don’t tell me that apollo hasn’t accidentally called phoenix dad before bECAUSE HE TOTALLY HAS
"I can’t believe you won." pouted Usagi, transformed into her Eternal Sailor Moon fuku. She held her silver medal and second place consolation prize from Sailor Moon costume lookalike contest.
"It’s not all bad, Usagi." Said Minako, soothing her princess’ bruised ego. "I’m your body double, remember?" Minako fidgeted with her first place medal, she had used her Crescent Moon Compact from her Sailor V days to put herself in a version of Sailor Moon’s first fuku. Coincidentally, this also happened to be the one that was closest to her old Sailor V uniform, total coincidence.
"But…" Said Usagi, tears welling up in her eyes. "But I even transformed for this contest Minako-chan!" At this point, Usagi’s tears were probably inevitable.
"Hey, cheer up Usagi." Said Minako, lifting Usagi’s chin up. "At least you did better that Zoisite."
Usagi had a small laugh at that. ”That’s true huh.” She said. ”I mean, purple? I’ve never worn purple.”
"Besides, If I make a better you than you do. That just means I’m doing my job right." Said Minako.
"You mean as my body double?" Asked Usagi. Every so often, the depths of the senshi’s duties towards her caught her off guard.
"No, I mean as Aino Minako, idol and actress extraordinare!" Minako said, raising her voice as she stood up from the table and raised her fist into the air. "If I can be a better Sailor Moon than the real Sailor Moon, then I’ve definitely got what it takes to be the best actress Japan has ever seen!"
Usagi just put her head in her palms and groaned loudly.
I’m pretty sure the narrative speaks for itself.
Crystal Episode 04- Party Girls
The only way Crystal could possibly disappoint me is if they don’t give me the baddest freaking badass Senshi/Shittenou showdown of all time. You didn’t kill Jadeite. You introduced Kunzite and Zoisite early. YOU BETTER DAMN WELL USE THEM. Give me a kickass final battle. Give me Venus/Kunzite nods. GIVE ME SHITTENOU/ENDYMION ANGST. JUST GIVE IT.
i want female villains whose backstory don’t revolve around men breaking their hearts or wanting to be more beautiful than another girl i want female villains who are evil for the fun of it and i want female villains with tragic backstories that don’t revolve around men i want female villains with backstories and motives just as diverse and complex as male villains i’m so sick of female villains who are only motivated by men and girlhate
((shows up late to meme with pizza and a stray dog))
hawkeyes + popular text posts
I was having the feels that only fan art could satisfy.
- Who corrects the other person’s grammar
Michiru always correct’s Haruka’s texts :D
- Who spends hours on YouTube
You know Haruka watches her races over and over again to improve.
- Who never knows how much to tip.
Michiru, only because she gets so flustered when she had bad service and wants to tip anyway.
- Who gets up early to let the dogs out
Haruka, before she goes for a run
- Who falls asleep on the couch during movie night
They both do <3
- Who always brags about the other
- Who can’t sleep without a goodnight kiss
- Who has a picture of the other as their phone background
Haruka totally has a Michiru selfie on her phone because she doesn’t do well with technology and can’t seem to figure out how to change it! lol
- Who believed in Santa til they were eleven
Haruka, and to this day she still is upset by bearded older men.
- Who’s ringtone is What Makes You Beautiful
Haruka, because Seiya gets so pissed when she hears other pop songs.
hahahah Haruka is still upset by bearded older men. Totally adding that to my headcanons!
In Defense of Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune, Sailor Moon
In light of the Sailor Moon revival this summer with Crystal/re-airings, I thought I’d put up a defense of one of my favorite sailors who gets a whole lot of hate - Sailor Neptune. I’m also posting this because even a lot of defenses from Neptune fans don’t seem to hit the heart of the matter for me - they portray her as kinder and softer and generally more altruistic than she really is (esp in anime), while I think it’s actually her flaws that make her a compelling character.
When I read hate about Sailor Neptune, I get it, I really do. If she were a person in real life and I were not Haruka, I would probably be pretty put off by her. But I think that as a character in SM, she’s one of the most distinctive and grown-up characters, and her unique (albeit often off-putting) personality is what makes her such a standout in a series where almost everybody is so unequivocally devoted to love and purity and innocence. Michiru/Neptune has always been one of my favorite characters in the series because she presents foil, she presents contrast and she gives the series a different dimension than the chronically do-good, selfless character type (read: all Inner Senshi + Mamoru + Chibiusa).
