so happy to have the Nintendo Switch & Breath of the Wild!  PaxEast 2017  ugh, I really miss this sandwich from Catalyst Cafe  Animal Crossing Amiibo friends  love this gorgeous Smashbox Golden Hour palette  Matt reminds me of Umino here  we did a bad job at not eating Japanese before Japan  but how can you resist this green tea mille crêpe?  at least I maintained balance with a ride at The Handle Bar in Harvard Sq.
and  …we’re in JAPAN NOW. Be sure to check in on the instagrams that didn’t make it here!
Well hello! We just got back from a phenomenal trip to San Francisco. Though we had originally intended to attend Pokémon Worlds, having all that free time in San Francisco really let us explore so many different neighborhoods and see so much in 5 days. It was my first time there, and everything was so photo-worthy! Even better, Matt’s been there a bunch of times and we were able to do things that were new to him too. We love to explore, and we walked A LOT. Here’s our trip!
What We Did:Walked to the Ferry Building, then the whole Embarcadero, and Fisherman’sWharf, then Ghiradelli Square, over to Lombard Street and all the way to the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge.
What We Ate:a Nutella Belgian Waffle at Pier 39 with an apple cider from Biscoff next door, a sourdough turtle from Boudin, In-N-Out Burger for lunch, dinner with Matt’s friend at YakiniQ for Korean barbecue.
What We Did: A museum visit to California Academy of the Sciencesjust in time to watch the penguins get fed and chase butterflies in their rainforest exhibit, walked through Inner & Outer Richmond to Sea Cliff, then the breath-taking hike of Lands Endand the Sutro Baths.
What We Ate: breakfast at Pinecrest Diner, lunch at Lou’s Cafe, and dinner with Matt’s friends at Iza Ramen where I finally got my takoyaki!
Let’s start by saying that I am psyched to see Sailor Saturn (finally!) in this week’s Sailor Moon Crystal. Unfortunately, that means it’s the end of the season of my favorite arc… in the original anime, anyway, and I’m not feeling the same warm & fuzzies.
Where we focused on Michiru and Haruka for a bit at the beginning of a much shorter season than the original anime presented, I so miss the love story. I miss the rose petals. I miss the anguish of their duty. I miss the overlying happiness than they found each other in all of this. Haruka seemingly has a better relationship with Usagi than Michiru.
Master Pharaoh 90 seeped through the world super fast this season– all the inners attacks plus a Rainbow Double Moon Heartache from Super Sailor Moon & Super Sailor Chibi Moon couldn’t do anything to quell the spread of evil. In fact, it seems he’s absorbing their power as he did with Mistress 9. For some reason, Sailor Moon decides unleashing the power of the Moon Chalice and Millennium Silver Crystal inside of him will hurt him and not, as we’ve seen, give him more power to absorb. Everyone is completely convinced she’s dead including Luna, Artemis, and Diana who literally only sit behind computer screens throughout this season. I miss when the cats did things!
Sailor Saturn rises and is about to bring down her silence glaive. We are left with this moment, and one episode to wrap it all up. Thoughts?!
This week’s Sailor Moon Crystal was another seemingly slow episode to me because I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Sailor Saturn.
Hotaru & Chibiusa were the stars of this episode. Trapped inside the body of Mistress 9, Hotaru is guarding the soul of Chibiusa and the Legendary Silver Crystal. Since Mistress 9 can’t pull at the crystal’s power, she devours the souls of Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus… only Hotaru won’t let her have those either. Realizing she herself is just a soul, Hotaru restores the souls of the sailor senshi. She revives Chibiusa and promptly fades away out of existence. Still, she felt something greater in herself… we see a silhouette of Sailor Saturn for now.
Chibiusa is heartbroken over the loss of her dear friend. It gives her the strength to fight along with the other sailor senshi. It’s funny, but her Pink Sugar Heart Attack does more than Sailor Moon’s Moon Spiral Heart Attack. Chibi Moon wishes to be like Sailor Moon, and when the senshi lend Sailor Moon their power for a Super Sailor Moon upgrade, another chalice appears and we meet Super Sailor Chibi Moon.
Yesterday’s Sailor Moon Crystal was not much of a plot advancer, but we did get a few tidbits.
We see Hotaru’s strength to reach past Mistress 9’s control and call out to Chibiusa. Thanks to Hotaru, Mistress 9 is not able to use the full power of the Legendary Silver Crystal and Chibiusa’s soulless body feels a little warmer.
We get a whole lot of backstory for Hotaru’s father– this episode was mostly backstory about Pharaoh 90’s alien invasion. Things I maybe didn’t know:
Kaorinite was an innocent in this until Pharaoh 90 made her a vessel
Hotaru’s father is not innocent in this– he chose to implant the egg of Mistress 9 in his daughter and he was doing crude science on her broken body before the aliens ever invaded
We see Hotaru’s father transform into a crazy daimon-hybrid– somehow he must rip his lab coat off to reveal jagged teeth– and he attacks the group of Sailor senshi in the basement– Moon, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto. Meanwhile Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus upstairs get blown away. Super Sailor Moon’s power up fades and she becomes Sailor Moon again. I thought we might get some Sailor Saturn action when Pluto activated her garnet orb, but alas, not yet.
This week’s Sailor Moon Crystal started with the sudden announcement that Chibiusa is, in fact, currently dead. People don’t really seem as concerned as they should be, because duh, they simply need to restore her soul to her body. Said soul was ripped out by Mistress 9, who swallows the Legendary Silver Crystal by the time the episode is done. Mamoru uses himself as life support for Chibiusa’s body, which they have no problem stealing from whatever hospital she resided in. While that happens, the outer senshi decide that killing Hotaru is for sure the only way to help Chibiusa.
Mistress 9 makes it clear that Kaorinite must take care of the sailor senshi, so Kaorinite revives the Witches 5, ’cause that worked so well last time. The Witches 5 separate the inners and trap them in their dreams. Sailor Moon sees through the ploy and the outer senshi see that the inners are in trouble. Finally, finally, finally we see them all fight together.
Everyone lends Sailor Moon their power and she becomes Super Sailor Moon again. This was a fantastic moment, and a great episode!
I’m looking forward to Sailor Saturn awakening… soon! Thoughts?!
The inner and outers senshi finally ally– kind of. When Pluto’s Dead Scream stops the enemy attack, Neptune and Uranus show up. Sailor Moon transforms into Princess Serenity before their eyes, and the three outer senshi bow down before her. It’s not that they’re ready to join the inners, but at least we know they’re all on the same team.
Side note: I was totally wrong about Pluto. She still remembers her Small Lady, reborn and everything.
Speaking of Chibiusa, she goes to hang out with her friend Hotaru only to discover the secret of Hotaru’s science-ified body. She runs away in fear, but immediately regrets it, knowing she’s hurt her friend. Hotaru’s father is revealed to be the bad guy, if you couldn’t tell already.
Kaorinite calls on Cyprine to do what the other Witches 5 could not. When hit by a Moon Spiral Heat Attack, she splits into herself and Ptiol. Prepare for trouble; make it double.
We know that the outer senshi have greater power than the inner, and it’s definitely time for some upgrades. While all the senshi are brainwashed, Sailor Moon, Chibi Moon, and Tuxedo Mask remain. Sailor Moon asks them to lend her their power, and the holy grail appears. It’s time for something major!