Here we go with the second episode of "Crystal." Does it redeem itself from the previous episode? Short answer: no.
The episode title tells us the basic plot: the second Sailor Senshi, Sailor Mercury, is introduced. We are also shown a bit more of the enemy, including a closer look at Queen Beryl (she sounds perfect). Jadeite looks a bit too girly to me though (it contracts a lot with his voice)
I'M A PRETTY PRETTY PRINCESS.
Mizuno Ami is a genius loner whom Usagi befriends. Part of what so many people loved about the original series was the friendship between the five main girls (personally, I enjoyed that much more than the romance between Mamoru and Usagi). This episode did a good job making Usagi and Ami's feelings of friendship seem real and I hope this continues.
Though the original series had a lot of filler episodes, they all helped to make the characters seem more complete. There's been a bunch of talk on the internet that the Dark Kingdom arc will end around halfway and then the Black Moon arc will begin. I don't believe this to have any truth to it, since the official summary only mentions the Dark Kingdom, and not to mention that the series will have new scenes that the original manga author was unable to include (thus, more content). I'm guessing after the third episode is when we'll start seeing something actually different (this will also be where this series will either succeed or fall flat on its face).
The fight was longer, which was nice. Sadly, the awful CG transformations are shown in full, though the attacks and speeches are 2D (and look 10000x better). Moon getting hit by the paper was really cheaply done though.
Besides the speech poses and attacks though, the animation this episode was EVEN WORSE than the first. It mean, man, it's pretty horrible. Body parts look weird, eyes are misaligned, missing gloves, faces are badly shaped, movements are jerky and unnatural. Yeahhhh, not good at all. I hope this isn't a trend, but I wouldn't be surprised if the quality stays this bad until the last three to five episodes. If that's the case, I'll be extremely disappointed and most certainly won't be buying it.
At least there was a bit more expression on everyone's faces this time. I'll take what I can get, I guess.
More fun stuff like this please.
Besides the new episode this week we also got the release of the music video for the opening song, "Moon Pride" by Momoiro Clover Z (the theme songs are okay, though nothing all that great). You can view the video below. It's all scenes from the anime and yeahhhh, spoilers AHOY. But it's not like the series wasn't spoiled in the first two minutes last week. *rolls eyes* However, the CG walk shown at the end is cringe-worthy. I really don't understand how any one actually approved this show's CG. Everytime I see it it makes me feel a little sick.
You can watch all the episodes streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, NeonAlley, or NicoNico. Or if the original 90's is more your thing, you can watch it at Hulu (with two more episodes every Monday).
The hell is up with her mouth? Ultimate derp face, go!