2:13 – True Love Awakens! The Doom Tree’s Secret
Alternative title: “The Deepest Love Breeds a Hatred a Hundredfold Worse!”
First Aired: 19th June 1993
Ali & En lose the plot when Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon in front of them. Both feel spurned by their infatuations and take it out on the Sailor Senshi, but as Sailor Moon and Mamoru express their willingness to die for one another, a change begins to come over Ali… and the Doom Tree itself.
The final episode of the Ali & En series ties up what has been mostly an exercise in killing time. Individual episodes are enjoyable enough, but the overall arc, what ties the first 13 episodes of the Sailor Moon R series together, has been lacklustre.
As a finale, episode leaves much to be desired. Scenes go on for a little too long, with rather limited emotional pay-off. The artwork is great, although there’s somewhat a lack of imagination regarding the environment. It’s mostly just reds and greys.
On the other hand, considering what they had to work with – Ali & En not being the most interesting of antagonists – I think they did a fairly decent job here. Sailor Moon on a bad day is still always worth watching, and this is not a bad episode at all.
It’s a little melodramatic, but hey, the feelings are there, and I’m especially happy with what comes out at the end: the perfect set-up for the rest of Sailor Moon R.
On with the episode! You may want to check out the previous episode to be all caught up.
There’s no preamble here, we start immediately at the building now crowned with an angry Doom Tree. Luna tries to up the stakes by expositing that the Doom Tree with absorb all energy on Earth if it’s not stopped soon. I’ll tell you now that this supposed time limit never comes into play.
Sailor Venus is all ready to bust on in, but Mars stops her, her old spidey-sense telling her that something’s not quite normally about this massive bloated space-tree squatting atop an apartment complex.
Apparently she can sense that the Doom Tree has a conciousness. This doesn’t make me want to see it dead any less. If anything it’s more worrying. As if in answer to her pronouncement, the roots withdraw, allowing the Senshi entrance.
Never trust a sentient tree, guys. Look what happened to Saruman.
Inside, just horrible David Cronenberg-esque things are happening. Shoots appear from the tree to squirt acid at the Senshi, which are probably meant to look like carnivorous plants, but look more like an acidic vagina.
It’s so gross. Even Luna get’s juiced all over. Puke.
Considering she’s meant to be the smart one, Sailor Mercury only uses Bubble Spray Freezing to eliminate the shoots’ acid after Luna gets injured. Better late than never I suppose.
The next obstacle is giant horrible tentacles that really look sort of rapey but I’m not going to mention that again because, well, that’s gross. Mars has to Fire Soul through a wall to get them to safety, and the whole scene looks great despite the muted colour tones.
Even better is the next threat: they all run into an elevator which, duh, doesn’t work (it’s Sailor Mercury pressing the button. Again, thought she was supposed to be the smart one.)
The one who gets them out of a tentacle party is Sailor Jupiter, who kicks all of the ass in the universe when she kicks the panel in the ceiling to provide an escape. I love this kick.
So, while that’s all going on, what’s happening on the roof?
The Doom Tree is being a little more gentle with Usagi and Mamoru, deciding to gently caress them in mid-air while sucking out all their energy.
Despite the fact that he hasn’t got his memories back, Mamoru tries his hardest to reach out to Usagi, as if his life depended on it. It’s a touching gesture – he really does seem to love her despite remaining an amnesiac – but their efforts go on a shade too long.
Thankfully Ali seems to agree with me: he kicks their hands apart, warning Mamoru not to “touch my Usagi-san.” – Does he really think he has a chance with Usagi after all this?
His freaking girlfriend is watching too. En asks what he’s going to do with “my Mamoru”. The pair of them continue to bicker about the fact that their trying to cheat on each other.
They eventually both order the Doom Tree to suck the energy of the Usagi-Mamoru coupling that they don’t like, which results in…
…the Doom Tree trolling everyone.
Finally, the Sailor Senshi arrive as Mamoru and Usagi lay on the floor, barely moving. Sailor Mercury asks Usagi if she’s OK and gets back the most pathetic “nope.”
I’m liking this so far. Good threat, Ali & En are a wee bit annoying but I can live with that.
Ali & En finally seem united in something, which is their desire to murder the Senshi. In fact, they seem synchronised for once as they blast the Senshi.
