OP2: 「MOON PRIDE」 by ももいろクローバーZ (Momoiro Clover Z)
「侵入 –SAILOR MARS–」 (Shinnyuu –SAILOR MARS-)
“Infilitration –SAILOR MARS–”
The first season of Sailor Moon was probably never a favorite of mine and I can say that after finishing the last 6 months of Sailor Moon Crystal, it’s still not my preferred season. However, that’s all starting to change as we get into the second half of our 1-year run. The new season of Sailor Moon Crystal will be focused on Chibi Usa and her hunt for the Legendary Silver Crystal; as well as new villains to battle – the Dark Moon Clan. I mentioned before, but I enjoyed the later seasons of the original Sailor Moon a lot more because they incorporated new characters and brought a lot more complexity to the story. I’m expecting no different from this remake, but with obvious tweaks (like personality differences in characters and motives). The opening sequence also changed a few of its frames but I’m a bit disappointed that it wasn’t a completely new song or opening. Oh wells, you can’t have it all.
Thinking more positively now, I’m excited to see the show introduce more characters to the show. I’ve never been a huge fan of the original Chibi Usa, but I hear that she’s much more bearable in the manga so we’ll see if that materializes. Although she’s a bit of a brat now, I’m sure she’ll get better later on. Rather than resembling a lost child, she seems more independent and driven this time around. The Dark Moon Clan are a bit two-dimensional right now but I’ll give them a few episodes to warm up. I remember that the original series had a good few episodes dedicated to each of the Ayakashi Sisters, however clearly they’re meant to be “villain-of-the-week” types and I can probably forego any expected development from them. That’s a shame since one of the best (and only) pros of having filler episodes in the original series was the development for all major and minor characters. Kooan (Yukino Satsuki) was barely given any speaking lines before she was quickly eliminated this week and I don’t think she played a good role as a “counterpart” to Rei either. I can only hope that the other sisters are better. I was pleased that Crimson Rubeus (Takahashi Hiroki) had more screen time though since I expect more out of him. We’ll have to see if his fate is the same as what I would expect.
All in all, the episode was a good introduction to the next arc and what surprised me was how they still kept up with the school life aspects of the girls. Although it’s quite choppy and only used for the benefit of advancing plot, at least we know that they still attend school at all. Also, Luna gives the Scouts new transformation pens! But why no new transformation sequence?! I’m super disappointed after wasting a good few minutes just re-watching all of them transform. I thought this episode would be used to develop Rei and showcase more of her unique abilities, but other than a new fire attack, she quickly get whisked away by Rubeus. The cliffhanger is good and it makes me more anxious to see the next episode, but overall, the show is either lacking tension build-up or new flashy elements. Even though Sailor Moon gets another scepter (I actually have a plastic model of this one from my childhood), every episode feels like it’s giving away new items that it loses its significance. It’s like Oprah’s giveaways, ”You get a car! You get a car! Everyone gets a car!”. Jokes aside though, I do like the new direction of this second arc. I only hope it gets better from here on out.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Liking #SailorMoonCrystal much more now that we’re into the second half. Animation still needs some work though =S