3:23 – Who Is the True Messiah? Chaos of Light and Dark
Alternative Title: Goddamn, the Professor is Hot?
First Aired: 5th November 1994
The Messiah of Silence of the Death Busters is in a dormant state. While awaiting a chance to retrieve the Holy Grail off Sailor Moon, the Professor orders Mimett to gather Pure Hearts for the Messiah to consume until her true awakening. As Mimett sets out to target famous people she admires, Chibi-Usa meets a new friend, Hotaru. Could this be the “meaningful encounter” Neo Queen Serenity wanted her daughter to have?
After the brilliance of the last three episodes, which were a satisfying climax linking together a number of threads, this episode is sadly rather mediocre. It plums along nicely enough, but it really isn’t memorable for what should have been a strong start to a new plot thread.
The main story threads that start up here, namely the introduction of the infinitely pitiable and admirable Hotaru, and the little trickle of revelation surrounding the Professor, are excellent, however. Everything else, from the art to the writing, is just ho-hum.
And I must say that I’m disliking this animation studio who handled this episode. They’re new for this series, and have tackled a couple of other duds too.
The episode begins moody as hell. All dark blues and shadows, leading to… Well well well. Wow, this is creepy.
I like this opening a lot. Goes quite a way to setting a theme and mood for the remainder of the series. I don’t like everything about the design – the dress, for instance, looks goofy, but great job in establishing a malevolent force.
The Professor, ostentatiously, calls this girl the “Messiah of Silence”, which cannot be a good thing. She replies that her head feels heavy, that she requires a Pure Heart co consume… via a grainy stereo system.
This is fantastic design. I love this feature so much, that the Messiah of Silence talks to the Professor through this dinky, haunted technology. The voice used too is so soft, so quiet, so filled with a certain potential. Great stuff.
Apparently the Messiah needs Pure Hearts to consumer to awaken. I guess we know the modus operendi of Mimett’s tenure.
We remain with the Death Busters, and this is another scene I love. My my, this episode must really go down hill later for me to have called it mediocre in the intro.
The Professor is actually giving a lecture on cormorants – fishing birds that dive under water and catch fish deep in their throats. He’s acutally using puppetry for this demonstration, and it looks rather brilliant.
Speaking of which, I’ve seen fishermen in China doing cormorant fishing, and it really is cruel. The birds are kept on a leash around their necks so that they can’t swallow any fish they catch, and they’re kept permanently hungry while working to induce them to fish. It might be old, but I tend to eschew tradition if it means the casual cruelty of such beautiful birds.
ANYWAY, I’ll get off my high-horse now, the Professor is using this as an analogy for the Death Busters’ new task – catching Pure Hearts with Daimohn to carry back to the Messiah of Silence.
I love that the remaining Witches 5 don’t seem particularly interested, not least Mimett, who is staring at photos of celebrities. After the Professor calls her on her bullshit, Mimett claims to be identifying her first target, and straight away I HATE HER.
In comparison to Eugeal, she’s a complete joke.
The Professor finally does what I’ve always been asking for and just sticks a fucking gun in the Daimohn oven. Surely what comes out will be a representation of pure murder, right?
Pff. It’s a let-down. For one, it’s called “WESTERN“. Dear oh dear.
I like how they keep updating these cyberpunk scenes with every development in the series. With Project Cormorant, they’re using a fancy new logo… which will achieve nothing, but at least their brand is strong.
While Eugeal had a rather brilliantly suburban station wagon, Mimett chooses to carry around the Daimohn in a case. Bit of a step down, if you ask me. Not very dramatic, even if she’d like it to be.
We finally get to the Senshi, back at Hikawa Shrine. Setsuna is discussing the Grail and the Messiah with the Inner Senshi, really just to get the viewing public at home up to speed.
There’s a bit of a problem having Setsuna, Sailor Pluto, be so close for consultation. Namely, she’s in the position of be omniscient. She’s out of time and space, knows the future King and Queen, who we know have a painting of the Holy Grail in their palace. So any holding back of information might seem rather Machiavellian on her behalf.
