Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 7

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 7

Act 7: Mamoru Chiba, Tuxedo Mask

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I was very excited to watch this episode after the success of episode 6, so much so that I actually watched and reviewed it the day it came out! This is a habit I should totally get into more.

I didn’t mention this during my previous review, since I admittedly have not been re-reading the manga (I originally intended to and time just stopped agreeing with me, so unfortunately I have not had the chance to re-read each chapter as the episodes come out) but I do find it odd how Crystal is deviating from the manga so much. It’s still closer than the classic anime, but I was under the impression that it was to be a near-exact replica, and it’s not. I never recalled Queen Beryl simply showing up at the point in the manga where episode 6 took place: not that this change was a bad thing per se, though it was still a little odd.

Anyway, episode 7 had more animation bloopers than 6, which was disappointing since I was all ready to stop riffing on the quality of the animation since then, but I couldn’t help noticing a few choice stills during this episode. These will probably be cleaned up for the Blu-rays, but they shouldn’t necessarily be this bad now. It’s definitely weird how one episode can be almost perfect and the next not so much. (For one thing, I will never ‘like’ the way Luna is drawn and animated – it always looks so awkward to me.)

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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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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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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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Review: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 2

Review: Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 2

Act 2: AMI – SAILOR MERCURY

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ACT 2: AMI – SAILOR MERCURY

   This episode starts off showing a blue haired girl receiving a graded test from her teacher wherein she passed with flying colors. (Presumably this girl is the only person with blue hair in the Juban district, but that’s apparently not an issue in regards to her superhero identity. I’ve always found that pretty odd.)

This girl, now known as Ami Mizuno, is reserved and dedicated to studying. Passersby comment on how solitary she is, and she seems to pay no mind to this, even though there are a few scenes where she stares at Usagi and her friends, perhaps wishing she had friends as well. Thing is, Ami is so busy studying to become a doctor that she hadn’t really socialized with anyone else, and the plot of the episode begins to unfold; there’s a mysterious program being offered by a group of people (namely, one unnamed professor) in the evenings, which requires a disk and a computer. The name of this program is the Crystal Seminar, which isn’t sketchy at all. It’s not like the people running this seminar are looking for the Legendary Silver Crystal or anything, right? This program consists of a group of lessons all via the computer, and the students don’t learn from the professor, they just complete problems/equations on their computers via the disk.

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