Sailor Moon- Series Overview

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:32 am

Episode #176: School test shenanigans are afoof, as Usagi, Minako AND Seiya fail their tests and need to do make-ups, but Seiya's ALSO struggling with a stage director, who criticizes his entire performance. Meanwhile, Rei continues her "teleports straight to Juuban High" gimmick, while now copying the "Noblewoman Laugh" anime cliche as part of a persona to impress the Three Lights (it just weirds them out)- but she discovers that the stage director, Akane, is a nun/teacher at her Catholic Private School! Yes, the Shinto Shrine Maiden is at a Catholic School- Japan is weird that way. In any case, she wants to accomplish both stage direction and religious study, and sees no reason why she can't do both.

Finally, she explains her harshness- she was dazzled by the Three Lights' "singing with all their hearts" as if they were calling to "that one special person" (perceptive, that one)... but while Seiya's acting, he shows NONE of that same "fire", and that's what angers her so ("is this not worth your time?"). Thankfully, since Seiya is competitive and prideful, he gets the picture, and isn't satisfied unless he gives it his all- his FABULOUS dancing thus impresses her next time, in a good bit (the belly-shirt and undies over the tights make this look soooooooooo girly, but... YOU KNOW...).

Naturally, Akane is attacked by Sailor Iron Mouse, and a furious Seiya is left with no other option- he uses "Fighter Star Power... Maaaaaake up!" with the most Jem and the Holograms Transformation Sequence ever, appearing with a literal goddamn MICROPHONE/EARPIECE that shifts his male body to a female one (yes, no breast-binding here), and a bunch of still action-poses result- huh, no flowing transformation stuff. Must be a lower budget. Star Serious Laser wipes out the Phage (Sailor Director), but Sailors Moon & Mars arrive to protect it, since it was once human- Star Fighter's all "You have no idea what it's like! We had to leave our homeworld and stuff!", but Mars threatens her with the Flame Sniper attack (holding the arrow and flaming bow at her in a cool bit) and Sailor Moon casually reverts the Phage back to normal. Kind of a pointlses argument given everyone should know the deal by now, but whatever.

I liked the bits here between Seiya & Akane- one of those things where they give our Weekly Victim a lot of focus and give her some depth so she's not just some nobody. The debate about effort and fire gives more character to Seiya beyond "Smug, Aloof Douche" and reveals the kind of effort and strife needed to become truly great.

(First Appearance: Sailor Star Fighter Transformation Sequence)

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:28 am

Episode #177: Taiki gets a Focus Episode this time- it's based around the fact that Mr. Fivehead is one of the smartest students in school- equal to AMI of all people! Both he and Ami nerd out over their Physics teacher being super well-educated, but Taiki's dialogue is hopelessly exposition-y and delivered in the most bland monotone from the actress playing him. Ami casually points out that the teacher is talking about the comet he discovered "like a lover", which is funny to just blankly state like that. In any case, the core story is one of those "Romance vs. Science" things that pops up in this series fairly often- the Sailor Moon S movie among them. Ami likes the teacher's more romantic idealism (dreams and wonder about the stars keeping him from taking a research job at Cambridge), while Taiki chides him for such odd viewpoints despite being a man of science.

Taiki disregards the notion of them viewing the comet because "there's a 100% chance of rain", but Ami is convinced things will work out- Taiki, despite his nature, finds himself compelled to come see anyways ("this is silly"), but naturally Sailor Iron Mouse attacks (showing some Mimete-style tendencies, crushing on what the teacher used to look like, and his "rugged" looks now when his glasses fall off). So Sailor Star Maker attacks the "Sailor Teacher" Phage, but Ami defends him as the teacher she once knew, pointing out that "the desire to pursue dreams and wonder is the energy that drives us as human beings!", to which Maker replies "so that's what you meant" with a smile. Yeah, it's a pretty "Sailor Moon" conversation to have.

Anyways, Sailor Moon shows up, but Sailor Teacher keeps throwing chalk at her- Star Maker uses "Star Gentle Uterus" (hee) again, but confesses she "reduced the power by half- after all, he's someone you respect"- Sailor Moon transforms him, and the day is saved. And of course the sky clears and everyone happily sees the comet- "I can see the dreams and wonder that you spoke of". Aw, Taiki, the comet has thawed your logical heart. Not a bad episode, but pretty old-hat for the show. Star Maker seems okay, but a tad stoic and forgettable- I can see why Captain Fivehead is the least-popular of the trio.

(First Appearance: Sailor Star Maker Transformation Sequence)

(Monster Powers: Chalk multi-blast, long extending metal pointer)

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:31 am

So, early "Sailor Stars" observations- Star Fighter is so clearly a retread of "First Season Mamoru", but I kind of like his spirit. Star Maker is a bit too boring. Sailor Iron Mouse seems to be a Mimete retread, and has by far the least amount of focus I've ever seen on a recurring "General".

