Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Princess Principal, where ladies in waiting can actually be pretty good spies if they put their skills to the test.
In our last episode, we find out why Ange became a spy. She needed to get over the Wall to get to Charlotte in order for them to escape. Charlotte, who isn't the real Princess, I should add, decides against this. Instead, she still wants to be Queen so that she has the power to bring the conflict to an end so that they can be together out in the open. Reluctantly, Ange agrees to this and will set out to help her. Luckily, she can help in their first mission, which is to infiltrate an airship that just so happens to be carrying Pound plates. The Duke of Normandy plans to print a lot of the Commonwealth pound in order to destabilize its economy. Diabolical!
As the infiltration goes on, Beatrice, Charlotte's Lady in Waiting, goes with Ange in order to protect Charlotte, even though she has nothing to do with spy work and really doesn't want to be there. But when Ange is nearly caught by the enemy forces, Beatrice is able to impersonate the voice of a high ranking officer to bypass suspicion. She can do this because her father was in the running for the Gendo Father of the Year award and really wanted to cement that win by performing horribly experiments on her daughter, including tinkering with her voice box and giving her a voice box. Who did win for that year, anyway?
But thanks to that, Beatrice and Ange have become... well, let's just say that they tolerate each other a bit more now. However, will Charlotte's goal to become Queen work? Will Ange betray everybody in order to get what she wants? And what other terrible backstory will we witness? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins at... you know what? Let's call it an evil fortress, because it looks like an evil fortress.
-Look how evil that place is! And from the sound of things, SCIENCE is happening! Inside the lab, it appears that the inventor has created a device that allows him to float, almost like another similar looking device we've seen. Curious. The investors are in awe, because how it means they can crush the Commonwealth! Hooray for destroying another nation! Meanwhile, some random guy ran to the back where a stack of books are stacked, taking a picture of what happened. Because this is a spy thriller and spies are everywhere.
-Later, at some library, Dorothy is looking at some of the books there. She takes one that is called "Birds", but it's a ploy to talk to the man in the other aisle. Probably her handler. She's being given new orders and a target, a C-Ball. Turns out, the Kingdom has successfully miniaturized the Cavorite control unit, and it's up to her team to relieve them of their prototype. All of this is in the book she took off the shelf. Man, can you imagine what would happen if some regular citizen found that book and took a look at it? That would be sort of hilarious... and then horrifying when the spies kill the citizen for knowing too much.
-You know, thinking about it, this little back and forth between the Kingdom and the Commonwealth has undertones of the Cold War. I suspect that was on purpose, but we'll see how this plays out. Anyway, the team needs to get the prototype, because if they don't, the Kingdom can mass produce these things and they would be able to make large-scale gravity weapons. And this Cold War will turn red hot really, really fast. Dorothy thinks that her team shouldn't be given this mission, as they're basically amateurs. Except the handler says this is something only they can do. And it's because of their relationship with Princess Charlotte. Well, that could make things easier, honestly. Also, is the handler the Cigar Smoking Man? They sound similar. I guess he's more of a "hands on" sort of shadowy operative.
-We check in on Charlotte, who is enjoying tea time with Ange, Beatrice, and new member Chise, which indicates that we're a bit further down the timeline. Handler tells Dorothy that they'll use the Princess' position to infiltrate the ceremony at the Cavorite mine. Dorothy accepts the mission, but not without complaint as to how they're treating Charlotte, but before she leaves, the Handler has more information that is for her ears only. Maybe she's wishing her a Happy Birthday? They do that, right?
-Tonight's episode is titled case9 - Roaming Pigeons. You know, with each new episode, that opening takes on a different meaning for each of these characters. Except for Chise, but that'll probably change as we know her more. Speaking of, after the opening we cut to her walking the streets of Victorian London. She passes this big, burly guy dressed head to toe in black, tying his shoes. Upon walking past him, Chise switches the object in her hands and calls, quietly, for Beatrice to switch with her. And soon enough, Beatrice is trailing the guy into a nearby alley. Except she ends up losing him and gets caught in a dead end, allowing the target to get the drop on her. Though this is actually a training session for Beatrice, because they need to give her a major crash course in spying. Good luck. Oh, and who was the burly guy?
-Ange must be incredibly hot in that outfit, what with all the padding that would be needed to make that work. In the car, Beatrice promises revenge the next time, but Chise points out that she's lost ten times in a row. But the lady in waiting counters, saying that Chise has been losing right along with her. She's also putting on the burly outfit so that she'll be the target this time. Chise counters that she was victorious once, but Ange, who was her partner that time, notes that it doesn't count as winning when you cut down a police officer and then have to run for your lives.
-You have to wonder, is Chise lighter than she looks, or is Ange stronger than she looks? Chise, missing the point of the comment, tells Ange not to worry, for she used the back of her sword. Charlotte is in the car, enjoying the fun spy times with them, but then asks if their team could use a name? Beatrice and Chise agree that is a good idea, but Ange doesn't think that is needed. It would be make to make up any information that could turn up as evidence to be used against them. It's a rule of spying! Chise points out that Beatrice lies all the time and asks if that's why she lies? But if Ange is a liar, then there's no point in questioning her, is there? Nope, but it just means things will be worse for her as a result. The glamorous life of a spy.
-Except the rest of the group ignores Ange. Beatrice thinks they should go with a cute name, since they're all girls, like something pink or a flower. That will certainly confuse their would be captors. Charlotte thinks they should go with the name of that unusual bird they saw the other day. You know, the penguin! It's a very unusual bird, after all. Chise decides to do an onomancy reading for that name, probably to make sure it doesn't give the group bad luck. And this is what happens when you bring in amateurs.
-Dorothy gets in on the fun, claiming to be the secret service, but Ange doesn't buy it. The older girl is upset, because there's no fun to be had when they aren't scared, then gets in with everybody else. She reports the information she got from L, who is the Handler/Cigar Smoking Man, and is told that they were practicing tailing as well as thinking up team names. Dorothy likes the idea and already has some names thought up. She'll be Scotch, because for obvious reasons, Ange will be Calvados, Princess will be Champagne, but she has to think about Chise and Beatrice's names. As you expect, they are the names of liquors. Dorothy is a hard drinking kind of girl, after all. And she is of age, so it's all good. Except she's their driver, too. I hope Ange keeps that part in control when they're on mission, at least. Can't have a drunk driver for their getaway, can they?
-Ange begins to berate Dorothy for joining in on their game, but Chise has run into a terrible problem!
-That does seem like a problem, doesn't it? How else will Chise read their fortunes if she can't do it properly? You know, she's displaying a personality I wasn't quite expecting. So our team check out their target location, with Beatrice commenting on how it looks like a mechanical fortress. And we see fro the car ride that all of the ladies are dressed to the nines. Well, they are going to a ceremony, after all, so of course stye need to be dressed up for it. And as you expect, four of them are wearing the same dresses from episode two. They approach the gate, but thanks to Charlotte having an invite, they're able to get in. And because of her status, nobody will be doing a body check on her or her friends unless they want to lose their hands. And people want to keep their hands, after all.
-You know, it's rather interesting that they're holding a ceremony with fancy clothes in a dirty mine. You'd think they'd have a reception hall for something like this, or at least, rent one out. The team discuss when they should strike, which is around the start of the ceremony, when security will be at its most lax. Ange reminds everybody of the plan. She, Dorothy, and Beatrice will infiltrate the facility while Charlotte and Chise will enjoy the party. Chise doesn't seem so excited about that. She's part of the team, after all.
-Of course, there's just more fun news to be spread around. Her Majesty the Queen is here and would like to have a chat with Charlotte. Ange, acting as the happy friend, tells her that they'll be waiting here, but also informs her that Chise is being kept here to protect her, since she is their most reliable fighter. And soon enough, the three are off while Charlotte goes to speak with the Queen. For a moment, given how the background worked with her dress, I honestly thought the Queen was holding a rifle in her hands. Turns out, she didn't, but wouldn't that have been a site to see the Queen packing heat in front of so many people.
-During the infiltration, Ange spots a guard protecting the lab, which means it's Dorothy's time to shine! She takes a long swig of her drink, then acts like a drunk and stumbles into the guard. She plays up the sex appeal, allowing her to swipe the key and giving the other girls a chance to get past him. Poor guy is going to get shot when this is all over.
-We move past the seduction of the guard to a couple of others standing guard at a mine entrance. The tunnel begins to fill up with gas as another guard warns these two that there's been a methane explosion, which also happens to be kicking up dust and debris. The third guard, Jake, tells the other two to get some masks while he takes over guard duty here, and that they're located in storeroom three, which is on the other side of the mine. They're upset about this, but keep in mind that this is the same military that keeps parachutes in a gun room. Of course, the guard is Beatrice on top of Ange, but they need to hurry. They have twenty minutes before they return, and who knows how long that smoke grenade of theirs will keep up. It looks like they've taken the time to change into their spy outfits, as well, because there's always time for that!
-During their run, Beatrice suggests Team Wildcat as a name, given how swift and fearless they are. And yes, Beatrice is still using the fake voice, because it's funny! Ange, however, is a bit disturbed by it and asks her to change her voice back. I guess even Ange has limits to these things, huh?
-We check in on Charlotte, who greets her Grandmother, the Queen, with the grace and mannerisms expected of her. The Queen asks how she's doing, and when she learns that she's made friends, is happy to hear that. Friends can be life-long treasures, after all. Unless they're spies. You can't trust any of those spies, especially the lying liar types. Chise is off to the side, but keeps her vigil and wits about her. Another man approaches her, asking for her opinion of the Princess. Chise herself remarks about her surprise, that she is nothing like she expected. Charlotte is royalty, but she speaks to them as equals. But she has her own flaws, of course.
-An unfunny monarch? How terrible. But Chise smiles as she continues, saying that Charlotte is full of curiosity and is always giving Ange trouble. And anything that gives Ange trouble is always funny to her. But then the guy stops her for a moment before asking if they suspect her? Well, they did remove her from the infiltration team, so that is something. Apparently this guy is her handler, because she's a spy, as well. Her mission is to determine if they can trust the Kingdom of the Commonwealth, and that they must choose which to ally themselves with. Because the best way to determine who to trust is to infiltrate a team of spies and determine from the spies which nation they can trust, especially if those spies are lying liars themselves. Truly, this is the most brilliant of plans.
-Back with Charlotte, it turns out the Duke of Normandy is there and whispers to the Queen that they should discuss a marriage for the Princess. But the Queen is against having this discussion now. This can wait until she's graduated. But it sounds like a marriage offer was received from Moscow, and the Duke thinks they should strengthen their relationship with them will lead to stabilization of all of Europe. The Queen, however, isn't interested in sacrificing her own granddaughter to that, even if it will squelch the possibility of a world war. Though I'm starting to wonder if the Duke isn't making his own plan for the throne and wants to remove a possible obstacle? He is Charlotte's niece, after all, but where would that put him in the line of succession?
-Back with the infiltration team, Ange goes to do the next part alone, which requires her to travel through a complex maze of cogs and gears. If she isn't back by ten minutes, Beatrice is to return to the others. Well, maybe not that complex as Beatrice is able to get through it with ease. Either that or the animators didn't want to animate a whole bunch of moving gears and parts. Either way, Ange faces her biggest obstacle.
-Because of course there would be a giant, spinning fan the spies would have to get through. After all, those miners need to breath if they want to work. Ange seems worried but decides to YOLO it, first using her Cavorite device to slow her fall, allowing her to get the timing, then throwing caution to the wind and letting herself fall. Thankfully, she's able to get through without being chopped up, but I imagine the trip back up won't be as fun.
