"Casablanca Memory", "Princess Kaguya's Lover" and "Parallel Sailor Moon" - multidisciplinary comics

“Casablanca Memory”, “Princess Kaguya’s Lover” and “Parallel Sailor Moon” – multidisciplinary comics

We wrap up Naoko Takeuchi’s “Sailor Moon” summer comics show this week, with three separate short stories that aren’t part of the Chibiusa or Entrance Exam Wars series. It consists of “Casablanca Memory”, a sad and bleak tale about Rei Hino/Sailor of Mars. “The Lover of Princess Kaguya,” a holiday special starring Luna; and ‘Parallel Sailor Moon’, a fictional story published two years after the series concluded to mark the new millennium, and the Year of the Rabbit in 1999.

“Casablanca Memory” The events begin early in the first arc (before Venus arrives), and Rey’s character lights up on her birthday, when she receives her annual gift of Casablanca lilies. We know that Rey’s father is a busy politician, and she resents him because she feels he wasn’t there enough when her mother died, and only sees him on her birthdays. In turn, she becomes very close to his secretary, Kaido, who chooses lilies on her father’s behalf, knowing that they are her favorite flowers.

However, she has fallen out with Kaido, feeling betrayed after he finds out that he is betrothed to a politician’s daughter, but not exactly for the reason you might think: Kaido once told her that he had no interest in entering politics or marriage in order to advance his career. , which made her see him as the opposite of her father – but his engagement proved otherwise. (This doesn’t mean Rey doesn’t have some feelings for him, or at least thinks she does, she is a child after all.)

The actual plot involves (technically) the appearance of a set of music boxes, one of which was given to Rei by Usagi and Ami as a birthday present; It plays a sad piece called “Rain Song”, which increases the amount of rain during the summer, and gradually causes listeners to fall into a depressed stupor. Rei eventually encounters the changing creator of the Boxes, who preys on her fears, allowing her to confront them, and reassert herself as a strong and independent young woman who will not be weakened by heartbreak, but instead is clearly focused on her duty as a companion. sailor guardian.

Ri’s will

As I said last time, Memory of Casablanca is without a doubt the best Sailor Moon story, a touching story of unrequited love that adds a lot of depth to Rey’s history and personality through its sophisticated flashback structure. The raindrop artwork in particular helps create a sad atmosphere that makes you sympathize with her, and I love the way Rey’s distance from her father is conveyed by not showing his entire face. Plus: There’s a very entertaining After Credits page where Rei explains that, while not as interested in boys as she is, she doesn’t use her beauty to get free drinks.

Princess Kaguya’s lover: This long Christmas story (at least twice the size of a typical “Sailor Moon” chapter, at over 100 pages) spins between the arcs of “dream” and “stars” and sees Luna fall in love with space scientist Kakeru Ohzora, after being taken care of by her aftermath. Car accident. Kakeru, a sick dreamer who was unable to become an astronaut as a result of his health problems, believes in a legend Kaguya, Princess of the Moon, to the derision of his colleagues. His closest friend is Himeko Nayotake, an astronaut, whom he adores, but wishes he could grow up with.

I have to admit, though I’ve read this story twice, seen the animated version twice, and seen a theatrical musical version of it, I don’t find it particularly memorable: it’s a bit tricky, perhaps because I’m not so invested in this (certainly weird) love triangle ) between Luna and the two new characters. It looks depressing, as everyone is constantly speculating about what’s going on with Luna, Kakeru repeatedly suffers from dizzy spells, while the villain, dubbed “Princess Snow Kaguya”, is not Sailor Moon’s most interesting enemy. The artwork contains a large number Too much of the pale white and gray areas in the artwork, although that’s understandable given the Yuletide setting.

Human Luna Kisses Kakeru

However, we get a special moment at the end, when the Sailor Guardians use the silver crystal and the Holy Grail to turn Luna into a human, granting her her birthday wish to share a kiss with the man she loves. She takes Kakeru dancing among the stars themselves, nobly reminding him that the real Princess Kaguya is there too, while showing Himeko floating in her shuttle against the backdrop of space – even in its weakest installment, “Sailor Moon” still contains enough magic to leave you dazzled.

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“Sailor Moon Parallel” Takeuchi’s latest comic Sailor Moon is another hilarious addition in the context of “Chibiusa’s Picture Memoirs” and “The Entrance Exam Wars,” imagine a world in which Usagi never became Queen Neo-Serenity, and the inner guards lead a normal life with their daughters, each of whom has a picture Spitting their own, they share their own name. Usagi and Mamoru have a second daughter, Kousagi, who is a rather young girl with a sweet tooth that the other girls only have because all of their mothers are friends.

Sailor Moon: The Next Generation That Never Was

Kosagi stumbles upon a pink cat that looks like Luna, while the other girls watch an army of rabbits descend from the sky. The cat asks Kousagi to summon the power of the Parallel Sailor Moon, transforming her and her “friends,” as they defeat the rabbits by summoning all the stray cats in the area to form a giant bobcat, which swallows the space invaders whole. The girls then wake up, thinking the whole incident was a dream, winking commentary the pink cat winks at the reader (something I found doubly amusing because the entire storyboard is, legally, a strange dream about a fever).

These are the “Sailor Moon” comics have it covered – join us next week as we start looking back on, well, everything else from three decades of the series.

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