How Grandma Luna Got Her Groove- Sailor Moon S: The Movie – Moon Speak Phase-III 37

We’re changing up Moon Speak once again. This time, we go monthly and discuss a smattering of Sailor Moon from back in the day as we wait for the next season of Sailor Moon Crystal to air.

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After missing last month’s release, we’re picking up with Sailor Moon S: The Movie. Expect the next movie in January.

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Revenge is a Feeling – Ex-Aid 08-09 -RX! 162

Join us as we play a level of Kamen Rider EX-Aid! Can Emu, Asuna, and their allies cure the Bugster virus before it can wipe out humanity? Find out how we think he’s doing as we share our thoughts on:

Kamen Rider EX-Aid

08 – Go, men! Fly high!

09 – Beat the Dragon

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CREDIT

Episode Writer: Takahashi Yuya

Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro (08) & Morota Satoshi (09)

Glitches

08
Sono
  • I know I mentioned this last week, but we’ve had three arcs in less than 10 episodes that all have the same plot. “X is distancing themself from Y due to emotions that would be fine if they talked what they’re thinking for 5 minutes”
  • The entire thing with Hiiro and his dad, where his dad is trying to talk to him about Taiga and not letting Taiga manipulate him and then it turns into a joke. Please don’t do this to me, Ex-Aid. My patience for this nonsense is paper-thin. His dad being something of a joke character on the whole, fine. Whatever. But if the man is trying to have a serious moment of showing concern for his son, let him.
  • I feel like this episode may have handled the “Parent and child in a conflict” better than any time Ghost did it, but I’ve got my back up ever so slightly that Shiori apologizes for not understanding why her father pushed her away, but her father never apologises for pushing away instead of just telling her he doesn’t want her to feel burdened by the factory and to find her own path.
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Aleph
  • Yeah.  It’s so bad that even without the benefit of full-color vision?  I am still just SO checked out on that thing.  I do understand why all the upgrades are all cute robots on top of the suits being adorable little chicken-nugget people but wow goes it fit weird.
  • Also, I noticed in this that the initials on Taiga’s wings are “STG” and all I can think is that “swear to God” is an appropriate reaction to seeing that costume.
09
Sono
  • So this really important guy from the ministry of health is talking to a guy and suddenly collapses, and several people go to help him but no one stops the dude just casually walking away to maybe ask “Hey what happened”?
  • Wow you know what I’m super not into? How much of a jerk everyone was to Director Kagami. The guy is still a licensed medical professional in charge of not only this department but the whole hospital. He’s fit to help diagnose this guy.
  • I’m also not sure how I feel about this “candidate” thing? I guess it depends on how big of a thing it becomes to the plot. I’m not totally against it, and it’s answering some general lore questions, it’s just that there’s already SO MUCH in play RIGHT NOW and having Emu be this “Special case”, be he immune generally or Kyoutarou threw medical ethics out the window and did the operation on him as a kid, that it feels like one more thing to juggle.
09
Aleph
  • Nooooo lie.  I know that this is a whole thing where we’re trying to make it so all the young characters have it all together ‘cuz apparently kids want to watch things with teenagers or young adults being awesome and adults being clueless but… I mean, it really does call into question why dude’s even there, then.
  • Okay, and spinning off of sins?  I am really hoping the show doesn’t go into the “power creep”/”The goal is to find all the power-granting gewgaws” thing it keeps threatening to do.  I really want my angry discussions of medical ethics interspersed with the dumbest-looking superhero costumes on the planet back plz.

