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    • Princess Principal Episode 6

      8 hours ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Princess Principal, the show about a group of spies picking up a samurai for their ranks.

      In our last episode, we got to see how Chise joined up with our group of ladies spies. Princess Charlotte was charged with escorting and welcoming Lord Horikawa, a Japanese national, to the Kingdom of Albion to renegotiate the treaty the two countries have. Of course, Horikawa is having a little issue with some jerk named Todo Jubei trying to assassinate him. Along the way, Chise appears to help protect the Japanese Lord, despite all of that. Meanwhile, Ange, Dorothy, and Beatrice are dressed up as maids for Charlotte so that nobody questions why they're on the train.

      Of course, as it turns out, the Duke of Normandy was helping Jubei into the country and tried to help him with the assassination or Lord Horikawa? Why? Because he doesn't want Charlotte to build a reputation. Though I think he's making a play for the throne for himself at some point, but that's unproven at the moment. But still, the assassination attempt is made, but thanks to some good luck and martial skill, it is Chise who puts down the traitor. Oh, and as it turns out, Todo Jubei is actually Chise's daughter. Shocking, I know.

      As for the negotiation, turns out, Dorothy played a hand in getting Lord Horikawa to take an interest in the Commonwealth and try to build an allegiance there. To do that, Chise joins up with their little group of spies to determine which country is the better ones to work with. Who will Chise side with? And will Dorothy have a tragic backstory of her own? Let's tune in and find out.

      -Our episode begins on a foggy morning at the Academy, because it's London and it's always foggy. Dorothy is training Beatrice on how to pick a lock, but our young mechanic isn't quite as good with that as she is with fixing her own voice box. Turns out, Beatrice asked for this training, but she doesn't mind too much, because the other options would be...


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      -They must be in time out or really, really suck at it. Or they suck at teaching, because Ange shows Beatrice how to do it, does it, but instead of explaining how it works, just does it. Chise just slices the lock open instead. Yup, they both suck at teaching, which is why they need to leave it up to Big Sis Dorothy to train Beatrice on being a spy. While they didn't hear all of it, Chise thinks they're being made fun of, with Ange agreeing that they should get angry. Like you know how to get angry anyway, Ange.

      -Dorothy decides that something a bit simpler would help and starts going through their box filled with locks for one. While doing that, she starts humming a tune, one that Beatrice recognizes as her humming often. She asks Dorothy if she likes that song, but Dorothy is shocked that she's actually singing. So much for Dorothy not having a tragic backstory. We soon cut to a factory where an older gentleman is humming that same tune. He appears to be checking out an arm, but is disappointed in it. Stupid arm! Why must you be so disappointing!?

      -Tonight's episode is titled case18 - Rouge Morgue. And this makes this episode the latest episode in the timeline. At a park, Dorothy is getting another mission brief, this time by the Lady Spy, who informs Dorothy of a cipher that was planed inside a liaison's body. Their mission is to grab the cipher and not worry about the body, since the liaison is already dead. He'll be taken to the morgue in the next few days, which makes Dorothy rather uncomfortable. Go raid a corpse? This is not what she signed up for! Lady spy counters that it's better than killing, but Dorothy responds that numbers one and two are on her list of least favorite spy jobs. I wonder what number three is?

      -So, what's the name of the target? Control doesn't know. Great, so they have to clean out every corpse in the morgue to find it? It's a bit better than that. The Duke of Normandy has an accomplice there, and he knows who to look for. Dorothy notes that she is suppose to be working on Operation: Changeling, so why her? Because the accomplice is someone she is well acquainted with. And that person is Danny MacBean, her father. What's with all the father issues so far? First we have Chise, then we have Beatrice, and now we have Dorothy! We don't know much about Ange and Charlotte but I'm assuming he's a cheating jerk if my theory about them being half-sisters is true. And I bet the Duke of Normandy is a real scumbag to his children, if he has any. God, I hope he doesn't have any.

      -Anyway, we cut to a darken street of London as Dorothy and Beatrice are walking by when, suddenly, a cat! Looks like the young girl is quite tense as Dorothy apologizes to her, saying that if something happens, she'll need her to act as liaison. Sure, but what is up with this creepy street? It's called "Ghost Street", where half the people who go down this road never come back. Well, isn't that cheery? So why does that happen?





      -Well, doesn't that sound like a fun place? We return to the factory, which is the morgue, as a very old lady is reading a note given to her by Dorothy and Beatrice. Looks like they're applying for a job and were accepted, since they're always shorthanded, so she's going to have them start work right away. Luckily, it's nothing too complicated. When the bodies come in, they remove their clothing and wipe them clean. After that, they look for anything that might identify them, and if nobody comes to claim them, they put them on the carriage to the graveyard. And it's basically like that all day, every day. It's the kind of simple job that is so simple it'll drive you mad. That or having to deal with dead bodies will drive you mad. Something about this job will drive you mad, it's only a matter of when.

      -Speaking of mad, some guy starts yelling at two employees about laughing at him. They deny it, which makes the man believe that they are sleeping together. Well, isn't he a fun guy to hang around with. Also, he's the same guy from the teaser. We also see that he actually is missing his right hand, which explains the instrument he was using in said teaser. Oh, and it turns out, he's Danny. Geez, I wonder why Dorothy became a spy now? Beatrice already has a low opinion of him as he turns towards the two girls, then with what appears to be a smile, runs up to Dorothy, starts calling her Daisy, and appears to be happy to see her. So much for sneaking in, if that was the plan. Dorothy responds to her father, but in a cold, distant voice. Hoo boy, there's going to be a lot of baggage there.

      -Back at the Academy, Beatrice is attending to Charlotte and explaining where she was that day. It seems like the young girl has a poor opinion of Control, how they're using Dorothy for their own means, and worse of all, making her spend time with her horrible father. Sounds like Beatrice shouldn't have said it and attempts to change the subject to what tea she should have, but It think the cat is out of the bag now. And this is why we can't trust Beatrice with any important secrets.

      -The next day, at the morgue, Beatrice is working her position, but takes one look at a body and is rather disgusted by it. Ew, dead bodies, ew! An older orderly asks why she's with them? Maybe she's in debt or is an immigrant? One would think they would have come up with a cover story. But the old orderly decides to let it drop, commenting that everybody here has their reasons. He adds that this place is largely ignored by the rest of the world, and that's exactly what some of them want. We focus on a person, all in black, looking over a deceased body, suggesting a family member come to claim it. But what about the orderly? Why is he here? Well, it turns out, he has an issue with his leg, which was all mangled up in the war. What's more, all of his friends are gone, so maybe that's the real reason he's here, in a place to be forgotten.





