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「花畑の合格者」 (Hanahata no Goukakusha)
“Successful Candidate in the Flower Garden”

What Kyoukaisen does perhaps better than everything else, is build. That’s not to say that it starts out small by any means, but early on it relentlessly lays the groundwork, plants the seeds which it will reap to devastating effect at the end of the season. So it was with Season 1, so it is here. Last week’s offering was amazing, stellar even. This one was as well! It’s a rare show that can keep the tension so high for so long without it feeling cheap, and while delivering satisfying conclusions the entire time. But then again, Kyoukaisen cheats – it has enough plot for 4+ shows, so it can keep closing down plot threads in the most epic of fashions, confident in the fact that they have three more queued up for the next episode. It’s… *takes a deep breath* it’s truly amazing, and I found myself out of breath from squeeing, laughing, and gaping open-mouthed at the awesome that coated my screen. Fuck yeah!

Explanations:

How did Tenzou get past Walter Raleigh?

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Why did Cecil fall the more Kimi resisted her magic?

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How did Malga beat Dudley?

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Why didn’t Tenzou kiss Mary before?

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“Clothunit”

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Excalibur Caliburn and Excalibur Collbrande

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Did Grace O’Malley die?

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Impressions

Kimi & Malga VS Dudley & Cecil

I go over the nitty gritty details (as best I’m able) in the Explanations section, so here I’m going to focus all on the feels. Of the two, it was actually Malga’s victory that I enjoyed the most. Malga has been so beat up all season, ever since Dudley herself put her through the ringer back in Episode 01, that is was great to see she who has finally stood back up reward herself (not be rewarded – she worked for this!) with a victory. After this she’ll be well on her way back to standing on equal footing with Margot once again.

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Tenzou and Mary

Oh gods where do I start. I’ve watched this whole part three times so far, simply because I don’t want to leave behind the luscious feelings on display. First of all, the elephant in the room – Fairy Queen “Mary” is moe!!! *coughs* But yes, I enjoyed how Elizabeth and Mary’s little trick was so deftly thwarted by Tenzou’s perversion. Turns out I was wrong back in Episode 6 – it was her breast size that let him tell them apart! XD But perhaps my favorite part was how no one was either surprised or judgmental about Tenzou’s perverted declaration. Like with Toori, everyone knows Tenzou is a perv (or a guy, depending on how you look at such things), and they don’t care. Best of them all was Mary’s reaction – no surprise, and no fucks given. Wonderful. Watch out Asuna, you have a challenger for best waifu of the season! More on that soon.

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Tenzou & Mary vs Elizabeth

I go over the details of the swords (once again, as best as I could) in the Explanations section, so I’m going to comment on something else – I told you so! Back in Episode 8 I said that “Elizabeth doesn’t want to see Mary die.” Here, once all the sword business was concluded and Mary was set to leave forever – to be exiled, in effect – Elizabeth’s pained call of “Nee-san!” said everything that needed to be said. I was right. Whatever else, whatever she will do for her country, Elizabeth never wanted to see her precious big sister die. Yet now that Mary is “dead” (historically speaking), when she has birthed a child who takes Elizabeth’s throne, “killing” her, Elizabeth can join Mary so that they may play again, in their own private Avalon…a world where they can finally be together as sisters again. Guh…please don’t look at me. *wipes away tears*

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Felipe and Juana

In any sane world, an episode that contained both Kimi-nee and the epic realization of a dearly wanted romance should have hurdled inexorably downhill into mediocre second half, and through no fault of its own, but merely because of the sheer amount of awesome before it. Normally the kiss is the climax, the last thing that happens before the credits roll and the lights come up so you can find your way out of the theatre. This was not the case here. But of course, Kyoukaisen cheated – usually one kiss would be enough for a single episode, but it went ahead and threw out a second one!

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Musashi vs the San Martin(s)

Once again, any episode that features not one, but two kisses should have gone downhill after they were concluded…but once again, this did not happen. The clash between Musashi and the invisible San Martin tickled the part of me that loves big (space) naval battles. Here I’d like to claim another I told you so – once the shots from the invisible San Martin started coming in from opposite directions, it was clear to me that there wasn’t only one. After all, if you’re going to build one of the things – and are able to go into debt, which means you can fund the thing, and I know for a fact Tres España is quite heavily in debt – then why not build two or three? Yet I feel like this was mentioned by some character before, so I probably shouldn’t take credit. Plus, it’s nothing next to the most awesome part of the battle – Grace O’Malley’s heroic interception of the stealthed third(!) San Martin’s attack, and the subsequent crash of the Granuaille which destroyed said San Martin. I was wondering when England was going to get off their fat asses and help, and I’m glad they finally decided to show. Now, where are the rest of them?

