Don’t Bite Into the Donut Sailor Moon, It’s Dangerous!- Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie – Moon Speak Phase-III 38

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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Sono and Ammit talk about Super Sailor Moon S: The Movie.
They talk about all the things they enjoyed, then discuss some themes and some of the changes made in the dub script and how they impact the movie.

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Director: Hiroki Shibata

Screenplay: Yoji Enokido

Theme’s Discussed

Reality V Dreams

The Children are our future

Cherishing the Past V Making a Better Future – Ammit may have just made this one up…

Dubs V Subs

Covering up Haruka and Michiru’s relationship and the nod to its sexual nature

Obfuscating the a central theme of the movie from the scene at the start of the movie


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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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Do Your Thing Moon Mama – Sailor Moon R The Movie – Moon Speak Phase-III 36

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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We’re starting off with Sailor Moon R: The Movie.

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Credit

Here at the TOH Network, we like to acknowledge the people who work on all the shows we discuss and offer thanks for their effort as we critique the finished product.

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Director: Ikuhara Kunihiko – Also directed and helped create Revolutionary Girl Utena

Screenplay: Tomita Sukehiro – Wrote on Kamen Rider Super-1, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, and Yu Yu Hakusho, along with far too many other writing credits to list.


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Total Eclipse of the Heart- Sailor Moon Crystal Act.38 Infinity 12- Moon Speak Phase-II 35

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In this Moon Speak, Sono and Ammit discuss Act.38 which is Sailor Moon Crystal 39. This episode features a very loose conversation about the end of Sailor Moon Crystal for now and some spoilers technically for what is coming for Usagi, Chibi-Usa and the rest of the cast.

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Nothing new for this week.

Here are some cool parting images from the show. It was a lot of fun and we can’t wait to see more.

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No Greater Love- Sailor Moon Crystal Act.37 Infinity 11- Moon Speak Phase-II 34

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In this Moon Speak, Sono and Ammit discuss Act.37 which is Sailor Moon Crystal 38. This episode features uncontrollable emotions, lots of tears and a brief discussion of the Sailor Moon Crystal dub.

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Here at the TOH Network, we like to acknowledge the people who work on all the shows we discuss and offer thanks for their effort as we critique the finished product.

Sono

Nothing new for this week.

Monster of the Week (Basically)

Pharaoh 90 makes an appearance… mostly. It’s a very odd thing. Even Usagi and Chibi-Usa are taken aback, even after all the stuff they’ve seen.

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Rough Demandes

Was there anything that rubbed you the wrong way?

Ammit

  • I sure wish they hadn’t replayed a good deal of the concluding scene from last episode.
  • It seemed a bit odd that Usagi was calling upon the power of the Nine Planets, given that Hotaru is dead at this point.

Sono

  • There seemed to be a lot in this episode that was there just to fill time. A lot of animation from previous episodes and reaction shots. I know reactions shots help the drama but there were parts where there was two cycles of reaction shots from all ten-ish observers for every one thing that happened.
  • Hey, Ammit: Nine guardians, not nine planets. I figured she was either counting herself or Chibiusa.

Frills

What were some lovely things you found especially catching?

Ammit

  • Everyone combining their attacks was so epic!
  • Pharaoh 90 absorbing their attacks and breaking out was a sight to behold!
  • That ROCKING METAL in the back ground as Pharaoh 90 was getting the upper hand was SO amazing.
  • Usagi’s resolve to protect everyone and sacrifice herself if need be was so beautiful. Her memories and her soliloquy hit me SO hard.
  • Sailor Saturn’s costume is fantastic.

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  • Even Mamoru got to get in on it with Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber!
  • I love the Double Rainbow Moon Heartache, and I love how they chose to animate the stock footage for it. Usagi and Chibiusa look so fierce. And I always love a good double attack.

Quotable Quotes

What were some of the best or worst lines that stood out to you?

There were too many tears this week.

Inquisition

These are questions sparked by the episode. Sono and Ammit discuss them in the show and want to hear your thoughts too. Please comment on this post to answer or use Twitter, Tumblr or send your replies to the inbox.

  1. We’ve talked about Usagi basically being G-d. Do you think her sacrificing herself to save the others is a part of her apotheosis or an expression of her heroism?
  2. What are your thoughts on Saturn’s debut? How do you read her?
  3. What do you suppose caused the twist in fate? Is Hotaru living part of what brought Earth to Pharaoh 90’s attention?
  4. Does the time-logic make sense in all this? Should everyone take for granted that they will make it through this and Usagi will be fine?