Power-Ups

08
Sono
  • Emu being absolutely livid about Taiga taking the bugster hostage and endangering the patient. Plus the way he was watching the factory workers as they ran off to check on the factory after the attack. I feel like him telling Taiga to stop running off was delivered a little weakly, but this kid absolutely knows how to use his face.
  • The three dudes working at this factory are so sweet. I don’t know how this place operates with only three guys, but they love their job and their boss, and I appreciate tha, and how Okada’s real point of stress, aside from Shiori, was about the livelihoods of the people he was responsible for instead of what he gets from the factory. He’s a good boss.
  • The bit of Kiriya and Kuroto was interesting though, and I’m wondering what Kiriya’s plans are for exposing him and winning his way back into the family. He’s got to have something up his sleeve.
08
Aleph
  • Noooo lie.  It’s safe vs. thin with Hiiro and Taiga and I am really over it.  They feel so friggin’ cookie-cutter and like they were brought in from one of the lesser shounen anime series to help Ex-Aid live up to his absurd anime hair when we could deal with Our Young Hero dealing with betrayal while we all enjoy the delicious, delicious dramatic irony of knowing that he wasn’t betrayed at all.
  • I really hope we see more of that, too.  We’ve been spending this last while playing “getting to know you” about the rest of the cast–the heroes, the villains, and Kiriya–and I can’t help but feel we’re well due for Asuna/Poppy to explain her deal because, like, it is clearly a pretty interesting thing, what with being a living vocaloid with an alter-ego as a mild-mannered nurse slash functionary with the Ministry of Health.
  • Seriously, I’d watch that show on its own, now I put it that way…
09
Sono
  • This actually feels like a good time to be getting into the doctor who saved Emu’s life and the effect that had on who Emu became. Tying that into larger story, I do think is a really good thing, and they waited for just the right time. Not too early, so we get to let Emu develop as a person outside the event, but not so late that it feels like they forgot about it and are shoehorning it back in.
  • There’s this like plush cubicle couch thing that Taiga is sitting in at Kuroto’s office and I want like 12 of them.
  • “I wonder who will get the 10th Gashat.” “Lol well it’s not gonna be you, buddy.” That couples with Taiga’s reaction to it are probably up there in the top moments of this show so far.
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Aleph
  • That said, I just adore that even in just its name, it’s a step beyond the next thing, and it’s treated like this out-of-control monstrosity.  I can really get with it on that level.  Also the level where the cartridge has a little dragon head on the base.
  • Also, for all I’ve had my concerns/discussions about Seiji having stuff to do?  That windmilling arm with the “DAI DAI DAIHENSHIN!” bit?  That was golden and charming as heck.
  • OH AND ALSO!  Winds of Transformation AND the smirk are back in 9!

Points of Concern

From Ammit: It looks like Emu may be edging into the uncomfortable Tomari/Takeru territory of one chosen by… some older guy to be “ZA Kamen Ridai!” which was something we discussed in the Ghost Postmortem episode for anyone who is curious about that, shout out to Swirrlyjiffy for calling on the unKamenCrew to explain ourselves on rejecting the former while embracing the later.
What are your thoughts and feelings on this set up occurring again? Is it the same?

Bonus Content

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Level 5

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Kamen Rider Snipe Level 3 Ackwardly handling the Bugster and endangering a patient’s life. No wonder his license was revoked.

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Patients of the Weeks- Yoshio (again) and Secretary Hinata who saved Emu 16 years ago and did some shady stuff relating to the Game Virus to him too.

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Bugsters of the Weeks

Jet Combat Bugster

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Graphite Dragon Knights himself with the Proto Gashat.

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We need more of Kiriya’s antics

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What is Pallad even doing with his life?

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Emu is good-intentioned and flawed. Where might that lead?

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S.T.G.

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What’s Kurato’s deal again?

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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid 10: Doctors Out of Line!

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Adding More Flies to the Soup – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 38-39 -Laser Knees 31

5-Laser Knees-2016-LogoJoin us as we start on a wild ride through Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger! Can Yamato lead his Zyuman friends through an adventure to save the human world from the Deathgalien? Find out how we think he’s doing as we share our thoughts on:

Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger 38 – The Wings Take Flight & 39 – Calories & A Necklace

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Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks – 38/39

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  • A little bit of nitpicking on my part, but Bard being ZyuohBird, but still being fully eagle-motifed feels a little lazy? Give him some other bird powers too.
  • I guess that’s all I’ve got? I was pretty into this episode.
  • This whole plot was bad. Who wanted this? Who looked at this and said “Yeah okay this is a good idea”?
  • The monster of the week is food themed. Why was this not an Amu episode? Also Amu being aware that Rei was manipulating her and manipulating him BACK would have at least been easier to watch and a better use of that bad habit of Amu’s, instead of just watching this guy manipulate Sela with zero consequences.
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  • Like those horse masks.  They never stop being high-larious in a way that almost takes me out of things.  Couldn’t even try to make a nonsense thing where you articulate their mouths?
  • And, okay, I get weirded out at the idea that Yamato just straight-up got Bard’s techniques on top of his powers.  It’s a nitpick, but nitpicks are all I got ‘cuz at this point in the series, they don’t have time to do a lot with any of the interesting stuff they’ve got bubbling away.
  • Look, I’m just glad that even though we opened with the food monster making everyone fat (with the implication of that being just disgusting, which I really appreciate, let me tell you) and the horror of the episode doesn’t end up being “O NOES WHAT IF FAT?!”
  • Why does Misao have the “no romance” headband and is written as all upset that she’s going out with an adult when she’s at least coded as being in her 20s?  Is… is it some kind of “boy detective” sort of thing where he wishes he was 12 or something?  I don’t get it.
  • And while I’m kicking this episode while it’s down?  I’m mad that the show has stopped giving us Misao having fights with his Herman’s Head animals.

Tide Turners – Some Enjoyable bits from this stretch of Zyuohger – 38/39

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  • They have square bread in Zyuland this was all worth it.
  • I really like Bard. His  whole story is really interesting and compelling, and he’s caught in this weird moral place. I wish this rift between Zyuland and the human world was a bigger part of this plot, because there’s so much ground to tread here that I don’t think we can in just 10 more episodes, especially with this Deathgalien plot to wrap up.
  • I guess watching Kubar figure out the mechanics of the HAND HE STOLE was kind of neat?
  • Amu taking the necklace and bailing was pretty good. Again, I wish this episode had been about her, and Rei pursuing her to manipulate her, and Amu just getting food and presents out of it and bailing because she’s onto his game and knows better.
  • I like the little remix of the ending theme they used during the date. It was cute even if I hated having to watch things happening during it.
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  • As an aside: evil old Big Brother turtle.  A better-paced show would have had this episode be the bit where we confront him and he gives his “for the good of the foolish masses”/”humans are evil” speech about how he was only doing what was best for Zyuland.
  • Oh, hey, right: we actually touched on the HORROR THAT IS MISAO’S ORIGIN, maybe we can stop treating him so bad and at least pretend to understand that for all it’s difficult dealing with someone with those kinds of anxiety issues, a little more understanding might be in order?  (I watched the next episode: that’s not going to happen)
  • Also, I still really love the ZyuohBird suit.
  • Rei is a really attractive dude, so I guess that probably counts for something?  Not in the habit of the whole “let’s ogle the pretty people” but there it is.
  • That shot where Sela turns around and is all shadows and glowy red eyes?  That was cool.
  • The shot where Cube Whale can’t quite fit through the square hoop is always pleasant in general, even if it felt a little weird in an episode where we open with being fat as a horror.

Quick Reflexes – Questions left by this bit of Zyuohger

From Anglemeister:

I’ve been catching up on Zyuohger recently and in Episode 38 something Bard said caught my eye.

Near the end of the episode Bard says that Yamato “sounds more and more like him” in regards to his belief that all living things are connected. I assumed the ‘him’ Bard was referring to was the human who wandered into Zyuland and fell off the cliff. What if that dude is Yamato’s dad? I mean we know what happened to Yamato’s mom, but we still don’t know much if anything about where his dad is. I ended up going back to episode 24 to rewatch the scene at the family grave and there’s no indication anywhere about whether Yamato’s dad is alive or not, but we know that someone left flowers while Mario and Yamato were away.

If Yamato’s dad is dead, I figure Bard could have left them because maybe Yamato’s dad wandered into Zyuland and that’s why he’s protective of Yamato. He could feel it’s his duty to look after him since he couldn’t save his dad. Alternatively, Yamato’s dad could be the one who left the flowers. This seems less likely to me since we don’t have time to explore the reasons why Yamato’s dad could be alive but not around, but I still wanted to mention it in case there’s something we know about Yamato’s dad I missed.

I wanted to know if this is something that had crossed your minds as well and what you think about this idea.

Fun Facts

Episode Writer: Komura Junko (38) & Tanaka Jin (39)

Episode Director: Shibasaki Takayuki (38) & Sugihara Teruiaki (39)

Dethgalien

Uncomfortable Stereotyping ABOUNDS!

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Kubar is being interesting

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Kubar’s plan is weird and a bit lazy

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Down with the MAN ZYUMAN!!

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Why not, Misao?

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NEXT WEEK —EPISODE 40 – A Man’s Values

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ALL ABOARD the Train to Manpain! – Ex-Aid 06-07 -RX! 161

Join us as we play a level of Kamen Rider EX-Aid! Can Emu, Asuna, and their allies cure the Bugster virus before it can wipe out humanity? Find out how we think he’s doing as we share our thoughts on:

Kamen Rider EX-Aid

06 – Carve That Beat In the Heart!

07 – The Darkest Depths of Some Lie!

