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Let's Play Sailor Moon: Another Story! Chapter 13

Posted March 28th, 2019 at 10:36 PM by Rainbow Chara X
Updated April 30th, 2019 at 11:09 PM by Rainbow Chara X
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Poor Sailor Moon got delayed hard. Given how I just barely managed to save my computer from potential hard drive failure, some data loss is a small price to pay.

Chapter #13 - Twisted Fate
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Spoiler:




Last time on Sailor Moon Another Story, we split the team into two to deal with a massive problem. The Inners are storming Apsu’s Castle while the Outers (and Chibi) are trying to take back Crystal Tokyo.

Fun reminder: If you’re at this point of the game and you haven’t gotten everything, you’re kinda screwed. I really do hate Lost Forever scenarios, so if I were to ever make my own game I would work hard as hell to circumvent that.



"I’ll save you."

I think we should say that about ourselves first because the enemies in here are no joke.



Name: Grisina
HP: 9000
Attack: 115
Defense: 42
Speed: 90
EXP: 13543
Yen: 4000
Item Drop: Toilette (Full restore to everyone in the party)
Monster Type: Plant Alien
Based off of: Xenian Flower
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon R Movie

So while it may not be obvious, this is the big bad of the Sailor Moon R movie in her battle form (as ordinarily, she would actually be the size of a normal flower). She's the one who pulled Fiore's strings and is the leader of the Campanulas and Dahlians from before.

Why is she a random monster? I don't think it really matters, especially since that same question could also be applied to other unique one-offs, but hot damn if that experience isn't delicious for only one monster.

The fact she drops the Megalixir of this game makes it even more tempting to grind against her.



... Okay, we've had merchants in weird places so far but this one takes the psyduckin' cake. How did this guy get into Apsu's secret fortress of doom? I'm astonished none of the monsters or even the Opposito have noticed he even got in here, so I can only conclude he's some sort of higher dimension being.

Thank god he doesn't take an offensive role.



Name: Combater A
HP: 7600
Attack: 92
Defense: 40
Speed: 112
EXP: 7300
Yen: 2000
Item Drop: Fragrance (Boosts attack for everyone in the party for one battle)
Monster Type: Youma(?)
Based off of: Nothing in particular
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

Here's the last of the Combater enemies, aka. generic monster women in jumpsuits. That said, while they lack personality, they sure make up for it with their generous rewards.



Ooh right, I never showed these off, did I? These are special attacks that take everyone in the team to pull off and change based on what formation you're currently in.

Sailor Planet Attack is the exception, however, as it can only be pulled off by a full team of Inner Senshi. That is an amazing attention to detail but also very costly as it eats up everyone's MP at once.

It's better used as a final attack more than anything else.



Cluster Attack looks pretty sick, and the other attacks even have their own special sprites/animations. I'll have to show them off when the let's play's over.



The front two members aren't normally as strong as the person in the center, but seeing damage like this from them is still really good.



Name: Snow Kaguya
HP: 8500
Attack: 97
Defense: 43
Speed: 89
EXP: 12738
Yen: 4500
Item Drop: Cologne (Full MP restore to everyone in the party)
Monster Type: Snow alien
Based off of: Princess Snow Kaguya (Manga / Movie)
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon S Movie

Alright Apsu just has all the main movie villains as her underlings. Given how it took... well, an entire movie just to kill them this is definitely fine.

Nonsense aside, Snow Kaguya was a powerful alien that went around freezing over planets to keep them as part of her collection. She's kind of like the polar opposite of Pyron from Darkstalkers: he has fire and she has ice, but they both want cosmic playthings.

In hindsight it's not too surprising given how we've already fought the Snow Dancers and again, the plant aliens, but it's still pretty wacky.

(Also yes, she is wearing pretty much nothing up there. Her full image reference in the manga has her nipples showing, which I don't think I could get away with)



She's basically a buffed-up Snow Dancer, and just as annoying. I don't think anybody got severely damaged by this but full-party attacks are never fun.



Name: Doorknob
HP: 5000
Attack: 110
Defense: 47
Speed: 75
EXP: 6400
Yen: 2000
Item Drop: Bentou Set (Full HP restore to everyone in the party)
Monster Type: Daimon
Based off of: Doorknobder
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon S, Episode 20

Name: U-Bahra
HP: 4000
Attack: 97
Defense: 45
Speed: 98
EXP: 8500
Yen: 3000
Item Drop: Nigiri Set (300 HP restore to everyone in the party)
Monster Type: Daimon
Based off of: U-Baulla
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon S, Episode 27

Doorknobder is like the funniest Daimon in the entire show. You see, unlike most of the others who are determined to hunt down the Pure Heart of whatever person is unfortunate to cross them... she was summoned as a distraction while her handler runs away.

