Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 26) Season one Finale!!

Just over a year since its premiere, Sailor Moon Crystal’s first season is coming to a close.  There’s been much discussion around this show and its obvious flaws since its release, which is to be expected for a remake of a franchise that meant so much to a lot of people.   Now that we’re at the end of this series (at least until season two comes out), does it go out with a bang and a strong closing for the Black Moon Clan story arc, or are we going to get yet another disappointing ending such as the one we got to the Silver Millennium story arc, which many would see as fitting for a series that has been plagued with so many glaring issues?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with Sailor Moon and her entourage falling through an endless abyss of some sort towards the disembodied skull of Wiseman or Death Phantom or Nemesis, or whatever the hell it is.  The point is that Sailor Moon has nice big target to aim her magic wand at and she does just that.

“Feel the power of love and friendship!”     “I COULDN’T BE IN MORE PAIN!!!!”
“Feel the power of love and friendship!”     “I COULDN’T BE IN MORE PAIN!!!!”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 25)

Welcome back to the show you all hate and will sorely miss when the season is over!  ADMIT IT!!  YOU ALL LOVE THIS SHOW!!  Anyway, we left the last episode on quite the cliffhanger with mere inches separating our heroes from total annihilation.  The show has been on quite a roll recently (that or I’ve acclimated to its sub-par standards) and with only two episodes left, I can only hope they pull out all the stops.  I mean, we’re STARTING the episode with the possible extinction of all of existence!!  I mean, it’s not like the dude’s going to SUCCEED, but it’s going to be interesting to see how they can pull themselves out of this mess!  Let’s get started!!

The episode begins with Prince Demande mere moments from destroying the universe by touching the two Legendary Silver Crystals together.  Naturally, everyone is freaking the fuck out and hoping they can develop super speed right now so they can stop him!

“NOOO!!!!!!!  I was gonna have a dream palace built on the graves of my former allies!!”
“NOOO!!!!!!!  I was gonna have a dream palace built on the graves of my former allies!!”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 24)

Welcome back to another episode of the most critically panned revival of a beloved nineties anime until the new Dragon Ball show gets released!  What?  Am I the only one expecting that?  Anyway, the last episode of Sailor Moon Crystal was pretty shaky but ended up going out on a high note and leaving us with a lot of expectations of where this episode will go.  With Chibi-Usa going full villain last time around, will we get the epic punch up between mother and daughter that we’ve all been waiting for, or will we be let down again by one of the most uneven anime in history!?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with everyone gathering in the middle of the wasteland to discover that this new adversary is none other than an all grown up Chibi-Usa (calling herself Black Lady) with a massive chip on her shoulder.

“Does this mean I can tap that?”
“Does this mean I can tap that?”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 23)

After another three week hiatus (will we ever escape the consequences Pope Gregory XIII’s evil invention!?) Sailor Moon Crystal has returned with a lot to live up to.  The last episode was a great mix of compelling story beats and bombastic action that gave me hope that this story arc would manage to NOT descend into utter chaos like the previous one did.  With Chibi-Usa’s recent turn to the darkside, the show definitely has a lot to work with in terms of both storytelling and epic confrontations, but this series has also been known to drop the ball when it had plenty to work with.  Will this episode continue steering this storyline into the right direction, or was the last episode the last gasp of quality before everything descends into mediocrity and outright awfulness yet again?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with Usagi finding out that Mamoru and Chibi-Usa have wandered into the time dimension wasteland thingy and haven’t returned since.  There’s currently a storm blowing through there (because of reasons) and Usagi is told that even under good conditions that searching through the never ending miasma of time and space is a suicidal endeavor.  Usagi calmly considers the pros and cons of her situation and then decides to search through the never ending miasma of time and space.

“Screw the rules, I have main character powers!”    “But this is completely insane!!”     “Insane is my middle name!”
“Screw the rules, I have main character powers!”    “But this is completely insane!!”     “Insane is my middle name!”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 22)

Sailor Moon Crystal, as predictably as the tides, had started going downhill in the second half of its story arc.  With lots of great set up and interesting characters to fight the Scouts, it looked like things had started to turn around for the show after the disappointing ending to the Silver Millennium story line, but once the Scouts were taken away and we got to the future (where there’s pretty much no one to care about), it started to look grim once again for this series.  Still, the show had Chibi-Usa who has been a consistent bright spot so far, and the way the last episode ended gave us some hope that things were at least going to escalate in an interesting and meaningful way as we approach the end of this story.  Will this episode make good on the promises of the the last episode, or were we just getting set up once again for disappointment?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with Chibi-Usa being tempted to join Wise Man and feel the POWER of the Dark Side!