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Looking Ahead

There is so much to look forward to. Shirojiro has stepped out onto the field, as has Noriki, who wants to take out both of the Valdez siblings. I’m also curious what Charles Howard left with Musashi that Heidi was so sure was good. Then of course there’s Futayo vs Gin (more on that in a sec!), and we may even see that Kiyonari vs Bacon fight that was glossed over amidst the awesome that was this episode (though probably not).

But if there’s anything I’m excited about, it’s that Episode 12′s title, Where the One Scarred by Swords Belongs, would seem to indicate that Mary is going to enter the fray, and probably get some use out of those new swords of hers. I. Cannot. Wait. Seriously. I can’t wait. Who’s up for crashing Sunrise HQ and stealing an advanced copy? Only rule is that nobody is allowed to see my face. I’m hoping to meet a big-busted blonde along the way…

tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Kimi & Malga win the day, Tenzou makes off w/ Mary, & something extra w/ Felipe & Juana. Oh, & then there’s that GIANT BATTLE! #Kyoukaisen

Random thoughts:

  • I’ve gotta tell you all, today was a near thing. Kimi-nee, Malga, Mary, Juana, Adele, Grace, Mary (yes, again), Gin, and then top it all off with Futayo? I almost died. Just way, way, way too much amazing HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG– *gets massive nosebleed* *staggers* …I’m okay.
  • That scene, with the music pumping in the background. Most. Epic. Breast grope. EVARR!!!
  • I continue to love their chat screens. You HAVE to pause and read them when they pop up! Especially great was when they were all being pessimistic and taking the piss out of Tenzou right after he kissed a gorgeous woman like Mary. That guy doesn’t get a break, even when he gets the girl! …love it :D
  • Ohhh Gin-san, you’re amazing as well. She can clear a large conclusion in a single bound!
  • Did you notice Toori’s bento? It looks like Horizon has been cooking for him again. It’s the little details that make a story great, don’t you agree? XD
  • And then there’s Futayo’s mistaken “confession”. OH FUTAYO, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!! XD XD XD! Poor Gin-san :3 I look forward to this being another running joke!
  • In all seriousness all, this. This episode was amazing. I’ve probably put in more effort blogging Kyoukaisen over this past ~4 months than I had at my paying job that whole time (I don’t try hard at work, clearly), but it was totally worth it for the chance to cover episodes like this. I know I ramble on and frankly edit myself poorly in these mammoth posts, but I want to thank you all for sticking with me, and this show, because though these are the kinds of episodes that make my storyteller’s soul sing, it was all of you that have kept me happily writing and researching and writing some more long enough to get here. I guess what I’m saying is, I, I…*sniffles* Please don’t look at me!

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  • September 19, 2012 at 2:15 amLightnDark

    TENZO!!! SUCH A BOSS! /salute As expected of a ninja, his deductive skills are just too good!

    FUTAYO!!! Lol clearly she isn’t embarrassed about having “sex” with people who are close to her. I can’t wait to see her reaction when she finds out the real meaning of the word..

    Gin!! Poor girl always happening to see/hear the wrong things at the wrong time.

    • September 19, 2012 at 3:44 amLoL

      Tenzo has the fuck yeah meme face below the scarf.

      And I reaffirmed, Futayo is the best.

  • September 19, 2012 at 2:44 amCronny

    OMG, Futayo FTW!

  • September 19, 2012 at 2:49 amn30nl16ht

    I wonder, if I touch my crush’s boobies and say were a match, would she giggle like that? damn TENZOU is a badass and Futayo i wonder if she knew the meaning of what she said really, or was it just to throw off Gin…

    FAVORITE SHOW like not in a season but forever, the Novels are extremely addictive also so i hope they keep animating this series!

    • September 19, 2012 at 5:34 amyokushi

      Futayo scene was just a continuation of episode 4 joke, as she didn’t know what “sex” was and now she thinks it’s some kind of mutual respect fight.

      • September 19, 2012 at 8:34 pmXziled

        well if you twist how you view sex and fighting… futayo and muneshige definitely did it :p

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:29 pmStilts

      I just had to go back and watch some of the other times this has come up. Truly one of the most devastating bits of this season. Poor Miriam :3

  • September 19, 2012 at 2:52 amn30nl16ht

    BTW good job as always stilts! screw the job, kyoukaisen is where the magic really happens and thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:01 amEliseo

    Im just sad that Shakespeare-chan didnt join musashi as well =(.

