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Let's Play Sailor Moon: Another Story! Chapter 14 (FINALE)

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 5:40 PM by Rainbow Chara X
Updated April 20th, 2019 at 2:23 PM by Rainbow Chara X
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Moved into our new house, made it liveable and defeated every superboss in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep.

*cracks knuckles*

Let's do this.

Chapter #14 - Destiny's Eclipse (Finale)
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Spoiler:




Last time on Sailor Moon: Another Story, we dispelled the threats from Crystal Tokyo and purified all but one of the Opposito Senshi. Now we're going to hunt down Apsu and put an end to her schemes!

(About time, too.)



: "Where is Tuxedo Kamen? He was fighting here a while ago."

: "This rose petal trail… It’s heading towards the Time Gate."

: "We have to go, no matter what."

That boy better not have died on me otherwise I’mma get pissed. We spent what, like five chapters trying to bring him out of a coma?



: "... The Tower of Time!? Didn’t it sink when we saved Pluto!?"

: "Well..."

That... wait, yeah it totally did. What’s this about?



"A new tower is there…"

: "Hahaha... How do you like the new Tower of Time? If you want Tuxedo Kamen back, enter… If you have that kind of courage! Hahahaha..."

Woman don’t tempt me, I’ve done crazy muk like this in the past.

: "What are you going to do?"

Yes we’ll quit and leave Tuxedo Mask in the timeless abyss because he’s always giving us too much trouble – no, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO SAY, LUNA!?

: "I’m going in."

See, Usagi knows what’s up.



I should mention that the enemy encounters here have not changed since our first visit to the Space-Time Door (barring one exception) so if you haven't done much grinding before reaching this point then I pity you.

At least you have a second chance to get the chests here, hence why I wasn't freaking out over missable stuff here earlier.



: "Sailor Moon... Sorry... after defeating Fiore, I was captured."

Holy muk he actually beat Fiore? That’s much better than what I was expecting if I really have to be honest. Have you seen his track record up to now? Dude has never actually won against someone in the anime, he’s usually just a distraction and that’s it.

: "Can’t we escape?"

: "This could be difficult. Apsu’s mental energy is being used as a lock."

: "Then we have to beat Apsu first?"

: "It appears that way."

Shouldn’t be that difficult. I mean the only person left on her team is Sin and she doesn’t even have the other villain forces to back her up anymore, so... easy clap.



"Right now we can’t seem to free you."

: "What are you saying? Don’t worry about me. Concentrate on defeating Apsu."

They more or less repeat themselves for a bit before saying that if we lose, at least we’ll die together.

: "When you defeat Apsu, everything will be fine. Don’t give up, Sailor Moon."

Then the music changes to the Let's Go theme for the rest of the Tower of Time, so at least it’s a bit more heroic than the creepy-ass normal theme for this place.



(Special note: You are not completely screwed if you need to train a bit more before fighting Apsu. This room has Combater As with incredible amounts of EXP, but you do need to be careful not to trigger the cutscene where Apsu is.)

[Current OST: Apsu]

"The one who tries to twist my fate to destruction."

: "You’re also playing with peoples’ fates! In the name of the moon… I will punish you!"

Oh man she’s on a roll with the “I will punish you” thing. Also wow Apsu, you really tried to pull the guilt card with all the crap you’ve done already? I’ve never seen a Sailor Moon villain with such a punchable face before.

: "Hahaha... Sorry, Sailor Moon."


[A circle of light appears beneath the Senshi]



"The Silver Crystal is my ward. Silver Crystal! Show us the new fate!"

[The screen pixellates out]

What the hell are you doing?



: "I got a bad grade again. Mom will scold me now. I hate tests!"

I just find it hilarious that she can annihilate eldritch abominations beyond the comprehension of man and beat up demonic aliens like it’s nothing… yet she gets like 30s on her math tests.

Can’t win ‘em all, I suppose.

: "That’s a bad grade."

: "What are YOU looking at?"

: "Go study more, odango head."

: [Sticks her tongue out at him]

Was this meant to be a recreation of their meeting in the first episode or something? Cause I kinda don’t see the point of this illusion.



"Sailor Moon’s fate should have changed."

Oh it wasn’t an illusion, it was Apsu trying to warp space and time to change Usagi’s destiny. That… okay that’s way more horrifying.

: "Apsu… You don’t understand your biggest mistake. Fate is what peoples’ hearts create… I didn’t love Mamo-chan because of fate. No matter how much you change it, I’ll never give up Mamo-chan!"

Why can I imagine this line being highlighted in a modern remake trailer for this game? It just seems perfect for that.

: "I see… But it seems as though you’re the only one that thinks that."

: "Sorry... I... I couldn’t believe in the Silver Crystal. If I fight like this, I’ll fall behind in my studies and I won’t be able to become a doctor anymore..."

