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

JohnBiles

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Re: Episode #95: Leave It To the Moon for Love Aid

This is a great episode, and yeah, it gives good closure on Naru and Umino (though I don't think this is the last time we see Naru, though I may be wrong.)
 

RK_Striker_JK_5

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Re: Episode #95: Leave It To the Moon for Love Aid

Gimme Naru and Umino-and Ryo-over the Haruka and Michiru any day of the week!
 

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Re: Episode #95: Leave It To the Moon for Love Aid

Couple #3:
Bodybuilder: "Baby, love is a battlefield!"
Babe: /big hammer. WHAM. "I'm leaving you."
My laugh-out-loud moment of the episode. :D

Enter five gorgeous hunks of impeccably dressed beefcake.
...My wince moment of the episode. :(

Mako: "Maybe it is your fault, Moon. Have you tried a royal proclamation, granting us new powers?"
Usagi: "Sorry, I can't proclamate without a throne."
Mina: "There's pills for that."
Aaaaand my laugh-out-loud moment of the review. :D
 

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Episode #96: Cold-hearted Uranus? Makoto In Trouble.

Revenge Road
Motorcycle riding montage! Who is this mysterious red-and-white-clad rider? And why am I suddenly humming "Crisis – Ikari no Komete Hashire"?



Walking Home From School
Usagi: "How can Ami expect us to concentrate on studying with barely hours between sessions to refuel? I'm a growing girl, y'know!"
Mako: /laughs. "How 'bout roast beef sandwiches for a study snack?"
Usagi: "The secret to happiness is knowing a good cook—but better still is knowing the lovely and talented Makoto Kino."
Mako: /suddenly solemn. "I'm not either. It's just that I think a big, clumsy, mannish ox of a girl like me needs to get good at something feminine to make up for it."
Usagi: "Mannish? Mako, you're, like, the most girliest girl I know. I mean, jeez, your lunchbox is, like, fiddly beadcraft kittens and flowers and rainbows. Don't tell me you're faking? And clumsy? You know kung fu!"
Mako: "And I get beat up all the time! That's not girly!"
Usagi: "Tell that to Michelle Yeoh. You're totally cute 'n' adorable, Mako!"
Mako: "You're nuts, but you've still earned yourself an extra sandwich." :)
Usagi: "YES! …crap, it is mind control, now I feel guilty."
Mako: "What?"



Suddenly!
A speeding motorcyclist nearly runs them down!

Mako: /daring last-moment SAVE!
Usagi: "…ow… thank you…"
Haruka: /tears off her helmet and scrambles to see if they're all right. "oh shit oh shit I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry jesus crap it's all my fault are you okay?!"
Usagi: "ROAD-HOG! ICONOCLAST! SEA GHERK-oh, it's you, Haruka. Yeah, we're okay. New bike, I see?"
Haruka: "Yes, damn it, I was opening her up and my mind was on something else and I'm so sorry." /looks at Mako. "Your hand's hurt! Let me wrap that for you." /takes off her dashing lavender scarf.

Haruka takes Makoto's hand.

Mako: !
Usagi: "…oh, crap."
Haruka: /binds the minor injury with her scarf. "My fault entirely. There we go. You were brave and quick-thinking, that's to be admired."
Mako: /blushes. "…oh, wow."
Usagi: "Oh CRAP."
Haruka: "What's wrong?"
Usagi: "Everything, but it'll blow over in about two weeks. Don't worry, it's not your fault."
Haruka: "I'll drive more carefully."
Haruka: /mounts up, pops a wheelie, and screeches away, blowing a kiss over her shoulder.
Mako: /swoons.
Usagi: "Okay, now it's your fault. 'Carefully,' she says. Dammit, Haruka…"
Mako: "Haruka?"
Usagi: "Yes, yes. Her name is Haruka."
Mako: "Haruka. WOW! WOW! …WOW!"
Usagi: "GAAAAHHHH! Dammit, Mako! I thought you were over this! And you're both gir—I can't even say that with a straight face. Girls! Ami! Remember Ami? Wait, no, I don't actually know what's up with you two any more, this is the problem with behind-the-scenes stuff no one talks about, maybe it doesn't matter. Aha! Haruka's dating another girl. There we go. She's dating another… Mako? MAKO!"
Mako: "What did you say?"
Usagi: aasfsahsghsgDSGHfhsdfhash!!!
Mako: /laughs nervously. "What? No! It's not like that! Not at all!"
Usagi: "…"
Mako: "It's not!"