-Back in the ceremony hall, Charlotte sees that Dorothy has returned and asks about Ange and Beatrice. Of course, she can only spend so long seducing a guard before things are expected. Still, Charlotte is worried and wonders if they'll be all right? This leads to Dorothy's conversation with L from earlier. Mainly, it's about the Princess. Should she be a double agent, she'll take action against this mission, since it'll deal a major blow to the Kingdom. And it sounds like Dorothy has another objective that will only activate if that becomes the case. She doesn't seem too comfortable with it, but orders are orders, after all. But she's spaced out, drawing concern from Charlotte, but Dorothy just passes it off as thinking about a good team name for their group. Yes, it was totally that and not any possible plans to murder the Princess, if it comes to that.
-Back with Ange, she's working her way into the lab, but finds it completely empty. They've been betrayed! But she feels like something isn't right here. She uses her Cavorite device to kick up the dust and dirt in the room, allowing it to form vague shapes of the items that were in that room. She notes that there was some large equipment here, but then recalls something the guards said earlier, about being tired from helping with the move. She follows the dust trail up, leading to a small opening above her. There are some levers nearby, and when she pulls on one, the roof opens up, revealing an elevator system. Ange follows it up to a location near the wall and sees some equipment being moved. Looks like the move only just happened, but now, they're on the clock.
-Back in the hall, Beatrice has joined up with Dorothy, who asks about Ange. Well, it's been ten minutes so she had to come back. She hopes that Ange will return soon, but Dorothy is distracted by a green light. Who the hell operates a green spotlight in a ceremony hall like that?
-Of course she would. Dorothy already knows the situation and grabs the reset of the team. She explains that the entire laboratory was moved, with Charlotte asking if there was an information leak? They hope in their car and change into their spy outfits as they make their way to the loading dock. Looks like they'll try to escape by boat on the Thames. Ange reviews a map and thinks they can catch up to them at Greenwich if they take the shortest route available to them. Time to get this high speed car up to thirty miles per hour now!
-We cut to an odd looking boat that looks more like a submarine than an actual boat, where the head scientist asks why they're being moved now? One of the secret service agents shows off the book with the camera in it, which is why they moved. So they're going to conduct a very thorough investigation of the scientists in this room. So, less information leak and more extreme paranoia.
-Back with the team, Ange is leading Dorothy to their target location, and you can tell the girls in the back regret not having any seatbelts installed. This includes going down a stairwell, which Beatrice has issues with. Chise, however, is rather calm about this and has a suggestion for a team name.
-Is now really the time for this? After the stairwell drive, they have to go through a narrow passage next. Dorothy gets to show off her stunt driving as Beatrice yells and grabs hold of Ange for dear life. Ange, however, would prefer not to have any screaming in her ear and turns Beatrice off. And by that, I mean her voice box. That was rather rude of you, Ange. But soon enough, they've made it to their destination, and with time to spare. Well, most of them did.
-I think Beatrice is going to need five minutes to recover. Dorothy, however, is trying to decide of Charlotte was the source of the information leak, and she's having doubts about that. They check on the boat and are worried that it may be carrying an entire platoon of soldiers. Chise offers to go, but Ange puts a stop to that. She and Dorothy will go alone. Chise objects to that, pointing out that she's a stronger asset than Dorothy is, and while Ange agrees to this, her reasoning is something else. Chise came to them under the graces of Lord Horikawa, and as such, they can't ask her to put herself in danger. Oh, so Ange is playing the political game here. I wouldn't expect her to do that, but I suspect that she knows just how important Chise is to the future relationship between the Commonwealth and Chise's home nation.
-Knowing this conversation would just go in circles, Charlotte decides to end it by saying she'll go, as well. And you know Ange fully objects to that. But the Princess' reasoning is, if she goes, then Ange won't have to leave a guard with her. Beatrice is currently freaking out as Dorothy points out that this isn't some party they're going to, and that it's too dangerous for an amateur like her. So why risk her life now for this? Except for Charlotte, she's been in danger all along. If word gets out that she's a spy, then she's done for, even if she's royalty. Dorothy points out that she shouldn't put herself in MORE danger, but Charlotte is making her stand here. If they fail, then that will lead them directly to her secret, and if they want this plan to succeed, she has to put her life on the line to make it happen. You can tell Ange is rubbing off on her with how reckless she is here.
-As for Dorothy, this convinces her that Charlotte is not a double agent. It wouldn't matter if they failed, since she would have a safety net. Well, Dorothy is in on this, but Ange is like "I'm going to yell at them all very soon." And so the infiltration begins, first with Chise taking the initiative and taking out a guard. Beatrice asks if she killed him, but to the swordswoman, he wasn't strong enough to merit killing. So says the spy who does sneaky things for a living.
-With the infiltration a success, the team will split into two. Ange and Charlotte will go aft while the rest will take the bow. While running, Charlotte asks Ange if she's angry. Hoo boy, is she ever. Mainly she was worried sick for her friend, and while Charlotte apologizes, Ange knows she likes to see her squirm. Oh, and Dorothy's team kind of got caught, but being the seductress, Dorothy was able to provide a good distraction for Chise to take them out. That's some good team work they got going there.
-As for Ange and Charlotte, Charlotte admits that she does like to see her squirm, but it's mostly because she keeps acting like the Princess is the only important one. Except that she is. Or at least, to Ange, she is. Charlotte reminds Ange that, when they were children, she talked to her like normal, but Ange points out that, if she did that now, they'd know they were old friends. So Charlotte tries to find a way around it, like how they realized they were kindred spirits? Then they wouldn't have to hide their friendship, but Ange thinks she wouldn't have any self control if that was the case. Which is bad for a spy.
-Charlotte things Ange should let her hair down on occasion like she did before, but apparently that's something Ange hates now. But for her, the old Ange is the one that she loves so much. So who is trying to turn who, I wonder? Oh, and the spy from the scientist group has been caught, but Ange is able to get in just in time to save his life. Good timing, little lady. After disarming the apparently two secret service members there, Charlotte, who's put on a veil to hide her identity, asks the research team to come with them. The scientist spy is able to see through it partially and recognizes Charlotte, but she stops him from saying anything, reminding him that they are spies and...
-She's never going to let that go, is she? With this, the recovery of the research team and prototype was a success. Hooray! Dorothy reports this back to L at the library, as well as adding that Charlotte isn't double agent. Except L isn't quite so convinced, reminding Dorothy that the world isn't black and white, only black and grey. And for him, the Princess is grey, so they'll need to keep a constant eye on her. Dorothy doesn't seem too pleased with that, probably because she finds L very cynical. That's the life of a spy for you. Suspect everybody and keep no friends.
-Back at the academy, it seems like they're still trying to figure out a name for their team. Beatrice suggests Team Carrot, but the group overrules this. Charlotte, reading a book about birds, comes up with her own idea. Team White Pigeon? The group approves of this. Even Ange, who points out that spies are called "pigeons." And this has biblical origins, as Noah sent a dove, a pigeon, to scout for land. And hey, if that was good enough for Noah, that's good enough for Beatrice. They turn to Dorothy, who has been oddly silent for this meeting, but she agrees to the name. She likes it because it's not grey, and she doesn't like that color now. Can't imagine why. Cue credits!
So here's an episode where we have the full team in action, including Charlotte, who did this just to screw around with her friend. We get a bit more insight on Chise, who's apparently a spy for a third nation who want to determine who to align themselves with, because that's always the best way to determine the intentions of another nation.
Meanwhile, it seems like Control isn't completely bought onto the Princess being on their side, which is technically true. Charlotte is on Ange's side, and Ange is on Charlotte's side. This may end up leading to a choice that they'll have to make at the end, so I'm fully expecting backstabbing to take place. The question becomes, who is going to backstab who?
I'm still going with my sister theory, but I'm starting to suspect that, if it's true, then Ange and Charlotte don't know that they're half-sisters. Maybe they were told they were cousins and went with that, but until I'm shown or told otherwise, I'm sticking with that theory. Though this will have some interesting implications later down the line. Like, for example, what would happen if Ange ends up meeting with the Queen in person? Will she recognize her as her Granddaughter?
I'm also suspicious of the Duke of Normandy, but I think that's suppose to be normal. I think he's in this for himself, and perhaps he's going to make a grab for the throne, which is why he wants Charlotte out of the way, perhaps to get her out of the line of succession. Again, I don't know where he sits in the succession, but I wouldn't be surprised if Charlotte has higher seniority due to her own lineage. But that's another possible theory that I'm stretching for.
And that about does it for us here. Will Ange succeed in making Charlotte Queen? Who will backstab who? And will Beatrice ever get a handle of this spy stuff? Tune in on Friday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when coming up with a spy name for your team of spies, you should make sure you come up with a cute name, just to throw your captors off when they ask for a name.
10 hours agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Princess Principal, where ladies in waiting can actually be pretty good spies if they put their skills to the test.
1 day agoCaButler
If you play Azur Lane, you should have noticed a new login screen of Enterprise floating about in the sea.
You know, this one.
Turns out, the devs actually commissioned a Deviant Art artist who does a lot of RWBY fanart, some that are really, really good.
I thought that was cool. Maybe they'll be tapped to do other stuff at some point. That picture of Enterprise is really good.
2 days agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Princess Principal, where a princess spies on their own nation.
In our last episode, we go back in time to see how this all started, with Ange being introduced to the academy, where she first meets with Dorothy, a fellow spy who's actually older than she seems. They are to take part in an operation where Ange is suppose to replace the Princess Charlotte and be a mole within the Royal Family. Getting close to her, however, will be difficult, but thankfully, there will be a party she'll be attending, so Ange and Dorothy go there to perform the operation there.
Except things aren't quite so simple. At the same party is an NP from the west who's looking to defect, promising to give the Duke of Normandy a key that will give him access to the blueprints of some powerful airships. So Ange and Dorothy are assigned to get that key. Dorothy attempts to pull some feminine wiles on the MP, but he's well protected, so that doesn't work. So Ange decides to kill two birds with one stone, getting close to Ange, then impersonating her to get close to the MP.
It works, and with some convincing, Ange is able to get the key from the MP, who decides that he'll talk to the Duke later. Except the Duke arrives and injures the MP in order to interrogate him and find the key. As for the Princess, she reveals that she knows Ange and Dorothy are spies, but she's willing to work with them if they promise to help her take the throne. She's fourth in line, though, and quite a bit far from it, but with some convincing from Ange, they agree and escape the party without being search.
Except things aren't quite so simple. Charlotte figured out they were spies because Ange presented her a note explaining the situation, which is how the Princess knew. And it gets more complicated than that. Ange is actually Princess Charlotte. And with that revelation comes a whole slew of questions. Like how many people know who Ange really is? And is she secretly plotting to take over the Kingdom? And who will end up backstabbing who? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins almost immediately after the last episode. Ange and Charlotte are on the roof after their first meeting in over ten years. Charlotte can't believe that Ange is a spy, but she tells her old friend/body double that there was no other way to get across the Wall. Charlotte smiles, because of course one had to be a spy to infiltrate the Wall, obviously! Still, she thinks Ange looks really cute in those clothes, but this makes Ange wonder if she was being given a compliment, or is it something else? Charlotte says it's both, and that gets a chuckle out of Ange. Ange showing emotions with her spy persona? Crazy, I know. But then we get the real reason for this. They have successfully fooled Control, so now they'll do what they want to do. Ange runs over, takes Charlotte by the hand, and just adds another major question for us.
