Has Crystal helped anyone else overcome hardship in their life?

  • This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

sapphire91

Lumen Cinereum
Jul 6, 2018
556
283
165
27
#1
Crystal came out just in time when I had my adult crisis - straight out the university, frantic to find job. It made me smile each time. Same week Sailor Venus episode came out my father passed away and this was the first time that week when I smiled Crystal again. As many faults as it has had, Crystal still made me smile and still made me feel warm inside. I wonder is someone else felt in Crystal something warm during hardship.
 
Last edited:
#2
Umm, I honestly can't think of anything dealing with Crystal. I can with PGSM and the 90s...

Wait a second. I kinda lied. There was the episode where the inner Senshi were maintain Usagi's tentacle hair and I thought it was endearing that Everytime I saw it, it cheered me up. It made me even more happy and appreciate the value of loving friends and that if we came together, we could possibly go to the moon without worrying about oxygen.
 

Clow

Luna Crescens
Jul 29, 2012
3,414
150
165
#3
More the 90's anime for me, while growing up, as a kid: people were trying to make me fit in a mold, make me a kind of person I was not, society. I would forget everything, their voices, turn on the TV, and believe in the magic of life and of living.

But I have experienced how scary the world is or can be when you graduate from the university. It is quite shocking. Upon finishing my undergraduate degree (foreign languages), I spent five years in academia pursuing more advanced degrees. When I left academia, I didn't understand the world... it felt as if I did not speak the same language as everybody else. In academia, if you are not careful, they will teach you how to articulate yourself only academically... in their own terms. When you are out and you have a nasty boss shouting at and bullying you, you feel utterly shocked... that happened to me.
 
Sep 8, 2011
1,310
151
165
#4
S1-2 not really but i still was just very happy to have new SM anime after nearly 20 years and got the same feelings i had in mid to late 90s so that was really cool.

S3 actually started when i was sick and then recovering for a few weeks so having new SM anime back yet again and seeing it getting better quality defintely was a highlight each Monday.
 

John

Luna Crescens
Dec 20, 2011
1,199
230
165
28
New York
#6
Crystal came out just in time when I had my adult crisis - straight out the university, frantic to find job. It made me smile each time. Same week Sailor Venus episode came out and this was the first time Crystal made me smile again. As many faults as it has had, Crystal still made me smile and stil made me feeling warm inside. I wonder is someone else felt in Crystal something warm during hardship.
Yes, absolutely. Crystal was announced the summer after I graduated from college and when it finally (lmao) began "airing" I was a few years into some early career stuff. I really had no clue what I wanted to do with my life -- even now I'm still putting that together, but I'm way more okay with that fact now than I was back then. I was working at a company that honestly did not care about its employees, we were paid extremely low wages, we were asked to work holidays and do all kinds of weird, crazy hours...but the upside to that is that we were granted a lot of flexibility and freedoms at work. It was a very casual environment as nobody really "cared" too much (the company was sold about a year after I left), but it was kind of an office or company where you would go to work in order to let your career die.

I didn't want to work in such an environment, but like I said, I was just starting out and I had no idea what I was going to do, and it was better than nothing.

Crystal aired around this time and it really helped me get through that crappy situation. Similarly, when I left that job and took a new one in a different field, I ended up really regretting that decision rather quickly -- and that was when season 3 was airing.

It's funny and kind of foretelling that only now, with Crystal being off the air for a while, that things in my life are finally starting to line up and make sense...I wonder if that means it's all gonna go to hell when the Dream movies come out, lmao.

But yes, long story short, I absolutely was "saved" by Crystal and I think that's why, at the time and for a few years after, I was very sensitive to all of the negativity surrounding it from the fandom. It was just so good and comforting to have "new" Sailor Moon material to enjoy when everything else in my life had gone to [BLEEP]. I wasn't really able to notice the quality issues at first because I was just so enthralled with the concept alone of a Sailor Moon story closer to the manga. So I guess it was a double-edged sword: Crystal absolutely gave me something to smile about during my times of hardship, but I also ended up becoming too sensitive and blinded by it.

I remember when Usagi kisses Mamoru and tells him it's not safe, and to stay back...and she leaps into the air and he just marvels at her strength. That moment made me really happy. And the last episode of the first story arc, when the girls are all back in Tokyo with the seagulls and everything, it was just really pretty and it made me happy, and it was hard for me to hear people being critical about it.

But I have experienced how scary the world is or can be when you graduate from the university. It is quite shocking. Upon finishing my undergraduate degree (foreign languages), I spent five years in academia pursuing more advanced degrees. When I left academia, I didn't understand the world... it felt as if I did not speak the same language as everybody else. In academia, if you are not careful, they will teach you how to articulate yourself only academically... in their own terms. When you are out and you have a nasty boss shouting at and bullying you, you feel utterly shocked... that happened to me.
Yeah...this, right here.

I chose not to stay in academia once I finish my undergrad degree because I was afraid of exactly this happening to me -- and, of course, it ended up happening even with just an undergrad degree. Even now, with my small team at work, I'm the only one who actually holds a Bachelor's degree (my boss has an Associate's degree and my two co-workers either didn't finish college or never went) and I have to be careful because I don't want them to think I feel like I'm superior based on the way I speak. But yes, I feel like university often doesn't do a great job of preparing us for how people really communicate in the "real world" -- they can create a very supportive and nurturing environment which is absolutely fantastic, but in many cases, we're left flabbergasted at how things actually work, especially in the corporate world. Yikes.

