Shangri-la 12 – Our glorious pink leader. S&M reunion. More loli Karin.

... Is it me or does the doctor seem... weird? Kusanagi... it's time for more yaoi... Have fun! Mwahahaha! *dark side points*

... Is it me or does the doctor seem... weird? Kusanagi... it's time for more yaoi... Have fun! Mwahahaha! *dark side points*

[POST CONTAINS SPOILERS – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED]

The subs sure take their time nowadays… I mean I AM behind in some anime, but the reason for some of them is that the fansub group I’ve picked either stalls and/or drops the project and it’s a pain getting it from another group.  It also sucks having to pick up the rest of the series from the usual pickup fansubs (groups that pick up stalled/dropped projects and continue from where the others left).  Anyway, at least the group I picked for Shangri-la archiving isn’t stalling so that’s nice.  Although it did take them a day more this time, but I suppose it’s ok.  Sometimes I am too bored or too occupied to care about reviewing.

So enough with the ridiculous prologue and onto some juicy loli (or loli-like anyway, case we all know Kuniko isn’t REALLY loli) fun.  This episode seems like a bridge episode.  You know, those episodes where things move slowly towards somewhere but not quite, the planning episodes, the gathering resources episode, etc etc etc, generally anything that SEEMS like it WILL advance the plot EVENTUALLY… but not much today.   For example, there are at least 3 things happening in this episode whose impact we can’t see yet, they were basically announced and left at that.

So, Kusanagi’s in the hospital… He gets a visit from the kinky yaoi doctor above.  The rest is history… A history that, as long as it has Kusanagi in, is boring, irrelevant, repulsive and I the universe doesn’t care about it, even if it was kinky and filled with forbidden joy.

Joker’s camp: I’m not exactly sure what Sion is afraid of… I mean, unless she drowns him in luxury and fluffiness, I’m not sure I understand why he takes the threats so seriously.

Considering you usually get punished MORE if you fail something, I don't see a reason Sion would want to get it right...

Considering you usually get punished MORE if you fail something, I don't see a reason Sion would want to get it right...

So Joker wants to look pretty (if that is even possible…) for yet another press conference.  Oh, and she casually orders her henchman to have Kusanagi’s pimps (you know, the guys in ep 10) executed.  Just goes to show you pimping is bad, folks, stick to honest work.

Kuniko on the other hand is going around in Duomo and doesn’t even bother talking to her friends (ok ok, Tomoka is her yuri partner but she wasn’t alone).  Our pink leader has much to think about but whatever it is, Joker’s press conference interrupts her.  So Joker announces that the Atlas settlement project is put on hold indefinitely.  Simply put, we will not be moving people in until the construction is done, bye.  Of course everyone is perplexed and rather angry, but Joker won’t answer any questions.

>_> World domination is old school...

>_> World domination is old school...

Ok, first of all, you’re scary… Secondly, if you’re gonna go for absolute domination, you might as well have some surefire weapon AND improve your crappy image.  “Will?” WTH?! If you’re gonna do it, do it NOW!  Here, learn from the master.

And have all girls cosplay!

And have all girls cosplay!

Well, both Kuniko and Karin are generally cosplaying all the time, so I suppose the Geass-ing worked.

Pink loleader is pissed.

Pink leader is pissed.

Anyway, remember Kuniko’s awesome plan in the previous episode?  Well, our pink leader, being so great and awesome, actually took all the time she needed to get the plan down to the last detail.  You have to tell the troops exactly what they need to do, so a vague plan just doesn’t cut it.  So here’s Kuniko’s uber plan for attacking Atlas.

Ok, it's missing the bunnies, that's two points of from Rukia-sensei.  Better pay attention to her art classes next time.

Ok, it's missing the bunnies, that's two points off from Rukia-sensei. Better pay attention to her art classes next time.

Everyone marvelled at the sheer genius that is Kuniko and her marvelous plan, so they were pretty much sold as soon as they saw this huge red arrow pointing at Kuniko’s butt.  Yeah, people are easy, Kuniko knows.  Really, they agreed… it’s true.

And we leave our loli-like pink cutie to check on our real (possibly) loli cutie, our beloved phobic girl, my very own loli Karin, who’s busy making money again with her wimpy associates, Klaris and Zhang.

The loli face of complete victory.  Bow before Karin, worthless masses of drooling otaku.

The loli face of complete victory. Bow before Karin, worthless masses of drooling otaku.

So, loli Karin is so pleased she wants to go out on a shopping spree.  Of course, there’s the matter of her social phobia (or as Baby bear puts it “someone might talk to you”).  So loli Karin wants to feel secure and protected around people (a feeling I can generally relate to but that’s another story) and she has just the thing.

Disguised as pedobear... Loli Karin is too clever.