(Mercury kinda has a point though.)

: "I don’t understand why we’re fighting. I wanted to live a peaceful life and fall in love like a normal person…"

: "If fate has changed, then we can just follow that new fate. I mean, if that would make us happy..."

Oh come the psyduck on. You’ve made it this far yet now you’re going to stop before we even make it to the finish line? Guys, please.

(I’ve just noticed that Uranus has not said anything. Maybe this is an Inner Senshi thing and that Jupiter was supposed to speak up, but we didn’t bring her, so whoops.)

: "What are you saying!? All the hardships in our lives… We worked hard to solve them and create happy endings! Changing fate... and even throwing all our effort out the door… no! We’ve got to do our best! I don’t want to see you all give up!"

Said like a true leader.



"I was afraid…"

: "I didn’t think Sailor Moon would give a speech like that... I’m fine now."



: "I was fooled by the words of fate… I’ll do it, Sailor Moon!"

Whiplash, much? They sure got talked back in real quick, given all the illusions they suffered before this. Usagi sure has a way with words.

: "Everyone..."

: "Is that so? Then, in order for me not to die… I’ll just have to kill you to achieve it!"

I’d like to see you try!



[Current OST: Opposito Senshi Boss Theme]

Name: Apsu
HP: 72000
Attack: 177
Defense: 90
Speed: 140
EXP: 4464
Yen: 18928
Item Drop: N/A
Allegiance: Hell Destiny aka. Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

God damn she's strong. No wonder why she was the leader of the Opposito this entire time!

Apsu, otherwise known as Abzu, is a primeval Mesopotamian deity that also shares their name with a river. I'm not quite sure what the correlation is barring a vague "river = the flow of time" thing, but you got me.

I'm not sure if I've said this before, but I really dig Apsu's look. She's pretty unique visually and personality wise among the Sailor Moon big bads, especially given what her ultimate plan is.

(Yeah, aside from the "conquer everything" racket, but who knows what she was like before she was corrupted by darkness? I hold the theory that she's a breast cancer victim that tapped into taboo magic to fix her situation and it just went kinda FUBAR.)

Side note, I really love how they gave her the Opposito theme instead of the regular boss theme. Nice touch.



I am positive the devs threw Toxic Mist in as a breather attack, because...



Yeah, that's just her normal attack. God help you if you are not prepared.



Hell Attack is pretty terrifying, but apparently she has her own unique attack called Black Sun. Her forehead accessory makes sense now, even if it was already cool.

Pretty funny how Moon and Mercury take barely any damage, though. That's how borked the damage scaling is if you're in the back row.



As long as you have a large enough stock of healing items and use Mercury's Shabon Spray to lower Apsu's attack, this shouldn't be too much of a hassle.

Grinding immediately before the boss would also be super beneficial, but I've already done more than my fair share.

... Surprisingly little EXP for that fight, though. Those numbers don't inspire confidence, either...



Huh? Apsu’s just gone? Not even a final word? Strange…

: "Shingo is home now."

: "We’re done too."

[The screen starts to shake]

: "What is this shaking!?"

: "The fates which have been changed are moving back."

Oh god, it’s a timequake! We’d better move if we don’t want to get erased from reality or something!

: "This place will be dangerous. Let’s get out of here!"



: "We defeated Apsu!"

: "Good job! Now let’s get out!"

Ain’t no thang.



[The tower crumbles into the endless abyss]

Is the Tower of Time meant to be a distortion or something? I don't really know, given how we don't really see the inside of the Space Time Door in the anime or manga.



: "Now everything is over."

: "No, we still have to purify the comet."

Oh right the comet from the game’s intro! Muk, I completely forgot it existed.

: "But how do we do that?"

: "If you put all of your powers into the Silver Crystal, it might purify the comet."

: "Then let’s do it."

This thing always seems to be the answer in a pinch, I swear...

: "But when will the comet arrive?"

: "By my calculations, two hours from now in the future."

What kind of computer is Mercury using that she’s able to calculate time inside of the void?



[Current OST: Title Screen Theme]

: "Let’s do it!"

The girls recite their transformation phrases and…

[A teal sphere of light exudes from the team]



[The light pierces out from the Crystal Palace into the sky]



Huh. Wasn't this part of Apsu's master plan or something? We just kinda ruined everything she had planned, even if I don't know quite what the comet was going to be used for.



: "Right... hmmm!? The Crystal Palace isn't returning to normal!"

: "Is there something we missed!?"

Of course we did.

: "Tuxedo Kamen, wait here."

: "That’s right. We wouldn’t always want to rely on you."

[Canned laughter from Sailor Moon fans plays in the distance]

Did you guys hear something? Either way, it’s interesting to note that in the manga at least, Tuxedo Mask was actually able to take down some bad guys.

: "Leave it to us."

: "Everyone..."

