Hey Grimms ❤
Look how early I am with my OWLS post this month! I usually sign up for practically the last possible moment. I feel so grown up right now! I hope you were all able to check out Matt’s post for this months theme. If not why not pop over there quick when you get a chance.
Speaking of this month’s theme let’s get into it.
“We join movements, organizations, and systems that align with our own personal values and beliefs. Sometimes we join these groups because they believe in doing good and making positive changes in society. However, these movements can turn sour when a dictator arises or behind the good intentions, there’s a hidden agenda of oppression. It is in these groups that individuals start to shape their identities by questioning their values and beliefs or conforming to the system. This month, we will be examining “real and/or fictitious” movements, organizations, or systems in anime and other pop culture mediums, and the positive and negative effects they have on individuals and society.”
When I read this prompt I immediately thought of Sailor Moon. As you all know I am a huge fan of the manga and we will be looking at the theme of movement through the eyes of that medium. If you are only familiar with the 90’s version of Sailor Moon you might be a little lost. As fun as that series is it does stray quite a bit from the manga in my opinion.
In the beginning of Sailor Moon we find out about how the Dark Kingdom took over the Moon aka the world Sailor Moon (Princess Serenity) would some day lead. What strikes me is intense is that the biggest betrayal comes from Prince Endymion’s (later known as Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask) closets friends and guardians The Shitennou. Nephrite, Zoesite, Kunzite and Jadeite were supposed to be loyal and protect Prince Endymion much like the Sailor Scouts do for Princess Serenity but because of their suspicions and lack of understanding they were able to be lead astray by Metalia and her pawn Queen Beryl.
It is amazing to me what a little bit of self doubt can do to people and the sides the end up taking. At first it seemed as if there was nothing that The Shitennou would not do for Prince Endymion but as his feelings for Princess Serenity grew so did their suspicions of her. Just a small nettling by them as to why The Moon seemed to always be watching them even after Prince Endymion tried to explain to them why the Moon Kingdom was a good force was all it took for Queen Beryl to corrupt them and turn them against Endymion.
In fact they become so corrupted and so sure that they are right and Prince Endymion is wrong that they are willing to take up arms against the kingdom and fight with Queen Beryl. In the battle Prince Endymion eventually loses his life. The Shitennou never wanted that to happen and feel terrible but it is to late they are already destined to be Queen Beryl’s pawns for life. So afraid they were of someone different they were able to be corrupted by an “earthling” who was herself corrupted by Metalia out of her jealousy that Prince Endymion didn’t love her but instead Princess Serenity.
The Shitennou were originally meant to be a force of good. Their job being to protect Endymion. As Endymion began to fall in love with Serenity which was highly forbidden I think that it was their will to protect Endymion that began to be tarnished. Instead of being able to believe that Serenity was a good person and also in love with Endymion they were able to be convinced that there most be something wrong with her. Perhaps all of that “spying” the people of The Moon were doing was giving her the edge on getting Endymion to fall in love with her. Princess Serenity wasn’t like them and she wasn’t from the same place as them and instead of being able to embrace her for her actions they let prejudices and misconceptions take over their hearts.
What is really heartbreaking and frightening about this is that even though they had grown up with Endymion, were his best friends, and were sworn to protect him their fear of the Moon Kingdom was stronger still and they turned their back on their friend when he needed them most. The saying, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” seems quite fitting for them. They originally wanted to protect Earth and Endymion. That was their movement and goal. Instead they let fear sway their intentions and instead of protecting the Earth and Endymion they nearly help in destroying Earth and they are partially responsible for the death of Endymion. They may not of killed him outright but if they hadn’t of helped in leading the rebellion Endymion never would have been put in that situation.
I think this is a good lesson though for all of us in what movements we decided to be a part of. I think these decisions should always be met with the question, “Am I doing this out of fear?” Fear is a powerful emotion and can cause us to make irrational choices and hurt the people that are closest to us. Eventually The Shitennou are able to redeem themselves but still their past choices come with a heavy price. While Endymion, Serenity, and the Sailor Scouts are all able to be reincarnated together in a different time The Shitennou are bound to Queen Beryl and Metalia. Which I think is an important lesson in itself. There are some betrayals that are just to heavy handed and even if you regret it you can’t take it back and you can’t put things back to the way they were.
On the flipside of this story we have The Sailor Scouts. While they didn’t necessarily approve of Princess Serenity’s love of Endymion they never tried to take it out on him. They were able to realize that love happens. They trust Princess Serenity and when the battle ensues they stand by her side. In fact each one of them is willing to give everything in order to protect each other. I think it is that faith and trust in each other that keeps their morals in check and prevents them from being exploited by the Dark Kingdom.
I love this story and reading it always reminds me of what is important. I want to make decisions that help the people I care about, I want to be able to be open minded enough to listen to the people around me and judge them on their actions not on where they are from, and I want to be there for the people who need me. I cannot do any of those things if I am letting my ethics and morals be corrupted by fear and jealousy. I want to be the Sailor Scouts of the World ❤
I hope you all have enjoyed this post and that it has given you pause as to how you make important decisions and move throughout your life. As cliche as it sounds I have to ask are you making your choices based on fear or love?
Can’t wait to see you all next time! If you are enjoying this theme make sure to check out Auri’s post coming at you on the 4th.
Peace Out Grimms