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  • Member: surrealmom
  • Studio: Gollum Kitty Productions
  • Title: Dark Mercury - Power Corrupts
  • Premiered: 2006-07-14
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  • Song:
    • Poe Control
  • Anime:
  • Comments: Finally! It is done! This is probably one of my personal favorites of my collection for several reasons. This is my first "significant" video done entirely in a new program, and it really was fun to edit. I'd been dying to use Control by POE (one of my favorites songs of her's), I'd always known it would make a great AMV but I would never settle for anything less than the perfect match between the lyrics and the character.

    When I got through the Dark Mercury arc in PGSM, I was really excited to get started on a video. Something about the sweetest of the senshi going evil really puts a smile on my face. So I had to channel that sickness into an AMV, yay!

    In regards to the song being the perfect match for Ami, that's a bit harder to explain. The song is clearly a kind of GIRL POWER! type thing about a person breaking away from a relationship and becoming stronger because of it. But toward the end of the song, the message is intentionally lost in a kind of hazy state that begs the question, who really has control now?

    In the video, I try to portray Dark Mercury as trying to gain control from 3 people-

    -The obvious one is Sailor Moon. I don't at all mean to suggest that Ami secretly hates Usagi and has been jealous of her role as princess or anything like that. But the dark power clouded her judgement, and in my eyes- she resents ever having been "beneath" Usagi. (When she first goes evil and the senshi beg her to remember them, she explains that she clearly remembers each one perfectly, supporting my theory)

    -Secondly is Kunzite. The whole time, he's got a real possesive thing about Mercury (and although it once saved her life, it usually just pisses her off.) It was he who tainted her mind and made her all spooky. He decides when she fights and when to take her back to the base. Dark Mercury doesn't seem to like that too much.

    -And of course, there is Ami herself. Because she really never goes FULLY evil in the anime- I tried to use that version of Ami as some kind of voice of reason; the good in her that remains within throughout all the badness. To me, the real battle for control is between both good and evil versions of herself. How cliche.


    About the video quality- I tried desperately to work with Avisynth and Vdub for weeks. There were a lot of problems and I went through all the guides and sites I could find but nothing could work it out. Fortunately, I managed to get a new program to save the video from multi-renderings, so the quality is bearable. But it would be nice to post a remastered version one day if I can figure out those programs. God forbid I ask for real help on the forums and get ripped to shreds for not understanding everything that comes my way. Bitter bitter bitter.


    Anyway, I hope you all enjoy.


    Control by POE


    Dont you mess with a little girls dream
    cause shes liable to grow up mean

    Surprised you to find that Im laughing?
    You thought that youd find me in tears
    You thought I'd be crawling the walls
    Like a tiny mosquito and trembling in fear

    Well you may be king for the moment
    But I am a queen understand
    And I've got your pawns and your bishops
    And castles
    All inside the palm of my hand

    While you were looking the other way
    While you had your eyes closed
    While you were licking your lips
    Cause I was miserable
    While you were selling your soul
    While you were tearing a hole in me

    I was taking control

    Now I have taken control
    Now I have taken control...

    This is beginning to feel good
    Watching you squirm in your shoes
    A small bead of sweat on your brow
    And a growl in your belly your scared to let through

    You thought you could keep me from loving
    You thought you could feed on my soul
    But while you were busy destroying my life
    What was half in me has become whole

    While you were looking the other way
    While you had your eyes closed
    While you were licking your lips
    Cause I was miserable
    While you were selling your soul
    While you were tearing a hole in me

    I was taking control

    Now I have taken control
    Now I have taken control...

    So this is how it feels
    To breath in the summer air
    The feel the sand between my toes
    And love inside my ear
    All those things that you taught me to fear
    Ive got them in my garden now
    And your not welcome here

    Come a little bit closer
    Let me look at you
    I gave you the benefit
    Of the doubt its true
    But keep in mind my darling
    Not every saint is a fool

    While you were looking the other way
    While you had your eyes closed
    While you were licking your lips
    cause I was miserable
    While you were selling your soul
    While you were tearing a hole in me

    I was taking control

    Now I have taken control
    Now I have taken control...

    Dont you mess with me

    Father: there has to be more to life than this, because in our
    Confrontation with a cold cold universe, there is something comical
    To the idea that we can really impose our will on humanity-- power corrupts


    This is scaring me

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