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keyofnik:

JET WOLFING INTENSIFIES

keyofnik:

I admit that was faster than I thought. But henshin!

keyofnik:

See, THIS is the kind of thing I expect to see while Crystal is running parallel to the old storyline details. This is FANTASTIC. Crystal should seize every weak moment, every moment that doesn’t make sense in the scope of the whole, and fix them. Build on them. Take the opportunities they provide to make the story better.

It never made sense that Usagi would have such a powerful attack but only use it her first time out and then never again (or like out of nowhere four years later, which was even worse). Here though, we see her go to crying and it just doesn’t work. We now have a solid reason for never seeing it again: Usagi can’t rely on it, it affects her allies, and it leaves her extremely vulnerable. It’s now officially a kind of bad attack.

What’s more, it works thematically (if WAY too rushed for my tastes, given that she became Sailor Moon like three days ago) to show Usagi that she can’t cry her way out of problems. It’s forcing her to grow up and approach them differently. This attack not working is Usagi maturing before our eyes.

This little tiny addition, and it’s done so much.

More of this, Crystal. Way more of this.

bitchesaloud:

it’s been 20 years for fuck’s sake Usagi get your shit together

(Source: keitaroyevon, via keyofnik)

keyofnik:

How about some Silver Millennium hints brought into your day?

WHY YES DON’T MIND IF I DO

Of all the things that Crystal is doing (or hinting that it may or may not do, I mean I’m seven and a half minutes into Episode 2 here, the fuck do we really know yet), that it’s putting the Silver Millennium front and center is the part that probably excites me most. However else I may come to feel about Crystal’s presentation and design choices, about its character and relationship portrayals, about its story focus and direction, THIS IS EXCITING. Unlike the manga and the original anime, which were running concurrently and breaking all the ground, Crystal has the advantage in that it knows where the story is going. It can utilize having a full map to chart its course into interesting places. We can take the long route to get to the same destination, we can foreshadow, we can have shit like this.

From the moment that they touch, Usagi’s presence alone is enough to spark something in Ami. There’s a flash, just a brief one, of the palace on the moon. Ami gasps, then jerks her head up to Usagi. Usagi, who just blinks and Ami and makes a little questioning noise while she and Luna look at her. The moment was for Ami and Ami alone.

All of this is fascinating.

First let’s consider the flash of the past. How literal do we take that? Did Ami actually see the image that we’re shown? Or was it meant to represent more of a feeling of a time and a place? My mind is whirring with the potential of us getting flashes for each of the Senshi as Usagi touches them and I hope — how I hope — that they’re different for each of our girls. How very badly do I want to dig in and find out WHY those images? Why that unique moment out of an entire lifetime? Whether it’s a literal image or the representation of a rush of emotions, that this is the image chosen to represent that is critical. (Or, rather, it COULD be critical. Come on, Crystal. This can be fascinating and prime ground for subtle character development. Don’t let me down.)

The other piece that’s fascinating to me is how this is one-sided. Ami gets the flash, but Usagi doesn’t. (Nor does Luna, but then assuming the same basic storyline, Luna also didn’t die and was reborn, so we’ll discount her for the moment.) We know Usagi HAS been having flashes of the past, but she lacks this moment of connection for Ami.

My feelings on that are a little mixed, though mostly positive.

For Ami, Usagi arrives and awakens something she never knew was there. It’s a direct parallel to what’s happening, or about to happen, all over Ami’s life. I like that line being drawn and I think it’s interesting, but at the same time it runs the risk of somewhat diminishing the pull of Usagi herself. One of the things (the many many things) I love so much about the original anime is how the idea of “destiny” is removed as a concept. Usagi would befriend her girls, past life ties or not; Crystal introduces it as a concept immediately.

But — and here’s where Crystal plays it smart — it then helps to refute that idea by having Usagi blatantly not be part of that moment.

We already know how desperately alone Ami is. The episode made that painfully PAINFULLY clear within the first few seconds. That she’ll invest herself in Usagi is completely understandable, past lives or no. For Usagi, though, this is ALL ABOUT AMI. She didn’t get that flash. She feels no pull toward Ami beyond “She looks sweet and I want to talk to her.” Wherever it goes from here, it’s all about Usagi wanting Ami as her friend, because she’s Ami.

Why, in-universe, does Usagi not have that moment, however? I’m not entirely sure, and it’s something I’ll be looking forward to thinking about. Because she’s already aware on some level that there’s some shit going on? Perhaps Ami is less SilMil Mercury than Usagi is Serenity, or that what Ami is responding to is the ginzuishou (she does, after all, remember a PLACE, not a PERSON). Or that Ami is MORE in tune with her past self or the warrior within than Usagi is the Princess she used to be. Or that Usagi has assumed a “Sailor Moon” persona which did not (I assume in Crystal) exist until now and so isn’t recognizing her Senshi as the friends and allies they will be now, rather than guardians they were in the past.