-Yup, the whole plan was to get over the Wall, find Charlotte, and run away. And Ange, of course, already has the route planned out. There's a white house waiting for them in Casablanca, where they can live together and have kids and... no, wait, Charlotte doesn't want to do that. She reminds Ange that she wants to be made Queen, and we see a quick black and white flashback of the two when they were younger, which shocks Ange. Apparently they made an old promise together, and it's because Charlotte wants to be Queen so she can get rid of the Wall, allowing them to be together that way. Ange doesn't disagree with it, but she's hesitant, and charlotte admits that it won't be easy, but it seems like Ange was talking about something else and yells at Charlotte that she doesn't understand.
-But it gets a little more gray after that. Morgan MP, the guy who had the vault key, was killed on the way to the hospital. At least, Ange believes he was killed, and that the people at the top were afraid he would talk. But Ange uses this point to tell Charlotte that this is the world she lives in, and that's why she wants out and wants Charlotte to go with her. But to Charlotte, she still wants to be Queen and eliminate the things that come between them. Ange doesn't reply at first, but as the dawn breaks, blinding Charlotte, she agrees, promising to deceive her, the world, and even herself, if only to make Charlotte's wish come true. Real subtle there, guys. This is going to end so poorly for them, isn't it?
-So, here's what we know so far. Ange is a lying liar who lies, except she appears to be completely honest with Charlotte, who is extremely important to her. Charlotte, however, wants to be Queen, even if she's technically not part of the Royal Family, so Ange wants to help her, since it could mean she gets her wish and fulfills her promise. But what if Charlotte is lying to Ange to get her to help? We can be blinded by those we care about, and man, wouldn't Ange get pissed if that happened to her. But that also means, if we're putting money on who betrays the group, Ange would be at the top of the list. Otherwise, unless Ange is talking with Charlotte, assume anything she says is a lie. Especially if she does any tailor work.
-Anyway, after the OP we get narration! It's the same we saw in the first episode, talking about how the Kingdom of Albion shifted the balance of power in the world, then we had a revolution that split the Kingdom in two, and that ten years later, London became the front lines in a secret war between spies of the two nations. So, you know, typical spy thriller stuff.
-Tonight's episode is titled Case2 Vice Voice. We're at the Academy as Beatrice is working on Charlotte's hair, asking how her morning tea was? Turns out, the Princess was in the mood for some Nuwara Eliya, and that Beatrice served it to her. She knows Her Highness quite well. So Beatrice gives the schedule to Charlotte, which includes a send-off for the Crown Prince at 10. After that, she'll be participating in the inaugural meeting of the Life Improvement Society, and she'll be reading a message on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Charlotte is grateful, but then apologizes to Beatrice about making that decision involving Ange without talking to her. Of course, Beatrice is against it, because...
-Yeah, man! They can't be trusted, because they spy and lie and do those other spy things while also lying! Though this makes me appreciate the first episode more and makes me curious to see how Beatrice got roped into being a spy herself. Charlotte, however, replies with the classic "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" line, which has never backfired on anybody ever in the history of anything. Well, if the Princess is going all in with this, then Beatrice will protect her, just like she always has. And she gets right into the protecting as she yells at Dorothy for barging in without having an appointment. The nerve of some people, right?
-Dorothy has arrived to check in on her "friend", and finds the room surprisingly plain for somebody of Charlotte's stature. As Beatrice goes off on Dorothy, Charlotte thinks they'll need a reason for their friendship. So what should the cover be?
-What is it with her and lizards? Dorothy overrules that, then suggests that they knew the Princess' unspeakable secret that she lies to crossdress! Beatrice overrules that, so it's back to the Black Lizard Planet, but Beatrice overrules that, as well. Yeah, I think I'm with them on this one. Let's not involve the Lizard planet, okay? They have their own issues to deal with.
-We cut to the Club Room, which we know is their headquarters on the campus. Charlotte looks around, a bit confused, but Dorothy explains that if it's for their club, they can get away with all kinds of things. Right now it's a bunch of random things, but they'll figure out what club they are at some point later. But now it's time to bring out the big guns.
-Objection! Those guns are clearly on hooks and not latches or anything of the sort, so when Dorothy flips them around, they shouldn't be as pristine as they are. Some should have fallen off during the flip itself. Also, I hope none of those weapons are loaded! That's just poor gun safety. Ange is quite impressed by this as Charlotte grabs a random pen from the wall, which turns out to be a gun... and loaded, too, since it goes off in her hands.
-What did you think was going to happen, exactly? It's not like safeties are fool proof, after all. No wonder Chise prefers swords. They're safer. Beatrice takes the gun pen from Charlotte and then goes off on everybody in the room. What the hell were you two thinking, bringing the Princess into such a dangerous room where somebody can accidentally discharge a firearm and break something? Also, how did nobody else hear that? Even if they're far enough from everybody else, gun shots are loud! Did you sound proof the room as well, Dorothy?
-As for why Charlotte is there, it turns out, our two spies have orders from Control. Of course Charlotte, who was probably briefed by Ange, knows they mean the director of the Commonwealth spies. The orders they received are to board the HMS Gloucester and recover the pricing plates for the Commonwealth Pound. This makes Charlotte curious. Why would the Royal Air Force have plates for Commonwealth currency? Why, they were stolen, obviously. And the Duke plans to mass-produce pound notes in the colonies to create financial instability. Because if you can't take them in a war, then you kill their economy instead. It's less of a hassle that way.
-As for why Charlotte is needed, she's their way in. And the Princess is very excited about her first mission. Beatrice objects, but Ange assures her that, if anything were to happen to Charlotte, it'll be fine. Because they already have an operation in place for that. And Ange shows off that other plan.
-Obviously Ange won't ever consider Charlotte expendable, but Control certainly will, since they have Ange. Charlotte is rather impressed with Ange's appearance, obviously playing it up a bit, but Beatrice is very much against that, to the point that her voice starts to break up and become all static-like... wait, what?
-Beatrice quickly leaves the room, realizing what's happening, but it doesn't take long for the girls to understand the situation. We follow Beatrice to her room, where she locks the door behind her and tears up as Charlotte explains her situation. Turns out, her father was fanatical about machines, and as it turns out, we have a potential Gendo Father of the Year award candidate, as the bastard actually experimented on his own daughter with those machines. This is shown in a rather horrifying flashback with Beatrice strapped to a table as her father begins to perform some sort of surgery on her.
-As you expect, she was bullied as a result, and it looks like she may have been abandoned by her mother or somebody with authority. But one person didn't abandon her, and as you guessed, it was Princess Charlotte, who told the young girl that they should be friends. Well, isn't that nice of her. In the present, Beatrice goes about fixing her voice box, as she has an actual voice box, and we actually see her stick some pliers inside her throat to fix the problem. Yup, candidate for Gendo Father of the Year, right there.
-Anyway, it seems that Beatrice is more insightful than we believe. She already knows that the main purpose was to replace Charlotte, and since God won't help, she goes through her options. The police work for the Duke of Normandy, so they're out. When we have the Duke of Anquitaine, the Lord High Admiral, but he can hardly be considered an ally. She stares hard at the gun pen, coming the the realization that she's the only one that can protect the Princess. Yeah, this will all end well, I imagine. Also, just how backstab happy is the Royal Family if close family can't be trusted? Then again, it's a spy thriller, so everybody is backstab happy.
-Later, the Princess makes an unannounced visit to the air field and apologizes, but this is where they will hold the send-off for His Royal Highness Prince Abyssinian. Yup, we can already tell he's going to be a great king with a name like that. The Captain is happy to have Charlotte there and leads the way for her and her driver, Dorothy, thinking that the moral of the men will be improved upon her visit. As they enter the hanger, Dorothy looks at the airship and doesn't look too happy about it. Well, I can only guess as to why, but I imagine a tragic backstory is involved.
-The Captain gives the Princess the tour, leading her inside, but one of the guards blocks Dorothy, refusing her entry unless it's to the Officer's Mess Hall. Dorothy, however, turns on the seduction charms, suggesting that they go do something else instead, which appears to work quite well as the poor guard is lit like a stop light. I imagine Dorothy's charms would have worked on the MP if it wasn't for the guard surrounding him.
-We check in on Ange, who appears to be on top of a fuel pump, looking over the blueprints for the ship. She's dressed for the infiltration, but asks Beatrice, who is with her, why she came along? She hates them, after all. With the gun pen in hand, she points it at Ange, telling the spy that she's there to protect Charlotte and to make sure they don't try anything funny. Ange isn't worried about the gun, though, because Beatrice is an amateur and will never hit her. You'd think she wouldn't want to leave that sort of thing to change, but then again, harden spy.
-We check in on Dorothy... who was actually taking to the Head. As in, the bathroom. She asks the guard to step away so that he doesn't hear her, and because he's a nice guy, does so. Welp, that guy is going to get executed tomorrow. Sucks to be him. With the guard gone, Dorothy gets to work on infiltrating the pipe system. She checks her time, then gets right to crawling. Those are some big pipes, though. I wonder what's suppose to go through them? Back outside, Beatrice demands to know why Ange looks so much like Charlotte?
-I actually have a theory about this that I'll come back to later, if I remember, so let's put a pin on this one for now. Anyway, Beatrice doesn't accept the answer and gives her own reasoning, that they plan to replace Charlotte. Ange doesn't answer, but we check in on Dorothy, who appears to be infiltrating the engine room. Looking at her own watch, Ange opens up the fuel tank and prepares to jump in, promising a chat with Beatrice later, but the little mechanic won't let it end there and grabs hold of Ange's arm and she jumps in. This catches Ange by surprise, but as a result, Beatrice enters the drink with her. Why can't anything go according to plan?
-Inside the pipe, Ange tries to reach Beatrice, but is unable to do so as their sucked deeper into the pipeline. As Beatrice is struggling for breath, she promises herself to keep the Princess safe. They soon reach a bigger tank, allowing Ange to get to the young girl and rescue her in time. We know she does, because Beatrice shows up much later down the line. After a fade, we see the airship leaving as Charlotte and Dorothy look on, perhaps wondering if Ange did get on the ship in time?
-Inside the airship, Beatrice has been rescued, and after coughing for some air, looks over to Ange, who notes that she is awake. Beatrice is quite grateful for her rescue, though.
-Very grateful. Anyway, Ange lets her know that once they have the plates, they'll be parachuting off the airship. Beatrice would rather die than help out a spy. Okay then, so Ange points a gun at Beatrice's head, telling the young girl that, as a amateur, she would crack under interrogation, and then they'll know that the Princess made a deal with the Commonwealth. Beatrice proclaims that she would never sell out Charlotte, but Ange seems unconvinced. Fortunately for Beatrice, a guard shows up, having heard voices, but Ange rushes them under the walkway, allowing the two to avoid detection. They then infiltrate the airship further, making their way to the radio room. I wonder if their playing that local station everybody is talking about.
-Ange plugs in all the headphones, listening in for specific words and phrase. As soon as she hears one, she unplugs everything else and lets that conversation play out. This is all about the plates and special cargo. After taking a quick look at the back of the board for the wires, she takes a look at her blueprints and notes that they have to go to the gun room, located near the front of the ship. Beatrice is able to read the blueprints and notes that they have to go past the sailors' cabins to get there. Ange seems somewhat impressed that Beatrice and read these blueprints, then agues that it would seem difficult. So they'll take a different route there. But first, Beatrice needs to change, because she's wet and it's cold out there. D'aw, Ange is a big softy after all. Wait, "out there?"
