Saturday, March 21, 2015

Anime Review: "Sailor Moon Crystal" Episode 18

Only one Sailor Guardian left and one Spectre Sister left. Take a wild guess to what happens this time.

This is pretty much a panel-by-panel adaptation of the corresponding manga chapter. After the capture of Jupiter, the others decide that they have to question Chibiusa, but she keeps avoiding their questions by saying she doesn't know, but has a serious freakout when she sees the Black Crystal earring. Usagi lashes out at her (can't really blame her there) while Mamoru comforts her. The next day Chibiusa steals Usagi's brooch, so while she is separated from Minako, we have two separate fights. Tuxedo Mask fights off Rubeus, saving Usagi and Chibiusa.

This is the most of a reaction we get this entire episode.

Venus has to fight the Spectre Sister Calaveras, who is a channeler (one can communicate with other-worldly spirits). She held a public event to brainwash the city's inhabitants. For some reason, Sailor Moon is able to save her from being captured and defeats Calaveras. The episode ends with the reveal that Chibiusa wants them to save the 30th century Earth.

I'm happy we're finally seeing Tuxedo Mask get some spotlight; the scene with him talking to his General's spirits was nice, but it did come out of nowhere (and is most likely never going to be followed up on). We also get to see some minor characters a little, including Melvin Umino.

Fashionable Minako is angry at the lack of minor character appearances.

The animation is pretty bare-boned, skipping entire frames several times which makes things look rather jarring. Everything is drawn very simple and expressions are non-existent. While not in-your-face horrible, it's bad enough to be sad, but not unexpected from this series.

Story-wise, we're finally moving forward on the main plot and the next episode will reveal a lot of answers (though we pretty much already know them). Character development is limited to just Tuxedo Mask and his struggles with his lack of belief and power, and Venus with how confident she is (I did like her comment when Moon saved her: "What took you so long?"). So while this episode was a bit stronger, it's still a little weak, but at least I wasn't bored to tears. Hopefully the action keeps up at this pace.

Rolling Heart Vibration was actually nice looking.


Melvin has him some boobies on disc!!

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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