Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sailor Moon Stat Trinity Reference Blog

This is just a simple blog that I will link to if asked about how strong various SM characters are. Note that this is only the best feats rather then bit feats, there is more supporting this but these are the best ones...

Manga Canon:


Wall Level: Mooncats like Luna and Artemis can jump multiple stories. Admittingly haven't calced this one but I am guessing it would probably be something like wall level.
Scales to: Basically everyone. Artemis needed Minako to even fight weak Dark Agency Agents, wasn't like he was able to do anything against them alone. I'd guess, though I can't be certain it'd scale to like the random spirits and vampires running around as well. I mean Mrs. Hubert the vampire was able to at least survive a Sailor V kick so I'd give a guess that everyone who has powers at all scales to at least this. 

Building Level: Devleene was able to maintain a building with her presence. A Genius Loci Spirit does the same in Chibiusa's picture diaries
Scales to: I have to guess it would be almost everyone. The spirits are never presented as being any kind of major threats with obvious exceptions. And it's not like Devleene was some high tier Dark Agency Member. Her job was literally to provide sweets and tea to Danburite. 

Town Level: Electric Fighter Luuga created a dimension extending to the horizon. Sailor Mars destroyed a similar dimension with her first attack. Sailor V’s ultimate attack is “Love Megaton Shower”
Scales to: So Luuga is actually implied to be a major Dark Agency Member, though that still means she was way below Partially Awoken Sailor Venus, aka Sailor V. Honestly I want to guess the Youma were above her considering Morga was able to survive an attack, if a not very serious one, from Partially Awoken Moon and Sailor V was beating up Luuga in her own dimension while Amano controlled her. At the very least it easily scales to Shitennou and to people above them.

Country Level: Zoisite created a heavy storm that covered all of Japan for many days
Scales to: Probably at least to the other Shitennou Jadeite and Nephrite (though Kunzite didn't need it). Might just be dc and not dura though. This might scale to partially awoken Senshi considering Zoisite knew his power paled in comparison to Mars'

Multi-Continent Level: Kunzite shifted the Earth so that Tokyo would be the North Pole
Scales to: So does it downscale to anyone stronger then him? Not really. You could scale it to Fully Awoken Senshi if you don't think they scale to Base Princess Serenity but beyond that anyone who would scale to it from above scales to better anyway. What about upscaling? Is there anyone close enough to him in power that they should basically have his stats.....ehhhhhhhhhhh I can make a solid argument the Partially Awoken Senshi weren't that much weaker then their fully awoken counterparts based on how fully awaking, meaning getting their memories back doesn't mean much when then Silver Millenium counterparts were implied to be weaker from a living a life of eternal peace and how the other Shitennou really shouldn't be that weaker then Kunzite logically but it's still a stretch so.......idk

Stellar Level: Using the Ginzhuisho could blow apart a star casually and was compared to a supernova. A huge number of people survive inside Nemesis said to a black hole as well as the end of spacetime
Scales to: Upper Tiers of the First Arc, and a lot of people in the Second Arc Scale to this since Baseline Princess Serenity who tanked her own energy output would be weaker then First Arc Sailor Moon and it's implied that baseline Usagi after becoming Queen of the Moon had the same level of power as First Arc Sailor Moon. 
 Solar System+ to Low Galactic: Planet Nemesis was supposedly a Black Hole, capable of enveloping the star system and whole explosion in the sky was the size of the sun despite being past the orbit of Pluto and was calculated to be in the KiloFoe to MegaFoe range, a low galactic feat. Chibi-Usa destroys two “weaver stars” in one attack though they were in human form. Princess Snow Kaguya created a nebula.
Scales to: Second Arc Sailor Moon and Chibi-Moon did the first feat using "Moon Princess Halation" however by the Third Arc to fight the Daimon Sailor Moon had to draw down more power from Neo-Queen Serenity after the powerup she had already gotten in order to use "Moon Spiral Heart Attack" heavily suggesting that Moon Princess Halation wouldn't have killed the Daimon. This basically means it scales to everyone from the Third Arc and on that is even remotely on par with the Senshi. 

Galactic+: Pharaoh 90 warped spacetime from a “distant galaxy”. Pharaoh 90 moves a galaxy at mftl speeds. Pharaoh 90 created a galactic sized wormhole. Sailor Saturn brought oblivion onto Pharaoh 90’s galactic+ sized dimension. The Silver Crystal lighting up the universe at the end of the Fourth Arc
Scales To: Super Sailor Moon's HENSHIN was "tens of thousands" of times stronger then the power of Pharaoh 90 and crew. I know Super Sailor Moon isn't the weakest Super Sailor Senshi but I'd be hard pressed to imagine that any of the other Super Senshi aren't at least as strong as her HENSHIN. Outside of this almost no one. There are no manga villains on the Super Senshi's levels. Pharaoh 90 has galactic feats but his power is still way below Super Sailor Moon and he wouldn't been doomed if his energy absorption allowed him to basically tank her attacks. The fourth arc villains are mostly goofy joke villains who clearly don't scale and all the fifth arc villains are Eternal Senshi Level. 

Universal: The Silver Crystal numerous times warping all of spacetime, and is the source of all energy. The Silver Crystal creating more chaos in spacetime then had ever existed. Princess Snow Kaguya can freeze a universe. The Poison Black Crystal warping all of spacetime. Nehelenia maintained a universe. The Silver Crystal can create a universe. Chaos warping all of spacetime with it’s presence. Lambda Power reset the cosmos.
Scales to: Nehelenia maintaining a universe is most often used to justify basically everyone in Fifth Arc being Universal since Civilian Form Usagi was tanking Civilian Form Galaxia's power said to be way above any of her previous villains and from there everyone scales to at least Civilian Form Usagi. The strongest crystals of the universe tend to cluster around this "warp all of spacetime" levels which is especially pertinent because spacetime are said to be the distortions of energy and will. 


1: Luna and Artemis rapidly travel from Earth to Moon. Luna does it again when turned into humanoid form. (Massively Hypersonic)
Scales to: So this one is a bit weird. The Mooncats have the power to briefly channel the powers of their partners so it could be argued this was just that and not of their own volition, that said whenever they have done that it wasn't in terms of speed, it was them releasing large bursts of energy. Likewise Luna was able to do it in her humanoid form. This theoretically could scale to anyone with powers in the verse

2: Minako releasing a burst of latent planet power sends her to Venus (Relativistic to FTL):
Scales to: This was Minako before even transforming for the first time. Honestly you very well could argue this should scale to anyone in the verse, though conservatively speaking it scales to anyone at least as strong as the Partially Awoken Sailor Senshi.

3: Hotaru in civilian form travels to Charon Castle orbiting Pluto in seconds (FTL to MFTL):
Scales to: Not sure honestly....how the fifth arc civilian form senshi scale to anyone in the prior arcs? 

