T(a)LK — Mahou Shoujo Site, Episode 6: Menhera and emo are two different things

Leap starts up another series of delayed T(a)LK posts.

I really should be doing a better job at getting these out as soon as possible (because y’know timeliness of the subject at hand and whatnot), but well, we’re still coming off of that stretch of delays that we had since last month plus the fact that it really has been a struggle for our schedules to align perfectly — but we push through anyways!

So I do hope you enjoy what this discussion on what is now a three week-old (lol) episode of Mahou Shoujo Site and try to catch our oversights as you go (’cause really all of this is retrospect at this point xD)



Leap
( ^o^);;
Well, a lot of stuff happened.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
That’s true. It was quite the packed episode.


Leap
(^_^)
Funny thing about this episode in particular is, because the seiyuu for Shioi went and got hyped about it all of a sudden, I had a feeling she was gonna start talking again one way or another — and lo and behold, Shioi’s back!
Probably not in the way we all expected either.


Keiko
“(>ლ)”
Ahh what a give away.
Haha, but yeah Shioi’s back!


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂლ )
She got hyped on Twitter or something?


Leap
Σ(≧∇≦*)
Yep, exactly that. Promoted the thing out of nowhere, where before she was pretty quiet about it relative to the other stuff she was plugging at the time.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂლ )
Oh, she spoiled it then? Hahaha!


Leap
(ノ◇≦)
Pretty much yeah.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Oh, she must’ve been quite excited.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
She must’ve really liked voicing Flat Chest, or something.


Leap
;;(^o^ )
That, and she’s been out of the picture for 3 episodes now so it must’ve been nice to be back in the talks.. well, not our t(a)lks, but y’know.



Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
I bet! Now her character’s back in action. I was surprised the emo girl’s power was to heal because that’s different from all the other sticks we’ve seen so far…
Overall, yeah, what an episode to come back to.


Leap
( ˙ ¯ ˙)._.)”
True, and she’s into self harm apparently for the added irony.
And yeah, a lot of fallout from what happened in the previous episodes here.


Keiko
(・o・。)
Yeah… a lot of stuff on Tempest and the site itself which was really interesting.


Leap
( ^o^);;
Turns out Shioi didn’t know all that much either.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Yeah, she only knew the basics of the basics.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
We also now understand why that Throat Girl typed “Tempest” and then stormed off in the previous episode. I didn’t even think the site would have a legit list of details about it,


Keiko
(・o・。)
Same here
Tempest was such an obvious password as well


Leap
( ^o^);;
The “reveal” wasn’t as flashy as I thought it’d be.
Just a straight up forum bulletin.


Keiko
(・o・。)
Hahaha. Yeah.
It was put in such a way that it felt like it was supposed to be found, otherwise why put it there at all.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
It was for magical hunters, right?
But yeah, Shioi should’ve known that bit too if that was the case.


Keiko
(・o・。)
True, though I’m not sure Shioi did.
It seemed like she hadn’t got that deep into the Site


Leap
( ^o^);;
It seemed like all she got was the survival bit, but I don t blame her, even with the added explanation, in the end it’s all still pretty vague


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
That’s true.
Even now, the only way they can get answers is as emo girl said, to capture a site admin



Leap
( ^o^);;
Now, while I did call the possibility of multiple site admins a while back, I didn’t expect the reasoning behind it that was expressed here.


Keiko
(゚o゚〃)
You were right on with the multiple site admins!


Leap
( ;^o^ \)
The “different web sites” thing was beyond me though.
That was actually pretty neat how that’s apparently a thing.


Keiko
(・o・。)
Yeah, that was all well thought out.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
The whole “their plan was never meant to save us” came pretty fast too.
It felt more like a second season story arc.
I would’ve loved to see the girls kil leach other first before it came to that.


Keiko
Σ(・o・;)
I get what you mean. It felt like this was going to be the girls fighting one another for a couple more episodes but instead, there’s been a sudden 180.


Leap
( ^o^);;
Yeah, I mean, we got this new wave of characters to boot.


Keiko
(・o・。)
True…
New magical girls and site admins…


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
The multiple sites is a nice idea though. It justt felt a bit rushed to me.


Leap
;;(^o^ )
Gotta squeeze as much as you can I guess, all things considered.


Keiko
w(°o°)w
To be fair though since this is only gonna be 12 episodes long, it felt like a pretty good place to get to the main “main: plot at episode 6.
There isn’t a lot of space really.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂლ )
This big thing kinda swept the other two plot points to the side; Throat Girl getting her revenge and Dog Girl getting her revenge, lol, both revenges storylines


Keiko
(°o°;)
True, though I’m sure both will come back.
But, that aside, hey Nijimin likes Big Bro.



Leap
(๑≧౪≦)
Duuude she likes Big Bro, Hahaha!