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:30 pmStilts

      Agreed. Need more Shakespeare-tan!

    • September 19, 2012 at 5:07 pmwicked

      Fingers crossed for season 4

      • September 19, 2012 at 5:10 pmArashi Yamato

        You mean season 3 rite?

      • September 19, 2012 at 5:26 pmwicked

        Well Shakespeare is MIA if they make season 3

    • September 20, 2012 at 2:23 amVaan

      Still crossing my fingers she’ll join Musashi in the last two episodes.

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:20 amSaangi

    I don’t think anyone didn’t think that they were using 2 invisible ships to fight but damn…. THERE WAS A THIRD. Quite the shocker!

    And as for the witches part, I would assume that it is because of the proximity of the God of Wars with Musashi that why the witches could barrage them unlike in Season 1. If I am not wrong, the first season’s fight was in free uncontested grounds(or air for that matter). While this fight, Musashi fought with the defender’s advantage.

    Meanwhile. HNNNNNNNNGHH MARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:32 pmStilts

      Unless there’s some field spell that lowers the enemy’s defensive attributes when they’re the aggressors (I find this somewhat bullshity and unlikely, though not impossible), there needs to be a reason for the defender’s advantage. Like I said, I can see that with the many witches (because there were a lot of them), but less so when Margot took out the other one so easily.

      • September 22, 2012 at 6:50 ammutopis

        In season one there was a God of War ace whom Malga and Margot defeated for the first time. He thought highly of them. Perhaps the one that she shot down wasnt an ace.

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:26 amErrant

    Thanks for the write up Stilts.

    Your enjoyment of this show comes through so clearly and makes it pleasure to read.

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:33 pmStilts

      Thank you. I’m glad to hear that!

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:31 amZannafar

    This was already a great episode with Kimi & Malga vs Dudley & Cecil, but damn, they kept adding one awesome moment after another.

    And next episode we will finally get Futayo vs Gin. I’ve been waiting for this battle the entire season.

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:37 amc2710

    Woah… Kyoukaisen truly ramps things up by many notches.

    I’ve gotta agree with the rest on Tenzou. He does it like a boss

    Oh and seriously speaking… I can’t help it but to see Mary as Saber in this scene >> http://randomc.net/image/Kyoukai%20Senjou%20no%20Horizon/Kyoukai%20Senjou%20no%20Horizon%20II%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2019.jpg

    • September 19, 2012 at 3:39 amc2710

      oh and no regrets for not droppin this show… the 1st season was too confusing

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:49 amLoL

    I have been looking for the chibi avatars of the chat, but no luck. If anyone knows were they can be any info is appreciated ^^

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:51 amG27

    I shed a tear when Elizabeth cried” nee-san”.
    Then I laughed soo hard when Futayo dropped more misunderstanding for Gin.
    This show is awesome.

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:58 amRen

    Did Futayo just One-hit-KO Gin Σ(゚Д゚;)!?

    • September 19, 2012 at 8:22 amLoL

      Poker face woman showdown, first round: Futayo 1 – Gin 0

      • September 19, 2012 at 12:54 pmArashi Yamato

        If its a duel of poker faced women, didn’t Futayo lost the minute she smiled? Now, if it was the battle of the stoic and odd women (personality wise), the. Yes, you’re right.

      • September 20, 2012 at 12:29 amLoL

        Shirojiro smiles when someone gives him money and they call him poker face merchant, so your agument is invalid.

      • September 20, 2012 at 12:29 amLoL

        Shirojiro smiles when someone gives him money and they call him poker face merchant, so your agrument is invalid.

      • September 20, 2012 at 12:31 amLoL

        *argument, sry for the double post, shitty hanging conexion

      • September 20, 2012 at 1:45 amArashi Yamato

        They call him a poker faced merchant because he doesn’t show any sign of hesitation or flinching in NEGOTIATIONS. Oh, and of course one would smile when your given money. In Shirojito’s case, that’s when he’s won.

  • September 19, 2012 at 4:24 amWhatsht

    Looks like Malga drew a yuri doujinshi of her and Margot.

