Mamoru Chiba (1992 vs. 2014)
Mamoru Chiba (1992 vs. 2014)
So cute! You know, I’ve never tried giving myself hair buns like Usagi’s. I should try it one day. Lord knows I have enough hair to do it.
I’d like to give credit to the original artist, who I’ve sourced back to being stripedmeerkat, but please do correct me if I’m wrong!
SOMEONE WITH LONG HAIR DO THIS IMMEDIATELY
"Something should’ve changed in the planning room that day when our producers and artists decided to make a Sailor Moon anime only about an accurate representation of the manga series. They should have also fixed the show’s misogynistic and racist rhetoric. The Sailor Moon produced now doesn’t stand a chance against us girls who want more for ourselves than to be a ‘pretty princess’"
Do you agree?
Read the article HERE
Your magazine/website seems to be fairly new, so I hope this criticism is useful to you in the future.
"I had the utmost belief that [Sailor Moon Crystal] could regain its strength and find a way out of the stereotypical sexist Japanese drawing aesthetic. I was wrong."
Firstly - not sure what “the Japanese drawing aesthetic” is - your wording is pretty vague. There is no “Japanese drawing aesthetic” just like there’s no “American drawing aesthetic”. If you mean anime, then say anime; but even that would be too vague. There are many different popular archetypes for anime art, and your readers have no way of knowing which “stereotype” you mean.
If you mean to imply that Crystal's art style is stereotypical and sexist within its own context (i.e. “modern magical girl anime”), I have to disagree. It is a Western perspective to look at Sailor Moon Crystal and say “Look, a sexist ideal”. Currently speaking, the “sexist stereotype” of contemporary magical girl anime would be the opposite - infantilisation. Magical girl series that are currently created to cater to male audiences tend to make the characters rounder, softer, and more childish-looking. Crystal's angular, mature style is at odds with the popular styles of modern magical girl anime. People have valid concerns about the designs of Crystal, but they were not created to pander to a male magical girl audience.
"A part from being leggier than they were before, they also became alarmingly stick-thin with high-pitched, girly voices."
They have always had high-pitched, “girly” voices. I’m not too sure what your criteria for a “girly” voice is, but these characters are all 14, so I think their voices suit them fine. Sailor Moon, in fact, has the same voice actress as the original, so nothing there has changed.
"The Sailor Moon produced now doesn’t stand a chance against us girls who want more for ourselves than to be a “pretty princess” … In hindsight, the old anime did have minor glimpses of the soldiers offering us a feminist perspective to crush Usagi’s patriarchal dreams."
"Yet, the show still screams stereotypical femininity and a false notion to move forward in perceiving young women’s identity."
"“The princess in my dream was so beautiful. I wish I was a princess too,” says our soon-to-be Sailor Moon. We catch her gazing out the window wishing to quit school to become a full-time pretty princess. We are caught in her gaze as she pictures herself in a white dress, stars gleaming all around her. We are already introduced to a young woman who feels completely useless about herself, failing classes and wishing to ultimately start anew."
"[In order to make Crystal a better show] … let’s not make Usagi’s ultimate dream to get married and have kids"
All of this is just saying “it is wrong for a woman to want to pursue behaviour that has been coded as feminine, and representation of this in media is wrong and upholding the patriarchy”. That’s a ridiculously narrow viewpoint. Your analysis of Usagi’s internal monologue is particularly absurd and reads as very shallow. All that Usagi said is that she wanted to be a princess. She never felt “useless” about herself - that is, in fact, one of Usagi’s strong points, that even when she fails, she bounces back. To say that someone who dreams about how cool being a princess would be must want to “start anew” is very shallow.
"But [Sailor Moon] show begs for interpretation since it’s been in the cultural consciousness of American and anime-loving girls everywhere."
"Give our soldiers and all the individuals in SM different body types and different ethnicities (not just the villians, damnint!)"
You are very clearly judging Sailor Moon Crystal from a western perspective. You have to take a step back (maybe a very long step) and make an effort to understand the context that formed the original Sailor Moon and forms Crystal today, and how it differs to your own background. As it is, it’s very clear that you haven’t challenged any of your preconceptions or your own cultural/social assumptions before applying them to Sailor Moon.
"[To make Crystal better] Give Usagi some agency and confidence besides her magical powers, for once … And stop making her seem like a girlchild”
In a similar vein to “any feminine interests are bad”, this section also sounds like “any negative character traits (excepting Approved Strong Female Character™ Traits) are bad”. Usagi’s weak points not only make her more human, but she works on improving them over the course of the series. Having a character grow and mature out of childish traits offers a stronger message than just having a character who is perfect from the start.
I’m not even sure what you mean by “agency” or “confidence” here since, as I understand them, Usagi has both of those in droves. She is motivated and confident and acts on her own accord. This feels like a rather generic and misplaced criticism that I’ve heard applied to almost all female characters at some point. It’s a claim that lacks substance or evidence.
"Bring back our LGBT characters … And our trans characters … Stop the male superiority and the unrealistic gushing over Tuxedo Mask … And the constant need for a man to save her … And give Tuxedo Mask a personality instead of just making him a beefcake."
At this point, I have to ask after the last time you actually watched Sailor Moon? The idea that it encourages “male superiority” in any way is baffling to me. The “constant need for a man to save her” claim is one many Sailor Moon fans have heard before - usually from someone who hasn’t actually watched much of the show. Sailor Moon quickly stops depending on Tuxedo Mask, and his involvement in fights actually tends to become something of a joke. The Sailor Soldiers are the ones who do all the heavy lifting, so to speak. Again - “stop gushing over Tuxedo Mask” fits in a way under “anything feminine is bad”. Usagi (and some others) are actually quite proactive, rather than passive, when it comes to dating. Basically, these criticisms ring hollow and most Sailor Moon fans reading your article would wonder how they actually apply to the series.
I should also point out that Sailor Moon Crystal has only had 2 episodes so far. You can’t say “bring back our LGBT characters” when we don’t even know how long the series is going to be yet; where exactly were they supposed to appear?
There were other issues, but those are the major points. All in all, this article felt extremely generic and poorly researched. These are criticisms we’ve heard applied to almost every show with lead female characters before, and most don’t even really seem relevant to Sailor Moon. Ignoring any redeeming qualities from a show and failing to reflect on your own bias/background does not make a strong article.
Well, since it seems that there are a select few people out there who seem to like my Pokemon Y outfits, I decided to post some more and see what happens.
This is my summer outfit that I put together after shopping in Cyllage City. I liked it so much that I wore it all the way up until I returned to Lumiose City for my Gym Battle against Clemont.
One of the most important Star Trek stories that can ever be told. Maybe the most. There are many - I *cannot* know them all.
Another outfit from Pokemon Y. Still trying to decide on a good autumn look.
Working on a new outfit for Pokemon Y. Tell me what you think.
Actual footage from Captain America The Winter Soldier
Flynn and Rapunzel go on vacation.