-Yup, as you expect, Ange is going to take a walk outside the airship. She's apparently gone to the Sam Fisher School of Mobile Infiltration. Beatrice is brawling out her eyes as Ange points out their destination, which is a gun turret at the front of the airship. The plates are located below that. Ange will go first, because she's crazy like that. She makes sure a line is secured in the hull of the ship, then tells Beatrice that, when she tugs on the wire three times, it'll be safe to go. Beatrice, being reasonable, remarks that she is a civilian, but Ange reminds her of what's at stake, then jumps out. Though we do see her briefly standing against the hull of the ship, glowing green, because I forgot about her Cavorite device. I was wondering how she was going to make her way over to begin with.
-Of course, while the device allows her to defy gravity, the outside elements can still play havoc on Ange's person, so she has to fight against the wind as she makes her way over towards the front of the ship. And in a lightning storm, no less. And of course, a bolt strikes the hull of the ship, sending the spy flying off the side. Thankfully, the wire keeps her in place, but she doesn't look like she's moving for a while. Though this also means she's in full view of any lookouts, who quickly spot her and sound the alarm. The Captain appears on the bridge to have them turned off, because an intruder in the middle of the sky? That's insane.
-We check back with Ange, who's slowly waking up and finds that her device has overheated. And just in time to be shot at, too. Luckily these guys are poor shots, but Ange knows better than to hang around for too long. She reactivates her device, which is beginning to crack, and runs along the side of the ship as the soldiers keep shooting at her. Some dressed up gentleman sees her coming and knows that she's coming for the plates, and he begins shooting at her, as well. Oh, and Beatrice's position is about to be compromised by other soldiers, as well. Isn't this a fun first mission for you, Beatrice?
-Ange's Cavorite device is on the verge of shattering, so she shoots out a panel of the ship to take out the gentleman in front of her. She's able to get in and take out the soldiers, but still has to deal with the gentleman, who is packing a grenade launcher! How is he allowed to have that and fire it inside this ship? But apparently the soldiers are doing the same thing, because they brought a cannon to open a barricaded door. And these guys tipped the balance of power? Realizing she's in trouble, Beatrice hops on the line to follow Ange, but because it isn't secured, Ange is caught and dragged back by it, leaving her exposed for another strike. We don't see what happens, though, as we return to Beatrice, who makes a crash landing inside the gun room, which is currently on fire. Because of course everything has to be on fire, doesn't it?
-Ange herself looks beat up and injured. She hands the plans over to Beatrice and has her complete the mission, but she refuses because screw you and you spies! Unfortunately, there's a problem. You see, the problem with gun happy civilians and soldiers is that they tend to shoot and destroy important equipment that is generally needed for the safety of the ship. Like parachutes.
-And this is why you make sure your escape equipment is located inside of blast proof lockers. Other soldiers are trying to get in, but Ange has barricaded the door to prevent entry, which means that they're out of time. Ange tells her to complete the mission, but Beatrice asks if the mission is that important to her? She asks if patriotism and principle really worth risking her life over? Yeah, we know the answer to that already, but Ange makes it clear. If she dies, she's just a spy, but if Beatrice is caught, then the Princess will be suspected, and she won't let that happen. And the soldiers' patience has run out, so they'll just blow up the door now. Because they already blew up one door, what's another in the grand scheme of things?
-Fortunately, this is when we see Beatrice's talents at work. She impersonates the Major, the gentleman with the grenade launcher, and says that it's all good, that he's dealt with the intruder. As for why the door can't open, it's because it was warped in the fight. And it was totally not my fault, guys! But since this intruder has been dealt with, go check to make sure there aren't any others, okay? Okay. So they go about it, except one person in particular is suspicious and asks the Major about the other day. He introduced himself as Sergeant Stewart, but it looks like Ange helps out, and Beatrice replies to Corporal Henry, and that he was going to propose to a girl named Jennifer. So go and win himself some glory! For the good of the Kingdom!
-How did Ange know? Remember when she was listening to all those voices back in the radio room? That's where. I imagine if you go back and listen you'll hear him there, as well. But now it's time to leave. And with only one parachute, they're going to rely on the damaged Cavorite to land. This will be fun. And off them go to the unknown fate that awaits them. Along the way, Beatrice declares her love for Charlotte and all the things about her, promising to keep her safe and to be worthy to stand beside her. Ange approves of this, which is probably why she doesn't drop the girl, but for her, she declares her hatred for her. Because Lying Ange is still lying.
-With the parachute deployed, the two make it to land. More specifically, in a sheep farm. The Cavorite device breaks, but at the last possible moment, allowing for a safe landing. And with that adrenaline rush done, Beatrice calls Ange out for the liar that she is.
-The next day, at the academy, Dorothy is still trying to work out a reason for their friendship and suggests whiskey. Charlotte would rather it be wine. Ange suggests that they're all sea turtles egg-laying enthusiasts, which just confuses Dorothy. Beatrice, meanwhile, is preparing some tea and places a cup in front of Ange. The spy is a bit confused by this, but Beatrice tells her that etiquette dictates that, at teatime, they all enjoy it together. Ange, who's probably still lying, prefers salt, but Beatrice is on her game today, as she presents her a bowl of salt from the Black Lizard Planet. Dorothy is so confused, but Charlotte just smiles as the two girls banter for a little bit, leading us straight to our credits.
Well, we learned quite a bit about Beatrice, didn't we? Mainly that her father is a terrible person and should never be allowed near a lab ever again. Though I imagine that the show will get much darker than that when we get to the other girls backstories. But we do see how Beatrice joined the group proper. Hooray for fire-forged friends!
Anyway, theory time. Before, when Ange was asked why she looked so much like Charlotte, she responded that they were sisters from the Black Lizard Planet. Obviously, from what we know of Ange, we would take this as her being a lying liar who lies in front of anybody that isn't Charlotte. Except I don't think it's a lie. At least, not completely. Obviously the theory is going to open up some rather unfortunate implications, but hear me out first, then call me out for coming up with a stupid theory that was so completely wrong you even wonder what goes through my mind.
They say that the best lies have a ring of truth about them, and we've already established that Ange is a lying liar who lies. We always suspect what she says and wonder how much of that is the truth, but it is still unusual that Ange and Charlotte would look alike. Now, obviously this can be passed off as plastic surgery and the like, but it seems like Ange doesn't need to do much then put on a wig and change her expression, and we know that Ange herself is the real Charlotte. So that leaves us with Fake Charlotte. Did the Royal Family perform plastic surgery on her? I doubt that, honestly, because I don't think the time period would allow for that, even if they allow for airships and elements that let people float.
No, my theory is a little simpler than that. Ange and Charlotte are actually sisters. More specifically, they're half-sisters. Likely they had the same father and different mothers, which would explain why the two look so similar. Though I do start to wonder if the girls know they're sisters? Perhaps, to hide the birth of Fake Charlotte, she was made out to be a cousin to Ange, who is the actual Royal Princess. But then the revolution happened and the two ended up separating, with Fake Charlotte taking on the role of the Princess while Ange was taken to the Commonwealth because reasons.
Now, we don't know how many know Ange is actually Princess Charlotte. It could be that nobody knows, or that all of Control knows, but somebody at least recognized her similarity to Fake Charlotte and came up with with the operation to replace her with Ange. Ange, however, is fiercely loyal to Fake Charlotte and came up with her own strategy, leading us to now. Of course, I can be completely wrong, but this is the type of tragic, dark backstory you'd expect from a spy thriller. Especially one that involves a member of the royal family being a spy who happens to have a body double that looks a lot like her, who is also a childhood friend of hers.
At least, that's my insane theory and I'll be sticking with that until I'm proven wrong, because really, how often am I right about these theories to begin with?
But with this done, I can go back to playing the new Smash Bros. Come back on Sunday as we try to unravel the mysteries as they keep growing.
Until next time, remember, when you need to bust down a door, always bring a cannon to do the busting for you. Because who cares about collateral damage when you have a door that's in your way?
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Princess Principal, the show about girls who lie constantly while spying for an enemy nation and taking life insurance out of their targets.
In our last episode, we got to see our group of spies in action as they extract a potential defector to their nation. Here we see what each girl in the group can do. Ange is your point man, who typically handles extractions and espionage. Chise is the muscle, who's purposes to make sure that if things go wrong, they stop going wrong. Dorothy is the Driver and a backup. Beatrice is there for deception with her ability to mimic voices. And then we have Princess, who's basically the leader of the group.
The extraction itself goes well, but later we find that Eric is defecting because of his sister getting ill, thanks to the girl's home nation. But this defection was a ploy to get to the girls, but they were suspicious at first, so they first tested Eric's commitment, then proceeded to take insurance on him. When it's proven he's a fake defector, the girls deal with the matter by taking out the secret police chasing them, then with Eric himself. But the insurance part was real, as Ange took one out on Eric to help pay for his sister's bill. She's a good girl... who lies all the freaking time.
What other spy adventures will the girls get themselves into now? Let's tune in and find out.
-Our episode begins at a foggy London morning at the academy, and we're getting a new student as the headmistress introduces her to the school.
-D'aw, look at Ange blushing! She's playing the role of nervous student on her first day well. Looks like we're going back to when Ange first came to the academy to do her spy work. The Headmistress continues with the introduction, saying that, despite Ange's humble upbringing, her grades have been nothing short of excellent. What a backhanded compliment to give a new student. But thanks to her excellent grades, she's been awarded a scholarship to Queen's Mayfaire Academy. She hopes that the other students will follow in her example. But not too much, since she's totally a spy, you guys!
-The students begin to gossip about Ange and where she came from. To help sell herself as nervous, Ange gives an awkward introduction, bows, but drops her glasses as a result. As she picks them up, the girls begin to laugh, but they find her cute so it's all good. She then gives a warm, semi-nervous smile, because they bought it hook, line, and sinker. Well, all except for Dorothy, who is sitting among the crowd, looking knowingly at Ange. Nobody can fool a liar who's good at lying, you liar!
-Tonight's episode is titled case1 - Dancy Conspiracy. We start with our think tank as they discuss "Operation: Changeling", and one of the members ask if it's possible? Mainly, switching an enemy nation's princess with one of their own spies? Huh, that's an interesting plan to try. We see a black and white picture of Ange, indicating that she's been given the assignment. The lone lady of the group indicates that they have authorization from the Defense Committee, and she believes that is proof enough of the plan's viability. LT thinks it is foolish, but then asks if they found the blueprints for the new warships the military requested? Sadly, that investigation is still underway, so the LT is going to have to wait a little longer for that. These military folk are so impatient when it comes to espionage.
-Cigar Smoking Man says that it would be easier to gather intelligence if they had a mole in the ruling family, which is why the operation was initiated. Ange is going to have a tough time of it, I imagine. Speaking of, we return to the academy and see her walking about, crossing paths with Dorothy. As she walks by, Ange gives a hand sign to Dorothy, who's a bit confused by the location, then apologizes to her friends and leaves. I guess Ange has been told about Dorothy, at least.
-On the roof, Dorothy can't find Ange at first, but that's because she's standing on the side of the building with her Cavorite device. Dorothy can't believe she came in with her cover, but Ange responds that everything is easier when people underestimate you. But Ange herself is surprised that it's Dorothy who is the operative waiting for her. Turns out, these two have a history together. Or at least, they were from the same orphanage. But what Ange finds the most surprising...
