This track, “Time of the Titans,” is my favorite composition from the Walking With Dinosaurs series. When the music swells and becomes so triumphant, I just close my eyes and envision what the world was like so many millions of years ago. I can’t even describe how powerful this track is to me; it tugs at my heart in a way that most music can’t.
Ben Bartlett really outdid himself when he composed this!
This is Minako’s response in episode 35 when, after the other girls learn of their pasts in the Moon Kingdom, they ask if they’re really human or if they’re aliens. They were reincarnated as Earthlings, and as such, have human parents.
Queen Serenity was the mother of Princess Serenity, but Ikuko Tsukino gave birth to Usagi Tsukino and is her mother. Queen Serenity and Usagi are still related in a distant, almost nonphysical way, but Ikuko is her biological mama. This doesn’t mean that Usagi can’t love Queen Serenity as a mother, and that doesn’t mean that she loves Ikuko any less.
But Ikuko is the one who raised Usagi from birth, who held her hand on the first day of school, who went to all of her plays and other performances, who baked her treats when she was upset, who approved of Usagi’s boyfriend and even told Usagi to invite him over when her overprotective father was gone… basically, Ikuko mothered the hell out of Usagi.
And Queen Serenity gave up her life so Usagi could have all of these things. Her love for her is so strong that she was able to keep a small manifestation of herself alive for countless years so that she could answer any questions her daughter might have and see her for one last time. Serenity might not be the present-day Usagi’s biological mother, but she loves her all the same.
So what I’m trying to say is that Usagi is very lucky. She has two wonderful mamas who love her the best and would do anything for her.
Ooh, this is so hard! I have SO MANY favorite moments that I feel horrible for leaving so many great ones out. But I think I can give you all a rough idea of what my favorites are!
Eventually, I’d like to do a top 10-15 favorite moments list for each season, but right now I’ll just do a general one! I also want to point out that, since I only have 10 spots, there probably won’t be very many funny/cute scenes since I’m just including the more powerful scenes.
FINALLY (and I’m so sorry I can’t shut my trap yet) this list is only including anime scenes. I’ll do one for the manga eventually, and maybe even PGSM!
Aside from the first moment, these really aren’t in any particular order at all.
Episode 200: Usagi saves Galaxia- I’ve said it time and time again but episode 200 was the perfect end to the series. The scene where Usagi sprouts angel wings and flies to Galaxia, complete with the Sailor Star Song in the background, is one of my favorite scenes in anime. It just shows how much Usagi has changed throughout the course of her journey. She’s now a supremely loving and powerful young lady who can save the entire galaxy and the blackest of hearts with nothing more than the purity of her soul.
Episode 46: The Senshi conquer death to aid their Princess- This season finale is only beaten out by episode 200. It’s so incredibly powerful in a lot of ways. The Senshi have only known each other for a short while, but they’re permanently bonded in a way no one else can understand. Ami, Rei, Mako, and Minako are so incredibly dedicated to Usagi, both as a Princess and as a friend, that not even death itself can stop them from helping her.
Episode 172: Nehellenia is saved by love- This scene combines what I love about the first two, namely Usagi’s incredible love and the Senshi’s incredible devotion. Despite the horrors Nehellenia has put Usagi through, she is completely unwilling to let another person suffer in loneliness and so offers to sacrifice herself so that Nehellenia will finally know what friendship is. Just a beautiful moment all around.
Episode 125: Usagi saves Hotaru- Yet another phenomenal season finale. Seeing Usagi transform with the sheer force of her will (along with aid from her loyal Senshi) and dive headfirst into a Eldritch Abomination to save the life of an innocent girl is extremely powerful. The music is really a clincher for me as well, both the sweet, uplifting theme that plays when Usagi leaps into the fray and the haunting Star Locket melody that plays when Usagi finally emerges holding a baby Hotaru while the butterflies made of light that had accompanied her fly towards the moon.
Sailor Moon R Movie: Moon Revenge- Not only is “Moon Revenge” one of the best songs EVER, the accompanying scene is one of the best in the series. Usagi’s, as the beautiful and ethereal Princess Serenity, fierce determination to protect her planet, and the Senshi’s even fiercer determination to protect both their planet and their Princess, results in one of the most dramatic and beautiful scenes in anime history. In particular, seeing the Senshi reminisce on the various ways in which Usagi had transformed their lives warms my heart every time I see it. And I still can’t get over how perfectly “Moon Revenge” fits in with it all!
