watching la reconquista

7

PRINCESSES IN FRILLY WHITE DRESSES WIELDING SWORDS.

YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH I AM HERE FOR THIS SHIT.  THIS IS MY JAM RIGHT HERE.

You give me ladies fighting with swords and I’m practically guaranteed to be there, which just makes Sailor Moon even more awesome for me.  I am at the level of love for this series where I can no longer comprehend why anyone wouldn’t love it with their whole heart.

9

The degree to which THIS IS WHAT I AM HERE FOR, FUCK YES is kind of ridiculously high.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s so much about Sailor Moon that I love, so many things about it and the other aspects that will reduce me to flailing incoherence with how much I am bursting with love.

But I will A L W A Y S become a shrieking mess over these two.  And this moment isn’t going to convince anyone who isn’t already a fan of this relationship, because it’s just a cliche ~*epic romance*~ when you take away the greater context.

Except that greater context is what makes this moment so precious.  It’s that point in their lives where everything was new and sweet between them, where they were two young adults who had fallen in love with each other, probably only just beginning to realize the depths of those feelings they had for each other.  And tragedy is looming so close to them at this point, that it makes the moment all the sweeter.

But I love it beyond that, because I love these characters.  I love that they’re not just some flat, shallow shoujo manga cliche, but instead they’re adorable darlings who are completely enamored with each other, who go through terrible tragedies, and who are ripped away from their entire lives, only to be reborn without memories, who find each other again, who fall in love with each other for each other again, who go through all these ups and downs of their relationships, how they make each other feel ALIVE and CHERISHED and LOVED.

Mamoru loves her and feels alive around her.  Usagi loves him and feels so cherished around him.  And seeing this moment shows you the beginning of that relationship, the one that will eventually be so incredibly tested and forged into steel.  And, right now, it’s just cute as fuck and so damn sweet that I’m just AHHHH BABIESS!!!! about it.

4

OH MY GOD THEY’RE PERFECT.

Usagi’s like, nah, I’d rather look at your face.  Mamoru tries to correct her, no, you’re supposed to look at my mitt.  USAGI JUST GIGGLES “HEE HEE HEE” like, no, I’m pretty sure looking at your face is more fun.

And Mamoru just keeps trying to rein her back in.

All of this is perfect.  This is my perfect, perfect otp.

10

I DID NOT STOP SMILING THROUGH THIS ENTIRE THING, IT IS SO FUCKING CUTE.

This game seems like it’s easy from the outside, but I’ve heard that it’s actually kind of hard to play, as you can tell by the way Zoisite stumbles over finding some pretty basic answers.

BUT AMI DOES NOT STUMBLE, SHE JUST WHIPS OUT THESE SUPER LONG AND COMPLICATED ANSWERS, IT IS THE FUCKING CUTEST.

And, oh man, I admit, I had to laugh, as soon as I heard Zoisite wondering if he had any “ki” words left and I was like OH BOY HE IS GOING FOR “KIREI”, ISN’T HE?  AND SURE ENOUGH.

(I imagine this is covered in the translation notes, but for those who stumble over this post and don’t have them open, it’s a word game called shiritori, where you say a word and the other person has to come up with a word that starts with the last syllable the previous one said.  So, Ami says a word that ends in “-ki”, which means Zoisite has to come up with a word that starts with “ki”, which is “kirei”.  ie, pretty/super cute.)

4

THIS MOMENT.

MINAKO JUST FLAT OUT RUNS OVER TO USAGI THE SECOND SHE COLLAPSES, immediately trying to help her get back on her feet when Usagi is crumbling under the guilt.  But as soon as she sees how bad it is, she immediately puts comforting hands on Usagi’s shoulders and encourages her to calm down, that it’s okay, they can do this, they’ll take it one step at a time.  She's there for Usagi, a very physical and tangible reminder that Usagi has friends still around her.

The body language and staging of those last two caps especially just takes a bit of the fannish breath from my lungs, because just look how crumbled and defeated Usagi l ooks.  How Minako is leaning in towards her, just so very there in such an intimate and supporting way.

I love the other Sailor Senshi obviously feeling desperate to try to comfort her, their poses do so much to convey their hurt and exhaustion and pain at Ami’s loss and Usagi’s grief.  But, man, Minako.  She’s just right there.

I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THE USAGI/MINAKO RELATIONSHIP, OKAY.

9

USAGI BABY.  ;___;

There’s a lot of focus on the Sailor Senshi’s support for Usagi, how they have these dreams that are often difficult to balance with their devotion to her.  Or just focus on that devotion to her and how much they love her utterly, how that’s just as fulfilling for them as anything else.  How Usagi is the type to inspire that kind of loyalty, you see why they love her so much.

But there’s just as much importance to be placed on Usagi’s love for the Sailor Senshi and how responsible she feels for them.  When Ami is kidnapped, she feels utterly responsible, like it's her fault.  She stayed up too late and was playing the video game, so she was too weak to fight at full strength, which mean that Ami couldn’t be rescued.

This isn’t something she willfully did and yet it tears her apart, because she loves Ami just as much as her Sailor Senshi love her.  There’s not a lot of scolding, her friends don’t immediately turn on her, the sharpest criticism is (so far) from Minako wondering if she’s just going to wallow in this forever.  Which isn’t said because she’s annoyed with Usagi, but because she loves Usagi and wants to support her into being strong again.

