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    • Symphogear AXZ Episode 12

      1 day ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to the Penultimate episode of Symphogear AXZ, the show about a robot attempting to take over the world by gathering up divine power because he believes the perfect beings should rule and everybody else should die.

      In our last episode, we had the fight between Adam and the newly formed team of Hibiki and Saint-Germain. And despite their exhaustion from the previous fight, the two are able to hold their own against Adam. However, it's all for naught as the ritual is completed, but because she saw Adam get hurt, Tiki manifested the divine power into... a thing. With that, the odds are once again stacked against Hibiki and Saint-Germain, which is not unusual for them, so the battle rages on. When Tiki prepares a death blow, Hibiki is able to lay in a haymaker, deflecting the blast into space and damaging the divine body a bit, though nobody notices this originally.

      The fight rages on for a while, but despite all the hits Saint-Germain can get in, Tiki is just able to regenerate it, meaning she can do nothing to stop the Autoscorer. S.O.N.G. calls upon divine intervention to help, and it comes in the form of a Mysterious Voice, who was able to decode some of the Val Verde documents that never made it to the Kazanari Institute, and determined the weapon that can kill gods. Originally, it was used to kill the Son of God just to make sure he was dead, but never carried any divine killing properties. However, it ended up merging with another spear that has been known to be wielded by the gods in their own particular war. The spear was the Spear of Longinus, which would later become Gungnir. And wouldn't you know it, Hibiki just so happens to be Gungnir's master.

      But you can't be certain about anything until you try, so with help from Saint-Germain, Hibiki is able to attack and damage Tiki's divine shell, which is unable to regenerate any damage she causes. Adam now realizes that his biggest trump card is fighting against it's biggest weakness, which is not a good thing. And thanks to Saint-Germain distracting him, Hibiki is set to deliver a killing blow. Despite Adam's best efforts, Tiki is severely damaged, with the divine power stuck in a limbo.

      Adam, who was revealed to be a puppet made by "them", attempts to use his severed robot arm to hold the divine power. But this is the universe where XP rules take effect, and since Hibiki got the kill, she gets the XP. Though the energy surrounds her, after a flash of light, we're left with a shell or egg, locked between buildings, where Hibiki now rests.

      What shall come out of that shell? Will it be Hibiki, or will it be something else? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins with Hibiki being engulfed by the divine power, bringing form some sort of evil looking shell, which is something Hibiki is not. Adam is all kinds of confused, stating that only an immaculate soul can serve as a vessel for the divine power. Saint-Germain shares in the confusion, saying that a human, who is born shouldering the original sin, cannot harbor it. Of course, this could also mean that Hibiki is Christian and was baptized, which is meant to forgive the Original Sin. So take that, divine rules! Though, honestly, given the color of the shell, which is black and red, I'm kind of afraid that it's Berserker Hibiki who will be coming out of there, and we all know how dangerous she is in that state. Just imagine her with divine powers and you'll be digging for the center of the Earth just for the protection.

      -There's no opening this time, because we're in the final two episodes and we need ever second of air time for this story. Tonight's episode is titled AXZ. Adam, recovering slightly, is pissed because his thousand-year plan was laid astray in the blink of an eye. But he's not going to let a little thing like divine power choosing a girl over him stop him! The divine power will be his! With that, he disappears. As for Saint-Germain, she remains, but she wonders just who Hibiki really is. Why, she's the ultimate savior, of course! Stick her in any dark, dreadful, terrifying universe and she will have fixed that universes problem within a season.

      -But just to drive home how terrible this all is, we cut to a room that's prepared for a party. More specifically, a birthday part for one Hibiki, currently trapped in a cocoon. Guess that means it's the 13th, but I want to know if it's Friday the 13th, because that would answer so many questions. As we get a panning shot of the empty, darken room, a voice, Yatsuhiro, tells us that it's been forty-eight hours since Hibiki was engulfed by the divine energy. OH, and on a calendar we see that the 13th fell on a Wednesday. Yatsuhiro adds that the UN is expected to reach a decision soon, but it'll likely be that they will orchestrate an immediate military intervention on Japanese soil. Yatsuhiro says that, if it comes to pass, then S.O.N.G. will be the vanguard, since they're a UN organization, after all. And really, if you think about it, if Kazanari Senior weren't so stubborn, this probably wouldn't have come to be.

      -We get a shot of what may be the UN Security Council room, with Genjuro fearing that this would be the case. Yatsuhiro says that, considering the situation, weapons of mass destruction might be deployed to contain the situation. Yeah, I know for a fact that the UN will never have that kind of military control. They don't even have regular military control. They have to ask their member nations to provide the support, and last I checked, Japan was a member. Though it is possible the Security Council will override any concerns they have, even if it's brought up on the assembly floor.

      -We see the Undersecretary of the Defense Ministry at the UN room, probably missing his ramen, as Genjuro has major issues with using WMDs. Both in general, and because Hibiki, his student, is still in there. Yatsuhiro says they will try to prevent this from happening, but the US government has an exceedingly short fuse when it comes to potentially global incidents. Well, I can't say that he's wrong, but the US Government never considers using a nuke in any situation if they can avoid it, and I doubt they would want to do that again.

      -But nope, we're going completely anti-American here, because Genjuro realizes the destruction of the spy satellite was all the pretext the US needed to do the invasion. Yatsuhiro tells him to do everything within his ability to resolve the situation. And that any demonstrable progress will help them in the negotiations. Why not send Ogawa for that? He's a very well trained negotiator. And if you don't believe me, you should see those Pop Idol contract negotiations. They are a war unto themselves.

      -Too bad Ogawa is standing right next to the Commander there. So, apparently, the UN have decided to engage in armed intervention. To think that they now face the same fate Val Verde did just a few weeks ago. Wasn't that country a dictatorship that was interfering with humanitarian effort by the UN to help it's impoverished citizens, as well as dealing with a country that was using Alca-Noise to assert their own dominance? How is that situation any similar to the one happening here? That is a major leap in logic, if you ask me.

      -Well, if there's any good news in this, then they know that Hibiki is still alive. Elfnein is able to detect life signs from inside the chrysalis, the cocoon, and she suspects that the power of deicide may be stalling the fusion, but she doesn't know how long that will last. Tsubasa pushes for action of some kind, which Genjuro agrees with. That's why they're here. Chris is confused, but that's when Miku walks in, asking if Hibiki is inside the chrysalis? She is concerned for her friend, but that's why Genjuro brought her here. He opens a channel to Maria's team, who are standing by for orders. Miku asks how they can help Hibiki, so Elfnein brings out a vial of anti-LiNKER. Yeah, because lowering her synchronization with Gungnir is certainly the right call to make.

      -When questions, Elfnein says that LiNKER and anti-LiNKER are two sides of the same coin. Now that she has a working LiNKER recipe, she can synthesize anti-LiNKER, as well. Maria asks how this will help, expressing my concerns from before, so Elfnein tells her. Both Yohualtepoztil and the Divine Weapon, Tiki's former body, needed a vessel to manifest stably due to their immense power. She says it's similar to how the Symphogear work. Genjuro adds more, saying that they can assume that the energy that engulfed Hibiki is similar in nature to the energy of the relics that power the Symphogears. This means that the anti-LiNKER might be able to release Hibiki from it. Assuming they're right about this, that is, and you just know the show is going to throw a wrench into that somehow.

      -Elfnein presents the relics back to the girls, having finished cleaning the barrier's aftereffects from them, so they're good to go. Miku asks if there's anything she can do. Why, she's Genjuro's trump card. Whatever they have her do, it'll be dangerous, but instead of hearing the entire plan now, Miku is all in, because Hibiki is in trouble and she wants to help in any way she can. Though she isn't the only trump card they have.

      -If your'e wondering, it looks like Saint-Germain has been captured and is being held at gunpoint by the MIB. But Genjuro, who is the anti-Gendo, tells his mooks to lower their weapons, for this is no way to treat an ally. They start to question this, but Genjuro reminds them that, if she tries to do anything, the guns will only get in his way. I mean, it's not like he's bulletproof... maybe.

      -Saint-Germain smiles, asking if her intel was useful. Elfnein, with her own smile, displays Germain's heart piece, saying that she couldn't have cleaned the barrier's aftereffects without the technology behind the Philosopher's Stone. She thanks her, and Germain is happy to hear it. Wow, she certainly did a 180 in a rather short time. Well, that's what happens when Hibiki nails that Charisma roll. Genjuro goes on about the rest of the bargain, but while Germain will help them, she will not join them. Their retirement package is terrible, after all.

      -Suddenly, a warning signal goes off. IT's a direct call from Kamakura, and there we have Kazanari Senior on the big screen. He's invoked the National Defense Disaster Dispatch clause. Chris is confused by this, but Tsubasa, the future leader, knows what that is. Apparently they had Hibiki recognized as a type 2 supernatural disaster. Kamakura continues, saying that unlimited use of armed force is authorized for all disasters related to relics and the target must be annihilated without delay. Okay, show I get what you're going here. Both Kamakura and the US actions are bad. Which means S.O.N.G. will have to find a happy medium. I get the brothers can't wait for Tusbasa to take over and start enacting some much required change in the family.

      -Genjuro objects to that, because again, Hibiki is his subordinate and student. He tells Kamakura that they're undertaking a rescue operation, but Kazanari Senior makes it clear why he's doing that. He does not want the UN to carry out their armed intervention. To him, they will reply WMDs on their soil! The country will burn as a result! Yeah, I think I'm right in calling him paranoid. That's when Mike, not knowing who this old guy is, tells him that Hibiki is not a disaster. Well, not a natural or supernatural disaster, in any case. She is Miku's friend, and she will slap you silly if you even think of harming a hair on that beautiful head of hers. Tsubasa, meanwhile, goes for the family honor, saying that it's a Kazanari's duty to protect the country, then she, the prodigal daughter, will protect her friend and its people!

      -Kamakura doesn't take this calling out the old man line well, demanding to know if Tsubasa means to reject the blood that flows through her veins? Like she cared about that sort of thing in the first place! As far as she's concern, the only thing that flows through her is the spirit of a girl named Kanade Amou! So go piss off, old man! Unfortunately, this may have had the opposite effect, as Aoi gets on the screen to inform Genjuro that they detected assault forces closing in on Hibiki. Kamakura informs them that the operation will commence in two hours and he will not stray from the path he's chosen. I do want to point out that, what if his assault forces brings out Divine Berseker Hibiki? Who will he blame then? Saint-Germain is not impressed by Kamakura, calling him another instigator of oppression. I don't think anybody is going to disagree with you there.

      -Back at the cocoon, it looks like the operation has already taken place as the tanks blast away at Hibiki's shell. It looks like it's working as they can see cracks forming in it. At HQ, the command staff can do nothing but watch, powerless to do anything to prevent their friend and colleague from being hurt. The assault team is about to fire once more, but is stopped by the shell breaking open. A light shines through, and a creature comes out. It looks similar to the Divine Weapon of Tiki's but more humanoid. It screams in rage as it fires and attacks the surrounding area, destroying the ground and buildings, but doesn't appear to be attacking the tanks. The assault force wonders if their attacks hasten the awakening. And that's when Hibiki attempts to attack the assault force, but fortunately for them, Maria is already there and creates a barrier to lock the attack.

      -While the block was successful, Maria was overwhelmed, only to be caught by Kiri and Shirabe. Yup, that's Hibiki alright, but it looks like she's still fighting whatever is in there. Honestly, I imagine if you guys just let it be Hibiki would have come out just fine, but nooo, you all had to be paranoid about this and start the end of days early. Thanks a lot, jerks!

      -Tsubasa quickly takes command and orders the tanks to withdraw, but they refuse as they recognize her as a UN unit and they are here under orders from the Japanese government. Yeah, the thing is, Saint-Germain is not here to deal with that kind of crap. She helps enforce the withdrawal order by slicing off the tank turrets, but adds that if they want a proper excuse, she's happy to oblige them. Tsubasa is surprised by her arrival, asking if she will help them. No, she isn't. She's here to fight on her own and totally not for Hibiki and don't you dare accuse her of that!

      -So the tanks withdraw, allowing S.O.N.G. to come in with their armored vehicles. Ogawa reports that they're ready to go. So Genjuro reveals the plan that will help calm and allow them to rescue Hibiki. They're going to throw her the best damn birthday party she's ever had, one that she'll never forget. This is, without a doubt, the most insane rescue plan I've ever heard from a serious show. And I think I'm in love with this kind of out of the box thinking, too. And this is why we Genjuro should forever be considered the antithesis for the Gendo.

      -This is also our halfway mark, so when we return, Saint-Germain and the rest of the S.O.N.G. girls stare down Divine Hibiki. Tsubasa says that they first have to restrain her, so they engage, attacking her mostly with skills that allow her to be restrain. At least, that's what I'm hoping for because they're unloading on her like they plan to kill her. Some friends you got, Hibiki. Tsubasa uses her Shadow Weaving skill to keep Divine Hibiki, but even without the divinity, she would have broken through that. Of course, their usual methods won't work, so Maria is going to create an opening for Tsubasa to use.

      -Maria creates a triangle of blades that appears to be creating some sort of energy net, maybe, but while Hibiki sees this, Saint-Germain attacks her in order to keep her attention on them. This allows Maria to wrap that energy net around Divine Hibiki, confounding her. She attacks a nearby building as Maria attempts to hold her. Kiri and Shirabe show up to give her a boost with their own energy, and just for good measure, so does Chris and Tsubasa. It's working as Divine Hibiki fires into the sky in rage, giving Tsubasa the signal to Ogawa to move in.

