Monday, March 9, 2015

Anime Review: "Sailor Moon Crystal" Episode 17

It's time for Jupiter again!

One more week, one more kidnapped Senshi. But before that, we do get a little more character development. Chibiusa manages to help cheer up Usagi at the arcade, in a much needed "just fun" scene.

The giant sweatdrop, LOVE IT!

Makoto's scene afterwards showcases that one friend, Asanuma, questions her about the odd things he has seen and heard (he's apparently the only person with ears and eyes, considering that the cats talk in front of other people all the time). Makoto gives him the basic rundown, to which he states that he wishes he had the power to protect her. It's a very sweet scene and again, I'm sad that he's a character that pretty much vanishes afterwards.

The battle is brief, but I did enjoy seeing more attacks in action. And man, Jupiter is a BEAST, considering what all she's capable of, despite having a bad flu virus (released as a dark of Dark Moon's plan to weaken and replace citizens with drones).

Both Makoto and Chibiusa have to deal with loneliness this time, in the forms of parents. Makoto lost her's to a plane crash, while Chibiusa's do not have time for her. It's sad when the people who should be there for are not (whether or not it's beyond their capabilities).

The overall art style is a bit different from most episodes, but it's certainly a lot more expressive and actually looks more like the manga art (especially Chibiusa). Animation errors and shortcuts are there, but with the added expressions and movement, those errors aren't too apparent and don't ruin the flow. I do need to say though that Moon Princess Halation was done using the Moon Stick and NOT the Cutie Moon Rod. That's a really bad screw-up.

This was pretty much my face when the old wand showed up.

Story-wise though, there's one huge failing point, and that's during Chibiusa's flashback. While 90% of people have already guessed who's child she is, that scene just shoved it in your face. The later scene with Prince Demande watching a hologram of Usagi could have meant a number of things, but the flashback ruined it all. I do really hate how the series acts although the viewers have to be spoon-fed every single plot detail.

Oh, and another detail I didn't think about mentioning before: in the manga, Mamoru has power that is slowly manifesting as the story goes. In "Crystal," almost all scenes of him with actual power are cut out. I guess that want to make the girls the front pieces, but please, Mamoru is supposed to actually HELP too. Ugh, annoying.

So did I like this episode or not? I'm not entirely sure. I guess more like than not.

Have a happy Chibiusa because she's cute as hell~


Who DOESN'T want to be kissed by an Amazon goddess??

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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