Sailor Moon Crystal’s second episode is like fast-forwarding to the eighth episode of the original anime. This episode mirrors Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon’s eighth episode, succinctly titled “Computer School Blues” and not-so-succinctly subtitled “The Girl Genius is a Monster: The Brainwashing Cram School of Horror.” In both cases, this is the episode which introduced Ami Mizuno, Sailor Mercury. Here are my thoughts on this episode:
Fast-Forward Works In Our Favor
Do we need 7 episodes with just Sailor Moon? Nope. I’m happy to see Ami-chan introduced in the second episode, and I’m hoping this trend continues so we can assemble the senshi quickly.
Usagi is Typical Usagi
I loved Usagi in this episode! She was loud and rambunctious playing in the arcade, which is exactly what I expect of her. When Ami got her transformation pen, I loved watching Usagi shake the console until she got one too. She said she was both hungry and tired in this episode, which is what I love about her. She schemed upon introducing herself to Ami that she could become smarter by association if Ami taught her how to study, which we know is lofty, and is just so Usagi. Finally, the Sailor Moon crying sonic waves are maybe the coolest weapon around. I want this power! It suits me.
Why doesn’t Mamo-chan have any normal clothes?
Seriously, we’re seeing this guy in a tuxedo in the middle of the day again. I believe the poor grade paper-to-the-face is the original meet-cute of Usagi and Mamoru, which I enjoy seeing again and again, but seeing him in nothing but a tuxedo is really weird. I mean, in the theme Mamoru wears regular clothes. When are we going to get Mamoru, not just Tuxedo Mask? It was nice seeing him help Sailor Moon, but I so miss the rose!
Sailor Mercury’s Transformation Sequence > Sailor Moon’s
Sailor Mercury doesn’t look anywhere near as rubbery as Sailor Moon does when transforming. For this reason alone, I enjoyed watching Sailor Mercury’s transformation sequence. Sailor Mercury doesn’t hold herself as well as Sailor Moon does, though, posture-wise.
Sailor Mars Foreshadowing
This brings us back to the fast-forward, working to our advantage. Though Rei’s foreshadowing is slightly more subtle than Ami-chan’s, it’s good to see the elemental tie-in play a major factor in it, as it did with Ami before her. We see fire in the form of many candles, we see her shrine, and we see her eye. This would only be skipping over one episode to get to the entrance of Mars, which is barely noticeable. I wonder how, elementally, they will introduce Jupiter and, even more curiously, Venus. I remember feeling a very long gap before Jupiter and Venus joins the senshi, so we’ll see if this trend continues… in two weeks!
What do you guys think of Sailor Moon Crystal so far?