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[In Which I Watch] Sailor Moon

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Timecube meets Exalted.
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Oh my God. That's the best description of Orion I've ever heard.

It's still my favorite of all Shirow's works.

Nice job turning Seska into Sailor Moon there, too. It just makes Susano's exasperated cry in the last panel that much funnier.
 

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Re: Episode #21: Protect the Children's Dreams! Friendship Linked by Anime.

I think it's safe to assume that nearly every NPC in this episode is someone who worked in or near the Toei Animation studio during the production.
Indeed. According to Wikimoon, Kazuko is based on Kazuko Tadano, character designer for the first two seasons and occasional animation director ; Hiromi is based on Hiromi Matsushita, another animation director. They both shared the animation direction credit for this episode, of course.

Director Asatou is based on Junichi Satou, who was indeed a director, but not for this episode (which was instead directed by Kunihiko "Revolutionary Girl Utena" Ikuhara).

Ami /kicks herself for not getting the license number.
The license plate only shows the symbol Nephrite also affixes to various objects in order to turn them evil.

Nephrite does not care about his car being street-legal, obviously.

Ami: "Except I haven't even got that spell yet!
I'm pretty sure this is just a variation of her usual Bubble Spray.

By the way, this attack is pronunced in no way like "Bubble". The current fan consensus seems to be on "Sabão", which is Portuguese for "Soap" (a number of other Sailor attacks also use Gratuitous Foreign Languages besides English).

Ami: "Since this was the most 'meta' episode to date, does that mean that the mention of Sailor V's death was foreshadowing?"
I won't say anything unspoilered.
Spoiler: Show
But it IS some subtle foreshadowing for the ending of the first season, isn't it ?


Why do my favorite Sailor Moon villains have some kind of car associated with them?
Spoiler: Show
I remember squeeing over the Eudial's minivan of doom. I think the various scenes of it rocketing out of the Death Buster's underground lair and harassing Tokyo pedestrians were some of the comedic high points of season three.
Spoiler: Show
I LOVED those sequences. It almost made up for most of the Eudial episodes being dull filler with a go-nowhere "Chibi-Usa searches for friends" subplot.


JohnBiles said:
All the characters sound like the dub in my head, due to my watching it all over and over several times. Even when I watch my subs, they try to sound like the dub chars in my head.
Something similar happens to me : my brain tends to substitute the live-action voices.

It's a pretty high-class part of Tokyo, incidentally, containing (among other things) a truckload of embassies. Makes you wonder what the ambassadors are thinking of all this.
Spoiler: Show
Which, of course, brings us to the next episode.

(I had always wondered why there were so many different foreign ambassades showing up in the successive seasons...)

...yeah, that particular manifestation of the big guy would make a great boyfriend for Rei... ^.^
Doesn't he show up in slightly subliminal fashion when she does her "Evil Spirit Begone" attack ?
 

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Re: Episode #21: Protect the Children's Dreams! Friendship Linked by Anime.

Doesn't he show up in slightly subliminal fashion when she does her "Evil Spirit Begone" attack ?
so that's who that is. I'd wondered about that.
 

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Re: Episode #21: Protect the Children's Dreams! Friendship Linked by Anime.

The license plate only shows the symbol Nephrite also affixes to various objects in order to turn them evil.

Nephrite does not care about his car being street-legal, obviously.
He seems like the kind of guy to possess his car with a demon, just for the extra power under the hood.

"FERARUI! I summon you!"
 

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Episode #22: Romance Under the Moon! Usagi's First Kiss.

Shadowjack wagers 1 quatloo on Umino.



• RECAP:
"Once upon a time there were three beautiful girls who went to junior high school, and they were each assigned very boring duties. But I took them away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Luna."



• MORNING: There's a traffic jam due to a police checkpoint.
Usagi: "LATE! Hey, maybe the bad traffic will excuse me–"
Usagi /trips over Naru.
Usagi: "Ha! Payback! …Hey, are you okay? You've been looking kinda peaked ever since you got out of the hospital."
Naru /has deeply confused and contradictory yet nonetheless strong feelings about 'Mister Masato Sanjoin.'
Usagi: "Okay, gotta get the spacey girl to school." /drags Naru.



