I must admit, I was quite impatient watching this episode. The pacing of Crystal has just never quite agreed with me… which is completely weird, because the original anime which holds such a special place in my heart has filler after filler episode of little battles. Different time, though! Maybe now that I’m already in love with Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, I’m always going to be critical of the reboot.
Truthfully, Act 21 had a lot of plot advancing points. Let’s talk about some things!
So, Usagi gets captured leaving Venus as the last senshi standing. I happen to think it’s hilarious that she spends the rest of the episode hanging out with three cats and two Tuxedo Masks.
Prince Demande (whose name is the French word to ask) is Usagi‘s captor. She wakes up to find herself dressed in a gown with gossamer wings. She sees a hologram of Neo Queen Serenity and nearly recognizes it as herself. Prince Demande basically tells her his backstory and reveals that he’s creepily into Neo Queen Serenity/her. He kisses her. She pushes him away and tries to transform as a defense mechanism. She can’t, though, as the malefic black crystal permeates there.
She has a little revelation then, that perhaps her doubts about herself and Mamoru hindered her use of the legendary silver crystal. She recognizes that she is the future Neo Queen Serenity and that she isn’t alone.
Ami, Rei, and Makoto awaken in the darkness. They try to transform too, but are paralyzed by the power of the malefic black crystal.
Venus knows they need the legendary silver crystal’s power to rejoin the senshi and defeat the back moon, but without Usagi or Serenity to use it, they’re at al loss for what to do. Luna is the only one who has an idea: Chibiusa. Alas, Small Lady has not power according to Endymion. The King goes to Sailor Pluto for help! Yeah, girl, gettin’ off the bench!
Chibiusa feels that everything that happened is all her fault. She goes to see her only friend, Pluto, to witness her father enlisting her help. She loses her key to the space-time door and comes face to face with the Wiseman, who hypnotically recruits her…
So, Black Lady soon! I’m so looking forward to the next Arc after this, so I’m eager to get on with this one.
What did you guys think of the latest Sailor Moon Crystal?