NORMALLY I DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT PEOPLE NOT LIKING SAILOR MOON BUT THIS IS HANDS-DOWN THE STUPIDEST “CRITICISM” I’VE EVER HEARD AND NOW I HAVE TO DEBUNK IT BEFORE I DROWN IN MY OWN ANGER
1. ”This show mainly is about how Sailor Moon changes her outfit all the time.”
Really? Last I checked, the show was about the Senshi fighting against evil. Let’s see…
- Sailor Moon: After she saves a strange black cat, an ordinary 14-year-old girl, Usagi Tsukino, discovers that she can transform into the beautiful sailor-suited warrior, Sailor Moon. Along the way, she meets new friends and teammates (Sailors Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus) and tries to locate both the Moon Princess and the legendary Ginzuishou, all while fighting against the Dark Kingdom and cultivating a crush on the mysterious Tuxedo Mask. Along the way, the relationship between Usagi and Mamoru Chiba is developed and it’s ultimately revealed that they are the reincarnations of Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion, two star-crossed lovers who lived during the Silver Millennium thousands of years ago.
- Sailor Moon R: After the Dark Kingdom is defeated, the Senshi’s ordinary lives are thrust back into the battlefield when a young girl named Chibiusa quite literally drops down from the sky. While trying to uncover the secret of Chibiusa’s identity, Usagi and the Senshi face new foes and go on a journey that ultimately takes them a thousand years into the future.
- Sailor Moon S: Much to the girls’ surprise, two new Senshi, Sailors Uranus and Neptune appear (and later team up with Sailor Pluto, who made her first appearance in R). However, they have no interest in teaming up with the other Senshi and their methods can be quite brutal. They’re on a mission to stop the Silence, and, according to them, a young girl named Hotaru Tomoe (a close friend of Chibiusa’s) is the one who will cause it through her alter ego, Sailor Saturn. Usagi is determined to save both the world and the innocent Hotaru, no matter what it takes.
- Sailor Moon SuperS: Although this arc varies greatly between the anime and manga, it’s ultimately about Chibiusa maturing and becoming a Senshi in her own right and how the other girls must face what it truly means to be a Senshi, even if it requires them giving up their dreams.
- Sailor Stars: For the first time, the series is on a galactic stage. It’s revealed that countless Sailor Senshi populate the galaxy and fight for love and justice; that is, they did, until one of them, Sailor Galaxia, went rouge and began to destroy the galaxy in the name of Chaos. Everything Usagi believes in and stands for is put to the test after Galaxia steals and destroys everything and everyone Usagi holds dear. Ultimately, Stars culminates in a battle between good and evil, order and chaos, and lightness and darkness taking place in the center of the galaxy, where new stars are born.
BUT LOL, NO, THE SERIES IS TOTALLY JUST ABOUT SAILOR MOON AND HER FRILLY OUTFITS
2. I mean she doesn’t get any stronger (just more weird looking under all that lace)
Sailor Moon’s first attack: Throwing her tiara as a boomerang
Sailor Moon’s final attack: DEFEATING THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL AND TRIGGERING THE REBIRTH OF LIFE IN THE GALAXY
But nah, she actually doesn’t get stronger. She just gets frillier outfits! Not.
3. And she’s not exactly smart (at all)
Sooo, what’s your point? That a heroine has to be a genius to be a good heroine? Usagi is a very smart young lady. She just isn’t book smart. She definitely has the capacity to learn (as shown when she’s able to pass her entrance exams), she’s just so lazy that the vast majority of the time she doesn’t bother to study for tests. However, she’s very street smart in that she’s able to come up with strategies to beat foes when she’s fighting as Sailor Moon.
4. I mean look at the others out of all those seasons did they change that much? No they just got stronger.
I’m actually not really sure what OP was trying to say here, but I think they’re implying that the other Senshi don’t go through any character development, they just get stronger. Well, that’s bullshit, and here’s why.
- Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury: Started off as an introverted and shy bookworm who had cripplingly low self esteem; became a young woman who was secure in herself and her abilities as a result of the love and support given to her by her friends.
- Rei Hino/Sailor Mars: Started off as a harsh and standoffish girl who had trust issues as a result of being abandoned by her father; became an exceptional young lady who treasures her friends above all else and is renowned for her fierce loyalty.
- Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter: Started off as a delinquent girl insecure in her femininity and pining after her lost senpai; became a badass lady who is secure in and proud of her masculine and feminine traits and views her friends as her family, treating them accordingly.
- Minako Aino/Sailor Venus: Started off as a ditzy yet somewhat aloof veteran soldier; later develops into a leader of unparalleled quality while still retaining her carefree and fun-loving nature.
- Chibiusa/Sailor Chibi Moon: Started off as a terrified young girl who fled from her war-torn home in the far future; develops into a kind, strong, and heroic young lady and a soldier in her own right.
- Setsuna Meioh/Sailor Pluto: Originally a stoic and unyielding soldier who bound to the Gates of Time; later joins the Sailor Team, becomes a mother to Hotaru (along with continuing to be maternal to Chibiusa), and loosens up and starts to enjoy her human life.
- Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus: Originally a harsh yet unsure soldier who always ran from her problems and refused to see things from other points of view; later softens, becomes more understanding, and forms a loving family with the other Outers.
- Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune: Started off as an unbelievably elegant and beautiful young lady, but could be rather cold and was dedicated to keeping up a front of serene beauty; later mellows out, shows a more playful side, and isn’t afraid to let her guard down around her friends.
- Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn: Started off as a frail, sickly girl who was feared and rejected by everyone around her and had a very dark and traumatic past; is later reborn as a happy and healthy young girl who is given the home and family she always yearned for and is able to grow into a soldier who is a valuable ally and isn’t a threat to the world.
5. The whole point of the show is to show off her outfits.
Refer to the rebuttals of points 1-4. Also, I’m pretty sure the point of the show is how beautiful and powerful love and friendship are, how girls can do and be anything they want to, how you should stand up for what you believe in, how you should treasure your friends and family, and how hope and love are the most powerful forces in the universe and can be used to change the world for the better.
BUT I GUESS SAILOR MOON IS JUST A FASHION SHOW LOL
Not even sorry, this just pissed me off. It’s totally fine if Sailor Moon isn’t your cup of tea, but it’s not just a show about frilly outfits. Don’t try to pass it off as a mindless fashion show when it’s so much more than that.
Can I get a “hell yeah!” from this little corner of the Internet here? HELL YEAH!
- Seiya and Usagi get married
- Together they watch over Crystal Tokyo, and raise their little prince Chibisuke
- Heartbroken at the loss of their future Mamoru and Helios find comfort in each other.
In the end, everyone’s happy!
Better alternate ending:
Usagi spends time getting to know more people, learning the pitfalls of getting involved with manipulative people (regardless of age or gender) and enjoys some “me” time finding out what she actually WANTS from life, besides that old childish dream of “being a bride.” She eventually masters her kanji because being told by her supposed-future daughter that she never does is just too damn embarrassing.
If and when Chibiusa is born, the entire universe doesn’t collapse in on itself due to Lack of Plot Device.
10. Crimes without any sense of punishment
In the cartoon series, Jerrica Benton (Jem) had her home burglarized, set on fire (admittedly, it was an accident, but it was related to the burglary), had her foster kids kidnapped and assaulted, and her friends the Countess and Sands’ property damaged, including with a bomb! Oh, and I don’t think Hollywood would be cool with plots that demonstrate a complete disregard for union safety rules and payment (see the original cartoon episode “Starbright Pt. 2: Colliding Stars”, although the next episode remedied this…a little too easily).
