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Serena's fat jokes taken to their logical extreme.
"So, there was this one time, and there was this one place, and it was like, really far away, like, on the moon. And then this stuff happened..." LOUD NOISES!!!
—Narrator and Queen Beryl, the first lines of episode #1
Sailor Moon Abridged (SMA) is a Gag Dub of the 1992 Sailor Moon anime, created by Megami33, KrisRix, Roll002 and Judgement915, covering the entire Dark Kingdom arc and most of the Doom Tree arc. It's a notable Abridged Series for being one of the few among its peers to have more than 40 episodes, and the first to prove that a female main cast can be just as funny.It derives most of its humor from flanderizing the show's main characters, mocking its general premise and its horrible North American dub. Not to mention just about anything else it can think of. There's also notably little reliance on pop culture and Internet references.All of its creators handle the writing and most of the voice acting. Season 2 adds EvilChicken25 of Gargoyles Abridged and editor Lana Shittles to the cast. And none other than LittleKuriboh cameos as Moonlight Knight. Megami33 herself is also part of Team Four Star.Former members MaxSkate2001 and Whip0fAlchemy both resigned for scheduling reasons. Whip0fAlchemy has since attempted abridging Revolutionary Girl Utena and joined the cast of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Abridgerty. SMA was dragged into The War of the Abridged Series Creators in 2008, which they handled in a surprisingly mature way.Find the character sheet here.Get your hands on the episodes on the official site and the backup YouTube account.Seeing that it's been 2012 since any sort of activity it's probably safe to assume this series has gone the way of the dinosaurs. However, in May 2014 creator KrisRix announced that the team intended to eventually fulfill their promise of at least completing the remaining two episodes of the Doom Tree arc.
Anvilicious: invoked The Remix episode really hammers in the message that The Power of Friendship and Team Spirit can help a team overcome a challenge, as it does the Sailor Scouts, while a refusal to cooperate can doom a team to failure, as it does the Negaverse generals.
Artistic License – Biology: Pointed out in episode 32, Plot Point 5 - Mina somehow picks up Serena's DNA just from brushing her hair (enough to fool a DNA scanner disguised as a hair steamer). Of course, the original point was that a loose strand of Serena's hair could have wound up in Mina's brush, which then ended up in Mina's Hair. That one piece was picked up by the scanners. Plus, even if somehow all of those incredibly contrived events panned out exactly, it still wouldn't work because hair doesn't have any DNA in it. There might be a few testable skin cells on the follicle-end, but that's a long shot at best, and if the scanners were so absurdly sensitive that a few stray cells could fool them, anyone Serena made physical contact with in the past week would have yielded a similar false-positive result. In short, like Raye said, it is a REALLY F#*KING RETARDED plot hole!
The dream footage of Serena apparently marrying Tuxedo Mask and Andrew in Episode 13/14. Lampshaded by Serena.
In episode 32, Queen Beryl's orb does... something...
Both Lampshaded and subverted in Episode 26/27, where Luna is being chased by a crowd of horny pussies, only to be saved by a large cerulean male cat. "Well, that was just pointless and weird," she grumbles... but the large male cat turns out to be the Monster of the Week.
In episode 36/37, the random singing of Pokemon parody songs, but most notably Ami's song, which was lampshaded by Greg's reaction
"Here's a completely useless scene, with Raye in pink overalls. Please laugh at your own discretion." (beat) "WHAT?"
Bizarro Universe: In the Remix Episode, the Sailor Scouts are transported to another dimension where everyone's names are different (the Sailors' are taken from DiC's pitch reel), Sailor Mars tolerates her teammates better, Sailor Mercury can't speak English, and everyone in the Negaverse has different personalities as well.
From episode 41: "Didn't there use to be an orphanage there?"
Used horrifically in episode 46/47.
Black Comedy Rape: The whole plot of episode 42. Double subverted in the Sailor Says!
Megami33: Hi Everyone, You know here at SMA we like to joke at a bunch of things but rape isn't funny. At all. In fact all those that joke about it should go straight to-(Gets taken away by several people)
Also invoked at the end of Episode 18 when Tuxedo Mask kisses a very, very drunk (and unconscious) Serena. She isn't perturbed by it in the slightest.
Tuxedo Mask: [Romantic music cuts out] Unconscious girls can't say no! [Cut to Sailor Moon Says]
Serena: I GOT KISSED BY TUXEDO MASK! AHHHHHHH-!
From Episode 30, after Darien and Serena (unconscious) appear in front of Zoisite:
Zoisite: Ooh- woah there am I interrupting? Should I close up that pod for a minute, let you finish up there?
Darien: No- no! She's just passed out.
Zoisite: [Incredulously] That doesn't change anything.
Book Ends: The series begins with Serena waking up late for school screaming,
In another episode she requests some eye bleach. Lucky that Raye has some!
