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 Three focuses on the introduction of Rei Hino, a girl who goes to a different school than Usagi and Ami; she’s also a shrine maiden with spiritual powers.
This episode opens with gossip about the “Demon 6:00 PM Bus” that goes via Sendai-Zaka. Rumor has it that if someone takes the bus that passes the Sendaizakaue stop at 6:00 p.m. sharp, they will never be able to return. This stop is located close to the shrine that Rei lives at.
One day, when Usagi is riding the bus with Ami to go to her cram school, they see Rei. Usagi thinks Rei is beautiful and follows her as she gets off of the bus. Usagi follows Rei to the shrine, and Rei mistakes Usagi for being a demon and tries to perform an exorcism. I should mention here that the animation during the scene when Rei tries to exorcise Usagi looks a little weird; this is especially true in one shot with Rei’s right hand, because it looks like it was drawn rather quickly and it looks out of proportion with the rest of her. Rei almost looked like a demon herself in this scene!
Rei is asked to use her powers to locate Mii, a young girl who disappeared. When Rei says her power doesn’t work like that, she is accused of kidnapping the girl. Usagi arrives here and intervenes. While Rei appreciates her help, she asks Usagi to leave. Soon after, Rei has a vision of Jadeite and Usagi, and tries to chase down Usagi. She comes across Jadeite driving the “Demon 6:00 PM Bus,” and is kidnapped. Usagi sees Rei on the bus and does what she can to try to rescue Rei…
And so this episode reveals the third Sailor Guardian: Sailor Mars. This gets the series one step closer to gathering all the Sailor Guardians together, which means it’s getting closer to revealing who the princess is and finding the Legendary Silver Crystal.
In this episode, Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask made a couple of token appearances, but wasn’t important to the story overall. However, I thought the scene on the bus was cute when Usagi was trying to hide her face putting Luna in front of it. But I’m sure Luna didn’t appreciate it, though!
Another thing I appreciated seeing was a scene early on at the arcade, where Ami is speaking to Luna and mentions that she can’t believe that they’re Sailor Guardians while they’re standing next to a poster that features Sailor V. I thought this was not only amusing, it was a great use of placement.
The preview for the next episode gives the impression that the series may be taking a break from introducing Sailor Guardians. In fact, it appears that Tuxedo Mask could be playing a bigger role in Episode Four, and that there might be a clue leading to the Legendary Silver Crystal.
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