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Old 2012-08-05, 18:34   Link #421
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RRR, I don't think satire was the main course here - it was a side dish. There was a satire of shounen tropes happening, but I think this was the least ironic of all the arc so far. It was very much a "hard" sci-fi story, and I think the exploration of the idea - Pioneer and Voyager as self-aware - was quite straightforward.

Surely other people besides myself anthropomorphized those probes a little - thinking about them being the first human artifacts to leave the solar system and enter the cold infinity of space. Didn't you ever, just for moment, think that they might be lonely?
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Old 2012-08-05, 18:46   Link #422
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*Puts up hand* I certainly felt sorry for them, and it made me look at the 'soon-to-land-on-Mars' Curiosity in a very different way....The very thought of floating freely in space with no end in sight is scary....

I am so glad she stepped in to help them! The ending made me feel all warm and fuzzy, especially when it showed the sunlight shining on them both

Also, I didn't catch on that this was a 'flash-back' episode, so when they were going to cut her hair, I thought the hair was going to fight back since it gained sentience and all XD
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Old 2012-08-05, 18:49   Link #423
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RRR, I don't think satire was the main course here - it was a side dish. There was a satire of shounen tropes happening, but I think this was the least ironic of all the arc so far. It was very much a "hard" sci-fi story, and I think the exploration of the idea - Pioneer and Voyager as self-aware - was quite straightforward.
That's perfectly fine. It's just very different from what the first four episodes of Jinrui were like, so I was wondering if I was missing something here. I'm kind of relieved at the idea that I didn't miss anything, honestly.

It's fine for a comedic show to do something mostly serious/non-ironic from time-to-time. I don't have an issue with that.

"Probes lonely in the vast emptiness of space" is a good hard sci-fi concept to explore. I was relieved that Pion and Oyage were spared such a dark and lonely fate. Makes me think of a good Star Trek story, really.
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Old 2012-08-05, 18:59   Link #424
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I still saw plenty of comedy to be had these past few weeks. The fairies' guidebook on narrative conventions was great, and Pion and Oyage's posturing with each other, and all that it entailed (such as everyone largely ignoring the making of behind Killdozer), not to mention the sheer absurdity of the giant housecat vs nautilus fight, kept me laughing. From what I can tell, the show takes itself most seriously when it's not taking itself seriously at all.
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Old 2012-08-05, 22:15   Link #425
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Watashi's unfazed deadpan fatalism is really starting to grow on me. She's playing the self-aware straight man role that is usually reserved for male characters in anime, and I'm sort of digging on that choice.
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Old 2012-08-06, 01:03   Link #426
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I did like the reference to the Pioneer anomaly. This is a very real phenomenon where Pioneer 10 and 11 were observed to have slowed down for no absolutely known reason.
Too bad it's a couple weeks out of date now.
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Old 2012-08-06, 03:47   Link #427
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Did the diving suit with drill remind anyone else of Bioshock?
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Old 2012-08-06, 04:27   Link #428
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Wow, I really liked the episode.

What got me thinking was why in the world would fairies hate electromagnetic waves. As if their presence was conditioned with the spread of electricity use. Humans would probably be more numerous if they had electricity, their population would eventually go back up. So the reason why fairies would ultimately leave would be because the habitat got overcrowded. Same thing happens if you leave planes to grow back into forests, consequentially harvest less food from the soil, and let wild animals take over. Someone's got to be the dominant force in the environment.

Also, humans are basically addicted to fairies at this point. If fairy density goes down, human numbers might rise, but having been nursed all this time they will become more prone to extinction. If fairy density goes up, humans will still exist, but in very moderate numbers. It could be that fairies are somehow a consequence of human overpopulation. Or it could be that humans resigned to fairy oversight because they lost their human tendency to fight against nature, which is more in line with the whole theme of Japan's postmodern, hedonist values taking over society.
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Old 2012-08-06, 04:36   Link #429
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I wonder what was up with that fairy becoming all lazy and despondent. I'm assuming it had something to do with their dislike of microwaves and Pion's microwave attack. Hmm, wonder if there's a deeper meaning to the microwave thing.
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Old 2012-08-06, 05:57   Link #430
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damnit her hair is short again, hope it doesn't stay that way.
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Old 2012-08-06, 06:07   Link #431
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damnit her hair is short again, hope it doesn't stay that way.
This arc is set before the chicken arc in the novel.
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Old 2012-08-06, 06:30   Link #432
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Speaking of which, can anyone help put up a timeline for the chronological ordering of the episodes?
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Old 2012-08-06, 07:01   Link #433
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Speaking of which, can anyone help put up a timeline for the chronological ordering of the episodes?
It was deleted twice by the mods