Disguised as pedobear... Loli Karin is too clever.

In Atlas, Joker has a rather unwanted visitor (but then Joker is known for having things work for her in the end).

Everything makes sense now.  They were colleagues in the same uni... Question: is there an S&M major?

Everything makes sense now. They were colleagues in the same uni... Question: is there an S&M major?

Well, if you ask me, Sayoko got her diploma with honors.  She clearly loves her field of expertise and she was good at everything in S&M.  The profs thought she was the next big scientist after Hawking.  You’ve already seen her experiments, that’s obviously the work of a master.  You’re gonna see her awesome hacking skills in a bit, too.  Joker on the other hand was never good at mazo- stuff.  She liked abusing people, guys preferably a bit too much.  But then, she’s the prime minister there, so I suppose that if you’re really capable, diploma grades don’t matter.  Lesson of life here, kids.  Shangri-la is deep.  Just in case, though, do try your best at uni.  Not many people are born sadistic geniuses.

Anyway, Sayoko gains entry and gets a new test subject for her S&M experiments.  She demands to know why Mikuni, who has heard the words of Atlas, isn’t the successor.  The Joker, of course, makes her beg to reveal some info.  We all know Sayoko loves begging for more, although she didn’t seem that pleased in this case.  Anyway, Joker reveals that Mikuni isn’t the only one with an AAA Atlas rank but does not give any further information.

Most of the above takes place later in the episode but I thought I’d just combine the two parts.  Before most of that, we get our cute pink leader going around in Akiba for supplies.

Loli, mahou shoujo, fanservice.  Akiba, your noble ideals will never die. (>_<)y

Loli, mahou shoujo, fanservice. Akiba, your noble ideals will never die. (>_<)y

Yeah, ero magazines are a crucial war supply.

Yeah, ero magazines are a crucial war supply.

Legal loli in vicinity! Repeat! Legal loli in vicinity!

Legal loli in vicinity! Repeat! Legal loli in vicinity!

Now with a removable skirt!

Featuring a removable skirt!

"We'll go PAA, then DAA on their asses!"

"We'll go PAA, then DAA on their asses!"

O_O . . . Plan cancelled, let's go back.

O_O . . . Plan cancelled, let's go back.

I can understand you, mahou shoujo cosplaying old otaku. What’s the point of going somewhere if there are no anime and no lolis? Or anime harem girls? Anyway, besides the fun they had, they also had a rather serious discussion about military supplies.  This strategic discussion is a testament to Kuniko’s epicness as a leader.

As we all know, only in the presence of Kuniko can matters such as these...

As we all know, only in the presence of Kuniko can matters such as these...

...end up like this.

...end up like this.

Kuniko invites the old otaku to join them once they run the show (I suppose she wants to take over Atlas or something). Of course, the old guys know that there’s ONE place for otaku and that’s eternal Akiba.  Noting that, as with every other question regarding Momoko, Kuniko changes the subject immediately when the old guys ask her what happened to Momoko.

Somewhere around Akiba, loli Karin is shopping, or more precicely, buying shops.  She’d have bought more if she could.  I suppose her piggiebank is some insanely big boar god straight from Mononoke-hime.

A loli dressed in a pedobear costume buying Akiba... I'd love to see that.

A loli dressed in a pedobear costume buying Akiba... One irony after another.

In the end though, her fun is short-lived.  Kuniko’s yuri sensor picks up some encrypted loli data originating from that pedobear cosplayer (or maybe she’s every pedobear’s dream, a legal loli who’s into pedobears, in which case the anime lives up to its name of Shangri-la).  So Kuniko decides to have some fun, but that spoils loli Karin’s fun.

Are you a loli? Ne~? Ne~?!

Are you a loli? Ne~? Ne~?!

Molester alert!

Molester alert!

Needless to say, loli Karin makes a run for it.  Better luck next time, Kuniko.  Tomoka’s always available for you anyway so no worries.

Back to Atlas, Sayoko uses her new test subject to inflitrate the Atlas records, or something called Zeus, and find out anything she can, mainly the other AAA Atlas rank people, possibly to eliminate them.

Brain power

Brain power

That's why you don't want to spend too much time onto your pc.  You start seeing things.  Oh and NEVER go towards the light...

That's why you don't want to spend too much time onto your pc. You start seeing things. Oh and NEVER go towards the light...

In the end, Sayoko gets an image of Atlas, followed by a crappy image of Joker.  We get Mikuni inquiring about Sayoko, then a Mikuni attendant calls Mi~ko, who goes off to Sayoko only to find her dragged away unconscious.  The usual Joker follower says something about Sayoko having seen a certain thing, an act that can cost her even her life, etc etc.  As they drag Sayoko away, she drops Momoko’s earring.  Mi~ko picks it up and apparently finds and unties Momoko, placing the earring between her Kuniko-stolen assets before she leaves.  Momoko wakes up, finds the earring along with a note from Mi~ko (we don’t know what it says) and escapes.