    • September 19, 2012 at 8:30 amdm00

      If you look real closely, it’s a doujin of the start of the previous episode:

      1) Moping Malga
      2) SLAP!
      3) Malga/Margot reconciliation
      4) Kimi lecture
      5) Resolute Malga

      http://randomc.net/image/Kyoukai%20Senjou%20no%20Horizon/Kyoukai%20Senjou%20no%20Horizon%20II%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2006.jpg

      …. and it’s been only now that I noticed that Malga’s IRC name is “Maru-ga”, i.e., -ga

      • September 19, 2012 at 8:35 amdm00

        Oops, lost the little circle. Malga/Maruga’s IRC name is (circle)-ga

      • September 19, 2012 at 11:19 amLoL

        and gacchan ^^

      • September 19, 2012 at 2:38 pmStilts

        Oooo, good catch. I hadn’t noticed that (that’s what I get for starting a 3,000 word post at 10pm). It might have something to do with her pouring all her feelings from that scene into the page and using those as a ritual offering to repel the incoming attacks. Something like that!

  • September 19, 2012 at 4:56 amXan

    Tenzou is the luckiest man in existence. And well-deserving of that!

  • September 19, 2012 at 4:59 amDynellen

    One possible explanation for the Gods of War loosing so easily is that the ones in S1 were the Tres Espana elite while these guys were grunts with worse gear/no experience. At least their actions made them seem like rookies, I mean rushing straight into AA fire, tossing a single grenade and just holding still watching whether it hit and then trying to run away and exposing your weak back to the enemy? They deserved that defeat.

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:43 pmStilts

      You’re not wrong about their tactics, but Gods of War are apparently extremely expensive and powerful (they require expensive technology to duplicate human movement and then the digitizing of a human pilot – not cheap), so there’s no reason to expect that there are “grunts” among them – merely by being a God of War they are the creme of the crop, and their pilots should be as well.

      • September 19, 2012 at 2:56 pmArashi Yamato

        It could be possible for them to be more gruntish than the ones from Season 1 considering that Tres España is supposedly in a financial pinch (correct me if I’m wrong).

      • September 19, 2012 at 3:25 pmyokushi

        It seems that there are various answers. In the novel the fight was a bit longer and the GoWs actually managed to surpass Musashi defense and attack six times, but by the seventh the witches were able to retaliate by sheer numbers and they didn’t need to homing like in S1 due to the GoWs being very close, focusing on high-powered attacks. Also, the pilots in S1 were the best of the best GoW aces to escort the Pope, so there was some difference in skill too.

      • September 19, 2012 at 5:27 pmStilts

        That makes sense. In which case, it was more just a symptom of Sunrise not having the time to show the fight in full detail. Good to know!

  • September 19, 2012 at 5:02 amgandalf8

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    • September 19, 2012 at 5:55 amyokushi

      I don’t think that Tenzou confession pales in comparision with Toori’s one, it’s just a very different style of declaration. Tenzou and Mary stuff was about traditional courtship, and that’s what we got here (with a preverted spin on Tenzou’s part). The direction and the music in the scene was just superb, the best this season hands down, and I think that the actual kiss was leagues better than the one with Toori, even if for me Toori’s debate with Horizon was the best moment of S1.

      About the Gods of War, I think that this were more grunt versions, not the elite ones in S1.

    • September 19, 2012 at 8:38 amdm00

      I think Kimi-nee’s fight was just right: it consisted of her being full of herself. Her self-regard is immense (and, it seems, deserved).

      Similarly, Tenzou’s fight with Raleigh was just right: he kept his eyes on the prize, and didn’t let himself get distracted by the small stuff.

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:46 pmStilts

      You’re of course entitled to your opinion (and I welcome it!), but I have to side with yokushi and dm00. Tenzou and Mary’s relationship is a more traditional courtship affair, and the pacing of the earlier fights was perfect because they didn’t drag them out pointlessly and let them get bloated. Sometimes a fight is best if it’s short, because that’s all the fight that needs to be shown.

    • September 20, 2012 at 12:10 amgandalf8

      Thanks for the constructive criticism. Nevertheless, this is just how I personally feel about the episode, and after my 5th rewatch of the episode, my opinion is still unchanged regarding the not-so-good aspects I pointed out. Still, I’m hopeful that the next episode will be better for me personally as a whole.

    • September 20, 2012 at 7:23 amMukyuu

      You make excellent points here. Though regarding Tenzou vs Walter, it was pretty much meant to be short unless Tenzou wanted Mary to die. In episode 10, just before Tenzou left Malga did say he had 3 minutes to save her. Running from that location to Excaliburn Caliburn was probably a close call for Tenzou. Definitely didn’t help that Walter did slow him down for maybe a good 30~ seconds.
      Otherwise I can see why you felt it was rushed in the first half.
      I can’t imagine the amount of material that was compressed for this episode alone. Especially in that first half. There was probably quite a bit of dialogue exchanged between Elizabeth & Mary after Elizabeth’s “NEE-SAN!” Or at least I feel there was.