Keiko
“(>ლ)”
I did not see Nijimin falling for him at first sight!


TPAB
o(^▽^)o
The panties are also on the loose, so Big Bro might find it.
Or the multiple admin thing might give him a chance to be one.


Leap
ヾ(・ω・。)シ
(Yooo, that’s episode 7 territory!)


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Hahaha, Well he is after them after all


Leap
( ^o^);;
I like how he’s tipped off mostly because Aya has all these new friends now.
Can’t he just be happy for his little sister.


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Yeah, Hahaha, he isn’t getting his sandbag and that’s too much for him.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
To be fair, the girl couldn’t say a simple “thank you” before, and now she has a lot of friends. I’d be suspicious too.


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
That’s true… all of a sudden she’s much chipper as well


Leap
(´・×・`)
Well, that’s not gonna last.


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
With these revelations, that’s true; their joy will be shortlived


Leap
( ° o°)!
Speaking of shortlived
The bit about how their lifespan is still expended even after being healed by Menhera Girl was another nod to how lifespan works in Site
it’s still an age thing.


TPAB
(/  ‘з’)/
(That’s also episode 7, lol)


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
Yeah, seems that way. She did point out that only the wounds have healed. The damage to the life spans remain and the way she explained it did make it seem like an age thing.
(But yeah I think that’s episode 7, lol)


Leap
(シ_ _)シ
It’s all a blur.
Plus I couldn’t resist the otherwise really good segue.


TPAB
(〃´o`)=3
She did heal everyone, so yay to deus ex machina


Leap
(¬ε ლ)
I mean, it’s not pretty “deus ex” if they still die, but yeah.



TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
But everyone is OK now in a time where they needed to be OK.
Not a fan of drinking blood though. I’d rather die.


Leap
(^_^)
like I said, Devils Line’s vampires would have a field day in this world.


TPAB
(✿´ ꒳ ` )
I get the feeling that none of them will die yet because of all this, or maybe all deaths will be saved for the last 2 episodes.


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
Yeah with these new developments, that seems to be the likely scenario.


Leap
( ^o^);;
There’s too many of them now though…


TPAB
(✿´ ꒳ ` )
Judging by the OP, it’ll be a showdown of a lot of girls versus the admins.


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
Yeah.
There was a montage in this ep of the admins taking out the girls they felt knew too much so at least the numbers aren’t too great in their favor.


Leap
(´・×・`)
Doubt they stand a chance really.
Nana went and ray gun’d a poor gal like it was nothing.


Keiko
(・o・。)
So true… these site admins seem way too powerful for the girls to handle


TPAB
( ° o°)!
Do you think the admins are human too? Or no?


Leap
( ^o^);;
They might be, like, former humans.


Keiko
(’へ’ )
I don’t know about that. They are black and white and seem rather inhumane…
Their faces are stuck in one eternal expression as well


TPAB
o(^▽^)o
They all feel like dudes to me.
A giant sausage fest manipulating girls to kill themselves.
But I guess it all ties back to the Tempest, like what do the admins get out it.



Keiko
(・o・。)
Wasn’t there that weird wired up girl or something at the end of this ep?
I feel like Tempest is probably related to that…


TPAB
( *゚ロ゚)
Oh yeah, forgot about her.
The ep ends with an image of her.


Keiko
(・o・。)
Yeah… I do wonder who that was…


Leap
(꒪⌓꒪)
She’s probably who they feed negative energy to her somehow
As to why they’re doing so, well…


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
Yeah, that would explain why they’re collecting misfortune and other negative emotions.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
She could be that one girl that survives the tempest or something.
Really though, I love the mystery as of now, but hate how rushed the story is developing.


Leap
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
Ooh. Could be, yeah.
Nah, I’m okay with it really.


Keiko
(・o・。)
Ooo yeah that is a possibility 😮
The mystery is great! I’m not too bothered by the pacing of the developments either really.


TPAB
(๑ˊ▵ॢˋ̥๑)
I wonder how they’ll capture an admin. They look OP


Leap
(´・×・`)
They are OP, but in hindsight, so are the girls’ powers.
So I’m guessing they’re gonna manage.


Keiko
(・o・。)
True and to top it off Aya and Yatsumura don’t have their sticks yet…
I guess if they have a proper strategy in place they could capture one of them?


Leap
( ˙ ¯ ˙)._.)”
There’s that too to consider yep.


TPAB
(✿´ ꒳ ` )
Oh yeah, I bet the handsome detective have the sticks.


Leap
( ^o^);;
Y.eah, he’d be my first guess too.
Nowhere else they could be really,


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
That’s what I thought as well.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
I feel like, as an admin, I’d already have a contigency plan should they ever target me. The admins feel more organized, but, yeah, I’d love to see them try and capture one.
Plot twist, Throat Girl will help in the capture.