      -Or he just likes being around dead people. They are quiet, after all. And yes, I know technically he isn't an orderly, but I don't know the official title of his position, so I'm just going with orderly until I'm told otherwise. As for Dorothy, she's moving some sheets around and is starting to question if they should steal the cipher, because if the do, her Dad might meet an untimely end. Sure, he's a jackass, but he's still family... look, unless he's not as bad as he looks, I'm not going to shed a tear over him. Though it looks like dear ole Dad is in a lot of trouble, as he's trying to tell some mafia looking guys that his luck is changing and he'll be able to pay them back soon. Dorothy, irritated about the whole thing, walks over and reminds him to get back to work. This, unfortunately, draws the attention of the mafia crowd, including this blonde noble-looking guy. Danny, being an idiot, introduces her as her daughter and had just unwillingly slapped a target on her back. Those poor fools won't ever see it coming.

      -The blonde mafia looking guy likes what he sees with Dorothy and comments on her looks, but Dorothy isn't interested, saying that she's working to make her own money, and that she'd be up the reek if her future husband ended up like her dad. Looks like we got some family issues to work out now. Danny calls out Dorothy, but she returns the favor, saying that people are hurt every day and doing the best they can, but he's using his injury as an excuse to run away. She then begins shedding tears and runs off. Danny tries to go after her but is stopped by the mafia fellows. Man, what a bunch of heartless bastards these London Mafia are. Not like the New Jersey Mafia group, who are all about family.

      -They leave, allowing Danny to throw a tantrum and start flinging things around. The rest of the orderly just ignore him, which means this is probably a regular occurrence. Beatrice decides to give him a piece of her mind, suggesting that, if he's Dorothy's father, he should start to act like it! Sadly, this is the wrong thing to say, so Danny lifts Beatrice up by her neck scarf, which snaps and rips, revealing her voice box. He becomes very curious about that and starts playing around with it, as if he's found a new toy. Well, this isn't unsettling at all!

      -Dorothy reacts to the noise and quickly rushes to Beatrice's aid, pushing her father to the ground as a result. How dare he put his hands on a little girl's voice box! Doesn't he know how sensitive those things are? But seriously, I'm a bit surprised that Beatrice isn't having a PTSD moment, given the last time somebody messed with it was her own father, and by all accounts was a heartless monster. Unless she's going to have that moment later, but I think she's strong enough to soldier on... hopefully. Because honestly, I like Beatrice and hope she gets out of this unscathed. As for Dorothy...





      -You can tell that Dorothy is trying to decide of the mission is worth it or if she should just shoot her father and be done with it. Danny tries to play it off as them having a laugh, but Dorothy isn't having any of it. She takes Beatrice away, refusing to look at her father, who brawls his eyes out, not wanting to be left alone. Beatrice looks concerned, but Dorothy isn't buying the act at all. On the car ride back, Dorothy apologizes to the young girl, stating that her father has control issues since he used to be an expert steam engineer. But he got hurt in an accident, and it changed him. As if that was any excuse for him to touch Beatrice's voice box like that! What a terrible person he is!

      -Dorothy continues, saying that her father hates everyone around him, but also envies them. He also blames all of his problems on everyone else. And as we expect, we get a flashback to him beating on his own rather with that hooked right hand of his. Wow, I didn't think we'd have two contenders for the Gendo Father of the Year award in the same show, but there you go. How weird is it that Jubei, somebody who tried to kill his own daughter, is actually a better father than these two?

      -Of course, in the flashback, we can see that Danny is drunk, so he's a very mean drunk, and even after the beatings, he would try to apologize to Dorothy. Well, she had enough of that and ran away to the Commonwealth. And the Revolution came that very same day, and thanks to that wall, she would never go back. Not that she would want to, anyway. Still, her mother ran out on them, and she is grateful he didn't abandon her, as well, but I suspect that her running away was the best thing that happened to her. But why is she telling this to Beatrice? After all, spies don't reveal their histories to somebody else. Which is true of Ange, but Dorothy thinks of herself as weaker than her. At least, you aren't always lying about your lies. But she also tells this to Beatrice because they're in the same boat, having suffered abuse from their own fathers. Beatrice smiles, though, because with Dorothy telling her all of this, that means they're real friends now and not just using it as a cover. Only she can take a positive out of something seemingly negative. Which is why I like her so much.

      -Back at the academy, Ange is with Charlotte in the dining hall, and the spy starts to question if the princess really can change the world. Charlotte seems to think so, but as Ange starts to argue differently, the princess stops her, saying that she wants to stop hiding they relationship. Actually, I'm pretty sure being Queen would make the people question the relationship even more, given the time period, but hey, maybe they're more progressive than they would be in reality. Ange would like to do the same, but Charlotte adds that others feel the same way, like parents, siblings, lovers, friends, monsters living in the sewers. You know, regular folk who have been torn apart by the Wall. Charlotte believes that, one day, their voices will all come together, like a giant wave. And they continue beating on the whole "This is the Cold War and the Wall is the Berlin Wall" thing. Because, you know, politics.

      -Charlotte has waited ten years for this moment, but now, she won't mind waiting another ten, since she isn't alone anymore. It is rather adorable, since Ange is only ever really honest with Charlotte... unless Ange is using her lying liar ways to make Charlotte think Ange is on her side, only to betray her at the end for not wanting to leave the first chance they got! Am I overthinking it? Maybe I'm overthinking it.

      -Back in the streets of London, Dorothy, probably questioning her own sanity, is being the dutiful daughter and helping her drunk, abusive father home. And as it turns out, Danny is still living in the same place since she was a little girl, but Dorothy is having a warmer flashback, of happier times with her parents, before things went sideways. But it's over in a flash as Danny hits the couch and falls right to sleep. Well, that was easy. Now to get her spy on. Beatrice comes in to help, as Dorothy suspects he has a way of contacting the Duke of Normandy. Unfortunately, the place is a pigsty, so finding anything of value here is going to difficult. Like finding a needle in a stack of needles, which are hidden in empty beer bottles.

      -As Beatrice investigates, she spies something interesting on the wall. First, there are some childish drawings, likely from Dorothy, showing a happier family life. But then we also see a photo of the three, but it's been ripped in a third to cut out the mother. You know, I wonder where the mom is now? It's probably not important, but I am curious. Suddenly, Danny begins to sing! But he's in his drunk state, and as a result, rolls over the cough and hits the ground hard, waking himself up. She looks up at Dorothy and...