I don't think it's wrong to say she got a raw deal when she still gets blasted by Sailor Moon's Spiral Heart Attack, yeah?

U-Baulla is much less interesting barring a part where she thought Tuxedo Mask was a copycat for also using roses to attack. I love little interactions like that, and I wish they were incorporated more often.



Battle-wise, these Daimons can be frustrating due to Fascination having increasingly better accuracy as the game goes along.

[One grind session later]



Yeah, uh. Bye.

It's ridiculous just how high these numbers are given what I've already explained for Kaguya's accomplishments in the movie. Just how strong are we?!

I bet you that if buffs were visible, these girls would be giant musclebutts by now.



Whoaaa that looks funky. It's fun to screencap area transitions, especially in older games like this.



For some reason this area is blocked. I have a feeling this is Apsu's room, but I don't remember if we're ever able to enter it.



: "Oh? Are you awake now?"

: "Wh... Who are you?"


: "I am called Sin."

If I were Shingo I would be concerned as to why this stranger has a striking resemblance to my sister. Like let’s be honest, Sin is just Usagi without the buns or kindness.

: "If you keep quiet, I won’t do anything to you."

: "You think I’ll do what one of the bad guys tell me?"

That... that is a very dangerous attitude to have in a hostage situation.

: "Ohhh… hehe."

:

: "Ah, sorry for laughing. I have a little brother too."

I’m curious if Sin actually regrets doing this, if just a little bit. She knows how painful it is to lose family members.



: "Eh? Well…"

: "My little brother is cute… I think I would do anything for his sake."

: "Usagi… She isn’t like that. She always steals my food and uses my games."

: "She does those awful things?"

(Even the bad guy is appalled by Usagi's poor sister-ness. That's just hilarious.)

: "B-but she was always there when I was sick. Even when I’m being disobedient she worries about me."

: "That’s strange. Though she is a bad sister... Do you like her?"

: "Don’t speak badly of my sister!"

Lemme just take the time to mention how much I adore how the entire game has built up this brother-sister dynamic, as well as applying it to the villains.

Not only does this make the plot with Sin and Anshar interesting by itself, but when you factor Usagi and Shingo’s dysfunctional-but-loving relationship as a parallel... it’s honestly kind of brilliant.

I also like how Sin is unused to the idea of treating her brother badly and vice versa due to them getting along so well. It puts stuff into perspective a bit.



: "Eh? Sailor Moon is?"

The cavalry’s coming.

: "Alright, I’m going right away. Shingo-kun, sleep some more. This time it will be for a bit longer."

[She puts him back to sleep with a spell]

: "First, we shall strike Sailor Moon with an illusion."

Again? You guys keep trying the same stuff and expect it work, huh?



: "Somehow, space seems to be getting all distorted… Hm? What’s this?"

[The screen goes black and the other Senshi disappear]



: "Guys? Where are you?"

[She walks around for a bit, only for Sin’s voice to break the silence]

: "Sailor Moon. You have been abandoned by your friends..."

: "No way! I believe in all of them. Besides, that distorted world is a creation of yours."


Hell yeah we believe in them. I’m also glad she sees that it’s an illusion because come on, you can’t fall for the same trick more than once.

: "Hehe, perhaps. But how will you find this world, I wonder..."

[Fade to black]



We’ve seen this song and dance before. Long story short, Chibi-Usa came back from playing with Momo. Dream Usagi and Mamoru get all lovey-dovey and honestly if they expect this to work then they’ve got another thing coming.



: "Ah... I..."

: "If you hand over the Mystic Silver Crystal, I can grant you the fate you just saw."

: "That’s wrong. That’s really wrong. Because everyone doesn’t want to change their fate. The people of the Black Moon, for example, were saddened to have their fate changed."

… Not exactly the answer I was expecting but she still fends it off like I hoped.

Don’t underestimate Usagi when she’s in a pinch, she’ll figure you out.



Sin realizes that, no, we’re not just going to give up the incredible powerful and integral plot macguffin just to get a destiny that we already know will happen.

Chibi-Usa’s very existence is proof enough that Usagi will be in a happy relationship.

Put up your dukes, cause I’m ready for you.



: "It’s okay... Let’s hurry, I can feel Shingo near."

Man, poor Artemis. He can barely do anything because unlike his Opposito counterpart, he can’t fight. Yeah, he can bite and scratch but that can only do so much against the forces of darkness.



[The Opposito show up one-by-one, with each one greeting their Inner counterpart]

: "I’m glad we could meet again, Sailor Mercury."

: "I thought you would come for sure, Sailor Jupiter."

: "Hohoho… It’s been a while, Sailor Venus."

You gotta keep in mind that they wouldn’t have this dialogue if you didn’t bring the Inners. Gotta have it match, even if it means giving up Sailor Pluto’s ridiculously useful Time Stop ability.

