As some of you may know, the other four “Inner” Senshi along with Naru make appearances in the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon prequel, Codename: Sailor V. Here they are!
Usagi Tsukino and Naru Osaka (Acts 5 and 6):
Ami Mizuno (Act 15):
Rei Hino (Act 6):
Makoto Kino (Act 15, or 16 in the reprint)
Minako less of an out-there pop idol and with more of an indie vibe than I think she’s likely to have, but I love the feel of this. She looks so happy, so relaxed and sexy and confident. I see her older here, probably early twenties, and maybe just on the cusp of really breaking through and becoming an international star. Singing in a little club perhaps, maybe her friends in the audience there to watch Minako do her thing, and maybe she’s singing to everyone but singing to THEM.
I love the hell out of her outfit here. It’s minimal and simple, but still manages to capture Minako. Plus that belt? Tell me that is not the PERFECT Minako belt. If you tell me that, you are wrong.
Both of Usagi’s mamas together!
So I was thinking today about the early-R arc, the one where everyone lost their memories (only to regain them when needed).
And I was thinking - what if Ail and An never showed up, and the senshi weren’t needed? Like, Beryl was it, end of story, they go on with their lives.
I was thinking, well, perhaps Usagi would just get this… feeling… about certain people and make friends with Ami and Makoto (easy enough, they made friends the first time before they were senshi - and both girls were so lonely and starved for friendship I can see them jumping at the chance to hang with Usagi who would of course feel like this was somehow.. ‘right’.)
Minako would be harder because she goes to a different school, but they probably find each other (Minako would also have some overwhelming feeling that this girl was important to her… somehow) at the arcade or - worst case - at Juuban High when they both end up there. Of course they’d hit it off right away.
I’m also pretty certain Mamoru and Usagi would find a way back to each other, like in season 1, he’d be all secretly in love with her and she’d be all ‘it’s that annoying guy’ and then a fanfic would happen or something idk you’ve all read those.
Rei you guys. Rei who took half a season to warm to Usagi the first time, when they were thrown together almost every day. Rei who pushes everyone away. Rei who goes to a different school, runs in different circles. Rei who never admitted to herself how lonely she really was. Rei who would dislike Usagi passionately if she ever met her - before she learned to love her just as passionately.
Would they ever be able to be friends under different circumstances?
LIKE OH GOD.
I just imagine Usagi passing by Hikawa Shrine, pausing for a moment, wondering, and then just walking on feeling kinda sad and not knowing why.
Surprising no one, I HAVE HAD THESE THOUGHTS. A LOT.
Because poor Rei, you are just the saddest thing and no, you would NOT want to be integrated into this alternate timeline at all. But oh it will happen, so let’s come back to making you later.
In my favourite versions of this, interestingly enough, it happens outside of Usagi. Or, rather, Usagi is ultimately like the hub of the wheel that brings it all together, but the girls bring each other into the fold for that to even happen. Also trying to stay away from IT’S JUST FATED AND DESTINY because although while I think that is, it makes for a pretty short post, and I just don’t make those. So let’s let destiny maybe help with some coincidences or “right place, right time” situations, and make the girls do the rest of the work.
Mako and Ami are a given. As you said, they’re in the same school, they’re in the same circles, and both were well on their way to becoming Usagi’s friends anyway. But here’s how I think it all goes down.
Usagi and Mako make friends first, and I think it unfolds pretty much as it did first time around, only without the need for Usagi to be rescued on Mako’s first day of school because come on how many times can that happen. Mako has her rep, and this only makes Usagi interested, not scare her off. So as we saw, she goes to investigate, Mako has delicious food, and BOOM instant friends. Mako is Mako and of course becomes immediately protective and loyal and Usagi is perfect and loving.
Then at some point, there’s another round of big exams and, as usual, Ami is #1. Also, as usual, people start harassing her and giving her shit. Only this time, Mako hears is, because for the first time, she’s actually hanging around the posted scores chatting with Usagi and Naru. Mako’s Mako Sense kicks into overdrive, and next thing you know there’s a pile of bodies on the floor and Mako’s checking to make sure Ami’s okay, that whole bit. Ami is RIDICULOUSLY TOUCHED by this. No one has ever said two kind words to her before, let alone go to this length to help her just from people being mean.
After — because did I mention that I’ve thought about this a lot because I HAVE — Mako get suspended. She nearly gets herself kicked out, but when Ami hears about it, she goes to plead with the administration to give Mako another chance, confessing how she was being bullied and Mako was only helping her. Ami has big sway with the administration, being a nationally recognized genius at THEIR SCHOOL and all, and they agree to only a suspension. Ami finds where Mako lives and goes to tell her. Mako was pretty depressed about the situation (not regretting it, just that she was finally maybe fitting in at a school with friends and then this), and is so thrilled that she gets to stay she gives Ami a huge hug and Ami’s little heart melts right there and Mako is instantly her BFF. Through Mako, Ami gets folded in with Usagi, and life is great.
I went where you did with Minako, saying that she and Usagi bump into each other at the arcade. Except it’s not so much “bump into” because Minako is staking out the arcade to make this happen.
