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

JohnBiles

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I don't think I've watched an episode since I moved apartments… I wanted to, but it just didn't come together.

I'm halfway through watching #97 right now, and this is some more good, solid writing. I applaud the way they show Ami's weaknesses and strengths so well intertwined together—to have moments where you just wanna hug her and make all the bad go away, but you also don't because you know all she needs is the right little push to let her work it out for herself, and seeing that would be so much better. Well done.
Cool, been eagerly anticipating this, since I = Big Ami Fan.

Probably because I was pretty close in personality to her at her age.

(I even had an encounter with a much more sociable person who broke me out of my isolation, though if Gary had any magical powers, I remain unaware of them.)
 

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Episode #98: The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted.

Azabu-Juuban Junior High, After Hours
A section of the school I don't think we've ever seen before.

Vice-Principal Pudge: "Miss Mizuno! I saw you leave this in the A/V room."
Ami: !
Vice-Principal Pudge: "I'm surprised at you!"
Ami: "I can explain—!"
Vice-Principal Pudge: "It's not like you to forget your study materials. Here you go."
Ami: /…phew.

ENTER Usagi around the corner, just happening by. She overhears:

Vice-Principal Pudge: "Is everything okay? Not too much strain from entrance exams? We have high hopes for you, so if there's anything bothering you, remember, my door is always open."
Ami: /obvious lie. "N-no, I'm fine. Thank you."
Vice-Principal Pudge: "I've heard you've been taking care of delinquent students lately. Your generosity is laudable, but I hope they haven't been dragging you down."
Usagi: !
Ami: /steely glint. "'Delinquents'? 'Dragging me down'? With all due respect—"
Vice-Principal Pudge: "Sorry! Poor choice of words! I only wanted you to be able to focus on your studies! Sorry! Bye!" /flees.

EXIT Vice-Principal Pudge, at great velocity.

Ami: "…"
Usagi: "…"

ENTER Naru behind Usagi, cloaked in shadow.

Naru: /grabs Usagi by the ear.
Usagi: "OW! Hey—!"
Naru: "You promised me a pizza for letting you copy my homework, and now that I have you in my power I will have what is coming to me, Usagi Tsukino. There will be no escape for you this time."
Usagi: "…Truly, you are your mother's daughter."
Naru: "Whose else would I be? You're totally paying for Umino's share, too, since I had to go looking for you."
Usagi: "Hey! That was never part of our agreement!"
Naru: "I have altered the deal. Pray I do not alter it any further."

EXIT Naru and Usagi (dragged).

Ami: /alone and depressed. "'Only wanted me to focus on my studies.' Sigh."



Oh, That is An Awesome Statue. You See That Statue? That Is A Fucking Awesome Random Ugly Statue. Check Out That Statue. I Bet It's Real.



In a park:

Ami: /sigh.
Ami: /SIGH.
Ami: SIGH.
Mamoru: "That sounded like the sigh of someone questioning their entire existence. Boy, does that bring back bad memories."
Ami: "Oh, hey, Mamoru. …What do you think is left of me if you took academics away?"
Mamoru: /sits down and puts on his counselor hat. "Talk to me."
Ami: "If you'd ask me once what my dream was, I'd have said, 'To be a great doctor like my mother.' I decided at an early age that was my goal, and I've studied my whole life for it, successfully. But I'm starting to think that I actually have no real dream, that I'm just going through the motions. People with real dreams shine brightly—like Usagi! She's full of dreams, she shines so brightly I can't even compare."
Mamoru: "Um, look, I love her, and she does have an overwhelming personality at times, but there's dreams and there's dreams, and, well, Usagi—"
Ami: "All I ever do is study! That's not enough to be a good doctor. That's not enough to be a good anything! I'm like some studying machine, a one note background character with no meaningful relations with anybody! I push everyone away for books and papers and none of it serves any purpose! I'm mean, cowardly, dishonest, weak, sneaky, and a—"
Mamoru: "HOLD UP! HOLD UP! Whoa! Whoa, girl! Ease down… ease down…"
Ami: /gasp gasp pant.
Mamoru: "…Your legs and your eyes."
Ami: /blink.
Mamoru: "What's left of you after academics."
Ami: /blink blink.
Mamoru: "Well, being cute helps bedside manner, doesn't it? I sure wouldn't mind."
Ami: "Mister Chiba, are you flirting with me?"
Mamoru: "Apparently not well."
Ami: /heehee.
Mamoru: "There we go! Finally a smile. Hey, I seem to recall you have other character traits. Even hobbies! And relationships, last I heard…"
Ami: "Do others know that?"
Mamoru: "Look, you're young enough that you can still change courses easily. Don't sweat it if you think you're lost—hell, you're kind of supposed to be. Trust me, it gets better. Man, I was totally confused when I was whatever age you are now."
Ami: "Thank you."
Mamoru: "You guys still doing that study group?"
Ami: "Yes, but I'm going to swim for a bit first, though."
Mamoru: "You swim? I didn't know you swimmed."
Ami: "I swim. I like it."
Mamoru: "Hmm."

