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Tom McCambley

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It just occurred to me that at the rate I've been disrespecting canon, if I do actually get to season 3, I'm going to be presenting it as Ghostbusters, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Blue Girl, and Grave of the Fireflies all rolled into a big Ikihara joint and smoked through the eyes.
Oh go on, you're just saying that.
 

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Episode #25: Jupiter, the Brawn Girl in Love.

It's about time for a new cast member, isn't it?

• RECAP
"MAKO SMASH PUNY MICROPHONE."
"Mako? 'Rong ago, in a distant rand, I, Aku, shapeshifting—'"
"Quit it."



• LENG: In an inner chamber.
Queen Beryl /plugs the stolen energy into the slot, crosses her fingers, and kneels. "ARISE MY MASTER! ARISE!"

A color out of space plays about the central altar with a disturbing hint of tentacles; the strange vessels beneath the central dome pulse and we realize that it really is a skull, and those are organs; and finally, an eerie semblance of a voice pierces the silence of the temple.

Cthulhu: "How long have I been out?"
Queen Beryl: "Too long, baby. Damn, I've missed you."
Cthulhu: "Celebration will have to wait, kid. I'm only half here; can't incarnate fully until you find the MacGuffin."
Queen Beryl: "Well, pus. We still don't know where the hell it is."
Cthulhu: "Oh, is that all? Just revive the Seven Monsters, take the Rainbow Crystals they conceal, bath them in the blood of six… you're writing this down, right? Six unicorns, then apply a reverse tenser– "
Queen Beryl /didn't bring any paper. "The Seven Whazzahoozie?"
Cthulhu: "The Seven… Oh, just look in my desk. Under 'P' for Pnakotic."
Queen Beryl: "P for Pnakotic. Got it."
Cthulhu: "I know you'll work it out, dear."
Queen Beryl: "That's not all I'd like to work out."
Cthulhu: "…We only have a few minutes."
Queen Beryl /moves closer. "Then stop talking…"



• CUT TO: Usagi is… all together now…
Usagi: "LATE!"
Luna /chases after. "YOU FORGOT YOUR SCHOOL PROJECT!"
Usagi: "Thanks! Just bring it along!"
Luna: "With what? My many hands?"
Usagi: "Hasn't stopped you before–"
Usagi /trips over a Yakuza.
Luna /reads that again. "Trips over a what?"
Yakuza #1 /writhing on the ground in agony. "Oh, Christ, I think she broke my fucking leg!"
Yakuza #2 /brass knuckles. "Ironic, that."
Yakuza #3 /butterfly knife. "Well, maybe we outta break something on her, if yaknowwhatImean?"



• SUDDENLY!
Ah, I love a good tough gal voice. Enter a tough sounding beauty with a ponytail and a plain brown dress.

Makoto: "Why not pick on somebody your own size?"
Yakuza #1: "She hit me first!"
Usagi: "By accident!"
Yakuza #2: "No such thing. It's all, whaddayacallit, fated. Obviously the stars wanted youse to get your pretty face ruined by us mugs, maybe in karmic retribution for some incorrect actions in a previous existence."
Yakuza #3: "I disagree, I think it's more a matter of subliminal intentions. If you didn't want to trip over things, you'd've looked where you was going. You knew eventually something like this would happen, so actually you must desire us upon some fundamental level."
Makoto: "A million yakuza in the world and I get two amateur philosophers."
Yakuza #2: "These are very important issues."
Makoto: "Your mother is a very important issue."
Yakuza #3: "My mother?! Why I oughtta–"

The Yakuza attack!



• TEN SECONDS LATER:
Makoto /closes the dumpster lid, and dusts off her hands. "There! That's done. Are you all right?"
Usagi gets her first good look at Makoto up close.
Usagi /BLUSH. "Um… yes?"
Makoto: "Good! Be more careful next time. Ciao!" /strides away.
Luna: "…You're staring."
Usagi: "At her… earrings. Yes, her earrings. They're very unique."
Luna: "Uh-huh. You didn't notice anything… unusual about that whole–"
Usagi: "OMG look at the time I'm gonna be LATE!"
Luna: "Sigh."



