「攻撃 –Black Lady–」 (Kougeki –Black Lady–)
“Attack –Black Lady–”
「対決 –Death Phantom–」 (Taiketsu –Death Phantom–)
“Showdown –Death Phantom–”
I keep saying this every post but oh my gosh, Sailor Moon Crystal is nearly over! One more episode and it’s officially been over a year since I started this journey with this remake… and I’ll save up my final impressions until then. I wonder how many people actually stuck it out this long to see where the series would end up. It’s definitely hasn’t turned out the way I expected.
These final episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal have focused a lot on the secondary characters that we saw but never got a focal point in the story. During the pivotal moments of this finale, we’re finally seeing more to Chibi Usa and within a few episodes, she goes from being lost and confused – to dark and evil – to our new Sailor Scout. Quite of development in so little time and my gripe with that is how I wish they did more of that earlier on. Chibi Usa has been with us since the beginning of this arc and they could’ve used that extra time to show just how isolated and lonely she felt at home under her mother’s shadow. Instead, it felt like a lot of information crammed in the last moments of the series just to give her a purpose and tie in Sailor Pluto. Her development isn’t all for nothing if they bring her back to defeat Nemesis with her newfound powers though. Hopefully we’ll see her patch up her differences with Sailor Moon.
Speaking of Pluto, I’ve never been a huge fan of her – especially the way they butchered her face in the OP. Her role in this arc felt so minor; being locked in a room, staring at endless nothingness… it feels like torture to me for that to be your destiny. I’m glad that she finally left the room and did something that she wanted to do, but it felt a little too late for that. Her character got a lot of screen time, but didn’t do a lot – until the author gave her a bigger role in for Chibi Usa’s backstory. I don’t want to downplay her involvement and importance because I actually feel worse for her than for Chibi Usa, however she could’ve done more and sooner. I don’t know her fate in the finale (she could come back to life?), and if she stays “dead”, I hope she gets more recognition for her contributions in this fight as some form of tribute.
Prince Demande was another one that got more of the spotlight in the past few episodes. I always thought he deserved more screen time though because he’s probably the most interesting one of the Dark Moon clan. He seems more complex with his love for Neo Queen Serenity and he even kills his own brother! Unfortunately, once again I think it’s a little too late to really get a clear look at who he is. He had so much potential to be an empathetic character because he actually sacrifices himself to save Sailor Moon (or rather, I guess he didn’t know he was going to die) but even at the end, I didn’t truly understand where he stood in terms of loyalty. He had a goal to kill Sailor Moon, but he also hated Wiseman/Nemesis for using him so he really had no hope to win in either situation.
On to some positive notes about the past few episodes – I definitely feel like it keeps me on edge. Just when I think it’s over, it’s not and Nemesis comes back stronger than before. The “Wiseman” was just a façade for Nemesis when he reveals that he’s actually the entire planet Nemesis itself. Furthermore, he used to be known as Death Phantom when Neo Queen Serenity banished him (as already seen in previous episodes) and this is the true “evil” which Sailor Moon has to defeat. Quite a long journey to get to where we are today, but I’m impressed by how the story just keeps on going. The plot is less predictable than the previous arc which I appreciate and the tactics that they use to defeat evil isn’t just “love conquers all”. There’s a lot of development (especially with Chibi Usa) about finding your inner strength and that’s the key message that I get from this final battle against Death Phantom. No doubt, they’ll win next episode but this arc was – by far – superior to the former one and surprised me on more than one occasion.
Author’s Note: So I realize I’m about a month behind on these posts and I feel incredibly bad. Life gets in the way and with all the previews, new season starting and monthly impressions, the site is just so busy already! I promise the finale for Sailor Moon Crystal will be out promptly though. With that said, thanks for everyone’s patience and continued support on RC.