Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal - Act 7 - Mamoru Chiba - Tuxedo Mask - Episode Review

Some pictures from Ranger Crew Blog
Episode Summary:
Usagi is in Mamoru's apartment and tries to remember what was going on. Mamoru explains she fainted after doing her attack and fell to sleep. She gathers his mask and puts it in front of his face and states the obvious that he is Tuxedo Mask. She asks how he became him, Mamoru explains that he did it to get his memories back, that he lost his parents in a car accident when he was six and lost his memories. He then he had dreams of the princess and had to find the crystal. He asks her why she's after the crystal.
She says that Luna told her to find it and protect it. He wants her to keep it a secret, she agrees. She thinks back to what Luna said about being tricked by him. She walks towards him. She says she wish time would stand still. She then says she has to go, she runs to the door, he stops her and plops her bag on him calling her Usako--which makes her blush. She walks home thinking of her new nickname and makes one for him--Mamo-Chan. Meanwhile in Central Command, Luna speaks to a shadowed Sailor V on the screen. She says the Sailor Senshi are not ready, especially Sailor Moon. Sailor V says there is no time to waste, that their enemy is coming.
At the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl stands in front of a large door. The door opens and reveals a big purple gas known as Queen Metalia. Beryl gives her human energy, Metalia says its not enough and she needs the Crystal. Berl explains the Sailor Senshi have been getting in her way. Metalia asks if it the same Sailor Senshi that defeated her in ancient times. She tells Beryl for them not to awaken the successors of the Moon Kingdom. Beryl thinks to herself that Metalia might eat up the planet, she was to usurp her and control the Earth herself. Beryl thinks back to when she went to the D-Point in the North Pole and found the Dark Kingdom and Metalia woke up by her hands.
Beryl calls Zoisite to get Sailor Moon. At the Rental Shop Dark, Naru bumps into school friends and talk about renting DVDs in this big store. Rei is outside and bumps into a strange man and hears girls saying they want to catch Sailor Moon. The next day, Usagi, Ami and Mako are eating lunch. Mako gives Usagi some of her lunch. Ami has her tablet with pics of Sailor V. Usagi brings up the point that she has a crescent moon mark on her forehead like Luna so she must be part of the Moon Kingdom. Umino comes around and is creepy saying he wants to catch Sailor Moon. He leaves and Luna says something is up with him. Luna is asked about Sailor V and dodges questions.
Mako laughs at sauce on Usagi's face while Ami jokes that Usagi might have a special power to sense something about Sailor Venus. Usagi finds the pocket watch and thinks about keeping the secret of Mamoru. Meanwhile, Mamoru is staring into the city with a handkerchief from Usagi and kisses it. Later, Usagi speaks to Naru and sees something is wrong. Luna and Usagi figure out it is the rental DVDs and the whole class is hypnotized. At Crown Arcade, they stick a DVD in and it pops out, seemingly effecting the machine but Sailor V pops out and tells Sailor Moon that she has to hurry up, that the enemy is brainwashing them. Mamoru is on the bus, thinking of Usagi and everyone is hypnotized to get the crystal from Sailor Moon. Usagi is surrounded by hypnotized people. Zosiite is behind it. Ami sees the secret message in Command Central and says she feels weak. Ami calls Mako and Rei, they all figure Usagi is in danger.
The three transform. Usagi also transforms from elsewhere. She confronts the hypnotized people. She uses her wand and heals them. Naru, Umino and the others head home. Zoisite crashes in, making Sailor Moon fall. Sailor Moon isn't let to finish her speech as Zoisite grabs her by the neck. The Sailor Senshi arrive and use their attacks but he knocks them all out. Zoisite asks for the crystal. Moon pleads for help. She is knocked out. Tuxedo Mask punches Zoisite, letting Moon go. He holds Moon and she wakes up. She smiles. Zoisite says Tuxedo wants the crystal too, he tries punching him again but Zoisite has a force field up. He pushes Tuxedo away with a blast. Zoisite grabs Moon again. Tuxedo is on the floor.
Sailor Moon says Tuxedo Mask has been looking for the crystal in a long time. Mamoru thinks back to Usagi, saying she has strength in his eyes. He says that she is his wish. Zoisite makes a huge crystal appear and prepares to kill him. He knocks Usagi down and threatens her. Tuxedo is too weak to help and the crystal is sliced apart by an outside force (Sailor Venus) and Zoisite is attacked by Luna. Moon looks up to find Sailor Venus. Sailor Venus has Artemis with her.
Next week's episode has Sailor V as the title and she is highlighted. I liked the instances of Sailor V in this episode, her encouraging Usagi through the video game and talking to Luna and Ami researching on her and Luna dodging questions about her. What I didn't like is that I didn't feel anything. I used to feel before with the original Sailor Moon anime because I knew these characters. I still know these characters but how to people know if they never read the Manga or even seen the Anime before? This series looks pretty but it feels like a kid playing with dolls, it is just going through the motions. What I did like is that we are getting hints of the backstory of Queen Beryl, which we barely got in past televised instances.


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