      -Well, that says a lot, doesn't it? Dorothy offers to get him some water, but Danny would rather be drunk. Besides, they need to talk. Yeah, she isn't interesting, but he tells her it's about money. He tells her about a body coming to the morgue, one with a cross carved into the palm of his hand. There's a note hidden in his tooth, and if they take this note to a certain person, they'll be rich. I'm also betting on dead, since I wouldn't trust the Duke as far as I can throw him, but basically, Danny told Dorothy what to look for without having to do much convincing. Damn, is she good or what?

      -Dorothy agrees, but we know she's going to put that knife in his back as soon as possible. Speaking of, the Duke asks his Highlander Guard about the status of the cipher, and she explains her plan. He doesn't disapprove, but he's probably expecting not to pay out anything. But Danny is running out of time as the London Mafia is looking for the money, but they offer to use Dorothy to help pay his debts instead. We might have our winner, folks, but let's see if he actually grows a conscience first.

      -Meanwhile, at the morgue, Beatrice starts looking at hands, and sure enough, she hits the jackpot! In another part of the morgue, Dorothy sees the bruises on Danny, and because she's too much of a good daughter, asks what happened. He passes it off as nothing, so she just suspects he got into a drunken brawl again. Or she's just playing up the act. You can never tell with these spy shows. But it doesn't go any further because Beatrice calls out to Dorothy to report her findings. Welp, time for some do-it-yourself dentistry. It doesn't take long to get out the fake tooth and see the cipher. Dorothy plans to copy it, but Beatrice asks why they can't just take it with them? Well, we don't want the Duke of Normandy to get suspicious, right? They have enough problems as it is. Besides...





      -I guess she just can't hate her father that much to put the knife in. Though I imagine your father isn't going to be long for this world either way. So after a time skip, Dorothy runs over to her father with a smile on his face, showing him the fake tooth. Danny is so proud of her, to the point that he takes the fake tooth and runs out quickly, telling her to wait for him at the pub on Ghost Street. He's going to kiss this rubbish life goodbye! So we follow him to a local church where the Highlander Guard is, but before he exchanges the tooth, he asks to see the money. That's smart, except he's an idiot, and unfortunate, just make the worst mistake of his life.

      -Which is probably going to hit Dorothy harder than she expects. We follow her and Beatrice to the pub on Ghost Street, and Beatrice thinks it's good that they're making up. Except it seems like Danny sold her out after all, for the London Mafia is waiting for her there. Dorothy doesn't know exactly what they're talking about, so the blonde guy makes it clear, that it's logical for the daughter to shoulder her father's debt. So it sounds like her father sold her out after all. As the two thugs reach out for Dorothy and Beatrice, our lady spy quickly subdues them with insane easy. The blonde guy asks why she is doing this, but her answer makes it quite clear.





      -Hell hath no fury like a really pissed off spy who's really, really angry at her father. And Dorothy is going to take her frustrations out on these thugs. First, she breaks some arms, then maybe she'll break some legs. The blonde guy wonders why he ever thought she was a looker and attacks, but is easily subdued. Also, she's a looker because she is a looker. That and it is part of her job, you know? But the blonde guy starts begging, as he assumed Danny gave his approval, since she came alone. Oh, so he didn't sell her out after all? In a flashback, we see Danny taking all kinds of beatings, asking them not to do anything with his daughter, that he'll have the money soon. Turns out, Danny has standards after all!

      -It's a shame that he's going to get killed for them, though. We return to the church, explaining how hard it was for him and his daughter to get this tooth, so they should both get paid. As if your fate wasn't already sealed. The Highlander Guard tells him not to get greedy, but Danny starts talking about how great his daughter is and all the nice clothes he'll buy her, how he'll show her off, because that isn't creepy at all, but his heart is in the right place, so I'm willing to give him something of a pass. Not much, though. But he's overjoyed, because he never thought he'd get to see his daughter again, but there she is. And now he's going to say goodbye to this rubbish life and turn over a new life. Well, this just motivates Highlander Guard to help him out.


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      -And then she throws an axe into Danny's face. I'm assuming face because we do a hard cut to black there. I can't say I'm surprised that this is the end result, but at the same time, who throws an axe at a person from that distance? Sure, Danny is a drunk, but what if he ducked or moved out of the way? Just shoot him and be done with it!

      -As the credits begin to play, we return to the pub. Dorothy and Beatrice are there, waiting for Danny. Beatrice notes how crowded it is, but Dorothy replies that it's a rather fancy pub. Plus, they serve pretty decent stout, so that helps. Beatrice promises to leave when Danny arrives, but Dorothy doesn't think he will. He doesn't seem to be the type to keep promises, but Beatrice thinks that her father does care about her a lot. And hey, maybe he's changed considerably since she left. Dorothy thinks of what kind of life she would have if her father was a semi-decent human being. Maybe she'd be hawking bread for a baker somewhere. But thanks to him being a terrible human being, Beatrice got to meet Dorothy. Oh Beatrice, you're so precious. Still, Dorothy has some fond memories of her father, back when he was still an engineer, how they would sing the same song together. And then Beatrice, just because she can, starts mimicking Danny's voice and sings the song. As if that doesn't sound weird at all.

      -Though Beatrice goes back to her regular voice rather quickly, and the crowd is loving it. Soon enough, the entire pub is singing, and it's a rather joyous occasion. But sadly, his fate will be hidden from her, seemingly forever, as he is put in a casket to be taken to the graveyard. Well, that's a real downer, isn't it? She's going to assume that Danny ran out on her instead of him being dead. Terrible.

      So here we have our Dorothy-Centric Episode, and much like with Beatrice and Chise, she's got father issues. Though in her case, it's a drunk, abusive father that forced her to run away, which just so happened on the same day as the revolution, leading to her being on the Commonwealth side and being a spy. Of course, he was still a drunk when she meets him later, but it seemed like a changed person, especially when the idea of clearing his debts came to pass. Of course, we all knew what was going to happen to him in the end. I'm honestly surprised that Dorothy thought the Duke would pay up anyway. You'd think she would know better than that? But perhaps she thought that maybe, just maybe, the universe would have pity on him.

      Though I do want to focus on Dorothy a bit longer, mainly, the name she's using. I find it rather interesting that she's going by what appears to be the name of her father and not her real name, Daisy. I don't know if that's related to her cover as a student, but to use her mother's name would seem to suggest that she's got some lingering issues over that. Because it's a spy thriller and everybody who's a spy has parent issues.

