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  1. Fynn's Avatar
    Princess Mononoke is definitely one of the finest films I've seen. It's pretty much a Pocahontas-like narrative done right, with all sides of the conflict presented in a comprehensive, complete manner. No sugar-coating and no demonizing - everyone is complex and has their own valid reasons for doing what they do.

    And I'd be lying if I said this movie didn't creatively influence me too, though probably not to such a personal extent as you. But I definitely relate to your desire to create and inspire. Here's hoping that we both get there one day.
  2. Ayen's Avatar
    That's a shame, though I can't really fault anyone for being turned off by the crust, if you would.

    Yes, I just compared Sailor Moon to a sandwich.
  3. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fynn
    Idk about PGSM. To be honest, I don't think I can get over the cringe of these Japanese live action dramas. Heck, even Devil Summoner had one and it looked pretty down to earth, and STILL way too cringey for me.
    Greenwood wasn't so bad...
  4. Fynn's Avatar
    Idk about PGSM. To be honest, I don't think I can get over the cringe of these Japanese live action dramas. Heck, even Devil Summoner had one and it looked pretty down to earth, and STILL way too cringey for me.
  5. Ayen's Avatar
    Oh Japan. I think the monsters were also designed by the same people who worked on Super Sentai. Though I don't remember as much tentacles on those shows.

    Dear god, that video. I only ever saw that once and once was enough.

    Then there's the Sailor Moon musicals, which is another aspect of the fandom I didn't think I'd enjoy, and yet, I enjoyed quite a few of them. It's somewhat spoiling being a Moonie because you have four (now five, though still technically four since SMC stays close to the manga storyline despite some minor differences) different retellings of the same overall story.

    I'm still holding out for a Sailor V OVA.
  6. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    PGSM was trippy. Also was it me, or did it seem like many of the monster-of-the-week design featured more tentacles than usual...

    Course nothing is trippier than the Toon Maker Sailor Moon show, which thankfully was cancelled when someone came to their damn senses.

  7. Ayen's Avatar
    Eh, PGSM is the better version, anyway. In no small part due to Naoko Takeuchi's being more involved than she ever was with the anime. Usagi and Mamoru's relationship in that is actually on par with Haruka and Michiru, and everyone is awesome if you can get past the Power Rangers like effects and puppet cats. They follow the manga characterizations more closely too and deconstruct a lot of the Magical Girl tropes. It's worth checking out for any SM fan who hasn't already.

    Sailor Luna is weird, though.
  8. Pumpkin's Avatar
    I love the DiC dub too because like you I watched that first. Back before I knew about translations and localization and whatever. Some of it was around the time I was learning English too!
  9. Midgar Mist's Avatar
    It was the same for me and The Simpsons when little fourteen year old Midgar Mist and all....., when I was 16, i started recording episodes on my own VCR. Some are broken now but in all, I recorded 9 full tapes of Simpsons episodes. The amount of lines I can quote at random :-)

    Sailor Moon is new to me, I'm interested but....it will never be a romantic teen thing for me, that horse has bolted.

    And Kanno, you're such an old romantic at heart. Its nice to have a true love, in fact my own true love was the first to comment on your blog :-)
  10. Fynn's Avatar
    Looking at your profile pic, I alos vastly prefer the art style of the manga to the anime. I used to have this big calendar with all the artwork from it and it was gorgeous
  11. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Yeah, I like him, so watching him reduced to "token arm candy" by S was a bit annoying (not that he did much in the manga adaption of S anyway) but I definitely missed the fact that his four bodyguards still make cameos in the manga, whereas this whole angle is gone in the anime.
  12. Fynn's Avatar
    Oh yeah, Mamoru is just so much more of a character in the manga
  13. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Both versions have their issues. The anime drags things out too long with filler and tended to make the villains goofier as the series went on, with Sailor Moon S being the first victim of this phenomena, Mamoru loses most of his character development and importance in the anime due to the director allegedly hating him and purposely sidelining him more and more with each season, and SuperS and Stars are barely recognizable to the darker and better written manga chapters of the same arcs.

    The manga does have a breakneck pace at times, and largely focuses on Usagi, Mamoru, and Chibi-Usa to the detriment of the rest of the cast. While the main villains get better character sometimes (it largely depends on which arc) the subordinate characters are reduced to monster-of-the-week status and become flat and generically evil.

    I love both versions for different reasons, and I think I like the anime adaption of the first two seasons the best because it strikes a nice chord between what makes both versions great.
  14. Fynn's Avatar
    I disagree. I think the manga is much better because of the fact that it's paced in a more original fashion. It disregards traditional chapters for a more flowing narrative, which I think worked great and added a lot of magic to the atmosphere of the whole. Plus, where the manga played up the deconstructive (or rather unbuilt? it is one of the first examples, after all) elements of the story, the show had more focus on the action with tons of filler that was just there for it to be more marketable.

    Plus, what the anime adaptation did to Venus was downright criminal.
  15. Ayen's Avatar
    I'd argue with anyone who tried to say the manga is objectively better because the pacing is horrible and a lot of characters don't get fleshed out because of it. A serious flaw that shows in the anime adaptation of Sailor Moon Crystal. Maybe the overall arcs and everything are better, but I thought the anime did a better job of fleshing out the other Senshi and a lot of the villains.
  16. Fynn's Avatar
    I get this so much, Wolf! Granted, we didn't have the dub here in Poland, and I was in kindergarten, but still! Our version actually had the original music and all the original names (with Usagi called Bunny, for some reason, as in the actual English word, not the Polish translation) and none of the censorship, so we had gay Zoicite and lesbian cousin outer senshi. In 1990s, post-communist Poland. Let that sink in. People don't want to acknowledge gender is a thing now and yet it seems gays and lesbians in a kids' show back then were a-okay, but I digress.

    I also liked Makoto a lot, though I wouldn't say she was a crush since I was much too young, but I did kind of relate to her a lot for some reason. For that reason, it wasn't really the need for romance that this show stirred in me, but rather drama and darkness. Like you mentioned, it was pretty similar in here in that it was the only kids' show that had actual stakes and danger and the characters often had to face absolute hopelessness to be victorious, and sometimes you can't get that happy ending even (Nephlite), so there being a continuity and so much serious stuff going on was a big thing, though the characters were still fun and incredibly relatable. The art direction was also incredibly haunting, sticking with me all the way until now, influencing all my creative thoughts.

    I don't care if it was corny or if the manga is actually objectively better, my whole childhood was spent obsessing over Sailor Moon and it's the reason I got into drawing, writing, and anime in general, so I don't think there is a single work of fiction that has influenced me quite as much as this thing
  17. Ayen's Avatar
    Sailor Moon is my childhood. I relate to Usagi so much it's not even funny. I can still watch the dub even to this day, and honestly prefer it mainly because I hate reading subtitles. I still have the soundtrack, myself.
  18. Fynn's Avatar
    It's a discussion that's been going on in academia for centuries. I really don't think we'll be able to settle on a definition here

    Still, it's nice to see what people subjectively think of it. I mean, I also subscribe to one approach that feels the most valid to me, but that doesn't make it undeniable truth
  19. Wolf Kanno's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fynn
    Really, these types of discussions are actually all doomed to go nowhere because it is impossibe to reach an agreement on what art is nowadays
    Very true. It's one of the reasons I suggest we need to talk about defining the criteria of what art actually is. Course this is a bigger discussion than the one concerning gaming.
  20. Fynn's Avatar
    Really, these types of discussions are actually all doomed to go nowhere because it is impossibe to reach an agreement on what art is nowadays
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