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prynnette asked: I wrote a thing about Rei the other day, and it got me to thinking a lot about the way she's portrayed in the manga vs. the anime. I'm curious--do you prefer one or the other? Any thoughts in general on that divide?

I don’t really prefer one over the other! Rei gets more screentime, importance, and arguably development in the anime, and she’s a total badass and her relationship with Usagi is SO great. However, I don’t like that they cut out her distinterest in men, or the scene where she essentially rejects heteronormativity after a monster tries to force her into it.  Nor that her backstory was never explored. However I loved her dream to be a career woman, her tenacity, and the complexity of how she related to others by trying to toughen them up.

I LOVE manga Rei’s blatant feminist rants and that she’s allowed to dislike men without being fixed, i love most of her backstory because it’s very heartbreaking and compelling. Her relationship with Minako is FANTASTIC in the manga and I ship it. 

It is ridiculously easy to read manga Rei as somethingromantic (i’m goin with bi-romantic) asexual because she shows no interest in sex and explicitly rejects it, along with living life as a bride. I really value that, and especially loved her arc in supers.

I did feel her having a romantic connection to a guy and he essentially abandons her was an unnessecary for her backstory and sort of gives a “reasoning” for her dislike of having a boyfriend that didn’t really need to be there. The story could have been told without that element. I did like her speech afterwards tho.

Overall, my favorite iteration would be PGSM Rei- her backstory was explored with the most depth, they kept her dislike of men and implied asexuality, she got a lot of development and all her relationships with the other girls had depth and she had an intensely romantic friendship with Minako! With zero “this dude broke my heart” in her backstory. Best of both worlds, and I hope the new anime goes with that.

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harsh-saintcry:

Sailor Moon Vol.5 & Vol.6


aaaaaahfdlkjdfHARUKA AND MICHIRU ARE TOGETHERON THEIR COVERTHEY ARE TOGETHER

harsh-saintcry:

Sailor Moon Vol.5 & Vol.6

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HARUKA AND MICHIRU ARE TOGETHER
ON THEIR COVER
THEY ARE TOGETHER

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Galaxia: A Warning.

Galaxia: A Warning.

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so i’m looking up to see if a lot of things that bother Jet Wolf about SuperS are in the manga

They’re not

-I initially looked to see if when Usagi and Chibs switch ages they do anything with her clothes in the manga. Usagi makes nooo adjustments to her clothes (not sure how she manages this) and neither does Chibiusa. Presumably they were too worried about Mamoru being in the hospital, though it doesn’t explain why Usagi’s clothes don’t straight up fall off or why Chibs doesn’t change when she returns home. But it’s the same on both ends, no adjustments are made.

-He doesn’t stay in her room and give her advice, he just shows up to talk to her about the mission and also randomly shows up in Mamoru’s room a lot too (that…sounds weird but)

-Pegasus does not bring them power. Since Haruka, Michiru and Setsuna aren’t around, the  Holy Grail doesn’t work, but they use their strength of will to transform anyway- then they’re kinda out of weapons. Pegasus comes and is like “yo Chibs that kailedoscope you’re carrying seems to be kinda linked to your power right now let me help you out pretty sure if you channel your power through those kaliedoscopes you’re carrying it might transform into a weapon.” Aaaaand so she does. He gives her some advice (I guess he knows how the sense power and shit, it’s a priest thing) but it’s v much her own power there, she never needs him to fight again.

-Chibiusa tells Usagi and Mamoru about Pegasus right away. Pegasus doesn’t ever tell her not to. In fact Usagi and Mamoru also see Pegasus.

-Pegasus never gets mad about her not believing in them. He does kinda hesitate to tell her his true identity, but it’s implied that’s because he sort of hates himself for failing as a priest of Elysion, he’s pretty forthcoming with other information though, he tells her his name and about his situation and as soon as she’s severely upset about something, that’s when he tells her who he is. But yeah, he never throws a tantrum about her asking him about himself, especially since she has literally two or three encounters with him before he reveals his identity.

