Q:Here's my thoughts on the whole having kids way young thing. It's unrealistic on so many different counts. So four people who were essentially child soldiers who went through various different traumas at such young ages (even going back before the war, with Harry's existing and the diary of Riddle etc) are...able to just snap back and marry their childhood romances? And have kids at young ages? And they are happy and fine and everything is fine? (1/2)
(2/2) There’s no panic attacks when a child drops something and it makes a loud noise? No Ron having to deal with Rose and Hermione having nightmares? No Harry having a flashback and Ginny trying to occupy the kids and explain that Daddy just had a bad day? Everything is just perfect and hunky dory? There is absolutely no way those children could go through what they went through and then promptly make two of the biggest life changing decisions of all time at such young ages.
to the meta tag!
Me and my boyfriend, both GM’s, are having a serious last minute discussion about where the bad guys would put the hostage: ‘No, if you put her here, we can threaten to kill her during the fight.’
The bartender walks by, completely oblivious to what we are saying: `Dawww, Lovey-Dovey’s!’
But why Sailor Moon?
Takeuchi’s greatest strength as a creator is characterization, and it is this to which fans primarily rally today. Sailor Moon’s cast is massive — and they are nearly all female, from the heroes to the villains to the sidekicks. This manifold nature removes the burden of representation from any one or two female characters as is the case in most media: Usagi can be emotional, flighty, and boy-crazy, and still a wonderful heroine because she doesn’t stand for half the population.
In this way, watching Sailor Moon as a woman is like suddenly realizing you’ve been drowning and taking a big gulp of air — the female characters can just be. You don’t cringe internally when one of them becomes a love interest, or is grievously injured, or fails. It is so relaxing to indulge in, so genuinely escapist to put aside that tally one keeps in their head of deaths, rapes, and de-powerings.
To a young girl, Sailor Moon is a fantasy she didn’t know she wanted; to a woman, it is mental and emotional respite. How often do we find stories by, and almost entirely about women?