Some Big Hotel Pool Somewhere
Michiru: /floats, drifts, and remembers the death of her father at the hands of GENOM remembers her last conversation with Haruka.

Michiru (in flashback): "Is it worth the sacrifice of the lives of the pure-hearted?"
Haruka (in flashback): /counters. "Is it worth saving the world?"
Michiru (in flashback): "…you're right."

Michiru gets out of the pool and contacts Haruka via their gizmophones, which looks like trendy gold Rolexes rather than plastic kids' toys. Now available from Sharper Image!

Michiru (via gizmophone): "The sea is in an uproar."
Haruka (via gizmophone): /confused. "…and my hovercraft is full of eels?"
Michiru (via gizmophone): "No, no, I sense that—"
Haruka (via gizmophone): "Oh! Yes. Sorry, I'm still a little shaken after something that happened earlier. Yeah, there's definitely a presence around here, real close by, but I just can't pin it down. It keeps moving around, almost like a schoolgirl dawdling after school's out before going to her study session."



Real Close By
Mako: "So, uh, just, you know, out of pure curiosity for which I have no personal stake or interest, do either of you know where Haruka lives?"
Usagi: "GAAAAAAHHHHHHH."
Mako: "Just to return the scarf! That's all!"
Ami: "I just got here. What's a scarf got to do with the tall blonde lady from before?"
Kaolinite: /is watching from…
Usagi: "Excuse us, Miss! Sorry, my friend is twitterpated."
Kaolinite: /steps aside to let them pass.
Mako: "Oh noes! I dropped the scarf in the wind! I gotta get it back, or I won't have an excuse to see her again!" /runs off after it.
Ami: "…What?"
Usagi: "Gosh, it's a good thing Mako isn't in any other relationships, or this scene might have been really awkward!"
Kaolinite: /signals the Daimon egg overhead. "Target confirmed."

The Daimon egg targets the errant scarf. DUN DUN DUN!



A Conveniently-Isolated Parking Lot
Mako: "I know it's around here somewhere… aha! Under that car."
Mako: "…can't… quite… reach…"
Mako: "…"
Mako: /looks left.
Mako: /looks right.
Mako: /lifts the front end of the car off the ground so she can reach under.
Scar: /is under the car. "Howdy."
Mako: /drops the car and runs away.



A New Daimon Appears!
Scar! A purple-skinned, black-clawed creature wrapped in a blue cloak. It's face is a ghoulish, twisted parody of a weeping clown—blue, with streams of tears marked out, and a shaggy brown wig.



Scar: "My mistress shall east upon your resh pure heart."
Mako: "Wha?"
Scar: "…I can't say 'f.'"
Mako: "Wha?"
Usagi: "HOLY MOSES a non-kinky one?! Is that allowed?"
Ami: /calmly shoves Usagi around the corner. "Transform and kill it first, fashion critique later…"
Usagi: "Oh, yeah, right, sorry…"



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
  • Usagi into:
    • Sailor Moon: 43
    • Second Stage Sailor Moon: 30
    • Cosmic Class Sailor Moon: 6
    • Princess Serenity: 1
    • Disguise Form: 9
  • Ami into:
    • Sailor Mercury: 15
    • Second Stage Sailor Mercury: 15
  • Rei into:
    • Sailor Mars: 13
    • Second Stage Sailor Mars: 13
  • Makoto into:
    • Sailor Jupiter: 8
    • Second Stage Sailor Jupiter: 13
  • Minako into:
    • Sailor Venus: 7
    • Second Stage Sailor Venus: 15
  • Mamoru into:
    • Tuxedo Mask: 2
    • Second Stage Tuxedo Mask: 1
  • Luna-P into Something-or-Other: 10



Battle is Joined!

Scar attacks Makoto with ribbons.
Makoto is grappled!
AMI > ADVANCED RITUALISM > Shine Aqua Illusion
Ami casts ice at the bonds.
The bonds are shattered!
Makoto is free.


Sailors Moon and Mercury burst in, dramatically!

