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[In Which I Watch] Sailor Moon

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Consistent power levels were not really a concern of the Sailor Moon anime. It's particularly obvious in the movies, where as I recall everyone's attacks tend to get massive upgrades in apparent power due to the vastly higher budget and somewhat less use of stock footage.
Yea. The movie mooks can crunch concrete and scouts that get thrown into metal terrain leaves dents.

I think on the whole it's not too inconsistent. Everyone on both sides is superhuman all the time, if they're getting hurt it's still from a magical yoma attack.


Hm, though they do seem more fragile (or at least worried about damage) during filler than plot eps.
 

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Go Ami Go! This is another reason we love her. Adventuring motivation: thrill seeker.

Another great recap/retelling
 

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Re: Episode #11: Usagi vs. Rei? A Nightmare in Dreamland.

Ami is wearing what her mother dressed her in.
Er, no.

It's pretty much glossed over in the anime, and the manga won't deal with it for a while, but Ami's mother is a workaholic who barely sees her daughter. And let's not even talk about whatever happened to her father (hint: he's not around).

So, of course, your characterization of Ami as an action junkie who's all to eager to hang out with her new friends and kick some monster ass is perfectly spot-on.

It works so well that it (more or less) becomes Ami's official characterisation in the live-action series. And since le live-action version is much more character-based, they actually deal with the consequences of Ami's behaviour (hint: it's not healthy).

That's what I love in the live-action series : they take various random background character bits from the previous two versions, make them more proeminent, and build on them so that they drive the plot and subplots.
 

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Re: Episode #11: Usagi vs. Rei? A Nightmare in Dreamland.

Er, no.

It's pretty much glossed over in the anime, and the manga won't deal with it for a while, but Ami's mother is a workaholic who barely sees her daughter. And let's not even talk about whatever happened to her father (hint: he's not around).
Hey, I haven't seen that yet! I'm just guessing from fragments, here. :)

In that case, Ami <i>dresses</i> "like her mother dressed her." Rei needs to give her some fashion tips.

It works so well that it (more or less) becomes Ami's official characterisation in the live-action series. And since le live-action version is much more character-based, they actually deal with the consequences of Ami's behaviour (hint: it's not healthy).
No, no, it ain't.

But then monster-hunting is a dangerous hobby in any case.
 

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Hm, though they do seem more fragile (or at least worried about damage) during filler than plot eps.
Heh. The damage resistance is adrenaline based? So when it's filler, they know it doesn't matter, so they don't have their full defenses up.
 

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Episode #12: I Want a Boyfriend, Too! A Trap on a Luxury Cruise Ship.

This is an episode about shipping.



• RECAP
(singing) "Usagi's got your number, Usagi ain't your friend. Look who took you under with seven inches in. Blood is on the dance floor, blood is on the knife; Usagi's—"
"What are you doing?"
"Nothing."



• APPARENTLY demons have mission recorders, because Jadeite is watching one of the recent reels.
Replay: "…Moon Tiara Action!" *BLAM!* *static*
Jadeite: "They just get more powerful. How am I going to–?"

With a swirl of seawater, in comes a lady fae with long green hair, matching dress, and opera gloves.

Jadeite: "…Tethys."
Tethys: "Jadite."

The subtitles say "Tetis", but I know a mythological reference when I see one.

Tethys: "You haven't returned any of my calls…"
Jadeite: "You're one of Queen Beryl's personal hand-maidens. I simply cannot believe that your 'interest' in me is anything but spying for her."
Tethys: "And if I helped you with your mission? I have a solid plan, and I'll share it with you freely. Would that prove me true?"
Jadeite: "…It depends on the results."



• AND SO: A television advertisement for "Operation Romantic Cruise"—take your loved one for a beautiful night on the sea, etc. etc.

Of course Usagi is moved by longing.

Naru: "But it's booked a month in advance."
Umino: "The MV <i>Freewinds</i> travels from Tokyo to Yokohama and back, and has a passenger capacity of 666, which is not at all significant. I'd bet any couple that went on such a cruise would be guaranteed to fall in love, hey, wink, wink?"
Usagi /slugs Umino in the arm. "Yeah, or <i>not</i>."
Umino /ow. "I guess it's a good thing I gave up those tickets then."
Naru: "<i>You got the promo tickets everyone's been wanting?</i>"
Umino: "Well, yeah, but it's past my bed-time anyway, so I gave 'em to the lady next door…"
Naru /slugs Umino in the arm.
Umino /<i>ow</i>. "Well, if you really wanted some, there's a raffle at the mall…"



• USAGI BREAKS THE SOUND BARRIER getting to the mall.
…and loses the raffle. Repeatedly.
Rei /just happens by, and listens to Usagi's explanation. "¡Ha! ¿You really want this silly prize? I, of course, haven't any such interest in such childish things."
Rei /pushes her way up to the raffle machine.
Rei: "¡HEAR ME O SPIRITS!"
Rei /draws.
Rei wins!
Rei: :D :D :D
Usagi: "You are such a hypocrite."



