Sailor Moon: Where to Begin
So you’re excited for the Sailor Moon reboot, but you haven’t watched the show since you were eight years old. Or perhaps you have never—gasp!—had the pleasure of experiencing the pretty sailor suited soldiers. You want to get into this thing before Sailor Moon Crystal comes out this summer, but it’s intimidating trying to break into a 20-year-old fandom. Worry not, friends! This primer is for you.
What is Sailor Moon?
Sailor Moon is a manga, an anime, a stage musical, and a live action show about a teenage magical girl who is the reincarnation of a moon princess. It’s about friendship and love and fighting evil with magical jewelry.
Did you say musical?
I most definitely said musical.
Where do I start?
Anywhere you like! But let’s begin with the original:
* * * THE MANGA * * *
Written in 1992 by Naoko Takeuchi, the manga is considered the foundation on which all other versions, including the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal, are based. The current English-language edition, released by Kodansha Comics, consists of 14 volumes, and is widely available in bookstores.
Wait! I had some of the manga in the 90s, and it looked different, and the main character was named Bunny.
That version, released by Tokyopop, was based on the first edition of the Japanese manga. Because it was released while the English dub of the anime was still on TV, characters were called by their English names for the sake of consistency. The modern Kodansha version retained the original Japanese names.
I went to the bookstore and they also had this thing called Sailor V. What’s that about?
Sailor V is the prequel to the Sailor Moon manga. You do not need to be familiar with it to understand Sailor Moon, but it is a good read and I recommend it.
* * * THE ORIGINAL ANIME * * *
At 200 episodes and three movies, the original Sailor Moon anime is likely the most iconic and well-known version. While it has been confirmed that the new anime will not be a direct adaptation of the original one, it will almost definitely be taking cues from many of its most memorable aspects.
200 Episodes? That’s way too much!
The anime is broken up into 5 seasons, with each season spanning its own story arc. Season One is only 46 episodes long, and can be enjoyed on its own. At this time, we do not know whether Sailor Moon Crystal will cover the events of the other four seasons.
What about the English dub? That’s what I watched as a kid.
The English dub is its own entity, with different names and different personalities for many of the characters. In addition, it only covered the first four seasons, and some scenes and episodes were skipped. You can enjoy it on its own, but you will be missing out on a lot of content.
* * * MUSICALS AND LIVE ACTION * * *
The musicals, called Seramyu, ran from 1993 to 2005 and again in 2013, with a constantly evolving storyline. The recent 2013 musical, La Reconquista, ran as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations.
The live action series, called Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, is a 49-episode super sentai-style TV drama that aired in 2003. It covers the events of the first season of the anime (or first story arc of the manga), with its own unique take on the story and characters. While easy to pass over because of the cheesy CG animation and fight choreography, the live action is charming and well-written.
Do I have to know any of this to enjoy Sailor Moon Crystal?
Probably not! The new anime will be its own entity, starting from the beginning, not a continuation of existing canon. But with so much great content out there to enjoy already, why not take advantage of it? Sailor Moon is great in any incarnation!
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(via pikachuclaws)Posted on March 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM
my sister is doing an essay for her finance course about bitcoin and her introduction is basically defining currency and equal payments.
so i told her to add alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange. she just sent me the essay to look over it and
she fucking did.
(via allorain)Posted on March 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM
This didn’t quite work out as a photoset so thus a text post.
SORRY FOR THE OOC-NESS…………. killua always turns out too girly in my hands it makes me cry
I couldn’t really decide what to draw for this so I made a comic out of my thought process instead. a very sketchy one since finishing proper comics literally takes an eternity
…. I hope you like it OTL (and that you’re able to read my handwriting)
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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM
“If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know?”
lol yes, so then i can shave.
One minute, 37 seconds.
My legs are shaking. Holy cow, there is no way I can do this. None.
One minute, 29 secods.
I glance around at the faces surrounding the room. Of course my Meeting would take place in the gross, overcrowded cafeteria.
One minute, six seconds.
Somewhere within these four walls, someone has the exact same countdown on their wrist. They’re going through the exact same pressure as me.
Mom said I should be excited, not nervous. Yet I still find myself wiping my sweaty palms on my dress. I can’t believe she talked me into wearing a dress. I mean, shouldn’t my Soul Mate meet me as I normally am? All plain jeans, blah shirts, and wild brown curls?
Something deep within me tells me to stand up. I do, drawing the attention of my tablemates. They all know too. They smile encouragingly up at me. I chew my lip nervously.
That same feeling pulls me towards the center of the room. My stomach drops away from me as I take a step in that direction.
I continue in that direction. With each step the tempo of my heart picks up.
17. More rapid.
16. It’s racing.
Oh my god this is it. The moment my life changes forever.
My eyes search frantically around the cafeteria, searching for someone who looks as nervous as me. For someone who’s heading towards their future with no sense of direction like me.
The feeling directs me slightly to the left. I turn to accomodate.