-Well, I suspected that Dorothy was the oldest girl among the group, but even I'm a bit amazed she's able to get away with it. This also makes me wonder how old Ange is, exactly? There can't be that much of an age difference between them. Anyway, Dorothy tries to defend herself, that she was just following orders. Besides, she looks like a secondary school student, doing a little spin in her school uniform. Ange's response?
-What a classic Garrick thing to say, Ange. I think I'm going to like you. But the snark fest can't continue for long as a bunch of random students are coming up to the roof. So to get them off, Dorothy plays the bad girl ruffian, smoking a cigarette and telling them off. Though it seems she's isn't a smoker, because after they leave, Dorothy is coughing up a storm. And this is why smoking is bad, because it'll stunt your growth and make you look like a secondary school student.
-But on to the mission. Dorothy points out the Princess to Ange, but as you expect, she always has a guard posted nearby, even at school. Though Ange has heard that she's a "princess of air" with no political backing. Must be low on the hierarchy list. But Dorothy counters that a princess is a princess. She has good grades good looks, good personality. She basically has it all. And she's a favorite of Her Majesty the Queen. And that's why she's a perfect target for the Commonwealth.
-The observation continues as we now see that Princess is enjoying her tea time with another student named Beatrice. That's Serving Girl, in case you don't remember. Oh, she was recruited, wasn't she? Dorothy says she's from a low-ranking noble family, and that Princess makes no attempts to be unnecessarily friendly with anyone but her. So, wait, you mean that she's only friendly with Beatrice, or that she's only acting friendly with her? But to Ange, it makes it harder than if she rejected everyone. Now the question becomes how are they suppose to capture her? Ange writes down a note that says "The Duke will go out hunting tonight", with Ange suggesting a surprise attack. That way, she'll never see it coming.
-And neither does HQ, when the request for two party dresses shows up, but Cigar Smoking Man authorizes the request. The budget committee will never see that coming. And so day turns to night and the party begins, and I do have to remark that some of the dresses for the ladies are rather unusual. Many of them seem to have metal plating attached to them, which is very striking. I think the ladies are taking this whole "prepped for war" a bit too seriously. As for Ange and Dorothy, they aren't prepped for war.
-I bet the budget committee is wondering why the dresses cost so much now. Dorothy doesn't seem too impressed with the party guests, but then asks about the spurrier attack. Ange is about to cause a happening and takes the lead. She then happily asks Dorothy to remind themselves of who they are. Spies. Creature who live on lying. As the girls make their approach, a waiter walks by and hands Dorothy a note, making her stop in her tracks. Ange follows suit and reads the note with her. Looks like they received emergency orders. Just how many spies does the Commonwealth have at this party?
-Back at HQ, there's concerns about the orders being given out at the last minute, but it looks like it's related to another matter than the operation. They have blueprints they need to dispose of before a Foreign Affairs Committee Member delivers them to the West. Turns out, they're in a bank vault in Zurich. Cigar Smoking Man then gets another note, indicating that the Duke of Normandy will arrive in thirty minutes to complete the transaction, and that Ange and Dorothy will recover the key to the vault before he does. Yeah, keep them from doing a very important operation to do another important operation. What poor management these people have.
-Ange doesn't seem happy about it, either, as she burns the orders. For now, they have a change in target, and after looking at him for a minute, Dorothy decides to take the lead here. She lowers the top of her dress to let the MP have a good eyeful, but any hope to get close is blocked by another lady, who is apparently one of his guards. This isn't looking good for our two spies as the clock is ticking. So Ange comes up with another plan. She takes this small pill out of her necklace and will use it to get close to the Princess.
-After dropping the pill in a drink, she stirs it around so that it looks like a wine drink. Dorothy reminds Ange that their targets have changed, but Ange is just taking a third option. She's going to get close to both of them. Ange approaches Princess and Beatrice with a happy tone, hoping to be friends with Her Highness. It looks like Princess wants to accept, but counters that she's a dull person and that she wouldn't enjoy her friendship. Ange counters that she would, because they're completely opposites. As well as on opposing sides. After a moment, Princess agrees, much to Dorothy and Beatrice's surprise. As Ange takes a step forward, she trips on her dress and spills it on Princess. This causes a scene, drawing everybody's attention, which may have been the point. Sneaky Ange is sneaky.
-Later, in an empty room, Ange continues to apologize for the mess, but Princess says it's fine. She just requested another gown so it's all good. Ange promises to take care of the gown and will promise to get it clean. But that's the real point of the scene. The pill she used was an organic dye, which can be cleaned instantly with bleach. This allows Ange to take on the roll of Princess, allowing her to complete the emergency orders. And this is how we discover the operation and why Ange was sent to the school.
-Looks like Ange was meant to be the replacement for the Princess after all. Dorothy sees the transformation and thinks this operation will succeed. Back in the party, the MP is worried that the Duke has not arrived yet, but the Highlander Guard is offering to take the key instead. He refuses, on the grounds that he needs the Duke to approve of his asylum. That's when Princess Ange arrives and greets the MP, asking for a dance. And because she's selling the role well, the MP agrees and the guards back away. Very clever.
-As they dance, the two engage in small talk, like the MP's wife, who isn't at the party, but apparently scolds him all the time. Princess Ange suspects he wants to live with his family again, which is why he chose to defect. This catches him by surprise, but then she stumbles a bit on purpose, listening in on his breathing. She notes that his right lung is ailing, which is why he wants to defect. He ants to spend his final days with his family. And this is when she steals the key without him looking.
-Meanwhile, we check in on Princess and Beatrice. Princess is looking at a note, but asks an interesting question of her friend. If she knew an angel and a devil, which would she think would tell lies? Beatrice thinks it would be the devil, since angels are messengers of God, so they can only tell the truth. Unless they lie, as well. But Princess, after thinking about it for a moment, would rather be friends with the devil. Wait, so does that mean she knows that Ange is lying? That's some great insight on a person you only met within the last hour.
-Speaking of, we see Princess Ange is still dancing with the MP and talks up about what she heard before, how he called a mine of his a Bal, which is a Cornish term. But since he grew up with his wife, then that means she is from Cornwall, as well. He admits that while the people there aren't beautiful, the country is. Princess Ange admits it sounds like and is willing to help his wife defect to Cornwall. But there's a price to be paid. He must keep the key to the vault and take it home with him. Except that won't work as he's surrounded by the Duke's men. Oh, well then, she'll hold on to the key for him. If he doesn't have it, he can't hand it over. See? Simple. And in return, he'll deliver the key to him later, along with his wife. Sneaky Ange is sneaky.
-The MP is concerned and asks what guarantees he'll have that she won't misuse the blueprints? Princess Ange returns the question, only asking if he has that guarantee from the Duke? And to help push the deal along...
-What blasphemous talk! But is Ange good or what? The song, and dance, soon comes to an end. The MP, grateful, kisses her on the hand, but he also sneaks her the key. Poor man got blindsided by a devil dressed as an angel. Later, Ange returns the dress to the Princess, who is impressed with how clean it is. Ange comes up with a story about how she used to help with washing back in the country. They soon return to the ballroom, but that's when the Princess decides it's time to drop her own little bombshell.
-It makes you wonder just how long Princess knew that Ange and Dorothy were spies? Ange denies it, thinking that she is teasing her, but the Princess makes it clear that she isn't buying the act. Well, instead of doubling down, Ange takes off her glasses, revealing her true self, and asks the Princess what she wants. We see a steam punk gate open outside as Ange asks her question again. What does the Princess want? To be Queen. The problem there is that she's fourth in line to the throne, which means three other people, including the Queen, need to be dealt with. And the Princess thinks she can help with that. Beatrice is shocked, shocked, I tell you, to hear such talk from the Princess, that she would sell her country out like that, but the Princess tells her little friend that she's actually one of the bad ones. So she isn't so clean cut after all. That does explain why she purposely hangs around with spies later on.
-Dorothy says that what the Princess is asking for isn't something they can deliver. At least, not without permission. So she asks them to give a message to the people who are, asking them to join her. And should the answer not be yes, she will expose the both of them. Well, that changes a lot of things, doesn't it? And clearly the upper levels are going to approve this, as this is an opportunity they simply can't ignore. Though with this revelation in mind, it makes me wonder... what if she decides to stab them in the back later?
-We check in on the MP, who decides to leave. The Highlander Guard attempts to stop him, but he's still a member of the West, so he can't be touched yet. Sadly, he didn't leave fast enough, because the Duke of Normandy has arrived. He walks up to the MP to ask about the situation and is told that he wants to go home. well, sure, he can do that. After the Duke shoots him in the stomach with a short range gun. After he falls, the Duke yells that the MP has been shot, to seal the roads, and to search the manor, because he searches the MP and finds that the key isn't there. And this is why you can't trust defectors.
-The guards are quick to seal up the ballroom and announce the search. Dorothy tells Ange to get rid of the key, but she has a third option. And the Princess already knows what it is. She's royalty, after all, and they wouldn't dare touch a member of the Royal Family, no matter what her place in the hierarchy is. In exchange, she will get a "yes" out of her superiors She goes over to the window, and with what little opening she can find, sends a morse code message to a look out, who delivers the message back to HQ. Cigar Smoking Man relays the information to the rest of the table, as well as the situation his agents are in. The question then becomes, how valuable are they at this moment? Because being a spy isn't exactly a lifetime gig, after all.
-In the ballroom, Dorothy asks how the Princess knew, and it's suggested that she knew Dorothy was too old to be a secondary school student. At least, that's the reading I get from it. But she suspects that they won't be enemies for much longer. Back at HQ, Lady Spy... I really wish they gave us names, but Lady Spy suggests the Princess had help, but LT has other concerns. Right now, it's a minor thing, but this can easily lead to an international incident and possibly a world war, and while he's all about the military, he is not interested in starting a major conflict. At least, not yet. Who would have thought that the military officer wasn't so gun-ho about fighting?
-At the ballroom, Princess asks Ange about the answer. If it's a yes, the bell will chime. If it's a no? Well, the bell is going to chime, regardless. So the two girls stand side-by-side, but that's when the Duke arrives, asking Charlotte, the Princess, if these are school friends of hers? Why, yes they are uncle. At least, for the moment. The Duke doesn't recognize Ange or Dorothy, which is something one does when you're the Home Secretary. The two just smile and say nothing, because they have no idea how this is going to play out.
-Neither does HQ, either. LT orders them to accept the Princess' demands, but Lady Spy suggests that Charlotte could be a double agent. Cigar Smoking Man is concerned, especially about the risks of having a mole within the Royal Family. In the Ballroom, the Duke orders Ange and Dorothy to be searched, having the lady Highlander Guard search them. Ange then sends a signal back, suggesting that if there is a possibility of an intelligence leak, she will kill Charlotte.
-Well, that seems to do it, because the church bells start to ring, causing people to be confused, but Charlotte knows exactly what that means. She takes the Cavorite device from Ange, then tells her uncle that she'll be excusing herself. After all, none of her friends would do anything bad, right? She turns to Ange, who gives a warm smile, confirming her answer. At least she won't have to pretend to be that nice for much longer.
-The next day, as dawn rises, Ange is on the roof as Charlotte joins her. She tells her that Control is looking for a traitor, because they can't figure out how she knew they were spies. That's because Ange told her they were spies, and we see in a flashback of Ange giving her a note, signed by... Charlotte? Wait, what? In the present, Ange gives a warm, honest smile to Charlotte, saying it's been ten years. And because we need another bomb shell...