4: Weaver Stars travel a distance of thousands of lightyears ever year casually (MFTL)
Scales to: The Stars act as the civilians of the SM Universe Proper. The civilians are the beings that inhabit the universe. This is again tricky, but at the very least Metalia should scale, as well as The First Arc Senshi, which likely means scaling to everyone in the Second Arc. 

5: Prince Diamond can conquer all the planets in space in a natural lifespan (MFTL)
Scales to: Prince Diamond was pretty fast within the context of the Second Arc, considering he blitzed Black Lady. I'd argue he at least scales to the stronger entities of the Third Arc but eh, it's hard to tell.

6: Princess Snow Kaguya was going to freeze the universe
Scales to: At least Super Sailor Moon, and from her to probably most of the Super Sailor Senshi since Super Sailor Moon was the one who beat her. 

7: Eternal Sailor Senshi travel a galactic distance in seconds repeatedly
Scales to: Basically everyone notable in the Fifth Arc was Eternal Senshi level and Eternal Senshi were able to zip to and from the center of the galaxy almost instantly including low tier Eternal Senshi. Casually.

8: The Silver Crystal’s light travels to the edge of spacetime in seconds
Scales to: Unknown...Kaguya and Nehelenia have both reacted to the light of the Silver Crystal in motion so likely to Eternal Senshi level entities

9: The Lambda power travels across the universe in seconds
Scales to: The Eternal Amazon Senshi seemed to be moving around while the stars sent by the Lambda Power were still at the Galaxy Cauldron which at most is the size of the center of the galaxy. Everyone Eternal Level or up would scale. 

Sailor Moon Classic:


Let me first say that their is a fairly consistent track you can use ignoring the universal feats, and then you have the universal feats that jack it up. 

Large Building Level: In Sailor Moon and Kunzite’s Battle, the other Senshi unconscious from battle tank the explosion of a dimension that was the size of a tower and made of negative energy, which seemed to make it harder to destroy
Scales to: Probably anyone significant lol. I mean if the Senshi can tank it unconscious then surely to actually damage them unconscious would require at least this level of power

MCB to Town Level: Kigaan maintained a sizeable dimension, as does Ramua. The DD Girls and Senshi can survive the heat of magma, Droid Furaiki can create a thunderstorm across Tokyo, Droid Nipasu can create a snowstorm across Thunderstorm.
Scales to: High End Monsters of the Week for first two seasons. Minibosses of first season 

Country Level+: Sailor Moon despite dying, survives the energy of the Silver Crystal’s creating a country sized explosion across the Earth. Death Phantom’s Casual Power was going to lifewipe the Earth
Scales to: Second Arc Senshi should be at least here considering they survived Death Phantom's Casual Power and are likely stronger then first arc Sailor Moon. Second Arc Minibossess probably here. 

Continent Level: Either Queen Beryl and Queen Metalia causes sun spots and disasters across the Earth.
Scales to: Prince Endymion one-shot Queen Beryl. If it was Beryl, then second Arc Senshi should likely be here via scaling to him. 

Planet Level: The Silver Crystal is described as having the power to destroy a planet. The Makaiju and the Xenian Blossom have the capacity to destroy planets, seemingly violently (and tank their own power) yet their power pales compared to the Silver Crystal. Usagi's dying wish on the Silver Crystal reality-warping the Earth. 
Scales to: The First Daimon in S overpowered the power the prior Silver Crystal State, despite being not even a combat Daimon, suggesting that Daimon should be here. This suggested that the training the Guardian Senshi do in S make them jump from country-continent to planet level. Third Arc Minibosses should be least here, as would the Outer Senshi by scaling necessity. 

Stellar Level: The Golden Crystal has the power to destroy the stars, yet the Super Senshi survive the Golden Crystal’s explosion. Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi-Moon destroy Queen Badiyanu’s Black Dream Hole.
Scales to: Super S scaling is really weird. The AMAZONESS QUARTET survive the power of the Golden Crystal which just....doesn't make ANY sense whatsoever. Freaking comedy season. That said it should be good for the Super Senshi and for most of the people in Stars since the Super Senshi would likely be as strong or stronger later. 

Multi-Stellar Level: Sailor Galaxia fights Sailor Starlights across the galaxy creating numerous explosions larger then solar systems
Scales to: The Starlights were rivals to the Outer Senshi so it probably scales to the Super Outer Senshi. 

Galaxy Level: Chaos engulfs a galaxy in darkness, Angel Usagi’s light illuminates the galaxy. Sailor Galaxia’s dimension seemingly contains inter-galactic space
Scales to: The Top Tiers; Kakyuu, Usagi, Galaxia, Chaos. 

That said if you want to boost people we consider the myriad universal feats as legit

Universe Level: Super-Beryl claims to be able to destroy the universe. Death Phantom is said to be going to turn the universe into nothingness. Ikasaman was merging and warping "countless" dimensions. Pharaoh 90 is a living universe bigger then the real one that was destroyed in one blast by Sailor Saturn that Super Sailor Moon survived within the center of. Sailor Galaxia is said to be a threat to the universe. 
Scales to: If you accept this conservatively, then Super Senshi level entities considering Super Sailor Moon surived the destruction of one of these entities. More liberally anyone Princess Tier or above, which means basically everyone second arc and later.


1: Luna and Artemis run from Tokyo to the North Pole in minutes (Hypersonic)
Scales to: Everyone with powers. The Mooncats are fodder.

2: Fodder Human Soldiers quickly go from the Earth to the Moon (Massively Hypersonic)
Scales to: Likely Everyone with powers 

3: Sailor Moon early in the series outpaces a flash of light from a camera many times (FTL)
Scales to: At least high tier Monsters of the week even in season 1. Every miniboss.

4: The Maikaiju can wander the universe (MFTL)
Scales to: The Second Arc Senshi can perfectly fine react to Maikaiju's movements, suggesting at least Second Arc Senshi and Minibosses and up. 

5: Fiore before finding the Xenian Flower was able to search hundreds of planets for a flower to present to Mamoru
Scales to: Second Arc Sailor Moon was able to keep up with Xenian Fiore, who should be equal or stronger then Base Fiore, suggesting it scales to Second Arc Moon, and from her likely to the strongest second arc entities and to anyone with powers in the later arcs. 

6: Usagi’s Cosmic Moon Power against Pharaoh 90 traveled inter-galactic space
Scales to: Arguable. I guess Pharaoh 90 was moving comparable to it, but Pharaoh 90 also doesn't scale to anyone in particular.

7: Sailor Saturn and Super Sailor Moon fly to the center of a living universe in seconds
Scales to: At least Super Sailor Level Entities, meaning basically Fifth Arc Entities. Super S movie implied Base Outer Senshi were stronger then Super Guardian Senshi, which you use it so scale to everyone in third arc and onward possibly

Might make a part 2 with other canons. If I do Sera Myu, you'll see why I call it the most insane canon of Sailor Moon. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Clarity and Precision in talking about fiction

This has just been a peeve of mine for a while, which is people discussing fiction and using undefined terms without any examples so what they are saying sounds comprehensive but really isn't saying anything.

