I wasn’t sure anything could be more delightful than the Studio Ghibli’s Satsuki+Gamagoori flashback from last week, but Muppet Babies Satsuki+Nonon is at least in the conversation. Kids speaking like hardened, wise adults is something that rarely fails to delight me. (It’s why the Legend of the Galactic Heroes tribute in Sengoku Collection is my favorite episode in that series, for instance.) Nonon being a little brat who can get a sandcastle made for her in an instant is of course wonderful (and apparently she also had the Sphinx made, as well), and Satsuki as the Child Messiah is also great. I wonder if Satsuki was born making some grand speech about how she will remake the world in her image. Like, she dives out of the womb and the doctor tries to spank her, but she grabs his wrist just before the strike and gives him the Satsuki Glare.
I mean, if a baby gave me the Satsuki Glare, I’d probably shit my pants.
Shifting gears a bit, the fight between Ryuuko and Inumuta makes sense as far as his character is concerned, but is nonetheless disappointing because, you know, we all want to see both these fighters go all out. Too bad Inumuta’s nothin’ but a NERD. Nah, seriously, though, I think he has at least an inkling of what Satsuki’s aims are, so he’s happy getting the data and sacrificing his uniform for whatever Satsuki’s aims are. This episode makes the general direction of the plot clearer for dopes like myself: It’s clear that for whatever reason Satsuki wants to accelerate Ryuuko and Senketsu’s evolution. Maybe she is curious about what would happen, or maybe she knows what would happen. An outsider created the uniform, so there could be alterations, but the foundation is based on the Kiryuuin design. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that she would have at least an idea of how Ryuuko could change while wearing an evolved Senketsu. Could Satsuki hope to tame a wild beast? Or will there be something weirder that I probably can’t see coming, because I never see stuff like this coming? The latter might be more fun.
At least Inumuta got to show off a silly costume and silly poses before he bit the dust and joined Gamagoori on the bench. This outfit reminded me of so many things: the Deckers from Saints Row: The Third (themselves heavily inspired by Tron, which I imagine many other people thought of), good ol’ Grey Fox from Metal Gear Solid (I had many chuckles thinking about Inumuta bellowing “HURT ME MORE” to Ryuuko and Gamagoori getting pissed because Inumuta is stealing his gimmick), the skintight plug suits from G Gundam (just look at that butt and tell me you aren’t thinking of Domon’s walnut crunchers right now), and even K from Virtue’s Last Reward (unfortunately, my quick Google searching unearthed no screenshots of the back of K’s head; basically, the power button on the back of Inumuta’s head vaguely reminded me of the keyhole on the back of K’s mask). Wow, that’s a lot of parentheses!
Then the grand, glorious Battle of Nonon. I like how she gets riled up beforehand with Satsuki addressing her relatively formally (maybe another hint that she’s just using her Elite Four for whatever purpose she has in mind for Ryuuko?) and Sanageyama rubbing it in afterward, along with his burn about warming up his uniform ahead of time. Your weird skeleton suit doesn’t scare anyone, Nonon! Neither does your palindrome name! Her musical attacks, however, are quite frightening. Who knew musical notes could be so deadly? Wouldn’t that be a great calling card for an assassin? You hear some classical music welling in the background, and all of a sudden you’re decapitated by some note. (I am musically ignorant, so I have no idea what the deadliest musical note would be. Any thoughts on this?)
Oh yeah, and also EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IS JETS AND MISSILES. God damn, that whole ending is just anime as fuck. That’s what I really need in my life right now: some ANIME fuckin’ anime. Good lord.
Have lots of screenshots of stuff that made me laugh:
Mako is the champ, don’t front.
I like imagining that Mako’s vision is actually three times sharper when she does this.
Nothing I could possibly write would ever improve upon this.
The phrase “DOES NOT COMPUTE” in all caps is always a winner with me. ALWAYS.