That is a weird looking mosque.
In my continuing quest to do dumb things to slay boredom I have decided to watch Sailor Moon and will try and keep up with it up until R before skipping to Super S as I do not own a real copy of Sailor Moon S. Any one willing to sell me a used copy is free to shoot me an email at the blog email address. Still I will be looking out for a good deal since it is out of print. I am sure at some point during your time with anime we all at one point encountered Sailor Moon, but for me I have and probably always will have a special place in my cold dead heart for it. It is pretty dated and jpmeyer seems to think little of it but way back then it was pretty damn awesome. Also jpmeyer is an East Coast Commie Liberal whose posts have gotten him blocked by the US Army, no doubt his anti-Sailor Moon musings have earned him the undying hatred of the Army Brass and the Rank and File. As such I am required to dismiss his snobbery and neo-Liberal elitism as a demonstration of solidarity with by comrades here in the suck. Such a pity, if only Hinano had a separate blog.
At any rate even if Sailor Moon is a series that habitually uses recycled shots shoujo adaptations have generally never been as well funded as mecha so on that account I can forgive much. Newer fans of animu might balk at the budget cutting but crisp animation isn’t everything as any Macross Lifer can attest. Also while transformation animation is present in every episode much like Domon Kasshu’s signature attack it never gets old…for various reasons. I wonder if one day Sailor Moon will fade from the collective memory of anime fans as unlike Macross, Gundam, and to an extent VOTOMS there will be no new anime iterations to spark interest in the franchise despite it being a heavy influence on the genre and it being from a rather old vintage. Still I think many of us still remember even if some small minority wants to forget Sailro Moon who lived through the 1990s and the heydays of CN. I wonder how many fans can trace their seifuku mania to Sailor Moon, how many Zyl equivalents were strired by Usagi being an onee-san, how many Stripey equivalents found their inner sis-con when Usagi referred to Motoki as nii-san, how many yuri fans suspected that Haruka and Michiru weren’t typical cousins, how many discovered the wonders of miko when Rei was hexing people, etc. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon was something like a pole tent revival but I am unsure of how many anime fans meandered into PGSM.
Even so when I was a young lad I thought this show was pretty damn awesome, and now it tickles some of my mecha sensibilities with Sailor Moon having some similarities with G Gundam even without the nod that was Nobel Gundam. Usagi even has the standard Gundam colors of red, white, blue and yellow, and while her standard attacks lack the sheer hot bloodedness of Domon’s signature attack it’s still similar in spirit. Besides Gundam protagonists these days need to ask silly questions and pontificate even Usagi has them beat in the willingness to fight and not ask stupid questions. Also whether they intended to or not Mamoru’s shades seem to be a nod to Quattro Bajeena. Even if I remember a lot watching again almost ten years after much the charm still comes through and the changing times impart aspects that the creators probably did not intend. For instance Usagi is really 14 and not 16 as she was when I watched it dubbed as a Saturday morning cartoon, Mamoru is in college and not in high school. This leads to some soul searching as I am not sure if Usagi being 14 and Mamoru being over 18 makes this disturbing or AWESOME. After all Yang and Fredrica were seven years apart, Char seems to be mad props from Zekes across the globe for going for underage girls, and many an anime fan confesses to liking the loli, so it’s not exactly contrary to the moral values (or lack there of) of the general fandom.
As animal sidekicks go Luna is still one of the best and still delightful, and I generally dislike cats but still hold Luna in high regard. I kind of wish many a character and AU Gundam Pilots in particular had some one to rib them the way Luna admonishes Usagi. Imagine if Kou Uraki had a Haro that called him out for being an idiot and having no taste in women, if Banagher Links’ Haro told him that making a pass at Audery in front of a third party was stupid, or if a Haro told Jihad-kun to stop having flashbacks of the mother he killed, surely it would have made things better or at least a lot more humorous. While Sailor Moon has a lot in common with the super robot genre, calling your attacks, mildly hot-blooded, enemy of the week, clearly defined evil, and all that there are instances of the enemies being not so evil. Even the first villain only manages to threaten to kill Naru but some how decided to lock Naru’s mom in the basement… Clearly this show is not about making the river run red with blood, in fact there isn’t much blood letting to speak of. This is understandable given the target audience wasn’t rancorous mecha loving servicemen that advocate hot bloodedness, but young girls. Still the director being Junichi Sato whose career usually involves shoujo also meandered into mecha territory.