I can't imagine doing 5 years of post-undergrad (is that just "grad"?) studies, though, and then only venturing out into the "real world" at around the age of 27 or so -- that's just an estimate based on 4 years of college (18-22?) and 5 years on top of that, of course the age can differ but I guess my point is...damn, if you're able to bounce back from that experience of needing to adapt then props to you, Clow.
 

Clow

Luna Crescens
Jul 29, 2012
3,414
150
165
#7
I can't imagine doing 5 years of post-undergrad (is that just "grad"?) studies, though, and then only venturing out into the "real world" at around the age of 27 or so -- that's just an estimate based on 4 years of college (18-22?) and 5 years on top of that, of course the age can differ but I guess my point is...damn, if you're able to bounce back from that experience of needing to adapt then props to you, Clow.
Well, despite the frustration, I do not regret having stayed longer at school for very specific reasons. Upon finishing my undergraduate degree, I pursued 2 Master's degrees, but I did not have to pay any tuition at all; all of the expenses were covered by the U.S. National Science Foundation because I received a generous scholarship, which included a bi-monthly salary for 20 hours of work done for my department and health insurance. Plus, I co-authored a book that became very popular, a text book, and I feel I did not lose any money. I also got a contract job as a lecturer at one of the country's best universities.

In any event, I am still in the process of working things out. I have a B.Ed and my main purpose when I went to college was to teach. Jobs in academia are scarce right now, so I am taking a lot of tests to transition to K-12 education and become a high school teacher, hopefully, next year.

I also have learned from my experiences and my pain and I created a side-business as a fashion designer. I contractually partnered with an apparel company last year, selling my own designs, and to date I have sold over $6,000 worth of merchandise I have designed. I got to learn how the corporate world works and I am not so soft or sensitive as I was when I was in the nurturing world academia. I have developed my own business model, which I manage as I please. I love fashion illustration and I am acquiring a background in marketing, branding, and social media management on my own. Each day is a new experience, a new lesson, a new adventure.
 
Jul 11, 2013
1,461
29
15
#8
The first episode was aired after I finished my final exam in the university. A couple days before episode three was aired, a person said that as I was then, nobody would be going to love me. I did exercise too much to neglect my depression that my abdominal muscle got hurt when I was watching episode four. I failed my first job interview after episode five and got a better job before episode eight was released.

After episode 16, I had an eye disease and I had an acute pain when I was watching episode 17 that I could not finish the episode, and I thought I may lost sight of an eye.

Every episode of the first two seasons was aired in the afternoon of Saturday, after I had an exhausting meeting at my company and they helped me change my mood.

The first episode of season 3 was aired three days after my father was hospitalized due to his falling from the ladder.
 

Clow

Luna Crescens
Jul 29, 2012
3,414
150
165
#9
A couple days before episode three was aired, a person said that as I was then, nobody would be going to love me. I did exercise too much to neglect my depression that my abdominal muscle got hurt when I was watching episode four
A person said that to you? Ouch.

I would not take their word seriously and I would warn you to be careful because they are probably not your friend.

When I was 18, I had the same thing, and I kept going to the gym and lifting weights... but... nah... it is so much better to be comfortable with your own body. Plus, love, true unconditional love, really isn't about "looks."


I failed my first job interview after episode five and got a better job before episode eight was released.
Other interviews will come.
 

John

Luna Crescens
Dec 20, 2011
1,199
230
165
28
New York
#10
When I was 18, I had the same thing, and I kept going to the gym and lifting weights... but... nah... it is so much better to be comfortable with your own body. Plus, love, true unconditional love, really isn't about "looks."
Not to spin this too far off-topic, but I just want to point out that it might be unwise to dismiss exercise completely. I'm fairly positive that's not what you're doing (I'm guessing you're talking about exercising for the wrong reasons), but just in case someone else doesn't get the wrong idea...you can be comfortable with your body and like yourself, while still trying to work out and lift weights.

Of course, exercising for the wrong reasons is a thing that definitely exists, and over-training (or simply "incorrect" lifts that are dangerous) is likewise a problem that can result from such a situation...

But after years of struggling with this, I have finally found an exercise and lifting routine that works for me. I've lost a considerable amount of fat in the last few months and I'm putting on muscles. It's a change that I want to see in my body for myself -- it's what I want for me, and it's not because it's what society says I should want, and it's not so that I can attract a partner. Exercise is about feeling good, and I feel amazing after I work out, whether it's lifting weights or boxing or swimming or figure skating...or sometimes just walking outside enjoying nature. I definitely use exercise to chase away and calm my anxiety.

I know people can do whatever they want, but I personally started finding it sad that I could possibly go my entire life without discovering what my body is truly capable of and what I can make it look like. I feel like if I'm going to love my body and love myself, then I owe it to myself to work out, lift weights, and eat a relatively healthy diet. Being comfortable with your own body is great, and to be honest I like/am attracted to fat guys XD but at the same time...you can be comfortable while wanting to make healthy changes. Don't mistake comfort for complacency.
 

Clow

Luna Crescens
Jul 29, 2012
3,414
150
165
#12
Not to spin this too far off-topic, but I just want to point out that it might be unwise to dismiss exercise completely. I'm fairly positive that's not what you're doing (I'm guessing you're talking about exercising for the wrong reasons), but just in case someone else doesn't get the wrong idea...you can be comfortable with your body and like yourself, while still trying to work out and lift weights.
Of course. I lift weights, have a balanced diet, and visit the dermatologist to feel happy, to feel attractive to myself...

NOT to fit into someone else's standards of what I should look like or how I should behave.
 
Likes: John