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[IWIW] Walkin' on Sailor Moon (thread 3 of a continuing series)

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Sailor Moon R Episode #50: Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work.

TSUKINO RESIDENCE
Usagi's Mom /violently flips Usagi's mattress into the air and heaves it against the wall.
Usagi /was still on the mattress. "AAAAUUUUUGH!"
Luna /streaks for cover.
Usagi: "It's Saturday! No school!"
Mom: "All the more reason for you to GO OUTSIDE AND ENJOY IT! Get outta here!"
Usagi /curls up on Luna's cat bed instead.
Luna: "Oi. What did I tell you about using my things?" /flexes claws.
Usagi: "Getting dressed and going outside right now."



13th FLOOR
Audrey the Doom Tree: "i am a monument to all your sins"
En: "There, there, dear. Audrey's still hungry, because of those thrice-damned Senshi."
Ali: "If Audrey dies, we die, which is as concise a demonstration of the dangers of ecological monocultures as I can imagine."

They wander out into the hotel room, and Ali slumps back into an easy chair to fret.

En: "Oh, you always get meta at times like this. Think of something cheerful!"
Ali: "All right, then, how about this?" /hands her a handbill.
En: (reads) "'Virtual Reality Theater, now open in the Juban Shopping District!' Oh, darling! We haven't gone to an arcade in ages."
Ali: "Shall we have a real hunt on a virtual hunting ground?"
En: "You're getting meta again."
Ali: :)



GUESS WHO ELSE IS GOING TO BE THERE?
Usagi: (reads) "'Virtual reel lumpin' somethin'-or-other.'"
Luna. "Virtual reality theater. Come on, this is the Nineties, you've never heard of VR?"
Usagi: "I know what it is, I just don't know the kanji. Video games are my metier. I used to have the high score on Gauntlet, and once I got to the third level of Ghosts 'n Goblins. THIS ARCADE TOO SHALL FALL BEFORE ME."
Luna: "You wanna wait for the others? I invited them. Well, except Artemis, he's on thin ice with me right now…"
Usagi: "Land sakes, look at that line! Halfway down the block already. We'd better hold a place now."
Luna: "Looks like a certain animation studio bought tickets for all their employees… I think I recognize some faces."
Usagi: "Hey, speaking of which, whatever happened to that Sailor V movie? Did that still happen in this timeline?"
Luna: "That person has a collector's patch on their jacket, so I guess so."
Usagi: "Awesome. We oughtta rent that when it comes out. Jeez, this line is really long, we haven't reached the end yet. And it's all couples. Oh, now I'm just going to feel jealous and love-lorn all day, let's go do something else."
Luna: "Come on, Usagi, we've got to reawaken that warrior spirit!"
Usagi: "Does that mean this is training?"
Luna: "Yes."
Usagi: "So you're paying, right?"
Luna: "…nonsense! Who ever heard of a cat with a bank account? ACK! Put me down!"
Usagi /holds Luna upside-down and shakes her. "All right, you cat, you. Trying to pretend I don't know about these things. I pay attention more than you think. I bet you actually do know a way to get my true love's memory back, and are holding it back because you think it'll build character, or something."
Luna: "Put me down!"
Usagi: "TALK, damn you, TALK! Pay no attention, folks, the cat owes me money. TALK!"
Luna: "If we weren't in public I'd kick your ass, whelp!"
Usagi: "If I had a boyfriend he'd kick yours!"
Mamoru: "Just because you don't have a boyfriend, doesn't mean you should take it out on your cat."
Usagi /drops Luna. "I DO SO HAVE A BOYFRIEND! And he's a big brainless JERK who can't even remember my proper name!"
Mamoru: "Like attracts like? Excuse me."
Usagi: "URGE TO KILL RISING."
Luna /slinks carefully to one side.
Mamoru /gets into line.
Usagi: "…Aha! So he is a gamer. And he doesn't have a date! Maybe this is my chance." /rolls up sleeves. "Let's do this."
Luna: "…I have got to find a way to direct that energy towards work. Maybe if I awarded a score for each youma, and let her kiss a boy as a prize?"



