Was Episode 1 of Sailor Moon Crystal a Flop? **SPOILER ALERT**
Call me a wuss, but I spent a great deal of the first 10 minutes of Sailor Moon Crystal with tears in my eyes.
Judge me if you wish, but I had my reasons. First, it was early (6AM sharp!), and finally, this whole episode just screams NOSTALGIA, does it not? If you haven't watched the episode yet, I highly suggest you stop what you're doing and watch it immediately. Head over to Crunchyroll where you can watch it for free as long as you have an account (registration for that is also free). Go on, do it now before you begin regretting! If like me, you have already seen it, you may carry on reading.
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL PREMIERES
Since the break of dawn, the highly-anticipated first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal has been available worldwide for old and new Moon fans alike. We waited months for this, some even years! And at the end of it, was it really even worth a try? Did Toei Animation really have to bring this back? Why couldn't they just stick with the original from the 90s?
Whoa. Hold on there.
Sailor Moon needed to come back. All of us fans needed the chance the relieve our childhood magical-warrior girl fantasies under a new and improved light. Sometimes, remakes/reboots are a good thing. Seeing the direction this episode has taken us thus far, it is good.
In fact, it is simply marvellous. I'm not only finally loving the new artwork (everyone and everything is SO CUTE), along with the opening and closing themes, but I'm also really happy about how clear certain things were made in this one episode. Let me explain.
Throughout my many discussions on the original, the question about whether or not Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba were together because of their past lives and not because they actually loved each other, was often brought up. This would often result in anger on my part, always emphasizing that the manga makes it clear!
Finally, I can say that within just a minute of the two's encounter in Crystal, a romantic spark begins to light. Mamoru is not completely cold like he was in the original. His reaction to Usagi is just like in the manga--teasing, playful, curious. For Usagi, it's definitely love at first sight. Her heart begins to race and she actually blushes. What are these feelings? Oh, you're about to find out, Usagi-chan.
Aside from this perfect encounter, the majority of the scenes are a replica of the manga. I'm hoping they continue to stick to this route; the manga storyline is so much richer than whatever was displayed in the 90s anime.
Episode 1, thank you for not failing me. Let's see what episode 2 brings... in just about 2 weeks.