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In Which Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon S (you are thread No. 6)

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I see what you mean about this season: This episode made me snort and giggle several times at the sheer over-the-top-ness of it all. They've really embraced the madness by this point.

Also, I really like the quality of this print. The series is very colorful by this point, and it simply shines in good resolution. It's like a psychedelic laserlight show.
The only response I can offer for pretty much anything regarding this season is "Forget it, Jake. It's Ikuhara."
 

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Episode #91: The Rod of Love is Born! Usagi's New Transformation!

Usagi: "'Rod of Love'?"
Mamoru: "…"
Usagi /opens mouth.
Usagi /closes mouth.
Mamoru /raises eyebrow.
Usagi /opens mouth again.
Usagi /closes mouth again.
Mamoru /shakes his head and smiles.
Usagi: "I just can't. Too easy."



The Laboratory

Kaolinite: "So, Prof, what are we going to do tonight?"
The Professor: "Same thing we do every night, Kaolinite! Try to take over the world!"
The Professor: /brandishes a borosilicate beaker and a Bunsen burner!
The Professor: /adds Chemical X.

Another Daimon Egg is spawned, shattering another beaker.

Kaolinite: "You know, glassware does cost money."
The Professor: "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
Kaolinite: "Perhaps we could industrialize this process somehow?"
The Professor: "What?! And lose the hand-crafted touch? How is 'Death Busters' supposed to become a household name without attention to quality craftsmanship?"
Kaolinite: "…I thought we agreed we weren't using that name?"
The Professor: /confused. "I thought we agreed we had?"
Kaolinite: "Well, anyway, as your financial advisor, I strongly suggest we try to keep costs down."
The Professor: "Pish-tush! Is it my fault mere Pyrex cannot contain my GENIUS?"

The Daimon Egg zips out the air vent, startling a cat.



Tsukino Residence

Usagi: /has a post-traumatic nightmare.

In the dream, Usagi's brooch is ripped from her and depowered, leaving her naked—in her schoolclothes—and defenseless.

Dream Ami: "Stupid!"
Dream Mako: "Weak!"
Dream Mina: "Lazy!"
Dream Rei: "¡Vieja!"
Usagi: "YOU DIRTY TRAITORS! I thought we were friends! I'll mertilize you! I'll tear ya limb from limb! I'll—"
Luna: "AAAAAGH! LEGGO ME!"

Luna scratches Usagi!
Usagi is hit!
Usagi wakes up.
Luna uses Submission Hold.
Usagi is pinned.


Luna: "SO! Though you could put one over on your cat in her sleep, eh? WE'LL SEE WHO'S THE MISTRESS NOW!"
Usagi: "Wha' happen—?"
Luna: /releases Usagi. "Oh! You were dreaming?"
Usagi: "…I guess so. Oh, Luna, it was terrible! I dreamed that some horrible youma molested Rei and me. She stripped me naked and crushed my brooch and—"
Luna: "…"
Usagi: "—and it wasn't a dream. OH GOD! Oh God!"
Luna /Subject Changing Prana. "Why are there dozens of ribbons in your hair? Doesn't that make it take longer to go to sleep then just tying your hair up?"
Usagi /Serious Business. "Don't change the subject! Luna, I swore a sacred oath to fight alongside and defend all the others. How can I do that without magical powers?!"
Luna: "…You don't want to retire from Sailoring?"
Usagi: "SACRED. OATH. My brooch has gone dark! What can restore its light?"
Luna: "Don't worry, dear, I'm sure, well, something will turn up!"
Usagi: "…You're playing it by whisker again aren't you?"
Luna: "Ahem! Hrumph. Hum. Maybe."
Usagi: "Wonderful."
Luna: "I know what'll cheer you up! Go talk to that Mamoru of yours."
Usagi: "…But you said I have to study for the—"
Luna: "Go! Shoo! Shoo! Get dressed! Go! Indulge in your human courtship rituals! It'll be good for you! Go! G'bye! G'bye! Have fun! Shoo!"
Usagi: "Wait, why am I arguing? I'M OFF TO SEE THE BOYFRIEND!" /exits.
Luna: /waits until she's sure Usagi's gone.
Luna: /pads over to the phone and dials. "Hey, honey? It's me. The kid's out of the house and I'm off the clock…"



