sailor moon episode 23 (nephrite gets fucked over: THE FUCKENING)

so obviously, seeing how i am the embodiment of pure logic, the next post is a sailor moon liveblog (those episodes are downloading fuck my internet)

man this sure is long… goddammit why is Nephrite’s arc so good…

so hey if this isn’t the first episode of the two-episode nephrite redemption arc

…and i have a ridiculous theory

it was last episode that Usagi destroyed the spirit that possessed Naru and Princess Diamond, and I remember joking about it being Nephrite’s not-smooth side

what if there’s truth to it
what if in the last episode Usagi literally destroyed a part of Nephrite’s soul that was preventing him from ever empathizing with anyone

i don’t LIKE this theory mind you. i much prefer the interpretation that he was genuinely lonely bc its just more human and interesting

but also fuck Nephrite?

idk

hi Tsukino Usagi ❤ you absolutely look like a superheroine. like since the secret identity thing first appeared, the idea that the superhero looked like an ordinary person in everyday life was the entire point, no?

OH HEY
NARU
my poor child )=
who knows exactly how bad a decision she is making
but I guess romance

and Usagi ❤
‘you’re such a child’ ahaha Naru if you only knew
‘mature romance’ I love just how much Usagi doesn’t buy this bullshit ❤
oh my god she’s such a child though it’s beautiful her and Naru

and Naru doesn’t expect Usagi to react negatively to Sanjoin ❤

I love how absolutely different in… tone? the two girls are here? Usagi, the emotional and exaggerated and passionate and playful and entirely self-aware of how childish she is being. and Naru, all engrossed in her ~romantic mystique~

Usagi really is the grown-up of the two of them here )=

queen ❤

aw look at this
Rei is in favor of cutting all the knots and sharing all the information and I can’t not agree with this approach
but also look how SURPRISED Usagi is when Ami suggests that they listen to her. like. Usagi literally doesnt expect them to want to hear her opinion on dealing with HER OWN BEST FRIEND.

everyone pls stop treating Usagi like shit 2k17
shes a powerful queen and can live through this but also… can we not

…granted, she ends up not being able to formulate a single thought when asked, but the point stands

Luna literally fuck you Usagi was the one who brought up the problem to begin with this was never yours to manage ever

oh and Nephrite has already gone rogue at this point
he was fucked already
I wonder what he’s even looking for the Silver Crystal for?

‘Kunzite told you to come check on me, didn’t he?’

point 1: Queen Beryl couldn’t summon Nephrite
point 2: Kunzite and Zoicite know where to find Nephrite easily
I wonder if the queen knows about the second fact…
also, Nephrite is hiding from the queen, but expects Kunzite to be checking on him
this looks like the shitennou have their own thing and i am Interested

…and they were talking like grownups up until Nephrite told Zoicite he would GET THE BETTER OF HIM
after this its just HIDOI!!!

I WILL RESTORE MY HONOR
sure Zuko whatever you say
you are worse at your job than Jadeite and that’s saying something

SPOOKY STAR STUFF
BLACK CRYSTAL

I can’t believe i ever thought the demons were cool
but the aesthetics of everything are still pretty as shit and I wish more anime was like this )=

I love how Nephrite has no clue how his own compass thingy even works

OH MY GOD FIRST SIGHTING OF KUNZITE ISN’T IT
AND LOOK AT ZOICITE BEING THE DRAMA QUEEN
WHAT A PERFECT OPEN MOUTH HIDOI LOOK
<33333333333

‘WE CAN JUST STEAL IT’
‘YOU’RE A GENIUS’
…im pretty sure Zoicite has come up with this himself and just wanted to lead Kunzite to suggesting it himself
nothing is not fucked up here ❤

aww Usagi faced with tough dilemmas ❤ and nobody appreciates how difficult the emotional stuff is

omfg Usagi can spot Mamoru’s fuckery telepathically before she sees or hears him ❤