“With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict, and bring order to the multiverse.  Also, I have some candy if you want it.”     “CANDY!!!!!”
“With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict, and bring order to the multiverse.  Also, I have some candy if you want it.”     “CANDY!!!!!”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 21)

We’re back with another episode of everyone’s favorite show about time traveling []!  Now the show has been headed towards a train wreck situation for a couple of episodes now like the last story arc did once it hit the midway point.  Still, the potential for this story has been evident since the beginning and there’s more than enough places they could go to make this a satisfying chapter in the anime.  Will this episode begin to turn things around, or am I just an optimistic fool trying to ignore the fact that this show is about to crash and burn in spectacular fashion yet again?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins where the last episode left off with Prince Demande finally showing himself before our heroes.

“KNEEL BEFORE YOUR FIERY GOD!!!”     “You’re just using a strobe light you dingus.”
“KNEEL BEFORE YOUR FIERY GOD!!!”     “You’re just using a strobe light you dingus.”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 20)

We’re back with another episode of Sailor Moon Crystal!  Now last episode was a pretty big stumbling block, but this episode definitely had a chance to make up for it.  Considering the last episode left off with us being introduced to King Mamrou, this episode will most likely have a lot of information for us which is good considering we’re now at least halfway through the current story arc.  Will we finally get the answers we’ve been looking for, or will this turn into a completely incomprehensible mess!?  After all, we ARE dealing with time travel here!  Let’s find out!!

Last time around, our heroes traveled to the future in the hopes of answering the questions that having been weighing on their minds since Chibi-Usa and the Black Moon started to screw things up in their time.  Now that they’ve finally made it to the Crystal Palace of the 30th century, they find that Chibi-Usa’s father is standing watch over their fallen queen.  We get to see Chibi-Usa finally reunite with him.  EXCEPT NOT REALLY!  MOON SHOCK!!

“WHAT THE HELL!?  WHY DIDN’T YOU WARN ME BEFORE I PHASED THROUGH YOUR JUNK!?”
“WHAT THE HELL!? WHY DIDN’T YOU WARN ME BEFORE I PHASED THROUGH YOUR JUNK!?”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 19)

We’re back with another episode of everyone’s favorite remake of a much more beloved series form the nineties!  Last time around, the remaining Scouts were actually able to prevent another kidnapping and Chibi-Usa finally decided to tell everyone what the heck was going on.  The story arc overall has been pretty good, but last episode was definitely starting to wear thin, what with it basically repeating what made the episodes before it so good.  Will this episode take the series in a new direction to inject some life into it, or are we in for yet another downward spiral into mediocrity and broken dreams?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with everyone reeling over the drama bomb that Chibi-Usa just exploded in their faces.  For those who don’t recall, she reveals that she came here from the 30th century to try and get Sailor Moon to save the future from some terrible disaster that befalls it.

“There was this guy named Sombra, and he messed things up for EVERYONE.”
“There was this guy named Sombra, and he messed things up for EVERYONE.”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 18)

We’re back with another episode of Dark of the Black Moon!  For the past few weeks, we’ve basically had the same story but they’ve used that time to give some development to the Scouts who AREN’T princesses which I guess makes them less important.  Still, the formula seems to have gotten stale already and we running out of Sailor Scouts to kidnap.  Will Minako get kidnapped like the other three Scouts, or will they finally be able to take the offensive against the Black Moon clan who’s been kicking their asses on a regular basis for the last three episodes?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with the remaining members of Team Sailor Moon mourning the loss of Sailor Jupiter to the evil machinations of the Black Moon.  How bad have things gotten for them?  They actually give Artemis some screen time!

“Holy crap!  I get to be in an episode for once!!”
“Holy crap!  I get to be in an episode for once!!”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 17)

We’re back with another episode of Sailor Moon Crystal and boy is getting harder to wait those two weeks for another episode!  With the stakes getting high and the writing getting sharper, are we in for another great episode of this born again series, or is this this the beginning of an inevitable spiral downwards into mediocrity and animation cutbacks?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins in the aftermath of Sailor Mercury’s kidnapping.  The scouts are now down two members and none of them have any idea what these new foes are after or how to strike back against them.  This causes Usagi to be mopey in her room once again (she’s been REALLY sad this story arc) and so Chibi-Usa’s freaky cat head thingy tries to cheer her up.

“KILL IT WITH FIRE!!  Oh great.  NOW I thought of Rei again and that makes me sad…”
“KILL IT WITH FIRE!!  Oh great.  NOW I thought of Rei again and that makes me sad…”

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