A. a crappy, ugly muffin, B. the egg of a tentacle monster, C. a new intelligent life form, D. some sort of plant. Seriously, who'd pick D...? >_>
[POST CONTAINS SPOILERS – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED]
Yeah I know, this ep has been around for a while (for some strange reason really). I have it subbed since yesterday, although I’m not sure if the torrent I picked was already out the day before. Anyway, for those who watched the previous episode, as you might have guessed, the fun seems to be dying out in favor of a number of drama plots and subplots piling up. Even so Shangri-la does attempt to lighten up a bit at various point, however if you were waiting for the same level of fun as the last two episodes, it’s not here anymore (although Momoko’s lines are still as good as ever).
We left Kunikoin that sorry state that concluded episode 9, after she learned of her inmates’ untimely demise (aka pure slaughter). So, while Metal Age is investigating the site that the military hit many episodes ago (and finding strange plant species like the above alien mushroom muffin), Kuniko is deep in thought, probably lamenting both her friends’ loss and Momoko’s kidnapping.
Patience, people, see the eyes? Kuniko is just recharing her GAR batteries.
And of course, what better way to relax, reflect on your life, on the meaning of your existence, of life in general, of friendship and all that cheesy stuff than to reminisce your lolihood (or shotahood for guys anyway :p)
Is that Sumo diet?
Once you lose the "gold"...
That question's been bothering me since I started Shangri-la... Oh and chibi Kuniko is uber moe.
That was supposed to be moe, wasn't it? >_>
So we see Duomo (probably?), Mi~ko stuffing herself with food (Don’t let it run away!), and Momoko creating the first elements of the TransBushido. Apparently Momoko is the one that showed Kuniko what a boomerang can do and taught her how to use one. No wonder, kids love strange stuff like a thing that returns back on its own.
Let’s leave Kuniko to her past and move to Atlas. Mi~ko is certain the boomerang she blocked was Kuniko’s, which makes her… him… anyway… believe that both Kuniko and Momoko were around. As always, she escorts Mikuni around. Mikuni, being your usual loli, wants more of the same thing, ie going back to the surface.
A loli always comes back for more.
Leaving another cute loli, we come to the highlight of the previous episode, the Momoko-Sayoko passionate relationship. An image is worth a thousand words, as always, even better when the dialogue is good, so let’s take a look:
Sayoko, you're such a sweet talker.
"Talk about shooting your load too early" ~Momoko ep 9 comeback
Sayoko likes it that way though.
You were after the "gold", weren't you?
It's the first time I see S&M with a syringe... Must be a new trend...
So while the couple has a bit of fun, we momentarily witness a seasick Kusanagi. but since he’s kinda lame, we’ll move on. Kuniko finally shows signs of life and moves from that clock tower. Before moving to Mikuni again, we’ll wrap up with the two lovers above. So, Sayoko probably used a truth serum to learn Momoko’s name and where she got the ring from but apparently Momoko’s okama will doesn’t break that easily. In return, she uses her great deduction skills along with some cheesy lines to make Sayoko lose it.
Try a love potion next, cause the truth serum apparently failed...
>_> I suppose civil servants took the kid away... and for good reason I might add?
I wonder if Momoko can actually predict pregnancy, too. She seems pretty keen in getting information from her surroundings. Of course, that all earned her a beating from a berserk Sayoko.
Mikuri, our cute moon loli, wants to go out in the surface, so she tricks Mi~ko into being it and playing hide and seek. Mi~ko starts counting while Mikuni sneaks away (oldest trick in the book). After the guards dispose themselves, probably by not being honest in front of Mikuni, Mikuni goes out but the sun shield installed around lifts. Apparently the sunlight hurts Mikuni, who ends up unconscious, not before hearing some sort of voice, which Lord Hiruko claims is the voice of Amatsumihashira, the Pillar of Heaven (your guess at this point is as good as mine).
On the other hand, loli Karin has regained control of MEDUSA. She says she needs more money so she can eat with mom and dad. It does make me wonder what’s the deal here. We still don’t know who Tarsian is but he disappeared in this episode again.
In the next scene, the Joker (aka Ryoko) decides to take the matters of Atlas directly in her hands. I believe she was behind the whole project from the start and is also keeping Mikuni confined for her own reasons. Also, it seems Shion got lucky.
Punish me again!
Kuniko visits what seems to be a hotel room and continues her tour to her past with Momoko. Momoko seems to have taken on the role of Onee-chan… or something close to that. There are more flashbacks that depict her relation to Kuniko further up in the episode.
I'm missing out on all the good things in life... T-T
Back to Atlas again, Sayoko and Mi~ko are watching over Mikuni who eventually wakes up. Mikuni tells them about the voice she heard, something like “Moon, ascend to the heavens and illuminate the night sky”. Sayoko seems to know something, but in the end she can’t do anything about it. She vows to get Mikuni to the surface again.
That different-colored eye seems to be part of the problem...
The Joker gets his press conference broadcast, in which she again assumes authority of the Atlas project. That further strengthens Kuniko’s resolve to do something about Momoko, her murdered friends and the whole Atlas issue. Her problem with Atlas though is that
Don't worry, Kuniko, you'll get used to the... pressure in time.
She visits her grandma and in the end she accepts the Metal Age leader’s position and declares she’ll go to Atlas.
The GARness has returned!
Afterwards Grandma gives her a sword identical to Kusanagi’s family sword and Mikuni’s wrapped sword. As soon as she gets it, the three sword vibrate and Kuniko, like Mikuni, hears a voice calling her, the Sun, to “ascend to the Heavens and illuminate the land”.
Lastly, we get the Joker proclaiming that she has MEDUSA’s location and her already sent camouflaged battleships to Marshall Islands (that’s the supposed MEDUSA location). I’d show you a pick of the battleships and stuff like that now, but they’re lame anyway, and since I didn’t post any new Karin sceencap, here’s a lolipop.
Lethal loli armed with teddy and lollipop.
Yeah I know, the ep wasn’t as potentially funny as the previous one. Things started moving, and a number of issues have to be resolved. Kuniko is no longer her old innocent self, and most of the characters were in some sort of bind or compromise in this episode. Still it’s nice to see that things are finally making some sense and moving towards the ending. I think there are many issues that need to be addressed, like Karin’s parents, Tarsian, Momoko and Mi~ko’s real past, Sayoko and her supposed child, what’s Mikuni really and how she relates to Sayoko, what the hell does the Joker really want and what’s the big deal with the Sun, the Moon, Kusanagi, Atlas and that creepy Lord Hiruko. Then again, ANN reports that this thing is 24 episodes long… If that’s true, they have more than enough time to give out all that info and even pull a twist or two. It almost makes me remember Fantastic Children (really good series btw, if you can get past the initial feel of the character designs). So anyway, if it’s really 24 eps, we’re in for a long run. Hopefully we can get over this batch of episodes and have some more fun. Not that I don’t like Shangri-la that way but it makes writing a review harder. Making a usual plain review isn’t what that’s supposed to be about. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Epic Kuniko is making a comeback.
PS MORE KARIN! KTHX.
PS2 EVEN MORE KUNIKO! KTHX.
PS3 I HAVEN’T BOUGHT IT YET!
PS4 WHO KNOWS…
PS5 ERASE KUSANAGI PLEASE! KTHX.