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
True say. I think it’ll be fun just to watch them give it a shot
Ooooh wouldn’t that be something.


Leap
( ^o^);;
The contingency plan is always gonna be just kill ’em really before they could mount any sort of offense, but I bet that what they didn’t expect was that the girls would start working together.



Keiko
(・o・。)
True… they did go as far as to have a meeting once they found out the girls from two different sites were in contact.
It seems like they didn’t foresee that one


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
For a bunch of over powered guys that can teleport at will, it’s a massive oversight.
But again, i’d love to see them try and capture one


Leap
( ° o°)!
Think they go after Nana, or just a random one?


Keiko
(゚o゚〃)
I want it to be Nana but who knows.
It’ll be fun if it’s Nana since we’ve met her already.


TPAB
o(^▽^)o
It feels right they that target Nana.
Plot twist, Nana kills herself before the capture, the open seat for admin now goes to Big Bro, Hahahahaha!


Keiko
(≧∇≦*)
Hahahaha!
I don’t see Nana killing herself but that would be an interesting twist.


Leap
(꒪⌓꒪)
I see Nana straight up dying if it ever comes to that. Oh, maybe Sarina swoops in for the kill because she’s not in on the plan.


Keiko
“(._.(˙ ¯ ˙ )
I can see Sarina doing that.


TPAB
( ・᷄ㅂ・᷅ )
I just hope we finally see some deaths
I guess technically we saw a lot here though


Leap
( ’へ’ )
the kicker though is we don’t know if sticks even work on admins


Keiko
(・o・。)
Ohh yeah good point!


TPAB
( ° o°)!
Oh yeah.. I think it will. I’m hopeful.


Keiko
(・o・。)
If they were the ones who issued them, they might have sort of safety set up in case they ever get attacked…
But yeah I’m hoping the sticks do work on them because it’d be more fun that way.


TPAB
o(^▽^)o
With OP powers, like that finger gun, it’s going to be a fun melee, so fingers crossed.


Leap
(๑°o°๑)
Oh for sure. can’t wait to see what the new set of magical girls can do.


TPAB
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
“Magical girls” cause not everyone has the right equipment…
Hahahahaha!


Leap
o(≧∇≦o)
(Eyy we don’t know that yet!)
We done with episode 6?


TPAB
(/  ‘з’)/
Wait up, what do you think of that emo chick, sighing and all.


Keiko
(・o・。)
Well it fits into her character no?
It seems like she doesn’t like annoying stuff and all of this explaining was probably a pain.


Leap
( ̄▽ ̄)ノ
About that (or, well, her)…
I wanna give a small TL note about how she’s being called “emo” in the subs.


TPAB
( ¬_¬)
TL notes by Leap-sensei.


Keiko
(๑°o°๑)
Ooo go on.



Leap
(꒪⌓꒪)
Shioi actually calls her a “menhera”, which is slang for Mental Health-er — originally a derogatory term for self-assessed mentally challenged teens who go to mental health forums in hopes of finding something that can help them out; but is now instead used to describe a fashion/subculture trend themed around menhera; like people going out with eye patches, slashed wrists, and stitch markings.
Hence why the subs translate it as “emo”, but contextually it’s a bit different.


Keiko
(๑°o°๑)
Ohh I see…
That’s interesting to see it become something of a fashion trend…


TPAB
( ° o°)!
That’s a fascinating rabbit hole.
Do a post about that, Leap.
Slashed wrists as a fashion accesory. Hell yeah, that’s some tumblr sh*t right there. I feel like if I stare too long, she’ll accuse me of normal mental health privilege.


Leap
;;(^o^ )
There was a song I TL’d a while back that had this theme, largely why I know about it.
That’s all I have there really, it was just neat hearing the word again, Haha, you guys got anything more to add?


TPAB
(꒪⌓꒪)
Otokonoko.


Keiko
Ahhh right.
I think we’re done for this ep.
(….Wasn’t that episode 7?)


Leap
(〃´o`)=3
It is, he just wants to talk about him.


Keiko
“(>ლ)”
Hahah! Clearly. We should wrap this up then.


TPAB
(/  ‘з’)/
Ratings then.
7/10 because of menhera.


Keiko
d(^-^b)
Err I’ll give it a 7…
It was a good episode


Leap
( ̄▽ ̄)ノ
7 for me as well.


Now, whether or not this is a trilogy, or ends up becoming a quadrilogy of catch-up posts remains to be seen, but eyy, this is what I signed up for (and really the reason why these take so long on my part is because a lot of time is spent on formatting — but that too is mostly on me anyways, lol).

Anywho, check out our discussions on the sixth episodes of Boku no Hero Academia and Devil’s Line if you haven’t yet. No clever quips from me this time. I’ll save it for when I’m all caught up with everyone 😀

See ya in a bit!

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