- Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:59 pm#25454
Hachiko and Beni sure give me a Ryuuko and Satsuki vibe. ^_^; Anyone else think so? lol
Anyway I liked these last couple of episodes. I rather go back to the plot but we got a little slice of it in today's episode so that was nice. But oh my goodness seeing Hachiko so sad about her sword she must have gotten it from Momo maybe or it's just a precious treasure to her in some other regard and so seeing her crying about it and just seeing and hearing her cry just made me....
I have to say it will be interesting to see who wind's up REALLY like who at the end. Sure Hachiko blushed at Tenchi but that doesn't really say anything yet. I joked about it yesterday that I only want Hachiko and Momo but who know's at the end of it all. It seems like Beni and Hachiko might end up even fighting over Momo eventually so I'm just gonna continue enjoying the ride.
SnowQueen wrote:Hachiko and Beni sure give me a Ryuuko and Satsuki vibe. ^_^; Anyone else think so? lol
Actually, when it's just the two of them going back and forth, I kinda do!
Hachiko's reaction to her loss of a wooden sword was unexpected to say the least. It indeed must be precious to her.
I'm predicting Tenchi-Ken will make an appearance quite soon, with Tenchi wielding it to save the day. But you know what would be an even cooler, more unexpected route? Tenchi-sensei (omg now we can call him that), seeing how distraught Hachiko is without a melee weapon, says "Oh, you need a sword? Try this on for size" and hands her the sword, like a literal and symbolic passing of the baton.
SnowQueen wrote:Anyway I liked these last couple of episodes. I rather go back to the plot but we got a little slice of it in today's episode so that was nice. But oh my goodness seeing Hachiko so sad about her sword she must have gotten it from Momo maybe or it's just a precious treasure to her in some other regard and so seeing her crying about it and just seeing and hearing her cry just made me....
It was so adorable, and completely crazy to see this gung-ho character burst into tears. We've got depth, everybody!
wwwwhhhhoooo wrote:I'm predicting Tenchi-Ken will make an appearance quite soon, with Tenchi wielding it to save the day. But you know what would be an even cooler, more unexpected route? Tenchi-sensei (omg now we can call him that), seeing how distraught Hachiko is without a melee weapon, says "Oh, you need a sword? Try this on for size" and hands her the sword, like a literal and symbolic passing of the baton.
It'd be unexpected for sure, but I totally see them going the safe route. Everyone's been wondering, where's the Light Hawk Wings (hey, you never know), where's Tenchi-ken, when's Tenchi-sensei going to kick some ass already?! And I think tomorrow, everyone's gonna get what they wanted.
- Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:56 am#25461
Today's episode continued the craziness from yesterday, following Tenchi with Beni and Hachiko. Our dear student teacher orders his two students to play nice while they escape. However, en route, they accidentally awaken an old robot, put into storage for being too dangerous. Action ensues.
I am enjoying the action ride the show has given the last two episodes, and I expect this week's supercut will reflect that come Friday. While Beni and Hachiko did not renew their aggressions today, the undercurrent was still there, not unlike Universe episodes 20 and 24 between Ryoko and Nagi. One wonders if this little incident will seed a grudging respect between the two rival students by the end of the week. Even then, they might hash out their differences in a duel, which I would not mind either.
Considering Beni's "flashback", there are a couple items to notice. First, Momo is dressed in her space/feudal era clothes, but Hachiko is in her present day costume. Moreover, Beni's arm is shown when she reaches for Momo, showing her blouse's sleeve rolled up, i.e. her school uniform. Also, Beni asks if Momo is crying because she is gone. Then, Hachiko intervenes, ordering Beni to leave. In the space scenes from episodes 3 and 8, Beni seems to be Momo's caretaker and protector, but in the school era, Hachiko has obviously claimed that role. Yet, part of Beni seems to miss Momo and still cares about her.
This makes me wonder.
Could the Council members (Hachiko, Hana, Tori) be some sort of defence mechanism for Momo? Note that in episode 8, the feudal incarnation of this trio appeared and confronted Tenchi. If Momo is some sort of dimensional singularity, existing in all of them and perhaps controlling them, might they her inner circle and protectors, maybe fragments of her consciousness? This would be a throwback to Hotsuma, Tsuguru, and Matori from Tokyo, Yugi's protectors. Admittedly, Momo has displayed some power against "Universe Ryoko" in episode 8, so she clearly is not an ordinary child/teenager. Naturally, this theory does not explain Yuki or Rui, or Beni yet.
