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Episode directed by Yuji Endo
We’re back with another episode of Silver Millennium’s next top model as we once again have to watch Usagi fail to win a contest that is obviously set up by the Dark Kingdom for nefarious purposes. You’d think she would catch on at some point. Anyway, now that we are several episodes deep into Nephrite’s rule, I have to say that I’m still pretty lukewarm on him as a villain. He has a solid premise behind him (focus on individuals rather than groups), but in terms of execution it has been very much hit or miss. The last episode had a pretty decent transformation for the victim of his plot, but the monsters behind these corruptions have been bland across the board. Will this episode be the one where they finally manage to balance an interesting villain with the standard Sailor Scout shenanigans, or will the show continue to not live up to its true potential, at least until Nephrite is out of the picture? Let’s find out!!
The episode begins with Usagi doing what she always does which is to get INCREDIBLY involved in some sort of hobby or interest that she had no prior knowledge of or inclination towards. She’s like a pop culture goldfish; chasing whatever trends tickle her fancy until she forgets about it half an hour later. This time around it’s about a very accomplished photographer who is still in middle school and JUST SO HAPPENS to go to an all-boys academy that’s close to Rei’s all-girls academy. She desperately requires this guy’s autograph… for some reason, and tries to rope Ami into going with her who is too busy solving some silly looking equations (how hard is it to write REAL functions to have the characters work on?) to indulge Usagi in her latest obsession.