[Sin shows up in the middle]



: "You’re as strong as always, Sailor Moon."

: "So it’s a gathering of all the Opposito Senshi, right?"

: "How was it? Our illusion, I mean... Bet you enjoyed it."

: "That illusion? No way..."

Rei is still partially lying but she’s mature enough to not chase it.

: "Even though we showed you the life you wish for... Our patience has limits."

: "That fate is disgusting! We’re not weak like you are!"



That’s the most vicious thing Venus has ever said to the bad guys… and honestly it makes perfect sense. Ishtar is even the weakest Opposito and they’ve clearly run out of options.

: "My, my. You’re not weak after seeing yourself in that illusion?"

: "You violated a taboo by changing destinies the way you wanted."

: "It’s not too late, though. Turn those destinies back to normal!"

: "Too bad for you, we happen to like those destinies."

I think they’re referring to the altered histories they’ve applied to the characters, aka. Haruka not being part of the race team and etc. It’s been a while since I played this game and the direction of the writing sometimes is not helping.

: "Surrender, Opposito Senshi!"







She said the thing!

: "Hmph! Now is the time to settle the score! Consider this our final battle!!"



[Current OST: Opposito Senshi Boss Theme]

Name: Marduk (2)
HP: 32098
Attack: 168
Defense: 65
Speed: 131
EXP: 32750
Yen: 42000
Item Drop: Moon Shard (Cures 120 HP)
Allegiance: Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

Name: Nergal (3)
HP: 30765
Attack: 167
Defense: 67
Speed: 131
EXP: 32750
Yen: 35000
Item Drop: Fragrance (Boosts attack for everyone in the party for one battle)
Allegiance: Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

Rude Crude Dudes Alert

Oooh muk, we're fighting multiple bosses at the same time. I don't think the game has done something like that so far, so that makes this extra tense.

The Opposito are no joke at this point in the game either - they're super buff and work as a team, so you really do have to grind a bit so you can stand a chance.



While not optimal, our damage numbers are still pretty good. I didn't even put up a Fragrance for this fight but that's also for a very good reason.



Here's Dark Thunder from Marduk, seeing as she's Jupiter's evil counterpart.

Yeah, the Opposito use the same attacks as the Ayakashi Sisters from before, but due to the higher numbers they're far scarier here.



H-Lame Heart...? I'm pretty sure that's a mistranslation, but I'm more disturbed by how three Senshi are already dead. Yeah, in all of my years of let's playing, this is one of the few times where I think The Rude Crude Dudes alert is actually deserved.



Seeing Fascination over one of their deadlier attacks can be a sigh of relief, even if it means you have to waste some time removing the Charm effect.



This attack which seems like squiggly lines all over the screen is actually Hell Thunder, the even-more-powered up version of Dark Thunder and Marduk's signature move.

If any of the Opposito pull out the Hell- tier attacks, you better hope your guys can survive it.



Even with Nergal (presumably) debuffed thanks to Shabon Spray, she still does this much damage to us. That's pretty terrifying.



Getting a level up here can actually be lifesaving due to the little-known fact that your HP is fully restored upon every level up.

Also, the Fragrance is always appreciated.



Name: Nabu (3)
HP: 34750
Attack: 170
Defense: 69
Speed: 131
EXP: 33735
Yen: 35000
Item Drop: Fragrance (Boosts attack for everyone in the party for one battle)
Allegiance: Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

Name: Ishtar (2)
HP: 30765
Attack: 164
Defense: 70
Speed: 131
EXP: 32750
Yen: 4000
Item Drop: Moon Drop (Cures 60 HP)
Allegiance: Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

Not much to say about Ishtar and Nabu aside from...



... Them breaking Mars like a porcelain doll.



(Dark Water and Hell's Freezing)

They really aren't messing around anymore folks. They really did mean this being the final battle, cause they're pulling out all the stops and you should too.

Can you imagine how unfair the game would be if we were forced to fight all five Opposito at once? It would be absolutely hellish.



Here's Ishtar finally acting like an evil Venus and using Hell's Shower. It hurts just as much as our version to boot.



A ton of item spam later and we manage to overcome the first four Opposito. It was certainly a bit difficult, but nothing we can't deal with.



Name: Sin (2)
HP: 44321
Attack: 172
Defense: 70
Speed: 134
EXP: 45432
Yen: 35000
Item Drop: Manicure (Boosts attack for one person)
Allegiance: Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

Ultimate Sin is nothing to scoff at though, because even on her own she's pretty terrifying.



Her attacks consist of Hell Surge (left) and Hell Attack (right) - they deserve those names for a reason because they're kinda ridiculous.

Despite Usagi herself being the tank/heart of the team, her evil counterpart is an out-and-out beast in terms of damage. With this in mind, it's more believable that their own Sailor Planet Attack managed to kick Mamoru into a nigh-uncurable coma.

