I don’t know about you, but Stripper-sensei presents some pretty fine propaganda for joining Nudist Beach.
Many apologies for this post being rather late. I wish I had some normal, legitimate excuse for my tardiness, but I do not. Instead, I have been rapidly catching up with VGCW, which is one of the great fanfiction works of our time — basically Salty Bet (albeit with far less entertaining matches, because WWE ’13 is limited in what it can do) with ludicrous storylines evolving from the onscreen action. When I am presented with Phoenix Wright and Nappa teaming up to discover who ran over Little Mac, and Dracula forming a stable of himself, Kefka, Vegeta, and Dan Hibiki to take over pro wrestling, how can I be expected to not watch this glorious madness? (I am, in fact, watching more as I am writing this post, because I am that addicted to it.) It’s tough to get through at first, because most of the early stuff is on Twitch only, but about midway through Season 2 basically everything is on YouTube, which makes it much easier to digest.
Anyway, enough of that. So this episode shows exactly how at least the student council should stand up to a powered-up Ryuuko/Senketsu tag team: Kung-fu movie-styled power-ups! That flashback and power-up for Sanageyama — BY SEWING MY EYES SHUT, ALL MY SENSES HAVE ASCENDED — is basically right out of the martial arts flick playbook. Have to say, though, in that shot when Sanageyama shows his resolve to Satsuki, I thought he’d removed his eyes entirely rather than sewn his eyes shut, haha. How creepy would that have been? Gaping holes where eyes should be is always creepy.
Also, joining the cast of Star Driver may have made Sanageyama more powerful, I don’t know.
No doubt at least everyone among the Student Council will receive at least one power-up before they are dispatched. I wonder if every one will be so tinged with the martial arts, or if they will be more specific to each council member? And surely there is at least one more power bump coming for Ryuuko along the way, as well? Those life fibers she’s gathering with each victory will surely lead to something down the road. Wouldn’t it be something if they were a bit more sinister, though? Like, the life fibers are from Kiryuuin-created products, so they’re slowly corrupting the pure, Matoi-created product. I have basically zero evidence that this is actually occurring; this is purely a shot in the dark.
Back to Sanageyama. I enjoy what’s done with him in this episode. Everyone has their preferred archetypes; I like the brash, loudmouth fellas like our eyes sewn shut friend above. If you remind me of a super robot pilot, then I pretty much like you, no questions asked. (And how could Sanageyama not remind me of a super robot pilot since he is voiced by none other than Guy Shishio himself, Nobuyuki Hiyama? His powered-up form is basically a robot, too!) Sanageyama is on the side of the villains, but he has a certain honorable air about him. He’s not going to back down from a fight, and he’s not going to trick you or anything. What you see is what you get. If you defeat, he will acknowledge it and work twice as hard to win the next time around. As Guilty Crown taught us, the student council is the seat of power in the world, so you don’t get to be on there if you don’t have something going for you.
Have some glowing nipples as a parting gift. I am glad someone is picking up the slack re: glowing naughty (?) bits with Hisoka MIA in Hunter x Hunter at the moment.