At the time I first saw it I thought Usagi had more in common with boys given her love of a Metal Slug/Contra type shooter game and lack of academic diligence, these days she seems much more typical now that there are girl gamers too, though how many of them actually play side scrolling shooters is subject to conjecture. Even when Usagi cries it’s much less annoying now since it is a means to an end for her, in fact her crying usually results in tangible results and isn’t crying for the sake of some lame ass wangst. Also it doesn’t last more than two minutes usually. If there is one character that does annoy it would be Shingo, that Luna hating bastard I hope he stays lonely for a long time. Good thing Usagi abused her position as hero to set things right. Number two on my list would probably be Umino though mostly my dislike is due in no small part to see Usagi give yuri hugs to other girls, besides any guy who rats out his target for alone time is asking for trouble anyway.
One thing I am certain that none of the production staff intended was my excessive joy at watching it all over again as a series that went past the limit in breaking Arabic social mores. I chuckled a bit at the architecture with the crescent moon motifs which were decidedly similar to some mosques and how Usagi was tossing her shoe and actually hitting Mamoru with them. This doesn’t include the obvious stuff like women going about without headscarves and the intermingling of the sexes in public. Moreover Usagi is actively punching and hitting people in the name of the moon it’s actually quite different from the usual magical girl fare where there is not physical violence, oddly named attacks are alright but I find a punch and kick that connect to be much more satisfying. There is nothing that burns calories faster than hand to hand combat and despite the worry over weight no one really seems to balloon much anyways. Still it was worth it for the Luna fan art. I wonder if the magic will still last but still while MOON PRISM POWER MAKE UP is not as cool as RISE GUNDAM it hasn’t gotten old yet, though I wish MOON TIARA ACTION was as fun to repeat as THIS HAND OF MINE IS BURNING RED!
I wonder though how many of us are willing to confess how Sailor Moon was our gateway anime and actually still like it. It probably hasn’t aged well, but I think that most of us of have one or two fond memories still it has historical significance to the general fandom since it did help bring anime to places outside of Japan. I still hold out hope for a reprint of the anime series and the manga since I missed out way back when. This is two up for my ten years after re-watching of series I have on hand so far it has proved quite fun and not due to Gundam Wing and Sailor Moon being awesomely bad, but mostly due to yuri subtext that I never saw before when I first watched it. Sure it is girly but hey what’s more demeaning to a terrorist fuck than getting his ass kicked with MOON TIARA ACTION.
The beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Back in the day I referred to her as Queen Barrel.
His name is Mamoru and he’s looking for a guy named Tuxedo Mask have you seen him?.
Ah yes a show within a show…
More than a mere trinket…
Ah that iconic pose.
So evil she’ll lock you in the basement.
Not as dynamic as Schwartz’s entrance but back then Schwartz had yet to fell a tree with a rusty sword.
THIS BAND OF MINE GLOWS WITH AN AWESOME POWER! IT’S LOUD CRY TELLS ME TO DEFEAT YOU!
This stall teaches you how to cast Sekiha Tenkyoken.
I always thought that Usagi being a gamer made her AWESOME.
Motoki taught her how to do the Konami code.
This is so offensive to the Arabs…
Not quite the Shining Finger I was hoping for.
Worry not for I am sure someone will take responsibility.
Goddamn rock throwing protesters.
This is THRILLER.
The original unmarried widow.
First time I saw toast like that.
Man I wish I could use that excuse to get off watch.
HERE I GO!
Ah the Inbit flowers of life…
Ah the cosplay pen.
I suppose any idiot can get on talk radio.
Looks like no one will need your political commentary any more.
Luna was such a talented artist.
ZOMG Pod people from beyond the MOON!
He’s like the anti-Char in that he actually went for it…
This cat has claws.
I like how Luna resorted to threats to make Usagi do her job.
AND NOW THE END!
Her Char Kick was quite effective.
Oh grow a pair Shingo.
He likes furries…
That hand of hers is GLOWING RED! IT’S LOUD ROAR TELLS HER TO BRIGHT SLAP YOU!
Attack that weak point for massive damage.
Ah yes abusing one’s position as hero to compel compliance… Usagi you’re the best.