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Everyday Fangirl’s Introduction to Sailor Moon


Like most fans of Sailor Moon from the 1990’s, I became acquainted with this series while watching the episodes on Cartoon Network.  However, my introduction was slightly different than many of the fans at that time.

The reason is that the very first episode I saw, Last Resort, takes place late in the first season and not at the beginning.


This episode is not the most ideal place to start this series because after many major events and reveals.  Therefore, after all these years, I wondered what aspects of this story that caught my attention and had me seeking more.

After rewatching the original English dub of this episode that was produced by DiC, I identified some of the aspects that caught my attention back then.

Serena’s interaction with her family showed just how important they were to her despite how they might not get along sometimes.


Just what her relationship with Darien and why did she care so much about this “bad” guy.


The fact that the monster was not controlled by the bad guys and actually acted on it’s own.


Why was the locket so important, especially the tune it played?

So what show or story were you introduced to that was not right at the beginning?

EverydayFangirl 2015 Year In Review

Today is the last day of 2015 and the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared an annual report of EverydayFangirl.com.

  

With 2015 being the year of Star Wars and with the recent release of The Force Awakens, it is no suprise that the top search terms used to find EverydayFangirl posts were related to this topic:

  
Here are some other fun stats from 2015:

The Everyday Fangirl blog was viewed 5,019 times, which is almost 2 times higher than the 2,800 views in 2014.

The busiest day of the year was March 8 with 96 views, which is only 4 short of the 100 view goal!

In 2015, there were 135 new posts, counting this one, growing the total archive to 393 posts.

  

Visitors to this blog are from 87 countries, which is higher than last year, so thankful for this truly worldwide audience!

One of the most popular posts this year was from 2013, Wedding Gowns in Fandom, who would have believed that this article would have such staying power!

Thank you to everyone who has visited this blog and see you again in 2016!

The Everyday Fangirl Remembers 9/11

I wanted to remember those that lost their lives during the Terrorist attacks on 9/11/01, especially all the first responders who lost their lives trying to save others.


Image from Wikipedia page

I did not see any of the events unfold that day because my husband and I were on a charter plane heading to Las Vegas.  The first indication that I had that something was wrong that day was an announcement from the flight crew that the FAA has ordered all planes to land immediately.  No other explanation given. I was so nervous that I needed to go to the bathroom and the flight staff would not let me until I told them that if they did not, then there would be a mess to clean up.

As we were approaching the closest airport, Denver International, I noticed that we were being escorted by 2 F-16s. I knew by then something really bad happened, but not sure what. I was thinking a major cyber attack on the radar or computer systems.

We did not find out what was happening even when we landed and deplaned. We were told to take everything with us including our baggage. There was only 1 person at the gate to meet us and she was crying hysterically and only could say “Stay right here” “Do not move”.

The terminal was deserted except for us. All the TVs, phones and Internet terminals were turned off. We really did not know what happened. We only knew it had to be something really unusual and bad.  My husband, Michael, used his cell to call his buddy back home and then we learned what happened.  In turn, we told all the other passengers with us.

After that they escorted us to our luggage and kicked everyone in the airport out, including flight staff and pilots. No direction on where to go or what to do was given.  Even AAA could not help us because the FAA locked them out of the system they usually use for emergencies.

Luckily the cab we took gave us some idea on where to go to find a hotel. He took us to Commerce City to a Truck Stop Hotel with a restaurant attached where we stayed until the FAA started letting planes off the ground again.

We were lucky because many of the passengers ended up either at hotels without restaurants near by, sleeping at school gyms on the floor with only blankets, no cots, or some decided to find some other way to Vegas, where we were heading, on their own. One even asked us to join them in the U-Haul he was renting like out of a movie.

When they did let us back to the airport, we were among the first planes to take off. My husband was the test subject of the first searches after these attacks.  It was a long quiet flight back.  When we got home to Michigan, we were greeted by ALL the staff at the airport because we were the first plane that was allowed to land.

Star Wars Rebels – Siege of Lothal recap

I am so happy that I can finally talk about the amazing start for Star Wars Rebels season 2 that I saw at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim back in April! I am still thankful to Disney and Lucasfilm for offering me the opportunity to watch the premiere as a member of the media.

Below are some of the highlights from this amazing Star Wars Rebels episode:

Beware spoilers ahead…

The Siege of Lothal opens with a big dog fight by The Ghost crew and a Rebel Fleet to acquire some crates that the Imperials are transporting. It is very good to see the crew of The Ghost, especially Hera, work with this Rebel fleet. However, Kanan is not too sure about being part of a military organization again. Especially, based on what happened during The Clone Wars.