I love how little patience she has for his BS

MAMORU
omfg these three are kinda Pure all together ❤
Usagi’s Other Friends
…as little as The Fucker qualifies as a friend…

okay he does give some helpful advice here

awww omg adorable
Usagi is hungry and orders a ton of food makign the guys uncomfortable
SHE IS VERY AWARE OF THIS
DONT WORRY ITS MY TREAT
ALSO MORE FOOD

I love my wonderful queen

also its an interesting contrast to that one Rei episode where she tries to set up a date with Mamoru
Usagi is much more willing to go with the flow and relies much more on the situation in the moment than on cliches and truisms
she’s ordering lots of food, she will pay

…we all know why she’s perpetually out of allowance don’t we

YUKI
YOU GOTTA BELIEVE USAGI
RIGHT INTO IT
she just shouts it all out and runs away
…maybe it would have been better if you stayed. Naru looks like she’s going to act stupid just to be contrary ❤

aww she did pay attention though
HE IS JUST SO GORGEOUS
JFC

man she’s so naive
OUR HEARTS MUST BE LINKED TOGETHER

poor Naru’s mom )=

man the lamp and the butterflies
this fucking visual metaphor
the anime is not trying to fuck around with illustrating what Nephrite is saying

OH MY GOD LOOK AT THIS
THIS IS AIMED AT LITTLE CHILDREN AND KNOWS EXACTLY HOW UNSUBTLE IT HAS TO BE TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS

man Nephrite is an expert in manipulation
not particularly subtle but effective on his chosen target, as he always is

man this smirt
the bug zapper
what is subtle?

poor Naru’s mom )=
and she worries about what’s happened to Naru ❤ she’s securely in her corner

I love the way this conversation is playing out in the bg while the visual is Usagi running ❤

transform, not transform, whatever, not the point

Usagi is protecting Her People ❤

man the aesthetic of Sailor Moon reigns in my heart still unchallenged

I’LL ARREST YOU ON A CHARGE OF ROMANTIC FRAUD
I’D SAY USAGI WAS THINKING UP THIS LINE THE ENTIRE TIME SHE RAN BUT LET’S BE REAL HER TALENT FOR MAKING UP THIS SHIT ON THE FLY IS UNCHALLENGEABLE

man she is so soft and round I love her ❤

ahaha when faced with a choice of upholding his lie or attacking Sailor Moon Nephrite doesn’t hesistate ❤
he knows his priorities and he cn always mend things with Naru

man and Usagi is out of it in the middle of the battle again
it’s like she snaps into and out of fight mode
and when she’s out her processing is just kinda frozen by all the terrible shit going on
she needs time to reset and get her head in the game
and normally, that’s what Tuxedo Kamen does

but this time, here come the girls ❤

Usagi is not operating without backup, and boy is she happy about this fact right now

the absolutely ridiculous length of the animation of Ami’s attack and a like ten seconds pause between Bubble and (Beam) Spray jfc
Rei’s is nearly as bad but still a little faster

OMG HERE IS THAT MOMENT
‘Sanjoin-sama!’
‘I didn’t know she was still there…’
the moment when Naru, in Nephrite’s mind, crosses the line from ‘bystander to be fucked with’ into ‘me and mine’

…and then she literally jumps in the way of Sailor Moon’s tiara which has to be up there in 10 stupidest things anyone’s ever done
like
girl
Sailor Moon is a superhero
you know it as well as anyone
Nephrite is not even protesting the accusations
and he would probably have dodged again he’s been pretty good at that
but no
in your mind, a romantic story is already playing out, and in it, you’re the plucky heroine, the only one in the unlucky hero’s corner
oh girl ❤

I love how slowly the tiara is flying there
it’s not even slo-mo Usagi and Naru have time to talk and react with normal speed
but Nephrite doesn’t move

I guess this is just an anime convention and it IS meant to be slo-mo
it’s really cute ❤

and aw yis Usagi displays fine control over her attack
like yeah she’s panicking but she like… does manage to stop it successfully
(BY ASKING IT NICELY)
(I LOVE TSUKINO USAGI)
(and she is really surprised that it worked)

