It's here! Our uber-sparlky, full of happy Sailor Moon feels 100th episode! There's nostalgia! Giveaways! A dramatic fanfiction reading! And even an impromptu musical performance! But mostly there's a whole of love coming your way for supporting our lives podcast and making our lives brighter every day. Happy 100th episode. We love you.
By popular request – and just before our 100th episodes – we proudly present our episode on one of our collective favorite anime series, Revolutionary Girl Utena. Named "one of the most important anime series of the 90s" by Anime News Network, it's a beautiful mosaic of classic shoujo styling, takarazuka, shadow puppetry and a whole lotta symbolism. We barely scartch the surface in this 1.5 hour episode so don't be surpised if we revisit it somewhere along the road. Because revolutionizing the world is complicated and kind of like escaping the Matrix.
It's all fangirls all the time on this special Gundam Wing Edition of Love and Justice! (Yeah, we know, we're supposed to be a Sailor Moon podcast) Kelby and Emma delve REAL deep into their weeaboo backstories and reveal how they went from innocent, Mary Sue-writing baby Otaku, to Total Fujoshi Trash thanks to a series that was supposed to be about giant robots fighting a war. There really aren't too many spoilers for the series as a whole, so if you're in the process of watching Gundam Wing you needn't fear. And if you're not in the process of watching Gundam Wing GET ON IT because it's on Hulu now.
Love and Justice is bringing you more Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon goodness to fill your lives with this week, as we discuss episodes 13 & 14 - the first couple epsidoes in which Kunzite appears!! He starts as an unassuming, amnesic man in a sweater, who is supposed to look sweet but kinda looks like a serial killer, then evolves into a sexy bad guy with a kick ass sword. We delve deep into reincarnation theory, one of our favorite Sailor Moon related topics, applaud the evolution of Usagi and Mamoru's relationship, and are alarmed by the fact that Luna, a stuffed cat, seems to be frequenting local high school band performanes...
Happy Valentine's Day, Moonies! You've been hoping and waiting and now we can finally present you with our thoughts and feelings about Snow White with the Red Hair season 2! Hooray! In this episode we discuss the second season and conclusion of this beloved series. We explore our Obi feels (or in the case of Sam, non-Obi feels). Lola and Kelby continue to ship everyone with everyone and all the character continue to be good at their jobs. Way to go, everybody! Grab that discount Valentine's Day candy and enjoy <3
Keepin' it classic this week witih a good old fashioned manga side story that, aside from a really sexy Rei/Minako Naoko Takeuchi splash page/cover illustration, isn't worth writing home about. It had the potential to be a sexier of version The Ring, but instead of focussing on what could have been a scary, seductive ghost (who was trapped in a well, again, The Ring but sexy), it gets bogged down by fart jokes and unecessary bickering. Minako is her most vacuous , Rei her most callous - the whole thing feels very disjointed and out of character. But again, that cover art you guys!! It's so drool-worthy.
Our mini Myu marathon concludes with "Sailor Moon SuperS - Yume Senshi - Ai - Eien Ni..." which was delightfully entertaining after the previous two installments! We're not sure if it's just because the couple were so terrible or "Amour Eternal" was out least favorite of the post 20th Anniversary Myus, but we legitmately enjoyed this show. More than enjoyed, straight up liked - even loved, in Emma's case. The wigs are still tragic, the Senshi's civilian clothes are ridiculous, and Pegasus is a potentially seisure-indicuing light show, but other than that, this show is great! We're as shocked as you are.
Musical Moonday strikes again with Sera Myu Sailor Moon S - Ai no Senshi e no Michi! While agruably not the worst of the Myus we've reviewed thus far, it's certainly the least compelling due to fact that the villains had unclear motivations and basically didn't do anything. Except fly. Oh boy did Kaorinite every fly. And Chibiusa. And Sailor Moon. And Sailors Jupiter and Venus. And Tuxedo Mask on multiple occasions. Also, since the musical loosely followed the plot of the Death Busters arc, they did introduce the idea of the Holy Grail at the top of the show, then literally never mentioned it again. Which basically perfectly summarizes how invested this show was in its own plot (AKA not at all).
It's anohter Musical Moonday coming your way! This time all about the first Sera Myu that (sort of) covered the Black Moon Clan/Sailor Moon R story arc, Tanjou! Ankoku no Princess Black Lady. It suffers, albeit less so, from the same problem as the Dracula musicals: too many characters on stage, horrible lighting, Party City wings on Eternal Sailor Moon. And of course the dreaded additional characters and subplots created specifically for the show that no one wanted or cares about. But hey, Demande and Saphir are played by beautiful ladies and not male pseudo-gymnasts in dad jeans, so that's a plus!
In honor of the upcoming theatrical re-release of the Sailor Moon R film, we're discussing the aliens upon whom the villain-but-also-Mamoru's-boyfriend was based – Ail and An! Specifically their antics in episodes 58 & 59 of the 90s anime, which was the conclusion of their story, and basically encapsulated the entirety of any semblance of meaningful plot in this classic filler arc. While we start off actually quite enoying these episodes, espcially in regards to Ail's respectful romantic feelings towards Usagi, we don't love the conclusion and ultimately dream up a couple of what feel are superior, but decidedly darker endings.