Episode 88: Chibiusa’s homecoming- This is definitely the most subdued entry thus far, but still incredibly heartwarming. Seeing Chibiusa trying to maintain some level of dignity despite her overwhelming emotions (after all, a lady must always curtsey!) and then eventually giving into them and running into her mother’s arms makes me smile every single time. What makes it better is that Neo-Queen Serenity herself can’t keep up the act and falls to her knees and embraces her daughter. Her soft “welcome home” and Chibiusa’s tearful “Mama!” makes the scene truly perfect.
Episode 196: The Inner Senshi’s final moments- And now it’s time for a heartbreaking scene! Despite the fact that this moment reduces me to a blubbering pile of despair every time I see it, that doesn’t mean I can’t love it! In particular, the part where Usagi cradles Rei in her arms and begs her not to leave her alone basically shatters my heart into a million pieces every time. Although Usagi loves her friends beyond measure (and equally), she has a very special relationship with Rei, and the fact that it’s Rei that Usagi chooses to comfort in her dying moments really speaks to that.
Episode 199: Galaxia’s Light of Hope- At the end of episode 199, we learn that not only is Galaxia the legendary Sailor Senshi who originally sealed away Chaos, we also learn that she is the creator of the fabled Light of Hope, or the only way to defeat Chaos once and for all. We even see the birth of the Light of Hope. This moment is very significant to me in ways that I can’t really explain. Seeing Galaxia on a bleak and desolate planet, so very close to being overtaken by the ultimate evil, but still having enough strength of will to send away her own star seed (aka her soul) so that it wouldn’t be corrupted really tugs at my heart. What makes it even better is that it’s accompanied by the absolutely haunting and gorgeous Golden Queen Galaxia orgel theme.
Episode 34- The birth of the Ginzuishou and the revelation of Princess Serenity- As with so many of these moments, the music really makes the scene. In this case, it’s “Maboroshi no Ginzuishou" by Apple Pie (if you haven’t listened to this song, LISTEN TO THIS SONG. The lyrics were written by Naoko Takeuchi herself!) Anyway, even though we all knew Usagi was the Princess (COME ON PEOPLE), the eventual revelation is still extremely gorgeous and memorable!
Episode 198: The Deaths of Uranus and Neptune- Last but certainly not least! Anyway, this is another very sad scene. Seeing Haruka and Michiru using the very last vestiges of their strength to hold hands just one more time squeezes my heart. I remember the first time I saw this episode, I was absolutely horrified by the prospect of them not being able to reach each other in time. But they did, and it added some comfort to it all.
Anyway, there’s my top 10! I just know I’m gonna remember so many more awesome scenes later. ;__;
My Sailor Moon experience began about five and half years ago, in late 2008. I was a 13-year-old eighth grader, one with a lot of emotional baggage. I don’t want to go into the details, because they’re both extensive and extremely personal, but I was battling major depression and anxiety attacks as well as being very lonely and out of touch with the world. My self-esteem was nonexistent, I was barely suppressing self-destructive tendencies, and I missed school more than I went to it. Looking back on it, Sailor Moon came into my life at a very vital time.
I remember SM sparking my interest immediately, and I can vividly remember exactly how my discovery went down. Back in 8th grade, I didn’t have my own laptop, but I had basically claimed ownership of my mom’s old MacBook and was on it constantly, especially at nighttime. Back then, I used to stay up insanely late (now that I’m older, my instinct to stay up persists, but I can’t indulge in it as much anymore because I feel like death in the morning, haha). One weekend night, I was browsing a Pokemon forum that I frequented and noticed that someone had a signature (and icon) consisting of a beautiful raven-haired girl in a red sailor uniform. She was so pretty and interesting that I immediately wanted to know where she was from (Funnily enough, I’ve discovered tons of my other favorite animes this way, too. The kawaii fascination is strong in this one.)
Of course, you probably know by now that this girl was Sailor Mars, aka Rei Hino. After some minor sleuthing (and this was before all of this fancy-schmancy reverse Google searching stuff), I discovered that she was from an anime called Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. Looking at the Wikipedia article, I was surprised to find out that Rei was a miko. Now, this is important, because at the time I was obsessed with Inuyasha (the only anime I watched at that time) and I loved Kikyo in particular, so finding a fellow miko was a sign for me to give Sailor Moon a shot.