ENTER THE 'SIBLINGS'
Some Random Jock: "Hey, babe, wanna make it?"
En, as 'Natsumi' /HAMMER FIST
Mamoru: "I say, sir, kindly unhand the young lady!"
Jock /spits out a broken tooth and looks at Mamoru in confusion. "Oh yeah?"
Mamoru: "Yeah."
Jock: "Oh YEAH?"
Mamoru: "…"
Jock /wilts.
{Some Random Jock has left the scene.}

En /embraces Mamoru. "MAMORU-SAMA! In appreciation for rescuing me, I shall—"
Mamoru: "God help me."
Usagi /materializes. "Hey! I wasn't done abusing him. Let go."
En: "No."
Usagi: "ROWR!"
En: "FFT!"
Mamoru: "When did my life become a harem comedy?"
Ali: "Uh, 'Natsumi.' What are you—? Oh, hello, Miss Tsukino!"
Usagi /waves lamely. "Hello."
En /:eek: "Uh… 'Seijuro', dear, this is Mamoru Chiba, who will be accompanying us today."
Mamoru: "Since whe—? OW."
En: :)
Usagi: "Don't think you can leave me out!"
Ali: (sotto voce) "En, dear, is this really the time for playing games?"
En: (sotto voce) "This way we won't attract attention!"
Usagi: "Let go, bitch!"
En: "In hell, whore!"
Ali /shrugs, hands in pockets, decides to enjoy the show. "I'll handle the cover, shall I?"

Doorman: "I'm sorry, folks, but you have to wait in li—"
Ali: "We don't have to wait in line."
Doorman: "You don't have to wait in line."
Ali: "We're VIP customers, and can go in right away."
Doorman: "You're VIP customers, and can go in right away."
Ali /bows. "Ladies, after you."
Luna: "…that was awfully convenient." /shrugs and follows them in.
{Ali, En, Usagi, Mamoru, and Luna have left the scene.}
{Enter Rei, Ami, Minako, and Makoto.}
Rei: "¡Dios mio, look at that line! ¿Where're Usagi and Luna?"



THE FLYING GODZILLA CARS RIDE
I have no idea how this game is supposed to work. Several "cars" on gimbels, equipped with light guns, in front of an IMAX screen. So it's like Star Tours with shooty bits? I dunno. Anyway, among the various NPCs, we se that Shingo and Dad are in one of the cars; Mamoru, Usagi, and En are in another (though Usagi and En aren't paying much attention to the ride); and Ali is kind of sitting off to the side, waiting for En to come back down.

After blasting Mechagodzilla and King Ghidra, Dad recognizes a familiar voice of complaint.

Dad: "…Is that you, Usagi?"
Usagi /peels herself off of Mamoru. "Uh, Dad? Shingo? Hey!"
Shingo: "Oh, shit—"
Usagi /headlocks Shingo, administers big sisterly noogies. "What's the big idea, running off to an arcade without inviting me?"
Dad: "Well, you were asleep…"
Shingo: "And you suck at high-tech games anyway because you're a GIRL!"
Usagi /is so flabbergasted at this foolish statement that she falls out of the car at the next bump.

Usagi falls into Ali's arms.

Ali /blush blush blush blush blush.
En: "HEY!"
Usagi /untangles herself.
Ali: "An accident! You think I'd blush like this if it were on purpose?"
Dad /puts two and two together. "Usagi, I want you to know that I love you, and I trust you."
Usagi: "…"



MEANWHILE, BACK OF THE LINE
Mako: "How long do we need to wait?"
Rei /binoculars. "Uh… about a hundred people, looks like."
Ami: "Should've brought a book. Heh heh."
Rei: "Thanks."
Mina: "Don't worry: All things come to he who wants."
Ami: "'…him who waits.'"
Mako: "Was that supposed to be a joke?"
Mina: "Was what a joke?"
Mako: "That messing up a phrase thing?"
Mina: "Messing up what phrase thing?"
Mako: "Just now, that you just did. 'All things come to him who wants/waits.'"
Mina: "I don't know want your talking about."
Ami /twitch.