Speaking of which...

[The Inners release Sailor Cluster Attack!]







I'd say we did a good job at roasting her into brown bread.



[Current OST: Sadness]

: "Don’t, Nergal! Our capacities are too different from those of the Sailor Senshi."

: "Damn! So we can’t win against the real thing after all?"

: "No, our strength mustn’t be lower than theirs. Isn’t that right, Sin?"

: [Ellipses]

: "Sin! This is why we came here! Do you want it all to be in vain? Answer me! Sin!"

We beat them so badly that we left them questioning their goals. Sounds about right.

: "Sailor Moon, now’s your chance! We just might be able to turn the Opposito Senshi back to normal human beings."



"Moon Healing Escalation!"

[A blue light covers all of the Opposito]



: "Ugh... this is... That’s right... I was given my strength by Apsu-sama and then... I’m sorry for what I did up to now..."

: "It’s alright... everything is over for you now."

: "Thank you so much, Sailor Mars. We vow not to be seduced into having our fate manipulated."

: "The next time we meet... We’ll be friends!"

: "Yes, let us have a chess match then!"

I’m curious. How much of the girls being evil was them being manipulated by Apsu and how much of it was genuine hate for the Sailors? Either way, this seems pretty typical for a Sailor Moon villain arc. (For the 90's anime, anyway)

: "Yeah! I’m your buddy too, tee-hee! "

[Everyone sweats]

: "Uhm, yeah... Ishtar sure was a strange girl..."

That’s pretty funny, though. Even when she gets redeemed she’s still really annoying.

: "Jupiter, I caused you a lot of trouble..."

: "I already put it out of my mind. Well, if it becomes dangerous for you again, flee!"



[The Opposito walk out of the room]

: "With this, a normal life is awaiting those girls..."



"I’ve got to go with everyone. Sin?"

: "I... I... I can’t believe this! The fate I believe in is this current life. For Anshar... I can’t die here!"

Wait, wh-

[Sin teleports away]



[Current OST: Intro]

Well muk. Guess it takes more than even Sailor Moon’s purification powers to heal Sin’s grief.

: "Sin! Why..."

: "Sailor Moon, like your thoughts for Shingo... Sin’s thoughts towards her brother Anshar are as strong as anyone else. That is why the Silver Crystal didn’t work."

Makes sense. I’m really digging the direction this is going in, cause this is a better plot point than just having Sin be instantly redeemed.

: "Sin... OH! Shingo! Is he okay!?"

[She runs over to her unconscious brother]

: "Shingo… Shingo!"

: "Shush... Shingo is asleep."



"He’s so cute when he’s asleep. But when he’s awake, he’s so snobbish."

: "Don’t say things like that!"

: "That’s right, Sailor Moon. I’ve always wanted a brother like Shingo."

: "Sorry, everyone. I’m always so selfish because he’s my real brother. Thanks for everything."

Aww, isn’t that sweet. Honestly I can kind of relate.

: "Shingo is like a brother to us all."

Strange comment but I can see what she means.

: "You lucky kid, having all these pretty girls around you."

Shingo is lucky that he was involved in the plot at all. I’d definitely love to see a modern remake of this game even if it’s unreasonable with Crystal being the primary anime version right now.

: "We should first return Shingo to his rightful place."

: "Okay. And then we have to do something about Apsu. I hope Chibi-Moon is okay."

Ooof. You’re right to worry about Chibi-Usa, because well...



[Current OST: Crystal Tokyo]

"I wonder if she's well."

… Oh yeah I keep forgetting that Chibi-Usa is from the future. How long has it been since she’s seen Neo Queen Serenity (aka. Future Usagi)?

In fact, how does time travel really work? Does a second passing in the present count as a second passing in the future? All these hard questions and more that will never get answered.



Okay wow, we are not looking good, folks. Neptune is severely under-leveled while the rest of the team is just barely equipped to deal with the new enemies here.

Thank god Pluto is here otherwise this would be unplayable.



Name: Chargama
HP: 7000
Attack: 105
Defense: 50
Speed: 75
EXP: 6900
Yen: 1500
Item Drop: Life Water (Revives with 200 HP)
Monster Type: Daimon
Based off of: Chagama
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon S, Episode 15

Name: U-Henshu
HP: 7500
Attack: 105
Defense: 47
Speed: 72
EXP: 6300
Yen: 1500
Item Drop: Cologne (Full MP restore to everyone in the party)
Monster Type: Daimon
Based off of: U-Henshu
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon S, Episode 24

Yeah, for some reason, the final set of enemies in the game are all Daimons. Appropriate considering this game takes place right after the end of S.

The enemies here are Chagama and U-Henshu - Chagama is the japanese term for tea kettle, and the Daimon herself even attacks with acid tea. Why is this one of the last generic enemies you'll encounter in the game? Beats me, but it's pretty clever how her drop item is "Life Water".