      Though the big question remains is with Ange and Charlotte. I know what the show is implying, that they want an open relationship that would probably be frowned upon during that time, but I'm still sticking with my half-sister theory. For me, it's the fact that they look so similar that would suggest a familial relationship. Of course, they could still be cousins, but I imagine the sort of thing would still be public knowledge, unless they declared the cousin dead. But again, it's just a theory, and until I'm told otherwise, I'm sticking with it. But the big question there is about the parents, as well as when the switch happened. Obviously during the Revolution, but who was on what side when it happened?

      Now that we're at the latest timeframe, where will we find ourselves in the next episode? Will it be another episode focusing on one of the girls, or will we be focusing on the Duke of Normandy and whatever plan he has in mind? Tune in on Friday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when going to contact your handler to deliver highly important documents, always make sure you have a guarantee of survival, as well as the money, just so said handler doesn't stab you in the face with an axe the moment you stop being useful.

    • Tis the season for FEH Armored Winter units

      1 day ago

      CaButler


      No scantily clad units this year, like with Tharja.  Instead, we get... Erikia as a colorless staff unit?  Uh... okay?  Couldn't we give her a sword or something instead?  Or maybe make her an axe or lance unit?

    • Princess Principal Episode 5

      2 days ago

      CaButler

      Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Princess Principal, the show where the spies start lying to one another about the lies they lie about.

      In our last episode, Dorothy is given a mission from L, head of Control, to steal a prototype developed by the Kingdom that could turn their Cold War into a hot one, but is also warned to keep an eye on the Princess to make sure she's not a double agent. I want to touch on this real quick but let's finish the previously on section first.

      The item in question is similar to Ange's Cavorite device, which allows people to float and possibly fly. Thanks to Charlotte's connection, they are able to make it to the mine where the device was created, only to find that the entire laboratory was moved! So now the girls have to go find the device and the scientists that created it so that it can't be used by the Kingdom. Chise meets up with her handler, and we find that she's part of this group because their country need to know who they can trust more, because being around spies are the best way to do that.

      Charlotte has also been giving Ange problems, just because she could, and forces herself to join the team in infiltrating a ship that has the lab equipment and scientists. But because of these actions, as well as the successful retrieval of the device and the scientists. Dorothy is happy to report that all is well with the Princess, but L isn't so convinced, calling her Gray.

      Which I find interesting at first, but then I started thinking. What if he isn't talking about Fake Princess Charlotte, but Princess Ange? We don't know who knows about her true status, but if L knows, it may be possible that he's on to Ange and knows she has her own plans in mind. See, that's the thing about spy thrillers. You start asking yourself who knows what and who doesn't know and those that know but pretend not to know so that the people that know wouldn't know. It gets very confusing.

      But with that confusing mess sorted, let's tune into tonight's episode and see what mischief our girls get themselves into this time.

      -Our episode begins with a ship! And a big one, too! There are people standing outside as a bunch of people exit the ship, drawing stares and remarks from the crowd. From their dress and look, the crowd suspects that they're Japanese, with one asking if that's the country where they perform harakiri? Really? That's the one thing to go on? Seriously, what rude people.

      -The man in front, possibly a lord, stops and is greeted by Princess Charlotte. The lord is Lord Horikawa, who I think we were introduced to in the last episode. Apparently, Charlotte was responsible for receiving them, because of course they would give her this duty and not to somebody like the Crown Prince or Her Majesty herself. Lord Horikawa doesn't seem to mind and bows respectfully to her. Behind her, Ange, Dorothy, and Beatrice are all dressed up as maids, probably so they can be here in an official capacity and not seem out of place as students. I can imagine Charlotte loved the idea of seeing Ange in a maid getup.

      -Dorothy comments on what I was talking about before, how the "princess of air" was all the Kingdom was willing to send for an Eastern island nation. Ange suggests that the Crown understands the risks involved, and that they are aware of the assassination attempts. Who's assassination? Why, of Lord Horikawa, because our next scene is of Control talking about the assassins' ringleader, Todo Jubei. And he's quite the badass, as he's apparently cut down a hundred men single-handedly. LT doesn't believe it, but Lady Spy says it was in a European military report. In the report, it's listed that, during the Boshin War, Jubei boarded an ironclad ship and sank it unaided. The other guy who isn't L, we'll call him Charles, because he looks like one, says that, with the Princess on their side, he'd hate for her to get caught up in an assassination plot, since she's so important to their own cause. L thinks it'll be fine, because that is what their Principal is for. And you can always trust a Principal to stop assassination attempts along with their school duties.

      -Back with the Princess and company, she directs Lord Horikawa to the train station, where they've prepared the royal car just for him. He's deeply in their debt, and suddenly, they're all bowing to her. As in, on their knees and bowing. Charlotte is caught off guard by this but will accept them under her care. We then get to take a look at our three maids and get their reaction to this.


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      -I bet you can't guess who the professionals are. Ange comments on how the Japanese are quite peculiar, but Dorothy gets her own sick burn on her cohort.





      -The best of friends. And we hop into the steam punk opening from there. This is probably one of the few openings I never skip. And with that, we jump into the episode. Tonight's episode is titled Case7 - Bullet & Blade's Ballad. Looks like we're going back only a short time for this one. We catch up wit hate train making it's way for London, and Dorothy is already working on her seduction of Lord Horikawa. She may be dressed as a proper maid, but that doesn't mean she won't use what she has available to get what she wants. the reason for Horikawa's arrival is that he's looking to renegotiate the treaty between Japan and the Kingdom of Albion. He says the current terms are far too one-sided, but admits that this was due to their own ignorance. He attempts to say more, but his aide stops him. Can't rattle off classified information in front of people like that, now can we?

      -Charlotte admits that she has little authority when it comes to negotiations of this stature, but can promise a meeting with Her Majesty, which gets another deep bow from the Japan group. Charlotte attempts to get hem to stop, but they're already bowing, little lady. And hey, if you want to be Queen, people are going to be doing that for you when you're sitting on the throne.

      -Meanwhile, mysterious ninja Chise sits atop an aqueduct as the train passes underneath it. Like any good ninja, she steps off the aqueduct, landing silently on the train.





