Sunday, August 3, 2014

Anime Review: "Sailor Moon Crystal" Episode 3

Time to meet the third Sailor Senshi, Sailor Mars!

Viewers of the original 90's series will remember Hino Rei has the hot-headed friend/enemy of Usagi. They were always fighting which led to some hilarious scenes. While Rei was a little tiffed at Usagi for her lack of spine the original she never flat out fought with her and this new series is sticking with that personality more. I'm still hoping for a new fight scene between them though, I loved their fierce relationship in the original series.

More character interaction scenes like this, please.

The plot is pretty much a page-by-page copy of the manga chapter. We do get a bit more character interaction between the girls and we're also introduced to more of the baddies. There is a part where Jadeite says that he feels attracted to Rei. That is from the manga, but it means more in this new series. There are some references that suggest that the Sailor Guardians had relationships with the Four Kings in their past lives, but it's never really explored in the manga, so I'm hoping it will be expanded upon. Oh, and in the original manga Jadeite died but here he lives, offering up more options for later.

Beryl looks fantastic.

We do a bit more action this time around. Sailor Moon is already gaining confidence in her fighting, which is helped by her now having Mercury alongside her. The fight does seem short, but it was intense.

The animation is definitely a step above the previous episode, but it has several bad intentions of derp face. Luna also suffers from bad anatomy a few times. And, of course, Mar's horrible CG transformation; I will say it looks the best out of the three so far.

Poor Rei suffers from "alien face" quite a bit.

However, the faces are getting more expressive, thankgoodness.

This is so Usagi.

I am happy this episode is better and I'm hoping it continues that tend. Yet, the preview shows NO new footage and that's a bad sign (I'm fully expecting something full of episode 2's issues).

I'm so in love with backgrounds. *drool*

It just came out Takeuchi Naoko wrote the lyrics for the ending song, "Gekkou." That's not surprising, considering she had written lyrics for both the original anime and the live action series. I like the lyrics, but the group, Momoiro Clover Z, lives a lot to be desired. I think if they'd used a better group the songs would be more enjoyable.



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).

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