-Uh... what? Just... what? What is going on here? We won't know, because it's time for the credits!
So... that was a thing. Ange is apparently Princess Charlotte, but if that's the case, then who is Charlotte really? A body double? A twin? And how many people in the Commonwealth actually know that Ange is Charlotte? And this brings into question the revolution and what Ange said in the last episode. Granted, we don't know how much of the truth Ange is telling, but given the conversation at the end here, we know for certain that Ange is apparently Charlotte. But this opens up a whole lot of other questions. Does Ange really want to be Queen? Is that an order from her superiors? Do they know the current Charlotte is a fake?
I can see why they didn't go with this episode first. This just opens up so many questions at the end involving Ange. The first episode was a great starting point, because it shows the group as an established team, and already, the dynamic is shaken up considerably just by this episode alone.
Now the question is, where do we go from here? Will Dorothy and the others figure out the truth? Who will backstab who? And how many in Control know the truth? Tune in on Friday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when going to a fancy party, always make sure you wear your best armored plating.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to my next Where I Watch thread. After struggling for a bit to find a show, I ended up going through my Amazon list and found a show that I know of but never watched when it first aired. Probably because, at the time, Amazon was double billing their anime slot at the time, so I didn't watch it. Didn't even traverse the high seas for it, either. But now, thanks to Amazon's recent policy changes, the show itself is now available for regular members. Or HiDive, if you happen to have that.
The show I'm talking about is, of course, Princess Principal, which involves a fictional country split into two, where a bunch of girls infiltrate a prestigious academy and spy on them. That's about all I really know about the show, as this is a rare case of me going into this show 100% blind. As such, the spoiler policy is in effect, so if something happens in later episodes, it gets hidden behind the sblocks.
Now, normally, if given the option, I would do the English dub, and it is available on HiDive. Unfortunately, there's no subtitles to go with it. I may go check it out later, but for now, we'll be sticking with the Japanese subs for this thread. And so, without further ado, let us begin with our Victorian spying.
-Our episode begins with narration, because what good historical show doesn't? At the turn of the 20th Century, the Kingdom of Albion's new royal air force, commonly known as the Air Fleet, has created a dramatic shift in the balance of global power. Of course, some of these ships look like rather modern air ships, if we ever had proper air ships, that is. But the reason for their supremacy is tanks to Albion's monopoly on Cavorite, and with the power of its Air Fleet, became the greatest world power since the Roman Empire. And just like with the Roman Empire, things were not meant to last. Thanks to a revolution, the kingdom is now split into East and West, with the London Wall separating the Kingdom of Albion from the Commonwealth of Albion. Because those royal folks really don't like those commoners.
-As a map is displayed, showing off the wall, the narration states that, ten years later, London became the front line of a secret war fought between the nations' spies. So which one is backed by the Templars and which one is backed by the Assassins? And will there be a lot of backstabbing and double agents? It's not a spy thriller without double agents, you know.
-And we go right into the opening which is a forest of metal flowers and pipes. So we're going heavy with the steam punk, I see. We then see some flashing lights before a sweet ride appears, carrying with it a quartet of girls driving through this steam punk forest, leading us to our series title.
-I really like the look of the title card here. It says a lot about the series just from the items being used here. After the title card we have a random girl against a wall and... wait... is the song in English? I think it is! And it sort of sounds like the type of song that would appear in a James Bond film. What an interesting direction to go. So, yeah, first we have a girl in glasses against a wall with flowers growing around her, then a girl in a library who's slowly covered in shadow, but gives a sinister smile to the camera. Next is a younger looking girl carrying... I want to say fish, which branches of gears growing near her. Then we have a girl who stands up from a kneeling position, holding a sword in her left hand. Clearly, she's the samurai of the group.
-You know, this opening is starting to look more and more like a Bond opening. I wonder if that is intentional? Our next girl is a blond, in the middle of that steam punk forest as a green glow begins to emanate and seemingly throws her out of that forest. What a rude green glow. As the glass shatters from her falling, that nice ride appears with the other girls, all in various outfits and different expressions, leap out towards her. The blonde girl keeps staring as one of the other girls comes towards her, transforming briefly into a frog monster, before she is caught. She happens to be glowing green, probably from that special material they're talking about. As we get a wide shot of the girls, the one who catches the blond turns towards the camera, preparing to shoot the audience, before leading to our director title card, because they get one for themselves, then ending with a copper ball hitting the ground and just rolling around for a bit. So... Victorian Steam Punk Spies? I think I can get behind that.
-We begin the episode proper on a near full red moon. One of our lady spies takes out a telescope and zooms in on a building, seeing somebody packing quickly and rushing out the door. She then moves the telescope down towards a car with two individuals nearby. She continues to observe them until they begin to react to the man from before, now outside of the building. As they leave to chase her, spy girl, who we'll call Top Hat for the time being thanks to her sweet top hat, as shown here:
-Actually, thinking about it, aside from the eyeglass, which I imagine she'll remove later, this is a rather perfect disguise for the era they're in. Anyway, Top Hat leaps off the building, but then begins to glow, like the glow from the opening. This leads us to our title card, case13 Wired Liar. Well, I say it's a title card, but really, it's just placed on top the show itself. Also, case 13? Are we going to be in media res here? Well, if you want the people to focus on something else and not worry about other things that happen in the show, then this would be the best way to do that.
-We follow rushing guy, apparently able to shake his pursuers, but Top Hat is able to keep up with him, and after a turn in another alley way, she gets the drop on him. He drops his stuff, and in a panic, asks Top Hat who she is.
-Who are also giving the appearance of murderous serial killers. No wonder people don't like going into dark alleyways. Obviously, the guy is confused, so Top Hat continues with the lie, saying she's from the Black Lizard Planet. Yeah, he's not a big fan of the jokes at the moment, but it looks like his pursuers are returning. Top Hat is apparently here to capture him, though, as she grabs hold of him, then activates a device that allows the two of them to fly. Maybe she really is an extraterrestrial after all. The pursuers fire, but at this point they're out of range to be hit. Curse those short range weapons!
-Target guy recognizes the device Top Hat is using as Cavorite, but is shocked to see how small it is. The power then goes out and the two go into free fall for a little bit before she turns it back on to slow their fall. Nearby, a girl wearing a samurai hat (I honestly don't know the name of it) watches on, then goes after them. We return to Top Hat and Target as a car starts up and tries to run them down. That's when Samurai Hat appears, runs past the two, then hits the car with her sword. The strike doesn't slice the vehicle into two or anything like that, but causes it to flip up and over in the sky, landing some distance past Top Hat and Target. With that done, Top Hat just moves on, with Samurai Hat pushing Target towards that direction. Target looks back at her and notices that she appears to be a young woman, though I wonder if his gaze is being held for other reasons.
-Meanwhile, another young lady who we'll call Driver, but with no hat, is looking at her watch, waiting for Top Hat and Samurai Hat to come with Target. Samurai Hat pushes Target into the car, but then reports another vehicle coming. Driver complies, then takes off with Top Hat and Target, with Samurai Hat hopping in as the vehicle starts moving wildly on the road. And the chase is on!
-Top Hat checks her weapon, makes sure it's loaded, then fires at their pursuers, and despite direct hits, the windshield only cracks. Looks like they were ready for them, hence the bullet resistant glass. Target, scared out of his mind, asks who they are. Driver answers that they're to keep him safe until he finds asylum in the West. Target assumes they're from the Commonwealth, which upsets Driver because Ange, aka, Top Hat, didn't tell the target. Except she did.
-Driver is upset, because she yells out loud that they're spies, dammit! The chase itself continues, with the two cars taking some hard bumps on the Victorian roads. They drive through a warehouse, with a tarp covering up the Commonwealth car, forcing Samurai Hat to slice it up to let Driver see where she's going. Target, getting rid of a chicken, asks if they're always doing this kind of thing? Well, kind of. It's always exciting when it does happen, though. I forgot to mention this earlier but Ange placed the Cavorite inside of a thermos to help cool the item, as it overheated, and now it's ready for another round. Driver tells her that it'll be used when they get out of there. When they leave the warehouse, she's off at their pursuers, putting on a mask to help cover her face. She then uses the Cavorite to lift the car, just high enough to avoid a total hit on her car, then into the wall of a bridge, disabling and possibly killing them. Well, that's one way to get rid of them.
-With the help of Samurai Hat, Ange is able to return to the vehicle. And now that they're in the clear, they'll be returning back to a place they can hid Target. We get a lingering shot of the city landscape, including what appears to be a wall in the distance, before fading out. When we fade back in, Target has a blindfold on as a young girl is running by him, carrying what appears to be Ange's clothes. She then comes back with a tea set as Driver mentions an envelope she found in her bag. She was afraid her cover was blown, but it had a flower on it, which Ange suspects are new orders. Driver berates her for being a workaholic and suggests enjoying her time as a student. Oh, and the reason Target is blindfolded is because our lady spies are getting changed, and we can't have him peaking on the ladies, even if they have to protect him.
-The young girl serving everybody asks who the letter was from. Apparently it was from Lord Rupert's second son, asking her to meet him behind the gymnasium after school. Samurai Hat asks if it was a challenge to a duel, missing the whole point like Ange did. Because when you need to keep your cover, sometimes, you have to go through the motions of the cover, as well. Target, hearing all of this, asks where they are, so they explain that he's at a formal and prestigious academy where members of the royal family go. Why did they come here? Well, that's obvious. They're students, which is part of their cover. That's when a new person comes in, welcoming everybody back. She's shrouded in darkness until she comes into the light, and right away the Target, aka, Defector, recognizes her as a Princess. So for now, we'll call her Princess. Confused, Target asks if Princess is a spy as well?
-Well, that's certainly a story, isn't it? Of course, that's assuming she isn't lying, but with a face like that, there's no way she would be lying... unless she is purposely using that kind of face that makes her look like she isn't lying to lie that she's a spy, but then she might be doing it on purpose to make him think that she is lying when she isn't lying about the lying and oh man the world is spinning like crazy. Let's move on, shall we?
-It is now One O'Clock. Perhaps One AM, but who knows. Principal Team, the girls we've been following, report back that they have secured asylum seeker E, aka, Target. They are currently hiding him at Queen's Mayfaire Academy. Military Man, we'll go with LT for now, says that this is a waste and that the Princess should be used for more important things. Another asks about the Wall Team, and the lady there, we'll go with Operator for her name for now, presents Cigar Smoking Man the schedule. He then relays their orders. Both teams are to cross the Wall next Thursday. That is when they can sneak past the Night's Watch and meet up with the Wildlings in the North.
-The next day, or sometime later, a fog has set on this London morning. The students come to the school and give their usual greetings like Target awakens from his hideaway. As he looks outside, he's greeted by Ange, who asks if he's fascinated by their school? He apologizes, knowing that he shouldn't be seen, leading to Ange berating him and closing the curtain. She's here to feet him an Omelet, which is apparently the only thing she can make. As he enjoys the meal, Ange informs him that they're working on a date for the crossing, so he'll be staying there until it's decided. After a tense moment, he asks Ange why she would be a spy?
-Clearly, somebody was telling Ange she should be a cook. Target then asks Ange if all of the lies is because she's a spy? In her opinion, the truth wouldn't be very interesting. Oh, and here's your chamber pot, but that turns out to be another joke by Ange. She must be the fun one at parties. She leaves, but tells Target that if he needs anything, she'll get it. Which leads to him asking a very pointed question.