      -Well, almost silent. Given all the noise being made it's a wonder that Ange was able to hear anything at all. Beatrice remarks that shouldn't be possible, because they're on a moving train, but she forgets what kind of show she's in. So Ange decides to take a walk outside and confront Chise, who's just looking at the scenery because all the fluffy sheep! Ange arrives and asks if she's Todo Jubei and remarks that she didn't expect the head of an assassination group to be a woman. Making a lot of assumptions there, Ange. Chise, however, can tell that Ange is armed and notes the two locations of her handguns. One at her bosom and one behind her waist. Curse you, all revealing wind!

      -Chise can also tell that Ange has something hidden in her left shoe, because she's hearing the faint clinking of metal. Dorothy, apparently showing up late, hops on to help Ange, her gun already drawn. Chise charges at her, prompting her to fire, but it's blocked by the sword. Chise goes in for a beheading slice, but Dorothy is able to block it by stopping her arm. Ange draws her own weapon to help, but Dorothy gets flipped for good measure, blocking Ange's shot. Oh, that's going to hurt since they're on top of a speeding train and all that.

      -Using her Cavorite device, Ange makes her way forward, cutting off Chise, with the two engaging in combat. Chise is rather impressed to find somebody with such martial skill in the West. Anger herself is impressed, taking that the story of her killing a hundred men was not fake. Assuming she's Jubei, that is. Ange fires a couple more shots that Chise blocks, and just as they're about to engage again, Horikawa's aide arrives, stopping them, saying that she isn't an assassin. Well, if she wasn't, why didn't she say so in the first place?

      -The aide, hanging off the side of the train, demands to know why Chise is here? Obviously, she's here to say Todo Jubei, duh! You'd think she travel to this land for anything less than that? Fluffy sheep are not enough of an excuse to come here! Inside the car, Lord Horikawa berates her briefly, but then remarks that they cannot send her home alone, so she gets to hang with them for the trip to London. Chise gratefully accepts this, promising to protect him from the rebels. The aide begins to say that she isn't to fight, but she caught him off, saying that she knows Jubei better than any of the other samurai here. Huh, so is that just a catch all phrase or did the samurai not get phased out in this world?

      -Ange, however, is against it. She cannot allow any dubious characters to ride this train as that puts Princess Charlotte in danger. Chise is insulted that her intentions are being questions, but Ange points out that she is a stowaway. Well, they're getting along well, aren't they? Chise offers to prove her trustworthiness. Both Dorothy and the Aide try to put a stop to this, but it's Princess Charlotte who comes up with the suggestion.





      -Ange is outraged by this! She is nobody's buddy! As for Chise, she's trying to look up what this strange word "buddy" means, but the aid helps out, saying that it means "partner". Well, in this case, yes. Chise is also outraged! Everybody is so outraged over this! But Charlotte offers her reasoning. If Chise is that dangerous, that's all the more reason to put her under the watchful eye of someone she can trust. Well, she can't exactly argue with that, can she? Curse her and that logic of hers!

      -So now begins the tour. First, here is the car filled with Kingdom soldiers playing the greatest game of Old Maid to ever be played. They take this very seriously so please don't bother them, okay? During the tour, Ange gives Chise a quick run down on the security of the train. There is a platoon of fifty railroad security guards riding in Car Five and the caboose. So if somebody wants to kill Lord Horikawa, they need to go all in for it. Then Chise breaks the one rule she isn't suppose to break and steals one of the soldier's cards. Looks like a two of hearts. So very rude! Ange takes the card back and gives it to another soldier, and as it turns out, it was exactly the card he needed. Thanks, Ange!

      -The two get to talking about Jubei, Chise has fought him many times before, leading Ange to ask what her motive is for fighting him? Is it personal, or a matter between the masters they serve? Also, Chise, stop interfering with the game! Now she stole a six of spades and an ace of diamonds! And they get turned to a person that didn't need those cards to begin with! Thanks for nothing, Ange! Chise asks if she's being interrogated, but Ange denies it. They're buddies, so they need to get to know each other! This way, when the betrayal comes, it'll hit that much harder.

      -So Chise explains some of her background. She's from the Saga domain, a samurai clan, and she's sixteen years old. Don't you guys have a problem with zombie idols? She also likes pickles. Why about Ange? She's seventeen, she comes from the Black Lizard Planet, and will you stop with the card stealing already! Though if you look closely, you can see the soldier's reaction to the cards they lose or gain. So much for not interfering in this game. Now it's ruined forever!

      -Oh, but for Chise, she's taking the "Black Lizard Planet" at face value, saying that Princess Kaguya came from the Moon, so of course Ange knows martial arts if she's from another world. Ange, visually off her guard, asks Chise if they have Selenites in Japan? Well, not only people from among the stars. They live close to the gods, as well. Ange questions this as Chise goes on about how they reside in the mountains, the rivers, and even in the latrine. Well, that's a disturbing thought, isn't it?





      -Oh, Japan! The train makes a stop, allowing Ange and Chise to hop out and stretch out their legs. Chise points out that, if an attack were to happen, it would happen here. Suddenly, a kid starts crying by the side of the tracks! Very suspicious! Chise goes to investigate, but with a smile, she promises to take the pain away. She does the whole "pain, pain, go away" thing, which seems to do the trick. She smiles, and soon enough, the suspicious kids is off to do other suspicious things. When she rejoins Ange, the senior spy asks what the young swordswoman what she did. Oh, just a spell she learned from her father, which he cast on her many times. So... who wants to put money that her father is actually Jubei?

      -Then some guy with a mop handle walks by a map of the line, placing it there in a way for a soldier on the train to recognize. And we soon find out that the Duke of Normandy is helping Todo Jubei, which leads to the Highlander Lady from the party in episode two to question this. The Duke states that he has no interest in that eastern island nation, only hoping to get that woman caught up in an assassination plot. While she is only a figurehead, she is fourth in line to the throne, and they can't be sure someone won't move her ahead. So, wait, the Duke isn't making a move for the throne, or does he think that somebody is going to use Charlotte to make her a puppet ruler? Either way, I think it's save to say that we can mark the Duke as extremely paranoid. But then, why do this? Is he looking to destroy Charlotte's reputation? Wouldn't Her Majesty open up an investigation and find the truth, or is he close enough to the throne that he can manipulate it? Wheels within wheels, as they say.