• LENG: Beryl before her Court.
Zoisite: "You're looking very well rested this evening, your Majesty."
Queen Beryl: "Thank you. After careful consultation, I've decided to clear you gentlemen for this information, which, of course, I knew all along. To free our Dark Master we need to wake the Seven Wizards From Hell–
Kunzite: "Seven Monsters, I thought."
Queen Beryl: "–Wizards From Hell sounds cooler. And activate the seven Rainbow Crystals within them."
Kunzite: "IIRC our ancient enemies sealed the Seven away long ago. These, our most powerful warriors, known in legend and lay, have been reborn as mere humans, losing their memories of being monsters. Or, er, wizards from hell."
Zoisite: "Gee, I wonder if that sort of thing might have happened to anyone else?"



• QUICK CUT TO: Earth.
Usagi, Ami, Rei, Makoto, and Mamoru: "ACHOO!"



• QUICK CUT BACK TO: Leng.
Queen Beryl: "To help you in your quest, here's the Dark Crystal Shard again. I've personally modified it to respond only to the Rainbow Crystals. Do try to bring it back in one piece, 003."
Zoisite: "Dark Crystal to find the Rainbow Crystals to find the Silver Crystal. Got it. Let's give it a whirl…"



• CRYSTAL TIME!
O Dark Crystal, spin spin spin, reveal to us who the next crystal's in! And the victim of today's story is: some guy in a yellow windbreaker.



• MEANWHILE, back at school.
Usagi: "ZOMG it's that tough chick! At my school! Eating lunch, like a normal person!"
Umino /materializes right in front of Usagi. "That girl is—"
Usagi /reflexively throws her lunchbox at him.
Umino /from the ground. "—Makoto Kino, a new transfer, rumored to have been kicked out of her last school for brawling."
Usagi: "Thank you, Mister Exposition." /advances decisively.

Usagi /observes that Makoto has delectable rice balls.

Makoto /suddenly. "Why are you sneaking up on me?!"
Usagi /whoa! "Sorry, I didn't want to disturb you! I didn't thank you properly for saving my butt earlier…"
Makoto: "Oh, hey! Pleased to meet you, won't you join me?" /offers a seat.
Usagi: "Gladly!" /sits.
Umino: "Usagi is so good at making friends with people. I MUST TAKE NOTES."
Usagi: "Usagi."
Makoto: "Makoto."
Usagi: "Can I call you Mako? Makster? Makinator? Makarino? The Major? Spuds? Dragon of the West? Howabout Mac?"
Makoto: "Uh… Mako is fine, I suppose. I noticed you had to use your lunch as ammunition against the creepy glasses kid, would you like to share some of mine?"
Usagi: "YES PLEASE THANK YOU." /eats.
Usagi /whoa.
Usagi: "This is delicious. Is your mom a chef?"
Makoto /surprised and pleased. "Oh, this little thing? I just whipped it up this morning."
Usagi: "You cook like this? YOU MUST TEACH ME YOUR WAYS. The power of friendship compels you!"
Makoto: "So we're friends now? That's just fine and dandy with me, no one else here will even come near me for some reason."
Usagi /notices for the first time the fifty meters clearance that everyone else is giving around Makoto.



