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[In Which I Watch] Sailor Moon

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Unka Josh

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It could be worse, it could be Alien Nine.
Are you sure about that?

For extra fun, BTW, read the manga that I linked to right before you watch Gurren Lagann. It's extra-special that way.
 

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The works of Junji Ito make me want to throw the manga across the room, curl up in a ball in the opposite corner, and watch the manga carefully in case it moves. :eek:
 

Unka Josh

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Yeah, that's about right. The page of Uzumaki that I linked to isn't very representative. That one page probably won't eat your soul... probably.
 

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I tracked it down; it's nowhere near as disturbing as Uzumaki, honestly.

...it's a shame that there isn't an anime, because this would be the perfect song for an AMV.
 

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I forgot about that manga, did it ever go anywhere?
It lasted 3 volumes + a 1 volume sequel. By the end,
Spoiler: Show
I think all or almost all of the girls were taken over/permanently bonded with aliens, and it turned out the fighting was mostly about which aliens got to bond with humans and the main 'borg' aliens basically having market-control and wanting to protect their host supply from other aliens trying to get in and take humans as hosts. The teachers and other older people were part of it.



The story was basically the story of the transformative experiences of the girls, nothing more.
 

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Episode #27: Love for Ami?! A Boy Who Can Predict the Future.

• HOLY MOLY NEW OPENING CREDITS!
The Earth rises about a dazzling palace, lights shine on the water! Very fast and flashy demo shots of each Sailor making absolutely no attempt to synch with the music! The star locket emphasized, a hologram of Tuxedo Mask hellriding above the ruins of Sarnath, Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask looking lovingly at each other. Usagi with the Crescent Wand, transforming into a pretty princess dress. Scary purple demons! Water flows again from ancient fountains, Princess Usagi walks on water, producing ripples and a reminder that water is often used symbolically to reference sexuality. Finally, a palace beneath a dead Moon, Princess Usagi (her dress translucent, showing her silhouette) stands on a cliff ledge regarding Tuxedo Mask as the wind whips past.



• RECAP:
Recap recap recap. Hello, Jupiter.



• LENG: A private briefing.
Queen Beryl: "To find the Silver Crystal, we have to have all seven Rainbow Crystals. If one is taken by someone else, that means we have less than all seven. I assume you are aware of this."
Zoisite and Kunzite /shift sheepishly from foot to foot.
Queen Beryl: "This is an appalling blunder."
Zoisite /loosens collar. "Er… sorry?"
Kunzite: "So we'll just attack Tuxedo Mask when he comes for the next one, and take the other back."
Queen Beryl: "If that's your plan, then why are you still here?"



• CUT TO: A construction site! Safety first!
Ami /blithely walking along, reading a book, paying no attention to the cement truck idling around the corner.
Some guy: "OI! AMI! HOLD IT!"
Ami: "Oh, hello, Urawa, what i–?"
Suddenly! A steel I-beam slips from the crane, and smashes into the ground about as close to Ami as you are to your monitor, utterly obliterating the cement truck.
Ami /!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
{Some guy has left the scene.}
Construction Guy #1: "HOLY SHIT KID THANK GOD YOU'RE OKAY!"
Ami: "…Am I? Oh, good…"



• SCHOOL: Midterms have been posted.
Usagi /is at #203. "Mom's gonna kill me again. :( "
Makoto /is at #201. "Arrrrgh, looks like we're both doomed to extra cram sessions. :( "
Usagi /looks for Ami. "Who the hell is Ryo Urawa, and how did he beat out Ami for the top slot? Hey, Ami, looks like you've lost your throne."
Ami: "Hmm? Oh, yeah, missed one, and only got 99.8%. Just have to study harder for next time!"
Usagi: "Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present the amazing Girl from Another Planet."
Ami: "There's the guy who got the perfect score. Hello, Urawa! Thanks for saving my life earlier!"
Ryo /blush.
{Ryo has left the scene.}