U-Henshu on the other hand is a pun on the japanese word for editing. Given how her attacks revolve around throwing razor-sharp book pages and trapping people inside books, it's safe to say she's a jab at manga editors. You gotta admit, the guys behind the anime had a fair amount of creativity.



I have to use Time Stop or they'll massacre the team though. The Fragrance is for the extra kill power in case we're not able to eliminate them in three turns... we repeat this process every random battle until we're properly strong enough, minus the Fragrance bit every now and then because those are valuable.



Uranus is also the only offensive member of the Outers, because the others do scratch damage. If she goes down, we have to waste a lot of time bringing her back.

If only Neptune had an all-enemies debuff like how Shabon Spray lowers attack, but no: Submarine Reflection is just mediocre.



That EXP and the reward is really good though, all things considered.



Name: Dharma
HP: 6300
Attack: 107
Defense: 52
Speed: 70
EXP: 6200
Yen: 1000
Item Drop: Bentou Set (Full HP restore to everyone in the party)
Monster Type: Daimon
Based off of: Daruma
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon S, Episode 16

The last of the new monsters is Daruma, a Daimon based off these funky little dolls that are designed after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. (This is also where Darmanitan's Zen Mode comes from, by the way)

The deal with them is that you fill in one eye when you have a goal to do and you fill in the second when you actually complete it. I like the Daimon herself because she has a big honking paintbrush as a weapon, as well as the way she was taken out.

You see, Daruma is one of those extremely rare monsters to be killed by someone other than Sailor Moon in the anime! Not only was it not Sailor Moon, it wasn't some mysterious outlier character like Uranus and Neptune (at the time) either; it was Jupiter of all people. She went above and beyond her role as a support fighter and took out the monster herself for once.

I would have loved to see more that in the show itself, because... damn.



Ooough, that full-party Stone Barrier isn't pretty. Good thing it has terrible accuracy otherwise it would be horrifying.

A few fights later and we're doing much better, although Pluto being Stoned is super unfortunate. Having pork chops is a really good idea by this point of the game, just saying.




Here's the ultimate combination attack between all three Outer and my god does Dead World Submerge sound like such a badass name. Too bad only Uranus can make use of it due to her monstrous attack stat.



Left: Uranus

Right: Everyone else

You can see why her going down in a fight would be a problem, yeah?



: "That voice... you're Anshar! What do you mean?"

: "If you enter, then we will have to fight."

: "I don’t want to! Let me see mom!"

: "Please, listen to me. I don’t want to fight you! Please..."

: "Anshar..."


Chibi’s scenario immediately starts off tense with this warning, cause while Shingo is saved… yeah, this won’t end pretty.



Wait a minute, what? We're just now fighting the Witches 5?

Yeah, the penultimate opponents and the ones who own all these Daimons across Crystal Tokyo are them of all people. Why are they so much stronger than Kaolinite and Mistress 9?

... Gameplay reasons obviously, but at the same time this is just weird. The thing with the Witches 5 is that they guard the five crystal points across Tokyo (these giant gems) and will immediately fight you when you approach them. Hope you trained up Chibi's team otherwise you're kinda psyducked, since they don't give you a warning before throwing you into inescapable boss fights.



Name: Eudial
HP: 25000
Attack: 169
Defense: 58
Speed: 136
EXP: 28356
Yen: 5000
Item Drop: Nigiri (Cures 300 HP)
Allegiance: Death Busters
Official Art: Manga / Anime
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon Super, episode 16 / Act 27 - Infinity 1, Premonition

(Named after eudialyte, a rare red-colored silicate mineral)

This lovely lady is Eudial, the first of the Witches introduced in the anime after Kaolinite is defeated the first time. Her modus operandi is that instead of just summoning Daimons that take Pure Hearts, she shoots people with a soul-stealing bazooka. Can you imagine how terrifying that would be in other contexts?

Honestly she's the second best looking of the group and the closest in terms of caliming her victory, as she mortally wounds both Neptune and Uranus and gets the Talismans from them.

... Her death was pretty messed up, though. After the Senshi defeat her, the car she makes a getaway in has its brakes jammed with snails by another one of the Witches... forcing her to drive off a cliff and die.

It's not "melting skeleton faces" tier from the manga but that's still pretty brutal for a kid's show.



Her primary weapon of choice is a god damn FLAMETHROWER that is somehow powerful enough Sailor Moon's Spiral Heart Attack, so I'm not surprised that it's able to one-shot Uranus.

Her flamethrower can engulf the entire team, so you better be careful.



The only thing keeping her from being super difficult is Sonic Wave...? For some reason? It is nice that they throw in a useless attack from time to time to prevent these bosses from being overpowered, though.