      -The armored vehicles get into the action, firing these strange looking pods at Divine Hibiki, who stick to her skin like magnets. It's actually stuff filled with anti-LiNKER, which is injected into her. It's not enough so the armored vehicles attack from the rear, hitting her in the rear, which bounces from the hit. At this point, I'm just not surprised anymore. At HQ, Aoi notes that the sync rate is decreasing rapidly, meaning that this is working. That's when Yatsuhiro chimes in to say that the negotiations are nearing their end. It all comes down to this moment. Well, Genjuro is doing everything in his power, but his brother says that the situation is not in their favor. He says that when one individual poses this much of a threat, the UN will authorize WMDs. Which means, whatever you're doing, Genjuro, hurry it up.

      -At the battlefield, blue flames wrap around Divine Hibiki's helmet, allowing her to break free of her bonds. She attacks the S.O.N.G. girls, but Saint-Germain blocks the attack, asking Hibiki if this is her way now. She asks if she will bite the hands she once held, which does get her to stop. Unfortunately, it appears the sync rate is on the rise once again. Elfnein states that this is a defense mechanism inherent to the divine power and that it's altering what anti-LiNKER is capable of in real time. Of Hibiki became immune to it the last time she was hit by it. Who knows, really.

      -Well, Genjuro anticipated this, because he expects his student to surprise all expectations. Which is why they have Miku on the mic, screaming out Hibiki's name. This reaches Divine Hibiki, causing the flames to dissipate and her movements to cease. Elfnein notes that the increased sync rates have cause the fusion to progress, their hope is that Miku's voice, converted into electrical signals, will reach Hibiki. So Miku continues, saying that it's Hibiki's birthday today, but, you know, she's kind of stuck here. She sheds tears as we get long shots of the S.O.N.G. girls, with Saint-Germain, then one of Divine Hibiki. ON her chest, where her relic would normally be, flashes red, but starts slowing down. In the abyss, we see Hibiki, curled up, hearing Miku's voice, who tells her that she's suppose to be part of the birthday party.

      -Hibiki hears the voice and recognizes it. As she tries to process this in her memories, Miku wishes her a happy birthday. But what she really wants to say is "thank you." It's because she was born into this world that she learned how to run side-by-side with people. That's when Hibiki recognizes Miku, who continues, saying that she realized that if she ran with someone else, she could reach the goals she couldn't reach alone. With this, Hibiki is able to break free, destroying the divine shell and escaping from the prison there.

      -As Hibiki floats down, Miku runs out to grab her and give her a hug. Aoi reports the news, and because of this, Yatsuhiro reports that the intervention proposal has been rejected. He makes it clear that they have the trust Genjuro built up with his work in S.O.N.G., along with Vice Minister Shibata's relentless negotiation ability, also learned from them all, to thank for this victory. For Genjuro, this only helps to prove Hibiki right, that people can connect. So, yeah, there's no need for WMDs now. Though looks like somebody is itching on that trigger as one is fired from the Pacific. And it was so upbeat, too.

      -On a golf course, a man who looks a lot like Trump has just pushed the button, saying that our country is built on freedoms originating from an age of true divinity. He hopes that his trike opens the way to a brave new world of mankind, built by mankind for mankind. I'm going to assume that this is suppose to be Trump, and while I wouldn't be surprised that Trump would be itchy on the trigger finger, no President in his right mind would ever say that the USA was built on freedoms originating from an age of true divinity. Which, again, making this guy look like Trump just makes so much more sense. Even in Anime, Trump is destroying the things I love.

      -Genjuro orders for the missile to be intercepted, but Sakuya reports that they won't make it at this distance. They have 330 seconds until impact. That's five and a half minutes if you convert it properly. Kamakura is all pissed off because apparently some idiot fired an WMD despite UN proposal. On the battlefield, Kiri places to cut it up, but Shirabe tells her that this is a bad idea, saying that if it ends up detonating up there, the shockwave will devastate the area and the fallout will contaminate the earth. So, yeah, looks like they have few options left. But Saint-Germain isn't finished. She says that this is the moment she's been preparing for all her life. Before they can question her, Saint-Germain flows up to intercept, realizing that, yeah, maybe she can't do it alone, but she has to try anyway.

      -That's when Saint-Germain sings her own song. She is soon joined by Cagliostro, who should be dead, then by Prelati, who also should be dead. Yeah, sure, we'll go with this. Somehow they survived, so run with it. Or they're ghost. Take your pick. In any case, Saint-Germain sings along with them as they stand against oblivion. They fly off towards the missile, with Prelait and Cagliostro telling Germain that going off to do this alone is far too depressing. Saint-Germain can't help but shed tears of joy, knowing her two friends are joining her in this end.

      -On the ground, the S.O.N.G. girls watch on. Hibiki recovers, recognizing the voices singing. She sees everybody around her, as well as the Illuminati girls flying off to face their own possible demise. We then get a flashback to see how Cagliostro survived. Apparently, her woman's intuition told her not to trust Adam, so she faked her death and hid. We see how she did this by activating a teleporting spell just as the explosion went off, taking her away from the fallout of the blast. And she did the same thing for Prelati, and during this time they've been preparing a special transmutation, just for this moment. Well, maybe not this exact moment, but it should still work.

      -Prelati passes the special bullet to Saint-Germain, who loads it up and fires, generating a spell that hits the missile, causing it to detonate, but wraps it up in some kind of energy filed to contain the explosion. HQ notes this, with Sakuya noting that there was no shockwave. On the big screen they see the results, with Elfnein identifying it at the lapis philosophorum. But it's still a fight as the energy from the WMD struggles to break through, so the Illuminati girls focus their own energy into the barrier. Prelati calls this barrier the purest light she's ever seen, her magnum opus. With this, the shell is regenerated, keeping strong agains the overwhelming power of the WMD.

      -Saint-Germain states that they originally researched the lapis to find a way to break the curse. And now, it has finally been used for mankind. Cagliostro was kind of hoping to ram this thing up Adam's ass, but it seems like Germain made friends with those girls while she wasn't looking. Yeah, no, Germain makes it clear that she still isn't friends with them. They continue against the barrier as Aoi reports that the energy readings are still growing, with Sakuya adding that they won't be able to contain it. We see them struggling but it appears the barrier is breaking, no matter what Prelati does to repair it. That's when Cagliostro and Prelati give it an extra boost, saying that a perfect transmutation of life is how the lapis shines.

      -We quickly scan back to the S.O.N.G. girls, plus Miku, as they watch the Illuminati girls contain the energy blast. Germain states that she hasn't joined forces with those girls, but she wishes she could. We see some golden sparks land in her gun, which appear in the hands of Prelati and Cagliostro, preparing for one more burst. Germain says that death is the only penance by which she can open the gates of tomorrow. And with one more blast, she causes the barrier to implode on itself, ending the threat once and for all.

      -With it over, Saint-Germain turns to Prelati and Cagliostro, thanking them for coming with her. They are all covered with a golden light and appear a bit faded. Prelati says the wouldn't have missed seeing this wonder for the world. Germain is confused by this, so Cagliostro tells her why. She's smiling. We see that she is, a warm, genuine smile. She states that she can't even remember the last time she didn't want to die. With this, their life into one last defense, all three fade away, with the only reminder left is Saint-Germain's weapon, which falls from the sky.

      -Below, the S.O.N.G. girls can't help but look on in awe. Tsubasa notes that they dedicated their lives to an ideal. But the job isn't over yet. Shirabe says they need to gather the scattered divine power, but it appears they're too late. When they turn, they see an army is gathering it up. Adam thanks them all, revealing himself to them. Tsubasa calls him out on his desire for divine power, but he says that it's already in his hand. He then throws up his arm, which continues to gather the energy. Tsubasa orders them to attack, but Adam won't let them interfere any longer. He attacks them with a torrent of water, stopping their momentum, then hits with an ice spell, encasing them with bonds of ice.

      -Unfortunately for Adam, he forgot about Hibiki, who got a second wind, again, and engages. The puppet prepares to attack, but it seems like Tiki isn't quite dead. She grabs hold of Adam's leg, knocking him off balance, calling him mean. Because he won't hold her, she'll hold him instead. This prevents him from stopping Hibiki, who is going straight for the arm. Adam calls her overpowered, and really, she is, but like that matters, because she's going to punch it apart with the song in her heart. and she does exactly that, destroying the arm... cue credits!

      On Friday, the finale. Until next time.


    • Symphogear AXZ Episode 11

      3 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Symphogear AXZ, where we're coming in on the final three episodes of the season. Things are heating up now as the heroes are reaching the darkest hour.

      In our last episode, thanks to Prelati's high speed chase, S.O.N.G. are able to determine where the Illuminati are preparing their major spell. They have the MIB all in position, but unfortunately for them, Saint-Germain is quite good at dealing with mooks. With them out of the way, Saint-Germain begins the ritual, planning to sacrifice her life to give them the energy needed to get the power they desire. Which apparently includes light tentacles that attach to Tiki because we haven't gone creepy enough with her yet.

      With four of the six girls out of action, Kiri and Hibiki go to engage her as S.O.N.G. enacts their plan by cutting off the flow from the ley lines, stopping the ritual. That allows our girls to fight and defeat Saint-Germain, bringing an end to the threat once and for all. Or so they thought. Adam, who couldn't really give a damn about anybody else except for himself, bypasses the cut flow by channeling the required energy through the ley lines in heaven, giving him the power he desires. He tests it out by attempting to kill the girls, but thanks to Kiri using her Climax Song, the blow is mostly stopped, but she's out of commission for the rest of the fight. This leaves Hibiki and a newly turned Saint-Germain to face divine power. Will they succeed in stopping Adam? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins with Kiri's stand against Adam, losing out to said power, and Saint-Germain telling Adam that she is his opponent if he really wants divine power. Adam is all for it, calling her irritating, but accepts the challenge, since the divine power is almost within his grasp. Hibiki joins Saint-Germain, who gives the young girl "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" line, only in more words, as well as adding that the odds are stacked against them. But even agains the impossible, Hibiki will fight on!

      -Tonight's episode is titled Pinnacle of Divine Might. At HQ, the remaining girls, as well as the command staff, can do nothing but watch as the ritual continues. The good news is that they were able to extract Kiri, which Shirabe is happy to hear about. This also means one less potential casualty to worry about, but Genjuro is worrying about those unaccounted for. He asks for a SITREP on the evacuation, which is still going on. Maria and Tsubasa realize that they're running out of time, leading to Chris asking about the Deicide, the power to kill a god. Ogawa is still working on that as they have yet to uncover a useful lead. Apparently the negotiations aren't working out well there.

      -On the battlefield, Saint-Germain points her weapon at Adam, saying that divine power should be used to better the future of mankind and is not for any one person to take for themselves. Adam scoffs at this and throws his hat at the alchemist, this time spinning with fire. Germain attempts to counter but her bullets do nothing, so Hibiki has to get in the way to deflect the attack. Too bad Genjuro didn't teach her any long range attacks or else she might have been able to counter immediately.

      -Saint-Germain asks Hibiki why she protected her, with the young girl saying that she's reckless like that, or so her dearest friend tells her. Germain is confused, but Adam is still irritated, so he unleashes a barrage of fireballs, forcing the two girls to scatter. Germain attacks the flying Adam, who just dances out of the way. Yes, that's what it looks like to me. You know, it was mentioned as a joke, but I'm starting to think that Adam might be a little too like Michael Jackson to my liking. Anyway, Germain reloads in a rather cool way, by launching the cartridge from her should guard right into her gun. Granted, it's not using her cleavage, but still just as unique.

      -Reloaded, Saint-Germain attacks again, but Adam is able to deflect the attack out of the way, spiraling it into the great unknown. Yeah, I don't think this is working, Germain, and Hibiki thinks so, as well. She tells the alchemist that she knows what it's like to be crushed. It felt like their anger would suffocate her. She recalls the bullying and attacks from the past, but adds that if there had been someone to fight that oppression, things would have gone differently. She thought about it, how she would rather talk to Germain than fight her, it caused her body to move on reflex. I assume she's talking about her own deflection a moment ago. These words seem to reach Saint-Germain, so she gives Hibiki a target. It's Tiki, which is serving as a focal point for the power. We pan over to Tiki, who keeps repeating her name, then says "An... tiny... thera", but it's an episode too late for a title drop, so you don't get points for that, show.

      -Saint-Germain continues, saying that destroying Tiki will prevent the divine power's manifestation. Hey, if you want something destroyed, Hibiki can do it for you. Just so long as it isn't a living person, that is. Germain says that she has no intention of a formal alliance, but she's feeling reckless today, as well. So let's be reckless together! Hibiki is fine with that. Adam just smiles, as if a couple of kids are going to attack an adult twice their size. Clearly, he's never been in a battle with a Hibiki properly motivated to kick ass.

      -With that, battle begins once more with Hibiki taking over singing duties. Adam has floated down to the ground, drawing an attack by Hibiki, but he simply dodges it. Germain attacks from the side, but Adam effortlessly dodges the attacks, telling the two that they are no match against him, even if they do work together. Hibiki keeps the attack going as Adam blocks and dodges the attacks. He goes back into the air but Hibiki follows up with another attack. He dodges, but Hibiki apparently has some ninja in her as she jumps off a tree from the missed attack and goes for a follow up. Adam lands on a tree himself as Germain continues to fire, landing several bullets in the tree he's landing on, which activates a spell that keeps him in place, allowing Hibiki to land a Big-O punch on the Illuminati leader, sending him through a tree and deeper into the forest. You know, in RPG terms, this just means that he's going to stop holding back and go full out, so I hope you girls are ready for that.

      -Back at HQ, Chris wonders how Hibiki can work together with someone she was fighting with just a moment ago. Tsubasa does my job for me, though, in calling Chris out on this comment. She should remember this feeling from her own experiences. Yeah, sure, but she's, like, a totally different case! But then she adds that Adam isn't the type to go down in just one hit. Unless he happens to be a glass cannon, which is the natural pray for mighty glaciers.