      I really wouldn’t mind reading the Horizon LN…if only I knew enough japanese ;-;

      • September 20, 2012 at 8:54 amyokushi

        The whole Tenzou and Mary confession was intact as Toori one was in S1 (leaving only some chat reactions). The problem was on how little they were able to show about how deep Mary and Elizabeth’s bond really is due to time constrictions this season.

  • September 19, 2012 at 5:17 amThe Moondoggie

    “And then there’s Futayo’s mistaken “confession”. OH FUTAYO, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!! XD XD XD! Poor Gin-san :3 I look forward to this being another running joke!”

    And the mountain of Futayo x Muneshige x Gin doujins! Can’t forget about this! XD

  • September 19, 2012 at 5:52 amNadester

    Still can’t figure out why Tori is always naked. But it’s hilarious.

    • September 19, 2012 at 9:22 ampuppygod

      I think that’s exactly the reason why – because it’s hilarious. In the Horizonverse that have a very real effects – just like Kimi does offerings for her god by putting make-up, dressing up and, well, just being Kimi – the same is true for Toori. By fooling around naked he makes offerings for the god of comedy and this is quite literally the source of his indestructibility.

      • September 19, 2012 at 2:47 pmStilts

        Invincibility against damage caused by women. He has no such invulnerability against anything done by a guy.

      • September 19, 2012 at 9:55 pmpuppygod

        Yes. But I don’t think it’s specifically tied with this skill only – it’s more like Toori being naked gets him general brownie points with his god – which keeps him being Toori. And being alive, among other things.

        So he probably has the best in-universe explanation for his antics ever seen in anime.

  • September 19, 2012 at 6:34 amMutare

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH TENZOU!!! This week easily tops last week; let’s see if this trend continues. I forget is it 12 or 13 this season? Stilts, your wall of text broke my browser, though that’s probably for other reasons XD I KNEW THAT SEX THING WOULD POP UP AGAIN WITH FUTAYO. SUPER EFFECTIVE AGAINST GIN, poor Gin. Gah this season has all sorts of awesome thrown in it

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:48 pmStilts

      My bad :D

      Oh, and this season is 13 episodes. Two more to go!

  • September 19, 2012 at 6:55 amYes!@

    I can’t believe we are up to episode 11. There was so much going on, that could spread to 3 or 4 episodes. Granted it will give the series the “feel” of other shows speed wise. But just thinking that the season is almost over makes me cringe, wondering if or when we get another season. Is like you say the are “cheating” I’ll prefer a 50~100 episode run than these “normal” season runs. There’s nothing that cam fill the void this show will leave once of over.
    Futayo!!!! What you did to poor Gin! I was totally in bliss land: Futayo innocence and Gin shyness toward affection thru the season. If the opening is a hint they’ll exchange some blows next time. I’ll love to see Gin one-shot Futayo by clarifying the “sex” defintion! LoL That will make them even.

    • September 19, 2012 at 7:02 amyokushi

      I think we will get S3 soon as they are setting up it, the official web Sensei Lesson 2 ended with a “look forward to the next lecture” and with the current pacing it’s quite possible than they end this season like the S1, with stuff from the next arc at the end cliffhanger-style.

      That and v3 is where the “first part” of Kyoukaisen ends, with all the story set up already.

    • September 19, 2012 at 8:17 amLoL

      Usually long run series have subpar quality compared to the only season ones. Probably the only exception I remember is FMA. It’s better this way.

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:52 pmStilts

      When I said they were cheating, it was because they had as much plot in one show as is usually found in 4+ other shows. That means they can bring conclusions to certain plot threads (or advance them quite a bit) without running out of awesome stories to tell. It has nothing to do with the number of episodes or the pacing – if this season was 2-cour and all this was spread out, that fact would still be true; once Mary and Tenzou kissed, there would still be the Juana and Felipe one to get to, even if they had more time to spend on it.

      Ohandbytheway, super long-running series are financially risky, especially for a niche show like Kyoukaisen, and especially animated to the levels they’re doing here. It’s better for us if they animate a season, then give us a couple quarters off before giving us another one. Also, it’s the only way it’s ever going to happen, so there’s that too!

