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[IWIW] Sailor Moon R (thread 4 of a continuing series)

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Jhiday

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I hate to say it, but by that standard, some of these TV episodes may not be canonical… ;)
Yeah, that's a standard of canonicity that's hard to apply to a series like Sailor Moon, where half the episodes are completely inconsequential. I really don't see the point in being so restrictive.

Apart from the SuperS movie (whose continuity errors wreak havoc on the main series' plot), it's not much different from, say, the Doom Tree arc : inoffensive filler. Heck, the S movie is a nearly direct adaptation of a short manga arc, which is more than most episodes can claim.

(And I say this as someone who doesn't even really like those movies much.)
 

Shadowjack

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#71: For Friendship! Ami and Berthier Clash.

NEW INTRODUCTION
New, not-very-sharply animated introduction! Got some nice bits, though.

The Moon.
The Moon through thick clouds of smoke.
The Moon through thick clouds of smoke over immense crystal pillars of semi-Euclidian dimensions and cyclopean proportions.
The Moon through thick clouds of smoke over immense crystal pillars on the edge of a stone cliff, as regarded by the Sailor Senshi.

Sailor Moon swims through the Sea of Time (between the Sea of Green and the Sea of Holes), past flocks of Dali clocks and forests of ticking pendulums, hearing the call and followed by her friends.

The trail leads through a TARDIS which contains Wiseman's crystal ball which contains a bunch of bad guys. But arrayed against them are the terrifying visages of a leggy brunette Sailor armed with a magic stick, Chibi-Usa's creepy inflatable robot, and Chibi-Usa herself and the Plot Device Key.

Usagi transforms into Queen Serenity, Tuxedo Mask (in white) brings her Chibi-Usa, and they regard an enshrouded city as the light pours in from above.

It all ends as a storybook illustration.



TWO SAILORS LOCKED IN FURIOUS BATTLE
Usagi /grrrrr.
Ami /mirth dances about her lips.
Usagi /Dot. "Duh, maybe I'll move… here."
Ami /instantly. "Checkmate."
Usagi: "GAAAAAAAHH!!! And I even did research, too!" /holds up pile of chess books. "Much good it did me."
Ami: "Well, it helped you dodge the Fool's Mate, didn't it?"
Usagi: "True. I guess I'll get better with practice."
Ami: "Chess is a nigh-perfect game of the intellect. It cultivates calm mentality and accurate judgement."
Usagi: "You play a lot, I take it?"
Makoto /sits next to Ami and points, proudly. "Only the Junior Chess Champion of Japan."
Ami /blushes. "Aw, I was just fortunate. I haven't actually played enough games to rate as even a Candidate Master. There are many players better than I."
Usagi: "Whoa. A mental pursuit you're not the best at?"
Ami: "I just play chess for fun."
Makoto: "…That's funny. I know all those words, but in that order they just don't make any—"
Ami /gigglesnort. "Mako, stop it!"
Usagi: "You know, it figures that if you were into any Olympic sport, it'd be chess."
Makoto: "Olympic sport?"
Usagi: "Look it up."
Ami /cracking up.

Chibi-Usa: "You wanna play me, next?"
Usagi: "Bring it on, squirt, and don't hold back!"
Chibi-Usa: "Feeling sure of yourself, huh? You wanna make this game… interesting?"
Usagi: "You're on."



ONE MATCH LATER
Usagi: "EARTHQUAKE! GAME CALLED ON ACCOUNT OF EARTHQUAKE!"
Chibi-Usa: "You kicked over the board on purpose!"
Ami: "That's okay, I remember where all the pieces were." /replaces them.
Usagi: "…Thanks, Ami."
Ami: "You're welcome!"
Chibi-Usa: "Checkmate! Pay up!"
Usagi: "Sigh." /pays up. "Mako, you wanna game?"
Makoto: "Nah, I've really gotta go. I gotta… thing to do later."
Ami: "And I've got… something, too."
Usagi: "Don't tell me you two are going to the same cram school now?"
Makoto: "As if."
Ami: "Oh, we're not doing anything together right now. Mako's walking me over to Chess Tower, and then she's got—"
Usagi: "'Chess Tower'?"



CREEPY EYEBALL MONTAGE
Visions of Koan in civilian life, working at her dream job of cosmeticist. She exhibits more joy in this short scene than her former associates have displayed throughout this entire story.

