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SHUT THE HELL UP

ISHII MIKAKO IS THE SWEETEST, CUTEST PERSON EVER

So, for some context, this is the very last performance of Petite Etrangere. As people who have experience in theatre can attest, the last showing is usually pretty emotional because the cast is sad that their experience is over. Sailor Pluto’s actress, Mikako Ishii, was given the opportunity to speak about her feelings during the curtain call and gave this amazing speech.

First of all, she said “They let me play Sailor Pluto,” not “I’m playing Sailor Pluto.” It’s obvious that she sees her role as a great honor and is very grateful for it. I also love how, because Sailor Moon is now over 20 years old, there are actually people who loved Sailor Moon in their childhoods now being given the opportunity to be a part of it.

Mikako is literally crying throughout her entire speech (both with joy and sorrow), which shows just how much she and the rest of the cast love and care about Sailor Moon, and every person who came to watch them shared that love with them. It’s no wonder that they can feel the love all around them! And then OMG CHIBIUSA AND PLUTO. Even out of character, they still show so much love for each other. 

I just love everything about this so much. Sailor Moon will always live on!

OH MY GOD WHO SAID IT WOULD BE OKAY TO INCLUDE THIS SONG

ARE THEY TRYING TO ABSOLUTELY FUCKING DEVASTATE THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE? THAT WAS A RHETORICAL QUESTION, OF COURSE THEY ARE.

Okay, first of all, I love how they included one of my favorite scenes from the manga.

(it’s read from left to right; I used Mixx’s translation because I like it the best for this particular scene)

But more than that, I love how Pluto spends the last moments of her life telling Black Lady/Chibiusa how much she loves her, how sorry she is that she wasn’t able to protect her, and how thankful she is for their friendship. Black Lady/Chibiusa is literally the reason why she’s dying (if Black Lady hadn’t stolen Usagi’s Ginzuishou, Pluto would have never had to stop time to prevent the Silver Crystals of the past and future from meeting and destroying the world) and Pluto doesn’t do anything but assure Chibiusa of her love for her.

In turn, Black Lady is so devastated by the death of her most precious friend that her grief cuts through Wiseman’s evil influence over her and restores her to her true self. Their love for one another is what beat the bad guys.

I get a little testy when people try to argue that the 90s anime “fixed” this situation by making Usagi and Mamoru (in the forms of Neo-Queen Serenity and Endymion) the ones who saved Chibiusa from herself. According to them, it makes more sense to have Chibiusa’s parents be the ones to save her. But they don’t understand that, while this works out perfectly in the anime, it wouldn’t make sense in the manga (or in Petite Etrangere). In the anime, Chibiusa and Pluto’s relationship was rather unexplored and underdeveloped until the S season. She had a much closer relationship with her parents.

But in the manga and Petite Etrangere, Chibiusa’s relationship with her parents is somewhat strained. She adores them, but she also respects them to the point where she feels like she’s not good enough for them and will never live up to their achievements, especially regarding her mother. Chibiusa and NQS’s relationship is in no way unloving or filled with conflict, but Chibiusa just looks up to her so much that she can’t bear to let her mother know that she’s anything but a perfect lady. 

Her closest, warmest relationship is with Sailor Pluto, who acts like a second mother to her. With Pluto, Chibiusa isn’t afraid to voice her insecurities and fears and doubts because she knows she won’t be judged, and in return, Pluto comforts and encourages her. They cheer each other up and have fun together, each one filling in something that the other needs.

This scene represents just how strong and profound their relationship is. Pluto loves Chibiusa enough to die for her and Chibiusa’s love for Pluto rescues her from Wiseman’s manipulation. I’m so happy that Petite Etrangere gave this friendship the attention it deserves!

Help me pick a Sailor Moon thesis!

I have to write a 6-10 page argumentative thesis paper that’s connected to mass media and I want to make it Sailor Moon-related. I need a minimum of 10 sources (for now) and I actually have to make an argument. So here are my ideas:

  • "Despite how some may say that Sailor Moon is just a run of the mill cartoon, it has significantly impacted our culture and continues to do so even 20 years after it first aired."
  • "Even though some argue that Sailor Moon has a negative impact on the young girls who watch it, there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary."

It has to be a specific statement like that with a clear argument. Of the two I have, I’m favoring the second one.

So can anyone give me more ideas? And I’d really appreciate some links to sources! Of course, if I do end up writing this thesis, I’ll be sure to post it on here!

All of my necklace sets <3

These can all be purchased at a very low cost on eBay! Just search for “sailor moon necklace” plus the number of pendants you see in a particular set above to see all of the options. 

So I bought myself yet another necklace set; I can’t resist these things! I have to say, I think this one may be my favorite!

It can be bought on eBay for only $17.99!

THEIR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER GIVES ME LIFE.

Seriously, Chibiusa royally fucked up Pluto’s job. Even though her actions were totally justified, she still violated the taboos of time, which Pluto’s entire purpose is to enforce. Pluto has every right to punish her. But that doesn’t even cross her mind. When she sees Chibiusa, her Small Lady, alive and well again after all of the chaos, all she can do is drop to her knees and hug her in relief. All she can say is “Please don’t ever scare me like that again.” 

We should all be so lucky to have a friend like Pluto!

I colored Usagi/Sailor Moon, from my furoku set <3 I’ve got the rest colored too, I’ll post them over the next few days! I’ve already posted Mars and Venus.

TRULY KOTAKU IS THE BEST VIDEO GAME JOURNALISM SITE OF OUR AGE!

TRULY KOTAKU IS THE BEST VIDEO GAME JOURNALISM SITE OF OUR AGE!

Viz’s logos for Sailor Moon

Marco Albiero’s old art style compared to his new one. The reason why the characters in the newer picture (may) look a bit out of place with one another is because the picture wasn’t actually drawn all at once; rather, he posted individual shots of each character (as seen on his Facebook) and finally put all of them together to do a comparison with the older picture.

Guardian Cosmos by Marco Albiero

Guardian Cosmos by Marco Albiero

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