Let me make an important distinction. There are three ways we as viewers relate communally to fiction; opinion, subjective statement, and fact statement.

Opinion: Opinion without any statement is a purely internal reaction without any expression of it to others. Obviously there's no way for this to be falsified since no one else but you is aware of it.

Subjective Statement: A Subjective Statement is a statement of one's personal "real" without any notion towards the theoretical objective world. These CAN be theoretically wrong, you could for instance hold one opinion and then lie and say you had a different opinion, but this is unfalsifiable, (and it would seem to me very highly rare) since no one but you can know your opinion in the first place to compare to the Subjective Statement. There are some people that would claim all statements are here, and in a very navel-gazing philosophical way they are right; in the same way I can't "prove" the room around me exists and is not an elaborate dream, I can't demonstrate any statement being entirely objectively true or false. However for the sake of practicality we generally assume that some things are in fact objective simply so that we can have any sort of discussion ever. I assume then when I say "red" what registers in the minds of those I'm speaking to is something similar to what I think of when I say "red".

Fact Statement: A fact statement is a statement that is meant to be seen as part of the theoretical "objective real" world as opposed to one's personal reality. In other words, it is something that is theoretically innate in the thing itself, rather then something that is projected into it by the viewer...to the degree of reasonable certainty that is necessary for ANY discussion on the nature of things. Again, you can clam EVERYTHING is meaning projecting onto meaningless reality, but on a pragmatic level no one thinks or speaks like that, nor is it registered as helpful to do so. 

The distinction between the second and the third is very important. The second of these, you need not be trying to convince someone to believe, in fact by it's nature it is only existent to the individual. A statement relating to something not innate to the work but instead to a projection of the individual onto the work is a statement not about the work itself but about the individual viewing the work. The Third of these conversely, if you are making as a claim, then you are saying that others should think this, because if they aren't then they are unaware or in denial of something that is supposed to be existent in objective reality, reality as should be understandable to all observers. 

The problem I am finding with a lot of discussion about fiction is that people will say things that are sort of half-fact statements and half-subjective statements, which in practice acts as a way of trying to universalize one's own projection, a wholly unpleasant experience when someone's opinions and resulting subjective statements are unaligned or entirely opposed to the statement.


I'll see people state something like this work is:

"well-written/badly-written/light/dark/edgy/artsy/pretentious/clever/deep/subversive/magically delicious"

Literally any adjective. This is a statement about what the verse is in and of itself, a statement of it's nature in other words. Yet somethings I will disagree with them and ask to explain their viewpoint and they won't actually debate the point with me or give direct examples from the text of what they mean (not helped by the fact that a lot of these these terms are deliberately ambiguous to allow them to be used as a sort of blanket statement) they will retreat into the "it's just my opinion".

To me this seems like taking advantage of an ambiguity to cloak a viewpoint as being more objective then it actually is. It might seem I'm just pedantically asking everyone to say "it's well written in my opinion" every time instead of "it's well written" however that's not quite what I'm arguing.

To me the statement "it's well-written in my opinion" is a bit oxymoronic because you are making a subjective claim about something in objective reality . If you think that everything is subjective then obviously is nothing is well-written or poorly-written since that implies an objective standard. Otherwise if you are making a factual claim you are stating that you think that this is the truth, something that is theoretically viewable to all observers and therefore people who aren't seeing it are by necessity ignorant or in denial. If that is the case then there shouldn't be anything "in my opinion" about it. It should be as objective as 2+2=4

That's not say that it's as simple as 2+2=4. You could make a comparison to far more advanced mathematics where there is controversy and different people think different things. What's important to understand though is in that case it's still not subjective. There is still a "true" answer, it's just that the answer is contested.

When people use a few words to describe a work, words that are broad and general, people can have entirely opposite experiences and can draw entirely opposite viewpoints from those words. The more specific you are towards what you think a work IS, the closer you have to remain to the text and the more closely people can follow what you are attempting to communicate.

What all this boils down to is that using singular unclear words to describe your viewpoint on something masks the fact that you are conflating the subjective claim of your personal experience with what, if anything, you think is innate to the work and so if you are going to make claims about something that is outside the realm of your personal subjective realm and it's relation to the work, then be more clear and specific in what you think so that what you are saying can be better falsified and the exchange of information can be less muddled in vagueness.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Tier List

Thanks to Ramonzer0 for helping with this, he basically gave me the position of about half the characters 😅

Tier 1: Basically Cosmic Level

Tier 2: Can solo the Real World
Ratchet and Clank
Cole McGrath/Evil Cole McGrath
Jak and Daxter

Tier 3: Can defeat an entire army, but can't solo real world
Isaac Clarke
Emmet Graves
DmC Dante

Tier 4: Comparable to a small squad of soldier or modern armor
Sir Daniel Fortesque
Heihachi Mishima
Colonel Radec
Sly Cooper
Sweet Tooth
Big Daddy

Tier 5: Could likely be defeated by a single armored modern soldier
Fat Princess
Nathan Drake
Toro Inoue

Elegance vs Peculiarity in Fiction

It has come to my attention for a long while now of two opposing human desires that manifest in our stories, two spirits that possess them that contradict. As I know of no names for these I refer to them as "elegance" and "peculiarity"

What are these things?

I am defining Elegance to mean the sense of things being derived from the same principles as each other, a sleekness where all things are used to create the sense of unity

Conversely Peculiarity I use to mean the sense of something being in principle opposed to those things around it. Something that doesn't seem to fit right, and thus creates the sense of dis-unity.

These things transcend genre and medium, though they may be said to be some product or producer of that mysterious quality of atmosphere.

The nature of elegance and peculiarity mirrors our perception of reality. To all of us, in the case of other humans behaviors for instance, observe that they do things entirely unexplainable to our sense of causation. They respond in ways we certainly wouldn't and act to our tastes contra-productive. Yet at the same time some of what they do is bound by the principles of humanity that we share. When they are hungry, they eat as we do. When they are tired, they sleep as we do.

By the very product of there being differences between things that none the less share a same classification, the conceptions of elegance and peculiarity seem inevitable. And we might expect that to each person is a different level of desire for these opposing concepts.

The taste for elegance is seen in the taste for the things of great magnitude and dignity, and in the absolute, that which is all-encompassing, the ideal of the completely universal experience.

The taste for peculiarity is seen in the taste for the contrast, the love of the interesting tidbits and minutiae, the humor for the thing that seems strange and unassociated. There in essence can't be an absolute to the peculiar because it must go against the grain of what is around it.

This leads to an interesting point, which is the Peculiar seems to be somehow a subversion of the Elegant, rather then a freestanding thing of it's nature.

I must confess, I have a very strong preference for the elegant over the peculiar, to the point that I wonder if I can even present the two in a honest fashion, not helped by the lack of conversation I have seen on these two desires.

I must presume my preference is fed by my experience of the cosmos as a great singular entity, the unity seems so ever present, that any arbitrariness comes across not as it was probably intended but instead as a failing to connect points into the Unity properly.

