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thighhighs:

Let’s talk about the scope of Sailor Moon. Let’s talk about how, by the end of the final arc, it has universe-sized implications. We learn that every planet with intelligent life has its own guardian senshi—which, given the preponderance of intelligent life in this series, implies the existence of thousands, if not millions of pretty soldiers. We learn that Usagi is one of many, many princesses with their own sworn sisters and legendary romances. We learn that every villain up to this point was just another facet of Chaos, the final villain—the only one that ever mattered. We watch Usagi battle Galaxia, she who has conquered a thousand planets, on the lip of the Galaxy Cauldron. We watch Usagi defeat the primal, cosmic force of chaos itself by destroying the origin point of all existence.

This is a story of sweeping mythology and galaxy-shaping forces and that in and of itself is fantastic. But the thing that sets it apart, and the thing, I suspect, that has held our fascination so fiercely is that it is utterly female-centric.

Think about it. There are lots of amazing, star-spanning stories out there, and tons of mahou shoujo tales as well. I’m a fan of a whole lot of work in both categories. But can you think of another story that combines the two so wholeheartedly? One that spans thousands of planets and thousands of years? One in which the principal players, from the foot soldiers to the goddesses to the ancestors are nearly all female? We laud Sailor Moon for its diverse portrayal of femininity, for its treatment of sexuality and for its subversion of gender norms. And that’s great. But how often do we sit down and talk about how goddamn epic it is? This is a universe, you guys. This is huge and rich and complicated and unlike stories in a similar vein, it doesn’t just have one or two token girls—it is dominated by women.

We have our huge, primeval forces: Life, love, death, chaos, and creation. We have characters who act as channels for these forces (and achieve nigh-goddesshood): Usagi, for example, as the font of creation, love and life, Hotaru as the grim reaper, the “Messiah of Silence.” As I described in this piece, we have the establishment of death as a necessary presence, as a comrade-in-arms in her own right. We have soldiers who wield the elements of nature  as weapons in a war against nothingness and disorder. We have a story of lost splendor, of the death of a holy kingdom thousands of years before, of a princess who impaled herself on her lover’s sword rather than live without him in the midst of a planetary war. We have bonds of duty and honor that tie a few chosen women to their princess until death. We have a system that spans a million galaxies, a system organized by mysterious cosmic forces wherein an intergalactic sisterhood battles a thousand iterations of Chaos, the eternal enemy. And even after Sailor Moon defeats that cosmic foe, she is informed that he will be reborn—there must always be chaos. There must always be balance. There must always be senshi.

And upon setting up these laws, Sailor Moon complicates them and deconstructs them and takes them to their logical ends. We watch Haruka and Michiru seek the murder of a fellow soldier because they misunderstand her power over death. In small, emotional glimpses, we learn of the loneliness of a senshi like Pluto, with her solitary power—an important one for sure but one that strips her of her sisters. In Nehelenia, we meet a neglected minority of the Silver Millenium, a people denied its glory a thousand years prior. In the StarS arc, we not only learn that there are senshi far beyond the Solar System with their own strange powers and clothing—we learn that some don’t want to be senshi. Galaxia was so taken aback by her duty towards a “hellish” planet that she became a ruthless despot allied with the force she was sworn to fight. Through the animamates, we experience the yearning of all those unchosen girls who long to be senshi too, who give up their lives to a tyrant in the hope of one day being so anointed. In Sailor Cosmos, we meet a Sailor Moon who failed, one who, in her indecision, plunged the world into misery and has returned to set things right. Through the asteroid senshi, we peer into the future of this universe and comprehend the eternity of these soldiers, their permanence and power. 

And it’s all women. Jesus Christ, you guys, no wonder we still love it. No wonder there’s a manga, an anime, a series of musicals, a live-action series and a reboot coming on the way. No wonder I stepped into the Anime Boston Sailor Moon panel two weeks ago and found it packed, even half an hour early. This story deserves a goddamn Silmarillion. We could (and will!) spend years discussing the implications of this story, the things it hints at but isn’t able to explore. It’s huge. It’s rich. It’s complex. And it’s defined by women. The weapons are encrusted with rhinestones, the antagonists are wicked queens with sleek gowns and ombre hair. The pillars of this story are legendary female warriors who protect all sentient life against darkness. Some of these women are shy, some are bold, some love other women. Some of them rebel against their fate, some of them—it must be repeated—sacrifice themselves to destroy the force of chaos itself. This is awesome in both the classic and modern sense of the word. It’s epic. And it stands alone, even today. That makes me a little sad, to be honest, but ultimately I just sit here in wonder. This is a saga.

sailorfailures

sailorfailures:

trevdawggg:

“SaLor Moon” #1


I was quite the artist and storyteller when I was 6, clearly… 

Hmmm, I suppose this counts as fanfiction. Heheh.

If I weren’t so attached to Rhett Butler I’d ask your permission to make Sailor Mars’s face my icon.

Edit: I’d also like to point out that, at 6, you’d discovered an idea that the anime directors never seemed to grasp - the other Sailor Soldiers defeating a monster without Sailor Moon.

uploaf

triggeringbiggering:

vangoghgoghgirl:

moriar-tea:

Dearest tumblr…happy April fool’s day. This one is courtesy of all the fine minds in last week’s livestream. I was just contractually obligated to draw it. (There are a lot of contracts in my life now that I think about it…)

MONEY
PRISM
POWAAA 

I will re-blog this forever.