Sit back and relax while the big girls do this, mate. You’ve earned a rest.



"Why… How can I be beaten? I don’t want to die… Somebody… somebody, give me strength!"

This is especially noteworthy because every other Sailor Moon big bad is usually far stronger than the main team to the point where they don’t really falter, yet Apsu gets curbstomped so badly that she’s actually pleading for someone to help her.

I’m really digging the direction they want with the Opposito and Apsu, just sayin’.

[Sin appears over the void]



"I’ll give you my strength. Let’s start a new fate... if you live, Anshar and I can live in peace!"

[Sin and Apsu merge together]



Hoo boy this is not going to end well.



"What is that evil energy?"

: "I felt it too!!"

: "I have sensed it also. This evil energy… it’s surrounding the Crystal Palace."

: "At this rate, the people inside the palace will be taken over. They’ll be poisoned by the evil."

: "They could even all die..."

: "Huh!? Mom and dad will die? I don’t want that!"

That’s pretty messed up.

: "If Queen Serenity and King Endymion die... The world held up by the Silver Crystal will become a land of chaos. We’ll have to finish it off ourselves."

Gotta admit I love stories that give you reasons why only the playable characters can delve into the depths of the enemy territory, so this is pretty rad.

... That said, how are Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion in danger? Aren’t they supposed to be Future Usagi and Mamoru? Wow, settling down and establishing a kingdom must have dulled their combat skills something fierce.

: "But, with this much dark energy..."

: "Then… Apsu could still be alive."

It was kinda obvious. They realize that Sin is still alive too, and head off towards the basement thanks to Mercury’s supercomputer.

(There’s nothing important in the two chests we’ve seen this entire cutscene.)



Yellow crystals... oof, if this entire setting and the beautiful music does not scream final boss prep room then I don't know what does.



: "Right, it’s this room here."

: "But compared to before, it’s much stronger and more evil."

: "You have to put a stop to this evil energy. Otherwise, the palace… no, the entire Earth will fall into chaos."

Why do I get a bad feeling from this entire conversation? Ech, must be nothing.

: "I know. I won’t lose to some evil energy! I’ll protect everyone… the entire Earth! Let’s move out, everyone!"

Well said.

: "But... Chibi-Moon, you stay behind."

: "Why!? I can fight with you too!"

: "No!! What if everyone dies…? Who will then defend this Earth? Who will defend Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion?"



: "That’s why you’re staying, to defend your mom and dad."

(Technically Neo Queen Serenity is you, Usagi? if you bite it, Chibi-Usa will not only not have a mother but she won’t, like… exist? This entire situation’s pretty screwed. Chibi's pretty brave for volunteering to fight, though.)

: "Okay…"

: "Now, let’s decide who will fight, and who will defend."



The final party arrangement... let's make this count!



It's funny how Chibi-Moon doesn't get a use at all during the end of the game, but them's the breaks.

We're ending this off in style with a full Inners team while Chibi gets all the Outers. Tuxedo Mask would have broken the balance in many ways, so sorry bud.



Once we step through that door, it's go time.

Important note: If you don't like the Senshi you brought along, talking to the Senshi other than Chibi-Moon will bring up the team arrangement menu again.

The same thing will happen if you exit the Crystal Palace altogether.



Let's also change up the formation for once to get some variety. I wonder how well this'll do?



What the hell? Does Neo Queen Serenity have a back door into the Tower of Time? This is getting weird…

: "But there seems to be nothing but darkness...?"

[A transformed Apsu appears over the void]



Whoa, what happened to your face?!

: "Apsu! So it was you! … What’s with that body!?"

: "I have merged with Sin. I’ve become a little unsightly, but all this power! If I wanted, the palace could be reduced to dust instantly! But I’d like to kill you myself, just to be satisfied. And besides which… If I destroy the palace, finding the Silver Crystal would become such a hassle. I may as well tell you. The final change of fate will be done at the Crystal Palace."

: "What are you talking about!?"

Usagi says what everyone’s thinking because this woman’s insane.

: "You won’t ever get the palace or the Silver Crystal! Changing the fates of innocent people… trying to destroy their happy lives… Why, I… I… In the name of the Moon… I shall punish you!"

This is what, the fourth time she’s pulled it out? Doesn’t matter, cause this is still the most appropriate use of it.



[Dread of Night]

Wait, what? That's not the song that's meant to be playing! And why isn't the enemy bio showing up?

Oh well, this entire battleground looks sick as hell. Demon Apsu also looks badass for a final boss with the colors and that dragon head, so I approve.

Let's see what we can d-





So uh. Remember what I said about a bad feeling earlier? This is what I meant.

This is Fin de Siècle (french for "End of the Century"), the most powerful attack in the game bar none and it SHOWS. It was mistranslated to Fan Do Sheckle of all things, which has to be the most unfortunate butchering of an attack name I've seen yet.