Poisoning Pigeons in the Park

Usagi: "It's not poison!"
Pigeon: "Well it might as well be, lady, as substandard as dis pigeonfeed is!"
Mamoru: "Isn't stopping you from packing it away! SHOO!"
Pigeon: "Ey, I so got a wife and chicks to support!" /flies away.
Usagi: "My life just gets weirder and weirder."
Mamoru: "Beats the alternative. What's this about a dream?"
Usagi /explains about the dream.
Mamoru: "Hmm. Doesn't sound prophetic. I think this is more the subconscious fears kind of deal."
Usagi: "Like, I'm afraid the others will hate me if I can't keep up with the team? Which is silly, of course, though I know it bugs them when I drag."
Mamoru: "Right. You don't want to let down the team. And, let's face it, that was pretty damn traumatic last week! I'd be surprised if you weren't having bad dreams. But I'm here, you're safe now, and I'm sure something will turn up."
Usagi: "Do you believe that, or are you just saying that?"
Mamoru: "Well, if there's anything past events have taught us, it's that, One: Talking out your dreams with your loved ones is a very good idea—"
Usagi: ;)
Mamoru: "—and Two: Magic shows up when it's ready to show up."
Usagi: "You just want to me to trust to coincidence?"
Mamoru: "I was given this jacket for Christmas by somehow who doesn't know. Check the manufacturer label on the lapel."
Usagi: "'Prince of the Earth'? You're kidding."
Mamoru: "I checked. The company only had a tiny print run before they folded; my friend had ordered something else that was out of stock, and took this as a substitute. What are the odds?"
Usagi: "…Coincidence."
Mamoru: "Like in the song. Now, come on, let me do my manly duty and help take your mind off things. I know a place that's right up your alley."



Right Up This Alley, To Be Precise

Mamoru: "We just go through the hole in the wall over here—"
Usagi: "BREAKING AND ENTERING INTO A MANSION?! This is supposed to make me relax?!"
Mamoru: "It's abandoned, it's not haunted, it's not a secret hideout, and no one can see us here."
Usagi: /surprised and delighted! "…Why, darling, so thoughtful! You're going to make a move on me!"
Mamoru: "…Er… no. I'm going to show you a kitten."
Usagi: "…Er, when you say 'show me a kitten', do you mean, like, an actual—?"
Mamoru: "It's dangerous to be alone. Take this!" /brandishes kitten.
Usagi: /ZOMG "YOU'RE A KITTY!" /acquires kitten.
Mamoru: "There's a feral cat colony in here, you see—"
Usagi: "—and i'm gonna hug him and love him and squeeze him and love him and squeeze him and hug him and—" :) :) :)
Mamoru: /grins. "Yeah, I thought you'd like it."
Usagi: /to the kitten. "Because you're brown, your name is Char-chan!"
Mamoru: "Er… but the cat is red."
Usagi: "HIS NAME IS CHAR-CHAN AND HE IS A GOOD BOY. Yes, you are, aren't you? Oops!"
The Kitten: /squirms out of her arms and runs inside.
Mamoru: "He doesn't like that name."
Usagi: "FOLLOW THAT KITTEN!"



Inside, They Find…
A little redheaded girl, feeding cats. Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats!

Little Girl: "♫ Feed the cats, tuppence a bag… ♫"
Usagi: /just entering the room. "Whoa. That's a lot of cats."
Little Girl: "Wh-who's there?!"
Usagi: /strikes Sailor V pose. "I am the Terror, that trips in the night—"
Little Girl: /laughs. "You're not Sailor V!"
Usagi: "Nope. Just her biggest fan."
Mamoru: /just entering the room. "Whoa. That's a lot of cats."
Little Girl: "I come here lots to feed and play with them, because there are so many lonely cats here with no one to look after them, and I can't keep any at home."
Usagi: "Wow, you're so pure-hearted and kind and caring."
Mamoru: "That's good. It's very good."
Usagi: "Yeah, I'm sure nothing bad could ever happen to such a pure-hearted girl as you."

The Daimon Egg flies into the Little Girl's bedroom, past the cat calendar, cat wallpaper, stuffed cats, pictures of cats, and picture books about cats, and infects the cat-themed jigsaw puzzle on her desk.

