|Episode 8: I Like You, I Like You, I Love You!
This episode starts off with a little introduction to what goes on before an IGPX race starts.
The fans are anxiously awaiting for the race, but not everyone is so excited about the matchup.
It's Fantine and Takeshi fighting for a win, and people have taken notice to their relationship.
It's even caused a lot of fans to rally against their relationship. The teammates have taken
notice, and Liz even questions Takeshi's integrity to the team before the race begins. Takeshi
reiterates whose side he is on. When Mark calls him a chick magnet, Takeshi reveals that he's
received over 10,000 hate e-mails since the public became aware. Mark tells him to show the
crowd what's up.
This comment leads to me say that a lot of the writing in this episode was well done. This
might partially be because for once, the writers lay off the 'cool' attitude that they use in
Takeshi's lines sometimes. The writing is also good in part to the directing. I haven't really
talked about the directing until this episode guide, but it should be said that the directing in
this episode was some of the best in the series.
I say that more for the directing more than I say that for the writing. As always, there are a
few lines that could have been better. But this show thrives when it goes into the little things
that make the episode great. That all comes from the excellent directing. The script simply
works around the directing to make it appealing to the English-speaking audience. The
important thing to remember is that in some situations, it was unavoidable for the English
writers to throw in weird dialog. This is because the writing has to correspond to the animation,
and what the original director intended anyway. Using that as a benefit of the doubt, this
episode also has some of the best writing.
This episode uses a few flashback scenes. In my review for Episode 12, I really didn't like the
flashbacks. In that episode, it was overdone. Plus in that episode, the main focus was about the
outcome of the race, and what goes on during the race. This episode doesn't really focus on the
race as much as it does focus on Takeshi and Fantine. Even Liz can't quite see Takeshi and
Fantine going out. We see here sitting in her mech, and a quick flash of Takeshi and Fantine
sitting together goes into her head. She might even frown upon it the way Takeshi's sister
The episode does lose a little focus when a subplot arises between Mark and Miss Satomi. Miss
Satomi finds out that Mark recently graduated from Harvard, and has something to do with
one of the sponsors for the team. Once we gain focus on this subplot, it turns out to be
developed very well. Unlike a few other episode in the past that lose focus because of subplots,
this one has a lot of meaning behind it and the creators pulled off a good side story to
accompany the race.
A flashback is shown of Andrei showing Team Satomi what Team Skylark is like. Takeshi is
bit forward with the plan to take Fantine out with his mech during the race. But another
flashback of Fantine asking Takeshi not to go easy on her makes Takeshi think twice.
Takeshi even asks her if she really means it, and we see nothing more. It segues into the race,
where Takeshi is getting beat by Fantine. Takeshi is becoming somewhat hopeless. Liz
encourages him to think about what he's doing. Takeshi says that she is right, and once again
Liz helps Takeshi get in the racing mood.
Liz is known to indirectly influence and help others out. That's saying something, considering
her character usually comes off as having more of an attitude. She is also a wise character.
That's kind of apparent when she is quoting famous philosophers. To see this in her character
outside of that realm shows that her character has developed into a stage of full awareness on
how to deal with each situation. When confronted with Takeshi acting up during the race, she
sticks with what she knows is right. It's exactly the type of character that makes a good role
But of course, this episode would be nothing without a little involvement with Takeshi and
Fantine. In the midst if Takeshi's barrage of attacks, Fantine's mech burns out and Takeshi
comes in for the killer blow. Both mechs slide into the finish line, but down and beat. Later
that night, Takeshi and Fantine meet up at a beautifully designed restaurant. Fantine is a
little down about losing and Takeshi is also a little down about how he won. He asks Fantine if
she let him win. She grunts in an annoyed kind of way. He apologizes for saying that. She
replies that there is no need to apologize if she didn't hear him.
That goes back to the writing which is still a highlight of this episode. The good writing carries
over to the subplot, which helps it work. Miss Satomi is thinking back to when she first talked
to Ichi. They didn't show this in Episode 5, so it was kind of neat to go back to an event to
which we were already introduced. He says that Miss Satomi will have to learn to ignore the
people who will always find a way to criticize what the team is doing.
The subplot goes on her feelings toward the way she runs the team. She also has to keep
integrity, and she thinks the things the Mark has covered up until now have hurt that. Not
giving too much away to this well-developed subplot, Mark reveals that it's not what she
thinks, but he says it in a very realistic way. He reminds her that he is part of the team and
winning in any aspect is part of making the team great.
This episode doesn't do wonders for the series, but it certainly opens eyes to what this series is
capable of in terms of writing, directing, animation and character development. It also shows
that the series can build off of its faults. That would be the reference to Mark's dad. Now, I
feel a little bit better about that subplot from Episode 7. Most importantly, the show stays true
If you think about everything that happens, it is very realistic. Takeshi would really receive
hate e-mails. There really would be a rally against Takeshi and Fantine's relationship. And
there would likely be a nice restaurant overlooking the IGPX race track. The director finds
these little things in the settings, and even the writing. Of course, you'll have to hear the
Japanese version and read the subtitles to see what the differences are. Either way, this
|Fantine is seen preparing
for the race against
Takeshi and Team Satomi.
|Team Skylark maintains a
strong formation as to
protect Fantine from
|A pit stop is necessary for
Takeshi who can't get a
read on how to go about
winning this race.
|USA original air date: December 17th, 2005
|Japan original air date: November 23rd, 2005
|Original Japanese Title:
I Like You, I Like You, I Love You!
Team Satomi's next race pits them against Team Skylark.
However, it is not popularly known that Takeshi and Fantine have
feelings for each other. Will those feelings hinder each other's
performance in the race? And will the outcome of the race affect
their relationship? Meanwhile, Miss Satomi gets a little too curious
and finds out that Mark may be hiding something about him. Will
she be pleased with the truth behind his past? This episode features
the first race against Team Skylark.
|OVERALL SCORE: 8 out of 10
|Toonami Version Differences
No changes/cuts are made.