The first episodes of Sailor Moon S are finally available on Hulu and Neon Alley. After a disappointing last week which only included one episode, and that being a flashback, we really get into Sailor Moon S this week. For many American fans Sailor Moon S might be the first they really watched of the show as it aired on Cartoon Network. The original run of the first season and Sailor Moon R, while popular here in Canada, was often playing at less coveted time slots in syndication throughout the United States while most people, including the sun, had not risen yet. The Hulu banner has been updated to reflect the series and the original intros are intact. Those who first watched the series on the Pioneer DVDs had a single intro for all of Sailor Moon S but there were actually a number of slightly different intros as more characters were introduced.
Episode 90, Premonition of the Apocalypse: the Mysterious New Guardians Appear, has a whole lot going on as we are introduced to new enemies and allies! Rei has a prediction of the apocalypse! In a scene that looks like Judgement Day from Terminator 2, she sees all of her friends killed and various things which we will later be able to identify with some spoilers. Basically there is some importance in the Talismans. If only this vision had been more clear to her, and others, we may have been able to clear up some misunderstandings! Too bad that isn’t the case. The new villains for the season are the Death Busters. We are introduced to Professor Tomoe and Kaolinite. Professor Tomoe seems completely insane, which is fairly accurate. Kaolinite is probably the most emotionally stable of the Death Busters. The trick this season is that the Death Busters are taking people’s pure hearts. First on the chopping block is Rei! What a coincidence! The monster rips out her heart and busts Sailor Moon’s Crystal Star broach leaving her powerless. Two mysterious new Sailor Guardians show up to save the day! Actually they seem more interested in Rei’s heart. When it seems there is no Talisman there they return it. Luckily they are able to dispatch the monster because Sailor Moon is totally powerless at this point. Who are these new Sailor Guardians? We’ll be seeing a lot of them this season.
Episode 91, The Rod of Love Is Born: Usagi’s New Transformation, is all about cats! How great. Mamoru finds an abandoned house full of cats so he brings Usagi there. They meet a young girl Miharu in the house but she is worried that the cats need a new home as the house will soon be demolished. High jynx ensues as Usagi tries to pawn off the cats on her friends. The cats in Sailor Moon R and S sure don’t look much like Rhett Butler and the other cats from the first season. Miharu loves to do puzzles and so a Daimon, those are the monsters this season, is made out of a cat puzzle. This Daimon is pretty cool as she crumbles into puzzle pieces when she gets hurt. At this point in the series the monsters start getting a lot more interesting then they have been in the past. Too bad Sailor Moon is powerless with her busted Crystal Star! Time to sell more toys! Sailor Moon gets an upgraded Cosmic Heart Compact and Spiral Heart Moon Rod. Her new attack is the Moon Spiral Heart Attack. At least all of those are words this time.
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Why are they called Death Busters? That sounds like the secret military wing to an immortality cult. I can understand why the original dub called them Heart Snatchers. That’s what they technically do, steal the manifestations of people’s pure hearts. Where does death come in besides the unfortunate habit of most of the Death Busters scheming to or actually killing each other?
I’m not sure either, though I guess it made a bit more sense in the manga and made for a cute joke of having Eudial drive a Ghost Buster like car (she also kind of reminded me of Janine, especially in English)
Well, Professor Tomoe was killed in the lab, while doing the experiment that brought the baddies into this dimension/universe. So, his participation in this whole scheme is due to the evil forces giving him life to do their bidding, so he’s sort of “busting” (or defeating/breaking) death.
Or that’s what I always thought, anyway.
Best explanation I’ve heard yet.
Sailor Moon S is my favorite season of the series and the Outers are some of my favorite characters! It’s funny that modern anime fans praise Madoka as being the first darker and edgier magical girl anime but Sailor Moon S did the darker and edgier thing almost two decades ago.
I’m a huge Sailor Moon fan and don’t care much for Madoka but bragging which show is darker is childish and doesn’t make anyone want to try out their show, it’s just annoying and pretentious. People still love Madoka for the plot and not just “becuz its dark”, many really enjoy the show’s plot and depth of the characters on the show. Don’t believe me go see how successful its clones are which thought Madoka was only popular because it was dark. Plus Sailor Moon S wasn’t that dark at all only some episodes, most of it was comedic filler that people wouldn’t want to sit through. Through are many reasons why people wouldn’t watch Sailor Moon S to really care enough “that it wuz darker”
I think we can all agree that Sailor Moon SuperS is the least serious or dark arc of the series, right? I mean in the first dub, they make fun of how weird the monsters are. And they are pretty ridiculous. But what do you expect from an arc that tried to keep its viewership levels steady by focusing on Chibiusa?
“Her new attack is the Moon Spiral Heart Attack. At least all of those are words this time.”
Is that a dig at “Moon Princess Halation”? [‘Cuz “halation” actually is a word ]
Amongst other things. Noted that it is a word, though a nonsense one that doesn’t apply and is almost never used. Similar to how escalation make no sense in the context used.
Shabon also comes to mind. Star Gentle Uterus is something I will never be able to wrap my head around.
I always thought Escalation meant she was making the person’s original/good side rise up from the possessed version of them or increased the healing process
Especially since whatever it does exactly is anything but gentle!
I also love how Hulu is basically spoiling the season for everyone who hasn’t seen S yet with the spoilerific art they have for their Sailor Moon Hulu page now.
Indeed. We finally have someone preserving the original intros at limited spoiler rates and the banner has everyone and Sailor Moon with the Holy Grail!