Shangri-la 11- Karin, KARIN, karin, KaRiN, kArIn, KArin, kaRIN, and some other stuff.

Prepare for Karin overload

Prepare for Karin overload

[POST CONTAINS SPOILERS – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED]

Yeah, I know, it’s a bit late, but crappy RL stuff coming up are crappy.  That, and finding something fun to do for a change along with the crappy RL stuff made me a bit too lazy to blog about this one.  Seeing as I already have the final K-ON piled up for review shortly after I finish this one, it’s gonna be a really crappy evening.  So anyway, I’ll stop the bitching now before I start feeling like a fansubber ranting for whatever stupid reason and get on with the episode.

Episode 11 is a bit different from the rest since, despite most protagonists getting screentime, it’s basically a Karin episode.This basically means a lot of delicious loli Karin screenshots.  Before we get the fun started, we get Karin trying to remember where she learned a song from.  Kusanagi, the Shangri-la character I want to shoot everytime he’s on screen also knows that particular song from somewhere.  At least, that’s what his dream is about before he wakes up in a very small lifeboat, in the company of several perverts men, sailing in the wide ocean.

...Sailing to nowhere with a bunch of other guys... Geh...

...Sailing to nowhere with a bunch of other guys... Geh...

Leaving Kusanagi aside forever , our loli Karin checks the carbon markets with another of her associates and finds them sufficiently stable, which means that Klaris won’t bother her much again.  During her interaction with her associate, it becomes apparent that for some reason, loli Karin is in this whole deal for her parents.  At which point, her associate’s prospective memory triggers and he remembers he has to go have dinner with his parents…

You're leaving a loli as magnificent as Karin to have dinner with your parents... You know, stupidity like yours is a sin.

You're leaving a loli as magnificent as Karin to have dinner with your parents... You know, stupidity like yours should be a deadly sin.

A facepalm would have been more appropriate

A facepalm would have been more appropriate.

Karin makes tsundere loli seem nice.

Karin makes tsundere loli seem nice.

Ok, it's just a kuroneko coming to visit Karin...

Ok, it's just a kuroneko coming to visit Karin... Nekotachi know how to use the elevator... >_>

Unfortunate though that is, we not only have to leave Karin but return to Kusanagi‘s man-orgy .  At least, some people think he has some uses.

"Yeah, girls are a rarity around here... so, thanks..."

"Yeah, girls are a rarity around here... so, thanks..."

You see, after that stealthed battleship got hit with the satellite proton laser or something from Command & Conquer anyway, hero Kusanagi was searching around the ship and managed to rescue these people apparently… or something like that, cause I’m not sure how the hell he did that when he was the one to be taken out.

That hand is Kusanagi's.  That black thing hitting him could be anything from a crazy sailor after his charms to a nutcase Dementor (TM).

That hand is Kusanagi's. That black thing hitting him could be anything from a crazy sailor after his charms to a nutcase Dementor (TM).

Well, he did manage to throw the life ring (?) before he got KO’d, but them being that grateful… I think my previous comment applies.  Pity we don’t end with him right there for the whole episode, but for now, let’s watch the Joker having breakfast and giving orders about the satellite/battleship incident (ie the battleship shouldn’t have been there, and all that political stuff).  Her approach is pretty simple.

The Foreign Minister might not have it that well...

The Foreign Minister might not have it that well...

Man, what did you eat for breakfast?

Man, what did you eat for breakfast?

Yup, the Foreign Minister is gonna meet Nao and the others.

Yup, the Foreign Minister is gonna meet Nao and the others.

Ha! Can you survive my last night's dinner?!

Ha! Can you survive my last night's dinner?!

Shion... prepare my whip and the mufflers...

"Shion... prepare my whip, the mufflers and the eels..."

"The mufflers, too?! Oh boy oh boy! I'm getting so punished!"

"The eels, too?! Oh boy oh boy! I'm SO getting punished today!"

Meanwhile, it seems like kuroneko is hitting on my loli Karin >_>

...Or is loli Karin hitting on the cat maybe?

...Or is loli Karin hitting on the cat maybe?

