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Moon Makeup R #8: The Past is the Present is the Future is the Past (#SMR #68-70)

This week on Moon Makeup: we get a full battle between the Spectre Sisters and the Sailor Senshi in dramatic 90s shounen anime-style music video fashion (#68, Protect Chibi-Usa: Clash of the Ten Warriors), we get a very obvious Sleeping Beauty story featuring Usagi and Mamoru (#69, Awaken the Sleeping Beauty: Mamoru’s Distress) and we see Mars and Koan fight to the finish (#70, Battle of the Flames of Love! Mars vs. Koan). Timestamps 0:56-11:22: Introduction 11:57-31:05: Episode 68, “Protect...


Moon Makeup R #7: Petz and Calaveras Takeover (SMR #65-67)

This week on Moon Makeup: Petz and Calaveras try to sell gemstones that make you evil in between arguing with each other (#65, Dispute Over Love: Minako and Makoto’s Conflict), then try to sell DARK FRUITS in the most obvious villain plot even in the history of THIS show (#66, Usagi’s Parental Love: The Curry Romance Triangle), then vanish completely because it’s time for the completely unrelated to everything else BEACH EPISODE (#67, The Beach, the Island and a Vacation: The Guardians’...


Moon Makeup R #6: .333 is Good in Baseball At Least (SMR #62-64)

This week on Moon Makeup: we all pretend Ami is going to go study overseas in Germany even though there’s no chance in hell that’s happening (#62, A Guardian’s Friendship: Goodbye, Ami), we check in with Rei’s pervy grandpa in an episode filled with references to Japanese women’s wrestling (#63, Women Must Be Strong and Beautiful: Rei’s New Special Technique) and we, uh, get caught in the rain for a while in one of the least eventful episodes of the entire series (#64, In Search of the...


Moon Makeup R #5: World's Quickest Relationship (SMR #59-61)

This week on Moon Makeup: we FINALLY say goodbye to the damn Makai Tree saga (#59, True Love Awakens: The Makai Tree’s Secret), meet Usagi’s pink-haired tormenter Chibiusa (#60, Angel or Devil? The Mysterious Girl from the Sky), and watch Mamoru break up with Usagi all of one episode after they got back together (#61, Usagi Devastated: Mamoru Declares a Break-Up). We’re finally back in the world of manga-based canon at least, so it’s pretty much all upwards from here. Timestamps 0:58-4:52:...


Moon Makeup R #4: Proportional Talent (SMR #56-58)

This week on Moon Makeup we’re finally almost done with these damn aliens! Rejoice! We hit 3 of the last 4 episodes of the Makai Tree mini-arc. In episode #56, Steal a Kiss from Mamoru! An’s Project Snow White, we see a weirdly PC early 90s Japan taking the seven dwarves out of Snow White and Natsumi/An using a play as yet another hairbrained scheme to hit on Mamoru. #57, After School Trouble: Usagi is a Target is so boring that I almost don’t even know what to say as a recap here. The title...


Moon Makeup R #3: Aliens Don't Know What Lunch Is (SMR #53-55)

Our trip through alien filler hell continues this week on Moon Makeup. First it’s episode #53, Mamoru and Usagi’s Babysitting Mayhem, as a child is left without any parents and it somehow falls on our heroes to play house. With an actual baby. That seems kinda dangerous for the kid, but thankfully it all works out in the end. Then in episode #54, The School Festival Is for Me?! Queen Rei’s Song we learn that Rei is actually an accomplished songwriter. How this has never come up before, we...


Moon Makeup R #2: Some Kindergartners Own Sailor Venus (SMR #50-52)

We march through the next three episodes of the Makai Tree filler arc this week on Moon Makeup, and thankfully they’re not nearly as bad as the first three were. It begins with episode #50, Usagi’s Crisis: The Tiara Stops Working, which is one of those “it’s right there in the title” type of episodes. Other than that issue though we get some cute Usagi/Mamoru moments as well. Then we head to #51, A New Transformation: Usagi’s Power-Up, as Usagi gets a new transformation sequence (which gets...


Moon Makeup R #1: When Weird Horny Aliens Attack (SMR #47-49)

This week on Moon Makeup we kick off season 2 of Sailor Moon! Yes, Sailor Moon R is here, but not really, because before we can get to the real season we have the 13-episode filler arc that is the Makai Tree to get through first. If you’re not a huge anime fan you might not know what we mean by “filler arc”, so basically this is original material the anime creators came up with to fill time and let the manga get further ahead before they start adapting it again. And what did the anime...


Moon Makeup #16: Beryl Deserved to Die (SM #45-46)

This week on Moon Makeup we wrap up season 1 of the original Sailor Moon with a final two-parter, plus some special awards picks for our favorite and least favorites of the season! First off it’s episode #45, Death of the Sailor Guardians: The Tragic Final Battle. It’s one of those extremely literal episode titles and honestly even more messed up than John remembered, as each Sailor Guardian is slowly killed in front of Sailor Moon’s eyes. Eight year olds were meant to watch this! Then we...


Moon Makeup #15: Learning the Past You've Already Learned (SM #43-44)

It’s the penultimate episode of Moon Makeup for the first season of Sailor Moon, as we get two steps closer to the final battle with the Dark Kingdom! First it’s the last filler episode of the season, #43 Usagi Abandoned: The Falling-Out of the Sailor Guardians. Usagi comes up with a kind of nonesensical plan to try and sneak into the Dark Kingdom and we’re just kind of dropped right into the middle of the plot and expected to figure things out on our own time, but the episode is so...


