episode picks up where we left off, where Sailor Pluto is alive and well.
Uranus and Neptune join her, having missed last week's battle.
This is really screwing with Sailor Chibi Moon, who you know, watched her DIE
not but a few episodes ago. But it's cool now. Sailor Pluto explains that Neo
Queen Serenity found a way to revive her, and had her reborn in the current
century to complete a new mission.
Oh, and that whole "we need someone to guard the door to Time"
thing? Yeah, that's not a thing anymore. You can leave that sucker wide open
for all she cares. Sailor Chibi Moon was slightly curious, but nah, who
cares? Sailor Diversity is BACK!
Sailor Moon is so shocked, she regresses back into being Princess Serenity,
only now with a Neo Queen Serenity crown.
The Outer Guardians kneel and greet Princess Serenity. They re-introduce
themselves just in time for the opening.
I really wish I could hold Uranus and Neptune accountable as per that line.
You know better. They ain't gonna atone for shit.
Did you read this? Yeah. Three minutes in and already, Uranus is bullshitting
Uranus and Neptune tell everyone that since ancient times, their job was to
watch over and protect the Silver Millennium and it's inhabitants from evil
outside of the solar system. They own up to not having done enough back then
or in their current lives, so I can respect that.
The three explain also that the Death Busters come from the Tau solar system,
and that they have powers WAY past anything normal in this universe.
I just love this shot by the way. Serenity and Chibi Moon look confused as
all shit, while Tuxedo Mask already looks like he's just sick of all of it.
The other four look like they understand and are ready to fight.
Sailor Neptune apologizes for getting everyone involved. The original girls
of course offer to help, but Sailor Uranus throws a bitch fit, saying they
don't want them getting hurt. She then pats Serenity on the head and
apologizes for confusing her, while Serenity has flashbacks to Haruka kissing
HA HA!! I FUCKING TOLD YOU GUYS SO!! It's in the manga, Sailor Uranus is
Transgender. Deal with it!! For more, please read the "Bonus"
section below. Anyway, Neptune semi-gloats that they're stronger and have
better weapons than the other Guardians too. What a bitch.
Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Mars ask what their mission is and if their weapons,
the talismans are here to destroy the world. They reply their goal is to bury
the Deity of Destruction.
The next morning, Chibiusa is eating a fried egg on bacon on toast while
Usagi is screaming that she's going to be late for school again. Replace the
bacon with turkey bacon and I would totally eat that thing, good job Ikuko!
Wait… didn't we do this scene a few weeks ago?
Son of a bitch, that is so lazy! Ah well, at least Chibiusa got a little
taller since the start of the season.
Usagi and Chibiusa spot Hotaru's father on the news. Kenji and later Luna
both confirm that Prof. Tomoe is a mad scientist and ex-scholar who purchased
the Mugen buildings years ago. Luna conjures up this picture of Keiko Tomoe,
D'awwww lil Hotaru-chan!
Luna instructs Chibiusa to keep an eye on Hotaru. Usagi is glaring at her
like "not MY kid you don't" but she then asks if Chibiusa is brave
enough, and Chibiusa accepts her mission.
By the way, is nobody putting lipstick on the top lip anymore? Anyway,
Professor Tomoe scoffs at the idea of Kaolinite being successful, since her
underlings keep getting picked off. She has a vision of Uranus, Neptune and
Pluto, and their light makes her flip out a little.
Oh, and the last one's name today is Cyprine. She promises the same things as
the last batch of Witches, but Kaolinite gives her a Taioron crystal and asks
her to go after Uranus and Neptune first.
BTW I LOVE the new eyecatch!
usagi is reading Codename Sailor V on the couch when Chibiusa says she'll be
home late, going to the movies with Hotaru. She confesses Hotaru called her,
and she's a little worried about her friend, but also wants to get
information out of her. What a good little spy, right?
