Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 13 – “Act.13 Final Battle – Reincarnation”

Sailor Moon Crystal is a remake of the original Sailor Moon anime series that began airing in Japan in 1992. Unlike the original anime series, Sailor Moon Crystal aims to remain as faithful to the original manga source material as much as possible. While this new series utilizes more modern animation techniques, the character designs try to retain as much of the early 1990’s look as it possibly can.

Episode 13 is a very exciting episode, and it keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat as they watch. It looks like history has repeated itself when Sailor Moon stabs Mamoru and then turns the holy sword onto herself. However, a couple of twists are revealed later in the episode that show that what actually happened wasn’t what it seemed.

Meanwhile, Queen Metalia absorbs Sailor Moon, Mamoru, and the Legendary Crystal. The Sailor Guardians try to stop her and to awaken Sailor Moon, but they don’t succeed at stopping Queen Metalia. But before what the Sailor Guardians do to awaken Usagi can take effect, Queen Metalia begins spreading darkness across the Earth.

After Sailor Moon awakens inside Queen Metalia, the story really begins to progress. Truths are revealed, Sailor Moon is able to escape from Queen Metalia with Mamoru, Mamoru learns the truth about Kunzite and the others, and just as Sailor Moon is about to give up hope, Mamoru gives her the last push of encouragement she needs in order to do what she needs to do.

Hulu has started playing up that viewers can now watch the Dark Kingdom arc in its entirety, but the arc technically doesn’t end in this episode. As a viewer, I found it to be a little frustrating that just as it seems that Sailor Moon is about to deal the final blow, the episode comes to a screeching halt. From the preview, it looks like this arc will technically end in Episode 14. It’s also very likely that the next story arc could just be getting underway at the end of Episode 14.

So we have this almost triumphant moment, and now the audience has to wait two weeks to see Sailor Moon defeat Queen Metalia. Oh well. At least we know that the ending for the arc is coming.

Overall, I have to say that I thought the execution of Episode 13 was well done except for the story coming to a screeching halt right as the protagonist is about to overcome the hurdle that’s been in front of them. The tension of the situation and the desperation that many of the characters feel was handled well over the course of the episode and this made the viewer want to keep watching to find out how good was going to be able to triumph over evil.

At this point, we’re now at the half way point of Sailor Moon Crystal. It felt a little slow to get going, especially with the twice a month streaming schedule for the series. But now that the characters and situation have been firmly established, the pacing doesn’t feel quite as bad even though we’re still only seeing the series twice a month. I’m looking forward to seeing the introduction of Chibi-Usa and Sailor Pluto in the coming episodes, since I know from the manga that this will be the next arc for Sailor Moon Crystal.

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