I’m not saying Toei may had borrowed some ideas from a certain early 90s gangsta movie but I also don’t believe in coincidences.
Goddammit Toei. First Dragon Ball Z Kai and now Sailor Moon.
I’m not saying Toei may had borrowed some ideas from a certain early 90s gangsta movie but I also don’t believe in coincidences.
Goddammit Toei. First Dragon Ball Z Kai and now Sailor Moon.
I can still fondly remember my first episode of Sailor Moon. It was on a Saturday mornig in early February 2001. Dragon Ball Z had just finished on the Toonami’s “Rising Sun” block and Sailor Moon was next. I had prior knowledge of from a friend, who gave me a short run down of the series in the past
A magical school girl team run by some dumbass girl named Serena, running around Tokyo saving their city and the world from Queen Beryl or some shit in high heels and mini-skirts. (It’s been 16 years. My memory of his summary is rather weak).
I figure that I’ll give the show a shot. I mean, what young 11-year-old dude doesn’t wanna watch schoolgirls in minishirts and high heels?
The episode airs. I get a quick introduction to a sparkly Tuxedo Mask giving a short history of the Outer Scouts’ role in the past. That was cool and all but it did not make an impact on me as the next scene: the infamous Twister game.
The game starts out normally; sans lady scientists playing in their lab coats and heels. But whatever, that’s anime for ya.
“Right hand on Blue 4”. Just a simple command for a simple game of Twister, right? However, as soon as the woman does instructed, she makes a rather sexual moaning sound.
“Okay…? What’s going on?” I asked myself but whatever.
Next up was this cute, young, orange hair woman with glasses. She starts ramblin’ about some track star name Shawn, who inspires her to win. That’s cool I guess. I too look up to my idols for inspiration. Biggie Smalls, Tupac, and Hennessy to name a few. It’s normal to look up to idols.
What wasn’t normal was her ass soundin’ like she was having an orgasm.
In utter shock, I quickly turned down the volume on my TV. Didn’t want my parents to think that I was watching porn at 10 in the morning. As I watch this awkward scene I am asking myself “What the fuck type of anime my friend suggested me to watch and why is this woman imagining that she’s getting dicked down by this sports dude?”
“Whatever. Keep watching Ben. Less than five minutes in and we have good lookin’ science ladies playin’ Fake Orgasm Twister, one with her leg up in the air! This show is great!”
While the game of Fake Orgasm Twister was going on, this creepy ass science dude was peeping at all of this. Perhaps he thought there was an orgy going down and he wanted in on the action.
Creepy Ass Science Dude tells the Fake Orgasm Science Lady tells her about her new “Heart Snatching” mission and gives her this metal briefcase with a star on it. As he and the rest of the ladies send her off with well wishes, Creepy Ass Science Dude declares it was his turn to play.
“Creepy Ass Science Dude is a playa!” I told myself.
(Real shit, I always wanted to be like [90s anime] Dr. Tomoe when I was a kid. Dude had beautiful women in his big ass house working for him playing Twister in his lab. You know he probably fucked the Witches 5 a few time while his kid Hotaru was at school and Kaori was away doing business. “I’m A Playa” by Too $hort is probably his theme song)
Two minutes of pure nonsense and I’m already hook on Sailor Moon. I didn’t know what was going on. Hell, I didn’t care. This show is great!
Ahh man, young me was easily impressed by anime back in the day. Today? Nah.
Mimete: The Nutjob Fangirl
Ah Mimete; the ditzy, nutjob celebrity fangirl scientist of the Witches 4. Her goofiness carried this episode to me. Hotaru did as well (it’s her character arc after all) but more on her later.
Mimete was crazy. I mean, wanting to kill the guy she was fakin’ an orgasm to because he inspired her. That’s kinda nuts. Like this woman was straight watching this dude warming up, fangirling and shit, but also planning on killin’ him.
Like, how do you even go on to think about killing your celebrity crush ? Ya fangirls are weird. I hope ya know that.
On top of that, this woman straight tried to kill a bunch of innocent people with her Daimon, including two teenagers and a little girl. All because she was salty that she couldn’t get close to her celebrity crush. Granted she was going to kill him regardless, but still.