      -As the camera quickly pans over to Tiki, Maria agrees with Chris, saying that they're at more of a disadvantage with every second. But this is when the two former enemies enact their plan. Saint-Germain fires her gun to give Hibiki some jumping platforms, allowing her a shot at Tiki. Adam, however, quickly gets in the way to stop her, telling them that every last inch of Tiki is exclusively reserved for him. I know you're the villain and all, but it sounds so, so terrible when you say it like that. And Tiki doesn't help matters by saying it's filling her up. Looks like the girls are nearly out of time, so Saint-Germain attempts a gambit of her own. She asks Adam where that chrysopoeia he's so proud of is? There's no answer, so Germain continues to prod him, saying that he has no reason to hold back against them, so why does he refrain from unleashing his most powerful attack? No answer once more, but this silence is also an answer for the alchemist.

      -Saint-Germain theorizes that Adam wasn't expecting to have to tap into the ley lines of the heavens, and as a result, opening that gate left him without hte strength for transmutation. This gives them more of an advantage than they thought. She tells Hibiki to get ready, which she does by preparing for her Big O punch. Adam isn't smiling, saying that nobody likes a smartass. Germain follows up with her dragon bullet attack, which Adam counters with his flaming hat attack. the two attacks clash, which causes an explosion. But this was to allow Hibiki to launch herself through the explosion and deliver her punch. Adam is able to stop the punch but it's clear he's struggling against it. However, this leaves him open to Germain, who attacks him with a sword slash, getting his arm.

      -With the small break, Saint-Germain tells Hibiki to get to Tiki before she attains the divine power. She's about to do so, but she ends up being distracted. How what could possibly distract you now, of all times? And it better be good, because I'm not taking "I don't want to hurt an Autoscorer that looks like a child" as a reason. Though it looks like we do have a good reason. That cut Germain landed on Adam's left arm? It's sparking. As in, it's filled with wires and metal. Oh, so he has a robot arm. That doesn't seem that unusual to me. I mean, Stefan has a robot leg, so that's a thing.

      -But the girls take this a different way. It turns out, Adam is actually a puppet himself. This is a major berserk button for Adam, though, as he screams the word back at them. Tiki gets pissed off from them hurting her Adam, which apparently accelerates the ritual as a light shines around Tiki. Germain sees this as the divine power being born, with it blinding the sensors at HQ. When it fades, they're able to see the result of the ritual.

      -Okay, this is going to be a bit hard to describe, so I'll do the best I can. A purple myst surrounds a new creature that has appeared. It looks almost metallic in nature, as well as a combination of some sort of snake with a female upper body. Kind of like a naga, in a way. Though I will admit, when the chest showed up, I honestly it was some sort of fly monster of doomy death. Though given what we got, I think I would have taken that instead.

      -So, yeah, time ran out. There's a crystal located on the creature's chest, which houses Tiki. Adam is next to it, happy that he power has manifested. He adds that he thought they were just going to take it with them today, but Tiki apologizes, saying that she saw him get hurt and couldn't help herself. Adam just shrugs. What's done is done, but since it's done, why not show them just what this power is capable of? A series of golden discs appear, with one disappearing, as Tiki attacks. Hibiki and Germain scatter, but Tiki quickly does a follow up attack that catches Hibiki rom behind, blasting her to the side. But Tiki doesn't stop there as she begins to attack randomly, destroying the surrounding area. Yeah, somebody needs to teach that girl some self control, and I don't trust Adam to do that.

      -Quickly recovering from the attack, Hibiki sees the surrounding carnage and is horrified by it. At HQ, Shirabe wonders if their Symphogears can stop such destructive power? Well, unless you find the person capable of killing a god, then it's going to be a lot of work for you. On the battlefield, Adam recalls the question Saint-Germain asked him so many times, if he had any humanity left in him and he kept saying no. Turns out, he was being literal, as he was never human to begin with. This leads to Germain asking what he is. Apparently, "they" created Adam to serve as their representative, but he was discarded because he was still a prototype. Apparently, he was too perfect, which he calls utter nonsense! Adam says it doesn't make sense, as the perfect cannot lose to the imperfect. He sees it as a flaw in the world, one that he intends to rectify. The perfect will regain their rule!

      -With that, Adam has Tiki prepared to lay waste to the region once more, prompting Hibiki into action. Germain calls her out, but reckless Hibiki is reckless, so she launches herself right at the creature, laying a hell of a haymaker on it, causing Tiki's blast to be fired off into space. Hibiki also apparently did some damage to the creature, but as she falls, the creature inadvertently hits her, sending her flying. In space, a satellite is destroyed, and the blast just skimmed it, too. Saint-Germain is in awe, noting that her friends lost their lives for this. Another light shines down, engulfing her. Looks like that's three now.

      -At HQ, they lost the signal of the security cameras in the area. As Tiki floats around the city, Saint-Germain goes to a severely injured Hibiki, with Adam watching on with a smile. Behind him, remains of the satellite fall behind him, as if signaling the end of times. Which is a perfect place for our mid-episode cliffhanger.

      -When we come back, we're at the dorms. Miku sees the satellite pieces falling from the sky, knowing that something went horribly wrong. At HQ, they received word from the Sielje region. Apparently, the beam hit an American military satellite, vaporizing it instantly. And that's only because the beam barely missed it. Genjuro, however, is worried for Hibiki and Germain, but they still can't get a visual through normal means. To make matters worse, Aoi reports that the various ministries are all on the line. Genjuro tells them to stay on hold, but apparently Kazanari Senior won't wait. I guess he has an override or something.

      -Kazanari Senior demands to know what's happening, but Genjuro doesn't have an answer, so he delays by saying they're still confirming that information. This isn't good enough as dear ole Dad calls them fools, adding that this is already an internationally-known incident. He already knows what the next move is, which is for the UN to send their combined forces on a so-called "peacekeeping mission" and invade their country. Uh, I want to chalk this up to extreme paranoia. Unless somehow you think you're the only leader of the country, the UN wouldn't just invade another country like that. They technically don't have the power to. But sure, let's play up the "evil foreigners" here. Because, clearly, they are all evil.

      -Genjuro pleads that there must be another way, which is what they're here for, but Kazanari Senior isn't interested anymore, ending the call. He says that, in the end, it is he, the true sentinel, who must shoulder the fate of the country. Wow, he makes Gilgamesh look humble in comparison. Back at HQ, Maria is confused by this, so Tsubasa tells her that the head of the Kazanari family will join this battle. Yeah, Genjuro isn't happy about this at all. I mean, I don't blame him. When Dad has to come in to clean up his mess, it's an embarrassing thing.

      -Sakuya is able to get visual, and we see a prone Hibiki laid out on the ground. Chris calls her nuts, saying that now isn't the time to express her love for the earth. What's worse is that Tiki is hovering above her, putting her in a dangerous situation. Speaking of, she asks Adam if she did good, because she wants to hear that she did good. Yup, totally. So she wants a hug, adding that she can't feel him like this. Adam, who is really a manipulative bastard, says that he would like nothing more than to hug her, but he cannot since she's so huge in comparison. Tiki calls him mean, but that's just one more thing she loves about him. Okay, so we all agree that Tiki is messed up, right? Is she, perhaps, programmed to love Adam no matter what? Because that would just be one thing that actually makes sense here.

      -And the pause in battle comes to an end. While Hibiki is still out, Saint-Germain opening attacks Tiki, and much to my surprise, her attacks are damaging her. For a moment, anyway, until she does the golden sphere thing and regenerates. She also regenerates the damage done by Hibiki, but I suspect there's more going on there than we think. So, yeah, Tiki can regenerate, which means they need the deicide power now more than ever. That doesn't stop Germain as she continues the attack, but Tiki continues to regenerate until she counters, blowing the alchemist away. At HQ, things are looking down, thanks to the power their witnessing. We see Elfnein working on the relics, but even Tsubasa questions if they would do anything against such a power? Or was it Chris? It's kind of hard to tell.

      -Meanwhile, back at the battlefield, Adam says that humanity is imperfect, but under a perfect ruler, they can form a perfect army. Yeah, no, okay. If we weren't going to let somebody like Dr. Ver rule humanity, what makes you think you'd be any better? Did I just compare Adam to Dr. Ver and thought the evil mad scientist would have been a better fit? Clearly I've gone insane.

      -So, yeah, Adam has delusions of grandeur, one that Saint-Germain plans to shatter, but he isn't done yet. He states that, if Germain calls herself an alchemist, she would seek perfection, and as a result, she would accept his rule! Yeah, no, that wasn't her plan. She only sought to release mankind from oppression and not change it to a different form of oppression. In the end, Adam used them. Their struggles, their dreams, the countless lives they sacrificed, all of it is gone because of him. Well, I wouldn't say countless, since she was keeping count, but we'll give her that since she's being poetic.

      -Adam smirks as he looks down at the prone Hibiki, saying that he doesn't need the Divine Weapon to finish this. As he floats down, he plans to personally, carefully, drive the stake through her heart. At HQ, all they can do is watch, wondering if praying for divine intervention is all they have left. That's when somebody gets on the comms, telling them not to give up, which is something HIbiki would be telling them, as well. Aoi tries to trace the signal, but it's coming from an unknown source and it's encrypted. Suddenly, a wall of text appears on the big screen. It's the decrypted Val Verde documents. The mysterious voice continues, saying that which is written here about the power of deicide might be their only chance. Chris is all kinds of confused, asking how they knew? That's when Ogawa gets on the comms, saying that they got in contact with them during their search for related intel. And apparently, thanks to his many years of negation, this mysterious group agreed to help. Hey, looks like you got your prayers answers after all, Genjuro.

      -On the big screen, the picture of a staff or spear shows up. The voice tells them that, originally, the spear they used to check if the Son of God died had legends that spoke of its immense power since ancient times. He's talking about the Spear of Longinus, because we haven't touch on all parts of that myth yet. Though apparently, according to the documents, it did not originally possess the power to kill gods. But apparently, over the millennia, it came to be associated with the death of a divinity. Tsubasa recognizes it as a conceptual weapon, like the one they encountered during the Alexandria incident. Oh, yeah, the spear itself, normally associated with Longinus, apparently goes by a different name now. And that name is Gungnir. Yup, Hibiki can kill gods, it seems.

      -And she finds that to be good news. Oh, yeah, Hibiki woke up, by the way. She heard the entire conversation, and because she's still alive and kicking, it means they have a chance. Looks like Adam knew about this and isn't happy to hear what was said. With this, Hibiki gets a second wind. Realizing that this is a bad thing, Adam has Tiki attack her, but thanks to all the floating debris, she has other platforms to use to get close to Tiki, as well as dodge the attacks. Adam won't let this happen, but Saint-Germain is still standing and is providing support fire for her ally. She also realizes that Adam's attack on the Kazanari HQ a few episodes back wasn't to destroy the Symphogear, but to destroy the information they gathered. Yeah, Adam really hates smartasses

      -The two former allies then engage in battle, with Adam used his damaged arm as a makeshift weapon against Germain. Because we haven't reached our required "over the top" quota yet. The two engage in battle, but Germain knows that all she's doing is distracting Adam from Hibiki, his main target. He realizes he got carried away, but as a result, he's unable to disengage from the fight as Saint-Germain keeps the pressure on. She doesn't plan to fall here for all that she's done. She lands a nasty shot on Adam, keeping him away from Hibiki, who's getting closer to Tiki.

      -Tiki plans to punch Hibiki, but Adam warns her to stay away from the Gungnir user. However, his warning comes too late as Tiki and Hibiki's attacks collide with one another. Turns out, Hibiki is basically Noise to divine creatures as her attack shatter's Tiki's right arm. And thanks to her special properties, Tiki cannot regenerate any damage caused by her, thanks to Gungnir. And I mentioned before how Hibiki's initial haymaker regenerated, but apparently I was wrong as that damage is still there. It only looked like it regenerated, probably to keep the twist here.

      -Back at HQ, turns out, the girls are awed by Hibiki once again, because Hibiki is the main character and she gets all the good stuff. Kiri appears, in her hospital gown and on her feet, because modern medicine is awesome that way. The mysterious voice continues, asking them if they recall the final cargo plan that departed Val Verde? You know, the one that Kiri and Shirabe saved? It was carrying an umber of wartime records, which means some of that information survived because it was someplace else. At least, I'm assuming so.

      -Genjuro, however, has a question that's been bothering him this entire time. Why would this mysterious voice's country share such valuable, classified intel with them? They heard a song. We finally get to where Mysterious Voice is, but we don't see their face. Next to a computer is a picture frame with two astronauts. One that is covered up by glare, and another that... wait, was that the same astronaut that went to recover Nastassja's body? Could they be related that way? Anyway, Mysterious Voice says that one of his superiors told him about it, that they heard a song, beneath a sky engulfed in flames. Well, I think that settles some of that. Mysterious Voice adds that, since then, he's been hoping to hear it, too.

      -Back at the battlefield, Hibiki is being tossed around like a rag doll, leading Adam to wonder if she's finally met her end? But when Saint-Germain calls out to her, she receives her third wind. She goes all out with her next attack, summoning her drill that will pierce the divine gate. And she can do it, too. Realizing the situation they're in, Adam tells Tiki that he wants that hug now, so she should release the divine power and fly into his arms. Happy to hear this, Tiki ejects her crystal from the body and heads straight for him. Unfortunately for Adam, it's too late as Hibiki hits Tiki's with her drill, shattering it and cutting hte Autoscorer in half. This results in the main body being destroyed as a result, ending that threat once and for all. I wonder if that was a result of Tiki breaking away from it or if hitting the crystal did the job.

      -In any case, Tiki, half the autoscorer she used to be, is still reaching for that hug. But Adam isn't amused by her antics anymore, saying that her love-mania makes him sick. Still, she made it, as he looks up to the sky to see golden sparks fly in the sky. It was a close call, but it's safe. Of course, he can't have it fly around like that. He needs something to harbor it, a puppet. But then he realizes he has the perfect part for it. He kicks Tiki away and uses his arm to hold the divine power. And when he does, rather than Adam Weishaupt, he will be Adam Kadmon!

