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Hahaha.

Tuxedo Kamen emerges long enough to save Sailor Moon, then recedes into the dominant personality, who has no idea what’s going on and immediately runs away.

Should’ve seen that coming.

Oh snap, Burizaa is back!

That wasn’t even on my list of possibilities. Dang!

This is legitimately both heartwrenching and suspenseful. I have no idea what’s going to happen next.

This started out as a monster-of-the-week episode.

This started out as a comedy series.

The heck with Madoka and NGE and M. Night Shyamalan. This is a surprise.

Oh my god.

Rei is trying to get him to remember, and

they were talking earlier about how she likes him but she thinks it’s one-sided and

she just

Sailor Mars: Your beloved, Sailor Moon, is here! Please remember, Tuxedo Kamen-sama!

;_;

Oh, shit.

Endymion showed up, and he’s actually ready to fight.

So far it’s generally felt like he’s more of a hostage than a villain- he barely gets involved in fights, and he’s in conflict with the villain group who want to go after our heroes. When he’s shown up, it’s basically just reminded us that Mamoru is brainwashed and nothing else.

But Metallia was holding him back before- she said sending him against all five Senshi was an unacceptable risk.

And all five Senshi aren’t here now…

And then just when it looks like the girls might eventually have to decide what to do about Yuuichirou knowing their secret identities, he gets knocked out.

That’s… still a cheat, but it’s so ubiquitous a cheat that it’s less “disappointing” and more “par for the course”. Which is frustrating in its own way, but harder to pin on any one creator.

Oh hey, Yuuichirou actually reacts to how strangely comfortable Rei and her friend are with this enormous weirdness apparently involving Sailor Moon.

I was hoping for some of that, but I wouldn’t have bet on it, because this show’s practices for dealing with new characters are roughly as irrational and uncoordinated as its practices for dealing with secret identities. >_>

Yuuichirou, Rei, and Usagi are still in the pit when Burizaa shows up to finish the job.

Burizaa: I am here to eliminate Sailor Moon!

Rei: So the Dark Kingdom-

Usagi: -changed her into a youma!

Burizaa: Prepare to meet your fate, Sailor Moon! *points to Rei*

Rei: Who? M- me?

Somebody on this show needs to find a better balance between “expositing out loud” and “maintaining secret identities”, and I don’t know if it’s the characters or just the writers.

This is another great contribution by Yuuichirou. He knows the girls are in trouble and reacts appropriately- but his efforts don’t pay off until they’ve already found a solution on their own, so displaying his competence doesn’t call theirs into question at all.

(Seriously, this is how Tuxedo Kamen should’ve been working the whole time.)

Judging by the things she’s actually done so far, Youma Burizaa is utterly terrifying, especially in this setting. She moves literal tons of snow with nothing but her mind.
I wish she didn’t look so completely ridiculous.
Edited to add: That was poor phrasing. There are a lot of ridiculous-looking monsters on this show, and a lot of them are awesome. Boxy was pretty great. Gesen the standardized test monster was fantastic. Burizaa doesn’t work for me, not because she’s ridiculous, but because she’s ridiculous in a way that doesn’t work. She’s half covered in snow and half covered in winter clothes. She’s got snowmen (complete with arms) for boobs and a face on her crotch that mimics her expressions. Either make a snowperson monster, or make a sexy skier monster- the two do not work on top of each other.

Judging by the things she’s actually done so far, Youma Burizaa is utterly terrifying, especially in this setting. She moves literal tons of snow with nothing but her mind.

I wish she didn’t look so completely ridiculous.

Edited to add: That was poor phrasing. There are a lot of ridiculous-looking monsters on this show, and a lot of them are awesome. Boxy was pretty great. Gesen the standardized test monster was fantastic. Burizaa doesn’t work for me, not because she’s ridiculous, but because she’s ridiculous in a way that doesn’t work. She’s half covered in snow and half covered in winter clothes. She’s got snowmen (complete with arms) for boobs and a face on her crotch that mimics her expressions. Either make a snowperson monster, or make a sexy skier monster- the two do not work on top of each other.

maplelithe replied to your post: maplelithe said:Oh, what comics d…

Holy shit. I think I have a new comic reading goal. You read so many print comics. Wow. Do you own many of them?

Funny you should ask. When I was compiling the list, I took pictures.

I don’t always spend money on myself, but when I do, it turns into books.

Oh, what comics do you read? Or as many as you can remember to list.

*interlaces knuckles*

*releases the crackin’*

Bold text indicates a particular favorite. Italics indicate a story I consider myself up-to-date with. (You’d think under this system everything in bold would also be in italics, but for various reasons, it’s not.)

