I got this feeling that we’re gonna be alright
The kids are alive and kicking, running for their lives
You’ll never know friends like these
And you’ll never know, you’ll never know.
THE MOST FABULOUS LESBIAN SPACE WARRIORS YOU CAN IMAGINE.
yuri charisma limit break
Jupiter’s jumping up as she’s coming down and does an impossible flip just before she lands, but who the hell cares, have some more gratuitous gifs of Senshi Awesome.
Me: But that isn’t how physics wor-
Sailor Jupiter: Fuck Physics. I do what I want.
I am so disappointed in myself that this wasn’t my caption.
Chibiusa x Hotaru amv!
The song is Lisa Loeb’s “Sandalwood”.
Yeah, so. to procrastinate on exams I made a video about twelveish year old girls in love. I DO WHAT I WANT. Plus I love this song and totally got a feelings attack making this video they are so adorable.
I used BOTH clips from the anime AND panels from the manga. CAN’T BE TAMED.
She can’t tell me all of the love songs have been written
She’s never been in love with you before
Yes so many feelings.
im having a lot of feels after reading the latest volume of the manga released please forgive me and my 12 yr old girl otp
I don’t think I posted this scene back when I was liveblogging this episode (or if I did, I can’t find it now— that’s what you get for fifty pages of liveblogging), which is weird because I love it a lot. It might just be one of my favorite scenes in S, and definitely one of the more intense ones in the entire show to me.
Because for the first time, it is actually impossible to perceive Haruka and Michiru as “well-meaning antagonists who could be easily recruited to the side of good with a bit of persuasion”. Usagi tries to talk to them, to get through to them, and gets nowhere. For the first time, she — and the viewer — understands that there’s no bridging the gap between them, at least not so easily, and not so soon.
And for the first time, Haruka and Michiru are legitimately frightening. The whole scene is so tense and unsettling, and the painful contrast between Usagi’s blind insistence to keep acting the same as before, like they’re still friends, and Haruka and Michiru’s complete disregarding of their relationship up until that point makes it that much worse. Like they’re completely willing to throw away everything that makes them human as soon as it turns out it might interfere with their mission. I mean, holy shit, they played the cool and supportive older sisters role to the inners for twenty episodes, and all that fondness and caring is gone in the blink of an eye. And Haruka physically assaulting Usagi — in civilian form, no less, where Usagi has no means of defending herself against the significantly larger and stronger Haruka — makes it seem much more than just an idle threat when they tell her they’ll kill her.
But how remarkably dark this scene is compared to the show’s regular atmosphere aside, I also adore it from a characterization standpoint. As much as I love them, Haruka and Michiru often fall victims to Long-Running-Anime-Franchise Drag-Out Syndrome, meaning they are prone to go on antagonizing other characters long after there’s any reason or sense in them doing so, and I frequently feel the urge to clutch my head between my hands and yell “no girls, you are being unnecessarily terrible, stop that right now”. And while this might seem like the pinnacle of unnecessarily terrible — attack and threaten a sweet, gentle girl who cares about you as well as the world you’re trying to protect and wants to help you? — it actually makes a great deal of sense.
Usagi is the one person, outside of one another, the two of them care greatly for — Haruka especially so, which is why she’s taking the lead while Michiru mostly just stands in the background. And they can’t afford that. Haruka was a lot like Usagi once, full of ideals and cherishing every life, but she had to seal off that part of herself in order to devote herself completely to her mission. They know better than to believe the world can be saved without any sacrifices, that faith and love is all that it takes — but faced with Usagi and her pure, wholehearted conviction that yes, it can, it suddenly becomes tempting. Like maybe it really is possible after all— but that’s nonsense.
She makes them soft. They can’t afford to be soft.
