YESSSSSS a Makoto-centric! She’s my favourite Senshi at the moment. The spotlight of my favouritism moves from time to time between Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Moon. Sorry, it will never stop on Mercury. She just doesn’t ring my bell, though I don’t actively dislike her, and I appreciate the things she does well.
(Indeed, when I was at university and used to get very nervous before exams, I would steady myself by carrying a little array of good luck charms - a Lego crocodile a good friend had given me, which would sit on the desk and I’d put my student ID card in his jaws, a couple of crystals that I would roll around in my hand for their soothing texture, and little enamel pin badges of Sailor Jupiter, to help me to be brave and strong, and Sailor Mercury, to help me to be smart and clear-headed. I’ll have you know this is why I was an A-average student.)
Anyway, Ami is LOVELY to Makoto during this episode, so we’ll see that as we go on.
I’ve mentioned before that adventuresofcomicbookgirl has done a terrific series of posts on the 'SuperS assault eps', which is why I don’t extensively discuss the sexual assault subtext (because it’s been done so well by her, I’d be spinning my wheels). I especially like one point she raises about this episode: that it’s the last time we hear Makoto talk about the senpai who broke her heart at her old school. She’s been hung up on this one guy for years, and while her experience in this episode is traumatic, it seems to help her put that whole thing behind her at last. So while I wouldn’t say it was ‘worth it,’ a bad experience had a beneficial side effect and one can be glad about that.
I LOVE ‘MOONLIGHT DENSETSU’ SO MUCH. When I try to explain why I just fall back on incoherent gurgling and words like ‘badass,’ but it’s not just badass, it’s also tender and hopeful and girlish, and it’s about both having an amazing cosmic destiny and wistfully looking forward to seeing your bf this weekend, and it’s SO. COOL.
I also dig how Zircon works as both a camera and a projector - OH MY GOD
I DON’T CARE WHAT ELSE HAPPENS I’M COUNTING THIS AS A FUNNY EPISODE
WELL ZIRCONIA IF YOU’RE SO DISSATISFIED WITH HOW THEY DO THE JOB DO IT YOURSELF
Half the reason why the Dead Moon Circus is so ineffective is all the delegation. Every single time they attack a victim, the Trio leave killing said victim up to a Lemures and leave the scene early. (Of course, this is also an effect of adapting the manga to anime, with monthly chapters’ worth of plot having to be stretched over four weekly episodes. In the manga the Trio each have one chapter in which to be dastardly and get killed and that’s it for them. On the plus side, this means that the anime can develop personalities for each of them and establish their interactions and conflicts. But they do have to maintain this holding pattern whose lack of progress makes both them and the Sailor Senshi look a bit inept.)
but now Tiger Pants is all about efficiency!
random insert of Fish Eye hating carrots
seriously, he reached out to a glass of carrot, celery and something-else-white sticks (maybe both green and white celery), took out an orange one, munched it, THEN bitched that he hates carrots
At least he and Usagi have two things in common? a) Mamoru is hot, b) carrots are gross.
I WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING.
Makoto has an INCREDIBLE ball dress with a HUMUNGOUS red rose on the skirt. It’s basically the ladies’ formalwear equivalent of Tuxedo Mask.
NO IT IS JUST RIGHT
ALSO YOUR BOOBS LOOK GREAT
AW IT’S EVERYONE’S PARTY DRESSES
Rei and Ami’s look more like day dresses, though. Props to Ami for wearing a cardigan to a disco.
As did you!
awwww, I like that we get a little drop of how-Motoki-and-Reika-met.
AS DOES MAMORU. The ‘Eeeeeeh?’ his VA does is crackerjack.
(I love how you see Sailor Moon pictures around as reaction gifs, and you think ‘man that’s a weird face,’ and then you see them in context and they make more sense… but that’s still a weird face)
AW, Usagi, Mamoru and Chibi-Usa are dancing in a circle (triangle?) holding hands. SWEET.
AND IF YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS SWEET HERE’S AMI ASKING MAKO TO DANCE SO SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A WALLFLOWER AND MAKO ACCEPTS AND EVERYONE FORMS A CIRCLE AROUND THEM TO WATCH THEM DANCING BECAUSE IT’S SO CUTE.
so here comes Tiger Pants in his absurd lavender tuxedo
ONLY ONE MAN IN THIS SERIES CAN PULL OFF A LAVENDER TUXEDO
IT’S NOT HIM
so he just barges in and if I were in the circle I’d be yelling HEY MAN STOP COCKBLOCKING THE CUTE LESBIANS
maybe you didn’t notice at the time because of how busy you were SUCKING, but Mako was already good at ballroom dancing back during Classic at the Rose Seminar. (of course, that got her turned into a waxwork, but it’s still a social grace)
Awwww, Makoto’s imagination. (I like that she daydreams herself a golden ponytail holder, but in reality she still wore the green plastic bobble with a ballgown.)
then of course Tiger is mobbed by THE LIZZADIES
crappily, though, Makoto is not now surrounded by NICE boys who now see she’s graceful and awesome and would like to dance with her and have the NUTS not to be all insecure about a girl being TALL
HE CALLS HER EBI-CHAN
which if it wasn’t just him being dismissive would be such a cute nickname
Is there ever going to be an explanation for what Unazuki has on? I thought maybe it was going to be a costume she was wearing to help out with one of the festival stalls, like the waitress on the far right wearing bunny ears, but it just seems to be her outfit!
