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22 Aug 2014
Posted 1 hour ago

And here is where I leave you for the night. I have much to do tomorrow, and should ideally get some rest before I do it.

Ideally.



  Posted 1 hour ago

  TAGS: #we now conclude our jet wolf broadcast day   #i shall have sweet dreams filled with senshi friendships i think   #or at least i shall try   #for that is what i need   #man i also need to get back on my writing   #have i mentioned i need clones?  
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22 Aug 2014
Posted 1 hour ago
You know, I bet the real reason Rei is so sad in the world is because there's no Here! Curry
redundantthinking asked

YOU’RE RIGHT HOW WAS I SO BLIND TO NOT SEE IT BEFORE NOW



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  TAGS:  #poor thing of course life has no meaning   #how could it possibly   #ask a jet wolf   #redundantthinking   #here! curry is all   #i mean crystal rei probably hasn't really eaten in like ten years   #i'd be pretty worn out too   #rei hino   #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3  
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22 Aug 2014
Posted 2 hours ago

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shonasof replied to your post: “BECAUSE BEAUTIFUL EQUALS GOOD. The character limit in reply was crushing what I was trying to say. *sad* I read
The translation is _horribly_ clunky! Many of us likely try to fill in the errors and gaps with what we saw of the characters in the original anime. Perhaps the creators here are forgetting the new viewers need exposition and characterization.

Oh I’m sure! It’s very difficult to not fill in gaps with what you already know. Nothing wrong with that!

The thing is, though, there’s a difference between a clunky translation and clunky WRITING. In my reply, what I’m leaving the door open for is the line as written in Japanese not conveying the same meaning as it was translated into English. Stuff like “RASCAL SAILOR MARS” versus “DAMN YOU SAILOR MARS!”, you know?

That’s whole worlds away from the actual WRITING being poor, which is what I think is the case with “But she’s beautiful, how can you think she’s bad?” (paraphrasing of course)  Crap writing is a way more serious issue than an off translation!

Everybody has their limits on what they’ll tolerate on that front, of course, and they’re each valid for that person. For me, I’m still waiting for Crystal to demonstrate that it deserves the benefit of the doubt, which is why I have such serious problems with things like this. It’s not especially difficult to explain away and handwave, but — for me personally — Crystal has yet to earn that level of effort.



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  TAGS: #shonasof   #jet wolf replies   #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3   #stop! meta time   #if i feel like i'm working harder than the series creators   #there's something not quite right  
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22 Aug 2014
Posted 2 hours ago
Anon here, the one whose wife got angry at me the other day. It's true, there's many things going on with her - she had a painful upbringing and life before her 20s was hell, which is why I try not to fault her for the occasional outburst. She apologized and, to my surprise, enrolled herself in therapy without me even saying anything. Thank you very much for sharing your insight and experiences. I'll let you know in time how things are going! I know she can make it.
Anonymous asked

Anon, this is great to hear. This is SO GREAT to hear. I have just the biggest smile for you guys right now. I’m so happy that your wife chose to get help for herself, that’s just so exciting. You’re welcome for any tiny way I could help. Please do let me know how you’re both getting on if you’re comfortable doing so!

I know she can make it too. I’m thrilled for her, and how much better she’s going to feel when she does.



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  TAGS:  #ask a jet wolf   #anonymous   #dear jet wolf  
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22 Aug 2014
Posted 2 hours ago

Goggles have been capped and cleared, and you have a brand new slate to greet you!

We’ve got a wonderful backlog of requests, and since I’ll be out most of the day tomorrow anyway, this seems a great opportunity to put one out there for you guys.

This is for hydroxylic-acid's birthday. Their (very awesome!) request is for Chibi-Usa and her Senshi on the beach. (With special bonus points for teen Chibs and Hotaru, plus Quartet sister bonding.)

It’s BEACH. It’s CHIBS AND HOTARU. It’s QUARTET. What more do you need, honestly.