EXIT Ami, utter depression temporarily averted.

Mamoru: "'Doesn't shine brightly' my ass! Plenty of people notice you, Ami."



People Such As…
Kaolinite: "I bet a famous genius girl like her has a great pure heart, brimming with confidence."
Ami: (Sigh. No one really understands me.)



The Pool
It's the same pool building that Michiru was using before, which answers that question. It's an Olympic-sized pool filling an entire wing of an upper floor of a skyscraper, sunlit and with a great view of the city. At this hour:

Ami: "Nobody's here! Like it's reserved just for me!"
Ami: /unguarded giggle of girlish glee!

Ami dives in. With no one around to worry about, Ami relaxes and swims with carefree grace and enthusiasm. She appears truly in her element, only coming up for air occasionally.

What Ami did not notice was that Michiru was swimming here, too, already underwater. Michiru stealthily approaches this intruder with interest.

Michiru is dressed to impress in a silly, frilly bathing dress, with her hair done up in bright ribbons, so we know that Haruka must be
somewhere about today.

Ami and Michiru make eye contact.


Ami: (Whoa. So beautiful.)



Study Session at the Shrine
Usagi: "I feel a great disturbance in the Force."
Mako: "No you don't."



The Pool
At the water's surface:

Michiru: "You came from a world of water in your past life as well!"
Ami: (OH GOD! She knows!)
Ami: (Wait, how could she possibly know? I barely know.)
Ami: (OH GOD! She's a crank!)
Ami: (Wait, I'm bad with people. Maybe this is normal.)
Ami: (She's waiting for me to reply. What should I say? I don't know what to say. The longer I go without saying anything, the more awkward this gets. Say something, dammit. Quick! Anything! Go!)
Ami: "Um… I dunno?"
Ami: (D'oh! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!)
Michiru: "Wanna race?"
Ami: "Er… uh… um…?"
Haruka (from somewhere): "READY! SET!"
Ami: "—OKAY!"
Haruka: "GO!!!!!!"



AND THEY'RE OFF!
Ami begins the race nervous and surprised, but soon her hidden aggressive streak kicks in and she outpaces Michiru—to Michiru's surprise and delight. Michiru pushes her pace in response, and it's a close-run race. Ami finishes a noticeable fraction of a second ahead of Michiru. But…

Ami: "…a tie!"
Michiru: "WHAT. Why are you holding back? Are you trying to make me feel better or something?" /angry.
Ami: "I'm sorry! I didn't mean to—I'm sorry! Sorry!" /flees.
Michiru: ?!

Haruka was lounging around on top of the high dive, barefoot in her school uniform.

Haruka: "Dude, you made Ami Mizuno cry."
Michiru: "I… I didn't mean to!"
Haruka: "Everyone's going to hate you now."
Michiru: "I just—"
Haruka: "I barely even know her, and I hate you now."
Michiru: "But she—"
Haruka: "You're so mean, Michiru."
Michiru: "I…"
Haruka: "Mean Michiru, in her pretty swimming togs, making pretty girls cry. So mean."
Michiru: "I just wanted her to race for real."
Haruka: "She looks like the non-confrontational type, unsure of herself and others. She just wanted to be friends."
Michiru: "So did I!"



Ami Runs Away
Ami: /rides monorails in the rain while listening to music for several surreal hours.
Ami: /remembers she has friends who love her.
Ami: /puts on a brave smile.



