Q: I have heard of an unused plot for Sailor Moon SuperS involving a black Pegasus as well as a white one. Was this a real plot idea, or something made up by fans?
A:That was a real plot I had thought up. I was once up to directing the Sailor Moon Super S Movie. It was going to be a story in which Uranus and Neptune were the main characters. It was going to be a story independent to the TV series and this was going to be the first appearance of Uranus and Neptune. And Sailor Neptune was going to be in a 1000-year sleep at a place called “The End of the World”. And Sailor Uranus was needed to steal the talisman from the Sailor Scouts and use that to awaken Sailor Neptune. And Uranus was going to be riding the black pegasus. And the story was going to be that Sailor Moon would ride Pegasus to chase Sailor Uranus riding the Black Pegasus to the “End of the World”. And the climax of the story would’ve been the rodeo scene between Sailor Moon on white Pegasus and Sailor Uranus on Black Pegasus. And so this was kind of story I had in mind. But before production began, the producer walked off Sailor Moon. It would’ve been possible for me to make the story still, but since I came up with the story with the producer, I also walked off. But I had an attraction to the idea of “The End of the World” which I thought up for this plot. So the same thing in Utena comes from the Sailor Moon plot.
Interview with Revolutionary Girl Utena’s Director Ikuhara (Utena Spoilers)
Kunihiko Ikuhara was the series director for Sailor Moon from episode 60 through SuperS. An unused idea for a Sailor Moon movie became the basis for his highly recognized series Revolutionary Girl Utena. The 39 episode series about fairy tales and the fallibility of memory makes the influence of the director’s previous work known (super spoilers). The series also received a movie, which is generally regarded as a compressed version of the messages and metaphors of the series.
Revolutionary Girl Utena is licensed in america, and the english dub is available to watch legally on youtube.
RGU contains some material that may not be suitable for all audiences including but not limited to: incest, suicide attempts, rape, abuse, physically abusive relationships, emotional manipulation, pedophilia (primarily in the film), statutory rape, animal death, homophobia and general misogyny.
The series is also notable for: princes, princesses, witches, shadow girls, monkeys, a boxing kangaroo, a greek chorus, stock footage, really good music, a lack of heterosexuals, canon lesbian relationship, roses, metaphors, cars, stars, frogs, a girl turning into a cow, the same girl laying an egg, and (in the movie)- SPOILERS- the main character turning into a car.
Sailor Moon Crystal also (as can been seen above) has taken some artistic direction from Utena, bringing us full circle.
Here were some moments that I was looking forward to see in the latest SM Crystal episode.
-sigh- It’s a bummer that they didn’t show this side of Rei in the new anime. At least I’m hoping that they do in the future episodes.
I feel like at this point manga Rei is probably going to stay the most grumpy tsundere version of Rei