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The penultimate chapter of the first arc. Actually no it's not. It's...the penultimate and a half chapter? The first arc has one more chapter and then there's the chapter after that, which is half the conclusion to this arc and half the beginnining of the R arc. Or something.

Anyway, most of the awesome and weird and bad shit goes down in this chapter, plus we have color pages and all kinds of nifty extras, so you'd best read it.

Color page!



YEAH WE GOT TO SEE THE COWPRINT VEST IN FULLCOLOR GLORY. Lookin' better than ever

As an extra, we also have this nifty character sheet, for the purpose of voting for your fave char! To make things extra complicated, apparently you vote on civilian IDs, superhero IDs and evil brainwashed ID's too, What's your vote? I'm torn, Jupiter would be my fave based on all canon, but Venus would be fave based on just the manga (and you'll soon see why. Also "Endou" because he is hilarious



"I'M ENDOU". See? Hilarious. I am also amused/awesomed by Sailor Jupiter randomly shouting GUTS and Venus's BANG dagger thing. And for the record, the random guy saying "I'm Amano" is from the Sailor V manga. He was basically Mina's Umino...they are clones. I have no idea who the hell Kuri and Yumi are and Kenji and Shingo got their names mixed up. OH AND the art on Beryl and the Shittenou amuses the hell out of me.



Yeah, so Beryl straight up DID melt Mamoru to death and now he's basically a walking corpse powered by evil and the crystal. HOW SCREWED UP IS THAT. Poor Mamoru.

MAMORU ATTACKS and they can't return it lest they blow up the arcade!



Poor Motoki will be confused for the rest of his life over what the hell just happened (Not really, to clarify. He will say it was bad for his heart though).And Mercury...can apparently manipulate dimensions and shit if she feels like it. She's just too awesome for rules!

Meanwhile Usagi is getting strangled by Beryl's hair...apparently Beryl was Medusa in a former life or something:






So yeah, VENUS STABBED BERYL TO DEATH in the past life in revenge for Beryl killing Endymion (and trying to kill Serenity/causing her suicide). Which explains why Beryl freaked out when she saw Venus come back to life. DO NOT SCREW WITH VENUS.



Hey, we all know that attack! Only in the manga, it's the actual chain belt she carries. Minako's not done being badass yet.



YOU'VE MADE HER ANGRY. YOU WON'T LIKE HER WHEN SHE'S ANGRY. AND HAS A SWORD.





Yep, in the manga it was Venus that killed Beryl. By stabbing her in the gut in a truly epic case of history repeating itself. Screw the Hulk, I definitely don't want to piss off Minako. Also, ze jealousy backstory! "I had finally found you my love, by killing you and then brainwashing you, the best way to win guys!"

What's interesting about Beryl is that  while Usagi represents honest love, pure love that is used to help and heal and save the day, and Beryl represents that obsessive, dark manipulative love. Usagi is always honest about her feelings, forms a partnership with Mamoru, accepts him as is and strives to protect him as well as her friends- but Beryl skulks behind pillars spying, resents it when he chooses someone else despite the fact she obviously was never able to approach him and thinks the ideal relationship with him is kidnapping him and making him her puppet- a desire to control, rather than a desire to protect. And this is not just how she treats Mamoru, but the Shittenou as well. A lot of the Sailor Moon villians are of the "dark mirror" variety (clearly the Shittenou are dark mirrors of the Senshi in this arc), and for this arc, Usagi and Beryl are sort of the dual sides of the forms love can take.

Anyway, Venus sort of goes into a trance.




Then she passes out and....



Mamoru snatches her up like a creeper and kidnaps her while she's unconcious (pretty much the only way he COULD manage to kidnap her!) and Usagi jumps in the portal after them. The other Senshi use Luna's mad computer skills to follow (and the poor thing is still suffering from being pulped against a wall. GEEZ MAMORU)

Usagi tries to get through to Mamo-chan.





