Saturday, June 20, 2015

Anime Review: "Sailor Moon Crystal" Episode 24

More Black Lady~!!

The short of this episode is that Black Lady is here and she's set on keeping her power and flaunting it. Prince Demande states he was never under Wiseman's power and in his one act of love (can you really call it that?) he puts his brother out of his misery. Oh, and we find out that Wiseman is actually the planet Nemisis (go figure).

The Guardians jump up to fight and are decommissioned in less time than it takes to snap your fingers. Sadly, watching this series has made me see just how useless they were in the original manga. Once more the 90's anime shows how superior it is (I feel the same about the live action show and musicals).

Yep, this is the extent of their contribution: to gasp and yell "Sailor Moon!" a lot.

Moon's entire plan is to glow and then offer to give up the Crystal and her life exchange for Chibiusa to return to her normal self.

I do actually like this shot.

In actual storyline progress, Pluto makes the hard decision to live her post and Demande steals both Silver Crystals in a desperate plan to wipe out everything. The next episode's storyline is one of the best of the series, so I hope it's not a complete wreck.

Animation isn't amazing but its also not the worst the series has presented. There's more movement than normal, but when you really look you see a lot of static images with just one or two elements actually moving; there's also a lot of lingering still shots. Both are old animation saving techniques, but at least this time its being used (half-way) decently. One big issue is that every girl's bottom lip looks like they punched repeatedly. Ugh. But there are some actual expressions on some character's faces.

More of this, pretty please.

The voice acting is top-notch, but I have to say that I find Diana to be very annoying. I only dislike her and Artemis, but am very found of the alterations to Wiseman's voice.

So we're down to the last two episodes. I'm really hoping they're at least decent. ><



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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