• SHORTLY THEREAFTER:
Ami: "What did I miss?"
Luna: "Their usual comedy routine."
Usagi: "But you said you weren't even interested! Why not give the tickets to me?"
Rei: "Once I've got 'em, I'm <i>using</i> them."
Rei: "…If I could only find a date."
Usagi: "Me! Pick me!"
Rei: "Someone who was really into me and was really into this sort of romantic thing."
Usagi: "Here! Right here!"
Rei: "Hey, Ami. ¿Can I talk to you for a second?"



• A PRIVATE CONVERSATION:
Ami: "…"
Rei: "¿What?"
Ami: "I don't know, Rei, it sounded like Usagi really wanted to–"
Rei: "Ugh, no. Look, come on, we'll both go, and we can both find boyfriends <i>there</i>. ¿Right? I mean, there'll be a singles bar or something."
Ami: "Eehhhhhh… all right, I guess."
Rei: "Just tell your parents it's a field trip or whatever."

Usagi /was spying on the whole thing! "Ah-ha! So Rei <i>doesn't</i> have a guy!"
Luna: "I wish she would be this proactive in other areas."



• THAT EVENING: The Cruise Ship.
All the couples are boarding.
Rei: "We are <i>not</i> a couple."
Ami: "Well, technically, we're sort of a couple."
Luna: "Oh, darn, there's no way to sneak on board. I guess you'll have to–"
Usagi: "Isn't that what the disguise pen is for?"
Luna: "You're only supposed to use that for Great Justice!"
Usagi: "'Xackly!" /disguise pen. "MAKE ME A BEAUTIFUL CAMERA WOMAN!"



• STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER:
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 11
Usagi into Disguise Form: <b>5</b>
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 3
Rei into Sailor Mars: 2



• USAGI IS NOW in her early twenties, and totally rocking the cute tomboy look. Short hair, jeans, striped t-shirt, canvas jacket, <i>New York Herald-Tribune</i> press pass, and camera bag, into which she stuffs Luna under protest. Usagi sneaks in through the cargo lock.

I keep watching the crowd shots for cameos, but aside from Tethys's remarkable resemble to Yuri from <i>Dirty Pair</i>, I don't see any.



• UP ON DECK: Captain Jadeite is cleverly disguised as a pretty boy <i>Mediterranean or Indian</i> ship captain.

First Mate Tethys: "You look better as a brunette."
Captain Jadeite: "Perhaps it was time for a change. Okay, I admit I am impressed."
First Mate Tethys: "Evil Seawater Powers, a derelict ship, and the ocean on a starry night…"
Captain Jadeite: "You do know how to arrange a date."



• CAST OFF!
Rei: "…Does this ship seem dangerously unstable to you?"
Ami: "I don't know, I've never–"
Rei: "–been on a ship. Yeah, yeah."
Ami: "Did you notice that we're the only girls who came together?"
Rei: "No surprise, given that gay couples were less open in the early 1990s, and Japan's a fairly conservative culture–"
Ami: "Yes, but I don't see any singles, either. Men or women."
Rei: "Damn it. Well, okay, new plan, with all these couples around, someone's <i>bound</i> to break up, and <i>that's</i> when we move in."
Ami: "I shoulda' stood in bed."



• THE ENGINE ROOM: Usagi is playing around with her camera.
Luna: "Shouldn't there be, you know, <i>engines</i> here?"
Usagi: "I dunno. Uh-oh, someone's coming, get down!"
Captain Jadeite: "What's all this, then? This is a restricted area."
Usagi: "Er… I got lost!"
Usagi /eyes Jadeite with approval. "…Maybe I've been a bad girl?"
Jadeite: "Eh?"
Luna (inside the bag) /hackles rise.
Luna (inside the bag) senses great evil!



• ODD TENSION ENSUES:
Our two opposites have finally met face to face—and unawares.

In person, Jadeite is actually quite polite and charming. Girl Reporter Usagi is <i>incredibly</i> attractive, and trying to put on the moves. Jadeite is pleasantly surprised by her attentions, and under other circumstances might consider angling for a one night stand, but <i>his</i> spider sense is tingling and he can't figure out why "this slip of a girl" is setting it off. And anyway he's sort of on a date already. So instead he puts on the professional patter and gallantly escorts her toward the upper decks, while she leans on his arm and pretends to listen.

