「錯綜 –NEMESIS-」 (Sakusou –NEMESIS–)
This was one of my favorite episodes from the original Sailor Moon R series. It played out very differently than it did in the original anime, but the idea is still there. I remember this scene very clearly as a young and naïve child way back when, because it’s the first time that I actually saw a young girl being taken advantage of… in a not-so-nice manner. I can call it blatant harassment now, but back then, it felt very odd to me that they would even animate this type of scene. Of course, there was no further action from Prince Damende other than the kiss but it can still be disturbing. There were even further implications that Prince Damende was in love with Neo Queen Serenity which I thought was glossed over in this remake. It would’ve been more impactful if Prince Damande actually voiced over his affections for the Queen but that might have taken away from the rest of the story. Anyway, I thought Sailor Moon Crystal delivered the scene on point and although not as detailed as I remembered (and without Tuxedo Mask to the rescue), it still left an impression.
Chibi Usa’s role is stepping up this week as we see a sneak peek as to what’s to come. I always enjoyed Chibi Usa’s more centric episodes because her character isn’t just a spoiled brat. She actually has concerns and worries and being the child of Neo Queen Serenity, it puts a lot of weight on her shoulders. Although I wouldn’t have imagined that she’s 900 years old, I can see how it’s odd that her powers haven’t surfaced in that much time. To me, she’s still very child-like – stealing her mother’s crystal and storming off to Pluto – and I wish there was more context as to how her mother treated her as well. Seeing it only from Chibi Usa’s POV, will obviously make you sympathize her. I’m sure we’ll see more of her as the Wiseman gets his way, but it’ll be a short focus on Chibi Usa with limited episodes to go.
It’s also revealed this week that the Dark Moon had a mission to destroy Crystal Tokyo, and not just out of spite or for the “sake of being bad” but for a legitimate reason. Or rather, as legitimate as a young girl’s manga can be. The Dark Moon clan thought that the human race shouldn’t be living for decades on end without aging and they wanted to punish the people as a result. I’m sure there’s more to their motive but for now, that seems like a clear reason and I can live with that. In all fairness, I’ve never understood why someone would want immortality or the ability to live “forever” anyway; but that’s my own personal opinion. It seems to be a common goal for a lot of TV or movie villains but for me, aging is just what seems natural to me in a lifetime. I thought it was interesting that it was brought up at all in this story of Sailor Moon Crystal. I don’t remember that being a prominent topic in the original anime so it’s definitely new to me.