  Posted 2 hours ago

  TAGS: #the goggles do everything  
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22 Aug 2014
Posted 2 hours ago
BECAUSE BEAUTIFUL EQUALS GOOD. The character limit in reply was crushing what I was trying to say. *sad* I read Usagi's line very differently. She had some time with Rei earlier, and as With Ami before, even if Usagi doesn’t realize it, she understands what people need. She’s Support, love, and loyalty incarnate. Nothing justified those assaults on Rei’s character. Rei wouldn’t defend herself so Usagi stepped up, telling everyone, including Rei, that she's a beautiful person inside and out.
shonasof asked

(reference post)

Yeah, replies can be a bear sometimes. Sorry about that. Still, got you now!

Like I said in the post, this is probably how I’ll handwave it. If you sincerely see it like that, I think that’s awesome! I really wish I could, too. Barring a clunky translation, though (**), I sadly can’t agree with this being the intent of the creators.

Usagi has directly called Rei beautiful and spoken about how attractive she is so many times in the episode so far, and it’s clear every time she’s talking only about Rei’s appearance. Usagi’s actually made no reference to Rei’s character at any step of the way here. She’s had a few charged looks, but that’s it.

This was an amazing opportunity for Usagi to very specifically point out how she’s seen beyond all that. Instead, she talks about Rei exactly the same as she’s done all episode. Exactly that, and nothing more. That doesn’t lead me anywhere but down the same path I’ve already been led repeatedly by this episode.

All of this, added to what I mentioned in tags as being representative of what I find so disappointing in Crystal’s overall aesthetic: the emphasis on “pretty”. (It’s loosening up a tiny bit on that as the episodes go on, something I’m truly grateful to see, but we still have a long way to go, and its artistic inconsistency is making it really difficult to predict a course at this point.) Crystal is showing us repeatedly that it values “pretty” over “character”, and without direct effort on its part to say otherwise — effort I personally didn’t see — I simply don’t have reason to believe it doesn’t mean exactly what it says.

Interestingly, this could stand as another great example of the trust factor that I was talking about the other day. With a creative team that I trusted and believed in, who I felt had demonstrated more often than not that they were thinking beyond the surface, I’d have much less problem going with the interpretation of the line that’s more favourable to everyone. Since I don’t though, somewhat ironically, I just can’t look below that surface.

(**) I remain so open to this being a poor translation. As you can probably guess, this moment is extremely important to me. I would love to be able to see it in a much better light than this.



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  TAGS:  #ask a jet wolf   #shonasof   #i really do wish i could be there with you and share your view of this   #i don't know if you guys properly appreciate how much i loathe that i keep getting ripped out of these moments   #moments that should be gloriously character based   #to keep questioning what the hell the creators are doing   #i truly hope that i'm proven so incredibly wrong down the line   #that crystal's writing team   #(single writer maybe if I remember right?)   #turns this around for me and starts showing intent and insight and planning and understanding and just EVERYTHING   #that will be the most joyous fucking day for me   #and i will be on the edge of my seat waiting for crystal to come out on blu-ray   #so i can liveblog it all over again with the confidence i wanted to have from the beginning   #god do i want that   #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3   #stop! meta time   #usagi tsukino  
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 3 hours ago

SO, SCHEDULE!

Tomorrow my mother has claimed me, as is her right. I’m not sure how long that will last, but I’m expecting pretty much all day. I’m considering a drunkblog for tomorrow night, but that’s going to depend on how I’m feeling once I’m released from service. If not Friday, though, then I’m thinking Saturday.

A THOUGHT TO CONSIDER: Weekend drunkblog could very well mean a delay on Crystal Ep 3 until likely Monday. What are your guys’ thoughts on that? Would you be prepared to wait on more SMC 3 for some drunkblog action?

Next up for me, I’m going to go clear the Goggles, as I don’t think I’ll have time tomorrow. I’ll post here when I’m done, along with the next Goggles request. And then probably bed. Did I mention my mother needs me tomorrow? Because certainly that’s never exhausting.

