Yes, yes, we established that last disk, but I’m re-establishing it for Sailor Moon R Season 2 Part 2, Disk 2 because if you were hoping the plot had any intention of moving forward, you’d be sadly mistaken. In fact, let me assure you that, despite the fact that the Black Moon clan has specifically stated that they are targeting this small child that fell out of the sky, it takes the smartest one of the group 21 episodes to think to ask “Why?”
Look, I love Sailor Moon as much as the next besotted fan, but come on. ^_^
But before we get there, we get a few side episodes that give us insight into Ami and Minako, including the infamous Nurse Venus episode, the moral of which is “nothing.” Life is meaningless and eventually we will die of good intentions. Or, at least, that’s what I gathered from it.
While we don’t really get an answer to the question of the enemy’s motivation (yet), we get a free trip to the future and the Moon, so okay, we’ll set the explanation on the back burner for the moment.
When the gang arrives at the future Moon they meet something they never expected at all – another Senshi! Sailor Pluto has the unenviable task of guarding the Doors of Time and is therefore isolated from the rest of the Moon Kingdom, we learn when Luna’s ability to remember important facts after they become plot points kicks in. I have always felt that this crappy job ought to be a rotation position, so Pluto gets a chance to party with the Queen, too.
And we meet King Endymion, who looks exactly like Tuxedo Mask in lavender. Why does the King still wear a mask?… asks no one except me. He’s the *KING*, you’d think that hiding his face, even lamely, isn’t a critical piece of consorting. Maybe they just let him do it to relive the good old days.
And we learn the biggest OMG of all, Chibi-Usa’s true identity, as Serenity and Endymion’s future child. Everyone overreacts, but the King gives us the closest thing to an explanation so far about the nature of the Black Moon and the destruction of Crystal Tokyo.
Chibi-Usa disappears, we defeat Esmeraude (we hardly knew ye) and are forced, like Saphir, to listen to both Dimande and Wiseman bore the pants off us with their obsessions.
Technicals were perfectly fine, and only one bizarre translation to note. While Diamande is waxing stalker-y about Serenity, he comments on her beautiful green eyes. Not a horrible mistranslation, as aoi can be green but not in this case. Her eyes are blue in every version of the story. Woops.
Art – 6
Story – 7 Sailor Pluto, thank god you’re here.
Characters – 7 Did I mention Sailor Pluto’s here? And that her role makes no sense at all? ^_^
Yuri – 0
Service – 1 on principle
Overall – 6
So…why are the bad guys after Chibi-Usa?
Tune in next disk to find out. ^_^;
As always, thanks to Viz for providing the review copy!