Once you defeat one of them, they disappear and that's the last we see of them. It might be important to note that in the manga and Crystal, the Witches 5 are perfected Daimons who have managed to sustain human forms while in the 90's anime it's never stated if they're humans or not.



Name: Tellu
HP: 28000
Attack: 168
Defense: 62
Speed: 140
EXP: 29543
Yen: 9000
Item Drop: Fragrance (Boosts attack for everyone in the party for one battle)
Allegiance: Death Busters
Official Art: Manga / Anime / Disguise
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon Super, episode 31 / Act 27 - Infinity 1, Premonition

(Her name is derived from tellurite, a rare oxide mineral)

Tellu is actually the third Witch introduced, coming after Eudial's replacement. She had her own disguise (Lulu Teruno, owner of a botanical garden and gym teacher at Infinity Academy), and had a different method of gaining Pure Hearts from her predecessors.

Yeah, after the second Witch gets axed, they decide to stop wasting resources creating Daimons if the Sailor Senshi are just going to keep nuke them out of existence. Tellu's answer? She has a special set of plants that just drain Pure Hearts out of anybody who gets near them, ironically doing a much better job than a single Daimon ever could.

However, it didn't last and she was killed by her own flower when it thought she had a Pure Heart too. Whoops.



I don't remember her special attacks, so I'll just assume she uses Whirlwind Cut or Fascination. That five thousand damage from out heavy hitter is looking super delicious though.



A bit too late for that though, hun. Thanks for the Fragrance though. (Ha get it, cause flowers release sweet aromas.)



: "We'll defeat you!"

Hoo boy, these two. This is the hardest Witch fight for a multitude of reasons.



Name: Cyprine & Puchirol
HP: 25765 (C) + 27000 (P) = 52,765(!!) in total
Attack: 171 for both
Defense: 60 for both
Speed: 142 for both
EXP: 25000 for both
Yen: 8000
Item Drop: Fragrance (Boosts attack for everyone in the party for one battle) & Moon Shard (Cures 120 HP)
Allegiance: Death Busters
Official Art: Manga (both) / Anime (both)
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon Super, episode 34 (both) / Act 27 - Infinity 1, Premonition (Cyprine) / Act 32 - Infinity 6, Three Guardians (Ptilol)

(Cyprine is a silicate mineral with a blue color while Ptilol is derived from an alternate name for mordenite)

Cyprine and Ptilol are the last members of the Witches 5 encountered and are actually twins who share the same body when they're not in combat.

Technically this means the group should actually be called the Witches 7 but they don't count Kaolinite or Ptilol for some odd reason. Ptilol makes sense because she's just an extension of Cyprine, but Kaolinite's just weird.

I really like their designs though, mostly because I'm a sucker for symmetrical red and blue characters. It's kind of the same reason why Twinrova is one of the coolest bosses in Zelda to me. Other than that, there's not much to say about the twins.



They kick things off with Illusion and honestly it's one of the worst things they can throw at you. Losing turns is something you really don't want in late-game boss fights, especially if one of the people they get is Pluto.

No, they can't force her to use Time Stop on us but not being able to use it on them is just as bad.



Meanwhile, never attack with Chibi Moon because her speed would be much better utilized healing everyone. This does like 5 damage at best.



... As opposed to Uranus hitting like bullet train. She may be the only offensive unit of the Outers but damn if she doesn't do a fantastic job.



(Even in the back row Chibi still manages to take 201 damage. Can someone remind me why we have a literal child as a sailor soldier again?)

Thank god they missed Uranus though, because well...





Easy money.



: "Our fates would change..."

Ha! Fat chance. It's especially hilarious when you realize that out of all the villains Usagi encounters, the Witches 5 are never redeemed in any way.



Name: Mimett
HP: 20543
Attack: 161
Defense: 65
Speed: 138
EXP: 28087
Yen: 8000
Item Drop: White Rose (Permanently raises defense by 10)
Allegiance: Death Busters
Official Art: Manga / Anime
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon Super, episode 20 / Act 27 - Infinity 1, Premonition

(Her name comes from mimetite, a yellow-orange mineral)

Mimete is the second Witch encountered and Eudial's successor after she caused her car to crash. Despite her methods, Mimete is actually the funniest son of a rattata out of the five girls and honestly kind of a ditz all things considered. There's the infamous Twister scene that I unfortunately can't grab a hold of on Youtube, and the fact she wanted to ditch the Death Busters to get rich and famous after a while.

Her death was also messed up, likely due to karma. She went inside of a TV to amplify her powers as a trump card against Sailor Moon and pals, only for Tellu to pull the plug and kill her onscreen (literally). Man, this group was not very stable if they just keep killing each other, huh?







I bet to Mimete the fight started and just ended without even knowing what happened, especially since my own characters haven't even lost HP. A Pluto with unlimited Time Stop would be an unstoppable goddess, just think about it.