Wow, we really ballsed that one up, huh? It's almost as if I threw the fight on purpose...? Naw, I couldn't have.



"At this rate, the world… Everyone…"

: "Hahahahaha!! I did it… I have defeated Sailor Moon! I can rule everything! The world! Even time itself! EVERYTHING!!! HA HA HA HA HA!!!"

Okay to be serious for one second, Demon Apsu really is that damn strong. Defeating her is a definite accomplishment, so as a final boss she’s no joke.

[Chibi-Moon runs in from behind]



: "Hmmm!? You’re..."

: "A little early to be celebrating, isn’t it?"



: "Chibi-Moon…"

: "What do you want, runt?"

: "In place of Sailor Moon, I’ll defeat you."

: "Hmph, crazy… Even Sailor Moon couldn’t defeat me! What can you possibly do?"

She… she has a point. It doesn’t mitigate the awesome factor of Chibi-Moon stepping in to save the day from mortal peril, though, cause they totally could have just given us a game over and that’s it.



"Bad guys like you… I’ll punish you! In the name of the future moon!!"

She’s growing up so fast.



[Not the actual final boss theme either: Vs. Metal Attacker]

Name: Demon Apsu (Chibi Moon Version)
HP: 80,000
Attack: 97
Defense: 15
Speed: 80
EXP: 0
Yen: 0
Item Drop: Nothing
Allegiance: Hell Destiny, aka. Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

So... yeah, there's actually two versions of the final boss based on if you die to the super difficult normal version. Chibi's is uber nerfed, to the point where this Apsu is no different from a trash mob monster barring her health.

Chibi's Demon Apsu has one of lowest defense ratings for a boss yet, especially for this point in the game. It makes sense because the formation you use will get messed up due to it being outside of your control.



(The attack she used was the same Fin de Siècle that wiped out Moon and the Inners. That's how far Apsu got knocked down stat-wise.)

Yeah... there's no way you can lose this fight, and I'm pretty sure it's just a normal game over if Apsu somehow manages to wipe you out.



: "That's for hurting Sailor Moon!!"



A bit of a hollow victory with how easy it was, but we still got it done.



[Current OST: Opposite Soldier]

"I saved Mama and Papa!"

: "Gah... Even with your looks, you’re a Sailor Soldier. You did well… But! I will NOT fall here! Take this!"

[Apsu releases a wave of dark energy, but Anshar appears in front of Chibi to absorb it]



: "I’ll defend you with my life… Sis! You’re inside Apsu, right?! That isn’t the sis I remember!"

How did them fusing together create this dragon head monster thing? Is it leftover residue from the comet?

: "Hmm, your sister chose to become one with me."

: "Don’t lie!"

: "It’s true, Anshar."

[An image of Sin forms in front of him]

: "Sis!"

: "I’m going to destroy everything that threatens you… this world protected by the Silver Crystal and the princess."

: "Sis... when mother and father died, you protected me. I liked you better that way… The kind sister that I had, the one I liked... "



Obsession drives people into madness. She loved her brother so much she lost sight of what was important.

: "Hmph! You’re such a pest! I’ll grant your wish and kill you with the Princess!"

[Something stops Apsu from attacking]

: "What…? I can’t move!? It can’t be… Sin’s mind is controlling me! Gaaaah!!"

You know what, it makes sense. If you can't control both minds in a fusion, you're pretty much useless.

: "Now, Chibi-Moon! Use the Silver Crystal!"

: "Okay! Moon Prism Power!"

[A pillar of purple light envelops Apsu]



"My body is disappearing… Gwaaaaahhhh!"

[Only Sin is left behind]

[Current OST: Sadness]

: "Anshar! What’s wrong?"

: "Lady... this means goodbye."

: "Now that Apsu is gone, the fates she changed will return to normal. So Anshar will too."

: "Anshar, you’re going to die!?"

: "Lady, I’m not going to die... I’m just going to follow a fate without Apsu."

[Both him and Sin vanish into the void]

: "Anshar! Luna, Anshar is disappearing! Help him!"

: [Ellipses]

She cries out his name one more time before the screen blacks out…



[Current OST: Crystal Tokyo Palace]

"I can’t see Anshar anymore…?"

: "That’s not entirely true."

: "Really!?"

: "But…"

: "Anshar and Sin would have led different lives."

: "Even if you do meet Anshar, he wouldn’t know you."

: "He wouldn’t? Nonono! I don’t want that! Waaaah!!"

: "Chibi-Usa… It’s not like Anshar’s dead… you can start over again."

The most reasonable comment comes from Usagi, surprisingly.



: "And why not!?"

: "If Chibi-Usa and Anshar meet again, the gates of fate could open. Then, the Opposito Senshi will..."

: "No way!!"

: "So Apsu could return as well?"

Oh, that's bull.

: "No... this is too cruel..."