Study Session at the Shrine
Mina: "Without Ami here, the most useful thing we've accomplished in this session is teaching Usagi to balance a pen on her upper lip."
Usagi: /scrunched up face. "Uh thin' uh've almos' got i'—"

ENTER Ami.

Ami: "Hi, guys!"

All descend upon her for assistance. Ami! Ami! Help me, Ami!

Usagi: /interposes. "NOBODY MOVE!"
Usagi: "Thank you. Let the lady breathe. She just got here. Hello, Ami, how are you?"
Ami: "…I'm fine?"
Usagi: "Glad to hear it! We're fine, too. There."
Ami: "What were your questions?"

All descend upon—

Usagi: "Ut! Nuh uh uh! Ami's wasted enough time with us blockheads! She's not like us, she's studying to be a doctor, and needs some Ami time! We've got to learn to do it on our own. So don't worry, Ami! All you have to do from now on is study!"
Ami: "You too?! …Thank you. But I… forgot… something…"

EXIT Ami, hurriedly, before anyone can see her tears.

Usagi: /saw Ami's tears, because she's awesome like that.

Shocked silence.

Mako: "Usagi wants to study properly, and Ami was late and forgot something. This must be what going mad feels like."
Mina: "Obviously, their minds have been swapped by evil magic. Rei, you'd better get up an exorcism."
Rei: "¿Perhaps we should wait until after brainwashed Usagi has brought her grades up?"
Usagi: "Frell!"

EXIT Usagi, chasing after Ami.

Mako: "I have no idea what's going on any more. Everybody keeps changing!!!"



Ami is Sad
Ami stands on a bridge in despair.

Ami: "Even Usagi… I really don't have anything else but studying… I'm so, so fucking SICK OF—"
Haruka: "Don't jump."
Ami: "Who said I was going to jump?! Don't be silly."

Haruka got her blue bike fixed!

Haruka: "Just trying to save myself time and trouble. See, my partner wants a rematch. So… let's go." /revs engine.
Ami: "…Are you kidnapping me?"
Haruka: "Sure, why not? Here's a spare helmet, hop on."
Ami: "I can walk, thankyouverymuch!"
Haruka: /approves of Ami's pluck.

Artemis: "I spy with my little eye, something that starts with S."
Luna: "Is that Ami being marched along like a prisoner by that biker girl Haruka?!"
Artemis: "No, it's the beautiful sunset—Wait, WHAT?! …That's one strict cram school."
Luna: "IDIOT! Go for help!"



Meanwhile, in the Lab
The Professor: "THE PROBLEM: Our best available data indicates that our Daimons have an average life expectancy of five minutes. CLEARLY I cannot dedicate valuable development time to features that will never see use! THE SOLUTION is simple and, naturally, BRILLIANT: I shall engineer future Daimons for five minutes of precisely-targeted competence, and ignore all concerns that extend beyond that crucial time limit. I'm sure Miss K. can pick up the slack afterwards, should it be necessary. Let this be the first testbed model! GO FORTH, MY DISPOSABLE MINION! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"



The Pool At Night
Still mostly empty.

ENTER Ami, ready to swim, and looking pissed off.

Michiru is already present, this time looking professional in athletic swimwear, her hair in a simple bun.

Michiru: "I'm glad you came… or did Haruka force you?"
Ami: "This is my own decision. I apologize for before… or is this your way of mocking me for that?"
Michiru: "All I want is a proper rematch. …I hope you'll accept."
Ami: "I accept."
Michiru: "100 meter freestyle?"
Ami: "Stakes?"
Michiru: "Why… none. Pure sport."
Ami: "…Agreed."
Haruka: /lounges on a pool chair to enjoy the show. "…READY!"
Michiru: /ready!
Ami: /ready!
Haruka: /is too cool to actually say "Go." *snaps fingers*



AND THEY'RE OFF!
CUE: "Chariots of Fire."

This time, they're both in proper form, and moving FAST. Michiru displays proper breathing technique; her swimming is swift and precise. Ami is far less refined, but very determined. It's the classic "youth and fury" vs. "experience and restraint" contest, and looks to be VERY close.