Don’t forget the question! Would you be willing to have a delay on Crystal Episode 3 in exchange for a drunkblog this weekend?



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  TAGS: #jw schedule   #drunkblog not guaranteed   #but certainly overdue  
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 4 hours ago

Rei still has MORE ANGST TO GO, but I’ll pause the liveblog here for the evening. Let’s just enjoy this image for a moment.

Possibly the first frame I’ve seen from Crystal yet that’s made me sad I can’t buy cels from it.



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  TAGS: #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3  
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 4 hours ago

BECAUSE BEAUTIFUL EQUALS GOOD

It could be a weird translation, I don’t know. I can only go on what I see, and what I see disappoints me.

I really, really, really wish Usagi hadn’t done that. It feels just as bad to me as last episode when Luna’s like “Ami, come be our brain!” WHEN THE WHOLE EPISODE WAS ABOUT EVERYONE ONLY SEEING AMI’S BRAIN.

Obviously the point of this episode hasn’t been that everyone’s focused on how pretty Rei is, but the concept is still the same: it’s a surface impression that supposedly leads to deeper character.

Rei can do stuff, so she must be super powerful and weird and scary.

Rei is beautiful, so she must be a good person.

Rei of course IS a good person, but Usagi’s reasoning is literally as shallow as it gets. I know she doesn’t really know Rei yet, but this is USAGI we’re talking about. If nothing else, she clearly didn’t buy Rei’s attempt to actually BE scary earlier, and I have to think it was for a whole lot more reasons than “she’s pretty!”

I want to brush this off as Usagi just being naive and probably yeah kind of believing that beautiful DOES equal good. If I try, I can handwave it as Usagi bundling so many things into “beautiful” and she means them all, but she’s assuming that everybody has the same definition that she does and so doesn’t bother to explain. Right here and now though, with only this, it leaves me feeling hollow. About USAGI. Defending REI. If there’s one thing I should not be feeling here, it’s hollow.

This is a huge moment, and I can’t help feeling that Crystal just completely fumbled the ball. Not only for Usagi as a character, not only for Usagi and Rei’s relationship, but for the very ideas this episode is attempting to challenge.



  Posted 4 hours ago

 TAGS:  #i actually groaned when i saw this   #really usagi   #that's the best you've got   #jesus wept that sentence right there basically speaks to every aesthetic problem i have with crystal   #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3   #usagi tsukino   #rei hino  
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 4 hours ago
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 4 hours ago
How powerful do you think Rei is at this point and what do you mean by appearing as the powerful and terrifying person they believe she is?
Anonymous asked

I don’t know how ACTUALLY powerful she is, but clearly Rei’s got some shit going down. She’s already prepared for battle at any moment, and while her opponent was only Usagi, she didn’t fuck about and got that situation handled quickly. Not only that, but later in the episode we’ll see pre-Senshi Rei tangle with (and at least for the little bit we saw) hold her own against Jadeite.

So HOW powerful Rei is right now, I don’t know. But I think kind of powerful, especially when she learns to stop being afraid of and suppressing that part of herself.

All that said, the people around her have made it pretty clear they don’t actually CARE how powerful Rei is. They’re going to believe what they’ve already convinced themselves is true, and that’s what I was speaking to. All Rei would have to do here is say “YES I AM EVERYTHING YOU FEAR I AM”, and everyone else would do the rest.



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  TAGS:  #anonymous   #ask a jet wolf   #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3   #rei hino  
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 4 hours ago

WHO WANTS TO WATCH ME KILL SOME PEOPLE

I get that Mii’s mother is lost and afraid and hurting. I get that her friends are desperately wanting to help. I get that it’s easier to have one specific person to blame than the huge scary unknown. I get it.

BUT I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD I’M GOING TO KILL ME SOME PEOPLE

It’s breaking Rei’s heart that she can’t help. Look at this shit:

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All this time, Rei’s suffered the stares and the whispers and the isolation her powers have brought her. Finally, FINALLY, she could maybe to something good with them. Something she wants to do: find the little girl who is almost certainly one of the few people in the entire world who shows Rei any affection at all.