• AFTER SCHOOL: The Video Arcade.
Usagi: "Oh, by the way, why aren't you wearing the school uniform?"
Makoto: "Didn't feel like it."
Usagi: "One can do that?"
Makoto: "One can't do that?"
Usagi /Subject Changing Prana. "Aw, nuts, Motoki isn't running the place today."
Makoto: "Is 'Motoki' your older brother?"
Usagi: "No, silly! Motoki is only the most cutest–"
Makoto /has already wandered off to play video games.
Usagi: "…"

{Rei, Ami, and Luna have joined the scene.}
Rei: "There you are."
Usagi: "Why are you staring oddly?"
Rei: "¿You already made friends with her?"
Ami /is holding Luna. "Luna has a bad feeling about that girl over there."
Usagi: "Oh, well, we all know how much we can trust that! Let me introduce you!"
Luna: "…"
Usagi: "Everyone, this is Makoto–"
Makoto /politely stands up…
…and up…
…and up…
…shit, she's, like, a foot and a half taller than everyone else.
Usagi /oblivious. "–and these are my other friends, the smart Ami and the mean Rei."
Rei: "¿Are you talking to me? ¿Are you talking to me? ¿Are you saying I'm mean?"
Usagi: "I'm saying you're mean."
Rei: "¿Are you saying I'm mean?"
Makoto /catches the subtext. "So how long have you two been together?"
Usagi and Rei /?!?!?!
Usagi: "You mean, 'together', like–"
Rei: "–not in a million years–"
Usagi: "–I would never even–"
Rei: "–I don't even like–"
Usagi: "–she's the one who's always–"
Rei: "–I can't imagine where you got the idea–"
Ami: "A couple of months."
Usagi and Rei: "¡Stop helping us!"
Makoto: "And who are you, cutie?"
Ami /blushes!
Makoto /starts stroking Luna, and instantly finds the proper spot, right under the chin, oh yeah, right there, purrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Ami: "Oh, the cat."
Usagi: "That's Luna! She's staying at my house."



• BUT WAIT? WHAT'S THIS?
Some guy in a yellow blazer, blue ball cap, and glasses has drawn a crowd over at TEH CRAW! machine.
Ami: "Whoa, there are plushies of all of u– all of the Sailor Senshi, now."
Rei: "Looks like that guy's working on collecting the whole set."
Yumi: "Hey, Usagi. You've heard of–"
Usagi: "Who the hell are you?"
Yumi: "…I'm… I'm Yumi. From school? We're in the same class?"
Usagi: "First I've heard of you! I know Naru and the Bitchy Girl and the Chubby Girl, but I don't remember you!"
Yumi /patiently. "Well, I've been here all along, you just don't remember at the moment. Anyway, that guy is Joe, the Crane Game Raider. He has an uncanny ability to wield TEH CRAW! to get exactly what he wants, every time. If he's in a good mood, he just gets one of each kind of toy. If he's in a bad mood, he'll strip the machine bare."
Usagi: "A crane game otaku. Why not? Hey, Makoto, do you remember Yu–?"
Makoto /is in a romantic transport.
Usagi: "Ground Control to Major Mak."
Makoto /quivering voice. "That boy looks just like the boy who broke my heart."
Usagi /?



• A LITTLE WHILE LATER: Crane Game Joe is heading home with his spoils.
Creepy music. Monster's POV camera angle. etc.
Joe /looks over his shoulder.
Enter Zoisite, flashily, in a swirl of rose petals! In front of Joe.
Joe /drops his prizes. "JESUS!"
Zoisite: "Don't worry, this will be over quickly."
Zoisite /takes out the Dark Crystal Shard, and with a single word, it begins to–
Joe /buggers off, without waiting for the special effects to warm up.
Zoisite: "Frell."



• A LITTLE WHILE LATER: About ten meters down the street.
Joe has been hogtied.
Zoisite: "There. Now then…"
Zoisite: "Don't worry, this will be over quickly."
Zoisite /takes out the Dark Crystal Shard, and with a single word, it begins to emit pulses of energy, that are reflected in Joe's glasses and eyeballs.
Joe: "HELP!"



• FUCKING SCARY TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER: 3.5
Something tries to punch its way out of Joe's heart.