    • September 20, 2012 at 6:05 amYes!@

      *cries. I guess you guys are right. Sorry for become a Kyoukai addict. I just need my weekly dose and the thought of waiting without warranty when the next season is coming just drives me insane.
      As for the cheating I knew what you mean, guess I didn’t rephrase it right. That Juana kiss could last easy three minutes, and we got it in 1 minute. Those scenes deserve more time so we can savor it longer. Is like eating a nice juicy rib eye you can iether chomp and glup it in chunks or just take your sweet time chewing tiny pieces squeezing the flavor of each bite. I’m so hooked on Kyoukai that want every single thing to last forever. I’ll just re-watch both seasons until memorizing every scene and dialogue and wait patiently in a corner for the next season!

      • September 20, 2012 at 8:27 amStilts

        You and me both, man

  • September 19, 2012 at 6:58 am†Croos†

    Stilts, a model’s weight is a trade secret and confidential. Therefore Kimi won’t be affected no matter what.

    • September 19, 2012 at 8:33 amdm00

      Kimi’s super power is that nothing will keep her from looking good.

  • September 19, 2012 at 8:13 amLoL

    Tenzo has the same seiyuu as Ono D?

    Oh well, time for rewatch FMP I guess. Some Sousuke bashing is always comforting xD

    • September 19, 2012 at 8:36 amdeafvader

      Same seiyuu? You mean he is Ono D. Or more accurately Ono D voices him.

      • September 19, 2012 at 8:51 amLoL

        Ono D is a character from Full Metal Panic. They have the same voice actor, or seiyuu in japanese.

    • September 19, 2012 at 11:19 amDynellen

      Tenzou’s voice actor= Ono Daisuke or Ono D as some call him, a very well known VA.

      Onodera Koutarou (Ono D in dubbed version) from Full Metal Panic is voiced by Takayuki Okada a relatively unknown voice actor with no major roles.

      • September 19, 2012 at 5:51 pmdeafvader

        This is what I was hinting towards. but LoL didn’t get it.

    • September 20, 2012 at 12:33 amLoL

      Ahm ok, didn’t know. Thx for the info.

  • September 19, 2012 at 8:35 amdeafvader

    @Stitls: Always wondered.
    Futayo does not know about sex? Or just the English word Sex?
    She must have learned health ed in classes. Or was she brought up in some warrior school that didn’t teach that. Further more in the first season when the school principal (where is that guy? Dead? sleeping? i forgot?) molested her she was embarrassed. So she must have some knowledge…. right??

    • September 19, 2012 at 11:12 amDynellen

      Home schooled by a battle maniac father and robo maid mother, she wasn’t taught much outside fighting/tactics and she’s fairly simple by nature as well. Health ed apparently was one of the many things she wasn’t taught.

      • September 19, 2012 at 2:54 pmStilts

        What Dynellen said. She’s naive about a lot of things, sex among them. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t know something ecchi when it grabs her butt (hur hur hur), she just doesn’t know all the more…intricate bits, shall we say.

      • September 19, 2012 at 5:50 pmdeafvader

        So… where is the principal guy?

      • September 19, 2012 at 11:28 pmStilts

        He’s around somewhere. It’s just not important to show him right now.

  • September 19, 2012 at 8:47 amdeafvader

    P.S.

    @Stitls:
    There is nothing weird about a ninja having a very English sounding name. Especially if said ninja is probably a foreigner. I guess his cap masks it, but he has blonde hair. Its more weird if he had a Japanese name.

    • September 19, 2012 at 9:11 amyokushi

      Maybe one of his parents is a foreigner. In the novel there are some mentions to his father and he basically is like an older version of his son, to the point when Tenzou brings Mary back as fiancée, Tenzou father goes all jelly and kicks him out of home, so Tenzou and Mary begin to live together alone.

      Oh, and I think it’s said that he’s related to another of the Amago Ten Braves survivors.

    • September 19, 2012 at 3:00 pmStilts

      You’re right that there’s nothing necessarily weird about it, especially since he has blonde hair. It’s no different than Shirojiro or Miriam or damn near anyone from Tres España or…actually quite a lot of characters having a western name orders. It’s just more understandable when you have Adele, the thane from Hexagone Française, rather than Tenzou, the ninja from Musashi.

      But yeah, someone (presumably a male ancestor) was a foreigner, and it stuck with him.

  • September 19, 2012 at 9:35 amanonymous

    you had me ‘Holy shit I cannot talk about this enough, so I better shut up and move on. Fantastic.’
    Fantastic indeed. I appreciate your blogging.

    • September 19, 2012 at 11:28 pmStilts

      Thank you kindly!

