VIDEO: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon “Act 47”

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Let’s drink the holiday season away and watch terrible things happen to characters we’ve become attached to. *hic*

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TV Show: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

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  • Mike Smith

    I like you-and your evil twin-specially, your evil twin!!!! 🙂

    It’s not a good time to get drunk (Being a sad and tragic episode)! Next thing, I’ll be watching “Jurassic Bark” dead drunk!!!

    You ought to stay sober for the next episode, since this is-I hope-is the BIG ONE!!!

  • If only Sailor Moon had some kinda of sparkly magical artifact with the power of resurrection to bring back Minako with… hmmmmmmmm!

    • CaptainCalvinCat

      I’m not writing a Doctor Who Fanfic, in which the Doctor swoops in and gets Minako in the TARDIS and saves her – I am NOT.

      *thinks about it* On the other hand…. erm… what was I saying?

      • TiakerAvelonna

        You better make it Ten or we won’t be friends anymore.

        • danbreunig

          It’s hard enough writing just one. Let’s be grateful for what we get, much more for what we can produce.

          • TiakerAvelonna

            Har har. 😛

          • Jay_Bay

            Ha!

  • TiakerAvelonna

    Interesting point about Rei “looking” for Minako in that scene. It’s as good an explanation as I’ve ever heard.

    If anyone needs proof that Keiko (Rei) is a fantastic actress, just show them this episode.

    I see a lot of things that say “If you don’t cry at this, you have no soul.” Usually I can watch those no problem. THIS? Will usually get me to well up every time, if not cry outright. This is probably one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen UP (the movie).

    • JD

      She was in Tokyo Drift

      • TiakerAvelonna

        For what, 20 seconds? 😛

        • Jay_Bay

          No. She was more like GONE IN 60 SECONDS…..yeah, that wasn’t funny.

          • danbreunig

            Sure it was. It’s on par with everything else here.

          • TiakerAvelonna

            No. No, it wasn’t. 😛

        • JD

          its the only reason i watched that terrible movie. mabey 2 minutes

          • TiakerAvelonna

            She is fairly good-looking, so I’ll give you that.

          • JD

            She was actuality in lot of scenes, but they were cut from the final movie.
            I know shes also been in some drama shows too.

    • danbreunig

      That was the last animated film I saw in the theatre (Up). Which goes to show that regardless of high or low quality, there haven’t been any animated features films that impress me enough to not wait for the rental release.

      Aw, no more Sailor Moon avatar? I hope you’re not in mourning for this series completion already. -,-

      • TiakerAvelonna

        Oh. Heh. It was more “Oh snap, my brother made a “A Wish for Wings that Work” avatar for Facebook!” Love that special. Will change it back after Christmas.

        • danbreunig

          It looks nice. It’s just when you see one so long, you wonder. I’m still not sure what to do for my next one because I love me my Motocycle Comiot lady. That’s my version of her there.

          • TiakerAvelonna

            I very rarely change avatars. Which is weird, since I have a rotating desktop wallpaper because I can never decide what image to use.

        • JD

          OMG your A Bloom County/Outland/Opus fan too?

          • TiakerAvelonna

            Indeed. I started by sneak-reading my brother’s books. I distinctly remember reading out of Classics of Western Literature (the 86-89 collection). I’m quite sure all of the political stuff went over my head, but I still found it funny.

          • JD

            Sailor Moon and bloom county any more like you at home? 🙂

          • TiakerAvelonna

            Heh. Nope; only girl in a bunch of three.

  • danbreunig

    I want that reverb pedal you’re using. Or a bathroom with a similar effect.

    I know the next ep has to be special just seeing Moon rage-charging with saber in hand, pity those in her wake!

    You know how I keep bringing up Gatchaman a lot? (Man, I really need much more than two or three favorite anime series–well, I guess four now counting PGSM Summaries.) This is no different: the Scouts losing Minako is quite parallel to the Science Ninja Team losing Joe (or in translation, G-Force losing Jason) near the end. Other parallels are Earth’s potential destruction and the main villain underestimating the head villain’s intentions.

    Also, is that my homemade mead you’re drinking? Sweet!–both the wine and the coincidence.
    One more thing…

    *MAGDA.*

  • JD

    Rei Catches Fire!

    • TiakerAvelonna

      Dat real-time transformation.

    • Callisto-chan

      I loved that, even if it did totally look like she was spontaneously combusting. It was way more dramatic than the usual swishy transformation sequence, and we don’t see many real-time transformations.

      • JD

        it was a hunger games joke, but i guess no one got it.

        • Callisto-chan

          Haha whoops, I’m slow on the uptake. XD Rei -does- have some parallels to Katniss now that I think about it.

          • The_Stig

            Just call her Hi no shojo.