The way they (unsatisfactorily) resolve this is by Setsuna’s one line, “If the Messiah of Silence gets a hold of the Grail, the future will change too of course.” I won’t go into the philosophies of time-travel, but this statement needs a lot more explaining. Alas, this is still a kids show, and they don’t give us that nerdy Back to the Future blackboard talk we really need.
Setsuna leaves, promising to team up with Haruka and Michiru to find the Messiah. Keeps her busy. Usagi is rather put out by her leaving, since she’s on the same wavelength as me, and wonders sniffily why Setsuna couldn’t have told them more.
Luna’s response us just “deal with it.” Nice Luna, plug that plot-hole for the lazy writers.
In walks Chibi-Usa, looking rather cute and happy in her massive hat. So far she hasn’t been in too many episodes this season, despite her upgrade to a Sailor Senshi, and that’s just fine. She’s great… in small doses.
Chibi-Usa is rather sad to have missed Setsuna, since she wanted to go to the park with her, but Usagi totally freezes her out before she can be asked to go as a replacement. Cruel cruel mother.
Upon hearing that Chibi-Usa wants to go to Juban National Park, however, Minako gets a rather suspiciously cheery look on her face and volunteers the entire group to go with her.
There’s a famous person there. You can tell already. Oh Minako… I love that Ami immediately calls her on her bullshit and asks what’s in the park that she wants to see.
Minako is after famous person Yosaku Eda, who is apparently filming a movie down at the park. Because all filming is done on location, on an open set where the public can just sneak on. Yeah, makes sense.
My eyes are beginning to roll at this plot.
So we get to the set to see Mimett spying on Eda, who just so happens to be her target. I guess she mixes business with pleasure.
Hang about – there’s a backdrop they’re using. It’s a Western. Why are they using a backdrop outside? What’s the point? If you’re going to use a backdrop, just film inside where you can control the elements of weather and noise. NONE OF THIS MAKE SENSE.
I hope the researcher for this episode was fired.
Mimett appears to want to feed Eda some cake she made before she steals his Pure Heart and kills him. My respect for her is plummeting by the second. Ughh. Fan-people. Luckily, some competing fan-people (I think fan-girl sounds rather demeaning) kick Mimett to the ground before she can get her desperate stank on Eda. This is all so stupid. Mimett is pathetic.
Despite the fact that some woman has just shoved her high-heel into Mimett’s stupid fucking cake, Eda comes over with his stupid face and tries to make it up to Mimett by tasting the shit-covered cake.
I hope you get worms.
Mimett thinks that Eda is in love with her, instead of probably just taking pity on a disturbed woman rolling about on the dusty ground with spoiled cake.
Goddamn it, Mimett. You’re just awful. I can’t believe you killed Eugeal and we got YOU.
I do actually rather like this weird internal battle that Mimett embarks upon, even if I hate her immensely by now. She’s watching his “final performance” and “engraving it deep into my heart” since she plans to presently murder him regardless of their “forbidden love“.
I really wish we could spend more time with our usual gang… but honestly they sort of fade out for the rest of the season. It’s a mistake in focus in the latter half of this season. Still amazing though.
Chibi-Usa, meanwhile, is being entirely ignored by her caregivers, and loses her hat to the wind… and it ends up floating past a rather lovely and delicate-looking girl, who chases after it.
So this is quite clearly the, uh, Messiah of Silence we saw at the beginning of the episode. Quite a coincidence, there. Also, what the hell is she wearing? Not that I’m a fashionista or anything, but seriously, what?
The girl manages to stop the hat before it flies into a river, and Chibi-Usa is rather happy, not only because her hat was saved, btu because, like her mother, she has an instinctual attraction to interesting people. Also, like her mother, she has natural grace when it comes to making new acquaintances.
