Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 17 – “Act.17 SECRET -SAILOR JUPITER-“

Sailor Moon Crystal is a remake of the original Sailor Moon television 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 1990s look as it possibly can.

Roughly the first half of Episode 17 focuses on Chibi-Usa. During this portion of the episode, some very important hints start being dropped about Chibi-Usa’s identity and why she has come to Earth to try to find Sailor Moon. We also receive our first hint of the existence of Sailor Pluto, one of the Outer Senshi.

There’s also an emphasis on Chibi-Usa’s interactions with Usagi and Mamoru. Chibi-Usa starts showing a sweet side when she sees that Usagi is upset over Ami and Rei being kidnapped. Just as it looks like the two of them might get along, Usagi becomes upset when she learns that Mamoru gave a Tuxedo Mask doll to Chibi-Usa and not to her. I have to give credit to Chibi-Usa for her attempt at cheering Usagi up, and being a little disappointed in Usagi over her jealousy. But I liked seeing the interactions between Mamoru and Chibi-Usa, because these moments are just so sweet and adorable. I also have to add that I was happy to see that Chibi-Usa wasn’t acting as much like a brat in this episode, and came across more like a sweet little kid.

But the biggest surprise in this episode is when we see a scene that takes place with Prince Demande and Black Moon. We learn that they have a third person who has been kidnapped besides Ami and Rei: Queen Serenity. For those viewers who have already read the manga, they’ll know how Serenity and Usagi can be around at the same time. I’m not going to say anything more, because I don’t want to inadvertently provide a “spoiler” to viewers who are seeing this story for the first time in Sailor Moon Crystal.

The second half of the episode focuses on Makoto, who has come down with an illness that appears to be a cold. Throughout the episode, we see other people in the area who seem to have the same illness. There are also some interactions between her and Ittou Asanuma, a guy who looks up to Mamoru and sees Makoto as his senpai. He overheard a conversation involving Mamoru, Usagi, and Luna, and is very concerned. When he shares the strange things he’s encountered recently, Makoto explains that she and her friends are normal humans, but they have a destiny to fight enemies. This scene develops Ittou into a potential love interest for Makoto, who has promised not to tell their secret to anyone.

It’s revealed that Makoto’s illness was caused by Black Moon, which is used against Makoto in order to kidnap her. Once again, Sailor Moon is able to take down the main culprit, but Black Moon manages to kidnap Makoto.

Usagi’s already been taking the kidnappings hard, so to see another one of the Sailor Senshi being kidnapped before her eyes is going to take even more of an emotional toll on her. I believe that this will be an important thread that continues to run throughout this story arc.

From what the preview for the next episode shows, it appears that Usagi and Minako will confront Chibi-Usa over what she might know about Black Moon. While I’m looking forward to seeing this story progress over the coming episodes, what I’m most looking forward to is finally getting an official introduction to Sailor Pluto.

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