MACHO ARMING FOR BATTLE SEQUENCE COUNTER
Shingo into Sneakers Shingo, Laser Tag Warrior: 1

Shingo: "In the name of the moon, I will punish you!"
Usagi: "You say that, even though Sailor Moon's just a GIRL?"
Shingo: "No, she's not. She's a SUPERHERO. Totally different."



THE LASER CAVE MONSTER HUNTER GAME
A giant faux-cave set, with laser show display tanks. Images of monsters (some of whom look rather familiar…) appear periodically in the tanks, and you shoot 'em with your laser tag pistol, and presumably after the game you're rated for kills, time, and accuracy.

The double date wanders off one way; Shingo wants to go another way, of course; Dad doesn't want to spoil the father-son outing, but also feels he should be sort of chaperoning Usagi, here. So the two parties keep crossing paths. En is trying to get the attention of both young men, and Ali keeps looking at his watch.

Mamoru and Ali notice that they're both good shots. SUDDENLY TESTOSTERONE! At an unspoken signal, they dash ahead and start shooting for keeps. MAY THE BEST MAN WIN.

Usagi /whoa! "Oh my."
En: "You said it. Can I pick 'em, or what?"
Usagi: "Okay, let's do this thing." /shoots at the first monster she sees.
Usagi /shoots some more.
Usagi /shoots a lot, full auto, full spread.
First Monster /completely untouched, laughs rudely and disappears.
En: "…You're trying so hard, dear! I admire your effort!"
Usagi: "…Yes, well, these barbaric games simply aren't to my refined tastes, you see."
En: "But winning gives everything meaning. You're so honest to admit defeat from the start."
Usagi: "You wanna laser in the eyes?"

First Monster /suddenly comes back. "BOO!"
Usagi and En: "YIPE!"
Mamoru /blam.
En: "MY HERO!" /glom.
Mamoru /gently, politely, firmly disengages her. "Natsumi. I'm sorry, but you can't win someone's heart by being so pushy."
Usagi: "Mamoru, you da man. I just want to say—"
Another Monster: "BOOGITY-BOOGITY!"
Usagi: "YIPE!" /bolts.
Mamoru: "You silly nut, don't dash off in the dark, you know have no sense of direction! Hell, I'd better go after her before she trips and breaks her neck…" /dashes off heroically.

En: "…Maybe he's right. This is the wrong technique."
En /blasts Another Monster a bolt from her finger. "Love is something you take by force."
Ali /suddenly sees his relationship with En in a different light. And he's not sure he likes it.
En /!
En /hand limply to forehead. "Oh! My body is almost out of energy. I can't go on."
Ali: "Yyyyyyyyyeah. Didn't I say this wasn't fun-time?"
En: "At least pretend to be sympathetic with my pretend weaknesses. Okay, let's do it."
Ali: "Now you're talkin', girl."



PICK A CARD, ANY CARD!
HELL— wait, 'Hell Ant'? Really? Okay… HELL ANT!

Another badly-dressed model with a bizarre hair cut, capable only of saying her own name!



MEANWHILE, MIDDLE OF THE LINE
Rei: "Hey, kid, five bucks if you'll switch places with us."
Kid: "Screw."
Mako: "Guys? I really have to go."
Ami: "Only ten ahead of us, can't you wait?"



SHINGO AND DAD ARE LOST
Hearing shouts and screams, they walk around the corner to find…

…HELL ANT sucking energy from a group of laser-taggers with her head-tentacles, while Ali and En, in space-elf form, look on. En in particular is enjoying everything. The laser-taggers discover the hard way that their zappers have no effect on real monsters.