And give it a shot I did.
I stayed up until about 4 AM that night/morning (which was extreme even for me), watching the first ten or so episodes of Sailor Moon. They were the original Japanese episodes (the enjoyment I got from watching the original version of an anime colored my anime experiences to come; I usually won’t even touch a dub, haha) “Getting hooked” is an understatement for what happened to me. I watched it constantly. I read the manga (back in 2008, it was much harder to track down scans, and my library only had a few volumes). I talked about it enthusiastically to anyone who would listen. My mental health began to improve, but not before I was institutionalized. That experience, along with the hope and happiness Sailor Moon gave me and a rebirth of my Catholic faith, is what ultimately started me on an upwards path that I’m still walking today.
Over the years, my love of Sailor Moon kept growing as I grew into a healthier person. But I was still lonely, and, now in high school, I still hadn’t made any real friends. I didn’t mind that much, but I would have loved to been able to talk about Sailor Moon to someone. I’ve always loved analyzing, and I had a lot of theories and comments on the Sailor Moon universe. I didn’t really feel compelled to join a forum (because those could get ugly, I had noticed), but I kept looking for an opportunity to share my love of Sailor Moon and hopefully get to know some people in the process.
Tumblr gave me that opportunity.
I joined Tumblr in May of 2011, which was like eight months after I discovered the site itself. I was on it frequently, but I never made an attempt to actually join, because I was convinced that my thoughts and everything else would go unnoticed or ignored by everyone and that would be worse than not sharing them at all. But at the end of my sophomore year, I finally decided to take the plunge and opened an account.
I thought I would be lucky to get ten followers. Now I have over 7,500.
I thought I wouldn’t make any friends. Now I have people who are closer to me than anyone else excluding my family.
Sailor Moon made all of that possible.
I won’t go much into my Tumblr experience, because it’s something that’s on my blog already, but despite the fact that it’s caused a lot of hurt and upset, it’s caused even more joy and positivity. I’m a college student now, and I’m happy to say that I’m now happier and more well-adjusted than I’ve ever been before. In large part, I have Sailor Moon to thank for that (for all of the hope and happiness it gave me) as well as the Sailor Moon community itself (for giving me the friendships I’d always longed for and the confidence to assert myself and share my feelings).
So thank you, Naoko Takeuchi, and thank you, Sailor Moon. I know I haven’t been around as long as a lot of other people, but damn, it’s been one hell of a ride.
OMG yes so much to this. I -LOVE- this kind of documentary! If you happen to find some good ones, you should totally post their names/maybe links? on here! C8
I have been waiting for this question since I started this blog nearly three years ago
*spends a moment to wipe away the tears of joy and then rubs hands together* Alrighty then! I’ll do my best to provide links, but there are some that are just not anywhere on the internet; if you’re desperate to see them (like I was, for a few of them), you can buy used DVDs of them on Amazon for only a few bucks (and there shouldn’t be any worry about the discs not working, because Amazon doesn’t accept items that don’t work).
The Walking With…. Series:
As the phenomenon that jumpstarted interest in dinosaur documentaries as well as serving as the template of those to come, of course WWD deserves a special mention. There are also two companion series that are equally great and deserve to be listed here. In order of natural history:
Walking With Monsters: Monsters covers the millions of years of life that flourished before the dinosaurs, covering everything from the first vertebrate to the last mammal-like reptile. While it’s quite a bit more speculative than the other two entries (which is understandable, given how the further you go back in time, the less you know), it’s still fascinating. Pre-dinosaur animals are given the least amount of attention of any prehistoric life, but they’re just as impressive as everything that came after them. Also, unlike the other two Walking With entries, Monsters is only three episodes long as opposed to six.
Walking With Dinosaurs: Of course, WWD doesn’t need much of an introduction, but I’ll give it one anyway. WWD consists of six episodes, ranging from the dawn of the dinosaurs (covered in first episode, “New Blood”) over 220 million years ago to the cataclysmic event that caused their extinction 65 million years ago (which is portrayed in the aptly named sixth episode, “Death of a Dynasty”). Not only dinosaurs are featured; WWD also makes a point of examining other prehistoric reptiles, like pterosaurs and marine reptiles (which, although commonly thought of as dinosaurs, are of a different class altogether). Everything about this documentary is just mind-blowing and I can’t recommend it enough.