You said it, holy crap. So if Chibi-Usa ever tries to strike up a relationship with Anshar, she could wind up undoing everything we’ve worked so hard for in this game.

Cruel is right, jeez.

Saturn says that the more time they spend away from this incident, the more possibility a time screw-up won’t happen, but… Pluto comes in to crush the small girl’s dreams by saying that “by the time it’s not a problem, it’ll be too late for you two to be together”.

: "Nooo!! Anshar..."

: "Chibi-Usa..."

[The screen pixellates out, cutting to Crystal Tokyo. Chibi and Anshar wind up bumping into each other]



: "You alright?"

: "I’m fine..."

[She looks at the boy]

[Current OST: Sadness]

: "…! Anshar!"

: "Who are you? How do you know my name?"

: "Huh…? No, it’s nothing... sorry."

[She sees the pendant Anshar dropped on the ground]

: "Oh? This is…"



: "That pendant...?"

: "This? I don’t know where I got it, but I’ve had it for a while. When I have this, I feel so happy… It’s my special treasure!"

[Sin runs in to see the situation]

: "Anshar, are you okay?"

: "Yeah, I’m fine!"

: "Sorry, little girl. Are you okay?"

: "Yeah…"

: "Haven’t we… no, it’s just my imagination. Let’s go, Anshar."

Close call, whoof.

[The siblings go offscreen]



[Setsuna walks in from behind]

: "Anshar..."

: "Small Lady..."

: "Puu… Is this right?"

: "Yes… He has been through a life without battles. If he meets us again, he may be taken into the fate of battle."

Star crossed lovers at such a young age... sheesh.

: "Okay…"

: "Small Lady…"

: "Let’s go, Puu!"

[They walk towards the right side of the screen, with Setsuna being the only one out of frame]



"I love you!"

She’s just a kid! Come on, don’t do this to her!



[Bell gong SFX]

I'm kinda without words on what to say here, so I'll just say that I like this picture of the Crystal Palace.



Yep, that's it! We defeated the final boss and the credits are rolling, so I think it's safe to say the game is over.



In all seriousness though, you guys could have done a better job at translating the game because this is just nuts. It was a long time ago, but still.



Ech. I'm not satisfied with that ending at all, given what happened to poor Chibi-Usa and the fact that we didn't really win in the grand scheme. The final boss was easier, but we got the bad ending as a punishment.

So you know what? Let's turn back time and change the game's destiny ourselves!

[Click, kaboom SFX]





Whoo... I can't believe I pulled it off.

Good thing I had those saves from a previous chapter, otherwise this would have been impossible. I'm gathering the rest of the puzzle pieces that we neglected to collect, since the Crystal Tokyo / Dark Castle monsters don't drop any.

Yeah, for some reason... enemies just stop dropping puzzle pieces after a while, so if you're not even close to building the puzzle towards the end of the game then you're pretty screwed.



Remember this passage in the snow village? It was originally the way to get to Nabu back in Mercury's solo chapter, but here... wait, WHOA.



The asshole-o-meter exploded yet again! Man, I can't keep getting a new computer every time this happens!



... What the heck...?

[The team walks forward, only to... get rushed by a dragon!?]



Holy-!



[Current OST:Boss Theme]

Name: Dragon
HP: 30976
Attack: 200 (?!?)
Defense: 164 (?!?)
Speed: 194
EXP: 4520
Yen: 10
Item Drop: Fragrance (Boosts attack of entire party one time)
Allegiance: Black Moon Clan
Official Art: Anime
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon R, episode 38

HOLY MUK THOSE STATS

Even the final boss doesn't have attack or defense that high! What the hell, man? Then hits you: this is the game's only optional superboss. Fascinating to say the least, but I feel nothing but sympathy for the poor saps who accidentally wander into here checking for new stuff.

You're probably wondering though: a dragon in Sailor Moon? What kind of crazy plot does this thing come from and why are they listed under the human antagonist bio instead of the monster one?

When did the Black Moon have a dragon!? Aren't they like, space invaders with magic crystal androids?

It'll all make sense in a bit, trust me.



I'm ultra-buffing the entire team to deal with this guy because they are extremely vicious.



I'm not holding anything back here because the Dragon will destroy you with their sky-high 200 attack.



My strategy for this fight was to Time Stop, buff and heal if they were able to escape from the stunlock. I'm pretty sure the Final Boss is even stronger with Fin De Siecle... but this is encountered during an earlier part of the game. If you plan on fighting the Dragon I suggest heavy preparation combined with drowning them in cheese.



Moon finishes it off in style and nets us a Fragrance for our troubles.



Oh okay, the Dragon was really this green-haired lady the entire time. Makes sense.

: "I've really been beaten this time. It wasn't a dragon, it was me, Esmeraude-sama! Well, let's try it out one more time!"

