Anonymous asked: Is it just me or do the mini-bosses of the Death Busters and the Dead Moon seem weaker in power than ones from the Dark Kingdom and the Black Moon Clan?
I think it’s kind of hard to judge too accurately because we’re on a sliding power scale.
While the Dark Kingdom undeniably caused a lot of trouble (up to and including KILLING EVERYONE), when you factor in power-ups, the Senshi of S would have basically been able to shrug off METALLIA. I mean look at this contrast:
This is Usagi using Moon Spiral Heart Attack to literally wipe out HUNDREDS of daimon in one go, possibly thousands, and her power is so great that she’s able to do it for BLOCKS. This isn’t with the Grail either, this is just straight up Sailor Moon.
Now fast-forward just a few episodes to this first encounter with Hawk’s Eye:
With ONE HAND, he’s able to block the exact same attack. An attack which, a few weeks or a month before, was decimating HORDES of monsters. An attack powerful enough to reach PHARAOH FUCKING 90 and make it take notice (it didn’t hurt it, but it noticed).
You can argue a lot of other reasons why that’s happening (and once SuperS is over, I fully intend to), but the fact remains that basically we’re shown that Hawk’s Eye, with one hand, is more powerful than a thousand thousand raw daimon. That’s the kind of power escalation we get every season. It’s just a fact of life with this kind of serialized fiction. The characters are allowed to grow and get more powerful, but the enemies must as well to provide challenge.
The problem is that if you try to do a direct comparison, you wind up with Lemures that could take down Metallia-powered Beryl in about two seconds without blinking.
So I think trying to compare power between the seasonal enemies is kind of futile. The early guys will seem over-powered because the heroes are so new and so weak, yet those same enemies can’t in those same terms actually stand a chance against even minions of the later guys. It’s just not the sort of thing you can really apply that kind of logic to.
"Power" in a general sense like this just lacks meaning. I’d say argue efficiency, or effectiveness, or cunning, or intelligence, but not power.
I’ve often considered this myself to try and find a solution, because I don’t like the notion that a lone member of the bouncing-ball lemures family could humiliate the Shitennou, much less Beryl-Metalia and, although it requires a little bit of mental tweakling, I think I may have a solution that manages to keep the bad guys on somewhat comparable levels. One thing that the Dark Kingdom, Black Moon Clan, Death Busters and Dead Moon Circus all have in common is a reliance on energy. Energy fuels Metallia, it’s energy from the Black Gate that allows Wiseman to threaten to destroy the world, energy powers daimon (and Pharoah 90 looks to be a being of energy itself) and shadow energy creates lemures. We see the Black Moon clan use UFOs as physical weapons, but Wiseman’s deal is all energy.
If we think of these energies not as escalating in power, but instead transmuting, it can make a bit more sense. To form a bad analogy, consider a disease: Ebola, Bubonic Plague, Smallpox, Polio, Measles, Malaria, AIDS… While some of these are certainly worse than others, they are all lethal and have killed at least millions of people each. Yet many of these—bubonic plague, smallpox, measles, polio—are no longer really a threat to humanity due to improved living conditions and vaccines. Smallpox is just as lethal as malaria and yet, as humans we’ve managed to (in most cases) become immune to smallpox, thus nullifying its effects on us, without actually becoming more powerful ourselves, because a true increase in power would include nullifying diseases other than those individual ones we have specifically stopped.
Likewise, if we consider the energies put forth by these entities as not just a single kind of “evil” dark energy, but different forms (which Sailor Moon and the other Senshi eventually form a resistance to or gain conquest over) we can see how Usagi might have defeated Pharoah 90 yet be unable to take the monster of the day in SuperS without help. They could still be affected by other types of energy until a crisis situation or power-up allowed them to overcome it. Then next season, they are faced with a different kind of power, which catches them off-guard.
To directly compare it to energy, consider all the forms of energy the Senshi (or we) are subjected to. They are hit by gravitational forces as well as pressure from the atmosphere constantly; the sun bathes them in heat and light energy that has no impact but whose actual output could be measured in moderate voltage; yet being zapped with a low-voltage electrical current of 100 miliamps could prove fatal, due to the kind of energy being applied and how it is being delivered.
Of course, I could just be completely talking out of my rear end here. But the show never explores as far as I know, the possibility of different types of energy as opposed to different levels of energy. We can still maintain that power levels aren’t equitable between all of the bad guys. Due to the limited scope of her expressed power, I don’t think Metallia is on the same level as Wiseman or Pharoah 90, who exuded massive amounts of energy from extraplanar sources. But it’s a lot closer than we were led to believe and also allows for the possibility that the Inners could have succeeded had we gone directly from Classic to S, for example.