What do you think of the cake song scene and its meaning in The Rebellion?
(to understand what I’m referencing, you can listen to the song here and read the translated lyrics here)
I’m not sure it’s that meaningful, but it is a lot more complicated than what originally mets the eye!
The song actually has a rhythm and rules to it. To play, the players must supply
A food object that shares the previous quality.
A quality that applies to the next player to pass the song to.
The cake is said to be round, so all players must name a round food. In addition, they have to supply a characteristic that applies to the next player and the next player has to think of a food that also shares that trait. For example:
Sayaka says she is a raspberry and says that the cake is red before asking if Kyoko is the cake (obviously, Kyoko is very red, so this is an easy one)
Kyoko says she is an apple (which is round and red) and states that the round cake is something Bebe (aka Charlotte) likes before passing the game off to Mami (Mami and Bebe are very close and it’s obvious that Bebe loves her)
Mami states that she is cheese (something round that Bebe also loves) and says that the round cake goes tumbling around before asking Homura if she is the cake (this is actually quite a burn; she’s basically saying that she thinks Homura is clumsy)
Homura denies she is the cake, saying instead that she is a pumpkin (pumpkins are round and have a habit of tumbling) and says that the cake is sweet (this is cute, because it means that Homura thinks that Madoka is sweet)
Madoka says that she is a melon (something round and sweet) before ending the game as there are no players left.
So, while it’s still a pretty random sequence, it’s not as erratic as it originally appears to be! Also, I think that it may be used as an elaborate way to get Bebe/Charlotte to eat the Nightmares that they face.
Me with romantic interest:Hi, how've you been lately? How's that project you're working on? Yeah? I'd love to see sometime, dude! How's the family? Good, good. Well, I'll talk to you later! Yeah we definitely need to hang out more often. Hopefully see you soon! :)
Me with platonic friend:YOU GORGEOUS CREATURE HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE LAST I SAW YOU? HOW I'VE MISSED YOUR LUCID DIAMOND EYES, UGH I JUST WANT TO KISS YOU AND MAKE SWEET, SWEET LOVE UNDER THE MOONLIGHT. WHY ARE YOU SO PERFECTLY SCULPTED, ARE YOU AN ANGEL MADE OF MARBLE LET'S GET MARRIED.
Rhythm! I'm honestly new to cooking/baking but I haven't screwed anything up yet lol its super easy. Like today I made torellini for dinner and a strawberry cheesecake earlier that came out really good!
Rhythm: What kind of meals can you cook?
I really can’t cook at all XD Well, it’s not like I’m BAD at cooking, I’ve just never actually DONE it. I do like making cookies and muffins and cakes out of those pre-made mixes, though!
Rosetta: If you were rich what would you like to do with the money and why?
Like, really FILTHY rich? Oh, boy.
First I’d probably pay off whatever debts my family has and put a lot of it in the bank and in investments (being practical is boring but whatever). Then I’d buy the SHIT out of all this new SM and Madoka merchandise. Then I’d give some money to charities, particularly animal shelters because I feel like they don’t get nearly enough donations.
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!
Do not read if you haven’t seen Rebellion yet, unless you’ve already been spoiled or you don’t care.
Many fans feel betrayed by the ending of Rebellion, primarily because they feel Homura’s actions were completely out-of-character and that Urobuchi has tainted the once loyal, selfless heroine.
Wonderful analysis! I still really don’t like the ending (and they better be planning to make another movie or season two) but you’ve definitely helped put Homura’s actions into perspective and, more importantly, didn’t try to justify or excuse them like some others have (because let’s be real, what she did wasn’t okay).
Something I’ve always loved about Sailor Moon is how, unlike many stories that feature princesses, the princesses in Sailor Moon eventually grow up the be queens.
In many works aimed at a younger audience (Disney Princess films are a prime example), the word “queen” has become synonymous with “wicked.” Many of the queens featured in these works are often out to harm the princess, whom they see as a threat to their power stability. On the other hand, princesses are good, pure, and selfless. And oftentimes, despite defeating the evil queen or even marrying a prince, they remain princesses instead of ascending the throne themselves.
And while Sailor Moon does feature evil queens, it also makes sure to include just and good queens. Queen Nehellenia is probably the best example of the “evil queen” archetype; much like the Queen featured in Snow White, she prizes her beauty above all else and refuses to accept that someday it will be destroyed by aging or that there could be anyone else who is more beautiful than she. She also shares traits with Maleficent, the evil queen from Sleeping Beauty who curses Princess Aurora (in fact, in the manga, Nehellenia’s background is loosely based on this fairy tale). Nehellenia is basically the perfect example of the “evil queen” archetype that is so prevalent in princess stories.
However, despite this, there are shining examples of good queens in Sailor Moon. Queen Serenity, for example, selflessly gave up her life so that her daughter and her people could be born again and have a second chance at a life of peace and happiness. Queen Serenity displays none of the traits of an evil queen; for example, many evil queens are out to destroy the princess out of jealousy or to preserve their status (in many fairy tales, these women are portrayed as being stepmothers as many people don’t want to imagine a mother being so cruel to her own flesh and blood).
By contrast, Queen Serenity is shown to love Princess Serenity more than life itself; not only did she give up her life for her, a part of her spirit even remained in the ruins of her kingdom for countless years so she would be able to meet with her daughter one last time and clear up the confusion she would have regarding her past life. In the anime, Queen Serenity’s last contact with her child was giving her a power up so that she could save her friends; in the manga, she appears to give Usagi her blessing so that Usagi could remain on Earth with her family, friends, and beloved.
Usagi herself becomes a good queen: the Queen of Crystal Tokyo in the 30th Century, Neo-Queen Serenity. Much like her mother, she devotes herself to being a good ruler for her people as well as a loving mother for her young daughter. Neo-Queen Serenity is always seen putting the welfare of her people and Crystal Tokyo above her own needs.
In many ways, a princess becoming a queen signals the end of her adolescence and the beginning of adulthood. A princess is able to enjoy the privileges of royalty without most of the responsibility. However, a queen is a ruler. She constantly has to deal with her people’s problems and has the weight of the world on her shoulders. In order to be a truly effective ruler, she must set aside her own needs and face adversary with dignity and grace. The Serenities in Sailor Moon are a shining example of this type of queen.
All in all, I love how Sailor Moon shows both corrupt and good queens. More shows aimed at girls need to focus on the latter!