Sailor Moon Newbie Reviews: Episodes 142-143

Sometimes I feel like I’m playing Russian Roulette with this season.

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Every week I wonder if I’m going to get good SuperS or UGH SuperS, or maybe just plain old meh SuperS. It’s a gamble, and if I lose, the price is… well, a few grouchy words and a large red hand print on my forehead, mostly. It’s a low-stakes game. In some ways I’m grateful for it—I’ve given up on there ever being any plot this season, so the sliding scale of quality keeps things exciting, at least—but I do miss the days when I could just sit down and feel confident that something fun and/or emotional was going to happen.

This week was… not great. It wasn’t even table-flip-worthy, just one-part forgettable and one-part unpleasant. But, on the plus side, it means the word count is a lot shorter, too! So take solace in that, I s’pose. Then hit the jump for a lady who deserves better, and a Fish of whom I expected better.

The Recaps

Episode 142 – Two Many Cooks

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There’s a grouchy lady about town, arguing discounts at the grocery store (while someone who surely resembles yours truly stands two spots back, contemplating murder) and refusing Mamoru’s offer to share his umbrella. Still punishing him for his R antics, the universe tries to run him over with a truck, but he survives…

…Only to have his girlfriend scream in his ear because how DARE he try to keep an old lady from dying of pneumonia, THE TWO-TIMING CAD. Incidentally, I spent most of these two episodes shouting “Shut UP, Usagi!” at my tablet, so. You know. Yay for that.

“Is it too late for me to throw in my lot with Beryl, d’you think...?”

“You reckon it’s too late for me to throw in my lot with Beryl…?”

Once the shrieking dies down, Rei explains why grouchy lady is grouchy: She has an awesome house and land sharks are constantly pressuring her to sell it, so she’s automatically suspicious of everyone. Except kitties. Kitties are totally cool, as proven when Diana tries to call her out for dissin’ on King Mamoru and winds up getting a shower and some delicious pot-au-feu instead. While sitting right at the table, no less! The table set for… three? “Well, this can’t possibly end in a dead husband,” Armchair Critic Josei (incorrectly) surmises.

Chibs is suspicious and goes over to investigate, wherein she finds a famous Japanese French chef (er, Japanese lineage, French cuisine) hovering outside the gates waxing nostalgic. But I’m sure that’s unrelated to any of this. Surely. She and Diana head inside and note that everything in the house comes in sets of two. Yeah, this is officially getting weird.

Hawk knows that a fine wine only gets better with age, so he heads over to the lady’s house (her name is Mayako, though we don’t learn that till the very end of the episode) and tries to stage a romantic rescue when the land sharks come a-callin’.

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Dramatization.

He succeeds, but Mayako can smell a scam from a mile away and tells him to git. So he busts in and attacks her instead. Like he do. But Chibiusa can’t transform from behind the coffee table, you guys! Hawk might SEE her! No, it’s MUCH better if Diana distracts him long enough for Chibs to run outside and transform in front of the open glass doors instead! Sailor Moon logic is the best logic.

She literally runs into Usagi along the way because of reasons involving jealousy that are too stupid to bother recapping, so the two sailor suit up and face down our newest Lemures, Autobiko the Acrobatic Ride. She’s a lady in a wheel. Of course she is. She’s also a pretty sad villain, as all she does is trash Mayako’s house before the girls lead her outside and Tux hits her in the face with a rose, which apparently does enough damage that the Bunnies can Stage her Out.

Talk about a lemon, AMIRITE?

And I thought my first car was a lemon.

Then that Chef Ono yahoo who’s been wandering around town in a nostalgic haze shows up and is all like “Mayako! Baby! Remember how I left you 20 years ago to become a famous chef and never bothered to call or write and you’ve just been sitting here ALONE protecting this land for TWO DECADES in the faint hope that I’d come home? Well I was in the neighborhood and was like ‘Ehhh, I got nothin’ else to do this weekend,’ so how ‘bout you ‘n’ me turn this house into a restaurant like we always wanted, huh?”

Whereupon your recapper began shouting:

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Even as Mayako got all gooey-eyed and agreed and the two fulfilled her 20-year-old dream that she was for some reason incapable of doing on her own even though she’s a perfectly accomplished chef and clearly a tough, independent lady. Because LOVE or whatever. Romance, Sailor Moon. Yer doin’ it wrong again.

