In Memoriam: Mimett, How Did You Get The Job?
I will make no lie: I hate Mimett with a deep passion, and it’s not hate in the good sense of the word, like a captivating antagonist such as Rubeus – it’s just the usual kind of hate. This is a post looking back at her successes and failures as a character (mainly failures).
I don’t mind incompetent characters, shrill characters, or even fame-obsessed characters (otherwise Minako and Usagi would also be on my list), but when you combine these aspects, then add a bucket of crazy, I get irate.
To be fair, I was prejudiced the moment she first entered the screen as the conspirator against Eugeal, on whom I quietly dote. After some rather twisted an horrible bullying, I would naturally be disposed to disliking this back-stabbing, power-hungry, passive aggressive narcissist.
Her tenure as lead Witch gathering Pure Hearts was also one of the poorest runs of episodes of Sailor Moon S, and while this wasn’t entirely the character’s fault, her contribution was by no means small.
From the get go, she was inadequate. While Eugeal was quietly hammering away at trying to discover whom held the Talismans in their Pure Hearts, her eventual discovery of the truth, as well as the fact that she -almost- managed to acquire them (Sailor Jesus literally had to appear to beat her) made her mildly successful.
Mimett, on the other hand, spent every moment on screen hungry for stardom and celebrity, crying over her narcissistic beliefs that she was the centre of attention. It was tiresome.
This obsession also hampered episodes as a whole. I hate Sailor Moon stories that revolve around celebrity. It’s too much hero-worship, too far away from the slice-of-life feeling of the earlier episodes. As you can imagine, I don’t have too great an opinion of the Sailor Starlights either…
Mimett’s low point, the worst episode she helmed, was the one that revolved around her entirely. This is Sailor Moon, I’m interested in the fantastic established cast of characters. Don’t expect me to enjoy seeing Mimett’s crisis over whether or not she should pursue a career as an actress.
I appreciate that they wanted to give something different than the rest of the Death Busters – she really is distinct among all the enemies this series – but the result was an entirely uninteresting character. My attention dimmed when she came on screen, when it should have been entirely the opposite.
In fact, such is my displeasure at Mimett’s character that my opinion of the Professor actually dimmed when he did not fire her for her gross incompetence.
It hasn’t all been terrible. There have been moments I really liked with Mimett. As much as I loved Eugeal, the sadistic nature of her death, and the build up to it actually set her up as an intensely aggressive and dislikeable character, which is great for an antagonist.
There have been a great couple of moments of humour, too. Her strange altercation with stadium security comes strongly to mind.
I also found the elongated, high repetitive and infinitely peculiar Twister scene to be hugely memorable. I have never seen legs move quite the way they did in that scene.
I also loved the last episode she appeared in. Her getting desperate after learning that the Professor had selected Telulu to replace her was actually rather brilliant. I loved the rage, I was just wondering where this was for the rest of the time.
I also really liked her death. They whipped up just enough irony… not too strong, really, but they rewarded her narcissism and desire for fame and attention. The look on her face as she was begging for her life was horrifying. Made for a good watch!
It always seemed curious to me how separate the two underlying plot developments of the past episodes since Mimett took over has been. Hotaru’s story, and that of Professor Tomoe’s and Kaori’s, seem completely at odds with Mimett’s loud and obnoxious “comedic” antics. It would have made more sense to have Mimett somehow involved with Hotaru’s descent into her identity crisis.
I’ll examine the differences between Manga Mimett and Anime Mimett when I break down the Infinity Arc of Sailor Moon, but it seems that Mimett is, in fact, a highly popular character, or so this Wiki tells me. I’ll be interested to see how they changed the character from its original inception, as well as to speculate why.
So to sum it all up for Mimett… no contribution to plot, a few mildly funny moments drowning in a sea of irritation, horribly shrill and whiny, kinda dumb, hubris without the successes to back it up, had only the one attack which seemed to just put people to sleep aaaaaand… also she KILLED my FAVOURITE, Eugeal, then proceeded to use all of her goddamn inventions until they killed her.
That about wraps it up.
Hey, if you’re a Mimett fan, I’d be interested to hear a defence. Comments are below, and I welcome contradiction. Honestly though, I can’t, I can’t believe they actually exist.
Number of Episodes Survived: 11
Overall Score: 1/5
Final Thought: Why couldn’t we have had Telulu or Eugeal for a few more episodes? WHY, SAILOR MOON, WHY? We had ELEVEN episodes with Mimett and only ONE with plant-lady.