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[In Which I Watch] Sailor Moon

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Shadowjack

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Re: Episode #5: A Monster's Scent! Chanela Steals Love

They all did in the manga, though they only lasted a couple chapters before being ditched.
No surprise, really – why draw another thing that hides the character's face, when we the audience want to see their facial expressions? :)
 

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mmmh, Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury

another great recap, Luna continues to suffer under her wayward charge but things are looking up!
 

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EPISODE #9: Usagi's Misfortune! Watch Out for the Rushing Clocks.

• RECAP
"Excuse me, but, um… I don't want to speak out of turn, here."
"No, go right ahead, Ami."
"Well… I know I'm new, but… shouldn't I be mentioned in the recap by now? I mean, I am in the opening titles. I was just wondering, I don't—"
"No, no, it's fine, but I really don't know, I just read the script here. Maybe we got stuck with last week's?"



• PLATEAU OF LENG:
Queen Beryl: "WHAT? Now there's <i>two</i> of them?! …Of all the <i>nerve.</i> How dare they defend themselves!"
Jadeite: "My Lady, I have a cunning plan!"



• THAT DAY: Usagi takes Ami to the mall.
Ami: "Is it always this busy?"
Usagi: "Come on, you need to act more your age!"

Cue montage of the two laughing and enjoying themselves and generally having a good time.

Ami: "Gurren Lagann sunglasses! What do you think?"
Usagi: "They're you, they're totally you. Buy them. Buy them!

Ami: "Wait, you're scared of Big Bird?"
Usagi: "No, that would be silly. I'm scared of <i>Sesame Street</i> merchandise in general."

Ami: "What book did you get? …<i>Garfield: Really Fat Treasury #3</i>?"
Usagi: "He just gets funnier every year! What did you get? <i>The Ba—</i>, <i>The Baro—</i>"
Ami: "<i>The Baroque Cycle.</i>"
Usagi: "It's <i>a million billion pages long!</i> What is that, the entire history of the world?!"
Ami: "No, just the late 17th century."
Ami: "It's only three volumes."
Ami: "What?"



• AND THEN:
Usagi: "Oo, new store!"
Ami: "Ackbar's Discount Clocks."
Usagi: "Fancy expensive clocks and watches marked down with ridiculous bargains. I <i>have never</i> seen such a thing before in my entire life!"
Ami: "Nor have I."
Redhead proprietess in a classy dress: "Interested in a watch?"
Ami: "Thank you, I have one. Hey, that clock looks like Luna!"
Usagi: "It does!"
Redhead proprietess in a classy dress: "It's you, it's totally you. Buy it! Buy it!"
Usagi: "Maybe this will help me get to school on time oh <i>crap</i> I'm still broke." /sniffle.
Ami: "Don't cry, don't cry! I promise I'll come by every morning to pick you up!"
Usagi /hugs. "AMI I LOVE YOU"
Ami /blush.



• TSUKINO RESIDENCE:
Mom: "…so then I went shopping with Naru and Umino's mothers—"
Usagi: "Umino has parents?"
Mom: "I'm as surprised as you are, dear."
Usagi: "How's Naru's mom, by the way?"
Mom: "Oh, Berry's doing great, though she got in a major catfight with the lady at the clock shop."
Usagi: "Oh, you were there, too?"
Mom: "Yes, Naru's mom had heard about the place from an employee of hers. We got some great bargains. Including—" /dramatic reveal.
Usagi: "You got me the clock I wanted! Best Mom Ever!"



• UPSTAIRS:
Luna: "In what way does that sneering <i>thing</i> look like me?"
Usagi: "See? Perfect match!"



• BUT THAT MIDNIGHT:
All the Evil Clocks light up and cast a spell.
Luna /is immune. "I have a bad feeling about this."



• MORNING:
Ami: "Hello? Is this the Tsukino Res—?"
Usagi's Dad: "LATE!"
Ami: "Oh, pardon me. Uh, are you Mrs. Tsu—
Usagi's Mom: "LATE!"
Usagi's Mom /twitching like a meth addict. "Usagi left an hour ago because she was LATE and now I gotta go do all the chores before the day ends because it's already seven in the morning where did the time go oh my god AAAAAAAAAAAAAA."
Ami: "Usagi left early. …Something is rotten in the State of Denmark."