Seriously Mimete, you need mental help.
(Also I wonder if she knew Hotaru was her boss’s daughter. She almost got her boss’s daughter killed off her bullshit.)
Her Daimon monster confused the fuck out of me. I was like “why is this elf looking track star got a shell on her back? You know what? This show is already weird. Stop asking questions.”
The Daimon’s her Heart Snatching method. It was rather…out there.
“Do all of these Daimon monsters make out with their victims to kill them?”
“Why does she need to sit on this guy for his heart? What’s going on with this show?”
Watching the monster’s attempt to make out with her victim was awkward but hell, there was an awkward scene earlier with a Twister game. One more ain’t gonna hurt at this point.
The Daimon would meet her end by the means of flurries of mini hearts made out of pink sugar (wut?) and a giant heart made from rainbows (okay). Mimete runs off like she just ripped off her plug, declaring she will get Sailor Moon next time. And her pesky little sister/daughter/whatever too! I presumed she’s gonna try to kill her next celebrity crush in the next episode.
But forreal Minete was fuckin’ weird. Her monster friend was weird. This entire episode was fuckin’ weird.
Hotaru: The Shy Goth Girl
“Wow! She’s so pretty!” I said to myself, watching the girl in all black with purple hair and eyes writing a letter to her sports idol. Same sports idol Mimete was gushing all over.
Man, this Shawn nigga is popular!
“And she has health issues. Maybe she has really bad asthma like I do. That’s probably why she can’t do sports.”
Less than say, what 25 seconds into this scene and I’m already got a possible favorite character right off the bat. But then, I started asking a few questions.
“Why the fuck is she writing in the dark wearing all black though? Is she one of those gothic people that worship Satan, mope around all depressed, and cut themselves when they’re sad? ”
Ahhh 11-year-old me was so ignorant about alternate subcultures. I blame Christianity!
(In defense of my 11 year old self, I at least got one thing right about this character)
As I admired this character (as well as questioned her fashion bedroom lighting choices ) an incredibly busty woman sneaks up behind her and starts belittling the girl. She states that she’s weird for writing the letter and doesn’t have the guts to approach the dude.
“Man, her step mom’s a bitch! How could you taunt your own step daughter like that?” I mean, she was right about her not having the courage to send the letter out and everything, but still.
Kaori is a bitch.
(Of course, I would learn that Kaori wasn’t her stepmom but her dad’s assistance.)
After Kaori’s taunting session, the scene transition to the girl chillin’ with her friends, Rini and Serena.
“Okay, she has friends. She can’t be completely gothic. Most, if not, all of them don’t have any friends.”
(To my readers who are in the gothic subculture: I sincerely apologize for my baseless, stereotypical views of that subculture at age 11)
The three discuses about Hotaru’s letter, which she expressed her concern about sending the letter out or even talking to Shawn, thus she gets discouraged. Serena brings up that they should take her to the track field and give her encouragement.
There was something about this character, Hotaru. She had shit tier health, got teased, incredibly shy, has confidence issues, relies on her friends too heavily and she’s pretty! Just like me at that age!
It was pretty much set that this character would be my favorite in the entire series, and I was just only less than seven minutes in. That’s good character-viewer relation right there.
(I’m pretty sure Hotaru [along with Washu from Tenchi Muyo] may have been the source of me becoming a sad lonely waifu loving otaku years down the road but that’s for another time.)
Fasting forward, the three hit the track field to meet Shun, although they kinda sorta trespassed on the field. Shun soon approaches Hotaru and Serena, but Hotaru just freezes up. Despite Rini’s rally cries, Serena’s prep talk, and committing a few trespassing crimes, Hotaru ain’t talking.
Hotaru, you disappointed everyone. Good going.
Mimette, witnessing all of this, gets butthurt because Hotaru and Serena managed to get close to Shawn. Although Mimete was in the right by not trespassing. Ahh haters…
In her rage, she releases her Daimon and shit happens, like The Daimon indirectly burning Hotaru’s letter from the immerse flames of her rolling a giant ball. All that hard work, dealing with Kaori’s bullying, and the Tsukino family’s prep rally: gone.
