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[IWIW] Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon Thread 13: The Magic Horse Ate Our Fancy Title

Hilarion

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I'd recommend getting rid of that post, Mitsukura.

Looking forward to the next string of eps. Some decent ones in there. (Plus one that is not so good, but whatever)
 

Mitsukara

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Hmm? Did I leave too much out of the spoiler blocks or something? I guess I could edit it some more, but I don't see a good reason to like, delete it? I explicitly recommended watching the show before viewing the contents of the spoiler blocks...
 

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Sailor Moon Super S #151 - True Power Explodes! Ami's Song of the Heart.

Index of what has gone before, hosted by Shay Guy: http://www.shayguy.com/shadowjack.html



Presenting Once Again: The Showrunners' Pet

We see Ami, swept away in a transport of delight 'neath falling ginkgo leaves. Accompanied by soft piano music, it's a beautiful sight to see. Ami sighs in happiness.

The camera pulls back a little and we see that Ami is in fact listening to music on headphones. She's at a picnic table, plugged into her notebook computer. A student laptop in 1995, just to remind you that Ami's family is loaded. Real "high-tech" stuff, too: probably a 486 chip, 640x480 display, Windows 3.1 (Ami's the cautious type, no early-adopter), and check out that audio adapter she's using…

Er, ahem! Sorry about. Let's stay on topic.

Typically, Ami is doing her actual note-taking on paper.


Interrupting Chibi-Usa:
"WHAT'CHA DOIN'?"

Ami:
/instinctively covers notebook and computer display.
"When did you get here?!"

Rei:
"Like, several minutes ago. We've been waiting to see how long you'd notice."

Ami:
/dies of embarrassment.

Mina:
/surreptitiously leans over Ami's shoulder…

Artemis:
"Yes, well, anyway, not that we're all here—both physically and mentally—shall we begin the team meeting? My friends, it appears we must rise to face a new cha—"

Usagi:
/snags notebook from Ami.
"Whatcha writin'?"

Rei:
"¡Lemme see!"

Ami:
/dies of embarrassment again.

Artemis:
/facepaw.

Makoto wins the ensuing keepaway contest by virtue of superior height, and eagerly reads Ami's notebook:

Makoto:
"…LOVE POETRY!" :D

Ami:
/dies of embarrassment for the third time.
/uses a continue.

Usagi:
"Who's the lucky guy?!"

Mina:
"Or girl?!"

Ami:
"IT'S NOT LIKE THAT!"
/Miss Exposition: "So I've been listening to this keen MOD file I FTP'd from a BBS—"

Usagi:
"Whoa, whoa, whoa, slow down with all that technical talk. You what on the which from the who?"

Ami:
"I used my computer to listen to music from the internet."

Mina:
"Hey, what did she just say about them fancy words? Talk normal, Ami!"

Ami:
"…uh…?"

Artemis:
(frustrated)
"Nice girl use magic box, play song, make happy."

Mina:
"Why didn't you say so?"

Ami:
/takes deep breath and moves on.
"—and I've been writing down the images the music brings to my mind, trying to work out lyrics."

Rei:
"¡I didn't know you could do poetry!"

Ami:
"Aw, it's nothing, really. Just default skill use."

Mina:
"Which with your Intelligence attribute still works out to a skill rating of 13 or so."

Rei:
"These rules are broken."

Mina:
"So who wrote the music? They got a Bandcamp page?"

Ami:
"All I know about the musician is that they sign their posts 'N.T.', and I don't want to find out anything more."

Makoto:
(dreamily)
"Yeah, it's much more fun to fantasize. Probably some really handsome guy—"

Luna:
"Why 'probably'? They could be a woman. Hell, they might not even be human. Artemis has six e-mail accounts."

Artemis:
"Seven."

Chibi-Usa:
"Don't be silly, Mako, that's not why Ami wants to never meet them. She means that if she ever finds out who wrote it, they'll probably turn out to be the victim of the week."

Makoto:
"…Oh, right."

Usagi:
"Are we learning the wrong lessons about friendship from this show?"



Meanwhile: Under the Big Top

VesVes:
/holding the photo of the new victim of the week.
"Why ME?!"

Zircon:
"Because you were trying to catch my poor flying eyeball and put him in a sandwich when you were supposed to be doing your chores!"

VesVes:
"Nuh-uh! I was only! It was PallaPalla!"

PallaPalla:
"It was, actually. I wanted to hug him and squeeze him and—"

JunJun:
/raises hand.
"Uh, Granny? Is this photo, like, supposed to be a blurry, grainy blob, or what? Because there's no way to tell what the victim looks like when it's like this."