Usagi: "I am way too hungry to put up with this nonsense. Keep your filthy ribbons off of that fair maiden, or face the fury of the Moon!"
Scar: "No air using that letter!"
Kaolinite: "Already?! Jeez, they're fast. Scar, retreat!" /vanishes.
Scar: /laughs maniacally and ninja-leaps away, running creepily.



Battle is… Over, Apparently.
First aid action upon Makoto.

Ami: "Since when do the minions run away?"
Usagi: "Did we get suddenly stronger and not notice?"
Ami: "For a hideous ghoul, it had rather svelte legs."
Usagi: "Well, 'Scar', right? Must be a Phantom of the Opera deal. …and what are you doing looking at monster's legs?"
Ami: "Just analyzing targets! That's all!"
Usagi: "You two… sheesh."



Meanwhile, High on a Rooftop Above
Haruka: "Damn it, Sailor Moon, you showed up before we could check for a Talisman!"
Michiru: "I know I was hard on this point before, but I've given it some thought since and—this is hard to admit—I think I was wrong. Why don't we just tell those other Sailors everything and join forces? It's obvious they want to save the world, too."
Haruka: "But do you really think those kids can make the necessary sacrifice?"
Michiru: "…No."
Haruka: /grim smile. "We'll just have to keep a close eye on her until the Enemy tries again."



The Next Day, After School
Usagi: /pokes head into another classroom. "Anyone seen Makoto Kino? I can't find her, and somebody's trying to kill her."
Random Student: "Er… what?! She already left…?"
Usagi: "Thank you!"



Return to the Conveniently Isolated Parking Lot
Usagi: "AHEM. Don't ditch your bodyguard."
Mako: "Bodyguard? Oh. Right. No, I was just, y'know…"
Usagi: "Obsessing, like you do."
Mako: "It's not like that!"
Usagi: /sympathetic pat on the arm. "And I'll start dieting tomorrow."



Baby You Can Drive My Car
A sleek yellow convertible pulls up next to them. Haruka is driving, Michiru is shotgun.

Haruka: "Miss Kino! I'd like to talk to you, alone. Care to ride with me?"
Michiru: "And baby makes three." ;)
Makoto: /blushing. "O-okay—"
Usagi: "Mako! Do not get in the candy van! I learned that when I was three."
Haruka: "I assure you I have no ulterior motive whatsoever. This little journey will be perfectly safe."
Usagi: "…"
Haruka: /big fat friendly smile.
Michiru: /heart and soul of innocence.
Mako: /is already getting into the car.
Usagi: "You know what? I give up. Have fun, you three."

And so…

Haruka: "Make yourself comfortable."
Michiru: "Nice to meet you. I hope we'll see a lot of each other."
Makoto: /suddenly realizes that she is sitting between two strong young women who seem to know exactly what they want and how to get it.
Mako: "…er… so you say you're in the same grade?"
Michiru: "Mm-hm, tenth."
Mako: "You're only…? Wait a minute, legal driving age for cars is 18. If you're 16, how can you be driving?"
Michiru: "That's a very good question." /looks over to watch Haruka squirm.
Haruka: "Er, um, uh… I got my license overseas?"
Michiru: "It's a good thing you never get into accidents."
Haruka: "YES A GOOD THING HA HA!"
Michiru: /giggles.
Mako: "…"
Haruka: "I like your earrings."
Mako: "Th-thank you. Uh, what did you want to ask me?"
Haruka: "Oh, that was just an excuse. I just want us to become much closer friends."
Mako: "Um, er, um, er, uh, er…"



Meanwhile, at the Shrine
Ami, Rei, and Mina: "A DATE?!"
Usagi: "With two girls at once! They're gonna break that poor girl in two, I know it."
Ami: "That's not the issue here—"
Mina: "Boy, it's a good thing she wasn't in any other relationships, or this'd all be very awkward."
Ami: "Look, let's just suck up the alternate continuity and roll with it."
Mina: "Well, in that case: You're taking this news very serenely."
Ami: "It's none of your business. And that's not the issue here—"
Rei: "¿How do you know it's a date, and not just hanging out?"
Usagi: "They were giving her the eye, I swear."
Rei: "¿And how do you know what 'the eye' looks like?"
Ami: "Can we please—"
Usagi: "From the lady photobook magazines I found under your b—"
Rei: /snatches them away. "¡Aya! ¡A little privacy!"
Ami: "DAMN IT SOMEBODY LISTEN TO ME!!!"

