Recap: Sailor Pluto is back, as we saw in the previous episode, and Chibi Moon immediately asks her if she’s real. She answers that she was brought back by Neo Queen Serenity’s power, and Sailor Moon transforms into Serenity in front of the entire group. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune introduce themselves to her as the Outer Solar System Guardians, and Pluto follows suit.
Setsuna was introduced at the very end of the previous episode, as a student at the Academy. (How is she alive? It is a mystery that may be explained in a future episode.) At the beginning of episode 32, she’s in her lab researching the distorted space around Sankakusu. Sankakusu is looking pretty bad, what with giant dark clouds looming above it and all…
Hey, we’re finally at the episode where we get to see Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus’ transformations!
Recap: As soon as the episode begins, Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus face off with the other Sailor Guardians, insisting that they’re not allies. After Chibimoon remarks that Neptune’s mirror is one of the talismans (since Michiru called it her talisman last episode) the group assumes she’s been causing their bad dreams. Instead of stating if she did cause them one way or another, Sailor Uranus performs a World Shaking at the group to get them to go away. It works. We don’t see exactly what happens, as the scene changes, but the main group is physically unharmed when we see them again. They’re mostly angry that Uranus attacked them, but Moon really wants to know if they’re actually their enemy or not.
Much like JoJo, Sailor Moon Crystal has started up again! Unlike JoJo, though, Sailor Moon Crystal‘s schedule wasn’t the clearest. Up until the day it aired, I had no idea what time it was going to start. Was it going to be in the morning, the afternoon, or what? How often were episodes going to be released? Twice a month again? I read from some sources that the episodes were to be weekly, unlike the first two seasons, but I wasn’t sure if that was true or not. (This is why I said they were probably using the ‘first and third Saturday’ a month schedule again when I reviewed the trailer. Turns out I was wrong! Oops!)
Apparently Sailor Moon Crystal will be airing every Monday for 13 weeks. Good to know!
Anyway, I was hesitant about this episode because of how inconsistent Crystal was before. I mean, just how much could Toei improve?
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.