She ain’t too pleased with that. Holy fucking shit she ain’t too pleased.
As Mimette and her Daimon friend runs away, the Daimon spots Hotaru being a depressed gothic emo girl in her makeshift emo corner. Concerned, the Daimon tells her if she ain’t feelin’ well she needs to go to the medical office.
(Hey, at least she has her morals.)
Hotaru blankly stares down the Daimon, eyes glowing red and straight blasts her ass across the track field like she’s on some Dragon Ball Z shit!
“Holy shit! Hotaru has powers too!? She doesn’t even need to transform like Sailor Moon and Mini-Moon! She can just fuckin’ blast these dudes like nothing! She’s so cool!”
Yea, at that point she officially became my favorite character.
After Moon dispatches the monster, Hotaru finally meets her idol and they talk about how much their frail health sucks and Shawn gives the girl encouragements to do whatever she wants in life. Like complete in sports. Or blasting monsters across a track field. The sky’s the limit, just keep pressin’ on.
“Hotaru is so awesome and cool!” I told myself as I finished my very first episode of Sailor Moon . 16 years later, I still feel the same way
A goofy game of twister, a psychotic fangirl, and an emo ass gothic ass shy ass girl. What an unusual combination of how I feel in love with the Sailor Moon series 16 years ago. A love that is still felt to this day
Granted, I am an 27-year-old jaded adult now who knows better. Giving this episode a retroactive reflection, the writing was pure garbage. Nothing about this episode did anything enhance Hotaru’s character development, and I’m pretty sure the creative staff behind this episode were on drugs while creating this episode.
Also, doesn’t Hotaru hate sports? Why would she be fangirling over a sports star? And why did everyone acted like everything was normal after Mimete attacked them?
Nevertheless, it was the episode that I got me into the series. I believe if I may have watched the wrong episode as my first episode, I wouldn’t gotten into Sailor Moon at all.
But forreal drugs where involved in the making of this episode.
Sailor Moon blog site where I took some of the screenshots on this post from.
Drugs were involved in the process of creating this episode. I swear lol.
A Dragon Ball vs. Sailor Moon crossover fighting game would be dope. Broken, a nightmare to balance, and to equalize everyone but dope.
Gameplay wise, it should play like a weird cross between DBZ Hyper Dimension with the multi-tier levels system from that game and the face pace action of a Guilty Gear game. Throw in a tag system similar to the Marvel vs. Capcom series. Both series deal with team work so a tag system make sense. Lord Frieza and Queen Beryl vs. Goku and Sailor Moon.
Think about it.
DBZ and SM characters interaction would be something to see. Imagine Sailor Pluto dogging Future Trunks on the ethics of time travel. Professor Tomoe (manga) and Dr. Gero working together on genetic engineering, using Tomoe’s Daimon technology, and creating more cyborgs. Plus both are experienced in the fine art of turning young girls into robots.
Hell, imagine the younger Z Warriors, (was that the legit name of that team or a dub name) Goten and Trunks up against the younger Sailor Scouts, Saturn and Mini-Moon. Granted, Trunks and Goten would have to fuse into SSJ3 Gotenks to even have a chance against Saturn and Mini-Moon cuz hax lol.
Balancing and power scaling would be a nightmare. Sailor Moon verse is stronger than the DBZ verse due to hax so there are issues with that. Stats will have to be equalized. It would not be a fun game if the Sailor Scouts just body everyone on the Dragon Ball side.
Finally, a Vegito Blue vs. Neo Queen Serenity beam struggle. Imagine that.
Question: Have you ever wonder why a certain character is your favorite? The answer can be as simple as you think they’re cool and awesome or deep such as you have a relatable personal connection to that character.
I believe everyone has that one (or more) character that they can relate to. You probably relate to the character because of similar personality traits.
We like to see ourselves in characters we favor most. We appreciate these characters because they remind us of ourselves. This is how I am with my favorites. I love my favorites because I see myself in them.
