It took me a while to finish this review because I kept getting easily distracted. That's not a good sign.
I do like how Beryl never uses her hands to fight; can't break a nail now, can we~?
Well, this episode was, overall, a big disappointment. Basic story is that everyone has to fight and that's about it.
The animation was pretty bad, not to mention anatomy was all over the place. Brain-washed Mamoru showed some actual emotion on his face and Queen Beryl looked insane (which is good). Everyone else was rather blah with limited facial anything (Venus never looked angry besides her eyebrows). There was a ton of recycled poses/faces to the point that it looked cheap. And let's not mention how little actual movement there was. This wasn't as bad as episode three, but man, it's right behind it.
There's so much wrong here.
While there were three fights this episode, none of them were very impactful. Beryl and the Four Kings' defeat left me saying, "Oh please." I will say that Beryl's flashback was really good; Watanabe Misa blew that scene right out of the park. In stark contrast, the Kings' deaths lacked any real emotion. When the Senshi screamed after they died it should have made me feel something, but the severe lack of character development for any of them made me not care.
And lets speak for a moment on that lack of development, shall we? For the past while we keep seeing Usagi pay little to no attention to her fellow Senshi, who are so-called "friends." It is really bad in this episode, where it's as if they don't even exist; what really sucks is how they talk about how important she is to them, but she mentions nothing. Yes, I understand that Mamoru is important to her, but can she not stop and think for one second that maybe, just MAYBE, her friends might be able to help her. It makes her come off as really stupid and pretty cold-hearted.
So this one left a sour taste in my mouth.
This was pretty much my face while watching.
I LOVE YOU BERYL-SAMA~!
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).