Stunned silence.

Ami: /blushing. "Sorry. But I was trying to say: shouldn't the relationship questions take back seat to the fact that the Enemy is trying to KILL HER?"



The Harbor

Makoto's gizmophone beeps!

Michiru: ?
Mako: "Excuse me, I need to, er, go talk to my watch for a minute. She gets lonely."
Haruka: "Take your time." /gazes out at the sea…

Mako (via gizmophone): "It's too bad mobile phones cost, like, a million yen, we could use them as cover for this."
Ami (via gizmophone): "A junior high kid with a mobile phone would stand out almost as much! It's not like just anybody can have one, you know. By the way, glad to see you're still alive, dear."
Mako (via gizmophone): "Oops. Uh, look, if any Daimons show up here, I'm ready for 'em!"
Ami (via gizmophone): "You know these ones are tougher. We're coming down right now."
Mako (via gizmophone): "Please, give me a little while here, just this once?"
Usagi (via gizmophone): "DUDE! What are you doing with them, anyway?"
Mina (via gizmophone): "Details! Details, you lucky traitor!"
Rei (via gizmophone): "¿Don't you feel sorry for her?"
Mako (via gizmophone): "I SAID IT'S NOT LIKE THAT!"
Michiru: "Is your watch okay?"
Mako: "No! Just a minute more!"
Haruka: "No problem!"
Mako (via gizmophone): /sighs. "Looks, it's… she…" /looks over at Haruka.

(Michiru: /sotto voce. "You're looking sad and guilty."
Haruka: /sotto voce. "I am not."
Michiru: /sotto voce. "Just a little."
Haruka: /sotto voce. "Hard women making hard decisions!")

Mako (via gizmophone): "She's strong, she's beautiful, she's self-assured… I just look up to her. I want to know more about how she does it."
Mina (via gizmophone): "What? She's just a role model? But that's boring!"
Mako: /smiles and hangs up.

Haruka: "Fix your wat-THE HELL?!" /boggles at something behind Mako.
Mako: /spins around.
Scar: /flashes Mako. "Boo-yeah!"
Mako: /covers her eyes!
Mako: /…peeks.

Actually, beneath the coat, Scar is just a woman with a decent body wearing a red dress.



Battle Resumes!

Scar attacks Makoto with ribbons.
Makoto is grappled!


Scar: "Your pure heart that looks up to your ideal! This time, I will—"

Haruka throws a rock.
Scar is hit!
Scar's mask falls off!


Haruka: "YOU MONSTER! LET HER GO!"
Michiru: "Her mask is off! She must be really hideous!"



Scar: " you! Now all the el anboys will come out o the woodwork!"

Scar attacks Haruka and Michiru with ribbons.
Haruka is hit!
Haruka is flung into the bushes.
Michiru is hit!
Michiru is flung into the bushes.


Kaolinite: "No more interruptions! Scar, do it!"

Scar activates Dark Assault Nipple!

Kaolinite: "Yes, that's right, Nipple, damn it! No more tip-toeing around the issue! We're just going to do this the direct way!"
Scar: "This is why I insisted on a mask…"


* * *


Meanwhile, over in the bushes…

Michiru: "That was masterful, the way you pretended to not want to let her get attacked."
Haruka: "Oh, hush up, and get ready. This whole thing is already bad enough as it is."


* * *


Makoto seems to be missing her soul.
Makoto is down!


Mako: (…here I go again…)
Mako: (…feels colder this time…)
Mako: (…so… sleepy…)
Mako: (…I wonder what crazy thing I'll do if I wake up again…?)
Mako: (…if…?)


* * *


Sailor Uranus casts geophysics at Kaolinite.
Kaolinite is hit!
Kaolinite drops Makoto's Soul!
Sailor Uranus picks up Makoto's Soul.


Kaolinite: "Frell! Scar! Handle this!" /vanishes.

Kung fu fighting ensues.

Mako: (…oh… so that's all they care about…)
Mako: (…huh…)
Mako: (…that kind of sucks…)



Fortunately!
Sailors Moon, Mars, Mercury, and Venus burst in, dramatically!

Usagi: "Halt in the name of the Moon et cetera! Go, guys, go! Go! Just like we practiced!"

