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Posted 10/8/17 , edited 10/8/17

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Really interesting start to this one. It has a little of that Made In Abyss approach of cute characters in not so cute circumstances. I'm just not sure at this point where it's going to go from here. Unless a more focused storyline kicks in it almost feels like they were already able to get the whole message across in the first episode.


Yeah - as the episode ended, I too felt like the story could satisfactorily end there as well. That one episode encompassed a lot. And I liked it a lot: every instant posed the question, "What are we doing? What is anyone doing?" At first Yuuri's boke kind of pissed me off when she knocked them both off the propeller, and then it really pissed me off when she pointed her gun at Chito (and her finger was on the trigger). But then I thought about it: They could easily run out of food in a week. So why should they care about anything? The two of them seem college-aged to me, and somehow that makes their naiveté about war and their morbid flippancy feel less discordant. I couldn't take Yuuri's trick to get the last piece of food as a joke; it was more like a realization that norms like honor and decency (and gun safety) no longer have meaning without a society. I think it'd be fair to interpret their subsequent laughter as arising partially, if not primarily, out of sadness. In that sense, that Yuuri was just joking - and was able to make such a joke in the first place - meant that the two of them could actually be true to each other, remaking the social contract and carrying on within themselves the remnants of human society.

Not that any of what I said is original: it's bread-and-butter apocalypse genre themes. The first thing Girls' Last Tour made me think of was The Road - but, being anime, with cute girls. And while it is sexist, cute girls still do represent the goodness and innocence of humanity (this is one of the things that makes Saga of Tanya the Evil so great). Can you imagine the show going the "To Build A Fire" route? And even if it did, we'd find it next to impossible to feel that the girls deserved it, unlike in London's story. So I do feel like the girls serve more of a purpose than simply to be gawked at, even if that was the writers' primary intent.

I'm kind of worried having more episodes will ruin this first one; it was really good. If there's too much of a plot, the being-thereness will get pushed aside. But that gives me an idea as to how the show can work: if the girls just keep traveling on, dealing with small obstacles, having quick flashbacks, and talking honestly about their feelings, I think I'd be happy with it. I mean, I can easily imagine a whole episode entirely about looking for food, which is a huge issue for them.

EDIT: Oh man this comment over on Amazon's page (courtesy user Pepper):


Its a show about two yuri moe blobs living in Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'
They do cute things like talking about total war and scavenging battlefields for soup
Something comes between them!!!
gud fer now
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Posted 10/8/17 , edited 10/8/17
Interesting vehicle they got. I'm curious to see how this world is going to open and explain what happened. I could read the manga but that's not an option for me. Maybe in the future.
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"Yuri moe blobs" lol. So accurate.

Is this just not on HiDive yet? I went and looked couldn't find anything...
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kitsuneshoujo wrote:

"Yuri moe blobs" lol. So accurate.

Is this just not on HiDive yet? I went and looked couldn't find anything...


That's probably because HIDIVE mostly streams these shows outside the U.S. and not in it. Those of us in the U.S. can only watch these shows on Anime Strike or on pirate sites.
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Posted 10/8/17 , edited 10/8/17
That was beautiful and depressing and adorable.
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Not sure why but the Amazon Prime Video for this in Canada has no subtitle options at all. Can anyone share another option for viewing it?
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Benfynyn wrote:

Not sure why but the Amazon Prime Video for this in Canada has no subtitle options at all. Can anyone share another option for viewing it?


Yeah, I see that as well. Not sure where else we can stream it from. Sent an email to Amazon...whether that'll make any difference I have no idea.
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Posted 10/9/17 , edited 10/10/17
I usually avoid shows with "cute girls doing cute things"- but this one has crossover appeal. Reminds me a lot of Made In Abyss, although I could do without the unnecessary squicky moments like when the blonde swallowed her friend's hand...Also hope moe blobs aren't the new trend in serious anime. It worked in Higurashi, it's tolerable in Made in Abyss, but here- how old are these girls supposed to be? I mean, lolis are difficult enough to take seriously. Anyway, liking it so far. The visuals are really nice.
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Posted 10/12/17 , edited 10/12/17

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Benfynyn wrote:

Not sure why but the Amazon Prime Video for this in Canada has no subtitle options at all. Can anyone share another option for viewing it?


Yeah, I see that as well. Not sure where else we can stream it from. Sent an email to Amazon...whether that'll make any difference I have no idea.


Not sure if you saw yet but I checked last night and the subtitles option was there finally.
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Posted 10/12/17 , edited 10/12/17

Benfynyn wrote:


lordhaw wrote:


Benfynyn wrote:

Not sure why but the Amazon Prime Video for this in Canada has no subtitle options at all. Can anyone share another option for viewing it?


Yeah, I see that as well. Not sure where else we can stream it from. Sent an email to Amazon...whether that'll make any difference I have no idea.


Not sure if you saw yet but I checked last night and the subtitles option was there finally.


Checked and yes, it's all good. Thanks for letting me know!
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One thing I noticed was that when one girl fell asleep as they were driving, the other decided to stop and sleep as well. Both asleep in the open back of the halftrack. While lost inside a huge strange complex. To me that indicates either complete naivete or complete confidence of no threats of any sort, because there was no "You take watch while I sleep" sort of thing. Maybe that's why the brunette doesn't even bother with a weapon.

Maybe. I'm not saying there can't be monsters or other people, but these two certainly didn't appear to be searching for wild game - just old rations. It's like they truly are the last living things anywhere.
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How oddly intriguing, so different than the usual anime fare, I'm game for more. Some very nice visuals too the night sky was great.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17
Episode 2

Oo, I like the style of the OP song. Somewhat cartoony but definitely appealing, visually.

Once again, we have the two main girls on their mysterious adventure. There's some fan service this episode with the water baths although I didn't find it distracting. I really love the way the music is used for this episode. It balances between the SOL-ish feel and an adventure vibe.

Good episode. I really like the pacing of this and the style of the storytelling so far.
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Episode 2

The girls find a pipe full of hot water, and they make a bath out of it. Seeing that it's cold and they haven't had one in a long time that if feels like they have died and gone to heaven. Then they read a journal and ended up burning one of the books because they needed fuel for the fire. Of course, Chi is not pleased that Yuu burned something so valuable. They still have the journals, which are far more important to keep. Then the girls are in water again, this time cold water, and they do their laundry in it, and then they find a fish to eat. While it's not fresh, it's tasty. Those were some amusing adventures once again as those girls are making the best of a bad situation.
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What a cute relaxing show, I did feel really bad when she threw the book on the fire.
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