Berthier: "Why would Koan throw away all power and Clan duty for zis petty mortal lifestyle?"
Calaveras: "Who knows what a no-good yellow-bellied Yankee-lovin' traitor an' deserter thinks! Hang her high and forget about her."
Petz: "She is disgrace, and no longer sister to us. Pfui!"
Berthier: "Oui. I shall forget… poor Koan."
Rubeus: "Our clan has no need for such as her." /with a glance, breaks Koan's monitor.
Berthier: "…"
Rubeus: "We'll deal with her later; right now, we've got to move to hit the latest Crystal Point."
Petz /looks at the image on the screen. "It looks like tower, shaped like beeg chess-piece."
Calaveras: "What's it called by the locals?"
Rubeus: "Chess Tower."
Petz: "…"
Calaveras: "…"
Berthier: "…Naturellement!"
Rubeus: "Any volunt—?"
Berthier: "Me! Pick me! Pick Berthier! Berthier is ready! I'll go! Pick me! Oh, please! Please! Please!"
Rubeus: "Go ahead…"
{Berthier has left the scene.}
Petz: "…Lately, Berthier is so—" /BLACK IS MY DISDAIN. "—eager."
Calaveras: "So what? If she does good, we'll just mosey on in and share the credit."
Rubeus: "And then I'll eliminate all of you and take all the credit for myself. MUAHAHAHAHA! I'm joking, of course, darlings."



CHESS TOWER
Ami /gestures. "Chess Tower!"
Usagi: "A strange yet somehow familiar shape, yet I can't quite place it."
Makoto: "It's like some sort of… cake."
Usagi: "No, no, not a cake, more like… what's one of those things? In the ocean? Like a—"
Makoto: "Like a sea enemy."
Usagi: "Sea anemonemonemonemone."
Ami: "For goodness's sake, you two, it's shaped like a rook."
Usagi: "It doesn't look a thing like a bird."
Makoto: "Well, there's those mountains on the Moon, too. You remember, around the Mare Orientale—?"
Usagi: "Oh, yes, the Montes Rook, that one summer in the cabin at Maunder, ah, I can see them now, the flowers on the foothills—"
Ami: "You're doing this on purpose, aren't you?"
Makoto: "Central tower like a rook, statues of bishops and knights, light posts like pawns, paving stones like a chessboard… you think the guy who built this place likes chess?"
Usagi: "No, really?" :eek:
Ami: "As a matter of fact, he loves chess."
Makoto: "Aha! 'He' loves chess?"
Ami: "He is a kindly old man who was a good friend of my grandfather and is like an uncle to me. And we've played chess and shared reading lists for many years. And you've probably already guessed it was something like that and are just heckling me. And I forgive you."
Usagi: "Aw, you took all the fun away. Spoilsport."
Ami: :D
Usagi: "Nice guy?"
Ami: "Uncle Hex is a dear."
Makoto: "He's also, it seems, a wealthy eccentric."
Ami: "Oh, exceedingly."
Usagi: "Wish I was."
Makoto: "Win the lottery and you're set."
Ami: "He's sponsoring a special international demonstration tournament next Sunday—"
Makoto: "—and Ami Mizuno is on the warpath to win."
Ami /blush. "I already told you, this is just for fun—"
Usagi: "Yes, the fun of crushing your foes beneath your blue-booted feet!"
Ami: "No! I never!"
Usagi: "Have you ever seen pictures of yourself in competition, Ami? You get this smile…"
Ami: "No! Come on."
Makoto: "It's true, hon, you get a little scary."
Ami: "No! I'm honest! Winning or losing isn't the point!"
Berthier: "It eez all points!"



ENTER BERTHIER
Berthier is dressed today in a playful chess-themed ensemble, with daring microskirt and an amusing hat.

Usagi: "Is it legal to have a skirt that short?"
Berthier: "La mode transcende la légalité!"
Usagi /?
Berthier: "A competition you do not intend to win is, how you say, wasting of all times, non? Why else measure ze winner?"
Ami: "The point is to push oneself to excel. Even if you lose, you're still—"
Berthier: "'Sour grapes,' said ze fox!"
Makoto /mutters. "I'll give you 'sour grapes'—"
Ami: "Mako, no."
Usagi: "Who are you?"
Berthier: "A serious entrant in your uncle's tournament. Excuse, please, I have not ze time for friendly children's games. Another time, perhaps?" /hohohohoho
{Berthier has left the scene.}
Makoto: "What the fuck is her problem?!"
Ami: "…I think she's a very sad person."
Usagi: "No kidding. …Cute braids, though. Maybe I should try—?"



INSIDE CHESS TOWER
Ami /signs in with the receptionist.
Mr. Hex (portly old guy with a mustache): "Ami! Wonderful to see you again, child! It's been too long."
Ami: "I've been busy with my studies… and other things. It's become a wonderful building, Uncle."
Mr. Hex: "An enthusiast's dream! You're entering my little tournament, I hope?"
Ami: "Wouldn't miss it!"
Mr. Hex: "You wouldn't mind a friendly game right now?"
Ami: "Of course not! If only to prove that there is such a thing."
Mr. Hex /?



