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[LTTP] [WIW] Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (The live-action series)

ThePhantom

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Looks like Kunizite managed to succeed with Mercury where he failed with Moon. This is going to have so much drama!
 

Erik Sieurin

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When I watched this first time years ago, there was a period when my boyfriend and I watched this in the morning and Buffy in the evening. And IIRC, there wasnt too much time between Dark Willow and Dark Mercury...
 

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I haven't been commenting as of late, but I'm still reading.

I have to say I've always been impressed by how the series gradually showed the Sailor Team falling apart, with Rei pursuing Minako, Usagi being embroiled in her relationship drama with Mamoru, Makoto meddling in that drama, and Ami left alone at the base. Ami taking all this while putting up a brave face was already heart-wrenching before Kunzite zeroed in on the most emotionally vulnerable member of the cast.

This is one of the finest examples of how the writing team's soap opera approach, with this subplot quietly simmering in the background for more than half a dozen episodes, can pay off big time.
 

Nerik the Red

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Looks like Kunizite managed to succeed with Mercury where he failed with Moon. This is going to have so much drama!
Looks like he's gone for something a bit more sophisticated than simple lycanthropy this time...
...but, as you said, Drama!
When I watched this first time years ago, there was a period when my boyfriend and I watched this in the morning and Buffy in the evening. And IIRC, there wasnt too much time between Dark Willow and Dark Mercury...
Dark Magical Girls FTW :)
I haven't been commenting as of late, but I'm still reading.

I have to say I've always been impressed by how the series gradually showed the Sailor Team falling apart, with Rei pursuing Minako, Usagi being embroiled in her relationship drama with Mamoru, Makoto meddling in that drama, and Ami left alone at the base. Ami taking all this while putting up a brave face was already heart-wrenching before Kunzite zeroed in on the most emotionally vulnerable member of the cast.

This is one of the finest examples of how the writing team's soap opera approach, with this subplot quietly simmering in the background for more than half a dozen episodes, can pay off big time.
Yup, in retrospect, I can see how this has all been building up...
...I knew there was something up with Ami!
...and then everyone was keeping secrets!
 

Nerik the Red

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The Reign of Dark Mercury continues...

亜美ちゃんが敵のてに… (Act 22 - Ami Becomes an Enemy)
Episode Number: 22
Director: Kenzo Maihara
Writer: Yasuko Kobayashi
Air Date: March 6, 2004
Equivalent Manga Act: N/A (but...)
Equivalent Animé Episode: N/A (also but...)
(Data taken from wikimoon)

No re-cap… we begin where we left off… in what looks like an abandoned art installation.
OOC: Artist: “ABANDONED! Let me tell you it took years of painstaking work to get it looking just like that!”
Artist: “Philistine!”


Dark Mercury smiles, looks at the other Sailors, then glances at a nearby statue.
...which promptly freezes over!

She walks over, breaks off an icicle…
...and transforms it into an ice-sword!



Sailor Mars: “Don’t you remember us?”
Dark Mercury: “I remember… Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter...”
Dark Mercury: “I will defeat you… and I will become stronger.”

She swings the sword… unleashing some kind of energy blast (interestingly, she’s using Kunzite’s techniques).

Sailor Jupiter tries to block, but all three Sailors are knocked down!



(Sailor Jupiter seems to have taken a nasty burn from trying to block that attack.)

Dark Mercury brings her sword up for another attack.

Sailor Moon struggles to her feet, calling Ami’s name…
...and pulls out the Moon Stick!

She invokes a Moon Healing Escalation upon Dark Mercury (but without the usual attack call).

Bathed in pink light, Dark Mercury winces!
...before shattering the spell (literally) with her sword!

Luna: “Even that didn’t work!”

OOC: A!Usagi: “I was really hoping that would work! Ohkaay… Plan B, does anyone have a phone number of L!Ami’s mum? For that matter, does anyone have a phone number for any Ami’s mum?”


Kunzite feels a need to exposit… or gloat… or, most likely, both…
Kunzite: “Sailor Mercury has been given a fragment of the Great Evil’s power… she has been reborn.”



