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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Episode 12

    The extent of Misa's powers are shown to be the extent of what she's gotten to be creative with, so just beads. But working together with the others, they can come up with a powerful bead design to defeat the shrimp. There's the theme of working together, but also when things look desperate, getting Misa to believe in her own creativity that has her winning out in the end. The lessons that the girls have learned over the course of their friendship and creating things for Park parallel the path Misa and the Scoopers need to take. Ebifuya "sees the light" in the end and becomes a reformed retainer, though I think he deserved to be eaten. Not on a parfait, though: that sounds like a rather unappetizing combination. Speaking of a parfaits, I love how they finished that off by literally sticking a giant fork in it.

    Misa has to return to lead the Scoopers in a better direction, so we have to get the sad goodbyes, but of course also promises to see each other again. I love how Mari thinks becoming an internationally-acclaimed actress will entitle her to go to space. I still love how everything she thinks is so randomly quirky. And the Scoopers didn't seem to go through the trouble of dropping things off in their specific locations. Harajuku now the ultimate cultural landmark/trash heap. They've got a lot of work both rebuilding and getting things in order. Haha... I'm not surprised to see Sayumin ultimately back as a real person. During their imagination time, it was supposed to only be the cat who was their only "real" companion. Nice that they spun a message out of that point in that creativity in the real world still starts with the imagination.

    Still, it feels the series kind of went on too long for its simple plot and message. Besides the start being slow going, it felt rather stretched even as the plot kicked in. I wonder if they could have managed well enough just doing this in 6-8 episodes.

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  • Momoka Kibi
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    Re: Episode 11

    Originally posted by EmperorBrandon View Post
    It's nice to see the speculation about Misa getting to be behind new powers to fight turn out to be true in a sense. I assume because she's got a sense of creativity now from being around the girls, she can now use the Amatsumara power. Hopefully now we can see her wipe the floor with Ebifurya and the bad side of the Scoopers next time, perhaps with some support in some way from the girls.
    It's going to be a long wait, there's so much to speculate about how things will go in terms of the final battle. Right now my most major fear is that Misa will at most just give them new powers and sit out the battle. That would be a potential let down that I hope they can avoid.

    Misa finding personal and sentimental value in her own creation vs Ebi being angry she no longer wants to steal everything under the sun does bring to mind a simple question. What type of value do Scoopers seek out of the items they steal anyway? I can't help but feel that for some Scoopers, it's less a case of what they have vs how much they have.

    In other words, they really only want this, that, and the other to make their collection larger and because someone else has them. Granted it's possible that not all Scoopers are like that. Well, there's obviously "Reformed Misa", but I mean aside from her. Ie that some of the other Scoopers might at least have a personal interest in specific items.

    One thing that will be interesting to see is what happens after they get out of the bubble. How destroyed will the word be? Will Misa be able to influence any of the other scoopers to change as well? Now that I think about it, Episode 12 will have things to answer so hopefully the battle portion is only 3-5 minutes. Also they should skip the Opening and Ending Animations. We'll need those extra few minutes.


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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Episode 11

    Aww... even though Misa doesn't fully understand at first, it's nice how they all get to come to such a nice understanding of how they feel over the truth of what's gone down. There seems to be a lot of what the show is trying to get at thematically there, like with the girls in turn trying to be understanding of Misa in that her original line of thinking is what she was brought up with. But she can change... Heh, it becomes apparent that Ebifurya, even though he is supposed to be the subordinate here, is not really loyal at all when Misa goes against what he believes is the Scooper identity. As a villain with not much left to hide, Ebifuya seems quite dumb. The girls make the most of what they now know about their situation and utilize their creativity, and Ebifuya finally goes full angry power-up at the end (no idea why he didn't try that earlier).

    It's nice to see the speculation about Misa getting to be behind new powers to fight turn out to be true in a sense. I assume because she's got a sense of creativity now from being around the girls, she can now use the Amatsumara power. Hopefully now we can see her wipe the floor with Ebifurya and the bad side of the Scoopers next time, perhaps with some support in some way from the girls.

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  • Momoka Kibi
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    Re: Episode 10

    So glad to see things pan out with Misa. The flashback stuff was nice. Plus how she went from Princess to Misa is quite telling. Sure, she took the name from something else, but all of us or most of us are named after something else. Also, the scene where the Scoopers couldn't figure out how an object works is telling of another idea. That stealing an idea is not the same as being able to implement. That you need to have plans for it.

