Sailor Moon Crystal episode 38: Impending Doom

We’re at the home stretch of this arc peeps. Let’s see how the penultimate episode went down.

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Rainbow Double Moon Heartache.

I laughed when one of my peeps groaned because he thought this episode would mostly be a beam clash ala Super Perfect Cell vs SSJ2 Gohan.

Master Pharaoh 90's liquid form

Hoping that this isn’t Master Pharaoh 90’s only form.

Not impressed by MP 90 being a planet covering ooze, muck or sludge. I was hoping around this time that he’d create a body. His final form maybe but not his only form.

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Mp 90 absorbing the Super Mega Sailor Team Beam of Love and Justice.

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Tau Star System appears.

MP 90’s homeworld appeared and his plan to assimilate with the Earth was in full swing. All hoped seemed lost until…

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That’s the “action smile”, a smile used during tense situations where a hero/heroine is about to do something crazy to save the day.

…and something crazy she did.

Update: I didn’t talk about Sailor Uranus showing viewers once and for all that her love for Sailor Moon is like a knight eternally loyal to their benevolent queen so people who for some reason thought the show was going to go with Haruka X Usagi can hopefully stop complaining now…but that’s highly unlikely since this is the internet after all.

Talismans resonating

Talismans resonating.

Ah yes. We had almost forgotten about a certain mission the Three Sexy Beasts were on to try and save the world. Well, the countdown had begun and their talismans combined energies, calling forth…

Sailor Saturn pose

She’s awake…

CAPTAIN, I mean SAILOR SATURN!

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Sailor Saturn’s beautiful smile of impending doom.

So Sailor Saturn explained that Hotaru was meant to die in the fire (I guess so that she wouldn’t wake up) but because of Dr Tomoe having turned her into a cyborg and going insane, thus attracting MP 90 it was only a matter of time before Saturn awoke once more. That time had come. She knew how much her existence brought fear throughout the universe but even so she would carry out her duty for she is a tragic warrior with a code of honor with a duty to maintain order in the galaxy by cleaning up planetary messes when awakened.

Update: For a more detailed explanation on the awesomeness that is the Hotaru/Sailor Saturn character, check out Dr Animaniacs short praise of her speech. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Sailor Saturn setting up her Death Ribbon Revolution attack.

Saturn was about to swing her Silence Glaive and bring forth Armageddon. How will Sailor Moon stop her (because we know she ain’t dead.)?

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10 Responses to Sailor Moon Crystal episode 38: Impending Doom

  1. DrAnimaniac says:

    Yea, hate to break it to you, but that pretty much is MP 90’s final form. I know it’s a bit underwhelming, but in order for him to take his ultimate form, he’d likely have to have been successful in engulfing the planet, which wouldn’t be so great. However, I think the epicness that is Saturn made up for that. Her reveal was as awesome as I thought it’d be and more. I almost feel like I’m betraying Pluto, but I think she really may have made me switch to her team. However, Pluto will always remain the most badass of them all and that still makes her a Queen in my book. Next week we’ll bring this arc to a close, so should be great to see how it all ends up and if it ends as it should, then we’ll have a confirmation of the Dream Arc coming next.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Sucks but it is what it is.

      Sailor Saturn’s big debut was definitely the highlight.

      Sailor Pluto’s the hottest and most badass without a doubt.

      The Dream Arc…we’ll discuss that when the time comes.

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      • DrAnimaniac says:

        Agreed on all accounts.

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      • In the 90s series, Pharaoh 90 was merely a planetoid with tentacles who entered our dimension from the Tau Ceti system through Mistress 9 obtaining the Holy Grail from Super Sailor Moon (who willingly gives it to her just so she doesn’t have to fight Hotaru), and her inserting it into the spatial conversion chamber which would summon him to Earth. Instead of merging with the Earth to create his own home planet, I think he just wants to merge with the Earth because he can, I guess, lol. He just wants to destroy everything, period. Leaving nothing but Death, even transcending it. Hence the name Death Busters lol.

        Yeah, I’ll admit that the 90s anime never really fleshed out the big bosses save for the last two, but it gave the mini-bosses the screentime they deserved which I had missed here, but it can’t be helped. Crystal has them beat on that, though I’m not looking forward to seeing Nehellenia be beyond redemption in Dream arc. Oh well.

        Though regardless of just wanting to survive, MP 90 is still taking a planet that wasn’t his to begin with and wiping out the current population on it, so he’s still 100 percent evil lol.

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  2. x says:

    This is a sign for chibi-moon to save the world.