Kunzite: “She will never come back to you.”
Sailor Moon: “Lies!”
Dark Mercury: “I had fun until yesterday.”
Dark Mercury: “Farewell, my friends.”

She brings her sword up to strike, smiling with malevolent glee, preparing to strike Sailor Moon down!

Suddenly, she is stopped!
By Kunzite?!
Kunzite: “That’s enough for today.”
With a swirl of his cloak, they both vanish.

(Ok, what is Kunzite playing at.

Sailor Moon collapses to her knees.

However, other eyes had been watching…
Artemis: “How can this be happening?”

Scene of three tearful Sailors.

OOC: Don’t worry girls, I’m sure Ami will be fine! She’s still in the...

OPENING CREDITS

THE DARK KINGDOM! QUEEN METALIA’S MANIFESTATION

Queen Beryl watches (or maybe prays to) Queen Metalia.

Kunzite and Dark Mercury walk in.

Queen Beryl: “A Sailor Guardian?”
Queen Beryl: “Kunzite, do you really think that girl will be of use?”
Kunzite: “Of course… For the resurrection of the Great Evil.”
Kunzite: “Zoisite is still a rock. It’s been a rather lonely with one of the Four Heavenly Kings missing.”
(What he left unsaid, he doesn’t consider Jadeite or Nephrite to be suitable conversationalists…
...or Beryl.)
Queen Beryl: “This girl… will be replacing Zoisite?!”
Dark Mercury: “Is that so unreasonable?”
Dark Mercury: “Let us see what you think after I’ve defeated the Sailor Guardians?”
Dark Mercury: “Oh, another thing… I may have been reborn, but...”
Dark Mercury: “You guys ain’t the boss of me!”
Dark Mercury: “Remember that.”
She stalks off.

Queen Beryl is not amused.
Kunzite, on the other hand, is.
He gives Queen Beryl a distinctly mocking bow, and leaves.

Again, other eyes were watching.

Jadeite (hiding round a corner): “Kunzite… What are you up to?”

Back at Sailor HQ, the three Sailors contemplate the set of four colour-coded mittens that Ami had knitted for them.

Mako starts punching the scenery.

Luna: “If only I’d paid more attention...”
Rei: “It wasn’t just you… it was all of us.”
Usagi: “If she’d called, we’d have come.”
Luna: “We’ve all been doing our own things lately.”
Luna: “...but Ami said that sooner or later, things would go back to how they were...”

<Sad Montage>
The girls contemplate the mittens, and remember all the times when they just didn’t have time for Ami.”
Mako just sits at home.
Mako: “I made friends, I was so happy… but before I knew it… I was taking her for granted.”
Rei lies on her floor…



(I don’t think we’ve seen Rei’s room before).

Rei: “Why was I acting alone, anyway? How conceited of me.”

Usagi sits in the dark.
Usagi: “Recently, I’ve been thinking about nothing but Mamoru all the time.”

Cut to…
Mamoru and Hina having supper.

When Hina notices that Mamoru is just sitting there, in a daze.

She leans across and waves her hand in front of his face, several times.

Mamoru: “Sorry, I was just spaced out.”
Hina senses that something is up.
Hina: “Even though you don’t know your own past…”
Hina: “are you sure about keeping your promise to study abroad and then marry me?”
Hina: “You won’t regret taking over Papa’s company?”
Mamoru takes just slightly too long answering that question.
Hina: “I knew it...”
Mamoru: “No, I won’t break my promise to your Father.”
Mamoru: “It probably for the best if I don’t go chasing my past any more.”
Mamoru (thinking): “If I do, I’m sure she’ll get involved again.”
Cut to…
Usagi: “I’ve got to forget him.”
She dramatically shoved the scarf in a drawer, then sadly picks up the mittens.

ADVERT BREAK

Cut to… Juuban Municipal Junior High School.

...where the school-kids are being rowdy.

Usagi walks in.
Usagi (thinking): “How am I going to explain this to my teacher and everyone else?”

