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Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 2 - Friends & Monsters of the Week

Another entry in my note-taking and thought-jotting series of posts on currently running shows. This episode we drink deep from the "X of the week" formula, with a new enemy, a new friend, and a new power to defeat them. The moral of "It takes all kinds!" is pretty clear.

As always, the notes were taken while actually watching the episode, and rather than just repeating what you've already watched, elaborate upon it, assuming you've already watched the episode.

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Thunder_God864d ago

I don't have any issue with children's shows, and this is very clearly one.

Will it go beyond? Possibly. But I think that'd only happen after the whole gang is together, so at least 4-5 more episodes, or roughly 2 months of in real-life time.

Not impressed, thus far, as someone with no prior knowledge of the series.

JD_Shadow861d ago

If they play to the manga straight, they will get the entire gang together by Act 5 (they are already to act 3, which will introduce Mars and a few spoilers that I won't bring up here). By the middle of the season, at that point, they will be to the next arc (Black Moon Arc). The original manga didn't waste any time getting to the point.

Graphically, it depends on if you can get past the CGI and some odd frames of animation that don't particularly mesh well. Where SM always shined the most was how the story played itself out, with how the interactions between the Sailors added things to it. The music is the best part of the new series so far, as it reminds me of Final Fantasy music (the composer of the opening SMC theme is the same one who made the Bravely Default music). Would love to see them give whoever came up with the music cues in the series a raise or something. One thing the new anime is doing right is to not use stock footage of the attacks like they did with the old anime (the Mist attack was awesome, by the way). Where some people have complained about the CGI and sometimes awkward animation, the storytelling, music, and things they DIDN'T skimp out on are making up for it in a huge way.

Oh, and by all accounts, Sailor Moon is not a children's show (not anything above PG, but still). Look at some of the story lines that they do for the Infinity arc. There's some dark-ass shit they do for that one.