  • September 19, 2012 at 9:42 amVaan

    Oh Futayo. Why you so awesome?

    Anyway, Since Tenzou’s background hasn’t been shown yet. I assume that he is possibly connected to the royal family.

    Excaliber Collbrande is one awesome looking sword. I hope we can see Mary in action use it against Tres Espana next episode.

  • September 19, 2012 at 10:23 amxephx

    The romantic scene made me feel the warm and fuzzies, I loved it.
    Also so much cute Mary, I love her.

  • September 19, 2012 at 1:14 pmShugima

    Has anyone ever heard if Tenzou’s hat is for sale anywhere?

    Cause after this episode, I totally want one. Such a badass, that guy.

    • September 19, 2012 at 2:49 pmArashi Yamato

      Is it just me or is Tenzou’s hat and blonde looks a shout-out to Terry Bogart (KoF)?

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pmArashi Yamato

    Stilts, judging from the slots on the Caliburn and the way the Collbrande’s handle and guard seemingly match, do you think we might see some action from the Fairy Queen and Bloody Mary with a completed Excalibur?

  • September 19, 2012 at 4:57 pmwicked

    Tenzou would have started an international incident if he did, because his role as first special agent of the chancellor board. He was also under the impression that he could see her again after everything Musashi was done, since Musashi is currently in heaps of trouble. Of course, Mary wasnt about to hear all that. What’s missing among the confession scene is the commentaries on sign frames done by the the members of Musashi on the sideline during it, where everyone incessantly makes fun of Tenzou. Tenzou apparently has the habit of not speaking clearly when he’s nervous, technically, he’s never really said he like Mary.

    Spoiler about Tenzou’s surname:
    Show Spoiler ▼

    As far as the sword business. Tenzou is a special agent specialize in intelligence collection and analysis. He figured out Henry the 8th once pulled out the Exclibur and his research into the compressed dimension, as well as how Horizon keeps her Sin Armaments. Excalibur legend often fuse 2 swords as one in modern retell. There’s the sword in stone in which Author pulls to be recognized as the true king, then there’s the sword later given by the lady of the lake also called Excalibur. He hypothesize that there’s indeed 2 swords. It is not actually just connected to the land, but to the fairy dimension where fairies can fix the one sword that was once broken(Ex.Collbrande), while given another(Ex.Caliburn) to use as key. This provides a conflict point as in who is actually the true king, as Mary and Liz were changlings and the deciding factor between who was queen was who can wield Ex.Caliburn, but Tenzou’s explanation makes it so that that Ex.Collbrande can only be pulled out with Ex.Caliburn as the key. It’s only able to be done when it is toward the king because Ex.Collbrande was meant for the king, ie Mary is the actual king.

    • September 19, 2012 at 5:07 pmArashi Yamato

      I’m assuming your filling the missing gaps the LN mentioned that the anime missed on the 1st paragraph.. 2nd Paragraph should’ve had a spoiler tag. The last part of 3rd paragraph is a bit confusing. So can Collbrande and Caliburn fuse by the true king?

      • September 19, 2012 at 5:43 pmwicked

        More spoilers on Tenzou’s surname:Show Spoiler ▼

        Whether or no the sword can be combined is not clear in the novel. People on forums suspect so since the designs look that way, but from this point on they are part ways. One goes with Mary and one goes with Elizabeth. Speculation is that Caliburn is the sheath to Collbrande, and Mary should really be the king, but unless you have the privilege to read the author’s original settings(which legends to spans acrooss 780 pages of A4 paper), you’ll never know. From a broad definition point of view(which countries in Horizon does often) both of them has the rights to be king as both pulled Excalibur from stone, which is why Mary exiled to avoid the controversy.

      • September 19, 2012 at 6:23 pmyokushi

        Even if it’s a small spoiler that they will probably not cover at all, I think Show Spoiler ▼

      • September 19, 2012 at 6:34 pmwicked

        That is true. I get my LN and anime confused dependent of which is fresh on my mind. in that case, I’m terribly sorry

      • September 19, 2012 at 11:32 pmStilts

        Slapped in spoiler tags all over the place. You’re welcome!