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:46 am

Episode #178: And now it's YATEN's turn for some characterization! Luna ends up staying with him so he can have a pet to show off on a TV show, and this gives him some depth- he's terse, rude and impolite with people in person, but has a soft spot for animals. Since Luna's kind of a perv with pretty humans, she's into the idea (seriously it even shows her with the "drooly mouth of thirst"). The girls at first tease her, but when they find out Luna took a BATH with him, Rei & Mako are outraged, and Minako is beside herself with lust, hilariously getting the "anime pervert nosebleed" while thinking about bathing, sleeping and cuddling up next to Yaten. I love how she's just like "OH HELL YES MAMA WANNA RIDE THAT LIKE A PONY!", straight-up curling her fingers at the thought.

So of course Artemis is jealous and distressed, especially as Luna is giving Yaten these loving looks, and Rei's no help, immediately suggesting he'll find another cat (Mako's at least sympathetic, though he finds her pity annoying, too). But Luna is struck when the Three Lights have a conversation about the girl they're looking for, with Yaten saying she's the only one he's interested in knowing, and that he HATES humanity and doesn't trust any of them. He's even annoyed at Seiya's idea of "love at first sight". His grumpiness has him telling off a dipshit Teen Idol who refers to herself in the third person, too. When she mocks Luna's appearance, then suggests that Yaten doesn't like her so must be GAY, Luna swipes at her in a great bit, but then she's attacked by Sailor Iron Mouse. Yaten's like "Whatever, I don't even like this bitch" and tries to bail, but Luna actually attacks the villain, getting blasted for it!

So of course the Sailors are all there, with a great "Pre-Fight Lecture" about how Iron Mouse "violated an idol's privacy", to which Venus adds "Yeah, even I'VE been trying to hold back!" like a doofus, and then Moon starts tossing out her speech while Iron Mouse keeps trying to get a word in and is being ignored. Then she teleports out and Mars chides Moon for taking so long to call her out- hee, great fourth-wall gags. Anyways, Sailor Ojyou appears as our Monster, and RIPS HER CLOTHES OFF, revealing a scandalous whale-tail-thong lingerie outfit, but Yaten reacts to Luna's sacrifice by transforming and knocking the Phage (whose attack is just... using a whip) into the wall, setting up her defeat. Like, why would FIVE SAILORS need help against a Phage with only one attack shown? I guess they were outta time, lol.

Fun little episode, with Yaten being an adorable little grouch about everything- the soft spot for animals humanizes him, as is him having by far the most angst about looking for this mystery person. Though having Luna lust for another human after we know she's with Artemis is an, um, curious look, and is a bit irksome given there's an episode a season in the past that features her SLASHING HIM for possibly flirting with a human woman. HYPOCRITICAL LUNA, I AM DISAPPOINT.

(First Appearance: Sailor Star Healer Transformation Sequence, Sailor Iron Mouse's Blast)

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:51 am

Episode #179: And now it's a Sailor Jupiter-themed episode, also featuring Taiki in a major role. And HARUKA AND MICHIRU ARE BACK! I was wondering when the "Outer Senshi" were gonna show up. So the Three Lights wonder about where their "Princess" is (is that the first time they use that term?), but Seiya notes she & Sailor Moon seem kind of alike. He's harshly scolded by Taiki for that ("Don't mention them in the same breath!"), and Taiki goes on about how Sailor Moon's optimistic "I have to save people!" act is the thought process of a "happy ignorant" who "doesn't know what a real war is". Oh, YOU- this is just a repeat of how Sailor Uranus & Neptune were in Sailor Moon S, right down to the "you're not merciless enough!" bit. To be fair, they're clearly unfamiliar with this world and all the insane stuff Sailor Moon's already went through (like fighting an evil planet or a Kaiju Queen).

In any cause, Taiki finds out Mako can cook, so invites her to be his "friend" on a cooking show he's been invited to. Mako, blushing, just calmly accepts, hopefully not falling head over heels for another handsome grouch. Usagi of course pushes her way in, as well, while Sailor Iron Mouse is given a near-final chance by Sailor Galaxia, with two dark silhouettes with glowing eyes taunting her- replacement Generals, no doubt (I recognize one as Sailor Lead Crow).

Usagi immediately crashes the live broadcast of the cooking show, and that goes about as well as you'd expect, as she smooshes the eggshells into the batter and then uses baking powder instead of flour, completely wiping out the joint. The host chef manages to save the day, and even laughs it off, but the big reaction is from grumpy Taiki, who laughs uncontrollably at Usagi's foul-ups and messy appearance- something that impresses his bros.

And then it's the fight- Iron Mouse attacks the chef, Sailor Chef throws out one attack and gets blasted by Jupiter Oak Evolution, but then Sailor Moon is distracted by the chef's chocolate cake and nearly dies- Sailor Star Maker saves her and blasts the monster with her Uterus (hee) and we're out. Taiki is now obsessed with the way Usagi got him to laugh (almost like they're teasing a "ship" here). Nice enough episode, though I'm annoyed at how Usagi completely stole the spotlight from what I assumed was supposed to be a "Mako Episode".