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When the Sailor Scouts find Anne visiting the shrine where Raye works, Serena exclaims that she might do something evil, such as performing a voodoo ritual, taking drugs, or performing a voodoo ritual while taking drugs.
Mina: You are on my turf HONEY! We may share a classroom and like share books and share needles but I ain't sharing my clientele.
Brick Joke: In their version of episode 33, it just focuses on Serena going to (and getting expelled from) the finishing school. Then, before the episode ends, Serena realizes that she forgot something. Cut to the room filled with girls who were frozen in wax by the Monster of the Day and never rescued.
An earlier example from episode 3, where one of Serena's friends — a short, nameless fat girl — is on a treadmill at the gym while her trainer keeps pushing her to go faster. After the "Sailor Moon Says" segment, she's still running and begs the trainer to let her go home. His response: "No. Keep going, Pillsbury!"
"I'm still fat from the other episode!"
"Still waiting on that pizza... pizza..."
Butt Monkey: In Real Life, Roll002 (Eric). If the bloopers are any indication, he can't get through a single line without messing it up at least a few times. Add to this the fact that he plays villains and, later, Darien (who are, by definition, Mr. Exposition) and we get a lot of bloopers and a very sarcastic SMA crew.
Call Back: Episode 39 is referenced by Artemis in The Movie, when he mentions the moon kingdom had no militia.
The Cast Showoff: The main cast (Megami33, KrisRix, and Roll002) behind the Abridged Series are artists. However, It's KrisRix that stood out the most. For example:
The chibi drawings on said official site.
A picture of Mina in the movie. (Looks flawless, doesn't it?)
As well as her rendition of songs from Lady Gaga... on flute.
"Hey, nerd, you've really put in a lot of ENERGY into this class and I'm really impressed by your ENERGY input. So I wanted you to lead the class today and teach them how to give more ENERGY for completely innocent reasons. ENERGY!"
Raye: YOU'RE TURNING ME DOWN?! WELL, I HOPE YOU GO TO HEAVEN! Chad: What? Amy: I think that since Raye holds Hell in such a high regard, spending the afterlife in Heaven is a terrible fate for her, hence the insult. Serena: And that is the joke...
Happened again in the trailer for the remix episode:
Early-Bird Cameo: Sailors Uranus and Neptune show up backstage while the evil clown ruins the Snow White play and attacks everyone, but decide to wait a few episodes before they start randomly appearing to save the Sailor Scouts.
Played with by Whip0fAlchemy, who (as of Lord Quadros's "Yay, we got engaged!" video) has been established as FtM transgender. However, he has on multiple social media networks stated (i.e. Facebook) that he is "pre-everything" and cannot afford to take hormones, therefore, he is naturally an example of Larynx Dissonance for either gender.
Left Hanging: The last episode of the series has Ann saying that the Scouts would be fighting on their turf next time with a ominous shot of the Doom Tree. This was meant to set up the two-part finale that would have ended SMA (as said by Word of God they planned to end at the Doom Tree Saga and do the other two movies) but Real Life got in the way and SMA was discontinued.
Leitmotif: For the girls' transformation sequences:
Sailor Moon - "Barbie Girl" by Aqua;
SMA Remix: "Hungry Hippo" by Parry Gripp;
"Oh, *honk* you, SMA!"
Movie (and Season 2 Episode 45 - Present): "Candy Store" by Hyper Crush;
Sailor Mercury - "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice;
SMA Remix: "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65;
Movie (and Season 2): "Don't Trust Me" by 3OH!3;
Sailor Mars - "We Be Burnin" by Sean Paul;
SMA Remix: "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps;
Movie (and Season 2): "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston;
Sailor Jupiter - "The Church of Hot Addiction" by Cobra Starship;
SMA Remix: "Electric Boogie" by Marcia Griffiths;
Movie (and Season 2): "Somebody Told Me" by The Killers (Josh Harris Club Remix);
Sailor Venus - "Wanna Do Your Makeup" by Scotty Vanity;
The Load: Sailor Mercury is so utterly useless in a fight, Serena offered a Monster of the Week Mercury's position. Plus, the one time she DOES defeat a monster, Serena is convinced that the Moonlight Knight took care of it. The worst part: He took the credit. Ouch.
Mina manages to be even more useless, being so ditzy as to actually FORGET how to transform at one point, only remembering when all the fighting is over. Also, at the finishing school ball, she nearly forgot her own name.
Serena: What? Raye? Amy? Lita? Mina?
Mina: My name's no- oh, wait...
It should be noted in season 1, Mina only ever did anything all of TWICE. The first time in her introduction to save the Scouts, and the second time to kill a Psycho Rangers version of herself for having bad hair (which also resulted in her own death)
And most tedious of all is rescuing Molly for the umpteenth time.
Serena: Christ, again? I mean, every *honk*ing episode...