They look fantastically malevolent for once. I really feel that they’re stepping up their game.
This gets Usagi riled up enough to transform into Sailor Moon, in front of Ali, En and even Mamoru. En pretends as if she suspected it, claiming that her clumsiness reminded her of Sailor Moon. Would have been nice to have seen these suspicions, but whatever.
Despite the fact that this is the “final battle” against Ali & En, Sailor Moon’s introduction makes so little sense that, even injured, Luna and Artemis pull out their wtf-faces. Gosh I love her.
Ali is reluctant to attack Sailor Moon, still having feelings for Usagi, but En points out that if Usagi loved him back (NOPE) she wouldn’t have transformed. This makes Ali feel rather bad.
He doesn’t have to wait long to gloat, I’m afraid. Sailor Moon rushes to the injured Mamoru’s side (where have we seen this before, hrmm?), and, realising that she’s really Usagi, reaches out for her hand.
Well En doesn’t think so, and Ali’s there to rub it in her face. Seriously, these guys are just fucking horrible to each other.
And then En has her best moment in the series:
“The deepest love breeds a hatred a hundredfold worse!”
Whaa the bitch stole the words from my emo-poetry!? Seriously though, great moment. Absolutely believe her fury.
Ali & En get even moodier here. Ali has a great couple of lines in his orders to the Doom Tree too:
“Doom Tree! I have no more lingering affection for this planet. Obliterate it along with the humiliation of my first broken heart.”
Dude, I don’t know if you noticed it, but your girlfriend is standing right there. Also, again, totally emo-poetry.
The Senshi try and stop Ali & En, but their powers are too great, which leads me to the question: what was stopping Ali & En beating the Senshi before now? Just a lack of motivation?
Sailor Moon doesn’t seem to give a shit about the planet though, because Mamoru is waking up. She tries to make Mamoru remember the Silver Millennium and all that jazz, but he still seems confused. I imagine he’s thinking about how best to back away and change his phone number.
About the time they start getting blasted by En, the pace begins to slow a bit. I’m sure there is a much more efficient way of telling this story. It’s all FIGHTING, emotion, FIGHTING, emotion. Hard to tell what moments are climaxes.
Sailor Moon begins to stand in defence of Mamoru, taking the attacks for him, and Ali finally seems moved by her begging for Mamoru’s life.
En, not so much.
Mamoru then begins taking attacks for Sailor Moon, despite being a stupid human aaaand… you see where this is going again. He loves playing the hero.
The emotion here is a little bit forced, he once again steals Sailor Moon’s thunder, as he did all last season, but I can’t deny that he looks pretty cool taking the blows from En.
As he finally collapses from the effort, Ali turns into a complete pussy and starts tearing up at the beauty of their love. Bit weird, really.
He tries to explain to En his 2 cent moral lesson, that “Love is not something you take by force. Love is something you create through nurturing one another.” (something he should have learned in sex-education to be honest.)
An En is still not convinced. Honestly though, I can see her point. I mean, it is a little like bullshit.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAND they’re interrupted by the goddamn Moonlight Knight. He’s been absent for the last couple of episodes. a welcomed reprieve.
Let’s see how he can improve this situation.
“Everyone in the universe are brothers and sisters.”
That’s more evidence for my pet theory that Ali & En really are brother and sister and are totally doing it. Hey, I’ve seen Game of Thrones.
Anyway, his stupid face is enough to turn En completely fucking crazy (it always has to be the lady. Tut tut). She starts yelling about the hardships they’ve faced , alone in the universe, taking what they could to survive. I liked this bit, felt real. Felt true. We haven’t seen enough of this.
And then En blasts Moonlight Knight’s ass into the Doom Tree and he gets vaporised. LOL. That’s all he had in the tank. Good riddance.
This seems to have pissed off the Doom Tree royally. I guess it was a Moonlight Knight fan, as if they actually existed. It starts whacking everything with its tentacles and sends down an especially sharp one at Ali.
En, finally seeming to care about Ali, stands in its way, screaming for the Doom Tree to stop and…
Oh dear. Look at that. DO I CARE?
I tried, I really did, but even as Ali screams and En cries and professes love for Ali as she dies, it’s all a but empty.
