Episode 10 of Girls’ Last Tour had more aimless wandering, more darkness, more music, more water, less food… and a talking cat? What?
Japanese Original Episode Title: 電車 / 波長 / 捕獲
This week’s Girls’ Last Tour starts with the girls waiting for a train. Now you’d think that in a futuristic dystopian world where humankind is almost obsolete trains would have stopped operating, but you’re probably wrong. Apparently, large industrial trains are still working, and they keep moving around for no apparent reason. Conveniently enough, the girls, who are trying to cover as much distance as possible, board the train along with their Kettenkrad and set off to another unknown dark infrastructure in the middle of nowhere. Needless to say, the train is as massive as it is empty.
On their way out of the train, unexpectedly, the girls pick up instances of radio signals. The transmission is playing in the radio Yuu picked up from the graveyard (Chito is not impressed), and is some random sad music that opens up a whole conversation on why music can make you happy or sad. Yuu also discovers the magical act of singing, and how she’s been doing it all along without realizing it, wow.
As the girls find a lift that catapults them to the top of yet another huge dark building and to a new higher level, the radio starts functioning normally, and in an unexpected display of emotions, Chito cries looking at the sunset. They then get a haircut and find a sort of penis-shaped talking cat that decides to follow them. Yuu wishes she could eat the cat.
More robots: We’ve been looking at robot communication patterns a lot at the beginning of the episode, but unfortunately the girls did not come across any robots. Shame, that little heater shaped one from the previous episode was really cute.
Trains: I love trains. I love looking at them, riding them, waiting at train stations, I love looking out of the window while traveling, I just love trains, okay. But that train sucked. No wonder Yuu got bored (not that this is unlike her). Also, someone should turn off the electricity in this godforsaken place. It’s pointless.
Chito’s knowledge: Okay, we get it, Chito is smart, Chito reads, but she’s got like, five books. How on earth does she have that much of an understanding of physics? Just saying.
The Radio: I knew this radio would be playing some part later in the girls’ adventures when they first found it at the graveyard. Yuu was paying too much attention to it at the time.
Another level: Did you notice the dark ground of the upper level cutting off the red sky when the girls were looking at the sunset? So depressing. We still haven’t gotten any insight on how these ‘levels’ work by the way.
Hair: Why the hell do the girls have long hair? They live in a barren wasteland, have no objective standards on what they should look like, they have the ability to cut it, but instead both keep very long hair. In case you never had long hair, let me tell you – it’s a hassle. Especially if you’re traveling in the cold and need to wash it, and especially when you are someone like Yuu.
A CAT: Omg I love this cat. I want one. But then again, I want all cats. Hmm.
Themes & Trivia
Time: The concept of time as it is being perceived by humans, its measurement, and its sociological functions are discussed in an argument between Chito and Yuu when they find a clock attached to a dead robot. Do you ever find yourself thinking that time doesn’t really exist, and we just make our lives harder trying to run our lives around something we have created to facilitate them?
Thank God For That Cat
It is the first time I’m actually looking forward to the next Girls’ Last Tour episode. And yes, it probably is because of the cat showing up. This show is enjoyable and relaxing but sometimes get really tiring. It needs some spice.
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