The two latest episodes of Sailor Moon R are now available on Hulu and Neon Alley. This week we are introduced to the Moonlight Knight who is a white looking Japanese man who is dressed like a stereotypical Arab. Did I mention he’s totally not the same guy as Tuxedo Mask?
Episode 49, For Whom Is the White Rose? The Moonlight Knight Appears is all about the rainy day man! This episode’s English dub featured the hit song “Rainy Day Man” during the sequence when we learn about Makoto’s tragic past. We finally get a look at her Sempai, the older student at her school who she was infatuated with who didn’t return her affections. The rainy day man is Shinozaki, Makoto’s friend who consoled her with an umbrella on that rainy day when her heart was broken. He once again protects Makoto as she’s attacked by a Cardian, which leaves him seriously injured. The Moonlight Knight makes his first appearance in this episode. Tuxedo Mask does not appear in the first 13 episodes of Sailor Moon R and so the role of dude who throws roses is filled by The Moonlight Knight! But he’s not at all Tuxedo Mask. He throws white roses and he’s dressed in robes. He’s clearly not Mamoru.
Episode 50, Usagi’s Crisis: The Tiara Stops Working, isn’t really about Usagi’s tiara. That’s sort of a side issue that will come back next week as a reason for Usagi to need a new attack item. It is a bit odd that Usagi’s tiara stops working seeing as it randomly works again in the Sailor Moon R movie and again twice in the Sailor Moon S season and once more in the SuperS movie. Anyway it’s really not about the tiara. It’s about this cool 90s VR game. Did they have these in Japan? They seem to be shooting lasers at holograms of monsters, some of which are actual monsters from the first season, while wearing elaborate armour that doesn’t seem to do much. Everyone who’s anyone and more show up for this, including Usagi, Mamoru, Natsumi, Seijuurou and even Usagi’s brother Shingo and father Kenji Papa. Meanwhile the rest of the Sailor Guardians are stuck in line. So a monster shows up and so does the Moonlight Knight who we all assume is Mamoru but they actually appear at the same time! Wait a minute. This isn’t how the Polkaroo thing is supposed to work. Oh well I guess Mamoru isn’t the Moonlight Knight after all!
So what happened to Kenji Papa in the past 10 episode? When they went to the hot spring he was super buff and now he’s got a bit of a gut!
This morning, September 15th, the two latest episodes of the original Sailor Moon anime were added to Hulu and Neon Alley. Every Monday two new episodes, subbed by Viz, will be added. This week we have episodes 37 and 38 which are all about the Dark Kingdom’s terrible attempts to uncover Sailor Moon’s identity.
In episode 37, Let’s Become a Princess: Usagi’s Bizarre Training, the Dark Kingdom is running a Princess Seminar in the hopes of capturing Sailor Moon. The logic is pretty simple. Sailor Moon is Princess Serenity so by running a seminar that looks for certain Princess like innate abilities, they will be able to find Sailor Moon! The first thing they look for, the ability to throw a discus, is a decent test. Usagi does great at this as it’s nearly identical to her Moon Tiara Action which she used consistently until she got the Moon Stick and didn’t need to any more. Unfortunately the other tests, how to drink soup, how to politely serve tea and how to dance, are things that Usagi was terrible at and disqualified her from being considered to be Sailor Moon. Turns out Kunzite totally missed the boat on this one as he had no idea Sailor Moon was completely awkward, which calls the logic of this trap into question. One discovery that is made in this episode is that the person Luna has been communicating with through her computer at the arcade is actually Artemis who for reasons unknown continued this deception instead of simply coming clean. Also Artemis eats cat food right out of the can. How does he use the can opener?
In episode 38, The Snow, the Mountains, Friendship and Monsters, the plot of the week assumes that Sailor Moon is a good skier. The Dark Kingdom has a ski contest going off of the assumption that Sailor Moon would be the winner. Usagi is in fact a completely terrible skier. It’s only because she had no control over herself that she awkwardly and ineptly flew to the front of the pack and into the enemy’s trap. There is no indication as to why the Dark Kingdom would think Sailor Moon was good at skiing, but we can chalk this up to another failure on Kunzite’s part. Meanwhile this episode gives Usagi and Rei a chance to have a heart to heart about Mamoru. Rei comes to terms with the fact that Usagi stole her boyfriend and gives her blessing to the relationship.