But she can’t. They just don’t work like that.

Once again, Rei’s caught by everyone else’s perception of her. They see her as so powerful and terrifying, but never how she actually is. (This is an interesting parallel to Ami, as well, who was only ever seen for her brain. I suspect this will carry through to Mako, as well, who as we know is only ever seen for her strength.) Then when Rei is truthful, the kind of truth she’s waited her whole life to tell someone and have them hear, they think she’s lying and being selfish.

Worse, that she’s the CULPRIT.

This would be (and IS) awful in and of itself, but it absolutely kills when you think how this is the closet Rei’s ever been to having people understand how she feels. Rei cares about Mii-chan too. Rei feels that helplessness. This should be a time for everyone to come together over this little girl’s disappearance, and yet even here Rei is pushed outside.

Looking at Rei standing accused of being the villain, seeing her hang her head and sink deeper into herself in the face of it and do nothing to fight back, I’m reminded of earlier where she played to these perceptions to drive Usagi away.

How close is Rei to giving up and doing that with everyone, I wonder? How close is she to appearing the terrifying and powerful person they all want to see?

I think closer perhaps than she truly realizes.



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  TAGS:  #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3   #BLAH now i have to try to remember how i did this   #AND THEN THE POST WON'T SAVE TYPING ALL OVER AGAIN JESUS WEPT   #i don't see rei as going actual evil of course   #just putting on the costume everyone's forcing her to wear anyway   #rei hino   #jet wolf loves rei hino   #a thing i can't get away from with this rei though is how a part of her just hates herself so much   #that's not something i ever really expected to say of rei   #but it's also not so far out there that i can't see it   #i was thinking about what might make her feel like that   #her father of course   #the possible absence or distance of her grandfather   #but then i was thinking about her mother   #(all assuming crystal rei shares the same backstory of other reis of course)   #i already headcanon that part of rei feels her mother's death was her fault   #not directly but in her heart of hearts it's how she feels all the same   #what if this rei DIRECTLY believes it?   #tied perhaps to her powers which weren't able to save her   #or if we go with the idea of this area being a demonic hotbed for a while now something connected with that   #or maybe rei's nascent fire powers getting out of control   #maybe nothing so overt but something huge to rei   #and that yeah i can definitely see that being the thing that tips this rei over   #something sure as hell did  
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 5 hours ago

I JUST LOST POST I WAS MAKING AND THE TAG NOVEL THEREIN

WHY

I AM A GOOD PERSON WHY DO THESE THINGS HAPPEN



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  TAGS: #i compulsively copy the body text of every post so at least i have that part   #BUT THE TAG NOVEL NOOO   #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3  
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 5 hours ago

 submitted:
This took entirely too long for a joke but the original Sailor Moon vs some-dude-playing-for-Miami-I-don’t-watch-basketball was from TheMarySue and I thought we should just add to that.

Hey, Crystal, give us long pans of everyone stretching their arms up and we can have a full basketball team!

OH MY GOD

EVERYBODY COME SEE THE GREATEST THING YOU WILL SEE TODAY



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 TAGS:  #submission   #initiala   #this was worth every single second you poured into it   #this was SO WORTH IT   #sailor moon crystal   #fanart   #usagi tsukino   #rei hino   #some dude playing for miami i don't watch basketball either   #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3  
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21 Aug 2014
Posted 5 hours ago

ayu-ohseki replied to your photo: “I love Usagi uselessly attempting to hide behind Luna. I would not be…”:
Can I request that you do a version of this gif with the Luna-colored letters “fml” next to Luna’s face when she sags? Please and thank you. <3

You know it!



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  TAGS: #ayu ohseki   #jet wolf replies   #jw gifs   #the purple's not as purple as it should be   #but i am useless at anything that isn't a preset   #hopefully this will still suffice!   #luna   #JW watches SM Crystal   #smc ep 3