「タキシード仮面 –TUXEDO MASK–」 (Takishiido Kamen -TUXEDO MASK-)
「地場衛 –TUXEDO MASK–」 (Chiba Mamoru –TUXEDO MASK–)
“Chiba Mamoru -–TUXEDO MASK–”
One of the biggest flaws that I saw with Sailor Moon Crystal up until this point was Usagi’s unusual attraction towards Tuxedo Mask. Fine – I understand that he’s supposed to be good-looking and he’s saved her life on a few occasions, but the way that her feelings are portrayed feel stronger than an infatuated girl. She’s head over heels for this guy and we barely know anything about him. Like Luna says, he could be dangerous. Luckily, these past few episodes only reinforce that he’s not such a bad guy at all and he has a clear goal in mind. I’m not a fan of the dream sequences and images, because even without them, I could believe that Usagi and Mamoru were destined to meet. It would feel more natural if Usagi or Mamoru haven’t been looking and waiting for each other all this time. The instant love and flashback images feel much too forced – especially when Tuxedo Mask suddenly ditches his life dream to protect Sailor Moon.
With that all said though, I’m glad that the recent episode has finally focused on Usagi and her relationship with Mamoru. I used to think that the two were acquainted before the beginnings of Sailor Moon but since that isn’t the case, the fact that they’re both complete strangers that actually “like” one another is something that needs more solidity. These two have barely held a complete conversation with each other so the show needs to give me a little more if Sailor Moon is suddenly going to undoubtingly trust him. When Mamoru actually revealed his identity to Usagi, I knew that this was going to be the turning point in their relationship. NOW, we’re finally getting somewhere. I was surprised that Mamoru even went as far as telling Usagi about his parents and memories. Guys don’t normally offer up this kind of deep history voluntarily (especially to strangers), so I can appreciate that moment of silence between Usagi and Mamoru. I can finally start to see how their relationship isn’t just built on history and flashbacks, but their current present identities are also falling in love.
Stepping aside, Queen Beryl also shows her face and to Sailor Moon of all people! Up until these episodes, she’s always been somewhat hidden and her motives unknown. We finally get a peek at the Dark Kingdom’s history and who Queen Beryl reports to – Queen Metalia (Matsuoka Youko). In the original series, Queen Beryl used to be his ultimate evil that Sailor Moon would have to defeat with the powers of love and friendship. In this remake, I don’t get the same superiority from Queen Beryl and she has a mind of her own; that plans to keep the Legendary Silver Crystal to herself. This story is getting deep and more complex as the villains each have their own agenda and the Sailor Soldiers will have to bring all of them down eventually.
Finally! My favorite girl reveals herself – Sailor Venus (Itou Shizuka). I always loved how she just felt like a more mature and put-together version of Sailor Moon. I can’t wait to see her in action and how the events will play out now that all the Sailor Soliders are altogether. If the original series is any indication, then the Legendary Silver Crystal will eventually emerge and we’ll see an ultimate showdown against Queen Beryl. Considering how quickly we’ve sped through the Dark Kingdom arc, I’m very excited to see what the future holds for us. The flashbacks of the Moon Kingdom are definitely something that I’m looking forward to and it gives a better indication of who the Sailor Soliders are and their history.
Author’s Note: Apologies for missing the past month (2 episodes) of Sailor Moon Crystal. For those that don’t read my Akame ga Kill posts, I’ve been on hiatus for the past few weeks due to
stress leave vacation plans. Thanks for understanding and I shouldn’t be double posting anymore in the foreseeable future =)