It is most likely that I simply do not have the same enjoyment of diffused elements that others do rather then they are simply not properly connecting the points.

If you look at my favorite works you will notice one theme coming up again and again beyond all else; the inter-connected, unity of the cosmos, the extension of the premise from the small to the great. It is in the great continuity of reality and being as depicted in fiction that I enjoy to the fullest and in the disunity of juxtaposition that I find I don't understand the popular appeal.

I apologize if this blog seems very weird, this was my merely attempting to give names to something I have never heard anyone express.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

How they Compare: Cerebulon

Cerebulon is the final boss of War of the Monsters, in some way associated with the Zorgulons, a race of aliens who's ships strange materials created the titular monsters in the first place. Cerebulon is a small being who seems to telepathically control a large biological shell as large as the Monsters, who are Kaiju-sized beings as large as buildings, however this biological self is in turn controlling a gigantic metallic big enough to dwarf even them.

In his Metalic Form, Cerebulon is a massive physical powerhouse, one strike able to send kaiju sized monsters flying and dealing heavy damage to them. The same Kaiju are able to survive or tank city-sized tsunamis, the nuclear meltdown of Atomic Island, falling from space to Earth, and the heat of magma. He is similarly durable. Even without his forcefield he can take numerous attacks from Monsters of this level, and while his forcefield is up he can't even be harmed by any of their attacks. For both of these this includes magma from Magmo, Nuclear Missiles from Robo-47, Energy Katana from Ultra-V, Radioactive Dragon Fire from Togera and incredibly high voltage eletricity from Kineticlops. He's way more powerful then the Zorgulons whose ships can easily start massive tsunamis and but whose attacks can do bare scratch damage to the Monsters. He is also easily able to react to and tag the monsters at close range, including Kineticlops who is made of electrical energy. His reflexes should be comparable at least to the monsters themselves who are able to react to and tag Zorgulon UFOs which can easily travel between the Earth and Moon in at most a few minutes putting them at relativistic.

Beyond this, Cerebulon can attack with close-range lightning or he can use his super move, a powerful long-range laser, capable of tearing apart a lesser monster in seconds. However his laser comes up with the weakness that it drains his energy to such an extent that it lowers his forcefield for a few seconds after it's usage.

Like all Monsters Cerebulon also has anti-logia, as he is capable of harming Kineticlops just fine, despite Kineticlops being made of electrical energy.

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In His biological state, Cerebulon is more fragile, but more agile as well, able to not only keep up with the Monsters but blitz them with his famous 10 hit combo using his giant scythe hands as weapons.

He can also cause his scythe hands to catch fire and use the flames an a form of attack as well.

So, how would he do in other verses?

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In the DC Verse, Cerebulon would be vastly superior to most regional or city-area focused metahumans, magicians and so forth. That said any flying brick or planetary level guardian would be likely be able to bring him down through sheer power.

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In Marvel Comics, it would be very similar to DC Comics. Cerebulon would be far outside the range of any Street-Leveler, and most low to mid tier metahumans would either not be able to penetrate his forcefield or would get blitzed by his biological form. That said any solid champion level entity in the verse should be able to beat him.

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In the Legendary Godzilla verse going by the movies, Cerebulon would have a disadvantage in dc and durability since they are city level but would be superior in reflexes and speed in his biological form, meaning it is likely using his laser he could wear down the Kaiju of the verse. However I hear in the Comics the Kaiju got upgraded to city level meaning it's likely he would no longer bear the capacity to wear them down.

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In the Pacific Rim-verse, Cerebulon would be likely superior to the Jaegars and Kaiju in terms of raw strength and durability, likely to a similar degree that he is to the monsters of his own verse. He would also have much higher reaction time then anyone in the verse, and in his biological state should be fast enough to blitz the verse. That said if he stays in his metallic form and one of the Jaegars uses one of their strongest attacks on him it should be enough to overwhelm his forcefield and destroy him, or if he uses his laser and then get hit by several entities normally. 

In the Gamera-Universe, Cerebulon would be a major player in the verse due to having power above anyone but the top tiers and reflexes/speed above everyone else. That said he would still be outmatched in terms of power by the likes of Gamera and Legion and while he could wear them down, they are fast enough that he would have to be very careful in a fight against them, lest they catch him.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ranking the 7 Eras of DC Comics in order of preference

DC Comics, from my perspective has gone through 7 distinct eras, and I just wanted to express my preference and my reason why for anyone wondering. Some things I look for in fiction, including comics, not necessarily in order, just to start:

1: Idealistic, Optimistic Pro-Humanity Themes
2: Sense of Gravitas, Elegance and Dignity
3: Mysticism and Esotericism
4: A Sense of Legacy (as well as familial themes) and Continuity of Being
5: Being treated like an adult and not being spoken down too

So as to the ages themselves

7: The Dark Age (1986-1996)

The Dark Age had some really big important hits, specifically Vertigo Comics and things outside the main lines which were beautiful artistic pieces. The Sandman is legit my favorite comic series of all time (though that's not exactly a controversial claim).

The problem really was what was going on in the mainlines. 1993 is famously the year Superman died and Venom got his own comic series. The main comics were filled primarily with shock and gimmicks. Gimmicks would go on to infect later parts of the 90s as well but they were super big here imo.

6: The Silver Age (1956-1970)

I'm not a fan of the Silver Age. Cue Booing.

I just don't enjoy a lot of it. After the comics code everything had to be made more and more for children, and that's what it is, it's children's' stories, and not particularly engaging ones most of the time. I'm not saying they need sex and graphic violence to be good. I just put the Dark Age below the Silver Age. What I don't like about the Silver Age is actually pretty similar to the Dark Age is one way....the gimmicks. The gimmicks and the monotony that goes with it. I'll solve the problem with a new power or a new gadget and not with any cleverness.

The Silver Age is constantly characters stating the obvious like we have no brains, it's villains who are jokes in terms of motivation and threat level and cookie cutter heroes in terms of personalities. I don't get the appeal of "goofiness". To me the lack of gravitas means the lack of interest. I just don't like being treated like a child. I get really really annoyed when I think someone is talking down to me, treating me like an idiot.

Also this is a more personal note, but I generally prefer the fantastical to the science-fiction and The Silver Age tried to make everything more sci-fi and less fantastical.

Why did I put it ahead of the Dark Age? Well a lot of the concepts introduced the Silver Age are cool in theory, and would be put to better use in later eras, it's just I didn't like how they were applied here.

5: New 52 (2011-2016)

The New 52 had serious problems, that said I think the New 52 hate is very often exaggerated.

When it comes to the New 52 I hear a lot of times basically "I don't like this cause it's not what it was before" and I honestly don't get that complaint. It's different...ok? Is it good on it's own merits or what? Maybe it's because at the time it felt like losing the old one forever, which I can understand. Still looking back on it, that argument doesn't hold as much water.