• SUDDENLY!
Enter Makoto! "HALT, SINNER!"
Zoisite: "(Shit.) Girlfriend, please, this is very simple, and I don't need interference from some overdeveloped barbarian–"
Makoto: "MAKOTO SMASH!"
Makoto attacks!
Zoisite dodges!
Makoto attacks!
Zoisite dodges!
Makoto attacks!
Zoisite dodges!
Zoisite: "My kung fu is superior."
Makoto: "Says you." /throws her earrings.
Zoisite /Toreador Weakness kicks in. "Hey, those look expensive–"
Makoto HITS!!!
Zoisite /spits blood. "You BITCH!"

Usagi /just happens by. "Hello! A mugging?"
Zoisite /scarpers.
Makoto: "Hey, are you okay?"
Joe /there is nothing wimpier than a macho man pretending not to be hurt. "JUST LEAVE ME ALONE." /runs off.
Makoto /chases after.
Luna: "That was one of those Dark Kingdomites! I recognize the uniform."
Usagi: "In broad daylight, too! Those two are in trouble! Quick, after them!"
Luna: "That's my line! Wait up!"



• DOWN THE STREET AND AROUND THE CORNER:
Joe: "Why are you following me?"
Makoto: "Looks like you need a bodyguard."
Joe: "Why would anyone try to kill me?"
Makoto: "Well, someone just did. Maybe your reputation got too much, and the video arcades put out a hit on you. ;) "
Joe: :)
Makoto: "Made you smile! It must be a good trick you do, to get that kind of attention. Think you could teach me?"
Joe /doubles over with a heart attack.
Makoto /!
Joe: "I'll be fine. Really. I'll just have a cup of coffee in here by myself, and I'll be fine."
Makoto: "Caffeine and heart problems don't mix. You should probably call–"
Joe: "I'LL BE FINE." /staggers inside.
Makoto /trembles with worry.

Usagi /materializes. "What a jerk!"
Makoto: "GAH!"
Usagi: "Hey, when Umino's around, you learn a few tricks. I applaud your efforts upon that man's behalf, but why take it personally?"
Makoto: "He looks exactly like the boy at my last school who broke my heart." /swoon.
Usagi: "Who I take it you're not over yet…"
Makoto: "…yeah. Obvious, huh?"
Usagi: "Kinda."



• INSIDE:
Joe /leans over the table in pain for several minutes, then finally gets ahold of himself.
Joe /glances out the window.
Makoto and Usagi wave!
Joe /:rolleyes:



• OUTSIDE:
Makoto: "He's waving back to me. What do I do?!"
Usagi: "He's inviting you inside! GO! GO! QUICK!"



• INSIDE:
Joe: "Don't get any funny ideas, I'm just sick of you standing outside staring and looking worried."
Makoto: "Sorry."
Joe /Subject Changing Prana. "I win the crane game all the time because I'm psychic."
Makoto: "Prove it."
Joe /levitates the ash tray.
Makoto: "Okay, you're psychic."
Joe: "Ever since I was a little jerky kid. So you see that I can't teach you."
Makoto: "Isn't it… cheating?"
Joe: "If you've got a talent, why not use it?"
Makoto: "But… winning crane games seems like a waste."
Zoisite: "Maybe you should fight crime."
Makoto: "Yeah, maybe you should–"
Makoto /!
Joe /!
Zoisite blasts Makoto across the room!
Joe crawls under the table and flees!
Usagi /bursts in, dramatically! "Coward! Running from a lady in distress!"
Joe: "She's not my type! Coming through!" /runs outside.
Zoisite /blasts the window and wall out, ninja leaps through the breach, and chases after Joe in hot pursuit.

A crowd begins to gather.

Usagi: "Are you okay?"
Makoto: "'Not my type!' THAT FUCKER." /storms off.
Usagi: "I'm getting my exercise today!" /chases after.



• A BRIEF CHASE SCENE LATER: In one of the city's many isolated parks.
Zoisite: "You don't need to run, I'm not going to hurt you. (Much.) You're one of us."
Joe: "'Us?'"



• FUCKING SCARY TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER: 4
Something tries to punch its way out of Joe's heart.