Her drop item is the intensely valuable White Rose that increases defense by ten, so you know I'm giving it to Uranus just so she can survive a bit more.



Name: Viluy
HP: 27460
Attack: 170
Defense: 60
Speed: 140
EXP: 28553
Yen: 7520
Item Drop: Bentou Set (Full HP restore to the entire party)
Allegiance: Death Busters
Official Art: Manga / Anime / Civilian
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon Super, episode 33 / Act 27 - Infinity 1, Premonition

(Named after viluite, another silicate mineral)

Viluy is the fourth Witch encountered and is effectively the Mercury parallel due to her amazing talent for technology. She's the leader of the science class and made friggin' nanobots of all things, so I'm just holding myself back from making a Metal Gear reference.

They also unfortunately led to her downfall, because when Sailor Moon used her super attack it damaged the bracelet that controlled the bots, forcing them to turn on their user.

Viluy's death is so gruesome that I'm surprised they got away with it, because her nanobots disintegrated her down to the particles. God damn that's metal for a kid's anime.



One admittedly lackluster fight later and that clears up all the Witches, albeit in an admittedly messy order. The Crystal Palace should be open now upon their defeat, but something tells me to look around for a bit.



For you see, Crystal Tokyo actually does have shops! I... actually did not know this the first time playing around, the buildings around the area didn't really scream "enterable". I can imagine this being useful once we need to restock.



It's a good time to mention that there's actually quite a few buildings in between all the random battles. The NPCs take notice of the Witches 5 perching themselves on the Crystal Points and preventing entry into the Crystal Palace.

One truly unfortunate piece of flavor text is that even though the people here are "immortal" aka. unable to die from old age, they can still get sick. Let's just hope this doesn't apply to genetic diseases or that Usagi can cure the really bad ones people can catch, because that's...



[Current OST: Crystal Tokyo Palace]

This is hands down my favorite song in the entire game. It's so soothing yet it embodies "final area" at the same time, it's just fantastic. It even gets me nostalgic when I stop playing the game, so let that speak for itself.



"Don’t come any closer, I’ll have to fight you if you do."

It’s gonna happen but honestly I don’t want to beat up Anshar. He’s been a cool guy this entire game, and he’s gone through enough as it is.



"But while you’re a princess, I can’t get any closer to you."



"Then we wouldn’t have had to fight like this..."

He’s compelled to chase his destiny, even if it means fighting the girl of his dreams. Anshar is practically pleading for us to not come closer, but screw it we’re doing it anyway.



: "Don’t come, Lady! Don’t come any closer! I don’t want to fight you! Don’t come..."

[Apsu appears behind Anshar]



[Current OST: Apsu's theme]

: "I’m not going to fight Lady!"

: "Anshar. You’re still saying things like that!?"

: "Shut up! If I have to fight Lady… Then, I’ll die!"

: "That is an act of treason. Take this!"

[Apsu disappears and envelops Anshar in a pillar of darkness]



: "Aaaaaah! L... Lady... I don’t want to fight you... Gaaaahhh!"

[He collapses]

: "Anshar!"

[He steps back up]

: "You... all of you... Kill!"

: "He’s being controlled by evil energy! Watch out, Chibi-Moon!"

: "Anshar!"

That’s super messed up, jesus. Combine this with the amount of pain-staking effort Sin went through to keep her brother safe and it just gets worse.

You see what I told you when I said this woman was pure evil?!



[Current OST: Normal Battle Theme]

Name: Anshar
HP: 35000
Attack: 115
Defense: 75
Speed: 120
EXP: 55432
Yen: 50000
Item Drop: Nothing
Allegiance: Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

Oh man, we're really doing this, huh.

... Why does he get the normal battle theme though? Are they implying he's not strong enough to get the boss theme or even the Opposito battle theme? Man, this kid will never stop getting the short end of the stick.



He's far weaker than the Witches and his sister's group, but I gear up anyway to end his suffering more quickly.



Chibi, I appreciate the effort but...



Maybe let the big girls handle this one.





That's an amazing amount of experience but not a single point feels good. Why couldn't we have beat up Apsu instead?



"Are you alright...?"

: "Anshar! I’m sorry!"

She’s said his name for her past five lines, come on.

: "Sorry... I was such a pain… I’ve always admired you. [huff] But I’m only a normal person, and you are a princess... There was no way we could be with each other, but I never gave up... I’ve thought so many times of taking you. But that thought has only brought Apsu to me... I... I didn’t want this kind of fate. Ugh..."

So not only were his parents killed by the Black Moon, he was consumed by his lust of the princess to the point where it ruined him. That… that’s rough. Poor guy.

: "Hey! Hang in there!"



"Apsu’s weakness is the Silver Crystal... She’s now at the tower of time, changing the fates... ugh... I..."

