Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 38 Review
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Recap: Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon have powered up and are ready to finally destroy Mistress 9 before any further damage is done. Of course, what actually will happen is up in the air, so let’s find out!
Well, we’ll find out after two and a half minutes… Episode 38 begins with what episode 37 ended on, Super Sailor Moon’s transformation, and Chibi Moon receiving her own Chalice. Even though we’ve seen the exact animation last week, we get to see it again here. It might be to pad the runtime a little, who knows. It’s not the first time an anime has reused footage to begin an episode, but it’s still a little annoying.
After that, Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon team up to use Double Moon Heart Ache and attack Mistress 9, who puts up a good defense. She doesn’t die, and instead goes to Master Pharaoh 90, who welcomes her power. They begin to fuse as one, and Super Sailor Moon realizes that they can’t continue to do this or else everything will be destroyed. The Inner Guardians take turns throwing attacks at the Pharaoh 90/Mistress 9 mashup, Tuxedo Mask included (which doesn’t happen much), and Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon throw another Double Moon Heart Ache as well.
That almost feels like a record for seeing the same attack animation again in a short amount of time, honestly.
As the attack occurs, Sailor Chibi Moon begins to feel as if her power is going away, and she falls. Tuxedo Mask stops his attack to catch her, and the remaining Inner Guardians soon become weak as well, prompting outcries of concern from the Outers and Super Sailor Moon. The Outers then lose their hold on the barrier due to Pharaoh 90’s increase in power, which is to be assumed was from all the attacks being absorbed.
Super Sailor Moon thinks to herself that everyone but her is out of strength now, and wonders what to do. The planet is being covered with dark energy, and Pharaoh 90 is proceeding with his plan to call the Tau Solar System with the Earth.
The moon shines above, giving Sailor Moon inspiration, and she eventually decides to summon the Moon Chalice and dive into Pharaoh 90 to defeat him from the inside. She doesn’t tell anyone she’s going to do this, and so when she begins to move, everyone shows how shocked they really are. This act really signifies how much Sailor Moon has grown as a leader. Yes, she didn’t inform anyone of the plan, but she didn’t have time to, and the group probably would have disagreed with it anyway.
After she dives into the antagonist, Sailor Uranus curses that she couldn’t protect her, and Chibi Moon cries out, worried her mother is gone for good. After a few seconds, though, the Outers’ talismans glow and a figure emerges from where Sailor Moon fell. It’s not who anyone expected. It’s Sailor Saturn.
Saturn talks about Hotaru as if she’s a different person, which is how Saturn is alive even though Hotaru sacrificed herself in the previous episode. She also explains how Pharaoh 90 came to this planet (it’s basically because Professor Tomoe had such a corrupted mind and the aliens were attracted to it) and performs an attack called Death Ribbon Revolution.
I had to think a minute here when I saw the subtitles. Is it ribbon or reborn? I always thought it was reborn. The current English translation of the manga says ribbon, the anime for Sailor Moon S said reborn. The Sailor Moon wiki explains that these terms have been confused for one another, and are very similar in katakana, so it’s not a huge deal. I personally like reborn better though.
Sailor Saturn performs this attack to drive away the intruder, and then proceeds to swing her Silence Glaive. This is something she says she must do, since she was awakened.
Swinging the Glaive cannot be good, though, but we’ll have to wait until the next episode to find out what happens.
What I Liked/Didn’t Like:
- Upon an admittedly quick glance of the manga chapter, I have to say that this episode seemed to do a very good job following it one-to-one. Even the confusing ribbon vs reborn was followed from the English translation!
- Sailor Moon throwing herself into the enemy with the Chalice was animated well here, and added to the effect of how serious the situation really was. The manga did a good job of this, too, but having it animated made it have some more depth, if you know what I mean.
- Sailor Saturn looked good! I like how Crystal even left the planet symbol on her head when she first appeared like the manga did.
Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 38 is available to view on Crunchyroll now if you’re a premium member, and in SD on June 27th if you’re not.
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