A FRIENDLY GAME OF CHESS
Mr. Hex: "What's wrong, Ami? Has something happened?"
Ami: "Oh… I just got a little riled up by another contestant, earlier. I shouldn't have fallen for her trash-talking."
Mr. Hex /chuckles. "Never expected to hear you use such words. I'm glad of it."
Ami /?
Mr. Hex: "If you don't mind the observations of an old crank: It used to be that you seemed to play to forget your loneliness. But not any more. You've blossomed, these past months. More sure of yourself; more drive; a widening of interests—and vocabulary."
Ami /smiles. "I've made some very good friends."
Mr. Hex: "Good friends are a treasure beyond price."
Ami: "I think so, too. Check."
Mr. Hex /?!
Mr. Hex: "…uh… would you cut this good friend some slack and let me retake that move?"
Ami: "No take-backs! You have to learn from your mistakes!" :D
Mr. Hex: "Oh no! Hoist by my own petard." :)

Suddenly, Ami spots Berthier sneaking past the door of this chess cubicle.

Mr. Hex: "What is it, dear?"
Ami: "…This wing is closed to the public after six, right?"
Mr. Hex: "Yes, the only ones left in this wing should be us—"
Ami /stands up. "Would you mind if I look around a little?"
Mr. Hex: "I get the feeling I can't stop you…"



THE CENTER OF THINGS
Berthier: "So. Let us begin." /summons Dark Water.
Ami /silhouetted in the doorway. "HALT!"
Berthier: "Why, it eez ze girl who likes friendly games. You have great courage, to come in here wiz me, but zis is not a friendly storybook world where a child triumphs over monsters alone." /accent slips. "And besides, I just can't stand little goody-two-shoes like you."
<< Berthier shoots Ami! >>
< Ami is hit! Ami is knocked down! >
Ami /stands up.
Berthier: "You really should not have bothered—"
<< Berthier shoots Ami! >>
< Ami is hit! Ami is knocked down! >
Berthier: "—because I will just do zat again!"
Ami: "…ow."
Berthier: "Oolala, did zat hurt? I am so sorry!" /cold. "This next one won't hurt at all."
<< Berthier sh—



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 43+17
Usagi into Princess Serenity: 1
Usagi into Disguise Form: 9
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 15+3
Rei into Sailor Mars: 13+3
Makoto into Sailor Jupiter: 8+2
Minako into Sailor Venus: 7+2
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 2+1
Luna-P into Something-or-Other: 5



VOILA!
Berthier: "…oh, merde." :eek:
Berthier /boldly. "I mean, hoho! Just as planned!"
Ami: "No take backs."



CUT TO: OUTSIDE THE ROOM
Usagi /as Sailor Moon. "Okay, Jupiter, I sense them at it in there. Do it."
Makoto /as Sailor Jupiter. "Right. Hope she's okay." /kicks open door.

Sailor Moon and Sailor Jupiter burst in, dramatically!

Usagi: "I AM THE TERR—"
Ami: "Does he look like a bitch?!"
Berthier /bleeding. "No!"
Ami: "Then why did you try to fuck him like a bitch, Berthier?"
Berthier: "I didn't!"
Ami: "Yes, you did. Yes, you did, Berthier. You—"
Makoto: "You need some help in here?"
Berthier: "YES!"
Makoto: "I meant Sailor Mercury."
Berthier /scrambles to the far side of the room. "Get her away from me!"
Usagi: "What did you do to her?"
Ami: "SHE WAS GOING TO CORRUPT UNCLE HEX'S DREAM! I'M GONNA—" :mad:
Usagi: "Mercury, no."
Berthier: "What do you do, keep her tied up for emergencies?! You people are scary! I hate violence!"
Makoto /advances. "Aren't you the lady who tried to kill us with a snow cone blizzard? Try saying that again with a straight face."
Usagi: "Yeah, I'm gonna have to go along with the mob on this one. Put 'em up, Berthier, or surrender."
Berthier: "Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Ha! I'm brilliant."
Usagi /?
{Berthier has left the scene.}
Ami: "…"
Makoto: "…"
Usagi: "…"
Makoto: "Son of a—"
Usagi: "We have got to find a way to keep them from doing that."