Little Girl: "Aw, shucks. I just do it because I like kitties."
Usagi: "Such lovely brown hair, too. I wish I could have a shade like that."
Mamoru: "Her… her hair is red."
Little Girl: "But I feel sorry for the cats, because this place is going to be torn down soon, and they won't have anywhere to go."
Usagi: "JUSTICE SENSE TINGLING!"
Mamoru: "Uh-oh, she's got that look again."
Little Girl: "Is that bad?"
Luna: "No, not bad, but always very involved."
Mamoru: "…What are you doing here, Luna?"
Luna: "…Lunch date."
Usagi: "Lunch date?!"
Luna: "Damn it, you scared him off! Do you know how hard it is to find a good tom these days?"



Emergency Meeting At The Shrine!

Ami: /is eating lunch. "Was there another attack?"
Usagi: "Not yet! Wait a few hours. But while we wait: kitties!"
Usagi /explains excitedly, with gesticulations and charts.
Usagi: "—and the first step toward finding owners for all the stray cats is for us to adopt some of them!"
Mina: "Why would I want another cat when I can barely survive Artemis?"
Artemis: "I beg your—?! Ah, yes. 'Humor.' Ha. Ha."
Rei: "I have birds."
Usagi: "Birds?"
Rei /kicks the nearest tree, dislodging huge flocks of ravens.
Rei: "Dirty disgusting filthy lice-ridden birds."
Phobos: "Yeah, lice-ridden!"
Deimos: "Lice-ridden Nazi birds! No one likes us!"
Rei: "Cats wouldn't fit into our lifestyle."
Deimos: "Ve vill clear ze Führer's name!"
Phobos: "Now Hitler—zere vas a painter!"

The cast rises to salute this fallen funny-man, then sits down again.

Mako: "Um… I'm living all by myself, and, er… don't have time to care for a cat?"
Usagi: "Wait, all by yourself?"
Mako: "I suspect we should come back to this point later. Ask Ami."
Ami: "I have—"
Everyone: "—TO STUDY!"
Ami: /blushes. "Also, I'm terribly insecure. I'd screw up a cat."
Luna: "You, insecure? Now that is the biggest load of—"
Ami: /shoves the first thing she can find into Luna's mouth to shut her up.

It turns out to be her sandwich. A Makoto-made sandwich!

Luna: /OM NOM NOM
Usagi: "You only think of yourselves! Think of the kitties, won't you?"
Rei: "¿So why don't you adopt some of them?"
Usagi: "Er… um… I have a VERY GOOD reason… um…"
Ami: /cracks up.
Mako /smiles. "She can always give you the giggles, can't she?"
Usagi: "… it's… um… it's… it's because Luna eats too much!"
Luna: "WHAT?! TAKES ONE TO—"
Ami: /shoves the other half of her sandwich into Luna's mouth to shut her up.
Luna: /OM NOM NOM
Ami: "Look, the building isn't being torn down right away. Why not expand your search? Advertise? Or just contact the—"
Luna: "RAWR! Generic insults! RA—"
Ami: /shoves her cake into Luna's mouth to shut her up.
Luna: /OM NOM NOM
Mako: "…"
Usagi: "All right, all right. Well, in the meantime, I think we should all get some food and feed the kitties ourselves! THAT IS A ROYAL ORDER!"
Everyone: /mumbles. "…yes your highness…"
Usagi: "Very good! Proceed!"
Artemis: "What the hell is going on?"
Luna: "She's being whimsical, roll with it."
Ami: "…What happened to my lunch?"
Luna: /licks whiskers.
Mina: "You were very involved with your book and didn't notice eating it."
Ami: "Oh, again?"
Mako: "Damn it, Mina, she'll wither away…"



After A Few Hours

Cat #1: "Mew!"
Cat #2: "Mrow!"
Little Girl: "I can't take you home with me!"
Little Girl /looks around. "…but you can visit for a little while before Mom comes home. But don't cause any trouble!"
Cat #1: /causes trouble.
Little Girl: "Hey!"
Cat #2: /is cute.
Little Girl: "Aw!"
Cat #1: /decides to mess up the puzzle.
Little Girl: "Stop th—"



Disturbingly Creepy Transformation Sequence!
NEKONNELL! A lithe-yet-muscular purple-skinned woman with cat ears, a purple Marsupilami tail, white chemise and lace stockings, and lots and lots of ding-a-ling bells.