-He doesn’t react to her sudden size change by not being able to appear to her, he still appears to her and is like “wow does that mean you’re like seriously the maiden i’m looking for bc i think she was supposed to be grown up” and Chibs is like “noooo i’m not sigh” and struggles with her insecurities as a result more- NOBODY NEEDS ME because i can’t be an ADULT

-He reveals his identity bc he wants to comfort her

Basically how it goes down is Pegasus realizes the “bearer of a powerful crystal, a princess and a soldier” was Usagi, not Chibiusa.

This completely wrecks Chibiusa because for once in her life, she thought she was the one who was needed, and not Usagi. She thought she could help someone in a way even Usagi couldn’t. In a weird way, she clearly liked the idea of Pegasus depending on her, which I find interesting from a character perspective. She runs off crying to herself because people will always need Usagi and not her, and she’s never going to measure up, she’s not sure she can.

which is her whole struggle in the manga - “I can’t grow up, nobody needs me, I’m inferior, I will never live up to my mom”

I remember June once did a rewrite behind the SuperS anime where Pegasus was propping up Chibiusa’s inferiority complex, and it was a good rewrite but it’s kinda funny bc Chibiusa’s inferiority complex was the whole SuperS arc, but he reacted in the opposite way, he goes after Chibiusa and is like “whoa whoa whoa just because you’re not the ultimate most powerful person needed to find this macguffin doesn’t mean people don’t need you and rely on you like you’re going to be a really awesome soldier in your own right some day and you really help Sailor Moon out a lot so???’

Of course it’s not surprising the manga would take a more idealistic tone re: romances, June’s idea is def more interesting, but not something i’d expect to see in the manga or the anime as they were.

An way he’s like “I need you. (the kiss happens) and also -shows usagi and the others freaking out looking for Chibiusa” they really need you, your friends and family care about you tons. 

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"You are surrounded by people who love you" etc.

-Helios was cursed into the Pegasus form in the manga. He actually HAS his own pegasus that he rides…idk it’s kinda weird. The implication was he needed to kiss Chibiusa to break the curse temporarily like a princess and the frog thing.

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glompcat:

azuresquirrel:

glompcat:

Minako Aino has no time for Shoujo cliches.
Nope.
None.

Minako Aino busts all the shoujo manga cliches.
(but also can we talk about how Rei’s school is basically every private Catholic all-girls’ school that’s in basically every crappy yuri manga CAN WE???)
Rei has a devoted group of little lesbians with a crush on her IT IS CANON, and think that she’s some kind of yuri manga perfect oneesama, Minako of course demolishes that, even when she’s totally hot for Rei, fuck I love the Exam Battles, 

Those tags could not be more accurate and are exactly why I love this exam battle chapter, and this ship so so so much.
I mean Rei’s school life couldn’t be more of a yuri manga cliche if it tried, and tbh she hates it, and then here is Minako who just… really doesn’t fit into that yuri manga nonsense life at all, she’s too direct and upfront and honest and sincere and very much a bull in a china shop and so she just contrasts with all those tired played out cliches and highlights how silly they are and ugh… what a good chapter and what a good ship.

glompcat:

azuresquirrel:

glompcat:

Minako Aino has no time for Shoujo cliches.

Nope.

None.

Minako Aino busts all the shoujo manga cliches.

(but also can we talk about how Rei’s school is basically every private Catholic all-girls’ school that’s in basically every crappy yuri manga CAN WE???)

Rei has a devoted group of little lesbians with a crush on her IT IS CANON, and think that she’s some kind of yuri manga perfect oneesama, Minako of course demolishes that, even when she’s totally hot for Rei, fuck I love the Exam Battles

Those tags could not be more accurate and are exactly why I love this exam battle chapter, and this ship so so so much.