Episode 143 – Faith, Trust, and Pegward Dust

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There’s an evil Alicorn going around setting trucks on fire. Well, now we know what Pegward does with his Saturday nights! While the Moonies discuss this strange turn of events, Chibiusa’s getting asked out by the resident exchange student, Robert the Blonde Soccer Player. Her gal pals are happy, her guy ally less so, and Chibs has no clue how to respond.

And so, as the news reporters calmly warn everyone to be on the lookout for a winged horned horse that’s setting trucks on fire (Juuban reporters continue to be my favorite thing), Chibiusa discusses her relationship woes with first the Moonies and then Pegward. The gals assure her that she doesn’t need to approach this too seriously—just go out with him (“To WHERE? You’re like EIGHT!” comes a voice from the couch) and see if feelings develop. “Love” is just about “wanting to spend time with them,” Mako actually pretty wisely says.

Pegward, on the other hand, sulks into his crystal ball and gets all Tsundere Shark about it.

“I-i-i-it’s not like I like you or anything, baka!”

“I-i-i-it’s not like I like you or anything, baka!”

Down in Leers!, Fish’s “plan to lure out the scouts” (hmmm) isn’t working and their pals aren’t getting any work done, so they decide to take on the next Dream Target and OH, DAMMIT, FISH. And dammit Sailor Moon, while we’re at it, because… UGGGH…

…Fish… HNNNGH… Fish goes after the elementary school soccer player. And remember how it was creepy when Tiger lured the samurai girl away? Yeahhhhh, this is WORSE, because Fish actually professes to finding little boys “delicious.” So they… RRRGH… they dress up as a young woman and flirt with Robert.

Maybe I used up my “BOOO” gif too soon...

Maybe I used up my “BOOO” gif too soon…

About the only mitigating factors are that Fish isn’t aggressive about it and Robert immediately shoots them down, forcing Fish to quickly move on to Plan B, which should REALLY just be Plan A at this point. Robert winds up on the Examining Table, but this all happens a few minutes before Chibiusa planned to show up and answer his date request, so she (and the nosy Moonies) are nearby and can spring into action. Guess it’s a good thing Robert didn’t just give her a note card and ask her to circle Yes or No, innit?

Fish is kind of the worst fighter ever, but their Lemures Mawashitaro is a super-buff Merry-Go-Round horse who literally flexes a spinning carousel of doom into existence (yes, he LITERALLY DOES THIS), trapping the Bunnies in a wind bubble that separates them from both Pegward and the other scouts.

...I just can’t stay mad at you, Sailor Moon.

…I just can’t stay mad at you, Sailor Moon.

Pegward urges the guardians to believe in him so he can give them tricked out Super Transformations too, but they’re mighty suspicious of Pegward after all the trucks he’s been setting on fire (although us at home can now be pretty sure that was Mawashitaro’s handiwork) and can’t trust him no matter how hard he bats his eyelashes at them.

So Pegward rams himself into the wind bubble until he passes out or the Moonies believe him, whichever comes first. It’s the Alicorn equivalent of a temper tantrum, near as I can tell, but it works, and the gals get their own glitter bath, souped-up Lovely Items, and fancy-pants jewelry.

He went to Jared.

He went to Jared.

Everyone’s attacks are the same except directed by George Lucas, ‘cause they’re FASTER, MORE INTENSE! They shatter the wind bubble, allowing Usagi and Pegward to Stage the imposter Outta here. Then Chibs has a rendezvous to make! Poor Robert’s day doesn’t get any better when she turns him down, but he takes it in stride, figuring it’s because she already has someone she likes.

The Moonies watch from the tree line, so rapt that Usagi… siiiiigh… Usagi stood Mamoru up for their date. Rei wonders why he hasn’t broken up with her yet, and I just… Yeah. I’m kinda with you on that one, Rei.

This, That, and the Other

  • Props to Chibiusa for straight-up calling Hawk out on the sexual assault (even if Hawk insists it’s nothing of the sort). The imagery seemed pretty clear, but it’s always helpful when a character makes the connection explicit, too.
  • Minako says that Mamoru’s problem is that he’s “too kind to women,” because someone wanted me to smash my head into a table again and again until that line made sense. Thankfully Ami’s around to point out that’s actually a good thing, and ohhh crap, you guys, I may actually be starting to ‘ship Ami with Mamoru. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME, SuperS, I DON’T APPROVE, STAHP IT.
  • Chibiusa keeps having quasi-romantic conversations with Pegward and I really just wish she’d find a nice kid at school to crush on instead. Whatever happened to that guy who sculpted her head? He seemed nice…
  • Fish likes soccer ‘cause of the “powerful thighs.” As creepy as Fish was this week, gotta admit, that still made me giggle pretty hard.
  • Hark! A plot point! Pegward’s power-up glitter only works if you believe in him. Maybe I should have called him Tinkerbell.
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8 thoughts on “Sailor Moon Newbie Reviews: Episodes 142-143