Shingo: "Wow, it looks so realistic!"
Dad: "Uh… a little too realistic, don't you think?"
Hell Ant /notices them.
Shingo and Dad /look at each other.
Shingo: "Run?"
Dad: "Run."



MEANWHILE, THE DOUBLE DATE HAS SPLIT UP
Usagi: "And now, Mister Miami Vice, I shall prove to you—."
Usagi /ZAP ZAP ZAP ZAP ZAP
Usagi /ZAP
Usagi: "…how much I suck."
Mamoru: "Hey, don't feel too bad. It takes a special talent to miss THAT much."
Usagi /tries to work out if that's a compliment or not.
Mamoru /grabs her hand.
Usagi /!
Mamoru: "Come on! If I'm going to play a game like this, I want the highest score!"

Mamoru dashes forward, Usagi in tow, and single-handedly blasts his way through every monster in their path.

Usagi has a very pleasant flashback to dreams of Tuxedo Mask—and the new Moonlight Knight identity… blasting monsters, flying through clouds… ah, good times.



SUDDENLY, SHINGO!
Usagi: "Will I never be allowed to fantasize? You have interrupted a dream sequence, sir! …Where's Dad?"
Shingo: "Submarine! Explosions! BLUE MEANIES!"
Mamoru /mans up. "I'd better investigate this. You stay here, kid, this could be dangerous."
Shingo: "But he's my Dad! I'm taking you there. You stay here, Usagi, 'cause you're a GIRL."
Usagi: "Just what do you take me for?!"
Usagi: "And just when things were going so— Steady girl. Business first."



MEANWHILE, FRONT OF THE LINE
Rei: "¡Three to go! —Don't you dare cut in line, mister, or I will cut you."
Mako /does a little dance.



HELL ANT RAMPAGE
Ali: "Look, we don't want to kill you. Just lie back and think of England."
Dad /keeps running.
Dad /looks back, trips.
Usagi /just rounded the corner. "Oh, so that's where I get it from."

Suddenly! Enter Mamoru, armed with a laser tag gun.

Mamoru /throws the laser tag gun at the Hell Ant.
Whop!
Hell Ant: "Ow!"
Hell Ant /swings Head Tentacles at Shingo and Mamoru.
Mamoru /daring last-moment save!
Dad /throws a fire extinguisher at the Hell Ant.
Clang!
Hell Ant: "OW!"
Mamoru: "Try spraying it! Maybe that'll do something!"
Dad /picks up another fire extinguisher. "BRING IT, MONSTER!"
FOOOOOooooooosssssshhhhh!
Everyone /cough cough cough.
Hell Ant /is unaffected, and grabs all three guys with her tentacles.
Dad: "ACK!"
Mamoru: "Help!"
Shingo: "MOMMY!"



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 42
Usagi into Princess Serenity: 1
Usagi into Disguise Form: 8
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 12
Rei into Sailor Mars: 11
Makoto into Sailor Jupiter: 5
Minako into Sailor Venus: 5
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 2



GRRRRRRR
En: "Hell Ant, go easy on that one."
Hell Ant /releases Mamoru.
Mamoru /staggers to his feet and cocks his fists.
En: "Oh, please don't fight, dear. Just take it like a good boy."
Mamoru /kung fu dodge!

Usagi /bursts in, dramatically! "I AM—"
Ali: "Cool. It's Sailor Moon."
Usagi: "No! I'm not cool! I'm very very ANGRY! You're hurting all three of the guys I really care about, and you're going DOWN! I am the terror that—"
En: "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Hell Ant, CRUSH HER!"
Hell Ant: "Grrr! Arrgh!"
Usagi: "Eat hot tiara—"
Usagi /hesitates.
Usagi /scrolls back to the episode title.
Usagi: (reads) "'Usagi's Crisis. The Tiara Doesn't Work.'"
Usagi: "Hrrm."
Mamoru: "Look, I don't know who the heck you are, but if you're gonna fight—"
Usagi: "You're right, sorry! Eat hot tiara action, monster!"
<< Usagi : Cast > Moon1 : Hell Ant >>
< …plink. >

The Moon Tiara clatters to the ground, useless.