“This girl cares for me…” dear Nephrite. EXACTLY HOW IS THIS A SURPRISE. like you’ve been… setting her up for precisely that for the last two episodes already, and the entirety of this one

I guess it’s not that it’s surprising, but that it’s really sinking in
that he’s got someone in his corner, someone who wants to protect him, someone who just probably for real saved his life
someone behind whose back he can be safe
I love this shot a lot:

its just so good in getting across the emotional filling with composition ❤

and Naru is still not finding anything weird in the way Sailor Moon says her name desperately ‘Naru-chan…’
I GUESS SHE’S A LITTLE DISTRACTED AT THE MOMENT

oh hey the Black Crystal lights up
wasn’t it Usagi’s tears that ended up turning into the ginzuishou
and she’s crying right now
so that makes sense
I wonder if it highlighted Naru as someone who can make Usagi cry…

OMG
AND NEPHRITE’S MIND GOES INTO A DIFFERENT DIRECTION ALTOGETHER
NO WONDER ZOICITE KNEW EXACTLY HOW TO GET HIM
‘Is it reacting to a kind heart? Sacrificing her own life to save another…’
like yeah it’s a more plausible theory than ‘Sailor Moon’s tears are the ginzuishou’ but he looks so profoundly affected by the idea ❤

‘Is this what human love is?’

okay now I’m just wondering what the fuck is going on in the Dark Kingdom because there’s only so much fun I can poke at this bundle of ridiculous and this looks like Nephrite is speaking from bitterly jaded experience rather than ignorance
look at his face

‘fuck the dark kingdom for being fucked up, fuck the humans for having it better, and fuck me for getting myself stuck in this situation’
<33333333333333
(look at the eyebrrrowsss)

omfg the monster

omg Naru picking it up

AHAHAH
AND IN THE MOMENT WHEN HE’S PROTECTING NARU AND THE CRYSTAL
WHEN HIS ACTIONS MAKE TOTAL SENSE
WHAT HE SAYS IS NARU’S NAME
IN THAT SPLIT SECOND HE WASN’T THINKING OF THE CRYSTAL

man I just… no matter how much of a fucker he is, this is still compelling )=

OMG USAGI’S SHOCK THO
I LOVE WHAT THIS ANIME DOES WITH ITS VISUALS

Naru just faints

AND NEPHRITE HIMSELF IS IN EQUAL AMOUNT OF SHOCK
LIKE WHAT THE FUCK IS MY BRAIN DOING THIS IS OUT OF CONTROL AND I DONT LIKE THIS

YOUR HANDS DID NOTHING WRONG DUDE THAT WAS A REASONABLE THING TO DO
WHAT YOU NEED TO GLARE AT IS YOUR OWN MOUTH
GRANTED THAT WOULD BE HARD TO DO WITHOUT A MIRROR
PLEASE IMAGINE NEPHRITE FINDING A MIRROR JUST TO GLARE AT HIS OWN MOUTH IN IT WITH ME

seriously tho, he didn’t even seem to realize that that was protecting the Black Crystal too, he just… didn’t process that part. in his memory of his decision making process of that split second figures only Naru

<33333333333333

omg how pissed the demon is at Nephrite for BEING A TRAITOR AND DARING TO PROTECT A HUMAN

we get very few glimpses into what the Dark Kingdom is like and this is… interesting
so much as just expressing care about a human is enough to be judged traitor… at least by this particular demon. might be just her tho

I love how thoroughly unimpressed Nephrite is with her attack like wow are you serious there

and Usagi steps in so we don’t find out how the fight would have played out

look at this girl when she’s had the moments of calm to get her bearings ❤

oh and look at them standing around Naru all together! I’m not saying this is giving more fuel to my ‘save Nephrite’ Naru fanfiction urge but… it’s totally giving more fuel to it
a momentary ceasefire over a shared priority

and look at Usagi being visually obviously the leader… but also the most vulnerable and distracted one… and one being the reason for the other. Usagi is the one who has an avenue to act here, a motivation, someone who WILL initiate a ceasefire, and the girls stand over – and behind! – her as her bodyguards, for what might be the first time