What is the meaning of this?! Loli Karin is into... eh... non-humans?! Nuuuuuuu!!! T-T

What is the meaning of this?! Loli Karin is into... eh... non-humans?! Nuuuuuuu!!! T-T

Breathe… Breathe… Patience… We can fix it… We can do it, it’s ok.

Oh... I guess that explains it... Anyone would be into animals if his parents were bears...

Oh... I guess that explains it... Anyone would be into animals if his parents were bears...

Makes me wonder if that teddy she holds is her imouto or something… So her parents are SOMEWHERE and Papa Bear suggests that they’ll be there at some point to have dinner together.  Mama Bear is silent for some reason and it’s been a while since I heard baby Bear’s voice… I’m not sure how GoldiKarin fits here… But wait! It’s a ray of hope in this shadowy place!

...Although... is that a real prince or a trap?

...Although... is that a real prince or a trap?

I already have my cat! (undercover pun here)

I have my cat! (undercover pun here)

The trap-prince knows...

The trap-prince knows...

Ultimate tsundere loli weapon.  You cannot retaliate.  You're dead.

Ultimate tsundere loli weapon. You cannot retaliate. You're dead.

The trap-prince disappears after saying something like “you are me”, so Karin checks security, but security, being incompetent and/or mundane (ie cannot detect supernatural entities) fails to report anything of significance.  Loli Karin does find a yellow feather though.

Loli Karin has returned to the world of man.  We have a chance!

Well, at least now she likes something that resembles a human.

And here’s a Karin break for commercials.  Well not really.  We already had a break for Mikuni wanting to go outside, but yeah, Mikuni doesn’t get to appear much in this episode.  We also get Kusanagi and his gay merry men again.

Too much time in  a battleship methinks.

Too much time in a battleship methinks.

Yeah, no complaining, you took Kusanagi's chastity before Momoko, be happy... or something...

Yeah, no complaining, you took Kusanagi's chastity before Momoko, be happy... or something...

Damn, Kusanagi, just die alread… or go the Momoko way.  But anyway, thank God, we actually get our Kuniko back!  Here’s the Atlas infiltration plan, as given in detail by our new cute, (insanelyD)FC leader of Metal Age.

At least you tried... I think... You still look cute, too, so who cares? :p

At least you tried... I think... You still look cute, too, so who cares? :p

Back to Karin, the kuroneko guides her to the trap-prince.  We finally learn that Karin has social phobia, so she refrains from going out because she can’t socialize with people face to face (no, agoraphobia is different).  However, the trap-prince, being a trap AND a prince, knows his stuff.

Tsundere loli flags raised.

Tsundere loli flags raised.

And it's a date!  Win for trap-prince.

And it's a date! Win for trap-prince.

On the other hand, Joker and her henchmen discuss about the current state of affairs (again – Foreign Minister got lucky, btw) and in the end Joker gives Shion’s brother (whose name I don’t remember but you know him, it’s the hero-saint of ep 8) permission to check on information regarding the various Digmas.

In the meanwhile…

Karin works fast to get her job done before her date.

Karin works fast and hard (whoops, tissue alert) to get her job done before her date... or maybe forget that time goes by so slowly.

Aaaw, first-date loli Karin is cute ^^

Aaaw, first-date loli Karin is cute ^^

We interrupt our program to bring you this special Metal Age announcement!

Well, I don't blame you, stupid Hollyhood heroes do that all the time.

Well, I don't blame you, stupid Hollyhood heroes do that all the time. And what's "paa" and "daa"? Kuniko, you learned new naughty tricks in prison?

And now, back to our special Karin episode!

Teddy's gonna stay behind? Wow, Karin is seriously gonna date...

Teddy's gonna stay behind? Wow, Karin is seriously gonna date...

Good luck, Karin... and don't forget : better safe than sorry.

Good luck, Karin... and don't forget : better safe than sorry.

Ok, so NOW we get rid of Kusanagi.  There’s a huge yaoi orgy going on but it’s too brutal so I’m not posting screenies (not really but meh).

