So the new Sailor Moon turns out to be a bi-weekly series, interestingly enough. And the second ep turns out to be somewhat better than the first one, though I pretty much expected that. It’s funny that I don’t remember a whole lot about watching Sailor Moon, but I remember liking it better the less Usagi appeared in any given episode.
It seems the current version of the anime is going to dedicate the first several episodes to the introductions of the main Sailor Senshi, which is logical enough. Sailor Mercury, Mizuno Ami (Kanemoto Hisako) was always my favorite, though I’d be hard-pressed to remember exactly why. She’s the brains of the bunch, an honor student with a distinctly dignified manner about her (I’m starting to remember why, actually) who’s envied and largely disdained by her classmates. Ami and Usagi could hardly provide a greater contrast, and neither could their actors – Kanemoto is a rock-solid professional with great range (she’s quite restrained here) but I’m really struggling with Mitsuishi Kotono as Usagi. I get that some of the excess is called for by the part, but I find myself wishing they’d recast the Sailor Moon role as they did all the others.
Apart from that things are pretty good. I still find the CGI transformation sequences a bit of an eyesore (and a blasphemous one) but I quite like the character designs, and this episode was better-paced than the premiere. Watching Sailor Moon sort of makes me feel like I’m attending services for a religion I don’t belong to, but that can be an interesting experience in its own right (especially if it only lasts 22 minutes). And any author than can put lines like “Agent of Love and Exams, the pretty sailor suited soldier Sailor Mercury! Douse yourself in water, and repent!” in a character’s mouth is OK in my book.
week episode seems to be Sailor Mars, which sort of interests me because I’ve actually visited her house…
Captain Earth – 16
Captain Earth continues to hum along nicely – it’s become quite an interesting series, in fact. It’s nice to see patience rewarded after a pretty long stretch of inconsistency, because it showed quite a lot to like in the first several episodes. There’s a lot happening in every episode, most of it makes sense, and almost everyone in the cast is finally getting something to do.
It’s definitely starting to feel as if the endgame is coming into view, now that Puck has made his move. He’s certainly enjoying his time in Kube’s body (and so is Hitomi-chan) – is Kube himself still alive in there, or gone forever? And now there can be no doubt that he’s playing everyone quite masterfully, including the Planetary Gears. I’ve felt for a long time that they – or at least some of them – would end up fighting alongside the Midsummer’s Knights and GLOBE against Puck, and probably the key moment of the episode seems to confirm this. That’s when Siren (Setsuna) expresses doubts about what the P.G.s are planning, reflecting on how it’s the same thing as what made her so angry as a human, being taken advantage of – and that she misses her squirrel, to boot. The fact that it’s Baku she’s confessing this to is no coincidence – these are the two key players in this rainbow coalition, the most interesting, the most sympathetic and the most connected to their human pasts.
Both The Intercept and Ark (remember them?) factions are planning their endgame, too. We know much more about the Intercept plan, “Operation Summer”, which is to take out the P.G. mothership Oberon as it orbits Jupiter – we even know it will start in ten days. But the details of the Ark plan are somewhat vague still. There’s also the manner of Hana getting her own Engine and taking it into battle against Ai, just as a (surely non-coincidental) solar flare knocks out communications. It’s nice to see Hana as a fully functioning member of the team at last – there’s no dead weight in the main cast anywhere now.