This is one of my favorite chapters from the manga, so how does "Crystal" handle it?
Pluto stops time to keep Demande from destroying the world. However, this comes with the ultimate price and the death of Pluto breaks Black Lady's heart and her tears create a new Silver Crystal, allowing her to finally transform. Then everyone gathers to attack Wiseman/Nemesis/Death Phantom.
This is one of the few panel-by-panel episode adaptations that actually works. The pacing is solid and the focus is mainly on the characters (Chibiusa and Pluto). The power of love and friendship, which should be the focus, is strong here and you can't help but feel for Chibiusa. In order to gain something she's always wanted (power/growing up), she had to lose something just as important. Her crying scene was one of the most heart-wrenching things I've seen in a while.
That is a lot of tears.
The latter part suffers though, feeling as though it was shoved in to get some action on screen.
Thankfully, Chibiusa's transformation scene is traditionally animated and man, it looks GREAT (she does suffer a bit from noodle leg). You really get to see how much better it is because not long after they show Moon's and ugh, the difference in quality hurts.
Yet, Toei fails again.... Why does she only have FOUR fingers on each hand?
The animation, for the most part, is some of the best we have seen during the entire series. This entire series SHOULD look this all the time, not just once in a blue moon. Sadly, the animation takes a nosedive as soon as the final battle begins. It literally looks like a completely different team of animators and even character designers took over. I'm not surprised that Toei ended up screwing up what was otherwise a pretty good episode.
And considering the next episode preview is all old footage, I'm not holding my breath for a good-looking final one in two weeks.
Ohyeah, that looks like it came from the same episode alright.
Nice leg placement, Venus.
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).