      -However, there's a little problem with that plan. Apparently, in this universe, you keep what you kill. And as Hibiki made the kill, the divine power goes towards her. She's all kinds of confused as she's engulfed by a golden light, screaming in pain. When it passes, a large cocoon appears, placing itself between two buildings, beating like a heart. Adam is completely confused, saying that only an immaculate soul can serve as a vessel for the divine power. Even Saint-Germain is confused, asking how a human, born shouldering the original sin, could harbor it? Well, you see, we Catholics have this ritual that allows us to be forgiven of the Original Sin, so maybe Hibiki is actually a Catholic? Also, Hibiki is the sweetest girl you've ever met, but you wouldn't know that since you've only seen her in battle. But we don't have any more time for that, as we finish up the scene with a long panning shot as the beating cocoon continues to beat and look really, really evil for some reason as we fade to black. Cue credits!

      Only two more episode remain, and I was wondering how they were going to drag this out since the final battle seemed to be happening here. Turns out, they're going to drag it out by having Hibiki harbor said divine power. Though this will be really interesting to see what happens when that cocoon cracks. What will we find as a result? Is Hibiki taking on the power because she is special, or because of Gungnir's special properties? We'll have to find out on Sunday when we check out the penultimate episode.

      Until next time, remember, when you need to distract your enemy, always taunt them. if they have as big an ego as you think they do, they'll fall for it every time.


    • The Umu is coming!

      3 days ago

      CaButler

      So the Fate/Grand Order Facebook showed off Nero Bride's NP, which means that the Valentine's Banner is coming soon.  Likely after the 2 Million banner has ended (EDIT: Confirmed. It starts on 01/25/2018).  Which is terrible because I feel like I used up all my luck with my first pull Brynhild.


      No, seriously, check my previous entry.  First card in the first and only ten pull in the banner and bam, limited 5 star Lancer.


      Oh, and I had to be reminded of this, but don't forget to get your custom CE from the banner in the store.  I was originally going to go for Mash, because Mash, but I changed my mind for...


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      Because hot witch, that's why!


      Anyway, I got the new Mystic Code and turned my MC into a Saber Cosplayer, but it's quite surprising that the experience point requirement for it is so low.


      I also completed the Brynhild trial quest, which also showed off Beowulf, who, despite being a Berserker, isn't affected by the Mad Enhancement all that much, and that other Lancer.  What's interesting about the trial quests is that, unlike the Events that accompany banners, the Trial Quests tend to be quite serious.  Scathach's, for example, was very dark, while Arjuna's was very somber.  Brynhild's does offer some comedy, but it seems like she's trying to come to terms with who she is and what she wants to be.


      But as I said, there are some comedic elements, so you know what that means!


      ...It means more screenshots, obviously.


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      Wait, doesn't Mash typically have short, pink hair that covers up one eye?  And I'm pretty sure she was carrying a shield.  But I do like that this Mash calls me adorable and shining.  It makes me feel special.


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      You know, most dreams involving servants are usually due to some lingering issues with their past lives, usually involving a major fight.  But I like where this one is going.


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      I like new Mash.  Can we keep her?


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      I'm sure the MC isn't complaining.


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      Because I'm adorable and shiny and so cute that you can't just resist?


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      Things are going well for New Mash here.


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      Sorry about that.  I just have this shiny skin issue.


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      I have a high Will score for that.


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      I notice that I have issues with this.  The servants that seem to love the MC are either Yanderes, insane, evil, cats, or any combination of the four.  I can't help but sense a pattern.


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      So far I'm sensing insane.


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      You make it sound like it's a bad thing.  You aren't planning to lock the MC up in a dungeon, are you?


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      The MC has that effect on female servants.  Must be in their genes.


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      I did think you're hair was a little too green.  Also, please tell me this is a dream and you didn't kill Mash.  That would be a problem for a number of reasons.


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      He was a jerk, anyway.


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      Who will have a nasty issue of dying for some reason.


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      Why is that, Brynhild?  I thought we were getting along?

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      She probably already knows about Kiyohime and Tamamo as rivals.

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      I think she likes the MC.  That's just a guess, though.

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      Didn't he die in the end?

      And that's all I got for her until I do her interlude.  In the meanwhile, I must gain EXP cards and prepare for the arrival of Umu Bride!

    • Please don't let this ruin my luck for Nero Bride

      4 days ago

      CaButler

      So the new banner for Brynhild went up.  I only planned to go at it one time because I have no interest in her, since I have Scatach in my party.


      But this game, man, it mocks me...


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      The very first freaking card turned into Brynhild.  It started out as a silver Lancer before sparking to gold, revealing the very lovely yandere Valkyrie.


      I honestly, honestly hope this doesn't ruin my chances for Nero Bride down the line.


      Oh, and while we're at it...


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      But I'm kind to all my Servants.  Especially the female ones.

    • Saber of Sabers: A Saber Wars Story

      6 days ago

      CaButler

      So our new banner on 01/18 is the 2 Million Download Celebration.  Details are on the FGO Facebook and website, but basically, we're getting a lot of stuff, including a new Mystic Code, a new limited time servant, and lots of Saint's Quartz.


      I just crossed one million points for Saber Wars, so I have all the Lily cards, so she's at NP5, plus one extra.  Might use her for EXP at some point.  Now I just have to start farming so I can get those pieces.


      Oh, and as for the title, there's an interlude available for MHX once you meet her requirements.  It offers a lot of EXP, so if you have MHX, you might want to build her up.  Her interlude is a tournament arc, where she wants to be the Saber of Sabers!  Good luck with that, kid.


      Now for screen shots!


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      I can't help but think that MHX might be projecting a bit here when it comes to Nero.


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      I'm trying to decide if Nero was just getting one more burn in before her defeat, or if she really did confuse MHX for Jeanne and just wondered why she was looking flatter than usual.  Funny enough, Jeanne is considered an Atoria face, so MHX's NP does get bonus damage on her.


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      Many things about MHX confuses the MC.  Stupid causality!


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      Poor Mash.  Forever stuck as the straight man.


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      It must be terrible being so popular.


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      MHX is very un-Atoria-like, isn't she?


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      Even Atoria thinks MHX is some version of her that is totally bad.


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      There went any hope of the Fourth Wall surviving this Interlude.


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      Mash almost deviated from being the straight man, but auto-corrected there.


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      Apparently, Nasu does.  But only when it's funny.

    • Symphogear AXZ Episode 10

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Symphogear AXZ, where we're at the part where the villains start dropping like flies.

      In our last episode, Shirabe is feeling depressed because she's having issues doing Unison with everybody else except for Kiri. Apparently Kiri doesn't have this problem, so it's a mental block on Shirabe's part. The command staff understands this but aren't certain how to proceed. Ogawa tries to help, but after a close call, they decide that fighting won't help out here.

      But the mission is still important, so the girls are sent to a shrine to research more about the ley lines and how to get ahead of the Illuminati. At Tsuki Shrine, they meet a priest who speaks of a granddaughter who died in the past. Oh, Shirabe apparently didn't have any memories of herself, so her name is just something somebody gave her.

      There, Shirabe has a talk with the priest and about the walls one builds up around themselves, but no matter what, the priest doesn't seem to reach her. The walls are very, very high indeed. Though the show doesn't say it, I suspect Shirabe is indeed his granddaughter, but that's just theory of mine.

      Meanwhile, Prelati has received word of Cagliostro's demise. Recalling what her friend told her while she was recovering, so goes to confront Adam about it and is basically told that she and Saint-Germain are expendable to Adam's wishes. She tries to fight him but she's clearly outmatched, so she escapes in order to get to Saint-Germain and warn her of Adam's betrayal. She doesn't get far, though, as word gets to the S.O.N.G. girls, with Shirabe and Tsubasa hot in pursuit.

      During the chase, Tsubasa tells Shirabe about her own character development, how she built her walls and how it nearly destroyed her, but thanks to those around her, she was able to open up more and stop being angry at everybody all the time. This seems to reach Shirabe, and together, they perform Unison to kill Prelati, ending her threat once and for all.

      Sadly for Saint-Germain, she's told this information by the tactless Tiki, with Adam confirming it and mentioning how they're going to have problems now. What will they do now that their potential sacrifices have already been killed? Will Adam decide to use Saint-Germain instead? Will there be a third option? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins with Saint-Germain standing atop a building, dropping a two flowers to the ground below her. She says the number 73,800, then adds another one to that. I assume that's the number of lives she's taken or have lost during her long live. She comments on how she's grown accustomed to being left behind, but remarks that she'll see them soon enough. So she's planning to sacrifice herself? She more or less confirms it, saying that her life, like theirs, is not hers to keep.

      -Of course, even Tiki can't help but ruin the moment, because she's a creepy little doll of evil. She claps, but then asks Saint-Germain if she's afraid of dying? Adam is there, too, but at least he has the good sense to not say anything at the moment. Anyway, Saint-Germain replies that she'll do whatever it takes to make their new world a reality. She decides this is the best option, to sacrifice herself than to sacrifice someone else. Tiki laughs in a rather mocking tone, wondering if she's seeing Saint-Germain's true feelings? I blame Adam for her personality, because he enables her all the time.

      -Speaking of, Adam is rather serious and comments that this is what Saint-Germain planned to do from the beginning, for the sins she had to bear. Though he calls it hypocrisy. Saint-Germain replies that, if Adam was still human, he'd understand. But he can't, because he's a jerk face jerk who wants God's power for himself. Man, he's going to be in for a rude awakening when Hibiki punches the godhood out of him.

      -Tonight's episode is titled An-Tiki-Thera. I think it's a play on words, since Tiki is mentioned there, but I can't think what the original word would be? Maybe a play on Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and War? Speaking of War, we start things off in Lydian as Hibiki remarks that she's free at last! She must have finished her Summer Homework, and in time, too. Miku takes her notepad and thanks her, but Hibiki says she's the one who should be thanking her, given how much help she gave her. And she didn't even ask for payment, either.

      -The reason Miku is thanking Hibiki is that she made a promise to take care of both her missions and her homework, and she's doing just that. She's probably talking about season one, here Hibiki was keeping secrets from her that lead to a rather nasty break in their relationship that required Miku to be in a life-threatening situation for them to repair it. You know, like any good friendship needs.

      -Hibiki responds that she just kept following the path of least resistance as she isn't smart enough choose what's right. She admits that it's kind of reckless of her to do that, but Miku smiles, saying that it sounds just like her. Suddenly, there's a slam against the blackboard with a date, September 13th. Kiri did the slamming, saying she didn't realize how close it was. Shirabe, in a rare moment where she make something of a joke, says it's two more sleeps away. Kiri starts to continue, but she gets an eraser to the head from Chris. Looks like there's a surprise awaiting Hibiki, but Chris doesn't want anybody to let the cat out of the bag yet. Except for air.

      -In a rather nice transition, Kiri wipes away the date, which actually transitions to our next scene, with the other S.O.N.G. girls standing near Miku and Hibiki. Hibiki asks what the fuss is all about, so Kiri responds that Chris told them about her birthday. Chris gets all embarrassed about it as Hibiki is happy that she remembered it. Of course, Chris gets all Tsundere about it, saying she wasn't trying to, she just happened to, baka! And the hits keep coming as Kiri and Shirabe both remark that Chris seemed pretty excited about it. This is too much for the poor Tsundere Chris as she explodes at them all to get off her case. She quickly tells them that they need to get to HQ or they'll be late! And she doesn't want to talk about her feelings about Hibiki or remembering birthdays or anything like that!

      -We cut to HQ, with all of the S.O.N.G. girls arriving, so Genjuro starts the briefing. They bring up the Mirror Orion on the big screen, with Genjuro telling the group that they concluded that the objective of the Illuminati is the mirrored Orion formed by the intersecting lines. They believe that the enemy will likely attempt to draw the power they seek from the Divine Gate located in this area. Ogawa adds that they're coordinating with the Shrine Association to reinforce defenses at the specific points shown on the map, and that a full-scale evacuation has been started. We see that the highway is packed to the brim with traffic, showing that nobody can do an evacuation. This is why you need busses, man!

      -Maria comments that the Illuminati mean to conduct an even greater ritual using the ley lines. She recalls the dragon back from Val Verde that nearly killed her team, which makes her wonder what kind of monster they are trying to create. Tsubasa has another possibility that she doesn't want to think about. Perhaps a god will rise from that gate. Chris wonders if they can fight something like that, but Hibiki, who has the ability to apparently punch out divine creatures, says they have to and they will find a way.

      -Fortunately, Genjuro says that there may be a way. The power of deicide! Kiri and Shirabe ever heard of that so they ask what it means. What do they teach you at Lydian? Genjuro explains that there are stores all over the world of so-called gods having to face death. Two of your members actually wield artifacts that belong to say gods that feature heavily in a story about the Twilight of the Gods. Aoi says that wartime Germany obtained a power related to the death of gods as the ultimate result of their eugenics research. So that's good, right? Yeah, except that Adam destroyed them when he took out the former Kazanari HQ. And this is why you don't try to keep everything important in one place. Or at least, make backups of everything.

      -Genjuro notes how the Illuminati made a special effort to destroy everything there. He suspects that they were trying to cover up any clues that could lead others to realizing that power. Maria sums it up for those having trouble keeping up. There's a suggestion that there is a power capable of defeating them. So it does appear to be real and... Hibiki has to be related to it somehow. I mean, sure, the FIS girls weren't operating at their peak combat prowess, but they couldn't kill that dragon, despite the major firepower they had. Hibiki did it with one punch. I attributed that to Gungnir, but now there's a hint that Hibiki may just be genetically capable of killing gods. At least, that's a running theory at the moment. But if you think about it, this could make sense in some fashion. I mean, Hibiki is a natural Gear user and survived having pieces of Gungnir inside of her for a couple of years, and she's able to do things the others can't do. Of course, that's assuming that they're doing down this road, but we'll see.

