Jet Wolf and Act 21
The manga and I are repeatedly clashing, and so instead of full liveblogs, I’m reading each manga act (mostly) silently, and then writing up summaries at the end. I’ll be very candid, which could well include criticism and snark about the manga either wholesale or in details. If that isn’t a thing you feel like reading, please skip this post!
It’s taken eight issues, but Mamoru finally proves that you CAN yell out something other than a Senshi name, and that it’s super meaningful when you do! Usagi still hasn’t used the names of her supposed best friends, but who’s paying attention to such unimportant details like that when Mamoru can express a feeling?
ME FUCKING ME THAT’S WHO OH MY GOD I AM LOSING MY MIND ABOUT THIS I’M SO IRRITATED
Floating in the inky black nothingness, Usagi sees a vision of Mamoru, running away from her with an adult Chibi-Usa on his arm. I suppose I should be happy she was grown but mostly I just want to sit manga Usagi down and have a very long lecture about literally everything.
She wakes up to find herself in a new dress, and my dislike for manga Usagi in no way makes this fact less fucking creepy and repulsive. She and Demande chat, and by “chat” I mostly mean “rough draft Usagi’s restraining order”. They kind of talk about the Black Moon Clan’s motivations, but it’s like trying to explain why we need twelve different versions of Coke. WE JUST DO BRENDA. Clearly the best part of this entire issue is when the Black Moon Clan turn into a deeply indie hipster band for one panel.
I’m pretty sure these guys were at The Crystal Ballroom last Thursday.
Seriously, their entire reasoning seems to be “We don’t like it when people live a long time”, and in fairness, genocide does address that problem.
There’s also this bit where Demande indicates that Wiseman was like “Come to Nemesis my guys”, but we’ll come back to that.
Anyway, Demande does what we all know Demande does and fuck Demande by the way. Also it looks like Saffir and Rubeus are hanging out in the bedroom too? IF YOU WERE AFRAID THE MANGA HAD LOST ITS EDGE AT MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATIONS WORSE ALLOW ME TO REASSURE YOU
Back at the palace, Endymion has a suddenly flash that several pages have gone by without him explaining something. Horrified, he quickly begins to tell us about Nemesis, and manages to spend about three pages on what is functionally “I dunno”. OH BUT WAIT BECAUSE HERE COMES MY FAVOURITE PART
I’M WILLING TO SACRIFICE MYSELF FOR SCIENCE AT THIS POINT
ANY SCIENCE JUST PICK ONE
I don’t now how much more detail we’re going to get on this, but Endymion shows literally zero problem with the situation, just being “Yeah, she stopped growing up nearly a thousand years ago, but have you seen me do THIS??” before phasing his hand through his own head and making spooky “OOOOoOOooooOOooo” noises. He then goes on to say that he’s sure it’ll all work out okay because “her destiny is to protect this planet”. I’m once again reassured that free will for the characters in the Sailor Moon manga is alive and well, and that Usagi’s words a few issues ago weren’t remotely lip service.
But Endymion hasn’t yet begun to explain! Endymion could only be worse if he added “Well, ACTUALLY” at the start of each new topic. From here we go into backstory on Nemesis and Wiseman, and for a guy who keeps insisting they didn’t know shit for centuries and never saw this coming, Endymion sure knows a metric fuckton about the hows and whys of these people.
I don’t know how much of this is accurately translated, so I’m not going to rant about it too much specifically. Suffice it to say that my version has Endymion claiming that Wiseman “revived crime”. Then NQS showed up, said “stop that”.
AND AGAIN I JUST HAVE TO SAY THAT “FORGETTING” ABOUT THE DUDE WHO LITERALLY REINVENTED CRIME IN YOUR UTOPIA IS PRETTY FUCKING IRRESPONSIBLE FROM A HISTORY PERSPECTIVE IF NOTHING ELSE, NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT HE WAS POPULAR AND RESONANT ENOUGH TO RAISE AN ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE TO FOLLOW HIM IN SUCH A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME WHICH MAYBE SUGGESTS THINGS AREN’T SO UTOPIAN IN YOUR UTOPIA AND THAT MAYBE THE MORE RESPONSIBLE ACT WOULD BE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU’RE MISSING BY SITTING IN YOUR GIANT ISOLATED CRYSTAL WINDOW SEAT RATHER THAN SHOVING EVERYONE YOU DON’T LIKE ON A PLANET AND GETTING LUNCH FOR THE NEXT 600 YEARS
Point being, I really hate this fucking storyline.
Back to Usagi, who is understandably not doing so well. She worries about Mamoru, LIKE A LOT, and the concludes that the ginzuishou isn’t working because she’s been worried about Chibs stealing Mamoru away, and did I mention I hated this fucking storyline?
Then Usagi finally remembers she has friends! Wassername, and Whozzit, and Sleepy, and Doc!
FINAL COUNT BECAUSE YOU’D BEST BELIEVE I AM PETTY ENOUGH TO HAVE COUNTED:
- Total times Usagi calls them Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus: four
- Total times Usagi calls them Rei, Ami, Mako, and Minako: zero you fool of course it’s zero
- Total times Usagi calls him Mamoru in the same stretch of story: six
- Total times Usagi calls him Tuxedo Kamen in the same stretch: zippo
Anyway, Rei, Ami, and Mako wake up for a second, do nothing, and maybe die, but who cares.
Over to Chibi-Usa, who reflects on the time she’s spent with Usagi, and then the time she didn’t spend with her mother. Kids are awful little bastards and I don’t understand why exiling THEM doesn’t appear to be an option. She literally says (per this translation), that “The only one [my mum] loves is my papa”, and you know, it’s good that Chibi-Usa is on my side in spirit, at least.
Then flashback!Chibs steals the ginzuishou, gets her mum nearly killed, and runs away to see Pluto, as you do. Theeeeennnn I THINK Chibs gets pissy because Pluto smiles at Endymion? And maybe this isn’t a flashback now? SERIOUSLY I HAVE NO IDEA HOW ANYTHING’S FLOWING HERE LIKE I’M SURPRISED THERE’S NOT A LITTLE BUNNY HEAD IN THE CORNER SAYING “I can draw this dress I saw in a fashion magazine or I can make my plot make visual sense. Fuck it, just watch the anime.”
What/when/however this is happening, Wiseman finds Chibs, and I’m not sure it’s a good thing that I can say with complete honesty that it’s not the creepiest thing that’s happened in this arc.