    Originally posted by EmperorBrandon View Post
    Things seemed set to end a bit too quickly with how Misa was on their side now... but then... So there's still more to the truth that was withheld from the girls, and this means they perhaps still have powers. But Misa did not really seem to be telling them maliciously. Do wonder just how they're going to take this and follow up on the big reveal.
    A lot of this is going to depend on how much time they want to dedicate to things. We have the issue of how to escape the fantasy. The status of reality once they get back to it. The aspect of rebuilding things. One thing I am going to predict is that during at least episode, there will be a flash forward scene. One that will give enough time to Misa to have spent sometime on Earth learning from the girls. Well learning more than she already has.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Episode 10

    So Misa is getting to really sympathize with the girls' position, even going as far as saying she won't do what is supposedly "in her DNA" in stealing culture. I suppose they are trying to put out a message there that genetics is not everything. And I love how Ebifurya is reacting to all of this. When he's angry, he actually sounds like he's sizzling on a frying pan.

    Things seemed set to end a bit too quickly with how Misa was on their side now... but then... So there's still more to the truth that was withheld from the girls, and this means they perhaps still have powers. But Misa did not really seem to be telling them maliciously. Do wonder just how they're going to take this and follow up on the big reveal.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Re: Episode 9

    Originally posted by Momoka Kibi View Post
    That the girls don't just magically get back the same set of powers except this time with no cons. I mean get that as normal humans, they might not be able to defeat the Shrimp by just talking to it, but if they are going to go the powers route, give them different ones. Or wait, what if Misa was the one who created the Shrimp and her coming to terms is what makes the Shrimp vanish from existence? That might actually work.
    Yeah, I do wonder just what they are going to do with no way to forcibly resist the Scoopers now that they don't have special powers. More and more feels like Misa is going to be the key in some way, whether she is able to have some power over the Shrimp/other Scoopers or activate new powers for the main trio.

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  • Momoka Kibi
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    Re: Episode 9

    Originally posted by EmperorBrandon View Post
    Rito's transformation gets to be so thoroughly shocking to her friends that it seemingly breaks them out of their trance. And then Rito goes into a drawing rampage that seems more thoroughly destructive than anything Sayumin did in the previous episode.
    Rito definitely forced both of them (whether she intended or not) to figuratively look into a mirror. It's also possible that they care more about Rito than themselves. Ie they accept their own defeat, but once they saw Rito was too, they couldn't accept. It could also be one of those cases where someone can only notice an issue when it happens to someone else. Either way it was wake up call for them.

    Originally posted by EmperorBrandon View Post
    Misa was seemingly not all in sync with him in her feelings for the girls this episode. She's just kind of been standing around, but feels like she's going to be important in some way with what comes next. Rather curious just what we're going to get of her.
    There's so much to speculate here, but my general prediction is this. Episode 10 will be our Misa's despair episode with some character development for her. Episode 11 will have Misa saved by the power of speeches. Episode 12 will have the Shrimp defeated hopefully soon enough for a a decent epilogue. Still the one thing I am hoping is this.

    That the girls don't just magically get back the same set of powers except this time with no cons. I mean get that as normal humans, they might not be able to defeat the Shrimp by just talking to it, but if they are going to go the powers route, give them different ones. Or wait, what if Misa was the one who created the Shrimp and her coming to terms is what makes the Shrimp vanish from existence? That might actually work.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Episode 9

    Rito's delusion of being her creative self even as a Scooper is brutally shattered in a mere matter of seconds. She pretty much gets into the same euphoric trance as Mari. And speaking of that, interesting how quickly this turns into a complete reversal of the situation from the previous episode. Rito's transformation gets to be so thoroughly shocking to her friends that it seemingly breaks them out of their trance. And then Rito goes into a drawing rampage that seems more thoroughly destructive than anything Sayumin did in the previous episode.

    Mari, as hard as she doesn't want to, does think of trying to fight Rito. In the end, though, it's the good ol' power of friendship as Mari and Kotoko get to latch onto one aspect of Rito's drawing that goes back to where they all began. Nice to get the origin of their friendship but also Park along with it. Though it was at a different store, it's interesting how they all met as coworkers to begin with.

    Creepy shrimp's faces have been fun to watch, but never more so when the girls seem to so completely foil him by destroying their Amatsumara. It undoes their gruesome state so thoroughly that even the girls are surprised by the "miracle". This solution was in front of them the whole time, but they never thought of it due to shrimp's clever manipulation. Well, we've still got three episodes left, though, and apparently he's already got something up his sleeve (err... in his batter?) Misa was seemingly not all in sync with him in her feelings for the girls this episode. She's just kind of been standing around, but feels like she's going to be important in some way with what comes next. Rather curious just what we're going to get of her.
    Last edited by EmperorBrandon; 11-29-2017, 01:56 PM.

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  • Momoka Kibi
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    Re: Episode 8

    Originally posted by EmperorBrandon View Post
    (though this episode we see Misa may perhaps be open to having sympathy),
    I can't help but feel there is more to Misa's role than just being the one who introduces the plot twist that activates "angst mode". Sure we've had scenes of her putting on act and suspicious scenes. However we've also had select scenes where she shows concern at times you can't play it off as an act. Because there's no audience around.