• SCHOOL:
Usagi /dashes in just under the wire. "Made it! YES! No thanks to a certain person who's usually on time."
Naru: "…"
Usagi /waves hand in front of Naru's face. "Hello?"
Umino: "Hello!"
Usagi: "Hello."
Umino: "Tonight is the night of a fancy embassy ball in which the First Princess of the Diamond Kingdom is visiting Japan and being introduced to society!"
Usagi: "I don't remember any 'Diamond Kingdom' in geography class."
Umino: "They're the world's biggest exporter of precious gems!"
Usagi: "So, what, Botswana? Congo? Australia? Russia? Help me out, here."
Umino: "And she'll be revealing the Secret Treasure of the Diamond Kingdom, which has never before been shown to the public!"
Usagi: "Gosh, a secret treasure-Iiiiii just can't work up the enthusiasm today. Naru! Are you okay?"
Naru: "I'm okay."
Usagi: "Big party! Secret treasure!"
Naru: "I'll let you know how it goes."
Usagi: "…You're invited?"
Naru: "Mom has a diplomatic pass, but she has business and can't attend, so it's my duty to represent the family."
Usagi: "I didn't know you were a foreign national."
Naru /shrug.
Umino: "Well, there aren't a lot of redheaded Japanese."
Usagi: "Not a lot of blondes, either, but you don't see me complaining." /shakes Naru. "BE EXCITED!"
Naru /shrug.



• TSUKINO RESIDENCE: Luna's home alone.
Luna /cat sits on the newspaper.
Luna: "This isn't as much fun when no one else is trying to read it, too."
Luna /reads paper.
Luna /yawns. "Another week, another plot point."



• LENG:
Queen Beryl: "This legendary diamond treasure could be the MacGuffin. Today, the MacGuffin, tomorrow, THE WORLD! BWAHAHAHA."
Zoisite: "I volunteer!"
Nephrite /appears. "I'll handle it."
Zoisite /splutters indignantly. "You're the one always whinging about job definition! Finding the Crystal is my job!"
Nephrite: "But Earth is my jurisdiction. I'll handle it."
Queen Beryl: "You finding it would be a pleasant surprise. Your plan?"
Nephrite: "I have my own way of taking care of business. Just watch me."
{Nephrite has left the scene.}
Zoisite: "Majesty! He's failed every time! Why are you letting him do it?!"
Queen Beryl: "Because it's more fun this way!"



• SOON AFTER, IN LENG: Zoisite is crying to 'daddy'.
Zoisite: "…and then that bitch stole my job right out from under me! It's not fair, Master Kunzite!"
Kunzite /dramatically shadowed, long white hair, etc. "Patience, Zoi, patience. We can deal with Nephrite any time. Let's see just how skilled he really is."



• OVER AT THE TEMPLE:
Luna: "This princess might be the princess we're looking for!"
Usagi: "Oh, come on. Just because they're both princesses…"
Ami: "We can't completely ignore Luna's intuition."
Phobos: "Yeah, she only tried to kill you on accident once."
Usagi: "But it's an embassy ball! There are guards and cameras and fences!"
Rei: "¡Stop restating the obvious!"
Usagi /cries. "Damn it, someone has to play Ms. Exposition! Don't pick on me!"
Rei: "¡Stop crying!"
Ami /makes a Diplomacy check. "Okay, well, then let's find a staging area close to the ball and stand ready for an opportunity to get closer."
Luna: "Good idea! Right, Rei, Ami, Usagi, we meet in front of the embassy at 2000 hours."
Deimos: "And we birds will, uh, stay here, then."



• BACK HOME TO PREPARE!
Luna: "Usagi, you need a more passionate sense of duty!"
Usagi: "Yeah, yeah– hey, Dad, what's with the tux?"
Dad: "I'm off to the Embassy Ball!"
Usagi: "NO FAIR. You're not taking me? You're not taking Mom?"
Dad: "Remember, I'm a magazine reporter–"
Luna: "Oh, so that's what he does!"
Dad: "–so I'm there are part of the press corps. See you tomorrow morning!"
Luna: "Speaking of which, I haven't seen your Mom at all this episode."
Usagi: "Bridge club."

Usagi: "Hey, Luna, I've got a cunning plan."
Luna: "Those words have come to fill me with dread."
Usagi /disguise pen. "MAKE ME A PRETTY PRINCESS!"



• STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER:
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 21
Usagi into Disguise Form: 7
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 8
Rei into Sailor Mars: 6
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 1



• TADA! Usagi is now in a flouncy pink gown with roses and gloves and even a parasol.
Luna: "You have been waiting, dying for the justification to say those words, haven't you?"
Princess Usagi: "Yup!" /flounce flounce flutter.



• CUT TO: A mist shrouded castle.
Tuxedo Mask is here.
Mysterious Princess with Familiar-Looking Pigtails: "SEEK YE THE AMULET OF YENDOR!"
Tuxedo Mask: "What?"



• SUDDENLY: Mamoru wakes up!
Mamoru: "That weird dream again?!"



• THE EMBASSY: Crowds of rubberneckers, TV crews, and Rei and Ami holding hands.
Princess Usagi /does the princess wave as she walks by.
Ami /?
Rei /¡!

Doorman: "Invitation?"
Princess Usagi /blusters. "I'm Princess Toadstool of the Mushroom Kingdom! Step aside!"
Doorman /looks it up in his book. "Okay, is that under 'Mushroom' or–? Where'd she go?"



• THE BALL! Cue up some waltz music, if you please.
It really is a proper ball, with masquerade and waltz and the works, just as advertised.

Usagi /has no words.

Nephrite: "Excuse me, miss. Are you alone?"
Naru /!
Nephrite: "May I have this dance?"
Naru /blush. "…sure, okay."
Nephrite: "You've made my day!"
They dance.

Usagi: "Hey, Naru's found a partner, lucky girl!"
Dad /snaps photos of Usagi. "Gee, she looks just like Usagi; I wonder if Usagi will be that beautiful when she grows up."
Princess Usagi /notices the camera, and tries to strike a pose without looking like she's posing.
Princess Usagi /stumbles into someone and gets a drink spilled all over her dress.
Princess Usagi /cries and flees to the powder room.
Dad: "Acts a lot like my daughter, too."



• ELSEWHERE IN THE EMBASSY:
Tuxedo Mask has broken in.
Tuxedo Mask: "If this treasure is the MacGuffin, maybe it will reveal to me my identity."
Princess Usagi flounces past in her pretty princess dress.
Tuxedo Mask: "Now where have I seen her before?"



• A QUIET MOMENT ON A SECLUDED BALCONY:
Naru and Nephrite holding hands.
Naru /heart aflutter. "He's so wonderful. I don't care what happens to me anymore."
Nephrite: "You are like a star shining in the heavens. Look into my eyes."
Naru: "Oka–"
<< Nephrite casts Energy Drain! >>
<< Nephrite casts Soul Split! >>
Naru now has glowing blue eyes and purple skin!
Nephrite: "Naru Whateley, you are now under my control!"
Evil-Naru: "What would you like me to do first?" ;)



• BACK TO THE BALLROOM:
Princess Usagi /wallflower. :(
Tuxedo Mask: "Would you care to dance?"
Princess Usagi /!

They dance.
Princess Usagi: "This isn't a dream, right? The last half-dozen times have been dreams!"
Tuxedo Mask: "I don't think it's a dream, but I'm not really qualified to judge."
Princess Usagi: "Well, either way… this isn't the first time, is it?"

They dance. The crowd parts to let them dance, people whisper excitedly "Who are they?", the musicians put extra effort into it to support the moment. The ballroom scene of all your favorite costume musicals.



• UPSTAIRS:
Princess Diamond, who looks an awful lot like Umino: "Gawd, I'm so ugly, they had to announce this Secret Treasure thing just to get anyone to show up. I hate my life."



• OUTSIDE THE DOOR: It's about to get worse.
Bodyguard #1: "No admittance."
Evil-Naru /brushes him aside. "Nonsense! I'm a close personal friend of Princess Diamond."
Princess Diamond: "I don't have any close personal friends but come in! Come in! Can I get you anything?"
Evil-Naru: "The Secret Treasure and YOUR SOUL."

The evil spirit leaves Naru and possesses Princess Diamond!
Naru collapses.

Bodyguard #2: "Damn it! We should have known it was a trick!"
Princess Blood Diamond /seizes the Treasure. "MINE! MINE! ALL MINE! BWAHAHAHA! MINE! MINE! MINE!" /runs away.