The conversations between Hera and Kanan about his concerns during this episode remind me of Han and Leia. [Many of us think that this proves that they are ‘space married’.]

Minister Tua is a tragic figure in this episode. With the arrival of Darth Vader, she realizes that in order to preserve her life, Tua must leave her post and get passage off Lothal. In order to do this, she asks the crew of The Ghost for help.

What I think is the most overlooked part of this story is what Tua uses to barter her way off of Lothal. She agrees to give the Rebels a list of sympathizes that are being watched by the Imperials. In addition, Tua offers the reason WHY Lothal is so important and not just for the mining of fuel. [My husband and I agree on the theory is that it has something to do with the Death Star, but nothing has been confirmed within the story line yet.] This is the reason that Kanan and Ahsoka agree with Ezra that it is important to help her.

Unfortunately, Darth Vader uses her desire to leave as a trap for the crew of The Ghost, which Sabine suspected. However, this trap did not play out the way my husband and I thought it would. Vader used Tua’s attempt to leave as a way to turn the entire planet of Lothal against this crew of Rebels by accusing them of killing her. Darth Vader shows that with this he is not only good at using brute force, but is also adapt at using strategy in dealing with these ‘traitors’ to the Empire.

The confrontation of Kanan, Ezra and Darth Vader is shown in the season 2 trailer. When my husband and I saw that trailer, we did not realize that this confrontation would happen so quickly. Therefore, this is a very happy surprise to all those who watched this episode.

We knew that when this happened that Kanan and Ezra, no matter how powerful either is, could not stand for long against Darth Vader. With the help of Sabine and Zeb, who threw bombs to topple over two walkers, they thought they defeated this new foe. However, as shown in one of the previews of this episode, Darth Vader is much more than either of them can handle.

Of course the climax of the episode is when Darth Vader pursues these Rebels, using a homing device, to the fleet. Darth Vader still proves that even though he is now a Dark Lord of the Sith, he has the flying skills of Anakin Skywalker. Hera is the only pilot that was able to stay out of Darth Vader’s range during this engagement.

The pivotal moment in this episode happened during this confrontation with Darth Vader.

Ahsoka and Kanan use their Jedi abilities to identify the pilot of the fighter that is destroying the squadron. In addition, Ezra was trying to let Ahsoka know that based on his feelings that it has to be the new foe that Kanan and him encountered on Lothal. Just as Ezra said this, Ahsoka finally made contact with the pilot of the fighter through the force. However, whatever she discovered during this contact overwhelmed her.

Unfortunately, Darth Vader is able to use this to identify just who is making contact through the force.

The remains of the Rebel fleet and the crew of The Ghost were able to make their escape. Kanan and Ezra decide to contiue the fight against The Sith and The Empire with the support of Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper.

They are going to need each other in order to deal with another Inquistor that Vader is dispatching to continue the hunt for ‘Skywalker’s Apprentice’ and any other lost Jedi, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

My husband and I believe that season 2 will continue to have consequences for everyone involved, on both sides of this conflict. Either way it will be a wild ride that we and many other Star Wars Rebels fans cannot wait to take.

So, have you seen this episode?

What do you think about these highlights?

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad

I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Father’s Day to my Dad.  He has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my life and is a big influence on expressing my fandom.


My Dad loves science fiction, fantasy, westerns and mysteries, especially Star Wars, Star Trek, NCIS, Colombo, James Bond films and War movies and Westerns starring John Wayne. My dad expresses his fandom by reciting trivia he learned, what he knows about the actors and what he thinks will happen in a future film or episode based on what we currently know. He has always encouraged me and supported me throughout my life dispite me being female.  I never heard him say that I could not do something because I am a girl. I know that without his support and encouragement, I would not be the person and the everyday fangirl that I am today!

Thank you Dad for everything!

SWCA Recap: Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim included the season 2 premiere of Star Wars Rebels. 

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I received a special media pass to the Star Wars Rebels Panel, Season 2 Press Conference, which can be heard via Skywalking Through Neverland, and of course the premiere episodes.  Unfortunately, I was not able to make the Red Carpet Event to interview the creators and stars of the show.  However, Fangirl’s Going Rogue does have some great interviews from this event.  

Fortunately, I was able to make the ‘Bonus’ Star Wars Rebels: Past, Present and Future Panel on Sunday Morning hosted by David W Collins with Dave Filoni, Carrie Beck and Henry Gilroy.  StarWars.com has a great recap of this panel and includes the concept art shown during the panel.

