It works, doesn't it?...
Oh God, now I can't unhear that!
"...and then I threw Crystal Tokyo at him. The whole of Crystal Tokyo! True story!"
Aw, poor Naru. She kinda got a raw deal this season, didn't she ? She used to be a major supporting character, and now she barely ever appears at all. (Her last appearance was, what, Ep #80 ?).Naru: "I have the strangest feeling that, if life were a story, then I'm one of those incidental characters who appears and then is shuffled off stage, never knowing what was going on or how things turn out."
If I had been drinking something while reading this, I doubt my keyboard would have escaped unscathed. It's SO WRONG an image for Wiseman... and still SO RIGHT.Wiseman /avuncular arm around shoulder.
Eh.Rei: "¿Would it be all right if I went back and did that again? I still need to catch up to Mercury…"
That's DEATH PHANTOM for you. He's been playing the meek advisor for years (if not decades), so now he'll take any opportunity to break loose.Wiseman: "Well, well, looks like you've reached the end of your usefulness to me."
And once again, they're completely useless. It's kinda impressive all the lengths the writers are going through to get them out of the way in the season climaxes, where there's just no room for them.The other four Sailors burst in, dramatically!
Awesome.Usagi: "I've seen you naked!"
Black Lady /chokes.
Usagi: "Okay, GET HER!"
Yeah... she's awesomely powerful and all, but it's hard to have any respect for Black Lady when you've known her as a bed-wetting, suicidally-foolish tyke. Last week. (Man, it really is an adolescent rebellion at x100 speed.)Black Lady: "I am Black Lady, messenger of Death Phantom, ruler of the dark world. Soon, the universe will fall into the oblivion of hatred! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH—"
Usagi: "I've seen you naked!"
Black Lady /chokes.
Usagi: "Okay, GET HER!"
Yes, the level I detail I go into should not always be taken as indicative of my level of interest in a scene. That was a fast and effective combat. How do two dudes with ninja teleporting skills fight with massive energy blasts? Just like that!On another note, I thought the magic fight between Dimande and DEATH PHANTOM was better than the usual Sailor Moon battle. I liked the quick teleports to dodge and jostle for position.
I think she is, most of the time.Naru: "Are you human?"
Usagi: "…What kind of a question is that?! Of course I'm… I mean… I mean, I think… ohhhhhhh… but that depends if… errmmm… and I said I'd be honest, too."
Usagi: "…I don't think so."
Wiseman /avuncular arm around shoulder. "Look, sonny boy, you've worked years for revenge upon the Earth. Black Lady's at full power, Evil Black Crystal's at full power, the Sailors are closing in—do you really want to call things off now? I mean, sure, ol' Wiseman can do just that, we'll just shut it all down, and go home, to cheery old dark cold Nemesis, and sit around the fire, and—"
It makes up a bit for next episode's fight not being better than the usual Sailor Moon battle, IMO.On another note, I thought the magic fight between Dimande and DEATH PHANTOM was better than the usual Sailor Moon battle. I liked the quick teleports to dodge and jostle for position.
This is probably meant to increase the tension, but it doesn't really work, since the plot device crystal just reset the world last time.Rei: "WE ARE NOT GOING TO DIE THIS TIME."
Ami: "No, ma'am!"
Rei: "WE ARE GOING TO KICK ASS BEAUTIFULLY."
Ami: "Yes, ma'am!"
Well, unless that happens!Dark Henge /DOOM! zaps Usagi.
Usagi /goes flying.
Minako: "OH SHIT THEY KILLED HER FIRST THIS TIME!!!!!!!!"
Well, that's a more gentle way to get the other senshi out of the way of the plot than killing them. If there's one big glaring weakness to this show, it's how little they are allowed to contribute in the big fights.Ami: "Wait! It's dangerous to just—"
Usagi /falls down a pit trap.
A good thing too, considering what happens later. That would have been... Eww.Usagi /spits out little pieces of Wiseman. "Bleagh! Good shooting, Prince!"
Wiseman /strangles harder! "Hand over the Silver Crystal!"
Wiseman: "I am eternally immortal."
Usagi: "THAT'S NOT AN ANSWER!"
Wiseman: "Yes it is."
Usagi: "No it isn't!"
Wiseman: "Are you arguing with DEATH PHANTOM?"
Usagi: "I am eternally immortal! Also, FUCK YOU!"
He has speeches memorised for different occasions?Mamoru: "Sorry I'm late, I've been lost in this maze all night! Which one's this?"
Usagi: "The creepy old wizard."
Mamoru: "Got it! Toying with a pure, innocent maiden's heart—"
Wait, rule 34 means there would be stuff of him too! *gets the brain bleach*Usagi: "…not so innocent any more, thanks to a certain cloaked devotee of Rule 34…" /shudders.