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I will update this post with the chat log afterwards. Yes, for both, we'll be doing that from now on because I have something new planned for Wednesdays. And yes, I finally updated the last two weeks, sorry about that.
< > Here's the opening I like.
> (and as Froborr mentioned, she starts out with the boy she has a crush on)<@
Sailor Moon Crystal
<@> Dream sequence?
<> Wait. If she's on the moon, then what's in front of the Earth?
<> An Ominous Black Sphere
<@> Ooh, maybe she's on Gaea with Hitomi?
<@> Well, it was a dream sequence
<> Nope, he's dead. That's the end.
<@> We should be so lucky
<@> Every episode I keep thinking that it sounds like TENMON did the music
<@> (well, not the opening, that sounds like whoever did the KLK themes)
<> I forget if I've mentioned before, but it's REVO, a group that did the Shingeki OPs and all the music for Bravely Default
<@> Ah... I haven't seen those
<@> Are they good?
<> Well, I like what I've heard of them
<> i.e. this, Shingeki OPs, and Bravely Default music
<> Ad after the opening.
<@> As usual
<> I'm back.
<@> Wait, is it called "Reunion" or "Endymion" (Endouchemion)
<@> Hahah... I love that they have a command center
<> I believe "Endymion" is the subtitle.
<@> Ah, and here he's in his brainwashed mode
<@> Whoa... it's not even subtext anymore, it's just text
<> BrainwasheD or brainwasheR?
<@> "You have red irises! You must be from Ishval!"
<> Oh, hey, it's Motoki's fiancee. At least, she was in the original anime.
<> The book just happens to have the rocks they are named after on the cover
<@> I thought talking loud was SOP in anime
<@> Ahahah... suspicious, carrying a giant broadsword around
<> Maybe just a little.
<> That's not how diamond hardness works
<@> Just say you're cosplaying, you look exactly like a gazillion other anime characters
<> If it's poisonous why are they handling it with their bare hands
<@> "Poisonous?" Diamonds can be poisoned?
<> "What, doesn't everyone have spare diamond rings on hand?"
<> It's the sword and the rock from the palace that are poisoned
<@> It must be some different kind of poison
<> Usagi should've had drawings all over her face when she woke up.
<> I guess it's poison if ingested? That's what happened to Cave Johnson
<> IIRC it was because he breathed it, not ingested it.
<> Usagi's red string of fate seems to be a bungee cord.
<> Whcih IIIRC is actually the danger with moondust.
<@> Hey, Crunchyroll put the ads in the right place
<> Shocking, isn't it?
<@> I think moondust is dangerous because it's got sharp edges, like crushed glass
<@> I think I read that on Cracked
<> I'm back
<> And I wouldn't want to breathe in crushed glass.
<> Makes sense, given lack of erosive forces on the Moon.
<@> So he IS in university
<> Yeah, they're also magnetic so any kind of electronics will get covered with them
<@> Ooh, Luna has a cell phone
<@> Well duh
<@> They should tell her to get away from him even when he's "normal"
<> Oh yes, tell the adolescent girl to stay away from the dangerous older boy, that always works.
<@> Worse, now he's a "Bad Boy."
<@> A Bad Boy who needs rescuing from his own dark demons
<@> Yep, he hasn't changed all that much
<> I'd say he's even more of a creep.
<> Hard to believe it's possible, but yes, I'd say he's more of a creep.
<@> These subtitles are very... literal
<> IIRC "Usako" is the false name she gave him that one time.
<> It's the pet name he started using shortly before being captured
<> His pet name for her.
<@> Ooh, smouldering gazes into each other's eyes
<> Wow. And Mamoru didn't bother to hypnotize more than two people for his cover story.
<> Well, they're translating EXTREMELY rapidly, being ultra-literal makes snese.
<@> "Stay away from Mamoru Chiba." Good advice in pretty much all situations, but of course she's not going to listen
<> Darn it, why did they send the brawler to confront him? They always have crap Will saves.
<@> What, he's there already?
<> Wait, seriously?
<> Arcade dude is going to be a minion now?
<> Is this the first time Venus has done a fully transform animation?
<@> A Sailor Scout fell for a Suggestion Spell?
<> I believe so.
<@> Ooh, nice ribbon effect
<> Different pen styles
<@> (shades of Mami, which is probably intentional)
<> The funny thing is that those two already were friends in the originial anime.
<> Also, it seems this episode needs to fill a lot of time.
<@> Yes... I love the transformation sequences, but can't they do a joint one?
<> Yeah, this is draaaaaagging.
<@> Don't tell me the entire rest of the episode is going to be their transformation and catchphrases leading up to the battle... that'd be worse than Dragon Ball Z
<> Wow. And pre-battle taunts. Sheesh.
<> Given the overall pacing of the show it feels like they finally found space to show off all the work they put into the transforms
<> Magica Quintent this ain't.
<@> Oh for goodness's sake
<@> Usagi, DO SOMETHING
<> Oh, now he has magic.
<> But I bet he's still a non-teleporting loser.
<> Well, I suppose the mind control indicated that.
<@> Please tell me Usagi's finally going to work up the nerve to slap him out of it
<> BECAUSE HE'S EVIL, USAGI.
<@> (this is one of the VERY few occasions in which I would actually recommend "Knocking some sense into" someone)
<> Oh ffs just murder him already.
<@> Oh, he did NOT just hurt the kitty
<@> Well, FINALLY
<> Okay, I like that him hurting Luna was the last straw.
<> You can kick her friends' asses as much as you want, but hurt her cat and you will pay.
<> Of course, now there's just enough time for her trasnformation sequence and then the cliffhanger.
<@> It's a kids' show... of course the cat is sacred
<> It does play into a trope I see, where women refuse to fight until someone they care about is hurt right in front of her
<> Of course, that implies she doesn't care about any of the other Senshi.
<@> Hey, Usagi? While you're at it, get Jupiter to snap out of it too
<@> Oh... she's actually doing that?
<> Once again, Mercury is the smart one.
<@> She's actually doing something sensible
<> Hell of an entrance.
<@> Oh crud
<> no sell
<@> I didn't see that one coming
<@> "Are you Mamo-chan?"
<@> Are you kidding me?
<> Sadly, no.
<> They just got done convincing her that he's a constructed impostor
<@> For the love of...
<> Okay, quick final thoughts before I copy this up and head out?
<@> This is worse than the four Rock Knights being the Sailor Scouts' boyfriends
<@> This is turning into Twilight
<> "Boys are all evil, but with your love you can change them!" That's... healthy.
<@> Okay, deep breath, the preview almost looks decent
<> I skipped it.
<> I swear the earlier anime isn't this bad.<@> I was actually preferring this one for a while, since Tuxedo Fedora doesn't have to swoop in every episode to save her
<> I still find it difficult to believe anything can run that many episodes and be any good.
<> Eh, she saves herself. His greatest power is inspirational speeches.
<> More like his only power
<> I won't deny there are pacing problems, but it at least gives the story room to breathe.
<> Anyway, sorry to cut this short, but I've gotta run.
<@> I should watch the original anime with subtitles instead of dubbed... maybe it'll be better?
<> The older Sailor Moon Anime actually got better in the later seasons