Script: Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon
Not really a single work per se; there isn't even an official title. This page is about a series of threads on RPG.net — something falling into a bizarre gap between a recap and an Alternate Continuity
One day, Shadowjack, an anime fan with almost no prior experience with Sailor Moon
(limited to the first dozen episodes and knowledge of two jokes note
about the English dub), started recapping the series episode by episode, similar in format to an Abridged Series
in Script Fic
What followed... was a surprisingly original take on the source material, shining with appropriate humor and insight into the theme and characters. The recaps themselves started very short, but grew increasingly detailed and peppered with in-jokes as time went on. Furthermore, Shadowjack started with almost no knowledge of Sailor Moon
fanworks, and his interpretation is thus entirely free of the fanon
that's been built up around the series — leaving him and the other RPG.net forumites free to come up with entirely new fanon, for example, Naru's mother being Queen Beryl
One constant feature of this series have been periodic summary comics, in which the characters themselves comment on the events so far in a No Fourth Wall
way. These, too, have been getting increasingly elaborate from season to season.
Currently Shadowjack is recapping season 4, SuperS.
An index for all episodes is maintained on this page
, and this one
lets you go directly from one episode to another without having to open new tabs, but for the best experience, it is recommended to start at the beginning of the first thread
and read through everything, including the recap posts themselves and everyone else's posts. Yes, the threads are long
.Note to editors:
Since the author himself or someone following the forum threads in a spoiler-free manner could be browsing this article, please spoiler-tag anything not yet revealed as of the latest recapped episode.
This abridged series... thingy provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: With heavy emphasis on the "affectionate."
- All Women Are Lustful: The girls are bit more open about their interests than before.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Frequently relies on this. Among other things, Ami is a Covert Pervert, Rei is a fiery Latina, Artemis is a Battle Butler, and Wiseman/DEATH PHANTOM is an over-the-top comic book super villain. Professor Souichi Tomoe is in it for the science, Eudial speaks like an advertising executive, and Mimette speaks entirely in textspeak and emoticons.
- Alternate Continuity: Kinda-sorta. It follows the anime closely overall, by nature of its format, but there are a few ultimately minor deviations.
- Animated Actors: Sometimes.
- As Long as There Is Evil: Beryl's reason for returning in the side story.
- Battle Butler: Artemis, with a hint of Stuffy Brit.
- Better Than a Bare Bulb: Like any abridged series styled recap, much fun is had at pointing out the follies and Fridge Logic of the original.
- Brains and Bondage: Ami gives indications of this now and then.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall/No Fourth Wall: The characters are generally aware they're on an anime. They're not always aware they're in a text parody of an anime.
- Cat What: In "Mister Tsukino Does His Taxes and the Household Budget" (see link below).
- These are commonly referred to as a "man what" when used by the girls.
- Check Please: Pluto says this when she appears in the S movie.
- Crossover Punchline: The panda from a first season episode is Genma Saotome.
- Curtain Fic: "Mister Tsukino Does His Taxes and the Household Budget" starts like this. Then it gets strange.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Happens both in-universe and for Shadowjack during the write-ups.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first recaps are very brief in comparison to later ones, each of which preserves almost all the scenes in the original episode (although often in heavily changed form).
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Koan has it for the purposes of a "kill da Wabbit" joke.
- Epileptic Trees: Shadowjack comes up with a number of theories (remember, he started with almost no knowledge of Sailor Moon canon).
- Everyone Is Bi: See this image◊.
- Fanon: Invoked - the series creates it. In spades. (Most of the "traditional" SM fanon is, however, utterly disregarded - or even mocked.)
- Fetish: Usagi discovers she has one for violin music. In a side comic this leads to her keeping violin CDs under her bed like a Porn Stash, including embarrassment when her mother discovered it.
- When Umino saves her in episode 32, Naru discovers she has one for "suicidal idiocy".
- First Name Basis: Ami is on one with Stephen Hawking.
- Friend on the Force: Detective Not-Appearing-In-This-Film eventually becomes this to the Sailor Team after he, you know, appears.
- Genre Savvy: The characters are all-around a bit more aware of the nature and tropes of their setting unless the plot requires them to be Genre Blind.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Rei drops this as part of her new Spanish heritage.
- In a World: Defied in the R movie opening.
Usagi: "…In a world—"
Luna: "No 'in a world.'"
- In Love with Your Carnage: Usagi's reaction to Rei frying the zombie policemen in episode 13.
Usagi: "I AM SO HOT FOR YOU RIGHT NOW."