Little Girl: "This is a joke, right?" [Actual line.]
Nekonnell: "Nope! GIVE ME YOUR SOUL!"
Cat #1: "GRRRRRRRRR!"
Cat #2: "YOWLLLLLLLLL!"
Nekonnell: "RAWR!"

The cats selflessly run interference, to give the Little Girl time to run.

There's a really clever bit of animation here where the monster lassos the girl with her tail just as she reaches the door; the girl slams the door on the tail, severing it, which causes it to dissolve into jigsaw puzzle pieces; and when the daimon reopens the door, the tail reforms from the pieces like the T-1000.

Nekonnell ninja leaps in pursuit.




Back to the Cat Mansion!

Little Girl /runs and runs and runs and runs and runs inside and slams the door and locks it.

SFX: High heels and ding-a-ling bells.

Little Girl: /!
Nekonnell: /bursts in, dramatically!
Nekonnell: /thinks about it.
Nekonnell: /goes back outside.
Nekonnell: /stops and thinks in the open doorway.
Nekonnell: /decides to come in, after all.
Nekonnell: /no, wait. Goes back out again.
Little Girl: "…MAKE UP YOUR MIND!"
Nekonnell: "What kind of cat would I be if I didn't toy with my prey?"



Outside on the Mansion Grounds

Ami: "You're sure the monster will show up here?"
Usagi: "The purest-hearted girl I've met in months, and she comes here every day. Call it a hunch."
Mina: "Aha! An ulterior motive behind your seeming generosity."
Rei: /is kittened. "¡ERES GATITO!"
Usagi: "Well, two ulterior motives."
Mako: "Also, kits!"
Rei: "Maybe I could make room for—"
Usagi: "Take them! Take them all! TAKE THE KITTENS!"

Suddenly! All the cats run inside for no apparent reason!

Usagi: "IT'S TIME!"
Mako: "Cats do do that, you know."
Usagi: "TO THE RESCUE!"



Inside!

Little Girl: /runs, falls, looks back.
Nekonnell: "NYAHAHAHAHAHA!"
Little Girl: /is cornered.
Nekonnell: /with a sultry smirk, flips up the edge of her skirt.
Little Girl: /?!

Nekonnell uses Dark Star Assault Absolute Territory upon Little Girl!

Suddenly!

Now much of the speech of cats was known to Randolph Carter, and in this far terrible place he uttered the cry that was suitable. But that he need not have done, for even as his lips opened he heard the chorus wax and draw nearer, and saw swift shadows against the stars as small graceful shapes leaped from hill to hill in gathering legions. The call of the clan had been given, and before the foul procession had time even to be frightened a cloud of smothering fur and a phalanx of murderous claws were tidally and tempestuously upon it. The flutes stopped, and there were shrieks in the night. Dying almost-humans screamed, and cats spit and yowled and roared, but the toad-things made never a sound as their stinking green ichor oozed fatally upon that porous earth with the obscene fungi.

It was a stupendous sight while the torches lasted, and Carter had never before seen so many cats. Black, grey, and white; yellow, tiger, and mixed; common, Persian, and Marix; Thibetan, Angora, and Egyptian; all were there in the fury of battle, and there hovered over them some trace of that profound and inviolate sanctity which made their goddess great in the temples of Bubastis. They would leap seven strong at the throat of an almost-human or the pink tentacled snout of a toad-thing and drag it down savagely to the fungous plain, where myriads of their fellows would surge over it and into it with the frenzied claws and teeth of a divine battle-fury. Carter had seized a torch from a stricken slave, but was soon overborne by the surging waves of his loyal defenders. Then he lay in the utter blackness hearing the clangour of war and the shouts of the victors, and feeling the soft paws of his friends as they rushed to and fro over him in the fray.
Yeah, something like that. But Nekonnell is too powerful for them! And the cats are flung aside like ragdolls!