But I guess this is OK now: 5->6->1->2->3->4

Anyway, this arc felt somewhat compressed story-wise, but making fun of sci-fi and shounen fans was very enjoyable, I just wish they devouted one more episode in order to focus more on each group... they got away quite easily compared to fujoshi
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Old 2012-08-06, 07:25   Link #434
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this ep.6

after being saved main girl called pion the name p-girl then continue explore.
give main girl assume p-girl a robot then meet other named oyage aka o-taro.
cue big bulldozer attack til p-girl charge it then all fall in hole.
all ok now in see water with o-taro in battle armor with a drill.
then decide to combine with slime to form tengen toppa giant cat!!!
give assistant with shield & sword to fight but main girl said no need.
then cat attack til cue help from shell squid piloted by fairies.
p-girl call got microwave blast on giant cat to stop o-taro.
then all get found & rescue give main's grandpa bit hmm.
oh both p-girl & o-taro are space probes in human forms.
give after some talk village people want to send human probes to space.
main girl sorta "oops" it give only cost her hair.
so now let both p-girl & o-taro stay in give they need wind-up powered.

to the next ep.
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Old 2012-08-06, 07:59   Link #435
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It was deleted twice by the mods

But I guess this is OK now: 5->6->1->2->3->4

Anyway, this arc felt somewhat compressed story-wise, but making fun of sci-fi and shounen fans was very enjoyable, I just wish they devouted one more episode in order to focus more on each group... they got away quite easily compared to fujoshi
yes, Arc 3 -> Arc 1 -> Arc 2
it is indeed compressed
3 eps is more suitable for this arc
If i were the production team, I would only focus on vol 1-5
leave these 2 eps for this arc and maybe another arc in vol 1-5
vol 6 can be animated in the next season (I hope so)

okay, this is the conclusion of the arc
the plot, the emotion, the idea were gone too fast
it is better if they had more time to develop
so I think this arc is fair, not as good as the previous arcs
the highlight of this ep is the "cat fight"
it is a very adorable fight

So, the next arc is "The fairies' time management"
as you can see, it seemed that they wouldn't have a good time management skill
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Old 2012-08-06, 08:46   Link #436
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Does this mean Curiosity is going to come back to Earth as a Nekomimi?
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Old 2012-08-06, 09:17   Link #437
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Wow I have to say that... I was actually very much moved by the last half of the episode. A somewhat uncharacteristic change of approach given the first 5 episodes and yet it was pulled off amazingly well. Maybe the shift from comedy to some drama was jarring, but that was quickly lost once you start to stare into the emptiness of space like the two probes had to.

And to crank 1 hour for 1 minute... well... one day they'll have enough so that's a bright lining to a bittersweet conclusion to this mini tale right?
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Old 2012-08-06, 09:21   Link #438
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Does this mean Curiosity is going to come back to Earth as a Nekomimi?
Would that make it Chitanda Eru?
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Old 2012-08-06, 10:26   Link #439
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yeaaah....chitanda versus watashi, our cynical mc + fairies versus geass user chitanda?

i can imagine it already everytime new thing happen our MC just making a comment while chitanda keep "kininarimasu" on every little thing bothering watashi and the fairies either run for the hill or help chitanda bothering our MC
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Old 2012-08-06, 10:56   Link #440
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With a second thought
I think I may understand what Romeo is trying to say
the keyword of this arc/story is "Home"
fairies' "home"coming
"home" of the shut-in - a maze-like city
the Earth - the planet we call "home"
some of us are always reluctant to go out of our home, our planet, our comfort zone
because of fear, loneliness or whatever reasons
In this era, some people are always dare to explore
Thus, they bring a lot of amazing discovery
this is one of the precious humanity we have
but it seems that this trait of humanity is also declined in their world
Have we explored too much and missed some other things in our life?
I don't have the answer
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