Zirconia:
"NO EXCUSES!"



And So: The Tiki Lounge

VesVes:
"This is SO unfair! How are we supposed to solve this one?!"

PallaPalla:
/inserts photo into her magic blue sphere.
/does magic sphere computation stuff.

CereCere:
"…What are you doing?"

PallaPalla:
"Magic."

JunJun:
"Neat."

The blue orb whirrs, clicks, and then suddenly starts playing the piano tune Ami's been listening to.

PallaPalla:
"The victim is a musician!"

VesVes:
"…Which musician?"

PallaPalla:
"Whichever one wrote this song, duh!"

VesVes:
"…Thanks."



That Evening: Ami Receives Some Character Background
Ami is drafting and revising and generally being our usual fretful Ami about the e-mail she's sending to N.T., in a desperate attempt to escape the writer's block she's having with the song lyrics. Then registered mail arrives at her door.

As we know, Ami lives with her workaholic doctor mother and seems to be a chip off the old maternal block. Her father has not been discussed, save that we assume, at some point, there was one. Now we learn that Papa is alive, an artist, and travels a lot. Being terrible with words, he instead regularly mails this daughter of his detailed landscape sketches of the places he travels to. Today's delivery is high mountains above a wide lake.

Ami regards Papa's "letter" with a smile… and it brings her a bit of inspiration. Ami thinks of herself as so many others do—as an analytical type—and the poetry project has begun to intimidate her. But if the blood of such a skillful artist runs in her veins, there should be no obstacle, right? She bends herself to her task with a new will.




The Next Day: Crown Parlor
Ami presents her work to her friends. Everyone passes the notebook around, humming to the music.

Ami:
"It's just a draft. It still needs some work. I've never done this before so…"

Makoto:
"This is brilliant, Ami."

Ami:
"I was up all night at it."

Usagi:
"You seem awfully chipper for someone who just pulled an all-nighter."

Ami:
"Oh, missing an hour of sleep isn't that big a deal. I'll just sleep two hours tonight."

Usagi:
"…You only sleep an hour a night?"

Ami:
"There's a mental trick to it, but it's really not that hard once you get the hang of it. I learned it from a book."

Makoto:
"She's joshing you, Usagi. I've never seen someone with such a high tolerance for coffee and energy drinks."

Ami:
/vibrates in place.
"There's never enough time to study properly. Never enough time."
"Never. Enough. Time."

Makoto:
"Okay, I think you need to take a nap now."
"Mina, any ideas? Should I drone on about my old sempai for an hour or something?"

Mina:
"I, uh…"

At that moment, Rei and Usagi both try to grab the notebook at the same time, which provokes the usual catfight.

Mina:
"…perfect timing!"
(low, soothing voice)
"Ami, watch the fight. Listen to the argument. Just like all their other arguments. Always the—"

Ami:
"Actually, their tongues get a little closer each time."

Makoto:
"…I think she's right. What's the romantic rating floating above their heads, Mina?"

Mina:
"Sorry, tsundere screws up the reading. I can't even be certain about the troll quadrant without further data."

Ami:
"If we made detailed observations of their tongue courses over time, I could calculate the moment they will eventually intersect. It wouldn't be hard at all. I'd just need to stay up a few more hours—"

Makoto:
"Waiter, can I get some decaf over here for my friend? Maybe some warm milk?"

Diana:
(suddenly!)
"Everyone, come see what I found! An amazing discovery!"



Target Spotted!
They all follow Diana down the block to a restaurant with live music. Today the performer is an attractive young man, playing piano—and it's THAT SONG.

Everyone:
/is about to shout "dammit, Diana!"
/…but she's just a kitten.

Mina:
"…That poor, poor, son of a bitch."

Makoto:
/Desperate Ray of Sunshine Maneuver: "Hey, at least he's cute, right? You might have a chance, Ami! Assuming he lives past today!"

Rei:
"¿What are you staring at, Usagi? ¿Is it food? You're fogging up the restaurant's window."

Usagi:
"No, there's a girl sitting in the corner over there with a Dr. Seuss-ian hairstyle. I was trying to figure out if she's one of the ones we saw the other day."

Rei:
"Enh, it's probably just a coincidence, some new fad fashion or whatever. Surely nothing we need to pay attention to."

Usagi:
"Especially not when we have a chance to shove Ami into a relationship!"

Ami:
"…bwuh?"



