「Moon -月-」 (Moon –Tsuki-)
I’m still amazed by how different this original version of Sailor Moon is compared to the original anime. I have this mindset that characters should behave a certain way or events should take place in a certain order but they don’t and then I’m honestly surprised by the outcome of the episode. Some differences irk me, but for the most part, I’m liking the new direction of Sailor Moon Crystal. I like seeing Sailor Venus play a more centric role (and that might be because she’s still a new character) but she seems to have a great head on her shoulders and she’s almost like the second-in-command. Unfortunately that means that Sailor Mercury, Mars and Jupiter, all start to blur in the background and hearing their voices once or twice an episode just doesn’t do anything for me. I have the same complaints about Queen Beryl and her “henchmen”. While I’m sure they each have their own distinctive personalities, we don’t really see much of them except for Kunzite who seems to be in charge. This is one of the pitfalls that I find with such a large cast and a very fast-paced plot. I remember really liking Sailor Jupiter too (back in episode 5) so it’s a shame that she doesn’t get much of a chance to shine.
If there was a theme for this week’s episode, tragedy is one that strikes me as the most prominent. Although, I’m not particularly sad or upset to any degree (I must have such a heart of ice); even though there was momentum building up to the revelation of the Moon Kingdom and what ultimately happened. When Sailor Moon and friends arrived on the moon, there was nothing left; except for this very shiny Excalibur-like sword sitting in the middle of the ruins. Then Queen Serenity (Koyama Mami) appears as a hologram and starts to reveal what happened in the past to the Moon and Earth Kingdom. I think this is supposed to be the tragic part of the story because everyone dies, Usagi kills herself and the Queen sacrifices herself to banish this “evil force”. I see this Romeo & Juliet-type reference here as Endymion dies and Usagi does too… but then I thought to myself, why?! Why are you killing yourself?! It made sense when Juliet killed herself after seeing Romeo (and everything else) dead around her, but why would Usagi abandon her Kingdom because the love of her life sacrificed himself to – by the way – save her life? I’m so confused. I’m not bashing Usagi for her decision because I’m sure all first loves are fragile and this is supposed to be a sad scene, but really?! In my mind, I played that storyline out better; perhaps Usagi killed herself because she didn’t want to fall into the hands of the enemy and told everyone else to flee. That sounds like a much less selfish action.
I’d have to say that I like the opposition between the Sailor Scouts and the Dark Kings much more this week since it adds a little more history between them. Although I find it cheesy that the Sailor Soldiers fell in love at first sight, it brings a richer story to the Dark Kings (other than being known as just “henchmen”). It’s also revealed that they use to work for Endymion in their past lives which I thought was interesting, but doesn’t really serve any purpose for them now that they’re brainwashed. In the original Sailor Moon series, they were killed off one by one so I’m actually intrigued to find out if they’ll also get the same fate in this rendition. I somehow doubt it; but does that mean they’ll stick around for another arc? I’d appreciate it if they played a bigger role in the story – as male counterparts for the Sailor Soldiers and also their significant others. The original Sailor Moon never really gave the other girls a “boyfriend” per say, so that’d be a modification that I’d be excited to see. Finally, I’m not bothered or blown away by the fact that Tuxedo Mask comes back to life brainwashed. I sense lots of tears and “power of love” actions coming but that’s not anything new and definitely shouldn’t be a surprise for this genre.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: So many Romeo & Juliet references in this episode, but I love those types of romance stories <3 #SailorMoonCrystal