Ami: (internal monologue)
I'm swimming like this is a battle.
This isn't a battle. No one's life is at stake.
Why have I let her get me angry?
Why do I care about some strange girl I barely know?
Why am I putting so much effort into a race that there's no reason to win or lose?
…No. That's wrong.
It's not about her. It's not about the race.
There is a life at stake: my own.
What matters is that I keep running away from myself and I'm goddamn sick of it.
That's why she was angry. That's why I'm angry.
If I don't give everything I've got, I'll just keep on running away, again and again.
I MUSTN'T RUN AWAY!
Ami: /breaks sound barrier.



Aftermath
Haruka: "…a tie! Impossible, I know."
Michiru: /gasp pant. "…Find what you were looking for?"
Ami: /pant gasp. "…Aw, yeah."
Michiru: /helps Ami out of the pool with a smile.
Ami: /collapses back on the floor in a puddle. "I'll just lie here for a while if you don't mind. Thank you."
Michiru: "Thank you. We should do this again some time."
Ami: /musters enough energy for a thumbs up.

EXIT Michiru and Haruka, dramatically.



Denouement
Ami gets herself back together.

Ami: "Wow, I feel great. I grok so much about myself now. Why I fight, why I study… Wow."
Ami: "…WOW."
Ami: "That was a really good episode! Now for a cooldown lap and then home to bed."



SUDDENLY!
Ami: "No 'suddenly!' There is no 'suddenly!' The episode is over, roll credits!"
Kaolinite: "That's what you think!"
Ami: "Yes, that's what I think! …Damn it!"



Disturbingly Creepy Transformation Sequence!
DOVLIN! A pink merwoman with swimcap, pink snorkel and scuba tank, yellow innertubes, and yellow high heel flippers, because, like, because, that's why!



Ami: /man what
Dovlin: "Mm hmm mm hmn hm!"
Ami: "…What?"
Dovlin: /takes out mouthpiece. "Oops, sorry! I'm here for your pure heart 'n' stuff!"
Ami: "TRY AND TAKE IT! I'm Ami 'Danger!' Mizuno—"

Dovlin uses Whirlpool of Doom!
Ami is caught in the whirlpool!
Ami saves vs. drowning successfully, by the grace of Mercury.
Dovlin uses Thrasher Attack!
Ami is thrashed.
Ami is flung away…
Ami hits the window.
Dovlin uses Yellow in the Water!
Ami is trapped.


Ami: "—and it appears that Ami 'Danger!' Mizuno's muscles are still like water after that workout. Owie."

Dovlin unleashes Dark Star Assault Forehead.

Ami: "Forehead?!"
Dovlin: "Forehead!"
Ami: "Nooooooooo…"

Ami feels drained.
Ami feels cold.
Ami is down!




Downstairs
Luna: "USAGI! USAGI!"
Usagi: "I see it! I see it! …I'm going in through the window!"
Luna: "WHAT?! It's a dozen stories up—"
Usagi: "NO TIME FOR ELEVATORS!"



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: 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


CRASH!
ENTER Usagi, through the window, very fast!

Usagi: /starts winding up the Heart Attack. "I am the Terror who trips in the night—"
Dovlin: "Bwuh?"
Kaolinite: "Dovlin! Focus! You're getting the soul crystal!"
Dovlin: "Oh, yeah!"
Kaolinite: "Almost at her time limit, damn it."

Dovlin throws life preservers at Usagi!
Usagi is entangled!
Ami appears to be missing her soul…


Dovlin: /throws the soul to Kaolinite.
Kaolinite: /giggles. "Yes!"
Usagi: "You suuuuuuck! Give her soul back! She's gonna be a great doctor and cure cancer and find true love and she's one of my best friends and— noooooo!"
Ami: :(
Ami: "…"
Ami: ".."
Ami: "."
Kaolinite: "…oh, hell's bells, another damned dud!"
Usagi: "So you can give it back, right?!"
Kaolinite: /not listening. "All this trouble and it's another damn dud! Gyargh!"
Kaolinite: /crushes the sou—



Suddenly!
ENTER Tuxedo Mask, dramatically, armed with +4 blessed throwing roses!

MAMORU > AGGRESS > Disarming Gesture
Kaolinite drops Ami's Soul Crystal!


