrong, too, after what Amu said to her. But she has been striving for this goal so long that if she just admitted defeat, then something’s not right. That’s why Lulu continues to dwell in self-denial. Because she’s afraid of being wrong. She’s afraid that what she thought would make her mother truly happy would be called wrong, that all the efforts and feelings she put into searching for the Embryo would be called wrong.
At least I can understand that she doesn’t want to throw all that away so easily. Even if what you’ve done isn’t the right thing, you don’t want to feel that everything you’ve done is all going to waste. You don’t want everything you’ve done to be for nothing, you know? Because Lulu really did try hard for something, you can’t deny that.
And because she’s gone so crazy (as crazy as a magical girl show will let someone get) and desperate that she can’t really bring herself to let that all go. Right now, Lulu’s unstable. So she clings onto the idea of her being right even tighter by pulling a whammy on her own self in order to beat the Guardians and through that way, reassure herself that she hasn’t misinterpreted everything. That what she was doing was still the right thing to do for her mom.
Oi, what a lost child. @.@;
Poor Nana. ;___;
So yea, I’m totally going to break the mood cuz those two eggs look ready to sandwich her. xD;
All in all, the ep met my standards. *nodnod* I’m satisfied. :D
My impression was an Ursula gone…right? D8
But it suits Lulu’s character, I guess? In all its flamboyancy and jewel decorativeness and such.
At least she’s not obese and walking on tentacles. :P
Pfft, watch. Lulu’s ?-Chara-nari name is going to have something to do with “Gem”. And if I’m goddamn right, then I want somebody to pay me $10! >8D
As for her actual Chara-nari, I guess we’ll have to see if it shows up or if she’s just going to get purified.
But whatever cuz KYAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!! MOAR RIMAHIKO!!! Yes yes yes! *runs around the room screaming* xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Happy end is so obvious but I’m looking forward to next week’s episode anyway. And then the preview after that. Wonder what that’s going to be about. :/
Oh god, we’re almost at 100. Are we ever going to finish the Ikuto arc properly?! T_T <– Make up for no Ikuto angsting today.
Mmkay, I'll stop here then. They're reinstalling the router so I probably won't get back to commenting and replying until later. God, I hope they don't take the whole day or leave me with no internet tomorrow. I'll hurt them cuz still have stuff to do! Dx
But yea, laterz. ^^