They both play a lot of games, but they both love the Sailor V game best of all. Minako thinks she’s pretty damned awesome, if she does say so herself, and enjoys always taking the top spot on the scoreboards. But then another name begins to creep up there, and Minako notices. A challenger approaches! Then, horror of horrors, one day Minako goes in to play AND SOMEONE ELSE HAS THE TOP SPOT. And this is beginning to happen on other games too? Who is this mystery person?? MINAKO MUST KNOW. So she embarks on this week-long stake-out, totally involving Motoki much to his chagrin, until she meets her eternal rival who must agree to battle it out one-on-one or know the shame of a thousand generations.
That is Usagi. And after about five minutes everything is wonderful and perfect, welcome aboard Minako.
Minako has a LOT of friends. She’s funny and popular and everyone at her school pretty much loves her. She adores the attention too, so she chats to a lot of people, though it’s only with Usagi and the others that she finally finds the true friendship she’s been looking for. Still, all those people, and all that chatting and gossiping, and there’s very little of interest in their age group that Minako doesn’t know about.
Enter The Creepy Psychic Girl.
Minako’s schoolfriends have been talking about this girl for a while now. They go to the shrine to pick up charms, and are all infatuated with the beautiful shrine maiden there. They’ve heard she can do just about anything, from finding your lost stuff to predicting the future to reading your mind to CURSING YOU INTO DEATH.
Minako is, of course, fascinated.
This Psychic Girl is her new mission.
By the time she involves the others, she’s already done the preliminary work. She knows about all she can know about Rei without actually really getting to talk to Rei herself — which she’s tried, repeatedly, with about the results you’d expect. But to Minako, that just makes the challenge all the sweeter, so she keeps coming back. Rei’s initial prickly defensive attack has already been absorbed by Minako. So while she’s not at all happy about the attention, she’s moved mostly to the “if I ignore it maybe it will go away” stage. So, of course, Minako responds by dragging the other four into it.
Mako and Ami are initially put off by Rei’s brusqueness, so they aren’t too interested in forcing this. But Usagi has put maximum points into FRIENDSHIP and only sees how sad and lonely Rei is. Making Rei her friend becomes her own mission.
She and Minako, every other day or so, are at the shrine after school. Usagi is actually the more calm and sedate of the two in her own way, due in no small part to viewing Rei as less a thing to be conquered and more a prize to be won. Rei is, quite despite herself, becoming acclimated to them, even going so far as to miss them on the days they “have off”, though she would never admit that to anybody, least of all herself.
Then one day when Usagi and Minako would typically be making general nuisances of themselves, they don’t show up. Rei finds herself sweeping the same section of the shrine, a part right near the entrance, and keeps waiting for them to show up. But they never do.
It surprises her just how deeply this is bothering her. Where are they? They should be here.
Then she’s walking down the shrine steps and looking down the street for them.
Then she’s walking to Usagi’s school.
And when, halfway there, Usagi rounds a corner, she sees Rei. Rei in her miko outfit. Rei still with a broom in her hand because she forgot to put it down. Rei with a relieved look on her face because Usagi’s okay. And Usagi saw all of this and Rei can bluster and protest, AND OH DOES SHE, but yeah. Totally caught.
(Minako got herself grounded, by the way, and her mother picked her up right after school and forced her to go home. Usagi had to stay late because she was sleeping in class again.)
From that point on, Usagi has won. She and Minako are very full of themselves about this and it does little to improve Rei’s mood, but when they each take an arm and drag Rei off to be reintroduced to Mako and Ami, Rei complains loudly but goes.
And the circle was complete and they were best friends forever, the end.
I can’t even say anything else but perfect and dying from perfect
hot guys with no fashion sense
He has little masks on his slippers
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME
reblogging so I never lose the Tuxedo Slippers again
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot: waiting for phone calls
PUSSY GAME INTERGALACTIC
So I want to take a second to talk about Xavin from Runaways, the character you see in these middle panels. (FYI: I’ve chosen to use both male and female pronouns for writing about this character because Xavin’s pronouns tended to shift depending on if the character looked male or female.)
Runaways was about teens with super powers escaping their evil parents. Xavin was the first bisexual character I encountered in comics, and showed up for the first time in Volume 5 of the collected editions (Escape to New York). His bisexuality was inextricably linked to her ability to shapeshift. While in the presence of his partner, Karolina Dean who identified as a lesbian, Xavin mostly presented as female (though sometimes switched to male depending on the situation).
When hanging out with Chase or the other guys, he would often appear male. Sometimes he played board games with Molly in male form, others in female form, switching effortlessly with no transition between panels. No matter what gender she appeared to be, she always had dark skin (unless he was in Super Skrull form then it was green). It was the first time I’d ever seen a character that could be identified as genderqueer (though to my knowledge the word was never used) in mainstream comics.
It was also one of the few times I’ve seen the issues of a mixed-orientation relationship explored by a mainstream publisher. Karolina struggled with Xavin at times, wanting to put her into a box of being ‘really’ female and not always understanding Xavin’s need to appear in male form as well as female form. Meanwhile Xavin struggled with the binary nature of the human gender system, which he found confusing and irritating.
The series also had an African American boy and an Asian American girl leading the team, and an 11 year old girl who loved pink but could beat the hell out of The Hulk. Be still my heart.
Marvel aimed the series right at the heart of teen demographics and even now, 10 years after it was originally published, I see teens at the library falling in love with it all over again. It’s a series I wholeheartedly recommend to fans of mainstream superhero stories with diverse casts.