Some of the big problems The New 52 DOES have is that it was DC basically trying to be Marvel. They tried to make their characters younger and more relatable, they tried to introduce a lot more moral complexity, they tried to focus their stories more on psychology. And really that was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Also lots of tie-ins and miniseries left over from the previous era's attitude.

So what do I like about? Well the mystical branch of DC had amazing storylines during that time. New 52 Wonder Woman's storyline was great as was Zatanna's with the Justice League Dark against Pralaya.

Geoff Johns took off here and the man, while he isn't perfect does pretty solid work consistently.

Also starting in 2013-2014 timeframe with the DCEU and Convergence, things got so much more optimistic and pro-human all of a sudden. Both of those really brought back the idealism that the New 52 didn't have and started incorporating it for Rebirth.

4: The Golden Age (1938-1956)

I have said I think the Silver is overrated. On the flip side of that, I think the Golden Age is seriously underrated. The stories were very simple back then, but before the comics code they actually really did treat their viewers like adults. The villains weren't complex but they weren't weird goofs or nonsensical space aliens. Most of the villains back them were criminals, mad scientists, and foreign military powers.

You know what I really like about the Golden Age, that none of the other eras really have. Logical consequences to metahumans. This is something I really want in comics and they just don't have. Example: There's a golden age Superman story where a guy dies in a car accident and Superman, angry at it, says if he sees anyone speeding (and he will see) he's gonna personally knock em into jail.

You know what happens next? Superman doesn't become a crazed dictator, a plot I only liked the execution of once, traffic accidents stop. The End. I get annoyed at how fiction seems to think adding powerful metahumans somehow won't change the world in a massive way.

Another example: Superman realizes the slums are dangerous places to live so he destroys the thing, knowing the government will have to rebuild it all nice and better. And this is a good thing because he dramatically improved the lives of everyone there.

That's how metahumans logically work, at least to my guess.

The Golden Age is where the characters were simultaneously the most human and the most archetypal. They weren't the jokes of the Silver Age, or the Philosopher-Demigods of the Bronze. They were just people trying to do the right thing.

3: Bronze Age (1970-1986)

The Bronze Age is an interesting beast. I like the maturity that the Bronze Age had, and I liked the more esoteric otherworldy elements that creeped back in.

The usage of mythology and gravitas such as the introduction of the New Gods to me is one of the most welcome additions to the DC Universe there ever was.

The relaxation of the Comic Code allowed for a wider variety of topics to be shown in Comics, even if they were rather simple depictions early on.

The Bronze Age for me is when a lot of things I liked about comics were allowed to start to seep back in from the repealing of the Comics Code.

2: Iron Age (1996-2011)

The Iron Age's biggest problem to me is it's tendency towards pretention.

Beyond that however, it's a very interesting age, that acts a sort of proto-Prismatic Age, trying to mix elements from all the previous ages into a working symbiosis.

The Iron did a lot of really cool things, especially in the middle to end part. The earlier part of it was a bit too dark age-y and yet somehow was also too anti dark age-y going too far in the opposite direction. This is why I didn't love Kingdom Come that much, it was so....idk, spiteful, towards the prior age. So much of it read like "Yeah those guys are terrible, we are the real cool".

The Iron Age though for the most part strayed away from that, having a lot more complexity and nuance to it, and also had characters develop into the roles that fiction always sees them as now. It reminds me a lot of the DCAU.

1: Prismatic Age (2016 and on)

The Prismatic Age reminds me of my favorite DC Products in general, The DCEU, the best parts of the DCAU, The Sandman, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tommorrow, All-Star Superman

sure it's not always as good as those best parts, but it is clearly trying for the same feel that those create in me. The sense of wonder at humanity's greatness, the quiet legacy and dignity of the DC Universe, the grandeur of the modern mythology.

The Prismatic Age to me is embodied in the words Barry says to Wally in the introduction to the era "How could I have ever forgotten you?". In that question we ask why we forgot the greatness of the past eras and re-strive to incorporate the best parts of all that come before us.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Review of the Nostalgia Critic's Review of Sailor Moon

So people seem to have wanted this review to a years old review from me so..........uh............hear I am?

I'm a big fan of Sailor Moon. I have seen the entirety of the 200 episodes Sailor Moon Classic multiple times. I have seen Sailor Moon Crystal multiple times. I have read the 60 act manga, MANY times. I have seen all the SM specials and have watched the 3 SM movies. I have watched all of PGSM, the live-action series including the Special Acts. I have played most of the Sailor Moon video games. I have not only seen the original English dub in it's entirety, I have read novelizations of the original English Dub. I have seen all the Stage Musicals both original form and the Kaiteban, yes ALL the stages. I have read many interviews with the creator Naoko Takeuchi and alongside the manga own all of her artbooks (both original collection and material collection) giving all the precious art and details of the series. I have actually played the Sailor Moon Card Game based on the English Dub. What I'm getting at is I know this series pretty well.

I don't have anything against Doug as a person. I am not a regular viewer of his but I don't think he's a bad person or anything. This will be strictly a criticism and occasional defense of his Review of Sailor Moon. You want to support him, here is link to the original video.

I am going to be going over the vid bit by bit with some final thoughts at the end.

Let me actually defend something to start however. I've seen people saying he should have watched the entire series.

Guys let's be realistic here for a second. The original Sailor Moon Anime is 200 episodes long. 200 EPISODES LONG! I am a huge SM fanatic and it still took me like 2 weeks to marathon that last time I tried. Even if you just took the 159 episodes that were dubbed into English, including the final Season Sailor Stars being cut entirely, he has nowhere near the amount of time needed to watch all that even if he had that inclination. Not with also having to write, rewrite, produce, and edit the episode. A lot of the problems come from him simply not knowing much about SM, but you can't expect him to see the entirety of it. That is unreasonable as a time demand.

Is there something he could have done that would have been better? Yes actually. The first Sailor Moon Movie: Promise of the Rose is 1 hour long. Promise of the Rose has amazing reception from the SM fanbase, often considered the best movie and has been legit called the "Platonic Ideal" of SM. It is the perfect thing to watch to understand SM. It's also my favorite movie ever but shhhh.

You know what comes with Promise of the Rose? There's a 15 minute short called "Make-Up! Sailor Senshi" which is a funny skit entirely devoted to catching people up to speed on the SM characters, their personalities and the basic worldbuilding for the movie. It was literally the purpose of this short to be played in theaters before the movie so people who didn't know SM could be brought up to speed.

1 Hour, 15 Minutes. You get introduced to the characters and the world in a funny skit and then you get one of the best SM stories ever. Given how short it is relative to some things he reviewed in similar timeframe, he could theoretically watch it in both English and Japanese. It was also dubbed by DiC, the company that made the first English Dub, aka the "Nostalgic" one. Really simple, really easy. If he brought in a SM fan like Linkara for instance, it would have worked even better. It would basically be like his Digimon: The Movie review but he would get some introduction to the world better then that one did.

