Hey, an episode that didn't make me want to facepalm!
Mars is gone, and Chibiusa is still keeping her mouth shut, though some stuff gets out (her name is Small Lady and she wants Sailor Moon's help). Everyone but Usagi is defending her, saying she's scared. Usagi keeps getting mad and jealous at her, especially when Chibiusa spends a night at Mamoru's.
The main focus of this episode though is on Ami. We learn a bit about how lonely she feels, even when surrounded by friends. When confronted by Berthier of the Black Moon she has to accept that while she may loose things she loves, no one can take away her happy memories. But she is quickly defeated in battle (Berthier is killed) and taken away.
This is actually a pretty good shot of Mercury.
This episode is right up there with episode five in terms of being decent. There's some great character development on both Chibiusa and Ami. I really enjoyed the scene between Chibiusa, Mamoru, and Luna; it was really sweet and a little sad at the same time. And anyone who's suffered loneliness can relate to Ami's internal struggle. Though the show is finally showing the characters some actual spotlight, to have them immediately exit the show for a while afterwards is disappointing.
One bad thing about this arc though is Usagi's character. She comes off as extremely insecure and, to be frank, ignorant. Here's a little girl who is clearly frightened to death, and she does nothing but threatened her. While I did originally not care for Chibiusa years ago, over time I've come to like her much more than Usagi. Her fears and worries have a lot ground than Usagi's. But that's just my personal opinion.
Oh, and the kiss Mamoru gave Usagi on her head? That scene felt really weird and forced.
I can't help but question why Naru is wearing her ribbon in the pool. :/
Sadly, we're still plagued by horrible animation. Wonky anatomy is evident everywhere, with the most obvious issue being that almost everyone has a balloon-sized head. Prince Demande/Diamond looks like he's from a completely different show with the style in which he is drawn. It's rather jarring and takes away from the better storyline.
Man, how much helium you must have in there.
I'm not holding my breath, but the animation in preview looks great. *crosses fingers*
I come from space, take me to your leader!
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).