I mean Rei’s school life couldn’t be more of a yuri manga cliche if it tried, and tbh she hates it, and then here is Minako who just… really doesn’t fit into that yuri manga nonsense life at all, she’s too direct and upfront and honest and sincere and very much a bull in a china shop and so she just contrasts with all those tired played out cliches and highlights how silly they are and ugh… what a good chapter and what a good ship.

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mamoru on the bottom there just like “fuck my life”

mamoru on the bottom there just like “fuck my life”

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there are people who think usagi is 100 percent straightI marvel at them

there are people who think usagi is 100 percent straight

I marvel at them

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fairymascot:

juban-district:

Sailor Moon third generation manga covers

what the hell is third generation manga ??????

The manga’s supposed to republish again this year in honor of the twentieth anniversary, these must be the new covers. First there was the original publishing, then the renewed manga with corrected art for the first two arcs with the new covers was published when PGSM came out (and that’s the manga that we got a translation of in the US recently) and now there’s this round of republishing- the third one.

fairymascot:

juban-district:

Sailor Moon third generation manga covers

what the hell is third generation manga ??????

The manga’s supposed to republish again this year in honor of the twentieth anniversary, these must be the new covers. First there was the original publishing, then the renewed manga with corrected art for the first two arcs with the new covers was published when PGSM came out (and that’s the manga that we got a translation of in the US recently) and now there’s this round of republishing- the third one.

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glompcat:

Reminder that ChibiUsa is 900 years old because she honestly doesn’t want to grow up.

We are reminded of this over and over and over again, that despite how loudly she says otherwise the girl is petrified of aging and moreover doesn’t actually want to yet.

The most overt place this is spelled out to us is in the Dream Arc, when in the very first chapter Palla Palla switches Usagi and ChibiUsa’s ages and lo and behold ChibiUsa is no more happy with the body of a teenager than Usagi is with the body of a child.

It is, in fact, the Dream Arc where ChibiUsa gets over her fear of ageing and finally starts to grow the fuck up. Which was kinda a huge part of that arc, and precisely the sort of character development SuperS was missing.

But like literally ChibiUsa’s arc in the manga was about her getting over her reservations about growing up, her fears of growing up wrong and her desires to do so for all the wrong reasons, and finally reach a point where doing so would be healthy for her.

I mean it’s magical realism, plain and simple. A girl is scared of growing up, and so she doesn’t. As for the explanation for how that is happening,the girl has command of the fucking Silver Crystal, and shit probably was tapping into the Golden Crystal in the future too as I’m sure her dad had it then. Like it is safe to say that she is a magical being who can do whatever the fuck she wants with her body and it will make perfect sense.

But seriously just look at the first chapter of the Dream Arc alone to see how this is truly her entire character arc and development that is dealt with all the fucking time. Hell we even know that the reason the girl spends so much time in the 20th century is because her mom knows that is the key to her finally getting over her fears of growing 

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But seriously we literally start the dream arc off with “ChibiUsa wants to age up just as much as Usagi wants to be a little kid again…. and by that we mean not at all really, they just really like to fantasize about it. (manga scans and more of me rambling endlessly about this under the cut)

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idesofnovember:

timemachineyeah:

missdreamsubs:

Happy Thursday Miss Dreamers!  We have a special update today, containing two recent interviews!  First off is the much anticipated interview with Naoko Takeuchi in the premiere issue of ROLa Magazine!  Second is last week’s show, God of Backstage, featuring Osabu!  These can be read and downloaded in today’s post:  http://missdream.org/interview-translations-rola-magazine-and-god-of-backstage-show/Enjoy!  =D

