「まこと –SAILOR JUPITER–」 (Makoto -SAILOR JUPITER-)
“Makoto –SAILOR JUPITER–”
I’ll admit that this episode, had me pleasantly surprised. The introduction for Kino Makoto (Koshimizu Ami) or Sailor Jupiter had a much better story than I anticipated. Honestly speaking, I don’t remember much about her character at all until the anime showed off her exquisite home cooking and domestic skills. She also lives alone which explains why she’s such an independent character – although (I hope) it’s explained later why she doesn’t live with her family. Makoto has always been a character that’s portrayed as a tough and strong on the outside (and even Sailor Moon was smitten by her) but she’s quite feminine on the inside. She’s much more multidimensional than the other girls and that’s probably why her episode had more substance and wasn’t as straightforward as the previous intros. It’s interesting to note that as a Sailor Solider, technically they should all be fighting for love and justice, but only Makoto had a background story that actually talked about being in love. I thought they tied out Makoto’s background story with the actual events taking place very well from both an entertainment aspect and her character development.
Next week finally focuses on Tuxedo Mask! Much to my disappointment, even though he plays a pivotal role in the story, he has had very little screen time so far. I’m also upset that he hasn’t turned out to be as dreamy or tall, dark and handsome as I imagined him to be 10 years ago. In fact, I imagine him to be a little lost and confused right now because I don’t even know if he knows he’s Tuxedo Mask. He could have another persona living inside him that just awakes whenever danger strikes. The only reason I say this is because everyone can easily recognize Usagi as Sailor Moon; Makoto proved that easily this episode. Therefore, it’d only make sense that Mamoru knows who Usagi is – but does he? Anyway, we’ll see next week and how far Luna’s suspicions go. That little cat seems to be suspicious of everyone at first.
Funny thing about Sailor Moon Crystal is that I actually hear a lot of polarizing comments about this show from both regular anime watchers and non-regular anime waters. While I understand that the audience at RC might have a lot of strong opinions – bad animation, annoying seiyuus and fast-paced plot – a lot of folks that I’ve talked to that don’t watch any other anime, really enjoy the reminiscing piece of Sailor Moon Crystal. This makes me feel like I’ve been terribly harsh on the show because I know the potential that anime can have and I had high expectations of the series to begin with. However, talking to individuals that only watch this show because of childhood memories, they enjoy the fact that it’s a little different, but the essence of the show being a magical girl anime is still there. If there are still people (young and old) that support the show and even ask me when it’s going to air next, I wouldn’t say this reboot was a complete failure. I admire the people that can see past all the flaws that I see because they’re watching it for what it is. In any case, I’m glad that this episode has proved to be an improvement from the prior ones and hopefully it only gets better from here on out.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Probably the best ep. to date, #SailorMoonCrystal’s intro of Sailor Jupiter was decent. I find her more appealing than the original Mako.