「再会 -Endymion-」 (Saikai -Endymion-)
A late post for Sailor Moon Crystal this week… but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t short of great developments either. I still think the series is focused too much on Usagi and her slight obsession with Mamoru, however there are still other events happening that make up for it. For one, I really like seeing a different side to Mamoru – frankly, it’s no secret that I love myself some bad boys. I can empathize with Usagi when she becomes pulled in by the brainwashed Mamoru because he’s just so different, yet he reminds you so much of who you love. You become so tunnel-visioned by how he looks that you give yourself excuses for his behaviors and creepy smiles. In many ways, I can understand why Usagi is so blindsided by his actions and even more so when Queen Beryl reveals that he is the one and only, Tuxedo Mask. He’s not an imposter or another henchman, but he’s the very same person that Usagi fell in love with. The past few episodes have pretty much reiterated Usagi’s love for Mamoru so often that I’ve started to get annoyed; but this episode puts her love to the test and yes – it’s cliché, but her reaction is reasonable. She doesn’t bawl like a crybaby anymore, and she’s becoming stronger every week. For these reasons, I still find myself more pleased than disappointed by Usagi’s recent development.
With all the revelations lately, I appreciate a slower episode to digest all that’s gone on. For one, the girls investigate a little further about the Excalibur-like sword that they picked up on the moon. What is it made out of? What is it capable of? And who wields it? Perhaps Tuxedo Mask… because I don’t see Venus taking it for herself. I also like how the side characters are still being used (while some new ones are introduced) since it gets kind of bland watching the same five cats and cat. Motoki played a much larger role in the original Sailor Moon series and since I like him, it doesn’t hurt to see him get more screen time. Nishimura Reika (Nakahara Mai) is also a new one, but she looks so familiar! I can’t place my thumb on who she was in the original series… maybe someone can help me out there. All these small additions make the series feel better-rounded and although they’re subtle expansions to the cast, it’s still better than the world revolving around the MCs and antagonist. I mean – they’re trying to save the world, it wouldn’t hurt to showcase some of those impacted by these battles.
In 2 weeks, we’ll finally get to see the finale for this first half of the series. ANN announced a while ago that there was a second season confirmed for Sailor Moon Crystal but I never even knew it was in question since… the series was confirmed to be 26 episodes when it first premiered. For people that were wondering why the show “missed a week”, it’s because Sailor Moon Crystal only airs on the first and third week of every month – therefore since November had 5 weeks, the fifth week aired nothing. Let it be noted that the animation for the transformations also got a lot better since the initial episodes! Yay! I’m very thankful that they’re finally putting more effort into making the show more pleasing to eye. Hopefully that means the Blu-Ray releases will be higher quality.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #SailorMoonCrystal’s finale in 2 weeks?! Looking forward to it before the Christmas break =) The series is getting better each ep.