  • JD

    Ok time for the major issue i had with this series. but Plasma mongoose stole my thunder. 🙁
    I know they used Minako’s death to drive Rie to her full sailor power, but really they could have done something else.
    I really had a problem with the writers not letting Usagi just heal her. i mean she brought tuxedo mask back from the dead, healed the others,repaired torn yarn and broke the spell on Darkury, and bit of brain cancer/tumor should not have slowed her down one bit. i just thought it was unnecessary to have her die.

    • danbreunig

      Maybe the point was this was the one time where that *couldn’t* work. Like the universe viciously telling Usagi “not this time; grow up and deal with it.” Then again I don’t know what this is like in the canon.

      • TiakerAvelonna

        It isn’t. These last three episodes are about as non-canon as you get (and so are the last three). It may take a while, and it may hurt (physically and otherwise), but Usagi is always able to save the day in the manga. Hell, in the third arc she’s called the Messiah. Seriously.

    • TiakerAvelonna

      Bingo. Your plot hole matches mine. If she could bring Mamoru back from the dead AND turn Luna human, why on earth did the appearance of the Ginzuishou NOT heal Minako?

      To be fair, though, Danbreunig makes a good point.

      • JD

        What i dont understand is why when that happened back in episode whatever, why she was not healed when Tuxedo Mask was brought back from the dead, i mean she was in the room not far from were he was brought back , the spell on Ami was broken,the girls released from a youma. it seemed like a very powerful burst of energy that had a lot of unexpected effect besides just healing TM.

        • TiakerAvelonna

          Kinda what Dan said. Maybe the Ginzuishou “knew” that it couldn’t heal Minako because it had to make Usagi grow up, so it was all “NOPE.”

          …work with me here; I’m grasping at straws.

    • The_Stig

      Pretty much the same reason Cloud didn’t just give Aeris a Phoenix Down after Sephiroth turned her into shish kebab. Because “F you, that’s why”.

  • JD

    I hope you do the live shows

    • TiakerAvelonna

      Yes please. Those few seconds were not enough.

  • Jay_Bay

    Ok. Trying my best not to look down at the comments below and just handle THOUGHT TIME before bed.

    That’s not vague. That is what we know in the business as a blunt hammering. -giggity- Goddamnit!
    I love scotch. Scotchty Scotch Scotch…….fucking hell, now Will Ferrell crap. My mind is all sorts of topsy turvy. I fear for what will come out next.
    Oh dear, Nycea’s cracking. Also, psychic projection? Well Rei is a better user of that ability than Prof. Xavier and Jean, that’s for damn sure.
    Oh Nycea, that’s a bad assumption. While Japanese kids show are softer than their more teen and adult programming, they are WAY harder than our pew pew kiddie garbage. Hell, some of their kids show are harsher than some of our adult shows.
    You know, since Mamarou became Endyimon, his outfit bug me. Like, where have I seen it before. Well I just now figure it out….it’s a pallete swap of Garth’s outfit from Super Smash Bros (and the actual game he came from that I cannot remember at this moment). That mindfuck is now settled.
    Wait, how da hells did Kunzite survived? This isn’t DC comics…
    Oh shit. No hand gestures or snychronized movements. Just pure emotion and rage. This might get nasty.
    I said that last statement and the mood changed a bit as Mars does her movements to roast that Youma alive. Nevermind.
    Damn. That reveal. Even though we knew it was coming, just….wow. Good acting job on all the girls, especially Rei.

    And that’s that. Hey Magda, welcome back. We Moonies/Mooninites/whatever miss you so.

    • JD

      He survived because he used the long blade for Seppuku as i said you just botch the job using the long blade.

  • JD

    Drinking that Brass Monkey Nycea?

    • Jay_Bay

      DAT FUNKY MONKEY!

  • The_Stig

    Top Commenters? *Usagi derp face* Eh????

    • TiakerAvelonna

      I have totally not tried to find my name up there. Nope. Nope.

  • Callisto-chan

    I remember when I was first watching it, I never really noticed the plot hole caused by Minako’s death. I was just in shock because they actually killed off a main character — and not in the final battle, like in the anime, but before that! Like you, Nycea, I never expected a twist like that because that wasn’t something seen in American kid’s shows. It made me think that the show was aimed at a slightly older audience than was intended, but the PGSM stage show proved that wrong. I’m not sure if it reflects a weakness in American television or a harshness in Japanese — perhaps it’s somewhere in the middle. I don’t know what else to think because just watching this recap made me tear up a bit (it’s been so long since I last saw it that I forgot about how dramatic it was!)