There are a dozen or more reasons why, and only more story can point the way.

But that’s EXCITING. There’s so much potential in this side of things, and every flash of the Silver Millennium, especially as we add more and more of our girls into the mix only makes me hungrier.

keyofnik:

This line (also from the original anime, and I presume in the manga as well) always stands out to me. It’s such an interesting place to go. It would be enough to say “This is a really cute cat and omg kitty who’s a good and cute and fluffy kitty YOU ARE YES YOU ARE”, because that’s kind of universal language when confronted with such a thing. But no, Ami says “I thought she was an angel”.
It’s striking exactly because it’s over the top, yet sincere. I’ve always felt that this line was telling for Ami’s character. She’s just so very desperate to have someone show her genuine affection — so desperate to GIVE IT — that anyone who does can’t simply be a nice person or a fluffy kitty, but AN ANGEL. It’s such a simple and beautiful statement that exposes Ami’s need so fully that she almost immediately distances herself from it.

And then hands Luna back as though she were doing something wrong by taking joy in something as innocent as petting a friendly cat.

This is painfully tied up in Ami’s needs and desperate lack of self-worth, and it guts me as much here as it did in the original.
Ami. Ami you need a hug so desperately it’s tangible.

keyofnik:

This line (also from the original anime, and I presume in the manga as well) always stands out to me. It’s such an interesting place to go. It would be enough to say “This is a really cute cat and omg kitty who’s a good and cute and fluffy kitty YOU ARE YES YOU ARE”, because that’s kind of universal language when confronted with such a thing. But no, Ami says “I thought she was an angel”.

It’s striking exactly because it’s over the top, yet sincere. I’ve always felt that this line was telling for Ami’s character. She’s just so very desperate to have someone show her genuine affection — so desperate to GIVE IT — that anyone who does can’t simply be a nice person or a fluffy kitty, but AN ANGEL. It’s such a simple and beautiful statement that exposes Ami’s need so fully that she almost immediately distances herself from it.

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And then hands Luna back as though she were doing something wrong by taking joy in something as innocent as petting a friendly cat.

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This is painfully tied up in Ami’s needs and desperate lack of self-worth, and it guts me as much here as it did in the original.

Ami. Ami you need a hug so desperately it’s tangible.

keyofnik:

Good to know USAGIVISION is alive and well and all over Ami.
AS IT SHOULD BE
Is this the first time Usagi is seeing Ami? Probably not, since Usagi recognized her immediately, and we’ve had no visual connection between Usagi and Ami yet this episode. So Usagi’s probably seen Ami around at least enough to recognize her on sight. Yet I get the feeling that this is the first time Usagi’s viewed Ami through USAGIVISION.
Because this is probably the first time Usagi — or perhaps anyone — has seen Ami SMILING and HAPPY.
So far, we’ve only seen Ami through the lens of her work. Her performance at the blackboard, her study ethics, going to a prestigious cram school, her test scores. EVERYONE sees Ami like that, even Ami herself.
But Usagi catches this tiny glimpse of Ami, without her glasses, without her grades and schoolwork. She’s just happy and giggling and Usagi’s response?
INSTANT SMITTEN USAGIVISION
It’s the first peek at the person Ami is without all the baggage, and Usagi is immediately taken.
AND YOU CAN BOTH FUCK OFF WITH HOW ADORABLE

keyofnik:

Good to know USAGIVISION is alive and well and all over Ami.

AS IT SHOULD BE

Is this the first time Usagi is seeing Ami? Probably not, since Usagi recognized her immediately, and we’ve had no visual connection between Usagi and Ami yet this episode. So Usagi’s probably seen Ami around at least enough to recognize her on sight. Yet I get the feeling that this is the first time Usagi’s viewed Ami through USAGIVISION.

Because this is probably the first time Usagi — or perhaps anyone — has seen Ami SMILING and HAPPY.

So far, we’ve only seen Ami through the lens of her work. Her performance at the blackboard, her study ethics, going to a prestigious cram school, her test scores. EVERYONE sees Ami like that, even Ami herself.

But Usagi catches this tiny glimpse of Ami, without her glasses, without her grades and schoolwork. She’s just happy and giggling and Usagi’s response?

INSTANT SMITTEN USAGIVISION

It’s the first peek at the person Ami is without all the baggage, and Usagi is immediately taken.

AND YOU CAN BOTH FUCK OFF WITH HOW ADORABLE

stardropdream:

100 CLAMP Characters I Love, In No Particular Order
054. Kurogane’s Father

“Why do you want to be strong?”