Finally Shangri-la subs!
Time for Shangri-la! All the more reason to blog this now after the Haruhi fiasco. And thankfully, I’ll only be doing Shangri-la reviews on Friday for the summer, which is good, cause double reviewing this along Crapuhi only makes the former feel the strain of the double review.
This episode feels a bit information heavy as it seems like a filler episode until it starts moving on multiple fronts and in the end raising more questions (again).
For all you Kuniko and Karin fans, I had a number of nice screenies taken, but due to WP failing so hard again, I can’t really post most of them >_<
This episode starts with our favorite loli (Karin, that is) trying to make money, again. It seems Zhang doesn’t like this endeavour right now, arguing that people may die if they mess with the carbon markets at the current state. It seems all lolis in Shangri-la are cruel though.
Well, at least Mikuni liked to watch the explosions.
Zhang protests but MEDUSA cuts his communication channel. Notice to Karin : never give too much control to A.I. In the meanwhile epic Kuniko is trying to assess the situation when Joker calls for a truce, otherwise she’ll just kill more people or destroy the whole 8th floor.
It's Joker, what did you expect?
Then Tarsian makes an appearance, claiming he’s some sort of UN mediator for the case and that Metal Age has to disarm and leave Atlas. Epic Kuniko is forced to accept, arguing that going against UN decisions will have a negative impact on Japan’s international standing (… wtf? Just blast your way in and kick all their asses). We get a lot of reluctant troops but Kuniko is Kuniko, her word is law so suck it up and do as she says *nodnod.
That’s all ok, until Takehiko tries searching for Kuniko and spots some girl running and vanishing in a big crack on the wall or something. Takehiko follows the girl and the rest don’t make much sense.
Shangri-la adds ghost to its supernatural roster
So let’s get this straight. Takehiko ends up in a field of kid shoes (?) with some sort of pyre and finds some shoes that are identical (or the real ones) to the shoes he gave his little sister. I’m not really sure what the deal is but there’s an image of a child being pushed into that furnace. Your guess is as good as mine on this one, as I don’t remember anything related having been mentioned before. My only thought on it is whether it has anything to do with that Hinuko freak thing.
The episode moves back to Karin for a short time. Someone is messing up with Karin’s market plans. Klaris reveals him to be Zhang. Loli Karin cannot understand where he found so much cash but she takes up the challenge.
he~ he~ he~
Meanwhile, and while Tarsian wonders who will rule Atlas in the end, Kuniko tours Atlas with Momoko, until she gets spotted by Atlas security/police and makes a run for it, only to end up at (yay…) Kusanagi’s home >_> Ok, thankfully he’s not in, but his mother, Haruko, is. Momoko appeals for help because bad people are after them, then, once inside, retells about their horrible life working as… eh… well… I suppose it’s some naughty occupation, and they supposedly started using kids, too, and Momoko couldn’t take it (lol).
is an awesome guerilla leader that's too good for everyone but me?
Which part of Kuniko is okama, really?
I mean, look at this.
... Yeah, she bought the story...
Don’t worry, Kuniko, DFCs like you are too epic. Well, at least she let them stay around and have dinner. You have to wonder how the dirt emphasized some minutes ago is just not there. Talk about miraculous disappearance.
Loli Karin on the other hand must be living some of the worst days of her life. Zhang asked the legendary Hojo Najiko (yes, grandma) for help in thwarting Karin’s scheme and it seems it’s worked all too well.
...Oooookay, let's aaall relax now and breeeeathe... *psit, hide all weapons and pointy objects!*
Well... at least something good came out of it :p
"I won't lose!"
You know, I adore loli Karin, even with her apparent disregard for human lives, but she has to learn when to give up and come up with a better plan that turning around and attacking again, and with the Zeus itself as the target, no less. To get her plan going, she practically gives MEDUSA full control of itself (yay, Skynet, Judgment Day), reasoning that MEDUSA will be much faster than her in breaking into an A.I. as advanced as Zeus. So MEDUSA infiltrated Zeus quite easily and went for the information core (something Sayoko was trying to do in a previous episode). We all know Joker and her lackeys keep close watch over Zeus. Seeing as Zeus’ security is more easily compromised this time, Tarsian chooses the option most of us choose when we feel there’s no other way to retain our peace of mind when it comes to computers.
Be sure to fdisk first, for the fun of it.
Formatting Zeus would mean that key systems will shut down, as well as all of Atlas’ defense systems, but Tarsian prefers protecting their secrets to that. Joker on the other hand doesn’t like that and argues that protecting Zeus is the top priority, which is obviously conflicting with Tarsian’s.
It's for the checkmate, isn't it?
Yes, and I'm also a sadist, I just like being a bitch.
Not sure who’s pulling the strings in the end but my money is still on Tarsian. Supposedly Joker knows he was using “carbon tycoons” to create MEDUSA but I doubt he doesn’t have a backup plan. After all, he’s been in the business for more time than Joker, he should have a trick or two left.
On the other hand, Karin gains entry to the Zeus system. That’s the second person who actually goes that far and we still don’t know what she read there. We do know though that Joker’s lackeys finally infiltrate her base, which forces her to abandon it, even if it means having to go out.
Even loli Karin couldn't handle it.
We also get that Hiruko thing go into one of its usual fits, call someone to “protect the divine spirit” or something and possibly getting this incarnation killed as well.
If you also saw a sword piercing an apple, you might consider actually getting yourself a girl. I bet your seizures will stop afterwards
Unfortunate though that is, the episode’s final scenes are with Kusanagi so I’m just going to pass the whole “what?! it’s you!” issue as well as Kusanagi thinking about how crappy the military is yada yada and move on to end the episode with Kusanagi handing Kuniko her old boomerang back. He asks her if she can fight all the time and never waver or not have enough faith in what she does, to which she replies that she isn’t sure herself. Nonsense! Epic Kuniko is epic!
And this is TOO MOE
Lastly, Joker gets Mi~ko arrested (we get his real name here, not sure what good does that do at this point). Damn, Joker has been very busy this episode…
Well, it seems things are a mess once again. Tarsian had his supposed authority questioned (more like “MUTINY!!!” ), Kusanagi is your usual wimp, Kuniko suffers another defeat, which sucks, loli Karin gets owned, with Najiko playing a key part in that, Mi~ko gets arrested… Joker seems to have killed the competition so far. In short, any questions you may have had from previous episodes are not answered and we even have new questions added to the old ones. Hopefully the anime can live to the high expectations it sets with all that mysterious stuff.
The only issue here is that the animation seems to have degraded in many parts significantly. Momoko’s boobs for example inflate too much during some scenes and, as usual, the face designs are the ones taking the biggest hit. Obviously most of the screenshots above (and the others that I wanted to post) say otherwise, so it’s not a total degrade, but when you spot strange animation in at least half the episode, something isn’t quite right. Regardless the whole anime is pretty solid so far so I’m looking forward to next week.
Taking bets for next ep
Next episode preview doesn’t say much, other than Mikuni possibly getting a fit and Kuniko staring at your average Tokyo overgrown forest. Hopefully we won’t get another emo Kuniko episode.
Karin is made of win and moe!
PS.. OOOOK, I actually messed up the title O_O WTF!! /me throws self out the window.