it’s like 6 am and I’ve been awake for three hours let me tell you a Sailor Moon thing I love
so the dark kingdom arc ends and it’s an unexpected hit and they’re getting a new season and everyone’s running around with their heads cut off because SHIT SHIT and in the midst of all this some executive is like
look we can’t forget the most important part of this is the merch
so Naoko my buddy
and Naoko is like “I haven’t slept in months and I’m writing weird sleep deprived stories that only half make sense that people will be overanalyzing like the unerring bible for decades. What the fuck do you want”
and the exec is all look you gotta make us some new transformation baubles to sell to the kiddos like just real quick please ‘cause toys
and Naoko is like
And so all the girls get new transformation thingies. No more transformation pens. Say hello to the star power stick. And how do the girls get their star power sticks?
Luna just finds them under a couch or smth
and just hands them over in the least plotty, most cavalier scene of possibly the entire series
here have some sticks I guess
It’s not a power upgrade/emotional scene where they’re too weak and the wands appear to them. They aren’t bestowed to them by Queen Serenity, or summoned by friendship.
Luna was just like “oh yeah I forgot, we have spare sticks. you know, like people just keep around”
and so like, this is fucking ripe for improvement in adaptation. The R series needed to stall for time to allow Naoko to write, right? So maybe they add a subplot, beef this up a bit…
NOPE! “look, sticks” - Luna. Who just has a bunch of magic space sticks lying around, apparently.
And of course in Crystal
no one asks where she got them, no one is curious at their existence, there is no swell of music or anyone sensing a new immense power