• SHORTLY THEREAFTER: Ryo is looking at the newspaper clipping from Ami's famous test score and sighing.
Usagi /materializes. "AHA! You do have a crush on Ami!"
Ryo: "GAAAAH!"
Usagi: "Sorry, I should know better than to use that trick on someone I don't know."
Usagi and Ryo look across the way, and watch Ami playing four-square with Makoto and a couple of other girls. Good for Ami.
Ryo: "Well… it's not a crush crush, I mean… she's so much smarter… she'd never… and… well… I also happen to know that romantic relationships face an uphill road on this show."
Usagi /hearty slap on back. "Nonsense! Why, I know just what you need…"
Ryo: "Water."
Usagi: "Water?"
Janitor /accidentally empties a bucket of water onto Usagi.
Ryo: "Water."
Usagi: "…"



• THAT EVENING: Rei and Mamoru on another date.
Mamoru: (thinks) "All right, I'll just have to make this Tuxedo Mask thing work for me. More crystals means more memories… I hope…"
Rei: "Someone's awfully preoccupied tonight. ¿Estás bien?"
Mamoru: "…Sí. Lo siento."



• CUT TO: A nearby café.
Usagi: "…and here's a list of things she likes, and a photo of Ami eating a hamburger. It was the best I could get on short notice; Rei won't let me have any of the good pictures…"
Ryo /looks at the silly picture. :)
{Usagi's wand is tinkling.}
Luna: "Oh, hell."
Usagi: "When are you gonna tell her?"
Ryo: "As soon as I could match or beat her test score… which means that–"
Usagi: "Say no more!" /hares off immediately.



• CUT TO: Ami's cram school!
Ami: "You're waiting for me?"
Usagi: "Yep! Come on, gotta show you something!"
Luna: (to self) "Tell her? Don't tell her? Tell her? Don't tell her?"



• CUT TO: Ryo walking home.
Zoisite: "I've been waiting to see you, boy!" /blows kiss.
Ryo: "Aha! So you're Zoisite, the Dark Kingdomite who seeks to expose my inner self of the Third Wizard from Hell."
Zoisite: "I am Zois– ?! What are you, psychic?"
Ryo: "Yes."
Zoisite: "Oh. Well then, you know the drill. Turn into a monster and let's go."
Ryo: "But I don't want to be a monster."
Zoisite: "Why would you not want to be a monster? That's silly-talk." /shoots Ryo.
Usagi and Ami walk around the corner.
Usagi and Ami immediately turn around and walk back.
Luna: "Get out there!"



• STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER:
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 26
Usagi into Disguise Form: 7
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 9
Rei into Sailor Mars: 6
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 1
Makoto into Sailor Jupiter: 1



• TADA!
Usagi: "With the stars as our witness…"
Ami: "…we're gonna kick your ass back to Hell!"
Usagi and Ami: "WE ARE THE SAILOR SENSHI!"
Zoisite: "Are you planning to stop me?"
Usagi: "No! I'm planning to distract you!" /waves arms.
Zoisite /?
{Ami has left the scene, with Ryo.}
Zoisite: "Frell."
<< Zoisite casts Rose Petal Blast! >>
<< Usagi takes 113 damage! >>
{Zoisite escapes.}
Usagi /?



• AN ISOLATED PARK SOME DISTANCE AWAY:
Ryo: "Thanks for saving my life, Mizuno." /passes out.
Ami: "How'd you know that name?!"



• CUT BACK TO USAGI:
Usagi /pant pant. "How was such a small girl able to get so far while carrying someone over her shoulder? Ami conceals depths hitherto unseen. Where'd she go?"
Luna: "Use the Crescent Wand to track 'em."
Usagi: "Aha! That would only work if Ryo Urawa was a rainbow monster."
Luna: "He is."
Usagi: "Oh. …Are you sure?"
Luna: "…YES."



• CUT BACK TO ISOLATED PARK:
Ryo /has a vision of knives stripping Ami naked!
Ami /feels embarassed and violated for some reason she can't explain.
Ryo /wakes up.
Ami: "Bad dream?"
Ryo: "No, a psychic vision. We are fated to fight one another, so please don't hesitate to kill me when I turn into a monster, Ami Mizuno who is Sailor Mercury."
Ami: "Holy crap! Do you know all my secrets?!"
Ryo /suddenly embarassed.
Ami: "…I'll have to think about how I feel about that. In the mean time, consider this phrase: Faith can change the future!"
Ryo: "…Well, I didn't know you were going to say those inspiring words."
Ami: "I am on occasion unpredictable."
Ryo: "I like that about you."
Ami /blush.
Zoisite /eating popcorn. "Kiss her already!"
Ami /!
Ryo /!