- In the Name of the Moon: Naturally. Shadowjack's unique spin on it, however, starts in episode 14 and appears in every episode ever since: "I AM THE TERROR THAT TRIPS IN THE NIGHT!"
- Interactive Narrator/Medium Awareness: Now and again, the characters will read the narrative lines and react to it.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Future Ami seems to think so.
"Think about it: every single day, all over the Galaxy, something new is happening. Something new to see or do or learn or talk to. A thousand years hasn't been nearly enough."
- Les Yay: Usagi/Rei and especially Ami/Makoto.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: The hideouts of the villain's energy-draining schemes aren't quite as subtle. By the middle of the first season, the girls can see them coming a kilometer away.
- Nosebleed: Invoked during the R movie on Rei thanks to a Panty Shot from Minako.
- Original Character: Detective Not-Appearing-In-This-Film, who was mostly created to humorously highlight situations where the events portrayed in the show should have caused legal ramifications. He actually appears in one of the summation comics, though.
- Painting the Medium: More serious events are done in a prose style.
- Phrase Catcher: "Dammit V!"
- Precision F-Strike: When Artemis swears in the R movie, it's a sign on how bad things are.
- Police Are Useless:
Makoto: Y'know, we really should try to stop [Minako] from leaving, one of these days.note
Ami: What will we do with her, tie her up at the Shrine?
Usagi: We could give her to the police. Wait, no, how would they hold her?
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Commented on how the show averts this trope:
What I find fascinating about the series is that it really is girl power in action. It does not take traditionally "masculine" action tropes and simply gender swap them, no, and it does not deny or condemn the attraction of the pretty princess fantasy. Instead, it takes all the "feminine" girly stuff like frilly princess dresses and pink unicorns and makes them into implements of power. The hypothetical girl in the audience is being told that she can be as girly as she likes and still dream of growing up into power and responsibility. Feminine articles are not shackles or playthings to be eschewed, or tools good only for obtaining the approval of men — they are treated as cool and desirable things, in and of themselves.
Boy craziness is even part of this, in the way they make the knightly romance fantasy an active one. The girls wanna be swept off their feet by a handsome knight, and, damn it, they're gonna go out there and find that handsome knight and make sure he does it.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: Claimed by one poster after the finale comic for the first season.
- Running Gag:
- "TALKING CAT! TALKING CAT!" (Even Luna does it.)
Hotaru: Oh my gosh, a talking cat! So cute! May I pet you?
Luna: …I LOVE YOU, HOTARU.
- Often whenever random civilians are cured of being brainwashed zombie minions to the villains, the first thing out of their lips is a confused, "...Wha' happen?"
- "Suddenly! Enter Tuxedo Mask, dramatically, armed with +3 blessed throwing roses." Later seasons have some variations on this.
- "Tuxedo Mask wears glasses."
- First season villain locales being named "Ackbar's". note
- Ami attempting to beat the monster to death with her goddamn princess wand.
- Jhiday's comments for every S season episode: "The Other Four Sailor Soldiers Are Useless This Season."
- "Dammit V!"
- Shout-Out: All over the place.
- Something Completely Different: The illustrated side story "Mister Tsukino Does His Taxes and the Household Budget", in which Mister Tsukino does his taxes and transforms into Kamen Scooter to get them to the tax office in time.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Yamandakka. Technically she never died on-screen in the anime either, but the recap latches onto this minor footnote and puts its own spin on it.
- Spicy Latina: Rei.
- Spin-Off: "A Stormy Relationship", a series of comics that focus on the UST between Ami and Makoto. These versions of Ami and Makoto, anyway.
- Sudden Video-Game Moment: Characters refer to items drops, leveling up and other RPG touches in combat.
- Tap on the Head: Karate chops are sometimes used to knock out bystanders before transforming.
- Tempting Fate: Sometimes invoked to get the plot moving.
- They Fight Crime: "I'm Usagi Tsukino, and I have a magic cat. Together, we fight crime."
- Under the Truck: How Kamen Scooter evades the police.
- Very Special Episode: Defied in the episode 7 recap. "My name is Usagi Tsukino, and if it turns out to be a Very Special Episode of Sailor Moon, I'm gonna be pissed."
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Usagi's reaction to "Mister Tsukino Does His Taxes".
- When All You Have Is a Hammer
Usagi: Well, I might as well try this sucker. Though goodness knows how I'm supposed to 'cleanse' a pile of rocks.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: One was drawn up for the end of the first season, speculating on how their lives might have gone if there hadn't been more.
- Who's Laughing Now?: The Professor does this over his superior coffee making method.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Shadowjack's depiction of the manga version of Rei occasionally speaks like this. Or to put it another way
: "Rei speaketh liketh Frog