• THE BALLROOM:
The Embassy security alarm goes off and Royal Diamond Hussars start hustling to defense stations.
Princess Usagi: "Frell."
Tuxedo Mask: "What the hey?"
Luna: "The Princess has flipped her wig and is trying to jump off the balcony!"
Nephrite (down in the garden): "Throw me the Treasure!"
Princess Usagi: "Don't jump, Princess!"
Princess Blood Diamond /trips Princess Usagi, sending her over the rail.
Tuxedo Mask /dramatic SAVE at the last moment!
Princess Blood Diamond /pushes Tuxedo Mask, sending HIM over the rail.
Tuxedo Mask /is caught by his cape.
<< Luna uses Jujutsu! >>
Princess Blood Diamond is down!

Nephrite: "Tuxedo Mask, you're always in my way! Just think you're lucky to die with a beautiful princess!"
<< Nephrite casts–
< REI : TECH > FIRE SOUL : NEPHRITE >
Nephrite: "Gah!" /stop drop and roll.
Rei: "¡My Tuxedo Mask will live on forever!"
Princess Usagi: "Your Tuxedo Mask?"
Tuxedo Mask /beginning to slip. "Um… ladies?"
Nephrite /assumes kung fu pose. "En garde!"
Luna /throws parasol to Usagi just as she and Tuxedo Mask begin to fall.

It's a magic parasol.

Princess Usagi: "Safe!"
Tuxedo Mask /adjusts tie.
Nephrite: "Shit!" /flees.
Tuxedo Mask: "Hup!" /runs after–
Ami /clotheslines Tuxedo Mask. "HOLD IT, bub!"
Tuxedo Mask /tries to get around her. "He's getting away!"
Ami /won't let him leave. "Yeah, and who the hell are you?"
Tuxedo Mask: "That's a very good question."
Ami /crosses arms, stands firm.
Tuxedo Mask: "All right, to tell you the truth… I don't know."
Ami: "…"
Ami: "Fair enough. Are you on our side, at least?"
Tuxedo Mask: "Miss, I don't even know if I'm on my side. Excuse me."
Tuxedo Mask /ninja leap.
Usagi: "Isn't he just the cutest thing?"
Ami /slap. "Oh, just go and transform already!"



• STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER:
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 22
Usagi into Disguise Form: 7
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 8
Rei into Sailor Mars: 6
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 1



• A MOMENT LATER:
Nephrite is hiding in an alley.
Nephrite: "Well, that didn't go according to plan. Come back to life, my other self!"



Wait, 'other self'? So, like, he was actually inside Naru while he was controlling her?

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww…



• INSIDE THE EMBASSY:
All is confusion, and what would you expect? The Princess went crazy then was judo thrown by a cat, the inner garden is on fire, one of the guests just turned into a Sailor Senshi, and–

–and the Princess just stood up.
Dad /snaps another picture.
Princess Blood Diamond: "Aï SHUB-NIGGURATH! Aï FNAR CTHAGHA!"
<< Princess Blood Diamond casts Dark Wave! >>
Everyone falls unconscious.

The three Sailors bust in!
Usagi: "We are the terrors that trip in the night!"
Ami: "We are the drunken gatecrashers at the house party of Crime!"
Rei: "¡We are the diplomatic incident that sparks war in the homeland of Injustice!"
All: "WE ARE THE SAI–"
Princess: "THE TREASURE IS MINE! MINE! MINE! ALL MINE!" /jumps off the balcony.
Luna /?!



• OKAY, OUTSIDE THE EMBASSY:
Usagi: "Make up your damn mind, Princess!"

< REI : TECH > EXORCISE : PRINCESS >
<< Princess Blood Diamond reverts to Princess Diamond! >>
Princess Diamond collapses!
<< subNephrite is summoned! >>
Ami: "Holy shit, it's Nephrite!"
Usagi: "…How can you tell? I just see a purple-and-red squiggle."
Rei: "Trust us, ¿okay?"

<< subNephrite casts Dark Wave! >>
<< Usagi is immobilized! >>
<< Ami is immobilized! >>
<< Rei is immobilized! >>
Rei: "¡Dios! ¿What can we do against such power?"
Ami /sighs.
< AMI : TECH > BUBBLE2 : ALL >
<< Dark Wave is countered! >>
Rei: "Oh, right."
Ami /wan smile.

