Anonymous said: Crystal!Usagi seems to be the perfect example of the "Mary Sue" archetype. She's amazing! She's sweet! What few flaws she does have only make her adorably quirky! Everyone adores her! And where Original Anime!Usagi had SO MUCH MORE than that to her (IMHO), Crystal!Usagi seems to have nothing behind her Practically Perfect exterior. it's very disheartening considering every other incarnation of her has been so complex and interesting. :(
I really dislike the entire concept of the “Mary Sue”, as more often than not it’s used exclusively as a means to shut down female characters and their stories. EVERY female character who dares have a story be about her is a so-called “Mary Sue”, and it’s never used as a term to do more than completely discredit the character and her story.
So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong.
God, what a Mary Sue.
I just described Batman.
So I don’t like the term “Mary Sue” myself, as it carries with it a lot of really troubling baggage, AND has been overused to the point of meaningless. It’s not a conversation starter but a conversation ender, and the last thing we should be having is less conversations about powerful female characters and their stories.
I’d encourage us to stay away from it. It’s entirely possible to criticise Crystal’s iteration of Usagi without ever invoking the term. What I’m saying is really no more or less than what I already said: poor writing and poor characterization are the problems here. Usagi IS the most powerful and the most important and all of these things are okay. More than okay, they’re fucking fantastic! What’s NOT okay is stripping her of any of the elements that make her the dynamic, engaging, beloved character who’s so important and means so much she’s lived on in our hearts and minds for the past twenty years.
I’m not sick of seeing it quoted! I’m sick of people deciding the important thing to focus here is arguing with me about Batman (or assuming I don’t know anything about him lol) or repeating arguments I’ve addressed a million times/are actually addressed in article.
You quoting me just make me feel happy and important.
(And yeah, it’s not like people didn’t accuse original anime Usagi of being a Sue, because she was the most powerful and everyone loved her and she even became Queen of the World. Gasp how dare she be a female power fantasy and protagonist of a story)
My problem with Crystal Usagi isn’t so much that I feel she’s too perfect as I feel like, yeah I could buy a girl quickly developing into a competent and powerful hero, some people do that, but I don’t think Crystal is handling the development well. Usagi calmly enumerating her flaws and then being like “oh well I’ll try harder” is not in the character they set- she shouldn’t be calm, she should be emotional, she should etc- I guess my problem with Crystal Usagi is lack of emotion and humor. She needs more silly moments, she needs her liveliness.
I feel like yeah, there was the problem of the original anime sort of hitting the reset button with Usagi sometimes re flaws (like…the entirety of SuperS) or regressing her for humor’s sake. I also have no problem with Usagi being more competent bc tbh the original anime definitely annoyed me with how she never developed combat wise in motd battles- I know it’s not her strength, but after 500 monster fights she shouldn’t be making basic mistakes all the time, ANYONE would become a better fighter.
But there is a need for a balance- you can have Usagi’s development stick better and her be more comptent in day-to-day battles and her friendship powers be emphasized more right off the bat without draining the life out of her and still giving her plenty of doofy moments and niggling flaws. PGSM did that, the musicals did that, and I would argue the manga did that better than Crystal is doing.
i feel like i’m going to explode from stress and depression. My life is going nowhere, i’ve messed up so bad, i’m so lonely, i’m going to be all alone soon and i’m stuck. I feel like such a piece of shit. I’m never going to get a real job. i’m never going to get someone I can be with and that’s my fault. All my friends will leave me soon. I have nothing.
I can’t write without screwing up. I can’t talk about social justice without screwing up. So many people I don’t even know don’t like me. I’m a failure.
I’ve already got so much baggage and I’m a nervous wreck and i made too many mistakes online and they’ll haunt me for the rest of my life.
now she’s acting like i didn’t show up and sent me a really mean and sarcastic message and i’m crying
i guess i officially give up on okcupid. unless someone messages me it’s just not worth it.
stood up again. im such a giant loser god.