Usagi: "Well… well… pus."
<< Hell Ant uses Head Tentacles! >>
< Usagi goes flying! >
< Mamoru goes flying! >
Mamoru: "Ow. Did you have a backup plan?"
Usagi: "No! But, you know, we could use a little Moonlight Knight action about now, don't you think, bud?"



SUDDENLY!
Enter the Moonlight Knight, dramatically, armed with +3 blessed throwing roses!

Moonlight Knight: "Even in this uncertain world, a beautiful flower of love blooms."
Usagi /stares at the Moonlight Knight.
Usagi /stares at Mamoru.
Usagi /stares at the Moonlight Knight.
Usagi /what is this i don't even
Ali: "Who are you?"
Moonlight Knight: "I am the gusty white wind that paints the darkness."
Mamoru: "Wonderful."
Moonlight Knight: "I respect your courage, but this is not an opponent normal humans can defeat. Please stand back."
Mamoru: "All yours, chum."
Hell Ant: "NYARRGH!"
Moonlight Knight: "A brave man does not start a fight, but—"
Mamoru and Usagi: "HIT HER! WITH THE SWORD! THAT'S IT'S FOR, YOU TWIT!"
Hell Ant /attacks!
Moonlight Knight /iaijutsu!

Dramatic pause.

Moonlight Knight /sheathes blade. "—if provoked, he will finish the fight."
Usagi /points. "Uh, it didn't fall over, hon."
Moonlight Knight /?
Hell Ant /grabs Moonlight Knight and proceeds to beat the snot out of him.
Usagi: "'Like attracts like,' you said."
Mamoru: "What?"
Usagi: "Forget it."



REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVE!
<< Ami : Cast > Bubble1 : All Foes >>
< Hell Ant is confused! >
<< Rei : Cast > Fire2 : Hell Ant >>
< Hell Ant is hurt! >
< …and is also on fire! >
< Moonlight Knight is freed! >
Rei, Ami, Mina, and Mako /immediately move to protect Sailor Moon.
Mamoru: "Hey, what about me? And the kid and his dad?"
Mako /utter BADASS. "Priorities, bub."

Usagi /breaks down and cries. "Everyone… I…"
Rei /¿?
Usagi: "… I… I… MY TIAWA BWOKE!"
Usagi /BAAAAAAAWWWWWLLLL WAAAAHHH
Ami: "Er… there, there?" /pats on back.
Usagi /sobs into Ami's shoulder. "Mercury, fix it!"
Ami: "Um…"
Luna: "It can't be broken! I mean, it's not supposed to break…"
Usagi: "Well it's not working any more, so what do you call that? No wand, no tiara, how am I suppose to be any use to anyone without any attack spells?"
Ami: "…"
Mina: "Moon…" /gently places the inactive tiara in Usagi's hand. "Don't worry about it."
Mina: "WE shall oppose the foe this day, in your name."
En /somewhere back in the fog. "Any time now!"

Ali: "Maybe they left?"
En: "No, I heard voices in the fog. They're still—"
<< Makoto : Cast > Thunder2 : Hell Ant >>
< Hell Ant is hurt! >
< Hell Ant is stunned! >
<< Minako : Cast > Crescent : Hell Ant >>
< Hell Ant is eliminated! >
Hell Ant: "CLEANSING!"
En: "…"
Ali: "…Oh, yeah? Well—you'll get yours!"
En: "And your little cat, too!"
{Ali and En have left the scene.}



AFTERMATH
Moonlight Knight: "Excellent work, Sailor Warriors! Even when fighting, the brilliance of your friendship shines beautifully! Adieu." /salutes.

Exit Moonlight Knight, with swirl of cape.