Moon Makeup #14: If You're Going to Recycle, Use Cans (SM #40-42)

This week on Moon Makeup we continue our path to the end of season 1 of Sailor Moon! But first we start off with a brief report from Anime NYC, a big anime convention that took place in our hometown this past weekend, and specifically some major Sailor Moon news from Viz Media. Once that’s done we turn our attention to our next batch of episodes, starting with #40, The Legendary Lake Yokai: The Bond of Usagi’s Family. Usagi’s family takes a vacation to a hot spring, but they happened to...


Moon Makeup #13: One Cold Episode (SM 37-39)

It’s all ice, all the time, this week on Moon Makeup! We get three episodes of mostly filler (except for the big reveal of LUNA’S MYSTERY VOICE BOSS), and two of them are both about ice and snow for some reason! First though we get the one that doesn’t fit the theme, Episode 37, Let’s Become a Princess: Usagi’s Bizarre Training. Kunzite tries to enlist an English countess in a fairly clever trap designed to find someone who CAN’T pass their princess training (since they know that Sailor Moon...


Moon Makeup #12: The Death of Zoisite (SM 34-36)

This week on Moon Makeup we give Zoisite the goodbye he deserves! Yes, it’s finally time for our favorite general to kick the bucket, but at least he gets to do it in a big time two-parter (really a three-parter if you count the final episode from last week, as it bleeds right into this one). First it’s episode #34, The Shining Silver Crystal: The Moon Princess Appears, as Mamoru falls right into a trap like a complete idiot and we finally learn the very mysterious identity of the moon...


Moon Makeup #11: Stop Being Mean to Zoisite (SM #31-33)

This week on Moon Makeup we have an interesting mix of good filler, bad filler, and some huge movement in the plot! First it’s Episode #31, Love and Chased: Luna’s Worst Day Ever, as Luna gets wrapped up in some kind of weird STRAY CAT TURF WAR that makes no sense and gets saved by another cat that’s in love with her. It’s all very cat-focused. Oh, and there’s a lot of references to Gone with the Wind, which John had no idea about until Nicole told them because they’ve never seen that movie!...


Moon Makeup #10: Podcast Tuxedo Mask Appears (SM #28-30)

This week on Moon Makeup we’re joined by a special guest for the very first time! The self-proclaimed “podcast Tuxedo Mask” Dylan Harris (@DylanZeroSky) of wrestling podcasts Eastern Lariat and Lucha Talk joins us to discuss three more episodes of the original Sailor Moon, as we continue the Rainbow Crystal saga. First it’s Episode #28, The Painting of Love: Usagi and Mamoru Get Closer, as Usagi and Mamoru see themselves in the dreams of a mousey painter and agree to model for her next...


Moon Makeup #9: Jupiter Big (SM #25-27)

We finally meet our fourth Sailor Guardian this week on Moon Makeup, and it happens right out of the gate in our first episode of three! In Episode #25, Jupiter, the Powerful Girl in Love our titular hero jumps right into the action, kicking some major ass and showing off her super strength. We also get introduced to this arc’s format, as Zoisite begins searching for the seven Rainbow Crystals that are each imbedded in a different monster (reborn as a human; yes, it’s kind of...


Moon Makeup #8: When Your Episode Title's a Spoiler (SM 22-24)

This week on Moon Makeup we say goodbye to Nephrite! Before we get into three more episodes of the original Sailor Moon though we have a slightly longer introduction than normal, as John talks about a truly awful anime con experience in New York from this past weekend, brought to you by New York Comic Con and Anime Expo. Thanks for nothing guys! Once that’s out of the way we start with Episode #22, Romance Under the Moon: Usagi’s First Kiss. An unspecified princess has come to town with an...


Moon Makeup #7: It's a Trap! (SM 19-21)

It’s a very mixed bag of Sailor Moon episodes this week on Moon Makeup. First we begin with one of our favorite episodes of the season so far, Episode 19 Usagi’s Joy: A Love Letter from Tuxedo Mask. It’s a big plot-moving kind of episode, as Sailor Moon and Tuexdo Mask have some of their longest scenes together and really have an actual conversation for the very first time. Plus the Senshi learn the identity of Nephrite’s human cover and Naru begins a very unfortunate love story. But from...


Moon Makeup #6: Usagi the Model Sister Bride (SM 16-18)

This week on Moon Makeup we have three episodes that focus in on Usagi trying to take on three very different roles! First in episode 16, A Girl’s Dream: Usagi Becomes a Bride, we see her trying desperately to win the first contest in Juban district history that ISN’T an elaborate energy scheme in disguise. She wants to win a contest where you sew your own wedding dress and get a lavish wedding reception at some undetermined point in the future, except she doesn’t actually know how to sew,...


Moon Makeup #5: Luna Is a Class Traitor (SM 13-15)

This week on Moon Makeup we say goodbye to the first general of the Dark Kingdom (and thus also the first arc as well) and also meet the second general! First up it’s Episode #13, Girls Unite: The End of Jadeite, which kind of spoils itself right there in the episode title. However in addition to being Jadeite’s farewell it also doubles as one of the most bizarre episodes of the series so far, as Jadeite attacks the Sailor Guardians with cops made out of clay and AIRPLANES and Luna reveals...