「決戦 -Reincarnation-」 (Kessen –Reincarnation-)
Final Battle –Reincarnation-
Predictable series be predictable. Is that a always a bad thing though?
I never blogged a more predictable series than Sailor Moon Crystal on RC and while I find it somewhat repetitive sometimes, it’s not necessarily bad. Being predictable doesn’t mean that the series is boring if it can still be told in an entertaining and impactful way. I don’t think that Sailor Moon Crystal is as bad as boring and cliché as it could be… but I do think it’s very flat sometimes. It lacks punch and good delivery with some of its key scenes; while the plot still holds my interest. I think that’s what I find so odd about the anime – it’s not that the story that’s the problem, but the way it’s being told.
This final battle against Queen Metalia… is getting dragged out longer than I anticipated. I wasn’t expecting it to take this long since the conclusion is rather straight-forward to me and the action sequences aren’t exactly making up for the long fights. This reminds me of older anime that used to spend episodes and episodes of heroes powering up or launching an attack and the end result is a bit, underwhelming. This is how I feel about Sailor Moon Crystal that has spent almost 3 episodes now defeating this ultimate evil. I also noticed that there’s not a lot of actual animated action sequences, but rather, a lot of close-ups and stills. This is one area that I wish Toei would put more of their budget into because these are the pivotal scenes that are meant to define each of the main characters. I was especially frustrated with the end that made it very hard for me to capture the unveil of a new weapon. You would think that the camera would actually pan higher or show a close-up of the Silver Crystal in action, but no. Maybe they’re saving it for next week…
Asides from that, I don’t really have any complaints with how the battle went down. We all knew that the Sailor Solders were going to put up a good fight and hopefully defend Sailor Moon somehow, someway. It’s a shame that we can’t see more of them as individuals because I only know them as a collective group right now. Mamoru and Usagi coming back to life… was somehow not as interesting as I would’ve liked. NOT being stabbed and thinking you were stabbed? Totally completely different sensations! So basically, Usagi just poked herself really hard and fainted. That’s not something that I will accept with ease but I’m still willing to look past it though because it’s better than Usagi and Mamoru being revived from the dead without any explanation at all. I was pleased to finally see Tuxedo Mask waking up to his “true” self – it’s gotten too repetitive with him beating on Usagi all the time. Now I actually can’t wait to see this arc end in two weeks since it’s time to move on. I’ve gotten over the introductions and never-ending battle scenes, let’s see some Chibi-Usa and new villains. Hopefully they won’t troll me some more and extend this fight longer than it has to be.
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