Even more so than Haruka, who I believe beneath her tough exterior is genuinely more warm and ethical than Michiru, Michiru is cold, smart, selfish and dispassionate, and those are all very realistic traits that a person could have, especially since it seems that she either lost her family or is estranged from them. She also seems to be cold and utilitarian as a result of feeling really jaded from her job as a Senshi, pre-Haruka’s awakening as Uranus. Someone with a background like that would in fact grow up to be self-preserving and cold and not quick to emotion, and I like that her life experiences have shaped her in a distinctive way. She does act very selfless and passionate towards Haruka, but I always had the impression that Michiru treated Haruka as more an extension of herself than as a separate person.
This isn’t Usagi hate in the least, but contrasting Michiru with Usagi really brings out the distinctiveness in Michiru’s character. It goes back to the idea that Michiru brings a breath of fresh air, provides that critical foil. SM is a series that glorifies protagonists that wear their hearts on their sleeve - protagonists like Usagi. It takes the view that your intentions and how hard you try determine the outcome, everything else deemed - not insignificant, but much less significant. In real life merely trying very hard and having very good intentions is not how people succeed. As a result, I could never connect to Usagi’s strong source of power, it was never super believable to me that she would be the one to finish the enemy each time. I quite like Usagi’s character in the series because she is very endearing, but Ami is smarter, Makoto is physically stronger & emotionally tougher (given her past & her independent life), and Rei is much more spiritual while Usagi merely tries hardest of them all, despite a lack of any salient skills or intelligences. Nonetheless, because she is literally the most emotional of all the Sailor Senshi, she is the one given the most amount of power by the author, she is the one who marries the prince, and she is the one who comes from royal heritage. I also never really bought that Usagi’s capacity for love outdoes Mako, Ami, Rei and Minako’s capacities for love - Usagi is neither the most devoted nor the most talented, merely the most emotional and committed, and in this series, that means she is most “deserving” of power.
In contrast, Michiru is the least emotional and least committed of all the Senshi. She is literally the coldest, the most detached, and - in another contrast with Usagi, who is infamous for not being very intellectual - Michiru is in fact quite capable of being calculating. I read a thread recently that pointed out the subtle manipulation of Haruka by Michiru during Uranus’ first transformation, and I quite agree. It was not an overt manipulation, and I think Michiru genuinely loves/needs Haruka more than anything on earth, but in a subtle way, Neptune wanted a partner and so she subtly put Haruka in a position where Haruka would be compelled to take that Senshi duty. Michiru was probably lonely leading the Senshi life by herself, and Haruka seemed capable of warming up to her and being that partner she wanted. It was a selfish move, not really at all with Haruka’s well-being in mind, but it shows how Michiru is clearly the smartest, most perceptive and most strategic of all the Senshi. Her power, which includes intuition and an affinity for the relentless power of the ocean, thus never felt inauthentic or far-fetched to me. It never seemed sourced from some ambiguous magical place, but was a direct derivative of her intelligence and personality.
I agree that it all makes her somebody I wouldn’t want to grab a coffee with, but as a character in this series, she’s a definite standout above the sometimes monotonous rest. I also feel that the older I get, the more I feel drawn to her. She’s seen a lot of life, she makes sharp and incisive judgments and she knows who she is, and is never apologetic for that.
This is an interesting interpretation. I love Michiru and I am a card-carrying member of the Michiru appreciation society, and I agree that she’s criminally underrated—she’s either mischaracterized as Haruka’s sniveling whiny sidekick, completely ignored, or—gasp—even seen as boring. (“Are you saying it’s boring with me?”) I also super dig interpretations of Michiru that not only go beneath her surface, but also pick up on her intense brilliance, strokes of frustration and misanthropy, and her darkness, because I do believe that Michiru has quite a bit of darkness inside of her.
Where we part ways, at least in regards to Michiru (I’m not going to weigh in on the commentary about the Sailor Moon universe as a whole here), is our interpretations of how she feels about everything—namely, I see Michiru as a character who has very little use for and belief in her own self, and while she’s cold and calculating, she’s often mired in ridiculous amounts of self-loathing for what she has to do.
In regards to Haruka, I’ve always seen Haruka as the emotional weak link of the Outers. In a situation that did get rough—that did require her to make the sort of decision that would mean innocent lives—she talks a good game, but she’s going to hesitate. And I don’t think there’s that level of hesitation in Saturn or Pluto or Neptune. Michiru absolutely has her own agenda outside of the world and that agenda is Haruka. Re: the scene in the garage you mention, we could have a really compelling discussion about Michiru’s motives there and how consciously she was manipulating Haruka. Looking back on the attempts she’s made to get Haruka to accept her identity as Uranus, she’s tried coy flirtation; she’s tried outrage; the one thing she hasn’t tried is the appeal to Haruka’s heartstrings, which, as we know, is the way to get to Haruka. Take away Haruka’s kneejerk reactions. Make her question herself, make her think, make her feel, and that’s the way to get Haruka off balance. Of course, Michiru may have known this—she does, after all, say she knows Haruka better than Haruka knows herself.