9. Obvious villains are obvious
We knew from the beginning that CEO Eric Raymond was the bad guy, but to keep continuity, even after his biggest threat got him arrested, he was back causing mayhem with the Misfits in the next episode. Paying lawyers to somehow get charges of everything from conspiracy and embezzling to kidnapping is ridiculous. Eric Raymond can be a great villain, but not if he’s two-dimensional.
8. Whiny everybody
The show many have been called “JEM” and the Holograms, but it’s got an ensemble cast. People who can’t relate to Kimber’s second-fiddle fears because of her whining, or The Misfits’ desire to break free of the standard pop-star mold but still be liked are going to hate the movie and its characters for again, being two-dimensional.
7. A “Clash” in music styles
The Misfits didn’t LOOK like a pop band—if anything, they were more of a punk rock group, what with their even-crazier hair styles and colors, facial tattoos, torn clothes, and angry lyrics. If Jem and the Holograms are to have some serious competition, it’s got to be with a band that logically WOULD compete with them…but still have style of their own.
6. Clark Kent Syndrome
It’s never adequately explained why Rio, Jerrica’s love interest, “can’t ” know about her “secret” identity as Jem, but the rest of the Holograms, including Jerrica’s sometimes-jealous sister Kimber, could. Jerrica dropped plenty of hints, including acting close to Rio upon her debut, even though Rio initially said he had no idea who she was. But he slowly warmed up to Jem, mainly because she acted like she already knew him—because she did as Jerrica, except when it didn’t suit her! It makes sense that she wouldn’t want Raymond to know, since she wouldn’t want him stealing even more of her father’s technology, or subverting her attempt at getting Starlight Music back under reasonable control, instead of giving him something more to embezzle.
5. High-technology without modernization
Back in the 80s, convincing holograms were a cool future-possible thing, but we’ve had Tupac show up at Coachella, so now we have to amp it up. We can’t just have Synergy via iconic star-shaped earrings and crazy-looking flashing organs, we’ve got to have something that makes Jem and the Holograms seem even more amazing than today’s over-the-top stars. Whether that’s seen outside of the music side or ONLY when she’s giving concerts and doing movies (although I imagine only one “big event” can fit into a feature film), we’ve got to see a bit more than just “holograms.” Here’s where product placement can come in. I saw someone suggest a super-smartphone to be Jem’s concert-styled link to Synergy, with detachable microphone headband, which sounds like a good idea.
4. A lack of star power
Though it’s going to be hard to find “triple-threat” talent that can adequately sing, dance, AND act, it definitely exists. That doesn’t mean everybody needs to be AMAZING at it; whoever plays Jem needs to be a talented singer above all else, even if it starts out as a hidden or un-nurtured talent. Even if the film ends up being a “discovery” role for the actresses for Jem, Shana, Kimber, and Aja, the role of Eric Raymond, Pizzazz of the Misfits, and fashion designer Countess Danielle can all be played by [surprise] big-name stars.
3. Music videos every ten minutes
Yes, music is at the heart of the Jem story, but that doesn’t mean we can do without the overly-fantastic flights of fancy. But there are ways to demonstrate the storyline without breaking into song so often, especially if all the songs do is “send a message,” about how selfish The Misfits are, or how giving and determined Jerrica and her friends are.
2. No overall “good message.”
True, songs that are all trite and obvious aren’t fun after the first listen, but Jem started out as a show with characters doing good things: Jerrica’s no homeless orphan, she’s a wealthy, educated heiress who was raised with a sense of justice, loyalty to her friends and those in her care, like the girls of the Starlight House. If there’s nothing for us to root for besides Jerrica “succeeding” at beating Eric Raymond and The Misfits, the movie won’t be true to the Jem origin story, and won’t be all that memorable, especially in a day and age where musical comedies are fairly common.