Nekonnell: /calmly resumes the skirt-lifting attack.
Usagi, Ami, Rei, Mina, Mako, Luna and Artemis: /boggle.
Usagi: "…LEGS!"
Mako: "Thighs!"
Usagi: "Long muscular legs, with short swishing skirts!"
Ami: /blushes and looks away.
Mina: "I have no idea to what you are referring."
Rei: "¿Usagi, what about Mamoru?"
Usagi: "I'm committed, not dead! …Did I just say that out loud?"
Ami: "Welcome to the club." ;)
Artemis: "Speaking of death, if you please?"
Usagi: /shakes her brooch speculatively. "Well, maybe it has one charge left?"



MOON POWER MAKE UP!

…VWOOP… vwoop… vrrpsputter.

The face of the Brooch springs off and dangles.


Usagi: /slumps to her knees. "Well… fuck."
Rei: "¡Okay, guys, looks like it's up to us!"



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
  • Usagi into:
    • Sailor Moon: 43
    • Second Stage Sailor Moon: 30
    • Princess Serenity: 1
    • Disguise Form: 9
  • Ami into:
    • Sailor Mercury: 15
    • Second Stage Sailor Mercury: 12
  • Rei into:
    • Sailor Mars: 13
    • Second Stage Sailor Mars: 11
  • Makoto into:
    • Sailor Jupiter: 8
    • Second Stage Sailor Jupiter: 11
  • Minako into:
    • Sailor Venus: 7
    • Second Stage Sailor Venus: 12
  • Mamoru into:
    • Tuxedo Mask: 2
    • Second Stage Tuxedo Mask: 1
  • Luna-P into Something-or-Other: 10



BATTLE IS JOINED!

Rei and Ami: "There's no need to fear—"
Mina and Mako: "—Sailor Scouts are here!"
Nekonnell: "…What?"

REI > ADVANCED RITUALISM > Burning Mandala
Rei casts fire at Nekonnell!
MAKOTO > ADVANCED RITUALISM > Sparkling Wide Pressure
Makoto casts lightning at Nekonnell!
Reflex Action: Nekonnell special tail defense!
Rei is interrupted!
Makoto is interrupted!
Rei is hit!
Rei is hurt badly.
Makoto is hit!
Makoto is hurt badly.
Ami is hit!
Ami is hurt badly.
Minako is hit!
Minako is hurt badly.


Usagi: "FOR GOODNESS' SAKE LET PEOPLE TAKE A TURN!"
Luna: "No! Don't attract her—"

Nekonnell thrashes Usagi!
Usagi is grappled.
Usagi is thrown into a wall.
Usagi is hurt.
And her little cats, too!


Luna: "—attention…"
Usagi: "…it's okay… the ground broke my fall…"
Artemis: "…mommy…"
Nekonnell: "ANYONE ELSE WANT SOME?"

Pause.

Nekonnell: "Okay, then." /flips up skirt.

Nekonnell uses Dark Star Assault Absolute Territory upon Little Girl!
Little Girl feels drained.
Little Girl feels tired.
Little Girl feels cold.


Usagi: /stands up.
Nekonnell: /glances at her. "Too late, kid."

Little Girl feels very drained.
Little Girl feels very tired.
Little Girl feels very cold.
Little Girl is down!
Little Girl appears to have lost her soul.
Little Girl has stopped breathing.


Usagi: "Grrrrrrr."
Nekonnell: "Oh, come on. What are you really going to do to me?"

Someone casts earth at Nekonnell!
Someone casts water at Nekonnell!
Synergy Effect: Titan Crash!
Nekonnell is hit!
Nekonnell is down!


Usagi: "…That. That was totally my plan."



It's Those Two Again
Dramatically silhouetted against the sunlit entry.

The Short-Haired One: "Such a powerless being."
Usagi: "'Powerless'?"
Usagi: /looks at the four bruised-and-bleeding Sailors on the floor.
Usagi: /examines her own bruises and scrapes.
Usagi: "Whatever vitamins they've been taking, I want some."
The Long-Haired One: "Is it—?"
The Short-Haired One: "No, not a Talisman."
The Short-Haired One: /lets the soul crystal go back to the Little Girl.

Little Girl is restored!

Little Girl: /gasps!
The Long-Haired One and the Short-Haired One: /turn to go.

Nekonnell appears to be regenerating…
Nekonnell is hurt badly.


Usagi: "Uh…"
Mina: "…oh."

Nekonnell appears to be regenerating…
Nekonnell is hurt.