Mamoru: "I won't forgive anyone who hurts the pure hearts of innocent maidens! …If you're not going to use it, the least you could do is give it back!"
Kaolinite: "Dovlin! Sic 'em! (Time's up on the silly thing anyway…)"

EXIT Kaolinite, magically, through her reflection in the window.

Dovlin uses Snorkel Blast!
Dovlin casts water at Mamoru.
Mamoru dodges, easily!
MAMORU > AGGRESS > Compliant Rod
Mamoru hits Dovlin with the Compliant Rod.
Dovlin receives a smackdown.
Dovlin is hurt.
Dovlin falls into the water.


Dovlin: "Phew! Good thing I've got a life preserver!"
Usagi: /boggles. "You mean you can't swim?"
Dovlin: "Nope! …I mean, yes, excellently!" /derp
Luna and Artemis: "Too late!"

LUNA > DUAL-TECH + ARTEMIS > AGGRESS > Targeted Chomp
Luna and Artemis: Your powers combine!
Luna and Artemis bite Dovlin's life preserver.
Life preserver disabled!


Dovlin: /glub glub glub.
Mamoru: /casually pops Usagi's preserver.

Usagi is freed.

Usagi: "Thank you!"
Mamoru: "My pleasure."

USAGI > ADVANCED RITUALISM > Moon Spiral Heart Attack
Usagi casts love at Dovlin.
Dovlin is hit!
Dovlin is obliterated!


Dovlin: "…lovely!" /dies.



Aftermath
Usagi: "AMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!" /inserts soul crystal.
Ami: /gasp!
Ami: "…thanks."
Usagi: "Damn it, Ami, I'm a Sailor, not a doctor! Don't you ever die again!"
Ami: "…I'll try…"



Lurking Outside the Room
Michiru: "Oh, darn, this one wasn't a Talisman either." :)
Haruka: "You sound so disappointed." ;)
Michiru: "Same to you." ;)
Haruka: "Y'know, why don't we—? No, no. We went over that. Never mind."



Ami is Love
Ami: "Thanks for saving my life, now that I've figured out how to enjoy it!"
Usagi: "I said something wrong and hurt your feelings and I am so very sorry. What did I say wrong?"
Ami: "Actually, it's that I was thinking about things wrong, but I've worked it out now… thanks to a little help from Tuxedo Mask."
Usagi: ?
Mamoru: /bows. "Glad to be of service, as always."
Ami: "I won't run away from my feelings any more."
Usagi: "What?"
Mamoru: "So we're back on track, now?"
Ami: "Maybe; we'll see. You've got a pretty good bedside manner yourself, mister."
Usagi: "What?! Excuse me! My Tuxedo Mask, not your Tuxedo Mask."
Ami: "…Oh, I don't know." /takes his arm. "I think I could give you a run for your money."
Usagi: "GAH."
Mamoru: /blushes.
Usagi: "He's mine!"
Ami: "He can make his own choices." ;)
Usagi: "Yeah, and he chooses me!"
Ami: "Mmmaybe."
Usagi: "Definitely!"
Ami: "Mmmaybe."
Usagi: "Traitor! Get over here!"
Ami: "Nuh-uh."
Usagi: "Yeah-huh!"
Ami: "Nuh-uh!"
Mamoru: "Ladies, I am not just some pretty face, a prize to be won!"
Ami: "No, you totally are."
Usagi: "OMG I just realized, Ami's playing! You're playing!"
Ami: :D
Usagi: "I'm almost sorry we have to go back and study now."
Ami: "What did you say you're sorry for? That—"
Usagi: "—we have to go back and study now WHAT AM I SAYING?!"
Mamoru: "Well, if it's Usagi's idea, Ami, I guess you have to go along with it."
Ami: "I guess so. Off we go!"
Usagi: "D'OH!"
Mamoru: "No matter which one wins, I lose."
Ami: "Don't worry, you'll get her back eventually…"