      -After a fade out, we return to the train, already on the move. Dorothy is pouring Lord Horikawa a glass of wine, commenting on the lack of an attack from Maidstone Station. The Lord suspects that, as fearsome as Jubei is, he is out of his element in a foreign nation. So yay, he can finally relax without worrying for his head now! Meanwhile, Ange and Chise are keeping vigil on top of the train, because of course they would. Chise still thinks an attack is coming, leading to Ange asking why she's so obsessed with him? Because Jubei killed her father! Is this a literal thing, or in the whole "Darth Vader killed Anakin" way? I'm still betting on Jubei being her father, though. But this also means we have at least three characters with tragic backstories. Can't wait to see what Dorothy's tragic backstory is. I would laugh if she lived a completely normal life, though. "Yeah, my parents are still alive and they're good people, but I wanted to become a spy because it seemed fun."

      -But yeah, Chise's world stopped two years ago, and she will not let her tears fall into she strikes Jubei down. Anyway, remember that soldier? Yeah, turns out, he's got a bomb on his leg. Dorothy, however, saw the janitor, too, and was keeping an eye for anything suspicious. She attempts to stop the soldier, but fails in stopping his suicide bomb attack, blowing up a good chunk of the train, separating the last two cards from the rest of the train. This allows another steel train to run up along side the other cars, which shouldn't have been running for security reasons. Looks like the attack is on, after all. Looks like the Duke of Normandy is a man of his word, even if he is an evil bastard that would put his niece in danger just to destroy her reputation.

      -The aide goes up front to the engine card and asks the engineer to slow down so they can rejoin the soldiers. But they can't, because they're connected to the other car now, and if they slow down, they'll derail! Meanwhile, Ange and Chise catch up to the explosion area, where they find Dorothy, who did survive the explosion. Lucky her. Well, looks like she's out for this one, leaving it to Ange to save the day. Chise asks to go, bowing to her, as well. Ange agrees with a rare, professional smile. One quick costume change later, and with the help of Ange's Cavorite Ball, they're able to rejoin the train. Hooray for steam punk technology!

      -As soon as Chise gets on the train, she makes quick work of the would-be assassins, but one of them asks why she would betray them? Except, she isn't the traitor, they are! She attacks the remaining boarding assassin, but it's Ange who shoots him in the back. Jubei sees that she has arrived and orders his train to go faster. This threatens to derail their train. But it's much worse than that. The tracks merge up ahead. Ever wondered what would happen when two unstoppable forces collide? That's about to happen real soon.

      -Well then, looks like Ange and Chise are going to do their own kind of boarding action. Helping each other other, the two are able to get on the opposing train, Ange taking out the assassins on top of the train, then dealing with the ones inside. Looks like Jubei has to do this himself. He runs along the rope connecting the two trains, then proceeds to kill the aide and engineer. He then works his way into the state car, where only a couple of samurai are left between him and Lord Horikawa. The two are deal with easily, leaving Beatrice to try and intervene, but he avoids the bullets and tries to behead her. Thanks to her voice box, she's able to avoid a fatal blow, but she's still sent flying into the wall, knocking her unconscious. Well, as if Jubei wasn't enough of a monster already.

      -That leaves Lord Horikawa and Princess Charlotte, but it doesn't get to that point as Chise intervenes, leaving the two to engage in combat. Ange is about to make her way across, but Charlotte stops her, saying they should stop the trains instead. Of course, she has to bypass the fight, but thanks to Chise, she's able to slip past. Meanwhile, those two continue to engage in battle, and it is rather interesting that Chise is able to match skills with the older, more experienced samurai. Anime at work, folks! But hey, since maybe they're family, she was trained in his ways, hence why she's able to keep up!

      -Charlotte makes her way to the front, and after a brief moment where she sees all the blood, is able to work the controls thanks to Ange's instructions. While that's going on, we check in on the fight and see that Chise is able to use her smaller body to escape from situations, thanks to dealing with less mass. This allows her to use the environment better to avoid attacks and to strike from other areas. Though this is starting to look like a battle of attrition, and one that Chise cannot win, as one stray attack from Jubei was able to nick her.

      -Our two Princesses are able to get the brakes going on the train, and while the two do collide, thanks to the reduced speed, they are able to avoid a major catastrophe. Meanwhile, the fight starts turning in Chise's favor as she's able to break Jubei's sword, and in one final clash, we see that Chise was able to impale Jubei, bringing the assassin to his end. But Jubei is proud of how strong Chise is, giving her one more pat on the head before falling to the ground, drawing his last breath. Lord Horikawa looks more shocked than happy, but Chise is the one who reports the death of Jubei, even though it happened right in front of him. That will be quite the story to tell, won't it?

      -As the sun begins to set, the soldiers catch up with the train site and begin to secure the area, as well as Lord Horikawa. In a hill not too far away, Chise kneels in front of a tombstone as the rest of the girls catch up with him. And Ange states something she learned form the younger swordswoman.





      -Hey, a prediction of mine came true! Better mark that down on a calendar somewhere. Of course, for Chise, she's treating this as the "Darth Vader killed Anakin" way. Her father was a caring man who taught her the sword. The man resting here? He's a traitor and nothing more than that. Charlotte asks if that is what she wanted, but Chise doesn't want her sympathy. Instead, she's proud, because she was able to surpass her father. Well, Ange isn't going to let this go any further and suggests they go get Dorothy, who's probably wants to get drunk now. Before they leave, Ange turns to Chise and thanks her for keeping Charlotte safe. Alone, Chise tries to get the pain in her heart to fly away. But her tears that she now sheds show that this is a pain she will have to live with for a long time.

      -Later, at the Academy, Dorothy is getting her drink on, leading to Beatrice asking if she should be doing that? Oh, she's twenty, so she's legal to do that. Unless she's keeping the age thing a secret from the others, that is. But her wounds have closed up nicely, so it's all good. Yay! Suddenly, there's an announcement at the door as an all too familiar person walks in.





      -Beatrice is all like "Wait, what?" But Dorothy welcomes the new girl with open arms. Well, as open as they can with the wounds she's still healing from. Turns out, their respective employers have struck a deal, and now Chise will be helping with Operation: Changeling. So they're still sticking with that name? As for how that happened, Dorothy made the introductions between Lord Horikawa and Control in an attempt to get the Japanese Lord to switch sides. Beatrice immediately accuses Dorothy of seducing the Lord, but she would rather not have the noblewoman use such naughty language.

      -As for Chise, she bows and thanks Ange for her help in the fight against Jubei, but before she can complete it, Ange stops her, showing her how they give thanks in the West. She offers a hand to the new transfer student, and thus, the terrible corruption begins, and Chise likes it.


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      -Curse those dark Western customs and their dark seductions! Like handshakes and not bowing to people! How can they live with themselves? Well, she'll find out later, because we're going right into the credits!