But regardless of what may have driven her, the outcome is a Michiru set on protecting Haruka at all costs, a Michiru who will literally throw herself in front of bullets to save Haruka. Nobody will ever be able to convince me that if the Talismans had been found in innocents as actually thought, that Michiru would have let Haruka be responsible for those deaths. I subscribe heavily, too, to the headcanon that Michiru conditions Haruka—drilling into Haruka’s head strength and toughness and survival mantras because Haruka, who’s always had a soft heart, would never have survived otherwise.
And then there’s Michiru’s own expendability. Look at the promise she has with Haruka—the one that they’ll leave each other behind at any sign of trouble. Of course, that’s complete BS on Michiru’s part. She would NEVER leave Haruka. But even then, from the very start, she’s trying to absolve Haruka from as much guilt as possible. She’s trying to put Haruka at ease, to give Haruka some sort of comforting thought to cling to if the unthinkable actually would up happening to Neptune—that it’s the way they’d agreed upon. This even extends past the Talismans arc—in the first arc of Stars, with Mars and Neptune trapped in Nehellenia’s illusions, Neptune is literally egging Mars on to shoot her Flame Sniper through Neptune’s body, if it’s what needs to be done to complete the mission.
What I’m trying to say with all these words is that Michiru is cold. She’s brilliant, and she’s always a couple of levels above everyone else, and I read her as having spent her whole life being jaded and disappointed by the predictability of others, which has led her to develop quite a frustrated, bitter streak. She’s a strategist, a chessmaster, always anticipating what others may do—we see how she reacts when things don’t go the way she believes they will (not well). She’s selfish in her own way—but the thing is, I truly believe she realizes it and hates herself for being selfish enough to drag Haruka into the whole senshi mess.
Anyway, two different reads and I hope it’s okay I worded all over this post—I may be coming off as one of the aforementioned Michiru fans who’s missing the point, but oh well. I’m always really happy to discuss Michiru because way too few people ever want to.
I am just going to word a little bit more.
I love and agree with a lot of the original analysis, and definitely agree that the show idealises idealism, essentially. And I love that Outer Senshi, and particularly Michiru, present an alternative viewpoint.
One thing I wanted to raise is that I don’t believe that Michiru is the least committed of the Senshi. I would argue that her way of being committed is different -she doesn’t believe that every villain has some good in them, and the way she would fight, if this was her show, and not Sailor Moon’s, would no doubt be different. But she does fight, and I would say that she’d be one of the first to give her life for the cause.
I also have a slightly different take on Michiru’s awakening of Haruka.
I agree there was manipulation there, and I think Michiru knew exactly how to play it. BUT I honestly don’t believe she did it because she was lonely or because she wanted a partner. She’s 14/15 when she starts out, on her own as Sailor Neptune. She’s battling foes that she’s never dealt with, she has horrifying visions, and these visions tell her that if she doesn’t succeed, the Silence will come and that will be it for the world. These visions also tell her that there is someone who is meant to be fighting with her -her partner in battle. I see her struggling on her own, almost losing, trying to tough it out, but knowing that if she doesn’t find her partner, she will lose and the Silence will come.
Michiru didn’t want to be Sailor Neptune, but she took it on because she understood the consequences if she didn’t. I think, for Haruka, she would have loved for Haruka never to get involved. But I believe she genuinely believed that without Uranus, the world could not be saved.
So in that sense, I see that action as being much less selfish. Yes, Michiru played Haruka, but it wasn’t about Michiru wanting a partner for her loneliness, it was about Michiru wanting Uranus to join her in battle so that they would have some chance of winning this thing.
That doesn’t mean that she hates herself any less for that. Because, if there is one thing I’m sure Michiru is good at, it’s self hate.
Ahhhh, it must have been my birthday, as there was fresh, delightful Michiru talk in the air. I hope I gathered up everyone who had something to add to this. If not, point me your way. Michiru is both fun and difficult as a character to analyze or write, because EVERYTHING with her is going on under the surface. She’s a very tough read, which is why I think it’s tempting to write her off completely
I think of Michiru as the least committed of the Senshi, but not that she won’t die for Usagi, or for the mission, or anything like that, but simply that emotionally, she’s not as invested as some or all of the other girls. Michiru will do it to the best of her ability, because it is her duty. Growing Up Kaioh, I see her as having had early and often exposure to the idea that sometimes you do something because it is what you are literally born to do, and I think that’s how she feels about being a Senshi, because I think if it was up her, she’d give it up and bang Haruka and play the violin all day. That’s why I have no trouble seeing her, for all practical purposes, kill herself if Haruka died. She’s not in this to win it. If she loses Haruka, her thoughts are basically, “Well, I took you as far as I could. Later kids, good luck.”