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CREDIT

Episode Writer: Takahashi Yuya

Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro (06) & Morota Satoshi (07)

Glitches

06/07
Sono
  • I know I talked in the Rider Jump about it and kind of above but beyond the fact that what they’re going for with Hiiro was executed lazily, just… fridging a girlfriend is so “Safe” and easy as far as writing goes. It’s so boring and doesn’t give anything to anyone but Hiiro. I’m just so bugged by it on a writing level and on a level of STOP FRIDGING WOMEN.
  • All that aside, this is literally the same thing that happened in the FIRST Hiiro episode. Girl breaks up with a guy and it causes him stress. And having him dealing repeatedly with the same type of issue that’s tied to his larger internal trouble is interesting, but does it have to be just this constant damsel in distress thing that is mostly punishing the women for leaving? Ya’ll know in my years on this show I’ve been the one to say “Come on maybe it’s not as sexist as we’re projecting.” and maybe I’m just becoming jaded, but they’re making it real difficult for me this time.
  • I’m very confused as to how the ones with the cartridges in them are even made. I’m very confused about these monsters in general really?
06/07
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  • They did not manage to sell Hiiro eating the cake.  I get WHY it’s there, I get what they’re going for with it and if it had been in a better-written episode, it’d hit.  As it is, it’s an almost-interesting idea floating in space because they DID NOT sell it.
  • This is gonna be a running theme in this show, but holy dang is the design department just… I mean…
  • Like, at least it’s all aesthetically connected, even if it’s all just bloody awful?  The Level 3s are just… I mean, I thought Decade Complete form was a wreck.

Power-Ups

06/07
Sono
  • I might be developing a crush on Graphite. He’s easily the most interesting on on the villain side. Maybe it’s just that he feels like some kind of offspring of Phoenix and Medusa and I’ve been waiting for that to be done successfully for years.
  • I love the little rhythm game remix of the OP. That whole first rhythm game sequence is actually really entertaining.
  • The dude playing Kiriya sells this character’s emotions FANTASTICALLY. He’s got this eye movement when he’s panicking over his lies, and he can shift his emotional tone so seamlessly. His facial expressions in 7 are basically perfect.
  • Also the extra building of it not being the Bugster that killed his friend directly, but his reaction and panic caused an accident, and since he was never actually diagnosed with the Bugster virus, that adds to the lie-not-lie being placed on Kiriya’s back. It just adds to the broken trust that comes off of “No lies today. I promise.” and because of that he doesn’t even WANT to try explaining himself. He’d rather just throw his hands up and say “Yup! Caught me again! HAHA SUCKERS!” and bury how much it’s hurting him.
06/07
Aleph
  • I hope this won’t be a thing we need to fight about, but I kind’ve adored the CPR as rhythm-keeping thing.
  • And, hey, at least we got to see that infector-gun at work, right?  I thought that was cool.  Lotta fun “evil twin” jazz going on.  Episode may be five miles of unpaved road in the story section, but at least the lore is neat?
  • I really dug on them actually having surgery in the hospital.  Still over those poop monsters but it was cool to see that there is actually a kind of Standard Operating Procedure in place for these things.  Adds something to this whole idea that they’re a medical team AND ALSO explains why you’d even want to have stage select built into the belt other’n how it’s cool and video gamey.
  • And, look, I know we try not to double-up on things we loved and things we didn’t for any given episode, but on this subject, much love to the fella playing Kiriya.  That character’d feel at home in Kuuga.  Maybe not the Rider form, but the character himself?  Fit perfectly and that’s high praise.

Points of Concern

No questions this week.

Bonus Content

Kamen Rider Brave Level 3

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Kamen Rider Lazer Level 3

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Patients of the Weeks

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Bugsters of the Weeks

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Big Fat Liar with a Heart of GOLD

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Has anyone gone into the scripts yet to swap out “dark” for “dick” Ex-Aid when the President is suited up?

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She should be a person, NOT fodder for Hiiro’s Manpain

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NEXT EPISODE

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid 06: Carve That Beat in the Heart!

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Stuffing – Rider Jump 16

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No, this isn’t an error, this is Rider Jump 16, NOT 15. I (Ammit) have yet to finish editing our MASSIVE Rider Jump 15, helmed by Cannibal Sarracenian, which I am stubbornly going to document as an ongoing failure of mine to get this thing done in a timely manner by calling it episode 15 whenever I happen to finish it. Anyway, Sono and Aleph got together and had a fun conversation about a bunch of Rider and Sentai stuff including suit designs and subbing wars.

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