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  • I really enjoyed this episode. My favourite particularly was in the end when the ‘hero’ kills – yes, KILLS – a heart-snatcher, who is the obvious villain in our iconic story. You see, I have a little bit to say about this. Here we go:
    What is the meaning of life? Who are we really? What are we here for? Where do we come from? Who brought us here? What are we to do on this planet? Do we take care of it, or lead it to its destruction? Which act is right? Which act is good or bad? Even more…
    Good and bad, according to my (very long) philosophy, are just a matter of perspectives. For example, one may find it unacceptable to throw a baby across a room, but another might see no issue in doing so (Woollin 1998, UK law). Therefore, how do we differentiate the difference between good and bad? How do we know which category each and every action of ours fits into? The truth is, we simply don’t. And I believe that that is where people’s perspectives come from – I might think it utterly wrong to be racist or hateful towards someone, but then we see that Donald Trump won the 2016 US elections, meaning this racist twat was voted the majority by a country of 328.2 million citizens. Now, someone ‘good’ should be elected; for example, I strongly feel that I should be Prime Minister, but my mum would beg to differ as she thinks I’m a lazy bum. The point is ill-presented, but you must catch my drift. My point is, good and bad are perspectives. And the way I see it, Dr. Tomoe is a lovely fellow for trying to release the sovereign of silence, because, from his perspective, releasing Sailor Saturn, who is the sovereign of silence, who will destroy the world, seems a cheery idea to him; and I’m sure we can all agree. My theory is that deep down, the creators of this show had a deep, political image when they wrote Hotaru’s character, she isn’t just some emo kid with a big iron deficiency (for the most part). I will leave my loyal fans to decide the details of this great masterpiece. This is no children’s show. It is a teaching. A teaching about life, morals and philosophy.

    Oh, and I also liked the part where the innocent man almost died 🙂

    • I think you’re ‘deep-sea-diving’ in your search for philosophical meaning/interpretation to this show. Do you honestly think the Toei screenwriters put that much thought into a middling-budget kids’ cartoon, especially when they had production deadlines to meet?

      Naoko Takeuchi was barely out of college (chemistry major) when she penned her first Sailor Moon manga and in her mid 20’s when she penned the Sailor Moon S series of mangas. Do you really think a licensed pharmacist used manga art as a way to express philosophical concepts she likely never entertained or even studied? I’m pretty sure Takeuchi was more interested in telling a gripping tale of a young girl torn by supernatural forces, fighting over her body/soul than she was in exploring some Nietzsche-inspired pseudo-philosophy.

      Last note. If one thinks destroying the world (or committing genocide of its population) is a cheery idea, one is a messed up person who should be stopped. It’s not a ‘two opposing perspectives’ thing and it doesn’t take a philosophy degree to understand that.