      -With that, Genjuro gives Ogawa the word, so he'll go coordinate with domestic and international intelligence agencies to gather any related information. I wonder how much negotiation is going to be necessary for all of that? And with that, he runs off. At least they don't have him abusing his ninja abilities, because that would be a cheap way of having him leave the scene.

      -Time passes, so Hibiki is in the cafe getting food. The others are there, too, and start discussing what was said in the briefing. Maria starts things off, but she appears to be thinking the same thing I am, recalling that Hibiki one punched that dragon to death. She wonders if it's due to Gungnir, and Tsubasa also considers it a possibility. That said, while the relic was acquired from Germany, there is no god-slaying legends associated with it. I mean, sure, it's legend is that it never misses it's target, but killing a god? What kind of universe do you think this is?

      -Chris says that all they can do is wait and see if the universe really is that terrible of a place. Because either Gungnir is special and Hibiki becomes a target as a result, or Hibiki herself is special and becomes a target as a result. Either way, it's bad news for Hibiki, Miku, and her family. And you know if anything happened to them, Berserker Hibiki would come out to play, and that is a terrifying thought to be had.

      -In the lab, we see Elfnein working on one of the relics, apparently attempting to fix the recoil issue from the Unison attacks. Suddenly, Kiri appears, hopping right in front of Chris, scaring her, before addressing the rest of the table. She's got a great idea that she needs to share! She suggests that they throw a party for Hibiki, since her birthday is on the 13th. Somebody should also check to see if it's on a Friday, just to be safe. So no surprise party, then? Or is there one and nobody told Kiri?

      -Hibiki would rather not, but is happy for the offer. Her main concern is due to the threat the Illuminati poses and that such events are going to be difficult, since apparently she and Kiri are the only ones who can fight at this point. Wow, so that recoil apparently prevents the others from transforming as a result. I guess that means the recoil issue was fixed for Kiri and Hibiki, or it can't be done yet until it's actually happened. Kiri objects, because it's her birthday and birthday's require celebrations! Which is quite literally the next thing she says when Hibiki wants to decline the offer. Though given the flashback we saw in the last episode, I can imagine why this is so important to Kiri.

      -Chris, however, tells Kiri to get a clue and to stop being so naive. This sparks a flashback with the fight against Cagliostro back at the Undersea Dragon's Palace, which involved the flashy alchemist killing non-combatants. And it seems like Kiri hasn't gotten over it and mentions how her naiveté put Hibiki on the spot. She quickly tries to tell the young girl that it wasn't the case, but thanks her for at least trying. Well, there's only one way to resolve this, and that's to throw a party for Hibiki.

      -Meanwhile, at a very familiar shrine, we see two Men In Black guarding, but then get a show of the forest as blue lights start streaking about, with death noises made in the background. One MIB, who is hiding behind a bush and saw all of this, calls for answers, but is quickly killed himself. Saint-Germain appears, counting the lives she just killed before doing it again and adding one more. She then kills the remaining two guarding the shrine, putting the count at 73,811. Tiki comments on how the MIB are all over the area, making her wonder if S.O.N.G. figured out the plan? She asks Saint-Germain what she's going to do about it. Nothing at all, which is probably what she's wearing under that coat of hers, given all the bare skin she's revealing. She drops it, but we don't see anything except her legs, as she plan to use the life energy she's gathered so far to set up the central control plinth.

      -At that point, Saint-Germain starts her chant, and as it proceeds, a light surrounds her. We get a look at her back, including the points where Adam made what appears to be Orion's constellation. As the light goes into the sky, it breaks up and appears to be heading for the other shrines. HQ is observing, with Genjuro ordering a sortie at once. We see the lights hitting the various other shrines, we cut to Saint-Germain, who plans to use her own life to supply the energy they need to open the Gate. With that, the final star on her back lights up, and she breifly gasps in pain. Yeah, I get that hurt more than the times Adam burned those stars in your back.

      -Meanwhile, Hibiki has received the call, which inadvertently wakes up Miku. She tells her friend that she has to go. Miku goes to stop her, but stops herself from stopping her. Hibiki does stop, though, and grabs her friend's hand, saying that she'll be fine since her birthday is coming up after all. You know, if you weren't the main character, that line alone would bring up a major death flag for you. She promises to be back before Miku knows it, which would make another death flag if such things applied to Hibiki. Somehow this episode is going to prove me wrong, isn't it?

      -When Hibiki, she steps outside to see that a storm is coming. Real subtle, show. Hibiki then runs off as we cut to Saint-Germain, wallowing in pain as Tiki looks on with that creepy smile of hers, being all creepy. suddenly, there's a phone call, so Tiki goes to get it. It's Adam, and apparently, everything is proceeding smoothly. She then looks up towards the sky, towards the constellation of Orion, saying that the moment the two match the aspect specified by the ritual, the gate will be drawn on the horoscope. We see that one star is already red in color, indicating that star has already lined up with it's shrine. Tiki observes, commenting on how calculating the time and place is her job. And she does it very well. She's about to say more, but that's where our episode cuts off for the mid-episode cliffhanger.

      -When we come back, were in HQ as the sidelined S.O.N.G. girls are watching the events unfold. Maria asks what's being projected on the screen, which appears to be map. Yatsuhiro comes on to tell them that the preparations are complete and they're ready when S.O.N.G. is. In the lab, Eflnein realizes she needs to go into double time as the Illuminati are enacting their plan right now. Back at the shrine, in her dying moments, Saint-Germain thinks of her fallen comrades, Prelati and Cagliostro, saying that she won't let their sacrifices be in vain. She thinks of her mother, saying that she's worked to overcome all oppression. Yeah, sorry, but I think you made it worse.

      -In an overhead shot, we see green lines are approaching the center shrine where Saint-Germain is. These are likely the ley lines that connect all these points together. Though a higher up shot shows that, no, it's just them heading towards the Mirror Orion location. There's a shockwave as Tiki mentions that the Divine Gate has opened. Saint-Germain reaches her hands up, saying that she uses the very life of the planet from the ley lines and add to it the idea of the maiden blindly, obediently in love. And we see Tiki being sucked into the light as... uh... okay, what? No, seriously, what?

      -In the light, Tiki gets a light tentacle down her mouth, which is disturbing on many levels, one being that Tiki looks like a pre-teen girl and this looks exactly what it looks like. And just to add more wrong, two more light tentacles go right through her eyes. I sometimes wonder if the show runners are actively making a middle-finger to the censors. Anyway, Tiki notes that it's bursting through and screams in pain. So, wait, is Tiki meant to be sacrificed as well? Though, honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.

      -We see a helicopter approaching, carrying Kiri and Hibiki as they see the lights from the sky. Sakuya gives them a target, with Aoi saying that it's only a matter of time until the Divine Gate materializes. That's when Yatshuiro reveals a key, waiting for Genjuro's word, with the Commander holding his own key. They turn together, which activates the keystones. Apparently this key system tells people at the shrines holding the keystones to cut up the ropes around them, causing them to light up. You'd think, with the way the keys were used, that the brothers were going to set off a bomb or something. And I only realize how silly that is and was likely done on purpose.

      -With that, the ley lines were successfully cut off. Yatsuhiro gets all smug, saying that the alchemists gave them too many clues to their plan and that they shouldn't take pen-pushers so lightly. We see in the overhead shot a circle of red dots surrounding the central light, the ley lines glow unable to reach it. With this, the light fades and Tiki comes crashing to the ground. She's probably going to be fine, because robot, but I hope a few more screws got loose there. Saint-Germain has collapsed, as well, but doesn't get enough time to recognize what happened as Kiri and Hibiki arrive to mess things up more.

      -Hibiki sings her activation key and gets the transformation sequence this episode, though she does get a split-screen transformation with Kiri. Apparently Hibiki's is slightly longer as she does her posing shots longer than Kiri spinning on her scythe. With that, the girls confront Saint-Germain, who's recovered enough to transform into her Faust Robes. She charges at Hibiki, who charges right back at her, and in a flash of light, Hibiki is in her black armor as her spears collides with Saint-Germain's gun. In this clash, Hibiki asks if fighting is the only option they have left, with Germain saying that they are both fighting for what they believe is right, holding their justice tight. There is no other way. And with that, battle is joined, with Hibiki taking over singing duties here.

      -Hibiki and Saint-Germain trades blows for a bit before Kiri shows up to take Hibiki's place. They keep the pressure up with close range attacks, and it appears that, unlike Cagliostro, Germain isn't very good with close range. HQ reports the battle, with Aoi commenting on the unison being stable. The two S.O.N.G. girls keep switching out, keeping the pressure going, allowing Kiri to use one of her skills, TW1N CUTT3R C1ND3R3LLA. She and Kiri attempt a pincer maneuver, but Germain uses her gun to create a rock material to give her a boost, allowing her some distance and attacking the girls. Despite this, though, they're able to block the attacks and get close to Germain, even if she's in the air

      -So Saint-Germain takes a page from Chris' playbook and fires all the bullets she has. This apparently includes some guns that are mounted on her head because why not? Kiri is blocking all the attacks, but Germain fired a special bullet that unleashes a torrent of water, trapping the two inside and getting them to stop singing. This leaves them open as Germain charges in, calling their beliefs hollow and fragile. Kiri recovers first and engages Germain, who goes on to say that they will use the divine power to seize the Lunar Ruins, and then they'll free mankind from the Curse of Balal and end its history of oppression. She then fires a dragon bullet that knocks Kiri out of the way, but Hibiki has recovered and uses a drill that pierces the dragon bullet, stopping it. Hibiki may not be a level twenty monk, but even so, she can stop attacks just as well as Genjuro.

      -With this, Hibiki tells Saint-Germain that, even if her wishes are genuine and true, it's not worth sacrificing others for. Apparently Germain has been keeping track, noting that she's made 32,831 sacrifices and caused 40,977 casualties. These are the sins that she must carry. You know, I don't think Hibiki wanted to know the number, but Germain is making a point. With all those lives on her hands, she does see changing her ways as an option. At least, not this late in the game. She opens fire on Hibiki, who goes to block, but apparently Germain thinks with portals as they went into one just before hitting Hibiki, only to reappear on her side and connect, knocking her away.

      -This leaves Hibiki open to a killing blow from Saint-Germain, and it looks to connect, causing everybody to panic, but Hibiki is still getting up there in her Monk levels and pulled a successful agility roll, despite being prone, to catch Germain's blade in her armpit. Saint-Germain quickly realizes her fatal mistake as Hibiki activates her thrusters and delivers a gut punch to the alchemist, but keeps the punch going. Kiri follows up by linking with Hibiki at the feet, giving her an extra boost in speed for their dual tech attack Two Shouts, One Love. With this, Saint-Germain is plowed into the ground, just as the Ignite Module finishes and the girls revert to their regular armor. Just in time, right?

      -Unlike Prelati and Cagliostro, who got lights of death, Saint-Germain is still alive. She looks up at the girls, telling them that, for the sake of this planet's future, no one should ever... cut into a flashback? Because that's what we're doing this episode, which is flashbacks for everybody! It's one for Saint-Germain, who tried to get her father to help her mother, but as she's a slave, her father just smacks her to the ground. Then she finds her mother dead. Remembering all of this strengthens her resolve, saying that no one should ever suffer that shame. She will overthrow oppression, and with that extra push, stands in front of the Gear wielders. While it appears the battle will continue, it seems that despite this claim, her injuries are too great, and the alchemist collapses. I guess she failed on her constitution roll there.

      -Hibiki addresses the prone alchemist, telling her that she's come this far with her fist clenched tight around what she believes in. As she approaches Saint-Germain, she tells her that she knows there are things she can't change with fists alone. And that's why she extends her hand, telling the alchemist that she isn't afraid to open her fists. Saint-Germain is just plain confused at this point as Hibiki turns up that charisma, saying that using a godlike power to break a curse created by God is wrong. For her, people need to change as people. And is anybody else worried that she's going to get stabbed in the back? Because I am.

      -Saint-Germain stares up at Hibiki, then starts to stand up. She smiles, saying that, even so, that unbending, unreasonable "even so" of Hibiki's, maybe that represents the true power to change the world. I'm seriously expecting a stabbing to take place. Saint-Germain reaches her hand out to Hibiki, but unfortunately, this one potential life-changing moment is interrupted by Adam, who appears above them in the sky. Behind him, the lights of Orion are lit red and a new set of lights approach them. Kiri is all kinds of confused as Elfnein seemingly recognizes them. Ley lines in the sky? Sounds like a name of a soft rock song.

      -Apparently Adam isn't using the life of the planet, but of the stars themselves, allowing him to bypass the keystone block placed by S.O.N.G. And to achieve all of that, he's using Orion itself to symbolize the Divine Gate. But Elfnein has problems with this, as the distinction of macro and microcosm is the most fundamental low of alchemy, and somehow, Adam is breaking this law. Stupid villains cheating out in the end. Tiki lays prone, seeing that her Adam has come. She begins to float up in the sky as Yatsuhiro is watching the events unfold from his office. Genjuro is doing the same as Sakuya reports an incoming energy burst that's off the scale!

      -Orion briefly flashes, with Tiki caught in its light, as Adam taunts the girls, telling them that they can't cut off something so far out of their reach. Hibiki goes to stop her, but she gets smacked in the face with Adam's hat. How weighted is that thing? Though I'll also chalk it up to her being exhausted from her fight with Saint-Germain. The alchemist runs up to her, telling her to keep her distance. She then turns to Adam, asking if this power really can free mankind from the chains of oppression? Adam's hat returns to him, because he needs to keep looking suave, and says that it can... maybe. But it's not like he ever use it that way, or ever intended to.

      -What, a villain mastermind betraying his minions for the sake of his own power? Who would have ever guessed? Though not Saint-Germain, and really, she should have seen the warning signs. She's all kinds of pissed off, but Adam is rather irritated by this outburst, so he has Tiki fire a laser blast from her mouth because... reasons? It's actually the power of the divine, and it was a little more than Adam expected, but damn does he like it.