Ami /filled with sudden dread. "…oh noooooo…"
Usagi: "What?"
Makoto: "What is it?"
Ami: "I… er… oh, God. Well, er… I kind of… lost my temper, there… because when I thought what she was going to do to Uncle Hex's building, and all the love and effort he'd poured into everything, and… and… and I just— I mean— I didn't even think to call you guys, in I just went in… and, uh… oh, dear, I, uh—"
Ami /very small voice. "…and I transformed right in front of her…"
Makoto: "Mercury!"
Usagi /facepalm.
Ami: "I know! I know! She knows who I am now! I know! …I'm sorry…"
Usagi: "Well, wait, she knows your face, but does she know your name?"
Ami: "I'm pretty sure she overheard me talking to Uncle Hex, and she could have seen my name on the register…"
Usagi: "Mercury!"
Makoto /groans.
Ami: "I know!"
Usagi: "Get counseling! And don't worry, we'll handle it."
Ami: "How?"
Usagi: "Hey, you stopped this one before she could even get started, right? Which is better than we've done so far. That means they'll have to try again to hit this place, right?"
Ami: "…I dunno, maybe… we still don't know how they choose their targets…"
Usagi: "And even if they don't, even if they just gun for you—we know they know there's one place in the whole world that 'Ami Mizuno' is guaranteed to show up in the next week."
Makoto: "Right here for the chess tournament! And when they come, we'll be here and ready. All of us."
Usagi: "Don't sweat it, Mercury. You've gotten me out of worse flubs…"



DARK OMEN
Berthier /is binding her wound, and thanking her stars it's not worse, and hoping that her sisters don't—
Petz: "You got hurt?"
Calaveras: "No way!"
Berthier /tries to hide her arm. "No! Um…"
Calaveras /poke poke. "Dude. It's actually bleeding and stuff."
Petz /tut tut tut. "How awful! …You tied this wrong." /fixes it.
Calaveras: "Put some of this on it, should heal right up."
Berthier: "Oh, uh, thank you—"
Petz: "Do not tell Petz you screwed up."
Berthier: "OF COURSE NOT! There were—"
Calaveras: "Good! Because if you came crawling back on a yellow belly like nothing happened after volunteering for a mission—"
Petz: "—why, it would be so humiliating, that one would just die."
Berthier: "…Nope! I'm fine! Don't need any help! Just a minor setback."
Petz: "Is good."
Calaveras: "One ninny like Koan is enough…"
Berthier: "Yes, hahahahahaha, ow, good thing I'm not a ninny like Koan. Haha!"



ONE WEEK LATER: A STORM COMES
Berthier: "Okay, Ami Mizuno, Sailor Mercury, if you like chess so much—"
Berthier /walks into Chess Tower.
Receptionist: "Excuse me, you—"
Berthier /Jedi Mind-Trick. "You will enter me in the tournament now."
Receptionist: "I will enter you in the tournament now."



THE TOURNAMENT FLOOR
Lots of tables, quiet and well-lit, with video set ups for the die-hard observers. No time-clocks, so I guess we've got all day.

Makoto: "Look, Ami's over there! She's playing now! She's very good. Think she'll win? It'd be neat if she won!"
Minako /shakes head and smiles."Yes, dear, yes it would."
Rei /voice of warning. "Usagi."
Usagi /wearing a 'Team Mizuno' T-shirt, holding 'Team Mizuno' flags, and carrying a boombox already cued up. "No?"
Rei: "No."
Usagi: "Guess we won't be needing the facepaint, Koan."
Koan: "Awwwww. But that's all wight! I'm just gwad to be invited!"
Mr. Hex: "You girls—"
Makoto: "Oh! Sorry, are we making too much noise?"
Mr. Hex: "Quiet conversation is permitted. But am I right in guessing that you're Ami's friends?"
Usagi: "Yep!"

Instant seat upgrade!

Usagi: "Sweet."
Mr. Hex: "You're welcome."
Minako: "What do you think are Ami's actual chances, Mister Hex?"
Mr. Hex: "Ami's very good, better than she thinks she is, but this young Frenchwoman is clearly her rival in this tournament, and very acute."
Koan: "It's Berthier!"
Makoto: "Wait, that's her? You're sure?"
Koan: "I know my own sister."
Usagi: "Okay, guys, let's grab her before she can—"
Chess Guardian /lowers ax. "NONE MAY VIOLATE THE SACRED ENCLOSURE."
Rei: "¡Mr. Hex! ¿Can we get an exception, here?"
Mr. Hex: "Chess is serious business. I don't know what issue you have with the young lady, but while the tournament clock is running, there is only one form of competition permitted within. You will have to wait."
Makoto, Koan, and Luna /fret.
Usagi and Rei /fume.
Minako /waits.



THE FINAL ROUND
Berthier vs. Ami, as all knew it would be.

