Saturday, January 3, 2015

Anime Review: "Sailor Moon Crystal" Episode 13

Another week, another disappointment.

Sailor Moon has stabbed both herself and Tuxedo Mask and are presumed dead, especially after Queen Metalia swallows them after the Legendary Silver Crystal grows around them. The Guardians do everything they have to try and save them, but to no avail.

Once again, the crap writing rears its head. The Senshi remember how "great a friend" Usagi is, but it has no impact because we never really saw it. And of course after Usagi wakes up (and neither her or Mamoru are not dead due to MAGIC) all she can think about is Mamoru (granted, she had one passing thought about them, but that was it). I can't get past that huge plothole, especially when friendship is supposed to be such an important element of the series.

The romance is, as usual, unrealistic and god, can we get some actual character development, please?

Their lips aren't even touching....

The animation is a little better than usual, as least for this series (which means it looks "alright" in everyone else's standards). Extreme closeups are back, as well as the reuse of still frames with moving backgrounds to fake movement. Honestly, there wasn't much animation at all when you think about it.

Let's not forget that they drew Queen Serenity in the Princess' dress. Opps.

The next episode will finish off the battle (guess who wins?) and then introduce Chibiusa. The PV for that arc came out a short while ago and ugh, it looks awful. I'm hoping they expand a bit on the next few upcoming episodes to help flesh out the characters, but I'm not really holding my breath.

On a side-note, while watching this was I was on my exercise bike and it auto-played the first episode of the 90's series while I was unable to get to my computer. And you know what? I kept watching until the end of that episode because I enjoyed it; definitely a clear indication that the original anime is superior.

Dude, is it over yet?


Hey Venus, let's make derp faces together!

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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