Webcomics:

  • A Girl and Her Fed
  • Darths and Droids
  • Decrypting Rita
  • Dr. McNinja
  • El Goonish Shive
  • Girl Genius
  • Grrl Power
  • Leftover Soup
  • Runewriters
  • Skin Horse
  • Strong Female Protagonist
  • xkcd

Print comics:

Characters/concepts/books I love:

  • Animal Man (since Grant Morrison)
  • Astro City
  • The Authority
  • Avengers Academy*
  • Avengers A.I.
  • Batman Incorporated
  • Birds of Prey (esp. by Gail Simone)
  • Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes)
  • Books of Magic (and later, Names of Magic, and later still, Age of Magic)
  • Captain Britain and MI-13
  • Dynamo 5
  • Edison Rex
  • Empowered
  • Exiles
  • Fearless Defenders
  • FF
  • The Flash
  • Global Frequency
  • Gravity
  • Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
  • Green Lantern Corps
  • Heroes for Hire (starting with the 2006 volume)
  • Impulse
  • Invincible
  • Justice League (of pretty much whatever)
  • Justice Society of America (starting with the 1999 volume)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes (especially the 1994 incarnation)
  • Martian Manhunter
  • Mighty Avengers (2013)
  • Miles Morales
  • Planetary
  • The Power Company
  • Powers
  • PS238
  • Robin (Tim Drake)
  • Runaways*
  • Saga
  • Secret Six (by Gail Simone)
  • Secret Warriors
  • She-Hulk
  • Starman (by James Robinson)
  • StormWatch (by Warren Ellis)
  • Supergirl
  • Supurbia
  • S.W.O.R.D.
  • Teen Titans
  • Thunderbolts
  • Tom Strong
  • Top 10
  • Ultimate Fantastic Four
  • Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Wonder Woman
  • X-Factor (by Peter David)
  • All-New X-Men (2013)
  • Young Avengers
  • Young Justice (esp. by Peter David)

Specific stories or books/runs within a franchise that I’ve really enjoyed:

  • 52
  • Action Comics (2011) by Grant Morrison
  • Alias (and later, The Pulse), by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon
  • The Brave and the Bold by Mark Waid
  • Captain Marvel (2014)
  • The Defenders by Matt Fraction
  • Dial H, by China Mieville
  • Flex Mentallo
  • Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
  • The Hypernaturals, by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
  • The Immortal Iron Fist, by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction
  • Indestructible Hulk
  • Iron Man: Hypervelocity
  • JLA, by Grant Morrison
  • JLA: A League of One
  • JLA: Year One
  • Journey Into Mystery, by Kieron Gillen
  • Livewires
  • Moon Knight by Warren Ellis
  • The Movement
  • New X-Men by Grant Morrison
  • Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., by Warren Ellis
  • Secret Avengers by Warren Ellis
  • Supreme, by Alan Moore
  • Trinity, by Kurt Busiek

(Damn, that’s a list.)

* Fuck Avengers Arena. I haven’t read all of it, so I can’t comment on the quality of the writing, but a) the concept was neither remotely original nor in any way beneficial to the canon universe, and b) at first it seemed like the creators knew that and were going to add a twist that redeemed the idea… but I picked up the first issue of the sequel series, Avengers Undercover, and it indicated that Arena had played out exactly as originally promised. The one good thing I can say about that disaster is that I haven’t seen any evidence in other books of other writers acknowledging it as canon.

Hey, do you read manga very often or just watch anime?

I haven’t read a lot of manga recently… but I have in the past, and I currently read tons of (web and print) comics, so it’s not a preference so much as I just don’t know many good manga I should be reading or ways of accessing them on a routine basis anymore.

I read all the way through Death Note and the original Negima. I loved Read or Die, although the anime storylines were more memorable than the manga ones. I used to follow Rosario+Vampire before the numbering system got complicated. (Protip for manga publishers: not having a complicated numbering system for releases is an enormous advantage over American comics. Don’t just throw it away!)

I stopped reading Hellsing right before it ended. I don’t remember why.

I have a bunch of the Pokemon Adventures manga on my hard drive that I haven’t read yet. I should work on that sometime.

I think there’s a popular belief that autism spectrum patients have trouble with communication because we’re less aware of emotional cues. I don’t know how true this is overall, but I know at least in my case I would describe it differently. Compared to the people around me, I feel like I’m very aware of emotional cues- sometimes even like there are very obvious ones being transmitted and I’m the only one picking up on them despite not being involved in the conversation.*

The problem I find myself getting into is having trouble gauging the sincerity of those cues, particularly when incompatible ones are interacting. I can detect simple sarcasm easily and accurately, but more complex variations like gauging the level of real discomfort felt by someone currently feigning exaggerated discomfort for the sake of humor sometimes escape me. Telling the difference between a real difference of opinion or brainstorming session and a snarky back-and-forth meant purely for fun is one of the most common examples- it’s difficult for me to be sure of the balance between someone’s desire to reach a solution to their problem and their desire to continue a conversation they’re enjoying, and so sometimes I respond to the wrong one and the situation becomes awkward.

Usagi and Rei are doing this right now- arguing with each other instead of getting stuff done, right after a sincere and meaningful conversation of a sort they don’t often have.

I’m guessing in their case it’s more friendly.

:)

* I realize what it sounds like when I say “I’m not involved in this situation but I think I’m the only one who knows what’s going on,” and I will be the first to admit that I’m far from 100% accurate with these assessments. On at least a few occasions, though, I’ve listened to two or more people arguing forcefully and not getting anywhere and subsequently helped mediate by summarizing their respective perceptions of the problem(s) and restating their desired outcomes in ways they could both agree to implement. So at least some of the time this has been useful.

But listen, Tsukino Usagi, if you don’t have a happy ending with Mamoru-san, I, Rei-chan, will punish you!

Honestly, I didn’t expect anything less. ^_^