The Ballad of Big Al: This special gets a mention because it’s sort of a spinoff of WWD. The special focuses on Big Al, the most intact Allosaurus skeleton ever discovered (with over 95% of his bones still in place), and how he may have lived his life. It’s basically just an extra WWD episode, so be sure to give it a look!
Walking With Beasts: Beasts covers all of the prehistoric life in the post-dinosaur world, but mostly focuses on mammals. After the dinosaurs died out, mammals were given the opportunity to become the dominant lifeforms on Earth, and they did just that. Like Dinosaurs, it has six episodes, and the last episode is placed just 30,000 years ago, when we humans had already established ourselves as a species. Beasts is every bit as spectacular as Dinosaurs is, and features iconic prehistoric mammals like the Smilodon (or the saber-toothed cat) and the Woolly Mammoth.
Finally, allthreeseries are available on Netflix. If you’re a Netflix user, I recommended streaming them on there.
Planet Dinosaur: My favorite documentary series behind the Walking With installments! It came out in 2011 and, as a result, features much more advanced CGI and paleontological knowledge than WWD did. Planet Dinosaur is sort of a spiritual successor to WWD; it was also produced by the BBC and was the first major dinosaur-related series for BBC One since WWD ended in 1999. It also consists of six episodes but, unlike WWD, focuses on multiple dinosaur species and prehistoric timelines in an episode instead of just one. Each episode usually follows a certain theme as well (for example, “Feathered Dragons” is about feathered theropods, the ancestors of birds). Definitely make a point of watching this one!
Dinosaur Planet: Don’t be confused by the name; Dinosaur Planet is completely different than Planet Dinosaur (although their similar names make it really annoying to make a Google search, haha). Dinosaur Planet came out in 2003 on the Discovery Channel and consists of four episodes: White Tip’s Journey (centered around a female Velociraptor), Pod’s Travels (about a male Pyroraptor), Little Das’ Hunt (about a young male Daspletosaurus), and finally Alpha’s Egg (which focuses on a female Saltasaurus and actually walks you through her entire life). This was actually one of the very first dinosaur documentaries I ever saw and is what sparked my interest in them; when I was around nine or ten or so I had a VideoNow player and the Dinosaur Planet series was one of the first discs I got. Unfortunately, I have not been able to track down this series online for the life of me (except for some episodes on VeeHD, but that’s honestly the shittiest website because you have to download their viewing software and ain’t nobody got time for that sort of malware) but I encourage you to try because I gave up pretty quickly. I ended up caving and buying a used DVD set on Amazon.
Jurassic Fight Club: Now, I’m going to say right off the bat that this series isn’t in the same caliber as WWD, Planet Dinosaur, or even Dinosaur Planet. It’s not something you’d watch for educational purposes but rather because dinosaurs are badass and you want to see them fight (and who doesn’t?). As the name implies, Jurassic Fight Club features prehistoric fights between animals (usually dinosaurs, but there are also some mammal fights and even an episode that focuses on the monster shark Megalodon) and spends a lot of time going into the background of the discovery of each featured species and the evidence that points to how they may have died. It’s a very speculative series, but I really do love it. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of episodes online; Ages ago (seriously, I was in eighth grade when this happened), I bought the full season on iTunes and now whenever I feel like watching it I just do so on my iPod. However, you can browse some videos here; the majority of them only consist of the actual fights themselves, but that’s what most of us are here for, anyway. There are a few full episodes available, though.
Animal Armageddon: An Animal Planet series that aired in 2009, Animal Armageddon is unique in that it doesn’t focus that much on prehistoric life, but rather the mass extinction events that have shaped Earth’s history. It features the iconic K-T extinction (which was responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs) as well as the Permian extinction event (which, while not nearly as well-known as the K-T extinction, is the single most devastating event in Earth’s history; over 90% of all life on Earth died out and it took the world millions of years to recover its biodiversity). I’ll be honest here, the CGI isn’t as pretty as the others on this list, but it’s a very good series and something worth looking into if you’re interested in mass extinctions.
Last Day of the Dinosaurs (backup link): A documentary movie that, as the name implies, covers the K-T extinction event and offers a look at how these majestic animals went extinct.
Even more documentaries:
These are all series that I have not seen and therefore can’t vouch for, but I figured that they still deserve a special mention.