they are deferring to her decision and backing her up fully

it would be really nice if this didn’t come on the heels of a continuing storm of verbal abuse but o well i’ll take what i get and so will Usagi

the leader purely because she isn’t going to follow anyone else

AND HE GIVES HER BACK THE BAUBLE
NOTICE HOW HE DIDN’T DO IT IMMEDIATELY AFTER HE REALIZED IT WAS USELESS
IT JUST DIDN’T OCCUR TO HIM THAT IT WAS NARU’S PROPERTY AND HE SHOULD RETURN IT
BUT NOW HE DOES BECAUSE CONCEPTS SUCH AS ‘NARU IS A PERSON AND HER INTERESTS AND PROPERTY ARE A THING’ HAVE APPEARED IN HIS MIND

and oh man I can’t get enough of the visual moments in this

this doesnt get to be a moment Nephrite wordlessly shares with Naru
this is a moment Nephrite wordlessly shares with Naru and a very pissed Usagi
she is there, she is looking out for Naru, and she is not amused

queen ❤

“Nephrite, why can’t you be a little considerate of Naru’s feelings?!”

this is interesting in how much Usagi is out of sync with Nephrite’s arc here
like there’s the obivous answer that he has no reason to be
and then there’s the point that he just kind of was
there’s him barely just starting to figure out that Naru HAS feelings
and the fact that this outburst at this point is more likely to set him back on this journey than help him along

Usagi is NOT here for his arc and nOT here for his bullshit
she’s here for Naru, and all logical reasoning, plot, character arcs and emotional subtleties of the manipulator can go to hell
Usagi cuts straight to the point
if Nephrite wants to be on the same playing field as her he damn well better live up to ALL of her standards
fuck baby steps

AND THE GIRLS BACK HER UP WHICH IS BEAUTIFUL
THEY ARE MORE AWARE THAN USAGI OF HOW LITTLE MOTIVATION NEPHRITE HAS TO BE CONSIDERATE OF NARU
THEY AREN’T GIVING HIM THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT USAGI IS
BUT THEY SHARE THE SENTIMENT AND THEY WORD THEIR STATEMENTS AS SUPPORT FOR USAGI AND HER POINT
I LOVE THIS

oh my god tho
‘obviously he doesn’t have a heart!’
and Nephrite makes a really ugly grimace and goes ‘obviously you guys know nothing!’
i wonder where that hurt him
…and he segues right into the ginzuishou helping the dark kingdom rule the world which is an adorable nonsequitur indicative of just how much of a war over priorities is going on in his head right now
he’s trying to convince HIMSELF that he doesn’t care about Naru and he’s successful-ish… for the moment

omg this is literally the first time the senshi hear about the ginzuishou isn’t it
let’s hear if Luna knew about it
‘it sounds familiar’ apparently nope

SARAMADA
HAHAHAHHA
i love this dork

OH MY GOD USAGI ❤
‘stars, please, if Nephrite cares about Naru, don’t let him do any more bad things’
I just love
everything about this
Usagi is giving him the benefit of the doubt because she’s just like that it’s who she is (WE HAVE THAT IN COMMON)
she also realizes that it’s going to take fucking star intervention to have him not do any more bad things because caring about one person =/= not being a complete fucker

OH MY GOD

STARS RIGHT

AND NEPHRITE

AND LET’S BE REAL DYING AT THE END OF THE NEXT EPISODE IS THE ONLY WAY HE COULD END UP NOT DOING ANY MORE BAD THINGS

DID

DID STARS HEAR USAGI’S PLEA AND GUIDE NEPHRITE TO HIS DEATH SO IT COULD COME TRUE

IS THIS REDEMPTION EQUALS DEATH ENFORCED IN-UNIVERSE

IS USAGI’S HEARTFELT PLEA HERE THE REASON NEPHRITE DIES

THAT IS VERY THEMATICALLY APPROPRIATE AND VERY HILARIOUS

look at this pure child who has no idea she’s condemning him to death at this point ❤

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