Jr High in the 90’s was hardcore.
|It feels like episode 1 of this show aired just last week… Anyways, I’ll be your designated Sailor Moon blogger for the next year, so よろしく.|
…Sailor Moon certainly made a lot more sense when I was a kid. Usagi is like, 14. Security seriously thought she was a nurse? I suppose the magical pen could add a couple of years to her age, but age aside, did they just figure that she ran all the way from the nearest hospital? They were offering free tuition on the street, why didn’t Usagi just infiltrate that way? …Or maybe the most important question of all, did Tuxedo Mask dress up as a nurse too to get in? I looked over the manga after watching this, and they did change quite a few minor things in regards to the school’s set up (plus Ami’s pen wasn’t inexplicably “distracting” or thrown across the room)… Though the receptionist still let Usagi run by with little to no reaction. Really, this is just a show where you don’t question things and just go with the world’s logic.
So the message this episode? Studying is evil. …Or maybe the message was “exploiting students is evil”. Maybe the brainwashing program wasn’t exactly subtle, but oh well, the evil side isn’t known for smart planning. Just for being powerful and evil. They introduced the main villain (well, close enough to being the main villain), Beryl, in this episode. There’s not much to say about her yet, other than she seemed pretty dedicated to her job of being evil. The same goes for Jadeite. The rest of the Dark Kingdom should be revealed as the series goes on (2 more characters appear next week, if they’re going to follow the manga), but really all that seems important to them at the moment is that they’re all fairly dedicated to their jobs for some reason.
Probably more importantly, the second Sailor Senshi appeared this episode and she was even conveniently in Usagi’s school. There’s not much to really say about Ami, besides what the episode gave out. She’s smart, nicer than you’d think and… well, that’s about it. I guess you could add in that her mother is a doctor and she wants to be one too. Obviously, she’s totally different from Usagi in just about everything (minus the “nice” thing). Her personality should become more defined though with interactions with other characters. Just like how Usagi’s interactions with characters show different sides to her.
They’re starting to show more of Usagi’s good traits, now that the introduction of her being kind of a hopeless girl is over. Her marks still aren’t very good, she still fumbled around during the fight, and she stated even earlier in the episode that she didn’t really want to fight at all. However, as shown with her interaction with Ami, Usagi has a bright personality, and she gets along with others pretty quickly. She even noticed that Ami’s personality was’t nearly as cold as everyone said it was either, so Usagi is also pretty open minded. …Er, she might have been planning to use Ami to boost her grades for a bit, but the important thing is that they managed to become pretty good friends after a few hours of interaction. These are all pretty important traits, since Usagi is going to be interacting with a lot of different people in her magical girl team recruitment. The one person Usagi doesn’t seem to get along with (minus her mother occasionally) is Mamoru. But that should change soon enough.
I think some of my initial excitement has calmed down by now, but things are still going pretty well. The animation might not be “perfect”, but
it’s a hell of a lot better than DMMD’s it’s still cool to see how certain aspects from the original carry over to this version. I was specifically wondering how they were going to handle the technology aspect of this episode, since it was a pretty big part and we’ve come a looong way from the 90’s in that regard. From Usagi’s desktop layout and thin monitors for the other computers, I guess they’re more modern? Also, Luna has upgraded from just using a random one in the arcade to… whatever magical dimension was going on this episode. The computers in the manga were also pretty hard to assign an “age” to. I guess long story short, I was just curious as to what year they were trying to set this in.
Hmm, I think the OP song is growing on me. The CG seems to be too, though that might just be because the water effects for Ami’s transformation were pretty cool.
Let’s see what they can do with fire.