And I just really, really have a lot of feelings about these girls’ devotion to each other, how NOTHING can break apart their love for each other, the most dangerous thing is that they can’t keep their focus because they love each other too much.  And yet, ultimately, we know that’s what will save them, too.

Sometimes you just take a step back, even if you’ve done it a hundred times before, and remember how great it is to have a group of female friends who will always care about each other and love each other, that that will never truly be in question.

Sailor Moon La Reconquista. (fanmade)

5

HOLY FUCK, TANI, YOU NEED TO TONE IT DOWN BEFORE, LIKE, I SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST.

I’M NOT KIDDING.

She is super great in the role all over the place, she’s charismatic and gorgeous and charming and blends all the right amounts of aloofness and humor/trolling and the undercurrent of warmth that make up Mamoru’s character.

But this song.

I’ve always loved the Prince Endymion armor the best of all Mamoru’s outfits and Tani looks amazing in it.  But, holy shit, the way she sings and is so commanding of the stage and her presence.

I just.

Really need a minute in my bunk.

9

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME???

WHY ARE YOU MAKING MY FEELS PLACE ALL HURTY LIKE THIS?

STOP PUNCHING ME IN THE FEELINGS.

As if Usagi’s pleading wasn’t enough.  As if Usagi hearing Mamoru’s song from earlier about believing in him wasn’t enough.  As if having to force herself up to cut him down wasn’t enough.  As if Usagi’s suicide and soft voice about how they’d see each other again, that he’s the only one she’ll ever love wasn’t enough.

No, then they go and pull this shit.

Where the Sailor Senshi are crying that they couldn’t save her AGAIN, that they failed to protect her and the same thing happened all over again, that she killed herself in front of them.

And THEN the Shitennou are just as distraught about it.  They had only JUST found their Prince again!  They didn’t even have all the time that the Sailor Senshi did, they only had a few days (and probably less) of having their Prince back.

ALL OF THIS HURTS, IT SUCKS FOR EVERYONE, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS, WHY CAN’T EVERYONE JUST BE FLUFFY BUNNIES AND RAINBOWS AND SUNSHINE ALL THE TIME?

;__;

5

I’M NOT SURE HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS.

On the one hand, I like that the musical seems to be appreciating Makoto for having both of these aspects and I L O V E that the other girls are so immediate to jump to Makoto’s defense, especially because they think she probably gets a lot of gross comments based on the way she looks.

But I’m also not comfortable with the seeming implication of “she may look like that but”, as if looking like that is bad, that being a good fighter type is bad.  It contrasts against the earlier part of the musical where they cheered her on in her fighting game and exclaimed about how she was the greatest, so I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.  That it’s just the girls getting fired up and swinging a little too far in the other direction instead of the usual “GIRLS MUST BE FEMININE TO BE GOOD” attitude.

Plus, how cute is Rei’s I WILL FIGHT YOU COME AT ME BRO pose there??

7

Sometimes it’s really hard to complain about the lack of focus on Mamoru with the Shitennou, because… even if you think of them as the equivalent of Usagi’s Sailor Senshi, the story isn’t about them.  The story really isn’t even about men at all, but about Usagi’s connections with people and the stories about all these different kinds of women.

That’s one of the major things that keeps me so in love with Sailor Moon and I absolutely don’t want to change that.  But, at the same time, I love the Shitennou, they’re my favorite set of villains, and I love the connection with Mamoru and I’m delighted to see it being touched on here.

They’re one of those things where… I wish there was at least one storyline where the Shitennou got to live and we got to explore more of their connection with Endymion.  But where do you even fit that in, when the point of the story is on the Sailor Senshi themselves?  Without making it Shitennou/Sailor Senshi pairings, just so the Shitennou can have some sort of story?

Idk where I’m going with this, I just really want more explored on these relationships without taking away from anything else in the show and I’m hoping that La Reconquista will do a satisfying job of that for me.

4

huff huff huff

I need a minute here, okay.  *fans self*

I am just forever delighted at how well Tani is just utterly nailing this character, both how dreamy he is and how chivalrous he is and how I can take him seriously but he’s also over the top and ridiculous and just so many different things that are all so great!  Like, legitimately attractive and competent and awesome at the things he does!  Also charming and charismatic a character!  And yet not afraid to have fun with it!

UGH FEELINGS EVERYWHERE.

4

THIS IS THE GREATEST.

Like, okay, there’s absolutely something to be said for how a lot of relationships start–by being attracted to the other person.  But Jadeite’s tactics are just so hilariously bad that they’ve whipped around into SUPER GREAT again.

He compliments how beautiful she is and her response is literally SO WHAT? because, yes, she knows she’s beautiful, that’s hardly going to be enough to get her attention.  BUT HE KEEPS COMPLIMENTING HER, like the deeper he goes into fratboy behavior, the more he thinks this is going to work???

And then it culminates in him doing the pelvic thrust at her and I’m just. LAUGHING SO HARD AT YOU, JADEITE.

4

BARFS AT HOW CUTE THIS IS.

After giving myself all the Queen Serenity feelings yesterday, this is an even sweeter scene, how much she just utterly loves her daughter, how happy they are, how loving and wonderful this relationship is.

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER HAPPY, BUBBLY HUGS, THIS MUSICAL HAS EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED FROM SAILOR MOON, AHHHH.  (ღˇ◡ˇღ)