Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie is the third film in the Sailor Moon media franchise. This simplified name is the one given to the English-dubbed edition released by Geneon Entertainment, while its full name in Japanese is in the style of the series' episode titles: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon SuperS: The Nine Sailor Soldiers Unite! Miracle of the Black Dream Hole (美少女戦士セーラームーンSuperS セーラー９戦士集結！ブラック・ドリーム・ホールの奇跡 Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Sūpāzu: Sērā Kyū Senshi Shūketsu! Burakku Dorīmu Hōru no Kiseki?). The English dub is called Sailor Moon SuperS: the Movie-Black Dream Hole.
The film debuted in Japanese theaters on December 23, 1995. Its story seems to occur either in the middle of or at the very end of the SuperS series. However, it can also be construed as appearing outside of the series continuity - Sailor Pluto is not present at all during SuperS, and upon her first appearance in Sailor Stars, Sailors Uranus and Neptune express their surprise at her still being alive after the events of episode 124. Pioneer Entertainment released it in the United States on August 15, 2000.
Somewhere in Europe, Poupelin plays a song on his flute to hypnotize children, following him into a mysterious ship before sailing off into the sky. Meanwhile, Usagi, Chibiusa, and the other girls bake cookies together at Makoto's apartment. Usagi ends up with cookies that look perfect and taste terrible; Chibiusa produces the reverse. Chibiusa sets out to give her cookies to Mamoru, but is stopped by a butterfly wing-shaped boy in strange white clothing standing outside the sweets shop. They befriend each other, and he causes some of the treats inside the shop window to dance by playing a tune on his flute before revealing himself as Pereru. Meanwhile, Usagi visits Mamoru with her cookies, and they argue over his strong and close friendship with Chibiusa. They hear a report on the radio about the mass disappearance of children all over the world. Around the same time, Chibiusa gives her bag of cookies to Pereru before going their separate ways.
That night, Chibiusa wakes up, and begins walking through the city. Diana wakes Usagi, who along with the other girls, follow Chibiusa, and the other children. They save Chibiusa, but get into a fight with Poupelin, and his "Bonbon Babies." Poupelin then hypnotizes the girls into seeing a Gingerbread House. In turn, Tuxedo Mask appears, and snaps the girls out of the spell. Queen Badiane orders her henchman Poupelin and the fairies to hurry up. Pereru says outright that he does not believe in her anymore, but she seems unconcerned and orders that Super Sailor Chibi Moon be captured. The ship lands, along with two others, in Marzipan Castle. When the doors are opened, the children run out into the darkness, except for Chibi Moon. Looking into the shadows, she witnesses "Dream Coffins," each containing a sleeping child. Badiane lifts her into the air, commenting on the power she senses from Super Sailor Chibi Moon, and explains her purpose. In the castle's center, a massive Black Dream Hole is forming, gathering the magical "sugar energy" of the sleeping children. Eventually it will overtake Earth, and all humans will enter into Dream Coffins.
Meanwhile, Pereru leads the other Super Sailor Soldiers to a flying ship of his own. He tells them that Badiane promised that the children would be happy and safe in her world of dreams and where they can remain children indefinitely, but he thinks also of Chibiusa, his friend. As they reach the castle, they are attacked, and after crash-landing fight Poupelin, Banane, and Orangeat, as well as three sets of Bonbon Babies. Just when the situation seems hopeless, the Senshi are saved by Sailors Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto. With this advantage, they are able to break the flutes of the three fairies, changing them into small birds. The Senshi infiltrate the castle and confront Queen Badiane, who has drained enough dream energy from the children, including Chibiusa, to create the Black Dream Hole. The power drain is enough to force all the Sailor Soldiers except Super Sailor Moon into a half-detransformation. Taking Chibiusa with her, Badiane enters the hole itself, and Super Sailor Moon follows. Sailor Moon then finds herself in Mamoru's apartment, carrying Chibiusa. Mamoru lays her on the bed, then wraps his arms around Super Sailor Moon and tells her not to worry about anything, just to stay there with him. She asks him again who is more important, herself or Chibiusa; he eventually tells her that she is. Super Sailor Moon lifts Chibiusa in her arms once again, and eventually realizes that this experience is all just a dream.
As Sailor Moon tries to flee, Badiane demands Super Sailor Moon to give back Chibiusa, but Sailor Moon refuses. Badiane assimilates herself into the black dream hole and attacks Super Sailor Moon with fire. Hearing her mental cry, the other seven Super Sailor Senshi send their power and strength to Super Sailor Moon, awakening Super Sailor Chibi Moon. Together, they destroy Badiane using a double Moon Gorgeous Meditation attack. After the battle, Marzipan Castle is destroyed, and with Pereru's help, the Super Sailor Senshi escape. The airships, each carrying children, return to Earth.
Later, at a beach, Pereru gives Chibiusa his glass flute, telling her that he is the fairy who protects children's dreams, and will always be with her, and Chibi Moon kisses him goodbye on the cheek. As Pereru flies away, the Sailor Senshi watch the sun rise.