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:33 am

Episode #180: And finally... FINALLY... we come to a Uranus/Neptune episode! Now, Michiru is doing a joint concert with the Three Lights, and homina homina hominta- WHITE EVENING GOWN WITH SHOULDER-LENGTH GLOVES, Y'ALL! Michiru is congratulated by Seiya after the show is a success (weird how the Three Lights are Pop Idols but NEVER SING- why not use this to make some new songs? They redid the entire soundtrack of the series, but didn't use many with words!), and he promptly begins flirting, attracted to the mystery of her personality, and her joking about how his fans might go crazy on her.

She politely leads him on and teases him, at which point HARUKA shows up and is immediately jealous- kind of hilarious that Haruka is the jealous one, given how often she flirts with other girls. Michiru is unapologetic and like "oh, JEALOUS?", too, while Seiya just cracks wise ("you really had me going, Michiru"). Haruka mutters "get the hell out" at Seiya and he coolly takes his leave.That whole interaction was great fun, and very unsual for the show- most people flirt in a one-sided nature- with a confident aggressor and a blushing recipient- real Shoujo shit. This was straight-up "two cool, confident equals" in a contest of words. Meanwhile, Iron Mouse is threatened by Sailor Galaxia, and her two smirking rivals now appear in full to taunt her.

In any case, today's victim is actually an elderly conductor, and there's a neat bit where he correctly guesses that the Lights' songs are "sending a mysterious wave of energy" outward, like "a message to a loved one". This delights Seiya. He's turned into Sailor Conductor and throws stuff at Sailor Moon, but is promptly beaten by a Star Serious Laser and the Therapy Kiss... and I realize that Uranus & Neptune don't get involved in this fight AT ALL. But then Sailor Moon & Star Fighter make a truce and THERE THEY ARE- and Sailor Uranus fires out a "World Shaking" at Seiya! Snarling "Get lost", a narrow-eyed Uranus & Neptune arrive and chase the Starlights away, declaring that they "come from outside the solar system!" and that "beings like them can't be trusted!". The Starlights are PO'd and bail, with a heartbroken Moon wondering why this has to be- the Guardian Bitches just go all "Well it's our job to protect you", which is a new one from them, who are usually as unhelpful as humanly possible.

A pretty good episode, with some fun interactions- the annoying Phage Fights are getting increasingly short and tiresome and distract from some pretty good stories. Sailors Uranus & Neptune being adversarial to the Starlights is a twist you can probably see coming, seeing as how obsessively-separate they are- that the Starlights have adopted many of their Sailor Moon S traits as mysterious outsiders with a separate mission that might involve sacrificing people... now that's just irony.

(First Appearance: Sailor Lead Crow, Sailor Aluminum Siren)

(Monster Powers: Throwing Conductor Rods- Multiattack)

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:25 am

Episode #181: So with Sailor Iron Mouse on her last shot at a Star Seed (complete with a fun bit where telephones simply appear to harass her wherever she goes), she targets the Three Lights, while Seiya just aggressively asks Usagi out to meet him at the park! Not realizing he means it's a date, she goes along, despite being annoyed at how demanding he is... and she finds Haruka & Michiru, who now engage in their most MASTER-CLASS example of P.D.A., as Michiru drags Haruka off after warning Usagi not to let the wolf "devour" her- Haruka: "Be more gentle", Michiru: "Maybe when we're alone". This is probably the most infamous example of "YUP- THESE TWO BONE" to the fandom.

Usagi & Seiya hang out at what is obviously the Ueno Zoo (the pandas behind glass is a dead giveaway), then an amusement park, and we even see a cutesy Archie Comics-ish gag with a "Panbresto" prize machine ("Banpresto" being a big company for making Japanese figurines and such). Usagi is annoyed at his consistent flirting, but he's taken aback by how serious she is in defending her relationship with Mamoru, finding her similar to his "Princess". Though it's again pointed out that he never replied to her letters (because he ded). Then he takes her to an exclusive club that the Lights always visit, and through Comedic Misunderstandings (tm), Usagi thinks he's about to mount her when LOL turns out he just meant "first time" as in "first time going dancing at a club".

Then the true push of the writers to make Usagi/Seiya a thing happens, as Iron Mouse turns out the lights at the club, and Seiya holds Usagi close- "A warmth just like Mamo's- but a different scent". Yeah, they disliked Mamo THAT MUCH that we now get a big Seiya "shipping" push, lol. Usagi runs off to transform, but Seiya avoids Iron Mouse's "Star Seed Blaster" and transforms right in front of the villain! Sailor Moon arrives, and her concern over Seiya makes Sailor Star Fighter realize that she & Usagi must be the same person, and just as Iron Mouse threatens them one last time... Sailor Galaxia appears, coldly takes away her bracelets, thus vaporizing the general once and for all. Then she taunts the other Sailors, and the Starlights confirm that she's the one who destroyed their home.

We end things with Seiya apologizing for bailing and gifting Usagi the prize he won at the theme park, and he goes all "Nah, she couldn't POSSIBLY be Sailor Moon..." before leaving. And so Sailor Iron Mouse is dead, having never really had an effect on the plot or been a serious threat. What a ho-hum villain- a Wannabe Mimete.

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