      We now get Chise's introduction episode, after seeing her in action for two other episodes. It is rather interesting that we had two Chise focused episodes back to back like this, but obviously it shows how Chise would still have to gain the group's trust, as well as how she got into the group to begin with. Though this makes me wonder about the writing. Did they write the episodes in order first, then swapped it around to what would work best, or just randomly chose what the episode order was going to be from the beginning?

      In story news, we still don't know what the Duke of Normandy is planning, but I'm still banking on him making a grab for the throne at some point. As for why, it's hard to say, but it's pretty clear from this episode and the previous one that he wants Princess Charlotte out of the way. Is she that much of a threat, or is he really worried that somebody is going to make her a puppet ruler? Though he doesn't strike me as the "for Queen and country" type, so I imagine he wants to make his own power grab at some point.

      And with three tragic backstories revealed, it's only a matter of time until we see Dorothy's tragic backstory. What terrible thing will we see in her past? And will Charlotte's plan to ascend to the throne succeed? Tune in on Sunday to find out.

      Until next time, remember, when assassinating somebody on a train, make sure you know the tracks won't merge together at some point. There's no point in killing your target if you end up getting killed at the same time.

    • Babylonia completed!

      4 days ago

      CaButler

      Well, that was a fun Singularity.  Next up is the King of Mages.  You're going down, punk!


      But for now, some of my favorite moments from the singularity.


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      Ana's been around Altera way too long.


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      Remember, this is a serious story event.


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      "No, I'm totally not jealous!  I'm a King, after all!"


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      So that's where he got that line from.


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      But hot Mesoamerican Lucha Goddess!


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      Shocked Evil Rin is shocked.


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      Poor Evil Rin.


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      So says the king.


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      It'd be nice if they animated Good Rin holding a clay tablet that said that.


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      I think Kyohime will have words about that.


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      Isn't that a bad thing?


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      Sounds like a legit Lucha move to me.


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      Ya think!?


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      I don't remember giving you flow... oh.


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      "I curse you while praising you!"


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      Tis but a scratch.


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      When you need to kill a Beast of Humanity.


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      And then the murdering happens.


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      I think Fou is the snarkiest one of us all.


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      Needed more water slides.


      Next week, season one comes to a close.  But will humanity survive?  It'll be up to us to make it happen.

    • Book 3 is live!

      6 days ago

      CaButler

      And we get a new five star unit, too!



      Oh, this is going right into the super dark territory.


      Also, that last voting gauntlet?  Did Muspell get wrecked or what?  I did pick Fjorm from the beginning but I didn't think she'd win the whole damn thing.  I wonder if she'll show up as a Mythic hero later on?

    • Princess Principal Episode 4

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      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.


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      -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...


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      -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.

    • Here's something fun you may not know

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      If you play Azur Lane, you should have noticed a new login screen of Enterprise floating about in the sea.


      You know, this one.


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      Turns out, the devs actually commissioned a Deviant Art artist who does a lot of RWBY fanart, some that are really, really good.


      Here's a link to their Deviant Art page.


      I thought that was cool.  Maybe they'll be tapped to do other stuff at some point.  That picture of Enterprise is really good.

    • Princess Principal Episode 3

      1 week ago

      CaButler

      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.


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      -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.


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      -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?

    • Princess Principal Episode 2

      2 weeks ago

      CaButler

      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.


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      -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...


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      -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.

    • Mash wants piggyback rides.

      2 weeks ago

      CaButler

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      You're fooling nobody, Mash.  You want all the headpats, all the piggyback rides, and all the secret handshakes.


      Also, new images!

  • Comments (1742)

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 days ago

      apparently users have been having trouble uploading images to this site. Have you been seeing this?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 days ago

        It's been an issue for a long while.

    • zogman1

      1 month ago

      I might’ve found you on twitter (assuming you’re on twitter)

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 month ago

        I am on Twitter, yes. 

    • ConnieEdogawa

      1 month ago

      IF I were to make the change, it wouldn't be for a while, because I
      still need to farm ascension mats and exp to get her to level 90, but
      when I'm able to, I'm considering whether to keep NP1 Shuten as my
      support assassin or switch to NP2 Cleopatra. which would you prefer?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 month ago

        Well, that would depend on what is needed.


        Cleo is basically a damage dealing monster that can built her NP up pretty fast, while Shuten is good for bosses with her ability to pull all of the status effects on enemy units.


        Decisions, decisions.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        1 month ago

        like I said, @CaButler , the decision is a long time away, because I need to even be able to level cleo and ascend her first, and I'm currently stuck needing mats to get her past 60. and to get her to 60. I'll ask again when it gets closer to it. just checking with people now so I can see if there's any rush to finish her.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 month ago

      Is the anime Charlotte a good recommendation for people who liked Haruhi?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 month ago

        I would say no. The ending really blew it. 

      • HOWtwoROCK

        1 month ago

        but is the journey better than the ending?

    • zogman1

      2 months ago

      Comments again.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 months ago

        I saw a couple.

    • zogman1

      2 months ago

      Comments.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 months ago

        Comments?

      • zogman1

        2 months ago

        That wasn’t a comment, that was a question.

    • zogman1

      3 months ago

      I commented on some of your images.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 months ago

        I saw. 

      • zogman1

        3 months ago

        Good.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 months ago

      congrats on the Illya, dude.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 months ago

        Guess you saw in my support list. Yeah, I used more SQ than I would have liked, but I didn’t purchase any, so that’s a plus. 

      • ConnieEdogawa

        3 months ago

        meanwhile, I HAVE spent money on quartz and all I've gotten is 2 more Nursery Rhymes, putting her to NP5, my first Medea Lily, my 7th Astolfo, my first Jeanne, and 3 of the 5* CE, at least 4 of the 4*, and at least 6 of the 3* (I have to go back and double check), and, just as a bonus, my 4th copy of the Limited Zero Over CE and the last copy of Golden Millennium Tree I needed to MLB it.

    • zogman1

      4 months ago

      I put words on your images.

    • zogman1

      5 months ago

      I commented on your images.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 months ago

        Yay!

    • HOWtwoROCK

      6 months ago

      Cut smash brothers from the roster

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 months ago

        Huh.  So many to cut.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        6 months ago

        When I did it. I cut: Luigi, bowser rosalina,bowser jr diddy, gamer and watch, gannondawrf, toon link, Robin, duck hunt, dedede, meta knight, lucario, jilly puff, greninja, rob, villager, olimar, wii fit, charizard, shulk, dr mario, dark pit, lucina, roy, ryu, corrin and the mii's. 