• ASTOUNDINGLY IAMBENT SUMMONING SEQUENCE!
Waves of light transform Ryo into MEGALON! He jock it made of steel, eats sushi from a pail, he mother never really love him!

Zoisite acquires the Yellow Crystal.



• TADA!
Zoisite: "Megalon! Destroy the girl!"
<< Megalon attacks Zoisite! >>
<< Zoisite dodges, barely! >>
Zoisite drops the Yellow Crystal!
Ami catches the Yellow Crystal!
Zoisite /smacks Megalon upside the head.
Zoisite: "I'm a man, you sarcastic nitwit! I meant attack Sailor Mercury!"
Megalon: "ME HAVE WILL TO SET OWN AGENDAS."
Ami: "Yes! Go get him, Ryo!"
Zoisite: "Fool! I know your True Name."
<< Zoisite casts Charm Person! >>
<< Megalon must obey! >>
Zoisite: "Attack Sailor Mercury!"
Megalon: "CAN'T. RESIST. MIND. CONTROL." /stomp stomp stomp.
Ami /runs like a girl.



• BUT THEN!
Usagi bursts in, dramatically.
Usagi: "It's not fair to control an innocent boy's body against his will!"
Zoisite: "Don't knock it 'til you've tried it, honey."
Ami: "Yo! A little help!"
Usagi: "Right!"
< USAGI : TECH > REFRESH : MEGALON >
<< Megalon is immune! >>
Megalon: "GRRRR."
Usagi /runs like hell.



• RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!
Usagi: "Your boyfriend's about to smash us to pieces!"
Ami: "He's not my boyfriend! I find him attractive because he's tall and sleeps above his covers. Eighty feet above his covers…"
Luna: "We have to weaken him before we can cure him!"
Usagi: "Lower his saving roll, without killing him, huh? Easier said than done."
<< Megalon casts Shredding Blades! >>
Trees smash and fall before the Sailors, trapping them.
Ami: "Looks like we've got no choice, then. Charge!"

So ensues several minutes of blades and screaming and blood and glaven!

Ami /gasps. "Harder to take down a building-sized monstrosity than I thought."
Usagi /pants. "If we don't hurry, the JSDF is gonna steal our kill."
Luna: "We need mega-scale attacks."
< REI : TECH > DRAGONSLAVE : MEGALON >
< MAKOTO : TECH > THUNDERGA : MEGALON >
Rei: "¿You rang?"
Makoto: "We almost missed our chance to be in the spotlight."
< AMI : TECH > BUBBLE1 : MEGALON >
Ami: "Phew! Perfect timing, ladies."
Megalon: "DRAT. ME CAN'T SEE A THING."
Zoisite: "Bullshit! You tower twenty stories above that fog!"
Megalon: "SORRY. ME FEEL VERY WEAK NOW."
< USAGI : TECH > REFRESH : MEGALON >
MOON HEALING ESCALATION!
<< Megalon reverts to Ryo Uwara! >>

Usagi: "Man, twice in one show. That's serious refootage."
Luna: "Whatever works."
Ami: "Excuse me, I'd like to see to my would-be boyfriend."
Zoisite: "Just you wait, Sailor Senshi!"
Ami: "Are you okay, Ryo?"
Ryo: "I think so…"
Luna: "I've seen movies that were all refootage."
Zoisite: "Hey, pay attention to me!"
Rei: "¿Can you pick up radio with that antenna?"
Makoto: "I don't know, I haven't tried."
Zoisite /stamps foot in irritation.
{Zoisite has left the scene.}

Tuxedo Mask: "Looks like they won this time. I will quietly take my leave for today."
{Tuxedo Mask has left the scene.}



• DENOUMENT: The train station.
Ryo: "Whenever Dad gets transferred, I have to go too, so I guess this is goodbye."
Usagi: "Aw, nuts, and we were just getting friendly." /nudges Ami. "(Kiss him!)"
Ryo /hands Ami the hamburger photo. "Usagi gave me this, but you should have it back. When I'm able to get those good test scores without psychic cheating, I'll be back for that picture."
Ami /hands Ryo another picture. "In the mean time, take this one with you."
Ryo /looks at the picture. "Whoa."
Usagi: "What? What? Lemme see?"
Ryo /pockets the picture. "Thank you, Ami." :D
Ami: "Come see me any time, Ryo." ;)

The train departs, and Ami does the running alongside bit, waving.