While I know he did get some help from Moonies on this, it's hard to tell how much. However watching the first few episodes of the series and then attempting to extrapolate what the "formula" of this series is very clearly a flawed way of getting the information you are trying to extrapolate. The best thing he could have done with this in my view is ask people who really like the series for help and directions. But maybe that's asking too much. I try and judge things for what they ARE, rather then what they COULD BE. So let's get into his actual review now. Warning: Gonna be a lot of nitpicks.

0:30- We are quickly introduced to the opening skit where "Dr. Hack, the master of formulas" who is trying to derive the formula for a show to be repeated over and over to make NC money beyond his wildest dreams.
1:37- Dr. Hack describes the formula that NC would go on to describe as being Sailor Moon's. What is Sailor Moon's Supposed formula?

"14-year old girl acts stupid, uses magical powers to look slutty and stupid, talking cat tells her how to fight crime because she's so stupid, surrounds herself with smarter girls that make her look even more stupid"

Off to a great start aren't we? This is how my favorite series is being described. Sigh. Various parts of this will come up later but let me talk about SM's "formula" for a second.

The original SM Manga has no formula because it was absolutely awesome. Sailor Moon Classic was a very formulaic anime though his description is not only insulting, more problematic it is vague and doesn't really describe any actual plot information or what happens. If I was to imagine a show based purely on this and you did as well we could imagine things that have no resemblance. So what IS the Sailor Moon "Formula"

The Average Episode of Sailor Moon Classic went as follows:

1: Important Mundane Event is going on in the lives of the Sailor Senshi
2: Location/Victim of the Week is introduced related to this
3: Secondary Big Bad of this Arc threatens or otherwise commands current Miniboss
4:  Miniboss releases monster of the week which happens to threaten the event, location, or victim mentioned in the first 2 points
5: Senshi Transform and Usagi does her "in the name of the Moon!" speech
6: Fight with the Monster where the Senshi get in someway entangled or otherwise incapacited only to be saved by mysterious protector of whatever the arc is (Tuxedo Kamen/Moonlight Knight...then Tuxedo Kamen again/The Outer Senshi/Pegasus/Sailor Starlights)
7: Usagi uses finishing move of the arc
8: Miniboss gets angry that their plan failed
9: Resolution to the event happening in point 1

This episodes tend to be mostly lighthearted comedy in the anime. This continues until the Miniboss is told to stop the Senshi or die at which point the Miniboss does some kind of unpredictable final confrontation with the Senshi and dies. Somewhere between 4 and 7 minibosses later we get to the end of the season where the secondary big bad releases the REAL big bad, which is some kind of horrific monstrosity that does a whole bunch of horrible cosmic sh*t before Usagi defeats the enemy with the power of friendship/family/compassion/dreams/love depending on the season in a magical rainbow sparkly lightshow. The end of each miniboss arc makes it closer to the manga, and the end of each season is actually really close to what the manga is like, and it's honestly these parts I like most about Sailor Moon Classic. The Manga is best canon imo. The Manga is fast-paced, intense, philosophical and sometimes freaking metal the entire time. 

I give all this information for an important reason. I want you to see that SM DOES have a formula...but the formula is one that allows for so much more variety then the formula explained in the review does. 

1:57- "Do they have a villain that keeps attacking the same town?" "Yesssss"

Will get to this later, but there is a stated reason they attack Azabu-Juuban (the part of Tokyo SM takes place in) in each season.

2:02- "Do they have a tedious relationship with a magical boyfriend"

Oh don't get me started! I really don't like what the Classic did to the relationship between Usagi and Mamoru. This is part of what Naoko-sama meant when she said that the anime had a "slight male perspective". They did not know how to write Mamoru at all.

2:04- "Do they repeat the same animation?" "Worse then Hanna-Barbara!"

Yep, I completely agree here that is a problem with Sailor Moon Classic, and one of the reasons I was so happy that Crystal had attacks that weren't stock footage. Anime, especially in the 90s was made cheaply, so yeah SM Classic reused stock footage of attacks and character intros A LOT.

2:07- "And it was successful?" "It's one of the most popular animes of all time!"

MFW he actually uses "animes" with an s to indicate plural. lol, not really a big deal just funny. And yeah Sailor Moon is one of the most popular anime of all time. I'd argue it's the third most popular after DBZ and Pokemon. It was the gateway anime so I understand for a lot of girls in the west and it shaped the magical girl genre as we know today to the point that there are maybe 2 magical girl anime with as much impact on the current scene as it (Cardcaptor Sakura and Puella Magi Madoka Magicka)

2:43- "I remember when it first aired in America. It was an export from Japan, which I think was originally called "Magical Girl Squad Robo Dance Yes"

very slight cringe I want to be on your side and say this review isn't as insulting as people make it out to be but some of these jokes really seem like they are trying to be insulting.

3:14- Starts talking about the opening

...I can't help it.


4:00- *Jokes about how Girls who like Sailor Moon wouldn't like Star Wars*

Hey I like Star Wars! Well the OT. I didn't see the prequels because I heard they were bad. I saw episode 7 and it just wasn't for me so I stopped. 

Although the idea of Usagi (oh sorry "Serena", this dub name thing is gonna get annoying isn't it?) replacing Darth Vader is pretty humorous.

There are similarities between SM and SW. Both have space themes, and both talk about mystical unifying forces that bind all things, The Cosmos and The Force. Eh.
5:03- Starts talking about the weird way English Dub Episode 1 starts

I have no idea why the old English Dub does this. It takes clips from Episode 44 of the original, the fall of the Moon Kingdom, one of the most important scenes of the series as Usagi is shown the tragic fall of the legacy that was passed down unto her, what she must avenge and restore, and put it awkwardly at the start of episode.

I guess they didn't have faith little girls could follow the story ok which....it so against the idea of SM and what it stands for.

5:10- "At first, it seems like it's gonna be a big… space battle between cosmic planet...people...folk."

MFW this is actually what the series is.

5:38- "Yeah... Look, show, even if you pretend you have a story that matters beyond people who see a high-class meal as a flaming Hot Pocket…"

....ok....let me remind you of something you said earlier in this video:

"It's one of the most popular animes of all time!"

Considering it's popularity, why do you think only people that stupid or shallow would like it? Do you just think the majority of people are idiots?

I try not to be insulted but it's stuff like this that makes it seem very personal.

5:45- "...you still have to follow up that supposed "epicness" with this:"
*clip of the actual start of episode 1 with Usagi rushing downstairs being late to school*

Critic when you are watching a Spider-Man Movie, do you just get bored when you see Peter Parker's troubles with his job, or him in class thinking about his crush? It's our superheroines normal life. What's the problem?

6:22-“She's just your everyday gigantic-eye blond Japanese girl...”

Ok so anime characters generally have different hair and eye colors just to be visually distinct from each other, it's not meant to actually represent their real colors. But I guess the confusion is warranted from someone who doesn't watch anime.

6:33- “You don't understand! I'm Japanese! To me, failure is everything!”

