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If anyone’s wondering, Matrix bugs Ina because Ina always gives an entertaining reaction and not because Matrix holds a grudge against her. Also, Ken and Yori could totally bromance over swords if Ken weren’t such an antisocial dude.

We saw Ex Machina tonight and it was GREAT. I just want to dump some non-spoilery thoughts here. I’d have to say what really impressed me with the film was how it so clearly defined each character’s point of view and illustrated how those views clashed. There’s one scene where the CEO character, Jay, shows his house guest, Kaleb, a video that Kaleb had previously only seen without audio. With audio Jay was certain it was a convincing argument of a point he was making, and yet Jay only saw it as further cementing his own point of view as the correct one. I super geek out at character development like that. Manipulation of points of view feels to me like the heart of great story telling, when you can absolutely understand multiple characters’ motivations and reasoning and be in total suspense when those motivations clash. For me, a story often falls apart when the motivation make little sense, but Ex Machina nails it, so I’m just gonna recommend this movie, yeah.

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  • Pascalle Lepas

    That last panel is gold.

    GOLD I SAYS!!!

    • suburban_samurai

      Someday they will bromance and it will be glorious.

      • Flaming Squirrel

        Yori: “It’s not the size of the sword, it’s how you use it!”
        Ken: “It’s totally the size of the sword. You’ve broken how many of mine, again?”
        Yori: “Right, point taken.”

        • Alexis Casto

          Ken: “I use two hands to holdmy sword.”

    • Flaming Squirrel

      It’s fools gold! Get it? Because they’re both idiots!
      It’s okay, I’ll wait until you feel like laughing…

      • lilanimefan

        Okay, I’m done.

  • Flaming Squirrel

    Does that mean that Matrix helped crowdfund Ina’s project? You’d think she’d be a bit happier, but I guess that’s princesses for ya…

    • suburban_samurai

      I’d love to see Ina’s patreon video.

      • leavescat

        So would I. *hint hint*

  • IDPounder

    Ooh, Ken! Do you think we could have a tea party with our swords?!? There would be cake, and oooh! We could make pretty hats for our swords!

  • Astralfury

    Yori could have done with the “hey you should use sharp good swords” talk too tbh.

  • charles81

    The ninja will think Matrix is just such a good ninja that they never noticed her… Ever.

  • Lenvoran

    The real feature that Ken was excited about was the hover-sheath. Those things are expensive, but violating the laws of physics is totally worth it.

    • Xinef

      About violations of physics, I wonder where Matrix hid the zanbatou. Probably in her pocket.

      • charles81

        Heh, Gollum wouldn’t want that to be the right answer.

    • suburban_samurai

      Let’s pretend I have some idea how that sword is being held up and run with it!

      • Speedy Marsh

        Rare earth magnets

  • TheArrowPen

    That last panel is my new favorite thing on the internet.

    • suburban_samurai


  • Kid Chaos

    “No touching, bitch!”

  • Lady Courage

    Ina’s reactions are so extreme, it’d be hard NOT to tease her.

    • Kid Chaos

      Except nobody has the nerve…except for Matrix, of course.

      • Lady Courage

        So true. XP

  • Dichu

    These ninjas aren’t trained very well. Either they never noticed Matrix in the first place or they assumed she was part of the YorIna group, in which case he failed to notice that she wasn’t present as well as Ken. Either way, he doesn’t deserve a cool ninja suit.

    • suburban_samurai

      Harsh, Dichu! He looks so good in his ninja garb. It’s also possible Matrix manipulates how people perceive her, but that’d be totes crazy!

      • Dichu

        Oh yes, I had forgotten the

  • Hfar

    Awww! They’ve become one big happy family! Matrix is the older sister who patronizes little sister Ina, Yori’s the excitable brother who wants to play with everyone’s toys and Ken is the anti-social brother who doesn’t want to share his toys with everyone.

    …Okay, so maybe not that happy.

    • Xinef

      Or… Ken is the father who comes home drunk and doesn’t want his kids to bother him. He’d rather just turn on the TV to watch the next episode of his favorite kabuki sitcom “The bold and the drink-till-full”

      • Kid Chaos

        Or “The Guiding Sword”.

      • Hfar

        Eh, snippy brother seem more appropriate to me considering the nature of Ken and Yori’s relationship.

    • suburban_samurai

      Sounds like a typical family unit to me.

      • Hfar

        Eyup. Except for Cho. I’d say he’s the foreign exchange student doing homestay.

  • Minando

    New sword, new sword !! May I touch it ?
    You call yourself a samurai ?!

    Hey, I´m a MANGA samurai ! I follow the way of the fanservice. So: mind if I try it out ? Lemme !!

    Suuure….*draws sword menacingly*
    OOooooh..OW ! Hey ! What was THAT for ?!

  • Rio_Shinn

    “Bro, a stranger with glasses got you a new expensive toy? Lemme borrow it and possibly break it on the next minute!”
    “Nope. “

  • Kid Chaos

    Hey, gang, have you ever wanted to see Samurai!Hitler? Well, now’s your chance! Check it: …and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

    • suburban_samurai

      How very odd!

      • Kid Chaos

        You think *that’s* weird? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

    • Hfar


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  • Da’Zlein

    He just wants to touch your sword, no need to be so prude… I mean rude…

  • Neska

    Heh, “Mine.” That last panel is so cute!

  • lilanimefan

    “OOH, NEW SWORD!! LEMME SEE!!” “MINE.” Anyone else think they’re like Yamamoto and Gokudera the sliiiiightest bit in terms of their interactions?

  • Insane Disciple

    No, you might break.

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