The episode is also interesting to compare Beni and Hachiko, the main muscle of the Club and Council, respectively. Beni is vehemently independent, not accepting Tenchi's hand up, and quite spry to slam her mace through an obstacle. Did she not injure her leg not long ago? Hachiko, on the other hand, is cool and calculating for the most part, very proud, likely a reference to samurai culture given her bokuto and "hakama" dress. She is very respectful to Tenchi and yields to his edicts fairly quickly. Admittedly, my perception of her might be a bit biased after just watching 47 Ronin.
The robot was a surprise, though considering the Area 51 storage building, I probably should not be. The design is reminiscent of classic super robots like Tetsujin 28 and Giant Robo, particularly with the two tank-like structures on its back and the rounded shoulder armor. The "rocket punch" definitely harkens back to Mazinger Z and the like. Its HUD might also be a nod to The Terminator. Too bad it's gonna get broke soon.
Now, why did Hachiko collapse in tears at losing her bokuto? Currently, that seems very random and hopefully will be elaborated upon in short order.
However, with Beni knocked aside and Hachiko apparently broken down, what will you do, Mr. Masaki? I see that sword in your back pocket. I doubt it's there for decoration. Where's that can of whoopass you've owed me since Universe?
Yet, I do not think we will have a conclusion to this scene tomorrow. Considering the pattern of episodes of the last two weeks, I have a bet that tomorrow's episode will return to the feudal scenario with "Universe" Ryoko and Mihoshi. We might see Tenchiken pop out there too, but we will have to tune in to see.
- Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:28 am#25462
Don't jump to conclusions about the "Robot", it might not be hostile at all, it might not even be a robot. It does reminds me of the space armor used by the GP, (can you say Mihoshi-hime.) We know Mihoshi was involded with the Science club, and showed up in the alternate universe, why shouldn't she have armor suit here. I suspect that the Science club will turn out to be more of a artifact hunters than a hard cord researchers.
At last, Tenchi brings the beatdown. The mechanized wonderguard is no match for Tenchi's training and skill with the sword. There was also further development tidbits for Beni and Hachiko. Seems that Hachiko just feels straight up powerless without some kind of weapon, and without it she begins to sob. Very reminiscent of a child without their favorite toy. Beni sticks her neck out to protect the vulnerable Hachiko, resulting in her taking yet another harsh blow. I swear, that woman is made of Nintendium or something.
Yuki made off with a bunch of boxes, I wonder what she decided to jack from the place? Moreover, will they go back into the warehouse? Someone was obviously in there running around...
evilpii wrote:Yet, I do not think we will have a conclusion to this scene tomorrow. Considering the pattern of episodes of the last two weeks, I have a bet that tomorrow's episode will return to the feudal scenario with "Universe" Ryoko and Mihoshi. We might see Tenchiken pop out there too, but we will have to tune in to see.
... I should have known this show would make me a liar at least once. Still, today's episode was awesome. The conclusion to the battle with the robot is shown, and Tenchi gets to show why he is the namesake of the show. While Hachiko and Beni both have been seen to be formidable combatants, a bokuto or a mace just does not compare with a light-sword.
This episode also confirms that Hachiko has some issue with having a weapon in her hands. She is obviously aware of this problem, and embarrassed by it. Perhaps it might be explained later?
As to Tenchi being a badass, that just felt good. It has been a while since we saw young Mr. Masaki last wielding his beam sword in combat against Kain (TM!iL1, 1996). He gave the robot a heaping helping of NOPE with just about every attack, and won the day, protecting both of his students.
Also, the episode finishes the joke/allusion started in episode 9. In episode 9, Beni swung her fist at Tenchi, and he caught it in mid-air. Likewise, he brought the pain in episode 13. After the battle is won, Beni punches him and knocks him for a loop, surprising her. I believe this is a throwback to Katsuhito catching Ryoko's punch in OVA series 1 episode 3, and Ryoko destroying the stairs with a punch, confused as to how the old priest could halt her force. Evidently, Tenchi is not all-powerful.
Meanwhile, Yuki and Rui made off with boxes of stuff, and we get to see that creepy spider again. What did they get and how will it affect future events? Tune in tomorrow.