Sailor Moon Crystal – Act 8: Minako

That was a long break… it has been a few months since I last wrote about Sailor Moon Crystal. Traveling, work and stuff got in the way of actually watching the episodes, so I just left them accumulate a bit. On my way from SP to LIS, I was finally able to catch a couple of episodes, so here we go again!

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Sailor V is in the house… too bad everyone thinks she’s the Princess… I mean, really people?! I know she looks like Serenity, but it’s pretty obvious throughout this episode that’s she’s hiding something… big.

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Minako feels like protecting the Princess is her responsibility, so she withholds the truth from Usagi, which doesn’t go really well.

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This episode is heavy on Sailor Venus, but it has some pretty nice Usagi/Mamoru moments, such as when they agree to exchange the tokens they have from one another, or when she kisses him in the middle of battle… or, my sad favorite, when he jumps in front of her to save her from Kunzite… oh Endymion…

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I’m really digging their relationship in this anime, although I will admit that it felt somehow more “real” in the original one, because of all the bickering that lead to it.

Sailor Moon Crystal – Act 7: Mamoru Chiba

What a romantic episode! I can’t believe we waited 46 episodes on the first anime for Mamoru and Usagi to get together, and now, on episode 7, here they are, professing their love for each other. I loved it!

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Things I really loved about this episode:

  • Everything about Usagi and Mamoru! Everything!
  • Sailor V!!! Minako is here people! And guess what?! She orders Luna around and it’s funny as hell!
  • Any similarities between Umino and Doctor Tomoe are a pure coincidences… right?!

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  • I guess Queen Beryl has her own agenda… she won’t give the Silver Crystal to Queen Metalia willingly… so, that will be interesting!
  • Mamoru socket punches Zoisite – I love Zoisite, come on, he’s my favorite baddie, but that felt good!
  • Mamoru says that Usagi is more important that the Silver Crystal… considering that it’s the only memory he’s got, that’s pretty huge.

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  • Did I mention Minako? Venus? Artemis?! They both save the day… they’re coming… (tough Mina is not my favorite senshi, Artemis IS my favorite Cat!) =D !!!

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(Venus?! Did you lost your tiara?! =| )

I’m loving this reboot, loving it, I love the pace of it, I only miss the bonding time between the girls, and now, with Venus being introduced in the next act, I hope we get some more girl time.

2014/15-TVshows Week planning!

The season of 2014/15 TVshows is officially open! There are so many shows, that sometimes it’s hard to keep track when each one airs, so, here is how my week looks in terms of shows that I watch and intend to follow this season (some I still have to catch up, but I’ll get there)…

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Sailor Moon Crystal: Makoto Kino

I’m over a week late, but whatever, Makoto Kino a.k.a. Sailor Jupiter has arrived to Sailor Moon Crystal, and man, it was glorious!

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Confession time here: I’m biased towards Jupiter, she’s my favorite Sailor! I love that they captured in this episode everything that makes her so amazing and different. They were able to portray her strong side, a warrior as well as a feminine girl, who loves to make and sew and is in love with the idea of love.

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And how is it that Usagi is even more amazing in this new anime than in the first one?! She’s amazing! And not even mention the fact that she has crushes on all her friends: “oh, Ami is so smart” and “Rei is so beautiful” and “Makoto smells so nice!”… really girl, get a grip!

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I’m loving it!

Moon Pride (full clip)

Woah! Yesterday, not only did we get another episode of Sailor Moon Crystal (Act 2 – Ami / Sailor Mercury), but we also got a full version clip of the opening theme “Moon Pride“, which gives us a deeper look into the Sailors and the Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion.

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Watch it below, but be warned that it’s full of spoilers (which are only spoilers if you never saw the anime or read the manga!)…

Sailor Moon Crystal: Moon Pride

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Well, just in case you haven’t seen the new amazing opening credits to Sailor Moon Crystal, with the music Moon Pride, here it is…

Even though I love Moonlight Densetsu, the old opening theme, I have to admit that the art on these opening credits is out of this world.

Sailor Moon is back!

20 years! I still can’t believe it! And now Sailor Moon is back!!!

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I was always a huge Sailor Moon fan, since the moment it started airing in Portugal in 1994. Through the following years, I watched it regularly, going to the point of programing my VHS (yes, those still existed…) to record the anime in the spanish channel while I was at school, because they were like 5 episodes ahead of the portuguese channel… Yeah… I did that! And then I would come home from school and watched them… sometimes more than once. I also collected the trading cards.

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A couple of years ago I found the whole anime online (PT version) and binged watched the whole 200 episodes, plus the movies. I also have the whole soundtrack in my iPOD, and I’m not even ashamed of that!

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So when I read a while ago (thanks Tumblr) that they were doing a remake, that would follow the manga a little more closely, I was so damn excited. First of all, because it’s so funny, then, it was the first ever anime/cartoons/or any other thing that basically had an all women cast, kicking some ass. I mean, you Tuxedo Mask there but that’s just it!

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(Usagi, lovely to see you have your priorities straight…)
  

It’s also the first anime I saw (20 years ago) that was bold enough to portrait several same sex relationships. Yeah, in some countries Haruka and Michiru were “cousins”, but come on… And that wasn’t even the first or only, there was Zoisite and Kunzite, because you know, Zoisite was slightly feminine, but he was definitely a MAN, and that was awesome. And I will not even mention the Sailor Star Fighters, who are all originally female (and in the manga they just crossdress as men).

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So, Sailor Moon Crystal is a reboot of sorts of the original series, that will stick closely to the Manga. The story so far isn’t far out from the first episode of the original anime, the design is clearly different, so are the colours and general effects, but the heart and soul is still very much the same. It’s awesome!

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I can’t believe I now have to wait until July 19th for the next episode =/ !!!