Pretty Guardian Sailor... Mercury?

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Tuxedo Kevin

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But... she also masters anything and everything she does. I mean, once we got to the episode where she's a freaking MECHANIC I wanted to pull my hair out.
In what season did this episode came out? I only watched Classic to S in their entirety, skipping some episodes in R.

EDIT: Oh, it was in SuperS. Art direction by Masahiro Ando. Guess I'll be fine still not watching it.
 
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True, but she also delivered the best line in the DiC dub ("Go bleach your roots, creep!)
Best insult to a villain. Best line highly debatable especially in that two parter alone with gems like

“And I doubt it happened in kara-tay class amirite?”

“I’ll show you mine if you show me yours”

“Nothing like the direct approach, huh?”

“No fun getting toasted”

*robotic voice* “Heistuxedomaskidontbelieveit”

“It’s Sailor Moon!” “She’s the Princess!” “whodathought?”

“Looks like you’ll have to go through us first pretty boy”

“She may be a Princess but she isn’t light” “I heard that”


God I miss the Dic dub. Viz aint worthy
 

Rachael

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I do think that if she were made the main character, they would need to fill in some empty spaces. For example, maybe she has a lot of interests, but she's afraid to take risks, and she's definitely afraid to try anything that would get in the way of her academic pursuits. That's why, for example, you see her repairing a car and writing lyrics to a piece of music.

My guess would be that the 90s anime was afraid to take any risks with her, and wanted at least one character to hold up to as an example of how a young girl *should* be. As obnoxious as that is. (And I say this as a fan of Ami, even in the 90s anime. She's actually my favorite. But she deserves better.)
 
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Switching gears a bit... If Sailor Moon were created today, would Mercury have played Pluto's role?

While I personally regard the whole demotion-of-Pluto's-planetary-status controversy as a bunch of insufferable nonsense, let's say Naoko bought into it and wanted the (Solar System) Sailor Team to only consist of Sailor Guardians of "real" planets, thus precluding the existence of a Sailor Pluto. Would Pluto's role as Guardian of the Underworld and Keeper of the Door of Space-Time be transferred over to Mercury?

  • The chapter "Mercury Dream" already draws a connection (at least of personal closeness / admiration) between Ami and Setsuna
  • They represent the two smallest [classic] planets in the Solar System, and they're the only two whose uniforms lack sleeves/shoulder rolls
  • Mercury's "Hyperspace Area Formation" maneuver in Act 12 is not entirely dissimilar to Pluto's "Garnet Ball" and "Dark Dome Close" maneuvers, and she even needed "time-axis calculations" in order to perform it.
  • In mythology, the god Mercury/Hermes acted as a psychopomp, guiding spirits to the underworld. In fact, he was even sometimes conflated with Anubis, the Egyptian god of the underworld. As the god of travelers, crossroads, and boundaries, guarding a door of space-time would have been right up his alley

For these reasons, I think it would make sense for Mercury, in a Pluto-less version of the series, to have the powers/duties entrusted to Puu. Of course, Pluto's character's being incorporated into Mercury's would have some major ramifications on the series, especially in how the Black Moon and Infinity arcs would play out, but speculating on how such a version of the series would unfold is a lot of fun.
 
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MariaTenebre

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Switching gears a bit... If Sailor Moon were created today, would Mercury have played Pluto's role?

While I personally regard the whole demotion-of-Pluto's-planetary-status controversy as a bunch of insufferable nonsense, let's say Naoko bought into it and wanted the (Solar System) Sailor Team to only consist of Sailor Guardians of "real" planets, thus precluding the existence of a Sailor Pluto. Would Pluto's role as Guardian of the Underworld and Keeper of the Door of Space-Time be transferred over to Mercury?

  • The chapter "Mercury Dream" already draws a connection (at least of personal closeness / admiration) between Ami and Setsuna
  • They represent the two smallest [classic] planets in the Solar System, and they're the only two whose uniforms lack sleeves/shoulder rolls
  • Mercury's "Hyperspace Area Formation" maneuver in Act 12 is not entirely dissimilar to Pluto's "Garnet Ball" and "Dark Dome Close" maneuvers, and she even needed "time-axis calculations" in order to perform it.
  • In mythology, the god Mercury/Hermes acted as a psychopomp, guiding spirits to the underworld. In fact, he was even sometimes conflated with Anubis, the Egyptian god of the underworld. As the god of travelers, crossroads, and boundaries, guarding a door of space-time would have been right up his alley

For these reasons, I think it would make sense for Mercury, in a Pluto-less version of the series, to have the powers/duties entrusted to Puu. Of course, Pluto's character's being incorporated into Mercury's would have some major ramifications on the series, especially in how the Black Moon and Infinity arcs would play out, but speculating on how such a version of the series would unfold is a lot of fun.
I highly doubt she would have done a series without Pluto even if created today. Pluto has been an important planet for a while and if she only wanted to make Senshi for celestial objects of real planets she most likely wouldn't have made a Sailor Moon or even Asteroid Senshi.

However I will say this that I agree that Hyperspace Area Formation does sound like more of an attack that Sailor Pluto would have had as opposed to Sailor Mercury. Of course Sailor Pluto wasn't created when Sailor Mercury did that attack.
 

MariaTenebre

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You know it is rather interesting on the topic of this thread. Now given that Usagi is my personal favorite character in the series I obviously prefer her as the main character as opposed to Ami. However an interesting fact is that when the 90s anime was going into production Aya Hisakawa aka Ami's voice actress actually auditioned to play Usagi however Kotono Mitsuishi was chosen instead and Aya Hisakawa picked Ami as her second choice.

Also I do like that drawing of if Ami was the main character and Sailor Moon and interestingly enough her daughter and basically Chibiami looks rather similar to Ami's daughter also named Ami in Parallel Sailor Moon she even has the same glasses.
 

sapphire91

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I hope I'm not making mistakes and remembering things wrongly, but I remember that Ibread somewhere that the Nakayoshi rankings had separate polls for the civillian and super hero characters. So they had both Ami and Sailor Mercury as different options. I have also heard that Ami ranked very high, while Sailor Mercury much lower. If this is true as it is second hand info, this could really change things.
 
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It just occurred to me that three of Mercury's attacks are "Shine Aqua Illusion," "Shine Snow Illusion," and "Mercury Aqua Mirage."

The word "maboroshi" (as in "Maboroshi no Ginzuishou") is often translated as "illusion."

Etymologically speaking, the word "crystal" ultimately comes from the ancient Greek word κρύσταλλος, meaning "ice."

And, of course, the element mercury is also known as "quicksilver" (literally "living silver").

With all this in mind, the "Illusionary Silver Crystal" really should belong to Mercury...:mischief:
 
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It just occurred to me that three of Mercury's attacks are "Shine Aqua Illusion," "Shine Snow Illusion," and "Mercury Aqua Mirage."

The word "maboroshi" (as in "Maboroshi no Ginzuishou") is often translated as "illusion."

Etymologically speaking, the word "crystal" ultimately comes from the ancient Greek word κρύσταλλος, meaning "ice."

And, of course, the element mercury is also known as "quicksilver" (literally "living silver").

With all this in mind, the "Illusionary Silver Crystal" really should belong to Mercury...:mischief:
Maybe it did belong to the Mercury royal family before Queen Serenity had her forces slay the King and Queen and take the silver crystal for herself and had the the crown princess kidnapped and raised as one of her daughter’s handmaidens and told her family was killed by Queen Beryl :mischief: