The Androgynous Villains of Sailor Moon (90’s Edition)

Hey hey hey fellow ani-bloggers and lovers! Today I bring you a bit of a throw-back to the 90’s as this came up in one of my group chats last week. If I remember correctly we were talking about a few of the relationships that we did not quite understand, especially with the translation/localization of the series to the west. And somehow we ended up discussing the villains of the first season.

Yes, I’m talking about Queen Beryl’s henchmen, the Shitennou (the Four Heavenly Kings).  I did not know this, but upon reading up on them I had no idea that they actually served under King Endymion prior to becoming posessed by evil energy and under Queen Beryl’s rule. Maybe I knew, but completely forgot because I haven’t watched it in years, nor have I finished Crystal. But anyways, let’s talk about each of them, from least favorite to favorite.

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Take Two! Jan. 29 – Feb 4

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

I missed last week’s Fantasy Friday, I was completely wiped out from work and overtime.

THIS WEEKS’ INTERESTING READS:

  • (Animesque Review) Voltron: Legendary Defenders Part 2: Mechanical Reviews looks at Voltron’s Second Season on Netflix. As someone that has been trying to get around to seeing season 2, I was glad it got a positive review from him!
  • Top 5 Anime of 2016: Over at Scoopious, Tasha Night runs down her top 5 from last year. I’m sharing it because there’s actually a few on here that I haven’t seen, but have heard great things about!
  • KPOP in Anime: Mel looks at music form KPOP artists that are feature in Anime OPs/EDs. A well thought out and put together list!
  • Friday Funny: Matt compiles a list of images to celebrate Final Fantasy’s 30th year as a game franchise! Check it out for a good laugh!
  • 200th Blog Post and Sailor Moon’s 25th Anniversary: Over at Good Morning Otaku, they celebrated their 200th post by also celebrating Sailor Moon’s Anniversary! As a huge Sailor Moon fan, I just had to share this one with you all!
  • The Stubborn Prince: Joshua Lieben: Naja celebrates Joshua’s birthday by reviewing his route and re-living the feels of one of her favorite characters in the otome world! Give it a look, I know I’ll be playing this route sometime soon!!

That just about does it for Take Two! this week. Did you guys encounter these posts? What were your thoughts? Have other links you’d love to share with me? Leave me a comment below!

Thanks for tuning in on this week’s Take Two!

Man Crush Monday: First Anime Crush

For the inaugural Man Crush Monday, what better way to kick it off with my First Anime Crush in history. I don’t know if one’s first crush ever gets old; I know mine surely doesn’t.  Sure I’ve added many more crushes to the list but the first will always be special, and I’m sure plenty of girls can agree with this one.

My first anime crush was, Mamoru Chiba/Darien Shields also known as Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. Now, one of you *cough* melinanimeland *cough* got this right because this answer was found on the very first day of the 30 Day Anime Challenge. It’s pretty clear that Tuxedo Mask is the instigator of my beginnings as a fangirl and the development of  the “crushes” I get on good-looking well-drawn and well-designed 2D male characters (T_T)(>_<).

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30 Day Anime Challenge | 01

 

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Sailor Moon was the “gateway drug” to this addiction and obsession with anime and anything Japan. Watching Sailor Moon after coming home from middle school was something I looked forward to. Magic-Girls in sailor suits fighting for love and justice. Not only were they powerful strong women, but they fought bravely while looking beautiful! Each character had their own distinct personalities too: the brainiac, the tomboy, the natural leader, the pretty one, the ditz. There was bound to be one character that you could relate to. I actually went to a panel that discussed the importance of Sailor Moon on its’ audience at Krakencon in Oakland, CA back in March or so. I plan on writing about what was discussed there in a future post.

I loved everything about this anime –art, characters, story, music. It’s because of Sailor Moon that I developed an interest in art and drawing. I would spend hours trying to replicate screenshots and finding as many images I could online – which was scarce since the internet was still relatively new at the time (thank God for AOL). I also attempted to create my own website to express the fandom of Sailor Moon like so many other kids (angelfire for the win!).  I also had quite a bit of merchandise: I had the 90s soundtrack, a deck of playing cards, several wall scrolls/posters, and the star locket that was so precious to both Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon. And more currently I’ve been trying to collect the SHFigurarts line. Oh, I was able to find my favorite track – and this song actually coincides with the scene that resonated with me the most – which I’ve also linked further down.

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My action figures – don’t mind the background – I tried to photoshop as much as I could LOL

The romance story between Mamoru and Usagi is like a fairy tail. Except the “damsel in distress” role is reversed. Usagi often saves a kidnapped Mamoru from the evil doers. Girl Power to the max! My favorite scene from the earlier episodes was when Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon are stuck in tower and they’re forced to expose their true identities to one another. Tuxedo Mask gets stabbed in the back in a dirty attack by Malachite and Sailor Moon cries her eyes out – revealing her true identity as the Moon Princess in the process exposing that the  Silver Millennium Crystal had been locked away inside her the entire time they were searching for it. It was such an emotional scene for a young tween as myself and it’s stuck with me since as a pivotal scene for the show at the time. LOL I was able to find a link – and it made me laugh/cry:

My first anime crush ever actually was Mamoru/Darien/Tuxedo Mark. Although, looking back at it – Mamoru was a condescending ass in the 90’s. I much prefer the Mamoru in Sailor Moon Crystal; he seems much more mature and not to mention even more handsome than his previous self! Other than that, I love this character because despite his memory loss; the thing that keeps him going is his love and dedication for Usagi/Sailor Moon and he puts everything on the line for her.

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Of all the sailor scouts my ultimate favorite scout was Sailor Venus. So much so that I paid homage to her in using “venus” in every AOL screenname I ever had. She was also my favorite scout to draw. Remember how you’d have to cover your text books in brown paper to protect it? Yeah, I’d draw her all over my covers.

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LOL wow what a trip down memory lane. It really made me remember how much I really loved this series over the years. I realize I’ve gone on more than I should’ve. But considering the importance that Sailor Moon holds for me; I had to indulge in this memory filled post.

This has been a pretty epic post to kick off this 30 day challenge! I hope you had as much fun reading it as I had fun writing about it. What series kicked off your dive into anime?