• NOT AGAIN!
Joe: "HEL– urk!"
A glowing red crystal is ripped from his heart. Zoisite takes possession.
Joe /twitch twitch writhe.
Makoto: "Holy shit!"
Usagi bursts in, dramatically, in Sailor Moon form!
Usagi: "No time for refootage!"
Makoto: "AWESOME! It's Sailor Moon!"
Zoisite: "Allow me to introduce myself: I am General Zoisite, one of the Four of the Dark Kingdom."
Usagi: "More like one of the Two, now, isn't it?"
Zoisite: "…I don't think I like you. And permit me to introduce Monster Geisein!"
{Zoisite has left the scene.}
Usagi: "Geisein?"
<< Crane Game Joe transforms into Monster Geisein! >>
Usagi: "Oh."



• BOSS BATTLE! Cue music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSd6_GiwNiE
<< Geisein uses Stretch Hammer! >>
<< Usagi takes 50 damage! >>
Makoto: "Hey! You can't beat her up! I'm Sailor Moon's biggest fan!"
Usagi: "Tallest."
Makoto Exalts! Her caste mark glows with the brilliance of ten green suns!
Makoto: "MAKO SMASH PUNY MONSTER!"
<< Makoto uses Suplex! >>
<< Geisein takes 198 damage! >>
Usagi: "Fuck yeah!"
<< Geisein uses Grappling Hook! >>
<< Usagi is grappled! >>
Usagi: "Fuck no…"

Luna: "Makoto! Quick, use–"
Makoto: "TALKING CAT!"
Luna: "…"
Makoto: "Sorry, I do something with this magic wand?"
Luna: "Yes, thank you."



• STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER:
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 24
Usagi into Disguise Form: 7
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 8
Rei into Sailor Mars: 6
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 1
Makoto into Sailor Jupiter: 1



• TADA! Sailor Jupiter, empowered with three of the four fundamental forces!
Usagi: "Nice boots."
Makoto: "Thanks!"
<< Geisein uses Grappling Hook! >>
<< Makoto dodges! >>
< MAKOTO : TECH > THUNDERGA : GEISEIN >
<< Geisein takes 473 damage! Geisein is stunned! >>
Usagi: "Supreme Sundae?"
Makoto: "Sailor Moon, finish him!"
Usagi: "Righto!"
Luna: "Wait! We can't kill him, he's still human in there!"
<< Geisein recovers! >>
Usagi: "Then what the fuck?! Moon Dust only works on minions!"
Luna: "Simply use your Crescent Moon Wand!"
Usagi: "My what?"
Luna: "Oh, right."



• NEW GADGET APPEARS!
Usagi now has Crescent Moon Wand!
Usagi: "Don't tell me, lemme guess. We can't kill him, so I cast healing magic to defeat him, right?"
< USAGI : TECH > REFRESH : GEISEIN >
<< Monster Geisein reverts to Crash Game Joe! >>
<< Usagi has levelled up! New technique mastered! >>
<< Makoto has levelled up! New technique mastered! >>
Joe: "Ow." /K.O.
Luna: "You're getting good at this."
Usagi: "Groovy."



• AFTERMATH:
Luna: "You are now Sailor Jupiter, fourth and final of the great Sailo–"
Makoto: "Are you okay, Joe?"
Joe: "…mommy…"
Luna: "–r Warrio- why do I bother?"
Usagi: "Ow! This thing is sharp. More like a golden sickle than a magic wand."
Luna: "Sailor Moon, you have been bestowed with great power and great responsibility. That 'sickle', as you call it, is the proof that YOU are now the leader of the Sailor Senshi."
Usagi: "ME?! Talking felines distributing wands is no basis for a system of command. If I went around saying I'm a Sailor General just because some feral cat lobbed a sickle at me, they'd put me away!"
Makoto: "Hey, I'm down with it."