Okay wow, that didn't work.

Fortunately for all, Usagi is the only one cool enough to use the crystal:







Luna comes to help!




Mars tries to attack, and it just gives her more energy. Venus declares that they have to get the crystal out of Mamoru and attacks too, but Mamoru boings it back at her. Usagi desperately tries to use "Moon Healing Escalation" on him, to no effect.












...well, damn.

:(

(I wonder if this is where Buffy got the idea...)

Okay, so, as you can see I screwed up. Usagi slashes Mamoru, kisses him, and then stabs herself, as you can see by how her hands are posistioned. I'd ORIGINALLY thought this was how it went down, but then changed my mind for some reason (I think the sword reversed itself in my braaain I'm going crazy)

So anyway. Yes. Very sad. I KNOW KILLING YOUR BF SUCKS BUT DON'T DO THAT USAGI OKAY. Ah but instinctively reliving past lives, such fun.

Anyway, tune in next week- just a heads-up, I'll be switch scanlations because this is where the one I've been using stopped updating- fortunately, there's another currently updating one that will release chapter 13 next week so I can post it! But yes, you'll probably be able to tell the switch from the difference in font and the fact the new scanlation will leave out honorifics and translate "silver crystal" properly (which will make ONE of you jump for joy judging from the epic debate of last post)

(however, I'm glad I was able to use this scanlation up til now because I went back to read how they handled the scene where Usagi and Mamoru decide to call each other "Usako" and "Mamo chan" and SO AWKWARD. "Maybe I should call him Mamoru from now on!" Whoa, calling him by his first name, don't move too fast in this relationship, dear....it just pretty much ruined the feeling the scene was supposed to convey, which is why I feel honorifics should be left in- it's often directly important to the plot or content and awkward dialogue just ruins it. An entire episode in the Sailor Moon live action (PGSM) revolved around character's use of honorifics, after all. Plus, cute nicknames are cute. BUT OH WELL, the point is we'll be using a different scanlation from now on, is what I'm saying)

HOW CAN WE STILL HAVE A MANGA IF OUR HERO HAS STABBED HERSELF IN THE HEART? AND ALSO KILLED HER BOYFRIEND? HOW WILL THEY DEFEAT THE WORLD DESTROYING VILLIAN? FIND OUT NEXT TIME!
 

Date: 2011-03-04 09:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
IIRC, Pluto was heavily implied to have forcibly taken the baby. Or at least she was in the Italian dub.

Hotaru's father was lovingly taking care of baby Hotaru, Pluto showed up out of the blue, he asked Pluto who she was, Pluto replied "I'm here to take Hotaru". End of scene. We never see the guy again. When we next see Pluto, she has baby Hotaru, Michiru and Haruka ask her why she has the baby, Pluto replies "I took her," and Michiru and Haruka are outraged.

It definitely seemed to me that she kidnapped the baby, and it really left a bad taste in my mouth :(

Date: 2011-03-04 09:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hyaroo
I'm not sure, but didn't she say she "borrowed" her? In any case, it is notable that he doesn't appear anymore after that... I know he died in the manga and that's probably why he fades away from the anime, but still... Bad implications here.

Date: 2011-03-04 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
YMMV. I just watched the Japanese version on YouTube, and the fact that Pluto doesn't even seem to acknowledge the guy when she appears at his place (she says "Hotaru, I'm here to take you with me," but she doesn't say anything to him), plus her grieving expression when she says that she took Hotaru (even if it turns out that in this version she does add "for a while"), plus the fact that we never see the guy again, seems to imply the worst to me.

Really, this could have been so easily solved. The animators could have just had Pluto say "even her father understood" after she explained the situation to Haruka and Michiru. A single short line. Just a single short line, and all would have been well.

As I said, I LOVE the anime. But that one thing, coupled with the fact that it could have been so easily avoided, really angered and saddened me.

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