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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Davies » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:42 am

Jabroniville wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:06 am
In any case, Chibi-Moon puts her own Mirror back in (why does no one else do that?),
No one else is Mary-Su--er--the Princess of the Moon and Earth.

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:56 am

Episode #163: So a captive Chibi-Usa is easily held back by Queen Nehalennia (the first time anyone interacts with her in person), and she gives her ORIGIN STORY! She's the "Queen of Darkness", from a cold & desolate asteroid, who grew envious of the Silver Millennium on the Moon centuries ago. Desiring the Golden Crystal, which could give her ownership of that kingdom, and the whole universe, she met its caretaker... Helios. Desiring not just the Crystal "but the young man as well" (PERVERT!), she offered him a place at her side, ruling the universe... but the Crystal punished her for "possessing an evil heart", as only those with Beautiful Dreams can gain its power. Queen Serenity imprisoned her in the darkness of the New Moon for centuries, so Nehallenia bided her time... and struck when the solar eclipse occurred, capturing Helios. And still holding a grudge "against those of the White Moon", she tortures Chibi-Moon for her link to them. "Feel the vengeance of my long-standing grudge", she says.

Zirconia is sent to deal with the Sailors, while the Quartet steal away with Chibi-Usa, swapping her with a dummy while the Queen taunts Helios. Zirconia activates the reflections in a house of mirrors, each trying to convince the Sailors to give up- in a great bit, a couple of them are VERY personal: Jupiter's suggest she's becoming less and less feminine (with an image showing her longingly staring at a loving couple, reminding her what she doesn't have), and Mercury's asked if she's throwing away her dream of becoming a doctor. Venus and Mars get more impersonal ones, saying they should get more praise (to Venus), and a warning that they might die in their next fight (to Mars). Sailor Moon is taunted with childhood laughing, all "oh come on, just give up and stop caring about everything else", but of course SHE'S the first one to fight back- "I have FRIENDS to share all my joys and sorrows with!", and the Sailors all raise their eyes and go forward. In this moment, Usagi kind of gives away all of her past feelings of desiring to be a normal girl and quit all this fighting- the notion of Mamoru & Chibi-Usa in danger is enough to help her fight on.

Several attacks (and MOON TIARA ACTION!) break Zirconia's mirrors, and the girls insist that they still have their old dreams, but fight on regardless. The Quartet leash Pegasus and try to get the Golden Crystal, but this creates a giant wall of flames- they're shocked when a recovered Chibi-Moon braves them and dives in to save him. Zirconia traps THEM in mirrors for their insolence, while Jun-Jun in particular is stunned and keeps thinking about that sacrifice- "We're definitely stronger than her, but it feels like she's BETTER than us, don't you think?". And with that, we end another one.

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:50 am

Episode #164: The cats OF COURSE just now remember an old story about Queen Serenity sealing away a wicked sorceress. And the backstory of the Amazoness Quartet shows that they were once joyous, carefree scantily-clad preteens until Queen Nehalennia corrupted them through her mirror. Meanwhile, Nehalennia confronts Helios/Pegasus, blackmailing him with Chibi-Usa's life, but his stern gaze actually AGES HER, giving us a hint to her motivations, and she panics & blasts him back. He & Chibi-Usa have a bunch of romantic moments while they're being attacked, but she grabs his horn (CONSENT IS A THING, lady!), which results in the Golden Crystal being placed in her hand!

And now it's Zirconia sent to kill the Sailors once and for all- she creates a batch of illusory Zirconias, but Mercury's "Visor of All-Seeing" of course figures out which one is the real one, and her "Aqua Rhapsody" attack actually staggers her, sending her hunched forward and gasping for air! But then she pleads for help from Nehalennia... who drops the Quartet in, and drains their energy into Zirconia! When they're all "WTF, Queen?", Nehalennia's all "LOLZ did you think I actually cared about any of you?" and says she just used their energy and young dreams to fuel her Dead Moon. Mercury tells them to destroy their orbs, as that's what's causing the energy drain, but VesVes reveals that their "Amazon Stones" are the embodiment of their dreams! Destroying them to kill their dreams and make them become adults without magic, but Sailor Moon insists that's garbage ("Dreams that are truly beautiful can never be destroyed..."), and of course now she's risking her life to save her deadly enemies (in other news, night follows day; film at eleven!). The girls finally smash their Stones at that prompting, and are freed.

A staggered Zirconia stumbles to Nehalennia's mirror... where the Queen taunts that she hates seeing her "dark reflection", and, using the Golden Crystal, breaks the seal between worlds and enters ours! Zirconia dies screaming and vanishes in a flash of light as Queen Nehalennia enters the land of the "White Moon". This... isn't quite as epic as any of the previous "the world is at stake" final surges, but it's pretty decent, I suppose.

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Re: Sailor Moon- Series Overview

Post by Jabroniville » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:51 am

Davies wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:42 am
Jabroniville wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:06 am
In any case, Chibi-Moon puts her own Mirror back in (why does no one else do that?),
No one else is Mary-Su--er--the Princess of the Moon and Earth.
Chibi-Usa is really weird in this season. In making her the new Main Character, they've reduced many of her flaws (like brattiness) save when Usagi's around, and made her a more personable, decent person... but it's made her VERY bland. She's effectively now a "Nice Everygirl" with few traits of her own.

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