Sailor Moon- Series Overview

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Davies » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:36 am

Jabroniville wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:14 am
Did Rei apologize for saying those hurtful things?).
... does that sound even remotely plausible when you ask it?

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:37 am

Davies wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:36 am
Jabroniville wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:14 am
Did Rei apologize for saying those hurtful things?).
... does that sound even remotely plausible when you ask it?
To anyone OTHER than Usagi, I can imagine her suddenly becoming apologetic at the end :). She did at least feel bad the kid overheard, lol.

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:40 am

Episode #153: We take a break from "New Powers!" episodes to get a Palla-Palla episode! Here, the Quartet are again scolded for not getting their work done, but even ZIRCON can't bring up any potential targets! Palla-Palla, childish as usual, is playing dolls and getting mocked for it... until she cures a girl doll's toothache by ripping off her head, disturbing everyone ("She may actually be dangerous..."). Zirconia, finding her easily moved, convinces her to try to find targets, so she recreates her Dentist Playset by growing via her "Evanescence Orb", and animating the dolls to be dental workers. Then she throws out some magic sugar to give kids everywhere cavities. And of course Usagi gets some too, because she eats just as much sweet stuff as anybody and also skips brushing to "keep the flavor".

Both Usagi AND Mamoru blush at the hottie dentists, which is a bit dumb- they're sacrificing character arcs (Mamo isn't even attracted to a gender-bent Fish's Eye for God's sake! And FE got EVERYBODY!) for the sake of one-off jokes, and then Mamoru's uncharacteristically planning his apology. However, he realizes something's up when the hundreds who went into the office never come out, and actually uses his POWERS on the dentists, blasting them with a storm of rose petals! However, Palla-Palla one-shots him with the giant ball she balances on, and goes "Palla-Palla doesn't like you. So die!" with an innocent smile on her face. Her Lemures attacks the invading Sailors, promising to drill down their teeth with her weird tail/drill, and their sheer terror lets out... the SONIC CRY ATTACK!!! Holy shit, I haven't seen that in eons! And so the entire building crumbles before the area-attack onslaught, and the Lemures is easily killed. This cures all the children of their cavities... except Usagi, because she authentically eats like shit and is lazy about brushing.

Very goofy episode- though their dental anxiety being played for a gag is good, I'm not generally a fan of the "Non-stop wacky" stuff, especially as this is the most juvenile of the seasons of the show.

(Monster Powers: Throwing Drills- Multiattack, Drill Tail)

(First Appearance: Evanescence Orb)
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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by MarvelLion » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:21 pm

I could be misremembering, but wasn't the final joke of that episode that Usagi still had all of her cavities, that they had nothing to do with Palla-Palla's sugar and were caused by her bad diet and poor brushing habits?

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:52 pm

MarvelLion wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:21 pm
I could be misremembering, but wasn't the final joke of that episode that Usagi still had all of her cavities, that they had nothing to do with Palla-Palla's sugar and were caused by her bad diet and poor brushing habits?
haha, yes, that was a funny bit, too :). I should add that in.

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:32 am


Episode #154:
And now it's FINALLY Venus and Jupiter's turns to get their new pow--- wait. You mean to tell me they have to SHARE A FOCUS EPISODE AGAIN?!?!? They've DONE THIS BEFORE! Like... they're getting brand-new powers and we're meant to see further aspects of their characters, and they have to SHARE? Keep in mind how much filler this show's already had- they couldn't have sacrificed one of these other episodes to give more to Makoto or Minako? JESUS, PRODUCERS!!

ANYWAYS... So Chibi-Usa's old pre-school is holding a fundraising bazaar, and it turns out their old Principal is a hottie, so the girls are all "YES, LET'S HELP!". Especially an excited Minako and a blushing, starry-eyed Mako- Artemis's "Good grief..." reaction is perfect. Mako shows a lot of chemistry with him at first, causing Minako to delve right into absurdity, going all "you like kids? Well I was thinking of having three, but if a husband like you wanted to make a baseball team..." (!!), boasting about how much she loves kids, which is the perfect time for the old trope, Mina Hates Little Boys, to rear its ugly head, as she freaks out on a little snot for drawing on her.