Usagi: "Uh, ladies! Ma'ams? Misses? Hello?"
Mina: "We've got serious T-1000 action going here! A little help would be—"
The Short-Haired One: "Don't get the wrong idea. Our mission is only to acquire the Talismans. There's no way we can fight with you."
The Long-Haired One: "You should settle your own affairs by yourselves, neh?"
Usagi: "Well, buh, duh, uh…"
Usagi: "…"
Usagi: /gives them the finger!
Usagi: /claps hands. "OKAY! Anybody got a plan?"

Nekonnell appears to be regenerating…
Nekonnell is restored.
Nekonnell thrashes Ami!
Ami is extremely hurt.
Nekonnell thrashes Rei!
Rei is extremely hurt.
Nekonnell thrashes Minako!
Minako is extremely hurt.
Nekonnell thrashes Makoto!
Makoto is extremely hurt.
Nekonnell thrashes Usagi!
Usagi is badly hurt.


Usagi: "…I guess not…"
Luna: /hiding under something far, far away. "Go get 'em, guys!"
Artemis: /also hiding. "Yeah, best of luck and all that!"

Nekonnell uses Marsupilami Lasso on Usagi!
Usagi is grappled.
Usagi is choking.




SUDDENLY!
Enter Tuxedo Mask, dramatically, armed with +4 blessed throwing roses.

MAMORU > AGGRESS > Targeted Rose
Mamoru flings a rose at Nekonnell.
Nekonnell is hit in the tail!
Nekonnell's tail is destroyed!
Nekonnell appears to be regenerating…


Nekonnell: "WHO THE NELL IS IT?" [Actual line.]
Mamoru: "Those who toy with pure hearts will someday be tried by pure hearts!"

Mamoru readies the Compliant Rod.
Nekonnell thrashes Mamoru.
Mamoru parries with the Compliant Rod.
MAMORU > AGGRESS > Impaling Extension
Nekonnell is hit!
Nekonnell is hurt.
Nekonnell is pinned.
Nekonnell is laughing at you.


Mamoru: /?

Nekonnell counterattacks.
The Compliant Rod is sundered!
Nekonnell slashes at Mamoru!
Mamoru parries with his cape.
Mamoru's opera cape is sundered!
Nekonnell slashes at Mamoru!
Mamoru is hit!
Mamoru is badly hurt.


Mamoru: "I have a brilliant plan: Run."
Usagi: "What part of sacred oath don't people understand?"
Mamoru: "It's a stupid oath if it gets you killed for no good reason."
Usagi: "Staying by your side is the only good reason I need." /takes his hand.
Mamoru: /gazes passionately into her eyes.
Usagi: /gazes back. Time seems to stand still…



Time Does, In Fact, Stand Still

Princess Serenity: "Jigga-whuh? …We're at the old Palace!"
Prince Endymion: "The gardens of the Moon on an Earthlit night, with you. If this is a dying moment vision, I'm well satisfied! …Is the ground shaking?"
Princess Serenity: "Sounds like massive generators spinning up, miles below us. Where's that purple light coming from?"
Prince Endymion: "…Everywhere."

A magical scepter materializes before them—similar too, but distinct from, the old Moon Scepter. As they watch, Usagi's brooch rekindles its flame, and transforms into a brilliant red ruby heart!

Artemis: "The legendary Spiral Heart Moon Rod!"
Luna: "Created by the Power of Luuuuuuv…"
Princess Serenity: /grabs the Rod.
Prince Endymion: /grabs the Rod above her hand.
Princess Serenity: /grabs the Rod above his hand with her other hand.
Prince Endymion: /grabs the Rod above her hand with his other hand.
Princess Serenity: /grabs the top of the Rod, getting the upper hand.
Prince Endymion: /lets go of the Rod, and snaps his fingers. "Nuts!"
Princess Serenity: "I win!"



Back to the Present

Usagi: "We were having an out-of-body experience! What'd we miss?"
Artemis: "The Power of Love shielded your bodies and blew away the monster, but it's reforming already!"
Luna: "I think you know what to do!"
Usagi: "Boy, do I!"



