In this Moon Speak, Sono and Ammit discuss the ending for now of Sailor Moon Crystal. The last two episodes of the Black Moon arc and the prospects for the future. Also, Sono will share some of the fun from Otakon.
This episode we forgo our usual structure of breaking down Crystal into two linear blocks of discussion we call the Meat and Veggies and the Frills
Is this the end of Sailor Moon Crystal? Can it be? Should it be? Would you mind? Let’s talk about it.
Was this a good ending for Sailor Moon Crystal?
Who was the focal point of the Black Moon Arc? Was her story served well?
Where does this ending leave Chibi-Usagi?
Could the Dark Kingdom arc have made a satisfactory end of Sailor Moon Crystal? Is it functionally a sub-arc of Black Moon? Is it the fact that Black Moon builds upon Dark Kingdom that makes it feel like the former is a sub-arc, when in actuality it isn’t?
If this turns out to be the end of Sailor Moon Crystal will you be happy with what we have?
If you can imagine not knowing what is next for Usagi and her friends, what possibilities come to mind for their future?
Now, for a more delicate topic. What is the show saying about Neo Queen Serenity as a mother? How much of the terrible events in the Black Moon arc are attributable to her actions and inactions?
-Pluto broke the third taboo and used her Garnet Rod to stop time in order to keep Demande from touching the two Legendary Silver Crystals together.
-All the people present wake up except Demande.
-The Moon Rod wakes up Mamoru to his self.
-Black Lady is left shocked and stunned as the others gather around Pluto who says she must atone for her crime and might die.
-Pluto thanks Diana for guarding the Space-Time Door, tells Usagi she’d always dreamt of being useful to her and fighting by her side and tells King Endymion she is sorry for not protecting Small Lady properly.
-But what she really meant was, “I love you.”
-Pluto dies, dropping the Space-Time Key. Usagi cries for her to open her eyes, but Black Lady does instead.
-Chibi-Usa tries to reaffirm to herself that she is Black Lady, who has no friends or allies, but her memories of Pluto can’t be stopped. She recalls their friendship and how Pluto loved her and her grief shatters the Malefic Black Crystal earrings and she is able to use the Legendary Silver Crystal.
-Chibi-Usa transforms into Chibi-Sailor Moon, but is sad because Pluto is dead and can’t see her.
-Wiseman chides Small Lady for giving up the power he gave her and Usagi transforms to take on Wiseman for hurting Chibi-Usagi.
-Sailor Moon uses the cracked Moon Rod to dispel the Darkness covering Nemesis with Moon Healing Escalation. Wiseman counters, but Mamoru comes along side to apologize for fumbling and the Moon Rod is restored and she increases her attack.
-The other Guardians add their attacks to Sailor Moon’s and Chibi-Usa watches on in awe until Nemesis vanishes.
-Demande uses his Evil Eye to attack Wiseman, saying he will defeat Sailor Moon. Wiseman says he’s just infatuated by the Queen’s beauty and destroys Demande.
-Wiseman strikes back and sucks Sailor Moon and her crew into a warped dimension of darkness and shows them his true form, a massive Death Phantom head deep within Nemesis.
-He says he has the Universe, apst and present in his grasp, but Sailor Moon says she’ll protect the Earth from him as awesome guitar riffs play in the background.
-Death Phantom mocks Sailor Moon and she and her crew fall towards him. She answers with a sustained powerful blast from the Moon Rod and then vanishes along with Nemesis, leaving all the others in front of the Crystal Palace.
-Tuxedo Mask refuses to believe Usagi could be gone and disappears after a warm light shines from his hands.
-Neo Queen Serenity awakens the sleeping Kind Endymion with a kiss and he vanishes from before the Sailor Guradians, including Chibi-Sailor Moon.
– Neo Queen Serenity and Chibi-Usagi reunite and it is beautiful.
-Neo Queen Serenity places Pluto in the Crystal Palace to stay in eternal sleep as thanks for all she has done.
-Neo Queen serenity tells the Sailor Guardians that after she became Neo Queen Serenity she lost almost all her ability to fight as a Guardian. She apologizes for her weakness allowing all this to happen.
-Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion exposit that Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask must have been transported to somewhere near the true planet Nemesis and that only Chibi-Usagi can venture forth and save them. She will have to seal Death Phantom.
-With the Space-Time key she had taken from Pluto and Neo Queen Serenity’s Moon Rod (shrunk down for her little hands) Chibi-Usagi bravely sets out to save Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask.
-Sailor Venus wants to follow after, but Neo Queen Serenity calmly tells them that they will just wait for the three to return.
-Usagi doubts herself, almost believing the lies that death Phantom and Demande have spoken of the Legendary Silver Crystal, but Mamoru tells her to look at how many have been saved by her and her power. He tells her to believe in herself and her power, that he was born to help her and he will always support her. Usagi tells him she can only activate the power of the Legendary Silver Crystal with his love and they kiss. Chibi-Usagi comes forth from between them bearing the Moon Rod.
-Sailor Moon and Chibi sailor Moon attack Nemesis with all the have, unleashing a double Moon Princess Halation which shatters Nemesis as well as Usagi’s Moon Rod and brooch.
-Back on Earth, the Malefic Black Crystal disintegrate and Neo Queen Serenity gets her Moon Rod back. She heals the entire Earth with it in about a minute.
-Neo Queen Serenity grants the Sailor Guardians new power, elevating Ami to the Guardian of Wisdom; Rei to the Guardian of War, Makoto to the Guardian of Protection and Minako to the Guardian of Love. She sends them off to receive the young royal, but stays behind as she shouldn’t meet her younger self.
-Neo Queen Serenity sends new power to Sailor Moon from afar: she dubs her the Guardian of Mystery and gives her a new compact, shaped like the top of Neo Queen Serenity’s Moon Rod, which will store and protect the Legendary Silver Crystal. Oh, and now Usagi also has Cosmic Power.
-Usagi wakes up and gets up to speed on everything, but is sad she won’t meet her future self. As Chibi-Usagi is taking everyone to the Space-time Door to guide them back to the past, Usagi and Neo Queen Serenity run to catch a glimpse of each other.
-Usagi wonders if everything was a dream, but when Chibi-Usagi says she’s getting ready to go back to the future, Usagi runs home crying as the fog fads and she fully feels the weight of everything.
-Usagi and Chibi-Usagi cry it out and Usagi decides she’ll see her off at the fountain. Mamoru shows up as well and gives her the Tuxedo Mask puppet. She calls him a prince and give Usagi the Heart Moon Rod from Neo Queen Serenity and leaves with tears in her eyes.
-Rei, Makoto, Minako and Ami all go back to their normal lives and Usagi is ready to enjoy peace for a while. She and Mamoru kiss and Chibi-Usa comes back the same as before dropping from the sky with a note from Neo Queen Serenity about them training Chibi-Usagi for a while.
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