MINA > AGGRESS > Venus Love Me Chain
REI > ADVANCED RITUALISM > Burning Mandala
Synergistic effect! Hot Metal Lash!
Scar deploys Dopplegánger Screen!
…but you just kill 'em all.


Scar: "rell!"

Scar attacks with ribbons!
Rei is grappled!
Mina is grappled!
Ami and Usagi are not grappled because the team is actually using tactics this time!



* * *


Haruka: "It's not a Tal—"
Usagi: "HERE! HERE!"
Haruka: /chucks it back.
Usagi: /sprints back to Mako. "Why did you even bother if you weren't going to use it?! Arrrrgh!"

Michiru: "Looks like a tough fight for them."
Haruka: "Oh, go ahead, if it makes you happy, girl!"

Sailor Neptune casts Deep Submerge!
Sailor Neptune throws tidal waves at Scar!
Scar is hit in the back!
Scar is hurt!
The bonds are melted!
Rei is freed.
Mina is freed.




Makoto Kino Has Soul
Ami: "You should rest."
Mako: "…can't…"
Usagi: "Why not?"
Mako: "…because…"
Mako: /stands up. "…it's CLOBBERIN' TIME!"



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
  • Usagi into:
    • Sailor Moon: 43
    • Second Stage Sailor Moon: 30
    • Cosmic Class Sailor Moon: 5
    • Princess Serenity: 1
    • Disguise Form: 9
  • Ami into:
    • Sailor Mercury: 15
    • Second Stage Sailor Mercury: 15
  • Rei into:
    • Sailor Mars: 13
    • Second Stage Sailor Mars: 13
  • Makoto into:
    • Sailor Jupiter: 8
    • Second Stage Sailor Jupiter: 14
  • Minako into:
    • Sailor Venus: 7
    • Second Stage Sailor Venus: 15]
  • Mamoru into:
    • Tuxedo Mask: 2
    • Second Stage Tuxedo Mask: 1
  • Luna-P into Something-or-Other: 10

Usagi: "Why does she get Moog? I want Moog."
Ami: "She gets Moog because she's electric."
Mako: "Damn straight I am."



BOOM!

MAKOTO > ADVANCED RITUALISM > Sparkling Wide Pressure
Makoto casts lightning at Scar.
Scar is hit!
Scar is hurt!
Scar is stunned.
USAGI > ADVANCED RITUALISM > Moon Spiral Heart Attack
Usagi casts love at Scar.
Scar is hit!
Scar is obliterated!


Scar: "…lovely…!" /dies.



One Last Confrontation
Mako: "HEY YOU!"
Haruka: ?
Mako: "You pack of skulking thieves! People are dying here, and you don't do a damn thing! You're as bad as the Daimons!"
Haruka: "…so fucking what?"

MAKOTO > AGGRESS > Left Hook to the Jaw
Sailor Uranus blocks!
…and counterattacks.
Mako is hit in the gut!
Mako is hurt badly.
Mako feels like having a lie down for a while.


All the other Sailors: /general dismay, weapons readied, etc.
Haruka: /sneers and walks away.

Michiru: "You're being immature. You should hold back a little with such as them."
Haruka: "…She sure didn't."

Michiru suddenly realizes that Makoto's blow came this close to breaking Haruka's wrist, and as it is laid open a nasty welt.



Aftermath
Mako: "Hey, how'd this scarf get h— ohhhhh! I get it! Scarf! Ha!"
Usagi: "What? Explain it to me."
Mina: "Hey, I found the other two of the troi!"
Mako: "HARUKA!" /runs over.
Haruka: "…Wha' happen?"
Mako: /hugs Haruka and sobs. "I'm so sorry! They were after me, and you— oh!"
Haruka: ?!
Mako: /notices Haruka's wound, and quickly bandages it with the scarf. "I wanted to return this, anyway…"
Haruka: /guilt, the gift that keeps on giving. "…Thank you."
Mako: "And thank you."
Haruka: ?



Denouement
Usagi: "So. What do you think of all this with Mako and Haruka and all?"
Mina: "Looks serious. I bet three weeks."
Rei: "Two. Haruka just looks like that other guy in some way, yadda yadda."
Usagi: "Anyone want to take her at her word that it's 'not like that'?"
Rei: "Yeah, and you're going to start dieting tomorrow."