Whew! This took me over an hour to write and I’m sure that a lot of people aren’t going to be too happy with such a huge post on their dashes, but there you go! If I missed any good ones, please let me know!
I just realized that all I really want in life is to curl up and watch dinosaur documentaries.
Like, why would I want to find a boyfriend or decide on a career when I can watch Walking With Dinosaurs for the 47th time? Thank you, sudden epiphany that came after half an hour of searching for yet another dino documentary to satisfy my paleontology boner!
You post a lot of sailor moon stuff of all kinds but I haven't seen much in the way of fanfic recs from you ever. Do you have any favorite SM fanfics or are you not so much into that scene?
That’s a really good question! I’m actually very picky about fanfics. I normally just read oneshots and I read fanfics of some series more than others; I barely read any SM fics. However, I do have some great fics that I can recommend!
This is one of my favorite pieces of fanfiction! It tells the story of the very first Queen of the Silver Millennium, Queen Diana. Diana was born as a commoner during the time when there was no kingdom on the Moon; the people of the Moon lived in small, isolated cities. Diana was given a task by the Moon itself (manifesting itself a handsome young man who calls himself Lun) to unite the cities into one kingdom and bring an end to the many wars that ravaged the Moon. Lun also creates the Ginzuishou and gives it to Diana so that she could govern and protect her people.
I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but I promise it will keep you riveted! There are only six chapters and it goes by very quickly. I love how this fanfic provides a background to the Silver Millennium, something we know next to nothing about in canon. The writing is wonderful, too! I really recommend giving this a shot!
As a bonus, here’s a picture of the beautiful Queen Diana, as drawn by her creator, silver-eyes-blue, a very talented artist and writer!
This fic tells the story of who Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon was before she joined up with Shadow Galactica. What I really love about Butterflies is that it goes into detail about her child; in the Materials Collection, Papillon is stated to have a child, making her the only Senshi besides Sailor Moon who is a parent.
The fic really goes into my own headcanon, which is that Papillon was coerced into joining Shadow Galactica because of something involving her child. Once again, highly recommended!
I haven’t read this in a while so I can’t go into very much detail, but it’s a Silver Millennium fic that focuses pretty much exclusively on the Senshi and how they came to be Serenity’s protectors. It’s wonderfully written and very good!
Hotaru explains what she loves about her Michiru-mama, Haruka-papa, and Setsuna-mama. She cannot remember her other parents (Prof. Tomoe and Keiko, her birth parents), but she adores her mamas and papas.
The story of the daughter of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion who ISN’T Chibiusa. In fact, it seems she was born instead of Chibiusa. She lives her entire life in the shadow of the sister she never knew.
WARNING: This story sorta fucks with your brain and heart and is hella depressing. I loved it, though!
Well, that’s all I have for now! Feel free to recommend any if you have them!
Ah, I just realized that it’s almost International Women’s Day! My family and I went to Italy two years ago for Spring Break (we were in Rome at this time) and during International Women’s Day, every woman got a free flower. There were flower vendors set up EVERYWHERE and you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing girls and women holding or wearing flowers. I even got one!
It would be really nice if the States did something like that, don’t you think? I thought it was a very sweet and respectful gesture.
You should reblog or link me to your post of all the stuff your selling because the only inner senshi I don't have a gashapon for is Ami (Ami as Sailor Mercury) and I would like to complete my set AND support you :3 (if you have her for sale, that is :P)
NQS reads to Small Lady every night but never finishes the story because she falls asleep with Small Lady, and Endymion ends up tucking them both in bed *face squish*
AWWWW CUTEST HEADCANON EVER
and you know what NQS reads to her every night? Because it’s the same one every night I’m sure:
YOU KNOW WHY SHE ALREADY KNOWS THAT FAIRY TALE? BECAUSE NQS READS IT EVERY NIGHT MAN
You KNOW that NQS reads Sleeping Beauty to Small Lady every single night. At the end of the story, she always gets teary eyed and fawns about how beautiful true love is and how she has it with Mamo-chan and then goes off on like a ten-minute tangent about it. Chibis doesn’t want to say anything to her about how bored she is with it because she doesn’t want to hurt her feelings, but in the 20th Century she makes a habit out of hiding Usagi’s Sleeping Beauty book and replacing it with something like Rapunzel or Snow White. A girl’s gotta have variety, after all.