「無限1 予感・後編」 (Mugen 1 Yokan ・Kouhen)
“Infinitity 1 Premonition ・Part 2”
After an unexpectedly decently “good” episode of Sailor Moon Crystal last week, I couldn’t wait to see what the second episode had in store for us. Admittedly, not a lot actually happened this episode even though we saw a lot of new (and familiar) faces. I would actually list who they are but God-forbid I give any spoilers away so let’s just say that Chibi Usa makes herself a new friend. Sailor Neptune and Uranus are rather obvious and even though they’re not bad people, they’re not helping their case by appearing so ominous. The Death Busters get speaking lines this week as well, starting with Kaolinite (Yono Hikari) who serves Pharaoh 90. We’ll see more of the Pharaoh 90 character later but let’s just say that out of the all the villains, he’s probably the one that I’m most interested in. The original Sailor Moon S series could’ve played out the events differently than the manga though so I’m not going to hold my breath yet. In fact, besides the initial few episodes, the manga has been vastly different than the original anime so who knows how this cour will turn out.
As a follow-up to last week’s episode, I thought Sailor Moon Crystal still continued to deliver. The animation was still up to the level I would expect (even if they’re already lower expectations) and the plot… well the story is as good as it could be for a magical girl series. It’s not as fast-paced as the previous season, which gives the audience time to develop some rapport with the characters this time. There’s a lot more of the silliness that Usagi is known for and her relationship with Chibi Usa has developed a lot from the whiney brat we all remember her being. I’ve noticed that the other Sailor Scouts have also developed powers and attacks that aren’t the same ones repeated on the original series. One thing that really bothered me in the original Sailor Moon series was how the Sailor Scouts (and Usagi included) would literally only have ONE attack! How anticlimactic is that? At least this time, they have other things to scream and shout about. It’s just more refreshing to see when it’s not the same scene recycled over and over again. At least this fight had a bit of a differentiated factor – and Usagi didn’t even touch the one from last week!
Sailor Moon Crystal has certainly rejuvenated my interest in the series after the devastating prior season. It’s nowhere near perfect and can still be refined around the edges, but for the most part, I’m actually looking forward to what it has to offer. As a weekly series, it actually holds my interest – rather than being a bi-weekly series which kind of died off. I shouldn’t give all the credit to the staff members when this season probably has a more interesting plot to begin with. This is one of the better arcs Takeuchi Naoko wrote and a lot more mature in terms of material shown. Of course, nothing beats Sailor Stars, but that warrants its own separate discussion. The relationship between Haruka and Michiru is definitely one that might raise a few eyebrows but now that it’s been more than two decades since their introduction, I’m proud that Sailor Moon Crystal includes all types of people and their relationships.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Another surprisingly “good” episode for #SailorMoonCrystal standards. Seriously considering blogging this on a weekly basis. Loving how they’re bringing back the old #SailorMoon feels with Crystal. It’s like night and day comparison with season 1. Some good moments for Chibi Usa here and she meets a new friend too =) #SailorMoonCrystal