Denouement
For Real, This Time
Rei: "¿Wait, Dark Star Assault Forehead?"
Usagi: "Yeah, she had a cueball-shaved head, dedicated swimmer, I guess."
Rei: "But there's no erotic subtext in that at all."
Ami: "I suppose for some people it could be. All smooth and sleak, thin beads of sweat glistening like dew…"
Rei: "…"
Ami: "Not quite my thing, though. I like long hair."
Mina: "…Perhaps the star placement isn't for titillation factor at all, but has hidden meaning. Like, Ami can overthink things too much, so the star goes on the ol' brainpan…"
Mako: "Mine had a star on her frickin' nipple."
Mina: "Mother complex! Oral fixation! …No?"
Ami: "Do you even know what those mean?"
Mina: "I don't know what they don't mean, if that's what you mean."
Ami: /twitch.
Mina: "And what do you suppose your Scary Cleavage signified, Rei?"
Usagi: "Actually, I think the thing about where our sneetches had stars on thars is a red herring."
Rei: "¿Yeah, the important question is which of us gets it next?"
Mina: "Well, I'm sure there's an easy pattern. Leaving aside random bystanders, you were first—"
Usagi: "—and Mako was next. Then Ami. So that just leaves me, Mamoru, and…"

Everyone looks at Mina.

Mina: "…I hope mine's in a good place!"
 

Vessiel

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Re: Episode #98: The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted.

It's great to have you back!

This was a great episode. The character arcs and interactions in this episode alone show up the entire second season.

And, yeah, that daimon was just tacked on to meet quota. The writers and animators made no bones about it either, so we got to have one that is utterly ridiculous yet still just barely competent enough to still make it fun.

Shadowjack said:
Mina: "Well, I'm sure there's an easy pattern. Leaving aside random bystanders, you were first—"
Usagi: "—and Mako was next. Then Ami. So that just leaves me, Mamoru, and…"

Everyone looks at Mina.

Mina: "…I hope mine's in a good place!"
Hee.
 
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Re: Episode #98: The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted.

Mamoru: "HOLD UP! HOLD UP! Whoa! Whoa, girl! Ease down… ease down…"
Ami: /gasp gasp pant.
Mamoru: "…Your legs and your eyes."
Ami: /blink.
Mamoru: "What's left of you after academics."
Ami: /blink blink.
Mamoru: "Well, being cute helps bedside manner, doesn't it? I sure wouldn't mind."
Ami: "Mister Chiba, are you flirting with me?"
Mamoru: "Apparently not well."
Ami: /heehee.
Once a season, and only once a season, Mamoru does something pretty cool. This is it.
 

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Naru: "Whose else would I be? You're totally paying for Umino's share, too, since I had to go looking for you."
Usagi: "Hey! That was never part of our agreement!"
Naru: "I have altered the deal. Pray I do not alter it any further."
A little known secret of life is that all names become better if you put 'Grand Moff' or 'Darth' in front of them.


Michiru: "You came from a world of water in your past life as well!"
Ami: (OH GOD! She knows!)
Ami: (Wait, how could she possibly know? I barely know.)
Ami: (OH GOD! She's a crank!)
Ami: (Wait, I'm bad with people. Maybe this is normal.)
I now cannot help but imagine Michiru as being from Atlantis in The Underwater Menace.

In part because I can totally see Dr. Eyeglasses as shouting, "NOTHINK ON EARTH CAN STOP ME NOW!!!!"


Ami: /rides monorails in the rain while listening to music for several surreal hours.
I can totally see Ami and Shinji sitting on the opposite seats, alone, listening to each other listen to music, both unable to start the conversation by going first.

Ack.


I MUSTN'T RUN AWAY!
So now we know that all Shinji REALLY needed was for Misato to throw him in a pool with Michiru. Bang, EVA ends 24 episodes early.

SUDDENLY!
Ami: "No 'suddenly!' There is no 'suddenly!' The episode is over, roll credits!"
Kaolinite: "That's what you think!"
Ami: "Yes, that's what I think! …Damn it!"
Life sometimes is not convenient.


Dovlin: "Phew! Good thing I've got a life preserver!"
Lots of sailors couldn't swim, in fact. Sailors stay out of the water if they can help it, after all.


Mamoru: "Ladies, I am not just some pretty face, a prize to be won!"
Ami: "No, you totally are."
Ami has it exactly.


Usagi: "Yeah, she had a cueball-shaved head, dedicated swimmer, I guess."
Rei: "But there's no erotic subtext in that at all."
If anyone has seen Star Trek I and knows about the Deltans, there is a goatload of erotic subtext.


