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The Girls of Franchouchou

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Sakura Minamoto; 17 years old, never learned basic road safety

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Saki Nikaido; 18 years old, winner of 1997′s “Most Ironic Last Words” Award

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Ai Mizuno; 16 years old, makes a great lightning rod

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Junko Konno; 19 years old, was going places until it all came crashing down

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Yugiri; 19 years old, has had more sex than you

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Lily Hoshikawa; 12 years old, a precious sweetheart who must be protected

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Tae Yamada; 29 years old, proof that you can get Sailor Moon to sit in a recording booth and make zombie noises for 12 episodes

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The zines have been mailed out! A huge thanks to everyone who purchased a copy 

For my pages I chose the bits of 4.0 which really stuck with me even after I was done with the msq, which included Yugiri’s overall storyline (meeting her parents was such a big moment), the conclusion to the Estinien/Nidhogg storyline (all 30 seconds that we got), and the introduction of the Ananta tribe + the Lakshmi fight (fantastic visuals + music). I really wanted to draw something from the steppes since that was probably my fav. part of the Stormbsblood expansion but didn’t get to so maybe next time…!  

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So, there’s foreshadowing during the encore:

When Ai is singing, Iron Frill is shown.

Yugiri’s line, the old bartender drinking.

Junko sings, the screen shows Okaba.

Lily sings her verse, Papa is in the crowd.

Saki, it shows Reiko.

And Sakura, we see Kotaro, aka Inui-kun.

So just from this small part in the encore, it represents each character having something to do with the past life of the members of Franchouchou.

Although most of these are obvious, we know little regarding Junko, Yugiri, and Sakura’s relationships from the past, or we need information to fill in the gaps.

Okaba is around the age Junko would have been had she stayed alive and has an interest in idols, especially remembering Junko from way back in the 1980s.

The bartender knows Yugiri from the bar scene with Kotaro.

And this episode, we learn that Kotaro went to high school with Sakura.

We still need answers, and from the way episode 12 ended, we will hopefully get our answers in season 2.