Closing Time
The musician fellow has finished up, so he gets his coat and steps out the side door… and finds a gaggle of teenage girls lurking in wait. After much shushing and emphatic whispering and shoving, they convince the blue-haired one to step forward.

Ami:
"Uh… um… uh… I heard that song you played online, and it's wonderful, I was really touched. Uh, I've sort of even been trying to come up with lyrics for—"

The Musician Fellow:
"ZOMG you're TehR341SailorMercury?!"
/enthusiastically shakes hands.
"This is great! Yes, I'm N.T. That's for Nishino Toshiyuki, see. Always wondered what you were like offline. Wow! Hello! And of course these are your crazy friends."

Rei:
"¡¿Just what have you been telling strangers about us?!"

N.T.:
"Aha, she must be R!"

Ami:
"Got it in one."

Rei:
/splutters.

N.T.:
"But, hey, let's not just stand around here. Come along and see my workplace!"



The Workplace
Nishino Music Classroom, a small studio around a few corners. They come in just as a little girl is heading home after her piano lesson.

N.T.::
"Meet Kyoko, my partner in composition! Honey, this is TehR341SailorMercury—Ami in real-life."

Kyoko:
"Why, hello!"

While the three responsible humans meet-and-greet, the others:

Rei:
"¿See? A wife. You two can shut up now."

Mina:
"Are you sure they're married? They look more like brother and sister to me."
"Besides, they could be a poly couple looking for a unicorn!"

Usagi:
"You've been waiting all season for an opportunity to use that riff, haven't you?"

Mako:
/muzzles Mina.

Back to the responsible conversation:

N.T.:
"I admit we're not making much money—lessons and a few gigs just about keep the lights on. But we have a dream to become established composers, so we can work around the word."

Kyoko:
"We may be aiming high, but bit by bit, day by day, we keep pushing at it."

N.T.:
"What's your dream, Ami?"

Ami:
"…"

Usagi:
"Oh, she's gonna be a doctor! She's good at it, too, practically half-way there already."

Ami:
/suddenly bursts into tears and runs out the door.

Everyone:
…?!

Usagi:
"…Uh… sorry about that. She has the worst case of imposter syndrome I've ever seen. We'll be back in a minute."

EXEUNT Sailors, following Ami.



DUN DUN DUN!
The Nishinos turn around in surprise and see VesVes playing—badly—evil music on their piano.

VesVes:
"Let's play!"



What's Your Problem, Ami?
Hiding in the alley…

Ami:
"Arrrgh! I'm such a fraud! They're working so hard at such a noble goal, and I just threw together some lyrics on the spur of the moment, I'm just dragging them down, I'm useless!"

Diana:
"Lady Ami! Lady Ami! Come quick! Monsters! Monsters!"



VesVes Has Been Busy

N.T.:
/gurgle

Kyoko:
/twitch

VesVes:
"Awwwwww, mannnnnn. Another pink mirror. I knew that blurry photo was no good."

ENTER the Sailors (sans Ami), dramatically! They go through the whole bit.

VesVes:
(unimpressed)
"Aren't you a little old to be posing like kiddy-show heroes?"

Sailor Moon:
/mouth flaps indignantly

VesVes:
"Heehee! You look like a frog!"
"…Hey, that's a great idea!"
/grabs Pokéball.



Monster of the Week!
Lemures KeroKero Musume, the dream-eating frog! It appears to be a very kawaii purple tadpole, with an ickle red bow on its ickle widdle head.

The Sailors:
"Awwwwwww kawaiiiiiiiii desu!"

The kawaii eyes are decoys, like on a butterfly's wings. It's 'mouth' opens to reveal more eyes and fangs. Hissing and drooling venom, it lunges through the air toward our heroes.

Sailor Moon:
"EEK!"
/slap

Sailor Moon slaps the tiny beast away with ease. It bounces into the open piano to hide.

VesVes:
"HEY! Don't make me use this whip."

KeroKero:
"Sorry, boss! You know I can't power up while people are watching me!"

KeroKero crawls out of the piano, having assumed her humanoid FINAL FORM. She now appears to be golden-skinned toad-person with green bangs and a babydoll Pyonkichi T-shirt.

Before she can do anything, Ami storms into the room, furious.


Ami:
"Stop this nonsense at once!"

VesVes:
"Ugh! You sound like someone's MOM!"
"I hate moms! Take THIS!"



After Some Special Effects
The Sailors and Ami wake up in swirly computer space.


<SMoon> What happened?

VesVes {moderator} has connected to session.