" Aya: To me it’s fascinating that all the girls in the show are so beautiful.Takeuchi: Yes. But that’s how girl’s comics are. It’s important, right? But back then, the old men at Nakayoshi (like Osano-san) didn’t really get that. From the onset, I said “I want to make a comic series about a squadron of five beautiful fighting girls”, and they said, “Hold up. In a fighting squadron, there’s always like one comically obese character, and another nerdy one that wears glasses. How are you going to make all five of them beautiful?” and the complaints went on and on. Oh, those old men… I think they didn’t understand girls comics at all.Osano: It really was like that… I might be a little wrong on all the details with what I’m about to say, but… I think at the time, the only fighting squadron shows were like, “Gatchaman”, and shows that were made in its same image, where the characters were all typecast.Takeuchi: Back then, I thought, “I’m going to show these old grandpas that beautiful girl characters can be good for business, and I’m not leaving my concept in the hands of old men.” So I had to work hard to develop a sense of beauty and elegance in my characters, no matter what their type was. Back then, the old man editors at “Nakayoshi” magazine thought I was being stubborn, and they didn’t much care for the opinions of us lady authors, it was a difficult time. “
Quoting for every single person whose ever said the girls look the way they do for male fan service.
They look the way they do because Naoko wanted to show that every kind of girl, nerdy, butch, loud, whatever, every single one can be and is beautiful.
We can talk about the criticism of the narrow definition of beauty, and that it’s sad that for all of the girl to be beautiful they all wound up sharing a body type to a degree. That is a legitimate criticism.
But Naoko was thinking about inspiring girls when she made her characters, and not about titillating men. The Sailor Moon manga is one of the best examples I know of where the female characters are sexual or beautiful without being objectified. And there is a difference. Showing a beautiful or naked or appealing woman is objectifying when it strips her of her will or autonomy, denying her personhood. That never happens to the girls in Sailor Moon.

Important commentary.

and insiduous misandry

idesofnovember:

timemachineyeah:

missdreamsubs:

Happy Thursday Miss Dreamers!  We have a special update today, containing two recent interviews!  First off is the much anticipated interview with Naoko Takeuchi in the premiere issue of ROLa Magazine!  Second is last week’s show, God of Backstage, featuring Osabu!  These can be read and downloaded in today’s post:  http://missdream.org/interview-translations-rola-magazine-and-god-of-backstage-show/

Enjoy!  =D

" Aya: To me it’s fascinating that all the girls in the show are so beautiful.
Takeuchi: Yes. But that’s how girl’s comics are. It’s important, right? But back then, the old men at Nakayoshi (like Osano-san) didn’t really get that. From the onset, I said “I want to make a comic series about a squadron of five beautiful fighting girls”, and they said, “Hold up. In a fighting squadron, there’s always like one comically obese character, and another nerdy one that wears glasses. How are you going to make all five of them beautiful?” and the complaints went on and on. Oh, those old men… I think they didn’t understand girls comics at all.
Osano: It really was like that… I might be a little wrong on all the details with what I’m about to say, but… I think at the time, the only fighting squadron shows were like, “Gatchaman”, and shows that were made in its same image, where the characters were all typecast.
Takeuchi: Back then, I thought, “I’m going to show these old grandpas that beautiful girl characters can be good for business, and I’m not leaving my concept in the hands of old men.” So I had to work hard to develop a sense of beauty and elegance in my characters, no matter what their type was. Back then, the old man editors at “Nakayoshi” magazine thought I was being stubborn, and they didn’t much care for the opinions of us lady authors, it was a difficult time.

Quoting for every single person whose ever said the girls look the way they do for male fan service.

They look the way they do because Naoko wanted to show that every kind of girl, nerdy, butch, loud, whatever, every single one can be and is beautiful.

We can talk about the criticism of the narrow definition of beauty, and that it’s sad that for all of the girl to be beautiful they all wound up sharing a body type to a degree. That is a legitimate criticism.

But Naoko was thinking about inspiring girls when she made her characters, and not about titillating men. The Sailor Moon manga is one of the best examples I know of where the female characters are sexual or beautiful without being objectified. And there is a difference. Showing a beautiful or naked or appealing woman is objectifying when it strips her of her will or autonomy, denying her personhood. That never happens to the girls in Sailor Moon.

Important commentary.

and insiduous misandry