• DENOUEMENT: At the Video Arcade again.
Makoto /is losing, repeatedly. "We save his life and Joe runs off anyway GOD I hate men!"
Usagi: "Is it just me, or did the game get harder?"
Motoki: "Oh, hai Usagi, I upgraded the RAM! Say, did you hear that Crane Game Joe came here? I wish I could have met him." /dreamy look.
Usagi: "Er, yeah. Oh, and this is Makot– Uh, Earth to Makoto?"
Makoto /blushes at Motoki. "He's just like the boy who–"
Usagi: "OH FOR GOODNESS SAKE. We already went through that with Joe."
Makoto: "Yes, but Motoki sounds the same."
Usagi: "So what? Half the people in this show sound the same as other people!"
Makoto /dreamy sigh.
Motoki /dreamy sigh.
Usagi: "Sigh."
 

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Re: Episode #25: Jupiter, the Brawn Girl in Love.

MOON HEALING.....ESCALATION!

Hee. One of my favorite of her attack calls makes it's debut :D
 

Shadowjack

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Re: Episode #25: Jupiter, the Brawn Girl in Love.

MOON HEALING.....ESCALATION!

Hee. One of my favorite of her attack calls makes it's debut :D
I forgot to mention my amusement at (and sympathy for) the voice actress tripping over the English pronunciation.

"Moon Healin–" *stammer* "gu…" *deep breath* "ESCALATION! (Yes!)"

Reminds me of when I try to do the erre in Spanish. I stumble over that bastard every single time. I wouldn't dare try to do it at the top of my voice like that.
 

Jhiday

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Re: Episode #25: Jupiter, the Brawn Girl in Love.

It's about time for a new cast member, isn't it?
Considering how busy this episode ended up, I'd have delayed it by an episode or two... But it still works, so it probably was for the better.

Usagi /trips over a Yakuza.
Oh, come on, those guys are just run-of-the-mill delinquants. They'd get creamed if they actually met some real Yakuzas.

• LENG: Beryl before her Court.
Holy infodump, Batman ! This may be the most information we've got about the Dark Kingdom since the beginning of the show.

It's interesting that they never thought of awakening the Seven Great Youma before it became clear they were related to the MacGuffin. Of course, the reason why becomes obvious by the end of the episode : they're crap, barely above the level of a random Monster of the Week. The main problem for the Sailor Team was how not to kill their host, and they found a way around that quickly.

(I also love how Kunzite is able to say with a straight face that he had no idea that the Rainbow Crystals, made from the shards of the Silver Crystal, may be a clue to find the Silver Crystal.)

Queen Beryl: "To help you in your quest, here's the Dark Crystal Shard again. I've personally modified it to respond only to the Rainbow Crystals. Do try to bring it back in one piece, 003."
The Swiss Army Evil!Macguffin is back ! With a new function !

• BUT WAIT? WHAT'S THIS?
Some guy in a yellow blazer, blue ball cap, and glasses has drawn a crowd over at TEH CRAW! machine.
They've spent so much time establishing Makoto that our heroines have to stumble upon our Victim of the Week (tm) by complete random chance. Thankfully, they've got the handy "he looks just like Makoto's former boyfriend" plot device to make him relevant for the episode.

Yumi: "…I'm… I'm Yumi. From school? We're in the same class?"
And indeed, according to her Wikimoon page (which actually misses this appearance !), she's appeared in the background before. She was one of the two girls doing a comedy routine in the "talent contest" episode (you know, the one with the Umino crossdressing incident).

Bitchy Girl is called Kuri, by the way.

A glowing red crystal is ripped from his heart. Zoisite takes possession.
And here's why I like the Rainbow Crystals plot so much : it allows Zoisite to actually win this time around. Okay, the Great Youma was defeated, but those guys are worthless pushovers anyway. On the whole, this is a small victory for Zoisite, and he looks that much more competent in result.

It's also less frustrating than the alternative, as hinted by the last few Nephrite episodes :
Zoisite: Hey, maybe the Macguffin is here !
Victim: Sorry, your Macguffin is in another castle !
Everyone: Gasp, foiled again !


