Sailor Moon Crystal #15

By Christina Ladd on

UGH FINE.  There’s more Sailor Moon, and I’m inexplicably drawn to it, so prepare yourselves for the next arc, the Dark Moon saga (in the original, Sailor Moon R). When last we left our dubious heroes, a tiny pink-haired girl was pointing a gun at Usagi’s head and demanding the Silver Crystal.  We resume at …

Sailor Moon Crystal #14

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We left off with Usagi facing off again against Queen Metalia, this time in the new and improved regalia of her fully realized Princesshood.  She blasts Metalia with the awakened Silver Crystal, and it has…absolutely no effect.  Well, that’s not true.  It makes Metalia stronger. Given that our entire experience with Metalia has demonstrated that …

Sailor Moon Crystal #13

By Christina Ladd on

I decided to do these reviews without rating them, since I figured that the show might need some time to find its rhythm, and I didn’t want to damn it (or, by association, its predecessor) by being initially lukewarm.  Last week’s episode proves that I was so very wrong.  It deserved an F-, and if …

Sailor Moon Crystal #12

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We resume the action from last week with Beryl re-orienting us as to Tuxedo Mask’s enchantment, which she now calls his resurrection into evil. The Senshi are in bad shape.  Things are looking grim. Oh no, the dreaded down-B! In the only moment of things going right, Jupiter wakes from her enthrallment and steps in …

Sailor Moon Crystal #11

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Evil(er) Mamoru makes his appearance in this episode, but first we have a gentle moment with Usagi and Luna. Usagi, clearly still upset but trying to be cheerful, gets ready for school, and Luna reminds her that she can always talk to her. It’s very sweet. Mamoru enchants Motoki into believing they’re best friends (nice …

Sailor Moon Crystal #10

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This week, Usagi has discovered the true balm for misery–friends, video games, and a vacation. Yes, the upcoming trip to the moon looms on the horizon (that was a great pun, you have to admit), and Usagi is eager to learn the rest of the story of her past. The others are preparing in their …

Sailor Moon Crystal #9

By Christina Ladd on

One of the best things to happen to television in this golden age we’re living in is the rise of the serial, and the decline of the episode. Obviously we retain the episodic form, but with Netflix and co., it’s possible to tell a complete story without any need for filler or recapping. The original …