「敵 -Queen Metaria-」 (Teki -Queen Metaria-)
“Enemy -Queen Metaria-“
This episode did not turn out the way I thought it would – it was better. I thought the episode was going to feature the finale between Queen Beryl and the Sailor Scouts, but it turns out that it’s the battle between Queen Metalia and Sailor Moon that really matters. I shouldn’t have assumed that everything was going to be tied out neatly in one episode. Instead, Queen Beryl turns out to be a much deeper character than just a plain villain being controlled by Queen Metalia. I never imagined that she could’ve been a human in love with Endymion; this wasn’t covered in the original anime. Although it’s a brief flashback, I think it explains why she’s so attached to Mamoru and all her creepy caresses. It doesn’t justify anything because she dies almost immediately afterwards, but it does make me pity her even for an instant. Queen Beryl had her own agenda and it gives her a separate identity from Queen Metalia; which in this case, is a good thing so she’s not just blending in as a middle henchmen.
Speaking of henchmen, the Four Kings reappear again… if only for a brief few minutes. It was a little lacklustre to say the least because their short screen time did absolutely nothing for me. I hear from the comments that they’re not even supposed to live this long in the manga, so why did the anime keep them around to just kill them off again? If anything, it’s just to develop the Sailor Soldiers a bit more, but they’re really not necessary. That’s one side plot that was interesting, but nothing came out of it and it feels like wasted potential. The Four Kings and their relationship with the Sailor Soldiers were already explained a few episodes back and revisiting it, didn’t really explain any more than it already had.
Normally I hate anime that feature solutions due to “the power of love” or random deux ex machina endings just to tie things off. However I’ll make an exception for Sailor Moon Crystal because this is the very essence of the show. It bothers me that Usagi would go to such lengths for Mamoru even though the guy clearly doesn’t remember anything and wants to literally kill you! However, these are the key aspects of the show that I would’ve loved as a younger girl so I won’t get too hung up on that. I never expected that Usagi would sacrifice herself AND kill Mamoru off at the same time, but these are the scenes that I’ve been waiting to see. Something that will totally change my perception of the show and hopefully go against the cliché of shoujo magical girl anime. Killing yourself and your significant other – I think that would constitute as going outside the box. It reminds me more and more of Romeo and Juliet as the story goes, but that’s one tragic love story that I love seeing over and over again. I can’t wait to see how next week will play out the finale.
Author’s Note: Apologies for the late post! I have a million and one excuses but the main one is that I’ve been away on vacation visiting a fellow writer and simply just enjoying some “me” time. Normally I try and post even while on trips, however everyone needs a break, especially during the holiday season so forgive me! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and great Boxing Day regardless. Thanks for putting up with my tardiness and I’ll see you all next week for the finale of this first arc!