    Though for some reason, when I first watched it, I thought Minako had died on the operating table. I don’t know why, considering the dialogue says she went in for an examination, but I suppose that could mean going in and taking a looksee at the problem — it’s super vague about what she has so I suppose it could be anything. That said, however she died (and they were doing some heavy foreshadowing there), the acting job for all the girls was fantastic, especially Rei — you could really feel her pain, especially when she transforms. The series might have its’ flaws, but it really captures the drama of it all very, VERY well.

    But to go back to the plot hole, I never thought about that. The only thing I can think of is that when Mamoru was brought back to life, he’d literally JUST died, so presumably it was ‘easier’ to revive him. (It makes perfect sense in my head, but for the life of me I can’t explain it.) Whereas Minako had a terminal illness long before Usagi and co. came along, and since she’s trying to suppress the Ginzuishou’s power to make sure the Earth doesn’t go kaboom, maybe it wasn’t enough power to cure something as deep-rooted and long-lasting as Minako’s illness? That explanation doesn’t really hold water considering that, as others have said, Mercury’s possession/curse was lifted after a relatively short exposure to the Ginzuishou. So the only explanation I have is that the plot demands it. ;P

    I should stop talking now, since I’ve gone on enough. But this episode was a distinct turning point — and it was handled surprisingly well.

    • JD

      I just think that the writers did not think it through.
      that they had the ability to cure Minako all along and Usagi
      would not have hesitated an instant to heal her idol regardless of the consequences

      • Callisto-chan

        Yeah, that’s a good point too — considering how little Usagi actually knew about the whole thing/how shocked she was, if she knew she could revive Minako then she would’ve.

        • JD

          not revive. Heal her before she died.

          • Callisto-chan

            Ahh, I get it. I was gonna say how could Usagi heal her if everyone was keeping Minako’s illness a secret, but the Ginzuishou’s power should’ve done it regardless of that.

          • JD

            Yea she should have been healed when Tuxedo mask was revived and Ami’s spell broken.
            Or At least Ami should have figured it out. and told Usagi there was a possibility she could have healed her.

  • TheCrazyFish

    Okay, in response to Japanese kids’ shows pulling the same punches as American ones and not killing off main characters…

    I’d like to bring up that Mighty Max literally ends with everybody dying and the entire timeline being erased.

    • JD

      Didn’t Disney edit the end of old yeller?
      can’t have kids learn that sometimes you have to shoot the dog

      • TheCrazyFish

        Did they? I can’t find anything about that on Google.

        • JD

          not sure i have only read the book.

          • TheCrazyFish

            Well, it’s not quite as severe, but I think editing Star Wars to make it so Greedo shot first is a pretty good example of this effect. Producers really tend to underestimate their audience’s ability to handle darkness.

  • TheCrazyFish

    Now that I’ve finished the episode, I have to talk a bit about Sailor Venus’ death…

    Your question was, does the fact that this kids’ show did that and American kids’ shows wouldn’t speak to a childishness in American TV, or a harshness in Japanese TV? I think that a better question would be, what did this death accomplish?

    Each of the Sailor Senshi had a question that they had to answer, to come to an understanding of who they were and gain happiness, thereby awakening their true power. For Venus the question was, does she choose to be Minako or Venus? For Venus the answer would be that she should not have the surgery, she should use what little time she has left to keep fighting and accomplish her mission. For Minako the answer would be that she should have the surgery done; she risks dying now and therefore not being able to complete her mission, but if it’s successful she guarantees herself a long and happy life.

    In essence, does she cling to the past and see out the end of her mission no matter what, or does she choose to live and be happy? It’s the same question Hamlet was confronted with in his famous To Be Or Not To Be speech.

    So, what was the show’s answer to this question? Apparently, it didn’t have one. Minako Aino chose life, and then died anyway. What lesson can we take from this? That you shouldn’t bother gathering the strength to move forward because the Grim Reaper comes for us all anyway? We should all just give up and slit our wrists now rather than wasting our time trying to be happy?

    Minako Aino’s death was either a tragic and brutal way of teaching a horrible lesson that would harm the world drastically if people took it to heart… OR it was just a cheap way of generating some extra drama. Personally, I’m guessing it’s the second one.

    So, does it speak to a childishness in American television, or a harshness in Japanese television? Honestly, neither. It’s certainly true that American productions are afraid of tragedy. They underestimate their audience’s ability to handle it, so they shy away from doing anything harsh. At the same time, it’s not like Japan never does the same thing. The very existence of Black Butler season 2, which pretty much exists only to retcon away the implied death of the main character, is proof enough of that. (Not to say I didn’t like season 2 of Black Butler, in fact I thought the second ending fit the series way more than the first did, I’m just saying.)

    Basically, I don’t think this death says anything about either. I think it was just a cheap shot at creating drama which doesn’t belong in any well-written show and is atypical of both Japanese and American productions.