Usagi: "Yes! Love triumphs!"
Makoto: "Don't touch my bags, if you please, Mr. Customs Man."
Usagi: "Oh, push the button, Mak'."



• HOLY MOLY NEW ENDING CREDITS!
Which I don't like so well.

The earlier credits, which it occurs to me I never described, seemed to imply something like past-life Usagi visiting a memorial or gravesite tree on a starlit night by a still lake, weeping as shooting stars fall, then being comforted by past-life Mamoru.

The new credits have Princess Usagi – represented with that weird silhouette effect, where the body and face are featureless black, but the hair and clothing are not – prancing about in front of a mirror. Aaaaaaand that's about it. The song's a little more twee, too, but I suppose it'll grow on one.

Keep circulating the tapes.



• COMMENTARY:
Incidentally, I suppose I should be paying closer attention to the animation directors, because there are noticeable differences. There's the standard style, but there's also a rounder, more "chibi" style that gets used every few episodes (including this one), that's always a little surprising to see. I like 'em both fine, but they do contrast.
 

JohnBiles

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Re: Episode #27: Love for Ami?! A Boy Who Can Predict the Future.

• CUT TO: A construction site! Safety first!
Ami /blithely walking along, reading a book, paying no attention to the cement truck idling around the corner.
Some guy: "OI! AMI! HOLD IT!"
Ami: "Oh, hello, Urawa, what i–?"
Suddenly! A steel I-beam slips from the crane, and smashes into the ground about as close to Ami as you are to your monitor, utterly obliterating the cement truck.
Ami /!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
{Some guy has left the scene.}
Construction Guy #1: "HOLY SHIT KID THANK GOD YOU'RE OKAY!"
Ami: "…Am I? Oh, good…"
This is classic Ryo, who sees the future, then doesn't tell anyone until it is too late.

This is one of my favorite eps because it's an Ami spotlight and I like her.




• CUT TO: A nearby café.
Usagi: "…and here's a list of things she likes, and a photo of Ami eating a hamburger. It was the best I could get on short notice; Rei won't let me have any of the good pictures…"
Ryo /looks at the silly picture. :)
Not the WORST possible picture, but definitely in the competition.


• TADA!
Zoisite: "Megalon! Destroy the girl!"
<< Megalon attacks Zoisite! >>
<< Zoisite dodges, barely! >>
Zoisite drops the Yellow Crystal!
Ami catches the Yellow Crystal!
Zoisite /smacks Megalon upside the head.
Zoisite: "I'm a man, you sarcastic nitwit! I meant attack Sailor Mercury!"
Megalon: "ME HAVE WILL TO SET OWN AGENDAS."
Ami: "Yes! Go get him, Ryo!"
Zoisite: "Fool! I know your True Name."
<< Zoisite casts Charm Person! >>
<< Megalon must obey! >>
Zoisite: "Attack Sailor Mercury!"
Megalon: "CAN'T. RESIST. MIND. CONTROL." /stomp stomp stomp.
Ami /runs like a girl.
Another great bit of the episode, illustrating why Zoicite's quest to collect the warriors is not as productive as he and Beryl hope. :)
 

Aaron Peori

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Re: Episode #27: Love for Ami?! A Boy Who Can Predict the Future.

•The new credits have Princess Usagi – represented with that weird silhouette effect, where the body and face are featureless black, but the hair and clothing are not – prancing about in front of a mirror. Aaaaaaand that's about it. The song's a little more twee, too, but I suppose it'll grow on one.
This is probably Ikuhara, since he will shameless steal import this style into Utena with no changes at all.

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