First Mate Tethys /approaches. "Captain, it's about time, sir."
Captain Jadeite: "Excellent! Your pardon, miss, but duty calls. You'll find the Lido Deck right through there."
Girl Reporter Usagi: "Sigh. Thank you!"
{Usagi has left the scene.}
First Mate Tethys: "Who's she?" /not jealous at all, just curious.
Captain Jadeite: "Some cub reporter who stowed away. Shall we set to work?"



• IN THE PASSAGE:
Luna /stops holding breath. "USAGI THIS SHIP IS FULL OF MONSTER AURA! Follow those two!"
Usagi /?!



• THE CAPTAIN'S CABIN:
Captain Jadeite: "We've almost reached peak energy!"
First Mate Tethys: "In a minute, we can take all the love energy from all six hundred passengers at <i>once.</i>"
First Mate Tethys: "Well?"
Captain Jadeite: "I'll congratulate you when it works."
First Mate Tethys: "It'll work. And I hope you'll notice me a little more."
Captain Jadeite: "I might."

Usagi /was spying on the whole thing! "Damn it, why are the nice guys always demons?"



• CUT TO: The Dining Room.
Ami /embarrassed.
Rei /very loudly: "IF I CAN'T FIND A BOYFRIEND HERE, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ME EATING ALL I WANT. ¡Waiter, more wine cooler!"
<i>Bing-bong!</i>
P.A. Announcement: "Attention all passengers! We will be presenting a special perfectly safe show in the Reception Hall, in just a few minutes! Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the cruise!"
<i>Bing-bong!</i>
Ami /hurriedly. "Let's check out the show!"



• AND SO: The Reception Hall with Evil Disco Ball.
Ami: "Uh-oh."
Tethys, in a nice Chinese dress: "And now, the most romantic show you will ever see! BWA-HA-HA-HA!"
Everyone collapses, energy utterly drained.
Except Rei and Ami.
Rei and Ami /in unison: "…Monster."
Jadeite: "Looks like you missed a couple."
Tethys: "Frell! You two, why didn't you come here with boys?!"
Rei: "…<i>Shut up!</i>"
Ami: "That's none of your business."
Tethys: "Minions! Seize them!"
Jadeite: "I've tried that. It usually doesn't work."
<< Crew transform into Saltwater Golems! >>
<< Saltwater Golems attacks! >>

Rei and Ami stand back to back and chop the golems in half with folding chairs. Well, mostly Rei does the chopping, but Ami watches her back.

The Saltwater Golems simply reassemble themselves.

Jadeite: "Not bad."
Rei: "Frell!"
Ami: "We can't transform now – they'll identify us!"
Tethys: "Okay, I admit my plan wasn't 100% effective, but I think we still did pretty good."
Jadeite: "You know what? Granted. Your minions can handle this; shall we go?"



• STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER:
Usagi into Sailor Moon: <b>12</b>
Usagi into Disguise Form: 5
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 3
Rei into Sailor Mars: 2



• FIGHT!
The P.A. system starts to play, "Blood is on the Dance Floor."
Usagi /bursts in, dramatically lit. "How dare you steal energy only from lovers! What about those poor girls who <i>don't have anyone</i>!"
Rei: "…Stop helping me!"
Usagi: "I am th–"
Tethys: "Dogfood, bitch!"

Tethys bodychecks Usagi out the plate-glass window, throws her on the deck by her neck, then summons up giant waterspouts to kill her, all in less time then it takes to say it.

Luna: "Sailor Moon, be careful!"
Usagi /dodging and rolling and jumping over craters in the deck. "NO SHIT!"

A fireball erupts from inside the Reception Hall. Out of the flames stride Sailors Mars and Mercury.

Rei /blows smoke from her fingertips.
Ami: "Bored now."
<b>AMI : TECH > BUBBLE1 : TETHYS</b>
Tethys is blinded.
<b>REI : TECH > DRAGONSLAVE : TETHYS</b>
Tethys is staggered.
<b>USAGI : TECH > MOONTIARA : TETHYS</b>
<< Tethys is slain! >>
Ami: "And that's all she wrote."
Jadeite /enters dramatically, unmasked. "<i>I have no idea</i> where you three came from, or those other three girls went, but that doesn't concern me now. You seem to be more powerful than ever before."
Usagi: "That's bec–"
Jadeite /charges up an attack. "But <i>this</i> time, I'll make sure that–"
<i>POIT!</i>
{Jadeite has left the scene.}
All: "…"
Usagi: "Er… he ran away?"