Ami: "Let's have a fun game." /offers hand to shake.
Berthier /smiles, and shakes.
Ami: (thinks) "…Her hand is so cold."
Berthier /heh heh heh. "Since we have a challenge going between us, I'd like to use these special pieces for the final game."
Ami: "I've known chess players who would bite your head off for even looking at alternative pieces, but I've never minded. And these are beautiful."
Berthier: "Not just beautiful. I'll take black?"
Ami: "As you wish."



AND SO IT BEGINS
Ami /e4
Berthier /e5
Ami /f4
Berthier /exf4
Ami /Bc4
Usagi: "Okay, I'm lost, what's going on?"
Mr. Hex: "Ami offered the King's Gambit, and Berthier just accepted it. Now she's offering the Bishop's Gambit…"
Berthier /Qh4+ "Check."
Makoto: "Oh shit, already?!"
Mr. Hex: "That's the Gambit. Watch."
Ami /Kf1
Makoto: "Phew."
Berthier: "Ha! I thought you'd do that." /b5
Mr. Hex: "The Bryan Counter-Gambit. Interesting. Where did she learn to play?"
Ami /Bxb5
Berthier /Nf6 "Heh heh heh."
Ami /Nf3
Berthier /Qh6
Ami /d3
Mr. Hex: "Ami has control of the center of the board."
Usagi: "That's good, right?"
Mr. Hex: "If she can hold it. But Berthier is developing her end…"
Berthier /Nh5
Ami /Nh4
Berthier /Qg5
Mr. Hex: "Risky of her. Ami's still strong."
Ami /Nf5
Berthier /c6
Ami /g4
Berthier /Nf6
Ami /Rg1
Berthier /cxb5
Ami: "…"
Berthier: "Come now, what iz ze matter? It eez your turn!"
Makoto: "She talks too much, doesn't she?"
Mr. Hex: "Yes."
Ami /h4
Mr. Hex: "Ha! …Excuse me."
Makoto: "What? What?"
Berthier /Qg6
Ami /h5
Berthier /Qg5
Ami /Qf3
Berthier: "Aggressive, aren't you?" /Ng8
Ami /Bxf4
Berthier: "What th—?"
Mr. Hex: "I think Ami's got her. She's got two threats running now, and Berthier's side is undeveloped."
Berthier: "Okay, zat is enough comment from ze peanut gallery! Zis is a private game!"
Berthier /seals the chess chamber and freezes all the cameras with ice.



BUILDING POWER FLICKERS AND GOES OUT
Mr. Hex: "What the—?"
Rei: "¡Technical difficulties! We'll handle it, we're experts. Koan, stay here."
Koan: "…"
Rei /vaults the perimeter fence—
Chess Guardian /no power
Rei /—and leads the team into the back.



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 43+18
Usagi into Princess Serenity: 1
Usagi into Disguise Form: 9
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 15+3
Rei into Sailor Mars: 13+4
Makoto into Sailor Jupiter: 8+3
Minako into Sailor Venus: 7+3
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 2+1
Luna-P into Something-or-Other: 5



FROZEN CHESS ROOM
Ami: "You know, these cheap attempts at psychological manipulation really just make you look bad. You should just play the game."
The Sailor Scouts burst in, dramatically!
Berthier: "Yeah, says the girl who brought her own posse to back her up!"
Usagi: "You're a million and fifty years ahead of yourself if you think you can beat her in chess!"
Berthier: "Sigh. Those born stupid, die stupid."
<< Berthier casts Dark Bubble! >>
< The Sailor Scouts are trapped! >
Ami: "Hmmm… I'll have to learn that spell…"
Berthier: "You seem unsurprised by my unveiling."
Ami: "I had a hunch it was you."
Berthier: "Sailor Mercury, I, Berthier of Dark Clan, challenge you to a match—"
Ami: "—you already are."
Berthier: "But you are just playing for fun. Well!" /snaps fingers.
Frost grows quickly upon the Dark Bubble, as the temperature within it dives.
Berthier: "Have I your full attention now?"

Usagi: "Oh, snap! Jupiter, break the glass!"
Makoto /kicks, hard, to no effect. "…I can't break the glass, it's Sailor proof!"
Usagi: "Nothing's Sailor proof. Venus, didn't you say you had a hole in your pocket?"
Minako: "Not in this suit!"

Ami: "…I'm listening."
Berthier: "I want a proper match from you. It does my reputation, how you say, 'no good', if you are just playing with me. We shall see who has ze better mind and will."
Ami: "Your terms? Life and death, I assume."
Berthier: "Naturellement."
Ami: "Of course."

