The oddly done camera angles (say hello to Sailor Moon’s boobs, Tuxedo Mask!), the camera panning, and the constant close ups of the characters mouths (for no real reason most of the time IMO) were really distracting after a while.
I’m starting to understand and see what people are talking about when the say the characters seem emotionless 90% of the time on this show…
The over-exaggerated body movements the characters make is getting worse and worse and look super awkward.
I have no problem with this show making changes from the manga (even though I’ve been bummed out when they change/cut something from the manga that I loved), but most of the ones I noticed in this ep didn’t really make any sense/created plot holes.
The episode, especially the 2nd half, felt really rushed to me.
I found it extremely annoying that Usagi took FOREVER to get around to even THINKING about transforming and helping her friends fight the enemy. Why was she farting around like that, just standing there awkwardly with Tux, watching the obvious battle going on across the city?
And when it finally crosses her mind to help them, she hesitates because she doesn’t want to transform in front of Tux because it will blow her identity? Um, what?!
Usagi, he clearly knows who you are! Not only did you just flat out tell him a few minutes ago that you were the leader of the Guardians, but do you not remember him showing up in your bedroom window in the previous episode to lure you out of your house and lead you to Makoto who was in danger and needed help?
(I did really love when he hugged her from behind, and reassured her of her role as leader of the Guardians-it was such a sweet moment, and I’m thrilled we were given it)
And what was up with Sailor Moon’s contribution to that battle anyway?
She transforms, and recites her “I’ll punish you” speech to…Tuxedo Mask I guess. THEN magically leaps or teleports from that sidewalk all the way across the city to the TV Station to confront the enemy. Uses Moon Healing Escalation (which was cool and pretty) and then literally flies across the city, sprinkling magic pixie healing dust on everyone, and lands back on the same sidewalk where she left Tux behind.
I don’t usually let nitpicky stuff get to me with Crystal, but this ep really got under my skin for some reason.
I couldn’t have said it better.
Then again, I heard this episode was directed by the same person who did episode two, which I thought was the weakest of the first five episodes so far. So I guess that’s no surprise that there was a significant drop of narrative and animation quality in episode six, compared to the glory that was episode five.