Everyone wants something on Sailor Moon Crystal. The Black Moon want power. Usagi wants to go home with her friends. Tuxedo Mask wants to protect Chibi Usa. I want to move on from the endless exposition and get to the action. But as hard as Sailor Moon Crystal tries this week, not everyone gets what they wanted.
Sailor Moon Crystal is back after a terrible relapse into old habits. However, this week there’s a welcome break from infodumping nonsense, which leads to an interesting mediation on one of Sailor Moon’s core beliefs: the power of friendship, and how without it people can stumble into their darkest moments.
Charles Baudelaire once said that the finest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist. Sailor Moon Crystal is in essence, very similar to the Devil in this regard — except that its greatest trick is to persuade you that it could be better than it had been. But it couldn’t even keep that trick up.
Hoo boy. Sailor Moon Crystal has been on on the mend these past few weeks, but it kind of fell apart here. Awful pacing issues, nigh on incomprehensibility, and weird, weird romance were the hallmarks of the day — but at least Sailor Pluto showed up.
Although I've enjoyed the past few episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal a lot more than anything from the show's first half, it would be hard to acknowledge that anything has really actively been done by the dwindling Sailor Senshi. But not this week: It's time to get things done! Sort of.
This week's Sailor Moon Crystal was a little all over the place. Instead of focusing on a single story like the excellent character piece for Sailor Mercury, it tried to be two things at once, never quite hitting highs in either. But it did tell us this: Sailor Jupiter seriously needs to step up her flirt game.
The 20th anniversary of the Sailor Moon Manga's release, as well as the launch of Sailor Moon Crystal, has seen kind of an explosion in Sailor Moon marketing mania recently. We've had tortilla chips, we've had animé contacts, and now the Sailor Senshi are getting into... the tiny, replica food market? Huh.
Don't call it a comeback, but Sailor Moon Crystal delivered a strong episode this week, off of the back of a solid opening to the 'Black Moon' story line. The only problem is, is it too late for us to start caring?
Sailor Moon Crystal is back for a new story arc, and after a pretty disastrous ending to a sloppy first half-season, I was less than optimistic going into the new 'Black Moon' arc - but so far at least, a shake up of the story might have been a good thing for our Sailor Senshi. Spoilers ahead...
And so ends the first story arc of Sailor Moon Crystal - not with a bang, but more of a half hearted 'poof!' somehow stretched out over 24 minutes. Oh, Sailor Moon. Where did it all go wrong?
First, they came for your Tortilla chips. Now, the Sailor Senshi are coming FOR YOUR EYEBALLS. Who will stop this endless tide of magical girl merchandising? No one. No one I say!
It's time to end the first story arc of Sailor Moon Crystal! Kind of. Sailor Moon stands before Queen Metalia and her plans to consume the Earth, but not without pacing problems getting in the way of the show once more.
It's time for one final battle against the Dark Kingdom on this week's Sailor Moon Crystal, and it's another stop on the up-and-down rollercoaster that has been the uneven quality of Crystal's first season - one that unfortunately doesn't hit the highs of recent episodes.
It might be heartbreak for Usagi, but when the Sailor Senshi get to face off against an evil Tuxedo Mask, we all win - this was a pretty great episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, and it's nice to see the show finally hitting its stride.
Tuxedo Mask is getting a bit of a bad rap lately - but at least Tamashii Nations is giving us a good bit of Mamoru news with this delightful new figure. Look, he's got a Rose and everything!
That Senshi came from the Moon! Sailor Moon Crystal returns for a trip into space - and man, if you thought last time was an infodump, you're in for a treat...
Moon Prism Power... Dip? I don't know where I'm going with this, and I'm guessing Sailor Moon Crystal doesn't either (well, except for 'towards a large pile of co-marketing collaboration money'), but hey! Japan's getting some Sailor-Senshi-approved Tortilla Chips. Let's take a look.
Secrets revealed! Everyone takes a moment to look back and remember the origins of the Moon Kingdom this week, and hug it out. I hope you like infodumps, because Sailor Moon Crystal just hit the motherlode.
Sailor Venus makes her grand début on Sailor Moon Crystal! Unfortunately, everyone is so amazed by Minako's amazing amazingness that they kinda forgot to bring a plot with them this week. But at least we have all of the Sailor Senshi together, at last.
The Senshi's battlegear in Sailor Moon is hardly the most protective of uniforms, but these awesome cosplays have improved the armour on these magical warriors - making them all the more wonderful.