Kanji Tatsumi from the 2008 video game Persona 4 is somebody I love. I can relate to his issues.
Kanji has a complex with his identity as a man. He enjoys sewing, knitting, and cute things.
Generally speaking, those hobbies are stereotyped as feminine and thus, he has a complex about his masculinity and sexuality.
Years prior to Persona 4, Kanji was bullied for his hobbies. He was taunted with homophobic slurs and other forms of name calling by his classmates. This fucked him up mentality.
Kanji develops a tough guy facade to combat (and mask) his insecuirties. He bleaches his hair blonde, starts weight lifting, pierces his ears, and wear attire to reflect his “manliness”.
It’s a bullshit front to hide his unresolved issues.
Kanji would eventually accept himself. He gains confidence embracing his “feminine” hobbies and learn to be open with his passion (it’s a story best saved for a more in-depth analysis post in the future).
Kanji’s struggle with his identity and self-acceptance was a reminder of my teen years. My enjoyment of nerdy hobbies such as video games and anime resulted in being bullied and called an “oreo” (black on the outside, white on the inside) and being accused of “acting white”.
Shit was goofy and baseless but it impacted me mentality growing up.
I knew I was black. I knew I wasn’t trying to be white. However, being fuck with and bullied for my hobbies by my black peers fucked my head up.
I developed a fear of expressing my nerdiness openly. I was afraid that people would judge me for being black and nerdy. Didn’t help that I had low self esteem pile on as well.
It took going to college to get over this fear. In college, I found other black peers who openly enjoy nerdy things and being conformable with both their racial and nerd identity.
I was inspired to do the same. To say fuck the judgement niggas and do me. To embrace myself. I became my true self and felt accepted.
Today, I am not only just confident in myself but also I am happy. Happy that I finally could be me and be understood without fear. Happy that I was able to accept who I am.
Kanji’s issues with his identity and accepting who he was reminded me of my younger days: A young kid dealing with his own issues with it and coming to terms with loving myself.
It was a struggle of self-conscious issues and fear of rejection but I learned to overcome those fears.
When it comes to relating to an anime character I would say Hotaru Tomoe from Pretty Solider Sailor Moon is one of my top choice.
I’m a huge fanboy of the Hotaru/Saturn character. While it is dope that she can blow up a planet or even a galaxy with her powers, my love for the character comes from finding parallels in her core personality in Sailor Moon Super (SMS) and me growing up.
Hotaru in SMS is introduced as a shy, quiet, socially awkward, bullied and weird girl who doesn’t have any friends (prior to meeting Chibi-Usa and the Inner Sailor Scouts). She keeps to herself and doesn’t interact with othrrs due to her fears of being shun, bullied and teased by others.
Hotaru’s fears resulted from being mocked and rejected by her peers because of her general weirdness (her healing powers and random, but violent, mood swings from being possessed by Mistress 9) so it’s understanding why she did not open up to anyone before befriending Chibi-Usa.
Hotaru first encountered Chibi-Usa,who had hurt herself chasing her hat. Seeing her hurt, Hotaru offer to heal Chibi-Usa’s wound.
Chibi-Usa was amazed by her power. Hotaru was surprised that Chibi-Usa didn’t freak out or thought of her as weird or creepy as others thought of her powers in the past.
(Granted Chibi-Usa IS a superpowered time traveling princess like Future Trunks from Dragon Ball Z. Healing factor ain’t shit to her but I am getting off topic).
The two became best friends from that day forth. Hotaru didn’t dwell on how different she was from her new friend because she was just happy to be accepted for who she was. She was able to open up to somebody.
Growing up, I was bullied a lot for my weirdness and awkward nature. I’m also rather shy and quiet (expect when I am drunk. I am not quiet nor shy when drunk).
It takes a while for me to open up to people due to my own fears from the past (the fear isn’t as bad as it used to be in my youth). If I do open up to somebody its because I vavule that person deeply and I feel like they will accept me.
I get overwhelm with joy each time I can connect with somebody despite how different I feel about myself. It is a great feeling to be accept despite what fears may hold me back.
