Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 6

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 6

Act 6: Tuxedo Mask

I think it’s very interesting that in Crystal, the term ‘Mask’ is sometimes used, as opposed to ‘Kamen,’ which I thought meant the same thing. I don’t know much Japanese, (more to the point: I don’t really know any Japanese, save for a few words here and there) but sometimes I hear the voice actors/actresses saying ‘mask’ instead of ‘kamen.’ The villains seem to use ‘kamen’ more than ‘mask’ for some reason. During this episode, everyone seemed to use ‘kamen;’ this is interesting to me, even if it doesn’t mean anything, nor does it make any difference. Just wanted to point that out.

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I was excited for Destiny

I was excited for Destiny, but now I’m just excited for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Back in late 2012, I was delving into the world of PC gaming; I had never really played much on my computer before then, mainly due to the fact that my somewhat rickety PC couldn’t really handle anything more intensive than Bejeweled 3 (which I still play on occasion, don’t judge.) Thing was, I was fairly intrigued by the notion that you could play beautiful games on the computer, and I wanted to do that.

My boyfriend bought me my first ‘gaming computer’ back in July 2012, so I was finally able to enjoy playing games on Steam starting not long after that; I couldn’t tell you the specific game I started out with, but I do recall Team Fortress 2 being an early contender. I loved playing games, and I still do, but back then I needed recommendations. Luckily enough, Borderlands 2 released in August 2012, and my boyfriend talked about how much he loved the first game and how I may enjoy playing the second with him. Since I had already experimented in First Person Shooters a little (via Team Fortress 2) I figured it wouldn’t hurt to take him up on the recommendation, and we ended up buying a two-pack of Borderlands 2. (Technically a four-pack, but the other two went to others that we didn’t play the game with.)

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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 5

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 5

Act 5: Makoto – Sailor Jupiter

After several somewhat lackluster episodes, I am finally happy to announce that episode 5 of Sailor Moon Crystal was a rousing success. The only reason why I took so long in writing this review is that I have had some technical difficulties going on with my site and didn’t get around to getting everything sorted out until recently. Anyway, without further ado: here’s my long delayed review! (Oh, that even rhymes.)

So, much like the previous episodes that were right before the introduction of a new Guardian, the end of episode 4 teased the viewers about the newest addition to the team, Sailor Jupiter. I was nervous about this, only due to the low production value of episodes 2 and 3, which were the other Guardian introduction episodes. However, I assumed (probably naively) that the three week gap between episodes 4 and 5 would allow for the production team to tidy up any loose strands, so to speak. I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice the episode looked as a whole.

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Nintendo Announces the New 3DS

Nintendo Announces the Successor to the 3DS: the New 3DS.

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Why is Nintendo so bad at naming their consoles lately? This is something I’ll never understand. After all, the Wii U is still a confusing moniker to many older and potentially less video game savvy folk; the design of which being very unhelpful in terms of curbing their confusion as well. I own a Wii U, and I admittedly haven’t played it too much; this is mainly my own fault and I admit it, however, all things considered, it still lacks many games I would find myself itching to play.

This article really isn’t about the Wii U, though, as that topic has been run into the ground time and time again. Instead, I’m going to discuss Nintendo’s handheld gem, the 3DS.

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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 4

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 4

Act 4: Masquerade

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I suppose I should begin by saying that I was nervous about this episode, not because of the chapter in the manga and whether or not I’d believe Crystal would be able to convey the story, but because of the sour taste Act 3 left in my mouth. Looking back at my review for 3, I have discovered that even though I was ultimately very negative about the animation, I wasn’t necessarily ‘wrong.’ The screenshots I posted still look so weird to me, and it’s gotten to the point where I really don’t even want to re-watch that episode. Luckily, I don’t have to, since this is a review for 4.

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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 3

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 3

Act 3: REI – SAILOR MARS

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NOTE: I’m trying out a new format for my reviews, since I think I delved too far into ‘summarizing’ territory during my previous two. Hope you like! (Apologies for the awkward formatting for the images. I’m still learning how to work the WordPress WYSIWYG editor.)

 

Allow me to preface this review by stating that Sailor Mars has always been my favorite of the Sailor Guardians. I can go on as to why that is, but this isn’t the place, nor the time to do so. I may make a post later all about her, but this post is for the episode in specific.

I have been looking forward to this episode for a long time, pretty much since the anime was announced. So, it goes without saying that I held this episode in high anticipation and high standards, and lo and behold, some of these standards were not met. Don’t get me wrong, the episode itself was fine; the story was fine, the pacing was fine – it was (relatively) true to the chapter in the manga. What was not fine, you ask? The animation quality. This episode, in comparison to the two before it, had a significant decline in quality. I asked myself as I watched, “what the hell happened?” I also hoped very much that succeeding episodes did not follow this trend, as Sailor Moon Crystal should have a decent budget thanks to its popularity, and episodes are not released in a weekly format.

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