Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 34 Review
INFINITY 7 – Transformation SUPER SAILOR MOON
Recap: The first two minutes or so recap the end of episode 33 — Sailor Moon, together with Sailor Chibi Moon and Tuxedo Mask, harness the power to summon the Moon Chalice.
Once the Grail is summoned, the possessed Guardians come to their senses, as the power of the new relic is so great.
Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto notice that their Talismans are reacting to the Grail, and lend their power to Moon. The other Guardians also lend their power, including Chibi Moon. The combined power of all of the Guardians allow the Moon Chalice to become Sailor Moon’s next transformation vessel, and she transforms into Super Sailor Moon.
The transformation sequence is good. I don’t really have any complaints about it. It didn’t ‘grab’ me like the classic anime’s did, but I have a ridiculous soft spot for the gorgeous painted cel backgrounds the old transformations had. As far as Crystal goes, this transformation is about as good as it gets, and looks smooth. It felt a tad shorter than the classic anime’s, but that may be me misremembering. After all, the blu rays for Sailor Moon S haven’t been released by Viz yet, so I can’t compare. (I never could afford the old DVDs of them back in the day!)
After Sailor Moon transforms into Super Sailor Moon, the scene changes over to the villains, who are very surprised by the new-found power Sailor Moon has. Hotaru, still in her bedroom, pleads for a part of her to ‘not come out,’ but for plot advancing purposes, it begins to.
Super Sailor Moon then uses her next attack, Rainbow Moon Heart Ache, and instantly kills Cyprine/Ptilol. This attack is almost a carbon copy of the animation used in the classic anime, so there isn’t much to say about it. I will admit that the frames of Super Sailor Moon outside of the attack (talking, moving around) are very pretty. The soft light around her accentuates how gorgeous Super Moon’s new outfit/fuku really is.
Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto realize that since their Talismans reacted to Sailor Moon earlier, they should probably tell her the truth. Everyone makes it over to Uranus’ destroyed apartment, where after Uranus jokes that she isn’t looking forward to the repair bills, Neptune explains that the only other time their Talismans reacted like they did just now as when they summoned the final Guardian, the one who should never be summoned.
The flashback of summoning said Guardian explains that she was Sailor Saturn, whose planet being the planet of ruin, signified the end was to come. When Saturn was summoned, she instantly destroyed the Silver Millenium — Neptune and Uranus go on to tell the others that when Saturn is summoned, the world ends. They can’t allow Saturn to be summoned again, and Uranus says that they must kill Hotaru, Sailor Saturn’s reborn identity, to prevent this.
After everyone else exclaims that there must be another way, Uranus asks Chibi Moon if she’s seen Hotaru’s body. She goes on to explain that Hotaru was badly burned from a fire when she was 8, and that her father, Professor Tomoe, took the opportunity to infuse her body with machine. She’s now incredibly fragile, and often sick. The only way for her to be ‘cured’ is to transform into Sailor Saturn, but that would destroy the world.
Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto then state that they must kill Hotaru, no matter what, and that they don’t care if this makes them Moon’s enemy. Chibi Moon can’t believe this, and runs off to try and save her friend. When she gets to the Tomoe household, however, she sees that Hotaru is no longer in the right state of mind — she transforms into a menacing, older looking woman, and instantly grabs Chibi Moon’s brooch off of her body, detransforming her and knocking her out.
Moon and Tuxedo Mask grab Chibiusa, and Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto look from the side, wondering how Hotaru transformed without their Talismans going off. Hotaru, in her new form, declares to Pharaoh 90 that she’s awakened, prompting Moon to notice that Chibimoon is no longer breathing.
What I Liked/Didn’t Like:
- Crunchyroll’s subs felt awkward in quite a few places. For example, when Super Moon talks to everyone about how she’s glad that they stuck together and willed the power to destroy the Witches 5, the subs say “We can become one this tight.” Yeah, kinda weird sounding. Now, I don’t know Japanese, but I don’t think that line was the best to go with.
- I liked how faithful Super Moon’s transformation was to the classic anime’s. Yes, it didn’t grab me as much as the old one did, but I’m picky and nostalgic. All things considered, the transformation was very good. Same with Rainbow Moon Heart Ache.
- This is more of a humorous observation than a complaint, but when Neptune explains how Saturn was summoned originally, the flashback has a filter all over it much like the one David Productions was slapping over JoJo episodes for a while. I can’t escape these filters, can I? Haha.
Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 34 is available to view on Crunchyroll now if you’re a premium member, and in SD on May 30th if you’re not.
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