      -However, a song is heard. It sounds almost like a Climax Song. Uh, that isn't good for a number of reasons. And it's coming from Kiri, who is using her Gear to block the attack. She says that, sure, she's naive, but without someone naive enough to have no worries of their own, she wonders who will shoulder the others' burdens when they're suffering? And I get confirmation that she used a Climax Song as tears of blood start forming around her eyes. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your view of things, Kiri is overwhelmed by the power and is knocked to the ground, cutting her song short. Or at least, I hope she did.

      -Saint-Germain looks on in horror as Hibiki berates Kiri for using her Climax Song. Though apparently in the subs I'm using they call it a swan song, but I kind of prefer Climax Song, personally. Anyway, still conscious, Kiri tells Hibiki that it's almost her birthday, and hte most important part of a birthday is to still be around for her next one. Hibiki tells her that this isn't the time for this, but Kiri continues, saying that she doesn't know her real birthday, and this is why other people's birthdays are important to her.

      -Hey, good news, though! Kiri isn't going to die because apparently we see discarded vials of LiNKER, which Elfnein happily tells us was used to suppress the Climax Song recoil. But all the same, this did some major damage to her body. Genjuro orders her to be extracted immediately, because they're on the clock now. They need to get the drug out of her system before she dies from that. Hibiki keeps calling for Kiri, but it appears that she's out for the count.

      -Meanwhile, Saint-Germain has decided to pull her heel-face turn, standing between them and Adam. She tells her former colleague that she won't let him hurt them anymore. Adam is rather nonchalant about her choice, but Germain continues, telling Adam that if he wants divine power for himself, then he is an oppressor she must face. Adam calls her stubborn, which is one of the many things that irritates him so much. But it doesn't matter to him, because the divine power transfer is almost complete, and at that point, Germain will no longer be able to stop him.

      -Normally, that would be a thing, but Hibiki is back on her feet, ready to go at it again. Saint-Germain tells her that what they both believe is right, and that they are enemies who can never possibly reach an understanding. But this is one of those cases where they need to put asides their differences to face off somebody who goes against both of their ideals. Germain says that they are facing a powerful enemy, the odds are against them, and they're barely able to stand. What do you say about that, Hibiki? Well, she is going to do the same thing when she is confronted by the impossible. She's going to punch its lights out! Or as she puts it, "Even So!" Cue credits!

      No after credit scene this time, because why add on another cliffhanger to one we got here. And with that, we reach the home stretch. Only three episodes left, long enough to get one more massive battle going. Kiri is out for this battle and who knows how long afterwards, the others are incapable of joining them, and both Hibiki and Saint-Germain are basically running on fumes. You know, those kinds of situations where you go the extra mile for those heroics.

      I've been thinking about it, but if this show continued it's rather dark pace back in episode one, it's very likely that Kiri would have died here, that Hibiki would have been mortally wounded, and every other bad thing that may have happened before would have happened, like Hibiki losing her arm, Chris having an emotion break down, Tsubasa possibly dying at some point, maybe even Miku, as well. It's a good thing that never happened, right?

      With three episodes remaining, the final confrontation begins. Will Hibiki and Saint-Germain, in their weakened condition, be able to stop Adam? Tune in on Friday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, just because one way of getting power is cut off doesn't mean there's another way of getting that power. You just have to think outside of the box to get it.

    • Symphogear AXZ Episode 9

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      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Symphogear AXZ. The show that features an officer who directly trains his subordinates in the ways of Movie Martial Arts.

      In our last episode, thanks to Elfnein, the S.O.N.G. girls Ignite Module can now counter the Illuminati's Philosopher's Stone. Of course, having an extra boost of power, while nice, doesn't mean it'll make the difference. No, it's about how well you can train and use it, so Genjuro has the girls go through a strict training regime of his own design, mainly involving himself as an enemy. And boy, does he proceed to kick the girls' butts. But there's an additional purpose to this training. Thanks to Kiri and Shirabe, the enemy knows that they can get a significant power boost by having them sing in unison, which will always make them a target in the battlefield. As such, the Commander has the girls work with everybody else to perform unison.

      Meanwhile, Cagliostro kind of accidentally overheard Adam's suggestion about sacrificing her or Prelati to Saint-Germain, who isn't very pleased with such a suggestion at all. The flashy alchemist plays it cool, but plans to make herself worthy by attempting to kill the Symphogear users herself, because now she can't be certain of Saint-Germain's feelings on the matter.

      So Cagliostro fights the S.O.N.G. girls, and as expected, separates Kiri and Shirabe by trapping them in pocket dimensions with Hibiki and Tsubasa, respectively, leaving Chris and Maria to duke it out with her. The stakes are higher than usual because Chris just had a lunch with Sonya and Stefan, so she's already fired up as a result. However, thanks to Genjuro's training, she and Maria are able to do Unison, combining their powers to kill Cagliostro, ending her threat once and for all.

      Tiki, somehow, knows about this and tells Adam and Saint-Germain. Which leaves only the severely injured Prelati as the sacrifice for Adam's goal of obtaining God's power for himself.

      Will Adam succeed in his plan? Will Saint-Germain sacrifice her last remaining friend? And what other unison combinations will we see? Let's find out.

      -Our episode begins with Elfnein apologizing to Chris and Maria, stating that their Gears were taken for maintenance because she underestimated the annihilation barrier's effect. So, what does it do? Does it cause a backlash? A power overload? Maria tells her not to worry about it. In fact, she feels that they should be taking her for doing a great job in the limited time she had. As for Chris, she feels a great weight has been lifted off her should thanks to that lunch meeting with Sonya and Stefan. So, all in all, a good day.

      -Apparently it is some sort of recoil effect and Elfnein will find a way to suppress it as soon as she can. She then gets a pat on the head from Chris, of all people, calling her a lifesaver for being a little kid. She counters that Chris isn't much bigger than her, which can totally be taken as a different joke aside from height differences, but we run a clean show here, so we won't go there.

      -Meanwhile, we see that Tsubasa and Shirabe are training together in the Danger Room, trying to synchronize with each other. It's not going so well as Tsubasa launches an Alca-Noise at Shirabe to try a combination attack, but Shirabe underestimates it and gets smacked in the face for it. The Pop Idol checks in on the young Gear user, who laments that she had no trouble doing this with Kiri. Sure, I mean, you were able to do it with your best friend that you spent years with and have compatible Gears, surely you can do it with anybody else just as easily.

      -Tonight's episode is titled The Green Rabbit. Will they have to chase it down a rabbit hole, or will it somehow turn into a rabbit version of Kamina? Bonus points if you get that reference. So the command staff are watching the training simulation, with Genjuro noting that Shirabe can't seem to match up with Tsubasa, despite the pop idol controlling the pace. Shirabe takes out some simulation Alca-Noise to let go of her stress, but laments that this isn't working out. That's when Ogawa teleports in to offer what little assistance he can to help. Can't you just use the door like normal people? You don't see Genjuro doing any dynamic entry when he walks in, do you?

      -Tsubasa comments that Ogawa is well-versed in the ninja arts of the Hida and tells Shirabe that they'll never even get near him without working together. Kiri, who is also in the Danger Room, tells her friend to catch Ogawa and make an example of him. Yeah, because that's exactly the type of thing to tell your friend to do to coworkers. As if their insurance premiums weren't already sky high. Shirabe takes this to mean to go all out, which Ogawa gets a bit worried about. There's a long, tense moment before Shirabe starts singing and attacks the ninja. This should be interesting.

      -Ogawa plays defense by avoiding Shirabe's saw blades. What, you expect him to catch those things? He is not Genjuro, who is built like a brick and probably has steel for bones. Shirabe goes for a leg saw attack, but Ogawa breaks out the ninja skills by teleporting around the arena. He tells her that she'll never hit him if all she does is attack her wake, with Tsubasa telling her not to rush it. As Shirabe chases the ninja, she makes a strange comment that confuses me. She says that Kiri can't do it with anyone, but she can only do it with her. I'm wondering if we missed a scene somewhere in which Kiri was able to do unison with somebody else, because I don't clearly remember that. Or maybe it'll get explained later.

      -In any case, Shirabe attacks but can't hit Ogawa, only his shadow clones. Tsubasa keeps up with the young girl and tells her that they need to work together to corner him. Shirabe, who's basically running the op in her head, tells the Pop Idol to blanket the whole area so he can't run from that. She does so by firing thousands of saw blades at Ogawa, but Kiri wants her that she can't use that and to just let him get away. Yeah, apparently Shirabe is in "shoot to kill" mode as she is able to score a direct hit on Ogawa and slices him in half. And the insurance premiums go up once more.

      -While everybody is shocked by this training accident, luckily, it turns out that Ogawa used a decoy to take the hit for him. Oh good, the premiums won't go up that much this time. Ogawa appears being Shirabe, telling her of his trick. He does compliment her on having the power, but what they need to each her is how to use it properly, and hopefully, not try to kill him. Shirabe collapses as the simulation comes to an end. Yeah, even if she did kill a decoy, for am moment, she thought she did kill somebody, so it would be surprising if she didn't collapse there. While Kiri and Hibiki check on Shirabe, Tsubasa can only look away, remarking on how she was like her once.

      -On the command deck, Aoi and Sakuya tested all the possible unison combinations and, unfortunately, Shirabe was the sole participant unable to increase phonic gain. Genjuro comments on this being an unexpected wrinkle. He thinks about what he can do to help correct this when, suddenly, they get a call from the cabinet. Turns out, it's Yatsuhiro, who has intel for them from the Shrine Association. You know, about the ley lines they requested a couple of episodes ago. Anyway, Yatsuhiro starts off by mentioning the story of the Divine Gate. Elfnein remarks that the word "Kami", which is being translated as Divine here, is like the power the Pavarian Illuminati is searching for. Yatsuhiro says they should hear the details directly form the source and will send them the necessary paperwork. Aoi and Sakuya are going to have a fun couple of hours, aren't they?

      -After the call ends, Genjuro is asked what they should do. With Shirabe looking depressed in the Danger Room, he says a change of pace would be nice. Which means it's time for a road trip! Our next shot shows five of the six S.O.N.G. girls riding in a car. Maria is driving with Chris joining her. In the back we have Hibiki behind Chris, Shirabe behind Maria, and Kiri in the middle. Kiri is eating, because of course she is, as Hibiki asks about the place their going, Tsuki Shrine in Saitama. She asks if there's something important about that. On the tablet Chris is holding, Elfnein tells them that most shines are built on ley lines, and Tsuki Shrine is no exception. It also happens to be related to the legend of the Divine Gate. They hope to find something there that will get the one step ahead of the enemy instead of waiting for the enemy to come to them. That would be a nice change of pace, wouldn't it?

      -That's when a noise catches Chris' attention. She turns to see that Kiri has opened a bag of potato chips and has started eating. She asks the ever hungry girl how she can have so much energy after all that training? Hey, heavy training makes you hungry. Though Kiri's response is that Chris is trying to flatter her, but it won't get anywhere with her. Chris is confused by this comment, but missed Kiri's statement. No, she isn't sharing, go away.

      -Shirabe, however, sits quietly in the car as we get a flashback to her and several other girls in the FIS Research Lab. All of the girls are wearing name tags, but apparently, Shirabe's is in English. I would question this but I forgot that FIS was an American Institution before going rogue, so this makes some sense. Kiri walks over to her and asks how her name is read. Shirabe responds that Shirabe Tsukuyomi is her name now. Now that is an interesting comment to make, which opens some possible implications for the girl.

      -Kiri, however, loves the name, saying that its super cool. Turns out, Shirabe doesn't remember her name, so they gave her the one based on the things she had. It includes a name tab, but it's covered in blood, as well as a chair that has "Shira" written on it. Kiri comments that its the same for her. She forgot her birthday, so they made it the day she arrived. And because they're hte same, she's certain they'll be great friends. Apparently young Kiri was a psychic back then.

      -In the present, Shirabe is taken out of her flashback by Kiri, asking if she's suffering from motion sickness because it's so different from her saw. Shirabe says it's fine. I'm pretty sure it's a smooth ride since Hibiki appears to be passed out there. And if you're wondering where Tsubasa was, she's riding on her motorcycle, but riding in tandem with the car. Not like they had any room for her, and taking anything bigger would have looked suspicious.

      -They soon arrive at the shrine. Kiri takes a look at the rabbit statue, makes a Kiri sound, then comments on how they shrine is guarded by rabbits and not by dogs. They were probably inspired by the killer rabbit during the search for the Holy Grail. However, her happy expression changes when she looks at Shirabe, who is looking rather sullen. Kiri gets upset as a result as we get some shots of the girls inspecting the shrine before reaching the front gate. One of the girls comments on how there are so many rabbits and calling it cute. I'm not entirely certain who said it, but I think it was Maria. Though I think it'd be funny if it was Chris or Tsubasa.

      -That's when the shrine priest arrives. He was expecting them, but they he thought they would be older. And we're right into the sad moments as the priest starts off introductions by telling one of the girls' that they remind him of his granddaughter, who died with her family in a car accident. And if she was alive, she'd be around their age. You're Shirabe's grandfather, aren't you? I mean, it's just so obvious, what with her last name, the charm on her bad, and the fact that it appeared that something horrific happened to her family, based on the condition of the bag. Chris, curious, asks which girl in particular, since their ages range by about two to four years, roughly. Also, she complains about the random comment being made as an introduction. It sure does make things awkward. That's why we have Chris here, who has terrible tact.

      -The priest slaps his forehead, telling them it's just a joke, saying that it smooths out human relations. Why do I have trouble believing that? While the girls stand in silence, the priest says that it helped to break the ice. Chris, basically thinking what I'm thinking, says that all he did was build a Great Wall of distrust between them. I'm still of the opinion that it wasn't a joke and that he's related to Shirabe somehow.