Mako: "Mine had a star on her frickin' nipple."
She is the most 'talented' one.

Excellent. I love Ami to death, so this is a great episode.
 

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Re: Episode #98: The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted.

Whoa! I've heard of the Girl with Red Shoes, and it did cross my mind, but I didn't realize that was indeed the statue.


JohnBiles said:
]A little known secret of life is that all names become better if you put 'Grand Moff' or 'Darth' in front of them.
Hmm, I'm having trouble with a good Darth name for Naru, following the "words starting with 'in'" rule, but Grand Moff Naru has a certain ring to it.

"Fear will keep my boyfriend in line."


So now we know that all Shinji REALLY needed was for Misato to throw him in a pool with Michiru. Bang, EVA ends 24 episodes early.
Very early, considering that Shinji can't swim. :D







A couple of things about the episode that couldn't make it into commentary:

Some of this episode is pay off of character trends that run all the way back to her first appearances, which is neat attention to continuity. And I'm heartily glad they went with one of the more realistic animation teams for this one, and they pushed their efforts well for it, because the animation supports the physicality of the situation. I've long now appreciated the series for writing the characters as actually at their ages, and that combines here with the way they draw Ami to show it. Ami is drawn here, in mass and movement, no longer as a girl, but as a young woman, and you can see the transition in her body language over the episode. This wouldn't have worked in the soft-and-cuddly style.

Four shots in particular stood out for me:

First, the scene in the park—she's sitting "small", but she's not dressing in the childish dresses she had in first season, and you can see that she's taller than she was.

Second, her exit from the first race with Michiru. They animated her hunched over, vulnerable, the way you do in a swim suit outside of the pool, but again, we see that she's not a kid anymore. There's weight to her stagger.

Third, Ami and Michiru, and this I did mention: I thought it was a marvellous detail that Michiru is actually doing the controlled breathing that competition swimmers do, face in the water most of the time, then inhaling off to the side every few strokes, while Ami, who hasn't learned that technique yet, is fighting to keep her head out of the water, and splashing more. The animators did their research.

Fourth, Ami and Usagi chasing around Mamoru at the end of the episode. Same outfit as the second scene, but her body language is completely different: she's standing straight-up, no defensive posture now, and she steps confidently as she dances. Her mind has grown into her body.
 

Peter Svensson

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Re: Episode #97: The Labyrinth of Water! Ami the Targeted.

I think my favorite bit of this episode is that Luna and Artemis get to participate in the battle in a meaningful manner. That's so RARE. Likewise, Mamoru getting personal time with someone who wasn't Usagi.

Also, Haruka lounging on the diving board.
 

Dallbun

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Good to hear from you again, Shadowjack! Good episode, good summary, and you get extra points for the Dr. Seuss reference.

Peter Svensson said:
I think my favorite bit of this episode is that Luna and Artemis get to participate in the battle in a meaningful manner. That's so RARE. Likewise, Mamoru getting personal time with someone who wasn't Usagi.
Seconding both of these! Any combat where Luna and Artemis contribute is a good one in my book! (We should keep track of them. Episodes 5 and 47 spring to mind.)

You know, for cats, they seem pretty skilled at fighting. I wonder if they had some kind of Cat Combat training back in the old days? (And now I want a Ranma/Sailor Moon crossover where Luna and Artemis are extremely dangerous Nekoken-wielding combatants...)

Shadowjack said:
Mamoru: "Well, being cute helps bedside manner, doesn't it? I sure wouldn't mind."
Ami: "Mister Chiba, are you flirting with me?"
Mamoru: "Apparently not well."
Ami: /heehee.
Mamoru, a college student, is flirting with his 14 year-old girlfriend's 14 year-old friend. Admittedly, it's entirely playful, but still. Not everyone could pull that off without being horribly creepy.

Incidentally,

Davies said:
Once a season, and only once a season, Mamoru does something pretty cool. This is it.
I don't completely agree with you, but let's work this out anyway. Mamoru's "pretty cool guy" moment in R was obviously cheering up Chibiusa with the Tuxedo Kamen puppet. What was it in the first season? :)
 
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