Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 20 – “Act.20 CRYSTAL TOKYO -KING ENDYMION-“

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 20 starts out with a lot of exposition to explain 30th century Crystal Tokyo, Black Moon, the planet Nemesis, as well as the truth behind Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion. I just loved how flabbergasted Mamoru was and how Usagi’s brain seemed to break when they realized that Chibi-Usa is their daughter in the future. And it was also amusing to see Luna and Artemis looking so surprised when it was revealed that Diana is their daughter. These reactions helped to make this section more interesting. Otherwise, it would have been a rather dry exposition sequence that took place here.

Unfortunately, Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, and Sailor Venus have to leave the 30th century because it’s causing a strain having multiples of a single person in the same time and place. But before they leave, they are given a Space-Time Key by Sailor Pluto in order to return to the future.

Usagi’s jealousy over Chibi-Usa comes to a head when Mamoru insists on being the one to take care of her when they return to their time. This jealousy had been building for a while, so it’s really not that surprising that Usagi finally exploded. It didn’t take Usagi long to realize how stupid her jealousy has been, and I suspect that she will start having a better attitude toward Chibi-Usa going forward.

Unfortunately, Chibi-Usa sneaks off while Mamoru isn’t looking and returns to the 30th century. This fits in with her impulsive nature, as well as with the fact that she misses the parents that she knows and loves that are in the 30th century. While she may now understand that the Mamoru and Usagi in present day will one day be her parents, they’re not the same as the versions of them that she knows in the future. At best, being around modern day Usagi and Mamoru is only a minor consolation for this young and homesick girl.

But Chibi-Usa’s rash decision causes problems when Esmeraude suddenly appears in the 30th century and tries to capture her. Fortunately, Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus, and Tuxedo Mask arrive just in time to help out. But trying to take down Esmeraude is harder than it seems, because Sailor Moon is unable to use Halation. Tuxedo Mask gets some help from King Endymion and is able to bring an end to the struggle. But the victory is short-lived when Prince Demande appears and uses an ability that paralyzes Sailor Moon in order to kidnap her.

So now it looks like Prince Demande has his hands on both Neo Queen Serenity and Sailor Moon. And from what was said in the preview for the next episode, it appears that Mamoru and Minako have to try to figure out where Demande took Sailor Moon and how she can possibly be rescued.

While the episode appeared it was going to be exposition heavy at first, I’m glad to see that it became more action oriented as the episode progressed. The story is definitely building and is getting closer to reaching its climax. But now I have to wait two weeks in order to find out how this story arc for Sailor Moon Crystal is going to progress.

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