But Ami spots Mako shopping by herself in a clothing store—trying out a new, more confident look. Complete with dashing lavender scarf. Mako assumes some heroic poses before the mirror, blows a kiss, etc.

Ami: /smiles. "…A little hero worship never hurt nobody."



Elsewhere
Michiru: "I overheard those girls talking—it seems you've picked up a fan."
Haruka: "…Makoto?"
Michiru: "She says she wants to grow up to be like you someday."
Haruka: "So, a horrible asshole? Arrrrrrgh."
 

Shadowjack

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Re: Episode #96: Cold-hearted Uranus? Makoto In Trouble.

Now this is an interesting direction for both of them, and I hope to see some more development of this. Very direct mention of her previously-mentioned confidence issues. She's a big scary kid in a society that values petite and demure, but she's too driven to just give in, slouch a lot, and pretend to be weak. What if someone needed protecting? So she takes the pain. (Though I note that her hand-maid school uniform has always been extra drab and plain to make up for being different from everyone else's.) But suddenly, Haruka walks in, and shows another way to go. Haruka's a tall, tough girl, too. Mako's not alone! So, yeah, curious to see how this shakes out.

That last scene of the episode just made me grin. I think of the flashback from the R movie, where Mako thought of how shut out she'd felt, until Usagi popped up and didn't even notice her size. And now here's another point on her journey: Mako imitating the swagger, but in her own way—that emerald dress isn't Haruka's style, but it's definitely Mako's.

(Also, when I consider the sneering aspect of Haruka this episode, I chuckle, since Neo-Crystal Tokyo's Jupiter did strike me as a bit harsh…)

In fact, this is an interesting bit of theme for all the other Sailors this season: changing self-image, self-definition, etc. It looks like next episode, we tackle it for Ami, Rei is probably up eventually, and we've already mentioned that Mina seems to be casting about for self-definition apart from "Sailor V / Princess Serenity's yojimbo". Usagi's already been through all this; she's at a reasonably stable place, right now, knows she's got a steady beau, knows what Sailor Moon is and does, knows there's this Princess thing to worry about some time but not right now, and has even had some thoughts about marriage and such. Now it's everyone else's turn to work out who they are, really. I like that the series is having the characters age.
 

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Re: Episode #96: Cold-hearted Uranus? Makoto In Trouble.

Usagi: "GAAAAHHHH! Dammit, Mako! I thought you were over this! And you're both gir—I can't even say that with a straight face. Girls! Ami! Remember Ami? Wait, no, I don't actually know what's up with you two any more, this is the problem with behind-the-scenes stuff no one talks about, maybe it doesn't matter. Aha! Haruka's dating another girl. There we go. She's dating another… Mako? MAKO!"
Confession: I totally made the "trouble in paradise" comments so you would notice and then set yourself up for this.

And for all I know, they planned that :)
 
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Aaron Peori

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Re: Episode #96: Cold-hearted Uranus? Makoto In Trouble.

Also: Gasp! Was that Mercury actually accomplishing something this episode?

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Re: Episode #96: Cold-hearted Uranus? Makoto In Trouble.

Yeah, a new episode already !

Mako: /laughs nervously. "What? No! It's not like that! Not at all!"
Usagi: "…"
Mako: "It's not!"
And it's indeed not like that at all. This is a masterful swerve by the writers here : both our heroines and we the audience think this is another instance of Makoto's crush on anything vaguely resembling her old flame, but it looks like she has grown beyond that by now. Well played, sirs.

And despite your token protests about fitting this into your alternate continuity, it actually fits in nearly seamlessly. Usagi & co's concerns about "but Haruka is a girl !" can easily be transposed as "wait, what about Ami ?" (and I note that there are numerous reactions shots of Ami in this episode...). Heck, we even gain the additional angle that Haruka is a butch lesbian who is very confident in her own gender identity, and thus an even more interesting role model for Makoto...

Frankly, I expect you to have a lot more problems fitting the next episode into the alternate continuity... for exactly the opposite reasons.

Michiru gets out of the pool
Gratuitous ass shot !

Usagi: "Excuse us, Miss! Sorry, my friend is twitterpated."
Kaolinite: /steps aside to let them pass.
Okay, this annoyed me a lot. Why make such a big show last episode of Kaolinite revealing herself if our heroines can pass by her on the street without recognizing her ? Seriously, WTF ?