Usagi: "I am the terror that trips in the night! I am SAILOR MOON! And don't cut in on our lines again, you bastard!"
< USAGI : TECH > MOONTIARA : SUBNEPHRITE >
<< subNephrite is destroyed! >>
<< Usagi has levelled up! >>
<< Ami has levelled up! New technique mastered! >>



• HIGH-FIVES ALL AROUND!
Usagi: "Hey, Bubble2? That's good, right?"
Ami /shrug.
Rei: "Hey, the Princess looks kind of cute without her glasses on."
Usagi: "She's not black, so I guess she's not Botswanan or Congolese. Do Australia or Canada have princesses?"
Ami: "Not as such, no. Maybe 'Diamond Kingdom' is one of the former Soviet states."
Princess Diamond: "My glasses? Where are my glasses?"
Luna /hands her the glasses. "Here you go."
Princess Diamond /puts them on. "Thank you."
Luna: "Are you the Moon Princess?"
Princess Diamond: "TALKING CAT! TALKING CAT!" /flees.
Luna: "I guess not."
Usagi: "Oh, Christ, does that mean that Umino might actually be a hottie if he takes his glasses off?"
Ami: "I'm not gonna be the first."
Rei: "¿Umino who?"
Captain of the Royal Diamond Hussars: "STOP RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE! HANDS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM! DO IT! DO IT NOW!"



• INSIDE THE EMBASSY: Everyone wakes up.
Crowd: "Wha happen-?"
Dad: "My camera was busted! The scoop of the century and all the film was exposed! I am the unluckiest man in the world."

Naru /wakes up. "I'm in a bedroom?"
Naru: "Did he slip me something?!"
Naru /checks, sees that she's still fully dressed.
Naru /phew. "That's not funny."
Naru /thinks a moment. "…You, if he'd asked… I might have… well… maybe. Maybe not? I am confused and conflicted."



• THE BIG REVEAL!
Lord Chamberlain of the Diamond Kingdom: "Ladies and gentleman, allow me to present our Secret Treasure: a 2,000-karet diamond statue of the Kingdom's first princess."
Tuxedo Mask /observes in secret. "Whew."
Nephrite /observes in secret. "What a fucking waste of time!" /teleports home.



• DENOUEMENT:
Rei: "Hey, we're inside the Embassy, now… ¿How'd we do that?"
Ami: "The guards are so busy looking for senshi and ninjas that they haven't noticed a couple of extra debutantes."
Luna: "Well, we're back to Square One, I guess. Where's the brat?"

Princess Usagi: "I'm exhausted. Time for some juice."
Princess Usagi /drinks. "…That's not juice."
Princess Usagi /drinks some more. "…nice buzz, though…"
Princess Usagi /weaves a little.
Tuxedo Mask /helps her outside.
Tuxedo Mask: "Being around you like this… I'm sure my memories will return."
Princess Usagi: "Hmm?"
Tuxedo Mask /proves he is no gentleman.



• And costs Shadowjack 1 quatloo.

For which I shall now exact petty, petty revenge:

CUT TO: A mist shrouded castle.
Mysterious Figure: "Sorry, Mamoru, but the Princess is in another castle!"
Tuxedo Mask /Italian. "At'sa no good!"
 

Aaron Peori

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Ah, the scent of PLOT.

Creepy, disturbing plot but PLOT!

Wait, 'other self'? So, like, he was actually inside Naru while he was controlling her?

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww…
It might help to think of them as Exalted style Fair Folk, complete with the ability to construct additional minions out of components of their own souls.


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Peter Svensson

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This adapted the fourth chapter of the manga BTW, and is pretty much the last direct manga adaptation we'll be getting for a while.
 

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Re: Episode #22: Romance Under the Moon! Usagi's First Kiss.

Shadowjack wagers 1 quatloo on Umino.

*SNIP*

Princess Usagi: "Hmm?"
Tuxedo Mask /proves he is no gentleman.

• And costs Shadowjack 1 quatloo.
I am not quite sure what you were betting on.
 

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It might help to think of them as Exalted style Fair Folk, complete with the ability to construct additional minions out of components of their own souls.
Suits.

Bonus effect: a faerie can have an argument with themselves.

Queen Beryl: "Dude, why did you pull aggro? I wasn't ready!"
Queen Beryl: "You should have hurried up, I told you to go!"
Queen Beryl: "Rez plz."
Handmaiden #1 /?
Handmaiden #2: "We only need to get worried if she starts losing the argument."
 
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