And there’s the fact that they know that Usagi — Sailor Moon — won’t listen no matter how much they tell her to stay out of their business. She always finds some way to worm herself back in, and maybe they could’ve stood to allow it before (maybe they owe her more than they can admit), but they realize that this battle is wholly different to any one they’ve fought before. It’s a battle meant for them and for them alone. It’s a battle there might be no coming back from. They don’t want her involved. She’ll get in their way. She’ll get herself hurt. If the price is their own lives, then they are fully willing to pay it — but they won’t allow any unnecessary sacrifices. Especially not ones dear to them.
And so, by completely severing their bond with her, they can go into what may very well be their last fight together, with nothing tying them to this world, with nothing to leave behind.
Wow, I don’t think I ever completely understood this scene until I read this. But your analysis of it makes perfect sense. Kudos.
You know I have to ramble about Sailor Moon.
I actively adore both the anime and the manga and think both have their place in my dorky shrine of excellent inspiring tales about ladies.
But I think it was correct of Naoko to note when asked about the difference between the manga and the anime that her story is a story by a woman, about women, and for women and that men are involved in the anime so there’s a male influence there. Does this mean 100% bad, and do I think she was trying to say it’s terrible? No. But I do think it’s a thing to consider, especially in regards to the male gaze that definitely could be present in the anime. Both the anime and the manga had like, sexualized content, but the content in the anime is seen through a different lens because this is men doing it. And Takuechi herself allegedly was critical of the male gaze sometimes (like, on one hand she thought the transformations were pretty and on the other hand was a little squicked out is pretty clear)
Let’s look at the pos and neg here in major changes
1. Usagi and Mamoru. Naoko has straight up said she crafted Mamoru to be her ideal dude, and that’s reflected in how she made him basically the most supportive boyfriend in the world who admits pretty immediately when he screws up and is basically constantly open about how much he completely adores Usagi and thinks she’s the most kickass girl in the universe 24/7. Seriously, once an arc you have Mamoru going “THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE USAGI UR MY INVINCIBLE HERO” and Usagi being like “NO PROB BB I’LL ALWAYS PROTECT YOU”. Naoko worked really, really hard on presenting a positive relationship to girls so they could see “yeah, it is possible for a guy to really respect you, don’t settle for less.”Really, manga Mamoru is probably one of the most healthy, feminist boyfriends in all of shoujo. There’s also the fact the manga flat out said Mamoru was going to take over the rearing of Chibiusa so Usagi could do what she wanted, and also presented their mutual miscommunications and drama and jealousy as real problems they had to work through together by communicating.
Mamoru’s main problem in the manga is he actually is this kid with really low self esteem who feels he lucked out way too much by landing with Usagi and he *burdens* her, and Usagi helps him work through that- in the anime, it could be kind of the opposite, with Usagi demonstrating really low self esteem in regards to Mamoru at times and feeling she’s not good enough, even being told by others she better shape up or she’ll lose him. Kinda not as subversive.
I think the animators don’t really have Naoko’s idea of what the ideal boyfriend is, so they had a certain idea of how boys and girls should interact, that guys need to be stoic and tough and all that shit, and so we got shit like the R break-up and paternalism and Mamoru swooping into save the day rather than his manga role of being like “hey sailor moon im yer backup i’ll give you some of my power i’d die if it meant you could fight go get em gurl”. and stuff. On the other hand, the fact they were not as interested in presenting the relationship meant that the anime tended to focus on the friendships and side characters more than the manga did and Mamoru was less prominent and also a lot more in the mold of being this domestic guy who is there to support Usagi in later seasons.
However, I do feel even in later seasons it didn’t reach that height of equality. And it’s reflected in small things like, in the manga when Mamoru left he basically babbled to Usagi that he’d miss her so much and he’d write to her, while in the anime Mamoru was all “I’LL BE REALLY BUSY” and Usagi was the one being like “I’LL WRITE TO YOU THO”. The anime was clearly kinda uncomfortable with having a guy be so openly devoted, dependent and emotional in that situation.
It’s not that Mamoru isn’t a subversive shoujo love interest in the anime who clearly totally believes in Usagi- it’s just that he’s a lot moreso in the manga, and that actually makes the relationship both more feminist and more real. On the other hand, as I said, it’s kind of nice that the anime doesn’t focus on him as much.
