NOTE: This writeup has been edited since it was originally posted on April 4, 2015.
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 19 is very crucial for propelling the Black Moon arc forward. First, Chibi-Usa finally explains about being from the 30th century and about why she came to this time. When Sailor Venus asks her to take them to the 30th century, Chibi-Usa says she can’t go back to such a scary place. Mamoru is the one who comforts her, and is ultimately the one who gives Chibi-Usa the words she needs to hear in order to change her mind. Mamoru comes across as such a natural when it comes to kids, and he seems to be the only one who is truly able to handle Chibi-Usa. The interactions between these two characters continue to be very sweet.
We then see Usagi admitting to Mamoru that she feels jealous of Chibi-Usa. This leads to a tender scene between Mamoru and Usagi, and the imagery here blatantly indicates that Usagi is deflowered by him. I say blatantly because the scene shows swirling flower petals and Mamoru leaning over and laying on top of Usagi. If that isn’t blatantly imagery, then I don’t know what is. While Mamoru may still be in high school, I’m still a little disappointed that he chose to do this while she was still in middle school. Sure, they’re supposed to be fated lovers and all, but couldn’t Mamoru have waited until Usagi was a little older?
We then see Chibi-Usa taking Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus, Tuxedo Mask, Luna, and Artemis with her to the 30th century. The others are separated from Chibi-Usa, and they find themselves at the Door of Time and coming face-to-face with Sailor Pluto. At first, Sailor Pluto tries to take down Sailor Moon and the others, but they are saved by the arrival of Chibi-Usa. Through Sailor Pluto’s interactions with Chibi-Usa, we see that she has quite a soft spot for the little girl but will still be firm with her when she needs to be.
Surprises await Sailor Moon and the others as they see Crystal Tokyo and the shape it’s in. Of course, there has to be an encounter with the baddies from Black Moon. However, it’s surprising when it’s not Sailor Moon who saves the day, but it’s Tuxedo Mask after he hears a voice telling him what he needs to do. But the surprises keep coming at the end of the episode when the group makes it into the Crystal Tower.
Episode 19 is also important because the audience gets to see Chibi-Usa start to mature from the bratty little girl who first arrived to a girl who is determined to do what she needs to do. It’s gotten to the point now that Chibi-Usa is nowhere nearly as annoying as she was when she was first introduced. And I was happy to finally get to see Sailor Pluto officially become a part of the series. It’s just too bad we won’t be seeing of the other Outer Senshi during this planned run of Sailor Moon Crystal.
And as I said earlier, Episode 19 is very crucial for starting to make some revelations to move the story forward and to give the audience the information that’s needed to start putting the pieces into place. The preview for Episode 20 seems to indicate that it will also be providing more exposition and information that Sailor Moon and the others need in order to figure out what they need to do to help the people of the 30th century, as well as their own time, and to hopefully defeat Black Moon.
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