The pathos in series 1 worked because they earned it. Here it’s a little forced. It’s all done beautifully, though.
Ali seems to have accepted his fate as more tentacles threaten to turn him into a shishkebab, but just before he’s penetrated (heh) everything STOPS.
And the Doom Tree fucking TALKS, guys.
Completely fine with this… but the Doom Tree seems to be suggesting that it was being a murderous asshole so that Ali & En could learn what it truly meant to know love.
Which is a bit messed up.
It’s got an annoying voice too.
Thus begins the sad tale of the Doom Tree. It’s all beautifully drawn and told. Really like this sequence, even if it’s complete exposition in the last 5 minutes of an entire arc.
The Doom Tree existed on a planet with nought else but itself. Feeling a little lonely, it Adam-and-Eve’d itself some freaky identical children OUT OF THOSE ACID VAGINAS. Totally told you they were vaginas guys, and you laughed at me.
*If you’re the poor sod who typed in “SAILOR MOON VAGINA” into Google and landed at this website, I don’t apologise. You’re not searching for porn very efficiently.*
Anyway, now with all these happy little aliens, the Doom Tree was happy… until they grew up and became absolute lunatics, using the Doom Tree’s energy for war.
To be honest, it was the tree’s fault for creating them with a desire to make war upon each other. It’s not our fault you shoved a tasty looking fruit into the Garden of Eden.
Anyway, they destroyed their planet, with only the Doom Tree just floating in space and a handful of aliens left. Ali & En were two such aliens.
So yeah. They’re totally brother and sister. Born from the same plant-womb, looking identical, acting identical and telling all the humans that they’re siblings. Nice.
Just in case it needed to spell it out for the dumbass Ali, the Doom Tree reveals that “What I need is not energy, but love”. Well ain’t that nice?
It can’t bring En back from the dead though. Maybe it should have started talking earlier?
The Doom Tree makes a request of Sailor Moon – to purify it with the power of love. Which means Moon Princess Halation, apparently. I thought that attack just killed things, not purified them…
Oh, Sailor Moon totally kills the Doom Tree. I guess it was asking to be euthanased. Can’t say I blame with, with those awful kids.
Oh yeah, the Doom Tree totally sounds like it’s having an orgasm when it’s cleansed by Sailor Moon. Tree-gasm. So hot.
It’s not the end of the exposition, however. Sailor Moon falls into a trance where she talks with Moonlight Knight. He’s always on an elevation to her, as if to highlight the point that she’s inferior to him and his stupid trousers.
As it happens, Moonlight Knight really was Mamoru!
Apparently, even though Mamoru lost his memories, his love for Serenity was so strong that those feelings created the lame-ass Moonlight Knight. If I were Sailor Moon I’d feel offended.
This is all a bit lame, but Heart Moving begins playing as he rejoins Mamoru, returning his memories, so of course I start getting emotional.
When she comes to, Sailor Moon is being shook awake by Mamoru.
“Sailor Moon… No, my dumpling head Tsukino Usagi”
Seriously, this scene is very touching. After all the crap these two have been through, it seems they’ve finally got each other at last.
Well… until a couple episodes from now. SPOILER.
But seriously though, the scene of the two of them embracing after having facing death in the last series is enormously moving, and satisfying. despite a fairly predictable scenario.
Kotono Mitsuishi is the queen of the Japanese voice actresses.
And there’s more good news! En is all sparkly-glowy. Turns out she’s alive. I guess that’s good.
Well, I’m happy enough for these two.
The two of them have been left a baby – a newly sprouting Doom Tree, which they promise to grow with love and junk. I really wouldn’t give these guys any responsibility whatsoever, let alone caring for an omnipotent intergalactic sentient tree.
They bugger off into space. I’m not so fussed.
More importantly, Sailor Moon and Mamoru are finally together and able to enjoy a moment of peace…
Before the other Senshi pop up to make lewd jokes at their expense!
I like this ending. touching, light-hearted… just not very weighty.
ROLL. ON. BLACK. MOON.
Episode Score: 4/5 (Considering that this is a concluding episode, this should have been 5.)
Monster Score: 4/5 (I actually like the Doom Tree quite a bit. Tentacles are a little gross and uninspired, but great design.)
How Much Hatred Can Love Breed: Roughly 100 Times Worse