        My mind set was: if you were in the first smash game you stay and Luigi, dr mario, dark pit, lucina lucario,meta knight can be skins for characters with special conditions can be picked from the roster as a skin.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      7 months ago

      I found this. who keeps making these DdCOEJ9VAAAGWDC.png

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 months ago

        I have no idea.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      7 months ago

      do you have this one? Db3BJDAV4AA0AHT.jpg

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 months ago

        I've seen it on the artist's twitter, but I haven't uploaded it.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      barnes and noble is having a buy 2 get 1 free on manga. Just letting you know

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      You should really finish Nights of Azure 1.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      1 year ago

      hey remember that nycc17 journal i put up? I think the site deleted it. Can you check? I dont see it anywhere

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Nope, didn't see it.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      did you get a notification for this?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        I did. 

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        Notifications seem to be working for you now then. Good.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

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      Happy Warm Fuzzy Fuzzes Day!

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        Thank you, Princess of Mars.  Long may your reign be.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      I just found out Shantae and Compa (and Croire) have the same VA.


      Edit: wow she's voiced a lot of stuff I've played.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        She's also playing Velvet in the new Tales game.


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        Yep.

    • zogman1

      1 year ago

      Look what I found: https://youtu.be/71lLnE8gJnU

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        1 year ago

        You only just now found this?


        @zogman1

      • zogman1

        1 year ago

        The other day, yes. YouTube doesn't really like me.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      2 years ago

      HAPPY FU DAY~!  confetti_ball

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Thanks.  It's the best time of the year.

    • Kevinet496

      2 years ago

      Congrats on the feature, man. It was about time.  donut

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Thanks.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      2 years ago

      Happy FU!

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Thank you.

    • indiart28 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX 2017 Guardian

      2 years ago

      Congratulations for unlocking the Achievement: "Featured User!" Enjoy your 100 gamerscores!


        whiskey geoff jack ryan gavin michael jeremy tower

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Thank you.  I will spend it wisely.


        Mostly on booze.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      I think the RT site deleted your comments from my images

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        They have been rolling back on stuff.

    • Blood_XIII FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      So I just started Forza Horizon 3, and it gave me a free SUV and since I'm actually online for once it popped up with suggested community decals. I picked one that looked cool and upon further inspection realized it was something you would appreciate.


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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        There be some creative people online.  But they screwed up the arm placement.  The hand cannon is on the wrong arm!

      • Blood_XIII FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        @CaButler Well to be fair the decal is mirrored on the other side, so they likely put it there first and then just mirror-copied it to the right side of the car as opposed to placing the decal itself

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      wait why did trying to load page 2 of your images lead me to your journal entries???

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Don't know.  The site has been doing it for a while.


        And if you post something, make sure to tag me.  I won't see it otherwise.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        ...you know you gave me a great idea


        If I post images most likely I'll shove them all in journal entries. because I know the journal entries get notifications.

    • iMacOfDeath

      2 years ago

      You still participating in ISML voting?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Has that been going on for a while?  If so, I kind of forgot all about it.

      • iMacOfDeath

        2 years ago

        Since the spring, look for it every monday, wednesday, and friday.

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      Are your notifications working?

      • solblade44

        2 years ago

        Not him but I was going to ask the same thing. I'm not getting any either.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        They appear to be working now.

      • zogman1

        2 years ago

        indeed.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        @HOWtwoROCK


        Cute.

    • grenou

      2 years ago

      Congrats on your Fail making it into today's video!



      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Awesome. I submitted that months ago. I wonder if there are any others there? Thanks for point this out.

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      I still need to watch the Fate series.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I guess you're looking at @HOWtwoROCK post from below.

      • zogman1

        2 years ago

        Yep, but I didn't want to whatever the term is now a 1 month old conversation.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Remember when these characters were trying to kill each other?


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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Well, bitches want the D.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        You know I would watch a romantic comedy with these characters

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Got norton back and shantae is fine now.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Norton likes half naked half genies.

    • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

      2 years ago

      Did you have this? Figure you could use it as a holiday profile pic or something.

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      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I did not have a Tales holiday image, so thanks.

      • Raltrios Dislike the new site!

        2 years ago

        You're welcome.

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Your fail made it into fails of the week

      yay

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I know. I saw. I made Geoff laugh. It was awesome.

      • HOWtwoROCK

        2 years ago

        I know right

    • HOWtwoROCK

      2 years ago

      Just gonna dump this here tumblr_nzmqzzbChv1sojsjno2_540.jpg

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        Already have, but thanks anyway.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 years ago

      apparently, now mangaconda is shutting down, too.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        I completely forgot about them, to be honest.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        3 years ago

        really? it's only been a couple weeks, and they're who picked up translating hayate.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 years ago

      good news!

      https://mangaconda.wordpress.com/

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Yay

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      Ah I noticed you have shante up there

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Yes. I posted up an image that I had done as a commission. Take a look at it and give it a good look over.

        Also, I never got notification of a comment here.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 years ago

      so, for days now my "users I follow" feed has been empty, and I assumed it was just because of another stupid update that they'd fix sooner or later.

      what f**king idiot thought automatically having us unfollow everyone was a good idea?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      deleted the picture that freaked you out. Sorry, didn't think it would hit you so hard

    • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

      3 years ago

      I upload new and interesting facts everyday in my series:

      "Fact of The Day"

      Hope to see you there!

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      Hey Ca, do you get a notification when I make a comment post?

    • HOWtwoROCK

      3 years ago

      I was watching Fate Stay night unlimited blade works (Tv show). Why the fuck wouldn't archer just use his phantasm on the little german girl who had Bezerker?

    • zogman1

      3 years ago

      you didn't get a notification about any of my image comments, did you?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        I don't think I have, no.

    • zogman1

      3 years ago

      you didn't get a notification about any of my image comments, did you?

      • zogman1

        3 years ago

        This wasn't a double post originally O_o

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      When you vote in ISML, be sure to also nominate the spring seasonals.

    • iMacOfDeath

      3 years ago

      ISML is back.

    • ConnieEdogawa

      3 years ago

      I saw an image posted by you on my feed of a pink haired girl on the beach, but when I clicked to view it, it was gone. could I get a link to it?

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        You're welcome.

        I wasn't certain about how safe it was initially, but I think I'll be putting it up again later.

      • ConnieEdogawa

        3 years ago

        thank you.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Try here.

      • CaButler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        She was a blonde, actually. I'll see what I can do about it.

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