I had heard the manga had Saturn quote Yeats at one point, but that wasn’t in this episode, so I think I’ll add my two cents:
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer
Things fall apart
The center cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”
As well as,
“I am become Death, Destroyer of Worlds.”
I was surprised at how much they were actually dragging out this finale. I can’t really complain at all. Even with all the repeat shots, it was amazing the whole way through. I didn’t want to believe it was over when it was, either. The animation for the hair on the Inners as they were looking on in shock at the whole scene of Usagi sacrificing herself was really nice too.
Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber finally got animated, and its basically a small scale Kamekameha. Nice. Still don’t know why Tux gets an attack, but then again, I don’t know why he gets an OP either. Not much to complain about here.
What I love about this episode (and I think I’ll probably watch it again) is that this is the moment we finally get to see Sailor Saturn and Hotaru Tomoe shine as characters. As much as I loved them in the 90s version, they always felt like plot devices to me. There was soooo much more I wanted to see done with their characters, and while this episode didn’t completely satisfy me, nevertheless it was everything I hoped we would finally get.
Without question, Super Sailor Moon will survive, somehow. Not even planet-wide black (looks purple to me though) sludge will keep her down.
Can’t believe its ending next week. Really gonna miss this season. Toei did a great job and finally delivered.
Your coverage of it was great all the way through as well, so thanks for that.
Ohhhhh baby yes.
What did this episode have that I was hoping for?
Check. (seriously, what the fuck was up with Mistress 9’s body in that one shot which showed her and the Inners in bubbles under deep sleep)
DERPY DERANGED FACES (fits in with quality perfectly, based Chiaki Kon and Toei)
CHIBITARU MOTHERFUCKING CONFIRMED.
Oh God, I’m so thrilled right now. I’m almost sad that I’m actually caught up to the penultimate episode now, except that FINALLY SAILOR SATURN, FINALLY TRANSFORMATION FOR HOTARU. CONGRATULATIONS, NAOKO, YOUR 22 YEARS OF WAITING FINALLY PAID OFF.
Beautifully done across the board.
I’m never going to get used to that OP though. Why the Hell is Mamoru this sexy? UNF.
Sigh. I miss the old Tomoe lol. But this one gets props for trying. Too bad Ver has him beat on all fronts. Even though the manga came before Symphogear but w/e. So long Pappy, we hardly knew ya, you “super life form” freakazoid.
Anyway, this was a great and gay episode. I have no complaints whatsoever. The Chibitaru was absolutely on point. I fucking died. Thank you, Crystal, thank you.
And it looks like its finally time for the throw-down with Mistress 9 and Pharaoh 90. So hyped.
One thing I’m probably looking forward to most?
ALL DAT QUALITY. DEM DERANGED SUPER DEFORMED PSYCHOTIC FACES THAT SHOW CLEAR BODILY DISCOMFORT. BRING THEM ON CHIAKI KON ❤
But yeah I'm done ranting about this episode. You covered it best.
I’m at least glad that the Witches 5 came back for one last hurrah. The stuff with the manipulation of their desires and what not reminded me of the mirror labyrinth in the SuperS finale, but this was much quicker and less subtle. And yes, the villains in the manga REALLY like to torture Usagi by making her think her Senshi would turn against her. It never works, but it happens so many times its depressing. ;_;
Anyway, the Outers are being pessimistic poopyheads, but don’t worry, Sailor Moon will show them that they don’t have to take an innocent child’s life in order to save the world.
RIP Kaorinite. You died an ugly, jealous witch.
Still don’t like seeing Tomoe not being laughing mad and evil at the core instead of just while being possessed, but eh, whatever.
Next up, seeing Mistress 9 get royally fucked by the power of loli lesbian love. Swallowing the Crystal along with Hotaru’s soul is going to be a mistake she will regret dearly.
Wow, I’m weeks behind. But now that I finally watched this episode, I feel way better.
The exposition and Super Sailor Moon’s transformation has finally arrived, eh?
Honestly, I’ve always hated the Outers attitudes, even though they made sense in the overall scheme of what’s happening. They’ve got their excuse to be so aloof, but I still don’t like it. If anything, I hate how they as a group cast a shadow over the Inners presence onscreen. Everyone except them, Usagi, Hotaru and Chibiusa has basically become Akari.:/
Haruka and Setsuna are still lovely though.
I wasn’t really sure why they were so concerned about Saturn awakening to destroy the Silver Millennium after it was already destroyed, but then I thought about it and well, basically, Sailor Saturn is basically the Senshis’ all out worst case scenario secret weapon, which is literally them giving up on life (and love) because the enemy wins. In other words, the talismans will basically summon her whether or not Pharaoh 90 and the Death Busters succeed in destroying/assimilating with Earth, which is why Hotaru has to die.:/
Of course they didn’t account for Mistress 9 possessing her, but we learn about that after she takes Chibiusa’s Silver Crystal. Totally didn’t see that coming.
This was a great episode regardless, and I’m very pleased with this adaptation. As I’ve said before, I really do get the feeling that I’m watching Sailor Moon again, even though its not as “fun”. Well of course since its all seriousness from here on out, its not supposed to be, but I miss the balance of comedy and grimdark that the 90s version of this season had. In addition, seeing the Pure Hearts extracted from innocent civilians and the tension between the Inners and Outers over sacrificing one life to save many (which is here too but its explicitly centered on them and Hotaru whereas the 90s version made almost everyone onscreen vulnerable to that crisis and mindset) is a little more interesting to me than this version, which while being flashy and intense still feels fairly black and white despite the obvious grey in between. Idk.
But oh well, once its over I can rewatch that (you’re really missing out G man, just saying) and still enjoy it and Infinity as their own separate things.
And as always, I’m enjoying your unbiased coverage of each episode, so that’s another plus with this season for me.
Last week we left our heroines reenacting Captain America 3 while facing off with their toughest opponent so far this season. With the Sailor Guardians engaged in heated combat, how would the future Royal Family overcome this dilemma?
Super Sailor Moon.
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Sailor Moon has been my favorite manga and anime for as long as I can remember. Despite the flaws the main heroine Usagi Tsukino has, she does have other qualities a girl can admire. My next favorite character in the Sailor Moon series is Minako Aino, also known as Sailor Venus. Like the Greek goddess she is named after, Mina is a beautiful and confident sailor scout. Put these two together side-by-side, and you have two blonde girls who are similar in appearance and demeanor.
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Actually don’t have much to say about this week’s episode of Crystal tbh. It was good, much better than last week’s for sure.
Cyborg! Hotaru though sheesh. Can’t believe that’s a thing but well, Naoko did some drugs back in the day. Sometimes it had an effect on her writing, sometimes it didn’t. And God why are the Outers acting so ridiculous like “Oh we’re trying to protect you so stay out of our way!” like come on guys, really? Okay the reality is that I do know why they’re being like this, but it always annoyed me in either incarnation. So much so that I have never and won’t feel sympathy for when they scrape with death and Usagi comes in saving their asses, showing them what fools they were for refusing her help when in such a crisis situation such as Infinity arc’s, friendship and teamwork is exactly what everyone’s favorite aloof and cynical loner lesbians need lol.
Cyprine and Pithiol (sp?) made things interesting with the Inners and Outers fighting against one another, and actually survived to the end of this episode. Thank God. That was a nice change of pace.
And of course we have to wait until next week to see Super Sailor Moon. It’ll be well worth it surely.