Monday, June 8, 2015

Anime Review: "Sailor Moon Crystal" Episode 23

Wiseman's plot is moving forward, Black Lady is here, and the rest of the Senshi pretty much do nothing.

We finally see the full reveal of Black Lady, who has been granted power via Wiseman. I've always found this transformation to be one of the best examples of character development in this series. Chibiusa's lack of power, confidence, and feelings of being wanted combined with the mind of a young child are a powerful weapon when she is granted what she desires: a grown body, power, and someone who says that they need her. I feel this could be have been explored more in both the original manga and anime, but sadly "Crystal" seems to be following the same path (the new musicals do the best job).

Lots and lots of waving hair this episode.

A lot of people are still up in arms over the whole kiss scene between Black Lady and Mamoru, even after so many years when it first happened in the manga. But to me, it makes the best sense. To Chibiusa, the only male who ever treated her like a person was her father, but he was married to her mother. But then she gets to chance to be with his younger self, who is not yet committed to Usagi. It's a big case of "daddy's girl" along with a severe craving of love and attention. It always made sense to me.

There's clearly a lack of passion here.

There's some slight character development between Prince Demande and Saphir, where we learn they actually care for each other, but that's thrown to the wayside a moment later. There was some downtime when the Senshi go back to their own time, but it feels pretty flat and unnecessary. Once again this series is adapting the manga panel-for-panel and while it works as a quick couple of pages it drags in the anime.

Speaking of dragging out, you could tell they were lacking in material since they showed ALL five of the transformations. I never minded it in the original series because they looked so nice, but they're so ugly here it hurts.

And honestly, not any real point in any of these guys showing up this episode.

The animation is standard, with little movement until the end, where there is a slight animation bump. But one very odd thing is that during the last scene outside of the Crystal Palace Black Lady is drawn in a completely different style from the rest of the episode. That was a pretty bad way to end an otherwise okay episode.


Dude, I think there was something in those mushrooms....

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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