5. My heart has given up entirely.
4. I stop walking.
3. Just waiting left.
2. Everything is about to change.
1. Deep breath.
0000 d 00 h 00 m 00 s
Someone bumps my shoulder. I twirl around and my gray eyes meet blue, blue ones.
“Hello there, love. It appears as though we’re Soul Mates then, eh?”
As my words fail me, the only thing I can think is “I’m so glad I shaved this morning.”
“Thats weird…” I checked my wrist, the clock had just hit the 30 second mark but I looked around and there was no one there. I was a worrisome guy overall but I felt justified, I mean today was the day I was meeting my soul mate. Not that I expected my dream girl to be in the storage closet at work but still I was nervous.
Walking out with a box the boss had requested I walked back to my cash register setting it on the shelf. My wrist hit the 20 second mark
Where was she? I could not help but get worried that an error would pop up or that she was gone and my timer would run out with no response. I panicked, I’d change my own fate if I had to. Running out of time I hurried through the back door. There was a park outside and maybe I was supposed to be there to find my soul mate.
A faint ding of the doorbell hit my ear. Wait was that it?? She was here! I turned around running back to the counter. “Don’t worry I’m just in the back!”
I ran out looking at my wrist as it hit zero. Out of breath “Hi I’m Matt!” Sticking out my hand for a handshake it was met by a firm hand. Meeting my soulmate’s eyes for the first time they spoke.
“I’m Steven.” The man gave a smile “It’s nice to meet you.”
I watch my friend carefully. Her excitement is glowing all over her pretty face. Exactly 2 minutes left, she tells me. We’re waiting at the bus stop and the bus is coming in two minutes. I think she hoped she’d meet them on a beach at sunset or something.
”I mean that’s ok - these things can’t always be romantic I mean my mum met dad when he was working at the book store and it’s not like you can plan it to be romantic I just hoped, I mean everyone hopes don’t they-” she breaks off, looking at me awkwardly. “Sorry. It’s just a big day for me you know.” Yes I do know. You’ve been going on about it for the past year. I smile at her.
”Don’t worry. You nervous? You’ll be ok, you always are,” I grin, determined not to ruin this for her. It’s selfish of me to be moody. This is her future being determined. Right here. In now, precisely 1 minute 30 seconds.
She smiles at me, but it isn’t quite reaching her eyes. She’s restless and keeps tapping her foot. Her eyes are wide with.. fear? Excitement? Nerves? Probably all of them and a thousand more things I can’t imagine. She keeps checking her wrist. So do I. The bus comes around the corner. 1 minute 10 seconds.
”Hey. I’ll leave you alone now ok? The bus is here. I’ll sit a couple of seats away, and be there if you need me,” I say, squeezing her arm reassuringly. “Good luck.” I hope it sounded sincere.
The bus pulls up and I climb on first, taking a quick glance at her while I give the driver my ticket. She’s shaking and looks a little green. I want to give her a hug but know I shouldn’t interrupt now. I look at the passengers and it’s full of pensioners. My heart starts beating frantically. What? I can’t see anyone else at the bus stop. But she’s only 18, she can’t end up with a 80 year old.
I turn around and look at her - she’s breathing hard. The bus driver asks if she’s ok but she ignores him. Her eyebrows are creased and her face is flushed. Oh. Oh no. Stay calm. Someone is probably late. I give her a thumbs up and try to smile reassuringly. I think it’s more of a grimace.
I take a seat near the back. Look at my watch. 25 seconds. She sits down a few seats away.
Suddenly a dark shape runs past my window and a boy jumps on the bus. He has that same frantic look in his eyes. I breathe out with relief.
”Yeah get on, we’re running late,” the driver says, taking his ticket. The boy looks around, carefully stepping towards the seats. He’s tall and handsome, holding a sketchbook. I smile slightly; my friend hates art.
He spots her.
His eyes widen as he walks closer, as if being pulled by an invisible rope.
My friend stands up too, that same rope tying her to him.
1 second -
”I was worried the bus would leave. No way could I miss meeting my soul mate!” he jokes, though he looks just as nervous as she. They smile at each other as they both sit down together. I can’t hear what they’re talking about.
I take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Suddenly I’m crying. Hot tears dropping down my cheeks.
I look at my wrist, scratching at it. Trying to get rid of it.
The numbers have never changed.
They’ve always been at 0.
Chills. I have chills. Everybody above me better write some continuance, I’m serious.
the last one was fucking heartbreaking
This is a movie, called Timer.
can we start a club for teenagers who were constantly complimented on their intelligence when they were younger and are now having trouble coping with the realization that they’re actually of average intellect at best
(via allorain)Posted on March 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM
Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM
Characters: Levi & Eren (+ hanji)
Author: しゆ // Translation: nurui
Notes: requested by anon; 46 PAGES!!!! i really love this one!! it’s exactly the type of thing i would’ve liked to see happen in canon. takes place after the 54th expedition and focuses on eren’s guilt and fears. not really ereri, but imo it’s as suggestive as the VN