Tuesday, June 19, 2018

[Caligula] Episode 11 everyone's impressions

Episode 11
"People constantly seek out the right answer. Yet is being right really all that matters?"

Finally! Everything is starting to make sense!

So the Ritsu we see inside Mobius isn't even the real Ritsu and it was just him stealing his TL's identity because in his eyes that's how a well adjusted human being should be like.

This episode also confirms that Ritsu is μ's creator. Not just her creator but he's also the reason why μ has this warped definition of what happiness is.

In the episode the baum test is used to define the personality of the true ritsu.

Many trees mean a loss of values That they do not have branches means a desire for transformation The black stem means self hatred produced by loneliness Distorted soil means "feeling alone" produced by interpersonal problems.

And here I thought I draw them like that because I suck at drawing.

Why didn't they tell me in kindergarten that I'm a lonely self-loathing kid.

Skilled programmer


No wonder μ went rogue.

why use a one-liner (oCtrlShowNotes = !oCtrlShowNotes) when you could write 4 lines of code?

halfway down: why write readable code when you could write a one-liner?

also, what insane programming language forces you to url-encode certain punctuatoin (such as %22 instead of literal double-quotes)? Clearly this is why real!Ritsu is having a mental breakdown.

Honestly I am just glad that it is actual code that would makes sense even if it is unnecessary and a bit weird.

I can see there is a good (maybe excellent) plot behind the characters and the story, but for me, so far, the anime failed to present all those elements making the show as a whole no more than average. :(

I like the animation and I really like the visuals and the music, but the plot is a chaotic mess to try to keep up with. =/

So, I want to take this time to really quickly mention the Caligula Light Novel that came out. It focused on Marie/Wicked, and talks about her back story. And it's... it's a doozy. Marie had physically abusive parents. After a failed suicide, Marie was left with severe spinal damage, almost completely paralyzing her. Her parents were NOT nice about this, and would wish Marie were dead so they didn't have to pay for her medical expenses. She ended up moving in with her grand parents. Her grandmother was pretty nice, and loved her unconditionally. Her Grandfather, on the other hand, was even more abusive than her parents. So that backstory explains both her lines of "I can move my arms and legs freely!" and "Have you ever experienced it? Having your family wishing for your death?"

Anyways, when it comes to the episode itself, MAN that was crazy. The twist of Ritsu taking his Mobius appearance from his supervisor, Tachibana Shingo, blew my mind. I like his reasoning though, he wanted to appear as a well adjusted individual despite the fact that he isn't.

And that Wicked fight was CRAZY! Such a claustrophobic fight. I love how Shogo got SMASHED through the floor in time with the most deranged sounding part of the lyrics. Wicked's planning was just crazy. I didn't think someone who exclusively used explosives would make for an interesting battle, but she proved me wrong.

I'm gonna be 100% honest, I didn't even realize than Kensuke hadn't unlocked his Catharsis effect until this episode, probably because of the fact that in the game, he unlocks his Catharsis the moment he joins the Go-Home Club. But good for him! Now the possibility of him being a traitor is null.

≫I didn't think someone who exclusively used explosives would make for an interesting battle

Deidara and Megumi would like to have a Word

Also, any idea if the Caligula LN you spoke of is translated into English? Am really interested in reading it

I more so meant how Wicked used the explosives instead of just "blow shit up."

I looked for the light novel, but couldn't find it anywhere. I don't think it's ever been translated, sadly.

I know I was just messing with you, props to Satelite for making the fight scene so dynamic and epic.

So you just read the moon runes version then? Now I'm jealous that I don't have that skill yet, wish someone out there would take the time to bother translating it for the rest of us newbs. *hinthint

I found the episode really nice and it made sense with all we saw before

Is it just me or did this episode end up being somewhat expositional. It was like the creators kind of went like "oh crap we're running out of time to wrap this season up, time to explain why Mobius Ritsu is the way he is!"

This then proceeds into jealous coworker literally explaining why µ has the warped definition. While it was really rewarding to finally get confirmation that what I had been speculating the entire time (that Mobius Ritsu somehow had the worst crime of creating µ) I felt like it was too much of a slam in the face.

Next episode hopefully will slow down a bit, but judging based on the fact that they still have some unanswered questions about whether or not everyone returns to reality, what happens to the musicians in reality, how will Ritsu cure µ with Aria, and thorn's true state in reality I'm getting the feeling the pacing is only going to be faster.

Honestly, the ep was great just from the Ritsu twist. I am honestly surprised that the anime had him betray the Club and just do everything to save his waifu.

Honestly, I am really enjoying how they are giving so much personality to what I assume was a blank MC in the game. Persona should learn from this.

So, if the Go-Home Club all have Catharsis Effects, signified by the spikes through their chests and (seemingly) due to Aria, then what do the Musicians have?

Here's a possibility:

Catharsis is the release of repressed emotions. The black spikes through the chest of the Go-Home Club members represent exposing those negative emotions and deciding to face them with a resolution. The black mass that coats the hands and other parts of their body represent the imperfections that they have, but they are still willing to accept them because it's a part of who they really are.

The Musicians only have their jet-black weapons, which represents their hatred, malice and other negative emotions. They maintain their 'pure form' because they can't come to terms with their imperfections. They can't accept their true selves so they remain in the ideal form of themselves.

The twist reveal with IRL!Ritsu was really good. I had so many questions going on like "Wtf he seems so well adjusted, and wtf shouldn't he have been in a coma? How is he still in such good shape? How is he not dead if he was just sleeping on the couch in his apartment?" I rarely blind sided like that in a way which makes sense in hindsight so it was a nice moment. I could feel the light bulbs turning on when I heard Ritsu get called out.

Crazy Marie was more enjoyable than expected. More.

The rest of the episode was pretty nice too, with the Ritsu reveal, and μ going dark again.

god i have been listening to this soundtrack for the past few weeks and the song really fit the scene. I always thought the singing was off and not knowing where it was in the game (or how the games story even compares to this) but the almost screaming/crying in agony of the singing fits so well.

also turns out ritsu was just trying to be like his boss in mobius. Thats interesting.

Pretty disappointed at ritsu's real face.....lol


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