I’ll have all the Karin parts together later.  Let’s see what ELSE is there in the episode that is NOT Karin.  We have Mikuni listening to canaries locked in the Moon Palace with her.  We have the hero-saint checking out on all Digma information (Kuniko, Mikuni, Kusanagi) and coming along someone called Kanaria, the fabled Digma-Zero.

He just couldn't get the gender right I suppose.

He just couldn't get the gender right I suppose.

So, that trap-prince is called Kanaria… Yeah, there was something fishy about him/her, besides the strange red pupils, the blue aura and that he disappears without a trace.

Karin managed to get to the park on time.  We get lots of nice Karin footage, some images of the structure she spends most of her time in and a lot of symbolism (Karin in a strange jungle gym of sorts that looks like a cage, she eventually climbs out. sits on top and remembers the canary song of this episode, while Kanaria watches from a bit further away and disappears into thin air -the cat stays around though).  But NO, the episode must end with chibi Kusanagi… NOT GONNA HAPPEN HERE.

^^ The date was a success! Well, sorta.

^^ The date was a success! Well, sorta.

The episode's main point.

The episode's main point.

Well, it didn’t have insane amounts of fun, although Kuniko REALLY contributed with her limited appearances.  We got a lot of insight on my loli Karin, although we still don’t know who the hell is Tarsian, who hasn’t appeared for some time now, why does she have to do all that to get with her parents, who are her parents and whether that new cat’s role ends here or not.  The part with Kusanagi, I could do without.  Then again, I could do without Kusanagi in the first place, but since he’s a Digma thingie, we’ll be seeing his for a VERY long time, not to mention there was a slight suggestion that we might eventually see some sort of KunikoxKusanagi thing (nonononononononono and NO, it’s one-sided I tell you! >_< ).  We got introduced to that Digma Zero Kanaria, whose existence seems to be even more supernatural than anything we’ve seen so far, so I’m pretty sure the series is going to get more and more hard to swallow for some.  Invoking supernatural things is not necessary a bad thing but it has an awful tendency to go wrong in series that started without a strong supernatural focus… Then again, Key eroge adaptations have supernatural elements since day 1, although Key has a tendency to push the supernatural factor a bit too far (as in insanely far) resulting in almost every Key adaptation having a totally crappy ending because of that factor.  Yes, I know most people won’t agree on my Kanon-Clannad reference, but I couldn’t really care less.  Hopefully Shangri-la won’t go that far.

I’ve seen at least one person bash the latest episode because supposedly all we’ve seen is Karin going out… Eh… Ok… Assuming there is a brain to deal with all the issues in this episode, the point was that we got all this personality information on Karin and we saw her overcome a certain behavior she’s been exhibiting since the start of the series (ie locked up in her dimly lit place and talking through Spype or Achoo!/NSM messenger).  The fact that we have hardly any real information for many of the main characters makes this episode even more valuabe.  Besides that, this episode also introduces a number of issues, like the whole Digma deal again, Kanaria, or the imminent attack on Atlas (even though Kuniko’s plan is well… just cute…kinda).  And that’s without mentioning the whole philosophical/psychological issue with interpersonal relationships, the metaphor of the caged canary, etc etc.  Me, I’m glad I could get all that wonderful Karin footage and Kuniko’s antics so I’d consider it a success even without any other meaning.

Teddy goes to war.

Teddy goes to war.

Next episode is a western parody.  Or not.

PS K-ON 12 review incoming in a few hours.

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4 responses to “Shangri-la 11- Karin, KARIN, karin, KaRiN, kArIn, KArin, kaRIN, and some other stuff.

  1. neo June 20, 2009 at 5:31 am

    My Way My Proton

  2. Shounen A June 20, 2009 at 7:55 am

    I’m not sure how the hell he did that when he was the one to be taken out.

    Kusanagi is a Digma: he must have used his superhero powers while he was knocked out. 😛

    • npal June 20, 2009 at 10:20 am

      I can believe Mikuni can kill people by looking at them. I can believe that Kuniko can own everything she can set her eyes on. But someone as lame as Kusanagi actually doing something while unconscious… nononononononono, suspension of disbelief error 😛 Unless his Digma ability is getting people to save him by looking at them, so his ability was activated before he got taken out :PP

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