Lyrical Dissonance Raye's song "Oh Bloody Night" sounds like a sweet love song, but is about how she tortures a guy for Satan.
Actually, judging by the first two lines of the song(and the first subliminal photo in the part of the song in the actual episode) it may be about her torturing her boyfriend(?), Chad, which makes it both this and a "normal" love song.
Mood Whiplash: Certain scenes (like Nephlite's death and the flashback to the destruction of the Moon Kingdom) are honestly played a bit too straight to be funny. It's seriously jarring, especially as the dubbing is still deliberately comically bad.
The Movie: The first was released on February 18, 2010, but before Season 2 actually began. According to Episode 45, they're in a different canon from the rest of the series, so Serena should've forgotten about it afterwards...
Somewhat lampshaded in the same episode when Greg, on the phone with Amy, reacts to her sudden burst of song like a normal person might - first confusedly, then just giving up and hanging up the phone.
Negated Moment of Awesome: The first time Raye uses her Shinto scrolls onscreen, she fails to eliminate the evil force she sensed, because Serena got in the way of her scroll.
Poor Amy. If those sailor scouts only saw you destroy that monster in Episode 46/47, you could've gotten some, if any, respect.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: The "time-rewinding powers" Darien used to pull Serena to safety when she nearly fell off a balcony. He received such powers as a reference to the fact that in DiC's version, the footage of Serena falling plays backwards to make it look like Darien pulled her back up. (Originally, they both fell and used Usagi's parasol as a parachute.)
Sailor Moon once turned her tiara into a "lesbian trapper", binding the Monster of the Week. When Luna asked Sailor Moon how she did that, she answered, "Hell if I know! This show makes no sense!"
His/her upskirt-causing hijinks as a faux-Sailor Scout are accompanied by horrified cries of "Oh my God what is that thing?!" When the camera is low enough to get a Panty Shot, all we can see is what looks like a portal to a realm of madness.
Shout-Out: Episode 50, courtesy of a fan, has Melvin commenting that he got the animal costumes on short notice from his friend named Joey
Episode 36/37 is pretty much one giant reference to the Pokémon dub.
Something Else Also Rises: Rare female version on episode 20 — after Molly sees Nephlite fight back against the demons who kidnapped her, the demon says, "I think I just wet my panties — and not with pee-pee." (It's an easy mistake to make, but one of the bloopers has KrisRix saying it in the Molly voice and Megami correcting her.)
Spoof Aesop: The "Sailor Says" segments are used to teach these, encouraging (among other things) bulimia, steroid use and Satanism.
Spoofed with Their Own Words: The "actual dub dialogue" has become a staple of the series, to the point that there are now several of these lines per episode.
There has also been "actual noise from the English dub (Sort of)" and "she actually talks like this in the dub".
And a couple times, even SMA crew couldn't figure out the dialogue themselves— the "tyrannosphere" line in Episode 17 and the "stoigemeister" line in Episode 26/27 had the disclaimers typed with a question mark.
Episode 45: "Actual lack of DiC dialogue." The villain in question is limited to the Noblewoman's Laugh and the occasional "Racy!"
Alan: Serena, my feelings reach beyond the orbit of your planetnote Actual Dialogue from the English Dub.
Serena: Your what?
Alan: I mean, your country! Yes, It was silly of me to say planet because that makes me seem like some kind of alien which of course I'm not because we're from the same planet. That being Earth. Which I'm from. Like you.
Take Our Word for It: Several scenes and a fair amount of episodes where cut down to a bare-bones summary/omitted entirely for being (a) obvious filler or (b) mind-numbingly boring (or, as a third option, both). Every time, Serena or the narrator would assure the audience that they didn't miss much, and we're better off for not having seen it.
Take That: To fans who might harp on them over inaccuracies. And to anyone who ever posted a comment, got offended by the show, or entered in contests. It takes a special mindset to be an SMA fan.
And to Windows Vista.
"I'll have you know that I'm the star of Megami33's Sailor Moon Abridged. You know, the only good one on YouTube!"
Episode 46/47 has Sailor Venus do a Take That at 4Chan and the "Over Nine Thousand!" meme, the latter of which she says "hasn't been funny since 2007!"
Take That, Audience!: During Episode 28, when Raye and Lita complain that it's 1991 and therefore mini-computers and PD As haven't been invented yet, we cut to a viewer saying (in Melvin's voice) that they will have to look up the exact dates those things were invented and ridicule the SMA crew for getting it wrong, only to be interrupted by Raye screaming "GET A LIFE LOSERS!"
Vocal Evolution: While many of the character's voices change do to voice actors leaving and being replaced, Amy/Sailor Mercury plays this straight. When she started out, her voice was shy quiet and kind of cute. As the series progressed, she started having more of a squawk and spoke much more dramatically.
We Do Not Own: Originally averted, then played straightnote Probably due to the original YouTube account's suspension.