To conclude, I believe everyone has at least one character they love because of one or many similar triat. Being able to connect with a character is a wonderful feeling because you see yourself in him or her.
I was able to see myself in Kanji from Persona 4 and Hotaru from Sailor Moon S because I shared similar traits those characters had. They became some of my favorite characters in their respected medium because of the parallels I had with their personality.
(I am never fucking editing on a phone ever again)
Prior to Sailor Moon S, a laboratory explosion would claim the lives of Souichi Tomoe’s family. Lamenting his daughter Hotaru’s death, Souichi is approached Geramatoid of the Tau Nebula. Geramatoid presents him an offer: Restoration of Hotaru’s life in exchanged for Souichi’s freewill and servitude.
Souichi accepts, not caring about his own life. Upon Souichi’s agreement Germtoid takes him as a vessell; controlling his body, will, and life. Unknown to Souichi , Hotaru would become a vessel to Mistress 9; the Messiah of Silence.
After the incident Hotaru and Souichi continued their lives “normally” and grew close, despite acting as pawns for the aliens. With Hotaru’s character arc introduction, we are given a solid example of their bond. In episode 112, Hotaru and Chibi-Usa are warmly greeted by Souichi at Hotaru’s house. Hotaru cheerfully introduce her Chibi-Usa to her father, who is glad to see Hotaru made a friend (for once in her pitiful life). Hotaru is affectionate towards her father, expressed in tone and body language.
Later, the relationship cemented at the arc’s climax. Souichi (liberated from Germtoid’s control) confronts Mistress 9 (fully controlling Hotaru’s body). He falls to his knees, clutching the unrecognizable woman and begins begging for forgiveness, guilt ridden for allowing her to become possessed and indirectly ruining her life.
Irritated, she responds with calling Tomoe a “useless filthy shell of Geramtoid” and strangling him with her hair. Enraged, Hotaru (whom was inside Mistress 9) overpower the Daimon, forcing her to release her father.
Mistress 9 would struggle with Hotaru to regain control of the child’s body but to no avail. Hotaru’s drive to save her father would lead to the awakening the spirit of Sailor Saturn residing in her. Mistress 9 was instantly killed as the power of Saturn’s awakening was too much for her.
Soon after awakening, Hotaru, as Sailor Saturn, proceeds to destroy Pharaoh 90 (leader of the Daimons, summoned earlier by Mistress 9) saving the world at the cost of her life. However, with her powers of rebirth, Hotaru was reincarnated as a baby. Souichi (recovering from his injuries and amnesia) reunited with Hotaru, beginning a new life free from the Daimons.
At the end, it’s funny to think about the roundabout results Souichi noble act of sacrifice. The man gave up his own will and body to save his daughter’s life. Hotaru saved her father and “sacrificed” herself to save the world.
To quote a certain rapper: ‘Have you ever loved someone so much, you’d give an arm for? Not the expression, no, literally give an arm for?’
(If we were to dig deeper into their relationship there’s actually a second side of Hotaru and Souichi’s, relationship although not as direct. After Hotaru’s introduction in the series, there are a few scenes of Hotaru and Souichi [under the influences of Mistress 9 and Germatoid] interacting with one another and discussing plans for Mistress 9’s awakening and the destruction of Earth.)
While the anime portrayed Souichi as a caring, warm, and selfish father, his original manga counterpart was a deranged monster. (Okay, maybe monster is a bit too strong of a word. Bastard seems right).
Professor Tomoe was a self-centered madman whom perceived his daughter’s near fatal injuries and the invasion of the Daimons as gifts from the heavens. His grand ambitions and selfish drive would lead to Hotaru living a horrible life.
An infamous figure in the science community, Professor Tomoe was blacklisted due to his unethical research and experiments. After being blacklisted Tomoe sold his findings, using the money he earned to buy property for a research lab and founded the Infinity Academy to continued his work. Flip and hustle my dude. Flip and hustle.
Similar to the original anime, his wife was killed and Hotaru was severely injured in a lab fire. Tomoe saved Hotaru’s, using a combination of genetic technology and replacing her damaged limbs with cybernetics implants.