Here are my hopefully spoiler free thoughts on what I learned between all these panels and the Season 2 premiere:

1) Star Wars Rebels is going to continue to include humor, adventure, action and danger with a whole lot of character growth.  This combination works for me and what I have seen so far confirms this.

2) Darth Vader is defiantly going to be a force to be reckoned with as seen in the Season 2 trailer.

No further comments on my part are necessary.

3) There are not only some awesome female characters, Hera, Sabine and now Ahsoka, in the show, but there are some awesome women behind the scenes as well.  StarWars.com did an awesome interview with Athena Portello and Liz Marshall.


4) I am very happy to see the return of some of my favorite Star Wars The Clone Wars characters including Ahsoka, Rex, Wolffe and of course my husband’s favorite, Hondo!

  
 
 5) The artwork for the Star Wars Rebels may appear to be more cartoonish than Star Wars The Clone Wars to many people.  However, in my opinion, the artistic influence of Ralph McQuarrie and Miazaki, gives the show just what it needs to be a unique.  For instance, the vehicle shown below does not feel ‘cartoonish’ to me.

  
When the season 2 premieres June 20 on DisneyXD, then I will have a more indepth review of the episodes I saw and of course what this could mean to the future.

So are you looking forward to Star Wars Rebels season 2?

#AtoZChallenge: Reflection 2015

2015 A to Z Blog Challenge Reflection

 

Hurray! I survived another AtoZ Blog Challenge!

Unlike previous years, I had a pretty good feeling that I could complete this year’s challenge.   There are several reasons for this new confidence including: 

Applying what I learned from both the previous A to Z challenges I participated in and from other bloggers like Teresa Delgado and Pippa Jay on what works and what does not work.  

This year, I actually was able to stick to a theme for most of the AtoZ posts, which I really did not do for the previous challenges. Basing these posts on Star Wars Celebration Anaheim gave me greater access to ideas and content than I did in the previous challenges.

It also helped that unlike the previous years, I did not have the extra personal challenges, which made it easier to work on and schedule posts.

Therefore, what I learned during this experience is that applying what I learned from previous challenges, using a theme and having access to additional content helped me achieve my goal.  Now that this goal has been achieved, I can proudly display the 2015 A to Z Challenge banner image on the About page of this blog! 

  

Finally, I wanted to thank everyone who read some or all of the posts during this challenge. I hope you were entertained by the theme, the topics and content generated by this challenge. In addition, I hope that many of you will come back and visit my blog again soon. 

Again I want to thank each and every one of you and…

May The Force Be With You, Always!

  

#AtoZChallenge: Library Week

   

  

This week is National Library Week, which raises awareness of what libraries offer patrons other than books. The American Library Association, which create this event gives a great description of what libraries have to offer.

Today’s libraries are more than just books. Increasingly, they are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

I have always supported libraries and those that work there, especially during National Library Week.   Today, we celebrate Library Workers Day.  This it is a great opportunity to nominate your favorite Library Worker or stop by your local library and just say thank you for all they do for you and the community.

  

So right now I want to take this opportunity to thanks all of the Librarians and the Library staff from Libraries not only here in the United States, but around the world! 

  

#AtoZChallenge: Dealer Room

Conventions for many attendees, like my husband, it is all about The Dealer Room instead panels. Inside the dealer room, attendees can usually find a wide variety of vendors selling all kinds of fan related merchandise.  At a bigger convention, like Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, my husband describes the dealer room as a ‘Black Hole’ because he gets sucked in and has a hard time extracting himself out. 

Sometimes he is looking at swords and knives.

  

Sometimes he is looking at figures or toys.

Sometimes he is checking out all the cool and funny T-shirts.

Sometimes he is looking for the perfect cute gift for either myself or someone in my family.

Usually for him it a ‘quest’ to find that one an item that is cool, rare or unusual to add to our collection.

So are you like my husband and spend your time at the convention in the dealer room instead of doing anything else?

If you do, what are you looking for?

 

 

#AtoZChallenge: Cosplay

  

When my husband and I go to Conventions or other fan related events, such as Star Wars Celebration, we love to see all of the different people in Cosplay.

The cutest ones, like this one Cosplaying as Leia at Star Wars Celebration VI, make our hearts melt. 

 

While others impress us with the amount of work that went into creating the costumes, like the young lady cosplaying as Padme in her Naboo Dress at Star Wars Celebration VI. 

 

There are also those that Cosplay for a purpose, like these members of the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion, who raise money for charity and support local Star Wars events.

  

Finally, there are are also those that are just cute, like these women as Leia, Chewy and Han or downright funny like this mashup character, Bender R-2, posing with my husband, from Star Wars Celebration VI. 

    

So what cosplay interests you and so you have any favories?

  

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