2. Sex- Usagi sort of subtly is interested in sex with Mamoru in the anime and propositions him for it, and it goes over his head. In the manga, she similarly is the one who’s more aggressive and interested in sex, and Mamoru like…well, he responds. They have sex in the manga, or get close to having sex a lot.
I think it’s pretty obvious by now but I just like to state that I pretty much ship Usagi with everyone
OH COME ON LET’S FACE IT I AM PRETTY DAMN SURE THAT USAGI MARRIED EVERYONE IN THE END OF THE MANGA
WE PUT ON WEDDING DRESSES BECAUSE OF A THEME MY ASS
YOU ALL FREAKING TIED THE KNOT WITH HER
YOU ARE ALL WIVES + MAMORU
USAGI/EVERYONE 20-FOREVER THE BLOG
this is the perfect post
especially that last part
so I think we are all aware that Tuxedo Mask is a big ball of dork
but did you know that underneath his suit beats a very tearful emotional woobie-riffic heart
just look at that face
Does this surprise you? It shouldn’t. MAMORU HAS A DEEPLY SENSITIVE SOUL. HE COMPOSES HAIKUS ON A REGUALR BASIS AFTER ALL.
There is the fact that not only did his parents die in a horrible accident but it happened on his BIRTHDAY. And that’s like the only thing he remembers. “for my sixth birthday I got the present of my parents dying and permanent amnesia. Also some weird doctor patted me on my injured head which is not correct protocol at all. I sued.”
no matter how awkwardly your birthday party goes, you could be Mamoru. Just remember that.
In anime continuity he found an alien boyfriend who immediately had to leave leading to intensely cute tiny tears
fortunately his future girlfriend gave him a rose to give the parting friend, a moment that moved him so deeply he decided to, like, center his entire life around roses. Very sensitive soul indeed. He convinced himself that he had hallucinated his alien boyfriend out of sheer loneliness but that illusion was shattered when said boyfriend came back and actually impaled him while attempting to murder his girlfriend, then kidnapped him. It happens.
The fact is that Usagi is the one thing that makes Mamoru’s life not INTENSELY LONELY at all times.
she is literally like the only family he has, and he is aware he is completely dependent on her, and yet is convinced because he’s so dependent he is actually actively dragging her down. So he basically constantly thinks to himself he doesn’t deserve to be with her. And like. Informs her of this
Mamoru work on your pickup lines.
one thing certain across all continuities is that is Usagi dies Mamoru will pretty much stop working and become a pile of tears. like his brain will pretty much shut down and all light will leave his eyes
and then he will bury his face in his future daughter while clinging onto her and hugging the crap out of her sobbing and going on about how “SHE’S SAVED MY LIFE SO MANY TIMES BUT I WASN’T ABLE TO PROTECT HER!!!!!”intensely emotional for sure
Usagi (and later Chibiusa) are literally Mamoru’s reason to live because he HAS NO ONE ELSE. I’m not exaggerating because he actually says this himself. In fact, because Usagi has so many friends who can help her, he literally wonders why he was born because if he isn’t essential to Usagi’s mission WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF HIS LIFE? That is a frighteningly low level of self esteem yo.
so I would just like remind people that I have this gif
and that it basically sums up everything about Mamoru ever
also this gif
summarizes Mamoru/Usagi to the truest point ever
nothing sparkles and exploding hearts guys.
So is the odd, odd life of Chiba Mamoru
these gifs are indeed the summation of everything mamoru is to the sparkly pinnacle of his being
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I WILL PULL YOUR BRAINS OUT THROUGH YOUR NASAL CAVITY YOU LOUD MUSIC PUMPING DOUCHEBAGS
I HAVE TO BE UP AT 4AM TOMORROW
Let the Facebook parade of “Happy Birthday“‘s from people I haven’t spoken to in half a decade begin.
I think my Subway Sandwich Artist today was a postmodernist
Song For Jesse - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Wearing my My Little Pony tee at my fancy full time job. I r adult.