This plot introduces some suspense and complications that will be developped in the next few chapters...

<< Makoto uses Suplex! >>
<< Geisein takes 198 damage! >>
Makoto is awesome. She's still in civilian form, and she managed to injure Zoisite and fight a "Great Youma" to a standstill. And that's not even mentionning beating up three wiseguys without breaking a sweat.

Combine this with a spoiler-y fact :
Spoiler: Show
HER PARENTS ARE DEAD !

And the explanation is obvious : Makoto is Batman !

• NEW GADGET APPEARS!
Usagi now has Crescent Moon Wand!
This did come a bit out of nowhere, didn't it ?

This episode had to do three things at once :
1) Introduce the new setup with the Rainbow Crystals, which means tons of exposition. They nearly pull it off, except the lack of time to introduce the "cure"
2) Introduce Makoto. Well done, no problem here.
3) Introduce the Victim/Monster of the Week. He's a bit of an afterthought, isn't he ?

Frankly, I'd have dissociated "First episode with the new setup" and "Makoto + Crane Joe" into separate episodes. There was far enough material for that.

Usagi: "OH FOR GOODNESS SAKE. We already went through that with Joe."
And thus "this guy looks like Makoto's former boyfriend" already becomes a running joke. Didn't take long at all.


Technically, this is an adaptation of the 5th chapter of the manga, in the sense that it introduces Makoto/Sailor Jupiter. Nearly none of the plot matches, though : there's some talk about her former boyfriend, but that's it. The manga version was actually a convoluted mess involving some people-snatching bridal maniquins that the anime thankfully refused to go anywhere near adapting.

Most of the plot details here are thus completely original, including all the stuff about the Rainbow Crystals and the Seven Great Youmas. It's quite entertaining, though.

The live-action introduced Makoto in its 6th episode, and it actually has some similarities with the anime : though, again, there's no Rainbow Crystals, it did involve Makoto falling in love with a jerk that looked like her former boyfriend and turned out to be possessed by a monster. On the other hand, her angst was taken much, much more seriously in the live-action series (which was all about DRAMA).
 
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It's my personal canon that Makoto's old boyfriend is (a teenage version of) Ten-chan from Urusei Yatsura.

UY has this little girl with a crush on Ten, y'see, whose name happens to be Makoto... :D
 

Aaron Peori

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Re: Episode #25: Jupiter, the Brawn Girl in Love.

And the explanation is obvious : Makoto is Batman !

And thus "this guy looks like Makoto's former boyfriend" already becomes a running joke. Didn't take long at all.
You don't understand. Makoto was dumped by a man whose face she obviously never saw, and she had to learn those martial arts skills from someone.

Makoto's ex-boyfriend was Batman!

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No-Brand Hero

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Re: Episode #25: Jupiter, the Brawn Girl in Love.

I forgot to mention my amusement at (and sympathy for) the voice actress tripping over the English pronunciation.

"Moon Healin–" *stammer* "gu…" *deep breath* "ESCALATION! (Yes!)"

Reminds me of when I try to do the erre in Spanish. I stumble over that bastard every single time. I wouldn't dare try to do it at the top of my voice like that.
Yeah! It's entirely in the way she says it that makes me love it so. There's just a lot of character in that strained pronunciation. The buildup of the "Moon healin...gu" and the sudden joyful release of "ESCALATION!" I swear it's the awesome delivery of that line that prompted to give her increasingly more ridiculous ones in every subsequent series.

Also, I had exactly the same problem with erre in Spanish class. I actually never was able to do it while I was in school. The magical ability to roll my R's ironically only came to me as recently as a few years ago when I was singing along with the magnificently overwrought theme song to the original SDF-Macross TV series and was quite suddenly able to match the singer syllable for syllable, rolled R included. MAAAA-KUUUUU-RRRRRRRROSS!
 
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