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
  • Usagi into:
    • Sailor Moon: 43
    • Second Stage Sailor Moon: 30
    • Cosmic Class Sailor Moon: 1
    • Princess Serenity: 1
    • Disguise Form: 9
  • Ami into:
    • Sailor Mercury: 15
    • Second Stage Sailor Mercury: 12
  • Rei into:
    • Sailor Mars: 13
    • Second Stage Sailor Mars: 11
  • Makoto into:
    • Sailor Jupiter: 8
    • Second Stage Sailor Jupiter: 11
  • Minako into:
    • Sailor Venus: 7
    • Second Stage Sailor Venus: 12
  • Mamoru into:
    • Tuxedo Mask: 2
    • Second Stage Tuxedo Mask: 1
  • Luna-P into Something-or-Other: 10



BATTLE IS JOINED!
Usagi: /kung fu poses.
Usagi: /spins around.
Usagi: /pirouettes and flips.
Usagi: /knee drop and disco moves. She's dancin'… dancin'…
Usagi: "All right you primitive screwhead, listen up! THIS IS MY MOON STICK!"

USAGI > ADVANCED RITUALISM > Moon Spiral Heart Attack
Usagi casts love at Nekonnell.
Nekonnell is stricken!


Nekonnell: /gasps. "…lovely…!"

Nekonnell is obliterated!

Mamoru: "HEART ATTACK?! Isn't that a little dark for you?"
Usagi: "Just think of me like Luke Skywalker in Jabba's Palace! Sometimes you just gotta force choke a bitch. Everybody okay?"
Ami /helps Rei to stand. "Vaguely."
Mako /helps Mina to stand. "More or less."
Ami: "Hey, why isn't Mako helping me to stand?"
Mina: "But you're way over there…" (It's, like, five feet.)
Mamoru: "So! This Rod is the physical manifestation of our love."
Usagi: "And I use it to kill monsters. MAKES PERFECT SENSE."
Mamoru: /sniffles theatrically. "And the monster broke my Rod."
Usagi: /starts searching through her pockets. "Well, I seem to have somehow acquired a couple of spare wands along the way, you want to borrow—?"
Mamoru /laughs. "Just not the same."
Usagi: "Aw. Well, you don't need a Rod to make me happy, honey."



Denouement
Artemis: "Now what about the other cats?"
Usagi: "By my calculations, Rei can take five, Ami two, V two, and Mako one."
Mako: "GET HER!"

They assault her with kitty whiffle toys until she begs for mercy.

Usagi: "I give! I give! I'll call an animal shelter instead!"
Rei: "Finally, we got her to see sense."
Usagi: "I just wanted to spread the love around…"

They menace her with kitty whiffle toys until she changes the subject.

Luna: "Speaking of love, I'd hate to lose a good sucker, I mean, ailurophile. Will she be okay?"
Usagi: "Don't worry, Mamoru's driving the little brown-haired girl home."
Ami: "…wasn't it red?"
Usagi: "Anyway, what's next? Dark Star Assault ASS? I mean, seriously!"
Mako: "Dark Star Assault Lips? A literal soul kiss."
Ami: "Dark Star Assault Ankle? Long skirts, you see. A little retro, I know."
Mina: "Retro? How about Dark Star Assault Left Shoulder Blade!"
Ami: "'Available for viewing only on alternate Tuesdays.'"
Mina: /secret topsy-turvy handshake.
Ami: /likewise.
Rei: "¡You all have filthy minds!"
Usagi: "Hey, purity seems to be dangerous just now!"
Rei: "…Good point. ¿Dark Star Assault Tramp Stamp? ¿Dark Assault Armpits?"
Usagi: "Armpits?"
Rei: "Shrine maiden in-joke."
Usagi: "The prudes were right! Exposed skin endangers the soul!"
 
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Peter Svensson

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Note the continuity. It's the animal shelter from the previous season that Usagi remembers at the end!

Moon Spiral Heart Attack is my favorite of Usagi's powers. The image of being crushed by a giant glass heart amuses me so. Likewise, her costume is slightly different now.

Next time: stuff happens! More on the mysterious shadowy figures! The moonlight provides fanservice!
 

