Sailor Moon Crystal Act 19 Time Warp – Sailor Pluto
Chibi-Usa’s revelation leads Usagi and her friends towards a confrontation with Prince Demande. The flashbacks she has had, the visions Mamoru shared with her, the mysterious voice that helped him find his power, the detour between times and what transpired in 30th century Crystal Tokyo after Usagi and her friends arrived all fit together to suggest some of the omitted truths about Chibi-Usa and her family. The great thing is that, while Prince Demande’s intentions have become slightly more concrete, his motivation is still unknown. I’m engaged and excited to learn more. It looks like Usagi’s decision to live on Earth as a normal girl, who happens to save the world with her friends, leads to the Crystal Palace moving from the Moon to Tokyo, where she and Mamoru reign as benevolent monarchs with their daughter. We don’t know enough about Crystal Tokyo and Neo Queen Serenity’s rule to understand why Demande or Wiseman has a grudge against them. With how open Usagi is to other people, it is hard to imagine, but the promise of answers to come definitely has me coming back.
The animation was fairly nice throughout. A complaint would be the vagueness of what happened to the citizens of Crystal Tokyo littering the streets. Were they supposed to be dead and decaying, or just preserved as if they had been mummified? It looked as if the camera was trying to show me some subtle change happening with one victim in particular, but I was unable to draw any conclusion other than, I guess he’s dead. Tuxedo Mask and Venus each had a stock-footage attack, which looked nice, but it betrays the fact that the show’s producers are on a budget and is less in-line with my preference for, and the consistent use of in-scene attacks prior to this. A final note on animation, while I had no idea what Esmeraude’s lackeys were doing and the cutting between Usagi’s Moon Princess Halation and their nigh unintelligible attacks, I did enjoy the visual of our heroes being frozen in some sort of crystal which became webbed with cracks as the Boule Brothers attacked.
Sailor Moon Crystal 19 answers questions, introduces more questions as well as a Sailor Guardian who could add a whole lot to the story and brings the Black Moon into sharper focus by making them act against Usagi and her cohorts. This episode earns a 4 out of 5.