「誘拐 –SAILOR MERCURY–」 (Yuukai –SAILOR MERCURY–)
“Abduction – SAILOR MERCURY-“
The first arc of Sailor Moon Crystal felt incredibly fast in its initial 5-ish episodes because you’re introduced to a new girl every week (or every two weeks). Some action here, some new powers there and the story quickly develops into a monster-of-the-day episodic show. However, it starts to deviate from that formula soon enough and then we got into this one-month long drag of defeating Queen Metalia in its final stretch. I think that one-month final battle just took too long that I forgot how quickly the rest of the anime actually progresses. These sisters are getting written off like nothing and compared to the original series where these girls were given a second chance at life, I feel kind of cheated out of that development. However, one of the greatest things about this new arc is that we don’t have to familiarize ourselves with new characters. We already know who the Sailor Scouts are and this allows the audience to dedicate more of their attention to the new villains and Chibi Usa.
This arc is turning out surprisingly better than I anticipated; especially with Chibi Usa whom I’ve been on the fence about. She played quite an obnoxious role in the original series, but this remake portrays her more like a lost child rather than a stubborn one. She behaves more like a girl her age; longing to see her parents again, lost on a planet which she knows nothing about and then there’s Usagi who doesn’t treat her all that well. I definitely feel bad for her and I have a different impression of her character now. I used to think that Mamoru was just going soft on her and she deserved to be left out in the rain for the way she treated Usagi… but Chibi Usa has not done anything wrong and she’s simply frightened of the people chasing her. Usagi still has a lot of growing up to do and although I see why she’s mad and scared, she’s supposed to be a role model for her “daughter”. Rather than apologizing or explaining herself, she distances herself from both her boyfriend and Chibi Usa; whom probably needs her the most right now. I think Mamoru is a good boyfriend and Usagi shouldn’t continue to push people away like that, especially when everyone else is in the same position she is.
Another Sailor Scout lost to the Dark Moon this week and this time it’s Ami. I found her episode explored more about her past and actually showed how much she grew since she met Usagi; but I can’t say the same about Mars’ centric episode last time. I like how they played up Ami’s past with her father and even showed her competing in a Chess match against Berthier (Kasahara Rumi). Baby Ami was drawn quite unproportionately though so even though she looked adorable, she looked so awkward. The story even demonstrated just how key Ami’s role was in the entire arc because she alone understood who they wanted to capture – Chibi Usa. We’ll have to wait and see just how far the Dark Moon gets and how Sailor Moon is going to rescue everyone. Sailor Jupiter is next and I would like to see an expansion of her love story told, but it’ll be a bittersweet story knowing that she’ll likely be abducted too. Boo to all the cliffhangers these days.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Little Ami is so cute… except her face looks so unproportionate and awkwardly drawn. sigh* Toei. #SailorMoonCrystal. That’s pretty much the biggest point I had to make in this episode.