-Sir, this is a school! And we will not have that kind of activity here on these sacred grounds! You can wait until you're over the wall for that. Later, Ange relays the request to the rest of the team. He wants them to get his little sister out with him. The team has concerns about that, and he won't defect unless she is with him. A group of students walk by and gossip about what they're talking about, but the Principal Team debate on what to do. Ange suggests drugging Eric, aka Target, and drag him over the wall. Driver agrees that is the best option available. Princess questions this, though, asks why they can't defect together? She thinks it would be sad to tear them apart. This causes a flashback for Ange, who was apparently involved in a war when she looked like she was six. You don't look like Violet, and I suspect this isn't the type of show that will get all depressing. Unless we're going with a bad ending route, that is.
-Driver can understand Princess' concern, but Ange decides she'll just ask the sister and determine if she wants to defect or not. And we're just making this much more complicated. Why can't we ever have a simple plan? But, as far as Ange is concerned, they still have four days until Thursday, so they have plenty of time to work this out. Princess is thankful to Ange, because it means happy times for everybody!
-We then follow Ange and Serving Girl down a long elevator shaft that appears to lead them to the lower levels of London. Yeah, we're totally going full on steam punk here. We also see many of the poor and desperate, including a couple of chimney sweeper kids, who look like they haven't had a bath since the turn of the century. Serving Girl looks at them before turning to Ange to confirm the sister's location, which is apparently in a hospital up ahead. She confirms this, then adds that they had to shake off some pursuers last night, so they should expect an ambush. Because when you're a spy, everybody is out to get you.
-They soon reach Queen Elfrida Infirmary, and we can see that this is probably the only accessible hospital for these folks as the lobby is packed with people. To avoid the messy business of people asking too many questions, Ange steals a nurses outfit and dons it to get in. Inside, she passes by a couple of folks she had a run-in with last night, but they barely glance in her direction. Oh, and to show how good Ange is, when another nurse comes by carrying a tray with what appears to be a syringe, as soon as she puts it down, Ange swipes it. Damn is she quick on her feet or what?
-The two soon enter in a room filled with beds and people. Servant Girl goes to the bed at the end, where the young girl in there asks her brother why she didn't come last night? Serving Girl says that she's here to deliver flowers from Eric to Amy. Next to her, the patient turns to listen, but then Ange sneaks up behind her and sticks a syringe in her neck. And this scene, oh wow.
-The girl in the back is what kills it for me. Her expression of "What in the fuck is going on here?" just gets me. I think you're next, you poor girl. Anyway, flowers! Right, they are very pretty flowers! See! Very pretty. But then Amy starts laughing, because she knows they're lying, that they aren't from her brother. WE then see her eyes are glowing green, which indicates Cavorite poisoning. She then gets very upset and cries again, revealing what appears to be unusual welts or bruising on her feet. Oh, this got so complicated, didn't it?
-Sometime later, Serving Girl explains what happened. Amy was involved in a Cavorite accident, and she's going to need an operation that requires a lot of money. Maybe that's why Eric wants to defect, so he can either get the money or operation on the cheap? I don't know what his plan was, but at least Ange shows she's a nice person. On the way back, Ange tells Serving Girl to return without her. When asked if she's going back to Black Lizard Planet, Ange responds, in her usual, stoic way, that she's getting insurance, just in case. And then we see her walking towards a building called the Amicable Society for Life Assurance. So she was being literal when she said that?
-Serving Girl relays this information to Princess, but admits that she can never know how much of what Ange says is the truth or not. Princess suspects that Ange doesn't know, either, but adds that some lies become truth in the telling of said lies. We then check in on Driver and Samurai Hat, who are busy forging documents for Eric and Amy. How fun. That's when two girls call out to them and we learn that Driver's name is Dorothy. When asked what she's doing, she comes up with an excuse about writing an essay of apology and asks if they want to help. Yeah, whatever you did, that was on you, and will see them at the match next week. Samurai Hat says that was a bold move, but Dorothy replies that it's best not to sneak around with these things. Makes you wonder how many apology essay's she's written if it's brushed off so easily. Samurai Hat seems to suspect that Dorothy is lying, but she relies that spies are all liars, and that Chise, aka, Samurai Hat, is lying to her now. They give each other knowing and sinister smiles, making me wonder who's going to stab who in the back first? I'm going to put money on the little one. She seems feisty to me.
-Though I think Dorothy is going to avoid that and suggests they both try being honest with each other. Chise thinks the idea has charm to it, but if they stopped lying, they wouldn't be able to stay friends. Dorothy questions how that can be friendship, but she replies that parents and children lie to each other. Until the children are found out and get punished for it, that is.
-Later, Ange goes to visit Eric and asks if his reason for defecting is for his sister's operation? Eric more or less confirms this as the reason, explaining that, since the accident, Amy has been a different person. Before then, she was a nice girl who was always smiling. But now, he needs money for the operation. About ten years' worth. Just how insanely expensive is this surgery to require ten years of it!? Who the hell can afford that outside of the super rich, who probably wouldn't have that kind of issue to begin with?
-But Eric continues, saying that a man he's never met paid him a visit. If he defected to the Commonwealth with his research, he would give him the money. He questions the timing of this and asks if his sister really was in an accident? If he wasn't a scientist, would his sister have been spared this suffering? Ange tells him straight up that she doesn't know, nor is she told anything that isn't important to their mission. So she can't deny that Amy was poisoned deliberately, because spies aren't champions of justice, after all. Eric is upset about the response. He'd rather she said it was an accident, even if it was a lie. Yeah, I suspect Ange isn't the type of person to comfort somebody just for that reason.
-But still, Ange does have something of a heart and offers to take Eric outside. We cut to the vast ocean of stars, then to Eric and Ange, who are hanging out at a balcony that is probably close to their hiding spot. He asks if she hates him, but she's confused by the question. He elaborates that he betrayed is research team for money, but to Ange, he cares about his family, so she understands. She had a family, but her parents got murdered during the London Revolution, because it's important that main characters, especially spies, lost their parents in a tragic or senseless way. It's a rule, after all.
-Eric wants to have sympathy for Ange, but she cuts him off, saying that, while she was only seven, she didn't go hungry. And that's because the Intelligence Agency took her in, clearly with the best intentions in mind for her. Eric appears to want to say more, but holds his tongue. Ange tells him not to worry, because it was back on the Black Lizard Planet and walks away. Before leaving, she tells him that they'll be taking him over the Wall next Thursday, then wishes him good night.
-Though we know why Eric hesitated. He writes a note that he places on a pigeon and sends it out to the night, revealing that he is a fake defector. Ange and Dorothy see the bird leaving, confirming their suspicions before driving off. This is reported back to Cigar Smoking Man. As such, they will switch to Plan B. And Plan B is taking Eric over the Wall now. He objects, asking about Amy, but she assures him that there is nothing to worry about and to get in already. And with that, we see them take two vehicles and drive off into the city. So much for faking that defection, right?
-We then cut to a team watching over Amy, who report no changes. Inside a room filled with people, one wonders if Eric will actually go through with it, but a sinister looking man told Eric to refuse to defect unless his sister goes with him. He then looks over to the fake patient who was knocked out, who turns away by reflex. He tells them to kill the underlings if they want, but they need one of them alive to interrogate. The orders come from the Duke of Normandy, who are to get their escape route out of the city. Too bad they already found out about the fake defector.
-At this point, Ange and Eric split off with the rest of the group. Eric asks if they're going after Amy, but Ange informs him that she isn't coming. What, a trick? How dare you! But Ange throws it back in his face, revealing the note he tried to send out. She figures that he went to the Duke of Normandy for help, and that his defection was an act to lure them out of hiding. We then see Eric reaching into his bag, but before we can see what happened, we check back with the Lookout group, who get a report that the target has vanished. Pissed, Sinister Guy orders them to find the target, but as it turns out, this was a trap to lure them out, because Chise as captured one of the lookouts and orders for Kimble, whom she has business with. But they fire on her anyway, hitting the Lookout as a result. Talk about no loyalty.
-Meanwhile, LT barges into the room and asks Cigar Smoking Man what happened. He tells him that there was a change of plans due to a report they got from A. As a result, they mounted an attack against Normandy's ambush. LT smiles at this, since it means that it's the end of the Duke's hounds. You'd think he'd be more pissed about not being kept in the loop, but I imagine he's the type that is fine with the results if they're a net positive. And then laughs that Dio laugh... wait, is he voiced by the same guy who voices Dio? It sounds like his kind of laugh.
-Back with Ange, she explains how she figured out Eric's deception, and that Amy was the key. She saw her feet for a brief moment and knew she was a ballet dancer. She also recalls seeing an acceptance letter fro the Royal Ballet fall out of his bag when they first met. That's when she figured it all out. He wasn't going to make his sister defect, but get her into a really prestige ballet school. Talk about being cheap.
-We check in on Chise, who is still getting shot at, but then she throws down a flash grenade, blinding the shooters and taking them all out, because she is a ninja and a samurai, after all. Inside of the room, Kimble (I assume) orders the phone operate to take a look. He's cautious about it at first, and he's right to do so, because instead of getting a sword through the face, it's only pointed at him. Smart guy. Kimble starts yelling, but Dorothy is able to get the drop on him and disarms him. So why isn't Dorothy wearing a mask when the others are?
-I mean, does she just have one of those faces that isn't easily recognizable, or is she just that confident in her skills? In any case, they have captured Kimble and they have a lot of questions for him. Dorothy then picks up the phone and reports that they're all done, and we find in the Lookout car that Serving Girl is there, and she's very, very good at mimicking other voices. Nice job, everybody!
-But now there's one more loose end to deal with. Ange takes Eric to a park, which is their last stop. He quickly hops out of the car and points a gun at her, but she reveals that it isn't loaded, but dammit, he's going to hold on to it anyway! Ange gets out of the car herself, telling Eric that he just isn't cut out for spy work. Well, this sucks for him. He can't defect or go back to his laboratory now. And worse yet, his sister will never be cured. But you know something, on the Black Lizard Planet...
-Yeah, boy, there ain't no way out for you here. Eric accepts his eventual death and approaches Ange, who accepts this is something a person who saw her family get murder do. Except that was a lie, as well. Well, she's turning into a regular ole Garrick, isn't she? So was the lie that her omelets were good, but the stars being beautiful may not have been a lie. After signing the document, Eric asks if Ange will be the one to kill him.
-And then she shoots him. This is what you get for trusting people, but I think Ange may be a little pissed off, because she keeps repeating no, then keeps shooting Eric's body. Yeah, she's just a tiny bit pissed off. The next day, a news report of Eric's body being in the Thames is printed, but it turns out it was a week later, which makes Chise question why it took so long? Princess explains why. If somebody dies when they sign the insurance papers, then the company won't pay up. She calls Ange kind, but she denies it, even as we see Amy being prepped, or having just gotten out of, surgery. Cue credits!
-And these credits are cute. We have paper mache looking versions of the characters, all hiding as soon as they have the spotlight placed on them, but as soon as they enter the shadows, they change into their spy outfits. And it sounds like the ending credits are sung in English, but heavily accented. I suspect the main cast sung this one. Anyway, the ending credits have all the girls join up, including Dorothy in her car, picking them all up like the pimp she is. They drive around, seemingly singing a song together, through the city as day turns to night and returning to the academy. And that brings us to the end of the episode.