  1. I think the three reasons why everything is so scatter shot is:
    1. The creative differences thing I told about already.
    2. Ikuhara has his attentions divided between working on this and getting Utena off the ground.
    3. Half of the writing staff of Sailor Moon that’s been around since Season 1 left at the end of S to go work on on other projects. So we have a bunch of new writers for SuperS who may not all be entirely familar with the characters hence why Usagi seems alot more immature at times this season.

    The good news is you’re nearly out of the part where nothing much happens and the season finally starts to move again around episode 147 as I think that is where Ikuhara finally managed to wrestle back control from the producers and (mostly) starts getting his way again for the remainder of SuperS. Oh and there is another Ami-focus episode next week.

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    • I did notice that Ikuhara was absent from the directorial credits for a solid 13 episodes, and we’re right smack in the middle of that stretch, so you’re probably right about him turning his attention back to the series around that point. And I hadn’t realized that about the writers, but that makes a lot of sense. It’s a shame, but I’m glad to know the season improves in its latter half. Also, Ami episodes. Ami episodes make everything a little bit better.

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  2. “I’ve given up on there ever being any plot this season, so the sliding scale of quality keeps things exciting, at least.” This pretty much hits the nail on the head for why so many people dislike this season. (Hell, if I did a ranking on the seasons this would probably be on the bottom for me too.) The amount of filler – and bad filler at that – this season is astounding. As Llavud mentioned above, it does get better in the later half but the filler still never really holds up to some of the filler made for the first season or S. (TBH I’d say 154 is the worst episode of Sailor Moon period. Next week has an Ami episode though, and honestly I’m just gonna go out on a limb and say your theory about there not being a bad Ami episode may be correct. They tend to be the bright spots this season.)

    At least this week attempted to do something different with Dark!Pegasus, but they should have devoted the whole episode to it instead of making it the B plot because it never seemed to go anywhere.

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    • Yeah, SuperS definitely has too much filler and not enough actual story. Even if you’re pretty good at writing filler – and SM usually is – when that’s all you’re doing for weeks on end, you’re going to run out of decent ideas and end up throwing out some clunkers. The characters need *something* to move towards, but at this point they aren’t even attempting to do anything vague like “find the Moon princess” a la Season One. They’re just… fighting monsters. That’s it.

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  3. Episode 143 is my personal worst episode of Sailor Moon ever. WTF were the writers thinking? Who thought pedophile jokes were okay? And they just happened to delegate that role to the queer villain? So damn gross. And I think Viz actually censored one of Fisheye’s jokes which in reality much worse. While talking to Robert, Fisheye doesn’t say “Score a goal for me!” but really says “Score a goal inside me!”

    You’ll be happy to know that once SuperS remembers that it actually has a plot, it actually gets pretty damn good.

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    • I wanted to wait until I had a chance to rewatch the episode before replying to this. Fish says “Watashi ni SHUUTO wo kimete, te kanjii.” In context it seems like Fish is addressing the line at those pro soccer players they enjoy watching, not directly at Robert. So more: “I love watching their powerful thighs. I’m like, ‘Score a goal for me’, y’know?” And, secondly, while the “ni” particle carries a lot of different meanings and connotations, in this situation it can and almost certainly does mean “for,” not “in.” Viz’s translation is accurate.

      So, yeah. Fish is being creepy and SM done screwed up by giving this plot line to a queer character, but it’s not quite as bad as that, at least.

      And I look forward to this mythical “plot” you speak of, wherever it may be hiding!

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      • Thanks! Good to know. So, still creepy, but not nearly as creepy as I thought all these years. The previous subtitles I saw for this episode must have been wrong (or maybe one of the translators was trying to stick in a dirty joke). I have a little knowledge of Japanese, although not as much as you, and I always bought the dirty translation thinking that “ni” indicated physical motion and not necessarily abstract motion (in vs. for).

        Still hate this episode though. :P Kind of sucks that it includes a Sailor Senshi powerup, too.

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