Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 2

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The opening is very traditional but those CG transformations are really weird.  Toei why couldn’t you have just hand-drawn those sequences using standard animation techniques?  I guess we can’t have everything.  This reboot has been anticipated for years and what do we get?  A faithful adaptation of the manga where the plot is moving pretty slowly here, the CG is awkward most of the time and Usagi’s seiyuu Kotono’s is very underplayed for her role.  Seriously whose decision was this to bring her back?  This has been horrible even in this second episode!  The casting for Sailor Mercury was fantastic– she’s actually young and this adds the the authenticity of the show as a whole.  Hope that they’ve done this for the rest of the Sailor Guardians.  Hisako Kanemoto if anyone is familiar with her voiced Sayaka in Kawai Complex, Mai of Photo Kano, and more notably Amy from Susei no Gargantia.  She’s fairly new to the industry in the last I want to say five years or so, but she’s a fresh addition to bring to a classic shojo series such as this!  I really like how simple everything has been laid out so far– the villains continuously fail at capturing youth essence but just keep coming back to even capture Sailor Moon herself.  This worked out wonderfully as it was a nice way to bring in Ami’s character.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 5/10

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