{VesVes} GREETINGS PROGRAMS! YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE SO MAKE YOUR TIME!
<SMars> Aren't you a little young to be making those kind of references?
{VesVes} ur in a computer lol
{VesVes} yeah i can do that im awesome lol
{VesVes} dud shut up k i can kill you with my hax
^()@*$)(*)($*@#!($*)@#(*$)(!*$)(*!$)(*!@)$*!@)($*!@)*$)(!@*$
<SMars> ow ow ow
<SMoon> eeeeeeeee
<SVenus> Mars shut up before she uses rm!
<SJupiter> asghasgfhagjda
{VesVes} say im awesome
<SVenus> wat no
{VesVes} sudo say im awesome
<SVenus> oh shit the kid knows unix
<SVenus> You are awesome oh high and mighty programmer please do not destroy us
{VesVes} mayyyyyyybe >: p
{VesVes} go ahead n watch thru the moniter while i kill these doods
{VesVes} n burn everyging
{VesVes} everyfing<---- lol
{VesVes} actly kerokero will kill them but ill watch lol
{VesVes} btw u suk

VesVes has disconnected.

<SJupiter> punches the monitor HARD.
<SJupiter> agsdhs
<SVenus> It didn't work? Crap. So much for your powers.
<SJupiter> i have a great idea!
<SVenus> Jupiter, lightning bolts fry computers */and everything inside them./*
<SJupiter> i had a terrible idea!
<SMars> I guess emotes don't actually DO anything. What's the command for punching the monitor from this side?
<SMars> Also, how do I make a proper opening question mark?
<SVenus> Uh, alt-shift-?, ask Ami if you want the Unicode
<SMoon> Yeah, where is Ami? She can probably hack the computer from inside.
<SMars> How did you say "?" Huh, that's weird.
<SVenus> ! # » Ω ~ this is kind of fun wwwwwww
<μMoon> i think i saw her hiding over there in that video file




Ami's Rich Inner Life
Ami floats naked in liquid dreams and doubts.

Ami:
"Who are you?"

Sailor Mercury:
"I'm you."

Ami:
"Then who am I?"

Sailor Mercury:
"You're also you."

Ami:
"…Am I being eaten by an Angel right now?"

Sailor Mercury:
"Close! You're being eaten by your own self-doubt."
"Which, seriously, you need to stop this."

Ami:
"I know! But I can't help it! You know what it's like!"
"You're going to tell me to follow my heart, like it's easy."

Sailor Mercury:
"It is easy, down here in our subconscious, where we can't get away from each other. Listen: just focus on this. What do you want to do? What do you want to be? What feels right? What brings the good in your life? "

Ami:
"I want to be—"

Sailor Mercury:
"Nope. We both know that one's not true."
"Really. Deep down. Embrace the truth. What do you love to do?"

Ami:
"I want to be…"
"I want…"
"I…"
"…I want to…"

Sailor Mercury:
"Say it!"

Ami:
"I WANT TO CRUSH THE NECKS OF MY ENEMIES BENEATH MY GODDAMN PRINCESS BOOTS."



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
  • Usagi into:
    • Sailor Moon: 43
    • Second Stage Sailor Moon: 30
    • Cosmic Class Sailor Moon: 22
    • Cosmic Class Sailor Moon (double trouble remix): 18
    • Crisis Mode Sailor Moon: 13+1
    • Princess Serenity: 1
    • Disguise: 10
  • Ami into:
    • Sailor Mercury: 15
    • Second Stage Sailor Mercury: 21
    • Brony Mercury: 1
    • God Tier Sailor Mercury: 1
  • Rei into:
    • Sailor Mars: 13
    • Second Stage Sailor Mars: 19
    • Brony Mars: 1
  • Makoto into:
    • Sailor Jupiter: 8
    • Second Stage Sailor Jupiter: 20
    • Brony Jupiter: 1
  • Minako into:
    • Sailor Venus: 7
    • Second Stage Sailor Venus: 24
    • Brony Venus: 1
  • Haruka into:
    • Sailor Uranus: 10
  • Michiru into:
    • Sailor Neptune: 10
  • Setsuna into:
    • Sailor Pluto: 4
  • Mamoru into:
    • Tuxedo Mask: 2
    • Second Stage Tuxedo Mask: 1
  • Chibi-Usa into:
    • Sailor Chibi-Moon: 9
    • Sailor Chibi-Moon (double trouble remix): 18
  • Luna-P into something-or-other: 10



Out in the Real World, A Distant Rumbling Is Heard

KeroKero has revealed that, like the snake-thing last time, her human head is some sort of decoy, and the monster's actual face is the frog on its "T-shirt", with a mouth wide enough to gulp down N.T.'s soul mirror.

