Friday, July 29, 2016

31 Day Sailor Moon Challenge

Via Chiksolo's Nerd Cave
I usually reserve my anime challenges for February, since anime series tend to be one "season" long, as opposed to many series, both animated and live action, made in the U.S., but Sailor Moon is just a bit different. It's more of a collection of sagas than anything else, usually with no ties - other than the characters and the basic plot of "Usagi is the reincarnated Queen Serenity and must defend Earth from all sorts of baddies" - to the other arcs. I could be wrong, but I don't recall that they even mention previous stories, unlike series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica. As I go through and watch the entire thing again, I may amend that statement, but I'm pretty sure it's accurate.

But here's what is coming at you next month!

Day 1: How I Was Introduced to Sailor Moon
Day 2: Favorite Inner Senshi
Day 3: Favorite Outer Senshi
Day 4: Favorite Companion Cat
Day 4: Least Favorite Senshi
Day 5: Favorite Villain
Day 6: Least Favorite Villain
Day 7: Favorite Secondary Character
Day 8: Least Favorite Secondary Character
Day 9: Favorite "Season"
Day 10: Least Favorite "Season"
Day 11: Favorite Sailor Moon Episode
Day 12: Favorite Sailor Moon R Episode
Day 13: Favorite Sailor Moon S Episode
Day 14: Favorite Sailor Moon Super S Episode
Day 15: Favorite Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Episode
Day 16: Favorite Sailor Moon Movie
Day 17: Favorite Episode
Day 18: Least Favorite Episode
Day 19: Dub or Sub?
Day 20: Favorite Opening Theme
Day 21: Favorite Senshi Attack
Day 22: Anime vs. Manga
Day 23: Original vs. Reboot Anime
Day 24: Best Friendship
Day 25: Best Canon Couple
Day 26: Best Manga Art
Day 27: Best Fan Art
Day 28: Something I Wish Happened That Didn't
Day 29: Something That Didn't Happen I Wish Did
Day 30: How Sailor Moon Inspires Me
Day 31: What I Would Like to See Next

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 24: Favorite Gabrielle Outfit

More outfits! Except this time, it's definitely a tie for my favorite Gabrielle outfit. Xena changed costumes pretty regularly, but Gabby transitioned a lot more than her pal, especially during that first season.

Monday, May 23, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 23: Favorite Xena Outfit

You know, I am kind of glad I planned my challenge this way so many months ago, because I could really use a bit of a breather right now. So yay for picture answers to challenges!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 10: Favorite Episode

I cannot tell you how many times I have watched my favorite episode of Xena: Warrior Princess. Seriously. And I'm not even going to hide it behind the break. "Hooves and Harlots" from Season One is amazing. You've got Amazons, a dude with a swirly beard (think even weirder than Wes Bentley's manscaped facial hair in The Hunger Games), war profiteering, centaurs, horse poop (I'm not kidding), and fights to the death. And Gabrielle is only kind of annoying!
Can you help me find this image's owner?
There is nothing about this episode that I do not love. Well, except for Lucy Lawless' makeup. They were going to natural, but that lipstick just looked terrible on her.

Ahem. Moving on.

Friday, May 6, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 6: Favorite Season Three Episode

Okay, so Season Three's entire storyline almost put it in my least favorite season, because ugh, magical demon pregnancy and drama between Xena and Gabrielle and ... I really could go on, because parts of it were really bad. And to be honest, my favorite Season Three episode has a lot of the parts that were awful, including some uncharacteristically bad acting from Lucy Lawless, but once you get past the opening - which I'll admit was one of the worst things I've ever seen - it gets incredible.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 5: Favorite Season Two Episode

Via Wikipedia
Oh, Salmoneus, you are equal parts one of the best and worst aspects of the Kiwi productions of Greek non-history. Every time you pop up, I am both delighted and annoyed because, to be honest, the character is borderline racist but also amusing, so ... toss up here, really. But then again, he appears in so many of my favorite episodes of both Xena and Hercules that I am almost ready to forgive him for existing.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 4: Favorite Season One Episode

Happy May the Fourth, my lovelies!

Today brings me to the portion of the challenge in which I annoy you with my favorite episodes! The reasons why they are so close to my heart vary - they're fun, emotional, well-done, etc. - but don't necessarily have to be the best (although they sometimes are perfect examples of what makes the show great). So without further ado, here's my pick for the first season.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 3: Least Favorite Season

Now, this? This one's a little harder than yesterday's challenge. Why? Because, for all its flubs and silliness and awful CGI, Xena was an amazing series with mostly well-done episodes and a real heart at the center. But I gotta pick one, I suppose.

Also, spoilers ahead, if that matters to you, although this aired nearly twenty years ago, so ...

Monday, May 2, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 2: Favorite Season

Whenever I do this particular challenge post, it's usually a lot of hemming and hawing, reading back through plot summaries and watching various episodes, and while I do like to be a little dramatic and make it seem like it's the equivalent to Sophie's Choice, I can't say that making the choice is really that difficult. Season One isn't the best season* but it most definitely is my favorite.
Via Wikipedia

Sunday, May 1, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 1: How I Was Introduced to Xena: Warrior Princess

I'm going to be incredibly honest here: I was *thisclose* to postponing this challenge. Considering what's going on in my life right now, it really did feel impossible that I would be able to complete the challenge - especially since I haven't finished my Cowboy Bebop challenge from February yet - and I went back and forth for a bit. God, it just sounds so childish, even now as I am thinking about just deleting this post and replacing it with, "Hey, guys, this is gonna come later," but that's kind of how it is right now. Every little decision I make is difficult, even simple ones like "do I write blog posts" or "what do I eat right now because I'm not even really hungry but I haven't had a meal all day and it's 7:30 PM."

But then, I thought, "What would Xena do?" She would roundhouse kick the shit out of things and do what she needed to do. So, I'm going to tackle this challenge with the same gusto of the warrior princess herself.

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