Rei: "Okay, Jupiter, stand clear!"
Usagi: "Mars, don't—!"
<< Rei : Cast > BurnMandala : DarkBubble >>
< RICOCHET!!! >
Twaping zing pew zing zap pow pew ping cha-kowwwwwww.
< Usagi dodges, barely! >
< Makoto dodges, barely! >
< Minako dodges, barely! >
< Rei dodges, barely! >
Usagi: "MARS NO BAKA!"
Minako: "I already tried it, it's magnetically sealed!"
Usagi: "Put that spell away, you'll get us all killed!"
Rei: "¡Absolutely, your Worship! I had everything under control—"

Berthier: "Let us see you give your best game."
Ami: "I always do."
Berthier: "Prove eet."



THE GAME RESUMES
Berthier /Qf6
Ami /Nc3
Berthier /Bc5
Ami /Nd5
Berthier /Qxb2
Ice grows from the floor, encasing Ami's legs!

Makoto: "Oh, no, Mercury!"
Ami /?
Berthier: "Oh, did I forget to mention? Each piece you lose will—"
Ami /sighs and Bd6
Usagi: "MERCURY, RUN! SAVE YOURSELF!"
Berthier: "She's right. If you forfeit, I'll let you—alone—live…"
Ami: "Please continue."
Berthier: "Okay, so 'Ami Mizuno' is not as smart as zey say." /Bxg1

The ice continues to grow, coating Ami up to the waist.

Berthier: "You must be feeling cold by now."
Ami: "…I've felt warmer." /e5
Berthier: "Why give your lives for them? They may be Sailor Warriors like you, but in the end, aren't they just other strangers?" /Qxa1

The ice continues to grow, coating Ami up to the chest.

Ami: "Never. They're my friends, precious to me as my own life. More precious. You're telling me you have nothing like that in your own life? I feel sad for you, then."
Berthier /twitch. "Shut up and move."
Ami /Ke2
Berthier: "Soon, I shall triumph, and—"



SUDDENLY!
Calaveras: "Howdy, Berthier!"
Petz: "Are darling Sisters too late to help you finish Sailors off?"
Berthier /double facepalm.
Petz: "Why are you just playing a game with her?"
Berthier: "I'm trying to prove—"
Calaveras: "Oh, girl! Just shoot 'er! Here, I'll do it—"



SUDDENLY!
Enter Tuxedo Mask, dramatically, armed with +3 throwing roses.
Petz and Calaveras /strike defensive positions.
Mamoru: "If you do not know what it feels like to be a pawn, you have no right to handle a queen."
Petz and Calaveras /man what
Berthier /smiles, whispers. "Thank you, Mister Distraction." /Na6
Ami: "Mate in three."
Berthier /?!
Ami: "My Knight takes the pawn. Check. You move the King there. I move my Queen to check."
Berthier: "Right, and my Knight has to take your Queen— and… and… wait."
Ami: "Take your time."
Berthier: "But if I move the Bishop— no. Or I could— but then you would— and then— you— you— MERDE!" /stands up.
Ami: "Black concedes? Win to White."



ALL SPELLS ARE RELEASED!
Ami is freed, and the Dark Bubble decants everyone to the floor with a thump.

Usagi: "Six against three!"
Exit Tuxedo Mask, dramatically, with swirl of cape.
Usagi: "Okay, five against three, but—"
Ami: "Didn't I just prove that material advantage isn't everything?"
Berthier /leaps up. "Indeed! Les trois Soeurs de fantôme, united with our superior Dark magic, shall still triumph over you, no matter how many of you there are!"
Petz: "…"
Calaveras: "…"
Berthier: "Right?"
Calaveras: "Welp, this was your tactical error, girlie!"
Petz: "Petz is sure the last stand of Berthier will be memorable. I'll write to Mom."
Berthier: "WHAT?!"
{Petz and Calaveras have left the scene.}
Berthier: "…"

Long awkward silence.

Usagi: "Uh…"
Berthier /starts laughing.
Berthier /or is that crying?
Berthier: "You see what I mean? In the end, even sisters, related by blood, are strangers to you. Who would give their life to defend a stranger?"
Berthier: "You all look so somber, like statues, come on, laugh, it's funny. I'm laughing. It's okay."
Berthier: "We grew up together, I know how they are, but right up to the end, I still held out a little fucking hope… just a little hope that… I mean, my own sisters would—"
Berthier: "I SAID LAUGH, DAMN IT! Get that fucking pity out of your eyes, all of you!"
Usagi: "We don't think it's funny…"
Berthier: "I don't need your p— I don't need—"
<< Berthier summons Dark Blizzard, Maximum Power! >>
Berthier: "I'll take you all down, then. Why not? Wh-why not?"
< The Sailors are hit! The Sailors fall back! >
Berthier: "You're born alone, you die alone, and in-between you're mostly alone, too. Love? …at least hate is honest."



