September 15, 2012
Turns out that the Union Fest wasn't just a battlefield competition. There were a lot of other things going on. Like Godwin dominating an arm wrestling competition -- until Adelaide, Brioche, and Leo showed up to compete.
Pastillage won the battlefield, which I hoped would be the case. However, we didn't get to see the last part of the battle, with "Hero Mask". Instead we got to see a beach scene -- including Leo and Adelaide in swimsuits.
Anyhoo, the actual main part of this episode was something else entirely. Body swapping. Millefiore and Shinku are visiting Yuki, and Millefiore finds a little egg. While Shinku is holding it, it cracks open and some sort of creature appears. And... the creature's mind ends up in Shinku's body. Shinku's mind ends up in Yuki's body. Yuki's mind ends up in Millefiore's body. And Millefiore's mind is inside the creature's furball of a body.
Before the humans figure out what's going on, the creature has run off, taking Shinku's body with it. Yuki's dogs eventually find it/him and tree it/him. But it's up to Shinku/Yuki to take it out.
Shinku has trouble running and moving in Yuki's body (boing boing) and is... tempted to do a bit of examining... but is virtuous. And it turns out that magical powers are of the body, not of the mind. Yuki eventually is able to activate Excelide and use it. Shinku is able to use one of Yuki's energy attacks. And he gets used to moving in Yuki's body fairly rapidly and actually does pretty well.
Very silly, but also very fun. And it eventually corrects itself, so no harm done.
One more episode, in which the kids all come home again. How will they handle the amnesia aspect of it? My guess is that it's going to get swept under the rug. It won't happen this time. (Though another possibility is that each gets delivered their respective rings, which work just like Palladion did for Shinku last time.)
There was some plot exposition about Yuki this time. We know that Brioche found her more than a hundred years ago, and at the time Yuki looked like a kid. But it seems she stayed a kid for a hundred years or more, and she was a childhood playmate for Millefiore, along with Rico and Eclair. When the others started growing up, she finally found herself wanting to do so, too. So she's only been in the form of an adult for a few years. (...which means that she aided Brioche in sealing hundreds of demon swords while she was still a kid, but we won't talk about that.)
UPDATE: A different way to handwave the "you can't take anything back" business is to say that the scholars at Pastillage (who have more knowledge of magic than either Biscotti or Galette) come up with a different way to send the kids back which doesn't have that drawback.
That's actually what I'm expecting.
Yet another way to handwave it is for Adelaide to come up with something. I wonder if Brave Connect will work across universes?
Posted by: sqa at September 15, 2012 11:55 AM (OJQsT)
That would certainly simplify communications, wouldn't it? Easier than sending Chaney or Tatsumaki with written notes.
But communicating as such isn't the issue. Can Flonyard magic make a video screen pop up on Earth?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 15, 2012 02:22 PM (+rSRq)
It doesn't seem likely. The laws of physics seem radically different there. When islands float in mid air, and when people can jump straight up 30 or 40 feet, and when objects can be materialized by thought alone, and dematerialized again without causing a catastrophic explosion (mass-to-energy, you know?) not to mention all the magic we've seen, then the rules obviously are quite a lot different.
On the other hand, summoning circles can work. I guess we hand-wave that as being an extrusion of their world into ours, a small bubble where their rules are in force. Could that be done for floating magical video screens, too?
I better stop before the entire female population of Galette dies in throes.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 15, 2012 03:38 PM (+rSRq)
-whether she can rig a local device to hook up to BraveConnect, not being "a hero"
-whether she can take the video/audio signal from that and convert it into an Earth-compatible format (easiest of the problems, because it's just math, assuming Rico can get her hands on a copy of the spec)
-what kind of bandwidth is available over that intra-planar connection (probably not enough for live video, even if we disregard the bandwidth their cell phones can get)
Did Shinku actually try to use Flonyard power back on Earth? It might be that Earth physics don't -stop- Flonyard power/magic/whatever from working, but with no local source of it, nobody knows...
All that said, rather than go for full video, why not just text them? Not as visually appealing for the anime audience, but much less of a suspension of disbelief. Also much less likely to get them in trouble Earthside, compared to "magical TV screen materializing out of thin air".
I'm enjoying this season, but yeah, it had darned well have another one coming after this. Not enough episodes!
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 16, 2012 02:29 PM (GJQTS)
Actually, thinking about it, I suspect we get a reference to the way the other series ended. Try this:
Shinku, having gone through it once, won't lose his memory. But Becky and Nanami will. Perhaps Tatsumaki delivers all three rings to Shinku, and then he gives Ex Machina to Nanami, and Mercurius to Becky, and then they get their memories back the way he did at the end of the first series.
A different possibility is that Chaney delivers Ex Machina to Nanami in London, and Tatsumaki delivers the other two rings to Japan.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 16, 2012 03:25 PM (+rSRq)
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