      • September 20, 2012 at 5:50 amwicked

        Much appreciated

    • September 19, 2012 at 5:56 pmArashi Yamato

      Working on my Japanese. :P It’s so frustrating that a Kinokuniya with the first 3 volumes of KyoukaiSen is so close to me and my Japanese is sub-par (kanji wise XD). 本当に悔しだな。

      • September 19, 2012 at 6:07 pmwicked

        I just hope they keep making it. It misses stuff here and there, and really hypercompresses a lot of scenes(like this episode should’ve contain a quick flashback of Dudley’s meeting of the queen, and not just a picture. Dudley is highly loyal to the Queen because she basically save her life. Dudley, which in history is Elizabeth’s lover and suspected conspirator was suppose to live out her life in jail)

      • September 19, 2012 at 6:08 pmwicked

        but it’s still a hella funtime

      • September 19, 2012 at 6:18 pmyokushi

        Well, in this season they were forced to cram 2000 pages in 13 episodes. And even so, Sunrise was able to do it rather well.

      • September 19, 2012 at 11:33 pmStilts

        Agreed. Like the Dudley scene, it was clear to me that she is fiercely loyal to the Queen for something Elizabeth did, and that scene + the chains around her legs make it not a hard leap to what you said. Still, the basic idea got across in a flash…and that’s pretty good, considering how much they have to deal with. I remain impressed!

  • September 19, 2012 at 5:30 pmBeckett

    Epic Shirojiro epicness in the next episode? Yes please!

    A lot of the characters in this show have grown on me but Shirojiro is still my favorite, I just love unabashed ultra-capitalist characters.

    Tenzou is pretty much a boss now too though.

  • September 19, 2012 at 8:23 pmewok40k

    WHAM! this is the sound of thousands of jaws hitting the floor at the end of episode!
    Kimi, sorry but you were out-awesomed by Futayo!
    Confessions galore! We have Tenzo X Mary AND Felipe X Juana.
    BTW can’t wait to see Mary in action dual-wielding HER Excalibur…
    Ewok out!

  • September 19, 2012 at 9:55 pmBerg

    i want to see Futayo vs Gin this fight will be awesome!!!

    Kimi is just great!!!!

    Tenzou and Mary , the couple of the year!!!!

  • September 19, 2012 at 11:03 pmXacual

    I might be wrong on this because it’s something I read earlier in the season but I thought part of the reason Cecil can hover / fly is because her power forces her weight down on other people. So if that’s right then because Kimi wasn’t being affected she herself was forced to take that weight back which made her sink.

    • September 19, 2012 at 11:38 pmStilts

      That makes sense to me! Splicing it into the post now

    • September 20, 2012 at 5:49 amwicked

      That’s pretty much it. Her ability is distribution of her weight, while Kimi’s ability boils downs to “cant touch me”. The more she dances, the harder she is to be touched. So with each and every step counting as a dance move, more and more the Cecil’s ability is negated.

      The battle of attrition did happen with Futayo in season one. Futayo increases her speed by dedicating her weapons’m move to the speed ritual, so that she could touch Kimi before her Dance of Summit takes effect and blocks it. Which worked for bit, until Kimi started saying provocative thing while dancing, which becomes additional dedication.

      Kimi’s ability is not as limitless as it seems, it does have limits on the amount of ether being used, so it is possible to be overwhelmed by a powerful attack. Such an attack would only come from Divine Armament or Sin Armament’s ability, If Futayo were anymore proficient and clever at using Tonbokiri’s ability like her old man, it would have been possible for her to win, unfortunately Futayo is not the sharpest tool in the toolshed, while Kimi is as sharp as they come.

  • September 20, 2012 at 1:02 amAMC44

    I would love nothing more than for a Third season to be green lit.

  • September 20, 2012 at 2:00 amXRick

    Can I ask anyone here who read the novels, how far has the anime adapted?
    I believe each season adapted two of the novels so far, since they’re “conveniently” named Horizon I & II, but I may be mistaken, hence me coming here to ask you guys.

    • September 20, 2012 at 5:10 amyokushi

      They are ending the volume II, but that’s a bit tricky because volume I and volume II both are split in two novels, so they adapted four novels.

      • September 20, 2012 at 7:31 amXRick

        Somehow I had the idea someone would misunderstand my writing…
        I suspected the anime so far had adapted each two volumes of Horizon I & II, but thanks for confirming it, really needed it.

        Then, they still have Horizon III & IV, 3 volumes each, with Horizon V v01 already out.
        There’s no way a third season won’t ever come out, this is GOLD!!!

  • September 20, 2012 at 6:17 pmacolyte

    Hands down best episode for me. So far? It’s been getting better and better each time.
    Aside from the boobs (well, can’t deny), lots of love, conclusions, expressions, humor, action (and mecha and sports!)

    So much explanation in the comments. I have to go back to read them again later.