5EVER.

sailorfailures
sailorfailures:

April 17th is the Day of the Spirit!
Rei is a very calm and spiritual person; in celebration of her, the Day of the Spirit is a time to both think about yourself and your beliefs, as well as a celebration of spirituality. Read below for some ideas for how you can join in!
Celebrating Spirituality:
Meditate. Set aside a specific amount of time in a quiet area where you won’t be bothered. (Incense or bath salts are a nice touch, but not mandatory.) Sit down and free yourself from distractions. Promise yourself that you won’t feel guilty for taking the time to just relax and do nothing. Do it for at least five minutes.
Do some fortune telling, even if you don’t believe in it. Often your “fortune” won’t tell you the future, but in imagining how it relates to your life, it can get you to think about things from a different perspective, which is definitely real. Do a tarot reading, throw the I Ching, look up your horoscope, etc.
Research a religion you don’t identify as. Read blogs to find first-hand experiences from people who do; consider asking questions online, but be polite and respectful. Learn something new about spirituality today. If friends or family are religious, ask them about their own experiences and beliefs.
Celebrating Sailor Mars:
Eat Rei’s favourite food. If, for some reason, you can’t find cured lethally poisonous puffer fish on the menu in your area, her second (Dub) favourite food is vegetarian pizza.
If you got ‘em, flaunt ‘em - today is the day to wear high heels!
Find solidarity and harmony within yourself and rely less on your significant other for today. Organise to spend time separately today/tonight; you go to the movies while they go shopping, etc. You don’t have to spend the whole day apart, or even most of it; just schedule some time for you to do things that you enjoy that your partner perhaps doesn’t (and vice versa).
If you can organise it, tonight would be a perfect night for a bonfire. If you can’t, surround yourself with as many lit candles as you can. Meditate and reflect on the appearance of the flames.
See if you can go the whole day without watching TV!
Those are some of my ideas; please feel free to reblog with your own suggestions! If you do decide to do something to celebrate Rei’s birthday, tag it with #serenitism so everyone knows. :)

sailorfailures:

April 17th is the Day of the Spirit!

Rei is a very calm and spiritual person; in celebration of her, the Day of the Spirit is a time to both think about yourself and your beliefs, as well as a celebration of spirituality. Read below for some ideas for how you can join in!

Celebrating Spirituality:

  • Meditate. Set aside a specific amount of time in a quiet area where you won’t be bothered. (Incense or bath salts are a nice touch, but not mandatory.) Sit down and free yourself from distractions. Promise yourself that you won’t feel guilty for taking the time to just relax and do nothing. Do it for at least five minutes.
  • Do some fortune telling, even if you don’t believe in it. Often your “fortune” won’t tell you the future, but in imagining how it relates to your life, it can get you to think about things from a different perspective, which is definitely real. Do a tarot reading, throw the I Ching, look up your horoscope, etc.
  • Research a religion you don’t identify as. Read blogs to find first-hand experiences from people who do; consider asking questions online, but be polite and respectful. Learn something new about spirituality today. If friends or family are religious, ask them about their own experiences and beliefs.

Celebrating Sailor Mars:

  • Eat Rei’s favourite food. If, for some reason, you can’t find cured lethally poisonous puffer fish on the menu in your area, her second (Dub) favourite food is vegetarian pizza.
  • If you got ‘em, flaunt ‘em - today is the day to wear high heels!
  • Find solidarity and harmony within yourself and rely less on your significant other for today. Organise to spend time separately today/tonight; you go to the movies while they go shopping, etc. You don’t have to spend the whole day apart, or even most of it; just schedule some time for you to do things that you enjoy that your partner perhaps doesn’t (and vice versa).
  • If you can organise it, tonight would be a perfect night for a bonfire. If you can’t, surround yourself with as many lit candles as you can. Meditate and reflect on the appearance of the flames.
  • See if you can go the whole day without watching TV!

Those are some of my ideas; please feel free to reblog with your own suggestions! If you do decide to do something to celebrate Rei’s birthday, tag it with #serenitism so everyone knows. :)

sailorfailures

If I had a Sailor Moon forum

sailorfailures:

simplysailormoon:

sailorhoneymoon:

sailorfailures:

I’d use a filter to replace every swear word with “Chibi”.

Holy chibi! This is a great chibi idea! Sailor Failures is the best chibi Sailor chibi Moon chibi blog on all of chibi Tumblr.

O_O IS THERE A WAY TO DO THIS?!?!?! *wonders if she could actually do this on her forums…*

YOU SHOULD. But I wouldn’t replace every swear word with “chibi”, just most of them. Some of them would be funnier with other Moonie replacements.

“asshole” = “meatball head”
“c**t” = “star gentle uterus”

etc, etc.

Edit: ACTUALLY

You should replace everything like it’s being censored by DiC.

“asshole” = “jerkmeister”
“bitch” = “snarkosaurus”
“fucked up” = “nutzoid”

It would be gold.