Kenji is holding the Holy Grail. Chibiusa tells him that Mamoru and Usagi
helped her, and Diana comments that she feels Chibiusa is growing as a Guradian.
Hotaru is in the basement with her heart rate beeping behind her. She wakes
up naked, to find her father is performing surgery on her.
I promise that NOBODY has daddy issues nearly half as messed up as this kid!!
Your dad may suck, but I bet he never performed surgery on you in the
basement!! You seriously have NOTHING to complain about anymore.
He has surgically replaced more of her body parts with metal and artificial
cells and neurons, leaving her body to' up from the flo'
up. Chibiusa races to her house to see if she's alright while Hotaru sits in
Hotaru freaks out when she sees Chibiusa standing outside her window. Quite
frankly, if I saw a kid with red eyes outside my window, I'd scream too!
Chibiusa runs away out of fear, prompting Hotaru to have a flashback to the
day the Mugen buildings caught fire.
Memories hurt, don't they? Poor little thing!! Hotaru thinks aloud that her
body is cold and bloodless and that Chibiusa is her only friend. She wonders
why she's alive as she starts to suffer a migraine.
She sees an image outside of the Outer Guardians, but when she throws her
amulet at them, they disappear.
Chibiusa starts to feel horrible about leaving like that, but just then,
extra strong hail falls.
Her body starts to go numb, and the hail starts sucking out her soul and the
souls of everyone around her.
Her brooch lights up, as does Usagi's as her parents can feel something is
Chibiusa catches up to them, just as everyone starts turning evil.
Meanwhile, Cyprine attacks Haruka at her apartment. Haruka races to the roof
and transforms while Neptune and Pluto catch up.
Luna shows the other girls the chaos unfolding. Makoto says she doesn't want
to help Haruka's group at all, but Usagi pops in and demands they get their
asses out there to fight.
Cyprine is beating the ever loving shit out of the Outers with her Ribbon Buster
attack, just as the others arrive.
Cyprine turns the Inners and Outers evil, but the Silver Crystal prevents
Sailor Moon from getting possessed. She watches in horror as the other girls
start beating each other silly.
Sailor Moon uses her Rainbow Moon Heart Ache on Cyprine, but Cyprine giggles…
and um…. Shits out her more evil twin sister. Yeah. And today her name is
Ptilol. Cyprine claims that her power brings out the animosity already inside
of everyone, but Sailor Moon doesn't buy it.
Sailor Chibi Moon tries to wake everyone up with pink Sugar Heart Attack, but
all it does is piss off Sailor Jupiter, who hurls a ball of electricity her
way. Tuxedo Mask shields her from it just in time.
Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Chibi Moon and Sailor Moon all join hands.
Their unity creates the REAL Holy Grail!
Sailor Moon's tiara disappears, but we'll have to wait a week to see where
So Crystal today made it official. Sailor Uranus is
transgender. This is actually in every translation of the manga as well.
And no, this isn't due to
recent events, this has been a thing since the 1990's. You can actually read
the above passage on page 72 in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon #7
if you really think otherwise.
Everyone who ever doubted me? Yeah. You can line up
and suck Haruka's taint. You better learn to love it, because this has always
been the case with Haruka, and it's not going to change just because your
panties are in a wad.
Now for you Millennials out there wondering if
Transgender is the right term for her, please read the following.
By the way, in the 1990's, Haruka was known as a
Hermaphrodite, which is a medical term for those who are born with both male and
In 1999, a bunch of worthless, waste of space trolls
began using medical terms such as hermaphrodite, midget and retard as ugly
slurs, which is why you don't see them anymore outside of forums. It started
on the internet, and then spread to TV channels, such as MTV, which routinely
featured music videos and TV shows from people using these medical terms as a
slur meaning "stupid" instead of their original meaning. In today's
day and age, although all three are medical terms still used in hospitals
worldwide, the internet and MTV troll communities have wrongfully and
stupidly made these medical terms horrifying on the ears, and they are no
longer acceptable, because a few, stupid trolls couldn't figure out how to
come up with a better insult when name-calling. We now delete medical words
because of internet trolls and the people who couldn't Google the meaning of
the words by themselves.
