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Things We Saw Today: The Lion King Reportedly Casts Its Timon and Pumbaa

Disney has decided to remake pretty much all of their hit animated films as live action movies. While we wonder about some—Guy Ritchie's Aladdin? Really?—we've been pretty jazzed about The Lion King's prospects, and now the new warthog/meerkat power couple has been cast, according to reports. Who'll be singing Hakuna Matata?

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Things We Saw Today: Sailor Moon Lipsticks That Change Color? Oh My God Give Them All to Me

The news is pretty bleak 'round the world, so let's lead with something fun here. These lovely Sailor Moon lipsticks made by Japanese makeup company Creer Beaute shift shades based on your skin's pH and also they are shaped like pens and also my birthday was just in March but it's coming up again in a year.

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5 Times Sailor Moon Taught Me the Difference Between Empowerment and Strength

If Usagi has taught us anything, it's this: Being vulnerable is not a flaw.

Sailor Moon's themes of friendship, true love, and compassion ring true through the decades, and with a few exceptions, its characters encouraged and inspired young women in the East and West alike. Sailor Moon also succeeded in presenting alternative versions of “empowerment” that didn’t rely on physical strength; the show reminded viewers that all people have weaknesses, and instead of shaming ourselves and others for this “flaw,” we should celebrate it and support one another.

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Things We Saw Today: Sailor Moon’s Transformation Scene Works Well on Ice

Who hasn't wanted to go through the Sailor Moon transformation sequence? Moreover, who didn't want to do that while figure skating?!

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Metaverse Makeovers Creates Augmented Reality Nail Art Inspired by She-Ra, Jem and the Holograms, and Sailor Moon

Thea Baumann's glam-tech fashion company Metaverse Makeovers wants you to feel as cool as the Sailor Senshi do right when they begin a transformation sequence. Have you ever wanted a set of press-on nails that also causes sparkles and holographic backgrounds to appear all around you? Then you're in luck.

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5 Women of Color Who Are Strong In The Real Way

As a black woman, it isn’t often that I see my insecurities reflected in pop culture.

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Life, The Mooniverse, and Everything: The Sailor Moon Newbie Retrospective

A two-year-long journey through a twenty-year-old classic.

Recapping Sailor Moon been a fun journey, but now that I'm sitting at the destination, I wanted to take a moment to look back, discuss the series as a whole, and maybe reminisce about the characters and moments that stuck with me the most. I, er... got a little carried away.

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episode 200 (Finale)

My God, it's full of Sailor Stars!

And so we come at last to the end of things. As is tradition, I've got a Stars retrospective after the recap, with general commentary on the season as a whole. As for any overarching thoughts about the entire series and my two-year trip through the Mooniverse, I've decided to save those for a big ol' post going out next week. For now, though, we've got a finale to tackle!

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 198 & 199

When you wish upon a star seed...

The plot is everywhere, and its devices are right there with it. My ongoing struggles with Stars continue into its penultimate episode, alas, but overall I was far more invested this week than I thought I'd be, thanks to some heart-wrenching character beats and a surprisingly layered backstory for our previously 2-D antagonist. Compelling antiheroes and sympathetic villains? Yep. Some of the magic might be missing, but it's still Sailor Moon, all right.

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 196 & 197

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you the apocalypse.

Season-long mysteries get devastating answers, our cast struggles to know who to trust, desperate times lead to desperate plans, and characters be droppin' like flies. Geez. Did I accidentally switch over to Game of Thrones: The Animated Series at some point?

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 194 & 195

Okay, Star Lights. I have good news and bad news.

The good news is: congratulations! you've finally found your princess! As for the bad news...well, let's not spoil the surprise, shall we?

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 192 & 193

We're Star Serious Laser-Focused on the main plot now.

Taiki and Yaten continue to be a broken record of unnecessary hostility, but the rest of the story has no interest in stewing with them. We've got auditions, minion deaths, shiny star seeds, black holes, and plot holes. And I thought my week was busy.

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 190 & 191

*headbed* indeed, Usagi.

Our teams are still struggling to see eye-to-eye--and in some cases not "struggling" so much as "working very hard to NOT do that thing."

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Moon Crisis Make Up! How Chiaki Kon Saved Sailor Moon Crystal

A miracle romance for the ages.

Curious but not all that optimistic, I gave Sailor Moon Crystal season 3 a try, and was shocked to discover it was actually...fun? Against all odds, incoming director Chiaki Kon and her staff have breathed life into an adaptation that was dead in the water, thanks to a few simple changes that made a huge difference.

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 188 & 189

The moon and stars aren't breaking up—they just need a little space.

Nothing like secret identities to throw a wrench into the beginnings of bee-yoo-ti-ful friendships. We're making the shift from magical girl sitcom to superhero drama this week, as is our seasonal tradition, which means big reveals and even bigger angst. Although really, when it comes to end-of-season hardships, the heroes got nothin' on the villains. If you thought maintaining a personal relationship was tough as a good guy, try being a minion. Crow'll tell ya. It is rough.

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 184 & 185

Monster-of-the-week? More like monster-of-the-minute.

This is one of those times where I wish Sailor Moon didn't feel like it had to fit a battle into every episode. There are a lot of interesting (or at least potentially interesting) out-of-costume conflicts and interactions swirling around right now, but we don't get nearly enough time to explore them because they have to share 20-odd minutes with Seed Targets the series is clearly phoning in at this point.

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 182 & 183

Usagi's Rolodex grows ever thicker.

When one minion falls, two shall rise up to take her place! Not too unexpected for Sailor Moon, and mostly a welcome change. Somewhat less expected is the arrival of another protagonist(?) in the wake of those minions, and just one more name to add to our already stuffed Stars cast. I am ... less than thrilled about this new development, although taken as  a whole these are still fun, solid episodes. Hit the jump to get acquainted.

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 180 & 181

Like two peas in a space pod.

After hanging out with our cast in entertaining if not exactly novel ways for the past few weeks, we may have finally hit on a new topic for the show to tackle: Xenophobia! And here I thought Sailor Moon had run out of ideas.

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 178 & 179

Luna gives the Star Lights a (Ya)ten out of ten! As for me, well ...

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Sailor Moon Newbie Recaps: Episodes 176 & 177

For the Moonies, "Don't stop believing" is more than just a song you belt drunkenly at parties.

I’m sensing some definite parallels between this season and Sailor Moon S, where some aggressive-minded realists (or perhaps cynicists) take up residence in Juuban and have their methods challenged by the local idealistic sailor team. The Star Lights aren’t quite as hostile toward the Moonies as Haruka and Michiru were (yet, anyway), but they’re having similar arguments and changing in similar […]

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