      -But enough terrible and poorly done jokes. To business! He starts to lead the group away, but stops and asks them if they're familiar with Hikawa shrines? A cut into the a room has the priest take out a map with five red lines connecting to dots, shaped kind of like a square with a line through it. Tsubasa recognizes it as the Orion constellation. The priest says that it's actually am mirrored version of Orion drawn by the seven Hikawa shrines in this area. He states that it's traditionally know as the Drummer's Gate to Heaven, a gate where gods were known to descend. Kiri has her tablet out and is looking at a picture of Orion, because we need a reference to the actual constellation, after all.

      -Tsubasa notes that this is all guess work, but many aspects line up with the Illuminati's goal. As a result, they can't pass up this lead, wherever it takes them. Hibiki does take this seriously, but her growling stomach defuses the tension. This draws a couple of comments about the noise, with Hibiki defending herself, but she's just that hungry. She should have stolen some of Kiri's potato chips to ease the hunger. The priest takes this to take a break for dinner, saying that his quiche is a real delicacy, if he says so himself. Chris has several complaints about this, mainly that they're in a shrine, so he should make something Japanese. Did you think that maybe he's terrible at making Japanese food?

      -Tsubasa says that they shouldn't, but the priest won't accept the refusal. They're going to go through all these scrolls, so they need to have full stomachs and plenty of energy. That shouldn't be a problem with Kiri, since she suffered herself with chips on the car ride. I wouldn't be surprised if she has more in the car waiting for her on the return trip.

      -Meanwhile, at the Illuminati Hotel of Evil, Prelati is on her feet and apparently was told of Cagliostro's death. She's clearly not happy that the former fraudster fooled herself into having a dramatic last stand as she pours a glass of milk for herself. She then clings it with a glass of wine she poured for Cagliostro. In a flashback, she recalls the information Cagliostro told her, that Adam plans to use them to power the central plinth. She's doesn't like how Adam is ready to sacrifice his own like that and thinks he's hiding something, or so her woman's intuition tells her. In the present, Prelati seemingly mocks this, because apparently Cagliostro was given a woman's body later in life, in pursuit of biological perfection, but apparently that didn't stop her from bringing it up at every opportunity. Well, that just opens up a whole list of possibilities and questions, doesn't it? Mainly, I wonder if this was Cagliostro's way of repenting for helping Gilles so long ago? In any case, Prelati takes a swig of her milk, but thinks that Cagliostro's intuition is worth following up on. She stares at the reflection of herself in the window, giving a sinister smile, which is a good place for our mid-episode cliffhanger.

      -When we come back, we see that Tsubasa is outside on her bike and reporting the information to Genjuro. Looks like they're spending the night as Tsubasa says that hey worked together and found some information in the ancient scrolls of the shrine. We see the other girls sleeping, which includes a panning shot of Hibiki, Chris, and Kiri in their sleeping positions. Looking at Kiri, I wonder if she shares the same bed as Shirabe, and if that's true, I wonder how Shirabe doesn't wake up bruised every morning, given that death grip Kiri has on that blanket. Maria at least appears to be sleeping normally, but as for Shirabe... she's nowhere to be found.

      -Onto the conversation at hand. Tsubasa says that if the enemy is really trying to use the ley lines, they can only counter them with the keystones. Unfortunately, they lost a few keystones in the struggle against Carol, but Elfnein comments that they should still function as a safety valve for the ley lines. Genjuro thinks for a moment before saying that they cannot allow the Pavarian Illuminati to attain divine power and must be stopped at any cost. Tsubasa plans to do that anyway, because it's what she does. Worst case scenario, they'll just sic Hibiki on them, since she can apparently counter Divine Power for some unknown reason at this time.

      -We then cut to Shirabe staring at a rabbit fountain, because she can't sleep for many reasons. Take your pick. The priest walks up to her and asks if she's taking a late-night stroll? Shirabe, however, is rude and refuses to answer, looking away from him in a rather disdain look. He asks if something is troubling her, but Shirabe angrily says that she can deal with it herself. The priest, unwavering, says that he finds that it helps to get one's troubles out in the air, adding that no one can live entirely alone. Shirabe understands that, but still feels the way she does because she's feeling rather down and disappointed and angry and a whole bunch of other emotions. Curse those teenager feelings!

      -The priest still takes it in stride, asking Shirabe why she should keep her secrets bottled up in a shrine? He can't think of a better place to deal with what troubles her. And a small donation wouldn't hurt, either. So they return to the front gate with the priest doing a prayer there. Shirabe watches him perform the ritual, but doesn't following along. The priest comments on how those darn youngsters aren't too familiar with this. Shirabe admits that it's outside of her comfort zone, noting that she's not very good with customs, rules, and adjusting to people in general. But she's going to try anyway as she mimics the priest's movements from before, but after completing it, says that even if she tries, it never turns out well. She can only relate to the tiny world she knows. Which only includes Kiri and Maria. Maybe the others girls, if she's feeling kind.

      -Shirabe continues, saying that, in her weakness, she put up walls that push those dear to her away. Eventually, she'll do the same to her best friend, or so she fears. We get a brief shot of Kiri before returning to the priest, who says that Shirabe is a good person. She has issues with this, asking why a good person would wall themselves away like this? The priest says that breaking down the wall and opening up might be important, but he believes walls are not just for rejection. Shirabe just stares at him, wondering what sort of nonsense he's babbling about now?

      -Back at the Hotel of Evil, Adam is in the sauna with Tiki and oh come on! Can we go one episode without any unfortunate implications!? And just to make things worse, Tiki tells Adam that she wants to be a real girl. I can't imagine why she would say that. Sure, Tiki is an Autoscorer, but from the way the episode is framed, if you didn't know, you would have issues with this scene. I still have issues with this scene and I know about Tiki. Anyway, Adam comments on how that was an expected declaration on Tiki's part, but she continues, saying that when Adam gets his hands on divine power, she wants to be human just like him. She then adds that if she's just a puppet, she can't be his wife. Well, I'm glad nobody else is watching this with me.

      -Tiki goes on, saying that she wants to have a whole bunch of kids. Enough to make a baseball team! So why doesn't he just turn one of those alchemists into energy and get on with it already!? That's when Prelati appears, and doesn't even bother trying to hide, asking more about this. Adam isn't in the mood to repeat himself as he stands up... you just love showing yourself off to the world, don't you? He won't take ignorance as an excuse, with Tiki giving a devilish look. Yeah, I'm not commenting on that.

      -Adam tells Prelati that she knew her lives were part of their plan all along, which includes Prelati and Saint-Germain. Yeah, Prelati isn't cool with this and attacks Adam, who counters the spell and returns fire. Prelati barely ducks the attack as she demands to know what else he's hiding and what his real goal is. Adam replies that it's the divine power his puppet dreamed of. She stares at Tiki, wondering about that, but this leaves her open to an attack. She barely dodges it, but her stuffed frog is sliced in half. She finds herself against a railing, but decides that she's had enough of this, grabs her jewel from the frog and leaps off the building, transforming and retreating from the Hotel of Evil. Tiki is worried because she's worried Prelati will tell Saint-Germain, but Adam isn't worried, because he wants the Symphogear to hunt her down. What, are you going call an anonymous tip or something?

      -We cut to Prelati making her escape, looking to contact Saint-Germain, but while I know this is a serious scene I can't help but laugh as we see Prelati riding her staff, which has grown, like she's on a motorcycle and observing the rules of the road. Anyway, she can't reach her friend because Adam is blocking the signal. That's when Tsubasa gets the call about her, moving at insane speed on the new Kawagoe bypass and wreaking havoc in her path. Well, yeah, initially, but it looks like she was staying in her lane once she got away. Though Aoi is worried if Prelati goes through a residential area.

      -Hibiki and the others are awaken at the call, with the priest commenting on what their doing. That's when Kiri sees Shirabe running off, which she reports to Genjuro. He orders a helicopter to their location and orders them to wait before rushing off. Though Shirabe is already off, transformed, and in pursuit with Shul Shagana. Is this going to be like Road Rash? That game was always fun. Luckily, Shirabe won't be fighting this battle alone as she's joined by Tsubasa, following along on her motorcycle.

      -Soon enough, the two girls reach Prelati, who just peers over towards them, but doesn't do anything in response. Instead, the girls line up with the alchemist and asks where she's going and what's her plan? Yeah, she's got no time for them and attacks, but even though they're already in motion, the girls easily dodge it. So it will be like Road Rash after all. Maybe they can find a weapon along the way?

      -Prelati tries to escape by busting through the barrier so that she's driving on the wrong side of the road. Tsubasa notes that she isn't trying to listen to them. She tells Shirabe that they need their unison, and if they can use that, they can stop her with the Ignite double boost. Who comes up with these names? Shirabe, however, says she can't use that unison. Kiri can do it, and with any of the other members, but she can only do it with Kiri. She doesn't know how to work with other people, so she has to get strong on her own! Tsubasa, however, sees herself in the girl, and comments on the tall walls she's built. She recalls the conversation with the priest, but that's when Prelati reappears. Guess there was just too much traffic on the other side.

      -Tsubasa, relating to her own character development back in the first season, tells Shirabe that she lost a dear friend and vowed never to lose anyone again, which ended up becoming her wall. It grew so high as to blind her and gave her a really nasty hatred of Hibiki when she first appeared using Gungnir. She goes on to say that Shirabe's wall isn't there to reject others, but to protect them. Shirabe laments on this, thinking back to the car ride to the shrine. Tsubasa remarks that this must be her kindness. This seems to reach Shirabe, and instead of looking angry, she smiles. Yay for character development!

      -Prelati attacks, but Shirabe dodges it with ease. Tsubasa joins with her comrade as Shirabe says that it isn't her kindness, but that of everyone near her. They all care so much for her, and that she wants to return that feeling in kind. They're all traveling in a tunnel now and Prelati is tired of all this goody emotional crap, launching a fire attack that engulfs the tunnel, and seemingly, our two magical girls. Prelati seems happy with her work, but it turns out, the girls activated their Ignite Module and are still in pursuit.

      -However, the clock is ticking as Tsubasa sees a sign indicating that they're nearing a residential area. They have to strike now, so Tsubasa attempts to fishtail Prelati's staff. The alchemist plans to attack, but Shirabe does the same on the other side, causing her to misfire. She comments on how they matched each other's rhythm. Tsubasa takes over sining after Shirabe sings a few bars, allowing her to talk to Prelati. She tells the alchemist that no one should have divine power, which she agrees with. Well, it's a good thing Hibiki isn't here or she'd try to stop the fight here and now.

      -The battle continues as Prelati sands atop her staff and unleashes a torrent of water, attempting to stop the girls from singing. Well, they won't let that happen as Shirabe attacks Prelati, but more as a distraction, allowing her to destroy some of the dividing barrier to create a ramp, allowing the two S.O.N.G. girls to get above the torrent of water. Prelati counters by forming a hammer and knocking them to the side, but they land and keep their balance and end up in front of her. This allows them to combine their Gears into a skill called Racing Duet of Wind and Moon. It looks like something that belongs in Mad Max, only brighter!

      -Prelati counters with her own ridiculous looking vehicle, and now I'm not thinking Mad Max. I'm thinking Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. Wow, I feel so old now. Prelati wants to break through, however, and warn Saint-Germain that Adam means to kill them all. The two skills collide with one another, their power glowing, but like Cagliostro before, the team of Shirabe and Tsubasa are too much for Prelati, and she is engulfed by the light and killed as well. The girls are able to escape the fire, Shirabe surprised at their victory, but Tsubasa gives her a smile in response.

      -We cut to Saint-Germain as she receives a call from Tiki. Showing the type of disdain she has for anybody that isn't Adam, she tells the alchemist that Prelati was run over like a frog on the highway. What a terrible reference to make. She adds that hey can't even sacrifice her like this, calling it sad. Adam, despite being really evil and not caring, as a little more tact, more or less confirms that Tiki said. Saint-Germain, however, asks if Prelait ran off by herself? Adam doesn't answer her. Instead, he tells her to come back soon before the Symphogear obstruct the ritual. As the call ends, Saint-Germain processes the loss of her allies and appears to be boiling with rage. Cue credits!

      -Oh, but we're not done yet! We have an after credit scene to go through. It's morning and the S.O.N.G. girls are leaving the shrine. The priest asks if the trip was helpful, with Kiri commenting that they learned a lot. Though Chris comments that she gave up after the first paragraph. Nearby, Maria is waiting in the car for the younger girls while Tsubasa is talking with HQ. Turns out, they were right about the alchemist's destination. Turns out, Prelati was headed straight for one of the shrines in the mirrored Orion, one situated on a ley point, no less. If they can catch the Illuminati anywhere, it'll probably be there. Which means the final battle is fast approaching.

      -But the goodbyes have to keep going. The priest tells the girls that they're welcome here at Tsuki Shrine any time they like. Just as long as it's while he's still alive. Shirabe is not amused by the priestly pranks, but suddenly, he gives her a charm with a picture of a rabbit on it. She smiles at the gift as she and the rest of the youngins bow to the priest, thanking him for dinner and a place to sleep. I note that Shirabe gets one more bow in before they walk away. Kiri lingers for a moment, looking at the characters that make up the name of the shrine, wondering how they can read that as "Tsuki"? She doesn't get an answer as Shirabe calls her over. That's when Kiri leaves, revealing the shrine name. More importantly, we see the first character and the label for it. It's labeled as Shira. I knew it!

      So, it turns out that Shirabe still has living family after all. Though it doesn't seem like they knew or even suspected it. It's a crazy coincidence that the place holding the information they needed just happened to be at this shrine. It does make me wonder if Genjuro knows more than he's letting on. Well, I doubt we'll come back to this at some point, but I like to think that, some point down the line, Shirabe is going to find out the truth.

