Ohboy, this week's episode is a mess. ><
Basic story is that Usagi and Mamoru find out about each other's secret identities while the Dark Kingdom attempts to brain-wash the city again (this time via DVD rentals) to find and capture Sailor Moon.
Mamoru's past story of "I lost my parents and my memory and my only clue is the Crystal" is cliche as hell, but hey, this is "Sailor Moon" so I'll take it. What I have a hard time swallowing is the overly quick development of the relationship between him and Usagi. It felt really rushed and unnatural in the manga and it's just as bad here. Again, it's the overall lack of good pacing and character development and man, does the series ever suffer for it. It's one thing to say they have "love at first sight" but it feels like it's been less than a week from them first meeting to Mamoru's "Usagi is my true wish" statement. Yeahhhh.... It just comes off feeling really fake.
I don't really find Mamoru that attractive, but uh, whatever.
The fight scene is lacking badly. The girls get hit once and are down. Sailor Moon doesn't really even try to fight, instead just hoping Tuexedo Mask will save her (the "choke hold" Zoisite had to her would NOT have made her black out due to the arm not even pressing on her neck). It's rather annoying when so much of the series is about female empowerment.
We do finally get to see Queen Metalia and they did a good job animating her.
BOW BEFORE HER ROYAL GASNESS!
Besides Metalia though, everyone else is drawn pretty badly for the most part. Proportions are completely out of whack and movement is stiff and unnatural. While it's not as bad as the disaster that was episode three, it's up there with episode two in terms of how bad the overall quality is.
Yeahhhh, that anatomy....
I don't want to say there was nothing good this time, because there was. The lunch scene between Usagi, Ami, and Makoto allowed for a little actual character interaction and some light-hearted fun (mostly provided by Umino). The original manga did have gags but this anime is sadly lacking (this is only the second funny scene in seven episodes).
The other good scene was at the very end: Venus' appearance. Okay, they did mess up and put her in her V outfit for a few frames, which is pretty bad. I'm really crossing my fingers that the next one is actually good because Venus deserves it.
THE GODDESS HERSELF.
Quick note here: this review was late due to me getting ready for a move and working all weekend. The next episode review will also most likely be late as well, since that's the weekend I actually move and I may or may not have internet.
YES MELVIN YESSSSS.
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).