「亜美 –SAILOR MERCURY–」 (Ami –SAILOR MERCURY–)
“Ami –SAILOR MERCURY–”
Sailor Moon Crystal wastes no time introducing the second Sailor Soldier this week – Sailor Mercury!
Or also known as, Mizuno Ami (Kanemoto Hisako). She’s the brains behind the group and someone that contrasts greatly with Usagi due to her maturity level and her overall intelligence. Usagi is… not the brightest and in later episodes, she relies on Ami greatly for battle strategies as well as her personal tutor for school. It’s amazing how quickly the two become friends, considering that they’re both in different classes and school cliques – not to mention that Ami was considered friendless at school. I guess Usagi is quite social in her own way and I don’t see her isolating someone just because. She might not be the smartest student, but I find that her personality easygoing and she has all the right intentions.
The episode itself wasn’t necessarily ground-breaking or terrible. I thought it matched my expectations (after having seen the first episode) and everything that I pointed out in the premiere still holds true. Usagi’s voice is still very forced to me and it makes it hard to really laugh at some of the more comedic scenes. The character designs are still not something that I’m used to… especially the massive eyes and just how elongated their bodies and faces look. Ami also didn’t look right at the beginning, but I figured it’s because of her (old-school) glasses more so than her actual face. Then there’s the animation that many people have complained about but I personally don’t mind. The transformations are something that will be repeated every episode so I might as well get used to it now. The CG is fine in my books. The only thing that does bother me though is the lack of attention to the animation outside the action sequences – I mean, this is the first time I’ve seen someone color outside the lines. I honestly haven’t seen something like this done before and I promise you, I wasn’t even looking for it. It makes me quite disappointed at the quality control of this production considering all the hype and anticipation around it.
Now I know that Sailor Moon Crystal isn’t supposed to be the best deepest story out there, but I thought that since this anime derived straight from the manga, that the pacing would be done better. I can’t quite put my finger on it (and it could be a combination of things), but the story so far just isn’t gripping (yet). I honestly love Sailor Moon and I’m trying hard to isolate this from the original. However, the relationships between characters feel forced and before you know it, Sailor Mars will already be introduced. What I mean is, I think there’s a lot of coincidences in the plot right now to make it advance and I can accept it, but it still feels rushed. Now, this is probably because we’re only two episodes in and I shouldn’t expect too much when the story is only in its introductory stages. A part of me is probably just too impatient and wants to get to all the good stuff because I’ve already been through this – multiply times. So forgive me if I sound too harsh on the show so far… it’s only because I know it has high potential later on and the fact that the beginning is quite episodic, is not something that I’ve had to deal with in a while.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: So the second episode of #SailorMoon_Crystal went as expected… except I still can’t stand Usagi’s voice and the animation is still off =S
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