Kaolinite: "Already?! Jeez, they're fast. Scar, retreat!" /vanishes.
Kaolinite, using half-decent tactics ? Wait, what ?


Michiru: "Why don't we just tell those other Sailors everything and join forces? It's obvious they want to save the world, too."
Haruka: "But do you really think those kids can make the necessary sacrifice?"
Michiru: "…No."
And this basically sums up Uranus & Neptune's conundrum here : this is a crisis that cannot be solved without the sacrifice of innocent lives, and they guess that our heroines won't stand for that. U & N don't like it either, but it has to be done. Otherwise the bad guys win.

This is obviously quite an interesting challenge to our heroines' usual worldview that everyone could and should be saved (apart from eldritch abominations like Metallia and Death Phantom). One can only wonder how they'll deal with it...

Baby You Can Drive My Car
A sleek yellow convertible pulls up next to them. Haruka is driving, Michiru is shotgun.
Remember Episode #92, when we talked about how Haruka couldn't possibly the owner of the daimon-car ?

Well, that was true. The car in episode #92 was blue ; this one is yellow. :p

This does raise an interesting question : Haruka owns a sleek motorbike AND a convertible car. I'm also far from sure that Michiru was swimming in any hotel's pool (there's nobody else around, and there are only two chairs...). How loaded are those two, really ?

Mako: /notices Haruka's wound, and quickly bandages it with the scarf.
Clearly Uranus & Neptune are assholes. They purposefully waited until Haruka and Michiru were thrown away before getting out of wherever they were hiding. Haruka got hurt because of them !

(I love how the writers reinforce the mascarade with little touches like this. It makes our heroines look better for not noticing what was right in front of them.)


Anyway, this was a fun episode. This is quite the interesting direction for Makoto's character to go, and Haruka was the indispensable catalyst for that to happen. That's what I love about S : not only are Haruka & Michiru fascinating characters in themselves, but they bring out new dimensions out of everyone else.

Now, the Daimon was quite bizarre this week, but it doesn't really matter. The focus was somewhere else entirely.

No USELESS segment this time around : our original heroines are actually somewhat useful here, and even Jupiter manages to swing into action despite being in half a coma for most of the fight. That's Makoto for you.


Next episode : Poor Ami.
 
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Re: Episode #96: Cold-hearted Uranus? Makoto In Trouble.

A speeding motorcyclist nearly runs them down!
Haruka sure seems to be better at driving when it's just a game.

Haruka takes Makoto's hand.
And the scene gets the whole sparkles-and-faded-colours treatment too. In hindsight, the viewer is being as misled as Usagi here.


Scar: "My mistress shall east upon your resh pure heart."
Mako: "Wha?"
Scar: "…I can't say 'f.'"
I admit, I didn't get that one until Makoto explained it later.

Scar: /laughs maniacally and ninja-leaps away, running creepily.
Battle is… Over, Apparently.
And now we know how the team reacts to an enemy who doesn't attack them immediately: let it get away uncontested.

Haruka: "Er, um, uh… I got my license overseas?"
Upon rewatching the episode, I was surprised to see that Haruka was really needed a moment to come up with a convincing explanation there.

Ami: "Look, let's just suck up the alternate continuity and roll with it."
How ARE you going to handle this? I can't really tell from this episode.

Usagi: "From the lady photobook magazines I found under your b—"
Rei: /snatches them away. "¡Aya! ¡A little privacy!"
The exaggerated expressions here are really hilarious.



Scar: " you! Now all the el anboys will come out o the woodwork!"
Ohh, that's a cute one! Don't kill that one! Kaolinite really knows how to pick them.


Kaolinite: "Yes, that's right, Nipple, damn it! No more tip-toeing around the issue! We're just going to do this the direct way!"
Scar: "This is why I insisted on a mask…"
Poor Scar.

Ami and Usagi are not grappled because the team is actually using tactics this time![/font]
Of course! You can only get taken out all at once because you bunched up tightly so many times before you learn, right? Right?


But Ami spots Mako shopping by herself in a clothing store—trying out a new, more confident look. Complete with dashing lavender scarf. Mako assumes some heroic poses before the mirror, blows a kiss, etc.
Hmm, I might need to pay attention to see whether or not her style actually changes from this episode on. Also, this episode had a sad lack of the Professor.
 
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