「タイム・ワープ –SAILOR PLUTO-」 (Taimu Waapu -SAILOR PLUTO-)
“Time Warp -SAILOR PLUTO-“
Just when I was giving up hope, Sailor Moon Crystal gives me just enough to hold on. This week’s episode was better than I expected and explained a lot more than I anticipated. Given – my expectations for this show aren’t incredibly high at the moment, but it still manages to keep me surprised. Not only is the plot less episodic, but the animation is slightly better. The animation style in fact has changed a lot with the additional full-lengths, use of frames and even the whole layered flashbacks. Not sure if this is expected to continue, but it’s a nice change in style. This week’s focus on Chibi Usa and the future Moon Kingdom in the 30th century certainly wasn’t what I remembered it to be. There’s people’s bodies lying around, tougher enemies ahead of them and of course, Neo Queen Serenity.
I never want to say too much (because you never know who hasn’t seen Sailor Moon yet), but I wanted to mention that regardless of how well I know the original story, it’s how this story is revealed that keeps me interested. We all know the obvious, but there are still surprises along the way because of the differences between the anime and manga. Things like seeing King Endymion show up and Sailor Pluto, are all tiny appearances in the story that keep me on my toes. Seeing Usagi and Mamoru actually share a moment here and there, is also nice and refreshing because we can’t forget that this series is partly romance. I don’t like seeing their love flaunted in my face every few minutes, but seeing a reminder of it is good continuity. As we learn more about the 30th century, I’m waiting to see Prince Dimande and the Wiseman actually make their move. We only have several episodes left and with quite a bit of ground to cover, I’d love to see Sailor Moon Crystal make use of its remaining time. I always say that but we’ll see if it actually happens.
One thing that I have to mention after watch this episode though is this idea of time travel being used. Normally I watch shows or movies that talk about sending people back in time to alter the future – assuming that time is one-dimensional and there’s not an unlimited number of possibilities. In this case, Chibi Usa comes back to the past in order to ask for Usagi’s help and sends her to the future… I don’t see why that’s a better idea than to defeat the Dark Moon in the current era before they destroyed the future Moon Kingdom. The idea of time travel is always an iffy one for me if it’s not explained well, but I guess in this situation, Sailor Moon Crystal avoids the whole loop of which came first, the chicken or the egg. It’s also not a sci-fi show so I shouldn’t be judging it too harshly. Either way, it’s just food for thought while I was watching.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #SailorMoonCrystal actually has some surprises left up its sleeve. And what’s up with the updated animation style? Interesting… O.o