I was rereading the manga and comparing it to Crystal in my head
and how fucking adorable is it that Usagi always introduces Rei as “INCREDIBLY HOT MIKO WHO IS TERRIFYING WHEN SHE’S ANGRY” and introduces Mako as “STRONG ONEE-SAN-TYPE WITH A MAIDEN’S HEART” like oh my god Usagi.
imagine if that was actually how usagi introduced her friends not just to the readers but other people “HELLO THIS IS MY BIG SISTER WHO IS THE SAME AGE AS ME MAKO-CHAN, SHE CAN KICK YOUR ASS BUT SHE HAS A MAIDEN’S HEART TOO, DATE HER,I KNOW I WANT TO. AND HERE IS REI-CHAN, SHE IS REALLY HOT BUT THERE IS UNTOLD TERROR THERE SO DO NOT TEST HER. ALSO PSYCHIC.”
also yeah reeeeiiiii she is just so consistently grumpy in the manga iiii misss yooouuuuu.like even in the masquerade chapter she’s like “WHY THE FUCK DO I HAVE TO BE HERE GODDDD” like there were so many character moments for her left out of Mako’s introduction like her yelling at her grandfather for being a creep and then going on a “respect women!!!” rant later it’s like WOW CHARACTERIZATION REI TAKES NO SEXIST BULLSHIT WOW WHODATHUNK. I miss that.
also I forgot that in the manga Mamoru actually slaps usagi to wake her up (not hard it look more like he’s aggressively patting her face but still) before going HAHA SORRY IT’S MY FAULT YOU JUST COLLAPSED I SCREWED UP.You seriously have no social skills you nerd.
He seriously gives off the impression of panicking in the manga. OH AND IN THE MANGA USAGI PANICS AT ALL THE PASSED OUT PEOPLE AND WONDERS IF EVERYONE IS DEAD rather than…whatever she did in Crystal. She even starts crying!!!! EMOTION!!!!
Also rather than Ami going “USAGI’S SO AMAZING WITH HER FRIENDSHIP POWERS” it’s more of a humorous bit in the manga, like Ami is intimidated by how ginormous Mako is and was like “DOES USAGI KNOW WHEN TO BE AFRAID?” And Luna thinks “Usagi is the type who will try to get ANYONE to like her.” Which actually seems more like an insight into WHY Usagi has Friendship powers rather than pumping her up- she desperately wants to be liked. It’s not entirely unselfish.
(And then Luna’s like “FIRST THAT DOUCHE TUXEDO MASK AND NOW SHE’S HITTING ON THIS GIRL.” I’m not joking. She thinks “Whatever happened to Tuxedo Mask?” when observing them. I think it’s just the official translation being wonky again BUT I WILL TAKE IT. I WILL TAKE THIS FURTHER CONFIRMATION USAGI WAS FLIRTING WITH MAKO THERE AND LUNA NOTICED AND FOUND IT HARD TO ADJUST TO THE USAGI TSUKINO POLYAMOROUS LIFESTYLE)
I did find some thinks I found weird in the crystal DID exist in the manga. Like Mamoru going “HEY SAILOR MOON LIGHT CAN DEFEAT DARKNESS!” like first of all duh, second of all how are you prediciting Usagi’s superpowers. I guess I never noticed because he was literally in the background of that panel and she didn’t even turn to look at him.
also yeah Usagi does like to comment on Mamoru’s warmth a lot in the manga too. But I found that kind of cute? especially since there is a part in the manga where Usagi’s like “AH TUXEDO MASK WHY AM I SUCH A WEIRDO ABOUT HIM WITH MY HEART RACING ALL THE TIME THE WARM HANDS THE GENTLE SMILE THE SCENT OF DESTINY SHIT I AM SUCH A FUCKING WEIRDO” yes you are honey.
There are also lots of a bits where Luna has to talk Usagi down from crying in the manga, which gives more leadup to her thinking she’s useless without luna and the others.
rachaellikespink said: THERE IS THIS PART IN TODAY'S EPISODE WHERE MAMO'S FACE LOOKS RIDICULOUS AND I'M SURE YOU WILL KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT (if you haven't already)
I must have been too tired because I don’t really remember his face looking weird. i’m sure i will see it again in people’s liveblogs though.