BUT…
Koan: "Bertie! Stop it, pwease!"
Berthier: "Oh, no, not another sister. Come to laugh at me, too?"
Koan /marches against the wind. "You're not awone!"
<< Berthier smashes Koan with ice! >>
< Koan is hit! Koan staggers… >
Berthier: "At least I'm not a traitor! How could a deserter understand what I'm feeling?"
Koan: "Why do you think I deserted?"
Berthier: "SHUT UP!"
Koan /braves the winds again. "Berthier, pwease. These people… here, this pwace… it's real, Bertie. It's real. Wove. Joy. It's weally here. They know. Wook at me. Pwease stop."
Berthier /lets the spell slacken…
Koan /bruised, bleeding, walks up to her.
Berthier: "…"
Koan: "…"
Berthier: "…I… Is it too late, or do you think, um, I… I could…?"
Koan /hugs Berthier.
Berthier /!
Berthier /hugs back. "I'm sorry I hurt you, Koan."
Koan: "It's okay."
Berthier: "…I…"
Koan: "I love you, Bertie."
Berthier: "…I love you, too, Koan."



AND SO, THE ICE MELTS
Usagi /bounces up, grinning.
Berthier: "Er… um…"
Koan: "Wike I said, Sailor Moon knows."
Berthier: "What should I say?"
Usagi /readies her brooch. "How 'bout, 'Yes, please'?" :D
Berthier: "Yes, please."



REFRESH!
There is a swirl of motes like rose petals, and Berthier vanishes into the light…



DENOUEMENT
Koan, Berthier, Usagi, and Ami, over at Usagi's place. The two sisters are playing chess.

Berthier, notably, is stylishly and subtly dressed, instead of acting out in leather and latex as she used to.


Usagi: "I like this way of dealing with my enemies much better than disintegrating them."
Ami: "No one's going to let me interview them for intel, are they?"
Usagi: "Nope."
Ami: "If we keep this up, you're gonna get a visit from the Immigration Bureau." :)
Usagi: "Let 'em!" :)

Koan: "…can you let me take back that move?"
Berthier: "We may be sisters, but there are no take-backs!" /gestures dramatically.
A spare queen falls from her jacket.
Berthier: "…oops."
Koan: "…you were using an extwa piece?!"
Berthier: "It's just a friendly game! Don't be such a stickler!"
Koan: "The Enterpwise is a garbage scow!"
Berthier: "Why, I oughtta—!"
And that's when the fight broke out!

Ami: "Shouldn't we be, you know, stopping them?"
Usagi: "Nah, siblings fight all the time. You want to know what Shingo and I have done to each other? I keep a list in my diary—"
Ami: "That's normal? I'm an only child, remember…"
Usagi: "It's just rasslin'. See? She's giggling."
Berthier: "BECAUSE SHE'S TICKLING ME! Help! Help!"
Koan: :p
 

Cruton

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Re: #71: For Friendship! Ami and Berthier Clash.

The trail leads through a TARDIS which contains Wiseman's crystal ball which contains a bunch of bad guys. But arrayed against them are the terrifying visages of a leggy brunette Sailor armed with a magic stick, Chibi-Usa's creepy inflatable robot, and Chibi-Usa herself and the Plot Device Key.
Never have truer descriptions been given.

Petz: "…Lately, Berthier is so—" /BLACK IS MY DISDAIN. "—eager."
Calaveras: "So what? If she does good, we'll just mosey on in and share the credit."
Rubeus: "And then I'll eliminate all of you and take all the credit for myself. MUAHAHAHAHA! I'm joking, of course, darlings."
"Then they all laughed, because elders turning on their childer is ridiculous and never happens in the Camarilla."

Usagi: "I AM THE TERR—"
Ami: "Does he look like a bitch?!"
Berthier /bleeding. "No!"
Ami: "Then why did you try to fuck him like a bitch, Berthier?"
Berthier: "I didn't!"
Ami: "Yes, you did. Yes, you did, Berthier. You—"
Makoto: "You need some help in here?"
Berthier: "YES!"
YeeesSSsSsSsSsS!

Ami /Nf3
Berthier /Qh6
Ami /d3
Mr. Hex: "Ami has control of the center of the board."
Usagi: "That's good, right?"
Mr. Hex: "If she can hold it. But Berthier is developing her end…"
Berthier /Nh5
Ami /Nh4
Berthier /Qg5
Mr. Hex: "Risky of her. Ami's still strong."
Ami /Nf5
Berthier /c6
Ami /g4
Berthier /Nf6
Ami /Rg1
Berthier /cxb5
Fucking chessplayers....