Interesting... did us beating her up dispel her dragon form? That's pretty funky, but if it was a curse then of course we could turn her back to normal.



For context, this boss is only available during the section where you can pilot the Ark, but before the Dark Kingdom invasion of the Moon. We're that far back, buckos.

: "Rose Crystal? Hohoho... Bad luck, the Rose Crystal is in the possession of Diamond. Regrettable? If that's so... I shall kill you! "

[She takes a pause and observes our team]

: "Huh? The last time I fought the Sailor Senshi, there weren't quite as many of them. Well, it seems they've gained quite a few... Let's settle this. Die!"



Name: Esmeraude
HP: 30743
Attack: 200
Defense: 168
Speed: 194
EXP: 5550
Yen: 5600
Item Drop: Red Pupil (Equipment item that drastically increases speed and attack)
Allegiance: Black Moon Clan
Official Art: Manga / Anime
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: Sailor Moon R, episode 27 / Act 15 - Infiltration, Sailor Mars

I'm surprised Esmeraude even appeared in this game at all, given how her fate was to be cursed into that dragon form by the Wiseman.

Anyway, the 90s dub fans might remember her as that lady who does the Noblewoman's Laugh a bit too much for her own good but honestly I remember her more as the lady who gave Rubeus a sick burn.

So, Rubeus tried to take all the Senshi down with him by blowing up his ship. Esmerade comes around in her own ship, appearing to be his savior due to them also being Black Moon Clan.

Well, she straight up tells him "nah" and leaves him to die on his burning ship with no way out. That's stone cold and I love it. (Plus it helps that she's actually kind of attractive but don't mind me)



Esmeraude is no joke either, because she's just as tough and fast as her dragon form but has 4 more defense. The fact we're doing this much damage with the Fragrance boost is kind of a miracle.



As you can see, she does nearly double Mars's health in one attack. A two-phase superboss with higher stats than the final boss? Man, it's a good thing that Red Pupil is really worth it cause good god.



Spamming Venus Wink Sword and Mars Fire Snake with a healthy amount of Time Stop was the best way to do this fight, honestly.

It's the safest way, especially since Esmeraude can hit everyone with Whirlwind Cut.





Excellent work, team.



[Esmeraude vanishes]

She sure put up a fight, but I'm afraid it wasn't enough to count.

: "So there are threads of Destiny that never meet. Such a sad love..."

Why did Prince Diamond even want Usagi when he has someone like Esmeraude on his team? Like come on, dude.



I can feel the power!!

Two Red Pupils is just cheating, and that's not even all the cool super-equipment we're getting!



Oh what are you laughing about, Beryl? You're gonna lose no matter what timeline you appear in.



Mimete you couldn't even beat Twister, how could you possibly stand a chance against us?

(By the way, the time between these screenshots are hours apart. If the timestamps are correct, I started making this chapter around 6:00 PM and finished retreading plot/grinding two hours later at 8:34 PM. It was pretty draining if I have to be honest, but well worth the effort.)



Th... there's a pink merchant man in the Crystal Palace. I gotta admit I like the shade he chose, but what's this guy's story? Is this Neo Queen Serenity's royal treasurer?



Oh, so this is what the puzzle is used for... in an area right before the final boss. You know what, it's the best place it could have been put at.

If you haven't collected all the pieces, then this room is useless to you. But for us though...



He gets super happy and congratulates us with ten Angel Hairpins, the final equipment pieces for all of the Senshi that aren't Red Pupils.

In fact, let's see how the puzzle looks now that it's finished.



Oh my god, it actually looks really good. Even without the angel hairpin reward it was well worth it to complete this puzzle.

I'm keeping this as a commemoration piece for completing the let's play.



There's enough to go around for every party member, and the boost they give to every stat is pretty substantial.



Here's what it looks like when you try to leave the Crystal Palace to do some more grinding, so at least you get the chance to train up who you're going to bring.

I might also take this time to show off some special attacks.



Here's Sailor Shoot Attack. It's technically the weakest of the five-person group attacks, but I like how each formation has a unique special move.



Here's Sailor Arrow Attack. An image of Princess Serenity appears and shoots a nuke arrow at the entire enemy party. It doesn't do much, but it still looks really cool.



Sailor Victory Attack is just an explosion, but damn if that damage isn't attractive. It's not even the strongest one!







[Current OST: Final Battle Theme]

Name: Demon Apsu (True Version)
HP: 120,000
Attack: 187
Defense: 100
Speed: 148
EXP: 0
Yen: 0
Item Drop: Nothing
Allegiance: Hell Destiny, aka. Opposito Senshi
Official Art: Here
* If applicable, what was their debut in the show/manga: N/A

No more messing around, we're doing this fight for real. Demon Apsu is an amazingly fearsome final boss, even to the point where even though Esmeraude has higher base stats, Apsu has more powerful attacks.