Mina: "So, that's the Moonlight Knight."
Usagi: "…er."
Mina: "Wordy, isn't he?"
Usagi: "Yeah. I think I've lost my crush. Damn."
Mamoru: "If you don't mind my asking, who are you people?"
Mako: "Oh, for goodness sake, don't you watch the news?"
Mamoru /blank stare.
Ami: "No, remember? Timeline shift. We're obscure again."
Mako: "I hate temporal mechanics."
Rei: "¿Don't you play video games?" /points at Minako.
Mina /strikes the pose from the Sailor V box art.
Rei /eh? eh? right?
Mamoru /blank stare.
Rei: "¿We knew how to pick 'em, didn't we, Moon?"
Usagi: "One good side: I finally get to be on the other side of this."
Mamoru: "Other side of what?"

Suddenly! A crowd of people runs up. Cops, paramedics, etc. Mamoru glances their way, and when he looks back…

…the Senshi are gone.

Mamoru: "Where'd they go?"



DENOUEMENT: TSUKINO RESIDENCE
Mom /cleans and bandages the injuries of Dad and Shingo, using stinging antiseptic and tight vicious YANKS on the bandages. "THAT'S what you get from leaving me at home and running off to have fun."
Shingo: "Would you really want to have come? There were monsters! OW!"
Dad: "Somehow, I don't believe the official explanation of a 'computer malfunction.'"
Shingo: "Gee, ya think?"

Usagi: "Mamoru, the broken Tiara, the Moonlight Knight… I am so confused."
Luna: "Life is confusion, with a few brief moments of mistaken clarity."
Usagi: "You're a big help."
Luna /cuddles. "I try."
Usagi /cuddles back. "I know."
 

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Re: Sailor Moon R Episode #50: Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work.

Moonlight Knight really *isn't* good at this, is he? :) Also? He's not Mamoru, so that's nice.


And the other Senshi really get the kills in. Minako this time.
 

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Re: Sailor Moon R Episode #50: Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work.

When I saw the new post I had the sudden urge to post a new thread: "Today's IWIW Sailor Moon!". I think I've been awake for too long :p
 

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Usagi /holds Luna upside-down and shakes her. "All right, you cat, you. Trying to pretend I don't know about these things. I pay attention more than you think. I bet you actually do know a way to get my true love's memory back, and are holding it back because you think it'll build character, or something."
And she's right!

Usagi: "ROWR!"
En: "FFT!"
Mamoru: "When did my life become a harem comedy?"
Ali: "Uh, 'Natsumi.' What are you—? Oh, hello, Miss Tsukino!"
The illustration they use for that scene describes this arc so perfectly:




Dad /puts two and two together. "Usagi, I want you to know that I love you, and I trust you."
Usagi: "…"
For some reason, I thought he was more protective than that. Maybe that's from later in the series.

Ali: "Look, we don't want to kill you. Just lie back and think of England."
And he isn't even lying. The villains in the show so far don't seem to like inflicting irreversible damage on bystanders/their targets as long as it isn't necessary. Well, with the exception of Beryl/Metallia maybe, but they weren't really around long enough to see what they would do.

Usagi: "Well it's not working any more, so what do you call that? No wand, no tiara, how am I suppose to be any use to anyone without any attack spells?"
Ami: "…"
Nice one.

Mom /cleans and bandages the injuries of Dad and Shingo, using stinging antiseptic and tight vicious YANKS on the bandages. "THAT'S what you get from leaving me at home and running off to have fun."
And that's a real quote from the show, too!
 

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Moonlight Knight: "Even in this uncertain world, a beautiful flower of love blooms."
Usagi /stares at the Moonlight Knight.
Usagi /stares at Mamoru.
Usagi /stares at the Moonlight Knight.
Usagi /what is this i don't even
Naru: Er... wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey...?
 

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Re: Sailor Moon R Episode #50: Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work.

Fuck yeah ! A new episode !