Which is when she notices...

Ami is there! (and apparently the centre of attention!)



Usagi: “Ami-Chan!”

The whole class go quiet, and slowly turn to look at her!



(Creepy)

Naru: “You should not speak so familiarly to Miss Mizuno.”



Dark Ami gets up, smiling.
Dark Ami: “Just because I have been reborn as a being of pure evil, dedicated to destroying you and your friends and awakening an eldritch abomination of the sort usually only found in the works of H.P. Lovecraft, you didn’t think I would skip school, did you?”
Dark Ami: “I’ve just made a few adjustments to make things more comfortable for me.”
Dark Ami: “I do not wish to fight in school...”
OOC: Ryoko: “Go for it, it’s fun!

Dark Ami: “...but don’t let your guard down.”



And thus begins Usagi’s worse day in school ever.

Meanwhile, in THE DARK KINGDOM!
Jadeite decides to use the direct approach to figuring out what Kunzite is up to…
...and just asks him.
Jadeite: “You said this was to check the Princess… is she an imposter?”
(Clever boy).
Kunzite: “Don’t know, but from questioning Mercury, I know that the Sailors think she’s genuine.”
Jadeite: “Then...”
Kunzite: “You always were direct.”
Kunzite: “Wait until I have them cornered, what will be relieved when I have them beaten?”
Kunzite: “It’ll be something to look forward to.”
Kunzite stalks closer.
Kunzite (confidentially): “Nephrite gets to focused on what’s directly in front of him.”
Kunzite: “If you want to achieve something worthwhile, I’ll lend you the power.”
(Ohhh….. shenanigans are afoot!)

Meanwhile, back at school, Dark Ami continues to ‘play’ with her classmates.
Usagi decides to have lunch on the roof.
(BTW, it’s March).
...a cold wind blows.

Luna: “I didn’t expect her to show up at school!”
(Well, it does show that, deep down, some bits of Ami didn’t change.)
Usagi: “Is this all our fault?”
Usagi: “If I have to fight Ami… I’ll quit being Sailor Moon.
Artemis: “You cant do that!”

Artemis jumps into scene.
The two cats circle each other.



Artemis: “This is a tough situation.”
Luna: “I… I dropped the ball on this one.”
Artemis: “We can’t help what happened. But if Mercury has become an enemy, we have no choice but to fight her.”
...at which point the cats’ CGI meter runs out...
Artemis: “This is a message from the Princess.”
Luna: “But, she’s one of us.”
Artemis: “We can’t just stand still and let us beat us!”
Artemis: “The fate of the Earth is at stake!”
They both look at Usagi.
A chill wind blows…

Back at Sailor HQ, the other two Sailors are about as enthusiastic about fighting Ami as Usagi was…
...by which I mean that they were both furious that the option was even suggested!
(And Rei and Mako are both capable of being pretty damn furious!)

Cut to… an amusement park…

Little girl: “Look, Mama, a clown!”



DarkWatch #017 said:
Youma Incident: 17
Tentative Nomenclature: Sphyrna
DarkWatch Reporting Name: HAMMERHEAD MIME
Capabilities: Energy drain, evasion
(Mimes! What did it have to be mimes?!)



HAMMERHEAD MIME: “Woo-whooo!”

(Aren’t mimes supposed to be silent?)

At Sailor HQ…

Luna: “Youma senses… tingling! It’s near!

(And it suddenly occurs that Kunzite probably knows where their base is).

The three arrive at the amusement park.

...bodies everywhere!



(But most of them are groaning in pain, and thus we can assume are not dead.)

A scream alerts the three to HAMMERHEAD MIME claiming its latest victim.

Triple split-screen transformation!



(With colour-coded borders, no less!)

HAMMERHEAD MIME: “Wooo-whoo?”
...and scarpers!
Sailor Mars: “Lets split into two groups...”
Sailor Jupiter: “...a pincer movement.”

They split up, Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter head one way, Sailor Moon heads the other.
(The GM bangs their head on the table).