However, Minako ruins the nice teddy bear Mako was making in a fit of rage, chasing after that kid again, and a furious Mako declares "We're through!", shocking everyone present. Minako blows it off and decides she'll win the principal's attention through SINGING (poor Artemis...), and Cere-Cere makes her presence felt via a literal red carpet. This all leads to Minako's "concert" getting put down by the kids, sending her off crying- Artemis convinces Mako to be the one to talk her down, to which she kind of just sighs and goes along with it, to his joy. But that turns into a different kind of squabble, with Minako confessing that her Idol dreams are too far away, while Mako's simple dreams of domestic bliss and being a florist are "easy" and within reach- Mako ends up being pissed at the concept that she doesn't have to work as hard, given all she put into those dreams, and it turns into another fight... and of course Artemis is the one being yelled at when he tries to intervene.

Cere-Cere gets literally about two or three lines of dialogue before attacking, and her Lemures, a slot machine tulip monster (yes) throws the Sailors into a giant venus fly trap. Mako & Minako are trapped by vines, but Artemis tosses them their transformation wands, and the power of their upcoming new abilities burns the vines off, allowing them to finally debut new powers- the Venus Love & Beauty Shock (a spinning heart) knocks around the entire Amazoness Quartet (who assembled to yell at Cere-Cera for using sleep powder on them earlier), while the Jupiter Oak Evolution (multiple petal/energy blasts while spinning like a ballerina) blows away the fly trap. We end things with Minako sweetly stitching together the ruined bear and trying to blow it off as nothing, which kind of makes amends (it helps that their bonds are strong enough that a fight like that isn't really a permanent thing), and the bratty kid buys it... and it turns out that the principal is his father (a smug Chibi-Usa just goes "I never recall saying he was single"), drawing the expected reaction from the two heroines of the day.

I liked the nature of the fight in this one- the debate over achievable dreams was actually a good one, and Mako had good reason to be pissed at Minako dismissing her dreams as easier because they were simpler ("I had to work HARD to get this good!"). And I liked how the severity of their fight really didn't mean much, and Mako was quick to agree to go and help Minako when she ran off crying. The General, Lemures and new powers all had to share the spotlight, though, meaning all of them meant little.

(Monster Powers: Balls for tripping)

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:59 am

Episode #155: Now Chibi-Usa's class is having a "Sports Day" (totally a thing in Japan- sort of like a meet for all the students to engage in sporting events), and she can't vault, so the group decides to teach her how. Jun-Jun targets Kyusuke, that green-haired friend of Chibi-Usa's... who is terrified of the vault ever since a failure in school. She teaches him at the same time, actually doing a solid job of it, despite shaming his cowardice- she creates the illusion of a BEAR to get him to finally leap over it, and when she sees his happiness, she sorta congratulates him... and then transforms and tries to kill him anyways. We get ALL the Sailors transforming at once, implying this episode ran short (it's like when The Simpsons shows the full "Circus Opening"), and with a "SAILORRRRR... SOLDIERRRRRRRRRR!" song that I don't recall hearing before. Was this the debut of it, or am I just now noticing?

The Lemures is so fast it avoids all their attacks easily (Mars Flame Sniper actually gets blown back into Rei!), but Chibi-Moon... vaults over him, thus knocking him down and letting Sailor Moon finish him off. Sure glad Sailor Venus & Jupiter had to share a focus episode for this one.

(Monster Powers: Extremely fast flight via tail, flyby attacks)

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:21 pm

Episode #156: The target's now a street artist who does paintings of people, though often finds himself going unpaid because he's a bit TOO accurate with his likenesses, and people get offended. He offers to paint Usagi for free, since she defended him to a cruel client, but he passed out in mid-drawing due to hunger! The sympathetic bun-heads bring him to their house and cook (well, burn) him a meal, to which he's eternally grateful, but then he's taken by CereCere's sob story about wanting her portrait done. The best part is the Sailors deciding to get THEIR portraits done, and Rei of course being furious that he's not there, and ultra-conceited about how drawing a beautiful woman like her would be a gift.

The artist is lured away by CereCere, who of COURSE dislikes her portrait- he insists "I won't paint lies", but she breaks him with her argument that all artists need wealthy patrons and should do as they're told- he paints the extra-pretty picture she wants, but feels sick about it, and is immediately attacked. But both she and the Lemures find his Dream Mirror ugly, and fight over the Lemures eating it... so the Sailors just summon Pegasus and nuke the monster of the week right away. See- they fill so much space with the story sometimes that there's no reason for the monster to be a thing. Rei finally gets her portrait done... and of course starts whining and wanting him to "do it right!". Not a bad episode, more about artistic integrity than the usual goofiness, and so jampacked that the Monster Fight portion was ignored entirely, but I'm still not feeling the Amazoness Quartet.

(Monster Powers: NOPE)

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