The A does not stand for France!
If you’ve ever heard my rants about vaccination, you know it’s a major topic with me. Because hey, I’m one of these immunosuppressed people this comic talks about, so it’s a bit of a sensitive subject. (“Oh, I’m sorry, you don’t like getting vaccinated? I don’t like having three month long respiratory infections because you gave me the freaking flu, but I guess you don’t care about that”)
Essentially, Ellen and her wonderful character Katherine have just said it better than I ever could—and using Shaun of the Dead references, too!!! It’s all about herd immunity—getting vaccinated isn’t just about your own health, it’s about the health—and non-zombification—of the entire human race.
Anonymous said: Do you have any thoughts about why Earth seems to be so important in the manga? The obvious answer outside the series is the human-centric bias prevalent in a lot of sci-fi, but I always found it curious why Earth was so important that it had to be protected by both the Sun and the Moon (and bye extension, the entire SilMil), also the fact that Earth has a crystal that's supposed to be equal in power to the Silver Crystal and the fact that it had its own special guardians with the Shitennou.
Sure, but y’all better settle in because it also goes into what Queen Serenity’s deal is and how the Silver Millennium might’ve worked in general :)
Like you mentioned, Sci-Fi in general has a lot of human-centric bias, but another common trope is that humans are one of the dumbest, most primitive things in the universe. In that case, I think that Queen Serenity applied a policy of benevolence and noblesse oblige towards the Earth for two reasons.
- Remember that even though the moon orbits the Earth and is super small in comparison to the rest of the solar system, Queen Serenity chose it as her home. Queen Nehelenia remarks in Act 48 that they both settled there and were not actually native to this solar system. I think that rather than Queen Serenity bringing a court here, the people of Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, etc. might’ve already been in existence. If that’s the case, they might’ve even already descended to Earth once in awhile for giggles, giving rise to mythology and legends of gods and demi-gods playing with the human race. But when Queen Serenity established and demonstrated herself as a powerful but kind leader, she probably thought fondly of humans and declared them off-limits as playthings. If you take that as true, then the Maenads’ physical appearance makes a little more sense if the queen of the moon was revered in ancient times as a protector. Queen Serenity as a non-native works well with the Giant Impact hypothesis of how the moon was formed, and Nehelenia as another moon is parallel to how Theia’s impact possibly had two moons existing at one point. Not in a chronological sense of course, but as a parallel reference.
- If she was aware of the power of the Golden Crystal, she probably wanted to guide and protect it as it formed since Earth was not previously experienced with being attacked by outside forces, since it had no Sailor Senshi at the time. Keep in mind that the Golden Crystal in itself is an anomaly. It’s extremely similar to a Sailor Crystal but Mamoru is 1) male 2) not actually a Sailor Senshi (although that last bit may be excused considering that at one point the Silver Crystal existed without a Sailor Moon). It’s growing power seems to be in tandem with the Silver Crystal, so it might’ve just have been a matter of time (and destiny) for Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion to come together.
In other words, I think that point number one was the original reason she looked after Earth, because humans are soft, squishy things that don’t live long but seem to be funny and admirable in spirit. One of her first rules to the rest of the Solar System was probably “Stop messing with the Earthlings” which was eventually translated to “Contact between the two kingdoms is forbidden.” But if she noticed point two, then that would be a good reason as well. Although the growth of the Golden Crystal might’ve been because of the Silver Crystal, so in which case, that’s almost her fault for taking a shine to Earth.
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