And it's nice the writers remembered Usagi has a family. In these days of rapidly shrinking supporting cast, they're still safe for a while.

Usagi: (reads) "'Virtual reel lumpin' somethin'-or-other.'"
Luna. "Virtual reality theater. Come on, this is the Nineties, you've never heard of VR?"
Usagi: "I know what it is, I just don't know the kanji.
It's actually written in Gratuitous English, but whatever.

Usagi sure plays a lot of videogames, but she really isn't very good at it, is she ?

Usagi: "Hey, speaking of which, whatever happened to that Sailor V movie? Did that still happen in this timeline?"
Luna: "That person has a collector's patch on their jacket, so I guess so."
The History Monks have been hard at work, but the seams really are showing if you know where to look at. The Sailor V franchise is the most blatant example.

Mamoru: "When did my life become a harem comedy?"
That's what I love about the Doomtree Arc. It's silly, but a lot of fun. The characters are very relatable, too (you've absolutely nailed Mamoru's discomfort).

Mina: "Don't worry: All things come to he who wants."
Ami: "'…him who waits.'"
Mako: "Was that supposed to be a joke?"
Mina: "Was what a joke?"
Oh, poor Minako. When your most memorable (and pretty much only) line in the episode is a comedy routine that still isn't gelling...
And I fear it'll still be a while before the writers find out what to do with her.

Ali /suddenly sees his relationship with En in a different light. And he's not sure he likes it.
I'm pretty sure he's mostly pissed that En is still talking about Mamoru. Apart from that, he seems to share her love philosophy.

But then, the message of this arc is pretty blatant : Ali & En are trying to take everything by force (be it energy or love). This is wrong, and thus they're the baddies.

They might have an excuse for the whole energy thing, but applying the same outlook for everything else (with love as an obvious example) is clearly wrong.

Mamoru /throws the laser tag gun at the Hell Ant.
Well, that's the most efficient use of the bulking thing, in these circumstances.

Usagi /scrolls back to the episode title.
Usagi: (reads) "'Usagi's Crisis. The Tiara Doesn't Work.'"
Interestingly, this isn't that spoilery a title. Her powers have been a bit on the fritz for a while, and she hasn't defeated a Cardian personally apart from the first one. It's the culmination of a long-running subplot, so fair enough.

Moreover, the big surprise this episode is the complication about the Moonlight Knight, and that was kept quiet.

Now, next episode... Cover your eyes and ears (it's in Engrish).

Moonlight Knight: "Even in this uncertain world, a beautiful flower of love blooms."
Usagi /stares at the Moonlight Knight.
Usagi /stares at Mamoru.
Usagi /stares at the Moonlight Knight.
Usagi /what is this i don't even
Okay, this is the big shocker, showing clearly Mamoru in the same room as the Moonlight Knight. Uh oh.

While this is a perfectly reasonable twist at this point of the story, the logic problems start accumulating. If the Moonlight Knight isn't Mamoru, well, why should we care ? Who is he ? No suitable character has been introduced yet, and giving him the same voice-actor as Mamoru is a bit of a cheat.

Also, the Moonlight Knight being an incompetent dork can be quiet charming if he's a memoryless Mamoru. But a completely different guy ? Why is he hogging screentime, again ? Thank gods the other sailor soldiers are around to pick the slack...

And if the Moonlight Knight is Mamoru after all... Well, there better be a good explanation for this nonsense.


Don't get me wrong, this was a great episode. But it showcases everything that's wrong with the concept of the Moonlight Knight.
 

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Re: Sailor Moon R Episode #50: Usagi's Crisis! The Tiara Doesn't Work.

Oh, poor Minako. When your most memorable (and pretty much only) line in the episode is a comedy routine that still isn't gelling...
And I fear it'll still be a while before the writers find out what to do with her.
Well, it is the first clue to the direction they take with her. Malapropisms and misquoted aphorisms (and Ami's subsequent constant corrections) kind of become her trademark .
 
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