Kinda ironic considering how she wanted it to cure her own cancer and take over the cosmos, but thems the breaks of being a bad guy.

: "... Anshar? Don’t die! Could this be... Anshar..."

(I’d be more surprised if he survived what we threw at him, just saying)

: "Chibi-Moon..."

: "Damn it!! Why... How can we possibly forgive this!? Apsu!"

Well said, hot damn.

: "It is too early to be saddened... Small Lady, we still have time."



: "With your Silver Crystal, that boy can be revived. You must believe in yourself, Small Lady."

: "Puu... Okay, I’ll do it!"

Kinda kills the tension of all she had to do was believe, but alright whatever.

: "Moon Prism Power!"

[A red pillar of light envelops Anshar’s body]



: "How is it, Pluto?"

: "Hmmm. Everything is okay, he’s just out cold now."

Oh good. I'm pretty sure winning Sin back would have become impossible if her brother died too.

: "It’s Apsu, right?"

: "That’s right. It’s time to defeat Apsu, and bring back the correct fates."

: "Right. In order not to make anyone else saddened…"

: "Let’s go! Time to settle this, Apsu!"

: "Anshar... wait for me. I’ll restore your fate."

[Cut to black]



: "Sailor Moon, there’s something going on more important than that."

: "What’s wrong?"

: "Apsu is up in the Tower of Time trying to change fate!"

[All of the Senshi are shocked]

: "Changing fate?"

: "We can’t waste time standing around then."

: "Let’s hurry!"

: "Wait. Everyone can’t head to the Tower of Time."

Basically, we have arrange a group for Sailor Moon to defeat Apsu once and for all while the remaining members go back into the present to return Shingo.



Chibi is not available, but I don’t think she’s all that useful beyond her speed anyway.



I've arranged a team of the most powerful attackers (and Mercury) so we can potentially kill-dozer Apsu without much resistance. Sure it's reckless but I'm kinda determined to not use Time Stop unless it's absolutely necessary and I can't worm out of it.



: "Don’t lose to Apsu!"

: "Of course! For him? In the name of the moon, I’ll punish her!"

: "Good luck, Sailor Moon!"

Aaaah, she said it again!

I can’t tell if she’s referring to Anshar or Mamoru, but I like to imagine it’s the former because of what just happened. (Speaking of which, where is that goober anyway?)

[Chibi's team walks offscreen]



Well that was an exciting chapter and all but we’ve got a hefty finale waiting for us. There’s quite a lot to swallow next time, maybe even some time travel shenanigans, but I’m not able to tell.

See you guys then!



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A Team:

(Sailor Moon, level 45, , Inner Senshi) - "Apsu, I don't know what your goal is but you've done enough! For Anshar and all the others you hurt... I can't forgive you."

(Sailor Venus, level 45, , Inner Senshi) - "I'm glad we solved the problem with the other Opposito, even if Ishtar still makes me a bit uneasy."

(Sailor Uranus, level 47, , Outer Senshi) - "Usagi, we're right there with you if you get in trouble. This entire incident has my blood boiling, so let's go and get it done."

(Sailor Mercury, level 45, , Inner Senshi) - "Wait, where's Mamoru? Wasn't he supposed to be dealing with Fiore?"


(Sailor Mars, level 45, , Inner Senshi) - "... Hmmm, you're right. Either way, I'm sensing tremendous dark energy up there. Something tells me this might be the final battle, so let's be careful!"

-

B Team:

(Sailor Chibi-Moon, level 48, , Inner Senshi) - "How could someone do this, especially to a sweet person like Anshar?"

(Sailor Jupiter, level 45, , Inner Senshi) - "Well, Chibi-Usa, some people... just aren't good people. It's not even because they're born evil either. There's a lot that can go into it, like lack of empathy or a bad life growing up. With all the villains we've fought I've always wondered what goes on in their heads, so..."

(Sailor Neptune, level 47, , Outer Senshi) - "He sure is lucky to have you care about him, though, tee hee."

(Sailor Pluto, level 47, , Outer Senshi) - "Small Lady, don't be nervous. He will be alright. Now, if only the same could be said about his sister..."

(Sailor Saturn, level 48, , Outer Senshi) - "All that talk about you being a princess being the reason why you two couldn't be together and why he tried so hard... it was heartbreaking. I can't help but feel there was a different path for him that didn't need to end up like this."

-

~Fun Sailor Moon Fact~:

Oh yeah, got a twofer for this one. In the anime, all of the main villains are separate threats with their own unique agendas and origins. In the manga, however, they're all incarnations of Chaos, a primordial evil with no definite form. Chaos is basically the ultimate big bad of the series, with each new main villain being a stronger version of the last.

Also, have this picture of Minako disguised as Sailor Moon to fool Kaolinite because mimicking Sailor Moon just seems to be a thing in the show.

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