...This is getting slightly uncomfortable to talk about. The fact that the characters are Japanese doesn't really mean much, especially in episode 1. In fact the very idea of Usagi is how relatable she is. That she's just a normal schoolgirl, who likes sweets and crushes on cute boys, and doesn't like hard tests. She's deliberately meant to be someone we can relate to. But so far this review has uncomfortably fixated on the "Japanese" thing. Maybe I'm too sensitive but lines like this don't help the picture.

6:41- "Being pretty as sin and dumb as cheese, she, of course, is very popular in school, obtaining all sorts of friends. Like an over-the-top accent with a human attached to it... ...and the awkward years of Dr. Insano's puberty."

Funny points about Naru (Molly) and Umino (Melvin) though I don't recall the anime, original or dub ever stating Usagi was popular at school.

This is the part of the episode where I think it should slip in that Usagi is meant to be an audience avatar, which is really important to understanding things later. But....I'm not sure if he wanted to give it that much thought.

He goes on a bit about how "stupid" she is....freak I know the Dub exaggerated Usagi/Serena's bookdumb nature but....this seems really exaggerated. I watched the DiC Dub of episode 1 for this, and "Serena" doesn't seem that dumb. 

7:42- “Uh-huh. And how tediously long do they drag that out… Oh, Jesus! Just mail me the comedic banter to my office shredder!”

This does make me wonder how if he actually knows how long it takes for them to get together. In the manga it was the end of arc 1, and it saved the universe because Usagi's love for him for reasons that are hard to explain here allowed her to access the power of the Silver Crystal. In the anime, they drag it out to like midway through season 2. That's because the anime didn't know how to write romance arcs because it was written by a lot of men. Bleh.

That said, I think he may be exaggerated this as well. Season 2 out of 5 for a relationship to get together doesn't seem that extreme.

7:57- “By the way, here's a confusing scene. We see her walk by a poster of a young girl dressed exactly how she is dressed. Like it's from a movie or a show or something…So...what? A movie or a TV industry got wind of this idea that coincidentally is exactly the same as what's going on right now?"

...mightttttttttt have wanted to do a little bit of research here. "Sailor V" is Sailor Venus. She is doing stuff while Sailor Moon is doing stuff. Specifically she is pretending to be the moon princess so the Dark Kingdom doesn't think it's Sailor Moon, hence why she goes by Sailor V and not Sailor Venus. 

Yes, foreshadowing. Things happening in the background. It's almost as if this being "one of the most popular animes of all time" means it's not actually stupid, means that it might actually be worth intellectual analysis. 

Sailor Venus joins the others in episode 33 of the original "Enter Venus, the Last Sailor Guardian". In the dub it's episode 29 "Sailor V makes the scene". This is first season stuff you could learn quite literally by looking at the episode titles. 

8:55- "And, of course, this gives way to the famous transformation scene."

Oh God.

9:00- "The tiara, the boots, the nail polish...later covered by gloves so that was pointless, and, of course, the miniskirt. The mini-mini-mini-mini-MINI-mini-mini-mini-miniskirt. Yup, the costume choice that in no way enables her to fight better but sure does force her to squat a lot. Okay, so take out the fact that it's obviously in no way battle armor. Take out the fact that it's obviously fanservice."

Ok I need to make something REALLY REALLY clear right now because it is important to understanding why a lot of Moonies get upset at this.

The Sailor Moon Transformation Sequences and Senshi Fuku....are not sexual. They are not sexual fanservice. The fact that you PERSONALLY found it sexual, honestly says more about you then it does about this show.

What are the Senshi wearing. First of all, the underside of their uniforms are not panties. The Senshi Fuku is comprised of a torso section that covers the entire torso like a figure skater outfit. It then has a miniskirt and several pieces added on top of that. You want to know why I know this isn't sexual.

The Sailor Fuku is just a colorful form of an actual school uniform. This is a Sailor Fuku Uniform common in Japan. Why is it designed this way? 

It's because Sailor Moon is on some level part escapism. It's about imaging your school uniform is actually a magical outfit of a cosmic guardian. It's the same reason kids use towels or sheets as superhero capes. 

The fact that you call it an "obviously sexualized transformation" makes this really awkward because I have to tell you it's not intended to be sexual. This is a show for young girls. It's meant to look cool and pretty. That's it. It's meant to be elegant like ballet dances while also powerful like a magical superhero.

He also mentions it takes a full minute in each episode and yeah complaining about Magical Girl Transformation sequences times to a Magical Girl Fan is like complaining about how Shonen transformations take forever to a Shonen Fan, or like saying Cartoons teach violence to a Cartoon Fan, or that Kaiju movies are made with cheap special effects like stomping through a poorly constructed replica city to a Kaiju Fan. It's such a cliche complaint and the actual source material makes fun of. Sailor Moon has scenes mocking transformation sequences.

Why does Sailor Moon and Magical Girls series have henshin scenes. Here's the reason, they are the most hype thing ever when you are a little girl. It's the scene where the protagonist becomes the Hero. It's like the Power Rangers morphing or Superman revealing his outfit saying "This looks like a job...for Superman!" It's the part that hypes the viewer up for the upcoming cool thing.

9:49- “Yeah. Forgot that for a second, didn't ya? The girls in this show are and always have been 14 years old. 14 years old.”

....uhhhhh....this is incorrect. They start the series at 14 but at the season 5 they are 16, entering high school and they are also over 900 in Crystal Tokyo because the Crystal gave them immortaliy. 

NC then goes on to really fixiate on this point. I could go into why we have a lower age of consent technically speaking then the United States but there is a more important point


Like,  why would you spend so much of your SM Review time talking about age of consent laws in Japan. Especially when you have a skit of your 14-year old self perving on them to make this all seem so much more creepy.

Also....aren't you legit sexualizing a 14-year old character depicting your younger self in a state of sexual interest? In a way that is way more explicit that what you claim SM is doing?...

This part of the vid doesn't have anything to do with SM.

11:25- “My personal problem is, like media in most cultures, it doesn't try to help younger people understand sexuality, (images of Bratz dolls, Britney Spears, and Megan Fox) but rather exploits it. Rather than educate young people about sex, it's honestly just easier if we can make money off of it.”

Even ignoring the fact that SM does not exploit sexuality, SM DOES teach about sexual interest. Even ignoring the manga which is...just amazing at depicting it mind you...there are plenty of examples in SM of sexual jokes and episodic subplots like when Usagi casually mentioned wanting to sleep with Rei under the context of working at the shrine (coded), or when Minako offered to strip to make money to help the victim of the week causing the other girls to get all horrified, or when Minako tried to take her crush of the week to an XXX movie..........

A lot of these involve Minako-chan honestly. 

But seriously, from what I can tell you have seen a few episodes, most likely less then 10 since you think "Jedite" is relevant at all and he gets beaten in ep 10 of the Dub, so how on Earth would you think it makes sense to comment on how this show deals with sexuality?