I chose a full Inners team because cheesing Apsu out with Time Stop would be boring. Plus, having all the Inners just feels right to me.



Hell Attack from True Demon Apsu packs a wallop, so have your frontline fighters defend at all costs while your back row buffs up.



Shabon Spray and Healing Shower make a good combination, but it's just a shame you can only buff/debuff one time. The game doesn't play fair, why should you?



These are the kinds of numbers I like to see.

If we didn't have the angel pins or the extra Red Pupil, we would have been grinding for a lot longer and I don't like that, no sir.



N... no, not yet. I really want to, but I don't think Demon Apsu is even close to dead yet and there's a damage cap of 9999.

Better to save it for later.



This gif is the perfect play-by-play explanation for how turns kept going until the big finale. Mars would often get very close to dying, but Mercury's Toilette would undo the damage Apsu did while also rejuvenating our MP. We had a lot of them, so I wasn't afraid of running out any time soon.

Let's finish this.

[The team charges up for a Sailor Planet Attack]





You're done! Game over, Apsu!



[Current OST: Sadness]

"I am defeated… But I’ll just return again and toy once more with your fates…"

Man, just stand down already. You really can’t recover from that one.

: "Quick, Sailor Moon, the Silver Crystal! Destroy Apsu with the Silver Crystal!"

(Why’s it always Luna who has to tell Usagi and Chibi to use their Silver Crystals?)

: "Okay!"



: "How… No, my body!! Gwaaaaa!"

[Apsu disintegrates, leaving only Sin behind. The void fades to black, with our heroes appearing back in Crystal Tokyo]



: "Where am I…?"

: "Near the Crystal Palace."

: "Why did you save me!? We’re enemies!"

: "Eh, I don’t know."

: "We don’t want to hate anyone."

: "It might have been because of Sailor Moon."

Redeeming enemies is just her thing, man! As long as you’re not like, a sociopath or the literal embodiment of evil, she’s always willing to extend a hand in friendship.

: "I lost..."



Oh, quit being a baby you still have -

: "Sin, your friends are here, and your brother Anshar too."

What Mercury said.



: "Anshar was so worried about you, Sin."

: "Yeah! If you’re alive, you should have given us a call or something."

: "Yeah, it’s great that you’re okay."

: "He was crying, you know."

: "Hey, you promised not to tell her that!"

Awwww, this is surprisingly wholesome after all the stuff we went through.



"Thank you..."

: "What are you talking about?"

: "Yeah Sin, thanks to you we’re all alive."

: "You helped us come all this way."

: "Yeah, because of Sin, we’re all friends now! Or should we thank Apsu for that?"

So what exactly changed things here? Was Chibi’s Silver Crystal not powerful enough to stop the time thing? I definitely know that Anshar interfering would cause problems with him taking the brunt of Demon Apsu’s attack, so that may be it.

: "She’s saying weird things again."

: "Hehehe… Ishtar may be right. It could have been Apsu that brought us all together."

: "See! Ishtar knows what she’s talking about! "

: "Why, you...!"

: "Hahaha!"



: "Yes?"

: "This is yours…"

[He shows her the heart-shaped pendant]



"I thought I lost it during the parade. Thank you… you had it all along."

: "I was just keeping it until I could give it back… If it’s okay… will you see me again?"

: "Sure! "

[She leans in and -]



Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

I can’t handle it, I’m going to die of terminal adorable.

: "Bye, Anshar!"



You lucky guy, getting a kiss from the princess.

Honestly with everything he's had to endure this entire game, this is way more satisfying than what the Bad Ending threw at us.



: "What?"

: "Anshar is your boyfriend?"

: "You saw? Mow! It’s rude to peep, Mamo-chan!"

Oh man it’s always awkward when the parents learn about your first kiss.

: "It’s alright."

: "Well, as the old proverb goes, ‘people who are alike, eat each other’."

Uh…

: "Umm, don’t you mean ‘people who are alike, ATTRACT each other’?"

Thanks for the save Jupiter, cause that was about to turn weird real quick.

: "Chibi-Usa, you’re just like Anshar… having a loving sister and all."

: "Well… it’s not quite the same...’"

: "I must now return to the Tower of Time."



"Sailor Moon, take care of Small Lady."

Awww, already? I don’t want to say goodbye to Time Stop, even if I don’t use it unless it’s absolutely necessary.

: "Don’t worry, I will."

: "Lady, do not be selfish."

: "I’m not selfish!"

: "Now…"

[Pluto disappears]

: "Bye, Pluto."



[Current OST: Friends]

: "Yeah."

: "Fate is a strange thing."

: "Sometimes you think you’re being controlled by an invisible force."

Is… is this a fourth wall break? I can’t really tell.

: "But, that really isn’t true."

: "Saying it’s just fate and giving up is easy…"

: "But I’ve seen what real fate is like. From Usagi!"