I think her relationship with Haruka makes her feel more human in many ways. I’ve written before about how I think Michiru’s greatest fear is that she is just like her family, and that she’s an empty bundle of accomplishments and beauty, and I think her love for Haruka makes her feel something real, something that keeps her tied to her own humanity. And that’s why I’m sort of uncomfortable with calling her cold- I think it’s really easy to see her that way, so I don’t blame people who do, but I think it’s kind of a front for the disappointment and the hurt she’s been through. Maybe jaded is a better word for me, personally? But I think she does have a lot of capacity to love, and that she has something truly good inside of her, which is something I think she even doubts.
I’m pretty sure she thinks she ruined Haruka’s life for her own ends, and that eats at her. I think when this whole thing started, she saw herself getting a companion that she knew would help her in the fight and stay by her side and love her and she was thrilled and totally fine with manipulating Haruka to get it. But I think she underestimated how much SHE would love Haruka. And now she wishes she could take it all back and save Haruka. Because at that moment, I think it stopped being about the Michiru Kaioh versus the world internal monologue, and suddenly there was something she could lose. For the first time, Michiru understands what real fear is. Michiru is, in my view, tough as fucking nails. She is not afraid of her own death, the end of the world, NOTHING, and then BOOM Haruka, and suddenly she realizes there are stakes in this game, and it’s a price she’s unprepared to pay.
While we’re here, I think a lot of the way I look at Michiru and Haruka is colored by my own life experiences. There’s a fairly old saying in the butch-femme community, “Butch is steel covering velvet, and femme is velvet covering steel,” and that’s pretty much the dynamic I see at work here. I have known a lot of girls in my life like Haruka, and dated a number of them- They look tough, they talk tough, but hit them in the right spot and they’ll break open like a damn Cadbury’s egg and you’ll see all soft emotional goop inside. I think that’s why Michiru is so protective of Haruka- she knows that at Haruka’s core, she’s very soft, and easily hurt, and so Michiru takes upon herself to minimize whatever damage she can, because she’s the whole reason Haruka is in this mess. Michiru is the strong, silent one, here. She’s the gunslinger with a mysterious past coming to town to save the fair maiden. And I think because Michiru is a GIRL, she gets coded as “cold bitch” instead of “strong, silent hero”
And I think she protects Haruka even in the very nature of her visions. I see Rei and Michiru functionally sort of differently in their Sight. I think Rei is, if we don’t want to use the word “more powerful” maybe “more precise.” But I think Michiru is basically Paul writing Revelations, as far her visions go- I think she sees the end, time and time and time again. I think she has seen her own death time and again. Haruka’s death. She’s seen all the terrible ways this can turn out, and what does she tell Haruka? “A dark wave is coming.” Not, “Hey, we are probably going to die horribly, just FYI.” Not, “You should probably start seeing a therapist right this minute, because I’m toast.” (And I truly believe she thinks she won’t survive to the end), but “a dark wave is coming,” because she doesn’t want to burden Haruka with the knowledge of what’s to come. And in that I don’t think she’s selfish at all. She leaves her torment, her torment alone, and doesn’t try to burden the other girls with it.
[BURSTS THROUGH THE WALL] DID SOMEONE SAY MICHIRU?
Curse you, slow internet, everyone else beat me to the words. But yeah, Doc, it kinda feels like my birthday, too, when stuff like this happens.
First of all
Secondly, I’m sorry, OP, but there are even more words incoming (I tried to restrain myself as everyone’s already gone and said a lot of the stuff on my mind, but still, knowing me…). But I feel the only thing we really, drastically disagree on is that I very much would go grab a coffee with Michiru, so there you go.
Welp, I’m stashing this under a cut because I wrote almost three thousand words. A lot of them fortythousandth has seen already, but now I’m setting them free so the entire world can rejoice in them.
I already feel like I should apologise to everyone’s dashes today, especially if you aren’t in the Sailor Moon fandom and yet still somehow follow me. But yes I AM EXTRA SORRY, EVERYONE.
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if you think it’s degrading to work in retail remember that voldemort worked at borgin and burkes before he became the dark lord
I feel like Anthy would be be a bit too knowledgeable about all the stuff going on to really be the voice of Night Vale. Like she def. would actually know what is up with EVERYTHING
Well, she could also just be hanging out with the angels like Old Woman Josie.
Except for the part where angels don’t exist.
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please say that nanami is steve in this au
"Although the station has received numerous complaints, we will continue our special community mouse-and-monkey species breeding. It really is bringing the community together. After all, MOST people find great comfort in their cuteness. MOST people don’t send complaints and try to add more snails to our already abundant snail gardens. MOST people actually like animals because they are not heartless jerks with corrupted souls