1. Too Much Pink
Jem was defined by her trademark pink hair, which can totally stick around, but she often wore a pink wrap dress with a darker pink fringe sash/belt-thing. It was pink overload, perfect for little 80s girl, but presumably not modern teenagers or fans of the original JEM series, who are now in their late 20s. If one of the major guest stars (say, someone who plays Countess Danielle) is a REAL fashion/costume designer, we’ll be able to get modern fashions that are star-worthy but still Jem-like, not a clone of what Katy Perry or Lady Gaga might wear, or too 80s.
So I came across one of those wonderful Chris Hart ‘How to draw Manga’ books with it’s usual array of wonderful anatomically sound drawings and helpful tips for the budding artist
I broke out laughing at the part where they said future girl should be clothed with protective gear because of the harsh future, but that just means goggles, boots, and random shoulder pads.
I always hated this guys’ books. Perpetuating the spine-breaking tits-AND-ass pose, even in manga since God-knows-when-but-can-it-stop-already?
There are better How to Draw Manga guides out there, by ACTUAL manga-ka, and none of this stupid “advice.”
Here is “Knot”, a short comic I drew to sell at Mocca and TCAF this year. The printed version is going to be SO PRETTY. I’m in love with the cover (which I will post later).
I just wanted to do something fairy-tale-like that talked about doubts and frustrations and how to deal with them. I’m really happy with how colorful and adorable the story turned out to be.
If you enjoyed “Knot”, please consider reblogging it and/or checking out my ongoing webcomic Namesake! HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!
So much to love about this! A guest appearance (cameo?) by Warrick from Namesake, plus an awesome story with Isa’s unique art style, vibrant color, and a satisfying, cute story that I can really relate to!
White Lies & Sweet Nothings
Release date (iPhone, Android)
English: November 27th, 2013
"It all started with a little white lie…
Congratulations. You’ve landed your dream job. So you had to tell a few white lies to get your foot in the door, big deal! Now all you’ve got to do is find someone to play your husband. In front of the entire company. By tomorrow. Well, at least there’s been no shortage of men this morning!”
This is the first game from Voltage USA I’ve decided to post here! I think the art is quite cute. Sorry I’m so late about it; I’m sure many of you have already played it by now! The prologue is free, and each route costs USD$3.99. You can download the iPhone version here, or the Android version here.
So, the English adaptation of My Forged Wedding, though with a slightly modified storyline? I’ll stick to the Japanese-style ones. I just can’t get used to the Voltage USA ones. :(
For those of you who have backed the MP! zine, it is currently being paused and held for review. It is the subject of intellectual property dispute. I am really unsure what will happen but I am trying to get my head straight to sort this out if that is possible.
I’m very sorry for this situation. I cannot express how much I appreciate everyones support of this project.
I will update as things progress.
This actually makes me pretty mad. I looked at the copyright information and apparently Random House filed the dispute. Random House is merely the distributor of Kodansha USA’s property, and nothing that is in the Kickstarter is actually licensed material, e.g. official artwork, or something purporting that it is official. The fact that it is unlicensed doesn’t make it bad, wrong, or messing with Random House/Kodansha/Toei/Naoko Takeuchi or any other Sailor Moon licensor’s rights or ability to obtain money.
FOR THE LOVE OF LUNA, WE ARE FANS TRYING TO SPREAD THE LOVE! ‘Zines have been around forever and the creative efforts of those who love and support Sailor Moon and its licensors via our purchases should not be penalized by money-grubbing lawyers with no sense of how fandom works!
Viva la Kickstarter!
okay okay I’m done drawing sailor moon stuff for a little while I promise
at least until we get the new series
I love this so much it hurts.
Has anyone told you you’re perfect?
OMG! Hahahahaha I’m not into Doctor Who but you know tumblr…
Too hilarious not to reblog.
Very cool fanart, but why is Mercury’s tiara gem a heart? The only Senshi who ever had a heart for a tiara “gem” was Chibi Chibi, if I’m not mistaken, and even if the Senshi’s “Star”“/Eternal” forms got animated, wouldn’t the tiara gem be a star to match along with everything else on their fuku?