「終結 そして 始まり –Petite Étrangère–」 (Shuuketsu Soshite Hajimari – Petite Étrangère –)
“Conclusion and Commencement – Petite Étrangère –”
The end is finally here! Bum bum bum ~
The end to this arc at least. No surprises here – Queen Metalia was defeated by the forces of Sailor Moon and her use of the Legendary Silver Crystal. With the power of love and prayers and her friends, Usagi was able to not going save the world but restore the Moon Kingdom. That pretty much summarizes the first half of the episode. The ending was very neat and tidy and I really have no complaints since it tied the bow on the finale so well. Obviously it wasn’t perfect, but for a magical-girl story about triumph and believing-in-yourself, it ended exactly how I imagined it would. The ending is very different than the original Sailor Moon series but I think we’ve all beat that conversation to death so rather than bringing up which was better, let’s just say – it was different. It was clear from episode 5 onwards that Sailor Moon Crystal would take a different route (being closer to the manga) and thus, you can’t directly compare the two. Although I’m sure people have their preferences, let’s just accept that we all have different tastes and move on.
While I don’t have strong complaints about the actual battle scene or even that long wake-up kiss, I wish the story expanded more to talk about other characters. The focus was very strong on Usagi and her accomplishments of defeating Queen Metalia, but the characters were kind of forgotten or only briefly mentioned. What’s the deal with Luna projected as a human? I never really understood Luna’s big role in this battle, although I can see that the connection between her and Usagi is deep. Perhaps it’s because I still have this notion that all she is, is an informative cat. It seems like they really try to play the emotional-attachment card but I’m not feeling it unfortunately. Mamoru was also only there for two things… to kiss Usagi and wake her up and to show off his awesome powers of tracking the Sailor Scouts down. That skill could’ve been shown so much earlier and explain why Tuxedo Mask always shows up to Sailor Moon’s rescue! However, the more kisses I see between Mamoru and Usagi, the more I feel like their romance is too public now. Watching them kiss every episode now is like seeing too much PDA, I just cringe and look away because it’s like the show is flaunting their love too frequently.
The second half of the episode is what I enjoyed most about this week’s episode. The reunion between Usagi and her friends was touching, but I wish the girls had more lines rather than “Usagi-chan” all the time. The seiyuus that play their parts can do much better than that! However, just seeing them live normal lives again was probably what I missed most. It’s been too long since we’ve seen the slice-of-life aspect to this show and sometimes, I just appreciate getting away from all that action. Also, I feel that these episodes are the ones that focus more on character development than straight up plot development so next episode’s focus on Mars is a thumbs up from me. If you haven’t noticed by now, Chibi Usa ( Fukuen Misato) shows up at the end of this week! And in the same fashion that she did in the original series – out of the sky. Landing right on the lips of Mamoru no less and completely shafting Usagi! That scene cracks me up all the time but it reminds me of why I loved Sailor Moon R and Super S way back when. The later seasons are truly better than the first but I’m solely basing this on the anime because I haven’t read the original material. Now that everything’s been set up and all the introductions are done, I’d like to see how Sailor Moon Crystal takes that to the next step. By the way, for those that are wondering, Petite Étrangère directly translated from French means Small Foreigner… which I think is very fitting for our little princess.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #SailorMoonCrystal finally finishes its first arc. Wow I feel like it’s taken forever to get here but it’s only been 14 eps. I was feeling pretty indifferent about the show until the second half. Chibi Usa shows up! Great surprise!
Author’s Note: Despite having strong policies about blogging on weekends, I find myself not only with one, but two back-to-back weekend shows this season (yes, Fridays are weekends for me). I know Sailor Moon Crystal airs only every other week, but I usually have packed weekends that means a lot of time isn’t allocated to RC =( I will likely post SMC late because Death Parade will be posted late Friday/early Saturday. Plus, I already have a Thursday show. I have major respect for those that can spit out three posts in a row back-to-back because I know that I can’t. So without killing myself over it, I hope you all understand. Thanks!