Usagivision thus far. It seems to be reserved for the pretty (and yes, Usagi counts herself among that group!)
Mercury Power, make up!
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LET’S MOON PRISM POWER, MAKE UP!
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LOOK AT MERCURY OH MY GOD
SHE LOOKS AMAZING I CAN’T WAIT
Fairytale Senshi by tsuki-kioku
Although Sailor Neptune and Sailor Mercury both control water in some form, the methods and specifics are completely different.
Sailor Mercury controls water in a general sense and, fittingly, displays powers over the three phases of water: Liquid (water), gas (water vapor) and solid (ice).
She’s shown using water (liquid),
and ice (solid).
By contrast, Neptune only has powers over the sea. Interestingly, her first attack, Deep Submerge, has effects that seem to emulate the crushing force of deep sea pressure.
The Mercury Harp
First appearance: Episode 151 (Anime); Act 40 (Manga)
The Mercury Harp is one of Sailor Mercury’s most important items, used throughout the SuperS/Dream and Stars arcs. With it, she could preform her ultimate attack, Mercury Aqua Rhapsody.
In the manga, the Mercury Harp appears at the beginning of the fourth arc. After being targeted by the Dead Moon Circus, Palla Palla sells Ami a fish, who was really Fish-Eye in disguise. That night, Fish-Eye traps Ami a nightmare, forcing her to witness her parents abandoning her and the Senshi not needing her. Despite being able to eventually see through the illusion, Ami was still trapped. As her energy began to be drained, Ami was rescued by her Sailor Power Guardian, Guardian Mercury. Guardian Mercury implores Ami not to give up, telling her to remember her dreams and the people she loves. Armed with this knowledge, Ami is able to summon the Mercury Crystal, which allows her to transform into Super Sailor Mercury. Soon after she transforms, the Mercury Harp appears before her.
The Mercury Harp revealed itself to be sentient, introducing itself to Sailor Mercury and telling her that she must break free of the nightmare she’s trapped in. Using Mercury Aqua Rhapsody, Sailor Mercury destroyed the illusion, revealing Fish-Eye for who he was. Just then, Usagi and Chibiusa rushed onto the scene and transformed into Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon, finishing off Fish-Eye once and for all with Moon Gorgeous Meditation. From that point on, Sailor Mercury uses the Mercury Harp frequently.
In the anime, like all of the Super attack items, the Mercury Harp is not a physical object. However, its symbol appears at the beginning and end of Mercury Crystal Power, Make Up as well as in the beginning of Mercury Aqua Rhapsody. When Sailor Mercury preforms the attack itself, she summons a watery harp, which seems to be the Mercury Harp’s anime incarnation.
- The Mercury Harp has a basis in mythology. According to Classical Mythology, the lyre (a close relative of the harp) was invented by the messenger of the gods, Hermes (aka Mercury). According to myth, soon after his birth, Hermes spotted a tortoise feeding and hollowed out its shell; then he stole part of a herd of cattle and sacrificed one of them, using its innards to form strings across the shell. Thus, the first lyre was born. Unfortunately, the cattle he killed belonged to his older and much more powerful brother Apollo; Hermes had only been able to steal the cattle in the first place because his mother, Maia, had been sleeping and would have stopped him otherwise. Furious, Apollo demanded to know who had stolen his cattle, taking the matter to Zeus himself. As the argument raged on, Hermes began to play his lyre. Entranced by the beautiful music it produced, Apollo decided that he would allow Hermes to keep the cattle if he gave him the lyre in return. Apollo later became the grand master of the instrument, and it also became one of his symbols. However, Hermes is always credited as its inventor.
- The Mercury Harp is one of the few magical items in the series that’s revealed to have consciousness.
- The wings on the Mercury Harp may be a reference to the mythical Mercury, who wore winged sandals which allowed him to travel faster than any other deity.