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Endless Love- Sailor Moon Crystal 26 Review

Sailor Moon Crystal 26 – Replay– Never Ending – Review

If I never see more Sailor Moon Crystal, it will be alright. If you didn’t know it, or if you’ve forgotten I’m new to Sailor Moon. From episode one of Sailor Moon Crystal I have really enjoyed it, by the end of the Dark Kingdom arc, I was calling myself a fan and praising Takeuchi’s craft work. When I say I don’t need more Crystal, I’m talking from a place of fear. I don’t want more because I don’t want it to be ruined. The work already exists, I could read the manga, watch the 90’s anime or ask several long-time fans, but I don’t really want to because Crystal is my Sailor Moon and I am attached to it in very specific ways. I have that tinge of fear as I think about the show’s future because it is so special to me. In truth, I know that Takeuchi is competent and its obvious she cares about Sailor Moon, so I have faith she’d do the rest of the story well, but to some extent I see my trepidation as a compliment. I don’t want to see this precious jewel tarnished and I think that speaks volumes of how great the show really is to me.

Now to do some actual reviewing of Act 26; it was perfect. Spellcheck. Screen grab. Publish. Have a drink.

But really.

26-A

First, a complaint: we need way more specific character interaction between all the Sailor Guardians. I am not sure how that would be accomplished while keeping up the fabulous pacing and escalation of the conflicts, but that is one thing that would make the show practically perfect.

The fairytale ending to the battle with Death Phantom is beautiful and packs a hefty emotional punch while allowing us to see just how powerful Sailor Moon is. The stakes are impossibly high, but Neo Queen Serenity believes so confidently in the power of her 900+ year old child and her younger self that she tells a group of warrior goddesses to just sit a spell while they go save the Universe. From the time she awakens King Endymion with a kiss, Neo Queen Serenity serves to show the audience just how great and powerful Sailor Moon is and it just works. The simplicity and elegance in the take down of this seemingly all powerful foe solidifies just how mighty Sailor Moon is and earns her the deference and awe King Endymion transferred to Chibi-Usagi through tales and which characters like Pluto and Demande (sort of) had for Neo Queen Serenity.

26-B

Sailor Moon gives emotions legitimacy and power and encourages taking action with feeling. The legacy of Sailor Moon is right there. It has fully delivered this wonderful message and done it through telling the story of Usagi Tsukino, the lazy cry baby. She was never the best or brightest, but that doesn’t matter because she has heart. Not grit and determination, but heart. Usagi’s love, that which flows from and to her from those in her circle is what makes her strong. The point isn’t community, it’s about being open and loving and accepting people into your heart, not so you can use them to gain strength or put them under your umbrella of protection, but because that is what good people do and though you might not be who or what you want to be today, with love in your heart and faith in yourself, you’ll get there. You may stumble, you may fall, but since you likely have people around you who love you, you can fight for them or they can help you, as long as you keep moving towards the future.

26-V

In Conclusion

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 26 earns 4 out of 5 for presenting a grand finale and giving me hope for more Sailor Moon Crystal while not actually needing it. Things didn’t quite go as expected, but it was all very good, even if we do not get any more Sailor Moon Crystal.

26-Y

But I would like to see more Sailor Moon Crystal.

 

Dispensing the Pleasant Tease- Sailor Moon Crystal 25 Review

Sailor Moon Crystal 25 – Showdown – Death Phantom

I move to nominate Takeuchi to win two awards, the first is for Most Inexact Titles and the second is for Best Use of Split Focus in a Webcast episode. Showdown – Death Phantom is the work I would submit as proof of her accomplishments in both categories. Even though I’m poking fun at those features of the episode, they aren’t actually issues. How much should the title matter anyway? I’m not sure, as long as it isn’t distracting it shouldn’t, I suppose. The inexactitude of the title didn’t stop this episode from being really enjoyable. The split focus I alluded to earlier was actually part of what made the episode so good. In the past few episodes, the action has been ramping up and the conflicts have become more defined until now where there is a fantastic amount of momentum established and there is nothing else to impede the final conflict. I feel like going into the finale is going to be so much more enjoyable because of where the episode left off: Usagi and friends are at the precipice of battle and the stakes have been raised for the Sailor Guardians VS. Wiseman round two. Death Phantom seems like he could be unstoppable, but Sailor Moon just seems to keep growing more powerful. Our heroines have risen from a pit, but now must take on a foe they thought they had defeated. Again: this set up is really exciting.

25-B

Going back to the split focus of the episode, Takeuchi has done this before in Act 13. Queen Metalia is finally defeated and the Guardians go back to their normal lives until Chibi-Usa drops from the sky and ruins Usagi and Mamoru’s tender moment. This technique reminds me of the caesura used in poetry, where there is a break in the middle of a line. I feel like Takeuchi uses it effectively in both instances. Originally she used to allow for an intensely dramatic finish to the fight with Metalia, it was almost as if her fight spilled into Act 13 which was meant to serve as denouement for the Dark Kingdom arc and set up what was to come. In Act 25 the caesura is used in a reversed order. There is a quiet and cool period for the first 12-13 minutes that pauses the action to help build up to a climactic confrontation. Pluto transgressing the third taboo allowed for the break which stopped the action and allowed for a resetting and restoration of elements to a condition where they are most effective for moving the story forward. The best thing about the resetting is that it took the form of heartbreak, internal struggle, bitter-sweet realizations and a dramatic assertion of resolve.

In Conclusion

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 25 earns a 5 out of 5 for misting my eyes, while pumping me up for the grand finale.