Review: Sailor Moon Crystal, Episode 4: Masquerade – Dance Party

Screenshot taken from: http://www.crunchyroll.com/sailor-moon-crystal/episode-4-657713

Screenshot taken from: http://www.crunchyroll.com/sailor-moon-crystal/episode-4-657713

Review:

Well, this is the first episode since the series started where we don’t meet a new sailor scout (and, based on the previews, the only one thus far). Apparently a princess is coming to town, and her family has a particular treasure that both our heroines and the villains suspect may be the item they’re looking for. What are three school girls to do when they need to infiltrate a party to investigate, though? Why, disguise themselves with the help of their talking cat and sneak in, of course! Honestly, this isn’t really what I would call an “eventful” episode, although there is some stuff between Usagi and Tuxedo Mask that may interest those of you who like the love story side of things. Granted, it has been almost two weeks since I watched the episode (don’t judge me!), so I may be forgetting some details. One criticism I could level, though, is that the fight scenes don’t seem to take very much time. For all the transformations, and the fact that this is a magical girl series, it seems like the girls are pretty quick to dispatch their enemies without much trouble. Of course, this is just the beginning of the series, and my nostalgia glasses make it very difficult to allow this to become a discouraging point, but it is an observation that I thought was worth making.

Overall, current fans of Sailor Moon should continue to be entertained by this new outing. Fans new to the series…. well, you get to experience everything for the first time, although I doubt the budding romance between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask is very surprising, given the closing credits. Maybe anime companies need to put spoiler warnings on their opening and closing sequences….

A Christian Perspective:

Honestly, I don’t have anything. I could try to make some point about valuing people for who they are based on a comment the princess made, but that would really be pulling a needle from a haystack, since it doesn’t really play a major role in the episode. Still, it is worth noting that we shouldn’t simply value people for their possessions or their net worth; we should value them for the fact that they’re people. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10: 29-31)

Oh, and ladies? Don’t fall asleep outdoors, on a bench, with no one around, even if it is at a mansion with security detail. You never know who may try what…..

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “j**z”, 2 “d**n”

Alcohol/Drug Use: Characters are shown holding what could be glasses of champagne

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Usagi and other female characters are shown in gowns that reveal some cleavage; transformation sequences; Tuxedo Mask kisses Sailor Moon while she sleeps–not sexual, just kind of creepy

Violence: Typical Sailor Moon violence–the girls use their powers to fight an evil spirit

Blood/Gore: None

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Rob M.

Christian, anime fan, and gamer are a few words you could use to describe me. I've been a Christian since 2012 (and thought I was one prior to that), although I'm far from having the Christian walk down pat. At one point I started thinking about how I could use various things for Christ, and eventually put my thoughts to action, resulting in Cosplay for Christ (my attempt at a cosplay ministry) and Christian Anime Review (my review blog). As you can imagine, I enjoy playing games, watching anime, and going to anime conventions. I also like to build Gundam models, fiddle with the guitar (occasionally), and listen to music (mostly Christian rock and metal).

4 Comments

  1. silasgreen on September 4, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Well, since I’m new to Sailor Moon, I have nothing to compare it to, but I’m enjoying it immensely. 🙂 The cat is cool. And I like the art and transformation sequences.

  2. Michael M. on September 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Nice, yeah, I enjoyed this episode, took me back.

  3. jetpackpaul on September 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    This was the first episode of Crystal that I didn’t notice a glaring art issue like in the first 3 episodes. We’ll see how long that lasts.

  4. Casey Covel on September 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Sometimes it can be hard to find a specific “Christian Perspective” in a particular episode, but you can’t overlook the episode’s positive elements. I’d say the fact that the show *doesn’t* promote certain things can be positive elements in-and-of-themselves. All the same, I think you did a good job pulling something meaningful out of the episode.

    I’ve never seen an episode of Sailor Moon, let alone Crystal. I took a personality quiz one time that said I was most like Tuxedo Mask. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not xD

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