As Sailor Moon passes the merry-go-round…

Dark Ami: “Miss Tsukino!”
She’s sitting on the merry-go-round.

Dark Ami: “Guess where we aren’t… in school.”

Starkly Gothic Transformation Sequence!

(Should we be worried that they made her a whole ‘evil’ transformation sequence? Yes, we should.)

Meanwhile, in the aquarium…

Sailor Mars: “Where did it go?”
Beluga: “Freaky hammerhead in black and white? That- way ma’am.”
Sailor Mars: “Thank you for your assistance.”

HAMMERHEAD MIME runs into a dark, creepy room, its only lighting the spot-lamps that mostly serve to illuminate the clouds of dust.

The two Sailors split up to search.

HAMMERHEAD MIME proceeds to play cat and mouse with the two Sailors. It appears to be able to disappear at will.

It is inevitable that the two Sailors would end up backing into each other.

A spotlight suddenly illuminates HAMMERHEAD MIME, who then vanishes again.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, Sailor Moon flies into the room, crashing to the ground at one end of a stage, the lights come up revealing that this room is usually used for a clown show.

Sailor Mars: “Usagi!”
OOC: Sailor Moon: “I’ve got some good news and some bad news.”
Sailor Moon: “The good news is I’ve found Ami.”
Sailor Moon: “The bad news is she’s still evil.”


Dark Mercury, again armed with her ice-sword, walks slowly, menacingly, onto the stage.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, HAMMERHEAD MIME attacks!
Taking Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter by disguise, it grabs them both by the neck!
Then this happens:



(arrrrgggghhhhhh…….)

...and it starts energy draining the two!



Sailor Moon stares on in horror!

Dark Mercury: “Where are you looking? Your opponent, Miss Tsukino, is me!”

ADVERT BREAK

(Continues next post...)
 

Nerik the Red

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(.....Continued from previous post)
ADVERT BREAK


Dark Mercury brings up her sword to strike, swings it down at Sailor Moon…

When Suddenly…
The blow is blocked by Tuxedo Mask Sailor Venus!

Sailor Venus: “Sailor Moon! Pull yourself together!”

Dark Mercury: “The Princess as an opponent, what an honour!”
Sailor Venus; “Mercury stop this...”
Sailor Venus: “...or I’ll stop you
Dark Mercury: “Try it.”
Sailor Moon: “Princess, don’t.”

They do a leaping exchange of blows, landing on opposite ends of the stage.
All is still for a moment.
Then Sailor Venus collapses.
(Did Dark Mercury get her? Or is it whatever she’s suffering from?)

Dark Mercury: “How weak.”
Then with a distinct look of ‘now, where was I’, she starts to advance on Sailor Moon, smiling evilly.
Sailor Venus: “Sailor Moon, you have to fight! You have no option”

Dark Mercury stands over Sailor Moon.

She raises her sword to strike.

Sailor Moon closes her eyes.

Stands up…

...and de-transforms!

Which, frankly, shocks and confuses everybody
...including Dark Mercury, who lowers her sword.

Usagi: “I… can’t fight Ami.”

Sailor Venus bites her lip.

Sad music plays.

Usagi: “Ami… I’m sorry… I’m sorry that I didn’t realise you’d been captured.”
Usagi: “I’m sorry I left you all alone.”
Usagi: “Thank you for the mittens.”

(Is she getting through to her?)
Dark Mercury looks thoughtful.

Usagi: “Let’s go to the Crown together.”

Dark Mercury’s expression suddenly changes…
The music suddenly stops!
she lashes out with her sword!

...and the mittens fall to the ground in four pieces!



(I guess she didn’t get through to her).

Usagi looks at the mittens in shock.

Dark Mercury: “Are you done with your last speech.”

The camera zooms in on the severed mittens…

A tear runs down Usagi’s cheek…
...drips off her chin…
...and onto her brooch…
(with an audible ‘ding’).

Her brooch starts glowing… with a pink light...



The glow spreads, enveloping Usagi and driving Dark Mercury back!



