「レイ ‑SAILOR MARS‑」 (Rei ‑SAILOR MARS‑)
“Rei ‑Sailor Mars‑”
Finally, we’re starting to see some differences in the Sailor Moon Crystal remake. Not to say that it has been similar to the original up until this point, but I feel like the first two episodes could easily pass as a condensed version of the original Sailor Moon. With Sailor Mars’ awakening, this episode has proved to be the turning point between what I think I know and what’s actually going to happen in the manga. Since I’ve only seen the original anime, I can already tell that the story of the original manga is much more plot driven than character focused. I think it tries to give each character a centric episode, but in the end, we’re still ultimately just trying to find the Silver Crystal and the Moon Princess. It would’ve been great if Mars or Mercury were given more time to shine during their introductions, but I guess it’s fairly easy to see what they’re all about already. Their personalities are predictable and I don’t expect it to be any other way. I’m fairly excited to see where we go from here because I want to see for myself if I like the manga story more or less.
This episode introduced who the Moon Kingdom villains were and even showed a glimpse of Nephrite (Toriumi Kousuke) and Zoisite (Matsukaze Masaya). Zoisite was actually made into a female in the dubbed version so that was interesting seeing him as a male. Honestly, I can see it working either way so these subtle changes don’t bother me. Jadeite is also personally going after his victims now to try and hunt down the Silver Crystal so that helps take away the “monster-of-the-day” aspect. There’s definitely continuity between each episode and I can’t say that if you miss one, you can keep going. It’s a shame that the plot feels so rushed but at least there are no fillers that bore me.
What bothered me the most this episode has been what everyone has been complaining about since day one. That animation. Say what…?! In the end, I fall into that same bucket of people that say that they cannot deal with how sh*tty the animation is. I said last episode that the animation didn’t bother me TOO much – not the eyes, the abnormal shaped bodies or even the CG. But this episode… oh boy, this transformation sequence for Mars really rubbed me all the wrong ways. I can’t deal with the poses, or the legs or the faces. I just can’t. What IS this?! Please tell me that I’m not the only one that feels like a highly anticipated show should not have such huge budget problems. It must have issues or else why can’t it air every week, or at least somewhat produce passable animation? This is supposed to be a high budget reboot that will spark interest in new viewership and bring back some great memories for the older generation. Instead, I think it has accomplished none of that and I know it can do better – or at least, I pray every week that it gets better.
So we’re 3 episodes in and what is the verdict on Sailor Moon Crystal? Well it is definitely not what everyone probably thought it’d be – or at least, not what I thought it would be. It fails to meet my expectations in terms of production quality and rebooting that love for Sailor Moon that I had way back when. The first few episodes kind of just float on by without leaving much of an impression on me at all and that can be seen as bad if it’s not great. Now, that doesn’t mean that Sailor Moon Crystal is not worth watching! I give it points for deviating from the original anime that people loved so much and following fairly close to the original source. The story is definitely more plot heavy so you’ll find no fillers here and less repetition. Also, like I said in my July Impressions, you need to watch this show without constantly comparing it to the original. That’s easier said than done, but it might help you increase your enjoyment of the series.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #SailorMoonCrystal is improving in terms of plot… but wow, the animation hasn’t bothered me so much until now. WTF did they do to Mars’ transformation?! Mercury’s was done so much better! Super disappointed =(