• SCHOOL:
School opens an hour early and closes about half an hour later, because almost everyone is in an INCREDIBLE HURRY.
Miss Haruna: "You can all study by yourselves because it'll be faster than this because I have to hurry because I'm speed dating and it's far more important than standing here because I'm still in my twenties and unmarried and I have to—"
Umino: "That's right! We won't be kids for very much longer! How about we—?"
{Naru has left the scene.}
{Usagi has left the scene.}



• CUT TO: The city is in a ferment of activity.
Ami: "Now I understand the Gibson line."
Luna /just running up. "What line?"
Ami: "'It was like a deranged experiment in social Darwinism, designed by a bored researcher who kept one thumb permanently on the fast-forward button.'"
Luna: "I think it all has something to do with these clocks. Check this one out!"
Ami: "How are you carrying that?"
Luna: "It's strapped to my back."
Ami: "But how did you tie the—?"
Luna: "USAGI, FOCUS!"
Luna: "I mean, er… Here, use this compact supercomputer."
Ami: "Er… why, thank you! Now, let's see here—"
The Evil Clock's copy-protection system kicks in, and all the Evil Energy escapes, leaving the clock empty and inert.
Luna: "It <i>was</i> an evil spell! The whole city's been enchanted!"
Ami /looks so sad I just want to hug her.



• THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CITY:
The gentle peace of the pencil sketch and watercolor backgrounds is ruined by MASSIVE CAR ACCIDENTS!
Jadeite: "This is even easier than I thought! Stupid humans, rushing to your deaths…"
Jadeite: "Ramua! Paging Ramua!"
Redhead proprietress in classy dress reveals her true form: a glam rocker in her late 30s trying desperately to look in her early 20s.
Jadeite: "…"
Jadeite: "Your plan is working perfectly, so it's usually at this point that those 'sailor' persons show up. So watch your back."



• MEANWHILE: On the bus.
Ami: "No one picks up the phone at the school. Luna, I'm nervous about trying to do this alone."
Luna: "I know! Where the hell is Usagi?"
CRASH BANG!
Usagi /steps off the wrecked bus.
Usagi: "The bus driver was crazy doesn't he know we're all LATE!"
Luna: "You've been cursed, dear."
Usagi: "To the clock shoppe!"



• STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORM—
Usagi: "Come on! Come on! Get through the refootage! We haven't got <i>time</i> for this!"
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 9
Usagi into Disguise Form: 3
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 2



• ATTACK! attack! attack! with pesticide!
Luna: "Okay, we need to—"
Usagi: "Whichever way we go it's a trap! In through the front!"
Luna: "—come up with—"
Usagi /blasts the front door off with the Moon Tiara.
Luna: "—a plan of—"
Ami /excited! "Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Charge!"
Luna: "—attack."

The breach magically seals itself behind the two Sailors, leaving Luna outside.



• THE SEA OF TIME:
Usagi: "IAMSAILORMOONMOONTIARABLASTOKAYDONE!"
Ami: (sotto voce) "…She's not here."
Demon: (off) "Come find me, children."
Usagi: "It is very weird in here."
Ami /puts on Gurren Lagann sunglasses and fires up her tricorder.
Usagi: "What's happening?"
Ami: "Well, in my humble opinion, we've become involved in Einstein's time-space continuum theory."
Usagi: "All right…"
Ami: "Relatively speaking, that is."



EASTER EGG: Read the English text that appears on Sailor Mercury's computer.



• MEANWHILE: On the Material Plane.
Enter Tuxedo Mask… steathily. "Huh. The clock shoppe is empty. Or IS IT?"



• INSIDE:
Ami: "The Demon's this way!" /runs "like a girl."
Usagi: "FASTER!" /runs like <i>mad.</i>
Demon: "I didn't expect you to show up so early!"
Ami /cold. "Dead or alive, you're coming with me."
Usagi /suddenly collapses. "Time energy… drained… can't… move…"

<< Demon uses Time Stop on Ami! Ami is paralyzed! >>
<< Demon uses Spear Flurry on Usagi! >>

Demon: "SUFFER! SUFFER!" /stabby stabby stab.



• OUTSIDE:
Tuxedo Mask, having nothing better to do, breaks the big clock.



• INSIDE:
Demon: "NO! All <i>my</i> energy!"
All the demon's spells collapse.
Ami: "Should have kept diversified back-up systems!"
Ami: "BUBBLE—wait for it—"
Demon: "Please, no!"
Ami: "—SPRAY!"

<b> < AMI : TECH > BUBBLE1 : DEMON > </b>
<< Demon is stunned! Protect break! >>
<b> < USAGI : TECH > MOONTIARA : DEMON > </b>
<< Demon is slain! >>
<< Usagi has levelled up! >>
<< Ami has levelled up! Peek technique mastered! >>

And the entire shop disappears.



• DENOUEMENT: The city recovering from its magically-induced rush.
Naru: "Usagi! We have to hurry — a cake shop is doing a speed eating contest!"
Usagi: "AWESOME!" /runs.
Usagi /trip CRASH.
Usagi /cries.
Luna: "Same as it ever was."
Ami: "That was fun! When's the next one?"
 
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David J Prokopetz

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Fun fact: Ami was originally intended to be a gag character with a completely useless "special attack". You can already see the tone of the series shifting, because it worked. :D
 
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