VesVes is kind of half watching, half dinking about with the computer. Suddenly, the computer shakes, quakes, shudders, rumbles, and sparks.

VesVes has no idea what is going on, but is not an idiot. She immediately dives to the far side of the room and takes hard cover.

The temperature in the room dives several degrees; electrical discharges flicker in the super-cooled air; the computer begins emitting glacier-fresh musical jams and sparkling blue beams of light. And then Sailor Mercury stage dives through the monitor, back into the real-world!

Behold! She is now GOD TIER SAILOR MERCURY! In one hand she wields AQUA RHAPSODY, a harp composed of shimmering ice water held in shape by the power of mathematics and strung with solidified quicksilver. In the other hand she wields her wand, which has become bigger, stronger, pinker, and hefty like a mace. Mercury plays a SWEET LICK that totally frosts VesVes's biscuits, then strikes an ICY COOL POSE.

The other Sailors are there too.


VesVes:
"IMPOSSIBLE!"
"…well, okay, clearly it is, but I always wanted to say that."

Sailor Mercury:
"Playtime is over!"

VesVes:
"Obviously!"
/runs away very very fast.

Sailor Venus:
"Mercury, shoot her now! Shoot her n—"
"JEEZ!"

Sailor Mercury:
"…oops. Sorry."

Sailor Moon:
/was killing the monster in the background.
"Good job anyway, Mercury."


Aftermath

Sailor Chibi-Moon:
"So now you play music, and people die? That's metal as heck!"

Sailor Mercury:
"I guess so!"

Sailor Jupiter:
"Freebird!"

Sailor Mercury:
"No."

Sailor Mars:
"Stairway to—"

Sailor Mercury:
"NO."

Sailor Venus:
"C'mon, guys, METAL. Soittakaa Paranoid!"

Sailor Mercury:
/sighs



Denouement

N.T. and Kyoko:
"Hey! These lyrics are pretty good! You must've really liked our music."

Usagi:
"Is there anything you can't do well, Ami?"

Ami:
/ice cold eyes sparking crystal blue
"I HAVE SLIPPED THE BONDS OF MY MORTAL LIMITATIONS AND AM NOW CONSTRAINED ONLY BY MY OWN WILL."
 

Davies

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Re: Sailor Moon Super S #151 - True Power Explodes! Ami's Song of the Heart.

Ami:
/ice cold eyes sparking crystal blue
"I HAVE SLIPPED THE BONDS OF MY MORTAL LIMITATIONS AND AM NOW CONSTRAINED ONLY BY MY OWN WILL."
... ohhhkayyyy then.
 

ThePhantom

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Re: Sailor Moon Super S #151 - True Power Explodes! Ami's Song of the Heart.

Funny isn't it, that there's no actual sign that Pegasus gave the Inners a power-up. That looked more like Ami did that on her own, which is much more satisfying for the viewers

And I like your take on Palla-Palla.
 

shinr

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Re: Sailor Moon Super S #151 - True Power Explodes! Ami's Song of the Heart.

Nice!

This update is oddly imageless, though.
 

Kelly Pedersen

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Re: Sailor Moon Super S #151 - True Power Explodes! Ami's Song of the Heart.

I have missed Starkly Badass Ami Mizuno And Her Goddammed Princess Wand, I must admit. Thanks for once again producing another hilarious recap (or at least, a recap of the alternate reality you've created), Shadowjack!
 

Shadowjack

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Re: Sailor Moon Super S #151 - True Power Explodes! Ami's Song of the Heart.

Nice!

This update is oddly imageless, though.
Yeah, I took so long getting around to the write-up, I looked at the handful of screenshots I'd bothered to take and went, "Meh, none of those is that interesting," and focused just on finishing. (Yes: Ironic that I had writer's block on the episode involving writer's block.)
 

Warclam

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Re: Sailor Moon Super S #151 - True Power Explodes! Ami's Song of the Heart.

Ami:
"I WANT TO CRUSH THE NECKS OF MY ENEMIES BENEATH MY GODDAMN PRINCESS BOOTS."

Ami:
/ice cold eyes sparking crystal blue
"I HAVE SLIPPED THE BONDS OF MY MORTAL LIMITATIONS AND AM NOW CONSTRAINED ONLY BY MY OWN WILL."
MINIONS, SERVANTS, SOLDIERS OF THE COLD DARK! OBEY THE CALL… OF SAILOR MERCURY!
 
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