Meanwhile, our wonderful loli Karin has returned to her cage base, after failing to buy Akiba.  She did buy lots of stuff though.  Then she has a discussion with Baby Bear about whether going out is fun.

Sad Karin is moe.

Sad Karin is moe.

Before we leave Atlas for good, and since production knows there was too little Mikuni recently, they added a bit of action there, too, but the lolicon ban is in effect so no screenshot (it’s not really anything, either).

Finally, our gar pink leader finalizes her plan to infiltrate Atlas, without considering saving Momoko, being so gar and calculating and all, but then Momoko appears hanging outside the window and gets the hots for Kuniko’s renewed GARness.  It was all an act, of course, cause Momoko is Kuniko’s first love after all… or a combination of father, mother and sister, anyway.  They have some extreme fun jumping from the window, rolling on the ground and all that kinky stuff, and then Momoko explains why she was absent.

Yeah, you guessed it... Momoko went to the same university and this whole thing was just a class reunion.

Yeah, you guessed it... Momoko went to the same university and this whole thing was just a class reunion.

With this, we covered the whole post title.  HOWEVER, you people who persevered though the whole thing, here’s some of my extra images.

Our glorious pink leader

Our glorious pink leader

Sad Kuniko is moe, too.

Sad Kuniko is moe, too.

Sad Karin is always moe.

Sad Karin is always moe.

The stolen assets aside, Kuniko's figure is the best in the anime.

The stolen assets aside, Kuniko's figure is the best in the anime. Don't mind the breast feeding.

People may have seen or heard something about the Joker in sexy underwear. My soul was scarred when I saw that, so if that’s your poison, it’s certainly not mine, therefore no naked Joker images here >_< . I’d rather post TransMomoko in underwear than that.

Truth be told, the episode was fun but not that funny.  I had to squeeze whatever I could find and in the end I actually dropped stuff cause they seemed unnecessary, therefore the lower image count.

Mikuni gets less and less screentime nowadays and that’s not nice cause she’s cute and her royal way of talking is fun.  You do have to wonder what’s with Sayoko wanting Mikuni to be the successor.  We still don’t know what’s her relation to Mikuni.  Generally, the character relations are rather vague, if at all, up to this point.  The usual questions of who, how and why remain for most things in the anime.  Basically there was no clue about anything at all, besides a note we didn’t read and whatever Sayoko saw in the end, that we didn’t see.  We didn’t learn anything new in this episode, though you do get the impression that things are moving.  Well, they might be, we just don’t know WHICH things are really moving and WHAT are they.  As it is, I expect a barrage of revelations in the later episodes.  The problem with this is that when you keep withholding that much information and for that long, people are anticipating some grand scheme and/or some terrible/shocking/awesome secret that will make them go “wow”.  That can easily backfire when what you think as a great secret or plot twist can’t actually live to the viewers’ expectations so you end up falling in your own trap.  Maybe Shangri-la can pull it, maybe not.  If I had to bet though, I’d bet on the pessimistic option.  Anime have a really nasty tendency to go awfully wrong near the ending.

As far as the characters go, that’s one ep we didn’t learn anything we didn’t already know, so there’s no real character development today.

The animation also seemed to have taken a hit, at least as far as designs are concerned.  There are even some close ups that seem rather off.  Hopefully it won’t degrade enough to be too much, too noticeable and too annoying, but when you take screenshots, the inconsistency becomes apparent here and there and it’s not that nice.

That will be all.

Our pink leader flies

Our pink leader flies

Next episode is aviation and catapult related.  After loli in a bag and loli in a barrel, we have the new legal loli projectile.  Loli merchandise is always popular.

Marry me, Kuniko!! Unless Karin gets me first!

Marry me, Kuniko!! Unless Karin gets me first!

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3 responses to “Shangri-la 12 – Our glorious pink leader. S&M reunion. More loli Karin.

  1. the monster June 26, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    ❤ karin!

    reading this post makes me want to get off my lazy ass and add some screencaps to my own posts. mmm, 1080p karin/kuniko/mikuni goodness.

    • npal June 26, 2009 at 11:10 pm

      The reason I don’t use the O-L 1080p upscale sources is purely for space purposes. I know I’m gonna use many screenshots and 720p keep it contained within reason. The same shots in 1080p would be a bit overkill.

      • the monster June 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

        makes sense. but man, i was watching the 1080p version on my 1280×1024 19″ monitor. 😡 but tomorrow i’m getting a 46″ hdtv! i’m so marathoning the whole thing + spice and wolf 1080p on that asap. it’s a shame more series aren’t subbed at such QUALITY.