Sailor Moon #21

By Christina Ladd on

Just about the only thing Sailor Moon Crystal has going for it at this point is its ability to create striking images. I’m not talking about character creation; the characters are still flat. I just mean that there is some good staging going on, creating drama and power, despite the otherwise lackluster visuals. In the …

Sailor Moon Crystal #20

By Christina Ladd on

Crystal has a lot of problems (it also has qualities, I will not deny it), but for this arc in particular, I think I’ve finally figured out what the root issue is. It’s boring. And time-traveling magical girls trying to save future-paradise-Tokyo from an evil invading planet should not be boring. I realized this because I wanted to …

Sailor Moon Crystal #18

By Christina Ladd on

Well folks, Jupiter’s been spirited off to that great enemy base in the sky (not a euphemism, oddly enough), so now it’s just Sailor Moon and her trusty lieutenant Sailor Venus (and Mamoru). They have no leads, no inklings of the Black Moon’s ultimate plan, and no idea what to do next. It’s no surprise …

Sailor Moon Crystal #17

By Christina Ladd on

This week’s Sailor Moon Crystal begins with an extremely extended sequence trying to cheer Usagi up, even though two of her best friends have been abducted to parts unknown, and she should probably be allowed to be sad.  It starts with Chibi-Usa lending her a doll, and ends with a long arcade scene in which …

Sailor Moon Crystal #16

By Christina Ladd on

This week’s episode begins with Mars’s abduction from last week, and Usagi’s quick accusation of Chibi-Usagi being behind it all. It’s not really that far-fetched.  Chibi-Usa drops from the sky, and not long after, Rei is taken up by yet more mysterious people who descended from above.  I’d be suspicious too, especially after that same …