14:33- “and every villain she's fighting will quietly wait for her to finish before actually attacking. It’s the Japanese way”

Ok I have NEVER gotten this complaint. The Sailor Senshi don't transform in front of the monsters of the week. Not once in the entire 200 episode run do they do that. It doesn't even make sense they would do that because they transform to have secret identities. This is like asking why don't people attack Spider-Man when he's changing into his Spider-Man costume.

15-32:- “But once Luna reminds Serena to use her brain, she goes through her pedo-licious transformation and is ready to kick ass. Or...cowers in the corner like a fucking scaredy-cat.”

Yes Usagi/Serena cowered and cried a lot earlier in the series. That's...that's the point. She's a coward and a crybaby to reflect our insecurities about ourselves so that we can see her rise to become a hero. She was such a breakthrough in the Magical Girl genre specifically because she wasn't some perfect stalwart graceful heroine or some clever trickster but just a normal scared girl who doesn't like fighting and wants everything to be peaceful.



LOL. Ok that is a pretty funny thing a lot of Moonies like to point out. Although there is a legit explanation. On the official English Soundtrack for SM, "One Named Sailor Moon" is supposedly sung by Mina and Rini (Venus and Mini-Moon). In all versions of SM Chibiusa/Rini looks up to Sailor Moon as an unstoppable hero and the Dub made Mina admire her the most of the Guardian Senshi. So they are idolizing her in the theme song.

16:28- “If she even raises her knee a centimeter to kick, she exposes her goodies to the world. Which, in many parts of Japan, of course is no big problem anyway.”


17:36- “The magic tiara isn't her only enchanted device, though. She also has a pen that can change her into anything. Wait, WHAT?! … Well, then, what the fuck is she using that tiara for!? I mean, they didn't give any limitations or anything. They said she can change into fucking anything she wants!”

Yeah this is a dub error, originally it only disguises her into whatever she wants but it clearly does not give the capacities as it humorously shows when she tries and disguises as a business woman and then immediately trips over her own heels.

17:56- “Series over! Six seasons spared!”

Six? SM is 5 arcs long or less in every version.....oh you think Crystal is a sixth arc and not a reboot like it actually is. Whoops.

18:24- “So maybe Jadeite should try his evil plans in another part of town. I mean, it's not like the Power Rangers that can beam anywhere.”

Season 1: They are looking for the Moon Princess they know is in that area
Makaiju Arc: No reason, cause that arc doesn't make any sense
Season 2 Proper: The bad guys are trying to find Chibiusa who went back to Tokyo in the past to find Sailor Moon and are trying to disrupt the crystal points where Crystal Tokyo will be in the future
Season 3: Sailor Saturn incarnated with the other Senshi in the same area and the Death-Busters emerged around her since Mistress 9 was feeding on her energy
Season 4: Helios was hiding in Chibiusa's dreams and the Dead Moon Circus was chasing him around looking through peoples' dreams to find him
Season 5: Galaxia sent her Senshi down to fight the Senshi of Earth because she likes to see Senshi fight for her amusement

 Also they do have the Sailor Teleport. They used it at the end of season 1 to get to the North Pole.

18:55- "Their personalities are about as on par as, oh, let's say... the Spice Girls. No, no, that's too demeaning. Um, let's say Hanson."


Ok I could understand if you said their personalities were stereotypes, especially given that this is the Original English Dub of the anime, but they very clearly do have personalities. Ami/Amy is the Shy Nerd Girl, Rei/Raye, is the Hot-Headed Goth-y (in the anime at least...in the manga she's the spiritual perfectionist one), Makoto/Lita is really girly on the inside but people falsely mistake as being a tomboy and Minako/Mina is the fun light-hearted comedic one. Saying they don't have personalities is like saying the original Power Rangers don't have personalities. You can say they are 2-dimensional but they are pretty clear.

19:08- "Ooh, except Pluto. Um, you're not a planet anymore, so, um... Yeah."

Ok this was another complaint I never got. Now I could point how there are Senshi for Asteroids, for Galaxies for the Universe, for the Void, and for basically everything. But that would be going way to obscure for this. 

You know what was never a planet?


The Series is named SAILOR MOON! Where do people get the idea you need to be named after a planet to be a Sailor when the series stars a Senshi named after the Moon?

He then goes on to talk about how Uranus and Neptune's lesbian relationship was censored out of the show by the Cloverway Dub, and nothing I can see wrong here, it's pretty on-point, though this does give more questions as to the whole not teaching anything about sexuality given how CLEARLY Haruka and Michiru were banging in the series.

21:50- “Serena acts like a selfish idiot; supportive friends pick up her slack; Beryl rubs crystal ball like a boob and sends Jadeite out to create monster and/or device to obtain energy, using a marketing tool targeted toward vain suburbanites; one of the Scouts discovers the plan or falls for it herself; transformation takes place via reused, sexually-confusing animation; Scout or Scouts are trapped; prat in the hat seems to get them out and do nothing else; Serena never figures out who he is, uses her magic tiara that she should've used earlier instead of reusing more dialogue footage, destroys villain, and goes back to being an idiot again.”

This is his final analysis of the "SM Formula". You can compare my formula from above. I like how he thinks Jadeite lets any particular amount of time in this series. It was probably the Nephrite and Zoisite stuff that got SM popular in the West if we're being honest.

Finally he gives his analysis of why people liked SM and honestly this is the part that got me angry. THIS is the part, believe it or not. This is what he says

“Perhaps like a lot of other formulas, it knew what to keep familiar and what to keep changing up. It knew it was going to have a villain, but it changed up what kind of villain. It knew it had to involve an interest or product that girls wanted to be involved with, so it had a different one each episode. There was always peril that the girls had to get out of so that you'd feel great by the end when they finally do, keeping the formula exactly the same but changing up just the right elements that needed to be changed.”

You know why this angers me, because it seems frankly like very shallow surface level analysis, it seems like he didn't see the series as "worth" serious analysis. 

Why was Sailor Moon popular. Moonies have personal reasons but how about I tell you the biggest reason right now. 

It's not something you need to be Japanese to understand.
It's not something you need to be a girl to understand.
It's not something you need to be a teen to understand.

Sailor Moon got so popular for the same reason that Spider-Man, or Neo, or Arthur Dent or Harry Potter or any of those kind of characters got popular. I was filled with insecurities. I thought I was nothing but a coward and a crybaby. I thought the world would be better off without me. Sailor Moon told me that even if I was all the things Usagi was, that I could become a hero. It told me that no matter how bad I thought of myself that I always could Henshin into this graceful strong heroine.

This is not something hidden in the series, this is the most direct message of the series. It is the cornerstone of the First Movie. It is present since the first chapter and the first episode when Usagi says "Luna, I don't know what's going but I need to save Naru!" her want to protect her friend overcoming his cowardice. And it continues to the end where she saves the universe from Chaos because of her love. Sailor Moon is a series that shows us the best side of ourselves, that even a normal girl like Usagi can be the light of the entire universe.