So that was an interesting way to start things off. And I think, for the type of series it is, this would be the better option. This way, you don't have to worry about long exposition lines about how they came together, came to the academy, and how they met up or became a team. Instead, you see that they are an already established team, that they know their dynamic, and how they work on missions and together. But we do see the type of characters they are. Ange is the stoic type who constantly lies about everything. Dorothy is the driver and their forger. Chise is their front line soldier. Both appear to be mischievous in their own ways. Then we have Serving Girl, who's name is Beatrice, but why they didn't say it I don't know, and she's good at mimicking other voices. Then we have Princess, who is... actually, what is her dynamic in this group? Is she the team leader? Did she just find out about them as a whole? I wonder if the other episodes will go into more detail about that.
I do like the design of thew world, though. It's a steam punk world and it wears the genre on its sleeve. This goes with the vehicles, the dirty look of the city, and as well as the girl's designs. Speaking of, I do like who the designs for each of the girls is rather unique to them, as well as being somewhat fashionable to the era they're in, and can be easily used to hide in a crowd. Except for maybe Chise, but if she's going full on ninja, she might not need to.
So far, I like where this is going and I'm anxious to see where it goes from here. Will the next episode be about how they came into London itself? And will we learn the truth of Ange herself? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when you need to lose your pursuers, always use your sword to cut the car. That will do more good than just shooting at them and they'll never expect it.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting Transformers review! Today we'll be looking at the third of the Prime Wars Trilogy releases, and one that some people may not have expected.
So without further ado, may I present to you the Autobot Double Agent, Punch/Counterpunch!
As you can see, Punch/Counterpunch comes in the special Prime Wars Trilogy box set, showing off some nice artwork of his two robot modes.
And, like before, this box comes with a special open window, showing off Punch, as well as the Primemaster, Prima Prime. Yeah, don't ask me anything about the lore there.
And on the back o the box you can see Punch/Counterpunch, as well as a brief bio and his three modes. Just one of those fun days. Well, with that out of the way, let's get him out of the box and see how he really is.
Now, normally I review the figures by how they come in the box. This will be an exception here, given the nature of the figure itself. We'll start things off with alt-mode, and as you can see, the figure comes in a nice, shiny blue sports car, complete with transparent windows.
There's also a nice, red color to the rings of the tires, as well, and some additional little things like the lights on the sides.
This is also a pretty clean alt-mode, too. No robot kibble sticking out from the figure at all.
Now, while Punch/Counterpunch is part of the Power of the Primes line, it's essentially a brand new mold for the figure. Which means...
He does come with Prime Armor... yay. And while it looks like the typical Power of the Primes fist, Punch/Counterpunch is not a combiner, nor contains anything resembling combiner pieces.
That said, it does look rather terrible, but at least they had what appears to be exhaust on the prime armor. Still, this thing is going back in the box when this review is done.
The figure also comes with a gun, which can be plugged into the 5 MM ports in the prime armor.
Or by it's lonesome, which I'm will to buy more than the Prime Armor.
The gun can be stored in alt-mode, just by plugging it into the undercarriage, like so. Hi, Punch!
Now for some quick comparisons.
Here is the Double Agent with Titan's Return Blurr.
And just for fun, here he is with G1 Pointblank.
Now let's talk about robot mode.
First, we'll take a look at Punch, who's got the typical yellow body going for him.
Getting up close to the head sculpt you can see a very nice head along with a nice Autobot symbol that is tampographed onto the chest. Very nice detail all along, as well.
Sadly, we got some hollow legs, but what's interesting about here is that a good chunk of the car kibble is actually inside the legs. We'll go more detail into this later, but despite the hollowness, the figure is very stable.
With posing, you have plenty of options thanks to the simple engineering of the figure. And yes, he does include a waist swivel, which I found rather surprisingly at first, but you'll find out how they made that possible later. Still, you got plenty of options involved.
And, of course, he can hold the gun rather well.
And yes, the Prime Armor can be plugged into the chest. And yes, it's as stupid as ever.
Speaking of Prime Armor, let's talk about Prima Prime.
Like the special release Megatronous before, Prima Prime is a special release prime master that comes with a little more paint and some translucent plastic.
That certainly would be a lot of translucent plastic.
And for a quick comparison, here is Prima Prime with Megatronous. And speaking of comparisons...
Here is Punch with Chromedome.
And here he is with Combiner Wars Optimus Prime.
Of course, I said this was a double agent, and getting into Counterpunch is pretty simple and rather creative. You need to move the shoulder pieces around and then flip the hands in to reveal a new set of hands, bringing us to...
The Decepticon Counterpunch!
Getting up close you can see a nice looking pain job of the head, as well as a good look at the Decepticon symbol. What makes this rather creative is that this is a faux chest. Similar to how Takara did MP Sunstreaker, Counterpunch uses a fake chest, which is why he's able to have a waist swivel.
You can also see the hands are a different color, as they are a second set of hands.
With regards to posing, he's basically got the same set as Punch. One thing to know is that Punch/Counterpunch has double jointed knees that goes forward and backwards, due to the nature of the character. This gives you a lot more options with regards to posing than you expect.
Same gun as before, so yay, I guess.
And yes, you can put in the Prime Armor, if you want, but it's very, very tight, so good luck on that. It'd be stupid, anyway.
Now for some quick comparisons.
Here is Counterpunch with Titan's Return Scourge.
And here he is with Combiner Wars Megatron. See what I did there?
And we're done. This is a rather good figure that is well made, well engineered, and well worth the asking price. If you're looking to complete your Season 4 Collection, this is the figure to get.
Next time, we'll be back with the Power of the Primes with a look at some more Prime Masters. Until then.
1 week agoCaButler
But let's not try to fill her head with too many bad things, okay? Like this, for example.
MC's snark game this year is very strong. Also, poor Martha. Now she has two drunks and an airhead to deal with. She just can't catch a break.
1 week agoCaButler
I know it's been a long time since I've done something like this, but this is way overdue and I have a lot to get through.
But hello and welcome to the conclusion of Terrorcon week... about several weeks after the fact, but you get that, right?
Anyway, let's bring out the team.
And here we have the Terrorcons in their monster alt-modes. Just to give a quick rundown, Hun-Gurr, despite a simple alt-mode, was my favorite, while Blot was my least favorite. Still, they're all pretty well-made figures.
But now, it's the moment weeks in the making! Terrorcons! Transform and combine into Abominus!
We'll be going with the classic configuration here. That means that Sinnertwin and Cuthroat will be acting as our legs.
Next, we have Hun-gurr as the chest and main body. I might have mentioned this once before, but in case I didn't, he's a heavy remodel of the Silverbolt figure, given that his combiner mode is done pretty much the same way as that line. But you would never guess it from the alt-mode and the appearance of the figure itself.
And lastly, we put on Blot and Rippersnapper to bring about the combined form that is... Abominus! And... well he's okay for a combiner, to be honest. Then again, after Predaking most combiners aren't going to look so hot.
But let's get in close on that chest plate. This is an actual piece on Hun-Gurr, so there's no kibble, as has been the case for the Hasbro combiners as of late.
Looking at the arms, you can probably see why I consider Blot the weakest of the lot. It's just a terrible looking arm mode. I wonder if that's why Unique Toys made him a leg? Oh, and I don't have the UT Combiner, so there will be no comparisons there.
Rippersnapper looks better as an arm, but that tail-fin is rather distracting.
And here we have the legs and one of my other problems. The fact that the heads are essentially looking forward. You can fix that by turning Swinnertwin around, but then you have that big gap there.
Now, going back up to the chest for the moment, there's one more item I need to talk about that I didn't show off before.
Hun-Gurr comes with a Engima of Combination, colored purple and yellow, which fits in his chest pretty easily. If you want, you can fit in a Primemaster or Headmaster there, just for extra creepy. And it doesn't affect transformation, so you can keep it in there, if you want.
As far as articulation goes... honestly, I've handled worse, but I've handled much, much better, too. I don't know why but this guy is rather unstable. Probably from the legs, so you need to not only keep him on a flat surface, but as balanced as possible. At least we can get fun little poses like him trying to do the Thriller here.
There are no weapon accessories on him, but I imagine a third party company is going to fix that. But that just means we move on to comparison shots!
Here he is with Combiner Wars Off-Road.
And here he is with SDCC Sentinel Prime.
So, yeah, on a whole, a rather weak set. Then again, Predaking was such a good set that this was going to pale in comparison. So if you had the choice between this set and Predaking, go with Predaking.
Tomorrow, if I remember, I'm going to keep with the Prime Wars line and talk about a figure... that doesn't actually fit in the line at all. Until next time.
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Final Fantasy XIII
All things Final Fantasy XIII
So much eye candy...
Art from Persona 3, 4 and Arena here.
Tales of Graces
Here is your Tales of Graces love
Selvaria Bles Album
You know why you're here.
Hayate the Combat Butler
The place for the ladies (and guy) of this series.
Something for everybody!
All Fate/Extra stuff here (and then some)
The Wheel of Fate is Turning
These people are guilty for not wearing a crown
For the popular strategy RPG
You know why you're here. If not, you need new glasses.
Your cosplay action here.
Love for a great game with great art.
Even horrible creatures of the night need love
The most messed up pretty girls you've ever met.
The Devil is a Part-Timer
And now has it's own part time album.
Date a Live
Crazy girls going crazy for a guy who's treating this like a dating sim because if he doesn't the crazy girls go insane and start blowing stuff up. It's that kind of show.
Cosplay Gallery number 2
We liked it so much we made it twice.
The console war done with cute girls.
Because Hajime needs her own album.
Cosplay Gallery the third
Because you can never have enough
Rooster Teeth's first ever anime, it's images go here.
The Familiar of Zero
The one anime where I absolutely hate our two main protagonists.
High School DxD
Angels and Devils do battle while getting naked for no apparent reason.
Is This a Zombie?
No, they are hot vampire ninjas and magical girls.
Not that kind of Golden Time, though, but the anime.
Persona: The Second
For all the stray ones.
Cosplay thread IV
Like Saints Row, only sexier.
It's about a bunch of kids in the afterlife playing with guns.
Where being sexy will always forgive you for wanting to kill your sisters in bloody ways.
I couldn't become a hero...
...So I made this album instead.
Knights of Sidonia
Because we always make a folder for these shows
It's about a guy trying to become the Magic King and have his own harem
The Shantae Folder
The place where we put our magically sexy half-genie in all her glorious glory.
The Irregular at Magic High School
Where the protagonist can kill you just for annoying his sister.
Cosplay Gallery the Fifth
You know the drill.
Anime Screen caps
Because anything can be taken out of context when anime is involved
Because I'm watching it, that's why.
No Game, No Life
Because boat girls are the new thing.
"Are you ready, Praetor?"
Akagi from Azur Lane. She really wants the Commander all to herself.
Best Kohai. Fight me.
Tamamo isn't going to like having her rival show up in her own swimsuit later.
Medusa's time is finally now!
Neptune’s black/purple dress in Azur Lane.
Noire’s Black dress in Azur Lane.
Mash the witch is going to cast a spell on you.
Minneapolis is off to school, causing all kinds of trouble.
Ready for a fox wedding?
Honolulu is going to cool you off.
I bet Akane’s seduction attempt would have worked if she was in that swimsuit.
Nero will have her turn soon enough.
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Questions answered by CaButler
I've been delayed, mostly by real life issues, and mostly due to not having purchased any new ones, though I have a couple that are waiting for other figures to show up. That said, I do have plans for more reviews soon. I've already taken my pictures. Now I just need to motivate myself to actually doing it.
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