Sailor Moon Crystal is a remake of the original Sailor Moon television anime series that began airing in Japan in 1992. While the series utilizes more modern animation techniques, the character designs try to retain as much of the early 1990s look as it possibly can.
Episode Two introduces the character of Ami Mizuno. She has an IQ of 300, and is arguably the smartest girl in her grade level. Ami and Usagi have a chance meeting when Usagi sees Luna approaching Ami when she’s walking home from school. The two talk, and Usagi takes her to the game arcade. Ami is able to beat the high school for the Sailor V game, and she wins a blue pen. Usagi also wants a pen and shakes the game; it spits out a pink pen, which she is allowed to keep.
Ami starts going to the Crystal Seminar, which has lessons that are all taught on computers through the use of a Crystal Disk. One day, Usagi runs into Ami at the library and asks if she’d like to go for ice cream. However, Ami hears a voice that tells her she needs to study; she starts acting differently and says she has to go. In the process of gathering up her things, Ami leaves her Crystal Disk behind. Usagi takes it home, and she and Luna discover that it’s a brainwashing program.
Using her Moon Power, Usagi disguises herself as a doctor in order to gain entrance into the Crystal Seminar. She finds Ami and the woman who runs the seminar. The woman shows that she’s really a demon, and Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon. The demon is able to overpower Usagi, and just when all hope seems lost, Ami discovers a secret that helps to save the day…
So we have now been introduced to the first of Sailor Moon’s allies: Sailor Mercury. Ami is able to transform with the pen that she got for beating the high score in the Sailor V game. This episode also formally introduces the audience to Queen Beryl and to Jadeite; while they were briefly seen in Episode One, their names were not given until their appearance in this episode.
I believe that the Crystal Disk had a change to it from the manga, because I seem to remember it being a 3 and 1/2” floppy disk and not a CD-ROM. If I’m right on that, then it’s a change I don’t mind, since 3 and 1/2” floppy disks are hardly used by the general public anymore; while a floppy would have worked in 1992, it wouldn’t work today.
It was amusing to see Usagi and Mamoru run into each other again when Usagi crumples up a flyer and throws it behind her, and the crumpled up paper hits Mamoru’s face again. His line telling Ms. Bun-Head that he’s not a garbage can was great.
For the most part, though, the telling of this story seems to match what I remember reading in the Sailor Moon manga. And so far, I’m enjoying what I’m seeing in Sailor Moon Crystal. For me, at least, I seem to be adjusting to the new animation style much more than I did after watching the first episode of the series. I found myself focusing less on how different the animation looks and more on the actual story itself; to me, that’s a good sign.
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