This weekend’s Sailor Moon Crystal was really one of those building episodes. The whole space/time/warped dimensions thing is giving me a great Doctor Who feel, but I feel like it’s time to get on to wrapping up the arc. Act 23 did have one big reveal, though, in the form of Black Lady.
I’m pleased to finally see her, because Sailor Moon fans from way back knew she was coming. I thought we’d go the whole episode without having her introduced to us, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that wasn’t the case! We know there is a fair amount of nonsense in the world of Sailor Moon– a lot of suspension of of disbelief on the fact that transformed or untransformed, these people look exactly the same. I think most of us realized this older (evil) version of Small Lady was indeed a warped Chibiusa. There was a little ooh she looks so familiar, but mostly they got to the point. That’s progress!
One MAJOR problem I’m having is with the blatant Electra Complex Black Lady is displaying. Too much!
For plot progression, Wise Man has clearly imparted his will on Black Lady and his old play things are even concerned. Demande and Saphir are dubious of both Wise Man and Black Lady, especially since their brother Rubeus met his demise. These two are also against the total destruction of earth, which is more than can be said for Wise Man and Black Lady. You know things are really bad when the original bad guys think it’s too much.
I’m still so happy to see the senshi back together and even Pluto joining in to support Usagi. Usagi, of course, thinks it’s a great idea to go into the storm that swallowed Chibiusa and Tuxedo Mask but promptly passes out. She has a few nice moments back home with her friends, but soon thoughts of Chibiusa and Mamoru disturb her happiness– she needs them back for the picture to be complete. Is it just me, or is she hallucinating these lovely memories of Chibiusa? We literally never saw them peaceful together. Either a lot happened behind the scenes– which seems unlikely due to the pace of this show– or Usagi is imagining a future rather than remembering a past.
I hate to complain (more), but why did we watch 5 full transformation scenes back-to-back in this episode? As my impatience grows, my nostalgia keeps me clinging to Crystal. The end of the Arc stretches on, but promises a big finish with Neo Queen Serenity. I can’t say I’m not intrigued there!
What are your thoughts, Sailor Moon fans?