「セレニティ -Princess-」 (Sereniti -Princess- )
Sailor Moon Crystal has amazed me this past month with its huge leaps in plot and consistent animation. Compared to its first few episodes, the animation actually flows and there are fewer distortions in the characters’ faces. In terms of the story, the introductions are now over and done with and all we have left is character development and the takedown of Queen Beryl. I’m thoroughly impressed by the way that Sailor Moon Crystal has delivered its revelations and all that credit goes to the original manga source. Although it’s predictable, it’s still entertaining and it feels like I’m watching a completely new anime (compared to the original). If you haven’t been following the series so far but wanted to know if it’s getting any better – it is indeed.
Unfortunately, this episode took a dip for me and all because Princess Serenity/Usagi was just terribly unbearable in some scenes. I understand that she got her memories back and Tuxedo Mask was taken away, but she’s got to know that there’s more to life than just finding true love. She cried when he was taken, she cried when the other Sailor Scouts were concerned and she cried every time Tuxedo Mask was brought up. All I thought about was how piercing her screams were and how repetitive it was getting. I get it – you miss the guy and you’re worried about him, but what about your friends? What about the Legendary Silver Crystal? Does none of that matter anymore because you lost the man of your dreams? Her actions were reminiscent of how I would expect a 14-year-old to behave, and perhaps sometime in my youth, I was also like that… but now that I’m older, I just can’t stand it. As a role model, Usagi should be better than that; stronger and not someone that hides out in her room and cries. I thought Usagi was making great progress and the previous episodes have demonstrated why she makes for a great leader; but this episode was taking several steps back. This shouldn’t be about how reliant Sailor Moon is on Tuxedo Mask; there’s more to life than that.
The better parts of the episode were the flashbacks that revealed Sailor Moon’s past. I was actually anticipating a full-on fight scene, but I guess the bits and pieces were enough to get the general idea. I don’t believe the original anime told the story this way, but I like the subtle changes because it actually places Queen Beryl on the battle field against Tuxedo Mask. The history is quite simple as well (as it should be for children) but it almost too simple that I wish there was some complexity to their relationship that wasn’t just as simple as a Romeo & Juliet retelling. I like that there is romance involved in the anime though as I feel a lot of adventure/action/shoujo series these days don’t get to that point even after a whole 2-cour series. The whole ordeal with the Moon Kingdom vs. the Earth didn’t feel like it was as devastating as it could be and that might be because they sped through the history rather quickly. I’m sure we’ll get an expanded story next week when we finally meet Princess Serenity’s mother. Also, I’m sure they’ll reveal the true identities of Zoisite, Kunsite and co. soon as well.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Wow… Usagi needs to get a hold of herself. Her life revolves around more than a boy. Is this what I was like at 14? #SailorMoonCrysal