Queen Badiane (女王バディヤーヌ Jo'ō Badiyānu?, spelled Badiyanu in the dub to reflect the pronunciation of it in Japanese), also romanized as Badian or Vadiane, is a demonic witch whose plan is to gather all of Earth's children at Marzipan Castle to nurture her Black Dream Hole, a giant black hole of evil energy—under the guise of giving the children eternal happiness, peace, and comfort in a dream world. Once the Black Dream Hole is large enough, she will use it to swallow Earth, putting everyone into eternal sleep and taking over the world.
According to the Materials Collection Artbook her name is the Japanese approximation of the French word "Badiane," meaning "star anise". Star anise are attached all over her body as accessories and clothing; the books say that they are attached directly to her skin.
Perle (ペルル Peruru?, called Peruru in the dub) is a supporting character who originally allied with Queen Badiane. He is the younger brother of the more enthusiastic Poupelin. Like the other fairies, he possesses a magical flute.
Perle seems to feel sympathy for the children of Earth—unlike the others, he is never shown mesmerizing them with his flute. His loyalty to the evil queen wavers after befriending Chibiusa at the beginning of the movie. When his new friend is nearly captured, he decides to join the Senshi in their fight. His wings are revealed at the end of the film.
His name is a Japanese approximation of the French word perle, which means "pearl." Naoko Takeuchi's Materials Collection artbook states that the idea behind the character is "pearl, liqueur, and bonbons." Perle wears many pearl ornaments such as pearl earrings, and there are pearls inside his flute. Also fitting with the food theme of the other character's names, a Perle is also a type of grape.
Poupelin (ププラン Pupuran?, called Pupulan in the dub) is a subordinate to Queen Badiane. He is a loyal servant, one of the fairies who lure children into her snare with his flute. Poupelin is the older brother of the more reluctant Perle.
His name is the Japanese approximation of the French word "Poupelin." A poupelin is a type of French pastry that was popular during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It is made with chou paste, cooked in a mold. During cooking, most of the paste spills out so that all that is left is a crust, which is then filled with cream or mousse.
Banane and OrangeatEdit
Banane (バナーヌ Banānu?) and Orangeat (オランジャ Oranja?), called Pananu and Oranja in the dub, are the remaining two fairies who work for Queen Badiane. Each plays a flute to help lure children out into their flying ships, and each is defeated fairly quickly in his encounter with the Sailor Senshi when this flute is destroyed, turning him into a cuckoo bird. Banane is named for the French word for Banana while Orangeat is named for the German word for a candied Orange Peel.
Colorful candies thrown by the fairies enlarge and sprout babylike heads and limbs. They are able to levitate, and attack the Senshi by ramming into them at high speed. The color of a Bonbon Baby varies depending on which of the fairies summoned it. They disappear when each dream fairy turns into a bird. Bonbon is the French word for small, sweet candies.
Originally, Kunihiko Ikuhara envisaged that Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune were going to be the main characters in the Super S film, and it was going to be independent of the main series. Sailor Neptune was going to be in a deep sleep at the end of the world, and Sailor Uranus would have had to steal the talismans from the Sailor Senshi to revive her. However, both Ikuhara and producer Iriya Azuma left the series. Ikuhara's concepts were later used in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
The film's English adaptation, produced by Pioneer and Optimum Productions was released in both edited and unedited versions. The cut version, seen in the VHS and television formats, used the original DIC music from the series, and had the transformation sequences airbrushed to remove bodylines that were tracing the characters' breasts. The uncut version, only seen in the DVD release, kept the original Japanese music and bodylines. A special uncut subtitled version of the film had earlier been released to VHS on August 31, 1999.
Ami's First LoveEdit
Japanese theaters showed a trailer before the Sailor Moon Super S film: a 16-minute short named Ami's First Love (Ami-chan no Hatsukoi), in which Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury) struggles to focus on her studying amidst various distractions including a pruritus-inducing love letter found in her school locker and a rival known as "Mercurius" who ties Ami's perfect score in mock high school entrance exams, and who Ami believes is either a female monster that makes her forget math and English or a handsome boy who looks like a young Albert Einstein. The short featured a new transformation sequence ("Mercury Crystal Power Make Up!") and special power ("Mercury Aqua Mirage") for Sailor Mercury. The short is based on a side story from the manga of the same name, and was part of a series of side stories for each of the Guardian Senshi.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sailor Moon SuperS The Movie - Black Dream Hole [VHS (2000)]. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-31.
- ↑ Doi, Hitoshi. Bishoujo Senshi Super Sailor Moon. Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. Retrieved on 2006-10-06.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Takeuchi, Naoko (October 1999). Materials Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324521-7.
- ↑ Interview with Kunihiko Ikuhara
- ↑ Takeuchi, Naoko. Sailor Moon Super S - The Movie: Kotono Mitsuishi, Michie Tomizawa, Aya Hisakawa, Emi Shinohara, Rica Fukami, Masako Katsuki, Megumi Ogata, Noriko Uemura, Akira Kamiya, Keiko Han, Tôru Furuya, Yasuhiro Takato, Harume Kosaka, Hiroki Shibata, Junichi Sato, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Kônosuke Uda, Noriyo Sasaki, Takuya Igarashi, Yuji Endo: Movies & TV. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-15.
- ↑ Sailor Moon Super S [VHS]. Amazon.com. Retrieved on August 31, 2011.
- ↑ Animerica Feature: The Sailor Moon Movies. Animerica. Viz Media. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004. Retrieved on August 15, 2011.
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