Day: September 22, 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 6: Thoughts

Every time I watch the opening theme, I see Usagi turn around in the rain and see, from under her umbrella, Mamoru. Every time I see her lock eyes on him, I’m reminded how obsessed I am with this couple. Act 6: Tuxedo Mask really brought this relationship as we know if from the old anime to the new. And of course, some other stuff happened.

 

Everybody Wants to be A Cat

And this cat commands attention!

And this cat commands attention!

I liked watching the moment where Usagi’s mom is shaking the cat toy at Luna, and Luna is totally digging it. The cat life is pretty good, and it’s easy to separate Luna from that… seeing as she’s built a secret base in the arcade without arousing any human suspicion. That place is pretty high tech too… are those stairs floating? Anyway, Luna reveals that she’s from the moon (although I’m not entirely sure why no one’s picked up on that yet) and that the Senshi are going to have to locate the moon princess and the Legendary Silver Crystal. She also announces that she believes Tuxedo Mask is the enemy, which sends Usagi in to such a hissy fit that she flees, and literally passes out.

 

But let’s go back to Mamoru… 

sexy kinda?

sexy kinda?

Who was there to catch Usagi when she fainted, and was there to encourage her to be the best she can be. Guys, isn’t this what love is?!

But like, is Usagi really that dense? See, she says to Tuxedo Mask that she’s the leader, and what I don’t realize is that she’s not revealing that she’s Sailor Moon by saying this. I think it’s obvious, but she doesn’t, and she doesn’t think Tuxedo Mask totally already knows this. When she thinks she can’t transform in front of him, I’m like really? He says he knows. What’s shocking is that she doesn’t realize she’s talking to freaking Mamoru! Only waking up in his bed after the battle has her make the connection.

 

Surrender Now, Or Prepare to Fight

Is this Team Rocket HQ?  Is this the Silph Co. building?  Or is this what helicopter landing pads look like in Japan?

Is this Team Rocket HQ? Is this the Silph Co. building? Or is this what helicopter landing pads look like in Japan?

I found the battle itself very compelling. Jupiter’s green lightening strikes, Mars’s great red flames, and Mercury’s blue gushes of water clashed in a powerful display. Nephrite was hell bent on revenge, though, and he had them right where he wanted in time for Queen Beryl to come down from a vortex in the sky. Despite that, the three attacks were looking badass to me! Usagi thought her powers paled in comparison and if you read my last couple of Sailor Moon Crystal posts, so did I. With a little encouragement from Mamoru, (and a video game hallucination,) Sailor Moon found her desire to protect others was all the power she needed.

 

Moon Healing Escalation

that ain't tinker bell.

tinker bell?

It was SO nice to see Sailor Moon attack without taking her freakin’ tiara off! The animation for the attack was smooth into the battle, which honestly, was kind of a disappointment for me. I must admit; I’m used to the pose-y sequences. Still, the discovery of this attack, and really the episode in general is a good summation of what this series is all about!

 

Venus & Artemis

Luna will get her some new duds, because this is a hipster nightmare right now.

Luna will get her some new duds, because this is a hipster nightmare right now.

Oh hey, Sailor V! We’ve only seen you in a video game before. I hope that means she’ll be joining us next time around…

 

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this episode because I’m impatient to get the Inner Senshi united, but I absolutely loved it!  It felt the most like the old anime to me so far.  What did you guys think of Act 6: Tuxedo Mask?

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