    My belief on Misa is that she legit wants to help her kind be able to create and enjoy creativity, but like many people motivated by a good cause she's chosen a questionable method. Either on her own or because someone else convinced her. Ie the Shrimp who seems to be a competely separate species. Maybe he sees the Scoopers as just tools?

    One thing we don't know is this. Was Misa born a Scooper? Was she turned into one? If the former she might represent a higher being Scooper. If the latter then she would represent a higher stage in the transformation. It's hard to say unless they give us a flashback episode on Misa.

    In any case, Misa is in the best position to help them or at the very least observe them. Maybe her observing what they've become and how wrong it is will be what motivates her to either cure them of being Scoopers or alternatively make them at least Scoopers with a mind of their own. I'm assuming that Misa has her own will.

    Originally posted by EmperorBrandon View Post
    Rito rationalizes that she can do this on her own terms, but it doesn't seem like things are going to work out as she hopes. Really looking forward to just what's going to come next with these girls.
    In the short run, she's definitely going to have problems. In fact, I'm fully expecting episode 9 to be well maybe not an acid trip episode, but at least an episode with dream like imagery. Ie their imaginations will run will wild, they'll see things, etc. It may or may not also contains scenes of them "following" orders.

    In the long run is another story. The idealistic scenario is they magically cure themselves of being Scoopers through sheer will power. However I think it's more likely they'll end up staying as Scoopers, but become Scoopers with well individuality. In turn that might inspire Misa to learn how to be creative on her own terms despite being a Scooper.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Episode 8

    Poor Rito ends up finding she's is at this point she is completely alone in what she wants to fight for. Rather curious if we find out more about Sayumin. She's felt just as suspicious as the shrimp team to me (though this episode we see Misa may perhaps be open to having sympathy), though Rito constantly protests that the evil Sayumin (Scooper alien?) she's confronted with here is a fake. Was she just in denial on that point? In the end, even though Rito goes as far as killing(?) Sayumin to protect Park, she ultimately loses on the point of becoming a Scooper as she's cornered even further in the aftermath. Rito rationalizes that she can do this on her own terms, but it doesn't seem like things are going to work out as she hopes. Really looking forward to just what's going to come next with these girls.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Re: Episode 7

    So evil girl and shrimp finally reveal their true colors, and boy do things go downhill rather quickly, particularly for Mari. I saw some complaints that Kotoko's issues from before she met her friends several episodes back were kind of glossed over, but seeing what happens here, it's not surprised they waited to get more deeply into them. Rito has not had as big of a breakdown and is determined to try and get them all back together, but it doesn't look like that's going to be easy. We're only a little over halfway into the series, which hints that maybe picking up the pieces is going to perhaps be a long, painful process. Interested in what's coming next regardless.

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  • Momoka Kibi
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    Episode 7

    Dear lord, this might be the best episode of the series yet. We get to see debates over creativity and originality.

    We learn that Misa is a scooper (shock!)

    But more importantly is the gradual break down of the girls. Seeing Mari and Kotoko become corrupt like that is just wow.

    Also, interestingly enough, wer'e now in a reverse scenario from what we aexpected from the cold open of episode 1.

    It's Rito that's "herself" and dealing with a corrupted Mari and Kotoko. So maybe something happens between the end of this episode whatever leads to that cold open.

    I'm going to be killed for saying this, but something about Mari and Kotoko meeting each other in their corrupted state was almost kind of erotic. It's still creepy sure, but... Yeah, I'll jump in the volcano now.
    Last edited by Momoka Kibi; 11-15-2017, 11:51 PM.

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  • Momoka Kibi
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    Episode 6

    Well the girls are starting to look more like they did from the cold open of episode 1. Also Misa just casually reveals they're not human anymore. Misa makes "indeed" creepy.

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  • Momoka Kibi
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    Episode 5

    The girls continue to deal with scoopers and scoopers and even scroopers.

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  • EmperorBrandon
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    Episode 4

    It was interesting to get much deeper into Kotoko's personality this time, and that there's really some issues behind her role as the brains of the operation. It seems her scientific obsessiveness has really caused her to be shunned in the past, to where she's gotten so self-conscious about it and troubled that Rito and Mari will leave her over pushing the investigation about their bodies, if it turns out it doesn't lead anywhere. But going for the hair and blood without telling them just looks odder. Kotoko lacks some common sense, but it fits with her background. But of course Rito and Mari aren't really going to think badly of her and realize she's actually concerned for them. Was a very sweet moment when they finally get Kotoko to realize it.

    And it turns out Kotoko was about to find something out, but that got tampered with. Girl and shrimp were already acting rather suspicious at one point earlier... Feel bad for the lead trio: feels whatever they needed to find out here may come out too late, and I'm very curious just what that shrimp's goals are.

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