The girl doesn’t seem so good… in fact she’s having a seizure. It’s all rather sad,
When she recovers, Chibi-Usa displays the tact of a rock by cheerfully asking her if she wants to play (maybe medial attention first?). Despite the difference in ages (it looks about 3 years, between 9 and 12ish?), they become friends.
This is Hotaru. She happens to be fucking awesome.
So this is the “meaningful encounter” Neo Queen Serenity told Chibi-Usa to have in the 20th Century? It seems almost as if she knew this encounter would happen. I like that, without referencing it directly, this is clearly all set-up by Chibi-Usa’s mother.
I liked all that, as understated and not-dramatic as it was. Let’s get back to Mimett. You should be sensing an audible sigh as you hear that.
Mimett wants to get an autograph before she murders Eda, so she stalks him a little more and sees him making out with his co-star. Naturally, Mimett takes his personally as cheating on her (he only ate your floor-cake, Mimsy, get a fucking grip) and we see the other side of this Witch.
I rather like Mimett’s witchy outfit.
The Daimohn Western appears, and it’s rather uninspired. She lacks that balls-to-the-wall weirdness that so many monsters of this season have displayed.
Well, I say that, but I sort of like how she gets around – a pogo stick in the shape of a horse, with a hearty cry of “Hi-ho Silver!” Nice reference there, Sailor Moon. I’m sure no Japanese person gets it.
Western chases Eda and the co-star through the park, and just so happens so run directly past Chibi-Usa and Hotaru, still grubbin’ it in some mud by the river.
In a break from tradition, this Daimohn attack is actually witness by about 50 crew members! So is this final proof of the paranormal in the civilian world? No? We’ll never hear about it again? OK…
Chibi-Usa is having a crisis moment over whether or not to transform, since she can’t do it in front of Hotaru. I question why she needs to, seeing as she’s completely ineffective as a Senshi and, frankly, as a human being.
Meanwhile, Mimett makes the mistake of ordering Western NOT to attack Eda straight away, but to piss about a bit, which leads to her surprising the Senshi who are having a rather nice picnic. I liked how random this must have seemed for them. Not everyday you just see a Daimohn run past.
The Senshi’s entrance is actually pretty good today, I’ll give them that.
Just as with last episode, Sailor Moon tries to use Moon Spiral Heart Attack with no music, which as we all know by now means it won’t work. This is a little jarring this time, as the stakes aren’t as high and the replacement music isn’t as dramatic. Only works once, guys.
In fact, the move is defeated too easily by Western’s water pistols. Just seems a little silly. An upgrade is fine, but the sudden leap in power feels a little forced here.
The Senshi, meanwhile, stand by and do precisely shit all as Eda get manhandled by Western. It’s actually rather scary – she looks like she’s ardently trying to smooch him, and he’s not having any of it…
Before she rather grotesquely sucks the Pure Heart out his mouth and swallows it. I guess there’s only one way to get it out her stomach. Or… rather… two ways. The other involves a toilet.
And just because we need to keep them around (and have the Inner Senshi be utterly powerless and incompetent this series), Uranus and Neptune swoop in with an attack.
Faced with Senshi who could actually prove a threat, Mimett orders Western to use Chibi-Usa and Hotaru, hiding in a bush, as human shields. That’s classy. In any case, she only gets Chibi-Usa, so that’s fine. As long as Hotaru isn’t hurt, I’m fine.
All the Senshi are completely paralysed by this sudden moment of brilliance. Not sure why monsters don’t do this more often, really. Luckily, yet another attack comes from nowhere (a little ridiculous I think you’ll agree), but this time it’s Sailor Pluto’s Dead Scream, which is just awesome.
It’s called DEAD SCREAM for godssake.
Sailor Moon finally remembers that she’s Jesus, and whips out the Grail for her double transformation into Super Sailor Moon. This is still SO EXCITING. Even more so because we get a brand new attack!