Dallbun

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Shadowjack said:
NEKONNELL! A lithe-yet-muscular purple-skinned woman with cat ears, a purple Marsupilami tail, white chemise and lace stockings, and lots and lots of ding-a-ling bells.
I've got to say, they're batting two for two on these Daimons so far. Ridiculous? Yes. Oddly fanservice-y? Indeed. But they're also pretty darn intimidating, as monsters of the week go. I like how this one is, indeed, your basic unstoppable reforming ooze-monster, except made out of puzzle pieces.

Mamoru: "HEART ATTACK?! Isn't that a little dark for you?"
Just wait until her next attack, Moon Malignant Cancer.

Peter Svensson said:
Note the continuity. It's the animal shelter from the previous season that Usagi remembers at the end!
Yeah, that was a great little touch. :)
 

Cruton

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Re: Episode #91: The Rod of Love is Born! Usagi's New Transformation!

"Pish-tush! Is it my fault mere Pyrex cannot contain my GENIUS?"
I'm going to print this line out and hang it right above the broken glassware box.

There's a really clever bit of animation here where the monster lassos the girl with her tail just as she reaches the door; the girl slams the door on the tail, severing it, which causes it to dissolve into jigsaw puzzle pieces; and when the daimon reopens the door, the tail reforms from the pieces like the T-1000.


It's the little ideas that make this series work, sometimes.

Nekonnell uses Dark Star Assault Absolute Territory upon Little Girl!
It now occurs to me there is some very weird synergy at work, you watching NGE right before this season.

Usagi: "Uh, ladies! Ma'ams? Misses? Hello?"
Mina: "We've got serious T-1000 action going here! A little help would be—"
The Short-Haired One: "Don't get the wrong idea. Our mission is only to acquire the Talismans. There's no way we can fight with you."
The Long-Haired One: "You should settle your own affairs by yourselves, neh?"
Usagi: "Well, buh, duh, uh…"
Usagi: "…"
Usagi: /gives them the finger!
With allies like this, who needs enemies?

Luna: "Speaking of love, I'd hate to lose a good sucker, I mean, ailurophile. Will she be okay?"
Usagi: "Don't worry, Mamoru's driving the little brown-haired girl home."
Ami: "…wasn't it red?"
Usagi: "Anyway, what's next? Dark Star Assault ASS? I mean, seriously!"
Mako: "Dark Star Assault Lips? A literal soul kiss."
Ami: "Dark Star Assault Ankle? Long skirts, you see. A little retro, I know."
Mina: "Retro? How about Dark Star Assault Left Shoulder Blade!"
Ami: "'Available for viewing only on alternate Tuesdays.'"
Mina: /secret topsy-turvy handshake.
Ami: /likewise.
Rei: "¡You all have filthy minds!"
Usagi: "Hey, purity seems to be dangerous just now!"
Rei: "…Good point. ¿Dark Star Assault Tramp Stamp? ¿Dark Assault Armpits?"
Usagi: "Armpits?"
Rei: "Shrine maiden in-joke."
Usagi: "The prudes were right! Exposed skin endangers the soul!"
....i like where this WIW is going...
 

RK_Striker_JK_5

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I've got to say, they're batting two for two on these Daimons so far. Ridiculous? Yes. Oddly fanservice-y? Indeed. But they're also pretty darn intimidating, as monsters of the week go. I like how this one is, indeed, your basic unstoppable reforming ooze-monster, except made out of puzzle pieces.
They're just a might bit beyond fanservice. Seriously, these MOTW are... da-yum[/Farooq]
 

Aaron Peori

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They're just a might bit beyond fanservice. Seriously, these MOTW are... da-yum[/Farooq]
Ikuhara. Just, Ikuhara. He has a capacity to make things both fanservicey and utterly fucking creepy at the same time. And not in that bad loli-fetish way.

I'd love to see his take on Claymore, now that I think about it.

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dshaffer

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The 'Love Rod' symbolism is just a wee bit gratuitous, right?

Today's monster was relevant to my interests. :D Well, except for the purple skin.
Have you thought about a temporary, for this arc, 'Dark Star' counter, Shadowjack?

Loved the bit with Ami stuffing Luna's face. Luna's switch from WTH to DELICIOUS SANDWICH OM NOM NOM was great. Ami's expression didnt hurt either.

Cant say I was a huge fan of Rei's essemble though. Maybe without the HUGE novelty tie.

And so we get the new henshin sequence. My sister liked to make helicopter references during it.
 
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