It’s an interesting touch that Mamoru sounds so concerned about Makoto staying at the dance, and that he sort of leads the charge to go and check on her. Worried about some college dude taking advantage of a high school girl, and one of his girlfriend’s friends at that? (Or, of course, Makoto taking the brief interaction far more seriously than a college dude, and feeling crushed when he simply forgets about her.) Either way, I like him being protective of her feelings and her safety.
OH MAKOTO DON’T PROMISE TO WAIT AROUND FOR SOMEONE WHO CLEARLY ISN’T INTERESTED. YOU CAN DO BETTER. AND BEING SOLO IS STILL BETTER THAN HAVING A BOYFRIEND WHO’S A DICK.
Wait, who called Usagi to tell her Makoto still hasn’t gone home? Makoto lives alone! It’s kind of her deal! Did somebody go to her apartment to check? Who? (Mamoru?)
It’s certainly Mamoru who drives Usagi over to join her, skidding his car around in the wet in a thoroughly melodramatic manner. AW HE BROUGHT AN UMBRELLA FOR CHIBS.
OH MAKOTO DON’T GET YOURSELF ALL RAINED ON
IT’S TOO SYMBOLIC
AND REMINISCENT OF ‘ANATA NO SEI JANAI.’
Look, not only did your friends come to support you, they all wore totally cute outfits. (I want that skirt of Ami’s.)
meanwhile (headcanon) Mamoru dropped Chibi-Usa home and then got to spend the evening hanging out at his apartment with the cats and watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Top Hat and it was epic
DIANA WENT TO SLEEP ON HIS CHEST AND JUST STAYED THERE CURLED UP FOR THE WHOLE SECOND HALF OF THE MOVIE
I like how the girls’ beauty contest held at this college festival is called ‘Miss Contest.’ Nice and meta.
and of course Fish Pants won (I’m going to substitute Pants for ‘Eye’ in all their names from now on)
and hearing that Fish forgot about him is the only thing that reminds Tiger Pants he forgot about Mako
and I have to ask: WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED TO ALL THE GIRLS HE LEFT THE DANCE HALL WITH?
I’M GUESSING NOTHING GOOD
AND THE SAILOR SENSHI WERE ALL WITH MAKOTO
and so, actually (headcanon), Mamoru DIDN’T get to watch Top Hat last night because he spent the whole fucking time tearing ass around town rescuing assorted justifiably upset girls from Tiger Pants.
so I bought her some Satoma Hormone
HEY IT’S THAT GUY
Fish Pants dressed up: classy and alluring. Tiger Pants dressed up: puffy and purple.
because Makoto is super-awesome and you are a purple dork who is baffled by sincerity
This might actually have been a moment in which Makoto said something that started to change Tiger’s point of view on people and the way he treats them, perhaps building on the conversation he had with Ami in the beach episode, but Fish Pants interrupts because while he can be patient about his own marks, evidently he gets bored watching Tiger flounder.
And Tiger snaps right back into dickhead mode, telling her the same thing he told Miharu, that she’s to blame for him attacking her because she was too trusting. BLARG.
OF COURSE PEGASUS ISN’T THERE
PEGASUS IS NEVER FUCKING THERE
YOU GUYS NEED TO GET A PEGASUS DETECTOR OR SOMETHING
omg in the background Sailor Moon trying to pull the dream mirror off Makoto
you don’t pull it off, you push it back in
meanwhile Mina, Rei and Ami just lie there under the net Fish Eye threw on them, like is that net incredibly heavy or something? you’d think they’d be able to at least find the edge and start to wriggle out.
the monster is some dork with a playing-card theme
I WANT ANOTHER OF THE BALL FAMILY
OKAY SAILOR JUPITER JUST INSTANTLY TRANSFORMED AND UPGRADED HER SUPREME THUNDER SHE WAS SO PISSED OFF
SUPER SUPREME LIKE A PIZZA
it feels like we shouldn’t even need Death By Doilies after that
why does this guy keep yelling ‘Natalie’
someone needs to sweep that floor
either that or you and Unazuki will just dance together and get some kind of Best Couple spot prize!