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  3. I had heard the manga had Saturn quote Yeats at one point, but that wasn’t in this episode, so I think I’ll add my two cents:

    “Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer
    Things fall apart
    The center cannot hold
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”

    As well as,

    “I am become Death, Destroyer of Worlds.”

    I was surprised at how much they were actually dragging out this finale. I can’t really complain at all. Even with all the repeat shots, it was amazing the whole way through. I didn’t want to believe it was over when it was, either. The animation for the hair on the Inners as they were looking on in shock at the whole scene of Usagi sacrificing herself was really nice too.

    Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber finally got animated, and its basically a small scale Kamekameha. Nice. Still don’t know why Tux gets an attack, but then again, I don’t know why he gets an OP either. Not much to complain about here.

    What I love about this episode (and I think I’ll probably watch it again) is that this is the moment we finally get to see Sailor Saturn and Hotaru Tomoe shine as characters. As much as I loved them in the 90s version, they always felt like plot devices to me. There was soooo much more I wanted to see done with their characters, and while this episode didn’t completely satisfy me, nevertheless it was everything I hoped we would finally get.

    Without question, Super Sailor Moon will survive, somehow. Not even planet-wide black (looks purple to me though) sludge will keep her down.

    Can’t believe its ending next week. Really gonna miss this season. Toei did a great job and finally delivered.

    Your coverage of it was great all the way through as well, so thanks for that.

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  4. Reblogged this on haveyouexperiencedshitsurakuen and commented:

    I had heard the manga had Saturn quote Yeats at one point, but that wasn’t in this episode, so I think I’ll add my two cents:

    “Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer
    Things fall apart
    The center cannot hold
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”

    As well as,

    “I am become Death, Destroyer of Worlds.”

    I was surprised at how much they were actually dragging out this finale. I can’t really complain at all. Even with all the repeat shots, it was amazing the whole way through. I didn’t want to believe it was over when it was, either. The animation for the hair on the Inners as they were looking on in shock at the whole scene of Usagi sacrificing herself was really nice too.

    Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber finally got animated, and its basically a small scale Kamekameha. Nice. Still don’t know why Tux gets an attack, but then again, I don’t know why he gets an OP either. Not much to complain about here.

    What I love about this episode (and I think I’ll probably watch it again) is that this is the moment we finally get to see Sailor Saturn and Hotaru Tomoe shine as characters. As much as I loved them in the 90s version, they always felt like plot devices to me. There was soooo much more I wanted to see done with their characters, and while this episode didn’t completely satisfy me, nevertheless it was everything I hoped we would finally get.

    Without question, Super Sailor Moon will survive, somehow. Not even planet-wide black (looks purple to me though) sludge will keep her down.

    Can’t believe its ending next week. Really gonna miss this season. Toei did a great job and finally delivered.

    Your coverage of it was great all the way through as well, so thanks for that.

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  5. KueKyuuQ says:

    I think, the most tragic point about Saturn is, that once she’s awakened (presumably only at times of inevitable peril) she’s ultimately supposed to …kill herself.
    Still, her strongest feature is this immediate unshaken readiness to do so for the sake of her duty and all things good and protect-worthy, the whole universe and all light and life everwhere, which makes even lovely Usagi and her dedication seem kinda puny.

    Saturn is not a killer. She’s more of a fail-safe. She’s cauterizing a world so chaos / darkness can’t spread from it and infect the rest of the universe. She’s a surgeon cutting out cancer stricken tissue along with all the healthy cells in it, so the sickness can’t spread further.
    She’s like an exterminator, who’s not only killing undesired cockroaches but helpful spiders (and the neighbour’s cute kitten that sneaked into the basement) too in the process. One that stays inside the house to make sure she hits the spot, but figuratively inhales her own poison doing so.
    Her attack has the word “Revolution” in it, to bring change; she’s also sometimes titled Senshi of Death and Rebirth (sometimes even “Life and Death”). Her raw power is like oversaturation (haha, “satur-“… ah, you got it); imagine pouring too much and pure water, salt, sugar or oxigen on an area – most known life requires these things in small amounts, but too much pure of each will kill most everything, desired or not. But once her job is done, given (lots of) time and when the remnant of her raw energy is watered down sufficiently, the worlds she ‘silenced’ may develop new life, be given a fresh start. Revolution, Death, Rebirth… Life.
    Saturn has this horrible reputation, because wherever she’s known to have shown up, a world ended and for those who witnessed (from afar, we may assume), there’s only silence where once was bustle. But she just cleaned up the mess, prevented other worlds from being endangered; the world in question was long gone and doomed before her entrance…

    In reality, Saturn’s easily the most dedicated to the cause, most noble, brave and most selfless.
    …and most in need for a hug and some happy.

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