I love Rainbow Moon Heart Ache. It’s just an upgrade from Moon Spiral Heart Attack, but I love the change in colours, in themes, in Sailor Moon’s design, and most of all the final pose she pulls. And I thought the last pose was painful, this just looks agonising.
Seriously, seriously cool. This is peak Sailor Moon. Style, flair, colour, coolness, random, nouns strung together into an attack name, awesome poses, that fresh feeling of an upgraded Sailor Moon… gosh I love this moment.
And Western rides off into the sunset with a LOVE-LOVELY, and now there’s just a fucking revolver lying on the ground in a park. Wait till a kid stumbles across that.
Once Mimett buggers off, Sailor Moon returns to normal, once again wiped of energy. She’s only semi-demi-hemi Jesus at this point.
Chibi-Usa and Hotaru are reuniting after the brief but insane battle (Hotaru doesn’t question it in the slightest) when Hotaru notices a graze on her new friend’s leg.
Despite the fact that Chibi-Usa clearly doesn’t give a shit about a small graze, Hotaru decides to use BLACK MAGIC on the “wound” to heal it. Show-off.
I suppose this is to make Hotaru that much more mysterious, and to show that she has powers which can be used for good, but it’s unnecessary really. It’s completely useless for anything else that follows, except that they use the power to explain why Hotaru has no friends – everyone at school thinks she’s a freak.
Bit weird that, I’d be her best friend. Every time I got a splinter, BAM! Quick pick me up and I’m off. I’d probably start jamming protractors into my thigh just to watch her do her thing. Whatever, we need to give an excuse for why she’s bullied, because clearly she would be much loved by everyone in a typical class otherwise.
Chibi-Usa is normal enough not to give a fuck, and the two establish a new friendship. A bit forced, but sweet really.
Until Hotaru has another seizure, that is. This is proving to be a rather complex relationship.
Sailor Moon, meanwhile, asks Uranus and Neptune why they can’t finally work together, and gets the usual cold response. These girls really hate to work with the Inner Senshi… for obvious reasons to be honest. They don’t get shit done. Pluto goes off with them, sensing which side will be the winner.
I would too. Sorry Sailor Moon!
Chibi-Usa walks Hotaru all the way home. Rather nice, big house she lives in. And that’s her father…?
Holy shit… he looks really, really familiar. BUT WHY? Also he’s totally bish. I mean, just look at this guy. He’s beautiful. Even with that creepy eye patch, he looks like a gentle and considerate lover.
Ahem. Please ignore me.
This guy is rather nice, greeting Hotaru warmly and thanking Chibi-Usa genuinely. He seems super nice in fact! He even invites Chibi-Usa to come play with Hotaru again sometime! That won’t turn into a explosion of horror!
Dad puts Hotaru to bed, and begins walking down the corridor. Strange that we’re lingering on this dude with a steampunk eyepatch…
…and HOLY SHIT what a brilliant reveal. This is soooo gooooood. The sudden turn of his voice too, from gentle and caring into the maniacal laughter of the Professor is ruddy perfect, as is the reveal of the laboratory in the basement of this lovely mansion house.
The episode ends with the Professor looking directly at the audience and probably giving a knowing wink, as if to say “Oh it’s just lil’ old me! Betcha didn’t expect that, did ya?”
Brilliant set-up for episodes to come. I love this ending. There really is a lot to like in this episode. All the big story moments are done brilliantly… but the meat and bones, the Daimohn, Mimett, the stuff with the Sailor Senshi, all that feels so flat. Hard to judge this one.
Episode Score: 3/5 (It balances out. If it weren’t for the crappy majority of the episode, this could be a 4, but Mimett drags it down so that it’s so close to a 4)
Monster Score: 2/5 (Not a big fan of Westerns)
Final Thought: Mimett is immediately hampered because the current mission of the Death Busters means that she can never succeed in the slightest, or someone will die. This means that she’s going to continue to look remarkably pathetic.
NEXT TIME: Chibi-Usa makes a fweeend and then a Daimohn appears who looks like she’s out of a low-budget porno.