During a follow-up operation, lighting struck his lab, opening a dimension gateway (it’s a comic book, roll with it). Master Pharaoh 90 emerged from the gateway with an offer: he would give Souichi everlasting power and knowledge in exchanged for his allegiance. Although bewilder and hesitate at first Souichi accepts, seeing this chance encounter as a breakthrough for his research.
Pleased, Pharaoh 90 gives Tomoe Daimon eggs for implantation of human hosts. The professor receives one for himself and another containing Mistress 9. The Mistress 9 egg needed a suitable host for her powers to grow. Souichi knew the “right’ person.
Tomoe implants the egg inside Hotaru who was still recovery. Her body degrades to a frail state resulting from the unnatural combination of cybernetics implants, genetic technology, and finally, becoming the unwilling vessel of Mistress 9. Culminating from the selfish ambition of her father, her health plummeted ranging from seizures, shortness of breath, and blackouts.
While Souichi and Hotaru were close in the anime, their manga counterpart was distant and cold. In chapter 2 of the arc Kaori (Tomoe’s assistant) notices Hotaru having a health fit.
Kaori offers to help Hotaru until she recovers.
Despite being offered help, Hotaru pretty much tells the woman to fuck off, stating that she can take care of herself. Tomoe intervenes, asking Hotaru not to be rude to his assistant as Kaori helped the family ever since the death of her mother.
Hotaru proceeds to go off on her dad. She doesn’t hold back in telling him that he’s only infatuated with the woman, who just happens to be his private tutor. As Hotaru storms to her room she tells Kaori that “she ought to learn her place”.
Souichi checks up on Hotaru once things cooled. As she is being comfort by her dad she remarks on how inhumanly cold his hands are.
I believe this is the best to describe their relationship: Cold. The two were distance and cold. Souichi was invested in his research, always in his lab. This left Hotaru lonely with little interaction with her father. Souichi only saw Hotaru as a project, more concerned Mistress 9’s growth than his own daughter.
Later in the future, Mistress 9 awoken (transformed after consuming Chibi-Usa’s Silver Crystal). Souichi was excited to see her in full. He expressed concerns that initial fusion attempts with Hotaru’s body failed, nearly prevented her awakening. Hotaru (observing the discussion in her spirit form) wasn’t pleased that her father did this to her.
Her suffering and ostracized life was caused by her own father. Her father whom only saw her as a science experiment.
Souichi would meet his demise in Act 35 of the manga. Soon after transforming into Daimon Germatoid, Tomoe was instantly killed by Super Sailor Moon’s “Rainbow Moon Heart Attack”. (Dude was talking all that good shit but he didn’t even last three pages.)
As she watched her father die, Hotaru reflects how he did everything for her ever since her mother’s death. However, she states that her father died on the day he sold himself to Pharaoh 90. The man who died was not her father.
It’s strange how opposite their relationship were comparing the anime to the original manga. Souichi wanted to do anything to save Hotaru even if it meant becoming a servant to Germatoid and the Pharaoh 90. While he was noble for doing so it did spite him as Hotaru would also become a servant to Mistress 9. Souichi had enormous remorse for allowing Hotaru to be possessed despite he knew it wasn’t his fault.
Unfortunately his manga counterpart did not share that guilt. He felt prideful about his actions, thinking of Hotaru as just a project and not his daughter. Yea, he did saved her life (how he did at may not been totally legal, performing surgery his kid in his secret lab) but what good was that if he took advantage of her suffering?
Goddammit manga Souichi. Just…goddammit.
While most (hardcore) fans are aware that Hotaru and her father’s interactions are vastly different in the manga/Crystal and original 90s anime, there are some who may had only grew up watching or experienced the original anime. It is because of watching the original anime alone that they were unaware that Souichi was a horrible person in original manga thus his cruel nature in Sailor Moon Crystal.
Their surprise is understanding as Souichi was a good person who was thrown into a horrible situation in Toei Animation’s portrayal of his character in the original series compared to Naoko Takeuchi’s Professor Tomoe in Crystal and the manga. Their shock pretty much inspired me to write about both versions lol (YouTube comments can do that to you)
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