Usagi: "Uh…"
Berthier /starts laughing.
Berthier /or is that crying?
Berthier: "You see what I mean? In the end, even sisters, related by blood, are strangers to you. Who would give their life to defend a stranger?"
Berthier: "You all look so somber, like statues, come on, laugh, it's funny. I'm laughing. It's okay."
Berthier: "We grew up together, I know how they are, but right up to the end, I still held out a little fucking hope… just a little hope that… I mean, my own sisters would—"
Berthier: "I SAID LAUGH, DAMN IT! Get that fucking pity out of your eyes, all of you!"
Usagi: "We don't think it's funny…"
Somebody's channeling The Killing Joke today.

Koan: "It's okay."
Berthier: "…I…"
Koan: "I love you, Bertie."
Berthier: "…I love you, too, Koan."
Lo, the story arc was redeemed. And it was most excellent.

Usagi: "I like this way of dealing with my enemies much better than disintegrating them."
Ami: "No one's going to let me interview them for intel, are they?"
Usagi: "Nope."
Ami: "If we keep this up, you're gonna get a visit from the Immigration Bureau." :)
Usagi: "Let 'em!" :)
"Just this once, Umino, everybody lives! EVERYBODY LIVES!"
 

Shadowjack

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Re: #71: For Friendship! Ami and Berthier Clash.

Fucking chessplayers....
Like Usagi, I actually had to do research.

The actual game is "The Immortal Game", between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky, played in 1851. Yes, chess people will record actual plays and review them—I discovered there are Java apps that will even replay them for you, step by step, and had to use them to have a hope of following along. The Immortal Game is considered a classic work of art… and, you know what? Why not! I'm a gamer of sorts, too, after all…

Both were top level players, and the game was played as an informal break between rounds of one of the first international tournaments in London. (Because when you're playing master-level chess for keeps, there's nothing more relaxing then another game of chess. :p) Anderssen won by letting Kieseritzky capture piece after major piece… and then nailing Kieseritzky's king with a handful of lesser pieces in clever positions. Kieseritzky was so impressed that he promptly telegraphed the moves of the game to his chess club back in Paris, and later published them in his chess magazine, which in my opinion shows tremendously good sportsmanship.

Ami plays Anderssen, of course, and Berthier plays Kieseritzsky. Historically, Anderssen chose to play black, despite going first, because you could do that back then; in modern games, and this depiction, the first player is always white.

And now you know.





"Just this once, Umino, everybody lives! EVERYBODY LIVES!"
Drat, I may have to use that line in a future rewrite. :D

If creepy gas mask children don't show up first, that is.




Oh, nuts, I forgot, I still owe a cameo. I'll have to get it next time.
 

ANT Pogo

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I love this episode (I love every Ami-centered episode, really). I wanted to rewatch it after reading your recap (especially after the Samuel Ami Jackson bit with Berthier), and dragged out my copies of the ADV Sailor Moon R release...

...only to discover that the disc with that episode is apparently corrupt, and wouldn't play on either my DVD player or in my laptop! :(

To make sure ALL my discs weren't ruined, though, I slotted in the last R disc...and realized that the very last "official" R episode (ep 89) is basically a series recap interspersed with giant S season spoilers! You might wanna skip that one, Shadowjack...
 

Albert

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How's the foot, by the way? :)
Much better, thank you. I've gotten to where I can stand on it for a long time and not feel any special twinge where the hole used to be, so I'm calling it fully healed.

Of course, now I've got to make sure I don't have to pause again, the way I've been chumming the waters this week.

-Albert
 

JohnBiles

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It's a great episode which gets to showcase Ami's strengths and we have actual plot movement.

DOUBLE WIN

Great Recap as always.
 

Shay Guy

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Pretty sure the Sailor Moon movies are basically like the Dragon Ball, Case Closed, One Piece, or Pokemon movies, canon-wise. Or most of the rest of these.

The Moon.
The Moon through thick clouds of smoke.
The Moon through thick clouds of smoke over immense crystal pillars of semi-Euclidian dimensions and cyclopean proportions.
The Moon through thick clouds of smoke over immense crystal pillars on the edge of a stone cliff, as regarded by the Sailor Senshi.
For some reason, this progression makes me think of The B Book. "Big brown bear blue bull beautiful baboon blowing bubbles biking backwards BUMP black bug's banana boxes..."

Ami: "No! I never!"
What, never?

Ami into Sailor Mercury: 15+3
And thus her total count pulls ahead of Usagi's stage 2 count. Until the round of transformations later in the episode.

So did they actually play real chess, or just in your recap? If the former, that's impressive. And thirteen years later, we get Code Geass. Real progress there, anime companies. -_-
 
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