October 13th, 2015


The best of Sailor Moon

Wow, sometimes a movie or series will kind of uproot you from reality and make everything feel kind of surreal and like, "Wait, what? Where am I? What happened?" And that's what happened with Charlotte! It was a pretty interesting series, but by the end it's like waking up from a dream. I don't really dig that effect; that's why I don't take naps. So I wish I liked the ending better, because I really liked the series overall, except for episode 11. There was another episode that was really hard to watch, but it had a good ending, so it's okay.

Sorry for the vagueness; I'm too lazy to do a cut. And besides, that's not what I wanted to talk about today. What I did want to talk about today is Sailor Moon! We've been watching the old series ever since Viz started airing it on Hulu back in May of last year, and it's mostly been a fun little nostalgia trip. It hasn't really grabbed us as much as it did back when it got us hooked on anime, but it's still good entertainment.

We also watched Sailor Moon Crystal, which was largely disappointing as far as our own opinions are concerned. People were all like, "Finally, an anime version of Sailor Moon that's true to the manga!" and we were like, "But guys, all the character development and stuff that made the series so good is in the anime." That might just come from our own feelings of indignation after not being asked to translate Kodansha USA's re-release, but I'd have to re-read the manga to know for sure. Sailor Moon Crystal sure didn't help. And then people came along on Facebook and said, "Finally an anime version that makes sense!" and we were like, "Uh?" How in the world does Sailor Moon Crystal make more sense than Sailor Moon non-Crystal? And then I think of the DD Girls (is that what they're called? I don't remember details anymore), and I think, "...Okay, maybe I see your point."

I would like to address one thing that failed to make sense in any version of Sailor Moon, and that's Sailor Pluto. I love her as a character; she's got a really cool concept and she looks awesome, but she had one job. One job. To keep people from traveling through time. She successfully manages to stand in the way of the one person who's not a threat to the timeline, but how on earth did the Black Moon clan travel through time, and how is Sailor Pluto not being punished for that? Now we know the real reason Pluto got demoted.

Anyway, the Viz rerun of the series has made it to Sailor Moon SuperS, which we remember for some reason being rather unpopular among Sailor Moon fans back in the day, but it's not like we were on the internet much back then, so we might be wrong in that assumption. We assumed people didn't like it because it had such a strong focus on Chibi Moon, but maybe they didn't dislike it at all for all we know. But what I want to say is that SuperS is the best.

Actually, we haven't seen Sailor Stars since it first aired in Japan...and the time it took for copies of those episodes to make it to the States on VHS. Also, we watched it without subtitles before we knew any Japanese (before we knew enough Japanese to form any kind of coherent sentence other than the very basic things like, "nanji desu ka?"), so we can't really comment on the quality of Sailor Stars over the other seasons, but SuperS is super good.

And this week, the best episodes of it went live on Hulu! So we wanted to come onto LJ and tell everyone to go watch them because they're soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. I think they're probably pretty good without having watched the whole season leading up to them, because that's how we first watched them (also without subtitles, but our friend who provided the video had gotten summaries off the internet, so we knew what all wasn't obvious from the action), but of course they're going to be even better if you have seen previous episodes (and if you know Japanese or are reading subtitles), because part of what makes those episodes so good is a knowledge of the Amazon Trio and how they usually act, and how that contrasts with what's going on in those two episodes.

And I had this whole great review about what makes those episodes so awesome, but after watching Charlotte, it's kind of gone away. I know it has a lot to do with the great everything that went into it--the writing, the voice acting, the staging, the music. The first of those episodes actually has an animator whose work we don't care for as much doing most of the animation, but even though the drawings aren't exactly top-notch, when there's an important emotion, it's depicted very well (sometimes with the help of creative use of color).

Going into any more detail would require a spoiler cut, and I already said I'm too lazy to do that, so anyway, please watch the episodes! You don't have to if you don't want to, but you'll be missing out! ...Of course, if you don't have Hulu...then you can just go to Hulu.com right now and you don't need an account to watch them. (Search "Sailor Moon" and use the drop-down menu to select Season 4.)

Incidentally, Fisheye is the role that first made Akira Ishida one of our favorite voice actors!

Today I'm thankful for getting to watch the best episodes of Sailor Moon again, those two episodes being just as great after all this time (we hadn't seen them in over ten years!), getting to watch the rest of Charlotte, being done grocery shopping, and Viz not having two-week member exclusives.