      You can also tell we're winding down as the villain side starts losing members on their team. First Cagliostro and now Prelati, it makes me wonder if Saint-Germain is even going to survive to the final few episodes? We still know very little about Adam, but that he views the alchemist as expendable and will likely use Saint-Germain as his sacrificial body to begin the ritual. I imagine Saint-Germain is thinking that very same thing herself.

      Now, on to some other news. Obviously we're four episodes alway, which means, by my estimate, we will be finished with the show in about two weeks time. That means I'll need to start preparing for my next show. I didn't have one initially, but thanks to Amazon Strike no longer being a thing, I think I have an idea as to what my next show is. Of course, I'll happily take recommendations, if anybody wants me to look at anything in particular. Just don't blame me if I start butchering things.

      With four episodes remaining, how will things end here? We still have one more fusion team to look at, which means that Hibiki and/or Kiri will be getting their own mini-arc. And what side will Saint-Germain pick in the coming final battle? And will we learn the truth of Adam's origins? Tune in on Sunday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when driving on long road trips, always bring a good supply of snacks, but keep them hidden so nobody else can get them ahead of you.

    • Saber Wars IV: A New Saber

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hey, look, more Saber Wars stuff!  I wish I could have come up with a better pun for the title, but nothing just really clicked.


      Anyway, first things first, you may have seen it in my friends list, but...


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      I've had MHX for a while.  Got her on the first day, to be honest.  Now to save up SQ's for Nero Bride.  I might take a shot at Brynhildr when her banner comes up, which will happen before the Valentine's banner, but as I have no interest in her and I already have Scáthach, so she's not somebody I'm going to try to pull (though as a competitionist, I wouldn't mind getting her if I did).


      Now to the journal proper:


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      What did you think was going to happen when you challenged them to a fight?


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      Because it was a sneak attack, obviously.


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      It's not something a Mysterious Heroine should do.


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      Because you aren't a Saber.


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      You shouldn't be trying to kill duplicate of yourself, Lily.  Unless they're evil.


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      Thank you for that observation, Mash.


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      This may get a bit long, but take it away, Tamamo!


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      Because you're a tricksy fox?


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      Must make the home a bit insane.


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      With a name like Tamamo-Gucci, how is anybody surprised?


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      That one sounds like a fake.


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      But aren't you a Sun Goddess?


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      We haven't made up backstories for the others yet.


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      Only three?


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      He's just upset because he didn't get his own main route in the Extella games.


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      Sounds like you have a phobia there, MHX.


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      Basically, her plan was to make Lily the only Saber.  And given how terrible of a 4 star servant she is, it would be very difficult to do those Lancer quests.


      Anyway, that's it for the Saber Wars stuff, but we're not quite done with MHX.  And you'll find out why next time.

    • Saber Wars III: Revenge of the Archers

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Another journal post, another wacky fun time with MHX being all mysterious.


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      Tesla doesn't approve if it doesn't use Tesla energy.


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      I guess we know Tesla's type after all.


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      Did I suddenly find myself in a Doctor Who episode?


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      I am, aren't I?


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      Or maybe a Gundam show.


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      And naive.  Don't forget that.


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      Which gives her an idea on a trick to play on her master later.


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      We find out later that she isn't a big fan of red.  Can't imagine why.


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      What did Nero do this time?  Did she drag Lily to sing in a duet?


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      Nero had her own planet?  What maddening future is this?


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      And Altera doesn't run away from things that bring bad civilization.


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      Well, you Saber ladies sure are fine looking.


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      Because it would make yourself look good, obviously.


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      And who's fault is that?  Huh?


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      Uh... about that...


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      But didn't you just say assassination is your forte?  That doesn't sound Saber like to me.


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      Oh great, another one.


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      Many questions were asked, and it's likely none of them will be answered.


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      Then why are you picking a fight with such a large group of people?


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      I wonder why we didn't get this color scheme for MHX?  Probably because she prefers blue.


      Now to think of a good pun for the next journal entry.

    • Saber Wars II: Attack of the Extras

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody.  I hope you're enjoying the Saber Wars event.  Me?  I'm basically done at this point and waiting doing some farming, but until we're finished, how about some more character goodness?


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      Doesn't that depend on your master?


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      Just smile and nod, Mash.  Smile and nod.


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      "They don't have any of the newer consoles there, anyway!"


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      So... basically, what you're already doing now?


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      Only if you have the proper rank in riding.  Being a Saber doesn't mean anything.


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      Nero rolled a critical failure on her Charisma roll.


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      When in doubt, fight the person trying to kill you. It's in the Paladin's handbook, after all.


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      Yup, we're fighting the Extra cast here.  And just in time for the Extra anime coming out in a few weeks.


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      Casko hates when her ads lie to her.


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      Don't be mean to Lily, MHX.  She's just a bit naive.


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      Or the countless others we have back home that look like you.  As if it was a fashion statement.


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      I think you should consider Nero a lost cause, MHX.  There's just too many things to correct, even if we love her for who she is.


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      First, that was a sick burn on Nero's part.  Next, what kind of story were you going to have in London, anyway?


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      Well, she is Neutral Evil, after all.


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      And in another universe, killed an entire country, became immortal, and helped unleash an abomination upon mankind.  You know, typical mad scientist stuff.


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      MHX likes to sneak attack when she can.  Almost like she isn't a Saber.


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      Why couldn't you be that way with Jason when we had to beat his ass?


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      Apparently the younger Medea was really into Magical Girls.


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      Sounds like you got stuck in the wrong game, Siegfried.


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      Do you have a DS on you, Mash?  I think I need to replay that section again.


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      And yet, you didn't seem to do as much damage to them as you did everybody else.


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      Seems like a weird hobby, if you ask me.


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      And Nero would know about tyrannical attitudes.


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      But then again, Nero tends to like everybody who isn't trying to kill her or overthrow her.


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      If she invites you on a boat and she's in charge, politely decline.


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      Nero will kill you because she loves you.  As for MHX, she hates Nero because she's a Saber... and possibly for other reasons.


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      No one is allowed to outfox Casko.


      And if you made it this far, I posted some new images you might like.

  • About Me

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  • Comments (1711)

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 month ago

      barnes and noble is having a buy 2 get 1 free on manga. Just letting you know

    • zogman1

      2 months ago

      You should really finish Nights of Azure 1.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 months ago

      hey remember that nycc17 journal i put up? I think the site deleted it. Can you check? I dont see it anywhere

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 months ago

        Nope, didn't see it.

    • zogman1

      10 months ago

      did you get a notification for this?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        10 months ago

        I did. 

      • zogman1

        10 months ago

        Notifications seem to be working for you now then. Good.

    • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

      11 months ago

      73167f51d1d76f3c6bd6681536cf397f9cfc44e2


      Happy Warm Fuzzy Fuzzes Day!

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        11 months ago

        Thank you, Princess of Mars.  Long may your reign be.

    • zogman1

      11 months ago

      I just found out Shantae and Compa (and Croire) have the same VA.


      Edit: wow she's voiced a lot of stuff I've played.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        11 months ago

        She's also playing Velvet in the new Tales game.


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        11 months ago

        Yep.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      Look what I found: https://youtu.be/71lLnE8gJnU

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        You only just now found this?


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        The other day, yes. YouTube doesn't really like me.

    • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

      HAPPY FU DAY~!  confetti_ball

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thanks.  It's the best time of the year.

    • Kevinet496

      1 year ago

      Congrats on the feature, man. It was about time.  donut

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thanks.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Happy FU!

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you.

    • indiart28 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX 2017 Guardian

      1 year ago

      Congratulations for unlocking the Achievement: "Featured User!" Enjoy your 100 gamerscores!


        whiskey geoff jack ryan gavin michael jeremy tower

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you.  I will spend it wisely.


        Mostly on booze.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      I think the RT site deleted your comments from my images

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        They have been rolling back on stuff.

    • Blood_XIII

      1 year ago

      So I just started Forza Horizon 3, and it gave me a free SUV and since I'm actually online for once it popped up with suggested community decals. I picked one that looked cool and upon further inspection realized it was something you would appreciate.


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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        There be some creative people online.  But they screwed up the arm placement.  The hand cannon is on the wrong arm!

      • Blood_XIII

        1 year ago

        @CaButler Well to be fair the decal is mirrored on the other side, so they likely put it there first and then just mirror-copied it to the right side of the car as opposed to placing the decal itself

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      wait why did trying to load page 2 of your images lead me to your journal entries???

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Don't know.  The site has been doing it for a while.


        And if you post something, make sure to tag me.  I won't see it otherwise.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        ...you know you gave me a great idea


        If I post images most likely I'll shove them all in journal entries. because I know the journal entries get notifications.

    • iMacOfDeath

      1 year ago

      You still participating in ISML voting?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Has that been going on for a while?  If so, I kind of forgot all about it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        1 year ago

        Since the spring, look for it every monday, wednesday, and friday.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      Are your notifications working?

      • solblade44

        1 year ago

        Not him but I was going to ask the same thing. I'm not getting any either.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        They appear to be working now.

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        indeed.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        @HOWtwoROCK


        Cute.

    • grenou

      1 year ago

      Congrats on your Fail making it into today's video!



      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Awesome. I submitted that months ago. I wonder if there are any others there? Thanks for point this out.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      I still need to watch the Fate series.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        I guess you're looking at @HOWtwoROCK post from below.

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        Yep, but I didn't want to whatever the term is now a 1 month old conversation.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Remember when these characters were trying to kill each other?


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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Well, bitches want the D.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 year ago

        You know I would watch a romantic comedy with these characters

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      Got norton back and shantae is fine now.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Norton likes half naked half genies.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      Did you have this? Figure you could use it as a holiday profile pic or something.

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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I did not have a Tales holiday image, so thanks.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        You're welcome.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Your fail made it into fails of the week

      yay

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I know. I saw. I made Geoff laugh. It was awesome.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        I know right

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Just gonna dump this here tumblr_nzmqzzbChv1sojsjno2_540.jpg

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Already have, but thanks anyway.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      apparently, now mangaconda is shutting down, too.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I completely forgot about them, to be honest.

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        2 years ago

        really? it's only been a couple weeks, and they're who picked up translating hayate.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      good news!

      https://mangaconda.wordpress.com/

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Yay

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Ah I noticed you have shante up there

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Yes. I posted up an image that I had done as a commission. Take a look at it and give it a good look over.

        Also, I never got notification of a comment here.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      so, for days now my "users I follow" feed has been empty, and I assumed it was just because of another stupid update that they'd fix sooner or later.

      what f**king idiot thought automatically having us unfollow everyone was a good idea?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      deleted the picture that freaked you out. Sorry, didn't think it would hit you so hard

    • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

      2 years ago

      I upload new and interesting facts everyday in my series:

      "Fact of The Day"

      Hope to see you there!

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      Hey Ca, do you get a notification when I make a comment post?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      I was watching Fate Stay night unlimited blade works (Tv show). Why the fuck wouldn't archer just use his phantasm on the little german girl who had Bezerker?

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      you didn't get a notification about any of my image comments, did you?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I don't think I have, no.

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      you didn't get a notification about any of my image comments, did you?

      • zogman1

        2 years ago

        This wasn't a double post originally O_o

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      When you vote in ISML, be sure to also nominate the spring seasonals.

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      ISML is back.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      I saw an image posted by you on my feed of a pink haired girl on the beach, but when I clicked to view it, it was gone. could I get a link to it?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        You're welcome.

        I wasn't certain about how safe it was initially, but I think I'll be putting it up again later.

      • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

        2 years ago

        thank you.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Try here.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        She was a blonde, actually. I'll see what I can do about it.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Is Dog Days a good show for kids?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I call it a kiddie show, but there are a few fanservice scenes featuring female nudity.

        You can't see anything, but it's there.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      Here, I think you might like this. It's another work by Sharkbro.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        No problem, I was just looking over some of his other stuff and looking for familiar faces.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I think I already have that in the Odin Sphere folder. I'll have to check. If not, thanks for the find.

    • dragon55128 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crazy_texan

      2 years ago

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      this happened smiley13.gif

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Go nuts.

      • dragon55128 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crazy_texan

        2 years ago

        lol I figured you would like me to share this smiley13.gif

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        C.C. appreciates a fine ass.

        Kallen likes them curvy up top.

        They both win.

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      Hey Ca, you watching the second season of Knights of Sidniona?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        No. I though I'd wait for Netflix to stream it, if they get the license.

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      Was it you who posted that super cute comic about Bell as a Rabbit?

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Damn, been trying to find it.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I don't think so.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Is this tame? pbs.twimg.com/media/CBnINtOUAAAmA_V.png

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        ok

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Dear God no. That can result in you getting banned.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        Okay now delte the first comment

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        I see

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Borderline, and in my opinion, on the wrong side of the line.

    • ConnieEdogawa All of 'em Anubis

      2 years ago

      this safe enough for me to post?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I see it's listed as questionable, but aside from Esdeath nearly falling out of her suit, I can't see anything that would get it deleted.

        But of course, it's all about the personal taste of the mod that will get you. I think it's fine, personally.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      2 years ago

      Tatsuya Shiba is a troll among trolls sometimes xD

    • Star357

      2 years ago

      I have been taking a lot of my anime choices recently from the image gallery you have been posting. Right now I am on Akame Ga Kill about 1/3 through it and already seen a number of characters die. I am guessing it gets worse as the series goes on huh?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Yeah, and people are not about it.

        It seemed to go more with shock value than anything else.

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      ISML is back.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Well, I'll have to check it out later.

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      3 years ago

      CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon trailer

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      3 years ago

      No idea what you said, obviously. Cool.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        3 years ago

        Clearly.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        It was me ending the conversation.

    • shadow15

      3 years ago

      hi hi! :)



      hugz-natz

      • shadow15

        3 years ago

        you and I both actually

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Hurting financially. My own fault, really.

      • shadow15

        3 years ago

        long time no talk whats going on?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Hello.

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