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"I just did!"

:-P

Wait, what? Luna, this whole investigation on the Diamond Princess was your idea. It’s in service of the mission and everything. What’s wrong with using the disguise pen now?

Dangit Usagi
I just replaced the Cute-O-Meter from last time

Dangit Usagi

I just replaced the Cute-O-Meter from last time

  1. The fuck is this?
  2. The fuck are those?
  3. (d’awwww)
  4. The fuck are you?
  5. Oh. OK.
  6. Well. I like your attitude.
  7. Um. How many times has he been sent home without supper by three teenage girls and a cat, again?

I really don’t know what’s going on here. At first Beryl sounds like she might actually be deliberately giving Nephrite a break- her word choice and tone sound fairly sympathetic- but then she gives an evil little chuckle and that grin there…

So, to no one’s surprise, both Luna and Beryl are curious about the legendary secret treasure now.

But! Beryl’s all set to deploy Zoisite to go check it out, when Nephrite appears and is like “Earth is my jurisdiction; I’ll do it.”

Even though it’s been like three episodes since he was telling Zoisite to worry about his own job and stop interfering.

Beryl asks what his plan is and he’s just like “I said I’ll handle it” and teleports out again.

Huh. Naru has an invitation to the party at the embassy because her family runs a jewelry shop.

I guess that could make sense, if they get their supply directly and the mining operation is government-owned… but regardless, I like that the writers are reusing those kinds of details. (The jewelry shop was central to the plot all the way back in episode one, and the living area above it was the setting of a scene between Naru and Usagi in episode fourteen, when Naru’s friend was possessed by the tennis youma.)

Continuity is nice, not just because it avoids contradiction, but because it rewards viewers for paying attention and getting invested in the characters and stories.

Gurio: “Hey Usagi, did you know? The first princess of the Diamond Kingdom is visiting Japan!”

Usagi: “Diamond Kingdom?”

G: “It’s the country that produces the most gems in the world!

Hmm. I don’t know a lot about mining, but it would be neat if this were an African nation and the princess were black. Somehow I doubt it though.

G: “I heard they’re holding a dinner party tonight at the embassy.”

U: “So that’s why they were doing all those inspections.”

G: “The Princess will be inheriting the legendary secret treasure that has been passed down through the Royal Family. And that secret treasure is apparently going to be introduced to the world for the first time at the party!”

Hmm. It wouldn’t happen to be some sort of… silver crystal… by any chance, would it?

Ooooh.

This episode opens with the reveal that Naru remembers her recent encounter with “Masato Sanjoin”, and is still wondering what the hell is up with that guy.

Interesting!

I remembered something today and now I have an opinion about it.

In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone there’s a bit where the Power Trio have just done something ridiculously dangerous and forbidden, and Hermione is angry about it. You may remember it; it was in at least one of the trailers. It goes:

Hermione: We could’ve been killed… or worse, expelled.

Ron (aside, to Harry): She needs to sort out her priorities.

And you know what?

Hermione Granger’s parents are both Muggles.

Hermione Granger didn’t have any inkling that magic existed until she got her owl.

And Hermione Granger is not just smart, but also clever. She thinks things through (which is why she’s angry here in the first place, because you two numbskulls got her into something you didn’t know if you could get out of).

Somebody sent her a letter saying “oh hi, everything you know is wrong, real school starts in September, here’s a supply list”, The letter was delivered by an owl, addressed from someplace whose existence she couldn’t verify, and listed materials that didn’t even sound real.

And it was all true.

You don’t get to be Hermione Granger by not questioning how the hell that’s possible. Magical Britain is such a well-kept secret, there aren’t even conspiracy nuts with fragments of evidence trying to piece it together. That’s not what happens if people who flunk out get to just go home. If you don’t know about Memory Charms, all the ways that that could be happening sound horrific. If you do know about Memory Charms, they sound even worse on an existential level.

But more importantly…

Hermione Granger doesn’t just happen to be smart.

Hermione Granger values knowledge.

And “We could’ve been killed- or worse, expelled” isn’t something you say quickly without thinking.

I think it’s very possible that Hermione considered the possibilities and made the judgment that being sent home to live out the rest of her days with no chance of ever understanding how things really work would be worse than death.

And I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Other things that were great in this episode:

Rei is a closet fangirl. Ami (subtly) disapproves:

A: “We’re going to be in the 9th grade next year.”

R: “So?”

A: “Ah- nothing. That’s all I wanted to say.”

R: Is she trying to pick a fight with me!?

The story of the animator who gets possessed and her best friend, in which each of them is worried about being able to keep up with the other’s abilities as an artist and in the end they resolve to encourage each other and do their best no matter what.

"Anime is about teamwork!"

"It’s a promise!"

Castor and Pollux were a lot more interesting as a concept (monsters who use The Power Of Friendship) than they were in practice (they start arguing as soon as they have the upper hand and get hit with all three magical attacks at once), but I’d like to take a moment to highlight this bit, because, holy shit.
They successfully weaponized Bubble Spray.
Ami hasn’t been able to do that.
These terrified expressions are completely appropriate.

Castor and Pollux were a lot more interesting as a concept (monsters who use The Power Of Friendship) than they were in practice (they start arguing as soon as they have the upper hand and get hit with all three magical attacks at once), but I’d like to take a moment to highlight this bit, because, holy shit.

They successfully weaponized Bubble Spray.

Ami hasn’t been able to do that.

These terrified expressions are completely appropriate.

There it is

There’s her game face

OK, first of all, 10/10 for dramatic entrance. You go, girl.

Second of all,

kick his fuckin windows in, Ami

Scratch his paint job

And then

beat his ass

Make him regret screwing with somebody’s school supplies

what

no

put that

NO

NOT THE LAST GOOD PENCIL

YOU ASSHOLE