September 25, 2010

Asobi ni Iku Yo -- ep 12

Downloading now. about 500 bytes a second. At this rate I'll have it by the end of the century.

UPDATE: And now I've watched it, and it was fantastic. Just as with the rest of the series, it was surprise after surprise right up to the end. Including a really huge surprise which may or may not end up being a continuity change.

That one really did blindside me. Of course, the question for the future (i.e. the inevitable sequel series) is

And if he does stay that way, will Manami and Aoi eventually join him? If they ask, they'll get it. They have huge credit with the Catheans at this point.

Considering how grim the situation looked at the end of ep 10, they have done a tremendous job of keeping the story-telling for the rest of the series very light.

There was an unfortunate bout of angst about a third of the way into the episode, which I did some skipping over. But in a sense it was necessary; it was the culmination of various plot and character threads through the whole series. And the way it got resolved set up things that happened in the rest of the episode.

The defining characteristic of this series, from beginning to end, has been unpredictability. The story telling all through it has been very fresh and creative.


Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 08:21 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 Just think of it as a simulation of the old 300 baud days!, maybe not.

Posted by: atomic_fungus at September 25, 2010 11:38 PM (vKZ0t)

2 Heh. It got a little angsty -- and then jumped right off the deep end of absurdity, which resulted in a literal LOL moment.  It's not like any of us weren't thinking that, after all!   No further spoilers...

Posted by: ubu at September 26, 2010 09:38 AM (GfCSm)


You know what? Eris really is an outstanding diplomat. It's easy, early on, to dismiss her as a bimbo, but it's not true. She is immensely competent, enormously brave, and tremendously resourceful.

Boobs, brains, and guts are great combination, and she's got 'em all. She is about as far from being a bimbo as she can be.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 26, 2010 10:18 AM (+rSRq)

4 You forgot her other defining characteristic:  She's incurably nice.  She just does not have a jealous, vindictive, or mean bone in her (rather outstanding) body.  That seems to be a characteristic of the Catians in general, though -- their only black mark seems to be their reaction to the early Assistaroids.

For instance, the Christmas present went way above and beyond what they could or probably even should have done -- especially given that a number of Earth governments

Posted by: ubu at September 26, 2010 10:28 AM (GfCSm)


It certainly seems to be a trait of the Catheans in this particular ship, but it's a diplomatic mission and I would think that being like that would be a requirement to be permitted on the crew.

For first-contact specialists like Eris, that would especially be the case.

The Christmas Present is unquestionably a very nice gesture on the part of the Catheans. But it's also a diplomatic game changer. The Catheans are determined to open friendly relations with the Earth, and the Present will substantially aid in that effort.

I was just thinking of something, and I believe I'll make a post about it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 26, 2010 10:34 AM (+rSRq)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 26, 2010 11:42 AM (+rSRq)


Sounds awesome!  Unfortunately, techno-illiterate that I am, I have to wait three more days to watch this on Crunchyroll.


Posted by: Dave Young at September 26, 2010 12:22 PM (ZAk0Z)


I saw something that I know was a reference, but I don't know what it's a reference to.

I'll speak obliquely because I don't want to give away spoilers: When the three of them went out for the dogfight (heh) the suits they're wearing, and the surfboards they're fighting on, and the weapons they're using, and in particular the combined attack at the end are clearly a reference to something.

Anyone have any idea what it is?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 26, 2010 02:50 PM (+rSRq)

9 From another forum I got that it's "Tekkaman Blade".  I've never seen the show myself.

Posted by: Doyen at September 26, 2010 11:08 PM (W2FAX)

10 I'll be a little overprotective here.

And then

Posted by: Mauser at September 27, 2010 08:20 PM (cZPoz)


This is not a show where the story is water tight. It's partially governed by the "Rule of cool" and partially governed by the "Rule of Funny".

Remember in "Who Frame Roger Rabbit?" there was a scene where Eddie and Roger were handcuffed together, and eventually Eddie is trying to cut it off with a hacksaw. At which point Roger pulls his hand out of it. Then puts his hand back in.

Eddie says, "You mean you could have gotten your hand out of it at any time?" And Roger says, "No, not any time. Only when it was funny."

That's the Rule of Funny: you can violate the laws of physics and causality if it's funny. (That's why the Coyote only falls once he realizes he's going to, for example. The law of gravity only kicks in when it's funny.)

The Rule of Cool applied in this, too. There were several places where things happened which were cool beyond belief, but which didn't really make a whole lot of sense. (Like the final daring rescue. How, exactly, did he get there?)

I think the Cathean Assistaroids are primarily governed by the Rule of Cool and the Rule of Funny. It explains most of what they do and what they are.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 27, 2010 08:38 PM (+rSRq)

12 I just saw another example of the same saucer, in a "Movie within the movie" in DuRaRaRa 12.5.

Posted by: Mauser at September 28, 2010 06:48 PM (cZPoz)

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