Today, Haruka is called "transgender"
because as we see frequently in the manga and both anime shows, she switches
from being treated as, addressed as and dressing as a male and a female. If
you've been paying attention so far, Michiru alternates between calling her a
"her" and a "him" based on what Haruka chooses for
herself at the start of every episode. Michiru also did this in Sailormoon S
and Sailor StarS.
Gender-fluid is another term used for Haruka by
newer Moonies, but this is more for someone who does not know what gender
they want to be seen as, but are satisfied not ascribing one or the other
term to themselves yet, or those who are questioning their sexuality and
still trying to find themselves. This is also used for those who are happy to
see themselves as asexual.
Haruka makes it clear how she wants to be addressed,
so this term is not meant for her, contrary to popular fan fiction. At school
and on the race track, she wants to be seen as a boy, at the mall or when she
is at home or transformed, she prefers to be seen as a girl. She is clear on
what she wants, and Michiru completely understands this. Thus, she is
transgender, switching from gender to gender, and she is 100% clear on her
goal and desire with each move.
In Sailormoon S, her gender was always
"female" though she still spent most of her on-screen time dressed
as a boy. Toei at one point did intend to address her as being both, but this
was one of those things they didn't get around to. In fact, their writing
staff at the time enjoyed revealing her as a girl in episode 92.
For the remainder of the manga from the Dream
Arc/SuperS onward, she's been addressed as a female.
So you must be curious then. Why is there no
"dick" when Haruka transforms?
Keep in mind that when she transforms, you're not
going to see a "wiener" on her for the same reason you don't see
one in Mamoru's transformation or in any of the Starlights' transformations.
In Japan, it's heavily frowned upon to draw male
genitals, unless the character is a child or in a child's body. This is why
(I'm using another Toei anime here) in Dragonball, you can see little Goku's
package, but not in Dragonball Z when Goku is an adult. Disgusting? Of
course! Pedophilic? Well DUH! Make any sense? Absolutely not! Gross?
Definitely! But that's how it is. You can draw naked women and children and
call it "art" over there, but no naked men. It's absolutely
mind-boggling, but they view an adult (or teen) male's junk as
"unclean" but the other nudes as "innocent" so in order
for the entire team to be able to draw Haruka transforming, they can only
draw the 70% of her that is a "her" and not the 30% that is a dude.
Personally, I think it should be where you NEVER see
a minor nude, but then I'm not gross. I'd be fine with adult characters
baring it all, but my stomach literally churns every time I see Hotaru and
Chibiusa in the current opening. I really can't stress that enough.
Getting back on track here, one more thing about
Haruka. Since she is transgender, but is mostly seen as a female, she is
still considered to be a lesbian, especially where she kissed Usagi while
still in "girl-mode" a few weeks ago.
None of the above changes her status as an important
and strong character for the LBGTQ community either.
in case I didn't bring this
up before, yeah, there has been a change. In the manga and in Sailormoon S,
both Hotaru/Mistress 9/Sailor Saturn and Usagi have been called the Messiah.
But in Crystal, the Kodansha reprint manga in both the US and in Japan and in
the Cloverway botch-edit of Sailormoon S, they are called Deity of
Destruction. This is likely done to offset the Christian community, who threw
the world's biggest hissy-fit over Sailormoon S when it came to the US in
1999. But the term "Holy Grail" is still being kept, so ha ha.
Today, the blue-haired
chick's name is Cyprine. I've seen it translated as "Siprin"
before, but this is the most common spelling.
Another change is that in
the manga, Chibiusa actually passed out cut to pieces by the hail in the
manga, but since this is only a 24 minute episode, they just let half her
soul get sucked out and then let her run to her parents.
This one is Ptilol. Her name
has also been translated as "Petite Roll". Good luck pronouncing