• ELSEWHERE:
Jadeite /was just summoned. "–you <i>beg</i> before I end it, you little–? Eep! Your Majes–"
Queen Beryl /via satellite. "WHAT IN THE NAME OF THE SEVEN HELLS DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!"
Jadeite: "I was just about to kill the Sailor–!"
Queen Beryl: "I don't want to hear any more of your wishful thinking, Jadeite! Your dicking around just got Tethys killed! I felt her death scream from halfway around Creation. I will <i>not</i> permit you to sacrifice my best servants on the altar of your own–"
Jadeite: "It was Tethys's idea!"
Queen Beryl: "My hand-maidens know better than to fool around with the <i>hired help</i>. I want you in my court, in person, <i>yesterday</i>, and your lies had better be <i>flawless</i>. END OF LINE."



• DENOUEMENT:
The glamour is lifted, the passengers awaken in a daze, and the derelict ship slowly begins to sink in Yokohama harbor. It turns out that the Coast Guard has been trailing the ship ever since it blitzed out of Tokyo port without proper radio procedures. While the Harbor Patrol is begins the rescue effort, Usagi and Rei bicker, Luna sighs, and Rei studies.





• COMMENTS:
If I hadn't already seen this story arc, I'd still be expecting Jadeite to try some desperation move. He needs to show up in court with the Sailors' heads on silver platters, or he's a dead man.

The soap opera aspect of faerie life is spot on, in my opinion. They're immortal, they're bored, and they don't actually have much they <i>need</i> to do—so of course they do little besides arranging and breaking trysts and scheming for social advantage. Jadeite walked into a <i>real</i> job, possibly the first of his existence, armed with a smile and a promise, and discovered that his good connections aren't quite enough. Tethys risked her life and reputation for the hope of a weekend romance from a man who doesn't trust her. And Beryl keeps snapping her fingers for action and wondering why no one's succeeded yet. (It's so easy, people! Just go there, get the energy, come back. What do you mean they're fighting back? They're <i>mortals.</i>)

Since none of them sees humans as anything but toys or power sources, none of them has invested the effort to really conceal their plans and play the long game. And so the plans keep misfiring, and they trail confusion, collateral damage, and tabloid headlines in their wake. I leave historical comparisons as an exercise for the student.

I attribute a lot of the Sailors' hijinks to the facts that they haven't quite realized that this <i>is</i> serious business. After all, piles of coma patients are pretty bad, but no one's really been <i>hurt.</i> (Or died.) And the ability to fling energy blasts from your fingertips does confer a certain sense of personal immortality, even if one is not a teenager. So they treat it kind of like after-school soccer with fireballs.

I'm quite certain this will change, though I haven't seen it yet.

I have a hunch that Naru is on the short list, though.
 

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If I hadn't already seen this story arc, I'd still be expecting Jadeite to try some desperation move. He needs to show up in court with the Sailors' heads on silver platters, or he's a dead man.

The soap opera aspect of faerie life is spot on, in my opinion. They're immortal, they're bored, and they don't actually have much they <i>need</i> to do—so of course they do little besides arranging and breaking trysts and scheming for social advantage. Jadeite walked into a <i>real</i> job, possibly the first of his existence, armed with a smile and a promise, and discovered that his good connections aren't quite enough. Tethys risked her life and reputation for the hope of a weekend romance from a man who doesn't trust her. And Beryl keeps snapping her fingers for action and wondering why no one's succeeded yet. (It's so easy, people! Just go there, get the energy, come back. What do you mean they're fighting back? They're <i>mortals.</i>)

Since none of them sees humans as anything but toys or power sources, none of them has invested the effort to really conceal their plans and play the long game. And so the plans keep misfiring, and they trail confusion, collateral damage, and tabloid headlines in their wake. I leave historical comparisons as an exercise for the student.

I attribute a lot of the Sailors' hijinks to the facts that they haven't quite realized that this <i>is</i> serious business. After all, piles of coma patients are pretty bad, but no one's really been <i>hurt.</i> (Or died.) And the ability to fling energy blasts from your fingertips does confer a certain sense of personal immortality, even if one is not a teenager. So they treat it kind of like after-school soccer with fireballs.

I'm quite certain this will change, though I haven't seen it yet.

I have a hunch that Naru is on the short list, though.
It's certainly an interesting theory.

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This is one of the best season 1 episodes. Not only do you have Usagi, Ami, and Rei really playing off each other for the first time, you get Tethys. A monster of the week with the personality and powers of a mini-boss. She's even got her own monstrous minions, not just cheap mind-control-a-mobs.

Actually, Jedite got quite a few interesting minions for his short time in the game. Really, most of the later villains just don't put the same effort into their cannon fodder as the Dark Kingdom.

Also, it's amusing how little dialogue you had to make up for this :) Another reason this is one of the better episodes.
 
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