[Usagi blushes]

: "Hey, you’re embarrassing me!"

: Ugh…

: "Hotaru, what’s wrong!?"

(Side-note: It's weird seeing the soldiers in their civilian clothes after so long.)

: "Another enemy again…?"

We defeated every single opponent in the series so far and then some. I’d be amazed if anybody was still around to cause trouble.

: "Hotaru! Hotaru!!"

: "I’m okay… My destiny is just returning to normal… "

Don't scare me like that, jeez.



: "Yes, she’s turning back into our baby."

Ohhhh boy this is gonna take a bit to explain.

So! After Saturn and Moon defeat Pharaoh 90, the cost of Hotaru using her Sailor Saturn planet buster powers was to revert back into a baby. Haruka and Michiru volunteered to raise her as their child alongside the now cured Dr. Tomoe.

The story of Sailor Moon gets pretty wild sometimes.

: "Sorry Chibi-Usa, but it’s time to say goodbye."

: "No… don’t go…"

: "Saying goodbye a second time is sad, but I hope we can play again someday."

: "Hotaru..."

: "Usagi, everyone… I’m happy we had a chance to fight together. I thought I might have to use my powers to make this world a void, but it wasn’t necessary."

Dude. She was ready to nuke the planet if we couldn’t defeat Demon Apsu. That’s CRAZY.

We sure dodged a bullet on that one, huh?

: "Stay safe, everyone..."

[Hotaru floats into the air and, in a flash of light, reverts into the form of a baby]

It’s weird how destiny works. We could save Sin and the Opposito from getting trapped in a vicious cycle of hatred, yet Hotaru can’t stop herself from turning back into a child.



: "Then, goodbye everyone."

: "I’m praying we don’t have to meet for another battle."

: "But if something goes wrong, contact us."

Haruka’s words are pretty heavy. I’m kinda content with this happy ending, do we have to fight more bad guys later on?

: "See you all tomorrow."

: "Bye." [She goes offscreen with Artemis]

: "Bye, Usagi."

: "See you at school!"

: "Usagi, it’s almost exam time. Let’s do our best!"

: "Erk!"

(Never change, you big meatball.)

: "Good luck!"

: [sigh]

: "Now, go study Usako."

: "Okay… see you tomorrow."

Fighting the literal Deity of Destruction was fine, but studying for the exams? Literally impossible.

[Everyone but Chibi and Usagi walk offscreen, followed by a cut to black]



"It’s time for dinner!"

: "Okay!"

[Both girls go inside, with both of them saying “I’m home”]



[Current OST: Title Screen Theme]

Well, that's really it, huh? We saved the world (and maybe all of time now that I think about it) from the clutches of Shaman Apsu, redeemed the Opposito and even got Chibi-Usa a boyfriend.

All in all, a complete success.





This game, man... it's not the best, but it invokes such strong emotions from me (mostly positive) that I can't help but love it. I really do yearn for a modern remake, but that's still firmly pipe dream territory because I don't think they even make Sailor Moon games anymore... let alone a game this ambitious.

That said, I hope you all enjoyed it and finishing this for me has been especially cathartic. That stems mainly from, well... I don't think most people have even seen the true ending with how hard Demon Apsu is.

The character bios and the final thoughts are bound to come up soon, but for now?



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Final Set-Up (Inners):

(Usagi, level 52, , Inner Senshi) - "Wow! You made my favorite food today?! Thanks, mama!"

(Ami, level 51, , Inner Senshi) - [Cramming hard for the next test]

(Rei, level 51, , Inner Senshi) - "Ahhh! Finally, sometime to relax after all that crazy stuff. I've never missed my own bed so much..."

(Makoto, level 51, , Inner Senshi) - "Wonder what we're gonna do tomorrow?"

(Minako, level 52, , Inner Senshi) - "I dunno about you Mako, but I'm itching to go to the arcade to get my mind off of all this destiny junk. If it weren't for Usagi, I have no idea how I could have handled this."

(Chibi-Usa, level 48, , Outer Senshi) - "Thanks for the food, mama Ikuko!"

-

Outers:

(Haruka, level 46, , Outer Senshi) - "Do you think this peace will last, Michiru? But even then... we're soldiers. We're always supposed to be prepared for a fight."

(Michiru, level 46, , Outer Senshi) - "Something tells me it will. This entire adventure's been rough on us, so just relax, Haruka. "

(Sailor Pluto, level 47, , Outer Senshi) - "Small Lady, Usagi... you two are destined for greatness. As long as you two are together, your bond can never be broken."

* (Hotaru is a baby and does not count as part of the team anymore)

~Fun Sailor Moon Fact~:

I honestly don't have much left that I haven't already covered, so I'll just say that Ms. Naoko Takeuchi was born on March 15th, 1967.

(If it were one month later it would be in my birthmonth, but alas.)

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