On Tuesday, this new dub clip of Sailor Moon R was released by Viz. The oh-so-iconic first scene of Sailor Moon R, where Chibi-Usa threatens Usagi after falling from the sky into Mamoru’s arms. When Sandy Fox was announced to be playing Chibi-Usa, I knew it would be a perfect fit so this clip just cements that. I mean, typical cute Sandy Fox voice, but she’s always been awesome with it and this clip is no exception.
I’m not going to analyze the voice acting in this clip, however. Seeing this clip and hearing the newly translated lines just made me realize how much of a plot hole Chibi-Usa is for the entirety of this first half of the season. Like, seriously? This clip alone is one giant plot hole! How can she not realize Usagi and Mamoru are her parents? Let’s break this down using this clip, alone:
If visually it didn’t click in Usagi, or Chibi-Usa’s head, shouldn’t Usagi be tipped off by some of this dialogue? “I’m the only one with bunhead hairstyle” Geez Usagi, where do you think she learned this bunhead hair style from? Maybe, her Mother? I’ll give it to her in this early stage of their relationship: She was shocked at this girl just popping out of thin air literally, and may have just been like da hell this girl is antagonizing me get her outta here! But when she starts asking for the Silver Crystal?
Point 2! Chibi-Usa knows her Mother in the future is the only one with the Silver Crystal. She knows this because she took the darn thing from her secret chambers! So why does she not connect the dots when with Usagi she instantly demands the Silver Crystal? Even if she didn’t know her Mother was Sailor Moon in her youth, didn’t know the brooch was something that she previously would have owned, shouldn’t she be at least a teeny bit smart enough to realize that if she’s demanding the Silver Crystal from this girl, she may be her Mother?
I’ve always had this theory that the reason why Pluto threw Chibi-Usa into Mamoru and Usagi’s laps is because she knew that it would be easy for her to get the Crystal, and come back quickly. I don’t think Pluto would tell Chibi-Usa this, but considering her age (if we’re going by the manga, which is the only definitive age we get for her, she’s 400) she should have the deduction skills to put this parentage puzzle together. She landed in Tokyo, she’s from Neo-Tokyo. Her Mother has buns that she admired enough to copy, and the only real difference between Usagi and Neo-Queen Serenity is a minor height difference, and more mature features. Don’t get me started on when She sees Tuxedo Kamen! Endymion wears the exact darn outfit in the future! Does not wearing a top hat and changing your suit color an identity mystery make?
I love this show, don’t get me wrong. But there are just some plot holes in it that drive me insane. The Senshi’s identities being a mystery you can explain away with glamor magic, but this? It may be because I just dislike Chibi-Usa until Super S, but I really, really don’t get why her, and Usagi, are both so stupid when it comes to proper deduction skills. Chibi-Usa should have realized who her parents were by the end of this scene alone, and Usagi should have been able to connect the dots pretty early on.
Plot holeeee. Love ya Sailor Moon, but I can only take so many plot holes! The fanfiction community can only explain away so much!
Though…hrmmm. Chibi-Usa could have glamor magic, too? But those buns still are visible to Usagi and Mamoru obviously, so if you’re going to go into the future to demand a Legendary Crystal, why not change your hair style? But then if she didn’t think her Mother would be there, knowing she’s the only other one with that hair style, she’d keep her hair that way…but then if she saw Usagi with the same hair, wouldn’t she assume she’s her Mother in the past, since she knows she just time travelled? But then…ugh, see! When you have a plot hole this big, you just go round and round in circles trying to make sense of it! It’s so frustrating!
I…I need to step away from this topic, methinks. It’s…it’s just…to much…