Sailor Venus: “Sailor Moon’s power is...”

HAMMERHEAD MIME drops the two other Sailors and runs for it.

The glow dies down.

Then Usagi’s hair is whipped by a sudden wind, and she starts to glow again, this time with a golden light.

...and she transforms back into Sailor Moon.

Her brooch now starts radiating a sphere of golden lighting



Dark Mercury finds the light… painful!

Sailor Venus smiles.

(I’m now wondering how much of this she planned?)

Dark Mercury is driven back by the light…

HAMMERHEAD MIME is exploded by the light!

Dark Mercury starts to turn back into Ami.

Ami: “Usagi...”

But Kunzite runs in, grabs her, and they both vanish!

The light fades, Sailor Moon collapses to her knees, looking a bit out of it.

Sailor Moon: “Just now… I...”
Sailor Venus (standing up): “Your power, it’s begun to awaken.”
Sailor Venus: “Just a bit more, and you will remember all of your own power.”
Sailor Mars: “Our own power…?”
Sailor Venus doesn’t answer, she just leaves.

Sailor Moon just kneels there, saying Ami’s name.
Sailor Mars gives Sailor Jupiter a ‘just give her a moment’ look.
Then Sailor Jupiter notices something….



...the mittens have been miraculously repaired.

...pretty soon there isn’t a dry eye in the house.

Sailor Mars: “We can’t fall apart.”
Sailor Jupiter; “We need to get Ami back to normal, so we can all be together.”
Luna: “Lets do our best!”

While, in THE DARK KINGDOM!, in QUEEN METALIA’S MANIFESTATION

Queen Beryl bathes in Queen Metalia’s dark radiance.
Queen Beryl: “Queen Metalia’s power is increasing again!”
Queen Beryl: “This time I will reign on the land above!”
(That’s… ominous)

Elsewhere, in the Shrine of the Four Heavenly Kings…

A stone starts glowing green.



Hina and Mamoru exit a lift, making plans.

Hina wants to go to an amusement park…

Hina: “But the roller-coaster there is pretty scary...”
Mamoru: “But you like that, don’t you?”
(She should have gone today, she’d have really gotten her money’s worth!)

As they approach Mamoru’s apartment, they notice the music…
...piano music.

Hina: “Did you leave a CD on?”

Hina (alarmed): “Is someone in there?”

Mamoru: “I’ll go check, you wait here.”

Mamoru goes to check his apartment…

Earlier, Mamoru had vowed to give up on finding out about his past…
...but his past, it seems, has other ideas.

A ghostly figure in white sits playing a ghostly piano…
...a figure Mamoru recognises!

Mamoru: “You!”

Zoisite: “Master… Endymion...”



END CREDITS

Next episode…

...Rei sings!

Ok… looks like they won’t be getting Ami back easily, or in a hurry, I think this series just quit being episodic.
...it looks like the whole ‘awakening’ thing might be key to that.
Now if someone could tell the Sailor what it meant (and, even better, how to ‘awaken’)
...and by ‘someone’ I mean Sailor Venus (or Artemis).

Zoisite is back, and… I’m not sure what he’s doing.
But I suspect ‘meddling in things Queen Beryl would rather he didn’t’.

I think by now the citizens of Tokyo are getting used to random Youma attacks.
On, that subject, I hope the victims in the amusement park recovered, because we don’t actually see that happen.
 

Erik Sieurin

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I just loves how Dark Ami mindcontrols her whole class so she can keep on going to school!
 

ThePhantom

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Hehehe. As I said, drama. Now we have Dark Ami messing with Usagi and Zomisite having some plans for his old master. Excellent.
 

Nerik the Red

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That is pretty great that they just happened to run up to the beluga whale when it appeared to be waving them in the right direction.
Yup.
(Actually, it looks like the Beluga is interested in where all the humans are running.)

And this picture got removed...?
Ok, that's wierd, I can see it on my PC, but not my phone...
...and it's vanished from this quote!
imgur!:mad:

Time for Experimentation!
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